January 16th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Ex-Red Sox star slams Democrat for Yankees quip

Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling blasted Martha Coakley Saturday after the Democrat told a Boston radio talk show host that Schilling, a Republican, is a Yankees fan.
Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling blasted Martha Coakley Saturday after the Democrat told a Boston radio talk show host that Schilling, a Republican, is a Yankees fan.

Washington (CNN) - Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling blasted Martha Coakley Saturday after the Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopeful told a Boston radio talk show host that Schilling, a Republican, is a Yankees fan.

This is a serious charge in "Red Sox Nation": Schilling is a part of baseball lore as the pitcher who battled through pain with a bloody ankle in 2004 to defeat the Yankees in Game Six of the American League Championship Series.

"I've been called a LOT of things," Schilling wrote on his blog at 1:06 a.m. ET. "But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could…."

Schilling, who considered running for the Senate seat, is backing GOP nominee Scott Brown in Tuesday's special election to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Coakley quickly recanted her assertion after host Dan Rea challenged her on the statement in the Friday interview. A campaign spokesman told CNN that Coakley simply failed to deliver on the joke.

"Curt Schilling has been involved in a lot of strike outs over time," the spokesman said. "I guess Martha whiffed on that joke."

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soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Who really cares about what an overpaid former baseball says? Schilling is MA's answer to Joe the plumber, and he has no clue about the struggles of real people.

    January 16, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. just bob

    Schilling is a republican... which makes him a fascist not a yankee fan. Coakley should know the difference. Go Red Sox!!!

    January 16, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Brian Meeks

    I loved Shillings response. Well done Curt. It sounds like Coakley isn't too bright.

    January 16, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Ryan

    It's only sports – it is not the end all be all but if people decide they'll base their votes on a GAME..... then that's the epitome of stupidity.

    January 16, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Adam from Ohio

    Yep, whenever I want astute political analysis, I turn to CURT FREAKIN SCHILLING.

    January 16, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. bc

    Another slow news day? It was a joke!!!!

    January 16, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. sensible Cape Coral FL

    This is American politics at its best?

    January 16, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Charles W. Skinner

    At this late stage in the game, you DON'T try out untested material in your interviews, for exactly this reason. If the humor goes bad, it has a tendency to backfire, and you end up insulting someone who can do serious damage to your campaign.

    In fact, she shouldn't even be answering new questions at this point. She should be saying "I need to look into that" or "I'm sorry, I don't recall that, please call my office after Tuesday and I'll look into it."

    Ms Coakley is quickly on her way to losing the Mass Senate seat to a Republican for the first time since 1972, not because he is a great Republican / Conservative candidate, but because of her own incompetence.

    January 16, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. shmeckell

    I don't know too much about Coakley, but these last few days she has shown that she isn't very good with this whole politics thing. Does she live in another state or does she not get out much.

    January 16, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. rich in az

    Red Light Schilling.

    January 16, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Kevin, Evansville IN

    Most athletes are meat heads. They get paid for brawn, not brains.

    January 16, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. mark

    Who cares about Schilling and who he's backing in politics. He was just a baseball player!

    January 16, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Chipster

    Good grief! Schilling can't take a joke? Or was he too slow to recognize it?

    Or it could be simply more of the GOP's age-old strategy of picking apart anything and everything their opponent says to give a phony impression to the public. It's getting old and trite.

    January 16, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Phillydan

    Schilling is another blow hard like Roger Clemens. He has an ego larger than the State of Mass. He sprouts off about issues he really has no idea about. When it comes to intelligence Mr. Meeks, Coakley has more intelligence in her pinky finger than Schilling has at all!

    January 16, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Silence Dogoode

    Wow if she can't get this right...what else will she screw up?

    January 16, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. geronimus

    Coakley is running a pathetic campaign and to be losing or tied in Massachusetts as a Democrat indicates how much the tide is turning in America against the liberal, socialist agenda of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Express. The people of the traditionally left-leaning state of Massachusetts are making it known with their vote that Obama's version of health care reform, his terrible charm offensive in world diplomacy that's getting laughed at, his clear vulnerability on terrorism, and his strong desire to keep raising taxes on EVERYONE (higher taxes on middle class and businesses gets passed on in higher prices for consumers), is finally being noticed. VOTE BROWN!!!!

    January 16, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. coach

    If Brown wins it's not just Oakely that loses, it's the millions of people without health insurance.

    January 16, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. The Big NB

    Big Deal!

    January 16, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. high

    Well done Curt.

    I give Chokley this....she responded and recanted.....HMMM, might be a lesson for the absurd remarks.

    Come on MASS. Make history. If the Sox can break the curse so can you.

    January 16, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Sean

    Celebrity..... Republicans.... did the Republicans say that all celebrities endorse Democrats? Nice job GOP.

    January 16, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Cheryl

    Brown is the best man for this job, Dem or Repub!

    January 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Tom in Illinois

    She will make a good Democrat Senator. Just follow along behind Obama the Pied Piper. All a bunch of amateurs. God help America.

    January 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Allen, MA

    Coakley is the only Democrat I know that can make Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar. She would be better off representing Arkansas than Massachusetts. Of course, spelling Arkansas right might be too much of a challenge. I may hold my nose and vote for her but I will not be proud of it.

    January 16, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Exasperated

    Is this what we are reduced to electing our officials by? We seem to get dumber and dumber these days.

    January 16, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Sue

    This argument between Coakley and Schilling goes back a few days........

    First, she tried to attack Brown by insulting him AND the citizens who were going to the stadium to meet/talk with him. BIG mistake Martha--you don't insult citizens/voters when you are a candidate in an election and need their votes. So, Schilling came out a few days ago and publicly, verbally attacked her for insulting/attacking these people who showed up at the stadium to meet Scott Brown.

    January 16, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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