Curt Schilling may be a big fan of Roger Clemens, but you won’t find any Barry Bonds posters hanging on the walls of his Medfield home.
Schilling, in his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” show, was asked if baseball fans should hold their noses while watching Barry Bonds’s pursuit of Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League home run record.
“Oh yeah. I would think so. I mean, he admitted that he used steroids,” said Schilling. “I mean, there’s no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes, and cheating on the game, so I think the reaction around the league, the game, being what it is, in the case of what people think. Hank Aaron not being there. The commissioner [Bud Selig] trying to figure out where to be. It’s sad.
“And I don’t care that he’s black, or green, or purple, or yellow, or whatever. It’s unfortunate… there’s good people and bad people. It’s unfortunate that it’s happening the way it’s happening.”
Schilling was asked if he would give Bonds a pitch to hit if the home run record were on the line when the San Francisco Giants come to Fenway in June.
“Not on purpose,” said Schilling. “Hell no. I don’t want to be Al Downing.” Downing, who won 20 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1971, is best known for giving up the record-breaking 715th home run hit by Hank Aaron on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta.
“I’m guessing they’re going to try to make sure it [record-breaking home run] happens in San Francisco,” said Schilling.
Schilling said he thinks that Bonds’s achievements during his period of alleged steroid use — as detailed in the book “Game of Shadows” — should be “wiped out.”
“If you get caught using steroids, you should have everything you’ve done in this game wiped out for any period of time that you used it,” Schilling said at the time of the book’s release. “A lot of players, I think, have said as much because it is cheating.”
In December 2003, Bonds told a federal grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream supplied by BALCO, but the controversial slugger said he was told they were the nutritional supplement flaxseed oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis, not steroids, according to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004.
Sox slugger David Ortiz seems to have a different opinion on Bonds’s pursuit of the record.
“He deserves respect,” Ortiz told Michael Silverman in a story in today’s Boston Herald. “People are not going to give it to him because of all the bad things running around, this and that, but people need to realize. I’ve heard a lot of different things about Barry Bonds, but people should just admit it – this guy’s a bad (expletive).”
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“I don’t know what steroids can do to you as a baseball player. You’ve still got to swing the bat, man,” Ortiz said. “If I ever use steroids, and then I know what the difference can be and I’m using them, I’ll tell you, ‘Yeah, whatever,’ but I don’t know what the feelings are when you use the steroids. But I can tell you how it feels to pull yourself together to swing the bat.”
You can listen to Schilling’s appearance on WEEI here.