Philly's pitcher Jonathan Papelbon is a right-wing nut job.
While discussing ballpark safety in the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon with CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday, Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon made a reference to the ongoing gun control debate, claiming that President Barack Obama "wants to take our guns."
"Today's day and age, has gotten so crazy, everything. You know? [There is] all this stuff going on. And, shoot man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything," Papelbon said. "And you got this kind of stuff going on? It's just a little bit insane for me, man. I really don't even know how to take it."
I have often derided another pitcher on many occassions. It turns out, I may have misjudged Curt Chilling. The bait were his appearances with George W. Bush during the 2004 presidential campaign. Bush was preaching less government, and more private sector. (He even had a plan to privatize Social Security. What a disaster that would have been!) Therefore, by proximity alone, I stuck Shilling in the same hole, and covered it with lime, as I did Bush.
A strong supporter of the war, Schilling wrote in January of 2008, that
"ANYONE promising an immediate withdrawal of our armed forces is either
A) A liar trying to get elected to public office
B) Horribly callous, irresponsible and ignorant to the lives of the men and women serving in the armed forces.
•Abortion: Schilling is a born-again Christian and calls himself pro-life, but adds, "I also think that decision is WAY beyond any one person to control or decide on." We're not sure what that means from a policy standpoint.
•Tort Reform: Schilling told the conservative website Newsmax.com that he's "disgusted ... with the litany of lawsuits by every American on the planet against doctors," and thinks that "frivolous and expensive unfounded lawsuits need to carry MASSIVE penalties for people [filing them] and law firms."
•Crazy People: Schilling once called Ann Coulter “intelligent in ways that piss so many people off,” and said there’s “something admirable” about the way she speaks her mind.
Now, his more liberal positions:
•Gun Control: Schilling doesn't understand the need for automatic rifles and supports gun-control laws:
I disagree with some of this, but the only thing crazy is Shilling's positive characterization of Man Coulter. Shilling's main hypocritial blunder is preaching for smaller government and then accepting $75 million in loan guarentees from the state of Rhode Island for a business the state will now have to pay $100 million to set things straight.