If Democrat Martha Coakley is defeated Tuesday by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy, there’ll be a lot of analysis on the whys and wherefores. There might not be a more compelling reason than Coakley revealing late in the campaign that she doesn’t know beans (as in Boston) about the beloved Red Sox.
Coakley riled Red Sox Nation by insisting in a radio interview that former Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling is a Yankees fan. Yes, those Yankees. She tried to correct herself, and later her staff said it was a deadpan joke that didn’t work. Too late, damage done. Schilling had a good laugh and posted something on his blog. And Sawks fans were left wondering how anyone in the commonwealth could think Curt Schilling — he of the bloody sock from Boston’s 2006 World Series championship team — was a fan of those hated pinstripers from the Bronx.