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Why Curt Schilling wasn’t among the 2004 Red Sox honored at Game 2

Before a game in 2014, the Red Sox honored the 10th anniversary of the 2004 World Series Championship team. Pitcher Curt Schilling acknowledged the cheers of the crowd as he walked in from left field.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File

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The Red Sox honored their beloved 2004 championship team Wednesday night during the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the 2018 World Series. Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Keith Foulke, and Alan Embree are scheduled to be at Fenway for the pregame ceremony.

Why no Curt Schilling, who lives less than an hour from the park?

“We did not reach out to him,’’ said a Red Sox executive. “But it is not out of spite. It was originally just going to be Pedro and David and Wake and Millar, but we heard from a few others and they are included.”


Schilling forever will be one of the most significant Red Sox players from the 2004 championship team. His political positions have made him something of a lightning rod in recent years. His exclusion from Wednesday night’s ceremony raised eyebrows.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at dshaughnessy@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_shaughnessy.