"I think he got in because of [Greg] Maddux and [Tom] Glavine. I think the fact that they won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss army knife versatility,’ which somebody said yesterday, I think he got a lot of accolades for that, I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer," Schilling said. "And I think the other big thing is that I think he’s a Democrat and so I know that, as a Republican, that there’s some people that really don’t like that."
Hey, we all vote for the Hall of Fame a little differently. Marty Noble does it without reading or looking at anything. Lyle Spencer does it while fighting against every fiber of his being. Pedro Gomez votes with his feet.
I vote for it by, in the past, screaming myself hoarse at a computer screen, and in more contemporary periods, rolling my eyes as a historically fun place to go with your dad* is made into some kind of institution into which writers cast their personal morals to refuse or allow entry.
It's not insane to think someone out there didn't vote for Curt Schilling because of his Republican-ness. He doesn't make any effort to hide it. In fact, if anything, he is very anxious for you to know about it. But if there was somebody voting in this way, they have not yet been stupid enough to announce that they did (yet).
But before we get too fired up, let's take a look at any evidence that could at all refute our beliefs from their very core.
- John Smoltz is not a Democrat, according to this post on a blogspot site from almost five years ago.
Welp, Schill, I don't know what to tell you here. It doesn't look good for the movement. It was a beautiful idea, maybe let's just leave it at that.
Oh, it was just a joke you're saying now? Ha ha, good one, Curt. We were all in on it, too. Take that, society! Ha ha. It's fun to be a part of a group.