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September 09, 2009

Interesting but Remote Possibility: Curt Schilling Could Throw Pitch to Start Baseball Season

United States presidents have thrown out the first pitch of the baseball season since President Taft.

The path for Curt Schilling to throwing out the first pitch of the baseball season.

1. Enter and win the US Senate Race for Senator of Massachusetts

Newsweek notices the advantages that Schilling would have in running for the US Senate seat left open by Teddy Kennedy's death

Schilling would be the biggest name in the race, and he has already established a legacy in the heart of Red Sox Nation that no other candidate can rival. Just by entering the race, he would challenge Sarah Palin’s status as the nation’s most prominent Alaska Republican. (Schilling is from Anchorage.) And he is both brighter (though he never graduated from college) and far more articulate than Palin, as well as exceptionally savvy about both traditional media and new technologies that enable him to reach his audience directly.



Schilling campaigned for John McCain as seen in the video. Recently McCain appeared with Schilling.

John McCain is encouraging Schilling to run in the special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.

One problem Schilling has is that he's registered to vote as an independent, and therefore might not be legally able to run as a Republican. If so, the GOP would have to clear the field and back Schilling as an independent with Republican support


Relevant Precedent
Kentucky Senatory Jim Bunning, a Hall-of-Famer who pitched mostly for Detroit and Philadelphia, is retiring from the Senate next year after two terms.

Bunning pitched in the Major Leagues for 17 seasons, most notably with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. When he retired, he had the second-highest total of career strikeouts in Major League history; he is currently 17th. Bunning pitched a perfect game in 1964, a feat that has been accomplished only eighteen times in Major League history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

After retiring from baseball, Bunning returned to his native northern Kentucky and was subsequently elected to the city council, and then the state senate, in which he served as minority leader. In 1986, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 4th congressional district, and served in the House from 1987 to 1999. He was elected to the United States Senate from Kentucky in 1998 and has served there since 1999 as the Republican junior U.S. Senator. Bunning is currently the sixth oldest U.S. Senator and the oldest Republican in the Senate

Bill Bradley was a hall of fame basketball player who was a three term US Senator from New Jersey.

There are also successful celebrity politicians like Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sonny Bono, Steve Largent (Seattle Seahawks QB) , Helen Gahagan Douglas, George Murphy, Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, Fred Grandy (Love Boat's Gopher), Jack Kemp (Buffalo Bills QB)



2. Presumably be successful as a US Senator

3. Run and win a Presidential campaign

Curt Schilling has substantial financial resources and has name recognition. The Republican Party is relatively wide open in terms of possible presidential candidates.

OTHER TRIVIA

Curt Schilling is an Advanced Squad Leader enthusiast

Schilling has played EverQuest and EverQuest II, and has reviewed two of the game's many expansion packs for PC Gamer magazine. Most recently, Schilling has been playing World of Warcraft and has become a regular guest on the popular World of Warcraft podcast, The Instance, with hosts Scott Johnson and Randy Jordan. In a July 2008 interview on The Jace Hall Show, Schilling confirmed this: "My time-sink has been MMOs for the most part, all the way back to Ultima Online, where I started, to EverQuest, EverQuest II. Last couple of years I've been pretty stuck to World of Warcraft." In 2006 Schilling created Green Monster Games, which Schilling stated, despite widespread rumor, was not named after the Fenway left field wall. In early 2007, the company's name was changed to 38 Studios.

He is an avid web communicator. Before the 2007 season, Schilling started a blog called 38pitches.com in which he answers fan questions, documents his starts and refutes press coverage about him or the team that he believes is inaccurate. Schilling can also be found on the popular micro-blogging website twitter under the handle gehrig38


Schilling earned $114,158,000 in baseball salary which does not include bonuses. He did earn bonuses for his success with the Boston Red Sox. Schilling also had endorsement earnings.

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