McCain Tells Former D-Backs Pitcher Schilling to Run For Massachusetts U.S. Senate Seat

Arizona's very own maverick, Senator John McCain, is telling a former Arizona icon to hang up his bloody sock, and join him in the United States Senate.

McCain also told Sara Palin to run for vice-president, and I think we all know how that turned out.

McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan tells CNN that the senator has been encouraging former Diamondback Curt Schilling to run for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat held by the late  Ted Kennedy.

CNN reports that McCain initiated the conversation between him and the future hall of famer.

There's been speculation about the 42-year-old right-hander throwing his hat in the race since Kennedy's death, but McCain is one of the first major political figures to legitimize the pitching ace's potential candidacy.

Schilling would run as a Republican in probably the most liberal state in the country.


In regard to his possible hall of fame induction, there has been debate about whether he would go to Cooperstown as a D-Back or as a member of the Boston Red Sox, where he last played.

As long as he doesn't go to the Senate as an Arizonan, those of us in the Grand Canyon State should be all right either way.

Footnote: Schilling was part of World Series championship teams in Arizona in 1991 and in Boston in 2004 and 2007. He got a bloody sock in game 6 of the National League Championship Series with the rival New York Yankees in '04, when Schilling pitched not long after right ankle surgery and emerged victorious.  

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