Not sure how this will fly on 38Pitches.com, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona wants Schilling to “zip it a little bit” about the Barry Bonds situation.
In his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI’s Dale and Holley show this afternoon, Francona weighed in on comments made by two of his charges — Curt Schilling and David Ortiz — on Barry Bonds.
When asked how he heard about the news of Schilling’s harsh criticism of Bonds, which turned into a national story by the end of the day, Francona replied, “When I got my 11th e-mail, my buzzer was going off on my phone, and I finally got on and checked it and realized that for a guy that doesn’t talk much to the media, he sure does talk to the media.”
Host Michael Holley asked the Sox manager, “Would you suggest, on a topic as polarizing as this one, Barry Bonds, would you suggest that your players just kind of dance around it?”
“Or shut up,” Francona deadpanned.
“Yeah, I actually talked to Schill yesterday about it, and you know again, he’s never been short on opinions, and so many of them are insightful, I just thought this was an area where you’re better off just leaving it alone. And he didn’t. And you know again, the problem is, it makes it tough for me, is that he comes to the ballpark and doesn’t talk to the media so I’m left to kind of clean up the mess which I really don’t feel like, but, again, I’ve been with Schill a long time. Nobody’s more crazy about Schill than me. I just ask him to kind of zip it a little bit, and I think he will.”
Francona was asked if the same goes for David Ortiz, who spoke supportively of Bonds recently.
“I thought that was really different, in a different context,” Francona said. “If a writer comes up and asks you a question and you go ‘yeah,’ all of a sudden it’s big news. I felt bad yesterday ‘cause after I saw the article, and then I saw the headline, which didn’t even come close to being the article, and I thought that was very unprofessional on the paper’s part. Then, we go through the whole day, and I’ve got a writer running in here from Toronto that comes in, and he’s going to make a story. He goes, ‘yeah, Ortiz fessed up to taking steroids.’ Well, that’s… David was kind of poking fun at himself, and trying to be a good guy. That wasn’t even remotely where that story was going, and I heard some things on TV today. Again, there’s got to be some professionalism or things like this happen.
“It’s a shame, and it makes our job a little more uncomfortable, and it paints David as not the person he is. And again, it’s a guy that will give you a quote because he’s good to the media, but I think when these things happen, it makes a guy step back and go ‘hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m better not talking.’“