• “Evil Schilling” To Help ALS Fight

    Posted by on May 24th, 2006 · Comments (7)

    From XGP Gaming

    Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online video games industry, today announced that Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is about to debut in his favorite online video game, EverQuest® II, as an epically awesome, loot-dropping virtual bad guy who battles unwary players. And it’s all for a good cause.

    Schilling’s video game character will reside within the online world of EverQuest II (EQII) for three days during the Yankees vs. Red Sox baseball series June 5, 6 and 7, 2006 at Yankee Stadium. During this time, anyone can register for and log into EverQuest II at www.battleals.com to challenge the evil Schilling character, appropriately named “Curt Schilling.”

    Every time a player defeats the virtual Schilling character, Sony Online Entertainment, creators of EverQuest II, will make a donation of $5 dollars (up to a maximum of $10,000) to the ALS Association, which assists patients with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. After the three-day baseball series, Curt’s character will remain within the game as a high-powered enemy that characters will have to face later in the game. At the launch of the campaign on June 5th, Schilling’s 10-year-old son, Gehrig (named after the legendary Yankee first baseman), will be one of the first to battle his virtual dad in-game.

    Just goes to show, even a super-jerk is capable of good deeds. Still, fair is fair, and, since I said this about A-Rod back in January, I will say it now about Schilling:

    “If you do something good for someone, and somebody other than you and them knows about it, you have to question what your intention was really all about.”

    Comments on “Evil Schilling” To Help ALS Fight

    1. Raf
      May 24th, 2006 | 11:19 am

      In both cases, it would be awful tough to keep the presence of the players under wraps. Especially when said players are known to play poker and Everquest.

    2. rbj
      May 24th, 2006 | 11:32 am

      The idea is to get more people to log on so that more money will be donated. Thus the need for publicity.

    3. May 24th, 2006 | 11:36 am

      Yeah, but, couldn’t Schilling just write a check for $10,000 and have the same results here?

    4. festus
      May 24th, 2006 | 1:13 pm

      More importantly, who knew that Schilling’s kid’s name was Gehrig? (Okay, probably most of you…but I didn’t.) Is he a lifelong closet Yankeefan? If only we had known this in 2000 things would be so much different!

    5. rbj
      May 24th, 2006 | 1:16 pm

      Absolutely. As could SOE. Part of why famous people get involved with charities is to raise awareness (and thus possible future donations) and part of it is ego stroking. In this regard Curt is probably no different than Bill Gates or Ted Turner or Elizabeth Taylor.

    6. Jen
      May 24th, 2006 | 1:39 pm

      festus, Curt goes by “gehrig38” on many message boards, at least one of which is a Yankee site, (nyyfans.com). In fact last year he did an ALS fund raiser on that site. There was a thread about whether Schilling would pitch Opening Day. Curt came on and made a bet of sorts. For every dollar that was donated to his charity by nyyfans members by the time he made his first start, he would match it and donate the same amount to the web site.

      I doubt that he’s a closest Yankee fan, but he is a Gehrig fan.


    7. Jen
      May 24th, 2006 | 1:40 pm

      And now that I’ve mentioned his username on this site, he just might end up here when he Googles himself.

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