Rays' Matt Garza, Orioles' Luke Scott Trade Barbs, With Side of Religion
The verbal spat between the two began after Garza said he was seeking "payback" for an ugly start in Baltimore back in July, something he was, nominally at least, successful in doing Friday night in a victory over the O's.
Scott didn't appreciate Garza's comments, offering a verse from the Bible (Proverbs 3:34: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble") as reason why they were inappropriate.
Garza responded by saying Scott was hypocritical given his home run celebration, which, like that of many other hitters, includes a point to the sky, hugging and high fives with teammates.
"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 also didn't appreciate religion being brought into the conversation.
"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."
Scott disagreed soon thereafter.
"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."