So, Luke Scott, tell us how you really feel.
Baltimore, in the few years he has played here for the Orioles, has loved DH Luke Scott. The cowboy mentality, the free spirit, the chisled profile.
But Luke Scott showed us he is a "wazoo" with his comments Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings in Orlando about the president of the United States.
Despite Oriole centerfielder Adam Jones tweeting that treammate Scott remains his boy, we root for Luke Scott no longer.
Barack Obama would never say it, but Luke Scott, simply, is another one of those who just can't get over the fact that in this marvelous country of ours we have gotten to the point where we can have a black president.
Yes, we're offended by Scott's remarks. How else are introspective black folks and others of good will supposed to take his comments?
Here is some of what Scott said that ticks us off: "Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for. This country is basically built on an attitude. It's a way of life. It's not because you're born here. 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."
The question for someone like Scott is if Barack Obama does not represent a nation with an immigrant core, then who does. Do you have to be from, say, Idaho, or somewhere like it, to be a "legitimate" American? Is Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, a man descended from the nation of India who was born in Baton Rouge, no less a legit American?
And this bit about forefathers, some will say America's only true forefathers were the Native Americans.
In many ways, Barack Obama is more authentic American than Luke Scott any day.
Whether you are progressive or conservative or whatever persuasion, Obama (and conservative Jindal, too) epitomizes what we are told to believe about America -- that if you go to school, treat people right, do the right things in life, be good citizens, etc., etc., then you can make it here.
America, Luke Scott, is hardly a nation solely of blue bloods. We're a mix of anything you can imagine.
Whatever you say or think about the policies of President Obama -- even if you are a birther -- the man from the land of Lincoln managed, like Lincoln, to take the best that this country had to offer and elevated himself to historic status. In Baltimore, what we do know about Luke Scott is he is a gun-monger, and perhaps that is the source of his ignorant contempt for a duly-elected U.S. president.
We know he fired guns as a young boy and young man around his hometown of DeLeon Springs, Fla. We know he delights at the echo of gunfire and believes it is his God-given right to carry firearms. We know he goes out in the woods to stalk and fire on Bambi. And we know of his love for freak-show Ted Nugent, which is his right.
And certainly, no one here has qualms with another man's right to arm and defend himself. This country was founded on that convention. Yet you have to wonder about people who are only able to man-up when they are strapped -- no matter that they are millionaire athletes or home boys in the hood.
Here's what Scott told the Baltimore Sun in February about guns after Major League Baseball issued a directive banning them from locker rooms after the Gilbert Arenas situation with the Washington Wizards and former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shooting himself in a New York City nightclub in November 2008: "I've carried a gun for 10 years. I've carried them in the locker room, and nobody really knows about it. I know how to handle myself, and I stow it away where nobody really knows about it."
And as Scott told the Washington Post in a June 2008 interview, "I've got an AK-47, AR-15s, hunting rifles, sniper rifles, shot guns."
What a self-absorbed whack job.
With all things being equal, Luke Scott is not the role model we should want in Baltimore. We have too many issues here as an East Coast urban town to be looking to Luke Scott for inspiration.
But, yes, in purely sports terms, we'll marvel in 2011 again at Scott's majestic homers to right field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. We hope he will follow up with another big year as Oriole MVP as he was in 2010.
But with his comments about our president and his over-the-top gun-toting ways, we won't root like before for Luke Scott. We won't take our daughters up to him for an autograph at the next game. We'll look at Luke Scott with a little more circumspect.
Like Obama, we were born here, too. Our forefathers helped build this great country, too.
DMA 7-22 Sports is a blog column about sports in the Washington-Baltimore market, covering amateurs, colleges and pros. The title DMA 7-22? Means "Designated Market Area," per use of media rating services, signifying Washington is the 7th largest media market in the United States, and Baltimore is the 22nd. You can reach M.V. Greene at DMA722Sports@gmail.com
Photo: Luke Scott, AP