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Q & A III

March 11, 2007

Stayed to watch Daisuke today, regardless of the line he gets more impressive the more you are around him. Will put something together at some point soon.

More Q&A.

Q-How do players feel about contraction?

A-Huh? How would someone feel about a potential reduction in the number of jobs available? I think the answer is what you’d think it should be.

Q-How do you feel about the lack of coverage on Keith Foulke’s retirement and his contributions to the 2004 team?

A- Far and away the most underappreciated and overlooked post season performance I’ve ever been around. I know Foulkie took alot of heat for things he said in the 2005 season, right or wrong it had an enormous impact on how fans have treated him. Keith Foulke, in my opinion, was so far and away the MVP of the 2004 season that the runner up was not even in sight. Manny and David had phenomenal post seasons, DLowe was magic, but when all was said and done  Keith Foulke was the reason, beyond any other player, play or game, that we won. Keith didn’t like the media, and there were things he said that if you didn’t hear them in person, but got them second hand, could sound a lot worse than they were intended. I am not sticking up for him, he doesn’t need me for that, but the guy was as money as anyone I’ve ever played with in the biggest games of his life.

Q-What age did your veocity jump?

A-My velocity increase had very little to do with my age and a lot more to do with my health. I was a 90-92 guy through the 1995 season. After I tore my labrum and Dr Craig Morgan repaired it, Phil Donnelly and Jeff Cooper gave me religion on the arm, shoulder and body as it relates to throwing. I gained 4-6mph from the 96 season through today. That was the one major factor in gaining velocity for me, learning about the arm and how it truly works.

Q-Are you glad Mark Lemke retired?

A-This question was posed to me by a smart a#@ friend of mine. Mark Lemke was a 5’4″ 2B for the Braves in the 90′s, and he flat out owned me. Every time he hit me I’d get an email from this particular friend. So the answer is yes…..

Q-Pearson asked me what the hardest thing about pitching is.

A-Losing. The hardest thing is standing in that clubhouse after a game in which you cost your team a win.

Q-Ridley asks who the single hardest batter is.

A-The hard part about that one is it really depends on the situation. Runner on 3rd, less than 2 outs? Tony Gwynn. No one on, tie game? Vladimer Guerrero, Bonds.
Q-How hard is it to pick up a new pitch?

A-For me it’s hard. It’s taken me three years of tinkering to finally get comfortable enough to throw the change up as a significant part of my arsenal.

Q-How do I practice my Faith on a daily basis?

A-Awesome question with a not so awesome answer. I don’t open my Bible nearly as much as I should. I pray often, there are so many people in our lives that need prayer and support that I find myself doing it at odd times but I still am woefully short of giving the Lord the time he deserves from me.

Q-What’s your favorite and least favorite stadium?

A-I have a lot of favorites. I loved pitching in the Vet, even though it was a dump near the end, ton of great memories there. I loved Bank One until I realised it was a band box. I love pitching in Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Kaufman Stadium.

I despised Montreal, never felt comfortable in Candlestick. Fenway was by far the worst stadium as a visiting player.

Q-Who are you excited to be reunited with in Heaven?

A-Easy one there, my Dad.

Q-What stat do you focus on for hitters?

A-The ones I will always pay attention to are pitches per AB, swing % in counts, OBP, stuff like that. AVG, RBI’s, Runs mean zilch to me when it comes to putting a pitch specific game plan together.

Q-How did the 1993 Phillies staff affect the team, and me?

A-As I touched on earlier that coaching staff had a few people on it that were incredibly instrumental to me not just on the field, but off. Johnny Podres made me a big league pitcher, no doubt. By far the smartest and best coach I’ve ever had in professional baseball. Pods could make you believe you were about to strike out the world, regardless of how you felt. Larry Bowa was one of my favorites too. Larry was, and always is, in a pissy mood. He and Vuk were the two coaches who despised losing so much I think it was physically painful to them. Pee Wee (his nickname) was awesome for me because he’d NEVER let me slide or get by, he was always pushing me hard. He was one of the first ‘old school’ players that told me I could have pitched and been good when he played, and that meant a lot to me. It was the perfect coaching staff for that team from top to bottom. Jim Fregosi was a manager who allowed his clubhouse to run itself. We had the right mix of players to do that and he never interfered. He was good to me from day one.

Q-What’s your favorite game you ever played in? Who were or are your favorite teammates?

A-Game 7 of the 2001 World Series was probably one, along with Game 4 of the ALCS in 2004. Game 5 of the 1993 World Series. Games 1 and 5 of the NLDS in 2001. All the big games are the ones I remember most vividly.

Favorite teammates is a tough one. I’ve played with thousands of players I think, and have had the honor of playing with some incredible people. I can start the list, and reserve the right to add to it as we go.

Kevin Jordan (Phillies) One of my all time favorites. Incredible work ethic and as professional a player as I have ever been around. The guy was the premier PH in the NL for a bit. He prepared so diligently, every single night. He was as smart a player as I have ever played with as well.

David West (Phillies) One of the funniest human beings I’ve ever known. Could get a laugh anytime, anywhere.

Dave Hollins (Phillies) Played the game with more intensity than any player I’ve ever played with. He came to win, period. Also one of the best base runners I think of the last 20 years. In all the games I ever saw him in he’s one of the few I never saw make a mistake on the bases, and 9 times out of 10 he was one base ahead of where anyone else would be.

Lenny Dykstra (Phillies) Dude, contrary to public opinion, most people have no idea that he was probably the smartest hitter in baseball for a long period of time. Lenny could tell you EXACTLY what the pitch sequence of his next AB was going to be, and what he was going to do. Called his HR off Mark Wohlers in the 1993 NLCS, along with the exact sequence of how he’d get the count to 3-2.

Cal Ripken (O’s) I wasn’t bosom buddies with Cal, but he and his father left huge impressions on me that still endure today. The consumate pro. Showed up to play every single day and never let anything get in the way of being as good as he could be every inning of every game he played. One of the things that I don’t think people know is just how good of an athlete he was. He used to have pickup BB games at his gym. There were some former NBA players that would come and play, Dudley Bradley, Steve Mix I think, and they all said that Cal could start in the NBA without question.

Craig Counsell (Dbacks) One of my all time favorites. A guy who squeezed every ounce of ability he had, out of himself, every day. I still think his 2003 season was one of the best defensive years I’ve ever seen. Great guy and always fun to be around. Knew the game inside and out.

Scott Rolen (Phils) Best athlete I think I ever played with. Had range at a position no one else did. Could throw on the run better than anyone I’ve ever played with. Ran bases the same way as Dave Hollins, never caught off guard and always one base farther than he should have been. Wanted to show up, play, and go home.

I’ll add some more in later, including the Sox guys that belong on my list.

107 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2007 3:10 pm

    Hey Schill
    this blog is a great idea. It’ll be great for fans in the UK to feel like they are “in touch” with you as well as fans in the US. Cant wait to read your comments as the season goes on.
    Fingers crossed for October!!
    : – )

  2. sully07 permalink
    March 11, 2007 3:27 pm

    Curt, you gotta tell me alittle about The Remdawg, seems like a guy full of information but not the kind of guy who is going to press it on you and i bet he’d be a great dude to knock some brews back with

  3. bsox25 permalink
    March 11, 2007 3:30 pm

    Curt, love the blog. It’s great to hear your personal insight into the game. Where do you feel like your velocity is at this point in spring training? Do you generally hold back in the beginning focusing on command, or does it take a few games to amp it up?

  4. jasvlm permalink
    March 11, 2007 3:32 pm

    Thanks for taking my question, along with the questions from my children. They are both very excited to be exchanging e-mails with a future Hall of Fame pitcher!
    This blog is really wonderful stuff. Again, thank you for your time and your articulate opinions.
    JAS

  5. jasvlm permalink
    March 11, 2007 3:34 pm

    Ridley has another question: First, thank you for answering my question Mr. Schilling. How long does it take you to get your arm ready to throw a complete game? Are you ready to do that by the end of spring training?
    JAS

  6. lissaann permalink
    March 11, 2007 4:03 pm

    Curt,
    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. Seem to be very candid and open where you can be.

    Question. I know that you and the team are very active with kids with serious illnesses. Do you guys ever visit any of the psychiatrically ill children? As a former mental health worker and a mentally ill person myself, I know how important visitors are, especially for kids who have been pulled away from their families just like so many of the other kids you work with.

    Keep up the good work. Looking good out there, can’t wait for the season opener.

  7. agredsox permalink
    March 11, 2007 4:04 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for this blog! Spending a semester abroad in Germany makes following the Sox a little more difficult, especially when I’m used to living in Kenmore Square at BU! It’s incredible, I think, for us as fans to gain some insight on baseball from a perspective so different from our own.

    I was wondering what you think makes Boston different from any other city/market where baseball is played. Maybe not better or worse, but if there are just some things that stand out. Thanks again so much, especially for taking the time to read this!

    Angelina

  8. beatnyy permalink
    March 11, 2007 4:23 pm

    Curt,
    Just wanted to thank you for being one of the only athletes I’ve seen do this… Its great to learn what goes on w/ the Sox from someone other than the regular media (Globe, Herald, etc). My question is, how much do you think that the media influences mlb players, specifically rookies or younger players who arent quite as good at dealing with such issues, in terms of their production/progression/ability?

    Go Sox!

  9. kris7738 permalink
    March 11, 2007 4:47 pm

    Curt,

    How do you manage to stay so focused during a game?

  10. March 11, 2007 4:57 pm

    Alright, I admit it: I’m starting to enjoy this. Here’s my question: the average prognosticator puts Daisuke’s stats for 2007 somewhere around 3.75 ERA and 15 wins. What do you think?

  11. bosox1 permalink
    March 11, 2007 5:24 pm

    Curt,
    your blog is a great idea to reach out to your fans. So far it is amazing and i am looking forward to your entries throughout the season.
    I have a couple questions i would like to ask you. First, what was your opinion on Dice-k’s first rough outing? and how do you think andy petite will do coming back to the AL? Thanks and im looking forward to the rest of the year and good luck this season.

  12. blonde357 permalink
    March 11, 2007 5:36 pm

    i don’t feel comfortable addressing you as “curt” seeing as how we haven’t met. where i come from, you don’t use someone’s first name unless you know him personally or are just a complete troll. soooo…

    mr. schilling,

    i didn’t see the game but heard about it: what is going on with beckett and the hit batsmen? beckett is one of my favorite characters in the drama of red sox nation, and i keep waiting for him to be the “next best thing”… i find your insights tremendous; any to give on this?

  13. slider07 permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:22 pm

    We haven’t met either but I’m still gonna call you Schill……

    One simple question: Do you think, or have you seen players purposely stay away (or leave) from Boston b/c of the media?

    It’s just hard for me to live in this area and not get pissed about the line of questioning I hear or read in interviews, let alone the way words are……”put to together” in the press. So if I as a mere fan of the game watching this from the outside get irked, ……….it’s just very hard for me to imagine being able to deal with it. Patience is one thing protecting your own integrity weekly or daily is a whole nutha story. I’d be like Manny and just not say a word, or maybe like Donnelly and tell ‘em how it really is.

  14. March 11, 2007 6:23 pm

    Alright, then. Question: What was the wildest/weirdest thing Kevin Millar did during the time that you two were teammates that you can relate to us without risking incarceration or general public humiliation for all parties involved?

    Or maybe our image of him is all wrong and there’s nothing to tell…

  15. slider07 permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:26 pm

    oh ya and a follow up to my previous question…..

    Do the newcomers to the team get the heads up and the who’s who from the other players about who is ok in the media and who is not? Or do they have to figure it out as they go?

  16. March 11, 2007 6:32 pm

    I know you can’t talk about specifics but how did Daisuke Matsuzaka respond to your tutelage in the bullpen after the game on Sunday?

  17. danindelray permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:35 pm

    Thanks for starting this blog, Curt. Much better for finding out what you think than searching sonsofsamhorn for G38 postings. One question I hope you can get to:

    How is the Japanese coming along? Without getting into ‘clubhouse’ stuff, how easy is it becoming to interact on a personal level with Dice-K?

  18. iamabosoxfan permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:36 pm

    Hi Curt,

    This is the best Idea for the fans to really get to know you. First of all, THANK YOU for all you have done for New England on and off the field. You are the epitome of what a baseball player should be. My question is: If you hadn’t been in baseball, what would you be doing for work?

    Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  19. freebrook permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:46 pm

    Hey Curt, how’s it goin’?

    Do you still think Doug Mirabelli has the best nipples in the MLB?

    Thanks for all the fun. :)

  20. thelastdimaggio permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:51 pm

    Glad to see the high esteem for Johnny Podres. He comes from a small town about two towns north of mine in the Adirondacks and to this day he is much beloved. Obviously some similarities with yourself given his performance in a World Series game seven and helping his team end a year after year beating by the Yankees.

    I’d be interested in learning more about how Johnny helped you as a pitcher. Obviously it extends beyond believing in yourself. I’d imagine that a good pitching coach connects on many levels; 1) helping to learn a new pitch; 2) adjustments with batters; 3) how to get through a bad bullpen; 4) how to keep runners close; 5) mental toughness, etc.

    What there something in particular that Johnny was especially good at?

  21. soxbeach68 permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:52 pm

    Do the guys in the clubhouse Have an NCAA bracket pool? Any guys who are avid NCAA basketball fans? By the way….Syracuse just got hosed….that sucks…unbelievable…I don’t think I’ve been this pissed since Boone’s homerun…
    Sorry I just had to vent….

  22. hfxbob permalink
    March 11, 2007 6:55 pm

    Curt:

    Do you have any plans to write or co-write a bio at some point? And if you do, how much of it do you think would be devoted to the 2004 season? I have read a bunch of books about the 2004 season but I think there’s a really good one yet to be written from the inside perspective. I read Johnny Damon’s but it wasn’t terribly insightful.

    Thanks.

  23. 1993phillies permalink
    March 11, 2007 7:12 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Is there any chance you will spend 2008 in Philly? I know your under contract with the Red Sox and can’t comment too much, but a simple wink will do.

  24. northwestsoxfan permalink
    March 11, 2007 7:23 pm

    What do you and other pitchers talk about when you are not pitching? Every time they show a dugout shot it looks as though you are having a great time.

  25. plunked permalink
    March 11, 2007 7:27 pm

    What is your take on Fantasy sports? Are you pro/con? And do you play?

    great blog, hope you can continue during the season.

  26. bosoxrox permalink
    March 11, 2007 7:28 pm

    Curt — loving the blog. Thanks so much for doing this!!

    Here’s my question:
    Do you get the impression (or is it common knowledge among players) that good/accomplished pitchers (like you, for example) get more favorable umpiring calls? Sometimes the commentators claim that “only Greg Maddux gets that pitch on the corner,” etc. As an experimental psychologist & baseball fan, I’ve done some research with non-umpires (college undergrads) and found that if we introduce them to 2 made-up pitchers, describe one as having great stats & scouting report and describe the other as having bad stats & scouting report, then get the undergrads to umpire videotape of pitches from each of those pitchers, they actually call more strikes for the pitcher whom we told them was better (even though we tell half the undergrads that Pitcher A is the good one and the other half we tell that Pitcher B is the good one). I don’t know if this pattern of bias would hold up with real umpires, but I’m interested in your impression.

    Thanks, Scott

  27. acefox1 permalink
    March 11, 2007 7:31 pm

    Heya Curt,

    Loved your 2 Cents on Keith Foulke. You again show what a great team-mate and class act you are. You clearly show those most elusive of qualities in the world today, gratitude and loyalty. Thanks again for reminding the world of the debt we owe Keith for his performance in 2004.

    I was really confused to see his relationship with the fans go down the tubes in 2005. I think a lot of the fans in RSN were crtiticisng his performance on the field because he never tried to make any excuses or explanations for what was going on. He took his criticism on the chin and insisted he was to blame and it wasn’t a physical problem.

    When we heard that he’d had to consult his specialist and found out he had problems with his knees that, in my mind, made me feel even more grateful for his 2004 contribution and I felt horrible for blaming him for some losses in 05.

    Some of his comments were puzzling to us fans, not just the Burrger King one, but I think also the statements that he didn’t care much for the game of baseball. It never occurred to me that some players may not enjoy the game despite being extremely good at it. Do you see a lot of players in the game feeling that way?

    I was also curious about what has been going on with the Qwest-Tek system. Between the time Theo had Thanksgiving with you in 2003 and the start of the 04 season I remember seeing you discuss the problems you had with the Umpire Evaluation system on SoSH and stating frankly that it sucked. I hadn’t checked over there in a while and was curious as to how much, if any, things have changed with Qwest-Tek since the start of the 04 season. Are they using it in more parks? Have the umpires adjusted and become more consistent?

    If there are topics that the league prefers you to not discuss, or would cause more trouble than it’s worth I think we all totally understand if you mention preferring not to talk about them. But so far you’ve been remarkably open and frank. Your confidence and self-assurance you show in this discussion with fans is part fo what makes you such an amazing and gutsy player.

    Thanks for your time and know that we’re all behind you.

    Your biggest fan!

    Deane

  28. jmhbb26 permalink
    March 11, 2007 8:02 pm

    I appreciate all that you are doing in reguards to this blog…what a fantastic way to communicate with those who appreciate you as a person and a player. My question for you is how do you come to have a personal relationship with Jesus and how do you share your faith with others?

  29. southpaw67 permalink
    March 11, 2007 8:06 pm

    I watched this afternoon’s game on NESN. Tina Cervasio reported that after the game you were seen with Daisuke giving him advice, she said she asked Daisuke through his interpreter what it was about and he said you were explaining the strike zone and also something about his arm slot…?

    Is the language barrier going to cause any issues, in your opinion? There were a few shots of the dugout showing Daisuke and Tek and the interpreter trying to talk about something between innings. I wonder if the difficulty of having immediate feedback might be detrimental during the course of the game, because the interpreter can’t go out to the mound for a conference.

    PS – I appreciate your being a mentor to the younger guys, there don’t seem to be many aces willing to give of their time that way.

  30. ryssee permalink
    March 11, 2007 8:29 pm

    Thank you, Curt, for the great new blog! I’m a huge fan of yours and was lucky enough to get to WS Game 2 and couldn’t believe my eyes watching you pitch after all you’d been through. What a magical night with the mist and the crowd and the fact that my Red Sox were in the World Series!

    Want to know if you felt the Sox lacked passion and charisma as a team last year? Last year seemed really tame compared to the prior three years in terms of the guys running off the bench for whatever infraction was committed, and it just didn’t look like everyone was having as much fun as the years prior. Yesterday’s pitching incidents made me want to ask.

    Been a RS fan ever since my dad started driving us out from Pittsfield, MA when I was a little kid to see Yaz and the boys play at Fenway. I played myself when I was a kid, the only girl on the team, and stuck with it ’til I could hit home runs and scare the boys when I came up to bat.

  31. bill117 permalink
    March 11, 2007 8:44 pm

    Curt, I know you must have answerd this question a thousand times but I’m sure there are some people who would like to know how you got involved with ALS?

    Sorry for your loss of Vuk.

    Keep up the good work on the field and off and with 38 Studios. Good luck.

  32. cd1515 permalink
    March 11, 2007 9:39 pm

    curt, love the blog.
    very interesting stuff.

    2 media-related questions:
    a) do guys get upset with teammates who don’t talk to the media? I would think that if player A doesn’t talk, then the media is always asking everyone else in the room about player A, that has to be a pain sometimes.

    b) could the day come where an athlete makes a deal with one media outlet and ONLY talks to them, shutting out everyone else?

  33. emlktmesoxfan1 permalink
    March 11, 2007 9:40 pm

    Hi Curt, This is a great site. I have never blogged before. I kmow you do a lot with charities and children. Have you ever considered helping out with the Autism Society?? I have a 3 1/2 yo son with Autism .. We belong to the Autism Society of Maine, and could always use a famous face and/or name to help out with Autism awareness.
    Good luck in ’07 and hope you all have a long and healthy season.
    Sue

  34. annie12 permalink
    March 11, 2007 9:57 pm

    Curt – thank you so much for creating this blog. I am a passionate Red Sox fan who is extremely disappointed about the DirecTV deal…I live in Atlanta and have subscribed to Extra Innings for the last few years and watch almost every game…unfortunately, I cannot get DirecTV where I live. I am hopeful to get back to the Boston area though…am currently a Marketing Director at the largest telecomm company (yes, AT&T)…any chance 38 Studios is hiring? :)!! Appreciate you doing this – I ready everything I possibly can all season and this gives us a real perspective. Thanks and good luck this year!

  35. jeff7168 permalink
    March 11, 2007 10:45 pm

    Curt, I found your comments about Kyle Snyder interesting (in an article that was published in the Boston media the other day). Especially since he is out of options, I hope he makes the opening day roster. Seems to me like he would make an effective closer. Any thoughts on his best suited role?

    Jeff
    Sox and Pinstripes
    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  36. petem permalink
    March 11, 2007 10:55 pm

    Curt, thanks for all you do for us fans on and off the field. I couldn’t agree more with you about Keith Foulke’s importance to the 2004 campaign. He put his career on the line pitching so many effective innings in that post season. I’m really looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the pitching staff mow everyone down this season. In the mean time, hope you have a chance to check out my video tribute to the 2004 Sox on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAvTD5qyW9Y . Thanks again, Curt and best of luck.

  37. theantigoat permalink
    March 11, 2007 11:22 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Who is the best hitting pitcher you have ever faced? Have you ever had a pitcher take you deep?

  38. hbk2369 permalink
    March 12, 2007 12:44 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    What are some of the most significant differences from pitching in the rotation and in the bullpen? I realize your experience in the ‘pen is not much, but nonetheless I’m sure you can answer this question.

    And I also concur with your comments on Keith Foulke. He, like you, risked his career for this team in 2004. He pitched so many innings during the postseason and didn’t allow a single run. He was better than Mariano Rivera, arguably the best closer to pick up a baseball.

    As the others have mentioned, I think this blog is a great idea.

  39. tomafield permalink
    March 12, 2007 2:06 am

    Curt:

    When you came back to the Sox in 2003, you spoke of your excitement about playing “East Coast baseball.”

    What exactly *is* “East Coast baseball?” I mean, I have my idea about what the term means, but I’d love to hear yours.

    I know the baseball experience feels different to me as a fan visiting other cities. I travel a fair amount for work, and try to make the MLB rounds when I’m on the road. I’m always a little surprised by the low attendance (and prices!) in places like Oakland and Seattle, and then there are the parks where the fans have to see the “Make Noise!” sign on the scoreboard before they start to cheer in key game situations.

    I guess what really made me wonder about “East Coast baseball,” though, was when I visited Safeco in Seattle last April. Mariners were playing the Rangers, and I didn’t really have a horse in the race, so I figured I’d cheer for the hometown team. At one point, after cheering for Joel Piniero, who pitched himself out of a jam, a local fan said to me “You’re from Boston, aren’t you?” Made me wonder what exactly it is that we East Coast baseball fans wear on our sleeves.

    best,

    Tom

  40. ego221 permalink
    March 12, 2007 7:12 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    My son and I stumbled upon a “Meet and Greet” at Fenway before the only game we were able to get tix for last season. I asked if you’d mind posing for a pic with my son (12 y.o. at the time) and you put your arm around him and gave your full attention as I clicked-off the pic. It now hangs in a nice frame in my Sox-themed rec room. You were totally gracious and friendly, and I even carried on a short conversation with you over your great start ( I believe you were 4-0 at the time). Thank-you for allowing my son to see what a true professional some athletes can be, as there is way too much negative press on the guys that aren’t. You made our day, our week and our month! I only hope you realize how such little things as being nice to a fan can have such a positive impact on the team, the game, and the athlete. You’re a class-act.

    Good luck in 2007 and I hope like heck (no swearing, right?) you’ll be back for the 2008 season. You’ve made me a fan of yours for life!

    Eric Davenport – Meriden, CT

  41. tapadance permalink
    March 12, 2007 8:13 am

    Curt, I was wondering if you could share some about working toward your dream of being a professional baseball player. I know two young boys, 12 and 14 who say the want to be professional baseball players but I do not see either of them working very hard toward that goal. I have read a few books about players and how hard they worked (ate, drank, slept baseball, and worked on their skill sets every day) Something neither of these boys do.

    I would like to suggest daily training drills, running and skills set developments for both these boys. One boy is on a little league team, but not the school team. The other boy did not even make LL. I admire their dreams, and I do not want to shoot them down, but each of them are the only ones who think they have the needed skills.

    Well J thinks his talent will just blosom some day. I do not want to kill the dream, I just want to add a dose of realism. Could you suggest a few books they could read? Both hate reading and my telling them would not be enough. If I could show them Your blog where you recommend a set of books, or training drills, it might work. It does not help any that I am female, I throw like a girl. ;)

    Thanks again for blogging and for taking us so seriously as fans. If any other fans reading this post has a suggestion of how to help these kids realize if they want to be pro ball players they need to work much harder than they are now.

  42. marsh18redsox permalink
    March 12, 2007 8:14 am

    This blog is great :) I love reading the questions and answers section. My question is this, “What organ/limb to donate do you think will give me my best chance of getting Yankee/Sox tickets this year?” :) I didn’t get any last year, though I did get opening day so that was all good, I have tickets to THREE GAMES this year, that is it and my sister and I usually get tickets for at least 10! I think I will be going to McCoy a lot more this year!!

    Seriously now, what do you think the organization could do to increase the chances of getting tickets for fans like myself? You are computer saavy, the VWR is horrible and its not fool proof by any means, scalpers are ridiculous, and im tired of people just purchasing tickets to sell on ebay for 4 times the ticket price!! I just want to see a game w/o it costing a couple hundred dollars that i don’t have :(

    Just curious as to what your thoughts are on this!

  43. March 12, 2007 8:33 am

    Curt,
    Who do you have winning your brackets in the NCAA tourney this year? Are you a college basketball fan?

  44. buffettfan16 permalink
    March 12, 2007 8:51 am

    Is this the place to ask questions? I did not see a link for that.

    Do you and Tek keep the same type of notes? I know you both study the batters a lot and I was wondering what type of stats/info you study. Is it…So and so swings 80% of the time on a 2-1 count and misses? That type of info. I am very curious as I see you writing furiously a lot of the time.

    Thanks

  45. tarheelsoxfan permalink
    March 12, 2007 8:55 am

    Curt, I just want to thank you for the work you do to raise awareness of ALS. A 35 year old friend of my wife’s found out that she has ALS when she was a few months pregnant! She was in a wheel chair by the time she delivered this past weekend.

    I think it’s the saddest situation I have ever been close to….

    A quick question…is the diagnosis for ALS much like Alzheimers in that it’s difficult to pin down in the early stages? The woman mentioned above has been to specialist after specialist and some say ALS but others say they aren’t sure.

  46. krnguitar7man permalink
    March 12, 2007 9:23 am

    wat up curt
    i hate yankees
    please do not sign with them next season
    sign with the redsox because we all love u
    please be nice to byung hyun kim!!!

  47. krnguitar7man permalink
    March 12, 2007 9:31 am

    mr schilling!
    i heard that you were talking to matsusaka after his poor preformance yesterday.
    what was his reaction to adapting to the new american hitters and what kind of tips did you give him?
    japanese baseball is very different from american baseball as i think more hitters are stronger and have more power.
    the pitches that he threw in japan might not be as effective here, because the hitteres are much more talented!

  48. redsoxfan permalink
    March 12, 2007 9:44 am

    Hello Mr. Schilling,

    I have so many questions for you, but i will try to only ask you a few questions.

    1. What goes through your mind when Terry Francona goes to the mound?

    2. What was your reaction when you heard Matsuzaka was on the team? What was the first thing you wanted to do to help him out?

    3. Do you think the Red Sox made some good moves this offseason?

    Thank you for spending your time answering questions.

  49. theotherm permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:10 am

    Good Morning Curt,
    I’m curious as to what you and other players think about the fans. I know some of us are a bit over the top with our passion for our team.We spend time on various messege boards, on this blog, listen to WEEI and watch every game we can, maybe you can’t really give an honest answer to this but do you think we’re crazy?!!

  50. melanie11 permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:35 am

    When fans approaches you guys…..what do they do/not do that you guys appreciate and feel comfortable with??

    I remember being young and seeing the wrestler, Killer Kowolski (hope I spelled that correctly!!) outside of Woolworths. My brother was a huge wrestling fan and I wanted to get an autograh for him….but I was really afraid I would bothering the man (and therefore be body slammed in the parking lot…kidding).

  51. soxxer17 permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:36 am

    38studios has said that the company has the vision of “bulding something revolutionary” and to “be the leader in the entertainment industry.” Can you give us an insight to what we would be expecting in regards to games that you will be releasing? Are their plans to put out a more detailed baseball game out on the market to compete with 2k sports and the show?

    Jeff

  52. risoxfan permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:39 am

    Curt,

    I’m surprised you haven’t gotten tired of the questions yet. How do you feel about the hypocrisy of the writers who complain about guys like Manny who rarely speaks to the press yet call you a loudmouth because you aren’t shy about sharing your opinion? Have you ever thought about getting a gig like Jerry Remy’s after retiring? You’d be a natural, I think.

  53. bepo10 permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:45 am

    Hey Curt,
    I really appriciate the candidness and insight. One quite question, with all the reports about Roger Clemans and his dictating how and where he will pitch and when he will be with the team, what would be cons with having a teamate who had “different” rules than the rest of the team, and would Clemans be an example of what you might do after this season?
    Ben Polhemus

  54. azredstate permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:56 am

    Hey Curt,

    I pride myself on my heckling skills. I keep it good natured and fun. I think it’s one of the best parts of spring training and minor league ball. I got a point and a death stare this weekend. Do you know any players that pay too much attention to us rowdy fans? Has a fan ever made you laugh from the stands? Any good heckling/fans stories? Thanks Curt.

  55. karentek33 permalink
    March 12, 2007 12:15 pm

    Schill,
    How much do you think it has benefited Dice-K to have a great catcher and team leader like Varitek behind the plate?

    Karen

  56. philssoxfan permalink
    March 12, 2007 12:19 pm

    I grew up in Delaware and was brought up as a Phillies fan. However, I became a Sox fan when I played on the Red Sox in little league and one of my first gloves was a Ted Williams model from Sears. Anyway, I am glad that guys like you and Josh Beckett are so-fan friendly. Last year, when the Sox were in Philly, Josh signed autographs for at least 30 minutes before the game and I was able to get an autograph for my 6 year old. He will remember that for the rest of his life. With that being said, does it kill you when guys like Shaughnessy in Boston or Angelo Cattaldi in Philly think you are “self serving?” I think that such comments are ridiculous considering many players don’t make themselves available to the public like you do and Josh. Your thoughts???

  57. chinny permalink
    March 12, 2007 12:31 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I am very much enjoying your blog. It has that feel of personally getting the inside scoop.

    This is a great undertaking. One actually I undertook myself about a week or so before you. A friend of mine finally talked me into it. I am sure you get solicited all the time but seeing as how you are a family man, I thought you might appreciate the main topic of my blog, Fatherhood Forum (http://chinny8.blogspot.com – feel free to edit that out. I really am not trying to advertise or solicit you in any way). I started it with the intention of helping other Dads since Moms seem to own the market on resources for child rearing. Sports comes up quite a bit and I thought you might get a chuckle out of it.

    Keep blogging. Your fans appreciate the effort.

  58. isericks permalink
    March 12, 2007 1:28 pm

    Schill,

    First off, thanks for getting this blog up and running. I really appreciate the time and insight. Also, I just had one quick question for you. I live in Minnesota and I was just curious on your thoughts:

    What do you think of the Metrodome in Minneapolis when you play against the Twins?

    The reason I ask this question is because I have heard several players mention that it is the worst place to play.

    Thanks.

  59. saigon71 permalink
    March 12, 2007 1:34 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    It was reported in the media that you have turned the pitch calling entirely over to Jason Varitek. Could you talk more in depth about this decision and if it means you will no longer be spending as much time compiling and reviewing your notes on hitters you will be facing.

  60. msheppard permalink
    March 12, 2007 1:35 pm

    Mr. Shilling:
    I applaud you for the blog and your overall high degree of “approachability.”

    I have a question: Do you have any advice for fans about what is “ok” and what is not as far as approaching you? Both in public and online.

    I’ve heard from various people that if you see a player at his hotel to absolutely never approach them. I think someone once said there was a sign in a hotel lobby to this effect.

    Maybe a couple of scenarios you could mention where someone “went over the line” – when it might not have been obvious to the average fan where that line is.

    Thanks,
    M@

  61. chitoryu permalink
    March 12, 2007 1:39 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for effort on this blog. As someone else has commented, how great is it to get a future Hall of Famers thoughts on the game, while he is still playing?!?

    I had one great opportunity to have my twins sit with me, very nearly directly behind the plate, in old Tiger Stadium. Matt Stairs nearly hit a ball over the right field roof – hit the soffit on the front. I think he would of only have been the third player to do that, after Mickey and Reggie. But I digress.

    I was able to have my guys pick up on Ricky Henderson getting in to protect the plate with two strikes on him. His stance, placement in the box, etc. changed with that second strike. From a pitcher’s standpoint (and I guess the catcher’s), what kind of adjustment does that require on your part. Is it something you take notice of? I’m thinking, in Ricky’s case, as he was crowding the plate, it would have made him much more vulnerable to getting jammed. BTW, Ricky first hit a hanging ball deep but foul. Then chopped a ball to third.

    Mike

  62. lemkelike permalink
    March 12, 2007 1:48 pm

    curt,
    it’s good to see someone who has played the game at a high level give his insights into the game. good luck with it. since you admire lenny dykstra’s surprising hitting intelligence is there any chance you’ll be investing money in his investment company for athletes? he is after all surprisingly astute with investing.

  63. nuejerz permalink
    March 12, 2007 2:39 pm

    thanks for taking the time to open up a dialogue with the fans like this. couple of questions for when you have the time:

    If it were up to you would you have let the Sox trade Arroyo away? It seemed at the time like he was a solid young guy who was on his way up and could be the team’s future ace.

    For any given start, who spends more time and effort on the game plan, you or ‘Tek?

  64. March 12, 2007 3:02 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Just wanted to say that I am neither a Red Sox fan or a big baseball fan in general, but I am a sports fan and I think what you are doing is facinating and a lot of fun.

    Thanks being honest and canid and bringing the inside of the game to all of us.

    I’m looking forward to more reading!

  65. mike603 permalink
    March 12, 2007 3:22 pm

    Curt, I have a question. Why do you choose to associate yourself with the Republican party. I thought only crooks belong as a republican. you’re not a crook, are ya curt? after all you’ve done, you want to support a guy who can’t spell Boston? Shame on you mr.Schilling.

  66. soxfanfromaz permalink
    March 12, 2007 6:21 pm

    What was it like growing up in Phoenix? Also, how did you enjoy your experience at Yavapai College?

  67. psylocibin permalink
    March 12, 2007 6:34 pm

    Hey Schill,

    I’m an audio engineer and one day hope to work for you at 38 studios,anywho I have a couple of questions…

    1.Who is your favorite pither of all time?

    2.I’ve been trying to read on Lester as much as i can,he’s one of my favorite pitchers and i was heartbroken last year to hear his diagnosis. My question is in your opinion how is he coming along off his treatment,and is he as cool a person as he seems to be,and tell him I he’s friggin awesome and i can’t wait to see him return the mound again

  68. March 12, 2007 6:38 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I’m a grad student here in Boston, at Emerson College, and I’ve been blogging at http://mnadeau989.wordpress.com for a class project for the last month or so. It’s a blog mostly on DVDs and movies, and I’m extending an invitation to stop by and leave a comment or two. If you’d even like to leave your own review a movie or disc, I’ll toss that up as a “special guest blogger” post. I’d love to come into class on Tuesday night and say that Curt Schilling left a message on my blog. :)

    I’d also like to throw in a question, if I may: I was really impressed by the defensive improvement of Kevin Youkilis over the last year. Did you and the pitching staff notice the same improvement, and how good (as a defender and a hitter) can Youk be?

    Again, please stop by at http://mnadeau989.wordpress.com anytime, and thanks a billion for all the joys you’ve helped to bring to me and millions of other Red Sox fans across the world over the past few years. My grandfather, who was born in 1918 and died in 2003, was the biggest Red Sox fan I’ve ever known, and I just know he had a giant smile on his face watching you from Heaven.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Nadeau

  69. gloucesterfan permalink
    March 12, 2007 7:20 pm

    Curt,

    Not sure if this is the right place to do this, and im sure im gonna catch some flak for such a random question, but here it goes.

    Do you have a brother that serves in the armed forces? Around every October the History Channel airs a program called Black Hawk Down, and it is the true story of the tragic operation in Somalia in 1991. The program consists of re-anactments, file footage and interviews with soldiers whom were in the air or on the ground at the time. The question comes from an interview with a ranger whom I think was flying a helicopter, but his name was Dan Schilling and he is a dead ringer for you. Just a coincidence?

  70. soxfan214538 permalink
    March 12, 2007 7:50 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Here’s my question for you,

    I know Josh Beckett has a tremendous fastball, but last year it seemed he focused too much on it, especially against Vernon Wells. His 5.01 era shows that maybe he needs to mix it up a little more. What kind of advice would you offer him/ have you offered him going into his second season in the A.L.?

    Also, alot of athletes have these “foundations” that you never hear about until they do something wrong and need to make themself not look so bad. I just wanted to say that while some say you “yap” too much, its nice to know that you give alot back to many charitites. Of course, ALS affects you very much, and I hope that one day with your help they conquer it. Good luck, and have a wonderful season on the mound. (say, like 25-2 1.25 era …ok so i’m living in a pipe dream)

  71. alissajeanne permalink
    March 12, 2007 8:27 pm

    Hey Curt! I”m pretty excited about your blog – looks great. It also looks like you might need some help keeping up with all the comments/feedback you’re getting. If that’s ever the case, please get in touch! I’d love to help out. This looks like a great forum for your fans (and critics!) to keep in touch and understand why you do what you do. I’d love to be a part of that! Best to you and yours, AJ.

  72. als4 permalink
    March 12, 2007 9:15 pm

    Curt,

    I am a die hard Yankee fan (from pre-steinbrenner era), but my brother in law is a die hard RS fan who also happens to have ALS.

    Many thanks on what you do for the cause and what you have done personally for my brother in law (including the teddy bear signed by the 2004 team that is known for something that I forget). I know what you do both publicly and privately and it is much more than is known to most.

    Wishing you the best and your team the worst for the coming season. Something along the lines of Steve Carlton 1972.

  73. canadancaa permalink
    March 12, 2007 9:48 pm

    How are you going to be able to run a start up game studio and concentrate on preparing for the season? Start up companies are hard enough as it is but add on the baseball preperation and being away from the day to day operations.
    Do a lot of players have side projects during the season?

  74. brianvscalese permalink
    March 12, 2007 10:11 pm

    >

    You know, I had to laugh upon reading this comment. I find some people can be so rude and inconsiderate, which seems especially wrong when someone who does such wonderful things for the world, is opening themselves to appease their fans’ curiosities about them. Curt, don’t let comments like this one make you think that even for a second you are not appreciated. Also, to those people who feel the need to bash someone who does so much good, go write your own blog, and compare the number of weekly page counts to Curt’s blog…That should give you a good idea of what people think of your uninformed and rude comments.

    Thank you again for 2004 and this blog, Curt.

  75. brianvscalese permalink
    March 12, 2007 10:12 pm

    The comment I was refferring to was #65: “Curt, I have a question. Why do you choose to associate yourself with the Republican party. I thought only crooks belong as a republican. you’re not a crook, are ya curt? after all you’ve done, you want to support a guy who can’t spell Boston? Shame on you mr.Schilling.”

  76. acefox1 permalink
    March 12, 2007 10:55 pm

    That was a great story about Lenny Dykstra. I never knew he had such an intellect for hitting. Sometimes ESPN Classic shows that huge scoring game from the 93 WS where Dykstra and Molitor put on a slugging clinic in the rain. Amazing display of hitting there. Next time you are in Southern California you should swing by Lenny’s car wash and auto shop in Simi Valley. He’s got a great operation there and takes good care of his customers. :)

    I read a story today about David Wells today and his unsual taste in exotic meat. Did he ever offer or try and trick you into eating anything like Zebra or Wildebeast meat? LOL Now that the David Wells Red Sox era has come to a close I was wondering what kind of stories you can share about the kind of character he was in Boston.

    We’ll be wishing Kyle Snyder our best for tomorrow’s start against the Blue Jays. Is your next start Wednesday against The Mets? Good luck with your prep work. I hope your split makes progress and that you get Delgado to get some whiffs.

    Thanks again Curt. Sorry for spamming you with so many questions. Thanks for taking the time to read our comments and respond. Looks like we got a gritty win today and was thrilled to see Delcarmen do well and for Hansen to notch a save.

    Your biggest fan!

    Deane

    We’ll

  77. eshoiks permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:07 pm

    Curt – I just want to say this is a great read . . . i love that you are taking some time out of your day to blog w/ us. Quick question, what do u think the impact of Trot Nixon NOT being in a red sox uniform will be in 2007? I think from a fan’s standpoint we saw someone who absolutely loves the game of baseball and truly loved being on the red sox. He seemed unselfish and took nothing for granted. . . a player that any coach would wish to have on their team. I understand this game is a business and so does he, but honestly how refreshing is it to have a guy like Nixon on a baseball team?

  78. soxsing permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:31 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I love to hear you on the radio during the season, do you still plan on participating? I also realize this site has come about because of certain media journalists who do not get information correct or have unnamed sources which are bogus. There is one guy who I admire and has written great articles on all areas concerning the sox. He is the most positive and well versed media journalist I have read.

    Rob Bradford for the Eagle-Tribune Publishing. Have you had a chance to met this guy and read his articles? What is your take on what you have seen from him?
    Thanks Mark

  79. sox2004 permalink
    March 12, 2007 11:51 pm

    What exactly happened on Thanksgiving Day with Theo before the trade? Did Theo enjoy a dinner with your family and what was the conversation at the dinning room table?

  80. cless8 permalink
    March 13, 2007 12:01 am

    I know you are probably going to get a ton of comments, but I wanted to say that I appreciate your outspokenness (is that a word?). Too many athletes only say what they think people want to hear, and I don’t understand the point of the cliches. Anyway, I have a few questions, and I know you won’t be able to get into them all…but first, what are your thoughts on ‘Tek? Seems like the national media kind of overlooks him as a receiver / game caller. If his offense isn’t going well, it seems like they forget his D. Also, on a political question….I would consider myself a conservative independent. I don’t agree with a lot of things the right does, but I sure as hell don’t agree with most of the left. Who do you think could be the GOP candidate to unite the nation? Most people seem to think Guliani, but I think McCain should be the choice. Guliani has virtually no international experience, while I do respect the way he handled 9/11, that doesn’t qualify someone to hold the highest office in the land. Last thing….I know that sometimes you get crucified in the media as being a blowhard, or a drama queen or whatever, but I apprecite your candor, and your committment to winning, and believing in yourself. Don’t change, and I hope you stay with the Sox for another year. Oh, and I did respect you a lot before you were traded….sorry, just don’t want you to think I’m a homer. I live in Los Angeles now and you wouldn’t belive the number of Sox fans here……….we will always appreciate what you did in 2004. Thank you. Sorry so long and rambling.

  81. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 13, 2007 12:11 am

    Hi Curt did you taste cookies in the cookie contest? Wat cookie was the best? During the off season Curt would you be willing to do a faith story at a church that I attend in Beaufort South Carolina? Let me know. Do some of your team mates send emails to fans and who would send emails to fans. Also if I send a letter to one of your team mates would they or you write back to fans? Curt have you thought running for a Senator In Massachusetts? Curt what is your favorite classic tv show like Emergency!, or Night Ridder.

    From, Jeff Riley

  82. millsbeastice permalink
    March 13, 2007 12:51 am

    Curt,

    I cannot remember where I read it, maybe in it was in “Feeding the Monster”, about how Roger Clemens turned your life around. It was along the lines of early in your carrer, as a prospect of the Red Sox, Clemens came into the training room and told you that you were lazy, wasting your talent. If its true, I’m sure you remember and I dont need to go on further. I don’t need to say anything more negative about my favorite Sox player. Thanks Curt and keep up the great work on and off the field!

    ~Dean, NY

  83. luvslowell25 permalink
    March 13, 2007 12:55 am

    Hi Schill,
    Thanks for making yourself available to the fans! You can tell by my username that Mike Lowell is my favorite player. He’s a real class act on and off the field, and I heard what you said to him at the sportswriters dinner in January. So I think you may have a good idea on the answer to this question. First of all, I’ve been reading stupid blogs where people are saying that he will retire after this season. After hearing what he said at the dinner about having many good years left, and that they will have to rip the jersey off of his back to get him to quit the game because he loves it too much, do you think that he has any intentions of retiring any time soon? I know what I heard him say in person, but you are closer to him, and talk to him more. I believe what he says, because he’s such a great player and person also, but he being my favorite player, I would hate to see him retire so young. Especially with the great glove he has, and he still has a good bat. I hope he really proves himself this season, as well as yourself, and maybe, you both will get new contracts next year. Thanks for your time Curt, God bless you, your family and the team.

  84. March 13, 2007 5:05 am

    Hey, Curt.

    You might be interested in this link:

    http://redsox.auction.mlb.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=80526800&prmenbr=33338039&aunbr=80873510

    It’s an auction for special edition license plates with proceeds going towards the building of a “Mini Fenway Park” for kid’s league baseball. It’ll be located down in Quincy. You probably know about the park, but I didn’t see a bid yet on your plate number. :)

    Figured I’d pass that along for you.

  85. cyniconwry permalink
    March 13, 2007 7:02 am

    Curt,

    How’s the Japanese coming? Got command of any good phrases yet? Favorites?

  86. neil1945 permalink
    March 13, 2007 7:40 am

    Hi Curt, Thank you for all you have done for us in Red Sox nation.It seems to me ,from the very first ford commercial ( going to reverse a 86 year old curse to having it written in to your contract about the extension should the sox win the World Series) you had insight .God bless you and yours and thanks again.

    Neil

  87. March 13, 2007 9:35 am

    This site rules. Thanks Curt!

  88. acefox1 permalink
    March 13, 2007 10:45 am

    Just a quick question, not just for Curt but anybody here: Was there something recent in the news about MLB contraction that I missed? The Q & A about contraction had me googling “MLB Contraction” to see if there was anything new.

    I remember Bud went to Congress to plead his case about baseball’s “dismal financial state” in early 2001 saying he needed to have the Twins and Expos contracted and not sold. Then-Gov. Jesse Ventura ended up making him look pretty silly. The subsequent sale of the Expos and the thriving financial situation in baseball seems to confirm the silliness of the contraction idea.

    The success of the Twins in a big and tough division on their payroll is one of the bright spots in baseball. It shows that the people who pick and develop your talent are just as important as the people that sign the checks.

    So I’m just curious if there were new rumors of contraction that I missed or if this question was regarding Bud Selig trying to push contraction in 2000 and 2001.

    Thanks!

    Deane

  89. andrewmendillo permalink
    March 13, 2007 11:59 am

    I love learning about the thought process with pitching. Your info regarding the inside fastball’s effectiveness early in at-bats was fun to read.
    Throughout the season, and without revealing specific strategies, could you please continue to give us reading a chance to learn more about the advanced thought process going into certain counts?
    So much that is second nature to you, is actually unknown to us! Sure the basics are known, but I am interested in the taboos that are present on the mound (and behind the plate).

  90. matthaley6 permalink
    March 13, 2007 12:04 pm

    This blog is a great idea. I’ve enjoyed reading the things you have contributed to SoSH and this is a great extension of that. You have been incredibly candid and are giving your fans a great resource. I think I speak for all of us when I say we really appreciate it.

    A few questions…

    Will Dice K get the same rookie treatment as others…i.e. the hooters uniform?

    Jon Lester has been a great story and not to take anything away from that I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind giving some insight on him. One of things I’ve noticed about Lester he is very good at working the corners of the plate. Unfortunately it seems like he doesn’t get a lot of ‘close calls’. Is this something that changes over time as a pitcher gains experience and proves himself so to speak? How does he seem to be progressing this spring?

    Matt

    http://theredseat.blogspot.com (toot, toot of my own horn)

  91. 33catches permalink
    March 13, 2007 12:57 pm

    Curt,

    I enjoy the blog. Stay healthy and help lead the Sox back to another WS. As a college catcher, I just wanted to ask you about your relationship with Tek, Mirabelli, and any other catcher/bull-pen catcher is like.

    How does Tek lead the pitching staff? What has he meant to your success in Boston? How does his leadership and knowledge compare to other catchers throughout baseball?

    Thanks,
    -Hoss

  92. grognardatl permalink
    March 13, 2007 12:58 pm

    Just discovered this blog today when my bro sent me a link… great stuff!

    Two quick questions!

    – Why haven’t you placed the blame for any pitching irregularities squarely where it belongs, which is of course on the aura of Drew Bledsoe lingering in that house? OK so not a serious question, but mandatory for anyone born and raised in buffalo new york =) Not that Im bitter. At least he got revenge on Parcells for us. Your agent should force you to watch _Poltergeist_ then _The Exorcist_

    – Whats your favorite ASL scenario? If its from the banzai expansion, could you pick a second choice? I dont have that expansion but want to get back into ASL… after it fell on my head off my shelf the other day as I was digging around for my passport.

    I sent an email a ways back to an erols addr I had from an ASL site, back when MMP saved ASL. Basically all it said was THANK YOU, which bears repeating about 1,001 times.

    Matt Paluch
    Bitter Bills Fan
    Atlanta GA
    GO BILLS!!!

  93. acefox1 permalink
    March 13, 2007 1:08 pm

    I know I probably should spread these questions out so I don’t run the well dry, but I can’t help it. Having an outlet for my questions as they arise is too tempting to wait.

    I remember seeing the “Nine Innings from Ground Zero” documentary about baseball after 9/11 in 2001. Your appearance in it was wonderful and did a good job of showing why you guys weren’t about to roll-over for the Yankees despite some national sentiment for another NY win.

    The part where you talk about Soriano hitting that HR off you and thinking you had just cost your team the World Series was amazing. I remember rooting for you in that game and feeling like I’d just been stomach-punched and my face looked about the same as yours.

    Looking at the pitch, that looked like a pretty darn good pitch to me. I don’t think you could knock yourself for what you threw.

    Since you ended up winning one of the most thrilling WS games ever and didn’t have to beat yourself up about that pitch for months or years, have you thought much about that pitch? Exactly what pitch did you throw and what do you think of your execution of it?

    My guess is that now you’d give Soriano a tip of the cap for being able to hit that one out. He is one of those free-swingers that can generate some crazy power on pitches that are way out of the zone but I am curious as to what your thoughts are.

    Thanks again, and again, and again!

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  94. March 13, 2007 1:53 pm

    Curt,

    I’ll have you know that it’s your fault that I had to tweak the ending of my first published novel. Okay, the team’s fault, but you’re here, so I’ll blame you. :) You see, I had written the ending in which the main character reads the newspaper and finds that the Red Sox won the World Series, breaking “the curse” tipping him off that he was on an alternate version of earth. . . and then a couple months after I wrote that, you all won it, so I had to tweak it . . . made it so that the Sox had won many times and the Yankees were in a ridiculous W.S. drought. Sure, it’s Sci-Fi, but why not right? Anyway, just thought I’d share that . . . and I’ll try writing something again for you all to force me into rearranging.

    If you’re interested (in all your spare time) I’d be happy to send you a copy of the novel.

    Thanks, and best of luck on the year.

    Seth Kerin
    http://rev-co.net

  95. acefox1 permalink
    March 13, 2007 4:29 pm

    Since you mentioned talking about “other stuff” on here apart from Baseball, I have one further question for you Curt…

    What was it like meeting with the President? Specifically when you had the opportunity to briefly talk to him about Stem-Cell research?

    I think that must have been incredibly nerve-wracking to know you have an opportunity to talk to the leader of the free-world about something that he is under considerable pressure to not come out and fully support.

    I consider myself a fairly centrist Republican but am a big supporter of stem-cell research and I greatly applaud you for talking to The President about the importance of stem-cell research.

    Anything you can share about your experiences from that would be incredible.

    Thanks!

    Deane

  96. craigsutt permalink
    March 13, 2007 5:42 pm

    hey man

    I’m a diehard Yankees fan, but still appreciate that you are taking time to write this blog — interesting stuff and very informative.

    So here’s my question:

    What do you think of the 07 Yankees hitting lineup? With Damon, Jeter, Abeu, Arod and Giambi at the top and some pretty decent hitters in the bottom, it seems pretty deep. Your thought would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Craig

  97. percypbird permalink
    March 13, 2007 9:34 pm

    Hey Curt,

    First and foremost, thank you for doing this. It gives many of us fans a chance to understand the mindset of a MLB player.

    Secondly, I do have a question. I know there is an incredible amount of preperation involved to perform at the level you do.

    What does your daily/weekly workout schedule consist of? (Not the mental, just the physical) Have you altered it as you aged?

    Thank you again for your writing this blog.

  98. 67diehard permalink
    March 13, 2007 10:44 pm

    Greetings Mr. S.

    Sox fan since ’67
    #38 fan since the ’01 Series.

    “Mrs 67diehard” and I live in Vermont and used to travel to Montreal often to watch MLB wicked upclose for hardly any $. It was a thrill for us to watch RJ (15 k’s) and yourself pitch there back-to-back nights once on a vacation trip. Y’know we’d never thought about the strike zone(s) that RJ presents when he bats before that game.

    The Big O was a barn, you should have seen Red Sox Nation fill it during Interleague Play. Good town to eat in, eh ? You might have liked Parc Jarry back in the day.

    I mentioned Montreal to ask if you could please share a thought about OrlandoC joining the 2004 Red Sox with just a couple of months left? How important was it that he was able to create his own place on that team so quickly and so well?

    Thanks again,
    best regards

  99. acefox1 permalink
    March 13, 2007 10:50 pm

    As long as I’m going to keep makingg one more trip to the well… Here goes another question:

    I remember reading an article by Jayson Stark, Rob Neyer or possibly Jim Caple a few years back talking about how fans may be concerned with traditional types of cheating, but that players are just as, if not more, concerned with the breaking of unwritten rules about base-runners peeking at signs from the bases or even battters trying to peek at the catcher’s set-up.

    I know a lot of us have never heard about these types of cat and mouse games that go on. I never knew that players were that concerned with that kind of behavior. I think someone else asked if you had any quick run-downs on the un-written rules of the game, but if you could enlighten us on the things players deal with on the field in the game that fans aren’t aware of. Meaning of course the things that they don’t talk about on Baseball Tonight.

    I also loved your comments about the players you mentioned. Specifically commenting on the great things about them that most people don’t know about. I know we’d all love to hear about some of the great things you know about our favorite players that most fans aren’t aware of with people like Millar, Mueller, Nomar, Bronson Arroyo, Orlando Cabrera, Gabe Kapler, Tim Wakefield, Mike Timlin, Papelbon and all the rest. I know this is also too big for a short Q&A but someday if you get a chance we’d love to hear more of that.

    Please send a big congratulations from all of us out to Kyle Snyder for another great outing. I know it’s a tight squeeze to get on the 25 Man roster but tell him we’re all pulling for him!

    Thanks again Curt. We’re all behind you and hope that the simulated game today went well. Keep Pushing!

    Deane

  100. youtalkfunny permalink
    March 14, 2007 5:23 am

    Curt,

    I’m not trying to nit-pick. If you simply made a mistake in your blog, I’d let it go. But since you made the same error twice, I feel I should point it out to you, just to save you from making it again:

    When answering questions about the bloody sock, and the best games you’ve ever pitched in, you twice mentioned Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS.

    Curt, buddy, you didn’t pitch in Game 4 at Fenway. You pitched in Game 6 at the Stadium.

    Also, please allow me to capitalize upon my opportunity to say to you, “Thank you for getting the monkey off of our backs in 2004. I still tear up when I think about all of my older relatives who lived to see it.”

  101. ih8ny permalink
    March 14, 2007 11:12 pm

    Mr.Schilling,

    I would like to start by thanking you for taking time out of your busy schedule to make this blog and answers your fan’s many questions. I truly enjoy reading everything you have to say. I really enjoyed your comment on Woody Paige. I was born in Massachusetts but I unfortunately live in Michigan and have to put up with everyone who hopped on the Tigers band wagon last year. I support the Red Sox and unfortunately the Celtics. I think the Sox have a very good team this year, but ofcourse the media won’t say that all they will talk about is how JD Drew isn’t into the game and how Manny Ramirez does everything wrong.

    Anyway I’m just curious as to your thoughts on what caused the Tigers turn around last year. To be perfectly honest I hated them and thought last years ALCS displayed two mediocre teams. I think Jim Leyland is one of the best managers in baseball, Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman are good pitchers, but what made this team go to the World Series and do you think they will do it again? Also what are you looking forward to seeing out of Dustin Pedroia this year?

  102. richaaard permalink
    March 21, 2007 10:44 am

    Hey Curt,

    Do you have any plans to bring in some other guys to do Q & A here? You do a great job but I’d like to hear from some others too. One guy in particular is Jon Papelbon. He does some great interviews. Most players post game stuff is boring as hell but his personality and perspective seems to always be fresh, and I love listening to what he brings. Buy him lunch and get him on here.

  103. firedannyainge permalink
    March 24, 2007 3:30 pm

    Foulke was the MVP in many people minds but he dug his own whole when he said what he said. (The Johnny from Burger king comments) Give it a few years. He will get a standing ovation every time he enters Fenway.

    People just need some time to forget. WEEI getting rid of the afternoon crew might also help:)

  104. focal12 permalink
    March 24, 2007 7:49 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for your efforts…you are one of the few athletes who allow fans to view your growth as a person as well as an athlete. I first watched you pitch in my hometown of Rochester…fond memories of the Garage Door and the Distillery. Many of us have moved on for the better. Go Sox!!

  105. dvattes permalink
    June 8, 2007 7:45 pm

    Curt, I’m a first time blogger on your site. I have been a longtime fan and it was inspiring to watch your 1 hitter vs. the A’s. Keep up the great effort!

  106. February 6, 2009 4:49 am

    Thank you for sharing. I came to this site to read how things really are

  107. March 24, 2009 3:18 pm

    As an Australia-based Tigers fan, I found your blog on google and read a few of your other Tigers posts.
    I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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