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Q & A VIII, short one

March 25, 2007

The only response I have to the Curly Haired Boyfriend is this.

“First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win”

Putting his inherent ‘toolness’ on display for all the world to see did far more than I could ever hope to do by trying to explain what a dope he is.

A large group of kids from Dana Farber were down today and I had a chance to see the always beautiful Holly again. I had a chance to meet her last year, at a time when she made a headband as pretty as a woman can make it. So hello to Holly! Hope to see you during the season!

It was a great time, getting a chance to see the smiling faces. A lot of teammates made it out as well and I know we probably had more fun than the kids did.

Spring Training 2007

Just wanted to take this chance to say hello to all of them that are stopping by and that they are enormous inspirations to all of us that come in contact with them.

http://www.dana-farber.org/

If the mood strikes, feel free to click on the link above and along the left hand side of the page you’ll see a “Want to Help?” section, from making a gift to giving blood, you can do it right from there.

On the topic of cancer, if you haven’t checked yourself lately, there is a quick do it yourself test you can administer for skin cancer that I urge you to check out at

http://www.shadefoundation.org/self_exam.php

Check it out, and more importantly check your kids out please.

Q-Do you take any responsibility for today’s children getting the proper exercise they need when developing a company that makes video games, or are you in the belief that it’s up to the parents to see that children don’t play your games for endless hours at a time?

A-Absolutely not. I do believe people have certain obligations to society when they are in a position to impact others through actions or words, but your kids are your responsibility. What they do with their time, until they are 18, is your business, not the governments, not your neighbors, not your nanny, not your parents, yours.

Q-Taking into consideration some players’ less than chizzled bodies, the “slow” pace of the game, and frequent snacking of baseball players, what points would you make to her so I can legitimize the baseball athlete in the eyes of my amazing, but confused girlfriend?
A-I guess the bigger question would be, does it affect your ability to watch baseball? If she doesn’t like baseball, and she doesn’t want to watch it, or go to games with you, then leave well enough alone.

Q- How *do* you communicate to set the infield defense the way you want it? The communication to Varitek is easy to see. I’m just curious how you get the right message to the defenders pitch-to-pitch

A-There are position players that I setup communication with during spring training, who I will have handle moving the defense when I need to make changes. Otherwise, during my pre-game meeting with Tek, the infield and outfield coaches will sit in and based on my history with a hitter we will determine where they will play that night..

Q-My question is, when you come off the mound after the first and feel like you don’t have your best stuff, do you hope or expect it to show up? Or do you feel like it’s just not happening that day and you have to battle through?

A-The goal is to never have one inning affect the next, because unless you let it, it doesn’t. What I did in the first inning the other day had nothing to do with pitch one of inning two, so dwelling on it, or letting it linger, would be something I could blame on no one but myself. Every pitch, out, inning, is it’s own ‘game’, and when you can focus on winning the game, pitch to pitch, you get to another level of focus and concentration. Then you can start throwing pitches and working a game plan in advance. Throwing pitch x because of what happened last at bat, and because so and so is on deck and runners are on the bases, knowing you have that same hitter again in 5 days, and what you’ve done prior and how it affect this sequence in this at bat. Lots of that kind of stuff goes into each pitch when you are focused.

208 Comments leave one →
  1. northwestsoxfan permalink
    March 25, 2007 2:19 pm

    Hi Curt-

    I wonder if you could comment on the Boston Dirt Dogs site. I generally love what they do and check frequently for updates, but sometimes I feel as if they create problems that are detrimental for the team. Take for example the comments today on Coco. I didn’t necessarily thing Crisp’s comments were stated in a negative fashion, yet the site paints it as if Coco does not care about the fans and may “turn his back on them.” I, for one, am still excited to have him on the team and I look forward to seeing him play this season. It seems like this could turn into a smaller version of the Foulke “Johnny from Burger King” issue, which resulted in a fan backlash against Foulke despite him being responsible for “saving” the 2004 season. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

  2. acefox1 permalink
    March 25, 2007 3:20 pm

    Great post about the Dana Farber foundation Curt. Thanks for the links. I didn’t know there were so many ways a person can help them out. I know I’m just one person but I’ll check their help section out and see what I can do between sending gifts, donations and donating blood.

    Your comment about parents needing to be ultimately responsible for what their kids do was right on target. I suspect that most of your potentential market are college aged kids and young adults so I don’t think targeting you for causing childhood obesity is warranted in any way.

    I also don’t expect anybody else to be in charge of how my child spends her time. I know that if I’m doing my job as a parent then my child will be spending her time wisely and productively. I think it’s a big part of a parent’s job to keep an eye on what they are doing and who they are hangiing out with. If a parent stays involved and doesn’t give up on their kid before they turn 18, those kids have a much better chance of becoming good people making good decisions.

    That wa a great post on Peter Despain’s site and his comment on your blog gave me warm fuzzies.. It’s great to see what an impact we can all have, and the impact other people can have on us.

    Thanks again Curt.

    Deane

  3. wakerugby15 permalink
    March 25, 2007 3:31 pm

    Curt,

    First of all, I don’t think people will realize how cool this Q and A deal is until they post something and have you respond to them, especially in the same day! That’s awesome and I applaud the way you’ve used technology to interact with the fans.

    That being said I think I led you astray a little bit based on your reply, so I’ll re-phrase, because as I told her about your response she said “Curt’s response pretty much confirms that and that you don’t have an argument, baseball players aren’t athletes.” Keep in mind that we’re arguing this in 90% jest and I’m not trying to convince her to like baseball (and she doesn’t get in the way of me being a sox fan (I’m looking forward to taking her to her first Fenway game, we’re both graduating college this year and have been together since freshman year). So instead of your “loveline” advice that I should leave this alone, haha could you give me something to work with, because even though we’re enjoying our argument, I want to win (you can relate to that right?)

    Some possible questions to answer on this topic:

    How would you define an athlete?

    Where would you put baseball players on a scale of athleticism?

    Are there any athletes in another sport that you particularly admire?

    What makes a baseball player an elite athlete?

    From my gf Rachel “Baseball players don’t have endurance, aren’t atheltically fit for the most part and I can outrun 90% of them on a treadmill and I don’t consider myself someone who could ever come close to playing any professional sports.”

    Concerned,
    Dave

  4. evildonut permalink
    March 25, 2007 4:08 pm

    Curt,

    Great blog, ive just found it. Your insight is wonderfully clever, i’ll come here after a game before the Globe or any other media outlet. I hope you write a book some day, i’d buy it.

    But i’m wondering what you think of Papelbon going to the closer role. While it obviously fills a huge hole, it leaves another one. Do you think it’s worth it for him so stay there and possibly diminish his potential as a starting pitcher? Does he want to stay in the closer role the rest of his career or are their plans to go back?

    Thanks, and God bless.

  5. Moon permalink
    March 25, 2007 4:17 pm

    Curt, love the blog. Great idea, and it’s much like your pitching – I’m very glad that you’re enjoying doing it, I hope that you keep it up as long as you continue to find it worth the time and effort, and I can’t even describe what a kick I get out of being one of the many who get to watch you do it day in and day out.

    Especially fun to witness is how far and fast the very idea of this experiment of yours is traveling under the skin of some members of the “mainstream” (read: “legacy”) press. I don’t suppose you’ve gotten a chance yet to see this paragraph in Tony Mazz’s article today stoking the Rocket rumors, have you?

    “At the moment, there are two areas that seem to bear watching: The first is the performance of the middle relievers and set-up men, none of whom truly has distinguished himself thus far. The second is the depth of the starting rotation, particularly with Papelbon now closing and 40-something blog king Curt Schilling increasing his risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.”

    This little dig follows close on the heels of another real gem, with which he bracketed his Clubhouse Insider entry yesterday:

    “With the risk of being scooped by Curt Schilling, just thought we’d update you on Coco Crisp’s return to the Red Sox today …”

    [snip]

    “Schilling is not with the team – he pitched yesterday – so any info he gives you has been plagiarized.”

    Note to Tony: Put away the Meow Mix, the stuff’s no good for you. ;-)

    Gandhi said it best, I think: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you. then they fight you, then you win.”

  6. pokyresjones permalink
    March 25, 2007 4:24 pm

    Hey Curt, love the blog! I’m a big Red Sox fan, so it’s great to be able to hear what players think, and to absorb all the insight of someone who actually plays in the league, especially from someone who’s been around the game so long. Just figured I’d ask a question related to video games, seeing as that seems to be a pretty big focus here – do you play any baseball video games? I know I’ve read that players such as Eric Chavez play games a lot, and so I figured you, being a gamer, might play as well. If so, do you feel as though the games are an accurate representation of real baseball, and would you say the games, for the most part, depict you accurately as far as your ratings? Keep up the good work!

    Matt

  7. tapadance permalink
    March 25, 2007 4:55 pm

    As always love the blog, I understand that as the season gets closer you will be posting less and playing more. I also await your first book on pitching. And you second book on your life as a player.

    Thanks for the link to the skin cancer web site. I have lupus already, so I have to stay out of the sun, and away from the general public anyway (kind of explains why I have not attended any hot stove events or games in the last year)

    Still trying to convince my neighbor that playing MBL on the game boy does not a pro ball player make. Do you think you could share your daily work out regiment with us? Stretching, sprints, etc… How does it compare to Dice-K. I read in SI how you questioned how long he could continue pitching with his high pitch count, do you see him improving under the ‘western’ method of playing.

    I never followed baseball in Japan, so I have no idea how long a pitcher lasts in that environment, do you? Thks as always, J

  8. acefox1 permalink
    March 25, 2007 4:57 pm

    I’m not sure if I can help you out wakerugby15. Your girlfriend might want an authoritative answer from a player and not one from the peanut gallery, but it seems to me just about any espn web-gem during the season ought to convince her of the athelticism of baseball players. I’m certainly biased against Jeter, but seeing him lake his patented leading throw to first in time is pretty dang athletic. Also have her check out Torii Hunter make a leaping catch over the baggie-wall at the Metrodome. Have her check out Mike Cameron, Carlos Beltran or Ichiro chase down bullets or climb the padding of the wall to rob homers.

    Throwing a baseball 85-95 mph 100 times in a 2 hour period is probably a lot more than most people can manage, so have her try pitching as hard as she can off a mound for an hour and see what she thinks. LOL

    It’s been said endlessly but hitting a round ball with a round bat is the hardest thing to do in pro sports. Take her to the batting cage and put her in the 80 and 90 mph cages. I can’t even start my swing between picking up the ball and deciding to try hitting it. That usually opens a lot of eyes on how tough this sport is.

    I am also fond of Curt’s favorite 3rd base example of watching Scott Rolen charge a ground ball, bare-hand it and throw off-balance to 1st. I think that takes remarkable athleticism.

    I’ll NEVER forget the leaping catch that Pokey reese made in mid-2004 where he jumped higher into the air than anybody I’ve ever seen.

    Or have her watch Andruw Jones chase down long fly balls at Turner Field…. in August…. during a day game… when the onfield temp is 98 and the humidity is 90%

    I’m sure in baseball there are a million other examples of incredible athleticism that other people can add. I’m only talking about currrent players. Seeing Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Yaz, Tony C, Ozzie Smith, young Barry Bonds, healthy Ken Griffy Jr, Bo Jackson and thousands of other great players should leave no doubt.

    Just my two cents. Feel free to ignore me or disagree.

    Deane

  9. March 25, 2007 5:37 pm

    Curt,

    I’m blessed with a healthy 17 month old that I just think the world of. When I see the kids at Dana Farber I just have the worse guilt possible thinking of what I’m blessed with. Although I’m unable to *give* financially, I would love to give my time.

    I just moved my family from NH to Phoenix, and need to know of a place here similar to Dana Farber back in Boston to give my time to.
    Thanks for your help!

    (also, how can I convince my wife to buy the extra innings package so I don’t miss a single Sox game this year?)

  10. yankeedynasty permalink
    March 25, 2007 5:40 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Pretty interesting stuff on this site, it’s really enjoyable.
    I was wondering if you could quickly comment on Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, and how does it stack up with your other big game starts in terms of your best ever? Although you left down 2-1, it was an incredible performance coming off of back to back 3 days of rest starts. I’ll always consider that the greatest pitching duel (w Clemens) and perhaps greatest World Series ever, even though I am a die-hard Yankees fan. Thanks for the time.

  11. kazztawdal permalink
    March 25, 2007 6:08 pm

    Why don’t pitchers walk up and apologize when they hit batters? It seems like the natural thing to do.

  12. wakerugby15 permalink
    March 25, 2007 7:07 pm

    Acefox1,

    Those are some good points and examples. I think we’ll put the discussion on the backburner for a little while untiil I can take her to some games and I can let the best advocate of baseball do the talking, the players playing the game. PLus hearing Fenway when Ortiz puts one into the bullpen or Pap comes on for the save should be pretty convincing too.

    Is it April yet?,
    Dave

    PS This kind of brings up another question:

    Curt- Would you encourage fans to use your blog to talk sox and comment on each other’s comments, etc? Or would it be more efficient for you to have us focus on questions and comments directed specifically to you?

    Addicted,
    Dave

  13. eisleyrocks permalink
    March 25, 2007 7:22 pm

    I’m the proud new owner of a 50″ HD and I’m looking forward to the start of HD broadcasting on NESN. All this blutooth vs. HD, what HD is and the complexity of actually GETTING it, what recorder to get, etc. etc.. is very confusing to me. This brings me to games.
    I like the physical (sports) aspect of the Wii, but I love the adventure/role paying games. Are you just developing the one game? Will it work on the Wii? Or, should I get the Sony (which will also give me a blutooth recorder)? I haven’t bought a recorder yet, as I am very confused about all the supportive hardware issues.
    I am OLD but have good tech support (yet another reason for having children). I just hate buying expensive things and having them become outdated 6 months later. Thanks!

  14. rsfan34 permalink
    March 25, 2007 7:29 pm

    hi curt,

    love your blog, hope you can keep it up with the rigors of the season around the corner.

    I dont know how Tavares willbe in the starting rotation this year, but I think hes going to be fun to watch if last september is any example.

    Good luck on this season and next

  15. filmmakervt permalink
    March 25, 2007 7:37 pm

    Curt-

    A shot in the DARK.

    Any chance you be interested in allowing a Vermont filmmaker to do a documentary on your possible last season as a historic red sox?

    Worth a shot.

    A.B. Rosenthal

  16. john120961 permalink
    March 25, 2007 7:40 pm

    Curt,
    First time on the blog… hey I teach 3rd grade and wondered if I could/should encourage my kids to check this out. A few of my students are BIG fans. It could be a way to get them to write with an authentic prupose and they’d be so excited to talk to a real member of the Sox. Firstly, could I feel secure in knowing nothing innapropriate will appear here? And secondly, of course would you feel somfortable with youngsters coming here to post etc. I have a 12 year old daughter who might enjoy such a unique and personal contact as well.
    I hope you’ll find the time to do this when you can throughout the season. I have one last question. 3 balls 1 strike, 7th inning Giambi up with runners at the corners… are you ready to throw the changeup there? :o) And finally, I will always be eternally grateful to every member of the 2004 team. As part of that team, please accept my sincere admiration and gratitude for my alltime best sports moment(s) ever. Nice job in your last outing… looking forward to Opening Day. John

  17. eastondad permalink
    March 25, 2007 8:20 pm

    I think Jon Lester should be the Openning Day Pitcher for the Sox.

    Let him open! if he 1 inning or 5 inning ! great. Then send down to the Paw sox.

  18. melniko permalink
    March 25, 2007 8:29 pm

    Curt,
    I have written to both Senators from my state as well as MLB and I’ve complained to everyone I know – now I’ll vent to you because, well, it just seems you understand. This MLB-Direct TV crap has me so upset. I live in a place where satellite is not allowed. My wife, son, and I live for baseball. It’s the bond that we share and how we spend all our disposable dollars. The first game I ever attended was won by Sonny Seibert (I was 8 yrs old and got an autograph from Bob Montgomery). My wife and I have been to 19 major league ballparks. We regularly go to minor league games as a family because, well face it, we don’t have the income to attend a great deal of major league games.
    Every year we look forward to purchasing the “extra innings” package from our local cable tv provider. This year it will be unavailable because Bud Selig says, “not too many fans will be excluded if Direct TV has an exclusive deal” and “MLB is too saturated in the market as it is.”
    Am I wrong to think that MLB should make itself available to ALL fans if the opportunity is there? Am I wrong to feel hurt by the direction MLB has taken with this? Am I wrong to do the only thing I feel is my recourse which is to boycott the league?
    I have spent a large percentage of my income on this sport over my lifetime and I didn’t cry during any of the labor disputes or during the steroid scandal. But right now I feel unappreciated. My family has no way of watching baseball on television due to the greed of league management. We are saying goodbye to you and to the team, game, and life we love. I will continue to read about and follow the Sox, but my last dollar has been spent on MLB (hope this doesn’t hurt your contract!). Good luck to you – all the best.

  19. manny4mvp permalink
    March 25, 2007 8:37 pm

    I HATE HOW SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT YOU SHOULD’NT HAVE TIME FOR THIS. MOST OF THEM ARE PROBABLE READING AND CONTRIBUTING TO THIS SITE WHILE ON COMPANY TIME. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO GIVE UPDATES BETWEEN INNINGS THIS SEASON. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IN EVERY THING YOU DO (BASEBALL, CHARITY, BUSINESS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, FATHERHOOD)

    HERE’S MY QUESTION:

    DO YOU THINK THAT THE MLB DRAFT SHOULD BE PUSHED BACK UNTIL AFTER THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES IS OVER?

  20. ego221 permalink
    March 25, 2007 8:43 pm

    This to Deane; Just where did you read that someone was targeting Mr. Schilling in regards to child obesity? If you’re going to use the blog, than use it correctly. Nowhere did I ever accuse Mr. Schilling of “causing” childhood obesity and anyone with half a brain who read my question would NOT have come to such a conclusion. This blog is not intended for sucking-up to Major League ballplayers, it’s an account of the day-to-day life of a real live ballplayer.

    In the future, if you care to comment on anything that I’ve written, then maybe ask someone what I’m saying so they can explain it to you.

    Eric D. – P.O.’d in Meriden, CT…

  21. plunked permalink
    March 25, 2007 8:43 pm

    Out of curiosity, are you an official “card carrying” member of Red Sox Nation? a la redsoxnation.com

  22. firedannyainge permalink
    March 25, 2007 10:00 pm

    Does that mean you won’t buy the Celtics and get some real NBA players?

  23. skipjack47 permalink
    March 25, 2007 10:24 pm

    Mr. Shilling,

    I cannot thank you enough for making a Red Sox fan out of my wife in ’04! She’s never been much of a sports fan, but now she looks for baseball games during the season.

    I have been a Red Sox fan all my life. I have many found memories of Fenway from my youth. My late mother, who was from UK, became a fan in the 50’s, and I became her favorite son by taking her to games at Fenway in the 70’s! ;) Now that I live in Texas, I hope to be able to get to Arlington to take my wife to a game when the Sox play the Rangers this season. She’ll love it!

    Thanks for your insights and the time you give here to your fans. Best wishes for a successful World Series!

  24. jimmykc permalink
    March 25, 2007 10:39 pm

    to poster # 3, if this helps any. After 38 blessed,happy years of wedlock, I have learned that you will never, ever win an arguement like that. Don’t even try. Real life lesson#2; My wife has never liked baseball but last summer I made one last attempt by taking her to Kansas City in August to watch Curt start. It rained for the first 3 innings and as time went by, the complaints escalated until I finally went ballistic in the fifth inning and said the game was being made so unpleasant for me that we should just leave, which we did. Kept me from witnessing a devastating come from behind victory by the lowly Royals. Now I can go back to attending with my sons and grandchildren, and wife is perfectly happy not to come. Family order is restored. So don’t even try to convert girlfriend if you are serious. Incidentally, my wife did like 2004 since I was so euphoric around home, and that Johnny Damon was so cute.

  25. acefox1 permalink
    March 25, 2007 10:39 pm

    Sorry if I misinterpreted what you said Eric D – Ego221.

    When I read your comments below:

    “I also wanted to ask what you think of kids spending waaay too much time in front of a video game rather than being outside running around and making friends and the like….

    Do you take any resposibilty for today’s children getting the proper exercise they need when developing a company that makes video games, or are you in the belief that it’s up to the parents to see that children don’t play your games for endless hours at a time?”

    It sounded to me like you were trying to assign responsibility to video game companies/gamers in general and Curt in particular for kids not getting enough exercise. I apologize for extending that conclusion to contributing to childhood obesity but it seemed like a reasonable and logical conclusion.

    Your comment asking Curt if he accepts responsibility for kids getting proper exercise when developing his company sounded to me like you were firing a shot across Curt’s bow. If I’m the only one that read it that way then I do utterly apologize.

    Re-reading your post even now though, I don’t think I was too goofy for thinking that’s what you were talking about. I guess it’s just another case of someone writing something one way and having it interpreted another way. No worries, it happens, that’s life. I meant no offense to you. I hope you meant no offense to me.

    I don’t care for the sucking-up accusation but if that’s what you want to think or it makes you feel better than be my guest. I’ve never asked Curt for a job opportunity, an autograph, an endorsement, a commission a ticket to a game or anything else. It is a player’s blog where he can communicate with fans of the game and I’m just enjoying the chance to participate in the give and take his blog presents.

    I also have not been shy sharing my appreciation for how much Curt’s big-time performane and consistent excellence have been an inspiration in my own life. You can call that sucking up if you like but I don’t think it’s any different from what 75% of his other visitors come by here to say. You can call it anything you like but I can rest easy knowing that my posts are 100% honest and sincere. I’ll take that over negativity or snarkiness any day of the week.

    Take care and I hope you accept my apology and attempt to mend fences.

    Sincerely,

    Deane

  26. soulglo permalink
    March 25, 2007 10:49 pm

    As far as acting as your own agent: is it difficult to navigate through all the legal stuff in a contract without the help of an agent? If not, then why don’t more players abandon their agents? They take 10% of your money, so even if you dump them you can sign a slightly lesser contract and still come out on top.

  27. Tom Field permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:21 am

    Gotta be an awesome feeling for a ballplayer to visit with those kids from Dana-Farber and know that you truly have an opportunity to make a *difference* in their lives that day.

    When my Mom was sick, she wrote a lot of poetry about her fight with cancer. A couple of these poems are framed on the walls of her cancer ward today, and I’d like to think they occasionally offer a little hope & inspiration to people fighting the same battle.

    Question re: charity, Curt — Where does one start in arranging a visit to a military hospital like Walter Reed? I’ve a friend who’s a well-known comic book artist (he’s drawn Daredevil, Batman and Captain America over the years) and a WW II vet, and he really would like to make a hospital visit. Talk with the wounded soldiers, draw some sketches, just do his part to say “Thanks & get well.” But where to begin?

    ‘Preciate any help you can offer.

    best,

    Tom

  28. dodgerroger permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:42 am

    Hey Curt –

    I found it interesting that you rely on Tek so much. When you talked about how Pedro “reads the game” from the bench and can adjust to hitters well the first guy I thought of was maddux. Those two guys are my favorites to watch because they seem to have this skill. You are always preaching command of the fastball and maddux is a testament to that. I mean, his entire game is 100% built off of command of his (85 mph) fastball. Anyways, my question is twofold:
    a. do you think this “reading the game” skill can be learned?
    and
    b. are you trying to improve or is it more that you and tek work as a team and you are mainly focusing on what you are doing and you let him worry about the other stuff?
    c. Who is the best you’ve seen at reading the game?

    roger

    p.s. I love the blog.

  29. dodgerroger permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:44 am

    oops, I had a part d. I wanted to add as well:

    d. do you think pedro can come back and be the pedro of old?

  30. sbarrow86 permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:31 am

    Hey Curt,
    I was wondering what type of season you think Coco Crisp will have? It seems from his comments like he is already feeling the pressure of playing in Boston, and if he comes out struggling early the media and fans will be all over him. He seemed like such a good player in Cleveland and early last year. Will he ever get healthy and live up to the hype?

  31. Tom Field permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:01 am

    Wow.

    Just read Shaughnessy’s Monday column — a catty parody of this blog, in which the guests are likened to live-at-home Trekkers and the host is framed as an insensitive blowhard who just wants to show us how brilliantly he thinks about it all.

    Dan, I’ve been a fan of your work for more than 20 years, going back to your Celtics beat coverage, and I’ve got several of your books on my shelves. Lot of respect for what you’ve done.

    But re: Curt’s blog? You’re clueless. And, frankly, your cluelessness is funnier than the broadswipes you attempted in your column.

    If you truly think this blog is nothing more than fans gushing about the bloody sock and “Col. McBragg” droning on about how he single-handedly won the World Series, then you’re revealing yourself as a selective — and threatened — reader.

    Look back on some of those Q&A postings in which Curt offered unique insight into how the game is played. Check out the links & references to charitable causes, where fans are shown how to make a difference in someone’s life. Read the contract blog in which Curt was able to definitively answer all the questions fans and writers were asking. Scroll back to Friday’s late-night exchange between Curt & Kevin Millar re: their encounter earlier that day.

    This is unprecedented communication between players & fans, Dan. It’s a level of contact that no fan is ever going to receive from buying a ticket to a game, standing around a fence for an autograph, or reading a story in a newspaper.

    Laugh. Have fun. Get hissy. But you’re missing the *real* story, which is that the players have finally figured out they don’t need to talk to you to talk to their fans.

    What was that old clip these used to play on ‘EEI? An older woman screaming “Shaughnessy, get a life!” A year from now, she might be back on there bellowing “Shaughnessy, get a job!”

    best,

    Tom

  32. frodo1962 permalink
    March 26, 2007 6:15 am

    Curt … just read CMH’s (aka shank) hack job about this blog … do you think he was A. abused as a child B. Beat up regularily in high school by the ‘jocks’ and sees his column as a way to get back at them C. Just an angry wanna be or D. All of the above?

    I don’t really expect you to answer, but it was fun to write.

  33. easleyjack permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:23 am

    Curt, I am a survivor of malignant melanoma. It is an extremely scary thing to hear. Something that really comes out of nowhere. You and your wife are providing a wonderful service and great benefits by making it easy to link to these important sites, not to mention the work that you do with the groups. And, you are absolutely correct. Make sure you check the kids.
    Baseball question. I know it is early, besides the Yankees, who is strong in our division? Is that something that the team thinks about at this point in the season or is it more about preparing yourselves?

  34. balves permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:35 am

    I am an admirer of you focus, tenacity on courage on the mound. Bloody sock was mythical and your command is amazing. I wanted to give you my opinion on why the media, especially Dan S give you a hard time. There are few athletes who speak out and actually know what they are talking about. I have never heard or read anything you have said that would lead me to conclude you are a blowhard. In fact, if you were a lawyer or a CEO you and all your friends would converse in the same way you approach things. Dan S is jerk. The kind of guy that gets beat up everyday in high scool. The most troublesome aspect of the critisicm is they don’t like ti when players do not talk to them either. The blog is a great tool to undermine the media. Touche”

  35. redsox2004 permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:41 am

    Good Morning Curt,

    I have a Question / Favor to ask you. I don’t want to ask it in a Blog. I was wonder if there was a way to ask in a private email or other form of communication? I’m a Die Hard BoSox Fan as I was born and raised in Boston but live now in just north of Houston, Texas in a town call Spring, Ask Josh, I think he might know where it’s at. This isn’t a life or death or even life changing request. So if you have time I would appreciate it.

    Thanks so much for your time,
    “Why not us AGAIN 2007”

    Regards,
    Mark, aka redsox2004

  36. nohate438 permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:52 am

    Hey Curt,

    I think it’s all about “winning the next pitch” for you, If you can control that, then the game is yours, kinda like throwing darts at the pub against your friends.

    Check this link out about “the secret” and how famous leaders and the like held these thoughts and made powerful differences in the world we live just by controlling their thoughts. It is well known that the “law of attraction” can get you what you desire just by thinking positively about receiving what you desire. Heres the link,

    Thanks for being real bro.

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1464873545

  37. krimsman permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:26 am

    Curt,

    First of all, thanks for the blog – it’s been a blast to read – almost more fun than reading jealous reporters ripping you for writing a blog!

    I have a question that has always bugged me. Why aren’t NL pitchers better hitters? It would seem to me that they should be. Typically, those who pitched growing up were among the better all-around players and the best hitters. Obviously, this gets lost along the way. But, with free time between starts and throwing sessions, isn’t there time to take extra BP or work on hitting mechanics? I would have to think that a pitcher who could hit even .250 would win himself another 2-3 games over the course of a season.

    Best of luck this year! Keep making us smile!

    Best,
    Andy

  38. mitemom permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:27 am

    First let me say thank you for your courageous efforts back in 2004. I’m sure you wouldn’t have gone through the radical medical procedures if they told you there was long term risk issues, but still you never can be sure. The montage set to One Thing, “If I gave it all for one thing…..” that NESN did at the end of 05 really moved me, as I felt like you might have sacrificed a longer career for the chance to bring joy to so many people. You got us (the collective Red Sox Nation) from day one, and it is appreciated. It’s great to see you back on the job with all your skill in tact.

    As for the blog…..
    Facinating reading. I’m looking forward to your insights all year long. Nice to see you take your fan interaction to the greater public. The SOSH group has had you to themselves for too long. I hope we’ll soon hear more “fly on the wall” accounts of the club house. I know there is much that is sacred and private, but it’s nice to have some shared humanity.

    Your families efforts on behalf of the shade foundation have made a difference. We’ve been dilligent with the sun screen and the “rash guard” style swimsuits, first popularized in Australia, since our kiddo was born.

    I hope when you retire, we’ll get a peak at a few pages of “the notebooks”.

    Also, do you miss batting?

    Thanks for your part bringing us the joy of the summer of 04.

  39. March 26, 2007 8:48 am

    “I do believe people have certain obligations to society when they are in a position to impact others through actions or words, but your kids are your responsibility. What they do with their time, until they are 18, is your business, not the governments, not your neighbors, not your nanny, not your parents, yours.”

    Amen Schill… Amen.

  40. neely878 permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:49 am

    Curt, you are doing good work, keep it up. Thanks for the blog- I have 15 month old triplets and this is certainly a nice outlet for a few minutes from the beautiful children we have.

    One ??- if you had to start a baseball team tomorrow- and you had two picks- kind of like the old strat-o-matic- game (remmeber that?) who would be your one pitcher and who would be your everyday player- I know its hard because of different strengths etc, but give it a shot if you dont mind- and I mean you can include players from any generation

    thanks
    Neely878

  41. March 26, 2007 8:50 am

    OK, Schill — you’re it.

    CHB’s column this morning: funny or just very sad?

    And more seriously…

    The awesomeness of Josh Beckett in Spring Training 2007: The real deal, or just setting me up to lose a lot of bets?

  42. curlyhairedboyfriend permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:04 am

    Just in case my earlier post gets modded out, I am wondering if Schill would offer a response to Shaughnessey’s March 26 column where he spoofs this board.

    FTR – for CHB to call anyone a “blowhard” is clearly the pot calling the kettle black.

  43. falcon64 permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:11 am

    3/26 Boston Globe Sports page E2

    Shaughnessy is an unctuous loser.

  44. marsh18redsox permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:12 am

    Its ironic you wrote about the Dana Farber kids yesterday. I too was surrounded by kids and adults that are survivors and/or helping to raise money to fight the cause. Yesterday was the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund brunch at Gilette Stadium. My nephew is a cancer survivor and we have a team each year to raise money. We have raised around $30,000 since we have been in existence. It really does put things into perspective everytime I am at this brunch and the day of the walk. He got to meet Matt Light and a Patriots Cheerleader that put a big smile on that 9 year old boy :) (he was bringing the pic to school today haha). Do you have any information on how kids are selected to go to Ft. Myers with the Jimmy Fund? My nephew no longer has cancer (THANK GOD) and only goes to Dana Farber once a year or so for check ups, but he would LOVE to meet you guys!!!

    Thanks

  45. painnation permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:16 am

    Curt, love how you are reaching out directly to fans on this site and you are giving some great insight we don’t see elsewhere.

    Reason for my post is today’s article by the blowbag SHAUGHNESSY. I know you two have bad blood but his article today I thought was uncalled for, unprofessional and the thing you might expect to see on a 1st grade playground. A lot of his stuff I think is crap but this article in particular really bothered me, enough so to send emails to the editor about it. He may think anyone reading this blog is just a Schilling FANBOY but you are providing insight found no where else and it is giving us fans great insight into the game. This article really pissed me off so I can only imagine your thoughts on it and him

  46. marsh18redsox permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:17 am

    PS. This is to acefox1 in response to this comment

    “I’ll NEVER forget the leaping catch that Pokey reese made in mid-2004 where he jumped higher into the air than anybody I’ve ever seen.”

    I was at that game and I still can’t believe that catch. I was in standing room on the third base side, I have stood under there so much that you pretty much know when a ball leaves that bat whether it will be a hit or not, well that ball left the bat and I thought it was a hit then Pokey came through, one of the most amazing catches I have ever seen, in person anyway :)

  47. graciecatt permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:26 am

    Curt, are we going to be able to purchase the Why Not Us Again shirt you were wearing in today’s boston.com photo?

    It would be a nice addition to my other Why Not Us shirt!

  48. mannyhitz500 permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:41 am

    Hi Curt I hope this entry finds you rested and ready.
    I have a few questions but the one I have is well I hope I don’t make it sound like you are blasting another team member as we know you don’t but you do speak your mind. Curt.. do you believe the way the rotation is now You, Josh, Timmy, Dice-K and Julian is sufficient given that it is only APRIL and you all are healthy?
    I want to believe that julian deserves that #5 spot as I well as a fan I just deplore clement, He has no spunk and seems to have a issue in his head.
    I know pitching is 65% mental and 35% physical ( correct me if I am wrong)
    I think I made sense Thanks Curt have great day :)

  49. pogmothoin permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:42 am

    Hello Curt,

    You truly have your finger on the pulse of Red Sox nation and fans in general. I can’t wait to see how this blog develops and what kind of impact it can have. I mean possible blogging between innings? The thought blows my mind. I thank you for helping to reconnect fans to the sport they love.

    Viva el Curt, down with the media!

    Regarding the Sox organization and player development, without stepping on any toes can you provide me with an assessment? Overall, I feel they have found a good balance. However, sometimes it seems the organization is very willing to gamble on a veteran whose production or market value has slipped in hopes that the trend will reverse and it will be a value-buy. But they seem less willing to gamble on a rookie, who does not have a track record, in hopes that they can breakout. I feel this sometimes detracts from building long-term viability and a cohesive team.

    If you were buying the groceries, how would you shop? If this question seems too loaded, perhaps you can address it in generalities.

    -pogs

  50. fisk27 permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:34 am

    Given that you spent some time in the bullpen in 2005 which do you believe is more taxing to a pitchers’ arm/shoulder: a) pitching 180-200 innings a year on a predictable every fifth day routine, or b) pitching 60-80 innings a year out of the bullpen with less predicatability and having to get up and down in the pen more often?

  51. redsoxedmunds24 permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:37 am

    curt, just finished reading CHB’s latest article this morning. very upset after reading it and i am sure if you’ve seen it your not to happy about it either. theres no need for him to be writing that crap just to stir up trouble making fun of us the fans and you. other writers then CHB how do you hanld them when they write junk about you or the team? just let it go and challenge if when its brought up or do you go right after them the next time you see them

  52. curtswift permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:44 am

    Hi Curt,

    I read Shaughnessy’s solumn this morning in the Globe and I wondered what did you (or we for that matter) ever do to him to piss him off so badly. I appreciate the fact that I can converse (somewhat) with a major league ballplayer and one from my favorite team, but that makes me and the other bloggers here a bunch of sycophantic suckups. What an a$$#%le! I usually ignore his column and I’m not sure why I read today’s but… Need I say more. If he hates you and us and everything we love about our sports teams and hero’s, why not go write for the Yankees and just go away? Keep up the great work and here’s hoping your can get to pitch next to your hero and not sell ice cream!! Great quote!

    Curt Swift

  53. lifesanocean permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:45 am

    Curt,

    I think you agree that baseball is a game invented out of a desire for sheer pleasure and escape. It is a way for normal people to escape the trite and mundane. Baseball is a passion fashioned out of history and names and faces but is meaningless all on its own. Baseball really is all about drama. Baseball is a struggle to win or suffer with loss. Victory. Defeat. Injury. Surprise. Agony. Tears of joy and of sadness as well. Missed chances. Lost love. Ecstasy of a reclaimed prize. in short, it’s Life. The drama of baseball is the story of every living person.

    However, while I find it unique that a ball-player is airing his views in general on life, baseball, family, and etc in a public forum; I can’t understand what your message is. Yours views and responses are so cleaned, purified, polished and shiny that they lack any substance past the surface. I can’t help but feel that this is some group therapy session for bored Red Sox fans and online gamers.

    By publishing this blog it sounds as if you are simply interested in preaching to an anesthetized choir. Are you at all concerned that the only people who read this blog seem to be either: 1) cheerleaders, or 2) voyeurs of bland curiosity.

    Baseball (and life) is just as much about the happiness of victory as it is about the frustration of defeat. There’s no sweetness of victory if we’ve never experience defeat. However, all I find here are words which seem to have passed through some sort of purification filtration system. Anything with meaning and challenge is plucked out and hidden away.

    What sort of ritual is this if we only get canned responses behind painted-on smiles. For this reason, I can’t seem to figure out if this is for real or not. If it is real, where are the criticisms? Where is the analysis of folly, blown fortunes, and wrecked chances? Hope for the future only comes from experience in the past from which we can draw comparison. Something we can aspire to and achieve. Where are the struggles of real life of real peoples? Who wants to hear about how wonderful and great everything is all the time? If baseball players are real people, which I suspect they are, they have real opinions of their own. Else, they’re just wealthy people out of touch with reality.

    What I ask is this: Is there any value in this blog? If this is about baseball, it’s about our lives. And we can take life, Curt. We’re working-class Americans and we won’t wither and faint if we hear an honest-to-god opinion or even a random outburst. We can manage our own expectations. We don’t want to be told how wonderful everything is. We hope for that already. Furthermore, while we can barely afford to take our families to attend one of your performances, we won’t burst into tears if we hear what millionaire ballplayers _really_ think. If this is really you, living and breathing baseball fans should all look away now. Just leave us to invent our own stories and watch the game in peace. We can be left to form our own opinions and maybe they’ll be nice or maybe they won’t be. Maybe our own estimations will be right or maybe they will be way off target. This, after all, is life. We’re living it the best way we know how and we won’t need to hear how great and wonderful things are in order to survive yet another day.

    So, give us something real or please just give us nothing at all.

    Regards,
    D

  54. tunderko permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:52 am

    Curt
    I am “life-long” Phillies fan and absolutely LOVED when you played for them.
    I was thrilled for you when you did win the championship with the Sox and watch you every time you pitch on National TV.

    If you EVER become a free agent, don’t forget us!
    We would love to have your splitter back in South Philly.

    You know, you would make a great commentator on baseball games when you do retire. ( in 5 years!)

    Terry
    Pennsburg, PA

  55. drewzaire permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:04 am

    If CHB hates your blog and your fans, count me in!

    But seriously, do you think Jason Varitek will have a good offensive year?

  56. March 26, 2007 11:06 am

    Hey Curt,

    I know a short amount of time has passed since Vuk’s passing, but are you aware of the online guestbook for sharing thoughts on Vuk or prayers for his family. In case you do not, here’s the link..

    http://www.legacy.com/Philly/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=86752248

    I have found these guestbooks to be a good source of continued healing as you can leave your thoughts as well as read other’s comforting thoughts and prayers.

    Thanks again for your time Curt, it’s much appreciated!

  57. beantownfanatic permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:14 am

    ( Not a question, but a comment about the Shillings)
    Curt, A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting you and Shonda at a Flyers hockey game in our club box. You approached me and introduced me to your wife. I had the chance to speak with you and Shonda at quite a few hockey games and really found you both to be very personable and intellegent. We had some good conversations, mostly not about baseball at all. I know neither of you remember me, but I wanted to say “Thank you”. I hope all is well with you and your family and will always wish you the best with your charities. I think you are misunderstood alot of the time. Just wanted to let the fans know that you really are a nice guy with a good heart. I hope to see you in a Boston uniform next year and am looking forward to watching you lead the pitching staff this year. Thanks again. Why not us again?

  58. pariquita79 permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:21 am

    Hi Curt,
    I think this blog is great! Thanks for posting to it.

    I admire your work ethic. You set such a great example for current and future baseball players. You’re dedicated, professional and just good at what you do. I think there should be more Curts and ‘Teks in the game of baseball…I’m a big ‘Tek fan as well.

    I love watching the catcher/pitcher relationship between you and Tek when you’re out there starting a game. How long did it take you and ‘Tek to get used to eachother?

    Good Luck in 2007…Love the “Why not us again?” T-Shirt. Will those be sold this baseball season? I’d love to buy one.

    ~E

  59. bostonbigdog permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:24 am

    I love that you use your celebrity, money and time for good causes. I wish more sports figures were like you and your wife in that respect.

    http://www.unclec.com

  60. nabowles permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:27 am

    Curt- I was at the games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I was most impressed by the pitching- even Hansack looked very good.

    As soon as the ball up the middle deflected off you, I was composing my next blog post in my head: Especially after witnessing what happens to teammates like Matt Clement, how difficult is it to immediately remain poised when a ball richocets off you like that? You already mentioned that you threw three consecutive bad changeups after that. Does almost being hit have anything to do with that, especially when your change up was so effective during the rest of your outing?

  61. jeffhew permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:45 am

    Hi Curt,

    Just a few quickies.

    1. It’s the top of the 6th and you’re up by a run. You’ve been through the lineup twice. What are you doing differently to keep the hitters on their toes? What did you do in earlier innings to set yourself up for success in the later innings?

    2. I’ve read several pieces, some by you, on MMP and ASL. Is there any plan for 38 Studios to do what no one has done before and create a true ASL PC based game? ASL would not still be here were it not for you.

    3. Last one, and I can probably guess the answer. At the end of the season (and post-season), Would you be up to a game of ASL (VASL)? If you win, dinner for you and your family at your choice of restaurant anywhere in the country with a matching contribution to the charity of your choice . If I win, 30 minutes BP at Fenway against you with a contribution to the charity of your choice. What do ya say?

    Good luck in the opener. I think you’re looking better than you did in ’04. That change is going to be nasty by June.

    Jeff

  62. johnnyjaha permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:58 am

    I think the reason the CHB is even on the payroll at Daddy Globe is because his incredible stupidness makes the rest of the writers look beter. That’s the only possible explanation.

  63. yanksfan71 permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:05 pm

    Curt — Obviously I am a Yanks fan, so by definition I am not supposed to like you. That being said, I appreciate the perspective you are bringing to us baseball fans – so thanks for that. I do hope you are able to keep it up during the season and appreciate you giving us some context around some of the more controversial quotes that have been attributed to you. I hope this blog sets the standard for others within MLB.

    Also what do you think of the DirectTV thing? I have to knock down a tree in order to watch games (I’m an out of market fan).

  64. pjsoxfan permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:08 pm

    Hi Curt,
    It’s taken me a few minutes to craft this without any profanity, because it’s about CHB of course. First of all, I’m a fangirl and always have been and I really wish he’d acknowledge us ladies for once. If I am a geek or socially stunted in his eyes for loving baseball and the Red Sox, I am perfectly comfortable with that.

    Your blog is great – and obviously doing what it’s supposed to, since it’s gotten such a vitriolic response from Danny Boy who’s clearly threatened. Thanks for connecting directly with the fans and cutting out jerks like this who only promotes his own agenda (and books). It’s a side benefit that the blog prompted his most mean-spirited column to date.

    Even fangirls like myself wouldn’t have time (contrary to what CHB thinks) to read the blogs of 26 players, so I do appreciate all the great media folks out there who do hard work reporting for us.

    Hopefully I’ll have an intelligent question next time. For now, Dan, if you’re reading this (and you know you are): you hate the fans, you hate the players. Maybe it’s time to get a new line of work, with Johnny from Burger King. With apologies to those at Burger King who would be stuck working alongside this blowhard.

  65. dori317 permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:19 pm

    Can’t say often enough how much I am enjoying reading your blog, the Q & A, and the recent post by my favorite former Red Sox…Millar! Having the opportunity to see “inside baseball” like this is just what the average over the top need to know every little thing member of Red Sox Nation wants. Too bad for Dan Shaughnessy that he doesn’t get that, or needs to make fun of it. Admittedly, we Sox fans can be too interested, but whats the harm? I love baseball, and getting the inside scoop so to speak is really awesome. Not that I think his comments would matter to you in the least, but know that out here in the Nation we are really enjoying this!

    Dori

  66. pjsoxfan permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:23 pm

    I just remembered that I had a constructive comment/question (I must’ve been so nervous before, writing directly to you, that I forgot, haha).

    Since Manny won’t talk to the media, any chance you can convince him to start up his own blog? Or possibly do an occasional guest column on yours? We all know that Manny does not overthink at the plate, but there’s got to be some science behind one of the game’s greatest hitters.

  67. frodo1962 permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:24 pm

    Putting the self righteous blow hard CHB’s comments behind us … I was wondering if the Sox have a plan to keep Jason Varitek fresh for the second half of the year. I think for the Sox to do well (as evidenced by last year) and go deep into the playoffs, they need Jason to be healthy. Catcher is a very grueling position and as he gets older I think they need to give him more rest then 1 out of every 5 days … however based on Doug Mirabelli’s performance last year I’m not sure the team could afford to have him play more often.

  68. frodo1962 permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:25 pm

    By the way, I look forward to listening to you tomorrow on D&C.

  69. acefox1 permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:33 pm

    Thanks for the post marsh18redsox. I’m glad to know I’m not the only person that remember that catch. I don’t understand why Pokey’s 2004 leaping catch didn’t get more attention.

    When that ball was hit, I wasn’t wondering if it would be caught. My only question was whether it would drop for a single or roll to the wall for a double or triple.

    It totally blew me away and I will never forget that. I’m incredibly jealous that you were able to see that in person! I wonder how long it took the crowd to figure out exactly what he did. Even after I saw it I didn’t believe it. :)

    Go Red Sox!

    Deane

    PS Looks like the Globe editors were asleep at the switch to greenlight CHB’s column. Oh well, no worries. I’ll always have the memory of seeing him on national TV with only 6 outs to go for the 04 WS Championship sitting there picking his nose. That trumps any garbage he brings up in his column. LOL

  70. March 26, 2007 12:38 pm

    //So, give us something real or please just give us nothing at all.//

    Speak for yourself.

    There are plenty of posts here that are critical of Curt.

    I suggest the folks who have issues with this blog just don’t read it.

  71. ahodgdon permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:40 pm

    Curt, thanks for all your insight and inside info about major league pitching. I love watching a pitcher who is the best in the game at a certain pitch throw it. I was hoping you could comment on what pitcher you think throws the best of each pitch being these days. we hear about Santana’s change-up or Rivera’s cutter. who do you think throws the best
    2 seam fastball? 4 seamer? changeup? curveball? knuckleball? cutter? splitter? slider? forkball?

  72. March 26, 2007 12:41 pm

    First off, thanks a lot for answering my Q about how to deal with a frustrating first inning. You seem to say, instead of pouting, focus on what’s ahead– that seems to be pretty smart. As a fan, watching a game, it’s tough to tell whether a pitcher’s stuff is going to get better as the game goes on, or if he just has to go on what he’s got after the first.

    Shaughnessy is the Brent Musberger of columnists. Has anyone ever even heard of someone who claims to be a fan of either? I haven’t.

    Blogs threaten people like him, and Rome, and Mariotti, guys who bloviate instead of reporting. Anyone can opine, and loads of people on the Internet are funnier and more insightful. Here’s one good take on CHB’s column: http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2007/03/blogs-bad-old-media-good-nerds-nerdy.html

    Since reading Keith Hernandez’s book, I’ve been craving the kind of in-depth descriptions that you post on this blog. That kind of analysis is all over the Internet, and nowhere on TV or in most papers. Lord knows we’re not going to get it from Shaughnessy– or from the Dirt Dogs, for that matter. Like Shaugnessy, they’re always in search of some soap opera to be pissed off about.

  73. risoxfan permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:51 pm

    CHB is in deep denial about blogging. Tom Field in #31 put it best: “If you (CHB) truly think this blog is nothing more than fans gushing about the bloody sock and ‘Col. McBragg’ droning on about how he single-handedly won the World Series, then you’re revealing yourself as a selective — and threatened — reader.”

    Curt …. thanks for being here. Just don’t let it sap your energy from pitching!

  74. irnbru permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:51 pm

    Hello, Curt.

    How much does having a “good” or a “bad” catcher behind the plate affect the pitcher? Why?

  75. scorp37 permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:51 pm

    Hi Curt
    It’s awesome having this blog to interact with your fans. Great link to Dana Farber to they are awesome i had a bone marrow transplant on november 30th and am doing great so far. they perform miracles every day it’s a very special place. My question to you is do you keep the same training regime every year or do you try different things to get into game shape? I have a feeling your going to have a monster year this year and look forward to watching it happen. Stay cool and thanks for everything youve done and brought to the sox your heart can never be questioned!!!
    scorp37

  76. jfraga permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:58 pm

    Schill, first off- you’re the man. I swung by here after scanning the Curly Haired Boyfriend’s newest sludge. All I can say about him is that it’s pretty obvious that he can’t handle ‘not’ being the center of attention. Even if that attention is bad in nature, the guy would rather that than be rendered irrelevant by a bunch of Sox fans checking in on a pretty cool blog. The dude is a muppet.

    Thanks for all you’ve done for us as Sox fans, and good luck this year.

  77. mhs1977 permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:01 pm

    Dear Curt – He is not Carl Everetts Curley Haired Boyfriend. He is Gordon Eades Curley Haired Boyfriend.

    While Jurasic Carl first refered to this guy as Curley Haired Boyfriend, it was in the context of him being in that role for Eades.

  78. jpow22 permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:02 pm

    dshaughnessy@globe.com.

    Drop our friend a hello :D

  79. mrfreeze permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:07 pm

    Curt,

    Dan Shaugnessy is a $#@$.

    I’m watching Matsuzaka pitch against the Reds. When he finds his location, he’s going to do some crazy things. I hope he doesn’t face the Twins.

    It says on the TV that he can throw 100. The ESPN radar gun says 90-92. How long into the season does it take you to get your top velocity?

  80. colonnade permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:16 pm

    DAN SHAUGHNESSY is an ignorant human being. He should have more dignity and class than to write such an uninformed piece. Put simply, he showed his true colors today. I am shocked that he has taken his dispute with you so personally.

    As a Boston Globe writer/reporter, he IS held to a higher standard than baseball players. We expect fair journalism from Boston Globe writers not personal rants. If we wanted this kind of journalism, there are plenty of other free publications where you can find this kind of lack of journalistic integrity. At last check, Dan was identified as a sports writer and not an OP-ED writer.

    Dan – you should be ashamed of yourself!

  81. bloodysock permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:39 pm

    Curt,

    Enough said with regard to the ‘article’ from Carl Everett’s Curly Haired Boyfriend. I clicked on the link to read it from the BDD site and needless to say, didn’t need to read the first paragraph to see where that was heading.

    This blog is way more insightful and knowledgeable than any of his utterances have ever been.

    Thank you for making the commitment to do this, it’s a must read!

  82. cdbuaump permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:46 pm

    BAHHHHHHHHH

  83. March 26, 2007 1:51 pm

    An obvious attempt to goad you into something to get his name on ESPN. Looks like he kind of succeeded. Best to never speak of him again.

  84. March 26, 2007 1:53 pm

    “[...] So, give us something real or please just give us nothing at all.”

    Wow, you know, I’ve been looking for a nice dose of craptastic melodrama all day. Thanks for the fix.

    Regards,

    N

  85. keysersose permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:54 pm

    Heya Curt,

    First off, in re: to Tom Fields comment directly aimed at the curly haired one… dear god… absolutely priceless…. on target, to the point, and hilarious all at the same time… well said good man…

    ok, Now some questions…

    1) DiceK, no hitter through 5 today… wow… this kid really is the real deal huh…

    2) Re: the Changeup – I know that with a change, you aim to duplicate your motion and arm angle to that of a fastball, that said, what have you found to be harder about adding this pitch, the mechanics, or the mental aspect?

    3) You, CHB, MTV Celebrity Deathmatch… who wins and why?

  86. March 26, 2007 1:59 pm

    hey Curt,

    Just wanted to comment on the now infamous article by Mr Shaughnessy today. I blogged about it on my own blog. I enjoy watching you pitch, but am not a hardcore Schilling fan, no offense.

    I could not shake the feeling of being mocked however as a participant of your blog as a commenter, and moreover as a blogger myself.

    I believe this is due to the media’s lack of ‘control’ of information due to the easy availability through blogs. Also, it seemed to lack professionalism. I did email Dan Shaughnessy and I did email the editor with my pleasure.

    In my opinion, if you fire back with a personal attack, it doesn’t make you right. Please keep your head up.

    Brad

  87. iowadave permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:04 pm

    Just a quick comment:

    While I hate Dan S. as much as any blue-blood BoSox fan, and I applaud you taking him to task for being a grade-A jerk, I think the line about “Carl Everett’s Curly-Haired Boyfriend” line could easily be interpreted as homophobic.

    The origins of CHB (as early Simmons’ readers know) refers to the creepy boyfriend of someone’s sister, that weird guy that no one really likes who shows up to family functions and makes everyone feel awkward.

    I imagine this was unintentional, and it wasn’t nearly as offensive as Shaugnessey’s characterizations in the Globe. Still, I felt it worth pointing out.

    Keep up the excellent work, Curt, and have a great season. Us stat geeks and basement dwellers are rooting for you.

  88. dixieredsox permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:09 pm

    Hey Curt,

    THANKS AGAIN FOR A GREAT BLOG. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD PLEASE TALK MORE ABOUT BECOMING A CHRISTIAN AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU ON A DAILY BASIS. ARE THERE OTHER RED SOX PLAYERS THAT ARE CHRISTIANS AS WELL?

    THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING!
    Galen ‘Pepper’ Garner
    Your Red Sox Nation friend from Alabama

    http://www.galengarner.com

  89. perchik permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:10 pm

    “Carl Everett’s Curly Haired Boyfriend?”

    Homophobe.

    Shaughnessy is right to find your blog amusing, but he should have kept his thoughts to himself and not stooped to your level.

  90. trot7 permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:14 pm

    The beginning of this blog was more entertaining then all of network TV and most of cable.

    How close is Wily Mo to becoming an everyday player?

  91. March 26, 2007 2:18 pm

    Personally, I sent this response to the Globe:

    “Hi there.

    I’ve been a pretty loyal follower of boston.com’s sports coverage for a few years now (Edes and Benjamin do fine work). Being a certified Sox fanatic, it’s been a must-read stop for me on a daily basis since… oh, around 2003.

    I won’t be back again.

    I’m not sure if your resident hack, Mr. Dan Shaughnessy, has been elevated to such a position as to bypass all editorial screening, or what the story is. Regardless, his piece about 38pitches.com today was over-the-top insulting – not only to Curt Schilling, and not even *primarily* to him. It was insulting to me, as one of your readers, that Mr. Shaughnessy would characterize me so. I’m aware of the financial problems your newspaper – and many others like it across the country – is having. Perhaps you folks see something like 38pitches.com as some sort of existential threat to your Sox coverage. That doesn’t provide Mr. Shaughnessy an excuse to take broad and egregious swipes at Curt Schilling OR his readership – *particularly* since you should realize that most, if not all of his readers are likely YOUR readers as well. How much do you believe you can keep denigrating Red Sox fans and counting on them to return, especially when your crosstown rival does work at least on a par with what the Globe turns out? Or the Providence Journal? Or Any of ESPN.com’s fine analysts?

    I’ll reconsider my position should Mr. Shaughnessy print a full and apologetic retraction.”

  92. perchik permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:20 pm

    P.S. I think it’s funny that he writes you saying, “What would Gandhi do” and you actually respond with a quote by Gandhi.

  93. caso77 permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:21 pm

    Curt, I have enjoyed reading your blog thoroughly. Recently I attended an info session at my firm about ALS that included a speech by an incredibly smart and groundbreaking individual. His name was James (Jamie) Heywood. I’m sure by now that you have heard of his work with ALS and I was wondering what your impressions are of his crusade and what he’s accomplished for finding a cure? I also applaud your commitment to finding a solution to the mystery that ALS presents. Keep up the great work and good luck this season!

  94. formeryahootroll permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:35 pm

    Dear Curt,

    How come Yanktard internet trolls haven’t ruined your blog yet? Or are you deleting thousands of NY’ers posts per day to keep it clean?

    Just curious, because if a Yankees pitcher were to keep a blog like this, I’d summon my legions and we’d DESTROY it.

  95. dfwelch permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:47 pm

    Mr. Schilling:

    May I handle the response to wakerugby15’s further inquiries?

    1) Baseball is not played on a treadmill.

    2) Baseball is a 162-game schedule (that’s just the regular season, add spring training and playoffs) played over the course of 185 days or so. That is a lot of baseball played in a short time. These games last 3+ hrs, and take place is some of the best (HOTTEST) and worst (RAINY) whether.

    3) Try comparing baseball to other sports that I’m sure your gf would have no problem agreeing are full of athletes:

    * American Football: These guys play once per week, 16 to 20 games per season. They spend at least as much time on the bench as baseball players. And, please tell me what object that’s extremely hard occassionally flies at their heads at speeds over 90 mph.

    *Basketball: This schedule is the most similar to baseball in number of games per season. Compared to football and baseball, the best players spend much less game-time on the bench. However, please see previous comment regarding 90 mph projectiles occassionally making contact with the head.

    *Hockey: Similar schedule to baseball and basketball. Finally, another sport with a very hard object flying toward the noggin.

    *Soccer (nonAmerican Football): Wow, way too much running.

  96. syphax permalink
    March 26, 2007 2:59 pm

    My email to Dan:

    Dan,

    I’m writing because I’ve always respected your work, but that respect is fraying.

    Your bit about Curt’s blog posts being as long as Team of Rivals was a
    good one, but the rest of your article was crap. I know it was not
    your intention, but you confirm some of Curt’s sentiments about Boston
    sportswriters.

    Dan, give it up. I don’t care about Curt vs Dan. I care about Red Sox
    vs. Yankees, etc. Stop trying to be the story. Cover the story,
    please.

    I think Curt talks way too much; I don’t even have time to read all the way
    through his blog, but I find it much more interesting than anything I
    read in the sports pages. You guys need to raise your game.

    And stop hassling the players. We the fans will do that as needed.

  97. cubsfan01 permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:02 pm

    why was Crazy Carl’s name deleted? Did he threaten to kill you or something?

  98. weeba permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:24 pm

    “Just curious, because if a Yankees pitcher were to keep a blog like this, I’d summon my legions and we’d DESTROY it.”

    I would hope NYY fans would have enough respect not to post trash over here. It’s not often any professional athlete reaches directly to their fans this way, and I for one would not want to go forward and ruin it. I’d love to read what Mussina, Pavano, Riveria et al would write every day.

  99. tymmyramone permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:40 pm

    That Curly-haired boyfriend nickname has to be single greatest part of Carl Everett’s legacy in Boston. It’s funnier than the dinosaurs spiel itself.

  100. mangsun8682 permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:56 pm

    I’m didn’t think you’d take the Curly Haired Boyfriends comments lying down Schill. U r the man. Good luck this year, and just do what u always do and pretty soon the Curly Haired Boyfriend will have his foot in his mouth as usual.

    PS: Where can I get more information on 38studios as far as jobs are concerned?

  101. jblaze4 permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:02 pm

    Curt what’s going on buddy, never thought I would get a chance to talk to a pro-athlete no less get to hear his real points of view on almost a first hand basis ( I use the term ‘almost’ because it’s not face-to-face). Just wanted to let you know that your a warrior, and anyone that can pitch with barely and tendon left in his foot against the most hated team ever, deserves endless praise, which I’m sure you get, or should get. In any regard, thanks for kicking their ass, much appreciated! I had champagne pouring; going crazy, making sure I called all my yankee hater friends who at that point were “asleep”, it’s funny what happens to those fans when they lose…you can’t find them anywhere…interesting…

    In regards to the upcoming season, and where we were starting in 04′, how good do you think the 07′ team looks? And do you think we will win the world series in 4 games or 7? Hahaha, just a little confident, but realistically the Division, post-season, what are your thoughts??

    Ps. Have you ever been on a Starting Rotation comparable to this one, and the endless potential it may have?

  102. volleyholly permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the shout out Curt. It was an amazing trip. I went to Spring Training with the Jimmy Fund two years ago so it was great to see others experience it for the first time. I think I can speak for all the kids when I say trips like that make going through treatment a little more bearable. A huge thanks to you and all the people that made it possible. You’re as amazing off the field as you are on and a prime example of why the Red Sox organization is so great. Best of luck this season. Hope to see you too!

  103. fisk27 permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:16 pm

    Shaughnessy is a genious! All this talk about Jurasic Carl and the CBH got me thinking about dinosaurs which is exactly what Dan Shaughnessy is, consider the facts: The Boston Globe’s average net paid weekday circulation (as per the parent company New York Times annual reports) has declined an astonishing 17.6% in the past 5 years alone, the numbers look like this:

    year circulation Percent change

    2006 389,200 -5.8%
    2005 413,300 -8.8%
    2004 453,800 +1.7% (Sox winning the series?)
    2003 446,300 -4.3%
    2002 466,500 -1.3%
    2001 472,500

    Dan has realized he works for a dinosaur in today’s media world and his career is quickly becoming irrelevant. He is trying to align himelf with the new world media so as not to be extinct. My question for Curt is, perhaps you could shed some light on the number of viewers to your blog and the the growth rates so as to prove just how irrelvant Mr. Shaughnessy actually is?
    Thanks

  104. joltinsteve permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:24 pm

    Dude, I’m a Yankee fan, and I know that means I should hate you, but this blog alone is an unbeliveably cool thing.

    Good for you!

  105. bobwal permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:28 pm

    Curt,

    If Dan Shaughnessy is looking for a fan to rip you, well here it goes…

    My problem with you has nothing to do with baseball, because you are obviously one of the best pitchers in the last 20 years. The reason I believe you should be in the Hall of Fame is your post season record, which is one of the best, if not THE best in all of baseball history.

    Right after the World Series, you went on one of the network morning shows. Now you always have said that you are a team player, and the reason they were interviewing you was that you were a member of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox. You used that occasion not just to talk about the team but to tell the nation to “vote Bush” in the next week’s election. After the parade you jetted off to Ohio to speak in a state that has lost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs since Bush took office, and told them what a great President George W. Bush was, and that they should vote for him.

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion. I am sure that more than half of all MLB players are Republicans because of the Bush tax cuts. But I really think that it was wrong of you to use the Red Sox World Series win as a platform for you to help Bush get re-elected. Bush has proven to be one of the worst presidents in U.S. history. You have done such great work as the spokesman for curing ALS, and I can’t believe that you can support someone who is single handedly stopping stem cell research. All Bush and Karl Rove have done in the last six years is divide this country into two classes: the rich and the poor.

    I hope that in the future you keep your political opinions to yourself.

  106. peteb permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:30 pm

    It’s too bad there isn’t a youtube video out there somewhere from the 2004 WS broadcast with CHB digging deep into his nose, that would be good commentary on the only good thing he brings to this world.

    In case you missed it, during one of the games they were talking about the Boston media during a lull in the game and they cut to CHB, there he sat with his finger deep in one nostril passing the time. They cut away quickly but you got a good 5 sec view into the only redeemable talent that man possess.

  107. jimed permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:35 pm

    FAN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
    I’m from CT. Traveled to FL to see the Sox in Spring Training. 5 and 8 year old sons. Waited 3 hours in 88 degree heat before game time to get autographs. I can understand not getting an autograph, and I can explain that to my kids. But, Only 3 players even acknowledged the fans or signed at least one autograph: Matsuzaka, who signed no less than 25-30 baseballs, Youks, who signed about 5, and Coco Crisp who signed about 10 (which I was lucky enough to get, long after my kids gave up due to the heat!).

    Can you talk with your teammates about at least waving to fans, signing one or two autographs? I’ll tell you, Coco is now my favorite player. BY ACKNOWLEDGING FANS, THE FANS OWN A PART OF YOU AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD THAT PLAYER PLAYS, THE FANS WON’T “DIS” HIM.

    We went to the Minor League Facility at the end of Edison Ave and ALL the MINOR LEAGUERS AND INVITEES were AVAILABLE, as long as they were approached at the APPROPRIATE TIMES. WHY CAN’T THE “BIG GUYS” do a little of the same?

  108. keysersose permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:38 pm

    After a lot of thought, I decided, like many of you, to email my displeasure to Dan regarding his column… now, what I want to know, is how many of us out here will get a response, and if so, what that response entails… I tried to civilly outline the fact that he stepped over the line by insulting the brunt of his readership, and that whether he likes it or not, technology is here to stay and will provide us with access far above and beyond the normal newspaper column… he can either evolve with it, or like fisk27 said, go extinct like the dinosaur many of us think he is

  109. semperfi9 permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:43 pm

    Mr. Schilling, first I want to say I do admire your candor, charity work and support of our armed forces. I also wanted to comment on CHBF.
    I am a Marine officer. I was given the opportunity, as a young lieutenant, to to attend Ted Williams’ memorial service. I was allowed into the function held beforehand. I was dressed in my dress blues and was enjoying getting to speak to such legends as Dom Dimaggio and Peter Gammons. Everyone was generous with their time and kind in their attitude. I approached mr shaughnessy and asked for a photo. He said, in a rude tone, “I do not have time for you!”. I have never really spoke of it, but it certainly did not surprise to see his childish article. Such articles have absolutely no place in what is supposed to be a respectable media outlet. I hold no real grudge against the media over all, in fact, I believe in many ways they do serve a noble purpose. However, when they let their ego get in the way, and they self-aggrandize, they become dangerous. The CHBF has been this way for a long time.
    Enough of that.
    Good luck with this season, with your and Mrs. Schillings’ efforts on behalf of Shade Foundation, and the efforts on behalf of the Jimmy Fund!
    Semper Fidelis.
    Respectfully submitted, Capt. C. Cameron Wilson

  110. danduran permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:50 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for this outlet, I think you are an amazing person with great morals and values. A true roll model to kids and adults regardless or age. I am a huge Sox fan from New Mexico, we make it a yearly ritual to catch you guys out on the west coast. Our yearly voyage was nearly canceled this year, my wife found out she was pregnant with twins and AZ in July just was not going to be the best medicine for her. We cashed in the plane tickets and held on to the game tickets just in case… Unforeseen to either of us we recently found out she lost both babies. We are both very religious and faithful individuals to God, praying for God’s mercy to get us through this hard time in our lives. Thank You for giving us both something to take our minds off this hardship that we are dealing with and we look forward to catching you guys in AZ. GO SOX!

    Daniel

  111. jimloomis permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:50 pm

    None of us should take pleasure in declining newspaper circulations because it’s tangible evidence of the dumbing down of America. (More evidence: not being able to spell “genius.”)

    That said, Shaughnessy’s column is a disgrace. Can we possibly imagine someone like Peter Gammons writing something like that? No interest. No value. No insights. Just meanness.

    My suggestion: Communicate your feelings directly to the Sports Editor of the Globe. The DO pay attention to serious complaints.

    Keep it up, Curt. There is more interest and value in one of your baseball-related paragraphs than Shaughnessy has generated in the past year.

    Aloha pumehana.

    Jim Loomis
    Ha’iku, Maui

  112. play4munny permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:52 pm

    I’m not a fan of your pontifications, but I appreciate your effort here. More importantly, I think Dan Shaughnessy’s column today was one of the most disgusting pieces of crap-hola I have ever read.

    Thank you for helping to broom him toward the door. His irrelevance is outstripped only by his condescension.

    Joe

  113. wolfe36 permalink
    March 26, 2007 4:57 pm

    Curt, everytime I see/hear/read CHB I weep for the Boston press. Growing up in Halifax, MA I read the likes of Montville, Gammons, Ryan and many other greats. Now? CHB and his infantile prose laced with ‘witty’ anecdotes along with meaningless rhetoric which most just don’t care about. Thank God Gordon Edes is around or the only use for the Globe is to train puppies.

    Good luck this year both personally and professionally

  114. paulri permalink
    March 26, 2007 5:01 pm

    Curt, your thoughts on CHB looking like an absolute clown in today’s Globe. The fact that he can no longer twist your words must really be eating at him.

  115. ike6116 permalink
    March 26, 2007 5:01 pm

    38pitches > Dan’s hack writing.

    You have a way to speak directly to your fans Shaunassy is now pretty much as, if not less important than “ike6116″ because I can ask you the questions *I* want to ask you and be done with it. Being a boston sports fan Im not really interested in the “insight” the media has, like your comment about WEEI, it’s entertaining but offers nothing the average sports fan couldn’t figure out for themselves the same could be said about every sports writer in boston (the only two I like are Simmons and Gammons).

    On to my frivolous questions:

    1. Which Sox uniform is your favorite? I personally bought your jersey in the alternate (The red Red Sox jersey). I’ve heard a lot of old timers say they hate those ones but I always thought they were cool I was curious about what the guy who actually has to wear one thinks.

    2. I never liked the fact that we let Bronson Arroyo go. With the pitching staff we have this year it’s much easier to swallow but he seemed real loyal to the team, wanted to take less money to stay here and really seemed to embrace the fans. What did you think of him hitting those home runs last year, did the team get a kick out of that? Personally Im with you on the DH rule and I’d love to see you swing the bat. Also another thing people gave Bronson a lot of hell about was he needed to spend “less time playing the guitar and more time focusing on pitching” I always thought this was a B.S argument made by disgruntled old timers (people like my dad who has reached the age where I dont hold him really even accountable for his opinion) and jack asses.

  116. paulri permalink
    March 26, 2007 5:08 pm

    With all of the emails to CHB, did anyone get a reply? I have yet to hear from him.

  117. jphunkfsu permalink
    March 26, 2007 5:14 pm

    Why is everyone all over the curly haired boy friend? I mean he created the Curse of the Bambino. He is the single most important figure in baseball. Without him who would we have to suck up to and then turn on players like Nomar, Damon, Mo, Rocket, and Boggs. This is Boston the most negative city in the world we need someone to tear down our best players and tell us how to act toward them.

    anyone who doesn’t understand sarcasm please don’t comment on my post

  118. mfaj5 permalink
    March 26, 2007 5:18 pm

    Schill-

    Did you change the name of your company to 38Studios (from GreenMonsterGames) because there’s a chance you won’t be back with the Sox? Or was that just coincidence?

    Great work on the blog. Keep it coming.

  119. cje5 permalink
    March 26, 2007 5:41 pm

    Curt,
    I can’t say I’m a humongous fan of yours… you sometimes strike me as a little arrogant in speaking for the team… all the time. Furthermore, I am not particularly enamored by your politics as I am pretty darn liberal. That being said, you have come out smelling like roses after CHB’s article today. The man defines the word “hack” and gave us another example of this “amazing ability” today. I did not have any respect for him prior to today; now, contrary to my belief that my respect for him could not get any lower, it did. Bloggers are fat! Bloggers live in their parents’ basements! Bloggers are nerds! Incredible… the man he’s criticizing, furthermore, A BLOGGER, contradicts all these stereotypes. (Except for, in your case, the nerdy part.) So I just wanted to say that CHB is despicable, and, if you were to criticize him greatly, I (and others) would love it, and support you. Please call CHB out; his writing has got to go.

  120. cje5 permalink
    March 26, 2007 5:42 pm

    Also, thanks for your work with Dana-Farber… you are doing a great thing.

  121. March 26, 2007 5:53 pm

    How in the world can ANYONE who knows the origins of CHB think it is homophobic?

    People amaze me.

    Hey I finally have a question for Curt!

    Curt, how do (or DO you) counsel the younger pitchers when they’re having an off-game? (Case in point, Craig Hansen today. He obviously took his poor outing very hard and I was wondering if you give ‘the kids’ advice on how to deal with all of this?)

    Thanks for doing this Q&A, Curt. Regardless of what the CHB says, it’s very cool.

  122. henrywiggen permalink
    March 26, 2007 6:09 pm

    Game, set and match to Schilling.
    Doofus Dan ought to quit while he’s behind.
    Or just quit.
    I’ve never been an all-out Schilling fan.
    I could never be an all-out fan of anyone who supports Bush.
    But I recognize quality when I see it, and also its absence.
    This one goes 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 to Schilling.
    What the Doofus is really bothered by is that this blog really is the new paradigm. Direct communication between any athlete, singer, actor, politician….anyone at all….and the public is now possible. So why not cut out the middlemen? The Doofus represents a dying breed–the arrogant big-city newspaper guy who mistook access for influence. I guess we can call him
    Dinosaur Dan.

  123. oregonsoxfan permalink
    March 26, 2007 6:12 pm

    Curt; Thanks for the good laugh!! I usually don’t bother reading whatever it is that CHB has to offer,(and still have no intention of doing so regularly) but I thought I would check out his “toolness” after reading your comment about it here. You’re right too, nothing like exposing yourself to the world as the dope he truly is.

  124. califan permalink
    March 26, 2007 6:23 pm

    Shaughnessy what a stroke!!! What is his problem? He is truly a hater, and it makes him look ugly and really in my opinion it makes the Boston Globe look bad. I am really disappointed and I think I choose to get the rest of my sports news from the Herald. Maybe we should put together an unofficial boycott of the Globe or perhaps put together a group letter with as many signatures as possible stating we expect more from our Boston Sports News than the Globe is putting out, and we feel the editors of the Globe should hold themselves to a higher standard. At least that is how I feel about it. I have to admit I am a little worked up and it takes alot for me to speak up at all. I think it is truly a shame and I am sorry that you, Curt, or anyone for that matter would have to put up with that at all. God forbid he find some real news to fill up his space with.

  125. ricefan permalink
    March 26, 2007 6:50 pm

    Holy smokes, what a tool CHB is! The thing he doesn’t get is — why get my news through two layers of bias (Curt’s natural, acceptable, bias, plus CHB’s bias)? I’d rather get Curt’s assessment directly, and then use my own judgment as to what I put more stock in and what I put less stock in. I think, someday, there was a reporter who actually just tried to assess the truth of everything he heard and then report that. I’m pretty sure he does not work for the Globe!

  126. gsam permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:09 pm

    Curt thank you for going on good morning america and telling the country to vote for George W Bush, he has done such a wonderful job since november of 04, the war is going wonderfully, his cabinet hasnt had any trouble with leaks or firings and he did a “heck of a job” on hurricane katrina. Maybe you can discuss these issues on your tuesday appearance on dennis and callahan who by the way about 6 years ago compared a metco student to an escaped gorilla from the zoo two real classy guys. anyway felt the need to post on your blog

  127. chillyme permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:16 pm

    Nice post from volleyholly. :) One week til Opening Day. Pap back in the pen. Tavaras is getting his shot. Dice-K had a good outing today. Beckett threw well yesterday. Timlin’s on the mend. Wake&Mirabelli, Crisp, Youk, Papi, Manny, Tek, Lowell, Drew and the other newbies. Almost time to hit the road, then back to the sights and sounds of Fenway. Our beloved Fenway. The history, the familiarity, the anticipation of things to come. Stay focused people. It’s almost here. Flick the CHB booger off your fingers. Stay focused people. IT”S ALMOST HERE! WOO-HOO!

  128. mjw155 permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:24 pm

    Curt, Yankee fan here.
    I’ve always enjoyed watching you pitch. I have a question about Game 7 against the Yankees when you were in AZ. Watching that game, I thought the first pitcher that makes a mistake is going to lose the game. Ironically, it was Mariano Rivera that made the LAST mistake that ended up costing NY the series. But what was your thought process when Soriano hit the HR off you? You made a good pitch and he still hit it out.

  129. frithman permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:37 pm

    Hi Curt, I just want to thank you for taking time out of your busy day to help Pete DeSpain. I have a 12 year old son who is currently being treated for a brain tumor at the Jimmy Fund in Boston. Nick has been thru the chemo and radiation for the past seven months. We are currently waiting for another MRI to see if his cancer is gone. I know that it helped my son when a pro athlete stopped by the Jimmy Fund or Children’s. It gave him some hope knowing that some athletes are behind him. We have recently turned some of our effort into giving back to other kids with cancer. I have been checking Pete’s page daily and have offered if he needs an ear to talk with to set him up with my son. It is different hearing want to expect from someone who has been thru it. Nick is also a Jimmy Fund kid for Stop & Shop’s Triple Play contest that starts in late April. Stop & Shop sells special scratch tickets, give away cash and store prizes and all the money raised goes to the Jimmy Fund. Once again, you deserve thanks for spending time with Pete and the Jimmy Fund Kids. He up the great work on and off the mound!!!

  130. fisk27 permalink
    March 26, 2007 7:56 pm

    Hey Jim Loomis, sorry for the typo, I see that the value-added insights you bring to this sight are that of editor. Keep up the good work, and while you are at it you may want to check your work for typos as well, you spelled “they” wrong.

  131. macgiz permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:06 pm

    My Email just sent to Dan Shaughnessy

    Subject: First Time Ever

    Hello Mr. Shaughnessy,

    I have only ever written to a reporter once in my life. I’m 44 y.o, originally from Boston. I live in Fiji, run my own web development business with 19 employees and can only get my Sox fix from Internet broadcasts and the Web. The only other letter that I ever previously wrote to a reporter was to Mike Reiss to tell him that I think he’s seriously the most gifted non-national writer that I have ever read and that his insight made the Patriot season for me far more entertaining than I could have ever imagined. I have never called talk shows (but listen on occasion) and I don’t have a grudge to bear

    That all being said, I’m amazed how vindictive and personal you have chosen to make your “flame war” with Curt Schilling. I disagree with more of your opinions than most columnists (but I would be the first to admit when you scorch off a brilliant one and you have had countless of those also), but I never doubted your passion for sports and always respected your skills…but dude, you’ve lost it. Because someone finally found a venue to stand up to your personal diatribes you now choose to use your column for repeated personal attacks in which you come off as nothing but a weak, jealous wannabe.

    Is it good theatre? Does it sell newspapers? Make you more well know? Hey, any press is good press… right? Maybe all of those answers are in the affirmative. Does it significantly lower the opinion of you in the eyes of hundreds of thousands knowledgeable sports fans…positively, absolutely!

    I watched Curt Shilliing risk his career and help us win a World Series in one of the ultimate examples of “walking the walk”. I like his outspokenness and anyone who is outspoken will say or do things that are polarizing (look in the mirror if you don’t agree). I don’t always agree with what he says either but I think the guy is stand up, accountable and I’m damn glad he’s part of the Boston fiber and I hope that he does stick around well after his career, because the guy does a lot good stuff off the field as well.

    I just bought an autographed picture of Andre Agassi recently. The first autograph I ever purchased. (Now I don’t watch Star Trek, I don’t collect autographs, or wear replica jerseys) I bought it to put over my desk because its a cover of Tennis Magazine with the headline “A New Life, A New Focus” and to me, Agassi represents one of the few pure, living examples of a tiger changing his stripes, a leopard changing his spots…of elevating oneself to a significantly higher level of daily “modus operandi” in every way, shape and form. It’s a transition that I’d personally like to make.

    So I guess that begs the questions, why am i writing this letter to you? I don’t know. I know I can’t change you…or Mr. Schilling and damn, it’s hard enough to change myself, but I just thought I oughta tell ya that you’ve crossed the line too many times on this one. I’ll still read your columns, still enjoy your good ones, but I’ll never hold you in the same light or regard ever again. This is not an isolated incident, this is you becoming as “petty” as I have ever witnessed a professional journalist with national presence become. I picked that word carefull, petty, because all your actions show how your hurt feelings have turn into whiny pissing war with an athlete who has equal “game” to you in your own arena (the media).

    With every future “blowhard” name calling, with every future character slight, with every future backhanded comment you just continue to lower yourself more and more in the eyes of the hundreds of thousands of people who read the Globe in print or online. Like I said, it makes good theatre, but at what price…you are losing bad not only in the conventions of public opinion but in the one of personal integrity as well. The nice thing is, you have a keyboard with an audience and can turn things around faster than most. “Good Luck” on that one.

    Thanks for listening.

  132. redsoxsue permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:15 pm

    Hi, Curt.

    You will forever be a folk hero for what you did in 2004. (I’ve even overlooked the fact that you stumped for W. ;->)

    Politics aside, thanks for being someone who’s smart and savvy enough off the field to think about new ways to communicate with fans and get ordinary people engaged in the game. Thanks to the good work you do for ALS. Thanks for encouraging Shonda to do her good work promoting safe sun.

    What redeeming qualities does Shaughnessey have in comparison? How does he improve a little corner of the world?

    I am constantly amazed at the level to which he’ll stoop: the cruelty, the sneering, the potshots, the thuggery. Thanks for keeping the discussion civil.

    Give me Jackie or Gordon any day. At least they’re professional. You deserve better than Dan gives you. So does sports journalism. So does this great, good game.

    Cheers!

  133. firedannyainge permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:18 pm

    Hey Curt.

    All I have to say is Dan is allowed his opinion. I didn’t read the article. I don’t read the Boston Globe. IMO they do not exist. Read too many biased hateful articles from Bob Ryan in the past to ever go back to reading that tabloid.
    Anyway my question is, Do you ever get sick of people kissing your butt like the ones so far at this blog? I mean even the Yankee fans are here doing it.lol

  134. dirtdogjp7 permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:24 pm

    Hey Curt, I find it very admirable that you do so much charity work, if only more baseball players were as charitable with their time as you .

    But I must say that I cannot stand the CHB. I refuse to read him or the paper he works for.

  135. eisleyrocks permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:33 pm

    CHB should really be suspended for that article. It was nasty, personal, and totally lacking in journalistic integrity.
    My new avatar is CHB picking his nose. Someone—please make a better one?

  136. nlieber permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:46 pm

    Wow!

    Curt I can’t believe how upset most of the Boston media is with you over this. Stick to your “award winning” commentary on things that need your attention Dan.

    How about a review of what Curt was talking about in his blog instead of crapping on all the Schilling fans (and quite a few Red Sox fans) that you are also supposed to be your audience!

    He wants to talk about things without you media types “filtering” it for us and your upset? Perhaps if you did a better job just reporting instead of trying to be the news!!

    Anytime I need to seem some champion a&&ki&&ing I can tune in when you are on Barnicles show. It seems you just don’t understand Dan, Curt has fans that respond to his writing you well get a different result.

    Seems like everyone is making stories by copying off blogs lately or is that just a Boston thing Dan?

    Since I don’t write as well as Curt I’d probably just kick your a&& the next time I saw you in response. I sure Curt will just continue to write and make you look like the hack you have shown yourself to be tonite.

  137. nickiebby permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:51 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I went on the Jimmy Fund trip this weekend and just wanted to say thank you to you and the rest of the players who took the time to come and visit with us before the game. This was my first Jimmy Fund trip, and it’s definitely one that I will never forget. It was great to have an amazing vacation away from classes, but also to meet new kids from the clinic (like my roommate, the famous Holly). I’m also going to college for Athletic Training, so it’s always exciting for me to be up close to sports. Thanks again to everyone that took the time to make this trip possible, and can’t wait for the upcoming season!!
    –Nicki E

  138. yuni96 permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:15 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Oss!!! (say this by slightly raising your hand to palm faced to whom you are greeting) it means, in one word “what’s up!?” in Japanese. the word comes from Karate, but no need to get into that.

    I got up at 2 in the morning last night to watch Daisuke pitch live, but was horrified to see

    A. Daisuke was REALLY OFF. I’ve never seen him that off his mark on all of his pitches, ever!

    B. an onslaught of commercials all throughout the Redsox offense… They basically only televised the defense, when Dasiuke was pitching…half the game was blocked by commercials…

    C. with all that commercial revenue at 3 in the morning the broadcast was cut off in the 3rd inning… unbelievable. they better not do that when the season starts.

    What did you think about Daisuke’s outing against the Reds? I know he’s really upset about it himself, and that he may be rethinking the new no-thow between starts he had tried this time. It was probably the first time Daisuke didn’t pitch prior(the 2 consecutive days before) to his start. It may not have worked out for him as he expected. I know this was part of his plan to get used to the ML rotation for starting pitchers. Would you happen to have any idea what happened, and any advice for Daisuke on this matter? I know he’s a smart kid, poised and confident for his age, but he does look up to you, and he’ll respect your advice. Even if left alone, eventually he’ll find a rythm to get himself ready for all his starts, but considering the amount of time left before openning day, I think some advice wouldn’t hurt.

    Domo!! (short for domo-arigato) meaning thanks, usually done with a slight bow. Can be done in frank situations by a silght movement forward of the head(like chicken cocking his head forward). When you want to say thanks a million, you can say Domo,domo,domo… as many times as you want.

  139. frodo1962 permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:16 pm

    Reading some of the comments here about Shank’s (CHB) column made me wonder about why the Globe let him go with it? If you go to the Boston Globe site, there are links to sports related blogs (Dirt Dogs, REISS’S PIECES Eric Wilbers etc.) and they host what amounts to a weekly Blog for Gordon Edes (Q&A) -> http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/askedes/ … these links must be there for a reason. So if blogs are so bad, and everyone who contributes to them is a basement dwelling loser then aren’t they insulting their own readership and other colunists? And if all Globe readers are basement dwelling losers, then isn’t that an indictment of our American way of life? Sorry, went off on an Animal House tangent there!! CHB as Neidermeyer or Marmalard … tough choice?

  140. navad permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:21 pm

    Shaughnessy is pathetic. Is he a sports journalist or a gossip columnist? Why is he so arrogant and vidictive? But really who cares. You are writing beautifully about baseball and the BoSox. Continue, and don’t stoop to Shaughnessy’s idiocy by commenting on it. Your success will overwhelm his ridiculous rants.

  141. bostonsueb permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:32 pm

    Curt, I am still in shock about Dan Shaughnessy’s column today. I read the Globe every day, and generally find Shaughnessy amusing. Today’s column, however, was completely inappropriate and in, in fact, both insulting and cruel to you and Red Sox fans. Why make fun of your blog, which is entertaining, informative, and promotes improtant causes like the Jimmy Fund and ALS research? What did he and the Globe profit by such vitreous? Did anyone think this was remotely funny, aside from him? I winced as I read it and then just got angry. I read your blog daily as well, and appreciate the time you put into it. I guess Dorky Dan was just having a bad hair day. I would like to know why the Globe’s sports editor permitted such a mean-spirited column (attack is more like it), and while I will continue to read the Globe, I will pay Mr. Shaughnessy little heed. This is known as bad attention, not good, and he clearly has too much time on his hands and too little respect for you and for the Globe’s readers. Keep up the good work, Curt, and thanks for being both intelligent and compassionate. Red Sox nation appreciates every thing you do.
    Sue in Boston

  142. jpdav permalink
    March 26, 2007 9:54 pm

    “Boyfriend” ? Really? I always thought the B stood for a shorter word, rhyming with something involving a flying broomstick.

    Anyway, it’s appalling that a grown-up man would write something like that article, and proudly sign his name to it for the entire world to see. He might as well tattoo “Inside, I’m really seven years old” on his forehead.

    Love the blog, Curt, thanks very much for writing it. Please accept the Nation’s apologies for our idiot sportswriters.

  143. keepthefaith permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:06 pm

    I must admit I have a strange sense of humor. I thought that “story” was pretty funny (especially Shill’s response). I figured CHB would strike the nerve of the ever-faithful RS fan though. And by the looks of these comments, he did a bang-up job. (Cool, my Ma just brought me down more Hot Pockets!)

    Dan sure knows how to get an article read – Curt’s been his bread and butter all spring. Probably never had as much email in his life after jpow22 posted his address.
    He knew that, and you paid him dearly for it. He’s like the sucker-fish on the side of the shark. Classic mass media is dying on the vine, and they know that too. Cable/EI is a good example, as are the circs for the BG and NYT. Blogs rule, and message boards say the rest. That’s news.

    Curt – What makes talented players a Championship TEAM?

  144. cj4cr permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:11 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Once again MLB is hurting the true hard core baseball fan by agreeing to an exclusive deal with direct TV for the out of town baseball package “MLB extra innings.” Many of us have no access to direct TV due to our location. In fact the stats show approx 65% of the folks now watching MLB extra innings will no longer have access.

    As a transplanted New Englander now living n Florida, this is havign a devistating effect on my 7 year old….. no more watching the Red Sox each summer night together with Dad…. what a shame…

    I realize this might be outside of your normal scope, but any insight you may have and/or any leverage you can use with commisioner Bud Selig could go a long way… There is a hearing before congress tomorrow, (just what baseball needs right?) not sure how much good that will do. But if you put your dog in the fight we might have a chance…

    Thanks for all you do!!

    Chuck

  145. azdirtclod permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:12 pm

    Dan is a tool. Was he so dense not to realize that there is a HELLUVA lot of crossover between G38 fans and his daily readers? We are freakin obsessed and want to read EVERYTHING Red Sox. A pissing match between G38 & Dan? I’ll go with the one who performs every time. I did not mean to characterize Curt’s classy response as whiz. It was professional and 100% correct. There was not one word that could have made Dan look more foolish. He did it all himself. Never have I read such an unprofessional piece of crap as was Dan’s column.

    Bottom line. Curt is accountable. On this blog and on the field. Dan makes his living as a crap thrower. Growing up out in PHX, I never read much of his old stuff. Being exposed to the senile self absorbed edition that currently floats in the Globe toilet, I see no redeeming value. Imagine if Dan had the health problem instead of Peter. While I would never wish anybody harm, do you think there would be %1 of the out pouring of good wishes toward Dan that went for Peter? I bet not. Dan makes his living off of other peoples misery. Whether it is that old curse babble or his player hit pieces. I can’t understand why people continue to read him. Maybe it is the fantasy quality of his delusions. There should be term limits for terrible columnists.

  146. bostonsueb permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:15 pm

    Curt, I wanted to add that I am a liberal and not Christian, so we disagree on certain issues, but I certainly respect your views, as I’m sure you’d respect mine. I would not expect you to insult me the way Shaughnessy did so to you, and I’m glad Gordon Edes and Amalie Benjamin are covering the Sox (except on boston.com, alas) for the Globe and not Shaughnessy. I am eager to see Papelbon close (I called it weeks ago!!!) and see you and the rest of the starting five shut down, with Tek and Mirabelli’s help, the opposing hitters. Should be a heckuva year. I want your t-shirt, too. Meanwhile, Sox in ’07!!!

  147. knowyourcause permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:38 pm

    Hi Curt and friends–

    Yeah, I wrote the obligatory 2 letters to The Globe: One to the editor and one to Dan.

    I’ve got to thinking that we should *not* use this forum to go off on Shank.

    Hear me out…

    1. It’s going to add a ton of bandwidth/content load to Curt’s site (although from a Google aspect, it’s good for finding it).
    2. It’s already threatening to “take over” the blog.
    3. Curt’s going to have to get an intern to vet the posts.
    4. It’ll take away from the charity stuff.
    5. It’ll take away from me learning about sliders and cutters.
    6. Millar won’t want to post again.
    7. It makes Shank “the story,” which he shouldn’t be.
    8. It will make Shaughnessy the focal point of a “viral” news zeitgeist for which the silly Luddite has no business in being a part.
    9. It will go on FOREVER.

    (BTW- my username has nothing to do with this issue, it’s my nom de plume for *my* blog– basement-dweller that I am.)

    That said, I think all the pro-Curt post in regards to the column have been great.

    What old-school newsies and their ilk need to remember is this: This is Curt’s blog. Folks visiting and posting are not suck-ups–we’re people who like what we read and support Curt.

    It’s about community-building.

    If you don’t enjoy Red Sox baseball-mixed-with-pitching-tutorials-and-cancer charities-plus online gaming content-etc., I suggest you pick up the latest issue of SI. They offer a really comprehensive guide to top blogs for your baseball team, or just Google your favorite subjects plus the word “blog.”

    Got that, Dan?

  148. nomarwho permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:44 pm

    Awesome blog, Curt. Whatever happens after this season, you’ll always be a Red Sox to me. Thanks for 2004, and keep up the blog. I love the idea of posting comments in between innings. That would be awesome, but somehow I think you’d get some flack for it. You know Boston.
    Anyways, good luck this season and keep up the blogging!

  149. forbin17 permalink
    March 26, 2007 10:54 pm

    bwahahhaha. You said it Curt. I read about two sentences of that drivel before I thought to myself “Feeling irrelevant are we CHB?” I didn’t pollute myself much further……
    The only thing worse than having Borges plagiarize columns is having CHB write more about the Sox. Honestly, I see his point about people fellating you, but the truth is, you’ve given more to Red Sox baseball than he has ever subtracted. Which, by the way, is saying a LOT.

    I’ve always respected you, even when I don’t agree with you. (Politics is one area which I STAUNCHLY disagree). And as far as what you’ve given to us as fans outside of on the field I thank you. I’ve learned a lot about baseball in the last five weeks from reading this blog. I hope we get more of that this season(but man, you are freaking me out about telling everyone about your changeup. Does it matter that the league knows you have it now? At first I thought, man he is giving it up. Scouts are texting GM’sall over the place. Then I thought, maybe it’s better that batters know he has it. Keeps them honest.)
    Anyway, I love the game of baseball and always will, and I love what you bring to the game. Keep doing what you are doing.

    PS I am not huge on Athletes giving it up to God, but you have profoundly affected my spiritual life by talking about it as humbly and honestly as you do. Thanks.

  150. demodoggie permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:35 pm

    Hey Curt. Pencil me in as another reader in full support of what you do here on your blog. From where I sit it’s well intended and brings light to good info, good causes and good feelings. Regarding CHB’s article, I’ve got a good one for you and I’m hard pressed to believe someone hasn’t come up with it already, but here goes, and it’s a good one;

    It was just, “Danny being Danny.”

    Please make some shirts up with that one on it. Just set aside one for me.

  151. mattysox permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:42 pm

    Curt- you may not even see this comment, but if you want to meet a few really cool Sox bloggers in Philly on Saturday, let me know. I write the site Stabbed by Foulke! (sbf-mattysox.blogspot.com) and also at the game will be (from my links list) John from Mighty Quinn Media Machine, Michael from Random Fandom NYC and Kim from FiNY… some of us have never met each other, we’re just bound in friendship through our blogs…since you’re one of us now, basically, it’d be cool if you contacted me…a road-trip group photo of a bunch of Sox blogger would be sweet…my email is mattysox9@yahoo.com…see ya in Philly!

  152. bosinsf permalink
    March 26, 2007 11:48 pm

    Curt,

    I always though Dan was that anti-social kid from high school who always got picked on by the athletes he secretly worshiped. He never grew up, and only feels good about himself when he’s ripping apart those he can’t be. I believe he crossed a line with his latest article, it was devoid of any professionalism and childish (at best).

    Poor guy, the jocks are now giving the fans the journalism they want.

  153. benhalleck permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:05 am

    Curt, I have a dumb spring training question…When you’re starting out spring training and you know you’re going to pitch only two innings, do you treat it like you’re starting, and you have five/six innings you’re preserving yourself for, or like you’re just pitching two innings?

    Does that make sense?

    Ben

  154. dixieredsox permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:31 am

    Curt,

    I wanted to let you know that I found the Shaughnessy’s column absolutely repulsive and very inconciderate. I, along with many others, wrote an e-mail to Mr. Shaughnessy. For the past six years during my time as a Red Sox fan, I have always acquired my news from the Boston Globe and their affiliates, but after today’s little debacle in America’s journalism, I don’t think that I can find my way back to the Globe’s website. I don’t think that my Safari browser is capable of taking anti-Schillingisms. I have it programmed for that kind of spam filtering.

    I must say that I love the fact that you stand up for what you believe in and I can’t wait to hear your response to this montage of catastrophe that has assimilated over the past 24 hours.

    HAVE A GREAT WEEK MY FRIEND AND GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!

    Your Red Sox Nation friend in Alabama,
    Galen Garner
    http://www.galengarner.com

  155. britishsoxfan permalink
    March 27, 2007 2:31 am

    Curt,

    I don’t know whether you’ll see this question, given that it’s buried at the bottom of a huge list of comments, but here goes (in three parts):

    a) When do you think baseball will have its ‘John Amaechi moment’?
    b) Do you think an active player could come out as gay without it affecting his career?
    c) How would you feel about having a gay team mate?

    Best,

    Chris

  156. March 27, 2007 2:33 am

    Wow, what an awesome idea! Thank you very much! I’ve been a Red Sox fan as long as I can remember, all my family is from Boston. I live in Tokyo now, so I have to follow the games over the Internet, recently via MLB.COM and now with all the Japanese talent on the team, most, if not all of the games will be on regular TV here, yahoo! Dan Shaughnessy’s column was so-so, I think he thought he was being funny, but I don’t think it came off that way, c’est la vie. I suspect your skin is thick enough for the press. Anyway, besides baseball, I am a big sumo fan, pun intended. So if you find yourself in Japan, and you are keen on seeing some sumo, I can hook you up.

    Cheers,
    David

  157. March 27, 2007 2:38 am

    RE: Oss!!!

    This is a greeting favored by sumo wrestlers. If you walk around a sumo arena, when two wreslters cross path, they say “Oss!!!” to each other. What is fun is if you do it to them, and they do a double-take when they realize you are not a fellow sumo wrestlers.

  158. zeppo66 permalink
    March 27, 2007 3:28 am

    Hey guys, lighten-up a little!!

    Do you think Shaughnessy was trying to say that maybe we take this Red Sox stuff a little too seriously, maybe? And that maybe Schilling takes himself a little too seriously? And isn’t Shaughnessy doing exactly what he’s supposed to be doing….making us look at ourselves?

    I mean, no one loves the game of baseball more than I do, but gee, I found time to read “Team of Rivals”….three times. Great book, and life altering.

  159. suesox permalink
    March 27, 2007 6:34 am

    Aside from baseball, you and Shonda seem to have a genuine desire to help people who are afflicted with various diseases and physical/mental ailments. Do you have any insight into any organization or people who can help adults with anorexia get the help they need? Thanks for any suggestions. By the way, I hope you can stay with the Red Sox next season. I’m still missing Millar, Arroyo, and Loretta. I think they got raw deals, considering their loyalty and contributions to the team.

  160. objectivebruce permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:07 am

    A perfect example of life imitating art can be seen in many of the preceding posts. Shaughnessy makes fun of goofy posting by people who just luv, luv, luv their pro athletes and the response is more of the same. A great column that has been more than vindicated by the response!

    There was a time, from the 60s into the 70s, when sports commentary in Boston consisted largely of slavish devotion to the athletes. That broke down and coverage became more reporting and less hero worshiping, influenced by two major factors: the Globe sports pages under Jerry Nason and Ernie Roberts attracted journalists not afraid to bite the athletes when needed and who provided well-written insight into games that they realized more of the audience had watched than had been watching in previous generations. The second factor, believe it or not, was Andelman, who was the first to roast sportswriters and their cozy relationships with teams and players and whose barrage of such criticism clearly had sports editors and TV news directors taking a second look at the way they covered sports.

    Now, I fear, some fans demand a swing back to those days of yore when the function of sportswriters was to adore and heap praise. I for one am glad for the likes of Shaughnessy who refused to check the way the wind is blowing before writing.

  161. fociz permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:28 am

    hi Curt, read the curly haired one’s article yesterday, jealousy is so ugly. To get to my point, I am a Natick Mass resident who created a “brain game” that allows you to process information faster. I wanted to send you a free copy to download and evaluate it may be something you or 38studios would be interested in.

    This product has helped thousands of people across the country in only 3 months of existence. You can try the product at my site http://www.fociz.com, for a full copy please send me an email. Some sox hitters would greatly benefit from this exercise.

    thanks, brian

  162. formeryahootroll permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:31 am

    ADMIT IT FOLKS, YOU GOT *PWNED* BY SHAUGHNESSY!!!

    ROTFLMFAO!!! Curt, I think it’s GREAT that you’re taking the time to talk with the fans, and great what you’re doing with your various charities. But seriously folks, look at yourselves!!! You are taking this thing WAY too seriously! Curt’s just a man, stop fawning over him like you’re shrieking school girl’s at a Justin Timberlake concert. It really isn’t necessary to preface every question to #38 with “Because of you and the bloody sock, I found Jesus again!”. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the word “PWN”, and I’m sure that Curt is, please check the always-reliable source below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwned

  163. jpow22 permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:41 am

    Can someone post a link to CHB picking his nose?

    That is classic, I had forgot about that till now.

  164. redsawks permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:43 am

    First of all, “macgiz”, that is an excellent email in post # 131.. That gave me a smile to start off my morning.
    I actually like reporters who throw in their opinions and slants every now and then. However, journalism (to me), is presenting the NEWS AND FACTS to the masses in an interesting manner.
    Therefore, when a “journalist” ceases to present news/facts, and instead uses his/her podium to serve personal vendetta’s or goals, that’s when they cross the line from journalist to sensationalist/potstirrers like Jim Rome or Colin Cowherd.

    Schill, love this blog-thing. Any chance you’ll allow “guest” writers every now and then? How cool would it be to hear what’s on the mind of the guys like Tek, Wake, and Lowell?

    -Pete in VA

  165. curlyhairedboyfriend permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:56 am

    Bruce, read the undressing of CHB at FireJoeMorgan. The March 26th article on that site strikes at CHB’s core.

    CHB is a hack. He is accountable to no one. We will never see him own up to the trash that was yesterday’s column. No apologies necessary, though. Garbage in, garbage out, as they say.

    If anything, the volume of responses here shows that either (a) there are at least 160 or so of us that still live in mum’s basement, or (b) by ripping this board, CHB has attracted more attention than CS could have drummed up himself.

  166. March 27, 2007 8:29 am

    That’s fine, objectivebruce, but the fact that the Globe is willing to criticize athletes is not at issue.

    What’s at issue is this particular criticism, and the means in which it was delivered.

    It was condescending, rude, personal, petty, cliche-ridden, vapid, and– maybe worst of all– unfunny.

    I could live with the article’s unfairness if it were well-executed. But there’s nothing in there that could even pass for wit.

    And the larger issue, from my perspective, is that columnists _covering_ silly, ephemeral feuds between players is a poor substitute for analysis of the sport itself. This sort of thing– a columnist _making himself the center_ of a _non-sports_ story, is the worst of sports journalism.

  167. sawxblogcom permalink
    March 27, 2007 8:35 am

    Great response up above Curt.

    The mainstream media has for some time seemed threatened by blogs, and I, obviously, am a huge fan of them. Our credibility has constantly been questioned, and yes at times things may become part of the giant echo chamber, but more times then not we have a unique and honest way of assessing everything from sports, art, politics, and more.

    Blogs present the unique, unfiltered view of an individual and I credit you for being one of the first major athletes to start one up.

    Best of luck this upcoming season man, I’ll be seeing you at Fenway.

    Go Blogs, and Sawx.

    Best,

    Derek Hixon

  168. mannix8 permalink
    March 27, 2007 8:40 am

    Sure CHB’s column was idiotic and insulting, but it was also incredibly arrogant and unfunny. I guess his point of view is that only a serious journalism professional like himself is qualified to interact with athletes and to pass on the information that he deems worthwhile. But could he at least be SOMEWHAT funny when he tries to write a humorous column? Did anyone actually laugh or think that was well written? I suspect that column would have been edited out of a high school newspaper. I realize the guy has to write many columns per week, and there are going to be some klinkers, but how about even a little quality control?

    Curt, thanks for taking the time to do this. It is interesting to read your postings, and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to interact with the fans.

  169. fobblog permalink
    March 27, 2007 9:06 am

    Hey if you are up to get some colorful perspective on the world of prospects check out my active new prospect blog:

    http://mvn.com/milb-futureofbaseball/

    Current columns include retrospective on past MLB drafts, fantasy relevance of 2007 top prospects, and a top 40 prospects for the upcoming season.

    Makes for a great read.

    I am from Woburn, MA and have been a loyal member of Sox Nation since the day I was born so any support would be tremendous

  170. tonymac permalink
    March 27, 2007 9:07 am

    Hey Curt,
    Just a quick question. Are the vetrens doing any hazing on dice-k? I will be in KC for the second and third games of the season.Your game is sold out so I wont have the pleasure of seeing you working your craft.Will we see the pink backpack lol.
    Thanks for the great insight.
    T.m.

  171. March 27, 2007 9:17 am

    //Now, I fear, some fans demand a swing back to those days of yore when the function of sportswriters was to adore and heap praise. I for one am glad for the likes of Shaughnessy who refused to check the way the wind is blowing before writing.//

    Please.

    Writing objectively is one thing. And CHB will never be accused of doing that. He writes to tear down, no other reason.

    And you couldn’t be more off the mark with your characterization of Boston sports writers of ‘yore’. See Ted Williams, Jim Rice and many others.

    There have always been talentless muckrakers like Shaughnessy here in Boston. Fortunately, with the internet, we now have many more options and don’t have to deal with jackasses like him any longer.

  172. fingers88 permalink
    March 27, 2007 9:30 am

    ObjectiveBruce? Are you sure you are not CHB himself? Listen…Shank has some writing skill..this is evident in his books…I am told..though I have never read any of them. What Shaughnessy does in the Globe is try to be as controversial as possible to sell newspapers. Look at the reaction he got on this board! Negative attention is just as good as admiration as far as Shank is concerned..he could care less who likes him as long as he is creating a buzz and pushing fishwrap. Is he a tool?..Definitely… but he is just out to make money.

    I think what he really wanted was for Curt to threaten to kick his butt..or something to that effect. He was looking for a knee-jerk reaction and he got a matter-of-fact, you’re not worth my time, shoo away. Well done Curt.

    Now let’s try and figure out how to get Dejesus out kay?;)

  173. miked714 permalink
    March 27, 2007 9:58 am

    Hey Curt,

    If you had pitched against BC instead of Dice-K, would you have thrown one up around the younger CHB’s earhole? I wonder what kind of column that would have provoked?

  174. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 27, 2007 10:44 am

    Hi Curt Good morning. I took some photos of you at spring training and I would like to send some to you to have. How would I do that Curt? Curt what do you like best about this year’s team and why? Curt do you go like to go the Mall or to see a movie in Boston when you have free time? Do you think David Ortiz will be the MVP this season? I like you blog it is great!!!!!!!. Curt could you please send me a email die hard redsox fan at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com? I would like to be friends with a redsox player and email them. Could you have one of your team mates send me a email. I don’t care who it is. Curt do you go to church on Sunday’s when you have time? Take care Curt The Man!!!!!!!. You are really cool Curt. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!

    Your Friend, Jeff

  175. jjp333200 permalink
    March 27, 2007 10:58 am

    Hi Curt,

    What’s your opinion on how they are handling Hansen? I feel as though they’ve rushed this kid right from signing him out of St. John’s. Why not just commit to letting him mature in the minor leagues for a year? I would think it’d take some of the pressure off of him.

    Best of luck this year.

    JP

  176. beantownfanatic permalink
    March 27, 2007 10:58 am

    Yes , I do know how to speel your name Schilling, It was a typing error. Sorry from #57 blog. We were at the Flyers games back when you pitched in Philly , it was in “96.

  177. acefox1 permalink
    March 27, 2007 11:10 am

    I don’t think any of us mind hard-hitting journalism that is designed to be insightful or informative. In the end it should serve the public.

    I have to agree with elviselvisberg. I think the critical analysis at http://www.firejoemorgan.com was right on target. CHB decided to pretend that all the comments on here are from cheerleaders heaping praise on Curt. While there are plenty of us that do that, none more than myself obviously, it ignores the very best part of this blog; the real give and take between an exceptional pitcher and the rest of the world.

    Sure Curt has lots of fans here, but he also has lots of critics, students of the game, little-league coaches, Yankee fans, former team-mates and players all coming by to pick his brain. The best part is that these groups of people are not mutually exclusive. Seeing comments from NYY Curt Schilling fans is a pretty rare and amazing treat!

    But by ignoring the really outstanding material we’ve seen here in the last 10 days CHB has shown he is a pathetic, threatened little bully who is cornered and doesn’t know where to turn.

    The firejoemorgan.com article outlined just a handful of the hundreds of really great questions that have shown up in Curt’s Q&A. Funny how CHB chose to ignore the discussions of starting off with the fastball in, or what kind of changeup Curt is throwing and how he is throwing it, what Curt’s personal lineup of best current players would be, how one batter protects another batter in the lineup, whether a big-hitting catcher is more valuable than a good game-calling catcher, etc.

    He also conveniently chooses to ignore all the attention Curt gives to people who are sick from really horrible diseases and his charity work to help their causes out.

    The best part was CHB totally ignoring the great pitching and AB recap from Curt and Millar from the Orioles game this week. I wonder if it is a coincidence that CHB’s lame article came out right on the heels of the best 24 hours of posts on here. Hmmmmmmm yeah that sure is a mystery.

    I just can’t say enough good things about how the breakdown at firejoemorgan.com totally exposes the hypocrite and fraud that CHB really is. If you haven’t read their critique you really need to check it out.

    I have one suggestion that would be good-natured, get rid of CHB’s nick-name for a little while and help him bury his hatchet with Curt… I think it would be an awesome idea for CHB and Curt Schilling to do a St. Baldrick’s hair-shaving fund-raiser together. I’d pay good money to see that LOL

    It would be a good way to bring more positive attention and money to sick kids and get the blog-o-sphere talking about something other than how juvenile CHB is.

    Of course I don’t really hear about CHB promoting much charity work or promoting any general type of good-will so maybe I’m just dreaming, but I think a constructive “something” is better than a negative “anything.”

    Just my .02.

    And if you get around to it Curt, any thought on Dice-K’s command problems yesterday? I think it’s amazing and reveals tons of great possibility that he can have some command trouble, have 5 walks, yet still battle, dominate and go 5 innings of no-hit ball.

    Any thoughts on this being just a late ST issue with experimenting in the zone a bit or is he being asked to try adjustments that are not normal for him? I’ve heard that he didn’t do any throwing between starts which is odd for him and that he ended up doing some post-game icing which is not normal for him either. Just curious on your take.

    Thanks again! Please don’t let the frustration from some of the BS flak about your blog keep you from doing the great things that you do.

    Sincerely,

    Deane

  178. greydog24 permalink
    March 27, 2007 11:16 am

    Hello again Curt –

    Boy, this thing sure has picked up some steam! Keep up the great work; many of your fans (yes, I am one) and fans of the game itself appreciate your work here. Too many athletes are simply unapproachable – your thoughts here help some of us feel like we have an inkling of what you might go through. Good stuff.

    For post 53 (lifesanocean) – you sound like either a CHB apologist – or maybe Dan himself…? (yawn…) And for post 96 (syphax) – on the money! Shank’s problem is as you stated: “Stop trying to BE the story. Cover the story, please.” Amen to that!

    The Word tells us that pride comes before the fall…and a reporter’s ego getting in the way of his objectivity is never a good thing. Stay above the mud slinging 38; you know what’s appreciated and what you’ve initiated with this blog.

    Best wishes, and if you can – a comment or two about how you draw strength from your Walk would be enjoyable for many of us as well. I’m curious as to how that aspect is handled & received by fellow ballplayers as well.

  179. ih8nyy permalink
    March 27, 2007 11:22 am

    CHB=Ronald McDonald Jr.

    He’s nothing but a clown.

    Blog away Schill! Blog away!

  180. rogerlodge permalink
    March 27, 2007 11:26 am

    Curt Schilling is a Jesus Freak and a Republican lackey for the far right-wing. Keep your draconian political opinions to yourself and just pitch.

  181. jeff555 permalink
    March 27, 2007 11:45 am

    THe Curly Haired Boyfriend ……What a nickname

    Thank You

    Carl Everett

  182. acefox1 permalink
    March 27, 2007 11:50 am

    The best part of the whole piece at http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2007/03/blogs-bad-old-media-good-nerds-nerdy.html

    Was this one line on why CHB is threatened by Curt being able to communincate directly with fans and bypass the media if he chooses to:

    “The internet is a highly effective middleman reducer.”

    Well put Ken Tremendous! Stand up and take a bow. :)

    Deane

  183. krystalimg permalink
    March 27, 2007 11:58 am

    I will agree with you that Boston needs a free press that does not kiss anybody’s a##. However when did certain sports writers get anointed with the awesome task of being the arbitrator with all things. I remember the news conference when Bob Ryan spoke for all Red sox Nation about the rumors about J.D. Drew. And who can forget that the High and Mighty Boston Globe refused to allow its sports writers to appear on the afternoon drive time show of WEEI, and if memory serves it was Ron Borges’s comments that became too racy for that bastion of good taste. But that did not stop Shaughnessy from “appearing” on the D & C show to refute all of the bad press he was receiving because of his reporting of the Theo fiasco and who could forget his parting shot at Curt Schilling stating I wonder if his employers are happy with him coming to training camp (05) out of shape. I guess when you have the stranglehold on the pulpit you can take parting shots. So when it suits Dan, he will use the WEEI airwaves, or his own paper to promote his agenda as our guardian of public thought and reactions.

    If a reporter or columnist wants to trash an athlete for either their performance or off field actions then that is fair game, but the shots that they take such as blow hard it demeans anything that they could say. Patriot Nation has their own issues regarding agendas from sports writers (Borges) who will only trash the local team just because of some slight that they felt was given in the past.

  184. acefox1 permalink
    March 27, 2007 12:31 pm

    Great news! Looks like Kyle Snyder is on the 25 man roster!

    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2007/03/hansen_sent_to.html

  185. mandrew411 permalink
    March 27, 2007 12:45 pm

    Shaughnessy is a curmudgeon for the sake of being one. He refuses to see reality before writing. He blathered on for years about a curse that no one else in Boston gave a damn about and managed to swindle the dozen morons who bought his book about said curse. He’s butted heads with every superstar of the Sox for years, and at some point the DS-defenders are going to have to realize that it can’t be EVERYONE ELSE’S FAULT that Shaughnessy comes off looking like a boob.

    He hated on Pedro, he hates on Manny, he hates on Schilling, he hates on Francona…where does it end? When will people realize that he is to the Red Sox what Ron “But everybody copies other people!” Borges is to the Pats? Dan is no better than a tanked heckler in the seats behind the bullpen who is both jealous of the attention and money athletes receive and ashamed by the lengths he has to go to receive the same attention. The only difference is he gets a column in a semi-respectable Boston newspaper to spew his vitrol.

    The issue isn’t about hero-worship vs. journalistic integrity; it’s about intentional buffoonery and the depths to which DS will sink to sell himself as a so-called “non-brainwashed” member of the media. Maybe if he had the opportunity to relax once in a while and cease being intentionally and unnecessarily abusive in favor of being a truly observational journalist, life might stop being so terrible for him and he might realize that the fights he picks with athletes are too petty to continue.

    Can Schilling talk too much sometimes? Sure. Does Dan have to like or agree with what he has to say? No. If Dan has a legitimate topic to take up with something Curt has said, then it’d be a disservice to his readers NOT to take issue with it. Attacking Curt’s blog and the people that post there (thanks for throwing us under the bus as well, you jackass) is not journalism; it’s verbal warfare for the sake of being an insufferable grinch.

    Go to hell, Dan; get a job with the Post where you belong.

  186. March 27, 2007 12:53 pm

    “Did anyone actually laugh or think that was well written?”

    Every closet Yankees fan currently lurking here, I wager.

    Objectivebruce, you smell an awful lot like a plant, if you actually believe anything about Shaughnessy’s piece was anything more than a puerile hit job at this blog, its author and all of its readers. Either a plant, or the least objective poster on this site.

  187. 4jpd permalink
    March 27, 2007 12:53 pm

    Curt,

    I do not know how you do it? If I had to deal with the CHB every day I would have knocked him out by now. What an a$$, and they wonder why the Globe subscriptions are down!

    Keep up the good work.

  188. edwardhl1 permalink
    March 27, 2007 12:56 pm

    It appears Shaughnessy is following in the footsteps of the late Will McDonough. I clearly remember McDonough’s childish rantings directed at Roger Clemens when he pitched in Boston. Like McDonough, Shaughnessy’s irrational vendetta will only sink his journalistic credibility.

  189. torgothewhite permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:17 pm

    Curt,

    Are you still playing EQ or EQ II these days?

  190. greydog24 permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:35 pm

    Talk about missing the point- re: formeryahootroll (post 161) – most on here thought CHB exhibited what I believe you might have as well… the term is ‘selfpwnage’………

    Shank’s article reeked. Exposed his ignorance. Written almost like he wanted to be funny, but it read more like he really just doesn’t get it. He is too clueless to realize he ticked off many readers with that effort…and getting his panties in a wad like he did with his hatred (envy?) of Schilling just plain missed the mark.

    P.S. – Thanks to whomever first linked that firejoemorgan post. Great stuff

  191. acefox1 permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:44 pm

    So it looks like it’s going to be Schilling vs Santana part II tomorrow. Are you guys being relegated to the B Squad game again?

    The forces me to ask the question… Who is pitching the A Game? :)

    How are your notes doing on Morneau and Mauer? Should be a pretty good challenge. Good luck Curt. We’re all pulling for you!

    Deane

  192. bobfather permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:48 pm

    Hi Curt, we all know how you feel about CHB, and a few other reporters. I also realize that you have nothing against the great majority of reporters. What are your feelings on reporters who never have anything but praise for you and the team. There a re a few out there that whenever you have a bad outing or the team gets spanked will make excuses. Aren’t these guys just as bad as the ones who never have anything good to say?
    Also we all know about the confrontation between you and Butch Stearns(on WEEI) is this the only reason you do not respect him, and if so does it take just one mistake or one piece of bad reporting to make you dislike (poor word choice) his work, and if so is there fair? PS I for one am very happy to see Javy Lopez make the team, even if it only ends up being till Mike Timlin returns. I thought he did a good job last year and was rooting for him. But don’t you think the team could use another middle infielder, what happens if during a game, Tito has to hit for Pedroia then something happens to Lugo? Does Hinske play 2nd or Youk…?

  193. rsoenneker permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:53 pm

    Hi Curt,

    great blog, and great pitching…

    I’ve read a lot recently about the status of older football players – it seems a lot of them retire, have serious physical and sometimes mental injuries from all the concussions, and many of them never made enough to live off of long-term. It’s sad to have so many athletes who can barely walk, have life-long debilitating illnesses, living penniless, hall of fame players hawking their rings, etc.

    You made the point in an earlier post that it takes 6 years of major league ball to become a free agent, and the average pro career is only 3 years. (not sure if that includes A, AA, and AAA time, or what). I’m curious – how well do you feel baseball takes care of its players? obviously the elite players in any sport do well enough, but what about those who don’t make it out of AAA? A pitcher who blows out an elbow after a 3-year journeyman career?

    just wondering – I’d hate to know that my entertainment (’cause aside from all the incredible achievements by the players, that’s what sports boil down to for the fans) is coming at the expense of so many lives, like football seems to…

    thanks, and good luck on the season! hope you’re pitching in October…

  194. cmac323 permalink
    March 27, 2007 1:57 pm

    Hi Curt!
    Just a couple things… First of all, I just want to say thanks for proving me wrong back in 2004. I thought it was ridiculous for us to sign you…thought you were too old and didn’t have much left to give and that it was ridiculous for us to put the hopes of winning a World Series on your shoulders. Throughout the season, you grew on me. Your resilience and determination shined through every time you took the mound, and you put your whole heart into every pitch. Your confidence borders on arrogance, but, hey, if you can walk the walk, you earn the right to talk the talk. Could we have won the World Series without you? Probably, but the fact is you came, led the fight and we conquered. So, enough praise for you, Oh God of morality and baseball (as Dan Shaughnessy would put it…I think he is jealous because he doesn’t have the balls to publicly stand up for what he believes in, so someone with outspoken moral standards is a threat to his patheticness). Seriously, though, you seem to be a great person, and I wish there were more pro athletes that had your attitude and values so that kids would have more respectable role models. I said I wasn’t going to ramble and gloat over you in this commentary at risk of sounding like an immature groupie, but I’ve gone and done it :) Oh well…. finally, here’s my question: It’s obvious that no one puts more pressure on you than yourself, so do you find that this pressure drives you to be better or is it more of a beating post? Is competition with other pitchers what drives you or is it the internal pressure from within yourself? Just curious, because I know when I was playing soccer I got more drive from the pressure I put on myself than from trying to compete with other defenders… Anyway, Curt, thanks for all that you have done and are still doing. Good luck on opening day, hope you kick some Royal ass!
    Cheri

  195. zeke3elevn permalink
    March 27, 2007 2:12 pm

    Hi Curt,

    You sure are brave for starting this blog. Very few professional athletes are this interactive with their fans and critics, and for this I applaud you!

    I have an interesting question for you.

    What do you do when your in a rut and you can’t get out? This could pertain to pitching, or just life in general. I’m a salesman. I sometimes, like professional athletes, go through dry spells. Sometimes, even though I may be in the greatest situation, I loose motivation, confidence and drive.

    I can sit and think to myself “Whats wrong with me? Everythings going so well why can’t I snap out of this and just do my job?” Baseball is a great game of numbers. One can tell just by looking at a players history that if he isn’t performing, sooner or later… he will come back to his true form… and also on the reverse side, if a player is out-performing himself, he will eventually (for the most part) come back to reality … (eg. Brian Roberts, 2005 Orioles). I wish this system could be implemented in my life!

    Since baseball IS your job, which i’m sure we all can agree is a “good situation” What do you do to maybe unwind, refocus or help yourself get out of a slump and back on track?

    Thanks

    Matt
    Attleboro, MA

  196. tkfromnh permalink
    March 27, 2007 3:14 pm

    Speaking of the curly haired one and his quest for cheaters, frauds, and the like. Where’s the “in the know” comments on Ron Borges?

  197. tkfromnh permalink
    March 27, 2007 3:45 pm

    Or Buffon Ryan? And why no followup on the unauthorized coaching of maria sharipova(sp?) after you mentioned it in your column? Talk about throwing a hand grenade! How did your family member do in that tournament?

  198. bostonbigdog permalink
    March 27, 2007 5:31 pm

    After this last moronic rant from CHB, I emailed him at the Globe and told him he was an idiot. He replied with a “thank you”. I never did anything like that before, but it felt good. I am TOTALY sick of him and even the Boston Dirt Dogs poisoning the well for the Sox.

    Anyone know who ARE the Boston Dirt Dogs, anyway? I cant’ find anything on thair pages that identify just who is putting that thing together. At least CHB puts his name to his rants.

    I just think that sports reports should REPORT, not editorialize. As an intelligient fan, I can see and make up my OWN mind if I think someone is dogging it, or not. I am just totally done with editorializing passing itself off as news reporting or sports reporting.

    Big Dog

    http://www.unclec.com

  199. firedannyainge permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:32 pm

    “None of us should take pleasure in declining newspaper circulations because it’s tangible evidence of the dumbing down of America. (More evidence: not being able to spell “genius.”)”

    Excuse me but give me a break. I stopped reading the Globe years ago because they do not run that paper the right way. They allow blowhards like Bob Ryan to get groups of people to hate on Boston players to the point that a lot of them don’t want to play here.

    Bob Ryan got an entire city to hate on a 20 year old NBA player by calling him names after he made some comments about being in an All star game (A 20 year old kid by the way that never had a real coach teh entire time he played in Boston)and the town tortured that said player until he was finally traded away 8 years later (Did I mention he won an NBA title last year?) You find no fault with that? You think that is a professional way to run a newspaper? I don’t.
    He took his biased opinion and used his status as a journalist to be biased and petty.

    There are a long list of players places like the Globe and WEEI have run out of town and as an American I have the right to never support that paper again.

  200. ajbearman permalink
    March 27, 2007 7:47 pm

    Great site Curt,the only thng wrong is you keep my Bill in Boston..

    Uncle Al your loyal fan in Balto,MD

  201. joefoy67 permalink
    March 27, 2007 10:18 pm

    Re: CHB

    Are there sportswriters out there that you (or MLB players generally) respect? Roger Angell?

    Re: the Gandhi quote: “First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win”

    This has me worried. I don’t think Gandhi was a baseball fan, but somehow I don’t think he’d approve of pitchers “using the whole plate.”

    You’re still going to protect your teammates, I hope . . .

  202. jcksmc permalink
    March 28, 2007 9:48 am

    Has anyone read Shaughnessy today? I was so frustrated, I sent him this email…since we’re on the topic of writers building hate toward the athletes in this town.

    Dan,

    I’m writing hoping you can provide me some explanation on why you constantly create your stories by bashing an athlete in this town?

    I just don’t understand how you think what you do is a reflection of talent, professionalism or real entertainment. It’s amazing to me that you find pleasure in poking fun at anything and everything an athlete says or does in order to stir up controversy. I’ve grown accustomed to what you write about Schilling, and I’m less defensive about that because I also think he should just play the game. I’m not interested in his political opinion or thoughts on how the team should be managed. At the same time, I appreciate the fact that he holds himself accountable to fans and to the media, especially since you, the media, are most fans’ avenue to information about the team. (funny that after sending this email to you I intend to post it to his blog)

    After reading your article on Coco Crisp this morning, my frustrations mounted to the point where I actually spent 10 minutes writing this email. I really don’t understand how you interpret what Crisp said to Gordon Edes over the weekend into the ignorance displayed by Keith Foulke in his comments two summers ago. Ever seen Bull Durham where Kevin Costner teaches Tim Robbins how to speak with the public? What Crisp says could be substituted for Nook Laloosh’s words! All he is saying is that he’s more concerned about team performance than the reaction he gets from fans (which tends to be influenced significantly by the writers like yourself in this town). He also says your opinion and fan reaction does not affect his preparation. Remember Edgar Renteria? His former manager predicted he would struggle in this town because he did EXACTLY what Crisp says he won’t do – took fan reaction to heart. I just don’t understand how you spin C risp’s words into something negative. Yes, Gordon Edes wrote the initial story, but I didn’t get the sense reading his piece that he was against Coco or that he was looking to stir something up….

    Maybe that’s why he gets more respect than you.

  203. malicedoom permalink
    March 28, 2007 4:06 pm

    Regarding Dan “Tool-Time” Shaughnessy, it amazes me that anyone is surprised by his column. That, unfortunately, is what ‘sells’. That is the ‘norm’. Don’t even BOTHER to be offended by it, because it’s not going anway. Just ignore it and continue to ask the uber cool Mr. Schilling what questions you have. That’s my advice…

  204. subjectivebruce permalink
    March 28, 2007 9:40 pm

    This will be come apparent soon enough if he sticks around here, but for those not familiar with “objectivebruce,” know this: This is someone who seems to spend all of his free time going from Red Sox-related blog to Red Sox-related blog offering knee-jerk responses to every single criticism of anything that appears in the Globe sports section. It becomes painfully apparent in short order that objectivebruce works for the Globe as either a writer or an editor.

  205. fireguy611 permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:52 am

    Good Morning Curt, Some talk on ESPN The Sox may acquire Ichero, what are your thoughts on that and where would he play? Unless Coco part of the deal I can’t see how it works. Sure would make for some great table setting for the Big Guys though. Can J.D. play center?Looking forward to you having another great year. I think your best play is what you do for those kids from Dana Farber, keep up the good work on and off the mound.

  206. redsox24 permalink
    March 30, 2007 8:44 am

    In no way would I want a media that makes its only goal to glorify the players, or make them demi-gods. I am a huge Sox fan; and there fore am very biased to our team members.

    Players have faults, and I do not think there is anything wrong with pointing that out. However, Shaughnessy takes it too far over and over again, even when there is no “story”. His latest article about 38 pitches served absolutely no newsworthy purpose; it was a complete smear campaign on one of the Sox’s most important players (Schil) and the fans who love the Sox and are invested in the team’s success. Even if you think Curt is a persona in Boston and must be open to criticism (this would still be over the line); why are Sox fans being insulted the way Shaughnessy went about it?
    Shaughnessy wants to be the story; its not enough just to report the happenings.

    I just think often the Boston media in general looks to put down people on the Sox. Manny is yet another perfect example. Does Manny act lazy? Yes – Are some of his actions disrespectful to his team and the fans – Yes These points have been made over and over again. I am not saying that his production on the field should erase some of his lazy actions (although you could make that arguement) – rather, I would like to hear more about Manny the baseball player and his impact on the team; rather than people automatically criticizing him.

    Finally Coco – I get what his point was last week – but I do think it’s a bit bold, considering last season, for him to go out on the line like that. There is some work to be done before he makes statements like that.

    Go Sox – 3 days til show time

  207. pab1964 permalink
    April 4, 2007 7:58 am

    Speaking of the Curly head boyfriend. I couldn’t believe that Big Dan (AKA Raggedy Dan or Raggedy Dandy if you prefer) actually has a twin sister. Check out the likeness, it’s uncanny!

    Darn I could not post the pictures!!

    It’s apparent that Raggedy Dan suffers from acute envy of Mr. Schilling. Was it Shaughnessey who wrote the book “I never played the Game”? Hmmmmmm

  208. fireguy611 permalink
    July 26, 2007 10:42 pm

    Curt, Nice rehab in Toledo tonight, waiting your return to solidify the rotation. Anyway listening to those guys on eei hammer you today and it came to me, they can’t stand that you can operate in thier arena but they can’t operate in yours, Keep up the good work on als and shade see you out there in the playoffs when your realy needed. I know those scribes have had bloody socks but jumprope shouldn’t count. In closing I say keep speaking your mind it’s the American Way, and lets strike out als

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