Curt Schilling, the Sox newly

Curt Schilling, the Sox newly acquired pitching ace, expressed empathy for the players involved in the deal, especially Ramirez and Garciaparra, two teammates with whom he said he was looking forward to playing and whose futures are being held hostage by the Rodriguez squabble. “As a player, if Alex Rodriguez wants to go to the Boston Red Sox, I can’t imagine the players’ union stopping him from doing that,” Schilling said yesterday in a phone interview. “At the end of the day I hope it’s not greed that kept this deal from getting done. I would think if Alex Rodriguez wants to come to the Boston Red Sox, he’d sit down and find a way to get it done. God forbid if he did that and the players’ union said, `No, you can’t.’ The last time I checked, I pay money to pay the salary of Don Fehr and Gene Orza. I understand they say there would be a ripple-down effect if Alex wants to change his contract, but what other player would be affected by the restructuring of Alex Rodriguez’s contract? None that I know of.” Orza, apprised of Schilling’s remarks, noted that the union’s executive council, which comprises players, agreed with the decision to reject the restructuring. “If Curt Schilling has a problem, he should take it up with the board,” Orza said.

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