Indians starter Trevor Bauer‘s stitched-up pinky began bleeding profusely in the first inning of ALCS Game 3 on Monday evening, forcing him out of the game much earlier than anticipated. The bloody hand naturally made people recall Curt Schilling, who famously pitched with a “bloody sock” in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees.
Schilling, however, urged his Twitter followers not to make such a comparison. He wrote, “Please don’t tweet at me about Bauer. He cost himself a start, likely more, AND his teammates, and fans, [messing] around with a drone. #stupid”
Schilling, who had a torn tendon sheath when he pitched in the ’04 ALCS, is most remembered for his performance in Game 6 against the Yankees as he tossed seven high-quality innings to help the Red Sox force a Game 7 which they would eventually win to advance to the World Series.
Schilling also started Game 1 and he got torched for six runs over three innings in a game the Red Sox lost 10-7. All things considered, Schilling cost his team a game trying to pitch through an injury.
Of course, that wasn’t Schilling’s only complaint. The six-time All-Star blamed Bauer’s injury on stupidity because he was repairing his drone. Schilling suffered his injury playing the game, not pursuing a hobby. The argument that players should be castigated for getting injured doing something as a hobby is a slippery slope because we start making arbitrary judgments about what’s an acceptable hobby and what’s not. Riding motorcycles? Playing with your kids? Playing recreational basketball? Athletes have gotten injured doing all of these off-the-clock activities but some we view as more legitimate than others for only subjective reasons.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Schilling’s criticism is unfounded. At best it’s unfair to Bauer, and at worst it’s hypocritical.
Curt Schilling has been toying with the idea of launching a political career lately. I’d say “planning” or “investigating” a political career if he had done more than post dumb political memes on his social media platforms and rant incoherently on talk radio and cable TV, but at the moment we’ll have to just call it “toying.”
That may be about to change, however!
Curt Schilling on 2018 US Senate bid vs E Warren: "I've made my decision. I'm going to run. But – but – I haven't talked to Shonda, my wife"
All sensible people would check with their spouse before mounting such a run, of course, and I will thus give Schilling good family man points for noting that if Shonda doesn’t want him to run, he won’t. For now we’ll set aside the notion that the folks who are likely to make up Schilling’s core constituency likely view such caveats as the behavior of a weak and henpecked Beta Male or whatever.
I do hope Shonda consents, however. I certainly don’t want Curt Schilling in command of anything other than a fastball and slider, so I would root for the people of Massachusetts to send him to electoral defeat, but boy howdy, would I love to cover that campaign.
Donald Trump is in hot water for any number of things this week, but one of those things are comments he made about girls back in the day. Once, in the early 1990s, he attended a youth choir concert and asked two of the girls in the choir how old they were. When they said they were 14, Trump said, “Wow! Just think — in a couple of years, I’ll be dating you.” Around that same time, CBS News reports, he was recorded in an “Entertainment Tonight” segment talking about a 10-year-old girl, saying “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?” The dirty old man schtick may not have raised too many eyebrows back in the day but it’s obviously not going over too well now that Trump is a presidential candidate.
For reasons known only to them, yesterday Fox Business Network brought on Curt Schilling to comment on all of this. Schilling, not surprisingly, defended Trump, going all-in with the notion that it’s totally normal to see underage girls and to form opinions about their sexual attractiveness:
Here’s the video of his appearance:
The key passage: “I’ve seen my daughters friends, I’m a man, ‘Wow, she’s a beautiful young lady.’ I don’t immediately jump to molesting her.” Then he tweeted this:
This morning Schilling was on WEEI radio and got into it with Boston Herald columnist John Tomase, who was on the show and who was critical of Schilling and Trump’s comments. Schilling called Tomase a “f***ing coward” and “a piece of garbage.” When Tomase called Schilling “unhinged,” Schilling replied, “When people like you think I’m unhinged, I’m doing something right because you’re what’s wrong with this country.” You can hear all of that here.