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4/21/07 vs. NY

April 21, 2007

As bad as not throwing well can feel in a game like tonight’s, the win negates pretty much any negatives you might otherwise take away. What a job by an entire cast of guys. Kyle ending the 8th by keeping the bases loaded and not letting the game get out of hand was the first big moment.

The rally to win it was fun to watch as well. How a left handed hitter can pull his hands in to hit Mariano’s cutter is way beyond me, but ‘Tek’s single was exactly that. Coco comes up huge by hitting the first pitch down the line, which surprised me that the Yankees we’re not playing no doubles right there. I am guessing that has more to do with how Mo pitches than the situation. For the second night in a row Alex gets a huge hit in a huge spot. That hit was a carbon copy of Gonzo’s floater in the 9th inning of game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

It always seems like you have to get that first come back win early to be able to get your fair share of them during the season. Coming back in Toronto the way we did was a huge lift (especially on travel day, the worst day of the season to lose) and then to come back of Mariano (who hadn’t pitched in 4-5 days I think) was a fantastic way to start off this series.

I was pretty fired up for this one. Even though you’ll find media on both sides of the aisle as to whether this ‘rivalry’ is big or not the fans pretty much guarantee that there is going to be electricity in either ball park. It’s certainly not the rivalry of the 70’s and 80’s because there aren’t many players that hate each other as there were back then. In fact there are very few I would guess. They have to write their stories, and there are about 500 of them in town every time we play each other so you’re going to read the gamut of stuff. It is a different series, even in April, when the game starts. I don’t think either team plays games before this looking at this series like people think we might, but we know it’s there because it is different once we start playing each other.

Comeback wins count as one, in any month they happen, so there’s no bigger lift now then there would be in June in my opinion, but winning like that, given the guys that made it happen, is a great one regardless of when it happens.

Warm ups went fine, nothing really good or bad. You could hear and sense the fans getting worked up which is always a good thing.

Game started with JD leading off and taking a FB in for strike one. Spotting the ball in to lefties early in a game is not something I’ve done well in the past but it’s starting to happen with more frequency now. The AB ended on a FB in that jammed him a bit for a grounder to 2nd. Jeter popped up a first pitch FB in and up for out #2 and Bobby finished the inning by hitting a ball hard to deep center for the last out. Command wise I felt very good, even with the few pitches I did throw.

Andy doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat. He is throwing a few more slow curves than I remember but he looks great and his cutter is still messing up right handed hitters. He made the 1st and 2nd quick innings by throwing DP balls both times which is huge early in a game.

Like everyone else, I knew Alex was on fire, well more than on fire but I am not sure what you’d call it. He’s hotter than hot. Watching his last few games has been pretty impressive. He is just not missing ANY mistakes and in addition he’s crushing some good pitches as well. I think there’s a major difference between a hot hitter, and a hall of fame hot hitter. Hot hitters still have holes, the latter don’t. I throw him three curve balls and get him to two strikes. I know he’s not looking for that many but the pitch feels good at the time and we get to two strikes on a call and a chase, The AB ends on a deep FB to right center but at that moment he shows me how locked in he is. I threw him a pretty well located fastball down and away, and with his butt out he still centered it and drove it to deep RCF. Jason flew out to left and Jorge to center in two pretty quick AB’s to end the 2nd.

The third started with Cano hitting a split off the end of the bat that got down just before Manny could catch it. I fell behind Cabrera and he lined a ball to center to put runners at first and second. I knew Doug would be bunting and was hoping to get on it fast enough to get the lead runner. With JD on deck that last thing you want to do is have a runner at third with less than two outs and a guy at the plate that does not strike out. Doug lays down a great bunt anyway. I need a strike out or a pop up, but either way JD needs to make an out or this becomes an inning that could get away in a hurry. I jam him but he hits it harder than I thought he could and the ball hits off the mound and scoots to Julio who has no chance to get the runner. I end up walking Jeter. Randy Marsh is a tough cookie. The hard part is he’s probably the nicest human being on the planet, but his strike zone tends to be very ‘hitterish’. He doesn’t ring up a lot of third strikes and his corners can be smallish. I thought a couple balls to Derek were strikes, but to no avail. The one thing Randy is, is consistent. You know going in that the plate isn’t going to be normal so you deal with it. The other guy has to make pitches too. I end up getting Bobby to check on a good split down and away to end the inning.

The fourth starts with a fastball in to Alex. The next pitch is where things come unhinged. I won’t go into detail about the pitch intention or the call but needless to say it was NOT supposed to be a fastball, knee high, down the middle. He crushes it. No need to even look, the sound is easily recognizable from guys that swing like that. Now I’m down 2-0 and just got beat by the guy I knew I had a plan I could execute and get out.

Jason chases a good split for the first out. Jorge hits a ball he’s hit 15 times, at least, off me. An end of the bat tailing fly ball to left that falls in for a double. Cano grounds out to first and Melky flies out to center to keep the game 2-0. Frustrating to say the least but I don’t allow that third run and feel good about ending the inning.

Two out walks, 0-2 hits, 4 pitch walks, the list goes on forever. Cardinal sins for pitchers lose games. Giving up runs with two outs and nobody on is probably one of the more dire sins you can commit as a pitcher. The fifth starts with Doug flying out to center field. Fenway was playing very big in center today, the combination of the park and the weather make it spacious on days like today. I freeze JD on a slider in for out number two and then the wheels fall off. I get Derek to two strikes and hang a split on the inner half, down, that he rifles to left. Bobby gets to 2-0 and hits a FB that catches way more of the plate than it was supposed to, to put runners on first and second. I start Alex off with a fastball strike, then split ball, then run a fastball up and in for strike two. Jason and I confer, with two choices on our minds I pick the wrong one. Looking back at the pitch it was not in that bad of a spot, to most guys, but as hot as he is, and as good as he feels, and as good as he is, he hammers it. The ball was about knee high and on the corner away and he hits it into our bullpen. Coco almost made the catch of the century and luckily didn’t break anything in the process. No real way to describe the emotional swing that happens at this point, needless to say it’s ugly.

Jason singles on a poorly located slider and Nieves ends the inning by grounding out.

We’d tied it at 2 on ‘Teks first homer (hammered into our bullpen as well) and I go out and give back 3, with two outs and no one on. Definitely a low point in the evening. I don’t want out of this game, still feeling like we are going to make something happen. However when you give up 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings you are pretty much ammo less in any argument you might want to put up to stay in. Thankfully Tito doesn’t visit me on the bench.

The sixth and seventh are quick innings. I feel like I had great command and locate just about everything as we work through all six hitters. I know I am done at the end of seven and John confirms it when I come in.

So basically I give this game away in a three hitter stretch in the fifth. Inexcusable mistakes and horrible execution put us behind a pretty big eight ball as they have Mariano on 4 days rest and Andy is still very sharp.

Obviously the good guys pull it out. Just a fantastic performance from Hideki in the 9th. I think he’s flown under just about everyone’s radar but I think that might stop happening at this point.

This is a game that 5-6 years ago I’d have been incredibly upset about. Now, not so much. I’m incredibly disappointed in how I performed, but the end result was a huge win. The bottom line is I started the game, and we won. Regardless of the fact that I had little to nothing to do with it, we won.

Say what you want about games and importance for April, or September, but the fact is they all count for one win, or one loss. Some wins are bigger than others, some losses as well. Beating the Yankees when trailing by 4 runs, hell beating ANY team when trailing by four runs in the 8th is a big win. Beating the best closer in the games history is a huge lift as well.

Common theory amongst many baseball people is that you win 50, you lose 50 and what you do in those other 62 is what determines the season. The last two nights we won games that should have been in the ‘lose 50’ column. That’s big no matter what day on the calendar it is, or who they happen against.
 

141 Comments leave one →
  1. firedannyainge permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:26 am

    We won that is all that matters. You didn’t pitch that badly. No you weren’t great or even good but a win is a win.

  2. firedannyainge permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:29 am

    I agree Kyle Snyder deserves huge props for tonights game (and I have been giving him credit everywhere) but I am most happy for Coco to do this on a night with traitor Damon in the park. The expression on his face got me teary eyed. Lets hope he can build on this.

  3. perchik permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:31 am

    Who do you think is a better closer at this point, Papelbon or Rivera?

  4. April 21, 2007 12:39 am

    What do you think is different about Alex this year? Is it because he’s thinner, doesn’t care since this is his walk year, has learned from his first 2 years NY? Did you handle Alex differently tonight knowing on the tear he has been on then in season’s pass?

    What happened on that JD Drew steal? He was out by a mile.

  5. matt2007sox permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:41 am

    Curt-

    Not to get all “fanboy” but I really look forward to watching you pitch , and then getting your insight about what you did, and tried to do with each hitter. Good stuff.

    What a great win tonight, looking forward to Beckett and Dice-K in the next 2 days..

  6. cmac323 permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:51 am

    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.” The VT emblems were extremely touching, too. 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

  7. mrmako permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:58 am

    Curt,

    You pitched well, and made a few mistakes to a great hitter that is “in the zone”. He’ll cool off and the NY press will eat him up.

    I was wondering what your opinion of the job Hideki Okajima did. Did he pitch his butt off or what? I mean, he had to face Jeter, Abreu, and A-Rod (and Thompson as well) and only gave up the walk. I mean, talk about a gutsy move by Tito that people will not give props for (and the press will malign). And Snyder was fantastic as well, not letting anyone score, but the first real pressure situation for Okajima, at Fenway, against the Yankees no less. Your thoughts are appreciated.

    Vinnie in Okinawa, Japan

  8. mattymatty permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:02 am

    Curt, I was especially impressed at how well you battled today. It didn’t look like the split was working so well, so you made adjustments and ended up doing a great job. Rodriguez is just on fire, not too much to be done there. But in the end it didn’t matter, because you guys (can I say “we”? I live and die with the Red Sox) came back and took it to them.

    Great Job everyone! Theres very little chance that I get much sleep tonight. What an awesome win!

  9. bostonhokie permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:06 am

    I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the Red Sox organization for showing support for Virginia Tech by wearing our logo on the uniforms. I am a Boston native who recently graduated from Virginia Tech and was down on Yawkee Way watching the game tonight wearing my VT shirt. I was very excited and happy when I saw the logo on the uniform and basically proceeded to point it out to my friends every time it was shown. This was one of the few times that I have smiled and been happy over the past week and I was able to almost forgot about this tragedy. The comeback victory over the Yankee’s made it all the better. thank you!

  10. thetree1918 permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:11 am

    I gotta say that the rally was hands down the highpoint of the night.

    My neighbor actually thought there was something wrong with me when coco hit that triple and I started yelling and cheering.

    do you think Mo has maybe hit some sort of wall, mental or physical. the man has been hands down the most dominant closer of our generation(I’m 28). and has done so for 10+ years…he has to eventually fade away. wich, as jack black once said, begs the question…is it better to burn out, or just fade away?

  11. kmorin54 permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:17 am

    It was great to see Tek and Coco come through tonight. I’m sure it’s been frustrating for them to find a way out of their struggles. It definitely wasn’t your best night, but take away those two A-Rod HRs and you only gave up 1 run on 6 hits. Not too bad for a night where you didn’t have your best stuff.

    It sure was nice to get a win like this though, where it seemed like everybody contributed.

  12. layouter permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:20 am

    Hi Mr. Schilling,

    I have to thank you so much. I just finished watching the game tonight and it was an incredible game to watch. It was especially incredible for me because I haven’t watched a Sox-Yankee game outside a bar in almost 2 seasons, but thanks to you giving away MLB packages I got to watch this one and am almost more ecstatic tonight after the win than when I first found out that I won a package.

    The cotest is so great and shows how much your fans mean to you that you wanted just a couple more to be able to see you pitch this season and it is greatly appreciated. Your charitable nature shined through again in how you treat your fans and I am a greatful one.

    I also want to thank Mary Kirchoff who set everything up so quickly and was so helpful, even setting everything up on a Saturday morning for me.

    Keep doing what your doing and pitching like your pitching because you put a lot of smile on peoples faces.

    Thanks again,

    Joe Deering

  13. nbarnes permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:23 am

    I’m just gonna say, 7 IP with 5 ER against the best offense in MLB… could be worse. It’s not exactly ‘striking distance’, even for a lineup as heavy as the Red Sox is, but it’s not a blowout yet, either. Anybody would want better, but everybody fears worse. And, as it turns out, it was good enough to make the difference.

    4: Theory on SoSH was that Lowell missed a sign for a hit’n’run, since, as you say, Drew didn’t get a stealing jump.

  14. laradar permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:24 am

    Curt,

    Quick question. I know it was brought up on SoSH a lot, but A-Rod currently looks like he’s so comfortable in the batter’s box that he may as well bring a laz-y-boy chair and a pitcher of margaritas. Is there any reason why not to try and brush him back once or twice and make him think a little more?

    Keep up the blog, it’s great to hear such informative answers to baseball questions.

  15. postgamepub permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:32 am

    The difference with Alex this year is, according to various scouts is that his mechanics were off last year. Maybe it was due to extra weight he put on last year, who knows. I think it was Kenny Singleton that pointed out that scouts said that Arod swung last year like his whole upper body was tied up.

    Im a yankee fan, but not a homer. I do think Curt got squeezed on some calls. It was a tough loss for the yankees, the second one in a week. Hopefully we can bounce back, id be happy with winning one game in boston. We get Wang, karstans and Matsui this week, hopefully that can get us to rattle off some wins, instead of floating around the .500 mark.

  16. jeehoyoo permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:35 am

    Hey Curt,

    It was one of those games, wasn’t it, where you didn’t pitch up to your capabilities but the team still pulled one out. A W is a W, as they say.

    By the way, I am just curious about your after-inning routine of hopping over the foul line on your way back to the dugout. How long have you been doing that?

    I guess the obvious reason for doing so would be to avoid bad luck huh? But what made you start doing it in the first place? Do you have other pre-game or in-game routines and habits that you follow?

  17. mrclutch34do permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:57 am

    Hey Curt,

    A few things I noticed: THE only way to get Arod out is to jam him inside . I know I am not telling you anything you dont know, but guys like him, and Jeter is a perfect example, love to go to the opposite field. Both guys seem to feast on pitchers thrown to the outside half of the plate. I thought you did a fantastic job when he flew out to center in the first with the array of breaking stuff. One other thing about Arod is the next time you do face him, mix in more of the breaking stuff. Some hitters, like David, have an approach where, the harder you throw it the farther they hit it. AROD CANT HIT INSIDE CURVES! or changeups….

    Anyways, the thing that I love about watching you pitch is that even on nights where you dont have your best stuff and your more or less just throwing, you still keep the team in the game. Most younger guys get shaken up and they lose it bad once they lose it. Im sure you went through a stage in your career early on where this was the case.

    Keep up the great work Curt, I have a special feeling about this year. Tell Daisuke DONT THROW STRIKES TO #13!

  18. pdxaaron permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:57 am

    So Curt…

    Maybe I’m simplifying things too much, but with two exceptions, every homer A-ROD has hit this year have been fastballs away. AROD’s second at bat you are killing him with the inside pitch. The first on purpose, the second looked a little off target. Why would you then go back on the outside part of the plate with a straight fastball??? You haven’t moved him back. He’s still basically standing on the black, why through the ball anywhere other than inside??? Especially after the two brush back pitches Andy threw (the first hitting Youk, the second barely missing Lugo (maybe I can’t remember???). Isn’t that the time you need to go in tight and may AROD back away from the plate a bit?

    While you did give up a couple huge dingers, great game tonight. The fact that you were able to eat up a couple more innings after the 3 run shot was as big of a factor in the game as anything else, as that game could have very easily become unmanageable.

  19. Rob Mo permalink
    April 21, 2007 2:08 am

    Hey Curt,
    Even though tonight wasn’t one of your better outings, you have no idea how much respect I have for you to be able to stay in there and battle the way you did and always seem to do. Most pitchers don’t go 7 strong if they’re having some of the trouble you were having tonight. If you ever have time, I’d really appreciate it if you could check out my blog @ http://www.mosox.wordpress.com. Again, congrats on being tough as nails as usual, and GO SOX!
    -Rob Moriarty
    Cape Elizabeth ME.

    And, to healthbetold (comment #4), it looked like a missed hit and run sign by someone. I think maybe Drew, because that was a strange situation to hit and run in (down by 2, a dead pull righty batter).

  20. redsoxfan permalink
    April 21, 2007 2:08 am

    That was an amazing game today. Good Job Curt, and keep up the great work.

  21. cq24 permalink
    April 21, 2007 2:10 am

    I’m a Yankee fan. Needless to say I’m no fan of yours. And I’m not in a very good mood after that game. But I decided to see what you wrote on your blog, and I’m really impressed. Do you remember everything when you write about it, or have you watched the video? Your analysis of yourself, your team, and the Yankees is dead on.
    I didn’t think you pitched poorly at all. The second home run was off a pitch that will hardly ever be hit out, but he’s driving those outside fastballs insanely well.
    I don’t think the home plate umpire was particularly consistent for either side. It looked like he was squeezing the right side of the plate and expanding the left a bit, but it’s hard to tell from the “centerfield” camera. Umpiring has appeared to be pretty iffy so far this season, even in spring training. Do you think any umps read your blog to see what you say about them? Do you think it would influence how they call the games? I’d love to read an umpire’s blog. Would he admit the bad calls he made after each game?
    Anyway, it really is impressive that you would take time to write all this and to be so honest with fans. I imagine it’s also a good way to let out some of your frustration after a bad game. I hope it catches on. Get other players to do it.

  22. patsox23 permalink
    April 21, 2007 2:27 am

    Curt, I mean this in the most respectful way, and apologize in advance if it doesn’t come across that way:

    I was expecting to see ARod, while perhaps not buzzed at chin level, at least sort of…how to put this…made to feel less comfortable than he’s looked as of late. It seemed like it’s about time the guy gets put on his butt, or at least backed off somewhat. To me it didn’t look like that was even close to part of the plan tonight. (I suspect that has a lot to do with how dangerous it is to throw inside to a hitter of his prodigious gifts, not to mention his otherworldly hot streak).

    But still, I think a lot of Sox fans were hoping to see you pull a bit of a Pedro and let ARod know that what may or may not be his “free ride” as of late has come to a screeching halt – you know, with “a little chin music, maestro, please,” if you know what I mean. Can you speak to the decision not to pursue that course and would you please have Beckett drill him for us (and by “us” I mean Sox Nation, Youks and Lugo) on Saturday? Look forward to your response.

    Thanks!

  23. devilmollusk permalink
    April 21, 2007 2:29 am

    I have to say I love this blog. I really appreciate that you take the time after a game like tonight’s to write about it for us. I feel priveledged to be a Red Sox fan (something I couldn’t always say). It seems like we never used to win games like this. It’s such a relief going into the late innings against the Yankees to know that we at least have a chance.

    And how great does it feel to have a closer who has actually saved a game? I had barely finished celebrating Rivera’s meltdown in Oakland, and now this? I mean we have always had his number, but he doesn’t seem to have it this year. Do you think his cutter isn’t biting enough? Whatever it is, I’ll take it. Especially going into the weekend with Papelbon rested and Rivera suffering from confidence issues. So long as we can keep A-rod out of the record books I think we have a shot at a sweep.

    So thanks again for keeping up with this blog, and I love your overhand curveball this year. You throw that pitch well and you really freeze guys, since I bet it looks like 95 mph heat coming at their head.

  24. hawaii50 permalink
    April 21, 2007 3:16 am

    Great team win and that includes your pitching performance which included 6 straight outs and zero’s in the 6th and 7th and setting up the table for RS BP in the 8th and 9th. Which btw Andy was not able to do in the 7th and allowing RS to get in the NYY’s weak BP early.
    After RS wins the Series again come to Hawaii and I’ll be your tour guide for you and the family. Hopefully I can encourage you to resign for a couple more years with the Sox for more good memories.

  25. jacksontheripper permalink
    April 21, 2007 3:31 am

    Hey Curt….awesome game. I feel lucky to be born and bred in Massachusetts and have a lifetime of Sox v Yanks games to watch. It’s always special. I agree with you about Hideki. Every time I watch this guy, he’s lights out. I think the ‘pen is going to be as big a lift to this team as anything this season. Save for two big flies to A-rod (the second of which was WELL on the outside corner and probably wouldn’t have been hit by anyone else BUT A-rod as hot as he’s swinging the bat) , you pitched a great game. Keep on keepin’ on. We’re gonna need you like a fat kid needs cake.

  26. postgamepub permalink
    April 21, 2007 3:50 am

    i doubt a pitcher like rivera has confidence issues, more like getting enough work issues

  27. thedoctorx permalink
    April 21, 2007 3:51 am

    Well, all’s well that ends well, as the Bard wrote.

    Oddly enough, I was enjoying the game but had an appointment. I left when A [CENSORED--Ed.] hit his second home run. I then drove into traffic angry enough to start a incident that would appear on the “11 o’clock news.” This was not helped by the fact that local radio in this backwater of the country did not carry the game or even updates. After an hour, I gave up, canceled, and drove home just in time to make the 9th inning and miss the all the excitement. Be that as it may, I am happy with the results.

    So should you, and it seems you are. As much as nameless fans can give out cyber-comfort, here is some: you looked good for most of it.

    I did at least see a Yankees fan walking on the street later. . . .

    So, a cyber-“shout out” to [b]cq24[/b] for being a stand-up fan on an “Enemy Blog.”

  28. April 21, 2007 3:54 am

    What a game last night! Both my other half and me woke at 3.30 this morning (we are in the UK) to see the amazing comeback in the bottom of the 8th.
    Excellent!
    You’ll get em next time you pitch Curt, dont worry too much about last nights game.

  29. lvn600 permalink
    April 21, 2007 5:06 am

    This team is really coming together.-Role players like Gonzo and Kyle can make all the difference.-Too bad you didn’t have one of your better outings Curt but that Yankee line-up doesn’t allow for any mistakes.-I’m not worried about your performance-get em next time.

  30. frankfromgloucester permalink
    April 21, 2007 5:23 am

    Lucky Lucky Lucky. At least you didn’t get the spot light, or should I say RED LIGHT!!! CHOW

  31. rubbersuitman permalink
    April 21, 2007 5:28 am

    “Today was a day Coco Crisp became a Red Sox?”

    I so wish his caught the 2nd homer he almost broke his neck trying to catch. Lucky skinny guys like that are flexible. Sorry Curt, greens not your color.

    Good luck today.

  32. shinryu permalink
    April 21, 2007 5:58 am

    Hey Curt,
    Not the best of outings last night, but it was still great to watch you work your butt off even without your best stuff. Seriously, I think there are few pitchers in the game who can do that. But still, there’s little anyone can do against the Yanks’ lineup other than try to contain the damage, let alone without their best stuff.
    A-Rod’s hotter than chili, and we can only begin to imagine what Fenway would have become had Coco grabbed that bomb.
    Coco was huge. If he and Tek continue their resurgence at the plate, we’ve got ourselves a very nice lineup. Drew is incredible – he’s the only guy who’s been hitting consistently all the time, against any pitcher. And Manny will go back to being Manny sooner or later…
    Loved to see Okajima get the standing ovation. I wonder what it’s like for someone like him to be tossed in the middle of Dante’s Inferno just like that. He was amazing. He’s done so much, and flown under the radar most of the time. It’s great to know we have a reliable backup for Paps…I was getting kinda worried about his pitch counts in the last couple outings.
    As always, your analysis is dead on. We should have lost the last couple games. Now we’ve gotta win the next couple.

  33. chitoryu permalink
    April 21, 2007 6:14 am

    Curt,

    You guys are starting to look like 2004! I was thinking the whole game through that if you guys could come back in Toronto, you could do it at Fenway.

    I thought that Coco’s supreme effort at that second homer was going to be a spark. I just loved the look on his face when he got that triple!!! Hang in there, Mr. Crisp. There are a lot of Red Sox fans who are pulling for you.

    1 down and 2 more to go! This is what we live for!

    Mike C.

  34. greenmonsterguycom permalink
    April 21, 2007 6:24 am

    Hey Curt, nice team win tonight. My question/comment is about Okajima. What exactly is he looking at when he releases the ball? His head is pointed directly down at the mound when the ball is still in his hand. Last night I kept replaying his delivery, and watched it in slow motion. Is this just because the force he puts in his delivery? Or are my eyes deceiving me?

  35. chillyme permalink
    April 21, 2007 6:41 am

    Wow. What a GREAT game! I LOVE this rivalry-both teams are so talented, it brings the game to a much higher level. The emotional rollercoaster is a blast from the first pitch to the last…. for this fan, anyway.

    That was a TEAM win. People stepping up. Keeping the drama on the field. EVERYONE contributing. I’m so happy for you guys- the clubhouse must have been a happy place to be for the last two nights. Good for all of you. :)

    Quiet bats awakening, error-less defense, riviting pitching battles, a come from behind victory. TOO MUCH FUN!!!

    I look forward to your follow-up blogging, Curt. A cup of steaming hot coffee and your game breakdown is a great way to start the day. Thank you. (My softball playing daughter is catching a double-header today, senior year in college makes it bittersweet- so I need to get a move on.)

    You guys are excellent “memory-makers”. Congratulations to all.

    Onward!

    (PS-Glad to see there was no retribution nonsense after Youk was hit. Yay.)

  36. yankeeh8r permalink
    April 21, 2007 6:45 am

    Before Sox fans get hyped that Rivera is washed up, we should remember that he always is rusty in the beginning of the season and gets hot as the season progresses. I would love to see the trend continue though!

    Good luck Curt!

  37. April 21, 2007 6:49 am

    “I freeze JD on a slider in for out number two and then the wheels fall off.”

    Interesting. Remy’d called it a splitter in the booth, and I was sure it was a changeup. I guess that shows you what armchair quarterbacks are worth =)

    Whatever it was, it was a pretty pitch. Striking Damon out is no mean feat.

    re: A-Rod, yeah, hot doesn’t quite do him justice. I’d go with “nuclear”. However, even as a rabid Boston fan, even given his inexcusable antics in the 2004 ALCS, a successful, smiling A-Rod is good for baseball, and fun to watch. I think most of us should be rooting for the guy to hit 74 this season, if you get my drift.

    I have to say, Crisp’s arse-over-teakettle tumble into the ‘pen was heartening to see. He hasn’t given us alot to cheer about, as fans, but that play was evidence that his whole heart’s still in playing the game the right way. I respect that. Here’s hoping he gets his groove back with the bat.

    Good team win tonight, especially coming against a team as hot as the Yankees have been. Looking forward to seeing Josh up there, staring dudes down. And let’s hear it for the return of warm weather to the northeast! It’s about damned time.

  38. esotericenigma permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:05 am

    It sure is a fantastic insight to be able to watch a game and get a voice from the field afterwards. It allows us, as fans, to see the game from a different perspective and start to look for things that we normally wouldn’t pay attention to (such as locations, missed locations, etc.) because before there wasn’t any way to know if what we thought/noticed was true.

    You deserve a great deal of thanks for your efforts to help us understand the game more. Thank you.

    With the sappy stuff out of the way, how do you feel about your velocity right now? Does it feel natural or are you easing into it/trying to extend to reach it? You made a comment earlier about “going to the well,” how much does this actually take from you physically? And how much does the situation/adrenaline/moment play into your ability to tap into that resource?

    Games like last night’s are always a joy to watch. Though I’m sure you would rather have thrown a 2-hit shutout, you could find solace in the fact you gave up 0 runs to players not named “hottest-hitter-on-the-planet-Rod.” I’m not necessarily a Red Sox fan (DBacks fan here, thanks again for the best series in history), I’m rooting for you and the rest of the Sox this weekend.

  39. esotericenigma permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:07 am

    Okay, one run, but I think I can be excused for commenting at 5am.

  40. redsox1918 permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:08 am

    Curt,

    This year feels so good so far, mainly because Tito has to scratch his head during the post game, to try to remember how many different players made a contribution to the victory. You going seven innings last night helped a lot! Life is good in RSN.

    John Flaherty on the YES network stated last night that you really work the umpires. I think this is a good thing. The hitters work the umpires too. As long as it doesn’t get personal, this has to be a good thing. You mentioned the good umpires will often approach a player after the game and admit a mistake. Can you approach a home plate umpire the day after and say something like,…”Hey, in that tough inning last night, I think you missed a couple strikes there?” Do the umpires really control the dialogue?

    P.S. Living here in Yankeeland, these victories are so much more sweeter!!! :)

  41. ihatebuckydent permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:23 am

    Curt –
    Big team W. Two mistakes to the hottest hitter in baseball. other than that, I feel you had a strong start.
    Typical of how the first NY v. Boston series of the season starts; close game, key moments and clutch hits.
    I really enjoy reading your blog. thank you for sharing your insight with the fans.

  42. cmac323 permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:38 am

    WHY NOT US AGAIN?? IF 25 MEN BELIEVE THEY CAN…THEY WILL
    …and they DID last night!
    Why the “reemergence” of the slogan this year and not in ’05 or’06? Does it have anything to do with this supposedly being your last year here or is it just a general feeling you get from this particular team? A premonition prior to the start of the season?
    Cheri

  43. cozgrovian permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:03 am

    Curt, you’re a blowhard, but in all respects, I like to hear it. I’m glad Coco can get some credit for once. No one would be talking in a month about how hard he plays and the catch he almost made(and almost killed himself on.) What weighs more with you, how someone smacks the ball when you’re watching? or when someone goes all out when you’re on the mound?

  44. soxblog permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:05 am

    Wins like these are exactly what the team’s offense needs to keep the line moving in future games. Coco must have felt vindicated after all the heat he’s taken for his sub-par hitting.

  45. waynevan permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:05 am

    I have two words for my Red Sox;

    Intensive battingpractice………..

  46. April 21, 2007 8:12 am

    Curt,
    Nice work to keep the team in the game, and a bit WOOT to all the guys for coming back against Mo-Mo. Wow. And Okajima (is that right?)…I like him. Calm kid, throws strikes, seems to locate pretty well. Nice work.

    My wife and my 8 year old and I were all high 5ing at the end of that one. Here’s hoping you boys can keep this going.
    Seth Kerin

  47. cozgrovian permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:18 am

    BTW I’m graduating in May, are the Sox looking for anyone to mesh/mash databases or numbers? (I’m a math major)

  48. elizion permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:22 am

    Curt, enjoying your blog. My husband and I are both life-long Cubs fans and didn’t think we’d ever become such fans of someone who never played for the Cubs. But back in early 2001, our oldest child was then 4 and getting to the point where he could really start following them game of baseball. Knowing that being a Cubs fan is a genetic disease, we were of course expecting him to declare his allegiance to the Boys in Blue. But NO.

    Our son tells us at the beginning of the 2001 season that he doesn’t like the Cubs. It_broke_my_heart. After I called the hospital to make sure I took home the right kid, he then tells us that since snakes are his favorite animal, the Arizona Diamondbacks are his favorite team. I did want to turn him into a baseball fan, so we decided to keep tabs on the D’backs that season. At the very least it would be a good way to keep up with Cub-turned-D’back Mark Grace, right? And then the D-backs go on to win the World Series. Man, can the kid pick ‘em or what? I should take him to Vegas!

    Well, how could anyone follow the D-back in 2001 and *not* become Schilling and Johnson fans? We don’t get to many games in person, but since that time, we’ve seen you pitch in person 3 times over 3 different states. That includes what I think is your greatest game (stats-wise): the 17K one-hitter in Milwaukee back in 2002.

    We Cubs fans consider the Red Sox our American League brothers, so it was a thrill to see you guys win it all in 2004. One of my “I gotta do this before I die” things is to see a game in every major league park. (I’ve got about 10 down so far.) I turn 40 in July, so I’m using that as my excuse to get to Fenway. We, of course, want to catch a game that you pitch so we booked our stay for 5 games of the TOR/KC homestand, figuring that if you are healthy, you’re sure to pitch one of those games.

    Here’s to a great 2007!

    Elizabeth in IL

  49. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:34 am

    Hi Curt,
    first of all congrats to you and the Red Sox, fantastic “TEAM” work! always exciting, especially the last 2 inninings of last night’s game! Curt I always love watching you pitch and you always give it your all!!! as hot as Arod is right now, I think you still pitched great! it has to be a little unnerving no matter how long you have been pitching to face that Yankees lineup. Today is my husband’s birthday and tomorrow our 18th wedding anniversary and looking forward to the last 2 games we will watch together! Go get ‘em Josh and DiceK!!!

  50. agramante permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:50 am

    Great game last night! The whole team really came through, and when the bottom of the order leads a rally like that, everybody’s got to be thrilled!…one question. Remy said you looked like you were battling for command (I can’t really tell from the TV, and I’m obviously not as sharp an observer as he is), and it’s clear that since A-Rod is such a monster right now, you wanted to be especially careful not to make any mistakes with him. Would you please give an account of both (or just the second) homer he hit, what your thoughts were with each pitch? They seemed like pretty good battles you had.

  51. jimmykc permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:53 am

    A win is a win in my book, and last night’s was one for the ages. Would it go against some unwritten baseball credo for Tito to order A-Rod walked every single time he comes to bat for the rest of the series since he is in this zone. I would guess we would come out ahead if we did. Or would it be bad for our pitchers psyches since I’ll bet all of you think you have the plan to get him out.

  52. vickibosox permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:59 am

    I’d have to think that Timlin was available last night but the Yankees have seen him about 400 times. Pure genius by Tito in that spot to put it Okajima for the save. The Yankees have never seen him and they really looked like they didn’t know what to expect. Probably time to give Coco a pass since he stepped up on Friday night. Hopefully this is the turning point for him. Don’t worry Curt, Borowski didn’t know where to pitch the guy the other day either.

  53. pemliza permalink
    April 21, 2007 9:17 am

    What a game last night! Holy Smokes! What an amazing win! It was awesome to see Okajma come out & have such an amazing 9th inning. It’s good to know that we have someone else in the bullpen we can turn to in the 9th.

    To this fan watching, it looked like you had some hard parts, but were able to come back from it each time. You werent as dominant as your last two starts, but as someone said earlier, 7IP with 5 ER is not a bad game. Kudos to the offense for that 8th inning–it was amazing!

    I cannot wait until the games today & tomorrow.

  54. April 21, 2007 9:48 am

    Maybe not your greatest start Curt, but you proved to me that giving up is never an option. You could have come out after those five innings allowing five runs and just said the hell with it, we’ve already lost. Instead you went out there and threw seven innings, and held the Yankees at bay enough for the team to come back and earn a victory. You’ll truly a hero.

    Today I started a game myself. I started well, but lost it a bit and ended up walking the bases loaded in back to back innings. Thinking about your grit on the mound helped me to bear down and not walk any of those runners there. The walks were unnacceptable, and not another was going to happen. I know that is the way you go about pitching, and you’ve definitely passed that determination along to at least one young pitcher.

    -gd

  55. dinoradja permalink
    April 21, 2007 9:54 am

    Hey Curt, congrats on the team’s win. I was wondering if there was any serious thoughts of intentionally walking A-Rod, especially the at-bat where he got his second homer.I believe that would have loaded the bases but at some point you must have thought we can’t let this one guy beat us.

  56. davemh permalink
    April 21, 2007 9:56 am

    Hey Curt,

    Interested in what you said about team momentum, maybe even something like team faith: “It always seems like you have to get that first come back win early to be able to get your fair share of them during the season.” I was thinking about the same thing last night when we won: in 2004 those wins just seemed to come during the second half of the season, and it just started feeling like something special–same same for the 2005 white sox, and alot of other teams that win the WS. Do you think these come from behind dramatic wins HAVE to happen early for them to happen at all? Whats the clubhouse feeling like on one of these teams that seems to comeback alot–I guess 2004, 2001 d-backs, 93 phillies? At what point in the season did you know you were part of something “special”?

    Just wondering, what were you guys thinking when Cora came up last night–he always seems to be in the middle of something lately! That guy is amazing.

    Finally, its such a pleasure watching you–I keep thinking how much we’re gonna miss you and esp games like last night when you retire. Talk about digging down and keeping it close for your ballclub to win–that game is lost if you come out in th 5th, or give up one or two token runs out of frustration at any point when it seemed iffy. If these young guys could take a page from your book, watch out!

  57. beyondb4 permalink
    April 21, 2007 10:05 am

    Yes, I remember Gonzo’s floater. That was the moment when the world’s best closer discovered he was human. Just as I thought that nobody is 100% unhittable, Gonzalez got his hit. Gloriious! But sad for somebody with such a record as Mariano had. Maybe he too has mellowed a bit since then and last night’s loss was not as hard as the 2001 World Series.
    What teamwork the Sox showed last night. And I agree you will get ‘em next time, Curt!

  58. jamac permalink
    April 21, 2007 10:17 am

    Hi Mr. Schilling,

    Great Blog! Thanks for taking the time to do it.

    It seems like some of the Red Sox staff has taken on the Dice-K approach to pitching. Instead of relying on your Fast Ball to establish your other pitches, you rely on your breaking stuff to establish your Fastball. Do you see that influence, and if so, what do you think about it?

  59. dicek18 permalink
    April 21, 2007 10:17 am

    Way to go guys! Curt, don’t worry too much about yesterday, you did very good, could be better, but A-Rod is on a roll right now. Next year, when you’ll be in members of the same team, hopefuly, you’ll remember last night as a classy showdown.

    Now, what can i say? You made the RS Nation proud. What a comeback. Congrats to all of the guys and keep up the good work. Thank you for your time in this blog, means a lot to us. Take care!

  60. April 21, 2007 10:25 am

    A-Rod is carrying that team right now. I can’t wait until he cools off. Thankfully no one can keep up this pace…but wow. The only hitter I have seen carry a team like that is Big Papi!

    You said something about being impressed that A-Rod was able to center his butt and give the ball a ride… I remember Pedro talking about getting the hitter out of balance with his location and speeds… Does the variations it a batter’s stance sometimes determine the pitch, speed, and location that you attempt?

  61. theotherm permalink
    April 21, 2007 11:01 am

    Were you writing this in the dugout or what? When did you have time to do this last night? I know I was so wound up after watching the game I couldn’t sleep, I just HAD to watch espn AND the replay on NESN. I can’t imagine what you must feel like being a part of it! I must admit I was pretty down after the 7th but WOW what a comeback!!!!! I know I write this every time I post but again…this blog is great, THANKS!!!!

  62. April 21, 2007 11:22 am

    “but as someone said earlier, 7IP with 5 ER is not a bad game.”

    Well, yeah, it is. I think Curt would say the same. However, everyone has bad lines from time to time – and going up against A-Rod right now might be a lock for any pitcher to put up some crooked numbers.

    Anyway, it’s all about what his final line looks like after our World Series parade in November, am I right?

  63. santafesox permalink
    April 21, 2007 11:24 am

    Hey Curt-

    That game last night was fantastic. Great team effort.

    So, I was just wondering. What was that you said when Rodriguez hit the first HR?
    ;-)

  64. April 21, 2007 11:37 am

    // Inexcusable mistakes and horrible execution… //

    No kidding. It was all I could do not to throw the remote right through the plasma. Unacceptable. In your little notebook, write 100 times on A-Rod’s page “no fastballs down the middle.” Pettitte threw smarter pitches to Pedroia, for crying out loud.

    Wednesday. Baltimore. Make ‘em look foolish.

  65. bennyocho permalink
    April 21, 2007 11:54 am

    Curt- I didn’t read all of the replies above so forgive me if this has already been mentioned. They kept mentioning last night on NESN how comfortable A-Rod is at the plate, that’s what everyone kept saying “wow, he’s just so comfortable up there”. As a pitcher isn’t there something that you can do about that? Someone needs to come inside on him and soon last night someone (Piniero?) threw him a curve and he jumped away like a school girl. Bust him in, maybe make a little contact and he’ll fold up like a beach chair. That will be the end of his “hotter than hot” streak. He’s a wuss. Thanks and I love and appreciate the time you spend on this blog. GO SOX!!!

  66. soxrule permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:03 pm

    The Sox are on the way. Looks good so far.

  67. dennis227 permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:37 pm

    Re “I was pretty fired up for this one. Even though you’ll find media on both sides of the aisle as to whether this ‘rivalry’ is big or not the fans pretty much guarantee that there is going to be electricity in either ball park. ”

    Living in VA last night I had a choice of networks to watch; but, only YES or ESPN for HD. So it was ESPN in the 8th or 9th inning Dusty Baker asked the others in the booth if it was always like this. They told him yes. Said he had never seen so much excitement. The fans the players he knew he was watching the best fight the best. He said he now understood why Red Sox yankee was the best rivalery in baseball.

    You have the right of it. This is baseball at its best! and we have 18 more to go! GO SOX. You will win your share and the help you are giving the younger players is impossible to calculate, all to the plus side of winning.

  68. losernomore permalink
    April 21, 2007 12:44 pm

    Hey Hoss!

    I’m in YES purgatory here in Westchester, NY and wanted to run a few questions based on Kaye & Flaherty’s comments…

    Marsh was tight with the zone last night and you were clearly frustrated with some calls. Kaye said that often the ump will tell the catcher to go out to tell the pitcher to cut it out. As you are a veteran, does this often happen to you?

    In A-Rod’s 2nd at bat, Tek set up outside and #13 swung and missed on a FB riding up and in for strike 2. Flaherty said you missed your target, but with men on, it looks like you might have been trying to cross up A-Rod if he was getting signs from Jeter at 2nd. Which was it, and do you ever (aside from ‘Tek rotating signs) concern yourself with ways to cross up the hitter with men on?

    After the ‘Tek/A-Rod skirmish in ’04, what happens at the plate when A-Rod comes up? Do they exchange pleasantries or is there lingering animosity there?

    Flaherty said you are not “one of the most popular guys in the league”. Could you comment on what you think he means by that? (Not that it matters to us in the Nation one damn!)

    Many thanks!

  69. cursedtofirst permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:04 pm

    curt, it was overlooked in the post-game shows, but you gutting out two more innings after that top of the fifth was a crucial move, too. and something only the toughest of veteran pitchers can do. thank you.

  70. dyoungsox permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:10 pm

    Like most people have said, this is a great thing you’re doing and I really think that it’s something that other athletes should definitely look into. I am a lifelong red sox fan born in Maine so it bred into me. I moved to south jersey when i was 11 and quickly became a fan of the phightin phils. 92 was a tough year but 93 was phenomenal. That year I became a fan again because I was always more worried about playing ball than watching it. Darren Daulton was my favorite player because he had my name although spelled Dalton(first name) How is he doing, I hope better because I know that he was going through a tough time. Do you guys still talk, Kruk, Lenny, Dutch etc. Anyway, when things went south in philly and I moved again to connecticut where the love of the sox engulfed me again and all through high school and into to college I thought that you would be a perfect fit Boston. I’m glad that you were able to return, I think you have a good sense in what is right to do and what isn’t. I know this is a business but it’s nice to see people make decisions knowing that they will build a legacy in one town. I still remember you saying that it would be more interesting to go to boston to take down the yanks and win the series than going to new york and join a long line of guys who have won multiple series. You will stand out in history for making the right decision. Unlike Damon, who I think was a god in Boston and he went over to a team where he’s just another bat. Bad decision I think but no grudges held. I saw that you wrote about clemens and I am in total agreement. He has a decision very similar to you back in november 03. What choice he makes will not decide if he goes in the hall but there is a decision that would put him back in a place where legends live. Like you said, it just makes sense. I hope he doesn’t let some idiot GM ruin what many fans are thirsting for. But we’ll see what happens. Sorry so long but this is my first blog ever, so thanks to you for letting me get my opinion out there.

  71. cursedtofirst permalink
    April 21, 2007 1:25 pm

    also, thanks for the pwnag3 on damon.

  72. sonofapitcherman permalink
    April 21, 2007 3:15 pm

    Way to blog, Curt.

    I see where the CHB got in a dig in his column today where he said you needed an editor more than a pitching coach. Ernest Hemingway once said that a writer needs a built in Sh- – (ends in t) Detector to keep himself from writing foolish things, and it seem like the CHB did not come equipped with one of those. Talk about needing an editor (and a coach)!

    A wins a win, and you started the game, the team won the game, and it was a big one, a come from behinder, so I’d count that one as a quality start and a learning experience on which to build something for further on down the road. You will get to face them again.

    I loved the way you settled down, maintained your composure, and ate up a few more innings aftere the damage they did. Not every pitcher can do that. Some melt down.

    It is a team game and we saw some good things from a lot of your teammates, Tek, Cora, Crisp, Synder, Hideki, Papi Lowell, Drew.

    And how about that Tim Wakefield leading all starters in ERA and in quality starts! I hope he keeps it up.

  73. brianm2302 permalink
    April 21, 2007 3:57 pm

    how come your “bloody sock” stayed red, is it just me or is it a known fact that blood turns a brownish color when it hits the air……..do u have “super blood” or are u just a phony????? im gonna go with phony,one reason for that is because before the 2004 season u were photographed wearing a yankee hat because u hoped to be traded to the yankees, then when u got to boston u professed how much u hate the yankees(u went as far as wearing a “Yankee Hater” hat with the interlocking YH instead of NY)……..i understand that you are a red sock and that the yankees and the red sox are the biggest rivals in sports, i just do not understand why u have to be a total phony????

  74. amlothi permalink
    April 21, 2007 3:59 pm

    Hey Curt,

    What to players think about the policies that control what games are shown on TV in different markets? Are they aware of how fans are being screwed over and don’t care, or is there nothing players can do about it?

    For example, I have exhausted all of my options in trying to watch today (Saturday’s) game, the broadcasting rights to which have been purchased by FOX. However, here in the midwest, FOX is showing the Cubs vs the Cards. MLB.tv has the Sox/Yanks game under national blackout. I’ve also been to a couple of different bars in the area with Satellite TV and the baseball package and none of them are able to get the game either.

    For a matchup as popular as the Sox and the Yanks, how is this possible? It’s outrageous to me that MLB makes contracts which deliberately exclude fans.

    Sadly, this same phenomenon happened to me every time the sox games were taken by FOX last season. It’s a small consolation that at least this year MLB.tv subscribers can listen to the blackout games with audio only.

  75. vatechbostonfan permalink
    April 21, 2007 4:17 pm

    I just wanted to thank you guys for wearing the VT on your hats and jeseys last night. I’m a Civil Engineering Student at Virginia Tech, and it broke my heart to see you guys think of us. Is there any way that I could get one of those jerseys? I would do what ever it takes! My school email is ashg@vt.edu, just let me know what I would need to do. I’m stuck in Blacksburg for a year until I graduate, but no worries, I will be back in Boston within a day of graduation.

    Take Care,
    Ashley Galloway
    Virginia Tech Student by day, Red Sox Nation Member 24/7.

  76. mares2 permalink
    April 21, 2007 6:01 pm

    Mr. Schilling, you’re a great pitcher, and like all of us a human being. I was as proud of your performance on the field last night as I have been since you joined the Red Sox.

    I hope you’re as proud of yourself as we are of you.

  77. April 21, 2007 6:38 pm

    Curt,
    Great series so far. I know it’s only April, but I am very pleased with everything you guys are doing. When Cora blooped the ball over Jeters head to score Coco, Gonzo came to my mind immediately. I could almost see it in Rivera’s reaction that it was familiar to him as well!!!

    I am very excited at how well the entire pitching staff is doing. You’ve got a great chemistry and synergy going with the corps. I think Julian has done very well in the 5th spot. Sure his ERA might be a bit high, but he’s going pretty deep into the games, which is great for the pen. Okajima looks to be a great lefty closer and I think will help the team greatly as the season goes on.

    It’s been a real treat to see you guys score 14 runs the last 2 days and only 2 home runs are in that mix. Everybody is contributing and producing runs. Great to see the whole team contribute and look forward to see that continue.

    Regards,

    Chris

  78. aerometis permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:00 pm

    It was still a great game even if it wasn’t your best outing! Any win against the Yankees is great!!

    Also another gem today!!

  79. williamsfreak permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:23 pm

    i read your lips when arod turned your neck. you said “truck” (wink wink)
    anyhoo, thanks for the win

    sly

  80. fredsox permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:26 pm

    Hey Curt and the rest of the nation.

    Looks like there is only one Hideki San in baseball right now and am I glad we have him. Tough Tough kid, great movement on the splitter, looks almost or better! ( dare I say) than yours. 2 out of two with a little bit of mo going our way. I’m so happy for both Coco, and moreso for Alex Cora, who is proving not only to the nation but the rest of the major leagues, that he is a starter ANYWHERE in baseball. His smarts, and accumen at the plate ( knowing how to lay down a GOOD bunt) is worth 100 ARods. Hate to say it but give Dustin a bit of bench time to regain his swing and confidence, and play Alex Cora everyday. It’s best for the team. He just makes the bottem of the lineup, a “small ball” team, that can manufacture a LOT of runs before the big boppers get up.
    BTW.. you pitched okay, nothing to be done about unhittable cheese being hit. and you looked TERRIFIC in the 6th and 7th. As good as I’ve seen you spot the fastball and your splitter was filthy nasty.

    To all the team… ATTABOY!!! Lets go get the third with the Dice Man!!

  81. pinetarrag permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:52 pm

    Curt,

    Again, I’m a die hard Yankee fan.

    Upset that the Red sox stole one last night, and that The Yankees couldn’t steal one tonight (Saturday).

    Quick question:

    After you, Trot, “Double Chin” Varitek, and a few others had run your mouths about A-Rod, Arod came back and owned you in your first relief opportunity a couple years ago with the Moon shot, and again dropped 2 missiles on you last night.

    Thanks for once again volunteering your opinion and having to eat your words.

    Mission 27.

  82. jbailey34 permalink
    April 21, 2007 7:56 pm

    Good Job last night Curt, not the best ive seen you do but it was nice. Coco almost reached that fly ball, but he came threw in the 8th big time. Nice job all around you were locating the ball good A rod is just onm a good streak but he’ll get in a slump sooner or later and once those boo birds get out at Yankee stadium towerds A Rod theres no sign of him doing good for awhile, anyway good job last night and cant wait to see you pitch next game!

  83. blonde357 permalink
    April 21, 2007 8:19 pm

    i’ll admit it, i turned the radio off. i was checking my phone for box scores at the bar, and i gave up on that, too.

    someday, i may learn my lesson.

    i didn’t post after i saw you, but i wanted to say i saw you vs. the rangers here in TX…. i got to watch some of your warmup tosses and drills, which i’ve never been early enough to a game to do that.. it was a fun game, and those TX people wouldn’t know cold if it kicked them in the teeth!

    Question: papelbon’s outstanding performance was giving the rangers’ fans FITS, and a couple of fights nearly broke out. i wonder if Pap knows the effect he has on the away audience??

  84. mrmako permalink
    April 21, 2007 9:23 pm

    So now we’ve taken the first two…..What I’d like to hear about are your thoughts on the bottom of the lineup starting to put it together. JD Drew was an 0-pher, but the rest of the team picked him up. And what about Big Papi?

    I say the bottom end starts to come around, Lugo and Youk see alot of pitches and cause havoc on opposing teams rotations, and the middle does the business. Keep this up and there will be more parties on the St. Charles.

    And you, Mr. Schilling, will be enshrined like Larry Bird and Bobby Orr. A legend.

  85. thedoctorx permalink
    April 21, 2007 9:31 pm

    Congrats to the team on another win! If I may:
    ______

    brianm2302:

    “how come your “bloody sock” stayed red, is it just me or is it a known fact that blood turns a brownish color when it hits the air”

    Blood does not turn a brownish color when it hits the air; it rather WILL look like this as it soaks into a fabric and separates as in chromatography as demonstrated here:

    They will cover this in chemistry class and human health which, apparently, is taught after English composition and grammar.

    Nevertheless, nice to know the Yankee wound still has not healed.
    ______
    Regards that, kudos to the Yankees fans who have been respectful in their criticism.

    Kudos to the Mod(s) for posting even the trolling comments; no one can say that this is only a “fan-boy” site.

    –J.D.

  86. cptcullinan permalink
    April 21, 2007 9:49 pm

    Great win, proud to be a sox fan.

  87. chester41 permalink
    April 21, 2007 9:58 pm

    hey you kept us in it and i think A rod is a phony but he is dinging everybody now, not just you….i am glad you guys are winning these games w/ the yanks shorthanded coz that wont last forever… i am sure you werent happy w/ shaughnessys editor comment today…you can definitely write better than he could ever pitch…jd drew has been a surprise…we need our big 3 starters to stay healthy plus Papelbon, manny, papi, vtek, jd and i think the red sox will be a force this year…good luck your next start..leo warren Nh

  88. April 21, 2007 10:02 pm

    I have to say…. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT !! I love seeing the Sox beat the Yankees in the late innings….Making the big comeback. This has been a wonderful series, Keep it up!!!!

  89. pemliza permalink
    April 21, 2007 10:33 pm

    Another awesome game today! It was good to see the hits coming again & very good to see Coco Crisp come alive at the plate!

    Re: the response from Ashley, the Virginia Tech student–I hope all of you there at VT know that the country is praying for you & is in awe at the strength and character you all have shown. It was extremely cool to see that the Sox honored Virginia Tech with the logo. It definately brought some moisture to my eyes. I hope you get a shirt!

    I have a question for you. When you have an outing where you’re rocked for a couple of home runs like yesterday, how hard is it for you to regain composure & focus to go back and get to work with the next batter?

    Thanks as always for taking the time to do the blog & to answer questions.

  90. gosox permalink
    April 22, 2007 12:38 am

    i really dont think u did that bad friday against the yankees it was just 2 pitches that got away thats all plus we won and thats all that counts. i ttyl PEACE AND GO SOX

  91. neonjb permalink
    April 22, 2007 12:40 am

    Curt… I agree with a few posters regarding your performance. It’s encouraging to see you keep the team in the game on a night when you didn’t have your best stuff.

    I can see why some people think you should be pitching A-Rod inside and not letting him slap those outside corner fastballs out. It always amuses me when pitchers try to come high and inside to Ortiz and put it right in that upper sweet spot he has in his swing to pull it out. Being that 10/12 of A-Rod’s HR’s so far have been on that outside corner FB, I can imagine Yankees fans thinking the same thing when he got a piece of that pitch that ended up in the pen.

    I think we all hope A-Rod opts out after 07 and comes to Boston. I think it’s funny that all these commentators never bring things up like the arm-slap to Arroyo in 04… but I can only imagine what the Sox would be if A-Rod was here. Then you can get rid of Manny or let him go peacefully, sign Jones or Ichiro and have a Yankee caliber lineup with a far better pitching staff.

    I have one question for you… Do you ever notice the lack of respect the Sox get, specifically people like Ortiz? When A-Rod gets a few walk-off’s, ESPN rolls the footage for about 3 hours straight, flipping out, praising him, praising the yankees… it seems to me that Ortiz has done this consistently for almost 4 years now. I know he has gotten respect and is considered one of the best hitters in the game, but I dont remember ever seeing that much attention given to his triumphs in mainstream media other than boston media. I feel like all the “analysts” flip out about sub-par national league teams and the Yankees and I dont understand why the Sox get so little respect to all these “professionals”. Do you think its unjust? Truthfully, I even thought the rest of the country’s reaction in 04 was a little weaker than it shouldve been considering the historical significance of what you guys did.

  92. pinetarrag permalink
    April 22, 2007 1:54 am

    Curt,

    Again, me, The Yankee fan.

    I want to apologize for my previous comment (#81).

    I was a little bitter after the Yankee loss.

    Thanks to you and the moderators for not being a biased blog, and letting everyone have an open forum.

    I don’t think you pitch at the Stadium next weekend. I’ll admit I’m happy about that. =o)

    I look forward to another summer of Yankee/Red Sox face off.

    Take care,

    Mission 27.

  93. waynevan permalink
    April 22, 2007 5:46 am

    Curt, my wife will drive up to Boston and smack you around if you don’t honor the request in post #75. If I were you, I’d be gettin’ that jersey in the mail brother!

    Also, I thought you might like to hear that I am a reformed Yankees fan. I live in a part of Connecticut that is kinda split both ways. When I married a Red Sox fan, I use to read a book while my wife watched the Red Sox, but over time, they just kinda grew on me as I sat next to her with my book. I swear I had no intention of becoming a fan but what can I say? After I attended my first game, forget about it, I was hooked. I even got my father to attend a game and he was mucho impressed with the fans and how they stayed right to the bitter end of a crushing defeat, but there is no “hope” for him, he’ll always be a Yankees fan, he even wore his hat to Fenway park. He has some pretty funny stories about turnpike toll booths “turning him away” and “refusing” him entry into Massachussets. Fight the good fight Curt, and get on that post #75.

  94. beyondb4 permalink
    April 22, 2007 9:05 am

    Happy Earth Day!

  95. utahsox permalink
    April 22, 2007 10:22 am

    Curt,

    Just stumbled on to this blog and needless to say I am fascinated by your in depth recap of the Yankee game.

    It is great that you are doing this, and as a fan I just wanted to say that I appreciate you taking the time. It confirms what I have always believed about you, namely your class and your ultimate love for the game.

    Keep things rolling. You are pitching very well, and the team looks good.

    Thanks again! I will keep reading throughout the year.

    tim

  96. matsox permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:33 am

    Hi Curt,

    I am wondering if you know that the Navy ROTC midshipmen who were in the color guard the night you pitched were given standing room only tickets for the game. What is worse is that Marines who have just come back form Iraq were also in the standing room only section, fighting the crowd, in their uniforms, for a view of the game. I know you have nothing to do with this and I am a HUGE FAN of yours, but I wish that the Red Sox management would acknowledge the fact that we have a voluntary militay and these brave soldiers and are willingly putting their lives on the line for this country. It would be nice if there was a section reserved for the men and women who want to watch their beloved Red Sox when they have a break from their tours of duty and training. Thank you for providing a place for me to state my feelings about this.

  97. lifelongctsoxfan permalink
    April 22, 2007 12:39 pm

    Curt,

    You’re the man. I’m a huge fan. I hope you pitch great all year long. You’ve been pretty damn good this year so far (except that first start I guess). I think you’ll have a great year. I hope you retire as a Red Sox and I hope you keep endorsing good political candidates. I hope you stay in New England after retirement. Maybe you can get a job with ESPN and move to Bristol and be my neighbor!! Then run for governor and cut our taxes!!!

    It irks me a bit when the New York media say that if Rivera was pulled they would have won. Clearly the Sox line up was getting to Pettitte. Clearly Rivera is the class of the Yankee releavers. Who the heck else were they going to put in? They forget that Rivera was intially (in 1996) a set up man. The Red Sox are a better team at this piont clearly, even with the free agent liden batting line up the Yankees have.

    The team chemistry that seems to building in the Sox excites me. I think his team has demontrated that they are the real deal..a world series contender. I also like the fact that there are a lot of conservatives (like me) on this team. Besides you there is Timlin, now Drew and maybe Manny too (ha ha). I hope (and it seems) that Manny will make the decision to stay with the Redsox beyond his current contract. He’s such a great hitter and a cool cat to boot.

    Have a good week…

  98. bluesport26 permalink
    April 22, 2007 12:42 pm

    Curt,

    It’s refreshing to hear your comments about how the win pretty much negates anything that happened on the mound. I’m bringing my bro to Fenway tomorrow (Apr 22), going with 3 other Yankee fans to Yankee Stadium (Apr 28), and back to Fenway (May 1) to see you guys take on the A’s. Hopefully you guys complete the sweep tonight against the Yanks. Nothing like getting those guys when their down! Every game counts, even this early! You and the other pitchers have what it takes to do great things this year!

  99. bluesport26 permalink
    April 22, 2007 12:51 pm

    P.S.

    NOTHING was better than watching you guys come back on Fri and beat NY again on Sat with a die hard Yankee fan. It made my weekend!!!

  100. mckool permalink
    April 22, 2007 1:14 pm

    I thought Coco broke his back on that one. Please tell him to stop watching the Nixon archives. i would really have thought that it was a good idea for Tito to sit him for the Beckett game since now that Coco is warming up at the plate he deny injuries like the black night in MP’s the holy grail.

    I’d LIKE to see Tito play both Wily Mo and Cora for Sundays game, maybe that could help Dice-K’s run support issues thus far. I know that He’s run up against some aces but maybe sending him out there with the best possible offensive line-up NOW gives him a better leg up. I know that people son’t want to see Wily Mo get the ABs or starts that he needs but I like to see it this way. When Coco is out on contact he’s largely going to hit ground balls which might equal two out. If Wily Mo is out by contact there is a SIGNIFICANTLY larger chance that its going to be on the warning track and thereby possibly a sacfly. Occam’s Meat Grinder states that “all strikeouts being equal, the meaty guy is going to give you more offensive potential”

    Goodluck today guys!

  101. mbpalmer permalink
    April 22, 2007 1:32 pm

    Curt I’m a graduating senior from Virginia Tech and a life long Sox fan. I noticed a few guys had the VT logo on the side of the green hats for Friday night’s game against the Yanks. Do you know where I could find one of those hats?

  102. chriseverson permalink
    April 22, 2007 2:04 pm

    Curt,

    Great effort Friday. Turned out to be one for the ages again. Really appreciate your work, but my post will get a little off target. It does, however, pertain specifically to the game on 4/21 against the Yankees.

    Sometimes in life, people just don’t know where to turn. Sometimes people would like to help themselves, but they just don’t know how best to go about doing it. This is the story of a few empassioned Red Sox fans living in the small ski resort town of Aspen, Colorado. No sympathy for someone living in Aspen, you say? Well, it’s not like we’re living here collecting out trust funds. We’re living here working our asses off to try to enjoy a better life than the craziness of big-city living that we knew before we came here, but I digress…

    There is a war going on. Among the unfortunate reality of real wars, I by no means intend to say that this is quite as serious, but it is a serious matter with regard to the basis of our economic process, the free market economy. We live and work here, but we are still loyal Sox fans. We deserve to see the “out of market”, as they’re called, Red Sox games. Why do we deserve to see the games? Because we are willing to pay for them, and because it’s technologically feasible for the games to be served to us. That’s it. That’s the basis for our deserving to see the games. In a true free market situation, the demand is recognized and the supply is directed as needed to fulfill the demand. If the first guy doesn’t recognize the demand or doesn’t have the means to fulfill the demand, then the next person does it.

    Fox is monopolizing Saturday baseball in America, and quite frankly, what Fox is doing is so unamerican in so many ways, it’s distubring. First of all, there’s the free market thing. We have NO alternative for seeing the games when Fox broadcasts the Saturday games on Fox East. In Colorado, we get the Fox West games, not Fox East, so we are NOT ALLOWED TO SEE THE SOX PLAY ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS when Fox broadcasts the games on Fox East. I have DirecTV. I subscribe to MLBTV. I happily pay in every way that a consumer can pay to get the games. Even so, I could not get the Sox / Spanx game 4/21 because Fox East is blacked out here and because MLBTV even blacks out the game when Fox has it. This happens every year now. Why, when we live in a time that they can just turn on or turn off a channel with ease, can we not get these licensing issues worked out in the contracts so that the distribution of the product is fair? Oh and second of all?.. It’s just unamerican, damn it! No Sox on Saturday afternoon during baseball season? C’mon!

    Here’s what we ended up doing. Since our local watering hole has the same problem getting the game, the local Sox and Yanks fans are all there freaking out. My buddy is working the bar there and calls me to see if I can get the game. No, of course not. Neither can he. Everyone calls DirecTV in a frenzy, but those requests fall on deaph ears because DirecTV just points the finger at Fox. In fact, the customer service folks at DirecTV are frustrated by it too, so they just give out addresses and say, go ahead and write letters to these addresses…

    WNYW (Fox East)
    1500 Harbor Blvd.
    Wehawken, NJ 07087
    (201)384-3292

    KTTV (Fox West)
    1999 South Bundy Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    (310)584-2000

    DirecTV Inc.
    PO Box 6550
    Greenwood Village, CO 80155

    Anyway, I’m here listening to the game over the MLB.com gameday audio, and I’m texting the play-by-play to the bartender at Little Annie’s in Aspen. He’s reading it to the crowd at the bar. It’s insanely comical. They are of course on the phone with people at the game and back home, but this is ridiculous! You can’t see Papi’s Pesky Pole shot on streaming audio. You can’t experience Beckett dealing gas on a cell phone. You can’t capture that look in Papelbon’s eyes with a text message. If ther is anyone out there with the desire and means of getting the word out for people like us we sure would appreciate it. We all send letters and emails and phone calls to DirecTV and Fox, but they never reply. Nothing gets done. There are a lot of fans out who love the game, and who keep coming back year after year, but we’re trying to figure out why we’re being treated like this. Ok, so it’s not exactly like we’re victims of ethnic cleansing or some other horrible atrocity of humanity, but it’s still pretty unamerican when we can’t watch our favirite team play baseball on a Saturday afternoon during baseball season sitting here with a hot dog, an apple pie and a Chevrolet (hey, how did that get in there?) in the good old US of A. (Cue God Bless America here.)

    Anyway, just throwing that out there, otherwise, nice job on Friday. Good luck Wed at Baltimore, and of course good luck to Daisuke and the guys tonight against the Empire.

    – Chris, Aspen, CO

  103. trot07 permalink
    April 22, 2007 3:24 pm

    Curt,

    You should the Nation again what makes you a big game pitcher. It wasn’t your best outing but you pitched deep into the game and ate up some innings. You simply battled the whole night. The rest of the guys picked you up and it was a great early season win. Great job!

  104. jvtek33 permalink
    April 22, 2007 3:44 pm

    Well this is kind of cool!! Hard to believe I am writing a comment on Curt Schilling’s blog!! My fingers are crossed for a sweep of the Yankees tonight. I think the one thing Dice-K hasn’t had in his last two outings was run support from the offense. If we combine his pitching with good offense in tonight’s game…it’s in the bag. FYI…great game the other night, Curt! Not sure if you check out other people’s blogs but mmine has a lot to do with the Sox. Here’s the link if you ever want to visit. http://360.yahoo.com/dwintle
    I have a blog bet with a Tigers fan this season. Please don’t make me end up wearing a Tigers hat in my blog picture!!

  105. nnightingale1983 permalink
    April 22, 2007 7:26 pm

    I am watching the basbell game now. Dice-K just hit A-Rod with a pitch. Is it Japanese culture to tip your cap after hitting someone, because that is what he did?

    Good game Friday Curt!!!

  106. thedoctorx permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:02 pm

    YIPEEE!!!! SWEET SWEEP!

    I sat there stunned as the four HRs came in. I imagine you were all surprised by it!

    Kudos to Dustin what were some game saving plays.

    People happy we have J.D. Drew now?

    Nice work from Okajima and all in the bullpen.

    Okay, I will stop with the fan boyness. Await your analysis of Dice-K.

    –J.D.

  107. Sparhawk permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:55 pm

    Hey Curt –

    We attended your game Friday and it was amazing. Coco’s “almost” catch of the year (although his momentum would have still made it a homer) of A-Rod’s offering was great to watch and seems as though that was a moment that fired up the team. He has been slumping, obviously, but I am a huge fan and would love to see him back up in the 2 hole. If he can keep swinging a hot bat (which seems to be getting warmer) he may just get back there. I feel bad the fans don’t offer more support to Coco, he seems so cool and I love his effort.

    I also have to say that this team really seems like the will spend the season providing new hero’s for every game. It excites me to think the chemistry could be this good. We just watched tonight’s game, and the amazing conclusion to a fantastic weekend of baseball against the Yanks. It was nice to see Dustin get a couple hits in and make a couple of great defensive plays.

    We will be down for Tuesday’s game and we can’t wait to see you guys work on Toronto this week. Thank you for your insightful posts as always andI look forward to following your blogs all the season long.

    Brian & Sarah Sparhawk

  108. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:57 pm

    Hi Curt did you hear about the Blue Angles plane that crashed in Beaufort SC on Saturday at the Air Show that killed the pilot? Could you keep his family in your prayers Curt? Curt would you like me to email you some photos that I took from the Air Show so you can show your children. Can I have your email address so I can do that? Send me a personal email to me at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com OK Curt. Why do things like that happen Curt? I wish this world was a lot better like the Virgina Tech shooting, and September 11TH 2001. I wish this world could be better and there is a lot of violence every day. I wish God will make things and the world a lot better. Great game tonight and I am very glad the RedSox beat the Yankees three games in a row. I emjoyed seeing Joe Torre with a grim face on ESPN tonight!!!!!!!. Take care and tell the team have a great week Curt. Keep this blogging up and I enjoy reading your comments. God Bless you the rest of the team and your family and the rest of the familys on the team.

    From, Jeff Riley

  109. cornbread19 permalink
    April 23, 2007 12:09 am

    Well it is definately a good thing to see the club come through on a night where things don’t go according to plan for you. That must give you some confidence to see that you can go out there and do your thing, and all of the weight doesn’t have to fall on you. I would imagine you’ve been in situations where you feel that if you make mistakes, you’re going to get a loss (particularly with Phily). Does that give you extra confidence in your next start, knowing that the pen is pitching so well right now. The guys on ESPN tonight were saying that New York has a superior pen to ours, and after listening to the Fox guys yesterday I’m fiending for Fanboy and the Rem-dog. Coming out of the gate I thought that our pen might have been lacking a bit (that is before Paps made the move). We clearly have a bullpen that is capable of going toe to toe with anyone. Sertainly an improvment from last season. How much does that extra confidence actually help your performance. I know it makes you feel better, but does it make you pitch significantly better?
    I know it’s only April, but personally I’m a big fan of starting out on the right foot. I couldn’t be happier with the start the club is off to right now. Manny heating up tonight is great. I was very happy to see Pedroia play well too. You guys are going to do big things this year. Every fan in Red Sox Nation feels like there’s something extra special about this year, and we’re all foaming at the mouth to see it. Is there anything like that in the club house, or are we just imagining some sort of divinity just because we’re so greedy for it?

  110. jeff7168 permalink
    April 23, 2007 12:30 am

    Please, no A-Rod in Boston. Either resign Lowell or go after Miguel Cabrera, but no A-Rod. Let’s see what he does IF the Yankees reach the post-season this year before anointing him a baseball God. He is definitely an exceptional player, and nobody is hitting the ball better. That said, I prefer A-Rod elsewhere.

    Jeff

  111. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 23, 2007 6:33 am

    Hi, Curt,

    Man, that A-Rod is white-hot. White-hot.

    But I am just so glad that we swept the Yankees!

    Did you try the suggestion I posted to you about gripping your splitter a bit differently? It looked like your splitter had more of a down and left effect, so I suspect that you did take my suggestion.

    I find that particular grip is very effective in my over-40 league in Cambridge. My ERA is now under 3.

    Well, good luck in your next start. And tell Dice-K that Hugh says hi!

  112. soxfanindan permalink
    April 23, 2007 7:16 am

    Hey Curt, What a great weekend for Red Sox Nation! It was great to sweep the Yanks! Even though the Yanks had so many injuries, the games were still pretty close. Do you think it was more a case of the Sox starters not having their best stuff or are the Yankees hitters just that good?

  113. armynavyfamily permalink
    April 23, 2007 8:51 am

    I have never been a superstitious person with the exception of one time. That was during the 2004 ALCS games against the Yankees. I watched all of the first 3 games but once the 4th went into extra innings I had to go to bed because my Monday mornings started at 0545 with ROTC physical training. I told my then boyfriend (now husband) to call me with the final score of the game. The next night I also ended up going to bed once that game went into extra innings because of a differential equations test the next morning. The final 2 games, as much as I really just wanted to watch the whole game, I went to bed in the 8th inning and had my husband call me when they were over.
    Fast forward to last night when I was watching the game with my 5 month old son, Cole. Since it was late, I was getting him changed into his pjs during the 3rd inning. I have long hair and my son loves to grab it and shove it in his mouth. He got hold of my hair when Manny came up to bat. Because I was too interested in watching the game I didn’t try to pull my hair out of his hands. Then JD Drew hit his homer with Cole still eating my hair. It wasn’t until after Mike Lowell homered that I realized that Cole had my hair for all three home runs. I told my dad (I’m living with my parents in Medfield while my husband is in Iraq) and he told Cole to keep eating my hair. He did for ‘Tek’s at bat but unfortunately let go on his own once Wily Mo came up. I just thought it was too much of a coincidence not to post something here.
    Anyways, good luck on the rest of the season. My husband gets to come home for 2 weeks in July and I’m hoping to be able to see a game at Fenway with him. Maybe we’ll be able to bring Cole and see if he’s good luck in the stadium!

  114. trot7 permalink
    April 23, 2007 9:38 am

    Re: Sunday Night Game.
    Has there been a better game in the last few years? Also, can you tell me what you think about Okijima?

  115. April 23, 2007 9:58 am

    Curt,

    The other day you mentioned that you never know season to season what might build chemistry on a team. It’s way to early to tell for sure but do you get the feeling that we might look back at this 3 game series with the Yankees as the point in the season where the team chemistry began to click? It just seemed like everyone pulled together for these 3 wins with different heroes emerging throughout each game. It was a fantastic weekend of baseball…I wish they all could be this fun.

  116. phaladay permalink
    April 23, 2007 10:58 am

    Hi Curt:
    I was working out at API in Tempe this winter and missed having you there but glad to see you’re other interests going strong. What fun!

    I need to get my contact info to some of your players who were out at API now that I’m back in town, could you get that to them for me, just call Jeremy to confirm.

    Big fan, Patti

  117. javierg10 permalink
    April 23, 2007 11:12 am

    Hey, i just had 2 quick question about the Arod at bats. I liked what Dice-k did against Arod, going high and inside, even dough he hit him i liked what he did. So I was wondering why didn’t you or Josh try a pitch like that to attempt to get Alex out of that comfort zone he appears to be in?
    I’m no scouting expert, but I’ve noticed that Alex is not a good high and inside ball hitter, I saw Papelbon go there and work for him, but i didn’t see you or Josh try to exploit that weakness?

  118. jimedriceinhof permalink
    April 23, 2007 11:37 am

    Two questions:
    1 – As a father with kids that enjoy catching me saying things I shouldn’t – do you ever catch grief from your kids when they see you on replay like after that first A-Rod homer?

    2 – With Rodriguez on a Bonds-like tear right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see managers calling for the IBB like Bonds saw a few years ago. Do pitchers ever buy into this approach or would they rather go after the hitter?

  119. gokartmozart permalink
    April 23, 2007 1:13 pm

    Curt-

    It’s no secret that you have had your troubles with quitting chewing tobacco in the past. As someone who’s been dipping for 8 years now, I know what it’s like. I’m 26, and it’s getting to the point where it’s starting to scare me.

    Any pointers on how you kicked the habit? I’ve been trying, but it’s tough.

  120. bdresch5 permalink
    April 23, 2007 2:00 pm

    Curt,
    You’ll have plenty of chances to make up for the performance the other night. It wasn’t as bad as you make it sound. The come from behind victory against the yanks especially with rivera on the mound probably helped the team out much more in the long run anyway. Good luck against the Orioles on Wednesday I believe.

  121. johnnylegit permalink
    April 23, 2007 2:38 pm

    Mr. Schilling, thanks for sharing your insights with the fans–even though most of us will never know what it’s like to be in the bigs, through your blogs, we get a hint/taste of it. I read some story awhile back that said Manny Ramirez is such a good hitter than he “sets up” pitchers. In one example, it was written that he would “miss” on a particular pitch on purpose & then crush the same pitch in the later AB. I know that pitchers will often set up hitters but I’ve never heard of such a thing for a hitter. Is this bunch of BS?
    I know that pitchers often help each other out and hitters will give advise to other hitters, but do hitters and pitchers on the same team ever try to get insights from each other/compare notes? I’m curious about the “team dynamics” aspect because the perception is that pitchers and hitters tend to keep to themselves. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  122. beyondb4 permalink
    April 23, 2007 3:35 pm

    One October day in 2001 we flipped over to see who was playing in the World Series that year. You were standing quietly, waiting to take the mound, and then you stepped up and magic happened! Perfection! I didn’t know splitters from sliders. But I knew I was watching a finesse pitcher. The pinpoint precision! The power! I kept swearing I could not believe it. Finally came the reply that they have two and the other one is supposed to be even better. No way! Nobody could be better! Of course it turned out there is enough excellence to go around. But I still say no one is better! Then came the 2004 season with its epic finish. You outdid yourself. Now here we are, with even better teamwork. It is great to watch this team work together! This is looking like the year for World Series ring number three. Whether it is or not, I know you will give it your all.

  123. April 24, 2007 4:02 am

    Just want to echo an earlier post, you guys are looking like the Sox of 2004 (pretending today’s game didn’t happen). I’m thinking huge things for this year. Great job!

  124. rcechser permalink
    April 24, 2007 7:33 am

    Hey Curt,
    Great games over the weekend I have a question, with the way A-Rod is hitting the ball right now why wouldn’t you guys just put him on, I know Jason is hitting ok but I like my chances with him than with A-Rod right now.A-Rod is just zoned in right now.They did this with Bonds all the time.

  125. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 24, 2007 7:35 am

    We love you, Curt. Will we see you around downtown Maynard during this homestand? I hope your great new hi tech company is doing well, though from reading the bios of the founders it can’t miss!

  126. fgiles83 permalink
    April 24, 2007 10:14 am

    I’ll be at the game in Baltimore Wednesday night. Good luck. Feel free to stop by and say hi. Section 68 front row down the third base line.

  127. game6sockwasfake permalink
    April 24, 2007 12:40 pm

    Curt –

    Torre handed you a couple this weekend and actually probably more times than anyone can count in the past…(04 and much, much more)

    The team stayed in it because depsite giving up more runs than i thought you guys would, you kept things close and more importantly francona actually knows how to manage a baseball team.

    While your bats warmed up quite nicely, torre’s relief motto of “every pitcher, every day” doesnt exactly translate into victories.

    As for Next year when theodora wrongfully dumps you – i must say this…

    I was critical of your proclamations this spring but you have demonstrated that you are indeed the staff ace as dice-k may eat some innings for you guys but hasnt impressed nearly as much as expected

    as for all you “sock scientists” out there… im in a different OR every day in various hospitals as an equipment technincian, i see blood and lots of it… it all dries and it all dries brown..

    the sock was fake but hey great… it got a senile old manger to get emotional and forget how to give the bunt sign so it sure as heck worked… good for curt

  128. eurekadan permalink
    April 24, 2007 1:05 pm

    Great show by all this weekend. Way to hang in there against Mariano and not give in when you were down in the 8th inning.

    It was also nice to see Coco give his all going over the wall to try to rob a homer. Even though he didn’t get it, he seemed to gain energy to turn his whole season around after that.

    Take the good work to Gotham and have at ‘em again this weekend!!!

  129. bkp5418 permalink
    April 24, 2007 2:05 pm

    although you won’t be starting this weekend against the yanks.

    how will you go about handling arod if he keeps up this hot streak he’s on. will you take a rookie approach and try to force him off the plate, or take a more careful approach and pitch around him?

  130. April 24, 2007 3:13 pm

    A-Rod’s hot April is unbelievable.

    I’m just amazed on how you can recall the info in such a fashion, and so concise with incredible detail!

    Anyhow, I am in Maryland & I’ll be catching you and the Sox in Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Question for you, who is the hitter you dread to face today and why? As well, I know you are into watching videos of the opposition, how much time is invested in doing so, and how much of a difference do you think it has made on the game today?

    Good luck to you all up there in Boston, though we’re rivals.

  131. jeff7168 permalink
    April 24, 2007 10:11 pm

    The Sox need a solid outing from Curt Schilling tomorrow to end this two-game skid. The starting pitching, bullpen, offense and defense was subpar against the Jays. It’s time the Sox consider another option at the No. 5 spot until Jon Lester is ready. Julian Tavarez has three starts, two of which were atrocious, and one mediocre. Let Devern Hansack have a chance. He started today for Pawtucket, and his next start is slated for Sunday. I imagine Tavarez will get another start, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Hansack.

    Jeff

  132. bills25 permalink
    April 25, 2007 1:03 am

    I was at that game. it was my first fenway experience in my almost 18 years as a red sox fan. And I wouldn’t want to see any other pitcher taking that mound. I think you did a great job. Even though I hate saying this but the yankees have a very talented team so you always have to bring your best against them. But to what I thought about the game.

    When I first got to my seat, after waiting 2 hours in line to get tickets, my jaw was almost hitting the floor. I thought fenway was the best place on the planet I loved it there and me and my friend decided to go to as many games as possible. When I sat down I started to look around and then I saw the one and only Curt Schilling making his way to warm-up and I literally couldn’t say anything. I thought to myself ‘I’m looking at the man with the bloody sock. The guy who helped lead my favorite team in the whole world to the world series. One of my favorite pitchers of all time.’ It was unbelievable.

    When the first pitch was thrown I knew it was gonna be a big game. My first fenway experience. My first rivalry experience. And ofcourse my first fenway frank which was fantastic might I add.

    I wish I could of gotten closer seats because I don’t have the best vision. I would of loved to see the splitter in action instead of on tv.

    I personally think you pitched well, yes you have been struggling with control but things get better in time. But when your facing a batter that is doing as good as A. Rod you’d be lucky to hold him to a double on bad pitches instead of him hitting it out the park.

    And I was psyched to be there for ‘Tek’s first homerun he has been my favorite player for years now. Me and my friend were probably the first two people jumping up and down in the whole park. And that would of been an amazing catch him coco robbed A. Rod of that homerun I probably would have pee’d myself if he made that play. To be honest I was happy Damon did bad because in my eyes if you leave the Red Sox and go to play for the Yankees for a bigger pay check then your a traitor and a sell out.

    I can’t wait to see Lester pitching in the big leagues again. He’s a talented pitcher.

    It also must feel really good knowing you have Hideki and Paps in the pen for relief both amazingly talented pitchers and Paps being one of my favorite closers of all time.

    Well hopefully the next sox game I go to you will be starting that would be pretty sick. And hopefully i get my friends seats there to the left of the dugout near where the ballboy stands my friends parents charge us 90 bucks for them so hopefully i can get some tickets from them soon because I wanna see some “gas” quoting the Dennis The Gas Man Eckersly.

    Well goodluck with the future starts and hopefully you get back to doing what you do best…..shutting batters down.

    Huge fan
    Steve B.

  133. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 25, 2007 6:37 am

    I read that ARod once again professed his wishes to remain in NYC beyond this season.

    Good riddance, I say! We won one World Series without him (led by Curt Schilling) and we don’t need him to win another! Are you with me, Red Sox Nation?

    After all, the Yankees won more WS with Scott Brosius at third than with ARod!

  134. soxzealot35 permalink
    April 25, 2007 4:23 pm

    Curt, I know its early, and in baseball that can mean everything, but how gross is Papelbon….i mean come on…Hitters look totally overmatched…My question is, do you think he’ll remain as a premeir closer or eventually move to the starting rotation in the next few years….what would you do with a pitcher like that if you were in charge….any thoughts?

    Thanks again for reading your fans’ thoughts..
    -Andrew S.

  135. seabass36 permalink
    April 25, 2007 8:45 pm

    The way it looks tonight,Curt was fine,I think only 86 pitches thru 7? Anyhow the Yanks will be an afterthought unless they find some of that right about now.

  136. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 25, 2007 9:18 pm

    Curt Great Game Tonight against the Baltimore Oriolies!!!!!!!!. Keep up the good work. Way to get the team a needed win. How do you think you did tonight Curt and do you need to work on anything for the next start Curt. If the RedSox offered you a contract for next year during this season would you sign let me know Curt. Take care Curt lookinf foward to your next Blog. God Bless you the rest of the team and your family.

    DUDE!!!!!!!

    From, Jeff Riley

  137. thedoctorx permalink
    April 25, 2007 9:23 pm

    Congratulations Curt on what looked like a great outing on my computer!!

    Congratulations to Okajima and Donnelly for their work!

    Congrats, of course, to “the Bats” who were not frightened today!!

    –J.D.

  138. taso2177 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:16 am

    Could you tell us what happened to the family you took in that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina? Just wondering if they got back on their feet and if you and the family still keep in touch.

  139. murf permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:12 am

    Great job the other night and good luck heading into NY.

    It seems like you’re even more of a media target now because you have this forum to sound off – almost as if they’re pissed you have communication skills of your own and have a place to use them that they’re not a part of. The media in this town sucks and there’s nobody who understands that more than the players so keep your head up and contunue playing great ball. The real fans will always support you for what you’ve given this city despite what the clowns in the media try to show.

    –Pete M.

  140. carey2117 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:21 pm

    Curt, why wouldn’t you nail A-Rod first at bat right in the back? I think it would have set the tone for the whole season. After he hit the first homer off of you I was positive you were gonna hit him the next at bat, but then he hits another homer off you! He was the hottest hitter in the game going into that series and there was no way he was hitting two homers off of you if you nailed him first at bat.

  141. August 13, 2007 5:05 pm

    I agree, beaning ARod would have set a nice tone. Could have potentially made things awkward in the Sox clubhouse next year if he were to come on board, but hey, the fans would love it.. and ARod would stop crowding the plate.

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