Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox throws out the first pitch of game five of the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 16, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rather than call a press conference or anything like that, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has used his blog, 38 Pitches, to announce his retirement from baseball.

“Turn out the lights the parties over” …

I used to wait with baited breath for Don Meredith to start singing that on Monday night football. Normally it was sweet music if the Steelers were playing.

If I could get him to sing it again I would. This party has officially ended. After being blessed to experience 23 years of playing professional baseball in front of the world’s best fans in so many different places, it is with zero regrets that I am making my retirement official.

Best of luck in retirement Curt. Thank you for everything you did in helping bring two World Series Championships to the fans of the Red Sox.

Calling it quits [38 Pitches]