I know this news has been circulating through the internet for awhile now, but I wanted to sit on my thoughts in hopes of not making this article too political. Sure, we talk about politics here at BBS, but I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and yes, that includes Curt Schilling. I am not looking to persuade anyone in any type of way, but rather give my thoughts on one of the greatest postseason pitchers of my lifetime and the travesty that is happening right now in Major League Baseball.
As many of you know, I am 21 years old, so I have not seen as much baseball as others. I am also a proud republican, so I may have a different take on Curt Schilling's outlandish comments, but let's first talk about his contributions on the baseball diamond.
Unfortunately for Big Schill, he wasted away his best years with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks and playing some serious postseason, big game baseball. In 19 games pitched in the playoffs, Schill was 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 133.1 innings. Simply put, when the moment was the biggest and the lights were the brightest, Schill turned it on, which resulted in three World Series rings.
From a Boston sports fan perspective, isn't that all you can ask for from an athlete? Have we all forgotten Big Schill limping out in front of one of the most hostile crowds ever in the 2004 ALCS at Yankee Stadium?
In the regular season, Schilling was a solid, legit #1. In 20 years and 569 games started, Schill won 216 games and struck out 3,116 batters in 3,261 innings.
Now, let's address the elephant in the room. Yes, Schilling is an outspoken, far-right republican. He has posted questionable things on social media and has been extremely vocal about his views, which ultimately resulted in his termination at ESPN. For me, I am sick and tired of these baseball writers thinking they can take the moral high ground and keep someone out of the hall of fame because of off the field issues. Is there an off the field "clause?" Sure, but I think that should be for rapists and murderers, not conservatives.
The unfortunate reality is that most of these baseball writers have extremely different political views from Schilling and are abusing their power to keep a sure-fire, first ballot hall of famer out.