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. Liberals are in full panic mode!

    This will be the most corrupt election in American history. Watch the chicago style politics at its worst!

    January 16, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Seaweeder

    Ha. Just gets nuttier and nuttier here in Massachusetts. I just got a "call" from Pat Boone urging me to vote for Brown. Pat Boone....!!! This came right after the call from someone with a thick southern accent urging the same...and May Guiliani in his Noo Yawker accent.

    Not a peep from the Dems. This is sad.

    January 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Steve

    This is the most unimportant issue relative to the election. Anyone who makes a decision on who to vote for based on this issue is rediculous.

    January 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Annie

    Just another example of too much attention given to ridiculously high-paid athletes who really don't have much to offer than their athletic ability and making rich team owners richer. They are out of touch with regular americans. I for one have stopped watching or contributing to professional sports for this very reason. Oh yes, and if caught doing something bad, they are always quick to proudly point out that they are not role models.

    January 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. hjt

    For Peter:

    Brown may be a Republican, but to call him a terrorist is offensive. You may not like his politics but he served as a Army Lt Col honorably in defense of our country, and to liken him to Al Queda is sickening.Maybe you need to serve in Afghanistan or Iraq for a year so on the battlefield so you can really know what a terrorist is

    January 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. RNL

    I cannot wait to vote for Scott Brown on Tuesday. Martha Coakley is clueless, has run an over the top negative campaign, and frankly, hasn't served MA well in her current job.

    January 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Obama

    Lighten up Curt...you're kindof a baby. And that blood? I don't think anybody was searching for the tourniquet....

    January 16, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Phil in NE

    How funny it is.

    -Schilling dislikes the comment and post’s it on his website.

    -The liberals come out in full force to dis-credit the guy.

    Had Schilling made a joke against Coakley or women, these same idiots would be calling for his head. Liberals make me sick. I hope Brown wins. I will get better representation from him (Brown) than I do from Ben Nelson.

    Please Massachusetts Save the USA and vote for Brown.

    January 16, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. joe valente

    Not a Yankees fan? When Curt Schilling was still on the Phillies, but looking for another home, and the Yankees acquired Denny Nagle, Schilling told him he was soooo lucky to have been traded to the Yankees and that was where schilling himself wanted to be. After Schilling joined the Sox, he naturally wished to delete that incident from our collective memory. But Coakley was at least half-right, Schilling was, even if he no longer is, a Yankees fan.

    January 16, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. TwoNs

    Martha Coakley and her party from around the country has been absolutely trashing her opponent in the media during the past two weeks as her polling lead has vanished. For her to believe that a joke of this nature would simply be dismissed as lighthearted humor is nothing short of incredibly poor judgment.

    Coakley's political game of recent is a prime example of how the Democratic party in Massachusetts plays the game; (1) presume that your party owns the senate seat (2) take pot shots at your opponent to make him retort (3) hope that he lowers himself to your level and (4) all other things being equal, the voters will sway towards their liberal roots.

    Scott Brown should stay firm in his conviction to keep this election above the belt. Even if he should lose, he will have earned the respect of many thousands of voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    It is about time we found a political candidate in this state who has acted in a manner worthy of his potential office.

    January 16, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Brian SD

    I thought it was funny.

    January 16, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. pjg

    So what if he's Yankee fan? What's wrong with the Yankees? Just because he denys it doesn't make it so.

    January 16, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. jim

    is this guy kidding? He is getting THAT upset because someone accused him of being a Yankees fan? Get a clue, you jerk! Take some of that energy and go help people in Haiti.

    January 16, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Bing Hastings

    What Coakley was trying to do in the small minds of democraps, was to make them think that all republicans are Yankees fans. Flop, Coakley!

    January 16, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. SF

    Mark January 16th, 2010 11:38 am ET

    "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."

    Really Mark, what about washed up comedians?

    January 16, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. jim atmadison

    Good gosh! This is what passes for political coverage?

    January 16, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    Yup, the same folks who believe that Schilling pitched with an injury as evidenced by his bloody socks are the ones who also think Sadaam had WMDs.

    January 16, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. lefty loosy

    Martha , get real . You are the perfect person for Kennedys vacant seat.
    Teddy never had a clue and neither do you.

    January 16, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    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.

    That has got to be the funniest thing I have read. I live in a very red part of the Midwest and folks around here would rather be known as jihadists before admitting to being Republicans.

    January 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Jim in California

    I love how Curt "The Carpetbagger" Schilling has become the voice of Mass. Republicans. Let's not forget this is the same jerk who is very good at attacking others to deflect his own shortcomings. He might very well be the biggest loudmout MLB has ever produced. And that's saying something. Every time he speaks, he makes Barry Bonds look like he has class. So please, stop reporting what this waste is saying, it's just not worth it.

    Ask Curt where he was born, where he started his pitching career, and why he only signs with front-runners?

    January 16, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Indy

    That would be the day that I would take a baseball comment in a important decision such as an election. Who cares if a joke was made wheter it flopped or not.Gazallionaire athlethes have no idea about the reaL world and least of all politics.They will vote for whoever taxes them the least so they live their hard and fast lives. What a baby if he can't take a joke.No one should look to athletes or celebreties for cructial decisions, they live in an entire different world then the common person.

    January 16, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Realmean1

    Typical , A politicain makes a stupid remark about someone and when that person responds to it they are then belittled. Curt Schilling did not ask to be thrust into the campaign, Martha Coakley in her own total ignorance put him into it. This is why Scott Brown will win on Tuesday .

    January 16, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Bob the Vet. from SC (still a Sox fan)

    Please Mr. Schill(ing) stick to sports....just because you were a
    Red Sox Star does not mean you can be a political expert!!
    Curt has not gotten this much attention in a long time.

    January 16, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. ib

    Just goes to show how scared she is and being a liberal she will do anything say anything that she thinks will help her win.

    January 16, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Andy

    What a jerk. Can't you whiny, wimpy, simpleton Democraps just leave people alone and fight on merit. You think you own the seat....you will join Hitler and the Nazi party in the rubbish heap of history. At the top of that heap Harry Reid and Sen Robert "KKK" Byrd will sit.....at the top of that hypocritical pile of manure.

    January 16, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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