ESPN – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said on ESPN Radio on Wednesday that in 2008 “former members of the organization” told him performance-enhancing drugs were an option to help him get healthy and extend his career.
Schilling, who had signed a one-year contract with Boston in 2008 but did not pitch that season due to a shoulder injury, would not identify who was involved in the conversation, or whether it was a player, coach or staff member. He later tweeted that it “wasn’t anyone in uniform, nor the baseball ops group.”
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” Schilling, who is currently an ESPN analyst, told ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd.
Schilling said the topic came up in a clubhouse conversation that could be overheard by several teammates.
“It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation,” he added. “Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great.
“It caught me off guard, to say the least,” he added. “That was an awkward situation.”
Schilling officially retired from baseball in March 2009.
Curt Schilling loves him some media time thats for sure. First he started talking about gay players in sports last Friday on Twitter, then today he got to talking about how members of the Red Sox organization encouraged him to use PEDs to get him healthy and extend his career. I couldn’t care less about Curt Schilling. I’ve hated him ever since his bloody sock days. Dude milked that for all it was worth. Plain and simple it was a cut that bled. Boo hoo.
His motives for this story are strictly to get his name out their. He knows the Hall of Fame is against steroids, and he’s desperate to get in. In his mind I’m 100% sure he feels like if he goes out of his way to bash steroids and steroid use in baseball, then the writers will look at him in a positive light. His playoff stats are Hall of Fame worthy, but beyond that its questionable. So Curt is playing the politics game.
If you really were against steroids and their use in baseball then you would have put your name in the court documents and MLB’s investigation. You wouldn’t have waited 4 years to come out with this information. Roughly around the same time that you learned you weren’t getting into the Hall of Fame.
Get out of my face with your nonsense, Curt.
PS, Whoever “encouraged” or “brought up” steroids to Curt is getting fucked in the coming days/months. Its a sure fire guarantee that his name will come out. Michael Felger says he’s pretty sure he already knows who it is. He’s quietly, and subtly pointing to either Nicholas Alex Cyr or Jared Remy- whom were both fired after their steroid case involved the Red Sox in 2008. Ding, ding. Who wants to bet one of these guys were involved? It’ll come out. Eventually it always comes out. And you can be sure it will get messy.