The Big Schil

I am getting sick and tired of professional baseball players talking about "respect." We've heard the term used in free agent negotiations countless times, Pedro Martinez brought the term to new heights when he and his shoulder skipped town. Now another Red Sox ace is using the "R" word: Curt Schilling.

Curt we love you, but shut the bleep up. Curt will be earning a tad north of $13 million this year and is adored by fans for his heroics in 2004. And he complains about a lack of respect? I wish I had that kind of "no respect!" Whenever you negotiate and make ultimatums publicly you are going to create a charged atmosphere.

For those of you who don't know, Schilling let it be known on the Dennis and Callahan Show a few weeks ago that he didn't want to retire after all. When I first heard the words, I was excited-the guy is a gamer-unfortunately he also has a big mouth. He stated he wanted a deal done before Spring Training was done or else. In this case or else was filing for Free Agency after the season. When Theo conveyed ownership's desire to take a "wait and see" approach, Curt had a hissy fit and once again publicly painted the Red Sox into a corner, creating a maelstrom of commentary from Red Sox nation and many Boston scribes.

The media in this town in relation to the Red Sox is bad enough: the lot of them kowtow to the organization and feed Red Sox Nation with a load of "news" that makes some of these daytime soap operas look downright legitimate. The Boston Sports media, particularly when it comes to the Red Sox, has a self importance about them bordering on demagoguery. And Schilling fuels their flame. The media loves this guy because he likes to shoot his mouth off-which is precisely why the Red Sox want to take a wait and see approach.

Schilling came to camp fat and bitchy and lashing out at the Sox (and the media he has such a love/hate relationship with) about the lack of respect he was shown. If he wins 15-20 games on a team that contends for a World Series, the Big Schil will get his dough and his respect. He'll probably still be on the Red Sox too. As a fan, I'd like him to shut up and pitch and please stop whining about a lack of respect.

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