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Dan Shaughnessy

Shame on Curt Schilling

From left, President and CEO Brett Close and Curt Schilling attended a meeting at 38 Studios in Maynard in this July 16, 2009 file photo.Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

Picked-up pieces while wondering who’ll be next to be “sacked’’ by John Henry and Tom Werner . . .

■ There are parts of Rhode Island where failing to make good on million-dollar loan payments gets you more than a bloody sock. Red Sox adviser Jeremy Kapstein was out front on the 38 Studios loan scam two years ago when he ran for Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor and told WPRO-AM, “I have serious questions about the viability of that kind of offer to a company that is full of questions.’’

Kapstein was not alone. Massachusetts officials scoffed at the notion of loaning Curt Schilling’s company $75 million. The following appeared in this space in July 2010: “Hats off to the ship of fools known as the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. The RIEDC yesterday pledged a $75 million loan guarantee to lure Curt Schilling’s game company (the one with no games) to the Ocean State. It’s the best demonstration of sports sycophants gone wild with public money since the yahoos in Connecticut promised to give Bob Kraft the world to move his team to Yo Adriaen’s Landing in Hartford.’’

RIEDC director Keith Stokes resigned yesterday.


No thinking person wants to see a company fail. There are hundreds of jobs at stake. But it’s hard to believe that Schilling, who earned $114 million during his baseball career, can’t make a $1.1 million loan payment.

Schilling is the man who railed about government spending, then had his hand out for corporate welfare, and now asks for more help from the confederacy of dunces in Rhode Island. This is not the Rhode Island Enron, and Schill is not Jeffrey Skilling, but it is bad, and it was avoidable if not for public officials losing all common sense in the aura of a baseball player who delivered on a promise to bring us a championship.


■ Let’s be thankful that Fenway Sports Group didn’t insult our intelligence by telling us that Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish made his own decision to walk away from his job. Dalglish was fired, just as Terry Francona was fired.

■ There was a heartfelt outpouring of support for Hingham Harbormen senior hockey captain James Gordon at Lombardo’s in Randolph last night. More than 500 people turned out. James is battling cancer while he prepares to graduate from Hingham High next month. He is getting support from Bobby Orr, the Bruins alumni, Brian Boyle, and his parents, hockey rivals, and just about everyone in the Hingham and hockey communities. Visit gordo17.com for more details.

■ Sports Illustrated’s Peter King notes that of the 90 players who suited up for the Patriots-Colts game on Sept. 30, 2001 - Tom Brady’s first start - Brady is the only one still playing for either team (Kevin Faulk doesn’t count because he is an unrestricted free agent, and Reggie Wayne did not dress for the 2001 game).

■ Is anybody else reminded of prosecutor Jim Trotter from “My Cousin Vinny’’ when they hear the folksy style of Roger Clemens’s legal wingman, Rusty Hardin?

■ Let it never be said that your Red Sox are short on history. One day after the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, the Sox became only the second team in big league history to blow a nine-run lead and lose the game by six runs. That’s twice in more than 200,000 big league games. Two weeks later, the Sox and Orioles produced the first game in which both teams used position players as pitchers since Ty Cobb and George Sisler toed the slab against one another in 1925.


■ Speaking of the Fenway 100th, I’m still wondering whether Francona and Carl Yastrzemski collided on Van Ness Street rushing out of the park after the grand ceremony. Traditionally, nobody gets out of Fenway faster than Yaz after one of his ceremonial appearances, but the ex-manager was in no mood to stick around and chat with John Henry after partaking in the pregame festival.

■ As the Celtics move toward a possible conference finals date with the Heat, remember that Fenway Sports Group represents all things LeBron. A good day for the Heat is always a good day for the Red Sox. No wonder they don’t object to Bobby Valentine’s weekly gig on New York radio.

■ Cedric Maxwell is not too upset that the Larry-Magic play closed on Broadway. As usual, Max was used as a foil in the script. “They spent a ton of money on that production and now it’s closed,’’ said Max. “So who’s the fool?’’

■ Belichick’s son, Steve Belichick, is a coaching assistant with the Patriots this year. Mick Lombardi, son of NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi, works in the scouting department.

■ Major League Baseball’s Playing Rules Committee has approved a proposal to make the stupid fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff move a balk. I have always hated the bogus move, which never works and invariably results in thousands of fans hollering, “Balk.’’ Now it really will be a balk.


■ I was in the Red Sox clubhouse just about every day of the 1986 season and never heard Wade Boggs hurl slurs of any kind at Oil Can Boyd. Still, I look forward to reading the Can’s book, written with Mike Shalin: “They Call Me Oil Can: Baseball, Drugs and Life on the Edge.’’

■ Speaking of books, check out “Like Any Normal Day,’’ the extraordinary story of what happens to a high school football star after he suffers a catastrophic injury in a game in 1973. Penned by Philadelphia scribe Mark Kram Jr., it’s about tragedy, family, duty, and sports.

■ Senator Scott Brown is scheduled to be at tonight’s Celtics game in Philadelphia.

■ Veteran Sixers publicist Harvey Pollack goes back to the first days of the NBA. Pollack was in Hershey, Pa., the night Wilt Chamberlain went for 100. He had a moment with Dick Bavetta when the Sixers played the Bulls and said, “A guy 90 years old and a ref 71 years old, both working an NBA game. That’s never happened before.’’

■ Check out petefrates.com, dedicated to the courageous battle being waged by former Boston College baseball star Peter Frates. A native of Beverly and graduate of St. John’s Prep, Frates was diagnosed with ALS last month. Six years ago, in the baseball Beanpot final at Fenway, Frates went 4 for 4 and homered into the bullpen to deliver the championship to the Eagles. He also batted against Schilling when the Eagles played their annual exhibition vs. the Red Sox at Fort Myers. Today, Schilling is helping the Frates family, and Pete will partake in the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway when the Sox play the Tigers May 30.


■ More inspiration. Sam Callahan, 16, who is battling Ewing’s sarcoma, will see Fenway for the first time on the weekend of May 25-27. Callahan lives in Northern California and two years ago presented Darnell McDonald with a “Sam’s Team’’ bracelet before a Sox game against the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco. McDonald homered that day and still wears his bracelet. McDonald is looking forward to giving Callahan a tour of Fenway. More kudos to McDonald for a great appearance at the Learning Prep School in Newton a couple of weeks ago.

■ Don’t forget the Hot Dog Safari on Lansdowne Street tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20, with kids 10 and under free. Proceeds go to the Joey Fund to benefit the fight against cystic fibrosis. Congrats to Joe O’Donnell and Eddie Andelman on their 23d annual event.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at dshaughnessy@globe.com.