With his financial life in disrepair, Curt Schilling is holding the mother of all estate sales this Saturday at his family's home in Medfield, Mass.
The former Boston Red Sox pitcher is currently being sued by Rhode Island's economic development agency after 38 Studios, his startup video game company, collapsed into bankruptcy in 2011. The state had approved a $75 million loan in 2010 to get Schilling's company to move to Rhode Island.
Schilling, who now works for ESPN as an analyst, said he personally lost $50 million of his own career earnings on the failed venture. He made $114 million in salary over the course of his 19-year career, which ended with the Red Sox in 2008, but has said his family is preparing for a "very different life" after 38 Studios went under.
That much is clear after looking at the Consignworks Inc. website that features over 150 pictures of the items that are up for sale (slideshow here). As the AP writes, among the items listed are "sofas, porch rockers, candlesticks, a baby grand piano, a punching bag, a Hummer golf cart, a baseball glove chair and a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine."
But there's also a lot of just weird listings that shine an odd and sad light into how much financial trouble the Schilling family is facing. Schilling has already sold his bloody sock from the 2004 ALCS (it sold in February for $92,612), but among the still-available items are:
A pile of crutches next to a strange-looking Christmas tree: How many crutches does one family need at once?
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A pile of chargers, a lock, an outdated camera and some playing cards: Hey pal, we already all have full junk drawers at our own homes.
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A Hummer golf cart: For those who wish it was still 2004 ...
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A broken-down ping pong table: After looking through this room, you almost expect to see "Heisenberg" painted on the wall behind it.
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A pile of unopened DVDs: I'm guessing it's going to be a little awkward the next time Schilling sees Denis Leary at Fenway. "I thought you said you watched every episode?"
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Flubber hats signed by Robin Williams: Finally! Something of real value! They'll go nicely with someone's collection of Eddie Murphy "Nutty Professor" memorabilia.
If you're interested in any of these items, the sale will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. And if you're interested in living in the house once it's been picked clean? Well, you're in luck. The residence is also for sale with an asking price of $3 million. Schilling bought it from former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe in 2004 for $4.5 million.
Asked in August about selling memorabilia like his bloody sock, Schilling told the Boston Globe that seeing his possessions sold to others "bothered me."
“I sold all that stuff to pay the banks back for the note, instead of filing bankruptcy and keeping it all, I sold it all. It sucks.’’