Garza to Proverbs-quoting Scott: Don't go there
UPDATE, 11:22: Scott's response, after Baltimore writers told him what Garza said: "He’s just saying religion is not something you bring into baseball; it’s all a matter of choice. That’s not how I view it. Like I said, I consider it a blessing to be here and I am thankful for the opportunity to play. And that’s just my personal beliefs.''
Scott also defended his home-run celebrations: "That’s OK. That’s part of the game. You celebrate with your teammates. I play this game because I like to have fun. When I celebrate with my teammates, I am celebrating because I am enjoying the competition and am enjoying success. It’s just as simple as that. I mean, I am pretty sure he gets pretty pumped up when he is in a big game and he does well and he gets some key outs when he needs them. I bet you he is in there and he is fired up. We all have different ways of expressing emotion in this game and that’s what makes us all unique.''
And in conclusion: "I respect everyone that steps out on the mound that I face. I respect all my opponents because they are the best in the game and they deserve it.""
DEVELOPING: RHP Matt Garza didn’t really care what Orioles DH Luke Scott had to say about him after Friday's game.
But he did not care much for how Scott did so, invoking biblical proverbs.
“To each his own interpretation; that’s what the Bible is. I’m a Christian too; a Catholic Christian. He’s throwing something in that shouldn’t even be allowed to be brought in,’’ Garza said. “That’s a topic where you don’t ever bring that up. …
“My feeling is that God has a lot better things to worry about than if I’m going to throw a strike on a certain pitch. A lot of other things. I’d rather (Scott) not bring it up.’’
The backstory was that going into Friday’s game, Garza said was going to seek payback for how the Orioles did in their previous meeting. After Garza led the Rays to a win, Scott admitted that Garza was successful, but chastised him for boasting, citing a Proverb that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’’
Garza, though, said Scott is being somewhat hypocritical given his elaborate home run celebration that includes pointing to the sky, hugging the on-deck hitter and high-fiving multiple teammates, including a choreographed slap-fest with Felix Pie.
“It’s the same thing, where you’re showing up the other guy,’’ Garza said. “The game’s gone that far to where it’s acceptable. It’s just what it is,’’ Garza said.’’