Two posts in one day concerning the free expression of shy, retiring wallflower Curt Schilling, who’d have believed it? The following is from the Boston Globe’s Steve Silva.
Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, in his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI™s “Dennis and Callahan” show, was asked if baseball fans should hold their noses while watching Barry Bonds™s pursuit of Hank Aaron™s all-time Major League home run record.
œOh yeah. I would think so. I mean, he admitted that he used steroids, said Schilling. œI mean, there™s no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes, and cheating on the game, so I think the reaction around the league, the game, being what it is, in the case of what people think. Hank Aaron not being there. The commissioner [Bud Selig] trying to figure out where to be. It™s sad.
œAnd I don™t care that he™s black, or green, or purple, or yellow, or whatever. It™s unfortunate¦ there™s good people and bad people. It™s unfortunate that it™s happening the way it™s happening.
Schilling was asked if he would give Bonds a pitch to hit if the home run record were on the line when the San Francisco Giants come to Fenway in June.
œNot on purpose, said Schilling. œHell no. I don™t want to be Al Downing. Downing, who won 20 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1971, is best known for giving up the record-breaking 715th home run hit by Hank Aaron on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta.
œI™m guessing they™re going to try to make sure it [record-breaking home run] happens in San Francisco, said Schilling.
Schilling said he thinks that Bonds™s achievements during his period of alleged steroid use — as detailed in the book œGame of Shadows — should be œwiped out.
“If you get caught using steroids, you should have everything you’ve done in this game wiped out for any period of time that you used it,” Schilling said at the time of the book™s release. “A lot of players, I think, have said as much because it is cheating.”
Unless No. 38 has special access to sealed grand jury testimony, it would be useful to know where exactly he’s learned that Bonds admitted to using steroids, cheating on his wife or screwing the IRS. It would’ve also been very interesting (well, entertaining, anyway) had Schilling showed nearly as much moxie in speaking out about a fellow player when he had the opportunity in front of a congressional hearing.
I don’t mean to sound cavalier about the subject of PED’s. I’m sure I speak for many fans of the New York Mets in hoping the Commissioner’s Office will arrange for an immediate piss test for Bengie Molina.