October 29, 2004


Schilling's not done pitching, and Bush digs it (Noelle Straub, October 29, 2004, Boston Herald)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling will throw his support to President Bush at two New Hampshire rallies today, unexpectedly stealing part of Sen. John F. Kerry's hometown base.

In an unexpected slapdown to the Bay State senator, Schilling urged support for Bush during an interview yesterday on ABC's ``Good Morning America.''

``Make sure you tell everybody to vote - and vote Bush - next week,'' Schilling said.

Surprised host Charlie Gibson replied, ``Whoa, all right. Something else that divides the nation as well.''

Gee, what were the odds a straight white married Christian male would be conservative?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2004 7:21 AM

Kerry can have Andrew Sullivan. Bush gets to have Curt Schilling. Fair enough.

Posted by: AllenS at October 29, 2004 7:29 AM

What repartee. No wonder Gibson gets the big bucks

Posted by: erp at October 29, 2004 9:11 AM

One of the things liberals who are also Boston Red Sox fans have thrown at the Yankees over the years is George M. Steinbrenner's conviction and suspension back in 1974 for his illegal campaign cotributions to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential campaign. Because of that, the fact that Schilling, the man who finally brought their team to the Promised Land, comes out 12 hours after the Sox win the World Series and tells everyone on national TV to vote for Bush makes the whole thing with Charlie Gibson even funnier than it already is.

Posted by: John at October 29, 2004 10:21 AM


Schilling cancelled to day's campaigning in N.H. "on doctor's orders".

I suspect someone from the Red Sox made a call to him with some "or else" words. If he could pitch with that injury, he could be driven up to N.H.

I smell Rat desperation behind this!

Posted by: Oswald Booth Czolgosz at October 29, 2004 11:17 AM

The irony of Steinbrenner's situation is that at the time he was actually a Democrat. He made the contribution to CREEP on the belief that it would help him win some gov't ship-building contracts.

Posted by: Foos at October 29, 2004 12:52 PM

The Red Sox probably reminded Schilling of Michael Jordan's wise comment 'Even Republicans buy sneakers.' They didn't want his politics to affect the greatest moment in franchise history and potentially alienate the crooked Democrat politicos who could make any Fenway expansion or reconditioning an impossibility.

I would have loved to have seen Schilling in New Hampshire on crutches saying that he needs the surgery but helping Bush win is more important, but that is not to be. And if I'm going to be annoyed at Hollywood nitwits intervening in elections, I should be critical of folks on my side as well.

BTW, Patrick Swayze, in opposing Bush, said for attribution that he is an expert on the Middle East because one of his hobbies is raising Arabian horses. By that standard, since I make a great red sauce, any President would be wise to give me a ring for advice on how to deal with Berlusconi.

Posted by: Bart at October 29, 2004 8:05 PM