- The Washington Times - Monday, May 14, 2007

Curt Schilling should stop talking.

He at least should stop lying about Barry Bonds.

“I mean, he admitted that he used steroids,” Schilling said of Bonds during his weekly appearance on a sports radio show in Boston. “I mean, there’s no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game, so I think the reaction around the league, the game, being what it is, in the case of what people think. Hank Aaron not being there. The commissioner trying to figure out where to be. It’s sad.

“And I don’t care that he’s black or green or purple or yellow or whatever. It’s unfortunate. There’s good people and bad people. It’s unfortunate that it’s happening the way it’s happening.”

Bonds has never admitted to using steroids. He admitted to accepting something from BALCO he thought was flaxseed oil.

Bonds has never admitted to cheating on his wife.

Bonds has never admitted to cheating on his taxes.

One more thing: Schilling’s reference to black, green, purple and yellow people is borderline racist.

Schilling is a pretentious, ponderous proselytizer.

He plays the righteous protector of the game.

He represents a fan’s points of view, which is just what the world needs — another fanatic, another blogger.

Anyone this self-aggrandizing and self-important must be hiding something. (See Pete Rose, Steve Garvey.)

Schilling doesn’t talk to the media.

But he blogs at 38pitches.com, and he has a weekly radio show segment.

At least Red Sox manager Terry Francona is managing Schilling’s speech.

“I … realized that for a guy that doesn’t talk much to the media, he sure does talk to the media,” Francona said.

Francona’s advice to Schilling: “Shut up.”

On the steroids issue, Schilling is a hypocrite.

First, Schilling was outspoken against steroids.

Then before Congress in 2005, he called author Jose Canseco a liar.

“In 19 years in the big leagues, I have never seen a syringe,” Schilling said.

Of Major League Baseball’s drug policy, he said: “If there are loopholes … we will close them.”

Schilling had his chance to be indignant against steroids — before Congress.

Now he thinks Bonds’ pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home run record is “sad.”

Bonds’ pursuit of Aaron’s home run record is also inevitable. Maybe Bonds could save No. 756 for June 15-17, when the San Francisco Giants visit the Boston Red Sox.

Schilling and his bloviating have managed the impossible in this Summer of Hate:

Curt Schilling is more unlikable than Barry Bonds.

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