Conor Frederick (@ConorJF1016)
Red Sox ace-turned "Baseball Tonight" analyst Curt Schilling will be taking over for Oral Hershiser in the broadcast booth during ESPN's weekly "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcast, per CBS Sports. And part of being a broadcaster is the criticism (which was a common theme throughout the Red Sox postseason run), which Schilling is well aware of.
Here's what he had to say on the matter, per CBS Sports:
“No matter how you phrase it, if you don’t compliment a player, that player’s team, that’s player’s fans think you hate him,” Schilling said Sunday. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people react with ‘You hate so-and-so. You hate so-and-so.’ And it’s just amazing how — it’s a good thing. The passion is great. It’s amazing how much people read into the things that we say on a nightly basis.”
I've never been a fan of watching ESPN's baseball broadcast - I would rather stick to NESN when it comes to watching Red Sox games on TV. Maybe Schilling will be an improvement, but we'll see come the first Red Sox - Yankees series, which will most likely be the first time Red Sox fans hear Schilling for the first time as a broadcaster.
So, best of luck, Curt, because there is plenty of criticism to come. But if anyone can handle it, he can. Thoughts on the move? Hit me up on Twitter or leave a comment.