"He was going to stay out there beginning to end that night," laughed Mike Timlin, Schilling's teammate now, a member of those '93 Blue Jays back then. "The Continental Congress couldn't have gotten him out of there."
Wait. The Continental Congress? Since when did they have any clout over postseason pitching changes?
"Well," Timlin quipped, "in Philadelphia, they might have had a little bit."
When you throw 147 pitches on an indelible night in October, you're as likely to be compared to Gen. Patton as Bob Gibson. But what Schilling did in Game 2 of this World Series, Timlin said, actually "shows a lot more guts and a lot more grit."
Why? "Because he knows that he has to pitch now," Timlin said, "rather than blow guys away. Back then, he was a whole lot younger and a whole lot more durable. But now, (at 40) you just can't bounce back like you used to. And I ought to know. I'm right there with him."
Timlin, 41, has just about seen it all from this guy -- from Chapter One 14 years ago, to the 2004 soap opera, to this latest ride through October, in which Schilling is 3-0 in four starts. Asked if he'd like to sit down some day and watch Schilling's entire October highlight video, Timlin chuckled: "I guess so. But I've seen so many of then in person, I might have to help them edit it."
Well, when he sits himself down in that editing room some day, Game 2 of the 2007 World Series is going to have its own special place on the tape.
They can cut to the scene where Schilling walks off that mound -- having racked up fewer outs (16) than he had in any October victory of his life. But it was enough to bring 36,000 people to their feet for one last roar of salute, enough to inspire Schilling to wave his cap all the way from the infield grass to the dugout steps.
It was the thought that this might be his final start for the Red Sox that kick-started those cheers. But there was actually a much bigger story line in play.
This might have been this man's final start in October, too.
And as he reminded us one more time Thursday night, October is still Curt Schilling's kind of month.
Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com.