A funny thing happened this morning; a player tried to make a name for himself by ripping Red Sox fans and jumping on all of the media hype that surrounds the team.
Tampa Bay Rays utility man Luke Scott has tried to make a name for himself by calling out Red Sox Nation. In an interview with MLB.com's Bill Chastain, Scott had this to say regarding the Fenway Faithful:
"Just their arrogance," Scott said. "The fans come in and they take over the city. They're ruthless. They're vulgar. They cause trouble. They talk about your family. Swear at you. Who likes that? When people do that, it just gives you more incentive to beat them. Then when things like [the last game of last season] happen, you celebrate even more. You go to St. Louis—classiest fans in the game. You do well, there's no vulgarity. You know what? You don't wish them bad."
Of course, having played for the Baltimore Orioles for the past four years of his career probably hasn't helped. Considering the fact that when the Red Sox are in town, Camden Yards is labeled Fenway South by Sox fans and media alike.
The outpouring of support for the Red Sox exists wherever the team goes.
Labeling Red Sox fans as vulgar, ruthless trouble-makers seems to be a bit over the top though, Mr. Scott. Consider this: in a 2010 report conducted by the FBI, the city of Baltimore had a population of 639,929 while Boston had a population of 644,064.
While Boston had more people living in its boundaries, the city of Baltimore had more violent crimes—murders, forced rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, property crimes, burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
Surely Mr. Scott was not suggesting that this spike in crime that he bore witness to over the past four years was not related to Red Sox fans. That would be delusional.
Then again, any man who feels that bringing seven-foot long pig hunting spears to camp is a good idea is probably not the most sound mind to pass judgement.