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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Red Sox open 100th season in Fenway Park, which is a ‘dump’ according to Luke Scott


The Red Sox open their 100th season at Fenway Park on Friday, but not everyone is excited about it. (Elsa - GETTY IMAGES)

The Boston Red Sox begin their 100th season at Fenway Park with Friday’s matinee against American League East rival Tampa Bay in what should be a fun, festive atmosphere.

As legendary sports stadiums go, Fenway is one of the rare cathedrals that continues to stand the test of time for one of Major League Baseball’s most iconic franchises.

And as the Boston Herald’s Peter Gelzinis writes, “It has become not just a destination, but, yes, the coolest place in town.”

There’s little doubt Red Sox Nation would agree. But not everyone is feeling quite as festive about Friday’s centennial celebration in Beantown.

Tampa Bay outfielder Luke Scott would rather focus on getting back to work for a Rays team that lost two of three in Detroit this week.

“As a baseball player, going there to work, it’s a dump,” Scott said when asked about Fenway. “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.”

Here are the two things worth taking away from Scott’s comments:

1) He loathes Fenway for nearly every reason Boston fans love it.

2) He is very serious about getting his work in.


Here’s Luke Scott looking very American with his new mutton chops. (Charles Krupa - AP)
Scott, who is in his first year in Tampa after four seasons with the Orioles, has never been one to bite his tongue.

In Dec. 2010, proclaimed his belief that the president in not an American.

“Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for,” Scott told Yahoo Sports. “He was not born here. That’s my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, “See? Look! Here it is.”

Heads up, Fenway Park. Be sure to have that birth certificate handy this afternoon in case Scott comes a-looking for proof that you really are 100 years old.

Meanwhile the Red Sox will be focused on shaking off a dreadful 1-5 start, and they’ll look to one-time ace Josh Beckett to get them off to a strong start against the Rays.

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