Theo Epstein says he spotted a copy of “Negotiating for Dummies” in Curt Schilling’s house while the two were working out a new Red Sox contract for the agent-less former pitcher.
But Schilling says it’s not what you think.
“It was a gag. It was a joke,” Schilling told the Pardon My Take podcast in an episode released Friday. “But again, I’ll play along with the story because it’s funny.”
Epstein, now the curse-breaking Cubs president, said on the same program earlier this week that he noticed Schilling, who was representing himself after firing his agent, consulting a different, less expensive aid during the back-and-forth.
“I thought we were doing pretty well in the negotiations. So we reach a deal,” Epstein said. “We’re happy with it and we go back to print it out in his little home office. We were using his computer and his printer to print it out and there on his desk is a well-worn dog-eared copy of the book ‘Negotiating for Dummies.’ … Every time he was pretending to go to the bathroom, he was running back and looking at that book.”
Schilling, who said he doesn’t recall having any bladder issues nor making an unusual amount of bathroom trips that day, pinned the book on his lawyer.
“When the Red Sox opened up the trade window for 72 hours, we were talking on the phone and laughing about the fact that I was going to be doing this face-to-face, and he overnighted the book to me,” Schilling said. “But it’s a good story anyway.”
So, was it his lawyer’s book? Because that would mean Schilling should probably look for a new attorney.