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It’s official: the Red Sox will win the wild card

Sep 20, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

Ric Flair

Two reasons why I think the Red Sox have locked up the wild card. First: because Curt Schilling said today that he didn’t think they’d do it, and he’s wrong about everything.

Second, because Gordon Edes just tweeted the following from the Red Sox clubhouse:

Wrestler Ric Flair visited Sox clubhouse posed for pictures with Dustin Pedroia and Josh Reddick Lots of whooping in clubhouse.

Look, if even a fraction of Flair’s greatness rubbed off on the Bosox, consider this race over.  He has more cars than you have friends, jack.  He’s a limousine ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun. Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it still has the longest line, brother.


  1. magzalez - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Not to be outdone, Rowdy Roddy Piper was just seen leaving the Braves clubhouse.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      Hahahaha! I hear you. But Jimmy “Super Fly” Snuka just left Busch Stadium.

    • Ari Collins - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      Atlanta is all out of bubblegum.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:39 PM

        I sure hope so!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      The Braves prepaid for Randy “Macho Man” Savage to be their motivational speaker, and they are just waiting for him to show up and turn their season around…

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:39 PM

        That’s cold Sabathia…real cold. I feel kind of bad for chuckling about it!

    • bigleagues - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      Personally if I was going to invite an 80’s wrestler in to lighten the mood and give a pep talk to my team . . . Roddy Piper is the guy I’d want.

      Piper was the first wrestler that made it OK to like one of the ‘bad guys’. My Saturday mornings were filled with MTV, TWIB and Piper’s Pit.

    • schmedley69 - Sep 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      Apparently the Mulkey Brothers paid the Braves a visit before they played the Phillies and taught them how to take a dive so that the real stars could shine.

  2. crpls - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Was Flair there to ask for money?

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    I wonder if “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan would let the Sox use his 2×4 as a baseball bat.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      LOL! Hell…they should allow Hacksaw to bat. That guy was a beast! Hooooo! I can see him pacing back and forth now…2×4 on his shoulder….just outside the on deck circle.

  4. bobwsc - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    would be great if Pedroia let Flair deliver a knife edge chop to him.

    • marshmallowsnake - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      This might kill Pedroia.

  5. marshmallowsnake - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Ugh…stop giving Schilling any media coverage…maybe he will go away.

    Side note…he is almost as big as his ego now…literally!!

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      I am curious. Why do you not like Curt Schilling? I’m not trying to start anything. I’m just curious.

      • marshmallowsnake - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        No prob, honest question. I will give you my honest answer.

        Love him as a pitcher and what he did for the Red Sox while I lived in Massachusetts. He was awesome as a player.

        That aside, I think he is too outspoken. He appears to have an opinion on everything. Kind of like his opinion is his second career. And the Media up East loves it!

        Now do not get me wrong, I am all for people speaking their mind…the honest truth, is Curt just annoys me 😦

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:32 PM

        Fair enough. Thanks for the response.

      • marshmallowsnake - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        No problem.

  6. halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    “First: because Curt Schilling said today that he didn’t think they’d do it, and he’s wrong about everything”

    Yeah, he must be, Craig. He’s only one of the best postseason pitchers in the history of the game and runs a software company that develops computer games. Yeah, I’d take Curt Schilling’s opinion with a grain of salt. He’s pretty dumb.

    • Ari Collins - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      I’m a Sox fan, but Schilling kind of is wrong a lot.

      Being a great postseason pitcher and running a computer game company (how much running does he actually do, do we know?) doesn’t have that much to do with smarts.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        I can only say this, Ari. I have heard him in many, many interviews. And compared to his peers (baseball wise), he is above and beyond brighter than 99% of them. He is well spoken. I believe that because he is well spoken is the reason that people tend to gravitate towards anything he says with what they disagree with venom. I hear none of this venom directed at players that constantly say stupid things but are not as well spoken as Schilling. Do you understand this irony?

      • Bill - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:55 PM

        I agree with both of these things. Most players (especially retired players, even great ones) you don’t really notice, because they don’t have much to say or aren’t smart enough to be worth listening to.

        Schilling, by contrast and relative to his peers, is a *really* smart guy. Which is the problem — he gives a good quote and represents himself well, compared to ballplayers. But then, when he speaks out, he IS often wrong. Because in the context of the media world (as opposed to the world of mostly-barely-high-school-educated ballplayers), he’s actually kind of dumb.

        So, yeah, Schilling, like a few other guys — Mike Schmidt, Cal Ripken and, hell, Joe Morgan come to mind — is in this weird middle ground. He’s really smart and eloquent for a ballplayer, so people pay attention to what he says. But then when you pay attention to what he says, a lot of the time, it ends up being kind of dumb.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:02 PM

        Bill, I’m curious, do you disagree with Schilling because of his politics? Why is he often wrong? No one has yet to provide me with examples.

      • xmatt0926x - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        Halladay, I can’t believe you don’t understand the venom towards Schilling. Just as a Phillies fan you have to remember him being despised in his own clubhouse. Yes, he’s obviously well spoken and intelligent but he’s also an attention-seeking media whore who opens his mouth way too much. Is his nickname “red light Schilling” just an accident? Ohh..and that nickname wasn’t meant to describe a guy who plays well when the red light is on either (although he dis do excellent when the pressure was on). I get thatb intelligent players who are well spoken can be frowned upon in a sports clubhouse and none of us really knows the inside scoop, but when so many of his ex-reammates have the same opinion of him you have to start thinking they may be onto something.

      • marshmallowsnake - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        Running = funding…they just changed some of the letters around to make him look more important :)

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:41 PM


        That 93′ team despised the media. They were made up of a bunch of overachievers that didn’t have a 10th of Schilling’s talent. They couldn’t stand Schilling because they didn’t have the brain matter to comprehend him.

        Daulton talked to lizards.
        Dykstra: Need I say more.
        Kruk: Good hitter, but overweight curmudgeon that now works for ESPN, the same media he snubbed for years.
        Mitch Williams: Same as kruk except the weight.
        Dave Hollins: A head case: Remember, they nicknamed him “Head”. Enough said.

        I could go on and on. Point is that people have a problem with Schilling because the media has painted a picture of him that is incorrect, in my opinion.

      • Bill - Sep 20, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        The politics don’t help, but honestly, I try not to pay much attention to Schilling, so I don’t remember the individual things he’s said that I’ve disagreed with. It’s just a general sense that whenever I’ve heard him saying something, my response very nearly every time has been “nope, that’s wrong.”

  7. Loren - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    I was never a huge Flair fan, but I did think he was a fun character. It made me a little to sad to read about how thing have turned out for him:

    It’s not Lenny Dykstra bad, but it’s not a fitting way for a childhood “hero” to end up.

  8. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    I’m afraid to make negative comments on this blog about “wrestling” b/c of Craig’s clear affection for the “sport”. But, I’m afraid it’s not affection, it’s an affliction. Allow me to say this once and only once so that we shall never speak of this again: “wrestling” blows, sucks, and is just all around terrible in every single way known to man and not known to man. This is not debatable. This is a fact.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      What about the “Beaver Wrestling” that cur68 and proudlycanadian do up north? Is that acceptable?

      • cur68 - Sep 20, 2011 at 8:23 PM

        Well, we don’t do hat stuff publicly, you see. In fact all contact we have with beavers is private business with us and the beaver. Now if PC put on one a them bikini bottoms you see Flair in all the time, got in a ring and stared tie-ing into a beaver while shouting ‘wooooo’ then you might have cause to question the acceptability of that.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      At least those guys aren’t ‘roiders’ and cheaters like these bad, very not-good baseball players

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      Yeah…as a former wrestler I have always despised what they call “wrestling.” What a joke. We should call it…Soap Opera “Wrestling”…with pre-determined outcomes.

    • bigleagues - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      80 Wrestling will forever be a shining hill of fantastical bedlam high above the dump that is any other decade of the ‘sport’.

  9. dailyrev - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Sorry CC, Flair does not compare with the late great Freddy Blassie. In fact, Flair is a pencil-necked-geek compared to Freddy. So, in fact, are the Sawx. To quote Freddy’s immortal song:

    A no-good two-bit losing freak —
    Nothin’ but a pencil-necked geek.

  10. hittfamily - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Anyone who thinks Ric Flair was there to root on the Red Sox, clearly doesn’t know Ric’s gig. He is the dirtiest man in town. He turns on his buddies in the blink of an eye. He gave an inspirational speach, then gave Papi a crotch shot, threw rosin in Beckett’s eyes, and spiked Gonzo’s water bottle. Flair’s a Rays fan. Wooooo!!!

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      Hahahah! Yeah…he was kind of dirty. I mean…I didn’t even watch that crap and I know Ric wasn’t known as the cleanest guy around.

  11. rmalmstrom - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Verne Gagne has been stuck in the Twins clubhouse for months now.

    • wlschneider09 - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      That’s actually Greg Gagne. The Twins need a middle infield upgrade…

  12. bigleagues - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Yeah, well you will forgive my cynicism because the Muhamed Ali of wrestling makes his home in Tampa. And he just issued a statement:

    “Lets get something straight brotherrr. The Rays have been exercising, getting their sleep and taking their vitamins! And they don’t care about Ric Flair, brotherrrr. But most of all Mean Gene . . . the Red Sox and Yankees can flash all the finger bling they want . . . but they’ve had their chance. That’s right brotherrrrr, I’m here to tell you that come September 28th, the Rays will retain the Eastern Division World Heavyweight Championship, brotherrrr. And Mean Gene, ya know why?!?!?! Because when it comes right down to it . . . what are the Sox and Yankees gonna do when RaysMania runs wild over youuuuuuuu!?!?!!!”

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Classic. Now snap into a slim jim!

      • bigleagues - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        oooooooooohhhhhhh yeeeeaaaaaaaaah!

  13. bigleagues - Sep 20, 2011 at 5:55 PM


    Schill is not wrong about everything – he did guarantee a World Series Championship for Boston – and, well, you know the rest.

    BTW, those of us who are Red Sox fans and sit diametrically opposed to Schilling’s politics, tend to view him as Uncle Curt. Ya know . . . the intractable family member that we sort of just smile and ignore, but is always welcome to any family function, because, well – he’s Uncle Curt.

    The best part is that Uncle Curt seems none the wiser.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      You stated what I said. Because some people disagree with Schilling politically, they dismiss him when he talks baseball. Pretty sad, I would say. If you ever heard Schilling talk about baseball and the art of pitching, he knows plenty.

      • bigleagues - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        Agreed. And I love listening to him break down pitching and how to approach a hitter.

    • marshmallowsnake - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:36 PM

      LOL! Red Sox fans oppose Curt’s politics because he sees Red and not Blue, even though he resides in the Bluest of states – and yes, I can comment on this because I spent 30 years in that state.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 20, 2011 at 7:09 PM

      I couldn’t be farther from Curt Schilling politically, but I still love the guy for what he did for us.

      As long as he keeps his reactionary political rants to a minimum, I will always have much love and respect for him.

  14. southofheaven81 - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Did Arn Anderson visit Pawtucket?

  15. aceshigh11 - Sep 20, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    This is LONG (almost 15 minutes) but worth it…if you’ve ever been into wrestling, you laugh your ASS off at the psychotic greatness of the Nature Boy:

  16. seanb72 - Sep 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    is every sportswriter in eastern America running out of tears for Boston???

  17. eagles512 - Sep 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    I guess since Schilling isn’t a liberal, he’s always wrong.

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