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5/12/07 vs. Baltimore

May 12, 2007


 

Great day to pitch today. Great weather, sold out park and a 13 run outburst should always add up to great days at home. Problem is that as the starting pitcher you need to actually be IN The game when your team scores the runs to get credit for the win, or not crap away two leads before hand.

There will be some comments in this wrap up pertaining to balls and strikes but before they are made I’ll throw in a disclaimer. Chris Guccione is a very good umpire and a good guy. I’ve had him a few times in the past and he’s always very consistent on both sides of the plate. Never usually wider than the corners but always consistent on the plate.

Every umpire in this league misses calls, we all know that. It doesn’t matter if the Apostle Paul is umpiring, when a call gets missed in a crucial part of a game there is anger on one side of the field. There were 7-8 pitches today on the inside part of the plate to left handed hitters that went one way or the other. In the first there was a fastball in to Markakis that was a strike and it was called a ball. When I asked if the pitch was up and was told it was off the plate in I was caught off guard as I thought the pitch had a lot of the inside corner.

Usually when a guy is inconsistent on the corners, and by corners I mean the ball catches more than just the black of the plate, you can throw 10 pitches to that spot and it’ll go 50/50 balls and strikes. Rarely will a pitch on the corner of the plate be continually called a ball. But the main problem is that not getting one side of the plate can handicap the pitcher since hitters can eliminate that corner and look for the ball on the other corner.

In his defense though I didn’t see the pitch called in to a LHH for a strike pretty much all day.

None of that is the reason behind me pitching so poorly, not by any stretch, but when you start to realize how crucial every single pitch and call is to the pitcher and the hitter you get a better understanding of how important umpires are to the game. The difference in batting average from a 1-2 count to a 2-1 count is almost .200 percentage points, a huge swing.

Warmups went fine and the work we’ve done over the past six days on refining the slider and working on some statistical information were put into the pre-game plan ‘Tek and I went over.

One of today’s oddities is that anytime you face Steve Trachsel you have to be ready to sit for a good long while between innings. When he gets runners on the game slows down immensely. It’s a method that works for him but you know going in the game is going to run a bit longer than normal.

Brian Roberts leads off by taking a called third strike on a fastball away for the first out. I then work a deep count and walk Markakis on a 3-2 split. Start Tejada off fastball, supposed to be in but ends up middle, and he flies out on a 1-1 pitch to right field. Hernandez grounds to short on a 1-1 split to end the inning.

Of the 10-12 fastballs I threw this inning I missed location on at least 5. Still fighting the fastball command but getting good results so far.

The second inning starts with Aubrey Huff grounding to short on a 1-1 fastball away. Trying to finish off Mora with a fastball up and in and instead leave it middle away and he lines it to center for the second out. Jay Gibbons hits an 0-1 split, in a pretty good spot, to left field. I can see Manny tracking the ball and think it’s going to be the third out but the ball keeps tailing away from him and lands for a double. Payton takes a fastball in for a strike, swings over a split and then I leave a fastball middle out that he hits hard to center to end the inning.

Third inning starts with me telling Youk to be ready for the drag bunt. Patterson did it to me two times last year and he’s done it a few times already this year. Sure enough he drags, but lays it down perfect. I think Youk is taking it himself so I slow down (bad move on my part) and Corey beats it out for a single. Brian hits a single to center on a fastball that was not away nearly enough and it’s first and second no outs. Regardless of where the runners are after this next at bat I need that first out here. Markakis ends up grounding to first and we don’t turn two so now we have first and third, one out. Miguel ends up running the count 3-1 and then tops a split to third that Mike and Dustin turn into a great 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. Huge swing right there.

Hernandez leads off the fourth by grounding another split to short for the first out. Huff foul tips a change up to start the AB, takes a fast ball away for strike two and then chases a split for the strike out. We get to two strikes on Mora, and he chases a fastball that was supposed to be up and in but instead is up and away for the third out.

In what seemed like a 40 minute half inning we take the lead in the  bottom of the fourth on Mike’s sac fly. JD comes a few feet away from a three run homer after a long at bat right before that.

Jay swings at the first pitch of the fifth and hits another double to left to start the inning. After getting Payton to ground to short and Patterson to line to center for two outs I have a chance to NOT squander the lead. I end up leaving a split way up in the zone on the outer half of the plate, which in some situations is not that bad but when you’ve worked someone almost exclusively away up to that point it tends to turn out bad for you. Brian doubles off the monster to tie the game. I end up getting Nick to pop to first on a fastball in on his hands to end the inning but I’ve still given away another lead.

We end up grinding 3 runs out and knocking Traschsel out of the game in the bottom of the fifth. My thought process was that I’d gotten this far with incredibly inconsistent command and a ton of first pitch strikes, so if I bear down early and locate better we’re going to get some quick outs because I don’t foresee them taking as many early strikes as they have to this point.

How’d that work for me? Three pitches into the sixth and we have bases loaded, no outs. Tejada starts the party off by hitting a pitch above his belt, on the black in, to center for a single. Pitch was supposed to be away and down. Hernandez hits the ‘new and improved’ slider to right for another single. I didn’t think the location was that bad but he did what he needed to. Huff singles to left on a first pitch back door slider that was belt high more middle than anything.

Time to regroup. The game gets won or lost in these next few hitters and I have to make some pitches. So I promptly go 3-0 on Mora……

End up coming back to strike him out swinging on a fastball away for the first out. Gibbons runs into a length at bat and fouls off some good pitches. Watching the replay after I came out and the pitch he hit to left was better than I thought. Shin high, outside black to just off, and he still gets enough on it to get it into left field. I’m fit to be tied at this point.

My game ends after the next hitter. We get Jay to a 2-2 count and freeze him with a fastball away that doesn’t get called. The next pitch is what we call an NCP, which stands for “non-competitive pitch”. A pitch thrown so horrifically bad that you have less than a zero percent chance of the hitter swinging.

So you can see the missed strike is a minute portion of what happened in this game. I had ample opportunities to make pitches and get outs and didn’t execute. But on a day like today when it comes at the point it did you never fail to ask ‘what if?”.

Fortunately this is the 2007 Sox and our bullpen has been lights out. Javy comes in and does about as good as anyone could ask in stopping the bleeding and in my mind pretty much winning us the game. Two ground outs yielding only one run and we get to hit with the game tied instead of being down 2+ runs.

Our half of the inning features another huge hit from Alex Cora to break the game open and put us up three. I don’t think there is anything harder to do in baseball than be a good pinch hitter, especially in the AL. He’s been incredibly vital to our good start in about every possible way a position player can be.

I heard in the post game that in the game today their staff threw over 200 pitches in eight innings to our staff throwing 146 in nine. Our lineup, since I have been here, does that as well as anyone. They can wear a pitching staff down in one game.

Josh aims for #8 tomorrow. I said in spring training and I will say it again. Not only is it great to watch but he’s starting to stamp himself into the upper echelon of pitchers in the game. I know it’s only 7 starts but what he’s doing is not a ‘hot streak’ or a few lucky breaks. What he’s doing is maturing on the mound, game by game, and getting better and better.

He’s always taken his starts and the game very seriously but he’s got more experience now and he’s learning how to apply the lessons he’s learning game to game.

I’ll try and grab a few questions if time permits over the next few days.

One more thing for anyone that did inquire about the apology I posted. The ownership of this team, to my knowledge, has NEVER asked a player to say anything publicly, nor has the manager. There were some upset people, and rightfully so, as what I said had far reaching implications inside the clubhouse with the media. When you say something that sees the media asking teammates and your manager to comment on you’ve usually said something stupid.

I think in my twenty years I’ve only ever seen a club ask a guy to apologize for something he said once or twice? It doesn’t happen even remotely close to as much as people in the ‘conspiracy theory’ camps would like to believe it does.

I didn’t need to be asked, I realized about 3 seconds after I said it that it was something that should not have been said.

108 Comments leave one →
  1. jacksonguitars38 permalink
    May 12, 2007 11:21 pm

    good luck in your next start.

  2. May 12, 2007 11:27 pm

    Curt it seems as though the umpiring in this series hasn’t been good at all. There were a lot of balls that were low called for strikes on Friday night and then today they kept hosing you on calls.

    Did you give any thoughts to saying anything to the plate umpire when you left the game.

    Even though you didn’t get the win, it was nice to see the boys bounce back and get the win on the day you started.

    I do have one more question.

    Did the long waits in the 4th and 5th innings affect you at all?

  3. fenwaymike38 permalink
    May 12, 2007 11:50 pm

    Don’t worry about this one Schill. Bottomline is you guys got the W. With guys like Dice-K, Beckett, and that magnificent bullpen surrounding you this should be a great season for you guys.

    Good luck 38

  4. brow1e permalink
    May 12, 2007 11:51 pm

    I was disappointed that I could not watch on MLB.tv since it was a Sat. game before 4pm. I also was disappointed that you did not get a W. I suppose it’s like any other sport where if you would have hit that 3 in the 1st half or if that one putt would have dropped. Can’t wait to watch your next start on my computer against the Tigers.

  5. millertime333 permalink
    May 12, 2007 11:55 pm

    Curt,

    You seemed to get ahead of the hitters early on wich was nice to see. I thought you pitched pretty well and gut spuezzed a bit. As for our bullpen…WOW. It’s actually fun to watch these guys come in, and I mean everyone of them. Okie is just unbelievable. That over the top curveball is just amazing to see. Donnely looks intense every time out. J.C. seems to be back to where he was in the Twins days. Of course it’s always fun to see Paps come in. As for the offense. So much patience at the plate. This is a really fun team to watch.

    millertime

  6. May 13, 2007 12:12 am

    Hey Curt, thanks for the write up as usual and for the disclaimer about the ump- I was one of those hot under the collar- he seemed to miss a few calls yesterday to that kind of fueled that- must not be his week!

    Sorry you didn’t get the win, next time for sure! ( I really thought for awhile there you were going to pitch your way out of that inning, esp after Mora! )

    And good luck to Josh tomorrow, lucky number 8!

    Question- You remarked umps are obviously a very important part of the game~ but what recourse do the teams have to ensure the umps are held accountable for their calls and actions as well- understandably there are blown calls- balls, strikes, checked swings, stolen bases- etc but than there are calls that just defy logic- and need no replays!

    example: Lugo with the ump in Baltimore that refused to give him time out and called two strikes on him- because the pitcher continued to throw despite the fact Lugo was not in the batters box –

    I mean this is NOT an ump with the kind of attitude you want to see in the play offs- are they held accountable? I mean had Lugo ( rightfully so) lost his temper he could have been ejected and fined over a situation the umpire created and fueled.

    it also reminds me of a few years back when Hideki practically ran to the pitchers mound to avoid being tagged out at second yet the ump refused to call him out for running outside the base line or even be professional enough to discuss it with the rest of the umpire crew – despite the fact the game would decide who took the division-

  7. tskogg permalink
    May 13, 2007 12:13 am

    I admire the hell out of you.

  8. pitchernumber4 permalink
    May 13, 2007 12:13 am

    It doesn’t matter if you gave up enough runs to lose 25-3, (yes, my team did do that today; at least I got a couple of good innings in to pitch) so long as you can learn all that you can from the game and then forget it, it won’t hurt you nearly as much as mulling it over saying, “man, I’m terrible, man, I’m terrible,” though, as a major-leaguer, you must know all this.

  9. rhinojonson permalink
    May 13, 2007 12:44 am

    A win is a win. It’s nice to see the team firing on all cylinders. I hope you have better luck with those calls next time Curt.

  10. matty005 permalink
    May 13, 2007 12:47 am

    Thanks for the rundown. That pitch Gibbons singled off was a solid pitch. Win #5 will come in 5 days.

  11. lareddogg permalink
    May 13, 2007 12:49 am

    Curt, we would not have won without your strong start today. Glad your standards are higher but a nice team win that you were a part of. I had a question, did you say hi to Kevin Millar? Glad he’s getting some PT, and a classic Sox.

  12. alwayzthunkit permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:03 am

    From your last post “Public Apology” I was reading the BOOK that #372 trubelieva wrote. Couple of good points if you can get past the first 4 paragraphs. He is right about Shaunnessy. Does anyone else feel like he is asking the other AL pitchers to head hunt for our #3 &#4 hitters? I will repost the quote he wrote in the Globe.
    “Manny Ramírez and — to a lesser degree — David Ortiz have elevated watching their home runs to an art form. Good thing Bob Gibson is not still around. In the old days, hurlers did not take kindly to being shown up by hitters admiring their majestic blasts. Bet Brendan Donnelly and Julian Tavarez wouldn’t stand for it, but the majority of AL hurlers seem OK with being embarrassed by the Sox sluggers.”

  13. 07sox permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:09 am

    the inconsistencies with balls/strikes has to be maddening as they continue throughout the course of one start, not to mention if the zone again expands and contracts with each consecutive pitch during later games

  14. naugatuckian permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:24 am

    Thanks for the insight on the importance of umpiring. Despite not being sharp, you kept us in the game today – the mark of a great pitcher.

    Did you sense during warmups that your control was not there as much as usual? In general, how much CAN you tell about how you will perform in a game from warmups?

  15. thedoctorx permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:34 am

    Curt write:

    “So you can see the missed strike is a minute portion of what happened in this game. I had ample opportunities to make pitches and get outs and didn’t execute. But on a day like today when it comes at the point it did you never fail to ask ‘what if?’.”

    I quote that because already a few media types predicted you would “devote your blog” to that one call.

    And you did not.

    Anyways, nice to see “the bats are not afraid of the balls!” The team did not give up, and you have a bullpen. You did well until the end, best of luck next outing and best of luck to Josh Beckett for 8-0 tomorrow.

    –J.D.

  16. cursedtofirst permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:39 am

    hard luck today with that sixth inning. i hope we can hear more about your relationships w/ josh, jonathan, all the young guys on the staff, though. i’d like to hear about how you’re working with them, and how you view them as developing pitchers from a veteran perspective.

    anyway, here’s to josh taking on the babe today. you know as much about that as anyone, i know you’ll be behind him. ;-) go sox!

  17. thedoctorx permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:49 am

    Oh and ala alwayzthunkit post, my BIG QUESTION is where does the tradition of pitcher’s targeting batters who get a HR off of them come from? Again, I do not mean “brushing back” batters–I mean intentional hits.

    It is not like the batter can “retaliate” when the pitcher “pumps his fist” after catching him looking?

    –J.D.

  18. frankfromgloucester permalink
    May 13, 2007 3:28 am

    No WIN this time for you RED LIGHT!! Better luck next time. CHOW

  19. maineman permalink
    May 13, 2007 4:20 am

    I’m with ya’ about the ump, I think if you’d gotten that 2-2 pitch aknowledged as a strike, we’d be talking about how you went 6+maybe even seven innings in a win. But better not to dwell on it. Good team win, glad to see Pap got some work in too. Lets hope Beckett can keep it going!!

  20. May 13, 2007 4:47 am

    In response to 12 alwayzthunkit…

    I don’ t read him enough ( DS ) to answer that…..however lately it seems the YES network announcers Al Leiter and Michael Kaye seem to be advocating taking Manny out for watching his HRs

    -of course they always say “its players” saying it- but without specifics names I think its pretty irresponsible for them to be discussing it on air as if its justifiable to hit a player at any time for any reason… and they bring it up frequently as well-

    This coming from Yankee announcers- with a guy like Brian Bruney who throws at someone’s head every time he takes the mound- that guy is going to seriously hurt someone. His ego is much bigger than his talent, a bad mix when your aiming for someone’s head.

    I can see why Arizona? let him go- he is a huge disaster barreling down a wrong way street.

  21. redsox1918 permalink
    May 13, 2007 5:44 am

    Curt,

    I’m very much concerned about the umpires, in general, in these modern baseball times. I’m seeing a lot of umpires not calling a lot of inside pitches strikes. They’re making batting practice pitchers out of everyone of you guys. As well as Okajima has pitched this year, I still think he has been squeezed a bit on some inside pitches. That needs to change. I hope you are sharing your umpire notes with Daisuke and the rest of the Sox staff.

    On another note,…I had an opportunity to hang with Bronson Arroyo years back. What a great guy!! He had all the respect in the world for you. Bronson stated that you showed him a lot about pitching. That definitely was a tough trade. Bronson made it quite clear that he loved anything and everything about Boston.

  22. aimcifer permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:23 am

    Tough one for ya, some bad calls as you mentioned but you know, you did well and the Sox won… great offense, great bullpen relief (it’s so nice this season not to be chewing my nails every time the game goes to the ‘pen) :)

  23. arpee permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:26 am

    Nice job explaining your position, while being careful not to slam the umpire too badly. Isn’t Guccione one of the minor league fill-ins?

    Obviously you wouldn’t want to identify who you think are the worst umpires (for obvious reasons), but in one of your Q-and-A sessions, could you list some of the umpires you consider to be the best?

  24. chester41 permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:37 am

    win some lose some…..i know you have benefited from bad call s going your way, no ump is perfect…but you guys keep winning with a good chance to bring home 2nd title in 4 years….alex cora has been johnny on the spot all year….i think we are all encouraged by this team, keep it up!….even when u dont win you almost always keep us in game(cept for KC)

  25. chillyme permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:48 am

    Thanks for the post-game breakdown.

    I think it is safe to say that you guys tend to be self-critical of your performances as a way to target weaknesses and improve.

    I wonder if the umpires treat their performances in the same way. For example, do they review game tape for a different perspective on questionable calls? Curious.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there. Even though Schill’s reference to CHB as “her” was used as a subtle jab, I am SURE that since Curt is married to a wonderful woman, and is the father to a wonderous daughter, and I will assume was mothered by another good woman, he meant no harm or insult to the good women of RSN-and next time, he will use some other tactic to jab at his adversaries. Right, Curt?
    :)

    Onward.

  26. camchris permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:55 am

    Um Curt that pitch to Jay Payton was a strike no doubt. Don’t forget though you kept them in the game, not as long as you would want to, but it seems the guys behind you are doing a pretty good job. Good job Curt. Get um next time.

  27. custom65 permalink
    May 13, 2007 7:14 am

    Some things never change some umpires calls um consistently, some don’t. We would all like one who doesn’t change from day to day but for some reason that doesn’t always happen.

    My son who is in Little League found an umpire calling a strike chest high, over the inside corner. He let the umpire know he thought the pitch was up and should have been called a ball (After the game) I didn’t take it personally but reiterated exactly where the strike zone is.

    Obviously the Major’s doesn’t compare to Little League but some thing is always the same, pitchers want strikes and umpires just want to do their job, don’t screw up a call and go home!

    Keep up the good job, I’ll be watching.

  28. May 13, 2007 7:35 am

    I guess it’s pitcher’s thing. You sound a lot like my son. When he pitches and gives up a lead, no one can be harder on him that he can.

    I’m sure with today’s technology, they could come up with some kind of computerized-electronic laser system that could increase pitching calling accuracy to near perfect. But what fun would that be? As much as pitchers get hosed on some calls, they also benefit from some bogus calls as well. I’ve seen some called third strikes on Red Sox hitters that left me saying, “You gotta be kidding me?” I think Coco Crisp got ejected from a game recently because of it.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s all part of the game. Better luck on your next start Curt. We all enjoy watching you pitch.

  29. lwilliams05 permalink
    May 13, 2007 7:38 am

    Sorry you didn’t get the win yesterday; at least the team got the W though. I was wondering why Pap was brought in if it was not a save situation? Was it to get him some playing time?

    I have admired you as a pitcher and as a person since I can remember. I liked it even better when you came to Boston. Hubby and I spent our 5th anniversary in Boston and I had the opportunity to go to my first (and only) Red Sox game in May 2004. It was a thrill to just see a game, much less a 9-1 win, you throwing a complete game and Pokey Reese hitting and in the park HR!

    Keep up the good work! Love the blog!

  30. hammerhead permalink
    May 13, 2007 7:38 am

    You know, it still ceases to amaze me the grief you get. I suppose I can really empathize since I have the same type of personality. I don’t think I’m quite as vocal as you but I certainly speak my mind. And not it a bad way (or so I wish to think), just like as I read your posts, it sounds as if you are your own worst critic. Something I can empathize with too. You’re honest in your assessment of others, quite complimentary as a matter of fact in the case of your teammates. Yet you’re very hard on yourself and when you do well you’re just as likely to credit God or another teammate for your success. That doesn’t strike me as a blowhard, as you’ve been called.

    But you don’t fit into the mold some people would have you fit. And that makes them angry…..why?……I never figured that out myself except as I’ve been told, some people are control freaks and they need to control others. And you and I are the type of people that just refuse to be shackled to conformity, or anothers perception of how we should be.

    I’ve only e-mailed once before. I’m a 42 year old TV cameraman. I’ve worked 2 Sox games this year. The 1st Yankees game where Okajima came into his own. You started and struggled some, particularly with A-Rod but he was hot as hell then. You fought your butt off and I still recall your reaction to his solo homer because you were so pissed at yourself. But the team won in dramatic fashion. The other was the 8-7 Seattle one game make-up. Dice-K struggled too, but what I really like about this team is the fact that 1-25, everybody contributes. If someone has a bad night, someone else comes through, picks him up.

    Anyway, keep on being who you are. Because you speak so much, eventually you’re going to say something you shouldn’t ala Barry Bonds. But so what. You’re not vanilla like so many other athletes quotes. And you care enough to connect with us, the fans. The schmoes who work for much less and suffer the same ailments. (I personally have a pretty bad back from lugging a camera around for 20 years, but hey, could be much worse) I would love the chance to share a Sam Adams sometime although that seems highly improbable. Anyway, mostly I appreciate you Curt because I understand some of the grief you get based on your personality because I’ve sorta been there. But remember, you have a permanent place in New Englander’s hearts mostly for ’04, but also because you are different. It’s glamorized in movies but squashed in real life. Maybe that’s why some people give you grief, because they’re jealous…you live the life others only dream of attempting.

    And I’m not talking about the fame and $$$’s (although I’m sure that’s nice)….I’m just talking about having the balls to be yourself despite what anyone else thinks. That’s freedom baby. Now 24-11….that’s OK….but 25-11 sounds nicer….go get Josh to 8-0 today!!!

  31. May 13, 2007 7:48 am

    Curt,

    I was going to ask a question about whether or not umpires have long memories – will past behavior affect how they call your game in the future? But then it dawned on me that the bigger question is how dicey is it for players to talk about umpires in public at all? Would public comments that go to far have implications for future games?

  32. goldsteingonewild permalink
    May 13, 2007 7:56 am

    Always fun to read your thoughts after you pitch.

    Q: In the major leagues, how is coverage/communication supposed to work on a drag bunt?

  33. Matt Jones permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:00 am

    Hey Curt, was at the game (my first Red Sox game), just wanted to let you know I enjoyed myself there!

  34. rubbersuitman permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:07 am

    Gotta look at it this way. You kept them in the game, even with the offense sort of sputtering. It is kind of ironic too, the best closer in the game, rarely gets to close cause the offense is running over teams.

    In my 35 years of being a member of Red Sox Nation, this is the best Red Sox team I have ever seen, even better than the 2004 team. Kudos to Theo, he designed a team more like the Yankees teams of the late 90′s.

    Also ironically the Yankees have designed a team like the Red Sox used to design, minimal pitching, but they can hit the cover off the ball.

    As for the Bonds comments, I got into it with Dennis and Dale the other day . . . it was fun.

  35. rubbersuitman permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:09 am

    Oh, and Curt, Happy Mother’s Day, especially to Shonda who put up with you (joke)!

  36. mikef88 permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:11 am

    Thank you for taking the time to lets us in to the game we love.

  37. bflo permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:15 am

    Post #18 Frank … Bet you would like to have Redlight in NYC! How’s that unbeatable hitting lineup working out for you? And the starters? The bullpen? And the Rocket? What do you really think his extra 8-9 wins will mean?

    Curt: Thanks for your effort, as well as putting up for the likes of Frank, whose 15 minutes should have been up a long time ago! Feels like “04 again!

  38. yank22fan permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:20 am

    Great day to pitch huh? Then why did you pitch like crap? You’re losing your stuff. Face it, you’re not half as good as you used to be!

  39. pemliza permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:21 am

    Curt, it was a great game. Thanks as always for the analysis. It’s always interesting to know how the game was from the pitcher’s perspective.

    The good thing about a team the calibur of this one is that even when one player or pitcher doesn’t have their best day, the rest of the team is there to pick it up & take it forward. Alex Cora has been nothing short of amazing this year, coming off the bench to be a major factor. We have solid pitching, with Josh Beckett truly becoming a dominent star. We have an awesome bullpen, led by Okajima & Paps. This is a team that it’s truly a pleasure to watch play.

    Great win last night & best of luck to Josh Beckett this afternoon going for 8-0!!

    Liza

  40. thebigschill permalink
    May 13, 2007 8:46 am

    Curt,

    Don’t worry about the balls and strikes, God made every human being imperfect! If only He could call every game, we’d know we were getting a fair shake. Plus, you’ve always said invidual stats are of no concern, so long as the team is winning, right? I would normally say good luck, but I don’t think the Red Sox will need it – we’ve got the big guy on our side! Thanks for being such a beacon of hope for all those who are so sick of the media, and would rather have our teammates and manager do it for us. Keep your head up, watch out for those line drives, and keep praying for victory in Iraq, and another republican in the white house! Our way of life depends on conquering other ways of life!

    Love,
    Curt Schilling

  41. razzell2 permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:01 am

    Curt, this is the first time I’ve read your blog. I dont want to comment on any of the controversy of the last few days, but I do want to comment on the blog itself.

    What a cool thing for us fans, of any team, to be able to get inside of a pitchers head, from game to game, inning to inning, pitch to pitch.

    I become enthralled reading your thoughts on the batters your facing, the pitches you throw, the fact that you miss your location or that an umpire is or isnt giving you the “black”, or that he missed a call…..

    This is really good stuff, and I wish that more players…pitchers, position players, pinch hitters, utility players, whatever, would let us in on their thought process, the battles they win, the battles they lose.

    How cool it would be to read Barry’s thoughts on the pitching sequence thrown him, what he thought was coming when he struck out, or how he guessed right for that homer.
    How neat would it be for us to read what Derek Jeter was thinking when just before he grabbed that line drive that he turned for a double play to end the game.
    How interesting would it be to read the thoughts of Tori Hunter, standing in centerfield for a long long inning, maybe back on his heel’s a bit, only to have to climb the wall to bring in a game saving home run.
    How intriguing to read Russell Martin’s reasons for calling certain pitches at certain times, for specific batters, in game deciding at bats!!

    Hey Bud….
    Pick 8 players, each from a different position and a different team, a manager, a third base coach….give them a laptop and let them tell us what is REALLY going thru their minds in the heat of the battle, or the boredom of the bench, so that we can all get just a little closer to the game.

    A quick comment……
    Dont censor a word of it. Even the foopahs and the mis-chosen words, the occasional controversial statement, lets us fans know that these players think and feel just like we do, and have their own opinions on umpires, other players, league decisions, etc.
    Leave it to the blogger in question to filter himself.

    Its an idea.

    Thanks,
    Russell Munson
    Phelan, Ca

  42. reaganaut permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:08 am

    12 alwayzthunkit

    Ya I think Shaugnessy would love to see that happen. Personally, I can’t see anyone throwing at Ortiz, ever. Manny doesn’t get thrown at much, either.

    I’m still amazed at Shaugnessy, I can’t figure out why a guy would keep a job covering a team that he obviously loathes. I guess he doesn’t realize that most other players don’t share his disdain for Manny.

    As for Ortiz – I can’t think of any other player who is as well liked by players and fans. I can’t be certain, but does Ortiz even get booed at Yankee Stadium?

    Unfortunately for Shaugnessy, I think most MLB players are a little more mature than he is. Maybe that’s why he’s such a(n) .

  43. jimmykc permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:21 am

    Thank goodness we are back to baseball posts again. A win is a win. The Tiger series shaping up to be an early season classic. Since you may be taking questions this week, I have been wondering if the posts by Timlin and Dude Ranch Dougie are the real deal or bogus like the “Manny” ones. Hope all the Moms have a great day today and looking forward to those pink bats.

  44. bosoxfan1968 permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:42 am

    Baltimore is always tuff and always seem to step up there game to try to beat the Sox. Umps have bad days too and I’m sure you’ll kick butt next time. Good Luck in your next start.
    GO SOX!!!

  45. tylawinterceptionreturn permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:49 am

    On NESN Remy gave a stat that 18 of your first 20 batters faced got first pitch strikes until they had the 3 singles on 3 pitches. Despite the 3 singles, that is a very impressive stat and it is a great formula for success so keep up the good work

  46. joe2sa permalink
    May 13, 2007 10:00 am

    Frank from Gloucester is a LOSER.
    Cant win em all Curt. Good thing we have a nasty bullpen.
    Hows Colter Bean doing Frank?
    7 back and counting…

  47. May 13, 2007 10:03 am

    A rough combination of unfriendly umpiring and good hitting in that 6th. No fun, but nothing to cause Sox fans concern.

    How is that Orioles staff looking? I thought when Mazzone came over that guys like Bedard, Loewen, and Cabrera would magically turn into all stars within a couple weeks. But Bedard’s been a bit unlucky this year and Cabrera’s still walking guys. They look like they’re coming along from your vantage point?

  48. lollardfish permalink
    May 13, 2007 10:28 am

    As a Red Sox fan, I love the new look Baltimore bullpen. So much money spent by an AL East rival, and yet we’ve built our division lead on their backs. Good times.

  49. magg1163 permalink
    May 13, 2007 10:35 am

    Gee whiz. Does anyone on here say anything to Curt except great job. Are you all lemings or just following along with everything Curt has to say. Can the man do anything that will cause you to disagree with him. I remember him blasting Butch Stearns about how the media makes up stories and that he (Curt) and Pedro were great friends. Come to find out that was not true. Curt came here because he could not get along with Randy Johnson. He (Curt) has to be the center of attention all the time.

  50. rsfan34 permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:20 am

    Curt,

    Since you mentioned umpires, I have a really stupid question for you.
    While watching a game on tv, the ump behind home plate always seems to be wearing shoes that look like banana boats, Im sure they are steel plated for protection, but I wear protective shoes for work too, and they dont look anything like those. Just curiosity! Thanks

  51. May 13, 2007 11:38 am

    It’s all good Curt. I know it angers you not to have gone deep enough in the game and to have not pitch well enough to get a win but in the end your team picked you up when you were down and that’s a good thing. You can’t always have a great day and when those hard times come you just have to be thankful you have guys around you that can pick you up when you’re down. As always it was fun to watch you pitch.

    http://www.BostonSportsFans.Net

    http://www.megahurtzmedia.com

  52. jeter2sucks permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:38 am

    Curt, Your still one of the greatest pitchers in the game today. I know you will wind up with high double digit wins. You pitch great even on bad days and you still make people look silly. I LOVE watching a guy after you strike him out, The way he walks away mad at himself and tries to break his bat over his knee……You make them look silly

    you rock

    Jeter2sucks

  53. bosoxrock22 permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:42 am

    it doesnt matter we still got a win.You wont even remember this game in october when we are heading to the world series!

  54. bosocker permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:48 am

    Brother Curt,

    It would ahve been sweet for you to get the W in this game, but fortunately enough, your teammates threw and hit well enough to avoid the loss. It wasn’t that bad a game for you really and I think I read where the BoSox reach 5 runs they are undefeated. I wish you well on your next outing to get that 5th win. Hoping like crazy Josh gets his 8th today to join the Babe and others in the BoSox history book. You guys are doing an awesome job. It really looks like the makings of a Championship team this year, perhaps one of the best All-time.

    Bosocker Mike

  55. zbi571 permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:52 am

    Hey Curt,

    I am glad you be yourself, and not scared of any one. You pitched well, and the record will show at the end of season, that you still got game.

    Keep on pitchin’, all the best , and God bless you

    PG

  56. bosocker permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:56 am

    Brother Curt,

    I forgot to mention it must be rewarding to have fans of the “Evil Nation” in NY comment on YOUR blog, even if they are hateful in nature. I am so glad to have the opportunity to read your analysis of games as it brings out more than I ever thought about. Keep up the great work here in sharing with us, fans and foes, your insights on the GAME.

    Bosocker Mike

  57. May 13, 2007 12:06 pm

    Its real hard sometimes when the umpire was about as consistent as george stienbrenner’s feces. anyhow…Still looking good out there and I’ll be here all season…Loving the blogs

  58. goredsoxys permalink
    May 13, 2007 12:26 pm

    Schill, all Sox fans are lucky that you understand the big picture. WS Champions! From the very first day you became a member of the Red Sox, I knew that you were the missing piece the club was needing to ensure the Sox always were able to win it all. This year, the team appears to be even better than the 04 team. Please keep the club focused and their eye on the prize. The Yankees are so darn jealous of the Sox…Great Job! YS!

  59. mike929mgm permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:11 pm

    It’s okay Curt, the team still won, and you still have a great 4-1 record.

    Watchin the game right now on NESN, first two batters Beckett faced was a walk and a hit…hopefully that changes.

    Speaking of Beckett.. you know something? If everything falls into place like I’m pretty sure it will with the current pitching order…
    If Beckett wins today, and against Atlanta…he’ll be closing a 3 game series at Yankee Stadium going for 10-0 on ESPN.

    Nuts huh?

    And good luck to you Curt closing out that series against the Tigers this week.

    –Mike

  60. perryc permalink
    May 13, 2007 1:27 pm

    Worst of both worlds. You get lit up _and_ the Os lose. If we could just get our starters to go six quality innings….

    Or shorten the game length to 3 innings. ;)

    Lopez deserved the W, but many more like those and he can attain Vulture status.

    Happy Mother’s Day to Shonda, and belated congrats on finishing the Marathon.

    Stay healthy!

    ….Perry

  61. gamul1 permalink
    May 13, 2007 3:33 pm

    Sheesh! You had a bad 6h inning, not a bad game. Give yourself a break – you’ll knock em out next time.

    One question though on the umps. I always see either a pitcher or a batter argue a ball/strike call, ut nothing is changed of course. Why do pitchers/batters argue a call? What do they expect to gain from that? Are they just trying to better understand the zones or do they have some hope that something will be changed?

    Thanks!
    Glenn

  62. zlawrence permalink
    May 13, 2007 4:10 pm

    Curt, you suck! The Yankees will beat you and your Sox next week and you will lose!

  63. thedoctorx permalink
    May 13, 2007 5:55 pm

    WOW!

    A big WOW on that 9th inning. Had to listen on the radio out in the Wasteland–but at least I got to see the MFYs lose an hour later!–so frustration as I hear about the tag at the plate . . . then . . . WOW!

    Give a nice big hug to Kevin Millar.

    Excellent, types of wins champions make. Never give up.

    –J.D.

  64. susji2 permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:03 pm

    Curt,
    You are an amazing guy. I love that you are so honest with yourself. As a Christian, I admire you. In Christ’s love Susan

  65. bflo permalink
    May 13, 2007 6:39 pm

    8 Games ahead and counting! What a ninth inning comeback today!

    By the way, I would never even think about looking at a Yankee related blog… what does it say about “those” fans coming to your blog? Jealousy, spite, nothing to cheer about in the Bronx, etc.?

    While we certainly love to hate those other guys, why would I read what Johnny Damon et al had to say? I’m more interested in what’s going on with the Sox.

    Come and get us Detroit!

  66. May 13, 2007 7:28 pm

    Curt! I’d love to get your comments on today’s game! I hope Beckett is going to be OK — but damn did those rally caps work this afternoon.

    Give Millar a hard time for me the next time you see him….

  67. keegan445 permalink
    May 13, 2007 7:44 pm

    Hey at least you tried!!

  68. blonde357 permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:21 pm

    I had only been half listening to this game, but I remember thinking, “oh my, I hope nothing is WRONG with him!!” Reading this entry, I see you didn’t get some important calls… All I can say is, “thank goodness nothing’s wrong with you!” (health-wise, I mean) I know everyone is saying a “W” is a “W”, but I think I understand that it would have been better if it was YOUR “W”.

    Now I would like to thank you for posting an apology to Barry Bonds and his family. Though I am not a Bonds fan by any stretch, I was feeling that your harsh public criticism was decidedly unchristian- judge not, lest ye be judged- and judgement is reserved for God only. Thank you for re-evaluating your words and recognizing that you ARE only human, no matter what some of the commenters on the blog may say. :)

    Still Pleased to Wear Your Number in Public,

    S..

  69. blonde357 permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:22 pm

    P.S. pooh to all of you who jinxed Beckett’s win today by posting about it!!;)

  70. May 13, 2007 10:01 pm

    a win is a win ;) you kept em in the game.

    Erika

    and what a night tonight OMgoodness!!

    And Happy Mothers day to Shonda!

  71. cmac1973 permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:12 pm

    Curt — Can you please address your use of chewing tobacco. I won’t ask you to comment on other players who use it, but I’m wondering if you’d consider giving up the habit. Perhaps you could work out a deal with Larry Lucchino like Tito has, with the loser giving money to charity. Thoughts?

  72. soxfaninny permalink
    May 13, 2007 11:57 pm

    Thanks for the post Curt.

  73. 09neurotic permalink
    May 14, 2007 12:13 am

    Curt, I know it’s the New York Daily News, but I was wondering if you saw this from today:

    “According to Red Sox sources, GM Theo Epstein and club ownership are especially upset with Schilling’s blogging and radio pontificating because of how it reflects on the ballclub. They’re also concerned about Schilling being this constant source of bulletin-board fodder.”

    Link

    Bill Madden is a pot-stirrer, but knowing what we do of Theo, I find it hard to believe there’s no truth to this. Has the front office talked about this with you?

  74. tommyj6168 permalink
    May 14, 2007 1:26 am

    Unfreaking believeable! A “star” pitcher on one of the most protected teams in the league is complaining about the umpiring! Try pitching for the Royals or the Devil Rays as an unknown AAA call up and see what kind of calls you get. Could it be that Schilling just didn’t pitch that well? Of course not, it’s someone else’s fault. Maybe the fans should boo Coco Crisp some more (after all, he’s not Fred Lynn or Johnny Damon). It is great to see that the most whining player in the league is pitching for the most whining fans.

  75. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 14, 2007 6:29 am

    Curt,

    You have way more respect in the baseball community than Theo and Larry. The average folks like me love you, Curt. And real baseball people recognize your value to the game.

    I hope the Sox extend you, but if they don’t you will have suitors lined up for you (though I pray you are back in Boston next year). So please don’t let this Bill Madden and Theo thing get you down.

    This team is H-O-T hot, and you and Tek and Papi are the emotional leaders of this merry band.

    The way Beckett and Wakes and Dice-K and you are pitching, we are in great shape.

  76. kash50 permalink
    May 14, 2007 6:55 am

    Curt,

    Great job with the blog, keep it up!

    My response isn’t about the Red Sox but the non profits you are associated with, such as ALSA.

    My client has put together a program to help generate revenue for non profits such as ALSA. It is the CEO’s mission to provide a robust financially rewarding relationship for specific entities and organizations. My client has substantial relations with the private and public sector that your non profits would directly benefit from.

    The revenues generated are specific to a proprietary, patent pending sponsorship during these applications specific to the user. The opportunity for your non profit organization is simply this: availability of this free private membership will generate a revenue share of the advertising dollars experienced during the free usage by all members both direct and virally enrolled for the life of the card members ad infinitum.

    I sincerely apologize for using the blog this way and I understand this isn’t the purpose but I wanted to direct your attention to this “self funding” opportunity.

  77. ckcuev permalink
    May 14, 2007 7:30 am

    Awesome game, so far things seem to be on a roll and as fans we are jacked this season with what we’ve seen so far.

  78. May 14, 2007 9:09 am

    Curt,

    You and the Sox are dominating in the pitching dept. You guys keep this up…and we’ll be 40 games in front of the Yankees by the allstar break.

    And once Manny wakes up…and Drew starts earning his $$, October is gonna’ be fun.

    i hope Beckett doesn’t go on the DL.

    -Duke

  79. dmikewil permalink
    May 14, 2007 9:42 am

    don’t sweat it curt.

    you cant be 100% every time. you know you cant always get the spots you want, whether it’s by the umpires or from your own doing. You may be a professional at what you do, but you’re also human. we all know you work about as hard as anyone in the game and we all know you’ll work even harder in your next start to make up for saturday. good luck on your next start, curt.

    dmike

  80. cornbread19 permalink
    May 14, 2007 9:45 am

    Schil,
    Your worst game so far. I don’t say that to rub it in, but look at the eventual outcome. That’s the sign of a great club right there. When your starter can come out, get roughed up, and the club still puts the pieces back together. That’s what seperates the winners from the losers.
    Every pitcher is going to have games like that. Baltimore’s a much improved team from past years. What happened Saturday is just anohter sign that this team means business. Sunday too. You have a team that is probably the best I’ve seen in my 20+ years of watching Red Sox baseball. I believe you are better than the 2004 club, and this weekend is just another sign that I may be right.

  81. texasredsox permalink
    May 14, 2007 10:01 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I was just wondering what are those necklaces that you and Beckett wear. They look like camo colored. I didn’t know if they were for good luck or what? Thank you for your time.

  82. montpelierfan permalink
    May 14, 2007 10:37 am

    Curt – if and when you get to questions, curious to know what you think of MLB’s scheduling this year. From my perspective, it makes no sense whatsoever.

    It just seems that the schedule is horrificially unbalanced this spring. All the Yanks games are fun, but you would think MLB would prefer to a good number of those games at the end of the season. And what’s with not even going to Tampa until the summer? This all makes zero sense. Almost like they locked a hundred monkeys in a room with MLB’s scheduling software until they came up with something.

    Exhibit A in this lunacy: playing way too many games in the division, but not ALL the division . . . Sox play Atlanta, Arizona, SF, Colorado this year before they play Tampa Bay? Ridiculous!

    Curt, you were a big man in recognizing your comments about Bonds were over the line, but if you need to tee off on anyone I recommend MLB’s scheduling team. Fire away!

  83. cprincipe permalink
    May 14, 2007 11:19 am

    I noticed that the strike zone in yesterday’s game was pretty fluid as well. I thought MLB was working on trying to fix that.

  84. nlieber permalink
    May 14, 2007 12:33 pm

    Curt,

    Good summary of the game as usual. With Mom’s day here and gone I was wondering what influence the “Moms” (Shondas and your own) have had on you. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything you might have said in the past about them.

  85. schnebleh1 permalink
    May 14, 2007 1:10 pm

    Curt-

    Regarding Josh and his nagging blister (although I know that wasn’t technically the problem this time), what exactly causes this? Is it a problem with mechanics that’s fixable, or just bad luck resulting in the way he throws the ball. A possible remedy – couldn’t he just cover the tip in superglue before a start or something? I realize that sounds crazy, but I’ve heard of stuff like that working for bass players.

  86. puzzle8145 permalink
    May 14, 2007 2:37 pm

    UK baseball fan who had the pleasure of seeing you pitch in September 2004 at Fenway and have been an admirer ever since. So pleased to have found ’38pitches’.

  87. emarque permalink
    May 14, 2007 3:42 pm

    HEY CURT, Turn the page brother,dont let bother you. You’ll get #5 next game.

  88. whiteyb11 permalink
    May 14, 2007 9:01 pm

    Curt give the ump some crap re the non outside pitch call, get tossed and rally the team. Oh never mind THEY RALLIED. I’m sitting here wacthing the game A ROOK DICE K gets the outside corner to Ordonses Stike 3

  89. hangtime30 permalink
    May 14, 2007 10:49 pm

    What a game Curt, its always a pleasure to watch you pitch. I love it when you stare down the ump after he shafts you on a call. I really hope that you end you career in Boston because you have meant so much to this team over the past couple seasons. Your a hall of fame pitcher and the most well prepared guy I have ever seen. Keep up the good work.

  90. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 15, 2007 6:16 am

    Curt, did you see the Dice-Man last night? Wow. With Beckett down d/t injury (potentially, that is) it looks like Dice-K is ready to step it up.

  91. soxfan07 permalink
    May 15, 2007 10:27 am

    You’re the man Curt! Just keep focus and keep those splitters coming. Whats you’re next game? Oh well doesn’t matter whoever it is will lose. I say you’ll throw 7 IP, 0 H,0 ER, 0 BB, and about 11 SO. Then Johnathan will close it out with a no-no.

  92. tfunk5 permalink
    May 15, 2007 10:27 am

    If everyone keeps pitching like this, you should all get over 15 wins.

  93. sdepascale permalink
    May 15, 2007 12:07 pm

    Curt-

    I have a question: How does an umpire giving you or not giving you a call affect your approach on the mound? Do you adjust or just stick to your game plan? In other words, do you tend to stay away from spots where you’ve had pitches you thought were strikes called balls? Or is it business as usual and hope the ump gives you the call on the next pitch in that location?

  94. jdstrong3 permalink
    May 15, 2007 1:57 pm

    Hi Curt, Things are exciting in May and this game was exciting. You are a warrior! Do not let the umps get to you. You are one who knows how to win and what pitches to throw with the help of JV. I found it interesting how a pitch counts effect the batter and the next pitch you throw. Keep hitting that inside corner as you can’t win if you limit your locations so a batter has a better chance to get a hit. Keep throwing strikes!

  95. eddygomes permalink
    May 15, 2007 2:35 pm

    18 frankfromgloucester
    No WIN this time for you RED LIGHT!! Better luck next time. CHOW
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Frank you are such an idiot!! CHOW…. Get a life & some teeth. I want to puke every time I hear you on WEEI. Keep doing your thing Curt.

    Later

  96. xosder4 permalink
    May 15, 2007 3:36 pm

    Keep on trucking Curt nice playing you guys get me throuhg the day
    GO SOX!!

  97. mandadog permalink
    May 15, 2007 3:55 pm

    Curt – I just wanted to tell you that I heard you on WEEI this morning and it baffles me that anyone could not like you. You always come across as honest and forthright to me. I love to listen to what you have to say.
    I would like to thank you for all the work you do for ALS also. My brother-in-law has ALS and I am grateful.
    Looking forward to your next outing.

  98. jefflawrencehasals permalink
    May 15, 2007 4:30 pm

    Dear Curt,

    “There are times in life when there is recognition of a need to help our fellow man face the consequences of life that are considered insurmountable to be conquered by oneself. Such is the case with Jeffrey Lawrence who has been diagnosed with the initial stages of the illness referred to as the “Lou Gehrig’s” disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).”

    I have been trying to reach out to you for over 4 months, with no success.

    I am heading a fundraiser for my friend Jeff. The colleagues and friends of Jeffrey Lawrence have joined to bring to Jeffrey an opportunity to enjoy a rewarding selected time of kinship with his immediate family (his wife Anne, and his sons Zachary 15, Benjamin 12 and Caleb 8) on a vacation where they can collectively share a time of solace while Jeffrey still has some mobility.
    In addition to this endeavor, we are committed to raise funds to provide Jeff with any and all assisted materials that he will need, as his mobility decreases.

    Curt, We invite you to be an integral part of our efforts. Please, anything you can do to help will be deeply appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Perperas
    ccp791@aol.com

  99. scofitz permalink
    May 15, 2007 4:54 pm

    Curt, love your blog. As a lifelong sox fan (was even on NESN show once calling Joe Morgan in Yankee Stadium dugout) i am really starting to feel that this Red Sox team is about to have a season like no other. The stars are aligning like 2004. Do you feel this team is something out of the ordinary? God Bless you and your wife for everything you do for our community.

  100. mrlarry permalink
    May 16, 2007 11:49 am

    Why is it every year Canseco feels the need to run his mouth off? It seems to me he is taking media lessons from Pete Rose blame everyone under the sun about thier bad choices in Pete’s case he threw the commissioner under the bus for his bad decisions, And in Canseco’s well this year it’s you http://sports.espn.go.com/keyword/search?searchString=canseco&page=multimedia&x=0&y=0

  101. rsfan34 permalink
    May 16, 2007 5:44 pm

    Curt,

    Im sitting here watching the pregame on Wensday, hoping this rain will stop so you can get the game in tonight and avoid a doubleheader tomorrow.
    Made me wonder, if youre playing in a rain condition,and the ball is wet,
    who gets the advantage, pitcher or batter?

  102. aased permalink
    May 16, 2007 8:02 pm

    Curt as a person who has spent the last 6 years of my life in and out of the desert, thank you for what you do for the boys. Make no mistake about it, the place is a nasty god foresaken shi@hole. It is a pleasure to watch you work, you are the ultimate professional. But more I appreciate your candor and your dedication to the more important things in life. I know it would cause a sh@@ storm beyond belief but I would love to see somebody drill Bonds whenhe comes to town. I do not care about the steroids, what bothers me is the fact he played stupid. I believe any advantage you can get at your level you take, but at least have the stones to admitt it. Again thank you for what you do for the troops, because I can speak from experience it’s people llike you that make us do the things we do, even in the conditions we are presented with there.

  103. rabrazil permalink
    May 17, 2007 9:58 am

    Hi Curt:
    Not sure how far you read these responses, but wanted to ask you something. I catch the games on my local AM radio statio. During the broadcasts its not uncommon to hear standout voices in the crowd, and every once in awhile I’ll hear someone saying something funny or memorable..case in point: during a home gamne a few weeks ago there was a lull in the broadcast and I could clearly hear someone yell out “hey, does your girlfriend really like that thing hanging from your face.” We cracked up!

    I gotta imagine that despite the intensity of focus on the mound, you must have heard wise cracks over the years that have stuck with you…anything you could share with us?

    Thanks, and best of luck!

    rabrazil

  104. jbridges permalink
    May 17, 2007 4:09 pm

    Curt,

    what role do you see Julian Tavarez playing during the 2nd half of the season? We are all hoping for the swift return of a lefty in the rotation in Jon Lester, but personally I would hate to see Tavarez take on a diminished bullpen role, especially after pitching so well in his last start.

    I know his numbers aren’t the best so far, but I like Tavarez’s competitive nature and would like to see the team give him more time starting. Do you think the Red Sox organization plans to reintroduce Lester in low-pressure relief appearances, or do you think as soon as he’s ready, he’s guaranteed the 5 spot?

    I’ve had many arguments about Tavarez starting over the past year with many Sox fans, so any comments you have about the 5 spot in 2007 would be appreciated.

    Keep up the good work Schill! And who said anything about ‘lack of fastball command???’ I haven’t seen it…

  105. sox4me permalink
    May 17, 2007 7:22 pm

    Curt
    I want to thank you for taking the time to blog to Red Sox Fans.
    It would be great if you went 20-0 in a season, but enjoy watching you pitch [of course, enjoy more when the Sox win!]

    It is refreshing to hear the words from the horse’s mouth since many of Boston’s media members enjoy taking comments out of context.

    From another Nov 14th Scorpio!

  106. thedannyboy permalink
    May 17, 2007 7:52 pm

    Conseco is running his mouth off? Isnt that what Curt does everyday? At least we dont have to hear from Jose on a daily basis!

    Hey Curt, how sweet will it be for you to get back at the Sox when you sign a deal elsewhere? Watch out Theo, I’m sure Curt will have something to say about you come October! Anyone wanna predict his comments for we all know Curt wont take the high road.

  107. milmascaras permalink
    May 17, 2007 8:46 pm

    Haven’t heard much controversy on WEEI this week. What gives? Slow week or busy playing video games? You can’t let Beckett’s finger take all the sports headlines the next few days, you gotta come up with something Curt.

  108. ilovethe2oo4sox permalink
    May 23, 2007 8:19 pm

    Game vs Yanks – 5/23/o7 – Boy did you suck tonite Schill. Only the 6th inning and you’ve given up 6 runs and 12 hits…. Good thing your a free agent next year and boy did Theo make a wise decision in not extending your contract. Time to pack the rag arm up and concentrate on video games!!!!!

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