Again I am going to apologize for the non responsiveness of the site. It’s been a busy time. Rehab is going well and we are making daily strides. The goal right now is to be back on the mound by next weekend. We are really taking it day by day and so far it’s gone great. There is a noticeable difference in all things related to my arm, thanks to Paul, Mike, Scott and Dr Gil. So we work on daily goals and reassess each day.
It’s going to be longer than I had hoped but the overall goal is that we don’t have to worry about this again for the next 1.5 years. I’ve been taught some new things regarding my arm and keeping it healthy and happy and implementing those has already started to make a difference. The true test will obviously come when we get back on the mound and start competing again.
Also wanted to say hello to Holly and the kids from Dana Farber that visited us today in Detroit, it’s always a treat to be able to hang out with kids of incredible heart and character. I hope they enjoy their time here.
One more thing. Not sure how many of you know, but Shonda started a program with the National Amusement Organization to create SPF, Sun Protection Flicks http://www.nationalamusements.com/programs/spf.aspCheck out the link. Basically you can take your kids to a movie every Monday, during peak sun hours this summer, and keep them out of the sun, for free! It’s an incredible program that saw over 1600 kids participate in the first week. Check it out!
I took some of the questions posted and will get to ,more as time permits, but I don’t plan on letting it go this long again without answering questions. If you have questions about players around the league or things within the game please throw them up!
Q-Is Microsoft providing the financial backing for 38 Studios’ then, or is it still an on-going process of finding the perfect partner?
A-38 Studios is providing the ‘financial backing’ for 38 Studios at the moment. We are meeting with an extended list of companies and people as potential future partners.
Q-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!!!
A-That’s the best you can do? Yankee fans everywhere should be ashamed to call you a member. Oh and install a spellcheker.
Q-What do you think about the trade talk surrounding Mark Buerhle coming to your team?
A-I’ve always been a huge Mark Buerhle fan. He’s going to pitch and win wherever he goes. That being said it was pretty easy to understand, once you saw the potential names included in this deal from the Sox side that this didn’t have the legs some people hoped it might.
Q-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.
A-Much appreciated but don’t thank me. That program was founded and is run by Barry Zito and people he works with. I am just glad they allowed other players to participate and show our appreciation to the men and women of our armed forces.
Q-Any thoughts on (potential) Sox needs with the trading deadline coming up in the rear view mirror?
A-As of now we are doing ok. Obviously injuries have a major impact on who’s buying and selling at the deadline but this team as it’s comprised right now has been good enough and deep enough to lead the division by 10+ games for most of the year. I don’t know if there is one specific thing we need but I do know they’ll be in on anything they think would make us a better team come October.
Q-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?
A-That really depends on the pitcher. Some guys are very open to talking about this stuff, others not so much. I will always try and generate dialogue with any and every pitcher on the staff to try and learn something new, or help someone with something I may be able to give advice on.
Q-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?
A-I am and always have been an anti-PvP guy. But there is a huge contingent of PvP players out there and I can assure you the IP will contain well thought out thoroughly developed PvP content.
Q-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?
A-I do, for better or worse, write this all myself. Though a few times I have wished someone else could have fallen on the sword, but no, it’s all mine. I do travel with a laptop, a Vodoo.I use both. I learned the Mac, Quark, Photoshop and other stuff while doing work for Multi-Man Publishing (www.multimanpublishing.com) and I’ve always gamed on the PC.
Q-I was wondering if you could comment at all on how Jon Lester is doing.
A-I’ve spoken to him, though not in awhile, and left a few voice mails with him as well. I would imagine he’s chomping at the bit. If he is not up here soon I would imagine I’ll see him when/if I go to Pawtucket before getting back here.
Q-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?
A-I had the privilege of being able to ask just that question, and talk in depth about stem cell research with him. As with most everything there is a lot more to it than anyone would like there to be. Nothing is ever that easy in politics, especially when your beliefs, and others, are part of the equation. I do wish more had been, and will be done with regards to stem cell research and neurological illness.
Q-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
A-No we don’t. There will be times when people from the front office might ask certain players about guys they are talking about dealing for, to find out if someone in the clubhouse might know a guy, but they do what they want when they want. They are
ultimately the ones responsible.
Q-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.
A-I think flying east to west, coast to coast, has a major impact on everyday players. I have always felt it takes 2-3 days for the guys to get their internal clocks working and their bodies up to speed. I am not sure I’ve ever been on an east coast team that had much success playing on the west coast.
Q-Do you think the one hit complete game messed with your shoulder?
Q-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!
A-Thanks Christina and I agree. It’s one of the things that makes the DL bearable. Knowing that whatever happens is part of life’s much larger and more important picture. Knowing the Lord won’t ever put anything in front of you that you cannot handle is a reassuring thing.
Q-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?
A-I would be that PT’s would agree with this. The major difference is that our rehab really is a ‘job’, in that you are immersed in it 24/7. “Normal People” do their rehab within the confines of the rest of their life, job, and family. Our rehab is at the top of the priority list in just about every way. Doctors, especially Orthopedic guys, will almost all tell you that they can make you perfect, but that it will be completely meaningless if you don’t follow the rehab religously.
Q-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)
A-I do, and I know a lot of other guys do as well. It’s all part of the process I think. So much time on our hands (especially pitchers) that you come up with goofy crap like this all the time to keep your mind occupied. Some guys are insanely superstitious, for others it’s more about routine and comfort.
Q-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?A-I don’t know. What I think personally is that while I don’t think you should tell your kids to idolize athletes, or anyone outside your home, we as athletes have a responsibility to kids and fans to do things a certain way. Treating the game with respect, on and off the field, and trying to make kids understand that at the end of the day it’s about commitment and effort far more than it is about who the winners and losers are. The problem in today’s world, in my opinion as a father of four, is that we have gotten to the point that we believe winning is the only way to succeed. I don’t agree with that. If my kids push themselves as hard as they can, or harder, then the result is meaningless to me because they’ve learned something far more important about themselves than the win or loss could ever teach them. Getting my kids to push themselves harder internally than they might otherwise do is a huge goal of Shonda and I’s/