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Q & A XII and some observations

April 18, 2007

Congratulations to my wife Shonda who completed her third Boston Marathon in 4:53. She never stopped, ran the whole way for the first time as well. I can’t fathom the mental grind they go through to complete this race (nor will I ever) but kudos to all those who finished the race. More importantly the Shade Foundation team (www.shadefoundation.org) raised over $115,000 dollars in the process.

I know I am speaking for my family, and the Red Sox family as well when I send our thoughts and prayers out to the families of the victims in Virginia. Senseless violence is becoming way too common in this country. God Bless all of those affected by this horrible tragedy.

 Also wanted to send thoughts and prayers to Alex Gonzalez and his family. I have heard that his youngest child is very ill and wanted to make sure he knew that the guys in Boston were thinking of him and his family.

 Matsuzaka-san was electric yesterday. If the turf in Toronto doesn’t skew a well hit ground ball he could have easily walked away giving up no runs. All of you fantasy ‘guru’s’ who dismissed the hype missed out on a legitimate stud. The slider I had heard so much about made an extended appearance yesterday. That lineup, even without Glaus or Johnson, has some pop and he pitched his butt off. Chacin mixed his cutter, fastball and change all day and their bullpen closed the door. I’ve always liked the Frasor kid alot and I don’t think they’ll be in as dire straits as some other teams might have been losing a premiere guy like BJ as their closer. While I am glad we don’t have to face BJ here’s to hoping the elbow is nothing serious and he’s back throwing his elbows and knees all over AL fields again soon.

Q-What is the dynamic like after the game if a reliever comes in and blows a game for a starter? I am sure the reliever feels worse than anyone. Does he usually apologize? Does the starter go out of his way to let him know it’s ok? What happens if the same reliever keeps blowing games?

A-Just about every reliever will at some point apologize. As someone who’s been there and done that I feel bad for them feeling bad. Blowing a save is an insanely horrible feeling. I’ve never ever felt the need to have someone apologize for blowing a game. You know they’re trying to do everything they can to get it done.

Q-When you feel you’re pitching well, what percentage of the time do you miss your spots? What percentage of those misses end up hurting you?

A-30-40%. On good days it might never hurt you, on bad days every one of them ends up a hit. BABIP is a stat I’ve become aware of thanks to the SOSH folks and a stat I’ve tried to learn more about over the past 2 years.

Q-#1 Do you think that the loss of Papa Jack has anything to do with the struggling bats ?? I know Dave Magadan was a good hitter in his time, but is there a difference in hitting philosophy ?

A-Absolutely not. I am sure there is a difference in philosophy but no two coaches coach the same thing the same way.

Q-#2 How do you think Dice-K will react to 37,000 members of Red Sox Nation giving him a standing ovation ? I would be willing to bet he has never seen anything close to what he is about to.

A-I would beg to differ. Matsuzaka-san is near immortal in Japan. I had the pleasure of traveling and playing on the MLB team in 1997 in Japan and people in the U.S. have no idea the regard professional baseball players are held in Japan. They as big, if not bigger, than the most famous hollywood movie stars are here. They can go nowhere in public without a human sea crashing on them. It’s mind blowing.

Q-Second, if you are going to me a go of this blog and the future it might promise to a prominent person in transition, writing and opinion are better served tersely. Work as hard on your writing as you do pitching. Be your toughest critic and editor. Twenty-five hundred words for a writer is indulgence. Set goals, eliminate crap, and boil it down to the essence.

A-I write what I feel. If the word count is a problem then I’ll deal with it. As has been made very clear over the last 20 years when I start, I sometimes cannot locate the ‘off switch’.

Q-If you know that your almost near the end of your pitch count, do you change what type of pitches you may throw?

A-I will almost always reach back on every single fastball I am throwing. Trying to maintain command above everything else, but also trying to make sure I empty the tank.

Q-I had a question about playing in Boston. It seems like a lot of players alternate between praising the passion of the fans, and complaining about the pressure of the media. Now I know some of the stories are just ginned-up controversies to try and get a story, but isn’t a frenzied media a byproduct of a frenzied baseball town? I just kind of wonder what your overall opinion of the incredibly high visibility does to the quality of life for you and your family. It seems the passion that makes Boston such a great place to play can also be one of the biggest drawbacks.

A-Boston, like any other city, is what the player makes it, period. Every city has it’s CHB to some degree. That miserable curmudgeon who will be the ‘anti-opinion’ guy because that’s the only niche he can fill. You come to realize that most times that person, or those people, are just bitter unhappy people and it has nothing to do with you in the end. If you allow people like that to skew your perspective on guys like McCadam, Bradford, Browne, Buckley, Maz, then you can miss the boat. Hey, Buck and Maz have had their moments, where the writer checked out and the fan checked in, but no other team brings that out in the media the way this city does in my experience. When you hear guys like Ryan do what he did this past winter in the conference with Theo, or you read weekly sludge from the Murray Chas’ of the world it gets easy to let it roll off your back. There are going to be bad people with rotten agendas in any workplace, you just laugh and move on.

Q-what is it about the split that’s made it such a seeming struggle over the last few years? I’ve got to believe if you have that pitch most of the year like you did last night that AL hitters are going to have a long frustrating year against you.

A-I can’t pinpoint it and the hardest part is that it is most likely one of the easiest pitches in the game to learn and throw. It literally is a ‘split-fingered’ fastball. Grab your fastball, split your fingers, throw, catch the ball, repeat. I think part of what makes a split ‘devastating’ is arm speed, and when you lose velocity, no matter how litte, you’re going to lose some of that bite you normally get with it.

Q-I’d like to request that Donnelly be appointed as the official set-up man for Schilling starts from know on.

A-If this is not Tito posting on the blog, which I seriously doubt, you wasted 5 minutes of your day.

Q-WHat, if anything, do you or the coaches say to Piniero after he walks the first two guys? He knows as much as anyone that walks in that situation are about the worst thing you can do, but does anyone say anything to him?

A-Like what? “Don’t walk this guy”…. It’s pretty much a given that we think like normal humans for the most part, we know we’re not supposed to throw balls, give up hits, runs. But at this level the guy on the other side is trying to beat you too.

Q-What do you think of the pitch counts as they relate to yourself? Do you feel that once you top 100 pitches, it is best to come out even if you are doing well?

A-Pitch counts are very game dependant. I can feel spent after 82 pitches of a 1-0 game in the 7th. I can feel first inning fresh after 105 pitches of a 8-0 game in the 8th. I have always felt starters could “go to the well” 2-3 times in a game, tops. If I have to do that two times in the first 3-4 innings chances are I’ve lost my chance to finish that game.

Q-However, after seeing you do it last night I couldn’t help but think of Rick and how cool it was to see his notebook. Any chance you can scan some old pages in and tell us what you write in there and how you use it?

A-You most likely couldn’t decipher the sanskrit anyway.
Q-This is probably the best baseball column I’ve ever read. You definitely having the makings of a great sports writer.

A-Not a chance.
Q-I have a sneaking feeling the questionable slot in our rotation will be addressed in the form of a current free agent who began his career here. What are your thoughts on the “likelyhood” of this coming to fruition?

A-No idea. Look, please don’t ask me what I know or don’t know about Roger and Boston. I can only tell you what I feel. It’s always been a dream of mine to pitch in the same rotation as Roger Clemens. There is no question he had a major impact on my career when he lectured in Houston after the 1991 season. We’ve talked over the years, not much but enough to know there is mutual respect I think. I will argue that given what he’s done in the era he’s done it in makes him the greatest pitcher to ever play the game. He and Josh are friends as well. I’d love for him to finish his career here as I think it would make for a perfect ending to his career. Given that the goof that ran him out of town is gone, and that the ownership and baseball people here have the utmost respect for what he did during his time in Boston, I think it could be a storybook finish for him here. Having said that I also can see the allure of Houston, since his son plays in that organization, and the NY ties are strong as well. I think Roger will come back for one more year. That’s nothing more than an opinion based on a few conversations with people that have talked to people more in the know than I am. I am hoping that the driving force in coming back will be to win one more world series because if that is the case I think of the three options they’ve made clear are most viable, we have a great case.
Q-If the catcher sets up with the glove on the outside part of the plate, and the pitch is on the inner half, it is always the pitcher’s fault? Do you ever try to set up a batter you think may be peeking by having the catcher set up one way and pitch to a different location? If so, how often might that happen? Once a game?

A-Yes. No and never. There are hitters that peek, and we are aware of who they are and address that accordingly but a catcher never sets up on the wrong side of the plate when a pitch is thrown that I know of. The balls hard enough to catch and frame properly when you are in the right spot. Not to mention umpires will often call a pitch that might be a strike, a ball, when the catcher has to reach across the zone to catch the pitch.
Q-That being said, I have a bone to pick with you. I remember distinctly after the great ‘04 World Series win that you used the national publicity to campaign for George W. Bush’s presidential re-election bid.

A-Ok.

We were told by the Bush Administration that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

A-Ok

We were told by the Bush Administration that Iraq had connections to Al Quaeda and was partly responsible for 9-11.

A-Ok

We were told by the Bush Administration that Iraq was attempting to build nuclear weapons.

A-Ok

We were told by the Bush Administration that Iraq posed an immediate threat to the safety of the United States.

A-Ok

We were told that we would be greeted as liberators.

A-I don’t remember this one but ok.
All of the reasons used to justify invasion were untruths.
As a result of the US-led invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq, it is estimated that 600,000 Iraqis have been killed and over 3,200 Americans have been killed.

A-I was always of the opinion that any country harboring terrorists, and backing the murder of innocent men, women and children as well as having a government that imposed it’s will on people who chose to freely speak anti-government or differing religous viewpoints could not claim themselves a sovereign nation.

As a Christian, do you regret your enthusiastic support for a man responsible for unjustified murder and bearing false witness? If you could go back in time, would you once again campaign for Bush?

A-No I don’t. I regret that thousands of Americans, and many other men and women from the NATO countries, as well as the hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children of Iraq have died as a result of the war. That I regret for anyone that’s had to pay that price. I also am proud as hell to know I live in a country that produces men and women who will travel around the world, because their government says so, to protect the freedoms and lives of people they don’t know. What other country on this planet has answered the call every single time since 1945? You can make claims that there are atrocities in Dafur and elsewhere that are more deserving and I am not sure you could argue against that in some cases, but the fact is that the U.S. took the baton after WWII to act as the worlds police force, when no one else could, or would, and has done so since then. Not perfectly and not without mistakes for sure, but we’ve done it. The U.S. could have fought a one front war in 1941 and ended the war in the pacific much sooner in my opinion, but we entered the european conflict for many reasons. Had we not done so we might be running around in a world where the primary language was German or Russian.
Q-So here’s my question. At what point is it more important for a guy like that to work on his offspeed stuff and secondary pitches? Should a guy like this go with what is working? Should he sacrifice some baserunners, and maybe some runs (and maybe even the game?), to work on these pitches? What’s the balance?What goes into deciding when you’re done in a given game? If it was totally up to you, would you complete a game like tonight’s when you were pitching very well but had thrown a good number of pitches?

A-I don’t think you can truly ‘work’ on perfecting a pitch until you’ve made it to the major leagues. I remember a guy in the SAL named Doug Linton, a huge prospect for the Blue Jays in the late 80s. He had a major league slider in A ball and his numbers reflected that. Guys that have big league ‘stuff’, be it a slider, change, curve, are very apparent in the minor leagues. However most prospects in the minors have ML ‘stuff’ because they throw hard. Their ‘stuff’ is velocity, and that gets you by many levels of the minor leagues. You compete every bit as hard there as you do here, so you are trying to impress, win games, get promoted. You can’t tell a guy that’s a competitor to go out and ‘practice’ a pitch they aren’t comfortable with. I was told very early on that it takes at least one year from the time you start working on a pitch to have that pitch be ready to get outs with in the big leagues. I am sure it’s different for many people but that’s held true for me for the most part. One thing I do know is that I have never felt confident enough to ‘work’ on a pitch at this level. I learned that early on. I threw my first change up, in the big leagues, in game 1 of the 1993 World series. The only game in my life where I tried to be a totally different pitcher. I thought I had to totally change to ‘trick’ the Blue Jays. I threw one change up, to Devon White, who CRUSHED the pitch for a home run. After that game John Vuckovich called me aside and literally beat me senseless. Made me realize that you pitch to your strengths, always.

Q-curt quick question is thier any extra emotions or stress on national tv apperances great game fox tv is really impressed with your performance today they are wondering if you want to go in the 9 th for shut out ,

A-For me absolutely not. The only ‘extra’ emotions or stress for me are post season games. There is an entirely new set of highs in October that you don’t get in April to September games.

105 Comments leave one →
  1. acefox1 permalink
    April 18, 2007 12:40 pm

    Awesome posts Curt! Thanks for sharing. Loved the Q&A on whether catchers ever purposely setup on a different part of the plate.

    Your last two starts have been electric and I can’t wait to see you face the Yanks on Friday night! Go buckle some knees!

    Wish I could limit this to just one quick question but I have a few inter-related questions that I thought you might be interested in:

    Relationship with RJ: You guys were close in AZ, lived in the same neighborhood, kids play(ed) together, etc. I remember stories about you two playing golf all the time on the road with the loser having to buy the winner a golf shirt from the pro-shop. Who was the better golfer? How far could you each drive the ball? Do you still hit the links? Any word on who the best golfer on the current RS team is?

    Now that RJ is out of the glare of the Yanks-Sox rivalry, what was the friendship like when he was in NY? What is it like now? I understand if that Q is out of bounds but I think a lot of people are curious.

    What was it like for you when he pitched his perfect game in AZ in 2004? From a personal standpoint and as a fellow pitcher/competitor.

    The Red Sox will be playing in AZ this year in interleague, I believe it will be your first time pitching there since leaving for the Red Sox. How excited are you to go back there? What kind of reception are you likely to get? The roar for their WS co-MVP should be huge! Any disappointment that they changed team colors? (And seriously, why would Bud Selig allow another team to go with Red and White? Doesn’t that make about 12 teams that have some variation of that? Sorry, as always I digress…)

    What will it be like seeing RJ again in AZ and playing against him without the Yanks-Sox hysteria? Are you both angling for the rotation to lineup with you facing off against him? (Hopefully, health permitting) If you pitch that game will RJ Brush you off the plate when you are batting? j/k Or will you use the Kruk All-Star approach to facing him and switch to the other side of the plate? How will you pitch to him? Mostly curve-balls like Millah? LOL

    Thanks for the great posts Curt. Thanks for never holding anything back!

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  2. murphg2 permalink
    April 18, 2007 12:48 pm

    Q- Who is the best catcher you have ever worked with?

  3. perchik permalink
    April 18, 2007 12:52 pm

    You’re an authority figure on the subject of baseball; that’s what makes your blog interesting. With regard to politics/foreign policy, you’re just another guy. Obviously it’s your blog so you can talk about whatever the heck you want to talk about, but people shouldn’t give more credence to your political opinions just because you’re famous.

    (ANSWER) I could NOT agree with you more. My opinions on ANYTHING, even baseball, are mine and mine alone. Give them as much or as little weight as you choose but don’t do it because I play baseball for a living.

  4. murphg2 permalink
    April 18, 2007 12:53 pm

    I just recently read you answer a question about being additional stress in a nationally televised game… where you answered no! Only in the post season do you get extra emotions or stress.

    You wont get extra jacked up for your next start, Friday night in the Bronx matched up against Pettite?

    C’mon…fess up.

  5. keysersose permalink
    April 18, 2007 1:01 pm

    Curt,

    Helluva game the other day…

    Quick question, what is the mindset/reaction that you have when put in a situation like Daisuke last night, where he pitched his butt off, but due to poor run support, again, came up with the L? Especially if, as used to occassionally happen with Petey, this becomes a trend of sorts, good game, no runs from your offense.

    Thanks

    D

  6. April 18, 2007 1:03 pm

    Running a marathon is impressive without stopping. I can’t walk down to the corner without gassing. Okay so that’s really an exaggeration.

    Words cannot express how I feel about the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Terrible. My heart goes out to all of them.

  7. chillyme permalink
    April 18, 2007 1:29 pm

    “Every city has it’s CHB to some degree. That miserable curmudgeon who will be the ‘anti-opinion’ guy because that’s the only niche he can fill. You come to realize that most times that person, or those people, are just bitter unhappy people and it has nothing to do with you in the end.”-CS

    BWAHAHAHA!!! You’re killing me here…..way too funny!! :) And, so true.

    Big congratulations to Shonda. That’s an amazing accomplishment.

    Thanks for another great Q&A.

    Onward!

  8. lavalley01 permalink
    April 18, 2007 1:36 pm

    Hey Curt thanks for the great blog. I have a question, one of my friends is an editor for ESPN and has said that the new trend is to use the 80 gig IPOD to download and track at bats on pitchers (for hitters) and hitters (for pitchers). Do you use this or have you ever thought of doing something like this. It sounds like it would be something that would really help someone like yourself out considering the amount of research and recording that you do. I could totally see you in-between innings running through all the at bats you have ever had with a particular hitter to see what pitches and location worked the best. Sounds like it could be a cool use of technology that could end up being an advantage for you and Tek.

  9. chaosdh permalink
    April 18, 2007 1:44 pm

    Hi Curt, Love the blog.

    Hey, Just wondering. Do you ever speak with Mitch Williams?

    If not, do you have any idea whatever happened to him?

  10. theotherm permalink
    April 18, 2007 1:59 pm

    Congrats to Shonda and a job well done…she’s a better woman than I! I think I would have collapsed after a mile!!!! Would love to send prayers to Alex and his family, where can fans write to him? I’ll keep them all in our prayers!

  11. na10 permalink
    April 18, 2007 2:00 pm

    Curt,

    Have to echo your sentiments on the radio this morning regarding parents not taking ownership, and relying too heavily or blaming others for thier childrens actions. I’ve seen this too many times, and it really frustrates me.

    Great blog, keep up the good work on and off the field.

  12. marsh18redsox permalink
    April 18, 2007 2:30 pm

    you hit on a lot of good points here. The Virginia Tech community is in everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Anyone who has gone to college or been at one knows how easy this was to do. College buildings are under much less security than high schools and middle schools. I just wish all those red flags that went up that teachers, other students etc passed on with concern had been addressed but like other things, if nothing was acted upon “there isn’t much we can do”. The whole thing is tragic, especially the morons out there putting in copy cat threats to various schools including VT again this morning. I couldn’t imagine going back in that building again or on that campus for that matter, those students that they have interviewed are much stronger than I!!

    Speaking of stronger than I, Shonda finishing that marathon!! I do the Jimmy fund walk each year which is the same route and I walk HALF of it and every year I say “I don’t know how anyone runs this entire thing”. Its amazing and she should be very proud, especially for raising the amount she did for that great cause!!!!!

    Alex Gonzalez, my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as well. He seems like such a good guy and right now, im sure, baseball means nothing to him, I hope everything turns out well!!!

    Ok on a very happy note. I just got GREAT news that I will be attending the Sox/Yankees game on Friday night and I do believe Schill is pitching?? Im very excited, just when this whole week seemed to be a bust I get a ticket to this game, somehow, for me, going to Fenway and watching a sox yankees game just takes away so much aggravation, frustration whatever, even if it is just for a few hours :)

  13. oriolepost permalink
    April 18, 2007 2:32 pm

    Curt, congrats to Shonda for completing the marathon – what an accomplishment.

    Just a comment, I am amazed the ability that you have to recall a game in the fashion you do…

    Wow.

  14. crowlebb permalink
    April 18, 2007 2:43 pm

    With regard to the marathon….I’ve just started getting back in shape and I went to the gym today. I ran two miles and was absolutely exhausted. Anyway, I was so embarrassed I had to stop running after only 17 minutes that I faked a knee injury. I’m not kidding, I grimaced, grabbed my (perfectly healthy) knee, and stopped running. I know I’m a loser – not the point. The point is that I want to say congratulations to everyone who ran the marathon on Monday. It is a very impressive feat that takes dedication and perserverence. Everyone who ran it should be very proud of themselves. You’re accomplishment was the motivation for my trip to the gym….and I’ll be back there tomorrow morning because (as of now) my knee is feeling great.

  15. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 18, 2007 2:50 pm

    Curt do you throw in between your starts? Do you know Rob Braford? He went to the High School I went to Hamilton Wenham Regional High School. Do you find it easier to post blogs than to talk to the media and why? YOU ARE THE BEST CURT!!!!!!!!!. Who is the leader on the team? Who jokes around alot on the team? When you pitch against the Yankees this year beat them and shut them down OK Curt. I don’t like the Yankees. YOU ARE THE MAN Curt!!!!!!!!. You are are a great person Curt!!!!!!. That would be so cool to meet you at a game this year when I go to Atlanta and see the RedSox play the Braves!!!!!!!. I hope I get to meet you and get a photo taken with you. Finally Curt here is my trademark. DUDE!!!!!!!!. God Bless you and take care and have a great week Curt!!!!!!!!!!!.

    Your Number One Fan!!!!!!

    DUDE!!!!!!!
    From, Jeff Riley

  16. crowlebb permalink
    April 18, 2007 2:54 pm

    One more thing…we Red Sox fans despise the Yankees. Do the Red Sox players also hate the Yankees? If the answer is “Yes”, please elaborate. If the answer is “No”, please do not respond, ever. Much of my life is based on this assumption and I don’t want my entire world view to crumble. Thank you. Love the blog.

  17. April 18, 2007 3:01 pm

    Hi Curt!! Long-time fan, but first-time reader here. First of all, I am truly inspired by your wife, Shonda, and the work that you guys do for charities. Congratulations to Shonda and Team Shade for completing the Marathon and raising so much money!

    I do have a question for you, and I apologize if it’s one you’ve already answered. This is my first time on your blog!

    How do you maintain the strength of your faith a) in a sport that keeps you away from your family and possibly your home church so often, b) in a sport that might not be conducive to God-like living (I’m making a generalization and an assumption, so I apologize if that’s offensive), and c) in Boston – a city that I recently read is the “most political” and the “least religious” city in the United States?

    Your faith is inspiring and a breath of fresh air! Between you, Timlin, and guys in the NFL like Tony Dungy, you set examples for young athletes (and fans) everywhere. God bless!!

  18. sbasil permalink
    April 18, 2007 3:27 pm

    Curt

    You started off your latest entry with some empathies towards VA Tech and Alex and I think the majority of us couldn’t dispute one word you wrote.

    Do you think MLB or the Sox will come up with something to honor those who perished and/or were wounded at VA Tech? I know several I have spoken with are frustrated and sad that we could not prevent such a hideous crime.
    Perhaps some type of scholarship fund in the name of the departed or a baseball event to raise money for rehabilitation and counseling for those wounded. I just think with the media are again reinforcing their image as destructive vultures by trying to build anger and assess blame on a highly abnormal ghoulish act and tear down careers. They should work to focus on honoring the dead, the lives impacted and to start the healing process. I guess that doesn’t sell advertising.

    And again, we don’t care if you write 10 words or 10 million….that’s for the internally-focused newspaper writers to whine about because their business is a business. For those worried about your writing style, it’s a blog, not Dickens.

  19. dem1889 permalink
    April 18, 2007 4:23 pm

    Hey Curt, 1st time posting here so I have no clue if these questions have been asked.

    1. What is your policy on signing autographs? Do you sign by mail, at the Team Hotel, Before a game?? I’d like to know your thoughts on these scenarios.

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

  20. kirk43 permalink
    April 18, 2007 4:33 pm

    curt great Q and A what a awsome feeling to have my question answered by you congrats to your wife shonda she is agreat insperation to people who care about charitys and might i add she dosnt just talk the talk she runs the run , again great blog thanks for your time and insights we all can only get from 38 pitches go redsox pats capecod

  21. jimmykc permalink
    April 18, 2007 4:51 pm

    Curt: I agree your politics are irrelevant to the reasons we peruse this blog, but I, nevertheless, find your opinions interesting. For those who find political and religious comments offensive, there is a scroll bar on the right. My question is whether you would ever consider politics a second career, a la Jim Bunning, Wilmer Mizell, and ,in my own neck of the woods, Tom Osborne.

  22. yeewuz permalink
    April 18, 2007 4:57 pm

    Curt,

    We always hear a lot about Josh, Daisuke, Paps, and so on but could you explain what makes Julian Tavarez such a good pitcher? I mean, he went from the ‘pen to the rotation with no problems.

  23. terry312 permalink
    April 18, 2007 6:33 pm

    “After that game John Vuckovich called me aside and literally beat me senseless.”

    Man, Curt, I hope that’s not actually literally true. He physically beat you?!? On the other hand, I guess I like the passion.

    Congrats to the Mrs. too – looks like you’re not the only athlete in the family! My question is this: do you ever worry that your personal friendships with opposing players affect your competitive edge? I’m sure you’d stop yourself if you ever noticed, but do you wonder if you’d have more of killer instinct if you hated the other guys? It’s like when George Brett got his 3000th hit and got into a conversation with the opposing first baseman about his career – and got picked off. The other guy had just been distracting him.

    Thanks for posting! It’s always a fun read, even when I disagree.

  24. ace1307 permalink
    April 18, 2007 6:38 pm

    Hey Curt, hoping maybe you will answer this question, I know there are a ton and eventually, Ill get one answered!

    Anyways, watching the game vs the Blue Jays today and they showed a shot of you talking with Dice-K in the dugout and you were showing him a pitch or how to throw a pitch. This was in the bottom of the 2nd inning.

    So my question is, what were you showing him or telling him about pitching there? Do you commonly give him advice?

    On a side note, I did take you advice in a prior post prior to drafting in my fantasy draft and chose him with my second pick (6th round, since we have a keeper league), and I am glad I did…thanks!!!

  25. April 18, 2007 7:31 pm

    Would you ever take a front office job with a team? I could picture you as a GM.

  26. Luke Skywalker permalink
    April 18, 2007 7:50 pm

    Curt Schilling.

    I’ve heard about you.

    I heard that you are a really good pitcher. And I’m talking really, really good.
    I don’t know too much about baseball, but on MVP 2005, which is a baseball video game, you had pretty much the highest stats of anyone as far as I can remember.

    –Luke

  27. fenwayrefugee permalink
    April 18, 2007 8:04 pm

    Agreed with above commenter. If I wanted to read great literature I wouldn’t be reading this blog.

    Tell us about Tim Wakefield. At this point, I believe, he’s the longest serving member of the team. What does he bring to the clubhouse in that sense? Is this a guy that could pitch into his late 40s?

  28. eisleyrocks permalink
    April 18, 2007 8:37 pm

    I’m often in Medfield and I always hope to run into you. Well, not in a car, or anything like that. When you are in your home/private environment, what kind of greeting from a fan do you find the least annoying? Total ignore? Cool nod of the head? A cheery hello? An invitation to lunch and a beer? A bear hug and a request for a photo and an autograph? Thanks.

  29. ahealy19 permalink
    April 18, 2007 10:23 pm

    Curt I think your great. But your answer about Iraq is retarded. You go through all of the reasons that the Iraq war is wrong, and then you say that you don’t regret supporting the war and Bush. That is just being pigheaded and your explanation is @!#$. Admit you were wrong and move on. And although Bush did lie to us in his reasoning for invading Iraq, there were plenty of clues that Bush was an idiot before then. I think anyone who ever supported someone who has done so many bad things for our country should be ashamed of themselves.

  30. ahealy19 permalink
    April 18, 2007 10:33 pm

    And comparing Iraq to world war II is retarded as well. I don’t know how anyone who openly claims to follow the teachings of Jesus can be a republican. Also, can’t you see how well the Iraqi’s are embracing the “freedom” that we gave them. Maybe if we drop some more freedom bombs on their heads.

  31. jcrowley permalink
    April 19, 2007 1:40 am

    Curt, over the years which teammate of yours have you just been in awe of? I don’t mean from an athletic/baseball standpoint but rather “that guy” who is just incredible at everything he does, ie; golf, cards, video games, ping pong etc; Not the most competitive guy necessarily but someone who is just “the man” at everything and you have to shake your head at him?? Good luck on Friday!! I’m a Loan Officer, not a pitching coach or Varitek for that matter but I think AROD needs a little chin music!!!

  32. thedoctorx permalink
    April 19, 2007 3:46 am

    Not to turn this into a blog about your political opinions, Curt, but the claim from your questioner:

    “We were told by the Bush Administration that Iraq had connections to Al Quaeda and was partly responsible for 9-11.”

    never happened.

    As for the rest of his questions, some of them were true despite his claims to the contrary.

    As for: “As a Christian, do you regret your enthusiastic support for a man responsible for unjustified murder and bearing false witness? If you could go back in time, would you once again campaign for Bush?”

    one might ask him if, “as a Christian,” the questioner supports a person who killed more Muslims than any individual in history and whose mass-graves they are still excavating. Does he support the continuation of a regime that bore more “false witness” than the one he despised. Et cetera ad nauseum!

    For every decision there are consequences, and taking the “high horse” in Monday-Morning Quarterbacking also requires one to take responsibility for the credible results of continued appeasement.

    Furthermore, what your faith is or is not is, in my opinion, not a subject for your blog UNLESS you wish to make it as such. I have not seen you do that.

    We differ quite radically on the subject, BUT this is your blog on your BASEBALL insights and opinions, and I think it unseemly for a few to attack you on your faith whether I agree with it or not.

    Apologies in advance to the Mods if this is inappropriate.

  33. owenfay permalink
    April 19, 2007 5:39 am

    Writing as someone who completely opposes the war and the President who launched it, I can only applaud Mr. Schilling for sticking to his views and refusing to back down. To everyone grilling him on his political opinions I’d ask you to be very thoughtful about what you write. The guy is a celebrity purely because of what he does for a living. If he collected garbage we wouldn’t give a damn about his political views. We’d only care about how well he does his job. If you oppose the war, oppose it. And put your name to it. If you support it, say so. Proudly.

    As fans we’re entitled to nail players who take steroids. As humans we are entitled to loathe players charged with things like domestic abuse. Sports stars don’t always get a free pass.

    But in matters of politics, as in religion, and -in my opinion- sexual orientation, it’s not our business and it crosses a line. He’s a famous baseball player, he’s also a regular American citizen. Curt Schilling has chosen not only to accept personal questions about his politics but to answer them honestly. You may disagree with what he says but if that decision doesn’t earn total respect, you’re missing the point.

  34. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 19, 2007 7:31 am

    Amen to that, Curt.

    If we only had strict federal gun control laws, then situations like VT could perhaps be prevented.

    On another note — I am having trouble in my over-40 baseball league with my cutter. Should I start it outside and let it drift out of the zone? The other guys seem to be laying off it, resulting in a number of walks…

  35. kjrod20 permalink
    April 19, 2007 8:15 am

    Two completely random questions, and i apologize if they’ve been previously asked:

    1. How often during the year does your family come on the road with you? Or attend away series?

    2. When you come back from the ballpark, or after a road trip, what TV shows are waiting for you on your TiVo?

  36. April 19, 2007 8:15 am

    Okay, Schill, let’s go — transcend those horrible green uni’s and bring A-Rod back down to earth. Friday, Fenway — Ganbatte na!

  37. upintothenight permalink
    April 19, 2007 8:52 am

    Curt Friday is the big day in a huge game know that as you take the mound friday evening that Christ leads you in all you do. I say this Curt because whenever I log on too your blog you are always looking too help someone less fortunate.As busy as you are you always find the time to help others,push others up when thier down.Please let Alex know that his family is in my families daily prayer.Curt thankyou for all you do you and your family show the way for others to follow thankyou for your kindness

    pete

  38. pjl5r permalink
    April 19, 2007 9:04 am

    Curt, were you saying in your comments on the Boston press that Ryan is similar to CHB? I don’t remember Ryan bashing Theo at any press conference and am wondering what I missed. Thanks.

  39. msheppard permalink
    April 19, 2007 9:26 am

    How much of the Pitch does Tek call? From what I’ve heard commentators saying he calls the “Type” of the pitch – but does he also call the location? Does he call the speed of a fast ball? Or is it just enough so he knows where to expect the ball? I guess you’d never answer this, but I’ll ask: Has Tek ever called a Hit-By-Pitch?

    M@

  40. proph33 permalink
    April 19, 2007 9:35 am

    Curt,

    First and foremost, I wanted to say thank you for your thoughts and prayers. As a native of Cape Cod going to school in VA, its nice to see my favorite player extend his thoughts and prayers. Just a quick baseball question: You’ve stated that you like to empty the tank toward the end of your starts, my question is, what is the most important thing you do during the non-start days to get the gas back in the tank?

    Again, thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers. Two of my friends are amongst the wounded. Keep praying for them that they may return to their families…

  41. hoppythehokie permalink
    April 19, 2007 9:42 am

    Hey Curt,

    My name is Michael Hopkins, and I am a Junior Mechanical Engineering Major at Virginia Tech, and I have been a Red Sox fan for my entire life. Friday is National Orange and Maroon Effect day where everyone is encouraged to wear orange and maroon to support those at Virginia Tech. I was hoping that during the Red Sox/ Yankees game if you and the other Sox (and Yankees if possible) could show your support for those affected at Virginia Tech in some way during the game. Since it is nationally televised it will be seen by many, and it would mean a lot to us. I know there are official rules for things of this nature so if you can’t I’ll understand.

    Thanks,
    Mike “Hoppy The Hokie” Hopkins

  42. gordonlear permalink
    April 19, 2007 10:31 am

    Kurt, thanks for answering my question about your notebook. As I said before you are really changing the accessibilty for the fans. I saw you last night hanging out with Dice-K in the dugout. Looks like you where talking about the bottom falling out of a pitch. Nice to see that talking baseball is talking baseball no matter what language you speak. Also seeing Josh hanging out with the postion players via his Marlin teammate is nice. It looks like the locker room is coming together. Do you think the added Japanse culture has had any effect? I see David bowing to Dice-K with his Big Papi smile. Lugo seems to become one of the huggers… chemistry seems to be working. As a manager of people myself I know Tito must be happy with the group dynamics.

  43. dhines63 permalink
    April 19, 2007 10:38 am

    kudos to your wife

  44. drewsdad permalink
    April 19, 2007 11:21 am

    Someone posted a question awhile back, that I thought was a good one –
    The MLBPA (the union) – What are your thoughts about the MLBPA not accepting a few scabs (notably former Sox players like Merloni, Daubach, Millar). Do you feel they are treated “differently” than union guys like yourself? Also, what do you get for your union dues?
    Thanks.

  45. redsoxfan permalink
    April 19, 2007 12:07 pm

    Who was your all time favorite pitcher?

    What is your favorite video game?

  46. williamsfreak permalink
    April 19, 2007 2:03 pm

    i wanna congratulate ur wife and i want you, curt, to tell Alex Gonzalez tht I, Sly, pray for his son

  47. beave21 permalink
    April 19, 2007 2:24 pm

    In response to this:
    “Q-WHat, if anything, do you or the coaches say to Piniero after he walks the first two guys? He knows as much as anyone that walks in that situation are about the worst thing you can do, but does anyone say anything to him?

    A-Like what? “Don’t walk this guy”…. It’s pretty much a given that we think like normal humans for the most part, we know we’re not supposed to throw balls, give up hits, runs. But at this level the guy on the other side is trying to beat you too.”

    My objective was to get an idea of how these things are handled in the major leagues. I didn’t mean for it to sound as stupid as it reads. I don’t have proffessional experience, only High School and summer leagues. At those levels a coach will get on you about it. I was hopeing you could give me insight on the interaction between players and coaches in situations that are as obviously bad as walking guys at that point in the game. I guess you sort of answered that, nothing.

  48. thedoctorx permalink
    April 19, 2007 4:20 pm

    I did not realize this was the “Curt Defends His Religion and Political Views” blog. I do not agree with all of his views, but until he opens a discussion section on it, he really does not have to give a rodent’s posterior about mine or anyone else’s political or religious views whether we agree or not.

    If his Front Page opened with a discussion on his thoughts on politics and religion then, yes, perhaps readers could expect him to defend them here. Otherwise, can we stick to baseball and his charities? What he thinks of CHB?

    Remember our priorities! In the Spirit of Red Sox Fellowship let us pray . . .

    “Oh [Insert your deity here, I worship Nicole Kidman], May You smile upon Brother Curt so that he may smiteth Thine Enemies from the Evil Empire!

    May he confuse, yea distemper, their mercenaries so that their wood becomes weak, and their their balls fall short and land into the gloves of his Compatriots. May their emperor rend his turtle neck and gnash his teeth in despair.

    May Jud . . . er . . . a fielder of the Evil Empire drop whatever balls come to him. May the Shortstop of the Evil Empire continue to collect his errors.

    May the Warriors of Our Great Nation back Brother Curt with strong bats. May they find their gaps and stands. May they return to Your Home so frequently that Your priests and prophets wonder if the skills of Brother Jonathan be necessary. May You and Your Chosen’s victory over the Evil Empire be so complete that the Scribe of the Curly Hair will wail and utter False Curses.

    Amen”

    Now all stand to sing “Love That Dirty Water.”

    Best of luck Curt tomorrow.

    –J.D.

  49. derm25x permalink
    April 19, 2007 4:38 pm

    Dear Curt
    Please do something to put A-Rod off his game, he’s so locked in right now it’s almost insane. He’s golfing balls out of the park, tomahawking them, and hitting them 3 inches off the plate out. I was wondering if you thought that he is too comfortable at the plate. I am a pitcher, and i have a feeling that you know what I’m getting at by saying that he’s too comfortable. I hope you take action in your start tomorrow to make sure the he doesn’t beat you, because otherwise, he just might.

  50. losernomore permalink
    April 19, 2007 4:41 pm

    Hey Hoss!

    With the paucity of runs we sometimes score in tight games, do the pitchers ever start getting resentful or edgy with the position players? You always hear about this in football where the offense & defense point fingers at each other (even when it stays “in the clubhouse”).

    Also, with the Stankees coming up, do you adopt a different strategy to combat their habit of taking so many pitches?

    Go get ‘em, Curt!

    Many thanks!

  51. soxfanindan permalink
    April 19, 2007 6:10 pm

    Hey Curt, How come they start games at odd times like 3:55 or 7:07? Why not 4:00 or 7:00? Just wondering. Have a great series this weekend!

  52. neet76 permalink
    April 19, 2007 7:40 pm

    GOOD LUCK VS PETITE..IF YOU CAN BEAT THE YANKS THAN WE HAD A GOOD CHANCE TO SWEEP AS PETITE IS THE ONLY GOOD PITCHER FOR THE YANKEES..

    BE CAREFUL VS A-ROD IN A BIG SPOT

  53. redsock permalink
    April 19, 2007 7:52 pm

    No one ran Clemens out of Boston. He left as a free agent.

    And that “goof” traded for Pedro Martinez and improved the relationship so the Red Sox organization with minorities in Boston.

    Duquette has always gotten a raw deal from the media and he’s getting one from you now. He was an excellent GM who was not all that good with the media — and that was his fatal flaw in their eyes.

    P.S. Duquette never — NEVER — said Clemens was in the twilight of his career. When he used that phrase, the only time he used that phrase, was AFTER Roger had signed with Toronto (to be close to his family in Texas, remember!). Duquette said he had hoped to have Clemens pitch in Boston for the twilight of his career — meaning in the future. He did not say that Clemens was past his prime.

    Here is the article:

    ***
    End of an Era; No return fire from Sox; Brass tried to keep ace
    By Michael Silverman, Boston Herald
    December 14, 1996

    The Red Sox brass kept a mostly stiff upper lip yesterday, putting the shiniest gloss possible on the news that lifelong Sox Roger Clemens had left the fold.

    Restraining themselves from returning the type of salvos that Clemens threw at the club, and particularly Dan Duquette, during his press conference in Toronto, the general manager and CEO John Harrington were more subtle.

    The Sox were officially “disappointed” but far from devastated at losing Clemens, who, over 13 seasons, compiled a 192-111 record, three Cy Youngs, two 20-strikeout games and a share of the team lead with Cy Young for most wins and shutouts (38).

    “The Red Sox and our fans were fortunate to see Roger Clemens play in his prime and we had hoped to keep him in Boston during the twilight of his career,” said Duquette, who joined Harrington on a conference call yesterday afternoon. “We just want to let the fans know that we worked extremely hard to sign Roger Clemens. . . . We made him a substantial, competitive offer, by far the most money ever offered to a player in the history of the Red Sox franchise.

    “Unfortunately, we just couldn’t get together. We were hoping he could finish his career as a Red Sox and we also wanted him to establish a relationship beyond his playing career. We wanted him to have the status of a Ted Williams, but at the end of the day we couldn’t get it done.” …

    ***

    The “twilight” Duquette was talking about was not 1994-96, but from 1997 on (if Clemens had decided to stay in Boston), which makes perfect sense. And his infamous comment was made AFTER Clemens had signed with the Blue Jays, not during contract negotiations as everyone on the planet believes (and will continue to believe).

    On the day of his second 20K game, September 18, 1996, Clemens said this: “I know I’m winding down and the wins haven’t fallen my way this year like I would’ve hoped to, but now that I have to a chance to obtain that (record), I’m trying my best to make it worthwhile.”

    Also, to Boston Globe: “If you work hard enough, good things will happen to you. I know I’m winding down. The wins haven’t fallen my way this year.”

    Clemens says his career is winding down. Exactly the same thing as people roast Duquette for saying (though he did not say it).

  54. yankeefan7 permalink
    April 19, 2007 8:00 pm

    Thanks a lot Curt, being a die-hard yankee fan and a new fan of you and your blog, and your support of our President and our actions overseas, your charity efforts, sharing your thoughts and ideas here, you are making it really hard to root against you. Question: Is it possible to retain my “yankee fan status” if I root for you when you pitch against the Bronx Bombers??? Don’t wanna be called a traitor or be accused of treason… Might have to log in as “sometimeyankeefan7″. But seriously, good luck to you and the family.

  55. dhines63 permalink
    April 19, 2007 8:01 pm

    Curt,

    I have a question I hope you will adress. Tomorrow you are opening a series against the Yankees. Is there any extra pressure when entering a series against the yankees. Could it be compaired to the 04 ALCS?

    Thanks a bunch
    Dustin

  56. jeff7168 permalink
    April 19, 2007 8:14 pm

    Can’t wait for this weekend! It’s exciting that the Sox have the game’s best starting rotation. I’ll take great pitching, a reliable bullpen and an adequate offense (that has yet to heat up) over a team with great offense and mediocre pitching like the Yankees.

    Jeff

  57. brunosoxfan permalink
    April 19, 2007 9:19 pm

    Curt – awesome site. What’s your routine between starts? I feel like you are going to have one heck of a year. Hope the rest of the rotation can pitch at the same level. How do you communicate with Dice-K? Does he understand any English?

    Bruno

  58. April 19, 2007 9:41 pm

    woah — what struggling bats?
    The Sox, in 3 games, out batted the Anaheim Angels 24-3.

    I rest my case.

    (People, just because David and Manny don’t rain baseballs on the audience, doesn’t mean our bats are dead).

  59. chipster4 permalink
    April 19, 2007 10:10 pm

    Curt,
    What do you think about the Va Tech administration’s response in relation to notifying student’s about impending danger after the first incident on 4/16? If you had to affix blame for this tradgedy, where would you begin?
    Thanks-I’m sure you will provide a thoughtful response,
    Thanks,
    chipster4

  60. beyondb4 permalink
    April 19, 2007 10:16 pm

    Don’t sweat it, yankeefan7. Curt had at least one Royals fan in Kansas City. The biggest problem, other than that he got clobbered, was that everybody else stood up and shouted when I wanted them to sit down and be quiet. Some days are like that.
    As for his standing in rapt silence before he throws out that first pitch, I think he is focusing, flowing together the many gifts he has that make him the ace he is, so that he can turn around, start off with a strike, and be all he can be.
    Good luck against the Yanks, Curt!

  61. rhinojonson permalink
    April 19, 2007 11:05 pm

    Curt, Just wondering what the necklaces are that I have noticed on some of the members of the pitching staff. I think I first noticed them in the 04 season. It is difficult for me to describe them, but they seem to be a pretty simple design. Each one that I’ve seen looks the same.

  62. tim2001 permalink
    April 20, 2007 5:09 am

    Curt:

    What’s the funniest thing any catcher, pitching coach or manager ever said to you during a trip to the mound in the middle of an inning? And did you try to keep a straight face or did you laugh?

    And by the way – I love the Q&A’s – great chance for fans to learn about the game between the lines.

    Tim2001

  63. Derek permalink
    April 20, 2007 5:20 am

    Hey Curt I was wondering since you are in the gaming industry how do you feel about the lack of quality baseball games for the consoles now a days ? Personally I thought EA sports set the bar in the sports game area and now that 2ksports has dropped the ball in the graphics and game play departments. I don’t know if 38 does work with these companies so you may be limited in your response.

    Good Luck today oh yeah just one more question. Whats the atmosphere like in a big league club house before the game. Everyone makes a big deal about Barry having a big screen and 2 lockers ect ect whats it really like ? Music , grab ass , or guys walking around in the zone completely jacked for the game ?

  64. jvmc77 permalink
    April 20, 2007 7:37 am

    Hey Schill,

    Great job during the season so far. I was wondering, how many times does it take to face a certain hitter to really get to know what he is like? As for a great hitter like A-rod or Vernon Wells, do you use the same pitch selection or do you try and mix it up?

    For all of the Anti-Bush sentiment felt here, answer me this. If Bush is so evil and wrong for America, how did he beat Kerry? Don’t tell me ‘Ignorant Rednecks’ because that is racist. And don’t go bashing Curt because of his political views. Remember, although the liberal controlled media may say otherwise, a lot of people in this country share his opinions, including myself.

  65. melsox86 permalink
    April 20, 2007 8:51 am

    Hey, Curt! Great site, and congrats to your wife on finishing the Marathon…I wish I could do that. Anyways, break a leg tonight! I’ll be watching from South Carolina!

  66. phenweigh permalink
    April 20, 2007 9:53 am

    Dear Curt,

    After Tim Wakefield’s well pitched game in Toronto, he remarked that one reason for his success there was that they had the best mound in the American League. Of course variability exists in everything, but I would have thought all mounds in the major leagues would be excellent and pretty uniform. Do you find that the variability in mounds affects your performance? Are some mounds generally better than others or is this more of a personal preference issue? Do pitchers have any input as to how the mounds are prepared or maintained at their home parks?

    Thanks in advance,
    John

  67. theotherm permalink
    April 20, 2007 9:56 am

    Just want to wish you luck tonight…actually we’ll need more than luck against the Yankee line up but if anyone can do it, it’s you! GO SOX!!!!

  68. plumber66 permalink
    April 20, 2007 10:08 am

    Hey Curt,

    I know this is off-of-the-topic, but could you start a write-in Alex Cora for the all-star game balloting? Just like a quick link to the balloting page. I thought of this when i was voting myself and there are really no standout second basemen in the AL. What do you think?

  69. pemliza permalink
    April 20, 2007 11:46 am

    Curt, as always an enjoyable read about the game in Toronto & thanks again for taking the time to answer questions. I particularly enjoy that youdon’t back away from the questions that may not be as friendly. I admire someone who, regardless if people agree with him or not, has the courage to stand by his convictions and stand true to what he believes. I too am extremely proud to live in a country such as ours that has people willing to serve and to protect not only the freedoms of our country, but the freedoms of people throughout the world. It makes me sad that these brave men & women are giving everything they have, in many cases including their lives, and are being so disrespected by so many back here at home.

    I am stoked about the coming weekend with the Yankees coming into Fenway & can’t wait for the postgame analysis!

    Question for you–as a player, how much do you feel the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry? Is it mostly something that is fueled by the fans, or do you guys feel it as well?

  70. poltroop permalink
    April 20, 2007 12:06 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I have 1 question for you:

    What can I do to find 2 affordable tickets (military pay standards, which means non-ebay pushin’ non-rip-off scalpin’ prices ) to a BoSox game, in August?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

    Tom
    3rd Generation Sox fan

  71. redsox1987 permalink
    April 20, 2007 12:25 pm

    That is really good and I have just sign up on this website. Kick some Yankees butt!
    Francesca

  72. pitcher permalink
    April 20, 2007 12:42 pm

    Curt,
    Love the blog and congrats to the wife. Truly an amazing accomplishment! I wanted to ask you if you would reconsider a position in baseball after retirement as a analyst or even better, as a pitching coach for the Sox. You’re such an asset to this program on and off the field it’s gonna be heartbreaking to see you leave.
    Well… that’s along way off. Lets focus on the now and the evil empire. Keep your pitches down in the zone tonight, splitter could be your best friend. Tough to keep your pitch count down against NY’s fussy batters so K’s aren’t a priorty. Groundball outs are fine by us! We’ll take you late in the game rather than our middle relief any day. (no offense to them, you’re a great pitcher).

    Good Luck!!!

  73. soxzealot35 permalink
    April 20, 2007 12:48 pm

    hey Curt, you seem to have a lot of positive influence and advise to offer the young core of pitchers for the redsox , from Beckett, to papelbon…etc…Have you ever considered moving into the coaching field after you retire from playing. I think your insight and experiences pitching, especially here in boston, would make you very well suited to be a pitching coach…or at least a bullpen coach to start…We all hear the rumors about you potentially having political ambitions, but it seems more likely you’ll be a baseball lifer…hopefully with the Boston organization???…any thoughts?

  74. tburus permalink
    April 20, 2007 2:55 pm

    Q- I am an avid baseball fan as well as a graduate student studying mathematics. Recently the idea of becoming a scout/statistician was brought up. I thought since you are so active in the leasgue that you might know how this whole system works. So, I was wondering if you could give me an idea on how exactly does one go about trying to break into the world of scouting? Thanks.

  75. jacksox permalink
    April 20, 2007 3:00 pm

    Curt,

    What do you think of MLB’s rule that forbids Johnny Pesky from sitting in the dugout?

  76. eurekadan permalink
    April 20, 2007 4:51 pm

    Have at them Yankees tonight!! Let’s get this series going right with some bats and pitching heat to shut Mr. April and this rest of the crew from Da Bronx down.
    Supporting you in Reading, PA (with a new Schilling jersey as well!)

  77. bosoxnorth permalink
    April 20, 2007 4:56 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Just wondering if you got the chance to read the New Yorker article on Manny. I really enjoyed it, just wondering what you thought of it.

  78. soxin2007 permalink
    April 20, 2007 5:29 pm

    Curt,

    I know you get millions of questions, but I just have one quick question for you.

    Prior to the 2004 Red Sox season, I decided to purchase a Massachusetts issued vanity License Plate called “SOX 04″. And for the first time in 86 years, you guys, the 2004 red sox, won the world series.

    *Q. My question to you is: Do you personally like the license plate? And of what value do you think it is?

    I appreciate your time, and this blog is a true testament to your character.

    Thanks,
    Dan… soxin2007

  79. redsock permalink
    April 20, 2007 5:32 pm

    >

    There’s a guy in New York named Cano that’s alright.

  80. redsock permalink
    April 20, 2007 5:35 pm

    The > ruined my comment.

    Someone said “there are really no standout second basemen in the AL.”

    Cano is a standout. Kinsler’s got 7 HR and is slugging .818.

  81. thedoctorx permalink
    April 20, 2007 6:08 pm

    You look good in green Shill! Good luck!!

  82. mab33 permalink
    April 20, 2007 6:13 pm

    Curt,
    Yankees, Toronto, Baltimore is your approach any different? Or is the preparation the same batter to batter, pitch to pitch?Also, with all your preparation and stats that you keep for each batter and each situation; How much of the game do you call or is it Techs game calling? Who in your opinion is the catcher that you like to pitch to the most???

    mab33

    PS. beat the yankees

  83. depressedfan permalink
    April 20, 2007 7:51 pm

    You’re going to be seeing A-Rod in your nightmares tonight Schilling. EAT IT!

  84. gojohn permalink
    April 20, 2007 9:43 pm

    Sorry to hear about Alex Gonzalez’s child, I hope and pray all will be well….

  85. sean24 permalink
    April 20, 2007 10:13 pm

    Curt, looked like you had no command tonight. Congrats on the Sox win.

  86. blacksburgsoxfan permalink
    April 20, 2007 10:21 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I just wanted to say thanks. I’m 43 years old and a lifelong resident of Blacksburg and huge Red Sox fan. I work at Virginia Tech in the building right next door to where the shootings happened. It has been the worst week of my life and tonight’s comeback victory over the “Evil Empire” boosted my spirits more than you will ever know.

    I was truly touched to see the VT on the Sox Jerseys and Caps at tonight’s game. Please say thank you to those in the Sox Organization who made the call to do this.

    I would love to purchase one of those jersey’s and hats with the VT on it if there is any way that can happen. I can reached via email at acampb@vt.edu

    Go Sox,
    Allen

  87. cmac323 permalink
    April 20, 2007 10:32 pm

    Hey Curt, you look great in green, but tough one tonight…. A-Rod is on fire! So psyched you guys were able to come back and win. It was a consummate team effort that was definitely fueled by you coming out strong and shutting them down in the two innings following A-Rod’s 3-run bomb. And Kudos to Coco for literally going “over the top.” A really, really exciting game to be at. I noticed that everytime you walk to and from the mound, you deliberately do not step on the first base line….why is that? A superstitious thing, an OCD thing?? Just curious…..
    Cheri

  88. furtigan permalink
    April 20, 2007 11:02 pm

    Curt –

    Enjoying the blog a lot. Thanks for the best sports fan experience of my life –the miraculous summer of ’93. I spent most of the summer in China, and was mailed box scores every week. I agonized through the midsummer swoon, seven thousand miles away, and returned to the US just in time to be in the stands when you nailed down the huge sweep of the Cardinals that turned the corner.

    Anyway, my questions: The sabermetric/results-based/”Moneyball” school of analysis questions a lot of baseball’s recieved wisdom, and has been embraced by a number of front offices. Speaking as a guy whose career has pretty much spanned the change (from Jim Fregosi to Theo Epstein and Bill James … there’s a contrast), I’d love to hear:

    1) What you think of it
    2) What (if anything) other players think of it
    3) To what extent have you seen this type of thinking enter the clubhouse, either in players changing their approach or in managers changing their tectics?

  89. hulamom permalink
    April 20, 2007 11:55 pm

    All I can say is – please stay in Boston! Your work here – both on & off the field is very much appreciated. Thanks for providing the leadership, class, and emphasis on family values that defines what it is to be a true role model.

    Now just one suggestion – Can you please ask the FO to find a way for other families with 4 kids to affordably attend that game on Mother’s Day? All of my kids have gotten to Fenway at least once over the years, but we’ve never all been there together to enjoy it as a family!

  90. redsoxfan permalink
    April 21, 2007 2:10 am

    I have two questions for you, Curt.

    1. Why do pitchers try to pitch to someone like A-Rod when they are that hot?

    2. Who do you think will have the best start this year on the Red Sox?

  91. erkingery permalink
    April 23, 2007 10:30 am

    Curt,
    I’m a Redsox Nation citizen by marriage and I’m really looking foward to seeing you pitch this Wednesday at Camden Yard but am emailing for another reason.
    I work at the George Washington ALS Clinic and am riding in PedALS for Hope this Saturday – 50 miles.
    I’m shamelessly asking for a donation. Our clinic doesn’t have someone like you to help out with expenses so anything would be appreciated and helpful.

    http://www.alsinfo.org/pedalssponsor.html

    Here’s the website.

    See you Wednesday!
    Elizabeth Kingery, RN BSN
    George Washington University MFA ALS Center

  92. bc911 permalink
    April 23, 2007 11:58 am

    Congratulations to Shonda for her marathon and more importantly her continued efforts to help prevent deaths from melanoma.

    The key to reducing melanoma deaths is to discover suspicious skin lesions at an early stage. Check moles for A)symmetry, for irregular B)orders, for multiple C)olors, for a D)iameter larger than a pencil eraser and for E)volution which is an enlarging or new mole. These are the ABCDE’s for self-screening.

    It is important to keep checking for new or changing moles, particularly if you are at risk. As you and Shonda know, those that have had a melanoma removed may be cured but they are at high risk for recurrence of new melanomas. If you have a lot of moles it is very hard (impossible really) to be able to tell if new or changing ones are present though.

    DermAlert is an image comparison software program developed through funding from the National Cancer Institute that is inexpensive and lets you use your digital camera in the privacy of your own home to find changing moles over time. Then you can point out the changes to your dermatologist. You can see details and demo at http://www.dermalert.com

  93. jackmacksoxer permalink
    April 24, 2007 12:50 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Congrats to Shonda on running the marathon. I wanted to take this time to thank her for attending our mini-Fenway Park License Plate Auction on April 7th at Fenway Park. (The week before she ran the marathon). I am the Chief Creative Officer for the project. Shonda’s presence really “made” our event and it was great to have her there. My wife got the chance to talk with her and thought she was so nice and down-to-earth (but I’m sure you already knew that part). My wife Mary is alos part of the project, she is going to be the merchandiser for our on-line store and the shop that will be on the premises at the mini-park.

    Just in case you didn’t get to see the pics from our event. I’m forwarding the link from our blog. Hope to see you and Shonda at mini-Fenway Park with your kids once the park is complete in the fall of 2007!

    http://www.kidsreplicaballpark.org/MFP_blog.html

    Regards

    John M

  94. halloffame1 permalink
    April 24, 2007 10:34 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I’d like to ask you some non-sports related questions (except the last one):

    1. What are a few of your favorite films of all time?
    2. What are a few of your favorite musicians/bands?
    3. Do you agree that Mike Schmidt is the greatest baseball player of all time?

  95. chiefbromden007 permalink
    April 25, 2007 4:46 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Random question for you regarding Varitek (I apologize if it has already been asked somewhere on this blog).

    As I am sure you are aware, there have been significant grumblings about Tek’s age and durability. Let it be know that I believe that Jason has a lot left in the tank and he will go on to have a spectacular year.

    However, without getting into specific stats, I think the numbers over the years (and certainly recently) support the fact that Jason is a much stronger hitter from the right side.

    Does Jason ever consider dropping the “switch-hitter” title and focusing on hitting from the right side only? It seems to me that such a move would allow him to focus all of his energies on his strengths as a batter instead of trying to fight what is becoming a losing battle.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks for your time and have a great day- good luck tonight.

  96. mying07 permalink
    April 30, 2007 9:41 am

    Curt I’m a pitcher for my high school. I was just wondering what your routine is on the day you pitch.

  97. fbm1 permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:59 am

    Curt:

    Congrats to your wife. Also, thanks for what you do for ALS. We have a local resident fighting this aweful disease. Keep going!

    FBM1

  98. grand98 permalink
    May 6, 2007 4:12 pm

    Curt,
    You pitched a great game into the 7th inning today (5/6) , but as the camera went back to you settling in on the bench, I could’nt help but be disappointed and troubled by what I watched. You, you wife, and your family have devoted so much of your time and energy toward fighting cancer in its many horrible forms, and yet there you sat, packing your jaw with tobacco.
    Just as the cameras never show a fool who has hopped on the field while he is being dragged off, I wish they would also stop showing what you and so many of your fellow team members do with smokeless tobacco. As the camera followed you through your whole routine, you unwittingly told thousands and thousands of young kids and older teenagers that it is ok to start chewing.
    I am sure through all your work in the world of cancer that you have the facts regarding smokeless tobacco. Check out this link to the Mayo Clinic if you don’t.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chewing-tobacco/CA00019
    More helpful would probably be to show some of the post surgical pictures of smokeless tobacco users, some of them still teenagers. Here is the link to the story of one young man. http://whyquit.com/whyquit/SeanMarsee.html
    If you are truly concerned about protecting people from cancer, you need to protect yourself first by quitting. Then you need to take on the cause of getting others to stop by informing them of the dangers of smokeless tobacco, just as you do about the dangers of the sun.
    It is very difficult to live a life without going out into the sun, so precautions must be taken. Smokeless tobacco is not like the sun. No one has to be exposed to it, ever.
    Curt, you owe it to the thousands of kids and young adults who will begin using after watching you use today, knowing that if Curt Schilling does it, it must be ok!

  99. redsoxfan permalink
    May 6, 2007 5:14 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Quick Question

    How do you feel about Roger Clemens signing with the Yankees? Is that going to have a major influence between Yankee-Red Sox games?

  100. aond permalink
    May 10, 2007 12:05 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I’m a Bluejays fan here and as you know they are struggling right now on an 8 game losing streak (No thanks to the Red Sox). Do you find any differance when playing against a struggling team? Do you think the Jays had too high expectations this year and are now just playing to their ability, or will they come back and join the race again later in the year?

  101. redsfan5 permalink
    May 16, 2007 8:29 pm

    no need to apologize Curt..you are spot on about Bonds…..the cheater

  102. tmcgin permalink
    May 22, 2007 8:44 pm

    A belated congratulations to your wifes Boston Marathon run. My wife ran the race a couple times back in the early 90′s.

    On a side note her father was stationed with your Dad in Anchorage back in the mid to late 60′s. He tells many tales of their hunting/fishing adventures!

  103. hopkinton7 permalink
    April 16, 2008 11:45 pm

    Hey curt, is your wife running this year?
    funny story for ya, last year I was standing out in front of my house on marathon day and a limo pulls up in front of a couple of police officers working a detail, well they stop the limo and would not let it pass, well I walked over and the back window opened and your wife has asked me if there were another way to get closer to the starting line and the common. I looked over at the limo driver and said hey buddy park it right here in my driveway and I will call one of the in town police officers to come and get her. The detail officers were persistant on there duties, so I walked over to the officers and said, do you know who is in the back of that limo, well its curt schillings wife, call on the radio and they will let her go by, well in the mean time I had called the dispatcher who I know and he radioed up to them to let them pass. Your wife waved and said thank you……very polite, and tell her….your welcome. Is she running again, because your welcome to parking or what ever you need here, I am a 5 min walk to the start. email: Gasman7@verizon.net
    Take care…..god speed!!!

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