Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 6-0

He went all but sleepless six nights earlier, consumed by hours of self-loathing.

In Curt Schilling's eyes, he had singlehandedly squandered a game the Red Sox should have won by allowing Toronto's Chris Gomez to launch a game-breaking grand slam in a jarring 7-3 loss at SkyDome. He had relived the agony --and microanalyzed the moment -- on the bus from SkyDome to the Toronto airport, on the late-night flight to New York, and in the early-morning solitude of his Manhattan ...

Curt Schilling is the leading man on the day he pitches. Virtually every camera shot is recording his every emotion. Between innings, the lens focuses on him in deep thought, or when he's muttering, capturing the intensity of an extraordinary competitor.

When he came out of the game with one out in the eighth inning last night, he received a standing ovation from an adoring Fenway crowd.

He's the star, but every show needs a director, producer, and foremost, a suppor...