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Fri, 08/03/2012 - 9:49am  

Schilling: 'I'm taking swing' at Bobby V insult

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning and discussed how he would have reacted to the most recent controversy in the Red Sox clubhouse regarding Bobby Valentine and Will Middlebrooks. Valentine told The Big Show Wednesday that the only time he had discussions with ownership about communication with players was after he made a sarcastic comment to Middlebrooks after a couple of defensive failures by the third baseman in an inning earlier this season.  

"As a player, that's a swing. I'm taking a swing at that comment," Schilling said. "And I'm not talking about just Bobby, if anybody had said that … Bobby's different. He runs and beats to a different drummer. ... I never came off the field after giving up five runs and had a manager say, 'wow, that's a nice inning." I never heard anybody approach it like that. ...  I would've swung. Oh, hell yeah. Listen, I'm getting paid an enormous amount of money to win games. For the two, four hours a night there's nothing more important in the world to me than winning that game."

However, while Schilling disagreed with the way Valentine handled the situation with Middlebrooks, he said there is a different issue that is revealed through this story.

“What that tells me is you clearly have a player or players or a coach who wants [Valentine] to have no part in this organization,” Schilling said. “The bigger issue for me is that – and I’ve had a conversation, not like that, but if I had to have a conversation like that about my manager, I would have had it with my manager. To think that that coach or that person thinks so little of him to go to the front office, that is a whole different set of issues that exists.”

Schilling, who was critical of the hiring of Valentine in spring training, telling WEEI in March that it was "going bad quicker than I expected it to," was asked how he thinks the Valentine era will end in Boston.

"Mount Vesuvius," Schilling said. "I can't imagine, given the personalities involved in all sides, that this thing will just kind of wander away in the evening."

To hear the interview click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.




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