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Red Sox say Curt Schilling wasn't intentionally left out of 2004 first pitch ceremony

Alex Reimer
October 24, 2018 - 7:21 pm

The Red Sox say Curt Schilling wasn't intentionally left out of Wednesday’s first pitch ceremony involving some members of the 2004 championship team. 

In an email to me, Red Sox spokeswoman Zineb Curran says the gathering was organized informally. Schilling did not an receive an invitation. “The (ceremonial first pitch) started with a couple of 2004 guys and then grew organically as we learned of other ’04 players who were planning to be at the ballpark tonight,” she writes. “There was no blanket invite to the entire team, and no slight intended to anyone not included.”

Seven members of the ’04 club -– Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke and Alan Embree –– will be on hand for the pregame ceremony prior to Game 2. 

Schilling was in attendance for the 10-year anniversary celebration for the 2004 team, which was held at Fenway Park in 2014. In recent years, Schilling has become a polarizing right-wing commentator, occasionally trafficking in conspiracy theories. Over the summer, he expressed support for the pro-Donald Trump QAnon conspiracy, which says Trump is working in conjunction with the military to, among other tasks, eradicate an international pedophilia ring that’s perpetuated by a cabal of liberal elites such as President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.