Curt Schilling: my comments were made in jest

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Curt Schilling was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, and made a point to tell the world that his comments saying that John Smoltz’s made the Hall of Fame because he’s a Democrat were clearly meant to be taken as a joke. Here he is:

As far as it relates to Smoltz, I’ll buy that he was joking. And I will grant that Schilling said in his interview the other day that he does not believe that all of the 180 or so votes he fell short of election were not all withheld from him by virtue of his political views.

But the fact remains that, in that interview, he went on to hold forth in a non-joking manner about how people have it in for him because of is personal views. And his joke was not that voters are out to get him for his views. It’s that Smoltz would ever be a Democrat. So, fairness to Schilling: no, he doesn’t believe John Smoltz is a Democrat. But he certainly thinks his political views are relevant to people’s consideration of him as a baseball player. And that’s the part that’s nuts.