Former Red Sox ace Schilling may challenge Massachusetts' Warren in '18 senate race

"I was a part of the team that came back to beat the Indians ... down three games to one. I’ve beaten the real ones before," Schilling said Tuesday.
By Doug G. Ware  |  Oct. 18, 2016 at 8:26 PM
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BOSTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Having rung up more than 3,000 strikeouts during his Major League pitching career, Curt Schilling might want to throw one more to get Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren out of the game.

The former Boston Red Sox ace said Tuesday he's thinking of running against the popular Democratic senator when she's up for reelection in 2018.

"I've made my decision. I'm going to run," he said Tuesday morning on Rhode Island radio station WPRO in Providence, R.I. "But I haven't talked to Shonda, my wife. And ultimately it's going to come down to how her and I feel this would affect our marriage and our kids."

Schilling had a 20-year pitching career in Major League Baseball -- starting with the Baltimore Orioles and finishing with the Red Sox. He was a key member of the 2004 Boston team that broke the franchise's 86-year World Series title drought.

When told about plans by the Republican Schilling to unseat her, Warren reportedly laughed and said, "he can try."

Warren has substantial support in Massachusetts and was considered this year as a potential running mate on the Democratic ticket before Hillary Clinton selected Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Schilling, meanwhile, is a staunch supporter of Donald Trump.

"I'm not worried. It doesn't scare me," Schilling said of a potential fight with Warren. "Listen, I was a part of the team that came back to beat the Indians from being down three games to one. I've beaten the real ones before."

Reports have surfaced for weeks about a potential race between the former pitcher and the first-term senator. A poll last month by the University of Massachusetts and WBZ-TV showed Warren beating Schilling 47 percent to 28 percent.

Schilling also said in August that he might consider running for president in 2020.

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