We know we can always count on Curt Schilling to have an opinion. While every Red Sox fan is fond of Schilling for what he did on the field, many cringed even during his playing career at his affinity for the spotlight – or redlight – whichever you prefer.
Today’s Globe sports media column from Chad Finn looks at Schilling in his media role with ESPN, and how he’s already become what he despised as a player.
The column smartly points out how Schilling always berated media members who suggested they knew what took place inside the Red Sox clubhouse. Who can forget Schilling taking on Butch Stearns for suggesting that Schilling and Pedro Martinez didn’t get along? WEEI still plays the clips of that call-in.
This week, on those same airwaves, Schilling suggested that things weren’t going well in the clubhouse in an appearance on Tuesday’s Mut & Merloni show. Josh Beckett had the perfect answer when he appeared on the Big Show yesterday – Is Schilling one of our pitchers?
I only heard a little of the Beckett interview live on WEEI, but Glenn Ordway’s question about Beckett putting his daughter and family above baseball had to be one of the most awkward, rambling questions I’ve heard in some time. It was John Dennis-esque. I love when media people spend time ripping someone, and then when talking directly to that person, use the “some people are saying” line.
Speaking of John Dennis – ranting on about the competition’s attempts at publicity for the charity work (he didn’t name him, but Fred Toucher and HIS rants about NESN not letting him promote it was the target) and then naming all the charity work YOU do, just seems a little disingenuous. Almost the entire D&C section of WEEI.com is a listing of their charity work, and they often post dozens of photos of themselves with sick kids. The work is great, but I don’t see the need to get into a measuring contest about it.
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