In 2004, Curt Schilling proved himself to be a pivotal player and a big reason why the Boston Red Sox’s won the World Series. Boston ended up beating the NY Yankees in ALCS, inevitably breaking the almighty “Curse of the Great Bambino.”
When the 2018, Boston Red Sox, hosted their first home game during this World Series match up, organization officials decided to honor the 2004 championship team.
The Boston Red Sox organization decided to bring out former greats from the '04 team including, David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Keith Foulke and Alan Embree to simultaneously throw out the first “pitches” of the 2018 World Series.
Although every player previously listed is deserving of the praise, it was obvious that there was a piece missing…Curt Schilling. Apparently the Boston Red Sox forgot to extend the invitation, leaving arguably their most important player during the series out of the pre-game festivities, on purpose.
According to members of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox organization never intended to invite Schilling.
“We did not reach out to him,” a team executive told the newspaper. “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.”
Curt Schilling confirmed he was not invited with a tweet that included his some thoughts on the situation.
“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” read the tweet.
Many around the country believe the former great was simply left out of the ceremony due to his political views.
Schilling, a once prominent ESPN employee, was removed from his position as an MLB analyst in 2016 for a Facebook post. The post suggested he was against an upcoming law that would have allowed North Carolina residents to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
The inevitable hall of famer was previously removed from a Little League World Series broadcast, after he compared extremist Muslims to Nazis via a social media post.
During Curt Schilling’s 20 year MLB career, he accumulated 3,116 strikeouts, including striking out 300 batters in two different seasons. Schilling was named a world series MVP, he won 20 games three different times over his career, and claimed an NLCS MVP trophy as well.
Without a doubt, Curt Schilling was one of the most important players for the Boston Red Sox during their World Series win in 2004. It was completely disrespectful, and an obvious sign of ungratefulness coming from an organization with such a decorated and prideful past.
For the organization to disregard a player with so much importance due to his general thoughts on politics is frankly disgraceful. Schilling is a pitching legend and a definite Hall of Famer.
The Boston Red Sox currently lead their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a commanding 2-0 lead. The series has now shifted back to Los Angeles. The organization hopes to seize the opportunity to add their tenth World Series Championship to the trophy case.