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Answering Random Questions….

March 9, 2007

If I had a tool that would allow me to answer questions as they are approved to post I think it would be easier, but barring that I think we’ll give this a shot.

I ran through one section of posts, grabbing quick bits of some questions and will shoot to answer them here. Let me also add that the ‘down time’ spring training offers has allowed me to oversee this more than I might be able to during the season, and I am sure like most bloggers there’s an initial ‘fun factor’ that wears off.

Having said that, I will, at a minimum, be updating this blog with an after game report during the entire season. I’ll also be  posting on ‘other stuff’ which will appease all the yankers out there who screamed bloody murder about me using this forum to state my opinion on things other than baseball. I’m thinking that’s exactly what a personal blog is for really.  I view this blog like this, if you don’t like me, if you don’t want to hear what I think, don’t come here. It really is that simple.

As of today I’ve disapproved 13 posts total, and every one of those was for language. As you can see I’ve let people post that rip me, for the most part, get posted.

Ok so let’s start the Q&A.

Q- Do I play Everquest?

A- Sort of… I played EQ, and was addicted. I played EQ2, and was addicted. I jumped on the WoW band wagon very late and really like the game. Blizzard did so many things right, and the game is so well done, that it’s hard not to like.

I am now playing Vanguard and hats off to Brad McQuaid. Even though the game was pushed out the door 6 months too early I am enjoying the game a lot more than I thought I would. With 38 Studios up and running I don’t have near the time I used to so I am getting a less than hardcore gamers look at MMO’s and it’s been enlightening.

Q- Well not really a question but a chance to say thank you to all of the well wishers who sent condolences regarding the passing of John Vuckovich. It’s greatly appreciated and I and my family thank you.

Q- Why does the split suck right now?

A- It just does. Last year it got so bad in spring training that for the first time in about 10 years I changed my grip. I finally found another grip that worked but after all this time I think the change in the pitch is as much about velocity as it is anything. The harder the pitch is thrown with the split grip, the more downward action it gets. I think the fact that I am not conistently throwing 94-95mph has as much to do with the pitch changing as anything.

Q- Why and how do I plan to use the change up; which leads to the second question of do I think I am giving anything away here, or too much info?

A- I won’t give in depth detail as to what I plan to do and not to do here, to the degree I feel it will give anyone an edge when facing me.

Q- Can you give us a breakdown of Daisuke?

A- At some point before the end of camp I was going to do a ‘scouting report’ on the entire rotation and, for what it’s worth, my thoughts on them as a fellow pitcher.

Q- Many questions and requests about the Direct TV deal and my thoughts.

A- First off understand that this is something players are blindly ignorant to for the most part. We don’t watch baseball like fans, we have access to baseball 24/7 in the clubhouse and on the road when we need it. Having said that, after reading up on the ‘deal’, I think it sucks. As evidenced by the free agent spending this winter, baseball is in a financially good place. I would guess this part of the blog might get shown in some other spots and I could be yelled at for biting the ‘hand that feeds me’ but I don’t see it that way. This is a mistake of epic proportions I think. To think of baseball and how it came to be, from a fans perspective, you had the whole country able to buy a ticket whenever they pleased 100 years ago. You had radio as a major medium for sports in general, but there are alot more ‘great memories’ of famous radio calls in baseball than any other sport. The sport grew into television and became more prominent, which became a much bigger deal in the last 20-30 years as ticket prices became unaffordable. A large part of that had to do with player salaries so there is more than a little blame to pass around I guess. Now we have reached a point where baseball may crush a huge portion of it’s audience by denying accessibility. That’s not a good thing. I don’t think there’s any doubt that we are still trying to pull ourselves out of the steroid scandal morass, only to have this latest legal situation crop up. Even with that scandal baseball has found a way to prosper, and at a point when fans were once again saying “Hey, you guys screwed up again, but we’re still here”, fans are given the shaft. I don’t know that there is any right solution. You aren’t going to find 30 some owners willing to give up their share of the 700 million dollars (somewhere north of 23 million per team I think).

Q-My contract situation with Boston, how bad is it?

A-It’s not bad at all, it’s not even a concern and I’ll post something to explain the entire process in the near future.

Q-My 6 year old wants to pitch, is he too young?

A-Yes and no. He’s not too young to play and have fun. He is too young to get ‘coaches’ and specialist to start teaching him anything but fundamental mechanics and how to throw strikes. A pitcher physically peaks in his late 20’s, that’s an enormous amount of time for the body to finish filling out and growing. I didn’t start ‘pitching’ until I was 18 years old. Anything you do before that, that isn’t throwing a fastball, or change up, or learning proper pitching mechanics, in my opinion is harmful to the arm.

Q-Why do I step over the line on the field?

A-I just always have. Something ‘unlucky’ and weird to me about stepping on the chalk, I don’t like ‘unlucky’ and ‘weird’ when I walk on the baseball field.

I’ll try, from time to time, to answer more questions in this manner. There are a lot of questions coming my way and some interesting topics that I am hoping to talk on, and I think in some cases get educated by people coming here that are a hundred times more educated on them than I am.

105 Comments leave one →
  1. cincysoxfan permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:36 pm

    Hi Curt –

    As as avid MMORPG’er (AC1, AC2, SWG, WoW), GM of a great guild for the past 5 years and ‘father figure’ not only to my own children but to a number of younger folks I have come to know over the years, I am often disturbed about the amount of time they dedicate to playing the game.

    When I have a 18-20 year old kid that plays WoW 10 hours a day (or more) 7 days a week lamenting their lives I continually urge them to get up get out, visit friends, take some classes, chase some girls (or guys)… I just turned 37 and have 4 kids of my own… without my intervention, is this the state of the ‘gamer’ as we know it?

    There’s rumbling of parent groups rising up and blaming Blizzard (one group is trying to file litigation) for the zombification of their kids…

    I’m sure you’ve heard/read all the rhetoric about it and aside from ‘parents need to know and control what their kids are doing’ (which tends to be my stance); I’m curious to know where you stand on this and how (if at all) you may address this type of concern with 38Studios.

    Best of luck in 07 dude; own it up!

  2. bobwal permalink
    March 19, 2007 4:01 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I just wanted to say that it is really cool of you to do this. I will let you know right off the bat that I will probably rip you sometimes, but overall I really respect you as a pitcher. You were the biggest reason that the Sox won it in 2004, and as a fan I will never forget it.

    My question to you is this: Do you regret stumping for George W. Bush in 2004? He has proven to be one of the worst presidents in the history of the United States according to many historians and college professors. I can certainly understand why someone in your tax bracket would want Bush, but do you really think that he has been good for the average people out there who are not millionaires?

  3. familyfirst38 permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:56 pm

    Curt,

    How did you make the majors?

    What was your path as a kid? My son is 9 (just turned 9) years old and works hard everyday to be good at baseball. He’s always getting training…he’s signed up for Frozen Ropes, Extra Innings, many towns Babeball Academy and so on, he practices most days…

    How much is too much for a 9 year old?

    How do you know when a kid has enough talent go far with Baseball?

  4. gbi12 permalink
    March 29, 2007 9:17 pm

    Curt,

    I’m sure that I will be posting plenty about baseball in the future. And as we know you have a lot of things going on outside of baseball as well. I would like to know if you have any advice at starting up a new business. I am a new business owner (in the sports field) and would like to know if you had a few “rules to live by” when starting your venture?

    Best of luck this season with all your endevours. And Go Red Sox!!

  5. millsc permalink
    September 10, 2007 8:07 pm

    Reply to mike1ace, Dave Zall was once my coach many years ago. Can you let me know how to reach him?

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