Monday, March 23, 2009

Schilling Retires

Say what you want about this guy, but in the postseason he's the guy that I want to have the ball. Outright dominating in his career.

Schilling came to the Red Sox for one reason only, to help bring a championship to the long suffering organization and fans. He delivered in 2 postseasons. Look at his postseason stats-

In 19 postseason starts, he compiled an 11-2 record with a 2.23 ERA, striking out 120 batters in 133.1 innings while allowing just 104 hits. His teams won 10 of the 12 playoff series in which he pitched.

Here's what Jason Varitek thinks-

I don't think we're standing where we're at, having won two world championships, without Curt," Varitek said. "What he brought in his preparation as a winning commodity, as a winning pitcher, somebody that strived for this organization to do well, to work towards doing what his organization hadn't done in 86 years. He cares about winning. And he cared about this organization doing well.

And Tito-

He'd give you everything he has," said Francona, who noted that Schilling pitched the first game he managed in the big leagues. "Every time he pitched, you felt like you had a chance to win. He had the ability to reach back for more about as good as anybody I've ever seen.
"Even in Philadelphia when we were struggling to win, you felt like you had a pretty good team that day he was pitching.

Schilling's statement on his blog

Thanks Curt-

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