It started out harmless. But, as often happens with Curt Schilling, a simple congratulations for his daughter heading off to play college softball quickly devolved into a pseudo-Twitter meltdown.

The former Red Sox great isn't winning any trophies for his skill at de-escalating conflict and rising above critics who are clearly out to get his goat. Fortunately, that makes for good entertainment.

Here's how it began:

Naturally, that lent itself to being picked on by some Internet men who wanted Schilling to know they would "take care" of his daughter.

Schilling did get a little support:

But for the most part he was on his own.

That would count as a rough afternoon for most people. But for Schilling, it's a day like any other.

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