David Brown of Yahoo’s Big League Stew talked to Orioles DH Luke Scott yesterday. Scott is an interesting subject, and the two mostly talked about topics other than baseball, focusing on things like deer hunting, Ted Nugent, and President Barack Obama. And because of some views Scott holds about the latter, he – and everyone else – will hear about this interview for a long time.
Scott is an interesting interview subject, because he’s not afraid to speak his mind. He once openly admitted he brought a gun to the ballpark before he realized it was illegal. Brown certainly knew what he was getting into when he started getting more political with his questions – and it paid off, because Scott gave no-frills, compelling responses. Even when talking about Nugent, here’s what he said:
“[H]e’s an American. He has the core beliefs of what it means to be an American in his heart. He lives by those beliefs and those principles. It’s the same beliefs that our forefathers, who fought for our country, have.”
He later went into some more detail about what he thought at least some of those beliefs and principles are (or at least, what they aren’t):
It’s not that you’re supposed to take from those who have and give to those who haven’t. That kills a country. It killed Russia.
That’s what communism does. Cuba, Venezuela. People are trying to escape these lands like a plague. What would make a human being swim 90 miles in shark-infested waters on a raft made of tires and planks? To leave their culture, their family, their language, their way of life. Everything they’ve ever known. What would make someone do that?
You don’t see people in America doing that. There’s no one here in America swimming the Pacific Ocean — or the Atlantic, or the Caribbean — to leave this place. The reason why is because of the freedom. Freedom for a man to mark out his own destiny.
But the real headline maker was when Brown tried to get a reassurance out of the clearly arch-conservative Scott that at least he didn’t believe that Obama wasn’t actually born in the United States:
“He was not born here.”
And it was funny to see Brown throw in the “editor’s note” of Obama’s birth certificate, but clearly, neither that nor the birth announcements in local newspapers at the time of Obama’s birth will convince some people. It just won’t happen, so it’s not really worth trying. Scott believes what he believes…for whatever reason.
In this case, let’s just appreciate that Scott’s candor gave us one extremely interesting interview to dissect. After all, everyone would hate it if Scott stayed really quiet and/or gave boring answers, too. To his credit, he’ll proudly stand by his beliefs. To his discredit, some of those beliefs are nutty…but hey, they’re fun to talk about, no? Audio of some of his comments on the moral decay of America above.