Far be it from Curt Schilling to let Dan Shaughnessy and Michael Felger have the last word.
On Thursday night, after Schilling's firing by ESPN for his latest controversial social-media post -- an anti-transgender statement on Facebook -- Shaughnessy discussed the issue on Sports Tonight with Michael Felger and Lou Merloni. All agreed that Schilling's dismissal was justified, based on the fact that he'd been warned time and again by ESPN to tone down his public political comments.
"He got what he was asking for, and I don't have a lot of sympathy for him right now," said Shaughnessy, with whom Schilling has feuded from almost the day the pitcher arrived in Boston. "I'm just going to miss him. He's good on TV."
Didn't take long for Schilling to respond . . .
And then he added a comment on CSN's Facebook page, under a link to the video . . .
Don't need the advice of a bitter human who only remains relevant because of that coif and his desire to take opposing views, regardless of their factual truths. CHB was irrelevant the day we won game 4 and the World Series, ending something he made a career out of inventing, the "Curse". It was a curse of talent, nothing else. People like this need a boogeyman to create content, original thought escapes them
Just for good measure, he threw in a shot at Felger:
BALTIMORE — Dustin Pedroia is expected to return to the Red Sox lineup on Wednesday, manager John Farrell said. Not a bad turnaround time for someone who, on Monday, was holding his jersey to his face as he was bleeding.
Pedroia hit a foul ball that bounced off the plate and into his nose on Monday night. He did not go for further testing on Tuesday, which was a positive sign. A CAT scan would have been needed to see the full extent of the damage.
“He’s sore,” Farrell said. “I would think in an emergency only would we even consider putting him in a game [Tuesday]. But felt like after talking with him here and after he got checked out, felt like it was best to just hold him out a day. I would expect him to be back in the lineup tomorrow, but there was no further imaging here today. Didn’t feel like the follow-up with the medical staff warranted it. But he is sore, there’s no question.”
Farrell said the subject of Pedroia employing some sort of protective piece attached to his helmet or other type of guard going forward had not been broached. But, Farrell acknowledged that using such a thing likely wouldn’t be Pedroia’s style.
Other injury news:
• Eduardo Nunez was slated to run the bases on Wednesday, but the way Farrell was talking on Tuesday, that may not happen.
• Hanley Ramirez pinch-hit on Monday but remained out of the lineup Tuesday because of right biceps inflammation.
• Carson Smith is in consideration for the postseason roster, Farrell said.
• David Price declared himself available Monday, Farrell said, and Farrell left open the possibility he could pitch even Tuesday. But Farrell's preference was to give Price more rest after his two innings Sunday.
BALTIMORE — David Price definitely preferred to start rather than pitch out of the bullpen, but in an interview with the Washington Post, the Red Sox’ temporarily converted reliever emphasized his overall desire to do something rather than nothing.
“I’ll be able to help — maybe not as much as I would as a starter, I feel like, but that time of the season, I know how big that is, to have a guy who can [pitch in that role],” Price told the Post’s Dave Sheinin. “If we make it to October and I throw the ball extremely well coming out of the ‘pen, it doesn’t matter that I wasn’t a starter. I just want to help these guys win.”
Price looked excellent in a two-inning stint Sunday in Tampa Bay, using all four pitches and touching 96 mph on his fastball. But how Price feels physically still appears to be a touch-and-go matter.
He described his most recent injury to The Athletic as being mostly related to the triceps. Speaking to the Post, Price said he’s going through “a trial-and-error process.”
“I’ve always been a guy who hasn’t had [next-day] soreness,” he said. “I’ve never had problems with my arm. When I pitch, the next day, I feel like I can pitch that day. I’ve always told my managers that. When I see them the next day, I’m like, ‘I’m good.’ This is still a trial-and-error process, too. We don’t know how it’s going to respond, but when I woke up [Monday] morning I felt good.”
Price indicated he feels good about his ability to persevere.
“I’ve dealt with it. I’ve gotten through it,” Price said. “Most people would’ve been at the house months ago. I didn’t pack it in. Does it feel good? No. [But] I still pitched. If people don’t appreciate that, or can’t, so be it.”