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6/7/07 vs. Oakland and shaking off ‘Tek……

June 9, 2007

Nice to be able to start a post game thread with something other than “I sucked and we lost”.

 

Figured it would be quickest to get to the middle part of the game, when things began to get interesting. We got to the fourth in a 1-0 game because David homered in the first, Blanton shut us down after that and Jason and I were executing our game plan. When we made a mistake it got hit at someone or taken for a strike.

 

I knew, or felt I knew, after the third that this was going to be a game that stayed 1-0 unless we couldn’t keep them down. As I was sitting in the dugout thinking through the fifth inning, the fact that we’d only faced 12 hitters was not lost on me. Certainly too early to be concerned or worried about a no-no or perfect game, but you can’t get either if you don’t get to this point anyway.

 

The fifth started with Eric flying to shallow left on a 1-1 split. Cust went after the first pitch back door slider, which was more middle than anything, then on a 1-2 count chased a split for the fourth, and unbeknownst to me at the time, final, strikeout. We got Johnson to 1-2 and threw a curve that he grounded to short, the error ended the perfect game and as with the prior 14 batters and the next 15, it was easy to not lose focus. A 1-0 game is one pitch away from a tie, and with a runner on one pitch away from a 2-1 game if you don’t stay pitch to pitch, hitter to hitter and inning to inning. Scutaro worked a six pitch AB that ended on a fly out to right on a split. Five innings, 65 pitches and still no hits.

 

At this point it starts to be something that I, and maybe I am the only pitcher on the planet that would pay serious attention to it, contemplate the possibility of. I know it, everyone paying attention knows it. The main reason it’s something that was easy to not let affect me was that the game was 1-0, so the bunt is in play for every guy that may potentially lay one down.

 

I was asked about the bunt after the game, and someone referenced Ben Davis bunting to break up a perfect game in the 8th inning in 2002. I said what I’ve always said. I never said a word about that bunt and whether or not I thought it was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, and I never have. The game was 2-0 at that point, so the tying run was at the plate and the hitter was someone who’d swung the bat well against me. I was shocked at the bunt, caught off guard, but there is no quote anywhere, nor could there be, in which I said anything about the play being ‘bush’ or whatever term some people used. I wish he hadn’t bunted, I wish he’d laid down a good one actually. To lose a perfect game on arguably the worst bunt I’ve ever given up was the disappointing part of it. But as far as playing the game ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ it never occurred to me. You play to win, and do so within the ‘unwritten’ rules is something most guys do. I don’t think many guys would have the gumption to bunt but I also think you do what you think you need to do to win a game, again, within the rules, written or unwritten.

 

So anyway, the bunt is something I make sure Mike, Kevin and I are all aware of. Who’s going where on a drag and which hitters I think Mike can cheat in on.

 

The first hitter of the sixth was the first real “I might throw a no hitter” moment for me, during the game. Kotsay hits a first pitch back door slider that’s over the heart of the plate to deep center field. I think it’s a hit off the bat, and as has happened so often this year Coco closes the gap between the ball and himself when it looks like he has no chance, and makes an awesome play. Kendall hits into the defense for the second out on a 1-1 fastball away (same pitch Stewart hit btw), and on a 2-2 fastball Stewart grounds to Youk to end the inning.

 

Now it starts to get fun for me. Again, the easy part was this was all happening within the framework of a 1-0 game, so the focus part of it was not a challenge. I’ve never taken a no hitter into a game this late with a huge lead. The San Diego game was 2-0 at the time as well. So I am sitting in the dugout going through the 7th inning lineup and thinking about sequences. My main concern was Ellis, as well as he was swinging the bat against us I was concerned that I’d not come in on him, and that he was putting some good swings on the ball.

 

He leads off the 7th taking a fastball away for a strike and then hits what probably would have been the first hit of the game had Mike not made a fantastic play. It may not have looked like much but from the mound we get to see the tough hops and bad bounces and you can almost see them before they happen. He got one, kept the ball in front of him and made a great play for the first out. Swisher gets jammed and I am not sure if Youks getting the ball or a bat to the head as the barrel goes sailing by him, and makes another great play for out number two. Eric grounds and 0-2 split to second for the final out and walking off the mound I can now hear and feel Sox Nation getting riled up.

 

Last year I was lucky enough to strike out my 3000th hitter. I did it in Oakland and I can vividly remember the class they showed through the ovation they gave me. I’ve never gotten a good read on the fans there as a whole since they are pretty much the worst in sports during batting practice, but they are very astute fans when it comes to in game events and I could sense there was a contingent of A’s fans hoping to see it happen as well. Right or not that’s what it sounded like.

 

So I am sitting in the dugout working through the 8th in my head. Scutaro is the the guy I am thinking ahead on. Hoping he’ll stick to his approach since I feel like our game plan and defense is setup to take advantage of it and the fact that being a little guy, height wise, he can hit a fastball. One of the truisms in baseball is that there has never ever been a big league hitter under six feet tall that couldn’t ‘pull a bullet’. Little guys don’t get to the big leagues hitting the breaking stuff and most of them are fantastic high fastball hitters since their strike zone is somewhat different than most.

 

First pitch outs are always huge. First pitch outs in close games are doubly huge. First pitch outs in 1-0 games in which you have a no-hitter are extraordinarily huge. Cust leads off the 8th by grounding a first pitch curve ball to Youk. I would imagine I am not that different than most pitchers in that each hitter, for me, from an approach standpoint, is a detailed plan and path to an out from how I want to pitch. Hitters, I think, vastly underestimate the magnitude of making outs on the first pitch and how much of a relief it is to pitchers. With one out we go back to curve ball to Johnson for a strike, end up running the count to 2-2 and get him to ground back to me on a 2-2 split. Scutaro ends the inning by flying to center on a fastball away on the second pitch of the AB.

 

Ok, now it gets real interesting for me. Walking off the field I am thinking of my wife and my kids. Shonda and I had often talked about what throwing a no-hitter would be like. She’s been at pretty much every significant event I’ve ever achieved in this game and she’s always joked about how I better not do it when she wasn’t there. I am walking off the mound, and it’s pretty loud at this point, and I know that she’s somewhere thinking and praying I do it, but at the same time feeling her gut wrench because she’s not there.

 

I am also thinking and praying that if it doesn’t happen, and if I do give up a hit, that it’s clean. I know how much pressure the guys in the field are feeling. None of them wants to be the guy to get a questionable ball at this point, nor do I want them to. Add to that, it’s still 1-0, we’ve lost four straight and I just want to win this game and have it over. I also want to enjoy the fact that I’ve never been here, most likely won’t ever be again, and after 450 plus starts in the major leagues how cool it is to experience something I’ve never experienced. I’m trying to soak it in but in all honesty I can’t. We need to win this game. Then I think “Damn, I’ve gotten 24 of them already, what’s getting 3 more?”

 

I know it’s far from easy but the score really did allow me to keep the mindset I’d had all day. While it’s crossed my mind between innings it was never a prevalent thought when I was trying to execute pitches.

 

Our ninth ends rather quick, which is nice, and I stroll out for the final inning. Sox Nation is way into it, I can hear them, which is cool. I am also thinking about a few thousand or so friends of mine that I know are tuned in. 30+ thousand ALS patients, a lot of which I know follow my starts, that are probably as nervous as anyone. My son Gehrig, who just this week had thrown a five inning no-hitter. My Yavapai teammates that I am going to be seeing in Phoenix, my little league coaches, as a group I am wondering what’s going through their minds as I am warming up. One of the greatest things about doing what I do for a living is knowing how much these games mean to people that have helped me get to this point, that so many of them do live and die with every pitch we throw. The fact that God gave me the ability to impact peoples lives in this way is something you wish everyone had a chance to experience.

 

The thought process between innings was somewhat grueling. The first two hitters in the ninth are both guys I’ve faced over 70 times each in my career. There will be no shocks or surprises, no tricks. In a way, looking back on it, I think it made it easier because in my mind it really came down to execution. I thought the advantage I had at this point was that I was throwing 93-95 from about the 5th inning on and I’d seen neither of them since that point. Having a little extra was a weapon that I thought would, and it did, give me the ability to stay true to what I know, do it, and have it work.  Kotsay took a first pitch fastball strike, away, fouled a pitch and then took a high fastball to go 1-2. He grounded the next fastball away to short, Julio made a nice play too, for the first out. Jason took two fastballs to go 1-1, then hit a fastball to short again, for the second out. The ball was up a bit and watching the swing it seems he was trying to hit against the defense, seeing the outfield shifted to right it looked like he was trying to hook the ball. I think, had I not had a little extra, he might have done it.

 

This was the very first time I actually said to myself, on the mound, “Holy crap, I think I am going to do this.” I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with Shannon and felt I knew exactly what he was going to come to the plate trying to do.

 

Now comes the infamous ‘shake’. In talking with Tek after the game it’s clear to me that he was 100% spot on with his thought, and I was completely wrong with mine. Why would he take a strike at this point? I had gone to 1 three ball count all day. I wasn’t going to walk him and the only thing you do at that point, by taking a strike, is allow me freedom to use my split. There was no way in hell he was taking. I was sure otherwise. So I shake off the slider, execute the pitch I want, and he lines it to right.

 

There was about 1.5 seconds of disappointment there on my end. It would have been damn cool, hell it would have been awesome, to throw the no-no. As soon as the ball hit the outfield grass I thought “Ok what do I want to do with Ellis?” I hadn’t even contemplated him hitting up to this point. Tek was starting to come to the mound, Mike did as well. I waved them both off as I was absolutely locked into getting this next out. This win was something we sorely needed but it was cool as hell to know the two veteran leaders on this team are that aware of how the game and the mind can work. Neither wanted me to let this slip by going to a bad place mentally. Given how inconsistent I have been to this point in the season I was sure that was not going to be an issue.

 

So the game ends two pitches later when Alex clutches Marks pop up. I am pretty fired up given what I thought was the magnitude of the game. It’s June, we are 10 games up, must wins are a media creation at this point but at the same time a losing streak is a losing streak and no one feels good about themselves or their teams when you drop 4-5 games in a row.

 

I think most, if not all good pitchers want to be known as ‘stoppers’ when it comes to ending losing streaks. I know it’s something I’ve always been very aware of and tried to approach with that mentality, but in the end you have to execute. Our staff is so solid and so deep that we shouldn’t ever have to deal with long losing streaks. I think we all feel that any one of us can go out and throw up 7 scoreless on any given night, and good staffs like that thrive on each others performances.

 

In the locker room after the game Eric Hinske comes up and says “Man, we just stopped a four game losing streak, our starter just won 1-0, threw a one hitter and I am so damn mad right now.” We laughed our butts off. There were quite a few guys uttering those same thoughts and you have to realize what that means. I’ve watched guys do this before, come close, miss it. But as a team, we are all so invested in each other and care that much about each other that when something happens to one of us, most of us feel it. It’s a pretty rare dynamic in team sports theses days but when you are on a team that has that makeup you enjoy the hell out of it, because it might be the last time you get the honor of being a part of something that special.

 

Funny thing is you wake up the next morning, the world moves on, and you get ready to do it all over again in five days.

 

BTW, to the folks at SOSH, cool game thread and Lucen you suck! 30,000 posts into your SOSH career and you know better than to mess with baseball karma you dolt.

  

154 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2007 1:59 am

    Curt,
    Congratulations on an AWESOME pitching performance! :) What a way to snap a losing streak. Wow. I was at work during “The Game”, but thanks to the internet I got to keep track of every pitch. (Not something one should do at work, I know…but oh well.) By the 7th inning, I honestly did not get any work done because I was so into it. You rock!

    ~Nollie

  2. Sparhawk permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:02 am

    Hey Curt –

    Well your career has not given you a no-no yet, but that was now your closest, the good news is; any closer now and you have the no-no, so best of luck.

    It was great to see Ortiz come out and hit one, hopefully the legs are getting better. And tonight it was great to see J.D. Drew, how incredible, I guess he just needed another taste of National League pitching to awaken his bat. I hope he carries it back to the Fens this week.

    Beckett and yourself had a couple of great starts and it is great to see the mini-slide come to a halt with the “stoppers”. You guys are going to get it done and we can’t wait to watch as fans.

    Beau Mills going to play with Trot, well at least next spring, Brad must be so proud. My wife and I have 3 ball players from the NECBL living with us this summer and playing for the Sanford Mainers in Sanford Maine. Rich Gedman’s boy Michael is on the team as well, and actually got the save tonight in the first game.We love to watch all levels of the game, from little league, to college, to the pros at any level.

    The Yanks are coming alive and we need to stay hot. Who will be the next magical mystery player for the Red Sox to step up and wow us with their game? We can’t wait to see what comes next. Thanks again for the blog and good luck in you next start against Colorado. Can’t wait to see you guys at home on Tues and on Friday as my wife and I are making the trip.

    See you next week….

    Brian & Sarah Sparhawk

  3. penwhale permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:06 am

    You can’t dwell on it. And I know you won’t. Keep it up for your next start.

  4. jbridges permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:14 am

    Your command was the best I’ve seen from any Red Sox pitcher this season, hands down. I liked that you were attacking guys with the fastball even in the late innings. When your splitter breaks as well as it did the other night, it seemed to make the batters look for it; and totally messed up their timing on the 4FB.

    Classy interview after picking up the CG SHO W; just shrugging off the no-no.

    ’07 Red Sox are playoff bound!

  5. thelongman permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:38 am

    I had heard about the “no hit bid by Curt Schilling” during the Phillies radio broadcast with Larry Andersen and Scott Fransky. The news of you taking a no-no so deep put a bigger smile on my face than my anemic Phillies team sweeping the Mets. I hope this is what gets you in the groove you seemed to be loooking for in your previous starts. It’s pretty funny how well you’ve been doing in spite of reading yourself the riot act every five days. It’s a credit to yourself and also the team behind you.

    Theo would be an idiot not to sign you for next year, but I wouldn’t be averse to you coming back to Philadelphia. Hopefully we’re trashing two sacks of crap over the winter, there’d be ample room in the rotation.

  6. luthorsnavely permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:47 am

    Dear Curt,

    Watching you pitch last afternoon was amazing. It was a heartbreaker, but still an amazing outing at a time when the team was in need of a turn around. I think tonight 13 run offensive explosion is a testament to the spark you gave the the hitters with your proformance.

    I can’t believe the sox didn’t give you anything you wanted in the contract before this season. Your the veteran Ace of one of the best staffs in the game. Your money in the clutch, both crutial regular season games and the postseason, and you’ve got both the stats and the rings to prove it. Your a gamer, and if management lets you go the way of Pedro and Arroyo, I’ll may lose faith entirely.

    Anyway, I’m a big fan of yours and your great preformance was huge when we really needed it.

    Best of luck with the season.
    -Aaron in South Bend

  7. germanredsoxfan permalink
    June 9, 2007 3:46 am

    Hey Curt!
    Because of you I almost fell asleep at class the next day (the game started at 10 pm here in Germany). But it was way worth it. I guess I never saw a 1-0 that was so entertaining and exciting.
    Just keep up the way you play this season…oh…and btw…next time listen to your catcher! ;)
    Greetings
    Clemens (yeah, that’s really my first name)

  8. June 9, 2007 4:01 am

    Nice work man… a win is a win and we needed it. Thanks!!

  9. hawaii50 permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:13 am

    Exceptional performance dude! Not just the 1 hitter but being the man and putting an end to a bad streak and the start of another 2 games now going on 3 winning streak. Keep up the great work and always be humble to the karma gods…

  10. shinryu permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:36 am

    Awesome job Curt! So close, you really deserved the no-no, heck even the perfect game. Hope you get another shot sometime this season…Good luck

  11. marcchristopher permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:40 am

    Curt,
    This is not something that I usually do but I did, in some way, want to congratulate you on this tremendous feat and your blog has given me the chance to do it. If someone, who didn’t know too much about baseball, came to Boston and saw how you have embraced Red Sox Nation (as we have embraced you), they would think that you had spent your entire career here. I am so proud to have a consumate professional, like you, who knows the game, understands the history, and wants to be the best, all of the time, play for my team!
    I feel like I’m a pretty decent “student of the game” but am always learning. I hate the Yanks because every year, they have a new “hired gun” that they throw money at to win another championship but have been unable to over the past 6 (hopefully 7 years). You and the Red Sox made my father’s last year of his life the most memorable for me by winning the 2004 World Series. I was at Game 1 in Fenway and came up 1 row short of catching Papi’s home run ball with my brother (my father couldn’t make the trip because his cancer was too intense).
    Anyway, I just want you guys to know how much the Sox and this game mean to me. Hearing that the Yanks watched in their clubhouse until the end of the game and cheered when Stewart got his single, made me mad but that just adds fuel to the fire for me, anyway. Just wanted to say that I’m heading out for Arizona from LA tomorrow to catch Saturday’s game and Sunday’s game (can’t wait for Daisuke/Johnson)! I would have LOVED to see you against Randy but maybe we can catch that matchup in an oldtimers game in Cooperstown. Thanks again and best of luck with the rest of the season!

  12. rdsxnation67 permalink
    June 9, 2007 5:51 am

    I’m just glad I did not have to wait up till 2 AM to finish watching it. We had been missing a ‘single performace’ by a team member that gets us a win for a few games, and you provided it today. Baseball is alot about ‘almost’.

    I’m reminded of the scene in Bull Durham where the pitcher and catcher are arguing about what pitch to throw. The pitcher says, “Well, I’m throwing a fast ball.” and the catcher walks back to the plate and tells the batter, “He’s throwing a fast ball.”

  13. thedoctorx permalink
    June 9, 2007 5:51 am

    As on your other thread, congratulations. We all thought you were going to get it. More important to get the win–with tonight/last night’s–ends the “slide” and begins a new streak.

    –J.D.

  14. redsawx73 permalink
    June 9, 2007 6:18 am

    Congratulations Curt on a fine pitching performance. Funny, I was at a softball game when the young lady on my daughter’s team DID throw a No No. Good Luck in your next start.

  15. June 9, 2007 6:23 am

    What a game, dude. Played the stopper, just like you did throughout 2004. Now my fingernails can finally get a break!

    It was pretty gut-wrenching even reading about the game summary the next day. As a fan, when something like this happens to one of your “sports heroes”, particularly on your favorite team, it’s depressive. But in the end, it’s counterbalanced by the knowledge that the deam got a win that it needed pretty badly, and in a fashion that will make this an “ESPN Classic” for years to come.

    And, in the end, each good start gives us more hope that the brass won’t have any choice but to resign you for next season, which is what all of the fans, I think, want to see.

    Kudos to Mssrs. Beckett and Drew for stellar performances last night, as well. Hopefully, J.D.’s turning the corner on his slump, and will have a lot more reasons to smile going forward instead of constantly having to answer questions about his performance.

  16. June 9, 2007 6:26 am

    From an Angels fan, nice game. It’s so interesting to read your inning by inning thoughts on the game. It’s an inside view that you can’t find almost anywhere else – except Lackey’s blog!

  17. custom65 permalink
    June 9, 2007 7:08 am

    Wish I had the opportunity to see the game, it must have been great. (I have to be up too early to catch these west cost games)

    I wish you had got your no-no but over the years we’ve seen pitchers bring one into the ninth only to blow it and the game as well.

    I retrospect even having come up short on a goal every pitcher would like to obtain I’m sure you feel more proud of your performance than disappointed after coming so close.

    Maybe you can get still get that no-no but with all your accomplishments it’s not a feather you need. Yeah, it would be nice but I’ve seen obscure pitchers who pretty much sucked throw a no-no and it was the only feather they had in their hat.

    Keep fighting the good fight, we’ll be here to root you on.

  18. June 9, 2007 7:10 am

    Good pitching performance Curt. Was hoping for the no no, but wanted the streak stopped even more. Btw, by my count since you have been with the Sox, 10 times the Sox had lost three or more games when you started, your record 5-3, team record 6-4. Will take that every time dude.

  19. play4munny permalink
    June 9, 2007 7:12 am

    Curt,

    I was majorly disappointed. Here’s hoping you get one next start!

    P4M

  20. twoshades4 permalink
    June 9, 2007 7:37 am

    Great Game Curt, keep up the great work through the season.

  21. chillyme permalink
    June 9, 2007 7:44 am

    Talk about keeping the drama on the field: SWEET!! :) There is some serious baseball happening here. Every day, every game, there is much to ponder and enjoy. I can’t thank this team, enough. It’s obvious how hard everyone is working.

    I hope you guys are enjoying this as much as RSN is.

    Onward.

  22. June 9, 2007 7:59 am

    I am telling you Curt, the 7th inning rolled around, I could hardly watch. I was right there with you, nervous as all heck. Kudos to Shannon Stewart, he guesses right . . .

    Awesome pitching performance, you had breaking stuff I have seen out of you since 2004 . . hey what if’s we all got plenty of them, my biggest is if I didn’t destroy my elbow in college, maybe you and I might of been teamate someday . .

  23. ilovebigpapi permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:01 am

    Congratulations! My mom and I watched the game together, with our fingers and toes crossed for you, literally. Yes we’re weird..It was so stressful watching so I can’t imagine what it was like for you and the team.

    What will always matter more than that one out is the work that you put into pitching so very well and the honest self-analysis that it took. And what you have said here about the team. As a fan that was so great to read. We all have times we look back on in our lives in which one thing we really wanted could have gone differently for us- but what will always matter in the end is the sum and the totality, not one instance. And what we did to achieve that moment and what we learned from it.

    Well done, I am so happy for you.

  24. jamac permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:12 am

    Curt,

    I notice you have been shaking Tek off a lot lately. Not that I doubt your knowledge of what you are throwing, but come on. This is Tek is calling the game for you. Tek is the best game caller there is in the game. Personally I would be throwing whatever Tek called throughout the game and watching the wins pile up.

    Why don’t you go with Teks calls more often?

  25. redsox45 permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:18 am

    Hey Curt,

    Brilliant performance! So far this season you have a 10-strike out win and a 1 hitter. It’s been pretty inconsistent, but I know you have it in you, and these two performances prove that. Find what it is that sparks them and keep it up! You’re one hell of a pitcher who is very dedicated, and that’s going to help you carry this team very far!

    Lucen “jinxed” you, huh?

  26. wallysgurl permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:18 am

    SO thrilled for you. What a great game. Wish the outcome were a tad different because you deserved the no-hitter. But it was great to have the win.
    In your last entry you said “Let’s see, I sucked, we still won. That about cover it?”
    Let’s see, you were outstanding, we won, that covers it :)
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  27. lscwxman permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:21 am

    Nothing else to say but congratulations on a well pitched game.

  28. acemaker permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:24 am

    I didn’t get to see the game but I just wanted to say congratulations on a great game. When I looked at the box score and saw all these zeros I was bummed I couldn’t stay awake to see it.

    I heard the Yankees were watching the final inning in their locker room and they cheered when you lost the no hitter. Looks like they have a lot to cheer about anyways.

    Glad you had a great game and keep up the good work.

  29. June 9, 2007 8:29 am

    Great game on Thursday Curt. I think I heard the collective gasp of RSN all scream NOOOOOOOOOOOOO when Stewart got the hit.

    I know baseball is a business as well but I am surprised Romero got designated for assignment. I really thought it would have been Pinero.

    I was with Pinero when he was in Double-A. I worked for the team he played for. He’s a great guy but I thought he’d rebound better.

    I am not sure if you’d like to comment about that but if you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I

  30. lguilmette permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:30 am

    Last time a Sox pitcher had a 1-hit, complete-game shutout? May 25, 2001. I was there. Hideo Nomo allowed only one batter to reach base in a game against the Blue Jays. The hit? A double in the middle innings. The batter? Shannon Stewart. Darn him twice!

  31. June 9, 2007 8:42 am

    That was an awesome game. I had to help with Freshman Orientation so I was following the game via game day. I checked the score in the 4th and noticed that it was 1-0 Sox. My co-worker had to tell me that you had a potential no-no in the 6th. I told him not to speak of such things!! (but I looked at game day though out the rest of the game)

    You have to know that Red Sox Nation was proud of you and the rest of the team. This season has been pure joy to the fans.

    I just wish Wakey could get run support when Dr. Knuckles is pitching! :-)

    -Diane.

  32. June 9, 2007 8:50 am

    YOU ROCKED!! UGH that was so exciting! I can imagine how Shonda and your kids must have felt. Amazing performance, and way to spark the team. (if that really happens… lol) Let’s keep putting the hurt on the AL East and win again. It was good to see Drew’s bat come alive last night. Bout time!

    Seriously tho, awesome awesome game

    Erika

  33. pattijor permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:00 am

    Dear Curt,

    I apologize for previously saying that you choked. Choking would have been to give up the game. That would have sucked.

    After the dust settled, the mindset became, “That was a heck of a 1-hit masterpiece.”

  34. June 9, 2007 9:06 am

    Curt, that was SWEET. So much fun to watch, and just what we needed.

    Now let’s go rack up some interleague wins!

  35. redsox0717 permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:06 am

    Curt that was a fun and tense game to watch.

  36. redchair72 permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:20 am

    Curt,
    First thanks for taking the time to write your blogs. Its really nice to have a first hand account of a game from the players, rather than a reporter…

    I think of all the one-hitters, close to perfect ones, etc…through the years. Being in a label driven society of whats great and whats not…some of those games are truly some of the best pitched ones…but they are forgotten. We have witnessed many,,even from the evil empire…Who can forget Mike Mussina’s game at fenway, broken up by Carl Everett,,,,,,, Your nine innings against Oakland should be remembered. Truly, a masterpiece!, also, a crucial uplift. Breaking a losing streak and being on the feared “west coast” trip…, This will be on the 07′ highlight reel, I hope…

    Your preperation, attitude and approach to the game is an inspiration…

    lets hope you remain in Boston,,period….

  37. laberalege permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:24 am

    Incredible performance, Curt! Congratulations!

  38. redsoxfan89 permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:29 am

    Schill,

    Congratulations! I am pretty mad that I missed the first few innings, studying for finals… But when I tuned in in the 7th and saw the box score, I was like WOW, no hits for the A’s. So I’m praying that you get the no-no. I really hoped Stewart would get out, but what ever, it was a hell of a performance and you pitched an amazing game. A 1-hitter is still an awesome feat. Great way to snap a 4-game slide, and now looking forward to seeing some interleague. Yesterday’s game was awesome, Drew going yard twice, (looks like he’s snappin out of a slump) and Lugo leadin off with the towering homer. Beckett was cruisin once again going deep into the game and racking up 8 K’s. It’ll be a fun stretch. Once again excellent performance Schill.

    – Aashish

  39. June 9, 2007 9:29 am

    So I’m watching the game and it’s 1 out in the bottom of the 9th and I’m thinking wow…….

    Then, I get a text message from one of my idiot Yankees fan friends saying “bottom of the 9th and Schill is working on a no-no”. I replied, “you stupid bastard, you just jinxed him”.

    Why do all the Yankees fans have to be the same, huh?

    Anyway, great game and way to put an end to the losing streak!

  40. redsoxfan89 permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:37 am

    Quick question Schill: When Davis threw a fastball behind Lugo, then hit Manny later in the game, did you think that was intentional? Should he have been tossed from the game. I also notcied some questionable calls in the Oakland series when Papi was called out when it looked like he checked his swing. I saw the replay, that was a terrible call. He clearly did not go, he had every right to argue. Also, the late called strike on Pedroia that got Tito tossed from the game. What do you think?

  41. jrsweny permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:42 am

    STOPPA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. stevequinn permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:52 am

    Fantastic. And you put a stop to a 4-game losing streak. You gave your best when the Sox needed it most. Then Beckett is strong against the Diamondbacks Things are looking up!

  43. jimmykc permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:54 am

    Curt: Came home early from work on Thurs. and turned on MLB to check the score. It was already in the 7th so I watched the little colored balls without moving from my chair as you mowed them down. After the first two outs in the 9th, I decided to run downstairs to watch the celebration live on ESPN. Just as I turned on the set, BASE HIT. It wasn’t your fault, big guy, it was mine. Sorry for breaking your karma, but thanks for a great effort and memorable game.

  44. June 9, 2007 9:59 am

    Hey Curt –
    Like I said in my last post – when you’re on, you’re untouchable. Great game…I had so much fun watching. And you know, I saw you shake off Jason and I remember thinking “hmmmm…”. But you know what – it is what it is. It happened – dont’ beat yourself up over it.

    As a matter of fact, I was sort of irritated the next morning when WEE! was jabbering about the whole signing/free agent thing. AS IF there should be any question! The organization would be foolish not to wrap it up before the All Star break. But I digress…

    Anyway – I was anxiously awaiting this post. :) You know everyone was so excited for you – as well as it being a great win after what felt like a painful drought. Boston – we’re a tough crowd for sure. A few losses and it feels like forever….! hahaa, funny – we must be rubbing off on you guys a bit given what Eric Hinske said! We all feel like we’re right there with you!!!! :)

    Looking forward to the next game…..

  45. redsoxxygal permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:02 am

    Fabulous game Curt! Heratbreaking ending, but still a win.

  46. bstoner52 permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:05 am

    Curt, solid performance by the “stopper” of the staff. Working in Manhatten, I ran all the way from my office to ESPNZone after the 7th inning was over just to be able to catch the last few outs with Don and Jerry. You wouldn’t be surprised about the lack of class the Yankees fans showed after the hit was given up. What is your reaction to: “the Yankees clubhouse erupted when the hit was given up?” Even with the Yankees, I was surprised to hear this.

  47. thedannyboy permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:06 am

    See Curt….you think you know it all dontcha?….maybe if you buttoned it up and listened to someone else for a change, you’d be the owner of a no hitter.

    Priceless.

  48. ironchefchriswok permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:07 am

    Us Sox fans in Taiwan were getting a little testy after 4 straight loss. Great start to stop the bleeding.

    Also, I was there in Oakland last year for the 3000K game. We probably lost because I wore my Schilling jersey.

  49. robertsbeatsthetag permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:14 am

    Forget the no-no; they either happen or they don’t. This game was huge because the A’s had made the Sox look weakened. To beat them at their own game (pitching) and avoid the sweep with a 1-0 win…outstanding. Mentally I think it had the feel of a split of the four games. It gave this fan a sense that the Sox can be nasty when cornered!

    Go Sox!

  50. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:15 am

    Almost hypnotic! What a pitching feat! You got your precision back! We viewers could almost see the energy in the ball flow from you all the way through to the catcher’s mitt. Fortunately the batters could not see it. They could only strike out or pop up. Unforgettable!

  51. sfsoxfan1 permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:18 am

    Hey Curt,

    I was at the game where you threw your 3,000th K, sitting 5 rows behind the A’s dugout, among the throngs of fans giving you the standing O. As fate would have it, one of my best buddies (also a huge Sox fan) was at the game with me and having a terrible day in general. I vividly recall him NOT participating in the standing ovation, despite me ripping him a new one for his lack of respect for the moment. And yes, it’s something I’ve ribbed him about ever since. When you posted that you noticed and appreciated that ovation, I immediately forwarded it to him. He regrets it so much but will not admit it. So the needling will continue unabated!

    That ovation, I need to point out, was mostly Sox fans. The A’s fans did appreciate it but since there were about 15,000 Sox fans at the game, that’s who you heard.

    The A’s fans are not bad though. They are hardcore but have small numbers. They are knowledgeable and in general pretty cool. However they do get irritated at the fans of both the Sox and Yanks since we show up in huge numbers and freely dispense the smack-talk. It can get dicey – these are also the same people who are Raiders fans!

  52. June 9, 2007 10:20 am

    Curt….it was a pleasure sharing an afternoon with you! Thanks for the adventure. One thing I love about the game is that on any given day there could be magic out there on the field waiting to be grabbed. Thanks for grabbing it.

    Tim
    http://www.redsoxtimes.com

  53. pemliza permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:24 am

    Curt, what an amazing, amazing game! I was at work & couldn’t bring myself to stay on the game. I had to get up & walk away & just come back & check every few minutes. To any and all your detractors, you proved yourself in that game. You came in when your team needed you to stop the slide & you responded in such an amazing fashion. I think it may be fair to say that this game served as a bit of a lightening rod!

    What a fun game to be a part of last night! Being able to see Drew & Lugo come back to life & bring in 8 of the ten runs of the game! Awesome! Beckett pitched a gem, as we’re getting used to by him. Let’s keep it rolling with Tevarez today & DiceK tomorrow!

    Thanks as always for the glimpse into the team & the clubhouse. I believe that the commitment and bond that you guys have to each other is every bit as vital to the
    success of the team as anything else!

    Sad to hear this morning that Romero was DFA. I’ve enjoyed what he’s brought to the BP this year & hope that he ends up in a situation that is good for him.

  54. ljs1 permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:28 am

    Congratulations, Curt.
    I thought the best way to honor this accomplishment was to make a donation to ALSA. (From now on strike outs will have more significance.) Maybe other readers could follow suit.

    I am forever grateful, Curt, for your contributions as a team player to the
    Boston Red Sox and your leadership on and off the field.

    Absolutely -“Why not us again?”

  55. ljs1 permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:39 am

    The English teacher part of me has to celebrate the poetic justice of this being win #38.

  56. fingers88 permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:45 am

    Way to come up Big Hoss. I miss kicking your butt in OOTP!

    Kinda funny..as I was watching the game I was afraid to raise the volume…I didn’t want to change anything. I wouldn’t sit down…I watched innings 5 through 9 on my feet…pacing back and forth. When you got the last out in the 8th I got chills up and down my spine..goosebumps everywhere…this was GOING to happen. The Chills doubled when the Oakland fans and RSN were on their feet at the beginning of the bottom of the 9th….This was playoff electricity in June… I could barely watch as Stewart came up. He is such a hacker, I was PRAYING you threw him the slidepiece….. So he lines it into right…I felt like someone kicked me in the jewels… So..ok..let’s get the win… There was no way in hell you were letting the game slip away… Last out is made..and I am all of a sudden pissed off.. glad we won…but just kinda deflated… Every game you watch you hope something special will happen… Knowing you had never had a no-no I was envisioning Tek charging you and throwing you around like a rag doll after you finished it up.. I wanted this for the team as well after the mini-skid…

    That being said…it was a thrill to watch you in total command. Hopefully you get another shot at it.

    And BTW…I was thinking after the game…what if you had thrown the slider..and it had been flat? Stewart could have tied the game. The fastball on the outer part was a safe call and if I had to lose a no-no..I would want it to be with my best pitch.

  57. reaganaut permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:48 am

    Great game – so close, but it was a huge win after 4 losses in a row. Plus, you needed to be near perfect, with the ‘O’ only putting up 1 run.

    What’s up with the Yankees watching the game in the clubhouse and cheering the hit in the 9th? I guess I never imagined baseball players watching other games, unless it was for scouting purposes.

    Nice start to the Arizona series – it seemed like there were a lot of Red Sox fans at that game. I don’t know if it was the microphone placement or what, but the Red Sox must have the largest away game fan base in all off baseball.

  58. tahoesoxfan permalink
    June 9, 2007 10:48 am

    Curt: Thanks for a great afternoon. My girlfriend and I were in the front row behind the sox bullpen for the the Thursday game (Thank goodness for Ebay). The tension built the whole game, as i tried to point out what was going on without saying “no hits”.

    Ugh and then it was over so quick…Great job, you send us home with a smile after a tough series.

    Ray

  59. rhinojonson permalink
    June 9, 2007 11:19 am

    Curt, amazing performance. We got a much needed win…bottom line. I hope Theo dishes out whatever it takes to keep you for next year. You are at your best when your team needs you most. Having a stopper on a team is what sets them apart. There will be more chances for a no-no. We can blame this one on Shonda, because she wasn’t there. lol. Get em next time.

  60. tommyc37 permalink
    June 9, 2007 11:19 am

    Is there anyone in the league who prepares or knows more about every single hitter in the league? No. Do you think is was only because of you’re god given ability to throw a baseball that you had gone this deep into the game without giving up a hit? No. Then why, oh why, would you shake off Varitek? The guy probably has Shannon Stewart’s little league stats in a little binder in the clubhouse. In a one run game, when we had lost four in a row, and seven of eight, it could have meant the game. Thankfully all that happened was you lost what was probably you’re last shot at throwing a no-hitter. I’m just glad because of missing out on a milestone of such magnitude that Red Sox Nation doesn’t have to worry about you shaking off the Captain in October. Congratulations on a great win that we needed desperately. Thanks Curt.

  61. birdboy2000 permalink
    June 9, 2007 11:20 am

    Just remember, you may have lost the no-hitter, but a one-hit complete game shutout is NOTHING to slouch at.

  62. June 9, 2007 11:30 am

    Congrats Curt. Im mad happy for you… it was an awesome game and you totally deserved it :)

    And congrats to Josh for going nine and oh.

    [Ok, this is a big "knock on wood" moment.]

  63. June 9, 2007 11:43 am

    Great job on your last start. I love this team, and how you all can get it together when it counts. It looks like you have pinned down what the issue had been during those bad starts. Best of luck next week!!!!!

  64. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    June 9, 2007 11:59 am

    Congrats Curt on your win Thurs! Alot of Red Sox fans in Arizona last night, you could tell after Lugo’s HR!…I think you still have a few fans there wearing D-Back shirts for show LOL! you rock! and so does Josh…Mr. 9-0 way to go team!!!

  65. brimedd permalink
    June 9, 2007 12:11 pm

    Great read Curt! I really admire you as a person. After the hit I was sad but what blows me back is that you could have slipped. I always think of you as a pro and having Shannon get the hit, I just figured you would gear right back up and get Mark out. It was great to see that you did in that circumstance.

    I hope you sign with us for another year. Seeing you pitch somewhere else will break my heart. I want you to retire wearing the Sox uni.

  66. irnbru permalink
    June 9, 2007 12:15 pm

    I have to agree with Mr Hinkse there.

    I’ve never felt so down after a win before. Well, except for that Pedro vs Tampa game a few years ago. I can’t even watch the replay that NESN’s been airing the last couple days.

    But anyway. Great job. We really needed that.

    Now I’m going to be at Fenway on Wednesday. That’s you, right? Hope you give us a game that’s just as good :)

  67. jnapneworleans permalink
    June 9, 2007 12:17 pm

    WOW… what a game i left work and missed the top of the first inning just to go home and watch the game… idk why but i called myfriend after coco made that catch and said you had a no no going and i think it jinxed it so my bad! but still great performance and you really helped out the fantasy club

    -J Nap

  68. bostonbabe permalink
    June 9, 2007 12:35 pm

    I’ve been waiting impatiently for you to post so I could comment. :) I’ve posted before that the family and I were making the trek from Nevada to go to the 6/7 game. After the losing streak we were worried, but you and the guys did it! It was so much fun, and I was so happy to see that the Sox fans were out in great numbers. Of course I don’t know the exact numbers, but it looked pretty equal, Sox to A’s fans in the crowd. I’ve mentioned before that I haven’t been to a MLB game in probably 20 years at least (I’ll be 30 in two weeks). Our seats were awesome and I was so excited to see you warming up when we came down to our seats. Got some pictures, though my digital cam doesn’t zoom too far.

    Anyway, a no-no would have been awesome, but I thought you rocked, and as someone who thinks you get a lot of unnecessary criticism, I was glad to see you have a good day.

    I have to run to my neice’s softball game, but needed to get this out! Keep on rockin, Curt!

  69. June 9, 2007 1:05 pm

    Can we all have a petition for benching Lugo. He basically cost you the perfect game. If he didn’t make an error, you would have never faced an extra batter in Shannon Stewart.

    I mean come on Lugo – you can’t hit, you can’t field, you mess up perfect games for your pitchers. What are you bringing to the table here besides your supposed “energy” and your crotch grabbing on base paths…. that is on the slim chance you actually get yourself on base.

    Lugo – I hate you more than Shannon Stewart right now.

  70. lakeboy permalink
    June 9, 2007 1:05 pm

    Schll,

    I am alomst glad you did not get the no-no. Only because it lets everyone know how classy you are. The way that you have been able to embrace the experience, even falling short, should be an inspiration to all ballplayers and fans. You are one in a million and I hope the rest of the season goes terrific for you. God Bless!!!

  71. historyfan permalink
    June 9, 2007 1:31 pm

    Curt,
    Amazing effort. You seemed more relaxed and “comfortable” that you have all year. Whether it was mental, physical or both, you just looked like your focus was effortless. Even when you didn’t get the first pitch strike it seemed like you came back i every case with a 2nd pitch strike in the spot you wanted it.

    A no-no is a heck of an accomplishment, but you know as well as anyone that in addition to a heck of a game, you need a heck of a lot of luck to have things work out. I can think of a couple where it easily could have been a 4 or 5 hitter with some serious line drive outs and great plays..

    I think more people will remember it here in Boston since you LOST the no-no because if there is anything we love to do, its second guess from the stands.. “What if”…

    I figured you served up the first pitch fastball so Lugo wouldn’t feel bad about his boot costing you the perfect game… Thats how to take one for the team and put them before individual accomplishments.. :)

  72. June 9, 2007 1:36 pm

    Curt, I want to thank you for such an exhilerating, intense and completely awesome day of baseball. You took us on an amazing ride. I was absolutely heartbroken when Stewart got that hit. I can’t imagine how you felt. Congrats on such a gutty performance when the team needed you to come through. You are the true ace of the staff.

    And your last comment was spot on.

  73. irishsoxindublin permalink
    June 9, 2007 1:36 pm

    Good job Curt, you kept me and my nephew glued to the TV here in Ireland. I kept saying remember Mussina at Fenway because im the ultimate pessimist!

    The important thing is you looked like the Curt of 2-3 years ago and that’s a huge deal on this team.

    I honestly think this team has a World Series in them if we get Dice K going full speed and Lester back to himself.

    What a 1-4, Schill, Beckett, Dice and Lester.

    Anyways go out and go one better next time out Curt.

    P.S. I think you record after the Sox lose a game says everything about your character. No go one better next time out and we’ll have some serious drinking to do in Ireland.

  74. aimeegop permalink
    June 9, 2007 1:43 pm

    Curt – Great game. Congratulations. We were all rooting for you, but you went out there and did exactly what you needed to do. You didn’t get a no-no, but you got a win, and that’s what a teamplayer does. We’re proud of you!

  75. thirtyeightreasons permalink
    June 9, 2007 1:53 pm

    Wow. What a great game. I was on the phone talking to my mother, of all people, when ESPN cuts in to the game (i live in NY). I say something like, “oh my God! Curt Schilling is about to throw a no hitter!” And she responds rapidly asking, “What channel?? WHAT CHANNEL???” And I start laughing my ass off that she’s as excited as me – i mean hey, as far as mothers go, she’s got to be in the “cooler” echelon. Anyhoo, we watched the end of the game together, oooing and awwing all the way. So, THANK YOU Curt for your performance and congratulations on a heck of a game.

    Let’s go SOX!!

  76. rivers49 permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:04 pm

    Curt,

    What an inspiration it was to watch you go after history. There’s no doubt that so many things have to go right, and have to be done by many people for it to all go right for 27 outs, something you covered very well. Nothing to second-guess or wonder about. Some of my family members bemoaned the pitch choice, but if (there’s that damn word) Stewart misses his spot by 1/8 inch or second, it’s an out. For us, it’s turned from “Curt Schilling just missed a no-hitter” to “Curt Schilling just ponied up and pitched a helluva game, and we needed it”.

    Keep making all of us proud to be baseball fans.

  77. duffyscliff permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:05 pm

    How many times to you shake off Tek a game? When you do, what’s the average result? I know that you’re a big stat guy. I’d like to see what an opponent’s average is after a pitcher shakes off Tek.

    Great game, instant classic right up there with D- Low’s.

  78. jdnark permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:38 pm

    Great game. First game for my kids. You missed one thing. The cheering wasn’t Oakland fans. It was Red Sox fans. We occupy 50% of the seats when the Sox are in town. Trust me…. The A’s fans are great sports fans. They trade friend barbs with us throughout the game. The A’s fans did not want the no hitter.

  79. freddie152 permalink
    June 9, 2007 2:49 pm

    Jason and I were executing our game plan. When we made a mistake it got hit at someone or taken for a strike.

    Curt,

    Your opening paragragh made me ponder is there really is such a thing as a “Perfect Game” ? If Someone takes a mistake as a strike or hit’s a mistake right at someone, my thinking tells me because mistakes are made, there may never have been a genuine “Perfect Game’ in the history of the game. My perception of a perfect game has now changed!!
    Great game Curt, good to see the team bouce back, although I thought
    the losing streak was not alarming due to the fact that for the most part you guy’s have been playing well, just coming up a little short, not being able to come up with that timely hit. That kind of thing happens a few times over the long 162 game Haul.

    Kindest regards,
    Freddie

  80. chriseverson permalink
    June 9, 2007 3:06 pm

    Still got it, Schill! .. And it was a huge win. We needed that.

    Also just wanted to thank the folks at Fox for NOT broadcasting the Clemens v Priates game today in the western part of the US, or at least where I live. God forbid your national broadcast includes first the Yankees/Pirates game through 7 then change to the Mets game. Of course, as you all now know, when Fox gets a game and decides not to broadcast it in a given region, then the people in that region can not see the game via any means, whether you try DirecTV MLB package or MLB.tv. Yep, even MLB.tv blacks it out. Now, granted it’s the worst when it’s a Sox game, but maybe I would have enjoyed watching Roger pitch today just to see what he looked like. Lucky for me, Fox made the decision for me. Thanks for the commie censorship, Fox!

  81. mattod permalink
    June 9, 2007 3:22 pm

    I was lucky enough to be at the game in great seats behind home plate to see your great performance. I noticed that you seemed to be throwing harder in the 9th, the stadium radar had a few pitches at 95. Also, I may be wrong but I think only one batter got to a 3 ball count. Thanks for putting on such a great show for the west coast members of Red Sox Nation.

  82. mudpud permalink
    June 9, 2007 3:33 pm

    Curt,
    You are a hero and we love you. You threw a phenomenal game irrespective of the no-no that wasn’t. I don’t agree with your statement that you “most likely won’t ever be [here] again.” Just keep doing what you’re doing. An entire nation pulls for you every time you start. Thank you and keep it up — at least a few more years!

  83. vtekfan33 permalink
    June 9, 2007 3:55 pm

    What a great game Curt! By the 7th inning I was on the edge of my seat!

    Congrats on an awesome job!

  84. June 9, 2007 4:15 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I’m Ken the REDSOX number 1 West Coast Fan. I grew up in New Hampshire and found my way to California in 1988.

    I don’t know if you heard me, but in your final warmups I was pacing the section closest to you. I kept screaming, “You’re gonna end the skid today, because you’re the man.” I kept shouting and shouting until the anthem came on.

    The funny thing was, I was sitting in my home office working and decided to buy a ticket at about 11:00 am. Unbelievable, as I bought a 10th row ticket for 40 bucks 1 and 1/2 hours before the game. A’s fans truly suck!

    Anyways, I love to watch you pitch and I no when you get in a groove. I see all pitches working and in stay in the zone, painting the plate. At the end of the 3rd inning I knew that this was going to be a fast game, because you get stronger as the game progresses. My feelings were correct as your pitch count was amazing and the A’s looked stifled at the plate. All in all, it was the best game I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to a lot. I don’t know how you can keep your composure as my heart was pounding 100 miles an hour in the bottom of the 9th.

    Thanks for the amazing effort and this one will go down in the baseball histroy books not as a “What If?”, but as brillant pitching by Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox.

  85. chicagodan permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:18 pm

    Curt, my wife remarked to me after Stewart’s hit that she was impressed with your composure. I told her I wasn’t surprised because I knew you were focused on the fact that you still had one more out to get and a runner on in a 1-0 game.

    Having the benefit of reading your own take on the game is fantastic; thanks, Curt.

  86. June 9, 2007 4:18 pm

    Curt:

    GREAT job pitching on Thursday!!!… I feel really priviledged that I was actually off from work and had the chance to watch that final inning on ESPN… Hopefully someday you’ll get that no-no – if it’s meant to be it will be. Heck, not even Pedro has one…

    Keep up the great luck and hope you guys keep winning!

  87. kconatymd permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:19 pm

    Curt;

    I am watching on the internet from Birmingham, Alabama. I felt for you, man. I really wanted to see you achieve that goal. But you showed class, both immediately after the hit and also when you won the game. A class act. Thanks for the show.

    Kelly Conaty, MD

  88. mainefan permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:25 pm

    What a joy to watch that game. Great job, Curt! Question: before the start of the first inning, did I see you writing something on the back of the mound with your toe?

  89. redchamp2004 permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:42 pm

    Curt,
    Spectatular game!! What else to say? What made it even more impressive was the fact that it was a 1-0 ballgame. I am eager to see you with this team next year. Would you consider signing a new contract during the season, should Red Sox management offer it to you? Thanks!

  90. aimcifer permalink
    June 9, 2007 4:52 pm

    NICE GAME!!!! You rocked, man. That’s all I know.

    I read today that the Yankees cheered while watching your no-no get broken in the 9th. (yes, the yankees, not their fans.) In the past, even though I hated the yankees I at least respected them because they had class. Now they are just a bunch of classless punks. Make sure you kick their asses next time you play them, ok?

  91. June 9, 2007 4:55 pm

    O Curt, right now no one else deserves a no hitter but you. I have always followed you as a pitcher, but after bleeding through your sock in 2004 (way to take one for the team!) you proved to me and the entire Red Sox Nation just how much you care for your team as a whole and how committed you are, and you proved it again with your pitching on the 7th. You are truly an inspiration, and a role model to all those who want to be a great baseball players: not just statistically, but in their hearts.
    You may have not gotten the no hitter- but 1 hit after 8 2/3 innings is something to be very proud of: not to mention preventing the sweep and stopping the losing streak on 1-0. Though I was still extremely angry when Stewart got his hit.
    Anyway, Congrats!! And I look foward to another great season.

    -Maddie (Huge Sox Fan- Washington, DC)

  92. victoriasdad permalink
    June 9, 2007 5:18 pm

    Curt,
    What a great performance! My 9 year old daughter and I loved every minute of the game. It was amazing how she was into every pitch as much as I was. My daughter is starting to go through the pre-teen years and this game (especially your God-given talent) was able to help us bond. I just wanted to send along my appreciation and congratulations on an amazing game. You’ll always have fans up in New Hampshire and (I’m sure) throughout the world. Best of luck for the rest of the season and never give up.

  93. airstretch permalink
    June 9, 2007 5:19 pm

    I’m a Yankee fan from NY but I was at that game in Oakland and in that 9th inning I was pulling for you to get that no-hitter. Irregardless I felt priveleged to be there, thanks for making it a memorable afternoon…but I still think you suck ;-)

  94. June 9, 2007 5:55 pm

    Hi Curt:

    Thank you so much for stepping up as the staff ace and stopping the losing streak–and for doing it is such a dramatic fashion!

    And the next best thing to the win is we get to hear what it was like from you–the man who pitched the amazing game–which is the height of coolness!

    And after watching so many teams over the years, it SO nice to see a team that cheers each other on and cares for each other. Chemistry is important–I don’t think there would have been a World Series in 2004 without it…

    Congratulations–and thanks again!

    Be well…

    Christine E.

    http://www.bostonredthoughts.com
    Red Sox Commentary from a Red-Headed Boston Fan in Yankeeland

  95. joei71 permalink
    June 9, 2007 6:34 pm

    Thanks a lot… I didn’t get any work done Friday afternoon because I was glued to the set. ;)

    Congrats on a beautiful game! Shame you didn’t get the no-no, but we’ll take the CGS, halting the 4 game skid and getting us back on track to a championship. Keep pounding it in there, ace!

  96. perryc permalink
    June 9, 2007 6:46 pm

    The Oakland fan in the office came up to me after six to let me know what was up. I alerted the Yankee fan, and then I called Brian to let him know.

    I never follow games on the internet, but I did that day for two innings.

    After eight, we broke into my boss’s office to turn on ESPN for when they _had_ to break in.

    So there we were in my boss’s office–me, the Oakland fan, and the Yankee fan–all rooting for you to get 3 straight in the ninth. ESPN wisely broke into the best damn sports show on TV–Pardon the Interruption–and we yelling softly on each pitch. Then comes the pitch to Stewart, and I think they could hear me on the next floor.

    Way to stay focused after that.

    The Yankee fan was disappointed also, and the Oakland fan agreed that he would rather lose to you in a no-hitter than lose any other way.

    I know you have fans in all the cities you pitched (even Houston, I’m sure, though I don’t recall hearing much out of them), but I can assure you that you have fans from other cities, even fans who always root for _their_ team. Even fans who root for you _against their_ team.

    And congrats to Gehrig.

    How long ago was your last no-hitter?

    ….Perry

  97. June 9, 2007 8:10 pm

    Good work — and thank you for stopping the Red Sox losing streak!

  98. June 9, 2007 8:16 pm

    You pitched a real ACE the other day. Incredible.

    Most of the best golfers never get a hole in one, it is the work to that goal that most people appreciate. Just keep on pitching.

    PS Here is a humorous link i came across that readers like. It is from a ways back, and it is similar to what happened to you in 2007, last out.

    http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=38&threadid=2057414&enterthread=y

    I like that response, DOH! I’m sure you felt just like that, just keep going, you have our respect.

    -Americo de Thunk Different.

  99. soxfan11mueller permalink
    June 9, 2007 8:37 pm

    Schill, to me what you pitched on the 7th is just as good as any other no hitter I’ve seen. You had it goin. I know it’s sort of random but I just read something on ALS, you’re doing a great thing.

    -A Kid

  100. rosey8810 permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:02 pm

    Curt, great performance nonetheless. I know it would have been stellar but the important thing was you stopped the skid.

    You’ve got bigger fish to fry, stay healthy and stay focused. The RSN of the Philly and surrounding areas are pulling for you and the boys big time.

    Good luck!

  101. januaryfan permalink
    June 9, 2007 9:03 pm

    Curt,

    You did the exact opposite of suck and got the win! Very good job. Not only did you break the losing streak, but you did it in style! Also, you did a very impressive job of holding on after the hit. It was to bad about the no-no, but you’ve defiantly shown that you’ve got it in you, so your just down to the luck component. Plenty of great pitchers never pitched a no-hitter. (Pedro’s the only one off the top of my head. )

  102. cajunsoxfan permalink
    June 10, 2007 1:02 am

    Curt,
    Congrats on the CG shutout. It was exactly the performance the team needed to stop their skid. A few questions though: I was just wondering who do you think has the best stuff out of all the arms down in Pawtucket (Lester excluded) and which AAA call-ups have the best chance to make a big impact down the stretch for the team?
    Thanks,
    cajunsoxfan

  103. thelongman permalink
    June 10, 2007 1:28 am

    tommyc37 said:

    “Is there anyone in the league who prepares or knows more about every single hitter in the league? No.”

    Greg Maddux. Nothing against Maddux’s stuff, but his success is more from being “The Professor,” getting inside people’s heads and rearranging the furniture. I know the pitches Maddux throws, I couldn’t tell you which one was particularly his best.

  104. jpkand permalink
    June 10, 2007 1:51 am

    I feel embarrassed to pile on in the love fest for some reason, but I thought I’d finally come get an account to comment after just lurking for so long when I saw the end of the game.

    I just want to thank you for constantly reminding me why i love baseball so much. I was so impressed with how you had that completely human “dammit” moment when you put your head down as the ball slipped through. Then, in no time you picked your head back up with a look of complete determination, ready record that 27th out. You’re such a gamer it blows my mind. And you always have been.

    At any rate, you deserve it and I’m sorry it fell through like that. Whether or not you get the no-hitter, know that you’re doing something much more important for people like me every five days.

    Thanks for playing.

  105. sonofapitcherman permalink
    June 10, 2007 2:39 am

    Curt,

    How about some consistency out of you?

    Bombed one start, no hit stuff the next. What’s up with that?

    You and Wake, lately, we never know what’s coming.

    Is it age?

    We need you to be automatic each start, put us in position to win, each start a quality start.

    You keep an even keel, now, don’t get too high or too low during this inconsistency.

    But you need to get AUTOMATIC.

    Oh yeah, I’m back in camp after you putting your foot in your mouth about Bonds. Please keep your feet out of our mouth from here on out, ok.

  106. rangersorrobbers permalink
    June 10, 2007 2:47 am

    Curt,

    You’re a class act, and it hurt to see Stewart slash one after 8.2 near-perfect, no-hit pitching by you. Congratulations on a great performance!

    http://rangersorrobbers.wordpress.com

  107. Jay LaChapelle permalink
    June 10, 2007 3:19 am

    It takes a great pitcher to throw a no hitter and that’s why only some of the best in the game have done it. It also takes a great pitcher to throw a one hitter, and that’s why only some of the best in the game have done it. While you have been a little inconsistent this year, you never fail to let the Nation down. What you do for your team is amazing. Whenever the Sox need a losing streak stopped, you always step up with the cork. Fantastic game Curt. That’s for the spectacular show!

    On a side note, how about them Drew bothers hitting homers at each other. You think that sibling rivalry had them aiming at each other? Being the younger brother of my family, I know I’d be aiming for my bro! :D

  108. adamonfirst permalink
    June 10, 2007 4:52 am

    Obviously, you pitched very well, there really isn’t any need to say much about that.

    It was cool for me to see exactly what you talked about when I watched the (regrettable) replay of the one hit. i could see the brief second of disapointment in your eye of being so close, but you dropped your head up and down real quick and I could see a hardness in your eyes. it was a 1-0 game. You’d been pitching great all day. it was time to go out and get a win. It would be so very easy to get frustrated and risk throwing a bad ball to the next hitter and risk blowing the whole thing, but you knew the situation, and it was cool to see exactly that. Players making plays in the moment is one of the highest and most philosophical aspects of sports, and you did exactly that, and it was beautiful.

    Also, I’ve asked you before about if you think pitchers pitch better or worse or relax more with big leads, and you said it depends on guys, but based on how you’ve talked about starts in the past, I’d say you were a pitcher that s able to pitch better in a closer or low scoring game. Not that you’ll probably read the 105th comment, but do you think thats true?

  109. redsox1918 permalink
    June 10, 2007 7:11 am

    Curt,

    Great start,..keep it going dude! “Psst,..Cafardo is right!!” :)

    With lots of talk here concerning your split, it appears that Jonathan’s split has been breaking more sideways this year, than diving down? Perhaps, with Jonathan’s velocity, that helps a sideways split not be a mistake pitch, but I’m wondering if he needs to work a little harder to refine that pitch,…to make it dive more and have batters bite on it more? Like you have said, baseball is a game of adjustments. As great as he is now,…Paps with a more consistent diving split,…a little tighter slider,….along with that heater,….we would have the first official batter surrender in the history of MLB… :)

    And BTW,…I’m very disappointed that Francona has NOT played me in one inning of a game this year!! :)

  110. stimy permalink
    June 10, 2007 8:11 am

    Mr. Schilling, you are a hall of famer.

  111. merbles permalink
    June 10, 2007 9:17 am

    FUNNY HOW TRYING TO SAVE MONEY CAN COST YOU BIG TIME!
    THE FRIGGING REDSOX HAVE TWO NICKLES HOLDING UP A DOLLAR!
    HOW INTELLIGENT! LIKE A BOX OF ROCKS BALANCED ON ONES HEAD DOES`NT ADD UP TO THE PROVERBIAL TWO HEADS!LARRY OUTSMARTED HIMSELF!WE ALL KNOW THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH YOU!STAY WITH THE LIGHT CURT! DO NOT TASTETH THE DARK SIDE! A BAD LIFE, IT IS!MM WORRIES WORRIES! SORRY I WAS CHANNELLING YODA THERE!
    BUT INSTEAD OF MAKING A STUPID DAMONIAN PROMISE LIKE;DON’T WORRY, I`M NOT GONNA BE A YANKER, DUH, YOU SHOULD GRAB THE POWERS THAT BE AND SAY YOU WILL NOT TASTETH IT IF THEY MAKETH WITH THE CHECKETH RIGHT NOWETH!BUT IT WENT UP YOU SEE!
    YOU WANTED TO SEE! NOW YOU`VE SEEN IT! CHANGING FROM A POWER GUY INTO A FINESSE GUY IS INEVITABLE FOR ANY PITCHER IF THEY WANT TO STAY PAST 41!
    IF I WAS THEM I`D SAY 28 FOR 2 IS THE BEST WE CAN GET NOW THAT WE AND EVERYONE ELSE HAD SEEN WHAT WE ALL DID THE OTHER DAY!
    IF THEY THINK THEY GOT FIREBOMBED WHEN THEY RIGHTLY DUMPED NOMORE, AND GONZO, AND OC WAIT TIL YOU PUT ON PINSTRIPES! THEY WILL MARCH ON THAT PLACE LIKE A DROID ARMY OF CRAZED SOXZOMBIES AND TEAR THEM OUT AND TARANDFEATHER THEM!

    TAKETH MY WORDETH.

  112. 741derhamet permalink
    June 10, 2007 9:55 am

    nice ice

  113. June 10, 2007 10:49 am

    CURT!!!! A hundred people will tell you this, but I was seriously crying and laughing at the same time when I watched the replay of this game (of COURSE this game had to happen during the afternoon while we’re all at work!). I am so proud of you and the entire team for the performance in that game. I was having a terrible day on Friday and my boyfriend called me at work to describe to me all the guys’ reactions on the field (most specifically Mike Lowell jumping up and down like a kid and yelling “NOOOO!!!!” lol) and I just couldn’t stop smiling.

    Way to go…you are truly an inspiration to me, and I love watching you pitch…even when you do suck. ;)

    God bless you and your family, and the whole Boston Red Sox organization. :)

  114. June 10, 2007 10:49 am

    Awesome game, Curt! I was hyperventillating nervously in my cubicle as I followed along online…

    To all of you who jinxed this – WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

    Normally if there’s an afternoon game that’s still in progress at 5, I’d be out the door promptly at 5:01. But with this game, I knew I couldn’t risk leaving. Better to have a no-hitter happen and me miss seeing it, than to not have one at all. We all know if it does happen, NESN will re-broadcast it plenty of times. So, duh, if you’re watching in one room, you don’t suddenly run to another room for the 9th; you don’t hit the record button to tape the 9th; you don’t call up someone who isn’t even a big enough fan to already know what’s going on! Let the man have his no-no, and then go watch it and celebrate it afterward!

    So I did my part, planted in my seat at work, and tried to keep quiet so my co-workers wouldn’t know I was still there and ask me how the game was going, because I wouldn’t have been able to tell them. When I saw “Stewart singled to right” pop up on the screen, I yelled a few choice words, said “I guess I can leave now”, and ran out the door, not even turning off the light. But even online it was a very exciting game, and – most importantly of course – a much needed win!

    When I got home, I watched the post-game and then NESN’s re-broadcast. Thanks for a fun an entertaining win!

  115. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 10, 2007 12:14 pm

    Curt have you heard when Jon Lester might get called up and pitch? Great game the other day and Josh Beckett is doing great!!!!!!!!!. Curt could you let me know who will be starting the game in Atlanta on June 20TH? How is Manny’s hand doing?. Good luck in your next start Curt!!!!!!!!.

    Jeff

  116. rdsxnation67 permalink
    June 10, 2007 1:30 pm

    There is so much ‘almost’ in baseball. It’s what keeps me glued to the tube. You ‘almost’ got a no hitter. Ortiz ‘almost’ hit a 2-run extra-inning home run in the first game against Oakland. When you have an 0-2 count on a batter, do you ‘almost’ have him out?

    As Sox fans, we know all about ‘almost’. We ‘almost’ won in 2003 (and the anguish made 2004 all the sweeter). We ‘almost’ won in 1986, but only after the California Angles ‘almost’ won. That’s baseball for ya.

    Thanks for bringing your best game, and providing two and a half hours of drama. Thanks for not getting two quick outs in the ninth, and then going
    0-2 on the next guy. My heart would not have stood that. And above all, thanks for getting the next guy out, and realizing its more about the win.

  117. soxfaninsf permalink
    June 10, 2007 2:51 pm

    Hey Nuke,
    Next time you are pitching a no-hitter into the 9th inning, don’t shake off Crash!

  118. June 10, 2007 4:27 pm

    Hey! I guess congratulations are in order. Great work!

  119. sue227 permalink
    June 10, 2007 6:05 pm

    Finally figured out how to use this site, so I look forward to lots of blogging.

  120. noxintort permalink
    June 10, 2007 8:53 pm

    Amazing pitching performance out there. You showed a lot of gut. If anyone deserves a no-hitter, it is you.

    No-hitter or not, you’re already enshrined in Red Sox Nation for eternity. That’s a big nation to be known by. I will be telling my grandchildren in 40 years about the gut of a pitcher named “Curt Schilling” who threw an incredible game against the “evil” Yankees after having a surgical procedure to correct a rogue ligament.

    Congratulations.

    (we want you back next year)

  121. gorny540 permalink
    June 10, 2007 9:25 pm

    terrific job, all that matters is the number of runs you let up 0, really needed a big start out of you and now winning 3 of the last 4, once wake gets back on track we should start cruisin again

  122. June 10, 2007 9:44 pm

    I am sorry that your no-hitter got cracked at the last minute, but you showed that you still have your stuff and the fans appreciate that.

    I just wanted to say, the wife and I made the trip from Vegas to Phoenix to see Tavares vs. Owings. We enjoyed our selves, esp. because of the sheer numbers of the Fenway Faithful that were in attendance. It really is amazing when the fans of the visiting team out cheer the home team.

    I was curious as to how much input/advise/mentoring you, Beckett, and Farrell have done with Matsuzaka to see if you can help him adjust. Also, did you speak with Paplebon after Saturday’s game, cause he seemed a little off. It was nice to see him come in and get the game closed, but he seemed like he wasn’t himself

    Thanks to the team for a great time in Phoenix……

    ~M~

    VegasSoxFan

  123. mrrdrmyers permalink
    June 10, 2007 10:23 pm

    Say it aint’ so Curt

    http://www.bostondirtdogs.com/

    P.S. Now we know why you didn’t want the Rocket around

  124. photosbyjc permalink
    June 10, 2007 10:46 pm

    Congrats Curt, you stopped a slide at the right time, a no-no would have just been a bonus.. you got the complete game, 1 hitter shutout. And kept the bullpen fresh for the series! I hope you get your no hitter sometime, but MANY great pitchers went their entire career without pitching one.
    JC

  125. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 11, 2007 6:56 am

    And to think that Theo could have had you at a mere 13 million! Ka-ching… now the price is up to 20m and beyond given Clemens signing, etc.

    Theo seems not to know what to do unless Larry is pulling the strings.

    Theo is to Larry as Charlie McCarthy is to Edgar Bergen, I guess.

    Way to go, Curt — you give all us 40-something, doughy guys something to root for!

  126. game6sockwasfake permalink
    June 11, 2007 8:51 am

    curt –

    quit running home to blog and finish your games…

    shannon stewart for president!

  127. scambodian permalink
    June 11, 2007 9:24 am

    Shannon Stewart is my new favorite player, thank god he broke that up we would have been hearing about that for months.

    http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/91253

    good read

    Scambodian

  128. June 11, 2007 10:08 am

    What an extraordinary treat to watch you pitch that beauty on Thursday, Curt. Protecting the lone run scored in a game for a complete-game shut-out one-hitter when your team needed a win? And doing it with the grace you exhibited? That was pure joy to watch. Way to go, Ace.

  129. June 11, 2007 11:30 am

    Curt,

    You still rock in my book.

    B

  130. matt2323231 permalink
    June 11, 2007 5:55 pm

    The ‘infamous’ shake? Don’t get too full of yourself there buddy.

  131. bish6364 permalink
    June 11, 2007 7:25 pm

    Schill,
    Nice to see you able to blog about it and get beyond it. You’re right, your wife was meant to be with you when it happens. You were amazing and I am so proud to be a Red Sox fan.
    Looking forward to being at the game tomorrow night – sure wish Wake would trade spots with you!!

    You take care and keep us focused —
    Again, my sincere congratulations for your outstanding performance.

    MA

  132. bubbadude permalink
    June 11, 2007 8:23 pm

    I was at the game, cheering for my team, the A’s. There were an awful lot of Boston fans at the game, more than I’ve ever seen; we speculate many of Boston Nation are unemployed. They were pretty sad in the beginning because of their team being on a five-game losing streak. They were a lot more fired-up before game 2 of the series, in which Lenny DiNardo, a Boston cast-off, defeated the 100 million dollar man with the pitch named after a sandwich, Daisuke. Schilling’s pitching got them pretty excited by about the seventh or eighth inning.

    Some accounts said that A’s fans were cheering for the no-no in the ninth, but I didn’t see any of that. Rather, we were standing and cheering for the A’s bats to come alive and turn the game around in the ninth, as they’ve already done this year against Mariano Rivera, Papelbon, and two or three other premier closers.

    Shannon Stewart is a clutch hitter, one of the guys that can be counted-on to come through when all the money is on the table. If he doesn’t hit a first-pitch fastball, he hits the second or third or fourth pitch of the AB. He’s clutch, and that’s what he does, just like Scutaro hit a three-run blast off Rivera in the bottom of the ninth with the A’s down by two.

    To me, the weirdest thing about the game was Schilling hopping over the first base line every time he went on or off the field. Superstition is a part of the pagan religion, not something that Christians should embrace. I believe that’s why the Lord took away the no-no, as a punishment for the bunny-hop over the baseline. But Lugo certainly helped. If he doesn’t boot that grounder, Stewart doesn’t bat in the ninth.

    Live and learn, Schilling. There’s a saying out here that every time Boston wins, Massachusetts raises taxes. That seems about right.

  133. rpepinjr1 permalink
    June 11, 2007 9:26 pm

    Curt –

    I noticed that you mentioned a lot of your friends that have ALS that follow your starts. Just had a great friend that passed on from ALS after a 2+ year struggle, and I know this is a passion of yours. We started a charity golf event while he was still with us and we’ve contributed 10’s of thousands of dollars to ALS Florida and other local charities. Would you ever make a contribution to an event like this, such as a small item that could be used in an auction? Maybe a signed hat or something of that nature?

    Here’s more about it…

    http://www.neuraltrade.com/index.php?action=252&s=2

    RP

  134. redsoxgrrl permalink
    June 11, 2007 10:56 pm

    Don’t worry about shaking off ‘Tek – you shook him off plenty of other times prior to that in the game and it worked out.

    Great game – congrats!!

  135. June 11, 2007 11:07 pm

    I was pulling for your no-hitter, but you pitched an awesome game anyhow. Keep it up.

  136. June 12, 2007 1:09 am

    I was sad that I wasn’t able to witness the amazing performance that you put on Thursday. I do feel though I have a very good excuse for missing a game on my computer.

    THE BIRTH OF MY FIRST BABY.

    That’s right my baby girl, Isabelle, was born on Thursday at 10:22pm cst. I can now tell her that she was born on a day where the red sox shined.

  137. soxmax permalink
    June 12, 2007 1:53 am

    we needed this one!!! thanks!!!! someday curt.

  138. rsoxwest permalink
    June 12, 2007 12:08 pm

    Curt,
    You make the game thrilling for all baseball fans to watch. Thanks for the chills! You were absolutely amazing – you’ve still got it. Management is crazy to not have you locked up for as long as you feel like you want to pitch! Their loss.
    Hope to see you pitch in Seattle in August. If I counted up the days correctly, you’ll be pitching on the first game. Was lucky enough to see you pitch last year there, too – not the best game, lost 6-0. That won’t happen this year. The magic, MOJO, baseball gods, whatever you want to call it are truly on the side of the SOX this year!!
    Thanks again, Curt! Appreciate all you do!
    K

  139. maranara permalink
    June 12, 2007 5:21 pm

    Hi Schill! Wow – what a game! CONGRATS to you and the team. :)

    Not sure if you’re going to do any more Q&A in-season, but if you do, I have a question. So many fans (myself included) have the mentality when watching a game like that where they feel like they need to sit in the same spot, continue to drink the same drink, etc., as if it affects the outcome of the game. As players, do you guys do anything like that too? (either during a game where you’re pitching in, a game when the Sox are playing but you’re not pitching, or a game where you’re just watching as a fan) THANKS! :)

    Mara

    http://www.cafepress.com/baseballbaby

  140. tffcsonn permalink
    June 12, 2007 6:56 pm

    Ever since you’ve been in a sox uniform I have been thinking everytime you take the field that Curt will throw one. I went to those first 3 games of the oakland series too, and the game before yours I had the most annoying old obnoxious A’s fans talking so much crap about you, and I could just feel it in my heart how amazing it would be for you to no hit that day! But you know what, you still did it, you shut them down and you did it good. This was a serious accomplishment. Besides, I see a no no in your future, you know you have the stuff to do it. Don’t second guess it either, you wanted to throw that fastball, you can’t hold it against you. Sure Lugo not making that error has to hang on you but the point is that game was won. A sweep would have been horrible, would have been the first sweep all year, and I’m hoping with all the rest of us fenway faithfulls that there are no sweeps against you boys this year, and the way its lookin you answered that question for us all. Great job Schill!

  141. amd1170 permalink
    June 12, 2007 9:10 pm

    Curt,
    I would like to let you know that the retail pharmacy that i work at in Fall River, MA (which is a huge supporter of the Red Sox) is running a collection for A.L.S. Tomorrow during your start, each employee (dressed in their Red Sox gear) at the store has promised to donate $5 plus an additional $1 for each strikeout you have in the game. You have been an inspiration for each of us to give what extra we me have to help cure this horrific disease. We hope our customers will feel inspired and give what they can to help eliminate A.L.S. We will continue to do this during each one of your starts for the next few weeks.
    Best of Luck
    From The Little Pharmacy In Fall River

  142. phishingphreak permalink
    June 13, 2007 4:32 am

    Kurt,

    Man what a game you thru. Too bad you shook off Tekkie. That would have been great. Unfortunately, now if you don’t ever throw a no no, you will have to think of this game forever. Can’t get any closer than 2 outs. That has too hurt.

    Instead Verlander at the young age of 24 beats you too a milestone, you may not have another shot at getting. This may sting a little, but hey, can’t win them all right?

    The tenacity you show every time you take the mound is great. The old man on the hill, getting it done. Keep up the hard work, and don’t forget your vitamins, especially the metamucil. It’ll help keep that 2 seamer you throw, regular and barreling in at 90+……

    Also, don’t even think about the Yanks. They were 14.5 out 2 weeks ago, and only 9.5 out now. As long as you and DK stay strong together (you guys room together on the road, no?) the Sox won’t give up another 14.5 game lead. Besides, what are the odds of the same team in less than 30 years giving up that big of a lead. Astronomical, I would guess.

    You’re a man, keep up the good work.

    ~mac

  143. redsoxnorth permalink
    June 13, 2007 5:32 am

    Way to go! You rock!

  144. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 13, 2007 9:31 am

    “The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms.”
    My fortune cookie today. I think they meant you.
    We luv ya, win or lose. Win is more fun, as you know.

  145. June 13, 2007 11:15 am

    Curt, you seen this yet? Thought it was pretty good:

    http://blog.sethgoldstein.com/2007/06/12/schillings-laws-for-perfect-startups/

  146. alphonse55 permalink
    June 13, 2007 1:32 pm

    The only thing that could have improved the ending to that game would be a home run after you gave up the hit.

  147. brynot permalink
    June 13, 2007 1:33 pm

    That really broke my heart reading “Holy crap, I think I am going to do this.” I hope you get there again someday soon. If not, it was one of the most intense 9th innings of my 36 years as a a Sox fan. Thanks for a great game!

  148. June 13, 2007 2:31 pm

    curt

    i was at the oakland 1 hitter last week, and wrote a post describing how your performance had important parallels for entrepreneurs. i think you would enjoy it:

    http://blog.sethgoldstein.com/

    keep up the great work!

    -s

  149. bostonme permalink
    June 13, 2007 4:25 pm

    Hi Curt!
    It just broke my heard while listening to the game at work but it doesnt matter, you did a phenomenal job! I hate how the media likes to focus on the negative like you shaking off Tek, you did what you thought would win us the game and there is nothing wrong with that. Why can’t they focus on how you helped end our longest losing streak of the season? Or how you are always trying to raise money for charity? I applaud how outspoken you are and envy how you are not afraid to say what you are thinking. thanks for being such a great role model for Red Sox Nation and beyond.

  150. perryc permalink
    June 13, 2007 7:39 pm

    Verlander! Yikes!

    If you could bring it 100+ mph in the ninth, you might have that no hitter.
    ;)

    ….Perry

  151. milmascaras permalink
    June 13, 2007 10:26 pm

    (June 13, 2007) What a game Curt the Great!! Can’t wait to hear of your thoughts on WEEI. It wasn’t your fault at all, just a bad alignment of the sun, moon, and the twinkle twinkle little stars.

  152. firedannyainge permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:30 pm

    This was a great nerve wracking game. My stomach was in knots. HOWEVER SOSH is an elitest group of snobs.

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

  153. mikejmu permalink
    June 21, 2007 9:31 pm

    Hello,

    We would like to do an interview with you about your blog for
    http://www.BlogInterviewer.com . We’d like to give you the opportunity to
    give us some insight on the “person behind the blog.”

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  154. June 22, 2007 8:48 pm

    I don’t like this Verlander one bit.

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