Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and wife Shonda connected with a family needing housing through Web site, openyourhome.com, which matches displaced families with people willing to house them.
The Schillings registered Friday and on Saturday anonymously arranged for the Fields family, with seven children between the ages of 5 and 12, to fly to Boston and provide them with housing for a year.
“He said, ‘I would like to help you,”’ Efrem Fields, 31, told The Globe in a phone interview from his hotel. “He didn’t say who he was.”
Fields and his wife, Shelita, 28, and their kids met the Schillings at the hotel. Fields said his new friend looked familiar.
“I said ‘Wait a second, I know this guy,”’ said Fields, a baseball fan. “Schilling … Schilling, there’s only one Schilling I know, and he’s a baseball player. It blew my mind.”