Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss the firing of Bobby Valentine. Schilling had said early on in the season that the Valentine hiring would not work out for the Sox, something that become more apparent as issues with players became public.
"I think it's like any time you see something become public, you always understand there's something more going on that you don't know about," Schilling said. "I think that was always the case.
"There is nothing in this that gives me satisfaction. I'm not happy to say 'I told you so' or anything like that.' I don't like when this happens to people. I don't wish this on anybody, but this was something that people on both sides thought was coming from the day it started. To be clear, they did not finish in last place and have a horrible season because he managed this. They did that because they stunk. They were a bad baseball team. I just think that what he added to the mix was A) 99 percent unnecessary and B) just a nightmarish burden for the guys that were here."
Schilling said that Valentine's comments on Wednesday's show that his coaches weren't loyal to him would prevent him from getting another managing job.
"Based on what he said yesterday I don't believe he ever thinks he's going to manage again, because the comments he made yesterday, he basically jeopardized and ruined every coach that coached for him's career."
Added Schilling: "His response to you was a blanket 'No. [As in] 'they were not loyal. None of them were.' I don't understand how you do that."
Schilling also confirmed that he might have to sell the bloody sock he wore in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS to help pay back the state of Rhode Island after his video game company went bankrupt. He said he would also have to consider selling World Series rings.
"I have debt," he said. "I have obligations. I put my name to it."
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