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Curt Schilling denies using ‘Negotiating for Dummies’ in contract talks

Curt Schilling doesn’t appear too upset about it, but he nevertheless has tried to set the record straight by insisting he did not use a”Negotiating for Dummies” during contract negotiations years ago with the Boston Red Sox.

“It was a gag. It was a joke,” Schilling said on Friday’s “Pardon My Take” podcast. “But again, I’ll play along with the story because it’s funny.”

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein, with the Red Sox at the time, recently claimed he spotted a copy of the aforementioned book in Schilling’s house while conducting contract extension negotiations with the pitcher, who was without an agent at the time.

“I thought we were doing pretty well in the negotiations. So we reach a deal,” Epstein said on a “Pardon My Take” podcast earlier this week.. “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 pinned the presence of the “Negotiating for Dummies” book on his attorney.

“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.”

It’s nice to see that Schilling has such a great sense of humor over Epstein’s claim. Given the controversy the opinionated and polarizing Schilling typically generates when making public comments on social media and otherwise, his reaction presumably could have been much less whimsical.