Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 5th, 2012
Senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine Buster Olney left this Twitter tweet on “3/3/12 6:37 AM”:
“One of the most interesting conversations had with a player this spring — an avid hunter, outdoorsman — was about whether Bigfoot exists.”
Which Major League Baseball player was Olney talking about?
“Overwhelming consensus on the player who discussed Bigfoot with Buster Olney is Luke Scott,” mentions Muckrack.com. Luke Scott (above) is known to like hunting and fishing and dislikes the Red Sox. Don’t know what he thinks of Bigfoot.
But, if you recall, it was back in July 2011 that Buster Olney wrote an entire essay about Cliff Lee’s interest in Bigfoot.
Buster Olney of ESPN shared this Cliff Lee story in his blog:
Cliff Lee has been known by his teammates for being incredibly competitive and intense. But unlike most pitchers, he tends to be his most talkative before and during games he pitches.
Most starting pitchers make it be known by teammates that they are to be left alone, within their zone of focus, on the days that they pitch. But whether it’s because of an overflow of nervous energy, or just confidence, others have noticed that Lee likes to talk before his starts. He was about to make one of his starts in a past season when the news broke that some animal remains had been found — and an initial claim, by those finding the parts, was that the remains were those of Bigfoot.
Lee told teammates he was sure that finally — finally — evidence of Bigfoot had been found; he was sure this was history. Those around him kept telling him that, no, this couldn’t be right, that the body parts couldn’t be Bigfoot. This debate over Bigfoot went on for awhile, in the last minutes before he took the mound.
Who knows who Olney was talking about recently, in 2012? Well, Buster knows. And the MLB player does too.
Within baseball, even among the minors, you don’t find too many Sasquatch mascots. One exception is The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, who introduced their Bigfoot mascot in 2007.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.