Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Oracle Speaks

Let’s have a little more of that Curt Schilling love, specifically for a phone conversation he had with Dennis and Callahan on WEEI this morning. Yes, Schilling is a man to run his mouth off and occasionally he says absolutely retarded things (“Mr. Schilling, you just helped the Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years, how do you feel?” “I feel great! I feel so great I’m going to inject some political commentary as a buzz kill!”), but if you need someone to talk something up, Curt Schilling is your man. I think it might have something to do with the fact that he doesn’t go for the generic answers athletes use when they know they can’t say anything controversial or they’ll get reamed out by the front office, so they end up saying nothing at all. Curt just shoots from the hip, no matter what he’s saying and he throws in enough positive things so that he doesn’t sound like a whiner or a malcontent.

So, since Schilling says whatever is on his mind, when he says that his foot feels normal, that somehow Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon are both the second coming of the Rocket, that the Sox did good picking up Lowell and Loretta and that Keith Foulke used the winter to pull out of last year’s problems, I’m inclined to believe him. It’s a bit like having Sam Waterston as the spokesman for TD Waterhouse – I’m more likely to want to invest with them because there’s no way that EADA Jack McCoy could lie to me. Indeed, such is the power of the man’s blarney that if Curt Schilling says that 4 members of the Sox pitching staff are going to have strong years and that the newest members of the infield are going to do well in Boston because he believes in them, then by God it’ll happen.

I’m more and more excited for this season to start every day.