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Q & A VI

March 21, 2007

Couple things.

First off I am answering questions from the prior posts. If you are posting questions that are relevant and not just being an idiot, do so in the latest post. I go through and cull them out, and answer them as time permits.

Trying some different ways to format, while I am shooting for zero misspellings, there may be a few!
Q-What kind of audience are you seeking to grab with GMG’s game? The casual (5-10 hrs/wk playtime), the moderate (11-20 hrs/wk), the hardcore (21+ hrs/wk), and/or are you focusing more on play styles (soloers vs. small groups vs. raiders) and/or the type of play (PvE vs. PvP)?

A-I think WoW proved and disproved an immense amount of theories in this area. You can certainly shoot for one of these, but it’s not impossible, hell it’s been done, to go out and get avid fans and players from them all if you do it right.

Q-Any word on the type of setting for the game yet? (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Western, Historical, Steampunk, Modern, a combination of any of those, something else)

A-As much as I would love to go into detail, I can’t. Suffice to say we have R.A. Salvatore as the creator of our world, and our story, in conjunction with Todd McFarlane. At this point, and I know I am biased, what’s been created is nothing short of breathtaking. Now you take a group of passionate and proven game designers, who are taking R.A.’s magic, and you watch how they transform that into a living breathing world, and I can promise you, regardless of what you see in the MMO space over the next few years, this IP will be nothing short of amazing.

Q-Do you have any idea yet about what kind of customer service department you’ll have? (veteran players ala EQ’s Guide system,paid “professionals” ala Game Masters, outsourced macro punchers, a combination of any of those, something else)

A-Yes. I know, at a minimum, if you are a customer of 38 Studios, and you have a problem, and you pick up the phone to call about that problem, someone IN this company, that understands our goals, visions and rules regarding the treatment of our customers, will answer the phone.

Q-Have you decided whether 38 Studios will license an engine for its flagship title, or will you develop your own? If the former: can you give us a hint as to which engine it is? If the latter: are improved graphics a big focus point for you, or will the more “behind the curtains” properties be put first (physics, AI, scripting, etc.)?

A-This is one I know the answer to, but right now I don’t think I can speak in depth or at length on it. When I can, I will.

Q-While you are a player of MMOs you have limited experience developing one. Yet, oftentimes players can see issues and devise interesting designs that professional developers may not have thought of or lack the support of the team leaders to implement. Will/Do you propose any ideas to the professionals that you or other gamers (such as those on this board) think up?

A-Absolutely. Danuser will cringe at this because he knows it to be true, but designers don’t hold the lock and key to great games. You don’t have to be a designer to have great ideas. Having said that, I think Scott Cuthbertson, 38 Studios Director of Creative Development, along with his team of designers, are an incredible group. One of the pitfalls I ran into, and most others do as well, is that ‘How cool would it be if” idea that you never really delve into. There are a million incredible ideas out there, that sound or feel like they would be the cats behind in a game. Then you start fleshing them out, and translate them into tech documents, design documents, and then you implement them. Only then do you find out that the idea, while still cool, is mundane and boring as hell the 2nd time you play it. The key, and I think one of our strengths, is we have a lot of people who do that whole process BEFORE they bring those ideas to the table. I have input on design, sometimes as much as I’d like, sometimes a lot less than I’d like, but what I have learned is that true designers in this industry, while they can seem ‘curmudgeony’, are invaluable assets. In plain English they can explain why ‘having to feed your pets’ is a neat sounding idea, but also in the same sentence why it’s not a great in game idea. The design thing became a lot easier on me personally when I grasped that what we are after is not to make ‘my game’, but thee game.

Q-Are you/Will you be investing your own money to (even in part) finance the creation of 38 Studios’ first game, or is it/will it be coming from other investors/loans/a publisher?

A-To date it has all been my money. It will remain my money until we find and cement the partnerships with the companies we are in discussions with. We are in very serious discussions with IBM, HP and many others about long term partnerships that will allow us to benefit beyond the dollars a partnership might bring. Listen, we get that designing and publishing a game is hard, but we also are doing all of this with an eye towards our vision and goals of becoming the premiere publishing/entertainment company on the planet in the next decade. The decisions we make on partnerships today will have far reaching implications for us, and are not to be taken lightly. We could have already completed multiple rounds of traditional VC funding, but to do so we’d have had to literally ‘sell the farm’, and that’s just not going to happen.
Q-Will your flagship title be based off of an original IP, an IP from McFarlane/Salvatore, or an IP from another source?

A-An original IP created by R.A., enhanced by Todd, in conjunction with our team.

Q-Please remember: More polygons does not automatically make a game pretty!

A-That’s like having to say the sun rises in the east. That’s a no brainer. Pretty, gorgeous art, an incredible story, all that encompasses those two, mean nothing if the game sucks, we all get that.

Q-Are umpires enforcing 12 second rule?

A-I haven’t seen it, but we have been lectured on it. The MLB umpires are visiting every team this spring to talk about the new rules in place.

Q-Thoughts on the bullpen?

A-The bullpen will be what it needs to be when the season starts. I have never put stock in spring training results. Sure I’d love to see them all have 0 ERA’s, but the more important thing to me is getting to know the new guys and their makeup. You can almost see where they will end up without seeing them pitch, the guys with track records, by getting to know them. That’s the main reason I think we’ll be fine. I trust that if there is a problem Theo will address it and Tito will manage it as it needs to be.

Q-Involved in baseball after I retire? Coach? Commentator?

A-I would like to think I could be, but I can’t see it. Anyone that’s ever asked me about the second one knows how I feel. There is no possible way I could ever go into the booth and be a regular commentator. I know how hard this game is, and I know that they want you to stir things up when you commentate. Not to mention many of them either never played or forgot how hard it was. I love guys like Harry Kalas, men who truly love the game, they are a joy to listen to, but the commentators, some, make me watch the game with no sound.
Funny thing though, is how many of them are ex-players. I played with John Kruk, I watched, on a daily basis how he absolutely abused the media. M-F’ing them left and right, talking about how much he hated dealing with them, couldn’t stand them. How he’d rip them day in and day out. Now he retires and you can’t change a channel without seeing his face.
The coaching thing I just don’t think would be possible. As it stands now I will arrive at the park on days I don’t pitch around 1-1:30, for a 7pm game. Get home around 1am or so. To be the best coach in the game you have to be there hours before the players, and you have to prepare for each pitcher on your staff, a plan. To me that means detailed planning for an entire staff. John Farrell has been incredible at this and I know it has to be 16 hour days for him. I loved Wally last year and was sad to see him go, but I had heard incredible things about John and he’s done nothing but back it up day in and day out. He is one of the reasons I think you are going to see some guys have some special years this year.

Q-What kind of change am I throwing?

A- I am throwing a circle change. Which means my thumb and index finger form a circle on the left side of the baseball. The index is the power finger, taking it ‘off’ the center of the ball removes ‘power’ (velocity).

Q-“How some days a pitch just feels “off”?

A-If you can think about something you do, or have done, literally a million times. Better yet, think about walking with a normal stride. If you decide to suddenly start pointing your right foot outwards a bit, even a little bit, you’ll know before your foot hits the ground that it’s ‘not right’. Same thing for me pitching. It’s never usually one thing, unless there is a physical problem, it’s usually something little that just doesn’t feel right.

Q-Can you zone out the crowd?
A-I don’t want to. I love that part of being on the mound. At home, in Fenway, it’s October like everytime you take the mound, that pushes me and I know it gives me a little something ‘extra’ when I need it. I think that has translated to my numbers at Fenway.
On the road it’s the same thing, just opposite. We were in Atlanta in 1993, during the playoffs and the early days of the tomahawk chop. When they still sold out for playoff baseball down there. We’re standing in the outfield during BP and Terry Mulholland looks at me, with the stands full, and says “Just think man, you have the ability to shut up this entire stadium from the pitchers mound, how cool is that?”
The next day I was warming up for Game 5, series tied 2-2, and they were doing the chop, the whole place, and I was standing in the bullpen looking around and said “damn, I can shut this whole place up”. Was a pretty cool moment.

Q-Amazed that the ’04 team and what we accomplished isn’t celebrated more?

A-Yes and no. In the New England area I think we all recognize what it was, and it was treated accordingly. I do think the shelf life was shorter than expected, but I think that was because it was ‘on to the next one’ for everyone here. But outside of Sox Nation I think the sports world grew tired of the immense exposure and reaction to it. People could not grasp how much it meant to us, and to Sox nation. The stories of ‘waiting your whole life’ and ‘now I can die in peace’ didn’t and haven’t existed for any other sports franchise in history (except of course for the Cubs), and people almost laughed at our reaction to it. They made fun of the fact that to an outsider it looked like Sox Nation was more wrapped up in the Red Sox than in real life. No one that wasn’t ‘in’ on it could understand it, so they made fun of it, got sick of it and moved on. I do think that some of the things we did and said, myself included, were also reasons. I made a huge mistake in voicing my support for President Bush the morning after. I was voting for him, but that was not the time or place to talk about it, and I think things like that took away some of the ‘class’ and ‘respect’ we had afterwards.

Q-How much did Tito being in talks with Red Sox have to do with our decision?

A-Tito interviewing for the job was the ONLY reason I opened up dialogue with Az about coming here. Once I met Theo and Jed and we spoke on it, it did not matter to me who got the job because I knew this team would be contending for years to come.

Q-Could swapping Pap from the rotation to the closer ‘hurt him’?

A-No one wants to have to do that in mid season, but I don’t think it would hurt him any more or less than anyone else making that move.

Q-Where did the obsession with Lou Gehrig come from?

A-From Shonda and I getting involved with ALS, Lou Gehrigs Disease. I would urge anyone that has time or money to please check out or . People with ALS, to put it plainly, have been given a death sentence without committing a crime. Volunteering can be every bit, if not more so, as valuable as giving money.
After our early involvement I began to read about Mr Gehrig and became more and more fascinated with him and his story. I will also add this, if you are a person that loves to read true, great and riveting stories, this book is an absolute must read

I don’t normally do plugs here but this is by far the best book I’ve ever read about Mr Gehrig and it makes him so much more human than I ever pictured him. If you don’t know what ALS is then this won’t mean much but the common theory is that for AT LEAST the final year of his career he was playing with ALS. To anyone that has the disease or understands it, it’s a stunning fact.

Q-Sox wouldn’t offer 34 year old Pedro (who was much more dominant than I, a contract or extension, why would I be upset about them not offering one to me? And why do none of my posts get through?

A-First off, I will not discuss with the media, or on this site, my contract situation anymore. We’ve already skinned that cat. Second, the Sox did offer Pedro a contract. Lastly, the posts that you made that didn’t go through were deleted because they add absolutely nothing to the forum. I don’t care, honestly, if you don’t like me, but cussing or posting just to be a tool can be done on YOUR blog to the people that you want. I made the statement earlier, don’t click on the site, please, if you don’t like me and don’t want to hear me. Short of that, it’s my blog, I pay for it and if that sucks for you then I am not sure what to tell ya. My only beef with you is that for someone that rails on me for the reasons you do, you post more than anyone here, even me, and that’s saying something. So we are dealing with you either being utterly fascinated with me but scared to admit it, or having nothing else to do but troll boards and elicit reaction from people. You’re pretty much a talk show host with no mic.

Q-Mention of the 100 innings baseball game for ALS

A-Please check out and if you can, even a dollar will help, donate. Time is as important as money to events like this as well. This event started the first year I was here and these people are incredible. They play 100 innings of baseball to raise money for ALS. Shonda has actually played in the game. I have yet to be able to get seriously involved because the event is done during the season, but they are special people doing special things for people less fortunate than themselves.

Q-Hour by hour of the week? Good bad times to approach a player? What intrusions bother you the most?

A-Not really sure how much fun it would be to know an hour by hour of a players week, maybe we can do that later in the season. The best time to approach a player are when they are alone. I will not sign autographs in public when I am with my family, ever. Modern times have brought modern problems and security issues and I refuse to not be able to watch my wife and children when we are in public. Please don’t ask me for an autograph while I am at dinner. Outside the restaurant is fine. Please ALWAYS be polite. Please don’t ask me to sign on the day I pitch, until after the game.
One thing that I think fans miss, and it can be hard to understand, is that you aren’t asking for that autograph in a vacuum. If I sign for you, then I better sign for every single person that’s also there, because if I don’t, someone is going to be pissed and more times than not time doesn’t permit that. I enjoy signing when time permits, but if you miss one person, and I have seen it happen many times, that one person is going to get loud and vulgar even if you signed 999 of the 1000 standing there.

Q-Ability to recall exact pitches, do most players have it? Have I always been able to do it? Is it a developed skill?

A-After a game absolutely. I can tell you count, selection, reason. A lot of times I can’t tell you where it was on the plate because I don’t see that often, but after a game that’s still very fresh to me. It’s a learned skill I think, for some. I heard very early in my career that Greg Maddux has a photographic memory. The story I heard was that he was an incredible card player and when asked one time about it he said he had a photographic memory. He could take 4 decks, and you could deal cards face up, stop at any time, and he could tell you exactly how many of any card were left in the deck. The reason I would absolutely believe this is the way he pitches and what I have seen him do.

Q-Fan of R.A.’s? Read his books?

A-Absolutely. I met R.A. this last year. Early on, years ago, when I knew 38 Studios would become a reality, I wrote up my ‘dream team’ lineup. In that lineup I had R.A. in control of creating the world and the story. When it became a reality, the company, I contacted the person that handles off the field PR for me and asked her to inquire about me talking with R.A. (he goes by Bob, which is why I call him R.A.). Katie called me ten minutes later with a number, and I called him. I had no idea he lived in Mass, which he does, and the he was a life long Sox fan, which he is. It was a conversation that basically went on for 30 minutes like this

“Dude, I can’t believe I am talking to you, this is so cool, I’m a huge fan”
“Dude, I can’t believe I am talking to you either, this is so cool, I am a huge fan”

We met soon after and I am incredibly grateful to call this man a friend. He’s one of those people that just ‘gets it’, and gets life. He’s incredibly passionate and excited about being involved so that only fans the creative flames. The things he’s done to this point are pretty incredible and I can’t wait until we get to the point of being able to start letting people peek into ‘our world’.

And yes, I have read his books, and am reading them again.

Q-Giving ‘Tek more days off since most catchers decline when they get into their mid 30s.

A-I’d agree if you were talking about ‘most catchers’, which Tek isn’t. Understand this, the offensive numbers Jason put up last year, even though he will deny it, had everything to do with the fact that he had to spend at least 30-45 minutes on the trainers table before every single game last year. His knee was torn up and he had a badly pulled groin from just about day 1 of the season. He was far more injured than a lot of people I have seen on the D.L. in years past.
Q-How do I feel about Clemens coming to Boston?
A-The only way I could answer that, even though I will sound like a fanboy, is to ask you how would you feel about doing something you dream of doing for a living, then being able to do that same job with the person that could be called the greatest ever. Not of just his generation, but ever? You can make arguments until the cows come home but I would counter that and say that in my opinion, doing what he’s done, in the period he’s done it in, makes him the greatest pitcher that ever lived. I wouldn’t argue that some guys, Petey, R.J., have had better and more incredible runs during their careers, they have, but no one has ever done it as long or as good as Clemens in my opinion. Please don’t use any pre-1947 pitchers either. I won’t argue that players pre-integration were great, there were some great ones. But players pre-1947 didn’t compete against the best players in the world. They competed against the best white players in the world. You take every non-white player out of the big leagues right now and you’d have a MASSIVELY watered down version of Major League Baseball. No Bonds? Ramirez? Ortiz? Jeter? Guerrero? Arod? Santana? Pedro? The list goes on and on but I think the point is absolutely relevant.
Q-How much does sports Psychology play into my routine? Any mentors on day to day basis?

A-It’s huge. For me it’s an incredibly integral part of my success or failure. Don Kalkstein is the guy working with us now and he’s as good as anyone I have ever met and working the athlete’s brain and drawing out peak performance. The onus fall son the athlete to be open and willing to go down this path.

Q-How much does respect come into play when dealing with the media?

A-For me it’s about the only thing. As much as it might seem like this blog has been a forum to talk trash on them, it’s not. There are many I don’t like, or respect, because they have no respect for other people, or their jobs. That being said there are many more good than bad. In Boston we’ve got some good ones, but I understand that it’s different here as well. McAdam, Buckley, Masserotti, Browne, Cafardo, Benjamin, Edes, Bradford (who’s got an awesome blog himself at which I highly recommend to baseball fans and in particular Sox fans) and more. Boston is such a different animal though. We’ve got EEI here, which in and of itself is something few other cities have the passion to support. The main problem is something we talked about earlier; these guys on the radio HAVE to talk sports 24/7. The problem is there isn’t sports news happening every second of every day. The problem though is simple. And I’ll use Ordway as an example. I like Glen, he’s always been nice to me, and I think I’ve been nice to him as well, Glen is on the radio talking every single day (except for his 12 weeks of yearly vacation!) about sports, and he’s, most times, yelling. The give and take of sports talk radio has to be that way. You have to take a point counterpoint approach to everything or else the topic dies and you have to move on. You have to milk things a lot of times just to fill time, even if there ISN’T a logical counterpoint to be made (which is usually where Shepherd steps in and says something brainless). Kidding Pete! But Pete’s another one. Pete is nothing more than a dyed in the wool, passionate until the day he dies sports fan who happens to have the ability to bitch and moan about anyone or anything on a mic that millions of people listen to. I’ve met Pete, another really nice guy, someone I have no problems with at all, but to be honest I would bet you that if you sat both of these guys down with two members of Sox nation, passionate fans, and took a Red Sox IQ test, the fans would score as well, or better, than the ‘sports guys’.
So ya, the respect thing is important. If you’re a John Heyman in NY, and I know you are full of crap, and I know you’ll write stories that aren’t true (see Jason Varitek vs Curt Schilling 2004) then you aren’t going to get me to chat about anything at length or in detail. If you are Jayson Stark, who I know as a guy that is a passionate baseball fan, who cares about the sport, who’s absolutely NOT trying to be part of his own story, then ya, athletes will open themselves up more to you. For the most part they don’t care though, so you don’t.
The other X factor is former athletes. I am going to butcher the spelling but Dibiosse and Smerlas are guys who’s opinions, when it comes to football, matter to me. I am not a HUGE football fan, but I am a Steeler fan since birth. When those guys talk about the ‘life’ and what it’s like, I pay attention. They’ve been there, they’ve lived it, I can relate to some of the things that they talk about when it comes to locker rooms and teammates because it was what they did for a large part of their lives. I don’t feel like either of them forgot how hard the game was either, and that’s where former players lose the current ones. I can remember a few years back, we had NESN on in the weight room and there’s Bob Tewksbury talking on and on about something that had to do with me, and his quote was “Schill needs to shut up and pitch”. I’m thinking, first off, who the hell is Bob Tewksbury? Second, “who the hell is Bob Tewksbury?

Q-If I could change one rule in baseball what would it be?

A-Lose the DH. Baseball was invented as a game of 9 vs. 9, let it stay that way.

Q-All time favorite baseball movie?

A-Bull Durham. Favorite scene if when Costner and his dad, as a young man, get to finally play catch in Field of Dreams. That scene crushed me.

Q-How do I feel about the new pitching coach?

A-I said earlier, but will say it again, John Farrell has been awesome to work with. I see zero reason why that would change. He’s a teacher, a true teacher, and he cares about his pitchers. Not dissimilar to Wally, who cared deeply about his pitchers as well. You can feel the effort John puts into every day. He’s always prepared for your questions and he’s always got something positive to offer.

Q-Our 2007 weakness?

A-Well obviously we need to fill the closer role, but I don’t think that’s a weakness. I honestly don’t feel like we have one, but we have to stay healthy. I will add that I think we are much better suited depth wise to handle an injury this year than last. I still believe that the AL East team who’s starting rotation spends the fewest days on the DL over the course of the season will win the division.

Q-Any reason I felt better in the 6th than the 1st in my last start?

A-It’s just part of getting into ‘game shape’. The same way you can’t replicate the ‘in game’ adrenalin of regular season in spring training, no matter how intense you are, you can’t replicate the drain on your body of a game with workouts or throwing BP. The main difference when I made that comment was that even compared to last year I feel so much stronger at this point in camp than I did last year.

Q-Reported that I questioned Scott Williamsons injury in 2004?

A-I never, ever, questioned Scott Williamsons injury. No one could tell you that without straight out lying. My beef was with the fact that when he came into the clubhouse he was walking around, complaining, that Terry had taken him out of the game and he didn’t want to come out. He tried to make the case that he came out, even though he didn’t want to come out, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t not reply. I confronted him about that and we had words. He was saying that he came out against his wishes, and everyone there knew that to be the exact opposite of what happened.

Q-Did I assist in the recruitment of Kyle Snyder?

A-The only thing I had to do with this was answer a few questions when Theo and Tito asked me about him. I knew Kyle was a man of impeccable integrity, and as hard a worker as I had ever met. I felt that if he got a solid chance he had the makeup to be something special, even now, and I still feel that way. Other than that I didn’t have any ‘input’ on Theo going out and getting Kyle.
Q-How is my Japanese coming?

A-Slowly. I had a chance to sit down yesterday and talk with Daisuke and Oki about the language. I’d say the phrase in Japanese, and try to get them to understand it and say it back to me in English. It’s coming, but it’s an incredibly difficult language to grasp.
Q-Do I remember every pitch after a game? Do you remember how the ball felt coming out of your hand? Do you know when you’ve made a mistake even if you got away with one? How often is ‘Tek right? How often do I go back and say you were right, after shaking him off? Does the way you feel in the bullpen translate to the mound?
A-Yes. Yes. Yes.
I know when a pitch is bad before it reaches the plate. There are many times where I’ll cuss out loud before the pitch gets hit or Tek catches it. You know out of your hand whether or not you did it right, I do anyway. I used to get mad at every mistake, even mistakes I got away with. I realized when I began to work with sports psychologist that this was just a bad approach. The game is hard enough. Why work against the batter, the umpire, the elements AND yourself? Now I will recognize a mistake I get away with and say “ok cool, that’s one of the mistakes I made tonight and it didn’t cost me, make it matter”.
Pretty much everytime I shake Tek off and get beat. I don’t have to say anything, usually a look will suffice, but we talk a lot during games since he’s always got perfectly detailed and useful feedback that I can apply on the next pitch or in the next inning.
The way I feel in the bullpen used to matter immensely to me. I think it does to a lot of young pitchers. But again, when I started to work with sports psychologist that changed. I got to a point that if I warmed up awesome I would take that to the mound, anything short of feeling great I now don’t care, because none of anything I do before I throw the first pitch matters if I don’t want it to.
The final straw for me was a game in the 90’s, against Atlanta. 2 hour rain delay. Maddux pitching. I warmed up, and it was arguable the best bullpen of my life. I was throwing hard, and knew it, spotting both corners, all of my offspeed pitches were not only working but were nasty. I had all 4 pitches and the best command I’d ever had. About 4 innings in, we’re down 7-0, I’ve thrown like 3 wild pitches and was out. I was throwing so hard and so good that I stopped thinking about pitching, and went out to the mound and just threw the ball, figuring that would be enough….. Never again did I let a bullpen sway my emotions in a negative way pre-game.

Q-Why am I pitching against the O’s on Friday?

A-The last start of camp, before the tune up next week, and I am throwing 100-105 pitches. I have worked hard on the change and other things and I want to put it to the test for my own peace of mind. Obviously if I don’t do it well that could backfire but mentally I am ok with that. I feel like I’ve changed enough things, and added some new things, to the point I am going to implement it into my game this year, and I want to do it and get ‘right’ mentally, before we leave here.

Q-What does ‘throwing against the front side’ look like physically?

A-In the natural motion the lead leg lands, and the knee bends as the body comes down on it, and the arm releases the ball. In a perfect world the front leg is the shock absorber. When you are throwing against your front side the lead leg plants, and when you get to the point where you are supposed to bend it, instead it starts to flex and straighten up, standing you up instead of coming through your delivery. So you ‘stand up’ or recoil instead of having a softer front side and finishing. It’s puts immense strain on your shoulder.

Q-What are you going to throw Millar on Friday?

A-Knuckle balls.

Q-Skinnyman2007 has lost 86 pds and is on the final 30-40 pds…

A-I think everyone here that read your post is pulling for you to complete what you started. Remember this, you can’t fail if you don’t quit. There is a difference between losing and failing and most people get lost in that. You are going to lose, you are going to get beat every now and then, that’s how the world works, that is how people get better, learning from your losses. But you can only fail at something if you quit.

Q-Would I move to the bullpen to make room for the Rocket?

A-I’d sell ice cream to make room for the Rocket.

Q-What supplements do I take? Any dietary restrictions?

A-I have used a company called for years now. They’ve been fantastic to me and to the charities Shonda and I work with and their stuff is top shelf.

Q-Greatest team of the modern era?

A-I’d have to go with one of the Yankee teams of the late ‘90’s. Starting pitching in spades, relentless offense, unbeatable bullpen, and they played the game the way you hope your kids play the game for the most part.

Q-Will you experiment with any new pitches during the season?

A-Um, no. On and after April 3rd we get paid to do one thing, win. I am not now, nor have I ever been good enough to experiment on the mound.

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  1. March 23, 2007 10:12 am

    Reason #438 why Curt is the man:
    “Lastly, the posts that you made that didn’t go through were deleted because they add absolutely nothing to the forum. I don’t care, honestly, if you don’t like me, but cussing or posting just to be a tool can be done on YOUR blog to the people that you want. I made the statement earlier, don’t click on the site, please, if you don’t like me and don’t want to hear me. Short of that, it’s my blog, I pay for it and if that sucks for you then I am not sure what to tell ya. My only beef with you is that for someone that rails on me for the reasons you do, you post more than anyone here, even me, and that’s saying something. So we are dealing with you either being utterly fascinated with me but scared to admit it, or having nothing else to do but troll boards and elicit reaction from people. You’re pretty much a talk show host with no mic.”
    LOL … nice! Keep up the great work on the blogs, Curt. Red Sox Nation really appreciates the extra effort your giving by doing this.

  2. effjay416 permalink
    March 23, 2007 10:37 am

    OK, this is going to come off as total nut-hugging, so I’ll understand if it never sees the light of day. And I apologize in advance for the obsequious, Entertaintment Tonight-style tone of this, but it’s a sincere question: How do you find time to do it all … elite MLB pitcher, family man, at least two charities, church (I assume, though perhaps “faith” is a better word), online gaming, online gaming company, not to mention driving from south central Mass. to the ballpark (when the season begins), plus anything else I’m leaving out. Seriously, I’m looking for as nuts-and-bolts about time management as you can/choose to be. I know the cliche is, “if you want something done, ask a busy person,” but dang. To wrap up, what sort of time-wasters are you blowing off to make the important things happen?

    And two nonrelated questions: What’s your favorite TV show to watch with the family, and what’s your favorite when you’re alone?

    I promise my next posts won’t be so fanboyish.

  3. mrfreeze permalink
    March 23, 2007 11:57 am

    What it is, Curt. As a fan, I appreciate your candor about the game, especially your agreement that “newfangled” stats like VORP that scare Murray Chass have real value.

    I’d like to know if you play computer (XBox, PS3, PC, anything) baseball games at all, and how do you feel your in-game character(s) stacks up against the real Schill.

    I also appreciate your attention to spell-checking your work. It’s a big deal.

    Matt in MN

  4. fenway22 permalink
    March 23, 2007 3:05 pm


    I just read Alex Belth’s Q and A with you at . You said in that piece:

    “Fast-forward this to Opening Day. It’s a 2 p.m. game, hopefully I’ll pitch great and we’ll win. Sometime around 7 or 8 o’clock that night I’ll sit down — I’m on the road, I’m by myself — I’ll blog out the game, pitch-by-pitch in some instances, inning-by-inning, I’ll go into minutia … ”

    From a strategy standpoint do you feel this could put you at a competitive disadvantage revealing this much info that other teams would see. It could give future opponents a look into your mindset down to every pitch and why your threw it which they could use in their favor the next time they face you.

  5. lyorkell permalink
    March 23, 2007 5:08 pm


    Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions and with two of them being mine I’m kind of proud that they were good questions to ask. I am just getting into the gaming thing these days and I was wondering if you play any baseball games. I know Johnny D. is a commish of one of these leagues but I was wondering if you do the sports game thing. Also, have you played any games from Turbine, another MA gaming company located in Westwood?
    Just curious and, hopefully, you’ll answer these too.

    Looking forward to a great ’07 season. Best of luck!


  6. cmac1887 permalink
    March 23, 2007 8:12 pm

    Two questions, first off last year my high school team and I read about the anniversary of the Pawtucket – Rochester game and decided to have our own marathon game for charity. We chose to raise money for ALSA and the game lasted from dawn ’til dusk (5:30am-8:00pm) with the final score of 64-47 in 33 innings, and it seemed longer because it was 106 and bright sun. It was difficult to raise money because people and businesses were very reluctant to donate. We ended up with a total of $1,625, however this year we have set a goal of $5,000. Do you have any advice from your experince with charities and fundraising you could recommend?
    Second, I am a pitcher in college now and recently had my arm slot dropped down to 3/8. What workouts do you do gain strength in your arm? Or do you put more of an emphesis on leg workouts?

    Thanks and God Bless,

  7. mhaag permalink
    March 24, 2007 8:54 am

    Mr. Schilling, many thanks for taking the time to write this bog, and sharing your experiences as a player. I’m looking forward to this season even more now that I have this alternative to more traditional sport reporting (which is so often just editorializing).

    Also, I appreciate your sense of balance in answering some of the negative or vitriolic posts. However, I’d rather read more of your analysis and experiences as a player, and less of your responding to comments that are negative and lack civility. Those folks generally have their minds made up and are just being provocative, so there’s not much value in responding to them.

  8. jaandersonjr permalink
    March 24, 2007 11:33 am

    Hi Curt – I really have appreciated your work with ALS over the years. This terrible disease took my step mother back in 1999 so i have experienced this first hand.

    Theo has really assembled a great team and rotation this year, can’t wait to see you guys play. I live in New York these days so I have to endure idiot Yankee fans just to see you play (yes, i do check that my Health Insurance premiums are paid before going to the Stadium!!!)

  9. ih8ny permalink
    March 24, 2007 12:47 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    With Papelbon moving back to the pen and Tavarez moving to the rotation what affect do you think this will happen with the Roger Clemens situation?

  10. 1creativemind permalink
    March 24, 2007 3:43 pm

    IMO – The 2004 Sox would beat any Yankees team from the 90’s.

  11. thegr81mikal permalink
    March 26, 2007 12:14 pm

    Don’t you think they should have let Tavarez start a spring training game first before they announced him as the starter? Gabbard has been lights out all spring. I would have preferred Gabbard and Snyder got a chance the last week at winning the 5th Starter role over Tavarez.

    Not that I don’t think Tavarez can do the job, its just sometimes competition lets you find the diamonds in the rough. And I think Gabbard is going to be a sleeper.

  12. debutaunt permalink
    March 28, 2007 10:13 pm

    I haven’t followed baseball since Biggio was a rookie, but I really think you are superfantastically cool for a) blogging, and writing well indeed b) your family’s commitment to philanthropy.

    I’m a year out from a stem cell transplant for leukemia. I’m in remission, but cancer sucks #$#@$%. My friends and I have fully committed to doing whatever we can do kick cancer’s butt. My seven year old daughter and I plan on raising a million dollars in my lifetime. She even has her own team now for our Light the Night walk in San Antonio. Her goal is to raise $3,002 this year. So far, she’s raised $381 in a few days. She’s quite the kiddo.

    I’m tired of seeing my friends die. Or be so sick. And my Zkat is tired of mom spending time away from her – first being ill, and now making sure I stay well.

    God Bless you, dude. You. Well you are amazing. And yes, I love me some Clemens too.

  13. rrosado50 permalink
    April 3, 2007 9:28 am

    Curt I would like to leave a statement raher than a question in saying that I hope and dont think you do take some of the bloggers seriously or some of the callers on sports radio. You have done things for this team and city that no true Red Sox fan will ever forget. And also nobody I have spoken with is worried after one start, its one start. Anyway congrats and good luck on your business ventures , the upcoming season and contracts ( which hopoefully will be in Boston) Thank you for your time

  14. ibleedred permalink
    April 4, 2007 4:58 am

    Hey Curt, Just wondering if you think that you would be better off trying to be a strikeout pitcher and going 6 strong or trying to let them put the ball in play and going longer, and if so is it because you worry about the pen, they say that you wanted to save pitches. I think you should stay what made you great and blow them away.

  15. moicandygirl permalink
    April 15, 2007 11:54 am

    Curt…awesome game last night…this is your year…Listen, I know that ALS is your thing, but want to turn people on to the CASA project. CASA (court appointed childrens advocate). It’s a volunteer organization. People can check it out @ This is an awesome organization and a chance to make a difference in a childs life. Meanwhile go SOX!!!

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