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Odds and ends and an off day.

September 13, 2007

It’s been awhile since our last off day that didn’t require travel, or it seems that way. Going into it with a 5 game lead and having Papi walk us off last night was pretty damn cool.

The yanks are something like 40-19 since the break so I don’t expect anything less than a full out heavyweight brawl all the way to the end. They are clicking in every phase they need to, to win games, and we are playing well. This is the time of year when you laugh at the people that downplay April wins and overstate September ones. Without playing as well as we did early, and the Yanks struggling early, we don’t have anywhere near the cushion we are enjoying right now.

Lots of things going on right now. Yesterday the players got their opportunity to vote on the players choice awards and since there is no national security issues involved I thought I’d share my votes for anyone interested.

Player of the year- Alex Rodriguez. You can argue anyone you want to argue with but when you can throw out 52 homers and 140 rbi’s on September 13th on a team in legitimate playoff contention I think the case is pretty much made, and resolved right there.

Pitcher of the year-Josh Beckett. Having seen him up close the entire year I’d argue that he’s been the most consistent and most dominant winner in the game this year. I think you’d have  hard time finding a hitter that would argue that as well. I am hoping the writers get this one right when the seasons over because from April to today I think he’s been the most consistent pitcher in the game. Pitching here, in this environment for this team and being pretty much the ace from day 1, and really never hitting any rough spots all year long is as big a reason as any as to why we are where we are.

Rookie of the year-Dustin Pedroia. There are some guys having very good seasons this year as rookies. Young for Tampa, Okajima and Daisuke, and a few others around the league but Dustin is having what may be one of the better rookie seasons for a 2B in a long long time. Once he snapped the early season funk he’s been an impact player on both sides of the line. It’s to the point now that I think his incredible offensive season is going to overshadow just how good he’s been defensively. From saving Clay’s no hitter to saving other games as well, he’s been a stud.

Comeback player of the year- Carlos Pena. One of the great things about this game is being able to watch great things happen to great people. Though he was not here that long last year Carlos Pena was one of the kindest and nicest teammates I’ve ever played with. A guy that I would think no one in the game wishes anything but the best of and to see him do what he’s done this year has been incredibly gratifying.

 I commented in the last post about the lack of detail going into post game blogs and I guess the thing at this juncture is this. I am changing just about everything I do, mentally and physically, to prepare and perform. A lot of it is new to me and a lot of it is and will be things that I am not comfortable putting out there. If I can figure out a way to make that happen then I will definitely do them again, as I have my post game stuff I keep still with me.

Football season has started and my Steelers started it off with a resounding thumping last week. Big Ben looked good and the D not only looked great but helped carry me to a fantasy win over Brad Mills’ team in week one of the Sox FF league. I am trying to make sure the loss doesn’t get Millsy too down, giving him daily pep talks hasn’t helped yet, but not sure what else I can do. With a backfield anchored by Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson and the Edge, I am feeling good about the squad. Deep bench and a young Jay Cutler QB’ing the team too.

In other leagues, or should I say other matchups really, I challenged Meter to a season long head to head matchup since he’s supposedly the resident ‘expert’ at EEI. Not sure what it takes to be labled an expert in that crowd but it is what it is. Unfortunately a last minute flop on my part, swapping out Minnesota and going with Oakland’s D, on a stupid STUPID whim, cost me. Meter beat me in week one, which I am publicly admitting here…..

We are using the Sporting News salary cap FF leagues scoring system and here was our week one lineups. BTW we decided on thisThursday or Friday so the Colts and Saints players were not available week 1.

We use 2 QBs, any combo of 4 WR/RB with at least one of each, 1 TE, 1K, 1 D/ST.

Meter took

Brady/Palmer 845pts

I had

Bulger/Romo 910 pts

Meter had

Tomlinson/S Jackson/Coles/C Johnson 815pts

I took

Tomlinson/Jackson/Gore/S Smith 827pts

We both took

Gates 282pts

Meter took

Wilkins 100pts

I took

Stover 90pts

And finally Meter killed me by taking

Patriots 220pts

and I, in what might be the worst FF pick ever, tried to be the ‘smart’ guy by going with a sleeper, even though they played asleep….

and took Oakland for -30 pts

Final score week 1

Meter 1-0 2362 pts

Me 0-1 2079 pts

Next week the tide turns…..And hopefully we run onto some field somewhere and celebrate a post season berth…

47 Comments leave one →
  1. falcon64 permalink
    September 13, 2007 6:28 am

    “Papi Love” is back!!!!! It’s about time. It’s crunch time. Good luck in the home stretch. It’s time for the entire team to come together and get it done.

  2. September 13, 2007 9:09 am

    Agreed about Dusty. I’m not sure about range & speed, but is there any other 2nd baseman out there who can be flat out on his stomach reaching for a ball, to up & throwing to 1st bast any quicker than him?

  3. September 13, 2007 9:30 am

    I would have loved to see you plunk Meter if he has the stones to face you in preseason.

    I am a long time D&C caller who like to argue with them

  4. bosoxinjersey permalink
    September 13, 2007 10:17 am

    Schill, you’ve been pitching much better lately, how frustrating is it when you pitch 6 innings and only give up 1 run and come away with a L? Also how’s the mood in the clubhouse right now knowing post season is around the corner? One final question, what do you think is contributing to dice-K’s late struggles?
    ahhh, horrible pick to go with Raiders D. Even with all the hype you don’t start a D until they show you something. Big Ben carried me in week1 as well, salvaged me from starting the cowboys D. Good luck with FF the rest of the year.

  5. pansearedmeatus permalink
    September 13, 2007 10:51 am

    Curt – great thread today, I feel smarter having read it…..as usual. I have to tell you though, as a sox fan through and through, i am overly concerned about the way our “top 3 pitchers” have been bombarded by the Yankees all year long. Its like they completely own you guys. Is there anything you can tell me that could alleviate my anxiety coming into this series in which the 3 of you will yet again attempt to slow down this offense? I think i saw a stat where they are batting close to, if not over .300, against the 3 of you combined and I know your collective ERA against them this season is north of 7.00. This wouldnt bother me if there was one or two games where they really lit you up and scored 12-14 runs and it inflated the number, but they haven’t, its just been 4-5 runs over 5-6 innings each and every time out. We have lost 7 of our last 9 to them and i am worried its going to be 10 of 12 after this weekend. Please help.

    Regards,
    Sleepless in Newton

  6. September 13, 2007 11:14 am

    I hate all the bad press the Pats are getting lately. Im not too sure how other people feel but this video tape thing kinda pisses me off. The Pats dont need to video tape any coaches…. they dominate everyone they play.

  7. jeff1963 permalink
    September 13, 2007 11:17 am

    Curt,

    No matter how this season turns out, Thanks for a great summer! Plenty of drama, many enjoyable afternoons and more good days than bad! Good Luck and go out and get us another one!

  8. September 13, 2007 12:37 pm

    Btw, Meter doesn’t know what he’s talking about half the time. You’re going to destroy him. Meter if you’re reading this, stick to your day job of being an annoying radio sidekick.

    How do you like them Steelers this year Curt?

  9. pansearedmeatus permalink
    September 13, 2007 12:48 pm

    Its gonna turn out bad Jeff, but I am glad you enjoyed the Summer.

  10. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    September 13, 2007 12:54 pm

    I like your guy Willie Parker as a solid fantasy back. Tomlin and co. just need to let him get in the endzone for doing all the dirty work against the browns and let Big Ben rake in the TD passes.

    Anyways, last night’s game was amazing. David looked like Goliath once more and is catching heat. A solid effort from the pitching staff.

    I am a little nervous the entire Sox team (excluding Ortiz) has zero RBI’s in the last two games going into this weekend series. But, then again last time the bats were white hot going in and did no good.

    SWEEP THE YANKS AND GIVE DETROIT SOME LIFE!!!

  11. Redsauce permalink
    September 13, 2007 1:45 pm

    NESN captured a great shot of you, Papelbon, & Coco watching the ball go without knowing whether it’d make it or not.
    Also, on a separate note, I hope people start cheering for Drew. He’ll come around and us booing him doesn’t make it happen any faster.
    Go Red Sox!

  12. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    September 13, 2007 3:55 pm

    Hey Curt!

    Last night’s walk-off victory was amazing! I agree with Dustin being the rookie of the year, but I think Okajima has had a great season. I think Mike Lowell should be awarded gold glove, he REALLY deserves it. I bet the Marlins are kicking themselves for getting rid of him. Coco should win the gold glove for centerfield. He makes those amazing catches when he flies through the air, better than Ichiro in my opinion. Beckett will definetly get Cy Young this year. I don’t care how good A-rod is, I don’t even think he deserves mud. He’s a jerk, who’s constantly trying to cheat. Remember the 2004 ALCS? I think he’s full of steroids, but no one tries to investigate it anymore because so many players are on steroids. We WILL defeat the yankees! Hope everything goes well with the Steelers! Best wishes to you and your family! Go Sox!

  13. rogerredsox21 permalink
    September 13, 2007 5:52 pm

    Those things you said about about your teammates and former one are right on the money, especially about Pedroia. It’s a shame Big Papi didn’t win the MVP last year. We have a “Yea Hoo” on WWLS in Oklahoma City named Jim Traber (yes the former Oriole) that just wears you out every chance he gets, and oh course he’s never wrong Ha! I wish you would call him up on the air and see what he has to say. If you care his show is on Mon-Fri from 2pm-4pm, phone number 460-9957. Oh yeah, Jacoby is the closest thing to Yaz & Lynn that I can remember coming up (I’m 54 so yes I do remember Yaz as a Rookie).

  14. dontgivup permalink
    September 13, 2007 8:43 pm

    Hey Curt, first time posting. I was watching G4 the other night and saw you on there……..Just outta curiosity, when did you film that?………Nothing relevant to baseball, but I just thought I’d throw that out there, since most people probably don’t really watch that network…..I thought it was a good bit actually; it showed a side of you that I haven’t really seen. I knew that you had 38 studios and everything going on, but it was kinda cool to watch you actually playing some games–I usually don’t see you doing non-baseball related stuff.

    -Rick

  15. rcushdogdog permalink
    September 13, 2007 11:16 pm

    I hope you come back for 2008. I will never forget that you signed on to help bring a championship to Boston and in a very dramatic fashion did just that. You can clearly still pitch effectively and seem to have a new dedication to physical preparation that you may not have needed as a younger pitcher. I will be very disappointed if you and the Sox cannot work something out. As a 40 year old fan that saw a great deal of frustration prior to 2004, I do not want to see you and the team that changed everything for Boston baseball seperate.

  16. morineko permalink
    September 14, 2007 12:53 am

    No, no, no, perhaps you declined the Vikings due to previous history? After all, they’re the Vikings and there’s been many a Sunday where I’ve encountered a crowd of co-workers watching Vikings games during lunch, and after the game is over I’ll see them walking out of the lunchroom all O_O like Chiyo-chan coming out of Yukari-sensei’s car.

  17. theotherm permalink
    September 14, 2007 9:03 am

    Today is my 33rd anniversary, usually we spend it at Fenway but this year given the opponent we couldn’t get tickets unless we wanted to mortgage the house! Anyway,this should be a great weekend, hopefully the Sox can sweep and make for a wonderful celebration! Will be looking forward to your start against Clemens on Sunday…GOOD LUCK!!! GO SOX!!!!!!!

  18. September 14, 2007 11:21 am

    Good luck in the weekend series with the Yankees. I think the expanded roster has really helped you guys out in September. I can’t remember a time when so many players were brought up at one time and provided the team with energy down the stretch. I’m sure it will be a classic battle this weekend. Tell Terry to keep a short leash on Dice-K if he gets into trouble early the fans would love to see the kid come in for one of his “structured innings”

    I was at the game in April when Dice-K got his first win at Fenway park thanks to 4 HR’s in a row. Never seen that before. The fans were electric and I could see it really help push the team…just like the walk off on Wednesday.

  19. train11 permalink
    September 14, 2007 11:31 am

    Curt – thanks for continuing with the Blog. even as a lifelong yankee fan, I can appreciate you taking the time out of your schedule to write this.
    In regards to your players choice awards, I can only argue with one thing. Beckett as the best pitcher? I dont see how CC is not the best in the AL right now. beating Johan five times in one season! that is incredible.
    other than that, I agree.
    as for this weekend. I can only hope you guys go down in a ball of flames! Go Yankees!!

  20. manny4mvp permalink
    September 14, 2007 11:39 am

    Curt,

    I have enjoyed reading this blog from spring training all the way through now. I just wanted to wish you and the sox good luck for this final push. Tell Timlin his number 1 fan will see him in the bull pen on Sat. from Section 40 to tell him he’s the man. Good luck to all the Sox. Hope to see a healthy Manny soon, there will be no rings without this team the way it was built for 07.

  21. September 14, 2007 5:26 pm

    Hi Curt! :)
    I was bummed you weren’t at the Beckett Bowl. I was there, and have to say that everyone was so very kind and generous with their time and attention. But I did hope that you might have bowled! Moving on…

    Hmmm. ARod huh? I guess he’s probably the only one out of the Yankees you could give that to, but I don’t know if I’d have chosen him. Who would I have chosen? I don’t know exactly…I’ll have to think on it.

    Totally with you on pitching and rookie. Comeback, well truly – I don’t think I know enough about baseball in general with all of the teams to be able to make a solid decision on that.

    I can say this…total egg on my face for asking about JD Drew a few posts back and voicing frustration on his performance. Poor guy must be going through alot with his son. See – it’s so easy for us in Red Sox nation to be judgemental, because we just don’t know what goes on behind the scenes.

    I always love September baseball…and I especially love this weekend, because the Sox always face the Yankees this weekend in September — and it’s my birthday weekend.

    So, here’s hoping for a really great birthday present of three wins! ;)

  22. September 14, 2007 10:14 pm

    I can’t believe anyone would have taken the Raiders D/ST. Ugh. I did pretty okay last week with a guy named T. Brady and some stiff named Moss.

    I’m watching the game right now, Oki is looking a little…I don’t know how to say it, worn down? Pap just came in and Jeter singled. 7-5. Why do these things happen when I tune in? Everyone’s better off when I just get a text message at the end of the game I think….oh crap. 7-7 tie.

    This sucks.

    Anyway, I agree wholeheartedly with your picks for the awards. Pedroia has been spectacular.

    8-7??? What’s going on??

    Holy smokes….

  23. yanksfan28 permalink
    September 15, 2007 8:10 am

    I know there aren’t many Yankee fans on here, but in light of the crap you’re bound to take for the A-Rod plug, thank you! You guys have had a great season, and I’m hoping we’ll see you (and us) in the LDS.

  24. eric1414 permalink
    September 15, 2007 7:27 pm

    Hey Schill,

    Great post man, I (as well as others I’m sure) am very appreciative that you chose to include your votes for the player’s choice awards. Definitely in agreement w/ you on Pedroia and Beckett, they have shown all season long they deserve to be in contention for these honors. How much momentum do you think Papi’s walk-off HR (which was awesome btw) gave you guys going into the yanks series? The loss Friday night was pretty disappointing – I normally don’t expect the bullpen to make that many mistakes when given a 5R lead, but the middle relief had me worried earlier in the season…

    Beckett had an excellent outing today (more justification for Cy Young Award) and I was pleased to see some of the other guys like Hinske, Coco, and even JD make some good at bats. I’m pretty concerned about Youk though, they said on the air later that it was ruled a contusion but here’s hoping he won’t miss more than a couple games. I hate to ask since it’s been such a hot topic w/ the clubhouse and maybe most are tired of hearing about it, but any word on Manny’s return? I think last I read he had a solid BP and could be available for the yanks series this weekend, but here we are 2 games in and no sign of him in the lineup.

    Best of luck tomorrow in your big showdown w/ Clemens, I’m hoping for a lot of 0′s on the yanks’ scoreboard and that your overpaid Spring-Training-Challenged counterpart gets roughed up a bit early and often =]

  25. shajam14 permalink
    September 15, 2007 9:27 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you so much for all you did lifting all of us to the greatest sports moments of our lives. I for one will never forget # 38 so if your career winds up in Tampa or anyplace other than Boston I just want you to know we will never ever forget the joy and the ultimate thrill of winning it all. I will continue to follow your career whether it is here or on the moon. Thanks so much for giving us so much.

  26. omar05 permalink
    September 15, 2007 10:42 pm

    Hi!
    OMG I CANT BELEIVE THIS!
    DUDE MY FREIND IS THE BBBBBBBBBBBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTT RED SOX FAN IN THE WORLD! HIS FAV IS BIG PAPI! I LIKE THE GIANTS AND CUBS!
    SEE YA!

  27. poltroop permalink
    September 16, 2007 5:11 am

    Curt, break a leg today, I’ll be watching you outpitch Roger. Do your thing, hold em close, and make sure you hit them before you get a warning for Clemens hitting one of ours first. haha

    Oh and one more thing, I wont blame you for being a Steelers fan, at least you dont go for the Jets.

    Pol_troop

  28. b4andbeyond permalink
    September 16, 2007 3:04 pm

    I agree! You gave us a great summer!

  29. barbarainohio permalink
    September 16, 2007 7:07 pm

    Curt:

    Finally got a chance to check out your blog. We are about to sit down and watch the game (BoSox vs the Yanquis) and thought we would leave a message and wish you well.

    Please force Mr Clemens BACK into retirement

    Barbara

  30. milmascaras permalink
    September 16, 2007 10:00 pm

    The 8th inning was a good one Kurty

  31. yankeeinthehub permalink
    September 16, 2007 11:57 pm

    Good stuff Curt. You pitched your heart out tonight, another instance where you showed your warrior heart. Liked the picks for the player awards, and I love your honesty. Can truly say that I’m a Yankee fan who respects and admires you.

  32. shutupbigmouth permalink
    September 17, 2007 8:16 am

    Curt you are a big mouth….Shut up and pitch

  33. pansearedmeatus permalink
    September 17, 2007 8:37 am

    Well Curt, what can I say, my worst nightmare has come true. Simply put, they have our number and there is nothing we can do about it. Because of you guys, I spent Friday night, into Saturday morning, throwing up. How is it possible to blow that game? Tell me how please. Francoma really just pushes all the wrong buttons. Sure, I felt a little better after Saturday but the key was to win this series as it was the biggest test we would have before the playoffs and what happens, we lay another egg last night.

    Explain this to me, how do you let a banged up Jeter get extended on a ball right down the pipe when you have him set up in a two strike count. Varitek had just made 3 trips to the mound in 3 pitches and that’s what you conjured up? I understand, given that it was an ESPN tv game that he would want airtime, but please, tell the guy just to stay in his crouch because whatever he had to say in those 3 meetings clearlly either fell on deaf ears or was completely wrong. I understand it was the 8th inning and you may have been tired, but you had only thrown 70 some pitches……unacceptable.

    Here is the other thing I find embarrassing/unacceptable, I am at the game last night with 6-8 sam adams in my bloostream chanting “ROGER, ROGER, ROGER” and the guy is making a complete schmuck out of me as he rolls through our lineup like its a copmplete joke. He has now thrown 12 innings against us…..he has allowed 1 earned run and 4 (yes, 4) hits in total. And yet here I am, like a complete stooge trying to heckle the guy as he owns me. Maybe I should just invite him over to my house to bed my mother too. Net net, I guess you pitched your best game, and for that I applaud you, but clearly its just not good enough to beat those guys. Doesn’t bode well for October. Just puked in my mouth again.

    Anyway, here we are, 4 games ahead in the division, so I guess that’s a good thing, but when you think about it, where is this team really going? The pen is a mess, the starting pitching is mediocre at best now, and the offense is spotty. I guess best case scenario is we win the division, stop the Yankees streak of 9 straight, and then lose in the DS so we dont have to get tortured by these guys again. I just couldn’t take that and I don’t care what anyone tells me or what the records say, that team down there is just flat out better than us. 2-9 in our last 11 games against them. Why me? Why have you done this to me again?

    Regards,
    Violently Ill in Newton

  34. b4andbeyond permalink
    September 17, 2007 8:58 am

    You wouldn’t be you if you didn’t give 110% of yourself! Others settle for prudence. You give us more than all.

  35. rjd2 permalink
    September 17, 2007 11:39 am

    About Melky’s hr in the 5th – did you shake off Tek on that pitch?

  36. bosoxnut38 permalink
    September 17, 2007 12:39 pm

    Curt,
    TERRIFIC game last evening! Man, you were CRUISING- 69 pitches after 7 innings and 9-straight retired!; I’m just sorry it didn’t turn out better for you/us… I have watched EVERY start of your since your return after The Break and have been really impressed with you; definately the case-in-point difference between a pitcher and a thrower…
    I just wanted to type this to tell you not to get down on yourself, although I know you already know that and probably won’t; however, as a TRUE fan of the game and exceptionl pitcher that you are, I also know it stings a little. I don’t think I can say that I’ve enjoyed or appreciated a player like youself for many years: the way you plan and play the game, your openness in both victory and defeat is comforting, if nothing else but knowing that there is a gamer out there that is hard-wired into the fan-base like you are. I saw some pitchers today on a number of sites, as well as caught your expression after the 8th inning, and knew you were *miffed*. Please, PLEASE don’t get dejected! Pitch your game- NO ONE can be perfect every outting, but in truth, you have been pretty d@mn close!!! I look forward to seeing you take your next start in Florida, and know that, like always, you’ll be giving 150%. I hope you get a chance to read this knowing a lot of us are for you!!! You have nothing to hang your head about- you’ve been a raock in this rotation, and we’ve ALL noticed it (regardless of the W/L’s)… Peace! -MC

  37. soxfanindan permalink
    September 17, 2007 1:04 pm

    Hey Curt, Tough loss last night, but your looking good! Alot to be excited about for us fans. I cant wait to see what happenes in the post season, but I have to tell you. I really really hope you guys win the division! I know being the wild card is better than not being in the playoffs, but a division win would be great. Hopefully you guys can get it done quickly. Good luck! GO WIN IT ALL!

  38. hamcraft permalink
    September 17, 2007 2:24 pm

    Great pitching on Sunday. I was really happy to hear you pitching solidly and efficiently. I certainly had a smile on my face all the way until Jeter wiped it off in the 8th. It’s too bad that a single mistake can make such an impact in the game, but everyone agrees that you pitched beautifully so don’t let it get to you. I feel like your pitching has really been decent lately, and you have just been getting the short end of the stick on the luck side of things. Just keep your chin up, continue to use all your pitches and of course, continue to work on keeping yourself from hanging splitters! You’re going to be superb in October, I can feel it.

  39. joeybaseball permalink
    September 17, 2007 11:36 pm

    Hey Curty -

    Nothing more enjoyable then watching the sox lose another one. So what were you thinking when Jeter hit that homer? Who forced who into retirement? Clemens did his job! When was the last time you beat the Yankees? Isn’t that what you came to the Sox to do? Boy, what a MasterCard commericial this would be…

    Two tickets to the Yankees-Sox game – $70
    Seeing Clemens One Hit The Red Sox – $28 Million
    Seeing Schilling Cry on National TV – PRICELESS!

    Hey, keep up the great work of losing games… The way I figure it, you’ll have about 3 more starts before the playoffs… Just enough for the Yankees to take back their first place finish in the east!

    Yeeeehaaaa!

    Hey – thanks for a memorable season… It kinda reminds me of the one back in ’77 – Remember the Boston Massacre?

  40. usmarine permalink
    September 18, 2007 5:56 am

    Speaking of Dustin Pedroia, why do they call him Pedro?

  41. mainesox14 permalink
    September 18, 2007 1:55 pm

    Is it just me or does it not seem like there is no fire or sense of urgency to the team right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sox fan to the core and have been for 30+ years. I know that we still have the best record in baseball and if the season ended today, we’d be in line for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. It just seems like the team is in coast mode preparing for the playoffs. Another week like the last 4 days and there won’t be any post-season to worry about. I remember 78 and I don’t ever want to see that again. Let’s hope the next week brings a new sense of urgency to the team to wrap up their post season berth so that they can get some much needed rest before October baseball starts. I for one can’t wait for the playoffs, but only if the Sox are still there in a couple of weeks.

  42. billyashley permalink
    September 18, 2007 2:58 pm

    Hey Curt, You pitched great the other night really hope you keep it up. I was just on http://www.generalmanagercorner.com kinda funny the stuff they were saying about the team and you on there but most of it was good. Keep going strong and I hope you come back next year!

  43. bish6364 permalink
    September 18, 2007 4:12 pm

    Hi, Curt,
    Like everyone else, I am getting nervous about exactly where this will all end up, but I believe in you guys and have thoroughly enjoyed watching from spring training until tonight at 7:05!! This team has the talent, now if we can get it all clicking at the same time….

    You were born for big games and it is great to see you looking so healthy again and pitching great.

    As much as on the field, we need you off the field, motivating and spreading your enthusiasm, experience and wisdom around the clubhouse.

    You are just the best and love your blog. Thank you for taking the time to explain your thinking. I will truly miss it during winter break.

    BEST of luck and God bless, let’s go get ‘em, no curses, no nonsense, just playing great ball and believing in destiny….
    MA

  44. joeybaseball permalink
    September 19, 2007 12:10 am

    2.5

    ’nuff said!

  45. sdredsoxfan permalink
    September 19, 2007 7:18 am

    Curt,

    I would by lying if I said that I wasn’t a little nervous. Our lead is down to 2 1/2 games over the Yankee’s. I pray that we can beat Toronto tonight. I know that we play Tampa Bay over the weekend and finish up with the Twins but it is getting down to the wire and considering that we have been in first place all season I would hate to see us fall out right at the end. You guys have been great all season and it has been great following you on your blog. Good Luck going into the last week of the season and I pray that we are celebrating the post season.

  46. bosocker permalink
    September 19, 2007 10:26 pm

    Well Brother Curt,

    It has been a wild ride this season and appears the Sox may not make the playoffs if they continue melting like a freaking snowman in the middle of July. It was fun to watch the lead go to 14.5 games over the Evil Empire, but is now turning into what makes the BoSox the team we love to stand by most as they flounder and sink into the abyss. Thank God it is only a game and we can look forward to another Patriot Super Bowl ring. Have a great off season and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if the organization brings you back next year. Oh, and if by some bizarre change of events the Sox make the playoffs and even the World Series, congratulations. It would be a beautiful thing, only better than the Yankees losing in the playoffs or World Series. :)

    Brother Mike

  47. nyaudioguy permalink
    September 20, 2007 12:35 am

    1 1/2 game lead. Is it panic time yet? At what point do you resort to the ketchup on the ankle/sock again? Looking forward to seeing you in the playoffs though, it’s always fun.

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