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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling blasts Fred Toucher over hurricane relief criticism

John Tomase
December 22, 2017 - 3:29 pm

Curt Schilling has a message for Fred Toucher: Kiss my ass.

The former Red Sox right-hander joined Lou Merloni and John Dennis on OMF on Friday to respond to allegations that he had abandoned a trailer full of hurricane relief supplies in Tennessee. Particularly critical was the Sports Hub host, who blasted Schilling for grandstanding and failing to deliver.

"I have no idea who he is and I've never heard him on the radio for a second," Schilling said. "I don't know why the opinion would matter to me, other than the fact that he sounds like he's pretty bitter. Which is fine. When you're on a show that's that crappy, I'd be pretty bitter, too. The fact of the matter is I heard him bragging on me. I reached out and told him to kiss my ass."

Schilling took responsibility for the mishap, which involved a truck full of non-perishable pet supplies that broke down in Tennessee as part of Operation Bullpen, Schilling's effort to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in September.

He organized an 11-truck convoy to Texas, but two trucks broke down en route, including one driven by Schilling. The confusion arose, he said, over efforts to move the supplies from his trailer to another. He says he didn't properly communicate similar instructions to the second truck, and then when Hurricane Irma struck Florida, Schilling struck out immediately for the Sunshine State without ensuring the truck with pet supplies had been taken care of.

"The problem was on my end," Schilling said. "I thought I was talking to one group about a trailer, but I was talking to two groups about two separate trailers. A lot of miscommunications. They're all straightened out. No one's out a dime. Anyone that put money out is reimbursed for any repairs. It's frustrating and disappointing.

"The frustrating thing for me is the amount of effort put in by the media to find the roots of this story outweighs the amount of effort they were trying to put into the original story about the efforts that the town of Medfield and the state of Massachusetts put in to helping these people. But I've come to expect that. I'm not blaming anybody. It was my operation. Any blame for anything that went wrong falls on me, but the fact of the matter is it was an accident."

As for Toucher, Schilling effectively shrugged.

"To talk trash about something that people did, it was amazing. Over 2 million pounds of supplies that the people of Massachusetts and Operation Bullpen moved, it was enjoyable to be a part of," he said. "I'm human, and no one ever wants to hear people say things bad about them. But for someone like that to question my character, that's one of those things I don't really [care about]."