The Fields, a family of nine displaced by the hurricane, were offered the chance to stay in a Boston hotel for a year, if needed. They jumped at the offer and met the couple that had arranged for their stay.
The Schillings didn’t bring out their press entourage. They used a website to help homeless families and anonymously flew the family to Boston. It wasn’t until the families met that Mr. Fields had any idea who was providing for his family.
”I said, ‘Wait a second, I know this guy,’ ” said Fields, a big baseball fan. ”Schilling . . . Schilling, there’s only one Schilling I know, and he’s a baseball player! It blew my mind.”
When the two families met, Fields said, ”it was a beautiful experience.” The children instantly hit it off and have been playing together most days since, both families say.
The Schillings have pledged to provide housing for the family for a year, and are trying to arrange for the children to attend school. The Fieldses plan to attend their first-ever Major League baseball game, tonight at Fenway Park.
The Schillings have visited the family frequently since they arrived, bringing clothing, medicine and toys, and have called several times to check in, Fields said.
”They are beautiful people, God-loving people,” Fields said. ”I am very grateful for what he’s done for me.”
Though the Schillings are outspoken advocates for many causes, notably ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the Schillings made arrangements for the Fields family quietly, and discussed it only after they were contacted by The Boston Globe.
Not only did they bring the Fields up and give them some place to stay, the Schillings are taking care of their other needs and developing a relationship with them.
Contrast the story of Curt Schilling and his wife, with this guy and his red cup. Is there any doubt that we need less of him and more Schillings?