Baseball legend Curt Schilling spoke out in a powerful response to being snubbed by the Boston Red Sox in a World Series ceremony.
The MLB legend and currently host of a CRTV sports show took to Facebook Thursday to respond after he was conspicuously left out of a pregame ceremony at Game 2 of the 2018 World Series. The event Wednesday included other champions from the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series victory, including David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke and Alan Embree.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 25, 2018
“What they did, or did not do, tonight was done 100% on purpose and completely expected,” Schilling wrote on Facebook Thursday, saying he was surprised to find his name “trending” on Twitter.
“Were my feelings hurt? In one sense, yes, not being able to be on the field with the men who I will always share that 2004 bon with and not being able to once again thank the folks who paid for the tickets and whose lives changed with ours sucks,” he added.
A Red Sox executive told the Boston Globe‘s Dan Shaughnessy that not inviting the man who helped propel his team to victory was “not out of spite,” though many believe Schilling’s right-leaning political views and his support for President Donald Trump were at the core of the decision.
Ceremonial first pitch tonight: 2004 team members David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke, Alan Embree.
No Curt Schilling, who lives locally?
Red Sox exec: “We did not reach out to him, but it is not out of spite.”
— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) October 24, 2018
“But ANYONE that knows me knows that no matter what you think of my beliefs and integrity and my word, anyone that knows me knows how I feel about them. They are, in my opinion, the core of a man,” Schilling wrote.
“White privileged rich ‘men’ hate me? People, who have and will again ruin others lives to make themselves appear flawless? People who’ve never broken a sweat, cried and or bled for something bigger than themselves think ill of me? I think that’s exactly what my father would have wanted from me as a man, husband and father,” he continued in the post.
“If nothing else this country has moved to prove they can or will try to ruin you if you are an independent thinker,” he said, addressing “disparaging comments” against him being a racist as “complete lies and total bullshit.”
“I will sleep soundly again tonight because I know what I did in 2004, the men on that field know what I did. Most importantly? The men who sit in that ivory tower and pass their judgment from on high know EXACTLY what I did and it shames them as men knowing they’ll never in their lives be able to do anything remotely close to that,” Schilling fired off in his Facebook post, noting that he has “never been worried or scared or concerned about showing my emotions or telling people how I feel.”
“So no, I didn’t get invited, I didn’t get snubbed,” he wrote. “I just didn’t get an invitation from a few weak ‘men’ who’ve spent their entire lives paying and watching other men achieve.”
Schilling spoke to CRTV’s Steve Deace about the Red Sox snub, proving again the kind of man he is.
— CRTV (@CRTV) October 25, 2018
“I know who I am, I know what I am, and my rings are still there, my trophies are still on the shelf,” he said. “It’s all good.”
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