October 29, 2007
Red Sox fans are perfectly clear that while most of the Boston Red Sox will remain intact through 2008, there are a few large question marks.
The first one, clearly, is Mike Lowell. World Series MVP or not, Lowell is a free agent, and his return is far from imminent. We can threaten to kidnap Theo Epstein all we want, but Red Sox fans have no idea how his situation will turn out, and that's terrifying.
The second one, however, is even more unclear: should Curt Schilling be back with the Red Sox in 2008, or not?
For all is his postseason bravado, Schilling finished 2007 with a 9-8 record and missed a substantial portion of the season to injury. Sure, you can make the case that he still has impeccable control and provides a veteran presence in the Red Sox club house. The Red Sox have many veterans, though, and young starters like Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester waiting in the wings for a shot at a full-time job.
The quick question: if Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester are starters for the Red Sox next season, who's the odd man out? Schilling, or Tim Wakefield?
Schilling himself is obviously already aware of the situation. In his blog today, he makes what amounts to an Emmy speech, thanking everyone from God to the clubhouse attendants. Then, he says the following:
"I'll leave it at this. My personal situation will most certainly be talked about in the paper, on the radio and on TV. Many people will propose to know exactly what the Sox 'think' about me, and many more will claim to know what I am going to do, and what I want. They will claim to know what works best for whom, and who should say what to who, when. The only place that will be true is here. My thoughts are to post here once the process begins, and to keep anyone that cares about the situation informed via this blog."
Schilling goes on to say that "there will be no ill will" if he isn't back in Boston:
"If October 28, 2007, was the last time I ever wear this uniform, thank you. It was an honor and a privelage to be allowed to play here."
So ... classy farewell speech, or plea to return for one more season?