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So Long, Curt

To no one's surprise, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced his retirement today via his blog, after 23 major league seasons and three World Series rings. Although this was to be expected, this is also a great loss for Boston fans, as Schilling uplifted the slumping Sox when they needed it most. Helping Boston win their first World Series title in 86 years was an achievement in itself, but doing so with a bloody sock was unimaginable, and will surely go down in history as one of the best postseason performances ever. Now the question remains, will Schilling make it into the Hall of Fame?
Undoubtedly, Schilling deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Will he be in the Hall? Probably. Schilling made his mark with the Diamondbacks, winning the World Series over the Yankees in 2001. However, what he did with Boston was reason enough to make a bid for the Hall, not necessarily because of the numbers, but because of her personal achievements in the game.
Boston's 2004 World Series title was made possible because of the performance by Schilling, who left his heart, and his memorable bloody sock on the mound, pitching an astonishing performance for Boston, who would most likely be losers for another 86 years without him. Hypothetically, any one can have a 20 wins season, or pitch a no-hitter, but the effectiveness of Schilling during his health scare was staggering, and needs to be acknowledged by baseball.
By the numbers, Schilling's career is nothing to scoff about. He ranks 15th all-time in terms of strikeouts with 3116, and still managed to keep his career ERA under 4.00 (3.46). Schilling has also done exceptionally well during the postseason, with a 10-2 record. With a 1997 All-Star game appearance, Schilling has certainly overcome many obstacles to become an exceptional pitcher.
Schilling proved he was a contender with the Phillies, and then proved he was an ace with the Diamondbacks. However, with the Red Sox he proved he was a Hall of Famer, worthy of the title because of all he did to help the Sox win two World Series titles in four years. What he did not only for himself but for the team was admirable and earned him a spot in the Hall.
Schilling will forever be remembered in Boston and throughout baseball for being a workhorse, who played with a torn tendon in order to give the Sox a chance at overcoming history. The pain he endured and the results he produced in the process speak for himself, and Schilling's name deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. For now, he will have to settle for the bloody sock, which rests in it's commemorative glass home in Cooperstown, where hopefully, Schilling's plaque will soon be, too.

Rani Smith


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