Red Sox didn't ask Schilling to participate in ceremony involving 2004 team

Red Sox didn't ask Schilling to participate in ceremony involving 2004 team

Curt Schilling, who still lives locally, and had become a 2004 Boston icon with strong starts and bloody socks, watched from home.

Apparently that wasn't enough to earn Schilling an invite on Wednesday.

A Red Sox executive told Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe that "We did not reach out to him, but it is not out of spite". "They're going to close you out".

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Schilling linked to his podcast, in which he fully explained the falling-out with the organization following his signing an $8 million deal for the 2008 season. Without question, Schilling, who finished second in the AL Cy Young balloting that year, was an essential part of the team that broke the franchise's infamous World Series drought. He met with the Boston honchos - "F-king cowards across the table" - including owner John Henry, and vowed he would be finished with the team after the ordeal. And it prompted him to write a response on Facebook.

No team has overcome a 2-0 Series deficit since 1996, when the Yankees lost twice at home to Atlanta before sweeping three games on the road and winning Game 6 in NY. The team is claiming that was not by design, but Schilling clearly does not buy it. "I think all the other players will be able to focus more and try to come back from this deficit". "But I'm also his son".

The Red Sox have invited Schilling to past celebrations, but that was before he invited a white supremacist on the air while hosting a radio show for Breitbart in 2017 and tweeted in support of T-shirts that suggested lynching members of the media.

In the clip above, Schilling further addresses the issue, reiterating much of what he said in his Facebook post and adding that "I know who I am, I know what I am, and my rings are still there, my trophies are still on the shelf".

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