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February 25, 2007

Schilling finally down to business

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The person Schilling is most often calling these days is 42-year-old Brett Close. He is the newly named president of Green Monster Games and has been identified by the pitcher as the person who will be minding the store in the founder's baseball-induced absence.



Close, who was first contacted by Schilling last September, was a heavyweight in the gaming industry even before hooking on with GMG, bringing experience from a world so outside of the baseball diamond it would be hard to imagine the two corners of the world would ever meet.



"I am a baseball fan, although I'm not an avid, hard-core baseball dude," Close said. "I got a couple of these phone calls (from Schilling) but it wasn't on the forefront of the reality of my consciousness that it was anybody in particular. But then I put it together and said, 'Oh, that Curt Schilling.' But he doesn't want me around because I think Curt Schilling is the greatest guy in the world and I am a total baseball suck-up. I have a gigantic regard for his ability, but the first thing on my mind is that this pro baseball player is contacting me and this is the whole basis of this company.



"Curt doesn't do anything less than 110 percent. That's why he has gotten where he is, and that has been the case with this situation. He's gone at it full-force. He initially realized he had to put some work into it to get it revved up. He's incredibly passionate about it. His initial impetus was to get that going, but he also recognized that he hasn't been building video games his whole career. So he did something I think all successful leaders have done historically - you find help in the places you need help, bring in strong people and then you get out of the way and you empower them."

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