Thanks, Curt

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We know he reads us once in a while, so thanks to Curt Schilling, who provided no shortage of memorable moments in this Lost Season.

And congratulations to him for the following accomplishments achieved during 2006:

  • 200 career wins (207, t-94th all-time)
  • 3,000 career strikeouts (3,023, 14th all-time)
  • 15 wins in a season, eighth time
  • 200 innings pitched, ninth time
  • Sub-4.00 ERA, 11th time (20-start minimum)
  • Major-league leading 6.53 Ks per walk, 31st-best single season mark in major league history (Schilling’s 4.37 career mark remains second all-time).

Considering all the praise (deservedly) given to David Ortiz during the last few weeks, it’s only fitting that we tip our caps tonight to Schilling, one of the best pitchers we’ve seen to wear a Red Sox uniform, after a fine final performance of 2006.

10 comments… add one

  • If this is indeed Curt’s last season (as he hinted the other day), I was fortunate enough to see him pitch in the flesh this season.
    I respect the hell out of the guy, and was among the throngs that were standing and cheering for him as he left the game.
    Best of luck in whatever you do, Curt, from Yankee fans everywhere.
    (Well… a few of us anyway.)

    Yankee Fan In Boston September 27, 2006, 8:23 am
  • Hats off to you, Curt. You’ve been a proven warrior, and have been able to deal with a lot of adversity on and off the field. Whether you hang your hat after this year or next, know that you’ll always be remembered as a legend in the heart of Red Sox nation.
    I also wish you luck in your new gaming company, Green Monster Games. If you put half as much passion, energy, and heart into the company as you do the game of baseball, it’ll be a tremendous success.
    Also, thank you for doing some incredible things for the city of Boston and for New England. You have gone far above and beyond in giving back to this region and to the people less fortunate than us. We can’t thank you enough.
    I hope that even after you bid the game goodbye, that you still continue to find a home in New England and keep it close to your heart. You’re a true example of chatacter and integrity in an era that sorely needs it.
    -Scott SF

    Scott SF September 27, 2006, 8:25 am
  • My personal opinion is that he’s too bullheaded to go out like this. Maybe he does, but I don’t think it fits the personality he portrays on TV. He wants to be the best, and it wasn’t that way this year – for himself or the team; I can’t see him being the type of guy to go out like this.

    Brad September 27, 2006, 9:28 am
  • His postgame comments talked about next season and started with an “if,” which surprised me. He’s never before indicated — here or elsewhere — that he would retire early. Just that he would likely retire after his contract expires next season.
    I think (hope? pray?) that he’ll be back for one more year. I just really want to see a second-half rotation featuring Schilling, Beckett, Clemens and whatever free agent the Sox (hopefully) will sign this offseason.

    Paul SF September 27, 2006, 10:16 am
  • I agree, Paul. I’m really looking forward to the Red Sox spending another useless ten million dollars to get a second half pitcher, that really wasn’t that good the last time he was regularly throwing in the adult divison. :(
    I can’t possibly think of a better way to spend ten million dollars for the Red Sox. If they do this, and I’m sure it will be a topic of discussion at that time, I’ll be highly upset. Unless Clemens is willling to come to Boston for next to nothing, it’s not worth it.
    Boston should invest that money in a long- term plan player, with possibly more than a three month upside.
    They should take that money, and give it to whatever starting pitcher the Yankees drive the price up on. Granted, that player will no doubt be worth nowhere near what they will have to give him, but at least he may be there for more than the suggested three months.

    Brad September 27, 2006, 10:42 am
  • I think (and I only think, of course. I have no particular knowledge about this) the Sox are wealthy enough to consider $10 million to Clemens a sunk cost, considering the potential to give you 15 starts even at a 4.00-4.50 clip. And I’m not sure what you mean, Brad — Clemens’ last season with New York in 2003, he went 17-9 with a 3.91 ERA, slightly better than Schilling this year.
    Also, the Herald scoops the Globe badly this morning with word from multiple sources that Matt Clement has a torn labrum AND a torn rotator cuff, likely finishing his 2007 season and thus his career in Boston.

    Paul SF September 27, 2006, 10:48 am
  • Paul, I’m not saying that I don’t like the guy or that I hope he never comes back, but I am saying that if it cost’s ten million to do it, it’s not worth it. I’d rather have Zito’s second half any day of the week at this point.
    Also, can’t you remember him being chased out of those last few Sox games, nearly in tears in the fourth inning? It’s been awhile since he’s faced this divison, and there’s no way he’s better.

    Brad September 27, 2006, 10:57 am
  • If it’s an either-or, I agree, we should get Zito or Buehrle or whoever. But I think the Sox can afford to make the big FA splash and pay the one-time $10M cost for second-half/postseason Clemens.

    Paul SF September 27, 2006, 11:05 am
  • Curt was on the radio this morning saying that he did not mean to confuse people by saying he was thinking of retiring. He stated today that his plans are to return next year.

    Rob September 27, 2006, 12:11 pm
  • I must admit that whenever he retires, I’ll miss Schilling the pitcher – but good riddance to often annoying and sometimes offensive comments he makes in the press. Pitching accomplishments aside, it’s hard to have much respect for a guy who doesn’t seem to know when to shut up.

    Andrews September 27, 2006, 2:37 pm

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