Missing Links: Brien Taylor & Luke Scott

March, 2, 2012
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Let's do some Friday Missing Links:

1) A year ago during spring training, Mariano Rivera told me MannyBanuelos is the best pitching prospect he has ever seen. The only pitcher that Rivera even thought to put with Banulos was Brien Taylor. What could have been for the No. 1 overall pick from 1991 is an old, sad tale, but it just got a little sadder today.Here is the story from the local ABC affiliate in North Carolina.
Taylor, 40, was arrested Thursday in Beaufort and now faces a host of cocaine charges after a joint effort between the Carteret County Sheriff's Office and the Morehead City Police Department. Investigators said they bought "a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from Taylor over a period of several months."The former No. 1 selection in the Major League Baseball draft now faces a slew of charges involving the possession of and the intent to sell and distribute cocaine.
2) The outspoken Luke Scott, now of the Rays, has something in common with a lot of Yankee fans -- he does not like Red Sox fans. Deep in this story on MLB.com, he goes into it.
"Just their arrogance," Scott said. "The fans come in and they take over the city. They're ruthless. They're vulgar. They cause trouble. They talk about your family. Swear at you. Who likes that? When people do that, it just gives you more incentive to beat them. Then when things like [the last game of last season] happen, you celebrate even more. You go to St. Louis -- classiest fans in the game. You do well, there's no vulgarity. You know what? You don't wish them bad."

Scott, who was an Oriole last year, really enjoyed knocking the Sox out of the playoffs on the final day of the season.
"I got to see a priceless thing driving back to my apartment," Scott said. "I see all the Boston fans walking around, and I mean they were crying crocodile tears. People were like this, walking side by side."

Scott wrapped his arm around a reporter's waist and began to wail to demonstrate.

"It was like someone shot their dog. I rolled down the window and I'm like, 'Ah, hah, sucks doesn't it, when someone laughs or makes fun of you when things aren't going your way.'"
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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