Ace pulls no punches in joining baseball blogosphere
Posted: Thursday March 22, 2007 1:53PM; Updated: Thursday March 22, 2007 6:06PM
More than any other sport, baseball has always produced great writing, but the immediacy of blogs are ideally suited to baseball's long season. "This ain't football," Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver once said, "We do this every day."
Now add Curt Schilling to the list of baseball bloggers. Schilling has interacted with fans on the Internet since his days in Philadelphia. By launching 38 Pitches, the always-quotable Schilling has found a way to communicate with his fans more directly than ever.
SI.com: Your interest in video games, and reviewing your performances, and opposing hitters on your computer are well-documented. When did you first become aware of blogs?
Schilling: I guess in a way, I've kind of known about them for a while. But I never knew they were their own little subculture until the last five or six months. I never kind of put it together. But some of the guys who work for 38 Studios have some serious blogs up. The developers, those guys blog a lot. It's a very popular thing in the computer gaming industry.
SI.com: Were you aware of fan chat-boards before you arrived in Boston?
Schilling: Yes. When I was in Philadelphia, I interacted with fans at a private site, talking baseball with fans that way. The funny thing about it is people give me s*** because they're like, "This guy hops on the Internet and tries to find out what people are saying about him." I play online games. I'm on my computer all the time. During down-time I surf. And I run across stuff, people are talking baseball, and I'll throw a comment in on a board. Once they get over the "Oh, my god, it's Curt Schilling thing," it's a good discussion. Fans -- some of them at least -- have no idea that this life is not that magical thing.
SI.com: I think what is really appealing for a fan is when you discuss the nuts-and-bolts of what's going on in a game.
Schilling: In Boston, that's a big deal. Fans in Boston want to know why I threw a slider 2-0, or they want to know the difference between my fastball and my change-up. They are smart as hell, and for me that's fun. The one thing I've realized with this blog is that there is a ton of people that come on and they're like, "Oh, my god, thank you for 2004," "You're the greatest," and I appreciate that. It's obviously very nice that they do that. But you don't want it to be a blog where people are just logging on and kissing your ass. Because nobody gets anything out of that. But again, I don't want to offend people. The thing that amazes me is that by not offending people that offends other people.
SI.com: You can't please everybody.
Schilling: No, no. Here's the thing: I don't care about pleasing anybody, I just like to talk about baseball. This form, for me, in the end, is perfect.
SI.com: The best part about blogs is that they create a sense of community. The form allows you do essentially be whatever you want, as intimate or informal, analytical or personal as you please.
Schilling: But the difference between you and me is this: My life is conveyed to the fans in 14-inches of typed, 10-point font, or a 30-second sound bite.
SI.com: And your performance on the field.
Schilling: Right. I know for a fact that if I throw 125 pitches there was probably in the neighborhood of 20,000 thoughts going through my head. None of those, or only the sexiest one, will find its way into a newspaper article. I think the media has gotten to the point where they are talking down to the fans, especially in Boston. Fans don't give a s*** about the stuff that's written in the newspaper. They want the meat, and the meat to them is the actual on-the-field happenings.
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