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6/2/07 Vs. NY…. Again.

June 3, 2007

Let’s see, I sucked, we still won. That about cover it? Check back next week…

 

Seriously, I did suck and we still won but it was another grind it out, use the whole bullpen and both offenses had their way for most of the day, until our pen got in the act.

 

Nothing out of the ordinary warming up. Felt fine. Knowing how hot and humid it had been and was going to be the focus on a day like today is staying hydrated and trying to keep your guys in the dugout as much as possible. Long innings can wear the every day guys out fast on a day like today.

 

No Giambi, no Damon in the lineup today. Regardless of who fills in you always want to take advantage of lineups missing key players, somehow it finds a way to really work or really bite you in the ass. Today it was the latter.

 

Given the fact that the work John and I are putting in and the fact that a lot of things fell into place the last start it’s hard not to think that everythings fixed after a game like that. Unfortunately it usually never works that way either. Making the changes we’ve made and the adjustments, is an ongoing process. The only positive to come out of it is that I didn’t do much of anything today, and continue to be horribly inconsistent, but we are finding ways to win on the days I pitch, which is huge.

 

So the game starts, Phil Cuzzi behind home plate. Phil’s nothing if he’s not consistent. I don’t think he ever gets too wide but he calls the corners very consistently regardless of the count or inning.

 

Bobby starts the game off squaring up a back door slider that ends up in an F-7 as Demarlo has the outfield positioned perfectly. Derek fights a few two seamers off and when I try to get back in there to finish the AB I leave the ball more on the plate than I’d like and he hammers a ball off the monster for a double. Matsui gets jammed on a first pitch fastball in to right for the second out. Alex swings and misses at two fastballs that were supposed to be in but I miss to the extreme with both, one middle out and one middle up. The AB ends when he chases a split for strike three. The first two strike split of the day and it is in a perfect spot and moves late, should have been a good sign.

 

Posada leads off the second grounding out to Dustin on a back door slider. Ball came back over the plate more than it was supposed to but no harm, no foul. Cano hits a first pitch fastball away to Mike for the second out and I am close to a quick easy inning if I can get Cabrera. He ends up working the count to 3-2 and I make a bad choice and bad pitch. The only part of the park he can do damage in Fenway is down the right field line, every place else, if he gets a hit, is still salvageable but I go in with another fastball, and it was in enough for what I was after, and he hits a ball down the right field line that puts them up 1-0. Doug hits a two strike split that stayed up in the zone to center for a single on a two strike pitch to further extend the inning. Nieves swings at the first pitch and flies to right to end the inning.

 

Bobby starts off the third by lining a cutter in that was supposed to be down around his feet but instead was up at his chest. Miscommunication here as Tek wanted it down and I didn’t get it. Derek nullifies the mistake by hitting a slider away to Julio that he and Dustin turn into a great 4-6-3. We work Matsui first pitch curve ball, backdoor, for strike one, then run the count a bit deeper and get him looking at a fastball away for the last out.

 

Alex leads off the fourth grounding out to
Lugo on a slider. Posada works a deep count and even through the shift manages to get the ball into right field. He’s swinging the bat as well as I have ever seen him. He’s squaring the ball up consistently and on a variety of pitches. This was a backdoor slider that slid back over the plate a bit too much. Cano grounds to second on a first pitch cutter in for the second out. Cabrera continues his best Damon impression by hitting a split that stayed up to right for another single. We end up getting Doug to fly to center to end the inning and keep it 1-1.

 

During the bottom of the inning Jerry Crawford calls the tarp out as it starts to rain pretty hard. They know it’s not going to last so I am guessing they are trying to avoid us playing in weather that can change the game, if we don’t have to.

 

We sit for about a half hour and at first it’s not really a bad thing given how humid it was. I don’t know how Mike felt but I threw a bit in the tunnel towards the end of the delay and then I was allowed to warm up until I was ready to start the fifth. Not sure why but I just never got loose.

 

I was fortunate enough to start the fifth with a clean slate whereas Mike had to com e back out to 2nd and third no outs. We get two out of it and are now up 3-1.

 

Nieves grounds back to me to start the inning, and Bobby lines another single to left field on a slider away. We get Derek to hit into a 5-4-3 that Mike makes a great feed, and Dustin a great turn on, to end the inning. I was pretty fired up to get out of the inning as fast as we did because nothing felt right.

 

Regardless of how the sixth went and how I felt I still had more than enough ‘stuff’ to make pitches and get outs. I certainly wasn’t tired. That being said I didn’t. I start the inning by laying a fastball middle, middle and Matsui lines it to right for a single. I had Alex in multiple counts to make a pitch and never did it, ending up walking him on back to back splits, both real good pitches that he managed to lay off of, to put runners on 1st and 2nd. My day ends after an AB that, had I made the pitch, could have turned out vastly different. I get to 2-1 on Posada and throw a split that ‘hangs’ a bit, but is still down in the zone, for strike two. Generally I can follow a split that stays up like that with an even better one at the bottom of the zone, or in the dirt, for the simple fact that usually I can feel the mistake on the previous pitch and make the correction on the next one. This time I didn’t. I threw a split, almost exactly like the previous one, and he didn’t try to do too much, just dropped the head of the bat on the ball and voila! Into our bullpen and a 2 run lead is now a 1 run deficit.

 

Hard to describe that sinking into the pit of your stomach feeling you get as you watch a ball heading out, but hold some small sliver of hope that it won’t get there.

 

I could throw a million and one harsh comments and reviews on the outing, but at the end of the day we did what we had to do. Our bullpen clutched up and our offense ground it out.

 

These games, these series, always seem to be battles of attrition for both teams pitching staffs. Our offenses are so alike in some ways, especially when it comes to running up pitch counts and wearing down bullpens.

 

You know going in as a starting pitcher that they are going to try and work counts early, so you try to get ahead and force AB’s to get over with quality strikes. If you don’t do that they either drive you out of the game with 100 pitches after 5, or hammer bad pitches in the zone.

 

All that being said it was a win, and regardless of how, why when and where, that’s all that matters. I’ll continue to grind this thing out and make the changes I have to make but the bottom line is I lack the one thing you have to have from your starters and that’s consistency. Something I’ve always felt I had, I’m now looking for.

132 Comments leave one →
  1. mrmako permalink
    June 3, 2007 5:01 am

    Curt,

    Your honesty is pleasing, but a bit harsh. I thought you were OK until the 2-1 pitch to Posada. Yeah, it just kind of hung there on the inside.

    Bottom line is we beat them, and you’ll do better in your next start.

    VJ in Okinawa

  2. sdredsoxfan permalink
    June 3, 2007 5:59 am

    Curt,

    I have to admit that I had heartburn by the end of the game. Was extremely happy with the outcome though. I know that you have had some rough outings this year. Don’t give up, you are still an amazing pitcher. I love the fact that we are 13.5 games ahead of the Yankee’s. With any luck we will be 14.5 by the end of Sunday. It should be a great game, hopefully Beckett will be on his game. I am really proud of our team this year. It seems to have all come together. Pitching, defense, and offense.

    Hang in there because we have had a great team so far this year.

  3. suesox permalink
    June 3, 2007 6:03 am

    I haven’t lost faith in you; I still feel comfortable going into games on days you’re pitching. I am, though, a little concerned about Wake. Can you figure out what’s up with him? Right now we have the luxury of letting him continue to start, but do you think there could conceivably come a time when Francona should consider letting Tavarez go out there instead (after Lester returns)? (I never thought I’d be rooting for Tavarez after last year’s performances.)
    Also, several months ago I sent a small check for the SHADE Foundation c/o you to Fenway Park, and the check hasn’t cleared yet. Should I void it and send one elsewhere? To what address? One more question, other than wearing a “C” on his uniform, what makes Jason Varitek a captain? I know he’s a fantastic catcher, but does he do special things off the field that help the team?

  4. thedoctorx permalink
    June 3, 2007 6:07 am

    Well, it went well until the rain delay. Credit to the offense for stepping up then burying any hope the MFY had at the bottom of the 7th.

    Best wishes for Doug M.

    –J.D.

  5. soxblog permalink
    June 3, 2007 6:20 am

    It’s this kind of inconsistent play that scares me. It can be covered up in the regular season, but it may be exposed at the absolute worst time, like, say, a best-of-3 post-season series. I wish you all the best, Curt, in finding yourself. I just worry that age is catching up with you, and that’s something that must factor itself in, though you never really address that issue.

  6. redsox45 permalink
    June 3, 2007 6:41 am

    How did your splitter feel last night? Don’t feel too bad about this one, that’s why the Sox are a great team, because everyone chips in and helps lift you up.

    Also, just a general question: What was your favorite baseball team when you were younger? And now that you’re a professional player, was it ever weird having to pitch against them? Also, do players still have their favorite teams that they follow even if they’re not on that team? Does it ever affect the way they play against that team, or do they mostly drop it and focus mainly on their current team? I couldn’t imagine signing with another team and not routing for the Red Sox

    What other professional sports do you like, and what are your favorite teams? (Football, Hockey, Basketball… etc)

  7. June 3, 2007 6:56 am

    Curt –

    Can’t remember ever seeing Posada this hot over this long a period of time. Watching the game I actually thought the pitch he hit the HR on was in a decent spot. Shows how much I know, I guess (although two pitches before he hit the HR I did say to my wife that one mistake here and it’s 4-3).

    Either way, a very gutty win. And one highlight for this Red Sox fan working deep behind enemy lines in NJ – Kevin Youkilis’ at bat in the 8th inning. Knowing that the streak was on the line, he never lost his focus on the bigger picture and was willing to take the walk.

  8. soxrex permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:02 am

    Early on, before the delay, it DID look a lot like you were limiting damage. Couldn’t have been all that inconsistent if that was the case. Getting back into it from the delay was the devil, perhaps. Given the glimpse you had last time out, seems like the way to go is put this one away and build on the previous game. Often one can be very close with a search just when it seems the goal is very far away.
    Don’t make yourself crazy- it will come around.

  9. chillyme permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:18 am

    Necessity is the mother of invention. You’ll figure out the consistency issue. You have the luxury of being on a talented team that is playing hard, smart baseball. I’d rather see you struggle now, than in October. Maybe there are lessons being learned now that will prove critical then. Time will tell.

    I was more than a little surprised that Doug M. did not get neck braced and back boarded after the collision with Mike Lowell. I have more to say on that topic, but will leave it at that. Read into it what you will.

    With sketchy weather and a cross-country travel day and game tomorrow, I hope this evening isn’t one long rain delay. If the Baseball Gods are going to postpone, do it early-not only for the team, but you will save Rad Sox Nation from those horrible ESPN announcers.

    I realize it’s not nearly as fun to kick a team that is already down, but we’re talking the Yankees. Here’s to Beckett and the team kicking some NY butt.

    Onward.

  10. redsox1918 permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:19 am

    Curt,

    I’m certainly puzzled at the lack of consistency here, but it seems like you’re not getting that thrust off the mound (Like you used to) when you’re throwing your FB?? The FB just doesn’t finish through the zone consistently. Lots of talk about the split recently, but your true gift, IMHO, is your ability to spot a FB with movement on both corners. Hoping to see more batters have problems with your FB. I also like it when you present your curveball for a different look on the first pitch of an AB.

    RSN knows you’re all along the watchtower, and you’ll find a way out of this.

  11. altosackbuteer permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:28 am

    Rabby Cano’s shoddy throw to Jeter caused Jeter to spin and make the bad throw that resulted in literally knocking out Mietkiewicz. Later that inning, A-Rod, the pitcher, and Phelps were all in the middle of the infield backing up the throw from center field, leaving no one to cover first base. Bad, bad play. Are the Yankees always this fundamentally unsound?

    Altosackbuteer

  12. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:29 am

    Curt do you throw inbetween starts? Curt I heard Dice K does not ice his arm after games. Why does he not do that? Curt do you think it might help if you had a program and throw a lot like Dice K? Curt what is the most strikeouts that you have had in a game? Curt that was a scarry play when Mike Lowell ran to first and Doug layed on the groung. Curt do you take notes after you come out of the game and write down what you need to work on?

    Jeff

  13. ctsteve permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:36 am

    Kurt,

    A win’s a win and we’ll take it!

    Keep positive, stay healthy and sooner or later you’ll work things out.

    ctsteve

    FWIW you looked real tired yesterday.

  14. champsin07 permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:41 am

    Curt man you really need to figure this out and start pitching better, without you Josh and Dice-k going longer than five innings you are going to kill this bullpen. Okai and Pap are doing phenominal this year but the others like JC, Donelly, synder, and joel are going to get exposed and this one major flaw on this team is going to hold this team back from accompishing the task that you guys set for. Curt you Need to step up and go longer than five innings and make a statement exspecialy against New York. Eventually Curt this offense is going to go through a slump and pitch craptasticly isn’t going cut it and helping this team win ballgames once that happens.

  15. June 3, 2007 7:44 am

    Maybe both teams ought to look at calling up some AAA arms for these series. Seems like neither side has a single arm that is even a little bit of a mystery to the other, and the games always end up messy, ERA-inflating slugfests that make all the pitching look bad. Yet, the Yankees will leave town and get stifled by rookies.

    It’s a little embarrassing.

  16. redsoxnorth permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:46 am

    Don’t beat yourself up. The Red Sox won; it might not have been pretty, but baseball never was a beauty contest.
    Nice defence behind you today – and a nice job from the ‘pen.

    Pile ‘em on, Packers, pile ‘em on.

  17. soxfanindan permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:49 am

    The best thing about this years team is that when someone is down someone else picks it up. Everyone contributes at one time or another. Thats why you have the best record in baseball. Keep working at it Curt! You will get there.

  18. June 3, 2007 8:01 am

    This is what is so good about this team. You can suck, but the rest of the team will pick you up. Manny can suck, JD can suck, Pap can suck, whatever, you find a way to win.

    Dare I say it? You guys remind me of the Bellichick era Patriots.

  19. nonsense729 permalink
    June 3, 2007 8:20 am

    Hey Curt! Tough outing, but I’m sure you’ll bounce back strong! While I watched the game, I noticed that you seemed to leave a lot of 0-2 pitches on the middle half of the plate. Is that something you noticed too or is it just a minor detail that I am over emphasizing? Thanks!

  20. game6sockwasfake permalink
    June 3, 2007 8:26 am

    as bad as you think you think you pitched – moose was way off too…

    and besides torre who wishes the visting bullpen has 4 warm-up mounds (so he could warm everyone up all the bleeping time) leaves proctor in forever to ensure that our suddenly stone handed shortshop can botch up a play or 2

    how did you feel about moose getting the first inning warning against pedroia (clearly BS) you had at least 4 pitches way more in then that (which were fine pitches by the way) but how is that fair?

    AND how does proctor get the boot after one pitch and 3 hit yankees the day before and then the home plate umpires son gets a red sox clubhouse tour and autographs the next day?!

    what’s more bush league? saying ‘ha’ or ‘mine’ or physically throwing the second baseman out of your way in the basepaths? tell lowell that walk-on tryouts for the patriots starts in 3 weeks…

    playing .700 ball isnt enough for you guys? win with some class… it should not be difficult for you this season with the best rotation, bats etc…

  21. theotherm permalink
    June 3, 2007 8:39 am

    I’m sure you’ll do whatever it takes to find that consistency! Well, another dramatic game, by the time these 2 teams finish their series in Sept., do you think anyone on either team will still be standing? So far the Yankees look like they have taken the bigger hit. Better luck to you next time!

  22. okajima37 permalink
    June 3, 2007 8:41 am

    Schill everyone has an off day and I agree it omly matters that we won. (Though it was nice to see Okajima finally get a win). When you play the Yanks so much they’re bound to have your #. It seemed like Posada was on fire today no matter who was on the mound. How is it different pitching to someone who’s on a hot streak like Posada’s been on compared to someone who’s been okay or rather in a slump. Thanks.

    Good luck this week vs. the A’s.

  23. redsoxgirl07 permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:07 am

    curt,

    yeah your pitching wasn’t the best last night and i wasn’t able to watch the whole game but i heard you got rocked and everybody has an off game..if we lost it would’ve been dif. but we didn’t. You guys played a great game..you are gonna kick ass next time!!

  24. redsoxfan89 permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:09 am

    Schill,

    You looked pretty good through the first 5. I really think the delay may have had something to so with your decline in the later part of the game but hey, we ulimately won so it doesn’t matter. We are fortunate to have such a great offense that a no-decision can result even when giving up so many runs. I think you played one of your best game in your start previous to this one (against cleveland). You had five K’s though the first two innings! I have always had faith in you Schill, ever since you landed here in 2004. One rough start won’t affect a long season. Just continue working with John Farrell (he’s been excellent so far), and get some wins.

    – Aashish

  25. fervent permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:17 am

    Bottom line is your team won. When you can win on your “bad days” that is a sign of something special. I have faith you will figure out whatever it is you are working on with Farrell. This fan couldn’t care less about your individual stats or won loss record. You gave the team a chance to win and they came through, your posts have become too apologetic, enjoy the win. Have noticed, though, more 2 strike hits than normal. Does this indicate trouble with the split, or just overall location?

  26. mapii1977 permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:20 am

    Curt:

    As you said in your closing comments, it was a win. As for the consistency, I am sure it will come, keep your chin up! I admire the type of hard work you put in not only on the field, but between starts and the off season. I am very impressed with your note taking and attention to detail. Thats not something you see with the generation coming up today!

    These are just my thoughts, for what its worth from a Red Sox fan from Western, MA

  27. mdyesowitch permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:20 am

    Are you getting updates on how Mienty is doing? It looked pretty nasty and I imagine as former teammates, and being as it happened at Fenway, things must be pretty tense.

  28. curtsucks permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:26 am

    looks like the yanks have your number – enjoy the regular season – once playoff time hits – its over

  29. trotto permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:30 am

    Curt,

    Hang in there! We all have bad days. You guys pulled it out. Good luck today, it would be nice to take two out of three.

  30. thedannyboy permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:31 am

    “Let’s see, I sucked, we still won.”

    Nothing could be more true….and nothing could make me happier.

  31. June 3, 2007 9:42 am

    Hey Curt,

    Too bad you got hit hard, but the Sox got the win, that’s all that matters.

    I also caught a video of you chatting with Ken Rosenthal about various topics, I found it interesting; therefore, no matter what anyone says, your candor and honesty is very rare to see, especially amongst today’s athletes.

    Take care,
    Anthony
    http://oriolepost.blogspot.com

  32. VPISoxFan permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:44 am

    Hey Curt,

    I noticed you said you “never got loose” after the rain delay. I thought that might be a problem for both you and Mike while I was watching the game yesterday. Is that something that’s common to a lot of pitchers? Is it more difficult to stay sharp after a delay – rain, injury, long inning, etc.? Just curious.
    Thanks for the post. Go get ‘em tonight.

    VPISoxFan

  33. lilmisstara permalink
    June 3, 2007 9:47 am

    I just want to start off with you did not suck. The Red Sox/ Yankee games are always a battle. I was at that game yesterday and that was probably the best game I have ever been to (given my seats did suck). I have gone to numerous games at Fenway (first Red Sox/Yanks game). I think you rocked Curt and we won thats all that counts.

  34. June 3, 2007 9:55 am

    I had to leave home during the rain delay, and was thrilled to see we had pulled ahead when I turned the game on again! Thanks for the run down!!

  35. soxfaninny permalink
    June 3, 2007 10:03 am

    Curt,

    Just figure it out…soon!!!

  36. knucklebat permalink
    June 3, 2007 10:11 am

    Alex needed a fastball outside corner at the knees. He wasn’t going to swing anyway.

    I knew you were going to throw that second splitter to Posada, and he knew you were going to throw it. I think everyone knew you were going to throw it. Jason was trying to get you to change your mind, I think. Should have gone with his lead that inning.

    But really, it was just those two bad pitches that spoiled a good start. You can’t do much about Pesky’s Pole, so don’t worry about that one. I wouldn’t say you sucked. Overall you pitched very well–much better than your line indicates.

  37. chester41 permalink
    June 3, 2007 10:15 am

    funny opening line…it was a hot humid day vs the %^%*&^%$#@# yankees and very intense…i really want to be up on them 20 games by all star break so i was very anxious we won and you did… our dps were irritating, one big hit away from big lead and then posada hits a demoralizing 3 run hr…he is kicking a— this year…i am glad lowell ran into cano and roger wont pitch for 2 more weeks…seems like clemens will be a big waste for them…you can feel intensity at home…i imagine more so in person…i am sorry, i do not take this lead for granted like some fans, that is why i would really llike sox to win 2/3 this weekend….i know rain delay hurt you and mussina, so no biggie…i admire both you and mussina for gutting out a very hot day..esp at your ages…i am going to be 42, dont know you can play MLB at age 40…hopefully jd drew can do something, he has been a dissapointment so far

  38. naugatuckian permalink
    June 3, 2007 10:26 am

    Be patient, and also don’t be too hard on yourself. You will work things out, as you always have, and help lead the Red Sox to another pennant.

  39. biz1biz permalink
    June 3, 2007 10:47 am

    Thanks so much for doing this. I really enjoy hearing about this side of the game, as well as what (most) other folks are thinking. I recently had my 7th graders make cards for Timmy O’Connell (we’re learning about bone marrow and bone marrow transplants so it had a nice connection), who I wouldn’t have known about were it not for this blog. So, again, thank you.

    One of the things that I love so much about the Sox is that you guys always find a little bit more. A little more offense. A little more speed. A little more velocity. A little more shoulder. It may not always be enough… but it’s always more than you thought you had. It’s a great lesson.

    And finally, has anyone heard a (substantial) update about Mientkiewicz? I could give a rip about the d*mn ball; I loved his defense when he was here and I hope to God that he’s fine and back in the swing of things really, really soon. If you speak to him Curt, please let him know that Red Sox Nation wishes him well (as evidenced by the utter silence in the park after he left the field, in spite of the fact that the lead had again – and finally – changed hands).

  40. margalit permalink
    June 3, 2007 11:43 am

    Not your best game, for sure, but the shots of you right after you were called back to the dugout showed how disappointed you were in yourself. You looked so angry and upset, and that made my heart feel kinda sad for you, especially after reading this blog for a while.

    Frankly, it was so hot and humid I don’t even know how you can concentrate on working when you’re just dying to sit in front of an air conditioner with a Mai Tai in hand. So give yourself a break. We all have bad days, and the ultimate outcome was very positive. Baseball is a team sport. It takes a great team to beat the Evil Empire so conclusively. You did just fine, considering.

  41. zebelkinton permalink
    June 3, 2007 11:56 am

    I must say this game was the most intense for us this year. I’m not quite sure what your split is doing these days. Sometimes it’s perfect and sometimes it’s flying high and right. I know you and John are working more of the over-the-top pitch but why change something when you have had great success doing it slightly angled? Your feet seem to be always under you giving you the perfect balance but looking at the game in Slow-Mo last night your arm angles were all over the place. I love you to death and wish you the best of luck for the rest of the year but I’m not sure if I could take these crazy back and forth games. Anyway, take care and good luck

  42. June 3, 2007 12:13 pm

    good game boss…

  43. June 3, 2007 12:17 pm

    Man Curt what’s the deal? I thought you weren’t gonna make a habit out of these sucky performances. Better thank your team mates for winning in spite of you. And to make things worse, you embarrassed yourself in front of Ben Affleck. Maybe you can ask Josh for a few pointers before your next start.

    http://www.bostonsportsfans.net

  44. June 3, 2007 12:57 pm

    To hell with the media, they’ve always been against you, and they always will be. I, like many admire you for your conduct both on and off the field. The Boston faithful even love you in spite of your patriotic endorsement of the President, and the true fans will always support you, because you’re one of the best the game has ever seen, and one of the classiest.

    You’ve owned the Yankees since the ’01 World Series, and that will never change. You pitched on no rest and still gave it a MVP performance. That kind of stuff stays with you forever. Your Phillies career aside, there’s at least one Mets fan who would trade half of our beloved team to have you.

    God bless.

  45. redsawx73 permalink
    June 3, 2007 2:26 pm

    games are won as a team.

  46. army07wife permalink
    June 3, 2007 2:40 pm

    Curt….dont understand what is going on…but you seem to be having a tough year..I am sure that you will get it back on track…your a hard worker…Sure you will figure something out to make the rest of the season easier for you!!!! Good luck to you…And LETS GO RED SOX!!!!!!

  47. redsox38 permalink
    June 3, 2007 2:42 pm

    Curt,
    I always enjoy watching you pitch. Even when you are having a bad I enjoy seeing you up there on the mound. I thought you did pretty well until darn cabbageheaded Posada slammed one. But on the brightside the Sox came back to win it with an amazing score.

    So all I have to say is Curt,Stay positive and dont be to hard on your self and you will do just fine in the end;)

  48. June 3, 2007 2:49 pm

    I think it must be great for you knowing that even if you don’t have the good outing you expected, that you know your hitters and bullpen will pick you up as you do them.

    I think this is the best team the Red Sox have put on the field in a while.

  49. hawaii50 permalink
    June 3, 2007 2:52 pm

    Curt,

    Everytime you shook off Tek everyone knew you wanted the split. The announcers even took note of it as you shook him off severa times before throwing one to Posada. Might be going to that well a bit too much but with the delay you were still throwing pretty well. Good luck next time and the guys are playing Team Ball which is a very good thing.

  50. zbi571 permalink
    June 3, 2007 3:08 pm

    Don’t worry about this outing, the outcome was in our favor. I think you will get better as the weather gets cooler, so I predict an awesome October for you and the Sox.

  51. June 3, 2007 3:33 pm

    you said it best, i’m not even gonna try…lol

    but that being said, I hope things get better for ya, we are certainly going to need your consistency in the playoffs :D

  52. blabbe permalink
    June 3, 2007 6:15 pm

    Curt,

    The important thing to take from that outing is the “W”…13.5 games up.
    Regardless of how the yanks are doing this year, they still have a deadly hitting lineup. I think you’ll be back on track next start.

  53. June 3, 2007 6:16 pm

    I know you had a tough time pitching but lately they seem to have gotten to you. Keep it up and keep reviewing tape and notes to try and get past that. I know you shouldn’t have to worry about them in the post season :)

    http://www.browie.com

  54. bostonbabe permalink
    June 3, 2007 7:55 pm

    Rough game, with a good ending. And I couldn’t be more thrilled that you’re pitching Thursday in Oakland, when the family and I get to see you guys. I haven’t been to a major league game since I was a little girl, and I’ll be 30 in a few weeks, so this is way overdue! And the fact that it is the Sox we get to see is the icing on the (early) birthday cake. :)

  55. June 3, 2007 10:16 pm

    its alright Curt… team efforts are the best wins

  56. goredsoxys permalink
    June 3, 2007 10:46 pm

    Schill – Don’t be so hard on yourself. You still got it! My wife has a theory…I’m sure you’ve heard this before but it would appear that you’re ON when you’re clean shaven…check it out. Sounds nutty, but then again baseball has some many silly things associated with it like this…kind of like you always hopping over the foul line… Hang in there and enjoy this great TEAM you’re lucky to be a integral part of its success. Keep the guys focused on the prize! YS!

  57. januaryfan permalink
    June 3, 2007 11:21 pm

    Consistency seems to be the hobgoblin of all pitchers, not just yourself. Q:
    Is there anything special you do to help remember how you did stuff, like take pictures of the hand positions or something? Good luck.

  58. phishingphreak permalink
    June 4, 2007 12:08 am

    You seem to be washed up. I’m glad the Yanks took 2/3.

    I love the Yankees.

  59. June 4, 2007 12:34 am

    Curt,
    You didn’t “suck.” A few people have made the comment that the rain delay had something to do with messing up your rhythm, and I agree with them. Had it not been the rain delay (clearly, nobody could help that) you probably would have owned the Yankees that afternoon and earned the W.

    The Red Sox still won, and are still leading the division — like you said, that’s what counts. Good luck with your next start!

    God bless,
    Nollie

  60. mdoherty permalink
    June 4, 2007 7:55 am

    Curt:

    You have looked pretty tired lately. With all that you do with your charity work, your company as well as baseball I am sure can take it’s toll.

    Please take care of yourself! We all know the pitcher that you are and we the Red Sox Faithful can say we know you will bounce back.

    Hang in there…

  61. June 4, 2007 8:47 am

    Okay. True – not one of your better outings. Consistency is key, but you will work it out. When you’re on – you’re untouchable. One game at a time, that’s all. Put too much pressure on yourself and it will be that much worse. But you know all about that, who am I to say anything. :)

    Anyway. Last night’s game was…..heartbreaking. I don’t quite understand why there was a need to put Paps in, when Okajima was doing fine. His pitch count was low enough to keep him in, wasn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love Papelbon. But in a game as close as last nights, why disturb the groove if things are going well?

  62. eddygomes permalink
    June 4, 2007 9:21 am

    I don’t think you sucked, you just seemed like you ran out of gas. Good team win. However, this weekend was a huge let down. You guys have been playing great no doubt. BUT HOW DO YOU LET A LAST PLACE TEAM COME IN AND TAKE 2 OUT OF 3!!!!! You could have buried the Yanks this weekend! I know, I know it’s just another series, but that is BS. You guys need to step it up when they come to town. You gave them a new life and now this is gonning be a dog fight, guarenteed!!!! This series will be looked at as the turning point of the season mark my words!!!!

    Frustrated Sox Fan!!!

  63. lscwxman permalink
    June 4, 2007 9:34 am

    I imagine in a short rain delay like this one it must be hard to maintain focus and stay in the flow of the game. In longer ones it must easier for pitchers since they usually don’t come back out after the game resumes. Knowing this was going to be a short delay what do you do to try and stay in the game? I actually used to work for the company that does the weather forecasting for you guys. I know how gut wrenching the decisions that Dave Mellor and the umpires have to make are. Dave and his crew do a great job with the field. They truely are unsung heroes.

  64. jc4curt permalink
    June 4, 2007 9:49 am

    Curt,

    I can’t say I fully understand how good or bad you felt out there,
    but it seemed like you were in pretty good control during the beginning of the game. For me, it was a special moment to be watching you from close up and witnessing how passionately you’re taking the game, working hard and trying different things all the time. It’s a real encouragement and you should know your efforts are recognized.

    Because of His Grace,
    JC

  65. cprincipe permalink
    June 4, 2007 11:02 am

    I heard an interesting statistic on WRKO recently – the Sox have only had back to back losses twice this season, and each time you’ve pitched the following game and the Sox have won. I think that you bring an intangible to the game which can’t be measured in terms of ERA, strikeouts or even pitch location. I think a lot of fans feel like when you’re on the mound we have a very good chance of winning.

  66. yankeefn permalink
    June 4, 2007 12:52 pm

    I appreciate your honesty.
    You were better than Wakefield and Papplebon, though.
    It was an exciting series non the less.
    Especially A-Rod’s homer.
    Never heard Fenway get so quiet so quick.

  67. duffyscliff permalink
    June 4, 2007 2:07 pm

    “Hard to describe that sinking into the pit of your stomach feeling you get as you watch a ball heading out, but hold some small sliver of hope that it won’t get there.”

    You don’t have to describe it Curt, we all felt it too.

  68. sox4life88 permalink
    June 4, 2007 2:17 pm

    Yea it was a good game but the rain delay was crucial i mean i was in my friends kitchen playin cards and i heard the radio and they said they were going into a rain delay i looked outside and there was no rain. I mean i live in woburn bur thats not to far away from boston but it was just a downpour for like a half an hour then it stopped

  69. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 4, 2007 2:28 pm

    I don’t think any of us love you less because your body cooled down while you waited out a rainstorm. Apparently two great pitchers were defeated by that rainstorm. And both will rise again, to compete another day. No doubt about that!

    At least it is not like here in the midwest, where there is always a possibility a tornado will really stir up the crowd.

  70. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 4, 2007 2:53 pm

    Curt, it’s me – Hugh. I ran into you at that restaurant near your software company a while back (I was the guy who was drafted out of HS but busted my knee up and never made it).

    We know you will be back, big-time. This staff needs its ace, its #1 guy.

    We love you, Curt.

  71. mike929mgm permalink
    June 4, 2007 3:36 pm

    Don’t worry…the series got away from you guys but at least the game you pitched was a win.

    Gonna be kinda weird to see Dice-K pitch against DiNardo this week, but good luck to you on Thursday.

    Mike

  72. custom65 permalink
    June 4, 2007 4:11 pm

    Curt, keeping working hard and RedSox Nation will continue to stand by you.

    I know I’m not a Major leaguer but but maybe you rely a little too much on the split, seems to me your fastball still has good movement and location looks pretty good. Yeah it’s good to have a large collection of pitches to keep guys guessing but after watching the game Sat I’ve come to the conclusion you have got to bring in a little chin music, a lot of Yanks were hanging over the plate!

    Take care, Go SOX!!

  73. rogersnutsack permalink
    June 4, 2007 4:37 pm

    must have been a happy flight going all night to oakland…..I see flaws, redsox fans, i see flaws, where was Julien Taverz? hes the only guy who has shut the yankees down this year, rest of your starters including the esteemed host of this blog, we have hit pretty well

  74. Tom Field permalink
    June 4, 2007 5:16 pm

    Curt:

    Sorry to see you guys end up on the wrong end of the weekend series. But, hey, that’s why you play 162, and on to Oakland now, right?

    Speaking of which, I’m fortunate enough to be in CA on business this week, I have tickets to both Tues and Weds games in Oakland, and best of all … I also get the pleasure of bringing my Vietnam vet uncle to his very first pro baseball game!

    Question: 1/3 of the way into the season, what surprises you most as you look around the league?

    best,

    Tom

  75. firedannyainge permalink
    June 4, 2007 6:13 pm

    A win is a win but something does seem up. Is the whole contract thing on your mind?

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

  76. robertsbeatsthetag permalink
    June 4, 2007 6:17 pm

    Curt,

    I have a question about veteran pitchers with stuff rehabbing in the minors. I have an unrealistic sense that they should throw perfect games down there but they get hit a bit: Clemens, you, today Jon Lester (they look good but not “unhittable”)… How are the minor leaguers compared to the majors, just a bit of a dropoff in talent? Is it the pitcher’s process of “tuning up?” I would appreciate your insight. If you were completely healthy and “feelin’ it,” what would you expect your line score to be? I would appreciate your insight into this.

    Go Sox.

  77. 1badmf permalink
    June 4, 2007 6:58 pm

    Yankees fan here.

    This is my first time reading your blog. I think it’s great. Like your honesty and respect toward the other players.

    I will visit regularly.

    Good luck this season (except when you play the Yanks)

  78. June 4, 2007 7:21 pm

    Sheesh, you’re hard on yourself. I can’t decide if that’s good or bad.

    I have complete faith that you’ll figure it out and be fabulous on Thursday!

    I LOVE THIS TEAM!!

  79. gorny540 permalink
    June 4, 2007 8:35 pm

    didnt do too bad shake it off and beat oakland although I would of loved to see you pitch in arizona, maybe you will

  80. June 4, 2007 9:46 pm

    All will be well. I am sure you will get it done !!!

  81. devin1 permalink
    June 5, 2007 7:08 am

    We are all waiting for you to pitch well in a big game.

    Please sign with the Yanks next year

  82. taylor99 permalink
    June 5, 2007 3:39 pm

    EVERY time you take the mound Sox Nation has a feeling of confidence in the outcome. It’s because of what you bring to the game. You make others around you better. The key to an outing that doesn’t go as planned is to assess it and make adjustments to address an issue — if there is one! Keep going out with that confidence that the fans have in you and we’ll be in good shape. And next, please take Paplebon aside and coach him on what to do with 0-2 counts to ARod! Remember, you bring more to this team than just what happens on the mound. Thanks for the dialogue.

  83. harris04 permalink
    June 5, 2007 3:39 pm

    Curt,

    Save your best stuff for mid-summer and fall. For the moment, we seem to be in every single game, right up until the final at bat. You are a HUGE part of this season’s success — regardless of your stats — simply by virtue of your professionalism and intensity. Thank you for wearing the Boston uniform.

    I felt as though the turning point for you in the NY game was not the Posada AB but the A-Rod AB just before it. It seemed like you and Tek were not on the same page about what to throw — he maybe was calling for the fastball, and you really wanted to throw the split. I think A-Rod was expecting to see the split after that, and he managed to lay off two in a row that were great pitches. After A-Rod walked, Francona looked like he wanted to come get you — Lopez was ready to come on — but he let you pitch to Posada.

    In hindsight, it might have been a good move to bring on Lopez to pitch to Posada, but how would you have reacted to that move?

    Ned Harris
    Baltimore

  84. mkword permalink
    June 5, 2007 6:08 pm

    Curt,

    Despite your inconsistency I do appreciate your clarity and honesty when it comes to evaluating your performances, and the willingness and desire to do better.

    That said, since I see you taking copious notes during each outing, I think you missed the crucial note on Posada … he likes pitches down and in. He’s very capable of dropping the bat head on this pitches and lofting the ball down the right field line into the upper deck. He did it to us in Yankee stadium, and you let him do it to us in Fenway. Had you thrown the second splitter to the outside of the plate, I think the worst he can do is bang the ball off the Monster for a Fenway single.

    Remember, though, your performance against Cleveland was far more important than your last one against the Yankees. I know Sox fans live for wins over the Bronx Bombers, but in the real scheme of things, is it more important to beat a division leader you might face later in the playoffs … or beat a near basement dweller? I know the Yanks have more talent than their record speaks of … but we can all do the math. The Yanks are not going to play .678 ball from here until the end of September.

  85. yank22fan permalink
    June 5, 2007 8:21 pm

    Thats rigth Curt you suck! Hey, take it easy on Meterparrel. Lets see, you suck at baseball, you’re a jerk, you’re not good looking. How does your wife stay with you?

  86. fingers88 permalink
    June 6, 2007 1:18 am

    Curt..

    I was there Monday against CLE sitting behind 1st base dugout. Your split was silly… CLE is a good offensive team..The Yankees are a GREAT offensive team.. I don’t think some of you get it..they just DON’t chase. At least we got Giambi out of there who has the best eye of any of the Yankees..maybe one of the best eyes in all of baseball…next to maybe Bonds or Helton… Point is..they have guys 1-9 who can hurt you..and hurt you bad. Curt pitched so-so…and Curt’s so-so can beat some teams….but not the Yankees..

    Curt…what in the heck is wrong with Drew? He looks like he is really stiff at the plate? He seems to have perfected the “soft as a baby’s butt” grounder to 2nd and his arm is about 1/5th as strong as I remember. I think he is hurting..bad. He is simply to good a hitter to be toling around .220.

    Crisp?? He is horrific…he needs to go. He cannot do anything at the dish. How would you feel about trading for a real CF’er like Andruw Jones, Hunter, or Ichiro>?

    Is Mirabelli as bad as he looks>? He looks utterly lost at the plate. I know it is hard to only play once or twice a week..but eventually we need to get a serviceable backup catcher that is not an automatic out. Right now..when Wakefield pitches..we have 3 auto outs in Drew/Coco/and Mirabelli…tough to win with the eqivalent oif 3 NL pitchers cloggin up the order.

    Do you think this team needs to make some personnel moves?

    Is Papelbon being babied because he is hurt…or simply because we have a cushion? I swear he shakes his shoulder 10-15 times per inning when he is out there. My guess is he is hurt.

  87. soxsd67 permalink
    June 6, 2007 1:23 am

    The team is in a tailspin!! This has to turn around soon or the lead will be gone. Why isn’t Lester coming back soon? Theo is going to be a target soon if this doesn’t turn around. It is crazy how momentum changes so fast. I will be in AZ this weekend to see the Sox and the D-Backs are on fire, they keep finding ways to win and the Sox are finding ways to lose. It’s not a sprint, yeah I know but the marathon is looking pretty tough to finish. All Sox pitchers look bad in the last 5 games, starters, relievers, and big Paps. Not a good time!!

  88. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    June 6, 2007 9:54 am

    I love the Red Sox and baseball in general. That nasty remark from June 3rd #28 to Curt was ridiculous but everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and everyone has a bad day and sometimes it is 2 bad outings in a row…so what! It was Curt’s motivation and endurance that got us what we have been waiting for in 2004 and I can’t agree more that what some of you say it is a team effort! Curt don’t be hard on yourself…you have many supporters out here through the rough times and the great times!

  89. play4jesus permalink
    June 6, 2007 11:04 am

    Curt,

    Over the last 6 games we have now lost 5. I have noticed that the bullpin has been issueing a lot of walks latley. The walks are killing us. Oakland walked seven batters last night and yet we were not able to score a single run. Ok, I’m a bit frustrated, so I’m sure the team is even more so. I think the long series in Boston against the Yankees on ESPN on a Sunday night and then a flight across country for a game the very next day doesn’t help. As fans we seem to forget that you are all human beings and the demanding schedule pays a toll on you both physically and mentally. Lets try to split this series with Oakland. Good Luck!

    James
    Red Sox Nation West
    So Cal

  90. jakelind permalink
    June 6, 2007 1:32 pm

    You need to start being consistant. I don’t know how these people can feel confident when you take the mound, esp. against the Spankees. I’m sure you will correct it. I’m praying you are working has hard as you can to do so. The team is now in a funk. How can the Sox not hit Lenny Dinardo? Why must Francona tinker with the line up so much? Go with what was working. These other people are talking about October and playoffs. I’ve been a Sox fan long enough to know better. Start being a leader, lead by example and light a fire under this team. The Spankees are starting to hit and they are getting quality starts from some young pitchers. I really don’t want to hear their loser fans after we pull the usual August choke. Stop it from happening now!!!!! Thanks and Good Luck!

  91. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 6, 2007 2:03 pm

    Curt,

    My life partner and I are thinking of organizing a wiffle ball tournament.

    The working title is “Got (Wiffle) Balls?”

    If we pull it off, proceeds will be donated to SHADEfoundation.org

    You rock, Curt-man!

  92. tombrunansky permalink
    June 6, 2007 5:16 pm

    No need worrying about the Yankees now. Time to rack up the wins over the NL.

    http://www.sportsguyredux.blogspot.com

  93. jimed4hof permalink
    June 6, 2007 8:10 pm

    I know it doesn’t happen as often as we’d all like, but when Wily Mo connects… is there anyone who hits the ball harder? How much impact can a hitting coach and mentors like Papi & Manny (others?) have in helping 22 lay off some of the breaking pitches that get him in early-count trouble? If this guy learns the art of at bat (like so many of his teammates seem to have done)… well, that’s just scary.

  94. andyfox1979 permalink
    June 6, 2007 10:42 pm

    curt, your last name is an adjective with negative connotations. Can you still throw 94 Mph + ?

  95. cdubb21 permalink
    June 7, 2007 7:17 am

    Curt,
    Not going to say it’s a must-win, but it would be nice to get one and end this little streak that we’re on. Looking for you to be the stopper before hopefully picking up right where we left off last year with Quadruple A, sorry I mean the NL.
    Chris

  96. June 7, 2007 8:09 am

    It isn’t like we never need you but tonight we really need you. I know that you will rise to the challenge!!

  97. locklandworth permalink
    June 7, 2007 8:26 am

    Curt, my man, here we go, stop the bleeding, three words for you today…

    GET IT DONE!!!

  98. redsoxgirl07 permalink
    June 7, 2007 12:40 pm

    just writting to wish u luck in the game tonight..you’ll do great!!

    Win us one curt

  99. any0ther permalink
    June 7, 2007 4:40 pm

    I wonder what the trolls calling you “washed up” think about this game versus Oakland.

    The Sox are entering the ninth inning right now and I’m so nervous for you. Regardless of what happens in the final inning, you deserve a lot of credit for stepping up and giving this team a chance to win. The group looks tired – giving away some at bats – after the Yankees series and subsequent travel. I hope this helps recharge the team and lead to a much-needed win.

  100. trubelieva permalink
    June 7, 2007 4:50 pm

    Thanks for putting the team on your shoulders and ending the streak! 1 out away- congrats!

  101. June 7, 2007 4:50 pm

    Schill, you had me on the edge of my seat today, even with out the no-no, your rock, lots of manlove from Malach the Merciless.

  102. June 7, 2007 4:52 pm

    SO CLOSE, Curt. As a native Houstonian, I was rooting for you to finish the no-hitter.

    Great game, bro.

  103. thedoctorx permalink
    June 7, 2007 4:54 pm

    Congrats on what “shoulda” been a no-hitter! I guess you took advice from posters telling you to pitch better? :D

    Seriously! Congratulations considering how good Oakland had played this series, to win with ONE run from Big Papi in the first inning. I wanted you–as I am sure every RS fan–to preserve a no-hitter, but my biggest fear was them getting the win. One run against this team is not insurance, at least these past three games.

    However, you kept your composure, saved the win, ended the slump! Now if the MFYs and Toronto lose, it is a good day!

    Go get Arizona!

    –J.D.

  104. theotherm permalink
    June 7, 2007 4:55 pm

    WOW!!!!!! GREAT GAME, you were awesome…THANKS!!!!!!

  105. June 7, 2007 5:12 pm

    ghost of ben davis.

  106. jmannin6 permalink
    June 7, 2007 5:44 pm

    Hey Curt:

    If you would like the address of my former friend that had the you know what to send me a text about the no-no with one out to go I will oblige. Great game.

  107. neffsox permalink
    June 7, 2007 7:27 pm

    nice 1 hitter tonight Schill, you rocked

  108. June 7, 2007 7:56 pm

    Mr. Curt Schilling, you’re my favorite pitcher.

  109. metaljaybird permalink
    June 7, 2007 8:31 pm

    Schilling,

    You pitched a gem of a game. Congratulations!

    MJB

  110. 1creativemind permalink
    June 7, 2007 8:39 pm

    BRILLIANT performance against the A’s today, Curt! WOW! This could not have come at a better time for yourself or your team. Keep it up brotha.

  111. msalmonsen permalink
    June 7, 2007 9:24 pm

    Hey Schill,

    Congrats on your almost-no! It was a thrilling game to be at! So here’s the question, and I’d like you to answer it honestly, if you could. How mad at you were Lugo after he messed up fielding that ball? We were sitting in center and saw that look you gave him. Come on. Admit it. You were pissed, weren’t you?

  112. pennstater89 permalink
    June 7, 2007 10:09 pm

    Curt,
    I couldn’t wait until you posted. CONGRATS ON THE ONE HITTER! I was driving to a meeting and actually pulled off the road to listen to the bottom of the 9th. I am so proud of you – RED SOX NATION IS PROUD OF YOU!

    Amy in NJ

  113. syphax permalink
    June 7, 2007 10:58 pm

    Can’t wait for your post on today’s (A’s) game- thanks for being the stopper, and I hope you get a no-no or better one of these days…

  114. plaidlemur permalink
    June 7, 2007 11:53 pm

    Hey Curt, watched your game today against the A’s, and holy smokes, am I glad I didn’t do any work! That was a pleasure to watch, and although the ending wasn’t something out of a movie (well, maybe some Shakespearean tragedy, lol), it was an absolute gem.
    I was most impressed by your composure after the game, that was nice to see, how you put it in perspective right away.

    A 1 hitter is magnificent!

    Go Sox!

  115. jillydreadful permalink
    June 7, 2007 11:58 pm

    You pitched magnificently today. That has to make up for the day you sucked. ;)

  116. June 8, 2007 1:07 am

    Man… you were great. not bad, you are a ledgend, el Kurt. viva Ku-ret.

  117. schiezainc permalink
    June 8, 2007 1:43 am

    Wow, Curt, man, that must have sucked. I don’t know if there could be a worse feeling in baseball when you’re a pitcher during the regular season.

    Good luck for the rest of the season, and way to prove that you’ve still got it man.

    ~Paul J. Spetrini

  118. chowdaguy permalink
    June 8, 2007 6:04 am

    How do you define “ACE”. How bout a 1 hit, 1-0, shutout following four consecutive losses to when your team is scuffling for runs!!!!!!

    Grats Curt!! Another gutsy effort.

    Chowda

  119. noxintort permalink
    June 8, 2007 7:50 am

    Absolutely true Chowda.

    Curt, you deserve to be associated with having gotten a no-hitter (or perfect game) as much as any pitcher out there. It’s unfortunate that you didn’t get it, but in the end, you showed a TON of gut out there, winning a game with only 1 run of support.

    The offense will come around again, but in the meantime, it feels GREAT to win a game only scoring a run. You showed poise and gut after the Shannon Stewart hit to finish off the game. I respect that greatly.

    Nice work!

  120. tarpwn3d permalink
    June 8, 2007 8:06 am

    FROM THE NYT

    Until Boston’s Curt Schilling lost a no-hitter Thursday with two outs in the ninth inning at Oakland, the Yankees’ Mike Mussina had the dubious distinction of being the last pitcher to come so close to a no-hitter without getting it.

    The Yankees watched the end of Schilling’s game in the clubhouse Thursday afternoon. When Shannon Stewart broke up the no-hitter, the room erupted in cheers, players bursting from their seats and shouting.

    After the Yankees’ 10-3 victory over the White Sox, I kidded with Mussina and asked if he’d send a telegram to Schilling. Mussina, whose perfect game was ruined by Carl Everett on Sept. 2, 2001, sneered. “What?” he cried. “He didn’t get to one strike away!” Then a few of the writers suggested Mussina post on Schilling’s blog. He smiled, I think.

    —Now I understand why you have “ruled out” the Yankees as a Free Agency destination. They truly hate you. I was at the game with two die-hard Yankee fans and they were both rooting FOR the no-no in the 9th.

  121. gcanceko permalink
    June 8, 2007 8:19 am

    Congrats on the one-hitter! It was a great game, great effort.

    AWESOME! We heard it in Vermont.

  122. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 8, 2007 9:11 am

    Come on Curt! Celebrate with us! We love to share your joy as well as the rest.

  123. happybooker99 permalink
    June 8, 2007 10:03 am

    Easier entry for the game on the 7th.

    “I didn’t suck. We won.”

    Nice job.

  124. pattijor permalink
    June 8, 2007 10:19 am

    CURT,

    YOU CHOKED. WHY OH WHY, AT 8 2/3 , WHEN IT’S ALL MENTAL, WOULD YOU NOT GO W/ THE SMARTEST CATCHER IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES? MY GRANDMOTHER COULD HAVE HIT THAT FASTBALL.

    I think Terry jinxed you when he warmed up Papelbon.

    What more do they need to offer you a deal? The fans love you. The blabber mouths on EEI and ESPN don’t speak for us.

  125. Brock Landers permalink
    June 8, 2007 11:57 am

    Sorry about the no no. I think even Yankee fans were rooting for it. Always a great piece of history when someone can perform that feat. Best of luck on the next go.

  126. believeagain07 permalink
    June 8, 2007 12:53 pm

    God Bless Curt Schilling, the pitching, control of the game, no walks, (no runs Red Sox – but, thanks again David O. , bless you), but I really was impressed by Curt Schilling, the man on the mound, did it – wanted it – he was totally psyched – only to end up with an exceptional game – WIN, and he cared more about the win than he did the no-hitter. My question to Curt is this – actually speaking – does that “hitter” really want to hit that ball – I would at 9 innings, 2 outs – absolutely strike out, i know that’s not right- BUT come on – you had a lifetime achievement – could he skip the freakin hit this time. Come on. I know – it’s a man thing, but oh my God, when he hit that – not just Red Sox Nation, but most of the world cried a tear for you – MAGNIFICENT 40-year-old MAJOR LEAGUE GREAT – HALL OF FAMER – MR CURT SCHILLING. It really was a perfect game as far as YOU were concerned.
    GREAT, GREAT, SPECTACULAR WORK CURT. SUPERB! Stat update to consider: had it not been for the error, the same batter would never have reached the plate to hit in the 9th. Hate to be a downer, but anywaz YOUR game was a PERFECT GAME and thank you so much from BASEBALL NATION. We all enjoyed and cheered IT and LIVED IT. SPECTACULAR PITCHING!!!!!!

  127. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    June 8, 2007 1:42 pm

    Curt,
    congrats on your win yesterday! I was able to see some of the afternoon game you gotta feel great today after yesterday’s outing! wow I was so thrilled for ya and you still rock on the mound!!! Looking forward to Josh tonight! congrats again!

  128. loisrgriswold permalink
    June 8, 2007 7:58 pm

    Dear Curt,
    Keep up the excellent work … enjoy your family, too. You are part of a wonderful TEAM and I’m proud of you and everyone on the TEAM…thank you to you Curt, and to all of “the boys” for every kindness to me…
    Lois (“Mom”)

  129. redsoxgirl07 permalink
    June 8, 2007 8:02 pm

    curt i watched u almost pitch a no hitter and wanted to congratulate you on a great game..good job curt!

  130. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 8, 2007 9:24 pm

    Curt what do you think about the two draft picks the Red Sox made? Do you like the two draft picks the Red Sox made and why are they good draft picks?

    Jeff

  131. bish6364 permalink
    June 9, 2007 12:14 am

    Hi, Schill,
    Oh, Man, what a game!!! 40 years old indeed!!!
    You were brilliant and I loved every minute of it until that pitch. It was a heartbreaker, no doubt, but I was so worried about a sweep, that it was just so awesome to see you STOP the A’s. And stop them you did.

    You were the ultimate team player, staying focused on that one run margin and throwing like the ace you are. You got us out of Oakland with a win. It was feeling like the Bermuda Triangle in that park, and it was so nice to be in Arizona tonight!!! Great game tonight, obviously, and I was so happy to see Drew look so good and look like he really was a member of the team.

    You have such leadership impact, Curt, in the dugout, clubhouse or on the mound. That may sound corny, but I really think you make that kind of difference, even when someone else is pitching. I love how you race out of the dugout to congratulate everyone when you don’t even pitch.

    I wore my Schilling shirt during your game and prayed you would get us a win — thanks for coming through!!!

    See you at the ballpark on Tuesday, right behind home plate.
    MA

  132. historyfan permalink
    June 9, 2007 1:33 pm

    Curt, could you pass along to Tek that I think its safe to say that working ARod on the outside corner might not be a great idea.. He seems to have figured out how to handle that pretty well, but some of the down and in stuff tied him up in knots :)

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