January 16th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
8 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. Smiley

    I received 4 pieces of campaign-related mail today.

    2 from Scott Brown saying basically – Vote for me !!

    2 from Martha Coakley waging a smear and fear campaign against Scott Brown.

    She is running scared. Its not Kennedy's seat, its not the Dems seat.....its our seat !!

    January 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Oh Curt Curt Curt

    I loved you and your bloody sock and I still thank you for giving my team the shot in the arm they needed to finally win the World Series. I look forward to your admission to Cooperstown. But when it comes to politics youare just as wrong as every other idiot Republican on the national scene. We have some good Republicans locally but everyone of them I've seen on the national stage since maybe Eisenhower has been an idiot and though I still honor your role in baseball.... we lets just say I respect Tiger Woods's golf game I wouldn't want him near my sister I respecect you as a baseball player but I want you the hell out of my politics

    January 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Chris

    If this determines who you vote for, you should not be voting... period. However, this will hurt her try to regain momentum.



    p.s. How does David Gergen feel about his pointed question that got slammed back in his face CNN? hahahahahahaha

    January 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Lance

    I'm very liberal but can't stand Coakley – the woman is 100% ambitious and I doubt she has even heard of the word "empathy." Horrible personality.

    But Brown is even worse. The quality of candidates in Massachusetts is depressing – no one with any skill would want to run in this very corrupt state. It's a great state to live in but not because of its politicians or public servant.

    January 16, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Todd

    God Bless Him...

    January 16, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Kim

    No one dies from a lack of health insurance. They die from a lack of health care. So what is the real problem in this country? The fact that health care services are too expensive and that has nothing to do with health insurance companies. Next time you are at your comfy Doctor's office, with his Mercedes parked outside, pictures on the wall from his last European vacation and he's going home to his million dollar home....ask yourself who pays for all that. Answer: Insurance Companies via member premium. Insurance companies make a paultry 3% profit margin....one of the lowest of any industry. The tobacco companies on the other hand make a 25% profit margin (billions more than insurance companies) and they make a product that KILLS people! Who are the villians in this argument again?

    January 16, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Moving Forward!

    I don't live in Mass, but I hope Scott Brown doesn't get in because he'll drag that state and this country backwards by helping his republican brethren kill the healthcare reform bill and voting NO on everything he possibly can. Unfortunately, Martha Coakley doesn't hit me as the brightest bulb on the christmas tree either, she should have known better than to try that joke in the heart of the red sox nation. I hope Mass votes on who can do the job not that she screwed up a stupid joke.

    January 16, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. David

    "Curt Shilling is a baseball baseball player that seoems to qualify him as a republican political pundit?"

    It qualifies him as much as the moronic Keith Olbermann, who I'm sure you idolize. And Dennis Miller in a coma is more intelligent than you and any leftist pundit combined.

    January 16, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Candidate Coakley is the big problem here.

    By the way, Curt Schilling IS an heroic athlete, especially for his bleeding-ankle win, and although a comment called him overpaid, economic reality is that anybody deserves anything he can demand for what he produces: great athlete, great money.

    As for Ms. Coakley, something is wrong with her mind. What is it? From "supportive...by," to the migrations of terrorists, to her world-view-through-relatives, to the Yankees fan, she says too many things that make you go, "WHA?"
    Maybe Ms. Coakley is too nervous to speak with poise in public.
    If so, she has no business in the Senate.

    January 16, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Craig

    Um, in this day & age...who really cares??? Nobody cares if I'M a Yankees fan or not. Get real people.

    January 16, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. A man with a brain

    Who cares Curt schilling is a right wing loser nut case who happens to try and push is backward thoughts on other people. Go away Curt not one cares what you think especially here in Boston.

    January 16, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Jazz

    HEY GENIUSES! Dems have controlled congress all year with a super majority, its not the republicans fault health care reform hasn't passed, the stupid DemoRats can' stop their infighting for one minute.

    January 16, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. They call me "tater salad"

    Give me a break, this is what's passing for news these days?.......Really!?!?

    January 16, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. disgusted in MA

    This election is a joke. Brown is a low-power intellect who lives off of his wife's income as a TV "personality." The fact that he is allowed to run speaks for the poor state of MA republicans. That said, Coakley is a horrible candidate, which is surprising given her stellar record as a DA and AG. If she loses this election her political future ifs over.
    All of us in Red Sox Nation know, btw, that Curt Schilling is a blowhard.

    January 16, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Jason D

    Curt has been all GOP since he arrived in Massachusetts, he tried all this right crap the second he got here, like his fame would turn around a liberal state, he considered running for senate as he thinks his fame would get him in..he may have been a winner for the redsox in 2004/2007 but even though im a redsox/pats/bruins/celtics fan at the end of the day its a sport..im less likely to listen to a sports players vision of politics then listen to a politicians vision on sport..keep to your sport and if you want to BS people with your indoctrinated right wing world if "I'm rich, screw the rest of you" politics then go to some country club and spout to the choir

    January 16, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Michael Hayes

    Chill out Curt! There is life after GB and hopefully without the phony, empty suit your supporting now.

    January 16, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. chuck

    It was a joke, get over it. Oh yeah, Republicans don't have a sence of humor, sorry

    January 16, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. John

    Schilling is just another rich celebrity wanna be who thinks he is better then everybody else. He only cared about the MLB fans as long as they paid the tickets that allow his lifestyle while everyone else suffers through this recession. We need people who care about ordinary citzens. Support the democratic candidate in MASS. She is closer to the working person than this clown Schilling in the penthouse.

    January 16, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. More republican childish nonsense

    I love it when republicans and their supporters badmouth the Health Care Reform bill and then they too support health care reform. Of course they never come up with any ideas other than increasing profits for Insurance companies and big Pharma. Unfortunately they often cite the costs to insure our citizens, but never seem to mind the cost of the bloated defense budget or the ridiculous wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen. Better to give the money to Halliburton and Bechtel then to make our citizens healthy!

    January 16, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. newenglandcutie

    Phil is correct............to call Schilling a Yankee's fan is just plain dumb! EVEN we females know that as a teenager! Coakley "just" cost the Democratic party the U.S. Senate seat for MA. How dumb can you get? God, is she dumber than a doorknob or what? Just keep your mouth shut when you're that dumb!

    January 16, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. WrongKindofChange

    How is Coakley even running? Oh I forgot, because she is the brainless puppet of the Democrats.

    January 16, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. John

    Schilling is another rich wanna be celebrity. He only cared about the Boston fans while THEY paid his salary. He has no regard for the working people in MASS. Support the democratic candidate. Coakley is closer to the ordinary citizen than this clown Schilling in the Penthouse.

    January 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Stu-SWFlorida

    Shilling is a long standing whine connoisseur. All that's missing is the cheese.

    January 16, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Lugh in Massachusetts

    Just an FYI to all of you who don't think this is a big deal:

    Martha Coakley bristled at the notion of shaking hands with people outside of Fenway Park. Then she goes on the radio and says that Curt Schilling is a Yankee fan, but what annoys people about this is that she is clearly out of touch with the common person in Massachusetts.

    We like baseball, we like our Red Sox, and we like our world series heroes. She brought up the fact that Giuliani was a Yankees fan to try to make herself seem more "main street," but she didn't even know a simple fact about one of Boston's most celebrated players. THAT is what bothers us here in Massachusetts. She tried to make herself seem like a woman of the people, but she clearly isn't.

    January 16, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Democrats are IDIOTS

    Get ready for the sleazy Democrats to attack Curt Schilling. That's all the Democrats have to offer - HATE!

    January 16, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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