With today's announcement that Curt is having season, and very likely career ending shoulder surgery, we may have seen the last of a guy who has embodied the Red Sox spirit the last 4 years.
From insisting his contract automatically get extended if the Sox won the World Series to calling the local sports radio shows to posting on the SOSH message board, Father Curt embraced being a member of the Red Sox like few had before him.
Clearly, he GOT what it meant to put that jersey on. He'd initially been drafted by the Sox, and even though he was known as a Phillie and a Diamondback, even vanquishing the MFY's in 2001 and sharing the Series MVP award with Randy Johnson, since he's been in Boston it's hard to remember him when he WASN'T a Red Sox player.
Johnny Damon said he'd never play for the Yankees, then jumped ship the first chance he got. Schilling said the same thing, and you believed him. In fact, I can't think of a thing Schill ever said I didn't believe he meant, whether I liked what he said or not. And yeah, he's a camera loving, quote making, attention seeking kind of guy. At least he was honest about it.
So if this is it, I'd like to say thanks. Thanks for nutting up and sacrificing your career in the ALCS. Thanks for telling the world there was nothing you could think of that was better than making 50,000 New Yorkers shut up. Thanks for changing the culture around this team from one of "When is the other shoe gonna drop" to "Somehow we're gonna end up winning this thing."
Because those 2 World Series trophies the boys have won the past 4 years? They don't happen without The Big Schill.
And for that, all of Red Sox Nation owes Schilling an eternal debt of gratitude.