"If I come back next year, I know that the offseason will be the hardest of my career," he said.
Wait a minute. Did he just say if?
"Well, going into next year," he backtracked.
That's going to keep Red Sox Nation buzzing during the offseason. If Schilling does bow out, that will leave a huge hole in their starting rotation - enough so that I'd expect the Blue Jays to be the major AL East competition for the Yankees next year.