Curt Schilling took the mound for the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees with approximately 55 stitches in his ankle. He bled all over his white sock throughout the game but pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win.
Then there is Pedro Martinez, who trotted out of the Boston bullpen in Game 5 of the 1999 American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians. Despite a hurt back, he threw 6.0 scoreless and hitless innings to help Boston win the series.
And then there is Clay Buchholz who started Game 4 of the 2013 World Series despite experiencing a fatigued shoulder and he went on to ... well, that story still needs to be written.
Buchholz, Boston’s extremely talented but often injured right-hander, will write his own heroic or disappointing story today in Game 4 at 8:07 p.m. in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
If his comments at his press conference yesterday were of any indication, he won’t write the same heroic tale Schilling and Martinez once inked.
“Being at this level, especially on this stage, it’s tough to take yourself out of a game,” Buchholz told reporters yesterday. “I’ve never done that before. But with this scenario that’s going on right now, I’m going to tell them (Red Sox coaches and trainer) the truth. It’s not going to be one of times where you might be feeling tired, but still telling everybody that you’re good to go.
“Like I said, I’m going to compete and give my team the best chance of winning that I can, and if something does come up that I’m feeling a little rundown, then, yeah, that’s something that I’ll let them know.”
Yikes! That comment — on this stage (the World Series) — is maybe even worse than the one he made throughout his three-month disabled list stint this year when he kept telling reporters he wouldn’t pitch again until he felt 100 percent healthy.