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Public Apology

May 9, 2007

Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on, yesterday was one of those days. Regardless of my opinions, thoughts and beliefs on anything Barry Bonds it was absolutely irresponsible and wrong to say what I did. I don’t think it’s within anyone’s right to say the things I said yesterday and affect other people’s lives in that way.

I’d love to tell you I was ambushed, misquoted, misinterpreted, something other than what it was, but I wasn’t. I’m thinking that waking up at 8:30 am to do the weekly interview we do with WEEI is probably not the greatest format and if you heard the interview it’s not hard to realize that I’m usually awake about 30-45 seconds before it begins. That’s still no excuse or reason to say what I did, or even answer the question that was asked. The question I was asked and the answer I gave yesterday affected a lot more people than just he and I. His wife, his children, his friends and his family were all affected by that, as were mine and my teammates.

As someone who’s made it very clear I have major issues with members of the media that take little or no pride in their work it’s the height of hypocrisy for me to say what I did, in any forum. I started this blog to give people a look into the life we live on and off the field, not to get into back and forths with people I don’t like or have issues with. Doing that will only make this a rant-filled, no content bunch of words.

Quite a few people have tossed Biblical references my way in the past week or so after the Thorne incident in Baltimore talking about turning the other cheek and being above the fray. I’ve often thought I do and try to be that way, but it’s very clear in the last two weeks I’ve done the exact opposite. That’s not to say I won’t respond when I feel someone’s calling me out and is wrong, but doing so in every instance will serve no one and only make me say and act like the very people I have issues with.

The only perfect human to walk the face of the earth died a few thousand years ago, that much I know. I am far from perfect and make more than my share of mistakes, which is something I have no problem with because that’s part of being human. However when my mistakes adversely affect other peoples lives, that’s a big deal. It was a callous, reckless and irresponsible thing to say, and for that I apologize to Barry, Barry’s family, Barry’s friends and the Giants organization, my teammates and the Red Sox organization as well as anyone else who may have been offended by the comments I made.

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  1. dunn316 permalink
    May 13, 2007 2:32 pm

    Curt,
    I am a Yankee fan, but I felt the need to post on this board about your comments about Bonds. I feel you were completely right in saying what you said about him. I personally feel that Bonds, along with Giambi, Palmero, Canseco, and McGuire, are disgraces to baseball. You had the courage to say what everyone really feels. For that, I applaud you. Its too bad that you felt the need to apologize for saying this. I consider your original comments to be brutally honest, and something that someone in MLB had to say. You had nothing to apologize for, except hurting a cheater’s feelings. Good luck with all of your ALS work, Curt.

    Chris Dunn
    New York Yankee fan.

  2. Pudge permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:31 pm

    Curt… I respect you.
    What you said was wrong.
    That’s why you apologized. If what you said had been valid, you wouldn’t have. That IS manning up! (ref: bostonma #599).

    What I respect is the speed with which you responded. Gary Thorne said nothing publicly about his stupid paint remarks. Less than 18 hours after you spoke on EEI, you took care of it. No consulting legal teams and avoiding commnts… set it straight you did and I appreciate that.

    True… if you were less vocal, you’d be less likely to trip over your tongue, but I like a guy who gets ou there with the fan and talks. For every regrettable thing you might say, there have been 1000 insights I have taken away from here about the game and 2,000 moments of convicion as I see how hard you and your bride dedicate yourselves to that which you are called to support.

    Go get ‘em Schill! After 6 in the bottom of the 9th today, we got the BIG MO! Just be careful about dropping any more 2×4’s on the tracks! :)

    Pudge

  3. sox014 permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:08 pm

    Curt, anyone such as myself who listens to your weekly WEEI interview is aware that you are provided a split second to answer a wide variety of questions, not to mention that this occurs first thing in the morning. In my opinion, you always make every effort to avoid offending anybody while still giving the answers that all of Red Sox Nation wants to hear.

    Unfortunately, in life you will never please everyone and you were asked to address one of the most controversial topics ever in the history of baseball. As a result, it’s my opinion that someone would have had something to say regardless of how you responded.

    I personally think that everyone made too big of a deal out of the whole thing and I thought nothing of it afterward; however, it was nice of you to apologize regardless. You pitch in one of the toughest markets in baseball where the players are always under the microscope and there is always going to be someone who attempts to stir up trouble. You have done an outstanding job and thank you for all you have done and continue to do this season.

  4. Muscles Coleman permalink
    May 14, 2007 1:35 pm

    Curt, why apologize? You’re flip-flopping like that certain Massachusetts Senator. You were right on the money about Bonds, so why are you shying away? Is it because he’s on pace to possibly break the record off one of your pitches? Boy, would that be a sight.

    Stick to your guns, even if you are a blowhard Red Sock.

  5. blingdaag permalink
    May 14, 2007 2:58 pm

    Curt, your remarks regarding Barry Bonds was totally unfair. You along with baseball is singling out one person, Barry Bonds, only because he is on his way to rewriting the record books. He has never tested positive for steroids like while others like Palmiero did.

    You took over the line when you brought up his personal life. I guess you believe in not only kicking a man when he’s down, but kick him in the nuts with an iron shoes. Are you just upset at the fact he took you deep you deep eight times? I thought this game was played by men with some “balls” and not a bunch of school girls. I am not saying he didn’t take steroids, but there is no concrete evidence that he did and therefore gave you no right to say what you’ve.

    I see a lot of people are giving a pat on the back for apologizing, but I don’t by it. Like Don Imus, you are only apologizing because you were caught and you are trying to rebuild your reputation. YOU MAKE ME SICK. GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!

  6. May 14, 2007 3:16 pm

    Throw yourself in the garbage………an indolent pitcher with no heart

  7. basho2000 permalink
    May 14, 2007 3:33 pm

    Hi Curt,

    One more and I’m done.

    If Curt was wrong to say his bit on Bonds, could you share exactly what was wrong with his comments?

    I’m not seeing that in any of these 600 posts.

    As I mentioned earlier, the only thing I see wrong is that the weight came down on Curt–(could you tell I loved Ball Four when I was growing up?)

    Thanks,

    Basho

  8. yasik permalink
    May 14, 2007 6:59 pm

    Man you make a lot of buzz with your comments and everything… I think it was wrong…

  9. soxfan07 permalink
    May 15, 2007 10:05 am

    Don’t worry about Curt. I mean I know it was kinda harsh but hey I agree with you. But some people don’t like it so I guess you have to apologize every once in a while. Well keep up the good work and good luck in the season.

  10. mainejoe permalink
    May 15, 2007 12:08 pm

    Curt: I would guess that you are happy that the whole Bonds thing is in the rear view mirror and rightly so. To my mind you didn’t need to apologize for anything you said about him. His involvement with Greg Anderson and Balco is very well documented in “Game of Shadows” by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, an excerpt of which was published in SI. And all these Bonds apologists would do well to remember that whether or not Bonds ever sees the inside of a courtroom he will ultimately be judged in the court of public opinion. And in that “court” it is my guess the judgment will be harsh indeed. BTW gutty game the other night. Thanks.

  11. Justice19 permalink
    May 15, 2007 2:25 pm

    It is a shame that we all can’t share what we really feel without it becoming gospel. I agree what you said about Barry Bonds in the forum you said it was wrong. There is a fire burning in the media on Bonds so you to don’t need to feed the fire. The media can be cruel and these forums are dangerous. I am glad you do not apologize for everything you write or say to the media. One word “Rosebud”.

  12. timmyb9971 permalink
    May 15, 2007 5:17 pm

    I just want to say I have been a Red Sox fan for 25 years. I think that you, Mr. Curt Schilling, need to just shut your mouth and play baseball. You are not a politician yet, you are a baseball player. I respect the fact that you speak your opinion, but sometimes you go to far. Please just keep you mouth shut cause some of us die hard sox fans are just sick and tired of you!!
    Tim

  13. phatdad66 permalink
    May 16, 2007 7:13 am

    In reply to basho2000’s comment #607 Curt was way out of line and off target. What did he get wrong on Bonds…EVERYTHING. Most obvious is his, and everybody elses mind state that Barry is in trouble for steroids. WRONG!!! Nobody’s going after Bonds for roids, their going after him for purgery. The steriods he’s been accused of weren’t freaking illegal at the time. They couldn’t test for it, and as crappy as it sounds, He “maybe” beat the system. I’m not debating the morals on the subject but to completely defame his achievements, for MAYBE using a substance that hadn’t been deemed illegal, and/ or staying in denial about the fact that he’s never failed a drug test is pretty Nieve. He’s been amazing his whole career
    -1990: National League Most Valuable Player • 1990: National League Gold Glove at OF
    • 1991: National League Gold Glove at OF • 1992: National League Gold Glove at OF
    • 1992: National League Most Valuable Player • 1993: National League Most Valuable Player
    • 1993: National League Gold Glove at OF • 1994: National League Gold Glove at OF
    • 1994 ESPY: Male Athlete of the Year • 1994 ESPY: Outstanding Baseball Performer
    • 1996: National League Gold Glove at OF • 1997: National League Gold Glove at OF
    • 1998: National League Gold Glove at OF • 2001: National League Most Valuable Player
    • 2002 ESPY: Moment of the Year • 2002: National League Most Valuable Player
    • 2002 ESPY: Outstanding Baseball Performer • 2003: National League Most Valuable Player
    • 2004: National League Most Valuable Player • 2004: National League Silver Slugger

    Oh yeah, their testing for these roids now right, so the older man should be worse without his roids right? well check these stats Curt and Basho

    League Leaders 2007
    • Ranks 3rd in NL in HR (11) • Ranks 1st in NL in BB (39)
    • Ranks 1st in NL in OBP (.511) • Ranks 1st in NL in SLG (.711)
    • Ranks 1st in NL in OPS (1.223)

  14. maximusjp permalink
    May 16, 2007 10:53 am

    Curt,

    Don’t ever apologize for speaking out about something that millions of baseball fans feel. Until the day that Bonds is in jail and condemned as a cheater and a fraud, justice will not have been done.

    Go Phils!

    -Max

  15. trashtalker508 permalink
    May 17, 2007 11:31 am

    I’ve only had “that feeling” about a sporting event twice in my life. One was you, Curt, bleeding on the mound doing what you did. The other was when Pedro was willing to fight the entire Yankees team the year before. As far as sports go, you both have a special place in my heart. That said, it’s baseball. Throw the ball. No one cares that you are a Christian and every reasonable person feels you have the right to express that if you wish. People care that you needed to say that 4000 times in a row after the game. We got it dude, thats awsome for you. Again, throw the ball. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Jesus is a bit more interested in people who try to impact the world positively rather than people who throw a ball. Religion is important with people like Ghandi, Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, and many other people who dedicated their lives to public service and the betterment of humanity… not people who throw balls. I’m certainly not trying to take away your charity work, which New England appreciates more than the people here could ever show, but let’s add some perspective.

    What is going on with Bonds is very simple. Absolute trash like Jay Mariotti (he’s far from the only one) are getting rich on defaming Bonds. While Bonds being a comple jerk 90% of the time certainly hasn’t helped, the economic reasons for the media certainly play a HUGE role. Maybe he did cheat, but no one can prove that. Another aspect of what is happening is the “purist” people, which is just an acronym for old people who grew up in segregation. They tried to do it to Hank Aaron, they just had less ammo (he wasn’t a jerk to everyone). From a non-racial standpoint, they tried to do it to Roger Maris as well, when he broke the single season HR record. The fact is old people will see past white trash like Babe Ruth was. He was a drunk who beat women and ate 14 hot dogs a day. He was no hero, he just hit a ball. While he was very good at hitting a ball, he still just hit a ball. The fact is that there is a room in the Hall of Fame for Ruth, and Hank Aaron has a two foot posterboard in a dark corner. There is more in the display/museum area of the Hall about Pete Rose and the big red machine than there is about Hank Aaron. The “purists” who like the good ‘ole days would like to erase our entire generation of baseball, and they are succeeding. The fact is that Barry Bonds may be the greatest hitter this game has ever seen. They will go after Clemens next, and you, Curt, will be in that line sometime. They are trying to take away the last 15 or so years of baseball history. I’d like to have the generation I’ve grown up watching. You, sir, are part of that generation. So is Bonds. Please don’t help it be erased, defamed and/or marginalized any more than it already has.

  16. destroybarrysballcom permalink
    May 17, 2007 12:22 pm

    Curt,

    I admire a man who is willing to admit and work to correct his mistakes. It’s admirable, and even though many have already said it right here on your Blog, I’ll say it again.

    All that said, however, your comments circle a ring of truth. Would you have said what you said if Barry Bonds were the most honorable and likeable fellow on the planet ? Of course not. And nobody would feel anything but giddy at what’s about to happen . . . Hank Aaron’s all-time Home Run record being broken.

    But we all know that’s just fantasy land. We live in the real world where Barry Bonds is by just about everyone’s account at least a bit of a jerk (if not a total one). Add in questions about steroids, and we’re left with a situation that no one feels good about.

    That’s where http://www.DestroyBarrysBall.com comes in. We’re not after Barry — We’re just after the ball and what a special ball like this represents. Our goal is to raise money, buy the ball and donate process to charity, and then destroy the ball by making a video of its ‘decommissioning’ as we call it and then posting the video on YouTube. Baseball prides itself on the physical objects of the game, but no one believes in this ball. Simply put, the ball’s gotta go.

    To learn more and join the cause, please visit http://www.DestroyBarrysBall.com.

    Sincerely,

    DestroyBarrysBall.com

  17. anthony972003 permalink
    May 17, 2007 11:20 pm

    Guys, it just hit me. Curt Schilling needs to be the President of the United States. He and George Bush try to convince people of things in exactly the same manner: state something once, then restate it but do so more definitively. It is brilliant strategy.

    I mean if the Terminator can lead a state richer than most countries, why can’t an outspoken, albeit slightly undereducated, pitching ace lead the nation? I mean look at his power: he has nearly nothing of substance to say (outside of technical baseball knowledge) yet we read his blog as if he provides actual insight into issues! If he has this type of power over us, he definitely can convince the American people of whatever he wants.

    So Curt, while you have the time, throw your hat in the ring! Giuliani, that darn Yankee fan, has no shot against you.

  18. trubelieva permalink
    May 18, 2007 6:53 am

    Hey phatdad66 #613- “What did he get wrong on Bonds…EVERYTHING. Most obvious is his, and everybody elses mind state that Barry is in trouble for steroids. WRONG!!! ”

    Get the quote right before you comment. Who are you Shaughnessy? Did Schilling say that Bonds is in trouble for Roids? Nooo! He said he admitted using. THAT my friend is a PROVEN fact. BONDS ADMITTED USING STERIODS! That’s what Curt said- and that is 100% COMPLETELY TRUE! The horse is out of the barn on that one and that cannot be argued. All of your other comments are useless. No one ever said that Bonds, even without steroids, was not a good or even great athlete. The argument is that Bonds would not be in the 700’s without the roids. Bonds make it to the hall if he never touches roids? My opinion is yes. Tremendous athlete- yes. HOFer- yes. Self-admitted ROID user- YES.

  19. trubrave permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:46 am

    Curt,
    You do not need to apoligize alll u did was say what the rest of baseball was thinking. Barry Bonds is a discrace to MLB, yes he has done great things for baseball but nobody is going to remeber him for that its going to be STERIODS. I am a high school student that loves the game i will watch any team play except for the giants when he plays, because when i play i dont do it for money i do it for the LOVE OF THE GAME and bonds and other roids users have forgotten why we play the game not because of that fat check, not for the chick screamin our name, not for the contracts were offered with companies, not for the power we feel but for the way you feel when you strike out your best friend, or dive into the fence and come up with the ball, or for the time you dug out a chopper to third slid into the bag and was called safe! And yes we all love the long ball but what feels better crushing one with help from a pill or cream or smackin one barley over the fence with your own power??????

    To Bonds: Go watch 11-12 yr olds playball and try and remember what it means to play for the LOVE of the GAME!!

  20. nickeldog permalink
    May 18, 2007 2:44 pm

    I would have you go back to 2001 Sports Illustrated article when Barry was on the verge of surpassing the 70 home run mark in a season. Curt had some very complimentary quotes about Barry Bonds saying he “I haven’t seen him miss a pitch this year”…. “its amazing that so many teams pitch around him, you would assume he mentally would get behind the 8-ball. He hasn’t done that, which is further testament to how great a hitter he is”…. He and Alex Rodriguez let the ball get deep on them, more so than any hitters I’ve faced… they react quicker than most other people.”

    So Curt, when did your attitude toward Barry change? After Barry lit you up for three homers in 2001? Or are you just an authority on everything? So, I presume you must think A-Rod cheated on baseball too? And that steroids help you mentally to avoid the 8-ball and to be quicker with the bat? Barry is just a damn great hitter. Steroids don’t do that.

    Curt, I cannot trust a single word out of your mouth. Never could, never will.

  21. destroybarrysballcom permalink
    May 18, 2007 5:23 pm

    Curt,

    Funny, for being such an outspoken guy who genuinely seems to care about things I thought I could have counted on you to do one of two things . . . a) respect free speech and publish my post or b) hold off and e-mail me to see what DestroyBarrysBall.com is trying to accomplish. You know, most people have to do the best they can — Not everyone has a multi-million dollar platform to speak from.

    As I said, Funny.

    And one of the things I would still be happy to discuss is whether ALS might be another worthwhile cause to get people to donate money to. The website could offer choice between the American Cancer Society, ALS, The Jimmy Fund, other semi-national charities . . .

    You can e-mail if you want to ‘Curt@DestroyBarrysBall.com’ — I suppose it is possible you’re intrigued but that you may have been limited to a publish / don’t publish decision.

    ————————-

    Curt,

    I admire a man who is willing to admit and work to correct his mistakes. It’s admirable, and even though many have already said it right here on your Blog, I’ll say it again.

    All that said, however, your comments circle a ring of truth. Would you have said what you said if Barry Bonds were the most honorable and likeable fellow on the planet ? Of course not. And nobody would feel anything but giddy at what’s about to happen . . . Hank Aaron’s all-time Home Run record being broken.

    But we all know that’s just fantasy land. We live in the real world where Barry Bonds is by just about everyone’s account at least a bit of a jerk (if not a total one). Add in questions about steroids, and we’re left with a situation that no one feels good about.

    That’s where http://www.DestroyBarrysBall.com comes in. We’re not after Barry — We’re just after the ball and what a special ball like this represents. Our goal is to raise money, buy the ball and donate process to charity, and then destroy the ball by making a video of its ‘decommissioning’ as we call it and then posting the video on YouTube. Baseball prides itself on the physical objects of the game, but no one believes in this ball. Simply put, the ball’s gotta go.

    To learn more and join the cause, please visit http://www.DestroyBarrysBall.com.

    Sincerely,

    DestroyBarrysBall.com

  22. steiny07977 permalink
    May 23, 2007 12:00 am

    Even though this is a touchy subject, someone with a name needed to say something about it. Many people share the same views on the matter. Bonds coming close to breaking this record, but it’s a disappointment because he didn’t make it just with pure talent. Bonds is a fake in this sport and he doesn’t deserve any fame for what he does anymore. I love the sport and just wish people could try and play off of the talent they’ve got. You’re gonna have an awesome season Curt, and everyone knows it.

  23. soxnayshon permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:38 pm

    Hello:
    RE:
    You are said to be “the pot calling the kettle black.” I’m not a Bond’s fan at all, and am convinced personally that he’s taken steroids (knowingly). But I saw no value in your involvement in the situation, and also thought your personal attacks against Bonds (cheating on wife and taxes, etc) were way over the line from a professional athlete with the religious beliefs we seem to share.

    I understand your apology but I have not heard you say why you felt the need to hurt Bonds’ family. Can you tell us why you wanted to do that? Should I name the guys in your clubhouse who have admitted to cheating on their wives and the ones who hacve cheated and have not admitted doing so?

    I just do not understand it and no wonder you are being critisized in your own clubhouse.

    Thanks for this blog. You are doing as good thing and I will help you with your golf reservations for October again this year. Thank you

  24. jeff555 permalink
    May 25, 2007 12:40 pm

    You’re comments might not have been politically correct but they were rite
    on the money and you’re opinion is shared by alot of baseball fans around
    the country ..excpt in San Francisco but what do they know….
    Barry Bonds is stealing the homerun title from Hank Aaron…..

  25. okajima37 permalink
    May 25, 2007 9:58 pm

    Curt you said what most Baseball fans are thinking. Bonds is a lying cheating disgrace to the game. Sounds like he’d fit in in Pin stripes.

    Still I don’t totally agree with coming out with the comment. The team’s rolling right now and theres no need to create a distraction. However I respect that you admitted the move as a mistake and apologized

    PS The series vs. San Fran at Fenway will be a good one after this.

  26. luluxbelle permalink
    June 19, 2007 2:30 pm

    OKAJIMA37. You wish. HAHA

  27. imasoxfan permalink
    June 22, 2007 5:24 pm

    hey curt,

    it takes a real man to apologize. what you said is probably true, but i still liked that you took the time to say sorry.

    RED SOX 4EVER!

  28. blowe3 permalink
    July 25, 2007 7:41 am

    Curt, I have always liked you as a pitcher and respect your opinion whether I think it is right or wrong. I was listning to your show with Costas the other night and you were asked if you left Boston could you play for the Yankees and you said no. Why not? Hatfields vs. McKoys?

    The Bambino did it! Damon did it. Why not Curt. Pitching with Roger next year. Love to have you in pinstripes. What do you think of Johnny Damon going to New York? Being a Yankee fan I certainly am not a Boston fan but I do like some of your players. I am from Trot’s hometown in North Carolina and used to watch hm play in highschool often so I was always pulling for him to do well and I have always liked J. Damon, Big Papi, and you. I respect you guys and like your game.

    Why did the Sox not resign Damon? I am glad you didn’t but am interested in knowing why. I thought he was the MVP of your world series year. Why did they get rid of him? Great player. Are you still friends?

    Yankee fan
    BLowe3

  29. November 18, 2009 8:19 am

    What an excellent blog, I’ve added your feed to my RSS reader. :-)

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