Johnny Podres passes away
Outside of the Lord, my wife and my father there was no person who impacted my life more than Johnny Podres. A true mans man if there ever was one. As I enter the final year of my major league career and baseball life I can only hope that when it’s all over the body of work will be something Johnny would be proud of.
Johnny made me realize that being a man wasn’t about the macho cool stuff we think men are supposed to be, but rather compassion, care, commitment, loyalty, integrity and drive. He asked everything of me and always got everything I had. He made me realize the only limits in my life were self imposed, that pushing yourself mentally and physically were what separated players when they crossed the white line.
We spoke often about ‘big games’ and he instilled this belief in me, even before I had a chance to pitch in a truly big game, that when the time came I’d answer the bell. The post season success I’ve been blessed to enjoy I’ve always known to be a direct result of who and what he was. I’ve never in my life run across anyone that didn’t have something kind and good to say about him, and after knowing him the past 17 years I know why.
I’ve certainly said and done things over the years that he’s made note of, and lectured me about, but at the end of the day making Johnny feel good about me was a life long goal, and still is.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire Schilling family go out to the Podres family. John’s wife Joanie is a princess of a woman, and a true friend, our thoughts and prayers are with her.
MLB, the Dodgers and players everywhere lost a very good and kind man today.