Craig Calcaterra

Former MLB player Curt Schilling talks with a reporter at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, California June 9, 2011. REUTERS/David McNew

Curt Schilling is making up for lost time


A day after getting fired it appears that Curt Schilling is making up for lost time on social media. I don’t follow the guy on any platform, but the Daily News has been playing close attention and describe his “social media bender.” 

He’s been posting right wing memes and railing against political correctness and, in the usual ironic twist guys like Schilling often exhibit, is being highly, highly sensitive to criticism in that “me, mad? hahaha, no, I think this is funny, I’m actually laughing at this right now” kind of way which, in reality, masks some pretty decent outrage.

Best bit: he’s been mixing it up with Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy has been intellectual and respectful and is holding an actual debate. Schilling decided that he’d insult McCarthy by claiming that McCarthy’s “life goes on” stance was some sort of failure on par with his having “only” nine career complete games:

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So yeah, that’s all going well. Glad Schilling is keeping busy. And mature.

(Thanks to Josh for the heads up. Schilling blocks me so I didn’t see any of this)

Tyson Ross doesn’t need shoulder surgery

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of an interleague baseball game, Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Padres starter Tyson Ross will not require surgery on his right shoulder after an MRI revealed no structural damage.

There is not a public diagnosis yet, but Padres manager Andy Green said that Ross will be shut down for a couple weeks. Green referred to it as “non-surgical.”

Ross has made only one start this year and got shelled. Last year he was 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA in a league-leading 33 starts, striking out 212 but walking 84 in 196 innings.

Psychoanalyzing Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

That stuff I wrote in the Tiger Woods post? About the folly of playing armchair psychologist to athletes? Don’t think for a moment that, just because it’s pointless, writers will stop doing it. They’ve always done it and always will.

One place where they do it all the time is New York. There are reasons for this. One is that there are a lot more reporters covering New York teams and they’re looking for fresh angles. The “he’s a winner” or “he’s a true Yankee” or “he’s a leader” or “he has feet of clay” angles are not always the first choice when it comes to writing about a player, but they’re often the fourth, seventh or tenth, and with so many column inches to fill guys who cover the Yankees and Mets have been doing this for years.

The latest to do it is Bob Klapisch and he does it for Matt Harvey today. He does so with reference to Noah Syndergaard who, at the moment, is a better pitcher. Syndergaard’s rising star is undeniable, but it’s hilarious how Klapisch uses that as a basis for not only praising Syndergaard but for burying Harvey and drawing all kinds of conclusions about his mindset and ego and insecurities. It’s ridiculous.

It takes a trained psychologist multiple intense sessions with a patient to draw even the most basic conclusions about what makes them tick, what bothers them what drives them and what causes them to fail or succeed. A sports columnist in New Jersey thinks he can get to the bottom of that kind of thing based on some radar gun readings, some line scores, some superficial clubhouse interactions and his hunches. Sure. That’s not idiotic or anything.