End of the Road

It wasn’t supposed to end like this.

After a career that has spanned 17 years and included 3 World Series titles, 6 All Star Games, 11 postseason wins, countless opinions, and one bloody sock, Curt Schilling may have thrown his last pitch in a Major League uniform.

But it wasn’t supposed to end like this.

Guys like Schilling don’t just walk away from the game with an injury. They’re supposed to walk off the field for the last time during the seventh game of the World Series, to an adoring crowd and a standing ovation.

A lot has been said over the years about Schilling’s history of having an opinion on pretty much every subject. Words like egomaniac, self-indulgent, and blowhard have often preceded his name, but I always took Schilling’s view on things with a grain of salt. I couldn’t care less who he thought should be our next President. I cared about his pitching. And when it mattered, there have been few pitchers over the years that could elevate their game the way Curt Schilling did.

Schilling will always be remembered by Red Sox Nation for the bloody sock game during the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees, and for the leadership he showed in helping the Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years. Those games were obviously incredible and will never be forgotten, but the Schilling game that stands out for me was in 2005. Keith Foulke had gone down with an injury, and suddenly Boston was in need of a closer. Schilling putting the team ahead of himself, volunteering to work out of the bullpen for his first time in fourteen years. Of course, the experiment didn’t last, and Schilling got shelled. But he put the team ahead of his personal statistics, and my opinion of him changed that day.

I don’t think Curt Schilling has the career numbers to make it to the Hall of Fame. He never won the Cy Young award and hasn’t won 300 games, both of which tend to be the main criteria for induction. But if there is a wing in Cooperstown that rewards heart, determination, and leadership, then Schilling would be in on the first ballot.

And who knows, we may one day see #38 join the list along side 1 4 8 9 27 42.

66 Responses to “End of the Road”

  1. Dan Says:

    nursery rymes? wouldnt expect anything else from the greatest team in the history of baseball, 1927 yankees? crap compared to the 2007 red sox, 1930 Philidalphia As? an absolute joke compared to the 2007 Sox. You shall hear from me again when the sox sweep the rays by a combined score of 784 to 3.

  2. Dave Says:

    News flash young Dan! The Rays aren’t playing the lowly Pirates anymore. They are playing a real team. After the Sox sweep Tampa this weekend, I hope you and your fellow bandwagoners don’t get hurt when you bail on the Rays.

  3. Dan Says:

    Dave, serouis question here, when did you become a red sox fan? really young? did you ever live in New England? (no sarcasm)

  4. Dave Says:

    Serious answer. I grew up in New Hampshire, 30 miles from Boston. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a Sox fan.

  5. Dan Says:

    I grew up in st petersburg, 3 miles from tropicana field, i was at the rays first ever game as an 8 year old, with wilson alveraz pitching and wade boggs at 3rd, fred mcgriff at first, i love the game of baseball because every night during the summer as an elementry schooler watching the rays play. i was there during the 105 loss season in 2002. Yes this is the most exciting team in my rays fan life, and yes im enjoying fighting back against those same sox fans who told me to go home out of our ballpark because our team sucked. so yes i am flaunting my teams record because this is a first for me as a fan. so yes, when u call me a fair weather fan, it really does bother me. I will say this though, if you think you will sweep us with James shields pitching monday, matt garza on tuesday, and scott kazmir on wednesday, good luck trying.

  6. Dave Says:

    Those three, along with the rest of the Rays are going to wilt under the pressure of the big stage. This is just another series against a team playing good for the World Champions. This is the equivalent to the World Series for Tampa.
    The cream always rises to the top.

    I’ll be at 2 of the 3 games, please tell your fellow Rays fans to keep the crying to a minimum.

    Go Sox!

  7. Dan Says:

    wilting under pressure? didnt you say in one of your prevouis posts that the rays wilt under the first sign of adversity? well right after you said that they started playing even better, without several key players out with suspensions. The sox have been winning like crazy, every time i look up they have won 5 in a row, yet the rays are a half game up. how is this possible??? because the rays keep winning at the same pace as the sox. you will be lucky to win 1 of 3.

  8. Dave Says:

    Just promise me that you’ll stay loyal to the Rays after they are exposed for the frauds that they are.

    If you’re putting all your hope on Kaz, Shields and Garza then you are dumber than I thought. Kazmir has looked ordinary his last 2 starts. Shields is a hot head, and Garza is a schizophrenic. You never know if he’s going throw a 1 hitter or give up 10 runs. These chumps don’t worry me in the least.
    Consistency is what makes World Champions.

  9. Dan Says:

    frauds, what a joke, sweeping first place teams like boston, LA Angels, Chicago Cubs, oh i cant wait until wednesday night, i just wanna see what you post the next day, oh ill stay loyal, I just dont wanna hear excuses like the last time the rays swept the sox. none of that, “the rays didnt look good, the sox looked horrible”. you know what makes teams look horrible? good teams like the rays. finally, Finally i will have the last laugh over those ignorant, arrogant Bahston fans

  10. Dave Says:

    Please refer to the Red Sox as the World Champions when you mention them on this site.

    Its not my style to make excuses. If the Rays win this series, I will give credit where credit is due. I expect the same from you. This is really going to be a fun series. I am counting the hours.

    let’s also remember, the Red Sox swept Tampa the last two times they played.

  11. Dan Says:

    oh i remember, and believe me, so do the rays, that will be key, and if i agree with one thing you said, its that this series is much, MUCH more meaningful to the rays. As you can see in my previous comments, ive put all my eggs in this series’ basket, and if the rays lose this series, i might just go kill myself. remember, this series to you is really nothing, i on the other hand, have waited for this series for 11 years.

  12. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Wow. This is pretty heated. in the mean time, The Showstoppers win again, and the Rays are in first again.

    This series is HUGE!

    I took a look at my finances and realized I cant go to the game tomorrow night. I have something like a Car Payment that needs to be made on the 8th. lol

    ESPN on Wednesday though. Good Stuff.

    Papelbon is calling for revenge. Watch out.

  13. Dan Says:

    papelbon will not be able to administer his revenge. if he is in the game, that means boston will be ahead by a very close margin, and putting runners on will be a very bad idea.

  14. albert desalvo Says:

    Hello Albert D. here…Bill lee was great ,the space man…. Met him once great guy ..He had the biggest can of bud I ever saw.. He was felling pretty good also.. He was with OZZIE SMITH..Bob Stanley was Bostons first million dollar reliever.. Whats Papelon get ?$750.000 a year.. SORRY TO Mattie Mc….We at Cedar Junction didnt know he had a car..WOW.. Question can he reach the pedals,and does he wind it up or does it run onbatteries????
    THE GANG at Cedar Junction do not like Spanky either.Is he a friend of young Mattie Mc?
    Young Dan is a wantabee… Bandwagon.????Have a good day Albert D.

  15. BOSTON BILLY Says:

    ALL THE GUYS IN KEMORE SQUARE ,BOSTON MASS…. SAY HEY DAN YOU SUCK..WHEN YOUKILL YOUR SELF LEAVE A NOTE..DUMB ASS..amen

  16. VINNY M.. . Says:

    lots of talk this week.. this is good. A note about Dave.. His Dad would go into Fenway Park every December and buytickets for the family.. Daves Dad also worked with me at Gillette inAndover Mass. Gillette had 8 seats behind home plate… Which Dave Dad would get a coupe of times a year… This family loved all of the Boston teams…The PEOPLEin Salem N.H. Are Proud of Dave and THE FOUL LINE.
    Vinny M . Jaffery NH.