Curt(ain) call — Big Schill calls it a career
It’s a good day for all of you to share remembrances of Schilling, both in terms of what he did in his career and what he did for the Red Sox.
I’ll start by giving you some of David Ortiz‘s remembrances:
“Myself, I see him
as an amazing professional baseball player. When you look at somebody like,
man, how did you do it? What he did in 2004, I was around the whole thing,
seriously, it was one of the most impressive things that I have seen in
Did Schilling change the culture of the Red Sox? You bet, says Big Papi.
“He did. He did.
I’m telling you, he did. Like I was saying before, I saw the guy getting
surgery and then two days later, he was pitching in one of the most important games
and dealing with it. It was freezing, rainy, cold as hell and the guy just had
open surgery on his ankle, bleeding to death. A lot of people came up to me and
asked me, was he bleeding for real? I’ll tell you what man, he showed me a lot
of guts. I have a lot of respect for Curt. I wish him the best now that he’s
not going to play baseball anymore and let him know that he has a friend here
he could count on.”
How was Schilling always so good in the big games?
“The guy had a
focus on the game like nobody I’ve seen,” Ortiz said. “He wanted to be in the game every
single second, you know? He would come to me and tell me things that as a
veteran, you would be like, ‘wow, this guy is taking the game to another level.’
Curt is a really smart man. He’s so smart that he turned out to be stupid
sometimes. I’m telling you, he was an amazing piece for this ballclub. That’s
the way I see it. I don’t care what anybody says.”