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5/23/07 vs. New York

May 24, 2007

Before talking about the game I’d like to make people in Boston aware of an event that’s coming up next week to benefit ALS.

 

The annual 100 innings for ALS marathon game is being played on May 26th and 27th at Adams Field in Quincy, Mass. Check out www.100innings.com for details on how to get involved. Thanks in advance to those that do.

A craptastic finish to what could have been a nice series. I never gave us a chance to even get into this game. I felt great during the day, even better after warmups and then the game had to start.

 

Andy’s been pitching his butt off up to this point, and there was no reason to expect that to not continue. I’ve faced these guys so many times that the game comes down to executing a plan both Tek and I knew well going in.

 

I could go pitch to pitch on this game but it would really be retyping the same thing over and over. The first inning and three hitters into the game we are down 3-0. JD hit a fastball over the plate for a double to right, Jeter hit a fastball middle to right, and then Matsui hit a 3-2 fastball that was supposed to be down and away, but instead was middle of the plate letter high, for a line drive home run to right.

 

To say this was frustrating would be a huge understatement. John and I spent the last few days working on commanding my fastball, getting back to some of the basics, and I felt I had it under control going into this game.

 

My split was not getting into the dirt consistently, which only adds to the problem when you mix that in with inconsistent fastball command.

 

Cano laid down a bunt in the second. We ended up getting two outs but Damon and Jeter hit balls that ended up being perfectly placed for another two out run.

 

Alex hit a split in the third for a double, leading off the inning. Looking at the pitch I think it was more him hitting a good pitch than it being in a bad spot. I then hung a curve ball to Posada which plated the fifth run of the game. Regardless of the situation I just couldn’t stop the bleeding and continued to let them pull away inning after inning.

 

In the fifth I left a fastball over the middle, inner half that Doug crushed to left for the sixth run.

We ended up getting through six but I struggled to do it. 24 base runners in the past 12 innings means there isn’t just one problem here. From lack of command to horrible execution, the problems run the gamut. This game always is and always will be about making adjustments, and right now there is a plethora of adjustments that need to be made.

There are worse places to be than 9.5 games up on the second place team in late May, but like anyone else you want to feel like you are part of the solution when it comes to performing. This series was about starting pitching, as most are, and the team whose starter pitched best, won. Sometimes it’s that simple.

 

Players on both teams know how far is left in the race; neither team is even remotely thinking it’s over one way or the other. Bottom line is that we have complete control of our own destiny. Playing this schedule means that when you get a lead this big you’ll play the teams behind you enough to finish them off or let them back in. Throw out my inconsistency and I like our chances. Obviously we need to stay healthy, but we have a solid deep team with tremendous character and those two things are tremendously important over the course of 162 schedule. Add to that a front office that you know will fill any hole we might have come the trading deadline and you have to feel good about this team.

 

I’ll attempt to get to some Q&A this weekend if time permits.

217 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2007 12:22 am

    Way to be older and crappier then Mussina was last night.

  2. May 24, 2007 12:41 am

    Curt,

    Everyone is entitled to a bad day. When it comes down to it, it’s just one game. I know you’ll get ‘em next time.

    God bless,
    Nollie

  3. May 24, 2007 12:41 am

    The good thing is this was only 1 game. Still a lot of baseball left and we all know here in Red Sox Nation, that your next start will be vintage Schill.

    Good luck to you guys in Texas. Enjoy your off day. You guys deserve it.

  4. rhinojonson permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:54 am

    Curt, do you think six days of rest had anything to do with the poor performance? I’m not looking to make excuses for you, but I have heard pitchers say in the past that they do not like it.

  5. May 24, 2007 1:00 am

    Curt,
    These things happen, and Murphy’s law dictates that one lets their guard down/command get away in the worst possible situation. Tough game — Andy did pitch a great game despite the number of hits he allowed, it just seemed that our offense couldn’t string a number of hits together to produce runs. We’ll get ‘em next time.

    Two questions —
    1. What was up with Buckner, the umpire? His zone was all over the place. It didn’t seem consistent at all. The two players (besides you and Andy) who noticed the most were Tek and Posada. I’d trust them in regards to strike zone location seeing as how they are in there first-hand. It’s obviously not a thing to blame the outcome of the game on, but I was just curious what was going on there.

    2. What’s it like pitching to guys you have already played with in the past (Damon, Millar, etc)? Is the advantage with the pitcher or the batter, or is it a wash? How do you prevent from busting out in a smile sometimes?

    Thanks for the blog — it’s an incredibly unique perspective and I love it.

  6. bosoxbliss permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:03 am

    Hey Curt,

    Sorry about your rough outing. No worries because I know that you will figure out a way to turn it around. I am a resident Arizonan transplanted from Massachusetts. I look forward to seeing you guys play at Chase Field in June. I want you (and the rest of the team) to know how proud I am of all of you. Whether it is a win or a loss, I love to watch all of you play. The 2007 team is truly special and has a lot of heart. Whenever a teammate is struggling, the other players seem to always find a way to support him through the rough spots. I love this team!

    P.S. Kudos to you and Shonda for the charity work that you do.

    Lets Go 2007 Red Sox!

  7. May 24, 2007 1:12 am

    Roll on Curt, the nation stands strong behind you. Again We Believe…I watch every pitch of your starts and just hope to someday cross your path. Your great for your honest and pride. I know the Red Sox nation in Maine will always have your back. Q: What do you believe to be your biggest weakness so far this year?

  8. mfnyy permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:19 am

    I am not at all concerned that the IRS, I mean the Yankees took 2 of 3. The net result is that they only picked up one game. Big Deal (not)… We are still well ahead in the season series, they are still 9.5 games back, and the Rocket is walking in runs facing minor league players.

    Hey Mr. Schilling: It’s too bad you didn’t serve up a purpose pitch to A-Rod in response to that cheap shot he took on Pedroia sliding into second on Tuesday. How many more cheap plays will it take for the world to realise A-Fraud is simply a bad guy???

  9. bostonbabe permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:24 am

    That was painful..but hang in there Curt. I still love you! And seeing the boys ‘fumble’ so many times stung as well. There are plenty of games left, and hopefully you’ll feel more like yourself next time you’re up. Also, I look forward to you answering some questions; It has been awhile.

  10. firedannyainge permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:31 am

    Sorry Schilling but this loss is unexceptable. (sp)

    We need you to be you. Bad games happen but this is like the third bad game in a row. I love you but you need to get your head in the game.

  11. cardsox permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:33 am

    At least you always have a silver lining. As was said by the analysts during the game today, the rotation behind you is so strong that they’ll always have your back during rough patches. It’s this reason that will make it very hard, if not impossible, for this Sox team to fall into a bad slump.

  12. May 24, 2007 1:53 am

    Curt, thanks for mentioning the 100 Innings game. For all those interested we will be down at Adams Field in Quincy all weekend playing non-stop to raise money for ALS research and patient care.

    For all your loyal readers to Curt’s blog any donation, no matter the size, you might be able to give to our our cause would be greatly appreciated. You can donate directly at http://www.100innings.com.

    We are still allowing players to sign up as well so if you think you still have it don’t be shy!

    Tough game tonight, but we’ll be just fine. That’s the great thing about baseball. There’s always another game right around the corner.

    -Mike

    http://www.charityhop.com

  13. acheron5 permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:55 am

    Schil, you were awful tonight. Like you said you never gave the Red Sox a chance to get into this game. You can’t have bad outing like this especially against the Yankees because you know as well as I do that if any team in this division is going to give us a competition to win it come September that team going to be the Yanks. Hopefully Beckett’s return will get this rotation back in shape. I have to say, Schil, I had faith in you at the beginning of the season and thought you were going to be an ace but your velocity has diminished and you have become extremely inconsistent these last few starts. Focus on your game don’t think about each pitch just execute and hopefully you won’t keep getting knocked around. If I were you I’d try extra hard to get your game together especially since you want to play next season. I have to say I didn’t agree with management when they didn’t give you the contract extention you wanted prior to the season but now I’m starting to understand where they were coming from. Whether you want the task or not being the outspoken veteran pitcher on the staff it is your job to set the tone for the entire staff. So do it.

  14. redsox9299 permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:07 am

    hey Schilling don’t worry about it were 9.5 up. best pitching staff in baseball. They’re terrible against the angels. we have texas. im calling we get two more up on the yankees by the end of the serries.

  15. dblanch41 permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:13 am

    What happened to the changeup? Don’t see it in the arsenal anymore. I thought that just showing from time to time would give you a little more life on the fastball and also give you a little wiggle room with control. Also would get you some cheap outs and lower the pitch count. Have you lost confidence in the change?

  16. phishingphreak permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:17 am

    “There are worse places to be than 9.5 games up on the second place team in late May, but like anyone else you want to feel like you are part of the solution when it comes to performing.”

    Yes, like being 14 games up in mid July 1978

    ;-)

  17. jjasonf permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:33 am

    Thanks for the honesty. I’m sure you’ll get things figured out.
    -Josh

  18. ravishingron39 permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:01 am

    Just want to say that Curt when you play the Yankees as often as you guys do then there are nights that they will have your number. Tonight was one of those nights but it was a matter of time before that lineup was going to get someone and unfortunately it was you. Whatever adjustments you need to make I have confidence that you will make them and comeback better the next time out. Remember how you cameback in 2004 with a bad ankle and silenced the yankee fans in yankee stadium during your Championship season?? You made adjustments then and you clearly defied the odds to bring home a Championship to Redsox nation. If you could do it then I know you can do it now. Maybe this could help. I say dare to be unpredictable when you pitch again. It seems like they know what you are throwing so throw something different at different times. I am not a major league player but reason would tell me to keep them guessing. If they cannot predict you they cannot hit you…………..The element of surprise is always the best weapon. Anyway, Curt thanks for all you have done for Redsox Nation and know you will comeback with a vengance………………..

  19. donmattinglystinks permalink
    May 24, 2007 4:14 am

    We’ll chop this one up to just a bad day at the park. Too many of these though we’ll have to bring back Oil Can Boyd baby!

  20. redsawx73 permalink
    May 24, 2007 4:27 am

    9.5

  21. May 24, 2007 4:35 am

    The team can’t win them all! You guy’s in the past few years have given Red Sox fans something we never had, hope. Thank You !!!!!

  22. chillyme permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:09 am

    Well……..

    Time to regroup.

    Enjoy the off day.

    Onward.

  23. optimal permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:23 am

    Try not to look at it from a negative standpoint. Think positive, and move on.

  24. dannybonaduce permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:25 am

    Tippety top of the morning to you Curt,

    Well, I won’t compare this performance to Rex Grossman’s in the Super Bowl nor to Tom Hanks’ in Da Vinci Code but they all had the same effect on me, overpowering nauseau 15 minutes in. The bottom line is that you were offered that contract to NOT take a giant 2 on the mound in the Bronx, nor to take a giant 2 on Barry Bonds for that matter. While the Rocket’s B.F.F. made quick work of the Sox lineup you were batted around like you were Jim Abott trying to pitch with his right arm. Let’s not make a habit of this or you’ll be screwing more than us Sox fans… your agent as well, this being a contract year. Hope to see you in Quincy.

    Danny Bona2

  25. histoolness permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:26 am

    It’s times like these where you are actually likable. It’s admirable that you put your performance on the operating table for all to see.

  26. gert0517 permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:29 am

    Curt,

    You can’t always be perfect, as much as we’d like that :). We have a great rotation right now and you are all entitled to faulter.

    What are you guys going to do about A-Fraud? I watched the play again last night on line and I have to say it was shades of the playoffs in ’04 when he tried to knock the ball off at 1st base. This guy just plays dirty. I am glad every day we never got him on our team.

    Keep the faith, RSN still loves you!

  27. aimcifer permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:30 am

    That was an ugly game!! But as others have said RSN will always stand behind you. Enjoy the off day and get ‘em next time :)

  28. cdntrot permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:32 am

    I know its only 1 game but it was a real let down. I was really expecting a big effort from Schilling tonight but this is what we got. I am very disappointed in this performance.

    That being said, its time to get back to business and knock Texas pitching around for a while.

  29. redmaiden04 permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:56 am

    Curt, please concentrate on pitching and winning games, not all this on-line nonsense. Stop blogging and pitch like we all know you can.

  30. twoshades4 permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:21 am

    Keep pitching like this next your Theo could sign you to pitch for the Lowell Spinners

  31. dwdyem2001 permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:21 am

    Schill,

    This is my first time viewing your blog and I give you credit. You break the games down perfectly. Every athlete should do this and put half of those idiot beat writers out of business. Great Job!

  32. jasvlm permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:21 am

    Rough go last night, but at least there is the solace of the big lead. I know nobody thinks about it like that, but it is easier for a fan to wake up after a loss like that and see 9.5 games between the top and the pack. No worries.

    A question: You’ve mentioned numerous times that your fastball command has been off over the past 2 starts. Is there any one reason you can pinpoint as to why? It usually seems like the fastball and the split go together: when you command the fastball, the split seems to have a bit more bite and drop. Can there be a relationship? A grip adjustment or something?

    Thanks in advance for your consideration of this post and a great blog.
    JAS

  33. yank22fan permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:35 am

    “Before I talk about the game…” Ya you want talk because you sucked your old and anyone can hit you.

  34. danindelray permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:40 am

    I’m going to be brutally honest.

    Right now, you are delusional if you still expect to be the winningest pitcher on the staff at the end of the season.

    Right now, Theo looks like a genius for not re-signing you.

    Right now, there isn’t a GM in the league who is salivating at the thought of adding you to their 2008 rotation.

    Right now, you are pitching like its August-September 2006. If that means we are looking at a further decline as the season progresses, heaven help us.

    Right now, you’ve got an enormous amount of work to do.

    For your sake and the team’s, I hope you get it straightened out, even as I am now certain that you should not be offered a deal next November. The rotation should be Josh, Dice-K, Lester, Wake and Kason, with Buchholz at AAA as the sixth starter. The only one I’m somewhat doubtful about is Wake, as my new mantra is “No More 40 Year Old Pitchers!”

  35. mortgagemangolfer permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:44 am

    We all have bad days at the office.

  36. curtswift permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:44 am

    Curt,

    It happens. Everyone has a bad day, too bad it was against the Yanks. I see all the Yankee fans, Curt-haters, and CHB jumped right on you for a bad outing. Screw them! We’re up 9 1/2 games and still have the best record in baseball. Good luck next time.

    Curt Swift

  37. trubelieva permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:48 am

    Can’t the Red Sox forward the video of AROD throwing the ELBOW to the home office. I know Bud wont have da ballz to suspend him but more attention should be drawn to it. Players have been suspended just for a bump or shove- elbows should be automatic!

  38. May 24, 2007 6:52 am

    I know this was only one game (and I don’t care that it was against the Spankees) but yeesh … not a good outing.

    But what’s really bothering me is the offense’s inability to overcome good pitching. First Smoltz and now Pettitte. Not good.

  39. devin1 permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:54 am

    Your pitching performance last night is exactly the reason why Theo chose to wait it out and not to sign you to another year during the off season.

  40. b4andbeyond permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:12 am

    Time for a Walkabout? No time for the outback? How about one’s own backyard! Since all ground is holy ground, you could take a walk with your children and listen to that Divine Nudge. Where better to hear the answer to what now?

  41. metaljaybird permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:13 am

    1 healthbetold

    Way to be older and crappier then Mussina was last night.

    This is just an obvious attempt for you to try and get people to look at your site.

  42. doza13 permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:14 am

    I don’t know how you can justify asking for another year or two at your current salary with a show like that. You barely hit 90 and unless the Toilet radar gun was off, were between 85 and 89 on your fastball all night. That’s just not going to cut it. If this was just a one off game, I’d understand but you’ve been poor the last few starts. What’s up???

    The team has an opportunity to keep its foot on the Yankees collective neck. If you let up even a little, they will come storming back.

    You owe us one next week when the Yanks come to town.

  43. mrbadger permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:19 am

    NO, please, NO. Please do not try to “figure it out.” Please try to get out of your mind for once, or at least for a while, and just pitch. Hitters in slumps trying to “figure things out” just dig themselves deeper. Please do yourself a favor: don’t over think. Put the notes down for a game or two. And just pitch like you know how to pitch. And good luck in your next start!

  44. steelmagnolia33 permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:32 am

    Schill, enjoy the off day today. Don’t beat yourself up, just go out there and get em for your next start. Thanks for your honesty and candor.

  45. ericx1973 permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:34 am

    Curt let me just ask, are you done? Are you finished already, with feeling sorry for yourself over the comments you made about Bonds? That made you feel sorry about the comments you made about Gary Thorne? That made you feel sorry about the etc……..You get my point snap out of it, you have been in a daze on the mound you last three starts, lets get over the exestential b.s. get your fire back, and lets go already.

  46. soxfaninny permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:55 am

    Schill…Please tell me that there is something physically wrong with you that can be corrected with a stint on the DL or something. Otherwise I can only conclude that age is finally catching up with you. You just looked tired out there last night. Forget about location. Your fastball has nothing on it. 88-90 regularly and topping out at 91-92 and straight as an arrow. Your curve just rolls up to the plate. There is no bite to it. What’s saving you from being completely blown out is your knowledge of pitching strategy. Schill please give us some hope that you will return to the 2004 Schill and not fall off the table.

  47. May 24, 2007 8:00 am

    With the young crew coming in behind you (Snyder, Lester, Bucholz, Gabbard) and nipping at your heels, it’s disheartening to think you’re in the process of pitching your way off the ’08 Sox. A solid campaign this year might have provided a great chance for you to finish your career in Boston, now that you’ve committed to pitching next season, but you’re looking pretty shaky out there, man.

    I hope like hell that you shake off the blahs and pitch like the pitcher who was looking for 25 wins and Cy Young contention not so very long ago. It’ll be a sad day in New England to see you shove off for the NL.

  48. dankony permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:02 am

    I don’t know what happened to your fastball, unless the radar gun has not been accurate when you’re throwing, as of late. You can’t get away with throwing 65 to to 75 percent fastballs in the high 80′s, with an occasional splitter, or occasional, mediocre curveball and mediocre changeup, unless you control is nearly perfect all the time. Until you start throwing a fastball in the mid 90′s again, I think you are going to continue to struggle. Hope I’m wrong.

  49. kelleng16 permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:06 am

    Being at the game last night, you looked like crap man. Get it together and make the rest of the season strong. As much as I love being heckled by yankee jerks about how you’re too old and talk way too much, I know you can prove em wrong big guy. Here’s one to the rest the rest of the season (pouring a beer on the grass). Cheers!

  50. locklandworth permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:13 am

    Curt,

    My bigger concern was your velocity last night. 86 MPH fastballs just won’t cut it, combined with your control problems and the fact that you had little life on any of your pitches worries me.

    This is your third such start in a row.

    Are you hurt? If you’re not hurt, what’s wrong? Are you just cooked? I hope not.

    Get it back man, get it back.

  51. tmtmcal permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:21 am

    You gotta love a guy who says “craptastic”!

    Curt, you’re the reason I am a Sox fan today. Well, that and also my husband who is a Boston native. Hang in there, there isn’t a better pitcher in baseball than you.

    Our prayers and best wishes are with you!

  52. luisaponte permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:23 am

    I cannot believe you refer to AFraud as ‘Alex’

    There is not 1 Sox fan among the millions that would ever call him by that monikor.

    Geez it actually sounds like you like the dude.

  53. cblrdy permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:23 am

    I can’t wait til the bats all wake up. It’s amazing to have a 9 1/2 game lead without the potential big hitters having to do anything. So far someone has stood up when needed but the team could be unbeatable.

    Okajima and Papelbon looked really tired the other night. I think someone at Yankee stadium is drugging the bullpen.

  54. redsoxgrrl permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:26 am

    “…you have to feel good about this team.” Right on, Curt! Let’s ignore this one and move on.

  55. May 24, 2007 8:26 am

    I really enjoy reading your day-after wrap-ups, so much so that the first thing I think of when I watch you pitch is “I wonder how he’s going to blog about this tomorrow?” One of the interesting things the Yankees broadcasters* brought up yesterday was how often you’ve saved your teammates in the field by not allowing UNearned runs — you had some sort of amazing streak going there which was broken last night — and I thought that was a really terrific little stat, indicative of the “small things” that don’t get talked about that often but which are part of the fundamentals of the game. Be aware of what’s going on around you, lift up your teammates the way you want them to lift you, etc.

    *yes, I’m a New Yorker, and root for the Yankees AND Mets, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also admire good players everywhere. And yes, I normally have no use for the Yankees broadcasting team but every now and then they’ll say something interesting despite themselves…

  56. Bijan permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:30 am

    Hey Curt,

    greetz from a diehard-fan from Cologne, Germany!
    Don’t be to hard on yourself, nobody is perfect…
    You’ll do better next time, wish you and the whole team luck and success!
    This could be an incredible year!

  57. lousybutler permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:31 am

    Has acheron5 ever watched a baseball game? “Concentrate on the game, not every pitch”???? Do hitters hit home runs off the “game?” Does a hitter strike out on Game 3? Umm err no. Every pitch means something, man. Every single pitch has a purpose. The difference between a home run and a swinging strike can be a few inches or a mile-per-hour. Pitchers take time between each pitch because they are concentrating very hard on that pitch, as well as the catcher. You can’t be so generalized and tell Curt to “concentrate on his game.” His “game” consists of 100 highly-scrutinized, thoughtful pitches. Each one is a game. Don’t be shortsighted like that. Curt is concentrating on his game more than anyone. You should concentrate on the fact that Curt is an ace on any number of teams. His “game” speaks for itself.

  58. jasonwegg permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:37 am

    Tha Yankees are BACK!!!!

    9 1/2 games BACK that is!!!

    Shake it off Schill.

    You’re still the man!

  59. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:51 am

    Don’t worry, Curt-man. We still have Beckett, Dice-K, Wakes, and Julian to pick up the slack. We know you will be back, as per usual. Tenacity is your middle name.

    See, isn’t is less pressure when you don’t have to carry the entire staff like you had to do some years?

    We love you, Curt — but how about that ARod? Billion dollar ability coupled with a 10-cent attitude. How sad. At least he does a lot of charity work, however.

  60. rickhal permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:53 am

    Not your best outing Curt. It was dissapointing to see the hit parade. But, you didn’t get much offensive support either. All in all a lackluster performance by the team as a whole. Dissapointing for any Sox fan looking to see the Skankees get buried this early in the season. A pipe dream, I know. But such a beautiful one…….sigh. You’ll get em next time. And thanks for the blog, it is refreshing to read the unfiltered thoughts of one of Baseball’s premier players.

  61. bxsox permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:53 am

    Hey Curt
    Was wondering if the recent string of UN Schilling like performances is anything similar to what you went through in April / May of last year – All Red Sox fans know and have confidence you will do whatever it takes to turn it around.

  62. twalsh3393 permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:53 am

    Shill- Enjoy your day off! See you in Arlington this weekend! Sunday I’ll be sitting about 18 rows behind your dugout. Like most of Red Sox Nation we are very happy to have you part of our club. Theo please sign this guy!

  63. abescromsbie permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:55 am

    Schil,

    Do you blame Dale Arnold for your terrible outing last night?

  64. thegroove25 permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:55 am

    these comments kill me. What is this “we” stuff? “We’re” 9 and a half games ahead? Is that Youk posting under a psuedonym? “We” do not play for the Sox, “we” watch them. PLease refrain from using the term “we” when discussing the team, just simply use “The Sox,” or “The Team.” It drives thegroove nuts.

    This series was a painful one to watch, not really a whole lot of good baseball the past few days. Good luck on the road trip.

  65. mfaucher permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:57 am

    Don’t sweat it, Curt. You’re right on two counts- there are worse things than to be 9 1/2 up on the 2nd place team, and there’s heaps of baseball left.

    Keep on, keepin’ on mate!

  66. May 24, 2007 9:03 am

    This is the first time I have read this blog, at the suggestion of Mike Greenberg (Mike & Mike, ESPN Radio). If every athlete were as forthcoming as Curt, particularly after a weak performance, pre- and post game interviews would be substantive (no “my team mates…” bullshit). Mediocre ballplayers don’t last in the major leagues. Every human being has bad days. Curt owns his poor performances. Congrats to him.

    At the end of the day the Yankee$ ate one game out of the Sox lead and now face the Angels, who are 7-3 in their last ten games, while the Red Sox face the 3-7 Texas Turkeys.

    Keep in mind that at last year’s All-Star break a lot of people wanted to call off the second half of the season and name the Red Sox the AL champs.

    Nevertheless, the Red Sox Magic Number is now 107.

  67. grnmonstah permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:04 am

    Curt,
    Let the record reflect, your da man, and nothing going forward in your career will spoil that for Red Sox nation. Your legacy is in perpetuity.

    That said, your last three outings have been freakin lousy. Based upon other pitchers success with the Yankee lineup, my guess is that their success against you last night was more the result of below average pitching vs. super hitting. If Clemens is one of the guys you look up to, then take a page out of his book. Spend all of your mental and physical energy improving your pitching, and less time blogging. For the Sox to succeed, we need you to refine the technical aspects of your pitching to a higher level than we are seeing so far this year (and a level that you are more than capable). It’s a long season and, if anyone in MLB is a gamer, it is you.

    Onward and upward.

  68. 38battingpractice permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:09 am

    I’m not sure what’s worse – serving up a meatball to Mientkiewicz or Crisp.

  69. davetheater permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:14 am

    Saw the game – third base field seats. Haven’t been so close ever. Bummer about the game, but 9 1/2 is 9 1/2. Hang in – when your pitches were working, they were WORKING quite well. Just have to get back that ol’ consistency…

  70. scott42 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:14 am

    Curt,

    Everyone is entitled to a bad day at work, but you know what, even though Andy was on his game, the bats should of picked up anyway to help you out. Anyways, this is my 1st post and I wanted to ask you a question…my son, who is 7, is playing baseball…he comes from a Dad who is very competitive and a good athlete including baseball, and a grandfather who is also very competitive and is a hall of fame athlete. I think we are expecting a little to much from him at these stages. He is one of the better players out there, but I am not sure what stage he should be at right now. Would you have some tips on what we should be practicing with him right now, and what are some good drills to be working on at that age (keeping the weight back when hitting, throwing over the top rather than side arm, etc). My dad told me when I was 7, we were playing real 6 innings games, umps, all stars everything, but when I look at the kids out there with him, they play 2 innings and kids can’t even throw it over the plate, and these kids are 7-8 years old. Again, I don’t know if I am expecting more from him. I saw that you were going to answer some Q&A, and I thought I would give it a shot that you would answer. Anyways, if I don’t hear from you, good luck the rest of the way!

  71. fighterfoo permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:16 am

    Curt,

    If you gave up four runs over 7, the outcome would have still been the same. Truthbetold, you can’t expect three runs of offense to beat the Yanks at the Stadium.

    The series was our 4, 5, and 1 starters against their 1, 2, 3 starters. I was prepared to lose two out of three, and when all is said and done, we’re still 9.5 back heading to Texas against a pretty bad Ranger team, and a sweep this weekend will make Wednesday’s outcome a thing of the past. The Yanks on the other hand are facing a pretty good Angel ballclub, so by the end of this weekend’s series(es?) I think we will have regained our double-digit lead.

    And to the guy making the comment about ’78, Reggie Jackson ain’t walking through that door. The ’78 Sox were an overachieving team. The 2007 Sox are just that good.

  72. hbk2369 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:17 am

    Alright, a few bad outings… I still haven’t quite lost faith. But all of us Celtics fans really needed a good one last night. Yes, Celtics fans.
    http://www.brssports.blogspot.com

  73. bleachaseats permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:21 am

    Maybe when Jon Lester comes back Julian Tavarez shouldn’t be the one to give up his spot in the rotation…

  74. g38fan permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:21 am

    We share the same birthday albeit I’ve got you by two years…and I’m a big fan of yours but I gotta admit that I’m glad that Theo and the trio decided to hold off on giving you a two year deal. I do hope however that the injury bug steers clear of you this season and things improve going forward because I think the clubhouse needs you for as long as you can make a difference. I’m in FL so the only time I’ll see the Sox is the end of July in St. Pete. I hope the rotation allows me to see you throw…Good luck on your next outing…

  75. jpatanjo permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:23 am

    I have a question – at what point do you knock a hot hitter like Jeter, Matsui or A-Rod flat on their rear ends? Seriously. In the two losses, I saw most of the Yankee hitters hanging out over the plate, diving into pitches.

    In 2004, Matsui was doing the same thing in the playoffs. Pedro deposited Matsui onto his backside with a high and tight fastball. Matsui wasn’t the same after that. Problem solved. IMHO, Jeter needs to be decked. Not hit, but decked. I feel the same about A-Rod and/or Damon (although I wouldn’t be too broken up if you hit A-Rod). Hell, A-Rod deserves to be decked for that pansy assed slide into Pedroia on Tuesday.

    I’ve watched a lot of baseball in my years and the one thing that is missing from today’s game is that 99% of the pitchers won’t knock a hitter down on a regular basis.

    If you read old interviews with the stars of yesteryear (like Willie Mays), they fully expected to be planted on their butts once a game. It might be time to dust someone during the next series in Boston.

  76. watsabi permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:24 am

    Tough going Curt. Get em next time.

  77. Justice19 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:26 am

    Hmmmmm……..

    We can all breath easier. A sweep would have been nice, A series win would have been good, 1 out of 3 respectable.

    There’s many more games and 9.5 lead in the AL East is nothing to sneeze about.

    You can always get them back in your next outing.

    Keep throwing strikes!

  78. jimmykc permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:26 am

    Curt: That was so ugly I turned to American Idol. Being part of a good team is like being on a see-saw though. Earlier in the year Tek and Dice K were struggling and now it is you and JD. The guys on the other end will lift you up until your time comes back around.

  79. hammerhead permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:32 am

    Curt, far be it for me to try to critique something I’ve never done especially at that level. However, as a spectator and fan, you’ve looked pretty rough the least 3 or so starts. You couldn’t get the W in a 13-4 romp over Baltimore. You toughed it out with Detroit only giving up 2 runs in 6 innings, but you were in trouble all night. Now this pasting by the Yankees. What do you think gives?

    Your old partner (old in many ways) Randy Johnson had 17 wins last year but a 5.00 ERA. You’re 40 now. As I mentioned on my last post, age comes at you quick (I’m 42, I do know that). I agree with another poster about your contract issues. Initially I thought not signing you was a bad idea, now I’m not so sure. After all, as you have said, it’s a business.

    I would expect you to have on again, off again performances….hopefully more on than off. Of course, all this being said, you still have your place in Red Sox nation in cement already….it ain’t goin anywhere. But reality is reality. I’m glad you’re surrounded by such a solid pitching staff, the chances of a bad stretch is minimized by having 5 solid pitchers plus a great bullpen. Do hang in there, you are a fighter. It just might not come as easy as it did when you were younger….but I’m sure you already know that.

    Long season….116 games left…..up 9.5…..hey, could be alot worse.

  80. maranara permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:34 am

    Even though I wish you had won, can I just tell you how happy it makes me to hear you use the word “craptastic”? :) When you win next time, you can use my other favorite made up word, “fantabulous” (It’s fantabulous that the Red Sox have a 9 1/2 game lead in the AL East.).

  81. xnmby permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:37 am

    Thanks a lot Curt, I just paid 400 bucks to take my wife to watch you suck it up in front of 50,000 MFY fans. We were on the first base/right field side so we got a good view of all the home runs they hit. Hope you figure out what’s wrong.

  82. herewecomeagain permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:38 am

    Schill You are a very good pitcher, your gonna have a bad day. I know you will be practicing on your time to gain control again. No worries there. Look how many great starts you have had.

    You had a similar problem last year for a little bit, you over came it. Keep the faith and the nations got your back. Its players like you and the boys who let us believe and know none of you would slide into second, come up and elbow someone in the midsection or pull a ball out of a pitchers hand or be so confrontational when your in the sight of so many kids and fans.

    Schill looking forward to seeing you in the next start, kudos to you and your family for all you do for ALS and other charities.

    To the person who wrote “way to be older and worse than Mussina” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

    I will not take anything from Mussina, except hes a yankee, Schill has nothing to worry about and dont be like that man! Thanks Schill!

  83. curtliftyerskirt permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:39 am

    Here they come……..can you feel it? Don’t look under the bed the big bad EMPIRE is hiding there waiting to strike!

  84. May 24, 2007 9:44 am

    Curt….definitely not your best stuff out there last night. But 1 out of 3 was the minimum that you all needed to get out of that series, throw 2 out of three next time you meet in Fenway and all is on track to keep this lead that you have run out to.

    After how many starts do you start to think that it is something more than just a “slump” or minor adjustments? Why do you think you have had a little more trouble with your control, specifically the fastball, at times this season? Is it purely mechanical? or part mental as well?

    http://www.redsoxtimes.com

  85. mannysps2 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:44 am

    Curt, I know you’re preaching location, and I realize that’s almost always the biggest issue, but the velocity doesn’t concern you at all? If you miss with a 94 mph fastball, isn’t it a lot more likely to miss a bat?

    Hang in there, keep chucking that pill and it will, as you know, come together.

  86. cmac1973 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:46 am

    Curt –

    I’m glad to have you as part of the Red Sox and will forever remember the sacrifices you made to help bring a World Series championship to Boston in 2004. BUT (you knew that was coming right?) can you please comment on your use of chewing tobacco, given all the work you do promoting skin cancer awareness and prevention? I know others on the team use it but it was especially disappointing seeing you chewing given your work with Shonda and the Shade Foundation. Could a bet with Lucchino like the one Tito has going be in order? I would love to see you take on that challenge.

    Thanks for everything you do,
    Craig MacCormack

  87. yankeefan51 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:52 am

    You’ll be back!

  88. redsoxaremylife permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:55 am

    Curt,
    I know you have what it takes to kick the crap out of those stinking stankees, I went to the game last night and felt your pain, I could see the frustration in your eyes. I feel as though I am bad luck. this is the second game I have went to against the yankkes and we lost both. I blamed it on wakefield the last time so I thought this time with you at the mound it was a sure win.. I am deeply sorry.. I think you are a great pitcher if not one of the greatest so I can only attest the loss was my bad luck… I love my RED SOX !!!!!!! you just keep going on being you great self and I will stay home and watch the victories!!!!!! My heart is broken…..:-(

  89. boston4ever permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:57 am

    Hi Curt,

    That is how a game goes. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose. But even if you lost this one, we still believe in your ability the way we believed in you in 2004.

    I hope you spank the yankees the next time around.

    Enjoy the day off

  90. jazzyjeffg1 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:58 am

    Shake it off, Schill, it happens. It happened to Wakefield two days ago. Luckily we all know that NO ONE works harder at preparing and ironing out flaws than you, so I for one am not worried. And you gotta like the schedule for the month of June–they all look like winnable series, assuming you guys don’t play down to your competition.
    Also, kudos to you for NOT retaliating at A-Rod last night. Sometimes you worry me with your competitive nature and impulsivity, but I was glad to see you take the high road and realize The Slide was not as big a deal as the media tried to make it seem.

    Peace, Jeff

  91. redsox9999555 permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:00 am

    You are washed up…quit before people think you suck!

  92. soxfantahoe permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:06 am

    Well that is three starts in a row that where just terrible. You should retire. Hard to imagine you are planning on coming back thank god Theo didn’t give you an extension. You should go play for the royals. I do however hope you prove me wrong.

  93. rdwagnerjr permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:06 am

    Man, your game logs are making this season so much fun for me. Even in a loss, it’s good getting your perspective. Thanks.

    And you are right, there are worse places to be than 9.5 up in the standings.

  94. walkingundine permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:08 am

    Hey, you play the Yankees a whole lot… And usually you do quite well against them. Pay no mind to the people who’re discontent with how you pitched. Most of them are totally incapable of imitating your worst games, let alone your better ones.
    Besides, a few years ago we were laboring under the Curse, remember? Now, we win so often that we’re actually pissed off when we lose! Look how far the team has come. That’s an accomplishment to be proud of.

    Have a nice Memorial Day weekend, and better fortunes in the next games.

  95. atmhtr permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:17 am

    Hey Curt, tough game last night. No worries we still love you. just don’t let it happen again. just kiding, but seriously don’t :-) good luck next time out.

  96. atmhtr permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:18 am

    way to tear into meter this afternoon schill. that guy is such a tool.

  97. gayrodsucks permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:22 am

    it’s alright curt, they’re still buried, you’ll get them next time!!

    though i do wish you had the chance to drill a-rod! has there ever been a more self absorbed dirty player, maybe self absorbed OR dirty but he embodies every awful trait found in the diluted “elite” that saturates both the entertainment and sports industries as well as the everyday jack-ass we find constantly all around us.

    as a fan all i want is a guy who plays hard for my team, win or lose. and if that player then ends up on another team, such as trot, i will continue to support him. just play hard and sign an autograph now and then, it’s not that hard!

    you’re an awesome pitcher curt, thanks for being on our side!

    scott

  98. soxwally permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:23 am

    Now we know why the Sox didn’t want to talk contract extension before the end of the season. Try to get it together, please. Maybe you can pray a little harder before the first pitch.

  99. May 24, 2007 10:24 am

    Hi Curt,

    Given the manner in which your blog has shaped Boston baseball media and your interaction with it, what is your take on MLB baseball teams’ reluctance to issue media credentials to blog news sites? As policy stands, MLB says yes to folks backed by a newspaper or TV station (good journalists and CHBs alike), but no to people who are chronicling the seasons and teams online. Do you think serious baseball bloggers and blog sites should have access to players, the parks and the press boxes?

    Feel free to email me if you’d like links with more information – interested in your point of view as a ballplayer and blogger.

  100. avidfan permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:25 am

    OK, fine. No use dwelling on it. You’re a professional with years of perspective and experience and I’m confident you’ll bounce back from what is, in the scheme of things, a statistically minor setback. We’re really looking forward to seeing you guys in Phoenix in June!

  101. flotillapadilla permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:27 am

    I love it. A couple of hours before you got slammed by the Yankees last night I saw you on SportsCenter (again). Once again your contribution was to say that Alex Rodriguez has no class. I see that your heart-felt apology from a couple weeks ago, and your supposed resolution to not take every opportunity to criticize/bad-mouth/slander someone else has been adhered to about as much as I expected. ZILCH! ZERO! NADA! Empty words. I leave you with your own words “That’s not to say I won’t respond when I feel someone’s calling me out and is wrong, but doing so in every instance will serve no one and only make me say and act like the very people I have issues with.”

  102. pitcher permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:28 am

    Hey Curt,
    Acheron5 brings up a good point, I know when I’m out there I sometimes have a tendency to overthink. In fact…I’ve literally told myself to shut up and pitch. I don’t know, maybe thats not the case with you. just a memo! Anyway shake it off, I’m sure you’ll find your groove quick enough!

  103. johara1 permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:31 am

    Hey Curt,

    Toughone last night, but all Red Sox nation knows you are the leader on this staff! I can’t remember when I have seen you not having control of any of your pitches before. Let’s chalk this one up as a fluke. I appreciate your honestly and candor.

    Best regards!

  104. 80108mike permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:33 am

    Curt,

    No biggie Curt. When you face a lineup like that and pitcher like AP there will be nights like last night. Enjoy the day off and get back at it vs CLE.

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    80108.com/freetix

  105. ahand permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:39 am

    You clearly know your body more than I do, so I’m curious, especially considering these last few starts, how does a pitcher of your long and established kind of career deal with inconsistency on the mound? I’d imagine that for each guy on the mound it’s different, but what has helped you the most in terms of getting back on track; i.e. what helps you make those adjustments and stay on track? I used to be a thrower in track and field and I know what it’s like to get your mechanics slip. What’s been your experience with all this?

    And as for the loss, I’d much rather trade this one now for two or three wins in October.

    Take care of yourself,

    Alex

  106. jeet79 permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:43 am

    You sure you didn’t need Clemens.??????

  107. psychotish permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:44 am

    Thanks for sucking last night, should’ve whipped out the painted sock.

  108. maireq permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:51 am

    Was stuck by one comment while watching the game on YES (in Indiana, we take what they give us.) After the second inning, the commentator noted that the last run of the second inning was an unearned run. He then went on to say:

    “This ends a string of 69 consecutive starts by Curt Schilling without allowing an unearned run, so this is a pitcher who picks up his team mates. That’s the best string of starts without an unearned run since 1912, when they started to keep track of unearned runs.”

    Its a drag that it ended.. but wow. Not too shabby. :)

  109. tone516 permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:02 am

    You looked AWFUL!!!!

  110. May 24, 2007 11:04 am

    Curt,

    Watched the game at the movie theater in High Def last night, which was cool. But it also allowed me to see your face very clearly – don’t be so hard on yourself, man. Seriously. Those games are GOING TO HAPPEN, and it seems only natural that the Yankees be the ones to (happily) show us that we’re all humans.

    As for those leaving you comments voicing their own criticisms and being, in my opinion, downright RUDE – ignore them. I know you will because you’re a pro, and because you hear good and bad comments on a daily, if not hourly, basis. It sure is easy for us to sit on our couches or in a bar or even in a seat in a ballpark and criticize you guys. But the fact remains that we know NOTHING of the physical and mental beating you guys take. The fact that this Sox team is looking so good (or that ANY team ever looks this good) is phenomenal. It is a reminder of why we like the game in the first place – because it’s stuff that we can’t do!

    So, kudos to you Curt. You are your own worst critic, but I’m sure it doesn’t help when some random commenter with too much time on his hands decides to be a jerk and tell you that you sucked.

    Enjoy your time off, and tell everyone in my home state of Texas that I said hello! ;)

    Mandy

  111. 21pitchesforsox permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:31 am

    I think you pitched better than Clemens and he was pitching against Portland. I curious to know what you think about the Arod cheap shot? What did the Umps say to you guys before the game.

  112. May 24, 2007 11:34 am

    its alright Curt…

    you’ll step it up when its game 7 in the ALCS

    thats all that matters

    keep workin hard

  113. illgamesh permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:40 am

    Curt, you seem to be a pitcher that thrives on control (versus, say, a Daniel Cabrera who has incredible stuff but can’t put it where it can do much damage). However. your walk rate has almost doubled this year (in 204 innings last year, you only walked 28 batters, which is a pretty incredible number. This year, you’ve already walked 15. And while that’s still not a lot, its a pretty significant change from last year (almost a walk a game). Do you feel that control has been more of an issue for you this season than before? Or is this just a small deviation that will work itself out over the next few months?

  114. montyplease permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:40 am

    Yankees pwnt you yet again schill, and they demonstrated this series that they are clearly a better team offensively and defensively. Rest assured this 9.5 game lead will evaporate sooner than you think.

  115. mam1 permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:47 am

    Curt,

    No need to beat up on yourself and at the risk of stating the obvious, it’s a long season. On another matter, and I’m not sure this is the appropriate format, but, I’m involved with a Christain radio station in RI and was wondering if you might be agreeable to an interview.

    God bless,
    Mark

  116. tellmejeff permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:52 am

    Curt, I watched you win a world championship with Arizona (remember how you felt when it was game 7 and it looked like the Yankees were going to win another one, but then it all turned around in the end!) and then you came to Boston and ended the curse. I have little doubt that your coming back to Boston was a key part of that happening, and you are still as important a part of the team as ever. Even when you were injured and it looked like any hope we had of winning was gone, you had the strength to get back in there and pitch and help us down the bombers when it mattered. Even I never see another Red Sox Championship, I’ll always remember the 2004 postseason as being one of the best that has ever been.

    I know that you’ll figure it out, just like you did after that first start in Kansas City, and you’ll come roaring back. The Red Sox are looking great this year and I’m definitely looking forward to watching every game to the end of the year. I’m especially impressed at how Tavarez has really stepped up and pitched really well of late. I’m sure Wakefield will figure out his issues, and when Beckett gets back we’ll have that 1-2-3 punch that we need to hammer on tough teams.

  117. karlost permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:56 am

    Hey Curt: always good to hear your honesty & courage even though the last few starts have been pretty brutal. On a positive note, quite a few guys (need we name JD, Manny, Coco, Tek, Lugo and DiceK, Wake at times) have scuffled significantly, yet we’re 31-15 despite these slumps!
    The fact that this team has again found ways to win & key contributions from someone most nights brings back memories of ’04… Of course, we need to continue this & get even better by July-August when the Yanks(?) or someone else make their charge.
    Wonder if you have any concerns about the drop in velocity – is this something that should improve as the season goes or will more effective mixing of pitches be the solution??
    Regardless, your contributions to the Red Sox are immense & it is often the crafty veteran that can a great team like this.

    Karlos

  118. gotham23 permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:57 am

    Y’know Curt, it’s impossible not to look at your performances without considering what happened in the offseason. During Spring Training, you demanded an extension and complained when you didn’t get it, but we’re almost two months into the season and you still haven’t shown that you ever deserved that extension. You’ve stunk against the Yankees TWICE now…don’t you think someone that’s making demands should be able to dial it up a notch against our biggest rivals, or at least be halfway decent? They certainly shouldn’t be giving up upper-deck bombs to Doug Mientkiewicz.

  119. section41 permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:10 pm

    As a Yankee fan I have never really liked watching you on the mound, even though we beat you around sometimes. But I truly have respect for you for the things you have done regarding ALS. My grandfather died of the disease before I was even born, so I never had a chance to meet him. But with you raising money, hopefully that stops happening to other people.

    Keep up your great charity work

  120. mdoherty permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:19 pm

    Curt…

    I know that your next start will be incredible. Red Sox Nation is behind you!

    Enjoy your well deserved time off!

  121. tlo45 permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:22 pm

    Question: How much does each K cost you?

    (in terms of donations to ALS, strikeouts for troops etc)

  122. soupdog18 permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:27 pm

    acheron5:
    “Focus on your game don’t think about each pitch just execute and hopefully you won’t keep getting knocked around. If I were you I’d try extra hard to get your game together especially since you want to play next season.”

    Wow, I’m sure Curt appreciates that brilliant, insightful analysis and sound advice. Why haven’t the red sox hired you yet to be their full time pitching coach? Have you ever even held a baseball?

    Shake it off, Curt. You’ll have more chances to stick it to the Yankees, and Jon “the punk” Meterparel! (as if the latter was even worth the time)

    Hope to see you and/or Shonda at the 100 innings game!

  123. libertybaseball permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:40 pm

    Curt…I’m a Mets fan. And Yankee hater. And yes, closeted Red Sox fan. I was at the game last night and was just honored to watch you step foot on that mound. What you did on that mound 3 years ago…how you faced the curse head on and asked for the responsibility of breaking it when you signed….wow.
    Most ball players don’t deserve free passes for their career. You earned it and will always be a legend.
    Beating yourself up over one bad start last night? Those overpaid chumps were due to break out soon. Take ‘er easy Curt.

  124. greydog24 permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:48 pm

    phishphreak – ’78 was now 29 years ago. 29 years!! Some of these readers probably were too young …. or maybe not even BORN yet.

    To put that in perspective, 29 years prior to 1978 – Jackie Robinson was just entering his 2nd year as a member of the Dodgers… In other words – you might want to turn the page. It’s old news.

    Would you say the Yankee position of being up 3 games to none in a best of 7 series … on the heels of a huge 19-8 victory in Game 3 … and even being up a run in the 9th inning of Game 4 of that same series (with the best closer in modern history on the mound) is also one of those same “worse places to be”…?? Only 3 miserable outs away from an ALCS sweep????

    That was just 3 short years ago.

  125. hangtime30 permalink
    May 24, 2007 12:51 pm

    I did see the Yanks hit some good pitches as well, so some of the stuff wasnt your fault. I’m sure that you will regroup and the team will once again win another series against the Rangers.

  126. strayrog permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:02 pm

    Curt,

    Sorry for standing in front of your window at 38Pitches and starring while you were in meeting. I work upstairs at Monster.com. If you want, let me know and I can give you a tour of the upstairs!!

  127. idabomb333 permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:02 pm

    I have a couple of questions about this one. It seemed to me that the Yankees, being an incredible lineup, did more than most teams would. Did you feel that way? In particular, I thought they hit more of your mistakes than usual. You’ve mentioned before how you can make a pitch that’s not at all what you wanted, but it turns out OK. Did that happen last night? Obviously I’m not in your head and I don’t know what the signs are, etc. It seemed to me, though, that that pack of great hitters just didn’t let any of the mistakes get by them. What’s your take on that?

    Is there anything you can tell us about what goes on in the clubhouse after something like A-Slappy-Rod’s slide on Tuesday? I’d be interested to know about the dynamic of whether you ask Pedroia if he wants you to do something about it, or if he would have to ask you to if he wanted it, etc. I doubt the Sox were as upset about the slide as the fans were, am I right? I’m also not sure what sort of clubhouse/locker room conversations would be off limits for you to repeat, so maybe the first question I should have asked on this topic is, if there was a conversation in the clubhouse about the slide and possible retribution, would you ever say anything about it publicly?

    I thought a couple times the Yankees seemed to get lucky a few times. There were a few hits that just barely missed the fielder’s glove, like the one that Pedroia knocked off course. And of course there was also the mistaken call for Cano’s tag on Coco. When I was thinking about the tag in particular, it got me wondering – does stuff like that affect you psychologically during the game? It’s a common idea that it’s pretty much impossible to predict how changing that call would have changed the game. When Manny came up in the next inning, he hit a fly out. Is there any insight you can give us on how Pettitte might have pitched differently to Manny with 2 outs and a man on 2nd as opposed to leading off an inning?

    One more thing. You mentioned hanging a curveball. I understand what that means in terms of the course of the ball, but is there anything you can tell us about what it means (if anything) in terms of your mechanics in the pitch? Can you tell when you release such a pitch that it’s going to hang? Is it related to how hard you throw the pitch? Is it something you did wrong with your wrist that didn’t give the ball enough spin? Is it just some random inconsistency in your mechanics that causes that?

    Thanks!

  128. zbi571 permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:12 pm

    Curt,
    you pitched, but the result was not that we wanted, things happen, cuz we are human. You will do good next time, don’t over analyze that game, trust your stuff, and go get’em next time around..God Bless you!!
    GO++SOX!……the Evil Empire will fall to its knees.

  129. conig25 permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:21 pm

    It was a tough nite. Thank you for trying. You appeared frustrated with itf?

    Incidently do you think ‘acheron5′ – is a writer.

  130. mattingly23 permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:23 pm

    It was nice to see the Yankee bats wake up last night. You helped alot Red-light.

    Please make sure you pitch in the series 6/1-6/3. The Yankees need a guaranteed win. Curt you got to admit your getting close to the end. Your very inconsstent and you are bringing the team down.

  131. tmz41486 permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:24 pm

    Schilling do you have any answer as to why the Yankees can’t beat Julian Tavarez? Isn’t he your team’s 5th and technically worst starter?

  132. crazywheelz permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:26 pm

    Hey Big Schill,

    It looked like you caught a spike in the Baltimore game at Fenway and your command has not been the same since. Are you feeling OK physically?

    -Rob

  133. bbchucks permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:30 pm

    Curt,
    just a question was Pinero’s pitch to Jeter in the first game of the series intentional? I’m quite surprise that ESPN or the media did not comment on that HBP. I’ve been a long Boston fan and it seems like year in and year out Boston is always hitting Jeter or a stud on the Yankees early in the series. A few years back Jeter was hit on the hands at least once in every series and coincendently he goes 0-4 the next day. The Yankees just seems to play this off every year and i wonder if that is why Boston continues to do this.

  134. akimbocity permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:31 pm

    I enjoy reading your game debriefings, and it can actually be more interesting when you’re commenting on a subpar performance. It’s tempting to see a professional athlete who is “on” as a machine. When you’re not so “on”, it’s is a reminder that you – and your colleagues – are not pitching machines, but very disciplined, committed, talented people. I remember thinking, when the Bosox got to Mariano Rivera in the playoffs a few years back, how amazing he was for being so good and consistent that he’d seemed robotic in the past. When you write about your outings, it humanizes it even more, and reminds me to be amazed at the skills you have. It’s also cool that you are so frank, when most of us would be tempted to write “crummy game, talk to you after the next good one” and leave it at that.

  135. ohioubobcat permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:55 pm

    Hey Curt, I’m sure you’ll be able to shake this one off….no worries. The team seems to have a great attitude this year, taking it one game, one inning, one pitch, one at-bat at a time.

    How does it affect your mentality (if at all) when you’re pitching down 3 runs as was the case last night? I hear baseball players talk all the time about staying focused in the moment, and not worrying about all the other stuff, but does it change the way you approach the hitters?

    Also, do you have any thoughts (I’m thinking you might, but will you share it?) on the ESPN commentary when you play the Yankees? It’s no secret that ESPN (and Chris “back back back” Berman) loves the Yankees…but it almost makes my ears bleed to hear the heaps of praise and admiration they dole out during the game to current and former Yankee players and coaches. Is it too much to ask for balanced commentary during a nationally televised game? Luckily I have the baseball package, and although they weren’t showing the NESN broadcast, I actually preferred to watch the coverage on YES.

  136. rfinney11lowellma permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:57 pm

    yo Curt even Rocky lost

  137. lougatzo permalink
    May 24, 2007 1:58 pm

    A little more pitching, a little less talking to the media. Right now, Tavarez is better and he’s #5. Just about everyone is pulling their weight. “Why Not You”?

  138. soxgirl7 permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:14 pm

    It’s only one game and we still have a huge lead. You are an amazing pitcher i know you’ll figure out what is going wrong when you pitch. It’s still only may and there are 4 months left. I understand that some fans are going to make a big deal about it because it was against the yankees but i think we should be focused on all of the teams not just one.
    good luck with your next start! :)

  139. 07soxhowbout07 permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:20 pm

    Come one Schilling, that game was the worst I have seen you pitch. I mean, it must feel painful to see Doug M hit the ball off of you like that. Anyways, the Sox showed some life, but the Umpire did not help in the game at all. The strike three pitches to Dustin, Julio and Coco were terrible, although Coco might have swung it was the first two strikes that got to Coco. They lost their cool which you don’t see very often at all and I’m sure the lineup will come around soon, especially Manny and Drew. Manny showed somewhat vintage Manny last night. When Josh Beckett comes back, he will help you a lot because of his absense I can tell the pitching rotation misses his great starts. Anyways when is Jon Lester coming back?
    2007 World Series here we come. Well its still too early, so when we have a twenty game lead, I would feel a little more comfortable, if that’s possible. End of the season is when it counts and in the playoffs baring any major collapse which I don’t see coming. Anything is possible, just don’t let 1978 get to you guys. God Bless you.

  140. spoodini permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:31 pm

    Schill,

    It’s alright man, you will get it back. Keep working on adjusting and it will come back to you. It always does and then you know you need to remain consistent. It pains me not to be able to watch the games anymore, although I was happy to see it on ESPN. Moving out to the PacNW has allowed me to watch more Mariners games than I care to watch.

    What do you think about Julian stepping up these past couple games? He has pitched well of late and really given the staff an unexpected boost. He seems like a fiery guy going out there and has the mindset like he is pitching his last game. If he continues to pitch well and Lester is ready with the rest of the staff healthy, do you think he will make a successful return to the pen as a long man?

    Keep it up Schill, you’ll get ‘em next start.

  141. redsoxfan89 permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:33 pm

    Hey Schill,

    Don’t worry about it. You’re our ace and we know you’re gonna have a great season. It happens, and you’ll definetely get ‘em next time. Go Sox.

    - Aashish

  142. mrlarry permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:45 pm

    “I never gave us a chance to even get into this game
    My split was not getting into the dirt consistently
    inconsistent fastball command”

    When did you come to this conclusion? seriously after you croaked in the first with 3 runs? At what point did you realize it was an off night don’t you think it would have been wiser to turn it over to the bullpen then give up 3 more runs atleast if you can realize that you didn’t have it you bow out like a man instead of pitching on pride we do have a bullpen you know

  143. keepthefaith permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:48 pm

    Curt,

    Pitchers take far too much blame for the other 24 players.

    It was’t you who didn’t give us a chance to even get into this game. It was the other TEAM who didn’t give us that chance.

    Keep the faith in the Red Sox TEAM.

  144. mcnabbortiz534 permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:48 pm

    I thought the ump was HORRIBLE. SO inconsistent.

    We really need you Curt with Beckett out. Say he keeps having finger trouble all year, Lester comes back in a sophomore slump, and Bucholtz/Hansack/Gabbard aren’t ready for the stretch run then we REALLY need you to continue being the ace.

  145. bish6364 permalink
    May 24, 2007 2:59 pm

    Curt,
    You’re still the man.
    Hang in there and don’t let it mess with your head.
    And ignore the idiots who love to visit your blog just to insult you.

    For Q&A: What are you reading lately?
    I love an intellingent ball player!!

    Take care,
    MA

  146. redsoxfan81 permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:05 pm

    31-15. Enough said.

  147. mike929mgm permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:19 pm

    Curt,

    I think you’re a better player for admitting things that are your fault. Personally seeing you say about A-Rod…

    “Looking at the pitch I think it was more him hitting a good pitch than it being in a bad spot.”

    …makes me move you up on my list of favorite players (not that you weren’t already on there, i’m a die hard red sox fan) and it also makes me realize that you are the type of player, (forgetting your amazing pitching abilities) that every person wants on their team. I wish you could play with the Sox til you’re 50, because we have a better chance of winning the World Series with you on our team.

    But remember this, you guys just came off a lonnnnng series against the Yanks (away) and tough tough national league interleague teams (braves 3rd best record in majors, tigers 4th best). Don’t be so hard on yourself, though I agree with your blog post today.

    And good luck with your 100 inning game for ALS thing, I hope it goes well.

    Mike

  148. dadof6 permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:24 pm

    Schiller to Schilling,

    Don’t sweat it! I’ve got you on one of my fantasy teams so I have faith in you. ;-)
    Seriously, this is the first time I’ve posted a reply to anyone’s blog, let alone yours, so excuse me if it’s a little raw. Just keep praying that God will guide you through this time of adjustments & I have faith that you’ll see the other side of this short slide soon! God has blessed you with the determination, know-how & the pure talent to get over this and you will. He humbles us more times than we care to admit to. Isn’t it better to be going through this now rather than with only half this lead?

    Here’s to hearing you bounce back in your next start (no, I unfortunately don’t have NESN).

  149. nickwill permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:24 pm

    Curt,

    I recently read in a Steve Buckley piece that you were maybe interested in having your blog edited. I know you don’t have the time — and it’s probably inconsequential anyway — however, I’d be willing to help you out (for free of course) if you were interested.
    I’m a recent (as in last weekend) BU grad and live in Boston area. I was the sports editor at my school paper and currently help edit an online soccer site.
    I intend to take this seriously and therefore have plenty of references and a resume if you are interested.
    I don’t know of any other way to get in touch with you outside of posting a comment. So if you read your comments and are intrigued at the possibility of free edits and feedback, just shoot me an email (slicknick929@yahoo.com).

    Thanks and best,

    Nick

    P.S.: Don’t worry, I’m not the corrupted media type (not yet anyway) and I have no agenda. I’m no CHB.

  150. zenslinger permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:27 pm

    I am sure it is very useful for Curt, given his experience and stature, to receive lecturing comments from acheron5 like “focus on your game” (ah, thanks, man) and “don’t think about each pitch” (when Curt and other pitchers constantly emphasize the need to focus on making the current pitch and not get caught up in what just happened or might happen next).

    After all, it probably has not occurred to Curt to “try extra hard to get [his] game together.” Without your sage advice, where would he be?

    Get ‘em next time, Schill.

  151. henry permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:45 pm

    Curt,
    We all have off days. Have you tried Dice-K’s five-toed socks yet? Who knows? Give em’ a try and maybe next time you’ll be lights-out!
    henry

  152. soxrd04 permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:50 pm

    Call me crazy but I think acheron5 who is number 12 on the comment list is John Meter Perrel.

    With comments like this. He must be!

    Schil, you were awful tonight.

    If I were you I’d try extra hard to get your game together especially since you want to play next season.

    Focus on your game don’t think about each pitch just execute and hopefully you won’t keep getting knocked around.

    Gotta love it! (as he rolls his eyes)

  153. jeefer permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:58 pm

    Heya Curt, unfortunate outing. That was a two-game swing. Instead of leaving 11.5 up, you are ‘only’ 9.5 up. While that is still a great separation, maintaining a double-digit lead seems psychologically so much bigger. I wonder if the Yankees are thinking the same thing…Here’s hoping you get back on track. Cheers-

  154. cokely permalink
    May 24, 2007 4:12 pm

    Schill you are way too hard on yourself… Get em next time.

  155. thedoctorx permalink
    May 24, 2007 4:14 pm

    Nothing to add to what you and others wrote–other than to share the congratulations on the charity work. However, you may be interested that given the media opinions of your blog work, “Mike and Mike” of ESPN spoke highly of this commentary today. They seemed surprised that you identified your mistakes, gave credit to the opponents, and gave a very detailed analysis.

    Having written that, the latest weather reports from Hell state snowballs are still melting. . . .

    –J.D.

  156. May 24, 2007 4:30 pm

    Ditto to all the above. (Well, except the first one.) No one can win them all, otherwise it wouldn’t be a game. Enjoy the day off!

  157. yankeesfan4life12 permalink
    May 24, 2007 4:37 pm

    I think you just have to move forward and just admit Andy was dealing. well its over for the least part I hope your next start is better

  158. redsux permalink
    May 24, 2007 4:54 pm

    keep up the craptastic outtings. with all your tough a-rod talk in the past, not even one fastball up and in? he continues to light you up. craptastic!!!

  159. bosoxbeau permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:04 pm

    I am confident that you will adjust. I also believe that you will be a huge part of the Matsuzaka’s success as you give him advice on how to handle MLB batters. You are among the Pantheon of the Baseball Gods and Red Sox Nation loves you. Stay Cerebral.

  160. offdmap permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:32 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Don’t worry about the rough outing in NY. Like you said you couldn’t locate your pitches, and everyone who’s watched baseball knows when you can’t locate your pitches you tend to get hammered. It’s why there a so few good pitchers in baseball. You’ve been one of the top pitchers in baseball for years, theres no reason to think that has changed in any way… Could you pass on some info, tell Tek, Manny and JD they’re not keeping their front shoulder on the ball. Good luck in your next outing.

  161. yesgeo007 permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:39 pm

    Schill,
    Do you really read these comments…?? Do you have a serious face if you do?????

    glad you try your heart out as that is all anyone can ask!

    Why do pitchers tend to stay in the game when the world knows they are havng a very bad day?? Is this an EGO thing which is really bad for the team???? Or is this a manger’s thing… like ” if I take the pitcher out early, he will be pissed at me” ?? The fans see this often and are always confused by the inaction of the manager……

    The commentators are saying you lost the zip on your fast ball and this is distorting your other pitches including the contrast on your off speed stuff… so you have less ability to fool people AND more of a need to place your pitches?? Any exercises to speed up your fast ball?? Is this stuff true??

    Go Schill !!!!
    come back stronger @@

    Geo

  162. strudes permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:53 pm

    I know you never want to blame the way you pitched on the blue, but when the guy is that inconsistant during an outing, it’s hard to hold your composure. Especially if you had a tough outing the last time out and you’re really looking to make a statement the next time out. I know when I used to pitch, an inconsistant ump could easily throw me off my game. If you live on the corners, and you’re not getting those calls, it forces you to change the way you pitch. I used to hate umps with small zones because if the hitters know they don’t have to protect as much, they can sit on pitches. And in turn that used to get into my head, knowing I had to make perfect pitches to get a call, and this would leave me to hang more of my pitches. For me I was thinking too much about what the blue was going to call. If he was gonna give me the edge or not, instead of just pitching my game. Maybe this is what’s goin’ on in your head, maybe it’s not. You’re the one playing and the only one that knows what is going on. I don’t have a solution, but you’ve been in the league a long time, and I’m sure you’ve been through worse stretches than this. So over the next 5 days, sit back, take a load off, and don’t think about it too much, ’cause you’ll only make yourself crazy about it.

  163. cloudwine permalink
    May 24, 2007 5:53 pm

    Curt, speaking of ALS. I own a small wine store on the south shore, and we are selling a wine with 100% of the sales going to a local family that is being crushed by this disease. It’s great to support the entire cause, and I applaud you for that. This particular family, like all afflicted by this monster, need our support, and fast. In the 2 days (currently) since we started this drive, we have raised over $2000, with hopefully more to come this upcoming weekend, all to be given to this family. It’s not really that much, but it might pay their mortgage, or their electric bill, or whatever… I urge all of you to support the broader effort, but to also look locally and see what you can do immediately.
    I am certain you’ll bounce back from this past game, ’cause you always do. Best…

  164. soxnayshon permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:27 pm

    Schilling you’re a good person and you’re honesty is appreciated. you do not make excuses and you know you did well and if you had it or not. I like that you are candid and honest but please remember that the team was an embarassment behind you in the field during this game.Fumbles, embarassing dropped balls, rediculous faboulous plays but with the ball dropping- well you get the idea. Don’t be hard on yourself and please keep this blog going when you are watching the games on television in October.

    go sox

  165. redsoxfan7111 permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:31 pm

    you will beat them next time

  166. May 24, 2007 6:32 pm

    I know that you’re probably your own worst critic and don’t need me to point this out but damn Curt you got lit up! Seriously though, Sh*t happens and you can’t win them all. The Sox still have a great lead and played extremely well against some of the better teams in the league these past 2 weeks. I’m not worried. As long as the team stays healthy, they should be in a good position to see the post season. Lets just not make these lousy starts a habit.

    I do have a question for you regarding Matt Clement. Does it look like he might be healthy enough to pitch this year and if so where do you see him fitting in? With the starting rotation looking solid and Lester waiting in the wings do you think he’d be moved to the pen or bumping someone out of the rotation.

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  167. ladyleo permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:46 pm

    As a loyal Yankees fan, I was glad to see the bad performance. Keep it up!! Maybe the RSox can drop some more.

  168. soxnayshon permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:52 pm

    May 24 2007

    Please prepare your golf reservations for October.

  169. dadhadals permalink
    May 24, 2007 6:54 pm

    I guess you don’t need us telling you that you’ve had 3 bad games in a row now…I guess it’s good to know that even when you’re pitching poorly, you can still maintain your position over NY…for now. Many more games like this will catch up to you guys. I hope you snap out of this funk..we need you.

  170. redsoxgirl07 permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:12 pm

    curt dont even worry about it..get ur day off and we’ll see the red sox in texas…p.s- why stress when you know we’re gonna kick some yankee ass?!

    youre doing great

  171. hatesox3 permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:39 pm

    You losers make me laugh. Short memories eh? See ya in the Bronx in October…(not!). 2d rate, 3rd place, and lowclass… Thats Boston. Also accurately defines ALL (every single one) of their fans. Whether it be baseball, footbal (which there exists no Boston team–get a life losers), basketball, hockey etc… I dont even want anyone to win the Boston Marathon; wish you would all come to a halt when you seek the finish line…

    The hat that this idiot (#38) wore in press conferences several years ago with an “H” over the interlocking “N-Y” is obscene…as is #38. Low class; 2d class, 3rd place, and 2d rate….

    Losers. 26-6…eat that. Jack

  172. soxstink permalink
    May 24, 2007 7:48 pm

    Curt I’m not gonna write a book about last night. It’s hard to come thru BX and win. U and everyone on this blog knows it. I will admit the socks stink much less with U on the mound but still we lumped u up pretty good. It happens to from time 2 time. We’ll see you in Beantown in a few.We will be back in the race…u better believe it. U and everyone on this blog knows it.

  173. armynavyfamily permalink
    May 24, 2007 8:46 pm

    This is to everyone, not just Curt.
    Basically, I need some help to be able to give my husband what he wants for his first Father’s Day. My husband is an Infantry Officer in the Army currently in Iraq and he comes home for his 2 weeks of rest and relaxation at the beginning of June. Between the Red Sox schedule and the time we will be in Pennsylvania with his parents, there is exactly one game we can go to while here with my parents in Medfield: the June 17th game vs. the Giants. All he wants to do is be able to take our 6 month old son to his first game. He left for Iraq from the hospital the day after Cole was born and he has not seen him since. After his 2 weeks home he will go back to Iraq until at least the end of the year so he will miss more than the entire first year of our son’s life. I’ve looked at all of the ticket resale sites and even called the Red Sox ticket office. I realize that this game is Father’s Day and a game where Barry Bonds could break the record which makes my chances of getting 2 tickets much harder. But I’m asking for help. Maybe there’s someone who has season tickets who won’t be able to make that game, I will gladly reimburse you the money for that game. If you can help or have any suggestions please let me know. Anything would be appreciated. You can find my e-mail address in my reply to the 5/1/07 vs. Oakland post (#26). I won’t repost it here because I’ve gotten enough spam from that first time. Thank you very much.

    Respectfully,
    Lauren Lebiednik

  174. May 24, 2007 9:06 pm

    Dude, after what you did in 2004, I don’t care if you ever throw another strike. I don’t even mind what just ludicrous political views you have. You frigging rock on such a level, that you could pretty much be forgiven for anything except if you took up, you know, hurting animals or something. But… no risk of that.

    I mean, you know we’ll all be telling our kids about that bloody sock game, right? Hall of fame man! Wooooo Hooooo! Fahkin!

    You rock. Have a bad day now and then. You’ve friggin earned it!

  175. May 24, 2007 9:07 pm

    What? I get emotionable about my Sox!

  176. exsportscaster permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:28 pm

    Curt,

    When someone is as candid as you are, it can be a double edged sword. But, what I’ve always admired about you is that you are man enough to own up to your mistakes, both on and off the field.

    I’m sure you will be eternally greatful to Roger Clemens for helping to refocus your career, but I for one will NEVER have the same respect for that sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer as I do you.

    When you say something, like you’ll never pitch for the Yankees, I believe it. With Clemens, the only thing he’s loyal to is his wallet.

    Here’s hoping your efforts help find a cure for ALS before the Yankees win another ALCS.

    Tony
    Wallingford, CT

  177. sox014 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:30 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Everyone has an off day once in a awhile. Just shake it off, keep working hard, and you’ll get ‘em next time. You’re having a good season and you’ll be fine.

    Also, way to stick it to Meterparel on EEI this morning. His comments were extremely inappropriate, but he can be a real idiot sometimes so don’t let it get to you. Have a good trip to Texas and good luck in your next start.

  178. sabermetrician permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:39 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    As an enthusiastic baseball observer I am a loyal reader of this blog and consider it a fertile source of baseball analysis and information. Though I strongly believe that newspapers atply serve the common sports fan, the simple realties of print journalism render it impossible for the Herald and Globe to satisfy someone with my baseball curiosity. I would be horribly disappointed if this blog were not to continue–and I hope that this blog can expand as much as possible. That is why I am leaving this comment for you, because I have heard some of your comments about the demands of maintaining this blog. I have some suggestions that might make this an easier and less time-consuming activity which I would like to share with you, because I genuinely love this blog.

    Currently I am an incoming college sophomore, where I am an intended History major. At the risk of incriminating myself, I have extensive journalism experience, including as a sports correspondent for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune. After meeting Galen Carr at a SABR convention in 2001, I spent an August afternoon with him in the front office, where I followed him as he performed his duties as an Advance Scout. It is my dream to eventually serve in such a capacity. I’d love to speak to you about that aspiration, especially because you are a pitcher that utilizes the Advanced Scouting staff and have mentioned Galen many times before.

    Other than my sports, my greatest passion is World War II-related history. Next month I will be visiting the same museum that hosted your charity event for ALS in November with Dennis and Callahan. Whereas you are particularly interested in Patton, I have an insatiable appetite for the history of the 82nd and 101st Airbone Divisions.

    Finally, I hope will click on this link, http://www.holeinthewallgang.org/, which will direct you to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Based in Ashford, Connecticut, the camp was founded in 1988 by actor Paul Newman for children with terminal and chronic illnesses, including cancer, HIV/AIDS and hemophilia. The profits from the Newman’s Own food products are directed to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, among Mr. Newman’s various other charitable endeavors. I have served as a camp counselor there and it is truly a magical place. While I fully understand you are beset with the names of countless worthy charities—-a curse of your generosity, I assume—I know you will take a moment to learn about this wonderful place.

    If possible, I hope to speak to you about the intense demands of this blog and about my interest in Advanced Scouting. My e-mail account is displayed in my profile. Again, I really enjoy your blog and I wish you good luck Monday night.

    Thank You,

    Phil D.

  179. crowlebb permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:44 pm

    I have a few questions…..

    1. Is Peter Gammons the smartest person in the history of baseball?
    2. Dennis Eckersley is awesome on Extra Innings. Admittedly this is not much of a question, but maybe you should get off my back.
    3. What’s the deal with Tavarez? Coming to Boston, it seemed everyone was nervous that he might be the Anti-Christ. He seems really awesome.

  180. seabass36 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:48 pm

    Why didn’t Tito yank you early? Because we have a 10 game lead!!!!! Bull! C’mon swallow, Curt! Tough night, take it like a man.You shoud have pulled yourself after Dougie saw and caught your fastball. Team first Curt.

  181. redsoxlove38 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:48 pm

    Curt your an amazing pitcher
    you will come back your next start and be great!
    Enjoy the off day and RELAX red sox nation will never lose faith in you =)

  182. redsox523 permalink
    May 24, 2007 9:53 pm

    I realize this blog is a great place to support your fight against ALS, keep in touch with fans, and lately vent your pitching frustrations. However, I gotta wonder, if you spent as much time working on your mechanics and studying film (considering what they pay you) and less time writing and reading the replies on this blog, I’m willing to bet that you wouldn’t be quite arguably the worst starter on the staff.

    I’m a huge Schilling fan, but man, get off the damn Internet. Look at Daisuke. He struggled immensely after the Kansas City debut. Spent an inordinate amount of time working on mechanics, etc… and now the guy has 3 starts that are nothing short of incredible and I’m expecting a big win against Texas tomorrow.

    I want no more than to see the Schilling of old back, but I’m sick of hearing excuses, especially when you say you ‘feel great coming out of the pen’. I think the old adage applies to pitching:

    “It hurts when I do this”. “Then don’t do that”. Your job is to get some 21-27 outs every 5 days, giving up as few hits/walks as possible. Seems simple on paper. Go do it!

  183. nysean88 permalink
    May 24, 2007 10:05 pm

    Curt-
    I am a Yankee fan and nothing gave me more pleasure than seeing you get your clock cleaned on Wednesday night. I hate you. But make no mistake about it I respect you Mr. Schilling. You do alot of charity work especially for ALS and it means alot to me seen as how ALS runs in my family. So on a baseball note I hope you suck everytime out until you sign with the Yankees this November. But keep up your great charity work.

  184. whiteezpop permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:14 pm

    Schill,
    Definitely a rough outing. You’ll get em next time. If you’ve got time for a brief story, read on……

    Just wanted to let you know that what you do on the field is only a fraction of the impact you make as a professional athlete. I was about 15 when I met you at a Reading Phillies game. You were on a rehab assignment and when you came out of the locker room following your game you signed everything in sight including my hat which already had another mysterious signature on it. When I explained to you that you had just signed a hat that Mitch Williams had already signed, you exclaimed, “You got me” and proceeded to invite me inside your ring of security and you signed every baseball card I had while walking to your car with me. Ever since, I’ve been a baseball nut and, of course, a huge fan of yours. I don’t know if I said, “Thank you” that night, but even if I did I wouldn’t have known what I was thanking you for.

    Without getting too long winded, let me just say thank you for making an impact on me and giving me a role model to look up to and admire. What you do one the field will get you paid, but what you do off the field is what pays the most. You unlike most in your chosen career understand this. Thanks again.

    Now all this aside. You’ve got a job on the field too. Let’s get the next one. And get em good.

  185. gfbrida permalink
    May 24, 2007 11:30 pm

    Appreciate your candor about last night’s performance. I’m a 40 yr fan… (46 yrs young) I’ve been loyal to the hometown team and I can’t believe folks are gonna start bringing up 1978. I was 17 yrs old and it sucked. But, it’s freaking over…what you and the boys did in 2004 will get me to my grave with a smile on my face. I don’t want to hear about Pesky, Gibson, Armbrister, Bucky, Buckner, McNamara, Boone, etc. I expect I’ll be telling my grandkids about Schilling, Pedro, Papi, Roberts, Lugo, Pedroia, Lester, Paps, etc in 40 yrs and how they were the start of the greatest sports team of the 21st century. I have a lot of faith in the ownership and GM that this team is going to be very competitive over the long run and will bring a few banners back to Boston.

    We shook the negative in 04…move on…the future looks bright. Get over the past!

    I’m a Mass native banished to Little Rock (Air Force guy) so I’ve made the trip to Arlington with my son (12) for the past 4 years. Look forward to seeing you guys this weekend.

    I know you’ll find your stuff next time out. Keep the faith!

  186. domeika88 permalink
    May 25, 2007 12:24 am

    Yo Domeika Jones again. Go get als

  187. domeika88 permalink
    May 25, 2007 12:24 am

    Hi. Sox suck

  188. Yankees Team Gynecologist permalink
    May 25, 2007 12:30 am

    “Yes, like being 14 games up in mid July 1978″

    Yeah. The fact that they did it 29 years ago fresh off a WS win means they’re going to do it this year with what they got now. Put Ron Guidry back in the rotation, let’s see how well that works out.

    The gap will close when it’s all said and done, since the Yankees are no question better than they’ve been playing, but for them to win the division will take more than it did last year or the year before. Not saying it can’t happen, just saying it’ll be a lot tougher than it’s been in recent years. If you look at the numbers, especially RS/RA, this year’s Sox (so far) are markedly superior not only to other MLB teams this year, but also to the 2006 and 2005 Sox teams, even their early-season performances.

    Yankee pitching wasn’t even that sharp this series; no starter allowed less than 10 baserunners. Give Wang and Pettitte credit (crettitte?) for getting out of jams and such–they truly earned their wins–but nobody, neither the Sox nor the rest of the league, will be this forgiving on a regular basis. This wasn’t so much an improvement on the Yankees’ part as it was the Sox having two bad games.

    Tough last 2 outings, Curt, but just as I’m sure the Yankees will (unfortunately) find a hot streak sometime this season, I’m also confident you’ll find a way to turn it around. History favors both.

  189. Matt permalink
    May 25, 2007 12:58 am

    as a yankee fan with abounding respect for the career that mr. schilling has had, including his triumphs over new york in 2001 and 2004, i was very very relieved that the bombers got a break yesterday. there’s no doubt that you’ll get back in swing in a start or two, which is a scary thought on our side.

    if it’s ok with redsoxnation, we’ll take the win whenever we can get it.

  190. jaymcgillicuddy permalink
    May 25, 2007 4:58 am

    Hey Curt, you just can’t win them all and I know you will be able to make adjustments along the way. I believe this team has chemistry to take it all.

    Even with Clemens the Yanks are hurting in the starting roles. Manny needs to get on a role and Drew HAS to start producing as Pena is not the answer.

    Best of Luck, all will be good in Red Sox Nation. WSe just need to have everyone stay as healthy as they can.

  191. wedgethirtyfive permalink
    May 25, 2007 7:48 am

    Curt,

    There’s no doubt that A-Rod went out of his way the other night to administer that elbow to Pedroia. Knowing the history that he’s developed with the Sox (the Varitek fight, hacking Arroyo in the ALCS and now this) do you think maybe the rivalry is in his head a little? His comments after the incident were very unapologetic and he said in so many words that he would do it again. Would he have done the same thing if the Yankees had been playing, say, Kansas City or Texas? I tend to think not.
    ESPN reported that word had been given to both benches that a clean game was expected. That’s no surprise. Do you think Julio Lugo’s ejection (with two outs in the ninth and the Sox trailing by five) and the overly emphatic punch-out of Coco Crisp on a check swing to end the game was a necessary assertion of authority or was the ump (Buckner?) grandstanding?

  192. bxbomber permalink
    May 25, 2007 7:51 am

    curt,

    just wanted to write and let you know that you are the biggest, self absorbed jerk in the history of baseball. No one cares about the opinion of a mediocre pictcher who was mired in obscurity until he got traded from the phillies. You haven never been a number one pitcher your entire career (no cy youngs to prove) and you are an over-hyped drama queen. I mean give me a break with the bloody sock. We are have blisters on our feet that popped. You are a jerk and the entire league cant wait until you shut your blowhard mouth. Retire already you piece of crap…

  193. soxgirrl permalink
    May 25, 2007 8:25 am

    I listened to your interview with those “idiots” on WEEI yesterday and all I have to say is “way to go”!!! One bad outing does not make a career and a GREAT veteran pitcher like you does not need their crap! I hope I speak for a lot of Red Sox fans who support you and the ENTIRE team at all times-good or bad!! The problem in Boston is not the fans Curt, it is the fair- weather, unsupportive media! Thanks for putting yourself out there for the fans and THANKS for coming to Boston!!

  194. vader1228 permalink
    May 25, 2007 8:57 am

    “There are worse places to be than 9.5 games up on the second place team in late May, but like anyone else you want to feel like you are part of the solution when it comes to performing.”

    Sounds a little cocky after getting shelled.

    On another note this is my first time here and I have to say this is great. I wish some more athletes took the time that you do to connect with the fans.

    Nice job.

  195. laberalege permalink
    May 25, 2007 9:13 am

    Hey Curt, it was a rough game but the Red Sox are having a great year and you’ll win one again soon!

    I have a question for you… If not for baseball, what career do you think you would have chosen?

  196. lscwxman permalink
    May 25, 2007 9:55 am

    Curt,

    Seems like a pretty frustrating night. Was it just me or was the umpire highly inconsistent? It seems at various times throughout the game you, Pettitte, Tek, Posada, Giambi, Coco and Julio Lugo all had beefs at what was and wasn’t a strike, particularlly on pitches low and away. How difficult is it to make adjustments when the consistancy isn’t there? Love the blog, keep it up!

  197. stevequinn permalink
    May 25, 2007 9:59 am

    Everyone has an off day. Stuff happens!

    With about a quarter of the season gone, if the Sox play .500 ball from here on out, they win 89 games. I expect better than .500 but the bottom line is…..The Sox are sitting pretty. It never hurts to have a “hot start” to the season.

    I live in St. Louis where there’s definitely no “hot start” to the Cardinal season. Definitely NOT J.D. Drew territory. Great to have MLB Extra Innings so I can see most Sox games.

  198. kmaz1960 permalink
    May 25, 2007 10:07 am

    Why 4 straight no movement fastballs to Matsui??? Don’t you think he was on you after the 3rd one???? It’s so predictable, I’m able to call it on TV when you’re about to get hit. What’s the deal with your spitter, when you don’t use it, we’re in trouble!!! Love ya, man.

  199. grengrenier permalink
    May 25, 2007 10:23 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I sincerely hope that this is the only time that I post a comment on your site. And most importantly, I know that I’m not the one to tell you this, but take my advice, it’s time to close up your blogging. The idea is revolutionary and all, being this “close” to a player, hearing your comments and ideas on this and that, but you should have left it in sping training. If you would like a way to inform the public of events in the area, then have your publicist do it. That’s what you do when you are a millionare. And you are a millionare not for your writing but for your actions on the baseball field. Never forget that.

    Let me say that I respect what you do off the field as a leader in cherity events and spokesman for the team, but with blogging after every start you are just opening yourself up to a neverending distraction. Lets be honest. You came into spring training looking overweight (and your no spring chicken to start). You were horrible on opening day, you’ve been blasted twice by the Yankees so far (how many more to come?), you ran out of gas or something the other day against Baltimore and you were basically hammered by Detroit but escaped only when Eric Hinske pulled a Tom Burnansky in the right field corner. You frankly look old, out of shape and mostly tired on the mound. Where as other pitchers your age, like Smoltz, Clemens and Maddox, of whom you are equally talented, have impeccable bodies and are still rolling. What is the difference between you and them Mr. Schilling? How many latenights are you up writing and reading these silly responses and eating munchies? How many early mornings are you in the weight room or on the field stretching?

    When it comes down to it Mr. Schilling, we don’t need to hear your thoughts on Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens, or on where that pitch was to Matsui that he hit into the bleachers. We saw it. They were sitting on the meat you were searving over the middle of the plate, and lacing it all over the stadium. You looked lost. You made Doug Mientkiewicz look like Don Mattingly in his prime. And simply put, that is not the Curt Schilling that we have all seen pitch over the years.

    So in short Mr Schilling, don’t loose sight of what you are doing. You probably only have a few years left to be a star pitcher. Leave it all on the field and leave this blogging for when your old and worthless like the rest of them.

    Sincerely,

    Adam Grenier
    Guadalajara, Mexico

  200. inazone240 permalink
    May 25, 2007 10:39 am

    Schilling:
    I’ve always been a fan of yours, that is why it kills me to say this, but I believe I’ve lost confidence in you and your pitching abilities. Before the season began I was certain you were going to be the backbone of the rotation, however, now it seems that you are the Achilles Heel. Please, for the sake of the Red Sox Nation and your pitching career, figure out why you are constantly getting worse and correct it.
    That said, what needs to be done now is for you to ‘adapt and overcome.’

  201. jnapneworleans permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:00 am

    Hey Curt,
    first timer from New Orleans i am only 18 watch red sox games every night i just wanted to say the only pitch i had a problem was with was the fastball to minetwick or however u spell it i just didnt think you throw the nine hitter a fastball that is the only pitch he CAN hit… but other than that you clearly didnt have your stuff that night and that happens but just go out there next start and beat them

  202. powerchild33 permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:01 am

    Curt,

    Damnit, quit being so cerebral all the time and throw the damn ball with some attitude. Even at your age the talent is prevelant and I know there’s a gamepan installed, but sometimes you just need to let insticts flow. You seem like lately your just trying to survive out there and that’s not the f’in Curt Schilling I’ve grown to watch. Buck up buddy because we need you and the whole red sox nation is behind you.

  203. thutton67 permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:53 am

    It’s all good, baby. We love you and know you’ll come back strong. And your name will live on forever for what you did in ’04.

  204. noelct permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:55 am

    Curt this may be a dumb question, but here it is anyway.

    Pertaining to Pettitt’s pitching style, why is he allowed to blow directly onto the ball that he rolls up to the web of his mitt? Watching him Wednesday, especially in the 5th, made me think that he’s using that technique to throw spitters. I watched great action on the ball after his glove blowing tradition, and flat throws when he didn’t do that. I haven’t seen any other pitchers get away with such blatent and ritual contact with the ball.

    Wang got called on for licking his finger Monday, for what could have only been trying to wipe some dirt off his tongue.

    I graciously look forward to an explaination.

    Thanks Curt. ,Noel.

  205. actionsportsx permalink
    May 25, 2007 2:02 pm

    Do you treat warming up like game situations? I was watching the game on Wednesday, and on YES both Paul O’Neill and John Flaherty said, that if they had a good batting practice session they felt that their games would be good games. Flaherty also said that Randy Johnson would have phenomenal stuff from time to time in the bullpen prior to a game, but sometimes that stuff he threw in the pen didn’t carry over onto the field. So I was just wonder on whether or not, feeling good coming out of the pen from warm-ups means a good start from you, or does it really not matter?

  206. okajima37 permalink
    May 25, 2007 5:54 pm

    When I think of you and pettite I do’t think numbers tell the whole story with you two. You’ve had several games which you could’ve had wins (like Oakland) and losses (Yankees April 20) which became no-decesions. Same with Andy. Do you feel that way about the statstics?

  207. bostonsucks7 permalink
    May 26, 2007 3:02 am

    You got jacked up!!!!!! Yess!!!! Nothing makes me happier on a crappy day than to look at your face and see dissappointment and maybe a few tears rolling down your rapidly aging face. Thank you for getting destroyed, it means a lot to me.

  208. tazburba36 permalink
    May 26, 2007 9:31 pm

    well I have to ask is extra work in the bullpen going to help and if so is there anyone who knows you better than you? It sounds like extra work and more side sessions will help in the long run. The team needs you but they are going to need you more in the end .

  209. lifelongctsoxfan permalink
    May 27, 2007 7:22 am

    Curt,
    I have faith in your ability to bounce back. The Yankees may be having one of the most dis-appointing years (to them and their fans) in the history of baseball, but they still have a dangerous batting line-up. I’m looking forward to watching your next victory.

  210. evilempirerules permalink
    May 28, 2007 12:50 pm

    As a yankees fan I appreciate your blog where I can leave my thoughts and concerns.My concern today is about your second baseman,whats his name? pedrohia…whatever…complaining about Arod giving him an elbow on a slide?…I see girls softball be rougher than that.Maybe he should watch some of the old games when Cobb would slide in punching and kicking or Piniella bowling over Brett at third base.For somebody that has maybe 10 games in the mayors saying that he is going to drop his slot next time he comes down,its kind of absurd.Listen tell your boy that next time Arod comes into town,Arod is going to need somebody to carry his bags and Jeters and Mo’s while hes at it.
    Enjoy this season,looks like it will cost Joe his job or at least it should for gift-wrapping that sweep/choke job in 2004.

  211. May 28, 2007 5:44 pm

    Forgive me if I’m late to the party, but I just wanted to address something John Dennis said on the radio. My Webster’s 3rd New Int. Dictionary (It’s right cuz it’s BIG) gives the following as definition 2b:

    “continuing activity and functional behavior that tend to determine eventual status esp. as to progress or decadence”

    So the use of the phrase “control our own destiny” is just fine.

  212. robbin83 permalink
    May 28, 2007 10:07 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you. I was glad to see you pitching so great tonight…on Memorial Day!

  213. redsoxpirate permalink
    May 31, 2007 2:39 pm

    Curt – Whats the chance of you even reading post # 378 on an entrie that is somewhat dated at this point? Who knows…but anyways thanks for the blog and the time you put into it Schill – I do hope it does not distract you or hinder your performance in any way…if you at any time feel that it may – then as a fan of you but more importantly the Red Sox – I would have no problem with you not doing it. But thanks for the effort you are making to make Red Sox Nation a tighter family between the fans and the players. I have noticed mlb.com has started several blogs now including Kevin Youkilis…looks liek the league is following your example at this point Schill.

    ATTENTION YANKEES FANS – Some analysis based upon your overall classless presence on this site.

    Whats nice is seeing the true class of Yankees players on the field like with Alex Rodriguez. Lets go with 3 examples: #1) His Hamburger Helper slap on the glove running to first base in the 2004 ALCS = No Class. #2) His slide which never was even oreinted at 2nd base and the following elbow thrown at Dustin Pedroia this past series = No Class (and yes “evilempirerules” Dustin Pedroia may have only 10 games in the majors at 23 years of age but I guarantee that’s a lot more of a signficant achievement than anything you have done in your life to this point or probably ever will from the sounds of your immature rant) and lastly and most recent #3) A-Rod’s classless pretend call off “I got it” as he passed behind the Blue Jays 3rd baseman in 2 out 9th inning pop-up which caused a run to score and kept the Yanks alive (justice was served as they still lost the game). No one will doubt A-Rod’s dedication to his team but no one also can doubt his lack of class while doing so.

    And by many of the classless comments put on this blog by Yankees fans taking free shots at one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game – it shows how many Yankees fans (see “evilempirerules”) exhibit the same LACK OF CLASS as their players.

    I am sure Yankees fans and guys like A-Rod sleep well at night…I sleep better at night knowing that there is no B on their hat.

  214. actionsportsx permalink
    June 1, 2007 10:08 am

    In response to the person above me:

    Let’s go back to 2005 the Fenway Home Opener when the Sox received their rings. Every single Yankee player and coach was out there watching and applauding the ceremony. How quickly we forget the classy things they do.

    As far as A-Rod: the “I got it” never happened. Watch the replay, he yelled out “HAH” or something along those lines, his mouth only moved once. I know that if I was in his position I would’ve done the same thing. Just like many other people would.

    Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of classless Yankee fans, and there have been moments that have made me annoyed to be a Yankee fan, but you can’t tell me that there aren’t Sox fans that do the exact same thing. Because we all know that there have been incidents over the past few years where Sox fans got violent (see guy along the wall punching Sheffield). What I’m getting at is that the 2 fan bases overall are great fan bases, but there are classless fans everywhere.

  215. evilempirerules permalink
    June 13, 2007 11:08 am

    I kind of knew that I was going to get one of you clowns pissed off so at least I got one moron going… redsoxpirate…cute name!..oh! by the way..:meeeeooooww!…and as far as being succesful…what are you the head of the redsox nation in your local sewer?. I know it was way over your head…what I meant by Miss Pedrhia or whatever the name is..all the whining by her…complaining about strike calls,staring at umpires and making stupid threats to AROD when hes been in the majors for no more than a couple of weeks,but I know thats too complicated for you too understand…Im really looking foward to your comments..let the biting begin…enjoy…ps … I complimented Mr Schilling on his blog, I think more players should have something like this to kind of touch base with the fans..If you can read, its pretty clear that I didnt insult Schilling or his blog.

  216. firedannyainge permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:59 pm

    No not every Yankee cheered when we got our rings. The only people cheered for were D-Lowe, Wake and Pesky. They did not cheer for everyone else.

  217. firedannyainge permalink
    June 14, 2007 7:00 pm

    EXCUSE ME but your players pounded our guy so what are you talking about?

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