Saturday, October 27, 2007

Schilling Makes a Case for Sox to RESIGN HIM!

Full Name: Curtis Montague Schilling
Born: 11/14/1966
Birthplace: Anchorage, AK
Height: 6'5" Weight: 235 ??? (I doubt that)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
College: Yavapai JC, AZ
MLB Debut: 09/07/1988

#38 has amassed a 53 win -- 29 loss record for the Sox since he was signed in 2004. He led the team to the World Series in '04 & '07. Curt has a 216-146 record in his career and could wear a SOX cap into the Hall of Fame. How about that - Theo?

Curt & his beautiful wife Schonda have made a great "pitch" to stomp out skin cancer and ALS!

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The Red Sox went to great lengths to bring Curt and his Family to Boston. It was on Thanksgiving that The Trio visited the Schillings and convinced them Boston should be their new home. Since then, Schill has become a Boston Sports Icon -- with his "bloody sock" performance and his recent "will to win victories" in the ALCS & World Series. Let's show some smarts here and resign Schilling to a two year deal and keep him on the the bump for future Play off Heroics!

Farewell To Thoughts of Goodbye

By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff October 26, 2007

Not that last night's start was the be-all and end-all, but it's obvious that Curt Schilling makes an impact and should continue to make an impact with the Red Sox rotation for at least another year. This is, as the commercial says, "The biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth."

Last night certainly silenced any debate, if there was one, about whether keeping him on this pitching staff is good business.

Pitching is scarce - just take a gander at the free agent list, where you'll read the names of Kyle Lohse and Carlos Silva - and if you've got a soon-to-be 41-year-old pitcher who affects your other starters and can pitch like he has in October, is there any choice but to offer him another year and let him finish his career in Boston?

No matter how annoyed the Red Sox might have been that Schilling didn't take conditioning seriously at the beginning of the season and that it might have affected his win total, you can't argue with the fact that he's made the transition from power pitcher to finesse pitcher seamlessly.

Next season, the Sox are going to have a young staff. Add Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz to the rotation and it would be wise to have a veteran starter who can act as a second pitching coach and teach these guys how to win.

VIDEO: ESPN's Phillips doesn't think Schill will be back
GLOBE GRAPHIC: Schilling in the postseason
GLOBE GRAPHIC: Tracking the starters
GALLERIES: Game photos Fenway scene
Game highlights Interviews Fenway scene

There's no doubt Schilling, who went 5 1/3 innings last night and picked up the 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the World Series, has come up big in the postseason. He had one bad start, but the rest have been quality pressure outings that would be hard to replicate. He's even had an impact on Daisuke Matsuzaka with a between-starts chat in which he emphasized to the young Japanese pitcher the importance of fastball command.

Who knows whether pitching coach John Farrell will depart the Sox and become the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager? If so, the Red Sox will need a new pitching coach, so it wouldn't hurt to have Schilling's voice available for a young staff.

As long as a team knows Schilling would not be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter, he should find employment next year. He can certainly be to the Red Sox what Roger Clemens has been to the Houston Astros and New York Yankees the past three years - a legendary pitcher who can be effective on the mound and as a teacher.

"He's tremendous behind the scenes in the way he can eliminate the gray area you have sometimes," said Jason Varitek. "It does happen a lot behind the scenes, and the fact that it is behind the scenes is very impressive."

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