On 38

by Ryan

While we’re on the subject of baseball, I suppose I should talk about Curt Schilling.

He hasn’t been in the spotlight for anything good recently, but yesterday he announced his retirement the only way imaginable: on his blog:

The game always gave me far more than I ever gave it. All of those things, every single one of those memories is enveloped with fan sights and sounds for me. Without the fans, they would still be great memories, but none would be enduring and unforgettable because they infused the energy, rage, passion and “feel” of all of those times. The game was here long before I was, and will be here long after I’m gone. The only thing I hope I did was never put in question my love for the game, or my passion to be counted on when it mattered most. I did everything I could to win every time I was handed the ball.

I am and always will be more grateful than any of you could ever possibly know.

Curt has always gone about things his own way, so it’s only fitting that he gives his own website the scoop once again. Many people don’t like him very much for his comments over the years, but as a fan I’ve always looked past the things he says for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, this:

curt-schilling-bloody-sock

There are just some things that you never forget, and his performance back in 2004 will always be there for Red Sox fans. As sports fans we always take players at face value. Everyone comes in and says the right thing: they want to bring a championship to that team.

When Schilling was signed, he said and did all the right things. The difference is that when it came down to it, he delivered. After decades of close calls and almosts, a pitcher with one good leg and a lot of heart came through for a franchise almost nine decades removed from a World Series win.

As a fan of teams that continue to be unable to win much of anything, Schilling and the bunch of Idiots were the only group to ever come through for me. In fact, they did it twice. Despite all of the things he’s said about well, pretty much everyone; I’ll always appreciate him for those few weeks in October.