February 16, 2015 |
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
January 9, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING took to Twitter hours after appearing on a Boston radio station to tweet he was kidding when he said his right-wing views cost him votes in the recent Baseball Hall of Fame election. Damage control? Let's just say that Schilling, not known as a funny guy, sure sounded serious when he appeared on WEEI yesterday morning. On Tuesday, the former Phillies ace received 39.2 percent of the Hall of Fame votes, well short of the 75 percent needed to get to Cooperstown. The four players who were selected - John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio - all received more than 450 votes.
November 15, 2014 |
STANDING IN the Society Hill Sheraton last night as one of the inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, Darby-born Geoff Petrie had come a long way from his days at Springfield (Delco) High School. Petrie, a 6-4 point guard and shooting guard, graduated from Springfield in 1966 before going to Princeton to play for coach Pete Carril and then to the NBA, where he played six seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and was an All-Star in 1971 and '74. But before all of that, the 66-year-old Petrie knows that his love of the game was forged in the Philadelphia area.
November 14, 2014 |
CURT SCHILLING is still upset that some people think he was being overly dramatic when he pitched while wearing a bloody sock during the Red Sox' win over the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. Yesterday, he tweeted a photo of what his ankle looked like back then. "Found this in an old folder for all you ketchup dinks," he wrote, referring to those who doubt there was real blood on the sock. It's a gruesome picture, and it made us thank God that Twitter wasn't around when Royals star George Brett had to leave Game 2 of the 1980 World Series against the Phillies because of hemorrhoids.
August 22, 2014 |
SIX MONTHS ago Curt Schilling announced he had cancer. Yesterday, he said he's suffering from cancer of the mouth and revealed what he believes is the cause: Chewing tobacco. "I'll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got," he told WEEI-FM in Boston. "Absolutely. No question in my mind about that . . . I do believe without a doubt, unquestionably, that chewing is what gave me cancer. " Schilling said the cancer is in remission. He has, however, lost 75 pounds because he can't swallow.
June 27, 2014 |
Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that his cancer is in remission. "As of yesterday I am in remission. Start the 5-year clock!" he wrote on Twitter. Schilling, 47, said in February that he had an undisclosed form of cancer. He underwent at least two surgeries in addition to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. On Facebook he wrote, "To the many, many amazing folks at Dana-Farber [Cancer Institute], [Brigham and Women's Hospital] and [Massachusetts General Hospital]
March 6, 2014 |
Ian Kinsler, who was traded from Texas to the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, said Tuesday some critical statements attributed to him in an ESPN The Magazine story were taken out of context. In the story, Detroit's new second baseman blamed Rangers GM Jon Daniels for the departure of Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan. "Daniels is a sleazeball," Kinsler was quoted as saying. "He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out. He thought all the things he should get credit for, Ryan got credit for. " Kinsler was also quoted as saying he hopes the Rangers lose every game: "To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162.
February 7, 2014 |
Curt Schilling, one of the Phillies' all-time greatest pitchers and a current ESPN analyst, revealed Wednesday that he has cancer. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer. " Schilling did not disclose the specific nature of his illness. The network was unclear about whether Schilling, 47, will assume his duties this season as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday night telecasts.
October 10, 2013 |
WOE TO Curt Schilling , who is auctioning off his household items Saturday in Medfield, Mass., to satisfy creditors from his failed video-game company, 38 Studios. Fortunately for us vultures, all of the items he is set to auction were put online. The weirdest item? Two promotional baseball caps for the movie "Flubber," signed by star Robin Williams . The saddest? All of the toys. Even the stuffed animals have to go, Curt? His movie and TV preferences are interesting.
October 9, 2013 |
CURT SCHILLING is having a garage sale. The former Phillies and Red Sox pitcher, whose video-game company filed for bankruptcy last year, has hired an estate-sale company to sell off a slew of personal items, including a baseball glove chair and an old-fashioned Coca-Cola vending machine. Schilling is being sued by Rhode Island's economic development agency, which approved a $75 million loan for 38 Studios, a video-game startup that filed for bankruptcy last June. The suit claims Schilling and other execs knew the company would fail before it accepted the money.