January 26, 2007
January 2007 Survey Question # 5
If Curt Schilling has a great season in 2007, and if he does not retire and becomes a free agent, should the Yankees look to sign him for the 2008 season?
Update, 1/29/07: This poll is now closed. The people have spoken!
Half of the Yankees fans who answered said they can't stand Schilling, and don't want him. And, overall, 78% who answered said "Just say no to Schilling."
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Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 26, 2007 10:45 AM
I'd have to weigh my options. I'd look into signing him, but it wouldn't be definite.
Um no? He has no class, has a big mouth, and kills the spirit of his teams. Did I mention that he looks like a dirtbag and has no respect for anything but himself?
Posted by: Russell at January 26, 2007 11:17 AM
Another character argument....
Stolen from Netshrine...
This post, courtesy of Lee and edited by me
"Let's not even get into the "character" of those 1970s Yankees teams. That was as bad a set of characters you could find in a clubhouse, which followed another bad set of characters in the Oakland clubhouses where (Catfish) Hunter pitched. So, if Hunter stands for anything "character-wise", it's for the fact that character is meaningless when it comes to winning baseball games.
It was just as meaningless to the 1970s A's and 1970s Yankees as it was the pure myth of the 1990s Yankees being good characters, when that clubhouse was filled with the likes of David "Masturbating" Cone, Chuck "Cancer in the Clubhouse" Knoblauch, Paul "5 Year Olds Are More Mature" O'Neill, David "Too Many Things To Say About Him" Wells, Roger "Most Hated Man In NY" Clemens, Jeff Nelson, Karim Garcia, Darryl "Cocaine" Strawberry, Dwight "Cocaine" Gooden and the rest of those bad characters that the NY media wants to falsely claim are a bunch of good guys. And how appropriate it was that the statutory rape crowd was adequately represented by Luis Polonia's presence on the 2000 WS Champions.
I don't care about Schilling's "character" issues, of which there are legion...and there's enough testimony about it from Philly to Arizona and Boston that it's laughably all too evident. Schilling offends me because he's the most cynical SOB in the game. Yes, that's right. A lot of people rightly proclaim Clemens to be the poster boy for the "hired gun" type of modern day player. But what Schilling does goes Roger one better: he panders to the media and home town fans' concept of local hero while blatantly negotiating a career agenda that's converse to all of that. When he was in Philly, he lobbied to be traded to the Yankees. When he was in Arizona, he lobbied to be traded to the Yankees. Now, he'll probably "reconsider" retirement and lobby to be signed by the Yankees. The others may have been liars, drug fiends, and punks (sound a lot like our government officials?), but Schilling's one cool, calculating SOB.
You guys deriding Schilling's character are the same folks who want Roger Clemens to return to the Yankees, I assume. That's a poor argument against Schilling. I would rather make the argument that he's old; commands too much money; and is clearly trending downward. While I think he will retire, if he ops to play, he will make way too much money and deliver too little. Kind of like Carl Pavano.
Posted by: Benjamin Kabak at January 26, 2007 01:02 PM
No on Schill because he's going to be too old and he's had some injuries the last few years.
Clemens can be self-obsessed and irascible, but, by and large, he is considered to be a good teammate. Schilling, on the other hand, has left a trail of anger and derision behind him throughout his career.
Also - and I realize that this should be irrelevant to the discussion here -I find it very hard to separate Curt Schilling, political pseudo-pundit blowhard from Curt Schilling, borderline HOF pitcher. But that's just me.
//Schilling, on the other hand, has left a trail of anger and derision behind him throughout his career.//
Exactly. I've heard first-hand accounts (from a young pitcher) of Schilling treating team mates poorly. By next year we may have some young guns up in the Bronx. They don't need his kind of shit around the clubhouse.
Posted by: Jen at January 26, 2007 10:36 PM