*Picture from the Boston Globe*
It sucks watching a great player turn mortal before your very eyes. Tonight, I saw a man who was scuffling and grinding to try to fix what was wrong, yet could not come up with an answer to the question.
Schill is NOT the same pitcher he was 3 years ago: he's 40 years old, and I wouldn't expect him to be the same: guy's like Roger and Bonds get better with age for a reason: I'll let you figure that one out on your own.
Schilling is the prototypical 40 year old, trying to keep it going, yet doing it in a new way: he's the first to admit he has to be more precise with his location and be more deceptive to get guys out than in his heyday of blowing them away with 97 mph heaters.
Tonight: 4.1 IP, 10H, 6ER, 2BB, and 0K's. Not his best night for sure: however, I DO NOT think he is done. I just think that when you have a 40 year old pitching to 25 year olds, unless he is perfect, games like tonight happen. I'll still take Curt Schilling over 90% of pitcher's in the game today.
Baseball is a game of failure's: you fail 7 out of 10 times at the plate, you're an all-star. You make 35 starts a year as a pitcher, and win 18, you had a great year. Being perfect is not a prerequisite to being a great player in this game: Schilling IS one of the best pitchers of this generation, bar none. Tonight was simply a case of an aging veteran not having his best stuff, no more, no less.
Tomorrow, young Skywalker follows Obi Wan: Beckett, looking to rebound after his last start, goes for win #10 vs. Tim Hudson.
Me? I'm putting my money on the kid from Texas.