Curt Schilling was one of the greatest pitchers of the early twenty-first century. He won two World Series, won over 20 games in 2004 and had a great career. Schilling retired in the 2008 season due to shoulder injuries. Since then, he started a gaming company that went bankrupt earlier this year. Schilling lost millions on millions. Many don’t feel sympathetic at all. That’s fine. But, for some reason, I do. I feel terrible for Curt Schilling. Maybe, it’s because I’m a die-hard Red Sox fan. Maybe, it’s because Curt Schilling was one of my favorite players and my first Red Sox shirt said “Schilling” on the back. Maybe, it’s because I actually like Curt Schilling as a human. Schilling was never afraid to speak his mind on anything that he deemed to be unfair, from Manny Ramirez, to Barry Bonds, to steroids in baseball. He was a World War II buff, which is one of my favorite time eras from history. He raises awareness and money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. And nobody will ever forget the game he pitched in New York to save the Red Sox from elimination. Curt’s bloody sock, stained with the blood from a throbbing ankle, that Schilling worked through to get a W.
But I think the reason why I stand with Curt Schilling and continue to be a fan during this process is because what Schilling was trying to do. He was not a stupid ballplayer. He saved over fifty million dollars from his baseball career. He didn’t cheat. He didn’t gamble. He didn’t sleep around or do drugs. He started a video game company. A video game company called 38 Studios. From what I’ve heard, the first game the company launched called Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning was actually fairly popular. Schilling wanted to do something different. Why is everyone criticizing him for the failed game company. Yes, his company failed. But I still stand with Curt. Because, honestly, I don’t see a reason not too. Who cares if he’s a conservative Republican. That doesn’t change the fact that he tried to do something that he wanted t odo. In the end, the game company went bankrupt. People lost their jobs. Schilling lost millions. He may even have to sell the famous “Bloody Sock.” But I still stand with Curt. He tried. That’s all anybody can really do. Currently, Schilling works as an analyst for ESPN. His life will never be the same now. It’s a sad story. Schilling has said publicly that he does not want sympathy. But he’s getting some. From me. I can appreciate a man who tried. A man who tried to start a business doing something he loved. Schilling, you may have lost the money. But you still have my respect.