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Headed to Texas

April 5, 2007

Typing this as we fly down to Arlington for the weekend.

Wanted to quickly mention that 38 Studios has launched our official corporate web site, which can be found at . If you haven’t checked it out please do, and when you do run your mouse cursor over munch. Thanks to the people at Mediaboom for their fantastic work on the website. Together with Ryan Shwayder, Steve Danuser, Mary Kirchoff and the team at 38 Studios I think they put together the beginnings of a pretty cool site with much more to come.

Two other things. You’ll notice on the right hand side of the page here an ALS tote board. The ALS programs that we run with the Philly, Az, and Boston chapters of the ALS Association are based on stats. Curt’s Pitch for ALS is a program that fans can sign up for and donate money per K or per win. At the end of each season the fans in the program get to be part of a meet and greet in each city. It’s nothing formal but it’s a chance to meet all the fans that do sign up and say thanks as well as those same fans getting a chance to meet the patients and families of people afflicted with this incurable disease. As of now every K is worth 500 dollars, and every win 2000. Thanks in advance to anyone that does sign up and those that already have.

The other is a congratulations to the MLB.Com package winners so far. There are 8 as of Thursday, and will be a total of 20 at the end of next week. No one is getting paid for this, and there is no affiliation with anyone in doing this program. This was a small way to get a few more members of Sox Nation (hoping that the winners are Sox fans of course) to be able to watch us all year long.

Our first series is over. With the exception of my stinker things went well for us over the last 4 days. The last two days were a bit colder than I thought it was supposed to be in Kansas City, but the guys took the elements in stride and played well over the last two games. Josh pitched his butt off, battling some command issues but making the pitches he needed to make to get us in the win column. The bullpen came in and shut the door, quelling a potential riot in Sox nation for at least a day. I kept looking for Haley’s Comet during the game, or at some point soon after. Mike Lowell making 3 errors in a month is something you don’t see, much less in a game. The great thing is knowing that he’s probably only going to make 2-3 more over the next 159 games.

One of the beauties of the game is watching the ‘invisible’ stuff that only players  know is happening when a game is going on.

Being a pitcher means you rarely get the opportunity to ‘pick up’ a teammate. Playing everyday you get chances to help each other out at the plate in ways pitchers don’t. When a position player makes an error you know that no one feels worse than they do and as a pitcher it’s the one chance you have to say “Hey, I got you”, and you get out of the inning without the error hurting you. Josh and Mike have been teammates and close friends for years. You knew that Mike felt horrible after the second error, and Josh stepped up and got through the inning, and pretty much sealed up the win as best he could, by making his pitches.

Five innings for a starting pitcher is about as fun as kissing your sister (or so I hear). If you feel good about five innings being your entire body of work for a start you’re a losing pitcher and just don’t know it. Needless to say 4 innings sucks in a way that’s pretty much immeasurable. Josh wasn’t happy about coming out but he knew he’d ran his pitch count to that point. Regardless, getting that first win is a huge dose of tension relief heading into the season.

Mikey picked up where he left off, starting his run to 50 doubles again. Youk hit an absolute bomb as well. If we were playing in 10 degree warmer weather we’d have had a few more runs as well. ‘Tek and David both hit balls pretty square, as did JD, but the cold weather and wind turned them into outs. Kyle Snyder comes in and makes some great pitches, and gets us to the end game where the bullpen closes out our first win. This may be the first team I’ve ever been on that has great middle relief. It’s pretty well known that if you NEED great middle relief you’re probably a bad team. But having the middle relief we have is going to be huge for us because of the MLB schedule. 162 games is an absolute grind on bullpens that aren’t deep. If your starting pitching isn’t getting into the seventh consistently then you are looking at having a 12-20 man bullpen by the end of a season. There are a lot of AL lineups that will still be ‘in a game’ even being down 5 runs in the fourth inning. If you can run out a guy that can throw zeroes up for 2-3 innings, keep the game close, the deep AL lineups can find ways to get back into games. Great example was the Toronto/Detroit game that went from 9-0 or 9-2 to a 10-9 finish. Middle relief tends to be where you break in guys that are headed to your rotation, or the back of your bullpen. But on a team like ours, the middle relief and non-closers in our pen are tested veteran arms, good ones. This division is relentless on pitching staffs. For that matter the AL is relentless on pitching staffs. The longer you can keep the 11-12 guys you leave Florida with together the better off you end up come the pennant race. There is a continuity and feel that develops. Regardless of opinion or what you’d like to think, pitching out of the pen with no defined role puts you at a disadvantage. I know fans scream, and front offices scream, just get people out. It just doesn’t work that way for a lot of guys and when your relievers can stroll to the pen, look around, and everyone knows what they are supposed to do, and probably as important, when they are supposed to do it, your staff pitches better, consistently.

Daisuke. Wow. I can’t say I was surprised, but it was fun as hell to watch. The kid can flat out pitch and the line score he trotted out was even more impressive when you factor in he wasn’t as sharp as he can be. The one word that continues to come to mind every time I see him is poise. Regardless of the ‘pressure’ the media thinks he has on him, I don’t think anyone will ever exceed the expectations he has for himself. His track record speaks for itself. In the biggest games of his life, he’s pitched his best. That takes different makeup, and a confidence level you can’t fake. No doubt he was nervous. The only two things I could muster up in Japanese today were “Ten-o-sheen-day” (that’s how I pronounce it, not how it’s spelled), which means “have fun” and “Yokoo Yatta” or “eeyo” which means “good job”. Obviously I got to say the second one often, he was lights out today. After he settled into a rhythm he got on a roll. He has a large array of weapons and every one of them is an out pitch. He also has the ‘dial up’ fastball that great power pitchers have. With two strikes or in tight spots great pitchers can add 3-5 or more MPH and still maintain command of their fastball, which he did a lot today. 

JC threw another solid inning and it was nice to see Paps strolling out of the pen again, healthy. The trickle down effect of making him our closer is going to be felt all year long. Being able to slot those guys into roles they’ve all had success in is huge for any team, and I think if you run a rotation out there that can give you 6-8 solid innings consistently you stay away from wear and tear on any one person and everyone stays sharp and strong.

Observations from the series and games of the last few days. JD Drew can play. Having never seen him regularly it’s always hard to have perspective on who other people judge as good to great players. When you are limited to scouting tapes and ESPN web gems everyone looks good. He’s going to fit perfectly into the spacious right field at Fenway. In a way he reminds me of watching Andrew Jones go after fly balls, invisible first step, then he’s under a ball no one should catch. Effortless speed is pretty damn cool when it’s in your outfield. Gil Meche has filthy stuff. Not exactly a revelation but if he ever decides to go after a Cy Young he’s going to be a stud. Awesome to see Zack Greinke working through his problems and in the big leagues. He’s going to be a good one. Incredible feel for pitching at a ridiculously young age. One of the better change ups I’ve seen for what it’s worth. He pitched a gem today against a pretty deep lineup.

From highlights of other games. Ok call me on it. When someone asked me earlier about starting a team, and best young players, I totally spaced out and forget about the kid in Seattle. Felix Hernandez is twice as good as I had heard. The only guy I think I’ve ever seen dominate that much that young in a game was Dwight Gooden. He looks healthy and if he stays healthy Santana’s going to get a run for his money this year. After watching Harden’s highlights last night I’m hoping that game was scouted with the fast gun. 88-90 mph split to go with some high 90’s fastballs is a pretty nice mix of stuff to work with. The beauty of it from a pitchers vantage point is that neither of them is ‘max effort’. Both guys stay well within themselves mechanically and command their stuff through the count. Always been a huge Ben Sheets fan. Hoping he can stay healthy because you’re looking at a 20 win, 250k, 20BB season if he does. Is John Smoltz really almost 40 (or is he 40)? His slider is as nasty today as it was 15 years ago. Brett Myers pitched his butt off and looks like he pushed himself this winter to be the ace of that staff. Another kid who is going to be special if he can stay healthy. With Hamels they could have an awesome 1-2 punch.

FYI for those posting comments. If you use foul language or post just to incite a response, your comment will not make it to the board. I have no problems with fans that want to holler or rant at me for pitching bad, or if you think you have the answers to my issues that’s fine, but you’re wasting your time posting the other crap and it gets deleted. My advice to you is simple, don’t come to the site. It really is that easy.

Two posts I wanted to comment on.

The first was from a man who’s 7 year old son I met last year asking about not contacting the young man since. I sent you a private email if you could let me know if it’s really you I’d appreciate it and love to get in touch.

The other was someone asking a second time about whether or not I had apologized to Butch Stearns for ripping him on the radio. I haven’t. It was a stupid thing to say then, and no less a lie today than it was the day he said it. Regardless of what happened between Pedro and the Sox when he left, or what was said, I promise you there was not a day that he and I weren’t pushing for each other. I know that doesn’t make for good copy, hell it’s not even a story, but it’s the truth. It was an idiotic and ignorant thing to say then, and still is now. I’m hoping like hell to see Petey healthy again this year and doing his thing. I’ll always find time to watch the great ones do their thing and he’s certainly one of them.

I’ll grab some questions if there’s time, and answer them in the next few days.

153 Comments leave one →
  1. simsarah permalink
    April 5, 2007 9:08 pm

    Gotta say, Munch is awfully cute…

  2. law1599 permalink
    April 5, 2007 9:14 pm

    Great post!!!! Have a safe trip.. Good luck Sunday 😉

  3. mainiacs permalink
    April 5, 2007 9:34 pm

    Get ready for some 45degree wx in Texas.

  4. soxoct27 permalink
    April 5, 2007 9:46 pm

    curt, the school of thought for the most part has always been NL pitchers coming to the AL can expect to have their ERAs go up a half run to a run. obviously there are exceptions to this, and there is no doubt the AL lineups are tougher and more of a grind physically and mentally i assume. do you feel that to be the case, or do you feel that if you execute your pitches as you should regardless of the league the results should be the same?
    thanks, god bless

  5. April 5, 2007 9:49 pm

    Really great to see your insight about the other pitchers as well. It must have been really nice having the best seat in the house watching Dice-K pitch a gem. Good luck in your start on Sunday. I can’t wait for Opening Day at Fenway. Just hope it’s a little warmer than it was in KC.

  6. kals1 permalink
    April 5, 2007 9:58 pm

    Great start for daisuke. Who is the best pitcher that you ever played with?

  7. badabing04 permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:21 pm


    Great stuff again! Best of luck down there this weekend. Watch that Catalanotto though. Kinsler has been hitting well. What do you think about facing Sosa again? I have a feeling that everything will come together for you this time out. All I want for my birthday (April 8th) is a Sox win! Go get em and keep telling it like it is. Chuck

  8. April 5, 2007 10:25 pm

    Don’t forget to put your Thinking Blogger award on your sidebar! If you don’t ever decide to nominate other blogs, that’s fine. But you deserve the award.

  9. dion3367 permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:37 pm

    Curt I hope you know you got all media freaking out. They all think they are going to lose there jobs. From a fans perspective I got to tell you.. I read the newspaper, watch the analysis’s, listen to WEEI…and its nice to have professional athlete tell the story of what’s going on with the team than to read about it from a second hand source. In Boston we have too many reporters, too many analysts, and too many so called experts who haven’t played professional sports but still think that they can rip a guy apart at the seams and think that there opinion counts for something because they went to school for four years. As a fan I’ll take a professional athletes Blog over the newspaper any day of the week, knowing that, that professional athlete can give me a REAL expert opinion. Curt I may not agree with everything you say or do but I do love your passion for the game and for life…. Til the next start.

  10. dixieredsox permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:41 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I look forward to seeing your next outing and I am sure that your rhythm is going to get back. Everyone has an off day! I did have a question for you that you might not have an answer too.

    A few years ago, I believe you and your wife met with a little girl named Bella Horrocks. She is from Florida, I believe and she has melanoma. A few years ago when I was working at a guest ranch in Cody, Wyoming, her family came out to the ranch with her with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She was a blessing to my life and I have kept up with her since then.

    I was wondering if you remember Bella and what fans of the Red Sox can do to participate in the search for a cure of melanoma?

    Have a great week in Texas man and go Sox!

    Your Red Sox friend in Alabama,
    Galen Garner

  11. sparhawksounds permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:43 pm

    Hey Curt –

    Today was my 35th birthday and Dice-K dropped a gem to remember. I was impressed with his poise and athleticism, he is going to be a joy to watch. It looks like we are 1 card short of 4 aces for a great hand of poker with our pitching staff this year. But I look forward to Wake and Julian to see what they got. And I pray we get to see Lester starting in the big again this year, I was at his 1 hitter last year against KC. I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs to hear a players perspective on the team.
    We host college ball players every year at our home in Maine for the NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League). We usually have three, as we will this year and this year we have a teammate of Rich Gedman’s boy living with us, and Rich’s boy will be playing for our team in Maine.
    We try to bring them to Fenway for a game every year and we have tickets to a July game this year. We come in for BP and try to get down to meet some of the players. Papelbons brothers pitched in the league a couple of years ago. It’s been great snd when the catch advice from big leaguers its always appreciated some maybe we’ll see you.
    I can’t wait to see your next start and really look forward to our season this year. I also am really hoping the reception for JD at the Fens will be a very warm one, for I too am VERY excited at his level of play. Not to mention the man with the best swings right now is Pedroia, I love this kid and can’t wait to see his growth over the season. It’s seeming like there could be a chemistry like in the 2nd half of 2004 building. Would you agree that this is a team that will grow to be a team that enjoys playing and those the play with? I firmly believe that 2004 was a great example of checking egos at the door and playing for the love of the game, and everyone picking eachother up like you were saying in your post today. Should I buy my new living room set at Jordan’s furniture and get it free when we win the series? Just kidding. But I do love this team and I am very excited about the potential of new talent. I also hope we see you again next year, for you have been a joy to watch. Thanks for the great posts and I look forward to more.

  12. billyerin permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:50 pm

    great game today, its freezing here in boston and yes it was snowing AGIAN this afternoon. funny i was reading a few comments the past few days, i cant believe people still bring up the butch sterns thing. to me, i lost total resect for him (sterns) they try to stir things up just to sell paper and air time on WEEI. sterns and shaugnassy belong writing for the enquirer.

    kick some butt in texas

    BTW great post!!! kinda long, but great post.

    have a great easter (even though its in texas) hopefully your family can be with you.


  13. bleacherseats permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:55 pm

    Curt, Did you intentionally downplay Dice-K’s outing? I’m sure your detractors will accuse you of being vain, or say your ego is bruised because you’re not the ace of this staff, etc. Those of us who adore you unconditionally and sycophantically know that’s not true, and that you’re certainly not a tool. Keep cranking out the stream of conciousness, it’s enlightening.

  14. grapefruit02115 permalink
    April 5, 2007 11:02 pm

    It’s cool that you take the time to follow other great pitchers around baseball, but do you also follow great hitters? How conflicting is it to root for Grady Sizemore, for example, to have a monster year but know that you might have to pitch against him later?

  15. yuni96 permalink
    April 5, 2007 11:13 pm

    I got the red-eye watching Daisuke pitch from 3AM here in Tokyo…

    Curt, a few japanese pointers

    have fun : tano-shinde
    good : yoku-yatta, eeyo, or eene (between collegues, eene would probably suit best)

    a few more,

    don’t worry about it : kini-suruna
    you’ve got skills (respect) : yaru-ne–

    So Curt, about your last outing, kini-suruna!! Looking forward to seeing you come back strong in your next outing!!

  16. doyleee permalink
    April 5, 2007 11:14 pm

    Curt, I can’t say enough about the blog. I love reading the insight that you bring to the table. My question is this, How good do you think this pitching staff can be once Lester can get back into the rotation, Tavarez can move back in that middle relief role you talked about, and Timlin gets healthy and resumes a late inning role? I think this staff has the making of being great. All of the pieces are in place, and depending on health, this might be one of the best staffs I have seen in the past 5 years. Just wondering if you agree or not. Thanks.

  17. nctrnl permalink
    April 5, 2007 11:18 pm

    It’s definitely much colder here in KC than it’s supposed to be. Glad we could at least steal one from you guys. It was also pretty cool that you guys let Daisuke make his first start here. A lot of people thought you might hold off until you got home.

  18. laethyn permalink
    April 5, 2007 11:28 pm

    Loving the website. I announced it over at Bobs boards. Looking forward to the days when 38studios has/will have a forum of it’s own!

  19. April 5, 2007 11:40 pm

    I was certainly impressed with Dice-K’s debut today. He’s gonna put up some good numbers this year.

    And man, Felix Hernandez. That kid is remarkable. No pitcher alive today can put up the combo of high K’s and high groundballs like he does. WOW!

  20. April 5, 2007 11:49 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Quick question about your Flights — Do the redsox have their own team plane? and if so- how do you feel about the managers and coaches getting first class while the hard-working players get the coach seats? — arent the ball players the ones doing all the work and could use the comfort the most?
    Thanks in advance,

  21. sully07 permalink
    April 5, 2007 11:55 pm

    First off i have to say seeing a shot of tavarez giving diceK a semi-massage in hte dugout was classic (hope im not imagining seeing this on NESN none ofthe people i talked to remeber this.) also on more of a team basis do you guys feel like the battle has started and your in it to win it and nothing less or does it take acouple games to get everything completely together, get your rutine going?

  22. jbran66 permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:05 am

    Dear Mr. Schilling – First Time Writer… Long Time Reader – Sorry if this turns out to be a 2nd posting, I wasn’t sure I did it porperly the first time.

    I am a 41-year old person with a disability. None of the famous disorders, I just have an average ‘run-of-the-mill’ neuromuscular disorder. I am in a wheelchair during the day and on a respirator through my Tracheotomy at night, but I never miss a game on NESN.
    Growing up disabled all my life, I had to trade the physical acts of ‘playing’ baseball for the intellectual aspects of ‘learning’ baseball. Personally, I think I got the better of the deal.
    Obviously, to be a Major League pitcher you need both physical and mental prowess. However, is this a ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg’ scenario, or is it beneficial to learn the mental fortitude first, then let it dictate the physical path you pursue; or is it better to perfect your skills first, then learn the mental disciplines needed to maintain those skills?
    Someday, I hope to come see you pitch in person. Up until recently, Fenway has not been the most accessible place for me to visit, but I understand the new renovations have been marvelous, so I will have to do some more research on that.

    Have a healthy first start in Kansas City and God Bless you and your family during this Easter season.

    James Brandon
    Nashua, NH

  23. hannibal76 permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:13 am

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the long post. Definitely interesting to hear what you have to say about other pitchers and hitters around baseball.

    You mentioned (perhaps in an off-hand manner), regarding Rich Harden’s pitching performance that, “I’m hoping that game was scouted with the fast gun.” It does seem that pitch-speed is highly manipuable and often manipulated in various games for various reasons. It was reported last year that the St. Louis speed gun never had Zumaya throwing above 95 or 96 during the World Series. I noticed, when listening to a game on the radio while watching the Fox telecast with the sound down that the speed John Miller was listing was always three or four miles per hour slower than the speed Fox was listing.

    So my questions are:

    1. Do you pay attention to your pitch speeds during a game? If so, how does it affect your approach?

    2. Do you think stadiums and broadcasters should have the freedom to post whatever speed they want? Or do you believe it should somehow be regulated by MLB?

    Thanks. And good luck in Texas.

  24. plaidlemur permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:16 am

    You guys put together a great site for 38 studios! Fun, interactive, stylish, and most importantly – easy to navigate. One can assume that the developers you’ve put together aren’t exactly neophytes. Even though I’m not a ‘fantasy’ gamer, I am looking forward to seeing the product your team puts together – with those minds, and your pursuit of perfection, it’s sure to be something special. (and, yes, the little monster is adorable)
    I commented on this a couple posts ago, and still the same question arises in my mind when I see a shot of the dugout, what, if any, impact does someone like Johnny Pesky have on the guys? It seems to me that a link to baseball’s past is a positive thing to have around. The attainment of glory, the immortality of the game and the players, the ethos that once was embraced (and, I’m sure, still is), and the closeness to, or the constant reminder of that great history must have some positive impact on the dugout. It seems a shame to disallow this type of presence, no matter the typed up bylaws and addendums about numbers of training staff, coaches and personnel allow in the dugout. What’s your view on this specific situation, and about the league wide implication of enforcing these rules to disallow baseball history from companionship with baseball present?

  25. bostonbrian14 permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:26 am

    Curt, good luck in your next game. the first ones always the toughest, and you got that one out of the way. You speak of Dice-k stepping up in big games, how bout you? 2004 world series biggest stage in baseball, whole world watching. Thank you so much for bringing a world series to boston. We will always love you. Oh, and if you could, tell dice-k to off-speed his first pitch to as many batters as he can first time around. those that havent faced him yet. they won’t hit it, and it’s so nasty it will get in their heads. And for you, just keep doing what you’re doing.

    Question: Understandably I noticed a lot of high fives after dice came out today, even a “bow” from manny which I particularly enjoyed, aside from all the extra media he brings, how does dice fit in with your teams chemistry? seems perfect?

    Brian Z.

  26. djtubbz permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:56 am

    i have a good feeling you will bounce back, maybe not 20 wins but a strong season fa sho.

    i am the son of a yankee family from the bronx(moms side) and queens (dads)
    i was born in portland maine and grew up watching nesn in the 80’s. before anyone in my fam could do anything i was a sox fan. it was tough for a long time, my family is very intense about sports, in fact my uncle worked for cbs sports a while back, he know his stuff, i took lots of abuse for a long time.
    i wanted to use this forum to personally thank you for your coreagous effort in 04, im sure you’ve heard it millions of times, but i dont know anyone who faced the abuse of yankee fans at every family event like me, like 12 men vs me, but in 04 the tables were turned. thanks so much

    ps why didnt they bring back o-cab? he seemed a little crazy, but was the best shortstop we’ve had since nomar fell off (Lugo pending) peace

  27. vidagrrl permalink
    April 6, 2007 1:30 am

    Hi Curt –

    The blog i s great – aside from the obvious, it’s perfect way to drive traffic to the 38studios site. Another great way? What about an “advergame”? Something free, online, that gives all of us a taste of what 38Studios can do?

    If it’s a good one, like the games at gotmail ( 38S will be ALL the buzz. I’m sure you know this already…

    Can’t wait for your next start! It’s the family activity after chruch, easter egg hunts, and ham!


  28. poltroop permalink
    April 6, 2007 2:13 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    have you heard any new news first hand concerning Johnny Pesky and the rule MLB is enforcing about number of coaches in the dugout? I thought I read somewhere that Terry was looking into the matter.


  29. thedoctorx permalink
    April 6, 2007 2:41 am

    Best of luck in Texas! Enjoying your blog! Tell “Dice-K” Gambatte!–“Gam-bat-tey!”


  30. stewbacca permalink
    April 6, 2007 3:04 am

    Anyone with doubts about you and Pedro should watch the NESN footage after you all took down the Yanks in 04. Granted it was hard to see with the fog and champagne but there was a cool moment between you two that I remember.

    I have to say Dice-K was very impressive from what I saw today. The combination of his pitches, intelligence and Jason Varitek should allow him to remain ahead of the adjustments that AL hitters will make. People want to compare to everyone under the sun but I think when the final 07 numbers are in his stats will be Schilling esque. 17 plus wins, solid era, great strike out to BB ratio and a fair amount of solo HRs.

    As an Arizona State grad I am glad to see Pedroia starting off so well. I am very glad that Youk or whomever it was that got his but down to Athletes in Motion during the off-season. People need to stop comparing him to David Eckstein too, they are different players. btw Curt there is big high quality Sox bar/restaurant about 1/4 mile from Athletes in Motion.

    My only question right now is… If you had to chose between having perfect control of your fastball or a dominating split for one start which would you want and/or would it matter depending on the lineup?

  31. April 6, 2007 4:51 am

    Curt: this was a good one. It was nice watching Josh pitch as well as Daisuke, It looks like Josh has added more over the off season. An Daisuke’s fielding was great, with all the hype about him being a rookie, you forget about all the time he spent pitching in the Pacific League, You just don’t expect him to be that good. Enjoy the blog if I haven’t said it before….. Thank you TIM

  32. westcoaster411 permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:00 am


    my brother and I are huge fans of your ‘legendary’ pitching (how’s the ankle?) but have never really gotten the chance to see you play, since you havent played against the Mariners much and we live in Vancouver BC Canada. We have tickets to see the Sox play on the 25th of June and would love a chance to meet you. We’d love to send you a pic so you can get an idea of who we are, since we already know who you are. Perhaps you could send us an e-mail?

    Anyhow, our question to you is: which major leaguer (current or past) gave you nightmares of having to face with the game on the line?

    Keep mowin’ em down and chewin’ em up!

    Tavis and Levi from BC Canada!

  33. soxnationdotnet permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:08 am

    Love reading your take on the opening series. Sorry your start was a downer, but the overall look of the team across three games–especially Game 3–is definitely encouraging. Dice-K: WOW. I didn’t expect such an impressive line his first time out w/ the Sox. If that ends up being his baseline performance level, we are in for great things.
    Paps rocks. Psyched he’s closing again. Someone phone Mariano; it’s time to pass the torch to the new Sandman.

  34. curtswift permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:36 am

    Diasuke looked good today. If that is subpar, then he’s going to be better than I hoped. Greinke pitched a good game too! I saw on that Jon Lester pitched very well in his first outing for Greenville. I wish him the best and a speedy return to the Sox rotation. That having been said, I still hope Rocket decides to finish his career in Boston. He never should have left. Best of luck on Sunday, we’ll be watching.

    Curt Swift

  35. moonbatmass permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:41 am

    Gee, Dice-K looked awesome. He seems like he is in phenomenal shape, too — almost like he could pitch 20 innings in one game!

    Dice-K is a real pro. Glad to have him as our new staff Ace.

    Anyone else?

  36. kouffaxxk32 permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:46 am

    Yea I agree with you that Dice K performance…can you tell me how he felt when he started the game?

    good luck in Texas

  37. jasvlm permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:54 am

    Thanks for the insight, as always. Matsuzaka seems very composed around the media pressure, probably because he’s had to deal with it in Japan for the past 8 years of his life. Still, it takes a measure of maturity to handle it with class, and that’s what we’ve seen so far. My question for you is this:
    Given that Matsuzaka has come to the US with a regimen (in terms of between starts preparation) that has worked for him in the past-he’s stayed healthy, had success, etc-how much are the Red Sox trying to change that to help him accomodate to MLB?
    The follow up:
    Are there things that the Sox pitchers can learn (or already have learned) about getting their arms ready from Matsuzaka and incorporate it into the normal routine?
    Finally, are there any particular parks you don’t like pitching in for some reason? Texas has always seemed like a horrible place for pitchers, but I’m looking for your personal opinions there.
    Thanks again Mr. Schilling.

  38. spilli permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:01 am

    I can’t wait to see you pitch Sunday. YOU CAN DO IT! Ok I have a question. What are the top three best pranks you’ve seen in your career? I love these stories they are always amusing. Thanks Curt and I love the blog, it’s a great.

  39. chicow permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:03 am


    With Matusuka on the mound, I thought back to your first start with the Sox in 2004. I was there to see the win, in Baltimore, and just looked up the box score. 6IP, 6H, 1K, 1ER, 7K.

    Its nice to have a 2 or a 3 in your rotation that can pitch like that. In fact, the last time we had healthy starters who could pitch like that…….

  40. redsoxbhoy permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:14 am


    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’ve have found it insightful and disarmingly honest. It certainly beats having to get news on the Red Sox from certain bitter and twisted members of the fourth estate with their private agendas.

    As a British Red Sox fan from the UK, based in Edinburgh, but formerly having lived in London, I wondered if you were really aware of the nature of the global devotion of Red Sox fans? 2004 was an amazing year in London as hundreds of the faithful from Britain and the US gathered together to watch games all nights in bars. And despite the lack of sleep (five hours less than you guys remember) we always kept the faith, even ever after third game of the ALCS.

    Given the NFL is hosting a regular season game in London in 2007, would you support any attempt to have an MLB game played here? You can guess which team I want!

    Finally I wondered if you had ever been over to the UK and wanted to know if you were you recognised by British fans? (I’m guessing that ex-Pat and tourist Americans might spot you easily enough).

    Anyway, I look forward to reading more from you over the course of the season. I know you’ll be back to your best and I predict you will have a better season than all the so called experts are predicting.

    Keep the Faith


  41. April 6, 2007 7:18 am

    Watched Dice-K’s debut and … wow! Looks like this kid is the real deal. Like you said, Curt, what amazed me the most was his poise. He had a look and air about him like it was just another day at the ballpark. And you gotta love the fact that he has the cajones to throw what he does when he does in the counts.

    Glad to see him get his first win under his belt and take that pressure off.

    I really like the pitching line up this year (great to have a starting five like the Sox do, then the middle relief, then Pap to close the door).

    People keep talking about how many runs the Spankees are going to score this season … phffftt, whatever. Offense wins games, pitching wins championships (hello, 2004!).

    And not for nothing, but … games on WEEI just aren’t the same without Jerry Troupiano.

  42. aimcifer permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:19 am

    Nice first series, and good luck in Texas. I’ve got a feeling you’re going to be lights out your next start. It was awesome seeing Beckett and Daisuke. Nice to see Coco get his first hit too. I don’t know if you saw this website- some mathamatician is predicting the Yankees will win 110 games this season.

    GO SOX!

  43. redsoxluver permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:31 am


  44. gjlima permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:42 am

    I am new to this blog, its great.

    I see a killer Linup at 38S, I cannot wait to see what they can do. I didnt even know about that venture. A Massachusetts based studio, no less…. If you desire to explore the world of casino game development, lemme know.

    I’ll be definately watching Sunday, good luck.


  45. keysersose permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:42 am


    Two quick questions,

    If, god forbid, you go like, 12-17, 5.60 ERA, 1.23WHIP this year, I mean are just flat out mediocre, will that affect your decision to play next season? I doubt it will happen, but stranger things have…(see Varitek, Jason and Stolen base)

    second, Will you be playing an active role in the recruitment of Roger Clemens as another addition to the rotation? No doubt he would put an already awesome rotation over the top, and would hugely compliment you, Beckett and Daisuke, and allow Wake to come in baffling guys with his knuckler…

    If I’m reading things right, you should be pitching Sunday So good luck

    – D

    Ps – enjoyed the analysis of other pitchers in the game…

  46. rcechser permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:43 am

    Hey Curt,
    I think this is a great blog and I wish more people in sports did it just goes to show what kind of person you are. Good Luck in 2007

    PS Don’t let the Sox brass push you around push back and get the $$ you deserve.

  47. upintothenight permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:49 am

    Great web site goodluck on sunday.Curt your comments on Grenke are so true he pitched a hell of a game against one of the better line ups but it is hard not to get excited about Daisuke. His arsenal of breaking pitches will cause hitters to be a lot less excited walking too the plate and red sox fans more excited as the hitters walk back to thier dugout. However the pitcher that I’am awaiting to see pitch this year is travarez he pitched great last year as a starter when the team was down.He gave the sox a boost and the fans something to look forward to this year.Curt question hope you can answer.Why are the pitchers in the bull pen kept segregated from the rest of the team? How come the whole team is’nt all in the dugout?


  48. jeffintucson permalink
    April 6, 2007 7:53 am


    You mentioned “picking up” you teammates and it made me think of one of the most heartwrenching things I have ever seen happen to a player. How did you and the other pitchers and players “pick up” Byung-Hyun Kim after those two games in New York in 2001? I was there at the first spring training game in 2002 where BK got a standing ovation as he came in for the 9th, but I have to feel he needed a lot of support to make himself feel right after a performance like that in the World Series.


  49. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 6, 2007 8:06 am

    Looks like Smerlas and or DeOssie will be running for Congress, Curt.

    Will you support them?

    They are running for Marty Meehan’s old seat as Repubs (at least ac. to the Herald).

  50. marsh18redsox permalink
    April 6, 2007 8:17 am

    Make my Easter a good one Curt 🙂 I have a quick question for you that maybe you can help me with. I asked the Remdawg this question and he wasn’t sure how i could go about doing this. My dad, in the 60’s played double A ball in Quebec under a Philly’s contract. He played with a man who is now a major league umpire, I have always wanted to meet him since I know very little about my Dad’s playing days (he doesn’t talk about it much, I think he is disappointed he never made it further, while I am very proud of him for going as far as he did especially right out of High school!) I tried writing to one organization but im not sure he got it. I couldn’t get close enough to him the one time I was at Fenway when he was there……… any suggestions?


  51. msheppard permalink
    April 6, 2007 8:19 am

    Mr. Shilling:

    Initially my thoughts on this post were “Shut up about all the 38Studios, ALS and contest stuff…” but then I was rewarded with some really chewy content.

    Unfiltered, unedited, uncompressed opinion from someone who is as close to the Red Sox as anyone could possibly be. This is absolutely amazing stuff you’re doing – very groundbreaking. I’m pretty sure in a few years people will look back at this blog and point to it as a big shift in the way we fans consume information about the teams.

    I guess a question I have is “How do you deal with all the detractors personally?” I’ve never been famous, but everyone gets people who criticize their work or how they live their life – and it always seems you hear the negative so much louder than the positive. I can’t imagine how much you must experience this – how do you balance it out? I hope you find ways to ignore the negatives on this blog and keep it up for the whole season.


  52. April 6, 2007 8:26 am

    The website looks nice but there seems to be some scaling issues, if my browser (Firefox) isn’t maximized I can’t read the text, nor can i scroll around to read it. Other than that looks good, Munch could be a cool character.

  53. athltrnr permalink
    April 6, 2007 8:38 am

    Hey Curt, I am curious as to your off season training program. I always hear about the great S&C staff you folks have but I am curious if the sox are using any of the new evidence based training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. They have the Optimum Performance Training paradigm, which the Phoenix Suns have used with success.
    During the mid 90’s a friend of mine was an athletic trainer in the organization and I know he was working on some pretty innovative stuff. Mind sharing?

  54. kicktothehead permalink
    April 6, 2007 8:50 am

    I am glad you mentioned how well Beckett threw.
    The guy is just flat out nasty. I love how people harp on the 5.00 era last year.
    The league average was something like 4.73 for crying out loud.
    He was new to the league, had no idea about most of the hitters, and from what I understand he was kind of a lost soul when he got there.
    (being from Florida that can happen when you pick up and move your life to Boston, especially at his young age)

    His fastball just explodes out of his hand. I love watching him pitch.

    As for Dice-K, what else can you say? Amazing first start for the pressure he was under. 99% of normal people would fold like a cheap suit on the hill under those circumstances.

    Shill….looking forward to your season. Believe it or not, you are the real anchor in that rotation. I know it’s pretty deep but you are the rock.
    Your stuff is as filthy as it always was, just hit those spots 🙂

    As for Butch Sterns….bahhh..who needs him. Since I have received XM radio I have not listened to WEEI in over a year. Those yahoo’s are the reason for the “up and down” emotions of Sox Nation. Listen to some real baseball people on the morning show like Buck Martinez (this guy really knows his stuff…) and they will give you the scoop on whats “really” going on, not what the media “wants” to be going on.


  55. dferra1 permalink
    April 6, 2007 8:53 am

    Hi Curt,

    I know you must be chomping at the bit to get to your next start to show that opening day in KC was a fluke. Best of luck in Texas.

    I also wanted to say that like the vast majority of Sox fans I am somewhat appalled that Red Sox management has not tendered you a new contract. They certainly do not speak for Red Sox Nation. We appreciate what you brought/bring to the team in the past, present and we look forward to the possibility of Curt Schilling finishing his career with the Sox.

    Best Regards,

  56. jkishmael permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:01 am

    Hey Curt, great blog – huge baseball fan and love the inside scoop.

    I’m a big WoW fan. I was curious to know what role you gravitate to in MMO’s? As a pitcher, you have a unique viewpoint in professional sports as being the ‘core’ around which the game rotates (QB would be the next closest imo). I’m guessing this makes you a ‘holy trinity’ class player. Tank, range dps or healer?

  57. beyondb4 permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:10 am

    Gotta watch that Munch! He almost ate my mouse!

  58. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:19 am

    Hey Curt,
    Goodluck on Sunday, it’s bounceback time! I just wanted to say I’m looking forward to your season and hope the powers that be make you a priority this winter. I’m an avid reader of the blog and love the insite you give. I remember in the mid 90’s you had a couple starts with Scranton-Wilkes Barre (my hometown) and you were present for a baseball camp they did at Lackawanna County Stadium (now home of the Yankees Triple A). One of my prized possession was a Schilling signed baseball that had some wear and tear the past 10 years. You also showed me the proper grip for a four seamed fastball. I remember my younger brother ended playing baseball with your autographed ball in the rain, like ‘The Sandlot’ situation. It’s probably worth less than a dime now, but it sits next to my Pedro signed ball I got when our Juco baseball team scrimaged the double-A Mets in Florida.
    Keep battling Curt. Don’t give up on the change.
    -Tim D

  59. behrle permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:27 am


    Everyone knows you’re gonna come back big–don’t be too hard on yourself. Have a great weekend–say hi to Sammy Sosa for me.


  60. rsoxgirl permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:29 am

    Wow, this is amazing. Thank you so much for your posts. I cannot get NESN here where I live, and having your view of the game is incredible. I can only watch the games on ESPN. Unfortunately, last year a lot of the times they were supposed to be shown on FOX, we got a different game down here (mostly the Atlanta Braves, even though that game was also on TBS!). I miss being able to watch every game, but look forward to July when you guys play in St. Pete’s. I’ll be at every game there, same as last year. And every year I make my way to Fenway for at least one game. Keep up the good work. Go Red Sox! I’m wondering if there is a radio station that broadcasts the games that I can access via the internet? (Not MLB tv, I bought that last year and it was slow and agonizing).

    A special thank you to Doug Miribelli for signing for my neices this spring (Dougie’s going deep!). The 10 year old is a catcher on her little league team because of him. She still has a smile on her face from how well he treated her.

  61. knuckleball permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:30 am

    Hi Curt,

    Thanks from Red Sox Nation in The Netherlands for keeping us up to date on yourself and the team. Hope MLB goes forth with their plans to play a couple of games in Europe.


  62. backwoodsdog permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:38 am

    Hey Curt,

    Can’t believe that I’m enjoying this as much as I am. This is a super idea that has got to catch on.

    It would be wrong to ask you to comment on Coco’s mindset etc., but I thought that he was absolutely perfect for Boston and would become a fan favorite. The negativism of so many Sox fans (toward Coco and others, at times) drives me nutty, and has driven me away from a lot of websites and other sources of Sox talk.

    Are players sensitive to the treatment their teammates are given? Do they (can they) pick each other up? Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the fan-favorites to be a bit more outspoken when a teammate is getting beat on?

    Now get off your backside and pitch, you bum! Just kidding….

  63. rubbersuitman permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:41 am

    Yeah Stearns is a bit of a instigator (in a ron Borges, Shaungnessy type of way). Nice to see Beckett maturing, and Dice-K looks like he is going to be flat out incredible.

    Drew, I’ve have always liked him, and I think in the position he is in in this line up, once he adjusts in going to have an amazing season. Lowell also shocked me, but sometimes you just have those day.

  64. achase47 permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:43 am

    Checking your Blog on a daily basis has now become a necessity for me. Your insights into the “inside” game of baseball and your comments about teammates and other MLB players can’t be found anywhere else. Thanks for taking the time to connect with your fan base.

    This is going to be a fun season, and your chronicling it from the vantage points of the mound, the dugout and the clubhouse will add to the enjoyment for discerning fans.

  65. April 6, 2007 9:51 am

    Loved reading your take on the opening series. Sorry your start was a downer, but the overall look of the team across three games–especially Game 3–is definitely encouraging. Dice-K: WOW. I didn’t expect such an impressive line his first time out w/ the Sox. If that ends up being his baseline performance level, we are in for great things.

    Paps rocks. Psyched he’s closing again. Someone phone Mariano; it’s time to pass the torch to the new Sandman.

  66. grave777 permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:59 am

    Much respect to Mr. Schilling. Tough loss but if anyone’s has the ability to bounce back it should be you. I have to say that a few weeks ago I watched when you pitched for AZ against the Yanks in the Series. When you pitched you seemed to be lower to the ground and not so tall. It was almost as if you slumped down before delivering the pitches. After what you went through with the ankle, I don’t know if its even possible to resume the stance again. I’ve seen alot of advice on how to fix this and fix that, but It was something that I noticed and had to relay. Happy hunting in Texas…

  67. emccue permalink
    April 6, 2007 10:04 am

    Hey Curt-

    Love this site…..I wish more athletes would do it. As fans, getting a first hand perspective of what your thoughts are on things without seeing 100 microphones in your face on tv is great. Other than that apparition your threw monday the boys look great so far. The biggest thing that stuck out to me was Beckett picking up Lowell like you mentioned. I dont think I have seen that much emotion out of the kid since he came here than when he got out of that inning. Dice-K’s start was incredible. It acutually led me to two questions.

    1- Does Julian Tavarez give massages to the whole team or just Dice-k?
    2- what are your thoughts on Alex Gordon?

    Hey have a great season……Ill see ya against seattle on 4/12

    Good luck,
    E. McCue

  68. gritty permalink
    April 6, 2007 10:36 am

    Of all the pitchers I think the one who deserves a little more attention is J.C. Romero. I’m really excited about his flexibility to pitch a few innings or just the 8th before handing it off to Papelbon. I’m curious what you think his role will be as the season progresses. Will we see J.C. on a daily basis? Does he have the type of arm that allows for that type of strain?

    Looking forward to seeing you heat it up on Easter down in Texas.

  69. April 6, 2007 10:43 am

    Uh, munch ate my cursor. What kind of nihilistic SOB do you guys have mascoting around your site? Is their such a thing as a munch leash? Munch muzzle?

  70. April 6, 2007 10:45 am

    oops…I did a ’38. I meant “there”, not “their” (:

  71. April 6, 2007 10:47 am

    Hey Curt, I’m wondering what your thoughts are on using the 5-man rotation this early in the season. I thought Francona was gong with the 4-man due to the days off this week and next week, which would have set up Matsuzaka to pitch the home opener. Now I see that Tavarez is on for tomorrow, even though that would have been your fifth day. Thoughts?

  72. April 6, 2007 10:52 am


    Love your insight. This blog is phenomonal for us fans. Good luck Sunday night as we go for the sweep.

    Question: What’s your take on the offensive struggles of both Coco and Tek? I’m particularly concerned about Tek’s offense as it appears it may be more mental now than anything. Of course, his defense doesn’t suffer which is his most important role but we’ll need his bat too down in the lower third of the order.


  73. daynonhohm permalink
    April 6, 2007 10:54 am


    Thanks for reaching out to your fans like this. Quickie, what’s your favourite BBQ joint in the Dallas/FTW area? I’m going to your series with the Rangers in May and want to know where to get some good eats!


  74. rdsx2627 permalink
    April 6, 2007 10:55 am


    There have been alot of blogs out there saying that Dice-K’s first game was against a sub-par almost minor league like Royals ball club. Some people feel that as the Royals went throught the order a third time they were getting some good looks at him. In a situation like you were all in yesterday with weather condtions and such I would say 10k against any ball club be it the Royals or Boston College was something to apriciate. Good luck this week-end in Arlington.


  75. franklgl permalink
    April 6, 2007 11:02 am

    QUESTION – If you got time for it…I’d like to know if you are on any kind of weight lifting program during the season. I’m a pitcher and would like to continue lifting during the season, but I find it limits my flexibility a little. Just curious if you have any tips for lifting.
    Good luck in Texas…go Sox!

  76. izzymoe permalink
    April 6, 2007 11:12 am

    Hi Curt , this is my first time ever on your blog. I just want to say that Butch was wrong for saying what he did. I don’t blame you for not appoligizing. Sometimes I think peolpe just say things just to say things. I know you and Pedro would push each to greatness in 2004 and to think that the both of you guys were not cheering the other one on is nuts.Well Curt good luck in your next start ……..god bless ……izzy.

  77. powerchild33 permalink
    April 6, 2007 11:15 am

    Hey Curt,

    Tough outing the other day, no biggie. You got the first one out of the way and I think I can speak for most “true” red sox fans that you’re the least of our concerns out of the rotation. You’ve been consistant for so long, why would we think otherwise? Anyways, I’ve got kind of a fun question. Coming up in the game has there ever been any “clever” comments from a heckler that made you smile, etc. I’m not talking about the drunk, obnoxious guy that thinks he’s funny, but really is just noise pollution, I’m talking about someone who really knows what they’re doing and how to get into a players head with clever tactics and never, ever vulgar or “too” offensive. I’m sure you’ve heard some good ones over the years. For example, I’ll always remember when I was in college playing, our closer was in the game, who was a “chunky” guy, in a tight situation -big game pressure, game on the line and he was a tough mexican kid with a tough up-bringing. Needless to say he was a mentally tough guy when someone out of the crowd yells, “hey Joe, you’re so big I bet you sweat mayonaise!” None of could hold our composure, even Joe our closer. Sometimes you just can’t hold it in regardless of the unwritten rule to not respond or react. Another one that was good that day by the same guy was a cooment he made towards our designated hitter who happened to be 0-4 that day with 3k’s. Well after his fourth at bat that he struke out looking, the guy says, “hey josh, what exactly does the ‘H’ stand for in ‘DH’ in your case?” Classic! Anyways, I’m sure nobody wants to hear about this, instead wanting to know more about dice-k. I think sometimes the lighter side of game can be the best part and it would be cool to get some inside stuff that you’ve noticed over the years. Well, good luck against Texas and watch out for Sammy and his corked wonderboy…

  78. kevinfrommedfield permalink
    April 6, 2007 11:18 am

    I just want Curt to know how much I’m enjoying the discomfort he’s causing the local sports media, nearly all of whom have a vastly inflated sense of self importance. 38 pitches is striking fear in their hearts because it’s making it very clear that they have become irrelevant.


  79. pasox3 permalink
    April 6, 2007 11:28 am

    New to the blog. Great game yesterday, Dice K looked impressive.

    Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a Phillies and Red Sox fan, so I cried when you left the Phils, but you made my day when you signed with Sox.

    Good Luck on your next start. The first game was a fluke and I am sure we will see the classic Schill.

  80. firedannyainge permalink
    April 6, 2007 11:52 am

    I started a blog and already have a few comments from the same person refusing to give a real e-mail address calling me Like I am going to post that stuff (they can’t figure out why)

    It is that simple. If you don’t like what is being said then don’t visit the blog. Unlike the rest of the media in Boston I am going to call out the Celtics every chance I get. Someone has to tell it like it is. I am not the media of course (I wouldn’t lower myself to that profession) but the free pass is over.

    At least the weather must be nice in Texas. Wakefield is due for a good game so I hope he wins tonight.

  81. rmyof1 permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:08 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    As you can see I am a career Soldier. I want to thank you for all you do for all members of the military. I have a question for that I would rather not ask here. Could you please drop me a line? I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    P.S Love the Blog

    SFC Rich

  82. rakku permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:11 pm

    haha, munch is awesome. great site curt 🙂

  83. meredithlee83 permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:45 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I was just curious on how you feel about Johnny Pesky being banned from the dugout and practices. I realize that the team has to regulate how many coaches there are, because those are the rules. I am just shocked and appauled that the baseball commission treated Mr. Pesky this way. He is Mr. Red Sox, he adds a different dynamic to the coaching staff and contributes so much to the sport. My family and I have really missed seeing him in the dugout during games.

    Thank you for your time,

    Meredith Moore

  84. soxfan1982 permalink
    April 6, 2007 12:53 pm

    Hey Curt,

    About that sweepstakes, I just wanted to ask if you’re aware that no one in New England can watch the Sox on MLB TV? I was going to buy a subscription to it, but every Sox game is blacked out because of NESN, which really stinks because I travel a lot for my job where NESN is not aired. They black it out based on the zip code of where you live, not where you’re located, too.

    Just wondered if you knew that. With all that said, I think it’s a nice contest and a nice thing to do.

    Best of luck in texas! We’re all rooting for you.

  85. do49erfan permalink
    April 6, 2007 1:03 pm

    Curt, just wanted to say that it feels that much more informative reading material coming from the actual source rather than second hand. Its very interesting reading what you have to say what you had to say about Dice-K, having watching the game myself, I cant even imagine how good he can be with better command. Anyways, love the blog.
    – Dave-O

  86. nationvsempire permalink
    April 6, 2007 1:12 pm


    Best of luck turning it around in Texas. The Sox have a great staff this year, better than the Yankees. It should be a great season and I sense a return to the playoffs.

    Check out my site ( I have a friend who is a Yankee fan (still a heckuva nice guy and rational too!) who will be writing the Empire side to my blog as I write the weekly Nation side. I will be including some nostalgic thoughts in the near future (actually I plan on putting in some nostalgia tonight). The site is new and I am trying to get it going. I’m grateful for the Yankee fan who is willing to send me a weekly blog. This lets me focus on doing the Sox blog and working on the rest of the site. And I’m even older than you, so I have plenty of nostalia and trivia to pass along (heck, I even remember 1967!). The Yankee blogger is about 10 years younger than me. Incidentally, what he hates most about the Sox is the way Manny stands there and watches his home runs. I had to tell him to get over it! Heh heh! We hope for the site to be a lot of fun for the fans.

    Best wishes,
    Joe (the Nation side of “2 guys named Joe”)

  87. irnbru permalink
    April 6, 2007 2:04 pm

    Hey, Sully. I’ll back you up. I saw the massage too. also has a picture in that game’s gallery of Tavarez holding his gloved hands over Matsuzaka’s ears, to keep them warm. Probably around the same part of the game.

  88. vtdolfan permalink
    April 6, 2007 2:15 pm

    Hey 38…

    Your words about Gil Metche prompted me to make a trade for him in our fantasy baseball league…auction style…his salary was only a maybe we have a gem there!!! I got alot of mustard on my face when I let everyone know my inside lets hope I have the last laugh.

    Thanks for all the updates, your blogs are awsome..and it really shows what kind of a guy you are. Its nice to see that people of all walks really do put their pants on one leg at a time. As a fellow gamer…I eagerly await 38 Studios creation…I play WoW now..but only for another year or two….RIGHT????? I get the feeling 38 Studios will put together quite an emerssive (sp?) experience..and for me thats a really..REALLy big selling point.

    Keep up the good work..both IRL and elsewhere!!!

  89. soxnate permalink
    April 6, 2007 2:16 pm

    Hey Curt,

    As with most other people here, I’m really excited and honored that you’re taking the time to communicate with us little people. This is really ground breaking stuff here and many of the posts ask some great questions about baseball life and the day to day routines of being a ball player. Thanks.

    Here’s my the last few days the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game has gotten a lot of attention and rightfully so. With Ken Griffey Jr’s request to wear #42 and Bud Selig’s decision to allow any player to wear it…has any Sox player talked about wearing 42 on th 15th? I think it would be a great idea for someone on the team to take that responsibility. Any thoughts on the subject in general?

    Thanks again and good luck in the season.

    Nate in VA

  90. rocket531 permalink
    April 6, 2007 2:49 pm

    Interesting to see that you commented on the Butch Stearns questions. I remember listening to that when you called in ‘EEI and it was rather comical to hear Stearns called out live on air.

    I think it’s a bit harsh to call him a liar. Do you honestly thing he just made that up? Was it completely accurate? Probably not. Then again he was more accurate of the situation than how you portrayed it that day. Pedro was incredibly jealous of you. He hated how you took the attention away from him. He obviously didn’t keep this to himself.

    If there was ignorance in that whole relationship I think there’s plenty on your part if you think Pedro didn’t feel that way while he was with the Sox.

  91. augustwest permalink
    April 6, 2007 3:01 pm

    18″ of snow in the past 48 hours here in my corner of New England. Another foot on the way by Easter Sunday. Possibly another storm Weds/Thursday of next week. I wish I had taken more bp in college…

    I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to the following:

    Easter Sunday with my three girls
    3 Guinness while watching Schilling go 7 2/3rds, 9k’s, 2bb’s (sorry), 1 er. Michael Young may also take one in the hip. Unintentional.
    Reading Danny boy’s dreck in Monday’s Globe.

    You heard it here first.

    Ok then.

  92. dixieredsox permalink
    April 6, 2007 3:03 pm


    I have already left a post, but wanted to know what you thought of the Alex Gordon hype. On TV, they made this kid sound like a god and he had one hit in like 9 AB over 3 games. Wasn’t that great. Then when asked after Dice-K pitched, he said something like he thought Dice-K was just alright and nothing to write home about.

    Does this guy really have that great of potential or is it just his arrogance as a young guy coming out?

    Have a good day Sunday!

    Galen Garner

  93. scorpio2 permalink
    April 6, 2007 3:20 pm

    Hi Curt,

    What differentiates the “great” pitchers from the very good ones? Is it desire, work ethic, or just God-given talent? Obviously all of you have to be really really good to get to the big leagues, but why are some able to reach that upper level while others never seem to.

  94. crystaux permalink
    April 6, 2007 3:29 pm

    You know…my first response to some of these people is to jump out there in your defense…and then I remember that you know exactly what you’re doing and not only do you not need defending, you don’t really even hear these people. SO…I’ll just say thanks for being true to yourself, knowing what is right and acting on it. You are an inspiration to those who recognize how it works with you and you are appreciated by those who can stand back and see clearly… Now, log in, newb.

  95. April 6, 2007 3:52 pm


    What was the most challenging point in your life, and what (internally or externally) did you use to get through it?


  96. kirk43 permalink
    April 6, 2007 4:57 pm

    awesome post good luck this weekend hopefully our bats start comeing around i like coco hope his hand is fully healed so it gives him achance to play at his talent level heard weei butch stearns comments i think the show dictates sometimes an instagator role but u shut that down go redsox pats capecod

  97. mainefan permalink
    April 6, 2007 5:35 pm

    Curt, I’m just lovin’ this blog. Good luck on your next start!

  98. April 6, 2007 6:06 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Bummer about Wakefield’s loss today. How do you all feel when you get no run support? Wake pitched pretty darn good today – things certainly could have gone downhill fast, but he really buckled down and did well.

    I’ve got a new forum up, off my website and there’s a Red Sox section there. There’s not a lot of members yet, but I’d love it if you’d drop by and leave a brief hello. (I think my father, a lifelong fan, would absolutely be thrilled!)

    Finally, I know you enjoy Salvatore’s writing – he was a big inspiration to me in my own writing – can I send a copy of my novel, The Elder Worlds, to you? I know you are busy, but it would give you something to read on those long plane flights, bus rides, or rainouts.

    Seth Kerin

  99. richgnx permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:21 pm

    Hey Curt,
    First off, I’ve been a fan of yours for quite a while, and was happy to see you come to the Sox in ’04. I had to run off and have my red 38 jersey printed up and sent to me early that season. (Hope I don’t catch too much flack from D&C on Monday morning!)
    And speaking of the Boston media….I’m glad you haven’t apologized for the Butch Stearns comments. Don’t. You don’t have to justify a thing to the media. Most of them are vultures anyways, and don’t care about the players or the fans nearly as much as they do about their egos. The only people in Boston that you should feel accountable toward are the Boston fans, and you don’t need me to tell you how much support you have with us. Just don’t pitch at Fenway like you did in KC, or you might hear form us! People may laugh, but I always tell them that Manny Ramirez is a very smart man because he knows that once his production goes down, the organizations, and media will have no use for him.
    Anyways, this isn’t MY blog, it’s yours, so I have one question to ask you, and forgive me if it’s already been addressed. I just signed up. What’s your take on the impossible dream celebrations this season, and your thoughts on that team in general? Thanks for your time, and good luck on Sunday!

  100. richgnx permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:23 pm

    To answer soxnate, Coco Crisp is wearing 42

  101. laethyn permalink
    April 6, 2007 6:50 pm

    My 4 year old daughter spent hours yesterday giggling, and screaming, that “that little green monster Munch ate the mouse!!”

    Thanks :\

    And everytime she sees me logging in to Bobs messageboard, her first words are “is that Bob? Did Bob write the Green Monster story? What kind of Green Monster is Bob?” . Now she is asking if Bob wrote the mouse eating game. :p

  102. esaslaw permalink
    April 6, 2007 8:44 pm

    The cold weather is one thing, but there have been several major league games played with snow falling. Is this an acceptable condition for you and other players to play in? If games are stopped for rain, partly because players can get hurt, how are games being played with snow falling in the eyes of both pitchers, hitters and fielders? Is this a MLBPA issue?

  103. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 6, 2007 9:51 pm

    Curt GREAT WEB SITE AT 38 STUDIOS!!!!!!!!!!!!. I just checked it out. Curt could you send me a private email to me at I hope you have a great game on Sunday!!!!!!!!. Are you going to change anything when you pitch then? Curt do you have another red bracelet I could have. I would like to wear one. Could you send one to me and that is why I want you to send me a private email so I can give you my mailing address and I would like to email you Curt some photos that I took of you at Spring Training. Curt your blog is really really cool. You have a lot to say and it is very interesting to read. Curt have a good weekend and a great game on Sunday and Happy Easter to you and the rest of the team and your family also. Curt do you know Roger Mason?

    From, Jeff Riley

  104. soxrex permalink
    April 6, 2007 10:37 pm

    The commentary of on field moments is great- the “invisible” things that players know are going on. I don’t know anywhere else I can get tuned into that part of the story. Granted, it is very cool to read your rendition of an at bat or an inning, from the pitcher’s p-o-v, as it puts meat on the stat line.

    Also, I really enjoyed Kevin’s appearance here during spring training. Will that be possible from time to time- a guest appearance? Especially from a friend of yours or a former Red Sox who is now playing elsewhere. It could really be a lot of fun. Sort of like “car talk” for mlb blogging.

    Keep up the good stuff. Go get em next time out.

  105. fins123 permalink
    April 6, 2007 11:18 pm

    Provided that Jon Lester makes it back to the Sox, where do you see him fitting in? Bullpen ??

  106. joei71 permalink
    April 7, 2007 4:26 am

    Glad to see the closing remark about Stearns. I’ve been wondering myself about that whole thing since Pedro left town and said a few things. Lots of people on EEI have since given Stearns credit for “getting it right in the first place”, and so it’s good to hear you weigh in on the subject. Stearns is a bit full of himself, to put it mildly. He deserved to be put in his place.

    …and that phone call will forever remain a classic on Boston sports talk radio!

  107. redsox1918 permalink
    April 7, 2007 8:46 am


    Forgive me if you have responded here already concerning this subject, (I didn’t see it), but what are your feelings about a six man rotation in the months ahead? Obviously, there are a bunch of candidates that could do the job, one presently living down in Texas. 🙂 I’m also wondering if this would really benefit Dice-K in his first year in the big leagues, and possibly, the rest of the starters?? I can see all the good hitting AL teams doing anything and everything to jack up Dice-K’s pitch count,….to wear him down.

    P.S. I hope Dice-K is reading your blog in an effort to improve his English! 🙂 Everybody says that Dice-K has a good sense of humor. I’m hoping that he wouldn’t mind if you shared some humorous Dice-K moments here during the season.

  108. chester41 permalink
    April 7, 2007 9:11 am

    hey big guy, i really enjoy your comments on pitching performances, esp dice and yourself, it seems you might know what youre talking about….everybody knows youre a money pitcher so i think if you can have a curt schilling kind of year, we have a chance to do things this in 2007…not sold on our lineup yet…anyways we are all rooting for your next start…callahan said you are best money pitcher ever, media doesnt hack players all the time…i think we are all looking forward to opening day and DKs 1st home pitching performance, that should a great event….roger, pedro now DK, w/ most of japan watching, this is fun…thanks again for 04 and forget about tuesday…leo warren NH

  109. jcole77 permalink
    April 7, 2007 9:32 am


    Just wanted to say that I love your blog… GREAT job and great way to interact with the fans!

    Thanks for doing this! Hopefully, you’ll bounce back with your next start – my fantasy teams need it! 😉


  110. eltiante permalink
    April 7, 2007 10:23 am

    You made what many feel is an on-target rip of Dan Shaughnessy. I’ve ripped him myself many times, but this leads me to something that has bothered me regarding on-the-field anonymous sources and their comments regarding teammates. I’d like to know what is your opinion of players who make comments “off the record” to reporters. And I’d really like to know what is your honest opinion of Manny Ramirez. There are too many media types that have slammed Manny, but used “reliable sources” to substantiate that teammates are unhappy with his behavior, or that he is disruptive to the clubhouse because of his Manny Being Manny attitude. I think the guy is the greatest right-handed hitter I’ve seen in person. What he’s done for the Red Sox since joining the team justifies everything that Sox Nation wants in a player–A guy who produces and produces and simply is a model of consistency as an offensive force. He’s as much a reason why the Sox have been one of the league’s top teams since he joined them. Before he joined the team, the Red Sox were always a competitive team, but not a WS threat. They’ve simply been a thriving playoff team since he arrived on the scene. Your arrival has also upped the ante and thus we had the 2004 WS team. You seem to have a knack of making subtle comments about teammates or past teammates that you’ve either liked or disliked (nothing wrong with that either). So, what is your take on Manny? Is he sheltered? Is he indispensable? Is he a clubhouse cancer? Of course, I don’t care what people think about him as long as he produces, and that’s exactly why he should be lauded instead of annihilated by the press/radio talk shows. You have created this site, and you put your reputation on the line when you speak, so speak on this subject, please.

    Thanks for responding,

  111. displacedsox permalink
    April 7, 2007 12:22 pm


    How is Tek able to communicate with Dice on the mound? And you gotta love it when Dice put his glove over his mouth when Tek was out there…like anyone would be able to read his lips…in japanese! Well, I suppose eventually a team will consider that, like the Spankees, but the third day of the season? I just thought it was funny…

    Good luck down here ( I live in TX), it’s 40 degrees…but better than the usual 110!Hope you have a solid outing tomorrow night…

    God Bless…

  112. burlingtonvtsoxlover permalink
    April 7, 2007 1:50 pm

    Dear Curt, I want to tell you a little about myself and then ask a couple of quick questions. I am a 40 year old man who suffers from bi polar illness and have very bad anxiety and panic attacks. I don’t have much in my life as my illness has really brought me down very far in life. Five years ago I found out I have blood clots on my heart and liver and have to take blood thinners for life and was told I couldn’t work anymore. In the last 11 months, I’ve had 4 knee operations and had a lot of plates and screws inserted in both knees as I had the same operation done 3 times on one leg and one time on the other. But you know what brings me up and lifts my spirits?? MY 12 year old daughter. She’s 12 as I mentioned and is deaf and goes to a private deaf school in southern, Vermont and comes home just on weekends, holidays and the like. The other thing that keeps me going besides a few friends, is my love and devotion to my beloved Red Sox. They lift me up when I’m down. My question: Can someone with very bad anxiety get special seating at Fenway without paying a arm and leg as I’m on disability from my mentel illnees, blood clots and very bad knees now. I used to live in Boston just blocks from Fenway for 9 years and missed only 2 games as I had season tickets. But just once I would like to see the new generation and players of your stature play. Sorry this is so long. If you can reply when you have a chance, that would mean a lot. Good luck on Easter Sunday. You and your wife are my heros in many ways!!!

  113. hakootamatada permalink
    April 7, 2007 2:06 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Will be watching for you to bounce back in Texas!

    Just a thought on the Butchy Stearns thing … I truly believe you in your thoughts on Padro and playing on a team with him. However I feel it wasn’t the same coming from him.

    It might sound idiotic but I think you were the true team player … he was egocentric and out for himself & very jealous of your successes!


  114. beyondb4 permalink
    April 7, 2007 2:28 pm

    Happy Easter! Don’t let that blooming bunny distract you tomorrow if it hops around the field too much! Serioiusly, here’s hoping you experience a return of that incredible speed, accuracy and pinpoint precision that are natural to you.

  115. stevoinkc permalink
    April 7, 2007 2:40 pm


    Thanks again for the nice things you said about some of our KC guys. Meche and Greinke are a couple of guys we really hope will be special for us in the coming years.

    Hopefully next time you come to town more of my neighbors who follow the Royals will make it out to the stadium so I’m not out numbered by all the crazy Sox fans:)


  116. avidfan permalink
    April 7, 2007 2:52 pm

    Hi Curt –

    I’m curious to know your thoughts on 2 health-related issues. First, please comment on Papelbon’s shoulder and the implications his being the closer could have on his longevity in the business. Also, let us know what you think of Lester’s likely timetable for this season.

    Looking forward to seeing you pitch in Phoenix in June. Tix are outrageous, but we’ll be driving up from Tucson with the children.

    Thanks Curt. Stay well.

  117. soxfanintx permalink
    April 7, 2007 4:43 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Great blog. Quick question: how is the the New Orleans family that you helped after Hurricane Katrina doing these days? Just curious.


  118. zams5 permalink
    April 7, 2007 9:13 pm

    Happy Easter Curt and Family,

    I am a first time poster so maybe i’ll have some luck and recieve a reply!! Firstly thanks for the forum and bless you for your charitable work.

    Curt, we would like to get your opinion and advice on the process of raising and nurturing a young pitcher. We live in Rhode Island, and our son Nick is a ( 9 yr ) old aspiring pitcher. Could you offer some guidance on what he should do to build his arm/leg strength without overdoing it ?

    Good luck to you throughout the season!!

    p.s. Nick was picked by the “Red Sox” in his league and he is thrilled !!
    Good luck to your children in their leagues this year also !!

  119. simsarah permalink
    April 7, 2007 10:02 pm

    Have a great game tomorrow! I’m excited that it’s on ESPN and I can see it down here in NYC.

    You’re the best.

  120. April 7, 2007 11:41 pm

    First off, Thanks for being a part of ’04 and showing 3 generations of my family that there is light at the end of any tunnel.
    Secondly, I was curious on your thoughts about Randy Johnson going back to Arizona? Also, have you stayed in contact with him?

    Good Luck tomorrow.



  121. tdwhitney permalink
    April 8, 2007 12:18 am

    Curt – you’re a guy with almost too many talents. It’s amazing to me that you could head up this new startup while gearing up for another grueling season of baseball, endless travel, family commitments and all of the non-profit stuff you do. It’s great. I just hope you can focus enough on your extremely high-paying job to do what you need to do.

  122. tdwhitney permalink
    April 8, 2007 12:35 am

    One more comment from me, Mr. Bigmouth. I’m going to have to second danburbul’s comment. Well – I don’t know what “scaling issues” are, but I did have some issues scrolling to the top of the screen in Firefox.

    Other than that – looks like good stuff.

  123. tahoesoxfan permalink
    April 8, 2007 10:59 am

    Made it to the last two in KC, good wins. Jeez it was cold, had to go back to the mountains to get warm again.

    Middle relief, as you commented looked really good. Pedroia looks like a hitter.. ( I did hear a great line from some kc fans when they moved down close to field in the late innings and Pedroia was in the on-deck circle “the players look alot smaller up close”) A little worried about the rest of the bottom of the lineup.

    Now i am stuck with watching games on because i have dish tv and no more “extra innings”. You have any thoughts on the fact that MLB has decided to give a monopoly on tv broadcasting rights to one company?


  124. totoro36 permalink
    April 8, 2007 1:28 pm

    A quick question:

    Why is that Tim Wakefield gets so little run support? Way too often he keeps the team in the game but his efforts go to waste because the Sox don’t score any runs. Top of the top, his complete game 1:0 lost to the Yankees and Randy Johnson- great game despite that the Red Sox lost. How a pitcher feels when he gets a L this way?

    Love the mouse-eating green monster Munch!

    Best luck Sunday!

  125. neet76 permalink
    April 8, 2007 2:20 pm

    Here’s my perspective on the Sox as presently constituted. Please read it in its entirety and let me know what you think

    With Nixon, Gonzo in the lineup this team won 86 games last year and everyone agrees that Lugo and JD is an upgrade in the offense. Everyone thinks the 2B is a problem, but I would give him a chance to blossom until May –50 more games before passing any judgment. I think he makes solid contact and has a decent plate discipline, although he should cut down on his swing with 2 strikes. That alone is + 3 in wins from last year.

    The real concern for me right now is Coco as I feel he looks in between and kind of lost at the plate. I was told that he is one of the best fast ball hitters in the game by Theo and he seems to foul off most of the fastballs in the 88 to 92 mph range and chases breaking balls to strike out or pops them up. When facing righties, he has the propensity to chase breaking balls inside instead of laying off.

    He would be traded for middle relief come June/July..The one guy I like in minor leagues is Brandon Moss..I saw him at Paw Sox debut vs. Charlotte knights and he is absolutely scorching the ball.. I think he would be a gr8 mid season upgrade over Coco. which was a mistake by Theo trading Marte for him since we had 3 OF prospects in the system which we could have started with in 06 and also we don’t have any corner infielders with Power in the system so its imperative to go after Mark of Texas next year to play 1B for the Sox and move Youk to 3B and keep him away from the Yankees — Remember Teixeira’s idol growing up was Don Mattingly -who would be the Manager of the Yanks in 08 and he was upset with Sox scouts who disrespected his dad after drafting him from Ga Tech and did not sign with them so it would be tough to keep him away from the evil empire as they need 1B as well.

    I definitely like our starting rotation. Scill has too much ego and pride to be awful and he would be OK for 12-14 wins. Beckett is going to win 15-17 wins with an ERA of under 4.00 and Dice-K is too savvy and poised along with his gr8 stuff not to win 17-18 games.. That leaves Wakefield who I think would win 10-12 games and then the 5th starter which is right now my pet peeve with Sox management:

    Hansack who has the best stuff and had a great spring training is relegated to the minors while Julian whose talent is not nearly as good as Hansack is taking the ball every 5th day since we are paying him 2.5 Million and had to get some use out of him. Hansack should be the 5th starter and Julian should be the long relief in the bull pen and possible trade chip for teams that need pitching and willing to gamble on him –maybe the cards !!

    Lack of Power is also a concern -only 1 HR in 5 games but David and Manny would heat up but drop off fro last years monster 54 HR season is enevitable. The weather is cold , so I would give them a pass but certainly looking at other AL East teams makes me jealous of their power.

    75 HR for Papi(40) and Manny(35), 20 for JD, 30 from Lowell + Varitak, 15-for Youk 10 for coco and Lugo and 5 for 2B and Mirabelli and 20 HR from bench (Pena and Hinski) = Total of 190 HR’s decent but not great. Need 220 + HR’s and we would be there in 08 if we get Tiexiera.

    Elijia Dukes of Devil Rays has 2 HR’s and Sox as a team has just 1 ;))

    Any intelligent comments and responses are more than welcome.

  126. kris7738 permalink
    April 8, 2007 3:43 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Happy Easter! and Good Luck tonight!

  127. redsoxfan permalink
    April 8, 2007 4:14 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Just came by to wish you good luck today.

  128. reds0x1 permalink
    April 8, 2007 4:16 pm

    hey curt,

    can’t wait for your start tonight, let’s get one back after last night’s showing. Anyway, just wondering if 38studios needs an intern this summer. Not going to lie, no experiance in graphic design or any other CGI stuff, just a local college student with a strong desire to learn and work in all sorts of fields. Well, good luck tonight.

    God Bless, Happy Easter


  129. April 8, 2007 5:59 pm

    Happy Easter and good luck today- I’ll be watching every pitch and cheering you on all the way.

  130. dbvader permalink
    April 8, 2007 7:27 pm

    Joe Morgan was on the pregame tonight and said the key to you pitching better was increased arm speed. Do you agree with this assessment?

  131. onesohosqq2 permalink
    April 8, 2007 7:31 pm

    Hi Mr. Shilling right now your pitching in Arlington and have given up a homerun in the first inning but we here in the Nation know that all is well and a win will be the final result for you tonight. My son has asked me if he sent a t-shirt for the team to sign would the team be able to sign it for him, my response was that, all you can do is send it in and see what happens, we don’t know where to send it though, could you tell us what department in the organization to send it to, thanks. Also he would like to know why Manny has the wild and crazy hairdo this year, my son thinks it looks better short, what is your view?

    Thanks, Jordan and his dad Mark Matthews

  132. sportsnut72 permalink
    April 8, 2007 7:52 pm

    Would love to see you do great tonight. OK, you gave up a HR, but you have to settle down and do not think of what others think of you.

    You, K, and Josh will be great once you all come together!

    I have confidence in you Curt, so does the rest of RS Nation!

    Devoted fan.

  133. pinetarrag permalink
    April 8, 2007 7:56 pm


    I’m a Life Long Yankee fan. I love the game, and respect it.

    You broke my heart in 2001 (Diamondbacks winning the WS, even though the Yankees took it to game 7, and Soriano hits that HR), toughest sports loss ever.

    2004 – Yeah that hurt, but not like 2001.

    I don’t have no shame, putting this hurt, which is sure to make your many fans laugh.

    Anyway, I’m watching you pitch right now, (actually Papi just hit his second HR as I type this).

    Do me a favor Curt, retire after this year, or at least, leave the AL East.

    Thanks. =o)

    For the redsox fans about to attack me (not sure this will make print but I’ll give it a try)

    Mussina, Pettite, Pavano, Igawa, Rasner all can’t get out of the 5th inning.

    Dice-K debut: 7 IP, 1 ER & 10 K.

    all that and we’re STILL in 1st place.

    Schilling’s debut.

    Enjoy 3rd place again.

    100+ million on Dice-K
    70 Million on JD DREW
    30 Million on Julio Lugo(5th SS in 5 years)

    200 million on 3 players.

    2006 salary was the highest salary in MLB history to NOT make the playoffs.

    I assumed it will be another long summer, and the Yankees and Sox will once again battle it out.

    See you there!

  134. soxguy220 permalink
    April 8, 2007 7:57 pm

    On fire so far tonight. Papi 2 for 2 (2 HR), Schills got 4 K’s already. Take that critics.

  135. mdredsoxfans permalink
    April 8, 2007 8:04 pm


    Best of luck this season, Happy Easter.

    MD Red Sox fans

  136. natecs permalink
    April 8, 2007 8:07 pm

    Random Question Curt:

    What is the process required to get approval to go to the mouth? Is it strictly a quick verbal or hand gesture before the game or during the game? Does the other team have to be notified once you’ve asked, so they can do the same? Lastly, have you ever been denied?


  137. bceagles17 permalink
    April 8, 2007 8:14 pm

    This is a really nice blog you have here. I signed up on WordPress just to comment on it because I saw your post on ESPN. The Texas game was on TV, and he read the part about “kissing your sister” LOL. That certainly brought a few people to the site.

    So you’re using the change up as your main weapon now? That’s not bad, but you have a very nice splitter. I think you shouid use that changeup less because players seem to be hitting it around, but hey, fortunately for you I’m not you’re pitching coach.

    What is it like to be traded? Like when you came from the D’Backs to the Sox, was it difficult? I can only imagine.

    Are you a Boston College fan? Do you follow them? I’m an absolute freak, I almost cried myself to sleep when they lost to Georgetown.

    Well, I’m watching the game now, and from what I see (3-1 Sox Top of 4th) You’re doing well. Doesn’t look like it’ll be only 5 innings for ya. Keep up the good work. Isn’t it just Manny’s luck that that huuuge fly ball didn’t make it out? As you said… Warmer weather, more runs. Perfect example.

    2-3 is pretty surprising, my two favorite teams are both getting off to slow starts (Red Sox obviously and Oakland A’s) but I know for a fact you guys will finish above .500. That drought last year was dreadful. The “drought” I’m rambling about is the August slide where the team slipped from like 70-39 to 86 wins at the end.

    Good job, and good luck with the Dice-K situation. Lol, learning a foreign language is tough.

    Good luck, keep up the great work. If you want to respond (unlikely, baseball players must have tight schedules 182 games in what… 230 days?) email me at

  138. halloffame38 permalink
    April 8, 2007 8:44 pm

    Hi Mr.Schilling

    hey im a big fan i have followed your career for i long time now this is my first time ever blogging to you. I just wanted to know what you do to handle such negative press that you have recieved the last couple days, and if it helps you to prepare for the next start to show all those insane critics of yours not mention any names (colin cowherd) that you still have the nastiest stuff in the game?

  139. vteksgrl4life permalink
    April 8, 2007 9:27 pm


    You had a wonderful outing tonight! Great way to get me points for my fantasy team! =] I’m new to this website and everything and I understand you can’t respond to everyone because you are extremely busy, but I just wanted to thank you and your wife for everything yall have done to help fight skin cancer. My mother was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and I got so scared. I felt like a 2 year old who is ignorant to everything but I read up on it on your wifes website & it really calmed my fears. My mom is cancer free now. =] You and you’re wife are both amazing people & have been an absolute inspiration to me. Thank you for everything! Good luck this season! Tell Tek I said hey and good luck!! =] LET’S GO RED SOX!!!

    Happy Easter

  140. perchik permalink
    April 8, 2007 9:59 pm

    Congrats on the win!

  141. bunny7 permalink
    April 8, 2007 10:01 pm

    GREAT start tonite!!!!

    Why on earth would you apologize to Butch Stearns? The guy is a tool and is HORRIBLE on the radio. I was at a bar one night, a few weeks after you “Butch slapped” him. A guy wearing a Schilling jersey went up to him and said something about it…he wasn’t happy. I just laughed and smiled.

  142. simsarah permalink
    April 8, 2007 10:01 pm

    Thanks Curt! That was beautiful to watch tonight.

    Happy Easter to you and yours.

  143. thedoctorx permalink
    April 8, 2007 10:07 pm

    Hope this is the first congratulations on a good outing. I will let you comment on it. Congrats to Big Papi for his first two HRs and, of course, congrats to Paps for his save.

  144. beyondb4 permalink
    April 8, 2007 10:08 pm

    You got your groove back! Glorious! Great game!

  145. April 8, 2007 10:08 pm

    Dear Curt,

    That was an awesome pitching job you did!! That was timely hitting by Big Papi. I love watching you pitch but I also love seeing Papelbon-fire close the door. That was a great game!!! Games like those remind the Nation why they are members.

    Thank-you so very much!


  146. redsoxfan permalink
    April 8, 2007 10:18 pm

    Hey Curt,

    You had a great game today. It was a great improvement from opening day. I thought you were going to pitch a complete game at first, but i guess not.

  147. nbarnes permalink
    April 8, 2007 10:45 pm

    Shiny start, Curt. Very impressive bounce-back. I suppose that’s why they call you an ace.

    Also, that Papelbon guy can pitch a little.

  148. April 8, 2007 10:54 pm

    Nice game tonight, man! Way to get it working. Be sure to by Ortiz a coke or something, too.

  149. jrhudson permalink
    April 8, 2007 11:07 pm

    Great performance tonight you and (thank god) Papelbon were evil.

  150. bpeter289 permalink
    April 8, 2007 11:32 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Nice bounce-back win.
    Both you and the team needed the win. Being a clutch pitcher that you are, you came through, big guy.

    Papi got his first two. Now 52 more to go.
    Manny also put a hurting on the ball, even though he had nothing to show for it.

    Paps came up huge. He got out Young and Teixeira to close off the 8th.

    Thanks for making my Easter more pleasant.

  151. tmurph13 permalink
    April 9, 2007 12:32 am

    Nice game tonight Curt.

    Happy Easter to you and yours.

  152. dk21 permalink
    April 9, 2007 12:52 am

    Hey Curt
    Just saw ESPN zooming into Catalonotto as he walked back into the dugout…I’m not a good lip reader, but I’m pretty sure he said that you wiggle your finger in your glove with the changeup. So if you think you threw a ‘bad’ changeup…at least Cat’s caught the tipping.

    Joe Morgan couldn’t stop talking about your curveball for about 3 straight innings…Send that to Millar! Your curve now has the Joe Morgan seal of approval…whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I will leave to your judgment.

    On a different note, actually took part in one of those ‘recreation’ of Jesus’ walk to the hill to be crucified…very moving. At first I thought it was a bit gimmicky..but you know, it was actually incredibly moving.

    Best of wishes to you and your family on a Happy Easter
    God Bless

  153. tdwhitney permalink
    April 9, 2007 1:56 am

    Ok so my post from yesterday has been answered. Curt – looks like you got it back my friend. Happy happy – great game. Too bad that my freakin’ Comcast dvr only recorded the first 57 minutes of the game 😦

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