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

Ex-Red Sox star slams Democrat for Yankees quip

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/16/art.schilling0116.gi.jpg caption="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. Bob of Lompoc

    The "bloody ankle" was a phony deal. It never happened. His fellow Red Sox players testified to that. Why are you pushing this low level, uninformed, self promoting, phony, two bit Republican?

    January 16, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. SF

    People of Mass must chose between their loved red soxs or their loved liberals! This is sweet!

    January 16, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. indy

    I think Ms. Coakely needs to get in touch with current events in Boston, or at least recent history.

    January 16, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. studythenyouknow

    I see that More republican childish nonsense has been drinking the Kool-Aid

    January 16, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Huge Democratic Majority in Congress+inexperienced Democratic President = not a single accomplishment in the last year. Oops, I forgot, Obama did manage to take Bush's $400 billion deficit and more than triple it to $1.3 trillion. Way to go Barry!

    January 16, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Tony B

    More comedy from the state that kept putting a Kennedy in office. You people deserve all the insane politicians you can get.

    January 16, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Mark in Omaha

    Maybe Schilling can teach the GOP bozo how to put fake blood on his sock for sympathy votes

    January 16, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Ben for real Sox Fans

    This is her second time slaming sox fans "what do you want me to do stand outside of Fenway Park and shake hands like Scott Brown" fans don't want to dirty her elitist hands. If she loses she is done forever.

    January 16, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. me

    Sorry CNN cronies and libs......your girl Coakley is going down on Tuesday 🙂
    Another $25 to Brown today 🙂

    January 16, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Dave

    Why do you think Obama wanted to get this health care reform passed as fast as he could. Why do you think congress was trying to get it passed on Christmas Eve? They knew they were in trouble in MA and have pretty much done everything they could to shove this down our thoats as fast as possible.

    Does Health care need fixed? Maybe, Maybe not, all I know is it looks realy shady on how Obama is trying to get it done. Sorry folks he is no different then the rest and could care less about you.

    January 16, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Jim

    Schilling needs shut up and speak to the issues but I doubt that he as the mental capacity to do so.

    January 16, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. MJ

    Just maybe Obama has another "Special Deal" for Massachusetts to be presented tomorrow. This election is so critical. Please, please Voters in Massachusetts – don't let this unqualified woman take this seat. We need help in getting our rights, as Americans, back to some sort of sanity.

    January 16, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. What a Joke!!

    Coakley's an out of touch elitist! Earlier, when questioned whether her campaign stye was too passive, snapped “As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’’ – which her opponent did. She MIGHT want to meet the REAL people of Mass and do just that....

    January 16, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. What a Joke!!

    what's really funny is that you can tell who the non-MA people are because they are making 'who cares about the Red Sox?' comments!

    January 16, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Billy

    Schilling is right, its an insult......................to Yankee fans everywhere.

    January 16, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Costa

    I love all these Coakley supporters knocking Schilling because he's wealthy. If only he were working class like Ted Kennedy was. Then he could relate to the common people....wait, what?


    January 16, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Tom in Delaware


    Joe Biden better watch out...he's got some stiff competition in Martha Coakley.

    The 'ole Gaffe-Master might have to relinquish his crown if this keeps up.

    January 16, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. b franklin

    The Lemmings of MassachustettEs will vote for the moron Coakley becuase she is a leberal democrat. The image you all protray of Sarah Palin (an inaccurate image by the way) is what the lady is. Not very smart, a puppet, and inexperienced.
    But you will vote for her anyway.

    January 16, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Another gaff by Coakhead! What an idiot! Like calling Tommy LaSorda a Giants fan!

    Surely the people of Massachusetts aren't blind enough to elect this liberal freak!

    January 16, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. joe m

    has this candidate been taking tips from the VEEP? she has been a virtual gaffe machine as of late. good grief! coakley is seeming to work really hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. maybe she should just shut up until tues and she can improve her chances of winning.

    January 16, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    Remember how much Schilling campaigned for Bush?

    I guess just because you can throw a ball does not mean you have to have any brains in your head.

    Get lost Curt.

    January 16, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Matty K in NJ

    I never liked schilling as a red sox pitcher and I've never liked him as a rethuglican.

    January 16, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Right Leaning Independent

    Martha "Palin" Coakley is the joke!!!

    January 16, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. NC Jeff

    If Curt can't throw a baseball for us then he can keep his Republican babble to himself. I'm not interested in anything a Republican or a Democrat has to say. Both parties have ruined this great country and as long as the wind bags of both parties keep blowing it will never get better. What ever happened to doing what is right because it is right?

    You can sign me "used to be a Leominster Democrat but now an NC Independent thanks to Nancy P, Harry R, and Howard Dean.

    January 16, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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