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Curt Schilling: Roger Goodell ‘out to defame’ Tom Brady with Deflategate 04.28.16 at 10:27 am ET
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The outspoken Curt Schilling weighed in on Deflategate Thursday morning on Dennis & Callahan where he also addressed his firing from ESPN and what will be next.

Schilling isn’t a fan of what commissioner Roger Goodell is doing, especially to a star like Tom Brady.

“First of all, I think it’s a joke,” Schilling said. “I think the fact that the day everybody found out that  everything was based on a lie, and nothing changed, if I am one of the other 31 NFL teams, I am looking at myself going wait a minute, hold on, this is not good. I think there was a lot of resentment. I think everybody was excited about the fact that the Patriots are getting their hands slapped because Lord knows we hate sustained success in this country. This is the ultimate in wag your tail and wag your finger saying, ‘Na, na, na.’ This is a power hungry — it’s such an incredibly stupid thing that we actually, like I said, the whole thing is based on a lie. All of it. And Roger Goodell is continuing to tell people that it is about the integrity of the sport, which he actually is destroying the very same things he thinks he’s protecting. He also was very clearly out to defame, whatever you want to call it, his biggest star. I don’t get that. None of that makes sense, but it does when you think about it from a power perspective.

“The appellate court ruling basically has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Tom Brady everything that has to do with Article 46 and the fact that ‘Hey, I am the commissioner, I can do whatever I want.’ This guy beat the living daylights out of his girlfriend, wife and he’s going to get four games and so is this guy who didn’t deflate footballs, but someone lied about him doing it.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C addresses ESPN firing, where might he land next at 10:11 am ET
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Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday to discuss his firing from ESPN and where he will might land next. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schilling believes he wouldn’t have been fired if he had made liberal comments.

“I’ve actually spoken with and communicated with quite a few people there since it happened and to a person, everyone said the same thing,” Schilling said. “One of the things that I said was, if I had come out and said transgenders are the greatest people in the world and if you disagree you’re a MF’er, they would say please don’t use that language in public. It’s well-known. I think people knew when I was there, I talked to people about it. Like I said, we move on.”

The former MLB pitcher also said there are people at ESPN who say some racist things, but don’t get into trouble.

“I think there are a lot of people at ESPN that play the race card often,” he said. “I back that up by saying I don’t have a problem with it in the sense that I think there a lot of those conversations that need to happen. For some reason, a lot of people believe that you need to just talk sports and not talk about the social issues that go on. I think those two things are actually intertwined in a very intimate way. It’s one of the many conversations that should be happening.”

Added Schilling: “Nothing behind the scenes. One of the comments I will never forget is listening to Stephen A. Smith talk about the fact that Robert Griffin wasn’t playing quarterback for the Redskins because he was black. It was because he sucked and he wasn’t playing. It was obvious. Things like that. Those were the comments that as this went along — everybody talks about [I] was warned multiple times. Everybody got the same memo. It was sports people stick to sports, not politics and other stuff. It felt like I was the only one that was held to the rule. I think a lot of what happened was very discriminatory. Like I said, if I had made a liberal point of view, I don’t think this would have ever happened.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I was kind of blindsided’ by criticism about view on transgender issue; due for discussion with ESPN bosses 04.20.16 at 10:37 am ET
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Curt Schilling once again finds himself in the middle of a controversy for opining about a highly charged political issue, but he told Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday that he doesn’t understand what he did to draw people’s ire in this latest incident. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

On Tuesday, Schilling reposted a graphic that pictured a burly man dressed in suggestive women’s clothing with the words: Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!

He followed that by writing in a separate post: A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.

The posts are a response to the controversy in North Carolina, where a law was passed directing individuals to use bathrooms based on their biological sex. Companies and entertainers have responded by boycotting the state or threatening to pull their business.

Schilling downplayed his comments, insisting he did not mean to stir up trouble.

“That wasn’t my post,” he said of the graphic. “I commented on that. … I replied to the post. I didn’t post that. I made a comment paraphrasing it would be people that go to the bathroom standing up use one, and people that go the bathroom sitting down use the other. That’s turned into somehow I’m transphobic. I don’t know.”

Schilling has been suspended by ESPN for past comments, but he said when he got a phone call Tuesday it caught him by surprise.

“I got a call late yesterday. I don’t know how you guys saw this thing. I was kind of blindsided by this one. When I got the call I was like, ‘I don’t get this. How did this become that?’ I assume I’ll be talking with some people today.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Expectations need to be altered with Clay Buchholz 04.14.16 at 12:30 pm ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Thursday morning to discuss the Red Sox, specifically Clay Buchholz and Pablo Sandoval. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

There was some optimism with Buchholz heading into the season, but he’s allowed five earned runs in each of his two starts this season. Schilling said the expectations of him need to be altered.

“We need to move on from an expectations perspective,” Schilling said. “Here is the thing, sometimes you are what you are. Clay Buchholz was not going to come out of the gates this year and throw 222 innings, win 19 games and make 33 starts. He’s never done it. I am convinced, and this is not a personal thing, I like Clay, it’s just he’s not the guy. That no-hitter skewed it all. We go back to one game and a couple stretches where he was as good as anyone in the game, but that is something he ended up not wanting bad enough to make it happen.”

Regarding Sandoval, Schilling feels he could have played his last game as a member of the Red Sox, but he doesn’t expect the team to flat out release him. He believes they are doing everything in their power to trade him.

“I don’t think they [release him] because there is some history there,” he said. “The guy — other than David [Ortiz] — the history in October, experience and success, Pablo has not just played and done well, he’s excelled in the postseason. There is a skinnier guy in there. You’ve seen him. You just have to figure out how to get back to that place.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘[Eduardo] Rodriguez is every bit a potential David Price when he’s healthy’ 04.06.16 at 10:44 am ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, expressed optimism about the Red Sox following Tuesday’s 6-2 Opening Day victory over the Indians. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

David Price and the bullpen were impressive in Tuesday’s opener, but Schilling cautioned not to read too much into one game.

“There’s nothing about the last 72 hours that means very much, other than the fact that your team’s healthy,” Schilling said. “This first week is about kind of getting your legs under you. As long as you don’t go 0-6 or lose three or four guys in the lineup … You’re out of spring training. If I’m the Red Sox, you want to get your feet wet, you want to see how quickly [Eduardo] Rodriguez is going to return to the rotation. Those are the things you’re thinking [about]. You don’t look at big picture/small picture. In a 162-game season, what is it, every 16 games you kind of take a snapshot.”

Kirk Minihane predicted 68 wins and another last-place finish for the Red Sox. Schilling does not agree.

“Listen, I love him to death, but sometimes really dumb crap comes out of his mouth. You’ve got to know when that is,” Schilling said. “I don’t think they’re going to be a 105-win team, but I think they’ll be closer to 90 than they will 69.”

After Price, there are a lot of question marks about the Red Sox rotation. Schilling said if the remaining starters struggle, that could create problems for the ace.

“The guy’s a Cy Young winner. There’s no question he’s really, really good,” Schilling said. “A lot of it’s going to have to do with how the four guys line up behind him, and how consistent they are. Because it becomes a very challenging situation when your team’s struggling and it feels like the day you pitch is the only day people are expecting [your team] to win. That’s a different kind of pressure, and it’s not fun. But I think they’re going to be all right.”

Looking at the rest of the starters, Schilling holds Rodriguez in the highest regard.

“Given what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s any question that Rodriguez is every bit a potential David Price when he’s healthy,” Schilling said. “I think David is going to be just the perfect guy to have to help him move along. The other guys, people tend to forget that Rick Porcello is 27 years old. He’s been around a long time. What you’re looking for from them is consistency. With that bullpen as good as I think it’s going to be, you’re trying to get the starters to consistently give you innings.”

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Curt Schilling on ‘Enough About Me’ podcast: Red Sox ownership ‘never gave a [expletive] about me’ 03.11.16 at 11:10 am ET
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Red Sox Hall of Famer and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined Kirk Minihane on his “Enough About Me” podcast to discuss various topics including his nonexistent relationship with the Red Sox, his failed video game company, and his controversial comment about Muslims. To listen to the podcast, go to the WEEI.com audio on demand page.

It has become apparent in recent years that Schilling and Red Sox ownership have not seen eye-to-eye since his retirement. He explained that the last straw in their relationship came when the bosses did not believe Schilling was being truthful regarding an injury he suffered in his final offseason.

“I thought I had a very close relationship with all three [John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino], absolutely,” Schilling said. “That meeting we had when we got together with the player rep, they said things in that meeting that made me realize that they never gave a [expletive] about me. … The thought that they might think I was lying bowled me over, because I was taking pain meds all through this time. From ’04 to when I retired, whenever I needed it. I knew why, because I wanted to pitch, and they wanted me to pitch. But when I was done, they were done.”

Added Schilling: “I think eventually what it was was I don’t think they really cared anymore about me because they knew I was almost done.”

Another hot topic from Schilling’s past is his failed video game company. He explained what led to these struggles, and how it damaged him in more ways than one.

“It was a very family-oriented [company], and that’s why the end was so unbelievably painful, because I hurt people that I deeply cared about,” Schilling said. “I was as emotionally invested as I was financially.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C explains recent Hillary Clinton comments 03.03.16 at 11:13 am ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, a staunch conservative who has gotten into trouble before for his unfiltered comments, went Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio earlier in the week and said Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere” if it is proven that she did not protect classified information due to her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.

“If she’s allowed to get to the general election before she’s in prison, I’ll be stunned and I’ll be upset,” Schilling said. “Because I think she’s shown her true colors all along the way. I’ll ask you this: Do you see her being anything even remotely different than what we’ve had?”

ESPN reportedly is looking into the comments.

Thursday morning, Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane and discussed the comments.

“ESPN had sent out a memo talking about on-air talent talking politics. … Right hand to God, I didn’t get that until about two weeks ago because it was in my span folder,” Schilling said “But that is not an excuse.”

“My assumption was they didn’t want us talking politics in an ESPN setting,” he added. “I’m assuming that ended up probably not being right, but I haven’t heard from anybody, I haven’t heard anything. The challenge for me was it was an hour. I was talking with Rex Hudler, a former teammate of mine Kansas City Royals and all that, we talked for 55 minutes about everything — baseball, teammates, stories. And this came at the end and this is the thing [everyone is talking about].”

Added Schilling: “People assume I am saying things to rile other people up. I say what I believe and I am passionate about the things I believe in. That doesn’t make me right, it makes me me.”

Below is the complete audio from Schilling’s in-studio appearance.

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Bradfo Show: Five things learned talking Hall of Fame (and other things) with Curt Schilling 01.06.16 at 9:34 am ET
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Wednesday will mark the fourth time Curt Schilling has discovered exactly how many Hall of Fame votes he received. Last year it 39.2 percent. The year before it was 29.2 percent. The first go-round? It was 38.8 percent.

He knows the drill, and that’s why the waiting process leading up to the announcement hasn’t exactly turned the Schilling household inside-out.

“It’€™s colder and I’€™m worried my chickens are getting frostbite on their combs,” he said on the Bradfo Show podcast when asked how this year might be different. “Honest to God, that’€™s what I’€™m worried about.”

But when it comes to the Hall of Fame, Schilling will be a name many continue to keep a close eye on. There is a strong case to be made that the former Red Sox pitcher belongs in Cooperstown. And then there are the debates that surround his debates.

(Case in point: Will Leitch’s recent story, “Are Curt Schilling’s GOP politics keeping him out of the Hall of Fame?”

It is all why narrowing down the wide-ranging interview with Schilling to five things we learned is challenging, but we’ll give it a shot:

SCHILLING IS AT PEACE WITH POTENTIALLY NOT GETTING THE CALL

“The hard part for me is I don’€™t want to say the things I say and diminish what I think the Hall of Fame represents. But it is the most subjective things I’€™ve ever been around. I read an article the other day about a writer that didn’€™t vote for me, and he didn’€™t vote for me because I only had 216 wins. And John Smoltz he voted for because he had 214 wins. I made peace with it a long time ago.

“Ultimately, I say they can’€™t take away the memories and the three rings, and those are the things I was able to walk away with. If it happens it would be great. I don’€™t expect it to happen. I’€™m not going to make a mistake this year and say it’€™s because I’€™m a Republican because I joked around about that last year and it became it’€™s own article when I called John Smoltz a Democrat knowing full well he’€™s as conservative as I am if not moreso, and I took heat for that for six months.

“If I don’€™t have a plague in Cooperstown, nobody can take away everything I had. I think Cooperstown and getting in is a recognition of all the people that were in your life, not of you.”

HE WON’T BE QUIET FOR THE SAKE OF HIS CANDIDACY

“I don’€™t care. I’€™m not going to change who I am, do what I do, or say what I say to make people think differently of me. For better or worse, and my wife would say there’€™s a lot of worse ‘€“ and some of the GMs I played for, well, all of the GMs I played for would say the same ‘€“ but I’€™m passionate with what I believe in. If my mouth keeps me out of the Hall of Fame then it’€™s a flawed process, if that’€™s the reason people don’€™t vote for me. If they don’€™t vote for because they don’€™t think I belong, then that’€™s absolutely a valid point.”

THERE IS A FRUSTRATION WITH THE HALL OF FAME VOTING PROCESS

“Tim Raines is the second greatest leadoff hitter of all-time and he’€™s a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and he’€™s still not in. That’€™s a joke. I think if a guy receives 85 or 90 percent of the votes and you don’€™t vote for him you should lose your ballot.”

(His personal ballot is as follows: Jeff Bagwell, Ken Griffey Jr., Jeff Kent, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Mike Mussina, Larry Walker, Alan Trammell, Tim Raines, Fred McGriff.)

BARRY BONDS AND ROGER CLEMENS WILL NEVER BE IN SCHILLING’S HALL OF FAME

“I think Bonds and Clemens were first ballot guys before I think they started cheating. What they did ‘€¦ as a player and a member of the player’€™s association it’€™s my fault as much as anybody ‘€¦ but what they did to my generation, it’€™s labeled the steroid era forever and they’€™re as symbolic of the era as anything, and I don’€™t think they should be recognized in a good way for that.”

HE BELIEVES PED GUYS WILL GET IN (HE JUST HOPES THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE BONDS AND CLEMENS

“Listen, this is like anything else. We don’€™t’€™ have staying power. We don’€™t have the ability to hate forever. No matter how bad a person anybody is at some point ‘€“ with the exception of guys like Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson ‘€“ everybody kind of gets that second chance. The only guy in my lifetime who hasn’€™t really gotten it is Pete Rose. I love the man. I’€™ve known him for a long time, but he made his own bed. But these guys, I think at the end of the day they lost the one thing they could never buy which was legacy.

“Bonds and Clemens will go down as the poster children for my generation of players and they both will do so for the wrong reason. I’€™m not a fan of recognizing that.”

OH, AND THERE WAS A LOT OF BASEBALL TALK, INCLUDING AN INTERESTING NOTE ABOUT THE ROLE OF RED SOX OWNERSHIP

“There’€™s meddling and there always has been. It goes back to when I was here [in Boston] I know the [ownership] meddled with the lineup, not just the roster. The other thing is that you have some guys not just in baseball, but football, who are fantasy baseball playing rich people. It’€™s not a bad thing until it gets down into clubhouse, and it has and it does.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox might pursue Zack Greinke for 1-2 punch with David Price 12.02.15 at 10:26 am ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Wednesday morning to explain why he supports the Red Sox‘ decision to spend a record amount of money for David Price. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schilling said it shouldn’t matter that owner John Henry decided to open his wallet and shell out a reported $217 million over seven years for a 30-year-old left-hander.

“This is what makes it different here in the sense that when John Henry wants someone on the team, John Henry gets what he wants. … That’s one of the beauties of being a fan here now. Money is no object when it comes to putting a roster together,” Schilling said.

That said, Schilling echoed the thoughts of many in saying that the Red Sox have to expect that the last couple of years of this deal won’t be a good value.

“I don’t know how good he’s going to be or how serviceable he’s going to be [in the final years of the deal], but you don’t put $30 million onto a guy who’s 11-11 with a [4.20 ERA],” Schilling said. “And that is best-case [scenario]. Because are you fully expecting him to make 33 starts, 34 starts a year for seven consecutive years? I always look at things like this as, OK, one of these years he will not pitch. Right? So, it’s a six-year performance deal for seven years worth of money. Where does the other side of the hill, where does the downside begin — does it begin at 33, does it begin at 36?

“But here’s the thing: That doesn’t matter. Because if they go to the World Series and win, then the amount of money this organization makes off that World Series win pays for this a couple of times over.”

There also has been widespread speculation that Price will opt out of the deal after three years — reportedly an option in his contract — but Schilling doesn’t see that as likely.

Said Schilling: “I don’t think opting out is even remotely possible from the standpoint of, what are you going to do, opt out of a $30.1 million deal to get [$]32 million from somebody else? I think that after the first year he’s going to love it here. I think after the first month he’s going to love it here. Because this is baseball heaven. … There’s very few places like this. And he’s in the family now.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox ‘have to get rid of’ Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval 11.04.15 at 1:06 pm ET
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ESPN analyst Curt Schilling checked in with with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane show on Wednesday morning to discuss the Red Sox‘ offseason and other MLB news. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

There has been speculation that new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski will attempt to rid the team of the hefty contracts of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, who arrived in Boston last season as free agents but underperformed as the team struggled to another last-place finish in the American League East.

“I don’t know if they can do that without eating at least 90 percent of the money,” Schilling said. “Because it’s not like you have these hidden flaws that no one else knows about, that you can sneak him out the door and somebody will go, ‘Wow, I didn’t notice that.’ Pablo, the question’s always been around his weight. And I love the guy. He’s a tremendous clubhouse guy — funny, great guy. But this is what everybody was afraid of.

“With Hanley, is anybody surprised by what happened? This was the guy they traded [in 2005]. He didn’t change. They just got an older version of him.”

Schilling said he never supported the acquisitions last year.

“I was a pariah at the winter meetings, because I was the only guy at ESPN that said, ‘I don’t like either one. I don’t like either signing.’ I don’t get the give [$]80 [million], $100 million to a guy — and then find him a position? That seems kind of backwards to me.

“And Sandoval — you’re literally going to have three first baseman/DHs maybe, going into the season. I don’t think they have a choice. They have to get rid of at least one. And if they can get rid of two, my God, go for it.”

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