Sunday, October 02, 2005

I'm Sorry

I think that I may have offended people by yesterday's post, and I feel bad. The bottom line is this: I WANT the Sox to make the playoffs. I just think it's funny that you have to rely on Chirpy to get them there. If you've read this blog, you'll see a recurring theme, and that's my disgust for Schilling. He never shuts up. He shows up his teammates. He used last year's championship to stump for a politician. He's an idiot, and not one of the good idiots (Millar, Damon, etc). And, he's given leeway when he shouldn't be given leeway. His record stinks this year but people let him get away with it. But, your post-season hopes are dependent on his ability, so I wish you luck and hopefully we'll see you in the NLCS, ok?


Blogger Andy said...

You and I have circled each other a little on the topic, so let me say directly:

Your disgust for Schilling seems to be part onfield stuff (he's a good pitcher, he's beaten you in big games, etc) and part personal. This perplexes me somewhat, but doesn't offend me. Besides, it's your blog, you should speak your mind.

I think that Schilling presents a complicated picture. He's very media-savvy, and knows how to manipulate the press to his advantage. On the other hand, he often expresses his disdain for the media, claiming that he gets misquoted or quoted out of context. He did stump for Dubya (which I find reprehensible, believe me), but he also generates huge amounts of money for causes like his ALS and skin cancer foundations. He's been known to call out teammates, but he also put his career on the line to pitch through a very serious injury, which is the definition of putting your money where your mouth is in my opinion.

(I don't really know what Yankee fans think of Gary Sheffield, but it's probably similar. I think he's a douchebag, second only to Barry Bonds in terms of arrogant loudmouth selfish players, but I respect that he was a legitimate MVP candidate last year playing with only one shoulder. I would submit that yes, Schilling talks the talk, but at least he actually walks the walk, and you might say the same thing about Sheffield.)

The best media outlet for Schilling in my opinion has been his weekly chats with John Dennis and Gerry Callahan Wednesday mornings on WEEI. These chats are archived and streamable at WEEI's website and are worth checking out.

Really though, I'm sure it's easy for you to dislike Schilling because he wears that "B" on his cap, just like it's easy for me to love him for those bloody sock performances.

5:46 PM  
Blogger The Rivals said...

Nice post! It's not the 'B' on the cap. To prove this, go look at my other blog at Look at the July 27, 2004 and April 24th, 2004 entries. I used to like him. I really did. But, like Sheffield, his arrogance and attitude just put me off. Combine that with all the posturing and politicking and he went from first to worst in my book.

You should know something else: The one player I like more than any other in baseball is Big Papi. I respect him for what he does for the game, for the way he plays, and what he does for your clubhouse. He is what baseballers should strive to be, no matter what team they play for.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

I see what you're saying, my only point is that it's easy to forgive once they put on your uniform. I'm sure you're familiar with both sides of this argument from Roger Clemens, and Andy Pettitte to a lesser extent. David Wells is perhaps the best example from a Red Sox perspective. I used to HATE him, now I really like him.

How could you not like Papi? Similarly, even though I'm a Red Sox fan I have great respect and admiration for Hideki Matsui, Bernie Williams, and Mariano Rivera. They're definitely my favorite Yankees. And I've always liked Andy Pettitte.

12:17 PM  

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