Former pitcher Curt Schilling played an important part in the Boston Red Sox’s 2004 World Series win. However, the former pitcher and current Breitbart host was not among those in attendance ahead of Game Two of the 2018 World Series, on Wednesday night.
The team had scheduled the ceremony to honor some of the stars of the 2004 win, at the time, its first in 86 years. The past players invited back to the park include David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, and Tim Wakefield.
Indeed, the team fully admitted that it did not reach out to Schilling for inclusion in Wednesday’s ceremony, according to the Boston Globe.
“We did not reach out to him,” a team executive told the Globe. “But it is not out of spite. It was originally just going to be Pedro and David and Wake and Millar, but we heard from a few others, and they are included.”
Red Sox Vice President of Corporate Communications, Zineb Curran, followed that up with another statement sent exclusively to Breitbart News.
“The ceremonial first pitch started with a couple of 2004 guys and then grew organically as we learned of other ’04 players who were planning to be at the ballpark for Game 2,” Curran wrote in an email. “There was no blanket invite to the entire team, and no slight intended to anyone not included.”
In a post to Twitter, Schilling also reported that he never heard from the team. Though the “bloody sock” pitcher took the high road.
Nope. No worries though, great to see @45PedroMartinez @davidortiz and @KMillar15 "The pimper of walks" though. Oh and I get to keep my 3 rings and 3 trophies, so it's all good. https://t.co/tyUUWhvTPe
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) October 24, 2018
Schilling, 52, is famed for his game-winning pitching in Game Two of the 2004 Series where he played with an ankle injury that left his sock covered in blood.
After his baseball career, Schilling became a broadcaster and sports commentator securing a job at ESPN. However, he was fired in 2016 after repeatedly posting conservative political memes to social media.
By all rights, Schilling should be a sure-thing Hall of Fame nominee, but so far he has not been successfully nominated.
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