Curt Schilling Interview: Curt's Thoughts On A Possible Comeback, Hall Of Fame, And More

Curt Schilling Talks To FanIQ About A Possible Comeback, The WBC, The Hall Of Fame, And More [FanIQ&A]

3/9/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Over the weekend, I was able to catch up with legendary pitcher Curt Schilling. I asked him a few questions about a few different topics, including his future, and a few of the current issues in baseball, excluding the steroids circus, since he has already spoken many times about that, and to be quite honest, we've talked enough about that as well.

Curt is a former World Series co-MVP, has played on 3 World Series winning teams, and is a 6-time All Star. He is 15th on the all time list with 3,116 career strikeouts, has a 7-2 postseason record, and has been in the top 5 in Cy Young voting 4 times.

Not that you needed the introduction. Here's the interview, which is part of a new part of FanIQ that we will refer to as "FanIQ&A". Enjoy.

Pat: Curt, you've said that you want to come back, and the Cubs and Rays have been mentioned as ideal landing spots. How likely do you think it is that you'll end up back in baseball later this year, and which team do you think is the most realistic fit?


Curt: I think it is unlikely I'll play again but if I did decide to play I don't know that I could identify the most 'realistic' fit today. Boston is where I live and where we want to be, but I don't think it's a very realistic landing spot for me. Arizona, Philadelphia, both former homes and both full of great memories are potentials as well for me, but as I have stated before it takes far more than me wanting to be somewhere, to go there.

The one huge attraction to waiting it out would be to see how the first half of the season shakes out and who is and is not in contention come the all-star break, and then weighing the options at that point.


Pat: You recently listed Jason Varitek on your blog as someone whom you would want your son to emulate. Do you feel that his recent free agency episode tarnishes his image at all, and what were your initial thoughts when you heard that he had rejected arbitration?

Curt: Not at all. I know Jason as well as anyone I've played with and he does the thing, the only thing, you ask of your teammates. He plays the game, every night, as hard as he possibly can and to the best of his ability.

Pat: Hypothetical situation: It's 5 years after your career is over, and you're a random member of the BBWAA. You see Curt Schilling's name on the ballot. How do you vote, and why?

Curt: I've spoken many times on this and I haven't changed my opinion. I've played with sure fire first ballot hall of famers, and I think and feel I know a HOF player when I see one.

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Editor's note: If you're wondering what he has said before on this topic, check out the last paragraph of this article)

Pat: On your blog, you recently discussed the WBC, and how you feel it negatively affects pitchers. What would you do, if anything, to change the WBC in a way that could alleviate these concerns? Or is it even possible?

Curt: It's not possible because I think the only solution would be to hold it in April, for the entire month, and eliminate that portion of the MLB schedule. That just won't happen for the same reasons you will not see a shortened season. Teams will not give up gate revenue.

Pat: Speaking of international baseball, what is your opinion on baseball being taken out of the Olympics?

Curt: Mixed really. In much the same vein as the WBC, what they are touting, and what you see are two different ideologies. The world 'best' are not on display. It's a competition between the best 'available' talent in both cases.

Pat: After seeing the money that was thrown around this year, do you think that a salary cap will eventually be unavoidable in baseball?

Curt: No. As long as there is a players union there will not be, nor should there ever be, a salary cap.

Pat: I know you've been raising money for years for ALS awareness for years now. What current charities and related events are you involved in now, and how has that progressed since you first became an active force in ALS awareness?

Curt: Shonda and I have been involved in ALS since 1992, and her Shade Foundation was formed in 2002 after her battle with Cancer. We have recently gotten very involved in Autism as well and will continue to be involved in all three to some degree or another.


Thanks, Curt, and good luck in whatever you pursue next.
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3/10/09   |   snbslugger

Brendanc8504 wrote:
that's what he does......that's the youkilis way.

I appreciate your comment. For that....I will give one to you. Remember that play jeter made by diving into the 3rd row of fans back in 07......amazing, amazing play.

That's all you get from me though.

It was 2004.  Nomar was sitting in the dugout while the rest of the team was standing on the top step in that thriller of a game.  He was traded less than a week later.

Still ones of the gutsiest plays I've ever seen.  Much respect to Jeter for that.

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

Remmie wrote:
Good call on the Sox/Cubs series.  I'd have to sell off some stuff or take out a second mortgage to go see some of those games.  As far as the championship goes, I heard somebody say once that it's like going after the hottest girl you've ever seen.  There's you and all these other guys going after her, once you lose out and get rejected, what do you do?  Root for your buddy to hook up with her or scorn it all and go get get drunk with another rejectee?  Different way to look at it.  I'm with you though, I was pulling for Tampa last year.  EVERY time I saw a Sunday night game on ESPN between them and the Sox or Yanks, it was an AWESOME game.  Gotta love Pedroia in those games.  I love the way he steps it up.  He went to school here at ASU and it was fun watching him play here too. 

I wasnt exactly pulling for the rays......

I wasnt exactly pulling for the Phillies either. The Series blew last year. Hope they can make up for it this year.

3/10/09   |   Remmie

Brendanc8504 wrote:
well thats the story of america's team.

My stance on that debate is America has a different team every year. When your team gets knocked out, who do you root for?

In 04, everyone just wanted to see the curse broken, and it was good and entertaining baseball. Its what the people wanted. I'll tell you if the sox dont make the playoffs this year, my pick would be the cubs just cause I wanna see them win one. If you want ratings in a world series, it should be bosox and cubs. that would be sick

Good call on the Sox/Cubs series.  I'd have to sell off some stuff or take out a second mortgage to go see some of those games.  As far as the championship goes, I heard somebody say once that it's like going after the hottest girl you've ever seen.  There's you and all these other guys going after her, once you lose out and get rejected, what do you do?  Root for your buddy to hook up with her or scorn it all and go get get drunk with another rejectee?  Different way to look at it.  I'm with you though, I was pulling for Tampa last year.  EVERY time I saw a Sunday night game on ESPN between them and the Sox or Yanks, it was an AWESOME game.  Gotta love Pedroia in those games.  I love the way he steps it up.  He went to school here at ASU and it was fun watching him play here too. 

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

Remmie wrote:
You guys turned half the nation into Red Sox Fans in '04!!  I'd have to say that back home in San Diego, we were riveted and couldn't take our eyes off every single playoff game.  Congrats!  Maybe one of these days San Diego will turn some Bostonians into Padres fans.  Nah, doubt it!! 

well thats the story of america's team.

My stance on that debate is America has a different team every year. When your team gets knocked out, who do you root for?

In 04, everyone just wanted to see the curse broken, and it was good and entertaining baseball. Its what the people wanted. I'll tell you if the sox dont make the playoffs this year, my pick would be the cubs just cause I wanna see them win one. If you want ratings in a world series, it should be bosox and cubs. that would be sick

3/10/09   |   Remmie

Brendanc8504 wrote:
haha okay now i see your point.

No question about that. If we didn't have to go through the Yankees in 04...it wouldn't have been half as sweet.

We didn't go through them in 07....but by then the fall from Yankee grace was pretty much complete, and we had a 14 1/2 game lead on them in the regular season. we proved out point already

You guys turned half the nation into Red Sox Fans in '04!!  I'd have to say that back home in San Diego, we were riveted and couldn't take our eyes off every single playoff game.  Congrats!  Maybe one of these days San Diego will turn some Bostonians into Padres fans.  Nah, doubt it!! 

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

Remmie wrote:
Yeah, I got ya.  I'm saying that I see it as it would have been a "bleh" championship for AZ.  Yes it's a championship and all, but I'd have rather beat the Yankee's, what with all the history.  Know what I mean?  The feeling you guys had when you knocked them out to go to the series must have been awesome.  A feeling that fans like myself and only a handful of other NL teams don't know.  You lucky b*st*rds, you!!

haha okay now i see your point.

No question about that. If we didn't have to go through the Yankees in 04...it wouldn't have been half as sweet.

We didn't go through them in 07....but by then the fall from Yankee grace was pretty much complete, and we had a 14 1/2 game lead on them in the regular season. we proved out point already

3/10/09   |   Remmie

Brendanc8504 wrote:
Im not sure, the Yankees beat the A's, and then AZ beat the yankees. So you have to assume that the Dbacks would have beat the A's also. If they couldnt get past new york, how would they be able to take down a team that New York couldnt.....you follow?

Yeah, I got ya.  I'm saying that I see it as it would have been a "bleh" championship for AZ.  Yes it's a championship and all, but I'd have rather beat the Yankee's, what with all the history.  Know what I mean?  The feeling you guys had when you knocked them out to go to the series must have been awesome.  A feeling that fans like myself and only a handful of other NL teams don't know.  You lucky b*st*rds, you!!

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

Remmie wrote:
No, I agree with you.  No hatred, just frustrated.  Being a Friars fan here in the snake loving desert will do that to you.  We had a good discussion at a Spring Training game the other day though, what if Oakland had beaten NY in 2001?  What would that world series have been like between Oak & AZ?  Feels better to beat up on the Yankee's I guess.  I wouldn't know.  We got swept in '98.  I'm done crying about it though.  Really!!  I am!

Im not sure, the Yankees beat the A's, and then AZ beat the yankees. So you have to assume that the Dbacks would have beat the A's also. If they couldnt get past new york, how would they be able to take down a team that New York couldnt.....you follow?

3/10/09   |   Remmie

Brendanc8504 wrote:
and have they won a championship since he left? You cant fault a man for being right.

Someone who leaves and goes somewhere else and wins 2 more....i mean you gotta look at it as a smart move.  dont hate
(Edited by Remmie)

No, I agree with you.  No hatred, just frustrated.  Being a Friars fan here in the snake loving desert will do that to you.  We had a good discussion at a Spring Training game the other day though, what if Oakland had beaten NY in 2001?  What would that world series have been like between Oak & AZ?  Feels better to beat up on the Yankee's I guess.  I wouldn't know.  We got swept in '98.  I'm done crying about it though.  Really!!  I am!

3/10/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Remmie wrote:
When he left though, he said the same thing he did when he left Philadelphia.  "I don't feel like we can win a championship here."  Shipjumper Schilling.

In all fairness... he was completely honest about what he wanted, and he was right.

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

and have they won a championship since he left? You cant fault a man for being right.

Someone who leaves and goes somewhere else and wins 2 more....i mean you gotta look at it as a smart move.  dont hate

3/10/09   |   Remmie

Brendanc8504 wrote:
he won a championship with Arizona. not only that he was co world series mvp

When he left though, he said the same thing he did when he left Philadelphia.  "I don't feel like we can win a championship here."  Shipjumper Schilling.

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

huskerdoug2009 wrote:

arod is like......"Wow, I would never show that much effort!"

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

Remmie wrote:
The only place he won't tell where he stands is in front of Congress!  Remember when he was bagging the steroids guys on his blogs and then in front of Congress, "Well, I don't really know anything about that."  But only because I'm biased and can't stand Shipjumper Schilling.  It's great that he'd want to go back to Philadelphia and Arizona, the two places he made it known he wanted to leave because he felt he couldn't win a championship with them!

he won a championship with Arizona. not only that he was co world series mvp

3/10/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Remmie wrote:
The only place he won't tell where he stands is in front of Congress!  Remember when he was bagging the steroids guys on his blogs and then in front of Congress, "Well, I don't really know anything about that."  But only because I'm biased and can't stand Shipjumper Schilling.  It's great that he'd want to go back to Philadelphia and Arizona, the two places he made it known he wanted to leave because he felt he couldn't win a championship with them!

You make a good point.

3/10/09   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
Check out my post
 
Redsox and yankees form a.........bond?

http://www.faniq.com/article/Sox-and-Yankees-form-abond-1373769

3/10/09   |   Remmie

Boski93 wrote:
Love him or hate Curt he will always tell you where he stands and you have to respect that.

Now let us give Pat a round of applause.
(Edited by Remmie)

The only place he won't tell where he stands is in front of Congress!  Remember when he was bagging the steroids guys on his blogs and then in front of Congress, "Well, I don't really know anything about that."  But only because I'm biased and can't stand Shipjumper Schilling.  It's great that he'd want to go back to Philadelphia and Arizona, the two places he made it known he wanted to leave because he felt he couldn't win a championship with them!

3/10/09   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
that's what he does......that's the youkilis way.

I appreciate your comment. For that....I will give one to you. Remember that play jeter made by diving into the 3rd row of fans back in 07......amazing, amazing play.

That's all you get from me though.

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Maybe the next time Youkilis hits a hr after a 36 pitch at bat Jeter will congratulate him with a free autographed copy of Joba Chamberlain's rookie card.  In all seriousness, Youkilis's at bat the other night against Venezuela was a classic in terms of fighting off pitches until you get the one you want.

that's what he does......that's the youkilis way.

I appreciate your comment. For that....I will give one to you. Remember that play jeter made by diving into the 3rd row of fans back in 07......amazing, amazing play.

That's all you get from me though.

3/10/09   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
Check out my post
 
Redsox and yankees form a.........bond?

http://www.faniq.com/article/Sox-and-Yankees-form-abond-1373769

Maybe the next time Youkilis hits a hr after a 36 pitch at bat Jeter will congratulate him with a free autographed copy of Joba Chamberlain's rookie card.  In all seriousness, Youkilis's at bat the other night against Venezuela was a classic in terms of fighting off pitches until you get the one you want.

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

lucivarm wrote:
I thought I made that connection....   with my wife....  O_o
You know the boy from Boston wins the Hotty from the Bronx

hey, if shes a hottie i give you credit for stealing her away from the boys in new york. still though thats like an interracial relationship. people must give you funny looks and suchj

3/10/09   |   lucivarm

Brendanc8504 wrote:
Check out my post
 
Redsox and yankees form a.........bond?

http://www.faniq.com/article/Sox-and-Yankees-form-abond-1373769

I thought I made that connection....   with my wife....  O_o
You know the boy from Boston wins the Hotty from the Bronx

3/10/09   |   Brendanc8504

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Remember if you get the interview, no A-Fraud references until at least your 2nd question okay?  I am doing my part by rooting for Pedroia and Youkilis while they have USA on their backs.
(Edited by Brendanc8504)

Check out my post
 
Redsox and yankees form a.........bond?

http://www.faniq.com/article/Sox-and-Yankees-form-abond-1373769

3/10/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
I absolutely despise Schilling, but nice work Pat.

Funny, I'm the other way around

3/9/09   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Pat wrote:
I will try. That's the best I can offer.

Remember if you get the interview, no A-Fraud references until at least your 2nd question okay?  I am doing my part by rooting for Pedroia and Youkilis while they have USA on their backs.

3/9/09   |   angels509

good job pat !!   looking forward to more interviews...

3/9/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Nice job Pat.  Since you now have 6-9 weeks until he's busy again, when can we see FanIQ&A with A-Rod? 

I will try. That's the best I can offer.

3/9/09   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Nice job Pat.  Since you now have 6-9 weeks until he's busy again, when can we see FanIQ&A with A-Rod? 

3/9/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

I bow to your greatness, Pat....well, Okay, I send you a high five.  Great scoop and a great article. I'm sure Curt would be happy as well.  I'd like to see him come back, preferably to Boston, but if he decides not to, he still gets my vote for the HOF.

Now, who's next?

3/9/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

Boski93 wrote:
Love him or hate Curt he will always tell you where he stands and you have to respect that.

Now let us give Pat a round of applause.

*Claps*

3/9/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Love him or hate Curt he will always tell you where he stands and you have to respect that.

Now let us give Pat a round of applause.

3/9/09   |   Brendanc8504

derms33 wrote:
I have always been a Schilling fan.  So what screen name is he using on here?  He's gonna want to come and check out your work!!!

I would like to know that as well, that way I can ask him where he got that shirt from.

3/9/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

I have always been a Schilling fan.  So what screen name is he using on here?  He's gonna want to come and check out your work!!!

3/9/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Great interview, except that Curt wants his son to emulate Varitek.  I wouldn't want my son to strive to .230

3/9/09   |   Brendanc8504

I love Curt, he is a work horse a great talent and an overall good human being. Not enough people get involved with Causes as he and Shonda do.

Honestly, I would want him back on the Sox just for the veteran presence on my team. but I still feel like he owes the Sox something. He signed a one year deal with us last year, and then barely ever threw a pitch. He had no problem collecting his checks though.

Like I said, great guy and all......but is he gonna be another Brett Favre? Learn to hang up the cleats

3/9/09   |   lucivarm

^^   We would take you back Curt...  Tessie never stops loving her Boy's

3/9/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I am jealous, amazing article!

3/9/09   |   qtowndogg   |   1846 respect

Awesome job, Pat!  I actually met Curt at an ALS event back in 2005, and you could see his passion for the cause.

3/9/09   |   BlazerJoe   |   103 respect

Good deal with the interview, and it was a delightful read!

3/9/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Nice job Pat.  You got much deeper insight on his playing future.  It's all "up in the air" and highly unlikely it seems.  Great work. 

3/9/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 how did you get to interview him???? that is sweet.

3/9/09   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

Fully AWESOME.

3/9/09   |   snbslugger

Pat.  The jealously I feel is immeasurable, and yet, to get time with Schilling is one hell of score.  Well done.

3/9/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

I absolutely despise Schilling, but nice work Pat.

3/9/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Great interview, and a good read. Curt may not always be one of my favorite pitchers in the league, but has always been respected.

Nice job getting this interview, Pat.

3/9/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

HOLY SH*T Nice work Pat! I don't think I could ever top this