Curt Schilling, an expert at faking ankle surgeries, couldn't even manage to fake compassion for a close friend this week.
Schilling, an inextricable part of Red Sox history for his role in the 2004 ALCS, as well as a full-blown Nazi sympathizer, opted into someone else's medical trauma by stealing the spotlight against the wishes of the parties involved.
On a late Wednesday episode of Schilling's podcast, he announced that fellow champion Tim Wakefield had recently been diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer. Wakefield's wife Stacy, Schilling revealed, is currently dealing with cancer as well. He introduced the news with the statement, "This is not a message that Tim has asked anyone to share, and I don't even know if he wants it shared. But as a Christian, and a man of faith, I have seen prayer work, so I'm gonna talk about it."
That's certainly the type of harrowing news that elicits immediate community sympathy (and Red Sox Nation followed suit accordingly). It's also the type of news that should never come with the qualifier, "I don't even know if he wants it shared." You need to know.
Schilling guessed wrong, using the guise of prayer to cover his tracks. The Red Sox released a statement confirming that neither Wakefield would be making any further announcements and had hoped for privacy/did not intend to disclose this information.
Yankees enemy Curt Schilling betrays Boston Red Sox friend Tim Wakefield
One of the best things about prayer, of course, is that it can be soothing when done in private.
But hey, why listen to me? Listen to Catherine Varitek, the wife of Red Sox captain Jason, who knows Schilling intimately.
Schilling was a catalyst of Red Sox championships in both 2004 and 2007, but that has not at all endeared him to the Varitek family. Her succinct message, "F*** you Curt Schilling, that wasn't your place!" was certainly a better use of the platform than anything the right-hander has ever posted or released.
All possible thoughts and prayers go to the Wakefields, who undoubtedly preferred to face this battle head-on together, rather than loop in Schilling as a full participant.