- Mar 24, 2008
He was also a 37 year old pitcher not in great shape with a shit ton of wear on his arm and previous injuries. He had two more $13M/year seasons on his contract that would take him to age 39. On top of that he actually had monetary incentive to risk his body for a World Series as he had $2M bonus for it plus it vested his $13M option for 2007.You know Schilling was never as good as 2004 again. There is a good chance he ruined his career pitching that game. As for his legacy, it enhanced it more than another two years as a 20 game winner would have. It is also likley after the initial injury in game 1, the rest of his career would have been the same.
It is an apt comparison though, since KD was playing incredibly well. Had he retired to the bench with no further damage after staking the Warriors to a 15 point lead his performance would have been like Schilling.
Schilling in 2004 and KD in 2019 even with identical risks as far as injuries would have a very different decision making process due to future outcomes.