Editor's note: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling shares his memories from the 2004 ALCS, when the Red Sox rallied from a three-games-to-none deficit to win four straight games in four days and the series. A "30 for 30" film chronicling those four days, "Four Days In October," airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
It's always the little things ...
Sports memories for athletes often are not the ones you might expect. In 2004? Most of my memories happened in the clubhouse, on the plane, in the trainer's room.
For me, "Four Days In October" was 51 minutes of reminders of how blessed I truly was to be a part of such a special group of men.
From the plane-ride footage to the batting practice bull sessions, 2004 and that special October came flooding back as I watched the documentary. You will see and hear things to which no one outside our locker room had access before today.
Sure, some of it is a bit profane, but all of it is genuine. You'll hopefully walk away with a better appreciation of what life is like behind the scenes on the game's biggest stage, whether you're a Red Sox fan or not. I think it's fitting that the film focuses on those four consecutive days of October when we took four straight games from the Yankees to complete the biggest comeback in baseball history.
The people and events to which you get access are obscure, seemingly innocuous moments on the surface. Yes, that team was different. Some called us "Idiots," but I never thought that. We were baseball players, talented guys who bought into the idea that our teammates and our opinions of each other were the most important things on Earth for that time.
We won because we believed. We won because we knew that if we focused, no one could beat us. And we won because the greatest fans on Earth, while wavering on that bandwagon, stayed true to us and with us through the very end.
I am honored and privileged to be able to call myself one of the 25, because there will be tens of hundreds more World Series champions, but there will never be another team like the 2004 Boston Red Sox.
Curt Schilling, who pitched for the Red Sox from 2004 to 2008, is a three-time World Series champion, six-time MLB All-Star and 38 Studios founder. Curt and his wife, Shonda, have raised money to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) through Curt's Pitch for ALS and have encouraged awareness for sun protection through the SHADE Foundation. They recently announced their support for the Asperger's Association of New England after their third child was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.