Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Schilling says Red Sox favored, but dozen others possible
ESPN.com news services
A day after saying he'd written goodbye letters to some of his Boston Red Sox teammates, Curt Schilling has posted a list of 13 teams he'd be willing to play for next season as he enters free agency for the first time.
The right-hander, who turns 41 on Nov. 16, made a list that includes the Red Sox but not the New York Yankees. Schilling filed for free agency Tuesday.
Schilling wrote on his Web site that his first choice remains re-signing with Boston.
"There are a million little things that go into this from stadiums to school districts to travel to spring training to etc. etc. etc.," Schilling wrote, "but the list represents the teams after Boston that have some of the off the field things that are big to us, plus the potential to go into October next year."
He listed 2007 playoff teams Cleveland, the Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia, Arizona and the Chicago Cubs, plus 2006 World Series teams Detroit and St. Louis, the New York Mets, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego and Milwaukee.
On Tuesday, Schilling said he was looking for a one-year deal.
"If truly, physically, I was at the end of my rope, this would be the ultimate way to walk away," Schilling said in his weekly radio appearance in Boston. "I don't think I'm there."
Catchers Jason Varitek and Doug Mirabelli stopped by the Red Sox
clubhouse to box up their belongings on Wednesday morning after
being honored at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Varitek took care to
label and preserve the bats he used during the World Series.
The two lockers next to the catcher, which had been used by
Schilling, were cleared of any personal items and name tags.
Varitek repeated his hope that Schilling is able to finish up his
career in Boston, but said he wouldn't be running to his teammate's
blog to keep up on his status.
"I haven't checked a blog, so I'm probably not going to start
now," he said. "I may call him now and then to see what's going
Schilling said he wrote goodbye letters to selected teammates and Red Sox officials.
"I actually broke out a pen and paper the last couple days and wrote letters to some people here, just to say goodbye," Schilling said on the radio, apparently before he filed for free agency. "There's a very realistic chance I won't ever play with them again."
Varitek said he was one of the players who received a note from
Schilling. "It's something I'll keep," the catcher said.
Schilling promised fans that he'd keep them updated on his free agency journey through his blog.
"If October 28, 2007, was the last time I ever wear this uniform, thank you," Schilling wrote on Monday. "It was an honor and a privelage [sic] to be allowed to play here."