Sen. Curt Schilling? Ex-Red Sox pitcher isn't ruling it out

A Senate seat in Massachusetts was just opened by the death of a 70-something Democrat who spent his life serving as a career politician and hailed from one of the country's most storied political families.

Now one of the possible candidates to run for the vacancy is a 40-something Republican who used to play baseball and hails from one of the country's most storied baseball teams?

Only in American politics, folks.

According to ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling(notes), he was recently "contacted" by sources he would not divulge and asked if he had any interest in running for the Senate seat that was left empty by the death of Ted Kennedy last week.

UPDATE: Politico reports that Schilling would be ineligible to run as a Republican.

In an interview with NECN, Schilling said he listened to what his sources had to say. But when asked if he had any interest in running this was his reply:

"As of today, probably not."

Never one to divert the spotlight, Schilling later logged onto his WEEI blog and refused to fully shut the door on waving the bloody sock for political gain. Here's what he wrote:

"I do have some interest in the possibility. That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.

"My hope is that whatever happens, and whomever it happens to, this state makes the decision and chooses the best person, regardless of sex, race, religion or political affiliation, to help get this state back to the place it deserves to be."

Famously known as an outspoken athlete who hit the campaign trail with John McCain in 2008 (often to humorous results) Schilling told NECN that he's worried about what he might say while giving a speech to solicit votes.

"I don't have a really good filter. Actually, my first press conference could probably be my last as someone on the political scene, which probably wouldn't be a bad thing."

With the election set for Jan. 19, Schilling obviously needs to make up his mind soon. But if he needs any motivation, it should be noted that there's more than just an opening in the Senate for someone else who's thrown the ball at Fenway.

With July's announcement that Hall of Fame Senator Jim Bunning won't seek re-election, Capitol Hill is also set to be down one Republican ex-pitcher.

What do you think? Should Schilling make a relief appearance in the political arena?