Curt Schilling does a weekly radio spot with Mike Missanelli and it gets pretty freewheeling. They’re buddies, it seems, and when Schilling gets comfortable he gets pretty chatty. It’s usually pretty good fun!
Today he got chatty about Ruben Amaro, of whom he isn’t a fan. Near the end of things he says that his displeasure for Amaro goes back to then-assistant GM Amaro not being in favor of trading for Schilling when the Diamondbacks made him available following the 2003 season, but up until that point he proceeds as if he’s analyzing Amaro dispassionately.
In trying to illustrate Amaro’s world view, he recounts a story about how Amaro — with his Stanford education — sometimes likes to act superior. An example he gives? When they both played for the Phillies they were on a charter flight and Schilling says guys were flirting with “the stewardesses or flight attendants or whatever politically-correct thing we’re supposed to call them these days” and Amaro passed a note to a flight attendant asking her “why are you talking to these guys, when I’m the total package.” Which led to “the total package” being Amaro’s nickname.
Funny story. But like anything from Schilling it comes with an eyerolling factor. Such as that “politically correct” comment and how he says, after his anecdote, that Amaro was the sort of guy who liked to talk down to people and say elitist things and how he wasn’t aware of that. Some people are just like that, he says, seemingly himself unaware of how most people view Schilling (and note a couple of minutes later when Schilling is talking about Ed Wade that Missanelli calls Schilling out for being elitist himself).
It’s also cute how Schilling equates Amaro’s lack of playing ability with his being unqualified or not ready to run a baseball team. As if that’s a prerequisite for the job these days. Then he’s asked if he could be a GM. He says no. Not because he doesn’t have the skills, but because “he can’t toe someone else’s line.” He just tells too many hard truths, man, and people can’t handle that, I guess. All of which is hilarious given that, whatever you want to say about Amaro, Schilling has proven to be a 100 times worse businessman than just about any GM in baseball history.
A nice kicker in the finale: Schilling is talking about basketball and talks about LeBron James. He said it was a bad look for LeBron to leave the finals last year with cramps. Why? Because Schilling has a friend who lost his legs in Afghanistan and he ran the marathon so . . .
Schilling says he’s joking very quickly after that. It’s all kind of a joke to him. And, yes, I’ll agree that it’s all very funny. Just not always in the way Schilling thinks it is.