Here’s a very special note of thanks to Julia‘s second grade class. They were working on Acrostic Poems today, and included one for me:
I am very touched by the generosity of Julia’s students to include me in their thoughts despite being their teacher’s antagonist. I owe them a great big…
THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY
Curt Schilling was definitely an acquired taste. He was a player you loved or you hated…nothing in between. I will make no bones that I fell into the latter category, but I respect his accomplishments.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
It was easier for me when Curt pitched for Philadelphia. I recognized him as a quality pitcher, but he was never a threat since the Yankees were not locked in any competitive battles with the Phillies. The Yankees were still a few years away from their championship run when Curt won the 1993 World Series with the Phillies. But all that changed when Curt was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2001, Curt went 22-6 for the D-Backs and was 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA in the play-offs. He was co-MVP with Randy Johnson in Arizona’s 7-game World Series victory over the Yankees. I attended Games 2 and 6 in Phoenix, neither of which were enjoyable experiences for me. I disliked Curt and the Diamondbacks prior to that World Series, but the belligerent Arizona fans ensured a lifetime of disdain.
So, you can imagine how excited I was when Curt was traded to Boston in 2003.
Naturally, Curt played a pivotal role in the Red Sox dramatic comeback from a three games-to-none deficit in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Thus endeth the Curse of the Bambino.
I am not sorry to see him go, but I will tip my hat to a champion competitor…
X MARKS THE SPOT
Manager Joe Girardi has said that if the season started today, Xavier Nady would be the Yankees starting right fielder (replacing Bobby Abreu). But even Nady recognizes that both he and Nick Swisher will see plenty of playing time.
The New York Post
Here’s hoping for a great 2009 season for the X-Man!
UH-OH, GUESS WHAT’S ON TUESDAY NIGHT?
Don’t look now, but the Red Sox and Tim Wakefield (again?) travel to Steinbrenner Field to face the Yankees and A.J. Burnett. The game is at 7:15 pm.
So, Julia, care to make a little wager?…