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One celebration down, 4 to go.

September 23, 2007

Contrary to some local beliefs, we didn’t fold and we didn’t screw it up. We made the post season. Not to belittle any of the other major sports, more because I never played hockey or basketball seriously, but I can’t imagine a more grinding schedule than the MLB schedule. Not really for pitchers, though I certainly feel a lot different in September than I did in February, but more the position players.

If you get to the dance and play all the way through you pretty much play close to 200 games in about 225 days. Most of those off days are spent traveling or at the park receiving treatment or working on your swing or something. Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan, both All Pro NFL players and damn good major leaguers said that the ML season and the NFL season weren’t even close. The MLB schedule was 10 times the grind of the NFL schedule. It’s not any one thing, but the fact is, aches, pains and bruises aside, you suit up every single day and compete against the best players in the world once every twenty four hours.

Don’t take that as a whine, it’s not life or death, but for the guys suiting up every day it has to be incredibly tough physically, to be good.

The celebration was perfect. By far the most subdued I’ve ever been part of but it fit the make up of this team because we realize we haven’t done what we set out to do, and that was win the East first, then the ALDS, ALCS and then a world series. Soon there will be 8 teams left standing, and the race to win 11 games in October before anyone else will start.

We’re healing up too, which is a good thing heading into October. The Yanks are playing their asses off as well and I think it’s a matter of a day or two before they clinch a spot as well.

Yesterday we had the opportunity to vote on another set of awards. This time it was the Sporting News Players Choice awards. Rules were that we could vote for players in the AL only and no one on your own team.

Player of the Year- Alex Rodriguez (I don’t think this race, if you truly look at the year, is even a race. Some guys had fantastic years but his year is still way beyond anything anyone else has done)

Rookie of the Year- Delmon Young (He’s going to drive in close to 100 runs and hit close to 300, not sure there are many guys outside of Dustin who can challenge that. Dustin, imo with a lot of obvious bias, deserves to win it. He’s had a phenomenal season on both sides of the ball)

Comeback Player of the Year- Carlos Pena (Another accolade for an outstanding season by an outstanding person)

Pitcher of the Year- CC Sabathia (A few guys, along with Josh, certainly had great seasons, but CC’s numbers, when you dive into them even a little bit, are awesome. Hopefully he’ll begin to get the recognition he aptly deserves as an ace and one of the 3-4 best pitchers in baseball. The little bit I got to know him at the 2002 AS game made me think the world of him. Great kid who has an immense amount of respect for his craft and the sport)

Catcher- Jorge Posada (Pretty incredible that he’s having maybe his best offensive year ever and tasked with handling an immense amount of pitchers on a playoff team in that environment)

1st Base- Carlos Pena

2nd Base-Placido Polanco (As a pitcher he makes that Detroit lineup incredibly different when he’s in the lineup. He doesn’t swing and miss, plays small ball when it’s appropriate and does every single thing the way it’s supposed to be done. Mark Ellis has also had an awesome season but being in Oakland I don’t think I’ve seen him more than once or twice when we weren’t playing them. I know he’s had a great year against us.

Short Stop-Orlando Cabrera (I think his season has flown as under the radar as it possibly could. I’ll admit immense bias here since I had the privilege of playing with him, but he’s as good a SS as anyone short of Alex Gonzalez that I’ve ever played with, including Cal. I would guess Derek could just as easily win it with the season he put together, again, this year. Being a pitcher though defense is as big a deal to me as offense and Orlando is head and shoulders above most other SS in the game imo, much less the AL.

3rd Base-Alex Rodriguez

Outfield- This is always a tough one because much like the all star team there are more than three deserving guys of recognition. My three this year were Maglio Ordonez, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki. All three had fantastic seasons. There are about 10 more guys you could rightfully vote for here, from Vlad to Carl Crawford, Markakais, Hunter, Sizemore. There have been some outstanding seasons by a lot of guys this year.

We’ll land in Boston early Sunday and get an off day before closing out the season at home. Hopefully we can play well and wrap up an AL East title before the week is out, and get ready to take on all comers next week.
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29 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2007 10:21 pm

    Congrats Mr. Schilling on getting in, while I would love you guys to get home field and win the division, I think it is much more important to get guys like Youk, Manny, Ortiz healthy, and rest up all the pitching.

  2. September 23, 2007 10:22 pm

    Oh, sorry, thanks for an awesome season, and let see if we can win another one for Malach the Merciless!

  3. mmeubiquitous permalink
    September 23, 2007 10:33 pm

    See? Told you I believed in you guys :) Well done :)

  4. September 23, 2007 11:34 pm

    I have to say that I think Dustin is ROY hands down.

  5. eric1414 permalink
    September 24, 2007 9:04 am

    Hey Schill,

    ‘4 more celebrations to go’ – I like where your head’s at. I’d agree w/ you for the most part about the MLB having the most grueling schedule in terms of actual number of games to days off, especially taking into account how you guys typically spend your off days. Although, I’m kind of inclined to think that the NBA season/playoffs take more of a physical tole one a person’s body. Obviously I don’t know from experience, but would just think that Baseball has the edge in mental drain where NBA would have a slight edge on the physical aspect throughout the season/playoffs.

    Thanks for including your votes for individual awards again, I doubt I’m the only fan who really appreciates getting an insider’s view on these topics. Sabathia is definitely as deserving as anyone (Beckett) so that will be kind of interesting to see how the results turn out.

    October is so close I get chills just thinking about it.

  6. pansearedmeatus permalink
    September 24, 2007 9:40 am

    You should have celebrated more…..my gut tells me its the last time any of us will be celebrating this season.

  7. theotherm permalink
    September 24, 2007 10:22 am

    See you Tuesday!

  8. game6sockwasfake permalink
    September 24, 2007 11:27 am

    nice job – playoff berth… win some lose some, rest some people, manny, tired bullpen arms, tito, goneyay stinks blah blah blah…

    let get down to it curt….

    heres what your people really want to know…

    how did you do in fantasy football?

  9. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    September 24, 2007 12:49 pm

    Hey Curt!

    I can imagine how exhausting it must be for you guys. I’m into drama, and although it’s not the same as basball, we go through grueling rehearsals, especially during the musicals. I was so relieved to see that we clinched a spot in the post-season. My dad’s a Yankee fan, and he’s been making fun of the team since the Yankees have gained a few games on us. I pretty much agree with the awards, except I think Lowell is the player of the year for third base. I don’t care A-rod hits 1,000 homeruns in a season, I go for quality, not quantity. Mike Lowell is definetly that. I think Gagne also deserves something for his effort. I’m so sick of hearing people diss him, I think he’s great. I hope you guys enjoy your day off, and continue to play well! Best wishes to you and your family!

    -Viki

  10. bosoxfan4life permalink
    September 24, 2007 2:36 pm

    I’ve never posted to your blog before, however I read it quite frequently. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed watching you pitch against the Yankees last weekend. The Red Sox fan in me hates the Yankees, but the baseball fan in me loved watching two of the greatest pitchers battle it out in one of the best rivalries in sports. So, thank you for that.

  11. September 24, 2007 4:05 pm

    Always love reading what you have to say, Curt, and you’re totally right – you guys need to be celebrating right now because you’ve secured a postseason spot. I’ve been sulking because we’re only 1 1/2 games up… but, what do I have to sulk about? We’re 1 1/2 games up!

  12. firedannyainge permalink
    September 24, 2007 4:19 pm

    Baseball is a 6 month job. I am sure you work out in the off season and I am sure the 6 months of a 12 month year you work is hard but give me a break. You try working 8 hours a day then walking home which takes another hour
    because you can’t afford a car because you only make a little more then 10 dollars an hour and this is through rain, sleet, snow, 100 degree weather and blizzards and then you get back to me about grueling.
    The job I have is not as physically demanding as a baseball player but mentally I work in the middle of a rich neighbor hood where people act like your garbage under their feet. I know of not one single rich baseball player that could handle my job for more then two days.

    I know that baseball players work hard but by reading the last blogs comments it seems I am not the only one that thinks the Red Sox players aren’t trying hard enough. I have been a big supporter of Julio Lugo but the other night in Toronto when they took the lead and he literally walked to first base instead of run out a could have been hit it rubbed me the wrong way. The same when Papelbon said he wasn’t mentally ready to pitch against the Yankees after I spent my hard earned money to see that game ( I usually only get to see Tampa or Toronto. For once I won the lottery that redsox.com did)and you shouldn’t have to wonder why some of us Red Sox fans get fed up.

    It annoys me to no end when someone says I am not a fan because I question the team. As noted above a lot of us have been questioning the hearts of the Red Sox players because they have been giving us reason to question them (Not playing injured, not running out hits, saying they weren’t mentally ready to compete in a game they get paid millions of dollars to play etc….) For 30 plus years I have been supporting the Red Sox through thick and thin and if that isn’t a fan then nothing is.

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

  13. irish101 permalink
    September 24, 2007 6:13 pm

    You Rock!!!! Go sox!! Keep the Faith!!!!! Does anybody else have a blog?! You Rule! Go Sox!
    #1 Sox Fan Irish

  14. September 24, 2007 6:29 pm

    I’m with you on Cabrera. Every time I see him I think, “why did we let him go?!?!?”

  15. September 24, 2007 6:49 pm

    Hey Curt!

    I know you guys want to win the division, and trust me this lady wants you to win it too! I was wondering, does it add fuel to the fire when you read things (like on ESPN) that already state the Yankees have overcome the largest deficit to win the division since 1969? As far as I knew, the Sox still have a two game division lead…..
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270923110

    SoxyLady

  16. eric1414 permalink
    September 24, 2007 7:19 pm

    pans: stfu, plz kthx.

    Viki (soxfanatic): you didn’t really just compare the MLB season to a drama rehearsal did you? I know you said it’s not the same as playing baseball but c’mon… and I thought my post weighing in vs the NBA season/playoffs was a stretch… sheesh.

    Not trying to offend anyone, except pans maybe…
    Let’s get it done vs Oakland.

  17. jdbone permalink
    September 24, 2007 9:36 pm

    Well… the season is a grind, but everyone else playing goes through it as well and many other teams seem to be doing better at this point. I am sure this is on the minds of a lot fans, but it seems to be really good to go into the post-season with some momentum and every other team going in seems to have more than the Sox. I sure hope you prove me wrong, of course, but I think that is the concern many of us have.

    But as a fan, I would rather just root for you to beat the odds than dwell on how you could lose it. As a fan, I see that you are a veteran, you’ve been there before and you can help the others pull it out. These are the times when the intangibles of having a Curt Shilling on your team can really shine through. So good luck, keep up the good attitude and bring us home another world series.

    Btw, I just moved to Michigan, so hopefully you guys can make your way through Cleveland so I can catch a game or two. If not, I’ll show up anyway to root against the Yanks! Good luck tomorrow too in Oakland.

  18. firedannyainge permalink
    September 24, 2007 10:58 pm

    No way A-Rod deserves MVP.
    Here are the stats. His rbi’s and runs are because of the line up he is in.
    If Ortiz or Ordonez were on the Yankees they would be higher.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/league_leaders.jsp?c_id=mlb&Submit=Submit&sortByStat=HR&baseballScope=AL&statType=1&timeFrame=1&timeSubFrame=2007

  19. dc27 permalink
    September 25, 2007 10:20 am

    I agree about Cabrera – he really was “the one that got away.”

    Pedroia is the Rookie of the Year.

    I think that the Red Sox played extremely well in the beginning – a pace that could not be sustained for a whole 162 game season.

    As far as the grind of the season, the reason is to generate revenue and support players salaries. The NFL has an advantage in the tv contracts which support a lot of the salaries. I do not think there are as many big deals in the nfl as in baseball – ergo the need for the prolonged schedule.(Tom Brady makes 60 Million over how many years – that is less of a contract than JD Drew if that can be believed).

    Good luck to the Redsox over the next few weeks. No matter how it all plays out, it was an extremely fun and entertaining summer of baseball.

  20. September 25, 2007 10:38 am

    Chill do you agree with Shaughnessy about going for the division title? or do you want to see Tido rest you guys since you’re already in the playoffs and get ready for some intense post season action? Personally i want another companionships, so whichever is done to achieve this, it doesn’t really matter to me. would it be nice to blow away the yankees? of course it would. is it necessary? as long as we get a title (or beat them in the playoffs) i really don’t care.

  21. September 25, 2007 1:02 pm

    I’d have to say I’m a little shocked at both your Cy Vote and ROY vote.

    I thought you’ve been campigning Beckett all year for that?

    And more could you wish for from Froto Pedroia, he makes the shire proud!
    :-)

    ps – Kick some a$$ tonight, I’m hopefully going to be there to cheer ya’ on.

  22. bosox2004 permalink
    September 25, 2007 2:27 pm

    Good Luck against Oakland

  23. Liza permalink
    September 26, 2007 5:27 pm

    Although I do disagree with you that Dustin should definitely be RotY, I agree with eric1414 in that “I like where your head’s at”. Just because we’ve got a guarantee that we’re in the playoffs isn’t a reason to start spraying the champagne. The team can win the division, have a couple days of rest, and the playoffs will come–good luck, to you and the rest of our boys!

    -Liza

    P.S. Great job pitching in Tuesday’s game!

  24. redsoxfan123 permalink
    September 27, 2007 3:59 pm

    Nice job this season! Hope your in the rotation for the Post season. Which you will be.

  25. ryssee permalink
    September 27, 2007 6:39 pm

    I miss Little O.

  26. redsoxfan2277 permalink
    September 28, 2007 12:12 pm

    Hey Curt,
    What do you think about the fact that “Joe Torre Cried”?
    I look forward to hearing your reply

  27. ilovebigpapi permalink
    September 30, 2007 9:42 am

    What happened to Johnathan’s pants? That was one of the funniest things I haver ever seen, I’m still laughing. Has he ever tried ballet?

  28. brettjmiller permalink
    October 7, 2007 11:54 pm

    Great game today Curt. As a Mariner fan, I was so happy to see you dominate the Angels. They deserve any heartbreak they can get…as they’re much too cocky. You should read their blog Halos Heaven if you don’t believe me. I’m really, really glad you shut their fans up today. Well, good luck in the rest of the playoffs Curt, I hope you have a few more good outings like today!

    Also, this is the fan in me speaking…give Seattle a chance to sign you this offseason. I think Felix Hernandez could greatly benefit from having a mentor like you who knows how to change speeds and mix pitches. And really you and Felix would probably be the best 1-2 punch in the American league. Anyway, enough wishing for you to join my team, I’m sure you hear it from other jealous fanbases plenty…hah.

    Good luck in the playoffs!

  29. irish101 permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:53 am

    You rock Tell Youkillis Scott Cunningham’s son says Hi and World Series Champs 2007 Go BoSox!

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