For one day only, it's the return of the Daily Closer!
• Get Ready For More Curt, Boston. There are certain people who are allowed to use the first-person plural possessive in blog entries. For some, it works. Curt Schilling is not one of those. From Schilling's 38 Pitches:
Talks with the Red Sox are moving. Theo and I have spoken multiple times daily over the past week and given the current situation I am feeling very confident that we will be able to finalize a 1 year contract to allow us a chance to finish our career as members of the Red Sox organization.
Schilling went on to say:
We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!
My question: If Schilling already wrote farewell notes to all his teammates, should he be allowed back? My vote is no.
• Mets Will Take A Pass, Probably. The Mets have no real interest in Alex Rodriguez, according to Newsday. More likely is a push for Jose Contreras, Joe Blanton or Carlos Silva (better pitching? What a concept). But according to the New York Daily News, the Mets are making a big push for A-Rod. Hmm. [Newsday]
• Old Money. Yes son, we live in a country where a 42-year-old pitcher can make $10 million on a one-year contract. Greg Maddux will be back with the Padres for that amount, and unlike Clemens, he'll probably actually make a difference. Maddux will be joined in the lineup, of course, by Barry Bonds.* [ABC News]
• Escape From New York. Boy, now that George Steinbrenner is no longer totally in charge, it's just a giant conga line out the back door of Yankee Stadium. Next to diss the team: Andy Pettitte. [Pinstripe Alley]
* = May not be joined by Bonds.