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Why they’ll win…

October 3, 2008

The Sox can, and I think will, win the World Series this year for a number of reasons:

UPDATE AFTER GAME 2! Two really important pieces, that I think can mean quite a bit, or nothing at all, to different people. They are coming home, where they are about as good as anyone on the planet, up 2-0, and the league MVP or runner up has not had a hit yet, and the best post season pitcher active/alive has yet to throw a pitch in the series. Those things alone don’t mean much but when you say those two things and then say “but they are up 2-0 anyway” you have to like your chances. Being on a few different teams that have come back from farther deficits than 2-0 I can tell you the great thing about the Sox clubhouse is the guys inside will not allow any mentality other than ‘step on their necks’ while they are down.

1) I would assume that Jon Lester felt and knew he could do it in October prior to game 1, but having another stellar October line on his resume did nothing but solidify that to him, and now to the rest of the world. This kid is as legit as they come, wants to be the ace, and labeled that or not will pitch like it again in this series if called on, or in the next series if not.

2) The Sox outscout, and out prepare any team I’ve ever seen or been a part of. I can’t, and won’t go into detail but the tools provided to the coaching staff, and players, to prepare for an opponent are so far beyond anything I have ever had access to or seen during the REGULAR SEASON that it would blow you away to see what they do for us when there is a week to prepare. If you’re ‘baseball smart’ and not someone that makes the ‘too much information makes me screw up’ excuse, you go into a series as a pitcher or hitter with every possible weapon you can imagine, and then some. Going into the World Series in 2004 I had my own long and exhaustive scouting reports on that entire Cardinals lineup. Being allowed to sit in on the advance scouting meeting with the scouting staff and coaching staff presented me with additional information that I guarantee you helped me get more than 3 outs that night. Like 2001 I didn’t throw 1 pitch in the Angels series or Cardinals series I hadn’t thrown in my head 100 times. No situation arose in either game that I was not totally prepared for or hadn’t been made aware of through my reports, or information provided by the team.
2A) The kicker to all that is ‘Tek. Take that information and hand it to a guy who knows better than anyone I’ve ever thrown to, how to disseminate that and apply it to the man on the mound, starter or reliever, and you have a lethal weapon. Tek understands EVERY single hitters weakness, and every pitchers strength and more times than not understands how that pertains to ‘the moment’.

While it didn’t work out last year NE fans remember what the thought was any time you gave Bellicheck more than a week to prepare, you wouldn’t beat him. I feel exactly the same way here. This staff, these scouts, give us just incredible data to work with during the season, when reports and games happen on the fly and every single day. When presented with the time the post season gives you to prepare for 1 team, 3-7 games, the stuff is series changing. While they are always thanked but often overlooked as ‘well that’s what good teams do’, I cannot overstate their value. I’d say there is a great argument in the Red Sox having as much, if not more, of an advantage in talent scouting as we have in all the other commonly recognized areas.

3) Regardless of the lineup put out there right now the team is playing in a groove that’s very familiar to me. I can see and have heard, and can feel that palpable difference. There was a change in mood and attitude that took place after the last regular season game, and you could see it in game 1. These games ARE different, not acknowledging that or trying to downplay that only works for losers. You need to be able to acknowledge that AND be able to ramp it up in a way that does NOT make you play tighter, stiffer, more ‘worried’. I always found it funny that people would say ‘Dude we got Schilling pitching game x” when I was sitting there so nervous you couldn’t pull a pin out of my ass with a tractor. I was deathly afraid of failing, right up until I threw that first pitch. Then I knew exactly why my fastball was faster, my split split more, and my command was 10 times sharper. It was that or get your ass kicked and I had no interest in getting my ass kicked in front of a global audience, much less the local crowd. Not to mention there is something to be said for knowing you are one of the guys the 24 others ones are relying on; and that right there is another reason I feel real comfortable saying they are going to win. There are MANY players on this team who feel like they are the ones being counted on.

The difference is many guys AREN’T feeling like that and some DON’T want to feel like that. I’ve played with guys who viewed October as a 4 week time frame that could do nothing but take away from what you accomplished during the season. To quote a teammate “Dude I had a phenomenal year, in one game that could be totally forgotten!”. True story.

4) The manager. For all the folks in 2004 that wanted to lynch Tito, even after we won, this guy knows how to manage people. Sabermetric your ass off but at the end of the day the best managers are the guys that can quote “% of chance to score runs with runners in scoring position and less than 2 outs”. Don’t get me wrong, baseball IQ is important, data does matter, but at the end of the day the best managers in the game are what they are because they can manage PEOPLE better than the other guy….

Dice will do well tonight. This lineup, if it presses (the Angels) will allow him to get into the 7th and if that happens we can close anyone out with that bullpen. These aren’t the Manny/Papi Sox anymore but this team can CRUSH pitch counts and run through bullpens as well as anyone. I’d love to stay away from that young stud setting up Krod and them having a lead. People have sold Jason Bay so damn short this year calling him a ‘good player’ and all. This kid can play, he’s better than good. People will never forget Manny around here and after 40 and 130 every year it’s easy to understand, but Jason Bay will give you everything he has at the plate, on the bases, in the field and in the clubhouse every single day of the season, every season; and if that, plus 290 30 and 100 isn’t good enough then it wouldn’t matter anyway.

These are the new Red Sox, and that’s not something I see changing as long as Theo is calling the shots and building this team. They’ll run through your starter most nights and expose the one thing few teams if any ever claim as a strength, middle relief. Show me a team with GREAT middle relief and you’re looking at a team that likely sucks. Middle relief is what you have when your starters can’t get into the 6th. Teams like this one have good middle relief because they’ve gone back to what I think is the best possible method in bringing up and acclimating young pitchers. Middle relief, lower leverage innings to get your feet wet. Then to the rotation at the right time, or move back deeper into the pen, whichever role you were groomed for.

5) Can’t believe I forgot to put this last point up top. Two words, Josh Beckett….

Oh and I know I claimed I’d never mention him again but I can’t pass this up. CHB, no one that’s EVER worn a major league uniform has uttered the term ‘cookie fastball’… Where the hell did you hear that? A fastball down the pipe is a cookie, or some of the products Keebler makes are cookies, but there is no such thing as a ‘cookie fastball’ you dork.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. nula07 permalink
    October 3, 2008 9:08 pm

    I’m with you…”People have sold Jason Bay so damn short this year calling him a ‘good player’ and all. This kid can play, he’s better than good. People will never forget Manny around here and after 40 and 130 every year it’s easy to understand, but Jason Bay will give you everything he has at the plate, on the bases, in the field and in the clubhouse every single day of the season, every season; and if that, plus 290 30 and 100 isn’t good enough then it wouldn’t matter anyway.”
    And he can also strike out swinging, twice in any game. That’s ok, that’s called baseball. And then there’s the 3-run homer in the 1st. A beautiful thing to see….and he is a hoot, in a very dry sense of humor way. The strike-outs are part of a “plan”, guess to lull the other team into a false sense of security. Angels will not be easy to beat, but isn’t it fun, so far. We’ll see.

    Hope you and your family are well….you are missed.

  2. October 3, 2008 9:18 pm

    Great insight, Curt. Wish you were a physical part of this postseason. Great words on Tek. His greatest work, his defense and preperation, get overshadowed by his offensive year from losers who know nothing about the game. Everyone who complains about his offense (see the blowhards at sosh) know nothing about team contributions and how much value his game calling and prep come into play.

  3. leftistcommiesoxfan permalink
    October 3, 2008 9:33 pm

    Sarah Palin sure is folksy. *winks*
    I’m from Vermont.
    I know folksy.
    Governor Palin should be a folk singer.
    She drops the “g” at the end of a gerund like
    she wants to be Bob Dylan or something.
    Correction. Somethin’.
    The Red Sox can’t WIN The World Series soon enough.
    The season can’t END soon enough.
    Why ? Because DOG GONE IT Curt, the sooner they win,
    the sooner it is that will have heard the last of your right wing talkin’ points blab. Get a job with Fox News.
    If she had uttered the word “shucks” during the debate last night I was goin’ to throw my remote control out the window.
    You betcha I was. You’re darn tootin’ I was.

  4. 38cantpitchnemore permalink
    October 3, 2008 9:41 pm

    I agree. Lester looks like the real deal. Beckett will be Beckett im sure. He knows how to turn the afterburners on once playoff time rolls around. This is hard to say about a guy who has a great won/loss record and era, but Matsuzaka frustrates the hell out of me. By the time the second inning is complete you have to start watching his pitch counts. Ill watch him pitch and keep doing the math after each inning and guess how long he can stick around. With all of his walks, I thought failure for him would come at some point this season (much like I did about the Rays) but he(they) has kept on escaping tough game situations. I hope he can keep his pitch count reasonable tonight and get through at least 6. But I agree, this TEAM looks like it has the makeup of a winner.

  5. 38cantpitchnemore permalink
    October 3, 2008 10:29 pm

    After 3 innings Dice man had thrown something like 47 pitches….It is now the to of the 5th, no outs and the his pitch count is now at 96. This is why Im turning the channel off. I cant take this guy!!!

  6. 38cantpitchnemore permalink
    October 3, 2008 10:35 pm

    101 pitches through 4 1/3 innings…….outrageous!

  7. justautilityinfielder permalink
    October 3, 2008 11:51 pm

    I agree. They also have great depth. Someone like Alex Cora would be the starting SS for 5-10 other teams and here he’s a backup.

  8. steve9955 permalink
    October 4, 2008 1:33 am

    Curt… love reading your baseball insights and your political insights!

    Thanks for the 4 years on the field in Boston…. hope to see you on the mound in 2009!

  9. joker7041 permalink
    October 4, 2008 7:38 am

    Curt, you are right on the money about Tek. He wears the “C” for a reason. I can’t stand it when people bitch about his offensive output, the guy is a mastermind behind the plate. You are a mastermind on the mound and I wish you were out there to Curt……all of RedSox Nation does, we wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do. Go SOX!!!!

  10. October 4, 2008 12:43 pm

    Unbelieveable. I mean, I was nervous about them playing the Angels because they’ve been unbelievable this season; I didn’t think that they couldn’t win – I just thought it would be a struggle.

    Awesome thought on the middle relief; I was banging the middle relief drum all season because it just seemed that the pitching was solid enough – but it sure seems pretty darn solid right now, doesn’t it. That’s the key — get the starters to go deep, and it’s been somewhat of a struggle all season for some, but if it all comes together for Soxtober then, I’ll take it!

    As far as Jason, I think he is invalueable to this team. There is a reason why he’s my favorite -and it goes beyond the fact that I think he’s a hottie! ;)

    Same with Tito. I personally prefer a player’s manager anyway.

    I know I probably need to eat my words about JD Drew, and how I’m not a huge fan of his due to his being injury prone, or rather – seemingly not interested in playing that often. He comes up huge in a game like last night and he’s a hero. To me though, it sort of makes me that much more irrititated that he wasn’t there for games that we could’ve used him. You see guys like Mike Lowell, Papi working through discomfort (hello, lest we not forget the bloody sock…); seeing how Drew opts not to, it’s hard not to draw a parallell to other players who seem to have their own best interests in hand….

    Just a thought.

  11. October 4, 2008 1:05 pm

    “I always found it funny that people would say ‘Dude we got Schilling pitching game x” when I was sitting there so nervous you couldn’t pull a pin out of my ass with a tractor.”

    That’s a heck of a good line, heh. I’ll have to add that to my anecdote repertoire.

    Too bad it didn’t come a week ago, before I had to stand up in front of 100 people and give a Best Man speech. Oh well.

  12. October 4, 2008 1:58 pm

    “The Sox outscout, and out prepare any team I’ve ever seen or been a part of. I can’t, and won’t go into detail but the tools provided to the coaching staff, and players, to prepare for an opponent are so far beyond anything I have ever had access to or seen…”

    Theo once referred to this sort of thing in the SI World Series Commemorative Edition last year as “a Red Sox way.”

    The classic example from the ’07 WS is Pap picking off some Rockie at first with about three miles to spare.

    The Angels are a good team, no doubt about it–but The Red Sox Way obviously works and works very, very well.

    And none of that advance scouting and preparation would work if the players were not so well-conditioned physically AND mentally.

    You have to understand something though, Curt. 2004 was GREAT. 2007 was INCREDIBLE. But the thought of the Sox winning it all THREE TIMES IN MY LIFE…

    Never gets old. EVER.

    I’m glad the guys have got TEN FINGERS!!!

    They’re gonna need ‘em!

  13. empirelady permalink
    October 4, 2008 3:50 pm

    I agree with you,Curt,about the best post season pitcher alive having not thrown a pitch because I believe,as I always have,that the best pitcher is you. It should be said that the Red Sox are doing great despite not having you pitch for them. The Red Sox are doing fantastic,I think that they will go all the way,I am cheering and rooting for them every step of the way,but do not forget to make mention of yourself,do not diminish your greatness and what you have meant to the team in the past,as well as what you mean to them in the present. You are absolutely missed…Do me a favor,though,and answer a question,
    series of questions,for me. I ask this in all seriousness and ask you to please give an honest answer,if you can. Watching the post season games and all the excitement of being there,can you honestly say that you do not miss it? Can you honestly say that you do not wish that you were a part of it once again? Can you honestly say that you are ready to just walk away from all of that and not play at least one more season,so that you can start the new chapter of your life without having it be started because of injury(I refer back to what Billy Wagner of the Mets said). I am truly interested to know your honest thoughts and feelings about not being out there,playing with the team,being a spectator from the side. That said,I truly miss your being there and I do hope that you consider playing at least one more season,in 2009. It will be hard work,no doubt about that, but in the end it will be worth it and very rewarding to you,as well as to the rest of us….By the way,I am sorry about your New England football team this past year but surprise,surprise,my New York Giants team won. Looking forward to a rematch this year,as I do respect New England very much and think that they are a great team…One final note,a very sad note,and I was going to put this in another post to you but will put it all together in one. A mere thank you is not enough,nor will it ever be,but I thank you once again for everything that you do for the people suffering with ALS. As I have written in the past,I have a friend who is suffering with the disease. I had written in the past about how he was a prominent businessman,who owned his own company,and who now can not even go to the bathroom by himself without assistance from his wife. People who do not know ALS,and who have trashed you,even when you are working to help others,may think that it cannot get much worse than that-but it has. I had lunch with my friend the other day and he now uses a device to amplify his voice because he is unable to speak loud enough to be heard. Several times during lunch he started to choke because his body is losing the ability to swallow or digest properly and soon he may not be able to eat anymore(perhaps will need a feeding tube although he is trying not to have that just yet). His body is wasting away day by day,constantly being stripped of all physical function,
    except for one thing-his mind. His mind is totally functional,he has total mental capacity,and his mind is aware of everything that is happening physically. He has a mind trapped in a body that cannot function. So I thank you so very,very much for everything that you do to help people who suffer with the disease and everything that you do to help stop this horrendous disease….I want to end this on an upbeat note,so I say once again GO Red Sox!,and please if you can,do tell me what your thoughts are about not playing in the post season with the team. I know that you must have feelings and emotions about not being there,whether you miss it or not(and I think that you must miss it a little bit?)and I would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and feelings on watching from the side. Wishing you continued good health and happiness,always…
    Donna,New York City at empirelady87@hotmail.com

  14. p23w permalink
    October 4, 2008 5:24 pm

    Never count the Halos out. That said, you gotta’ love the Sox chances on Sunday. With regard to your post.

    1) We all knew how good Lester was…. we just didn’t know how strong he would be coming back from his Lymphoma treatment. Supposedly Jon topped out at 91 prior to his treatment. Now he is hitting 95, even 96 on the radar gun. I used to tell my NYYankee fan friends that Lester would compare favorably to Andy Pettite. This would draw laughs and ridicule. Now that Jon is hitting the mid 90’s…. the comparisons to Pettite short changes Lester.
    2) I guess we will all have to take your word with respect to the Sox advance scouting. I’m sure that advantage will be short lived in the competitive marketplace of MLB. With regard to Tek I am in overall agreement. However. Tek has a habit of setting up as the pitcher goes into his wind up. For most of the pitchers this does not appear to be a problem. For Matsuzaka and Buchholz, I believe it is an upsetting factor… particularly when Tek is calling for a fast ball on the outside part, or just off the plate. Call me crazy but both Daisuke and Clay use similar arm angles for outside fastballs, and different arm angles for breaking balls and inside or high fastballs. It would seem to me that most hitters subconsciously pick this up and lay off the outside FB pitch from both pitchers. That combined with Tek’s late set up (and off the plate) leads to the vast majority of those pitches being balls and/or not being swung at. This leads to what seems like a “free ball” each time Tek calls for this pitch from Matsuzaka and Buchholz. If Tek would set up earlier in the wind up, and target the black with his glove, I think he’d get better results from both pitchers.
    3) The team seems to be playing really well… as a team, you have to love the way Youkilis fielded in the 9th, while Lowell was cheering him on. The way that Pedroia is into every pitch, even when he’s slumping at the plate, the way Kotsay stepped in at 1B, Drew played in RF after a 6 week lay-off, and on and on.
    4) Francona is right more often than not… and the players seem to both have his back and play hard for him. I don’t know how the culture of the clubhouse became this way, but it’s working and it show. Kudos to Mr. Francona.
    5) Look at the season stats and the match ups. Beckett Vs. Saunders. On paper the Halos have a distinct advantage. I am forever thankful that the game is not played on paper (or a board, or as a video game) but between the white limed lines and on the freshly cut grass. Enjoy.

  15. Steve T permalink
    October 4, 2008 6:27 pm

    For me, it’s one series at a time, but I’m amazed so far at two things: first, the Sox’ sensational way of forgetting the regular season and kicking it up in October. Second, the Angels’ uncanny knack for lying down at the perfect time. One more win and it looks like a tough series starting at the Trop.

  16. wickedworld123 permalink
    October 4, 2008 6:56 pm

    How amazing would a repeat be??? Like the guy above said, it never gets old. I’m as excited for this postseason as I was in 2004. With Beckett going tomorrow this series is all but locked up. I kind of wish the White Sox were beating the Rays, cause I’d honestly rather see the White Sox than the Rays in the ALCS…but I really believe that we have a better team than them anyway, we’ve just had trouble taking it to them in their park. It’s gonna be exciting baseball no matter what.

  17. massajfan permalink
    October 4, 2008 8:06 pm

    Curt, that was a great blog! I am going to the game tomorrow, and can’t wait to see us sweep the Angels yet again. I’m a blue collar girl who was lucky enough to win two drawings this season-one for Green Monster tickets (I bought standing room), and for the ALDS, and got standing room again. I only wish that you were with the team to share in the glory because of all of your contributions to the other World Series wins.

    Josh Beckett and Jon Lester will carry on your legacy in fine style for years to come.

    I only hope that neither one has to endure a bloody sock.

    GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love you, Curt. I hope that if you DO retire, that you remain in the area, and maybe get a radio or TV gig.

  18. October 4, 2008 8:49 pm

    Much of my work deals with making governmental and/or corporate information accessible to the general workforce and public in ways they can understand and use to do their jobs more efficiently or to see relationships, patterns, etc., so it makes perfect sense to me that the same would be true for ballplayers as well. In particular, data visualization tools are a great way of doing this, vs. just lots of numbers — if the Sox aren’t already doing this, they should..

    While I hope you’re a great success in the MMO field, I always thought that the the former Yahoo Internet Life MWP (guess who that was, folks…) could have a great post-pitching career raising baseball’s computer use to the nth degree. Think about it….

  19. jonnyjbones permalink
    October 5, 2008 1:19 am

    I hope the sox lose to the Dodgers in the World Series. Seriously I am sick of the high ticket prices and inside deals with Ace Ticket the Sox have. The Sox control their own media (NESN, Boston Globe, and Gammons on ESPN). Seriously! Go Manny!!!! Go Manny!!!! Go Manny!!!!Go Manny!!!! Go Manny!!!! Go Manny!!!! Go Manny!!!! Go Manny!!!! Tell that big mouth Shilling that it’s “Just Curt being Curt.”

  20. apollo640 permalink
    October 5, 2008 1:47 am

    Another reason they will win… fielding. How often do you see a postseason game booted away by a sloppy infield or slow outfield? In a Mariners game July 22, here was the starting nine… OF Ellsbury, Crisp, Drew…. IF Lowell, Lowrie, Pedroia, Youkilis, with Varitek catching Matsuzaka… that might have been the best fielding lineup the Sox have EVER IN 105 YEARS sent out… Elite Gold-Glove caliber play at EVERY POSITION 1-9. This team is built by Theo to feature pitching and defense and he has achieved his goal par excellence.

  21. jimmykc permalink
    October 5, 2008 9:17 am

    I just want to to reinforce a couple of the above comments. To even be able to contemplate seeing a third World Championship in my lifetime is one of those pleasures which makes autumn the best season. And the “pin and tractor” phrase is reason enough to keep coming back to your blog. And what’s up with someone trying to insinuate Gov. Palin into this thread? This one is about baseball.

  22. dnthe51 permalink
    October 5, 2008 10:39 am

    YES CURT!!!

    Thats Why I LOVE THISSSSSS TOWN!!!!!

  23. estradarobert permalink
    October 5, 2008 10:38 pm

    I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT YOU ARE A PITCHER AND SHOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT GOES IN NEW YORK YOU OLD BUM GO RETIRE YOU ARE A BUMMMMMMMMMMMMM. LETS GO METS

  24. kidd27 permalink
    October 6, 2008 2:32 pm

    Hey Mr. Schilling, there’s a job I applied for, Coordinator, FSG Ventures, I sure could use some help securing.
    I’ve always thought you’re a great pitcher, with a love for the Red Sox that was second to none.

  25. jbriggs5681 permalink
    October 6, 2008 3:38 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Your country and Senator McCain needs you in NH! Are you planning on doing any more appearances in the state? This race is so close and within 1% in NH. How about driving students from The University of NH to the polls on election day??

    God Bless

  26. okajimaangle permalink
    October 7, 2008 11:36 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    Your country needs you to stop making uninformed comments to the gorilla-joke racists Dennis and Callahan. And instead of blaming the financial crisis and bailout on loans made to minorities, you should know that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans were symptoms of the problem, not the cause. For instance, learn about AIG’s problems:
    Or you could do your own homework and find out the facts on your own, instead of being like every other human, including me at times, and letting obviously biased people/newspapers and media outlets TELL you what they want you to believe

    As for whose economics might be better for the country, read what the best economists have to say:
    find links to sites providing impartial and factual information, not speculation and hypthesis

    And the Nobel prize laureates, you know, those dummies:
    http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/36033
    That’s awesome. Someone with an IQ of 8 million wants you to vote for Obama as a “No Brainer and his top 3 reasons are
    “There are too many obvious reasons to pick one. Let me name three. 1. Torture; 2. Tax cuts for the rich; 3. A [running mate, Sarah Palin] who believes in the Apocalypse and not in evolution.”
    That’s hilarious. Great stuff.

    Finally, please go to N.H. The people up there hate ignorant demogoguery, and they won’t go in for the “Kill him!” and “Terrorist” cries that McCain and Palin have race-baited lately.

  27. redsox08 permalink
    October 7, 2008 1:29 pm

    Hey Curt! Haven’t posted (or checked in) in a LONG time on 38 pitches but after last night I was inspired to drop by and say hello.

    Now tell me… from a pitchers perspective, does Jon Lester not remind you of Andy Pettite, except with even more potential? That cutter up and in on righty’s gets up there at 92-93 (which is 1-3mph faster than young pettite), he’s got that POWER fastball that almost looks effortless but somehow gets up to like 96. I mean, all the hype around Clay and I think even with all Clay’s potential, Lester is the next #1 for Boston. He came out of the shadows this year and just SHINED. from that no-no on, i think he got touched up for like 5 or 6 runs twice in like 3 months.

    I really hope you come back to Boston for one more year. I remember you and Josh going back and forth last year trying to “outperform” each other almost as a game… I think Jon may surprise you both and sneak into your little competition and win! But then again… you and josh both rise to the occasion beautifully!

    By the way, don’t feel bad about your contract this year. I’m a full sympathizer with you and I feel that whether you are pitching or not, what you have to offer the youngsters as far as knowledge goes and just watching your form and such helps greatly. You can literally watch your influence unfold on these young pitchers. Especially in high pressure playoff situations.

    Hope you see you for one last HOORAH in boston in ‘09. hopefully add 1 more ring to that priceless hand eh?

    As far as jason bay goes Nula07 I could not agree more! I don’t only like him cause of what a great ballplayer he is, but what a great fit with this roster. With no more manny we return to the class act that we should be and don’t look foolish every 10 minutes for putting up with his garbage. Jason Bay is a class act, excellent ballplayer and finally has a reason to play his heart out and he’s showing what he can do! I have faith that next year he will put up .300 30/110-120. perhaps he’ll even surpass it. He was close this year!

    Also 2 moves that people dont talk about as much in Mark Kotsay and Paul Byrd.

    Starting with kotsay what a guy! what a pair of catches at first last night. what an athlete. I’m so happy we got him and i hope we do resign him. Drew’s got injuries, lowells got injuries, cant hurt to have such a versatile presence on the team.

    Byrd is another class act. He comes in, you know what your going to get 6-7 innings of under 4 run ball. Not only that but his attitude is in the right place on a championship team. I’ll do whatever it takes to help this team win. He’s willing to work out of the pen, work on short notice, work on short rest, whatever it takes to help out the team. And if he sits for the whole playoffs (which i don’t think he will) he will get his ring and come out knowing how awesome he filled in during the regular season in a rotation that stayed very strong considering injuries to Curt, Josh, Tim and Bartolo.

    speaking of bartolo. thats another guy who stepped up to the mound and gave some good innings when boston needed him. I’m all for giving him a 1 or 2 year deal to see if he can regain form again. i’ve heard he’s been looking real good lately.

  28. likeproy permalink
    October 19, 2008 11:33 pm

    hey curt……..EAT YOUR WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the sox did not win the world series

  29. benlarremore permalink
    November 1, 2008 11:29 am

    Hey, I just have to say, after watching Curt play ball over the years, I do have to admit that he resembles my younger brother, Jordan. Jordan was a great pitcher in High School. It figures that Curt and Jordan are related, though only second cousins by a stretch. Catherine Pile is somehow a link there. Anyway, Curt, thanks for supporting McCain and the freedoms we enjoy here in America. God help us if Obama comes to power.

    Best Regards

  30. benlarremore permalink
    November 1, 2008 1:40 pm

    Hmm..I don’t know if I am considered (cool!) enough to comment on the evolution comment by Mr. I am a Monkey, okajimaangle, but it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does intelligent design. Oh how the ignorant lead the blind and eventually end up in the pit.

    Ask yourself what the definition of science is and then take that to evolution. Evolution does not stand. It is hypothesis, through and through, theory and unprovable. In fact the only place on earth where you can find the geologic column in its supposed order is in the secular, humanistic textbooks. Explain to me, Mr. okajimaangle how if the geologic column represents the stages of millions of years, how do you hae a fossil of a whale standing on its head passing through the entire column. Did it sit there and balance on its head over millions of years and somehow keep from rotting? Think with the brain God gave you.

    Best Regards…still

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