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Q & A VI

March 21, 2007

Couple things.

First off I am answering questions from the prior posts. If you are posting questions that are relevant and not just being an idiot, do so in the latest post. I go through and cull them out, and answer them as time permits.

Trying some different ways to format, while I am shooting for zero misspellings, there may be a few!
Q-What kind of audience are you seeking to grab with GMG’s game? The casual (5-10 hrs/wk playtime), the moderate (11-20 hrs/wk), the hardcore (21+ hrs/wk), and/or are you focusing more on play styles (soloers vs. small groups vs. raiders) and/or the type of play (PvE vs. PvP)?

A-I think WoW proved and disproved an immense amount of theories in this area. You can certainly shoot for one of these, but it’s not impossible, hell it’s been done, to go out and get avid fans and players from them all if you do it right.

Q-Any word on the type of setting for the game yet? (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Western, Historical, Steampunk, Modern, a combination of any of those, something else)

A-As much as I would love to go into detail, I can’t. Suffice to say we have R.A. Salvatore as the creator of our world, and our story, in conjunction with Todd McFarlane. At this point, and I know I am biased, what’s been created is nothing short of breathtaking. Now you take a group of passionate and proven game designers, who are taking R.A.’s magic, and you watch how they transform that into a living breathing world, and I can promise you, regardless of what you see in the MMO space over the next few years, this IP will be nothing short of amazing.

Q-Do you have any idea yet about what kind of customer service department you’ll have? (veteran players ala EQ’s Guide system,paid “professionals” ala Game Masters, outsourced macro punchers, a combination of any of those, something else)

A-Yes. I know, at a minimum, if you are a customer of 38 Studios, and you have a problem, and you pick up the phone to call about that problem, someone IN this company, that understands our goals, visions and rules regarding the treatment of our customers, will answer the phone.

Q-Have you decided whether 38 Studios will license an engine for its flagship title, or will you develop your own? If the former: can you give us a hint as to which engine it is? If the latter: are improved graphics a big focus point for you, or will the more “behind the curtains” properties be put first (physics, AI, scripting, etc.)?

A-This is one I know the answer to, but right now I don’t think I can speak in depth or at length on it. When I can, I will.

Q-While you are a player of MMOs you have limited experience developing one. Yet, oftentimes players can see issues and devise interesting designs that professional developers may not have thought of or lack the support of the team leaders to implement. Will/Do you propose any ideas to the professionals that you or other gamers (such as those on this board) think up?

A-Absolutely. Danuser will cringe at this because he knows it to be true, but designers don’t hold the lock and key to great games. You don’t have to be a designer to have great ideas. Having said that, I think Scott Cuthbertson, 38 Studios Director of Creative Development, along with his team of designers, are an incredible group. One of the pitfalls I ran into, and most others do as well, is that ‘How cool would it be if” idea that you never really delve into. There are a million incredible ideas out there, that sound or feel like they would be the cats behind in a game. Then you start fleshing them out, and translate them into tech documents, design documents, and then you implement them. Only then do you find out that the idea, while still cool, is mundane and boring as hell the 2nd time you play it. The key, and I think one of our strengths, is we have a lot of people who do that whole process BEFORE they bring those ideas to the table. I have input on design, sometimes as much as I’d like, sometimes a lot less than I’d like, but what I have learned is that true designers in this industry, while they can seem ‘curmudgeony’, are invaluable assets. In plain English they can explain why ‘having to feed your pets’ is a neat sounding idea, but also in the same sentence why it’s not a great in game idea. The design thing became a lot easier on me personally when I grasped that what we are after is not to make ‘my game’, but thee game.

Q-Are you/Will you be investing your own money to (even in part) finance the creation of 38 Studios’ first game, or is it/will it be coming from other investors/loans/a publisher?

A-To date it has all been my money. It will remain my money until we find and cement the partnerships with the companies we are in discussions with. We are in very serious discussions with IBM, HP and many others about long term partnerships that will allow us to benefit beyond the dollars a partnership might bring. Listen, we get that designing and publishing a game is hard, but we also are doing all of this with an eye towards our vision and goals of becoming the premiere publishing/entertainment company on the planet in the next decade. The decisions we make on partnerships today will have far reaching implications for us, and are not to be taken lightly. We could have already completed multiple rounds of traditional VC funding, but to do so we’d have had to literally ‘sell the farm’, and that’s just not going to happen.
Q-Will your flagship title be based off of an original IP, an IP from McFarlane/Salvatore, or an IP from another source?

A-An original IP created by R.A., enhanced by Todd, in conjunction with our team.

Q-Please remember: More polygons does not automatically make a game pretty!

A-That’s like having to say the sun rises in the east. That’s a no brainer. Pretty, gorgeous art, an incredible story, all that encompasses those two, mean nothing if the game sucks, we all get that.

Q-Are umpires enforcing 12 second rule?

A-I haven’t seen it, but we have been lectured on it. The MLB umpires are visiting every team this spring to talk about the new rules in place.

Q-Thoughts on the bullpen?

A-The bullpen will be what it needs to be when the season starts. I have never put stock in spring training results. Sure I’d love to see them all have 0 ERA’s, but the more important thing to me is getting to know the new guys and their makeup. You can almost see where they will end up without seeing them pitch, the guys with track records, by getting to know them. That’s the main reason I think we’ll be fine. I trust that if there is a problem Theo will address it and Tito will manage it as it needs to be.

Q-Involved in baseball after I retire? Coach? Commentator?

A-I would like to think I could be, but I can’t see it. Anyone that’s ever asked me about the second one knows how I feel. There is no possible way I could ever go into the booth and be a regular commentator. I know how hard this game is, and I know that they want you to stir things up when you commentate. Not to mention many of them either never played or forgot how hard it was. I love guys like Harry Kalas, men who truly love the game, they are a joy to listen to, but the commentators, some, make me watch the game with no sound.
Funny thing though, is how many of them are ex-players. I played with John Kruk, I watched, on a daily basis how he absolutely abused the media. M-F’ing them left and right, talking about how much he hated dealing with them, couldn’t stand them. How he’d rip them day in and day out. Now he retires and you can’t change a channel without seeing his face.
The coaching thing I just don’t think would be possible. As it stands now I will arrive at the park on days I don’t pitch around 1-1:30, for a 7pm game. Get home around 1am or so. To be the best coach in the game you have to be there hours before the players, and you have to prepare for each pitcher on your staff, a plan. To me that means detailed planning for an entire staff. John Farrell has been incredible at this and I know it has to be 16 hour days for him. I loved Wally last year and was sad to see him go, but I had heard incredible things about John and he’s done nothing but back it up day in and day out. He is one of the reasons I think you are going to see some guys have some special years this year.

Q-What kind of change am I throwing?

A- I am throwing a circle change. Which means my thumb and index finger form a circle on the left side of the baseball. The index is the power finger, taking it ‘off’ the center of the ball removes ‘power’ (velocity).

Q-“How some days a pitch just feels “off”?

A-If you can think about something you do, or have done, literally a million times. Better yet, think about walking with a normal stride. If you decide to suddenly start pointing your right foot outwards a bit, even a little bit, you’ll know before your foot hits the ground that it’s ‘not right’. Same thing for me pitching. It’s never usually one thing, unless there is a physical problem, it’s usually something little that just doesn’t feel right.

Q-Can you zone out the crowd?
A-I don’t want to. I love that part of being on the mound. At home, in Fenway, it’s October like everytime you take the mound, that pushes me and I know it gives me a little something ‘extra’ when I need it. I think that has translated to my numbers at Fenway.
On the road it’s the same thing, just opposite. We were in Atlanta in 1993, during the playoffs and the early days of the tomahawk chop. When they still sold out for playoff baseball down there. We’re standing in the outfield during BP and Terry Mulholland looks at me, with the stands full, and says “Just think man, you have the ability to shut up this entire stadium from the pitchers mound, how cool is that?”
The next day I was warming up for Game 5, series tied 2-2, and they were doing the chop, the whole place, and I was standing in the bullpen looking around and said “damn, I can shut this whole place up”. Was a pretty cool moment.

Q-Amazed that the ’04 team and what we accomplished isn’t celebrated more?

A-Yes and no. In the New England area I think we all recognize what it was, and it was treated accordingly. I do think the shelf life was shorter than expected, but I think that was because it was ‘on to the next one’ for everyone here. But outside of Sox Nation I think the sports world grew tired of the immense exposure and reaction to it. People could not grasp how much it meant to us, and to Sox nation. The stories of ‘waiting your whole life’ and ‘now I can die in peace’ didn’t and haven’t existed for any other sports franchise in history (except of course for the Cubs), and people almost laughed at our reaction to it. They made fun of the fact that to an outsider it looked like Sox Nation was more wrapped up in the Red Sox than in real life. No one that wasn’t ‘in’ on it could understand it, so they made fun of it, got sick of it and moved on. I do think that some of the things we did and said, myself included, were also reasons. I made a huge mistake in voicing my support for President Bush the morning after. I was voting for him, but that was not the time or place to talk about it, and I think things like that took away some of the ‘class’ and ‘respect’ we had afterwards.

Q-How much did Tito being in talks with Red Sox have to do with our decision?

A-Tito interviewing for the job was the ONLY reason I opened up dialogue with Az about coming here. Once I met Theo and Jed and we spoke on it, it did not matter to me who got the job because I knew this team would be contending for years to come.

Q-Could swapping Pap from the rotation to the closer ‘hurt him’?

A-No one wants to have to do that in mid season, but I don’t think it would hurt him any more or less than anyone else making that move.

Q-Where did the obsession with Lou Gehrig come from?

A-From Shonda and I getting involved with ALS, Lou Gehrigs Disease. I would urge anyone that has time or money to please check out www.alsa.org or http://www.alsa.org/schilling/pitch.cfm . People with ALS, to put it plainly, have been given a death sentence without committing a crime. Volunteering can be every bit, if not more so, as valuable as giving money.
After our early involvement I began to read about Mr Gehrig and became more and more fascinated with him and his story. I will also add this, if you are a person that loves to read true, great and riveting stories, this book is an absolute must read http://www.amazon.com/Luckiest-Man-Life-Death-Gehrig/dp/0743268938/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-3771479-7723158?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1174501204&sr=1-1

I don’t normally do plugs here but this is by far the best book I’ve ever read about Mr Gehrig and it makes him so much more human than I ever pictured him. If you don’t know what ALS is then this won’t mean much but the common theory is that for AT LEAST the final year of his career he was playing with ALS. To anyone that has the disease or understands it, it’s a stunning fact.

Q-Sox wouldn’t offer 34 year old Pedro (who was much more dominant than I, a contract or extension, why would I be upset about them not offering one to me? And why do none of my posts get through?

A-First off, I will not discuss with the media, or on this site, my contract situation anymore. We’ve already skinned that cat. Second, the Sox did offer Pedro a contract. Lastly, the posts that you made that didn’t go through were deleted because they add absolutely nothing to the forum. I don’t care, honestly, if you don’t like me, but cussing or posting just to be a tool can be done on YOUR blog to the people that you want. I made the statement earlier, don’t click on the site, please, if you don’t like me and don’t want to hear me. Short of that, it’s my blog, I pay for it and if that sucks for you then I am not sure what to tell ya. My only beef with you is that for someone that rails on me for the reasons you do, you post more than anyone here, even me, and that’s saying something. So we are dealing with you either being utterly fascinated with me but scared to admit it, or having nothing else to do but troll boards and elicit reaction from people. You’re pretty much a talk show host with no mic.

Q-Mention of the 100 innings baseball game for ALS

A-Please check out www.100innings.com and if you can, even a dollar will help, donate. Time is as important as money to events like this as well. This event started the first year I was here and these people are incredible. They play 100 innings of baseball to raise money for ALS. Shonda has actually played in the game. I have yet to be able to get seriously involved because the event is done during the season, but they are special people doing special things for people less fortunate than themselves.

Q-Hour by hour of the week? Good bad times to approach a player? What intrusions bother you the most?

A-Not really sure how much fun it would be to know an hour by hour of a players week, maybe we can do that later in the season. The best time to approach a player are when they are alone. I will not sign autographs in public when I am with my family, ever. Modern times have brought modern problems and security issues and I refuse to not be able to watch my wife and children when we are in public. Please don’t ask me for an autograph while I am at dinner. Outside the restaurant is fine. Please ALWAYS be polite. Please don’t ask me to sign on the day I pitch, until after the game.
One thing that I think fans miss, and it can be hard to understand, is that you aren’t asking for that autograph in a vacuum. If I sign for you, then I better sign for every single person that’s also there, because if I don’t, someone is going to be pissed and more times than not time doesn’t permit that. I enjoy signing when time permits, but if you miss one person, and I have seen it happen many times, that one person is going to get loud and vulgar even if you signed 999 of the 1000 standing there.

Q-Ability to recall exact pitches, do most players have it? Have I always been able to do it? Is it a developed skill?

A-After a game absolutely. I can tell you count, selection, reason. A lot of times I can’t tell you where it was on the plate because I don’t see that often, but after a game that’s still very fresh to me. It’s a learned skill I think, for some. I heard very early in my career that Greg Maddux has a photographic memory. The story I heard was that he was an incredible card player and when asked one time about it he said he had a photographic memory. He could take 4 decks, and you could deal cards face up, stop at any time, and he could tell you exactly how many of any card were left in the deck. The reason I would absolutely believe this is the way he pitches and what I have seen him do.

Q-Fan of R.A.’s? Read his books?

A-Absolutely. I met R.A. this last year. Early on, years ago, when I knew 38 Studios would become a reality, I wrote up my ‘dream team’ lineup. In that lineup I had R.A. in control of creating the world and the story. When it became a reality, the company, I contacted the person that handles off the field PR for me and asked her to inquire about me talking with R.A. (he goes by Bob, which is why I call him R.A.). Katie called me ten minutes later with a number, and I called him. I had no idea he lived in Mass, which he does, and the he was a life long Sox fan, which he is. It was a conversation that basically went on for 30 minutes like this

“Dude, I can’t believe I am talking to you, this is so cool, I’m a huge fan”
“Dude, I can’t believe I am talking to you either, this is so cool, I am a huge fan”

We met soon after and I am incredibly grateful to call this man a friend. He’s one of those people that just ‘gets it’, and gets life. He’s incredibly passionate and excited about being involved so that only fans the creative flames. The things he’s done to this point are pretty incredible and I can’t wait until we get to the point of being able to start letting people peek into ‘our world’.

And yes, I have read his books, and am reading them again.

Q-Giving ‘Tek more days off since most catchers decline when they get into their mid 30s.

A-I’d agree if you were talking about ‘most catchers’, which Tek isn’t. Understand this, the offensive numbers Jason put up last year, even though he will deny it, had everything to do with the fact that he had to spend at least 30-45 minutes on the trainers table before every single game last year. His knee was torn up and he had a badly pulled groin from just about day 1 of the season. He was far more injured than a lot of people I have seen on the D.L. in years past.
Q-How do I feel about Clemens coming to Boston?
A-The only way I could answer that, even though I will sound like a fanboy, is to ask you how would you feel about doing something you dream of doing for a living, then being able to do that same job with the person that could be called the greatest ever. Not of just his generation, but ever? You can make arguments until the cows come home but I would counter that and say that in my opinion, doing what he’s done, in the period he’s done it in, makes him the greatest pitcher that ever lived. I wouldn’t argue that some guys, Petey, R.J., have had better and more incredible runs during their careers, they have, but no one has ever done it as long or as good as Clemens in my opinion. Please don’t use any pre-1947 pitchers either. I won’t argue that players pre-integration were great, there were some great ones. But players pre-1947 didn’t compete against the best players in the world. They competed against the best white players in the world. You take every non-white player out of the big leagues right now and you’d have a MASSIVELY watered down version of Major League Baseball. No Bonds? Ramirez? Ortiz? Jeter? Guerrero? Arod? Santana? Pedro? The list goes on and on but I think the point is absolutely relevant.
Q-How much does sports Psychology play into my routine? Any mentors on day to day basis?

A-It’s huge. For me it’s an incredibly integral part of my success or failure. Don Kalkstein is the guy working with us now and he’s as good as anyone I have ever met and working the athlete’s brain and drawing out peak performance. The onus fall son the athlete to be open and willing to go down this path.

Q-How much does respect come into play when dealing with the media?

A-For me it’s about the only thing. As much as it might seem like this blog has been a forum to talk trash on them, it’s not. There are many I don’t like, or respect, because they have no respect for other people, or their jobs. That being said there are many more good than bad. In Boston we’ve got some good ones, but I understand that it’s different here as well. McAdam, Buckley, Masserotti, Browne, Cafardo, Benjamin, Edes, Bradford (who’s got an awesome blog himself at http://www.bradfordonbaseball.com/ which I highly recommend to baseball fans and in particular Sox fans) and more. Boston is such a different animal though. We’ve got EEI here, which in and of itself is something few other cities have the passion to support. The main problem is something we talked about earlier; these guys on the radio HAVE to talk sports 24/7. The problem is there isn’t sports news happening every second of every day. The problem though is simple. And I’ll use Ordway as an example. I like Glen, he’s always been nice to me, and I think I’ve been nice to him as well, Glen is on the radio talking every single day (except for his 12 weeks of yearly vacation!) about sports, and he’s, most times, yelling. The give and take of sports talk radio has to be that way. You have to take a point counterpoint approach to everything or else the topic dies and you have to move on. You have to milk things a lot of times just to fill time, even if there ISN’T a logical counterpoint to be made (which is usually where Shepherd steps in and says something brainless). Kidding Pete! But Pete’s another one. Pete is nothing more than a dyed in the wool, passionate until the day he dies sports fan who happens to have the ability to bitch and moan about anyone or anything on a mic that millions of people listen to. I’ve met Pete, another really nice guy, someone I have no problems with at all, but to be honest I would bet you that if you sat both of these guys down with two members of Sox nation, passionate fans, and took a Red Sox IQ test, the fans would score as well, or better, than the ‘sports guys’.
So ya, the respect thing is important. If you’re a John Heyman in NY, and I know you are full of crap, and I know you’ll write stories that aren’t true (see Jason Varitek vs Curt Schilling 2004) then you aren’t going to get me to chat about anything at length or in detail. If you are Jayson Stark, who I know as a guy that is a passionate baseball fan, who cares about the sport, who’s absolutely NOT trying to be part of his own story, then ya, athletes will open themselves up more to you. For the most part they don’t care though, so you don’t.
The other X factor is former athletes. I am going to butcher the spelling but Dibiosse and Smerlas are guys who’s opinions, when it comes to football, matter to me. I am not a HUGE football fan, but I am a Steeler fan since birth. When those guys talk about the ‘life’ and what it’s like, I pay attention. They’ve been there, they’ve lived it, I can relate to some of the things that they talk about when it comes to locker rooms and teammates because it was what they did for a large part of their lives. I don’t feel like either of them forgot how hard the game was either, and that’s where former players lose the current ones. I can remember a few years back, we had NESN on in the weight room and there’s Bob Tewksbury talking on and on about something that had to do with me, and his quote was “Schill needs to shut up and pitch”. I’m thinking, first off, who the hell is Bob Tewksbury? Second, “who the hell is Bob Tewksbury?

Q-If I could change one rule in baseball what would it be?

A-Lose the DH. Baseball was invented as a game of 9 vs. 9, let it stay that way.

Q-All time favorite baseball movie?

A-Bull Durham. Favorite scene if when Costner and his dad, as a young man, get to finally play catch in Field of Dreams. That scene crushed me.

Q-How do I feel about the new pitching coach?

A-I said earlier, but will say it again, John Farrell has been awesome to work with. I see zero reason why that would change. He’s a teacher, a true teacher, and he cares about his pitchers. Not dissimilar to Wally, who cared deeply about his pitchers as well. You can feel the effort John puts into every day. He’s always prepared for your questions and he’s always got something positive to offer.

Q-Our 2007 weakness?

A-Well obviously we need to fill the closer role, but I don’t think that’s a weakness. I honestly don’t feel like we have one, but we have to stay healthy. I will add that I think we are much better suited depth wise to handle an injury this year than last. I still believe that the AL East team who’s starting rotation spends the fewest days on the DL over the course of the season will win the division.

Q-Any reason I felt better in the 6th than the 1st in my last start?

A-It’s just part of getting into ‘game shape’. The same way you can’t replicate the ‘in game’ adrenalin of regular season in spring training, no matter how intense you are, you can’t replicate the drain on your body of a game with workouts or throwing BP. The main difference when I made that comment was that even compared to last year I feel so much stronger at this point in camp than I did last year.

Q-Reported that I questioned Scott Williamsons injury in 2004?

A-I never, ever, questioned Scott Williamsons injury. No one could tell you that without straight out lying. My beef was with the fact that when he came into the clubhouse he was walking around, complaining, that Terry had taken him out of the game and he didn’t want to come out. He tried to make the case that he came out, even though he didn’t want to come out, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t not reply. I confronted him about that and we had words. He was saying that he came out against his wishes, and everyone there knew that to be the exact opposite of what happened.

Q-Did I assist in the recruitment of Kyle Snyder?

A-The only thing I had to do with this was answer a few questions when Theo and Tito asked me about him. I knew Kyle was a man of impeccable integrity, and as hard a worker as I had ever met. I felt that if he got a solid chance he had the makeup to be something special, even now, and I still feel that way. Other than that I didn’t have any ‘input’ on Theo going out and getting Kyle.
Q-How is my Japanese coming?

A-Slowly. I had a chance to sit down yesterday and talk with Daisuke and Oki about the language. I’d say the phrase in Japanese, and try to get them to understand it and say it back to me in English. It’s coming, but it’s an incredibly difficult language to grasp.
Q-Do I 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? How often do I go back and say you were right, after shaking him off? Does the way you feel in the bullpen translate to the mound?
A-Yes. Yes. Yes.
I know when a pitch is bad before it reaches the plate. There are many times where I’ll cuss out loud before the pitch gets hit or Tek catches it. You know out of your hand whether or not you did it right, I do anyway. I used to get mad at every mistake, even mistakes I got away with. I realized when I began to work with sports psychologist that this was just a bad approach. The game is hard enough. Why work against the batter, the umpire, the elements AND yourself? Now I will recognize a mistake I get away with and say “ok cool, that’s one of the mistakes I made tonight and it didn’t cost me, make it matter”.
Pretty much everytime I shake Tek off and get beat. I don’t have to say anything, usually a look will suffice, but we talk a lot during games since he’s always got perfectly detailed and useful feedback that I can apply on the next pitch or in the next inning.
The way I feel in the bullpen used to matter immensely to me. I think it does to a lot of young pitchers. But again, when I started to work with sports psychologist that changed. I got to a point that if I warmed up awesome I would take that to the mound, anything short of feeling great I now don’t care, because none of anything I do before I throw the first pitch matters if I don’t want it to.
The final straw for me was a game in the 90’s, against Atlanta. 2 hour rain delay. Maddux pitching. I warmed up, and it was arguable the best bullpen of my life. I was throwing hard, and knew it, spotting both corners, all of my offspeed pitches were not only working but were nasty. I had all 4 pitches and the best command I’d ever had. About 4 innings in, we’re down 7-0, I’ve thrown like 3 wild pitches and was out. I was throwing so hard and so good that I stopped thinking about pitching, and went out to the mound and just threw the ball, figuring that would be enough….. Never again did I let a bullpen sway my emotions in a negative way pre-game.

Q-Why am I pitching against the O’s on Friday?

A-The last start of camp, before the tune up next week, and I am throwing 100-105 pitches. I have worked hard on the change and other things and I want to put it to the test for my own peace of mind. Obviously if I don’t do it well that could backfire but mentally I am ok with that. I feel like I’ve changed enough things, and added some new things, to the point I am going to implement it into my game this year, and I want to do it and get ‘right’ mentally, before we leave here.

Q-What does ‘throwing against the front side’ look like physically?

A-In the natural motion the lead leg lands, and the knee bends as the body comes down on it, and the arm releases the ball. In a perfect world the front leg is the shock absorber. When you are throwing against your front side the lead leg plants, and when you get to the point where you are supposed to bend it, instead it starts to flex and straighten up, standing you up instead of coming through your delivery. So you ‘stand up’ or recoil instead of having a softer front side and finishing. It’s puts immense strain on your shoulder.

Q-What are you going to throw Millar on Friday?

A-Knuckle balls.

Q-Skinnyman2007 has lost 86 pds and is on the final 30-40 pds…

A-I think everyone here that read your post is pulling for you to complete what you started. Remember this, you can’t fail if you don’t quit. There is a difference between losing and failing and most people get lost in that. You are going to lose, you are going to get beat every now and then, that’s how the world works, that is how people get better, learning from your losses. But you can only fail at something if you quit.

Q-Would I move to the bullpen to make room for the Rocket?

A-I’d sell ice cream to make room for the Rocket.

Q-What supplements do I take? Any dietary restrictions?

A-I have used a company called http://www.xelr8.com/ for years now. They’ve been fantastic to me and to the charities Shonda and I work with and their stuff is top shelf.

Q-Greatest team of the modern era?

A-I’d have to go with one of the Yankee teams of the late ‘90’s. Starting pitching in spades, relentless offense, unbeatable bullpen, and they played the game the way you hope your kids play the game for the most part.

Q-Will you experiment with any new pitches during the season?

A-Um, no. On and after April 3rd we get paid to do one thing, win. I am not now, nor have I ever been good enough to experiment on the mound.

115 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2007 2:48 pm

    Would you be willing to do an interview in Second Life?

  2. dianesfastball permalink
    March 21, 2007 2:52 pm

    typos?? please, just as long as you don’t start the internet abbreviated lingo and don’t make smiley faces out of the periods and colons.
    Another good blog with info that I can take with me and learn from.

    I’ve asked this question before and I’ll ask again…I know how we as fans feel when our favorite players leave..how do you guys feel and how does it feel when it’s you and you wanted to stay?

  3. March 21, 2007 2:54 pm

    Curt,

    A few questions, but first a comment: I think it’s great that you’ve decided to interact with your fans in this way. I’ll admit I haven’t followed your career as much as I could have, but as an avid baseball watcher I’ve definitely noticed you progressing from team to team, and pitching better and better with each stop. Thank you for giving us a forum in which to interact with you.

    My queries:

    1) Do you type all of your entries, or dictate them?

    2) You faith and political views are well-publicized. You don’t strike me as a particularly intolerant person (except when people ask you 38 times a day, “Why don’t you take less money now to stay?”), but I wonder how someone who believes strongly in Jesus as the Messiah interacts with players like Gabe Kapler, Kevin Youkilis, Adam Stern, Shawn Green, and other players who are Jewish. Is there any tension? Is it just not a topic that is discussed? How about Mulsim players, or those who are openly politically Left-leaning? I’m just wondering.

    3) I’ve lived in Boston all my life, but am an A’s fan (long story) first, then a Sox fan. What do you think of the A’s as a team? Who would you count among your friends from the current club?

    Thanks again, Curt. Keep up the great work, and good luck this season!
    – JoshSamBob

  4. spitball permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:11 pm

    Curt,

    I’ve been playing xbox and xbox 360 since it came out in 2001. My wife wants to kill me sometimes because the amount I play. I mostly play via xbox live with friends near and far. I mosty like shooter game like Tom Clancy Rainbow six series, currently vegas. We do clan matches and battle with other teams.
    My kids are 13 girl, 9 girl, and 3 boy. none of them play online, but do get the chance to play.
    Do your kids play games and what kind of time restictions do you give them?

  5. tymmyramone permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:13 pm

    In keeping with the theme of this blog throughout ST being about working in the changeup more and more, what would you say is the most difficult pitch to add in your arsenal in general and what has been the most difficult for you personally? If it’s the changeup for you, is that purely a mechanical issue and getting the feel for the pitch or is it more of a “trying to teach an old dog new tricks” thing where you’ve been going for so long without really using it that it’s like re-learning. And, in the same vein as this, what new pitch would you say is the easiest to add? I know you were largely responsible for Papelbon adding a splitter and I know that Clemens turning his from a 4th or 5th pitch (at best) into his out-pitch drastically changed the course of his career. Would you say that for a power guy?

  6. stratkid2007 permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:16 pm

    We are looking for the 12th and final member to fill up our TSN 2007 Strat league, 80 million with DH. We are all very active and reading through the SoSH Strat thread we think you would get a kick out of it.

    We will hold the slot open until late tonight.

  7. desmonthesis permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:28 pm

    Hey Curt.

    I’m sure that I could ask you a million questions, about a million different topics related to baseball and other things, but they’re all jumbling around in my head and I couldn’t get them coherent enough for you right now, so I’ll save them for later.

    I’ve been a Sox fan since birth, though, and even though that’s been a relatively short time (I turn 21 this October), I’ve still dealt with some of the heartbreak that Sox fans have had to deal with (2003). I just wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done since joining the Red Sox. You’re an inspiration to watch when you’re pitching, and you can bet that I’ll be one of the first people to buy the game from 38Studios when it’s finally released.

    It’s awesome that you’re taking the time to talk candidly to your fans like this; a lot of players wouldn’t bother. It’s good to know that there are still some nice guys in the game.

    Thanks for everything!

  8. beatnyy permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:39 pm

    Curt,
    Great blog, I love how you don’t hold anything back, both here and on the field. I have the most respect for you out of any player I can think of in Major League Baseball… Those nights in 2004 were legendary, possibly the greatest nights of my young life…

    My request for you and the ’07 Red Sox: Help bring another championship to Fenway!

    That being said, I was wondering what the possibility is of having you or Jon Lester make an appearance at a charity event? I’m participating in an event to help raise money to fight cancer (American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Needham, Dedham and Wellesley) and it’d be absolutely amazing if one of you would be able to make an appearance, it would raise so much money to help fight a difficult disease… Last year I raffled off an autographed ball, signed by YOU and it raised $800!!

  9. peteb permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:40 pm

    I just wanted to reiterate a previous Q/comment:

    “Please remember: More polygons does not automatically make a game pretty!”

    I think this where WoW got it right. They purposely made it a little cartoonish and in doing so made something that is just wonderful to look at. I’ve tried the others, EQ, etc and they try too hard to make it perfect and that is their flaw(IMO).

    In art it’s hard to make something look like real life. When you strive to do so, unless you make it absolutely perfect, the human eye picks up on the subtle errors and differences and they stick out like a sore thumb.

  10. March 21, 2007 3:48 pm

    And isn’t answering these questions horribly repetitive? Shouldn’t you set up a wiki or a faq that you could refer newcomers to, and save yourself some time and mental energy?

  11. pittsfieldcubs permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:51 pm

    When there is a runner on base and vtek is showing you signs, can you explain a little bit about what vtek is showing you? Can you use any past examples of how vtek we show curveball away with a runner on base? I’m always fasicinated about the signs and try to figure out which pitch is being thrown next, especially with a man on base.

  12. alexlanstein permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:55 pm

    I read your note about not replying in this thread, but my question is about something you said in this q+a session

    You mentioned above that you “pay” for this blog. I see you have it hosted at wordpress directly. Not that you’re hurting for cash (although I’m fairly sure that wordpress offers free hosting) but the actual blogging system is something that’s totally open source and downloadable as a seperate package.

    You could host it over on the 38studios box for nothing :-P BTW, while I was being a sketch ball curious sox fan, I came across the fact that the company you use to host 38studios is based out of your old state, Arizona. I very much doubt that’s a coincidence and I applaud you for (constantly) giving back to the areas you’ve played in

  13. March 21, 2007 3:57 pm

    I mentioned THE LUCKIEST MAN Gehrig bio in a previous comment, and I’m glad you feel the same way. About the man. His life. His untimely death. Thanks Curt.

  14. mattski1991 permalink
    March 21, 2007 3:59 pm

    hey curt,

    Last year i saw you on sportscenter talking about ALS, which i did a report on for school a few years ago. I noticed you were at Medowlands country club (Suburb of Philly) which is the country club i belong to and is 10 minutes away form my house. Of coarse, i was home alone and had no way to get there so i was wondering if you are ever going to Medow Lands in the near future?

    Thanks and good luck this season,
    Matt

  15. jackpot97 permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:00 pm

    Curt,

    I think we all greatly appreciate your thoughts, candor and experiences. Gives us great insight into the baseball world.

    ALS and the Shade Foundation are fantastic organizations and you should be applauded extensively for your devotion to those organizations. Have you also become involved in the Jimmy Fund? An unbelievable organization as i’m sure you know.

    No major questions – just wanted to say thanks –

    Ever had a need for an investment banker to handle your finances at 38Studios? Either way – all the luck in the world to you – you and your family deserve the best

  16. dadhadals permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:02 pm

    Curt, what you’ve done here is great!! That said, don’t you think it’s time to end the huge Q&A this has turned into? Not entirely of course, but every comment seems to be a question in the hopes of you actually answering it. Before you say I’m contradicting myself because I have a question in this post…it’s rhetorical. :)

    I think being able to ask questions about your new business and certain game situations would be welcomed by you…but there has been an abundance of questions here ranging from everything about your salary to your faith and everything in between.

    It just seems to me that it would run alot more smoothly if people weren’t constantly bombarding you with the same old questions.

    Anyway, it’s your blog and I’m sure you answer what you feel you need or want to answer….all I can do is say thanks again for giving us a glimpse into the life of a pro ball player.

    Peace and God Bless!!

  17. pitt505 permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:05 pm

    What is your typical pitching day like? What does it take to be a pro athlete day it and day out? And I hope what Millar said, that you ate Pedroia, isn’t true… a knuckleball for a knucklehead.

  18. schmidmyer permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:08 pm

    Schill,

    In your opinion, who are the top 3 under-rated pitchers in the game today?

  19. bennyt permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:11 pm

    Hi Curt

    Great Blog. I know 100 times as much about pitching as I did a few weeks ago.
    My question involves a highly unlikely scenario:

    You are pitching in the bottom of the ninth, two outs, up two runs, bases loaded, in an important game. David Ortiz is batting. Do you walk him?

  20. jgulko permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:23 pm

    Curt, I am in the process of forming a coalition called “Fans For Fairness” in the aftermath of the recent television deal between MLB and DirecTV. A few weeks ago I saw that you posted that you did not support the deal as it leaves many of us very loyal fans in the dark. I know on a personal level that many of my family members that do not reside in MA where NESN is an automatic, they will no longer be able to watch the Sox from where they live, which in turn will end a 30+ year history in my family of us chatting on a daily basis about the game the previous night. I believe in your posting you very articulately spoke on the issues us fans, that have remained loyal during a series of issues in baseball, again seem to be getting stepped on by the league. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, and as someone who admires you for both your performance on the field, but even more importantly off the field, I kindly ask that I have an opportunity to discuss the coalition with you and have your support. Feel free to write me at jeffgulko@yahoo.com. Good luck this weekend against the O’s.

  21. primetime9 permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:27 pm

    If A-Rod opts out of his contract with the Yanks, and wants to play either short or 3rd with the Sox – would you want the team to go after him aggressively?

  22. tomafield permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:35 pm

    Y’know, after a 12-hour workday it really is such a relaxing treat to sit down to a long, insightful blog entry.

    You’ve *become* the media, Curt — a trusted news source that we keep coming back to for insights and opinions. Your critics might call you long-winded, but damn that’s one articulate wind!

    While talking about 2004, I’ve always had one lament about all the videos that emerged from that season. How come we never got any of the post-game news conferences or commentary? To me, some of the most memorable moments of the post-season were the post-game sessions on NESN (or whatever venue). Like, after Games 4-7 of the ALCS. When Terry came out and told the world what you went through to pitch Game 6? Chilling.

    But none of that good material ever made it onto the DVDs. Who owns it — the Sox, NESN, Fox? Don’t know if you’re in a position to influence anyone, Curt, but I bet I’m not the only fan who’d plunk down cash for a collection of some of those key post-game moments.

    best,

    Tom

  23. msheppard permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:39 pm

    How’s the ankle?

    M@

  24. tomafield permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:40 pm

    Re: best baseball movie scene, my six-year-old son would say it’s the one in “The Sandlot” where the geeky kid fakes drowning so he can get mouth-to-mouth from the hot lifeguard!

    But I just showed him “Field of Dreams,” so maybe I can get him to change his vote.
    :)

    best,

    Tom

  25. finn5974 permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:41 pm

    Curt,
    Just found out about the site and joined right up, I love the site! I am a lifelong Rex Sox fan. Let me tell you a bit about myself without boring you and everyone else to death.
    I am 38 and in the military (Air Force). There is nothing better than following baseball during a deployment overseas. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you as far as a tour or souvenir. I am currently at Westover ARB, MA.
    As far as baseball, what shape do you think the bullpen is in and do you see any trades coming?
    Thanks again for your time and love the site!

  26. soxsweepagain permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:46 pm

    I am thoroughly enjoying this blog, and marvel at your candor, especially since you have a lot to lose by being so honest and nothing to lose by clamming up.

    It’s much appreciated. If there’s a such thing as a blue-collar millionaire, you’re an example.

    Thanks, and thanks for giving so much of your heart and soul to RSN.

    Love ya, big guy.

  27. mainah permalink
    March 21, 2007 4:49 pm

    Curt,

    Just a few words to perhaps reinforce your comments and efforts on behalf of ALS.

    I have a very dear friend who is in the final stages of the disease. In our vibrant youths we were teammates on our high school baseball and basketball teams where he was the better athlete. He went on to graduate from Wesleyan, become an accomplished and respected educator who returned to Maine looking forward to an active retirement. It was not to be.

    Bob is the most positive, funny, thinking and compassionate man my wife and I have known. He is wasting away in a hospital bed in his home on a ventilator and feeding and waste tubes, unable to move much more than his head and unable to speak well enough to be understood. His family has been absolutely fabulous in keeping him in the center of family activities, decision making and their love. Recently he has had several incidents of “oxygen starvation” which are indications themselves that he is all too near the end.

    One can only imagine the private thoughts he has about his plight. And if you’re up to that imagining and you know the man you can only do so with tears in your eyes. The disease leaves his mind fully intact. It is just insidiously and slowly killing him while taking away his ability to move, to communicate, to participate in the process. Indeed, many people do not visit him because he is so helpless and seeing him is such a poignant reminder of their own mortality.

    Athletes and celebrities support a number of causes but I thank and applaud you for being one who is part of a difficult crusade to help victims who are reduced to such anguish inducing states and always lose the battle. The rest of us can and should do more as well!

    Btw, that scene from “Field of Dreams” is indeed a crusher!

  28. spitball permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:01 pm

    Curt

    I like to to read through then leave comments more than questions, but I have tix to June 16th, against the Giants and Jul 5th against the D’ Rays. Would it be possible to get a hat autographed for my 3 year old son?

    It would be like me getting one from “The Splendid Splinter” or Freddy Lyn, Yaz, Tiant. and so on. Players I Heard of and grew up learning about, but never seeing them play. Legends if you will.

    If so please tell me the best time before or after games, and where!

    P.S. acefox1 I actually look forward to your posts. I like your Writing.

  29. jeff7168 permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:07 pm

    I agree about the father-son scene in Field of Dreams. I think that if you are not choked up by that, you don’t have a pulse. Enjoyed the scene where the doctor leaves the field to care for the injured little girl, leaving baseball behind for his true calling. Field of Dreams is definitely a memorable baseball movie, along with Bull Durham and For Love of the Game.

    Jeff
    Sox and Pinstripes

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  30. jmf1964 permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:13 pm

    Forgive me if this has been gone over before, will 38 Studios be strictly video gaming or will will you have other enthusiast hobbies as well, rpg’s, baseball cards, plastic models etc? Will there be an online store?

    thanks, John

  31. redsoxfan permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:18 pm

    Have you attempted to learn the knuckleball from Tim Wakefield?

  32. jdh2511 permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:27 pm

    Dude,

    Is watching an AL pitcher bat closer to watching a regular guy bat, or can AL pitchers hit the ball pretty well?

    Semper Fi

  33. redsox1918 permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:40 pm

    Curt,

    Can you talk about the checklist you go through while you’re on the mound? How different is your checklist compared to a pitcher like Craig Hansen?

    This blog is too good… :)

  34. cdnsoxfan permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:56 pm

    Hey Curt! Thanks for doing this. First of all, I can not wait to see this starting five in action, bring on April!!! I think the FO has built something that has the potential to be really special here this year. I have two questions (actually three):

    1. Kyle Snyder as a closer, am I the only one who has thought of this? If not, why couldn’t it work, speaking as a his teammate what is it about his stuff that would stop him from succeeding in this role? As someone who has had huge success as a starter, and with all due respect, um….”limited” success as a closer, can you speak to the differences?

    2. Assuming it’s june and for one reason or another the Sox need another starter (maybe Paps goes back to the Pen; maybe Steinbrenner has Dice-K kidnapped…whatever) Who would you rather see move in to take the spot? Clemens or Lester?

    3. I’m looking for a new Grill, you don’t happen to have one your selling, do you? ;)

    Cheers,
    Ryan

  35. tripl3thr3at permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:56 pm

    Hey Curt !

    I have heard in the past that you are a pretty big WW2 history buff. What got you into this and do you own any memorabilia ? Also, Have you ever played Call Of Duty ?? (I run a Multiplayer tournament )

    Thanks,
    Jamie

  36. cdnsoxfan permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:59 pm

    Favourite scene…C’mon!! Hobbs, Home run!! I still get goose bumps. Its the only movie scene that comes close to “roberts steals second”.

    Can you talk about Wily Mo? What is he capable of with 400 at bats?

  37. March 21, 2007 6:09 pm

    Curt…

    Like many other readers I want to thank you for taking an interest in reaching out to the members of RSN through this site…

    I have followed your career for many years – pre-dating your time with the Red Sox. I did so in large part because of your commitment to fighting ALS…

    The wife of my best man died from Lou Gehrig’s Disease several years ago… while she was ill I researched ALS and learned of your commitment to finding a cure for the disease…

    I have a website fo my own (www.sox1fan.com)… I would love to be able to interview you about Curts Pitch, and to provide consistent materials on my site regarding events, fundraisers and other pertinent information to help keep the fight at the forefront of the collective consciousness of RSN… if this is something you feel you can do, please contact me through my website…

    I will be happy to do everything and anything I can do to help the cause…

    I was fortunate enough to be able to provide information and event PR for The Kapler Foundation a couple of years ago when Gabe and Lisa sponsored their Poker Tourney…

    Thank you for all that you do…

    Jeffrey Brown (SOX1FAN)

  38. courtneymyers permalink
    March 21, 2007 6:42 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I just had to speak up in defense of ballplayers’ salaries. The idea that you should somehow be ashamed of demanding to be paid your market value is insane to me. It is because so few people can pitch the way you do–and because so many fans clamor to see those few people–that you get paid so much. And the fact that you don’t seem to take things for granted and have done so much for other people is really nice.

    I love this blog. You are the best. I really hope you stay in Boston.

    Courtney

  39. March 21, 2007 6:52 pm

    Curt,

    I am all for your blog as a way to prevent the media from manipulating remarks that without the written context provided here would create controversy.

    However, after being in the big leagues for 21 years, is there a way that some learn how to use the media to their advantage? Or at the very least, how to keep them from vilifying you?

    Obviously, Boston presents a whole new level of media scrutiny, but this question is a general one.

    Best of luck this season,

    KP

  40. fredstratton permalink
    March 21, 2007 7:03 pm

    Curt:

    Thanks for the great site, the insight is much appreciated.

    I’m an 8th grade baseball coach in NJ, preparing for the season without the benefit of the lovely Florida weather. I pitched in HS and a limited amount in Div 1, but find the most difficult “thing” to teach is proper mechanics for pitching. I allow only fastballs and changups, and keep to a strict pitch count, no matter the game situation.

    My question: Is there a coach/baseball source you have encountered that is the “best” at teaching pitching mechanics, and has this person published a book or estalbished a website? I’m always looking to improve on my teaching abilities. With you injury history, recovery and success, your opinion on this subject is grreatly valued. Any resosurce to supplement my knowledge would be appreciated.

    BTW, I’m a lifelong Phillies fan transplanted to northern New Jersey (grew up in SJ), sometimes the NY media and the Yankees/Mets are just too much. I still lsiten as much as possible to Harry Kalas, and miss Richie Ashburn.

    Fred Stratton

  41. gator39fan permalink
    March 21, 2007 7:12 pm

    Curt,

    Is there anything the players or players union can do to help us less fortunate non directv subscribers get our baseball packages without lining the pockets of MLB.com’s pockets. Is there any influence by the players toward the owners to take sides either with MLB or the fans?

  42. mainefan permalink
    March 21, 2007 7:22 pm

    Curt – Thanks so much for this forum. It’s nice to see an athlete and family man as busy as you have to be take the time to do this. I just have a couple of general “human interest” questions for you. Since you are now a “New Englander” have you had a chance yet to visit the other New England states? What do you think of our New England winters? Spend much time outdoors?
    Good luck this year, big guy! I want you back next year.

  43. March 21, 2007 7:27 pm

    Curt, your playoff stats:
    8-2 record, 2.06 ERA, 2 World Championships, nearly 5:1 K/BB ratio, 0.92 WHIP. Certainly one of the greatest postseason performers ever. Who would you put better as a starter? Some would say Rivera is better overall, but what about comparing yourself to some starters?

    Also, I know that you hate to discuss the HOF, but you can cement your spot with a 15+ win season and another WS win and solid postseason. Thoughts?

  44. colonnade permalink
    March 21, 2007 8:30 pm

    Curt – I respectfully disagree with you! With regards to Amazed that the 2004 World Series isn’t celebrated more…

    You said, “I do think the shelf life was shorter than expected, but I think that was because it was ‘on to the next one’ for everyone here. ”

    There is no short shelf life with the 2004 World Series. It was an incredible achievement and it seems like it happened yesterday. YOU will always be respected and LOVED here in Boston for your contribution. I wonder if Theo, Jed and Ben hadn’t traveled to your home in Arizona and if you did not open your door and mind to their proposal – where Boston would be today. One thing is for certain, I am reminded of the 2004 World Series every morning n my way in to work in Boston. Every morning I pass under the bridge crossing Storrow Drive and I see an empty spot where a “Reverse the Curse” sign once hung. It is a great reminder of 2004. We still celebrate it and it is revered here in Boston – always will be.

    Lastly, I understand that you feel it was in bad form to announce your support for a candidate. But that is what we love about you. We hear Curt Schilling unfiltered. It is probably why you represent yourself rather than using the services of Scott Boras – it is why we could listen to 3 hours of Curt Schilling on WEEI. It is why your blog is so popular.

    Perhaps you know this already, but I believe your blog will change the face of Sports News. This is where the fans meet the players and not via some filtered newspaper. Keep up the good work!

  45. heat19 permalink
    March 21, 2007 8:42 pm

    Curt, I’m a big fan of this new forum. I really appreciate getting your insight on the game. With that, I’d like to pose a pitching question…I pitch in an 18+ Mens League in Boston. I have been working on thowing the circle change all winter, but I still don’t feel confident enough in throwing it in a game situation. Are there any tips or words of wisdom you can impart on this particular pitch because I have read that it hasn’t come easy for you as well? I’m hoping to get some use out of it at the 100innings ALS Game. Thanks in advance! Also, thanks for everything you’ve done as a Red Sox and for your family’s work with cancer research (2-time survivor here). Go Sox!

  46. bopsox permalink
    March 21, 2007 8:45 pm

    Curt,
    What did you think of Daisuke’s performance today? He said today was a struggle, and Mike Lowell said he didn’t have his best stuff. That’s a scary thought. Thanks from a huge fan.

  47. bernardgilkeybaby permalink
    March 21, 2007 8:46 pm

    Do you like Spawn?

  48. March 21, 2007 10:08 pm

    Curt,
    Just started reading tonight…must say, love to see a BIGTIME ball player taking the time to connect with people like you do! I just have to say reading about your favorite baseball movie and about the final scene in Field of Dreams….i just can’t watch that and not bawl my eyes out! Was your dad a big infuence on you doing what you do? And who inspires you in your career and in life?

    -Shawn

  49. umhockey permalink
    March 21, 2007 10:10 pm

    Curt-

    I hope you take the time to read this. In 2001 I had the pleasure of meeting you in Houston when you were with the dbacks. My brother and I ,both avid baseball fans, found out you played everquest so we packed up for the July 4th weekend to watch you pitch. We showed up with signs Curt Schilling Scowls at you ready to pitch. What do you want your tombstone to say? When you spotted the sign in the crowd you made your way to us to talk to us about EQ and life in general. It was about a 20 minute talk during warm up but you made a fan for life little did I know it was much more.

    My good friend and coworker hated when I spoke of you but all that changed in 2002. He was diagnosed with ALS. The same disease that took his mother in her mid 20’s. We were both lived for hockey at that time but his disease took him away from it so I stepped away. We turned to baseball. Quickly I learned of the things you do for ALS and he became intrigued by your work. It touched both of us everything you and your family gives to ALS. No one can truly understand the disease and what it does to someone. I have seen it first hand. Over the past few weeks it took a turn for the worst a simple cold has turned into pneumonia and he is currently in ICU. I always wanted for him to watch you pitch in person but it’s looking pretty dim right now. They transferring him into a hospital in Houston for better treatment. I just wanted you to know your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Last night while I talked to him in ICU. He couldn’t say a word to me but his face said it all when I told him you have to get better we have a lot of baseball to watch this year. He smiled and that’s when I noticed he still had on his Strike out ALS Red bracelet.

    I hope everyone who reads this can say a special Prayer for Brady Guidry.

    Rusty Aymond
    Uofmhockeyman@aol.com

  50. mlerra permalink
    March 21, 2007 10:25 pm

    Not sure why you’re ragging on Bob Tewksbury. Over on SoSH you defended his profession, at the very least, when you spoke of the impact of sport psychology. In fact you mentioned its importance again here in the above post. It’s hard for me to believe that he’s forgotten how hard it was to play in the big leagues, given that his profession is currently working with minor leaguers and helping them adjust to how hard it is to play in the big leagues (should they make it). I realize I’m biased, because I was in the same sport psych program he was, and I got to know him pretty well and consider him a pretty stand-up guy. But when you ask who the hell he is, the answer is he’s someone who was better than you for quite a few years.

  51. quintjs permalink
    March 21, 2007 10:31 pm

    I had a question about how you view a starting rotation and this one as a team. Obviously you guys are never actually playing in the same game, but need to work together. Does having these young guys in the rotation (Beckett, Papelbon, Matsuzaka) help the not so young? I think I read somewhere about the friendly competition you and Josh had last year for most wins, do you think it will be better this year adding Matsuzaka and Papelbon?

  52. meljoshhall permalink
    March 21, 2007 10:36 pm

    Schill, interesting stuff. Couple of questions:

    1) Do you have any relationship with Peter Gammons? He’s the best in the biz but his head @$Q#@#$$#@ of half of the players in the majors.

    5) Would you agree that Trot Nixon is a subpar player that was loved in this town because he has dirt on his hat and because he clumsily dove or ran into a wall a few times?

    (Editors Note: I omitted the middle questions because they had zero to do with any ongoing discussions here, but left these two since, even though they are sophmoric and reeking of ignorance, I’ll take a shot next time around at them)

  53. scarsbrook permalink
    March 21, 2007 11:00 pm

    Hi Curt,
    Do members of the ’04 team realize what they’ve done for Red Sox fans? Do they know how important they are to the Nation and how they’ll be put on a pedestal for, well, forever? And we’re talking about everyone from the Schillings and Pedros to the Bellhorns and Millars. Does the team really understand what it’s accomplished? Thanks, best of luck for a monster season.

  54. laethyn permalink
    March 21, 2007 11:04 pm

    There’s alot of talk of course on graphics, and ultra-realism vs a more “cartoony” look. Games like UT2007 show that it obviously works in an ultra-realistic vision. Games like WoW show that the more cartoony feel also has appeal (hello, I’m Captain Understatement!). Every engine has it’s own strengths/weaknesses, and abilities (take, for example, the Gamebryo engine (a la Oblivion) and I bring this engine up specifically). As a gamer, do you have a preference on graphic style? And as someone now involved in the development, does your “developer brain” have the same opinion, or differing?

    As said previously, you can have the prettiest looking game, with the most amazing story/history, but if the gameplay sucks, you’ve (and this is a generic “you”) failed as a designer. It seems far to often I seen companies focusing on look, rather than feel. Do you think this is a trap that is easy to fall into as a developer?

    Cheers!

    Laethyn

  55. bosoxrox permalink
    March 21, 2007 11:37 pm

    Hi Curt,
    You look super intense on days you’re pitching and you’ve described a little on here how you don’t like to talk to fans (and as far as I can tell, teammates other than Tek maybe), etc. on those days. I think it might be interesting to all of us who have a big day now and then (whether it’s a presentation, interview, whatever) to hear about what you do to focus, psyche yourself up, and go into each start at the very top of your game.

    Thanks again,
    Scott Akalis

  56. bake mcbride permalink
    March 22, 2007 1:17 am

    Curt-
    fantastic blog.

    in your opinion, what are the most important, and least important, baseball stats?

  57. March 22, 2007 1:39 am

    Curt: you say that you guys need to fill the closer role. How important, really, is the closer? Isn’t it more important to have a go-to reliever to shut down late-and-close situations with men on base than to have a guy whose job it is to always pitch the 9th? Say it’s 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th, men on 2nd and 3rd, one out. Do you bring in the 2004 Keith Foulke, even though you know he won’t be available for the 9th, or do you go with someone else and save Foulke for the 9th?

  58. djfuzzefresh permalink
    March 22, 2007 2:45 am

    I agree with tomafield’s kid. Squints had guts; no one else would have dared put the the moves on the lifeguard

    Anyway, thanks for answering one of my questions.

  59. March 22, 2007 3:12 am

    Curt,

    First of all, thank you for all your insights. It’s not often we get to pick the brain of a pro athlete, especially such an elite one.

    Second, I’ve also read Luckiest Man and it is a phenomenal biography of Lou Gehrig. I recommend it to everyone who loves baseball.

    ALS is terrible. I have a buddy who has it. He’s detailing his struggles with ALS on his own blog, and I fear he is reaching the end of his battle, though he is fighting valiantly. Will you you please drop in and say hello to him? I’m not sure he knows much about your involvement in the fight to cure ALS, but I’m sure he’d be glad to hear it from you.

    Thanks again.

    Sarah

  60. tomafield permalink
    March 22, 2007 5:46 am

    Curt:

    Just a few things to consider …

    RE: Baseball Analysis — Don’t you think you’d have an opportunity to do that job differently than the ex-players who are on-screen to stir things up now? Your knowledge and insights on the game could be invaluable in a baseball broadcast. Forget the notion of ripping players and digging for dirt; don’t you think you could replicate this blog experience & find a way to bring viewers closer to the game? You could completely reinvent the role of ex-athlete commentator.

    RE: the 2004 season, there are still some incredible after-effects. Even for fans, that World Series win has proven to be a calling card. I was in San Francisco for a comic book show a few weeks ago — a comic book show, for godsake! — and one of the security guards saw my Sox windbreaker & ushered my kids and me into the show early. “Gotta take care of the Red Sox fans,” he said. “That championship meant everything!”

    RE: Ordway & Shepherd, don’t you think maybe you’re selling them short? I don’t know either of these guys — or any of the WEEI hosts — but I think when you evaluate them you have to look beyond pure sports knowledge and consider whether it’s a talent to be able to lead & participate in intelligent sports talk. I think it is — I don’t think just any knowledgeable sports fan could do what Ordway & Shepherd do (well, what Ordway does, anyway! :) ). It isn’t just yelling & controversy. They bring us valuable insights. I also think EEI deserves its props for helping to cultivate some of the positive aspects of the sports culture you enjoy in Boston. And historically I think sports radio will go down as the “bridge medium,” leading fans from traditional sports media (newspaper & TV reports) to interactive media such as your blog.

    RE: Peter Gammons, in the early ’80s he wrote one of the finest baseball books ever — “Beyond the Sixth Game,” all about how free agency in the 1970s forever changed baseball — and I think it’s a shame that book is no longer in print. I hope that oversight is corrected soon.

    Thanks for listening!

    best,

    Tom

  61. contrarybear permalink
    March 22, 2007 6:44 am

    Hi Curt,
    Love the blog and your accessibility and the time you’re putting into answering questions. I was wondering — do you ever play baseball video games? I remember reading one funny story about a backup catcher (Osik, maybe?) who would bring his laptop on the road and play as his team and start himself, but was ruthless about pinch-hitting for himself if necessary because he wanted to win more than have the game-version of himself be a hero. Any stories along those lines?

    Thanks & good luck this year!
    Elton

  62. das61 permalink
    March 22, 2007 8:14 am

    Curt,

    First off, I was interested and glad to hear you characterize your public endorsement of President Bush on the heels of the 2004 Series victory as a mistake. It struck me as a bad move at the time, to parlay the Sox victory — especially given all the 86 year history behind it — into a platform for endorsing one candidate or the other. I felt the same about some of the management folks who went off and endorsed Kerry. That mis-step aside though, it’s been nothing but great having you with the Sox these past few years.

    I have to say that when you first started this blog, I didn’t intend to spend any time on it. As someone who works at home on a computer all day, I have enough trouble trying to limit my time surfing for Sox info, without adding another site to the mix. But I’ve ended up checking out your site, and I’ll keep coming back for one thing: the insights into pitching. It’s been great to get some of your direct, unfiltered thoughts on pitching techniques, strategies, preparation, and so on. (I’m particuarly interested, as a former H.S. pitcher and as a long-time youth baseball coach.) So, thanks for that.

    By the way, on the topic of former players who become commentators: One guy I think highly of is Mike Krukow, with the Giants. He’s another guy that’s real insightful when it comes to pitching.

  63. acefox1 permalink
    March 22, 2007 8:37 am

    First off that was awesome for you to take the time to give words of encouragement to Skinnyman2007 on his weight loss. It seems like every year or two Spring Training coverage gets me to drag my rear into the gym and drop my winter weight and your advice is something I can really take to heart as well. I’m up to 60 minutes of Cardio work 4 days per week and I’m feeling great!

    Talking about the relationship between winning/losing versus failing/quitting was insightful and made me feel dumb for not thinking of it like that before. Great advice! Thank you.

    And the comment about being willing to do anything include sell ice cream to allow Clemens to come back almost had me choking on my breakfast this morning with laughter. Curt Schilling, you so craay-zy! LOL

    I had one other question for you Curt. It’s more historical than current events for you, but what was it like pitching in the NL West with the unbalanced schedule against the Giants so many times each year during most of Barry Bonds’ peak monstrous offensive years?

    Were there times that Bob Brenley had you walk him that got you steamed because you wanted to go after him? What was your approach in pitching to him when he showed such an incredible eye and had unbelievable plate coverage. He certainly must have been the toughest offensive challenge any pitcher has had to face in the histroy of the game and would love your insight on what that was like.

    I’m certainly no Bonds fan, but the baseball fan in me wonders how you dealt with the challenge of facing him when he had a BB/K ratio of between 3/1 and close to 5/1 between 2001 and 2004. I suspect your answer will start with the words “I dealt with him very carefully…” :)

    And thanks for the laugh Spitball. Your post asking for an autograph almost had me jumping up and posting to you to ask who the cyber-stalker is now…. but of course I’m just kidding.

    And my last comment for now would be how sad we all are that 38Studios will be keeping you out of the broadcast booth. For someone that allegedly craves attention and the spotlight the way some people claim it’s hard to imagine you not being part of the game anymore and immersing yourself into operating 38Studios. From your description of what your goals are and who you are working with, we can all feel your passion for making 38Studios a huge success. Knowing how hard your work on the things your are passionate about I can’t see your venture not being an enormous success!

    Do you think that you might be persuaded down the road to participate in Spring Training as a guest coach/pitching instructor? I can’t imagine how much young pitchers can gain from your experience and it would be a shame to not pass that along. When I hear Dodgers pitchers talk about how much it meant to them to talk to Sandy Koufax and hear pointers from him, I can see you making the same impact both now and further down the line.

    Thanks for everything Curt. Again as a husband and a father working two jobs to make ends meet I can’t imagine the kind of demands you have on your time and I know it takes a lot of time and energy to keep these posts and Q&A sessions going. Thanks!

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  64. theillume permalink
    March 22, 2007 8:43 am

    On SoSH awhile back there was a discussion what is more valuable: A catcher with an exceptional bat or exceptional catching skills?

    Example being if Varitek lost some of his bat but remained an amazing catcher would he be a bigger help to the team then a V. Martinez ( I apologize to Victor is he’s a good catcher). But I think you get the point. From a guy who knows what it takes to win games, what is more important?

    Thanks big guy

  65. arrowintwolakes permalink
    March 22, 2007 8:51 am

    Hey Curt-
    You mentioned that you don’t (or can’t) consider segregation-era players to be “best ever” just “best against white players,” which I respect. As a result, you have Clemens as the best pitcher of all time and, by default, best righty of all time. Again, no arguments here. But that leads to an interesting question, especially for you. Who do you think is the best lefty of all time? Does RJ beat out Koufax?

  66. bepo10 permalink
    March 22, 2007 8:56 am

    Curt,
    Thank you so much for the informtation, someone earlier mentioned you becoming the media. I have found myself listening to you more than the globe or other online options. If more players did this it might be cutting out the middle man of media. That is an interesting thought.
    Just one quick question. Did you have a moment in high school that you knew that you were good enought to be a major league player?
    Thanks,
    Ben

  67. smackdown924 permalink
    March 22, 2007 9:06 am

    1st off I love your blog.

    2: This might be too personal, but if you don’t mind.. could you please please tell me a little about your father? Is it true that he was in the famed 101st airborn division? Sounds amazing. He must have had an impact on you, and at least helped turn you into what you are today.

    3: I have been studying a lot of the Japanese players. They look good and I can’t wait to see them perform. You probably know better than I do, but why do you keep calling Hideki Okajima “Oki.” In his press conference, and according to Japanese media, he prefers to be called “Okaji.” But then again, what the heck do I know, I’m just a college kid in Rhode Island, and you’re actually in the clubhouse =]

    Lastly, Thank you. Sincerely. I mean it. Thanks.

  68. oldskool138 permalink
    March 22, 2007 9:22 am

    Curt,

    I have a 38Pitches question…or suggestion.

    I am (or should I say was) a big fan of Sid Mier’s Civilization series. Civ 3 was probably THE most addicting game I’ve ever played. And I have played WoW. I couldn’t wait for the next installment. After a long while Civ 4 came out with better graphics, new game play and new strategies.

    There was only one thing: it couldn’t play on most PC’s. You needed a pretty decently beefy graphics card to handle the new game (plus the game was buggy as heck). I travel a lot and I could play Civ 3 fine on my laptop and home PC but Civ 4 couldn’t play on either of them. I ended up Ebaying my copy of the game. Like I said, I’m a big fan of the Civ Series but not enough to go out and blow $150-200+ on a video card to play one game.

    So, my question is, is 38Pitches going to put out a game that will run pretty much on any PC or laptop (a la WoW) or something for hard-core PC Gamers? Thanks and good luck in KC!

  69. oldskool138 permalink
    March 22, 2007 9:25 am

    In the above post switch “38Pitches” for “38Studios”…Sorry for the confusion.

  70. acefox1 permalink
    March 22, 2007 9:50 am

    This was a funny article that sounds almost too strange to be true.

    Good thing the Red Sox aren’t playing the Cubs this year…

    Article by Sarah Trotto with the AZ Daily Star

    http://www.azstarnet.com/sports/174627.php

    Ryan Dempster says he is training to be a ninja.

    He says this with a straight face, claiming he has trained with a sensei in Vancouver.

    “You have to (learn) how to throw a throwing star and nunchucks and all those kinds of things,” the Chicago Cubs closer says. “Obviously you’ve got to do martial arts and learn how to be really quiet, which is a tough task for me because I talk a lot.”
    *******************************************

    Should be interesting to watch him if tempers flare during a bench-clearing incident against the Cardinals. LOL

  71. thermoses permalink
    March 22, 2007 9:52 am

    —Q-Would I move to the bullpen to make room for the Rocket?

    —A-I’d sell ice cream to make room for the Rocket.

    That image just made me laugh out loud. Thank you.

  72. ruebs permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:05 am

    Hi Curt – first time writer, long time : ) reader.

    Three questions:

    What are your thoughts on Fenway ticket prices, scalpers, and things the front office could/should do to limit the resale of tickets to ticket agencies?

    What really goes on during those long plane rides across the country?

    Finally, last year in Baltimore, for an O’s-Blue Jays game, we were riding Shea Hillenbrand pretty hard while he was playing third: nothing mean – just a few “Shheeeaaaaa” chants – after he made some throwing errors. He kept looking in our direction. How well do you hear fans from the mound and, generally speaking, what do players think about fan interaction and fan commentary during a game?

    Thank you much,
    Ruebs

  73. yagur permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:18 am

    Curt — another lifelong BoSox fan here — one of the “Now I can die in peace” types . After your 2004 win, all my friends and colleagues (out here in Chicago, where Boston fans are thinner on the ground) actually congratulated me. I graciously accepted on your behalf.

    I’ve got no questions, really. I just wanted to thank you for this blog, and your willingness to engage with us, and your honesty. It’s odd, sometimes, how much time and effort and emotion all we fans put into our very one-sided relationships with you athletes. I’ve learned to be wary of becoming invested in my favorite athletes as people; there is a tremendous distance between us, and, as you well know, you can’t always believe what you read in the papers, good or bad.

    That’s why is it’s so gratifying, and so rewarding, to read and hear what you have to say about all these topics. Agree or disagree with you, I feel like I’ve gotten to know you a bit as a man, not just someone who wears — to paraphrase Seinfeld — my favorite laundry. Next time you pitch, I’ll be watching — maybe in person, if I’m lucky enough with the rotation when you come to Chicago — and cheering, as per usual, with the added benefit of knowing — just a little, and even liking, the man I’m cheering for.

    Thanks!

  74. badger99 permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:38 am

    Curt – I love the blog. Thanks so much for it. I did get a chance to thank you for your sacrifices during the parade to end all parades. I caught your eye at one point and mouthed, “thank you” to which you said, “your welcome”. I truly can’t thank you enough. I watched the final game with a picture of my grandad next to me and a bottle of champagne (rose, of course). I remember him telling me about a 1918 World Series game he was at when he was 13 years old – the centerfielder made a great play going back on a ball at one stage – he remembered the whole damn game. Anyway, I am sure wherever he was at the time, he was having a great time watching you guys go all the way.

    Just a suggestion, having started and bootstrapped a software company AND having started and taken VC money for a software company, DON’T GO THE VC ROUTE. If you have gotten this far by self-funding, don’t bring in VCs. I am sure that you are looking for $50M or so and that VCs are hedging since gaming companies are either a home run or a bust. I am sure that they all want a lead investor to go in – and they want several seats on the board. You don’t need them – not even for “strategic” marketing and sales channels. If your stuff is good and can make money, you will have all the partners you need.

    Self funding a company gives you an amazing discipline that can only increase the chances that you do the right thing. VCs will want to give you money that you don’t need. You won’t spend it right since it is “funny money”. If you have gotten to this stage without it, you don’t need it, and your chance for success is likely better without it.

    Just bring on a few strategic board members and give them some stock each year as compensation and you will do way better in the long run, everyone’s goals will be aligned.

    Just my $.02

  75. soxtransplant permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:48 am

    Hi Curt,

    I have enjoyed reading your blog tremendously and I have a suggestion, if I may offer one: I find the Q&A easier to follow when you don’t paraphrase the questions. I think the Qs should use the word “you” rather than “I” – it just feels natural that way.

    I wish you the best for your opening day pitch!

    Go Curt!

  76. techsoldaten permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:52 am

    Do you see yourself as a charistmatic, inspiration leader? With your selfless performance in the 2004 WS, the charity work you do, your entrepeneurial bent as well as your outspoken nature, I can’t help but feel the point of this is to influence the lives of others and give people a model to live by. Is there something you feel people should take out of the examples you set in your life?

    M

  77. bamajohn permalink
    March 22, 2007 11:14 am

    Curt,

    I’m trying to teach my 11 yr old son the finer points of pitching. Is there a particular resource (book, video, website, training program, etc) that you would recommend? I’m searching for something that emphasizes the proper mechanics of pitching thus reducing the risk of injury. Thank you for any information you can provide.

    VR,
    John

  78. zen653 permalink
    March 22, 2007 11:21 am

    I understand that you might not want to give any names, but what makes someone a bad teammate? Are there any strategies that you use to reform such people, or do you simply avoid them? Is it true that one bad apple can submarine a team’s chemistry?

  79. cdbuaump permalink
    March 22, 2007 11:54 am

    Curt-
    First, thank you for letting your blog sight for your opinion to become a great tool us, your fans, to reach you.

    I am an umpire in youth baseball. I see a lot of great talent and some kids who are trying to acheive but don’t have the talent.

    After reading some of your blogs about your pitching and styles, have you ever thought about writing a book for parents and children teaching them the proper style of pitching? I believe it would be a great tool for aspiring pitchers. Don’t you think your stature as a great pitcher would help others? And who knows you could give the profits to ALS.

    Most times I see beer league fathers pushing their children to be better than everyone else at all costs. Instead of teaching how to hit your spots and when to hit those spots, I see kids in little league trying to throw curve balls. These parents are trying to ruin their children’s arms. And I really don’t want to explain how kids expect to get calls.

    Another quick question, I noticed a succession of powerful smart pitching. One pitcher passing on their wisdom to another, each equally as powerful and dominant. Ryan to Clemens to you. Who is the guy that is going to continue what you have to pass on?

  80. March 22, 2007 12:20 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling,

    I have a few questions:

    1) Do you have a preference of how you wish to be addressed in comments? (e.g. Mr. Schilling, Curt, Schill, etc) This might seem to be an obvious and silly question but in the interest of being polite it is always prudent to ask before using someone’s first name.

    2) As a life long fan 2006 was bitter sweet. What are some of your favorite moments?

    3) Not that we need encouragment to post, but is there anything you want to know from us?

    Comment: I’m so glad to hear good news about Beckett. I decided to pick him up in one of my fantasy baseball leagues.

    Thank-you,
    Diane

  81. redsauce permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:32 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    I was there at the Red Sox/Yankees spring training game before hand, trying to get autographs down around the dugout. The normal bp/warmups weren’t taken, we were told by City of Palms Spring personnel that it was due to MLB coming down and meeting with the team once a year, and this was that meeting. Can you talk about what sort of things they discussed with you? Thanks.

  82. acefox1 permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:32 pm

    cdbuaump’s post made me wonder about evaluations of kids and how you were evaluated as a very young player Curt.

    I could be wrong, but Baseball seems to have more difficulty than any other sport in identifying who is going to become a major All-Star and who won’t. It may come back to the whole “Talent is one thing, effort and ability are something else” arguments.

    I know that not every small player is able to overcome their size and be successful… (I’m going to hate myself in the morning for not being able to use a different example) like David Eckstein.

    What is your opinion on Little League and High School coaches that try to get kids to give up on their dreams by saying “You’re not big enough to be successful kid” or “You don’t throw hard enough”? That is, given that 1st round picks as often as not fail to make the Bigs and other players routinely go from being picked deep-deep-deep in the draft to becoming successful Major League players.

    I know in most cases they are just trying to be realistic and don’t want kids chasing something that is about as probable as winning the lottery. I may be wrong but I think I remember you are a good example of someone with real talent as a college player, but perhaps not someone the scouts were knocking each other down to sign like Prior or Zito or even Jared Weaver.

    After years of development, then meeting the right coaches in the right environment you were able to mentally and physically make that big next step as a pitcher. Do you ever wonder where you would be today if you hadn’t met Vuk or Johnny Podres? Does it make you wonder how many other great careers end before they begin because they are told to give up at a young age?

    It also probably falls under the topic of “You can win or lose but you only fail if you quit.” I couldn’t help but wonder about young player coaching and development after reading cdbuaump’s post.

    Thanks again!

    Deane

  83. keysersose permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:34 pm

    Curt,

    I have to admit that I’m completely fascinated regarding the interaction of athletes with the media. I know that you’ve said that in Boston, there are good media and bad media, and I’m apt to agree with you regarding the list of “good” journalists you listed, as well as with a comment you made regarding another journalist being, well, not nice a person” Anyway, To me anyway, it seems as if the media needs you a hell of a lot more than you need them… they have this almost parasitic relationship with athletes in the sense that without you guys, well they’re more or less out of a job. That being the case, how often are you suprised by situations where media are argumentative and confrontational with the athletes that are essentially their meal tickets?

    Thanks Curt, its been awesome getting a little peek at the real world of sports, without the media putting its spin on things

  84. chinmuzik permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:40 pm

    ……..” the more he spoke, the more the wonder grew – that a head so small, could hold all that he knew”
    -B. Franklin (I think).

  85. chinmuzik permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:51 pm

    ps. my post a few moments ago was a compliment, not a dig (by the way).

  86. reluctantyankee permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:57 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling,

    Based on the depth of this years starting pitching staff, I feel there would be a benefit to going to a six man rotation. Do you agree, and do you think its something the coaching staff would consider?

  87. mew3782 permalink
    March 22, 2007 12:57 pm

    1.) What is the biggest current weakness you see in the MMORPG genre (i.e. what flaws motivated you to try and develop your own game)?

    2.) Generally speaking, what’s your favorite type of class to play? Tank, healer, melee DPS, ranged DPS, etc. etc.

  88. jk25 permalink
    March 22, 2007 1:04 pm

    Curt,
    Great blog really enjoy it. Will always appreciate what you went through in 2004 playoffs to bring World Series title to Boston. Curious how you were doing as far as quitting chew? I know you had some struggles which I can attest to, it is a tough habit to break. Thanks

  89. swede1340 permalink
    March 22, 2007 1:47 pm

    Mr. Schilling –

    Can you comment on a rumor coming from WEEI that you changed the name of your company from GMG to 38studios due to the failed contract negotiations? Why was it changed?

    Best of luck this year. Go Sox!

  90. stumpsr permalink
    March 22, 2007 2:06 pm

    First of all, my first time blogging anywhere. This is so new to me and what Ive seen of Curts blog this is a great way to communicate. I was just wondering if you’ve ever thought that if the Red Sox are behind in the division or wild card by the middle of July, would the Red Sox consider trading you? If you are having a good year in their minds they may try to get something of high value by trading you. It would save them 13 to 20 million dollars, probably get a good player, and they do have a pretty good stock of young pitchers. One pitcher in particular that would not benefit from you being on the team for another year may be John Lester. Take Matsusaka, Lester, Papelbon and Beckett all would be under the age of 28 next year. I hate to post this as I think you’re great, but this is possible.

  91. any0ther permalink
    March 22, 2007 2:40 pm

    Curt, this is an informative outlet and i really want to thank you for sharing honest answers with your fans. I have a non-baseball comment/question for you:

    Nearly 90% of video game designers are male. Do you think this contributes to the prevalence of hyper-sexualized female characters that children and teenagers learn about in games of all genres? Is gender diversity something you and your management team consider when building a creative team?

  92. jacksox permalink
    March 22, 2007 2:52 pm

    I believe that Spring Training hasn’t started until the arrival of Johnny Pesky. What do you think?

  93. fwgj permalink
    March 22, 2007 4:42 pm

    Curt,

    Great blog. I think you’ve typed more in a month than I did in my first year at MIT……

    As another fan in his forties, and hitting the gym and mountain biking curcuit again (after playing HS and college football), I’m very interested in the “xelr8″ products you mentioned. This is the first that I have heard of this product line (vs. say EAS, which I have used in the past). How were you introduced to their line of products? Why did you choose their line of products versus other “high performance supplements” on the market? Does the xelr8 product line have the endorsement of MLB or any other major leagues to insure that they do not contain any “banned substances”? Just curious.

    Keep up the good work and here’s to another great season in Red Sox Nation.

    Frank from Derry, NH

  94. soxxer17 permalink
    March 22, 2007 5:04 pm

    I just recently read an article saying that Dice-K does not ice down his arm after starts, I know everyone is different but could he be onto something that pitchers don’t neccessarily need to do this? How could it effect pitchers today if they took this approach?

  95. redsoxfan permalink
    March 22, 2007 5:54 pm

    Are you thinking about selling your grill on eBay?

  96. soxchick38 permalink
    March 22, 2007 9:22 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I have a question about your pre-game rituals (on days you pitch). I’ve always been fascinated by Nomar’s superstitions and to a point, saddened that they seem to run his life (2 feet per step out of the dugout, the whole batting glove thing, etc.).

    I notice that you don’t step on the chalk line up first base and that you briefly stop, hold your crucifix and pray on the mound right before the first pitch. Will you share your quirky superstitions and game day ritual details?

    Who else has some wacky superstitions??

  97. cubsrule permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:29 pm

    You have probably answered this before but I am new here so I am not sure. Which pitchers in the game today do you admire or respect for their pitching abilities and why? Are there any up and coming pitchers you are eager to see perform? Thanks Schill!

  98. brianvscalese permalink
    March 22, 2007 10:43 pm

    Curt,

    I was actually wondering if you had ever heard of “Life Athletes”? It’s a group of Christian, pro-sports players who live their faith, and serve as role models for young people (the group is associated with LifeTeen, a nationally recognized Christian teen education program). I beleive Mike Sweeney and possibly Trot Nixon are members (I know Sweeney is, but I’m not 100% positive about Trot). Anyway, you may want to check it out, as it’s a really great program.

    http://www.lifeathletes.org/

  99. northwestsoxfan permalink
    March 23, 2007 1:43 am

    Hi Curt-

    I grew up in Rochester, NY and remember going to many Red Wings games with my father as a child. Do you have any memories from your short time there that you could share?

    Thanks!

  100. March 23, 2007 7:47 am

    I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to do this blog. I’m definitely looking forward to watching you pitch this season and to 38 Studios’ upcoming game(s).

    Although I understand your reasons for not writing an autobiography, I do hope there will be one at some point. The blog is a fascinating read, I can only imagine what a whole book would be like.

  101. March 23, 2007 10:12 am

    Reason #438 why Curt is the man:
    “Lastly, the posts that you made that didn’t go through were deleted because they add absolutely nothing to the forum. I don’t care, honestly, if you don’t like me, but cussing or posting just to be a tool can be done on YOUR blog to the people that you want. I made the statement earlier, don’t click on the site, please, if you don’t like me and don’t want to hear me. Short of that, it’s my blog, I pay for it and if that sucks for you then I am not sure what to tell ya. My only beef with you is that for someone that rails on me for the reasons you do, you post more than anyone here, even me, and that’s saying something. So we are dealing with you either being utterly fascinated with me but scared to admit it, or having nothing else to do but troll boards and elicit reaction from people. You’re pretty much a talk show host with no mic.”
    LOL … nice! Keep up the great work on the blogs, Curt. Red Sox Nation really appreciates the extra effort your giving by doing this.

  102. effjay416 permalink
    March 23, 2007 10:37 am

    Curt,
    OK, this is going to come off as total nut-hugging, so I’ll understand if it never sees the light of day. And I apologize in advance for the obsequious, Entertaintment Tonight-style tone of this, but it’s a sincere question: How do you find time to do it all … elite MLB pitcher, family man, at least two charities, church (I assume, though perhaps “faith” is a better word), online gaming, online gaming company, not to mention driving from south central Mass. to the ballpark (when the season begins), plus anything else I’m leaving out. Seriously, I’m looking for as nuts-and-bolts about time management as you can/choose to be. I know the cliche is, “if you want something done, ask a busy person,” but dang. To wrap up, what sort of time-wasters are you blowing off to make the important things happen?

    And two nonrelated questions: What’s your favorite TV show to watch with the family, and what’s your favorite when you’re alone?

    I promise my next posts won’t be so fanboyish.

  103. mrfreeze permalink
    March 23, 2007 11:57 am

    What it is, Curt. As a fan, I appreciate your candor about the game, especially your agreement that “newfangled” stats like VORP that scare Murray Chass have real value.

    I’d like to know if you play computer (XBox, PS3, PC, anything) baseball games at all, and how do you feel your in-game character(s) stacks up against the real Schill.

    I also appreciate your attention to spell-checking your work. It’s a big deal.

    Thanks
    Matt in MN

  104. fenway22 permalink
    March 23, 2007 3:05 pm

    Curt,

    I just read Alex Belth’s Q and A with you at cnnsi.com . You said in that piece:

    “Fast-forward this to Opening Day. It’s a 2 p.m. game, hopefully I’ll pitch great and we’ll win. Sometime around 7 or 8 o’clock that night I’ll sit down — I’m on the road, I’m by myself — I’ll blog out the game, pitch-by-pitch in some instances, inning-by-inning, I’ll go into minutia … ”

    From a strategy standpoint do you feel this could put you at a competitive disadvantage revealing this much info that other teams would see. It could give future opponents a look into your mindset down to every pitch and why your threw it which they could use in their favor the next time they face you.

  105. lyorkell permalink
    March 23, 2007 5:08 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions and with two of them being mine I’m kind of proud that they were good questions to ask. I am just getting into the gaming thing these days and I was wondering if you play any baseball games. I know Johnny D. is a commish of one of these leagues but I was wondering if you do the sports game thing. Also, have you played any games from Turbine, another MA gaming company located in Westwood?
    Just curious and, hopefully, you’ll answer these too.

    Looking forward to a great ’07 season. Best of luck!

    Leo

  106. cmac1887 permalink
    March 23, 2007 8:12 pm

    Curt,
    Two questions, first off last year my high school team and I read about the anniversary of the Pawtucket – Rochester game and decided to have our own marathon game for charity. We chose to raise money for ALSA and the game lasted from dawn ’til dusk (5:30am-8:00pm) with the final score of 64-47 in 33 innings, and it seemed longer because it was 106 and bright sun. It was difficult to raise money because people and businesses were very reluctant to donate. We ended up with a total of $1,625, however this year we have set a goal of $5,000. Do you have any advice from your experince with charities and fundraising you could recommend?
    Second, I am a pitcher in college now and recently had my arm slot dropped down to 3/8. What workouts do you do gain strength in your arm? Or do you put more of an emphesis on leg workouts?

    Thanks and God Bless,
    Colin

  107. mhaag permalink
    March 24, 2007 8:54 am

    Mr. Schilling, many thanks for taking the time to write this bog, and sharing your experiences as a player. I’m looking forward to this season even more now that I have this alternative to more traditional sport reporting (which is so often just editorializing).

    Also, I appreciate your sense of balance in answering some of the negative or vitriolic posts. However, I’d rather read more of your analysis and experiences as a player, and less of your responding to comments that are negative and lack civility. Those folks generally have their minds made up and are just being provocative, so there’s not much value in responding to them.

  108. jaandersonjr permalink
    March 24, 2007 11:33 am

    Hi Curt – I really have appreciated your work with ALS over the years. This terrible disease took my step mother back in 1999 so i have experienced this first hand.

    Theo has really assembled a great team and rotation this year, can’t wait to see you guys play. I live in New York these days so I have to endure idiot Yankee fans just to see you play (yes, i do check that my Health Insurance premiums are paid before going to the Stadium!!!)

  109. ih8ny permalink
    March 24, 2007 12:47 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    With Papelbon moving back to the pen and Tavarez moving to the rotation what affect do you think this will happen with the Roger Clemens situation?

  110. 1creativemind permalink
    March 24, 2007 3:43 pm

    IMO – The 2004 Sox would beat any Yankees team from the 90’s.

  111. thegr81mikal permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:14 pm

    Don’t you think they should have let Tavarez start a spring training game first before they announced him as the starter? Gabbard has been lights out all spring. I would have preferred Gabbard and Snyder got a chance the last week at winning the 5th Starter role over Tavarez.

    Not that I don’t think Tavarez can do the job, its just sometimes competition lets you find the diamonds in the rough. And I think Gabbard is going to be a sleeper.

  112. debutaunt permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:13 pm

    I haven’t followed baseball since Biggio was a rookie, but I really think you are superfantastically cool for a) blogging, and writing well indeed b) your family’s commitment to philanthropy.

    I’m a year out from a stem cell transplant for leukemia. I’m in remission, but cancer sucks #$#@$%. My friends and I have fully committed to doing whatever we can do kick cancer’s butt. My seven year old daughter and I plan on raising a million dollars in my lifetime. She even has her own team now for our Light the Night walk in San Antonio. Her goal is to raise $3,002 this year. So far, she’s raised $381 in a few days. She’s quite the kiddo.

    I’m tired of seeing my friends die. Or be so sick. And my Zkat is tired of mom spending time away from her – first being ill, and now making sure I stay well.

    God Bless you, dude. You. Well you are amazing. And yes, I love me some Clemens too.

  113. rrosado50 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:28 am

    Curt I would like to leave a statement raher than a question in saying that I hope and dont think you do take some of the bloggers seriously or some of the callers on sports radio. You have done things for this team and city that no true Red Sox fan will ever forget. And also nobody I have spoken with is worried after one start, its one start. Anyway congrats and good luck on your business ventures , the upcoming season and contracts ( which hopoefully will be in Boston) Thank you for your time

  114. ibleedred permalink
    April 4, 2007 4:58 am

    Hey Curt, Just wondering if you think that you would be better off trying to be a strikeout pitcher and going 6 strong or trying to let them put the ball in play and going longer, and if so is it because you worry about the pen, they say that you wanted to save pitches. I think you should stay what made you great and blow them away.

  115. moicandygirl permalink
    April 15, 2007 11:54 am

    Curt…awesome game last night…this is your year…Listen, I know that ALS is your thing, but want to turn people on to the CASA project. CASA (court appointed childrens advocate). It’s a volunteer organization. People can check it out @ http://www.thecasaproject.org This is an awesome organization and a chance to make a difference in a childs life. Meanwhile go SOX!!!

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