October 31, 2004


Schilling makes pitch on behalf of president (David R. Guarino, October 31, 2004, Boston Herald)

Apparently Curt Schilling doesn't regret his endorsement of President Bush after all: The Sox hero has recorded automated phone calls backing Bush that will be made until Election Day.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2004 11:55 AM

Of course, the story also mentions the Red Sox owners and GM Theo Epstein were out making their own personal apperance with Kerry in Massachusetts (Jeez, Steinbrenner's looking better and better every day, though I have my suspicions if Henry and Werner share the same personality traits as the other big Democratic supporter/AL East team owner, Peter Angelos, they'll soon be taking the Red Sox in the same direction Angelos has taken the Baltimore Orioles in the past decade, once they decide they're snarter than everyone else).

Posted by: John at October 31, 2004 12:55 PM

If your business were dependent upon the good offices of the Boston City and the Massachusetts State Government, what would you do? It's like the Hawaiian Democratic Party where the governor(Ben Cayetano) would actually say to businesspeople, if you don't support us, we'll remember and you'll pay the price.

Posted by: Bart at October 31, 2004 5:43 PM

True to a point. But Steinbrenner was caught supporting a Republican back when the GOP's rep was so bad in New York City that no one i office north of Staten Island (outside of Roy Goodman) had an 'R' after their name. Of course, George bought the team in 1972 with the Yankee Stadium rehab deal already done -- whether or not the Sox' owners will try to make a push for a new, bigger Fenway after this, and need the pols' support I don't know.

(And Werner was pulling this same kind of stuff with Democratic pols a decade ago when he owned the San Deigo Padres -- among other things. Sox fans will know the end is near when Rosanne, or whoever the star of whatever show Tom has on TV at the time, comes to Boston to sing the National Anthem).

Posted by: John at October 31, 2004 7:37 PM

The politicians certainly had no problem involving themselves in the ownership search. Because a favored group didn't win, the option of a rebuilt Fenway in South Boston was squelched.

Werner is an LP, not a GP. The big bucks are John Henry's. Also, in a post 9/11 world, I don't think that even Werner is so self-important that he would send someone to goof on the Anthem. Even in the Hub, people would be angered.

Posted by: Bart at November 1, 2004 11:47 AM
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