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Curt Schilling reacts to his number finally being given out

02.22.13 at 12:31 pm ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — For the first time since 2008, a Red Sox player will be wearing the No. 38. The last owner of the uniform identification? Curt Schilling.

Mike Carp was assigned the digits, with every other number (not approaching 100) — except Dwight Evans‘ No. 24 — having already been taken.

Carp, who has no history with the number, was surprised to learn he had garnered such elite numerical status.

“I’ve always been in the 20’s. I’m proud to wear it if Schilling was the last to wear it. It’s quite a person to follow. Hopefully he took the strikeouts with him.”

Schilling — who used his former number in the title of such things as his blog and company’s name — was reflective when informed of the news.

In a text, the former pitcher offered this tongue-in-cheek response: “Clearly the athletic ability inherent in, and now transferred to Mike, will give him a huge advantage. Also, if he finds himself answering media questions with depth and breadth he’s not used to, well, that’s likely the number’s fault, as well. Also, if he finds himself becoming conservative and believing in smaller govt., well that’s not the number but tell him I’m proud of him.”

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