That Time of Year

All criticism of Curt Schilling stops now:

New York Yankees centerfielder Johnny Damon is endorsing Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy for president, according to a campaign aide.

He is scheduled to appear with the former mayor at a rally in Orlando this morning.

Also, Giuliani pledges that, if elected, he will invite the Yankees to the White House "pending a future World Series win." I believe he also has promised to begin working out of the Oval Office and occasionally meet with world leaders.

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  • I see no reason why we have to stop criticizing Schilling because of this. We can now ALSO criticize Damon!
    That said, it is a slightly different situation as Schilling had just won the world series and specifically used that attention as his pulpit. Regardless, athletes shouldnt be playing politics….

    sam-YF January 21, 2008, 4:49 pm
  • Yeah, Sam, I was being tongue and cheek. Harder to criticize Schilling for stumping for Bush and McCain when Damon is stumping for Giuliani — except in the more general sens you describe.

    Paul SF January 21, 2008, 5:02 pm
  • Paul, Im an equal opportunity criticizer….

    sam-YF January 21, 2008, 5:20 pm
  • Wait, I thought inviting the winning World Series team to the White House was de rigueur for presidents. Does this mean that Giuliani would have to think about it if, say, the Mariners won? (Okay, bad example – I’d have to take stock of a lot of things if the Mariners won the World Series.)

    FenSheaParkway January 21, 2008, 5:50 pm
  • Talk about boarding a sinking ship.

    YF January 21, 2008, 5:58 pm
  • Damon: “Hmm, I don’t approve of his Red Sox-rooting policy. But I do approve of his wife-swapping policy.”

    FenSheaParkway January 21, 2008, 6:27 pm
  • Between this and his last free agent decision, Damon apparently can smell a loser from a mile away. What instincts!

    SF January 21, 2008, 7:03 pm
  • and unfortunately, Schilling can smell a “winner”.

    Nick-YF January 21, 2008, 7:07 pm
  • Captain Caveman was never known to be a brain surgeon. That he is endorsing Giuliani now, when he’s tanking, as opposed to six months ago, is just hilarious.

    Hudson January 21, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Not to get to serious in this tongue-in-cheek thread but if Guiliani wins the Florida primary he is right back in the race…there are a lot of old New Yorkers in Florida obviously.

    krueg January 22, 2008, 10:28 am
  • Now that whole “Idiot” thing from 2004 makes sense. Damon wasn’t kidding when he referred to himself by that moniker!

    nettles-yf January 22, 2008, 11:02 am
  • There is a good reason politics and baseball don’t mix. I have nothing to base this on, but I think most of us would be upset if we knew how many ball players vote a straight republican ticket, I’m guessing it’s the large majority of MLB players. Just a hunch.

    LocklandSF January 22, 2008, 12:49 pm
  • I’d actually be surprised if less than 70% of MLB players didn’t usually vote Republican, or would do so if they were inclined and able to vote. I’ve always just assumed the John Rockers outnumbered the Bill Lees in professional sports.

    FenSheaParkway January 22, 2008, 1:02 pm
  • You also have to look at geography: The Southwest and Southeast produce far more baseball talent than other regions of the country (except California). Also, baseball tends to be a more rural-based sport, and rural residents tend to be more conservative. I don’t think it’s reflective of anything except that the type of area that tends to produce baseball players also tends to be overwhelmingly conservative.

    Paul SF January 22, 2008, 1:19 pm
  • geography definitely plays a part. Also, when you enter in a certain income bracket, your politics might change accordingly as well.

    Nick-YF January 22, 2008, 1:24 pm
  • At this point in his campaign, Giuliani can promise to invite whomever he wants to the White House. They ain’t gettin’ in.

    Ben K. January 22, 2008, 1:43 pm
  • True all around. The fact is that poor hicks and rich people tend to vote Republican, MLB players are basically a huge group of poor hicks that became rich. Kind of like a Republican Perfect Storm.
    Yeah, I said it, everyone was thinking it, but I said it.

    LocklandSF January 22, 2008, 2:02 pm
  • You’re right of course but it doesn’t work both ways. No one at the American Enterprise Institute can hit a slider to save their lives.

    FenSheaParkway January 22, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • poor hicks
    *sigh* I don’t agree with the terminology, and besides, the middle-class suburbs seem to be well-stocked with cosnervatives, as well.
    Being in Texas, I know and have known many intellectual people of middle-class or lower means who vote Republican.

    Paul SF January 22, 2008, 2:37 pm
  • Paul, my apologies, I didn’t mean anything by it, just trying to be funny.

    LocklandSF January 22, 2008, 3:15 pm
  • No problem, Lockland. I’m just sensitive (probably overly so) to the regional stereotypes in both directions.

    Paul SF January 22, 2008, 3:48 pm

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