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5/6/07 vs. Minnesota

May 6, 2007

5/6/07 vs. Minnesota

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A win is a win. Getting to the 7th with a 4-0 lead and doing it the way we did, made the end of my day incredibly disappointing from a performance standpoint, but the win negates most of it and as usual the bullpen clutches up and completes the game and the series on a high note.

Splitting the first two games while only scoring 3 runs is a testament to how well we are pitching right now. Wake was dominating in the first game, and had to be, and with any luck Julian could have beaten Santana in game two. The Twins bullpen is every bit as good as anyone else’s in the league and they spun 4 scoreless innings to get game two.

On the bus ride into Minnesota Thursday night David made the statement that he was guaranteeing a home run on Friday, and as usual he backed it up.

You never feel comfortable going against a guy that is struggling or not pitching well because it always seems those guys ‘find it’ on the oddest nights against the best teams. Sidney had shut down Tampa in his last start (one of the better hitting teams in baseball this year, and if they find a way to keep that nucleus together they’ll hit for the next few years) and I was curious to see how he’d bounce back into this game.We grabbed one in the first which is always nice.

Warmups went fine and I felt good going into this one.

Started Castillo off fastball for strike one, change up ball and then left a fastball up and over the plate that he singled to left on to start the game. Tyner hit an 0-1 split to second but Castillo got a jump so I had a runner on 2nd and one out with the meat of the lineup coming up. I had an idea that Mauer and Cuddyer would both be out today since I’d heard Joe was getting an MRI this morning and I knew Mike was still hurting. No small thing to take those two bats out of this lineup. I also thought it might force them to try and make some things happen on the bases. Ron manages this team a lot like an NL club when it comes to putting runners in motion and hit and runs.

Tori fouled off two fastballs in to run the count to 1-2 and we threw a real good split for a swing and a miss for strike three. Started Morneau off with a cutter in for a foul ball. He took a fastball away for strike two. He didn’t chase the 0-2 high fastball and I think the next fastball away caught him trying to guess along as he took it for strike three.

I haven’t faced many of these guys much, and even though I have a long history with Cirillo I hadn’t faced him in years. I spent some time watching our old AB’s and we went in with a game plan combining our history with our advanced scouting report. He fouled off strike one, and we got him on a two seamer for a ground out on the next pitch. Kubel swung at a curve ball in the dirt to start his AB and then took a fast ball away for strike two. We climbed the ladder on the inner half and got a chase on an 0-2 fastball for the second out. I started Redmond off with a fastball strike.

Followed that with a change up that Tim called a ball but I thought it had a lot of plat. Tim Tschida is one of the better guys and better umpires in the game. You can always count on him to bust his butt to get it right. He called a strike on Mike Lowell that was a ball tonight and made sure to let Mike know he had missed the pitch. You just can’t get mad or argue with guys like that. They’re working hard and trying to get them all right, that’s all you can ask.

Count goes to 2-2 and Mike lays off a curve ball down and I end up walking him on a fastball away. Borderline pitch that I’d love to have get called but looking at it on video it was not a strike. Rodriguez fouls off a first pitch fastball and then takes a change up for strike two. We end the AB by throwing another good split for swinging strike three.

Bartlett leads off the third by hitting a ball as close to my face as I’ve ever seen. First pitch fastball that was supposed to be somewhere other than middle of the plate. Not sure how it didn’t hit me. Castillo runs the count to 1-2 after fouling off a split and then we get in good and jam him for a pop up to Lowell for the first out. Tyner takes a fastball strike and then fouls off the cutter in for strike two. Jason wants a high fastball now. I attempt it but instead lock up the hitter and the catcher by throwing the ball on the inside corner for a called strike three. Hunter ends the inning fast by popping up a first pitch split to center.

I tell ‘Tek I want to start Morneau off with a change up in the fourth. I’m pretty comfortable that we are getting ahead fastball, and teams will tend to get more aggressive the second and third times through off of me. That doesn’t mean you stop throwing first pitch fastballs, it just means you need to locate better. We do throw a change to start the AB and he promptly lines it off the baggie in right. JD plays it perfectly and holds him to a single. For as good as I feel and with the command I have it seems like I’ve pitched this entire game from the stretch. Not just that but it’s the third inning of four that the leadoff hitter has gotten on. A surefire recipe for disaster if you don’t execute.

Cirillo goes 0-2 on a fastball and slider and then hits a fast ball away to right for the first out.Kubel gets to 2-1 by taking a 1-1 split and then hits a short fly to left on a good fastball away for the second out. Mike Redmond, who’ve I’ve faced 10 times in my career before today (5-10 with 0 k’s) is up next. You only had to watch his AB versus Paps the other night to know his approach. Much like Paul Loduca, when the count gets deeper he’s doing everything he can to make contact and not strike out. The goal I had was to make sure that ahead in the count I didn’t over throw the ball. We get to 0-2 with fastballs in and out and then I throw a split that breaks from the middle to down and in.

Not a bad spot to most hitters but it is to him. He almost decapitates me as well by lining the pitch back up the box. Frustrating result for a pitch I didn’t feel that bad about. Once again we get a first pitch out as Rodriguez grounds a first pitch back door slider to second to end the inning.

At this point I’ve thrown17 first pitch strikes to 17 hitters. That stat is a little deceiving because there were a few takes on fastballs that we left middle of the plate and didn’t hit spots. But knowing at this point that I am throwing strike one this often means I am going to need to make sure that location is the focus, regardless of the pitch. This team walks very little but they also will take a lot early in the count.

Bartlett starts off the fourth fouling a first pitch change he’s way out in front of and then hitting a fastball to second for the out. We get the count to 1-2 on Castillo and he does the same thing on a split that stays up a bit too much. Tyner takes a first pitch cutter in for a ball, then a change up for ball two. First 2-0 hole of the night. We throw fastball away for a strike and then he lunges on a 2-1 curve ball and hits a fly ball to center. Four innings after the game starts we finally have our first 1-2-3 inning.

Tori squares to bunt but lays off a curve ball strike to lead off the fifth.. Good thing he did because Mike was playing pretty deep at third. The 0-1 fastball was supposed to be a two seamer in but I threw it middle middle and he chops it in the hole to short. No chance for Alex to get him as the ball goes deep in the hole. Another leadoff hit.

Justin takes a back door slider for strike one, lays off a split, fouls off a fastball in and then fouls off a high fastball. We get him again on a fastball away for strike three looking. Cirillo takes a fastball ball and then we go slider. He hits one off the end of the bat that Dustin turns into an inning ending double play.

Six innings in the books and we are up 4-0. I am at 69 pitches and am feeling very good about my chances to be on the mound in the ninth for this game.

The seventh starts out great as we get Kubel looking at strike three after a mix of fastballs and splits run the count 2-2. We get Redmond to 2-2 and I overthrow a fastball away that he lines in the whole for a single.

My management of the game unravels at this point, for no good reason. One out, number nine hitter up and a four run lead. If you were to make a list of things that absolutely cannot, ever, under any circumstances happen, walking this hitter would be the clear cut number one thing on this list. Sure enough I don’t even make it close and walk him on a 3-1 fastball. My mistake here is not getting it together at that very moment. For 6 2/3 innings I’ve been as focused as I can be pitch to pitch, hitter to hitter, out to out. The game is still very much in hand here but even though it’s a lesson I’ve learned and relearned hundreds of times in the past 20 years it still for some reason, happens. Castillo goes to 1-2 and in my mind, instead of thinking and focusing on making that next pitch, I’m thinking about getting out of the inning. I know he doesn’t strike out much so I know the focus needs to be on locating whatever it is we are going to throw.

I can’t say why I wasn’t or why I didn’t, but I didn’t. He hits a fastball away, not a horrible pitch by any stretch, to left for a single. Here we are again, two outs, 4-0 game and I am literally one pitch away from ending the inning. Tyner takes ball one and then fouls off a fastball to go 1-1.

For the most part I’ve had a very good split all day long because the focus has been on finishing the pitch, executing it. The last thought to go through my head is as bad as I can make it. Instead of thinking ‘execute the pitch’ I’m thinking ‘don’t leave this ball up’, and I do. Split finger fastball belt high, pretty much middle of the plate and I’ve now let them get back into the game. Just a ridiculous ending to an outing that should not have gone this way.

The easy part of this is that there is absolutely no one to blame this on by myself. Tito comes to get me and the only thing I can do is utter a plethora of four letter words.

Okie comes in and continues his incredible run by getting  Morneau to ground out to end the inning and Paps dominates the ninth to finish the game.

As I said earlier, the fact that we won is going to make it a whole lot easier to sleep over the next five days. We go three games and our staff gives up five runs, continuing a stretch where the whole staff is literally ‘pitching in’.

I happened to see the scoreboard during the game that the Yankees ended up getting Clemens. The media had much to say and ask about it after the game and my answer was the same as I think a lot of guys in our clubhouse; so what? Would it have been nice to pitch with Roger Clemens? Absolutely. Would he have helped us be a better team? I honestly don’t know. Julian has held his own in the 5th spot and we got a young left hander that went 7-2 last year in the big leagues that’s chomping at the bit to get back here. I am sure his signing was a pretty nice lift for them given the decimating injuries they’ve gone through to this point but I felt before the season, and even more so now, that this team is built to win a World Series as it’s comprised right now. We have the pieces, we have the chemistry and to this point we’ve had our health. If we stay somewhat healthy through the year then our fate will be totally on us. We don’t need anyone else to ‘get us over the hump’ or make that late push. This roster right now can win a World Series, but it’s going to fall on the players to make that happen.

97 Comments leave one →
  1. soxblog permalink
    May 6, 2007 10:55 pm

    Well I wouldn’t go so far to say that the admirable job Tavarez has done is close to what Roger can do, even at 44 or 45. Lester’s another story. He could be as huge an asset to the Sox as Roger is to NY.

  2. schillingstwin04 permalink
    May 6, 2007 11:25 pm

    Very nice outing today Curt, you put the team in a great position to win the ball game, no one can ask for anything more. It’s always a joy to watch you take the mound every 5th day.
    As far as Roger Clemens goes, perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time, and sure people would have enjoyed seeing him pitch in Boston, but I honestly feel that with him here our team chemistry would have been challenged. No amount of money could ever compensate for team chemistry and character. Team chemistry is not found over night, It takes time to take shape. I’m not trying to challenge Rogers character here, but I sincerely feel that we are better off without Roger Clemens as crazy as that sounds. I’ll take our guys against any team in baseball just the way we are right now, oh and I hear that kid Jon Lester is coming back very soon…..yeah, I’m quite content with the Red Sox starting 5 just the way it is.

  3. Rob Mo permalink
    May 6, 2007 11:32 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Great post as usual. I wondered why you started Morneau out with a change… I guess it’s good to mix it up now and then, but when it backfires, ouch. I agree that Julian, while not pitching spectacular every outing, has done well to hold his own. I look forward to Lester coming back and showing what he’s got.

    Quick question: The four-letter-network has been making a big deal out of Dice-K working on his pitches from the stretch… from you’re perspective, is that really the problem, or do you think he’s still adjusting to the 5-man rotation?

    Thanks,
    Rob Mo
    Cape Elizabeth, ME

  4. May 6, 2007 11:43 pm

    Hell of a game, Curt. Lets see how much distance we can put between us and the Yanks..

  5. quintjs permalink
    May 6, 2007 11:55 pm

    Tavarez has gone 2-2 against practically every Ace the Sox have faced. Millwood, Halladay, Halladay, Wang, Santana. That would be a good effort for Roger, for anyone. The fact Tavarez is getting those starts, is helping our other guys get the wins.

    One thing I like about this team is the faith in itself, Francona especially will always have his guys.

    Just keep doing what we are going and we are fine.

    I will always take the guys who would sell their sole to get onto the field, and I am guessing Lester is getting close to being one of those guys, if he isn’t already.

    Good game Curt, just keep it going. Thats all we ask.

  6. margalit permalink
    May 6, 2007 11:56 pm

    I’m guessing a lot of Boston fans feel the same way about Clemens that I do. I’m thrilled that he’s not going to be part of the Sox. I think he’s a mean man that hated Boston and had nothing nice to say about the time he spent here. He insulted the fans and he left under a dark cloud. I didn’t want him back. Let the Evil Empire suffer with his negative attitude and his unpleasant demeanor. We’ve got WAY better fish to fry up in Beantown.

  7. bostonbabe permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:00 am

    I was sorry to see your 7th inning slump, as I’m rooting for you and hate to see you struggle. But there will be many more games and you did an awesome job up til then. :)
    As far as Clemens goes, I guess a team with a lot of money can buy anyone they want. And we don’t need him anyway.
    On a personal note, I’ll finally get to see my Sox play in June! I live in Nevada, and the family got tickets vs. the A’s for June 7th. The five hour drive will be so worth it! Can’t wait to see all of you!

  8. jcacho permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:24 am

    I dont think he means that Tavarez is as good as Clemens, but that Tavarez has done a decent job in the 5th hole, especially considering he’s faced about 5 straight aces in his matchups. Hopefully when he goes back to the bullpen he can stay that sharp and Lester can pitch effectively. What is really ticking at me is that even though we have the pitching, our runs seem to be on one night and off the next, you never know when the offense if gonna show up; for example, in Game 1 of this series, how can’t you get more than 1 run off Carlos Silva?? How do you get shut down by a struggling Kei Igawa? Its just one of those things. Hopefully they can start doing some damage now that Manny is hitting well again and JD has nice game today. On another note, Ive noticed Pedroia is making good contact, with a little work he should be able to start turning those into hits.

    Anyways, good effort out there today Curt, keep it up!

  9. kavanaugh permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:33 am

    Nice job tonight Schill… my heart skipped a beat when that liner came about 5 inches from the base of your skull. You’re either lucky or quick like a cat, maybe a little of both…

    A little trouble in the 7th, no worries, that’s what some faith and good bullpens are for.

    Roger would have been a nice addition (coming from the perspective of a fan who doesn’t really mind if JWH spends another 20mil) obviously, but I agree, the rotation is all set without him. I’m glad he signed SOMEWHERE so now the media can stop speculating.

    any blurbs in the clubhouse about how Trot had a big day? (5/5) I was gonna pick him up in Fantasy but opted not to because of his platoon status. I drafted you, but then traded you a few weeks ago for Justin Morneau, I doubt you care but I know you understand.

    can’t say enough about how exciting this team is, 1-25 and beyond. We’re in first place and there are a few guys who haven’t even gotten going yet offensively. It bodes well for the future because they’re going to start raking. Hopefully you all can stay healthy and go out there and do what you do. So far Sox fans are feelin’ pretty sunny, keep up the good work.

    – Kav

  10. rabbs permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:33 am

    Funny – Clemens went less than 6 innings per start last year – and that includes against pitchers. Is it surprising that he had a good strikout rate? Not saying he’s not a good pitcher any more, but it would seem to me that the Yankees have more of the same – Proctor and Vizcaino are going to log over 200 innings this year. By the end of the year, even if Clemens and the rest of the staff gives a few good starts, the bullpen is probably going to be in shambles.

  11. ampelmannchen permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:44 am

    Nice outing today. It’s good to see the team off to such a great start.

  12. larrymit permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:53 am

    I think you are right on when you mention chemistry, b/c I think the staff has gelled together nicely at this point. Even though Rodger’s arm would be a boost, how would you guys feel about his special travel requirements or the fact that the only time he will be with the team is on the days he is pitching? I think the Yankees are willing to put up with that b/c they are desperate and have had so much turnover in the pitching staff already that adding Rodger isn’t going to upset anything.

    We already know that Lester is a good fit for this rotation and his amazing recovery will be complete by the end of this month. Why risk displacing this young talent for a guy who could upset the clubhouse dynamic and who by the way is going to cost close to $1 million per start. When you get down to it, how many more games is Clemens going to win over Lester anyways..5..7 maybe? Is that worth $30 million? I don’t think so.

    Finally, now that we know the cost, I’m glad to see Rodger elsewhere. I don’t know how you could ever look at Theo again if he dropped $30 million (even if it is pro-rated) on Clemens only two months after telling you that $13 million for next year wasn’t possible.

  13. Derek permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:57 am

    I completely agree SO WHAT ! I would have been happy for Roger to come back but for what and at what cost. It was purely for nostalgic reasons for me and thats it. John Lester can fill that spot just fine not to mention Tavarez has done fine. Not to mention the whole he doesn’t have to travel with the team stuff come on now how do you treat that in the club house ?

  14. Redsauce permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:08 am

    Clemens was never going to sign in Houston or in Boston. He’s consistently shown through out his career that only one thing matters to him: money. He is always going to go with whoever will give him the most money, regardless of their real chances of winning.
    I’m glad he didn’t drag it out further & he took the Yankees for a bundle.

  15. yaweha permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:10 am

    I don’t think he’s comparing Tavarez to Clemens soxblogjohnnyfive.

    I think he’s saying that he’s doing what a fifth starter is supposed to do. Having Lester is a nice option for the sheer fact that he has an upside, even if its not immediately apparent he won’t be killing them in that fifth spot.

    Roger is a nice emotional boost, but the yanks need a bit more than an emotional boost right now. They need timely, quality pitching, and for their team to get healthy. Roger can’t do that for them. He can just go out there and face AL East lineups, and though I love him and admire him to death as a pitcher, probably not do as well as Yankee’s fans think he will do against those lineups.

    Otherwise good game Schill.

    I hope Beckett gets a step closer to that record tomorrow.

  16. May 7, 2007 1:30 am

    I’m actually glad that the Yanks got Clemens. That way, when you guys crush them, it’ll be that much sweeter.

    Just wish my Mariners would win out in the West but the Angels are looking pretty good.

    Good game. Good post. Good blog.

  17. mikeedelman permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:31 am

    I would have liked to have seen Clemens come to the Red Sox as he was my childhood hero. I was raised a Red Sox fan and have always been able to appreciate good pitching. First it was Clemens, then Pedro, now Schilling and that young kid from Baton Rouge we have closing out games. I cared a lot more about seeing Clemens in a Red Sox uniform though before I actually got to see this team on the field this year. 265 innings pitched later, the staff has a 3.33 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Suddenly, beyond the sentimental value I don’t have much of a desire for Clemens.

    He’ll help out the Yankees staff and by the end of the year if everyone on that team stays healthy it should be a good rotation. But these are the Yankees we’re talking about, they’re never not good. Even when their rotation is struggling with injuries they still have an All-Star at almost every spot in their lineup. Sure Clemens will make them just that much better but as far as I’m concerned, “SO WHAT?” is the right mentality. The Yankees can play as well as they want and it won’t matter as long as the Red Sox continue to win. As long as the Red Sox continue to execute.

    Sorry about the disappointment at the end of your outing Schill. I, like you, was thinking a possible CG when you had 69 pitches through 6. But hey, the team got the W and that’s all that counts. The Sox went into the Metrodome to face the defending AL Central champs where they went 54-27 last year. They even faced both Santana and Silva and still managed to take the series. If they keep playing like this then Clemens simply doesn’t matter.

  18. broktune permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:32 am

    Great game Curt, quick question:

    Do you see other older successful starting pitchers doing what Clemens has done? Meaning, they skip spring training, choose where they want to play, have special incentives etc. and play 3/4 to 1/2 a year.

    We have a few pitchers reaching their twilight years: Glavine, Maddox, Pedro M., Randy J. I don’t know how to really feel about this. Half of me thinks it’s wrong to give some players special incentives while the other half of me would have loved to see someone like Clemens in our rotation.

  19. thousandrobots permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:32 am

    Nice game, Curt.

  20. mikeedelman permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:33 am

    Oh yeah, and don’t we have our own 6-0 Texan going on Tuesday?

  21. May 7, 2007 1:38 am

    Hey Curt great game! Sorry it was not the complete game you were hoping for!! And thanks again for breaking down your game, its great reading ! I’ll have to check out those shirts! :-)

    Applauds your comments on Clemens…. I think your right the team has a great chemistry.. we were just remarking on that last night.. seems everytime the cameras hit the dug out.. someone has their arm around someone’s shoulder and the guys even Manny look so happy and like they are having fun! Its great to see!

    Roger is a great pitcher but as a long time RS fan it seems to me he has left the “house” a long time ago ya know?

  22. thedoctorx permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:46 am

    As I muttered previously, Clemens may very well look at this as a way to be deified in NY. If he helps them to *shudder* the playoffs or worse, then he will be put next to the Babe. If not? He can go home build another mansion. At least this will take “Sockgate” off the “Anti-Schilling” commentator’s collective unconsciousness!

    Anyways, do not know if you are taking questions or can comment on this, but any view on Dice-K’s control at this point?

    –J.D.

  23. denzera permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:07 am

    In a shocking move, CHB has already taken Curt’s lockerroom quote completely out of context, and beaten him up for it. At least Murray Chass doesn’t go out of his way to mock members of the team he covers.

    I think what I like most about this blog is the honesty. Curt is his own harshest critic. Someone needs to convince Matsuzaka to do the same.

  24. jimmyshaker permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:11 am

    Curt, very solid performance Sunday

    If you, Josh and Tim keep pitching the way you have been, and Daisuke comes along (which in time I believe he will) I certainly think post-season success is in the cards.

  25. staceyr001 permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:21 am

    Aloha from Hawaii. Hopefully you are asleep out there. I just
    read Dan Shaughnessy’s comments in the Globe.
    I am sure that you must have a real friendly relationship with him. Having been away for years, I forgot how much he ticked me off when he wrote how we all hated Buckner (we, or most of us, did not, as evidenced by the cheers he got during the reception for the team back in 86′).

    You are right on about Clemens. Having Clemens might make for a better-sounding staff on paper, but you guys are doing it the right way without him. I cannot imagine how his special perks would play in the clubhouse. And if you think about it, winning the division over the Yankees with Clemens sounds a lot more interesting than winning it with the current Yankee rotation in place. Just like in 2004 – winning the playoffs against the Yanks was the only way to win it the right way, although I have to admit, going down 3-0, maybe that was just a bit too dramatic.

    Keep up the good work. Members of Red Sox Nation all over appreciate it. And thanks again for that bloody sock!
    -Rich in Nuuanu

  26. kapust permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:46 am

    Hey Curt,

    Even if todays game ended with a “L” you still pitched one heck of a game, as long as we have you pitching like this, who needs a rocket.

    So here is my question of the day, completely unrelated to the game today, and more related to your blogging.

    Have other teammates followed suit and posted a blog of their own, even if they are not so public, we know that John Henry keeps one (and keeps it very well hidden). Additionally do teammates of yours ever post comments on your blog, perhaps using pseudo names. I would imagine that plenty of your teammates read your blog, I would only assume that some of them must chime in from time to time, and as such must use pseudo user names to conceal their true identity (note i am not asking for a divulging of info, just a yes or no).

    Anyway thats my question of the day, if you get around to it, I would appreciate hearing your response someday in the future.

    Justin

  27. jjbooth permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:32 am

    Was happy to watch the start today, thanks for the continued effort for the RSN.

    Now I do have a handful of questions for you:
    – How does the clubhouse feel about the pitching surplus? It seems a trade with tavarez is imminent (once lester is ready), and i’m sure he’ll have a huge value on this market. how aware of the situation are the players, and how often do things like this come up for you guys? I know you’re professionals and work your hardest to keep it from affecting your game, i am just curious as to how the buzz carries in the clubhouse. I know you won’t give details about anything- and that is respectable and commendable- I am simply curious to know if the topic ever arises, and if so- in what settings? Formal team meetings, or more of a chatter here and there?

    – How do you feel about Remy/Orsillo? I’ve been catching a lot of the other announcers, courtesy of mlb.tv, and i’ve noticed such a dramatic difference between baseball on NESN and baseball on other channels. remy always seems to have a much more technical analysis than any of hte other guys. leiter also does some of this for the yankees. do you usually find remy and orsillo to be consistent with what you/teammates were thinking at the time (remy’s not a pitcher- but he always seems to have a very good explanation about pitching situations)? i’m a huge fan, very glad we have those two on the games, i’m just curious as to how players feel about the analysis that comes out of the booth.

    Thanks for reading.. sorry for the long questions, hope you’ll find a quick minute to drop a word or two on the subject.
    god bless
    josh

  28. frankfromgloucester permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:21 am

    Hey Red Light. The Rocket is back! He will be pulling up to the Stadium in his Pinstriped Hummer soon, the only question is how many games out will we be by then . CHOW

  29. fervent permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:45 am

    Great work Schill. Not an easy lineup to get through, no shame in handing it over to the BP, especially the way Ok and Paps are throwing. I too was a Clemens fan growing up, but it was never my desire to have him come back. If he had come here for 13-15 mil for 4 months you would have been well within your rights to jack up your price for ’08. I think it is a no brainer that Sox nation would rather have Schilling in ’08 than Clemens in ’07. I still think the last thing the Yankees need is a SP that hands the ball over to their shaky BP at the end of 6 innings on every fifth day. Lots of blown saves inthe near future for the NYY. Good luck against Baltimore this weekend.

  30. aimcifer permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:47 am

    Great job yesterday, by you and also Okajima and Paps.

    Your quotes about Clemens are already being taken out of context (surprise, surprise!) but obviously we know what you (and Tavarez) meant by not needing Clemens…

    Tavarez has really stepped up and done a heck of a job… esp. since he’s faced so many aces. It’s nice to have him, and will be great having Lester back when he’s ready.

    God bless.

  31. redsoxocd92 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:15 am

    great game today curt. my heart started to beat a little faster in the 5th when that ball almost hit you and then even more in the 7th when you got into trouble. Thanks to our continuously amazing bull pen though, you were still able to get the win.

    I dont know, I kind of started flipping out(literally, my parents are still pissed about how much i yelled after seeing this on ESPN) when i first heard that roger clemens was back with the yankees. but then i sat and thought about and came up with the conclusion tha right now we really dont need him. we have an amazing rotation and bull pen and when lester comes back and tavarez goes back to the bull pen both will be made even stronger. if we can stay healthy then we have the make up of a legit WS winning team. I also thinking about it clemens is 44. I personally dont think that he arm is going to make it through the season. He’s been pitching 27 years (and thats not including minors and pre-pro stuff) i mean a guys arm can only take so much. ppl. were concerned about how many innings dice-k had thrown in Japan, and i had countless debates with yankees fans where they told me that his “arm was going to fall off midseason”. but what can they say about clemens. its more or less probably going to be the same thing.

  32. doooey59 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:44 am

    So Roger has opted to take his ego to the Bronx and single-handedly save the Yankees. Red Sox Nation can breathe a sigh of relief. While I have the greatest respect for the Rocket’s numbers and his place in the history of the game, the man has been a jerk since his Boston days. By (again) donning pinstripes, he can now dress like one.

    Remember , boys and girls…there is no “I” in Team…but there’s a big “ME” in Clemens

    Great work yesterday Curt…great season to this point. Keep it going!!

  33. chillyme permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:47 am

    Thanks for the post-game report. Always enjoyable.

    I don’t know if I would watch the replay of that ball missing your noggin, if I were you. Scarey! (.)(.)!!!

    I would have been shocked if Clemens didn’t go to NY. We’ll see what impact he really has down the road. In the meantime: just another factor in the greatest rivalry in sports history. Bring it on. :)

    Finally, I’d like to thank the entire team for their efforts. It is a joy to watch this game played with so much talent and skill on such a consistent basis. Memory makers, all.

    Onward!

  34. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:58 am

    Curt,

    I agree with you re: Rocket. Kudos to you for your refreshing candor, too.

    No staff can have more than one ace, and if Rocket came here then I think there’d be a big buildup between Josh Beckett and Rocket.

    It would be much luck you and Big Unit vying for the top slot in AZ, or you and Petey vying for it in Boston; it just does not work for long. A staff can only have one ace.

  35. abqjohn permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:00 am

    So what? Really? Interesting that you say that. Put another way, you are implying that it doesn’t matter. You came into camp out of shape and overweight. That didn’t matter, either. Perhaps it doesn’t…you are pitching well for now, but I am wondering what toll is to be paid in August because that didn’t matter. I’m just wondering something here. How many “it-doesn’t-matter’s” does it take before it adds up to one big “it matters” to you? I hope we don’t find that out.

    Seriously, I hope you’re right, Curt…because I do agree that this Red Sox team is reasonably well assembled. While the jury is still out on Lugo and Drew, I like this team. While I wish the Sox would have kept the 2004 team together just a little longer, I have enjoyed getting to know the 2005 to present teams each year starting in spring training…and I really like this team as a whole. I think we have sufficient evidence that the depth on this team provided by a bench that includes Cora, Willy Mo, and an insurance policy of Ellisbury down in Pawtucket seems to be enough to give us a chance to mitigate unknowns due to injury or non-performance for most of the position players.

    I’d be a little concerned that we don’t have insurance against another substantial injury to ‘Tek. A lot of people have forgotten that Beckett had a great start last year, too. Where did Beckett start losing it? Any chance that it was coincidence that Beckett’s troubles started when ‘Tek went down? I doubt it. ‘Tek is not the best hitter in the world (someone needs to love him enough to tell him that he’s not a switch hitter anymore – not when there’s nearly a 0.200 point difference between his average as a righty and a lefty, and an OPS difference of 1.048 to 0.527 between the right side and the left side respectively).

    But it’s not his bat that is the most valuable to the Sox. ‘Tek is a guy you don’t want to shake off…he is probably the most respected catcher in baseball. Beckett gets a little hard headed and falls in love with his fastball too easily, but Varitek is the kind of guy that stabilizes that kind of personality. I also like the way that he handles Matsuzaka…look for Matsuzaka to get better as he learns to trust his catcher more.

    All that said, I do agree that I don’t think that Clemens is going to be the difference maker that Yankee fans and the Yankee organization think. As I recall, the Red Sox aren’t the only team that can beat on good pitching. It’s true that good pitching beats good hitting, but great hitting can certainly extract it’s toll on good pitching…and it’s not clear that it’s a given that Clemens is still a good AL pitching.

    I’m hoping that this turns out like the A-Rod fiasco. I’m hoping that the Yankees find that it really does matter what kind of TEAM that you field. It seems like they still don’t get that. I don’t like Roger Clemens. People accuse you of being a little too concerned about the glory and spotlight. Perhaps you do like that a little bit. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with the way that you approach it. But I do take offense to the way that Clemens seems to thrive off the drama of trying to decide whether he’ll retire or not…it gets old fast. Please don’t wind up doing that…I have always respected the way that you carry yourself, with two notable exceptions (you should have showed up in shape this year and not tried to strong arm the Sox into an extension, and I think you should have kept your mouth shut when Thorne shot off his – you dignified comments that didn’t pass the giggle test). Would love to trade e-mails with you if you like to talk to people that are honest, established in their own right, and not prone to be star struck. My e-mail is jon@groovespin.com if you would like to bat a few around.

  36. wordsongfarmer permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:04 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for the great blog and very nice game. Perfection is nice, but that was plenty good enough.

    The only disappointing thing about that game was seeing you put a huge wad of chaw in your mouth after you came out. What the heck are you thinking? For your own health and for the model to others, including the millions of kids who idolize you, please decide to quit right now. Please. You work so hard to help others with diseases, yet you invite cancer into your life. As a cancer survivor, I’ll tell you it’s just not worth it.

    Steve

  37. redsoxnorth permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:12 am

    Great pitching performance against the Twins. Your command looked amazing, other than a little wobble in the 7th, a flawless day. With the pitching rotation for the Red Sox in top form, it certainly doesn’t look like Clemens was needed, or even wanted, in Boston. At this point, he would only disrupt the great chemistry happening on and off the field.

    A question: the line drive back at you looked so scary. Thankfully you were in your follow through and it missed you, but I couldn’t help think back to some of the horrible injuries to pitchers in the past, like Bryce Florie in particular. Have you ever been hit like that, and how do you deal with the fear of that happening? Pitchers seem so vulnerable to the line drive when they are coming out of their delivery.

    Thanks for all you do.

  38. devin1 permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:17 am

    Nice game Curt. It was great to hear your honest comments about Clemens. I think we are all a little disappointed that Clemens rejected the Sox once again but we have confidence in our guys. I just have to believe if we had aquired him our team chemistry would have been upset. To be able to come & go as you please that would have to tick off a few guys. He will pich decent for a while but when it counts nothing will be left in those tired old legs of his. His fastball will be flat,he will leave the split up and will be crushed. He will say he signed with the Empire and it was not about the money but we all know it’s always the money. See you in June Roger

  39. metaljaybird permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:20 am

    I’ll admit, I was disappointed. This could make it more interesting as you guys have so far been blazing ahead of the pack. I don’t know if I’ve seen a successful 45 year old pitcher, but if there is anyone that can do it, it is Clemens.

  40. curtswift permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:21 am

    Nice Game Curt. I was pulling for you to pitch your way out of the 7th, but we won. Kudos to Okajima and Paps.

    I admit I am probably more upset about the Roger thing than I should be. We have a great team and have a very good shot at another world championship. I guess like most Sox fans, we love Roger, but hate him (or any Sox player that would sell out to the Yankees…see Johnny Damon or Wade Boggs) because he picked the Yanks over us. I know it was Dan Duquette (may he rot in hell) that drove him away, but you have to understand this from the fans perspective. If you play for us, it is a cardinal sin to then go to the Yankees…ever. When I heard he was going to the Yanks my first thought was, “I hope his arm falls off”. That’s just the was we Sox fans are. We are very one-sided about our players. If Roger had stayed in Houston, good for him, but the Yankees…

    What can you say, we are what we are. Jimmy Fallon understood and caught that feeling in “Fever Pitch”. Anyway, you guys are off to a great start and I hope you don’t slow down and the Yankees miss the playoffs. That’ll push George over the edge. Keep up the great work!

    Curt Swift
    Woodbridge, VA

  41. Manny Ramirez permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:21 am

    Ey mang, guess what I did with my day off?

    It was cold in Minnesota. I was at the game for a while but then I went to the horse track, I won $500. Beer on me tonight homez.

    Seriously I tell Tito I ain’t going to Toronto. I’m gonna have a 3 game series in Tampa Bay, head to my office.

  42. chester41 permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:24 am

    another good start by curt…i was hoping clemens would come back just to put closure on his red sox career and leave everybody happy but he is a greedy — …WOULD BIRD EVER SIGN W/ THE LAKERS? of course roger is no bird now is he? bird was the man on the great celtic teams of the eighties, which is more pressure than roger could handle….please dont let him win the division curt and company…keerist how much does one person need anyway? i think i would respect him more if he just said the yankees offered me 10 million more a year instead of his usaul parade of bs

  43. trot7 permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:53 am

    So, Clemens is going back to the Yankees to save their season. I figure on July 31st, they will trade for Wells and then lure Gossage out of retirement. Then, everyday can be Old-Timers day in NY.

  44. quaz007 permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:05 am

    Curt, 1st time writing to you. I am a big fan. Great game yesterday. A win is a win! I want to take this Clemens thing from a little different direction. I have a question for you. Why on a big story about Clemens does Shaughnessy turn the story into an indictment of you. Using the term “Blowhard” describing your comments about it? Did you kill his dog or something? People compllain when athletes say nothing and complain when they have an opinion. How do you keep your cool? I know I’m off on a tangent but this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Keep doing what you’re doing and saying what you’re saying. I appreciate everything you do on and off the field.

  45. tjmax permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:19 am

    Nice Game. The starters are doing just fine but should definately be taking the bullpen guys out to dinner. They have been outstanding.
    We should all be steering aspiring young little league pitchers away from the tv when Okajima is on the mound and just show them the box score. I cringe at every pitch he throws, saying a little prayer that noone hits a liner back to the box. The poor guy is looking back at the outfield after releasing the pitch.

    By the way, frankfromgloucester, the answer is too many!

  46. lga1101 permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:19 am

    I am very disappointed with you, Curt. Not because of your pitching but because of your hypocrisy. Yesterday after the game the camera was on you in the dugout while you were putting chewing tobacco in your mouth. I was shocked. Here you are supporting your wife’s effort to prevent melanoma and trying to raise support for Pete fighting cancer and you are using chew. I used to hold you in high regard. You were someone who wanted to impact people for good-not just in baseball-and you are being a hypocrite! I think you should take a page out of Francona’s book and give it up now before it becomes a health issue and before other kids follow in your footsteps. Please give this some serious thought.

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  48. May 7, 2007 8:27 am

    Great Game Curt. I agree about Clemens.. and add that Let the Yanks deal with his drama. I’ll take our rotation any day of the week over theres. Especially at the moment ;) Sorry about the 7th inning. Don’t beat yourself up too hard.. ya’ll still won :)

    ~Erika~

  49. May 7, 2007 8:27 am

    Congrats on the W yesterday. Sorry you didn’t get all the way through, but it must be a relief with that ‘pen behind you.

    Sounds like you’re very comfortable with the change? Wang lost his perfect game on a change to Broussard, the first one he’d thrown all game. It went not too far from where Morneau’s hit off of you last night went.

    I disagree about Clemens. I love the Sox’ pitching this year– it’s why I’ve been calling you guys the AL East favorites this year– but Clemens would still improve this team. Clemens would improve the 1927 Yankees, the 72-win Chicago Bulls team, Ghengis Khan’s horde, and any other dominant squad you can come up with. He’s arguably the best ever.

    That said, he sure ain’t worth $28 million to this Sox team. I still like the Sox’ pitching over the Yankees, but who knows what else they will pull. Harden? Zambrano?

    quintjs is dead on about Tavarez– he’s gone toe-to-toe with the best in the AL (Halladay twice, Santana, plus Wang and Millwood) and stood his ground. He’s been terrific. Hope he can keep it up.

  50. neonsox permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:39 am

    Hey Schill… Great game out there last night. Taking 2 of 3 from a pretty good team like the Twins in Minnesota sends a message that this team is capable of some great things this year.

    About Clemens… He was a childhood hero to me when the Red Sox were getting beaten by the A’s every year in the playoffs. Those days are over. This game is a business and this is yet another cash grab by Clemens. When Koby and his other kids don’t make it in baseball, they can at least get some inheritance money from Pop’s late-career publicity tour. We don’t need Clemens and I’d be happy to never see him wear a red B again. His era in Boston is and has been long over and it has been ever since we starting winning. Not only that, but he’s horrible in playoff situations anyway. Good riddance, not only to him but to all the sell-outs in baseball that went over to the “Dark Side”. Damon, Boggs, Clemens, Ruth… eff all of them.

    Kudos to you, Curt, the supreme Yankee-killer. You are a true legend in Red Sox history.

  51. May 7, 2007 8:43 am

    Nice game today, Curt. Don’t sweat the 7th inning — it’s so nice to have a bullpen that you can just turn it over to!

    Enjoy Canada, and go get Millar & Co. on Saturday. And how ’bout stopping by SoSH one of these days to start your own game threads again?!

    Go Sox!

  52. merbles permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:49 am

    I JUST WANTED TO SAY YOU SURE LOOKED MAD LAST NIGHT IN THE 7TH!KNID OF HAD CONTROL PROBLEMS A BIT, HUH? BUT I WAS JUST AS MAD TOO AT THE BIG DEAL ABOUT CLEM! THIS TEAM DOES`NT NEED HIM! AND THE NEXT JERK I HEAR DISPARAGE JULIAN IS GONNA GET IT FROM ME! HE HAS ONLY FACED HALLADAY TWICE AND NOW SANATANA! FOR GOD`S SAKE HE ALMOST WON EVERY GAME! NOW IT IS MAY AND HE HAD 3 STARTS? AND CLEM WOULD`VE DONE BETTER? NO WAY! WAKE IS A HUNDERED TIMES BETTER THAN ROGER NOW! AND WILL BE HERE LONGER! SCREW THE STUPID ROCKET!
    IT`S JUST A BOTTLE ROCKET NOWADAYS ANYWAY!
    PS I CAN`T WAIT TO SEE HIM OUT OF NLCENTRAL! NOW WE`LL REALLY SEE HOW GOOD HE IS! AND HE SURE WAS GLAD TO CRAWL BACK TO A PLACE THAT CANNED HIM! WHAT A F-ING JOKE!MORE YANKEE-OGRAPHIES TO COME? LET`S HOPE NOT.

  53. natbumpo permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:50 am

    Nice work Curt.

    It must have been pretty scary when Bartlett hit that ball past your head in the 3rd. Do you fid it difficult to compose yourself after something like that and finish your delivery?

    I was hit in the face in HS and that essentially ended my baseball career.

  54. bluestreak1 permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:55 am

    Hey Curt – really thought you had a CG going yesterday. Great outing – although we all know how you feel about the 7th inning. They way I look at it? That’s why you have teammates. Our BP has been just awesome.

    With all this talk about the Rocket, I think somebody needs to point out that that you are one of the few pitchers (hopefully followed by Beckett) who has successfully made the transition from the NL to the AL, and to the AL East no less.

  55. sonofapitcherman permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:03 am

    Ever the Blowhard?

    So the CHB, Gordon Eades’ curly haired boyfriend, says in his front page article on Clemens,

    “Ever the blowhard, Schilling declared, ‘We don’t need him’ – a comment of stupefying arrogance that is sure to come up a couple of million times between now and the end of the 2007 season.”

    I’m sure Dippsy Dan will bring it up a million times himself, and I’m sure it will be out of context and mischaracterized as well, just as he did in the above quote.

    I heard the quote and saw the clip and there was nothing arrogant or stupefying about what Mr. Schilling said. Just an honest response.

    Dog-Eared Dan is losing it and I can’t believe the Globe continues to employ him.

    Like I said before let’s let them have the controversy and not let the media draw us into a non-story. It is clear that Clemens signed with the highest bidder for a lot more than the sox offered. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Taverez or Schilling commenting. With Rodger, bless his soul, it’s always all about the Benjamins.

    See, distractions from the game.

    Now, back to yesterday’s fine win.

    Good outing, Man! You the stopper, now. You threw 71% of your pitches for strikes. You had a 5 hitter going into the 7th. Glad the bullpen was able to hold on. Too bad that inherited runner scored. We’ll take the hard fought win. Clean, no errors. Timely hitting by Drew, Youk, and Tek.

    Maybe you tired a bit in the 7th so you’re concentration flagged a bit. Maybe you need a big shot of caffeine or something between the 6th and 7th.

    Too many guys getting thrown out at the plate, lately though. Belli, Papi.
    And what about the recent propensity for the team to leave so many men on base? That could develop into a bad habit.

    Congrats on number 4, Mr. Schilling, 16 more to go.

  56. maranara permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:10 am

    Loved your comment in all the papers today about the fact that without Clemens, we (the Red Sox) are already a World Series contender. Couldn’t agree more. And really, if the Sox had gotten Clemens (which I was actually glad they didn’t…$1 million a start could certainly be used better…), where would he fit in the rotation? There’s barely a spot for Lester when he gets back. And as a fan, I would much rather have Lester in that spot (young gun, can potentially go deep in a game, will be around next year) than Clemens.

  57. May 7, 2007 9:25 am

    whoa whoa whoa whoa Curt… you honestly don’t know that Clemens would have helped us become a better team? Think of this rotation: 1. YOU, 2. Beckett, 3. Dice-K, 4. Clemens. 5. Wake/Lester. Are you kidding me??? Not to mention, that we pretty much have two 5th starters….. Say Clemens is only able to make it to the 5th, 6th, innings… put in Wake or Lester as mid-relief and Papple to close it and you pretty much have a 100% of winning 4 straight games.

    Please, PLEASE address this in your next post. I know you and your teammates are very confident and who wouldn’t be standing at 20-10, one of the best records in the MLB, and you don’t want to sound like you guys desperately needed Clemens, but he would most assuredly help you guys out. Who knows how well Lester will fair and yes Julian is pitching well now… he has a lot of confidence and is surrounded by talent… but we will see what our team looks like 2-3 months from now.

  58. May 7, 2007 9:27 am

    btw Curt, check out my gaming site. We have a bunch of Guilds, reviews, and info you may be interested in. I know you’re a hardcore gamer like myself.

  59. May 7, 2007 9:27 am

    that was a nice story

  60. norwood1918 permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:42 am

    Whatever credibility Dan Shaughnessy once had is gone. He has always been the master at taking a quote from an athlete and using it out of context or manipulating it to serve his purposes. Or, if the comment/quote was dumb, bad or in some way damaging to the person, he used it over and over again, relentlessly, in an effort to define the person.

    He’s making a fool out of himself with his vendetta against Schilling. Check out the quotes below regarding Clemens in Shaughnessy’s and Cafardo’s columns today. I saw the video and it is obvious Schilling is simply saying it would have been nice to get Clemens but we have a great staff so we’ll be fine without him.

    Cafardo quotes Randy Hendricks as saying this about Sox ownership: “I would say they didn’t feel the need but had the desire [to sign Clemens].” Same thing Schilling said.

    Compare Cafardo and Shaughnessy on Schilling’s comments…

    Nick Cafardo’s column:
    “It would have been nice to have him, we didn’t need him — we don’t need him,” said Curt Schilling, the winning pitcher in yesterday’s 4-3 decision here over the Minnesota Twins. “It’s May, that’s a long way to go. I like the way we’re comprised right now. I like the people. This team has incredible makeup, this team has great chemistry. I feel like we were legitimate World Series contenders without him, and that hasn’t changed.”

    Dan Shaughnessy’s column:
    After the Sox beat the Twins in Minneapolis yesterday, Schilling was asked his reaction to the Rocket’s re entry into the Yankees clubhouse. Ever the blowhard, Schilling declared, “We don’t need him” — a comment of stupefying arrogance that is sure to come up a couple of million times between now and the end of the 2007 postseason.

    It will only come up a couple of million times if Shaughnessy is somehow able to produce a couple of million columns between now and October. It’s amazing how transparent he is and how he simply doesn’t get it.

  61. marsh18redsox permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:44 am

    Clemens IS a Yankee in my eyes and $$$$$$$$ are what is in HIS eyes. He wanted to be part of a team that will win the World Series and he joined the Yankees with all their pitching issues? haha yeah right, they showed him the money and that is why the deal got done quicker than expected. Yankee’s front office are in Panic mode, they see the gap getting bigger and bigger between us and them, even with our offense not as hot as it has the potential of being, they knew they had to do something but to pay 28 million for someone that pitches every 5th day, has the possibility of being ROCKED in the AL especially when he was only pitching 5 or 6 innings in the NL………. haha I find the situation HILARIOUS!!

    Its good to see Cora and Pedroia and Crisp with the hot bat! Now if we can get 1 through 9 hitting like that consistently, the pitching stays where it is, they could have 5 Clemens and we still will win 4 out of 5 games!!

    Saw the pregame interview with you Curt on the boy you have befriended with cancer, that is great :) I wish more athletes took the time to do that. I am aware of many of the sox players doing this as well and it does make a difference to the families as well as the patient going through this horrific experience!!

  62. friedscrod permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:47 am

    I thought you quit dipping?

  63. 68philly01bos permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:53 am

    Long time reader, first time poster.

    What happened to the “I’d sell ice cream” for Clemens to be here Schilling? I understand you made that comment during spring training, before we knew how solid the Sox pitching would be, but I am curious as to how you could worship the guy one month and not the next.

    The CHB really makes me insane. He has since ’03 when I really starting reading him (I moved here in ’01) – I swear he tries to mess with team chemistry. If Clemens would have come here, all he would do is rail on him for his special perks, ALA Pedro.

    Thanks for 1993, too – I grew up in Philly and it was a dream season. I cried after the Carter home run, but those tears were also joyous for the wonderful ride the team brought me on that year.

    Kim

  64. fredsox permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:05 am

    OK So the (DY) Damn Yankees had to go to the checkboook again and pay a 44 year old almost has been albeit halll of fame pitcher 28 million for what will work our to be 3/4 of a season, a MILLION + a game to pitch, what, 6 innings IF he’s going good?
    That ought to bring a sigh to the long relief staff who are allready overtaxed from pitching so much so early in the season. Frankly, if I was that windbag shipbuilder, I would have paid 10 grand for anothert monument in center field, and spend some of that cash ( not to mention the luxury tax) on some needed relief. But who am I? Just another relieved Sox fan who is more than happy with this hand and will play these cards right through October. All I keep praying for is that this team and it’s seeemingly fantastic chemical make up stays healthy throughout the season. Kudos to Theo once again proving he is an adept baseball mind, putting not only a great team on the field, but OFF the field as well.

    GREAT series for the middle infield, glad to see D.P is hitting over the Mendoza line. I can’t imagine the pressure the kid has on himself and just believes he can hit and proved it by turning it around. Wasn’t sure if A.C was human until his baserunning flaw, luckily it didn’t cost us the game, but I do love that this year’s Sox are aggressively running the bases and not relying on long ball. Me? I like it.

    Oh, nice game Schill. If you have breathing exercises, please try to use them more later in the game to help focus.

    Go gettem tomorrow Tex, I’ll take you over the Rocket anytime. Just don’t shake off Tek, let him call the game for you. The guy is pretty good.

    By the way, I’m 45, is it too late for me to learn to throw a knuckler? I can also probably throw a 70 mile an hour fast ball if I really let it rip.

  65. argentina10 permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:29 am

    Curt, Im asking since Im “new” to this baseball stuff (well, some years now): Why is it that position players sometimes take the day off before an scheduled day off? For example, Manny yesterday sit out the series finale with the Red Sox not having a game on monday.
    Good game.

  66. mejjr66 permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:40 am

    Shaughnessy did it again. Did you realize that your Clemens comment was”stupefyingly arrogant”? I can’t believe this guy. I guess you were supposed to shed tears for the loss of Clemens to the Yankees.

    Anyway, good luck.

  67. May 7, 2007 10:53 am

    Good remarks about Clemens, Curt. I think the most overlooked thing about everyone touting his benefit to the Yankees is the fact that his low ERA last season was against NL Central opponents. I mean, it should be pretty apparent that he won’t even come close to having the same performance against the AL East – he never even pitched that well in his first go-around with the Yanks. I don’t think he would’ve helped us at all. I think Lester will easily outperform a 45-year-old Clemens on any day of the week. Clemens is not worth the investment, and I can’t help but think he’s just doing it for the attention and the money – not the love of the game.

  68. espeyr1 permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:58 am

    Curt,
    I want to know what you think about Mr. $4.5 million a month (Roger Clemens). I am neither a Red Sox, Yankee or Astro fan….but I think this is ridiculous. He seems to just wait around for the best deal from the better team. Like he wait to see who’s still in competition after the first month or so. No one else gets to pick there team in June, but he seems to be able to have that luxury. It’s aggravating. And what’s more aggravating is that the Yankees are going to try and buy their way to a Championship in the middle of the season! I mean who’s next?! Anyway, I just wanted your reaction to Clemens signing with the Yankees.

    Thanks!
    Emilie

  69. May 7, 2007 11:13 am

    Being at yesterday’s game, in Minnesota, was one of the highlights of my 13 years as a baseball fan. Watching the dominance from you and Paps was incredible. You averaged less than 12 pitches per inning, for the first 6 innings. Are you kidding me? Amazing.

    We got to the dome early enough to watch warm-ups. ‘Tek impressed the heck out of me. Nearly an hour before the game, he’s out there doing defensive drills. Now that’s a work ethic.

    It was awesome to see Pedroia go 3-4 with a couple of doubles. I’m going to go out on a limb and say, “Future all-star.”

    All in all, it was a great day of baseball. Other than one idiot behind us, yelling racial slurs at Okie, the Twins fans were absolutely great about us rooting for the away team.

    Thanks for an awesome experience. It’s nice to still have a few heroes in baseball worth telling my kids about.

  70. May 7, 2007 11:19 am

    in response to: riedscrod

    “I thought you quit dipping?”

    I forgot to bring that up. Last night Curt after you were taken out of the 7th, the camera was on you and watched you place a big hunk of dip in your lip.

    Do you think kids who look up to you are affected by this? Just wondering what your thoughts are… I dont think I have an option on it. Lots of players do it and I grew up not wanting to do it when I played baseball.

  71. pemliza permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:22 am

    Great game last night. It was a rough 7th, but the great thing about this team this year is that when one of you guys gets into a little trouble or needs help, we’ve got a great bullpen to finish out the games.

    I agree with you too about Clemens. Would have been nice, but we don’t need him. I’ll take the team we have any day!

    Liza

  72. sonofapitcherman permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:26 am

    A funny thing?

    A funny thing happened when I submitted this post just before 10 am, it did not show up as “awaiting moderation” and there were 34 comments ahead of me at that time. When I treid to re-sumbit it, it was detected as a duplicate post even though it never showed up in the comments stream. I doubt that it got “moderated out” as there was nothing offensive in it. So I’ll try to post it again, and if it is a duplicate post, please excuse me, excuse the glitch.

    Ever the Blowhard?

    So the CHB, Gordon Eades’ curly haired boyfriend, says in his front page article on Clemens,

    “Ever the blowhard, Schilling declared, ‘We don’t need him’ – a comment of stupefying arrogance that is sure to come up a couple of million times between now and the end of the 2007 season.”

    I’m sure Dippsy Dan will bring it up a million times himself, and I’m sure it will be out of context and mischaracterized as well, just as he did in the above quote.

    I heard the quote and saw the clip and there was nothing arrogant or stupefying about what Mr. Schilling said. Just an honest response.

    Dog-Eared Dan is losing it and I can’t believe the Globe continues to employ him.

    Like I said before let’s let them have the controversy and not let the media draw us into a non-story. It is clear that Clemens signed with the highest bidder for a lot more than the sox offered. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Taverez or Schilling commenting. With Rodger, bless his soul, it’s always all about the benjamins.

    See, distractions from the game.

    Now, back to yesterday’s fine win.

    Good outing, Man! You the stopper, now. You threw 71% of your pitches for strikes. You had a 5 hitter going into the 7th. Glad the bullpen was able to hold on. Too bad that inherited runner scored. We’ll take the hard fought win. Clean, no errors. Timely hitting by Drew, Youk, and Tek.

    Maybe you tired a bit in the 7th so you’re concentration flagged a bit. Maybe you need a big shot of caffeine or something between the 6th and 7th.

    Too many guys getting thrown out at the plate, lately though. Belli, Papi.
    And what about the recent propensity for the team to leave so many men on base? That could develop into a bad habit.

    Congrats on number 4, Mr. Schilling, 16 more to go.

  73. mdwstrslvr permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:26 am

    I was at the Saturday & Sunday games – let me tell ya, it’s always great to see you pitch – my son HAD to wear your jersey (even though he’s more of a Twins fan since we live in the midwest, but I am slowly converting him).

    I thought you had great control and were amazing. I can’t say it any better than that. You were the better pitcher yesterday against our opponent, and to have Okajima & Papelbon to come in and finish the game made it perfect.

    The Red Sox fan turnout at this series was INCREDIBLE. Of course we were outnumbered, but there were many B’s in the house … we were saddened by the Saturday loss of course, but Tavarez pitched a good game … but the hitting was lacking, it’s sure hard to see those balls in the dome !

    Anyhow – a great game – and I noticed you got your hair trimmed up !!

  74. jimmykc permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:50 am

    Curt: This is for you, Tito, and any other guy who may think chewing tobacco is a good idea. I just finished up a series of radiation treatments for throat cancer three months ago and used to think I was a pretty macho guy. I had heard the side effects of treatment were bad, but they were not even close to the real experience. Oropharyngeal cancer is something from your worst nightmare so get yourself some bubble gum, sunflower seeds, or a lollypop if you must chew. Even though I still can’t taste anything sweet, this season is starting out to be plenty sweet enough. Keep up the good work.

  75. seantanu permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:56 pm

    Thanks for keeping this up so far, Curt. This is not quite the right place for this, but I’m not interesting enough for SoSH and think this needs to be said as often as possible:

    You’re right about the rotation, and even before Lester comes back I’m loving you guys. But I am a big fan of Tavarez. I first noticed him of course as one of the unfortunate pitchers to attempt to stop the inevitable for St. Louis in October ’04. But once he became a Red Sox he’s been nothing but awesome. Even when he’s struggling he’s entertaining, passionate, and gutsy. I try not to miss a game he’s pitching, ’cause the stats and recap never tell the whole story, such as:

    – Trying to pick Roberts off second… in person
    – Pointing the ball into IF gloves
    – Engaging in animated conversation with Okajima and Matsuzaka (what the hell language can he be speaking?)
    – His 4.0 crucial innings in the 19-inning White Sox game last July (Nuts the eventual loss; that was clutch)
    – Trying to pick Torii Hunter off during an IBB
    – Getting his hairdo fixed by Manny last night (you’ve gotta admit, that was even funnier than Pizzagate)

    He’s been maligned and underappreciated, but with a stumbling roster last fall he stepped up big time. I can’t wait for Lester, but in the meantime the Sox have got to be pretty at ease with another Dirt Dog in the 5-spot.

  76. sienahoops permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:35 pm

    Curt,
    I know that you have a game plan going into a game and adjust it during a game as to how to approach hitters. My question is does this game plan also cover how to vary speeds during the course of the game or an at bat? For instance, when Tek calls for a fastball, how do you decide whether to rear back and throw the 94 mph one or take a little off and locate it? Is that something that he communicates to you or is that your call?

    Keep up the solid work. The whole staff has been amazing.

    Thanks,
    Jim

  77. omar74italy permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:39 pm

    great match curt….great win! great lineup..let’s go sox

  78. May 7, 2007 2:04 pm

    I did not see the game yesterday as I was working outside but I had it on and came in every now and then to check on the situation. All I know is we were cruising at 4-0 then next time I came in to check suddenly things were tense at 4-3.

    It is good to read your description of how things happened for you. Thankfully we have the guys in the pen who can get the team out of a jam and not blow the game. 2 out of 3 against a good team and could have potentially taken all 3. Take the win, try to improve next time and move on.

  79. idabomb333 permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:19 pm

    I really love having these pitch-by-pitch breakdowns. I really got into baseball in 2003, so I’m not the most experienced fan, but I am a big fan now. I watch almost every Sox game and I’m only beginning to be able to label most pitches (2-seamer vs 4-seamer vs split-finger, etc), and I’ve always been interested in the mind game of pitch selection.

    I’ve noticed in a few of these posts you’ve said you’ve felt like you had a good chance to make it through the 9th, and then you have one inning with a high pitch count that ruins it. I’m hoping you can elaborate on that more. How often do you NOT feel like you’ll make it to the 9th early in the game? Do you think the fact that your early low pitch counts don’t seem to carry through the whole game says anything about your style, your mental approach, or your physical ability? Could it be the lineup getting used to your stuff? Or maybe it’s not a meaningful trend at all, over a small sample size of 6 good starts — good luck early, bad luck later, or a little of both?

    I also wanted to say I like the idea you’ve mentioned before, that you care more about the team’s record when you start than about your win-loss record. I think that’s a great approach to take.

    I think you and your readers might enjoy http://www.firejoemorgan.com.

    Thanks!

  80. May 7, 2007 2:21 pm

    As a former chew-aholic, I know how hard it is to quit, especially if there are guys all around you doing it. It’s not like you can just say, ‘ok. I quit chew’ and that’s it, you’re done.

    I have not touched it in over 10 years but I still WANT it, evertime I go in a gas station and see the cans up there on the shelf…

    I find that chewing wintergreen gum helps. Whenever I’m in a mood to buy some, I buy a pack of wintergreen gum instead. That’s just me.

    Maybe setup some kind of reward system, like for every week you go without it. Maybe even set up some kind of charitable donation thing that involves kicking the habit in some way.

    Anyway, I hope you can get over the hump and someday finally ditch the chew for good. Good luck and keep trying.

  81. pops821 permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:40 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Do you ever find yourself looking too far ahead in a game? Like in the Minnesota start, after 6 innings did it cross your mind that this could be one of those elusive complete-game-shutouts? Does (or would) anything like that affect you in a negative way?

  82. daubachdui permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:51 pm

    Schill —

    it’s “champing at the bit” not (and this is a really common mistake) “chomping at the bit.” I’m not trying to nitpick or be a jerk, I just know that you care a lot about the art of writing, so I thought I’d point it out.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=champing+at+the+bit&btnG=Google+Search

    Champ

    v. champed, champ·ing, champs
    v.tr.
    To bite or chew upon noisily.
    v.intr.
    To work the jaws and teeth vigorously.
    Idiom:
    champ at the bit
    To show impatience at being held back or delayed.

  83. cphil818 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:07 pm

    It was a great performance by you and everyone else. I’m liking that Alex Cora more and more every day. He just puts up some simple numbers, and gets hits on a regular basis. What more do you want?

    The ending was a little nervewracking from a fan’s point of view, but it all worked out in the end. Well done!

    Chris (My Blog)

  84. 1creativemind permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:58 pm

    Great game – great series. Let’s do it again in Toronto!

  85. redsoxocd92 permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:59 pm

    I am definately the only person who doesnt know who the hell CHB is and its aggravating me that I cant figure it out. Damn me for only being a sophmore (in terms of how long I’ve been obsessively following baseball).

  86. joei71 permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:35 am

    Nice game Ace! No worries about the 7th. We got the solid pen… unfortunately Roger won’t be able to say the same…

  87. trubelieva permalink
    May 8, 2007 6:39 am

    redsoxocd92
    “I am definately the only person who doesnt know who the hell CHB is”

    It’s Shaunnessy from the Boston Globe

  88. pemliza permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:30 pm

    I also had a question for you I forgot to ask. You mentioned that you had not faced alot of the Twins batters prior to this start. So my question is this…when you’re facing a lineup that you’re not super familiar with, how helpful is it to be pitching on the 2nd or 3rd day of the series? In that case, do you spend the games prior to yours studying the batters & talking to the other pitchers on your team about them?

  89. anthony972003 permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:25 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling:

    I don’t like the practice of taking a set of sentences from a work and criticizing them individually. Many times removing them from context also removes their meaning. But since I am also not a fan of people with good ideas but below average writing skills having blogs (editors or no editors), I will make an exception this time. Plus, this method is actually effective in certain instances, and this is one of them.

    other than a mastery of the English language their skill sets are non-existent

    – In fact, I would argue that having a mastery of the English language is about as valuable a skill as one could have. In baseball terms, that would be like saying “Other than his right arm, Beckett’s skill sets are non-existent.”

    It was blood. You can choose to believe whatever you need to, but facts are facts. The 25 guys that were in that locker room, the coaches, they all know it. In the end nothing else really matters. The people that need to believe otherwise are people with their own insecurities and issues

    – Two things strike me about that paragraph. First, if there is actually no need for anybody other than the 25 world champions to know the truth, there is no need for it to be the subject of a blog. Second, there does not appear to be a connection between someone with low self-esteem (insecurities) and someone who “needs” to believe that it wasn’t blood.

    blood was fake. Which even when he’s called out he can’t admit he lied. Doug never

    – That middle part is not a sentence. It could be a typo, but I just wanted to point out that it was not correct. What is probably more significance is that even if it were to be turned into a sentence, it wouldn’t fit the flow of the paragraph. I added the two words before and after it in a humble attempt at providing context.

    The other great part of this is knowing that anyone that wrote anything about a ‘conspiracy’ or a ‘plot’ is someone that is so far removed from understanding how physically and mentally challenging it is to play this game at this level you can almost laugh off their stupidity. Not to mention they obviously have shortcomings, bitterness and jealousy in their own lives that should probably get taken care of

    – This one is my personal favorite. Again, faulty reasoning can be seen. The amount of physical and mental ability required to play baseball is not related to somebody thinking that the Red Sox built up this incident for publicity. Let’s imagine a great hitter: a hall of fame caliber player, with many batting titles and a few World Championships. The skills he possesses include, but are not limited to, good reaction times, good coordination, persistence, endurance, and a few others. What he does not possess is the ability to assess whether or not the sort of injury you suffered would have caused bleeding. An example of what would convert that paragraph into “good writing” would be to say why somebody who thinks that way does not know what it takes to play the game. Also, you did not explain why someone who thinks that has many shortcomings. To be honest, this looks like a reach and a cheap shot.

    Personally, I think you are a Hall of Fame pitcher. I didn’t think so a few years ago, but I think the fact that we’re still discussing you as one of the best in the game in 2007 makes you hall-worthy. You have opinions on issues most athletes don’t even consider. But it seems like that fact allows you to write those opinions without backing them up. One of your blogs one day claimed Kieth Foulke was the MVP of the 2004 World Series team. I don’t care if he was or not. What bothers me is that when you tried to explain why, all you did was restate that he was the MVP in more definitive language. The best advice I can give you is to close the gap between your reasoning and your conclusions. Let us see why you believe the things you say. People should listen to you because what you have to say is true, not because of who you are. And it is that reasoning that makes me believe you should take this letter into consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony Vega

    P.S. I stand by opinions in this letter, so feel free to write me back.

  90. trubelieva permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:04 am

    anthony972003 – Mr Vega- lemme guess…. English teacher? A blog is an individuals ideas, feelings and anything else they …. THEY want to post. Because you “don’t like the practice” of certain things or “not a fan of people with good ideas but below average writing skills having blogs” … well then- What are ya doin’ hea. Yeah, I will spell the way I want. Ya know why? It’s a BLOG: “Definition: an online diary; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page; also called [Weblog], [Web log]
    Example: Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.” Oh yeah, I forgot Mr English teacher (I am many years removed from my last book report but let me try…) definition taken from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/blog- wouldn’t wanna be accused of plagiarizing… :)

  91. wilk2 permalink
    May 10, 2007 10:46 am

    Obviously through advanced scouting you have tips on where and how to pitch certain hitters. Are there certain keys you see as a pitcher on how to exploit certain weaknesses of a hitter??

  92. smilelitesuproom permalink
    May 13, 2007 10:21 pm

    schill, when you were with pawtucket in syracuse you signed my grandsons onsie,ill never forget, i told my son in law you would….and he said never…ty man you rule!

  93. yasik permalink
    May 14, 2007 7:10 pm

    man how you ask schill a question? i was trying to find out how but i caouldnt.

  94. anthony972003 permalink
    May 17, 2007 11:10 pm

    trubelieva – Good try, but I’m actually a college student, and a finance major at that. He can write whatever he wants. I defend his right to do that. But it’s bad quality and for that reason should consider hiring an editor, or perhaps just learning how to write.

    Let me include a few fairly obvious observations that most of you Curt idolizers may have overlooked:

    – He claims he doesn’t care what people say/think, but goes to painstaking lengths to prove them wrong, and is admittedly frustrated by things that are said.

    – It is sports writers and the media itself that paved the way for this blog. Without the media, none of us would have ever heard a single word Schilling has ever said.

    – Lastly, he’s a pitcher. His technical knowledge of the game is great. His opinions aren’t. Regardless, he has chosen to write them in a public area. He can choose to write poorly, and that’s fine; he has that right. But why do something incorrectly when he could invest a little time and improve himself, and in that way make his opinions more credible?

  95. anthony972003 permalink
    May 17, 2007 11:28 pm

    Let me clarify: he can do this. But it’s bad. It’s done poorly. You can’t argue that it’s not. If he’s a believer in doing things right or not doing them at all, and from what he writes it seems that philosophy would be consistent with his other beliefs, then he should change this blog somehow.

    I would have no problem with him running a blog and just putting up pictures of turds on it everyday. But that would be bad quality and in bad tastes. For that same reason, he should consider changing the manner in which he manages this blog, not because I said so, but just because it is done poorly. My argument is not “I am so-and-so and he should listen to me.” My argument is “It is not very good and in the interests of doing his best he should improve it.”

  96. trubelieva permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:03 am

    anthony972003- “I would have no problem with him running a blog and just putting up pictures of turds”

    I’m sure that wish could come true, just post your pic on here! LOL – Have a great day!

  97. rhielm permalink
    December 18, 2007 6:43 pm

    I, a huge Twins fan, was at that game. I’m just glad Sidney Ponson, out starting pitcher that game, got canned.

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