Sunday, January 17, 2010

WORCESTER, Mass. — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling on Sunday weighed in on a firestorm consuming the U.S. Senate seat race here — whether the Democratic candidate has the slightest idea who he is.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley made a major blunder, at least for Beantown. During a radio interview last week, she pointed out that Republican candidate Scott Brown had campaigned with former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, whom she derided as a Yankees fan.

The interviewer then noted that Mr. Brown also has Mr. Schilling on his team of supporters.

“And another Yankee fan,” Mrs. Coakley said.

“Schilling?” the interviewer asked. “Yes,” she said, before waving him off, saying “No, all right, Im wrong on my, Im wrong.”

Mr. Schilling, who appeared with Mr. Brown at a campaign rally Sunday, drew hoots from the crowd of hundreds when he said: “For the record, I am not a Yankee fan.”

Afterward, Mr. Schilling told reporters the gaffe does point to something larger and more significant.

“It does reflect on an elected official’s relationship with her constituents. I don’t think that somebody who’s lived here their whole life, not understanding the importance of the prominence of the sports teams in this city, it’s a big deal to people,” he said.

“I think it’s another sign of her aloofness, and just the fact that she’s very out of touch, I think, with the people.”

Perhaps Mr. Schilling’s most memorable moment as a Red Sox pitcher actually came against the Yankees — the famous “bloody sock” game in the 2004 American League Championship Series, when he pitched through an ankle injury bursting the doctors’ stitches and oozing blood during the Red Sox win.

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