Let us count the ways. Um… 41 of ’em, by Sox brass’ standards. Yes, Red Sox management got back to Curt Schilling on his re-up-me-for-’08-now offer, with a big fat sorry, Curt, but you’ll be a little long in the tooth next season, as he turns 41. Nothing personal, just a “business decision.” Curt says fine, got it. And he’ll be back in touch AFTER he hits the free agent market this October. Which, at that time on my calendar, it says it’s been three years since He of the Bloody Sock gutted us through the post-season and into Sox history. Fenway faithful have a good (young) dozen reasons not to fret over the decision. Several of ’em pitched your Sea Dogs to the EL title last season. A few more can be found a little lower in the farm system. But the ones that matter most now share a locker room with Mr. Schilling so, sure, he gets it.
Here’s what Boston did with this move. They assured that Curt will bring his A+ game to the hill in ’07. There will be 29 other teams watching.