July 29, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 88, Curt Schilling (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

In 2002 — the year after Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were co-MVPs of the World Series and named co-Sportspeople of the Year by Sports Illustrated — someone in the Diamondbacks organization explained to me the basic difference between the two players.

The person said that with Johnson, teammates hated him on the day he pitched, loved him the other four days.

And with Schilling, teammates loved him on the day he pitched, hated him the other four days.

It’s a generalization, of course, and I’m sure not everyone felt that way. But it probably does get close to the heart of the two pitchers. Johnson was a grouchy son of a gun…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 88, Curt Schilling” at The Athletic