He did it again – undergoing surgery on his tendon in order to pitch this game – just as he had for game 7 of the ALCS in New York. And once again, he delivered – in the midst of pain, bleeding, and the risk of permanent injury to his ankle. Courage? You bet.
“I care so much about my teammates that I’ll do anything that I have to do to contribute – to help this team”
– Curt Schilling
The Boston Globe reports it as follows:
It might have been the last Fenway Park game of the magical 2004 season. And if it was, there’ll be a parade in Boston sometime before Election Day . . . perhaps the grandest celebration in 374 years of Hub history.
Curt Schilling, the gifted, gritty veteran who has given whole new meaning to red sock, hurled Boston’s Laughing Gas House Gang to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of the World Series last night. The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven, 2-0, and if they can win twice in the next three days at Busch Stadium, the Sox will have their first World Series championship since 1918.
In other words, put pink champagne on ice, but keep it corked. The Cardinals were 53-28 at home this year and Red Sox Nation would do well to remember 1986, when the Sox won the first two games of the World Series at Shea Stadium only to lose four of the last five to the New York Mets. The Sox have not been in a World Series since that fateful event.
The 37-year-old Schilling, who said he came to Boston to win a World Series, pitched six innings of four-hit, one-run (unearned) ball, working again while blood seeped into the white sanitary hose that covers his sutured right ankle. The surgical procedure, designed to stabilize a dislocated tendon in Schilling’s ankle, worked for the second time in less than a week. It was a franchise-record, sixth consecutive postseason win for Boston.
The Red Sox won again, by the way, 6-2 at Fenway Park here in Boston. Tomorrow is an off day with three games up next in St. Louis.