Touch 'Em All: Schilling: Company's failure left him broke

Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper
Posted: June 23, 2012

Curt Schilling said Friday that the collapse of his 38 Studios video game company has probably cost him his entire baseball fortune, and he placed part of the blame on Rhode Island officials, including Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

During a 90-minute interview on WEEI-FM in Boston, Schilling said he put more than $50 million of his money into 38 Studios and that he's had to tell his family that "the money I saved during baseball was probably all gone."

Schilling said he hopes to return to work soon as an analyst for ESPN. He took a leave of absence from the network after 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy protection on June 7. The firm was lured from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in 2010 after the state offered a $75 million loan guarantee.

While conceding he "absolutely" was part of the reason the company failed, he said comments made by Chafee last month questioning the firm's solvency were harmful as the firm failed to raise private capital to stay afloat.

"It's crushing and devastating to see it fail the way it did," he said.

Chafee opposed the loan guarantee to 38 Studios when he was running for governor in 2010, but after it was a done deal he was the company's "biggest cheerleader," Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger said. She had no other comments on Schilling's interview.

Harper ain't clowning

Nationals' phenom Bryce Harper is only a teenager, but he already has some big-league moves.

His people have applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for control of the phrase he so aggressively shot back at a TV reporter in Toronto last week: "That's a clown question, bro."

Keep in mind, Harper was responding to a softball questions: whether the 19-year-old had plans to take advantage of Canada's lower drinking age while his team was in town to face the Blue Jays.

According to Comcast SportsNet, Harper said Under Armour will be selling T-shirts with the phrase. This deal works best if he owns the phrase, hence the copyright application.

By the way, Harper is a Mormon, a faith that forbids drinking. Maybe that was what made him so cranky.

But that's neither here nor there. What's true is that we wish he had instead said, "Don't Tase me, bro."

That expression and an accompanying image is worth the price of an Under Armour T-shirt.

Hamburger's not ready

The Rangers have designated pitcher Mark Hamburger for assignment, clearing a spot for Roy Oswalt, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. The 25-year-old righty, who appeared in five games with the big team last year, has a 6.55 ERA in 451/3 innings with the Round Rock (Texas) Express.

This report contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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