Will Curt Schilling really stay quiet about 38 Studios?
Curt Schilling has a well-deserved reputation for loving the spotlight. So his minimalist comment about the fate of 38 Studios — muttering a few words while storming past reporters, offering a sporadic comment on social media — is completely out of character.
Reaction to 38 Studios’ meltdown has basically split into two camps: some inside the company blame politics and Governor Lincoln Chafee for abruptly ending what might have been a better chance at success. Chafee disputes that; the governor says putting more public dollars into 38 Studios would be throwing good money after bad, since he didn’t see a path to profitability.
In time, there will post-mortems on the adequacy of the state’s oversight in implementing its agreement with 38 Studios. For now, Chafee defends that process, and one of his potential rivals in 2014, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, mildly questions it.
Schilling, meanwhile, complained about “misinformation” when he stormed out of the offices of the state Economic Development Corporation on Monday. He said clearing that up will take more than a sound bite, but the former ballplayer has persistently declined to pursue the conversation.
Former Governor D0n Carcieri, the greatest public cheerleader for the deal with 38 Studios, has studiously avoided reporters since the company’s fortunes starting tanking.
Despite their shared silence, their are some key differences between Schilling and Carcieri.
The former two-term GOP governor is approaching his 70th birthday. The fate of 38 Studios will impact how history remembers Carcieri, but his time in public life has passed.
By comparison, Schilling — a bigger persona and someone used to the national stage — is just 45.
A borderline candidate for baseball’s Hall of Fame, Schilling remains a commentator for ESPN and he can expect a huge audience should he offer his own version of history.
It would strain credulity to think 38 isn’t going to eventually try to recast the story of what went down in Rhode Island. The question remains, can he can make a compelling case?