Q & A VIII, short one
The only response I have to the Curly Haired Boyfriend is this.
“First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win”
Putting his inherent ‘toolness’ on display for all the world to see did far more than I could ever hope to do by trying to explain what a dope he is.
A large group of kids from Dana Farber were down today and I had a chance to see the always beautiful Holly again. I had a chance to meet her last year, at a time when she made a headband as pretty as a woman can make it. So hello to Holly! Hope to see you during the season!
It was a great time, getting a chance to see the smiling faces. A lot of teammates made it out as well and I know we probably had more fun than the kids did.
Just wanted to take this chance to say hello to all of them that are stopping by and that they are enormous inspirations to all of us that come in contact with them.
If the mood strikes, feel free to click on the link above and along the left hand side of the page you’ll see a “Want to Help?” section, from making a gift to giving blood, you can do it right from there.
On the topic of cancer, if you haven’t checked yourself lately, there is a quick do it yourself test you can administer for skin cancer that I urge you to check out at
Check it out, and more importantly check your kids out please.
Q-Do you take any responsibility for today’s children getting the proper exercise they need when developing a company that makes video games, or are you in the belief that it’s up to the parents to see that children don’t play your games for endless hours at a time?
A-Absolutely not. I do believe people have certain obligations to society when they are in a position to impact others through actions or words, but your kids are your responsibility. What they do with their time, until they are 18, is your business, not the governments, not your neighbors, not your nanny, not your parents, yours.
Q-Taking into consideration some players’ less than chizzled bodies, the “slow” pace of the game, and frequent snacking of baseball players, what points would you make to her so I can legitimize the baseball athlete in the eyes of my amazing, but confused girlfriend?
A-I guess the bigger question would be, does it affect your ability to watch baseball? If she doesn’t like baseball, and she doesn’t want to watch it, or go to games with you, then leave well enough alone.
Q- How *do* you communicate to set the infield defense the way you want it? The communication to Varitek is easy to see. I’m just curious how you get the right message to the defenders pitch-to-pitch
A-There are position players that I setup communication with during spring training, who I will have handle moving the defense when I need to make changes. Otherwise, during my pre-game meeting with Tek, the infield and outfield coaches will sit in and based on my history with a hitter we will determine where they will play that night..
Q-My question is, when you come off the mound after the first and feel like you don’t have your best stuff, do you hope or expect it to show up? Or do you feel like it’s just not happening that day and you have to battle through?
A-The goal is to never have one inning affect the next, because unless you let it, it doesn’t. What I did in the first inning the other day had nothing to do with pitch one of inning two, so dwelling on it, or letting it linger, would be something I could blame on no one but myself. Every pitch, out, inning, is it’s own ‘game’, and when you can focus on winning the game, pitch to pitch, you get to another level of focus and concentration. Then you can start throwing pitches and working a game plan in advance. Throwing pitch x because of what happened last at bat, and because so and so is on deck and runners are on the bases, knowing you have that same hitter again in 5 days, and what you’ve done prior and how it affect this sequence in this at bat. Lots of that kind of stuff goes into each pitch when you are focused.