Skip to content

3/28/07 vs. the Twins and MLB.TV package contest!!!

March 28, 2007

Quick note before the recap of tonight’s game.

Starting next Monday, Opening Day, there will be a contest on this blog in which two winners (hopefully Red Sox fans!) will be chosen daily over a period of 10-12 days, to receive the the MLB.TV package for the 2007 baseball season. Check back on Sox Opening Day for rules on entering.

They start counting for real now. Was a nice night, warmer than I thought which was a great thing.

Quick observations. Santana, regardless of his line, seems to be better at the end of this spring than he was in 05 and 06, that’s not a good thing. The Twins lineup sans Mauer is very different.I know that’s not incredible insight, but it’s hard to explain just how much different they are with him hitting 3rd. Mike Lowell can flat out pick it.If there is one position I’ve been spoiled on as a pitcher it’s been third base. With the O’s we had Craig Worthington, who could pick it. Then with Houston Ken Caminiti, then to Philly where I got to pitch in front of Scott Rolen. Then to Arizona for Matt Williams, Craig Counsell (horribly underrated defender btw), then here for Billy Mueller and now Mike.

Let’s just start with the game line belies how I felt. I would bet that I threw the lowest % of fastballs for strikes than in any appearance over the last 6-7 years. Had no feel for it and mechanically I could not get in sync. That being said I threw every off speed pitch I had tonight and I am pretty happy that they all feel ready to go.

Fell behind Castillo to start the game and knew on pitch one that I had zero feel for my fastball. Missed the next two by yards instead of inches. Came back to full count and got a tapper for the out. Tyner made an out on a behind in the count change and I got inside on Redman with a 2 seamer. One of the amazing transitions that just kind of happened this spring is being able to ‘pitch to contact’. I’ve always said I do, and sometimes I’ve tried but never to the extent I have this spring.

The 18 pitch first was a result of bad command and not contact. Over the next few innings we did some good things. I let ‘Tek take the game calling completely tonight. There are times when things are just not working, either physically or mentally, and I have to hand over game calling to him. Rather than wait on it, tonight was the perfect time to get one out of the way.

When I am into a game plan and pitching I will be 2-5 pitches ahead of the current pitch sometimes, depending on the hitter and situation. When I am struggling, every pitch, every thought is a grind. Having a catcher, and Doug is fantastic at it too, that you know is in tune with the hitter, your stuff and the plan, is huge. I can go from scrambled thoughts and nothing working, to just clearing the head and waiting on the sign, then the pitch thought and then the pitch. Every now and then they’ll both throw me a ‘curveball’ in a sequence but when I am handing the calling to them I will execute the pitch ten times more efficiently than when I am on a game plan, they put down something I am not expecting, I shake, they insist, I shake, they insist, then I half heartedly make a horrific pitch. I screw that up even now, 15 years after learning not to do it, it’s just that I don’t do it as much is all.

Two hits I gave up tonight were both on bad location. Castillo, after falling behind 0-2, hit what was supposed to be a higher than high middle fastball, that I left at the belt. White hit a 1-2 split that didn’t ‘split’, basically an 85mph floater.

We had agreed that 55 would be the limit tonight, no need to push this last one. This allows you to get in a solid 4 days of pre start work, a good bullpen, and be ready come Monday.

130 Comments leave one →
  1. bflo permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:24 pm

    Curt:

    Looking forward to Opening Day. Do you know yet when your next start after that will be? Also, do you know who will be starting the home opener?

  2. soxsweepagain permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:24 pm

    And on Monday, we’ll be ready.

    Can. Not. Wait. For. 2007.

  3. gennakersox permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:29 pm

    Thanks again for doing this blog, Curt, it is really fun reading this directly from the source.
    When you know you’re only going to throw 55 pitches (or any other number for that matter), do you do anything differently to prepare than you would for a “normal” start? Obviously spring training starts are different than regular season, but I’m curious if your thought process is different. Good luck on Monday.

  4. dadhadals permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:38 pm

    Sweet!!!

    I imagine we would need to have Direct Tv already to win this contest?

    So pumped the games are here again…

    Good luck this year and God Bless!!

  5. umatilla05 permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:39 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for doing this blog. I enjoy reading it, and it makes the time in-between seasons go a little faster. Looking forward to listening to the game next Monday ( I will be at work). Good luck in the game and the rest of the season. I have a few questions…..

    1. How often do you let tek call the games? Is it only when you don’t feel like you have it?

    2. Luckie enough to be listening to EEI on the day that you called in and gave it to Butch….My jaw was somewhere around my ankles. How often do you listen to EEI?

    Thank you for everthing you have given to this area. You have given me a lifetime of memories!

    Kurt

  6. March 28, 2007 10:39 pm

    bflo, as of now I will be pitching Sunday night in Texas again. We’ll be staying with a 5 man as far as I know, even with days off, early in the year. That could abslutely change at anytime, but I think that’s the current plan.
    Oh and the only thing you will need to see the MLB.TV package is a computer and internet hook up I believe. The MLB.TV package is one in which you can watch any and all games that aren’t blacked out, on your computer, over the ‘net.

  7. yuni96 permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:40 pm

    Hi Curt Otsukaresama!! (Good Job!!) in Japanese.

    I’m glad that you’re all ready for the season!! Just hope the Japanese rookies are ready too. Daisuke was shaky last time out. Hope he will find his groove on Saturday.

    I will be looking forward to seeing you pitch openning day, from here in Tokyo. Lack of sleep from staying up all night watching, is my only concern.

    Wish you the best on Day1.

    PS It’s too bad the MLB.TV package would do me no good being in Japan.

    Yuni

  8. fpraven4 permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:44 pm

    Curt,

    so far so good my man! You are on your way to a good start and you are looking more and more like the Curt of 04.

    Looking fwd to opening day! Best of luck!

  9. March 28, 2007 10:49 pm

    I was watching tonight’s game online. Living here in Florida, I don’t get to watch you guys play on TV anymore, now that Extra Innings isn’t available. Being born & raised in Connecticut, I still miss watching on NESN. Anyway, Remy & Don were saying you were throwing all fast balls in the fifth. Were they being accurate or were you using something else?

  10. yankeedynasty permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:50 pm

    Good game tonight Curt.

    I was wondering what your thoughts are, if any, on the Yankees prospect RHP Phil Hughes. The veteran catcher Todd Pratt has compared him to a younger version of yourself, and I was wondering if you could comment on Phil and the comparison that has been drawn.

    Thanks.

  11. kmorin54 permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:51 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Can’t wait for Opening Day! On a night like tonight, how does not being able to throw your fastball the way you want to affect your pitch selection? It seems like its a pitch that you have to throw, even if it isn’t working. Whereas, if your split isn’t working you might not throw it as much. Does that make sense?

    Good luck Monday!

  12. March 28, 2007 10:51 pm

    Can’t wait for 2007 to begin!

    And Yuni – MLB.TV would work in Japan, no? Certainly works for me in Singapore. Great way to catch games, even if our side of the world means I have to watch them while changing for work.

  13. sdl1 permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:53 pm

    Wish I could enter, but I’m still on dialup aka Buffering City…

    Read about the site in Sports Weekly. As a Sox fan, I’ll be spending a lot of time here (much to wife’s chagrin)

    Thanks, Curt!

  14. soxsweepagain permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:57 pm

    6 Curt Schilling
    bflo, as of now I will be pitching Sunday night in Texas again. We’ll be staying with a 5 man as far as I know, even with days off, early in the year. That could abslutely change at anytime, but I think that’s the current plan.
    Oh and the only thing you will need to see the MLB.TV package is a computer and internet hook up I believe. The MLB.TV package is one in which you can watch any and all games that aren’t blacked out, on your computer, over the ‘net.

    I have had MLB.tv for two years and going on #3 now; it rules.

    Besides the games that you can see live (all MLB games every night except a few blackouts, which are the local teams in your area and the Saturday early games on national TV) you get everything AND you can see all games previously played all season by every team any time you want to.

    /No, I do not work for MLB.tv.

  15. March 28, 2007 10:59 pm

    MLB.tv is the online deal where even in Japan you can watch live baseball via streaming video on the internet. It’s a grand alternative to having Extra Innings (which Bud Selig has denied gazillions of us with his latest business venture with Direct TV) for those of us who have digital cable..on which we USED to be able to get Extra Innings…but who aren’t able to pay for/switch to/physically have Direct TV.

    If you could follow that horrid sentence structure, congrats to you. It’s late and I’m tired.

    And Curt, it’s very cool of you and whoever to be having the drawing but what if the winner already has the misfortune of having paid for mlb.tv because that’s their only way of watching the Sox from the middle-of-nowhere? Could we donate it to someone else? :)

  16. bostondirtdog34 permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:59 pm

    Good Luck Monday Curt!

    Thank you for the insight into your game, it is prety cool to read about your perspective of this awesome game.

    GO SOX!!!

  17. soxsweepagain permalink
    March 28, 2007 11:06 pm

    12: varitekchick
    MLB.tv is the online deal where even in Japan you can watch live baseball via streaming video on the internet. It’s a grand alternative to having Extra Innings (which Bud Selig has denied gazillions of us with his latest business venture with Direct TV) for those of us who have digital cable..on which we USED to be able to get Extra Innings…but who aren’t able to pay for/switch to/physically have Direct TV.

    If you could follow that horrid sentence structure, congrats to you. It’s late and I’m tired.

    Perhaps the switch to Direct TV was designed to push people into MLB.tv…

    /end conspiracy theory.

  18. joshjacobsen permalink
    March 28, 2007 11:08 pm

    Curt,

    You are my second favorite player, right behind my childhood hero Ken Griffey Jr, and just ahead of Roger Clemens. Is there any chance you could leave me a ticket to see you pitch in Seattle this summer?

    Josh

  19. March 28, 2007 11:09 pm

    Would it be wrong to humbly suggest throwing an eephus sometime? That would be fantastic.

  20. deryckramey permalink
    March 28, 2007 11:21 pm

    What makes your blog special is that as a pretty die-hard Yankee guy, I enjoy just about everything you’ve written here. I’ve played in the past and now coach at the High School level and your insight kept me thinking prior to our Opening Day this week. It really got the wheels turning.

    But enough praise. Will Carroll over at BP was talking about “icing” today in his chat. Dice doesn’t, Lincecum doesn’t. WC also mentioned that Dr. Andrews said that he can’t seem to find any negatives behind icing and that there are chances it might do something good, so it’s probably either a push or a minor win to go ahead. What are your thoughts?

    And BTW, the Rob Deer thing… fantastic.

  21. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 28, 2007 11:30 pm

    Curt Great job pitching tonight!!!!!!!. I saw on Redsox.com you did a great job!!!!!!!. I can’t wait to see you pitch in the regular season. The team is going to be great. I am a die hard RedSox fan!!!!!!!. Curt will you please donate some money to the Beaufort Sand Gnats that is the name of the team I am on for the special olympics. Could you write a check for the Beaufort Sand Gnats? We would like to get some jackets, hats and shirts that says the name of our team and also special olympics on them. Would anyone else on your team be willing to help? Let me know Curt. Email me at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com and I will email you back with more information OK Curt. You will win 18 games this year Curt. You are really a great ball player!!!!!!!!!. Good luck this season. From Die Hard RedSox Fan!!!!!!.

    Jeff Riley

  22. redsoxfan permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:05 am

    Howdy Curt,

    Great game today. You showed some great stuff. Can’t wait for opening day. Good luck Schilling for the year, and remember to do your best :P.

    Rob

  23. rebels88 permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:23 am

    In the June 2002 Playboy Interview you told a story about Mickey Tettleton (it was Mickey wasn’t it?) getting in your grill after a just-happy-to-be there performance. I think he told you, “Be *ing prepared to pitch!” Obviously that was a long time ago. Do you still see those type of players around or has that kind of thing gone by the wayside? Do you think it’s good for the game to have the veterans get the young ones in line or has that style run its course?

    Questec. People have adjusted or are still trying to do so. Do you think it’s good for the game or were things better when you also had to know who was behind the plate? I’m sure you still do to some degree but…

    As a follow-up, did you like that people have “earned” calls? As an example when a young player doesn’t get the close call against a vet whether the young one is pitching or batting? As a fan it’s tough to swallow when you see someone get a break because they’ve been around awhile instead of what happened. I’m not a fan of Questec even though it looks like I’m arguing that case.

  24. bryanpalu permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:26 am

    I’m in the Army, MLB.TV is how I can keep up with the Red Sox since I’m moving all over the place.

    If any of you are thinking of getting it, just make sure you have at least DSL, I can imagine a dial up connection would be hard to use.

  25. aclbosox permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:30 am

    Hey Curt, do you know who will be the opening day starter? I haven’t heard or read anything yet, so I was wondering if you had any insight as to who the opening day starter will be. Perhaps we’ll get to see you out there on opening day for the second day in a row.

  26. jeff7168 permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:32 am

    Looks like Johan Santana and Curt Schilling will once again be two of the top starters in the AL, at least based on how they’ve looked in spring training. It’s encouraging to know that the Sox have one of the strongest rotations in baseball, and depth to call upon in case of injury. That was an Achilles heel last season.

    Jeff
    Sox and Pinstripes

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  27. downcape permalink
    March 29, 2007 2:19 am

    Nice Work! I like what you’ve done with the place…I caught the first G38 apparel spots earlier in ST and hadn’t had a chance to check it out. I’m a life long Sox fan and Nation builder who subscribes to a more calm/positive/lucid frame of mind regarding Boston sports.

    I’ve just signed on and what I see is perhaps a whole new medium for the nation to get behind to access and get updates to run with.

    I was reminded to sign up because of a conversation I had recently where it was described how you further illuminated CHB as a tabloid mud-rake journalist. I don’t read his stuff so it’s hard sometimes when he does/says something deliberately to ignite his fellow negative gasbags that actually believe what he publishes. I turn off live shows for that same reason he predictable, and deliberately incendiary regardless of the impacts professionally or otherwise. If it weren’t for Gordon Edes…

    Anyway, congrats on the blog this looks great.

    I noticed that you were throwing a lot of breaking stuff last night; I think you answered why earlier in your initial discussion.

    Q: Tactically, assuming it’s available to you, is there a particular count your looking to add options to?
    Q: I never got a good look at your grip, but it appears your not using the “circle” method.
    Q: So is your change thrown like a dead-arm fastball or is it palm-ball like which could play games with different muscles in your fore arm?
    Q: Does throwing it more (other than improving feel) increase its effectiveness, similar to other pitches where muscle memory helps cement the mechanics?

    I really excited to see this staff come out not so much charging, but with a steady efficiency thru April. Then I’d expect Tito to give you guys more rein to pick up the pace until the all-star break. Buck the trend of post-all-star arrhythmia and hit the AL east with both barrels right off the bat in July-August and then cruise into Sept… Okay where do I submit the preferred flight plans?

    Hey! Good luck at finding the time to participate enough to feed the monsters now that you’re available on a fixed site. I for one am really impressed and appreciative of your efforts for the community and region at large.

    Warmest Regards,
    D_C++

  28. mikecarroll23 permalink
    March 29, 2007 2:47 am

    Curt:

    Just want you to know that I have gained more insight, learned more strategy and took more away from your analysis of your (as well as the team’s) performance on your blog than perhaps from any other source I’ve ever read.
    What an incredible outlet for you it must be and what a fantastic method for the avid baseball fan to receive coverage of the game. A sincere and heartfelt thank-you.
    Just logged on tonight for the first time…didn’t even know about it until the Curly-haired malcontent wrote about it. What he doesn’t realize is that his attempt at maligning you actually brought at least one more reader to your blog. Congratulations, keep up the great work and we’ll be watching (and reading) this year with keen interest.

  29. March 29, 2007 2:50 am

    My son and I were talking over dinner tonight about the whole MLB DirectTV debacle. I guess Sellig never though that all those people that rent can’t put up a dish, huh? That would be us.

    Anyhow, can’t wait for opening day. We’re so excited..even if we can’t watch the games anymore.

    And looking very forward to your contest. Can’t wait to tell my son about it in the morning.

  30. poltroop permalink
    March 29, 2007 3:26 am

    Curt, I’ll be looking forward to your incentive to get mlb.tv. I’m debating still if I want to get Directv’s “deal”, which i still have yet to this day figure out what’s going to be different than last year (I had both NESN and extra innings and STILL had blackouts). I’ll do anything I can to watch every Red Sox game this year, barring work (I work nights in the AF).

    enough babble, see you in April!

  31. hjalcantara permalink
    March 29, 2007 5:49 am

    Hey Curt , you have talked and praised here about the defense of Alex Gonzalez , I’m from Venezuela and I’m used to see him play SS for Leones del Caracas on winter league and have to say I really enjoy it. We here in Venezuela are kinda of used to see that type of defense in SS we have seen play here Concepcion , Aparicio , Vizquel , Gonzalez , Izturiz , Guillen and the list goes on but here in Venezuela you can say there is always a debate of who’s our greatest SS ever and Vizquel name always seem to be on top of that list. If you should choose between Gonzalez and Vizquel (consider Vizquel prime years) to have as your SS who would you choose and why?? thanks in advance for your answer.

    Henrique Alcantara
    Caracas , Venezuela.

  32. chillyme permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:32 am

    Enjoyable! Nice outing v the Twins. It’s fascinating to be able to peek inside your head, post-game. It brings the fan experience to a much higher level. Thank you, Curt. Nice to see some energized offense and base running, also. Things are looking remarkably good, at four days out. I hope you guys are getting as excited as I am!

    Contests and give-aways? Too much fun. I never saw that coming. Thoughtful gesture on your part, thanks.

    Future Q&A: I’d LOVE to hear about some of the best clubhouse pranks and rookie rituals.

    Take care.

  33. soxbeach68 permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:33 am

    So I guess I’m one of the few who don’t mind the Extra Innings deal with Direct TV….Shoot if the NFL can do it….and NASCAR can do it…..oh yeah i believe the NBA does it too–why can’t MLB? Besides, MLB TV–from everything I hear–is great. I’m waiting for the day the Extra Innings package becomes more interactive, like with NASCAR’s deal. Curt, I guess the question is have you heard anything about that? Is it something MLB would allow? Would player’s get pissed off about too much technology interfering with the game? I can see a day where we could choose our own camera angle and audio source…coach’s, player’s and umpires being mic’d up…totally interactive…

  34. rich1694 permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:33 am

    Curt,

    Love the blog.

    Looking forward to a great year.
    My question concerns family. I watched a documentary on the History channel about the real story of “Blackhawk Down”. In the story they were interviewing an Air Force controller named Dan Schilling. The resemblance to you is uncanny. Is he your brother and if so How is he doing? I had a family member over there as well but he was not involved in that situation. I just remember him talking about it quite a bit.
    Anyway, hope your family is doing well and have a great year.

    Rich

  35. rice4thehall permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:39 am

    Curt- Just want to say that I think this is an awesome idea and I am really looking forward to getting your insight on all things Sox for the upcoming season. As an aside, do you have any concerns about not locating your fastball well yesterday? Is that just something that can happen once in a while? Is it just mechanics or not getting a good feel for the ball? It seemed like you located your offspeed stuff nicely, so I was just curious. Anyway, looking forward to seeing you on the hill opening day!

  36. picher437 permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:46 am

    Hey Curt,

    Can’t wait for opening day. Some friends and I are flying out of MA on Saturday to spend all week in KC for the opening series! Rest assured the loudest Red Sox cheers will be coming from the section right near the Sox bullpen! It will be the first time I’ve been able to see you pitch in person and I’m really looking forward to it. I love what you’re doing here on the site, every time I check in and there isn’t an update I’m disappointed! God bless, and good luck on Monday…like I said, you’ll hear us out in left field!

    Matt

  37. merbles permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:52 am

    Congrats on the game CURT! You with a CHANGEUP is almost too good! I’ve been wondering what they are waiting for to resign you? YOU WILL DESTROY THE LEAGUE WITH THAT CHANGE! WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? YOU IN NY PINSTRIPES IS TOO SICK TO COTNEPLATE!

  38. stevenrockwell permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:53 am

    Curt,
    Curious if such a commitment to pitching your offspeed stuff especially your change leads to a lack of feel or command of the heat in a game situation.

    Is it possible that mixing up your pitches more leads you to have less control of your fastball and not have a feel for your mechanics and be able to get in synch with them as you stated?

    Thanks,
    Steven Rockwell

  39. merbles permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:58 am

    GUESS I NEED SPELLCHECK! I OBVIOUSLY MEANT CONTEMPLATE.

  40. psykopete permalink
    March 29, 2007 7:22 am

    Despite not having the heater last nite, you looked pretty sharp Schil. Don’t let anyone tag you with the “senior” label just yet. Afterall, you’ll always have Wakey to wear that mantle here. Good luck this year Go Red Sox!

  41. March 29, 2007 8:05 am

    Schilling-san:

    Nice game last night. Two questions, if I may…

    One, what’s the red bracelet?

    Two, what’s the “finger-wag” you do to the infielders in mid-inning? Are you positioning the defense, or reminding each other where the force play is, or thinking about a potential steal/pickoff, or what? Seems to be a whole lot communicated in a wag of the finger, so I’m curious what wavelength you’re on.

    See you in KC on Monday! Ganbatte!

  42. ranger03 permalink
    March 29, 2007 8:05 am

    Curt,

    I must say I was a bit skeptical about your change-up at first, but it looks great. Excited to see what this rotation will do.

    I enjoy reading this blog far more than CHB’s colums!

  43. arcticmonkeys permalink
    March 29, 2007 8:28 am

    Hi Curt:

    Great blog! It makes for endlessly fascinating reading for us fans (or anyone interested in baseball, for that matter). Here’s my question, and I apologize if it’s been covered before: Do you ever worry that being so open about the ups and downs of your performances might give opposing managers, coachers and hitters help on getting to you? After all, we live in a time where players scour videotape to try and learn a pitcher’s (or hitter’s) tendencies, strengths, weaknesses — why wouldn’t they do the same for a blog, and might that give them an advantage on hitting you? Putting it more simply: any worry that you’re giving too much away?

    Thanks — cannot wait for the season to start, it’s been a looooooong winter.

    David

  44. glorydays permalink
    March 29, 2007 8:34 am

    Curt,

    You mentioned that you didn’t have a good feel for the fastball last night – what exactly does that mean? Are there any technique problems that you encounter with the pitch, or is it something else?

    To a non-expert like myself, having a feel for the other pitches would seem to be more difficult than having a feel for the fastball, so is it unusual to have it for everything else but the fastball? Thanks very much.

  45. msheppard permalink
    March 29, 2007 8:41 am

    Q: About what you call “pre-start-work.”

    Do you have professional help with anything like your biorhythms, or the physiology of “scheduling” how you will feel? You’ve talked about your game day ritual’s in the past – I’m curious if how in depth you go into this sort of thing.

    I imagine a huge mexican dinner 24hr’s before a game is an obvious no-no, but something more subtle, like letting your blood sugar go low 48hrs before a start so your body’s storage level or something is maxed at the start – do you ever get that detailed?

    It seems like an interesting science.

    M@

  46. redsox13mlb permalink
    March 29, 2007 8:46 am

    Curt. Interesting insight for the game. It’s nice to know that, as a catcher, there are pitchers out there that admit to having no feel for their game on certain nights and yield to the instincts, and countless hours of prep, of their backstop. The attitudes of the game seem to be making that a thing of the past.
    Scary thoughts thinking Santana looked better this year than last. It’s comforting to know that this year, unlike last, we have a good shot at a potential (or current) number 1 facing him out of our rotation no matter what night we face him.
    First time blogger, but frequent reader. Thank you for your bonds….

  47. mainefan permalink
    March 29, 2007 8:47 am

    Curt! You looked great last night! The excitement is in the air up here in New England. Can’t wait for Monday!

  48. March 29, 2007 8:53 am

    Nice job. Looking forward to opening day and the real thing.

  49. dcoletti permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:00 am

    Curt- Thanks again for being THE ultimate professional when it comes to taking the bump every 5th day, as well, thanks for this forum in providing us with your insight/reflection on each outing and the Sox in general.

    I have a question for you with regards to the relationship between Manager and his Players. Many times you hear people talk about certain skippers as being a “player’s coach” or “player friendly”, etc. I played ball my whole life. We were very successful and fortunate to make the CWS my junior year. That said, our Manager/Head Coach was the most pompous jerk who was terrible at relating to his players. Not just one player… but he went on to alienate himself from the entire team. He certainly knew the game baseball, could manage a game and also instruct certain aspects of the game very well….. but his ability to have a true, “we’re in this together” relationship with the team always has made us wonder what could have been!?

    Enough about me and sorry for the novel here, but I guess my question is how much would you correlate the success of a team in any sport, to the relationship between Players and Head Coach/Manager at the professional level? With that, in the Bigs, have you ever been a part of a team you felt was great and destined for big things….. only to watch the players revolt and reject the attitude/professionalism of a manager… ultimately affecting the team resulting in an underperforming season (no names necessary)?

  50. argentina10 permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:30 am

    Curt, hopefully we can have an “international” winner as well since here in Argentina, for example, we catch about two games per week and Im talking baseball in general and not Red Sox games. Just the traditional Wednesday + Sunday night baseball. Dont forget about us, we love the Red Sox as much as them!
    Take care.

  51. jd10367 permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:37 am

    Hey, Curt… Kudos on the blog, and for speaking your mind.

    I have a question which has nothing to do with your last post…

    This morning on Dennis & Callahan they had Dr. Mike Marshall, former Cy Young winner and PhD in kinesiology. He basically said that every pitcher is taught the wrong way to pitch, pitching coaches have no idea what they’re doing and don’t know the physiology of the pitching muscles, and that if you listen to Marshall you’ll never get injured. Just wondering if you’ve studied up on his ideas, and what you think. You seem highly intelligent and since you spend a lot of time breaking down video I figured your view would be a good one. (I get the feeling that, like any other sports movements, a pitcher would be very disinclined to listen to him and totally change the way they’ve been pitching, but he suggests teaching kids how to pitch “correctly” to get them into his mechanics.)

    P.S.: Keep D&C on their toes, they need it. I love when you bust on them in your morning calls. :o)

  52. scambodian permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:40 am

    What is going on with Varitek. He’s 34 years old, no one really talks about it now, and i think Varitek is such a respected guy in the clubhouse and in Boston that it might fly under the radar as well. here are the facts tho.

    He had a very bad year last year at the plate and what is to suggest that he will turn it around this year. He is also getting to the point in his career where at 34 playing the most physically demanding position in baseball can not be helping him. Look at guys like Piazza and Pudge who have played DH or second base because of the demands catching almost everyday can have on you.

    The question is, Varitek is so valuable as a catcher and to every person on the pitching staff. Is it really worth it at 10 mill a year to have someone just for their defense even when they could possibly be hitting around the .220 area?? I dunno, I like Varitek you have to respect the guy, but you also have to look at this objectivley. He has 20 million still out there, looking back at it could this have possibly been a bad deal when it is all said and done. Nothing against the guy, but it would not surprise me if he is in a serious decline at this point of his career. Great defense and he makes the pitchers a lot better, but possibly and automatic out. I just think the sox should look seriously at getting a young good back up catcher that can be waiting just in case and can learn under Tek for a year or two

    P.S. I know that he had an injury last year, but that still doesnt change the fact that he is a year older in a very demanding position. I know Curt will defend him to the death for obvious reason (he has too) but i would like to hear what the other people on here think.

  53. March 29, 2007 9:41 am

    “Wish I could enter, but I’m still on dialup aka Buffering City…”

    Oh, there’s buffering whether you’ve got dialup or not. I wonder if mlb.tv will really be as good as they say it will be this year. Fortunately I’ll be living in the Boston area for the first time in my life this season, and I won’t have to worry about buffering any more!

  54. morrisop permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:54 am

    Curt,
    Great game last night. Just wanted to wish you the “Best of Luck” on Monday.
    I’ll be watching…

    Go Sox’s!

  55. pt33333 permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:55 am

    Hi, Curt. I just discovered your blog and really look forward to reading more. Our whole family are huge Red Sox fans. My 10yo son pitches Little League and wants to be just like you. Even my 3yo daughter is a fan. She already has a Curt Schilling poster on her wall. Looking forward to Opening Day and the whole season!

  56. roon5 permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:05 am

    Curt;
    What is the attitude of the team heading North? Any ? marks about how things will pan out? Good Luck on the start and season.
    Roon5

  57. March 29, 2007 10:12 am

    I do like when you talk about what goes on in your head when you’re on the mound.

    My question is, who’s the best catcher you’ve ever had. Who has it been easiest for you to get in synch with when pitching? It’s probably been asked before, but what the heck, I’ll ask it.

  58. theotherm permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:13 am

    Curt,
    Again, I can’t thank you enough for the time and insight you’ve given us. As a long time RS fan,it’s the closest I’ll come to knowing one of my favorite players. I hear the guys on WEEI joking about your blog but IMO it’s soooo cool to read what you have to say! When you’re pitching, are you so locked in that you don’t hear the fans in the stands? I was at the “Johnny Damon returns” game last year and saw the effects the boos had on JD,when you’re at Yankee stadium I’m sure it’s just as bad for you, how hard is it to tune that out?Also, my family is trying to convince me to do a blog from a woman’s perspective on the Sox, I’m a passionate and well informed fan,how hard is it to do this? Like everyone else here, I’m very excited about the team and the start of the new season, Good luck and good health throughout!
    Wendy

  59. 9isking permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:14 am

    This site is great, I’ve learned alot about pitching and the mentality behind it. I gotta say I am impressed with the amount of knowledge you and Tek have. I am also amazed at how much info you guys have merely out of neccessity. Do batters study pitchers as much as you study them? Do they study arm slots and grip and set/stretch patterns? It seems to me that by the time that ball is released you better know if your swinging or not. I’ve never been good at baseball, but I’ve been to batting cages that go up to 90 and let me say that I agree with you that hitting a baseball in the majors is one of the hardest feats in sports. By the way I should be a winner of the package so I can watch D Lowe in LA and the sox farm system in San Diego.

  60. azdirtclod permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:14 am

    Thank you Curt for the generosity in regard to MLB.tv. This MLB TV scandal has been a hot topic with transplant Red Sox fan across the country. It is really a shame that MLB brass would ABANDON their strongest fans so that they can strong arm various TV outlets into pushing their undeveloped channel on to the basic tier (and pushing an existing channel OFF). The MLB channel doesn’t even exist yet so we don’t know what quality to expect from this enterprise. It is a shame they can’t just create the channel and let CONSUMERS decide if it is wanted on basic cable. I can understand the cable outlets reluctance to embrace a product that doesn’t exist yet. Do consumers really need the the MLB channel on basic cable during the off season? Frankly, the way MLB handled broadcasting the last time they tried was pathetic. Anybody remember that year when the playoffs all started at the same time on the same channel? They didn’t even give us a choice which to watch. MLB brass should leave TV production to TV professionals.

    A good example of their ignorance is this MLB.TV. I realize that a lot of people have used this service and are happy with it but it is NOT television. At a time when the world is going toward HIGHER tv resolution, MLB is trying to stuff tv broadcasts onto limited internet pipes. Add to that, most households do not have their computers in their TV room nor is it hooked to their televisions. I don’t care if there are products that will take care of this (MORE $). I already have a TV and and established mechanism for acquiring tv programming. It is called cable TV and it has been around for +20 years. If I wanted DirecTv, I would have already subscribed. I like my cable “bundle” and no last minute power play by MLB is going to change that. It is a shame MLB can play the game at the expense of it’s fans. It is just another example that MLB just doesn’t give a rats ass, other than the money.

    I have bought gameday audio for the past three years, but I am boycotting them this year. This was FINALLY the year I was supposed to get Extra Innings (pay raise!) and MLB pulled this DirecTv BS. Not for a year or two either.. SEVEN YEARS! Their loss. I will just spend more time with the kids. When they get home from school, the computer should be theres anyway. It just seems STUPID that I have a perfectly good TV ready for ball games and I am supposed to watch streamed games in my Den (thus hoarding the computer from the kids). Maybe MLB should offer officially licensed neck braces too.

    Bud Selig’s comments about the scandal were incredibly insulting. His attitude was that there is plenty of baseball on TV and we shouldn’t care about our favorite team. Is he serious? Why have Extra Innings at all if he doesn’t care about transplant fans? The fact that they are waiting to the VERY last minute to finalize this deal is also pathetic and selfish.

    Bottom line is that there were @75 mil who had access to Extra Inning last year. This year it will be 15mil. That is a scandal in my opinion. They are sacrificing us, the fans so they can push their non existant product down our throats in the coming years. Mlb.TV is a different thing all together. I have seen what that looks like and I will NOT be hooking that up to my 32″ TV.

    Have a great Season Curt and thanks for letting me go on about MLB broadasting policy.

  61. aimcifer permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:24 am

    Awesome game tonight!

  62. March 29, 2007 10:26 am

    Great to see props given to Mike Lowell. We in the stands appreciate him too. This team suffered a dearth of defensive prowess for many years, so we appreciate it all the more when we see it. Too bad our stellar middle infield of 2006 is gone…

  63. geneconleysplaneticket permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:26 am

    Hi Curt,

    You mentioned how from the very first batter you knew you didn’t have a feel for your fastball. It’s not uncommon to hear pitchers say that, or something like it, such as, “I just didn’t have my curveball today,” or even, “I had my two-seamer in the bullpen, but when I got out to the mound I couldn’t find it.”

    I was wondering, what do you think accounts for a pitcher, even a guy with a great fastball such as yourself, just not being able to get a “feel” for that pitch, or any particular pitch. Is it the weather? Is it fatigue? Or does it just fall into the category of “s*** happens?”

    Thanks, Curt!

  64. goodcheese permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:33 am

    Been reading for a while…time to throw in my 2 cents. First I can’t believe all the crap you’ve incurred for doing this blog (curly head boyfriend). I think it’s great to you take time to post and give us a sense of how it really is.
    Most people I know have a job that they don’t spend 24/7 doing, most people I know spend a fair amount of time surfing everyday. Why should the rules be different for you? I can’t wait for a bad game (not really) and the curly headed boyfriend attributes it to you time spent here, or a headline “Schilling To DL- Carpel tunnel sinks Sox Ace”
    Boy I miss the days when the Globes Ernie Roberts told me what’s for breakfast, Ray Fitzgerald, Peter Gammons, Leigh Montvale and Will McDonough wrote and left the personal B.S. out of their columns. Shank, the only good I have to say is your commitment to Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund.
    Curt Have a great year, look forward to the seasons insights

  65. ryosen permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:43 am

    Hey, Curt–

    These recaps are fascinating — thanks for taking the time to detail the games for us. Couple random questions for you:

    1. Who has the best pickoff move on the staff? How would you rate yours?

    2. Does it bother you when ESPN announcers (who are, incidentally, so off-base with their comments on the Red Sox that my *mother* is irritated) say, of last year’s August debacle, ‘well, it was the pitching that let them down’ without bothering to mention the cavalcade of injuries and the resulting patchwork pitching staff (and lineup)?

    3. I noticed during 2004 that you wear red stirrup socks — why not wear your pants up like ‘Tek and Timlin? Comfort or superstition?

    4. What’s more annoying: a game that went like this: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB 4 K, or a 10-minute one-on-one interview with CHB?
    :) Thanks,
    Ryo

  66. tcdickinson permalink
    March 29, 2007 11:13 am

    It has been great to watch your spring training games. I look forward to seeing how your pitch to contact philosophy plays out. Do you have a goal in mind for innings pitched or maybe to have a complete game or two?

  67. northwestsoxfan permalink
    March 29, 2007 11:20 am

    Curt-

    What is an eephus?

    Also, thanks for the opportunity to win the mlb.tv package. It is something I have been considering, being a Sox fan out here in spacious Pullman, WA–nothing says “not going to get your Ph D. degree” like watching all the Sox games this year.

    Who are you rooting for in the NCAA tournament?

    Good luck next week!!!!

  68. March 29, 2007 11:25 am

    Curt: when I was about 10 years old I met with Red Sox Great Smokey Joe Wood. I asked him if he wanted to be in the Hall of Fame, He said “I wouldn’t give a nickel to be in the Hall, If they wanted me they would have put me in long ago” then he laughed. Smokey Joe at the age of 22 had a 34 and 5 record a ERA of 1.91 collected 10 shutouts during a run of sixteen consecutive victories, then won 3 games of the 1912 series. He was also a member of 3 World Series Champion Teams, 2 with the Sox 1 with the Indians. What are your thoughts being a pitcher chasing the Hall yourself. http://www.menuhub.com/irishmusic.htm

  69. ferst permalink
    March 29, 2007 11:33 am

    Curt, Thanks for this amazing insight to your world!!!

    I’m a life-long Sox fan that I was born and raised in Bedford, MA. I now live in Los Angeles but my love for the Sox has never diminished. Everyday I download the previous days EEI to my iPod to keep-up with what’s going on (is that sick or what). All of my family is still back there in Boston and my oldest of my 3 daughters is a college freshman/softball player back there … so I still make frequent trips back to my hometown. Visiting my daughter a couple of weeks ago at her college spring break/softball spring training in Ft. Myers, we were able to catch a few Sox games … you looked great! That Ft. Myers though is a weird place … a spot in FL where everyone speaks with a Boston accent.

    As you certainly recognized when you came to Boston, the passion for the Sox is unlike anything in sports, and it’s always been that way. Although they’ve never lived in Boston, my daughters all feel like Bostonians. I’ve raised my daughters to be diehard baseball (and softball) and Sox fans.

    My daughters and I truly enjoy your Tues. EEI spots and now this blog. My middle daughter is 16 years old and she is a very high level softball pitcher here in CA and in the summer she travels the country with her team. She learns so much about pitching from what you say and write. Not just in the physical sense, but also with the mental aspects of being a great pitcher. Most of all, your pride and commitment to maximizing excellence and precision sets such a tremendous example and is an inspiration. Beyond what you’ve done on the field for the past several years, you have provided all of us Bostonians with so much (especially to my 3 daughters)!

    Don’t let the posers get you down or to have a negative effect on what you do, especially in the Boston media. They mean well (most of the time). Although it’s sometimes hard to recognize and appreciate, the Boston media adds to what makes Boston such a special place!!! But please keep communicating to us fans.

    Best of luck with your season and there is always a family in Los Angeles that loves what you do!!!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you …

    Steve in L.A.

  70. dfwelch permalink
    March 29, 2007 11:45 am

    After reading some of your posts, and especially the game summaries, I wonder how much consideration you give to the advantage your game thoughts and insights may be giving to your opponents. I expect that you have learned from talking to the media how to filter what you say, but is it any different in this forum?

  71. chekflag permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:10 pm

    Curt, while listening to WEEI this morning heard Steve Buckley expressing concerns about athletes blog’s in general and yours in particular, it seems you have him worried about his future usefulness if blogs catch on, I for one would rather read your blog as opposed to reading a reporters take on what they interpret you said, keep it up, By the way have you heard comments and opinions on D&C show this morning of Dr Mike Marshall ( http://www.weei.com/pages/268228.php ) you can visit his web site at ( http://www.drmikemarshall.com/ ) To a lay person some of what he says sounds reasonable, I like your take if you have time !!, Thanks, Joe P

  72. chitoryu permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:17 pm

    Go get em, Curt! I’ve been through Sox opening days since Teddy Ballgame’s last year. Can’t wait to watch you guys get it on.

    Mike C.

  73. seansox1 permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:22 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I know you hear it with all the posts but thanks for putting up this blog. I’ve always wanted to ask you this and now is my chance. What was going through your mind in the 2004 ALCS Game 6 and World Series Game 2, inning to inning, as you faced those powerful lineups. You went through 2 Murderers Row lineups in your condition and put up the 2 greatest pitching performances I’ve ever seen. I’m going to see the Sox play the Rangers in Arlington for my bachelor party, so I hope to see you guys beat the crap out of Texas! Thanks again for the blog, Sean

  74. chrisohio permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:25 pm

    Just a simple thank you for doing this blog. First time I’ve seen it. What a great idea. The concept reminds me of “Ball Four,” one of my favorite books. If Jim Bouton were writing that book now, he might be using a blog. I’m a lifelong Sox fan, and I’m looking forward to a great year.

  75. realfan permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:28 pm

    Curt,
    Great blog. I am a lifelong New Englander and Red Sox fan. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to have a real forum where people can read about the game from the eyes of the players, at least to some degree. I hope you don’t mind if I use this space to vent on behalf of my fellow Boston sports fans regarding the dearth of quality sports reporting in this town in recent years.

    Like most Boston commuters, I’m in my car for about 35 minutes each morning. Like most Boston sports fans with busy lives, I tune in to 850 to see if there is anything noteworthy happening with the Red Sox or Patriots (since the Bruins and Celtics have now become two of the worst-managed franchises in sports). Everyone knows this is the only reason D&C gets the ratings that it does; 850 was the flagship station of the Sox and, at least for my area, has the strongest signal of any Boston sports station.

    The problem is, to get to the information that matters, such as a score, trade or injury update, you have to listen to 10 or 15 minutes of D&C bitching and complaining about something, anything, whatever their bitter minds can find to complain about. For much of the time their whining doesn’t even concern sports. I found it a bit ironic that on this morning’s show, in discussing your blog, they (I believe it was C & a fill in for D) actually said that the players should just worry about playing the game, and let the writers do the writing. Well, that would be great: if the reporters actually used their privileges to report on the game rather than as a forum to exert personal vendettas and to stir up groundless controversy. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have the sports expertise to discuss the game itself. Except for sports remedial types such as those who call in with trade suggestions such as “How about Youkalis and Delcarmen for Pujols and Isringhausen?” the other intelligent fans only tolerate the D&C charade for as long as it takes to find out who won last night.

    Instead of D&C (and other local journalists) using their airtime to tell fans what’s going on in sports, this show and other writers often resort to dogmatic slander of athletes and sports announcers. I believe the bitter flavor of the show is the byproduct of two “sports reporters” who are simply envious of others who have made it in either syndication or national television, and this is characteristic of the frustration in local media today. The internet, satellite radio, and stations like the NFL network have made it easier for fans to gravitate towards the most knowledgeable reporters and will eventually (if not already) make local pretenders obsolete. (There is a reason why analysts like Ron Jaworski and Barry Melrose are so highly respected and popular! There is a reason why Gammons is in the HoF!) What you really hear on 850 in the morning is a show that has become a form of therapy for two underachievers to cope with their personal and professional inadequacies.

    An everyday example of this is the constant belittling of the show’s John M, who does appear to have not only the worthwhile knowledge but also an attitude that will eventually take him to greater success in this field than either D or C. (I would say that they are better off putting Mike Adams on, which they are, but since we all love Mike’s show I will leave him out of this.) You see the same nonsense in the Globe and Herald as well: writers like Shaugnessy use their privilege not to deliver a quality product but rather as a vehicle to be vindictive or simply to try and turn a trivial incident into controversy. For example, D&C and other local reporters were complaining for weeks that Belichek did not give Mangini any meaningful contact (at least what they perceived to be meaningful) after the game, or didn’t do anything with Peyton Manning after another game. But who really cares? Is it in Belichek’s contract to make love to opponents after the game or something? Or is it really just that the local sports reporters don’t really understand the game enough to write about it? (And if Belichek gave Manning a big hug and a kiss and handed him a beer, you bet that our writers would be making something out of that as well.)

    Speaking of being vindictive…when they cannot do that, they plagiarize. Why does Ron Borges still have a job?

    I hope that the Sox and Patriots are aware that knowledgeable fans like myself see through the impudence. I have not read Borges or Shaughnessy in years because, frankly, I found their columns to be more personal than substantive. I recall Shaughnessy’s personal attacks on Clemens years ago and gave up on Borges after he kept insisting, win after win, that the Pats should put Bledsoe back in over Brady. I have heard about the nonsense they continue to write. I gave up on Dennis years ago when he came up with the breaking story that the Sox had just signed Kirby Puckett. That was a classic from a “responsible, knowledgeable” reporter. How he kept his job is beyond me, hats off to him!

    The local teams should know, here’s a typical Boston fan’s morning:
    Like most Boston sports fans in their morning commute, I turn on 850 and painfully listen to D&C to try and find out if I missed anything important from last night. Once I have discerned that I have obtained whatever local information is relevant, I quickly change the dial to Mike & Mike or Lekus and Spegal or MLB radio (there is a great morning baseball show on satellite radio with former catcher Buck Martinez, who is somewhat of a baseball version of Jaworski). And I drink my Dunkin Donuts coffee, take a deep breath, and wonder how the heck D&C still have those jobs.

    Thanks again for maintaining this blog. Just so you know there are plenty of fans reading them, even if they are not taking the time to write replies. Over the past year or so I noticed that more players in many sports were maintaining blogs, and anticipate that the trend will continue. There was a time when this town had plenty of great sports journalists. Today they are few and far between. Good thing we have internet and satellite radio!

  76. aj09 permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:31 pm

    I know it’s only spring and you’re not necessarily looking for a good line, but what’s it like when you’re facing johan santana and on the first pitch you realize you have no feel for your fast ball, and you’re going to be grinding?

    from Sox Nation in South “6hrs ahead means alot of sick days” Africa,

    aj

  77. tymmyramone permalink
    March 29, 2007 12:42 pm

    Finally the Mayor’s Cup has come back to Boston.

    Given that it seemed like half the games were you vs Johan and you got the better of him, do you think your postseason reputation will be extended to being among the best preseason pitchers of your generation too?

  78. soxfaninfla permalink
    March 29, 2007 1:40 pm

    Curt –

    Thanks for creating such an informative blog.

    As a displaced member of Red Sox Nation, I pose this question to you: What do you think of the MLB Extra Innings/DirectTV drama?

    I currently live in Orlando – which is great, but we don’t get NESN here. (NESN should be in every home, like CNN or the WeatherChannel.) My husband & I have enjoyed the Extra Innings package – it connects us with Boston, the team, and other fans.

    During our last trip to Boston, my husband proposed to me at Fenway during your 20th win of the ’04 season. We had fabulous seats – near Pesky Pole. I’ll be in Boston for July 4th – can you leave 2 tickets for the game so we can see at least one game this season?

    Thanks!
    Emily

  79. bosoxnorth permalink
    March 29, 2007 1:46 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I’ve got to thank you for starting up this blog. It is really interesting for a true baseball fan to see the game from a players perspective. I hope that other major leaguers (maybe Ortiz) will follow your example and start there own blog. I think the strategy and mental approach of a hitter would be real interesting as well.
    My question concerns your target when pitching. What do you aim at when you are pitching? When you are on your game, how accurately can you hit that target?

  80. jblaze4 permalink
    March 29, 2007 2:13 pm

    What’s up Curt, I really appreciate your response to my questions regarding the upcoming season and the comparisons of pitching rotations’. With that said, how do you feel going into Monday? It’s crazy to hear that your fast ball was off, I think it’s an absolute raridy when I see that happen, and I literally watch almost every game you pitch. Granted there will some days where you have to adjust if it’s just not ‘clicking’, but your control is phenominal. I know you don’t get into the media, but they had a nice little segment on ESPN about you a couple days ago, about your control. Probably the best around when it comes to locating pitches for strikes, and walking next to NO one.

    I’m sure the other night was just ‘one of those’ nights, plus it IS spring training. Look at the upside, you got to “fine tune” your breaking stuff. I don’t even want to know what’s going to happen on nights when those pitches are working nice, and your fastball is lights out, that’s going to be pretty awesome!!…

    I think you having a commanding changeup will be huge this year, it will probably give you a lot more K’s, because more times then not I feel like batters are waiting on the fastball; and if they’re not biting on the splitter it can be kind of tough to get those out pitches. But like you said ‘contact outs’ are critical, and can help your pitch count tremedously if your getting ground/fly outs.

    Good luck monday, i’m sure you’ll do awesome, and if i’m not mistaken i’m more then likely taking a half-day because i’m an obsessed maniac when it comes to the Red Sox and the game is @ 4, but honestly; who isn’t on this page? Haha Rest that shoulder, my prediction for your line Monday will proably look something like this… 7IP 0ER 6K 0BB, you’ll be all over K.C.!!! Take care-

  81. March 29, 2007 2:50 pm

    Northwestsoxfan, an eephus pitch is a very slow pitch, so slow that it must be thrown on a very high arc so that (the pitcher hopes) it will end up in the strike zone when it finally reaches the plate. Ted Williams once homered on an eephus pitch, I believe.

    I’d pay good money to see Curt try an eephus. It would at least be good for a laugh!

  82. mattingly23 permalink
    March 29, 2007 2:55 pm

    Hi Schill,

    It looks like you guys may be loaded 1-4 in your pitching staff and at the closer position, but I personally think that you have many holes besides that.

    I think the bottom of your lineup is gonna plague you all year long pedroia, Lowell, and Varitek are a long way from what they use to be. I can’t believe all the so called experts on ESPn picking you guys to win the AL East.

  83. jeff7168 permalink
    March 29, 2007 2:59 pm

    I find it amusing that certain factions of the media – Dan Shaughnessy, especially – take issue with this blog. Shaughnessy’s column about 38 Pitches and the readers who comment demonstrates that he is out of touch with the evolution of modern-day journalism. Perhaps this is because Shaughnessy is an old-school journalist who does not understand that blogging is rapidly emerging as a reputable tool for journalism and communication. Or maybe Shaughnessy is just bitter that readers do not respect what he writes, and would rather read postings from Curt Schilling than his own columns. There are many exceptional blogs about baseball on the Internet each offering their own niche, thus the reason so many of them thrive and see an ever-increasing readership. Though I do not always agree with Curt’s opinions, I thoroughly enjoy reading the insights about each pitching performance, and life behind the scenes in MLB.

    Jeff

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  84. beave21 permalink
    March 29, 2007 3:07 pm

    OK,
    I live in Central New York State, 95% of the people I know are Yankee fans. They all talk crap all the time. Please win this f-n division! Sorry for the foul language, but I’m sure you know how pleasant Yankee fans are.

  85. bostonbrujo permalink
    March 29, 2007 3:17 pm

    Good afternoon Mr. Schilling..

    I was wondering if you picked out your entrance music for the season yet??

  86. ellkap permalink
    March 29, 2007 3:30 pm

    Curt-

    I have been enjoying your blog. Hope you will be able to keep it up. I imagine it may be more difficult with your husband/father duties now that you will be home again. Will Shonda have a big “honey do” list for you? As a wife and mother of two boys, I appreciate when Dad is around to help around the house.How do your children handle having a Dad that so well known?

    Best of Luck this Season.

    Ellkap

  87. cmfost permalink
    March 29, 2007 3:38 pm

    Curt, Great last start in the spring. Look like the pitching is really going to carry this team far. good Luck in the opener

  88. lcpasoxfan1 permalink
    March 29, 2007 3:41 pm

    Hi Curt

    This is my first post to any type of blog but I have been reading since the beginning and I think this is awsome.

    Thank You

  89. thescribe72 permalink
    March 29, 2007 3:55 pm

    Yeah Santana is a great pitcher. I just wish that he was on a more interesting than the Twins. I loved Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, the ’87 and ’91 world series teams and Torii Hunter. However, do I really want to pay $150 apiece for decent enough seats to see Santana in action? C’mon it’s still the Twins.

    Anyway. Curt, is SCEA (Sony) the publisher for 38 Studios or are you guys doing it yourselves?

  90. bigpapi34 permalink
    March 29, 2007 4:20 pm

    Hey Curt. I haven’t read everyone’s questions, so I apologize if this has been asked…..

    One thing that I’ve often seen you do, and I don’t ever recall anyone else do, is give the home plate umpire a “nice job” when you leave a game. How/why did that start, and what’s the reasoning behind that? And why don’t more guys do it? It seems to me that it’s not a bad idea, because I would think umpires would remember a guy doing that, and maybe it gets you an extra call down the road.

    Secondly, any picks for the season? Division winners, MVP/Cy Youngs? Surprise teams/players?

    -Thanks, and good luck on Monday.

  91. March 29, 2007 4:25 pm

    Hey Curt
    Quick question. I just read this in the New York post online (I’m a redsox fan from boston living in Tampa, though. dont get the wrong idea about me possibly being a Yankees fan)

    There is a lot of July talk again about the Red Sox trading Manny Ramirez, and the buzz becomes louder with Seattle considering moving free-agent-to-be Ichiro Suzuki.

    What are your thoughts on this? any possibility its true?

  92. March 29, 2007 4:53 pm

    What great insight you’re giving us fans.
    I really appreciate it, Curt.
    Best wishes for a great Monday!

  93. soxfanwest permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:02 pm

    Curt – As a lifelong Sox fan and New Englander living in CA, I just wanted to thank you for doing this blog and helping us far away sox fans feel a little more connected to the team and city we love. Your insight on the game and interaction with the fans is greatly appreciated.

    God Bless & Good Luck Monday!
    Clarke

  94. hyper1 permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:49 pm

    Curt,

    Great blog! Informative as hell.

    What’s your thoughts concerning pitch counts.

  95. curtfan11774 permalink
    March 29, 2007 6:53 pm

    Hi Curt! First time reading your blog! Let me just say this is so awesome for you to think of doing this! I seriously look forward to reading this all throughout the season and on the days you pitch especially! :)

    I wanted to share with you that I deeply respect you so very much for not being afraid to let the world know of your Faith of God! I am a Christian as well and God comes first! I do have a vision problem called RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) have your ever heard of it? My Identical twin and I have the same probem and she is in the end stages which means due to this problem it causes total blindness. We pray hard that God does not cause us to go totally blind as long as we are alive and we are so very grateful to him for every day we are able to see! NOT SEE YOU PITCH EVER AGAIN? NO WAY!!!! :) I have been a true DIE HARD fan sine I was 12 (33 now.)

    May I ask how you came to know the Lord? There are times in my life where my faith struggles like now and I’m wondering if you struggle at times as well?

    I am PRAYING so hard that this year my father and I (who I grew up doing mor eiwth him than with my mother like playing catch, YUP! playing catch. If the area behind him was dark (like trees) I can play catch pretty good! And one time when I was the coach of my former churches softball team, while practicing and warming up by playing catch, I did get a softball on the top of my head because I lost “sight” of it! LOL Didn’t hurt! We got a laugh out of it. If I can’t laugh at myself then I wouldn’t be able to deal with the every day struggle of not being able to drive, feeling stuck. Etc.

    Ok, sorry I went on and on and even one more ON! :)

    I am praying for you as the season starts Monday! I pray God gives you the strength to make it a great, healthy and successful day Curt!

    In HIS Love,
    Jeri Schey
    Warwick, RI

  96. keepthefaith permalink
    March 29, 2007 7:19 pm

    Last year I had MLB.TV and it was awsome watching the Bosox on-line in California every day. At crunch time, however, I was blacked-out from the A’s at Fenway. That was BS. Made no sense to me beacuse the in-market team was away in Beantown.

    I’m moving my family back to Boston this summer. Are all Bosox games blacked out in New England on MLB.TV?

  97. zebelkinton permalink
    March 29, 2007 8:03 pm

    Curt,

    OMG do I need to win this MLB.tv package!! Living on the West Coast I only get Seattle baseball and those commentator’s are horrendous! Few nights ago I tivo’d the game just to see how long they had “dead air” It got up to 2 mins and some change! Then you have ESPN announcers that are just Ok nothing special but 2 years ago I had the MLB extra innings package and got to listen to Mr. Jerry the “Rem-Dawg” himself WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA was that ever life changing. I would love to live that moment again!! I can’t wait to hear the details..

    Awaiting Opening Day,
    Zeb Elkinton (Corvallis, OR)

  98. bobtich permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:07 pm

    Living in Rochester,NY the last fifty years after growing up in Boston, I remember a lanky young man pitching well for the Red Wings in the late eighties or early nineties. Now, if there are no rainouts beforehand I expect to attend the 16th game of the Red Sox season on April 19th across the lake in Toronto. That means that starter number one will pitch. So I hope to see you looking good. Meanwhile I am enjoying the insights and inside info on this blog and hope you are enjoying doing it as much as we sycophantic whatevers. The curly headed guy must have run out of the real or imagined miscreants that he loves to berate so I guess he got some jolies doing a number on you. My feeling is we pay to see you pitch and you certainly have shown that we get more than good value in return. You don’t charge for your opinions and we can like them or not. When I was growing up a bunch of Boston writers took great joy in trying to trash one of the best, if not THE best, hitter who ever lived. You are in exalted company. I already have Directv and have watched the MLB package for years, causing me to,alas, give up my thirty plus year season ticket to the Red Wings. Even though it’s owned by Newscorp, Directv beats the cable company most of the time.

  99. anxiousdad permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:32 pm

    Great Game Curt
    My highest regards to you and the Sox for a fantastic year. Your efforts in communicating through this blog is exceptional and Red Sox Nation appreciates all you are doing for us! Keep up the good work. I am a Math Teacher who constantly brings Sox Stats into my lessons, but too often inundated by Yankee fans who support their English teacher, a die-hard Yankee fan!! I think the only way to win them over would be for you to send them a personal message about how great a year we expect to have. Keep up the positive attitude and faith in your God-given talents! All the best for a successful opening Day. Pass the ball to Papelbon with the lead and but the first game in the records book! Go Curt, Go Sox. …..Mr. Math (My students would love to hear back from you!)

  100. yaz1967 permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:00 pm

    Curt

    Great Blog! You looked great your last time out and I am very excited about the season starting. Now that Paps is back in the bullpen you guys are primed to go. What would you think of Roger Clemens at the back end of that rotation come June? What a storybook ending that would be, not to mention the World Series Championship.

  101. countzer0 permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:13 pm

    Curt

    OK this is just crazy. I gotta tell ya — I’m a lifetime, third-generation. pinstripe-wearin’ Yankees fan and up until a week ago I always thought you were an arrogant, loud-mouth…um yeah.

    You changed my mind right here. Guess that just goes to show you don’t know squat about someone by what you read in the media.

    Reading the skin cancer self-testing link made me like you. Reading the posts on Pete’s blog made me cry and smile at the same damn time. Reading your Q&As and the thousands of words you’ve written here made me damn proud of you.

    You keep on doing this thing bro — it’s a good thing. No, it’s a REAL GOOD thing. You make me glad we’re both part of the human race.

    Looking forward to your MMO…maybe I’ll see you in VSOH.

    Peace.

  102. 1creativemind permalink
    March 29, 2007 10:27 pm

    I just read about the Manny / Ichiro trade… I would absolutely LOVE to see Ichiro in that lineup, but I am very unwilling to let Manny go… Am I insane? I feel like the majority of people really want Manny gone. Forget the whole “Manny being Manny” thing for a minute and consider what you have… Unquestionably one of the best hitters EVER, and (let’s face it) his presence is the lineup is critical to Ortiz’s success at the plate. I guess I’m one of those rare fans that cares more about what a player does on the field than off. Curious to hear your (and everyones) thoughts on this.

  103. airforcesoxfan permalink
    March 29, 2007 11:06 pm

    Curt,
    My first time in your blog, gotta say…great stuff. Hey, nice outing against the Twins. Its amazing to hear you say you had no feel for your fast ball, I only saw the box scores, not the game, and you sure can’t tell from it. I know pitching opposite Santana had to get your juices flowing even if its was a spring training game.
    Now its on to KC…Give ‘em hell Curt. Good luck in ’07. I’ll certainly be checking in here often and watching you guys even more. Take Care
    “Tack” in MT sends…

  104. roguesbeer permalink
    March 30, 2007 12:17 am

    I posted a reply in one of your first blogs titled ‘B game in Fort Myers’ where I explained that my son’s middle name is Schilling and why I made the decision to do that. Two questions for you here – 1) How does a fan naming a child after you make you feel? 2) What is the best way for a die hard fan to introduce their kids to major sports stars and maybe actually get a minute or two to talk to them without doing it in a social setting where the athlete’s privacy gets invaded. For example, you said before that you will not sign while you’re at dinner or doing family things which is totally understandable – but what options do us lay folk have to actually have your attention for a couple minutes without being pushy or rude?
    Thank you for all you have done for Red Sox nation, and for the way you live your life and the way you play the game. It will never be forgotten.

    Chris Cherry

  105. lunenburgbob permalink
    March 30, 2007 2:37 am

    Love the blog so far, Curt. And I’m looking forward to the ’07 season! Quick question or two – how is the changeup coming? I know you’ve said it’s “coming along” – is it game ready? And how do you think the ’07 infield compares to last year’s, defensively? Keep up the good work on all fronts – especially SHADE and ALSA!

  106. soxrule07 permalink
    March 30, 2007 8:38 am

    Curt, I really want to thank you for doing this blog. Getting to hear thoughts from the “master” is something that I am looking forward to.

    I know spring doesn’t usually mean much, but in looking at your pitching so far this spring, it appears that you have regained your edge from 2004. I think you (and the Sox) are primed for an unforgettable season. I hope that you and the front office are able to get something done so you finish your career here. Good luck this season!

  107. notcoachbuckley permalink
    March 30, 2007 9:40 am

    hey Curt

    Lots of the “radio talkers” are disisng Tek and Dougie, saying stupid idiotic things like “they cant even hit their weight..”

    Please comment on the job they do and how you rank them ove rothers.

    – Vincent Errichetti

  108. citizenwakefield permalink
    March 30, 2007 10:10 am

    Hey Curt – love your blog. Also, I loved your quip about how miserable it is playing catch with Wakefield…what is the old line about how to catch a knuckleball? “You wait for it to stop rolling around and pick it up.” Gives you a whole lot more respect for what Dougie Fresh does every fifth day, I guess.

    Anyway, two questions – one sort of inane and one that has been bothering me:
    1) Inane: what’s your favorite food? Do you like Caribbean food and/or Japanese food? Who has the strangest eating habits on the Sox? I heard Wily Mo won’t eat vegetables unless his body fat % goes over 8%!

    2) Less inane, I hope: I read an article somewhere (Tom Verducci possibly?) that posited that Daisuke has so many pitches and such excellent control over all of them that he actually uses his non-fastball pitches to set up his fastball. Statistics back it up – I think the percentage of FBs he throws is a good bit less than league averages both in Japan and definitely in the MLB. Is this kind of like how Wake can throw a “heater” in certain situations to mix it up after establishing the knuckler (rather than when he throws it when he’s down in the count), or is it more like Santana with the curve/FB strategy? Are there any other starting pitchers (especially power pitchers) that establish their breaking pitches so they can throw their fastball?

  109. bamasoxfan permalink
    March 30, 2007 10:25 am

    Curt,

    Good luck this season. I can’t wait to watch you pitch this year. I think what your doing for ALS and other charities speaks volumes about your character.

    Q: I’m a high school football coach and I was wandering if you played any sports other than baseball when you were in H.S.?

    also, you mentioned that you didn’t start pitching until you were 18,

    Q: How did this come about? What position did you play before you started pitching?

    Again, Good Luck in 07.

    Brian

  110. redsoxmom1967 permalink
    March 30, 2007 11:48 am

    Good luck on Monday. As many others, I have waited all winter for this season to begin. I wish you nothing but the best. I have to tell you one thing that I have noticed you do that tells me the true stroy of the man. Before you start a game, when you are on the pitchers mound, I assume that you say a prayer and then you kiss your cross. HOW BEAUTIFUL !!! As a mother of a future priest I thank you for showing your love and belief in God.

  111. nhfan permalink
    March 30, 2007 11:55 am

    Curt
    Best wishes in 2007. love the links page and thanks ever so much in featuring The Webster House. Appreciate all you did for our children at Christmas and look forward to seeing you at Fenway .We are all rooting for you and the team this year and know it will be a great season
    Pleasure to have met such a great athlete and caring family man.
    Go Curt
    Go Sox

  112. irnbru permalink
    March 30, 2007 12:09 pm

    Hello, Curt.

    Reading on how Jon Lester is going to be making rehab starts for Gabe Kapler’s new team reminded me of somethings I’ve read. In many interviews I have read, Gabe is listed as “favorite teammate” or “teammate most missed”. Can you tell us about him? I know I’m a big Gabe fan (player and person) and was wondering what you thought.

  113. soxfan580 permalink
    March 30, 2007 12:35 pm

    Curt,
    I am going to my first Sox game on the 14th of april. My father in law got tickets for us so I can go before I head ti Iraq in June. Any chance you know if you are pitching that game?

    Thanx ang GO SOX!!!

    Steve

  114. 8yaz8 permalink
    March 30, 2007 12:37 pm

    Hey Curt,
    First off, thanks so much for this blog…great stuff.

    Yesterday on the D&C show they were having a little fun with LL and guessing which Sox players were most likely to follow your lead and start thier own blogs. Timlin, Youk and Pap were thier choices/guesses.

    Has anyone of these guys or others talked about starting a blog? What are the chances of getting one of your teammates to do an entry or two on your blog? Maybe have an occasional guest appearence. I think that would be very cool.

  115. tripler6 permalink
    March 30, 2007 1:21 pm

    Hi Curt.

    I have tickets to the April 11th game, where Dice k is supposedly starting.

    My one question is – should we chant in japanese?

    Know any good japanese chants?

  116. lakeboy permalink
    March 30, 2007 2:01 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I was at opening Day Last year in Texas and was lucky enough to have seats right next to the Sox Bullpen. I was able to see your warm up routine and bullpen session before the game. It was a spectacular sight to see. Does it bother you at all having so many people watch doing your thing from such a close proximity or are you able to tune everyone out? May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace.

  117. sean24 permalink
    March 30, 2007 2:36 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    GL on Monday. A lot of different reporters have been comparing Daisuke to Pedro when he was “on” (see ’99, ’00, etc.). What similarities do you see (if any), and is this just another media ploy to get people like me excited? Thx.

    Sean

  118. plaidlemur permalink
    March 30, 2007 2:55 pm

    Curley Haired Boyfriend’s Source of Bitterness (CHBSOB),

    I just read that Johnny Pesky is to be banished from the Red Sox dugout by MLB. I feel sick. What reaction is there from the locker room about this decision? It seems many of the players are attached to Johnny, is there any way that you can see around this horrific decision?

    Thanks for the insights into the veiled world of every man’s dream job.

  119. soundie permalink
    March 30, 2007 3:21 pm

    Awesome news on the contest. Can’t wait for opening day. Best of Luck!

  120. March 30, 2007 3:45 pm

    Curt,

    I’m glad the MLB.tv deal is the online package.

    I’m wondering what you thought when Tom Verducci said he was an umpire for a game or if you knew it and how well he umpired for a game.

    -Anthony

  121. roojchan permalink
    March 30, 2007 5:09 pm

    Curt,

    The best measure of a blog seems to be how often i am willing to distract myself to check how often i am checking for updates… you have reached the multiple checks in one hour stage.

    (i only check my wow’s guild forums more, http://www.avaguild.com/forums a blatant attempt since we are recruiting.)

    So quick question: Have you ever spoken with another pitcher and just realized that your approach and their approach are just completely different and alien? When was it that you began creating a “game plan” for every hitter. I found what you wrote abotu how your old pitching coach and you would design a plan for each hitter fascinating. Were you able to do this even in High School? College (i apologize if you didn’t play college ball), the minors? Is this a skill or habit that more experienced pitchers can rely on?

    Linus

  122. March 30, 2007 5:12 pm

    I totally think the winner should be me because I rule and stuff. And lame MLB rules means I can’t see the games here in exile in Seattle. And um … my nickname came from Fisk. And I like pie.

  123. bosoxfan3384 permalink
    March 30, 2007 9:17 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I got 4 questions,

    1) do you show your “books” to other pitchers such as beckett and wakefield?

    2) do you think that you will upload pic’s and teach other people to throw the curve or split throughout the season??

    3) Are you going to have giveaways with autographed baseballs of you or other players??

    4) i was extremely shocked that they sent down hansack. Who would you rather start in a game Tavarez or Hansack?

    Also i am a big blogger and on every site i go to i always have this under my signiture it is a qoute of yours and i like it a lot

    “I care what people think, but that doesn’t change what I say. I am who I am.” Curt Schilling

  124. firedannyainge permalink
    March 30, 2007 11:19 pm

    Good evening Curt.

    Can’t wait to read this blog after the first Evil Empire / Red Sox fight.lol

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com/

  125. fredsox permalink
    March 31, 2007 10:50 am

    Thanks for the inside dope on misplacing the fastball and having to rely on other pitches to get through your start. Quite interesting. Funny that back in the day ( OK.. the 60s, Sandy Kofax, best lefty EVER in my opinion didn’t have all the info that pitchers have today and still managed to win all those C.Y Awards. I know that hitters today are in MUCH better shape and have better training tools but my question is this would SK, or Don Drysdale or Satchel Paige for that matter be as dominating a pitcher today as they were in their times?
    C.S
    Give us the undying Red Sox Nation fans your list of
    1. Best Curve in the American League
    2. Best Splitter in the AL
    3.Best Fastball ( with the most movement)
    4.Which hitter you HATE to face in a big game situation ( Papi doesn’t count naturally)
    5. What hitter consistently just murders you no matter what you throw.
    6.The prospect of facing Barry Bonds at Fenway this year.

    Terrific Blog, thank you,
    This coming from the most die hard Red Sox fan the island of MANHATTAN has ever produced.

    Freddie.

  126. russmatt permalink
    April 2, 2007 4:56 pm

    ……a thought on big-boned, proper mechanics, low effort, power pitchers throwing strait changes……. anecdotal from a regression guy but the following makes sense to me:

    Big boned, proper mechanics, low effort guys can pitch more effectively at the same velocity relative to max effort, small boned or arm drag guys because the hitter has more difficulty timing fastballs that are thrown with less effort (an illusion of slow ball speed is created) vs. those pitched with greater effort . The opposite is then true for both style of pitchers regarding strait change ups. Strait change-ups thrown by big boned, proper mechanics, lower effort pitchers don’t fool the hitter to the same degree that those thrown by max effort, small boned or arm drag guys (an illusion of high ball speed is created) – the best example of the later being Pedro Martinez.

    Curt……suggest bagging the strait change.

  127. mriordan permalink
    April 2, 2007 6:22 pm

    Have to think the Red Sox feel a bit better about waiting till the end of the year to get the contract done. I’d have to agree with you it seems like the front office does know what they are doing.

  128. spuz permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:07 am

    From personal expereince I understand that pitching is a extremely mind draining expereince, do you think yesterdays performance could have anything to do with the amount of mental needs when responding to all the question on 38 Pitches? Is it stressful to respond to all the diffrenent types of questions that you recieve on the this page?
    Also I would like to say good luck in your next start and I hope you find your groove soon.

  129. April 11, 2007 8:51 pm

    Hope this doesn’t get lost in the full list of postings here,

    But wanted to say thanks Curt and 38pitches for the MLB package.
    I won today and will share it with both of my kids as we enjoy the games.

    Thank you and God Bless

    Roger Bayne

  130. mattlenny permalink
    December 27, 2007 11:24 am

    Curt,

    This has been the most exciting preseason that I can remember since living in Arizona myself (I used to love just going to the workouts…I lived about a mile from the Angels spring training facility). And the funny part is, I am reliving it in December. Thanks for the archives and all of your thoughts regarding the Sox and baseball. It has been fun. I can not wait to read about the regular season (wonder how ’07 will turn out for the Sox?).

    By the way, I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday. It seems like you are just as busy in the off-season as you are during baseball. I hope (and believe) you take time for just you and your family….enjoy it.

    Thanks again,

    Matt

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 639 other followers

%d bloggers like this: