Baltimore’s Luke Scott periodically appears in this space, sometimes when his religious views are cruelly mocked by your christ-killing secular editor, on other occasions when his libertarian views concerning firearms deserve a wider audience. Unafraid of the glock-toting outfielder, Rays P Matt Garza took exception to Scott invoking DA’ GOOD BOOK after a recent O’s defeat, as the St. Petersberg Times’ Marc Topkin explains (link lifted from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory) :

Going into Friday’s game, Garza said he was seeking payback for how the Orioles did against him in their previous meeting. After Garza led the Rays to a win, Scott admitted Garza was successful but chastised him for boasting, citing a Proverb that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Garza, though, said Scott is being somewhat hypocritical given his elaborate home run celebration that includes pointing to the sky, hugging the on-deck hitter and high-fiving multiple teammates, including a choreographed slap-fest with Felix Pie.

“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.”

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.”