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AAA vs. Louisville

March 18, 2007

Typing this on the plane as we head back to Boston.  Going to spend the off day with Shonda and the kids and get some things done at 38 Studios as well.

The game today went well. 6 innings, 98 pitches, 74 strikes and I felt stronger in the 6th than I did in the 1st.

The Reds AAA team was in Fort Myers and the guy they started against the Pawtucket club I learned was one of the players in the deal made between Boston and Cincy for Scott Williamson. Left handed starter with a real nice arm and a good feel for pitching from what I got to see. He threw extremely well over his three innings, surrendering one hit I think.

Tek hit every inning and had a single and a long double to deep center in his first four at bats. He looks fantastic and he’s moving better than I’ve seen him in the past 2 years. There’s something to be said for being healthy.

 

The leadoff hitter worked a full count and took a called third strike, fastball, on the outer half. The second hitter struck out on a 0-2 split and the third hitter went down on a 0-2 high fastball that Tek had intentionally wanted to throw up in the zone. I had decent life in the first and my split has finally begun to show itself, good signs. Fastball command was erratic from the get go today and overall it was the only thing I was unhappy with during the 6 innings.

 

Three up three down second inning that featured a swinging strike three on a full count changeup. First time I’ve ever thrown the pitch in that count to positive results. The change over the past three games has been immense from a mental perspective. The change up no longer feels like a pitch I need to think through, to throw. Today it was just another pitch I had, and used. I did throw some bad ones but today’s bad ones were self-inflicted mistakes.

 

Third inning was four up three down. The first hit of the game came on a 1-1 back door slider that never got near the back door. One of the mistakes I made all too often last year was lowering my arm slot and dragging my arm into the throw when I was throwing this pitch. What it did more times than not was because the slider to flatten out and ‘cut’ instead of break, right into the middle of the plate.

 

A cut moves horizontally, a break moves horizontally and vertically. The ball that cuts coming in back door to a lefty cuts to the barrel of the bat if you aren’t precise, and that’s a bad thing. It’s a pitch I could almost guarantee hitting my spots with in the past, but over the last two years not so much. So the lefty hits the back door ‘cutter’, and the next two guys go down. Fastball command isn’t changing by this time and I’m aware that what I can’t start doing is over throwing, to compensate for missing spots. It’s a mistake I’ve made for 21 years, but something I do less now than I used to. One of the hardest things to ‘unlearn’ as a young power pitcher is overthrowing. Young power pitchers, more times than not, get out of trouble facing hitters in high school and college, and the minor leagues, by throwing harder. If you throw 98mph that will work in the big leagues as well, just not as often.

 

To ‘overthrow’ or get more on the ball you have to ‘reach back’ (which is really the exact opposite of what you physically do since you gain velocity with extension and reach forward), which, when you do, causes you to lose command of the ball. Best way to compare it for those that understand golf is this. If you are a decent golfer you could sit on the range and hit your 7 iron however far you can hit it, pretty consistently. Now take a huge swing at the ball. Nine times out of ten the shot goes so far from where you intend it to because you’ve used an entirely different swing and swing path to exert that much more effort. Same thing with overthrowing, it’s just not as visible as it might be in a golf swing. There are two real tell tale signs of overthrowing. The first is an erratic finish to the delivery where the pitcher falls off fast and hard to his throwing side. The second is the guy that ‘stiff legs’ the throw, literally throwing against his front side and recoiling. The first is pretty normal, the second is not only less normal but incredibly bad for the shoulder. It’s one of the things that has made Glavine and Maddux Hall of Famers. Watch their deliveries. They both, most times, will finish in complete control of their bodies and in the perfect fielding position. It’s just one more reason Maddux has won 104 Gold Gloves.

 

Fourth inning sees me give up a run. A pretty good sized kid puts a real good swing on a 2-0 fastball that’s up on the outer half, and drives it over the wall in left for an opposite field home run. I’ll claim the wind helped, but he hit the ball a ton. I give up a double to right center on another high fastball as well. I felt bad for the defenders today because it was a real high sky and fly balls, when combining the high sky with the bad wind, were a circus. Last out of the inning is a hard ground ball to 2nd.

 

The last two innings go by, one more hit, but I threw a few real good changes. Got two more outs on it, both on behind in the count change ups. My split wasn’t consistent, but it certainly was better. Slider was good and bad and the change up, of which I threw 19 today, got better. Outing ends on 98 pitches as the final hitter swings through a 2-2 fastball.

 

Velocity was 90-92 for most of the day. Hit 94 on two different pitches in the 6th. Glad to see  that I was that strong 90+ pitches into the outing. Strength wise I feel phenomenal at this point, much better than I’d thought I would. While I did throw 98 pitches I wasn’t remotely tired at the end and that’s not been the case over the last 24 months. It’s starting to feel much more like 2004 than it does 2007 from a durability standpoint. I’ve definitely got more life on everything this spring than last and my legs feel as good as they have since spring 2004.

 

Next start will be Friday in Ft Myers vs. Baltimore. The plan is to get the pitch count north of 100 pitches, finish the work on the spring training projects, and then go into the start on the 28th and use it as a ‘tune up’ for KC on opening day.

122 Comments leave one →
  1. npb2020 permalink
    March 18, 2007 8:59 pm

    Glad to hear you’re feeling so good physically compared to the last couple years. Any idea what you can attribute it to?

  2. behindthepen permalink
    March 18, 2007 9:02 pm

    Curt- I’m reposting this question …
    have the umpires been enforcing the new time rules (12 secs between pitches, etc.)? How do you think that will look in the regular season and how will it affect you, other pitchers, and batters?
    btp

  3. dadhadals permalink
    March 18, 2007 9:16 pm

    Man, ST is too long…LOL….I can’t wait for the REAL games to start.

  4. bepo10 permalink
    March 18, 2007 9:20 pm

    Curt,
    I am excited about the starting pitching this year. What are your thoughts about the bullpen? I am concerned that the closer role wasn’t addressed in the off season. Would you or wake want to go back to that role :)
    Ben

  5. bosoxrox permalink
    March 18, 2007 10:04 pm

    Curt – will you be involved with baseball after your retirement or do you think it will just be 38Studios and shuffleboard? I could see you as a great coach or commentator. When it comes to current MLB coaches/managers and commentators, who are your favorites?

    Thanks for the blog & I’ll be bringing my family down to root for you on 3/28!

    -Scott

  6. Don't have a leg to stand on permalink
    March 18, 2007 10:14 pm

    I just finished reading all of your entries in the blog–thanks for the behind-the-scenes look. What sort of change are you throwing (circle, palm, other)?

  7. yeewuz permalink
    March 18, 2007 10:43 pm

    Curt,
    As someone with no pitching experience, can you explain how some days a certain pitch just feels “off”? What can this be chalked up to?

  8. March 18, 2007 11:54 pm

    I just read the strikes rate to pitches on the Sox home page and thrilled for the Sox and all of RSN that you are feeling as strong as you did in 2004.

  9. March 19, 2007 12:45 am

    Your post-game coverage is better than any I have ever read before. Congratulations on a good game. I wanted to know how Tek helps/affects both you and the rest of the pitching staff.

    Also, did Mr. Wakefield comment on how it was to be coached by Gabe Kapler in the minor league game that he pitched? Must have been fun.

    Thank you.

    -Gabrielle

  10. acefox1 permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:56 am

    Hi Curt,

    Terrific recap and sounds like it was a great outing. If you regularly post recaps like this I might not miss the MLB Extra Innings package after all. LOL

    Sounds like another terrific outing and that changeup really seems to be getting great results. It may be a silly optimistic hope but I’d be thrilled to see your changeup get your family to go through another year or two or three of asking you to keep playing. :)

    I was especially glad to hear you talk about feeling so strong at the end and that your legs are as strong now as they were in 2004. I was reminded in something you wrote recently about how we all lived and died with your starts in 2004. Everyone remembers the ankle tendon suture / bloody sock but I wonder how many people remember how you had to have those Marcaine injections to numb the pain in your leg and foot before each start in 2004. Did those injections ever make you fear back then that 2004 might be your last season? Since you had 2-3 years left on your contract I suspect that you would have walked to the mound in a walker before throwing in the towel like that but I was just curious.

    To hear that your legs are feeling so strong and great almost makes me gidddy. I think I’ve heard you talk about your legs being the foundation of your pitching. Do healthy-feeling legs help more with control or with power and driving the ball off the mound? I think most non-pitchers like myself can’t really understand the difference between pitching from a mound versus pitching from level ground. You hear about it a lot wheen an injured pitcher is rehabbing and the media talks about them throwing from flat ground and being a few weeks away from throwing from a mound. If you get a chance to describe that I know I’d love to hear about that.

    Your description of pitching techniques and mechanics were fascinating and makes me feel like we’re about to see a pretty special season from you.

    It really sounds like you are pretty-much ready for the season to start and with your fastball, splitter and changeup I think you have quite a lot to look forward to. If and when I am able to see your pitches on TV I can’t wait to see what you talked about in terms of the depth of your pitches.

    Thanks for everything you wrwite and keep it coming.

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  11. djfuzzefresh permalink
    March 19, 2007 1:37 am

    I was thinking about “For the Love of the Game” tonight, and I have some questions.

    Can you zone out the crowd by using a mantra, e.g. “enable the mechanism”? Did the catcher, John C. Reilly, remind you of Ron Karkovice? Do perfect games always come down to facing your team’s former bat boy?

    Oh, and would you announce that you were quitting baseball by handing the owner’s grandson a signed ball with your resignation on it? Seems rash, even when you consider all the flashbacks Costner had while deliberating on it.

  12. jarryd38 permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:02 am

    Curt,

    I just wanted to thank you for Everything your doing and you have done. To hell with the contract you have done your service to RS NATION. I hope you stay, but I and most people understand its a business.

    Now to you I would like to extend a personal thank you. I have lived in NY my whole like, I am 42, and have been harrassed, made fun of, teased and picked on most of my childhood because I was born with spinal Bifida. Although It was a very mild case for someone with this condition, it was traumatizing as a child as I am sure you can understand. That being said, I would take all that over again multiplied by 100 instead of the abuse I got as a Red Sox fan living 60 miles North of the “Stadium”. I was taken out of school in the 5th grade to watch the playoff game against the Yankees in 78 and was from that time and every year abused by Yankee fans till 2004. Now I know its not all your doing as to why the Sox one, and I would like to take the time to thank each and everyone of you, BUt you make it accesible to do so. So thank you for what has made my fathers life and quite possibly my “sports” life complete. I am in a wheelchair now and my playing days are over, but everytime I watch the Sox play, I feel like i am out on the field with them,,,so sincerely, thanks for everything.

    Please, for my sake, never go to the Yankees, for I am afraid that every Yankee fan that has finally dissappeared from my life since 2004 will once again find my phone number to abuse me.

    Now to my question,,In what quite possibly could be the greatest team accomplishment in the last 100 years are you amazed that its not celebrated more? I mean if The Yankees did the same thing, there woud quite possibly be a national Holiday? There might be a channel on TV dedicated to playing that 7 game series in a complete loop,,,,I can’t understand it.

    your fan

    John

  13. joei71 permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:03 am

    Hell yeah! That is an incredible annotation on pitching. More of that please!

    I think you’re gonna have an amazing season. Go get ‘em three-eight!!!

  14. kazztawdal permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:23 am

    Really glad to hear you’re feeling well. Best of luck with the changeup, I’ll be excited to watch them swing early on it!

  15. branatical permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:41 am

    Yo Schill,

    Glad to hear things are coming along nicely…

    Talking about recoiling…I was wondering if Papelbon was a victim of this last year?

    In an earlier post I read you mentioned that when you chose to come to Boston you knew that Tito was in talks to be the manager. I’ve read that in the past, but how much of a role did that play in you choosing the Red Sox? Was this done on your prompting or were Tito and the Red Sox already in discussions?

  16. tomafield permalink
    March 19, 2007 3:07 am

    Good for you, coming home on the off-day!

    I spend a fair amount of time on the road, and there’s nothing like returning home and being able to toss a football or enjoy a movie with the kids. Even a walk to the bus stop takes on added meaning.

    I was in Boston yesterday with a buddy and my son. We took a walk over by Fenway, where work is still underway to spruce up the ballpark before opening day. Hard to believe, standing out there on the icy sidewalks in a 30-degree wind, that the park will reopen in less than a month. And, heck, by then we could be looking at 80 degrees. It’s New England, it’s spring; we expect it.

    That’s part of what makes the Red Sox such a perfect fit. Doesn’t matter how cold you feel on a given day; 80 degrees and sunny is always just around the corner.

    best,

    Tom

  17. bamasoxfan permalink
    March 19, 2007 6:52 am

    Thanks for all the great info. I really think this could be our year. If we can sure up the closer role and stay injury free we have a real chance. Can’t wait until you guys come to Atlanta this summer. My son is going to see his 1st Red Sox game. My wife and I are making our 1st trip to Fenway this May. Any suggestions for a great place to eat in Boston. Good luck this year.

    Brian

  18. tomstaff permalink
    March 19, 2007 7:52 am

    First off Curt, allow me to thank you for your 3 years of entertainment you have given a very die-hard Red Sox fan. I am looking forward to a few more (hopefully) years of you in a Red Sox uniform. My question to you has to do with J. Papelbon. I keep hearing people saying that they believe he will still end up being the closer for this team before the year is out. I am in the minority in saying that he is going to be a stud starting pitcher and that they need to stop flipping him between the 2 spots. What are your thoughts on this? Could it potentially hurt him by lets say starting this year in the rotation and then 1/2 way thru putting him back in the bullpen?

    P.S. You have your head on straight and I admire your candidness. I sincerely hope you are in a Red Sox uniform next year!

    Tom

  19. March 19, 2007 8:22 am

    Curt, put yourself in the position of the Red Sox in terms of offering you a contract for 2008. Should they offer a 41 year-old a one year deal or save that money (and some more, of course) and go hard after a young guy like Carlos Zambrano for a long-term deal?

  20. rdsxnation67 permalink
    March 19, 2007 8:41 am

    Curt,
    Do you realize the impact that following a team, such as the Red Sox, has on the individual lives of the people who do it? I’ve read a number of post atesting to it. And mine too. I’ve been a fan since my family moved to Boston in ’66, and can tell you everything about the last two games against the Twins in ’67, Carbo and Carlton in ’75, and the Mets in ’86. 2003 reminded us of why we are Redsox Fans. 2004 brought vindication

    Today even with us living down in Virginia, the easiest way to start a conversation with my two sons, ages 12 and 16, is to mention the Red Sox or Patriots. From there, we can talk about preparation for life, discipline, if you want it, you gotta work for it, listen to your coaches and teachers, and other parenting responsibilities.

  21. March 19, 2007 8:43 am

    Sounds like you feel strong and healthy. That’s good to hear, best of luck this year.

  22. theillume permalink
    March 19, 2007 8:45 am

    Hey G38,

    I’ve been wondering, where did your obsession with Gehrig come from?

    And I will not accept Lou Gehrig was my hero. Thanks

  23. scambodian permalink
    March 19, 2007 8:59 am

    The sox wouldnt offer a 34 year old pedro (who was a much more dominant pitcher than you have ever been) any sort of contract extension, why would you get upset when at 41 you were not offered at least 13 million in 2008 when the 2007 season hasnt even started yet. Why do none of my posts get through either?

  24. March 19, 2007 9:03 am

    Curt, we’re counting on you. We always have and we ALWAYS will……and when you stroll out to the mound at Fenway, for your first home start, we’ll be there…..in the stands and in our hearts. NESN or in person. We’ll never forget you. An no, this isn’t an early goodbye. You’ll be there, on YOUR mound, our mound, through 2008. Fenway! I just KNOW it…we ALL do. Have a great season, and we’ll all be watching..watching with love in our hearts. You see, that’s the nature of your fans! RSN and Mr. Schilling. A match made in heaven…baseball heaven.

  25. March 19, 2007 9:08 am

    And regarding the Lou Gehrig question. Read this book, and you’ll not have to wonder. It’s called THE LUCKIEST MAN, and it’s a bio of one of the most courageous men to ever don cleats. Curt, I know you’ve read it…I want to make sure anyone with ANY love of baseball, the game and its heroes, reads the tale of this so great man. His career and his life was cut short. His memory will NEVER die. And the book? I was brought to tears. And I still am. Right now as I type this. Such a life. Such a man.
    I hope that answers your question.

  26. March 19, 2007 9:09 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for the insightful posts and letting the fans see and hear from you personally. It means more to most than you might realize.

    As you know – we have been organizing the 100 Innings game for the past 3 years now and have eclipsed the $300,000 mark in fundraising for Curt’s Pitch for ALS.

    If you have a chance over the next few weeks I was hoping you might be able to mention us in your blog (or link to the site on your link page) to help us attract more players and donors this year.

    The game is set for May 26th and 27th at Adams Field in Quincy. We even added a women’s softball game this year so Shonda can stop embarrasing all the boys when she comes down to play!

    Thanks again for all that you do for the ALS and Boston Baseball community.

    Folks can visit http://www.100innings.com or call 1-888-CURE-ALS for more information.

    All my best,
    Mike

  27. scambodian permalink
    March 19, 2007 9:18 am

    sorry this is an addition to my last post. I have some serious questions, but it seems like my posts cant get through because i dont say. Dr. Mr Schilling you are the greatest humanitarian alive??? gimme a break people this is a blog where opinions should be shared. dont waste our time with “I admire you so much because you love your wife and kids” What a joke Schilling doesnt need anyone to kiss his butt. Some of you people are ridiculous, get some serious opinions and questions for schill and lets end the lovefest.

    Scott

  28. nlieber permalink
    March 19, 2007 9:28 am

    I enjoy reading your blog!

    You do an excellent job (to me anyway) of expressing your thoughts during a game or during different parts of a day. I was wondering if you would consider doing a hour by hour (during the season) for say a week of what your schedule looks like? I just want a glimpse “behind the curtain” of what the demands are on your time as a player.

    Also what are the good and bad times to approach a player? I would think at the park and possibly when traveling is fine or at a promotional event but beyond that?

    What types of intrusions really set you off?

    Good luck in the upcoming season!

  29. theillume permalink
    March 19, 2007 9:37 am

    Scambodian simmer down. Its a blog. And Curt’s blog. Let the people speak.

    If I want to post a love sonnet thoughtfully entitled “Can This be Love, O Prince of Pitches”, I’ll do it.

    Unless Curt says not to. He is my Prince of Pitches.

  30. March 19, 2007 9:57 am

    Sounds like this year is getting off to the right start, that is great to hear. I love your blog and I am so glad to finally broke down and started one. Do you think you might use the fastball less this year and rely more on your other pitches? Like the changeup?

  31. aklee permalink
    March 19, 2007 10:08 am

    Hi Curt,

    One thing that’s really impressed me is your ability to recall detailed descriptions of pitch histories from your games. Top poker players also have this ability to remember all of their hands, their bets, and why they made them. Top chess players can do this as well – even with games that they played a long time ago. Is this an ability that most major-league pitchers have? Have you always been able to do this, or is it a skill you developed? If so, when did you develop it?

    Thanks!

  32. March 19, 2007 10:18 am

    Hi Curt,

    I really like that you have provided your fans with an opportunity to connect with you directly. I hope that you have a great 2007 season. You are an inspiration for all us 40 year old guys.

    BTW I saw the game yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale vs. the O’s. All the pitchers looked great. We should have a strong and deep staff this year. I hope we can find a closer so that everyone knows their rolls by the start of the season.

    Good luck in your next tune up.

    Regards
    Brad

  33. acefox1 permalink
    March 19, 2007 10:34 am

    Amen theillume! Funny to see someone with an id called scambodian telling us that he is now moderating Curt’s blog. LOL

    Ummm okay buddy, whatever you say. I’ll just clear all my posts with you from now on. LOL

    Thanks for everything Curt. I’m glad you have a chance to glimpse what you have ment to so many of your fans. The thanks and adoration on here doesn’t even scratch the surface!

    Your biggest fan!

    Deane

  34. scambodian permalink
    March 19, 2007 10:45 am

    to theillume:

    Your exactly right it is a blog. People come on here and make posts in hope curt is gunna read them and invite these people to his 4th of July cookout. Whats the point of making a post saying “You are so great, i really admire everything about you” It’s Curt Schilling, did i miss something did he cure aids or has it been recently discovered that he has the blood of jesus. He plays baseball people get a grip.

  35. blueatoll permalink
    March 19, 2007 10:50 am

    Curt:

    I read with interest all of your Q&A post from the other day. Your self-assurance, honesty, and confidence are very inspirational; especially when I see the vitriol spewed at you by so many members of the Red Sox nation.

    It’s stunning to see that Red Sox fans have so little appreciation of the fact that you DON’T have to be writing any of this. As an Astros fan, I just appreciate getting candid insight into the mind of an intelligent professional baseball player.

    Thanks,
    Blue Atoll (in Austin, TX)

  36. dezmark permalink
    March 19, 2007 10:52 am

    You mentioned you might be doing some work soon for 38 Studios and I also noticed Mass’s own R.A. Salvatore is going to be involved with a project. Been a fan of his since 1988′s Crystal Shard. Have you read his books?

  37. fingers88 permalink
    March 19, 2007 11:09 am

    Hey Curt..as usual great stuff…

    You mentioned the Opening day start vs. KC. How much do you know about their lineup? They have some really good young power guys in Shealy and rookie Alex Gordon… as well as others like Dejesus, Teahan, Sanders, and Emil Brown. Have you started putting together a plan for opening day? Also, we all know about your notebook…how much input does Tek have about the pre-game plan as far as how you want to BEGIN attacking each hitter?

  38. risoxfan permalink
    March 19, 2007 11:21 am

    Hi Curt,

    You’ve been saying that Tek is in great shape, and I certainly have no reason to doubt you. But most catchers start to decline, at least offensively, when they get into their mid-30s. Do you think it might be wise that Tek be limited to 3 of 5 games now, rather than 4 of 5? I’d rather have him fresher towards the end of the season and, as we all hope, the playoffs. Of course, that would mean ‘belli catching you, (leaving Tek for the youngers guys who probably need his experience more).

    What do you think of that idea?

  39. albrown permalink
    March 19, 2007 11:33 am

    Hey, glad you started a blog. This should be fun.

    Speaking of poker: I know you play, of course. Do you play with other Red Sox? Who else plays? Who’s really good? (You probably won’t say who’s the worst, but my guess is that Josh Beckett can’t stay out of a pot to save his life.) Can you tell us about a hand that was one of your favorites?

  40. roguearchitect permalink
    March 19, 2007 11:52 am

    Curt –

    I’ve been a fan of your’s since your days in Philly (and I’m a life long Sox fan – and not just because of your baseball skills). You don’t make excuses. You always say what you think, even if might not go over well or get you in a pissing contest with the media or whomever. And you’ve never been afraid to admit when you said something stupid instead of keeping your mouth shut. I admire that ability in anyone, but it’s pretty cool to see a professional athlete have that quality, instead of constantly trying to say the “right thing” just to make others happy or shut them up. I think that’s why you’re (for the most part) so well received by fans. Career aside, it shows that your really no different than anyone else.

    From what very little I know about you as a person (based on interviews, articles, etc. – sorry, I know this isn’t the best way to form an opinion on a person) you sound as though you’re a history buff. My question is: in MLB and/or world history, who, if any, are the people that you admire most (and why if you have the time).

    Also, thanks for giving me (and many others) a forum to say “thanks” for your on-field efforts and especially ’04. Hope to see you w/ Boston in ’08!

  41. nabowles permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:06 pm

    Curt- Thank you for your candid comments. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts on SOSH in the past, but am thrilled that your blog offers even more opportunity for you to interact with the fans. It must take an incredible amount of time to post, as well as to filter through and comment on readers’ responses. I appreciate your honesty, especially in dealing with complicated and personal decisions like contract negotiations and love reading your recaps of your pitching performances.

    I’m headed down to Fort Myers for my first ever Spring Training trip this weekend and will be at your start on Friday as well as the games on Saturday and Sunday. I’d love to be able to bring your autograph home for my son. Since I’m not familiar with the Fort Myers complex and Spring Training routine, what is the best approach to getting autographs down there without interfering with ballplayer’s schedules and routines?

  42. curtswift permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:10 pm

    Curt,

    I enjoy reading your posts. I figure you have no reason to BS the fans by doing this, so I appreciate your honest commentary. I have a question for you. Like all Boston fans, we live and die Red Sox. The rumors of Roger Clemens return to Boston is something that many of us would love to see. I believe Dan Duquette will burn in hell for ever letting him go. How do you feel about this? How (or who) do you think the pitching staff could accomodate his return, if he should decide to come home?

    Keep up the great work and here’s hoping you win the Cy Young this year!!

    Curt Swift

  43. acefox1 permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:36 pm

    For anybody that can’t grasp why people come in here and seem to kiss Curt’s butt, Hmmm I don’t know…

    It probably has to do with the fact that by choosing to come to Boston and saying every chance he could get that his mission was to bring a WS Chamionship to Boston, he stood up for all Red Sox fans who were reeling after the 2003 ALCS disaster and saying “i’m going to do everythng I can to help put this team over the top.”

    After seeing what Curt did in 2001 we knew he could deliver the goods. This is the kind of pitcher we never get in Boston. One who chooses to come here, shows total respect for their fans, loves the excitement and energy in the town and even makes sport of the crazy media situation that drives other players, well, crazy.

    I know that for some people that doesn’t register or it doesn’t mean jack squat and as Curt would probably say, that’s fine. For the vast majority of us though, it affected our lives in a deep way. I think that by having a chance to come here and tell Curt 1% of what he has meant to their lives, it allows people to show what that meant.

    I mean really, what’s the point of coming in here and trying to kick sand int he faces of people that just want to say “Hi Curt, thank you so much for what you did for us.” I don’t see the harm in it and I think the world would be a better place if everyone showed that kind of gratitude.

    Personally, if Big Papi, Trot Nixon, Alan Embree or Mark Bellhorn had their own blogs I’d stop by there regularly to say thank you to them as well.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Thanks again Curt. Keep on doing what you are doing.

    Deane

  44. papelbonfire permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:41 pm

    Curt-

    Do you think there’s a chance that in the future you’d become a pitching coach for the Red Sox at either the big league level or at the minor league level? Also, how is your achilles heel these days?

  45. georgetodwright permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:43 pm

    Sorry – left this one on an older blog but wanted to make sure you read it…
    Curt, great site. I’ve been a fan of yours since you did that email interview with Bill Simmons a few years ago. Love your candour. A couple of questions for you -
    Q – In your routine during starts, how much of a role does sports psychology play? The more I read on this topic, the more it seems that what can set top players in any sport apart from their peers is their mental capacity for success. Your son’s lesson about giving it your best seems to be a great example of this. Any thoughts? Better yet, any mentors on a day-to-day basis?
    Q2 – Dealing with media – I am a Maple Leaf hockey fan (probably the closest thing to being a Sox fan in terms of the constant scrutiny our team is under). My problem with the media in our town always has been that they can never get good responses from players because the players know those same journalists will rip them in their publications at the first opportunity or first sign of failure. How much of a role does respect play for you when considering your responses with certain members of the media?

  46. zebelkinton permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:45 pm

    Curt,

    Glad to see that you were throwing 94 in the 6th that’s a very nice thing to hear :).

    I want to thank you for answering my “Super” team question and the Jacoby question the other day. I had alot of fun reading your 3rd base choice and how you explained it just like it was yesterday. I have been trying to find that play on the web but no such luck.

    Anyway since I like fun questions and not so serious ones here are a few more.

    If you could change one rule in baseball what would it be?

    What is your all time favorite Baseball movie?

    Thanks again,
    Zeb Elkinton (Corvallis, OR)

  47. thirtyeightreasons permalink
    March 19, 2007 1:09 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting this blog! I feel that we’re gaining more insight than we’ve ever been afforded.

    Q – What’s the general feel, from your perspective, of the new pitching/hitting coaches this year. I was a big fan of Papa Jack and sad to see him go. How is the outlook with the new coaches on board??

    Take care.

    -KB

  48. acefox1 permalink
    March 19, 2007 1:20 pm

    Wow, I just read the news that David Wells was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

    I’m not sure how chummy you and David were or still are but if you drop him a line or check in on him, please let him know we are pulling for him and send our best wishes.

    Deane

  49. voteforpedro45 permalink
    March 19, 2007 1:33 pm

    Curt- What an amazing blog. One thing that I feel seperates you from other players seems to be your dedication. Now, for the typical fan I know we have next to no idea what goes on aside from the 3 hours between the chalk every night, but you’re often caught in the dugout with your notebook, talking to Tek, Tito, or doing anything that will help the next time you take the mound.

    On behalf of RSN, I hope you disregard the small minority of people who come off as rude or judgemental, both on contract negotiations and players preformances. On an earlier blog when you mentioned Foulke, I agreed with you completely, and it’s horrible how his heroics were quickly forgotten months later. However, I believe he ended his stay here when he responded to the arrogant few with the infamous Burger King remarks.

    I feel both you and Tek will have great years here in ’07, and can imagine nothing better than you anchoring the rotation and him as the backstop for the next two or three years. Good luck in the next “tune-up”, working in the change-up, and here’s to a World Series campaign in 07!

  50. March 19, 2007 1:45 pm

    About Scambodian–my “your/you’re” theory works yet again:

    “Your exactly right”

  51. ultimatelurker permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:13 pm

    Mr. Shilling,

    You’ve always been a real inspiration to me, but especially in October 2004. At the time, I was struggling with a very heavy load in a graduate program and wasn’t sure I would make it. I always kept the Red Sox on while working late into the night and wouldn’t let myself quit until all the post game coverage was done (figured if you guys were still working, I could too). I remember one evening feeling incredibly exhausted and completely ready to give up. Right about then I heard you talking about how you had awoke that day absolutely sure that you couldn’t pitch or even walk. I don’t remember exactly what you said and I may totally remember it wrong, but what you described physically fit the way I had been feeling mentally and emotionally for weeks.

    I recall that you decribed how the day improved as it progressed and I think you either implicitly or explicitly gave God the glory in it all. Anyway, your words inspired and encouraged me — that if you could keep fighting so could I. I know that sounds corny and cliched but it really did help me through an October that started out as one of the worst of my life and ended up (for several reasons) as one of the best.

    Similarly, your internal discipline this ST to continue to improve yourself is an inspiration for me to continue to improve in my profession as a teacher.

    Thanks. And please don’t let yourself get too dragged down into the petty little complaints of people who spend all their free time complaining. As I’m sure you know from online games, there are people on the internet who get their kicks from tearing other people down. They won’t stop because they just love to listen to themselves (or see their own words). I really appreciate your comments and the questions you answer, and I’d hate to see you exhaust yourself trying to deal with the little nitpickers and people who don’t actually want to understand anyone but themselves. In sports coverage, a few obnoxious individuals sometimes drown out the vast majority of decent folk. I hope you don’t feel like you have to respond to all the pseudo-questions of trolls just trying to make you mad. (not saying that everyone who is critical is a troll, just those who just want to make trouble and not really have an honest conversation).

    Ok, I’ve used up more than my fair share of the comment space.

  52. mcq0823 permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:25 pm

    Curt,
    I was wondering what you see as the Sox weakness in 2007? obviously closer, however I am worried about a few positions

    first, is 2b. I know DP is a good player, but coming into boston and performing isn’t a sure thing.

    I am alittle worred about Mike Lowell at 3b. Everyone seems to think its fine and dandy, but the bottom line is he had a 2nd half to forget last yr. I know he is usually a poor 2nd half player, but he is getting older

    Coco Crisp is not hitting well this spring, and if he starts of bad he is in danger of being replaced by Willy Mo

    Alot of questions marks this year

  53. dianesfastball permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:54 pm

    I love to hear that Teks feeling great and having a good spring. You guys are the leaders on this team and when you do well..we relish in that same feeling….
    and I gotta say I love what I’m learning about pitching….

  54. dham340 permalink
    March 19, 2007 3:02 pm

    AWSOME Blog. I am really enjoying it. Hopefully you can find the time during the season to post every now and then.

    On a different note…please don’t take this the wrong way… but your business is your business. There was alot of Q&A on your contract situation. Can I be so bold to suggest a moratorium on such questions from here on out? It seems to take away from the really interesting stuff. Anyway, just a thought.

    D. Hamilton
    Middlesex, NJ

  55. ymiinjersey permalink
    March 19, 2007 3:10 pm

    Curt,

    I get a little annoyed reading constant responses to questions about why you won’t pitch for the “Sawks” for free or at least for less than your worth. Baseball – whether we fans like it or not – has become BIG business. As with anything becoming “big” money becomes A VERY (if not the most) important issue.

    Can Joe Q. Public say that if he owned a franchise he would have voted against the DirecTV deal or that he would make other serious moves to take potential money out of his own pocket? No, because 99.99% of us do not have that kind of money and can’t say what it’d do to us if we did.

    Should the players be blamed for making as much money as they can? Absolutely not, good for you! The money is there, the franchises are not going bankrupt, the players are the reason they money is there, they should be able to get their fair share. The last thing we want is go back to an era like in the 20s that produced the Black Sox scandle where the players had no rights and the owners kept all the profits.

    Should the owners be blamed for taking corporate money or raising ticket prices or whatever else they can to continuously make more money? No, that’s the nature of business, that’s how you become successful…especially when they keep making money.

    Do I think it’s a mistake to continuously make moves that alienate the fans? Yes, and eventually there will be a backlash and the owners will start losing money (just look at the NHL). At some point the average family will quit going to games and the money will drop out and the business will falter. But don’t blame the players for trying to get their fair share while it’s there.

    Do I hate to see my favorite player leave my team for greener pastures? Yeah, you guys are like family to us, but I can understand why they would make that dicision and I still root for my favorite players to succeed with their new teams (as a Rockies fan, I really wanted to see Larry Walker win a Series, but I’m still happy for you and Boston).

    Anyway, I love reading your insights into the game, I played baseball through high school and into college, so it’s geat to hear an honest inside view of the game and to relive some of that even if it’s just a few minutes a day. There is so much more to baseball than what is seen on TV. I’ve always been a fan of yours even though you never played for a team I rooted for, it’s good to see class acts like yourself succeed. Keep up the good work and good luck with 38Studios.

  56. scambodian permalink
    March 19, 2007 3:19 pm

    to gedmaniac.

    What exactly are you right about? You guys want to share your comments on how great Schilling and im saying is that its completely ridiculous to have a blog where all that takes place is a total lovefest. Like whats the point so everyone can inflate Curts ego.

    Now i dont have any problem with people making valid points, and giving a shout for appreciation thats a whole different story, but to sign on and make statements like “you are one of the finest human beings i have ever know” thats just ridiculous. Do you call your local fire department and and police department when they save lives to show your appreciation????

    All im saying is lets talk so baseball, and get it through your heads people that Schilling is not gunna invite you to his christmas dinner this year no matter how great you say he is.

    But your probably a genius Gedman so i guess i really dont know what im talkin about. Ill just make posts that have no meaning saying “Hey Curt your heroics in 2004 were nothing short of magical, and i hope theo was crazy not to offer you a new contract, best of luck in 07″ Everyone is making the same post over and over again.

    I love the red sox to im from boston they are my squad, but just get a grip on reality people. Curt loves the attention, do you really think he has this blog for the people? he has this blog because everything in this blog is about Curt Schilling. He sticks his 2 cents in with everything. Why do u think he was at the steroid hearing a couple years ago? Curt has never been accused of taking steroids, he just knew it was going to be a huge deal in front of congress and it was 3 hours of Television time, he has no reason to be there what so ever. I guess i disagree with everyone else on here, and this is supposed to be an open forum so there are my opinions.

  57. dino192 permalink
    March 19, 2007 3:36 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for starting this site and truly trying to connect with the fans. Sports needs more people like you who truly care about the fan enjoyment and give some much back to the community with philanthropy. You are an inspiration and those on this site that bash you for contract issues etc.. should take a look in the mirror and see if they have contributed a fraction of what you have to society. I wish you the best this season personally and professionally and I hope you will be back in the rotation in 2008. What you did in 2004, putting your career on the line to pitch 2 games is still awe-inspiring … you deserve a lifetime contract for those 2 weeks in October.
    Godspeed.

  58. dimes permalink
    March 19, 2007 3:38 pm

    Attention Sox Nation – get a clue for once. All this talk about “take the home town discount”, “be a hero and stay for less”, “why not stay in Boston and guarantee a HOF career”. You people are nutz (OK understandably so, we all love our Red Sox) – but come on – think about it for a second. You think if you got offered a 30% pay increase to go work somewhere else you wouldn’t go? Or likewise, if your current employer said “you know Mike, we really love you here at XYZ Company, but would you mind working next year for 30% less than last year.” Of course you would go for more, and most likely wouldn’t stay for less if you could avoid it, regardless of how much you loved where you worked now. I have no problem with any sports person taking more money to play elsewhere – it’s a business and they are employee’s first and foremost. Johnny Damon and Pedro owed the Sox nothing and vise versa. Each side made millions of dollars from each other and then moved on. All this talk of loyalty is ludacris. The Boston Red Sox aren’t owned or operated by Red Sox nation – they are owned and operated by business men, who make business decisions period. And the business decision the Sox owners have made is that they want Curt Schilling to cost the company less next year than this. Likewise, the players who play for them also have to make business decisions. Could Johnny Damon have stayed with the Sox for less – sure he could have, and who knows, maybe long after his playing career is over, he’ll wish he had – but to say he’s a bad guy for not staying is ridiculous. And if Curt Schilling decides he’s not down with saving the company some money next year, we should have no qulams with that.

  59. canadancaa permalink
    March 19, 2007 3:44 pm

    Any reason for why you felt better in the 6th than the 1st. Or was it just one of those days. Is this where you would expect to be with the pitch count and power.

    I hear Curt is having a 4th of July BBQ. Sweeeet. I hope I’m invited. (A joke for those who didn’t pick up on it)

    Scambodian. Is there a point to any of your posts. Its a blog get a grip.

  60. soxwarrior38 permalink
    March 19, 2007 4:02 pm

    Glad to see you’re doing great! Keep it up, and God bless!

  61. gusaroni permalink
    March 19, 2007 4:45 pm

    Hi Curt.

    I just want to echo the replies here thanking you for this chance to “interact”. It’s a treat to get insight like you’re offering, and as I read further, I can see that the voices of the ignorant minority are being drowned out by people that genuinely appreciate the time and effort you take to communicate on this level.

    3 more things from me, and I’m outta here:

    1 – As a Bostonian transplant who has been living in upstate NY since 1980, I’d like to say a quick (but gigantic) thank you for 2004. My social life no longer consists of withstanding the taunts of idiot Yankee fans. In fact, most of them don’t like talking about it all!! I’m aware that you weren’t alone on that team, but I already screamed thank you to everyone at the parade, and they don’t have blogs.

    2 – Get paid while you can…just don’t do it in pinstripes. We’ll still be fans.

    3 – I’m echoing some other posters out there again, but I’d love to hear some insight on the pitcher/catcher dynamic in general, and that with Tek in particular. We hear it all the time, but can you give us some details from a pitchers perspective as to why he’s as good as he is.

  62. wrestfoot7 permalink
    March 19, 2007 4:54 pm

    glad to hear your feeling well, your pitching as good, if not better than ive seen you pitch in a while, and you deserve whatever contract you want for next year, but it has to be with the red sox, otherwise, retire LOL.

  63. mfaj5 permalink
    March 19, 2007 5:49 pm

    Curt-

    The game-by-game recap is awesome. I will be interested to see if you can keep up the pace during the season. Thanks for being so open.

    Please ask your website guys to add your feed to FeedBurner. It allows geeks like me to have your site automatically update so we don’t have to keep coming back here to check for new entries. The RSS feed they have posted up there means nothing to most people.

    Good luck and thanks!

  64. gibbonsk permalink
    March 19, 2007 5:56 pm

    Speaking of Scott williamson… it’s been reported that you questioned his injured elbow in ’03. Care to comment? (I’ll point out that you did put your career on the line by playing on your ankle in ’04. Can’t argue that one)
    Thanks for the unfiltered insight into the world of professional athletes.

  65. redsox1918 permalink
    March 19, 2007 6:06 pm

    Curt,

    I would love to know if you assisted in the recruitment of Kyle Snyder? If so, this is a good process. I applaud management for at least listening to its players about possible future players that might fit in the organization.

  66. jmhbb26 permalink
    March 19, 2007 7:30 pm

    Curt,

    I must say I especially enjoy reading your post game blog. It gives great insight into the game. Being a former pitcher in college I have a great appreciation for your insight on the game. Thank you again. Great blog!

  67. yuni96 permalink
    March 19, 2007 9:01 pm

    Curt-san Ohayo-gozaimas!!

    Good Morning from the land of the rising sun! It’s another beautiful day here in Tokyo. I’m one of the millions of basefall fans who are now born-again Red Sox fans seeing Dice-K with “red” on him. See, I grew up in NY (16years) right until I returned to Japan, and I was a Yankee fan. Nobody’s perfect, but I have seen the light… Anyway I would like to speak for my countrymen who have seen you and the franchise treat Dice-K with respect and courtesy , and we are all very grateful. I can guarantee that Dice-K feels “Gi” towards you and the team, and I am sure he will come through to repay all of you for the kindness and respect you have shown him. He may not see his contract (no matter how huge it is) as any sort of burden/pressure to perform well, but he does in fact feel the immense pressure to perform well for you, the management, the fans who have shown him the respect. He’s been through as much pressure, and endured scrutiny under the spotlight as anybody for his age, and he actually enjoys it. Dice-K smiling all the time is just a part of that showing. He’s just a sweet kid who can’t believe how lucky he is to be able to do what he loves to do for a living, and make people happy doing it. To all in the RedSox Nation, you will love this kid. He’ll show you a lot of heart in the games. Especially against the better batters. Emotionless faces after being hammered you say? I say wait for him to get that batter in the box in the following innings. He’ll show you heart, more velocity, and more aggressive pitching. That aggressiveness/competitiveness is what we adore of him here in Japan. He has to learn to keep his motivation at that high level when facing the poorer batters though…

    PS Curt how’s the Japanese coming? A bit complicated I assume.. If you (or any of the people on this board) have anything you need to know about Japan, it’s culture, phrases, japanese bodylanguage etc. let me know. I will be glad to help out.
    Good Luck in 2007!! Gannbatte Kudasai!!

  68. acefox1 permalink
    March 19, 2007 9:16 pm

    Anybody else watching Still We Believe on IFC tonight? Wow that film is strating to look like an ancient time capsule. It’s hard to believe that the 2003 team was only four seasons ago.

    The memories of that season are still as fresh as the day they happened, but the emotions, pain and craziness of being a pre-2004 fan seem like decades ago.

    It was amazing to see Johnny Damon before he went Caveman and short-haired Manny. Hard to believe so many faces have come and gone since then.

    Thanks yet again Curt for easing our pain and for going the distance.

    Deane

  69. knucklebat permalink
    March 19, 2007 9:21 pm

    Hi, Curt.

    I started writing a response to those who don’t understand basic economic forces vis-a-vis player salaries. But it would not be a productive rant, and I’ve learned over the years (I am now 40, like you) to shut up.

    Suffice it to say, we’re on the same page for a lot of things: politics, economics, baseball, and Jesus Christ. I appreciate the candor of your blog, your no-nonsense approach to life, and your principles. I especially appreciate your candor regarding your wish to be more Christ-like, and your shame that you don’t do a better job at that. That’s very real, Curt, and I appreciate that about you.

    If you weren’t making $20M a year and a famous baseball player, and I wasn’t just some IT manager at a no-name company, we’d probably have a lot to talk about :)

    Anyway, aside from all that, let’s talk baseball:

    I’m really hoping that these updates from you don’t get lost during the season and that we’ll get your game break-down at least for games that you pitch. I don’t have any understanding of how busy the life of a ballplayer gets, so no pressure :) but please keep it up!

    I watch every pitch of every game that you play. I’m often trying to think along with you and Tek what you’re going to throw next. I do pretty good, but I’m no Lenny D. :) There are times that I wonder “Why did he throw that?” And it would be great to ask that question of you after the game.

    Do you remember every pitch after a game? Do you remember how the ball felt coming out of your hand? Do you know when you’ve made a mistake even if you got away with one?

    How often is Tek right and causes you to change your mind? E.g. you’re thinking, fastball high and tight, you look in and Tek’s asking for a slider away. And then you think “Yeah, he’s right.” ??

    Of the times you shake him off, how often do you go back to the dugout and say “My bad, man. You were right.” ?

    Does the way you feel in the bullpen translate at all to the way you feel on the real mound once the game is underway? Or do you not know what you are getting into until you throw your first money pitch?

    I have so many questions, and this is such a huge opportunity (thanks!), but I’ll stop now so you don’t completely ignore my post.

    Thanks again, Curt. For 2004. For this blog. And even for 2005 when you were hurt. You earned every cent in my view.

  70. 1993phillies permalink
    March 19, 2007 10:27 pm

    come home.

  71. toekneearmass permalink
    March 20, 2007 12:20 am

    OK – I’m sure you’re sick of the whole contract thing. Forgive me, but this sounds so obvious to me that I won’t be hurt if you slap me around for it – I must be missing something so fill me in.

    Clearly the Red Sox’ concern is not getting stuck with a $15MM+ contract for 2008 for a guy who (again forgive me, but the fact is …) might not be a $15MM starter at the age of 41.

    Similarly, a guy with near-HoF credentials and (presumably, from the cheap seats) enough money to be set for life doesn’t want to be remembered for hanging on for a Larry Holmes-esque final season.

    So … couldn’t you make it clear to the Red Sox that you don’t want to be a $15MM+ pitcher in 2008 if you can’t live up to the expectations that entails, any more than they want to be on the hook for it? That is, could you make it clear that if you can’t pitch at that level in 2008 (what they’re afraid of), they won’t have to worry since you’ll be coming to them to let them know you’re ready to hang them up?

    And if your personal pledge isn’t sufficient, could you structure something whereby if you “suck” in 2007 (as measured by some agreed criteria) then the 2008 contract goes by the boards?

    I know this imposes a certain vulnerability on both sides – but if you’re relationship with Shonda is anything like mine with my wife, you already know that great relationships depend on willingness to be vulnerable.

    ‘Nuf ced – btw, the SoSH South crew will be out in full force in TX on April 6.7.8 – baghdadjamie got a furlough just to be there with us. We’ll have banners, etc. – look for us (or PM me).

  72. nalahim permalink
    March 20, 2007 7:23 am

    To all those who don’t seem to get it,
    It seems to me that you (Curt) do get it. What I mean to say is that it isn’t always about “the money” but it is about a lot of other issues also, and a very large part of that is respect. Not so much from the Red Sox respecting you Curt (though that really would be a fine thing too), but everyone else (us fans, the press, etc) respecting your right to decide whatever it is you choose to do, where you do it, and for however much you decide is important to you. Let’s all just be patient and let it all play out and whatever the outcome is be happy for it. I would consider myself truly blessed to be in your shoes Curt… and I’m NOT referring to the money part of it but the great things you have, that you’ve contributed to and have been a part of… what a ride!
    al

  73. theillume permalink
    March 20, 2007 7:33 am

    Scambodian, sssiiiimmmmmmaaa. SIMMA DOWN NOW! Let Schill manage.

    Don’t force me to post my love sonnet!

  74. firebatman permalink
    March 20, 2007 7:36 am

    Mr. Schilling;

    This has nothing to do with AAA Louisville, but I do have a question but in a round-about way. I am fortunate that I live close by to some minor league/independant teams. My wife and I attended a game last summer in Manchester NH which is home to the Blue Jays AA team. they were playing Portland which is the Sox AA team. They were booing Portland and cheered when the Sox score was announced that they were winning. My question is this. How does Major League Baseball expect fans to be loyal when minor league affiliates are not local?

  75. titosteam permalink
    March 20, 2007 7:47 am

    Hey Curt,

    I am surprised you are pitching against the O’s on Friday. I know you said before you dont like pitching against teams in the division in spring training. Is there not a minor league game that day or something? Just wondering.

  76. john22 permalink
    March 20, 2007 8:34 am

    Hello Mr. Schilling,

    I saw you at the Bay Colony Club in Waltham not too long ago and you said to give you a shout. Big fan of your business spirit! Here is my shout. I have a plea to see if you would simply read a proposal for a book I have written (you seemed intrigued) and let me know your thoughts/help me find a publsher. Simple, quick, and I am just trying to “crack” that world and need help…I would be forever gracious! johngreene22@yahoo.com

    Sincerely,

    John

  77. fulltimedad permalink
    March 20, 2007 8:54 am

    Curt:

    Thanks for taking the time to write this blog. As a fan I sit in the stands attempting to pick up on the “game within the game” aspects: looking for the defense to cheat a step depending upon a situation or a hitter shortening his swing to slap a pitch to the opposite field but it pales in comparison to getting into your head about how or why.

    Keep up the good work!

  78. andrewmendillo permalink
    March 20, 2007 9:04 am

    I loved the talk about over throwing!
    “The second is the guy that ‘stiff legs’ the throw, literally throwing against his front side and recoiling. ”
    This was confusing for me… mostly the phrase “throwing against his front side.” What does that look like physically?

  79. March 20, 2007 9:18 am

    OK, Schill, you’ve got Millar on Friday. (Who recently said you look like you swallowed Pedroia, which is neither terribly original or timely.) So, whatcha gonna throw him?

    C’mon, it’s just between us. Besides, it’ll be more fun to see what happens when he knows what’s coming and still can’t hit it.

  80. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 20, 2007 9:23 am

    Hi Curt do you sign autographs during the season and when would be the best time to get your autograph at a game in June 20TH in Atlanta Georgia. I am a huge fan of the RedSox and I would like your autograph. How was you trip back from seeing your wife and kids? I hope you had a safe trip back to Florida. I am glad you are working on a new pitch this year the changeup good luck with that Curt. You are a great team leader and you are number 1 Curt. Curt here is my trademark I put my right thumb up and say DUDE!!!!!!!. I told you this because you are great and I like reading your blog. Take care Curt and God Bless You. Curt I have Diabities type 2 and I am trying to get control of it by loosing weight on nutrisystem. I have lost 86 pounds and could you email me Curt to give me support through the last 30 or 40 pounds to loose. I would like for you to email me for support. My email address is riley101hot2000@yahoo.com. I hope when I come to the game on June 20TH in Atlanta I can get your autograph so you can good job and sign a ball for me for the hard work loosing the weight and getting control of my type 2 Diabities. This is hard work and a big challenge for me Curt.

    Your Friend, Jeff Riley

  81. schill6934 permalink
    March 20, 2007 9:36 am

    i know this sounds weird, and it will probably never happen, but would you move to the bullpen to make room for the “rocket” and also if not which two of the starters out of the six potential we have, would move to the pen if he were to come to boston…glad to hear your healthy and i know you are poised for a dominant comeback yr.

  82. oriolefan permalink
    March 20, 2007 9:59 am

    Curt,

    Your blog is really great, the inside viewpoint is fascinating. 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. :)

  83. bcpaul permalink
    March 20, 2007 11:03 am

    Hi Curt,

    Very excited about the upcoming season. Looking forward to seeing you add the change up to your arsenal of pitches. Will you experiment with any other new pitches this season? Good luck on Friday against the Orioles.

  84. scambodian permalink
    March 20, 2007 11:07 am

    let me hear your sonnet theillume, Curt loves the attention you should share it with the rest of us.

    Perfect example is how curt was at the steroid hearing a couple years ago. Why do you think he was the only one there that wasnt accused of doing steroids?? Let me guess probably because He knew it was going to be a huge media event and he was going to be in front of congress and on TV for a 3 hour period. He loves having his own blog where it is 100% about him. So go ahead Theillume make your little sonnet Curt will surely love it and you might even get the invite to his thanksgiving dinner and you can carve the turkey!

    Speaking the truth Scott

  85. scambodian permalink
    March 20, 2007 11:13 am

    Curt Schilling loves Curt Schilling. he doesnt need everyone else telling him they love him to. He already has his own interview every week on WEEI, now he has his own blog, he was seen with presidend bush during the election. Stop giving this man attention purely because he is a great pitcher. He makes 13 millions dollars a year for playing in 30 games. Lets just not annoint him as a saint yet.

  86. suesox permalink
    March 20, 2007 11:23 am

    I don’t know how you have time to read all these comments..good for you if you do, though. I never used to understand why professional sports players made so much money..I remember when Rico Petrocelli came to the School for the Deaf where I was teaching, and I asked him if he thought he deserved to earn more than someone who was teaching deaf children to speak (orally), and he said, “No.” I appreciated his honest answer. But now, watching baseball, the Red Sox in particular, has literally saved my life. They gave me a reason to live. The players deserve every penny they get, in my current opinion. What I don’t understand is this: I know that many players are philanthropists, including you. How does someone who needs the money to sustain their life (as I do, since my doctor(s) think I will eventually die from anorexia) put in a plea for a contribution for such help? The $50,000 I need is a small fraction of what professional athletes make. Health insurance is of no help. I’ve been to facilities which they pay for, and I’ve not gotten the help I need. Any ideas or suggestions?

  87. tasker789 permalink
    March 20, 2007 11:47 am

    Curt

    I was fortunate enough to sit right next to the dugout, the seats right behind the little bench that Papa Jack always sat on. I couldnt help but noticed when a fan was heckling one of the Orioles you and Wakefield did all that you could not to laugh. To be honest you two looked like you were getting a kick out of it. Is this something that happens often? and if so is there one comment that sticks out in your mind that just made you laugh out loud?

    Thanks

    JD

  88. fenwaynationchief permalink
    March 20, 2007 11:49 am

    Curt-

    Aside from us, who else in the AL do you think has up-graded it’s starting pitching over 2006?

    Best,
    FNC

  89. keltik18 permalink
    March 20, 2007 12:33 pm

    Hey man, your lookin really strong out there. I think you’ll have a great season and working on placement more than power is a great idea in my opinion. I had sent an email to your publicist to get an interview for a sports reporting class I took last semester but I didn’t get any luck, obviously you are a busy guy. ha ha, anyway, take it easy and good luck Friday.

  90. scambodian permalink
    March 20, 2007 1:04 pm

    whats the deal with these moderations, im not swearing or making any obscene gestures what so ever. Do you have to be a brown noser for these posts to get through?????????

  91. soxpatsdynasty permalink
    March 20, 2007 2:31 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Great Job with the blog! It’s great to see a hall of fame caliber athlete actually reaching out to his fans and trying to make them feel more interactive with their sports hero. That being said, ANY hints on how to get tickets to games at the Fens that does not involve dealing with, scalpers, ticket brokers(licensed scalpers), ebay or being forced to pay $100 for bleacher/SRO seats just to be able to see the team you love, playing the game you love? Being that you are an employee of the boston red sox, I was hoping that you could shed some insight as to how the average Joe who isn’t lucky enough to have inherited season tickets or won one of those rigged “red sox nation ticket lotteries” where you never really get a shot at buying tickets anyways, can realistically get their hands on a good pair of sox tickets?

    Thanks,

    Ticketless Fans of New England

  92. mdgoalie37 permalink
    March 20, 2007 2:51 pm

    Hey Curt, I just found your blog (courtesy off The Sports Guy) and I really enjoyit. I’m a Phillies fan and I really enjoyed watching you pitch here as well as AZ and Boston. Game 5 of the 1993 World Series that you pitched was one of the best pitched games I’ve ever seen, if we could have just got through game 6 we would have won that thing. Obviously you topped that personally on various levels in the 2004 playoffs as well as the WS win with AZ.
    I have a question, when did you really feel that you had made it, that you really belonged in the bigs and that you were a top pitcher at that level? I thought that ’93 WS game 5 win catapult you to a different level in my mind, I was wondering when it happened for you.

    Thanks, hope to see you pitching here in ’08, or sooner !

  93. damonsbeard permalink
    March 20, 2007 3:07 pm

    Thank you Curt for this blog and for the opportunity to ask questions. I actually have several. Pick the ones you like. :)

    1. About the issue of ST games against your own division, I see your point about how the batters might learn something by seeing you pitch in ST that could help them during the season. But isn’t the reverse true as well? Might you see how a player reacts to a certain pitch you throw (or a certain sequence of pitches), and use that information against the hitter during the regular season?

    2. I’ve always been curious about the notion of one player protecting another in the lineup. This year supposedly Drew will protect Manny. The idea seems to be that Manny will be given more pitches to hit because another dangerous hitter is behind him. But is this true? Do you pitch differently to a hitter depending on who is in the on deck circle?

    3. I’ve read that Beckett’s problems last year may be the result of him relying too much on his fastball. But I don’t get it. I mean if Tek thinks a pitcher is throwing too much of a single pitch doesn’t he make sure that doesn’t happen? Wouldn’t the manager and/or pitching coach sit down with the player between innings of after the game and talk to them about that, or even start calling the pitches from the dugout? The pitcher often seems to get the blame for the pitch that is called, but except for the seemingly rare case of the pitcher refusing to throw what the catcher calls, isn’t this blame often misplaced?

  94. keepthefaith permalink
    March 20, 2007 3:36 pm

    I’ve been reminiscing. ’04 rocked the world, and I for one counted down the outs all the way. Phenominal. Changed everything. It makes ’07 ST stat drama look petty.

    “Keep the Faith” used to mean someday-maybe-in-our-lifetime. Now it means keeping the why-not-us-again faith – BIG difference now. I’m not sure how well that will play in FP.

    Where does the metaphysical just get off and Dirt Dogs get it on like they did in ’04?

    GO SAWX!

  95. jdog71 permalink
    March 20, 2007 3:42 pm

    Hey Curt, Just a random thought after taking a few quick glances at your blog and Q&A…

    There seems to be quite a bit of animosity out there regarding baseball salaries. Personally, I’ll pay a few extra bucks to go to Fenway and see a game with some of the best to ever play it taking the field night after night. Do I care that the guy at the plate is making 20,000 a pitch? Not really…I am not like the man at the plate, I can’t do what he does, but I enjoy watching him do it, and I leave it at that.

    There are so many spoiled, jaded, opinionated ‘fans’ out there, they look right past the obvious. They simply can’t do what you do…forget about doing it 20-30 times a year. If MLB can sustain the salaries, and the teams are generating profits, and my favorite team keeps putting out a stellar roster, more power to them. Some of us just don’t know how lucky we are. For those that complain about salaries, I say quit your whining and focus on the game and the incredible talent and discipline these guys have. I’d rather talk baseball than finances any day. Just a thought.

    Jeff

  96. March 20, 2007 4:09 pm

    Curt:

    Total shot in the dark, but I’d kick myself if I didn’t inquire. I’m a young partner at a Connecticut-based law firm. My area of specialty is venture capital/general corporate in the technology and software industries. I represent both VC funds as well as software/technology companies looking for funding/strategic partnering. Given the fact that I grew up in a start-up family business, I really enjoy helping out start-up companies, and relate pretty well with their needs/concerns. If 38Studios ever needs some guidance in this area, I’d love the opportunity. You can take a look at our firm at http://www.uks.com. If you have an interest you can IM me at SoSH (Return of the Dewey).

    Baseball-related question: You seemed to have adjusted well to pitching the AL after so many years in the NL. Why do you think that you have adjusted better than many other pitchers who have made the same league-changes?

    Can’t wait for the 2007 season to begin!

  97. gjr419 permalink
    March 20, 2007 5:32 pm

    Curt-

    I run an NPO that has donated to SHADE as well as various ALS and cancer organizations. It sounds as if a large part of why you would like to stay competitive come contract time is to uphold your part in the fabric of baseball – keeping salaries high for all-star, accomplished veteran pitchers in competitive baseball market cities. That said, when you do sign for next year, regardless of which team you go to, would you entertain the idea of donating a large piece of your salary to SHADE, KALS, or any other of the organizations with which you are associated? This not only would be a great use of your money but it would also be a sign of goodwill to the fans in Boston that your move was not selfish, bankroll driven, or anything else that is being said about it. This could apply if you are to resign with Boston (which I really hope you are). Thanks for your time and I’m really enjoying your blog.

  98. steeda432 permalink
    March 20, 2007 7:42 pm

    Curt,
    I think its pretty cool you take the time out of your schedule to do this blog. I just read your latest Q&A and I can’t believe what some of these people say to you, such as “You should play here no matter what the Sox offer you”…give me a break, those type of comments don’t even deserve a response but you give one anyway, I respect you for that.
    As you were with the Phillies and Diamondbacks for a long time I didn’t follow your career until you came here. You have won me over pretty quick… I truly hope that next year your uniform still says “Red Sox” on the front of it, but even if it doesn’t I’ll always root for ya. Good luck this year.
    Jim

  99. jackmccarthy permalink
    March 20, 2007 8:14 pm

    Curt–

    Thanks for the great writing. Makes me feel like I’m in your brain watching the game. Your blog is the best baseball writing I’ve ever read. Keep it up, and I hope you win the Cy this year.

  100. williams9 permalink
    March 20, 2007 9:10 pm

    Curt,
    I think this blog is a great idea. It’s nice to have a chance to hear what a big-leaguer is thinking during a game instead of the typical “I gave it my all” type stuff. Its refreshing and insightful. I also enjoy that you seem to be a true fan of the game.

    On to a baseball question. What is that you need in a game to be succesful? Is it having the split work, locating the fast ball, mixing up the speeds, all of them? Good luck this year, The Nation is pulling for you.

  101. bigpapi3419 permalink
    March 20, 2007 10:11 pm

    Schilling,
    Do you think the redsox have gone back to there old ways of 25 men 25 taxi’s? It seem’s since we let Johnny Damon, Kevin Millar, Mark Bellhorn and Ocab go that the good chemistry in the clubhouse is gone do u feel like that? It seems like Theo bring’s in a whole bunch of new players every year and never has one team stick together to mesh. And what our your thoughts on Julio Lugo, i watched him alot with the devil rays and it seems he has a very erratic throwing motion and maybe thats why he has so many errors. And Mr. Schilling i would never boo you like everyone did Keith Foulke and Mark Belhorn they may have fell apart after the world series but the important thing was how great they played during the playoffs. And you def. gave your blood and you pitched your heart out in those playoff game and thank you for making the world series finally come back where it belongs.
    Good luck this year I will def. be rooting for you.

  102. acefox1 permalink
    March 20, 2007 11:17 pm

    Anybody want to start a pool on how long it takes for our resident critic/whiney-weasel to stop posting if everybody here ignores the BS he is spewing?

    I am tempted to put up a post on the difference between to, too and two or your and you’re. Nevermind, maybe we can ask the presidend for help with that.

    Yeah that post was right on the money about Curt crashing those Congressional hearings on steroids. How dare he invite himself to testify. What a selfish attention-grubber. I’m sure the invitation from the Congressional Commitee had nothing to do with it. I think that’s called a subpoena isn’t it? Naw, he’s right, Curt should have just ignored Congress and blown off the hearings. (For the humor impaired, tongue is planted firmly in cheek here. “I say I say that’s a joke son, don’tcha get it??? That boy’s about as sharp as a bowlin’ ball…”)

    I loved that question about how and why Curt was able to thrive and finish runner-up for the Cy Young when switching from the NL to the AL but most other pitchers have a tough time adjusting. I know pitching to a DH 3-4 times per game instead of a pitcher is a significant factor plus having a new batch of very dangerous hitters to deal with and fewer spacious West Coast style parks. Just curious as to what else comes into play there.

    I also have to give major kudos on the description of what the main symptoms and causes are for a pitcher that is over-throwing the ball. Absolutely first-rate writing Curt. Someone at the AP or ESPN or SI should get you media credentials and pay you to be a columnist. :) I bet the lazier folks in the press would go nuts seeing you show them up in addition to cutting out the middle man.

    Seriously, your writing is far better than most of the columnists I read that are still beating the dead horse of a story that is “David Eckstien, diminutive baseball giant” LOL You do a better job of writing than they do and you make it look easy. You are the man Curt Schilling!

    Regardless of what your position is on the H.O.F. you are the pitcher I would want on the mound for a Game 7, do-or-die, must-win situation.

    You definitely fit the bill as a pitcher that always delivers the goods and on the rare instances where you aren’t the game winner, we genuinely are shocked. You are the definition of an ace sir. Keep that fire inside you burning, keep leading, keep teaching and keep pushing. You are an inspiration to Millions!

    Your biggest fan!

    Deane

  103. tommy2tymes permalink
    March 21, 2007 1:39 am

    Hey Curt,

    Love the blog, just curious, in one of your Q&A’s you posted a “All Star lineup” of your choosing. I’m curious as to who you would name to your “All Star Bull Pen”. either past or current. Who would you want to give the ball to in the 7th, 8th and 9th? Who would be your lefty specialist? etc.

    Keep up the good work and good luck this upcoming season,

    Tom, aka a Blue Jays fan

  104. fgiles83 permalink
    March 21, 2007 7:18 am

    Curt,
    Just wondering what song or songs you like to hear as you come to the mound in the first inning to get you pumped? I know i heard Mussina come out to The Who’s “Won’t be fooled again” once and i got pretty pumped. Thanks for your work with ALS.

    Thanks
    Frank

  105. jdh2511 permalink
    March 21, 2007 7:34 am

    Big Schill,

    I’m trying to cram for a Philosophy midterm I have tomorrow and your blog just threw me behind another hour! You’re my boy and all, but reading all this fan mail must get pretty corny quick. Well, seing as how your balls are probabaly the most thouroughly washed things on the planet, I don’t need to join in, so I’ll mix it up:

    4 rounds of Ali or 4 quarters of Butkus? Zeppelin or Floyd?

    Who partied harder, Millar or Damon?

    Take it easy and paint those corners.

    Hogan

  106. trot7 permalink
    March 21, 2007 7:42 am

    I’m a little worried about the pressure put on Pedroia. Even though you only really expect good D and a DP partner for Lugo out of him, I’m afraid his early struggles at the plate could have long term effects on his development. I think he could have used another year of platooning before stepping into the starting 2nd baseman spot for the Boston Red Sox. Thoughts?

  107. March 21, 2007 8:23 am

    it sounds like a solid pitch plan and also sounds like you and the vast majority of the pitching staff will be ready to rock and roll for opening day… last year was a freak incident… no way could anyone predict any of last years stuff happening all at once… so have a good season!

    andy

  108. acefox1 permalink
    March 21, 2007 8:46 am

    I don’t want you to feel like I’m asking you to be Daisuke’s spokesmen, but reading Verducci’s article about the virtually unprecedented number of innings he has thrown at his age made me think of what you mentioned in terms of Innings Pitched being the most important Stat for a pitcher and that the other numbers take care of themselves if you have lots of innings pitched.

    I don’t think it’s possible to say anything has been missed in the coverage of Daisuke, but do you think there is too much attention paid to the mythology of the Gyrboball and not enough attention paid to the unbelievable numbers of innings and pitch counts that he has under his belt?

    Based on your evaluation of the importance of innings pitched, his reported command of so many pitches, what I’ve heard Tek say and his confidence and poise as a pitcher, I think he is going to exceed all expectations this year, and that’s saying something.

    If you consider the numbers that Verducci references:

    “…reflect on the 250 pitches he threw in a 17-inning complete game in high school — the apex of a stretch in which he threw 54 innings in 11 days — and the 189 pitches he threw on Opening Day in 2003, the 160 pitches in his second start of the ’05 season, the 145 pitches in his penultimate start for the Lions, the 588 innings he threw for Seibu before he turned 21 (Oakland ace Rich Harden, 25, still hasn’t logged that many big league innings) and the eight games last year in which he threw at least 130 pitches — more such games than all major league pitchers combined.”

    At the risk of asking you to gush about having this guy on your team, I’d love to hear any other insights you have on what it’s like seeing him work in person. I know you’ve said that he gets more impressive each time you see him. I’m just curious to know if his command with so many pitches is going to leave hitters totally off-balance and if his hesitation delivery is a big weapon in deceiving hitters.

    I’m also curious as to what it is like seeing him throw an hour of 300 foot long-toss or 100 ST pitches and never ice his arm or shoulder. That must be truly mind-blowing for someone with your experience to see. Any concerns on him not icing or is it just pure amazement and joy?

    Thanks in advance Curt!

    Deane

  109. scambodian permalink
    March 21, 2007 8:54 am

    Your such a tool Deane. You really think Curt didnt want to be at those hearings? Have you ever seen Curt Schilling do anything less than 300 interviews a year? he loves the camera (possibly even more thean Millar) there was no way he did not want to be at Congressional Hill. Same reason he was with George Bush during the election year in 04. The only reason he has this blog is because He finally has a site that is 100% about Curt Schilling. and people like you Deane eat it up, maybe Curt will let you rub his feet one day or feed him grapes.

    Im surprised the address for this site isnt CurtSchilling_loves_CurtSchilling.net

    get a grip Deane.

  110. fanofschill permalink
    March 21, 2007 9:22 am

    HI Curt quick question for your Q & A …how important is a players number to them.? I ask because you have this site and company with the #38 playing a role. Per chance you left for another team and #38 wasn’t an option, what happens then? Would you change your company name? Would you try to purchase the #38 from said player? How much and what does it mean to you?

    Also, is there a reason you are #38? I know not a typical basebal question but with this medium be presented to us i thought asking a quirky question might be prevalent.

  111. justin5 permalink
    March 21, 2007 9:54 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for the candid posts and Q & A answers. I really enjoy your stuff. Keep up the good work.

    Question for you: How do you think the bullpen situation is going to look once the dust settles and you head north? If you were in Tito’s shoes, who are you calling in to close the door in the 9th?

  112. acefox1 permalink
    March 21, 2007 10:51 am

    Ahhh thanks. Nothing could make me happier than a vicious, sniping whiner saying he has a negative opinion of me. That means I must be doing something right.

    And to see that person saying that Curt just wants attention … hang on a sec, the phone is ringing… Hello? Um yes, just a minute let me give him the message…. Is there a pot here? The kettle says you are black.

    Who could possibly be crying for attention more than someone trolling the blog of someone they don’t like and wasting their energy to say how terrible they are over and over again. What a small and fragile person they must be to feel powerful and get their jollies by doing that. Just looks like a waste of precious life to me.

    At this point it looks like everyone is willing to let him twist in the wind and I will follow-suit as well. Though it is fun to see some of the odd and interesting phrases he turns. For his other opinions I’ll just treat them with a good old fashioned… “What? I can’t hear you… Sorry… huh? Sorry, can’t hear you. try again later…”

    LOL Too Fun.

    Opening day is less than two weeks away! Good luck Curt and I hope the prep work for KC is coming along well. We can’t wait to see you take the mound when the season starts!

    Deane

  113. buckydent permalink
    March 21, 2007 12:03 pm

    Hey Schill,

    3rd place again this year or do you think the O’s can overtake you? Their pen is better than yours, so it’s definitely possible.

    We’ll keep the locker next to Damon’s open for you for next season.

    Good luck,
    Bucky

  114. acefox1 permalink
    March 21, 2007 12:47 pm

    Hey Bucky,

    Tell your guys in the bullpen that they’ll be throwing 200 innings each this year if Daniel Cabrera keeps walking our lineup in order like he did last year. LOL

    I think I heard something about Kris Benson not being available to eat a bunch of innings for you guys this year either….

    Still, ya gotta love the total rejection of reality and the big-time optimism. Last time I looked we never finished behind the Devil Rays.

    Keep on living the dream Bucky. :) j/k Just messing with ya. I think Camden Yards is a great park and love getting to see Tejada play and see Millar still get mobbed by Sox fans.

    Deane

  115. acefox1 permalink
    March 21, 2007 12:55 pm

    One quick question for your Q&A Curt.

    With some players having a fair amount of idle time and some players being notorious pranksters, what’s the best and/or worst prank anybody ever played on you?

    I’ve seen some players put a teammate’s truck up on cinder blocks, take off their $$$ custom wheels and hide them all over the ST facility in addition to the usual shaving cream pies in the face, icy-hot added to bars of soap and hot-foot pranks.

    Conversely what’s the best and/or worst prank you’ve ever played on someone else? You look like the competitor and clever sides of your personality would come up with some good ones. Plus, come on, you were a member of the 93 Phillies! Some of that frat-house culture must have rubbed off. LOL

    You can change the names to protect the guilty if you like. :) Are there some guidelines to follow, like don’t mess with guys that have their locker next to you or guys that could snap you in half with their small toe? LOL

    Just curious on that part of club-house life that most fans don’t get to know much about.

    Thanks!

    Deane

  116. spitball permalink
    March 21, 2007 2:18 pm

    acefox1 aka(Deane).
    I’m only poking a little fun here, but if scambodian is at one end of the color spectrum of “opinions” Then you my dear are certianly at the other.

    Mr. bloody sock is a great pitcher, and deserves just as much respect as any other 2004 player (former & current). He also does love the attention he brings to himself. On the other hand we have the, “oh am I supposed to run to second base NOW!” ( Manny Ramirez ) who wants about as much attention as a convict in a courtroom.

    You write very well, and sound pretty educated about baseball. But your posts are over the top in the kiss schilling Butt category. Stalker kind of scary. Please though, don’t take me to serious. I’m sure you are a great person.

    Just like I tell people around me. The little things that I do that irritate you will be the first thing you miss when I’m gone. Point is the person that started this blog is Curt Schilling. He is who he is. These are the things that mark his lifes little stories.

    and to all a good night…………

  117. edzo555 permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:38 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I was wondering if there was any correllation between the change of your company name (Green Monster Games) which had a Red Sox slant to it, and the recent contract talks which led you to change it to 38 Studios which has a decidedly less Red Sox feel to it?

    Very personal question I know, but the timing seems conspicuous. If so I’d love to hear why and if not I’d really love to hear why.

    Good Luck in the upcoming season! Go Sox!!!

  118. acefox1 permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:22 pm

    Oh thanks for some of the compliments Spitball. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a crazy, over-zealous fanboy and that in my eyes Curt Schilling can do no wrong.

    I don’t know if the term stalker is apropos. I’d never try chasing Curt down for his autograph or get him to notice me out in the real world. I’ve never written him fan snail-mail or asked him for anything.

    I am just trying to offer my viewpoint to set the record straight from my perspective. Bashing Curt is easy sport for a lot of people that can’t stand to see someone praised so much. I just think that if you look at the totality of Curt’s actions and what he stands for as a person, you can’t come to any conclusion other than he is a total freaking hero.

    I’ve never heard Curt stand up and say “Hey Everyone, look at me! I’m the greatest!!!” The closest he’s ever come was in saying that when battling his ankle problems in the 2004 ALCS and WS he prayed to God just to let him compete; not to beat the other team, but to have the ABILITY to compete. He then takes whatever attention comes his way and shines that light on ALS and the Shade Foundation. In this day and age, that’s totally amazing.

    If that’s what passes for someone who loves and craves attention and hogs the spotlight, then I say he’s welcome to it and please give him a second helping.

    I haven’t heard Curt crowing on here at all about the family he took in after Hurricane Katrina, but how freaking awesome was that. What a heck of an example that set.

    I don’t know, there are a thousand examples of what sets Curt apart from most other players. One of the many things I like is that when Curt came to Boston and started posting on SoSH he really made an effort to know the team, the fans and the history of the franchise.

    He didn’t just show up and say the usual dumb things we used to hear from other players that had simply ended up here and treated it like it was just like any other team. It didn’t take long for Curt to show that he gets what it means to be a part of the Red Sox and that he doesn’t take being part of the team’s history lightly.

    So I know I sound like I go overboard… I get that… and I’m okay with that. I’m fortunate to have a great job where I can participate in this blog while I troubleshoot problems over the phone, so I probably post a lot more than most “normal” people. I just can’t help that it’s a unique opportunity to interact with one of my personal heroes in a non-intrusive way.

    Again for anybody that would want to bash Curt, or try and bring him down a notch or two, I would just say that I’d be thrilled to see a lot more people with his character, commitment and attitude than the people that try and rip him just for some fun and attention.

    Deane

  119. ez1977 permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:10 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Love the blog.

    Quick question… why did you guys change name of the company? “someone” on eei said you company name changed the same week you came out and said that the Sox weren’t going to offer you another year? I think that’s a load of #@!#. Did you get run into copyright issues or something?

    Thanks and good luck this year.
    Ed

  120. March 23, 2007 2:01 pm

    Curt,

    It is very refreshing to hear you recount your days performance. It is such a cool insight into the mindset of a pitcher. I appreciate that you devote as much time to your blog so your fans can “connect” with you. I have always been a big fan of yours since you went to Arizona. I thought the 2000 season was extremely special. I was saddened when Randy Johnson left for the Yankees, but was and still, extremely happy you went to Boston. I think you are a very special person (and player) and I think Professional Sports would benefit from your example.

    Love the blog and look forward to reading more. Good luck this year, and if you see Manny, tell him I need a few extra bucks and would appreciate it if he could sell my grill for me ;)

    Chris

  121. beentown922 permalink
    April 1, 2007 11:57 pm

    Curt,

    This is a great thing that you are doing. Its interesting to hear the mindset of an MLB player. An as an active duty army officer and having served in Iraq, it is incredible what you and some of your fellow baseball players are doing in “Strikeouts for Troops.” Thanks and good luck this season.

  122. soxdad permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:30 pm

    Curt:

    In your years with the Red Sox, we fans have come to appreciate your professionalism as much as your determination to win. There’s a lot to be said for being with a team you enjoy, and the way you went about re-signing shows the value you place on that. Very classy. Ecstatic to have you with the team for at least one more year!

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