Former Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Curt Schilling took a big social-media swing this week and knocked a couple of Twitter trolls out of the proverbial park after they made crude remarks about his 17-year-old daughter, Gabby.
It all started when Schilling tweeted out a congratulatory message about his daughter after learning she'd been accepted to college, where she'll also be playing softball.
"Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!" the proud dad tweeted on Feb. 25.
It didn't take long, however, for the Twitter trolls to appear.
Among the congratulations and supportive tweets were also vulgar references to sex and violence.
"And tweets with the word 'rape,' 'bloody underwear' and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow," Schilling wrote on his blog, 38 Pitches, on March 1.
"I was a jock my whole life," he continued. "I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap, often. But I can't remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone ..."
And he includes the horrific tweets from users named "Hollywood" and "The Sports Guru."
That's when Schilling decided to use the Internet against them and asked users to help him track them down.
Turns out, "The Sports Guru," he writes, is a Brookdale Community College student named Adam Nagel, and "Hollywood" is Sean MacDonald is VP of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University.