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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.

Via WEEI

Comments (14)

  1. Ugh, this is never going to end.

  2. Can’t say I’m shocked…. by Curt’s timing (attention whore) nor by the fact that these types of conversations probably do happen.

  3. Likelihood that he meticulously calculated the exact amount of vagueness to put into his comments in order to maximize future media exposure: super duper high. Schilling knows what he’s doing.

  4. Since Shilling is having major money problem for the right price he might spill the beans in a book or TV special.

  5. John Farrell would have been Red Sox pitching coach at the time – how hilarious would it be if he was implicated in this?

    • Inject it Farrell!!!

    • Lets Start it now

      Hey, Just hear he was one of the ones in the room that Curt was talking about, when he didn’t name names.

      although, Curt does say that no one who was there at that time is still there. So whats the list look like? 50-100 names? he was trying to come back in 08, so this may have even have been down in FL for all we know. Does anyone know where he spent the 08 Season??

  6. Yes, i’m sure over his 20 year career, that was the only time Curt Schilling was approached by anybody about using PEDs.

  7. Technically can`t be Ortiz…he`s still there.

  8. Everyone knows the PEDs were in the fried chicken they were eating in the clubhouse

  9. If it was a teammate, dont care….

    if it was a coach or manager or anything like that, then i do care.

    We need to close down the grey area here.

    Man, this is really never going to end, is it?

  10. Theo was mentioned in the Mitchell Report as being pretty okay with Eric Gagne being a “steroid guy.”

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