Red Sox legend Curt Schilling considered running for the late Ted Kennedy’s vacant Massachusetts Senate seat. Schilling decided against it, but he may impact the Senate race after all.
Democratic candidate Martha Coakley called Schilling “another Yankee fan” in a talk radio interview. Coakley also criticized former New York mayor Rudy Guiliani during the interview.
Both Schilling and Guiliani have endorsed Republican candidate Scott Brown in the upcoming election.
Schilling responded to Coakley’s statement on his official blog: “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 was a member of the 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox world championship teams. His bloody-sock performance in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees has earned the pitcher a special place in Red Sox history.
Coakley representative Alex Zaroulis responded to the comment, telling Politico that it was a “very, very deadpan” joke.
“Curt Schilling has been involved in a lot of strike outs over time,” a Coakley spokesperson said in an e-mail to Politico. “I guess Martha whiffed on that joke.”
The Massachusetts Senate election takes place Jan. 19. Recent polls indicate the race is wide open.