Not a thing in the world to be upset about.
22 years ago January the Boston Red Sox picked a Freshman Pitcher from Yavapai Junior College (the best JC team in the nation btw!) in the 2nd round of the (Last!) January Draft.
3 World Series rings, 3k innings plus later, there’s a chance it’s all over.
UPDATE: As much as I dislike even acknowledging CHB, when his personal issues get in the way of reporting actual facts (which seems to happen much more often with me than others) I for some reason, right or wrong, feel a need to clarify and allow people to form their opinions on actual facts surrounding events he deems worthy enough to cover. If he can’t get his facts straight I figure I’ll be the good guy and help him out. It is after all, a matter of confirming things before you print your story right? Or does that step get skipped when in doing so part of your story disappears?
“Without telling his bosses ($8 million for not pitching doesn’t buy loyalty the way it used to), Schilling last Friday broke the news of his upcoming surgery on his paid radio gig (yes, the money goes to charity, but Schilling would not be talking to WEEI if the financial arrangement didn’t exist, and he knows there will be no tough questions)”
Is a lie. It’s not the first time he’s lied or misrepresented something, and knowing him it surely won’t be the last. The Red Sox did know that I was telling WEEI about the surgery and it was discussed with them the night before it happened. There was no desire on either side to call a press conference or something like it, but rather Theo and Tito would take questions off this morning announcement. Everyone knew, no one that needed to be informed was left out. It appears that CHB feels he’s in the “need to know” camp, when he in fact isn’t, and never has been.
The easy part is that this is just another example of why so many athletes feel disdain for certain members of the media, who, when facing declining readership and losing their relevance and impact, force themselves into their stories rather than sticking to just writing them.
And as for the paid radio gig, ya, WEEI donates and helps raise a ton of money for SHADE and for ALS, it’s why we do the show, to create awareness and raise money for charities. Poo on us. I do agree though, that not having someone as ethically pure and talented as him around means no one can ask a ‘tough question’, need to have someone of his HOF skill set for that to happen…..
To all of the well wishers, thank you. To all of the anti-Schilling people, thank you. Both sets of you were inspiration and motivation to be whatever it is I was for 19 some odd years on a major league mound.
I am set to have what could be extensive and potentially career ending shoulder surgery on Monday. The result of that surgery could be waking up and being told “It’s been a nice run big man, but you’re done” or “It wasn’t THAT bad, but it’s going to take serious time and effort to ever pitch again”.
The first one was what made this decision much easier because if I do not have surgery my career is over today, right now. That’s probably the case anyway, but I’d rather find out and know, than I would ponder. Even if the 2nd option happens it’s not clear cut. Coming back from this surgery at 31 would be an enormous challenge, at 41 more so. BUT, if that is an option at least I’ll be able to make that decision with all the cards on the table, and it will end on terms I choose. I won’t come back throwing 85 with so-so crap. If there is not an option to come back and be good, I won’t.
For anyone happy about that I’d recommend going to someone else’s blog. For Sox fans and fans that have supported me understand and please comprehend this much. I have not one single solitary thing in any way shape or form to be unhappy about. There is a world full of people suffering far more and far worse than my shoulder, not to mention I’ve been given and been blessed with far more than any one person deserves, far more.
To you fans, thank you, thank you, thank you. If it is all over, every single moment and memory I’ll take away from my career comes with your involvement and support. More athletes than you know recognize this and appreciate it. The 4 years I was allowed the honor of wearing this uniform I would hope you believe I did so with honor, integrity and respect, for the game but more importantly for my manager, coaches and teammates.
The game was here for well over a hundred years before I came along, and will be for that and more after I am gone, it owes Curt Schilling absolutely nothing, it gave me far more than I ever gave it.
If this was my last shot, and it is over, I wouldn’t change a thing (ok well that’s not totally true because I WOULD push rewind, go back to a few instances and shut my mouth, but hey we can’t all be perfect) that happened to me, with me or on any teams I played on. In 22 years I would say I had the honor of playing with some of the greatest of all time, and at most 3-4 really bad people, that’s not a bad thing.
Once this all clears up I’ll check back in to let everyone know that cares to know, how Monday went and what the prognosis and decisions are going forward, here.