Curt Schilling’s given his opinion on everything in the entire world that’s ever been talked about. So it’s no surprise that he’s willing to speak out about Manny Ramirez, whom he has spoken, um, “not so kindly about” before.
And he got on the phone with Dennis and Callahan on WEEI in Bostonto talk about whether the Red Sox are laughing at Manny, what the hell Man-Ram was thinking, how steroids work and the problem with that, and the “level playing field” that has evolved as a result of steroids in baseball. Surprisingly, he didn’t rip into Manny as much as I thought he would.
What’s the thought process for Manny?
“No. I mean, I think that … no, I can’t really. We’ve seen people do things where you sit back and go, “really? wow” so I don’t think there’s any reason to be surprised.”
On the Red Sox being happy:
“Well, you know, it’s not a stretch to think that there weren’t some people saying, “you got … haha” after everything that happened. But Manny’s not like a lot of the guys who’ve gotten caught around other clubhouses. A-Rod didn’t have a lot of friends to begin with. Not a lot of guys like Clemens. Bonds wasn’t the most popular in anyone’s class. Manny was a guy where people who didn’t play with him were neutral at worst. But the guys that played with him, a lot of them were still [in Boston], I think said “haha.”
On steroids working and the problem with that:
“Theres’ got to be some education. You’ve got to teach them the health risks associated with all of this, and morally and ethically.”
On the equality of steroids:
“I think we can all agree that the players cheated their way to another kind of level playing field. I think if you assume that any team in the last 10 or 15 years went an entire season and won a World Series without anyone doing anything on that team I think you’re not facing reality.”