Curt Schilling will not attend the anniversary ceremony at Fenway Park on Friday, saying he has business matters to attend to.
A member of the World Series title teams in 2004 and ’07, Schilling has made news lately with his frequent criticism of manager Bobby Valentine on ESPN and WEEI.
He sent this letter to the Globe and other media outlets today:
To Red Sox Nation,
I apologize that business at 38 Studios has made my participation in the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park impossible. Please understand that should in no way indicate my love and passion for Red Sox Nation. There was no greater feeling than standing on that mound, in that park, in front of you fans. The memories I was honored to be a part of, from David’s walk off HR in the 2004 ALDS, to going 4-0 in World Series games in that park, to the true honor of wearing that uniform every single day is something I am blessed to have, and will never forget.
I was and always have been opinionated, and unafraid to share my opinion, and for that I accept whatever it is you think of me. But please know that when I had the ball in my hand I gave the team, and you, every ounce of everything I had to get a “W”. It was an honor to wear the uniform, and compete with the incredible team and teammates I was allowed to.
Every great memory I have in that uniform is because of the people that paid to watch us play, and I will be forever grateful to you for that.
Thank you and God Bless
The Red Sox extended invitations to all living former players and managers. No other players, at this juncture, have released statements to the media regarding their participation.