Curt Schilling, as you may have heard, announced his retirement Monday afternoon, and did so in his blog, 38Pitches. The decision to hang up the spikes was not too surprising (he hasn't pitched since 2007), but the way he went about it was -- this is a guy who never met a camera he didn't like, so to actually avoid the media seemed unlike him. Naturally then, his first interview would be with a big-name -- maybe Peter Gammons at ESPN, or at least the Boston Globe. Or...the editor-in-chief of G4, a TV-channel "that feeds your addiction for the latest must-have tech gadgets, web culture and video games" (the G4 part stands for Games, Gear, Gadgets and Gigabytes).
While a lot of the interview focuses on Schilling's gaming company, 38 Studios, they also discuss how baseball often got in the way of his gaming growing up (poor guy).
He ... talked about his reasons for the timing of the announcement, which he jokingly referred to as a clever business decision to gain some publicity for his gaming company, 38 Studios, but then seriously noted that being away from Boston when he made the announcement made it easier for him to avoid intense media scrutiny.Man, that's dorky. Anyway, here's the video.
He also talks about his life as a gamer, starting with Star Trek ASCII and Wizardry on the Apple, and moving all the way to games like Everquest and World of Warcraft, where he logged a herculean amount of time making all-night raids while waiting to pitch each fifth day. Curt talks about using video games to help hold his family together while he was on the road, playing Everquest with his kids to keep in touch and keep a part of each other's lives.
Then, he gives some insight about his long-gestating MMO, Copernicus, and gave the tiniest bit of what it might contain, and raves about the team he's assembled at 38 Studios, and why he thinks they are the best staff on Earth.
And yes, of course, I learned about this on his Twitter feed.