Curt Schilling absent from Red Sox first-pitch ceremony

Curt Schilling absent from Red Sox first-pitch ceremony

Curt Schilling absent from Red Sox first-pitch ceremony

Schilling was a key cog in Boston's run to its first World Series title since 1918, famously defeating the Yankees in the "bloody sock game" that was Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. He beat NY in Yankee Stadium in the pivotal third game of the Division Series, then won the third game of the ALCS in his hometown of Houston and got three outs in the series clincher, to the admiration of his idol Nolan Ryan and to the joy of teammates present and past.

Consider how many Red Sox fans were out celebrating, still thinking about the game and 2-0 series lead acquired when one of the guys responsible for it was thinking of others. Well, the fact that Martinez won't be able to DH in Los Angeles.

Outspoken conservative Curt Schilling's right-wing opinions may have cost the right-hander an invite to a World Series ceremony commemorating a championship team he was a huge part of.

Righties Rick Porcello and Walker Buehler will face off on the mound.


Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora says no decision has been made on whether slugger J.D. Martinez will start Game 3 of the World Series. Which means Martinez has to play in the outfield.

But Cora said Thursday that whatever lineup he uses, it will not feature star right fielder Mookie Betts at second base.

Thursday's travel day gives the Red Sox's formidable bullpen a chance to rest and recharge itself. He's 4-for-8 with a walk, stolen base, and three runs scored.

If the Red Sox ending up having to play more games at Fenway Park, tickets rise even higher according to Ticket Network. Cora would not commit to Martinez playing the field this weekend.

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