By Robert MacFarquharWashington PostRed Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and former Red Sox teammate Curt Schill were both involved in a major social media stir after sharing a message with friends that read: “What we’re going to do is build a company, and we’re doing it by selling beer.”
Schill is a partner at the firm Wiggin & Johnson and previously worked with a group of venture capitalists and investors that built an online shoe store.
He and Schilling are not affiliated with the team.
Schill shared the message after the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres hosted a post-season baseball game in San Diego on Sunday.
The team posted a photo of Schill and Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester together with a caption: “This is Curt Schiller, and this is Jon Lester.”
On Monday, the Padres shared a similar image with Schill’s name and logo on it with a message that read “Jon Lester’s first pitch is coming.”
The Padres caption read: The best part of this is that he didn’t have to worry about his own hair.
The best thing is that his hair is going to be his business, too.
And then there was Schill.
Schilling posted the message in response to a tweet that said “Jon, get a job.
I need you to sell beer, because we’re building a beer company.”
He then followed it up with the following: “Hey guys, thanks for all the beer you’ve been drinking and supporting this season.
We’ve been getting it, so now it’s time to move on.
We can’t wait to build the next business we’ve dreamed about.”
The post has been shared nearly 2,000 times, garnering more than 50,000 likes.
Schill then retweeted it with the message: “Wow, we are going to build this beer company by selling beers.”
The backlash to the post has taken the Red Star pitching ace by surprise.
“You can’t put that kind of pressure on a guy who’s a veteran,” Schilling said on Tuesday.
“He’s been through a lot.”
Schilling said he hopes the Red Stars will be able to continue to make a business by selling baseball cards.
He said he also hopes to build other products such as apparel.
“If you go back and look at all the great baseball cards out there, there’s probably nothing in the world like the RedStar,” he said.
Schiller has not given up on the Red Spots, and the team has not said if it plans to do anything differently.
The Red Stars have a new home in Kansas City, where Schilling will take a leave of absence.