Sunday, December 07, 2003

More on Curt Schilling going to the Red Sox -  

For those who aren't baseball fans (and shame on you if you're not) Curt Schilling, one of the top ten pitchers in baseball recently OKed (he had a no-trade clause in his contract) a trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Boston Red Sox. This is not hugely interesting in and of itself. What is interesting is that one of the reasons he OKed the trade was the passion of the Red Sox fans. How did he know about that passion? He logged onto the Red Sox message board Sons of Sam Horn (whose rookie card I have), identified himself and spoke to the fans. It's hard to imagine any other professional athlete doing this. Bill Simmons captures how neat this is... (money paragraph)

Now here's where it gets crazy. The deadline comes ... and Schilling accepts the trade. Better yet, he specifically mentions the passion of the SOSH guys as one of the main reasons he decided to play in Boston. Unbelievable. Can you remember any other instance of fans directly influencing a player like this? Can you remember any other player seeking out the input of fans like this? I mean, unless you're a Yankees fan, how can you not root for Curt Schilling now? Shouldn't every player be like this? And if they were like this, wouldn't you like sports a little more than you already do?

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