October 27, 2004

Curt response: Answering e-mail from the Sox nation, soft-spoken wallflower Curt Schilling talks about shutting up 55,000 Yankees fans, being called a "media whore," and dealing with some bad people in the press. "I am who I am," he says.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:11 PM - 20 comments

Great find. While I love that the piece sheds light on what a shitty troll of a columnist Jon Heyman is, it's too bad both names are misspelt. Interesting that Pedro Gomez of ESPN comes in for a punding as well.

posted by yerfatma at 04:44 PM on October 27, 2004

read the link--good stuff--puts a differant perspective on things...

posted by daddisamm at 05:00 PM on October 27, 2004

Interesting read, thanks. yerfatma: Pedro Gomez would be on the list not for his ESPN work but from his shitty work for the Arizona Republic. Not too many of the local athletes (actually probably closer to none) here care for Pedro. Glad to see Schilling take him to task, he really is shit. No matter what the sport or how the team is going he comes out with negative, speculative, often mean-spirited crap in his column on a daily basis. Not to rah-rah Schilling here, I just REALLY can't stand Gomez and his ilk of "sportswriters".

posted by pivo at 05:53 PM on October 27, 2004

So when I talk to the media, I do so unabridged. I really, really like his approach to communicating with the media and getting his message to the fans. It's a very special athlete that cares that much about the fan. He's got a great point about how mentally, all these athletes are wired differently, and how they have their own reasons for talking or not talking, or how they talk. But when it's so common to hear an athlete take what I perceive as the easy way out and talk in cliched soundbytes, someone like Schilling is very refreshing. He seems like such a class act.

posted by rocketman at 09:28 PM on October 27, 2004

"I didn't do anything that any one of these guys wouldn't have done for me" - Curt to Brantley on ESPN just now. Now that's a class answer. He's clearly aware that people thought he was hamming it up, and I think he was, but he's right here. This was a great response. I place 95% of blame on the media. Congrats Sox. If I wasn't a Yankee fan I'd definitely have liked this team you had this year. They deserved it. (but god damn it... If Yankee pitching, specifically Rivera, doesn't walk Millar... man, whole different story. Like I've said all my life... walks will kill you...) I hope the city of Boston doesn't burn down tonight.

posted by Bernreuther at 11:37 PM on October 27, 2004

I hope the city of Boston doesn't burn down tonight. As a small-town/country boy, I dont understand why people in cities that burn and destroy in celebration of a championship. A woman was killed last week in Boston. Can someone explain this to me?

posted by daddisamm at 01:51 AM on October 28, 2004

Any reply to Ms. Vecsey on the spirit of her piece? CS: "Other than she's a bad person? No. There are a lot of her in that industry, Pedro Gomez, Joel Heyman, to name a few. People with so little skill in their profession that they need to speculate, make up, fabricate, to write something interesting enough to be printed. I couldn't agree more. Laura Vecsey used to write for one of the Seattle papers when I lived there in the 90s. She was a horrible, know-nothing reporter who I can only assume, got the job trading on her father's reputation. George Vecsey is one of my all time favorite sports writers. At least it seems they got rid of her, I didn't know show was in Baltimore now.

posted by psmealey at 11:07 AM on October 28, 2004

In today's edition of The Note, it's reported that Curt Schilling endorsed President Bush this morning on Good Morning America. Huh. I'm reconsidering my position on Curt.

posted by rocketman at 11:45 AM on October 28, 2004

Oh, come on, rocketman. Two things: one, given Curt's tax bracket, backing the Republicans is only a wise business decision for him and his family, and two, who cares?

posted by chicobangs at 01:02 PM on October 28, 2004

I was joking, chico.

posted by rocketman at 01:36 PM on October 28, 2004

I'm not joking. Politics and sport don't mix well. By endorsing Bush, Curt is distracting from the sporting event and drawing attention to himself (again). I can't stand it, and I'm sure the overwhelmingly Democratic city of Boston is just loving it.

posted by dusted at 01:38 PM on October 28, 2004

Sorry. While I understand (and maybe even agree with) the sentiment, most residents of the Democratic City of Boston* would let Schilling at their mothers and daughters right now. * Reminds me of either a.) The People's Republic of Cambridge or b.) an old Bloom County where one of the delegates to Bill & Opus' convention is an armadillo from the "Great State of Texas". Or something like that. Also, I meant to post this here and not there.

posted by yerfatma at 02:03 PM on October 28, 2004

would let Schilling at their mothers and daughters right now. *laughing*

posted by dusted at 02:06 PM on October 28, 2004

Worst that happens is we breed more of these Yankee Slaying Supermen. Also, I work in Portsmouth, NH on the Pease Tradeport. George Bush lands here all the time (not hard enough either); I'm wondering if he's coming here tomorrow just to show up at the parade. No matter which side you're on, it's a dangerous game trying to make political hay in Boston during such an event. Riot police and stormtroopers may scare off the tony suburbanite children, but you don't want to piss off Southy. You've never seen someone so accurate with a fifth of Wild Irish Rose. Empty, of course.

posted by yerfatma at 02:53 PM on October 28, 2004

In today's edition of The Note, it's reported that Curt Schilling endorsed President Bush this morning on Good Morning America. I figured that he leaned that way when he started publicly thanking The Lord, who is himself a Republican.

posted by Mayor Curley at 03:26 PM on October 28, 2004

The bad ankle exempts him from the draft, see?

posted by Prince Valium at 06:11 PM on October 28, 2004

Curt Schilling may be a colorful personality that adds some frankness to the game where it is sorely needed, but politically speaking, while he's free to speak his mind like anyone else, he's still a fucking dumb ass.

posted by psmealey at 09:40 PM on October 31, 2004

he's still a fucking dumb ass. Because he's republican he's a dumbass? Oook. I have no clue as to his IQ, but it's safe to say I'm sure it's higher than many of the celebs pushing kerry.

posted by justgary at 12:26 AM on November 01, 2004

No, justgary, just no. I honestly don't give a shit if Schilling is voting for Nader. Like Alec Baldwin, Ron Silver, Darrell Waltrip or any other celeb that works in a field that has nothing to do with politics, the fact that he is voicing an opinion on it in a more-or-less official way, makes him a dumbass. It doesn't help his cause, and it can only hurt his fanbase, especially in a solidly Democratic town like Boston. It was said before, sports and politics don't mix. Ever.

posted by psmealey at 03:43 PM on November 01, 2004

It was said before, sports and politics don't mix. Ever. Sorry, I read more into what you wrote than was there. I completely agree with you.

posted by justgary at 01:17 AM on November 03, 2004

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