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Is it Twitters fault?

March 3, 2015

Hell no. For those of you saying “Just block it” or “get off twitter”, stop reading now.

I would bet 100% of you are either childless fathers or single.
Here’s the thing. You can do whatever you choose when someone tries to verbally or physically attack one of your children. Me? I don’t possess the ‘turn the other cheek’ gene when it gets there.

I’m not upset that people are talking trash to me, or at me. Sure as a human being you’d wish no one would say mean things but hey, that’s life and that’s the world we live in.

Given the sheer tonnage of quotes and comments I’ve made I was bound to create a ‘He’s a tool” list that was well stocked. I don’t have issue going back and forth with keyboard cowboys and tough guys because they’re small small people. I’m ok with that, that’s 100% on me.

I mentioned being a Republican, being a Red Sox and all that other stuff. I didn’t insert politics to make a point, I did so to make sure if you read it you knew that I KNEW people hate me for one or more reasons.

If you hate me because of my political stance that’s ok. If you hate me because you love the Yanks, that’s cool. Those differences are the very fabric of this country. We are ALLOWED to be, think, and act different. Men and women have died for over 239 years so you and I could debate and argue politics, religion, evolution, baseball, sports, whatever, without death as a potential argument finisher.

Check out the comments. So many start with “I don’t agree with your politics” or “I’m a Democrat” or something along those lines.

You don’t need to caveat your opinion with your political affiliation because I don’t care. I’m interested in your opinion (for most of you) for the discussion and/or argument.

You don’t like me because I talk too much? I have an insane passion for what I love and what I believe. I usually don’t have a Yes/No answer for anything (Just ask Karl Ravech). If that annoys you and/or makes you not like me? That’s cool, I get it. If that makes you hate me, while I can’t understand that even a little, that’s ok, again, that’s what we are allowed to do. Speak and think freely.

The boys that have gotten bad fallout from this. Do I feel bad? No. Do I sympathize? No. Whatever is their result is 100% on them. No one asked them to do it, no one forced them to do it, they made sexually aggressive and sexually explicit comments at and to my 17 year old daughter and even when given a chance (which I did in every instance) to back off and move on, they did not.

For all you tough guys out there who piss and moan with the “just turn it off” or “just block”. Why on earth would I allow someone with zero honor, zero integrity and zero morals to dictate even 1 minute of my life?

I look at it like this. If someone walked into your house and punched your daughter square in the face, what would your reaction be? You and I probably are thinking the very same thing. How is that different than what happened to my amazing Daughter?

Here’s how.

Those bruises on your daughters face? They’ll heal over time and go away. My daughter? She was bruised and battered every bit as bad as that punch. Her scars are there forever.

For you “men” trying to somehow side with these guys? Go for it. You don’t have far to go in life, in fact you may already be at your finish line.

Ladies? I don’t care if you’re 7 or 70. There is no time, no place, no reason in your lives ever that anyone, most especially a man, is allowed to talk to you, or treat you, this way.   99.9% of the tools that continue to rant didn’t even read the article, and they most assuredly didn’t click on the links.

Young women, and men, are KILLING themselves after being cyber-bullied.

You have a son, daughter, sister or brother? Niece, nephew, cousin? One that you would go to the ends of the earth for? Think about it for a second. Phone rings and that person has died, hung themselves because they were bullied. How are you doing? What’s your reaction?

Let me be very clear again. I have no issues with people ragging other people. It’s been a part of my life for 40 some years. Ask an athlete, soldier, fireman, policeman, locker rooms might be the most uncivil places on the planet. We say things to each other in there no one else is allowed to say to us. It’s how you express your love to your teammates/co-workers/brothers in arms. I am just about 100% sure no one, and nothing, in that environment brings that outside, and for good reason.

Get on me, rag me all you want. People from Rhode Island? Until everything comes out I can’t fault you one bit for saying the things you say and being angry about how that all ended. You have every right to be pissed, I am. When the full story is told I don’t think you’ll be any less angry, likely you’ll be more, but I do believe the direction of that anger will adjust itself. It doesn’t matter to you but that company was the biggest thing I’ve ever tried and had almost 300 people and their families that I cared deeply about. Ending the way it did could not have been farther from what and how it should have.

That’s mainly on me, I can’t walk away, and haven’t, from that. I’ve lost too many times to count in life, it’s what solidifies the love of winning and desire to be great. I’ve never failed, until 38. The only way to fail something is to quit, or have it taken away. I didn’t steal 1$. In fact I never ever took even a penny from that company, ever. Ya I did lose over 50 million dollars of my own and that’s on me. The state had a desire for us to move there and made an offer every single person reading this would have taken.

And please stop with the ‘small government conservative who takes gov’t handouts’. A bond is not a ‘handout’, never has been. It’s also not ‘stolen’ . It was a state issued investment tool to raise capital to incentivize 38 Studios to move to Providence. Be as mad as you need to be about how it happened, that’s totally understandable since so much remained out of sight and so much happened so oddly fast. Be as mad as you want about what you believe or perceive to be the truths. I can assure you that when this settles itself you will see and hear things A) You never thought possible and B) That will make you understand from the 1st day I never even hinted at doing anything illegal or underhanded.

I wouldn’t have risked my company, the employees or their families not to mention the 50m I had invested myself.

I would tell you this. The way you treated my employees was an embarrassment and a shame. What did they do but work their asses off and revive the local business community on a daily basis (oh and btw make a game the outsold its lifetime projections in 1 year) ?

That’s for another day but I wanted to make sure you know I have heard it, and always will. That one will go to my grave with me.

At the end of the day this is becoming a cesspool of cynicism that we live in. I can deal with my issues and my detractors and haters. But some people can’t and women shouldn’t ever have to.

I grew up in a world where women were treated with respect and dignity. When did that become out of date? Obsolete? How? Why?

You want to rag me? You want to MF me about RI, about things I said when I played, about my congressional testimony in 2001? Go for it.

But you want to say and post things attacking my family? I won’t say you can’t, because I cannot stop you. But I will tell you this. I can and will find you and if what you’ve done has harmed my children mentally/physically then it will not end well. That’s not me talking trash or acting tough, that’s me, and every single father on the planet explaining how this sort of stuff ends.

I promise you even the baddest and toughest, meanest and strongest man reading this sees zero honor in belittling a minor, zero. Zero honor in sexually harassing a women.

The world we live in, while it has changed, the rules honestly haven’t in many cases. Twitter? It’s here to stay, it’s here and is part of a social network this generation has grown up with, and will live with. You can “turn it off” you can “block everyone” or say “I don’t let my kids do it”. That will not make it go away. It’s part of their lives, and by relation, yours. Go ahead, those of you that are certain your kids don’t go on. Google their names. But before you do be VERY ready to see and hear things that will stun you. It’s not, to me anyway, an offense you punish them over, but it is an incredibly important discussion that needs to happen.

I can’t believe it’s true, but it is. Kids are KILLING THEMSELVES over cyber bullying. Regardless of the psychological reasoning or arguments, do we need any more reason than that to stand up and begin to push for an end and far far tougher laws? I don’t think we do.

Anonymous is the ONLY human being, and his cohorts, on this planet that truly is anonymous. I’d have solicited his/their help but I’m praying they’re the ones to finally destroy the infrastructure of the murders overseas.

We don’t need the FCC, it’s not Twitters, Facebook, Hulu, Youtube, Instagram, Vine or any other social networking services’ fault. Human beings are at fault and there is absolutely NO reason to not hold any and every one of them accountable.

You don’t need money, you don’t need celebrity to out these toolboxes. Just a desire to take a bully in front of the public. Nothing a phony tough guy is more scared of than being outed I bet. Let’s find out.

In the meantime God Bless, and to our Warfighters God Speed and thank you. Curt

P.S. Forgot to show you internet sleuths the latest studs..

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189 Comments leave one →
  1. travsmom permalink
    March 3, 2015 11:43 pm

    As a parent to a son with Aspergers I considered myself an expert on having to defend against bullies. I never thought my beautiful, kind. Funny, athletic daughter would also be on the receiving end in life. Something about a “boy/man” publicly calling your daughter the “C” word on Twitter that stirs up an immediate reaction to defend and attack. This came from an ex boyfriend…a captain of his towns successful hockey team. I wanted to contact the coach but I am ashamed to say lacked the courage. My daughter said it would be social suicide for her. I am disgusted at the liberties that many boys and men take when talking about girls. When I saw this story today I felt relief…I am sorry for what Gabby had to deal with but I felt like finally someone is standing up for our daughters. I saved a picture of the tweet that came to my daughter and I am waiting for the right opportunity to share it with the “captains” parents.

  2. March 4, 2015 12:04 am

    Curt… I may not agree with you in politics, but I back you 1000% on this. It’s about time somebody took a stand against this kind of ugliness and idiocy. I’m from south jersey and have been a big fan since I watched you fan about 17 yankees in the first year of interleague play! I’m an even bigger fan now… And good luck to your daughter in school and on the mound!

  3. March 4, 2015 12:25 am

    I commend your for what you’ve done. These people are learning there are consequences for your actions. But I disagree with one thing you said. In some ways it IS Twitter’s fault. They have allowed this to happen since their inception. They could have fixed this a long time ago.

  4. Mike Smith permalink
    March 4, 2015 1:11 am

    We get it. You’re pissed. And rightly so. But allowing people to leave comments in your comment section regarding the names and addresses of people who simply have the misfortune to be related to those original retards is of no better mentality than the vile original comments.

    • March 10, 2015 2:06 pm

      They absolutely have the wrong person identified. They’ve placed info on this blog that is 100% erroneous. Putting names, cell numbers, license plate numbers, and places of employment as fact because you think you have done your research- you’re wrong and guilty of cyberbullying yourselves.

    • March 10, 2015 2:15 pm

      Mike, you’re 100% correct.
      1- they’re identifying the wrong person.
      2- it isn’t fair to group relatives to this.

      Do unto others.

  5. March 4, 2015 1:44 am

    Thank you for protecting your daughter and outing these losers (and even that is too kind of a description. Well done sir! I hope all that participate in this crap pay in some way…their behavior is cowardly and pathetic.

    Congrats to your daughter on her achievement.

  6. klevy11 permalink
    March 4, 2015 1:55 am

    Perhaps we should forget about finding who or what is at fault. Twitter, no different then a gun, is simply the weapon of choice. I admire Mr. Schilling as a father and human being. This guy plays with heart. It may not be your heart -but there is a strong pulse here.
    It’s not always easy to say or stand by what you believe . But if it’s important to you-you should do it. That being said, if you have such a minimal existence that the best thing you have to offer the world is some disgusting comment about a young lady who wouldn’t even recognize you if you not her on the ass…you should probably quit looking at her and look at yourself.
    As parents of young children perhaps we should take away their handy dandy little devices that record every weak and juvenile moment and encourage them to throw a ball , play an instrument or do nothing…we are supposed to protect our children and yet we arm them with the weapons to make complete asses of themselves when they are too damn young to know better. We know Better and still we shake our heads in disbelief and blame technology and social media.
    We parents need to protect our kids, by talking to them and sharing experiences , not by busting out asses to increase their data plan.
    I am no prood, but I would like to go on record saying I am disturbed by what I read here tonight. You are not men. You don’t even have the slightest insight as to what it’s like to be one. You are a screen shot of what you think others want to see. Lame!
    Curt schilling – hats off! Great dad! Your daughter will be just fine …great!

  7. March 4, 2015 2:20 am

    It should have absolutely nothing to do with which baseball teams you played for and/or which political party you associate with; HUMAN BEINGS should never minimize what was said to your daughter, anything other than “congratulations” or “good job” for her hard work was uncalled for, but what they said, was inhumane and disgusting. It’s disgusting that men could think that “rape jokes” are in any way/shape/form comical, it’s sad to think one of the happiest and proudest days was tainted by a bunch of disrespectful assholes.
    It’s not about left or right, it’s about people understanding that there are repercussions to this kind of behavior (they obviously weren’t taught beforehand) and facing them just as their victims are having to do.

    I’m independent. I’m a Red Sox fan…but more importantly I’ve been a victim of “cyber bullying”, those scars don’t fade, the words stick with you for a long time. Praying for your daughters wounds; if she’s anything like you, she will make one hell of a pitcher! Congratulations, Gabby! You’ve earned it.

    I was a huge fan of yours after 2004 and now, I’ve gained an even greater amount of respect! Thank you for being a voice and taking a stand on this. The people criticizing you aren’t parents, haven’t known people to commit suicide over this or haven’t been victims themselves.

    Time to break out my 38 Red Sox shirt 🙂

    Blessed love!

  8. March 4, 2015 2:26 am

    Who are you to think this is a first, famous, rich, nothing to lose SOB with your fame to support your semantics. I want nothing to do with any of this, but your holy grossness begs me, jerk..

  9. March 4, 2015 2:26 am

    Hey Curt. I just want to let you know that I completely agree with you. This type of cyber bullying has to stop. I feel for you and your daughter, and I hope the jerks who did this get what’s coming to them, but I’m happy that at least one of them was fired. These scumbags have no excuse to talk to someone that way, let alone a minor.

    And btw, I am saying this as 20 year old Democrat Yankee fan without a daughter, so there is absolutely no reason why someone should disagree with you.

    Keep doing what you’re doing man, and know that you have at least one fan and someone who respects you in New York.

  10. March 4, 2015 2:50 am

    I applaud you for the way you’ve handled this Curt. Behavior like that is unacceptable and if people don’t see that there are consequences for acting that way they will never stop.

  11. March 4, 2015 3:31 am

    Very wise words sir! Hats of to you!
    All the best to your daughter!

  12. March 4, 2015 4:05 am

    I’m going to go with that SLATE moron being Jordan Slate or his brother Austin. The actual twitter account is linked to a Google/Facebook account with no real info. The only friend though is…you guessed it, Jordan Slate. Jordan & Austin hail from South Carolina Jordan works as a Gas Express Attendant & Cashier at Ingles Markets, as well as doing Youth Media production for the Forestville Baptist Church. (I bet they’re proud of these kids!) Austin will graduate from Wade Hampton HS in Greenville this year. Congrats! He’s a Wide Receiver on the varsity team. Jordan can be reached by email at jordanslate@mail.com. Haven’t found an email for Austin yet, but his FB page is fb.com/austin.slate.

  13. March 4, 2015 5:22 am

    If you had no come out to defend your daughter, you would never have been forgiven. It’s good that you have the resources to hunt them down as quickly as you did. Be proud, there’s a lot of little girls that would like a dad like you. Congrats to your lovely daughter and enjoy her moments. Be blessed.

  14. March 4, 2015 6:17 am

    THE REAL KURT SCHILLING….1st off let me say that I do not believe what was said about your daughter was acceptable in anyway!!! that being said I feel I have to call a spade a spade!!! kurt do u remember a may 2004 series with Cleveland??? im guessing not so, let me refresh your memory that’s the day u broke a kids heart…I took my son to that game because he was a huge fan of yours” and, myself up to that point” and, when he ask u for an autograph u smirked at us and, rolled your eyes and, walked off…my son really never looked at baseball the same way after that!!! so, don’t give everyone your holy then thou b.s. defending yur daughter crap…facts be told u were an attention whore and, asshole when you played and, nothing really has changed!!! so, I don’t know how you can call yourself a Christian man!!! I know you will undoubtable remove this comment so, it wont tarnish your reputation…but, at least I know what happened that day!!! so, go ahead kurt put this on your twitter account im sure a lot of people would like to know THE REAL CURT SCHILLING!!!

  15. March 4, 2015 6:36 am

    You are the man, Curt. Keep it up. You hit the nail RIGHT on the head when you said, “Nothing a phony tough guy is more scared of than being outed I bet.”

    You’re exactly right, and I am sure that with a Father figure as strong as you with your morals and ethics, you have just as strong a daughter.

    Let ’em have it…as The Duke said, “Why don’t you finish the job!”

  16. March 4, 2015 7:00 am

    Yeah, you can’t blame Twitter or facebook, or any other media tool out there for the actions of these punks. The blame solely lies on the personal issuer of each of these harsh and cruel comments, it was clearly their decision to use the provided methods, to act like ass’s.

    Not only are these punks assholes, but they obviously couldn’t see true beauty if it slapped them directly across their faces, your daughter is a very pretty young lady, I really am confused with those statements they made, I just can’t figure it out other than perhaps a jealousy thing maybe? After all, that usually is the norm, under those circumstances.

    And they apparently don’t know crap about softball or baseball.

    Last season against Dover-Sherborn, Gabby struck out 12??, while only giving up 5 hits and 1 run??, in her first start of the season??? to earn player of the game???? Do they have any idea how difficult of a task that is for a high school pitcher?? (Congrats on that by the way, sure it was an extremely proud moment for you and your wife).

    I have to confess Curt, I’m a Pirate fan so I didn’t particularly follow you during your career, (yeah, sorry buddy, it’s a Pittsburgh thing, haha), this doesn’t mean I didn’t respect your abilities on the field, I did, as with any other real baseball fan did.

    But now I’m behind you 100%, as is the rest of America!

  17. March 4, 2015 7:01 am

    Curt – screw the idiots who are criticizing you for doing what you are doing. the fact is these few idiots were completely out of line. I am a father only to two dogs, no son, no daughter. but I don’t blame you one bit for doing what you are doing! congrats to you and your family and more importantly your daughter for all her hard work paying off! great story, don’t let these few idiots ruin it!

  18. March 4, 2015 7:07 am

    thank you Curt!! Have a daughter and I applaud you!!!

  19. March 4, 2015 7:15 am

    Bravo Curt

  20. March 4, 2015 7:25 am

    Hi. Thanks for doing this. I don’t use twitter and only occasionally come across these morons in other forums. I didn’t have much of an opinion of you one way or another when you were playing other than recognizing you were a gamer (not a big Sox fan out here in LA). Glad you brought it after retiring from baseball. Best of luck. Too bad about the guy losing his job with the Yanks, huh??? 🙂

  21. March 4, 2015 7:26 am

    Damn Damn Damn.. I’m a Rangers fan, and have no issues with Curt Schilling. He did baseball wonders, and he was a hell of a pitcher. I respect his views because he is man enough to voice them. I just don’t understand how people will intentionally try and get under people’s skin by using their closest loves as the bait. Where is the manhood? Those kids have to learn to respect people.

  22. March 4, 2015 7:37 am

    This madness needs to stop.http://ilperty.wix.com/foodpornpic/

  23. March 4, 2015 7:39 am

    A-fucking-men. There was this article recently about a little baby named Mariah. She’s two years old and has a genetic disorder called Chromosome 2 Duplication Syndrome.

    You know what these kids did? Made fun of her, calling her a monster. She’s a baby, for christ’s sake! It just tears my heart out when I see the horrible shit humanity does to each other. They hide behind their profiles thinking they’re untouchable and lash out thinking they’re home free with no consequences.

    Keep fighting the good fight, Curt. I wish the best to you and yours. Congrats to your daughter!

  24. March 4, 2015 7:39 am

    As a Sox fan, I thank you for the thrills. As the father of a teenage daughter who’s been bullied, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’re a good man. Best wishes to your daughter. I’m sure she’ll continue to shine.

  25. March 4, 2015 7:56 am

    Still winning, Schilling, and teaching a few punks about manhood. Keep it up.‏

  26. March 4, 2015 7:57 am

    If you play through the slate dudes profile on twitter it brings you to his youtube which is linked to a facebook which is clearly fake however it shows 1 single friend a Jordan Slate. That would be a good place to go considering his last name and the name on the twitter account. All of his info including a phone number is public on his page. Sadly I can’t seem to find anything with the other guy.

  27. March 4, 2015 8:15 am

    Well said Curt!

  28. March 4, 2015 8:16 am

    way to go curt, twitter muscles should not extend to ppls kids, they did nothing

  29. March 4, 2015 8:31 am

    Good for you for standing up for your daughter. I cannot even begin to understand why people think it is acceptable to direct those kind of comments to anyone, let alone a minor.

  30. March 4, 2015 8:35 am

    Curt, just give it up. Your problem is not that you don’t care what people think; it’s that you desperately care what people think. If you just went away and hung out with your family no one would even notice, and your mind would be clearer. Just do it, please, for the sake of everyone; including your kids.

  31. March 4, 2015 8:42 am

    ” I can and will find you and if what you’ve done has harmed my children mentally/physically then it will not end well. That’s not me talking trash or acting tough, that’s me, and every single father on the planet explaining how this sort of stuff ends.”

    That’s it right there, Curt. I have an 18 yr old daughter, and if I read that garbage I would lose my mind. I’ve half lost my mind reading it about someone else’s daughter. I hope you get as many of them as you can.

  32. March 4, 2015 8:43 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    I am so happy to see that you are considering doing something about this bullying. My daughter and our family went through years of cyber bullying and bullying right in her own school and NO ONE wanted to do anything about it. My daughter was an aspiring 15 year old who wanted to take her own life because of bullying. Even after we approached at least two of the kids parents, it didnt stop. We had to admit my daughter to a crisis unit and the bullying still persisted online and over her phone in text messages and prank calls. Due to the small town we come from, the authorities kept brushing it off, the school system was no help and so my daughter had to live with this harassment until she graduated from high school and moved away. It saddens me that she doesnt even want to move close to me because she doesnt want to have the bullying surface again as an adult. If you can make a difference, then please do. I have spoken to other people that have experienced this and they are all to scared to speak. If I could financially afford it, I would tour the U.S. High Schools and speak out about this, it is killing some of our children, it mentally destroys them and for some reason it DOESNT STOP. I truly hope that you can make a difference and make at least some change. My heart and prayers go out to your family and especially your daughter.

  33. d yelna permalink
    March 4, 2015 8:46 am

    Bravo Curt.
    I as a father of a young teen girl feel EXACTLY THE SAME way.

    FUCK YOU AND YOU TAKE YOUR LIFE IN YOUR OWN HANDS if you mess with any member of my family.

    This panzy ass, emasculated society of limp waisted, weak men is far from pathetic.

    Young teen boys with no direction let alone drive is killing this nation.

    But I, I am a knuckle draggin ape and proud to be.

    My teens, a young man and young daughter are raised with a stern yet gentle hand.
    They will be PRODUCTIVE people when they grow up.

    Time for these metrosexual, BS wanna be men to START acting LIKE MEN.
    And not like WOMEN!!!

  34. March 4, 2015 8:48 am

    Best of luck defeating the crazies. I applaud your moral courage in speaking out. Keep fighting.

  35. March 4, 2015 8:49 am

    I know almost nothing about baseball or you.
    I have absolutely have NO clue what you are referencing in regards to RI, and have no desire to google it.
    HOWEVER… I am the mama to three magnificent young women. I KNOW what wonderful humans they are and they know that I’d be in big trouble if anyone ever tried to harm them. THis mama lion would come out… claws first.

    Thus — My blood pressure shot through the roof while reading the tweets directed toward your daughter. I completely get why you reacted the way you did. I am sure I would have done something similar.

    To know that you stood up for your daughter… and ALL women… is a good thing. MORE than a good thing.

    I hope the males who participated this virtual assault will turn their lives around and do something to improve the world instead of filling it with vitriol. And I hope they can still look their mamas in the eye after they find out what their young “men” have been saying about other women.

  36. March 4, 2015 8:56 am

    Curt,

    I as a father of a 3 year old little girl, I could not thank you enough for this stance and subject that you have now brought to the forefront! I also must say that I am a diehard Yankee fan my entire life, born in the Bronx and have watched every pitch over my 37 years! (including the ones that you personally brought tears to my eyes with!) But more-so I am a fan of baseball and sports, I hated the UNIFORM you wore, but respected you as a player! This is so far and beyond sports and even human decency! I am on twitter (@stephendesalvo6) and facebook,and I rarely use them because of the moronic people and things that are often the majority of the things posted. People have to be held accountable for their actions…people can no longer hide behind “free speech” and society can no longer accept the things that they think they cannot control.
    Again, thank you for opening this door so that this is not still an issue when my little girl is 17 and I believe forcing State and Federal legislators to bring cyber-bullying to the table. If legislation is finally drafted in Congress, I promise I will stand right next to you with my Yankees jersey on and raising my fist in the air right next to you!

    Stephen J. DeSalvo

  37. March 4, 2015 9:02 am

    This might be @AyeeSlate: https://www.facebook.com/jslate

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzXw_O9Glucl6c6wtj6s6KQ

    Lives in Taylors, SC; nickname “Jordo”

  38. March 4, 2015 9:14 am

    You ROCK! As a parent of a young athlete, I constantly remind my daughter that there are consequences for bad judgement and irresponsibility on social media. You have proven my point and I’m grateful for that. I don’t feel bad for any of those people, young or old, that have been kicked off teams, fired or outed for being rude and disrespectful. It’s so easy to behave in that manner when you think you are not held accountable. I hope this is just the beginning of holding people accountable for their behavior on social media.

    Congratulations to your daughter on her accomplishments!

  39. March 4, 2015 9:15 am

    YOU GO DAD!!! BEHIND YOU 100%!!!!! CONGRATS TO YOUR DAUGHTER!!!

  40. March 4, 2015 9:15 am

    Curt,

    I have two issues with this unfortunate Twitter situation and your responses to it. I hope, if you do in fact read the comments and reply to them, that you can clear some things up. Before I go any further, I want to be clear that I am in no way on the side of the scumbags who tweeted at you. In fact, I’m mostly (like, 90%) in agreement with what you did and what you’ve written and said afterwards. But I have questions about the other 10%:

    1. By putting these guys’ names and tweets out to the public — the broad public that you are able to reach, beyond the “public” their tweets usually reach — didn’t you just perpetuate the cyber bullying cycle that your blog post railed against? Yes, they brought it upon themselves to an extent by tweeting what they did. But these guys’ lives have been BLOWN UP for the past few days and for the foreseeable future (or, as you’ve stated, for as long as Google exists). I don’t expect you to feel any empathy for them — I mostly don’t, either — but it’s at least somewhat possible that their lives have been ruined to an extent for something that could have been a onetime, out-of-character mistake. (I don’t know that I believe those tweets were either a “onetime” or “out-of-character” occurrence — guys seemed too good at being scumbags for it to be a mistake — but it’s at least in the realm of possibility.) I fully support their employers and schools/fraternities/other organizations being made aware of the tweets and the true character of those that represent them, however. Would a better response have been to just send the offending tweets to the employer or school directly? Did you consider that?

    2. I have an issue with you equating this situation with the instances of cyber bullying that have resulted in kids killing themselves. I can only go by what you posted in your blog, so if there is more to the story I am not aware of it. And if your daughter truly felt mentally scarred, and truly felt depressed enough to contemplate suicide because of the tweets, then I am sorry and hope she feels better sooner rather than later. (And what I’m about to write might make me an a-hole…) However, from what I can tell, the tweets were from complete and total strangers making completely ridiculous (vile, gross, demented, and awful, but ridiculous) statements. Nothing those clowns said had even the slightest chance of happening, and your daughter could easily avoid those trolls. That was not the case for the kids that have killed themselves because of cyber bullying. Those kids had to see their bullies everyday at school, and when the bullies wrote “I’m going to kick your ass tomorrow,” there was a good possibility of it actually happening. The cyber attacks against them were personal and direct — not solely based on being the daughter of a famous dad — and they made those young kids’ lives a true living hell.
    On an ideal Internet there would be no cyber attacking or cyber bullying — and perhaps I’m just splitting hairs here making distinctions between your situation and those of the kids who committed suicide because of cyber bullying, because both situations suck — but unless there is more to you and your daughter’s story, I think it is disingenuous to claim that they are the same.

    I think you’re at the forefront of an important modern issue, and I hope you make it through relatively unscathed. I wish you and your daughter well, Curt.

    • March 9, 2015 3:09 am

      SvenJolly –

      Not speaking for Curt, but to me, the answer to your question is:
      1. Don’t care if they are distant, may never meet my daughter, or screwed up once and feel bad. I would still ruin their lives as far as I could. They don’t need to be let off easy, they need to work very hard to restore any respect or lack of contempt for themselves. Yes, I would hope they became good men and good husbands, parents someday. But not by getting away with stuff, only by working hard to become good people who can show the world that they have changed. If you thought me a bad guy for doing so, wouldn’t care. If my wife and daughter told me to chill, I would.

      2. You think these assholes aren’t bullying people near as well as far? Curt is distant, and his daughter is not in danger, so you say. Well, that don’t mean he should back off, it means he is the perfect person to stand up. As one mom here said, she did not stand up because her daughter would face social ostracism. So maybe it falls on an unlucky man and daughter who face no such thing to be the ones who call BS on these pieces of crap. For all you know, a dozen girls who have been silent victims are cheering Curt and Gab for doing what they were afraid to do because of proximity. To me, I would assume that sex offenders have more than one victim. And they are sex offenders. Those posts were sexual assaults, and if anyone thinks otherwise they are fooling themselves.

  41. March 4, 2015 9:16 am

    I don’t know enough about you to say whether I like you or hate you, but I love what you did here – more parents need to be proactive when it comes to protecting their children from this kind of modern bullying – which somehow seems so much more damaging than the atomic wedgies of old – and people need to start getting that there are real consequences to their shitty behaviour. I’m a new father with lots to learn but I’m treating what you’ve done as a lesson and I hope many do – great job man.

  42. March 4, 2015 9:17 am

    As a father, I have only one thing to say… you’re a good man, and and even better dad.

  43. March 4, 2015 9:20 am

    Good for you, Curt – if parents don’t defend their children, who will? I have a daughter and a son. I’d never want to hear them degraded like your daughter was. Best of luck to her in her college career!

  44. March 4, 2015 9:23 am

    I have a daughter and I protector her at all cost … The issue is http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1034/1034_01.asp
    Comes down to a BAD heart problem we all have .The solution to it .

  45. March 4, 2015 9:31 am

    Curt I agree that some things just can’t be ignored. There are trolls who will say whatever they want and think there will be no repercussions. I just pray that you remember that SOME (not saying all) people can change given the opportunity. Maybe some of these guys will realize that their actions have consequences and really feel some remorse for what they have done and if so, that you can show some forgiveness as well. I’m not saying they don’t deserve to lose their jobs or what have you. I have a daughter that was once a teenage girl and I’ve had to deal with similar issues. I just want you to keep an open mind if someone genuinely reaches out to you and maybe mentor them in a positive way.

  46. March 4, 2015 9:37 am

    Kudos to you Curt for pulling those cowards from behind their computer screens, and identifying them

  47. March 4, 2015 9:52 am

    Great response, Curt. I have two daughters and one son (with special needs). I think you did what any normal parent would do…protect and defend their kids and ensure the bullies would not do it to other kids in the future

  48. March 4, 2015 9:58 am

    Good Job Curt!!!

  49. March 4, 2015 10:00 am

    You are an awesome father! I honestly don’t know who you are and what you do. just that a great loving Dad. I Have two boys in middle school and I would do exactly the same and more. Take them to court. Put them in jail! Tha would teach them and their parents to pay attention and monitor what their kids are doing online. Social media is not a nanny. Ppl watch your kids or don’t have any!

  50. March 4, 2015 10:01 am

    Hey ‘Lucky’, You have a heart, and part of it is with your daughter. Taking care of her is the fastest way to ‘smile tho’ your heart is aching’. Other than that, I’m on your side, me and about 3 billion dads. 🙂

  51. March 4, 2015 10:09 am

    Show them no mercy, destroy them all, and anyone that shelters/defends them.

  52. March 4, 2015 10:14 am

    Your daughter is a lucky girl. Thanks for standing up for her, and all women.

  53. March 4, 2015 10:21 am

    The anonymity of the internet lets these “people” say and act how they really are. They are not men. Not even close. Merely monsters in training. Honor and respect and other similar traits have been on the endangered species list for over 60 years. In reading some of the tweets thrown at you, I just can’t help to wonder “what would Momma think?” These creatures are just a product of apathy and ignorance. It’s our most popular export. Is it sad? Maybe but I prefer pathetic. Even with our differences (not really), as a Braves fan, I cursed you plenty but that always ended with “man, I wish we had him.” I don’t see how sports or politics could polarize or even have anything to do with such a topic. I applaud you for handling this the way you have. Hell no is right. I hope you go after each and every one of them. Although you will have to explain accountability and consequences to them because they will have no idea what those are. Maybe there is a “pop-up” book for that. It makes me feel proud again to see someone who is just not going to sit back and take it. Good for you Curt.

  54. March 4, 2015 10:26 am

    Curt — I also think a lot of people think that because you’re wealthy to whatever extent, famous to whatever extent, etc, that you can’t be hurt the way we ordinary people can; that, somehow, your status insulates you and your family from such things. I’ve heard comments about this whole thing from some colleagues to the effect of “Oh, please, like he has to deal with what a ‘regular dad’ has to deal with.” I don’t know what it’s like to be rich or famous and never will — however I’m sure, if anything, those life attributes makes these sort of things worse and not better.

  55. March 4, 2015 10:53 am

    I don’t always agree with you, as we tend to be political opposites and I am a Yankees fan. That being said, I still respect your accomplishments on the field and, even more so, the stand you’ve taken in response to such an outburst of hate and disgust. This type of reaction to a proud father sharing great news is barbaric and should not be tolerated. I’m just sorry you and your family had to go through with this, thank you for taking a stand.

  56. March 4, 2015 10:54 am

    I am happy to see that there are dads out there like you. The morons who exist in cyberspace show only that there really is no cure for stupid.
    Well done………………..

  57. March 4, 2015 11:01 am

    I support Curt all the way. Curt, you may have done this already but I suggest putting out a “How To” description of finding and exposing the idiots that hide behind a computer.

  58. March 4, 2015 11:02 am

    Mr. Schilling: Thank you for not taking your eye off the ball. “THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING”,Edmund Burke.
    As a parent and grandpa of a softball college hopeful, I and so many others thank you for your strength and determination to see this through. You speak on behalf of tens of thousands who receive this anonymous, damaging and disguesting vitriolic type of personal message. gs

  59. March 4, 2015 11:03 am

    Just saw the story on CBS, and had to say “Father of the Year”! I have two teenage boys, who lost their best friend because of bullying, ( I changed their school because they were next). Maybe if more parents would go after the bullies, our children would have an easier time just being kids. Go get ’em Pappa Bear!!!!!

  60. March 4, 2015 11:08 am

    @AyeeSlate –> links to his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BeteThanYou/about

    His youtube about lists a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/betethan.you

    His facebook page has only one friend: Jordan Slate https://www.facebook.com/jslate

    Guessing that’s the guy from the tweet posted above. His job: Youth Media at Forestville Baptist Church https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forestville-Baptist-Church/243963978959796

    If this is indeed the guy, I’m thinking members of his church might be interested to see what this scumbag has been posting.

  61. March 4, 2015 11:08 am

    This is so embarrassing for the idiots. Good for you. No one is told to stop going to school/work/the gym/etc for being bullied. Why would anything on the internet be any different? Get rid of the attackers not the victims. Wishing the best to your family and your daughter. I hope this blows over quickly for you all and is something you can forget about someday.

    -Democratic Midwesterner (we hate the Sox, too)

  62. March 4, 2015 11:09 am

    From a lifelong Yankee fan who despised you as a player and announcer, you’ve made a fan and supporter for life for going to the ends of the earth to protect and support your family. God bless you Curt, I hope your health issues are behind you for good.

  63. March 4, 2015 11:17 am

    Curt, as a father of two young girls, I applaud you. I am amazed at the restraint you’ve shown. I’m sorry that your daughter has had to experience this crap from these scum of the earth. Please let her know that not all guys are pieces of crap (I’m sure she already knows that). Keep up the good fight, sir.

  64. March 4, 2015 11:32 am

    Curt,

    Despite disagreeing with your baseball analysis more times than not, I have nothing but the utmost respect for you after seeing the way in which you’ve handled the despicable and entirely unmerited comments made about your daughter. The men who decided to barrage Gabby behind the veil of Twitter absolutely need to face repercussions for their actions and, because of your willingness to step-up and proactively address the situation, they now will.

    Your response to this situation was not only very appropriate, it was tremendously commendable. And Gabby, don’t even think twice about these criticisms. The world is unfortunately full of people that for reasons unbeknownst to anyone but themselves, will try to bring you down; stay strong and keep moving forward, you’ve got a tremendous future ahead of you.

  65. March 4, 2015 11:35 am

    Hi, Mr. Schilling. NPR has been trying to reach you. Please email me at rjablonski@npr.org.

  66. March 4, 2015 11:37 am

    It always cracks me up when people use the “why ruin their lives” type excuses. Like this is just a aberration.Chances are, this is not the first such instance of these bastions of society. The difference is that they have never been called on it before. You live by the sword you die by the sword. Would any of these idiots say these things in front of their mother? Free speech, let me introduce you to someone…consequences.

  67. March 4, 2015 11:44 am

    Rock on, Curt!! Kudos for protecting your family.

  68. March 4, 2015 11:48 am

    As a human being first, and a father second, I’m with you 100%

  69. March 4, 2015 11:54 am

    Mr Schilling – I CAN NOT THANK YOU enough for your message. My daughter, a 15 year softball catcher, recently verbally committed to a University in the North East. She has endured more bullying via texting and social media than you can imagine. The most recent being a series of threats, including a death threat, sent to her via text messages during school hours. We ultimately had to move her to a different school as we were told there wasn’t much that could be done by either the school system or the local police. In addition, when the parents were informed what their children had done, they either denied their child was involved, or they looked the other way. Like you, I do not plan to stand by and do nothing. My best . . . R

  70. March 4, 2015 11:56 am

    Hi Curt As a liberal Democrat who loves Baseball, And by that I mean I’m a Twins Fan I know that you and I could have many, I hope polite, discussions about Baseball and Politics. But one thing I know we agree on. No One deserves to be bullied by these “men”. I put men in quotes because real men don’t need to issue such threats. Keep up the good fight

  71. March 4, 2015 11:57 am

    My main problem with you (and I certainly don’t hate you) is your dishonesty. I am happy to debate Republicans if it’s an honest debate. And I grew out of cheering for millionaire pro athletes (many of whom cheat anyway) shortly after childhood. (I was a huge Montreal Canadiens fan back in the day.)

    Those guys weren’t attacking your daughter. They weren’t cyberbullying her. They weren’t tweeting at her. They were tweeting at YOU. They were using her to rile you up. They talked about performing sex acts with your daughter (who is above the age of consent in Massachusetts.) They are trolls. A comedian would call them hecklers. You can’t seriously pretend that your daughter is so fragile that a couple of unhinged lunatics on the Internet trolling her father had any effect on her psychological well-being whatsoever.

    You chose to respond by having them fired and kicked out of school. That’s certainly your right. But then you talk about the most important thing to you being the safety of your family. I’m still puzzled how you can possibly believe that having a group of random strangers fired from their jobs and kicked out of school makes your family safer. I dearly hope that none of these people decide to get back at you for what you did. But I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if one of them does.

    Anyway, they say you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story. So carry on with your story.

    • March 9, 2015 3:34 am

      ” I dearly hope that none of these people decide to get back at you for what you did. But I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if one of them does.”

      Ok – so if that would not surprise you, then you are saying that you believe it is likely they are bad people who would go from cyber threats to actual crimes? And if so, what was your point, anyway??

      You think these boys have never done this before and never would again if Curt left them alone? No, you do not, or you would not have said what I quoted above. You are not thinking clearly, sir. If everyone lets these things go, it continues. When a few dads, moms, and kids stand up and make actions have consequences and take away online anonymity, that is the beginning of the end of this crap.

      Trolls attack a man to rile him up. Depraved and sexually aggressive posts are not trolls. They are something else entirely. Your post is disturbing. It is saying they are potentially dangerous, but no, they are just hecklers and should be laughed at. What, until they actually rape someone?

      This was, if you think about it, a potentially positive interdiction with very low level consequences and a very big lesson learned.

      Frankly, losing jobs and positions will serve some of these boys well. Consequences and public villification can make a potentially good person realize that his little ‘pranks’ are not pranks, they are assaults and depraved abuses. Knowing that people see you as one of “those criminal types” and not a cool ‘heckler’ might be a wake up call and a motivation to become a good man. Being told they are just a heckler would likely reinforce their depraved misconception of their actions. Kudos to you for wanting to enable and encourage sexual aggression in young men. So carry on with your own story, sir. I prefer Curt’s.

  72. March 4, 2015 11:57 am

    Please let your daughter know how sorry most of us are that she’s experiencing this, that it is no reflection on her at all, and that she’s not alone. Women have to deal with this nonsense every day, and no one deserves it. Meanwhile, please notify the police in Newport if she has received a rape threat, even if not explicitly stated. While most women have had little luck with local police, given your name, maybe they will pay attention.

    Curt, you are in a unique position, given your experience with this and in the gaming world, to address the men who have been threatening and harassing women game creators, bloggers, and critics. Women, regardless of their age, are not causing this rape tinged pile-on– men/boys are. Can you speak out to them? You will become a target, undoubtedly, but your prominence gives your more protection than the rest of us have.

    Thank you, and please think about it.

  73. March 4, 2015 11:58 am

    i am a father, of four boys. i would agree to teach them not to let things like this bother them, and hopefuly how to slam the mental midgets with their own words. not sure how i would act with a daughter though. maybe you should chunk a couple fastballs at them and call it even?!

  74. March 4, 2015 11:58 am

    You just may have been thrown into an opportunity to be a force that can save lives.

  75. Mary Clifford permalink
    March 4, 2015 12:00 pm

    Curt – you are an outstanding father. Gabby is a very lucky young woman. God Speed!

  76. March 4, 2015 12:00 pm

    Curt, you’ve made quite the splash here the last few days… Thank you. I have no children, I’m a 28 year old man, who was raised by his father to be just that, a man. These dudes are so off the richter scale and it boggles my mind people are imploring you for compassion (especially the women). As you know often times these things snowball, become more vulgar, and more hurtful. If you’ve stymied even one instance of that tragic pattern from beginning then what you’ve done here is just another W to hang on your record. I applaud your efforts…

    PS Your daughter will be fine, she seems to be a very smart kid with a great work ethic, and for the record, I’m pretty sure she could beat down both those punks on her own too. Guru’s a fatty and Hollywood looks like he’s never seen a pull-up bar in his life.

  77. March 4, 2015 12:02 pm

    Good for you Curt,
    I hope your daughter holds her head high for her great accomplishment, and I feel bad knowing your family, friends and all had to go through any of this. I have never been a huge fan of yours, but I do support and respect what you have done to protect, and defend your family. I hope more celebrities follow your example. Who knows, your actions might have just empowered 1 kid who was being bullied, and i sure hope it has…

  78. March 4, 2015 12:15 pm

    I think so many commenters brought up their political affiliation only because you made it so prominent in the blog post. It was (almost) a central point, why wouldn’t they respond to what we all thought was a main idea of your writing? This is why editors exist. 😉

  79. March 4, 2015 12:23 pm

    As the father of two daughters and a son- you’re my hero Curt!

  80. March 4, 2015 12:53 pm

    Great Job Curt!! It is refreshing to see someone take a stand against these ignorant people who try to bully and harass people via social media. Well done!

  81. March 4, 2015 1:06 pm

    Sorry to hear about the cyberbullying of your daughter, perhaps our law enforcement unit can be of assistance. Please see the attached links about our Internet Crimes Against Children and Cyberbullying initiatives.

    http://safesurfin.org
    http://sovaicac.org
    I would be pleased to speak with you or a representative of your organization. Feel free to call to speak to me or Robin Sundquist (a Boston native and my administrative assistant).
    540-586-4800 x 4015
    Respectfully yours,
    Sheriff Mike Brown
    Retired Federal Agent
    Bedford, VA

  82. March 4, 2015 1:13 pm

    I don’t know if the perceived anonymity of social media and the internet has given rise to the expression of deviant and amoral thought processes, or if it’s simply amplified them because of the ease of access, but I do sincerely hope that discussions like this help curb the practice. I still truly believe these types of people and actions are in the minority, and hope that continuing to shed light on these happenings as well as making those responsible feel the consequence of their actions keeps being reported. You are exactly right, none of these people would ever say the things they type to someone’s face. And it’s the perceived lack of consequence for doing so via social medium or the internet that makes them think they can get away with it. I wish there was a way to virtually respond in the way that they would be responded to if they did say it in person. I expect people would be more apt to hold their tongue.

  83. March 4, 2015 1:15 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling:
    Not a sports fan, but a mom of a son and a daughter who originally read about your Twitter posts on Facebook but then followed up with more reading. I want to commend you for taking a stand, not only to protect your daughter, but against people being comfortable with talk about the the abuse of women being taken so lightly.

    Your daughter is a minor, and that is an awful element to this, but many women who are assaulted are the age of majority. Still an awful thing. Nothing to laugh or joke or make fun of.

    Sadly, I just passed a screen in our cafeteria showing Fox News. A man on a panel who said he was a dad sang your praises. A woman said it went too far what you’ve done; that it’s just talk and means nothing. It horrified me to think she is comfortable with talk like that, about hurting and violating a young woman, even younger than herself. If you read about the talk of the men who raped and killed that young woman in India, it sound similar to what you had to read about your own child.

    I have a lot of feelings on this issue, too many to go into. But I commend you, and congratulations on your daughter getting into a school where she can play ball and excel academically. Peace.

  84. March 4, 2015 1:35 pm

    As a Daay to a daughter, I’m right there with you. We have opposing political views, but as a father, I’m right there with you. I don’t even like baseball, but as a parent, I’m right ther with you. I’ve read some of your past comments, and a few of them make me cringe. But as a human being who deeply cares for my child, and who respects the dignity and vulnerability of all children, I’m right there with you!

  85. March 4, 2015 1:46 pm

    I think you may be my new hero Curt. I’m the father of 3 girls.

  86. March 4, 2015 1:53 pm

    Beliefs don’t cause hate. People and their stupidity do.

    Side note – you’re entertaining to listen to. Beyond that – I don’t know you and have no rights to publicly state anything regarding you and especially not your family.

    I applaud you as a family man executing his responsibility whether a wife, daughter or son. Protect – defend – love – cherish.

    See the current event in Missouri and the suicide of our state auditor and candidate for Governor Tom Schweich. A case in negative words, publicity and tragedy.

  87. March 4, 2015 2:01 pm

    I am a Yankees fan and a liberal but I applaud you for taking a stance. Thank you!

  88. March 4, 2015 2:14 pm

    Nice work Curt. Don’t let them get away with this. I have two daughters myself and would react exactly as you have.
    I am working with a company which is developing a anti-cyberbullying app for mobile devices which is currently used by law enforcement. Once fully developed, I believe this application can protect our children, save lives, and put perpetrators away.

  89. March 4, 2015 2:19 pm

    Proud of you as a father and as a human being. How did you find out their identities’? In one report I heard a app called Kugel? That is the best info you can share…how others can follow the same procedures you did to out the immoral, rotten people.

  90. March 4, 2015 2:34 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I want to thank you for what you did, but then also all the interviews as well. The more people who hear about what you did, the better. My wife and I have a 14 month old, and I cannot fathom what his life is going to be like growing up with social media. Thank God I didn’t have it (I’m 35, and we AOL messenger was the coolest thing about the time I got out of college).

    It’s a shame people are turning this into a political or religious discussion. My views are pretty divergent from yours, but there is a lot more that unites us than divides us. I wish people could see that more often. Next time you’re in Phoenix, the Merc Bar is on me.

  91. March 4, 2015 2:48 pm

    Bravo Curt, I’m hoping that your daughter has the ability to sort through her hurt and pain, I can see she has family support, let her know there is a huge amount of spiritual support being sent her way from people all over the world.

    • March 4, 2015 2:54 pm

      PS: Curt, I don’t know if you read my comment yesterday on your original story of your daughter and these goons, but I have a link in there I think you should see on a story, particularly the headline, on Bleacher Report. Please let me know what you think. Thanks Chris Bowley
      Father in PA

  92. March 4, 2015 3:02 pm

    Kudos to you for standing up for your daughter. I have done the same for my son when some of his “supposed” friends turned on him and started cyber bullying him on AIM. I actually was online when one of the messages came through where they (him and his posse) threatened him. I replied that if he needed a posse, then he was a coward. I was ready to go up to the school, but my son didn’t want me to step in. He stood up to the guys on his own, but I was ready to go in and face them all down and he knew that. These guys attacking your daughter are the scum of the earth and have no business attacking your child or anyone else’s. Blocking them or getting off Twitter will not solve the problem. People need to call these cowards out and hold them accountable for their stupidity and ignorance. The “boys will be boys attitude” has gone on far too long. No one should be subjected to this kind of BS – male or female – there is just no reason for it. Thank you for taking a stand!

  93. March 4, 2015 3:15 pm

    Thank you for taking a stand. So tired of people using social media to bash, berate and verbally demoralize people. The comments that those people made were criminal threats. I hope that your actions help change how people react on social media sites. (I doubt it…but perhaps it will change a few people.)
    BTW, my most prized possession in my home (other than my husband and 2 boys) is my autographed framed picture of you and Randy holding the MVP trophy after winning the World Series with the D’backs.

  94. March 4, 2015 3:39 pm

    Amen Curt! I am a father of two amazing daughters, brother to four amazing sisters, and nobody has any right to ever treat anyone, especially a woman, the way these jokers treated your daughter. I agree with 100% of what you have said and done.

  95. March 4, 2015 4:03 pm

    With you 100%. What you believe philosophically, who you like, how you vote, the religion, party or color makes no difference in this case. I would like to see each and every troll identified to the world. I tell the young ones, “If you would be afraid to say whatever it is you’re going to say to your mom, you probably shouldn’t say it to anyone else.”
    Jeffrey Price

  96. March 4, 2015 4:25 pm

    I am a father of a daughter and I still don’t agree with you. You know when you post on twitter that there is a negative element that is going to try and get under your skin. They did! You should either block them or stay off twitter. The insults were directed towards you not your daughter. She is just the target they used to get your goat. I am not saying it is right but that is the norm on twitter. You only get them more fired up when you respond to their negativity. Much easier to block them and move on then to threaten them with sending your pals in special forces to get them.

    PS I hope our special forces have more important missions then to tract down some idiots that insulted you.

  97. March 4, 2015 4:38 pm

    Mr Schilling, thank you for standing up to the bullies and protecting your daughter.
    To the bullies I want to say: You are cowards with big Egos, you should be ashamed of your behavior. It is never appropriate to bully anyone, be it female or male.
    To the parents of the bullies: Be interested in what your child does, care and love your children, be involved with them, and teach them to respect other people then they turn out to be good kids.

  98. socalsoxman permalink
    March 4, 2015 4:48 pm

    I don’t agree with Curt’s politics, but that has no relevance. I’m 100% behind him on exposing and litigating or charging these jackholes to the law’s fullest extent. Curt Schilling’s actions already have had a positive effect on society by raising awareness for all, but perhaps causing some fear or doubt in the “minds” of such cretins who would engage in such vile behavior.

    And if further prosecution or litigation ensues, I hope Schill makes the negative results as public as possible to further help put the brakes to idiots prone to these sort of urges. I always loved your pitching and competitiveness, Curt. And these scumbags need to feel the metaphorical heat of your high hard one coming at their thick skulls. Thank you for performing a needed public service. So sorry your daughter, you and your family had to suffer through this crapstorm and any fallout from your righteous and laudable reaction to these attacks.

  99. March 4, 2015 4:51 pm

    Mr. Schilling – I COMPLETELY agree. I am so glad that you outed those people who made the horrible comments on twitter. There should be no place for it – anywhere. Many people with different sport team affiliations and political views (like me, Yankee, Democrat) literally couldn’t agree with you more or support you more. It actually comforts me to know that sometimes right is right and little else matters. You have to make a stand to stop the bullying – cyber or otherwise. Thank you for making a stand. I look forward to reading your blog and supporting your daughter. Salve Regina gained a fan.

  100. March 4, 2015 4:51 pm

    It is sad twitter, a smart invention for news gathering and spreading in a pinch, can be ruined by people whose sole purpose in life is to be mean, while hiding their chicken necks behind a screen in their room or a library or something. There are groups of people on twitter who believe it was invented as their personal playground to be mean and to hurt people: 1 guy who had a podcast show as well found it amusing to him and his “Cult” to try and talk ppl into killing themselves and if on the air on his show, so much the better. I was targeted by this group, and it was harmful because, when I was in my teens and twenties I did not want to be alivel and tried to take my life 3 different times until I turned 30, caught a chronic disease and changed my mind to life instead. Also, suicide only hurts the ones you love. I know because it runs in my family, so I chose life, as mundane and painful as that is since I’m ill.So, perfect target for these morons. I only stepped in it because they were trying their tricks on a strange young man in Ohio n I told them to leave him alone.
    I do just block now, but I had to read your article 2C who was tweeting such mean things 2U n your daughter that it was on CNN. I’m so sorry it happened to you too. I am glad however that it has brought national attention to the cyberbullying going on at twitter, and that, added with their recent denial and closure of many Isis accounts used for luring the young and confused into another wasteful way to take your own life. It makes me so sad and so angry.
    In closing, Your a good dad.. I didn’t see all the tweets, I got the general gist. While checking these punks out dont forget to check their following/follower and their Lists info on their profile pages. It gives a lot of clues if your dealing with just one nut or twenty. Be strong. Your daughter is beautiful. Women have to stick together. I’m 50 years older than she is and she has so many beautiful things to look forward to and so do you. Thank You for sharing and blowing up and protecting your daughter. You helped so many more of the bullied in these new times because the internet and social forums are real life, in so many ways and people become emotionally attached to human kindness where ever they find it, can be blindsided if they trust the wrong gang of people. You Rock and so does your daughter. KP

  101. March 4, 2015 5:04 pm

    Curt, This is why I do not have Twitter or Facebook but as a retired police officer and a father of a 19 year old daughter, I applaud your standing up for not only your girl but for what is right! People do not have the right threaten or defame another. I’m sure that this was not what our forfathers had in mind when drafting the elements of free speech. All my support and prayers for you and your family.

  102. March 4, 2015 5:18 pm

    Curt I am a married man 27 years old, no kids, raised by my grandparents. They taught me respect and consequence. My wife (26) was a softball pitcher in high school, and a huge fan of Randy Johnson, and yourself. We were both disgusted by those pigs, and we applaud your actions. I personally believe no matter who you are, you should never feel like you can’t compliment your family, friends, or children, in a public forum. Your fans and friends, congratulate Gabby on her accomplishment, be proud, as I’m sure your father has taught you work hard, and good luck!

  103. March 4, 2015 5:33 pm

    I don’t understand the minds of some of these people (and I use that term loosely). They are scum and deserve what they got for that.

    I still hate what you did 14 years ago. I know, I shouldn’t hate over matters that, when compared to one’s family, are utterly trivial. The Yankees winning in 2001 would have put the city that 9-freaking-11 had just happened to onto the path of healing and would have been the first good news the city would have received. Because of YOU, the one thing that NY desperately needed in their time of anguish and grief was taken away. 9/11 happened shortly after I became a teenager, and having such a tragedy imprinted in your memory at such a formative time in one’s life leaves a very vivid mark. What I remember you doind, was rubbing salt on the wound. We could have experienced the catharsis Boston did when they won after the events in 2013, had it not been for your actions.

    But your daughter doesn’t deserve that kind of vitriol. She didn’t shut down the hopes and dreams of every Yankee fan. Every dad has the right to protect their daughter. I can’t hate you for that, and I hope you do everything in your power to keep her safe and successful in her college endeavors and beyond.

  104. Jack Taylor permalink
    March 4, 2015 5:56 pm

    I have never read your blog until today after hearing about your daughter. You make me proud. I don’t do Twitter. My choice after having been in business for 40 years I often saw the stupid things people say on email, texts and now-twitter. Good luck on your blog and I hope your efforts lead to better tweeting manners.

  105. March 4, 2015 6:08 pm

    Mr Schilling: the legal definition of assault is to threaten someone with bodily harm. I would certainly say these disgusting comments fall into that category. What is the matter with people? This is not funny…particularly at a time when rape on college campuses has become such an issue. You’re a proud Dad and rightfully so…you should be able to post a little brag about your daughter without being subjected to such nastiness. Perhaps the time has come to stop putting up with this sort of behavior. A few criminal prosecutions may go a long way to stop this bullying which is neither anonymous nor harmless. You are 100% in the right!

  106. March 4, 2015 6:22 pm

    Even before I became a dad I would say GOOD FOR YOU!!! GIVE THEM THE HELL THEY DESERVE.

  107. March 4, 2015 6:25 pm

    Congratulations on sticking up for your daughter. I just ran across this news story when I was visiting my parents. We don’t need to tolerate that behavior on the internet. I don’t understand why people are so cruel to each other.

  108. March 4, 2015 6:57 pm

    Sir,

    We would agree on some things. Disagree on others. Like normal non-polarized people. I congratulate you on the defense of your daughter. Cheers. Al Webster.

  109. March 4, 2015 7:12 pm

    Thank you so much for speaking up, there are so many parents who honestly have no idea how bad it is. Lots of parents who don’t keep up with what’s happening online will listen to you.

  110. March 4, 2015 7:20 pm

    Fantastic post, I’m so happy that your are so open and forthright. Good luck with this, it’s great to see someone go after the problem.

  111. March 4, 2015 7:25 pm

    Thank goodness she has a wonderful father like you. God bless you and your daughter. I will pray for her and hope these horrid persons go far far far way. Social media is supposed to be for socializing not cowardly attacks.

  112. March 4, 2015 7:32 pm

    Thank you. 🙂

  113. vonmiwi permalink
    March 4, 2015 8:24 pm

    I commend you for what you have done and have shown the world what a father does when his children are threatened by online/offline degenerates, who have no respect for women or girls.

    There are thousands of women and girls who endure this violent online harasment on a regular basis without any recourse.

    Twitter has no choice, but to act now by listening to the women who have been complaining to them for years about the vile threats coming from these cyber cowards.

    You have started the important dialogue and action needed to punish those who break the laws of decency.

    As a parent, I would do the same. Thank you!

  114. March 4, 2015 8:38 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. The links you posted to the stories of the kids that committed suicide – I teach and coach in the community of one of the suicides. One of my players was dating the girl who killed herself. People have no idea, or don’t care, about the damage they can cause. Kids in Florida are being arrested for things they post on social media. Glad to see you speak up and take action regarding this issue.

  115. March 4, 2015 9:35 pm

    I think your doing the right thing. Someone somewhere needs to draw a line in the sand and say no more. The internet has been basically the wild west for a very long time but people tended to be respectful as most of us were nerds. As the general population has moved in and easier interfaces have come to pass like twitter and face book the darker side of the population has entered relying on what they figure as their anonymity they have let loose with verbal assaults, images so forth. But all of it is based on the idea that no one will bother to bring them to task. Your Mr Austin Slate is a young man who thinks that twitter is anonymous. Unfortunately for Mr Slate he is all over the net and very easy to find.I hope after some thought he will apologize. Your Dirt is someone that just created that account, just to post that one tweet, in response to your earlier blog.

    • March 5, 2015 3:02 am

      you are a bad human being. The Bible says so. I know you Know Curtis

    • March 5, 2015 10:16 am

      What makes you think an apology from someone like that is worth anything?

      • March 5, 2015 10:20 am

        I meant to add this: Nobody should blame the social media for enabling creeps to express their thoughts. It’s much better to know they are out there, and who they are, than to be unaware.

  116. March 4, 2015 9:41 pm

    Curt, thank you for your response to this. True men, true gentlemen, true fathers, true husbands are in short supply. You, sir, did the right thing!

  117. March 4, 2015 9:43 pm

    I’m a Yankee fan, but I admire fighters, have two kids, and am definitely on your side on this one. Give em hell Curt.

  118. March 4, 2015 10:16 pm

    Curt, I only heard about what happened on 710-ESPN KIRO radio this morning. Did not read any of the offensive posts. As a public figure, and unfortunately you can’t reverse that status in your case, it is not worth it to post anything over the Ethernet about your family. We all owe a duty to our respective families to keep them from harm while using social media and the internet such as blogs. This time you only had to deal with demented morons. Next time, it might be some sick person who actually succeeds in finding a family member and harming them. And don’t count on finding out their intentions by finding a post on the web, Curt. Will you be posting on here simply pointing an accusatory finger at them for blame? Remember, when you point at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself. It just is not worth it to put your family out on the Ethernet and expose them to potential harm.

    • March 4, 2015 11:00 pm

      That’s exactly what an LTC is for…

    • March 5, 2015 12:42 am

      Ughhhhh……disagree. People should be able to go public and be proud of their loved ones without being subjected to this kind of garbage. The fact is that sometimes we get blowback from morons. It doesn’t just happen to the Curt Schillings of the world and “everyone” should do what they can to out these people. Yeah, it’s true things could escalate, but people have to make these choices. We can all just shut up. That’s an option, but I think it encourages these idiots to continue to throw out this kind of crap. As far as “just” pointing fingers, I think that’s BS. I think something positive is happening here. I’m an IT guy and I know people will just dig a deeper hole to hide in, but let them do that. Let’s be frank….we’re dealing with social deviants, but these miscreants need to be held accountable for their actions. It’s absurd that we can’t live our lives without having to catch this kind of crap from someone who can only build themselves up by trying to tear others down. We can either do whatever we can to try and change that or dig a hole for ourselves that should be reserved for these rotten trolls. There may be other ways of dealing with this than the tactics employed my Mr. Schilling, but I have no reservations when it comes to fully supporting his decision.

  119. March 4, 2015 10:56 pm

    Curt, I know who @ayeeslate is (the person you called out above at the bottom of your blog post). Is there a place I can provide the info that is not public?

    • March 4, 2015 10:59 pm

      You can do it here. Nothing here is public until I approve, which I clearly will not do. Thanks

  120. March 4, 2015 11:14 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    I must admit, I was not a big fan of yours because of the teams you played for, but I did ADMIRE you for playing the way you did: the bloody sock, sharing the MVP with Randy Johnson in 2001, and how fierce and pasionate you played the game from the get go… It is no surprise you are taking this situation they way you are. You won’t take crap from anybody, never have, and obviously, NEVER WILL!!!!
    I am a father of two girls, one 8 years old, one 6 months old. They mean the world to me, and If anything remotely close to you and your daughter’s situation ever happen to me or any of my daughters, I hope I get to have the same means and outlets to do what you have done.
    Forget the teams rivalry, forget the political afiliation, forget the political correctness, this goes way beyond that! This is about a family man protecting the ones he loves, and I thank you that you are using your position as a public figure to bring this out in the open.
    I can not believe that people are saying that you shouldn’t put that information out because you could ruin somebody’s life… F&*ˆ% THEM!!!! even more surprising is, the comments are not only coming from men, but WOMEN as well!!!!!!!
    I know you are a big supporter of us Service Members (Culinary Specialist Second Class, United States Navy, Active Duty), and I also thank you for that. Having been in the Service for a few years now, as well as a student athlete in my college years, I can identify with what you are saying about “locker room” talk. Man, if anybody would put a recorder in my berthing while I was on deployment… not a good thing. But that is as far as it went, nothing got out, nobody would express that way out in the open, because there is a time and a place for it. Of course, there are always a few bad apples, but most of the time they were outed by the rest of us, since not a lot of people wanted to be associated with them.
    I guess my point would be, I am not looking at you or the way you decided to tackle this situation as a ball player or a republican; I am just looking at you and taking notes as well as a fellow father who loves his daughter (daughters, in my case) and would do anything in his power to make sure that she is happy, safe, and that she feels loved and protected.
    Thank you for putting the spotlight on this very serious issue that, by judging from some of the comments, it is still looked as “they didn’t mean anything by that, it was just joke”. Screw them! they need to be held accountable for their actions.
    God bless.

  121. March 4, 2015 11:36 pm

    I am pretty sure that @ayeeslate is a 19 or 20 year old kid (born in 1995), named Jordan Spate, who is from Taylors, South Carolina. His Mother’s name is Michelle Denise Slate, and he has a brother named Austin Slate (not sure if he is older or younger). Grandfather’s name is Reginald Whitehead. Apparently, the kid’s mother is the director of children and youth ministry at pebble creek baptist church in Taylors, South Carolina (which is shocking). Jordan Slate’s facebook profile provides a telephone number of 864-567-4545, and also says he studies mass communication at North Greenville University in South Carolina, and apparently he does some sort of youth media at Forestville Baptist Church in SC. Additionally, Jordan posted a video on Youtube, in which he is having a snowball fight with his brother, where he films in his yard and the license plates of two family cars are readable, a red mustang (IPZ-768) and a gold-ish volkswagen (GKA-115), I believe the volkswagen is his car……all this info garnered by googling his twitter handle….in less than 20 minutes…..go get his ass, I agree with you wholeheartedly on this topic, these guys have to learn, and the fact that this kid sent that tweet after all the publicity of your first blog post, is, in some ways, worse than the original tweeters, unless the kid is just that stupid or lives under a rock. Let me know how it turns out.

  122. March 5, 2015 12:04 am

    Sorry for the typo….Jordan Slate (not Spate)

  123. March 5, 2015 12:08 am

    I admire your stance and they way you are leveraging your status in this country to meet this issue head on. I am a Father of 4 beautiful girls, the oldest of which is the same age as yours. I can only imagine how I would react if this happened to one of mine. Having been a wrestling and baseball coach in our local school system, most of the kids around here know me well enough to know they must treat my girls with respect. I won’t even let any of them date until I have had an ‘interview’ with the boy that wants to date her.
    I love what you are doing to expose this and to those who accuse you of ruining someone’s life I say, “They ruined their own lives with their own actions!” It isn’t like you asked them to act like this. You simply defended your daughter which is what any Daddy should do for any of their kids. You were being a proud papa, these guys were being jerks on steroids. You are an awesome dad.
    One last thing, I am a Theta Xi alumni and am completely embarrassed by MacDonald’s actions. Theta Xi exists to make young men into better men but obviously that lesson was over his head and he used a cheat sheet on the “entrance exam!”

  124. March 5, 2015 12:27 am

    Mr. Schilling, I applaud you! You did what any man who calls himself a father should do. Thank you!

  125. March 5, 2015 1:41 am

    Curt,

    I submitted a comment (much) earlier today concerning two legitimate issues I had with your response to this Twitter situation. Namely, 1.) whether your extremely public response was just a perpetuation of the cyber bullying that you’ve come out against (when perhaps you could have just brought the offending tweets to the attention of employers/schools/coaches directly), and 2.) your comparison of you and your daughter’s situation with that of kids who were driven to suicide due to cyber bullying.

    Look, I don’t expect this comment to see the light of day either, and if/when it doesn’t you and I will be the only people on earth to know you didn’t post my comment and respond to it. That happens when there’s a gatekeeper. It’s disappointing, because I’d like to hear your responses. Again, I’m mostly on your side…I’m not a troll. I’d just like the discussion to go further than you’ve allowed it to go so far.

  126. March 5, 2015 1:42 am

    Awesome to see a father stand up for his children. God bless!

  127. March 5, 2015 5:30 am

    Add me to the list, our politics, interest in pro-sports, and for all I know, choice of beer, are very different.

    But this is not about any of those things, it is about being and acting like a member of a civil society.

    * The message, not the messenger needs to be the point of focus, ‘Cyber’ just makes it easy to divert attention from the real issue.

    *Free Speech does not provide shelter from personal responsibility.


    The introduction of ‘cyber’ into any of this distracts from this situation. A bully is a bully no matter what form of communication he or she uses.

    Someone who posts evil things on a telephone pole is not a photocopy-bully, someone that uses spray paint for their message is not a aerosol-bully, someone that broadcasts their message on the radio is not an airwave-bully. A message in a bottle, a billboard, a bullhorn, or a blimp, can all be used for good or evil.

    The message, not the messenger needs to be the point of focus, ‘Cyber’ just makes it easy to divert attention from the real issue.

    Freedom of Speech – The First Amendment to the Constitution of the USA places a restriction on laws that can be made by Congress.

    There is nothing in it that allows one individual to say anything they wish to another. It is much closer to being able to tell the King, that you refuse to practice the religion of his choice, and not fear reprisal.

    You can write a letter to the editor, or to your representative in Congress that you feel they are behaving like the child they claim to be thinking about, and not worry that the police will be at your door the next day.

    If instead you write a letter that contains your wish to rape or otherwise harm someone, that is not covered by free speech.

    Free Speech does not provide shelter from personal responsibility.


    The laws of the USA provide protections for those under 18, the weak, and people unable to care for themselves, such as the mentally defective.

    Adults are expected to be able to care for themselves.

    Being sorry you were caught is not the same as being sorry.

  128. March 5, 2015 6:11 am

    As a Sox fan, I thank you for the thrills. As the father of a teenage daughter who’s been bullied, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’re a good man. Best wishes to your daughter. I’m sure she’ll continue to shine.

  129. March 5, 2015 6:55 am

    Clearly there is a large population within our society that believe if they ever felt threatened or were attacked by one or more people of a different persuasion or population that their family and friends would “have their back,” and when in need would, without question, help them put a stop to any further attacks by helping them dish out retaliatory measures that would simultaneously send a strong message to all others that this is not a person you can screw with without suffering dire consequences. Is this the ideology in which you subscribe to and believe in with the conviction of your heart? Does this group live by the same social norms, morals and standards that you yourself have been living by while raising your kids and in which you believe has been the most helpful to you as you moved in and out of difficult, insulting, confrontative, combative and just plain old painfully ugly situations which you had to deal with in a semi-passive, non-threatening and non-confronting manner in order for the opportunities, which only a rare few are given, continued coming to you through your career and moved you and your family into the top rungs of society. If so, go for it; you’re playing in the manner that got you where you are today and which protected you and your family throughout it all.
    Or, are you a man who subscribes to the belief that America is all about apple pie, baseball, freedom of religion and speech and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps? If so, I think you’ve allowed your emotions, and quite a bit of guilt, to trick you into thinking in a manner which may not be the real you, and your setting an example and sending a loud message to your kids that you really need to put the brakes on and reconsider. That is unless you want them to end up spending the rest of their lives in ongoing litigation and always feeling as if it was one thing or another that caused them to fail to rise to their fullest potential in life. I’m referring to the type of spoiled rich kids that never learned how to make anything out of all they had been given in life. Thus far, your son sure does not sound like this is the manner in which he has learned to deal with the unfair card he was dealt with in life. So, why should you teach your daughter any differently? If you don’t turn this around pretty quickly, I can almost assure you that your adult children will end up paying some low down lawyer to listen to them complain about how they have been wronged and screwed over just as long as they still have a dime of their old man’s inheritance in the bank. I hope you believe me when I say I don’t know much about you except I remember you playing with a bloody foot. I don’t know what you got engaged in to rile up whatever town you’re in, but whatever it was it’s not worth having your daughter’s head and ego messed with in the manner these kids have been doing. Stop fighting a town and take a look at the millions of other schools outside your area which she can attend and where the kids won’t give a hoot what you did somewhere else. Send her somewhere where she can find herself instead of having to deal with Dad’s issue, whatever it is, or was. Most importantly, life is really too short to go through trying to make every piece of crap the world is full of pay for their inability to climb out of the gutter and become a human being. You arrived long ago, so why would you allow yourself or your family members to regress to their level. The scum of this world is everywhere and It’s just a waste of very valuable time trying to hold them accountable for behavior beyond their level.

  130. March 5, 2015 7:01 am

    As a soon-to-be father of a little baby girl I admire you for doing this! I will never accept anything like this against my daughter, now or in the future.

  131. March 5, 2015 7:37 am

    Curt, awesome job going after those who dare to attack the family. You are setting a great example for other parents out there. I wish you the best and take those deep breaths when times get hard. Good luck my friend.

  132. March 5, 2015 9:13 am

    Curt, putting aside you’re a Red Sox, we all have crosses to bear, I do applaud you for defending your child. As a father of three girls, I don’t know if I could have shown the restraint you did. Then again, I’d probably be pleading not guilty at the arraignment.

  133. March 5, 2015 10:04 am

    Curt,

    As always, you are an amazing guy.

  134. March 5, 2015 10:13 am

    “I would bet 100% of you are either childless fathers or single.”
    What’s a childless father?

    Curt, I suspect you don’t have to worry about Gabby being scarred forever by this episode. She will deal with it pretty well if she has her dad’s strength of character.
    It’s great that you’ve counter-attacked. You’re right not to be concerned about the long-term effect of your actions on the lowlifes and losers whom you’ve exposed. Their own actions were sure to ruin their lives –more likely sooner than later.

  135. March 5, 2015 10:38 am

    Curt, THANK YOU for what you did. Standing up to the “men” and I use that term SO loosely… I have built a company to help combat exactly what you are fighting for here. Stop bullying. We need to take it seriously and you have broken through with your courage and commitment. The company we started is http://www.teensafe.com and we would love to talk to you about becoming a spokesperson for us. Either way keep up the good work, as a father of 2 daughters who has also dealt with this exact same issue (and started a company to help fight it) I applaud you. please email me if you read this. scottwalker99@gmail.com

  136. March 5, 2015 11:22 am

    Tell that young lady of yours to ignore those fools. YOU on the other hand should track them down and out them. As a parent of three with one daughter I can tell you that I would not have been as generous as you are being to these trolls. I am an attorney in New York and a former Captain of Marines. If there is anything I can do to assist let me know. Tell your daughter that there are millions of decent people for every one of these idiots and we all have her back. None of these comments should have ANY impact on her feelings about herself or her future. Let her know that there are far more people who would stand up and protect her if they imagined this type of behavior was happening than would perpetrate this type of disgusting communications. It is difficult living in a society where the elite among us feel it is OK to act with such disregard for the feelings of others, but such is life. They are a sign that their parents failed. The fact that your daughter was surprised and upset by these types of comments shows that YOU did it RIGHT. God Bless and Kick some A$$..

  137. March 5, 2015 12:05 pm

    Kudos, Curt, for standing up to cyberbullying. I recently experienced the joy of my first granddaughter and can only imagine the wrath I would bring on these trolls, had it happened to my family. Thank you for taking the high road. Best of luck to your family.

  138. March 5, 2015 12:27 pm

    Thanks for this. First, your daughter shouldn’t have to hear this kind of garbage from anybody. (And I don’t care who does or doesn’t like you — how do people think it’s even remotely okay to get back at someone they don’t like by threatening sexual violence against one of his children?)

    Second, NOBODY’S daughter should have to hear this kind of garbage, it’s incredibly common, and it’s about time we had a little less “oh, ignore it,” and a whole lot more “this needs to stop.”

    Third, nobody’s son should be SAYING this stuff, and if common decency doesn’t stop people from doing it, maybe the possibility of having their offenses made public by an angry father (or by their target, herself) will. I have absolutely no sympathy for the guys who have gotten in trouble (nor for the fact that Google searches will not be their friend for a long, LONG time), and I hope it gives the next round of idiots a reason to think twice.

    Anyway. Thanks for the blog posts, thanks for holding these people accountable, and thanks for being willing to go all over the news, talking about it. Wish Gabby an excellent freshman year for me.

  139. March 5, 2015 1:00 pm

    As a father of three daughters I have been interested in how you have handled the trolls that chose to comment on your daughter’s success. My paternal instincts have been tested numerous times with a rash of colorful commentary considering my oldest daughter’s aspiration to supply Instagram with an unending trove of selfies to my discontent. The overwhelming desire to confront the creeps has always been muted by the fallout of being the adult in most of these situations with the most to lose if one takes things a bit too far. My point is that perhaps you have hit on a concept of giving those on the receiving end the way to respond back to those cyberpunks. You have experience obviously in using the free flow of information to acquire a basic premise about those individuals whom think that their ability to write destructive commentary and share it over social media is somehow a badge of manhood to share amongst other low lifes in a perverse tribal jerk fest. Most thought that they were impervious to any retribution. Well Mr. Schilling, I believe that has proven to not be the case. My suggestion is to use your recent experience and the ability to be heard from having a celebrity status to come up with a clearinghouse type app (You have the software knowledge) that can be used by parents and others in addressing and confronting these individuals using the same tactics you employed in publishing the names of the worst offenders to the media. You hit the ball (yea I know) squarely and shamed them for their thoughtless actions. An anonymous app that allows those being bullied to have a legal way to show those doing the bullying that their insidious attacks will have consequences that will affect them in their daily lives.

  140. March 5, 2015 2:15 pm

    I think one of the things that bothers me the most about the responses to you, well beyond the awfulness of the original tweets, is that may of them fall into the camp of “Curt should have known better…” All I can here in that is the same blame the victim mentality that many people use when talking about rape victims.

    It’s not that something awful was done it’s almost like we should accept that people are going to do awful things and that they are “allowed” to do it by the victim. Total BS and until we start holding people to a higher standard with consequences this isn’t going to get better.

    I’m glad that some of those jerks are now feeling the consequences of their actions.

  141. March 5, 2015 2:17 pm

    Don’t have any problem with your actions or rationale, but it may be time to bring out that internal “turn the other cheek gene”. Now that these individuals have been rightfully exposed, can we get beyond the offenses and seek not further retribution, but their public remorse, apology, and subsequent contrition? There is potential for greater good here, especially if you can help move the story from vicious discourse to instead become about accountability, forgiveness, and reconciliation and love of enemies. These boys made unspeakable and despicable posts, but they are not unforgivable. I cannot imagine the extent of humiliation, shame, and devastation they’ve brought upon themselves. Now it’s time to show grace and maturity to persuade these young men to come forward and give this episode a positive outcome.

  142. March 5, 2015 4:08 pm

    I’m sad that you feel like you need to explain yourself or that people judged you for defending your daughter. It saddens me to know that we live in a world where there are people out there like that.

    All the best to you and your family

  143. March 5, 2015 4:49 pm

    Thanks again Curt! I’m so happy that you are exposing these scum keyboard morons. Hopefully some people are learning some lessons, maybe in the future some people will refrain from making disgusting comments in twitter and any other social media. The internet never forgets. You are doing the right thing, and I agree that most any father would understand and be right by your side. I have your back my friend. And thank you for always thinking about our military. This means alot to me as well as my daughter is serving in the US Navy. Not because she couldn’t do anything else (straight A student accepted to every college she applied to), because it is in her heart to serve our great country. And to protect the freedoms that so many trolls take for granted.

  144. March 5, 2015 6:05 pm

    ” I don’t have issue going back and forth with keyboard cowboys and tough guys because they’re small small people.”
    And what does that make you?

  145. March 5, 2015 6:09 pm

    For those who think posting comments on social media can’t be harmful, please read this article.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rebecca-ann-sedwick-suicide-2-arrests-made-in-death-of-bullied-florida-girl/

    I’m finally happy that someone with notoriety is taking on these idiots and bullies. In growing up, I was taught to treat others as I wanted to be treated, and in my daughters I try and teach them the same value. Please pursue this to the fullest extent so that it can serve as an example of what can happen when you do write about people. Facebook’s fault, Twitter’s fault, NO! It’s the fault of people who think they can say anything they want without being held accountable.

    BTW- I lived in Philly in ’93 and was at Game 5 of the World Series. It was the greatest pitching performance I ever witnessed.

  146. March 5, 2015 7:22 pm

    It’s awful that anyone would do that to your family.

    I’m having a hard time understanding the 38 studios/rhode island part of this post. It seems like you’re saying that there are things that haven’t been revealed about the 38 studios deal that would shock us. However, we just had this election where that information would have been kind of relevant. Well, really relevant.

    What are the reasons, legal or otherwise, for not disclosing that information?

  147. March 5, 2015 8:56 pm

    Curt, couldn’t agree more. While reading discussions about this on other sites, it was somewhat ironic to see the trolls continue to be trolls. Good folks are sticking to the topic at hand: a father choosing to pursue all legal options regarding a vulgar, highly sexualized, online attack on his minor daughter. Predictably, others immediately get nasty. And others (incapable or unwilling to stay on topic) immediately conflate this topic with all kinds of completely unrelated silliness (unnecessarily injecting religion, politics, sports affiliations, RI, etc.). The supposed anonymity of the web emboldens cowards to bully and harass without fear of reprisal. But times are changing and this incident may contribute to that change. Cyber bullying doesn’t discriminate. ANYONE can be the next target based on just about ANYTHING (politics, sports, race, gender, orientation, nationality, degreed, not degreed, young, old, skinny, not so skinny, you name it). I suppose it is still possible for the trolls to beg for forgiveness. Whether they receive mercy or not, they should be adult enough to admit the error of their ways. Best wishes to you and yours.

  148. david simon permalink
    March 5, 2015 9:24 pm

    As a father of three daughters, congratulations for standing tall for yours. Now, it’s time to drop the self-righteous pugnacity and vintage Schiiling arrogance and behave like a normal person. This heinous incident notwithstanding, most thoughtful people recognize your main business is Schilling Inc.

    Before you continue your vigilante act think about some past and future moments when you required compassion to move forward. Are you passing your “God’s Angry Man” behavior to the next generation of Schillings?

    Get some perspective on life before you assuage your rage by ruining the lives of these cyber bullies by becoming a bully yourself. Accountability emerges in many forms as you well know from your own very own unfortunate mistakes.

    Time for you to drop the facade and demonstrate that a true adult has the capacity to take a deep breath and find the capacity for dignity, compassion and forgiveness.

  149. March 6, 2015 3:32 am

    Bravo sir. It’s sad you have to validate your actions to a society that has become somewhat permissible of lewd comments and behavior over the internet. A person’s character is defined by their actions and their words, so why shouldn’t we be held accountable to those standards just because some choose to hide behind a keyboard.

  150. March 6, 2015 10:01 am

    Anyone who excuses, makes light of, or ignores sexual/domestic violence and abuse are a part of the problem. Thanks again for taking a stand and shedding light on this important issue. Technology, in and of itself, is not the problem. Technology, like money, can simply mean more freedom and power. Like money, technology can make you more of what you already are. If you’re a complete dirt bag…technology can amplify your dirt-baggedness exponentially. If you’re somebody who likes to make sexually violent jokes about 17-year old girls…Twitter will magnify that from a small audience to millions of people…and these dirt bags will be judged by millions…and hopefully judged very harshly.

  151. March 6, 2015 12:47 pm

    I was a fan during your time with the Sox having grown up and lived most of my life in MA, but I haven’t followed you since retirement. With the attention surrounding the cyberbullying controversy, I came across your Blog post, which struck a chord with me.

    One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is when to turn the other cheek and ignore people. I know people who are hot heads and get mad at everyone, which usually results in them pissing the wrong person off, getting in over their heads and me having to bail them out.

    Ignoring stupid people and turning the other cheek is something everyone needs to learn sooner or later. With regards to this cyberbullying controversy, I can truthfully say, I hope to one day be the husband and father you are. Anyone who says you should have turned the other cheek, or that these kids were joking represent the more prevalent breed of humans that would save themselves over their loved ones. There is a time and place to ignore people, this situation with your daughter is absolutely not one of them.

    I am the king of saying stupid things or things I regret and wish I could take back. I, however, have never said anything even close to what those kids were saying, let alone posted on Social Media. Anyone who says something like what those kids said aren’t just dumb, they are bad people, and need to be dealt with aggressively and taught a lesson their parents somehow neglected to teach them.

    There is now, and will always be a time to turn the other cheek and ignore stupid people, but there is also a time when people need to fight back, and the latter represents a culture that in my opinion, is unfortunately fading rapidly. Not to sound too medieval, but I want my family to know that I will always protect them from anyone who intentionally or unintentionally wishes them harm.

    Having watched you take notes after every inning pitched, I know you are intelligent and meticulous. But, I also think you possess a quality that more and more people are lacking every day, as is evident by this controversy; common sense rational.

    I liked you before, because you seemed principled, moral, we share similar views on politics, faith and spirituality, you played for the Red Sox, and impressively managed to maintain a family, a characteristic that seems to escape most athletes, and now I respect you even more for how you handled this situation. I hate bullies. And I am thrilled to finally see someone not just talk about how bullying is bad and have a PTA conference about how to stop bullying, but actually take a stand and physically fight back. Well done Mr. Schilling, you are a frontiersman.

  152. March 6, 2015 3:16 pm

    Curt you are so on target! Bullying and the sleaze has to stop! Hopefully more will “jump on the bandwagon” and standup to stop this and protect ourselves, love ones and those who believe they have no voice.

  153. March 7, 2015 6:01 pm

    Curt,

    I applaud you and couldn’t agree with you more. I have 2 daughters, 16 and 12, who have come up against their own challenges with the rogue, predatory environment that social media offers. You are SO right. Today’s “playground” is so very different from the one I grew up socializing on. Bullying on this online playground- cyber bullying- is bigger, broader and ultimately scars deeper. Because of what I discovered about cyber bullying over the years and the lives it claims, I left my corporate career to develop a new platform for social media that promotes private group networking, and even offers ‘training wheels’ for engaged parents who want to be able to guide their child’s experience online from the beginning. We are days from launching after 2+ years of development and testing. I hope you’ll check us out at http://www.frienedy.com.

    Keep doing what you’re doing and speaking out. We need your voice!

  154. March 8, 2015 8:52 am

    Curt. Thank you for taking a stand on this.

  155. jerry159 permalink
    March 9, 2015 10:43 am

    Curt,

    As a father and grandfather I was shocked by the level of hatred and stupidity aimed at your daughter. The internet is a cesspool where cowards like those described in your blog can get away with arguably criminal behavior all the while hiding behind a compute screen. This has to stop and I strongly urge you to purse criminal charges against these cretins. And if criminal charges are not available, your daughter should sue these bums for emotional distress and make them pay for the rest of their miserable working lives. Stay strong and know that millions of regular folks support you and your daughter. I wish you both all the best.

    • March 16, 2015 8:44 pm

      It’s really difficult to pursue charges. I think there are some of these can be construed as threats, but even then. Most likely is a violation of terms of service of Twitter. That’s about the only thing that can be done

  156. March 9, 2015 12:27 pm

    Curt – I’ve never met you or your family so I have no right to make any comment on them, and with that being the case I can not believe how absolutely crude and ignorant people can be. For someone to make anonymous disgusting comments on a member while on a remote server hundreds of miles away from your family is cowardly. There’s no better word for it. Please let your daughter know that there are people out here who support her and hope she is hugely successful in her athletic career. I wish her, you, and your family nothing but the best. You have our support!

  157. March 10, 2015 4:55 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling:

    I think you’ve established a beach head for a return of decency to our culture.
    Well done.

    Dee Hill

  158. March 10, 2015 6:25 pm

    Curt: you may want to read this blog by a techie about the problems he has had with Twitter (the company moreso than users), including his getting death threats and their not doing much.

    http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=4670

    Did you try to contact Twitter?

  159. March 13, 2015 8:46 pm

    Please consider joining my networking group on Linked, “People Against Retaliation and Bullying.” Bullying is such a huge issue right now, and all too many people still so often get away with it. We have nearly 850 members in our group now. Thank you for standing up for Gabby! I think that is so, so awesome. In doing so, you have also stood up for everyone who has been cyber bullied and threatened with (and/or experienced) sexual assault. Thank you. I also have another networking group on LinkedIn, “Network of Sexual Trauma Survivors and Supporters.” We have about 35 members, and it is a private group. There is always someone out there who dishes this garbage out to others, with no thought to their victim’s/survivor’s well-being, but only how much it makes them feel powerful – and in turn, brings down men and humanity, in general. Thank you for speaking up and standing such a strong stand against these men for threatening harm toward your daughter.

  160. March 22, 2015 2:23 pm

    I have not read the comments. I didn’t want to lend them any energy, even if it was being appalled by what was written. My three sons are grown now but I do have 3 middle-school granddaughters who have their own private issues with bullies, etc. But not on the scale of what your family has experienced, thankfully. My husband thought it would make a good business if someone were to create a company who hunted down these trolls and exposed them for whomever wanted to ‘do something.’ As much as we can try to end all this by starting with ourselves, there is a prevalent belief amongst these trolls that they can say whatever they want and it doesn’t matter. Because it hasn’t. Well, the two Trolls you exposed could probably tell them different. I am sharing this idea with you keeping in mind you may have already thought of it. My belief is you are well-equipped to start something along those lines. I know if my children or grandchildren were experiencing anonymous bullying, I would pay whatever to get it to stop and have some sort of satisfaction that the bully was not getting off scott free and, hopefully, would stop the hating. As yours were.. Well done, sir.

  161. April 4, 2015 7:50 am

    Curt MAXIMUM RESPECT from a father in the UK the brainless cyber bullies ,keyboard warriors as you say are not men ,hard men,gangsters(although most are wannabee) or tough guys as in my experience all of the said forms of REAL MEN would not abuse a woman like that especially a young one real hard men,tough guys and gangsters have more respect for women and more social morals than these media addicted vermin .I hope your daughter succeeds in all here challenges in life take care and no surrender to cyber bullies once again MAX RESPECT to a real man goodbye Mr Lee Kay

  162. SYLVIA Gates permalink
    May 31, 2015 3:13 pm

    Curt,

    I don’t agree with your politics, and I am anything but a Red Sox fan, but I embrace appreciate your stand in defense of your daughter.

    It is perfectly reasonable for ANY parent to be proud of their kids’ accomplishments, especially in an area of their own expertise.

    As a society we need to enforce the standard that ALL children are off limits for verbal, emotional, sexual and physical abuse.

    We need to enforce the standard that disliking or disagreeing with someone, does not give license to demean them.

    The threat of violence is intimidation and wrong.

    Please use your forum to shed light on these pond scum. Your pursuit to the fullest extent of the law may help their clones think before posting.

    As a fellow member of the human race, prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

  163. August 13, 2015 3:00 pm

    Kids are mean and Twitter only magnifies that kind of personality with how easy it is to send unfiltered thoughts into the world instantly. Hopefully these kids will learn from this and become better for it.

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