BOSTON (AP) _ After criticizing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine earlier in the day, Curt Schilling was given a standing ovation from Boston fans when he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
Schilling was the last of the inductees introduced at Fenway Park on Friday night, and applause began as soon as his picture appeared on the video board in center.
Earlier in the day, Schilling went on WEEI radio and predicted Valentine’s reign as Red Sox manager will end like Mount Vesuvius.
Schilling also said “I would have swung” if Valentine had been his manager and made a sarcastic remark similar to one about Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks that was attributed to Valentine.
Schilling was 53-29 for Boston from 2004-07 and won World Series titles in his first and last seasons with the Red Sox.
“Bobby is just unique _ he’s different. And he runs and beats to a different drummer,” Schilling said on WEEI. “I just didn’t think the matchup of players and this club and him was going to fit, it was going to work, and I don’t think he ever got a chance from a lot of the guys.”
Asked how he thought the Valentine era in Boston will end, Schilling responded: “Mount Vesuvius.”
“I can’t imagine given the personalities involved on all sides that this thing just kinds kind of wanders away in the evening,
especially with the fans here,” he said.
Others honored included second baseman Marty Barrett, outfielder Ellis Burks, pitcher Joe Dobson, left-hander Dutch Leonard and superintendent of grounds Joe Mooney and owner John I. Taylor.
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