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Man oh man….

May 20, 2008

About a year ago Dustin Pedroia, soon to be rookie of the year, saves Clay Bucholz’s no-hitter with an incredible play. Yesterday Jacoby does the same for Jon Lester. That group of 4 players is like the Mount Rushmore of why the Red Sox have put themselves in a position to win, a lot, over the next decade. All of that done with the “rock” behind the plate that is Jason Varitek.

It’s no coincidence that he’s now caught a record 4 no-hitters, trust me. I would BET, BIG MONEY, that I’d have been the 4th if I hadn’t shaken him off…..

Anyway. Congratulations to Jon, what an incredible story for so many reasons beyond baseball. From surviving cancer to spreading the word about strength, integrity, faith and courage, to winning the clinching game of the 2007 World Series, to this. Wow, good stuff.

The thing I smiled most about, and was most proud of, well things actually, was the fact he kept within himself, never let a pitch, or an at bat get away from him, and showed why he’s a potential top of the rotation, ace kind of guy. I know what it’s like in that 9th inning, right up to the 2 out part, and I know you are breathing heavier, but I also know it’s about control, internal and external, and not forgetting what it is you’re trying to do, which is make pitches. The Jon Lester of a year ago would have had trouble doing that, this guy now, won’t.

His stuff is quality, ace like, and damn good. Add that to a guy possessing character out the ying-yang and you might be able to now understand why the team wasn’t all that excited about trading him, or Jacoby, or any of these young kids away this winter.

It’s the thing that will always make baseball the greatest game on earth. On ANY given night you have many chances to see something you’ll never see again, or that’s never happened before, after over a 100 years of the game being played already.

The Lord does work in mysterious and wonderful ways.

Congratulations Lefty, thanks for the life long memory!

Schill

41 Comments leave one →
  1. soxfixx permalink
    May 20, 2008 8:41 am

    hey curt, we posted this story on soxfixx.com. its interesting to hear your thoughts on how tough it is to get the last out.

    i agree that its probably not a coincidence that Varitek has caught 4 no-nos. Is that stat enough to get him into the HOF? Without my bias, I think that he’s on the cusp. Captain of the Red Sox WS team in 2004 should get a free pass, imho.

  2. iluvctek permalink
    May 20, 2008 9:32 am

    I’ve never seen Tito so excited and speechless as he was last night. Give our congrats to Jon . . . no one in baseball excepting Doug Davis deserves a no-hitter more than him.
    -A

    http://catchingredsox.mlblogs.com

  3. seattlesoxfan permalink
    May 20, 2008 10:12 am

    That was an incredible thing to witness. Wow I was able to see Lester pitch in Seattle last year and now hardly a year later it’s stunning to see what he’s accomplished.

    Thanks so much for that post Curt. It was incredibly joyful and insightful and that is always a pleasure to read.

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to walk out to the mound to start the 9th inning with a no-hitter going. Knowing you’ve had that experience makes your take on what Lester accomplished all the more wonderful to read.

    I was so glad to see what a down-to-Earth guy Lester is and how humble and sincere he was afterwards. I was also glad to see that Jason got his share of acclaim for having caught so many of these and that he made a point of telling everyone that this accomplishment is all Lester.

    You are a great bunch of guys. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us on the outside looking in.

    Go get em Curt!

  4. May 20, 2008 10:20 am

    Man, talk about a game! I can’t believe the two young guys on the team are the ones that got the no hitters! I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next!

  5. doats permalink
    May 20, 2008 10:45 am

    What a truly amazing game. It is so much fun to watch these young guys and know that we get to keep watching them for years to come. And it definitely adds to the fun when you feel like you’re cheering for guys who are truly decent human beings. I’m proud to be a Sox fan.

    Talk about the golden era of Boston sports!

  6. italiasox58 permalink
    May 20, 2008 10:48 am

    That was incredible! What a great moment in Red Sox history.

    Congratulations to Lester and the whole team!

  7. refefer permalink
    May 20, 2008 11:14 am

    It was a fantastic game to watch. Congratulations to Jon Lester!

    And congratulations to Jason Varitek. There should be an award for game calling behind the plate; it is no coincidence that he’s caught so many no-hitters.

  8. twhobert permalink
    May 20, 2008 11:36 am

    Curt,

    The Courage of that kid is amazing. You are right on with the potential of those 4 youngsters. Coupled with some big bats, we should be able to look forward to some great teams in the future.

    You may have your work cut out for you getting back into the rotation upon your return, just kidding.

    ps. Nice Grammar.

    twhobert

  9. May 20, 2008 12:12 pm

    Incredible night. This is why I love baseball so much. Stuff like this happens when you least expect it.

    Never mind that this kid had the bounce-back of the year (millenium?), but to have achieved the largely un-achievable (sorry Curt!) this young in his career? Just amazing.

    Does he realize that he owes Jacoby about a lifetime worth of drinks? ;)

  10. May 20, 2008 12:21 pm

    I was at your game in Oakland sitting behind home plate….why didn’t you listen to Tek???? Anyway, hope you are back soon and get to be #5 for the captain.

    http://www.fenwaywest.com

  11. May 20, 2008 12:32 pm

    Curt, I can tell you one thing for sure – throughout the entire 9th inning I couldn’t help but think of your near no-no. What a damn shame that was! Don’t worry though, it can happen to any great pitcher on any night, so as soon as you get yourself back in gear (I know how hard you’re working now), get back in there and make it happen!

    Adam

  12. irnbru permalink
    May 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    I think I was more nervous last night than he was.

    What a great great night. To quote someone else, it got very dusty in my living room last night.

    So. When you come back in August, you promise not to shake off Tek, right? :)

  13. sbasil permalink
    May 20, 2008 1:17 pm

    G38,

    Technically, if you just followed Tek’s call, you could have been the third of 5!

  14. danindelray permalink
    May 20, 2008 1:28 pm

    You mentioned Jacoby, Dustin, Clay and Jon and how secure the future of the team seems. It is truly mind boggling to consider that if Jacoby keeps playing well, there is a chance that this team can have back-to-back Rookie of the Year winners PLUS two No-Nos thrown by 24 year old starters.

    Heck if Jacoby only ends up RoY runner-up to Longoria, I’ll bet no team has ever accomplished the two no-nos plus RoY and RoY runner up.

    Talk about a player development machine!!

  15. May 20, 2008 2:34 pm

    Yes it was an incredible game. Like last year, I had to continue doing what I was doing at the time so I wouldn’t JINX the no hitter, which means i had to continue to play Team Fortress 2 on my computer… but holy crap.. 96 MPH on his last pitch!

    What a game. 4 no hitters for the red sox since 2001. It’s a great time to be a Boston sports fan.

    Go Celtics!!!!

    oh and go Sox too.

  16. May 20, 2008 4:24 pm

    It really was awesome to see, wasn’t it?
    Truly, from the 5th inning on, it was clear he was on a tear. The pitches just were so good. You could tell there was something special brewing. He just was in the zone. So great to watch.

    And of course, I’m psyched for the Captain. He is really just awesome at what he does.

    What a great night it ended up being. :)

  17. ammt22 permalink
    May 20, 2008 7:06 pm

    That was amazing to watch! I am so happy for Jon Lester. I was looking for you Curt, after the game to see you congratulate Jon but, I didnt see you. Were you there? I dont see you tonight either and I miss seeing you there with the guys!

  18. bostonbabe permalink
    May 21, 2008 12:38 am

    I’m so proud of Jon! It was an emotional game, even for me, and my girlie reaction was to shed some tears. To which my sister said “There’s no crying in baseball!”

    Anyway, I was at your 1-hit game in Oakland last year, and I can’t wait to see you back to pitching in the near future.

    Congrats, Jon, and Get well soon, Curt!

  19. thedoctorx permalink
    May 21, 2008 5:56 am

    *Waves to seattlesoxfan*

    They are coming to town!

    Anyways, add my congratulations to Jon Lester. One of the things that has struck fans on the blogs and fora I have seen–we all have dust in our eyes for some reason–is the apparent genuine love and affection the team has for one another.

    Good luck to Bartolo today!

    –J.D.

  20. kathiemkm permalink
    May 21, 2008 6:00 am

    WOW, What a great game!
    Congrats to Lester and the rest of the team.
    Tek is HOF for sure!!
    Love you guys!!

  21. rodmac permalink
    May 21, 2008 7:10 am

    Yep. your right. You should never have shaken off Varitek. But that’s baseball. And that’s what makes it so great.
    Can it get any better than this?
    My 92 year old father got to see the Red Sox finally win a world series. Jon Lester pitched a no no after surviving cancer. The Pats have won 3 superbowls, and the Celtics are on the verge.
    We must be doing something right here to be so blessed.
    But here’s something I’ve always wondered about.
    Suppose your the last batter on a team being no hitted. Your way behind in the score and there is no chance your team can win. What goes through your mind? Do you still try as hard as you can to get a hit? Or do you let up a little? I guess it would sort of taint the performance if you let up. Even if you do, you have to have enough class to never admit it.
    That’s what pissed me off so much about Denny McClain. When Mickey Mantle hit his 535th, McClain hinted that he threw a fat one for him.
    What a jerk. Even if he did throw it fat, he should have kept his mouth shut.
    Rod

  22. ricknp permalink
    May 21, 2008 9:39 am

    Since I presently live in FL, I was so fortunate to be in the NESN viewing area for both Clay’s and Jon’s gems. And last night, Masterson did himself proud. Fingers crossed for Colon’s debut tonight, and then Dice-K looking to go 8-0… and then Josh, Wake… WOW!!

    Best wishes for your continued successful recovery. Nothing would thrill me more than to see you regain the kind of form necessary to break into such a formidable rotation.

  23. bosox4eva permalink
    May 21, 2008 10:12 am

    AMAZING !! Tek, Thank You for allowing us to witness history. Jon, you truly showed us what you’re made of. Schill, they say “In Tek, we Trust” for a reason, but can’t wait to see you back at it. What a time for Boston Fans.

  24. jmercur1 permalink
    May 21, 2008 11:46 am

    Hi Curt,
    WOW, fantastic game and Congrats to Lester and the rest of the Sox!!

    Let me start by saying Thanks for all that you do from this blog to the 2 Championships, but most of all, the work you do for the ALS Foundation It’s great to see that you are so much more than a great baseball player. You are a wonderful person.

    It is great to hear that your rehab is going well. I can’t wait to see you on the hill again. This is the first time that I am blogging on your site and I am hoping that you might be able to do a huge favor for my family and myself.

    I apologize in advance, as I know that you are a super busy with rehab and trying to get back in the game, but this request I am making is for a very special man. You see, my brother-in-law Bobby, a second generation Sox fan, (has a brother named Theodore William) was diagaonsed and is suffering from ALS. Bobby was diagnosed in 1999 and has done remarkably well during this time and we just celebrated his 60th Birthday last November.

    This leads me to my request, at Bobby’s surprise birthday party my sister-in-laws boyfriend Mark, another very special man, flew us all to Cape Canaveral, FL from Syracuse, NY to help him celebrate. He was quite surprised to say the least. While visiting, Bobby mentioned that he regretted not taking Mark up on an offer to go see the Sox play at Fenway a few years ago. This of course was spoken as he was opening his presents, most of which were awesome Red Sox items. Anyhow, this got Mark thinking about planning a family trip to Fenway, and as always neglected to share this with the rest of us.

    So, out of the blue I get a call from Mark asking me how he can get tickets to a game at Fenway! I had to laugh as this was late in March and I was having a hard time trying to get some for just my wife, myself, our four kids and my niece (who is a huge huge fan). We were on 3 computers, 4 phones and couldn’t even get 7 tickets. It just wasn’t happening. I told him about Stubhub and said that was probably his best bet.

    Well the next day I get a call from Mark, asking me if my family has any plans for August 16th and tells me that he hopes we don’t because he would like all of us to go to Fenway with him and the rest of my wife’s family. As I said before, Mark is also a very special person, he contacted the Red Sox Box Office and was told that all they had left were 2 Luxury Suites for the 2008 season. So without telling anyone or thinking twice, he buys one of the boxes for the family in hopes that Bobby and his wife Bonnie will come also.

    Curt this is where you come in, as you can imagine Bobby is in a wheelchair and needs a respirator when he sleeps and if he has done too much in a day. This trip would be quite difficult for he and his wife and I must say that if I were in his shoes, I don’t know if I would want to do it. At this point in time, Bobby has said that he would not be able to make the trip and Mark and the family have not given up that we will somehow get him here for the game. Mark has even mentioned getting an RV and driving him and his wife up here. My hopes and prayers would be that you coud find some free time and give him a call at home to just say Hello and to wish him well. That might just pump him up enough to make this difficult trip or at least make his day to have spoken to Curt Schilling, his favorite Red Sox player, who has done so much for the ALS Foundation and his cause.

    Again, I apologize Curt for this request and I hope that you find it your heart to find the time to contact Bobby, it would mean so much to him.

    You are a wonderful person and I want to thank you for all that you do for the Red Sox fans and for all of those that are diagnosed and suffer from this horrible disease. With the help of people like you, they will indeed one day find a cure!! Thanks again!!

    Thoughts and prayers going out to you and your success with getting back onto the mound. I am hoping to see you out there very soon and it would be awesome if that day could be August 16th. Tell Tito to pencil you in! :)

  25. teamrap permalink
    May 21, 2008 11:49 am

    Makes one realize how incredible Johnny Van Der Meer’s record of two no-hitter’s in a row is … to me that’s the most unbreakable record in baseball … nobody could ever do three in a row … it’ll be in the back of my mind however, when he takes the mound next time … like Schill said … ya never know

    Congrats JL

  26. redsoxnationintexas permalink
    May 21, 2008 3:32 pm

    Congrats to Lester and the rest of the team.

    My brother is a die hard A’s fan and told me that I jinxed you when I sent him a text in the 9th saying “Schills gonna no hit ya’ll” Sad to say you know what happened. I am curious though, what pitch was Tek calling for before you shook him off? I hope everything is going well with your Rehab. My son and I look forward to seeing you pitch for the Sox again.

    We look forward to seeing you guys in Sept when ya’ll come to Arlington. Only time we get to see a real baseball team in Texas is when the Sox come to play.

    Red Sox Nation Citizen Stuck in East Texas!!!

  27. asoefje permalink
    May 21, 2008 4:27 pm

    Curt, I was so glad to see all of you react the same way I did. Jumping and screaming and yelling and tears. It was magical. Jon was ON and Jacoby was determined to catch that ball even if he had to fly to do it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… It’s good to know there are still heroes in baseball…. and that they’re on my team.

    Now get better, and get out there and prove it’s not just the young ones that can still do it! We believe in you!!!!

    ~Angela in TX

  28. May 21, 2008 7:25 pm

    That was a GREAT GAME, Schill! I have it saved on my DVR and every single Red Sox fan I know wants to come over and watch it again and again and again and again…!!!

    Congratulations, Jon!

    Good work, Tek!

    And the rest of the team was pretty damn good too, for that matter!

  29. Kevin Dickerson permalink
    May 21, 2008 11:05 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I can’t help but to remember your comment you made about game 4 of the World Series last year. “God had his finger prints all over that game” God has truly blessed Jon Lester with a truly amazing story that’s being written right before our eyes! Best wishes to you, and hope you get back soon!

  30. georeedy permalink
    May 22, 2008 12:16 pm

    Curt,

    First time visitor to your blog. Love the site. As a New Jersey resident (or should I say “convict”) and surrounded by Yankee fans, I love having your resource out there. I was reading your blog entries and a thought occured to me. What other team in baseball has its ace actually talking to the fans? I can’t imagine Wang or Pettite doing this. It really is refreshing to see someone as dedicated to the sport, the tradition and the team in today’s world. You also bring a great perspective to the game. It seems clear with all your efforts on behalf of ALS, your charity work and dedication to our troops, your family and God that you really understand what is important in life. I only wish more sport stars could follow your example. I have shared your site with my older daughter as an example of how to keep the important things in mind no matter how sucessful you are.

    Keep up the great work.

    George Reedy

  31. mackenzietucker permalink
    May 23, 2008 8:51 am

    Hi Curt,
    I write as one of your biggest fans. I love your opinions, your thoughts and your talent on the mound is awesome to watch. I am writing in hopes that unlike all the other “celebrity” blogs, that you actually take the time to read your replies and respond to them.
    My father has had ALS for 13 years. He has chosen to fight this illness head-on for my sisters and I, so that he could watch us grow up as we were only ages 5, 7 and 10 when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease . He has held on because of people like you, who give him a glimmer of hope. That is an amazing thing.

    Like my father has, my family has clung to the hope that a cure is coming and we have chosen to do all we can to make this dream come true. We brought Curt’s Pitch for ALS to our town a couple years ago and sold the baseballs at our local employment. It was a great success. Also, My friends and I just completed the Cure is Coming ALS walk and raised $3500 dollars!

    In addition, every end of June and mid-August, My family has two annual golf tournaments to raise money to help find a cure for ALS. To date, we have raised over $170,000 in the hopes that our effots with help find a cure for this awful disease that I have watched my father struggle with.

    I am writing to thank you for all that you do, and to ask for anything you could donate to our tournament to help raise more money for this extremely worthy cause.

    We maintain full of hope and excitement that one day these efforts will bring the miracle we all work together to discover.

  32. yakdude01 permalink
    May 23, 2008 11:05 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this historic moment Curt!

    Being 41 myself, I’ve watched a lot of Red Sox baseball over the years, and each time something occurs that is “historic”, I try to make a mental note of where I was when it occurred. Many times, I was at the game it occured at.

    The last 2 no-hitters, unfortunately I was not able to attend in person. But in my previous 40+ years, I had never seen one live (on NESN of course). I missed DLowe’s and Nomo’s and Matt Young’s losing effort in 1992. But having now witnessed 2 no-hitters in 7 months, I totally agree with you. Each time you guys take the field, there is the possibility that something historic will happen.

    It’s a great time to be a Red Sox fan!

    Good luck with the rehab and I hope to watch you pitch later this year.

    Kevin
    Plano, TX

  33. empirelady permalink
    May 25, 2008 1:38 am

    This time,Mr. Schilling,I will be short and straight to the point(I have written long pieces in the past but not this time). I heard about how your session went on Friday,the 23rd of May,about how it went when you threw the ball,and there are no words to describe how I feel,or more importantly,how you must feel. I am thrilled to hear the great news and I look forward to hearing more fantastic news in the coming weeks. I said from the start that I was pulling for you every step of the way,which still holds true,and I also said that I knew that even though it was going to take time,you were going to win,that you were going to be back out there pitching again. You said that you were going to accept whatever was planned for you but I knew in my heart,and have been proven right,that this is what was and is planned for you. Congratulations on doing as well as you are,keep fighting!,really truly fantastic news,and I know that very soon you will be at the top of that mountain,shouting out that you are there! It will happen! Hang in there and my thoughts are with you,always.
    Donna Blanc,New York City

  34. redsoxrooter permalink
    May 25, 2008 10:10 pm

    Would like to add my congrats to Lester and Tek. With leaders like Curt on this team, this team will continue to be the “team to beat”.
    I am so glad that the team signed Casey to help the youngsters in the dug out and with Curt and Timlin working the young pitchers we will continue to have a great bull pen.
    And no matter what the press says, Manny please stay the way you are and always make us smile.

  35. jacobyjacoby permalink
    May 26, 2008 9:58 am

    You know empirelady, for being a “creative writer” you sure aren’t very creative. If there really are “no words to describe how you feel,” then please stop rambling on and wasting everyone’s time.

  36. empirelady permalink
    May 27, 2008 1:35 am

    To jacobyjacoby-
    I do not consider what I write to be rambling. However,if you feel that what I write is a waste of your time,then don’t read it. Skip over it and move on to something else. I never said that you have to read what I write,and quite frankly it is not worth my time to have to respond to your trashing of what I write. As for my writing,I am not going to stop just because you do not like the words that I choose or the subject matter that I discuss. Believe me,a lot of worse things have been said on this site. And for the record,why does what I have written bother you so much anyway? Why does it bother you that I show support and caring for a man who is a beautiful human being,both on and off the field,one who clearly has much more to offer as a human being than you do. I fail to see why what I have said upsets you so much. I really do not know why it bothers you or concerns you so much but if it does,if you do not like what I write,then when you see a posting from me,skip over it completely and do not read anything that I write,either that I have written in the past or that I will write in the future. That way it will not be a waste of your time,as you put it(nobody said that you had to read it) and I certainly will not have to waste my time reading your trash.

  37. 2244slayer permalink
    June 18, 2008 4:08 pm

    Will Varitek ultimately rat Shilling out re RED PAINT?

  38. bazzax4 permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:49 am

    Curt-
    My son and I were at that game you pitched in Oakland and lost the no hitter in the 9th. That was a great game, tons of Sox fans and a beautiful day in California! As we left Oakland on HWY 80 back to Lake Tahoe we couldn’t stop talking about the almost no hitter!It’s always great to see the Sox’s win but a no hitter that day would have been ……great!
    I have one other memory of you that was awesome……………it was a few years back in Anaheim. My son and I got to the park a little early to see if he could get an autograph and we couldn’t believe our eyes! You had a large bag of balls and you were just tossing them to people in the upper deck, I couldn’t believe it! We didn’t get one but you did sign my son’s glove that day!! Thanks!!!

  39. darayankee4ever permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:46 pm

    RED PAINT CURT, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, wonder what varitek would say??????????????????????????????????????

  40. July 23, 2009 4:19 pm

    I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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