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4/21/07 vs. NY

April 21, 2007

As bad as not throwing well can feel in a game like tonight’s, the win negates pretty much any negatives you might otherwise take away. What a job by an entire cast of guys. Kyle ending the 8th by keeping the bases loaded and not letting the game get out of hand was the first big moment.

The rally to win it was fun to watch as well. How a left handed hitter can pull his hands in to hit Mariano’s cutter is way beyond me, but ‘Tek’s single was exactly that. Coco comes up huge by hitting the first pitch down the line, which surprised me that the Yankees we’re not playing no doubles right there. I am guessing that has more to do with how Mo pitches than the situation. For the second night in a row Alex gets a huge hit in a huge spot. That hit was a carbon copy of Gonzo’s floater in the 9th inning of game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

It always seems like you have to get that first come back win early to be able to get your fair share of them during the season. Coming back in Toronto the way we did was a huge lift (especially on travel day, the worst day of the season to lose) and then to come back of Mariano (who hadn’t pitched in 4-5 days I think) was a fantastic way to start off this series.

I was pretty fired up for this one. Even though you’ll find media on both sides of the aisle as to whether this ‘rivalry’ is big or not the fans pretty much guarantee that there is going to be electricity in either ball park. It’s certainly not the rivalry of the 70’s and 80’s because there aren’t many players that hate each other as there were back then. In fact there are very few I would guess. They have to write their stories, and there are about 500 of them in town every time we play each other so you’re going to read the gamut of stuff. It is a different series, even in April, when the game starts. I don’t think either team plays games before this looking at this series like people think we might, but we know it’s there because it is different once we start playing each other.

Comeback wins count as one, in any month they happen, so there’s no bigger lift now then there would be in June in my opinion, but winning like that, given the guys that made it happen, is a great one regardless of when it happens.

Warm ups went fine, nothing really good or bad. You could hear and sense the fans getting worked up which is always a good thing.

Game started with JD leading off and taking a FB in for strike one. Spotting the ball in to lefties early in a game is not something I’ve done well in the past but it’s starting to happen with more frequency now. The AB ended on a FB in that jammed him a bit for a grounder to 2nd. Jeter popped up a first pitch FB in and up for out #2 and Bobby finished the inning by hitting a ball hard to deep center for the last out. Command wise I felt very good, even with the few pitches I did throw.

Andy doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat. He is throwing a few more slow curves than I remember but he looks great and his cutter is still messing up right handed hitters. He made the 1st and 2nd quick innings by throwing DP balls both times which is huge early in a game.

Like everyone else, I knew Alex was on fire, well more than on fire but I am not sure what you’d call it. He’s hotter than hot. Watching his last few games has been pretty impressive. He is just not missing ANY mistakes and in addition he’s crushing some good pitches as well. I think there’s a major difference between a hot hitter, and a hall of fame hot hitter. Hot hitters still have holes, the latter don’t. I throw him three curve balls and get him to two strikes. I know he’s not looking for that many but the pitch feels good at the time and we get to two strikes on a call and a chase, The AB ends on a deep FB to right center but at that moment he shows me how locked in he is. I threw him a pretty well located fastball down and away, and with his butt out he still centered it and drove it to deep RCF. Jason flew out to left and Jorge to center in two pretty quick AB’s to end the 2nd.

The third started with Cano hitting a split off the end of the bat that got down just before Manny could catch it. I fell behind Cabrera and he lined a ball to center to put runners at first and second. I knew Doug would be bunting and was hoping to get on it fast enough to get the lead runner. With JD on deck that last thing you want to do is have a runner at third with less than two outs and a guy at the plate that does not strike out. Doug lays down a great bunt anyway. I need a strike out or a pop up, but either way JD needs to make an out or this becomes an inning that could get away in a hurry. I jam him but he hits it harder than I thought he could and the ball hits off the mound and scoots to Julio who has no chance to get the runner. I end up walking Jeter. Randy Marsh is a tough cookie. The hard part is he’s probably the nicest human being on the planet, but his strike zone tends to be very ‘hitterish’. He doesn’t ring up a lot of third strikes and his corners can be smallish. I thought a couple balls to Derek were strikes, but to no avail. The one thing Randy is, is consistent. You know going in that the plate isn’t going to be normal so you deal with it. The other guy has to make pitches too. I end up getting Bobby to check on a good split down and away to end the inning.

The fourth starts with a fastball in to Alex. The next pitch is where things come unhinged. I won’t go into detail about the pitch intention or the call but needless to say it was NOT supposed to be a fastball, knee high, down the middle. He crushes it. No need to even look, the sound is easily recognizable from guys that swing like that. Now I’m down 2-0 and just got beat by the guy I knew I had a plan I could execute and get out.

Jason chases a good split for the first out. Jorge hits a ball he’s hit 15 times, at least, off me. An end of the bat tailing fly ball to left that falls in for a double. Cano grounds out to first and Melky flies out to center to keep the game 2-0. Frustrating to say the least but I don’t allow that third run and feel good about ending the inning.

Two out walks, 0-2 hits, 4 pitch walks, the list goes on forever. Cardinal sins for pitchers lose games. Giving up runs with two outs and nobody on is probably one of the more dire sins you can commit as a pitcher. The fifth starts with Doug flying out to center field. Fenway was playing very big in center today, the combination of the park and the weather make it spacious on days like today. I freeze JD on a slider in for out number two and then the wheels fall off. I get Derek to two strikes and hang a split on the inner half, down, that he rifles to left. Bobby gets to 2-0 and hits a FB that catches way more of the plate than it was supposed to, to put runners on first and second. I start Alex off with a fastball strike, then split ball, then run a fastball up and in for strike two. Jason and I confer, with two choices on our minds I pick the wrong one. Looking back at the pitch it was not in that bad of a spot, to most guys, but as hot as he is, and as good as he feels, and as good as he is, he hammers it. The ball was about knee high and on the corner away and he hits it into our bullpen. Coco almost made the catch of the century and luckily didn’t break anything in the process. No real way to describe the emotional swing that happens at this point, needless to say it’s ugly.

Jason singles on a poorly located slider and Nieves ends the inning by grounding out.

We’d tied it at 2 on ‘Teks first homer (hammered into our bullpen as well) and I go out and give back 3, with two outs and no one on. Definitely a low point in the evening. I don’t want out of this game, still feeling like we are going to make something happen. However when you give up 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings you are pretty much ammo less in any argument you might want to put up to stay in. Thankfully Tito doesn’t visit me on the bench.

The sixth and seventh are quick innings. I feel like I had great command and locate just about everything as we work through all six hitters. I know I am done at the end of seven and John confirms it when I come in.

So basically I give this game away in a three hitter stretch in the fifth. Inexcusable mistakes and horrible execution put us behind a pretty big eight ball as they have Mariano on 4 days rest and Andy is still very sharp.

Obviously the good guys pull it out. Just a fantastic performance from Hideki in the 9th. I think he’s flown under just about everyone’s radar but I think that might stop happening at this point.

This is a game that 5-6 years ago I’d have been incredibly upset about. Now, not so much. I’m incredibly disappointed in how I performed, but the end result was a huge win. The bottom line is I started the game, and we won. Regardless of the fact that I had little to nothing to do with it, we won.

Say what you want about games and importance for April, or September, but the fact is they all count for one win, or one loss. Some wins are bigger than others, some losses as well. Beating the Yankees when trailing by 4 runs, hell beating ANY team when trailing by four runs in the 8th is a big win. Beating the best closer in the games history is a huge lift as well.

Common theory amongst many baseball people is that you win 50, you lose 50 and what you do in those other 62 is what determines the season. The last two nights we won games that should have been in the ‘lose 50’ column. That’s big no matter what day on the calendar it is, or who they happen against.
 

141 Comments leave one →
  1. mbpalmer permalink
    April 22, 2007 1:32 pm

    Curt I’m a graduating senior from Virginia Tech and a life long Sox fan. I noticed a few guys had the VT logo on the side of the green hats for Friday night’s game against the Yanks. Do you know where I could find one of those hats?

  2. chriseverson permalink
    April 22, 2007 2:04 pm

    Curt,

    Great effort Friday. Turned out to be one for the ages again. Really appreciate your work, but my post will get a little off target. It does, however, pertain specifically to the game on 4/21 against the Yankees.

    Sometimes in life, people just don’t know where to turn. Sometimes people would like to help themselves, but they just don’t know how best to go about doing it. This is the story of a few empassioned Red Sox fans living in the small ski resort town of Aspen, Colorado. No sympathy for someone living in Aspen, you say? Well, it’s not like we’re living here collecting out trust funds. We’re living here working our asses off to try to enjoy a better life than the craziness of big-city living that we knew before we came here, but I digress…

    There is a war going on. Among the unfortunate reality of real wars, I by no means intend to say that this is quite as serious, but it is a serious matter with regard to the basis of our economic process, the free market economy. We live and work here, but we are still loyal Sox fans. We deserve to see the “out of market”, as they’re called, Red Sox games. Why do we deserve to see the games? Because we are willing to pay for them, and because it’s technologically feasible for the games to be served to us. That’s it. That’s the basis for our deserving to see the games. In a true free market situation, the demand is recognized and the supply is directed as needed to fulfill the demand. If the first guy doesn’t recognize the demand or doesn’t have the means to fulfill the demand, then the next person does it.

    Fox is monopolizing Saturday baseball in America, and quite frankly, what Fox is doing is so unamerican in so many ways, it’s distubring. First of all, there’s the free market thing. We have NO alternative for seeing the games when Fox broadcasts the Saturday games on Fox East. In Colorado, we get the Fox West games, not Fox East, so we are NOT ALLOWED TO SEE THE SOX PLAY ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS when Fox broadcasts the games on Fox East. I have DirecTV. I subscribe to MLBTV. I happily pay in every way that a consumer can pay to get the games. Even so, I could not get the Sox / Spanx game 4/21 because Fox East is blacked out here and because MLBTV even blacks out the game when Fox has it. This happens every year now. Why, when we live in a time that they can just turn on or turn off a channel with ease, can we not get these licensing issues worked out in the contracts so that the distribution of the product is fair? Oh and second of all?.. It’s just unamerican, damn it! No Sox on Saturday afternoon during baseball season? C’mon!

    Here’s what we ended up doing. Since our local watering hole has the same problem getting the game, the local Sox and Yanks fans are all there freaking out. My buddy is working the bar there and calls me to see if I can get the game. No, of course not. Neither can he. Everyone calls DirecTV in a frenzy, but those requests fall on deaph ears because DirecTV just points the finger at Fox. In fact, the customer service folks at DirecTV are frustrated by it too, so they just give out addresses and say, go ahead and write letters to these addresses…

    WNYW (Fox East)
    1500 Harbor Blvd.
    Wehawken, NJ 07087
    (201)384-3292

    KTTV (Fox West)
    1999 South Bundy Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    (310)584-2000

    DirecTV Inc.
    PO Box 6550
    Greenwood Village, CO 80155

    Anyway, I’m here listening to the game over the MLB.com gameday audio, and I’m texting the play-by-play to the bartender at Little Annie’s in Aspen. He’s reading it to the crowd at the bar. It’s insanely comical. They are of course on the phone with people at the game and back home, but this is ridiculous! You can’t see Papi’s Pesky Pole shot on streaming audio. You can’t experience Beckett dealing gas on a cell phone. You can’t capture that look in Papelbon’s eyes with a text message. If ther is anyone out there with the desire and means of getting the word out for people like us we sure would appreciate it. We all send letters and emails and phone calls to DirecTV and Fox, but they never reply. Nothing gets done. There are a lot of fans out who love the game, and who keep coming back year after year, but we’re trying to figure out why we’re being treated like this. Ok, so it’s not exactly like we’re victims of ethnic cleansing or some other horrible atrocity of humanity, but it’s still pretty unamerican when we can’t watch our favirite team play baseball on a Saturday afternoon during baseball season sitting here with a hot dog, an apple pie and a Chevrolet (hey, how did that get in there?) in the good old US of A. (Cue God Bless America here.)

    Anyway, just throwing that out there, otherwise, nice job on Friday. Good luck Wed at Baltimore, and of course good luck to Daisuke and the guys tonight against the Empire.

    – Chris, Aspen, CO

  3. trot07 permalink
    April 22, 2007 3:24 pm

    Curt,

    You should the Nation again what makes you a big game pitcher. It wasn’t your best outing but you pitched deep into the game and ate up some innings. You simply battled the whole night. The rest of the guys picked you up and it was a great early season win. Great job!

  4. jvtek33 permalink
    April 22, 2007 3:44 pm

    Well this is kind of cool!! Hard to believe I am writing a comment on Curt Schilling’s blog!! My fingers are crossed for a sweep of the Yankees tonight. I think the one thing Dice-K hasn’t had in his last two outings was run support from the offense. If we combine his pitching with good offense in tonight’s game…it’s in the bag. FYI…great game the other night, Curt! Not sure if you check out other people’s blogs but mmine has a lot to do with the Sox. Here’s the link if you ever want to visit. http://360.yahoo.com/dwintle
    I have a blog bet with a Tigers fan this season. Please don’t make me end up wearing a Tigers hat in my blog picture!!

  5. nnightingale1983 permalink
    April 22, 2007 7:26 pm

    I am watching the basbell game now. Dice-K just hit A-Rod with a pitch. Is it Japanese culture to tip your cap after hitting someone, because that is what he did?

    Good game Friday Curt!!!

  6. thedoctorx permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:02 pm

    YIPEEE!!!! SWEET SWEEP!

    I sat there stunned as the four HRs came in. I imagine you were all surprised by it!

    Kudos to Dustin what were some game saving plays.

    People happy we have J.D. Drew now?

    Nice work from Okajima and all in the bullpen.

    Okay, I will stop with the fan boyness. Await your analysis of Dice-K.

    –J.D.

  7. Sparhawk permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:55 pm

    Hey Curt –

    We attended your game Friday and it was amazing. Coco’s “almost” catch of the year (although his momentum would have still made it a homer) of A-Rod’s offering was great to watch and seems as though that was a moment that fired up the team. He has been slumping, obviously, but I am a huge fan and would love to see him back up in the 2 hole. If he can keep swinging a hot bat (which seems to be getting warmer) he may just get back there. I feel bad the fans don’t offer more support to Coco, he seems so cool and I love his effort.

    I also have to say that this team really seems like the will spend the season providing new hero’s for every game. It excites me to think the chemistry could be this good. We just watched tonight’s game, and the amazing conclusion to a fantastic weekend of baseball against the Yanks. It was nice to see Dustin get a couple hits in and make a couple of great defensive plays.

    We will be down for Tuesday’s game and we can’t wait to see you guys work on Toronto this week. Thank you for your insightful posts as always andI look forward to following your blogs all the season long.

    Brian & Sarah Sparhawk

  8. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:57 pm

    Hi Curt did you hear about the Blue Angles plane that crashed in Beaufort SC on Saturday at the Air Show that killed the pilot? Could you keep his family in your prayers Curt? Curt would you like me to email you some photos that I took from the Air Show so you can show your children. Can I have your email address so I can do that? Send me a personal email to me at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com OK Curt. Why do things like that happen Curt? I wish this world was a lot better like the Virgina Tech shooting, and September 11TH 2001. I wish this world could be better and there is a lot of violence every day. I wish God will make things and the world a lot better. Great game tonight and I am very glad the RedSox beat the Yankees three games in a row. I emjoyed seeing Joe Torre with a grim face on ESPN tonight!!!!!!!. Take care and tell the team have a great week Curt. Keep this blogging up and I enjoy reading your comments. God Bless you the rest of the team and your family and the rest of the familys on the team.

    From, Jeff Riley

  9. cornbread19 permalink
    April 23, 2007 12:09 am

    Well it is definately a good thing to see the club come through on a night where things don’t go according to plan for you. That must give you some confidence to see that you can go out there and do your thing, and all of the weight doesn’t have to fall on you. I would imagine you’ve been in situations where you feel that if you make mistakes, you’re going to get a loss (particularly with Phily). Does that give you extra confidence in your next start, knowing that the pen is pitching so well right now. The guys on ESPN tonight were saying that New York has a superior pen to ours, and after listening to the Fox guys yesterday I’m fiending for Fanboy and the Rem-dog. Coming out of the gate I thought that our pen might have been lacking a bit (that is before Paps made the move). We clearly have a bullpen that is capable of going toe to toe with anyone. Sertainly an improvment from last season. How much does that extra confidence actually help your performance. I know it makes you feel better, but does it make you pitch significantly better?
    I know it’s only April, but personally I’m a big fan of starting out on the right foot. I couldn’t be happier with the start the club is off to right now. Manny heating up tonight is great. I was very happy to see Pedroia play well too. You guys are going to do big things this year. Every fan in Red Sox Nation feels like there’s something extra special about this year, and we’re all foaming at the mouth to see it. Is there anything like that in the club house, or are we just imagining some sort of divinity just because we’re so greedy for it?

  10. jeff7168 permalink
    April 23, 2007 12:30 am

    Please, no A-Rod in Boston. Either resign Lowell or go after Miguel Cabrera, but no A-Rod. Let’s see what he does IF the Yankees reach the post-season this year before anointing him a baseball God. He is definitely an exceptional player, and nobody is hitting the ball better. That said, I prefer A-Rod elsewhere.

    Jeff

  11. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 23, 2007 6:33 am

    Hi, Curt,

    Man, that A-Rod is white-hot. White-hot.

    But I am just so glad that we swept the Yankees!

    Did you try the suggestion I posted to you about gripping your splitter a bit differently? It looked like your splitter had more of a down and left effect, so I suspect that you did take my suggestion.

    I find that particular grip is very effective in my over-40 league in Cambridge. My ERA is now under 3.

    Well, good luck in your next start. And tell Dice-K that Hugh says hi!

  12. soxfanindan permalink
    April 23, 2007 7:16 am

    Hey Curt, What a great weekend for Red Sox Nation! It was great to sweep the Yanks! Even though the Yanks had so many injuries, the games were still pretty close. Do you think it was more a case of the Sox starters not having their best stuff or are the Yankees hitters just that good?

  13. armynavyfamily permalink
    April 23, 2007 8:51 am

    I have never been a superstitious person with the exception of one time. That was during the 2004 ALCS games against the Yankees. I watched all of the first 3 games but once the 4th went into extra innings I had to go to bed because my Monday mornings started at 0545 with ROTC physical training. I told my then boyfriend (now husband) to call me with the final score of the game. The next night I also ended up going to bed once that game went into extra innings because of a differential equations test the next morning. The final 2 games, as much as I really just wanted to watch the whole game, I went to bed in the 8th inning and had my husband call me when they were over.
    Fast forward to last night when I was watching the game with my 5 month old son, Cole. Since it was late, I was getting him changed into his pjs during the 3rd inning. I have long hair and my son loves to grab it and shove it in his mouth. He got hold of my hair when Manny came up to bat. Because I was too interested in watching the game I didn’t try to pull my hair out of his hands. Then JD Drew hit his homer with Cole still eating my hair. It wasn’t until after Mike Lowell homered that I realized that Cole had my hair for all three home runs. I told my dad (I’m living with my parents in Medfield while my husband is in Iraq) and he told Cole to keep eating my hair. He did for ‘Tek’s at bat but unfortunately let go on his own once Wily Mo came up. I just thought it was too much of a coincidence not to post something here.
    Anyways, good luck on the rest of the season. My husband gets to come home for 2 weeks in July and I’m hoping to be able to see a game at Fenway with him. Maybe we’ll be able to bring Cole and see if he’s good luck in the stadium!

  14. trot7 permalink
    April 23, 2007 9:38 am

    Re: Sunday Night Game.
    Has there been a better game in the last few years? Also, can you tell me what you think about Okijima?

  15. April 23, 2007 9:58 am

    Curt,

    The other day you mentioned that you never know season to season what might build chemistry on a team. It’s way to early to tell for sure but do you get the feeling that we might look back at this 3 game series with the Yankees as the point in the season where the team chemistry began to click? It just seemed like everyone pulled together for these 3 wins with different heroes emerging throughout each game. It was a fantastic weekend of baseball…I wish they all could be this fun.

  16. phaladay permalink
    April 23, 2007 10:58 am

    Hi Curt:
    I was working out at API in Tempe this winter and missed having you there but glad to see you’re other interests going strong. What fun!

    I need to get my contact info to some of your players who were out at API now that I’m back in town, could you get that to them for me, just call Jeremy to confirm.

    Big fan, Patti

  17. javierg10 permalink
    April 23, 2007 11:12 am

    Hey, i just had 2 quick question about the Arod at bats. I liked what Dice-k did against Arod, going high and inside, even dough he hit him i liked what he did. So I was wondering why didn’t you or Josh try a pitch like that to attempt to get Alex out of that comfort zone he appears to be in?
    I’m no scouting expert, but I’ve noticed that Alex is not a good high and inside ball hitter, I saw Papelbon go there and work for him, but i didn’t see you or Josh try to exploit that weakness?

  18. jimedriceinhof permalink
    April 23, 2007 11:37 am

    Two questions:
    1 – As a father with kids that enjoy catching me saying things I shouldn’t – do you ever catch grief from your kids when they see you on replay like after that first A-Rod homer?

    2 – With Rodriguez on a Bonds-like tear right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see managers calling for the IBB like Bonds saw a few years ago. Do pitchers ever buy into this approach or would they rather go after the hitter?

  19. gokartmozart permalink
    April 23, 2007 1:13 pm

    Curt-

    It’s no secret that you have had your troubles with quitting chewing tobacco in the past. As someone who’s been dipping for 8 years now, I know what it’s like. I’m 26, and it’s getting to the point where it’s starting to scare me.

    Any pointers on how you kicked the habit? I’ve been trying, but it’s tough.

  20. bdresch5 permalink
    April 23, 2007 2:00 pm

    Curt,
    You’ll have plenty of chances to make up for the performance the other night. It wasn’t as bad as you make it sound. The come from behind victory against the yanks especially with rivera on the mound probably helped the team out much more in the long run anyway. Good luck against the Orioles on Wednesday I believe.

  21. johnnylegit permalink
    April 23, 2007 2:38 pm

    Mr. Schilling, thanks for sharing your insights with the fans–even though most of us will never know what it’s like to be in the bigs, through your blogs, we get a hint/taste of it. I read some story awhile back that said Manny Ramirez is such a good hitter than he “sets up” pitchers. In one example, it was written that he would “miss” on a particular pitch on purpose & then crush the same pitch in the later AB. I know that pitchers will often set up hitters but I’ve never heard of such a thing for a hitter. Is this bunch of BS?
    I know that pitchers often help each other out and hitters will give advise to other hitters, but do hitters and pitchers on the same team ever try to get insights from each other/compare notes? I’m curious about the “team dynamics” aspect because the perception is that pitchers and hitters tend to keep to themselves. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  22. beyondb4 permalink
    April 23, 2007 3:35 pm

    One October day in 2001 we flipped over to see who was playing in the World Series that year. You were standing quietly, waiting to take the mound, and then you stepped up and magic happened! Perfection! I didn’t know splitters from sliders. But I knew I was watching a finesse pitcher. The pinpoint precision! The power! I kept swearing I could not believe it. Finally came the reply that they have two and the other one is supposed to be even better. No way! Nobody could be better! Of course it turned out there is enough excellence to go around. But I still say no one is better! Then came the 2004 season with its epic finish. You outdid yourself. Now here we are, with even better teamwork. It is great to watch this team work together! This is looking like the year for World Series ring number three. Whether it is or not, I know you will give it your all.

  23. April 24, 2007 4:02 am

    Just want to echo an earlier post, you guys are looking like the Sox of 2004 (pretending today’s game didn’t happen). I’m thinking huge things for this year. Great job!

  24. rcechser permalink
    April 24, 2007 7:33 am

    Hey Curt,
    Great games over the weekend I have a question, with the way A-Rod is hitting the ball right now why wouldn’t you guys just put him on, I know Jason is hitting ok but I like my chances with him than with A-Rod right now.A-Rod is just zoned in right now.They did this with Bonds all the time.

  25. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 24, 2007 7:35 am

    We love you, Curt. Will we see you around downtown Maynard during this homestand? I hope your great new hi tech company is doing well, though from reading the bios of the founders it can’t miss!

  26. fgiles83 permalink
    April 24, 2007 10:14 am

    I’ll be at the game in Baltimore Wednesday night. Good luck. Feel free to stop by and say hi. Section 68 front row down the third base line.

  27. game6sockwasfake permalink
    April 24, 2007 12:40 pm

    Curt –

    Torre handed you a couple this weekend and actually probably more times than anyone can count in the past…(04 and much, much more)

    The team stayed in it because depsite giving up more runs than i thought you guys would, you kept things close and more importantly francona actually knows how to manage a baseball team.

    While your bats warmed up quite nicely, torre’s relief motto of “every pitcher, every day” doesnt exactly translate into victories.

    As for Next year when theodora wrongfully dumps you – i must say this…

    I was critical of your proclamations this spring but you have demonstrated that you are indeed the staff ace as dice-k may eat some innings for you guys but hasnt impressed nearly as much as expected

    as for all you “sock scientists” out there… im in a different OR every day in various hospitals as an equipment technincian, i see blood and lots of it… it all dries and it all dries brown..

    the sock was fake but hey great… it got a senile old manger to get emotional and forget how to give the bunt sign so it sure as heck worked… good for curt

  28. eurekadan permalink
    April 24, 2007 1:05 pm

    Great show by all this weekend. Way to hang in there against Mariano and not give in when you were down in the 8th inning.

    It was also nice to see Coco give his all going over the wall to try to rob a homer. Even though he didn’t get it, he seemed to gain energy to turn his whole season around after that.

    Take the good work to Gotham and have at ‘em again this weekend!!!

  29. bkp5418 permalink
    April 24, 2007 2:05 pm

    although you won’t be starting this weekend against the yanks.

    how will you go about handling arod if he keeps up this hot streak he’s on. will you take a rookie approach and try to force him off the plate, or take a more careful approach and pitch around him?

  30. April 24, 2007 3:13 pm

    A-Rod’s hot April is unbelievable.

    I’m just amazed on how you can recall the info in such a fashion, and so concise with incredible detail!

    Anyhow, I am in Maryland & I’ll be catching you and the Sox in Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Question for you, who is the hitter you dread to face today and why? As well, I know you are into watching videos of the opposition, how much time is invested in doing so, and how much of a difference do you think it has made on the game today?

    Good luck to you all up there in Boston, though we’re rivals.

  31. jeff7168 permalink
    April 24, 2007 10:11 pm

    The Sox need a solid outing from Curt Schilling tomorrow to end this two-game skid. The starting pitching, bullpen, offense and defense was subpar against the Jays. It’s time the Sox consider another option at the No. 5 spot until Jon Lester is ready. Julian Tavarez has three starts, two of which were atrocious, and one mediocre. Let Devern Hansack have a chance. He started today for Pawtucket, and his next start is slated for Sunday. I imagine Tavarez will get another start, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Hansack.

    Jeff

  32. bills25 permalink
    April 25, 2007 1:03 am

    I was at that game. it was my first fenway experience in my almost 18 years as a red sox fan. And I wouldn’t want to see any other pitcher taking that mound. I think you did a great job. Even though I hate saying this but the yankees have a very talented team so you always have to bring your best against them. But to what I thought about the game.

    When I first got to my seat, after waiting 2 hours in line to get tickets, my jaw was almost hitting the floor. I thought fenway was the best place on the planet I loved it there and me and my friend decided to go to as many games as possible. When I sat down I started to look around and then I saw the one and only Curt Schilling making his way to warm-up and I literally couldn’t say anything. I thought to myself ‘I’m looking at the man with the bloody sock. The guy who helped lead my favorite team in the whole world to the world series. One of my favorite pitchers of all time.’ It was unbelievable.

    When the first pitch was thrown I knew it was gonna be a big game. My first fenway experience. My first rivalry experience. And ofcourse my first fenway frank which was fantastic might I add.

    I wish I could of gotten closer seats because I don’t have the best vision. I would of loved to see the splitter in action instead of on tv.

    I personally think you pitched well, yes you have been struggling with control but things get better in time. But when your facing a batter that is doing as good as A. Rod you’d be lucky to hold him to a double on bad pitches instead of him hitting it out the park.

    And I was psyched to be there for ‘Tek’s first homerun he has been my favorite player for years now. Me and my friend were probably the first two people jumping up and down in the whole park. And that would of been an amazing catch him coco robbed A. Rod of that homerun I probably would have pee’d myself if he made that play. To be honest I was happy Damon did bad because in my eyes if you leave the Red Sox and go to play for the Yankees for a bigger pay check then your a traitor and a sell out.

    I can’t wait to see Lester pitching in the big leagues again. He’s a talented pitcher.

    It also must feel really good knowing you have Hideki and Paps in the pen for relief both amazingly talented pitchers and Paps being one of my favorite closers of all time.

    Well hopefully the next sox game I go to you will be starting that would be pretty sick. And hopefully i get my friends seats there to the left of the dugout near where the ballboy stands my friends parents charge us 90 bucks for them so hopefully i can get some tickets from them soon because I wanna see some “gas” quoting the Dennis The Gas Man Eckersly.

    Well goodluck with the future starts and hopefully you get back to doing what you do best…..shutting batters down.

    Huge fan
    Steve B.

  33. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 25, 2007 6:37 am

    I read that ARod once again professed his wishes to remain in NYC beyond this season.

    Good riddance, I say! We won one World Series without him (led by Curt Schilling) and we don’t need him to win another! Are you with me, Red Sox Nation?

    After all, the Yankees won more WS with Scott Brosius at third than with ARod!

  34. soxzealot35 permalink
    April 25, 2007 4:23 pm

    Curt, I know its early, and in baseball that can mean everything, but how gross is Papelbon….i mean come on…Hitters look totally overmatched…My question is, do you think he’ll remain as a premeir closer or eventually move to the starting rotation in the next few years….what would you do with a pitcher like that if you were in charge….any thoughts?

    Thanks again for reading your fans’ thoughts..
    -Andrew S.

  35. seabass36 permalink
    April 25, 2007 8:45 pm

    The way it looks tonight,Curt was fine,I think only 86 pitches thru 7? Anyhow the Yanks will be an afterthought unless they find some of that right about now.

  36. skinnyman2007 permalink
    April 25, 2007 9:18 pm

    Curt Great Game Tonight against the Baltimore Oriolies!!!!!!!!. Keep up the good work. Way to get the team a needed win. How do you think you did tonight Curt and do you need to work on anything for the next start Curt. If the RedSox offered you a contract for next year during this season would you sign let me know Curt. Take care Curt lookinf foward to your next Blog. God Bless you the rest of the team and your family.

    DUDE!!!!!!!

    From, Jeff Riley

  37. thedoctorx permalink
    April 25, 2007 9:23 pm

    Congratulations Curt on what looked like a great outing on my computer!!

    Congratulations to Okajima and Donnelly for their work!

    Congrats, of course, to “the Bats” who were not frightened today!!

    –J.D.

  38. taso2177 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:16 am

    Could you tell us what happened to the family you took in that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina? Just wondering if they got back on their feet and if you and the family still keep in touch.

  39. murf permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:12 am

    Great job the other night and good luck heading into NY.

    It seems like you’re even more of a media target now because you have this forum to sound off – almost as if they’re pissed you have communication skills of your own and have a place to use them that they’re not a part of. The media in this town sucks and there’s nobody who understands that more than the players so keep your head up and contunue playing great ball. The real fans will always support you for what you’ve given this city despite what the clowns in the media try to show.

    –Pete M.

  40. carey2117 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:21 pm

    Curt, why wouldn’t you nail A-Rod first at bat right in the back? I think it would have set the tone for the whole season. After he hit the first homer off of you I was positive you were gonna hit him the next at bat, but then he hits another homer off you! He was the hottest hitter in the game going into that series and there was no way he was hitting two homers off of you if you nailed him first at bat.

  41. August 13, 2007 5:05 pm

    I agree, beaning ARod would have set a nice tone. Could have potentially made things awkward in the Sox clubhouse next year if he were to come on board, but hey, the fans would love it.. and ARod would stop crowding the plate.

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