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March 30, 2007

A couple people have asked about the ‘bracelet’ I am wearing on my left wrist. The bracelet says “Cure SMA”. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a disease of the spinal cord and is the #1 genetic killer of kids under the age of 2.  It is a disease that destroys the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement, which affects crawling, walking, head and neck control and even swallowing. One in every 6,000 babies is born with SMA.  It can strike anyone of any age, race or gender.  One in every 40 people carries the gene that causes SMA.  The child of two carriers has a one in four chance of developing SMA.

Now the tie-in here is my 7 year old son Grant. His best buddy in the world is named Will Johnson. If anyone happened to see the episode of Extreme Home Makeover that was done in Medfield last year, that was done for Will’s family. Will is a HUGE Sox fan and an incredible kid. The website www.curesma.org is a great place to get information, offer help and become more aware of something that is truly a horrific thing. If you do stop by, even just to read up a bit, thanks.

Now onto questions.

Q- When you know you’re only going to throw 55 pitches (or any other number for that matter), do you do anything differently to prepare than you would for a “normal” start?

A- Knowing you won’t go nine, or have a chance to go nine is not a great thing. That’s always been part of the attraction of starting to me, the chance to be standing on the mound with 26 outs in the books, and the games final out on you. It’s a rush, so taking that away does affect me. The difference for me is that I’ve been able to get to a point that when I know that sort of thing going in I can setup ‘tasks’ for a game, a checklist of things I want to accomplish within the pitch count of that game. The ultimate goal is to get your pitch count to a level that the coaching staff isn’t keeping an eye on the pitch count on opening day, moreso than they might as the season moves along.

Q- 1. How often do you let tek call the games? Is it only when you don’t feel like you have it?

A- So many factors go into that. Depends on how I feel mentally, the team we are facing, ‘Tek’s feel for the game as well.

Q- 2. Luckie enough to be listening to EEI on the day that you called in and gave it to Butch….My jaw was somewhere around my ankles. How often do you listen to EEI?

A- I’ve got a 45 minute drive into Fenway everyday so most days I’ll tune in and listen. How long I listen usually depends on the topic being discussed and the people that are doing the discussion.

Q- Remy & Don were saying you were throwing all fast balls in the fifth. Were they being accurate or were you using something else?

A- I think I threw a lot of fastballs in that final inning. Though the final two pitches were splits. The first was a great one that Rondell didn’t chase, the second was an overthrown one that hung up long enough for him to whack.

Q- I was wondering what your thoughts are, if any, on the Yankees prospect RHP Phil Hughes. The veteran catcher Todd Pratt has compared him to a younger version of yourself, and I was wondering if you could comment on Phil and the comparison that has been drawn.

A- I actually saw where Pratty made those comments. I HOPE he was being complimentary since he and I have been friends and teammates over the past 19 years since playing together in New Britain. I’ve heard massive amounts of talk about this kid and I hadn’t seen him until about halfway through this spring. First thing I realized is that he’s huge. Big kid, which is a great thing. Second thing, and I saw him during an outing he didn’t do well, was just how good his stuff is. At only 20 I think it’s a safe bet to say he’s light years ahead of where I was at 20. He’s got true power pitchers makeup, physically, and I’ve heard he’s off the charts from a mental makeup standpoint. Obviously he needs to stay healthy, because he’s a future top of the rotation arm if he can keep running out there every 5th day. He’s also got to contend with ‘maturing’ in the NY spotlight, which can be an entirely different animal. But from everything I have heard he has more than enough makeup that it won’t be an issue. I love watching kids like that progress because when you can see them enough you can see them making tangible physical changes in progress, both physically and mentally. The AL East is setting itself up to be the home of some incredible arms over the next decade.

Q- On a night like tonight, how does not being able to throw your fastball the way you want to affect your pitch selection? It seems like its a pitch that you have to throw, even if it isn’t working. Whereas, if your split isn’t working you might not throw it as much. Does that make sense?
A- Yes and no. Your second point is right on. I can get by, anyone can get by, when one or two of their other pitches is off, or not as sharp. I think it’s next to impossible, you have to get really REALLY lucky, to get by on a night when you don’t have your fastball, regardless of how hard you throw. The FB sets up everything else, all the time.

Q- Will Carroll over at BP was talking about “icing” today in his chat. Dice doesn’t, Lincecum doesn’t. WC also mentioned that Dr. Andrews said that he can’t seem to find any negatives behind icing and that there are chances it might do something good, so it’s probably either a push or a minor win to go ahead. What are your thoughts?

A- There are many schools of thought here. One is that the ice slows down and prevents excessive ‘bleeding’ that your arm does after a game. The other is that no ice allows the body to naturally do it’s healing thing, faster. I’ve played with guys like Mike Morgan, who didn’t ice his arm for 26 years, and I’ve played with guys that ice after playing catch. I would be there is a lot more useful science to it than we know, but it really is athlete dependant.

Q- In the June 2002 Playboy Interview you told a story about Mickey Tettleton (it was Mickey wasn’t it?) getting in your grill after a just-happy-to-be there performance. I think he told you, “Be *ing prepared to pitch!” Obviously that was a long time ago. Do you still see those type of players around or has that kind of thing gone by the wayside? Do you think it’s good for the game to have the veterans get the young ones in line or has that style run its course?

A- There are fewer and fewer guys in the game like that, than there were. Much of it is because of the change in society and people as a whole, and a lot has to do with the dollars in sports today as well. Players today take things a lot more personal than they used to. A lot of players today are coming to the big leagues with a sense of entitlement as well, as if they are ‘owed’ respect they haven’t earned. I’d love to see more players come to the big leagues acting like Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, guys that know they have to earn everything they get but at the same time they love the game and they love being here, they don’t expect any level of treatment or respect. I know for a fact that I came to the major leagues and acted like an idiot at times. I said and did things that I look back on and think “Holy crap, what was I thinking?”. But I also know that I never disrespected the game. I came to the ML on a VERY tough team of veterans, guys that had no issues saying ANYTHING, at ANYTIME. It was a tough place to be as a rookie, but I know that without that it would have taken me a lot longer to figure it all out. The other great thing, and it’s still true today, was that there is always a few veterans on every team that work to take younger players under their wings and talk them through the tough parts.

Q- Questec. People have adjusted or are still trying to do so. Do you think it’s good for the game or were things better when you also had to know who was behind the plate? I’m sure you still do to some degree but…

A- I think you still have to know who’s back there and how they call their strike zone, but much less than in the past. Questec, in the parks it’s in, has been a tough pill to swallow because it’s made the strike zones more inconsistent. If it’s gone, or in all the parks, is the only way to fix that. Umpires call the strike zone differently depending on the park they are in, and whether or not Questec is used or not. It’s an unfair system for them because it’s not consistently enforced in every game.

Q- As a follow-up, did you like that people have “earned” calls? As an example when a young player doesn’t get the close call against a vet whether the young one is pitching or batting? As a fan it’s tough to swallow when you see someone get a break because they’ve been around awhile instead of what happened. I’m not a fan of Questec even though it looks like I’m arguing that case.

A- It used to be the way it was, like it or not. It was part of the ‘learning curve’ of being a ML pitcher. I would tell you that across the board, players, pitchers and hitters both, only ask for consistency from umpires, not bigger or smaller zones. Do I like when a ball is called a strike? Absolutely. Just as a hitter loves when a strike is called a ball. But neither of us plans an at bat, a pitch sequence, or a game plan, around having balls called strikes or vice versa. I want the ump to make sure the ball he calls strike one is also called strike three, and hitters want that ball one, to be called ball four as well. The good umpires know this, and work their asses off to get it right everytime. The problem is that I KNOW they are going to miss calls, but the bad ones refuse to acknowledge missed calls. There are umps that miss calls badly, and you ask them about it and they’ll say “Hell no, that’s a ball”, you know for fact it’s never been a ball, and never will be, he just missed it. When I ask a good umpire he’ll admit  that he missed it, I don’t ask again. The problem comes about when players argue a call, an umpire admits it, and the player keeps griping.
 

150 Comments leave one →
  1. afmedic permalink
    April 2, 2007 11:45 am

    Hi Curt. I know you’re not reading this until sometime after today’s game. Best of luck today to you and the team. I enjoy hearing you on ‘EEI when you come on. I do have a question though please. Firstly, I am NOT a baseball manager in any type of youth baseball league, but I have been noticing the last few years that Jason Veritek seems to be VERY UNCOMFORTABLE batting on the left side. I honestly don’t know if that is his natural batting position, but he makes me feel uncomfortable just watching bat on that side. I believe his stats seem to be better batting rightie, and I’m wondering if you feel the same way? I know he is the captain, but do you think he should just bat right? I hope you don’t get upset by my question or think I’m a “dumb ass’ in asking but it’s my honest opinion. Thank you for your time.

  2. gowilimogo permalink
    April 2, 2007 12:05 pm

    Curt, I love reading your blog, it’s always great to hear whats actually on a players mind. Good luck tonight and this season. I just thought I’d let you know, my family has been hit by SMA aswell. My cousins 18 mo. old son suffered from it and sadly passed away due to this awful disease. Here is a link to his website. Take a look at it if you have a moment.

    http://www.thebenjaminfoundation.com/

  3. bignick41 permalink
    April 2, 2007 12:35 pm

    Curt,
    I’ve been a huge fan of yours ever since the 2001 World Series. Thanks for the great memories. Found a link to this blog on a Dback messageboard. Thanks for sharing all your stories. Being a former college catcher, I really love reading your thoughts while on the mound. What great insight. The reason I’m posting is because of the Cure SMA bracelet you are wearing. Thank you for trying to educate people on this terrible disease. A co-worker of mine has a son with SMA. They do an annual fundraiser in the fall. They gather donated items (everything from artwork, trips, gift certificates, autographed sports memorabilia, etc., etc.) and have a silent auction. You can see their website here: http://www.graysgang.com/events.htm. I know you probably get bombarded with requests like this, but anything you could do to help would be awesome. Thanks!

  4. redsoxlady permalink
    April 2, 2007 12:40 pm

    I heard the broken arm story at 8am this morning. Quite a few people I know fell for it. Stupid DJ, and not at all funny.

  5. jfbrady2 permalink
    April 2, 2007 12:40 pm

    Curt,

    Glad your opening the season in my adoped home of Kansas City. Unfortunately I’ll only be able to take the family to Wednesday nights game because as much as I love the Sox, my sons High School games come first.

    If you get bored at the Hotel Tuesday, come on out to Lees Summit West and catch the cross town rivalry of West vs Lees Summit. Rick Sutcliff lives here in town, so he can give you directions.

    If you can make it, I’ll be the one on crutches…(long story)

    John

  6. redsoxlady permalink
    April 2, 2007 12:45 pm

    Curt,
    If you want to hear a cruel joke, a local radio station here in western Mass was reporting this morning that you got hit by a car last night and your arm was broken and would not be starting today. You can imagine how many fans were in shock. I found no humor in it anywhere. Good Luck to you today.

  7. GremEQ permalink
    April 2, 2007 1:04 pm

    WOOT! Go CURT! Go SOX! Finally, Opening Day is here.

    Hey Redsauce,

    Ever here of April Fool’s Day?

  8. stolietta permalink
    April 2, 2007 1:26 pm

    Good luck today and for the rest of 2007!

  9. katierocks permalink
    April 2, 2007 2:08 pm

    ^Don’t worry… it turned out to be a rumor.

    Good luck today, Curt!

  10. buckn4sty permalink
    April 2, 2007 2:10 pm

    Hey curt.. i just wanted to say im 26 and used to follow u when u were on the phillies and u were always my fav pitcher..well u and mitch williams.. but i just wanted to wish u luck this year and prove all the doubters wrong. u still got what it takes and u have plenty of help with the defense.. so go get them for new england and dont be afraid to bean any yankees that dont show u proper respect.

  11. doisneau permalink
    April 2, 2007 2:45 pm

    Good luck curt!

  12. tripler6 permalink
    April 2, 2007 3:37 pm

    /watching the game

    cmon schill! bases loaded! strike this guy out!

  13. any0ther permalink
    April 2, 2007 3:45 pm

    Just watched your first inning versus the Royals a few minutes ago – congrats on getting out of that jam!

    I have question regarding your approach with the bases loaded. Clearly many people think of walking a run in as a worst-case scenario, but if you are facing the bottom of the lineup are there times you would rather risk a walk via breaking pitches rather than be forced to throw a fastball that might get launched for extra bases?

  14. tenaciousdk permalink
    April 2, 2007 5:04 pm

    Hi Curt –

    Wanted to get your thoughts on a question I’ve had for a bit. Why don’t more catchers become pitching coaches after their playing careers are over? While pitchers obviously understand the nuances of pitching, how different holds and pressures can affect a pitch, etc, a catcher sees dozens of different pitchers up close and personal and also has to have an understanding of a pitchers’ touch, cadence, breadth of pitches, etc, as well.

    Is there a reason that former catchers haven’t caught on (oh, that was bad) as pitching coaches over the years?

    Also, sorry your year got off to such a rocky start. But as we all know that is just 1 of 162 (hopefully more!). Best of luck for the rest of the season.

  15. fingers88 permalink
    April 2, 2007 5:18 pm

    Curt… tough game.. FYI, it looked to me like you were definitely tipping your change-up. Your arm action was noticeably slower when you threw the change.. I also noticed you may have been not lifting and striding the same when you threw your fastball vs. the splitter. I could be wrong about the splitter, but it seemed like you were not lifting as much and falling off a bit..but I am POSITIVE the change-up was being tipped by sluggish arm action.

  16. sgc1804 permalink
    April 2, 2007 5:46 pm

    By the way, I am just kidding. Rough first day. The rest of the season will be great. Go get ‘em, Curt

  17. jeff7168 permalink
    April 2, 2007 6:17 pm

    This game is best forgotten. In a role reversal, Gil Meche looked like the ace and Curt Schilling looked like the overpaid marginal starter. Not a good way to start the season, against Kansas City no less.

    Jeff

    http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

  18. April 2, 2007 6:50 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling,

    Your next start will be much better. For what it’s worth: I’ve had Gil Meche on various fantasy baseball leagues.

    While it wasn’t the best start for the team, it is important to remember that there are 161 games left. As a great woman once said “Tomorrow is another day.” It’s just unfortunate that it is also a day off. I am so avoiding sports talk like the plague.
    :-)
    Diane

  19. soxman21 permalink
    April 2, 2007 7:13 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for tonight.

    Can’t wait to see you blow some more games for us.

  20. April 2, 2007 7:32 pm

    What is your favorite movie, sports or otherwise?

  21. davidsoxfan permalink
    April 2, 2007 8:00 pm

    Question: I just wanted to know if everything felt ok in today’s game. Was it just a case of location or, did they just hit the ball well. Also, how did Varitek do in calling the game and is his prolonged slump from last year affecting his catching in anyway. Good Luck to the whole team!!!

  22. tinisoli permalink
    April 2, 2007 8:41 pm

    Curt,
    Do you ever read through the comments here and wish that humans weren’t capable of such breathtaking banality? Does it not drive you nuts to have people telling you that you were tipping your pitches today in KC, or asking you what your favorite movie is, day after day after day? Does it sicken your heart that people don’t know the difference between “you’re” and “your”?

  23. dadhadals permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:21 pm

    lmao tinisoli….I couldn’t agree more.

    Tough break today Curt…remember what your kid asked you that day….”you tried your best right?”

    Can’t win em all…no worries!!

    PEACE AND GOD BLESS!!

  24. redsoxfan permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:27 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Here’s a couple of questions for you.

    Which batter from history would you least like to be facing in the WS at their prime?

    Which pitcher from history would you least like to be playing against in the WS at their prime?

    Can’t wait to see you guys play another season and hopefully go all the way.

    PS: Did you do the best you could today?

  25. dougmirabelli permalink
    April 2, 2007 9:57 pm

    Curt,

    Do you think you are better than Beckett or Daisuke or my boy Timmy? I would say you are prob the number 4 or 5 starter on this team. All those people that were saying you deserve more than gil meche money should probably eat those words!

    -doug

  26. dougmirabelli permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:00 pm

    Curt,

    after todays terrible outing how much do you think your extension should be for now? I would say youre no more than a veteran minimum player at this point

    -doug

  27. dougmirabelli permalink
    April 2, 2007 10:10 pm

    Curt,

    What do you think about being one of the worst pitchers on the team. I know Beckett, Papelbon, Wakefield, and probably Matsuzaka are better than you. There is a good chance Pineiro could be a better starter than you at this point. You are no more than a 5 inning pitcher. I am not hiding in my parents basement either i am a very successful knuckle ball catching catcher so learn to take criticism without hiding behind the shade foundation or any other charity. have a nice day

    -doug #28

  28. jrk1102 permalink
    April 3, 2007 8:01 am

    Curt –
    I just wanted to say thanks for bringing awareness to SMA. I had 2 brothers that passed from SMA Type I, and I truly hope they find a cure.

    Good luck this year.
    – Joe

  29. bobboffa permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:33 am

    Young Red sox fan (age 11) travels 1300 miles to be disappointed;

    Curt I took my 11 yr old grandson on st pattys day to Ft myers from Bham al. It was to be ouir 1st Sox spring training game (& Ive been a dye hard fan since 62, when i guy named Chuck Shilling was there). Blaine came wide eyed and ready to see and get autos from his favorite players, You, Manny and big Papi, and of course his personal favorite Terri Francona. Terry’s 1st chance at managing was here at Bham (Barons AA). Blaine has followed him and even did research on he and his father Tito for a class in 5th grade.
    We arrive at 9 am for a 1 pm game. And there 6 inches away was terry!
    Blaine approached and politely said, “MR FRANCONA”, he was curtly cut off, by saying give me 5 mins kid, then i ll get with you. After 15 Terry looked back (out of side of his eye) and just left. Soon Mr Ortiz came out and waved to Blaine, we were sitting next to Papis Brother. But Blaine refused to get up thinking he d be treated that way again. My point is These kids are our future! The paying fans of tomorrow, to treat even 1 this way is unexcuseable. But as a baseball fan I want to say thank you to you and all OUR SOX for the manner they regard our smallest treasures, our kids. I only wish he had a chance to get to see you- a credit to the profession. Thanks for all your good works, for Boston area and our Nations children. Maybe your manager will someday remember the little kid who traveled with his dad, to grow to love the game….

    Bob Boffa
    Bham Al

  30. mainesoxfan permalink
    April 3, 2007 3:39 pm

    Hey Curt. Better days are coming. Thats why you play 162 games. Good luck next start and KEEP YOUR SOX ON!

  31. curesma permalink
    April 3, 2007 10:46 pm

    Dear Curt,
    Our eight-year-old son, Josh, has SMA type II. We wanted to send you a great big THANK YOU for helping to raise awareness about spinal muscular atrophy.

    As you know, SMA is a horrendous disease that many people do not know about. As parents of a child with SMA, we are always trying to educate the public about SMA, spread awareness about SMA, and most of all, raise money to help find a cure for SMA! Unfortunately, just being mom and dad to a kid in a wheelchair doesn’t make people want to get involved in our fight against SMA. When a celebrated sports figure choses to get involved, it makes all the difference in the world. It makes people want to get involved, it makes people want to learn more about SMA. So, for everyone reading this, please take a minute to visit http://www.curesma.org and see for yourselves why this is a cause worth fighting for.

    Thank you again!
    With heartfelt thanks and appreciation!
    Jennifer and Harry

  32. brb7 permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:37 pm

    Curt, My name is Matt I am13 years old and a diehard Sox fan.
    I have been to Fenway 9 times. I want to thank you for what you have done for the Red Sox and fans like me for the last three years. As far as this season is considered we would like you to forget what happened in the season opener and concentrate your efforts on the rest of the season.
    We all know that thier is no hope for another championship unless you come through for us. I hope this does not put to much pressure on you. Thank you for all you have done.

  33. brb7 permalink
    April 4, 2007 2:44 pm

    Hi Curt, my name is Brendan and I am 7 years old. Ive been to 2 Red Sox games. I know im just a young guy but I do love my Red Sox. Witout you we would have not won a world championship in 2004 and with you we can win one in 2007.

  34. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 6, 2007 10:45 am

    HI Curt,

    Remember me — I was that guy who let you cut in front of me at the grocery store?

    I told you how I was a High School pitching phenom but my coach ruined my arm, wrecking my chances to get drafted. You said that was a tough break, and that you knew a lot of guys who had careers derailed by injuries. I could tell you really meant it too.

    I just wanna wish you luck this year, and to say I hope the Sox respect you enough to get that extension done ASAP.

    -H

  35. moonchildmom permalink
    April 9, 2007 9:53 am

    Mr. Shilling,

    My great nephew, Matthew James Troland, who was born on Jan. 5, 2007 and is the first child to my nephew Matthew Sr. was born with type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy. We are having a benfit for baby Matthew and his family to help with medical bills not covered by insurance, as his mother will not be returning to work. The benfit is this Sunday, April 15 in Bellingham, Massachusetts at the Fiftys Lounge.

    It has amazed me on how many children are born with this heartwrenching disease and that there are still so many people out there that are unaware of it. I applaud you and your blog in attempt to bring awareness to the masses. There is a wonderful photographer named Michelle Carr who photos children with different diseases to also bring awareness and I invite you to take a look at her site http://www.mcp.typepad.com.

    Although I will never understand the pain my nephew and his wife must be feeling and the difficult decisions that face them in the future, I have two healthy, beautiful and active boys, I feel such a heartache and have cried many nights for them.

    The only things that helps me to make sence of this is to believe that this little baby is an old soul, that he is at the end of his cycle of lives and the only lesson left to learn on earth is one of absolute, unadulterated, pure love. So while this tragedy that has struck him and will cut his life so short seems very unfair it will be the gift of love from his family, friends and everyone who hears his story that will fulfill his souls journey and will allow it to become truly complete and move on to a brighter place.

    I watch you pitch here in Florida during spring training, I live on Sanibel Island and wish you and all the Red Sox a great year.

    Kimberly

  36. 23perform permalink
    April 11, 2007 8:58 pm

    Hey Curt:

    Great job the other night. I was wondering if you had any advice about how much information a high school pitcher should be concerned about. My son is a high school pitcher and the team has an excellent stat keeper. He emails everything out the day after we play. My son is doing very well but has no interest in reviewing the numbers. He tells me that he wants to concentrate on playing the game and he belives the stats will just complicate things for him. I know that you have mastered your craft and that you review alot of information before, during and after your games. We you always this way? What about stats for younger pitchers?

    Thanks

  37. tfaria permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:48 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I would like to take you up on your challenge to test the bloody sock. I donate to a charity called the DNA Epicenter located in New London, CT. (http://www.dnaepicenter.org/) It’s goal is teach kids science skills in a way that actually gets them excited about science, DNA in particular. Most of these children come from underprivleged backgrounds.

    This center has the equipment to test the blood on the sock versus your own blood to stick it to those naysayers!

    If you are interested in helping out this cause and getting the test done by a reputable source please email me at fariat@hotmail.com.

    Thanks and have a great season.

  38. jgusp permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:09 pm

    Dear Mr Schilling,
    First & foremost, I want to thank you for one of the greatest sports perfomances I have ever seen in my life. I will never forget it as long as I live. I grew up in Rhode Island & have been a sox fan since the mid 60’s. I am living in jacksonville fla & go to tampa everytime the sox come here. This paint thing has got me up in arms & I have been on sports talk radio for 2 days taking on anyone who want to try to dispute the facts!!! If anyone is so stupid to even entertain that b.s, well they are not true baseball fans & they should go back to thier moms basement, get off the computer & have a big glass of shut the hell up. And as far as wanna be sports writers such as j boy in chicago & woody in paige etc…I’m done watching the show & anythin they are involved in. I ‘m sorry you had to go through this in the last few days. BUT MY ENTIRE FAMILY ( ALIVE OR NOT ) WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HELPING BRING US THE TITLE. You my friend, are a roll model for young people & are a true redsox icon forever………..John

  39. bravoengineer permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:20 pm

    I’ve never been a deliberate fan of yours simply because we have no relation and you haven’t pitched for my Braves, but I’ve always had respect for your ability – and your World Series performance, which made me a part time fan. Now I am a full blown full time fan!! We have a relationship!

    You stood up to this rediculous propaganda with great integrity, and held your tongue and cool about the way people pass off your Christian stance. I’m sure a lot of eyes were rolled at Jesus too! When you are right it doesn’t matter what Satan does to you. It matters what he does to those others with less faith. Keep living your talk!

    I enjoy watching you play the game! I am 48 years old and have played or coached sports all my life. You are a great example to me and today’s kids. Keep digging in and doing what you do.

    And ………….Thanks

  40. cutch permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:59 pm

    I feel that you are one of the most egotistical, self-centered individual people that the Red Flops have ever employed. You think that you are better than the other 24 people on the club. Why can’t you be quiet, and reserved like Mike Lowell, and follow the team instead of the me concept.

    I hope that you retire, because you are a real discredit to baseball, both as a team player, and an individual. Grow up you big, overpaid baby, and get a job in the real world.

  41. minpinmako permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:38 pm

    Congratulations on your response to the whole “bloody sock” incidence. I think it’s disgusting that you should even have to reply or “defend” such an issue to an obvious idiot who has nothing better to do than start rumors, and about the past at that! Regardless of his later apology and admittance of not hearing correctly, it is sad that someone in his position can say what’s on his “little” mind, because he has nothing else to say at the moment. I think his boss needs to think about hiring someone who is more professional and articulate about what is going on in the moment.

  42. straty3k permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:57 pm

    hey man, i really was glad to read that you have faith in GOD, as i read some of the bad comments made to you and about you i know that they have no meaning to you…you have GOD on your side and being in his hands you are safe from all harm. GOD bless you and your family.

  43. vondorff permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:59 pm

    Concerning the “Bloody Sock Comments”:
    You hit the nail right on the head Curt! The media as a whole are nothing but a bunch of liars and slanderers. Trying to tear down was a great moment in baseball history. It was truely a remarkable super human effort. Curt, you are an inspiration, a true WARRIOR, and a great role model. In this day and age of cheaters and steroid users, you are a throwback who stands tall! Being a lifelong >50yrs Red Sox fan, I will always remember and appreciate that special super human effort you game me and the rest of the Red Sox nation in 2004.

    Thanks Curt for the memory of a lifetime!

  44. lewis1996 permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:28 am

    DEAR CURT
    I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WILL GET A CHANCE TO READ THIS I SURE HOPE SO. I JUST HAD SURGURY ON MY BACK 4/10/07 3 LEVEL FUSION AND I AM DOING WELL. I THINK YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST SPITURAL PEOPLE I KNOW AND IF IT WASN’T FOR MY SPIRUALTY I DON’T KNOW IF I COULD HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH MY SURGURY. I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT GOOD LUCK THIS SEASON EVEN THOUGH I AM A WHITE SOXS FAN AND HAVE BEEN FOR 50 YEARS YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST BALL PLAYERS THAT I HAVE WATCHED OVER THE YEARS KEEP UP ALL THE GOOD WORK YOU DO AND YOU WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS ALONG WITH YOUR FAMILY
    GOD BLESS
    KEVUSN@SBCGLOBAL.NET

  45. dayman918 permalink
    April 28, 2007 7:54 pm

    Curt,
    I have often said how lucky we are in Boston to have two very well spoken elite athletes in you and Tom Brady. I enjoy listening to your perspective and appreciate your willingness to communicate with what can sometimes be less than intelligent people.
    You are a thinking man’s athlete who takes tha game apart.
    Have you ever considered being a pitching coach after your playing days are over?

  46. avidfan permalink
    May 1, 2007 10:07 am

    Good luck tonight.

    My 10-year-old daughter plays fast-pitch softball and is thinking about training to be a pitcher. Abigail has the mental toughness and could really go far with the right training. She could also benefit from some inspiration from you, Curt. Any words of encouragement for a young lady with winning on her mind?

    Thanks.

  47. dbro permalink
    May 1, 2007 10:50 pm

    Curt solid game tonight, I like what i saw with the change up and even though you topped out at 93 it still silenced oaklands bats pretty well. I admire how you put all this garbage about the sock behined you and come out and pitch a gem. Too bad about Pap, from TV he looked devastated and even though you can’t hear what he says it looks like he was beating up on himself pretty bad. Any way 1 gb, and 13 fly outs pretty sweet keep chuckin Curt!

  48. gotham23 permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:30 pm

    I’m sure the SMA foundation raises lots of money for research, but after the Extreme Makeover cameras go home, what’s being done to really help all the OTHER people that are trying to live with that horrible illness? My 21 year old friend doesn’t need a “cure,” she needs help staying out of a nursing home, which is where she’s going to end up within a few months since she has no family to take care of her. A cure is a pipedream that might or might not ever happen…where are the resources for the severely disabled people living with SMA today?

  49. ajjj permalink
    July 5, 2007 4:10 pm

    Is This Really Curt SChilling????????? If This Is Can You Tell Me What It Was ike To Be On The D’Backs During 9/11 And The World Series AND Off Course Being With Randy Johnson (RJ). Can I Have Your Auto Grafh Or Jersey Or Phone Number

  50. mattlenny permalink
    December 27, 2007 11:36 am

    Hey Curt,

    I am not sure you will read back this far, but if you do, I thought I would throw a question to you:

    Q. Since there are not as many of those old-time players around that will put a rookie in his place, how do veteran players deal with the younger players that feel a sense of entitlement in this day and age? Is it more about taking them under your wing?

    Thanks,

    Matt

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