No Surprise: Schilling Piles On Manny Criticism
Curt Schilling was a teammate of Manny Ramirez's in Boston for four years, and he was his most outspoken internal critic over the final campaign. He also now has his own blog, 38 Pitches, which is affiliated with Boston radio powerhouse WEEI, on which he's not shy to express the full extent of his opinions.
That's why it was no surprise when Schilling vented not only about Ramirez, but the steroid era in general, on his blog on Friday. He excoriated Ramirez and every other steroid user. He said he wasn't surprised. He insisted that the suspension doesn't tarnish the Red Sox World Series titles of 2004 and 2007. And he called on fans to identify with the guys who he labels as clean.
There's only one problem with the argument: How can we be sure that the guys Schilling views as clean -- including current major leaguers Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek, Scott Rolen, Jason Bay and Roy Halladay -- are clean? Among that list of four alone, there have been hushed whispers of possible steroid use about at least two, and no ace pitcher including Halladay and CC Sabathia (another player Schilling anoints as clean) can be considered clean until we know for certain that he never used anything.
Schilling makes a significant distinction between his cadre of clean players being "men of character", but that's the kind of subjective litmus test that other steroids users could pass as well. Troy Glaus is just one guy who comes to mind.
As for the players in other sports, like LeBron James and Tedy Bruschi, their testing is a matter distinctly reserved for those sports. If they're clean, so be it. If they aren't, well, then its up for their leagues and associations to call them out on it.
In the meantime, Schilling and others should really consider those they choose to affiliate with carefully. If any of the guys he mentioned show up with a dirty test in the near future, there's little doubt this post will be aired out again, dirty laundry and all.
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