Tweets honoring Red Sox legend Curt Schilling came pouring in Wednesday night from friends, family, fans and even Secretary of State John Kerry, who Schilling campaigned against in the 2004 presidential election.
The tweets were reacting to Schilling’s appearance at a reunion of the 2004 Red Sox World Series championship team. Schilling made a dramatic entrance from left field, walking in with his son, Gehrig, to join his teammates in the infield.
Twitter’s reaction to the ceremony was positive in general, but the Sox got a lot of flak for letting Manny Ramirez — a steroid user who quit on the team and was eventually traded to the Dodgers — throw out the first pitch, and for introducing Ramirez last, rather than Schilling.
Here’s a sample of the tweets, starting with a family photo tweeted by Schilling’s wife, Shonda.
Such a bitter sweet night for the schilling family to celebrate 2004 at Fenway tonight pic.twitter.com/smSA6Uendd
— Shonda Schilling (@ShondaSchilling) May 28, 2014
2004 reunion tonight was incredible. What a group of guys. And seeing Curt Schilling was inspiring. #toughasnails
— Pam (Ganley) Kenn (@pamkennsox) May 29, 2014
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 29, 2014
Jason Varitek asked that on behalf of him and his teammates, that a shoutout go to Curt Schilling @gehrig38, who was The Man in ’04
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) May 28, 2014
Manny Ramirez gets the first pitch and the last intro instead of Curt Schilling at the Fenway celebration?
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 28, 2014
Curt Schilling a surprise guest WOW
— Mike Lynch (@LynchieWCVB) May 28, 2014
Amazing moment curt schilling in what's is believed his first public appearance since diagnosed with cancer
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) May 28, 2014