The Boston Red Sox’s decision to snub MLB legend Curt Schilling, who helped propel the team in to the 2004 World Series, has sparked massive outrage.
According to reports, the team had invited almost every champion from the 2004 team to appear during a pregame ceremony Wednesday at Game 2 of the 2018 World Series, including Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke, and Alan Embree.
The only champion excluded from Wednesday’s festivities was Schilling.
“We did not reach out to him,” a Red Sox executive said to The Boston Globe in attempt to explain the team’s widely panned decision. “But it is not out of spite. It was originally just going to be Pedro and David and Wake and Millar, but we heard from a few others and they are included.”
Though Schilling didn’t initially seem offended by this inadvertent exclusion, as evidenced by the following tweet posted Wednesday afternoon, his fans and followers responded differently.
Nope. No worries though, great to see @45PedroMartinez @davidortiz and @KMillar15 “The pimper of walks” though. Oh and I get to keep my 3 rings and 3 trophies, so it’s all good. https://t.co/tyUUWhvTPe
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) October 24, 2018
The anger and frustration from his followers stemmed in part from the incredible sacrifices Schilling had made to ensure his team made it into the 2004 World Series.
“In the midst of the famed 2004 American League Championship Series in which the Red Sox executed the unprecedented feat of coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to finally knock off their perennial tormentors, the New York Yankees, Curt Schilling underwent a kind of surgery on his ankle which had never been performed before, then came back to win Game 6 in Yankee Stadium in spectacular fashion,” The Daily Wire notes.
“The famed scene of blood oozing from Schilling’s ankle through his sock while he pitched is etched in the minds of everyone who saw that game.”
That stunning scene can be seen below:
That the Red Sox would snub Schilling after what he did displeased many, including outspoken Hollywood actor James Woods, who tweeted that the snub was “pretty low.”
Check out his and other fans’ tweets below:
That’s pretty low, Boston. Shame on you. https://t.co/VGFLOq8nCQ
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 25, 2018
— Jeremy 1/1,024th Spartacus Frankel (@FrankelJeremy) October 25, 2018
I agree Mr. Woods, since Kurt played an integral part of their 2004 World Series Victory, and again in 2007; Without him, they would not have beaten the Yankees in that 2004 series. All because he’s a Conservative and supports our President.
— Johnny (@JohnFlanagan72) October 25, 2018
Political correctness out of control, and yes, I’m from Boston.
— 💪🏻Greg🇺🇸 (@greg73017) October 25, 2018
Of course they did! That’s also why ESPN was so quick to “suspend” him, too! #hypocrisy
— dpc (@Cohrs_Light) October 25, 2018
By no means am I a Boston fan BUT I am a Schilling fan! The man was dissed solely based on his political beliefs…PLAIN AND SIMPLE! Shame on the Red Sox!
— Plano_Jim (@plano_jim) October 25, 2018
Several of the tweets above referenced Schilling’s political views, which tilt to the right and essentially cost him a gig at ESPN two years ago, as he explained later to Breitbart.
“It was apparent to me early on that if you wanted to go off topic as a sportsperson, you had to go off topic left or you were going to get into trouble,” he said.
And when he went off topic in regard to radical Islamic terrorism and transgender bathrooms, both of which he fervently opposes, he got canned.
Some suspect the baseball legends’s political views — coupled with his support for President Donald Trump — likewise cost him an invitation to Wednesday’s ceremony.
Despite his initial tweet in which he wrote “no worries,” his attitude seemingly changed overnight, perhaps because of the complaints from his fans and followers.
In a lengthy Facebook post published early Thursday morning, he disputed the notion that he was snubbed, writing instead, “I just didn’t get an invitation from a few weak ‘men’ who’ve spent their entire lives paying and watching other men achieve.”
“My dad always told me ‘never ever live your life to make people you don’t know like you.’ It’s one of the most peace bringing things he ever said to me. But again, thank you guys, and gals, for the insane outpouring, it does matter and I sincerely appreciate every one of them.”
Earlier today I ventured on to Twitter… Saw “Curt Schilling” trending and immediately panicked! What did I do? What…
That’s called telling people how you really feel.