The question of what a player is going to do once they hang up their spikes is often an interesting one to a fan, especially when that player is high-profile. There are guys like Don Zimmer, who began his professional career in 1949 at Cambridge and is still in the game as senior (most seniorist?) adviser to the Devil Rays. Bernie Williams, who hasn’t been seen to the door though has all but been handed his hat, would surprise no one if he advanced and found success in his music career. Willie Randolph never left the game for any stretch of time and just found himself rewarded with a contract extension that will guarantee him $5.45 million over the next three years for leading the Mets to the NL East Championship and winningest record in the National League last season.
Which brings us to Curt Schilling, who has plans to retire after the 2007 season. The veteren ace-pitcher, certain hall-of-fame inductee, and sometimes YFSF visitor has already launched another career as a video game creator with his MMORPG company Green Monster Games. Now, another calling may beckon: a run for United States Senator in 2008 to unseat John Kerry.
The idea allegedly started with a radio call-in show on WRKO 680, when a caller suggested that Curt would be the best man for the job. “I couldn’t rule it out because it’s not something I ever thought about in a serious capacity,” Schilling later told the Boston Herald.
Although Curt reportedly seemed surprised (and flattered), I’m not surprised at all. Two questions immediately popped to my mind of which I would want to ask Curt his opinion. One is his opinion on the issues of violence portrayed in video games, regulation of their sale/distribution, and lawsuits filed against companies such as Rockstar for civil damages when they are blamed as the cause of violence. The other is if he would support a more aggressive role for congress in the investigation of steroid use in baseball and professional sports, or is what is happening regarding self-policing enough for now?
What would you ask Curt? If we’re polite and lucky enough, maybe he’ll stop by and answer your question.