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Game 1 4/2/07 @ KC

April 2, 2007

Not sure where to even start. Two words sum it up best, no command. Can’t remember a game where I couldn’t make adjustments but today was certainly one of those. Not so much the secondary pitches but no fastball command is not something that happens much, if at all, over an entire game (even if the ‘game’ for me only lasts 4 innings).

We grabbed a quick lead on David’s double, which followed Youk’s single and immediately I’m in a spot that pitchers crave. Shutting down the other team after you take a lead. It can be a morale booster to your team, and a morale breaker to the opponent. KC was coming off a spring training that saw them hit better than every team but one in Arizona so I knew they were swinging the bats well.

The bullpen wasn’t good or bad, felt fine and got loose easy.

Started Dejesus off with some fastballs, which felt like they got more life as I started to throw. Got in on him for a fly ball to right. Grud worked the count to 3-1, laying off the first change at 1-1, and a FB down and away ended up middle in for a hard single to left. Had Teahan down quick and left a split up for another single 1-2 (I think). First pitch slider to Sweeney didn’t slide, bad miss. Next slider was better and he stayed on it and hit it hard to right to load the bases. Gordon worked a 7 pitch AB, and chased a good split down for out #2. A lengthy AB from Shealy, saw me go to the split 3-2 which he took for ball 4 to walk in a run. I can’t remember if I ever done that? Made a lot of mistakes inside this one AB and it ended up costing us.Overthrowing some balls when I had a chance to end the AB earlier and missing spots too badly to even get him to offer. Gload went 0-1 on a FB away and then I got in on him with a 1-0 cutter for the final out. 33 pitches, bases loaded walk, 1-1 game.

 Not the start I was hoping for. Walking off the mound I knew my FB command was crap, and that I’d need to get it right fast.

Buck led off the second with a rope to SS on a 3-2 fastball. Anytime I get to a 3-2 count I am bothered, but getting behind and into deep counts on primarily fastballs is a bad sign. You have to have the ability to make adjustments off mistakes, something I’ve always felt I do, and today I am not sure I did it more than once. Got Pena to two strikes and hung a split badly that he crushed for a triple. Worked some FB and cutters to Dejesus and ended up getting him looking at strike 3 on a fastball away. Two outs again, RISP. Grud hits a 2-0 change that again leave up in the zone, to RF and it’s 2-1. Work Teahan FB, change and get him chasing a split to end the inning.

Third inning starts with Sweeney flying out to center on a 1-0 change up. Gordon works another 7 pitch AB before freezing on a hanging split on the outside corner. I get Shealy to end the inning with a 2 seamer inside, for a GB to third. Gload grounds out on a split to start the second inning. Buck then hits a 1-1 2 seam FB down the LF line for a double. I then throw Pena 5 FBs, and walk him on a 3-1 count. None of the pitchers are anywhere near where I am trying to throw them and I’m wrestling with that while trying to dismiss it, and get the next guy. Dejesus hits a FB to left and again, I am 2 outs with RISP. Grud crushes a FB away that’s up, to deep right for a 2B and Teahan hits a first pitch back door slider that never gets to the back door back up the middle for another run. The inning ends on a 1-2 split that Mike chases.

8 Hits on 7 different counts. A huge bug for me last year was first pitch hits, which doesn’t happen until the final two hits in the fourth today. All five runs score with 2 outs. I had more than ample chances to make this a game, and never did. Inconsistent command and horrific execution cost us the game. When you are facing a guy like Gil certain things can make it easier or harder. He’ll walk some guys if you give your offense a chance. His stuff is so good that when offenses have to press against him, or their down and need to make something happen, he can eat you up. After the first he settled into a nice groove and executed. He pitched a hell of a game and hats off to the KC fans, this towns always been a great baseball city with great sports fans, pretty sure the day and the standing O will be lifetime memories, just always hope you aren’t the guy on the other side when someone has one of those kinds of days. I never let us get into the game after the first. Every inning they pushed and I didn’t push back.

Off day tomorrow and then Josh gets the ball on Wednesday. 

350 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2007 9:30 pm

    Don’t sweat it, boss man. We still had a great time watching you pitch from the break room. All of us at 38 Studios are proud of you and can’t wait to see you fire a few more at the plate.

    Ryan “Blackguard” Shwayder
    Custodian of the Nerfbat

  2. nomar5 permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:40 pm

    nlooking for good things from jb on wed and cant wait for your next starto problem curt long way to go cant remember you ever walking in a run.

  3. dixieredsox permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:46 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Wow, I got 2nd post! Sorry about the outing. Look at it this way, if you were perfect, then why would anyone wanna watch you play the game. I am totally confident in your pitching ability, not that it matters what I think. I feel that your fastball command was due greatly to your release point. At least, that is what we observed on television. Can you talk a little bit about when you know your hitting your release point right and how being off the littlest bit can affect your fastball and off speed stuff.

    Best of luck in a few days! Have a blessed day off and I sure hope Beckett can get us a win!

    Your Red Sox Nation Friend from Alabama,
    Galen Garner
    http://www.galengarner.com

  4. moneyfish1 permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:48 pm

    Looking forward to your next start, man. Everyone has their down days. Please ignore Shaughnessy’s column. I’m so sick of the guy, I think he wants every popular Boston athlete to want to leave town.

  5. sean24 permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:49 pm

    Noticed at least one pitch that looked good on the outside corner (maybe a little high) that I was surprised to see get hit. Oh, well. One down, only 161 games to go. Beckett should get us on track on Wednesday.

  6. pharmsj4 permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:52 pm

    There’s plenty of baseball left to be played this season. How’d you feel about the change-up today?

  7. countzer0 permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:53 pm

    Give ya’ credit dude — posting that was probably one of the more difficult things you’ve had to do, huh? I don’t think if I had a day at work like you just had I would be writing anything about it — except maybe a few choice words I wouldn’t repeat in front of the kids. :-)

    Peace and better stuff next time.

  8. bobbyohms permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:57 pm

    Sorry to see you guys have such a tough time today. Despite a rough outing, it’s the mark of a true professional that you still got on here to give the readers a rundown on the game right away.

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time you do to do this blog. It is truly an outstanding thing for you to do. Your comments and insights show the readers a side of the game you really can’t get anywhere else. So from one greatful fan I want to say thank you and wish you the best throughout the season.

    Take care,
    Bobby

  9. firedannyainge permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:59 pm

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

    Don’t get mad. Get even. (Next game) It’s freaking opening day. Just one game in a marathon. (Just don’t do it again.lol)

  10. aaubrey10 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:01 pm

    Hey Curt, It’s Anthony, I just joined your site. I can imagine how you feel i pitched a lot when i was on my AAU teams, not the level as you are in now, but I know how the feeling of not getting your pitches right where you want them, and i have learned to take the aggression that i used from the first start and carry it to the second start and make each pitch better than i did last game, and i hated losing the first game of the year for my team, because they feel i am the number one and i am suppose to win and a lot of weight is on me to go out and perform. I am sure you know how to preform under pressure from being in the World Series. As I said i was a pitcher and still am, i am not the dominant type of pitcher i would say i am more of the Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, where i relay on my accuracy and some games, I wouldn’t have that accuracy and I would wonder what went wrong and I think from being out of the game for awhile is that it’s just baseball, and you have to study the batters and what there tendencies are and you do a great job of that. I have learned a lot from how you pitch.

    Don’t worry about one game, you have plenty of more starts, don’t get stuck on one game, or that would game will bring you down, when your moving on to the next start.

    Thank you again for reading this

    Anthony

  11. jasvlm permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:02 pm

    I was curious about how this blog would look today, but I’ll admit that I had no doubt that you’d post something tonight. I admire your accountability, because I realize how difficult writing about your outing must be hours after it happened. It’s easy to post and smile when you put up bagels, but what fascinates your fans (and I am one of them) is your insight and commentary, and I appreciate your willingness to delve into the game here.
    Can’t wait to see the team bounce back. No worries. Good luck Sunday.
    JAS

  12. wakefieldsheart permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:02 pm

    Thank you for your honesty, Curt, and for reaching out to the fans tonight after a brutal loss. You are most certainly not the first Red Sox to have a tough night, and you won’t be the last! ;) Hang in there–we’re all out here pulling for each and every one of you guys.

    I pity the doubters, I really do. Have they learned nothing over the years? It is a marathon, not a sprint, and here was what I took from tonight:

    -Tough night for Schill.
    -Bullpen looks great, save less than a handful of pitches!
    -Pedroia: Nice work getting to Meche when few others could, rookie.
    -Tek needs to take more pitches; too many empty swings.
    -So great to see you all back in action.

    Can’t wait for Wednesday…and for your next start this weekend! Go Sox, and thanks again, Curt.

  13. tcull33 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:04 pm

    I don’t think anyone should worry, its the season opener. Everyone worried at the ’04 opener when it went kind of like this one, that year turned out fine. Either way it was nice to be able to watch you Schill, along with the rest of the guys, because its officially baseball season. Also, you mentioned football in the blog, you’re like the Pats, you rarely have a rough outing 2 times in a row. Thank you again for the re-cap.

  14. dadhadals permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:04 pm

    ”you tried your best right?”

    Words to live by.

    PEACE AND GOD BLESS!!

  15. forbin17 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:07 pm

    Great to see that you posted even with the results you had. I thought I was hallucinating when I saw you walk in a guy. I don’t know if you remember how 2004 started, but Pedro got shelled. 161 to go. Good luck getting it straightened out. I know you will.

    PS you better. You’re on my fantasy team :)

    I have a question: What part of the mechanics of pitching relates to command? you said you got loose quickly and that your velocity was good. Does that make it more difficult sometimes to control your pitches? If it does why?

    Go get ‘em Schill!

  16. sbasil permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:07 pm

    Curt,

    The ESPN guys commented you were tipping your change up by slowing down your delivery when throwing your offspeed stuff. They specifically mentioned a changeup to Grud that was drilled to right in the hole. Were they accurate in your opinion? Do you look at the tape in between starts or do you not find it helpful. If you do, are you strictly looking at mechanics or do you also study hitters’ reactions to pitches.

    Just one start. Hope you can take something from this game to build on. How long did it take in the majors before you realized that your next start has nothing to do with your last outing and that “chomping at the bit to get back out there” was counterproductive vs. sticking to one’s regimen of success?

    Bob

  17. soxfan81 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:07 pm

    As much as Shaughnessy would like you to believe, Red Sox Nation is not going to throw the towel in after one game. There’s plenty more baseball to come and I have total confidence in you!

    All the same, I probably wouldn’t turn EEI on tomorrow-haha :D Thanks for posting that blog. I know it must’ve been hard but it really is a great thing you’re doing by opening up to the fans.

    Can’t wait till your next start!

  18. ldt6803 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:20 pm

    Curt, Man that was painful to watch and very disappointing. I’m sure more disappointing for you. I just kept waiting for you to turn it around, that is what we have become accustom to since you joined the team. I would love to say I have all the confidence that you will but I’m concerned. Any insight on why you didn’t have your typical command as you looked great in spring training, or do you just chalk it up to a bad day? I do appreciate you facing the music as you always has. Wish you the best for all your future starts.

  19. dougmirabelli permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:24 pm

    Curt,
    It seems like you need to get your mind off money. You are obviously an egomaniac and obsessed with your own stats. You should be more of a team player like me. Do you think its easy to watch Varitek struggle out there while I am wasting away on the bench? Well it isn’t easy I am twice the athlete you will ever be and I am only signed for this year do you see me going public with demands for a contract extension? NO YOU DONT! I am a team player. Have a nice day! and please have a better start next time out!

    -doug

  20. soxblog permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:24 pm

    Your competition has learned the hard way that betting against you when you’re down is a huge mistake. I have no doubt you’ll bounce back from this.

  21. figgs permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:24 pm

    We held down our chairs at the Blue Coyote for you and we’ll do it again every time you pitch! Great watching you again.

    Figgs

  22. patsox23 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:27 pm

    Curt, get ‘em next time. Least you had a better day than W. How ’bout some Barack love – Karma can’t hurt!

    The biggest compliment I can give you, is that even after today – especially after today – I knew you’d show up here. Good on ya.

  23. santafesox permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:31 pm

    Get em next time Schill!

  24. ryanmcsh permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:37 pm

    You better get going if you want that big contract…just kidding prove theo wrong, win 20 and stick it to them. Lets hope the offence can pick it up, I have no worries about starting pitching.

  25. bolio permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:40 pm

    Chin up & Chest out. Keep up the great attitude and smoke ‘em next time.

    B

  26. soxsince73 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:46 pm

    Tough game, and only 161 more to go…whatever shall we do?
    BAH!
    With this one blog you have made me an even bigger fan by offering no excuses. Truly an amazing show of character.
    A struggle only makes it better and sweeter come the end of the year. Stay healthy and we all know you’ll be…well, Curt. I never like to see the Sox lose, especially when you’re pitching, but it’s only opening day. Best to get that first loss outta the way.

  27. sethwinkleman permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:46 pm

    Curt,
    There is one thing that I know you will do when you head to that mound. You give the team and the fans everything that you have! I know that is what you did today and I know you will do it next time too. Everyone has a bad day, but you are a team and you weren’t the only player that didn’t perform well. I am sure that will turn around. Thirty-four more games to go and I’m sure you will come out on top for most of those! Good luck and keep blogging!!

    Seth

    http://www.SethWinkleman.PrudentialCT.com

    http://linkwithwink.blogspot.com/

  28. pmccarty permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:47 pm

    Hi Curt

    Thanks for this blog … really cool on your part … now based on your performance today , did you feel it was in any way a result of your transition from strictly power pitcher to add a change-up … not that you seemed to throw that many changes but without a 94-95 mph fastball what is your plan when you are behind in the count this year? I think you and Beckett need to watch a little DVD footage on Zaka’s gyroball!!! lol … maybe morph pitch with Wake’s knuckler

  29. danthornton1 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:48 pm

    Curt..no worries, we appreciate your blog more than any other sportswriter….I’ll be there for your home opener at Fenway and can’t wait. Love having you as part of this team.

    Dan

  30. redsoxgrrl permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:50 pm

    Thanks for posting even after such a tough day for you and the Nation. Let’s all shake this one off and get back out there strong the next time. Peace.

  31. morrisseyweb permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:50 pm

    It’s far too early for anyone to feel like the wheels have come off. It’s game one of 162+. I tuned in at the beginning of the third and the radio guys were saying you were up to 53 pitches, I knew it was going to be tough.

    I echo patsox33 – I wasn’t sure what to expect showing up here today, but I was surprised and pleased to find a fully fleshed out post.

    Nicely done Curt.

  32. eltorodelamuerte permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:51 pm

    Wow, KC really impressed me with their bats today. And Meche gets some points for a great start. He was painting the corners well.
    You, 38, looked like you were pressing, and KC looked looser.
    The real killer was that the Royals’ first five runs off you came WITH TWO OUTS!
    A good thing that one only counts as one loss because it looked like the Bostons were never in it after the first.
    And let me say that I really enjoyed seeing Kaufmann rocking (sorry it was at your expense, 38). I grew up in the Midwest and KC was a great baseball town when I was a kid.
    One last thing, 38. This is cool of you to do this, really cool, and it should be fun. And I’ll always use my name since you’ve got the stones to do this. no anonymous posts from me.

    Chris Nelson, Batavia, Ill.

  33. mumbles2000 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:54 pm

    A column like Shaughnessy’s is Exhibit A for why people don’t like to play in Boston….why people beg to get traded. Enthusiasm in a sports-crazy city like Boston is a double-edged sword – it makes it fun to watch the game but some out there can tend to take stuff too seriously. A little perspective please! 162 is a big number. And no, I’m not a glassy-eyed fanboy – perhaps the columnist who in mid-2005 smugly announced mid-season that the season was all wrapped up with the Sox’ name on it should think again before he calls anyone a fanboy.

  34. bryanpalu permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:56 pm

    It’s one game, it’s over. You’re a great pitcher and you’ll have a great year. Just FYI, there are a lot of New England guys in my unit here at Ft. Irwin, CA and we’re all cheering for you.

  35. insoxicated9 permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:57 pm

    Don’t worry about it man. I knew you’d be the first one to tell us you had trouble. If you’re not commanding your fastball, you’re in for a treat. I’m a senior in high school, and as low a level as this as a pitcher, I know it’s going to be a rough day. One thing I’d love to know mechanically, is how you stay on top of the ball while staying back without being late? I’m to the point in my time where I feel I’m almost there, but constantly making adjustments and would like to just do the same thing everytime. I don’t know if you do or not, but it’d be interesting to know.

  36. coffeewench permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:01 pm

    First game of 162 Curt. Everyone has an off day, I’m sure you’ll get them next time. Thanks for being so honest in your post.

    From a member of RSN in Cincinnati

    -Emmy

  37. April 2, 2007 11:02 pm

    It was rough watching the game specially after watching the evil empire pull one off. Don’t worry the real red sox nation is still here to support you and the rest of our beloved team.

  38. bploetz permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:06 pm

    Frankly, I’m glad you guys stunk up the joint this afternoon. Get it out of the way early, and get on with the rest of the season. You’ll get ‘em on Easter Sunday, Curt…….

    The start of The Year Of Josh Beckett awaits on Wednesday. Pity the poor Royals.

    The Fellowship Of The Miserable

  39. kmorin54 permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:07 pm

    Curt,

    Like others have said its only 1 of 162. Every pitcher has a rough start once in a while. At least yours came early in the season.

    Good luck next start (I’m sure you’ll have things figured out)

  40. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:07 pm

    Don’t worry Curt it is only the first game. Wednesday it will be Josh and then the Man Dice K takes the mound. How do you think Dice K will do Curt? Curt it is like being on a diet some days you are focused and some days you are not. I am the one on the nutrisystem diet. Curt will you and the rest of your team mates give me support Curt while I am on the diet. Could I get a baseball autographed by David Ortiz to keep me motovatied. Take care Curt and I will keep you and the rest of the team in my prayers as you travel on the road. Curt final question what is your favorite verse from the Bible and why?

    From, Jeff

  41. bry10 permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:10 pm

    Curt-
    Tough break today, as you know im sure, it happens….

    Just wanted to get your thoughts on that big rookie 3B Kansas City has, (Alex Gordon I think his name was.) They were making him out to be some sort of savior to the Royals organization as a whole. Is he over hyped, or does he have some real potential for greatness as the media claims?

    Also, did Tek take over control of the pitching gameplan after the first inning today? Or were you calling the shots all game?

    Thanks!

    P.S. I admire the fact that you take time out of your day to write on here, please continue this all season long!

  42. acefox1 permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:10 pm

    Amazing read of your recap here Boss! I know it’s not what you hoped for but if you’ve said it once, you’ve said it a thousand times about how important command is for you. The important thing is that you fought, competed and we were all so proud to see you out there fighting for us on Opening Day. I certainly didn’t want to see anybody else out there instead of you.

    I couldn’t stop laughing watching Kurkjian on ESPN listing peripheral issues like this blog as possible causes for the struggles today and not one word from them about nuts and bolts things like your fastball command or your off-season work developing your changeup. I guess that’s the insight they get paid to provide eh?

    And I love how quick the haters are to jump on here and kick sand in your face. I’ll see if I can be the first to point out today that you have always given Red Sox fans everything they’ve ever dared to dream of and more. Anytime you’ve told us you were going to deliver you have always come through. You know how to deliver and I pity anybody that gets in your way between now and October!

    No worries my friend, today was just the first step of a heck of a big season. We got this one out of the way. Beckett on Wednesday and Dice-K on Thursday and boy howdy we’ll really be rolling by the end of the week. I feel sorry for The Rangers having to deal with seeing you on Sunday, even tougher and more determined. Looks like that game will be on ESPN so I’ll get to watch that one too. I can’t wait to see your first non NESN or Extra Innings or MLB TV start. :)

    Amazing what you wrote about being bothered by getting to full-counts. It reminded me of that rash of two strike hits you suffered from as a closer in 2005. What comes into play there? Random chance or can something that bugs you like that turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy?

    No worries, it only gets better from here. Thanks for sharing your recap and bringing us inside the game.

    Your biggest fan, lap-dog, fan-boy, butt-kisser and any other “insult” the haters want to throw my way,

    Deane :)

  43. jjasonf permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:10 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for the honesty and the blog. It’s great to have the perspective on the game. Good you got your bad game out of the way.

  44. TomP permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:14 pm

    Well, look at the bright side – Jose Contreras gave up 7 runs in one(+) inning, whereas you only pitched slightly worse than Carl Pavano today. I’m sure things will improve.

  45. ruhikuz permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:15 pm

    Dare I say you looked your age? Keep up the good work!

  46. ethandb permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:16 pm

    Curt,

    You’re a stand-up guy for taking the heat and posting. Why not you on Sunday, right?

    Best,
    Ethan

  47. mosoxfan permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:22 pm

    Curt, As a Sox fan from KC first and foremost and a Royals season ticket holder I can’t help but notice the Sox losses that have piled up the last few seasons here in KC. What’s your take on the Royals home streak against Boston? Thanks for recognizing the fan base here in today’s blog–this really is a great baseball town in spite of what our NL neighbors across the state think. And by the way–witnessing you guys pummel STL in the WS in our back yard and being there to witness it was truly priceless. MO

  48. hopesdreams permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:25 pm

    Curt-

    Sorry about the game today. No matter what happens, we can see the effort and the sincerity in your performance, and thats all we can ask.

    Thank you so much for this blog, it is an incredible treat for us sports fans and red sox fans to have such an intimate perspective from someone who is such a big part of the game. I look forward to reading all year

  49. aarondogg33 permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:29 pm

    Curt,

    Its one start dont let it bother you. It was clear it was just one of those days where nothing seemed to go right. It happens. You guys will be fine. Looking foward to your next start!

  50. mrbosox permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:40 pm

    Hi Curt. No matter what happens with the remainder of your awesome career, you’ll always be an American Hero in my book. Every young pitcher that I work with in the years ahead will know all about the “bloody sock” and the fact that you always gave it your all…no matter the odds.

    I know what it feels like first hand not to have command of a series of pitches on any given day. You battled hard today and made the best of a tough situation. I have no doubt that you’ll take this loss in stride and “move on” to the next challenge. It’s only one game and not the end of the world.

    I appreciate the fact that you’re taking the time to write to all of us despite how difficult it will be at times. Just know that there are plenty of former players and coaches like myself that believe in you and our beloved Red Sox. Good luck on your next start and keep your head up. Best regards, Lou

  51. aclbosox permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:40 pm

    The season has only begun. You weren’t the only pitcher who struggled today. The season is 162 games long, and this one game won’t define your season. Sometimes it takes a humbling performance to make you better, and against Texas you’ll have that chance to bounce back.

    –Andrew

  52. April 2, 2007 11:52 pm

    Yes Curt, yah sucked…. But getting beat this badly may be the best thing that could have happened for the team. With the press prognosticating how great the Red Sox’ are going to be, this was a great wake up call…. It will keep the players from believing the press reports – humility will make them work harder. Nothing is more heroic than dusting yourself off, taking the grief, and hitting it hard the next day.

    On a personal note, one of the reasons I love sports is because the players have so little to hide behind. Their flaws and strengths are out there for the world to see. You are adding a whole new dimension to it with this blog. It is becoming a great teaching tool to show us all how to handle adversity… and success.

    -Another sappy fan that is rooting for you- Thanks again for ’04

  53. emo2964 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:02 am

    Hi Curt: I knew it was a bad day when you walked in a run and had 2 walks in one game. Very unlike you. You also had many high pitch counts (almost full counts ) to several players and a high overall pitch count and you attributed this to no command especially of the fastball. I know a couple of splits were also hit.
    If you are going to “pitch to contact” more this year, does your “command” need to be even better? If you knew you didn’t have command early on, was there anything that could have given the command back? Did you not have a “feel” for the pitches? Were your mechanics off?
    Did you think you were being squeezed a little by the ump Tim Tschida? Does the performance of the pitcher affect the offense in ways other than the need for pressing at the plate? A few days ago, Dice-K reportedly was angry after a pitching performance because he felt that his lack of command kept the hitters out of rhythm, any comments?
    I was so excited for opening day and watching you pitch. I thought for sure that you would get it together today or that the offense would bail you out, but Meche and the Royals played a great game. Can’t wait for Wed and Thursday. Better luck next time !! Eileen

  54. April 3, 2007 12:25 am

    The only winners today are is Curt’s pitch for ALS who bring in $2500. Oh and Kansas City. They also won. Damnit

  55. acheron5 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:26 am

    Bad game today, Schilling. You let down all of New England in what everybody expected to be a cupcake win. Just straighten out and start winning some games so we all just forget about today. You are right when you said “no command” but I also think your fastball lacked velocity. NESN’s gun had you clocked all the way up to 94mph but you were consistently 89-90mph I think if you added a little more zip to the ball and got it around 91-93 consistently you would have been better off. From what I saw today you seemed to be locating the fastball better when you were reaching back to put more on it.

    – Acheron

  56. jeff7168 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:30 am

    It was definitely an ugly game, nothing seemed to go right, but it is just one game. The Sox will be fine. I do admire your accountability. Many athletes would refrain from posting. The insight is interesting. Better luck with Texas.

    Jeff

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  57. vpuckett permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:31 am

    You guys are seriously drinking the kool-aid….Schill just got rocked by the Royals. Have a nice year.

  58. vicksp permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:31 am

    I noticed you didn’t throw inside much. Maybe you could have taken a page from Pedro and got them thinking with a few more pitches inside. It seems to me he threw inside more when he didn’t have his best stuff. In any case, hang in there and get’em next time.

  59. umhockey permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:32 am

    My brother who knows everything told me before the game that any player who has a monster opening game will not do good the rest of the season. And those who have a bad start go on to do great. So he either knows what he’s talking about or his fantasy team had a bad start hehe.

    Shake if off everything will be rolling in to place. Beside history will repeat itself. when you were with the Dbacks we met in houston and you went on to win the world series. And now I met you on this site. So another World Series win this year.

    Also a update on my Friend Brady Guidry i posted about. He’s still in ICU in houston. His Breathing is up to 100% but he’s still on the breathing machine for backup. The Feeding Tube was finally inserted and he is starting to get his color back. I wasnt able to talk to him today but im sure he watched the game on ESPN. I hope everyone keeps him in your prayers.

    Good luck on the rest of the season!

    Rusty Aymond
    uofmhockeyman@aol.com

    P.S. Have you checked out Vanguard yet?

  60. deeznuts permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:39 am

    Curt, would anybody pitch well with REO Speed Wagon singing the national anthem?

  61. itsthewater permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:41 am

    Curt-
    Can’t beat yourself up too much. Your pitches weren’t falling, the ump was squeezing you, and the Royals weren’t swinging. Mechanics looked good, sounds like the arm feels good, and those are big pluses. I was impressed with the pitches selected by you/Tek. In the 4th, I was calling every one of your pitches, including location, to my friend. Exactly what I would call (I coach j.v. baseball at a high school nearby). Walking in a run sucks, it’s always embarrassing, I know. But it takes balls to throw a splitter down and out on 3-2 with bags juiced, so I respect that. You’ll bounce back.

  62. bwbollom permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:42 am

    Hey Curt!
    I’m an Astros fan, but have been a fan of yours since you pitched here. Have been reading some of your blog since I found it a month or so ago but wasn’t really planning to sign up to post. After watching the Sox/Royals game tonight, I figured I’d pop in to see if you posted a brief note about the outing, and was surprised (and very impressed) to see such a detailed report. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to do so! Good luck with the rest of the season!
    Brandon

  63. bartiii permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:47 am

    Curt, though I grew up in Boston and my dad was a season-tickets owner, I’ve lived in Arizona since my 18th birthday, and it wasn’t till you became a Red Sox that I ever really cheered for the team. You’re badly missed out here at Bank One Ballpark, or Chase Field, or whatever they’ll name it next time.

    This blog is a fantastic service you’re providing your fans – and it’s also a clever way to circumvent the occasionally acrimonious writing that happens at the Globe.

    I hope publishing your pitching journal is even a fraction as beneficial for you as it is for all of us. Many thanks!

  64. yanksfan permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:48 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    As my login name will attest, I’m not a memeber of Red Sox nation. In fact, a Boston loss excites me just as much as a New York win. Obviously I’ve browsed your site, perhaps out of morbid curiosity, and was only too eager to log on today after your rough outing, to see what you’d have to say. If nothing else, you prove yourself to be a class act, willing to take the time to break down a game that you’d probably rather forget. Hats off to you for your honesty and integrity. Though I’d be happy if you didn’t win another game for the rest of the year, I don’t see that happening. I’m sure you’ll break my heart, like you have so many times before. This rivalry gets ugly, and exhausting at times, but there’s nothing like it in sports today. It reminds me of the Lakers/Celtics brawls in the 80’s. I remember, as a Laker fan at the time, hating Larry Bird with a passion…until he said he was going to retire. Then I suddently felt devastated, and realized what he’d given me, as a fan, and that the sport would never be the same without him. Without Bird, there was no Magic. I feel the same way about the Sox; the playoffs are just not the same without a New York/Boston series. Good luck this season, and hopefully we’ll have a another battle in October to look forward to.

  65. April 3, 2007 12:52 am

    Unlike a lot of the people here, I am not here to read about baseball but I am here for the Ngurk talk. So take what i say with a grain of salt.

    Most of the people here are either gonna kiss your #@! and tell you its alright, bitch like hell because you didn’t do all that great tonight, or poke fun at your because they are not red sox fans, so here is my I-do-watch-baseball-and-love-the-sport-but-am-not-a-diehard-fan-of-the-red sox nor-any-other-major-league-team-and-I-watch-it-simply-because-I-hate basketball-and-it-isn’t-college-football-season-but-I-am-a-big-geek-and-know your-eq/eq2-background-and-thats-why-I-read-this-blog-opinion….

    You kinda sucked tonight, and I think you know you didn’t do well, but #!#@ happens and you move on, and you pitch your ### off in a couple days and prove everyone wrong. As lame as it sounds, it does sound a bit like raiding…

    Decide the plan, execute the plan, or don’t come.

  66. April 3, 2007 12:53 am

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post this blog tonight. Regardless of the outcome it was great seeing you and the guys out there. Its a long season and every TEAM has a trying day once in a while! I have no doubt you’ll continue to be the ace this season and the guys will heat up !!

    Have a great off day ~

    rock on

    “Because Your Awesome”
    by The Dollyrots, 2007

  67. bostonbrian14 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:55 am

    Curt you are extremely generous to be on here tonight. keep your head up. The royals were pumped for their home opener, but wait til you step on the mound at Fenway. I don’t have tickets, but i promise you, me and a couple thousand others will be cheering you on from home, and loving every second of it.

    I know its a hard pill to swallow tonight, but you’re going to put it behind you and excel. You ran into a hot team, thats it. If I remember correctly, and I do, you led a team down 0-3 in the playoffs last year to victory….this is nothing. You’re your own biggest critic, and youre gunna be too hard on yourself, so just remember you owe nothing to us fans. I’m preaching to the choir here, but just try to keep your head up and look to the future.

    Thanks for allowing me, my brother, and my mom to celebrate a world series in 2004 together, we’ll never forget it, not ever. And the work that you do outside of baseball makes me proud of having you on the team I root for. Good luck.

    Brian Z.

  68. eagleeyedw permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:58 am

    I didn’t get around to doing this earlier, but after reading the miserable excuse for a column by the CHB I felt it was time.

    First of all, Curt, thanks for 2004. I’ve wanted to tell everyone from that team “Thanks” for the past 2 1/2 years, and this is the first chance I’ve had. It meant so much to me and to my entire family.

    Secondly, this whole blog idea is awesome. It’s a great way to be in contact with the fans, and I know I’ve loved reading the Q & A’s that you post. They’re wonderful.

    Thirdly, don’t worry too much about today. It was painful to watch, because I live in New Jersey and I had to deal with friends of mine starting in with their usual comments (after all, the Yanks won today), but I have no doubt that you’ll soon make a heck of a lot more than 55,000 New Yorkers shut up.

    Hang in there.

  69. tfrancoma permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:09 am

    I see TFrancoma has picked up right where he left off last year. Leaving you in for 3 batters and 3 runs too long. I called it when the game went from 2-1 to 5-1 in a blink, because Francoma always waits until it’s too late. It’s a good thing he’s not a doctor because all his patients would bleed to death. I never second guess a game decision. I always see what’s coming and can’t figure out why he can’t. He obviously has no overall philosophy because he constantly contridicts himself from game to game. I’m anxious to see how many more winable games he will lose outright for the Sox this year by his blatent mishandling of the pitching staff. It’s easy to manage when you are up by 10 runs, but when it comes to knowing how to keep the team in the game and putting you guys in the best position to win every day, he doesn’t have a clue. You could pay me $5 a game to do a better job. I’m not just a casual fan blowing smoke. I’m 38, have been a obsessed Sox fan all my life, and follow each game from start to finish. However, I have become increasingly frustrated by this guy over the last couple years, watching him piss away games by making tactical moves that make no logical sense. I have come to the conclusion that Red Sox nation has no chance to win again as long as Francoma is allowed to manage, or should I say mismanage this team.
    I don’t think this team is good enough considering the competition they are facing, to win in spite of him. (like 86′ w/Johnny Mac to a point. We all know which play in game 6 exposed him) This guy is going to constantly get a free pass because of the 2004 WS. We all know the players won that WS, in spite of, not because of Francoma. There were some superhuman efforts (Shill & Foulke to mention just a few who went beyond the call of duty) Fouke ultimately sacrificed his career to win that Series and should have been the MVP.
    Francoma will be exposed at some point, for those who aren’t putting him under the microscope game after game, as yours truly does. I wish managment would pay a little more attention if they really want to win again. For those of you who don’t agree, you need to start opening your eyes to the glaring tactical faults of your manager….

  70. yakdude01 permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:15 am

    Curt,

    Your teammates will pick it up the next few days and you get ready for those Rangers in Arlington on Sunday. I’m looking forward to that one, get to see it in person! I’m sure the rest of Red Sox Nation will be there with me.

    Here’s hoping Big Papi hits me another home run ball with you on the mound at Arlington. I’ve got his 1st HR donation from 2006. Nice smash off the Right Field foul pole at Arlington.

    Very cool you had time to post today.

    Kevin

  71. firestorm616 permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:39 am

    Hey Curt, you really bogged down my fantasy team man. Let’s get a better performance out there next week, maybe get some more K’s too. Atta kid.

  72. cmac323 permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:51 am

    Hey Curt!
    You looked flat right from the first pitch…the desire was there but the drive was missing…just couldn’t get the rhythm going. Hurts like hell to start off a season with a sub-par performance, but your self confidence and inner strength will prevail (as always). Good luck to you on Sunday, my parents will be there to cheer you on.
    Cheri
    “Welcome to the Jungle
    We take it day by day
    If you want it you’re gonna bleed
    But it’s the price you pay….”
    –Guns ‘N Roses

  73. bleacherseats permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:50 am

    Wow, I thought watching you pitch today was difficult, but reading some of these posts was even harder! Isn’t idol-worship discouraged?? Throw stones at Shaughnessy if you please, but maybe he was on to something about the majority of your posters being pathetic kiss-ups. How is it possible that in 70-plus posts no one has raised the possibility that you’ve got a little “inherent toolness” of your own that needs tending to?? I’m not hating, b/c I know we all do… but does your ego really need all this pablum? Rejoice in the truth, brother: You sucked today! Hope you just chill out and pitch on Sunday, and leave the rest to the real “boss man.”

  74. thebluesman permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:00 am

    You’ll get’em next time, Curt. As a Phillies fan, I have learned to discount open day perfomances,since everyone is usually more intense and tense going into it, even seasoned veterans such as yourself. You had a good spring so I’m sure you’ll bounce back just fine. I spent a wonderful opening day at the Phillies game with my nephew,(well wonderful except for the last 2 innings). We started the game with the Bulls barbeque ribs, the best ribs in baseball and watched the pregame tributes to Vuk, and the other 4 former Phillies who left us this year, Callison, Lidle, Organist Paul Richardson, and former pitching coach Vern Ruhle Myers. Vuk’s son Vince threw the first pitch. Very emotional. Kind of puts everything into perspective. Once the game started, Smoltz looked like his usual self and Myers looks like he is ready to take that step to the next level. The everyday players seemed to be pressing a bit. I was very happy to see Chase and Howard flip in the lineup. Breaks up the righthanders and forces teams to pitch more to Howard but of course the talking heads are bashing Manuel over it. Manuel also left Myers in for 105 pitches which I thought was a mistake for the first game. I got the impression he was scared of the bullpen, which is managing not to lose. I say treat the bullpen with confidence until they prove otherwise. If the manager doesn’t show confidence in them, how are they supposed to fell confident.

  75. builttospill permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:26 am

    On a bright note I am glad real baseball is here. The Royals have some impressive young ballplayers. You gotta like Teahen and Gordon.

  76. Tom Field permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:29 am

    OK, so I already knew I couldn’t throw a 94 mph fastball. Heck, I struggle to match the velocity of my six-year-old son!

    But now after watching yesterday’s performance, I have some new questions:

    * Could I go to work and do my job well on HD TV?

    * And if I did lay an egg under the spotlight, could I hold a press conference and talk about it?

    * Or blog to the world about everything I did wrong?

    * Then wait for most of a week for the chance to redeem myself?

    Really appreciate the account and the accountability, Curt.

    You can’t win ‘em all, but you can always be a winner.

    best,

    Tom

  77. sbm13 permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:40 am

    You aren’t the only Ace who struggled today, Webb struggled too. My fault…have you guys on my Fantasy team. Sorry.

    When you have a day like this which we know is rare, does it change what you do on your side session or your next outing?

  78. April 3, 2007 5:41 am

    Eh; losing the season opener is like a Sox MO. Sure, we’d have liked to see a gem of a pitching duel (a la Schilling / Santana) but hey – everyone tosses a stinker sometimes.

    It’s a long season, and I think it will be full of awesome performances from everyone in the rotation.

  79. boggs26 permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:05 am

    I want the old Curt back, the one who pitched the last 20 years without a changeup and won over 300 games WITHOUT a changeup. It looked to me as if you were throwing a batting practice pitch with the same “fall off” to first base. I think (but who am I) a good time to use the changeup if your going to use one would be be following a high waste fastball.
    I liked it better when you didnt beat around the bush…threw a fastball ouside corner, threw a fastball inside corner, wasted a fastball high, and sat them down with a splitter.
    Anyways you’ll have your good days and you’ll have your bad days, just think of it this way…thats one less bad day out of the way!!!

  80. April 3, 2007 6:10 am

    Curt,
    It’s so great that God gives us a new day, each morning, whether the day before was good or bad, we get to start fresh, again!
    You are the piston that drives that pitching staff and I know that you will roll again. Wake up today knowing tomorrow is behind you, learn from what went wrong, tweak that which worked well and know that Red Sox nation has faith in you and the talents that God has given you.
    Can’t wait to hear you pitch the next game.

    God Bless
    Roger in Central New York

  81. histoolness permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:24 am

    Clearly, Curt, the Herald photo-shopped in those bloated ERA numbers I read this morning after your name. I have no worries. You had me at hello.

    His Toolness

  82. moonbatmass permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:25 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for facing the music, as you always do. Some pitchers think they can hide after a poor outing — not you!

    Real baseball fans know that the numbers will be there for you over the course of the season, so (despite the calls on nitwit radio) we are not panicking over a single game.

    And we know Theo will patch any holes that crop up over the course of the long season.

    In short: we are ready for another exciting season of watching Red Sox baseball and number 38!

  83. dugas19 permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:29 am

    get over it, at least you didnt lose to the yanks..and by the way,,did you notice, on pro’s vs. joes, wade boggs played for the new york team against the joes…i hope he pulled a muscle

  84. schillgwb38 permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:36 am

    I still have faith in you my Schill. You won us something that no one else could in 86 years and you did it after a few months of commercials saying you would do it. One bad start is nothing – walk it off and you will be in total command next time. I’m saving for my series tickets now!

  85. dankdude permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:37 am

    Sorry Curt but you proved to all of us today that you are washed up! you and Randy Johnson both need to find a nice retirement home and stick to watching the games on T.V. Dice K is the sox new ACE hes going to win 20 games this year no doubt. You will be lucky to win 12

  86. April 3, 2007 6:37 am

    Curt,

    You’ll get them next time. Don’t sweat it.

    Love your blog. Thanks for taking time out for your fans.

    Michael

  87. curtswift permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:40 am

    Curt,
    Chalk it up to a bad day. Everyone has ‘em. I know you’ll straighten it out next game. Someone earlier posted the ESPN commentators assertion that you were tipping your changeup. I am hardly a trained observer, but a 48 year Sox fan and watch you all religiously here ini Virginia. I have to agree that your delivery looked different when you were trying to throw the change. It seemed as if you were a little more deliberate when you threw that pitch. Being the person you are you have probably already reviewed the game film and seen that. Good luck on the next start and I hope CHB develops a severe case of writer’s cramp. I can’t stand listening to his BS.

    Best wishes,
    Curt Swift

  88. chillyme permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:48 am

    Yep, the Sox got spanked in KC yesterday.

    KC deserved that win, so congrats to them. After losing 6 of the last 8 opening day games, I think the Sox are heading for a new tradition, which in the whole scheme of things, means absolutely nothing. It was a team loss.

    No unsolicited advice from me. You’re the professionals. You’ll figure it out.

    I do appreciate the blog entry, thank you. Fascinating stuff. The season has officially opened and the fun has just begun. Onward! Tomorrow’s only a day away! Woo-Hoo! :)

    GO SOX!!

  89. curlyhairboyfriend permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:52 am

    Curt,
    You still want the Red Sox to sign you for next after that performance?

  90. soxbeliever06 permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:56 am

    Curt no excuses. Your new changeup looks like it may be your old fastball which just isn’t up to speed. Keep working on getting skinny, maybe your velocity on your fastball will come back and your changeup will fade.

  91. sgomes permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:01 am

    Long way to go Curt stay focused. Look forward to your next start

  92. riceshouldbeinhall permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:08 am

    Curt:

    As you know, the name of the game is to throw strikes and when the command is not there, it is a struggle. Can’t be 2-0 on everyone and expect to last long…..I understand your concern, but don’t worry as much about the first pitch hits….throw strikes…..hit your spots with the fastball….

    JM

  93. patriots1172 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:10 am

    Schill – it’s one start. You will bounce back. I wish Red sox nation would step down from the ledge but that’s what they do. There are 161 more of these things. Hit the prozac and love the ride.

    Observation:
    I don’t think Shaughnessy likes having someone write about him. He likes to make personal comments about Schill in his column but obviously doesn’t like an athlete who fires back in a blog.

    Us common people who read all this stuff are lucky to have such entertainment available to us. It’s too bad that Shaughnessy is such a tool though.

    Has anyone else seen him at Fenway with his lips attached to Matt Damons ass? It’s pretty funny.

  94. April 3, 2007 7:12 am

    Hey Curt – At least RSN knows that you’ll put this start behind you and be ready for the next. Looking forward to seeing bounce back. Good luck!

  95. sjmvi permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:18 am

    wow…you really sucked yesterday…not sure we needed anything beyond that.

  96. crownjewell permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:19 am

    Bottom line is you will pitch better. Frankly, if the game went better for you, it most probably would have been for naught with the offense being so anemic. That, the offense, is my biggest concern right now.
    Stay healthy, and show the young guys the way.

  97. caseytm permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:23 am

    Curt,

    It’s only 1 game, but it sure wasn’t very impressive; I know the “season is a marathon” and all that good stuff, but you have to beat KC no matter where the game is being played. The team as a whole had an off day; when that happens, YOU have to be 1 run better than the other team.

    I’m sure you’ll work hard between starts; the team needs you to be an ace, not just “part” of a good starting five. Losing to KC is never good.

    Get ‘em Sunday!

    Tom

  98. johnlimberakis permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:23 am

    I am not worried at all about you.
    Why? – You’re clutch and that is something that you won’t lose until you are physically unable to perform. In other words, you are fine.
    I am worried about Tek. His swing has looked concerning throughout spring training. Is he healthy? Are his knees at a point where he just can’t bat anymore? I live in Texas and I wish I could see you guys beat the Rangers but sadly the two times you come down are the two times I am out! First time in my life I won’t be able to see a Sox game.

    By the way, I grew up in Philly so I have been able to enjoy your pitching for years. What was Dalton like as a catcher? – and was he as out there as the Philadelphia media portrayed him to be?

    I could see you as a lot of classes in WoW… since you came from EQ I would guess that you are not a warrior, rogue, shammy, druid or warlock. I could see you as a paladin, a mage, a priest (that’s my guess), or a hunter.

    Enjoy your next start.

    Sincerely,

    John Limberakis

  99. bulldoginworcester permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:24 am

    In the words of Meterparel 89 pitches that sucked.

    To be honest I expect more from you on opening day then that horrid display.

  100. jeffk2007 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:31 am

    Curt,
    You are a saint in sheep’s clothing for even thinking about posting after such a tough game. Your courage and heart for doing so is just beyond the pale of what we could ever hope to expect from a mere human being. Rainbow bridges will lead the way through your next start. Cowboy up, Affirmed.

  101. natei33 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:35 am

    Curt,

    I appreciate you coming and posting like that after an outing you’d just as soon forget. Always have to take the good and the bad. We’ll be looking forward to your next start (and Josh’s tomorrow too!)

  102. skb1976 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:37 am

    Geez…people still read Shaughnessy? The man is too full of himself to write a good article. :P

    So excited to see the first game of the season, even if it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Meche was on his game, and the bats struggled. Not much you can do except tip your cap to him and get ready for the next start.

    Curt, thank you for you candid and professional demeanor here. It’s good to see someone take responsibility for his performance and not point fingers at anyone else. That’s a great example to set for the kids.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your former minor league team play this season. I love me some Rochester Red Wings, and Garza is poised to have another great year at AAA.

    SKB
    Rochester, NY

  103. landerstnkb permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:43 am

    One game out of 162…can’t wait for Wednesday to get this ball rolling. That is why I love baseball, I don’t have to wait a whole week to dwell on one loss. I just wish there wasn’t an off-day today…should save those for later in the season. Let’s see, Johan Santana gives up 7 hits, 4 earned runs and Curt Schilling gives up 8 hits and 5 earned runs. The difference between the two performances (other than Santana going deeper in the game than Schilling, 6 innings to Schilling’s 4) is that the Twins scored 7 runs for Santana while the vaulted Sox batters could only muster 1 run for Schilling. Luckily the bats will wake up and Schilling will bounce back.

  104. babyshambles permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:45 am

    Yesterday was only 1 out of 162, just watch the tape and study up on Texas. Also, is it harder to face a hitter who is patient at the plate and runs up the count, or is it harder to face a more talented player with less patience at the plate (like Tejada)?

  105. jackmarshall permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:47 am

    You deserve great credit for getting right on line and leaving a blog entry after a rough outing, Curt…especially when so many jackasses in the press are somehow linking your mound performance with the fact that you maintain a blog like around 56,000,000 other people. I suppose sportswriters are threatened by any athlete articulate enough to compete with them on their own turf. Please keep it up.
    By the way, my son, a 12 year-old Little League catcher, is also named Grant. I salute your good taste in names.

  106. Levad permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:47 am

    Thanks for the blog-age. Hopefully next time will be more fun for you. Good thing that day ended and the sun still came up bringing a new day eh? There are lessons in the vid of your innings that you’ll benefit from I’m sure. Did I read somewhere, ‘pitching to contact’? Never mind that -just pitch and you’ll be fine.

  107. mannybeingmanny permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:49 am

    Dont sweat it pal your not alone, just look at the pitchers across mlb yesturday they all had there problems aside from Felix but its the first game of the season, alot of players are still getting into game shape, I have no doubt in my mind you’ll rebound from this outing, good luck through out the season Curt, I’m behind ya

  108. zyg2004 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:50 am

    What game were all of you watching? Are talking about the Yankees comeback win or maybe the outstanding pitching performance by the young guy in Seattle. Cuz you sure weren’t watching the Sox on opening day.

    Curt is a big boy, making big money. If you think for one moment that your sappy, out of touch comments are gonna pick him up, you’re sadly mistaken.

    Hey Curt, here’s what you need to hear, SUCK IT UP and PITCH! You want another contract, you wanna play next, than prove it.

    We don’t need to hear you whine about not having command. My 1yr old son knew you had no command and every sappy poster in this room knew you had no command.

    Can you make your second outing Curt Schilling-esque.

    Love the Sox, hate to lose!

  109. stevenellis permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:56 am

    Win your next one and everyone will forget about it. Heck, win two and you’re off to a good start!

    Steven Ellis
    http://www.stevenellis.com

  110. jcm1964 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:57 am

    Curt,

    Tough day, but we will see plenty of great ones this year.

    I thought you were tipping your change-up yesterday with a slower delivery, but maybe you were overthrowing the FB???

    Get it straightened out please. We need you.

  111. preacher41 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:57 am

    Curt,
    When you play the home opener, it will help get things back in sinc. From watching a lot of opening days, it seems that it is harder to fire on all cylinders in the road openers. Anyway, its a long season and your work ethic will prevail.
    We’ll continue to root for the Sox in NC!
    PreacherAndy

  112. April 3, 2007 7:58 am

    Kudos for posting this blog. Tough game, but I am sure you will get back on track. It’s only one game. I am looking forward to your next start, and I feel bad for the next team you face… :-)

    Again, thanks for your insight.

    All the best,
    Mike
    Hamilton, NJ

  113. carawson permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:00 am

    It was the first game of the year and as disappointing as it is to have it go the way that it did Im sure the next start will be better. You are too stubborn to have it any other way :)

  114. paps4president permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:02 am

    Hey Curt,

    I’m new to the blog and I’m a absolute diehard Sox fan and a big fan of you. I must admit watching the game was very difficult as it seemed not much was working on the mound or from our hitters. I’m terrible as a fan because I let losses get me DOWN…couldn’t sleep tossing and turning until 1a.m. thinking about the game.

    But of course it’s the 1st game of the season and means very little in the scheme of things. Have complete confidence in the Sox and that your next game will be a gem.

    The Sox Nation is behind 100% Thanks for your honesty and contribution to the Sox and Boston since you came here

  115. pga1978 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:03 am

    That was flat out embarassing. I saw in an interview you said that you like when people say you can’t pitch anymore and that you like to prove them wrong…. boy did you show them yesterday. How are you going to pitch against the AL East when your getting knocked around by the formidable KC lineup?

  116. 127feet permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:08 am

    Paraphrase byTony Massaroti of the Boston Herald, “Each team will win 60 games and each team will lose 60 games. It’s what you do with the other 42 that count.” Not to worry, yet dude. I hate to be the next team you pich against. Payback is a bitch.

  117. gcet permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:11 am

    Hi Curt,

    Hey we all have bad days now and then no big deal… Take it out on the Rangers this weekend! Keep up the good work!

    Gary

  118. marshindian permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:11 am

    OK, Monday wasn’t much fun , but you weren’t the only guy from the Red Sox out there. The offense has to man the oars too and they didn’t look all that scary yesterday. You’ll have better days ahead.

    Most sports personalities and managers regurgitate safe, meaningless comments when asked questions. You’ve been refreshingly blunt since we’ve welcomed you to these parts and the candid words are as appreciated as your pitching and leadership. Good luck Sunday!

    Pete

  119. reaganaut permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:12 am

    Not a big deal, you needed a shut-out anyway, I think the lack of offense is a bigger concern right now. I know it’s only 1 game, but a lot of those bats were cold all spring.

    You have to take your hats of to K.C. though, they played well. I haven’t even heard of 3/4 of their players. The K.C. fans were out in force, too – I know it’s opening day and the Sox are in town, but it’s nice to see the fans supporting their team like that when they lost 100+ games. I guess their GM knew what he was doing when he signed Meche, how many Ks did he have?

    On a side note, if I hear one more idiot say you need to spend more time concentrating on baseball and less time blogging I’m going to explode. I just don’t understand the Boston sports media, why would they want to cover teams and players they actually hate? Why do they rip on fans for being (gasp) fans of their teams and players? It’s madness. No wonder newspaper sales are in the toilet.

  120. behindthepen permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:17 am

    It looked like your delivery was different from previous years. Is that just on the change/breaking pitches?

  121. rakku permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:17 am

    hey Curt,
    first time posting here. yeah, yesterday outing was pretty rough, but know that you have alot of red sox fans here supporting you :) just get pumped up for next game and go get em! God bless!

  122. od1010 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:20 am

    Hey Curt-
    I was just curious as to what you do between innings or even between pitches to try to adjust when you feel that you don’t have your A game with you. Also, I know you have said before that one inning doesn’t effect the next, but when the game is over what do you do to make improvements/adjustments in your pitching for your next outing. How much does your previous start (good or bad) effect your next one? Good luck on the rest of the season!
    -Matt

  123. oldschool72 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:24 am

    Hey Curt-

    If it’s any consolation, I had a bad day at work yesterday too. From the moment I walked into the office and walked out, nothing seemed to go right, rather ironic for waking up refreshed and not dreading the drive to work for a Monday. I guess the point I am trying to make is that we can wake up, get an early start and now matter how prepared- the returns on our performance are less than adequate for that outing. You’ve never struck me as a person who repeats himself in a negative way (i.e.-giving up a 4 run lead to the Yankees in 04′-don’t think that has happened again). As in life, we have all sorts of instances which are unique in their own way and they can either impact us in a positive or negative manner.

    You have at least 25 to 30 more chances to have a good day at work this season.

    My best-

    Eric

  124. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:28 am

    Good news theres still 161 regular season games left. Now, it’s time for Beck to pick us up.

  125. leofan2 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:28 am

    Don’t worry Curt, I have faith that you will bounce back, actually I know that you will bounce back from it. Don’t be so hard on yourself just go out there and work harder the next time. You can only get better from there. It is still early in the season and you guys still have a chance to be on top.

  126. marsh18redsox permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:29 am

    Its always the first start and the last start of the season that always seem to mean the most but come October, no one will remember that you had a rough game on Opening Day. You know what went wrong, I am sure you know how to fix it or someone there knows how to fix it, its done and over with, looking forward to the next start :)

  127. bstnsportsfan3 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:33 am

    Hey curt, dont worry about the start its just 1 game and everyone has a bad day. i live in texas and will be thier sunday night to see you dominate the rangers on sunday night baseball live on espn. ill be cheering loud as i can from first baseside and hope you do great….u have always been one of my favorite pitchers and i cant wait to see you live for the first time. Long live the red sox’s!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. stevoinkc permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:33 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for that feedback, and don’t let the bums get ya’ down. As a Royals fan it’s good to see your assessment of yesterdays game.

    I’ve always been a fan of the way you approach the game.

    Keep on keepin’ on.

    Stevo in KC

  129. April 3, 2007 8:34 am

    Yeah, that was pretty brutal. None of us in the room – and that includes Jerry Remy – could ever remember you walking a run home before. (Turns out you did it in ’05 – go figure.)

    The really bad part about this is that I emailed my Yankees fan buddy in the 4th inning of their game to rag on him. That may have been premature. I have ten emails from him right now that I don’t have the heart to read.

    I told my sister if she gave birth yesterday she had to name her daughter Grudzielanik to atone for her mistake – obviously this was her fault; she distracted all of us by going into labor – so she held off until this morning.

    You’ll kill ‘em next time, dude. We still believe.

  130. whofan70 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:36 am

    Curt,

    Keep firing away. Hey, at least you were not as bad as Jose Contreras yesterday! Seriously, you’ll be just fine.

    I’m looking forward to Dice-K pitching on Thursday. I’m sure the whole team is excited about his start.

    Best of luck –

    Ed

  131. bcpaul permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:36 am

    Curt,

    Wow- Once again you showed Red Sox Nation what a class act you are with your blog after the opening day. I am not even going to discuss the game because it is done and over with and the full scheme of things 1 game is minor when there are at least 161 games still left. Good luck !

  132. buffett13 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:37 am

    Curt It’s Game one of 162, I know you carry this kind of stuff close to you. But I don’t think there’s much to worry about at this stage. Most all home teams will and did win there home opener. We have total faith in you and Tek to turn this nightmare of a game into a win the next time out. We’ll see you at the friendly confines of Fenway next week. Curt Chin high and mow them down….. R Diamond

  133. April 3, 2007 8:49 am

    You win some, you lose some. I hate to see the team lose the first game, but half the teams lose the first game so it isn’t a catastrophe, right? Anyway, the game gave Tito a few things to work on. Your pitching will pretty much be fixed by you, and the hitting wasn’t all that bad (just not timely). Baserunning could use some work. That was a sweet 6-4-3 turned by our new middle infield.

    I’m wondering if a day off after a loss bugs you as much as it does the fans…

  134. irnbru permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:52 am

    Ech, we lose Opening Day every year. It’s like tradition by now. Sorry it was your turn. Worked out ok in 03 and 04 though.

    . . . in fact I think the only time this decade we *won* opening day was last year. . .

    I’d rather have a first game/last game like 04 than 06 :) Go get ‘em Sunday.

  135. April 3, 2007 8:56 am

    Your ability to assess honestly your own performance is what makes you the ace pitcher that you are. The large contingent of Red Sox Nation here in Virginia has confidence that you’ll bounce back strongly in your next outing. Looking forward to seeing the team play in Baltimore on 4/26. Depending on whether there are any rainouts, etc. in between, I figure we’ll either get Dice-K, Beckett or you that night (in that order of probability.) I’ll be the one on the 3rd base line wearing a replica of your #38 St. Pat’s Day jersey.

    “Why Not Us Again?”

    Go Curt! Go Sox!

  136. trot7 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:56 am

    Hey, Angry Bill, we know your posting at “tfrancoma”. Just use your real name.

    Schill, please tell me there was some rookie hazing for Pedroia after he tried to take second. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone thrown out by 17 feet. Like the hussle, though.

  137. April 3, 2007 8:56 am

    Before this blog, I’d have been pissed as can be with you. Apres this blog, I am feeling really sorry that you’re feeling so crappy about your performance yesterday and I have real empathy for you. In other words, the blog has humanized you in my eyes and I’m not going to be ticked at someone that obviously cares so much about his performance.

    It’s the first game of a long season. Take heart… there’s plenty more to win. September is a lot more important than April. Concentrate on that!

  138. hartill permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:57 am

    Curt,

    You’re the ace. You need no words of encouragement from me about your baseball, and I have no doubts you’ll make the next team pay.

    Don’t let Dan S’s Column get you down, though. I don’t work for a big paper and I am not in Boston, but there are lots of us in newsrooms around New England who’d rather see you on the mound for the Sox than anybody.

    Can’t wait till your next start.

  139. centexsoxman permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:59 am

    Schill,

    You stunk up the joint yesterday. We will be looking for better from you on Sunday night in Arlington. The family and I are looking forward to seeing you and the guys shut down the Rangers at the stadium formally known as the Ballpark at Arlington. Looks like we will have great weather for the game.

    The great thing about baseball is you don’t have to sit around and dwell on a bad game for a week. You get to play again the next day (or Wednesday in this case).

    Red Sox Nation
    Central Texas Division

  140. d21llama permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:59 am

    Curt, sorry for a tough game. It’s not how we start it’s how we finish. I’am wriying to you with some hope. The hope being that a friend and I are going to see the 2nd and 3rd games of the kc series. We are fortunate because of a childhood friend of ours who has been living in KC for 27 years. He has and will remain a Sox fan for the rest of his life. The bad part of that statement is he has months remaining because of ALS. Do you or could you find time for a quick hand shake? I don’t have to tell you it would the world. When you first signed with the SOX you met a good friend of mine named Jeff Jullian. What you did for him was just the best. Please give me a reply with a yes or no! thank you Don

  141. dori317 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:01 am

    You get much credit for posting after yesterday as far as I am concerned. Proves to me it’s not about ego as some believe but about sharing with the Nation. I’m impressed with your honesty and your ability to step up to a lousy day. Haven’t we all had those? For sure…and I still remember watching the first game in 04 which was a disaster. Opening Day wins are nice but World Series wins are ever so much better. Settle in..get strong..move on..and pitch a new game next time. Thats all we expect, and all we have a right to expect. And, hey, the bats were a little quiet as well so everybody has some work to do!

    Dori B.

  142. 26to1 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:01 am

    Bombers looking good even with Pavano pitching. Wasn’t entirely your fauly Curt. Sox offence scored 1 run against the Royals of all teams.

  143. scambodian permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:01 am

    I see some serious concerns if we look at the last 10 starts you have made going into last season. It looks like you have lost between 1-3 mph on the fastball. Do you think you are going to have to make overall adjustments to your pitching style.

    An interesting stat from yesterday was that hitters only swung and missed 6 times while they fouled 19 pitches off. Is the reason for the development of the change up this season because you feel as though you cant just blow it by people anymore?

    Gerry Calahans biggest fan,
    the scambodian

  144. sasoxfan permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:02 am

    Like every other member of Red Sox Nation, I have been counting down the days till Opening Day, even though I am isolated in South Africa. The thrill of game, the enthusiasm of the fans, and the professionalism of the plays has grabbed me from the first moment I was introduced to baseball when I spent a year in Boston from the summer of 04, and when the Sox ended an 86 yr old trophy drought, I was Hooked: I felt every bit a die-hard fan, as I cheered “Thank You” to Tito, Tek, Keith, Curt and crew, as I stood on the banks of the Charles River. The Red Sox story is filled with bravery and misfortunate, personality and sporting genius, no matter the result baseball should be the winner of the day.
    Opening Day 2007 greets its fans with anticipation and hope: It’s ‘Alive With Possibility!”– To quote the SA tourism slogan. The championship, is no longer the unobtainable Holy Grail, it’s the cherry on top of a 162 scoop Sundae. So the playoffs are not won in April – cos they are only played in October. Keep the Faith, cos Maybe This Year….

  145. diehardsoxfan permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:05 am

    One game. That was all it was. You’ll get ‘em next time. You always do. Thanks for your post.

  146. fiskfan65 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:06 am

    Hey Curt….

    Tough start but you’re still the man….enjoy the days off, get your stuff back together…like hitting your spots and no walks, you know…the stuff that has built you as a shoe-in for the hall.

    Look forward to the next outing….which will be the first of at least 18 wins for you this season.

  147. rhinojonson permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:09 am

    Curt,
    First off, I want to commend you for your blog. Having the balls to write to your fans, even after a sub-par performance and then allowing them to respond is very respectable. I find your blog interesting to read from the standpoint that you described what went wrong and what went right. As I watched your game on ESPN, Joe Morgan talked about noticing that your usually devastating curve was nonexistent. To me that was the problem, because I don’t have a trained enough eye to notice that you hung a split to Pena on that triple. Either way, your start left Red Sox fans disappointed. Being an athlete myself, I know that there are off days. However, everybody likes a good comeback. Everyone likes to see a person pick himself up when he’s down. Your track record throughout your career proves that this will happen. I don’t think I need to mention the 2004 ALCS, but I will anyway. Every one of your fans is looking to see what you will do on your next start. I’m putting my money on the fact that we will see the real Curt Schilling and that the Rangers are going to have a long night.

  148. jerwax33 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:14 am

    Hey Curt,

    Maybe if you shut up for a minute and stopped spewing your idiotic political views you could concentrate on pitching. We do not give a cr*p what you have to say. Do what you are paid to do and go out and pitch. Shaughnessy may be a hack, but it seems to me he did what he needed to do to get a good job in journalism. You are not a journalist and you are not a politician (although your idol, GWB, may be as dumb as you. Do your job. Go pitch.

  149. boston67 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:17 am

    Tough outing Ace but true RSN members will ALWAYS appreciate what you did for us and more importantly, what you will do for us. The season is long and it’s not a sprint. Your best this season is yet to come.

  150. BillyBuck'sBumLuck permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:20 am

    Sorry for the tough outing Schill. Very good of you to come on here and break it down for us. For a little bit of levity, check out the following:

    [IMG]http://i13.tinypic.com/4h7g7ea.jpg[/IMG]

  151. babylonboy permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:22 am

    Curt, Tough day yesterday! I wouldn’t worry too much about it, everyone has their off days. I am a huge fan of yours and your blog. I think its great and humbling that you can post a blog like that after the day that you had.
    You’re one of the best pitchers in MLB and a great guy!!! I miss the days that I could see ya pitch when I lived in boston. Looking forward to the next start and remember… BRING IT!!! HAHA!!! Take care of yourself!

  152. raginboston permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:22 am

    The collective group hug is nice, but it is what it is. Can’t underestimate ANY team in the MLB, and that’s what Curt did today. The most frustrating thing? Back to back first pitch hits….can’t sample pitches on a first pitch FB like you did in Spring Training. Good for the Royals for going for the jugular. That was no ace out there yesterday.

    Hats off to Meche…..he was a thing of beauty out there. I can’t really fault our guys for not hitting….Meche had his velocity, his timing, his placement…it was all working.

    The real reason I drink: bonehead baserunning mistakes. Pedroia had ‘em in Spring Training, continues to have them…..Curt, please sit down with the boy.

  153. jrods permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:24 am

    Curt,

    I guess we can chalk this up as a bad start or are you thinking about how each start effects the contract for next year? I did notice last year players showing more patience laying off pitches just outside the stike zone and yesterday, I don’t expect a cake walk this like most do. It can’t all be positve critisism. I do wish you good pitching on your upcoming outings. jrods

  154. bosoxfan1968 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:24 am

    Its always good to get the ugly one out of the way and now you can role like you always do!! I’m from Texas and I’m heading home (Maine) April 11th for my brothers 50th B-day. Got some some tickets for my brothers first Sox game that night. What a way to celebrate the 50th other then a his first Sox game. He just got back from doing a tour in Iraq a few months ago and I was wondering if you knew how I could get a Happy B-day on the board or something?

    Thanks Schill

  155. bexin permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:24 am

    Curt,
    I got an MMORPG question for you. Do you take a ribbing from the guys in the locker room for playing?, the reason I ask is, I’m a 37 year old construction worker that plays WoW. A co-worker of mine found out, and let’s just say that I’ve taken more than my fair share of “jokes”. Also which WoW realm are you on. I only ask because I want to know if I’ve ever been ganked by Curt Schilling.

  156. jimmykc permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:33 am

    Curt: I had vowed to be there opening day previously on your blog. Turned out I didn’t have enough oomph to get there and thereby avoided being a possible jinx to you since I was there for your start last August. Saving my energy for a trip to Mayo’s tomorrow. As you well know, there are way worse things in life than a bad opening day start. My question is how long do you let yourself dwell on a stinker like yesterday? A few hours, overnight, or until your next start? Just wondering.

  157. renegade88 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:39 am

    Jeez, even the Yankees fans are kissing your ass! I’m curious why you began experimenting with the change-up at age 40… are you losing faith in the fastball? What do you think “the book” is on you at this point? If batters lay off the split and sit on the high hard one, you better hope the change is working, otherwise it’ll be a long, ugly season for you.

  158. ataul23 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:42 am

    Schill, are you guys skipping Tavarez in the rotation this week?? I got tickets to your 2nd home game Wednesday the 11th and I wanted to know who I’d be seeing, Beckett or Daisuke. I figured Ichiro leading off the game against Daisuke would be sick. Hit me back. -A

  159. soxfaninny permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:43 am

    Hey Curt,

    Don’t worry about yesterday. The Colts and the Gators let their opposition score touchdowns on the opening kickoffs…things worked out pretty well for them. Adversity doesn’t build character…it reveals character. Get ‘em next time.

  160. chiero permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:44 am

    Plenty of great pitchers have had awful Opening Days, including Pedro several years ago, as I recall. Baseball is a game where the best players are on top of their game about 70% of the time. I would not want to step to the plate vs. #38 next outing.

  161. evanpar permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:52 am

    Some days you eat the bear other days the bear eats you. You’ve eaten the bear more often than not. In Texas the bear better watch out.

    Evanpar

  162. telcojoe permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:54 am

    Curt

    It’s just one game. You are still the man. Theo, needs to cough up the cash so you can focus on the task at hand. Next time you need to invite uncle charlie to the party. I am having a party in my basement on Saturday and you’re invited.

  163. pocket8pin permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:00 am

    Don’t sweat it, Curt.

    Comparing myself to a MLB player, at any level, is beyond chutzpah. But, for what it’s worth…

    I bowl, and am pretty good at it. I average around 210-220, so I obviously have some skills. Every so often, I’ll have a day where nothing seems to be right. I can’t keep the speed right, am inconsistent hitting my mark, etc… No amount of adjusting helps, and usually hurts. On those days, all I can do is suffer through it with the knowledge it doesn’t last.

    Sounds like you had one of those days. Couldn’t spot the fastball, breaking pitches didn’t break consistently. The more you adjust, the worse it gets.

    Relax, it doesn’t last. The important thing I have to remember, and that works for me, is to block out the bad day and prepare for the next one as if that bad day didn’t happen.

    You’ll be fine. Looking forward to your next start.

    Gary

  164. dshaughnessy1918 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:03 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…nice way to open the season!

    I’d post more, but I’ve gotta go meet Larry for our lunch date.

    ~CHB

  165. April 3, 2007 10:04 am

    Curt: This is the type of honesty that more players should share with the fans. It looks like the Blog Community is very supportive of you still. I saw only a few negatives comments. You and VTek may need to change your pitches if that HS JV coach is calling the same ones…ESPN Says you were tipping the off speed stuff, what do you think?

  166. redsoxmom1967 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:05 am

    Curt,

    You are one of the very few players who takes their performance to heart. I thank you for that. I live and breathe the RedSox !!! We have 161 to go !!! We’ll be OK. Take a deep breath. You weren’t the only one who had a bad day. What about poor Julio? Chalk it up to Opening Day !!!

    God Bless !!!

    Pam

  167. jbs8866 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:06 am

    I grew up in Boston, and now Im living in Iowa, I get to the coast during baseball season to catch a few games, but had the chance to get to see my sox play the Royals, Schill on the first game of the season can it get any better than this ? It was a melt down but the positive is I would rather it happened in April than late September, and your the Ace so you can only build from there

    Jimmy

  168. April 3, 2007 10:07 am

    Don’t sweat it buddy. Sometimes you just have an off day, and usually the sox offense can pick up when you do have an off day. Gil was just throwing too well yesterday, and the sox normal game plan of taking a lot of pitches and working the count wasn’t working because he was throwing a ton of strikes, and with all of his pitches. Makes it tough on a hitter when the other pitcher can throw all of his pitches for strikes, consistantly.

    I look forward to your next start, even though I have to watch them online now instead of on mlb extra innings (arrgggg!).

    Good luck the rest of the way.

    Ed “Redsox fan in Tucson, AZ”

    http://www.arcadeinabox.com

  169. reds0x1 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:08 am

    Schill,
    This blog is great, it is amazing to get even a tiny glimpse as to what you are thinking and your thoughts on baseball and life. Although yesterday was a tough one, red sox nation has the utmost confidence in your ability to lead this team to another World Series. Keep your head up brother.
    Freddy D

  170. scooter998 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:14 am

    Stuff happens. You pitched terrific all spring. There is every reason to believe that you will have a great outing next time out.

  171. winpain4 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:18 am

    Curt,

    Finally had a chance to get in and read the blog from last night’s game. It’s funny how so many of us fans take a team like KC for granted, an automatic win if you will. In many ways it’s just like the football saying, “Any Given Sunday”. But, I look at it this way. In 2004 we lost to Baltimore opening day, 7-2. You came back and picthed such a solid game 2 and D.Lowe the same for game 3. You have such a great supporting staff that I’m sure you guys will be holding eachother together all season. Nobody expects all of you to go 20-0. I have a good feeling Becket and Matsusaka will make this a distant memory for the fans, and hopefully your sidework will get you right back where you want to be. People might think I’m crazy for saying this, but KC is going to make things difficult in the Central this year.

    – Nate Brady

  172. soxfan1706 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:21 am

    No problem Curt. Even if the lack of command shows you are feeling your age, your blog writing is great. You’ve got a great future writing.

  173. libertydahmer319 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:26 am

    keep it up curt
    im from KC but im a Huge Sox fan , forget the royals they’ll be under 500 before you know it! ha
    well man stay strong earn that extension!

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
    Phil. 4:13

    keep up your work for Christ the world needs more Christian role models like you Curt
    Your one heck of a man!

    Ryan Dahm
    (libertydahmer319@sbcglobal.net”

  174. thedeputy permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:30 am

    Curt:

    I’m a big fan of yours and the Red Sox. Tough one yesterday. I just read the piece in the Herald about your wife sitting across from Shaughnessy on a flight. They mentioned your quotes from earlier this year calling him a hack and an idiot. I know it’s going to be unpopular here, but I’ve been reading his column since day one, and although he can be pretty critical and negative at times, he’s no hack and certainly not an idiot. He’s an excellent columnist and has documented the Boston sports scene better than anyone else for the past 25 years. Bob Ryan is good but his columns are a bit boring. Shaughnessy said you were out of shape this year and called you a blow hard because those are his opinions and he’s not afraid to write about them. If you need to respond, argue that you did not report to spring training out of shape (you may want to wait until you win a game or two first), but don’t respond by calling him an idiot. Professional sports are entertainment and Shaughnessy treats them as such.

  175. phillyphanatic permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:31 am

    They’re talking trash on this Met’s website already, meetthematts.com
    They are hoping to face the Red Sox in the World Series and say that Schilling has lost it and as long as he pitches twice in the World Series, they can’t lose.
    As a Philly fan, and fan of Curt’s since I attended the Game 5 masterpiece in 1993, I thought I’d let you know. For those of you who don’t know about Game 5; The Jays won Game 4 15-14 and then CS came back hours later and fired a 5 hit shutout for his first ever post season victory. The Jays scored 45 runs in the other 5 games in that series, but on that magic night, they were blanked. It was amazing.

    Anyway, I’ve been verbally sparring with these guys for months. I need some intelligent help against these morons. So log on and HELP PLEASE. it’s http://www.meetthematts.com

  176. April 3, 2007 10:33 am

    In the Q&A X post, you talked about playing in New Britain with Todd Pratt. I grew up in Bristol, CT, and went to more New Britain Red Sox games than I can possibly tell you. When did you play in New Britain exactly?

    I remember Todd Pratt, Scott Hatteberg, Bob Zupcic & Jeff Bagwell, right off the top of my head, but judging by the fact that you were drafted in 86 & debuted in 88, I was probably ten when I saw you play there — and the recollection is fuzzy, unfortunately. There are a lot of guys I am sure I saw, that the memory is cloudy or that I would remember if I heard the names. Anyway, I know I would have seen Mo Vaughn, Ellis Burks & Brady Anderson too, but can’t seem to dredge up those recollections either, so don’t take it personally that it’s vague. ;-) I am dying to go home & pull out the few old programs that I have saved with some autographs in them — I wonder what other names will start to re-emerge from my childhood memories when I take a look!

    Good old Beehive Field. Thanks for bringing back some great memories for me!

    Oh & rough first day. I know everyone wants to come out of the gate, shining. It’s no consolation that there will be other games, lots of them. I am sure that by the time the season gets going, this will be a distant memory, but it’s a rough way to start & it’s just no fun to have to take the bad with good, even if we have no choice. Gosh, it feels good to be watching ball again though!

  177. smartfan permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:38 am

    Good afternoon Mr. Schilling,
    Let’s see, where shall I start? I do recognize all the good you do for several organizations and I command you on that.
    But as a fan of baseball, you lack class and the ability to be honest with fans and the media.
    I am amazed on how you are able to “doop” everyone you have dealt with. Through out your career you have thrown teammates “under the bus” and was more then willing to speak your mind and bad mouth anyone who you felt wasn’t a “Schilling Guy” (Philadelphia, Arizona, and Boston) questioned their ability to play, and when you have gotten called out on it, you bad mouth and belittle certain media with clever comments as (grab ass) and (stupid, idiotic comments to make) and your fans more then willingly eat the food you are spoon feeding them. Ex) Pedro Martinez, J.D drew
    So Mr. Schilling, for coming into spring training out of shape, and yes, you are out of shape. For only going four innings and giving up 5 runs against the Royals, I am sure you will find someone to blame, or maybe you will have time to idolize yourself in some fashion and make another commercial and break some more curses, because we all know you did that all by yourself with no help from your teammates.

    Before you continue stating you would never, ever, cross your heart, and promise that you wouldn’t play for the Yankees. Maybe you should focus on what you do best, which is pitch and stop blogging like some school girl, worring about what some guy in a Explorer is doing on 128, or if the media or I know anything about baseball because we don’t have the god given talent you posses.

    Just shout up and pitch and hope the Red Sox will want you back, instead of feeding fans the hatred they have for the Yankees.

  178. neonsox permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:56 am

    Curt,

    Tough game out there yesterday, but so it goes… One of the many things you have done consistantly well in your career is not walk people, so when you walked in that first run, I knew something was up. I was also shocked to hear that yesterday was the first time in 140+ some odd starts that you didn’t go at least 5 innings. Not good, but I’m sure you know all this already. Time to buckle down and get this thing rolling again. You are the staff ace in a prestigious baseball town, making tons of dough because of your God-given talent. So I say:

    Rise up. Rise up, Curt Schilling, and bury this loss. Show us a little “shock and awe” in Texas and renew our faith in our ace. A lonely nation turns it’s eyes to YOU!

    All that crap aside, go out there and give ‘em hell next time out.

    Representing Western Mass (a battleground area with many Yankee fans),

    NeonSox

  179. tapadance permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:01 am

    Amazing, I am sad you did not have your best stuff yesterday, but the way you so honestly worked through it. WOW.

    When you said you “Inconsistent command and horrific execution” is that some thing that when you do not have it, you just can’t get it. Or is it something that you can work out with the pitching coach.

    I wonder if it is just to early in the year for you to be in your grove yet? Anyway, your still one of the best players out there. And I will be along the third base line on the 12th wishing for the best.

    Thanks again for this amazing blog.

    And my neighbor, he got running shoes and spent the weekend playing catch with anyone who would throw the ball. Thanks for the lessons in being a pro ball player. He read it, and took a copy home. I hope he tries out for the school team this year.

  180. buzzingfridge permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:09 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

  181. plus1handicap permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:09 am

    THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! Everyone jump ship before you are dragged down!!!..

    No seriously – why does the Boston media have to be so pathetic at times? You would think we just lost the first game of the World Series last night. Last time I checked, if we are trying to win 95 games that means we will have 67 losses (simply math I know). Does it really matter if we lose the first one?

    The bottom line is the Royals looked energized, youthful and ready to play. The house in Kansas City was rocking – which is great!

    Day off and then THE team brings in the A game.

    1 down. 161 games until the Real season begins.

    Still the Ace.

  182. 2007soxdisaster permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:10 am

    My comments are not based on yesterday’s game, although yesterday was very telling and highlighted the weaknesses that may plaque this team all year. Curt, I hope you are able to get some wins by pitching with a chip on your shoulder, because it doesn’t seem like you came into camp in the shape that one might expect of a 40 year old guy with a contract in the offing. For a guy who has a lot of opinions and isn’t afraid to express them, you should consider keeping your mouth shut and your computer off until you show us something on the field this year. Hey, I am rooting for you to win 20, but your actions and words don’t give the appearance of a man who is focused on that goal so far in 2007. Thanks for the bloody sock game, but that’s ancient history.

  183. ceolaf permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:12 am

    Curt et al,

    You know, sad as it is to say, reading the comments on this post last night, I have have to say that Shaughnessy didn’t get it that far off.

    Shill didn’t quite say it explicitly, but he sucked last night. He knows it. He didn’t deny it. He all but said it himself. He explained how he sucked, and gave a blow by blow of how it worked out.

    And while he does a lot of work year round, he is paid for about 40 performances a year. That more than $300,000 per performance. He gets paid more for a single performance that most families make in 5 years. And therefore, his performance was unacceptable.

    I don’t want to hear that Shill is human and that we all have bad days. I might or might not have had days at work when I failed so mightily to perform, but I was paid .1% what Shill was paid for last night. At his pay, he doesn’t get the excuse of being a human being. At his pay, he’s supposed to perform EVERY TIME.

    And that’s what we look for in sports. We want a great game, every time. We want our #1 pitcher to perform every time, not stink the joint up. When Ortiz (or A-Rod, or Bonds, or Vlad) is up in the in late innings with the game on the line, we want, even expect(!) him to perform.

    The greatest athletes know this. And the relish it. They expect themselves to perform every time, and certainly tonight. The worst sin in sports is excusing oneself for a horrendous performanance. They want to be in position to decide the game. Shill just wrote about pitching complete games, right? The greatest athletes expect of themselves what we expect of them. And for them, it ain’t about the money.

    I respect Shill a lot for blogging last night about how bad he was. That took a lot of integrity. But that does not absolve him for his performance. He knows it and we should acknowledge it. He expects far better. We expect far better. Dadhadals wrote “you tried your best.” That ain’t enough. That ain’t close to enough. At this level, there is no “try”. Shill is expected to DO, and is paid to DO.

    And it ain’t about “you’ll get ‘im next time!” Of course he’ll get them next time. That’s his job. That what he expects from himself. That’s what his teammates expect of him. That’s what we expect of him. That’s what he’s paid to do. If he does, he still lost this game. This one is all on him.

    So, we can Shill for his accomplishments. And applaud him for his integrity. And appreciate him for this blog. But don’t treat him like a 10 year old who needs consolation. He is a professional.

    Unless you want to be the sycophants that Shaughnessy portrayed you as, show the same integrity that Shill has. Don’t let the crap go by without calling it by its name. You don’t have to get personal or cruel about it, but don’t act like it doesn’t matter.

    Shill, you sucked last night. I don’t expect it to happen again. That’s why I am glad you are on this team. I know that you expect far better from yourself. That’s why I am glad you are on this team.

  184. sandman6373 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:13 am

    The good news is Baseball is Back!! The bad news we will unfortunately not go undefeated this year as I predicted. Looks like I owe my buddy a couple of beers. Anyway, let the games begin. Should be an interesting season. I must break away from the baseball banter a bit and commend you for all the charity work you do. It is amazing! You and your wife go so far beyond what anybody should expect and I thank you. I do an annual charity golf event (5th annual this year!)with proceeds benefitting the Angel Fund, as well as participating in most of their other events. I am sure you are familiar with it through your work with ALS and also the time The Timlins put towards this charity. The Timlins also go far beyond what should be expected. Anyway, enough mushy mushy talk. I just wanted to say thanks! Have a great year brotha!!!

  185. ibeatsars permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:15 am

    i still love you buddy

  186. mpalma permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:24 am

    Shut up already and pitch. You’re not being paid to blog. For every minute you’re blogging, you can be studying hitters, umpires, etc.. Lou Gehrig never would have blogged, he just kept his mouth shut and played the game.

  187. btf927 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:31 am

    Dont be too hard on yourself…last time I checked no one goes 162 & 0 and no starter goes undefeated. There is something about that stadium thay just has the sox unumber….shake it off (which I know you will ) and all of Sox nation is looking forward to Sunday for you….you are still the man….

  188. wally97 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:33 am

    I don’t need to tell you not to listen to the idiots. Even the best have bad games. You’ll get them next time — and hopefully next time the bats will get you some support too! RSN is behind you!

  189. civ26 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:34 am

    Hey Curt, no worries. The Sox never win opening day.

  190. yankeemike permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:42 am

    Hey Curt,

    Great performance yesterday. Maybe you should pull another fake bloody sock on Sunday against Texas. This way if you still don’t have your command, you have a built in excuse. I’ll talk to you soon.

    YankeeMike

  191. mountjj2005 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:46 am

    I know that u had a horrible game, but i also know that u know that there are plenty more to come. So take the loss like a man, and be ready for next week. Get your head right, and just pitch the god damn ball man. It is easy, u have been doing it for years, so please do it for at least one more. U got the heart, discipline, technique, and team to go far, just believe in yourself and you’ll get it done. AND DO NOT OVERTHINK THINGS LIKE THAT GAME!!!!

  192. mountjj2005 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:48 am

    And one more thing, u r a pro baseball player, have a little fun out there, because u have the best job ever, and we all admire u, so don’t look all down, just because one game. Have fun, and win a few while u r doing it.

    Yur friend,

    John Jankowski

  193. metmaniac permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:51 am

    We can’t wait to see you in the Series – a reanactment of ’86!

  194. rcsully65 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:54 am

    Curt,

    I am curious to as what you go through to warm up for a game. Do you have a set routine like pro golfers such as fastballs first, then curves, or test your sequences of pitches you and Jason have planned out for the first few guy? I hope you have gotten over Opening day it will get better and Sox need you, and after all 161-1 isn’t too bad a record for the season.

  195. boondock830 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:00 pm

    Hey Schill,

    First off much thanks from another fan for giving us all this indepth look at your game, it truly is much appreciated.

    On to the game, unfortunatly I work a pm shift, so I get to listen to alot of the games on the ol’ EEI, so of course I didn’t get a true look at the game, I did watch the highlights, last night, and from reading your blog you got at least this going for you: You see when there’s a problem, and you recognize it, so kudos for that.

    Don’t let it beat you up, one game of many, and hey you got your first loss out of the way, so just go get that win Sunday.

    on another note, the offense just couldn’t really put it together, 6 LOB (I think, as I said I listened to the game, so I could be a bit off.)

    I’ve been a fan my whole life, and one thing I know is that if we all get too upset after every loss, there’s gonna be one hell of an influx of high blood pressure problems in the city, so fix whats wrong, and get back at it, I haven’t lost any faith on you, and I am sure all “True” Sox fans feel the same.

    FAITH.

    -Pat

  196. vermontster permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:00 pm

    Meh–one bad start. Just don’t let it happen again ;P

    In all seriousness, it’s early yet. It will come. Meche looked great, the KC bats were firing, and, for the most part, the Sox looked a bit rusty yesterday. It wasn’t just the pitching, the offense wasn’t there either, and that’s somehow scarier than a rough start.

    So the humiliating game is out of the way early, let’s look forward.

  197. wandaz permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:01 pm

    Sorry about the loss, but hey it’s only the 1st game of 162. I can honestly say I just had to turn off the radio, it was just to painful to listen to. I guess KC did good picking up Meshe. Anyway, have a good season.

  198. joeyicecream permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:03 pm

    Curt, from what I observed, you were getting mixed results out of your changeup yesterday. What is your assessment of that particular pitch?

  199. April 3, 2007 12:05 pm

    Curt: I hate to see our team start off this way! But it is only the first game. We all know what type of a pitcher you are, and how you will DESTROY the next time out. I would love to see a duel like you and Josh had early last year, I didn’t think any one could stop either of you. http://www.menuhub.com/irishmusic.htm

  200. April 3, 2007 12:06 pm

    Kudos for posting Curt, even after a bad game.

    Learn what you can from this one, put it behind you and move on. But you know that already.

    161 to go.

  201. scorp37 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:06 pm

    Hi Curt
    Your going to have more great games than a game like today if anything i’d
    hate to be the next team to face you!!!!! I know how much you relish being the man but even the man has an off day don’t get down red sox nation still loves you lol Looks like CHB will take his shots this wek but whats he gonna say when you dominate next start? Get em next start take care “go sox”

  202. newbritbigdah7 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:11 pm

    Curt, I don’t know if this was brought earlier in the comments, but how do you feel about the Shaunassey article in the Globe. I think he’s a baby honestly and I don’t think the article was justifiable. I think he’s the reason that Pitino named Boston the “fellowship of the miserable.” Good luck this season man. Just the first game, no sweat.

    Cheers,

    Darryl Houston
    Jamaica Plain

  203. bepo10 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:15 pm

    Curt,
    I am not so much concerned about the pitching as I am the hitting. It will happen when the pitching is off and i think that isn’t going to be the norm. But, I am more worried about the hitting. Watching that game reminded me of the last two months of last season. Who do you see as the catalyst who is going to need to get hot to get this offense going?
    Ben

  204. mjlutz permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:28 pm

    Bad days happen. It’s a bummer when they happen on opening day, but I’m sure you’ll put this behind you and have another great season.

    Just wanted to say this is a GREAT blog; I’ve always enjoyed inside baseball from the inside, and what could be more inside than on the mound with one of the eras best pitchers?

    Go SOX!

  205. marketingmgrmark07 permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:41 pm

    Curt

    My 7 1/2 year old son, who is a Yankees fan, asked me last night at bedtime if you were going to get “fired”, and if you were to get “fired”, could the Yankees use you in their bullpen.
    As humorous as it was innocent, I replied that like all other “challenges” – not problems – that life throws at us, you have a choice to either live in the problem or get through the pain and grow from it. AND as he was in his prayer routine, he asked the Lord to give you the strength to persevere and grow. How’s that for a 7 1/2 yr old Yankee fan?

    (I would have put money on his asking for Carl Pavanno to actually win a game this month!!!).

    But for this 35 year old Red Sox fan, I believe that you will get through this. That’s what you do, perservere despite all the nay-sayers. Keep up the good work you do (outside of baseball as well) and know that not all of the Nation is worried. YOU’LL GET ‘EM IN TEXAS!!!!

    Gratefully,

    Mark in Rhode Island

  206. pansearedmeatus permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:43 pm

    Bad outing CurtAce, gotta get your act together. Gonna be a long season filled with L’s across the board anyway though. Time to break it down and rebuild in the Bean.

    PS – Thats 6 straight in KC= not good times

    Regards,
    The Pan Seared Meatus

  207. chemral permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:48 pm

    Curt you will lead this team on to a great year. All Day-Of Game people are rooting for you and your family.

  208. dleesoxnut permalink
    April 3, 2007 12:53 pm

    Curt,

    First I would like to say thank you , thank you, thank you for this tremendous opportunity to be able to read candid first hand accounts of yesterdays season opener. I usually go straight for the sports section of the local papers but from here on in its 38pitches.com first!!

    It’s quite obvious the you were very dissapointed in your pitch command and the outcome of the game but as I told my 9 year old son It’s only 1 game in a very long season.

    This season will be one to remember, with argubly the best pitching staff in baseball and with you as the leader, Red Sox fans should forget about this game and look foward to the future.

    Good Luck in your next start!!

    Daren

  209. moonbatmass permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:03 pm

    I think we should all contact the Globe to complain about Disco Dan Shaughnessy (far out perm, Dan-O!).

    I wonder if they combed through his body of work — think they’d find some Patricia Smith or Mike Barnicle or Jayson Blair or Ron Borges-type lapses in judgement? The boring broadsheet does seem to have more than its fair share of fiction writers and plagiarists on its payroll…

    This guy is a hack, and his writing is a sham, it’s a mockery, it’s a sham-mockery!

  210. tc25 permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:03 pm

    161 to go no problem big guy .That kc team was red hot comming in to the reg season .I am looking foward to your next start sunday aganist texas .I am really excited about this year team .I feel we have the right mix of young and Veterans players .I hope you and the sox can work out a extension for next year and maybe beyound .I know family is number 1 and heath comming in a close second .Because the nation knows when your healthy what you can due .

    good luck TC25

  211. sparhawksounds permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:16 pm

    Hey there Curt –

    No worries my friend, I know the season doesn’t always go the way we want. But your fire and perserverance will win out.

    I would love to talk to you sometime about maybe trying to help out with some regional events in New England for ALS. My wife suffers from Lupus and has shown me alot about my will to help out with others not so fotunate with their own health. I also am fearful of my own possible diagnosis of skin cancer which I am awaiting to hear about. Life is too short and I would like to do whatever I can to help people get educated, take precaution and of course raise money to aid with research, treatment and family assistance.

    We attend 20-25 games a year and I also own a small marketing and promotions company. I started as a DJ and actually was the DJ for Mike (one of your trainers) and his wifes wedding. I would love to do something with the Red Sox as I have been a lifelong fan, and whatever I could do I would love to. As I definately believe in the causes that you, other players and the Red Sox foundation believe in.

    You’ll turn things around, it was one start, and it’s a long season. And BTW…I don’t care for Shaunessy myself…haha. Take care and keep the faith…

    Brian & Sarah Sparhawk

  212. billymac247 permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:26 pm

    Curt,

    Every Major leauger has a game like that when they pitch as long as you do. But hate to say it your mental prep is light years ahead of your physical prep. You need to start working more on that so you can go longer and keep the fight going. Plain and simple. Your not getting any younger so all that means is you have to work harder to keep up with the boys. As they said on WEEI “less Bloging and more Jogging !! ” Shape up if you want the extra year!!

  213. alpinemillers permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:31 pm

    Curt,

    That’s why you are a champion! It takes alot of guts to thoroughly examine a tough performance. Appreciate the comments and your willingness to share them with us. Hang in there and God Bless!

    Andy
    Braintree, MA

  214. eagleeyedw permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:37 pm

    Just wanted to respond to bleacherseats’ comment above.

    “Wow, I thought watching you pitch today was difficult, but reading some of these posts was even harder! Isn’t idol-worship discouraged?? Throw stones at Shaughnessy if you please, but maybe he was on to something about the majority of your posters being pathetic kiss-ups. How is it possible that in 70-plus posts no one has raised the possibility that you’ve got a little “inherent toolness” of your own that needs tending to??”

    Probably because it has nothing to do with what we were saying. Everyone might have some inherent toolness of their own, and as Curt has been the first to say in the past, he’s not perfect. He, however, is not writing blog entries that make fun on Shaughnessy for no good reason OTHER THAN to try to prove he is the biggest tool around. In fact, last time I checked, Curt wasn’t making posts about Shaughnessy at ALL, except in response to the miserable excuse for an article Shaughnessy tried to pass off as sports journalism last week.

    Thus, while Curt (and all of us) may have some “inherent toolness” to take care of, that’s not what we’re talking about right now. Curt (and the fans who read this blog) did nothing to deserve Shaughnessy’s attack other than to mind their own business and enjoy 38 Pitches. I don’t think it’s Curt’s “toolness” that we ought to be worried about.

    “I’m not hating, b/c I know we all do… but does your ego really need all this pablum? Rejoice in the truth, brother: You sucked today! Hope you just chill out and pitch on Sunday, and leave the rest to the real “boss man.””

    He didn’t allow comments for the “pablum”, even though it certainly happens (and I’m as guilty of it as anyone else), he allowed them to we could interact with him and ask questions. If we choose to be complimentary, then fine. We’re not required to be, though. What’s the problem with fans expressing their appreciation for one of their favorite players? Sure, his outing sucked yesterday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t encourage him for next time and express our confidence in him. I wouldn’t write it if I didn’t mean it.

    Oh, and hey, Curt, I don’t know if this question was asked before or not, but how do you bounce back from a game like yesterday’s? You know the problem was your command; how do you make sure you find it again in time for your next start?

  215. kcbighuge permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:38 pm

    Don’t worry, Curt. Meche and the Royals are gonna be doing this to a lot of teams this year. See you guys in the AL champ series.

  216. gjhopwood permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:41 pm

    I am inspired by your approach to life. You live life to the fullest, with a courageous and conquering spirit. The fact that you speak openly on a blog after a “tough day at the office.” Who else would do that to an audience of millions. I also love your competitive fire. The same spirit that fights against rookies is what fuels you in so many valuable endeavors….ALS, SHADE, SMA, and on and on.

    I have one question that I have pondered for some time…do rookies have an advantage? At times it seems that rookies (both hitters and pitchers) can just swing away and throw the gas. Does a lack of tape give them an advantage because nobody knows their tendancies, and thus, their weaknesses?

    Keep on!

    Greg
    Phil 4:13

  217. hornet permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:48 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Displaced Sox fan following you from Minnesota. Its the first game of the year and you probably haven’t pitched that long in all of Spring Training, so you’re probably still tuning up. Also remember its a marathon, not a sprint; so one bad start over the course of a long season wont kill your chances at a CY young

  218. April 3, 2007 1:49 pm

    Like any true Sox fan would, I partially blame myself for last night’s game because I didn’t get to watch it. Unfortunately a little surgery “cut into” my TV time. No need to be alarmed, I’ll bounce back just as you will on Sunday. But thanks to the Jimmy Fund I have something to look forward to when I recover. Four kids from the Spring Training trip and I were offered seats at the Welcome Home Gala Dinner. One of them asked me if you were going to be my date. I told him I wasn’t sure if you’d be there but either way you were already taken. If you have any single Sox in mind, I’m up for suggestions. In all seriousness, it will be a great night. A huge thanks to the Red Sox organization for making it possible for us.

  219. dyehahdredsoxfan permalink
    April 3, 2007 1:49 pm

    First, it’s nice to have you guys back it was a long long winter. Not the way you would like to start but it is just the first game and unlike most Bostonians I’m not going to get too worried about Mr. Schilling’s first start. I am also not too worried about the line-up scoring runs, they will get their share. In my opinion this team is built just right for a long season with good depth,great veteran presence and an above average starting rotation. Now I understand losing to the Kansas City Royals is not very assuring it IS just the first game of the season and Josh & Dice will have very good outings taking 2 out of 3 which is the goal in any series.Now I hear everybody worried about the bullpen I on the other hand am not I think when Timlin comes back and Lester gets healthy this team will be right in the thick of the race,which for me,is all I ask. Don’t be too down on yourself Schill,which I’m sure your not You’ll come back Sunday with the type of start we are acustomed too, God Bless and Peace to all, Jerry

  220. April 3, 2007 2:00 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for all of your detailed infomation. As a fan I appreciate it.

  221. yanxchoke2000 permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:08 pm

    good, all of you fools giving schill a hard time are doing one, or both, of the following:
    A)Wasting your time, because Curt doesn’t give a damn what you think; or
    B)Getting him all fired up so that next time he goes out (hopefully against your team) he pitches like a man posessed.

    Oh yeah Yankee Mike, that sock is fake, just like the 04 ALCS never happened.

  222. rbatrooper permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:11 pm

    Curt – AS everyone knows well, goat today, hero tomorrow! I understand that it is cliche to say that a measure of any man is how he handles adversity and his ability to pick himself up after things go poorly. Every year a new proving ground is staged. We know what you are made of, the question is if history can repeat itself in your case. KC showed you guys in the past that they are not a “lacky” team. There is more parity amoung teams than there has been in the past. I do not forsee many easy series for any teams this year as you battle for the crown. Focus, discipline, execution and team chemistry will ultimately decide who wins in October. Focus and get it right, you have time on your side now, but you won’t later. THere is no doubt you have God’s great gift, but now it is up to you to use efficiently and productively. It can be done! Let the rest of the team know that no one is going to just roll over for the RedSox! You can’t win by just showing up. Know the role, Focus and EXECUTE! Best of luck on Sunday!

  223. nomahisgad permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:11 pm

    Curt! Shake it off, one bad staht is nothing. Just look at 2004, 3 losses, you still pulled it out. Besides, I’m sure that when you play the Yankees, you’ll sprinkle that magical ketchup on your sock. Then you’ll really be a Red Sock — get it! OK back to my mom’s basement; eagerly awaiting your next blog! Go Sax!

  224. scard9898 permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:12 pm

    Curt, you are still the man in Beantown!! Don’t get too down on yourself after just 1 outing, and don’t pay attention to the mindless media in Boston. The fans know what you are made of. As your companies get up and running and you are in need of a good financial guy….let me know…would love to work for you!!

    Steve

  225. April 3, 2007 2:13 pm

    You win some, you lose some. 161 more to go. Good luck in your next start.

  226. April 3, 2007 2:18 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    you do a great job anallytically reliving your performance yesterday.
    iregardless of media-amplified stress or fans with their dim-wited optimism..
    why not just ackowledge your prior mistakes not by text or blog, but by your next outting.
    I think.. if you record a loss, you should fast 38 pitches as a self-discipline, and show your true commitment: to scrape up a World Series victory before you pack your bags and complain about the tolls westbound through to 84.
    Don’t get me wrong, you’ve got what it takes to lead our team this season,
    but I can’t help but feel you’re more into this blog than you are the rubber.

    Or is that, too, media amplified?

    Geoff From Medway

  227. fumorris permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:25 pm

    Curtis, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your start yesterday. And how great it was to see you on the mound again, it’s been a LONG winter and I was really looking forward to another great year from the sawx and a third place finish. Keep mouthing off and taking away from your game prep it seems to be helping.

  228. millertime333 permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:26 pm

    Some people here are trying to encourage you to not worry about the start. That it’s only one game. That the season is a marathon. Well I say, screw that. You should be pissed. Any competitor would be upset by the way you pitched against the royals. As for the game in whole, it was not a entertaining game at all(except for Gil Meche). Sloppy baserunning, guys leaving the bat on their shoulder, and of course poor pitch executions. It just seemed the royals played harder and were more enthusastic. Anyways, I’m not expecting these types of games too often this season, as I hope neither are you or your teamates.

  229. mandoman permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:27 pm

    Everybody has a bad day once in a while. 160 good days to go!!!

  230. mandoman permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:28 pm

    …someone else will have one bad.

  231. csp38rox permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:31 pm

    I just found out that you had a blog, and I really appreciate you writing on it. I bet it was pretty hard to talk about yesterday’s outing. Don’t sweat the loss, there’s a long season ahead and I look forward to watching your next outing.

    GO SOX!!!

  232. soxfan58 permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:32 pm

    Hey Curt, we all hear about how when Varitek goes out to the mound he calms you guys down or gives you input on your pitching in some way…what exactly does he say to get you focused on the game or how you’re throwing
    peace, best of luck next time around
    Kyle

  233. wigandirtdog permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:45 pm

    hey bigman. Ruff game yesterday, but dont beat yourself up about it. the nation & you know that your’e better than that so dont worry! Its refreshing to hear a guy take responsibility like you have but our offence didnt step up like they can.
    Take it easy & i look forward to seein you dominate in your next start!

  234. jebushchrist permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:53 pm

    Curt,
    Don’t take this the wrong way, but you really need to put a button in it man. We are so thankful for you winning the Series but enough with all of the talking. Why don’t you worry about just getting the ball in the strike zone (preferably down and in) and we’ll do the heavy lifting.
    Thanks man. Seriously.
    Jebus

  235. jamoke permalink
    April 3, 2007 2:57 pm

    Curt,

    You stunk. The Sox bats stunk.

    Get em next time.

  236. cdntrot permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:00 pm

    I can’t imagine a worse game to start out the year. I think the whole team thought this game was a guaranteed victory.

    Curt, if you go 0-2 after Saturday, then I will be concerned.

  237. vinbrown permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:13 pm

    I was hoping for better as I’m sure you were as well. Oh well, back on the horse. A word about the blog format: is there any way to display the posts with the newest ones at the top? Having to scroll down is a bit of a pain. No heavy lifting involved, but still :)

    Best wishes.

  238. jtredsox5 permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:15 pm

    Curt,
    I hope you answer this question because it has been one that I have wondered about for a long time. When you say that your fastball command was bad, I don’t think that it is all that illuminating–we could all see that was your struggle. What I want to know is why was your fastball command bad? Was it a mental/focus issue? Were you struggling with your release point? Stride length? Something else?

    Thanks–get ‘em next time!

    -Joel T.

  239. April 3, 2007 3:20 pm

    Curt — I was watching the game from section 121 behind the dugout (my lone Sox jersey in a sea of blue), and I felt for you on every horrific pitch. I mean, yikes, dude. Not sure what I would have done if you hadn’t gotten Gordon to chase that splitter with the bases loaded — there’s no way I could have shrunk down small enough to hide under my seat when that crowd would have exploded.

    Major props for posting here after a day like that. Now fix it so we can get back to our CHB-infuriating sycophantic ways.

    Texas. Sunday night. Game on.

    (P.S. What on earth is there to do on a day off in Kansas City?)

  240. April 3, 2007 3:25 pm

    It amazes me the number of people complaining about you blogging instead of studying hitters and watching video. I guess if your a major league pitcher your not allowed to have an actual life and do anything outside the ball park.

    Keep up the good work, and don’t worry about yesterdays loss. Keep on blogging.

  241. thatwascute permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:34 pm

    wait, curt, did you pray hard enough?! PRAY HARDER. srsly i think that is the key. i don’t think i saw you pray. you need to stand there, hold that cross for like AT LEAST a minute, the full 60 seconds, and just pray to the lord.

    or like, i dunno, maybe listen to ‘eye of the tiger’ over and over again before you go out there. EYE OF THE TIGER, MAN. EYE OF THE TIGER!!!

    or how bout ‘have yr own secret’ like wear some bloody underwear. OH MAN MY CROTCH IS BLEEDING, BUT I CAN STILL PUNCH GUYS OUT!!!

    love ya curt. serious. rock harder(s) next time tho. plzzz xoxox

    ps. hi shonda!!!

  242. mikeya2k1 permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:37 pm

    keep the faith…

  243. gamermp101 permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:48 pm

    Yup, as a Red Sox fan who lives in New York I have to deal with the Yankees fans on a daily basis. For instance a good freind of mine, who is a Yankees fan, simply smiled and said “He (Curt) sucks.” to which I replied, “Yeah, so the Yankees beat the Devil Rays in April and of course it’s glorified.” Whoop-dee-do.

    Curt you did the best ya could, but cheer up, it’s one game in April and besides i’m sure that when September and October come around you’ll be mowing down every batter you face!

    Mike

  244. acefox1 permalink
    April 3, 2007 4:06 pm

    The definition of an Ace as has been mentioned previously: A pitcher that shocks you when he doesn’t win.

    I think that definition and the reactions from both fans and detractors here proves that statement and Curt is still the big-time Ace of this staff.

    And wow, thanks for the heads-up that Curt doesn’t need fans coming in here to offer their “sappy” encouragement (or criticism for that matter.) I think I’ll file that away under F for freaking obvious. LOL If people want to come here and send a good word to #38 then what on Earth is the harm in that? I don’t think anybody here seriously believes Curt’s going to be high-fiving himself or beating himself up much over anything he reads here. But if we can pass along some positive words and soething that gives him a smile or a laugh then so much the better.

    But thank you for showing me the error of my ways. I can now see the folly of coming to the Curt Schilling blog where Curt Schilling fans are encouraged to post their questions and opinions for Curt Schilling. How silly of Curet Schilling fans to come here and leave a message for him in the hopes that perhaps he would read it and know that we still believe in him. I sincerely apologize for my stupidity and for wasting everyone’s time with my comments. This OBVIOUSLY just makes me a worthless fanboy, quite unlike anybody else posting here. I don’t know what I was thinking. What hubris!? What utter contempt I must have for my fellow man!
    /Irony-Sarcasm-Smart@$$-ness/

    And I’m sure that Curt Schilling was so encouraged by all the baseball experts who came here to offer their analysis on what went wrong after the fact. A pity indeed that Curt didn’t have the benefit of any highly skilled insight like that in the dug-out during the game.
    //Laying it on thicker//

    And thank goodness indeed that these experts come here to put their butts on the line and that nobody resorts to taking pot-shots. Someone call John Henry and Tom Werner on the phone and tell them to send Lucchino and Theo packing. The brain-trust is just waiting to be tapped over here at Curt’s blog since they know how to correct command issues from one start to the next. Curt’s critics will surely save this team from going over the falls before Game 2 of the season is played. We’re off to a 161-1 record now for certain! :-P
    ///Flat-out-thick-as-you-can-get-sarcasm///

    The only thing I haven’t seen here yet are typical EEI caller pie-in-the-sky quick-fixes like trading Hansen, Lester, Pedroia and Papelbon to get Cano, Santana, Sheets and Halladay. LOL

    Anyway, it’s been a rough day waiting for tomorrow’s game to get here quicker, but I’m still thrilled and excited that the season is under-way.

    I am excited to hear about Josh’s progress this spring and can’t wait to see him mix it up tomorrow.

    Keep pushing Curt and thanks again for sharing the recap. You’ve got a good head on your shoulders and we appreciate it!

    Deane

    “A positive something is better than a negative anything”

  245. bayarearedsoxfan permalink
    April 3, 2007 4:06 pm

    Curt – no biggy, there are 161 games left in the season. Everyone has an off day now and then. Shake it off and win the Cy Young. Red Sox fan in the Bay Area.

  246. fredlynnismyhomeboy permalink
    April 3, 2007 4:22 pm

    Hey man. Thanks for posting even though you stunk up the joint.

    We all have bad days at the office. Just figure it out and mow down the Rangers on Sunday. Say hi to Medfield (my hometown) when you return next week.

    Rick Hankey
    Maplewood, NJ

  247. modog151 permalink
    April 3, 2007 4:26 pm

    I’m pretty sure you get off to a slow start every year. You’re a vet, you’ll turn it around. It’s a long season, get those mistakes out of they way now.

  248. acefox1 permalink
    April 3, 2007 4:27 pm

    And the following lyrics aren’t for Curt as much as everyone else that’s ready to jump into the Charles River and float themselves out to Nova Scotia after O N E F R E A K I N G G A M E:

    The Roses of Success (From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang of all places)

    Every bursted bubble has a glory!
    Each abysmal failure makes a point!
    Every glowing path that goes astray,
    Shows you how to find a better way.
    So every time you stumble never grumble.
    Next time you’ll bumble even less!

    For up from the ashes, up from the ashes, grow the roses of success!
    Grow the roses!
    Grow the roses!
    Grow the roses of success!
    Oh yes!
    Grow the roses!
    Those rosy roses!
    From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success!

    For every big mistake you make be grateful!
    Here, here!
    That mistake you’ll never make again!
    No sir!
    Every shiny dream that fades and dies,
    Generates the steam for two more tries!
    (Oh) There’s magic in the wake of a fiasco!
    Correct!
    It gives you that chance to second guess!
    Oh yes!

    Then up from the ashes, up from the ashes grow the roses of success!
    Grow the roses!
    Grow the roses!
    Grow the roses of success!
    Grow the roses!
    Those rosy roses!
    From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success!

    Disaster didn’t stymie Louis Pasteur!
    No sir!
    Edison took years to see the light!
    Right!
    Alexander Graham knew failure well; he took a lot of knocks to ring that
    bell!
    So when it gets distressing it’s a blessing!
    Onward and upward you must press!
    Yes, Yes!

    Till up from the ashes, up from the ashes grow the roses of success.
    Grow the roses!
    Grow the roses!
    Grow the roses of success!
    Grow the roses!
    Those rosy roses!
    From the ashes of disaster, grow the roses of success!

    Start the engines!
    Success!
    Batten the hatches!
    Success!
    Man the shrouds!
    Lift the anchor!
    Success!!!

    Now time to drop all the pessimism and know-it-all-ness before everyone starts looking like a bunch of Cliff Clavins.

    Any chance we’ll get a review of Josh Beckett’s command after the game tomorrow Curt? Would love to hear your insight from the dug-out!

    Deane

  249. ajm1555 permalink
    April 3, 2007 4:49 pm

    Not your best outing, but you do much more for the city then throw strikes. So I appreciate it.

    The tough thing from a fans (or my perspective) is you became the focal point for the loss, and I have heard very limited mention of the lack of production. Lugo struck out 3 times as a lead off hitter (not good) and Jason/Lowell were useless with runners on. Everyone needs get over the fact that you didn’t pitch well so they can look at what the other 9 guys failed to produce.

    My prediction: You get tired of blogging by the end of may and wish you never started this… but at least it keeps your portion of the story away from Shaughnessy’s pen!

  250. slaxmac permalink
    April 3, 2007 4:55 pm

    Loved the decision to go with the 3-2 split with the bases loaded, even though he didn’t bite. Good command with that mindset and it’s a totally different outcome.

  251. April 3, 2007 4:57 pm

    And for the record…

    Last time you walked in a run: Aug 7, 2005 against the Twins, but Manny Delcarmen loaded ‘em up for you. Coming on in relief, you walked Matt LeCroy. Still, you got the save for Wake.

    Last time you walked in a non-inherited runner: July 23, 2000, against Pittsburgh. 6th inning. You walked in Brian Giles, and Todd Ritchie scored. You got the 4-1 win (a complete game 110-pitch shutout — nice!).

    Courtesy of a 15-minute wander through thebaseballcube.com.

    Now get back to work — no more bloggerdom! The sky is falling, remember?! :)

  252. April 3, 2007 4:59 pm

    Is this a bench clearing brawl. Where did all these people come from?
    Still a ton of games to play.

  253. bosoxfan1979 permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:00 pm

    Curt i believe in you and the rest of the team… i played ball till i was 18 and quit, and i hate that i did that now. You and the Sox are my way to stay close to Baseball, I now hoave my 2 oldest of my 4 kids watching all the Sox games with me. My Point is 1 bad outing should mean nothing just get back on the practice field and do better in 5 days..

    Good luck to you and the rest of the Team…..
    Bill Pappas

  254. rocket531 permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:06 pm

    Curt,

    I know exactly what you’re talking about with 1st pitch hits. I’ve been coaching Little League for over 15 years and this problem can be solved. What I think you should do is hit the 1st 3 batters in your next game. This way the rest of them will be so scared you will not have to worry about 1st pitch hits. This tends to take the aggresivness out of them.

    It’s always worked for my teams. Hope this helps and good luck in your next start.

  255. chillyme permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:14 pm

    Hey volleyholly, hope you’re feeling better soon. Please keep posting. Your imput keeps things in perspective.

    Good luck with your “date”. :)

  256. stopbob permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:20 pm

    Don’t sweat it Curt. Bounce Back, you got the whole season ahead of you.

    -Bobby

  257. robert62 permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:27 pm

    Curt – cutting out the middleman is a beautiful thing. Ever hear from Brady Anderson? You remind me of a New Englander in terms of your resourcefulness, guile, and no nonesense type of ‘screw you’ humor – Butch Sterns is still wiping himself. Your speaking voice is not ‘chowdah’ but your attitude is – please take that as a compliment. Hopefully this is 1 start in 35 or so for you, and one you’ll file. Here’s to hoping you stick around here for a bit – we need a breath of fresh air here – I’d pay to hear you and Bill Lee uncensored, just to hear the topics that would come up.

  258. schmonsequences permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:33 pm

    Hey old man, no biggie, maybe you just don’t have it anymore. There’re a finite amount of pitches in each arm, right?

  259. jonance permalink
    April 3, 2007 5:33 pm

    We’re you possibly thinking about how embarrassed you are for endorsing W in the last election on Good Morning America? Alot of kids, teens, and adults look up to you, so you should probably apologize for telling them to vote for the worst president in our history…you basically endorsed torture and murder, not quite christian values. I would feel so bad the Royals could light me up as well. Do like the blog idea….just stay real.

  260. beantown permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:13 pm

    Its only one game, although its good to win the first one, there is still a whole season ahead. Lets look forward to next game and prepare to celebrate a win.

    Maine Sox Fan

  261. dixieredsox permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:17 pm

    How do we know who won the MLB.TV SWEEPSTAKES?

  262. kris7738 permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:45 pm

    Hey Curt,

    No worries about yesterday! All great pitchers have crappy starts every now and then. The difference is that you won’t let it get to you and you’ll come out with guns blazing on Sunday! There’s plenty of baseball left!

    Rock On!

  263. derc82 permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:48 pm

    Hey Curt,
    At least its only the first game of the year 1st time facing real players, well pretty close to real players. Even though you pitched horrible your not gonna win many games with only 1 run on the board. Do you think there is still a chance of Todd Helton coming here?

  264. kirk43 permalink
    April 3, 2007 6:51 pm

    what a great site listen to u on weei can,t believe amillionare like u invests the time and careing to redsox nation iknowit sounds corny but u are a bad#@ thank u for 2004 good luck whith all your charities

  265. April 3, 2007 7:06 pm

    //You got the 4-1 win (a complete game 110-pitch shutout — nice!).//

    OK, I’m a moron. Obviously wasn’t a shutout if you walked in a run.

    Is it Wednesday yet?

  266. dadhadals permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:14 pm

    I have a question that no one else has asked you…..and it’s been driving me crazy forever….

    How do you manage to sit through a Q&A with Dennis and Callahan?

    I swear Dennis talks just to hear himself talk. A single question from him can last upwards of 5 minutes…does he think he’s bringing something to the table by phrasing his questions so that they last at least a minute long?

    LOL…aside from that…kep on keeping on.

    PEACE AND GOD BLESS!!

  267. jc27 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:25 pm

    Hey Curt, no worries. It was only game one of a very long season. You are a great pitcher who had one bad start. Your past tells us that you will come back next start and make up for it. i had a bad little league tryout this weekend. My mom said all I can do is try my best and learn from it. We’ll both get them next time! Good luck! – JC 11yrs old

  268. falcon64 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:32 pm

    We REALLY didn’t need the lyrics to a song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, that was just plain STUPID.

    Also, can we stop with the excessive ass-kissing and repitition. Wouldn’t you get sick of it if you were Curt?

    I think the FAQ idea suggested by a previous poster is a great idea to weed out a lot of the fluff in this blog….

    …One Shaughnessy rip before I go that I don’t believe has been mentioned yet;

    In Friday’s Globe DS picked Toronto to win the AL East and the Sox to win the wild card and mockingly notes, “Schill’s blog wins Pulitzer” next to Boston, his #2 pick. The fact that he continues to fan the flames of his fued thru his cutesy, snide remarks in the paper is sophomoric at best. He used to do a pretty good job but now he’s lazy, boring to lread/isten to, pouty and an immature total DB. I’m done for now, now I can die in peace.

  269. mishbob88 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:39 pm

    Only in Boston…

    It was one game in a very long season people! Chillax my friends! Tomorrow is another day!

  270. bill117 permalink
    April 3, 2007 7:56 pm

    Hey Curt, dont yoo no you cant rite about sports unles yoo have a degry in jim. If all you sport pepel start riting your oun stuf, the newspaper pepel will have to find reel work.

  271. klk38 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:10 pm

    Hey Curt!
    You’ll have the ball again in just 4 short days, so I know you’ll be consentrating on the next opponent. I just look at your Opening Day outing as getting a not-so-great game out of the way to bring on the awesome ones that we know you still have.
    Sorry I missed you at CBP, but I hope to see you in Baltimore in Aug.!
    “Your girl”

  272. buckyday permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:21 pm

    Curt,what bugs me is the local talking radio heads think they know more about sports then the people who get paid allot of money to do just that.
    When your team signs a player they come out and tell all of Boston if the fans will like that player or not.
    Does this bug you also?

  273. jmannin6 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:22 pm

    Although the game wasn’t good, it was still a beautiful day for playing hooky from work and going to a ball game- even if I had to put up with the cardinals’ fans dressed in royals’ shirts.

    Here’s a question for you- In a game like yesterday, where your offense doesn’t score much and you get shellacked, do you feel better than if you had lost 7-6? Obviously during the game you are hoping for runs and to get back into it, but if it ends like it did yesterday does it not hurt as much?

  274. jarchbosox18 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:25 pm

    dont worry bout it schill,
    everybody has off games even if it was to the royals.
    i didnt like the way the ump was squeezin u tho. just come back in texas and have a strong game and hopefully pick up a W.

  275. luckysloop permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:34 pm

    hey curt,

    nothing you can do but learn from the opener and win next time out. Is it fair to say that you were a little tight out there yesterday? I maybe way off, but you didn’t seem to ever get loose. I used to have an extremely hard time loosening-up for just about any physical activity. However, I found a diet that works wonders. Rule #1, stay away from rice, it bloats you. More on this later…doorbell ringing ;-)

    Anyway, can’t wait to see you in action vs texas over the weekend. Good luck!!!

  276. wolfeyz2 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:50 pm

    I’m sure you will be looking at tapes and saying, “I am opening up to soon”, or ” stay on top of the ball”, etc. I am not a professional baseball pitcher so a guess or two is all I have. I would say this. Look at the film, see it for what it is and go out and give’em hell next outing. It’s going to be a great season. Hopefully one to remember. You are the catalyst. I can’t wait to see you shut them down next outing. It’s all good……

  277. nervousbug permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:56 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I am a huge fan of your work on and off the field. Im also a huge fan of harness racing as me and my family own harness horses. I follow Thunder Storm N as much as I follow the sox. I was lucky enough to get my picture taken in the winners circle at saratoga 2yrs ago when your horse (thunderstorm n) won in the open 1. My horse was also racing that night as we shipped out all the way from maine. Your horse is a very classy horse and johnny has done very well with him. I was wondering if you had an interest in getting more harness horses in the future? Anyway I have the winners circle picture hanging in my office at work and i am just as proud of your horses win as i am with all of our winner circle pictures that are hanging around it. I know you wont get down on your 1st start. You will bounce back like always. You have tremendous heart. I will take what you did for us in 2004 to my grave as you answered alot of our prayers. Good luck in your next start and go Thunderstorm N.
    Doug Rohr
    nervousbug@yahoo.com

  278. April 3, 2007 9:06 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the inside perspective on your outing. A rough one for sure. Hang in there.

    Matt

  279. alycat4434 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:20 pm

    Mr Schiiling,

    I am probably the only person from Sox nation that missed the game. I was having anle ligament tightening. My first words out of anesthesia was whats the score. My question to you is when you were dealing with your ankle, whay were some of the motivational techniqyes you used that kept you in good spirits while being cooped up in bed? I just found out I may not be able to go to the May 1 game because I have standing room tickets in the pvillion and was told in order to have a wheelchair I would have to trade in my $30 christmas gift and spend an extra $60 just to use a wheelchair after suffering a freak accident, this is according to the ticket people i called at fenway. Thank you for your advice Mr. Schilling, and good luck for the rest of the season.
    -Alison Foley

  280. soxfaninatl permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:24 pm

    Don’t worry about it Curt. It’s one start at the begginging of the season, better to lose in April than in September. You’ll get them next time.

  281. daubachdui permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:28 pm

    CHB is clearly relishing your shortcomings at this point, 38.

    after reading his piece in today’s globe, it seems obvious that he’ll take advantage of your poor outings in order to hurt your credibility and draw negative attention to your blogging. (“38pitches? That’s almost how many Schill needed to get out of the first inning…” etc.)

    here’s my question: when you mention CHB in your blog don’t you contribite to the worst aspect of his reporting, namely, the way he makes himself part of the story?

    i suggest you never mention him on your blog again. the less i hear about CHB the person, the more I enjoy everything about boston sports.

    thanks 38
    ng

    p.s. I agree with you about Jayson Stark. He humbly worships at the altar of the game while other writers bore us with their tired, biased gospel. Thanks for giving him the props he deserves.

  282. briguydj32 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:48 pm

    Hello Curt.

    Big fan of yours (as if you haven’t heard that enough times).

    I heard a rumor the morning before the KC start… I friend of mine up north said they heard on the radio that you had been struck with a car mirror as a car drove by…. She said it stated which hospital you were taken to and everything. I am almost positive it didn’t happen because you made the start! Have you heard this rumor???

    -Brian
    Richmond VA

  283. yankeesonshine permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:51 pm

    Well, at least you didn’t cry like a girl.

  284. fredsox permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:57 pm

    C.S.
    Old Buddist saying: Fall 7 times get up 8.

    Pity, now the Sox will go 161-1 and you will be the only losing pitcher on the club.

    Lighten up kids, It’s gonna be a looooooooong season

    Stay healthy.

  285. thebostonjoe permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:00 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I own the domain name http://www.shaughnessysucks.com. It’s yours for 4 monster seats against the yanks.

    Thebostonjoe

  286. hawkharrelson68 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:05 pm

    You threw some nasty changes in your last tune up in FLA. Trust your stuff!

  287. blonde357 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:19 pm

    okay, maybe i’m wrong about this, and if i am, please correct me, but i seem to remember that in ’04 pedro walked in a run in either the home opener or the sox season opener. i remember thinking, dear god, what NOW? if petey’s walking in runs, we’re DONE… and i think we all know how THAT turned out.

    it was very frustrating to listen to, but i will say that you’re not the only starter that didn’t look too good. pavano looked like crap. lackey looked like crap. contreras looked like crap. must’ve been in the air.

    i’ll still wear a 38 on MY back.

  288. mannyman333 permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:33 pm

    Don’t sweat it Curt, it is one start. The real Red Sox fans are still behind you no matter what.
    o and let me tell you…NOBODY, and i mean NOBODY likes Dan Shaughnessy! The guy is an awful writer and everyone i know absolutely hates him with a passion. If you are reading this Dan Shaughnessy, please stop writing about boston sports…nobody wants to waste their time reading your articles.

    We love ya Curt! Go get them next time out!

  289. eltorodelamuerte permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:56 pm

    Hey 38: When you are between starts, is there a difference between how you prepare for your next start after a crappy outing and how you prepare for your next start after a good outing? Or do you find that it’s best to just forget all about it and move on?
    Generally, what is your ritual between starts (besides the blogging, that is)?

    Chris Nelson
    Batavia, Ill.

  290. gapeseed permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:08 pm

    “His stuff is so good that when offenses have to press against him, or their down and need to make something happen, he can eat you up.”

    Try “they’re” instead of “their” there, lest you provide snark ammo to CHB.

    Sincerely,

    An angry anal Yankees fan (but one who wishes you pitched for us)

  291. billyerin permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:16 pm

    curt,

    dont sweat the loss, its such a long season and last time i heard you cant win championships in earl april….well just the wanna bes on WEEI and certian GLOBE wanna be sports writers think this…not too sure if you will read this, seeing im 288th on the deapth charts…but your the best.

    BTW….erin named our cat after you, you turned her into a HUGE SOX and Schilling fan

    Billy

  292. April 3, 2007 11:44 pm

    Thanks for posting this so soon after such a frustrating start.

    Bad things happen. Sucks that it happened Opening Day. What else can you say. We can’t wait to see you bounce back over the course of the season. Hang in there.

  293. argentina10 permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:49 pm

    Thanks Curt for leaving us aside when it comes to the MLB.TV contest! You know, how can we master the use of an ID and Password here in Argentina?

    Dont mess with my karma.

  294. grkermit permalink
    April 3, 2007 11:53 pm

    Curt, I’ve got faith in you and the rest of the Red Sox team. It’s WAY to early in the season to start thinking that the wheels are coming off the bus.

    My boys and I will be watching your next start from our home in Phoenix. We can’t wait for June 8th, 9th and 10th! You had better start making plans for a start for one of those games.

    Hang in there 38!

  295. play4jesus permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:06 am

    Curt,

    I love the fact that you set this blog up for yourself. You are a straight shooter and you tell it like it is. Whether you were on or not, you know what you need to do to improve. You are a great Christian roll model and I look forward to your next outing. I couldn’t tell by watching you pitch last night, but were you wearing a red wired cross? I gave a couple to Mike Timlin last season when you guys were out playing the Angels. I hope it was the same one I gave you guys. Anyhow, good luck this season Curt, God Bless and hang in there.

    Red Sox nation west
    SoCal
    James

  296. montana4life permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:14 am

    i guess the royals won’t be losing 162 games, just 161 games.

  297. acefox1 permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:27 am

    Wow try and inject a little humor into such an animated discussion and people go crazy. Lighten up and don’t sweat things you can’t control folks. What happened to Keeping the Faith and all that jazz?

    Don’t make me bust out The Producers on you:

    MAX:
    Oh ye of little faith.
    What did Lewis say to Clark when everything looked bleak?
    What did Sir Edmund say to Tenzing as they struggled toward Everest’s peak?
    What did Washington say to his troops as they crossed the Delaware?
    I’m sure you’re well aware…
    LEO:
    What’d they say?
    MAX:
    We can do it, we can do it
    We can do it, me and you
    We can do it, we can do it
    We can make our dreams come true
    Everything you’ve ever wanted
    Is just waiting to be had…

    MAX:
    Why, you miserable, cowardly, wretched little caterpillar!
    Don’t you ever want to become a butterfly?
    Don’t you want to spread your wings and flap your way to glory?
    MAX:
    We can do it
    We can do it
    We can grab that holy grail!
    We can do it
    We can do it
    Drink champagne, not ginger ale

    So again, let’s lighten up folks. We’re going to be fine. The next 48 hours should be exciting enough to make Tuesday seem like last year.

    And if you want to take shots at my posts, go for it, I’ve purposely made myself an easy target so if you score points on me let me add a pre-emptive “Bravo!” :)

    I would like to second the question on how the game-calling went on Tuesday. Unless it would be giving aid and comfort to the enemy I know I’d love to hear how the game-calling worked Tuesday compared with the game-calling with tek in your last ST start. Thanks in advance!

    Go Red Sox!

    Deane

  298. esmc permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:30 am

    Curt,

    I noticed you barely mentioned your new changeup. Maybe the effectiveness of that pitch is predicated on locating your fastball first, but I’m wondering: If every other pitch is a battle, why not give it a try? Was it something you thought about but decided ‘no’, or something that wasn’t even an option given the other struggles?

  299. sox53 permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:41 am

    actions speak louder than words. anyone can talk the talk, its time to walk the walk.

  300. carnylansfordfan permalink
    April 4, 2007 1:07 am

    Curt it’s only one game! Could be worse..trust me….The girlfriend could of left with the dog. And then when you ask her to marry you….she runs off with the ring with another guy!
    Mike

  301. phillyjohn permalink
    April 4, 2007 1:16 am

    Hey Curt,

    Tough go, but you’ll pull through old hoss. We miss you in Philly. Keep up all the great work for ALS and the wins will roll in.

    Best of luck, Schill.

  302. nrohr55 permalink
    April 4, 2007 1:47 am

    Incredibly interesting stuff…this is the type of detail I’d love to hear from more people. Thanks for your honesty. Being a Nebraska/Royals fan, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Gordon.

  303. daevanus permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:31 am

    Curt,

    One thing that seemed to hurt you alot in this game was pitch counts. Granted, I never got to see the whole game due to being at work, but every time I watched the gamecast, it seemed that you were running over seven pitches a hitter. There isn’t a pitcher in the world that can survive deep into a game tossing a ton of pitches at even half the batters he faces…

    Other than that… I see that ERA being under 3 by mid-May. You’re just that good. Pitching isn’t just about arm strength. It’s about preperation and heart.

    We all know you prepare like all hell, and for the last part… you have it in spades.

    -B

  304. gnosticfellow permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:44 am

    Certainly the command of the fastball was AWOL, but tipping your change much, lately? Anyway, you were awful the other day. Sure, the Royals have some “preofessional” hitters as well as some “young studs” , but we’re talking about the perennial cellar-dwellers of the AL Central – a much better division in recent years due to pitching, but hitting?

    Any rate, Curt, I didn’t see many of your spring starts, so forgive me for mentioning this now, but you might as well have been throwing a softball when you threw your change because it was tipped like a Craig Hansen slider.

    You said you had one in 2000 and it worked just fine. And I believe you. I just hope we see it soon.

    As you, too, will agree, I expect much better your next time out.

    -Gnostic

  305. andy222 permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:54 am

    if you think a loss to Kc matters to the real fans then come on? it was a spring training start as far as i am concerned. You found an issue with the curve which you will fix. i saw power out there and command of some of your pitches. And really now, the big game Curt will be there against the Yanks this month to set us apart. I am relaxed and feeling confident. Work that curve and get ready for the games that matter.

  306. soupdaddy permalink
    April 4, 2007 6:50 am

    Hey Curt,
    You had a bad start, your next one will be much better…..meanwhile
    DS is still a big dweeb and that can’t be fixed. Oh well.

  307. eurekadan permalink
    April 4, 2007 6:59 am

    The first game of the season is always a little shakey for a lot of pitchers, so here’s to the rest of the season and the potential that will be. This year it seemed to affect a lot of bigger names (Zambrano, Zito, Webb, Kazmir, Carpenter and Contreras). You’ve always bounced back, and we have always believed in you.

    And anyway…

    You can only feel so hard on yourself for so long: besides, other than Papi’s RBI, where was your offensive support?

  308. frankiebermudez1977 permalink
    April 4, 2007 8:06 am

    THAT GAME WAS NOT FUN TO WATCH. BUT ITS ONLY GAME ONE. YOU’LL BE OK CURT. NEXT TIME JUST MOW THEM DOWN! GOOD LUCK THIS SEASON.

    GO SOX! YANKEES STILL SUCK!!!!!

  309. gofisturself permalink
    April 4, 2007 8:32 am

    I for one like Dan Shaughnesy…. And would you people stop sucking up it is kind of sad.

  310. tommybosox permalink
    April 4, 2007 8:49 am

    This is why I love the idea of you writing your recap of the game because im a firm beleiver in hearing it from the horsemouth!The curly headed boyfreind was kind of easy on you (schill didn’t make excuses never does)and I think you make him nervous because not only are you a proffesional ballplayer but us fans don’t have to listen to his take/opinions on the outing.Ithink he’s worried you do his job better with more of a factual account of the game! Lets see where you are and where gil meche is come September/October.Good luck sunday.

  311. play4jesus permalink
    April 4, 2007 9:46 am

    Curt,

    I love this blog you have set up. You are a straight shooter that tell is like it is. You will bounce back, you’re a professional that works hard and is one to work even harder when you have a bad game. Where you wearing a red wired cross on opening day? I wonder if it’s the one I gave you and Mike Timlin when you came out to Anaheim last season. Good luck this season Curt!

    Red Sox Nation West
    SoCal

    James

  312. canowangmelky permalink
    April 4, 2007 10:21 am

    38 Pitches…didn’t it take you that many to get thru the bottom of the 1st on opening day? Damn Royals:)

  313. pito77 permalink
    April 4, 2007 10:37 am

    Sox have made a habit of losing first games this decade. I remember Pedro losing opening day in 04 and the year did not turn out too badly.
    It’s discouraging, but Curt, any thots going into next start Sunday? Has FB command come back in any side or bullpen session? Aware baseball has a way of humbling the best in the game, but interested to know what goes into getting over a bad start. Thank you.

  314. scambodian permalink
    April 4, 2007 10:49 am

    Why hasnt Acefox been banned yet seriously? You add lines from the prodcuers??? There is nothing funny about that whatsoever. Don’t worry Curt we got two in shape normal aged aces going today and tomorrow just try to hold up your end of the bargain the rest of the year.

  315. reddawg957 permalink
    April 4, 2007 11:41 am

    Hey Schill…..

    Totally understand your disapointment with your performance on opening day…I can’t remember an outing (including spring training AND regular season) where your fastball looked so flat. While it’s true you were able to throw a first pitch FB in for a strike…I’m sure you considered yourself very lucky on a few occasions that it didn’t go yard. They were right in the middle of the wheel house with no movement and at times coming in at 89 MPH. There’s not a hitter in the bigs that can’t drive an 89 MPH FB into the stands if it comes in flat.

    Watching KC batters get around and pull your FB was something I wasn’t used to seing. I knew at that moment your game was off. I’m hoping Tek was able to point out a few things, but it looks like he’s also in a sort of a funk latley. I know he’s having a tought time at the plate, but my concern is…does he take that with him when he behind the plate…simply…is his head in the game.

    Go back to your old mechanics….watch the hitch at the top of your delivery and follow through on your motion…..it’s what makes you unhitable. You are still one of th elite pitchers in the game….virtually unhitable when your delivery is smooth and deliberate. Let your release create the motion and your hips and legs drive the power….

    Fill up the tank with jet fuel and take that fast ball and cutter for a ride….Looking forward to watching on on Sunday night…

    btw…I thought the splitter looked pretty good….not perfect location..but all in all the pitch was doing the job.

    Make it happen!!

  316. redsauce permalink
    April 4, 2007 11:59 am

    Goodness gracious, Charlie Brown. Who reads this far down??? lol
    We’ll get ‘em tonight. Go Sox!

  317. 21pitchesforsox permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:04 pm

    Isn’t it funny to have 300 people trying to tell you how to locate your fastball. Honestly how many years have you been pitching?

  318. soxfanindan permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:14 pm

    It’s just one game. I am keeping the faith! God Bless

  319. ny10019 permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:25 pm

    Curt, I think your performance the other day has more to do with declining skills, an old tired body, and a poor attitude more than anything else ;)
    Eric

  320. davissnow permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:27 pm

    Curt,
    Have you ever apologized to Butch Stearns for tearing him a new one on WEEI about his comments regarding your relationship with Pedro? It appears that Butch was not that far off from the truth based on Pedro’s comments while leaving town.

  321. ace1307 permalink
    April 4, 2007 12:58 pm

    Curt, no worries, you got about 29 other starts (figuring 30 is what most guys get these days), so you can go 29-1! Its the same thing I think that happened to Pedro when he was here from time to time…being the ace, you are going to face a teams best guys each start, and so the few times you are off, the opposing pitcher is going to make you look bad. Meche could have just as easily imploded in that first or second inning, giving off a few runs as well, and you could have both left in the 5th in a tie game at 4…

    I know you will be geared up for your next start in Texas.

  322. rbmjrbosox4ever permalink
    April 4, 2007 1:01 pm

    Curt,

    Don’t worry about it…it’s one game and you’ll knock their badges off this weekend. Thanks for 2004, buddy. Still wish I had copies of those commercials with you hitching a ride to Boston to break an 86 year old curse. Classic!

    God Bless,

    Rob

  323. April 4, 2007 1:02 pm

    re comment #299: How big a Carney Lansford fan could you be if you don’t know how to spell his name? Oh well, it’s better than quoting 150 lines from songs and plays and stuff.

  324. Redsauce permalink
    April 4, 2007 1:25 pm

    Also I figured I’d post this link about Curt’s performance with the bases-loaded and best/worst all-time in terms of walking in runs. (Curt Schilling has done it 5 times apparently)

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/walking-home/

  325. falcon64 permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:00 pm

    “Gapeseed”-

    Good point, I was thinking the same thing.

    -Fellow OCD

  326. moonbatmass permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:11 pm

    Curt, you are my favorite all-time pitcher. You and Rocket Roger. Did you know Rocket very well?

  327. syncspeed permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:13 pm

    Curt, are you still reading down this far? Wow, that’s a lot of comments.

  328. kouffaxxk32 permalink
    April 4, 2007 4:19 pm

    well, you couldn’t get your fastball faster than 92 so you are basically throwing meatballs. They are really hungry which is a bad time to feed them.

    That’s life

  329. campy5todd permalink
    April 4, 2007 4:56 pm

    Hi Schill,

    I think your posting thoughts and retrospect is one of the most exciting developments in Red Sox ball since Eck joined NESN. I LOVED reading your post, because it really gives us a birds eye view of the player perspective. It makes you human and truly shows the value of the Net. I’m excited to read your future posts!

    Sincerely

    Todd (and best from my family – Geoff (14 and a fan for life) and Emerson (4 and a new fan for life)

  330. beyondb4 permalink
    April 4, 2007 5:16 pm

    Curt the blogger! You expand the minds of baseballers! First there was the way the ace pitcher studied the batters in order to better pitch to each one. Now you blog and further erase the barrier between fans and players. We get to know you better, and you get to know us better. We all know you have no problem multitasking! More! More!

  331. bosox04 permalink
    April 4, 2007 8:57 pm

    Curt,
    I thank you for your honesty in the blog keep it up
    Stephen
    PS go get them next time

  332. redsoxblow permalink
    April 4, 2007 9:19 pm

    Dam, Curt can’t take any criticism can he? I post a critical piece, and it gets deleted. This probably will too. What a bum.

  333. jtully permalink
    April 4, 2007 10:07 pm

    Curt,

    Your entitled to a bad day…..I have all the faith in the world in you, and so does Red Sox Nation…….as for Curly Haired Boyfriend, typical….the man actually has talent but is lazy……see column where he cut and paste your blog……now i was a journalism major but i think i must have missed that class…..at least you work hard at your craft, and no matter what the result, no one can every accuse you of being lazy or not trying, that is why so many have so much respect for you……..CHB & I talk alot, I often e-mail him about his columns, and I will give him this, he has called me a few times, so at least (with me) he takes the heat…….I have a totally unrelated question: I have coached Little League for some 15 years now, and am coaching boys 9-12, a middle-to-lower class city on the south shore, where kids don’t have much……and many come from broken homes, so making a difference in these kids lives is really accomplishing something….oh yes and they allidolize you, and the Sox……people don’t give them much of a chance, but they have a hell of alot of heart and talent, all they need to do is believe…….anyways, I’ve been looking for “Why Not Us” t-shirts, that i believe you started wearing in ’04…..I’d love to give them out to the boys and really get them cranked up for the season…can you point me in the right direction?

    JT

  334. acefox1 permalink
    April 4, 2007 10:42 pm

    Time for my daily suck up. And the negative comments from the negative folks made me feel great and helped confirm I must be doing something right. LOL

    Well now we’re really rolling. Judging by the Gameday simulcast it looked like things really went great. How did Josh look out there? I bet he must have been pretty fired up.

    I hope the team is riding high and can’t wait to see Dice-K’s MLB debut tomorrow afternoon. It will probably be a zoo but I bet we’ll all be telling our kids about the day we saw Dice-K enter the scene.

    Looking forward to your next post Curt.

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane “If what I’m writing bugs you then stop moaning and don’t read it” RSN – West

  335. acefox1 permalink
    April 5, 2007 12:08 am

    Karl ravech announced that MLB and INDemand cable partnership have agreed to have Extra Innings on cable as well as DirecTV! Thank goodness for a victory of sanity. Either that or lots of threats from Congress, but hey I’ll take it either way.

    Though if I had been able to switch to DirecTV and had made the switch for MLB I’d probably be pretty mad right now.

    Thanks again for the moral support with the fans on the DirecTV issue Curt. Can’t wait to catch the rest of your starts this year.

    Deane

  336. leofan2 permalink
    April 5, 2007 7:51 am

    curt,

    We know you didn’t do well in the opening day game, but that doesn’t stop us from liking you. But as doug said don’t think about the money just go out there and do your best. But he didn’t say it exactly like that. He said it in less words. But listen to him he has a good point. And We hope that this is your only loss this year if not then that is ok.

    Erin.

  337. bulldog16 permalink
    April 5, 2007 7:59 am

    Curt,

    I was recently browing Barry Zito’s SFS website, and I wanted to thank you for your support. It means a lot to Soldiers when Big Names show their appreciation. I’m an ex-101st Platoon Leader, and I know you’re a big fan of the 101st. Since I was made aware of that fact, I have vowed to use you on my fantasy Baseball Team every time you pitch. Keep up the good work, and tell Varitek I have a photo blown up of him shoving his catcher’s mitt up A-Rods nostrils, I’d like him to autograph it for me, haha.

    Best wishes and Good Luck this season!

    Gary

  338. greenmonsterinny permalink
    April 5, 2007 9:39 am

    This was recently written about Josh Beckett in a Red Sox blog that I usually enjoy reading. I just hope it isn’t true, so I wanted to get your opinion.

    “On game days in Florida the ballpark opens up very early so that fans can line the fences, watch batting practice, and most importantly interact with the players and hopefully get a couple of autographs. On this particular day, Josh Beckett was not pitching, so he was just standing around in the field watching warms ups and basically hanging out. As he walked toward the dugout, a bunch of fans (including many little kids) started excitedly screaming his name and asking him to sign a couple of balls. His response: ‘Show the green. Show the green.'”

    As someone who grew up with season tickets to the Red Sox, I may sometimes worship Sox players just a little bit too much and I sincerely hope I’m not being naive when I say that I find this account difficult to believe.

    Really enjoying the blog and despite what the critics say I find you to be polite, honest and refreshingly unapologetic.

  339. modestosdaughter permalink
    April 5, 2007 9:41 am

    Dont be too hard on yourself. Its ONE game… and we all know you are gonna have a great season……. You’re the man !

  340. falcon64 permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:39 am

    Deane/”acefox1″- When your comments are staring us right in the face, they’re hard not to read. Your “puff pieces” really seem more appropriate for a Junior High School chat room or My Space. You think you’re being cute but you are going to discourage a lot of people from visiting this site if you continue with the ridiculous posts. You are providing Dan Shaughnessy with more ammunition and that’s sickening. Please refrain and make room for more posts that this blog was intended for. We’re all passionately pulling for the Sox but you sound like a Pop Warner cheerleader, enough.

  341. achase47 permalink
    April 5, 2007 11:11 am

    Curt,

    I applaud your decision to write this Blog and the way you are reaching out to the fans. In my own Blog, The White Rhino Report, and led my readers to a link to 38 Pitches. Here was yesterday’s commentary about your Blog:

    Curt Schilling, Red Sox Ace pitcher, is evolving the technology tools he uses to get his message directly to the fans of “The Nation.” In the past, in his persona as “Curt in the Car,” he has often called into WEEI during broadcasts to comment on issues that were being discussed – often on the Dennis and Callahan Show during drive-time in the mornings. This season, he has chosen to follow a tactic of disintermediation, bypassing D&C and going directly to the fans using his Blog, 38 Pitches.

    My reading of the first few weeks of postings on 38 Pitches tells me that he intends to use the site to comment on his performance, discuss teammates, and talk about his plans for the future, as well as devoting a significant amount of time and space to answering questions that have been posed by readers of the Blog. Schilling’s foray into the Blogosphere has prompted a great deal of discussion among the Boston media, wondering if this is the harbinger of the end of the need for traditional sports columnists and beat writers. We shall see.

    If Curt can continue to pitch as well as he writes, he should have a successful season for our Boys of Summer.

    http://whiterhinoreport.blogspot.com/2007/04/red-sox-season-2007-rough-opening-day.html

    God bless.

    Al Chase

  342. yanks3030 permalink
    April 5, 2007 12:37 pm

    Curt, so when are you coming on over to the Yanks? I am sure you will fair better that you former D-Backs teammate. If the Boston folks don’t start showing you some love, I am sure Steinbrenner would love to outfit you in some pinstripes. Just something to think about. G/L this season, except for when you play my beloved Yankees of course.

  343. kirk43 permalink
    April 5, 2007 6:54 pm

    great day in redsox nation 100 million well spent so glad season finally has started just getting the feel for your blog amazing there is even the even remote chance you may read comments from us regular fans makes writing on your blog so much fun good luck next start heres a suggestion since u do this for fun ,charities ,and all the right reasons why don,t u quickly ban the people who feel the need to use your blog for their own negatity call me asuck up so be it but, you have created a avenue for something quite special for us fans why let the little peasent minds ruin it so they can draw attention to them selfs just an idea again it cool just to be able to write on your blog great work keep it up go red sox,patriots capecod

  344. bobwal permalink
    April 5, 2007 7:38 pm

    Forget about baseball for a minute…
    How do pro athletes put a bad performance behind them? I’m sure a lot of them do it by chasing women and drinking, but seriously how do you move on from not having a great game?

  345. rlgdguy permalink
    April 6, 2007 1:05 pm

    Nobody thought you were going to win them all anyway. It’s a looooong season, you’ll be fine. No, you’ll be better than fine!

  346. poppapoopy permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:07 pm

    Jeezus! Enough with the walk it off deek comments! Curt was pretty awful and everyone that saw the game knows it. I just hope it gets better after this train wreck. I am one of the few Curt defenders around these parts (my group of Sox fans), so please don’t make me eat my words and stop STB.
    To find out what that means, looks at Fitzy’s latest townie news webcast.

  347. sox4life38 permalink
    April 8, 2007 8:02 pm

    hey curt,

    how you doing . listen dont worry about your last start its 1 bad game. im sure that your gona get the win today. i and every other redsox fan in the world believe in you. just do your stuff!!!!

    your fan,
    Curt Polly

  348. like2golfmd permalink
    April 8, 2007 11:32 pm

    Schill — I have been a fan for a while now and I think it’s great that you are blogging … I have a couple of quick comments/questions … JD Drew was a high school teammate of mine … I know you had some things to say about him when he elected not to play in Philly … at the time I understood your position and I understood JD’s stance … so, i’m not here arguing who was right or wrong … JD is a good soft spoken guy and always has been … over the years had you guys ever had the chance to have a conversation about those comments? If not, have you talked about it since he has signed with Boston?

    best of luck to you and the Sox this season

    Mike Davis

  349. tazzdevill permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:15 pm

    I have always enjoyed a competitor! Thanks for entertaining me. I am fortunate to have married a die hard Red Sox fan and have become one myself over the last 15 years.
    To your detractors: Get a life! Worry about something else (global warming, Iraq, crime, VT). Curt, you have made yourself accountable to the only ONE that matters: God. I praise you for your giving credit to Him!
    Thanks for being a great Christian – athlete!
    Timothy Beane

  350. mattlenny permalink
    December 27, 2007 11:44 am

    Curt,

    I know I am almost 9 months late with this post, but as Tito would say, “remember it is a marathon, not a sprint.” I always thought that was his way of sounding like Bill Bellichek….not giving the media anything to talk about. As a coach myself, I love that stuff.

    Matt

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