One of the useful things about the two-blogger system we run here at WSBGMs is that Carson and I often disagree on topics and can provide opposing arguments. Our views on the latest Curt Schilling comments, and on Curt Schilling himself, is another one of these instances. To review the situation, scroll down a bit to yesterday's post or go to thefightins.com and read it when it was done the first time two days ago, then come back. I'll wait.
First, Schilling is right. No way should the Phillies have traded Lee. It was a mistake and most fans think that way. In fact, many bloggers and mainstream media types have written about it that way. Schilling wasn't breaking news and saying anything outrageous.But I get it, the outrage isn't really about what Schilling said, it's more about Schilling's status as "asshole" that should preclude him from speaking to the media.
As a Phillies fan, I guess I'm supposed to hate Schilling. He didn't win a ring in Philly. He criticized the front office when we all know how great management was at the time Schilling was here. He did that whole "towel over the head" thing in the World Series. I mean, can you imagine a worse offense? The guy put a towel over his head!!!! I can't believe he hasn't been banned from baseball.
After leaving Philadelphia he went on to win two championships, although he did it in a pretty punk bitch way. The day of Game 7 of the 2001 Series, Pedro Gomez wrote of Schilling, "the country... has discovered Schilling's little secret, the one baseball insiders have known for years but has rarely surfaced into the mainstream. Schilling is something of a con man." Schilling then went out and "conned" his way through 7+ innings and 9 Ks, raising his Series ERA to a "con-like" 1.12 before hoisting the trophy. Then in 2004 he pitched 6 scoreless innings in a World Series start on an injured ankle. You remember the bloody sock that of course was totally faked to make all of us think he was injured when he really wasn't. What a little con man bitch.
But forget baseball there are all the other horrible things that Curt Schilling does and says.
He said Barry Bonds was a cheat. Obviously that's not true.
He supports so many charities it would take another post just to list them all. What an ass.
He's a Republican, which means he drinks the blood of children, but only if they are poor children of Democrats. Rich children get to keep their blood. At least that is what Keith Olbermann told me.
He thinks A-Rod is "bush league" and Manny is a douche. Wow, how out of touch with reality is this guy?
And he plays video games, but not cool games like Call of Duty or Madden, so he's a loser, too.
Sarcasm aside, I get why people don't like this guy. He's a pompous blowhard who likes attention and isn't afraid to speak his opinion and achieved great success after leaving Philadelphia. But I like that. I find people like Schilling interesting and I'm interested in what they have to say, right or wrong, politically correct or not.
Schilling is baseball's version of Charles Barkley, except Barkley never won a championship, and I like Charles, too. Maybe if Schilling would just get arrested for soliciting a prostitute, roll off a few off-colored jokes, and be just a touch racist, maybe people would appreciate him like they do that lovable jokester Charles.