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Curt Schilling Doesn’t Want the Red Sox to Make the Playoffs

Curt Schilling is the ultimate pontificator. He’ll opine on any subject, and what he doesn’t know about the topic he’ll pick up by reading a “___ for Dummies” book. Somehow people confused Schilling’s ability to inject his opinion on any topic for actually having worthwhile insight. The result is we’re left being subjected to his opinions as a “baseball analyst” in his retirement.

During a guest appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday, Schilling was asked about the Red Sox’s play during September.

“It’s kind of crashing down around them,” Schilling said. “Somebody asked me last night about them making the playoffs. You know how I feel about these guys and how I feel about Terry [Francona]. I don’t want them to make the playoffs because I don’t think they have a chance to go anywhere. I don’t think they’re physically going to be able to compete. From a pitching perspective, you’ve got Josh and you’ve got Jon, and they’re going to have to be perfection.”

Schilling explained that the Red Sox would have to use a three-man rotation in the postseason if they make it. He added that he doesn’t think the Red Sox will make the postseason despite being up two games in the wild card.

“I don’t think they’re going to make it,” Schilling said. “I think there’s been a huge momentum shift and I can see Tampa winning out.”

Of course he can, because Schilling is the ultimate optimist. He also said the Red Sox are “in no position right now to beat a Tigers team or a Rangers team.”

Way to contribute to the “sky is falling” mentality, buddy. Guess he forgets that the Red Sox were in no position to beat the Yankees when they were down 3-0 in the playoffs.

To clarify, Schilling later said in the interview that he does hope the Red Sox make the playoffs. The backtracking just reveals Schilling’s nature; in the same interview he says he doesn’t want the Red Sox to make the playoffs, he also says he does. Schilling: another walking contradiction.

Thanks to SBB Live for the story



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  • Anonymous

    The idiot who wrote this article has no ability to understand the spoken or written word.  Schilling would LOVE to see them personally go all the way.  BUT, he sees a less than stellar team that – if they squeaked in – would not hold up against the others in the playoffs.  The Red Sox have the WORST record in baseball in September – they haven’t won back to back games in almost a month.  The sky IS falling for the Red Sox, Larry – in case you haven’t heard.  And yes, what you perceived as Schilling’s opinion is based on his knowledge of the game.  2004 was a total FLUKE and you know it – hasn’t happened before and likely won’t in your lifetime, but if what you are banking on is miracles or lightning striking twice in the same place in the same century…well, YOU’RE the one not facing reality.  Let me put it this way – would you bet 1/2 a month’s pay that the Red Sox would make it to the league championship series?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  • Anonymous

    Shilling is absolutely correct !! The Red Sox do not belong in this years play-offs,If they were lucky to make it they are doomed.This is not a good team period.Hopefully Theo goes to the Cubs and we are able to build a real team and Theo can take Lackey and his crap BP with him not to mention Vedrnon Wells ER I mean Carl Crawford.

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  • Anonymous

    It sounds to me like you have a personal hatred of Schilling (politics maybe?).  There was nothing Curt said that most reasonable people would disagree with, fans of Boston or not.  Fans wish for them to make the playoffs and go far, but reality says they won’t.  This team really doesn’t deserve to either.  They are very frustrating to follow.  We all, including Curt, hope they turn things around.

  • Anonymous

    Larry, Larry, Larry!

    Wow did you miss this one.

  • Anonymous

    That writer isn’t an actual sports journalist, right, that was a blog wasn’t it?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    It’s idiots like you who create the negative energy that resulted in a century of losing.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Some of you fans are horribly negative. You lack foresight and confidence. I bet you were the same people who called the Sox’s season over when they started the year winless huh? 

  • Anonymous

    You nailed it, Larry. And your description of Schilling as the “ultimate pontificator” — well, maybe he’s not the “ultimate” — but it’s close enough. He’s got one of the biggest mouths in the game and there’s a looooong trail of documentation supporting that claim. I can’t tell if jim is kidding above about this not being a “good team” — as an SF Giants fan, I’d kill to have half that offense. WOW they have hitting, even banged up. They’re first in runs, OBP and SLG. And as Curt “how can they do well without me?” Schilling should know from his time on the D-backs, all it takes is two pitchers in the playoffs. In the Sox’ case, they may have Clay “no hitter” Buchholz back. How scary is the Yanks’ ro right now? How deep are the Rangers? As to wiessej’s demand that you wager 1/2 a month’s pay against the Sox making the ALCS … how about wiessej gets a Yankees tattoo if they do?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FX5QGAP5WS7OADBM2YTIPMWR5A Bryan

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  • Anonymous

    No, we didn’t call the season over but we thought it was a bad sign about this team.  Unfortunately it seems to be true.  There’s nothing wrong with being realists.  A season like 2004 is extremely rare, but when it happens it’s awesome for fans.  What’s frustrating is when they start out poor, then play like nobody can beat them, then end poor.  It’s not the kind of baseball that’s fun to watch.  It would be nice if they suddenly got hot going into the playoffs but look at who’s pitching and you can’t help but feel negative.  Don’t pretend you’re optimistic.  You wouldn’t bet much on this team, would you?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    You fans are way too negative. Baseball is a looooong season, lots of ups and downs. You can’t live day-to-day.

    And no, I wouldn’t be on the baseball playoffs at all. They are too random. But I think Boston has as good of a shot of winning the W.S. as anyone.

  • Allan Kato

    Hey Larry, you think Schilling said those things on D&C just to fire up the team? It’s possible, you know. Schilling is now a Red Sox homer; no way he said that and meant it that way.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    No I don’t. Did you listen to it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112702913 Joel Brooks

    I hope someone talks the Cubs into giving Schilling the GM job!  Oh the headlines!!

  • khangol

    “Negative energy” huh? Jesus, what planet along the astral plane do you come from? I suppose you sit in lotus meditating under a pyramid while inhaling incense and chanting mantras, in order to focus maximal positive vibes and help out the Sox, right? Maybe hold some magic crystals in one hand and an enchanted amulet in the other? You just keep focusing and sending out uplifting affirmations their way, man. That’s the way teams win games: by having pseudo-hippie fans send them positive energy through the astral plane. Work it for all it’s worth, and no doubt that magical optimistic energy will turn dung into gold.

  • Allan Kato

    Or some managerial job in the AL Central. Can you imagine Ozzie and Schilling duking it out in the press?

  • Anonymous

    Fat Shill has an ego bigger then the green monster, and a mouth to match. He always did. His former boss, the owner of the D Backs once said of Shilling and his big mouth, and running his mouth to the press…”when Curt is on the mound he’s a horse. On his days off, he’s a horse’s ass.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UETYZQSHNQRLIDUQ6SMCJ7BBI Patrick

    Baseball is a long season.  In case you have not noticed it is the end of September and the Sox have 7 games left.  How has the month gone for them so far?

    What Shcilling is saying is that he does not want to see the Sox get in the playoffs only to be embarrassed by the way they are playing right now.  He loves them and would like to see them succeed but with the way that they have been playing this month he does not see that happening.  How is that wrong and how is that not accurate?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Because what happens this week or last week has nothing to do with what will happen next week. 

    Dustin Pedroia goes in a 2-22 slump and you say “Oh no, he’s done. Our season is done. Pedroia doesn’t have it this year.”

    I say “He’s slumping right now, that just means he’s going to get hot soon.”

    People like you and Schilling lack any sense of foresight.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    People like you are the reason Boston fans are hated, and why players don’t want to play in Boston.

    I bet you’re too stupid to figure out that rooting for the Yankees to beat the Rays this week is the right mentality for Sox fans.

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh, so that’s why the Sox are losing…idiots creating negative energy? Not crappy playing or 23 errors in 21 games. If you want to go the negative energy route; maybe it’s karma for all the douchebags they’ve send to the mound the last handful of years; Pedro, Curt, Papelbon, Beckett. Add in Manny & JD Drew and you have plenty of justification for a century of losing. Here’s to another century!