January 16th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
4 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. wes

    Looking at the responses here confirms that most of the readers of this website are just slightly left of Karl Marx.......Mass is doing just fine with their version of Health Care (almost bankrupt according to some reports) to they get a mental midget (oooh probably not politically correct so give me an "F" and send me home) to spout on about eliminating this health care bill (which between 60-65% of most Americans do not want, but Pelosi/Reid think they are smarter than we are and we will learn to like it) and "millions of Americans will die".....calling you an idiot Peter puts a bad light on idiots

    January 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. mjm

    coach January 16th, 2010 11:22 am ET

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

    Millions remain uninsured regardless. This bill claims to only cover 96%.....nice try though. Millions will get to pay a nice new tax for 4 years before anyone sees any coverage.....can't wait for that!

    Who is Oakely anyway?

    January 16, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. DOBBS RETURNS

    First the Illinois Burris fiasco, then the Virginia Creigh Deeds
    misstep...now Massachusetts Martha loose cannon. Obama
    couldn't have done better if a Republican did the picking and
    choosing for him.

    January 16, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. JWK

    Ok, so Schilling is a meathead because he played sports according to the logic of some here. What's Martha Coakley's excuse.

    January 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Todd

    Schilling who? If people actually pay attention to a baseball player for political advice...just like anyone taking political cues from an actor or a singer...

    At least artists tend to have the right idea – it seems all these former sports guys are so dumb they become republicons. Of course- millionaire former athletes don't have to worry about feeding their families or paying for hospital bills or paying for mortgages or affording college for the kids...

    January 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. slp

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

    Whenever I read comments like that, I just have to shake my head and wonder at the thinking process of some people. Have you taken a good look at your party lately, Anonymous? Trying to shove a horrible healthcare bill down our throats because they say that it will be good for us is treating voters like they are stupid and immature. The truth is that Americans, democrats and republicans, alike are waking up to the democrat's plan for this country and are realizing that it isn't a good one. You know, I can understand the anger that a lot of you feel for the republican party. They did get away from what they were suppose to stand for which was fiscal conservatism, national security, and small government. However, it doesn't make what Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of the gang are trying to do to this country right either. They don't care about the people of this country. They want to "provide' what we need so they can secure votes and have power over us. That is an elitist mentality and it is racism at its best. The constitution of this country guarantees life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have to pursue it. It is not suppose to be handed to you by the government. Our current "leaders" don't want to show people how much better it feels when you work hard and make your own way. They want to provide programs to keep people dependant. This is one American citizen who doesn't need or want their kind of help. Fortunately, I think the majority of my fellow middle class citizens feel the same. All of you who support the president's agenda and blog on this site do not speak for the majority of Americans as you may think. Get off of your computers and go out into the world and see what people are thinking and saying. You will be surprised.

    January 16, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. mjm

    "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"

    You think people are struggling now, wait until the taxes from this bill kick in. Wait until premiums go through the roof with this bill. The number 1 reason to defeat this bill is because of the struggles of every day people........But you libs will never get it until it's too late.

    January 16, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Antisocialist

    Coakley is so out of touch w/constituents she will be perfect for Taxachussettes, Isn't this the same state that re-elects Barney Fife-Frank.......God help all of us

    January 16, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Matt

    The Dems already have a professional clown in the Senate, Al Franken. They don't need another one.

    January 16, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    They Health Care Bill is a joke.

    You sheep are just followers.

    You have not even looked at the costs involved.
    The Democrats have lied about the numbers from the start.
    We can NOT afford all the extra spending.

    Now they Let the UNIONS get into the fray WITHOUT having to pay.
    The BILL is bad and getting worse.
    None of us need to pay new taxes. NONE of us.

    January 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Joe M.

    rimmer – Hopefully you say the same thing about the 99.9% of Hollywood that feels they are qualified to speak out on political matters in favor of the Democrats (see Glover, Danny) for a very recent ridiculous example.

    I agree that Schilling's opinion shouldn't carry much weight either, but hopefully you aren't a hypocrite and get a warm and fuzzy feeling when a celebrity agrees with your point of view.

    January 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Antisocialist

    Hey Peter there going to rob Paul to pay for your lobectomy and then rob you after your surgery

    January 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Todd

    What everyone including the Democratsseem to miss is that health care is irrelevant in this election. By the time the vote is certified the health care package will be law. brown won';t be blocking health care, but he will help the terrorist party stall environmental regulations, green energy, education reform, trade agreements, economic programs, bank regulation, and on and on. Electing someone who you KNOW

    January 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Jay

    Why would anyone want to vote in this woman who cannot communicate with every day folks. She had a huge lead and let it shrivel up. Was she lazy? Was she feeling entitled? I agree its looking like she is losing more then her opponent is winning. She has raised the ante by needing President Obama to campaign for her. If she loses her party and her President loses. Its a shame the Democrats couldn't produce a more worthy candidate for election.

    January 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. MatthewDetroit

    THERE is NEVER a reason to raise taxes.

    There is NEVER a reason to raise spending.

    CUT ALL programs back to 1990 levels and we will ALL be better off.

    CUT the size of Govt back to 1980 levels and we will ALL be better off.

    CUT the wages for POLITICIANS and ALL their Assistance back to 1990 levels and we will ALL be better off.

    CUT SPENDING and STOP thinking of new programs.

    January 16, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Jay

    Half this country thinks the current health care reform bill is worse then doing nothing. How many will die because of it? Its not the panacea that its been touted to be.

    January 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Jeff Sherman

    To gary davis harbor oregon et al...your childish negative comments regarding Schilling as a Republican demonstrate how petty, selfish and non thinking liberals are. The gaffes of Coakley are proof she is unqualified for the U.S. Senate: terrorists no longer in Afganistan, Catholics should not work in Emergency Rooms, ran ads with incorrect spelling of her State, her mishandling of a child rape case...Please Massachusetts there are enough unqualified elected officials in Washington. do not send another.

    January 16, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Todd

    got cut off - electing someone who you KNOW is planning to destory the country is plain flat out stupid. republicons had the better part of a decade to show the country what they would do with power. We have massive unemplyment, a fouled planet, broken everything as the result. republicons are like the wife beater who is coming back to the house two weeks after his wife is out of the hospital and sweetly claiming "I won't hit you again this time honey, promise.....promise not to smash your face in with a pipe again, really.....I"m different now, really........."

    January 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. jimbo

    show me ONE documented case where someone died because of no health coverage. If you can't, then please shut up

    Peter January 16th, 2010 11:40 am ET

    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 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Dan

    poly-liers-ticians will lie their way to anything!
    Stop lying!

    January 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Mr Yankee Fan

    Dont let Schilling fool you, he is a fan of where ever the money is coming from. He hates the Yankees, yet he already for the DBacks to trade him to the Yanks before he was dealt to the Sox instead. Not an opinion, just a fact.

    January 16, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Ready for 2012

    Why is this clueless woman running for anything?

    January 16, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Ron

    The woman is in self-destruct mode:

    She said ,“It’s astounding that Scott Brown says he sides with the little guy,” Coakley said. “We don’t need to send someone to Washington who sides with the people who got us into this mess.”

    An army of lobbyists for drug companies, health insurance companies, and hospitals has teamed up to throw a high-dollar Capitol Hill fundraiser for Coakley .

    Yeah.... who needs the little guy?

    January 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Yougottaloveit

    Who the hell cares if this guy is a yankee fan or not?? What has this got to do with anything important to the citizens of the U.S.??

    I don't eat chicken on Sunday...and I dare anyone to say that I do...
    (statement as important as this guy and his assinine remark).

    January 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Gary, Sacramento

    It is certainly disturbing that the AG of Massachusetts didn't know who a legendary sports figure in her own state was. While it may not be important in its own right, it shows how out of touch she is with the people. It would be like running for mayor of Memphis and not knowing who Elvis was.

    Even more troubling is how her campaign tried to portray it as a joke. Listen to the audio – it's on youtube. To claim she was joking is an outright lie. She obviously did not connect Schilling's name with who he was.

    January 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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