Curt Schilling, the former major league pitcher who won the allegiance of Bostonians by leading the Red Sox to the 2004 World Series, said Wednesday that he has “some interest” in running for the seat held for nearly 50 years by Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Schilling, a registered independent and longtime Republican supporter, wrote on his blog that while his family and video game company, 38 Studios, are high priorities, “I do have some interest in the possibility.”
Though Kennedy embraced a wildly different political philosophy than Schilling, the former pitcher might be a comforting and familiar replacement in the eyes of voters because the two share a common trait: One of these men had a deadly down-and-away slider, and so did Schilling.
Given that, Schilling might have a chance at winning in Massachusetts if he decides to run — a better chance than Bill Buckner would have anyway.
Somewhat Related Update: The NYT reports that in the late Ted Kennedy’s upcoming memoir, Ted wrote that Chappaquiddick haunted him. The book is entitled “True Compass,” so it never quite haunted him enough to be able to recognize the irony in that title.