Curt Schilling: Would You Just Shut Up, Please?

Briggs SeekinsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2011

BOSTON - OCTOBER 16:  Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox throws out the first pitch of game five of the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 16, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I think I view Curt Schilling the same way a lot of Sox fans view him: Yeah, the guy is a blowhard, but what are you going do? He is legitimately one of the franchise's all-time great heroes.

He's the damned bloody sock, and that says it all.

But sometimes, he really just needs to not talk so much. The example, of course, is earlier this week, when he appeared on the WEEI morning radio show and then again on ESPN Baseball Tonight.

As the Beantown Nine desperately clings to a slim wild-card lead over the charging Tampa Bay Rays, Big Schill, with typical lack of tact, explained in great detail why he is convinced that the Red Sox will blow their lead over the Rays or else be quickly sent packing in the playoffs. 

Honestly, Curt, are you seriously this tone-deaf? I know you weren't around before 2004, so let me fill you in on some background: Red Sox fans take these sort of seasons very hard. And this 2011 season is starting to look like it will end up ranking very highly on the list of all-time Red Sox disappointments.

Every Red Sox fan worth the name is very aware of all the problems with this team, the reasons why a total season-ending collapse is likely and the reasons why a sustained drive through the postseason is unlikely.

We know these things. We think about these things like a brain itch that won't subside. We don't need Curt Schilling to pour salt in the wound by chiming in with his expert opinion.

Back in the old days, back before 2004, every Red Sox family had a member who was the official family cynic. They were the family member obnoxiously pointing out at the Fourth of July cookout about how the "Sox always fold at some point."

And there they were at Labor Day (some years a little later), crowing "I told you so."

But they were never telling anybody in the family a single thing they didn't already know. They were just ruining everybody's brief spell of joy during the dog days of the season and making the inevitable misery that much worse.

Is that really the "family member" Curt Schilling wants to be for the entire Red Sox Nation?