Listen, HOF Voters, Curt Schilling Will Decide Who Gets Lynched Around Here
January 3 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
You may recall back in early November, when Curt Schilling retweeted a photo of a Trump supporter wearing a T-shirt that read: "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required." Schilling added his own comment to the post: "So Much Awesome Here."
Others disagreed, as if advocating the lynching of journalists was an issue with two sides.
Anyway, the tweet lasted all of two hours before Schilling deleted it.
* Because Schilling is a coward without even the courage of his own convictions.
* Because Schilling was cooked medium rare by critics on Twitter.
* Because he may have realized that laughing about lynching journalists isn't the best way to get into the Hall of Fame.
Former MLB pitcher Dan Haren responded:
“Ketchup. Sock. World Series. Some Assembly Required.”
The new class of 2017 goes in this coming July, and many are saying that Schilling's lynching tweet makes him a shoo-out. Not that he had much of a shot anyway, as his history of wingnut comments have made him a pariah -- the Swamp Thing of former players.
Today Schilling told TMZ that his failure to get into the Hall is all because voters dislike his politics.
“If I had said, ‘Lynch Trump,’ I’d be getting in with about 90 percent of the vote this year,” he said.
Really? Schilling finished sixth in 2016 Hall of Fame voting back in July with 52 percent, far short of the 75 percent needed to get in. (Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza made it). That was in Schilling's fourth year of eligibility. New York Daily News:
Schilling said that the “character clause” that many voters — who are “some of the worst human beings” he’s ever known — are using to explain not voting for him is a sham.
“It’s not used in all cases,” he said. ”They pick and choose when they use the character clause.”
This of course is an argument that is taking place only in Schilling's own head. He won three World Series titles in 20 years in the MLB, going 11-2 in the postseason with a 2.23 era. It's been a longstanding debate whether his numbers warrant a place in Cooperstown, even if he weren't a raging psycho.
Here's something Curt has possibly never considered: instead of advocating Trump be lynched instead of journalists, how about staying quiet and not mentioning lynching at all?
Schilling's Twitter handle namesake, Lou Gehrig, was famous for two things: being one of the greatest hitters of all time, and being quiet, humble, and letting his numbers speak for themselves. Try to emulate him.
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