I've done it. I've caved and am actually taking the blog plunge. ...This should be a great read.
I've been called everything from outspoken to blowhard to much, much worse. I believe those labels spring out of the fact that I care about the things people ask me as much as any other cause. I've never been a yes/no kind of guy, which probably hasn't been received well by some. I don't know that I'll be changing my style, but I do know that getting ripped for something I say here will be getting ripped for something I actually said -- with the entire contents of my comments included.
During 2004 -- Schilling's first season in Boston -- he was a regular commenter on the Sons of Sam Horn message board. Indeed, for the first few months of that season, he offered lengthy posts after each start -- detailing the good and the bad, sometimes pitch by pitch -- often only a few hours after the final out.
Schilling knew that having those posts reappear in print was a risk. He made repeated requests that his comments were for the board only, adding that anyone in the media could ask him in person about his posts -- he wasn't that hard to find -- but they should honor his wish to not use them verbatim.
Can you guess what happened next?
A Boston sportswriter (a hint: his name rhymes with Phony Nazzalotti) helped himself to some of Schilling's comments, using them without permission in one of his columns. ... Shortly thereafter, Curt plugged the plug.
Since word of 38pitches will spread, I'm hopeful that Schilling will resurrect those types of posts for 2007.