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Stretch Run

September 3, 2007

The dog days are behind us and we enter the stretch run. The Yanks, as we all suspected, didn’t and won’t go away. The kid twirls a no no and the rest of the kids contributed yesterday to another big win. There are a few questions posed earlier I am planning to answer this week. I was going to tackle the one asked about forming a team with one player from each team in the A.L. as well as put down my thoughts on the coolest things in the game this year, from Mr Hamiltons rebound in life and baseball to Jon Lesters awesome bounce back from cancer. Love to hear what others think are the best stories in baseball this year.

Has there been a better time to be a Sox fan in the past 20 years? You’ve got a few older guys mixed in with an incredibly talented core group of younger studs like Beckett, Dice K, Pedroia, Youk, Pap, DelCarmen and some of the brightest young prospects in baseball already contributing to a pennant race in Bucholz, Lester, Ellsbury, Moss and a few more. This team has the pieces to win a world series right now and the core team in place to be a force for the next 5-10 years. Considering how bad this farm system was thought to be even 3-4 years ago, that’s a pretty huge leap forward. In a division where the top two teams have payrolls nearing 400 million, the thought that this division could be decided by a group of kids in Boston and NY that are all under 25 years old is pretty amazing.

Oh and we are trying to keep tabs on how many times our folicly challenged friend CHB uses the word “Blowhard” in reference to me. The over under on the season is 100 and I think she’s bypassed that already.

99 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2007 11:53 am

    You’re the man Curt. Hope you throw a no-no on Wednesday!

  2. tcull33 permalink
    September 3, 2007 11:57 am

    Hey Curt. Haven’t posted ina while. I agree that this is a very exciting time to be a Sox fan, you summed up perfectly why. I also want to add the Rick Ankiel story to the ones you talked about as great baseball stories this year. It wasn’t overcoming disease or addiction but I feel like it is still a great story to see a guy work for 7 years on a different position and then making it back to the big leagues and really sparking his team. The Cardinals look to be back in it now and I think he was the catalyst for that.

  3. sittingstilldotnet permalink
    September 3, 2007 12:11 pm

    Curt, I share your disdain for CHB, but I’m disappointed that you choose a feminine pronoun for him. Insulting his meager talents, his lazy negativity, his repeated attempts to smear those he dislikes, his penchant for the vicious back-stab… all good. Referring to him as female, and intending it as an insult? As a female baseball fan, it’s hard to take.

  4. johntex permalink
    September 3, 2007 12:41 pm

    I was watching the Sox game yesterday on MASN when they inteviewed the curly headed nimrod who invented the so called “Curse of the Bambino”. When my wife asked me who DS was, I replied that “he was the blowhard” and a typical media hack who wasn’t worth didlley squat.

    I’m a huge Schilling fan (see the Bloody Sock of 2004) and enjoy the warrior mentality that he and the others ( see Youk, Pedroia, Lowell, etc.) bring to Fenway and away. I’ve been a Red Sox fan since that magical summer of 1967 and think that this is the best pitching team I have seen in all these years.

    The rookies are exciting too, but it will take a while to see if they match up to the “Gold Dust Twins” of Jim Rice and Freddy Lynn. It will be interesting to see how this year’s beloved BoSox do in the playoffs (I do remember 1978 and this team has such superior pitching, its not even a remote possibility)

    Thank you for everything that you have done for the Red Sox over the past four years and I truly hope that they resign you.

    BTW, Mr. Schilling, you need to get back into ASL and wargaming.

  5. keepmikelowell permalink
    September 3, 2007 1:12 pm

    Clay looked amazing the other day (obviously he threw a no-hitter), I came home from soccer and it was the bottom of the eigth and at first coudn’t figure out was was going on and then I was like.. noo that can’t be. I was jumping up and down when he got the final strike.

    Also, I thought it was pretty cool how one of the oldest pitchers on the staff (you) comes so close to a no-hitter and then one of the youngest actually does throw one. It shows how much depth this team actually has.

    Good luck for your next start :-)

  6. September 3, 2007 1:17 pm

    I’ve been saying all year this is the most fun season I can remember, on account of all this homegrown talent (the most since the early 1980s, or the mid 1970s?), the lead you guys have held all year– and because of this blog. It makes you much smarter as a fan to hear about what you’re trying to do on the mound, often the day after your start.

    Was it Beckett who was yelling, “one better than Schilling!” after the no-hitter? Also, where do you think Buchholz’s curveball ranks right now, among AL pitchers? I expected him to be blowing people away, but he worked in the low 90s, and relied on that terrific curve and his change for a lot of his outs.

    Please don’t bother to worry about Shaughnessy. He’s really beside the point. He’s already the most hated man in New England. So, why bother? I almost feel bad for the guy. My high school paper was more clever. Gee, only nerds use the Internet? That’s comedy gold, right there.

    And all the material you give him to work with, and he can’t come up with anything better than “blowhard”?

  7. September 3, 2007 2:25 pm

    Curt –

    I am loving the way that this team has refused to buckle under the pressure of the pennant race despite injuries, the hard-charging Yankees, etc. Great point about the combined payrolls and the fact that it’s these younger players on both teams who are having such an impact.

    Are these young players the Red Sox have brought up lately – Ellsbury, Buchholz, Lester – really as poised as they appear? And how much of that is the result of any organizational development policy versus the makeup of these players to begin with?

    One final quick thought – I would hope that you’re more focused on winning and preparing for a possible post-season appearance than you are with how many times a certain bitter sportswriter….well, you get the point.

  8. jmc36 permalink
    September 3, 2007 2:41 pm

    Curt – good luck in the stretch run. it’s gonna be a wild 2 months! And thanks for bringing up what the CHB thing. Every single piece he has written this year includes a jab your way and its really unbelievable thing. It’s gotten out of control, like he writes his articles simply to tuck in an insult or two your way. I honestly have never seen a sportswriter take out his insecurities on a player like this. Closest thing to it I guess was Borges/Belichek and we all know how that turned out. Wish the morons who run the Globe who do the same with him. Stay focused, bro, and know that we are behind you for the final stretch!

  9. Redsauce permalink
    September 3, 2007 2:48 pm

    Go Red Sox!
    Keep up the good work & good luck with the season!

  10. September 3, 2007 3:11 pm

    The best story of the year – Ankiel of St. Louis!!

  11. robertsbeatsthetag permalink
    September 3, 2007 3:27 pm

    Sounded like Beckett was dissin’ you after Buchholz’s no-no. Are you now willing to accept that you are the no. 3 on this staff? And that you are going to have to step up your game if the Sox are going to go all the way?

    Go Sox!

  12. September 3, 2007 3:31 pm

    The past few years – even prior to the WS win has been a really fun time to be a Sox fan.

    OMG, how funny was Josh B. the night that the no hitter happened and he was razzing you about how Bucholz was “better than Curt Shilling”. ;) NESN showed it once or twice in one of the camera angles they had of all you rushing on the field. It was pretty funny.

    I think what I really love about this team is the “team” feeling that seems to be in the clubhouse. I dont know what goes on “behind closed doors” obviously, but it just seems like you guys all really care about each other and like one another. You don’t see that everywhere – certainly it doesn’t seem apparant in the “ahem” Yankees clubhouse when they win. Sure, maybe it’s the lack of media attention they receive around here if they win, like we might not get to see the reactions that much; but I honestly think that’s part of the reason why a team with all that talent and capability struggles so much. It’s like there’s not “team” in their team.

    And no amount of money can buy you that.

  13. Jay LaChapelle permalink
    September 3, 2007 3:49 pm

    I just have a quick question for you Mr. Schilling. When everyone was jumping on Bucholz after his no-no on Saturday, it sounded like Beckett was yelling “Better then Schilling!” Was that just some good ‘ol jabbing from a teammate, or was Beckett serious? As much as I respect you and Beckett, I would hate hear that he was just being a jerk…

    Keep up the good work Curt. You are a vital part of this Red Sox team, and I know you will come through and help carry us to another series!

  14. September 3, 2007 4:07 pm

    Tell you what Curt, the last few Red Sox teams over the past few years are more like the 90’s Yankees, and the current Yankees team remind me of the old Red Sox teams.

    All the hitting in the world, and most garvbage pitching.

    Your current team reminds me of the ’96 Yankees. You guys win, and just know how to win, have a nicely balanced offense, good defense and AWESOME pitching.

    Theo has done an amazing job with the farm system, Francona is the bext Sox manager in my life (I am 35).

    I love it, no matter what the idiots on WEEI complain about or have to say.

  15. Momoftriplets permalink
    September 3, 2007 5:12 pm

    Hey Curt:

    In reference to whatever you said to the media about possible moving… you have to do what’s right for you and your family. Fans are fickle, everyone knows that. My son Justin will always love you, whoever you play with, because you’re a class act. We watched Saturday night with tears in our eyes at what Clay did. It truly gives hope to a kid battling cancer. Please visit Justin again soon at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/justincondoluci

    Thanks and God Bless!
    Amy Condoluci

  16. September 3, 2007 6:36 pm

    Personally, I vowed never to read another word from that idiot ever again after the slam he leveled at your readers. Unless it’s an Edes article, I don’t click any link to the Globe at all. I stick to the Herald, ProJo and ESPN.

    And yes, there was a more exciting time to be a Sox fan: 2004. That was a special season of comeback wins, clutch hitting and a team that absolutely caught fire in August.

    Overall, you guys have played some pretty uninspiring ball for 4 months, now, and you’re living off a lead you made in the first 6 weeks. Honestly speaking, I look at a relatively ineffective Lester, a hit-or-miss Wakefield, A Schilling who, sorry to say, looks worn down and isn’t striking people out anymore, and I worry. Then I look at the absent Manny Ramirez (are we still waiting for him to hit his 30/125?), rally-killing AB’s by Coco and Lugo and the black hole that is your sad RF production, and I think this is a team that doesn’t get out of the first round unless the starting rotation can pitch nothing but 7-inning shutouts for three weeks.

    We’ll see, I guess. I hope like heck that you guys find some spark, Drew puts down the wiffle bat, Manny remembers he’s a surefire Hall of Famer and Papi’s beaten body can hold out for two more months. Because coasting into October won’t cut it.

    On an overall note, though, this team still does have some amazing bright spots. Regardless of what happens in October (and yeah, I think you guys will make it), the emergence of Pedroia, Okajima, Ellsbury and Buccholz has been a treat. Even if you guys aren’t playing 2004 baseball, it’s nice to see you all smiling and having fun. And there’s nary a steroids scandal to be sniffed. the closest thing the club gets to controversy is this blog, and if that’s the case, then you guys have a good club that we can all be proud of.

    Good luck in October, Curt. I hope and pray that’s still your time, as it has been for so long.

  17. September 3, 2007 7:45 pm

    What a difference a few days make. You get swept by the Yankees, a couple guys go down with injuries, and it seems like the bloom is off the rose. Next thing I know, I’m at Fenway on Saturday night with tickets I bought back in late January, and I am in the house, behind home plate, when the kid throws a no-no. The rookies are rockin’ it hard, and man, what a perfect time for them to show up and turn it on.

    Bring on October!

    SoxNation.net

  18. sportsmanbf11 permalink
    September 3, 2007 8:48 pm

    I think Curt is right in the sense that we have great young players but will their inexpierence become a factor down the stretch? How about Manny and Ortiz will they be producing as the playoffs aproach. And lastly behind Jon Lester’s comeback from cancer I think that the best baseball story of the year is what you said in regards to Barry Bonds and his use of steriods. Thankyou and GO SOX

  19. frodo1962 permalink
    September 3, 2007 8:49 pm

    Bashing players is old hat for CHB. I remember when he couldn’t get through a column without bashing Jim Rice (even years after Rice retired).

  20. baseballman2 permalink
    September 3, 2007 9:01 pm

    Dear Mr Schilling,

    I do not know the best way to get in touch with you, so I figured I’d give this a shot.

    I am the president of a club at Tufts University called BAT (Baseball Analysis at Tufts). We would love to have you come to campus in the off-season to speak to our club. We would like to do something where we sell tickets to see you speak, with the money going to a charity of your choice.

    As I said, I don’t know how to get in touch with you. If this sounds interesting, please have someone contact me at Peter.Bendix@tufts.edu. Thanks very much!

    Peter

  21. marcbreault permalink
    September 3, 2007 9:06 pm

    One of the ironies of this season is that the Yankee surge kind of gave the impression the Red Sox were struggling. Of course, this is not the case as the Sox have the best record in baseball. Despite that, though, the Yankees kept creeping closer and closer. The Red Sox have some breathing room now, but what was the general feeling among the players and coaches?

  22. morineko permalink
    September 3, 2007 10:14 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now; I’m here in the empty corn-fields (XD) of the country and thus have very little exposure to the Boston-area mediaflood, but I have seen quite a bit of criticism of your blogging venture about on fanblogs. I think it’s rather ironic to say that “oh, dear, he’s talking a bit too much about himself on his blog” on their blogs where they talk about themselves constantly (and post quite a bit more than you do.) But the same lot seem to be on sf/fantasy authors for daring to venture in public and comment on things. I didn’t realize the US had imported tall poppy syndrome until now.

    I admit that I’m not a specific follower of the Red Sox, but I have to say that you’ve all been doing a wonderful job this year, especially all your rookies. It’s lovely to see such an enthusiastic bunch of ballplayers.

  23. vcxccl permalink
    September 3, 2007 10:41 pm

    For those who don’t know, “CHB” is a nickname for Dan Shaugnessy created by Carl Everett, it is short for “curly-haired boyfriend”. While I think Dan’s a terrible hack, I really don’t think its OK to equate his general suckitude with homosexuality. Can’t we all just call him an egotistical, incompetent, self-serving , anti-fun asshat and leave it at that?

    To stay on topic, I think the reemergence of Rick Ankiel has been my favorite story this year. While I love Lester, I always knew he’d be back and while I was very happy for him and his family when he came back, I was not surprised. I was totally shocked that Ankiel has come back from some serious mental/emotional issues to help a potentially playoff-bound Cardinals team.

  24. theotherm permalink
    September 3, 2007 10:52 pm

    Another crazy game tonight but hey, we’ll take it!

  25. sdredsoxfan permalink
    September 4, 2007 4:56 am

    Curt,

    I see where Dice K ran into a little trouble. When I went to bed we were a head 10-1. I got to work at midnight and set up my computer and saw where we had won but it had become a nail biter in the end. 13-10, A win is a win. The Yankee’s are now 7 games behind us. September has usually been a good month for us, except for last year when we never quite recovered from all of those injuries. Finishing in 3rd place was abnormal for us. This year seems to be shaping up quite a bit like 2004, World Series bound? I hope so.

    The no no that Buchholz threw was amazing to watch. He seems like he is going to be quite promising. Keep up the great job. GO SOX!!!!!

  26. youtalkfunny permalink
    September 4, 2007 6:01 am

    We love you, Curt, but give the CHB the other cheek. Every time she mentions you, she exposes herself as the bitter, jealous, scorned lover that she is.

  27. denisesoxfan permalink
    September 4, 2007 6:36 am

    Hey Curt! Love your blog. You are absolutely right – this is the most awesome time to be a fan of the Red Sox! I sincerely hope you are here next year. Just wondering – was there a point during Buchholz’ game when you guys in the dugout had a feeling that this was it, that it really was going to happen for the kid? Did anyone talk about it at all?
    Denise

  28. summervillain permalink
    September 4, 2007 8:05 am

    Rick Ankiel’s resurrection story isn’t quite on par with Lester’s, but it’s up there for best story in baseball–and sports–of the year.

    (And here I thought the description ‘stud’ was solely reserved for one Doug E. Fresh Mirabelli…)

  29. jimmykc permalink
    September 4, 2007 8:20 am

    I agree with your thoughts about this year’s team. If the 2004 guys were the Idiots then this years team has to be the Feel Goods. Who can not root for guys like Lester and Buchholz, not to mention Dice-K and Okajima, and deserving veterans like Lowell and Wake? This should be America’s team this year, if we fans can just keep from being too obnoxious, that is.

  30. montpelierfan permalink
    September 4, 2007 8:26 am

    SHE? Ooooh, snap, CHB ain’t gonna like that . . .

    We believe in this team, Curt. Well, about a week ago we had out doubts, but the young ‘uns have made us believers again . . . and very optimistic about the future.

    But tell Francona to throw the nation a bone, will ya, and start Ellsbury in RF once Manny comes back. Yes, that means benching (hopefully for evermore) he-who-shall-not-be-named . . . y’know, the expensive guy . . . the one that seems to hit into DPs even when nobody in on base . . .

  31. syphax permalink
    September 4, 2007 8:26 am

    Curt,

    I feel compelled to address the question Has there been a better time to be a Sox fan in the past 20 years?

    First, I’m thinking 2 years, 10 months ago was better, but that’s not a fair comparison because nothing will ever compare with the 2004 playoffs, thanks in no small part to your efforts.

    Second, as great as it is to watch so many young players contribute to this team’s success, we are all still smarting from the Yankees series. Getting swept in a series where all that was needed to end the race was a single win was rather frustrating to watch, and does not make the 07 Sox look like a team that will rise to the occasion in October. Of course, you could have said the same thing after the first 3 games of the 2004 ALCS, but as someone else stated it (I forget where- SoSH?), this is the least fun good team we’ve seen in awhile.

    On the other hand, the team has shown good resilience, bouncing back from the sweep and a horrid loss to the O’s with some good wins (the no-no as centerpiece, of course). And the arrival of Buchholz, Ellsbury et al. is of course very welcome.

    I really get annoyed when Red Sox fans get unnecessarily negative, and yet here I am doing it myself. It gets back to the Yankees- getting swept by them is intolerable, regardless of the circumstances. It’s a good thing that the Yankees do in fact suck for a change against many other teams.

    In closing- this would be a fun team to watch, if we could see some more clutch hitting. The pitching has on the whole been fantastic, despite the occasional troubles here and there (that’s part of the game). And here’s wishing you an awesome final month of the season, and hopefully an awesome October.

    But first- and I know it’s easier said than done, and I know it’s not really that important if our lead stays at 6-8 games- please, please, please crush the Yankees in September!

  32. September 4, 2007 10:35 am

    Curt, this is certainly an exciting time to be a Sox fan. The infusion of youth lately has been an extra bonus and has obviously energized the entire team. Looking forward to October.

    Any word on when you guys can expect Manny back in the lineup?

  33. soxfanwest permalink
    September 4, 2007 11:21 am

    Curt –

    My wife and I flew from LA to CT on the red eye Thursday morning and then drove from CT to NY to catch the game Thursday afternoon – this wouldn’t be such a big deal except she is 8 months pregnant! Before this year we had never had the pleasure of watching you pitch in person and it was so important to us to see you up close (we also made it out to your return game against the Angels). We saw the World Series run in 03 and watched Pedro against the Angels and even flew to St. Louis for game 3. I just wanted to let you know that while Wang took the spotlight that day with the 1-hitter, your performance against the Yankees didn’t go unnoticed by the true fans of the game. Two pitches to Cano made the difference in an otherwise brilliant performance. I remember in the 7th my wife saying how you had “only thrown 80 pitches” and just couldn’t catch a break lately. That being said, as a Sox fan and a fellow believer, it was an honor to watch you pitch in person. Thank you for everything you have brought to Red Sox nation these past years in helping unify the fanbase around the country and around the world. We hope that you will continue as a part of the Red Sox organization for many years to come even after you hang up the spikes. God Bless.

    – Clarke

    ps – Regarding your question about the great moments of this season – there have been so many. It feels as though we’re living in a new golden age of baseball where you meet people from different cities and automatically discuss the local team, park etc. A few of my favorite moments were:

    * Lester’s return
    * Clays no-hitter
    * Sammy Sosa’s return
    * Coco’s diving catch(es)
    * The leagues Parity (Mariners, Brewers, Cubs!)
    * Watching TB’s young players develop and compete
    * Ichiro’s All Star inside the park home run

  34. lonestardead permalink
    September 4, 2007 11:45 am

    Curt;

    The Rick Ankiel story appears to be heading for the big screen…he needs to be included in the best baseball stories of the season.

    Go Sox
    Jerry
    Grapevine, Texas

  35. mabrowndog permalink
    September 4, 2007 12:35 pm

    Come on, Curt. “Bucholz”?? Guess you didn’t see the post-no-hitter thread I started at SoSH. Spelling counts, dude.

    Seriously, dealing with the whining naysayers and Chicken Littles since the ASG has been an annoyance. Finally they’re coming down off the ledge, and you’ve explained why. The promise shown in this organization is staggering. The last time the farm system produced a group of youngsters this impressive was in the mid-70s with Evans, Lynn, Rice, Cooper, Burleson, and Hobson. The difference today is that the team is developing stellar pitching talent.

  36. September 4, 2007 12:49 pm

    It was great to see that No Hitter the other night. The thing that I noticed was all of you guy’s in the Dugout looking exactly like we did a t home , nervous excitement. and how much you guy’s look and act like a team after the finale out. I can’t wait for post season play, and good luck on your next start

  37. September 4, 2007 12:53 pm

    Curt, how are you feeling going down the stretch?

  38. soxinseven permalink
    September 4, 2007 1:51 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Appreciate the time spent throughout the season keeping the rabid nation informed.

    There is still no active pitcher I would rather take the hill in ‘the big game’, than the one Curt Schilling.

    The Nation is forever indebted.

    Agreed, that the Lester and Hamilton comebacks would have to top the list at this point.

    The best is yet too come with the 07sox.

    Keep pushing forward.

  39. jtown1 permalink
    September 4, 2007 1:57 pm

    Hey Curt,
    You’re a legend. I really enjoy the blog. What do you think about the possibility of A-Rod coming to Boston next season?

    I don’t know if these would be considered the best stories in baseball this year, but your feuds with Bonds and Canseco were pretty entertaining.

    Good luck the rest of the season.

    Jared

  40. mykolm permalink
    September 4, 2007 2:03 pm

    So Curt, can you tell us all what CHB stands for again? :)

  41. bbourque311 permalink
    September 4, 2007 5:32 pm

    Hey Curt – glad to see you bouncing back into form. Keep it going strong for the rest of the season and playoffs! I want to see another ring ceremony! (plus, my coworker bet me that you and RJ would not win 10 games this year. I said you would, and as we know, RJ is not helping me win!)

    Anyway, Brian B. from Phoenix (by way of Worcester, MA) here. Do you see the Yanks making the playoffs, and if so, how dangerous will they be? Their starters are iffy, and the pen is overused. I know they say pitching wins games and championships, but in a short series that lineup can bash their way to a win.

    Again, good luck, and keep it going strong.

  42. danindelray permalink
    September 4, 2007 7:31 pm

    Did you make an announcement that you wouldn’t discuss your starts anymore? Those posts were the ones that interested me and I found it interesting and frankly, telling, that as your return from your injury wasn’t up to standards, you stopped talking about your starts.

    You’ve watched Lester return successfully, Wakefield have his best season in many years, and Clay do something that only two other people in the modern era have accomplished. In your heart of hearts, do you think that Theo even should consider bringing you back for next year? Is there any reason to believe that at 41, you’ll be any better than what you’ve shown this season? And on top of that, its not as if there aren’t stronger internal options. A rotation of Beckett, Dice-K, Clay, Lester and Wake could dominate the league even more than they did this season.

    You can see where I am going: I hope that you do your part in bringing home another championship, but I don’t believe there should even be a discussion on whether or not to re-sign you for 2008.

  43. kevmyster permalink
    September 4, 2007 7:42 pm

    Sorry to nitpick, but you spelled Buchholz incorrectly.

  44. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    September 4, 2007 8:17 pm

    Hey Curt!

    This IS the best time to be a Sox fan! We have such a great team this year! I’m so proud of how good you guys have been doing lately! Let’s keep our fingers crossed for more World Series rings this year! You definetly deserve another one! One of the best stories in baseball this year is probably Jon Lester’s comeback. Another one would be how much the team has improved since last year. As for the Yankees, I have a feeling that they won’t be catching up to you guys anytime soon. Best of luck to the Sox, and best wishes to your family!

    -Viki

  45. coffeewench permalink
    September 4, 2007 9:09 pm

    As a Sox fan living in Cincinnati and married to a lifelong Reds fan, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Mr. Hamilton. Finally got to our first game of the season a couple weeks ago (took my brother who’s a Cubbies fan to his first game ever) and got to see him play live and was impressed. Also got to see D-Train pitch (1 pitcher I wanted to see down, 3 to go being yourself, mr clemens and pedro). Wow I rambled a lot, sorry about that.

    Go Sox!a

  46. September 4, 2007 10:46 pm

    Excellent use of the skewer and twist with regard to the CHB. You’re getting this blogging thing down!

    I don’t think there is a more exciting moment in baseball this year then Buchholz’s no-no. I swear my heart lept right out of my throat. 23 years old! Skinny as a rail. Baby face. What a moment.

    Of course the ‘correct’ answer is Barry Bonds, but I hate him with such a passion, and feel like he’s nothing but a big fat cheater, that I’d never even consider voting him anything other than scumbag.

  47. 02132guy permalink
    September 4, 2007 11:58 pm

    Best last paragraph ever. Stay healthy, Schill!

  48. csshuckster permalink
    September 5, 2007 12:22 am

    Curt,

    I’m pulling for you guys to take the division. It’d be sweet to see it and hopefully a repeat of ’04. I was living in San Diego in ’04 but followed religiously. I count down the days when you guys wrap up the division.

    The kids are doing great the vets are as well, hopefully Dice-K snaps out of the funk and returns to top form, do you think it is fatigue? Beckett is still pitching very well and should be in the running for the Cy Young.

    Hope to see you in classic Schilling form on the mound and good luck the rest of the way, me and my kids will be rooting for you!

    I got you linked on my site, I’m a big fan, have been since you were in Arizona.

    Regards & Best Wishes,
    Todd
    http://six03.com

  49. thespitzcarlton permalink
    September 5, 2007 2:24 am

    wicked awesome post curt

  50. objectivebruce permalink
    September 5, 2007 5:56 am

    Being trite only reinforces the notion of the Great Schill as a blowhard. “She”??? “folicly challenged”??? That’s seventh grade stuff, which does nothing but make the writer look like a fool.

  51. September 5, 2007 8:01 am

    The Yankees are terrible this year. So they swept us, then they lose 3 out of 4. Magic number is at 17. Go Seattle!!!!!!!!

  52. histoolness permalink
    September 5, 2007 8:35 am

    A couple of things.

    1) Surely you respect that CHB is — at the very least — as good in his job as you are in yours. If you need immediate reinforcement of this, go to boston.com and read his column on Harrison and his feature on Francona from the past week.

    2) CHB’s characterization of you as a Blowhard is accurate. There is not a subject on the face of the earth that you do not feel qualified to comment on. That is the definition of a blowhard. As for you referring to Shaughnessy as “she,” keep in mind that “she” has the guts to show up in the clubhouse on a regular basis and has not changed his style a bit through the years.

    Shaughnessy is a real-life version of Max Mercy — with ethics and talent. He’ll be part of the game long after you have moved on to designing mediocre software.

  53. bonnie21 permalink
    September 5, 2007 10:08 am

    Rick Ankiel

  54. azdirtclod permalink
    September 5, 2007 10:11 am

    Hey Curt. You made a mistake on the pronoun in your last sentence. It says “she’s”… You are referring to Dan Shaughnessy, correct? While I have never checked, I presume that he is a male. We will assume you made an honest mistake. Because if it was not an accident, then it would sound like you are trying to insult him by calling him a woman. It is possible that actual women read this blog and enjoy the Red Sox. Are they to believe that calling Dan a women is a big cut down? You could call him a moron. You might even get away with calling him a fag. But, a women? I suppose in the mind of a sexist, that this is the worst cut down of them all. Who would want to be a frail, over-emotional whiner -like a women? I am sure he will go crying to his mommy.

    On the other hand, it is nice to see you writing on the blog again. It used to be on my favorite list, but since updates were so weak and infrequent, I stopped visiting. You would think with all the DL time you would have been able to do better updates. That is okay. Frankly, I would rather see you pitch two good games in a row and see the Red Sox continue to win. The quality of your writing has just not been that good. This incredibly cheap dig at the expense of Dan and all women on the planet is ample proof. You need to concentrate on pitching and forget about blogging.

    FYI.. I dislike Dan greatly. I also think the RS should have signed you to another extension this year for your 2004/05 contribution. You put your health on the line like no other player has and they should never forget that. If they don’t offer a contract, it could be because of all the media distractions that you cause. I don’t begrudge you for answering direct questions with direct answers. However, this blog is just extra BS, and the Red Sox don’t need it. Also this was supposed to be THE last year. This was supposed to be the year we put it all back together again and defended our title after weak efforts in 05′ & 06′. It was supposed to be the year we lure Clemens out of retirement. This was also a year to help you cement your hall of fame resume. Instead you come into camp out of shape and over weight. Will it really surprise you if the RS don’t want you back? If you could not get motivated to stay in shape last winter then what hope is there for this one?

    Good news. It will soon be playoff time (if we should be so fortunate). This is Curt’s time to shine. The announcers always tell us what a big game pitcher Curt is and we have seen it first hand in 04′. It is time for Curt to prove it to everyone one more time. Good luck Curt. Fix your blog. Calling someone a women ceased being a valid put down after third grade.

  55. syphax permalink
    September 5, 2007 11:06 am

    Read this one first-

    My previous post was lame; please don’t approve it.

  56. adamjd permalink
    September 5, 2007 12:07 pm

    Hey Curt. whatever happens, please never let the media here sour your view of the fans or your experience here playing in Boston. we all appreciate everything you’ve done and are doing and will continue to do for the sox.

    I love that you think things like “Has there been a better time to be a Sox fan in the past 20 years? This team has the pieces to win a world series right now and the core team in place to be a force for the next 5-10 years.”

  57. patriotsandsox permalink
    September 5, 2007 12:57 pm

    Curt,

    Let’s have a good outing tonight, huh? We need to keep this win streak going.

  58. dori317 permalink
    September 5, 2007 1:19 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you observation about this being a great time to be a sox fan. This has been a season to remember..and I really thought nothing would or could compare to 04.

    Watching the stories develop this year….Lester’s comeback, Mike Lowell’s incredible year (hard to believe the media called him a throw in on the Beckett deal), Josh’s turnaround to an ace, Pap where he needs to be FOREVER, Timlins 1000, the Mothers day Miracle, four home runs in a row, so many great games and memories. I can’t remember a better summer and I have been watching for a long, long time. (can you say Tony c?)

    And now this glorious September…even with the Yankees barking in the Bronx a bit, we’ve kept them at bay and I think we will continue to do that.
    And those rooks…..Ellsbury is so exciting to watch, and I am still marveling at the composure of a young pitcher throwing a no hitter (with a little help from a not mentioned enough catching captain). Pedroia has given us reason to believe all year (can you say rookie of the year) that the farm was growing some great corn so to speak…but this crop has been more than we could ever have imagined. Congrats to Theo and his boys (any girls?) in development. They deserve a pat on the back.

    As I sat at the game last night smelling September cool breezes and savoring these last moments of baseball, my usual melancholy about the baseball season ending is tempered by the awesome possibilities of the next few weeks. This will be a Fall to remember. Mark my words.

    I’m trying not to worry about the off season. Please God let them sign Mike Lowell and not bring that blowhard from New York to Boston just to spite the Yankees. He would ruin our wonderful team, and Mike is more than just a great player. Of course, would like them to sign you too Curt!

  59. nomahisgad permalink
    September 5, 2007 1:40 pm

    Good gad Curt, I’m the first to comment on you blag! I gawta say, livin in Bahstin, I can’t even imagine you ever leaving the Sawx, please tell me you’re resigning. Personally, I think you deserve $25-30 million annually at least. I mean those are the figures being tossed around if Johan Santana is a free agent, and everyone knows you deserve more than that. I mean, does Johan have a blag? Does Johan squirt ketchup on his sawk? Does Johan pretend to know politics? I mean cman Curt, you are the premier pitcher on the upcoming free agent mahket, but maybe you could give the Sawx a hometown discount. I mean between you and your ketchup and Tek hitting people with his mask on, I don’t know who to choose as my favorite Sawk. Oh, and Yankees suck!

  60. pm4444 permalink
    September 5, 2007 5:01 pm

    C’mon Curt. Referring to CHB as “she” is an insult to all your female fans. OTOH I wouldn’t mind if you called him a hack writer who needs a new shtick.

  61. msheppard permalink
    September 5, 2007 5:31 pm

    I tried one of those pitch measuring setups a few months ago and I could barley reach 40mph trying as hard as I could. I’m wondering if you have a couple hints that would get me faster? I’m not looking to break any records, but I’m betting there a couple basic pitching tricks that’ll get me up to maybe 50mph – and do you still use these tricks today?

    Thanks,
    M@

  62. ampmagmatt permalink
    September 5, 2007 5:51 pm

    100 on the season? that’s pretty conservative, don’t you think??

  63. firedannyainge permalink
    September 5, 2007 6:11 pm

    I like Chia better for Dan.lol

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

  64. brsox604 permalink
    September 5, 2007 6:53 pm

    I think the best story is yet to come. Postseason. You wait.

  65. carawson permalink
    September 5, 2007 6:55 pm

    It is kind of funny reading the CHB’s comments in reference to you Curt. He seriously needs to get over himself. He is such a pompous *insert not nice name here*.

    I still have faith both in you and the Red Sox ;)

    and wow was that no hitter amazing :)

  66. esteban2 permalink
    September 5, 2007 7:02 pm

    Curt,

    You are an ignorant embarrassment to Red Sox Nation. Using your position to bolster your skeptical politics and bucolic religious banter….please stop opening your tiring young mouth.

    Regards,
    Bostonian

  67. gorny540 permalink
    September 5, 2007 7:24 pm

    clay bucholz rookie no hitter 2nd best story in boston next to lester

  68. September 5, 2007 7:46 pm

    “Oh and we are trying to keep tabs on how many times our folicly challenged friend CHB uses the word “Blowhard” in reference to me. The over under on the season is 100 and I think she’s bypassed that already.”

    OK…let’s see if I have this correct. Some of us are counting how many times an inconsequential writer uses a certain word (while making simultaneous elementary school gender comments) and some of us are counting how many runs Toronto scores in the top of the 5th inning.

    Sure hope the bats are around to bail us math guys out tonight. ;)

  69. eric1414 permalink
    September 5, 2007 9:38 pm

    Hey Schill,

    Difficult to pick a single story as the best in baseball this year, as there certainly have been many like you said in your post. I would definitely have to put the emergence of Pedroia as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate (after being in serious doubt as an everyday player) and Lester’s comeback in the top tier, though.

    I know you’re probably your toughest critic and have appeared to really let the mistakes on your location bother over the years, but remain positive – you will be the difference maker when it comes to playoff match-ups. My concern isn’t with the starting pitching, but rather with some of the performances by the setup men in the bullpen. Okajima had electric stuff in the first few months of the season, and I don’t know if teams have just picked up on him from scouting or if he’s having mechanical problems… but I’m looking for reliable relievers for the 7th and 8th innings. Papelbon, is one of the most dependable closers in the league and I guess could be brought in for some 8th inning work on occasion.

    Here’s hoping the Sox get matched up Cleveland in October so I can get some postseason tickets for the first time!!

  70. bosocker permalink
    September 5, 2007 10:06 pm

    Brother Curt,

    The “Stretch Run” is upon us and the BoSox should be in decent shape to bring home another Championship. They can either sweep or get swept as we have seen in the second half of the season. Hopefully, the Sawx get their second wind and put away the competition, whoever they be. How sweet it would be to meet the Yankees again and put them down hard. Kinda like smacking the devil when he comes seeking whom he may devour. Go get ‘em Curt and give them your best stuff in September and October.

    Brother Mike

  71. phishingphreak permalink
    September 6, 2007 2:40 am

    2 Names:

    TROY GLAUS

    VERNON WELLS

  72. swvb25 permalink
    September 6, 2007 6:53 am

    how about you stop making fun of shaunessy and stop talking about next season and go out and win some ballgames. i respect the way you pitch in big games, but i cant stand the way you never stop talking to the media, and your overall off field demeaner rivals that of T.O. in my opinion. when you have a poor era and low win totals, just shut up and pitch and help us. right now– beckett dice-k wakefield. comeon man pitch back into the playtoff rotation and focus on preparation not blogging and toalking to metaparrel

    rob in newton

  73. kekich permalink
    September 6, 2007 8:59 am

    Curt–
    While your fixation on Shaughnessy is understandable, it seems a bit immature. But, hey, that’s your call. However, if you want to insult the guy–which again is your call–do you think its right to call him “she.’ Is that what you think of women, that you refer to someone you dislike as “she?”

    “You’re a blowhard!”
    “Oh, yeah. Well, you’re a woman!”

    Ask your wife what she thinks.

  74. scottsdalesoxfan permalink
    September 6, 2007 11:29 am

    Hey Curt,

    Living in your old adopted hometown of Scottsdale, but a Red Sox fan, I think one of the more interestinbg stories in baseball this year has got be Bo Mel… With a payroll resembling a startup company and team of AAA players, I have to think Bo Mel is a great story. While I don’t think the Dbacks will be visiting you in the Series, he has made a name for himself, regardless of how hard Ken Kendrink and Jeff Moorad (following Rousch-Fenway into NASCAR) keep pinching the pennies.

    The Hamilton story is great, though he is awfully low key about it. I interviewed him for my Christian magazine a month ago, I won’t name the publication as I am not promoting, but you and I chatted a year ago or so.

    Lester deserves all the kudos he can get.

    Now that the Bonds saga is over, perhaps the media will choose to focus more attention on the Lesters, Hamiltons and Bo Mels of America’s game.

    I noticed you have been pretty quite on the 2008 presidency….I am sure you have some ideas…..tell us what’s on your mind.

  75. nb34 permalink
    September 6, 2007 12:45 pm

    Forget about the blog, how about trying to pick up some W’s?

  76. September 6, 2007 11:46 pm

    @ esteban2

    who gives a $#Q@$!??? if he wants to use his fame to speak his mind let him. it doesn’t affect you does it?

  77. yasgur permalink
    September 7, 2007 1:25 am

    I just checked the DeSpain page. They posted on the 5th that Peter has been declared cancer free. That’s the best news I’ve heard in a while, in or out of baseball.

  78. September 7, 2007 5:55 am

    I’d like to remind some posters here of a few real-world realities:

    1. Curt Schilling is a baseball player, not a professional writer.

    2. Blogs are for everyone, not just literary elite.

    3. If you don’t like the content, don’t read it. There are millions of other politically correct blogs you can visit. Perhaps FireDogLake is more up your alley.

    4. Amongst those of us level-headed men who aren’t caught up in identity politics, yes, slamming another dude’s manhood is a perfectly legitimate crack, whether you’re 4 or 40. Get over yourselves.

  79. kekich permalink
    September 7, 2007 2:45 pm

    Wow. Way to throw around meaningless, irrelevant terms like “politically correct” and “identity politics” to sound smart and say nothing.

    “Slamming another dude’s manhood.” Oooh, you are like way cool.

    Does your wife or daughters think that “she” is a good substitute for “incompetent loser hack,” or whatever was intended.

    Maybe next time a friend refuses to pick up the tab at a restaurant, you can accuse him of “being a Youkilis.”

    There’s a million ways to insult Shaughnessy. Curt chose one that I suspect, with some reflection, he’ll regret, because I doubt that Curt thinks that being a woman is somehow inferior. Not the first time, not the last. No harm in that.

    “Whether you’re 4 or 40.” I think I can guess which one you’re closer to.

  80. histoolness permalink
    September 7, 2007 3:35 pm

    To Nate Francis. Here’s a real-world reality for you:

    Curt Schilling doesn’t know who you are, wouldn’t care less if he did, and certainly doesn’t need you defending him.

    If I’m incorrect on any of those points, my apologies, but please keep in mind he has a “comment” section on his blog. This allows for free speech by one and all in our democractic nation.

    Frankly, I think Schlling is an immature idiot who had a chance to go down in this town as one of our true legends. His “blow hard” status, however, is changing that. Once he leaves town — by his choice, or Theo’s — he’ll be remembered fondly for his courageous 2004 post-season, but he”ll never truly be loved (sycophants who embrace all things Red Sox discounted).

  81. eric1414 permalink
    September 7, 2007 6:02 pm

    “y’know, the expensive guy . . . the one that seems to hit into DPs even when nobody in on base . . .”

    Had to reiterate that quote from whomever posted it, best laugh I think I got all day =]

    ‘Rob in Newton’ needs kicked in the face for even mentioning TO and Schill in the same sentence.

    ..So much for all those who said Rick Ankiel was the best story in baseball.

    Add Glaus to that list as well :/

  82. huskersoxfan permalink
    September 7, 2007 8:57 pm

    What are all of you thinking about Ankiel now? Curt – your take on this? Bottom line – even though it was not a “banned substance” at the time, it was still ILLEGAL. So much for “feel good” stories – a simple case of being STUPID.

  83. b4andbeyond permalink
    September 8, 2007 7:13 am

    The best part is you had some setbacks and emerged balanced, centered, and ready to move forward toward a third World Series ring. Balanced and centered! You found that space where you can Be Peace. Or at least with most people.

  84. ohshutupyou permalink
    September 8, 2007 8:11 am

    “Oh and we are trying to keep tabs on how many times our folicly challenged friend CHB uses the word “Blowhard” in reference to me. The over under on the season is 100 and I think she’s bypassed that already.”

    You knw what? if CHB said it 100 more times, it would not BEGIN to describe the mouth that is Curt Schilling.

  85. ktrad permalink
    September 8, 2007 1:23 pm

    Nice post….I am loving this team. I am stuck out here on the west coast, so i do not get a chance to watch every game.

    You are right….the Yanks will never go away…next weekend is a big big weekend at Fenway.

  86. skinnyman2007 permalink
    September 8, 2007 1:50 pm

    Hi Curt I think the story of the season is Jon Lester coming back to pitch after the cancer treatments. Also Clay Bucholz no hitter this season. Can Clay Bucholz win the rookie of the year Curt or does he have to be with the team the whole season to win that? He will win rookie of the year next year Curt. Curt the RedSox have a great team and a great core of rookies. Stay with the RedSox next year!!!!!!!!!. Don’t leave Curt. Curt I hope you pitch a no hitter before the season ends or in the playoffs and that would be another great story of the season!!!!!!!!!. The magic number is 15 that is great!!!!!!!. Curt I want your opinion of Dice K why is he giving up so many runs in the past few games? Do you think he has to change some things, do you think he is tired, or do you think he is in the learning process in his first year in Major league baseball?

    From, Jeff

  87. carawson permalink
    September 8, 2007 6:10 pm

    to ohshutupyou

    At least Schilling produces something other than carbon dioxide :P

  88. djggabe permalink
    September 8, 2007 6:13 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Hope you remember me. You and I played together in the Sox organization (New Britain) for a few years prior to you being traded. I now live in Nashville and ran into a guy from main who told me about the site. I think was you are doing is great and true to form, you continue to be a class act. Hope this finds you well and I would love to hear from you.

    Dan Gabriele

  89. eric1414 permalink
    September 9, 2007 10:36 am

    It’s easy for most to say they wouldn’t use their celebrity position to bolster their own opinion and speak their mind when asked about a particular subject, because most do not know what it’s like to be in that position. Even if you weren’t trying to reach a mass audience, what you say is still national news when you’re a sports superstar and Boston legend.

    The guy says what he thinks and speaks from the heart, I would assume most of you do the same on a daily basis – you just don’t have sportswriters and columnists paraphrasing your quotes based upon their interpretation to be used (in some cases) in a negative way.

    If the choice were between having a team full of mute ballplayers to interview after games, or a roster w/ guys whom speak their minds, I think all (of you and the sportswriters) would definitely choose those who talk freely.

  90. spacemansbong permalink
    September 9, 2007 1:15 pm

    Isn’t this childish CHB stuff something that a “Christian” should avoid engaging in? It’s one thing to mock someone in the spur of the moment, but a blog is about as premeditated as you can get. How does one square the one with the other? WWJD indeed.

  91. dianesfastball permalink
    September 9, 2007 9:09 pm

    ok..first off he made a funny..get it?? about CHB…get over it all of you and take it for what it was meant to be…
    Schill says what he wants to say when he wants to and so what?
    And in my heart I fell for him when he made the commercial about breaking the curse before he even pitched for us. I will always love the player and person he is..
    We should never fear to say what we believe….

  92. suesox permalink
    September 10, 2007 1:29 am

    Re highlights of the baseball season, most have already been mentioned here:

    1- Buchholz’ no-no
    2- Emergence of Pedroia as first-class player
    3- Papelbon’s consistent stellar performances
    4- Mike Lowell – player/hitter/fielder/person
    5- Mother’s Day Miracle
    6- Singing of the national anthem by the fellow with autism (can’t recall his name), and crowd joining in
    7- Various tributes to former players
    8- Fan reception for Trot Nixon
    9- Coco’s gold glove performance in center field
    10 – Beckett on the mound

    On a different topic, I’d love to have Neil Diamond invited to throw out the first pitch and lead the fans in “Sweet Caroline!”

  93. ngruk permalink
    September 10, 2007 12:50 pm

    This may be your own personal blog, but you’re now the CEO of a major company seeking to find its way into the market. It would be in the interests of you and those you employ if you kept the name-calling and bickering out of the public eye; there’s no telling whom you’ll piss off.

    Also, copy-pasted questions from umpteen weeks ago:

    Q- Did you build your own gaming rig or did you buy a pre-built system (e.g. Dell, Alienware, Gateway, etc.)? What are the specs on it?

    Q- As an MMO player what is your preferred playstyle: raiding, small groups or soloing?

    Q- Are you open about whom you are when you play a game (for example, do your guildmates tend to know/figure it out)?

    Q- When should fans expect some more substantial information to be released on 38 Studios’ flagship title? A year? Two? More? Less?

    Q- Do you play games the day/night before you’re due to pitch? If so, have you ever gotten sucked in so deep you lost track of time (and maybe a little sleep as a result)?

    Q- Are you guys (38 Studios) interested in attending E3 in the future? What are your three most anticipated games at the expo this year?

  94. jcr4runner permalink
    September 12, 2007 4:22 pm

    CHB — Curly Haired Boyfriend?

    Just for people who don’t know. That’s the moniker coined by Sox outfielder Carl Everett.

    While complaining about reporters who criticized him, Jurassic Carl referred to “[Gordon] Edes and his curly-haired boyfriend.”

    Of course, Shaugnessy coined “Jurassic Carl” as a mocking allusion to Everett’s remark to reporters that as a Bible believer, he didn’t take the theory evolution seriously. Of course, being a creationist is the unpardonable sin in liberal Boston.

    After that remark, CHB had the RSN convinced that Jurassic Carl was just an out of control trouble maker. It’s funny that when he later moved on, we never heard another word about controversy associated with Everett.

    I am convinced from other things that CHB has written that he just doesn’t like born-again Christians who wear their faith on their sleeve.

    I think Shaughessy is a GREAT writer and I aspire to be like him in that way, but Herr Blowhard has a little bit more humility in admitting that he sometimes says things he regrets.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a retraction in print from CHB.

  95. ohshutupyou permalink
    September 14, 2007 11:39 am

    “At least Schilling produces something other than carbon dioxide”

    Yeah, like this pathetic boatload of sycophants.

  96. redsox38 permalink
    September 21, 2007 1:20 am

    Those young Rookies are doing great. Hey heres a cool fact about Jacoby Ellsbury he played in Summer College Baseball in my home town. I think its great to see some one like him in the big leagues.

  97. mainesox14 permalink
    October 30, 2007 12:36 pm

    Curt, Thanks for another great year and another championship. I hope that you land right back in Boston next year. The Sox would be lucky to have you for at least one more year and personally would like to see you end your career in Boston. If we’ve seen the last of you in Beantown, then I hope you know how greatful we are to you for what you’ve brought to the team over the past few years. Good luck next year no matter where you might be playing.

  98. kjmm permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:09 pm

    thanks.
    …TONS.
    best to you and your family. hope you’re around next year.
    -kevin

  99. bullsfan permalink
    December 4, 2007 11:09 am

    This past weekend I saw Josh Hamilton and his wife speak at a local church. It was refreshing to see him as just a regular kinda guy – he wasn’t polished like some PR professional had gotten a hold of him and told him what to say. I find his comeback amazing…overcoming his addiction (which we all know is a day to day struggle) is amazing…and then being able to come back and play in the majors after such a long time away is another amazing venture.

    I looked back on your site to see if you had posted comments in regards to this, but didn’t see…wondering your take…

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