Welp. This is going to be something. Just when you thought the PEDs in baseball narrative couldn’t be any more controversial, Curt Schilling had to go ahead and drop a bomb. In speaking with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on his radio show, The Herd, Schilling said he was encouraged by Red Sox employees to use PEDs toward the end of his career.
Schilling, via ESPN Radio:
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which is was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue.”
When pressed for more details, Schilling responded with:
“…former members of the organization — they’re no longer there. 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.”
The vague nature of Schilling’s comments really leave the door open for speculation, which is what I’m sure we’re about to hit excessively hard with. “Former members of the organization” could mean just about anyone. A clubhouse attendant? An usher? A concession stand guy? A front office employee? Anyone of Schilling’s former teammates linked to PEDs, including Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, or Bartolo Colon?
I doubt that Schilling will expand on his comments, unless MLB launches an investigation into the claims. That Curt Schilling, he sure knows how to pick his spots.
Schilling last pitched for the Red Sox in 2007. He was under contract for the 2008 season, but did not pitch due to a shoulder injury.