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Curt Schilling: 2001 World Series glory hound

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We recently mentioned Joe Buck’s new autobiography. Today Vice has an excerpt of it that you may find amusing.

In Game 4 of the 2001 World Series, Curt Schilling was taken out of the game by Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly. Brenly was mic’d up by the Fox production team and Schilling famously pleaded with Brenly to keep him in the game because he still had something left and “gamer/gritty/competitor/warrior blah, blah, blah” stuff that Schilling was known for as a player.

You may remember what happened next: the Yankees rallied off of reliever Byung-Hyun Kim to force extras and then Derek Jeter hit his famous 10th inning homer off of him. Brenly caught all kinds of hell afterward for taking Schilling out, no doubt made more severe due to Schilling’s protestations, picked up on a live mic.

Buck, however, says that that was all show. Schilling had told his catcher, Damien Miller, before the inning that he was out of gas, had one more inning at best and that Miller should not let Brenly leave Schilling in. Miller told Brenly this, so Brenly naturally came to take Schilling out when he ran into trouble. From the book:

“It was great theater. It belonged on Broadway.

Here is what we didn’t know. Earlier in that inning, Schilling had told his catcher, Damian Miller, that he was running out of gas: ‘Whatever happens, this is my last inning. Don’t let him put me back out there again.’ Naturally, Miller told Brenly.

But Schilling could see the microphone on Brenly’s uniform. He knew he would look better if he begged to keep pitching on national television. So he asked Brenly to keep him the game…They both knew he was coming out.”

As Vice’s Twitter account notes, this probably is reason enough to make one question the whole bloody sock business anew.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.

Ichiro wants to play until he’s 50

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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is entering his 25th season as a professional baseball player and his 17th in the major leagues. The 43-year-old is potentially under contract through the 2018 season if the Marlins choose to pick up his club option.

Few players are able to continue their careers into their mid-40’s. No surprise, Suzuki is the oldest position player in baseball. Only Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon, is older, and only by 51 days. Suzuki, however, wants to play until he’s 50 years old, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

“I’m not joking when I say it,” Suzuki said. He continued, “Nobody knows what the future holds. But the way I feel, how I’m thinking, I feel like nothing can stop me from doing it. When you retire from baseball, you have until the day you die to rest.”

When asked about what will happen when Suzuki finally does decide to retire, Suzuki responded, “I think I’ll just die.”

Last season, Suzuki showed he still has plenty left in the tank. He hit .291/.354/.376 with 21 extra-base hits, 48 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 365 plate appearances. If the Marlins’ outfielders stay healthy, Suzuki won’t be starting many games in 2017. He started in right field frequently during the second half last year, filling in for the injured Giancarlo Stanton.