We’re big Luke Scott supporters here at BigLeagueScrew. First, it was based purely on the fact that he had earned the nickname “el monstruo del quadrangular” (home run monster) while playing in the Venezuelan League. Then when he became a more consistent power hitter (48 homers in 924 at bats over the past two seasons) we liked him even more. Now we hear that Mr. Scott is a huge fan of guns. New favorite player?
In 2008, Scott told ESPN that the best way to combat a man with a firearm was to “combat him with another firearm.” He also estimated that 20% of MLB players carry concealed weapons. The Orioles slugger had a gun pulled on him during college which inspired him to start carrying a concealed weapon. Until recently, Scott carried a .45 caliber handgun wherever he went… including the locker room. But that won’t happen anymore since Major League Baseball has banned firearms in the locker room. Here’s what Scott said about the ban:
“I don’t think that everyone else should be pay for the mistakes of a few. There is a good reason behind the rule, I can’t deny that. The reason is you cannot trust 25 guys in a locker room to have the same respect and training as I do with a weapon. That I do understand. I’ve carried a gun for 10 years. I’ve carried them in the locker room and nobody really knows about it. I know how to handle myself and I stow it away where nobody really knows about it.”
Scott’s logic is pretty reasonable. What he’s doing is legal and he’s done nothing to lose his right to carry firearms. Unfortunately, Plaxico Burress had to ruin the fun for everybody. Still, Scott does believe there is a scenario where he’d carry a gun into the clubhouse despite the ban. He said that a “tactical entry where terrorists come in and hold us hostage” might get him to bring a gun to work. On second thought, “reasonable” may not be the best way to describe his logic.