Schilling unfiltered (cont.)
Posted: Thursday March 22, 2007 1:53PM; Updated: Thursday March 22, 2007 6:06PM
SI.com: Do you venture to Yankee blogs?
Schilling: There is a Red Sox thread on the NY Yankees fans site. I've actually been through there and done a lot of Q&A with their fans. I get buried over there, and they say a lot of s*** about me over there, and there are a lot of people that don't like me, but there is also a pretty good group of fans over there that I've had some good give-and-take with.
SI.com: Are you familiar with the statistical-minded Internet sites like Baseball Prospectus?
Schilling: Yeah, I love those guys. I don't always agree with them but I think those are some incredibly smart guys. I've actually worked in the past with some guys there on statistical stuff I do for preparation. Will Carroll is the guy I've exchanged some information with.
SI.com: Do you think that Internet-based baseball analysts and writers should be available for BBWAA awards and Hall of Fame voting?
Schilling: Oh, it'll come full-circle at some point. Why wouldn't it? They already have a much larger impact than the Murray Chass' of the world would like to believe. I mean, you've got guys who are putting out what I know to be legitimately valuable statistical information and its relevance to a game in a win or a loss at Baseball Prospectus. Then you have guys that I'm not too fond of, like Murray Chass, who says, "What is VORP and who cares?" It was a stupid article. The only thing it did was show his ignorance to me in modern day baseball. Because those numbers do matter, those numbers do have value. Do they have value to me in getting a player out? No. But I would tell you that there are a lot of front offices that use those numbers for a lot of important decision making.
SI.com: Where and when do you blog?
Schilling: Like now, I'm by myself in Florida. I'm actually running through some Q&A, answering questions right now for it. I'm sure I'll be able to do it more than I originally thought I could when the season starts because, again, I'm on my computer all the time. Playing Vanguard, or I'm playing Everquest II, or I'm playing World of Warcraft. I'm online all the time. So I'll be able to maintain it more than most. It's a form you have to be comfortable in. I can type pretty fast.
This next post I'm putting out, Q&A Five, is going to be pretty huge, because there are a lot of questions, but it's just stuff I'll handle in bits and pieces. One of the recent questions was, "If you could have a super team, who would be in your lineup?" And I love stuff like that. I throw my lineup out there and get to talk about players that I like and about guys people might not know about, and things that other people couldn't know.
SI.com: One thing I caught in a Q&A last week is when you talked about starting to write a biography at one point but then scrapped it because you realized you never could write about all of the things that happen in the clubhouse, and that you didn't want to become the next Jim Bouton. As you write your blog are you aware of there being a fine line between sharing an insider's perspective on the game and crossing that line of what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse?
Schilling: Here's the thing: This game to me is deep enough and there is enough in this game that is incredibly interesting. I don't need to ruin somebody's life. Plus, that's not anybody's business anyway. It's just not the right thing to do, No. 1. No. 2, the blog is going to be a good thing and there's going to be a lot of benefits away from baseball. When charitable events come up in my life I'll be able to get the word out to a very large audience and get people involved, which is very cool. But the one thing this won't ever become is a problem in the clubhouse. I'm not going to hide information, but the stuff that might become a problem in the clubhouse is nobody's business anyway. So it's not like it's a challenge.
SI.com: Judging by how you've embraced blogging early on, it seems as if this will be a fun way for you to record the season.
Schilling: I'm excited. I'll hopefully look back at the end of the year and see a Cy Young-type season that I've kept a diary of, that would be fun.
SI.com: And it will be out there ...
Schilling: So people can come along for the ride.
SI.com: At this point in your career are you more aware of enjoying every last moment you have in the majors?
Schilling: I think that is one of the things that has gotten me in trouble along the way. I've always tried to enjoy myself as much as I possibly can.
SI.com: How could that get you in trouble?
Schilling: Well, because I'm very passionate about life. One of the things that I've always heard is "Just shut up." I don't have the ability to say "yes" or "no" or "no comment" when you ask me a question about baseball. I've been playing since I was 4. Outside of the Lord and my family, baseball has given me everything. I feel kind an obligation to let people in on what an incredible thing this is.
How lucky am I? I mean, seriously. I'm in my 21st year of professional baseball, and I've experienced things I never dreamed I could dream. Not only have I experienced them but I've been involved in them, I've played part in things that will go down as some of the great moments in the game's history -- Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, Joe Carter's home run, the Red Sox comeback -- I've been blessed not only to be a part of it, but to be a player in it.
I have a healthy wife, four incredible kids, I make a ridiculous amount of money to play baseball. I'm just so lucky and so blessed and it's so fun. And that's the way it is, and it's a good thing.
Alex Belth is the founder and co-author of Bronx Banter. His biography of Curt Flood, "Stepping Up: The Story of All-Star Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players' Rights," is available on Amazon.com.