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Spring Training 2007

March 7, 2007

Spring has sprung again, and the Red Sox are giving a World Series run another shot. Theo made some potentially huge moves this past winter.

More friends and great teammates have moved on as is the case every year, and new ones are here to try and get us back into October baseball.

J. D., Julio Lugo, Daisuke, and a few others are the newest members of the team. The young core of the prospects continues to either knock at the door (Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Bucholz), or kick it down (Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon).

Every spring you sit back and look at your team, trying to realistically assess your chances to win a World Series. That was always easy for me — up through 2004. With the exception of 1993 with the Phillies, there was never a spring training when any of us looked around the clubhouse and thought, “Wow, we can go all the way.” Not in that division with the philosophy that was building that team. Every year seemed to be “Phase 2” of a rebuilding project with no timeline. Every spring it seemed we had a Rule 5 player and six-year Minor League free agents in spots that championship teams usually fill with experienced and talented big-league players.

In Arizona it was drastically different. To start off we had R. J., which meant instant credibility. On top of that we had Mr. Colangelo, who made it very clear that he had no issue whatsoever paying the salaries he paid, as long as we won the World Series. That team, for my 3½ years there, was built to win. Every spring we knew if we stayed healthy we’d most likely be playing in October.

In Boston in 2004 the short-term commitment and goals were very obvious. That team was built to win a World Series on Day One. The X factor was the AL East. No other division (at that time) boasted a team like the Yankees, who have the most committed owner in sports. Mr. Steinbrenner doesn’t give a crap about his payroll but, much like Mr. Colangelo, he shows up on the first day of camp and wants to know two things:
1) How many games will the Yankees win the division by?
2) Who will the Yankees play in the World Series?

That’s baseball heaven for players — playing for ownership that is every bit as committed to winning it all as it expects the players to be.

There’s been a shift over the last four seasons here in Boston. When I arrived it seemed that the owners were every bit as committed to winning a World Series as anyone, but there was also some serious concern about fiscal responsibility. Even though they had the money to outspend their mistakes, the goal was to not make the mistakes in the first place.

This spring is no different. The one big change I see in the equation is the AL Central. I predict that the East will be a heavyweight fight to get to the playoffs, but I also think the AL Central will be a knock-down-drag-out fight similar to last year.

There isn’t a team in either of these divisions you can look at and say, “Oh, man, I can’t wait to play X, we should sweep them.” That only adds to the grind of the season because it always seems that two or three teams each year either can’t field the talent or they throw in the towel so early that you look forward to playing them.

If it’s possible, this year’s AL is better than last year’s. That’s saying something.

So here we are about five or six games in, and guys are starting to get their game legs a little bit at a time. We’ve had a chance to witness some pretty special stuff already.

I don’t know if I’m in the minority or the majority, but Daisuke Matsuzaka is legit. This guy is going to win games — a lot of games over the course of his Major League career. I had a chance to watch him on video before he arrived, but it wasn’t the same as getting to see his stuff in person.

This kid is polished. Pretty safe to say that you can take velocity — for power pitchers, anyway — and add anywhere from 2-5 mph at this point and get a feel for where they’ll be when it begins to count. He’s working at 90-92 with exceptional command, and I’ve seen three or more pitches in addition to his fastball.

When I watch guys in the spring, I always look first to see if they have good-to-great command. Misses tell you as much as strikes do about command (and this goes for Josh and J. P., too). Does the pitcher miss on the side of the plate where he’s throwing? These are always good misses. Daisuke and Josh both do that. Josh is getting better each time I see him. I’ll take time to talk more on the entire rotation as time permits before we open the season.

Regardless of what happens performance-wise between now and the end of camp, we’ve already seen what may be the coolest thing to happen this year: Jon Lester healthy and pitching again. After speaking with him all winter, knowing what was on his mind and what he was looking forward to, Sunday was by far the best day we’ll have in camp this spring. He was nervous as hell, had some trouble breathing, which was awesome to hear. He was throwing 88-90 his first time out with good command, which was all icing on the cake for me. He’s another one who has some great stuff ahead of him. Power lefties are an extremely rare commodity, especially ones with his makeup. The best part of Jon is his makeup: he has a deep-seeded desire to be great, and that’s going to make him something special as he continues to progress.

As for me I’m two outings in, and so far so good. I threw a whopping 19 pitches my first time out: 15 strikes and four balls. Three of the balls were intentional, so I felt great command-wise. Fastball command was better than I anticipated, but I threw exactly zero changeups which was not the game plan. Eighteen fastballs and one split comprised my entire repertoire, so I’d have to wait a few days to break the changeup out. I’m feeling much better about getting the ball inside on LHH and commanding that portion of the plate this year, which is huge this early in camp.

Four days later I get the Twins again. Fifty-pitch limit I’m hoping to turn into four innings. Bartlett leads off the game hitting a curve ball off the end of the bat into left. Rest of the inning goes OK.

Things go well through the first three innings, and I throw ten changeups in that time. I literally feel like I’m throwing the first two left-handed. This is such a different pitch for me, and it’s taken three years to convince my body and arm to sync up. It’s still a work in progress, but after the first two changeups I feel as if the next five or six are very good. I even get a swing and a miss. Twenty-one years into my professional career, and I get my first swing and miss at a changeup in spring training. It feels like a national holiday.

So we’re into the fourth inning, and the inevitable happens. I start Cuddyer off with a curve ball–strike one. My thought as the pitch is being called is, “OK, anything but a fastball here.” Tek puts down fastball in, I shake no. Tek puts it down again, which means he feels great about the pitch. At this point the ONLY thing to do is commit to the pitch and throw it as I called it or step off. I do neither. Mentally I think no, but physically I nod yes. In the middle of my windup I’m thinking, “OK, you idiot, why the hell are you throwing this pitch?” About ten seconds later, when the ball lands over the left-field wall, I’m dropping words I’d put soap in my kids’ mouths for saying.

Tito is strolling out now, and my outing ends on a misplaced, CRUSHED fastball.

I’m noticing some things after only five innings. I’m getting a lot of early-count contact. I’m getting less solid contact and getting inside on RHH more because of the two-seamer I’m starting to throw. My split has yet to even show itself from a movement standpoint. My curveball feels very good. My slider, which has basically been absent since last September, showed up on the very first pitch I threw. I’ve never had a great feel for my slider to RHH — it feels flat and short and always has — but I feel like I could throw the back-door slider to LHH with my eyes closed. I screwed up by wasting what could be the best one I’ve ever thrown by throwing it in spring training. I’m not serious, of course, but these are the kinds of things that cross your mind down here.

So that’s where we stand today. I have the Twins again on Thursday, and then we’ll move to four days off between starts. I’m pretty sure I won’t see any AL East teams on the schedule, which means I’ll get to see Major League hitters for all my starts. That’s a good thing.

I’d like to close this post by sending my family’s thoughts and prayers to a few very special people.

John Vuckovich, my first real father figure in baseball after I lost my own father, was then the third base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. John is extremely ill right now, and I pray that somehow, some way, he can grind through this, as he so often reminded me to do when things got tough.

I also had the incredible pleasure of meeting an inspiring young man named Peter Despain. Pete is undergoing chemotherapy. I implore anyone who loves kids to stop by Pete’s blog at: http://www.peterdespain.com/blog/index.php. Please drop him a note to say hello. What an amazing kid!

Another cool part of this story is that my introduction to Pete was made possible by a classmate of Pete’s, a young girl named Natalie Close. Natalie is the daughter of Brett Close, president of 38 Studios. Natalie knew Pete was a fan and had the kindness of heart to ask her dad to ask me to get a hold of Peter. Pretty special little girl.

George Kerr and Keith Moegle are also two very special people. George and I exchange emails the nights before I pitch. Keith is a valued employee of 38 Studios and dear friend. Both of these men are afflicted with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. If you’d like to learn more about ALS and how you can help, check out the links above to the ALS Association and Curt’s Pitch for ALS.

God Bless,

Curt

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230 Comments leave one →
  1. gerrysforehead permalink
    March 8, 2007 12:47 am

    All the best to John Vuckovich. We were privileged to hang around Phils camp in ’93 while visiting my grandparents in Clearwater. We went to the complex one day before pitchers and catchers reported and watched him work with John Kruk, Ruben Amaro and Todd Pratt in the cage all morning.

    It was my first exposure to the kind of dedication you all have to your craft, as well as to the coaches’ role in all the extra work you put in. After he threw pitches in the sun all morning he stood around talking to my brothers and I about hitting drills. A giving guy – deserving of our prayers.

  2. deathopie permalink
    March 8, 2007 12:52 am

    Curt, how about a Dunkin Donuts commercial where you try to teach Dice-k Boston English?

  3. dtc0379 permalink
    March 8, 2007 12:58 am

    hey curt i just want to wish you luck this year it looks like we are going to have a great team. and i hope to see you back in a redsox uniform next season … and i look foward to reading your blogs

  4. gameboylosangeles permalink
    March 8, 2007 12:59 am

    Thanks for the insight on Spring Training, Curt. Good luck with the change-up. It would be amazing to see you add that to your pitches!

    I’m curious about your comments regarding good misses, and how pitchers perceive them. Last season, when Josh Beckett struggled a bit, many in the press (and the dregs on talk radio) kept commenting that he was “hurling” and not “pitching”… only trying to throw past batters, and not set them up.

    Do you see any of that, in Beckett or other pitchers? Is that just media talk? I would think that getting comfortable with location early, knowing which misses are good and working towards improvement, like in your comments, would make all that talk just nonsense and speculation.

    I’d love to know your thoughts. Looking forward to Opening Day!

  5. doyleee permalink
    March 8, 2007 12:59 am

    Great to hear that the young kids are progressing well. I am especially glad to hear that Lester is continuing to improve day by day. I think you guys have the making of a great staff this year. I look forward to hearing more in the days to come.

  6. salo99 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:00 am

    Good luck this year Curt. I hope you and the organization can come to some agreement so you can stay with the team.

  7. denniscomeau permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:04 am

    Wow, it’s really great to have that kind of insight in to your thought process both on and off the mound. The way you perceive your own pitches, and the amount of analysis you bring to the development of your repertoire during Spring Training is the kind of thing that doesn’t alway come across in press conferences and other opportunities to hear your feedback.

    It’s there, though. I remember saying to my wife, watching your comments to the press after that first 15 pitch outing, “Look at him. He’s still on the mound.”

    You kind of had a hundred yard stare about you for the first few minutes of the question and answer period. As fans, we seldom get to hear you speak so soon after leaving the mound. It was obvious to me as an observer that you were still in that “mode” and still really processing what went on out there.

  8. tex22 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:10 am

    Curt
    Thanks so much for what you are doing for ALS! I attended SpringingForACure in Ft Myers this past Saturday and we all appreciated your generosity of time spent with the fans. I believe you outbid a friend of mine on Youk’s items!! And of course since I am from Texas, I had to have Josh’s signed ball. I was at that Twins game and you looked good. Can’t wait for ya to return to Texas!! I’ve got tickets for all the games. Good Luck this year with your pitching and your charities!

  9. March 8, 2007 1:18 am

    Hey Curt,
    Great to have your insight here it will be interesting to read your thoughts and not have the media spin that is always present in Boston. I have my own blog (http://jimroz.wordpress.com/) that I have been working on that includes my thoughts on all sports and various other things in the world. I am really excited about the rotation this year, in my opinion it has a chance to be the best I have seen in my lifetime as a 22 year old. It should be great to track your blog and enjoy your insights. I for one am upset the Red Sox didn’t lock you during your contract discussions. Regardless, being the professional you are we as Sox fans expect another strong season out of you and the ball club. Best of luck this year look I look forward to reading your blog throughout the season.

  10. mahowmahow permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:20 am

    My friend Steve says you’re a fool. I don’t know, I think you’re pretty cool.

  11. scotch79 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:21 am

    Can’t wait for you to have a CY young season Curt.

  12. soozefrombabes permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:22 am

    Nice blog Curt. We find ourselves writing about you quite a bit over at babeslovebaseball.com Keep up the good work!

  13. fitz0527 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:28 am

    Curt, nice blog it’s awesome to read the insights of a true Boston Red Sox’s player and to see your perspective on issues regarding the team. I hope the inability to give you a contract extension does not put a damper on your attitude towards the team.
    Good luck this year and I have no doubt the Red Sox will be playing baseball come October.

  14. pigsnax permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:30 am

    Curt,

    glad to see you with a blog, seems like you have a lot to say which is a good thing, funny how the media works in boston, i grew up there for 23 years them moved out to san diego. looking back it’s funny how some of these turkeys in the media think they are bigger than the team or the players they are covering. i like our pitching staff, timmy wake is gonna have a big season even if he’s not starting, keep doing what your doing and next time you face a-rod bust him inside. peace in the middle east

  15. alteriago permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:48 am

    Hey Curt:

    I am most excited by your blog and wanted to compliment you. Very Cool. I adored baseball as a kid and somehow lost my interest after free agency and the strikes. Like a bad penny it came back to me in 2003 and I have been hooked since.

    In ’04 I was so excited to see you posting on sosh (I am a lurker). It was so cool because I was getting real insights from someone playing the game. I made me feel more invested in the team and your success. On the above post – you have a great writing style and an ease that will be fun to read. I particularly enjoyed the description of the home run you gave up to Cuddyer. I can’t tell you how many times I have made a similar mistake on the golf course. You find yourself deliberating between a flop shot and a bump and run. You make a decision to which you aren’t fully committed and end up paying the price. I am not happy it happened to you but it is humanizing to understand that things like that happen to you and great that you have a sense of humor, can own it and share it. I will follow with great enthusiasm.

    I have been a long time gaming guy. I used to subscribe to SPI and used to buy Avalon Hill stuff back when I was a kid. I have less time now but my brother tells me that he has all of your MMP games. I am looking forward to battle of Termopylae movie “300”. Your warrior like atttitude on the field puts me in mind of the trailers I have seen. I expect you will enjoy it.

    On another subject, thanks to you and Shonda for your efforts to fight melanoma. I lost my dad to it two years ago. I studied on the subject and tried every experimental trial across the country to no avail. SHADE has the right idea – early detection is the key. My wife and I breed dogs and are hoping to do our part by working with scent detection as a screening for melanoma.

    Sorry to hear about John Vuckovich, we will say a prayer.

    I hope New England remains your home forever and GMG is the success we all know it will be.

    -Brad

  16. flabbo permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:48 am

    Look I am sorry for what I said you are not an @%%@ but I wish you would just stick to pitching and winning games then running your mouth all the time, nobody cares what you say but these geek Red Sox fans and WEEI and the media. Just win man and that says it all you don’t even need to talk if you just kick @#$ on the mound.

  17. locklandworth permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:49 am

    Welcome to the world of blogs Curt, we all look forward to reading the inside view from your eyes.

  18. fitz0527 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:50 am

    I don’t know many other teams that start chants for their teams in the 9th inning of spring training games when they’re 1500 miles away from their home field. I love being a Red Sox fan.

  19. wildhare1357 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:51 am

    Hi Curt, My kids would like you to pass a message to Jon Lester if you wouldn’t mind.

    They are so thrilled that Jon is feeling better (I’m certain everyone else in Red Sox Nation has the same thought) and are both secretly hoping he might
    do some rehab time in Pawtucket just to catch a glimpse of his speed.

    But they are very happy that you and Wake will still be here. They take great
    pride in teasing my husband and I…(Mom and Dad you both should play for
    the Red Sox since you both are only a month older than Wake and couple
    months than Schilling) so when the media starts saying stupid things about
    age and pitchers…remember you guys are still younger than us….lol

    Have a great season to everyone and can’t wait for April…

    BTW..absolutely love Dice-K and the glove…did you teach him that trick or Tek?

  20. soxfan1 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:53 am

    Curt. Very interesting reading! Good insight into your thought process. I really hope you realize what you could be in for by opening yourself up to comments from some of the yahoos out there. But I think your skin is thick enough to handle it. I look forward to reading your blog throughout the season and hopefully you are able to keep up with it given your very busy schedule. Good luck this year. See you on opening day. Go Sox!!!

  21. miller73 permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:53 am

    Curt, I like the blog. Your analysis of the spring games so far easily explains why you are so successful. Such self- assessment is admirable, hopefully the young arms adopt this attitude.

    I am also glad to hear your update on Lester. My buddies and I got to see him in Portland 2 years ago, and we came away impressed. You could see that he was going to be special when his command increased. We also got to see his outing last year in July at Fenway vs. KC when he held them scoreless over 8 I believe. Therefore we have come to adopt Jon as a personal favourite.

    One thing I must comment on is your opinion of the ownership. I can’t help but think that your comments are coming due to a personal conflict with Luchinno. This team has proven that they want to win, which signings such as Dice- K , Drew and Lugo show. Their hesitancy with you is somewhat disheartening, but they are treating it more like a business decision. Eventually they will realize your value to the team and sign you, while at the same time I hope you realize that, I think, the ownerships plan is to build a contender for the next 5-10 years. The young arms already in place, and the prospectslike Bucholz, Bard, Cox etc. means that this team SHOULD be competitive for the near future.

    Be patient with ownership and continue to take on Shaughnessy. He will get his eventually, just like Borges is now. Remember, some of these writers are just jealous of achievement.

    Best of luck in ’07 and best wishes to your friends in need.

  22. ghostoffoxx permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:58 am

    Curt, I was hoping you would expound a bit upon your new change up, more specifically what type of grip you are using, if you are comfortable using it in multiple arm slots, and how you think it could compliment your splitter as an ‘out’ pitch.

  23. iluvctek permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:03 am

    Hi Curt
    First – thanks for everything you did in 2004. It was an amazing season and I will always remember the way you sacrificed yourself for the team and the fans of Boston.
    Also, I saw that you had mentioned a kid named Peter with cancer. I’ve been following the story of a 7 year-old boy named Matty who has a rare form of cancer. He lost his arm back in October to the cancer, and now he is about to lose his battle. He is home on hospice, and he is a big Red Sox fan. If you want to check out his site, its http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/matty
    It’s pretty cool to hear your thoughts on pitching. I hope you are able to keep it up during the season. As you know, we’re crazy here in Boston. We want to know everything about every player and the sport. I can’t wait for the regular season to start.
    Best of luck to you

  24. jag67 permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:03 am

    Hi Curt,

    This is a great idea. I am a fan that enjoys the details of the game and to know what is going through a players head in situations is terrific. (great way to pass time at the office) I have been trying to communicate with you for a few years now without success. I wonder if you have a moment to e-mail me I could discuss something that involves donating to one of the charities you support. jagabrieljr@aol.com

    Thanks for your time,

    Jim

  25. lyorkell permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:05 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for the great blog. I’m always amazed by the amount of time that you put into telling the fans about the inner workings of the Sox and your thoughts. It seems that you go to great lengths to inform us die hards of what’s happening with our team. I always enjoy those kinds of things and I enjoy talking to my one former MLB player/coach friend about the behind the scenes stuff that goes on.

    Good luck this season and an extra special good luck on the GMG/38 Studios launch. I commend you for taking the steps to set yourself up for retirement and giving the fans more reasons to like you. I’m pulling for the Sox to sign you for ’08 because your experience to the up and coming guys is invaluable. If they all work as hard as you do then they may be as successful as you in the future.

    Please continue to slam CHB(Dan S.) as aften as possible. I don’t think he knows anything about sports but it was probably an easy “A” in college to take sports journalism. I’m more of a Peter Gammons fan because PG has class and is respected by his peers and members of MLB, both players and management alike.

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop so to speak and best wishes for a super year. I’ll be reaading this everyday for sure. Thanks again Curt.

    Leo

  26. marsh18redsox permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:09 am

    Hello Curt :)

    This blog has made my freaking day!! It is a great way to keep in touch with your fans and like you said, not have your words “mistaken” b/c its directly from you!! :)

    You may recognize my name from other boards (u emailed me once which was cool thanks:) ) But im here to talk baseball :)

    I am glad you touched upon Lester, I think they should have broadcasted his debut on NESN like they did with Dice-K. This guy is amazing to go through all of this during an off season and come back to throw 90mph first time out!!! I love stories like that, my family has been stricken too many times by that horrible disease, including my nephew when he was 8 months old but he is now 9 and a lefty pitcher…..watch out :) :)

    I too think this team could win the World Series again!! This is, by far the best Pitching Rotation we have had in a long time, as well as the bullpen (though the closer situation scares me but I do think Donnelly should get it based on what he has done so far :) ). Offensive production SHOULD increase as well with a SLIGHT drop in Defense but it shouldn’t be tragic!!!

    I am very excited for this season to start and even more excited about your Blog!!!

    ~Marsh

  27. March 8, 2007 2:20 am

    Flabbo, feel free to not come by the site man, free country and all…

    Miller73, I have no hard feelings at all with this ownership, great group of people committed to the team, the fans and the city. They’ve been awesome with me since day one and I have never said anything to the contrary.

    The contract will work itself out one way or another, either way things will work themselves out, they always do.

  28. tymmyramone permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:22 am

    I have to admit, I’m really glad to hear that you’re re-dedicating effort to the changeup. I remember that and the “pitching inside” thing as being two areas of focus last spring and and it seems like you started using it and the changeup gave left-handed batters a whole new look for the first few weeks.

    Obviously your makeup is still classic power-pitcher but I was wondering if you see any kindof major shift in approach to maybe work in more and more offspeed pitches to counteract hitter’s tendencies for jumping on first pitch fastball strikes? For lefties at least, the changeup seems like it might work really well.

    Also, what about the cutter for righties? I was a huge fan of the idea of using it to force righties to hit it to the deepest part of the park. Considering the combined range of Coco and Drew, it seems like that pitch could be deadly to right handed hitters if it’s on the outer third of the plate or so.

  29. dpkzone permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:24 am

    Curt……Thank you so much for getting this up and rolling. What a great place to gain the real insight we truly crave. I only wish we had this kind of access when you first joined Boston in 2004. I am so pumped for this season. The rotation has the potential to absolutely dominate if everyone can stay healthy. The offense has been tweaked back to a lineup similar to that of 2004. I would love to hear your thoughts on the kind of impact that a catcher with the knowledge and abilities of Varitek has on a pitching staff. We hear such praise about what Jason does behind the scenes but, to a fan, few of us have real forum like this one to gain a greater understanding of all that he does for a team.

    Thanks again and I can’t wait to check out 38pitches every morning!

    Bill

  30. schlamps permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:25 am

    Great, informative post. Most of us out here have no idea what’s going through a pitchers head during an at-bat. That whole part about wanting Jason to not put down fastball and then he does and you’re calling yourself and ‘idiot’ during the pitch…pretty cool. I don’t know, that’s just where I stand. Just wondering if you wash your kids’ mouths out with soap when they say “Let’s go A-Rod”…something to think about.

  31. miller73 permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:30 am

    Hey Curt,
    I took your comment about the “shift over the last 4 years” by ownership to mean that they are being frugal and not winning at all costs. Thus, my interpretation was off.

    Also, please do your best Coach K recruiting effort and get Clemens to sign on. Just like your legacy was cemented in the ’04 playoffs, Roger needs to finish his amazing career where it started. He needs to be the sole leader in all time wins in Boston and bring this city a championship before he goes.

    Thanks again for the blog. With the Ron Artest’s and Kobe Bryant’s setting bad examples for society, this is a great way to stay in touch.

    Who are your NCAA hoops picks?

  32. getshorty permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:30 am

    Curt, It is a pleasure to listen to you and to read your comments! You are a sports fan delight! Always honest and to the point! I love your passion and I love your humanness! This is really the first time I have ever responded to a pro athelete and I’m thrilled its you! My Dad got me interested as a Sox fan when I was 5 yo living in Long Island NY! I am now 57 and feel I owe you and everyone connected with that 2004 championship team a huge thank you. Every Single guy deserves credit it was a remarkable time one I’ll never forget! I just wish all my of the people from my Dad’s generation had a chance to enjoy that championship! So many passed away like my dad b4 without knowing the joy of watching the Sox as world champs. Still living on Long Island but is sure is easier being a Sox Fan here after 2004! Thanks for all you did in 2004 and just for being who you are! It is a thrill to get the info from a player as passionate and human as you are! Warm Regards & NEVER CHANGE!
    PS – The Sox will do the right thing with your contract since you deserve it!
    PPS- I can never understand why they would allow the entire 2004 team a chance to remain intact and challenge for the crown in 2005??

  33. lhoyle permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:33 am

    Curt:

    Thanks for the blog. I pitched (NAIA school) in the early 80’s but I have kept up with how current players are using technology for pre-game preparation. I’d like to see your comments on how you prepare. I’ve read how Ipod’s are being used by batters to spot changes in their swings and how they compare bad at-bats to good at-bats. Do pitchers do the same?

    I’d also like to hear about your other pre-game preparations with Tek – planning how to pitch hitters, etc., especially how you handle great hitters when you will face them 4-5 times during a game. Do you prepare for all 4 at-bats with a hitter or just the first one and let the game flow dictate the other at-bats?

    Thanks again for having the blog.

  34. March 8, 2007 2:35 am

    Sox offer you a deal of $12 mil. Do you take it?

  35. ryguy6703 permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:36 am

    Curt,

    I’m really looking forward to reading your posts and updates to this site. It’s great to hear your comments and insight on pitching and baseball in general. Keep up the great work for ALS, and best of luck this season!

    I would love to hear your thoughts as the season approaches on the Red Sox closer situation. Thanks!

  36. ljsandwich permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:38 am

    Who is more painful to talk to:

    Gerry Callahan or John Dennis?

    Thanks,
    I’ll hang up and listen to your response.

  37. dianesfastball permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:40 am

    I was sold on you from your first commercial about breaking the curse…Thank you..while I haven’t been a die hard Red Sox fan for as long as many others on here, I know what it is to be one now and a true fan.
    I thank you for what you gave us and for what you say and what you believe. I don’t have to agree with all of it but I do respect you as should others….

  38. curtshappysock permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:40 am

    Curt…as a diehard Sox fan that travels to Ft. Myers every spring and goes to as many games as I can afford, I wish you nothing but the best. Win twenty, help Papelbon, Dice-K and Beckett and lets get another ring. I don’t think the majority of the people think your a blowhard. I think they believe that you should just concentrate more on baseball and talk less about being a senator etc. You & I both know you aren’t ever going to be a Massachusetts senator. You had your chance to actually be senator-esque at the steroid hearings…and just competely wussed out.

    in case you keep track of these things.. the list of people from local sports teams that would be ahead of you on the voting tallies for senate looks a lil’ something like this..

    1) Tom Brady (moderate Republican, easy on the eyes just plain cool)
    2) Theo Epstein (we love our left-leaning Ivy School grads around here)
    3) Bill Belichick (surpisingly left-leaning, three rings to one ring…sorry)
    4) you

    Rounding out the list at around number 480 would be Fred Smerlas. And one last thing, if Larry Bird decides to move back to Massachusetts and run for office…well Tom Brady would be in for one hell of a fight.

    As I said, big fan (even have an autographed Curt ball that my wife bought from some charity), I just don’t think we need to hear every nuance of your contract and your future plans. Just win baby!!!

  39. March 8, 2007 2:44 am

    Curt,

    Your nanny is the grandmother of the girl I am dating. I have seen the replica Pittsburgh Steelers jersey that was given to you after they won the Super Bowl.

    Weird.

  40. bmacfarlane permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:44 am

    Do you guys insist that Okajima not use the name Hidecki, which is Japanese for fat toad?

  41. March 8, 2007 2:46 am

    Hey Curt,

    I’m a Yankee fan so let’s just say I’m not a big fan of yours. But keep up the good work on the blog, it looks good!

  42. getshorty permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:47 am

    Flabbo – your wrong man! I love hearing the human side of a athelete! Just balls and strikes is sometimes boring! ( certainly not with Schill)! Top atheletes are role models and with so many poor choices in pro sports today its nice to see Atheletes that get involved and make a difference! We need more guys like schill not less.

  43. March 8, 2007 2:49 am

    Hey Curt,

    I’m a Yankee fan, so let’s just say I’m not a big fan of yours. But keep up with the good work on the blog, it looks good!

  44. rich135 permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:49 am

    Hi Curt-
    Thanx for 2004.

    If ive one complaint about the last few yrs its the constsnt turnover.

    Wheres my man, Trot Nixon?

    Why not Loretta, for just one more year, and to confirm Dustin?

    Amongst this yrs starting positional players, only manny, lowell, and tek count among sox players w more than a few yrs duty on the team.

    Also given teks age and falloff late last yr, it seems the sox should catch no more than 110 games or so…And they have Doug as backup for this?

    rich

  45. explosiverenteria permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:50 am

    Good stuff Curt. I was rooting for “bloggingthemonster.com” but I appreciate the benefit of concise in a domain name.

    Quick point of housekeeping, your last name is spelled wrong under the picture of you and the Mrs.

    Good to hear the change up is coming around.

    One quick dumb question, did you have to get permission from the Sox to have their logo on the main page? I’ve always been curious about those type of things.

    Thanks.

  46. March 8, 2007 2:54 am

    Curt,

    This is only adding to my Sox addiction… awesome. Its great to get that kind of insight into your thoughts.. For a long time we have had it with the old school print media and the way they handle you guys the players and what they let us see… I love the new world and blogging!

    38Pitches has just been added to the favorites!!

    Thanks,
    Knuckle

  47. oramisteek permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:57 am

    There isn’t a single Yankee fan in the world that would want to see you in pinstripes. So please, stop saying that you wouldn’t come to the Yankees, because, trust me, we don’t want you!

  48. tmayer permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:02 am

    Curt,

    I just checked out Peter Despain’s web site and wanted to say thanks for letting us know about him and thanks for taking the time to brighten up that young man’s life. My son was diagnosed with the same type of cancer in January 2006 at 18 months old so I know Peter has a tough time in front of him. Anything to brighten his days will be a big help to him and his family.

    Go Sox. Can’t wait for opening day.

  49. craigruby permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:11 am

    Do you talk in your sleep? Why do you feel the need to offer your opinion on everything in the world? You are a baseball player, no more, no less. No one outside of Red Sux fans gives a flying hoot what you think about politics, global warming, or Iraq.

    When you retire, do you think you can just go away? Maybe hang out with McGwire in witness protection for a century or two.

    Thats all.

  50. splittahindadirt permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:18 am

    Curt,

    First thanks for 15+ years of awesome baseball memories, thought provoking quotes and a whole lot more. I’ve been a big fan of you since the early Phillie days. I never thought I’d see anything like that ’93 team (Nailz, Dutch, you, kruk, etc..) but of course the ’04 Sox were just a little bit better! Anyway… during the ’93 series they did a piece on you and your dad that I always thought was incredibly moving. I’ll never forget it.

    Anyway, good luck this year. I can’t wait to start seeing guys strike out as they chase ‘a splittah in da dirt’!!

  51. redsauce permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:18 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    Can’t say enough how much I love the website. I think it’s great to see players cut out the middlemen and speak directly to the fans. Especially given that the Boston media (CHB & Co.) aren’t the best in the world. It’s good to know that, at least here, quotes aren’t getting taken out of context and what-not.
    I’ve got tickets to the Red Sox/Orioles & Red Sox/Yankees game. I can’t wait to see some Red Sox baseball!

  52. March 8, 2007 3:20 am

    Hey craigruby don’t click on the link, quick and painless that way.

  53. March 8, 2007 3:21 am

    and speaking of CHB….I think someone should put your voice to a GPS system and secretly install into his car so you can tell him on a day to day basis what you think.

  54. March 8, 2007 3:24 am

    \\No one outside of Red Sox fans gives a flying hoot what you think about politics, global warming, or Iraq.// well craigruby…perhaps no one ANYWHERE cares to hear your opinion.

  55. bendorfman permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:26 am

    Schill, this has the makings of a great blog. I’m a huge Sox fan (not from Boston, but ever since my first trip to Fenway in 1998 I was hooked), and had the pleasure of sitting directly behind the bullpen when you guys came out to play the Angels in August of 2005, a few weeks after I moved to LA. What an experience! I remember the entire section giving you a standing O as you trotted from the dugout to the pen. You and your bloody sock are legendary, and that 2004 team probably meant a whole lot more to a lot of other people than it did to me, but it meant the world to me. You guys were such an inspiration. Here’s hoping 2007 is a great year for both you and the team (and that the contract situation works out!).

    Though I certainly don’t agree with you politically, I always enjoy when you speak your mind, because you do it in a way that is neither misleading nor mean-spirited. If more Republicans could express themselves and carry themselves the way you do, political discourse in this country wouldn’t be such a frustrating experience.

    Anyway, best of luck with the blog, and the rest of Spring Training, and I am counting the days until the season starts. GO SOX!

  56. March 8, 2007 3:27 am

    Good Luck with the blogging Curt, hope you enjoy it as much as others. Should be fascinating to follow your comments this season. Now, I am off to add you to my bloglist

  57. locklandworth permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:28 am

    Hey Curt,

    The trolls want you to respond, if you don’t respond, they go away, they don’t deserve your responses. Just a friendly piece of advice.

    Keep up the great work.

  58. bosox47 permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:33 am

    Hey :-)
    I met you at fenway on april 16 2005 on on feild photo day.
    You are awesome. How did you react to finding our lester had cancer. He is awesome too to come back like that.

    Thanks man

    Bosox47

  59. March 8, 2007 3:42 am

    Hey Curt –

    they’re killin’ you over at Deadspin – congratulations b/c it’s GREAT for traffic

    http://deadspin.com/sports/baseball/curt-schilling-has-something-to-say-really-242372.php

    i’d say give your fans the inside poop from clubhouse and 39pitches will go thru the roof

  60. patbowlby permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:43 am

    You are the %$$!$ man, Curt.

  61. March 8, 2007 3:55 am

    Hi Curt –
    It’s great you have this blog! Very cool – and it’s already bookmarked. Can’t wait to see you at Fenway in couple weeks. And please, never, ever switch to the #^$%)# Yankee!
    This is great!
    Ed

  62. outsidordinary permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:55 am

    Us yankee fans are always willign to read about some bosox drama. keep us posted.

  63. March 8, 2007 3:56 am

    Hey Curt how about you ignore the people that come here to tear you apart and answer some of the real questions?

  64. drodd1039 permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:56 am

    this is so cool you are doing this blog Curt. have a great year!

    http://www.dcdeal.com/redsox/

  65. tigrefacile permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:59 am

    Mr Schilling,

    You should know by now that extra-curricular activities of any kind will earn you the disapprobium of a small percentage of the Red Sox fanbase. I’d suggest that anyone who lacks the imagination to understand that what you do does not delimit what you are probably isn’t worth you bothering with.

  66. tymmyramone permalink
    March 8, 2007 4:03 am

    Curt don’t waste replies on the people who are just trying to get a rise out of you so they can goto their own blog saying “CURT SCHILLING TOLD ME TO GO SCREW!!!11!1!!1!!!1!!”

  67. mainesox permalink
    March 8, 2007 4:21 am

    I learned more pitching insights from your entry than from years of reading conventional media. Your blog is must read for Red Sox fans. Thank you for taking the time, and be prepared to be quoted out of context!

  68. nemecizer permalink
    March 8, 2007 4:22 am

    Curt,

    I plan to heckle the s#&@ out of you the next time you pitch at Yankees stadium. What could I say that would actually “go over the line”. I mean, what is really just out of bounds in sports heckling.
    Please tell me so, you know, I know where to stop.

    Thanks.

  69. soxaholic permalink
    March 8, 2007 4:27 am

    RELATIONSHIP WITH TEK

    Curt, I’ve noticed you mentioning that in the first ST outing you “threw exactly zero changeups which was not the game plan.” In your post game interview that day, you referred to Tek having other plans when it came to you desire to throw it. Now in this ST article, you’re referring to another instance where you didn’t want to throw what Tek called. What’s the deal?

    Without getting into any doomsday or Jeter/ARod scenarios, can you talk about this? You and Tek are both “thinking” athletes and we can imagine that as the relationship builds, you two run into differences of opinion (or pitch selection) quite often. When you do, who wins?

  70. March 8, 2007 4:33 am

    Ya. I am making it abundantly clear that when Tek and I differ opinions, 99 times out of one hundred, he’s right.
    Where I get in trouble is internally, not doing the things I need to do at times when he calls something I am not expecting.
    He’s as prepared as any person on the planet to do his job, and when he wants something he will usually go right back to it after the pitcher shakes it off, thereby saying, without actually saying anything, that he’s got a feel or has seen something that will work better than whatever it is I planned or we had talked about.
    Those are the times when, as a pitcher, you have to commit to his pitch and make it. I have, more than once, thrown a pitch I didn’t mentally commit to, and gotten beat by it.
    When the ball gets whacked it always falls on the pitcher, if you can’t commit to the pitch, don’t throw it.
    Seems easy enough but it’s a hard lesson to learn.

  71. getshorty permalink
    March 8, 2007 4:37 am

    Curt, what do you foresee as the Sox biggest concern going into 2007?

  72. toad00 permalink
    March 8, 2007 4:47 am

    This is really interesting. Thanks for doing this.

  73. March 8, 2007 4:48 am

    Hey, Curt. Great to see you stake out your own space. It was always difficult to parse through SoSH to see if you had the time to drop a note for the fans.

    How often during the season do you think you’ll make time to let us in on how everything is going and what your thoughts are? Just curious if you’re thinking about this being an addition to your daily routine or more of a whenever something strikes your fancy.

    It’s always nice to see a high-profile person willing to chat with the crowds. Feel free to stop by one of the other notable online Sox fan blogs at http://www.soxaholix.com and say hi if you ever have the time. I’m not the owner but I’m sure he’d be happy to hear from you as he’s the reason that I found out you were putting up a blog.

    See you at Fenway!

  74. slider07 permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:05 am

    Hey Curt, great blog. Awesome…Love the details of what went through your head on the pitch to Cuddyer.

    First I like to say to all the people that come in here and try to put down the idea that a MLB player going on the radio or creating a new blog to express his thoughts, feelings and opinions is in some way being a “blowhard”.

    With writers out there like CHB it’s hard to have your actual words written and expressed as they were intended.

    I’ve been a baseball fan my whole life, thanks to my father, who brought me up as a Sox fan. Unfortunately he passed away in 2004 from lung and liver cancer. He died on my birthday that year in August at the age of 60.
    He wasn’t lucky enough to see the Sox run that year…but my point is this, had he been around to have access to a players thoughts and insight like this he would have been blown away. In this day and age this is probably the coolest thing a player on my team has done. What a way to sort of circumvent the blasphemy that is the Boston media. I can’t tell you how many times my Dad and I would thumb throught the sports sections of the Globe or Herald only to be thoroughly disgusted by the way things are done in the press.

    This blog is like a breath of fresh air…direct from the source and un-tainted.

    Thank You Curt, this is flat out awesome. Good luck this season to your family, team and new business.

  75. March 8, 2007 5:05 am

    Hey there Curt. I had a feeling that you’d end up becoming a citizen of Blogistan :)

    btw, my blog is http://lusolair.blogspot.com . Unfortunately, mine probably won’t be as intriguing as your’s, unless you like rants and old videos from an islander.

    You know, the one thing I think about when I see you pitch is “We traded him away back in ’88 for Boddicker…”. Granted, he was relatively decent for us during the season, but we dealt away a future ace for him. Sadly enough, I haven’t been so high on the Sox front office over the years. I mean, can you really blame me? Gorman was the one that traded you and I won’t even begin with Duquette. Theo has been a bit better than those 2, so there’s still hope :)

    Anywho, hope you, Beckett, Daisuke and Papelbon are Cy frontrunners this year and here’s to another summer of me staying up til 2am seeing Sox game on the net (oh yeah, I live on the Azores, so I get the 7pm games in Boston at 11pm here)

  76. blogmister permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:10 am

    Hey Curt-

    Don’t you think you’d be better served concentrating on pitching then blogging? You should leave internet bandwidth to smarter people and stick to pitching. I’d be willing to bet anything that you don’t stick with this through the whole season…but that would be a good thing. We don’t really care to listen to you speak, and would rather see you put up consistent, solid, injury-free numbers. Remember – you have to prove that you are deserving of another contract, so it’s probably in your interest to concentrate on pitching.

    just a few words of advice…

  77. redoctober77 permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:12 am

    Thank you for doing this, Curt. Don’t listen to the people say “oh, no one outside of Boston cares what you think.” Phillie fans care too, ya know! We haven’t been the same since you left. Brett Myers is alright, but I liked it when my team’s ace didn’t punch his wife in the face in public. Ah… those were the days!

  78. nxrisktaker permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:13 am

    Hello Curt, I am a yankee fan and I just wanted to say that it’s cool that you are starting your own blog. It shows that you actually care about the fans unlike some other people in sports. Good Luck and try to ignore the trolls that come on here. They just want attention.

  79. misterweebles permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:14 am

    Dude, I thought you were gonna call this blog “A Schilling For Bloody Special 38 Ankle Gehrig Curt Web Log Video Game Company Super Karate Monkey Death Car Lameass Pun Mr. Sparkle Happy Fun Ball Time Variety Hour Thing.”

    That would have been much better than “38pitches.”

  80. jboston permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:29 am

    Thanks so much for the blog. It’s great as a fan to get real insight into the baseball season instead of the agenda-ridden bias we get from some media members in this town.

    Also, thank you for your continued work against ALS. It’s a disease that many know little about, but is gaining it’s deserved recognition thanks to you.

    Good luck this season.

  81. March 8, 2007 5:30 am

    Curt – thanks for sharing your opinions. I really like your commentary on your own pitching. One question though.

    You wrote:

    “There’s been a shift over the last four seasons here in Boston. When I arrived it seemed that the owners were every bit as committed to winning a World Series as anyone, but there was also some serious concern about fiscal responsibility. Even though they had the money to outspend their mistakes, the goal was to not make the mistakes in the first place.”

    Do you think the Sox are, for lack of a better term, throwing too much money around? You seem to imply that they’re being fiscally reckless now.

  82. surferbill permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:52 am

    right on Curt…looking forward to reading your blog (also looking forward to 38 studios’ first release)! I hope you have a great season, God bless you brother!

  83. 38#@%@# permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:10 am

    All i’m saying is, you better be on form to be spending all this damn time on the internet my dude. God bless ya.

  84. asburyboss permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:14 am

    be honest Curt…do you or any of your teammates rag on Varitek for that ridiculous “C” patch on his uniform? You must…it is up there with maybe one of the most absurd things in sports- well a “C” on the uniform and naming the right field foul pole are equally absurd, I guess.

    Curt…I am a die-hard Yankee fan, have been my whole life…I respect everything you do for charities off the field. I want to personally “thank you” for the time and effort.

    That said, and in consideration of your comments about the Yankees in your post…we all know that you would’ve loved to have been a Yankee- the history, the stadium, the city- everything about it woulda served your ego well.

    Let’s face it…there are professional baseball players…and then there are “Yankees”

    Too bad you never had the privilege…and appear to not want it, but I guess I understand your point, to a certain degree- you’ve taken being a Red Sox player to a new level with the staged melodrama, the phony emotion- how could you now be a Yankee. You couldn’t.

    The Red Sox organization has become such a farce it really is sad for guys like you. I mean “Wally the Green Monster”? Tina Cervassio? Hazel Mae?- it’s all so foolish and contrived. It’s like rooting for a great marketing agency at this point.

    Selling memberships to “Red Sox Nation”??? ridiculous, laughable…I feel bad for ya.

    You coulda had Monument Park, now your staring down the hopes they’ll name the bullpen bench after ya, or some other foolish thing.

    In closing…nice blog and good luck in your run for Senate. I’m sure there are at least (idiotic comment deleted) at BU with pink B hats that’ll vote for ya.

  85. julesox permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:14 am

    Thanks for the great blog entries Curt! We love you here in New England — have a great season!

  86. eoyore permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:23 am

    Thank you for doing this! this is fantastic that you are taking time from your busy schedule to speak to fans! Wishing you and the Sox a tremendous season! :)

  87. tmurph13 permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:35 am

    Welcome to the blogosphere Curt. This should be a good read. I look forward to it. Best of luck this year. 18 W’s and and 225 innings is all I ask for….that’s not too much is it?

  88. kevinfenwayblogger permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:37 am

    Curt,

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I’ve been a diehard Red Sox fan that is a sponge for baseball info since the late 50’s. The efforts you and your wife give to the community charities and the words in this post to John Vuckovich and Peter Despain I applaud you for more than your immense baseball skills! I am adding your link to my blog and posting a story about your site on my blog when I finish this post!

    Good luck with the change up!

    Kevin

  89. curtsblood permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:47 am

    Curt,

    Can I suggest having a direct link that people may donate toward your cause and fight against ALS?

    I really don’t think you understand the impact that this will have as the season begins. Again, I commend you for you heroics both on and off the field.

    Thanks again for this…

    Josh from New Braintree

  90. March 8, 2007 6:52 am

    Thanks Curt for the awesome blog. I think it’s great that you are taking the time to do this and to respond to some of the comments that are left for you. I for one am looking forward to this season and can’t wait til opening day and opening day at fenway. only because i’ll be there.

  91. daveinnc permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:53 am

    Curt, four things (If I may), first, I appreciate the time you are investing in the blog. You are giving time and insight to the fans. Today’s athlete does not have a lot of time to give, and most are not willing to give any more than they have to. Second, I do not want to sound like those who are attacking you for being outspoken and opinionated, my concern lies in the clubhouse. I am worried that your comments and opinions will cause dissention among teammates, management, etc, and possibly cause other to take shots at you. (I remember Millar taking a shot at you once about your work-out habits) Third, I am thrilled about the prospect of watching a team with 4 potential 20 game winners in the rotation. And fourth, since you are going to give your opinion, it seems to me that the lack of interest in re-signing Damon and the signing of Drew are moves that are very contradictory in philosophy, maybe you have some insight to share concerning those moves.

  92. ewhall permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:09 am

    I have to say that I am ecstatic about this blog. Getting an opportunity to hear inner thoughts from one of the truly rare cerebral elite athletes is amazing. For fans, until now, it has been boxscores, game recaps, interview notes, Herald, Globe, WEEI, blah, blah, blah (though I do recommend Bill Simmons & SOSH). All filtered lenses delivering selfish angles on stories that get overblown. I really believe that is why shows like “The Big O” on WEEI have escalated into shouting matches – just desperately reaching out for anything new. Well, now we have it. And anyone who would have a problem with hearing these insights just can’t possibly appreciate that level of discussion – not your target audience so to speak. Please – keep on speaking out – treat us true fans to the inner world we couldn’t ever experience ourselves. As for your contract – I understand it is a business, but I was really disappointed with ownership on this one – here’s hoping you’re back next year.

  93. theroguewriter permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:13 am

    Curt,

    Very cool to read your own thoughts on the web. My family are all great fans of yours, and we hope to see you in a Red Sox uni through the rest of your career. Obviously we all have high hopes for the season, as R.S. fans do every year, but man if you all stay healthy… sky’s the limit.

    Hat’s off to Lester (we were there in the Loooooooong delay for his first game last year) for coming back strong. He’s a good kid, and I expect great things out of him.

    Curious, I’d like to hear what you have to say about Wakefield. I like the guy a lot, real do-whatever-it-takes-for-the-team attitude. Just how underrated is he? Maybe I’ve got rosey shades on, but do you not have 5 potential #1 starter? There’s no slouches.

    Best to you all this year. Go Sox. :)
    -Seth Kerin

  94. varitekchick permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:19 am

    From that first “Hard to believe, I’m sure” post on the RSFF we knew you were a computer geek like the rest of us! It was only a matter of time till you got a blog of your own !! I’m so glad you’ve got it out here for all of us to see and cut out the middle-man biased reporters! Between your blog and Rob Bradford’s, I’ve got all I need for my baseball news and commentary!

    You’ve always been a favorite of mine from back in your Philly days and I am anxious to hear about whatever’s on your mind!

    Thanks again for ’04 and I can’t wait to see what ’07 brings !!

    Kay P.
    Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

  95. elfwiddler permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:20 am

    Curt,

    Like many others, I’m absolutely thrilled to be treated with the insight you’ll be providing here. Thanks for taking the plunge and doing this. You’re one of the few athletes out there that I’m grateful to have my son look up to.

    Please don’t view this as a shameless ploy for attention, but I make Christmas tree ornaments for fun and would love to somehow work out a contribution program for ALS if you’re up for a holiday promotion of sorts in the holiday season.

    Anyway, best of luck for a 20+ win, healthy season.
    Regards,
    Tony
    tonyrigbycreations.com

  96. manny4mvp permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:25 am

    Hey Curt, just wanted to say what’s up. This is so cool that peple can interact with you directly, I know you can’t respond to all but I’m sure you are reading them all. AS FOR ALL THE HATERS ON THIS SITE… never mind your not even worth the time, go back to listining to EEI or whatever station is formulation your opinions for you these days. Curt this is a great idea! Keep up the good work both on and off the field!!!

  97. shirtkilling38 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:34 am

    Hey Curt, congrats on the blog. As a die-hard Yankee fan, you have twice defeated my favorite team in dynamic fashion. I respect that, and think you’re a tremendous athlete. For all the folks from RSN who are posting negative comments, what are you doing? Curt came in to Boston and pitched his heart out (and his ankle off) to win your great city a championship for the first time in nearly nine decades. By this point, you should be regarding him as a folk hero and figuring out whether the Prudential Center or Faneuil Hall should be named in his honor. Speak on, Curt, and the best of luck to you this year.

  98. bosox28 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:38 am

    Hey Curt,
    I was wondering if you could eventually address a couple of things. Workouts for pitchers (in season and off season) and also the rumor that Tito is going to try to quit chewing tobacco this season. Thanks.

  99. jeff7168 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:39 am

    Curt, welcome to the world of blogging. I will put you on recommended Red Sox blog links on our site Sox and Pinstripes (http://www.soxandpinstripes.com). We already have links to your charities at the site. Look forward to reading your posts, and wish you well this season.

  100. March 8, 2007 7:42 am

    I do know that Tito has taken the bet with Mr Lucchino and is trying to quit chewing, for a donation to charity.

    I will definitely try and get to answering some of the questions as this thing starts to play out a little more.

    This site is moderated but I assure you the only haters that don’t get their posts in are people using stupid language. There are some pretty cool young kids that are coming by here and there’s no real reason to be an idiot with the language.

    If you want to rip me and not have the post deleted please do so as cleanly as possible.

  101. oldgandydancer permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:42 am

    Hey Curt, Glad to see you here and I’m glad to be able to share with you. I am a lifetime fan from MA. I think your pitching style is brilliant. Can’t wait until the season starts. I went to the game yesterday at Jupiter. What a great stadium. I thought dice did a great job, and how about those guys from the minors. What a bunch of good candidates. the game today was terrific for Ed Rogers. He will be a nice fit the way he ends games. I am looking forward to you pitching soon. Hey the weather has been great huh.
    Well looking forward to this blogging. Good Luck in 07. Later

  102. jmannin6 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:44 am

    Thanks for coming to Boston and all of your help with charities. When I was living in Boston I got involved with the ALS Association because of you. I ran the Boston Marathon in 2005 on 6 weeks of training (I think Shonda finished a few hours before me) and helped out at a couple of other fundraisers. This blog should be fun to follow. Just one complaint for you……why did you guys have to sweep the Cardinals? I had tickets for game 5 and missed the game because I was flying in to St. Louis. See you in KC for opening day.

  103. seaair09 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:52 am

    Curt – great blog. I fell in love with the strategy of pitching way back reading Orel Hershiser talking about pitching in George Will’s Men at Work. You could write your own book and I’ll be the first to line up to buy it. Have a great season – we’re all pulling for you in Sox Nation.

  104. lafenwaychica permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:01 am

    Curt, wow, an early Christmas present. I got goosebumps reading this. Like being there. In your shoes. Totally cool. As I am surrounded by testosterone on this blog and at the risk of sounding too girly…why do you suppose the Sox are shelling out so much for some but let my Johnny go? When I saw Daisuke got number 18, I must say I winced. If ever there was a dirt dog, Johnny was it. I may be the only one who thinks so, but he needs to live up to that jersey. Oh everybody stop that moaning…I’m still not over it.

    I suspect come May, June, July you won’t be tending to comments as you are tonight. And there is no need for anyone to rip you. If it gets too noisy in here just turn the comments off (okay that may be too girly). Have an awesome season. Come back from Florida with some sunshine please. Peace.

  105. socalsoxfan permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:07 am

    Hi Curt,
    Thanks for this blog! I enjoy reading your thoughts in an unfiltered fashion; I have always appreciated someone who has an opinion and is not afraid to share it. I can’t say that I always agree with you, but I like the fact that there is clearly thought behind your opinions when you present them. They give me pause to think.
    Good luck this season and I hope that you are able to slow things down and enjoy yourself. God bless.

  106. yankz permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:10 am

    I will never believe that the “blood” was real, and I hope you never lose that gut.

    That said, nice words about Steinbrenner. He’s the best owner in sports.

  107. ctsoxfan permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:11 am

    “If you want to rip me and not have the post deleted please do so as cleanly as possible.”

    Heh. Not a lot of athletes with the stones to actually invite criticism! Especially the caliber of “criticism” that has appeared here so far.

    Have a great season! I look forward to seeing you pitch every fifth day, and reading your thoughts here on the other four.

    Good luck and God bless.

  108. millahlite permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:17 am

    Curt – Keep up the good work! Looking forward to a dominating pitching staff in 07!

  109. patbowlby permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:18 am

    Can we expect any calls from “Curt in a car” this year?

  110. saintpatrick permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:22 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    You’ve done some good things in Boston. My mother died of cancer Spring of 2004 – her father, my grandfather, used to spend valuable time adjusting the antennaes on the tv – and he saw all the Red Sox games I can remember – back to 1967, and even before – Reggie Smith, Rico Petrocelli, Jim Lonborg – …
    I’ll get right to the point. Your pitching, your work with ALS – we all hope you stay – win or lose. You’ve been straight with the Red Sox fans, and that’s all that counts. I hope you know what I mean.

    Eyes On The Prize,

    Dana

  111. redweasel permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:38 am

    Great job on the blog Curt. I live in Kansas City and am looking forward to seeing you pitch opening day. Keep up the good work and good luck this season.

  112. bigbluecoach permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:59 am

    Curt,

    Love the blog. I hope Theo and crew get their act together and extend your contract. 13 mill – in this market looks pretty good. I can’t believe I just wrote 13 million a year is a steal.

    Do you ever speak with Tewks? I know he is down with you guys during spring training. He has done wonders working with a few of our high school pitchers this off season.

    Good luck in ’07. Maybe this will be the 2nd greatest Red Sox team ever assembled.

  113. mlerra permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:00 am

    Curt – far be it from me to hand out contract wisdom to a man who negotiates multi-million dollar contracts on his own behalf… I’m just a guy who likes to analyze baseball stats. But I believe 100% that if you pitch like you did last year, the Sox will sign you again on the reasonable terms you offer. I understand their age-related concerns – but they know full well that guys with your K and BB numbers last year are far from cheap (actually, excluding the Twins, they were pretty much nonexistent in the AL last year). Have a great year, and it’s good to hear you’re not overly focused with all the contract nonsense. It will certainly work itself out.

  114. soxoct27 permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:04 am

    Curt, thank you so much for starting this blog. i don’t know what is about me/us that makes us care so much about what our beloved athletes think but we do, and something about you in particular resonates through the majority of red sox nation. at any point will this blog stretch beyond baseball into other discussions or do you choose to keep strictly on baseball? some of us would love to hear your thoughts on current events, how you finished your fantasy football campaign, if i can count on you to back up zambrano, harden and papplebon on my fantasy team this yr, and when the heck you are taking on Meter from EEI. I like many have been so thankful that you joined us in red sox nation, and we hope your stay extends far beyond this yr. baseball shouldnt mean as much to us as it should maybe, and having you leave would point us in that direction( a direction i dont want to go). i know you already know this but you wont get this devotion anywhere else and we don’t want you too.
    those dear to you like john vuckovich are in our thoughts are as is alan greenbergs family, what a tragedy

  115. keithcountry1025 permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:04 am

    I’m sure getting thanked for 04′ never gets old, so let me add my thanks as well. A nice framed pic of the bloody sock and you hang in my man land basement. Also Thanks for 01′ as well, going to Arizona State, I also cheer for the D-backs and a chance to meet Gonzo and Tony Womack during that seasons spring training.

    Thanks for the insight on what’s going on in your head during the game. It should be fascinating as the season begins.

    I work at Country 102.5 in Boston so feel free to call in a request when you head north. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Shonda in the past.

    oh..anyone else reading this comment feel free to call the station as well….

    enjoy the season….

  116. bluestreak1 permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:09 am

    Thank you for taking the time to post your blog, Curt. I am looking forward to learning about the game and our beloved team directly from you this year, and I hope that you’ll be able to keep us updated over the long season. (Well long for you – for us critics in the stands, it’s pretty short!) I think we all know by now that during the season, baseball will come before blogging, although I have no doubt that some genius hack at the Globe or Herald has already tapped out a critical column which will appear the minute the first guy hits you this year. Luckily, I also know you don’t care – and neither do we.
    Keep up the good writing, too. Not bad for a jock! :-)

  117. firezouave permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:09 am

    Hey Curt, great blog. Not that you will get a chance to read this, but are you planning on reprinting any Avalon Hill games anytime soon? If you do, do me a favor and reprint “Up Front!”
    p.s. Come back to the Phillies. We’re actually a decent team and our manager won’t break your arm by letting you pitch 120 pitches. Gee, how the times have changed.

  118. danbudreika permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:11 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I think this is amazing that you have your own blog. The fans really appreciate this. . .In some regards I can’t even believe you are doing this but a few years ago I found it hard to believe that you posted on the redsox.com message board (when you were dealt to the sox from AZ). I was 13 years old at the time and I was in disbelief when you said in your press conference that you had indeed posted on redsox.com.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and have an excellent season. Do not worry about your contract situation.. I am sure you will be back with the Red Sox in 08′ if you post the numbers you did last year. It shall work itself out. It would be tough for me and other Red Sox fans to see you leave via free agency at the end of the year.

    Best,

    -Dan Budreika

  119. March 8, 2007 9:24 am

    Curt, I hope you never play in another uniform. You’ve been one of my favorite pitchers since your days with the D’backs, but you belong in Boston.

    I’ve added you to my blogroll over at http://multivarious.wordpress.com. Can’t wait to keep reading! Good luck this season!

  120. myavapai permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:27 am

    THIS IS A FANTASTIC, REFRESHING EFFORT BY YOU AND A CLEAR EXEMPLIFICATION OF HOW YOU UNDERSTAND NOT ONLY YOUR IMPORTANCE IN RED SOX LORE, BUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RED SOX TO THE FANS. It only manifests your focus on your job, so please ignore those who say it is a distraction. It is not like you are blogging about cooking.

    Curt, I understand your contract demands, etc. We all want (and deserve) to be properly compensated and paid what we are worth. But why not take something less than 13 million a year for two, give the team a little flexibility, and close out your career in red? You would still be the highest paid pitcher on the staff AND have a chance at a championship for those two years – can you imagine what the staff will look like in 2009? Only two or three clubs can offer the sure chance at a ring, and you said you would not go to the Yankees (see preamble above and THANK YOU), so those options are even more limited. You absolutely deserve market value, but aren’t these ancillary benefits worth it this late in your career in Boston that you, more than any other player on the planet, understand? You stay in Boston, you will be able to build your legend, which is good not for ego needs, but because it allows you to do so much with your charities, etc. I guarantee Mo, Pedro and Johnny will look back later and regret how it went down (even though the money feels nice right now). When you are 55, the extra million you made in your 21st and 22d year of baseball won’t mean anything – two more championships, the love of a nation and your place in history will mean everything (of course next to God and your family). You saw Braveheart – this is the William Wallace speech!! But how can you beat this experience? Go to the Hall in a Sox uniform too….you win 20 this year and the two after, you will have more wins here than Philly anyway!!!

  121. sportsradiogunt permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:33 am

    I kind of think the Bloody sock was contrived. No offense.

  122. March 8, 2007 9:34 am

    Curt,

    Like the million (or hundred, whichever) other folks have said, thank you for deciding to do a blog of your own. It will be really nice to read your thoughts on what’s going on with both yourself and the team during spring training and the upcoming season. I’m sure you’ll have to deal with entirely too many trash-talkers, as we’ve already seen here, but we all know that sort of thing doesn’t bother you in the least.

    I’m looking forward to what is already looking to be a great season. Keep up the great work, and I hope to see you play sometime this year. (Bit hard since I live in Mississippi, but you guys are worth the travel!)

    ~Jaime

  123. apples42 permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:36 am

    Curt, I think that is important that you know that as a college baseball player, I look up to you in many ways, both on the field and off. I love the way you play, but more than that, I love the way you conduct yourself off the field. There are a lot of players that have forgotten that fans are important to the game of baseball. Like I said, as a baseball player, I know that there are fans and I know that many times they are not sensitive to players’ schedules and what they have to do in a normal spring training day to prepare themselves for the season. As a true fan of the game, I love the fact that you are ALWAYS a class-act both on and off the field. The people that dont like you are the same people that scream and yell at you to sign autographs and when you kindly tell them that you are working (and in more cases than not, that you will sign when you are done) they start off on a barage about how bad of a person you are. Curt, you are great. You are an Ambassador to Major League Baseball. Continue to do what you do. Take Care and good luck this season. —Apple

  124. josetartabull permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:49 am

    Congrats on the blog, Curt. It’s bookmarked and ready for the season. Great to hear things straight from a player and not misinterpreted by a mediot. Who needs the middle man, anyway? You’re going to have a great season, I think, and so is the team.

  125. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:53 am

    Hi Curt that is wonderful you are doing a blog. I hope you have a great season and I saw you at the spring training camp and you looked great!!!!!. Curt could you help out the Beaufort Sand Gnats with a donation and that is the Special Olympics team I am on in Beaufort South Carolina. We the Sand Gnats need donations and you like to help out. Will you email me Curt at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com and I will email you back and give you more information. Curt do you know where Stow Mass is. I lived there untill I was 2 years old. I really hope you are still with the RedSox after this season. Curt if I send you a baseball could you get David Ortiz to sign it for me. I really want his autograph. I am going to send you a baseball to your business in Maynard Mass and I would like you to have David Ortiz sign it for me. Take care Curt.

    From, Jeff Riley

  126. rsox4life permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:05 am

    Curt,

    It’s impressive that you are able to perform so well on the diamond and also utilize your stature in so many positive ways. I enjoy your honest prespective/assesment on the variety of topics you discuss. To able to enjoy great sucess in playing ball, enough time for a wife and kids, and be a loud voice for charitable foundations is an inspiration. Keep doing what you do. If only more people in this world could contribute as much as you..

    Baseball is your “job” , and a business. The assesment I have on the front office decision not to extend your contract as of right now is prudent business. I think their view is you have outwardly expressed your “love” playing for a contender in the red sox, you won’t play for the yankees and what other team is gonna pay you 13m + that “YOU” would actually want to play for. On the flip side in today’s “warped baseball climate of salaries you could go 11-12 with a 4.85era and still get your 13m :) Look what CHI gave Vasquez today. The Red Sox are better realize sooner than later that if you put together a 18-10 sub 4.00 era season you should command 2+ years at 16m + per. Good luck

  127. illd permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:09 am

    Just…Win…The…AL EAST!Please!

  128. ziskmagazine permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:20 am

    Curt,

    Congrats on joining the blogosphere! I hope you’re able to speak your mind on here without having to self-edit because what the media and fans might say. And I agree with lafenwaychica that you probably won’t be able to post in the comments as the season gets rolling, so tonight has been fun to observe.

    Since everyone wants to know baseball info, I’d like to suggest a future post off the beaten path–what kind of music do you listen to? You’re obviously computer friendly, so do you have an ipod? I don’t think I’ve ever read an article where you’ve talked about that.

    Good luck on the 2007 season!

  129. kevinyoukulele permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:20 am

    Great start to your blog–looking forward to more.

  130. joyofsox permalink
    March 8, 2007 1:42 pm

    Wow…first of all i would just like to say this is sweet that i might talk to Curt (via internet) but cool anyway!! like you need to hear this from a 20 year old kid who never pitched a day in his life but keep being the leader that you are being by helping pap,lester,and dice k and there is no doubt in my mind we can have a magical year like 2004!! unfortunatly i was in basic training when the playoffs were going on so i didnt see them live but i had a dedicated sox fan as a girlfriend who tapped the world series!!! so have a great year and i know ill get to see on title won live in october!!!

    p.s. lets see those 50,000 plus at yankee stadium shut up again in the playoffs!!!!

    best wishes
    Phil

  131. perchik permalink
    March 8, 2007 2:54 pm

    Curt,

    Hope the blog goes well for you. I will enjoy checking in. Wanted to say that I am actually a fan of Shaughnessy’s articles. Which are mostly not actually about you. But I enjoy reading his column. I know there are a lot of haters of him out there, and you and him apparently have this stupid feud going, but just because you two don’t get along doesn’t mean I can’t like his articles and your pitching.

    Anyway, don’t be too hard on the Boston media. After all, they advertised your blog in the Globe today.

  132. tomafield permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:10 pm

    Curt: Thanks for making the effort. I appreciate your desire to bring fans closer to the game and to the causes that are most important to you.

    And I value your candor. As a writer & former newspaper guy, I’ve never understood why people criticize you for speaking your mind. When I was working the phones & locker rooms, I was *begging* for sources who’d put down their guard or cliches and just call ‘em as they saw ‘em. As much as I respect you for what you’ve done on the mound — Game 6 ’04 says it all — I also give you kudos for your insights & opinions off the field. Don’t always agree with what you say, but I sure appreciate your desire & ability to say it.

    So, what do you pay attention to in spring training? What do you look at in your teammates & opponents that actually might make a difference when the games start to count?

    Thanks! – Tom

  133. feveringred permalink
    March 8, 2007 3:10 pm

    Hi Curt
    You do know that had the team been even a little more healthy last year,not suffering the injuries and the lack of seemingly passion in a premier player,you guys could’ve won one hundred games.Now that the “unpassionate one”one has had another change of heart “again”,you guys will go all the way this year
    Look,I really love this guy.Does anyone remember Richie Allen? Later in life,after becoming Dick Allen,realizing that time was passing by,He tried to step it up,but he’d lost to many good years.Manny can really have a trully monster year,if he’d only adopt the passion that you bring to this team……you are trully Blood and Guts on this team,You,Tek,Wake and others will see this year through and bring it home……….great,thanks for permitting to blog with you……..God Bless America

  134. curtsblood permalink
    March 8, 2007 4:42 pm

    Curt,

    Most of your replies are too either the morons or haters. Why not spend less time (if any at all) on them and focus on your fans and supporters?

    Josh from New Braintree

  135. pelowbyter permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:12 pm

    “Not a lot of athletes with the stones to actually invite criticism! Especially the caliber of “criticism” that has appeared here so far. ”

    All I’ve seen is Schilling inviting every critic to leave. But to leave politely.

  136. mindscapepix permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:32 pm

    Curt –

    Thanks so much for putting us inside your head during the time you spent on the mound thus far in spring training. It’s priceless to be able to see the game in this fashion.

    My heart and prayers go out to John Vuckovich and young Peter Despain who is shockingly courageous and strong.

    I hope this blog isn’t just a short term kind of things that your interest will wane on. Red Sox fans who aren’t busy acting so cool as to not care about the feelings and opinions of the members on their home team will really appreciate this kind of candor. They are not the ones labeling you a showboater or big mouth (which is safe to say WEEI will be spending a truckload of time calling you.)

    I believe you can balance your love and God-given skill at the game and your passion for disclosure without compromising the integrity of either – and perhaps even enhancing your ability and enjoyment of both.

  137. pietro30 permalink
    March 8, 2007 5:40 pm

    Curt,

    It’s great seeing you write a bit more than you did in BDD and giving a true players-eye view of the game. So far it’s intriguing to read about a pitcher’s thought process and their interaction with the catcher, etc… and it doesn’t hurt that I’m a lifelong Sox fan. I’m definitely looking forward to this season, what with our unstoppable rotation and the Terrible Two!

    Peter C
    Melbourne, FL

  138. citgo permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:04 pm

    WHO IS THIS YEAR’S YOUKILIS?

    Curt, on D&C last spring you were asked who is going to exceed our expectations in 06, and you very promptly responded with Kevin Youkilis, saying he was the first guy on the field each day, and worked his tail off.

    Who is it going to be this year?

  139. wte1 permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:04 pm

    I know it’s still very early in ST but our closer situation is already becoming a bit worrisome, as none of the candidates have stood out thus far.

    At this point I think Timlin is our best option if he can stay healthy but I don’t feel great with the plan of auditioning a bunch of relievers American Idol style.

  140. napacab permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:19 pm

    Curt, as a guy who handles his own contract, maybe you can lend your expertise to his majesty, Selig, who is disenfranchising fans at an alarming rate. His move of the “MLB Extra Innings” package contract from cable to DirecTv exclusively is a travesty to fans outside the Boston Market. I am forced to carry cable as part of my condo association dues and now must get a dish installed (inside my unit, I might add). This deal takes the game away from a potential audience of 75 million and puts it in the hands of an audience of 15 million fans. All for a paltry 1 million $$ per team. (And oh, by the way, DirecTv had the package available before. Now I am forced to watch games on my laptop….can’t tell you how great the picture is….did he catch that ball, or trap it?…was that a splitter or a fastball? Is that Schilling pitching or Matsusaka? Help us out if you can….Thanks

  141. viper13 permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:25 pm

    Curt your a legend. Talk all you want it’s the only way to be heard. I think after bassball you’ll have a great career in a political capacity. Even more so in or around your home BOSTON! I’m a 50 year old life long sox fan, you finally brought more joy than you could even imagine into my life. I got chills when I’d see that Ford comercial of you coming to Boston to break a curse, for some reason I saw the fire in your eyes , and not to be out done, YOU DID IT. Guess I’m not saying much more than what you’ve heard a thousand times. But believe me when I say, long after your gone, you have made such a mark your story will be told for centurys to come. Just how many people will have that distinction after they have left this Earth. Thanks for what you brought into my small life, the joy of what I have wanted to witness for 50 years, and never dreamed possible. Have a great year!…….and formost, crush those damn Yankees!!!…………Tom

  142. March 8, 2007 6:38 pm

    I don’t see what the big deal is Curt. You study and prepare, you bring it all and win, so what’s wrong with these people if you want to fill in some free time during your off days? You’re plenty busy with your causes, do people complain that you’re doing too much of that and should “win more?” No. Welcome to the blogging world.

    This Spring is looking great. Your location and makeup have looked great so far, and I am equally impressed with Papelbon and Matsuzaka. It’s nice to see Jon striking batters out just four months after having been shut down for shoulder issues.

    I’m guessing he’ll most likely be sent to AAA to start the season, but I have been very impressed with Ellsbury’s performance this Spring. He looks like an outfielder this team needs to hang on to for the future.

    Best of luck during the Spring and the 2007 Season Curt.

  143. March 8, 2007 6:38 pm

    Welcome to the world of blogging. It’s a whole new ball game now.

  144. yaz8 permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:43 pm

    Hey Curt, Just wanted to say I have had the pleasure of meeting big Vuk. His son Vince and I played together in the N.A.B.F. for a few years and Vince went to University of Delaware in my home town. Since he graduated we lost touch I just wish I knew how to get ahold of him to tell him I was thinking about him and his family. I know your extremely busy getting ready for the season but maybe you could just tell The Vuks Phil Campbell from Delaware wishes them the best. Thanks and goodluck with everything.

  145. mdwstrslvr permalink
    March 8, 2007 6:59 pm

    “but Daisuke Matsuzaka is legit. This guy is going to win games” – – I am SO happy to hear this from a fellow teammate of his. Going into the season with the pitching rotation that we have is absolutely amazing! Saying that I have such high hopes for you this year is a great understatement.

    I have had so much faith in the RS FO … but at times I wonder … I think not signing Johnny Damon was one of the biggest mistakes they have ever made – but ya know, we move on, as fans and as a team. I would also like to point out that Trot should have been signed again, or offered something. That man should have retired in Boston!

    Stay strong out there, these “younger” guys look up to you, as they should – you are a phenomenal player.

  146. stoney68 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:00 pm

    Curt – You are the man! I know I speak for the Red Sox Nation when I say that we appreciate everything that you have brought to Bean Town. I look forward to watching the Sox do great things this season with our exciting pitching staff steamroll through batters! I know I speak for most everyone when I say that you and Theo do whatever needs to be done to keep you in the rotation for us next season and retire in Boston where you belong. As a life-long Sox fan from New England, I have never seen Sox ownership pursue Octobers the way this one has and LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
    God Bless and keep the Nation on our feet!
    Stoney

  147. alwaysbelieved permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:03 pm

    Curt

    What took you so long???? I have always loved, no matter what, you spoke your mind. For too long the media has over blown any given situation resulting in the players looking bad. I for one am tired of the one sided issue. I look forward to reading more of your insight. I love being part of a nation dedicated to the team, no matter what. Everywhere I go there is a large representation of fans of the beloved Red Sox.. what a feeling..

    Welcome back, we missed you guys and look forward to another great season.

    May the baseball Gods smile upon you and yours..

  148. haydeé permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:13 pm

    To the guy who suggested a Dunkin Donuts commercial of Curt and Daisuke: AWESOME idea! :-) Just thinking about what it’ll be like makes me laugh out loud. I think a lot of people will get a kick out of this. :-)

    Curt, you talked about Daisuke and Beckett a little bit in your post, what about Hansen and Delcarmen? It seems that this front office always have trouble finding bullpen help (except Foulke in 2004) I’m hoping the kids like Hansen and Delcarmen can come in and help asap. What do you think of these two and what you think they need to do in order to help the team?

  149. j1gorman permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:19 pm

    Curt:

    Thanks for starting up this blog – it will give me something inspiring to read while dealing with the otherwise boring goings-on of day-to-day life. Good luck this year, and I echo the sentiments of a few prior posters when I say good luck with the changeup. It could be an absolutely invaluable addition to your repertoire.

    Gorman

  150. Chris permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:22 pm

    Curt,

    I’m glad to see that you and the rest of the projected ’07 starters are pitching well this early in ST. I worry about the bullpen and closing situation as I’ve seen a few of the closing candidates getting lit up. I hope to see you pitching in a Boston uniform next year maybe even a deal similar to Tim’s open ended deal as long as it works for both parties. I am a 46 year old life long fan of the Red Sox from CT. Looking forward to a great season and a return to the World Seies.

  151. chas4bosox permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:22 pm

    Dear Curt,

    When I read this morning that you’ve started a blog, I was inspired to visit this site and even register. I’ve never been interested in blogs, but yours is something I really want to read. I’m glad you’re doing it, and I look forward to reading about the season, and life, through your eyes. I’m not kidding, I think you should pursue politics when your career is over…I just hope you have a few more years on the mound at Fenway before that happens. You’re a stand-up guy, a great role model, and I admire you.

    Cheers, and go win 20 this season.

    Chas

  152. kurtphan permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:27 pm

    Curt
    politically I think your a bit of a whack job
    If you ever run for a senate seat or other political office in MA or nationally Ill have to vote against you
    Yeah your a bit loud, can be a bit obnoxious and one might call you a bit too opinionated

    BUT

    You Got Into That F150 pickup
    came here from Arizona telling us you were coming to break the curse
    Unlike so many pro athletes today you DELIVERED and I hope you do so again ……..but to be honest if you never win another game …your legacy in Boston Sports history has been made
    You Sir are a Hero to my kids and to me

    Continue the good work
    Thanks for the blog and your insights into THE GAME
    Ill be an Avid reader

    Eric

  153. locklandworth permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:33 pm

    Actually Schill, what Napacab said is really important. Fans could really use the help of the players here, it’s absolutely a crime what MLB is doing with DirectTV, Selig is stabbing millions of fans in the heart, and it seems like MLB doesn’t care because they remain silent on the issue. If there is anything the players could do to show the fans they really care, it would be to make a HUGE stink over this awful deal.

    MLB is telling millions of fans, possibly hundreds of thousands of your fans, that baseball doesn’t want them, doesn’t need then and certainly doesn’t care about them.

  154. nyy26ws permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:41 pm

    Hey Curt, thanks for starting the blog. Appreciate it. Just one quick question – how many donuts did you eat in preparation for this season? Came into Ft Myers this year lookin’ a little hefty, no?

  155. grnmonstah permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:42 pm

    Schill, Thanks for posting the blog. Will keep things interesting this season, AND next. Bottom line: You NEED to be in a Sox uniform next year, so please no gamesmanship or posturing otherwise, K? You are a Sox LEGEND and no one wants to see that tainted in any shape or form. OK, that out of the way, I chronicled a few spring obversations:

    1) Lugo is very lean. A veritable stick.
    2) Youk must have eaten well in the off-season. Did he dine with you?
    3) Tek, again, did not look good at the plate. Uh-oh.
    4) Pedroia: seems a wee bit shaky going after pop-ups.
    5) Young Elsbury has a very sweek looking stroke.
    6) Reliever Bryan Corey has had some sweet innings. Keep it up, dude.
    7) One wonders whom the Sox may showcase for possible trade.
    8) What are the Sox gonna do for a Closer?
    9) Again, what are the Sox gonna do for a Closer? I know Pap doesn’t want it, but he’s sooo the man.
    10) Nice to start the games.

    Take care. X in Maine.

  156. champsin04 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:43 pm

    Curt, on behalf of Red Sox Nation, THANK YOU for the title and for this blog. It’s amazing to me that you’re called a blowhard in a city that houses Shaughnessy and Borges. Two things, 1. Please tell me if you can’t work things out here you won’t go to the Yankees. I know most people think it’s out of the question, but in a world where Johnny Damon’s playing in pinstripes and David Wells wore our colors for a year and a half I’ll believe anything. 2. How long before the powers that be realize Papelbon’s too dominant not to have him try closing just one more time, and have Tavarez slide in as #5?

  157. March 8, 2007 7:46 pm

    Great post. It is great to read what is happening ‘inside’ when you are out on the mound. It’s also cool to get some insight on your team-mates progress as well. This is great stuff. Looking forward to reading more.

    Also, from a former copenhagen junkie, good luck with getting off the chew. Not easy to do, especially when everyone around you is doing it, but you can do it.

  158. acefox1 permalink
    March 8, 2007 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the incredible post Curt. And congratulations on starting up your public blog. I know a lot of us have been jonesing for this for a long time. Your insights and perspective really bring fans of the game into your world in a way that no other source can match.

    I loved reading about pitching in and out on hitters and missing to the side you are pitching to. One of my favorite parts about seeing you pitch in person on the road is watching your bullpen sessionss from the nosebleed seats where it is easy to see the movement on your pitches and see you painting the corners of the plate.

    I’ve already got my tickets for when the Red Sox come to Seattle in June and August. I really hope I get to see you start at least one of those six games and can’t wait.

    You’re an inspiration to so many of us Curt. Thank you for everything and keep up all your great work. Not just baseball of course, but being so accessible to your fans and all the work you do promoting ALS research and the SHADE foundation.

    One of the most incredible traits you have demonstrated consistently over the years is unstoppable optimism. I get so P.O’ed at people that complain about you when you straighten out the media. They never seem to realize that you always approach things in a positive way. Even when it’s early the next morning after a late night game, you always have a good sense of humor about things and are always positive about your team-mates, yourself and the future. I can’t tell you how inspirational that is for me.

    Again, I know some people out there think it’s fashionable and easy to knock you, but please keep on doing what you are doing. You are amazing and truly are one of a kind.

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  159. dori317 permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:01 pm

    Hey Curt…This is a great idea. There are actually a lot of us out here who are really interested in what your thoughts are. It would be pretty cool if more MLB players did the same. I respect your opinions even if I don’t always agree, and lord knows, I respect your abilities and committment to your team. You can tell that you take it seriously, and that earns kudos from Red Sox fans. You never throw in the towel, even when the season is crumbling around you (06). When you take the mound, its for sure that its a good game no matter the outcome. I have been a Sox fan since 67, and sat in the bleachers for a buck every home game I could get to. These days I try for 15 to 20 games a year but that dents the budget. This year my youngest is a freshman at Stonehill College (39,000 plus) so I think my game budget is going to suffer. Headed down to Fort Myers with him next week, can’t wait to see the 07 Sox in action. There is nothing like baseball and palm trees! Anyway, am really looking forward to reading your blog this season. I don’t claim to be a stats baseball fan..but I truly love the game, and I am so interested in your take on the season. Best of luck…hope it is a good season for you, and of course for us out here in Red Sox Nation.

    DB

  160. bari1 permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:01 pm

    Good stuff! — the writing and the pitching, that is. Please keep it up, on both fronts. It’s cool to hear your thoughts on the game and the team — so much fun to get the insider’s take. And don’t spend time worrying about the media (though that’s easier said than done). Everyone understands how that particular game is played.

  161. miribus permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:06 pm

    Why does someone bother to go through all the motions of reading, then signing up, then activating, then posting to a blog only to tell that person to “stop talking”?
    If you aren’t interested in what Curt or other “athletes who talk to much and should just shut up and play” (ok I’m paraphrasing a common sentiment.) Why on earth are you here, obviously actively looking for what they have to say?
    Athlete and Celebrity lives are scrutinized on a daily basis, everything about them is plastered on the tv and radio news, newspaper and internet. Whether they’ve done drugs, their political leanings, who they’ve slept with, etc. Yet we then turn around and just tell them to “shut up” when they speak their own mind? What is that? Are they only allowed to speak if the media speaks for them? If their lives outside of their on-field performances are going to be raked over the coals, then I say we deserve to listen to whatever they have to say if we are willing to shove a camera in their face. If we can justify going over their non-sports lives, we have only ourselves to blame if we hear some non-sports views.

  162. kdespain permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:16 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Kevin DeSpain (Pete’s Dad) here. I have enjoyed reading your blog which was brought to my attention by numerous caring people who visited Pete’s website from around the world. The kind words of encouragement certainly touches our heart and puts a smile on our face. Pete started his second chemo treatment yesterday that will end tomorrow…this has been a good rally for him.

    What a great way to keep in touch with your fans!

    God Bless,

    The DeSpain Family

  163. tbd4life permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:23 pm

    Wow, what a shocker, Schilling finding yet another facet to open his fat mouth. So sick of you talking bro, just throw strikes. Do us all a favor, stop blogging, stop giving us your opinions on religion, politics, and anything else not pertaining to 60’6″. Your comments this spring on “never going to the Yankees” and then “i love and respect Cashman and Steinbrenner”…really bro? Get a grip, the Yanks would never want you, they already shipped your boy the Big Unit away, and I guarantee, you take off next year for Arizona, actually let me rephrase that, I hope you take off for Arizona. TBD is watching you!!

    DarkFooT

  164. sox4eva permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:36 pm

    Hi Curt, This is so great that you are doing this blog. On top of all the other great things you do you are the name and face of the boston redsox. We all know how important you are to this team and only wish that you could pitch for the RedSox for ever!

  165. fenwaynationchief permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:50 pm

    Curt-

    Thanks for the link to Pete Despain’s blog. He is an inspiring young man.

  166. March 8, 2007 8:51 pm

    Absolutely hilarious! When we spoke last Saturday night, you mentioned you’d be starting a blog. I thought, cool beans, a pro ball player who openly interacts with his thoughts and opinions among fans of the game and of course, the Sox. I had no idea it would be this soon!

    Okay, FWIW, here’s some infor for you..

    Springing for a Cure raised a bit more than $30K this year. Since inception, I believe we’ve raised more than $120K in the fight against ALS; much of this is because you always show up and spend time with the fans.

    Watching you against the Twins was better than imagined. You mentioned on Saturday hoping to go more than 2 innings. Aside from the gopher ball, the outing was solid. Nice job!

    The season… Are you kidding me? You, Beckett, Papelbon and Matsuzaka? This ought to shape up to be quite a fun season. I wonder if you see this in a way as a bit of a competition as to who will emerge as staff ace. That honor still belongs to you at the outset of the season, but much like 2004, your performance ecliped Martinez; you took it from him. Is there any validity to that mindeset for you, or, at least as you see it the other guys? IMO, this bodes well to have such high end arms busting on each other and using wins to fuel healthy competition for king of the hill bragging rights.

    Anyway, congratulations for following through with the blog. By virtue of the quantity of responses, I’d say its launch was quite successful! My best to you and your family.

    Tom

  167. rjgunton permalink
    March 8, 2007 8:53 pm

    Curt,

    great idea with the blog. just know there are fans and passionate baseball fans out there who appreciate what you do, what you’ve contributed to the game we love, and dont listen to the crap that permeates the airwaves up here, who just love baseball and how you give everything you have. thats what I try to instill in the kids I coached, to appreciate the game, being part of a team, and the lifelong memories that are created by participating in youth sports.

    Thanks

  168. miribus permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:23 pm

    “The Yanks would never want you,” ?
    That’s a joke, and you have to know that.
    You honestly think that Johnson soured them on potentially signing Curt?
    Of course not, and they’d be stupid to think that. Because he’s older?
    That’s certainly not the case.
    Signing Johnson turned out to be a bust for the Yankees but they were smart to give it a shot, why? Because they can afford it. It’s never a mistake if you can afford it, and afford it the Yankees (and Boston) can.
    They would sign Curt if he were interested, absolutely, if he has a good year, they’d be morons not to try. I don’t see why he can’t love and respect Cashman/Steinbrenner.
    As a Sox fan, I wouldn’t say I “love” but I do respect Cashman and Steinbrenner. I’d even go so far as to say I would’ve loved them to by the Sox’s GM and Owner respectively. The Yankees are winners you don’t have to like it but you have to respect it. This is a team willing to not only sign a player for a ton of money, but actually at least attempt to make a real shot at the World Series EVERY year. How can you not respect that? How can you as a fan, let alone as a player who is the direct beneficiary of the way the MLB is now not respect a team willing to pay over $200+m a year to win? With teams that have far less money in much smaller markets this is hard to understand or even admit to being jealous over, but lets face it, is there a Sox fan here that would really cry if they could afford $200+ a year in payroll? Until the MLB decides to make things more like football nothing much is going to change, including wishing “my” team (as I’m sure just about every fan does whether they want to admit it or not) had the Yankees payroll.

  169. artieb324 permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:29 pm

    Curt thanks for bringing a championship to Boston.
    I think this is a good way to get your voice and opinons out.
    I know you will ignore the clowns out there who have nothing better to do in there life.

    Long time redsox fan

    Artie

  170. conig25 permalink
    March 8, 2007 9:39 pm

    Well I guess you’ll meet a lot of Yankee fans too!

  171. poltroop permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:07 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    It’s people like you that keep people like me a big, big fan of the game.
    Thank you for maintaining your integrity and representing Boston’s ballclub well.

    Go Sox!

  172. boomer15 permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:08 pm

    Curt:

    I am a lifelong Sox fan and suffered through 1975, 1986, 2003 and rejoiced in 2004. I was on three way conference calls with my out of state brothers for the entire Yankee series and World Series. Thanks for making that run in ’04 as memorable as it was.

    On to 2007. One of the key things about the 2004 team was the chemistry and as you look at the likely roster for 2007 and the fact that there are even fewer veterans from that team (very sorry to see Trot go) do you think this team will come together in a similar way? The thing about 2004 down the stretch…you guys never looked like you were out of a game.

    Who is the first guy to put gum on Dice-K’s hat, has his translator got his back?

    Thanks, I look forward to seeing you in Fenway again.

  173. jeff7168 permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:10 pm

    Curt, sorry to hear about the passing of John Vukovich. As a professional writer, I have done occasional baseball features throughout my career, and did some work for the Phillies fan magazine in the early 90s. I remember John. Sorry to hear the news this morning.

    Jeff
    Sox and Pinstripes

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  174. frostopher permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:11 pm

    Curt, any thoughts on the MLB Extra Innings controversy? You must know about how this package is going exclusively to DirectTV, meaning that many thousand of us can no longer get the Extra Innings package, which means that unless we order MLB.com, we can’t see out of market games anymore.

    Specifically, we can’t see you pitch anymore unless you play the Yankees or you happen to be on ESPN or I happen to be at the game or I happen to move back to New England.

    Anyhow, you must know about this controversy, and I wonder if you would care to share your thoughts on it.

    Thank you, and please have a GREAT SEASON!!!

    Chris Shelley
    Brooklyn, NY

  175. fjohndamon permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:17 pm

    Hey Schill:

    How about greeting Damon with something special his first 07 AB in Fenway.

    Rivera of the yanks announces he may leave the Bronx, but would never leave it to pitch for Boston. He is sincere and his character speaks for itself.

    After the first $80,000,000.00 how important is the next 8 million? After taxes, agents, attorney’s, and accountant take their end?

    Throw in an ex wife or 2 and it’s just one big party.

    So Damon doesn’t understand why they don’t “Love him anymore” ?

    Get a clue you dope……….people have been sitting behind freaking steel I beams for 86 years waiting for a WS.

    Their kids and grandkids would have sat their for another 86 if necessary.

    Real Cave Men don’t wear Pin Stripes.

    Tiant doesn’t buy a beer in Boston, nor Yaz, or Evans, or Pesky.

    Damon is now just a hump who played 4 years in Boston.

    “John” won’t be able to buy a beer in Boston once the yanks kick him to the curb.

    The NY “fans” have Booed Jeter and Bernie………they will turn on this guy like Mad Dogs once his legs are as weak as him arm.

    Enjoy 08 and 09 in the Bronx John………….You deserve and earned it.

    High and inside

    Go Sox

  176. marsh18redsox permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:25 pm

    Hey Curt

    Just a word of advice, of course you can take it or leave it. Do not even bother responding to the idiots that are speaking negative about you b/c are probably doing it for the attention (especially from you)!! If people see that you respond to that they may continue to say things in order to get a response from you, just feel bad for them that they CLAIM not to like you, your opinions etc yet they still come to your website to read what is being said……..

    I still think this is a good idea, the idiots will ween out once they aren’t receiving the attention they are looking for on an internet blog :)

    Take Care

    ~Marsh

  177. natei33 permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:28 pm

    Great post. Thanks for the insight into how you pitch and what you perceive from your teammates. Pitching is probably the most fascinating aspect of baseball to me so getting to read a post like this one is gold to those of us who will never be able to do it ourselves.

  178. March 8, 2007 10:48 pm

    First off, I just read that Vuk passed away. My deepest condolences, Curt.
    Separately, I’ll be interested as the year progresses on your take on this team’s chemistry. What was clear to everyone who watched 2004 unfold was the magic that caught hold of the team, and I’ve love to hear your insight into the 2007 team’s fabric.

  179. acuneo35 permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:48 pm

    Curt, thanks for the blog. As I mentioned before, great to know the real Curt Schilling and I’ve always enjoyed your candor.

    As for Pete, (and I apologize if I’ve missed this) how can my wife and I can help this young kid beat this thing?

    Also, the effort that you and Varitek put in is tremendous. Is there a part that misses a guy like Kevin Millar in the locker room? I love his candor too!!

    All the best,
    Andrew

  180. March 8, 2007 10:53 pm

    Sounds good.

  181. cdb5 permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:54 pm

    Curt,
    This is a great site. Glad that you are a down to earth athlete that gives back to the fans. I could not imagine this type of interaction with a professional athlete back in the 70’s and 80’s. (The only other team in Boston that interacts as well with their fans is the Boston Cannons. I use to do clinics all over new england as a player for free after work and on weekends. Giving back to the community and youth is the way to go.)
    The sox better open their eyes and wallet and give you an extension. You deserve it.
    What they should do is send Matt Clements a bill for a refund and deposit it in your account. He doesn’t deserve it!

    Good Stuff, CDB5

  182. theophilus73 permalink
    March 8, 2007 10:58 pm

    Curt, your interview on WEEI is always eagerly anticipated and now we are spoiled with this blog. You give us so much more than just stats and video. Here’s hoping that you get the changeup working this year….you’re going to need it for your friendly competition with the other starters. Daisuke, Papelbon, and Beckett look great this Spring and your 1.69 ERA is only fourth best so far. You better get to work! Finally, thanks for 2004. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  183. rs446 permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:01 pm

    Curt,

    It’s becasue of you that I’m a season ticket holder. I purchased season tickets (AC#2346342) for the season you came into town and were an integral part of the BRS winning the World Series.

    I’m going to be in section 102 (HP section) in City of Palms Park for Monday night’s Yankee game – unfortunately you’re not pitching, but I’ll tip my cap to you nonetheless.

    You bring class and professionalism to the city of Boston and our beloved team.

    Please believe me when I say that WEEI does not speak for all fans, sometimes not even the majority. So take what they say about anything or anyone with a grain of salt.

    I listen to them all the time but they’re kinda like what it says in tha back of those football cards you get off the roach coach, “for entertainment purposes only”.

  184. dougmirabelli permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:07 pm

    curt why dont you ever show some love for me. its all about varitek, do you think youre only good because of varitek? because he is definitely smarter than you. he also does not talk as much as you which furthers the point that he is smarter than you. did you ever think nobody cares who you think wins the super bowl, you just jump onto a teams band wagon every year. and also you look like the kool aid man in the red jerseys its called cardio buddy, see you around camp

    -doug

  185. stevenrockwell permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:12 pm

    Curt,
    Upon coming to the RS, you and your foundation prompted me to do some research and find out about ALS. A dude that has a house on the beach that I go to every weekend down in Manomet, MA has a son with ALS and has done some work/fundraising with your foundation. After learning about ALS and seeing first hand how it affected this guys family, I rushed to donate to Curtspitch.

    Nice work, man.

    F-CHB.

    Regards,
    Steven Rockwell

  186. rethcir permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:12 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Sorry to join the crowd but I’ll say a quick thanks for the blog. Hopefully the comments become more on topic after you get a few posts in. But i’ll be guilty and ask you a few quick q’s which may be good fodder if you ever have Blogger’s Block. What’s your opinion of:
    1. Salary Caps
    2. Tampa Bay (over the next 3 years or so)
    3. Windows Vista

  187. brianvscalese permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:19 pm

    >>

    Curt, I just wanted to let you know, comments like this are the reason that Red Sox Nation loves you so much! You have the greatest mentality when it comes to pitching/life, and I look forward to reading your thoughts here every day. Also, don’t worry about the whole contract thing…I’m sure that once management realizes how much the fans love seeing you take the mound in the Beantown uniform, they’ll offer you an extension…and if they don’t, the Nation will send a signed petition, urging them to do so! Good luck this season, and if you could just mention to Rodger that Boston would be honored for him to finish his career where it started, that’d be great. OH! And thanks for 2004 (my friends called me crazy when I picked the Sox to win the World Series half-way through game three of the ALCS…but you showed them!)

  188. abfromthecape permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:28 pm

    Hi Curt great site thank you very much for the championship in 04 .In 03 I was watching game 7 and around midnight my 6 month old daughter woke up so we watched the game together.When Wake gave up the home run I felt like the world ended.I looked at my daughter through teary eyes and thanked god for her comfort.When the alcs game 7 rolled back around and you put all of our dreams on your back and turned them into a reality.For that you will never be forgoten.To me your a red sox for life ,the brass shouled have handed you a blank check.I hope you stay.Thank you.

  189. rclane permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:29 pm

    Jeebus, man. First the game studio, then the griping about a new contract, and now a blog? Where will you find the time to pitch? And now that you’ve focused all of your wisdom on one location, does this mean that the guys from SoSH won’t have you as a binky any more? What about the hate-monger’s from WEEI? Has Curt in the Car finally hung up? I can’t believe this will be the only outlet for you…everybody values your opinion so much. Hey, whaddya think about Gordon Edes? Glenn Ordway eagerly awaits your call.

  190. rethcir permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:31 pm

    P.S. While we’re name-dropping, my girlfriend’s brother did tattoos for you and Papi. You signed a ball for him, and he gave it to their dad for christmas – he absolutely loved it!

  191. steveinphilly permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:32 pm

    Curt,

    It’s about time! I loved reading your comments on alt.sports.baseball.phila-philles “back in the day,” but I hadn’t heard much from you since you were traded in that brilliant move by Ed Wade to put the Phillies over the top. (Of the list for the June amateur draft, that is; trading you is up there with the Sixers trading Moses Malone in 1986 as trades that set a franchise back for a decade.) Okay, just kidding about not hearing much from you since then. But it’s great to have you blogging.

    I’m looking forward to comments like the one you made 10 or so years ago about Deion Sanders when he was dancing off of third like he was going to steal home when the Reds already had a big lead–something to the effect of “wishing I had stayed in there so I could have put one in his ribs the next time he came up to bat.” (Luckily for you, Bud Selig didn’t, and probably still doesn’t, know how to operate a computer.)

    Or this one that is available through a Google search: “Because my follow through is long it pulls my jersey out of my pants on the right side every time I throw. When I’m not pulling them up I know I’m not finishing my pitches (no lie either).”

    Is that still the case, 10 years later almost to the day of that post?

    Anyway, best wishes this spring. I know you can’t respond to this part of the post, but Phillies Nation would be more than happy to have you back next year if the Sox don’t cowboy up. Please consider it. And don’t hold our management’s dissing of Ryan Howard against Phillies fans. We know they’re cheap. But they might pay up for you. All I’m asking is that you consider it.

    Besides, when they are sculpting your cap for Cooperstown, in all likelihood it will be a Phillies cap, so you might as well wind down your career here. Even if your Kennett Square estate is long sold, there are lots of nice places in Lower Merion or other western suburbs where you could settle down (and not smell mushrooms).

    Best wishes this season!

    Steve in Philly

    P.S. I am not a Phillies employee or agent; just a fan–no tampering or tortious interference with contract going on here.

  192. March 8, 2007 11:36 pm

    Curt,

    It’s good to hear you speak right to the fans instead of through the media. You have a lot to say and I think a blog is a good idea to get it out there. Dont worry about the lack of a contract renewal, they are just being cautious. They know they would never want to lose a pitcher the caliber of you. Anyway, if you leave, PLEASE don’t go to the Yankees!!!

    Keep it up!

    -K.C. Downey

  193. singlern05 permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:40 pm

    I agree that Lester is definitely the feel good story of the year. I told my girlfriend, who doesn’t follow sports of any kind at all, about how he got cancer last year and she expressly a lot of sympathy at the time. But when I told her about how well he has recovered and what a good first outing he had this Spring, she was so happy for him and expressed more interest in a sports conversation then she ever has in the four years I’ve been dating her (and that includes the 2004 postseason).

    Anyway, since it appears that Lester is doing really well, how do you think Tito use him? Will he just put him into a games when one of the other starters is struggling early? Does he have the potential to be a closer? Is there any chance that we could have six starters this year or would that just be dumb?

  194. acefox1 permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:42 pm

    Oh one more thing Curt, is there anywhere we can send feedback to the Red Sox Management that their fans and customers want them to give you your contract extension immediately, if not sooner? :)

    I find it so frustrating that it appears Lucchino is taking a wait and see attitude when Theo basically said in public that both sides wanted a deal to get done.

    I just want to let them know that the specific reason I bought tickets to all Red Sox games in Seattle this year, and I do this every year, is to make sure I get a chance to see you pitch in person. I know that in 60 years I’ll be telling my great-grandchildren about all the times I got to see you pitch.

    I don’t know how gate revenues from road games are split between the home and visiting team but if you weren’t on the team I wouldn’t be able to justify my crazy spending on all those game tickets to my wife. LOL So let the Red Sox know that you put a lot of butts in seats on the road, not to mention at home. Or let me know how I can share that thought with Messers. Henry, Lucchino, Werner and Epstein.

    After all you have done for Red Sox Nation, promoting good-will, being a public face and voice for the team and increasing the team’s fan-base, they are crazy for taking a wait-and-see approach to your contract. I’m holding out hope that common-sense prevails and they remeber that you are a bargain in this market and what you bring to the post-season is something that goes far beyond your stunning numbers, three pennants and two world series rings.

    GIVE THIS MAN A CONTRACT AND DO IT NOW! :)

    Thanks for everything Curt. Don’t listen to the critics and doubters, just keep doing what you are doing. You are the most unselfish and humble player out there and you have been delivering the goods for a heck of a lon time.

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  195. aschillingforyourthoughts permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:47 pm

    Curt please do me a favor, stick around town next year, the sox will take care of you. Then you can retire a Red Sox and become the pitching coach with the team. I think your preperation is second to none and the rest of the Sox staff could learn something from you, especially Beckett. Pitch your ass off and have another 16-8, 3.75 era type season. I know you got it in you! PS Love the work you do for ALS. It takes a good person to do for others when they don’t have to. Do me another favor, please make sure that you plunk Jon Meterparrell when you face him. He is a complete idiot with not an athletic bone in his body.

  196. cdntrot permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:50 pm

    Curt,

    I just heard about the passing of John Vukovich. My condolences with his family and all of the baseball community. And my best to you as well.

  197. urlacher76 permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:21 am

    Good luck this year Curt; you’re one of the greatest things to ever happen to this organization. And please, high and tight to A-rod….high and tight..
    jb

  198. donowitz permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:47 am

    Curt. If you had to move one of the projected starters into the closers role, not included JP, who would it be? I know you and wake have some experience, DM has none that I know of, same for Lester. How about JB? Would allieviate the blister issue, could help his focus, and he seems to have the bulldog mentality to do it. Thoughts?

  199. southpaw67 permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:50 am

    I have to say that it’s pretty refreshing to be able to hear it straight from The Hoss’s mouth, unfiltered by media interpretation. With few exceptions so much of what we read has an underlying agenda – you’ve just short-circuited that entire process with this blog.

    I know you’re not signed for next year, and I understand why – as I’m sure you do. I’m also sure it won’t affect your performance on the field, you’re a true competitor. All that crap about “the Yankees wouldn’t want you” – hah! they’d take you every day and twice on Sundays :) I’m very glad you’re on OUR side.

    Here’s to an outstanding season, we’ve got a great team put together this year – this year marks my 40th (!) year as a Red Sox fan (yikes – really never thought I’d be this old) and I’m as optimistic about reaching the 2007 post-season as I’ve ever been.

    Take us back to the WS again this year, Curt – it was so much fun the last time I’d like to do it again!

  200. bholder21 permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:51 am

    Great job Mr. Schilling. I’m impressed with your “stuff” as a writer! Your still my staff ace. As far as I’m concerned you’ve earned. I think Sox fans forget a bit too quickly, but that bloody sock thing is etched into my heart forever!

    Could you help me get a job with the Sox. I would absolutely work my butt off for the Sox. If you can’t, I understand. Anyway. You keep writing, and I’ll keep reading. Just keep it honest and up front as you always do!

    BHolder21

    PS – Please come back to the sox. Make em pay, but come back!

  201. flyingelvisfreak permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:52 am

    Hey schill….Loved your comments on Jon Lester….by the time he’s ready to join the rotation, they can slide Paps back into the closer role and this team will really take off….Hey, you think the Pats should take a run at Randy Moss?

  202. southpaw67 permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:56 am

    [i]“What they should do is send Matt Clements a bill for a refund and deposit it in your account. He doesn’t deserve it!”[/i]
    You can’t be serious. The man was pitching with the inside of his arm in complete shreds.

  203. diehardsoxfan permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:56 am

    thanks for doing this blog. is nice to read insights from someone other than some of the hack writers out there. will be at City of Palms in one week with my 3 year old son. he hopes he can see Schill pitch! go sox!

  204. darklighter permalink
    March 9, 2007 1:24 am

    Curt you are wicked pissah for all you do for ALS and now Pete (God bless him)!! Don’t ever leave the Sox or New England! I look forward to you being the Gov some day!

  205. oriolepost permalink
    March 9, 2007 2:01 am

    Curt,

    Congrats on setting up the blog. I will say I have criticized you in the past, but you make the game more colorful; therefore, it’s refreshing to hear an athlete assert their opinion and get the fans interested – whether we agree with you or not.

    In age where a lot of athletes are scripted along and care more about their image, the dollar and interaction with the fans; however, I’ll say you’re an exception.

    As well, you make it a point to make mention of the charities you do, so that’s a great thing as well.

    Good luck with the blog, the Red Sox and if you have a moment, what do you think will be the 5 biggest story lines of the season?

    Thanks,
    Anthony – The Oriole Post

    http://oriolepost.com

  206. auntiepatti permalink
    March 9, 2007 2:18 am

    Curt,
    This is awesome! Just signed up and will look forward to following your blog!!!

    Patti

  207. theshift permalink
    March 9, 2007 2:35 am

    Hey Curt,
    I am a life-long Yankee fan…my Dad instilled this in me when I was a kid in the early 60’s…the goin’ was rough…Mantle’s career was done, although I saw him hit a homer in a double-dip against the Washington Senators…Frank Howard played then…he hit two of the most unreal homers I’ve ever seen in my life…one hit off the old facade in Yankee Stadium…I still get chills when I walk into that ball-park. But that is what being a fan is all about…you stay with your teams through thick and thin…I know the Red Sox haven’t offered you a contract…so do what you have to do…I live in Scranton, Pa. and we had the AAA Phillies farm club here for years…maybe you’ve visited during your tenure with the Phillies…(Not a bad place to end your career by the way) Now we have the AAA Yankees club here…Well, the reason I am blogging with you is that I’m a 50yr old that is disabled with R.A. and I’m pretty much home-bound…so what have I done with my time? I have, since 2005, done a sports-talk podcast called The Scranton Pa. Sports Shift and in April of 2006 I started a live 1-hr sports-talk radio show at http://www.tpsradio.net called The Shift. It has been a great equalizer for me to deal with my disability and express my opinion as a fan. I have a site http://www.goshift.net and a blog like yourself http://www.scrantonpasportsshift.blogspot.com I’m glad you joined our ranks! Curt…any chance I can interview you for my live show? You can reach me at theshift@tpsradio.net Thanks Curt, welcome to the community, and have a great season….Bob Merc

  208. March 9, 2007 2:44 am

    Geez, Curt. I just saw the news on Vuk from this morning:

    http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070308&content_id=1833387&vkey=news_phi&fext=.jsp&c_id=phi

    It seems we’ve just lost the best 0.161 hitter the game has ever seen.

    My condolences to their family. I’m sorry for your loss.

  209. redsoxnut63 permalink
    March 9, 2007 2:46 am

    Hey Curt nice to see you started a blog I will add your blog link to my blog http://redsoxnut63.blogspot.com
    I just wanted to say I enjoy watching you pitch for the Red Sox and really do hope they sign you up for 2008 and 2009 if you feel well enough tp pitch. I do not want to see you leave like so many other players have once they got to free agency I really hope you come back in 08.

  210. tmurph13 permalink
    March 9, 2007 3:27 am

    Curt

    Just saw that MLB did the deal with Direct TV. Now my 74 year old father in FL can’t watch you guys the way he did the last couple of years. Technology is supposed to make more media accessable, not the other way around.
    Dupuy and Selig have their heads so far up their butts. I’m sure its no big deal to get a dish on their mansions, but retirees don’t have alot of spare cash, aren’t techy savy (generally) and often live in communities with restrictions on dishes. MLB has just basically told my dad to F OFF.

    When you next see J Henry, please tell him I think this sucks!

  211. bigpapi1964 permalink
    March 9, 2007 3:41 am

    Hi Curt,
    I work in the same building that you have your new company. It was great to see you over the summer. I said yelled from my car saying ” we love you curt” and you smiled and said thanks. Can you tell us what your
    new company is about?.

    Paul from Littleton

  212. Kurt permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:06 am

    Wow, this is incredible. My favorite player of all time has a blog! Curt, do you have a favorite for the role of closer this year? Here’s hoping you finally get that Cy Young Award this year, if anyone deserves it, you do. Thanks.

  213. asburyboss permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:01 am

    Curt…be honest, the starters are looking at that bullpen and thinking “ohmygod- we s*ck!”

    Just like the Sox to drop $200MM on Lugo, Drew and Dmat and refuse to pay Gagen more than $4MM

    Jokers

  214. asburyboss permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:04 am

    I hate to break it to you bananas…but there never was a “curse”…the Red Sox just sucked for 86 years?

    Curses, Tooth fairies, Santa Claus- you clowns know none of them are real right?

  215. acefox1 permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:18 pm

    BTW I couldn’t agree with Kurt more about how much the MLB / DirecTV deal sucks. I wrote everybody at MLB I could find contact info for to let them know that it’s unconscionable to take a package that 200,000 cable-subscribing fans had access to and take it away.

    I have to ask where the leadership at MLB is? Do you think they realize what a short-sighted move this is? At a time when baseball is wondering why kids would seem to rather play football, basketball or even soccer than baseball, MLB leadership is taking baseball away from an awful lot of future players. How does this help baseball to grow as a sport?

    I am in a position with no direct southern exposure as well as an HOA so I can’t go with DirecTV or any Dish network. As Kurt mentioned, how many life-long fans are going to be shut-out from the teams they love because their community will not allow dishes, they do not have southern exposure to the satellite or have significant investment in current cable contracts and are unable to switch.

    I’d vote for you over John Kerry in a heartbeat, but I’m curious if you think his stance on the MLB DirecTV deal can/will produce any results? do you think it’s just posturing/grandstanding/lip-service to appease his constituents?

    And as far as asburyboss goes, that’s just sad that you think coming in here and bad-mouthing a living legend somehow makes you a better person than Curt. I think anybody wouldd agree the world could use a lot more Curt Schillings and a lot fewe asburybosses.

    Keep pushing Curt!

    Deane

  216. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 8, 2007 11:52 pm

    Hi Curt Schilling would any one on the RedSox be interested is giving a donation to the Special Olympics team I am on In Beaufort South Carolina? The name of the Team is called the Beaufort Sand Gnats. We need donations for our team so we can buy hats and jackets that would say Beafort Sand Gnats on the hats and jackets. Please Mr. Schilling will you ask your team mates if any one is interested and could you email me back at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com if you have time and let me know who would be interested Mr. Schilling. Thank you that would be great if you could do that. I am a huge fan of the Boston RedSox. Have a GREAT SEASON CURT.

    From, Jeff

  217. patsox23 permalink
    March 9, 2007 2:28 am

    Curt, I’m so sorry about John Vukovich. My thoughts are with you, his family and anyone else who, like me, loved his original dirt-dog-style baseball card.

  218. maureenmedfield permalink
    March 9, 2007 12:58 pm

    Hi Curt….Great to be able to read about what is really going on in “warm” Florida! (It’s REALLY cold at home!) I still smile every time I drive down Rt 27 as I pass your driveway remembering all the signs that decorated the entry. I wish you a fabulous year…both in health and in your ERA.
    I also must tell you that I admire your dedication to ALS. My nephew, who lives in nearby Norfolk, suffers from SMA, the same as young William who you met during the “Extreem Makeover”. Our Conner just turned 5 but has a far more severe form of SMA. Have you any suggestions for getting this disease into the public eye? It is so much like ALS, but it happens to the young rather than the adults.
    As a kid, I spent many happy hours at Fenway. My Uncle Jack Reilly was the traveling secretary for the team. I remember one happy afternoon having a Shirley Temple with Rico and Yaz in Mr. Yawkey’s clubhouse.
    I thank you for letting my Uncle finally celebrate the ultimate victory!

    Maureen

  219. thetork permalink
    March 9, 2007 2:31 pm

    Thanks Curt for acknowledging our granddaughter Natalie. She was delighted!

  220. beachgal46 permalink
    March 9, 2007 3:41 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I just think that this blog that you are doing is a great idea, it gives us fans the perspective right from the horses mouth so to speak, without having the media middlemen.Good luck on the upcoming season, and I think that it is terrific all the charity work that you and Shonda do in the Boston area. Stay healthy, and I hope to see you on the mound in a Red Sox jersey in 2008! God Bless You!:)

  221. bostonsueb permalink
    March 10, 2007 9:43 pm

    Thank you SO much for the blog, Curt. All of your fans, and that means pretty much everyone in New England, are so excited that you are taking the time to post in such detail and with such clarity and enthusiasm. I’ll read your blog every day and know that I am getting the real deal (who would know better than you?!). Thank you for being such valued member of the Red Sox. Let’s see another World Series this year. It’s been too long!!! :)

  222. yankschokealcs04 permalink
    March 18, 2007 9:02 pm

    It’s interesting to hear from a Red Sox player that updates his website every once and a while *cough MANNY cough*. I’m pretty excited to see how the video games are going to be. I enjoyed reading your blog and keep up the good work =).

  223. boris33uk permalink
    March 27, 2007 8:09 pm

    good luck for season curt and the rest of the redsox players ill be cheering you all on from here in scotland

  224. marioperezmp permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:53 am

    I have followed your career for a while now and the only blemish on your record is that you are not pitching for the Yankees. As a Christian I was happy to see that you also turned your life to Christ. As a big baseball fan, I’m not by any means of the imagination “start struck” but, after coach John Wooden, whom I had the privilege of meeting in person, you are the only athlete/sport personality I would enjoy meeting.

    Best of luck in the coming season.

  225. mattlenny permalink
    December 18, 2007 2:34 pm

    Curt,

    Good stuff. I have been very lucky to have coached high school baseball in the past and I love the insight you are giving. I can not wait to catch up to everything else as I continue to get caught up on your posts.

    Thanks Again.

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