Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Failed Video Game Developer Who Cried Wolf?
Two-time World Series champion pitcher Curt Schilling has befallen some hard times lately. His video game company, 38 Studios had gone under, leaving him in serious debt. Every now and again, Big Schill will pop up in the news, whether it be to sell one of his bloody socks -- no, not the famous ALCS sock -- and now to join in on the big steroid discussion that has heated back up.
On Thursday, Schilling told ESPN that someone had told him that PEDs were a viable option on his way back from a shoulder injury with the Red Sox in 2008. The former ace qualified that statement by saying, "It wasn't anybody in uniform, it wasn't (then-general manager) Theo (Epstein), it wasn't (then-manager Terry Francona), it wasn't (then-assistant GM) Jed Hoyer, it wasn't one of the owners. It was somebody that was involved in the day to days," he said. "It wasn't (head trainer) Paul Lessard, it wasn't (massage therapist) Russell Nua or (medical operations coordinator) Jim Rowe or anybody."
Schilling went onto say that the conversation was overheard by several of his teammates, and quickly thereafter the front office was involved and went to Major League Baseball to investigate the issue.
"The other people weren't in the conversation, but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose?" he said. "Because if I wasn't going to get healthy, it didn't matter. And if I did get healthy, great.
"It caught me off guard, to say the least. That was an awkward situation."
It was never discovered who allegedly brought steroids into the Boston clubhouse, and this whole story sounds a little strange to me. Schilling has a bad habit of popping up whenever its convenient for just him, and with the recent allegations against Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, he felt the need to attempt to one up that story with a hit against a ball club who could use just one good break.
What is it with Boston athletes who were so beloved by the fans turning into complete schmucks? Thomas goes AWOL, and now Schilling starts blowing his whistle at one of the worst times for the franchise in almost two decades? I have to say that he's crying wolf here because a guy like Schilling just wants to stay relevant, otherwise he'll be down with the John Kruk's and Chris Singleton's of the world.