BOSTON – If you were following the 2004 Boston Red Sox and you had to pick one player, at the time, who you would think would have the most controversial life after retiring from baseball, ninety-nine times out of one hundred, you would probably choose Manny Ramirez. From the antics to the aloof attitude, Manny would be an excellent pick for someone who would court controversy. However, there is no denying that controversy seems to follow former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling wherever he goes. And it is all from his own doing.
There was the whole bankruptcy thing, with his company 38 Studios costing $75 million dollars in taxpayer money. And lately, Schilling is known for his far-right mindset when it comes to his political views and this has manifested in a number of ugly ways.
Three years ago, he tweeted a "joke" from a t-shirt-sporting supporter of Donald Trump that recommended hanging journalists. As a noted Trump supporter himself, Schilling also defended the then-presidential nominee after a tape from Access Hollywood was released to the public, capturing Trump's admittance of sexual assault on record. Ultimately, Schilling was eventually fired from his analysis position with ESPN after he shared an extremely transphobic post on Facebook.
Now, Rolling Stone reports that Schilling is doubling down on his post-baseball political track record by announcing, through an email to the Arizona Republican, that he is considering a run for Congress. Schilling is a Massachusetts resident, but he also pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and his conservative views would definitely fare better in that state than in Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the nation.
In the email, he wrote, "If/When things solidify I will but right now it's something in the 'I'm considering it' stage. The state is not the state I grew up in. Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets. When you have homeless veterans, children, and you're spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their ass kicked."
Moral and grammatical problems aside, Schilling's announcement drew the attention of the aforementioned president, who tweeted his support for the idea.
Schilling has been a stain on the legacy of the 2004 Red Sox like the blood stain on his ALCS game six sock. Hopefully, his plan to become a Congressman does not get any further than the idea stage.
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