Curt Schilling was excluded from pre-game festivities at Fenway Park prior to Game 2 of the World Series, and unless the team can offer a better explanation, fans have every reason to believe that it was because of his support of President Trump.

The Red Sox brought back some players from the 2004 team – including Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke and Alan Embree for a first-pitch ceremony.

No Schilling? Curt Schilling lives literary 16 miles from the ballpark. Most everybody else had to be flown in.

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The 2004 Red Sox were the stuff of folklore. Certainly, Big Papi was a catalyst in lifting the team in its historic defeat of the Yankees after being down three games to none in the ALCS, but so was Curt Schilling. Schilling literally left blood on the field for the team.

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Since his retirement, Schilling has made headlines as an outspoken conservative talk host and for his support of President Trump. The owners of the Red Sox have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates and causes.

Schilling, who was at Fenway for the game, took it all in stride like the good sport that he is. The snub was ugly and insulting to Schilling, his family, and his fans, but Schilling can take comfort in the fact that his hard work has earned him three World Series rings and an almost guaranteed spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.