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Apologize for the delay

June 25, 2007

To those that frequently check in I apologize for falling behind. Life threw a pretty good curve this past week and there’s a lot going on. Traveling back and forth and the checkup on the shoulder were rather time consuming.

 The plan as of today is to be re-evaluated and go from there, today in Seattle.

Will catch up on some Q&A this week if you want to submit legitimate questions that are relevant to the forum, be it 38 Studios stuff or baseball.

Arm feels fine, the injection made an immense difference almost immediately, which was a great sign. So we are working towards milestones each day and hopefully I’ll begin throwing again in the next few days.

38 Studios is rapidly picking up steam, and things are moving much faster on some fronts than we ever anticipated. Stay tuned for news there as well.

154 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2007 1:53 pm

    Get well soon. I can’t wait to see you guys in the playoffs!!

  2. ngruk permalink
    June 25, 2007 1:58 pm

    Is Microsoft providing the financial backing for 38 Studios’ then, or is it still an on-going process of finding the perfect partner?

  3. mattingly23 permalink
    June 25, 2007 1:58 pm

    Hey Scurt,

    Why is it evertime you start getting hammered you make an excuse? First the Yankees crush you in game two of the ALCS in 04 and you come back with the fake bloody sock?

    Now every team is hammering you and you go for an MRI? Can’t you just face it you are done? Even when you pitch well vs the Devil Rays of the world the Yankees crush you.

    Go work for Fox or whatever you need to do to feed your ego. And jus go away!!!

  4. soxfaninfla permalink
    June 25, 2007 2:05 pm

    Mr. Schilling –

    It’s great to hear that you’re on the way to recovery. We’re heading to Boston and are hoping you’ll be healthy and pitch on July 5th!

    Best wishes for a quick recovery!

  5. June 25, 2007 2:12 pm

    It’s great to hear that your shoulder is feeling better already. Looking forward to you back pitching soon.

    What do you think about the trade talk surrounding Mark Buerhle coming to your team?

  6. katie9 permalink
    June 25, 2007 2:12 pm

    Curt,
    Hope everything goes okay with the shoulder. We are all crossing our fingers for you & would love nothing better than to see you back in the next few weeks.

    Also, I wanted to thank you for your involvement in Strikeouts for Troops. My brother is a Marine, and I really appreciate the support that athletes like you, Manny & Barry Zito are giving these guys. It means a lot.

  7. June 25, 2007 2:16 pm

    Awesome, good to hear. Personally, I’d like to see more 38Studios news, as well as commentary on games, gaming, etc.

    I know you’re famous for playing ball and not dargonslaying, as the current term goes, but the rest of us geeks on your blog would love to engage you about your digital persona!

    In that vein, I will close with:

    WAR > UO > SB > EQ > AC > shoulder tendinitis > Irritable Bowel Syndrome > WoW lol.

    I bet you get that, too.

  8. June 25, 2007 2:26 pm

    Hey Curt –

    Good luck with the shoulder … hope it’s nothing too serious and that you’re back on the mound with the pill soon.

    Any thoughts on (potential) Sox needs with the trading deadline coming up in the rear view mirror?

  9. June 25, 2007 2:36 pm

    Hi Curt, glad to hear that the shoulder is already feeling better.

    Question for you. Whenever you get a new pitcher on your team, do you try to pick their brain on how they go about pitching (such as what grip they use for say a splitter or what arm angle to throw a certain pitch)? Or is it a case of you know exactly how to throw a pitch (say a splitter for example’s sake) and don’t have any reason to try any other method for throwing it?

  10. lughlamfhada permalink
    June 25, 2007 2:47 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better. With regards to mattingly23, isn’t it sad that you have nothing better to do as a Yankee fan than troll a Sox blog? I suggest you save your criticism for Mussina and Clemens, who currently look like geriatrics.

    Curt, I’ve got a MMO question for you. I was an avid UO player for a few years and was heavily involved in PvP and player killing. It was a real rush to go outside of protected areas and not know if a player I came across was going to say hi or start flinging spells at me. I also enjoyed knowing that I could lose everything I had on me in a blink of an eye. The risks were high, the players were ruthless, and the action was great. Will your upcoming games cater to PvPers at all? Will there be a place for murderers, thieves, and assassins?

    Hope you feel better. My fiance and I are big fans of yours, and we hope the rest of the season goes well so we’ll once again see you in a Sox uniform next year!

    Best,

    Lugh

  11. irishcooper permalink
    June 25, 2007 3:04 pm

    Hey Curt,

    The only thing missing in the game against Atlanta was the fastball. You threw a great splitter to McCann down and away that he somehow managed to slap into left field. You came back with the exact same pitch to Francouer and he swung right through it, so that was just a great piece of hitting nothing you can do about that. Also when you had to make a pitch to Thorman you hit your location with a 93 mph fastball. We all know your stuff is still there and we aren’t worried. Just take care of your shoulder and get back to 100 percent. Red Sox Nation can’t wait to have the best and most clutch pitcher in the game back!

    -Cooper

  12. miked714 permalink
    June 25, 2007 3:33 pm

    Hey Schill….

    Lots of Burhle talk right now. Tavarez has been great, but if he could slide to the pen and you could have Burhle in the rotation, I feel it would help the rotation as well as strengthen an already strong bullpen. Agree/Disagree?

  13. msheppard permalink
    June 25, 2007 3:36 pm

    Do you “write” you own blog? It feels like you do, as opposed to Youk’s blog and Papi’s book: Which both have the feeling of being a transcription of some sort.

    Along the same lines: Do you travel with a laptop? Is it part of the gear – like your glove and uniform – or do you carry it yourself?

    And finally: Do you use a Mac or a PC?

    M@

  14. mainefan0475 permalink
    June 25, 2007 3:38 pm

    Get well soon Curt.
    Oh and “Mattingly23″…I think that you’re on the wrong blog dude. You are looking for 22middlerelief.com or 38gamesback.com I think. Might want to make a bookmark of that for next time…

  15. soxfan05782 permalink
    June 25, 2007 3:43 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I was wondering if you could comment at all on how Jon Lester is doing, mentally/physically/etc. I check the stats from time to time and he looks like he’s well on his way. I was just curious if you–as an insider–have had the opportunity to talk with him and/or see how he’s doing. I only hear tid bits here and there from the media. Thanks, take care of the shoulder and I look forward to seeing you back on the mound.

  16. June 25, 2007 3:44 pm

    Hey, looks like the rest of the staff will hold down the fort. Excited to see Gabbard throw another game . .

  17. bosoxfan0003 permalink
    June 25, 2007 3:44 pm

    Curt

    I’ve got a question in regards to your spot in the rotation. It was announced today the Gabby will be starting instead of Lester. Based on your knowledge of both pitchers, would you say thats the best move for the team? In my opinion, they’re both quality guys but as a true fan, Im anxious to see Jon back in the rotation.

    Best of luck in getting healthy again. Give our love to the Schilling family from all Sox nuts in Idaho,

    Jamie

  18. bobwal permalink
    June 25, 2007 4:11 pm

    Good luck Curt. Hopefully the Sox will be smart and hold you back til after the All Star break. They are so far ahead right now that you would be needed later in the season and the playoffs.

    I am upset that you don’t want to defend your man Bush on here. Stem Cell research could really cure some diseases, but he won’t let it happen. I think it has more to do with his ties to the heath care industry. Heck if diseases were cured than they would lose a lot of money, wouldn’t they?

  19. June 25, 2007 4:41 pm

    i was curious as to whether you have any influence into any of managements decisions regarding trades and whatnot, or if you even bother voicing your opinion on the matters? i just hope we dont send away ellsbury for buerhle at all

  20. jbridges permalink
    June 25, 2007 4:51 pm

    Curt,

    if Jon Lester pitches unbelievably in your absence, who do you think has the biggest chance of losing their role in the starting 5?

  21. redsawx73 permalink
    June 25, 2007 5:00 pm

    mattingly23 your a flat out sore-loser…

    Curt get well soon so you can come back and join in on kicking some Yankee Butt.

  22. bosocker permalink
    June 25, 2007 5:14 pm

    Brother Curt,

    Thank you so much for giving us an update. I am going crazy over here checking in several times a day to read something from your blog. It is one of my favorites. I thought maybe you were going to lay low after your last game and ther eis no need for that. We all have great days like throwing one hitters and we have tough days. Anyone who says they don’t is lying. haha.

    I have a question about how much does flying across country with no day off and playing away have in stopping a winning streak you may have going on? Does it take a day or so to get back to normal or can you guys just go out and perform as usual? I imagine playing at home is great if the team visiting is flying in from the other coast and doesn’t have time to rest up from their last game.

    I look forward to your return to the rotation. Take care and God bless you, your family, our troops, President George W Bush and the Iraq War.

    Bosocker

  23. vtwildbill permalink
    June 25, 2007 5:30 pm

    Hey Curt, Just want to wish you well and hope all goes well. And hope you are back in action soon! We need your arm and enthusiam!

  24. firedannyainge permalink
    June 25, 2007 5:33 pm

    For the love of God Mattingly SHUT UP. Get a life and go post at some blog concerning your own pathetic team.

    Even Yankee fans must know it is over. They are so bored and pathetic they are not even bothering with their own team they are trolling a freaking blog that has not been posted on in weeks. Seriously you wish Schilling was part of your team and as a Yankee fan and the crap team your Cashman put on the field the last thing you should be doing is insulting Schilling. Your pitching staff is atrocious.

  25. June 25, 2007 5:36 pm

    Everyone knows the best game is Diablo 2. I will however, whole heartedly agree I would rather have Irritable Bowel Syndrome than play WoW. Eek! Can’t wait for when you’re 100% and striking dudes out left and right again.

  26. bsgchitown permalink
    June 25, 2007 5:43 pm

    Mattingly23: Newflash – this year’s Yanks are the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of the world.

  27. chillyme permalink
    June 25, 2007 5:50 pm

    Thanks for the update.

    Question:

    Do you think the one hit complete game messed with your shoulder?

    Onward.

  28. redsoxfan permalink
    June 25, 2007 6:00 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I still don’t understand why Yankees fans would want to spend their time on this blog if they thing your such a fraud. They shouldn’t be caring what you say or do off the field, but what you do on the field. Everyone gets their problems, and gets thrown the occasional curve ball which messes up your routine.

    Congratulation on a terrific 1 hitter the other day. I hope to see you on the mound soon, cause I know that whenever your on the mound your going to fight your way through the game and do your best to give your team an opportunity to win.

    I still hope that one day I will see you in the gaming world, or get to see you up close in real life.

    Well, good luck and I am waiting impatiently for the amazing game you will release to the world, and can’t wait to reach the highest level.

    -Rob

  29. imasoxfan permalink
    June 25, 2007 6:02 pm

    Hey Curt,

    thanx for finally writing. i’m glad your feeling better. i’m sure you’ll do a whole lot better your next start. have u ever worked with a man by the name of demyan.

    RED SOX!

    p.s. please tell julio lugo to step up his game. his average is embarassing

  30. ace1307 permalink
    June 25, 2007 6:41 pm

    Hopefully, this is a legitimate question to be answered…ill keep trying, eventually Ill get one answered…

    what do you think of Mark Buerhle and if the Sox got him, where do you think he’d fit in??? Not trying to ask about any inside info on whether or not the Red Sox have made an offer, just want to know your thoughts on him and where he’d fit in if he happened to come here…thanks!!!

  31. scredsoxgirl permalink
    June 25, 2007 6:56 pm

    Curt, you are an awesome pitcher and I have no doubt you will be back in good form in no time! I will definitely do some praying for you! I myself used to be a classical singer and had an injury to my vocal chords which I could not come back from. Singing wasn’t God’s plan for me! But it is clear you are a pitcher, and I know this little test He is putting you through is all for the best. Can’t wait to see you pitch in the playoffs either!

    Your biggest fan in South Carolina,
    Christina

  32. sadadar permalink
    June 25, 2007 6:58 pm

    Curt,

    I’ve always wondered what the differences in health care and recovery care were between a professional athlete and a (don’t like my word choice but…) normal person.

    I tore my ACL a few years ago and it still isn’t all the way normal. It seems like pro athletes recover from all of this stuff much faster and get all sorts of complicated shots and surgeries.

    What are your days like when you are injured? How much of your life and how many people are dedicated to making you better?

    Matt

  33. June 25, 2007 7:04 pm

    Hey Curt. Glad the arm / shoulder is feeling better!! Can’t wait to see you out on the mound again but take the time you need to get back.

    Yea, I’m the master of telling you stuff you don’t need to be told. Ha.

  34. maranara permalink
    June 25, 2007 7:35 pm

    Hey Schill!
    I have two questions that I’ve asked before, but figured I would ask again (maybe get them to the front of the question line!! :) )…
    First, 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)
    Also, what’s your take on being a role model? Guys like you do such an amazing job of being role models for kids, but there are other athletes who, well, don’t. Is it even fair to ask athletes to be role models?
    Thank you so much!!
    Mara

    http://www.cafepress.com/baseballbaby

  35. joei71 permalink
    June 25, 2007 7:50 pm

    Yeah mattingly23, why is it everytime the Yankees fall further and further back all you can do is rag on Schilling? Just like in the 2004 ALCS when you losers pulled the greatest choke job in the history of sports. Good luck with that bloody sock… it’s your curse for the next 100 years. oh yeah, and mattingly never won anything, just like the yankees in the 21st century.

    Get well Curt!

  36. risoxfan1991 permalink
    June 25, 2007 7:51 pm

    Curt,
    What do you think about the rumors regarding Mark Beuhrle possibly becoming a member of the red sox? Hope to see you back in there soon.
    Thanks

  37. June 25, 2007 7:53 pm

    Hey Curt, good to hear from you. I hope you heal up fast. I agree about the strikeout for troops. I have family in Iraq, and it does mean alot. I hope this pace continues, as much as I like competition, I would LOVE to see the yankees miss the playoffs!

  38. jasonwegg permalink
    June 25, 2007 8:43 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I read you blog a lot, but don’t post much.

    I’m glad to hear that you are getting better.

    Just remember the Yankees are back!

    11 1/2 games back that is….and counting!

    Get well soon!

    Go Sox!

  39. June 25, 2007 8:57 pm

    Hey Curt, best wishes on the arm! Get well, we need you back soon!

  40. ryssee permalink
    June 25, 2007 9:02 pm

    Can’t wait ’til you come back! Rest up well and we’ll see ya in a couple weeks.

  41. cmac1973 permalink
    June 25, 2007 9:13 pm

    Mr. Schilling —

    I know you’ve got more pressing issues to deal with at the moment, but is there any chance of you and Larry Lucchino working out a bet like the one he has with Tito to get you to quit chewing tobacco? Maybe he could make the same pitch to anyone on the team who dips? Just a thought.

    Thanks,
    Craig

  42. June 25, 2007 9:38 pm

    Hey Curt — take your time, and get that shoulder well. You’ll be pitching deep into October this year, so we need you at 100%.

    And if it makes you feel any better, your old nemesis Mark Lemke has turned into a really, really, awful radio post-game announcer dude for the Braves. I mean, awful. Really bad.

    Finally — do you find Julian Tavarez as entertaining as we do?

    Hang in there.

  43. laethyn permalink
    June 25, 2007 9:45 pm

    Anyone interested in 38 Studios discussion can feel free to drop in on the entirely UNOFFICIAL (I can’t stress enough that we are NOT affiliated with 38 Studios, just a fansite/watchgroup) website http://www.38fans.com (Is it ok to post this here? Just trying to drum up some excitement :D)

  44. mtninf66 permalink
    June 25, 2007 9:46 pm

    Curt, hopefully you will have a speedy and healthy recovery. It was nice to read your blog about your near no-hitter. I always get a kick out of announcers that question why a pitcher keeps throwing or not throwing a certain pitch. Most knowledgable fans know it is the catcher making the calls. I have plenty of sympathy and empathy for you, I have a daughter pitching and she has had many one hitters that are caused by my deciding to take over the pitch calling at the wrong time as the coach. Keep up the good work and thanks for allowing fans like myself such an insightful outlet to go to.

  45. abacus002 permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:09 pm

    Well Curt- you are consistent. Consistently an A-Hole that is.
    —–snip——
    General manager Theo Esptein told reporters Friday that a midseason rest should lead to a stronger late-season Schilling.

    The 40-year-old opening day starter doesn’t buy that reasoning.

    “It’s easy to analyze that when you are not in uniform and never been in one,” Schilling said from the Boston clubhouse as he teammates left for batting practice. “That’s a good way to analyze it, I guess. It’s different, being in here.”
    —–snip——

    I mean, wow, it must be something to be so ego-driven that you can blast your boss in the press. Perhaps he looks at it a bit differently then you- as in from a TEAM perspective.

    You aren’t getting 13 million next year. Anywhere. Accept it.

    Thanks for 2004. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  46. redsoxgrrl permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:19 pm

    Good to hear from you, Curt. Good luck getting better – be careful because we need you more later in the season so take your time and be sure before coming back. After all, we have a comfy lead.

    Best.

  47. schnoo permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:21 pm

    Curt,

    Don’t you think it might be more accurate to describe Iraq as a “Bush strikeout for America”?

  48. jydfan13 permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:23 pm

    I was wondering what you thought about autograph signing, and that kind of thing like.

    1) How do you decide whether to sign or not
    2) Are there certain people/places/times that you sign for or at
    3) How do you feel about people selling your autograph.
    4) Are there certian items you like to sign more often
    5) What makes you not sign for someone or a group

    ya know stuff like that.

  49. hamcraft permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:26 pm

    Heya Curt.

    As an avid gamer, I have not spared too much time for sports in my lifetime, but I have managed to catch you and your fellow Sox almost every game this season in between when I am not playing Eve-Online. I am happy to have stumbled upon and embraced baseball this year and become a fan.

    As I have just come out of college with a Mechanical Engineering B.S. and am living at home right now I must say I am on sort of a DL of my own, as I scramble to find a decent job while my parents breathe down my neck. I have had a depressing time getting my resume and portfolio stuff together, I have been pretty down about it, but looking up to my various role models is starting to give me the inspiration I need at times to get off my butt and to once again start pitching my own A-game. Anyways, here is the real reason why I went through the trouble to register and post here; a little bit of inspiration:

    He is still the man. And so are you.

    God bless.

  50. legendsofboston permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:37 pm

    Hi Curt

    First time poster — How is the video game coming along?

    Additionally, we see alot of what you contribute on the field when you pitch…but, in being a team leader…how do you contribute during these periods when for whatever reason you miss a start? – You are a great pitcher with a tremendous knowledge of the game and it would be great to know that during these times you are actively working with people like Lester, Bucholz, and our other young pitchers – sharing your knowledge throughout the team (in addition to getting healthy as fast as possible – loyal Sox fans appreciate your efforts and miss your performance right now). Are these types of opportunities there…and do you take advantage of them, if they are?

  51. June 25, 2007 10:46 pm

    Hey Curt, I’m sorry about your shoulder, but I’m sure it’ll be better soon. Hang in there. I was just in Seattle; the weather is nice.

  52. 09neurotic permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:51 pm

    Question for you, Curt. This is a little piece taken from an ESPN.com article:

    General manager Theo Esptein [sic] told reporters Friday that a midseason rest should lead to a stronger late-season Schilling.

    The 40-year-old Opening Day starter doesn’t buy that reasoning.

    “It’s easy to analyze that when you are not in uniform and never been in one,” Schilling said from the Boston clubhouse as he teammates left for batting practice. “That’s a good way to analyze it, I guess. It’s different, being in here.”

    Is everybody on the same page here? Was this taken out of context by the writer? Because this seems like an uncharacteristically nasty and unnecessary, almost CHB-like jab at Theo. The “you never played meaningful baseball, you stats nerd” angle is tired.

  53. coach3 permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:54 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    My ten year old son is just learning how to pitch, and is much stronger and more accurate when he throws sidearm rather than overhand. I know that throwing curve balls at such a young age can cause some damage, but could throwing sidearm be a problem as well?
    My wife and I and our three young sons are huge Curt Schilling fans, and we can’t wait to see you back out on the mound again soon!
    Jim

  54. zebelkinton permalink
    June 25, 2007 10:56 pm

    Curt,

    Ok so when do you see us using Lester? When do you see us letting go of Pena? It’s like we have 100 Chiefs here and no Indians everyone and their opinions. DO THIS AND DO THAT talk. I always like to use this. “If I were king for the day I would…….” Hope you get well soon Meat!
    :)

  55. jimmyoc permalink
    June 26, 2007 12:00 am

    I was at your last start on Monday the 18th and noticed a rather strange looking warmup routine as you simulated you pitching motion and then repeated the motion in reverse. What is the purpose of this and how long has it been a part of your pregame routine? Thanks.

  56. June 26, 2007 1:59 am

    I wish you get well soon as early as possible we want to see you back.

  57. sammie2159 permalink
    June 26, 2007 5:55 am

    Curt,
    Is it necessary to take a cheap shot at Theo? Just because he hasn’t been in a uniform? I am sure it is frustrating but to take cheap shots at the medical staff is dumb. Take your medicine and come back strong. You will get a contract.

  58. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 26, 2007 6:40 am

    Hi, Big Curt.

    All this talk about Josh and Dice-K being our 1-2 pitchers, and you being a 3 or a 4 is irking me.

    I bet if you had a dime for every time in your career some young pup tried to take over as the staff ace — you’d be rich!

    We all know that as soon as you are right physically there is nobody we’d rather have on the mound (with all due respect to Josh and Dice-Man and Tom Wakefield).

    Hope to see you around your software shop as you recuperate, Big Guy!

    Good luck!

  59. yazman8 permalink
    June 26, 2007 8:20 am

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the post. It’s good to hear your arm feels better. Take your time and heal up, we’ll need you in October!!!! Maybe you can get a Clemens’ type gig when you pitch us to another World Series Win!!!

    Don’t rush back, figure out what it is and deal with it.

    Best to you always and good luck with everything.

  60. June 26, 2007 8:21 am

    Glad to hear the arm is feeling good, we’re missing you!

  61. dfwelch permalink
    June 26, 2007 8:57 am

    Hoping that you don’t “plead the fifth,” but here’s my question.

    How common would you say that it is that MLB teams literally make up an injury so that a player can be placed on the DL? Does MLB actually allow teams to just decide willy-nilly that a poor start or two means the player’s injured?

    I guess a decent response would be “Of course that’s what it would mean. Why else would a guy throw 8 2/3 no-hit innings, then come back next 2 games and pitch terrible.”

    I guess I’m just looking for some insight into the inner-workings of MLB with respect to the use of the DL.

  62. June 26, 2007 9:18 am

    I saw that you made another “Why not us” t-shirt, well “Why not us again” but there was no mention of what it says on the back of the t-shirt. Does it have the same “If 25 men believe they can then they will” like in 2004 or is it just plain on the back? Thank you very much and good luck with the shoulder.

  63. dfwelch permalink
    June 26, 2007 9:36 am

    I have heard quite a few disparaging remarks regarding what some see has been Matt Clement’s abuse of the Boston Red Sox, with his lengthy DL stint and all. I have decided to take a different view, and I was hoping you could comment.

    As a baseball player, you are required (to some extent) to listen to your employer (the team management) regarding workouts, conditioning, pitching workload, etc. In exchange, they pay you whether you are pitching or on the disabled list (because, since you are taking your orders from them, they should be able to keep you from going on extended DL stints). It is their job to manage your health.

    Therefore, I feel people have come down far too heavy on Matt Clement. He pitched well for his first half-season, and then was nailed in the head from 60 feet away with a line drive. I’m not saying the Sox could have prevented that, but perhaps they could have managed his comeback differently. What it boils down to is this. For anyone who thinks that Matt Clement is ripping off the Sox, I need to ask you what you would expect from your employer (a paycheck!) if you were hurt on the job. You would expect to be paid even while recovering from your injury to where you could return to work.

  64. theotherm permalink
    June 26, 2007 9:50 am

    Nice to finally hear from you again, I was starting to worry! It’s not like you to be away this long, hope you’re on the road to recovery! BTW, I asked a few questions a while back, hope to see an answer…thanks!

  65. mainesoxgal permalink
    June 26, 2007 9:54 am

    Curt,
    I understand that you have your pride and want to feel like you are worth a lot, but would you take a deal for less if it meant staying in Boston? Like, as of now I do not think you are worth 13 million dollars. And one of the reasons I orginally liked you was that you seemed to not worry about the money as much as worry about the game, and the team. So, I guess I am wondering how much of getting a contract is about making top dollar and how much is about your pride?
    Regardless, I hope you heal up and thank you for supporting out troops!

  66. jfxgillis permalink
    June 26, 2007 9:57 am

    I’m indirectly responsible for the snarky question above about Bush’s “Strikeout for America.” But it was written by a friend of mine who happens to be a Tribe fan, and as a citizen in good standing of RSN, allow me to make it up to you by kissing your ring or somesuch. However, it grew out of a discussion we had because I seed your stuff on Newsvine, even on occasion your radio interviews. Even though my friend and I both disagree with you on Bush and Iraq, we both have enormous respect for you because it’s obvious you spend a lot of time thinking about the world larger than yourself.

    I mean, I can disagree with you heatedly about Iraq, but I care what you think about it. I’d run screaming from the room if D & C asked Johnny Damon about Iraq. The question, then, is: How do you get along with teammates or former teammates most of whom surely do not share your interests in the world outside the clubhouse or the diamond?

  67. mdoherty permalink
    June 26, 2007 10:13 am

    Hi Curt!

    I am so glad you had the chance to check in and give us an update with your shoulder. You deserve a little rest. Every time I watch you pitch I see you giving your all (even with the rough starts). It’s okay to step back and take a breath but of course we know the teamplayer you are and hate being on the sidelines.

    Hang in there and get well soon! We love you!

  68. grunt2007 permalink
    June 26, 2007 10:23 am

    Curt,

    I have a chiropractor in Atlanta that can help get that tendinitis out of your shoulder much quicker along with your rehab. He has worked with John Smoltz in the past. He utilizes cold laser therapy. Send me an email and I’ll get you his information. He’s not a typical back cracker. He’s more of a holistic healer who utilizes the cold laser and other forms of therapy for health and wellness. I’ve had him work on my shoulder tendinitis and it works.

  69. dori317 permalink
    June 26, 2007 10:26 am

    Glad to hear the shoulder is better. I don’t care how many young pitchers are doing well in AAA, we need you healthy for the inevitable world series this year in October. (I refuse to be a typical pessimist this year).

    My question for you: Seems like your son is an avid baseball player. I know that Brad Mills son was drafted this year. How do you feel about your son following your footsteps into the Major Leagues? Do you encourage it as a parent if he so chooses that path, or not?

    Hope to see you back on the mound soon.

  70. samsonov88 permalink
    June 26, 2007 10:27 am

    Thanks for checking in Curt, I have been wating on word from you directly on how the shoulder is. This might be a dumb question, but could going deep into the one-hitter game been the start to the shoulder problems?

  71. viktordva permalink
    June 26, 2007 10:42 am

    preface: this is in no way meant to sound sarcastic or accusatory:

    you got a cortisone shot in your arm – what is the difference between this performance enhancing procedure and steroids? is it simply that steroids are illegal? or that they are bad for longterm health? are cortisone shots entirely healthy with no longterm effects?

    i’m genuinely curious – we make such a big deal about “performance enhancing” but there are plenty of legal performance enhancement options – where do we draw the line, and is it as arbitrary a line as it seems?

    thanks for your insight!

  72. leod61 permalink
    June 26, 2007 11:11 am

    Curt,
    I read your quote in the paper where you are not happy looking at this “rest” as a good thing. I remember my Dad telling me in 86 how this was the best thing that happened to Bruce Hearst and the Red Sox. He was also limited by injuries during a portion of the season and he was the dominant pitcher in the playoffs. Many will recall that his name was flashed up on the Shea stadium screen as series MVP until … well, we won’t talk about that.

    I know that you will work hard to get back as soon as possible, but I personally think this is a good thing for the Sox in October. I would love to see a 3-man rotation in the playoffs/series (Beckett, Dice-K and you) and this break may be just what you need to be fresh to handle that extra workload after a long season.

  73. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 26, 2007 11:30 am

    Curt get well soon. Curt do you see the RedSox getting anyplayers before the July trading deadline? Who do you think the redsox might try to get and why? Curt is 38 studios selling redsox shirts that says why not us and also does 38 studios sell shirts with players names? The second half after the all star break is going to be great and the players on the redsox with slumps will break out and do great!!!!!!!!!. Go REDSOX!!!!!!!!!. Take care and you will be back soon Curt. Don’t rush back.

    From, Jeff

  74. bluestreak1 permalink
    June 26, 2007 11:39 am

    Thanks for checking in Curt. Although I, too want you to heal and hurry the heck back – there’s no true rush since we have a nice lead in the ALEast thanks, in part, to you. Looking forward to watching you make playoff outs!

  75. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 26, 2007 11:39 am

    Curt that would be cool if the REDSOX can get Mark Buerhle. Who do you think the RedSox can trade to get him. What are the chances of Mark Buerhle coming to the REDSOX and tell me what you think? What is Mark Buerhle’s record right now Curt. That would be great to see and Yankees watch out if the REDSOX get Mark Buerhle do you agree with me Curt?

    From, Jeff

  76. seadawg permalink
    June 26, 2007 11:48 am

    Hi Curt. I had a few questions for you…

    1) So far, baseball writers who vote for baseball’s hall of fame have been reluctant to cast votes for closers (as well as other relief pitchers). Last year, Bruce Sutter became just the third closer inducted into the hall of fame.

    What are your thoughts on the reluctance to induct closers into the hall of fame, and, do you think we’ll see a change in voting trends when more big name closers (such as Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman) become hall of fame eligible.

    2) I read an article which stated you had incorporated martial arts training into your off-season workout. What martial arts have you studied, and how do you feel they have changed your conditioning?

    Take care and get better!

  77. mortfore permalink
    June 26, 2007 12:07 pm

    Curt,

    You write often about the intense pregame routine you have, and the amount of work you and your catcher put in to developing a game plan for each hitter.

    I’m curious how often you stray from the game plan due to in-game developments, such as having a mediocre fastball that doesn’t provide much protection for the split? Does the rhythm of the game ever dictate a departure from the game plan?

    Thanks,
    A

  78. sonomasox permalink
    June 26, 2007 12:08 pm

    Curt –

    Apologies if the Q is above – no time to read them all.

    What’s the mental rehab you go through with a DL stint like this?

    And what is the biggest difference for you, physically, over the course of the season: taking two weeks off vs. coming back after the ASB?

    Thx – and recover quickly AND for the long haul.

    Go Sox!

  79. capecodtek permalink
    June 26, 2007 1:46 pm

    Schill
    It must be like waiting for paint to dry. Hey dont worry. I have been a Schilling fan for a long time. You came to Boston and said you are here to bring a world series. You did what you said. Lets not all forget that. You risked your career playing with the nasty injurie with a ground breaking surgery. You have my respect and admiration. Pay no attention to mattingly23, he doesnt deserve the space that his wannabee post takes up. Guess he’s just still realing from the biggest choke in history of baseball. Oh yes and lets not forget his yankees are so far back its unlikely they will even make a wild card spot. Of course getting Clemmens the baseball mercenary really was a great move. cough cough. Do what they want you to do so we can have you in prime condition for the remainder of the season and of course the World series. Your already a hall of famer in B-Town. Love the Blog and get better

  80. June 26, 2007 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the update! Take care of yourself, please! We need you!

  81. actionsportsx permalink
    June 26, 2007 2:55 pm

    In response to the comment “Even Yankee Fans must know it’s over”:

    No, it’s not over, and I hate to bring this up in front of a bunch of Sox fans, but 1978 was just like the 2007 season so far for the Yankees. The Sox jumped out to a huge lead 14.5 by mid July. Sure enough by October of 1978 it was the Yankees, not the Red Sox who were celebrating the Title. It’s not over until the Yankees are out of contention.

  82. sgtpepper008 permalink
    June 26, 2007 4:09 pm

    hey Schill – sorry you’re having the shoulder problem. i know that was a hard game for you in ATL. i was in the stands. but get better & know we’re all pulling for ya. cheers.

  83. suesox permalink
    June 26, 2007 4:15 pm

    I’ve asked these questions before, but maybe this time you’ll have time to answer:

    1) What exactly is Tek’s role as captain, or is it simply a formality to give him that title?

    2) Why do so many players and managers spit so often?

    Hope to see you back on the mound soon!

  84. howiee permalink
    June 26, 2007 5:29 pm

    Best of luck Curt with the rehab. I wish you all the best for a quick comeback. :)

  85. drjefflo permalink
    June 26, 2007 6:37 pm

    Will you be doing a rehab assignment in the minor leagues before your next start with the Red Sox?

  86. loisrgriswold permalink
    June 26, 2007 7:40 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I’m so glad the cortisone shot helped…you are in my prayers. Soon you will be ACE-ing the TEAM again. Missing you all…and proud of the TEAM…
    Love,
    Lois (“Mom”)

  87. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    June 26, 2007 7:42 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I know the shoulder will be just fine and you will be putting up zeros by the end of next week. I am going to miss watching you work tonight.

    But here’s a question for Q & A.

    I’m sure you were asked this already but I haven’t read many comments. What are your thoughts on the possible acquissitian of Mark Buerhle. I for one would love to have a left hander in the staff. Moving Tavares to the bullpen wouldn’t be a bad move also. I am just a little nervous about giving up too many valuable prospects. I heard Ellsbury’s name tossed around. That could be a horrible move. What are your thoughts?

    -Tim

  88. ctdavep permalink
    June 26, 2007 8:41 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for being a gamer. I appreciate the straight up commentary and wherever it falls you make your position clear. keep up the good work.

  89. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    June 26, 2007 9:11 pm

    Hey Curt!

    I hope all is well with your shoulder! If you need a second opinion or anything, I know a great shoulder surgeon in Boston. He’s the cheif of the Harvard shoulder service at Brigham and Womens. He’s done a great job on my mom’s shoulder, and saved her arm when she broke it really bad. If youAs for recovery, just work at your own pace. We want to see you pacing yourself, not rushing to fast to come back. Best wishes to you and your family!

    -Viki

  90. gamermp101 permalink
    June 26, 2007 10:24 pm

    Hey Curt, get well soon! Also Thanks for the great Season that you and the Red Sox are delivering. Keep up the good work!

  91. redsox0717 permalink
    June 26, 2007 11:16 pm

    Curt- Don’t come back. We’re gonna get Buehrle to replace you and he is better than you in every possible aspect of the game.

  92. thedoctorx permalink
    June 27, 2007 6:12 am

    I warms the cockles of my cold cruel heart to know that MFY fans STILL cannot wash the taste of 2004 out of their mouths.

    Nevertheless, there are reasonable fans who do not doubt what Schilling did and recognize it as all “sour grapes.”

    My only question has been about intentionally hitting a batter–the whole ritual.

    I will note that it has been sad out here. I will be sitting behind home plate hoping Dice-K brings us a win. Best on your recovery.

    –J.D.

  93. capecodtek permalink
    June 27, 2007 10:00 am

    Curt,
    I know you will come back strong. I do have a question. What do you think we need for help. I know we are looking good at this point. Its no secret that Ortiz has a hamstring problem which is hindering his bat. He’s still makes the most out of his at bats.
    Should we go after a pitcher either from another team or minors who can give us a strong six, or another bat. We see game after game that Lugo is in a deep funk and for what we read that he is reluctant in taking advice. Of course we really dont know how true that is. It would be hard to replace his speed and abilities as a SS. Should we be looking for a replacement for Lugo and maybe bring back Trot to free up some of the payroll? I am not that impressed with J.D. Drew at all. Half the fly balls hit his way would have been caught by Trot or at least he would do what he has always done in the past. Get his uniform dirty. It seems like Drew has a problem with getting dirty. I really dont know what top office was thinking when they gave him such a lucritive contract. I know you most likely wont speak against any of your team mates which I respect. Whats your take on this.
    Get well soon…

  94. crowlebb permalink
    June 27, 2007 11:04 am

    I have a couple of questions/thoughts:
    – What is the trade deadline like from a player’s perspective? It must be a little unsettling – even if you aren’t one of those that might be traded – because some of your teammates might be leaving.
    (15 minutes later)
    I guess, in retrospect, I only have one question/thought. I think my brain is fried….it is way too hot in Boston right now. I’m going to go see if I can fit in my freezer now.

    Later

  95. dblanch41 permalink
    June 27, 2007 12:50 pm

    I’d like to know about the development of the “changeup.” I know it’s a pitch you’ve worked on in the off-season and then in spring training, but have only seen you use it once or twice a game. Is it a pitch you’re not yet confident in? Or is it a pitch you don’t think you need with the fastball-splitter 1-2 punch?

    Get well soon.

    Cheers.

  96. cowgalutah permalink
    June 27, 2007 1:05 pm

    Curt,
    Glad to here you are getting back in to the swing of things, I love to check in and read all about ya from time to time.
    Also as a Yankees fan, I would like to thank every other Yankees fan that reads this for making the rest of us all look like jerks. I may be new to the whole blog thing, but please don’t send replys like you know what we like or think! I enjoy reading this and don’t have any ill wishes for the Sox or Curt.

  97. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 27, 2007 1:17 pm

    But I really wanted to know about throwing blue smoke! I wasn’t even having a beer with my ballpark hot dog. And I am not psychic. Yet I swear I saw a trail of blue behind those fastballs. I have wondered ever since if anybody else has seen such a phenomenon. I wish I had asked the people around us, Maybe those old ball parks had such baseball energy built up that they did things to the air. I have always wished I had seen Noland Ryan pitch at his fastest, just to check. I guess I’ll just have to chalk it up to Dreamtime.

  98. okajima37 permalink
    June 27, 2007 2:26 pm

    Curt

    I think the rest will definetley do your arm good. Still I do qestion management picking Gabbard to start over Lester. what do u think about that decesion?

  99. okajima37 permalink
    June 27, 2007 2:32 pm

    Oh one more question Curt.

    Regarding the rumors about Mark Buehrle coming to Boston, if he sox got Buehrle do you think Terry would consider going to a six-man rotation w/Tavarez pitching well lately or move Tavarez to the pen.

    Or pehraps moving Wakefield to the bullpen if Buehrle came in. He’s spent stints there throughout his career. He’s strugled alot this year and is being outpitched by Tavarez. Think that could work?

    Good luck with the shoulder

  100. totallyredsox permalink
    June 27, 2007 3:10 pm

    Curt,
    Take care of yourself first of all because you have a family of your own that needs you the most. We want you back when your ready. Sometimes i wonder if it is just the west coast that gets us it seems that we struggle a bit more out there. Does the time change or jet leg play a role in the games we play out west?

    Well we are comming to see the Sox play at Detroit on 7-7-07 can’t wait. Got to see my first game in Boston last year and LOVED it , wish I lived closer. But all us fans in Indiana are routing for you to get better.

    GO RED SOX !!!!!!

  101. w166 permalink
    June 27, 2007 5:12 pm

    How do I send a “comment” or question to Curt??

  102. bryanpalu permalink
    June 27, 2007 5:12 pm

    Sir,

    Here’s a statement followed by questions about 38studios.

    I’m a huge Red Sox fan(from RI), and a lover of MMOs. I’ve been playing them since around ’96(a MUD called Dragonrealms) , and of course it’s my dream to work for a company like yours once I get out of the Army. Though it’s another 6 years till I can retire.

    So to my questions.

    Have you already started working on a project yet? You have a few of the greatest minds in Fantasy and Gaming working for you, I can’t wait to hear what it is.

    If so, what stage are you at right now?

    Lastly (and more personally), will you employ people only at your company’s headquarters or would you hire people like myself that could work from what ever location they happen to be at?

    Rest that shoulder, and like Viki said…don’t rush back, we’d rather have you for 15 to 20 more starts than just 1.

    -Bryan

  103. philip92196 permalink
    June 27, 2007 5:13 pm

    curt your a vertern and your work very hard. I feel bad that that against the A’s your gave up a hip. But you still did a very good job. We need you back in the rotation. Good Luck, Nex Start

  104. leftwingfan permalink
    June 27, 2007 6:48 pm

    Hey Curt,

    first time posting here. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate you talking the time to write this blog. Your posts are always informative and welcome. And you’re a pretty darn good pitcher too!

    So get better soon. And remember you have fans al over the place, I’m in Los Angeles…hoping to see you in the Series against the Dodgers!

  105. manny4mvp permalink
    June 27, 2007 10:37 pm

    Curt,

    For your next q & a if you get a chance. I was wondering if you agree with me on an all star game debate I had with my brother. I feel that if the winner of the all star game wins home field advantage for that league then the host city should rotate each year between an American league and National league park since you play by the host cities rules. It’s not fair to the American league that two years in a row we play in a National league park.

  106. peanut69 permalink
    June 27, 2007 11:28 pm

    What’s up with the unsigned ball Curt??

    From your fan @ Safeco Field!!!

  107. pundawg13 permalink
    June 28, 2007 1:18 am

    Hey Curt,

    Just want to say WHAT A SERIES!!! The MARINERS of my home town SEATTLE just swept the Boston Redsox!!

    GO M’S!!!

  108. NoxintorT permalink
    June 28, 2007 6:57 am

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better about your pitching shoulder and all. I think I got a sense of your stance on being on the DL — in short: that you don’t want to be there at all. Do you think that in the long run, you might be better for the rest?

    I sometimes have the feeling that almost everybody (Jon Papelbon last year?) could do for a “random” stint on the DL mid-season to recuperate, and so that they’re not completely fatigued by October. On the flip side, I could understand the frustration of going on the DL and not being able to help out your team *now*. What is your opinion on this matter?

  109. sandyf permalink
    June 28, 2007 7:12 am

    Way to go, Curt! Your blog has been recognized by “The Onion”:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/curt_schilling_to_start

    Good to hear that your shoulder feels better. Sux to get old (I can definitely attest to that!).

    Sandy

    P.S. I hereby apologize for calling you “Chuck” for almost the first year of your stay with the Red Sox. Another sign of old age ;^}

  110. June 28, 2007 9:07 am

    Hey Curt

    First off, good luck on the recovery trail. The sox need you and I’m sure you’ll come back stronger.

    For the Q+A: I noticed above that a reader was asking you about cortisone shots and how they compare to steroids. Granted cortisone shots are not anabolic steroid injections, do not promote growth, and only counteract inflammation. There is no danger of “roid rage” or any adverse side effects besides the weakening of the actual tissues you’re trying to heal. However, cortisone is a steroid in the true sense of the word. It’s interesting to note that Sandy Koufax, in the mid sixties, was basically a pin-cushion for cortisone shots, and was regarded as brave and courageous for playing through his arm pain. This brings me to the question – is the reason that cortisone is legal because it’s basically safe, even though it is technically “performance enhancing”? Maybe nobody cares about cortisone, or aspirin for that matter, because they’ve been around so long and most baseball players have historically had legal access to these substances? Even though when healthy you’re obviously one of the greatest pitchers of all time, do you feel that your legacy is at all compromised by the fact that you have access to modern medicine? Your most famous and courageous accomplishment was made possible by a radical ankle procedure performed by an ingenious surgeon. Just think it would be interesting to hear your take. This is by no means a front to your accomplishments – if i were a pitcher there’s no way I’d let anything that legal medicine could take care of keep me off the mound!

    CK

  111. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 28, 2007 11:32 am

    Just heard you’ll be out til after the AS break, Curt. :-(

    Bad break, but we all know you’ll bounce back (well, we fans do — the goons that host ‘EEI don’t seem to believe).

    May I add that there is a good natural remedy for tendinitis, Curt. I use it all the time, and in my over 40 league I am something of a throwback (pitching 3x as much as everyone else). I likely would have been drafted but injured my knee in High School and that scared everyone off.

    Anyway, the natural remedy is : black cherry juice! Also, mixing in some barley green on your salads would help, too.

    Enjoy, big man!

  112. wally97 permalink
    June 28, 2007 12:10 pm

    Best of luck for a full and speedy recovery. The team needs you. Hang in there and don’t listen to the idiots! Best to your family.

  113. June 28, 2007 12:24 pm

    Curt,
    Get well soon!!! I miss seeing you on the mound. Also, thanks for finally updating. It might sound a little silly, but I was kind of worried.

    Looking forward to seeing you pitch after the all-star break. (July 17 would be nice, because I have tickets to that game. ;) ;) )

    Good luck with your recovery…and please don’t rush things. It may be a drag sitting around now, but it will help you in the long run. Things happen for a reason.

    God bless,
    Nollie

  114. goldsteingonewild permalink
    June 28, 2007 12:30 pm

    Curt, you made it into “The Onion,” as per below. That’s just one step below Jon Stewart….

    BOSTON—Curt Schilling announced Monday that, upon his eventual return from the disabled list, he will begin liveblogging from the pitcher’s mound itself in an effort order to provide the most in-depth look yet into how a player thinks when he’s on the field. “38pitches.com will be going live during my next start, providing my up-to-the-minute thoughts on pitch count, how my split is working, and descriptions of what the people behind home plate are wearing, hopefully as soon as July 4 against the Devil Rays,” said Schilling, who showed up to the press conference with a laptop and a pair of glasses. “Now fans will know what’s going through Curt Schilling’s head when he’s facing young slugger Elijah Dukes with a man on second and two outs in the fifth, not to mention what I think of the alleged threats he made on his wife’s life. It’s really a shame—well, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I guess you’re just going to have to wait! And while you’re visiting 38pitches.com, be sure to check out 38studios.com, my video-game production company. And let’s find a cure for ALS.” When alerted that laptops would most likely not be permitted on the mound, Schilling mentioned the possibility of hiding a Blackberry in the rosin bag.

  115. June 28, 2007 3:21 pm

    Hey Curt!
    You’ve got plenty of time to rest up before we’ll be leaning on you again. Enjoy the downtime and RELAX.

    All Star Break will be here before you know it….

    Glad to see you post again. :)

  116. bosoxbeau permalink
    June 28, 2007 4:28 pm

    Schilling,

    I gotta ask: Are you able to admit to your coaching staff when you are hurt and might need some time off to avoid further injury? I understand this is frowned upon in MLB and may be viewed as not toughing it out. How does this play a factor in your decision making?

    Also, I consider you one of the most cerebral pitchers in the game. What is your role in imparting your knowledge of MLB hitters to pitchers like Matsuzaka-san and Okajima-san?

    ‘Luv ya! Heal yourself.

  117. karen503 permalink
    June 28, 2007 6:33 pm

    #81, about (rah, rah) the 2007 season being “just like” the 1978 season for the Yankees? That’s JUST a bit off base.

    Look it up, actionsportsx, the 1978 Yankees may have been 14.5 in back of the Red Sox in July, but they were ALSO 7 games OVER .500 (July 15). Not 3 games UNDER .500 at the end of June, as the current Yankees are. In fact, the 2007 Yankees have been OVER .500 only 13 days so far this season.

    The 1978 Yankees also played 6 of their final 7 games at Yankee Stadium, which probably helped get them to that 163rd game with the Red Sox. The 2007 Yankees will play their final 6 games on the road, where they currently are 9 games under .500 (6 games over .500 at home currently).

    ——————————

    And viktordva in #71: A cortisone shot in the affected area of tendinitis in a shoulder is NOT a “performance enhancing procedure”.

    It’s a minimally invasive medical treatment for inflammation…with a compound used for its anti-inflammatory properties (I know that without even Googling “cortisone shot”, which you too can do). It’s designed solely to decrease the inflammation in the soft tissues, which if untreated can lead to scar tissue and decrease in range of motion.

  118. 5missmass permalink
    June 28, 2007 6:47 pm

    curt,we’re stuck in ohio, but the hometown fans in boston have to realize how lucky they are to have a team with you as their true ace. i hope they also realize what a true team player you are. naturally, you want back on the hill asap, but we don’t want to lose you again in a couple of weeks. no true member of redsox nation in this country wants that. well go sox. and god bless you curt.

  119. tpc7829 permalink
    June 29, 2007 9:02 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I wanted to know if you had a chance to read the Globe article, “Station this Wagon” by Eric Wilbur on the “omnipresence of the bandwagon Red Sox fan”. As a transplanted Bostonian in Florida, I’ve seen the sudden influx of so-called Sox fans in this state and others since about late September of ’04. As a Red Sox and as a player, what is your take on traveling to ball parks and having the away team’s fans match or sometimes eclipse the home team’s fans? Do you feel it’s good for the Red Sox? For Baseball?

  120. tpc7829 permalink
    June 29, 2007 9:15 am

    Mattingly23,

    Just a reminder. The Yankees lost the ’04 ALCS. They were up 3-0 and then had the biggest choke in sports history. Curt Schilling also pitched in Game 6. He pitched 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run. It forced Game 7. The Red Sox won that one, too. We all know what happened in the next 4 games. Thanks Curt.

  121. creamynougatcenter permalink
    June 29, 2007 1:54 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Quick Q&A question:

    I know you are a stats/analysis oriented player. I was wondering what your thoughts were on the article at the Hardball Times hat looked at the Enhance GameDay data from your last start in Atlanta. Obviously there was a dramatic difference in that start, it was interesting to see that born out by the data.

  122. thedoctorx permalink
    June 29, 2007 2:48 pm

    pundawg13:

    We will see you in the post-season . . . oh . . . sorry. . . .
    :)

    Seriously, greatly enjoyed watching the games. M fans were very nice, beautiful stadium, wonderful experience. Ticket prices very reasonable and even very good seats were available before the game.

    And . . . they hate the MFYs just as much. I was encouraged to attend a game against the MFYs to join in booing A-Fraud McSlappy!

    tpc7829:

    Does not the whining and blubbering of such classless fans just make Schilling’s achievement and the achievements of the 2004 Red Sox all the more sweeter?

    Mattingly23 probably sits in his basement re-running Dave Roberts’ steal over and over again . . . trying to prove he was tagged out. . . .

    Such actually do a disservice to MFY fans. Most that I know enjoy the rivalry and have a lot more class and maturity.

    –J.D.

  123. garyofspokane permalink
    June 29, 2007 7:24 pm

    I hope the news on the shoulder is good–want to see the old guy pitch some more. Hope the shot does the trick.

    Since I am in Mariner’s territory, I watched the sweep. Not pretty for the RedSox.

    I think some NY fans are slumming in the comments to peck at you.

  124. mainefan permalink
    June 30, 2007 8:17 am

    No need to apologize, Curt. We know what’s happening and all you need to do is get that arm strong again. We’re not going anywhere.:)

  125. army07wife permalink
    June 30, 2007 11:55 am

    I would just like to know why my posts never make it on??? Is it because if my name??? I am a avid red sox fan…I would like to be included too!!!

  126. soxmax permalink
    June 30, 2007 1:09 pm

    YANKEES STILL SUCK

    Thanks Schilling, hope you get well soon.

  127. gorny540 permalink
    June 30, 2007 3:55 pm

    hey everyone reading this, get on to mlb.com right now and vote Manny into the all star game, he’s not that far out of 3rd place and a late rally can get him in there! SUPPORT YOUR TEAM!!!

  128. June 30, 2007 6:48 pm

    Hey! Awesome blog you have here! Glad to see you back, and I hope you start feeling better soon. I also wanted to tell you, when you write new blog posts, go over to BeTheRef.com and post a link to your story, and hopefully get a few extra readers. Keep up the great work!

  129. primussucks626 permalink
    July 1, 2007 11:20 am

    A few questions for the Q&A…

    1. What’s up with the offense lately? How is it that, lately, we can get guys on second or third with no outs and not score them? Is this just a team slump, or is there something more going on?

    2. What did you think of Jacoby Ellsbury last night? I thought he looked a little weak at the plate, but I’m attributing that to MLB-callup jitters.

    3. With the dreaded Trade Deadline *duh duh duuuuuh* approaching, what do you think the Sox will try to do? Obviously, there’s the Buehrle deal, and I’ve also heard that the Sox are interested in Akinori Otsuka. I’ve heard various musings on SoSH’s Sandbox about going after Jarod Saltalamacchia for a future catcher.

    4. What’s your take on the Julio Lugo situation? Not just the steal attempt last night, but all of his struggles. Is this something that can be fixed? Is his confidence shot? What is the team doing to try and fix this?

  130. robstern permalink
    July 1, 2007 10:01 pm

    Two quick notes,

    Thank you for all that you and the other pitchers are doing for the troupes, my son is in Iraq and I can’t wait for him to come home, he is ALSO a big fan of yours.

    The other is just a quick thought about the 1 hitter, I had read where you said you had shaken off your catcher on the ball that was hit. I was watching the game and actually saw you wave off several that day… and on those you were right, it just wasn’t meant to be that day… but you will have one….

  131. thedoctorx permalink
    July 2, 2007 4:32 am

    army07wife:

    I do not know what is NOT allowed on except HERE except, perhaps, obvious “spam.” As you can see, MFY fans are allowed to attack him very personally, claim he is a “fraud,” blah . . . blah. I, myself, got into a short “discussion” with someone on Curt’s religion on his “Sock Entry.” I doubt my views would be agreeable to Curt, but yet it was posted in its entirety.

    Hell, people even swear.

    So unless you are posting something REALLY offensive, methinks you need to check if you are posting correctly. Sometimes it may take a day or so for a post to be officially posted.

    –J.D.

  132. ballgal4 permalink
    July 2, 2007 7:20 am

    Hi Curt,

    I know we Phillies phans loved having you in pinstripes and would love to have your arm back again, along with your wisdom for the younger pitchers. Would you be open to coming back to Philadelphia to finish out your career?

  133. prolodoc permalink
    July 3, 2007 9:53 am

    Hey Kurt, please try Regenerative Injection Therapy for your shoulder and stop doing cortisone. RIT or prolotherapy has been around for 70 years and the team surgeon is not going to tell you about it. RIT works by rebuilding new ligament and tendon tissue. Please research it!! I am originally from Boston and my family is still out there. My dad told me about your blog and wanted me to tell you this. We are all Red Sox fans and want another World Championship!! I would assume that 10% of the MLB players are doing prolotherapy without anyone knowing since your team can void your contract for having treatment outside the team surgeons. You can call Matt Riley who had his elbow “reconstructed” He is now throwing 96MPH after doing a series of prolotherapy treatments and 2 failed elbow surgeries… You can also call Chris Gomez of the Baltimore Orioles who had his knees “eradicated” Team surgeons will allow a player to do prolotherapy when they consider their career over and there are no more surgeries that they can do. My sister does prolotherapy in Colorado at Colorado Osteopathic & Sports Medicine. Just find an expert in RIT who does it for 95% of their business and has formal training.

  134. Brock Landers permalink
    July 3, 2007 12:11 pm

    Well, good to hear that you’re back on the mend. Hopefully you’ll be blasting guys out in no time.

  135. drxris permalink
    July 3, 2007 3:38 pm

    Curt,
    What’s been the hardest part about being told your on the DL until after the ALL-Star break?
    Do you share any of the opinions out there that say it will help the team in the long run?
    Do you think it benefit your own health over the remaining portion of the season?
    What gets you going before a game? Music? Talking with Teammates? Going over your notebook of info on the player of the team you are up against?
    Speaking of music, what’s your favorite type? group? song?
    Best of luck on your next start, My fiancee and I will be yelling at the T.V. from the begining of each game ’til the end.

  136. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    July 3, 2007 7:01 pm

    hey mattingly23 or do mean Arod wantobe what ever your real name is you suck, and ha ha ha Arod has gota hammy injury!!!!! so what if mattingly23 doesn’t play anymore do you remember the when the world series was won by Randy and Curt!!!! back in 2001!!! so no bloody sock there and noi shoulder injury for Randy and then Curt comes to Beantown to break an 86 year old curse, so ask yourself is Arod just trying to prove himself as af ree agent this year or is he taking something to help his ego?

  137. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    July 3, 2007 7:08 pm

    hey Curt no need to apologize…this is a friendly site and as I said before everyone is entiltled to his or her respose but to those of you that need to vent that the Yankees are not THE team, please come come out of the baseball closet and admit that the Bronx is not rockin’ like it used to for now….and if you do get the wild card, good luck cause u r gonna need it! and also please pick user id who is a current player in MLB before you criticize! thank you.

  138. jim7283 permalink
    July 3, 2007 8:45 pm

    Schill,

    Going back to the Texas series, I’m interested to hear your thoughts on Manny Delcarmen – not necessarily in general, but of his performance in the 8th against Sammy Sosa. I know it’s only one instance, but can you speak to how significant it is for a young up-and-comer trying to make his bones his the MLB to strike out one of the 5 greatest home run hitters in the history of the game with the bases loaded, full count, trying to hold onto a one-run lead and the win for Wake?

    Maybe it’s just the Red Sox fan in me, or the fact that Delcarmen is a home-grown talent, but I really felt like that was a significant performance. Could this be the type of event that is a turning point for someone like Delcarmen, or just something to tip your hat to – not hang it on?

  139. mcnabbortiz534 permalink
    July 3, 2007 10:25 pm

    Curt,

    Julian is pitching fantastic, but isn’t he the TO of this team…? I mean I get the feeling that he will swell up and be pissed when he gets sent to the pen when we obviously have younger options who can and will be much better than him soon. So we have to pamper Julian Tavarez who makes his money because of one good year he had for St. Louis (in the JV league) in the pen? It’s like well we called up Lester, Curt is back at 100%, just traded for Buerhle, Peavy just demanded to get traded to us and will restructure his contract for the minimum…..BUT we still have to leave Julian in the 5 slot. It’s frustrating, but when he gets sent to long relief his ERA will balloon to 6.92 just because he’s a punk. Release Tek, Julian HAS to be a starter.

  140. coldleftovers permalink
    July 4, 2007 1:31 am

    Curt,

    We need you back! Best of luck and GO SOX!!!

    David Lay

  141. jbridges permalink
    July 4, 2007 10:18 am

    Curt, what the frank is Gabbard doing up? I know Lester is having some problems in AAA, but I’d much rather see Jon get beat around than G.

    And what’s more, is after seeing Buckholtz’s hook I say bring HIM up.

    No offense to the Kason lovers, but he’s the only starter I feel like were fielding the white flag with.

  142. fakegeorge permalink
    July 4, 2007 12:09 pm

    Curt, you call yourself a blogger but you only post once in a blue moon! Come visit my blog to see how it’s really done…

    The Boss

  143. July 4, 2007 3:00 pm

    Curt:

    We miss you out there… hope you get well soon!!!

  144. suesox permalink
    July 4, 2007 8:15 pm

    Does it bother or distract a pitcher when the crowd is doing a “wave” behind homeplate?

    Do you think any thought should be given to keeping Jacoby Ellsbury in the majors and using him instead of Wily Mo?

  145. July 4, 2007 8:19 pm

    Curt –

    Made the drive from NJ to Boston today for the game. Nice win for the team, and even nicer to see you long tossing in the outfield before the game. It appeared you were throwing as far as 100 feet. Hope that’s an indication you’re feeling better.

  146. ngruk permalink
    July 5, 2007 12:33 am

    Outside of the (sometimes biased) opinion of coaches, trainers and teammates, do you ever take into account the experiences and concerns of less-known confidants? Has a non-partisan (albeit trusted) third opinion ever influenced your decision when it comes to playing the game or taking a break from it?

  147. kevpluc4 permalink
    July 5, 2007 4:16 pm

    as an avid sox fan who has the unique opportunity of giving it right back to yankee fans that fly out of logan…and actually had the last few yankee fans reply and i quote”hah at least the Red Sox dont have the best record in MLB” this coming literally right after i bring up the 11 game lead on NY…and also mentioning hah…wasnt even 2nd place yankees….and hello how long did the sox not have the best record…like a day….Curt continued success in your return and looking forward to another october with the rest of Red Sox Nation…as for mattingly 23….happy birthday george…cry in his cake and eat his socks too …..GO SOXXXXXXXXXX

  148. July 5, 2007 4:25 pm

    Hey guys…Go vote for Curt’s teammate Hideki Okajima on MLB.com in the final vote for the All Star Game. Time is running out!

    GO SOX!!!

  149. jimmykc permalink
    July 5, 2007 5:14 pm

    Just got around to reading the last half of the posts and had to point out to #110 and others who wonder about the propriety of steroid injections and performance, that carried to an extreme we could rule out the athletic accomplishments of anyone who has had Tommy John surgery, or any diabetics like Sal Bando who took insulin if we wish to be absurd. There is usually a pretty good reason certain substances are considered illegal and it is in a totally different category than using the benefits of our modern medicine and surgery.

  150. soxfanb4uwereborn permalink
    July 6, 2007 2:46 pm

    Hey, what do you think about a pitcher who is injured, doesn’t tell anyone, then goes out and pitches batting practice until the manager finally comes to his senses and yanks him?

    Is he a “gamer” to be admired? Or an insecure, selfish guy who puts his own ego above the needs of the team?

    As opposed to a first baseman who feels some stiffness and sits out now so he can play down the stretch when it really counts.

  151. johnlimberakis permalink
    July 6, 2007 5:19 pm

    Curt, give more updates about your game studios please.

    Also I like the fact that you are getting rest… I hope you will pitch as well as you have in September and October.

  152. joebubba permalink
    July 7, 2007 8:42 am

    Curt,

    I recently went to a Brooklyn Cyclones game. There was a player there named Micah Shilling who number 38….any relation?

    Go Sox!

    Joe

  153. July 7, 2007 3:40 pm

    Good Luck Curt,

    Please get better and do NOT come back to early. We need you for the finish and on into October.

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