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Answering Random Questions….

March 9, 2007

If I had a tool that would allow me to answer questions as they are approved to post I think it would be easier, but barring that I think we’ll give this a shot.

I ran through one section of posts, grabbing quick bits of some questions and will shoot to answer them here. Let me also add that the ‘down time’ spring training offers has allowed me to oversee this more than I might be able to during the season, and I am sure like most bloggers there’s an initial ‘fun factor’ that wears off.

Having said that, I will, at a minimum, be updating this blog with an after game report during the entire season. I’ll also be  posting on ‘other stuff’ which will appease all the yankers out there who screamed bloody murder about me using this forum to state my opinion on things other than baseball. I’m thinking that’s exactly what a personal blog is for really.  I view this blog like this, if you don’t like me, if you don’t want to hear what I think, don’t come here. It really is that simple.

As of today I’ve disapproved 13 posts total, and every one of those was for language. As you can see I’ve let people post that rip me, for the most part, get posted.

Ok so let’s start the Q&A.

Q- Do I play Everquest?

A- Sort of… I played EQ, and was addicted. I played EQ2, and was addicted. I jumped on the WoW band wagon very late and really like the game. Blizzard did so many things right, and the game is so well done, that it’s hard not to like.

I am now playing Vanguard and hats off to Brad McQuaid. Even though the game was pushed out the door 6 months too early I am enjoying the game a lot more than I thought I would. With 38 Studios up and running I don’t have near the time I used to so I am getting a less than hardcore gamers look at MMO’s and it’s been enlightening.

Q- Well not really a question but a chance to say thank you to all of the well wishers who sent condolences regarding the passing of John Vuckovich. It’s greatly appreciated and I and my family thank you.

Q- Why does the split suck right now?

A- It just does. Last year it got so bad in spring training that for the first time in about 10 years I changed my grip. I finally found another grip that worked but after all this time I think the change in the pitch is as much about velocity as it is anything. The harder the pitch is thrown with the split grip, the more downward action it gets. I think the fact that I am not conistently throwing 94-95mph has as much to do with the pitch changing as anything.

Q- Why and how do I plan to use the change up; which leads to the second question of do I think I am giving anything away here, or too much info?

A- I won’t give in depth detail as to what I plan to do and not to do here, to the degree I feel it will give anyone an edge when facing me.

Q- Can you give us a breakdown of Daisuke?

A- At some point before the end of camp I was going to do a ‘scouting report’ on the entire rotation and, for what it’s worth, my thoughts on them as a fellow pitcher.

Q- Many questions and requests about the Direct TV deal and my thoughts.

A- First off understand that this is something players are blindly ignorant to for the most part. We don’t watch baseball like fans, we have access to baseball 24/7 in the clubhouse and on the road when we need it. Having said that, after reading up on the ‘deal’, I think it sucks. As evidenced by the free agent spending this winter, baseball is in a financially good place. I would guess this part of the blog might get shown in some other spots and I could be yelled at for biting the ‘hand that feeds me’ but I don’t see it that way. This is a mistake of epic proportions I think. To think of baseball and how it came to be, from a fans perspective, you had the whole country able to buy a ticket whenever they pleased 100 years ago. You had radio as a major medium for sports in general, but there are alot more ‘great memories’ of famous radio calls in baseball than any other sport. The sport grew into television and became more prominent, which became a much bigger deal in the last 20-30 years as ticket prices became unaffordable. A large part of that had to do with player salaries so there is more than a little blame to pass around I guess. Now we have reached a point where baseball may crush a huge portion of it’s audience by denying accessibility. That’s not a good thing. I don’t think there’s any doubt that we are still trying to pull ourselves out of the steroid scandal morass, only to have this latest legal situation crop up. Even with that scandal baseball has found a way to prosper, and at a point when fans were once again saying “Hey, you guys screwed up again, but we’re still here”, fans are given the shaft. I don’t know that there is any right solution. You aren’t going to find 30 some owners willing to give up their share of the 700 million dollars (somewhere north of 23 million per team I think).

Q-My contract situation with Boston, how bad is it?

A-It’s not bad at all, it’s not even a concern and I’ll post something to explain the entire process in the near future.

Q-My 6 year old wants to pitch, is he too young?

A-Yes and no. He’s not too young to play and have fun. He is too young to get ‘coaches’ and specialist to start teaching him anything but fundamental mechanics and how to throw strikes. A pitcher physically peaks in his late 20’s, that’s an enormous amount of time for the body to finish filling out and growing. I didn’t start ‘pitching’ until I was 18 years old. Anything you do before that, that isn’t throwing a fastball, or change up, or learning proper pitching mechanics, in my opinion is harmful to the arm.

Q-Why do I step over the line on the field?

A-I just always have. Something ‘unlucky’ and weird to me about stepping on the chalk, I don’t like ‘unlucky’ and ‘weird’ when I walk on the baseball field.

I’ll try, from time to time, to answer more questions in this manner. There are a lot of questions coming my way and some interesting topics that I am hoping to talk on, and I think in some cases get educated by people coming here that are a hundred times more educated on them than I am.

105 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2007 4:20 pm

    If you want somebody to sort through the questions and pick the good ones, as a wise man once said, “Lemme know”

  2. schillingfan38 permalink
    March 9, 2007 4:38 pm

    I love how you are connecting to fans. thanks for answering some questions, and i know that your spliter will get better, because you are one of the best pitchers out there..

  3. roadduck99 permalink
    March 9, 2007 4:42 pm

    I’d say supply/demand economics has more to do with increased ticket prices than player salaries do, particularly in Boston. Salaries (should) follow revenue.

    No matter what the players were getting paid in the final days of Montreal, it wasn’t going to cost a ton to get into the games, what with 40,000 empty seats every night.

  4. March 9, 2007 4:47 pm

    Curt, if the bullpen is struggling early, what would you think about putting Wake out in the pen, and having Lester as the #5? That way you have a lefty in the rotation, and more veteran leadership in the pen for the young guys out there. I know you’re not the manager–but that brings up another question–do you think the “player-manager” role will ever come back to the bigs? If so, what guy besides yourself could pull it off?

    A far as you speaking your mind on here on all topics: You have every right, and I’m all for it. The only problems that arise from it, at least on my blog, is that when people disagree with me, they seem to just yell at me, instead of attempting to open up a dialogue. I hope people will try to be kind when disagreeing with you. If they’re rude about it, you know you can ignore/delete them. Like you say, they’re not forced to read this. Thanks, Curt.

  5. March 9, 2007 4:47 pm

    Q & As are always great. Easy to do on a day when you really feel like writing or posting but don’t have good content. Thanks and keep it up!

  6. sully07 permalink
    March 9, 2007 4:48 pm

    Thanks for the reply’s Schill nothing like seeing an athlete make a legit effort to connect to his fans rather than sitting infront of a bank of cameras talking about ‘appreciating’ his fans. I hope the info keeps flowing it makes for some good reading

  7. dnthe51 permalink
    March 9, 2007 4:54 pm

    What do you think about the closer situation and the chances of the rocket coming to boston??

  8. drewbies permalink
    March 9, 2007 4:54 pm

    Love what you are doing. Also I like that you leave the post that are ripping you. I am looking forward to reading more of what you have to say about life and the game of baseball I love so much. You are letting us in on things I have always wondered about.

    Please if you can could you tell us more about what happens in the club house? I would like to hear about jokes that are played on people who hangs out with who and why does it seem big papi always have a smile on his face:)

  9. goldsteingonewild permalink
    March 9, 2007 4:56 pm

    You wrote: “I am sure like most bloggers there’s an initial ‘fun factor’ that wears off.”

    Hope your ‘fun factor’ lasts longer than Edgar Rentaria’s Sox stint, because I’ve learned more about pitching from your first 5 posts than a year of reading the Globe and Herald…

    One follow up. You explained an inside fastball is unusually effective as a first pitch. Why? I’d think many hitters would sit on a first pitch fastball…

  10. mark913 permalink
    March 9, 2007 4:56 pm

    As if this blog of yours couldnt get any better, you are know answering our questions as well. If all athletes were as open-minded as you the world of sports would be a much better place.

    Since you are answering questions I have one. What is the single-best moment you have had in your big league career. Thanks again Curt.

  11. melanie11 permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:02 pm

    I agree that baseball should stay a “game” for kids…..I would even venture to say that adults should try and hold on to that perspective…or you know what can happen….can anyone say Barry Bonds??

  12. dionnesdugout permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:11 pm

    Hey Curt, love what you’re doing here; I knew it was only a matter of time.

    Why no links on your blog? Most Red Sox blogs have links on them to other various sites and blogs, and I think you should too. Nation members will spread your site to all other members who view their sites/blogs, so you should do the same.

    You could always start with me, haha.

    http://www.dionnesdugout.com

    Thanks. Keep up the good work; I look forward to reading all your new posts. Good luck this season, and go Red Sox. Hope to see you in Beantown in ’08.

    -Gregg

  13. tomafield permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:23 pm

    So, Curt:

    Who would you pay to watch play baseball today?

    best,

    Tom

  14. tomafield permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:26 pm

    One more quick question, please:

    We’ve all read & talked about how money has changed baseball ownership, players, ticket prices and TV deals.

    How have big money & media coverage changed the fans in your eyes?

    I mean, you’ve been around MLB for 20 years now. In what ways are fans different today?

    best,

    Tom

  15. jeff7168 permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:27 pm

    Curt, I think it is interesting when athletes get involved in entrepreneurial endeavors during their career so they have a smooth transition to their post-sports career. If you’re not already familiar with it, I recommend you visit OverTime Magazine (www.ot-online.com), a business and lifestyle magazine for professional athletes. It has travel and lifestyle pieces, but it also has an array of articles designed to help active professional athletes make their most of their careers, and help them successfully transition to life after sports when the time arrives. With your foundations, and your company, it seems like you have a head start.

    Jeff
    Sox and Pinstripes

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  16. March 9, 2007 5:27 pm

    I couldn’t agree more that 6 years old is far too young to get serious about pitching. That’s why I signed my little guy up for Ultimate Fighting. The kid is flippin’ vicious and there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll succeed. You should see what he did to the neighbor’s cats.

    Anyway, a few years from now I’m sure we’ll get back to the diamond.

    After the Ultimate Fighting ‘fun factor’ wears off, that is.

  17. March 9, 2007 5:35 pm

    Schill, I’m sure your posting frequency will decrease as the season progresses, but let me say that while it lasts, these daily posts are just what the doctor ordered. Hearing your take on certain issues (like the MLB/Direct TV deal, for example) is interesting not just for your opinion, but because you’re giving the rest of us “civilians” a perspective that we couldn’t normally know, which is great!

    One question – You’ve mentioned a few of your trades in these posts. What effect does being traded generally have on a player, psychologically? I’m sure it can’t be easy, and might lead to confidence issues or second-guessing, but even when a player on a level such as yours is traded, there have to be some psychological effects, right? I would love to know what goes through your mind (and what you think goes through the mind of players in general) upon learning of a trade, especially when you’ve been playing well before the trade.

    Thanks, and GO SOX!

  18. jgulko permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:35 pm

    Curt, I thank you for taking the time to answer my question about the DirectTV Deal. You taking the time to respond to questions definitely sets you aside from the many professional athletes that could care less about fans concerns. At some point, would truly enjoy an opportunity to educate you on a wonderful Boston-based nonprofit I sit on the board of that is helping a significant number of children that live in the City of Boston. The organization is Project R.I.S.E. and you can visit it’s website, http://www.projectrise.com. You and your family have been leaders in the community with countless organizations and would be very interested in speaking with you about Project R.I.S.E. and perhaps having you join our board. Good luck this season.

  19. syrioforel permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:37 pm

    I think it’s awesome that your blogging. I have a favorite author who has a blog. It makes me feel more connected to his work. I would guess that the same is true here. I’m not sure where to post random questions, so I’ll throw some out right here. I know your into history (battles etc.) and gamming. That said are you going to see 300? The movie looks like a pretty cool combo of epic battle, comic book and fantasy video game all in one. Should be pretty wild. Do you have time for that sort of thing once the season starts?

    Any thoughts on a post baseball career move to take one of those K’s out of a senate seat?

    SyrioForel – Malfurion server WOW

  20. emo2964 permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:50 pm

    Curt: I was a huge fan long before you became a Red Sox legend and “bringer of championships”. I laud your work with and support of ALS research and assistance. I work in healthcare and have first-hand, but not personal, knowledge of the devaststing effects of this disease on the individuals and their families.
    I met you once at the appreciation gathering for ALS supporters after THE WORLD SERIES when you were on crutches. I was impressed by your ability to be the person you present yourself to be in the media. Your appearances on WEEI and now this blog reaffirm my belief that you are for real.
    I appreciate the glimpse into the pitching process and your honest assessment of your performance. Your insights reflect my thoughts that the cerebral portion of performance is equal to that of the physical portion and that self assessment is necessary for improvement. My question is regarding your comment on guiding (is that the same as aiming?) your pitches rather than throwing them. What does that mean in both lay terms and your terms? Thanks again for being entertaining and thought provoking.

  21. speedyg permalink
    March 9, 2007 5:50 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I don’t mean to be a nuisance but we have a mutual friend in Arizona “Walter Mconnel.” If you read this could you give a heads up so I don’t repeat myself.

    Shangri-La rd
    Paradise Valley tranplant to Mass

    Thanks, keep up the good work!
    Michael

  22. March 9, 2007 5:54 pm

    Great Site, Curt..welcome to the wonderful world of blogging..:-)

    Who do you think will end up as closer for the Sox? Someone currently on the team? Someone the FO will make a trade for? Jonathan Papelbon?

    Never got the chance to say it–Thanks for 2004…:-)

    Be well…

    Christine E.
    http://www.bostonredthoughts.com

  23. redsox911 permalink
    March 9, 2007 6:10 pm

    Curt,

    I discovered your blog a couple days ago and have been glued to it ever since. I’m sure I speak for many fans of RSN in saying that we are immensely grateful for the interaction and time consuming effort you’re putting into this blog of yours and are anxiously awaiting to see how this goes throughout the upcoming season. It’s really quite a treat to be privy to all your thoughts.

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your great friiend Vuk. May he now rest peacefully.

    Be well and thank you very much for all you do!!

    Kevin

  24. nhsoxfan permalink
    March 9, 2007 6:11 pm

    Curt:

    Thanks for all your time and effort to put together this blog- it is fun to follow and a great addition to the http://www...

    I was wondering if you could tell us a little about what a typical day is like for you and your teammates during spring training (if there is such a thing.)

    Best wishes to you and the rest of the team for a great season this year.

  25. bipster permalink
    March 9, 2007 6:14 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this a long time. Finally, somebody who is a gentleman who pitches with his guts on the mound, a class act, and who exemplifies LIFE, and who dares to show the real ‘Curt’ and baseball and to show LIFE in the public realm. AND who realizes that there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS DIGNITY in the GAME and in LIFE because your national pastime is LARGER THAN LIFE. I’ve come to understand it merely from watching dots move on the internet because I’m too far away to watch REAL games. Most likely, I belong to the generation of baseball kids who used imagination more than what I see on TV and have never had a change to experience an MLB game. May never but still love it MORE because I live the values of the game each and every single day of my life. Thanks, Curt, for the blogs and comments. Amen. – Lloyd, Faraway Singapore.

  26. ethandb permalink
    March 9, 2007 6:31 pm

    Dear Red Sock,

    First, thanks for 2004. Second, and I know you probably can’t answer this, but I’ll ask anyway. A-Rod. I mean beyond Game 6 and that “bush league” slap play, I read a story recently about him chewing out some clubhouse attendant because the kid brought him the wrong sandwich. He strikes me as a phony and megalomaniac. Thoughts?

    Again, thanks Curt. Best of luck this season.

  27. fenwaygirl permalink
    March 9, 2007 6:32 pm

    Thank you, Curt for taking the time to chat with your fans. I’m really looking forward to this season. I think you will be great as always. I was wondering why you changed the name of your company from Green Monster Games to 38 pitches? Had you planned to do this all along? Please sign with the Red Sox at the end of the year. Fenway is the only place to play! :)We want you back…..Can’t wait for the season to begin!

  28. hockeyrules permalink
    March 9, 2007 6:38 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Blogging!

    Our politics are different but we both bleed Red Sox red.

    truth
    http://www.mainstusa.blogspot.com

  29. thankusox04 permalink
    March 9, 2007 6:43 pm

    I think my screenname says it all and since you were an intregal part of that team, a huge thank you to you for sure.

    This is totally surreal to have access to a major leauger like yourself, very cool. I know you have your “haters” who say you talk to much but to hell with ‘em. Like you’ve said already, it’s a free world. You have the right to say what you want and they have the right to not listen/read.

    Anyway….a few questions.

    1) Besides on the field when you play against them, do you have much contact with the 04 players who are no longer on the team? I’m thinking along the lines of Petey, DLowe, Millar (I still love that goofy bahstid!!), Johnny what’s his name (sorry, can’t get over the Yankee defection).

    2) Is the much hyped “beef” with Shaunnessy real? Personally, I think the guy is a major tool.

    The third is more of a comment than a question. I have sooo many more, but I don’t want to over stay my welcome, just yet! As others have mentioned, it would be absolutely great if you could finish your career here in Boston. I really hope you and the FO are able to come to amicable agreement which will allow you to hang up the cleets here at storied Fenway Park. Even if you don’t, you will forever be a beloved member of RSN.

    Thank you also for taking the time out of your busy schedule to give incredible insight into the life of not only a major league pitcher, but chartiable human being.

  30. freddy19 permalink
    March 9, 2007 7:31 pm

    Hey Curt-

    My best friend played with you in Philly in ’96. He was a rookie and basically only had the one season in the bigs. I’ve heard many stories from that year and got some great insight on the role you play as a leader in the clubhouse. He said you were obviously well respected and someone that he admired, but you weren’t afraid of setting rookies straight with stern warnings and that you basically had a zero tolerance policy when came to rooks.

    What is your role with young pitchers on this Sox team? Have you mellowed out a bit in your old age? Do you feel you are approachable? Do you seek young pitchers out to give them advice on big league life, pitching situations, etc.? Do you just go about your own business?

    Anyways, thanks for taking on this blog and giving us some insight on your life and the Sox. I’m a huge fan of yours and will always be grateful for what you did in 2004.

  31. aimcifer permalink
    March 9, 2007 7:39 pm

    I chuckled to myself over the question about you stepping over the line- it brought back a great memory. My brother won tickets to our first Red Sox game by answering a trivia question on the radio regarding something “different” Sparky Anderson did while walking onto the field (of course, stepping over the line). P.S. The Sox destroyed the Tigers that game, 16-4. It was awesome… Dwight Evans was incredible that game!

  32. acefox1 permalink
    March 9, 2007 7:58 pm

    Thanks again Curt. For 2001, for 2004, for everything!

    One memory from the 2004 ALCS most people never mention that I’ll never forget was late in Game. The bullpen was just about out of pitchers, I remember seeing you, Wake and I think Lowe bouncing around the dugout in excitement, grabbing your gloves and walking out to the bullpen between innings to be available just in case you guys needed to pitch.

    You guys weren’t dreading the responsibility of facing elimination. You guys were all pumped and excited and really wanted the ball. It was amazing. That thought always lifts me up when I need a boost. Thanks!

    Just a silly question for you about gaming. I know you are a big fan of the popular MMO games and are a big WWII buff. I’m more of a simulator / first-person shooter game and have been hooked on Battelfield 1942 for years. Have you ever played and if so, did you have much fun with it?

    Thanks again for answering some questions with your free time. I only hope everyone else appreciates the generosity with your time it takes to do this. Thank you again, a thousand times. :)

    BTW The pictures you posted of your family are great. You can tell that you and Shonda are completely in love with each other. Seeing that kind of happiness in a family is tragically scarce these days. I think and hope that my wife, daughter and I have the same good fortune as you all. :)

    Best wishes and Keep Pushing!

    Deane

  33. acefox1 permalink
    March 9, 2007 7:58 pm

    Sorry my post dropped me specifying it was Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS

  34. jan27 permalink
    March 9, 2007 7:58 pm

    Hey Curt! Just thought I’d try this post again in the hope that this time I’ll make the cut: Your seemingly extremely forthcoming posts leave me wondering: What does the Red Sox organization think about this blog? Do they have any reservations about your seemingly revealing posts? It seems that since Theo left and then triumphantly returned, the Sox organization has exhibited some “shyness” about speaking to the public, and that would seem to be by design. So have they cautioned you at all? And do you care what they think about this sort of thing, anyway? Also do you think that opposing teams, players and/or management, might be able to glean too much specific information from your posts? Of course, as an interested and avid baseball fan and observer, I relish your seeming openness. But would I feel the same way if I were Theo or Tito? Just wondering, Curt … Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this more general topic.

  35. dadhadals permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:02 pm

    Hey Curt, Just wanted to tell you I think it’s great you’re connecting with us fans on a persoanl level.

    I also appreciate your hard work with ALS!!

    Thanks again and I hope you retire with the Red Sox…but regardless where you go or who you finish with, you have fans for life with my family.

    Peace and God Bless!!

  36. March 9, 2007 8:05 pm

    Thank you, Curt, for offering your opinions and feedback to the fans. Sometimes the Media Pipeline becomes hazy as it filters from what the players say in the clubhouse and what is finally printed in the paper (or posted on the ‘net). I bet there are Media Types out there that cannot stand the thought of you bypassing their scribing tool and telling the fans just how it is.

    THANK YOU for everything you gave to the Red Sox. The toast you gave in the locker room after Game 4 of the World Series still brings chills.

    Got any favorite restaurants in the Boston area now that you’ve lived in the area for a few years? Been up to New Hampshire? :)

    NHmort
    http://www.83f.blogspot.com

  37. bayareasoxfan permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:08 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I’m from Mass, but for the past two year’s i’ve lived in the Bay Area and for two years before that I lived in New York. I’ve seen a lot of Sox games both at the Colliseum, where I’d say the fan breakdown is about 50/50 Sox/A’s, as well as Yankee Stadium, where its a not so friendly 10/90 Sox/Yanks. As a visiting player, how much of a difference does it make to have some of your fans at the away Stadium? Do you ever get a kick out of hearing Sox fans totally drown out the home team’s fans?

  38. redsoxfan permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:21 pm

    This is probably the best thing a major leaguer can do, having a Q & A session with the fans. Thank You Curt for spending part of your time with us fans, it means so much, and thank you for answering my question.

  39. snoflak623 permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:23 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I am a huge Red Sox fan but I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you do for ALS. I am currently getting my masters in Speech-Language Pathology and have learned so much about the disease and have worked with patients with ALS and their families. While I know you and Mike Timlin both have different foundations (I actually met him at a walk for the Angel Fund), I appreciate all that both of you do for ALS. Hopefully there will be a cure one day.

  40. northwestsoxfan permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:32 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to fans. I wondered your thoughts on something. Was there ever an inkling that Ichiro might come to Boston next year to play right field? He is a free agent next year, the Sox needed a right fielder (and got one) and Daisuke is on the team now. Any thoughts?

    Thanks and Good Luck!

  41. March 9, 2007 8:49 pm

    Speaking of Timlin’s foundation. I believe one of his sister’s is doing a walk Austin to Boston right now raising monies for ALS. There was an article in Boston and in the Austin paper about it. She is covering about 100 miles a day.

  42. richardlepke permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:57 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I am am an Avid sox fan but more so a fan of the game. My question to you is if you are involved at all in fantasy basbeball. If so i would love to participate in a league with you. Though i’m not a betting man i would wager on the fact that i would finish ahead of you.

    -Rich

  43. dianesfastball permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:05 pm

    This is freaking fabulous that we get to hear you….
    And I have a question and an observation…as a fan it is amazingly dishearting to see our favorite players leave. I have been known to shed a few tears when someone is traded or doesn’t get signed for the next season..ok..I’m a girl and I love some of these guys!!! I get that it’s a business..I really do but I watch this team and go to the games not because it’s the RED SOX but because of you guys..you make me want to watch and I think we as fans develop a true affection for the players. Do you guys feel the same when the team changes so much year to year and you stay?

  44. tszar455 permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:07 pm

    I’ve been to 14 Red Sox games and the sox haven’t lost a single one. I saw the sox beat the Yankees twice and I even saw you close the game against the white sox in 2005. After watching Wakefield, you throw at light-speed. Just thought I’d let you know that my mom fell on Fenway Park in 1969. She got her ball signed by the Red Sox that year and when she was married my grandmother threw that ball away. Over thirty years later my mom told that story to someone who mentioned it to Rico Petrocelli who eventually heard about it. As I type this message (I appreciate you being so available) a ball that Rico Petrocelli signed (in 2003) to make up for the ball my mother lost is above my computer.

    I’d like to see the Yankees do that.

    I don’t really expect a reply or anything but I am happy I have a chance to let the Red Sox know how much they mean to New England and how much seemingly insignifcant actions can turn a person into a lifelong fan. I wish Johnny Damon knew that much.

    Good luck this season!

  45. jwh137 permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:15 pm

    Not that you needed confirmation, but you’re absolutely right about starting to “pitch” at 18. My dad had me throwing sliders in little league and it ruined my elbow by the time i was in the 9th grade. I’m 21 now and all I can do about it is make sure my kids never throw breaking pitches until they graduate from high school.

    Keep up the blogging, This is great stuff

  46. jd1121 permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:25 pm

    Curt-

    Once again you prove to be a real person like the rest of us.Forget the fact you beat the YANKEES on one leg for all of Sox nation-the way you carry yourself as a man is what I respect most.I sincerely hope you continue to don the red and white past this year but rest assured,you will carry with you a legion of fans no matter what you do next year.You are the man Curt, just keep being you baby!!!! GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. jthewes permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:49 pm

    Hi Curt, have you seen this baseball error card yet? It’s really great, I think most of us true fans of baseball can appreciate it:

    http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/2007/03/famous_error_ca.html

  48. mtbob42 permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:50 pm

    Hey Schill,

    Congratulations on a great career. I often wondered if I’d ever get the chance to tell you that. Its been a long time since New Britain. I always knew you were a fierce competitor, and really have respected what you have accomplished through out your career. I have a lot of fantastic memories from my years with Boston, and was particularly glad to see you come back and lead the team to the Series Championship. Although, I’ll probably miss you in Vero next week, I will try to say HI to “D”. If I don’t, please pass on my greetings. I also hope to get to Boston this year. If so, I’ll try to get in touch with you guys then.

    Anyway, I hope you get this, and wish you and the team the best of luck this year. I have a good feeling about. You have a great supporting cast, and I get the feeling that you are heading for a great season. Thanks for the oppertunity to say Hi again.

    Your ‘ol Doc BOBC

    By the way…As Notehead used to say “Your worth more money”…Make sure you get it!

  49. bepo10 permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:51 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I just wanted to thank you so much for not only what you have done for the Red Sox but also your involvement in ALS. My son has muscular dystrophy and I appriciate it so much to see people with the resources to help bring attention to these diseases. Thank you for being more than a great baseball player.
    Ben Polhemus

  50. dionnja1 permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:54 pm

    Curt-
    Today is day 242 for me without nicotine. This past year I was able to quit my 10 year dipping habit. Wondering if you still dip, and if so, any thoughts about quitting? One thing that has helped me is an online support site. It’s completely anonymous and is the only thing in 10 years that has helped me stay quit. You may want to pass this on to Francona, I hear he is trying to quit.
    The site is quitsmokeless.org. Hope all is well!

  51. falzo25 permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:56 pm

    Does it get tiring signing autographs in spring training? Also, I would really like to know about your past experiences with Topps and them having you sign all those stickers. How did it go? thanks!

  52. jasonwegg permalink
    March 9, 2007 10:15 pm

    I was really, really lucky to have front row field box seats to one of your games last year and took some great (in my opinion) pictures. How impossible would it be to try and get one or any of them signed? I can’t make it to spring training and I’ve never had any luck at Fenway.
    Thanks and have a great, great season! Can’t wait to see you pitch again!
    Go Sox!

  53. daveinnc permalink
    March 9, 2007 10:36 pm

    I am going to ask again my as concern with this blog lies in the clubhouse. I am worried that your comments and opinions will cause dissention among teammates, management, etc. I do think you have a lot to offer the younger guys, especially Beckett and Pap. These guys can really benefit from your knowledge and leadership, do you think that something could come up here that may alienate them or others.

  54. soxbeach68 permalink
    March 9, 2007 10:46 pm

    Curt…in dealing with the press(which I’ve grown to dislike more and more over the years) who are you’re favorites? All of Red Sox nation would agree that Dan Shaughnessy has got to be the biggest horse’s behind–with that said, are there any you can mention that you would rather not talk to?

  55. gojohn permalink
    March 9, 2007 10:50 pm

    Thanks for setting this up Curt, and I hope you’ll be back with the Red Sox in 2008. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  56. brianvscalese permalink
    March 9, 2007 11:33 pm

    Schill,

    I am SO looking forward to another great season of watching you make the Yankees look stupid and confused at the plate. Also, I’ve never seen another player become so personally invested in the city that they play in. It’s the little things, from really researching and knowing the history of your team and its fans, to commenting on your message board to shut down the Yankee fans (who definitely got lost on their way to the Bronx, if they’re posting comments on THIS blog!), to visiting sick kids at Children’s Hospital (where they perform miracles on an hourly basis). I was actually wondering if you and Shonda have ever tried any of the restaurants in Waltham. If you haven’t, and you like Italian food, you HAVE to try Casa Mia on Moody St. Amazing food, and the atmosphere will have you feel less like you’re dining on the banks of the Charles, and more like a fine establishment in Venice, Italy. It’s a great restaurant, let us know if you get the chance to try it out. Keep up the great work on the field, and on the blog!!!

  57. poltroop permalink
    March 9, 2007 11:43 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    What ever happened to the infamous “bloody sock”? did you throw it in the laundry or is it hanging up in a frame somewhere?

    One last question; have you ever thought about doing USO tours during the off-season? I’m in the military and think it would be cool to see you at my next desert location!

  58. bootsnlatigo permalink
    March 10, 2007 12:44 am

    Curt, wanted to convey my sympathies to you on the passing of Mr. Vukovich. I just stumbled on to your blog today from a link posted to the Phillies MLB message board. Can’t wait to follow your blog t/o the season,thanks for doing this! I’m a fan of yours and appreciate you for speaking your mind and not following the crowd. I also appreciate what you do for the fight against ALS (my grandfather and uncle succumed to it) and for what your wife Schonda does to educate about skin cancer. My dad hes terminal cancer so I appreciate what you both do. You use your celebrity status for the betterment of society. Thankyou!

  59. shinryu permalink
    March 10, 2007 5:49 am

    Curt,

    As a Sox fan living in Rome, Italy, the Internet is my primary gateway to everything MLB. So I really cannot thank you enough for opening the blog. I have been visiting frequently in these first few days and I must say it’s a great read.

    I guess all I really want to say is…Thank You for 2004.

    Keep it up, looking forward to a fantastic season. Best of luck

  60. bellhornbabe497 permalink
    March 10, 2007 6:24 am

    Your blog, your opinions. It’s really that simple. Looking forward to some good reading over the season and just hope you remember to have fun and show good sportsmanship. You’re an example to a bunch of future hall of famers!

  61. colonnade permalink
    March 10, 2007 7:06 am

    Curt – your blog is awesome. I have always wondered why you stepped over the chalk line. I wondered what it took to throw a split – the list could go on and on. The questions about who your favorite player is on the team sound a bit absurd. Why would you ever answer that and offend your non-favorite?

    However, perhaps you can answer another related question. Is there a person on the training side or that works “behind the scenes” day in and day out that you think a lot of? Could be a bat boy or a trainer or someone that helps you manage your schedule etc.

    Lastly, I’m sure you have spent thousands of nights in hotel rooms. What were your favorite hotels?

    Best of luck to you. We’re all so glad you chose to come to Boston to help us win a World Series. Had you selected another city – its my humble opinion that we would still be wondering when the curse would be reversed.

  62. painnation permalink
    March 10, 2007 7:21 am

    Thanks for this Blog Curt, your comments are very insightful and I wish more athletes in all sports would find ways such as this to reach their fans.

    My question for you: Do you think teams are too hesitant to give young guys a shot when their skills fit an area of need on the big club? We have some great power arms in the minors that would seem to be able to help our current needs in the bullpen. I understand that you don’t want to rush a kid and hurt his development but is that cautious approach taken to an extreme at times? Across the majors, you see guys manning spots, solid but unspectacular players when the team has some real potential upgrade in the wings if they were only willing to give them a shot. What are your thoughts on when it’s the “right” time to give youth a shot and see what happens?

  63. spitball permalink
    March 10, 2007 8:45 am

    No questions, just a bit of humor (or humiliation).

    My boss is an avid Yankmees fan, and of course Iam a die hard bo sox fan. During the off season the really isn’t to much poking at each other about each team. Well this off season was a little different, not to say the least.
    This off season we got in a heated discussion about player moves, trades, and aquisitions. I made the point that in my opinion the bean town bad boys would finish the season ahead of da bronx bums. A small wager was placed, and of course had to throw in the humiliation factor. If I win ( or, well if you guys do ). The big guy ( XXL ) bossman has to wear a BOSTON RED SOX shirt every Friday until the following Spring training.
    I should probrably start begging you now not to let me down! Please curt, Please Papi, Manny, V tec, etc……….. But no I don’t need to. Why? Because this is the best team in baseball hands down. With the best fans, the most storied ballpark, and all of Japan on our side. SOX 07 Champs!

  64. spitball permalink
    March 10, 2007 8:51 am

    Don’t plagiarize me Boston Globe!

  65. rsoxgirl permalink
    March 10, 2007 8:54 am

    I know it’s been said, but I have to say it as well. Thank you for 2004. You really do not realize what that meant to so many of us.

    That being said, thank you also for this blog. I love the game, and it’s amazing to have the insight on things from such a great professional. I truely hope you continue your baseball career in Boston.

  66. soxforlife63 permalink
    March 10, 2007 9:00 am

    I was wondering….Is it possible to send you a WS hat with a special paint pen I bought to be signed by you..and if it is…Where do I need to send it?????? I live in WNY and don’t have the funds to go to a game.Thanks for you being you.I appreciate you speaking your mind when so many don’t.

  67. soxforlife63 permalink
    March 10, 2007 9:06 am

    If you want you can email me the address @ p_koza@yahoo.com ….so everyone and their brother doesn’t flood you with responses.I think it’s great you enjoy gaming too..I play Diablo but not online..Players can really ruin your day.Thanks again for this BLOG..I am not surprised you decided to start an avenue to speak your mind.

  68. March 10, 2007 9:25 am

    Just wanted to correct an earlier post I left. I had stated Timlin’s sister would be walking 100 miles a day….jeeez was I WRONG!! :) She’ll be covering 20-25 miles a day and arriving just in time for the Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race to Cure ALS in June. Just in my 3 short trips to Spring Training as well as attending the Springing For a Cure event to benefit ALS, I have become aware of this devastating disease. So thanks to my love for baseball, the Red Sox and a fellow fan in Ft. Myers, Brenken (her screen name) who organized the event, I want to become more involved rather than just on an annual basis.

    Being involved in community service and volunteering, there usually is some personal connection that motivates one to become involved. Curt, understanding the significance of why Shonda organized SHADE, could you tell us what background or situation that prompted you to select this direction for a charity organization?

  69. redchamp2004 permalink
    March 10, 2007 9:26 am

    Curt:

    I think what you are doing is great and I can’t wait for your next posting. My sympathies for the lost of you mentor Mr. Vukovich.

    You look great so far this spring, keep it up!

  70. letsgoms permalink
    March 10, 2007 10:08 am

    Hey Curt! Glad I found your blog, this is really cool. I wish the best of luck to you and all the Red Sox on beating the Evil Empire!!! What do you see happening after this season, do you want an extension or would you rather go into free agency?

  71. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 10, 2007 10:24 am

    Curt you are a great Person. I want to thank you very very much for answering my question why you step over the chalk line. You are the Man Curt!!!!!!!. Curt have you been to Honeypot Apple Orchard in Stow Mass? Do you sign autographs Curt is fans send you a baseball and where would a fan send a baseball for you to sign. How many wins do you think you will get this year Curt? Curt do you send emails to fans I was wondering that? Curt do you think Roger Clemens will pitch this year? And if yes do you think the RedSox have a chance of getting him? I wish I could have been a baseball player but I am not capable of doing that. I have a slight disability. I would like someday have a chance to come to Fenway park as a guest of a player meet the team and throw out the first pitch before the game and get a photo with some players. I am 36 years old. I don’t think that chance to come to Fenway Park as a guest as a player will happen unless a miriacle will happen. Take care Curt Schilling and I hope you send me a email to me at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com and let me know where to send you a baseball for you to autograph and maby a miriacle you can invite me as a guest of yours to throw out the first pitch and meet the RedSox players and get a photo with some of your team mates. GO REDSOX!!!!!!! GO CURT SCHILLING!!!!!!! You are going to have a great season. Curt here is my trademark before I add my name.

    DUDE!!!!!!!!!!

    From, Jeff

  72. lafenwaychica permalink
    March 10, 2007 10:47 am

    Curt: my 10 year old avid baseball card collector son has a question. When you get your picture taken for a baseball card, do you get to choose which picture they use? Do each of the card companies take their own pictures or are there a bunch and each company selects which one they want? Also, did you collect baseball cards when you were little? From Matthew

  73. theshift permalink
    March 10, 2007 10:52 am

    Hey Curt,
    I very sorry about Vuk…I know you were very close to him. I’ve never understood death and I don’t think I ever will…all it causes is pain and suffering. The interview offer still stands spapsortsshift@hotmail.com Hang in there Schill, the blog is going to overwhelm you a bit…remember when Jim Carrey had to deal with all those e-mails in Bruce Almighty? That’s what you’re going to have on your hands here…pace yourself, you’re doing a great job as a new blogger!…Regards, Bob Merc

  74. maranara permalink
    March 10, 2007 11:19 am

    Curt – Thank you so much for the blog, and really, for all you have done for both the Red Sox and the city of Boston. I have a story/question for you. A couple of years ago, I was watching batting practice (I’m such a baseball nerd – I love batting practice) before a game in Baltimore. You were shagging balls in the outfield, and started to throw them to fans. But not just any fans – the fans in the very upper deck of Camden Yards. It became a game – Mirabelli (and I think someone else) kept pointing out different sections of kids (and all that were way up – none of the ones close to the field), and you kept launching the balls up to them. The crowd watching went wild – it was almost better than the game itself. Is that an ongoing sort of game, or was I just lucky enough to see you goofing around with a friend? It was amazing. Thanks again for all you do – I can’t wait to see you pitch in person this year! :)

    Mara

  75. 38isthebestever permalink
    March 10, 2007 11:29 am

    Curt, first off I just want to say that you are my favorite player ever. I was a fan of yours when you pitched for the Phillies, as well as the Diamondbacks. As a Red Sox fan, I was absolutely thrilled when the deal came through for you to come to Boston. With that said, aside from all the amazing things you have done on the field, I am extremely impressed with you as a person and have a huge amount of respect for you. Not only do you do a ton of charity work, but in this day and age you just don’t see a professional athlete of your stature do something like this to keep himself connected to the fans. I hope that the Sox management realizes what they have in you and do everything necissary to keep you pitching in boston next year. If not, I want you to know that this is one fan that you cannot lose and I will be rooting for you no matter what!! Thank you for everything and I will be looking for rooting you on as the Sox go for their second ring since you’ve been here!!

  76. cpicardvt permalink
    March 10, 2007 11:38 am

    Hi Curt – Great blog. I enjoy it already. One question for your next go-round. I remember last year, numerous articles about how you adopted heart rate monitor (HRM) training and Max VO2 into your routine. You speculated that it would give you better endurance over the long season. As a marathoner like your wife, I suspect it paid dividends for you since most runners rely on HRM and VO2 training to perform over the 26.2 miles. How did it work out last season and are you keeping up with it this season?

    Best to you and your family.

    Curtis

  77. usmarine permalink
    March 10, 2007 12:26 pm

    Q. Have any sportswriters or talk show people expressed any opinions about your blog? I’m guessing that they are none too happy about you putting a “horse’s mouth” out there for all to hear and, in the process, stealing some of their thunder and rendering their lofty presence useless, such as they perceive it.

  78. March 10, 2007 12:48 pm

    Curt, as an “old” Boston baseball fan (I was a member of the old Boston Braves Knothole gang in the late 1940’s), I appreciate your connecting with us.

    I was wondering about your thoughts on mentoring of the young staff in your clubhouse. Does much of that go on?

    Keep up the interesting conversation.

    And, also welcome to the world of blogging. My blog is professional, concerning the beginnings of several ophthalmic technologies that I was priveleged to be part of, including the introduction of soft contact lenses and the emergence of laser refractive surgery and laser cosmetic surgery.

    (I was also a member of the Arthur D. Little team that “flew” a lead balloon, hoping to fly the ADL Silk Purse made from sows ears beneath it. There are pictures on my web Journal.)

    More recently, I have been commenting on the recent development of two wonder drugs that stop “wet” age-related macular degeneration cold in its tracks — and even improve vision.

    Anyone interested in learning more can Google Irv Arons’ Journal.

    Regards,

    Irv Arons

  79. acefox1 permalink
    March 10, 2007 1:13 pm

    Hi Curt,

    One other quicck question lots of people probably wonder… Which kind of hitter worries you more in your prep work: A free-swinging power threat like Vlad who can hit a homer on a ball anywhere from his neck to his toes, or straight-forward high OPS guy like Hafner, Thome and Dye?

    Thanks in advance!

    Deane

  80. acefox1 permalink
    March 10, 2007 1:25 pm

    One further question intrigued me this week:

    What was your take on the situation with Ron Borges getting flat-out busted for plagiarism?

    I totally understand if it is more prudent to not stir up that particular pot, but I found an almost perverse joy in seeing someone as belligerent and ill-tempered as him get exposed as a lazy fraud.

    I found your interview with Shaunghessy a few weeks back funny and interesting as you conversed despite your obvious dislike of each other being mentioned repeatedly.

    You did a great job calling him out in his own column and earned lots of cheers from your fans in RSN for that. Well-done! It’s probably too much to hope to see him “borrow” a colleague’s material but I can still have fun imagining it. LOL

    Have a great weekend in FL and look forward to the next post.

    Deane

  81. March 10, 2007 2:12 pm

    This is great, Curt. Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch with fans and good luck with the season!

  82. denisemass permalink
    March 10, 2007 5:36 pm

    Hi Curt! Love your blog! First, I just want to say thank you once again for 2004 and beyond. One of my favorite baseball moments is your comment during the World Series that you would never use the words “the Lord” and “impossibe” in the same sentence and your sharing of your faith, after one of the most awesome games in baseball. My question to you is, after you have stopped playing (hopefully years down the road), is there any situation in which you might be tempted to remain in baseball other than on the field?
    Thanks again!
    Denise

  83. mainegirl permalink
    March 10, 2007 6:03 pm

    Love this blog; intelligent, concise. I am in full agreement about not pushing kids to get too serious about their baseball/softball training too young. Today my 9-year-old daughter had her softball tryout, and the Little League head was trying to talk me into allowing her to play in the “major league” softball league with 12-year olds, because of her abilities. I refused because I want it to be FUN for her, and not have her bust her butt trying to keep up with girls 4 years older than she is. I’d rather have her shine in the minors than be benched and stressed in the majors.

  84. 1434mvp permalink
    March 10, 2007 9:10 pm

    This is my first “blog”.
    I am curious about the fleece.
    I flew from Maine to Ft Myers for four days. On Friday the 2nd of March, Curt, you were wearing a fleece top!!! It was hot, man. What the heck? Fleece in Florida? What am I missing?
    Good Luck 2007. You are awesome.
    Back in Maine, finally over 32 degrees.

  85. jcole011 permalink
    March 10, 2007 10:05 pm

    At what age did you see your velocity jump to the 92-95 area that it is today? Also, how would you reccomend someone gain velocity on their fastball?

  86. salm permalink
    March 11, 2007 9:34 am

    curt:
    as you’ve gotten older, how much has your off-season and in-season conditioning routine changed? what kind, if any weight training do you do and what kind of running/agility/footwork do you engage in.

    sal

  87. kris7738 permalink
    March 11, 2007 4:43 pm

    Curt,

    This was a great idea. Thanks for staying connected to your fans. GO SOX!!

  88. tomgomes permalink
    March 11, 2007 10:00 pm

    Dumb question, or perhaps answered elsewhere: are you related to the “Schilling” quoted in the BlackHawk Down documentary? Air Force guy.

    Do you have a military technical consultant in your game development business yet?

  89. oriolefan permalink
    March 12, 2007 3:52 pm

    Curt,

    Your blog is really great, hope you can keep it going. I grew up an O’s fan, but my allegience has shifted to the Red Sox until the Angelos Era is over.

    Two questions:

    1) What supplements do you take? Any dietary restrictions?

    2) What in your opinion is the greatest team in the modern era (post-1947)? Mine – the 1970 Baltimore Orioles (108-54, World Champs, 3 20-game winnners, 3 Gold Gloves), followed closely by the 1969 Baltimore Orioles (109-53, AL Champs, 4 (!) 20-game winners, 4 (!) Gold Gloves). 4 Hall-of-Famers on each. But I admit to being biased. :)

  90. surferbill permalink
    March 12, 2007 5:57 pm

    Schill, thanks for being so open to our questions! As a fellow believer, I’d love to hear about how you became a Christian if you wouldn’t mind sharing your testimony!

    I hope you guys crush the Yanks tonight!

  91. mike1ace permalink
    March 12, 2007 7:38 pm

    Curt,
    First, do you remember a coach named Dave Zall? He was working with my son before he ran into some injury problems and will again. He had some stories about you doing a lot of “pick ups”. Sounds like you were a pretty hard worker even as a kid despite the reputation for not being a hard enough worker during your early years in pro ball.

    2nd, I’ve heard that your HS years weren’t completely smooth relative to baseball. If you don’t mind answering is that true or off the mark?
    Thanks,
    Mike1ace

  92. mike1ace permalink
    March 12, 2007 7:40 pm

    Read my question and it could be misleading. Dave is fine other than a sore arm from throwing too much BP. My son had some injuries that kept him from working with Dave for a while.

  93. mark55304 permalink
    March 13, 2007 4:54 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for making yourself available to your fans. I’ve been enjoying your work on the field and the frankness of your comments off. I think you bring a valuable perspective to those of us who watch from afar.

    Selfishly I’m dying to know what type of ankle surgery/reconstruction you had. I recently (last November) had a Watson-Jones type ligament reconstruction to help replace what had been destroyed over the years of playing sports, running, etc. The rehab is slow, complicated by a blood clot. I’m in my mid-40’s but am trying to stay active. Was your procedure to fix what was there, or to rerout tendons, drill holes, etc. like mine? Any special type of rehab helpful?

    Good luck this year and in 2008. I’m looking forward to watching you for a while :-)

    Mark

  94. pgmusic permalink
    March 13, 2007 8:42 pm

    Hey Curt….I wll never forget the 2004 season, what you did for an entire generation of Red Sox fans and the best gift of all, seeing you show up at Christmas at Fenway on your crutches. My son and I had been out in the cold waiting from 4am. You made it worth every minute! Hope you have a great season and most important of all, health and happiness!

  95. jon121 permalink
    March 14, 2007 7:33 pm

    Dear Curt:
    I just wanted you to know as an avid Boston Red Sox fan I am looking forward to this baseball season and know that you will have a great season and i think the Red Sox have a great starting five for the current rotation as well as Theo making some good signings over the winter-best of luck for 2007. I am glad that you set up this site for the fans and everyone to see. I do hope that you will use this to talk about your faith as well. Also, even though Spring Training games do not mean anything I still like it when the Red Sox beat the Yankees!!!

  96. maireq permalink
    March 15, 2007 12:26 am

    Ooooo… a blog! (insert evil grin smilie face here)

    As for speaking your mind about any and all issues – good grief, why else do this? I think most people get to be ‘people’ first, and professionals second. Well it should be that way. If it isn’t, ignore the whiners and do it anyway.

    Have a terrific season and God bless –

    Maire

  97. rlgdguy permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:00 pm

    I’ve heard a few media outlets quoting your blogs now. I know this site is primarily to stay in touch with the fans (a fabulous idea I might add), but as far as the media goes, if they are going to quote your blogs, it’s kinda taking away from Joe Public a little I feel. Then again, how do you know I or anyone else for that matter is not Bob Lobel or one of those other clowns just reaching for a tidbit of a story or something stupid to elaborate on and put their own spin on things? Even though you’re not going to say anything you don’t want out there, I realize, I say we ban the media, at least in principal from this site. Just a thought out loud.

  98. janutee permalink
    March 16, 2007 5:10 pm

    Ok I’m not in the camp of all these others sycophants because I’ve got a toughiefor you Curt:
    How can a spokeperson for skin cancer publicly chew tobacco?
    I just want to know if you think the two are unrelated, or whether you might be somewhat obligated to not publicly chew a substance that causes cancer, and a deadly cancer at that.
    I only ask this because you have done a lot of excellent work for medical research – ALS and the SHADE – I respect that very much.
    How ’bout pullin’ the plug on the plug?

    janutee

  99. pjzelda permalink
    March 16, 2007 8:29 pm

    Hello Curt. I just want to start off by thanking you for your courage and contribution during that amazing 2004 season. Between the Red Sox and Patriots we have been quite a happy group of sports fans in the early part of the 21st Century here in New England.

    I’m actually interested in learning a bit more about your interests in gaming and fantasy literature.

    How has it been working with Robert A. Salvatore? I am fairly new to his writing having finished the Dark Elf Trilogy about a year ago. I am now caught up with Drizzt and Co. having just finished the Hunter’s Blades Trilogy while also reading the Clerical Quintet along the way. I’m basically a Salvatore addict at this point (please thank him for me :)

    Which is your favorite RA Salvatore book and which one of his characters would you say most resembles yourself and your attitudes? Also, any other fantasy titles that you would recommend (besides Tolkien of course – the Babe Ruth of Fantasy writers)?

    Finally, when can we expect the first published Green Monster Games title and which platform(s) will the company focus on? Any possibility of developing for a Nintendo system (Wii or Game Boy) and are you a fan of the Zelda series?

    Thanks for your time Curt and good luck to you this season (and hopefully a few more) in Boston.

  100. jbakerjr83 permalink
    March 17, 2007 9:05 am

    Curt, with the new defense behind you with Lugo, and Pedroia being the starters at SS and 2nd base. How do you feel this defense behind you stacks up with last year and Gonzalez and Loretta?

  101. cincysoxfan permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:36 pm

    Hi Curt –

    As as avid MMORPG’er (AC1, AC2, SWG, WoW), GM of a great guild for the past 5 years and ‘father figure’ not only to my own children but to a number of younger folks I have come to know over the years, I am often disturbed about the amount of time they dedicate to playing the game.

    When I have a 18-20 year old kid that plays WoW 10 hours a day (or more) 7 days a week lamenting their lives I continually urge them to get up get out, visit friends, take some classes, chase some girls (or guys)… I just turned 37 and have 4 kids of my own… without my intervention, is this the state of the ‘gamer’ as we know it?

    There’s rumbling of parent groups rising up and blaming Blizzard (one group is trying to file litigation) for the zombification of their kids…

    I’m sure you’ve heard/read all the rhetoric about it and aside from ‘parents need to know and control what their kids are doing’ (which tends to be my stance); I’m curious to know where you stand on this and how (if at all) you may address this type of concern with 38Studios.

    Best of luck in 07 dude; own it up!

  102. bobwal permalink
    March 19, 2007 4:01 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I just wanted to say that it is really cool of you to do this. I will let you know right off the bat that I will probably rip you sometimes, but overall I really respect you as a pitcher. You were the biggest reason that the Sox won it in 2004, and as a fan I will never forget it.

    My question to you is this: Do you regret stumping for George W. Bush in 2004? He has proven to be one of the worst presidents in the history of the United States according to many historians and college professors. I can certainly understand why someone in your tax bracket would want Bush, but do you really think that he has been good for the average people out there who are not millionaires?

  103. familyfirst38 permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:56 pm

    Curt,

    How did you make the majors?

    What was your path as a kid? My son is 9 (just turned 9) years old and works hard everyday to be good at baseball. He’s always getting training…he’s signed up for Frozen Ropes, Extra Innings, many towns Babeball Academy and so on, he practices most days…

    How much is too much for a 9 year old?

    How do you know when a kid has enough talent go far with Baseball?

  104. gbi12 permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:17 pm

    Curt,

    I’m sure that I will be posting plenty about baseball in the future. And as we know you have a lot of things going on outside of baseball as well. I would like to know if you have any advice at starting up a new business. I am a new business owner (in the sports field) and would like to know if you had a few “rules to live by” when starting your venture?

    Best of luck this season with all your endevours. And Go Red Sox!!

  105. millsc permalink
    September 10, 2007 8:07 pm

    Reply to mike1ace, Dave Zall was once my coach many years ago. Can you let me know how to reach him?

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