Schilling hopes stars stay in place
Greeting fans at Fenway Park for the first time yesterday, newly acquired Curt Schilling said he hopes the Red Sox do not trade either Nomar Garciaparra or Manny Ramirez this winter, expressing disappointment that the team had a public squabble with its star shortstop (or at least his agent).
But Schilling said he has not lobbied general manager Theo Epstein or CEO Larry Lucchino to keep the two players, whom the righthander befriended while touring Japan with other all-stars in 1998, saying he has confidence Sox management is doing whatever it can to improve the team.
"One of the criteria for [me] leaving Arizona was that I was going to go to a club that was going to contend for the amount of time that I was going to sign a contract extension with them," he said. "I think it was pretty clear to me the first hour that this was a group of guys who was bound and determined to have a championship club every year on the field."
Schilling was a surprise visitor for fans attending the "Christmas at Fenway" event that included the opportunity to buy single-game tickets for April and May. The event also will be today from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Schilling said management made no promises regarding what players it intends to keep. But he said he was disappointed Garciaparra has been caught in the middle as the Sox try to work out a trade of Ramirez to the Rangers for shortstop Alex Rodriguez, whose arrival in Boston would almost certainly mean the end of Garciaparra's tenure here.
"I was looking forward to playing with Nomar and Manny again. They're both awesome guys," Schilling said.
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