Bat tossing, Don't Showboat, Josh Beckett, Luke Scott

Scott Flips Bat, Beckett Flips Out

With all the recent flap about Felipe Lopez’s bat flip against the White Sox, it seems worth pointing out that he’s not the only guy doing such things this season.

Last week, Orioles outfielder Luke Scott tossed his bat with considerable verve after hitting a monster home run against Josh Beckett. This may have gone unnoticed had Beckett not tried to shout him down in the aftermath, then gotten into an argument with the umpire over it.

(Unfortunately, MLB.com’s video cuts away before the bat flip on every single replay.)

After the inning, Beckett was approached by plate ump Fieldin Culbreth, which culminated in an animated conversation during which the pitcher gestured toward the Orioles dugout. One possibility: Culbreth was warning him against retaliation. (If so, it worked; Beckett faced Scott once more in the game, retiring him on a fly ball.)

For a guy so clearly perturbed, Beckett wasn’t much in the mood after the game to deconstruct the moment with reporters.

“What is this, TMZ?” he said. “I thought we were talking about a baseball game. You want to know about bat flips and talking to umpires. I think, why don’t we just stick to the game.”

It’s a fair enough tactic. If Beckett expressed sufficient outrage it’d be all the easier to pin him with the drilling for which Scott seems destined. The one clue Beckett offered up to the press: “These things have a way of working themselves out.”

The teams next meet May 16.

– Jason

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2 thoughts on “Scott Flips Bat, Beckett Flips Out

  1. Wrong dude to “bat flip” on. Beckett has got his swagger back.This is’nt over.Luke Scott is among the more loathsome creatures in the game anyway.Even his teammates scratch their heads & measure their comments. Dude will probably take an anchor seat at Fox News when his career is over.

    1. Beckett is definitely one of the game’s better red-asses, and I say that with affection. As for Scott, having some wacky political views should be distinguished from being a bad teammate.

      That said, I have no idea whether the guy is a good teammate or not, but having read nothing to support the latter I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

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