Schilling fat? No way, blogger Jim Rice says
Did Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling have a weight problem last year? Former Boston baseball great Jim Rice doesn't think so.
On a new baseball blog sponsored by Sullivan Tire & Auto Service of Norwell, Rice writes of Schilling, "If you see him in the locker room, he's not fat, he just has a bad body."
Rice added of the burly hurler, "I thought Schilling was in fantastic shape."
Sullivan Tire is keen on sports marketing - with Comcast SportsNet, it's sponsoring a competition that lets basketball fans get an opportunity to name the Celtics "sixth star" and get a chance to win C's play-off tickets.
And one of Sullivan Tire's latest sports marketing ventures is Rice's new blog, www.ask14.com, which mixes Rice's baseball commentary with Sullivan Tire online ads. During Rice's career with the Sox from 1974 to 1989, he wore number 14, hence the name of the blog.
Questions, comments, and feedback can be submitted to Rice, who also does baseball commentary for the New England Sports Network, at www.ask14.com, and by visiting the blog, fans can also enter to win a Sullivan Tire gift certificate every week, the company said.
And now let's return to blog musings of Rice on weight: "When you talk about 'shape,' it could mean two different things. Are we talking body wise or baseball shape? If you look at Babe Ruth, he was a heavy guy but he was in 'baseball shape' and didn't have trouble doing his job."
Schilling, as many fans know, has his own blog, www.38pitches.com.
As a big guy with plenty of opinions he can't keep to himself, perhaps Schilling will soon weigh in on Rice's racing lines and body type.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)