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Could Ex-Pitcher Curt Schilling Replace Ted Kennedy?

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is expressing interest, kind of, in the Senate seat representing Massachusetts left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Ex Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says he has "some interest" in succeeding the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in the Senate. Josh Reynolds/AP Photo hide caption

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On his blog, 38 Pitches, Schilling, age 42, writes that his family and video-game company, 38 Studios, are priorities but that the words "Sen. Schilling" do hold some appeal for him.

He writes:

While my family is obviously the priority, and 38 Studios is a priority, I do have some interest in the possibility. That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.

My hope is that whatever happens, and whomever it happens to, this state makes the decision and chooses the best person, regardless of sex, race, religion or political affiliation, to help get this state back to the place it deserves to be.

Schilling was a major Red Sox hero during the 2004 American League Championship Series, in which the Red Sox upended the Yankees, and the World Series during which the Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals, winning their first championship since 1918.

The pitcher gave the team's name new meaning, pitching in game 2 of the series with a damaged tendon in his right ankle that was stabilized with sutures, resulting in bleeding that stained his white athletic sock.

Schilling has supported Republican presidential candidates in recent general elections in a state that has been a Democratic bulwark. Still, he is a Red Sox legend so a Senate bid by him could prove very challenging for any Democrat not named Kennedy.