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Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Curt SchillingFormer All-Star pitcher and current analyst Curt Schilling announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The former pitcher made the announcement and issued a statement through ESPN.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in the statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.”

Shonda is Curt’s longtime wife, and she went through cancer several years ago — she was diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001.

Schilling has had a few health issues over the past few years. Last year he told The Boston Globe that he had a heart attack in Nov. 2011.

We feel badly for him and wish him the best. We also have to wonder how much stress over the failure of his video game company and the fallout from that has played a role in his health problems. A lot of times those things are connected, which is what his wife said when he had the heart attack.

Curt Schilling selling possessions in estate sale

Curt Schilling estate sale

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is having an estate sale this weekend to raise money to pay back creditors.

Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, defaulted on loans from the state of Rhode Island, and he has been selling off assets ever since. The former pitcher lost all the money he earned over his baseball career, and his investment in the company was said to be around $50 million. The state of Rhode Island’s economic development agency is suing him for the money owed to the state. Rhode Island lured Schilling to the state by promising a $75 million loan in 2010. Schilling’s company defaulted on the loan after going bankrupt.

So, for those living in the Boston area, you can hit up 7 Woodridge Road in Medfield, Mass. on Saturday to pick up some items from Schilling’s home. When I say they are clearing everything out of the home, I mean they are clearing out everything.

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MLB reportedly investigated Curt Schilling steroid incident back in 2008

Curt-SchillingHeads began to spin earlier this week when Curt Schilling said during an interview with ESPN Radio that a member of the Boston Red Sox organization encouraged him to use performance-enhancing drugs back in 2008. Most of us assumed the revelation would lead to a major investigation from Major League Baseball, but as it turns out the matter was already addressed — more than four years ago.

What Schilling didn’t mention in his interview is that he informed then-general manager Theo Epstein that the Red Sox employee — who has since been dismissed — suggested he use steroids to recover from an injury.

“Our office was notified,” MLB vice president Pat Courtney said Thursday, via the Boston Globe. “We take any report like this seriously and there was an investigation.”

Schilling told the Globe’s Peter Abraham that “two or three” investigators from the MLB went to speak to him at the time, and two baseball sources confirmed that the person no longer works for the team. The Red Sox have made several changes to their medical staff over the years, but none were believed to be a direct result of the 2008 investigation.

“I don’t remember who they were,” Schilling said. “I was trying to downplay the whole thing because I wasn’t playing at the time and I didn’t want to cause any problems in the clubhouse. Had I known Theo was going to report it to MLB, I would have never said anything. I was kind of mad that he had to do that.”

From the sound of it, Epstein and the Red Sox handled the situation exactly the way they should have. Schilling confirmed that the incident he spoke of on Thursday was the same one that was already addressed in 2008, which makes the story far less earth-shattering. Given his history of backtracking on topics and his passion for creating drama, you have to wonder if Schilling intentionally left out the fact that this is something the Red Sox have already taken care of. Now, all the headlines that read “Schilling: Red Sox told me to take steroids” don’t seem all that fair.

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Curt Schilling: Members of Red Sox organization encouraged me to use PEDs

Curt-SchillingSay what you will about Curt Schilling and his blowhard attitude, but at the time being we have no reason to believe he wasn’t one of the clean guys during a tainted generation. Schilling dominated throughout much of his career and had his fair share of injuries toward the end, but his name has not been linked to steroid use. According to the three-time World Series champion, it would have been if the Boston Red Sox had their way.

During an interview with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio on Wednesday (via WEEI.com), Schilling said that members of the Red Sox organization encouraged him to use performance-enhancing drugs when he was recovering from an injury in 2008.

“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” Schilling said before noting that the people involved are no longer with Boston. “It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation. Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great.

“It caught me off guard, to say the least. That was an awkward situation.”

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Curt Schilling might have to sell his bloody sock to pay off debt

Curt Schilling’s financial struggles have been well-documented since his video game company, 38 Studios, filed for bankruptcy back in June. Schilling made more than $100 million during his 20-year Major League career, and he reportedly lost every dime of the roughly $50 million he invested in his company. As a result, he may have to pay off his debts using his own blood. No, seriously.

According to an Associated Press report (via the Boston Herald) Schilling listed his blood-stained sock from Boston’s 2004 World Series run as collateral to a bank that loaned him money. He also reportedly listed a hat that is said to have been worn by Lou Gehrig and his WWII memorabilia.

The state of Rhode Island lured Schilling and his company away from Massachusetts with a $75 million loan and is now on the hook for around $100 million as a result of 38 Studios going bankrupt. When Schilling let the baseball Hall of Fame put his famous sock on display, I highly doubt he envisioned he could someday have to part ways with it to help pay his debt. In many ways, it’s the perfect ending to a business deal that couldn’t have gone more sour.

Curt Schilling says a mother gave a son a bill for raising him

ESPN’s outstanding 30 for 30 series made a noteworthy return on Tuesday with the airing of “Broke,” a documentary about athletes losing their money. It was an excellent program and well worth a viewing no matter who you are.

The program touched on many different aspects of financial challenges facing athletes, and one area concerned family. It was in that section where former World Series MVP pitcher Curt Schilling shared what may have been the greatest anecdote from the entire program.

Schilling says he saw a greedy mother try to charge her successful son for raising him.

“I actually saw a player get a bill from his mother for $25,000 for raising him,” Schilling recalled. “It was on his birthday. It came with a tie, and it said, ‘if you’re not going to be a part of our lives, here’s your birthday present, and I would like you to pay me for having raised you in my home.’”

And here I was thinking that these were the greediest parents in the country. I guess I was wrong.

Once again, I highly recommend that you watch the documentary if you have a chance. As informative and cautionary as it was, I can still see many athletes following the same pattern as those who went broke before them. The reason is pretty simple: most don’t think it will ever happen to them.

Josh Beckett rips Curt Schilling: The game’s a lot easier from over there

In a lot of ways, Josh Beckett became public enemy number one when the Red Sox went through their meltdown last season. Many believe he was the main force that pushed Terry Francona out the door, and it wouldn’t shock me if that was true. Beckett knows that, and he knows he will need to get along with Bobby Valentine this season in order for the Red Sox to be successful. That’s why when Curt Schilling said things weren’t going well between Valentine and the Boston players, Beckett was not happy.

“I haven’t seen him around this year,” Beckett said during an interview with WEEI Thursday. “Is he one of our pitchers? Like I haven’t seen him around this year. I didn’t know he was going to be one of our pitchers. I haven’t seen him around here. I’d think if somebody knew that much they’d probably be a little closer to it.

“Game’s a lot easier from over there (as a media person), I think. As far as him speaking about how things are being run, I haven’t seen him around here to where he would know that much.”

Beckett also added that things are going “great” with Valentine and that he likes some of the adjustments he has made with the pitching staff and their preparation. He said his legs have never felt this good coming out of spring training and credited it to the stretching and workouts Valentine has put into place.

Even if there were problems, Beckett wouldn’t admit it. The last thing the Sox want is the media feasting on perceived clubhouse issues before an inning of the regular season is in the books. There may be tension already and there may not be, but I think we can all agree that it will take a little more than the opinion of Schilling for us to believe Boston is in trouble.

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