Re: Schilling on M&M: Lester comments 'sad'
posted at 10/17/2011 10:12 PM EDT
In Response to Schilling on M&M: Lester comments 'sad'
[QUOTE]WEEI: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, in an interview with the Mut & Merloni Show, discussed the recent comments by starter Jon Lester about the clubhouse issues that included starters eating fried chicken and drinking beer during games. Schilling was particularly stunned by the left-hander's suggestion that the Sox "needed more structure" than manager Terry Francona provided, and the idea that the manager's authority -- after eight years -- had "run its course." "That kind of boggles my mind that he said that, because at the end of the day, these are grown men. Do you need a manager to tell you? They all knew, and you always know, when you’re doing something questionable or wrong," said Schilling. "They chose not to correct it, and because they chose not to correct it, I think some of them were absolutely not in good enough shape to pitch through September and help them win games. "That’s sad," added Schilling. "That’s embarrassing, and that’s sad. That basically says, at the age of 28, 29, 30, I need an adult more mature than me to give me rules and guidelines. ... That’s sad, because that’s why we won World Series. We won those World Series because he was that way, because he allowed us to police ourselves. What it says to me even more clearly, they have no leadership whatsoever in that clubhouse." Schilling suggested that, when he was a player, Francona confronted him about the amount of time he spent in the clubhouse during games. "I spent a lot of time in the clubhouse. I did so for a couple different reasons. The most important was that if I didn’t get time in the clubhouse to look at video to get ready to pitch, I would have had to have been at the park at 10 or 11 a.m.," said Schilling. "If you don’t have the makeup to translate to players, ‘Hey, he’s in the clubhouse getting his work done. He’s doing therapy. He’s doing his arm exercises.’ "Clearly that’s the message that Terry got. These guys weren’t in the clubhouse getting work done. They were in the clubhouse because they didn’t want to be on the bench. And that’s a very different setup. ... Terry came to me a couple different times and was unhappy that I was in the clubhouse, and he made it clear, and he wanted me to change my program. My guess is that, based on conversations after this, he did that exact thing." Schilling suggested that the task of repairing the clubhouse is going to be challenging, particularly given the departure of Francona and the likely imminent exit of GM Theo Epstein. Schilling said that the idea of signing a veteran bench player to offer leadership represented a virtually impossible job description. "If they go out this winter and sign that leadership guy, how hard is his job going to be? ‘You’re only going to get 150 at-bats. No one cares about what you do on the field. Get these guys in order.’ That’s going to be the Q&A: ‘How’s the clubhouse doing? How’s the atmosphere and the culture here?’" Schilling noted. "That’s going to s.uck."
Posted by 2004Idiots[/QUOTE]
Curt goes over the top at times like many of us when trying to prove a point. He also makes a lot of valid points, the more people who come forward with names will help as much as the actual discipline itself.
Nobody wants their name dragged through the mud.