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Marco Scutaro takes surprise BP, homers, says of Holliday: ‘I’ll kick his a**. He’s only 6-4, 250′

Oct 16, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

Marco Scutaro AP

There’s no official word yet as to whether Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro will play in the NLCS Game 3 on Wednesday in St. Louis: following an MRI today the team said his status is “unclear.”

Then he showed up at a surprise batting practice session at the aptly-named Busch Stadium (editorial comment mine), despite manager Bruce Bochy saying that he wouldn’t work out today. He hit several home runs. Scutaro’s assessment of that: “Those don’t count.”

As you know, Matt Holliday (or as I now call him, Mr. Plow) clobbered Scutaro at second on a questionable “slide” in Game 2 on Monday, resulting in many colorful internet comments. Here’s San Jose Mercury News reporter Tim Kawakami talking with Scutaro earlier today:

SCUTARO: First of all, I was just trying to make sure of one out. Slow roller and all of a sudden I just saw this train come and pretty much… I didn’t have time to pretty much do anything. Since I caught the ball he was pretty much up on me.

I don’t even know how I threw the ball to first, but I did, right?

-Q: Did Holliday talk to you, try to call you?

-SCUTARO: He tried. He tried to call, actually did call to our clubhouse, our trainers told me.

-Q: Have you talked to him?

-SCUTARO: No, I didn’t talk to him, because I went to get a MRI.

-Q: Are you upset with him?

-SCUTARO: Uhh… after I saw the replay… you know… that guy always plays hard. I think he just kind of slid a little bit late. But I guess he wasn’t trying to do that. He was coming full speed.

But to be honest, I’m just happy that nothing real bad happened…

My favorite part:

-Q: If Holliday wants to talk to you before the game…

-SCUTARO: I’d kick his a**. (Laughs.)

-Q: Will there be retaliation by your teammates?

-SCUTARO: Ask them, I don’t know. I just work here.

-Q: Does it tell you something about Holliday that he was checking in and calling you last night?

-SCUTARO: Yeah, that was kind of nice to hear from him after he tried to kick my a**. (Laughs.)

-Q: When do you kick his a**?

-SCUTARO: Whenever he wants. He’s only 6-4, 250.

Wednesday should be fun.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Great stuff. Glad to see Scutaro is keeping his sense of humor about it.
    I am even happier he took BP today.
    Should be a hard fought game #3. Go Cardinals!

  2. Glenn - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    And it is hard to be funny in a second language. Scutaro was wonderful in Boston. I was sorry that they gave him away.