Candidate Coakley's gaffe is Schilling's glee

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democrat vying to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in Tuesday's election, didn't help her campaign any -- and, in fact, may have hurt it in Red Sox-crazy Boston -- when she pretended to know sports during a WBZ radio interview with Dan Rea on Friday.

In noting that her rival, Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, had visited Boston with Rudolph W. Giuliani, she reminded her Boston listeners that Giuliani (and thus maybe Brown?) is a Yankees fan.

Rea responded: "Yeah, but now Scott Brown has Curt Schilling, OK?"

And Coakley replied: "And another Yankees fan."

"Schilling?'' Mr. Rea asked.

"Yes,'' she said.

"Curt Schilling a Yankee fan?'' he questioned.

"No, all right, I'm wrong on my, I'm wrong,'' she said.

Schilling, a Brown supporter who had briefly considered running for the Senate seat, no doubt was delighted at the exchange showing Coakley's apparent ignorance. In his own blog, "38 Pitches," he fired back: "I've been called a lot of things, but never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could."