The Red Sox have been nothing short of a mess dating back to last year’s collapse down the stretch and the infamous “Chicken & Beer” scandal. This year’s slow start and Bobby Valentine’s comments haven’t helped to soothe the fans and the media either.
While the organization appears to be a mess (figuratively), Luke Scott, DH for division foe Tampa Bay, believes the organization is a mess literally. At least, he believes their ballpark is…
Scott, who has a bit of a reputation for making obnoxious comments, said the following about the legendary ballpark on Thursday:
“As a baseball player, going there to work, it’s a dump.”
He went on to elaborate saying, “I mean, it’s old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I’d rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in. A place where I can go hit in the cage. Where I have space and it’s a little more comfortable to come to work. … You’re packed in like sardines there. It’s hard to get your work in. … You have to go to their weight room if you want to lift. From a fan’s perspective, it’s probably pretty cool to go see a game at a historic park. But from a player’s point of view, it’s not a place where you want to go to work.”
On Friday, Scott did the opposite of Dwyane Wade and stood by his comments:
“I’m talking purely from a place to come and work,” Scott said. “We’re sandwiched in here like sardines, there’s one small [hitting] cage that’s way the heck over there. To come here and do my job, it’s not as easy, it’s not as comfortable. That’s what I’m more concerned about. I’m concerned about how’s the park play, is it going to be a good place for me to come and get my work in to where I can give it my best?”
“They should do like New York did and get a new one, get a new park,” Scott said. “Wrigley Field, same thing. If you want to make it a monument – this is all my opinion – make it a monument and play a few games a year here, by all means. But build a big state-of-the-art stadium. Have Boston build a bigger stadium, you could model it the same way, put in more seats, they would pack it. People come out here in droves.”
This comes just as the Red Sox began their celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Fenway. Add this to Valentine’s pissing contest with local radio hosts and former star pitcher Curt Schilling and I can’t think of a better way to kick off an historic celebration!
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