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Schilling blog back where it began

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  January 22, 2010 02:46 PM

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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is no longer writing his popular blog for WEEI.com, announcing in a post Wednesday that he is moving it back to its original address, 38pitches.com.

WEEI.com editor Rob Bradford said Schilling's one-year contract ran out at the end of 2009. The former pitcher's final post for the site came the night of January 19 on the topic of the United States Senate race between Republican candidate Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley.

Brown, who won the crucial Senate seat Tuesday in a stunning upset, appeared on WEEI morning and afternoon-drive programming during his campaign. WEEI personalities Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie were among his entourage on stage immediately after his victory.

Coakley made a much-publicized and significant gaffe several days before the election when she reference Schilling, a World Series star for the Red Sox in 2004 and '07, as a Yankees fan during an interview with Dan Rea of WBZ (1030) radio.

Schilling's departure is not related to the economic issues that led Entercom, WEEI's parent company, to dismiss longtime "The Big Show" contributor Pete Sheppard Wednesday.

The day Sheppard was terminated, Schilling called "The Big Show" as host Glenn Ordway was paying homage to Sheppard while explaining the circumstances.

Schilling expressed disappointment that Sheppard was gone.

“I probably won’t be heard on WEEI until Pete’s back,’’ he said, “so I wanted to wish you guys all the best.’’

WEEI program director Jason Wolfe responded to Schilling comments by telling the Herald in today's edition, "Curt Schilling doesn't get enough publicity, so he had to chime in on this one, too, I guess."

Schilling, who acknowledged while posting under a pseudonym on a popular Red Sox messageboard that he was paid "a stupid amount of money to host my blog last year" by WEEI, did not respond to an e-mail request seeking comment.

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