Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling on D&C: Expecting to return to ESPN broadcast booth next season

October 08, 2015 - 4:23 am

ESPN analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane Thursday morning to discuss the postseason and his current situation with ESPN. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Schilling has been taken off the ESPN game broadcasts following a controversial tweet. In his place has been former softball player Jessica Mendoza. The New York Times has called for Mendoza to replace Schilling for next season, but the former Red Sox pitcher says as far as he knows he will be back next year. In the meantime, Schilling has been doing shows in studio for the network. "As far as I know everything is going to be normal next year, get back to that," Schilling said. "A couple of things: First off, I don't blame [The New York Times], they are still bitter. It was 11 years ago that we did it, but they are fans of a team that offered the biggest choke in the history of sports. They will always be bitter and I am alright with that. "Jessica is not bad at it. I thought she was good, real good. I thought that she was there, not because she's the first woman to every do it, I thought she was good. I thought she was kind of a hidden gem on the women's softball thing and in getting to do that and get exposed to that she can do this. I listen to her talk to guys in spring training about hitting and she did some different pieces for Baseball Tonight during spring training and she is as knowledgeable about putting the barrel of a bat on the ball as anybody I've ever heard speak about it." Schilling is not surprised John Farrell will be back as Red Sox manager. "No. Listen, until the day I die I will still be of the mind that John Farrell is overqualified to do anything in the game," he said. "I still think he's one of the most amazing people. I think in-game management is an issue. I think something he needs to get better at, but he's as good of a communicator and presence as anybody I've ever known in the sport." Farrell recently finished treatment for Stage 1 lymphoma. Schilling, a mouth cancer survivor, isn't sure how Farrell will be once spring training rolls around in the spring. "I don't know how because he just did the chemo that I know of," Schilling said. "I had a chance to visit with him and talk with him on a couple of different occasions and the one thing I was blown away by was the fact he was going from chemo over to the ballpark, but what I got was he was pretty wiped out, pretty exhausted. I think he will be ready. I don't know because his chemo was a lot more dramatic than I think than most in that situation and that was I thought kind of the easy, breezy part of what I did was the chemo. He went through some pretty heavy stuff." Torey Lovullo will return as bench coach, which has caused some to question why, given he likely could get looks as manager in another city. Schilling said it comes down to loyalty. "That's what happens when somebody shows loyalty people can't put a value on in sports," Schilling said. "Everybody wants to assume, 'OK, there's some sort of deal or they promised him something or whatever.' I played with a lot of guys and played for a lot of coaches that were loyal to the end, were loyal to a fault. They wanted to be with their guy. These two guys, if you dig a little bit in the history they've been around each other quite a long time." Schilling was also asked about CC Sabathia checking himself into rehab for his alcohol addiction. He said his teammates likely had no problem with him doing it when he did -- the day before the Wild Card game, as some things are more important than baseball. "None. None," Schilling said. "There are certain things that are bigger than the game and a players life and his health and his well-being to me were always far, far more important. This is the real world stuff. This is the thing I think a lot of people assume -- look at how much money he makes, why would he do that? There is a disconnect. There are a lot of people, I think a lot of kids maybe are brought up to believe or taught that athletes are better than everybody else at things and that's not true. Expect for throwing a baseball, life is exactly pretty much like everybody else."