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. bmw

    How low the Republicans reach to find something to criticize about their opponents.

    January 16, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. WOW

    Amazes me that democrats can never believe that they have a bad candidiate running in an election. This lady is clueless. She should be a Chicago democrat. she would win here because the voters are clueless. And to Mark who says Schilling is just a baseball player and who cares who he is backing, I say the same to you, except, you and I are nobodies and nobody really cares what we say either.

    January 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. the liberalism titanic

    coakly is such a joke. she is going to lose. another step to end regressive autocratic rule in this country.

    January 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Schilling may not be a Yankee's fan, but he certainly sounds like a shill for the Republicans and candidate Brown.

    I'm confident the good people of Massachusetts are thinking a lot more deeply about this election than what Schilling and Brown assume – and will vote for Coakley.

    January 16, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Z. Roberts

    really, just get over it...it was a quip...nothing more...Schilling is just being a baby about being called a fan of a team he does not like...OH WELL...BOO HOO....

    January 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Mark

    Who cares... I'm tired of multi-million dollar athletes thinking they are qualified for public office. Public office is becoming more about celebrity than serving the public good, and understanding government, society and how to serve public needs – not self-serve their million dollar bank accounts.

    January 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Typical, thin-skinned Republican attempt to divide the voters over nonsense, right up there with Christie getting all offended by Corzine's saying he was "throwing his weight around."

    Just more proof that the Republicans treat voters like their stupid and immature ... more like the Republican leadership is talking in the mirror ...

    January 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Linda Glenn

    come on people dont let Republican take our DREAM away from us .We have came to far to let the republican pull the rug from under us .WHO LET THE DOG OUT !!!

    January 16, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Karla

    I understand she is not running a great campaign. I just heard CNN speaking with someone in MA and was advised that even if Brown wins the Dem Sec of State will just postpone certifying the results. Now I get that is politics and i also get that the other side would more than likely do the same. What I found disturbing is the "journalist" reporting this only comment was "Interesting, so that is how it works" Now I watch all channels so I have no favorite and i read alot but to me this is why people do not trust the media. there was a time that a journalist would question this but I guess not anymore.

    January 16, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. no one cares

    No one cares. Baseball. Politics. Unrelated – why bother? This is not news, it's a publicity stunt. It's no more than a desperate cry for attention.

    January 16, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Peter

    Brown is a terrorist...He wants to kill the health care bill....Millions uninsured will die...Worse than anything Al Qaeda has ever done..

    January 16, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. paksa

    Coakley is encapsulated in the "Kennedy era' mindset of politics. indicated by an incredibly strong sense of entitlement and elitist attitude. Hopefully that era is past and the senate seat open during this election is a seat of the people of MA and NOT an entitled Kennedy seat.
    It is so interesting that everyone praises Kennedy for his concern and passion for health care for the 'masses' and yet he never really stepped forward and said that 'if it is a plan good enough for the masses, it will be good enough for Congress'. This kind of double standard is elitism to the nth degree. 'Devise a plan for the people but we don't want it for ourselves' seems to be the pro-Obama care mantra. Disgustingly superficial and politically self-serving – and the American people deserve better!!!

    January 16, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Schilling may not be a Yankee's fan, but he certainly is a shill for the Republican party.

    I trust the good people of Massachusetts will see through this juvenile ploy for votes – and elect Coakley to the Senate.

    January 16, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Linda Glenn

    IT is time for the LADYES to take over maybe we can get something done!!!

    January 16, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Steve in North Carolina

    Looks like she just struck out!!

    January 16, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. JC

    This election in Massachusetts is an utter embarrasment for Democrats. Democrats typically win those elections by about 30 points. I don't think a worse candidate could have been found than Coakley. But, I guess when an election was supposed to be slam dunk they probably didn't think it mattered who the candidate was.

    So many in my family are always staunch, vote for democrat no matter who it is. Even they aren't going to vote for her on Tuesday. I guess sometimes who the candidate actually is is more important than what letter they have next to their name. I wish more elections were like this – vote for the person not the party.

    January 16, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    We really do need a viable third party.

    January 16, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Bryan

    What is wrong with Ms. Coakley? Speaking as one who was raised in Mass. (living afar now) & a diehard Sox fan, this is the easiest blunder you could make. Why don't you get some photos of you mugging a toddler for her lollipop now?

    January 16, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Harold Fernandes

    I a Yankee Fan and NY resident do solemnly swear that if the state of MA votes in Brown I will learn to appreciate my MA brothers and sisters more, love more, tolerate more, stop hating the Red Sox and never ever , ever talk down a Red Sox fan!
    Please MA, go on show this administration the real meaning of People Power......!!!! – so much for their fake promises of transparency , they had us all fooled, now we as a people can unite and fight back!

    January 16, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Phil

    Coakley got the woman vote in the primary. She is clearly not the better candidate, and universal health care is now doomed. Schilling is definitely opinionated, but to call him a Yankee fan, is down right dumb. Let us not forget the bloody sock which lead the Red Sox to their first title in 86 years. Plus Schilling is too busy playing World of Warcraft these days. Pitcher turned gamer, and a lousy democratic candidate. I love Massachusetts. Home sweet home.

    January 16, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Nick in Lowell

    That seals it for me, I'm voting for Brown!

    January 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Dodd Democrat...

    She continues to show her incompetence........

    January 16, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. rimmer

    Curt Shilling is a baseball baseball player that seoems to qualify him as a republican political pundit? Kinda like the ex-comedian (he's not funny anymore) Dennis Miller. Due to the 24/7 news environment, the news is 95% speculation & opinion, not news. Remember how convinced a lot of pundits, both dem & pubs) were so sure the 2008 presidential race was going to be between Hillary & "9/11" Rudy? If this is acceptable, and it appears it is, I feel real sorry for the next generations.

    January 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. gary davis harbor oregon

    how funny another republican purist who played baseball for a living , just another intertainer and paid very well . Coakley will continue Ted Kennedy's great job of fighting for the average guy and gal in america . and boo hoo to this jerk about his injury . many people get injured every day on the job . and it wasn't palying baseball . it was a real job doing things like producing food and products to support this great nation and there own families . not some top paid sports person .
    think pride and think america , and thank you president Obama for supporting Coakley and Ted Kennedy's legacy
    gary davis Harbor Oregon :)

    January 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Steve

    Everyone that I know from Mass. is a diehard Red Sox fan. She should have known that calling Curt Schilling a Yankees fan would offend a lot of people who she wants to vote for her. What a fool!

    January 16, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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