Curt Schilling has retired, as you've probably heard. Some will remember him for his career accomplishments, some for a bloody sock.
But most might remember him as obnoxious.
Why do people hate him for speaking?
We hear the term "class act" thrown around all the time, as if your facial expressions and your word choice define you as a player.
But face it. Your friends aren't class acts. Your family isn't full of class acts. We really only call someone a class act when it's someone we never get to know personally.
Do you really watch sports to see class? Personally, I watch sports for entertainment, but maybe that's just me.
Is it not entertaining when people are opinionated?
Athletes and coaches give boring answers all the time. Often times, I wonder why reporters even try.
You ought to watch a press conference and count the times someone says that their team did some bad things and some good things.
When you hear the occasional bad-mouther, they're not a bad person. They're just human.
Sports is a secretive business. Teams keep secrets about scouting, signals, etc. Hell, even fantasy baseball websites keep their beginning dates a secret from each other. The last thing a team usually wants to do is tell the media everything they know.
But that's the problem. The media is all you have unless you're a season ticket holder. That brings us back to Schilling, who will tell you everything he thinks about the most controversial issues we think about.
Let's take steroids, for example. Jose Canseco has written about Schilling. Schilling has spoken against this. Canseco has responded saying that he knows nothing about Schilling.
Schilling is what makes athletes human in a secretive business. In the book God Save the Fan by Will Leitch, Leitch writes, "Derek Jeter could molest kittens and we'd never know." He's right.
Leitch also wrote a chapter called "You're More Interesting Than an Athlete." And unless you always say the right thing, you are more interesting.
Schilling should not be criticized for saying his opinions. Criticize all the other athletes who make sports boring.