Who Doesn’t Love a Friday Feel Good Story? Curt Schilling is leaving Boston, for good

Curt Schilling came to Boston in a trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks following the tough loss to the Yankees in the 2003 ALCS.

The former Red Sox star was everything the club thought he’d be when they acquired him. Schilling was part of the 2004 Red Sox team that finally broke the Curse of the Bambino. 

Two World Series championships later and roughly 18 years in the metro Boston area, Schilling has had enough of Massachusetts. In an interview with USA Today Sports, Schilling has thrown up the peace sign and said deuces to the region he brought the feeling of euphoria back in 2004. 

“Outside of our circle of friends, it hasn’t been a real pleasant experience in Boston,’’ the former Red Sox ace told USA Today. “So we’re just trying to find a place to live out our lives with happiness with people that are nice, and Tennessee is it.’’

The Bloody Sock

Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS and game 2 of the World Series were two defining games of Schilling’s career. Those two games entrenched him into Red Sox lore forever. Pitching on a surgically repaired ankle with his blood dripping through his socks.

Red Sox team doctor Bill Morgan could suture Schilling’s loose ankle tendon back into the skin. The procedure was kept quiet, no one outside the Red Sox team clubhouse knew. 

Boston needed Schilling to limp onto the field and fight for his team. The Red Sox were trying to tie the series at three games a piece. Their season was hanging by a thread, literally. Schilling was locked in and the Red Sox took care of business. 

Speaking of taking care of business…

38 Studios: Game Over

Curt Schilling coming out of a meeting in Rhode Island as the fate of his company hangs in the balance. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

In addition to the drama on field that offseason, plenty more has followed Schilling during his time here. He has dabbled with the thought of running for political office. Schilling also had a rough go of it down in the Rhody State. 

In 2011, he would move his company 38 Studio’s from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. Schilling was able to secure $75 million in taxpayer money in the process. His company would go belly up in his quest to get “Bill Gates rich”. 

The struggling state gave him $75 million for his business. But unlike on the baseball diamond, Schilling was out of his league. The company went bankrupt, blowing a sizable hole in the state’s already strained finances.

Social Media Fan Fare

Schilling has been extremely outspoken on Twitter and it has gotten him into some hot water.

He was fired from ESPN for unacceptable conduct. 

“ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated,” ESPN said in a statement.

The backlash on social media occurred when he shared an anti-transgender image on Facebook. The image was of a man who ripped a women’s clothes.

The caption would read, “Let him in to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!”

Prior to his termination from ESPN, he was suspended while covering the Little League World Series. He would post a meme that compared Muslims and Nazis.

In addition, Schilling also got in trouble for comments about Hillary Clinton while he was on with 610 sports radio in Kansas City, Missouri. Schilling has been outspoken in regards to Clinton especially around the Benghazi incident. 

Additionally, he tweeted support for the insurrectionists who broke into the capitol building.

The outspoken Schilling tweeted, “You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens.”

His tweet would continue to read, “sit back stfu and watch folks start a confrontation for shit that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption. #itshappening.”

Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you

The former World Series hero has been too controversial for most people. We live in a climate where Schilling’s words aren’t met with open arms. Nor should they be. 

He might get his day in Cooperstown for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond. Unfortunately, his off the field comments will be his kryptonite to landing in the Hall of Fame.

Massachusetts isn’t for everyone, the state is known for its inhabitants as being “Massholes”. He just never seemed like a Cam Newton jersey wearing, iced coffee from Dunks in his hand kind of Masshole.

In conclusion, from Bloody Socks to 38 Studios, Schilling has always been a lightning rod. His aspirations of getting “Bill Gates rich” failed when his company went down for the count. He maybe leaving Massachusetts, however the spirit of Massachusetts will forever be in all of us.

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– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)

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