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4/14/07 vs. Los Angeles

April 14, 2007

Quick note! Shonda and Team Shade are running the Boston Marathon tomorrow to raise money and awareness for the Shade Foundation which promotes skin cancer awareness and prevention. If you would like to donate please do so at http://www.active.com/donate/shadebostonteam07/schilling

Thanks! 

Felix Hernandez is good. Wow.  I remember watching Dwight Gooden when he first came into the big leagues and this kid has better stuff. He throws harder and has 4 pitches. Doc had that HOF curveball to go with his fastball but Felix was throwing a 91-93 mph slider, late breaking too, an 80 mph power curve ball and a much better change up than I remember hearing about. All that to go with a fastball that was touching 100mph on different occasions. What he did was flat out dominate a pretty good offensive team from the first pitch. He looks like he has a great pitchers body too, tall and filling out. Pretty amazing outing from anyone much less a 20 year old ‘kid’.

There are times when you watch opposing players and you can almost feel sorry for them. Our opener was one of those times. The Mariners had been sitting for 5 days, through travel and snow outs and I have no idea when the last time Jeff Weaver threw a competitive pitch before that game. Obviously glad we beat them and it was nice to see the offense hitting its stride. Were it not for Felix’s gem the following night we’d be on a pretty good run of games through today.

Warming up for this one I can say no one pitch felt good. I thought my split had good bite but I knew I wasn’t sharp with the other pitches. Fastball wise the command felt ok but the velocity felt average at best.

Nothing jump starts a game better than the lead off hitter making an out on the first pitch. Orlando hit a 1-0 fastball to left for out #2. Started Vlad off with a fastball in, for strike one, and followed that up with one farther in for ball two. Proceeded to throw the two best splits of the day (up until Mathews AB in the 8th) on the next two pitches and he chased both for the third out.

Garret led off the second by hitting a cutter in to first for the first out. Shea took strike one and then topped an 0-1 split to third for the second out. Kotchman, who I haven’t really seen yet, hit a curve ball that stayed up to short to end the inning.

Our pre-game plan was pretty accurate to this point. A VERY aggressive lineup, top to bottom, that will swing all through the count. Through 2 innings I had like 14 pitches. Carrasco started sharp and made some big pitches. Julio had him bases loaded and a 3-1 count and just missed squaring a ball up to end the second.

Kendrick starts the third by hitting a horribly thrown 2 strike fastball to left. Trying to run it way inside and instead left it middle and he hit it to left. Mike Lowell then proceeds to make the first of what will be many web gems this year. Molina crushes a line drive that Mike literally catches behind him for the first out. I think I fell behind Izturis before getting him to hit a FB away to left for the 2nd out. Mathews flies out early in the AB on a curve ball, to right, to end the inning. Still not a lot of pitches after three.
Erik drives a pitch to deep left center for a triple to start the inning. Carrasco literally pitches his way out of the inning but ‘Teks line drive is knuckling all the way to center field and it gets dropped for a 2 run error. Huge to get those runs right there the way it happened. He’d almost pitched himself out of back to back big jams in two innings.

Orlando jumps on a hanging split and Manny makes a fantastic play to hold him to a single. Vlad pops up a first pitch split to right. Garret, I think, hits another first pitch split to Erik at first and Orlando gets to second. Shea flies out to right on a 1-0 split for the final out. Another low pitch inning. We have a lead and I am thinking that this might be a chance to get to the finish line if I can keep locating early in the count.

We grab another run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning as Carrasco hits his pitch limit and the Angels bullpen takes over. I’ve never seen the Bootcheck kid throw but it doesn’t surprise me that they have another power arm to put in that pen.

Kotchman leads off the 5th by grounding a back door slider to 2B for the first out. Both Abs he’s centered breaking stuff up pretty well. I remember him coming to the big leagues and everyone was talking about his eye and how little he struck out. He has a nice approach and seems to be good enough to wait on a pitch he wants and not miss it. Key to guys like that is having them hit from behind in the count as early and often as possible. Kendrick hits a split to center, not down nearly enough and he looks like he absolutely crushes balls in the lower half of the zone that are on the plate. He’s strong for sure. Molina punches out on a fastball way down and off the outer half of the plate. Izturis lines a ball to right center that Coco runs down nicely to end the inning. I thought it was an out off the bat, then I turned and thought it was a hit when I saw Coco, then I see how fast he’s closing the gap and realize it’s an out. Ball was knuckling a little bit as well.

With one out Orlando hits a double down the left field line, and I have no idea how. First off OCab was one of the funner guys I have ever played with. I competed against him when he was in Montreal, when he first came up. He’s always been a very aggressive good bad ball hitter and one of the better shortstops in the game over the last 15-20 years. When he came here it was nice to see that he’s a great a guy in the clubhouse and off the field as he is on.
The pitch he hit was no more than 4” off the ground and moving down hard. He dragged his bathead through the zone and smoked it into the corner. It’s a 3-0 game at this point and I have an out in hand. I need to make sure that regardless of where Cabrera is after this next AB there are two outs. I get lucky as Vlad again goes after the first pitch and hits a 2 seam fastball to Mike down the line at third.

During the pre-game I had spoken at length with Luis Alicea who is handling our infield positioning and we talked about a few specific guys and our defensive alignment for them. I had wanted to switch some things around and he had the defense in perfect position every time those hitters came into play today. That’s the stuff that you enjoy, when you see the preparation lead to actual outs. No one can see it, and no one usually knows it but 2-3 guys. Garrett ends the inning by flying out on a first pitch change up.

We get more breathing room as the offense makes it 5-0 in the bottom half of the inning. For me, when you go from a 3 to a 4 run lead, it’s huge. Everything after that is gravy but from 3 to 4 is a huge swing for me as a starting pitcher.

I start the seventh off feeling like I am missing something. I fall behind Kotchman and end up getting a pop up on a FB we couldn’t have put in a better spot. With 2 outs I commit a cardinal sin and walk Kendrick. I thought ball 4 was a strike but Tim Timmons didn’t, and once again he wins….

I thought Tim had a tough game today. He wasn’t as sharp as he usually is but the great thing about good umpires is they’ll let you know, be it through the catcher or in some other way, that they might have missed certain pitches. I thought there were a few he missed and I could tell from our hitters they felt the same way. The hard part is understanding that regardless of the fact these are major league umpires, who for the most part are the best in the world at what they do, they miss pitches and they make mistakes. The only thing that bothers players more than a bad umpire is an umpire who blatantly misses one, or screws up, and refuses to admit it, instead getting pissed and making something into a confrontation that shouldn’t be. The good ones almost ALWAYS will make a point to let you know they missed one. So Kendrick walks and then Molina drags out a 10 pitch at bat. It ends with a swing at a fastball in for a swing and a miss, but in the inning, even though no harm was done, I’ve lost my shot at finishing this game. We don’t have an extra off day this time around and I know Tito is not going to send me out in the 9th with over a hundred pitches and a 5 run lead. Add to that the fact that there are quite a few guys that need an inning down in the bullpen.

5 years ago I couldn’t fathom that line of thinking. Up until I came to Boston the complete game was about as important a stat as there was to me as a starting pitcher. I figured that within the complete games all the other numbers would take care of themselves. Johnny Podres preached that mentality to me as a young pitcher and it’s something I have always thought the better pitchers strove for. Things are different now. Me getting a complete game shutout would have been great, it’s been a looooong time since I’ve done that, but in the end I’d have been going out in the 9th to satisfy a personal goal that really has nothing to do with us winning it all. I need to be healthy in October, and as fresh as I can be.

Izturis flies out to center to lead off the 8th. I get Gary to two strikes and throw as good a split as I can throw to end the AB. Orlando hits a fastball away off the end of the bat to right that JD tracks down to end the inning.

I can tell you there are two stadiums in the game that I’ve seen it happen. The fans in NY and Boston are always very in tune with the starting pitchers and pitch counts. Walking off the mound as the home guy with those fans on their feet is a rush you just can’t understand. At the core of reasons for doing what we do, beyond the love of the game and all the other stuff, are those moments that you find yourself in that you know people that haven’t experienced it just won’t get it. April 14th in Fenway and 35,000+ people are on their feet, and LOUD. It’s a rush, an incredible rush. I know it will absolutely be one of the things I’ll miss when I am done but man it’s pretty frickin’ unreal to experience.

No idea what the next two days will bring both schedule and weather wise, but it’s not looking to good. I still can’t believe we’re actually playing a game that starts at 10am, but we are. This has to be the ONLY city on the planet that sells out its ballpark for a pre-noon game start. Unreal.

Looking forward to seeing Josh head back out there. I said in spring training that this was truly going to be his coming out year and I don’t doubt that for a second. He’s matured immensely as a pitcher in a relatively short time, and it’s going to be fun to watch.

I’ll grab some questions over the next few days and post them.
 

156 Comments leave one →
  1. zebelkinton permalink
    April 14, 2007 8:48 pm

    WOW GREAT GAME DAMN!!! I have a few questions for you.

    What do you keep in your notebook?

    Who is the most underated player on the team right now?

    Again, Great game very well pitched.

    Zeb Elkinton

    By the way thanks for the MLB.tv package my wife put in for me everyday because she has an office job. Kudos to her but she is a Yankee fan :(

  2. soxblog permalink
    April 14, 2007 8:53 pm

    …and therefore you will re-sign with the Sox, right?

    Completely agree that this is Beckett’s year.

  3. pocketlint permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:03 pm

    Great outing today. Did you throw an overhand curve? Awesome.

  4. cpicardvt permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:03 pm

    Hey Curt – Great game today. I am so proud of you and the whole team.

    I have a slightly off the wall couple of questions for you unrelated to today’s outing. How do the clubs handle mealtimes for players and how do they handle the wide range of cultural preferences? I am guessing that many players don’t want to eat within a certain time of gametime and that many have very specific meal preferences.

    Thanks!

  5. soxgirl permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:08 pm

    Curt, another well pitched game. Kudos to the entire team for breaking it open for a great win. Question for you?? Do you have any kind of pregame ritual, a way to get your mind sharp and dial in on concentration?? How do you tune out the all the screaming fans – as needed as they are generally speaking, how are you able to focus when it counts??? Looking forward to the next game, take care and thanks for another “ON” night. Holly

  6. taysam permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:10 pm

    Curt, Thanks for taking the time and giving us fans an inside look at what you do. I heard about your blog on NESN and read it when ever you update it. I know its a business and players come and go every year. It is different now than it was in the 70′s and 80′s when players stayed with a team forever. I have two girls and their hearts were broken many times when their favorite players do know come back. One is a very big Nixon fan and the other an Arroyo fan. I was and still am a Nomar fan. My question is, is it hard for you guys to come in every year and see a new set of teammates? How long does it take for everyone to start really playing as a “team”? Also, do you stay in touch with players that have left? I will always cherish those days of Rice, Lynn and Evans playing outfield for years and years for my Sox!!

  7. bknelsen permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:12 pm

    Great game today, Curt. It was a thing of beauty. I can’t wait to watch Beckett tomorrow, either!

  8. soxrex permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:13 pm

    You looked good out there, and you had a much nicer day than Shonda will for the run!
    Just letting you know.. glad you like being here because I and throngs of others certainly do like having you and S (and family) here! Good Luck, Shonda!

  9. April 14, 2007 9:23 pm

    There’s really not much more that can be said other than amazing game Mr. Schilling. You have looked absolutely outstanding these last two starts. Just keep up the good work and we’re all looking forward to how Josh Beckett handles things tomorrow.

  10. jasondouglas86 permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:27 pm

    I was lucky enough to watch the entire game out here on the west coast. The split looked amazing and it seemed like the change worked a few times, too. I also wanted to congratulate you on that strikeout of Molina in the 7th, that AB was epic and you proved that you are a master.

    They brought up on the broadcast is that it can be hard for an umpire to call a consistant zone when a pitcher is missing as badly Carrasco was; do you find that to be true?

    Best of luck in the coming weeks,
    J

  11. djfuzzefresh permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:34 pm

    How about you and Youk pull the hidden ball trick sometime this year? Let’s see some razzle dazzle!

  12. jmittell permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:37 pm

    Great game, Curt!

    Here’s a question: you’re sitting on the bench in the Felix game, knowing that he’s completely dominant. Obviously you’re pulling for your hitters to break through & push some runs on the board, but is there a part of you, as a fellow pitcher, that’s looking for the no-hitter to stay intact just to cap off the artistry of what is happening? In other words, in hindsight knowing that the team will lose the game anyway, would you rather have had Drew’s bleeder of a single get through, or reward the kid with the no-hitter he certainly earned?

    Thanks for the blog – it’s a wonderful insight into what’s happening in the moment of the game. Can you get any of your teammates to do some guest posts? I’d love to hear Tek’s take on a game like today too…

  13. eastie6one7 permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:37 pm

    Great game Curt, as a fan it was a thrilling game to watch , I cant even imagine playing it.

    Now i have a question, I don’t really know second baseman Pedroia, what are your thoughts on him though? Potential?

    Also what minuscule adjustments did you make after your 1st start of the season?

  14. jeff7168 permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:38 pm

    Completely agree about King Felix. There is no lineup that could have hit him the other night. It was great to see the bats erupt yesterday and today. With a productive offense, stellar starting pitching and a reliable bullpen, the Sox look solid in every key area. I would like to see Hinske and Wily Mo Pena get more at-bats, though I know it is a challenge for Francona to do so.

    Jeff

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  15. 8redsox27 permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:40 pm

    Regardless of what some of the talking heads in the media think, your blog is the best thing to happen to sports reporting in a long time. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be able to have the complete game dissected not 4 hours after your last pitch. Not just the play-by-play, I watched the same game, but a detailed telling of why you pitched Kotchman a slider and not a curve. You just don’t get that type of stuff from a Globe reporter who has never broken in a glove I think we all really appreciate your dedication to this new endeavor.

  16. dhines63 permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:41 pm

    Curt Great Game, Perfect scoreless 8 innings. Your amazing defenatly looking foward to Becketts start tomorrow hes Definatly going to be great. I have one question for you. For all of the games you will pitch and have pitched how do you stay so damn calm and collective on the mound, what is goin through your head if lets say theres 2 outs bases packed. You amaze me with your awsomeness

    Keep it goin

    Go sox

  17. ctsoxfan permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:41 pm

    Great game today, and fascinating to read you say that you knew the 10-pitch AB by Molina was the death knell for the complete game that, up until then, I thought was a given.

    In the space of your career, have you found that veteran pitchers get calls that rookies don’t, or is that a baseball myth without a foundation? Put another way, have you experienced any kind of progression in the number of calls you used to get earlier in your career as opposed to nowadays?

  18. oddasudda permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:45 pm

    Congrats.

  19. brunansky21 permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:45 pm

    Amazing game Mr. Schilling. I’m new to this blog, and usually do not get involved in them but as a fan of baseball and of the red sox for many seasons, I want to thank you for allowing fans the opportunity to communicate, and for giving insight into some of the behind the scenes things. The ability or should I say honor to pick the brain of a major leaguer of your stature is unheard of, and I don’t think it has gotten the attention it deserves.

    Two questions if you do not mind;

    1. I was told long ago that if I ever got the opportunity to talk with a star athlete…and I wanted to get their attention and have a conversation, I should not ask about their sport, but about their golf game. Do you play?

    2. I assume I should stay within the content of this thread, so regarding todays game, how much effect do you think facing a knuckleballer yesterday had on the Angels hitters today? I know they are professionals, but I believe Wake’s contributions are not fully appreciated and one of those contributions is that he throws hitters timing off. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

  20. carawson permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:46 pm

    Im sorry I Missed a good game, thank goodness for NESN replays :)

    Glad to see you had another good start :)

  21. yankeedynasty permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:47 pm

    Curt,

    Nice outing, a couple of questions:

    It looked like at times Varitek was looking into the dugout before putting down a signal. Were the pitches being called from the dugout at times, or was Jason just looking to see whether they wanted to throw over to first with the runner on?

    Also, do you always hold the splitter grip when getting the sign in the stretch? I know sometimes pitchers do this so they dont make it too obvious if they want to switch to a splitter. But, what if you’re actually throwing the splitter– how do u reshuffle your grip when you already have your desired grip?

    Thanks.

  22. stecon5 permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:52 pm

    hey curt great game. i have just one question: what do you think of cla merideth and the san diego bullpen? how are they so good a recognizing pitching talent?

  23. jjasonf permalink
    April 14, 2007 9:57 pm

    Curt,
    Great game! I actually happened to be in attendance for this one. I was most impressed how you dominated the 8th after that battle with Molina. It seemed like you let everything go. Thanks for giving me a win on one of my rare visits to Fenway!

  24. April 14, 2007 9:59 pm

    Curt,

    What was the most challenging event in your life and what (internally or externally) did you use to get through it?

    I posted this question awhile back but it seemed to get lost, as there were probably 1,000 other questions before it.

    –Matt

  25. bamasirk permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:09 pm

    Great game today, Curt. The splitter looked nasty today. It was good to see the offensive momentum carry over from friday night. I read where you mentioned how difficult it must be for the Mariners to have stayed dormant for so long this week. I was wondering if you heard Tom Glavine’s comments earlier in the week about his suggestion of shortening the season to 150 games and including more day night double headers to compensate for inclement weather. He also mentioned the players taking a 5% paycut to make up for lost revenue of a shortened season. Do you agree with his suggestion and do you think that this is something that major league baseball and you as a player would ever consider? Best of luck this week. Looking forwad to next weekend against the Evil Empire. Best rivalry in all of sports. Can’t wait! Go Sox!

    Jeff Sirkin
    Tuscaloosa, AL

  26. manny4mvp permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:11 pm

    Nice work Schill!!! Keep up the great work!!!

  27. soxfn1 permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:12 pm

    I remember watching you when you pitched for the Winter Haven Red Sox. I was a bat boy when you were there. I have enjoyed watching you over the years and very happy for you and what you have accomplished throughout your career keep going and win another series for Boston.

    Charlie Z.

  28. wolfe36 permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:13 pm

    Curt, I saw a few 12-6 curves today that were located well and thrown in the right circumstance. Is this part of a thought process and we’ll see more of them? Seems to me like you buckled some knees today.

  29. kakkoiiny permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:14 pm

    Nice to see OCab patting Jason on the shoulder & nodding to you as he took the box for 1st AB. He was definitely part of that crazy amazing year. Question from a Japanese-speaking (but New England-bred) Sox diehard: have you chatted AL hitter tendencies and pitching patterns with Daisuke in the dugout during games at all? Or do you pretty much leave him to his business? In addition to being very crafty on the mound, he seems to put a big premium on being a team player, too, which has got to feel great.

  30. b0sox87 permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:25 pm

    Hey Schilling. Great game!!! I sit on the Green Monster under the Coke Bottle, so the view I get is pretty amazing. I really enjoy your new approach to pitching. What made you pitch now with off speed stuff, rather then the heat? If the rotation is healthy this entire year, and Lester returns, or a Roger Clemens which I highly doubt, I think the Redsox have the inside edge for the AL East. Granted the Yankees, and Bluejays will fight it out, but I really like what I am seeing from You, Beckett, Dice k, Wakefield, and Tavarez im sure will bounce back but hes a good rubber arm. Best of luck with your wife running the Boston Marathon, hope the weather doesn’t mess up the conditions.
    I just have one question. Does Dice K know what people are saying to him, I always see Tavarez with him and they both laugh, but I don’t know if they can actually speak or just laugh at eachother’s stupidity hah.

  31. yourblankfile permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:27 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Great outing today. I’m loving that the offense is helping you guys out in spades lately. Lets hope it lasts.

    I was curious, As a person trying to get back into pitching at 19 after 3 years away from the diamond, Is there any particular training you do for your back, Mine seems to just give out on the mound after I’ve been out there for a while.

  32. dirtdogpilot permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:42 pm

    Awsome stuff tonight Curt( either that or they just suck, but I’m leaning more towards the good stuff)

    Anyway, Just a few questions for you. Do you and Tek go over your book at all, or is that just for yourself?

    Second question, How often, if at all to you and Timmy talk about pitching with the Younger guys on the roster? If so, what do you try to get accross to them? IE, are you helping them more with approaching each outing, or more mechanics?

    Again, Curt great outing today!!!! GOOD LUCK ON MONDAY SHONDA!!!

    Trevor

  33. classicgemini permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:42 pm

    Wonderful post, Curt! I love to read your thoughts/insights on the games…Thanks for sharing! (and for taking the time to share)…

    Do your kids play sports? Are they extra good at baseball/softball? How do they feel about having a famous father?

    Did you meet Yaz at the home opener (or previously)? He was my fave ‘back in the day’ and I was psyched to see him again!

    I really hope that you’re still here next year – they’re stupid if they don’t re-sign…Good game :)

  34. benkolb permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:44 pm

    Curt,

    Awesome today, truly awesome. I

  35. pharmsj4 permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:47 pm

    Great game today, especially considering you said you didn’t feel anything special during warmups

    what was your game plan for Molina? what was working/not working in the 7th against him? what did you change to get that last strike?

    keep up the good work

    -Jeff

  36. brendinater permalink
    April 14, 2007 10:53 pm

    Seriously well pitched today.

    I think that final pitch to Youkilis was what defined Hernandez’s outing. For me Youkilis is one of the best hitters around – patient, great eye and composed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him take such a weak hack as he did at that third strike – and that after Hernandez had thrown 100+ pitches. I think something lit a fire under Hernandez that made him really want to go for it this year.

    I guess I have a question for the pile, although I may be retreading old ground here. Are there any hitters you hate facing? For me, I imagine facing guys like Sheffield and Guerrero would be intimidating, just because their swings are so violent.

    For what it’s worth, I feel what you are doing on this blog is truly something. It’s given me an insight into baseball I don’t think I’ve had. And while I was thinking that you would get sick of writing this because of the nay-sayers, cynics, verbal abusers and general morons, I now think they may motivate you to do this more almost as much as any gratitude from any fans.

    One more question that is a bit out there but I’d like to know. When you use your faith for pitching, how does this work? Is it asking the Lord to help you make a good pitch or is it just asking him to watch over you?

  37. April 14, 2007 10:53 pm

    Great pitched game today. All the best.

  38. Dave in Milwaukee permalink
    April 14, 2007 11:27 pm

    Great Game Curt – Love the Patriots Day deal on Monday – and I am not a weatherman – but – it don’t look good – for Sunday either.

    How about you guys doing the Cleavland thing and moving the last 2 games to Miller Park? Yeah I know Fat Chance.

  39. April 14, 2007 11:40 pm

    What’s this blog talking about?

  40. brooklynfrank permalink
    April 14, 2007 11:46 pm

    Nice game today. They didn’t really make you work much, though – lotta free swingers on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Orange County California United States of America Planet Earth Milky Way Galaxy ballclub.

  41. bosoxtaipei permalink
    April 14, 2007 11:52 pm

    Needless to say, a tremendous start today. I can’t remember as promising a rotation to start a season with the Sox as this year.

    One question, if I may, on a sore subject for many of us. The steroid storm seems to have finally died down to much extent, but will continue to rear its head as high visibility records fall and HOF honors are debated for players acknowleged or suspected of abuse during their playing years. I know you’re not an M.D., but based on your observation of the game I’d hope you can help anwer a question I have not seen addressed previously.

    If an athlete, especially a power type player, uses steroids we all know that will lead to greater mussle mass development and provide varying degrees of performance enhancement potential. My question is, what happens when that athlete stops taking drugs? Does the muscle built from previous abuse stay intact with continued conditioning, or is there some other lingering effect relative to potetial performance enhancement?

    I ask in that I find myself struggling with how to form an opinion on the achievements of players who may have made some poor decisions for a couple/few years, but had long and prodcutive carreers.

  42. kcbrackley permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:11 am

    Mr. Schilling-

    First off, great game. I’m glad you got the win against the Angels, which I would say is not an easy line-up to pitch to. You mentioned about how great it is to pitch in Fenway Park with 35,000+ fans cheering for you. As a red sox fan, I’m curious to know what kind of mental training must you go through when you pitch in places such as Yankee Stadium? The fans there are brutal to the vistors especially the red sox. Second question is, Are you looking forward to coming back to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks for the 1st time since you were traded? I have lived in Arizona all my life and can’t wait to see you come back here. Best of luck the rest of the season and keep up that great sportsmanship of yours that people like me appreciate.

  43. netter7 permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:20 am

    Hey Curt,
    Nice game. I had just a question for you as a pitcher what is a common length of stride for a pitcher? I coach baseball and have played in college and have heard all sorts of theories, but I am not sure how credible the sources are. Do you yourself stide 3/4 of height? What would be a good thing to stress as far as length of stride goes? I am affraid if some stride too far they might start dropping their elbow, too short and they won’t be able to keep the ball down consistently. Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Ryan

  44. evaamo permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:21 am

    Nice game today! Thank you!

    Quick question: how did you get interested in the computer gaming industry?
    was it because of your kids? are you a gamer yourself?

    regards from Venezuela.

  45. arkangel1231 permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:26 am

    Kickin’ some @$$ out there on the mound today. Classic Curt Schilling. As always, F@#*& the Yankees

  46. itsthewater permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:30 am

    Fantastic game Curt. You saved my fantasy team and you dismantled California/Anaheim/Los Angeles/The O.C. (you know that’s coming next), which is my least favorite team by far.

    Watched the game on TV . . .

    It seemed like you were throwing your splitter less frequently today. Were you just not feeling it as well as normal? Was it because of Timmons’ strike calling? Something in the scouting report for some of the Angels? Some other reason?

    Kendrick got on a few times and you probably made at least 5 throws over to first, and Tek even made a snap throw down there too. Why were you particularly inclined to hold Kendrick on so tightly? He’s no Cecil Fielder, but he’s not a speed demon either. Was there something in the scouting report that says he gets too big of leads or too early of jumps? I’m just really curious why so many throws to keep him close.

  47. kcxiv permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:50 am

    Hey Curt, Great game today.

    Quick question. I noticed that the announcers plugged your 38pitches.com website today. Did you talk to them before the game about it? They wer talking about you bieng the only MLB players to have his own blog and communicate with fans. Was cool.

  48. bosoxbeerman permalink
    April 15, 2007 1:10 am

    Curt,

    Awesome outing tonight. You looked really confident and in control from the get-go. I am a high school varsity baseball coach in my 3rd year of coaching. What advice could you pass on to me in regards to helping kids that want to play at the next level?? Also I am still pitching in a pretty competetive adult baseball league. Does keeping the notebook in the dugout and recording each matchup help keep you focused throughout the game and also help you when facing a batter for the other 2-3 times you face them in that game?

    Trent Thomas
    Asheboro, NC

  49. cplatt permalink
    April 15, 2007 1:10 am

    Curt,

    Today was my first game at Fenway in a couple of years, and man, you put on a show. What an intelligently pitched baseball game. As a fan of baseball as well as good writing, it was just a pure pleasure knowing that, as I watched you pitch, within MERE HOURS you would have a detailed game recap on 38pitches.com.

    You’ve really got something special going here. I can’t think of any athlete that’s as big of a name as you are who keeps a legit blog. It’s obvious you put a great deal of time and thought into this website. And it’s not like you have to; this is something that you are doing above and beyond the call of being a pro athlete. Thank you for your words. Maybe the Globe will cave and give you a daily column to run alongside that of the infamous CHB.

    That AB against Molina in the 7th was fantastic–way to put him away. And thank you, thank you so very much, for tipping your cap as you ducked into the dugout after the 8th today. It’s a simple gesture that means the world to those 35,000+. Keep on rockin’ man.

  50. pitchinguru32 permalink
    April 15, 2007 1:24 am

    Curt,

    Fantastic job. I really liked the gameplan and you seemed really focused. I have a question for you though.

    In the eighth inning, you started Izturis off with three offspeed pitches, not sure if it was two split-changes and a curve but why didn’t you attack the zone with fastballs with a 5 run lead? I understand that the Angels are an agressive team, and that izturis is pretty agressive as well, but by in large from the 7th inning on they were taking a strike unless they were a power threat. If a pitcher throws 70% fastballs, then i assume its his best pitch. Why wouldn’t the pitcher throw his best there and get ahead of the hitter to try and get the first out? Izturis was retired, however I am curious as to the approach. Were you just sticking to the plan?

  51. cmac323 permalink
    April 15, 2007 1:43 am

    Hey Shaggy, any plans on getting a haircut sometime soon??? :)

  52. sonofapitcherman permalink
    April 15, 2007 2:09 am

    Great to see you and Wake get back to back wins. How about Wake having the best ERA on the team at this point, especially since he rarely gets mentioned in the same breath as you, Beckett, and Dice-K. Could you speak a little to what Wake brings to the team?

    I always thought it was asinine for people to question whether you could blog and pitch during the same season, as if writing your thoughts would exhaust you and take away from your on the field performance. They must be indulging a fantasy and missing the point that you continually try to make, that you are not that much different from everyone else, that we all must perform and multi-task daily. Well, if any player could do it, and do it well, Curt Schilling could. You write pretty well for an athlete, er, baseball player.

    Seems like everything went your way, today. Do you feel like you had it going on today, or was luck just on your side, marginal pitches got hit right at fielders, and the A’s had an off day, or were you winning the battles based on prep and execution? Or a combination of the two?

  53. April 15, 2007 2:15 am

    Awesome job today! (Nearly lost my voice cheering.) Was kind of hoping that you’d pitch a CG, though…

  54. shinryu permalink
    April 15, 2007 2:43 am

    Thanks for another fantastic outing, Curt! Keep it up!

  55. jespinel permalink
    April 15, 2007 2:50 am

    Hi Curt.
    It seems that you have a special bond with this place, and i don’t mean just baseball. I get the feeling (and probably so do you) that you were meant to be here in this part of your life. You seem to have a lot of love for this place for just a couple of years. Winter can be harsh, media can be a pain in the butt and some fans may be inconsiderate sometimes. Right now im in a position in which i may have to leave the area for good and it causing me some sadness. There are many, many things that make this place special for me, things that i know I can’t live without and will miss if I decide to go. Can you please elaborate on your experience here in the area, and what makes this place so special for you and your family? Thanks.

  56. mannyiac permalink
    April 15, 2007 3:16 am

    Hey Curt … First I’d like to start by saying Thank you for 2004.I waited a lifetime for that.Secondly,Great game tonight!!You looked in mid-season form out there.
    I’d like to ask you 2 questions.What would you think of Clemens joining the Red Sox staff?Also,How do you feel about Damon going to the Yankees?Do you think he betrayed the Red Sox and the Boston fans or was it just a business decision?
    Thanks again and keep up the great pitching and blogging ….. Ed

  57. Tom Field permalink
    April 15, 2007 4:06 am

    OK, so this was a new reaction to a pitching performance.

    I was in a bar, grabbing a bite to eat, when you walked off the mound after finishing off the Angels in the 8th. It’d been a dominating performance, Curt, and the fans let you know it. As you walked off to the applause, I turned to my wife and said “We’ll definitely be hearing about this game from Curt.”

    That’s how much a part of the Sox culture your blog has become. Used to be that we fans couldn’t wait for the NESN highlights or next day’s paper. Now it’s your next entry.

    Can’t really add anything to the the fans’ comments or your own, except to say I’m pleased with how the entire team has played over the past week. Lugo and Drew are off to great starts in their Sox careers; defense has been at least solid, often impressive; bats are fine for winter in April; and the bullpen has been there when called upon.

    I’ve got tickets to today’s & tomorrow’s games, but given the forecast … well, I don’t know if I’ll even leave my house. I had tickets for last Thursday’s game, too. What, is it me?

    Question: Two weeks into the MLB season, given what you’ve seen on the field and in the highlights, what are the biggest stories?

    Recommendation: The animated film “Everyone’s Hero,” just out on DVD. OK, so it’s got a Yankees plot (theft of Babe Ruth’s bat), but it’s a fun, engaging film with a good message for kids (“Keep on swinging”). All-star cast — Rob Reiner, William Macy, Whoopi Goldberg & others — and the film was produced by the late Christopher and Dana Reeve. In fact, the DVD has quite a moving tribute to the Reeves and their dedication to this film. Great baseball movie for a rainy day.

    best,

    Tom

  58. frankfromgloucester permalink
    April 15, 2007 5:02 am

    Nice game RED LIGHT !! Good by men

  59. aussiesoxfan permalink
    April 15, 2007 5:38 am

    Hi Curt

    Great effort, loved it.

    Im happy with the 10am start on Monday as that is midnight Sydney time which is somewhat more reasonable than the 1pm games (3am Sydney time). The 7pm games are on at 9am which are hard to get to if you are a normal business hours working guy. Thank god for MLB TV as Fox Sports Australia has a tendency of replacing games at the last moment with bass fishing or sheep dog trials or other bizarre sports ( I kid you not) and there is no dedicated baseball channel.

    I apologise to all the baseball only followers for my next question.

    My question is do the major league guys follow the cricket at all. The cricket world cup is on at present and Australia are hot favourites to win it for a third time in a row. It is the sport that most resembles baseball with its bat/ball action and the massive amount of statistics that go with it. There is also bowlers that bowl 95-100 mph and spin bowlers who bowl at 55mph (which would be similar to knuckleball pitchers ). In the past I believe the sport has been hard to follow due to its length (5 days a game ) however with the advent of 1 day cricket (which the world cup is) it has appealed to more people. So is there any interest at all or do you guys regard it as just a crazy sport the Aussies, English and other colonial countries play.

    Kind Regards

    Frank

  60. redsox1918 permalink
    April 15, 2007 6:47 am

    Curt,

    One of the best things about your blog, obviously, is your in depth pitching analysis. I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say that brings a new dimension that the media often completely ignores,…..and that frustrates the heck out of me. If I’m a member of the media, I want to ask the pitchers questions like….

    “How many pitches did you miss with today? Was that pitch in that situation, just a good piece of hitting by the batter? Did the home plate umpire have a shoebox for a strikezone today? (And pitchers can politely disagree with the umpire, no harm done) Did the opposing team take advantage of every mistake pitch today?”

    I just think it adds so much more to the game. As an example, that Molina AB in the seventh was interesting. Molina battled you for ten pitches, and then you did a nice job of finishing him off,…that AB got your pitch count up late in the game, costing a chance for the first Red Sox shutout since Pedro’s shutout against TB. There’s so many turning points and individual pitching battles in a game, that the media just glosses over,….instead, we are treated with gyroball story nonsense. Thank heavens for your blog… :)

  61. chillyme permalink
    April 15, 2007 6:53 am

    Great outing. Thanks for the post-game breakdown, fascinating stuff.

    I suspect some up and coming pitchers may start their own notebooks—-or should.

    Love the comments on umpiring. They are only human, after all. I agree it’s much easier working with the ones who realize this and can admit mistakes. I’m very happy to see a trend of the umps conferring with each other more often. They really do try to make the right call.

    You’re willingness to hand the ball over after the eigth for the reasons you stated is to be commended. Be it taking the high road, doing what is best for the team, or the wisdom of maturity, it’s a remarkable move worth mentioning.

    Finally, your attempt at describing the feeling of walking off the mound at Fenway after a memorable performance is priceless, Curt. As a fan, it is wonderful to know the message is heard and appreciated. As a player, I hope you take those moments and hold them for a long, long time. Red Sox Nation loves their Sox.

    Onward! :)

  62. thedoctorx permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:14 am

    As with everyone else, great game!! Had to watch it on the computer but a pleasure:

    1. Great outing!
    2. Nice HR for Big Papi!
    3. Kudos for Donnelly–he had a tough time last time.
    4. J.D. Drew–there were people who wondered about him. How is he fitting in? Seems to be doing well . . . though he IS under .400 now . . . :D

    Anyways, the question I posted was about the ritual of purposely hitting a batter–where it comes from . . . why it is there.

    –J.D.

  63. April 15, 2007 7:29 am

    Curt,
    What an awesome game. I did get a little worried about you looking tired in the 7th and was surprised that you came out for the 8th. But what an inning! My son is in Nashville, so we shared the game together over the cell phone as we both watched Fox on each end.
    I’ll tell ya too, that game Wake pitched Friday was fabulous as well. I haven’t seen him look that good in a long time. I was able to see it after winning the MLB package from your site. Thanks for that!
    I do have a question for you about Tek. Is he ok, I mean, I know that his bat is off a bit, and it is early. But at one point yesterday it looked like he may have been limping a bit going back to first base. Too me, he is the heart of that team and I would hate to see anything happen this year to him.
    Thanks again for a Great game.

  64. April 15, 2007 7:52 am

    Great Game! It is so nice to start seeing those bats come alive. Wake needed that. I better go out and get some furniture today!!!!!

  65. April 15, 2007 8:10 am

    Superb outing today. It was really great to see you locate your pitches!

    While your curve balls were really impressive…..I loved some of the inside fast ball pitches you threw to the left handed hitters. From the batters view it must have looked like the ball was going to hit them and then snuck in on them in the strike zone.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most difficult, how do you rate the difficult of throwing this pitch for a right hander?

    Last Question – your last pitches to Molina . . . what goes through your mind after you have thrown your 5th and subsequent pitches to Molina? Do you have to reset your mind for each pitch? You could tell that you just wanted to get it over with. But… mentally – what do you say to yourself to keep every pitch as crisp for such a long at bat?

    Keep up the good work.

  66. redsoxgrrl permalink
    April 15, 2007 8:38 am

    This line actually choked me up

    “I need to be healthy in October, and as fresh as I can be.”

    Awesome game today, Curt! Was a pleasure to watch. Thanks.

  67. thedannyboy permalink
    April 15, 2007 8:50 am

    Nice game, Curt….but remember…I’m watching you….and your waistline!

  68. pnut1177 permalink
    April 15, 2007 8:55 am

    Hey Curt, Thanks for a fantastic 8 inning performance. It was my pleasure to watch you pitch 8 strong. I can honestly say from a Red Sox fan since seemingly birth that I have never enjoyed watching a pitcher as much as I do you. Kudos on keeping your batters guessing and never giving them the same look twice. You unlike so many have learned to adapt to your seniority in the league. Time and time again you see that pitcher that just trys so hard to throw that 98 mph fastball that they once had and when it doesn’t happen for them it causes mistake after mistake. Not to take anything away from your fastball,as it is still a fantastic pitch just ask Molina =), but to have other ammo is always a beautiful thing. Looks like the team is shaping up nicely and it was especially sweet to see some offense from the utility players in Hinske and Mirabelli. Now all that we need is the NE weather to cooperate so we can get into a groove. I have kind of an off the wall question, but it’s been driving me crazy. What’s the scoop with Clement, any idea what kind of a role he will be playing, and more importantly is he coming back at all? It has really been a strange year now just watching him sitting on the bench I’m sure he’s a great guy but if he can’t contribute to the team I guess I don’t quite understand what his role is.

  69. paulonh permalink
    April 15, 2007 9:05 am

    Curt,

    Great outing! Your talent and dedication are appreciated by all of us, the Nation of New England Sports Fans.

    Can you please explain the history behind this ridiculous fued between you and Dan Shaugnessy? It baffles me how the two of you cannot find a way to be civil to each other. He has to stop randomly insulting you in his articles and you really should stop acknowledging and responding to his barbs.

    I used to read his columns in the Globe and enjoy them, but over the last couple of years he’s deteriorated into this snarky, petty goof who thinks he’s much funnier than he really is. What the heck happened to this guy?? He’s become completely irrelevent.

    I know this seems ironic, considering that I’m the one bringing up Shaugnessy and asking you to comment on him, but I wish you wouldn’t respond to his childish attacks (like when you responded to his blog parody). To respond to something as pathetic as that “column” (if you can call it that) is to give it validation that it does not deserve. And it sets a bad example for the kids (and other people) who look up to you. — Please help us to teach our kids (I have two and a third one on the way) the valuable lesson: What do you do if somebody calls you a bad name? You ignore him and feel sorry for him, because you understand that his words stem from insecurity and low self-esteem. If you respond with an insult (like calling him “CHB”), then the bully wins by dragging you down to his level.

    Make us proud, Mr. Schilling — take the high road.

    Sincerely,
    A Parent/Fan (in that order)

  70. jaxirish permalink
    April 15, 2007 9:08 am

    Looked like another great game. Matthew Jr. was mad because he didn’t get to see you pitch. It was supposed to be on TV here in Florida but they decided to put Hou-Phil. on. I will have to break down and order MLB on my cable so we can watch. It is funny how a lot of the “experts” were saying you might be all done. Way to throw that back in their faces. Do you use the comments in the media as motivation?
    Matt Cahill
    irsh6738@comcast.net

  71. beyondb4 permalink
    April 15, 2007 9:20 am

    It’s a good bet that green monster is gobbling up mice today! Or is it mouses? Watch out for your cell phones and blackberries! That monster is running wild! Go Bosox!

  72. rcicotte24 permalink
    April 15, 2007 9:46 am

    Excellent outing against LAA, I don’t see very many pitchers throwing the ball that well, and disposing of LAA’s hitting the way you did. I was impressed with the way you pitched, but I did have a question, I noticed you threw a few breaking balls that we haven’t seen from Schill in the past, how is the progress with those breaking balls coming, and how does it feel to have those in the arsenal now?

  73. April 15, 2007 9:48 am

    Just wanted to say awesome game curt, and red sox. Keep up the good work.

    Erika

  74. jasvlm permalink
    April 15, 2007 9:48 am

    Excellent outing. The Angels seem tailor made to your new approach of getting outs early in the count, because they rarely seem to go deep in the count in most ABs. As I see it, they may have the best pitching in the AL top to bottom, but unless they find a way to work better pitchers harder, they’ll struggle to go deep into the playoffs, if they should make it there.

    My question: You seem to be gaining more confidence in the changeup. You threw a few first pitch changes that worked for outs, and I’m wondering how you are feeling about it. If you had a 3-2 count with 2 on and 1 out to Jeter, would you feel confident enough to throw it then?

    Congrats on a superbly pitched game. Given the weather, it may be the one we’re talking about for the next 3 days…
    JAS

  75. brunansky21 permalink
    April 15, 2007 9:56 am

    Ahhh..fantasy baseball. Mr. Schilling, what do you think about fantasy baseball in terms on what it has done to the game, and what is the sentiment of many of the pros in your opinion? Do some play it?

  76. redsox733 permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:00 am

    Mr. Schilling

    Great job last night. I was just wonderning seeing the other night Timlin catch Mirabelli’s homer and seeing him catch other players home runs before I was wondering what he does with the baseball after?

  77. richgnx permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:07 am

    Hey Curt
    Another great outing turned out by the ace! Everything seemed to be working out just well enough for you. The one pitch that sticks out in my mind was the 7th inning change up to hillenbrand. I’ve been somewhat critical of the change but that one was filthy! A few questions for you… The national announcers were discussing your transition from a pure power pitcher to one who has to rely more upon location and pitch selection to get outs. As a pitcher, and a seemingly prideful man, does it get frustrating that you can’t elevate like you used to? Is it difficult to have to rely on location when the competitor in you knows that five years ago you could have blown away a batter with your fastball? I saw you hit 93 a few times yesterday. What can you elevate to if you had to? Keep up the good work!
    -Rich

  78. pnut1177 permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:10 am

    I chimed in earlier just to offer my congrats on a fantastic peformance, but failed to mention how truly appreciative I am of your blog. Someone mentioned in an earlier post how we have watched the same game, and just to have your inside perspective vs. that of a sports analyst is just incredible. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I’m sure from others for taking the time out of no doubt your own personal time to write and stay in touch with your fan base and to all of Sox Nation. No words can thank you enough for all that you do for your community, for our community and for the game of baseball. In a time in baseball when other players don’t even give their fans so much as a glance here you are probably still drying off from your post game shower reaching out to us all. Thanks a million for being who you are both on and off the field.

  79. joei71 permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:11 am

    Note to management… Okay, now how much would you pay? …but wait, there’s more!

    Yeah, I know you’re not thinking that way but I had to say it. Keep up the great work… there were many more than 35000 at home on our feet cheering too!

  80. April 15, 2007 10:25 am

    Curt:
    Very good game and a very good blog today.

    I love the way you just described the game Umpire Tim Timmons had. I am a Basketball referee and tend to watch the way officials and players interact. I saw a lot of inconsistancies in the zone but did not see any obvious displays of disatisfaction from you. You seem to let Tek take care of that and it keeps you more focused instead of getting P-off. Is that true?

    You understand that the guys doing these games are the best in the world at it. They make mistakes, and usually know when they do, and feel worse about it than a player may ever realize. I know that’s how I feel. I’ll bet Tim Timmons can read that paragraph and honestly agree with some of what you say and respect you for commenting professionally and honestly for what he may disagree with. I hope.

    Kids need to hear stars talk like this. Referees and Umpires are not neccessary evils, they are a vital part of any sport. TV just shows the bad side of Player – Official relationships.

    They had mic on him for some of the game and he sounds like a nice guy who was enjoying every minute of the game. That is what I think makes a great official.

    See you bright and early Monday Morning, I love Patriots Day!

  81. Sparhawk permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:26 am

    Hey Curt –

    That rush is incredible I am sure, and well-damn deserved. We attended all the games this week except yours (sorry nothing personal!). It was a great week, but Dice-K’s debut was great, like the playoffs, too bad Felix pitched so great, he is going to be amazing for Seattle.
    Always a pleasure to watch the Sox and it’s great to see the bats start clicking. We are going to be great this year. I want to thank you for your posts again for they make fascinating reading. Please keep up the great work. See you at the Yankees game next Friday! Take care, go Sox.

    Brian Sparhawk
    Springvale, Maine

  82. danindelray permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:41 am

    Curt,
    You mentioned that you appreciate umpires who admit when they make a mistake. Clearly, the home plate ump didn’t have the best day, and his biggest mistake came on the 3-0 fastball that was around Lowell’s shoulders that he called a strike. Mike fouled off the next pitch, then took a fastball on the outside corner for ball four, getting the walk he should have had all along.

    I thought that the last pitch was much closer to being a strike than the 3-0 pitch, and it made me wonder whether the ump was “making it up” to Lowell by calling a borderline pitch a ball, because he knew he’d made a mistake earlier.

    Do umps make those kind of “amends” for their mistakes? Its a subtle thing – the ump isn’t going to make another blatant bad call to ‘even things up’ – but that isn’t the first time I’ve seen this sort of thing happen.

    By the way, great game, and I take back everything I said about you in KC. :0)

  83. jebebrad permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:57 am

    Thank You Curt for your accessability and for everything you have done for the Red Sox and the Nation. Just as noteworthy is committment to ALS research and individual families you have helped so much!!! Best Wishes for your wife in the Marathon.

    My question: As a fan this year’s Red Sox team seems very committed to a ‘team first’ attitude. This is evident by the willingness of bench players to accept their role and still be very positive, yourself coming out after 8 innings yesterday w/o the complete game or shutout, Pap not pitching the 9th on Friday to get a save, JD coming out yesterday w/o one more chance to extend his hitting streak. How important is this ‘team first attitude’? Thank You!!

  84. jimmykc permalink
    April 15, 2007 11:30 am

    Curt: Great game! At risk of being called a basement dwelling ass kisser, I’ll share what the Fox boys said about you on their broadcast. (Actually, my son is presently living in the basement and I haven’t kissed any asses since graduating from med school in’68 in case CHB is lurking.) They showed a Hall of Fame comparison to Drysdale, Bunning, and Hunter among others and you compared most favorably. To me it will be a no brainer when the time comes.

  85. theotherm permalink
    April 15, 2007 11:42 am

    NICE!!! Curt, What is an overhand curve? What makes it different than a regular curve? Also, have you seen this commercial yet? Very funny!
    Have a great Sunday
    Wendy

  86. oriolepost permalink
    April 15, 2007 11:49 am

    Curt,

    I am a blogger as well take photos at various games I attend, and I have a few of you chatting with Millar.

    Good luck to you and the Sox this year…

  87. theotherm permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:54 pm

    Regarding my previous post and “the commercial”guess it makes no sense since they took out the link I sent…it was Big Papi and Posada for espn, it’s on the Dirt Dogs site as well.

  88. fervent permalink
    April 15, 2007 12:55 pm

    Phenomenal! Shaping up to be the best 1 thru 5 rotation of my life once Lester/Hansack assume the 5 spot. Think about it, 1 thru 4 have all been considered/projected at one time to win the CY. Congratulations Schill, this is the time of every Sox’ fan’s life.

  89. irnbru permalink
    April 15, 2007 1:40 pm

    Hello, Curt.

    I saw some confusion on another website and got it into my head.

    I was at the Wakefield game. Can you make sure JD knows we were all chanting “Dreeeeeeeewwwww” and not booing him? Just a little affectionate Youk Treatment ™ for the man :).

    I know he probably knows, but the confusion on the website made me worry.

  90. robmo permalink
    April 15, 2007 1:50 pm

    “I thought ball 4 was a strike but Tim Timmons didn’t, and once again he wins….”

    Haha, yeah man, I think everyone could tell by the look on your face that you didn’t exactly agree with Timmons.

    Nice outing, I’m sure we’ll get plenty more just like ‘em!

  91. bploetz permalink
    April 15, 2007 1:50 pm

    Great game yesterday Curt.

    We often see you telling the home plate umpire “good game” when you’re walking off the mound after your last inning of work. Your comments about Tim Timmons got me wondering if you only do that when you actually feel like the ump called a good game, or do you always do it, even when the ump was not doing a good job, so that you can stay in their good graces that may buy you a borderline call down the line?

  92. daveinnc permalink
    April 15, 2007 2:08 pm

    Curt, solid game yesterday, good to see you on track. What a play by Lowell, he seems to me, like Bill Mueller, to be the definition of a professional. My highlights this weekend which I would like to ask you about are:

    1. Wake, what an effort by that guy, he looks like he is throwing tissue paper up there. Now that he is healthy, can he keep it up all season.

    2. Fri night; Vlad vs JP. WOW, how many other pitchers do you know that would throw 4 consecutive fastball STRIKES to that guy, including strike 3 right down broadway, in that situation.

  93. redsoxgirl21 permalink
    April 15, 2007 2:19 pm

    Curt,
    I was one of those 35000 cheering for you and you deserved all the praise we could give you. This weekend was the start of my birthday celebrations and seeing you pitch (and pitch well!) was such a great way to start things off. Theres nothing like being at Fenway, I love every second of it.
    Thanks for all you do!
    Good Luck with the rest of the season!

  94. gosox04 permalink
    April 15, 2007 2:20 pm

    I’ve got a Johnny Damon question. It seems that the Red Sox players were “very OK” with the fact that Johnny signed with the Yankees. What did you think about it? Were any Red Sox players upset by the fact that he signed with the Red Sox biggest rivals?

  95. doats permalink
    April 15, 2007 2:38 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thinking about all the weather that teams have been dealing with this year. How much do all the rainouts and schedule changes affect you (and other pitchers)? Is it hard to plan your schedule or do your homework when you’re not sure when you’ll be pitching next and against whom?

  96. allfin permalink
    April 15, 2007 3:15 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Kind of a wierd question but, do you know when you win the Chevy player of the game award, like you did on saturday? Do they present you with some type of award or is it really just something for us tv viewers at home? Thanks Curt have a good one!

    -Paul

  97. April 15, 2007 3:27 pm

    Curt, beautiful performance. So wanted to see you pitch the CG but it just wasn’t the right thing to do. Your mound presence and confidence was spot on tonight.

    We’re going to be scary good when Manny starts hitting.

    Peace

  98. April 15, 2007 3:42 pm

    Daaaaamn, Curt … that game was AMAZING. It looked like you could throw anything for a strike at any time. Very happy for you that you had a game like that. As much as I understand the whole pitch count issue, I would have loved to have seen you come out for the final frame.

    Still, a five-pitch first inning? I saw that and just KNEW the fans were in for something special.

    Congrats again … GO SOX!

  99. musashimiyamoto permalink
    April 15, 2007 3:56 pm

    You pitched an amazing game Curt, it was fun to watch. I’ve grown up in Boston my whole life, and watching the Red Sox is something I know I’ll always do. I’m also excited that RA Salvatore is onboard your company’s creative team. I loved the Dark Elf novels when I was younger (Drizzt lives!)

    I have a question I have been wanting to ask a Major League player. What are some of the things you do to keep in a good mental state before a game? Baseball, particularly pitching, seems like a job where a person could really sort of “jinx” themselves before a game (and by jinx I mean allowing negative thoughts or fear to impact their performance). Are there times when you step off the mound after a great performance and wonder if you can do it again? Again, what are some of the things you do to stay mentally focused (or relaxed? Can pitchers be relaxed on the mound?) and enjoy being a Major League pitcher? Are there any successful pitchers who are nervous all the time, or rely on superstition, etc? Thanks for any response. I wonder this because I work as a creative writer, and sometimes I’ll sit down to create something and the confidence just isn’t there. Or sometimes I wonder if the ability has just magically up and left. Do you ever feel this way and how do you overcome it?
    I am deeply impressed with Major League players who are able to excel on a national stage with so much pressure, travel, and competition. I know that how players prepare outside of their physical practice must be just as important as what happens in the gym or in simluated games or in the batting cage…but they never seem to talk about it. Any insight? Or is it just none of our business? Again, great game and I wish you success in all you endeavor.

  100. autigersdrew permalink
    April 15, 2007 4:23 pm

    Curt, first of all, as a fellow brother in Christ, thanks so much for sharing your struggles… It means alot to see someone take a stand like you do. Here is my question. Awhile back, you told us what 9 players you would like to play with. You never mentioned a closer. Just in my lifetime, i was born in 1985, there have been many many many good ones. Which one would you choose to close your game? Papelbon is quite sensational. Rivera is dang good as well. Would it have been John Smoltz, since he was known as possibly THE dominant closer when he was one a few seasons ago. Or would it be Billy Wagner? Or when Mark Wohlers was amazing in the mid-90′s, before he had his mental meltdown? Or during his 1st few seasons, John Rocker was also really good… So which one that has played in the last 21 yrs, would you choose???

  101. clintfw permalink
    April 15, 2007 4:36 pm

    Great game Curt,
    Is confidence a big part of a pitcher’s game? Continue the great work and make the management sweat a little for waiting.

  102. thankusox04 permalink
    April 15, 2007 5:31 pm

    Hey Curt, SWEET game yesterday!! I was one of the lucky 35,000+ who got to witness that gem in person. I was sitting in section 18 (right behind home plate, a little towards the first base line) and we were in front of a bunch of Angels fans. I am happy to report that even the Angels fans were standing for you at the end of the 8th inning, I couldn’t believe it! These particular fans are following their team from city to city (wish I could do that!). I heard one guy say, “how can you NOT appreciate a great performance like that”.

    The other really cool thing for me personally was Papi’s homer. I had just said, “Man, the only way this game could be any better is if I got to see a Papi blast”…then BOOM, Papi does it again!!

    It’s so great to see you proving everyone (well, everyone OUTSIDE of RSN) wrong. Good luck (and more importantly HEALTH) the rest of the way.

  103. soxyfan permalink
    April 15, 2007 5:33 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I have heard that I missed a really great game. I have one question, you pitched 8 shut out innings, why not try for the game?

  104. thankusox04 permalink
    April 15, 2007 5:41 pm

    P.S.- I would also like to make a plea to the Sox FO. GIVE THE MAN HIS EXTENSION NOW! What more does he have to prove (besides risking his CAREER for our first WS in 86 years?). I don’t care if he totally breaks down half way through and you need to pay him 15mil to be a cheerleader….GET ‘ER DONE!!

  105. soxbeach68 permalink
    April 15, 2007 6:05 pm

    Curt…I’m 39…single with no kids…I’m starting to look back at things differently now with some regrets…wishing i would have done some things differently all the while knowing that at my age—it ain’t gonna happen.

    Then I watch you “pitch” to these young kids–not just throw it by ‘em…AND KICK THEIR !##$!

    I gotta go call that 25 year old brunette bartender…GAME ON!

    ………..Of course you realize if you don’t keep this up, there’s this 52 year old cleaning lady who’s just iching to “add” me as a client.

    For the love of God man when you’re out on the mound, think “HOT BRUNETTE BARTENDER”…..not “old wrinkly cleaning lady”.
    I’ll be in Cleveland at the end of July…I’ll make a sign just in case…

  106. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    April 15, 2007 6:42 pm

    I just have to say that I have been a Curt Schilling fan a long time and when I heard Curt you were coming to my Boston Red Sox, I couldn’t wait to tell my cousin’s husband who now lives here in MA that we got Curt Schilling!, who is a Yankee’s fan since he is from New York. I have to say I love the fact that you are the only pitcher that I know of that takes notes. I can also appreciate the fact that no one can talk to you on the days you pitch and I get a kick of of it that you and Beckett are always on camera chit chatting in the dugout on other days. I like Beckett alot too since FLA and I don’t care what anyone says, I love the Ford commercial when you came on board to Boston and said you had to break our curse and you helped us win the World Series! Last summer I finally got to the Baseball Hall of Fame and guess what floor I started on…the top floor where your bloody sock is in the case and took my first picture! you are my favorite pitcher since I have been a baseball fan since 2000, when I was introduced to fantasy baseball and could appreciated stats and even remember when you, Curt was live miched and discussing the football draft in the dugout at Fenway that was to take place if I remember about August 15th that year. Well all in all I am a big baseball fan and I have done fantasy baseball as I mentioned before since 2000 and in one league this year, I am happy to say I drafted you, Papelbon and Beckett in one league! thanks to you for all your help and Shonda for all that you do in the foundations! Kudos and go Red Sox in 2007!

  107. sf1959 permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:00 pm

    Curt,
    Awesome game. I love your insights on the batters. You bring a totally new prospective as an “insider”. The rotation looks solid. It seems like the baseball ops guys stockpiled starters and relievers after what happened last year.
    I am curious any ideas on why so many players especially pitchers are coming up with strains and muscle pulls? I just read that the Yanks placed Moose and Pavano on the DL. We all know Timlin just came off the DL with an oblique strain. Has there been a change in conditioning philosophy to explain such an increase?
    In any event here’s wishing a healthy and successful 2007 season.
    BTW Best wishes to the marathoners!

  108. sbasil permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:07 pm

    Curt,

    I was at the game behind home plate yesterday and definitely thought you were headed to a CG until the 7th. Did the Angels numerous pitching changes in the bottom of the 6th have any impact on you given the cold day in retrospect? I know you’re not looking for a rationale or excuseas I am just wondering about the reality of the situation.

    I saw Charles Pierce’s scribblings in the Globe today. I find it amusing that the alleged champions of free speech in the print media are so indignant about your qualifications to communicate directly with public vs. allowing them to present Curt Schilling in the light that they feel is best. I guess that free speech and expertise on baseball, gaming and politics can only come from journalism graduates who who were trained extensively on the biases of their college professors. The same professors who have hidden from the real world on their college campuses in their bubbles which have allowed them to pontificate on several subjects in which they have no actual experience. It’s funny now that the writers they have trained now rail against you because you lack experience in journalism while they have no background in the subject matter they discuss.

    I also find the complaints in their articles about this blog to wreak of internal focus as they are quick to mention how many words are in your blog entries. I don’t think they realize that their readers/customers don’t care if entries are lengthy. That’s an newspaper industry business issue relative to space and advertising and nothing the general public cares about.

    Keep up the good work on and off the field.

  109. aaubrey10 permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:30 pm

    first off, i was just wondering if you guys are getting use to this rain postponements..

    Second off, I was watching the game, and I couldn’t help but notice that Garrett is having a comeback year, he use to be one of my favorite players, then i thought he was breaking down. As fox showed your pitch count you had three or four seven pitch innings, and I thought that was big help as you got down the road in the game. Tim and Joe (fox reporters ) were pulling all these stats during the game, and the one that blew me away , were the pitchers in hall of fame and how if you were to retire today, you would be leading them in all of stats ( strikeouts , wins) i cant remember the rest.

    Also i was just wonder what you think of Julian as a stater? i think he is really good starter, he’s a surprising one in there, i think he’ll be fine. He has one year under his belt, and he knows how to pitch.

  110. aaubrey10 permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:34 pm

    I was just wondering, if you were to pick the Dirt Dog (Trot) or JD who would you pick?

    and by the way, when fox is on i cant stand those guys there horrible bring back the Rem Dawg and Don!!!

    Basement PLEASEE!!!

  111. icedaddyvi permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:49 pm

    Hi Mr. Schilling,
    I have enjoyed your blog from day one, especially the days after you pitch.

    I was wondering if during the long rain/sleet/wind delay you will have tomorrow, you could talk a little about Jackie Robinson and the celebrations that have gone on today. There has been constant talk on sports radio for the past few days and some controversy about the amount of people wearing 42, who is wearing 42, etc. What are your thoughts about his impact on the game and society in general? Are you concerned that the declining numbers of African-American baseball players in dinimishing the quality of play in the field and, in turn, hurting the popularity of the game?
    Good luck in your start.
    Tom

  112. graeme520 permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:54 pm

    Very nicely pitched game mr.schilling,it seemed like the ”pitching to contact” theory was utilized to its fullest in that game, with 4 strikeouts as well. And it also seemed like you kept vlad under control. That being said, who, in your opinion, is the toughest out in the american league, that is not on the redsox?

  113. April 15, 2007 7:57 pm

    Curt,

    Nice post. Quick question.

    Do you notice yourself slowing up your whole body on some changeups? I’ve noticed it a few times over your last few outings. Is it a time where it’s just more important to get the changeup over than deceiving the hitters with arm speed?

    Thanks again for the blog, I love reading it.

    Boston Fan in AZ.
    Ed Farias

  114. bayareakenny permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:59 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks again for another great performance and for taking the time to help me understand the game better. As being a fan has morphed from identifying with the players and the team to more or less cheering for clothing (Seinfeld’s line), I have morphed as a fan as well. I will always love the Red Sox, but now my attachment to the players of ’04 is stronger than my allegiance to the team. You and your mates gave me something my Mother and her parents never experienced, and I am deeply grateful. Wherever you finish your career, under whatever circumstances, I will be rooting for you, because of your performance in 2004.

    Now a question. When you’re pitching well, and everything’s clicking, and you throw the pitch you and Tek chose based on your research, and the batter crushes it even though you threw it well and you hit your target, does that bother you? Or do you mentally tip your cap and say to yourself, “I gave you my best and you beat me,” and then shrug it off.

    Cheers, kenny

  115. firedannyainge permalink
    April 15, 2007 8:06 pm

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

    Curt good game. I was at the Wakefield game Friday night (behind my pole where I always get the tickets no one wants) freezing my butt off. Nice to see that after they hit for my game (your teammates) they also hit for yours.

  116. sidelgato permalink
    April 15, 2007 8:11 pm

    Curt, I have to tell you how much I admire what you have done since you came here to the Red Sox. I remember watching the truck commercial where you said you were going to Boston to win a championship and you did. You ground it out through the “bloody sock”…that was legendary as far as I’m concrned. You are apart of Red Sox lore after that. Watching you on Saturday against the Angels was spectacular. You consistently grind it out. You compete everytime you pitch. As a fan, that’s the best thing to see. I hope you stay here in Boston. Many Thanks.

  117. rpken2632 permalink
    April 15, 2007 8:35 pm

    Curt,
    Dang, you guys look good right now–when you play. I’ve been transplanted here in the Seattle area for ten years, and you are right about Felix–this guy could be one for the ages.
    I have a baseball coaching question for you, if you get around to it in the next Q/A. I am in my first year as a J.V. coach and have a sophomore player with legitimate potential as a Varsity pitcher–unfortunately, I’ve never pitched, so I don’t know the best way to develop his velocity and movement. It is good for J.V., but Varsity hitters will knock him around. Any ideas?
    Keep rockin’ the Nation, buddy–if only to further Shaughnessy’s antipathy for bloggers!

  118. simsarah permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:34 pm

    Totally off topic, but best wishes for Shonda in the marathon tomorrow. Hope she has a fun run and the fundraising goes well. Hope the weather isn’t TOO awful up there!

  119. fanofschill permalink
    April 16, 2007 7:52 am

    Great Game -

    Are your kids aware of what you do and how popular you are here? Do they find it tough dealing with fans when you are together or when they are at school? I imagine that could be tough after a bad start for them.

    do they enjoy the Boston area?

    Also, are any of your kids dreaming of being just like their dad?

  120. beyondb4 permalink
    April 16, 2007 8:03 am

    Blessings to Shonda and her team! Maybe the wind and rain will abate.

  121. jblaze4 permalink
    April 16, 2007 10:13 am

    It’s understandable that Tito takes you out of the game to keep you healthy for the “important” games in October, but 103 pitches? It’s not like it’s that many…And if i’m not mistaken, didn’t you throw about 124-126 through like 6 or 7 innings in one of last years starts? I’ll just never understand it through that standpoint, like you said; keeping you healthy through the whole year is obviously more important, but for the long and short of it; a CG SO is what I thought most pitchers strive for…I guess what i’m really trying to say, is that I don’t think it would’ve been to risky just to try. Set up a rule at least, for instance: a lead off single, then you come out of the game, or walk etc, etc…I just hate to see great pitchers such as yourself, to not get those types of stats that really do ‘matter’ when It comes time for the “HOF” and things of that nature…the way you pitched Saturday had far more importance then just a “quality” start and deserved to be finished out, or at least the chance too…Great game buddy-

  122. boomer15 permalink
    April 16, 2007 10:59 am

    Curt:

    Congratulations on a great start. So much for you coming into camp “overweight” and out of shape. Quick question, seems like you may have shortened up a bit when pitching out of the stretch. Did you work on anything different in camp this year?

  123. stopbob permalink
    April 16, 2007 11:08 am

    Hey Curt, awesome game man.

    Question- Do you have any updates on John Lester? Do you think there is any hope in him coming back this year to fill in the fifth spot in the rotation?

  124. losernomore permalink
    April 16, 2007 12:11 pm

    Hey Curt, thought I’d wait out the rain delay on your blog!

    First (and I hope you never get tired of hearing this), thank you for 2004, and not just for me! People always give the “now I can die in peace” line, but for my Dad, a lifelong fan, it was true. He passed in September ’05, with his Sox still reigning champs. No matter what happens in the future, you and that team will always be heroes!

    My question…why do you think a batter winds up “owning” a pitcher for no apparent reason and can hit him almost every time? Do you think it’s more physical (e.g., hitting background combined with release point) or mental (just knows how to guess consistently well with the pitcher/catcher)?

    Many thanks!

  125. April 16, 2007 12:37 pm

    Awesome game Curt! :)
    And good luck to Shonda today!

  126. fenwaypride permalink
    April 16, 2007 2:05 pm

    Schill,

    My gosh it is so great to watch you pitch! Living in Michigan (but originally from North Andover, MA) I don’t get to see many games, so I just relish when you guys are the game of the week! I can’t wait til Saturdays game either!! and the Yanks to boot!

    This blog is fantastic. This is the first time I have checked into it. I LOVE IT! Thanks so much for giving SO MUCH.

    You are a treasure, and I can only hope the Sox dig deep into their pockets and keep you here!

    Good Luck and God Bless..

  127. cpzrocks permalink
    April 16, 2007 2:49 pm

    go yankees!!!

  128. sonjav permalink
    April 16, 2007 3:30 pm

    Not related to the game but I have been dying to contact you regarding the shoe that was modified for you last season. My fiance is the “cobbler” who modified your shoe. He is, in fact, a custom shoemaker from The Netherlands who did his orthopedic internship at MGH. We were very excited to see it in the news and then it was gone. He never received any feedback on it. Anyways, hope it helped with your recovery.

    Good Luck this season.

  129. gr8joelness permalink
    April 16, 2007 5:23 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Great game vs. the Angels. I’m not in the T.V. area, so I had to track it online and catch the highlights later. Although your posts seem to indicate that you feel that you still have a ways to go, your results are showing me that you’re close. Good luck vs. the “Evil Empire”, which will be like night and day compared to the Angels – aggressive vs. patient.

    I know that after this year you have said that you will take it year to year. Would you say you are connected to the Sox in a way that you would forego a higher paying contract in order to stay in Boston? Would a team in the West appeal to you equally? And the big question, would you consider wearing pinstripes?

    There are a lot of things that fans don’t understand (evidenced from some of the posts here), but sometimes I really don’t think players understand fully what playing for the rival does to the fans. Having the player that you have committed your hopes to turn around and commit to the team trying to spoil your hopes and their fans that are “the enemy” is more than just a business decision. I’m really not trying to persuade you here (as if I could), just putting in my 2 cents. Your bloody sock will forever go down in Red Sox-lore, and I don’t want that tainted by a stint in the Bronx.

    Thanks for this forum, your insights, and your willingness to put up with…well, you know where I’m going with that!

    Joel – Lewisville, TX

  130. mrnazer permalink
    April 16, 2007 5:53 pm

    Hello- great to see you doing so well in your last two starts. I went to opening day with Brian L. from studio 38. Your company is lucky to have such a hard worker! He will literally work himself sick for the good of the game. Best of luck!

  131. twin1 permalink
    April 16, 2007 6:31 pm

    Curt- Doubt you’ll have time to read all the comments but in case your eye catches this one I was wondering what you thought of your curve ball on Saturday? I’m not an expert but I thought it was the best your curve has been since you came to Boston. it just seemed really sharp to me. You located it great and it seemed to be more of a 12 to 6 than I’m used to seeing from you. Have you and the new pitching coach worked on that? Great game!

  132. pemliza permalink
    April 16, 2007 9:44 pm

    Amazing game on Saturday Curt! Followed up by an amazing game today with another commanding start by Josh Beckett & even with the game yesterday cancelled, it made for a good baseball weekend for this Sox fan.

    Thank you for this forum, which allows us a fans to have an insight into the game from the perspective of a pitcher. I loved reading your feelings on walking off the mound at Fenway. I now live in Idaho, and haven’t been to Fenway in a very long time, but you still get the atmosphere watching the game. I’m hopingto get back for a game soon.
    I have a couple of questions for you.
    1) You had talked about how hard it is to travel so much and leave your family as often as you do. How often, if at all, does your family, or at least Shonda, or for that matter, the families/spouses of any of the players, get to travel with you?
    2) You hear alot about the importance of team chemistry in regards to winning. How important do you think that is, and does the 2007 Red Sox have that team chemistry?
    3) How important is it for a pitcher to go out on the mound early with a lead from the offense? On the other hand, how discouraging is it to pitch an amazing game, but lose 2-0 because of no run support?

    Thanks for taking the tim to answer questions from us! Here’s to an awesome 2007!!

    GO SOX!!

  133. varitek77 permalink
    April 16, 2007 9:56 pm

    Fantastic Game!! Thank you for the hard work. As that you are on my fantasy team, I have to admit that I was really routing for that coveted complete game shut out. However, I do understand that there are a lot of fine pitchers down in the bull pen who are just itching to get their turn. I was equally as happy with Big Papi, and Lowell and Lugo for helping me out this week. I’m REALLY happy to see ‘Tek swinging the bat and making a few base hits. No matter how good or bad he’s hitting, he’ll be #1 in my book. In my book, he’s far more valuable squatting behind the plate, than standing over it.

    Thank you so much for such a great blog. I check it everyday to see what’s new. I have learned so much from your insight, and look forward to each and every post. It’s wonderful to get such an inside look.

    Good luck on the next outing!

  134. joker7041 permalink
    April 16, 2007 10:22 pm

    Yankees are the best!!!

  135. redsoxocd92 permalink
    April 16, 2007 10:33 pm

    omg, curt you are one of my favorite pitchers! i loved your outing the other day. I was supposed to go to saturday’s game…it was going to be my first one, but unfortunately the rain ruined that. Anyways I loved josh becketts outing today, made patriots day in boston so much better. I cant wait to see your next start!!!

  136. joker7041 permalink
    April 16, 2007 10:33 pm

    Oh geez…sorry Curt, my wife left that prior comment. Go figure, I am a die-hard RedSox fan that fell in love with a Yankee fan. My poor kid is gonna be so confused as a baseball fan while she grows up…..lol. Anyways, I just wanted to say you pitched a hell of a game! Also I am with you. I think this is gonna be Beckett’s breakout year…..he’ll silence the critics for sure. I just had on question Curt. When you get inducted into the Hall of Fame, are you going in with a RedSox uniform? Once again great game man. This is going to be a great season….wicked pissa!!!!!

  137. njredsoxfan permalink
    April 16, 2007 10:54 pm

    Curt,

    My question is about one of your compadres. Tim Wakefield is one of the classiest and guttiest(gutsiest?) players I’ve ever seen. I felt many times last year Tito took him out to early in games when he’d only given up a couple runs going into the 7th and 8th innings. Tito, never lets him go fo the complete game when it is apparent he could do it. I bet Wake feels slighted by Tito for overlooking Wake’s desires for some bench mark wins. Do you think Wake should be left in longer to get those marks?

    Great game the other day. Can the pitching hold out this good all year?

  138. johnduquette permalink
    April 16, 2007 11:19 pm

    Curt,
    Wont waste your time asking more questions. Looking at your blog, you’ve got enough to answer as it is.
    Just wanted to pass along, from CT, our best wishes for you to have another stellar year with the Sox. We enjoy having you here, and should you need to leave at the end of the season (even us die-hard sox fans know it’s still a business), you will always be remembered as a stand-up guy with guts, glory and the one who brought us home the championship!

    Good luck in 2007!

  139. jjbooth permalink
    April 16, 2007 11:51 pm

    question: in today’s game vs. LA (04.16), there was the incident regarding an airborn piece of pizza. i had switched off hte game before seeing it, but i hear it got a lot of replay on NESN. my question for you is- throughout the game, there was a fan heckling (VERY loudly) nearly every batter that walked to the plate. It was annoying me, and i was just watching MLB.tv. I can only imagine how the surrounding fans felt. Was this the same guy that got pelted with the pizza? A part of me certainly wishes it was.

  140. rigley permalink
    April 17, 2007 12:44 am

    Curt,

    I just wanted to say that I really enjoy watching you pitch. I think that you play the game the way it is supposed to be played. I enjoy watching players who play the game hard, don’t take anything for granted and respect the game. I am lifelong Royals fan, but I enjoy watching players such as yourself.

  141. wickedsmaht permalink
    April 17, 2007 12:55 am

    Hey Curt…..quick question:

    If you were to throw a pizza at some other fan’s head, would you go with the straight four-seamer, or would you go with a more deceptive curve?

    Thanks. :)

  142. dylan2146 permalink
    April 17, 2007 8:01 am

    Hey, first of all, AWESOME sweep of the Angels. All 3 starters were amazing. Second, I just had a quick question for you. When you see your division rivals (the Yankees and the Jays) get beat up by a lot of injuries early on, especially to their pitching staffs, does it change the way you approach the game? I mean do you put more pressure on yourself to win games knowing that this may be the teams best shot to jump ahead? Or do you live in Red Sox world and ignore what’s going on with other ball clubs? Thanks…and btw someone posted it already, but please make sure you end your career in Boston, whether that be 1 year or 5 years more.

  143. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 17, 2007 11:04 am

    Curt,

    It is so great that the emergence of Beckett and Dice-Man allows you to have to be less of a power / strike-out pitcher and more of a finesse pitcher.

    You seem to have morphed into a Greg Maddux-foxy-type of pitcher, settling for ground balls and such instead of overpowering folks for strikeouts.

    Your pitch count should be reduced, which I predict will make Theo extend you beyond this year.

    Great all around!!!

    -Hugh

  144. ceolaf permalink
    April 17, 2007 2:01 pm

    Curt,

    I am not going to say that your last two starts is what you are paid to do. It would be wildly unfair to expect you to go out there and thrown shutouts all the time, or even to allow just one run.

    That is, your last two starts are were beyond even what you are paid to do. Moreover, I am impressed with how low your pitch counts were for each game, meaning that you were dominating AND effecient.

    (I consider this the complement to my first post, which blasted Schilling for his failure to do his job during his first start, and mocked those who would defend that performance. Commendation for a job well done and condemnation when the job is done poorly.)

  145. chitoryu permalink
    April 17, 2007 4:09 pm

    I’m truly surprised that this subject didn’t come up before.

    The Pizza Throwing Guy: Was it a slider or a cutter? Did he miss low and to the left or did he really mean to hit the guy in the shoulder? Is it worth $8 a throw? Does he have an agent yet?

    Mike C.

  146. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 17, 2007 10:11 pm

    Hi Curt would you start a memorial fund for people to donate for the family’s from the college shooting yesterday Curt. That is very sad. Let me know if you will do that Curt Schilling. Curt do you go to church? Who is your favorite hero and Why? What do you like best about being on the RedSox? After home games do you and other teamates hang out and go out for dinner and drinks? Take care Curt.

    From, Jeff

  147. April 18, 2007 10:51 am

    I had no idea this blog was here! I love it!

  148. williamsfreak permalink
    April 20, 2007 11:30 am

    felix was one heck of a pitcher, nice pitches but he s out now

  149. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    April 20, 2007 7:19 pm

    Curt,
    some great pitching out there tonight man! I am convinced that AROD is doing something! this is ridiculous just hitting a HR… 11 HR’s in 15 games, something is up? what is your secret Alex? please do tell!

  150. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    April 20, 2007 7:50 pm

    Again? this is Rodiculous!

  151. barryrules permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:31 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Way to step up and apoligize for the comments about Barry. Hope it wasn’t because of any possible slander lawsuits that might get dropped on your lap.

    If you haven’t already done so maybe you should seek Barry out and apologize to him. That might carry a little more weight than making a public statement.

  152. stevevanhouten permalink
    May 10, 2007 8:29 am

    I don’t think you needed to apologize for what you said about Barry Bonds. You were right: he is a cheater.

    Personally, I hope he doesn’t break Hank Aaron’s HR record. If he does, it will be nothing to celebrate.

    You were right to point out why no one is much interested in Bonds’ chase of the record.

    I have no respect for Bonds at all.

  153. montclairal permalink
    May 10, 2007 10:59 pm

    I was surprised that you (Curt) took back what you said !! While I was not with Bonds at any point in life, you said what most people believe to be true. The non steroid points are true by either his own admission or through other documented confirmations. The “I did not know what I was taking mea culpa does not hold water” Bonds is a lot of things but stupid is not one of them.

    If you took it back because you were forced to do so, then I understand. We are all accountable to higher powers that be. If you rescinded it because you thought it sounded bad after seeing it in print then thats another story. You have always been forthright and different from many of the other players. Assuming you actually meant what you initially said, the retraction could have been something like this. ” I am sorry for what I said but stand by it.

    One truth that is self evident, is that the home run record is forever tainted. Bonds is only one of many who used steroids. It makes it tough to tell the conspiritors with out a score card. What it does not do is lessen the fact that these cheaters managed to do what all the strikes could not do. Trivialize the importance of baseball and its records.

  154. fshorr permalink
    May 11, 2007 8:45 am

    curt:

    would love to invite you to the sports institute at boston university, a sports journalism summer program that runs in june…your obvious appreciation and skill in getting your own message across would be of great interest to our students…hope we can work out the details

    frank h. shorr
    director
    the sports institute at boston university

  155. mattlenny permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:59 pm

    Hey Kurt,

    These blog posts are really fun. I am enjoying reading how in depth you are with your games, even though I can not remember the actual game from 10 months ago…by the way…I can not wait to read what you have to say about the 1-hitter against the A’s.

    Matt

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