It appears now that the Red Sox don’t want to associate with Schilling.
Boston invited players from the ’04 championship team to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke and Alan Embree were invited, a group of former Red Sox that range from icons to role players.
Schilling, who lives locally, was not part of that group. According to Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, the Red Sox did not invite him.
“We did not reach out to him, but it was not out of spite,” a Red Sox executive told Shaughnessy. “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.”
Schilling states that he definitely thinks it was 100 percent on purpose, although the Sox hold to the matter being attributed to an oversight.
Put more simply, Schilling is now too hot for even the Red Sox to touch.
While hosting a radio show for far right-wing media outlet Breitbart in 2017, Schilling invited white supremacist and anti-Semitic congressional candidate Paul Nehlen as a guest. Breitbart later distanced itself from the podcast archive that was eventually deleted in which Schilling provided a platform for Nehlan, a man who regularly used the phrase during his campaign “It’s OK to be white,” a motto adopted by the Ku Klux Klan.
It’s this kind of activity that has complicated his legacy and led many in baseball and sports media to distance themselves from Schilling.