Of course, everyone is talking about where A-Rod will land, and rightfully so. But since that won’t be settled for quite some time, and since talking about A-Rod gets old after a while, let us today turn our attention to the second most arrogant free agent on the market: Curt Schilling.
Actually, I don’t know if that’s fair. Since Barry Bonds is a free agent, Schilling might only be the third most arrogant free agent. Let’s just agree that he’s up there among the arrogant elite.
Recently, the 700 Level instituted “Schilling Watch.” And today, the Philadelphia Inquirer tells us that the Phillies are interested in Schilling. And, I’ve got to admit, I’m a little conflicted. Schilling the pitcher would be a perfect fit for the Phillies. He’s only looking for a one-year contract, so he’s a low-risk investment. And he showed this season that he’s still got some gas left in his tank. Schilling could win 15 games next year behind the Phils’ high-powered offense and be a strong playoff pitcher, should the team make it that far.
On the other hand, it would take a real effort on my part to cheer for Schilling. Simply put, I find him supremely unlikeable.
And I’m not alone. There are lots of folks in Philly who don’t like Schilling. The guy didn’t exactly endear himself the first time around. Mitch Williams, who is currently one of the hosts of the Phils’ post-game show, is still pissed that Schilling put a towel over his head so he wouldn’t have to watch while Williams pitched in the 93 World Series.
Should the Phillies bring Schilling back? Probably. Do I want them to? I just can’t decide.
Somebody make me feel better about Schilling returning to Philly.