FILE - This Aug. 3, 2012 file photo shows former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling smiling after being introduced as a new member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame before the baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston. Schilling might have to sell the famed blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company. Schilling, whose Providence-based 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy in June, listed the sock as collateral to a bank in a September filing with the Massachusetts Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Curt Schilling is Right. But He Will Be Made to Care.

“Curt Schilling did not fit in with the network that heralds Bruce Jenner as a role model for putting on makeup and boobs without taking off his penis.”

Curt Schilling is being made to care by ESPN. The network fired Schilling for reposting a picture that took a strong stand against men using the women’s bathroom. According to Schilling, and most Americans, a man is a man if he is born a man. Curt Schilling is right. But ESPN disagrees.

ESPN has on its payroll men who have hit women, but offending the BLT&G community is too much for the network. The network has, over the past number of years, become more the MTV of sports commentary than an actual sports network. If you want to watch a game, there are ample other networks to choose from. But if you want reality shows and commentary, ESPN is for you.

On top of that, the ESPN commentators are moving more and more left. It is no longer enough to discuss the sports and game, but ESPN must also politicize the sports and talk about progressive culture in the sports. Gay athletes are sought out to be championed. Feminist men are heroes.

Liberals on the network do their best to pretend to be men as men, but they can only give a wink and nod to it. They have to be New York progressive men, not Middle America men who go to church on Sunday and share values with the heartland. An ESPN commentator critical of North Carolina taking a stand would be patted on the back. Schilling, who takes the opposite view, must be fired.

To that extent Curt Schilling did not fit in with the network that heralds Bruce Jenner as a role model for putting on makeup and boobs without taking off his penis. Schilling will find a job somewhere else. There is no doubt about that. This is just another reminder that ESPN is less and less about advancing the game and more and more about advancing progressive values.

That may work for coastal elites who can now tune into sports programming they’d otherwise shun as too masculine. But the network’s ratings are cratering.

Back during the Bush administration, singers who decided to get political on stage were often yelled at to “shut up and sing.” Someone needs to yell at ESPN to “shut up and play ball.”

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