The Jilted La Russa
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"Heís a jilted lover in the sense and from what Iíve heard they thought he (Edgar) was a lock to go back to St. Louis. And they were disappointed."
-- Curt Schilling on Tony La Russa
Curt Schilling stands by his statements on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan:
CS: ďI felt the way I stated yesterday, I felt that from jump street, but it was a topic of conversation when some other guys read it and I think to a man we all kind of felt the same way. Obviously what I said yesterday has been extrapolated ten-fold here on the drama scale, but I meant it. I really like Tony, heís a great manager. Iíve heard a lot of great things about playing for him. Iíve known him personally. Having said that I stand by what I said yesterday as a far as what I think and how I think that whole time period that he made those comments. I thought there were some issues with that.
Gerry Callahan: He sounds like he feels burned, and I donít necessarily (CS: yeah) blame him. I think he feels like he went to the mat for Renteria in St. Louis and thought he had him.
CS: Yeah, whoever brought that point up yesterday was pretty close to being right. Heís a jilted lover in the sense and from what Iíve heard; Edgar was, they thought he was a lock to go back to St. Louis. And they were disappointed. Itís unfortunate. I donít know if Tony thought about what he was saying before he said it. I would guess, knowing him, that in hind sight looking back on what he said and how itís kind of played out that heís probably not real happy he did it.
He (Edgarís) a high energy guy from a competitive standpoint. He wants to be on a good team. He wants to be in a good situation. And Iím guessing he had that in St. Louis. Iím not sure he came here for the bottom dollar if you talk to him. I think this was just a much more charged atmosphere to play baseball in and I think he enjoys that. I think contrary to what was said, you know thatís the other thing, because Tony said it doesnít make it fact. That doesnít mean thatís exactly how Edgar is. Iím sure he feels that he has a little more insight than most and rightly so but I donít see that in Edgar given what Iíve seen talking to him and dealing with him I see a guy who competitively plays on the edge emotionally. ÖI donít think heís sitting in there saying ĎGod, Iím glad weíre on the road.Ē It is what it is and heís got to get out of it. And fans are gonna be the fans that they normally are until he does. ÖYeah (thereís added pressure) but itís not because of the boos. Itís because youíre not doing what you normally thin you should be doing and youíve got a clubhouse full of guys whose opinion of you is a very big deal. The boos you hear, they do a lot less than people think to most. They absolutely affect people, they affect me. Youíre human. You donít want to be booedÖ You hear it. Thereís just no way you donít hear it but I donít see the effect on guys to the extent that you guys might think that bothers people. ÖIn Boston they boo because youíre not doing what they want you to do and as players you deal with it.
GC: Are you worried that youíll have to go through the same thing with La Russa that you went through with Piniella here. ĎSchilling Lashes Out at La Russaí is the headline on Boston Dirt Dogs this morning, are you afraid you might have to have a little private conversation, phone call with La Russa like you did with Piniella?
CS: IímÖ noÖ could be. I mean I didnít feel like I need to call a psychologist to talk me down yesterday. And I made it clear Iíve always liked Tony. I have a lot of respect for him. I think heís a great guy. I know Tony very well. I see Tony in the wintertime all the time. Thereís some things that happen charity-wise out in Arizona heís always at but I donít think I was even remotely wrong in what I said about where he put Edgar. I think people would agree.
GC: He was very smart about it though which is no surprise heís a smart guy but he didnít beat him over the head with a hammer. It was a very subtle dig and he did set him up, I agree with you I said it before that he put him in a bad spot that he, I donít want to say caused this, but he certainly didnít help matters for his old friend Edgar.
CS: I really didnít see the subtleness. I thought it was very direct, very precise. Thereís only one way to look at that. I mean if youíre not Edgar. How do you look good coming out of that. I think itís impossible unlessÖ especially given the fact, if Edgar had been hitting .320, Tony would never said it.
GC: And saying a guy has no place to hide, implies that heís looking for a place to hide.
CS: Right, right. Itís a lose-lose for Edgar on that one.