Not Just a Bloody Sock: More To Schilling Than Meets The Eye

Vinny MadioCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2009

BOSTON - OCTOBER 25:  Curt Schilling #38 of the Boston Red Sox tips his hat to the crowd as he comes out of the game in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies during Game Two of the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series at Fenway Park on October 25, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

How come a guy who did it clean and played the game the right way, doesn't get the credit for it.  When names like Bonds and Clemens come up, we immediately say they cheated and can't be hall of famers.  Heck, Pete Rose is still banned for cheating on the game, and hes one of the best hitters to play the game.  But when it comes down to Curt Schilling, the media and the fans just don't give him the credit he deserves just because his REGULAR season stats just don't match up to players already in the hall.

Some people say that he was just a solid pitcher, that is famous do to a controversial bloody sock (which was awesome).  That bloody sock is already in the hall of fame, it ended years of misery for Red Sox fans. People forget who pitched that game, it was Curt Schilling.  The guy who just might be the best post season pitcher to ever play the game.  Giving him the ball in the post season is like giving Mariano Rivera the game in the ninth inning, its over. 

So the regular season stats aren't that good, well lets see.  He has 216 career wins and a .340 era.  He only won 20 games three times in his 20 year career.  He only had double digit wins in 10 of those years.  He ranks 15th in strike-outs with 3116, only one behind the great fireball pitcher Bob Gibson.  He also has completed 83 games with 20 shut outs, he has always been a workhorse.

He never won a Cy young award, though he finished close multiple times.  Yes, he has his own blog and it annoys a lot of people, but the hall of fame isn't a popularity contest, well it might be, but shouldn't.  Also, it shouldn't be about stats on a paper.  He has won 10 post season games, with a 2.30 era.  He shared a World Series MVP with Randy Johnson in Arizona.  He also has been apart of two other World Series teams, and lets face it, when it came down to it, Curt Schilling was the guy you wanted to pitch the big game.  He has that aura about him, that mystique that only some guys have.

So he might not have 300 wins, but lets face it, reaching 300 wins is over besides Randy Johnson going for it this year.  The pitchers today don't show the stamina or durability to go long enough in games or careers to reach 300 wins.  It is getting harder and harder to have multiple 20 game winners in the season, due to pitch counts and season count limits. 

What I see is one of the most dominant pitchers in the game from 2001 to 2006.  Also remember that he does have 216 wins and three World Series rings, with a World Series MVP to go with that.  Not to mention he is one of the best post season pitchers in MLB history. 

Put those things with the bloody sock and his controversial blog and interviews, and I think you got a guy that everyone wants to watch, when he finally is inducted.  We will all want to hear what he has to say, and to see what his final words will be because if we all know Schilling... he isn't a bloody fool.