Ultimately what baseball players think about the major issues of the day that aren’t baseball-related is rather unimportant, but I found this distinction to be 100% unsurprising.
Here’s Mariano Rivera when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden by Ben Shpigel:
“You do something like that, somewhere along the way you’re going to pay. This was the time.”
Makes sense. A sober opinion from a man who always seems like he thinks about stuff before he speaks and who doesn’t try to make himself out to be an authority on everything. In contrast, here’s Curt Schilling:
That may not have been an exact quote, but it’s close. His entire comments, along with audio/video are here.
Upshot: He decided to take this fairly momentous news and search for an angle to it which he figured would make him sound like some sage, provocative straight-shooter and which would provide him with a few moments of media spotlight.
Shocking, I know.