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It almost seemed too ironic to be an accident.

After 42-year-old Curt Schilling announced his retirement on his personal blog,, on Monday, ESPN ran a quote from the pitcher’s Web site accompanied by a mug shot with Schilling’s name underneath.

The only problem?

The mug shot belonged to Jose Canseco, the face of Major League Baseball’s steroid era. Oops.

Schilling spent much of the latter part of his career speaking out about baseball’s handling of the steroid problem.

He lambasted countless players for using steroids and often gave commentary on how players handled their admissions of guilt or lack thereof.

But while the right-hander may have thought himself to be the protector of America’s pastime, he downright bugged the media. And in his mind, the media returned the favor.

So is it so inconceivable to think, that when it came time to report Schilling’s retirement, the media hub of the sports world took their own little parting shot by “accidentally” using the wrong picture?

I won’t make a guess either way, but crazier things have happened.

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