Thursday, July 26, 2007


We have to admit, we kind of like Curt Schilling. We don't care for the Red Sox so much, but we admire Schilling speaking his mind when it comes to "important issues" in baseball. We understand he may rub some people the wrong way, but really, it's a lose-lose situation for athletes in this position. If they remain bland and apolitical, they get slammed for not speaking up (see Jordan, Woods). If they decide to offer their opinion on such matters, well, they are told to just shut up and play ball. For this, we sympathize with them, and it's why we don't mind Schilling calling out Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire:

"If someone wrote that stuff about me and I didn't sue, am I not admitting that there's some legitimacy to it?" Schilling said on the "Costas Now" program. "It goes to the Mark McGwire thing in Congress. I mean, I'm a huge Mark McGwire fan. But I just always thought it was very simple: If you did something and someone asks you if you did it and you didn't do it, you say no. Any other answer than no is some form of yes, isn't it?"

We mean, he's right about this, isn't he? We think he has a point. And we have to disagree with Deadspin's criticism that Schilling is only tough on steroids when talking to the media, as opposed to when he's under oath, or sitting in front of Congress. Now, Will, we know you like to get "cheeky" and all, but can you really even compare the circumstances here? We think not.

Finally, Bonds has already shot back . . . at Bob Costas, the one who interviewed Schilling: "You mean that little midget man who absolutely knows jack … about baseball, who never played the game before?" Sigh. When massaging the cream and clear onto his skin, we fear Barry Bonds must have also acquired the Joe "Only People Who Played the Game Can Talk About the Game" Morgan disease.

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