The National Baseball Hall of Fame could soon be thrust into the middle of our country’s massive political firestorm. On Jan. 26, the results of the 2021 Hall of Fame balloting will be revealed and if former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is finally elected in his ninth year on the ballot, the conference call with reporters figures to be an incendiary event.
Even worse, the July 25 induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., could have a sea of red baseball caps that have nothing to do with the Phillies or Boston Red Sox, two of the five teams he played for during his brilliant 20-year career.
Can you imagine a far right-wing political rally on baseball’s most hallowed ground?
That’s the Pandora’s box Schilling’s election could bring.
One of the benign but interesting questions for Schilling should be which hat he’d prefer to be immortalized in on his Hall of Fame plaque, but it’s possible it never gets asked because his Twitter feed — @gehrig38 — makes it clear that he still has a red MAGA cap tightly pulled onto his head.
As protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington D.C. Wednesday after attending President Donald Trump’s final “Stop the Steal” rally, Schilling, who goes by the handle President Elect Curt Schilling, opted to defend the indefensible with a “what-about” Tweet.
He wrote, “You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens. Sit back, stfu, and watch folks start a confrontation for s— that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption. #itshappening.”
It’s obvious he meant what he said because unlike some of his previous controversial tweets, Schilling opted against deleting this one. His Twitter account since Wednesday has included rants about Antifa being involved in the Capitol rebellion and a claim that “Evil, true evil is at our doorstep. These are the most vile, corrupt beings on this planet and they’re here.”
Schilling also links to a website called Happs that allows him to interact with other members. I listened long enough to hear him say this: “My God, I can’t think of a more repulsively corrupt entity than our mainstream media. … They hate (Trump). It’s obvious. That’s their prerogative, but they are still supposed to do their job. They stopped.”
Schilling’s claims and attacks should not come as a surprise. During Trump’s 2016 campaign, the former Phillies pitcher tweeted a photograph of a shirt at a Minneapolis Trump rally with the words, Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required. The tweet also included the approving words, “Ok, so much awesome here.”