It’s sad, of course, when anyone has cancer, but I hadn’t heard much about Schilling in a while, so the news resonated.
Schilling’s stint with the D-backs coincided with those of other big names (big to me, at least) — Jay Bell, Mark Grace, Tony Womack, Randy Johnson, Luis Gonzalez, along with many others who would help carry the D-Backs to their first World Series title in 2001.
The news just reminded me of what a great time that was for a young D-backs fan.
Going to games at then-Bank One Ballpark on Sunday afternoons was often the highlight of the week. Getting cotton candy and kettle corn, hanging around before the games started to try to get memorabilia signed by my favorite players, running the bases and watching the D-backs advance all the way to the World Series in the franchise’s fourth year.
Schilling’s 20-year baseball career, during which he also played for Boston, Houston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, ended in 2007, and he officially retired in 2009 with a 216-146 record and 3,116 strikeouts. He was a six-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion and took home multiple awards for his performance in the 2001 season.
He may have ended his career with the Red Sox, but he’ll always be a Diamondback to me.
Best of luck, Curt. We’re pulling for you.
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