The following are comments made by Curt Schilling today on Boston sports radio station WEEI 850 AM, during his weekly segment on the Dennis and Callahan show:
Is Curt up for a big 2006?
ďIím looking forward to the final two years of my career being the best twoÖ with no question. Good Lord willing, Iíll stay healthy. Iím going to go out and finish my career with the two best seasons Iíve ever had, and I donít doubt thereís any reason why I donít do that.
ďIím going to change some things. Thereís going to be some adjustments Iím going to make this winter and when I make those, Iím going to make those with an eye towards finishing my career and trying to pull a ClemensÖ just a lot of different things (will change), Iím really not going to get specific right now, but thereís going to be a lot of different things this winter and I will address those as I need to address them.
ďThereís a lot of things going on next year. I donít question for a second that this could be the best possible team that weíve had since Iíve been here, next year, given the way this pitching staff is set up. We have a chance to be incredibly deep and incredibly good next year and that excites me.
On Manny Ramirez
ďÖI think thereís a privacy issue for Manny and I think it has as much to do with the clubhouse as any place elseÖ itís stifling in there (with the media), it really is. It can be frustrating, it can be tiring, and it gets old sometimes. And when you go through what we went through this year, and the ups and downs, it gets old.
On David Wells and the Boston spotlight
ďWellsyís a different bird. Much in the same vain that people talk about me and talking too much, and not keeping my mouth shut, I think Wellsyís just as open as I am. And again, itís a long season and there are times when you say things and do things that are spur of the moment, you feel and sometimes you do and sometimes you donít.
ďItís different, itís different than New York, and I think a lot of people that have played in both places really donít appreciate that until they come here, how much different Boston is than New York. Itís something you get used to fast if you donít like it here. I think he enjoys the team more than anything. I think he had a blast with these guys in the clubhouse this year. But I think the public part of this is definitely something different for him.
On the media in the clubhouse
ďI think everybody would be (happy with no media in the clubhouse before the games like in the NFL). The problem is that the loitering-to-writer ratio is about 100 percent in there. Nine times out of 10 theyíre not doing crap. Theyíre watching TV, grabbing a bottle of water, reading our papers. Itís one of those things, itís really something that sounds petty, but you have to understand, from our perspective, that clubhouse is our home. We actually spend more time in the clubhouse than we do our home during the season and we look at that as our home and itís just different here than any place Iíve ever been. And thatís not a negative in some sense, Ďcause there are a lot of good guys, but thereís some situations where it gets real, real uncomfortable and you canít trust the guys to notÖ Iíve seen a lot of stories written without pen to paper from a lot of guys. Youíll see a story written by a guy who was standing in the clubhouse and didnít do an interview. And that gets frustrating. You have to watch yourself, what you say, how you act. When you have to do that all the time publicly, the clubhouse is the one place where you like to go and be able to kind of let your shorts down, literally in our clubhouse, let your shorts down.
ďThey fixed that this year (adding private lounges). Thereís places to go. This clubhouse has changed dramatically (physically) as Iím sure both of you guys saw. There were places to get to. But a lot of chemistry and a lot of the things that make a team go happen down in the clubhouse. You sit around your locker and you shoot the bull, talk baseball and itís just a real different dynamic here. Plus the sheer volume is staggering sometimes. You look at that last series of the season. There were more reporters in our clubhouse than there were on the field when we went to Chicago for the postseason. It can be overwhelming at times, for people. It doesnít bother me because I donít have a problem telling them to get the hell out and leave me alone. But there are other guys that arenít comfortable and itís definitely something you have to address here.
On Terry Francona
ďTerry Francona, and I think Joe Torre also, had the best years of their managerial careers this year. You canít even begin to understand the things that Tito goes through in managing this team from top to bottom. The stuff that goes on in the clubhouse. The people that he has to put up with and the things he has to put up with. I watch what he did this year and itís an amazing thing, that a normal, healthy guy might have trouble with and Iím impressed.
ďAnd in this market everybody talks aboutÖ when the players donít perform, the thing that Iíve always had trouble with here, is the fans want the managerís head. ĎThis guy canít manage because this guy didnít get this guy out.í It stuns me. I look at it and go Ďwait a minute,í at what point do the players get held accountable? But thatís the way it is here. And he just did a phenomenal job this year and health-wise, yeah, I do question if this is the right job for him. But heís out there every night, and he does everything heís asked to do, and I wouldnít want to play for anybody else.
ďItís not (fun for him). Thereís no way itís fun. The fun that he has is from first pitch to last and I think after that itís over because unfortunately you guys are on around the clock and there are a lot of people who are your listeners who are not big Terry Francona fans. And I think that kind of stuff wears on you. Whether you hear it or not, you hear it somehow. Whether by word of mouth or whatever. There are a lot of people in the organization that listen to the radio station. They tend to bring a lot of the opinions heard to the ballpark and thatís the last thing that we want to freakiní hear when we come to the ballpark is Al from freakiní wherever, or Frank from Gloucester.Ē