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5/1/07 vs. Oakland

May 2, 2007

Win some lose some. Tough loss and a rare one in the way we lost it. As much as you’d like to think that because things are lined up how you want them to be, it should all work out, sometimes it doesn’t.

Our bullpen was the key reason we ended April with the best record in baseball and I don’t doubt for a second it will be a huge strength for us all year long, but even the best bullpens have off nights and last night was one of them.

I know how bad it feels to blow a save so you always feel for the guys down there when it happens because you know no one feels worse than they do.

I know Jason and I went in with a good game plan and for the most part we executed that plan. Always nice to be back in Fenway too, nothing matches the environment.

First inning was a quick one as Stewart popped out to right on a 2-1 slider and Ellis got jammed on a 1-0 fastball for the second out. Eric kept the bat head in the zone on a decent split and hit it harder than I’d planned to center to end the inning.

My slider felt good in the pen, as did my split, and the first few I threw today felt like they were working.

Our offense put a huge three spot on the board in the bottom of the first. Amazing how it works sometimes. The hardest hit ball of the inning was Manny’s fly out. We blooped and bled our way to three runs against a guy who’s turned into a very solid big league pitcher. I faced Joe here last year and he beat me by shutting us down for 7-8 innings and he was coming off a great start the other day as well. He mixes his stuff up and seems to have great command of his fastball to go along with a very good hook and change he mixes in.

Second inning starts with Mike chasing a split for strike three. We freeze Johnson on a fastball in for the second out. I hang my first split of the day and Bobby hits a hard single to left. Had the whole AB setup to get him to chase one in the dirt but I didn’t get the ball to bite and paid. Travis hits another split for what should have been a routine ground ball out to second. The main problem there was that about 10 seconds before I threw the pitch I moved Dustin more into the hole and the ball ends up being a single because of that. I fall behind Jason and then run the count full, the key pitch being the 2-1 split he chased. After a short battle he swings and misses at a 3-2 fastball that runs in more than I was trying to make it.

Bottom line though was we scored three and then put up a zero.

Top of the third starts with Langerhans chasing a high fastball. His two AB’s, and the results are a direct tip of the hat to our advance scouts. I had no history with him and hadn’t had a chance to look at any real video before the game so I relied on some face to face pre-game rundowns they gave me and they hit the bullseye in every way. You cannot overestimate the value of truly good advance scouts. At least I can’t. they’ve always been a huge part of what I do to prepare, especially on a night like tonight when I am seeing alot of hitters for the first time. The guys that advance for us are incredibly good and thorough at what they do and it pays off for guys like me who rely on that information to attack lineups with specific game plans.

I want to start Shannon off with a 2 seamer in and end up leaving it up and middle and he singles to left. A fly out to center by Ellis and a pop up by Chavez end the third.

 We tack another run on in the bottom of the inning as Youk drives in Coco after the lead off walk. Lead changes from 1-4 runs are huge. From one to two you get breathing room so one mistake won’t kill you. From two to three it’s huge because a mistake or walk won’t bring the tying run to the plate and from three to four is as huge because to squander a four run lead you have to have a nightmarish inning which is something we should really not see a lot of this year due to the bullpen we have.

Piazza leads off the fourth by lunging at a curve ball and popping up to center. I then make my first crucial mistake of the night. Going into the series Dan Johnson had swung at 1 of his last 19 first pitches. He took the first one in his first AB as well. I had a serious hunch that he’d be swinging at the first pitch and wanted to put a fastball on the corner, or just off, to get some bad contact and a quick out. Instead I end up aiming the ball and leaving it up and more on the plate than it could be and he crushes it over our pen to put them on the board. Bad mistake that could have been prevented with even an ounce of execution. I come back to get Bobby chasing a split for the out and then Travis flies out to right center to end the inning. We scored a run and I gave one back, not good.

Jason leads off the fifth by hitting a front door slider that got way too much of the plate, to center, to leadoff the inning. I get Ryan to chase a split for the first out and Shannon flies to center for the second out. I get Mark setup exactly how I wanted and leave a split up again, and he grounds the ball just over the bag at third, which our ball girl decides to field….. Back in that spot again, 2 outs and a game changing AB. I think I caught Eric guessing on the second fastball even though I was sure he’d swing at the first pitch. When he didn’t I had a feeling that he was trying to think along with us. So we go back outside for strike two and now we need to execute something here to end the inning. He lays off the first split and we go inside a few times and he fouls them off. We throw a pretty good split that fades away and then get the check swing call to end the inning.

 I get lucky leading off the sixth as the fastball to Mike gets more plate than intended and he hits it to the deepest part of the park. Coco runs it down for the first out. Dan gets jammed on a very high curve ball and pops to short and the inning ends on a pop up to third by Crosby.

Seventh inning starts ominously as Travis hits a ball to the gap in left center for a lead off double. Jason singles to left on a hanging split and now we are right back trouble. Was caught off guard by Walker PH for Langerhans but Jason and I confer with John and we devise a way to pitch to him. First pitch backdoor slider is followed by a slider that was not as in as it was supposed to be and he lines it softly to center. I can almost always see the result of a fly ball to center before the end of the play. The only guys that screw me up are really fast guys, like Coco. I didn’t think there was any chance he was catching that ball and as I am wandering over to back up third I am already thinking about how I am going to pitch to Stewart. He comes up with it, and at the time in my mind that catch wins us the game.

I end up getting Shannon to ground out on a jam shot to second in which Dustin makes a great play charging in on the ball. Mark pops out to first and we avoid letting them get any closer, but that second run is huge in my mind.

Okie comes on and does what he’s done since day one. He gets more and more impressive every day you watch him perform. After the eigth I’m thinking game over. Now I’m still nervous, but it’s a Rivera’s on the mound to save the game for us kind of nervous. Paps may give up a hit, or walk a guy, but blown saves are few and far between.

You all know the ending so no need to rehash it. Bottom line is those guys got the better of us on a night when that doesn’t usually happen. Nothing to do but strap it on today and get back after it. The beauty of the season is just that, you get to go back out the next day and right the wrongs and a lot of times that its own cartharsis.

119 Comments leave one →
  1. sboyajian permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:31 am

    Great showing Curt.. can’t win em all, as long as you keep winning most.

    Showing good command out there, team needs a leader right now with all the young and new players.

    Just want to say, Okajima is rockin my sox off..

  2. cdntrot permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:40 am

    Tough loss.

    I have a request, can you use last names instead of first names when talking about opposing hitters. No offence but I don’t know all players by their first name. Ie. ” Mike chasing a split for strike three. ” I don’t know who Mike is.

    See you in Toronto next week. Can’t wait to see Beckett on Tues.

  3. sportsnut72 permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:42 am

    Curt,

    I have noticed that each start you try to adjust and change things based on your previous start. I saw that you slowed down a little more last night. I think a couple of calls that should of been strikes were called balls, and can be frustrating.

    JP is taking responsibility for last night and think that it shows that you as players are human and as much as we put excitement, and expectations on your shoulders you can do only what god has in store for you.

    Great start and good luck with your next against Minny.

    Marian (sportsnut72)

  4. redsox72 permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:44 am

    http://www.4petesake.org

  5. pemliza permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:48 am

    Tough game last night! You pitched another gem & had a great game, with the assistance of some nice offense & a terrific catch by Coco. Paps coming out in the 9th is like money in the bank, so the blown save really threw me. People are talking about an arm injury, etc. It was just not a good night. Who could have predicted both he & Donnelly allowing their first runs of the season in the same night, in those circumstances?

    On a positive note, Okajima was amazing! He’s been absolutely fantastic to watch so far this season.

    You’re right thought–it was one game. We’re bound to lose some & Paps is even bound to have a couple of blown saves throughout the year. Tell him we still love him & he’s still the best there is! Back out there tonight–let’s get Josh Beckett to 6-0!

    GO SOX!

  6. dennydonovan permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:57 am

    watching that game was very difficult, but not because of pap’s blown save (that was bound to happen sooner or later). i’m talking about the inconsistent balls/strikes called by umpire_assface_001. for oakland’s pitching, and for our pitching.

    this must drive you absolutely nuts.

  7. ace1307 permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:00 am

    I agree….oh well, it happens. I remember after the first game of the season when you lost, and I turned around to co-workers, who know me as a huge Red Sox fan, and said, “Don’t worry, this team will be 3-3 or 4-2 when they get back to Fenway for opening day”. Sure enough you guys were 4-2, and the rest is history. It would be much worse if Paps blew this save and you were in the Yankees position right now. Better to work out the kinks now than in October…

    Ill be at the game Thursday to watch Dice-K for the first time…cant wait! Box 86 Row D…gonna be fun!!!

    Curt, maybe if your around, you could swing by there? Ha! Just kidding…I know you cant do that…

    Can you explain what you mean by a game plan? I always hear you say that in press conferences. Specifically, what goes into making a game plan and when do you and the coaching staff and Tek sit down to put one together?

  8. aimcifer permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:01 am

    Tough loss, but good game in general… great showing by you, and a shame Paps had an off-night (hey it was bound to happen.) We love Papelbon! Hope he’s not too upset about things (same for Donnelly). Hopefully tonight’s game will have a happier ending. Again, nice job last night sir!

  9. krimsman permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:05 am

    Curt,

    While this is a little off topic, I was hoping that you could provide your input as a professional athlete. The Pats just signed Randy Moss. Like everyone else, I’m hoping that his reputation as being a “clubhouse cancer” is way overblown. However, if it is not, is there a chance that a player who is nothing but trouble can bring down a whole team? Is this a real risk? What should the clubhouse leaders/veterans do to keep the team together in such a situation?

    As always, thanks for your posts. Always great to read your blog.

    Andy

  10. curtswift permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:06 am

    Curt, you pitched well last night. Tough outing for Paps. He didn’t seem to be hitting his spots or have any pop on his fastball (I say that relative to his normally hitting 96-98, whereas last night “only” 92-94). You guys played well, but sometimes sh** happens. Better luck tonight.

    Curt Swift

  11. devin1 permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:12 am

    Curt you pitched well enough to win. We all thought it was money in the bank.

    Pap’s just didn’t have his good gas as Eck would say.

    Let’s not overuse the big 2 now ( okie & pap’s) Don’t we have anyone else in the pen we have confidence in that can get out borderline triple a hitters?

    Calm down Red Sox nation they are still 5 1/2 out and we all know who they are. We won’t panic yet.

    Beckett to the rescue tonight

  12. abqjohn permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:24 am

    This is the kind of post that I really like from you, Curt. As a fan from Albuquerque, I really enjoy this kind of “direct” interaction. However, I could have done without the last post…you would have been better served to remain above it all with respect to the bloody sock thing. Kevin Millar said it best when he said “why are we talking about this?”. Thorne’s comments didn’t even pass the giggle test and didn’t dignify a response from you. Instead of passing on that and putting up a quality post like you did here, you managed to make sure that you insulted every journalist and tarred and feathered everyone of them with the same brush because you allowed your feelings to get way too hurt by some moron. I wonder why you do that. Part of the passion that you have that makes what you have to say so interesting also makes you come off as petty and too drama at times. No offense…I’m kind of wondering if you actually do read the comments to your posts. But I do have some constructive criticism if you do actually read these things.

    I’m quite certain that you know this, but we all have opinions about so many different aspects of the game…that’s what makes baseball so great. It generates the kinds of discussion that other sports can’t seem to get much passion around. Many of the points that are discussed by baseball fans are kind of mute points…they simply are beyond the realm of possibility and therefore cannot be truly considered as rational…it is a sort of privileged ignorance, as you put it. Discussions about something like whether Ted Williams would have been the most prolific hitter in history had he not given his best years to serve this country is the sort of folly that real baseball fans like. It’s kind of frivolous talk in light of all that is going on in the world, but that’s kind of the beauty of it all. I mean, don’t we need that sort of distraction to keep our sanity? We should worry about the soldiers in Iraq, and world hunger…does that mean that we should engage in stoicism, sell all our worldly possessions, and forsake all that is trivial? Of course not…we would lose something distinctly human, and you my friend would have no other discernable talent (except that annoying “command of the English language” that you somehow managed to frame as a liability in your last post).

    Many of the journalists that you categorized with Thorne generate the same kinds of discussions that really have no meaning when you put it all in perspective, and you know what? They are paid because they do get an audience of fans. And not all the fans are ignorant and are incapable of thinking for themselves and determining what is good fun and what is absolute garbage. There are some journalists that I absolutely cannot stand (Shaugnessey comes to mind), but that I anxiously read without fail because there are frequently some thought provoking discussions generated. They are paid to play their game, and you are paid to play a different game.

    However, I really enjoy the insight on the break down of your game, and I really like getting the insight of a really smart baseball player. I’m quite certain that I’m not the only one. I think your impact on Josh Beckett (as well as the rest of the staff) is invaluable. I like that you seem to enjoy mentoring almost as much as you like taking the hill. You’re good at that. I like it that you feel like you have something meaningful to say and that you need an unfiltered forum to say it in. Just be careful that you don’t wind up insulting the intelligence of the more sophisticated fan…you don’t want a bunch of yahoos that simply come here to gush over you, do you? You don’t seem to, but sometimes I wonder. You are truly a fascinating person…Barbara Walters got that one right. I’ve become a regular visitor at this blog, and I’ve really come to enjoy this. If you do ever get a chance to reply to a fan, I’d love that. My e-mail address is jon@groovesin.com if you’d ever care to hear what the average fan has to say.

    Paps – I can’t help but wonder if you read this blog….something tells me that you do. Tek is a hell of a catcher, and he’ll do you right if you continue to do your thing. Don’t think about it…the best cornerbacks in the NFL are the ones with short memories…if they start thinking too much about getting burned on the last play, they are almost certain to get burned again quickly. It happens. None of us expected that you would have a year long ERA of 0.00 and it’s baseball…it had to happen sooner or later. Hang tough and don’t lose that attitude.

  13. May 2, 2007 7:26 am

    tough one… but as Sox fans we have been there done that… still as Sox fans were behind you guys 100% tonight…

    Go Sox!!

  14. quintjs permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:30 am

    Something that has been bugging me Curt, perhaps with your inside knowledge you could help, A lot of talk about Lester and his long term health.
    How is pitching in Pawtucket vs Boston going to effect his long term health?

    Great game tonight, shame about the result.

  15. themisterg permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:47 am

    Morning Curt. Just listened to the EEI call. Glad you take the time to mention the more important things like Pete.

    Last night was one of those games….good thing you get to start a bunch more where it’ll work out differently. I’d like to offer you some air-time on my radio program to talk about things other than baseball, the Foundation and/or other issues and events of a bigger scope. I invite you and the fans to check out http://www.greenarrowradio.com and would love to get as many pitches for the fight against cancers as possible.

    Thanks for having a forum like this to talk about all things and of course, GO SOX!

    MisterG

  16. sean24 permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:59 am

    Not sure if it’s true, but Remy and Don said that Paps wasn’t throwing as hard as he usually does which may be why Travis got around on the ball so well (that and Paps left the ball down in the zone a little).

    Curt, how does a pitcher “spot” a ball. That is, when you hear someone say “that pitcher has good command,” how can a pitcher throw a tiny ball 60 ft. 6 in. at over 90 mph and be accurate to within a few inches? Is it mental? I’m sure it’s somewhat physical, but there has to be more to it than that.

  17. May 2, 2007 8:14 am

    Indeed, great start, Curt. I only managed to catch the second through fifth innings on NESN before I got pulled into an Underbog run, but what I saw of you was as impressive as ever.

    Too bad about the L, of course, but hey – Paps ain’t a robot, not matter how close to perfection the kid skirts.

    I’m still pretty concerned about the offense, though. Regardless of what the stats show, it just doesn’t seem to be “clicking”, especially with so many players suffering through fairly prolonged slumps. Hope someone figures out how to get these guys heated up soonish.

  18. shbx permalink
    May 2, 2007 8:14 am

    placement of 4petesake.org was the most clever way to get the message across.
    very impressed.
    good performance last night, and the season so far. lets keep it going.

  19. dori317 permalink
    May 2, 2007 8:19 am

    Great game Curt….tough inning for Pap but Okajima is something else. I listened for all of February and March as sports talk radio railed against the bullpen as it stood for the coming season. No complaints here…they have been great, and you can’t possibly win 162.

    Heard you beating yourself up this morning about your reaction to the “sock” issue. I though actually you were pretty calm considering the attack on your character and integrity. You had every right to be angry, and expressing your feelings as they were on your blog was more than appropriate. It’s not like you walked up to the guy the next night and pummeled him. He deserved a few harsh words, and yours were right on.
    Christian or not, you have a right to be angry and sort through it when you are attacked. I teach preschool…and we always tell the kids..use your words!

    Looking forward to seeing Dice K in action on Thursday…managed to score a couple of seats at almost face value. Wonder of wonders!

  20. May 2, 2007 8:21 am

    Again, I am in amazement how you are able to recall a game in such fashion.

    Anyhow, I caught a little of the game yesterday and it looks like you are pitching as well as ever.

    Well, how does your age factor in your preparation for your outings? Do you do anything differently from let’s say when you were 30, 35, even a few years ago?

    I know many pundits make a big deal about age, but obviously that’s thrown out the window with guys like John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Jamie Moyer, etc…

    How do you feel about that issue?

    Anthony

    http://oriolepost.blogspot.com

  21. May 2, 2007 9:00 am

    Tough loss. You pitched a great game, and that catch Coco made was just fantastic. What an athlete.

    I continue to enjoy the incredible surprise that Okajima has turned out to be.

    I was pretty stunned when Paps blew the save … but, in a way, that sense of shock is a good thing, only because it speaks to how completely automatic that kid almost always is. I guess it’s inevitable that he’s gonna drop one every now and again. Certainly can’t get down on him about it.

    I must say that this is one pitching staff I am *dying* to see in post-season play. Stay healthy and keep it up, guys!

    SoxNation.net

  22. May 2, 2007 9:00 am

    Tough Loss guys. Curt you pitched well, Paps if your reading, No worries man, You still rock!

    Erika

  23. mike3183 permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:26 am

    Per WEEI, the 4petessake on Curt’s shoe is for a young child named Peter DeSpain, link below.

    http://www.peterdespain.com/

  24. bosox2k1 permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:39 am

    I can’t believe the WoW servers are down!!! I am going nuts!!!

  25. seancus permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:45 am

    I looked everywhere and haven’t found a reliever that blew a save, even Micheal Jordon missed a jumper here and there. Paps has “it”, He is the Red Sox closer, there is no one else in this league I would rather have closing out games than Paps, when he comes into a game there is just something in this kids eyes that tells you that he is coming after hitters, last night he didn’t have that zip on his fastball, Paps is a great player on a great rotation, You can’t win them all.

    Curt, you are pitching very well, I like how you and Tek have a game plan for every hitter, you seem to be mixing your pitches up very well which helps set up your fastball which keeps the hitter off-balanced and you still have guys waving at that splitter.

    GO SOX!!!!!

  26. armynavyfamily permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:46 am

    Curt,

    Over the past 3 years I’ve been learning a lot more about sports from my husband. Generally it meant that I’d be watching a game in San Diego (where I was stationed in the Navy) and call my husband in North Carolina (where he’s stationed in the Army) for an explanation. Now that he’s in Iraq I don’t have that opportunity but I do have a question. I noticed that when batters come to the plate they show that player’s scorecard line. I know a strikeout is “K” but sometimes the K is backwards. What’s the difference between the two?
    Also I was wondering if the Red Sox would like to participate in Bragg to Baghdad. Recently, my husband’s tour was extended from 5 months to 13 months. To keep the families’ spirits up the Family Readiness Group came up with a challenge where everyone keeps track of their miles walking, running, biking, swimming, etc with the goal of “walking” the distance from Ft Bragg to Baghdad. The company with the most miles at the end of 6 months is rewarded. I’ve already recruited the Medfield Middle School track team through my youngest brother. Depending on how involved the team would like to be, you could either just count the time for games (1 mile for every 15 minutes, so 1620 miles for the team for a 3 hour game) or count all of your workouts. Please let me know if this is something the team, or you, would be interested in doing. It raises no money but I’m sure it would be some great bragging rights over there to say that the Red Sox are walking for Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division. My e-mail is lauren.burchill@gmail.com. And thank you for all you do to support the troops.

    Respectfully,
    Lauren

  27. gpp10 permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:07 am

    Good morning,

    I know a lot of people write, but I must tell you that this blog has helped my 10 year old baseball fanatical son learn more about the game while aiding in his weekly reading requirements (the most important aspect).

    He “plays” Little League to his ability (he is in a wheelchair), but loves everything baseball.

    Thanks for the insight and making his reading homework go a little smoother.

  28. lughlamfhada permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:16 am

    Hey Curt,

    I had the pleasure of being at last night’s game and watching you warm up in the bullpen from about five feet away! I’m glad to see you’re still the ace we all know you are, and I’m hoping that at the end of the season, you’ll still be in the Red Sox uniform we hope you’ll be in when you retire and when you are inducted into the hall of fame.

    I do have a question for you about gaming. I was wondering if you ever played Ultima Online, which was really a pioneer of the MMORPG market and a pretty badass game in its day. One of the things that eventually made me leave the game was the constant battle between the “old school” players who enjoyed PvP and the concept that if you leave a safe area with prized items, you may in fact lose them to a looter or to a player killer. It always gave me a rush to be out in the wilderness and not know if the player I came upon would say hi and walk away, or start flinging spells at me.

    To me, UO died when they changed the rules to satisfy the whiners and the newbies who wanted instant gratification without risk or loss. I’m interested to hear how your games will deal with this, as well as what place you think PvP has in an MMORPG.

    Thanks, keep bloggin!

    -Lugh

  29. cubsfan21 permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:26 am

    Curt,
    I am a Cubs fan, but I am huge fan of Papelbon since he went to my grade school and high school (he’s about 7 years older than me). I was just hoping that you pass along the message to Paps that everyone from BK is a huge fan of his no matter who we root for. Thanks.

  30. cornbread19 permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:43 am

    Curt,
    Your bender looked good, particularly in the fourth inning. That pitch has been something you’ve really gotten the hang of since switching leagues. It doesn’t bother me at all to see Paps have an outing like that. You know that he’s going to have a couple like that, since he’s not a Terminator. Maybe someday we’ll have a Robocloser, but until then I’ll take Papelbon over anyone. Huston Street or Mo included.
    How about that Okajima? What is he looking at when he releases the ball? Is he looking for change to do his laundry or something? How can he command the way he does without even looking at Tek? However he does it, I hope he keeps it up. Another great outing, maybe your best this year. At this stage of the season that might be a bit more important than a win. Maybe we could have stood a bit more offense too. We’re sort of built to score more than four runs, you know. It’ll all come together and we’ll play near perfect baseball (even more so than in April) in June and July. Mark my words.

  31. skinnyman2007 permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:50 am

    Hi Curt I come to you blog a lot and I like your blog very much. I am a big fan of you and the RedSox. I wish you would email a redsox fan and a huge redsox fan at my email address at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com Curt you should have won that game last night. I like to watch you compete Curt and when you are on the mound it is great. I believe that was real blood on your sock. What changes are you going to make in your next start Curt and why? Jason is a great catcher!!!!!!!. I am glad the yankees are in last place. Curt what is that writing on your shoe for? I saw that last night. Do you throw a forkball Curt? Curt I think you should throw a Gryo ball like Dick K then everyone you pitch against they will fear you. You should ask Dick K how to throw the Gyro Ball. That woud be cool Curt if you have a pitch called the Gyro Ball. Looking foward to your next start. Take care and have a good week.

    From, Jeff

  32. metaljaybird permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:06 am

    When I saw that, I knew the headline on bostondirtdog would be “Papelblown” Oh well, it would have been nice, but if you all keep it going like you have, it should make for a memorable season.

  33. stratocastrian permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:09 am

    “…and it pays off for guys like me who rely on that information to attack lineups with specific game plans.”

    Hi Curt,

    My question is:

    Is there an opposite kind of big league pitcher, i.e. guys who don’t have a specific game plan and/or detailed knowledge of any given hitter’s tendencies, who instead more or less just go out there and “wing it,” based on instinct and stuff? And do these guys have much success?

    Thanks,

    stratocastrian

  34. Manny Ramirez permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:12 am

    Eh mang. You no need to worry, right? Is just one game. Manny and Papi get it together.

    –Manny

  35. May 2, 2007 11:15 am

    something was wrong with Jon.

    his fastball was in the low 90s and no where near the kind of stuff we were used to seeing. maybe those flu-like-symptoms that Drew had made its way to the bullpen. -3 points on my fantasy team FTL :(

  36. dfwelch permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:15 am

    Don’t you worry that statements like:

    “Had the whole AB setup to get him to chase one in the dirt but I didn’t get the ball to bite and paid.”

    will give the opponents an advantage in that they get a better idea for how you are pitching them?

  37. dfwelch permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:18 am

    Any chance that we could see some guest spots in your blog from teammates? I thought perhaps Paps would have something to say about last night.

  38. jcm1964 permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:25 am

    Hi Curt,

    Tough one last night. Pap mentioned his arm slot and I am wondering if this is usually a very easily fixed problem? Is arm slot a potential shoulder issue or is it similar to golf when you start thinking about a certain aspect of your swing- like your wrists at the top of the backswing, a douzy? I am not overly concerned, but I am curious because I hear pitchers talking about it a lot lately. Ten years ago pitchers never mentioned arm slot.

    Also, I hope Lester will be joining you soon. If he is gonna pitch, then he might as well do it at Fenway. I wonder if this is Theo wanting to wait until an injury or trade so he won’t loose a player clearing waivers before heading to Pawtucket? Winning games should be first priority don’t you think?

  39. kirk43 permalink
    May 2, 2007 11:33 am

    great post curt , amazing how detailed your posts are keepup the good work quick question any feelings about the pats picking up randy moss? do you feel talent is more important than team chemistry or equal ? heres hopeing we can grab roger clemons go redsox pats capecod

  40. May 2, 2007 11:54 am

    Despite the loss you were in good form last night, and I’m sure you are thankful that the Red Sox have good conditioning coaches and trainers unlike the Yankees, it seems they are lacking that with all these hamstring injuries they are having, like Hughes. Anyone have any thoughts on Hughes’ performance last night? He certainly scared me a little bit because he was very dominant in only his second start in the majors and when we play the Yankees i wouldnt want to face him thats for sure!

  41. burntwood permalink
    May 2, 2007 12:36 pm

    Curt,

    Great post, now please for the love of God, shut up, shut up, SHUT UP!!!!

    Thanks

  42. May 2, 2007 12:58 pm

    I felt bad for Papelbon, but you can’t win them all your going have off days. It is good to see that you aren’t taking it that bad. Another solid performance Curt, I think management should start thinking contract extention, especially the way you have been pitching.

  43. carawson permalink
    May 2, 2007 1:23 pm

    You looked good last night :) Had the pleasure of sitting in section 159 last night to catch the game for my son’s 6th bday. Like you said you win some you lose some and even Paps is bound to have a bad day once in a while.

    Tho I have one question. What is with the not stepping on the first baseline when you go back to the dugout

  44. brsnepfan permalink
    May 2, 2007 1:39 pm

    I heard your interview on WEEI this morning and I just wanted to say how much I enjoy listening to your insights. I am drumming up some support from co-workers to send along a package to the nine year old boy you mentioned today. We hope to include several items from the 2004 Series as you mentioned he was a big St. Louis fan.

    Tough loss last night. Every night you guys take the field I think “how can they possibly lose” but that is baseball and nobody goes 162-0.

    It appeared that you had great command of all your pitches last night and I hope your success continues through the post season.

    One last comment/question: Does the Boston Media know the difference between a ‘writer” and a “reporter”? It must get tiresome listening to these clowns calling themselves reporters but instead of reporting facts, they dig for crap and create drama when none exists.

  45. May 2, 2007 1:50 pm

    It was such a bummer for last night’s game to end the way it did. There was so much that went right before that – good baserunning, Coco’s catch and everyone’s all-around good defense, your strong start, Okajima’s electrifying inning – that would have made it a fun and satisfying win. As part of the Fenway crowd, I did my part (as did those around me) to keep the intensity high and not give up. I wasn’t as worried as I sometimes feel at games, because I was sure we’d pull it out. I think I was surprised more than disappointed when we didn’t.

    Who’da thunk Paps and Donnelly would both allow their first runs of the year on the same night? Who’da thunk the A’s would walk our #9 hitting backup infielder to get to the top of the order? (That decision probably saved the game for them, though. I just KNEW Cora was going to knock in the run.)

    Oh well. The bummer of a result shouldn’t obscure all the good things that came out of the game. And I’ll be back on Thursday for a nice refreshing win.

    One quick question: We always see clips of Daisuke and Julian hanging out and laughing it up. What do they talk about? And in what language?

  46. timpm permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:02 pm

    Curt-

    Great game, you probably don’t care, but did you hear what Jay Mariotti said about you on Around the Horn? It was hilarious!

    Question. Why doesn’t Alex Cora start at second? I don’t know what Francona sees in Pedroia. It seems like Cora is a better fielder and much better hitter.

  47. chester41 permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:06 pm

    another good outing..jeez i dont know anybody on oak, just that they are a pain in the ass bunch of nonames….i thought pete sake was your way of expressing your exasperation, i got a laugh out of it…enough mlb, i hear u are a steeler fan, just wondering what u thought about patriot offseason, randy moss, joey porter to mia, dolphins passing on brady quinn etc….i am real excited about getting moss, we could have a killer offense…you are having a great season, leo warren NH

  48. socalsoxman permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:11 pm

    Curt,
    thanks for the privilege and opportunity to share your blog. The insight you provide into the inner workings of pitching and the game is incredibly cool.

    I certainly appreciate all you do for the Red Sox and the community of souls we live in. Thanks for being a stand up guy and for speaking your mind when it suits you. It’s refreshing and a little honesty never really hurts anyone. (except the dishonest)

    One suggestion, maybe if you raised the odds on your projected wager…maybe to 100-1? Your million vs. 10 grand. I doubt the low-lifes would still take you up on it, but if they did it would still be $10,000 more in the ALS coffers. And if not, it would show how craven some of your detractors really are.

    Because of your stand up stance and overall integrity I am going to pledge and donate $25 to ALS. I ask other visitors here to do the same, or whatever you can afford.

    thanks Curt.

    socalsoxman

  49. edsadowski8 permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:31 pm

    “Don’t blame us if we ever doubt you. You know we couldn’t live without you!”

    Keep battling guys!

  50. cursedtofirst permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:35 pm

    that poor ball kid. (was boy not girl but of course i don’t expect you to notice sth like that in-game). he’s prob. fired, i’d imagine.

    i noticed you had a bit of a fit with yourself on the mound after travis’s single to lead off the 7th (i think–might also have been the leadoff hit of the 5th but if i remember correctly it was the 7th). could’ve been just what NESN chose to focus on, but it seemed like you were more peeved about that than the home run. why is that? frustration building as the game wore on or ws there something about that at-bat that was particularly aggravating?

    here’s hoping your boy beckett goes 6-0 tonight!

  51. conig25 permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:39 pm

    That was a real tough one. Man your so right. Start thinking win. By the same token look how many times this year we have been on the up side of all those nailbiters already. Wow it’s gonna be some kinda year. Thanks for the great effort last nite.

  52. jrsweny permalink
    May 2, 2007 3:24 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Is talking with advance scouts some thing Jonathan P. does? Other than that Nice game. Sorry Pap. It happens.

  53. jaxirish permalink
    May 2, 2007 4:49 pm

    You pitched a pretty good game. Too bad you couldn’t go nine. I guess the bullpen can’t be perfect all the time. It is tough to lose a game when the best closer in baseball comes in and you think this one is in the bag. Everyone has a bad game or even one bad pitch and everything changes. Maybe next time,
    Anyone living in NE Florida my son will have a piece that was done on him and his fight with Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis. It will air on Fox30News at 10p.m on May 8th or on fox30online.com. It is an interesting piece.

    Matt Cahill
    irsh6738@comcast.net

  54. socalsoxman permalink
    May 2, 2007 5:24 pm

    Hey again Curt,
    forgot to ask you before…what did you think of the 3rd base line ball kid who snagged the ball down the line for a ground rule double? I don’t think the hitter would’ve taken second if the ball had caromed off the jutting out spot to short, but neither would the lead runner have scored from first.

    It looked like Tito and the umps thought it was kinda funny. Does the kid get fined $5 in the clubhouse kangaroo court?

    socalsoxman

  55. timpm permalink
    May 2, 2007 5:50 pm

    Curt-

    Random question: Have you ever intentionally hit a batter?

  56. nocalbaseballfan permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:10 pm

    Curt,
    As an A’s fan, it’s absolutly facinating to see how you plan and attack the hitters. Thanks for letting us into the game just a little bit!
    -Sean in NoCal

  57. steve08 permalink
    May 2, 2007 7:23 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I heard you and D and C once again this morning and once again I thoroughly enjoyed listening to what you had to say, both on baseball wise and on life. I think it was great that you mentioned about Pete and that you take time out of you daily life to make a little kid happy even at their toughest of times. Anyways good luck the rest of the way and I hope we will be seeing you in a BoSox uniform next year. Hopefully the people who are ready to jump off a building because of a tough loss do not drive you nuts.

    Go Sox!

  58. soonergolf permalink
    May 2, 2007 8:22 pm

    As I wastch tonight’s game against the A’s, the camera is zoomed on Tek’s crotch and as he gives the signal, Remy tells everyone which pitch is coming. Should I be bothered by this? I would hate to think that opponents could now know our signs. Just wondering. Great year so far, keep up the hard work.

  59. adamonfirst permalink
    May 2, 2007 8:31 pm

    Hey Curt,

    If a hitter hits a ball hard but it ends up being a liner right at the second baseman who catches it, are you happy because you got an out keeping the ball in teh infield or unhappy because you gave up hard contact and you got lucky that it was at a fielder and not in the gap?

    Thanks for everything, you’re the best
    Adam

  60. sonofapitcherman permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:13 pm

    Your blog is collecting some gems, Curt, and I mean in the comments department.

    Every time I read it I come across some exquisite, heartfelt writing. The latest gem I read was number 670, Amica, on your “Ignorance Has its Privleges” post.

    Amica writes a letter Dan Shagunassy where he/she describes writing music reviews, and also writes about how some intelligent fans approach the game of Baseball as it is presented to us today.

    Great stuff.

    You may be developing a community here, Mr, Schilling.

    The good, intelligent comments far outweigh those by the ignoramuses. Let’s all ignore those commenters who seem to come from the lower end of the genetic pool, the mentally deranged, and the resolutely less evolved.

  61. trot7 permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:38 pm

    Schill,
    The best part about the Yankee sweep, aside from being there Sunday, was not having to listen to Callahan find fault in it.

    2 questions:

    Beckett looked great again tonight. Is it confidence or trust in his off-speed stuff the biggest change from last year?

    Looking forward to more when your career is over: Spending time with the family, or watching Millar give Manny’s hall of fame speech?

    In addition

  62. thedarules permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:58 pm

    Hey “Shill”, as a life long Sox fan, I will always be grateful for your performance in 2004. However, your ego is out of control. It is painful to listen to your weekly interviews on the D & C show. It is quite comical how you love to bash the media, yet you use your blog to give us fans the inside skinny on the team.

    Personally, I believe you “doctored” your sock in the ALCS game versus the Yankees. Your incessant grand standing and patting yourself on the back is starting to grate on the hard core sox fan nerves. Granted, the “pink hat” crowd, “RemDawg”, and card carrying members of the “official” Red Sox nation will kiss your fat arse. But, this fan is counting the days until number 21 is back in the Sox clubhouse, and will straighten your a** out. You see Clemens is a HOF’er….you are not. So, thanks for 2004, but just like your boy George W. Bush, you will also be looking for a new address in 2008.

  63. ramhoek permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:10 pm

    Hey Curt, great game last night. Can’t think of anyone else to ask this: can you please fill Beckett in on what a great pitcher Ruth was prior to his hitting moving him to the outfield? In the ‘post game’ after his last start when he joined Pedro & Ruth as the only Sox starters with 5 April W’s he said ” I don’t know that Ruth was an elite pitcher” and he said something similar tonight…I understand you are an amateur historian, please help this poor lad;)

    Thanx!

  64. soxfan8518 permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:17 pm

    Great game last night. I have to say that your my favorite Red Sox player. I’m going to be at Fenway on June 12, I hope to see you pitch.

    – Brent

  65. pennstater89 permalink
    May 2, 2007 10:50 pm

    Greetings from Burlington, NJ!

    Enjoy reading your blogs. You pitched a heck of a game yesterday, Curt. Chin up, #58!

    Curt, being that I’m from the Philadelphia area (but a Sox fan), I’d be interested in what you thought about Charlie Manuel having a problem with Howard Eskin. To all of you in New England, thank your lucky stars you don’t have Eskin in your market.

    Keep up the great pitching Curt!
    Amy

  66. thedoctorx permalink
    May 3, 2007 5:01 am

    Curt:

    Which is more pathetic?

    1. A pitcher who may have an ego who helped win a World Series–and the ALCS that got the team to the WS–who is pitching well and allows people to post on his blog inflammatory criticism and lies?

    2. People who post inflammatory criticism and lies hoping you will read it?

    Start your collection thedarules! Maybe your playmates can contribute $2.37 for “the Challenge.”

    Congratulations to the team for the win. Keep it going against the team from my neck of the woods!

    If you get to questions, I asked prior to “Sock-Gate” about the whole reason for intentionally hitting a batter. I do not mean trying to brush the batter back from the strike zone or even intimidate him a bit. I mean retaliation for home runs.

    Your favorite people in media last year criticized Manny for “admiring” his home runs and predicting “he’ll get a ball in the ribs” for it. I never could understand that; pitchers pump their fists, point to the sky and all of that when the batter strikes out, and it is not as if the batter can retaliate?

    Thoughts?

    –J.D.

  67. cmac323 permalink
    May 3, 2007 5:23 am

    To thedarules (comment #61),
    “Your incessant grand standing and patting yourself on the back is starting to grate on the hard core sox fan nerves.”

    OK, you are entitled to your 1 in 1.6 billionth of the world’s opinion, but don’t generalize. No one is more critical of Curt than Curt himself and the only thing he grandstands is his belief in God and his generosity. The majority of hard core sox fans truly respect Curt for his honesty, integrity, character and dedication. If you are not one of those people then why bother to read the blog or listen to the D&C interviews? It just doesn’t make sense, but then again neither does the belief that Curt “doctored” his sock.

  68. chillyme permalink
    May 3, 2007 6:05 am

    ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT PAP IS ONLY HUMAN, AFTERALL???!!!!!

    Who knew? *wink wink*
    :)

    Onward……..!!!!

  69. redsoxocd92 permalink
    May 3, 2007 6:17 am

    okay so curt, i loved you in this game. a lot of your stuff was on point and from the way i saw it, your stuff was pretty much working for you for most of the night. That catch be Coco was AMAZING, not like the catch that he made last year, but still in his top 10. And then he went back out there tonight and made another amazing catch. But yeah, we all expected to win this game, but hey you win some and you lose some. The way that i think about it is if you guys win 100 games this year you still have to lose 62. i know that it probably doesnt seem as simple as that win your in the moment (i could just tell by paps reaction that it doesnt) but when you go and look it over that is the healthy way to think about it. but hey, it was a great game over all, as was last nights game.

  70. mrgrimm permalink
    May 3, 2007 10:59 am

    why don’t you admit it, you suck horribly. and while your at it ask the red sox for a trade we might be able to salvage something from getting rid of a scum bag like you

  71. jrsweny permalink
    May 3, 2007 12:11 pm

    mr grimm, you are miserable, are you not?

  72. scambodian permalink
    May 3, 2007 12:31 pm

    To cmac323

    Who are you Schillings personal spokesman?? You just start talking to down to people that dont exactly agree with Curt. Your right i guess we should have a blog where everyone comes in and says the exact same thing and loves D&C. It bothers me to no end when people like you just come on the blog and a$$ kiss Schill get a life man. But hey wait i guess your a “hard core red sox fan” so you can tell other people what to do.

    Get over yourself,
    The Scambodian

    P.S. I’ve given you a hard time, but you’ve pitched well for a guy that looks like a pregnant jack baur!

  73. bigyaz permalink
    May 3, 2007 12:37 pm

    Curt, Dice-K is the new kid but,you are the horse we ride into the 07 World series.I think Pap felt bad but he,ll be back strong.We have a much better team than 04. Talk the talk and walk the walk.Well,that,s my last cliche

  74. bigyaz permalink
    May 3, 2007 12:42 pm

    Okay, I just read comments #62 and #70 and I have to say I have seen that sock on display here in Cooperstown and it is not “doctored” in any way. Of course if you have a million dallars you whiny snivelling so-called fans can prove the man wrong.Any takers?

  75. Moon permalink
    May 3, 2007 3:16 pm

    Just wanted to chime in with a quick hats-off to both you and Julian, for all you two are doing to make your new Japanese teammates more comfortable during what must be a stressful transition for them. And speaking of JT, have you noticed that he’s been drawing the other club’s #1 pretty much every time out lately? Wang, then Halladay, and now Santana’s his next opponent – that’s a tall order for any #5 starter, wouldn’t you say? If you could take a second sometime and just let him know that some of us out in RSN have noticed what a good job he’s doing, that’d be great. Good luck on Sunday!

  76. eurekadan permalink
    May 3, 2007 4:41 pm

    I agree with the feeling that Okajima is an awesome surprise and a valuable asset to the Sox. From what he has done from that unfortunate first pitch through the Yankees and providing solid set up now, he is going to be solid for what the Sox need to maintain throughout the year and into the playoffs.

    keep it up guys!!

  77. bobwal permalink
    May 3, 2007 5:44 pm

    Curt,

    I have been a very vocal critic on WEEI of Theo Epstien’s moves over the past three years. Not signing you to an extension will prove to be costly for the Red Sox and us fans, who already pay through the nose for tickets.

    One move that I have really come around on though is the Josh Beckett trade. I was a huge Hanley Ramirez fan and even drove up to Portland to watch him play in 2005. At the time the trade was made I ripped it because I believed that Hanley would have been the Red Sox shortstop for the next ten years. I realize that Theo did not make the move himself, but his signing of Edgar Renteria caused the move to happen.

    Despite all of Hanley Ramirez’s success for the Marlins, I have to say that the trade turned out great for the Sox because of the emergence of Josh Beckett. Last year I wasn’t too impressed with him. But obviously he has really turned the corner this year. I’m sure that Jason Varitek has a lot to do with it, because he is great with young pitchers. As someone who sees him everyday, what is Beckett doing this year that is different from what he did last year?

  78. thedarules permalink
    May 3, 2007 6:36 pm

    >>>>>>

    Are you kidding me? Wow, you give ball washing an entire new meaning. The reason the ‘ DA Rules” is on this site, is die to the fact that he is a huge Sox fan. Now go run along and help Tito with “Shill’s” dry cleaning.

  79. fivekatz permalink
    May 3, 2007 9:15 pm

    If you do a Q&A again anytime soon three questions, two baseball and on personal to choose from.

    1. What do you guys as veterans do help a guy like Dustin Pedroia handle the market and a MLB start that has to be hard on his swagger?

    2. Could comment on what kind of teammate Tavarez is without violating the “confidence” of the family. I ask because he seems to me to be this team’s Millar. He seems to be able to make everybody laugh from Coco to Manny to Dice-K. Comments?

    3. I asked this one before. G38 MAC or PC?

  80. athina18 permalink
    May 3, 2007 9:36 pm

    Curt,

    Win or lose we still love you and we still love our SOX!!!! I was at last night’s game, it was a great game another win for Beckett! Tell Coco to take it easy on those catches though, we don’t want him injured again! He is amazing though!!!By the way my nickname for you, “KRYPTONITE” is origninally from the 2001 world series which my husband, a huge yankee fan from NYC still hasn’t gotten over!!! As I am writing this tonight’s game just ended and SOX WIN AGAIN!!!!!!

  81. daveinnc permalink
    May 3, 2007 10:07 pm

    Curt,

    Just got done watching the Mariner game and I have three questions/observations.

    1. Why not go to Pap in the 9th after he had the day off Wed.

    2. He looked pretty pissed that he didn’t get the nod, what do you think?

    3. The 2nd homer by Manny was an absolute bomb. I do not remember a right handed hitter going over the bullpen and into the stands there, do you?

    I might be out of order asking about tonight’s game in the Tues night game comments, if so I apologize.

  82. daveinnc permalink
    May 3, 2007 10:23 pm

    Post #62 is very troubling to me. Please get his/her personal information and have someone run a background check on him/her. Let me know what you find out, especially if they live here in NC.

    The “hard core” Red Sox fan as most of them refer to themselves, is generally a drunken degenerate who can take a potentially great day in Fenway Park, and turn it into a nightmare for any family within earshot.

    Most of them are bitter because after years of drinking and underachieving at work they no longer find themselves able to afford a day or two at the ball park.

  83. thedoctorx permalink
    May 3, 2007 11:37 pm

    Let me join what will probably be a few score of requests asking you to address Dice-K’s control as much as you feel comfortable? Is it an issue? Bad day? Et cetera.

    –J.D.

  84. sonofapitcherman permalink
    May 4, 2007 12:39 am

    Question: is this a blog about Curt Schilling or is this a Red Sox Blog?

    If this is a Red Sox Blog then we need a post after every game, no matter how short or circumspect your post may be, so that the regular visitors and commentators to this blog can comment on the latest game, the Sox, and on Baseball in general.

    That is the only way you can build a community on your blog.

    Most people come to this blog because they are Red Sox fans, not because they are Curt Schilling fans. So, please, make this blog about the Red Sox and their season, not only about Curt Schilling and the games in which he is the stating pitcher.

    And fans, let’s ignore all controversy except as it refers to the games as they are played.

    I really enjoyed seeing the pat on the back you gave JC Romero after his save tonight. A great team win. It is all about team, isn’t it?

  85. matty15 permalink
    May 4, 2007 1:06 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for continuing to write your blog for us. Good luck in Minnesota.

    That’s it.

  86. joei71 permalink
    May 4, 2007 1:10 am

    Seems to me you were on the butt end of quite a few of these in the second half of last year. Not to dwell in the past, but for those people who have criticized your second half in 06, I thought you could have easily ended up a 20 game winner. Stuff like this does happen but you had a string of 5 or 6 in a row last year. I remember thinking how the hell does he get in front of the mic after each of those games and only discuss his performance and even shoulder the blame most of the time. However you do it, I admire you for it. I don’t think I would react quite the same way.

    As a mere fan anyway I have a really hard time with games like the one Tuesday night. I can’t imagine what it’s like on your end, but reading your thought process in this post is intriguing. Helpful even… and probably makes a good life lesson. Things don’t always work out the way we want or think they should and probably the healthiest thing we can all do is ‘strap it on’ and get on with it the next day.

    On a lighter note, I notice in your game recaps you always refer to the opposing hitters by their first names. Seems a bit strange because we usually hear sportscasters and journalists refer to everyone by last names. Of course depending on the team, some of us fans have other names for them too! Anyway, are you really on a friendly first name basis with all of them, or is it just professional courtesy… or is it that MLB is like one big fraternity getting hugs on the basepaths from Big Papi all around?

    Thanks again for blogging!

  87. redsoxocd92 permalink
    May 4, 2007 6:10 am

    whoa, i finally read post #62 to see what everyone was talking about and I am amazed at how ignorant some ppl. can be. how can this dude call himself a red sox fan much less and “hard core” one. And how does his comments even get approved. Something needs to be done about this guy because he is being a huge jerk.

    p.s. I LOVE your weekly intervies on the D & C show.

  88. bostontx permalink
    May 4, 2007 9:07 am

    Hello Mr Schilling,

    Is there any insight you can offer regarding Dice-K and his recent outings? I know he’s much better than this. I’m wondering if its the 5 man rotation or if something is wrong with his mechanics that we haven’t been able to pick up.

    Thank you for everything you’ve done, Curt! Best wishes for the future!

  89. yrrabddot permalink
    May 4, 2007 9:26 am

    Me and my son are huge Red Sox fans stuck down here in Tampa Bay. Whenever we try to get autographs from Red Sox at Tropicana it seems they always go for the people who are obviously just selling the stuff…My son would keep and treasure a red sox autograph forever (or until they are traded to the yankees). Do you have any suggestions?

  90. May 4, 2007 10:32 am

    Sunday.

    Sidney Freakin’ Ponson.

    Pummel him. Mercilessly.

    Win.

  91. fenwaynationchief permalink
    May 4, 2007 11:42 am

    Curt-

    Great post. Thanks. I particularly liked your insight about positioning Dustin more up the middle before a pitch, and the ball ending up going into right.

    One correction, in the 5th inning, it was a ball BOY not a ball GIRL who decided to go for the fair ball.

    Best,
    FenwaynationChief

  92. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 4, 2007 12:42 pm

    Hi, Curt,

    Hugh here. Thanks for this blog, so we can cut out the media middle-men who always seem to fudge things up.

    The purpose of this post is that I think you are tipping your pitches a bit. I always can tell when Mr. Splittie is coming because you twist your glove a bit more while you are gripping the ball.

    Ask Coach Farrell to review the tapes and look for this.

    I think you’ll find optimal success when the opposing hitters cannot anticipate your splitter (and know when to lay off it if they are ahead in the count).

    In my over 40 league, I like them to ABG (Always Be Guessin’). That keeps my ERA down around 3.29 (2nd in the league!). I review video of each of my performances, looking for any tells that I have. You are my idol, Curt.

    -Hugh

  93. wanderponder permalink
    May 4, 2007 1:56 pm

    there is no reason to blow a game in the style…that was just rediculous..

    also, get willy mo and big papi on a tredmill..

    fake blood ftw!

  94. ctrain permalink
    May 4, 2007 2:51 pm

    Curt,

    One of my co-workers is really passionate about finding a cure for ALS. She is doing a 3-day, 270-mile bike ride for ALS that travels from Boston to New York, with all the proceeds going to the ALS-Therapy Development Institute.

    If you would like to donate to her cause, visit her website at http://www.active.com/donate/Trek2007/Elissa.

    Thanks.

    P.S. Anyone else is more than welcome to donate as well.

  95. beantown1004 permalink
    May 4, 2007 3:16 pm

    Schill keep working that curveball into counts, batters look off balance virtually every time you throw it. Tough loss vs. Oakland, but keep doing what you’re doing.

  96. dadhadals permalink
    May 4, 2007 6:08 pm

    Hey Curt, I know this is going to sound like a major suckup but I’ll ask anyway…..

    I am probably one of your biggest fans, and honestly, the baseball part is secondary. I became a huge fan of yours when I found out about the work you do for ALS after my father passed on from this disease.

    What I’d like to ask is for an autograph. I know you might think it’s just another adult looking for an autograph to turn around and sell for profit…but I assure you that’s not the case.

    If this is something you might do, please email me. I’m guessing you have access to all of our email addresses being the admin of the blog…so I won’t post it here. If you’re not comfortable doing this…I completely understand.

    Peace and God Bless.

  97. rwbannon permalink
    May 4, 2007 6:19 pm

    Where do you post questions that you answer in Q&A?

    If here, here goes:

    You were born in Alaska, what’s the story behind that? How long did you live there?

  98. fredsox permalink
    May 4, 2007 6:24 pm

    All I can say is tom brady isn’t invited to my birthday party anymore and he isn’t my best friend anymore and I think he’s a poopyhead for wearing that yankee cap. Curt you can come if you promise not to talk too much.

  99. mikehawk permalink
    May 4, 2007 7:00 pm

    Curt- do you think that coloreds are better athletes then whites? Just wondering….

  100. bobwal permalink
    May 4, 2007 8:02 pm

    Are you going to campaign for John McCain in 2008? He seems to be the front runner for the GOP ticket and he is the Gov of Arizona where you used to play. Lets face it I’m sure that he will do a better job than George W. Bush, who is proving to be one of the worst presidents in U.S. history. You may have helped him get re elected, well you and the CEO of Diebold.

  101. cphil818 permalink
    May 4, 2007 8:06 pm

    Hm… I don’t know what to say. It’s a tough loss. I was as surprised as anyone else.

    Chris (My Blog)

  102. sonofapitcherman permalink
    May 4, 2007 10:15 pm

    Go Go Coco!

    Well tonight in MINN, Wake pitched a gem, and Paps is back, sorta, and Coco again made the play of the game after Paps put our hearts in our throats with that long drive he gave up, some 408 feet to center.

    If Paps could ever develop a good change up . . . too many fastball and too many good fastball hitters in the league.

    Three great defensive plays by Coco this week. Wow. He’s becoming a joy to watch.

    Seems like again the run support was lacking for Wake.

    Big guy, you got a duel coming up against Ponson, who is trying to get back on track. I hope that the run support is there for you and that the bullpen can hold a lead if we get one. Sometimes I think I’d prefer you to pitch a complete game, but in these days of strict pitch counts, not likely to happen, and the brain trust seems to keep Tito on a short leash.

    How about the recent play of Cora. Again, I believe the brain trust has Tito sticking with their boy Dustin, when I’d guess that he would prefer to go with the hot hand in Cora, who is now batting 406 and can seem to do no wrong at this time.

    Give Wake a pat on the back, Curt, his ERA is down to 2.11.

    You guys are playing pretty good ball out of the gate. Keep it up, and you, keep blogging. You’re doing a great job so far. Just wish you could offer a quick post after each game so as to keep the flow of the season and the schedule, and then continue to offer your in depth analysis of your starts as you do so well.

  103. thedoctorx permalink
    May 4, 2007 10:18 pm

    Congrats to Wakefield for what sounded like a good outing on the radio.

    Congrats to Coco for what definitely sounded like a good defensive play.

    Glad to see Big Papi cured himself of his “power problem” he had in Minnesota :D

    . . . and . . . the MFY blew a 5-0 lead.

    Life . . . is . . . good!

    –J.D.

  104. kevinpjames1 permalink
    May 5, 2007 12:11 pm

    Just wanted to say thank you for reaching out to the fans of baseball and the fans of the Boston Red Sox. This must be very time consuming, considering the amount of time you put into preparing for a game. I commend you on your ability to reach out and take the time for your fans. I hope all is well.

    Kevin James, Fall River, Mass.

  105. May 5, 2007 9:57 pm

    Just wanted to say I’m looking forward to seeing you pitch against the Twins tomorrow. A friend and I are traveling from Eau Claire, Wisconsin to brave the ire of the home team fans and root for the Sox.

    We’ll be sitting near the visiting team bullpen, so we’ll be able to watch the pre-game warm-up. My friend will be the one with the Schilling jersey and Yankees-Haters cap. I’ll probably be wearing my Mariners cap.

    I can honestly say, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about going to see a baseball game. I’m originally from Seattle, so I don’t get to see very many games with teams I actually care about. This will be a treat.

    I have to admit though, I am obligated to root against the Sox when – AND ONLY WHEN – they face the Mariners. I’m sure you understand. ;)

  106. beyondb4 permalink
    May 5, 2007 10:19 pm

    Coming out of your amazing balance is your incredible pinpoint accuracy. Add to that the teamwork this year. That adds up to a great game tomorrow.
    We can celebrate another win, just for the fun of it! Good luck!

  107. thedoctorx permalink
    May 6, 2007 4:19 am

    Though that tough lost, particularly given how well Julian T did.

    Give ‘em Hell today.

    –J.D.

  108. clat1 permalink
    May 6, 2007 11:08 am

    Do you guys have any word on Matt Clement’s recovery?

  109. 21pitchesforsox permalink
    May 6, 2007 3:34 pm

    Clemens on the Yankees your thoughts??

  110. thedoctorx permalink
    May 6, 2007 4:42 pm

    . . . which you did. Congratulations, as well as congrats to Drew, Tek, and YOUK!

    Obviously, everyone will be interested on your thoughts on the scurrilous trait [Stop it.–Ed.] on Clemens return to the MFYs.

    –J.D>

  111. theotherm permalink
    May 6, 2007 5:29 pm

    Good game Curt, what do you think about Clemens going to the Yankees? I really didn’t think he’d go there but I guess money does a lot of talking!

  112. May 6, 2007 6:38 pm

    Sorry To Go Off Topic But , Roger Clemens Is A Heartless POS.
    That dirtbag is gonna go to the hall of fame wearing a RED SOX hat , and he considers NY his home town. I’m so upset right now , I can’t complete a single thought.
    If my friends were in a fight , and we were losing … I wouldn’t go on the enemies side just to win, I’d go down with honor.
    Clemens Karma will bite him in the ass.
    I know you’re a part-time friend of his , but he is nothing but a heartless , disgraceful, honorless coward. I’d like to say I pray something terrible happens to him , but as a Christian that wouldn’t be right…… So let me just say I pray in the name of Jesus that Roger Clemens gets what he deserves. I LOVE YA CURT . GOD BLESS.

  113. mistersir permalink
    May 6, 2007 8:33 pm

    schilling, no good man. Why you got to lie about the sock, you can get some sort of deal with Heinz. To bad you lie.

  114. cmac1973 permalink
    May 6, 2007 9:11 pm

    Curt —

    I may be late to the party on this one, but I never knew you chewed tobacco, and I must say I was disappointed to see it, especially given all the work your wife and family do for skin cancer. It seems a bit disingenuous for you to run the risk of mouth, throat or other forms of the disease. I know Terry Francona has a bet going with Larry Lucchino over whether he can quit chewing for the rest of the season — I assume that’s still going well? — so maybe you should consider a similar deal, with Larry forking over some dough to the Shade Foundation if you can pull it off and you dropping a little bit into the Red Sox Foundation kitty if you can’t. I’ve always admired you as a pitcher and marveled at your charitable work off the field, so to see you jam that wad into your mouth after your work on the mound was done today in Minnesota was a bit of a letdown for me.

    Thanks for listening,
    DCM

  115. thedoctorx permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:38 am

    Hey, I do not believe in it, but I will share scottyrod’s prayer.

    I mean . . . every little bit helps. . . .

    –J.D.

  116. johnnyh92107 permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:32 am

    Curt, I am trying to help and kid with brain cancer who is coming to a game with his senior class in May. Can you help? Email me at howland_john@hotmail.com. Thanks John

  117. bosocker permalink
    May 10, 2007 11:25 pm

    Brother Curt,

    I always heard since you came to the BoSox that you were one of the smartest guys in the game, how you studied up on your opponents. Your blog has proven it to me as I read your comments on each game and players. Your blog stirs more interest to the game, knowing what is going on from a baseball genius’s perspective. You are one of the greatest the game ever had. Perhaps when you hang up your glove you can come back to be a manager or coach. Keep up the good fight.

    Bosocker Mike

  118. john02747 permalink
    May 30, 2007 11:12 pm

    EVERYBODY listen up. I think when Barry Bonds plays in Boston every fan should hold up a newspaper in front of their face every time he bats.

    Let’s do this

  119. vacamim permalink
    June 7, 2007 5:08 pm

    Once again, you are my hero! You are the consummate team player. I will never forget what you did for us in 2004, and I will never forget your performance today. Thank you!

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