Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced plans on Tuesday to run against Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate if his wife agrees, but he declined to apologize to Rhode Island taxpayers left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars when his video game company collapsed.
Schilling spoke Tuesday with WPRO-AM, his first interview about 38 Studios since settling a lawsuit over it and since a criminal investigation resulted in no charges. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has said Rhode Island residents were hurt by the bad deal and deserve an apology.
Schilling said it’s not that he won’t apologize, but he wants Raimondo to tell him what he should apologize for. He asked listeners: “What do you want me to apologize for?”
The company moved from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in 2010 in exchange for a $75 million loan guarantee, then went bankrupt less than two years later. Schilling said his company failed because it didn’t raise enough money, not because he did anything malicious or illegal, and that he has apologized to his former employees.
He also said he had decided to run against Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, in 2018, but that he must clear it with his wife. “I’ve made my decision, I’m going to run,” he said. “But I have to talk to Shonda, my wife, and ultimately it’s going to come down to how her and I feel this would affect our marriage and our kids.”
Schilling took issue with Warren opposing a November ballot question aimed at dramatically expanding the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. He said he’s not scared to debate her, noting that the Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians when he was a player.
“I’ve beaten the real ones before so I’m not worried about that,” the self-described conservative and Donald Trump supporter said, an apparent reference to Warren’s claims of Native American heritage.
Earlier this year Schilling was fired from his job as an ESPN baseball analyst after comments on Facebook critical of transgender rights. He now has an online radio show.
Schilling doesn’t appreciate comparisons to Indians’ Bauer
Curt Schilling believes his bloody sock shouldn’t be compared to Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer’s bloody finger.
Bauer started Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday but threw just 21 pitches before getting removed as blood dripped from his hand. Bauer cut his finger last week repairing a drone that he flies as a hobby.
That led to parallels to Schilling’s most memorable performance. Schilling led the Boston Red Sox to a Game 6 victory over the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS while pitching with an injured ankle that left his sock stained with blood.
Schilling didn’t appreciate the comparison and went on Twitter to explain .
“Please don’t tweet at me about Bauer,” Schilling said on Twitter. “He cost himself a start, likely more, AND his teammates, and fans, (messing) around with a drone. (hash)stupid.”
Dodgers’ Urias to become youngest starter in MLB playoffs
Julio Urias finally is getting to start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason. The 20-year-old rookie from Mexico came on in relief in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS, helping the Dodgers beat Washington to advance.
Now, he’ll take the mound Wednesday in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, the youngest starting pitcher in major league postseason history.
“I felt the adrenaline when I was on the bench,” Urias said through a translator. “I felt it in Washington, but then I knew that it was something that I could handle and something I could do. I know that I can do it again.”
He’s already the youngest Dodgers pitcher to appear in a postseason game and the youngest on any team to pitch in the postseason since 1970. Urias made his highly anticipated big league debut on May 27 in New York against the Mets. At the time, he was 19 and the second teenager to start in the majors this century, joining Felix Hernandez who debuted at the same age in 2005.
Dodgers great Tom Lasorda out of hospital in time for NLCS
Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda was at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday for Game 3 of the NLCS, a day after being released from a hospital.
The 89-year-old former manager who currently serves as senior adviser to chairman Mark Walter left a hospital on Monday after a 10-day stay caused by back and shoulder issues in addition to an extensive checkup.
Lasorda guided the Dodgers to World Series titles in 1981 and ‘88, the last time Los Angeles has won the title.
Former Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale returns to Athletics
Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is returning to the Oakland Athletics organization as third base coach on manager Bob Melvin’s staff. In two seasons as Arizona manager, Hale went 148-176 before being fired Oct. 3, one day after the season ended. He left his position as A’s bench coach – which he had from 2012-14 – to become the D-backs skipper.
Oakland also hired Jeff Collins as assistant athletic trainer and Josh Cuffe as major league strength and conditioning coach. The rest of the coaching staff remains intact from 2016.
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