Curt Schilling's 2000 decade may always be remembered as the Bloody Sock incident, stemming from his gutty performance in the 2004 World Series as a member of the Boston Red Sox. But Schilling, who did not even throw a pitch in '08 or '09, had an amazing decade altogether.
He started the decade pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. But he was soon dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he would go on to help the team beat the Yankees in the 2001 World Series. In that series, Schilling stymied the Yankees. In the three games he started, he struck out 26 batters and gave up just four earned runs, on his way to being named co-MVP of the World Series.
But this wouldn't be the last taste of the Fall Classic for Schill. He would go on to lead the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series victory in 86 years in 2004. Schilling's gutty performance was astounding.
With blood visibly seeping through his sock, thanks to a ruptured tendon sheath in his right ankle, Schilling still managed to win Game six of the ALCS against the Yankees, and Game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Schilling and the Sox would win another World Championship, sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2007. Throughout the decade, Schilling was a three-time All-Star, and finished second in the Cy Young award voting three times. He finished the decade with a 117-63 record, 1,545 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.54. Can you say Hall-of-Famer?