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4/25/07 vs. Baltimore and post Yanks stuff

April 25, 2007

I’ll try and grab some Q & A from the last post over the next few days if time permits (which it does more so on the road than at home).

So what did we learn from the Yanks series? They can hit. So can we. Mariano, like every other reliever in baseball, can have issues pitching on a weeks worth of rest. Love to hear all the doomsayers talking about his demise. Check back in September when he’s sitting on 40+ saves and a 2 ERA.

Alex Rodriguez is hotter than hot. The amazing thing, and people might find it hard to believe but I got to see it up close and personal, was that Barry Bonds spent an entire season that hot. When players of that talent level get hot it’s pretty amazing to see. They do things that you know no other person on the planet is capable of doing.

In a series where our starters gave up 16 runs, we still swept them. That’s not a bad thing. Say all you want about so and so is hurt, we don’t have this guy or that guy, but the games still count so no one really cares. They aren’t going anywhere. Obviously they aren’t at full speed due to missing Matsui, Mussina, Wang and Pavano but they are still going to win games. I just think it’s going to be tougher this year because every team in the AL East can hit, and that’s where we play a huge majority of our schedule. Having to get 3-4 innings from your pen every single night this early is catastrophic to bullpens as the season progresses. That was as big a factor this past weekend as any I think, our starters threw 20 2/3 innings and we didn’t have to drain the pen every night. Those innings will be huge later in the season.

I was getting ready for this game and hearing that there was potential rain incoming. As someone who thrives on routine I was less than happy to hear it, but figured I’d do what I needed to, to be ready. Nothing happened and everything went off on time.

Verlander, Harden, Hernandez, Burnett and Cabrera. If I had to list the 5 most electric arms that are starting pitchers in the big leagues that would be my five. There are a ton of incredible arms, young ones, starting to make their mark, but if you want to talk about pure stuff, velocity, this would be my list. These five guys can hit 100 mph on any given night. You can clamor on and on about bullpen guys that throw 99-100mph, but when a guy can hit 100mph on pitch 100, that’s pretty damn impressive. Daniel was starting tonight and I can imagine that this guy is in no way a comfortable at bat for anyone. He’s progressed immensely over the last two or so years. You could almost see him run off the track in prior years. He could sail for 3 innings, punch out 5 guys, and then walk the park. It’s not that uncommon, but it is at this level. To do that at this level you have to have some pretty incredible stuff to hang around and be given repeated chances. I don’t know him well but I’ve heard he’s a hard worker and a great kid. I remember hearing when Leo got this job, and my first thought was, actually the hope, was that he wouldn’t get this kid straightened out too fast. Well from what I’ve seen before, and tonight, I’d say he’s close. He’s starting to harness the fastball inside the zone. Certainly much more than he has in the past and I think it’s now only a matter of time before he starts putting up some incredible numbers. That all being said I was hoping he’d fall off the wagon tonight. He didn’t and ended up pitching a good game. He had to pitch around some walks but he made his pitches. Though he ended up with the loss he could have won that game on most nights.

Angel Hernandez was behind the plate. I’ve known Angel a long time. Angel certainly is not a pitchers umpire, but I don’t think he’s a hitter’s ump either. Angel makes no bones about his strike zone. He’ll go up and down but you won’t get much corner, if any. He was consistent all night tonight. I thought I threw one ball that was called a strike (first FB to Payton leading off the 2nd inning) and I didn’t think he missed a strike all night. At the end of the day you can NEVER have a problem with a consistent umpire, regardless of his strike zone.

First inning starts with Brian hitting a 1-0 fastball to left center for the first out. My curve ball felt fantastic in the pen but the first two to Markakis were balls, bad misses too. Run the count full and he gets out in front on a 3-2 curve ball for an F-7. After going to 1-2 on Tejada I run a good FB in on his hands and jam him badly, but Angel calls catchers interference. I call BS. No way he hit the catchers glove and Angel was the only one who heard it. Wrong. Angel was right, Tejada barely nicked Tek’s glove and Angel heard it. Umpire 1 Me 0. Huff takes a curve for strike one, and after fouling off an 0-2 FB he hits a fly ball to center to end the inning.

If I am not going to throw 95mph anymore, I need to get ahead in the count. Velocity makes up for location when you hit a certain number. When you are below that number you better be locating. Maddux is the best I’ve ever seen at it. Wells is pretty damn good too. 17 of 28 first pitch strikes tonight. Definitely too few, but what’s even worse is 7 2-0 counts. Ball one can be mitigated with a good 1-0 pitch but 2-0 is bad news, regardless of who’s hitting. I know I am not the 95mph guy anymore, but I can live with it because I can command the baseball. The command is still not where I want it to be and I know that because of the counts and a few other things I notice during the course of the game.

Payton gets to 0-2 and hits a split to third to lead off the second inning. Kevin comes to the plate and I know based on the video I’ve been watching that he’s creeping way up on the plate. Kevin hooks the ball foul about as often as the sun comes up. Even with a leak he has immense plate coverage and can still pull a bullet. My goal was to keep the FB out of the middle of the plate tonight and up until the last one I threw him I did. First AB he fouls strike one, a fast ball in, down the third base line. Next pitch is a 2 seamer in that jams him to short. First faux pas of the night occurs next. Two outs, no one on, and I walk Patterson. Ball four was the only pitch that was even close to the strike zone. Gomez comes up and I miss badly with ball one, throw a CB for a strike and misfire by about 4 feet, the 1-1 fastball. He cues it to first and Youks catches it to end the inning.

Bako starts the third inning by taking a FB in for strike one. I throw a good 0-1 curve that gets the desired result, a routine ground ball. Unfortunately the ball is hit in just about the perfect spot and rolls into right for a single. Now we’ve just taken a 1-0 lead on Alex’s HR and I’ve got the lead off man on, no outs. Brian takes a fastball for strike one and then grounds a splitter to 2nd that Alex and Julio turn into a DP. Huge break. Markakis ends the inning hitting a 1-1 split to short.

Tejada hits a 1-1 split to center to lead off the fourth. Aubrey hits a very good first pitch slider that Youk snags but can’t hang onto, ball rolls into right and he ends up with a double. In my mind the game changes on the next AB. Even though it’s still 1-0, Julio makes a phenomenal play on a slow roller. I didn’t think he had a chance when it went by me and the out is huge. Instead of first and third one out, I have two outs and a runner on third. Still have to deal with Kevin but doing it with two outs is an enormous change. The approach and selection of pitches changes dramatically with 2 outs in that situation. We battle for five pitches and he lays off a front door slider on 1-2. I throw a good split next and he chases it down. When you are pounding a RHH in with fastballs, the split becomes twice as effective if you can keep it middle of the plate and get it below the zone.

Patterson flies to left on a first pitch fastball, Gomez grounds to short on a 2nd pitch curve. I know my pitch count to this point is not high but this inning, if I can end it now, will give me a shot to finish the game. Instead I go 0-2 on Paul and proceed to throw 4 straight balls and walk him. Again two outs and no one on, walk….. I start Brian off with 2 fastballs to go 2-0, and John makes a trip out. He says something I need to hear, it works and we end up striking out Brian on a 2-2 fastball away.

Sixth inning starts with Nick hitting a 2-2 split to short for the first out.

In baseball we use a term called ‘get me over’. You never throw a breaking ball saying “I just hope I get this one over”, or a fastball for that matter. However the difference is that at times you get into a situation and you DO think “throw this pitch for a strike”. Instead of making the pitch with conviction, you just ‘make the pitch’. You tend to know the minute it gets hit, what you did, but you still do it from time to time. Well I did it. After going 2-0 on Miguel, one of the best bad ball hitters in the game, I went to curve ball, and threw what can only be described as a hanger. I knew when I let it go that I didn’t finish it, and was praying that it went to the backstop or something, but it didn’t. The ball hung on the inner half of the plate, up, and he crushed it. The reason it’s an inexcusable mistake is that it’s a 1-0 game. You cannot make even one pitch without total focus and commitment. Obviously looking at it now it’s a lot less painful than it could have been, but at the time I thought it was going to be a huge mistake. After that I fell behind Huff 3-1 and got him to ground out on a split. Payton ends the inning swinging at a FB away for strike three.

The mistake becomes a lot less painful as we hit for over a half hour in the top of the 7th. My biggest concern was getting out to the mound fast enough to get as much throwing in as I could to get warm. Having a three run lead this late changes everything about some guys, and nothing about others. Fact is that it does give you breathing room. That doesn’t mean you relax, but to me it’s always changed some things about how to approach hitters and counts.

Kevin takes a fastball and fouls off the next one to go 0-2 and then I get a bit too much of the plate and he hits a liner to Mike for the first out. We literally played him in a no doubles defense given how we were pitching him and having Mike back I think helped out. Patterson hits a first pitch fastball for a pop up to get a quick second out. I’m now thinking a CG is a legitimate possibility. I fall behind Gomez on two bad fastballs and then misfire the third one and he hits a single to left. Bako hits a first pitch fastball down to right for the second single in two pitches. Now I am in perfectly good position to piss away a good night. Fortunately Brian gets the first pitch a little off the end. It went farther than I was hoping it might but I could tell by the sound he didn’t square it up. Camden was playing bigger tonight than it does during the summer. The ball ended up on the track and the inning was over.

I knew I was around 100 pitches but I felt great and was thinking I’d get through at least eight if I executed. Tito had other plans and despite the argument he was not letting me go back out.

122 Comments leave one →
  1. mattymatty permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:18 am

    Hey Curt, Did you hear that the announcer for the O’s tonight (Gary Thorne) said that Doug Mirabelli told him that it wasn’t blood but paint on your sock in ’04? I couldn’t believe he said it right on TV! (the trasncript can be foud at Why would he make something like that up! Its hard to believe it, but you apparently can just go on TV and say whatever the %#$& you want and not have to back any of it up.

    Of more importance, great job tonight in Baltimore!

  2. boston38 permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:49 am

    Curt you are definitely my favorite player in the league and at times dont give yourself enough credit. You looked good tonight, not the best, but better than in previous games. So give yourself some credit, whether or not you’re that 95mph guy anymore, you are still by far my favorite pitcher and player, for that matter, if that counts for anything.

  3. katiethegreat permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:49 am

    Curt, awesome game. With all of the hype about Baltimore making improvements in the off-season, did you personally take note of any of these changes tonight? Do you feel it’s the same club you faced in previous years?

  4. autigersdrew permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:56 am

    Curt, first of all, as a fellow brother in Christ, thanks so much for sharing your struggles… It means alot to see someone take a stand like you do. Here is my question. Awhile back, you told us what 9 players you would like to play with. You never mentioned a closer. Just in my lifetime, i was born in 1985, there have been many many many good ones. Which one would you choose to close your game? Papelbon is quite sensational. Rivera is dang good as well. Would it have been John Smoltz, since he was known as possibly THE dominant closer when he was one a few seasons ago. Or would it be Billy Wagner? Or when Mark Wohlers was amazing in the mid-90’s, before he had his mental meltdown? Or during his 1st few seasons, John Rocker was also really good… So which one that has played in the last 21 yrs, would you choose???

  5. knucklebat permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:28 am

    Great game, Curt. It was fun to watch.

  6. Derek permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:31 am

    First woo hoo …….

    I am very jacked about this weekend. Good game tonight thank good for XM at work. Do you have time to follow college baseball at all or do any of the guys in the club house follow it as passionately as say college football or basketball ?

  7. wsholar permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:45 am

    Nice win, Schill. When a hitter faces a pitcher he’s previously shared the dugout with, who typically has the advantage? Is that the case with you and Millar? Damon? O-Cab?

  8. kyotofan permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:57 am

    Mr. Schilling, Congratulations on the win. Stopped the brief slide and hopefully the momentum will be building back-up as the team heads into New York. In a word, Ace. I was unable to watch or listen to the game because of work, but reading your detailed account is the next best thing. Listening and then reading your description being the best thing. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to do this? If I may, what follows are a few questions (and observations): 1) It’s early in your blogging career, but have you found having to put your thoughts about your pitching into prose meant for the likes of me and others, and so soon after an outing, helpful to you? I know you’ve always kept very detailed records about your pitching and the hitters, but is this something totally new, or are we merely being allowed to eavesdrop on what you have always done? My other questions have to do with Matsuzaka-san. Living in Kyoto for many years I have been able to watch him pitch from the time he was in high school up until now. Ironically, now that he is pitching in America I can see him even more, for Kyoto’s broadcast market is focused on the Hanshin Tigers and the Central League and thus only periodically are we able to watch Seibu Lion’s games. Whereas all his outings in America are being broadcast. Also, living in Kyoto and dealing in both Japanese and English I have been witness to countless “lost in translation” moments. My fear is this: Daisuke-san, to these eyes, seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time between pitches. Maybe I’m wrong, but to my memory he seemed to work faster in the past. Didn’t leave the mound as much. Lined ’em up and set’em down. Doesn’t seem like he has his old rhythm anymore, nor the authority it garnered. It’s one thing not knowing which of his six or seven pitches is going to be thrown, but as a batter it is even worse having little time in between pitches to get over this kind of anxiety. Anyway, I wonder if this is true: has he forgotten his old work habits which served him so well? I know he was cautioned about going to his mouth while on the mound during the pre-season and generally the whole atmosphere must be very different, not to mention a new catcher, so it is quite possible he is still not very comfortable in his routine between pitches. I’ve heard Francona say he thinks Daisuke-san is rushing things a bit. By this I think Francona means during his delivery. Here is the potential “lost in translation” moment: Francona: “Your rushing your delivery Daisuke.” [“delivery”=the actually pitching]. Daisuke-san hears: “Your rushing your delivery [= your rushing the time you take between pitches”] . Anyway, you can see how good advice if not properly translated could lead to terrible results. Of course, this is terribly speculative and I’m sure not correct, though I do think Daisuke-san is taking more time than usual between pitches, and on the oft-chance a a “lost in translation” moment has occured it would be best to straighten it out before the Yankee series. I can’t close without praising Okajima-san. Hometown boy made good. Thanks so much for taking care of him! Cheers

  9. brynot permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:39 am

    Seems like the east is going to be a lot tougher this year. Should be the makings of one great season. So far so good.

    Thanks for this perspective. One of the best things that’s come out of the internet. Are there other players out there posting blogs with as much depth as yours?

  10. jlgolson permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:46 am

    A lot of people would say that a pitcher’s duel is the best baseball game to watch. Obviously, being on the winning end of a blowout is nice, but:

    do you prefer to pitch in a close game (1-2 run lead or deficit) or to pitch in a blowout (5+ runs up)?

    Maybe this is an unfair question because of course you want to win, but I am sure that your mindset changes depending on the score. Do you like a close game because it’s more of a challenge?

  11. branatical permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:55 am

    Hey Schill,

    Great game tonight all around. Was at the Angels game two weeks ago. It was really fun to watch your new approach at the park. They were flat it seemed the whole series but I don’t think they had a chance against you. It seemed the same tonight with the O’s and if it weren’t for A-Rod the Yankees wouldn’t have fared any better, but I guess if it weren’t for A-Rod, the Yankees would probably have a 1 or a 2 in the W column.

    I digress, I was watching tonight and when you went to 2-0 on Tejada I thought to myself why not walk him, then I thought, just don’t give him something to hit, and BLAM – tie game. Anyways, would you ever consider walking Tejada in that case?

  12. jlarlee permalink
    April 26, 2007 3:27 am

    Great Game. I love the blog and it is great to get information in this way. I am a military journalist for the Air Force and being out of state I depend on the Boston media for coverage, since I often can’t see the games. Honestly I am tired of the act of writers like CHB. In my training, I only got 3 months and not 4 years, but even I know a good journalsit covers with a neutral view. I honestly think CHB is mad because he can no longer milk the curse of Babe Ruth for book deals.

    Now for game stuff, i am interested in 3-0 pitches. Do you do a lot of research on who may have the green light and who may not? Do you take anything off that pitch if you know the guy must certainly does not have a green light. Or are you more cautious that it doesn’t get drilled because the guy is sitting dead red?

  13. danharlow permalink
    April 26, 2007 3:34 am

    You speak very generously about not only the Yankee’s but also of other players from around the league. Now, I have heard interviews with other well known pitchers (Roger Clemens in particular) where they tend to shy away from making any comment (good or bad) about potential hitters they may face. Mr. Clemens justifies this approach as a means to “intimidate” the hitter, yet you seem to be much more open and honest about how you feel.

    Why do you prefer to take a much more open and honest approach to your statements about other teams and players? Do you feel that allowing the other team to know you may respect their lineup helps you more as a player on the mound, or do you feel that intimidation as a pitcher is not a completely necessary component of your game?

  14. vicarious07 permalink
    April 26, 2007 3:44 am

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for your incredible insight involving all aspects of the game. I look forward to reading your blogs after every outing, and I’m a huge Yankees fan, figure that one out!

    Seriously, I just want to say I appreciate the honesty I read in all of these blogs, it makes for a very interesting read.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. April 26, 2007 4:09 am

    Is Millar the only guy who can pull a broken bat foul while having it travel further than the foul ball itself?

    Good game Curt.

  16. poltroop permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:26 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I asked a question 3 posts back, I’m pretty sure it got lost in the mix.

    Mr. Schilling,

    I have 1 question for you:

    What can I do to find 2 affordable tickets (military pay standards, which means non-ebay pushin’ non-rip-off scalpin’ prices ) to a BoSox game, in August?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

    3rd Generation Sox fan

  17. cdntrot permalink
    April 26, 2007 5:35 am

    Another great game. However, can you comment on the Gary Thorne allegation about the ” bloody sock “, during the Orioles’ broadcast and how he puts it out there that Mirabelli was responsible for telling him it was paint and not blood and how it was all for PR?

    How do you put up with all of this crap time after time and still be so focused on what you need to do?

  18. techsoldaten permalink
    April 26, 2007 5:54 am

    Curt –

    I was at the game last night in Baltimore. You looked magnificent and congradulations on another quality start.

    That was a shame the way Manny was robbed of that home run ball. Offensive production on the Sox appears to be significantly lower than it has been in past years, with an alarming number of low scoring games.

    Can you elaborate on your thoughts about the offense, and where you see it headed? I understand people need to get in their rhythm, but everyone wants to know when it will start. Has the weather been a factor in the hitters performance?


  19. April 26, 2007 5:57 am

    Curt —
    Reading your blog has certainly given me an amazing look into the inner workings of a pitcher’s mind and how baseball is played. I’ve made a Sox fan out of my wife, and in explaining the game to someone else I realize that it’s closer to chess in terms of strategy, planning, etc. Reading your blog only solidifies this belief.

    I was at the Yankees game last Friday (our 10 month old daughter’s first game, thanks for the W) and I wanted to say thanks for making it special for us. You’re right — Okajima is incredibly underrated, and I hope he’s able to fly under the radar for a while longer because he’s looking to become a great set-up man. I also noticed a big difference last night in that you had a great command of your location and, aside from the Tejada blast, made very few mistakes.

    I did have a question: is it different or harder to pitch against former teammates? Kevin Millar obviously influenced this question, but I also wondered this when a catcher (like Varitek) faces a pitcher he used to catch (like Bradford). Is it easier for the hitter, knowing the pitcher’s style? Is it harder for the pitcher? Easier because he knows what the hitter can/cannot hit? Is it hard to keep a straight face when Millar’s up because you know he’s going to crack you up?

    Thanks for the insight into baseball, and keep up the great work!

    – Tim from Vermont

  20. deck104 permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:04 am

    Curt, good game last night and great season so far.

    I was wondering if you could speak briefly to how you treat your arm on a day-to-day basis.

    I have a younger brother who is just starting to pitch a lot at the high school level out here in Central Mass. and he is constantly fussing with his arm. He rotates his shoulders, tugs on his arm in front of his chest and behind his head, and thinks he’s stretching his arm out while doing this. He does it a few dozen times per day, coupled with throwing every day, I think it’s a bad thing.. To go along with his new habit, he’s also complaining about pain in his arm for the first time in his life. I have tried to speak to him about letting his arm rest, but he’s 18, and thinks he knows everything, especially about baseball.

    Maybe if he hears how you approach arm rest/stretching a bit, he might actually listen. Unless your routine is similar to his, in which case I will concede a major point to my kid brother (which would be awful).

    Again, great job so far, this season and in the past.

  21. yankeeh8r permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:13 am

    What is it with the Baltimore media and “Bloody-Sock-gate”? Didn’t some female reporter for the Sun speculate right after the World Series that it was not blood? Now Jim Palmer and Gary Thorne are trying to revive this “conspiracy theory.” Give me a break. Maybe if their team and its owner ever did anything worthwhile, the Baltimore media could report some real news rather than Bigfoot sightings and UFO abductions.

  22. frankfromgloucester permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:14 am

    Hey RED LIGHT! Nice game . Please consider signing with the YANKS next year. I can give you a free season pass to the Foxy Lady. CHOW

  23. iayork permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:21 am

    You may not want to say specifically what it was John told you on his coaching visit, but in general, what do coaches say when they trot out to the mound? How often are those trips mostly aimed at giving a pitcher a chance to take a brief break, and how often does the coach actually have a specific and useful point to make? And are the comments mostly strategic (like what pitches to throw), or technical (like your shoulder is open), or what?

    I have the same questions about catchers’ visits to the mound, too.

  24. April 26, 2007 6:22 am

    really do enjoy the blog. you’re doing a great job at it and it gives us an insight to the game that we can’t get anywhere else. kudos.

    i was wondering, is it difficult for you to be a man of faith when you are in the public eye so often? i mean, it seems today that everything an athlete or entertainer says or does is under a microscope. i don’t know how i would handle that as a believer myself. i’m always saying something i regret, lol. how does the scrutiny affect your attitude as a Christian?

    thanks again.


  25. chillyme permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:34 am

    Once again, thanks so much for the post-game breakdown. Incredible stuff for a fan to be privvy to.

    I’ve been listening to NY Sports Talk Radio on the stream. After the sweep last w/e, there was a lot of discussion over A-Rod and Jeter being hit by Dice-K. It didn’t look intentional to me, but what do I know? (Not much……)

    Predictably, many callers wanted to see the Sox line-up take some hits, specifically Papi. Other callers were still angry Torre didn’t have them bunt during the ALCS Bloody Sock game.

    Personally, I feel the intentional payback hit by a pitch is moronic, especially in the pro’s. If you can’t beat a team fairly, you deserve to lose the game. It’s up there with steroid use in my book. Cheating is cheating. I’m all for pitching inside and can accept the occassional accidental hit, but intentional? No. Players can be seriously hurt and it’s not worth the momentary ego payoff.

    Mind you, I understand that some in the clubhouse expect a pitcher to have their back, but once started-where does it end?

    So, my question to you is: how do you feel about the INTENTIONAL payback hit by a pitch? As a pitcher, can you tell when another pitcher’s pitch it is intentional? Is it something you support and participate in?

    On a sidenote, I cringe whenever there is talk of ARod coming to Boston. The guy is a phenom, no doubt. But EVERYTIME I see/hear of him, I remember that friggin giant white batting glove intentinally knocking the ball from Arroyo’s glove during the ALCS. He’s a proven cheater in my book. Red Sox Nation does not need to cheat to score a win. Either beat them fairly or take the loss.

    Joe Torre showed a lot of class by not calling for the bunt when you were pitching on a sliced and diced ankle. People can say what they will about Torre, but to his credit, he took the high road, and I was impressed by his restraint.


  26. phaladay permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:39 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
    ps. I’m sorry to hear this crap about your bloody sock being fake..what a joke!

  27. boomer15 permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:50 am


    Nice game, again. I really enjoy reading your posts.

    Quick question, you mentioned that when John made the trip to the mound he told you something that you needed to hear and it worked out. Can you share what that was?


  28. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 26, 2007 7:01 am

    Hi, Curt. What a bloody loser that Baltimore scribe is; this is yet another example of the dopey media foisting lies on an unsuspecting public.

    We Red Sox fans are no longer that gullible, not after all these years of reading Shank and Borgie and the band of storytellers (Barnicle, Blair, Smith) over there — we recognize a desperation PR move when we see it, and that Baltimore bloke is definitely trying to get some attention with this.

    Rock on, Curt-man! You are the ace of this staff!

  29. miked714 permalink
    April 26, 2007 7:16 am


    Thus far watching the AL East, you are right, man, can this division hit! And its not all veteran hitters either, lots of young guys like Markakis, Upton, Young, Rios, Melky, etc. Good young pitching too with Kazmir, Bedard, Cabrera, Lester, Wang, etc….My question is who are the young guys who you like to watch on days which you are not playing?

    Mike in NC

  30. krimsman permalink
    April 26, 2007 7:22 am


    Great game last night. Thanks for giving us something to root about. What is your take on the Angel Hernandez-Julio Lugo mess from last night? From what I understand, it is within the umpire’s right to refuse to give a batter time, but in my 33 years of watching baseball, I’ve never seen an umpire show up a batter like what Hernandez did on the 2nd strike. Do you have any more details about what happened than what we saw on tv? Is there some history between Lugo and Hernandez? Is this typical of Hernandez? Just a bad night for him?


  31. April 26, 2007 7:36 am


    I was wondering what your thoughts were on Barry Bonds. Do you think MLB should hold a celebration like they did when McGuire hit 62?



  32. gordonlear permalink
    April 26, 2007 7:52 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I read a lot of other blogs on various topics and they all have one thing in common. Guest writers. Is there any chance you get a teammate and have them take a few key-stokes? It would be awesome to hear how Tek manages the game with on on the mound. Or get a young guys perspective on working with vets like you and Wake.

    Keep up the great posts!

    Gordon Lear
    Sarasota, FL

  33. j00it permalink
    April 26, 2007 8:15 am


    Great Job last night. Remember Tito knows best. He needs you in October.

  34. April 26, 2007 8:18 am

    Curt –

    Can you talk a little bit about what it’s like to face a hitter like ARod and Bonds when they are in this kind of zone?

  35. schnoo permalink
    April 26, 2007 8:34 am


    I’ve just heard some of the highlights of this silly “bloody sock” controversy.

    My question is this: Are you still shilling for the real blood-letting going on in Iraq?

    Thanks and good luck.

  36. buffettfan16 permalink
    April 26, 2007 8:40 am

    Hi Curt,

    I have a pitcher/batter question for you and I am sorry if it sounds silly to you I was just curious and I don’t really hear commentators talking about it to much.

    How much of an advantage does a pitcher, say a RHP like you have against a righty batter as opposed to a lefty? Is it a really big advantage or just marginal? I know that when a batter is a switch hitter they will always take the side opposite a pitcher, so any switch hitters facing you will do so from the left.

    I am asking because I was reading how much better Jason is doing batting from the right as opposed to the left. If Jason is so hot from the right is it totally out of the ordinary for him or any swtich hitter to bat right and not left even against a RHP? Is it something that would just never happen?

    Thanks for taking the time to answer questions .

  37. redsox0717 permalink
    April 26, 2007 8:50 am


    I look up to you as a sport’s figure and you’re my favorite Red Sox player. But why did you lie about the bloody sock? It’s just weird when your favorite player and someone of your character would pull a PR stunt like that…I hope it isn’t true!

  38. April 26, 2007 8:51 am


    You need to run a DNA test on your “Bloody” sock. This issue will not go away and if you ever consider selling it and donating the proceeds to one of your charities, the buyer will need to know that his/her $1 million likely winning bid is for a bloody sock, not a painted sock. Granted, the sock still might sell for $1 million if it is a painted sock because it will be one of the biggest haoxes and PR stunts ever pulled in MLB. Settle the matter once and for all and prove that the sock has your blood on it. I think any protest of this will simply raise more questions and make people question the validity of the “bloody” sock. Do the right thing Curt, have the sock DNA tested and prove everybody wrong. What do you have to hide?

  39. thedoctorx permalink
    April 26, 2007 8:54 am

    Posted this in the previous section after the game:

    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!!


    P.S. Same with this crap about your sock.

  40. April 26, 2007 9:01 am

    Now THAT’s the kind of game we need from you, G! Outstanding. That was a seriously beautiful thing. Very nicely done.

    Nice haircut. (I mean it.) Let us not return to the mullet-growing days of 2006, shall we? Promise?

    Gary Thorne is a moron.

    Tuesday. Oakland. Nick Swisher is going DOWN. Ganbatte na!

  41. April 26, 2007 9:07 am

    Thanks, Curt, it’s just great as a fan to hear about what you’re thinking out there.

    You’re probably right about Mariano– he’s struggled in April before and then reverted to form. But he’s really missing his spots right now.

    I mean, a monster blast to Marco Scutaro?

    Also, can we please not spend the better part of five days flipping out about the Thorne story? It’s BS, and that’s that. Mirabelli says so, the doctors say so, the manager says so. Let’s just dismiss it and avoid a frenzy.

  42. alwaysbelieved permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:09 am

    I love all the games, all year, win or lose. I think what helps the energy behind the Sox vs Yankees games is the fact that when these two teams face each other, normal rules of stats go out the window. By that I mean, it comes down to each play. It does not matter who is ahead or for how long in the game they lead. The games between these two teams is not over until that last ball crosses the plate.

    I love the intensity, the energy and the drive involved with these two teams. Of course it is a major high when we beat em in our beloved ballpark.

    I love the heart brought into each and every game by our men.

    I have major respect for the Yankees and do not ever discount their ability to play and play hard (of course you can have respect for something and still not like them 🙂 ) I never take for granted that the outcome will always be entertaing.

    WTG team ..

  43. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:34 am

    Husky Dale Arnold is slamming you, Curt. And he seems to be hiding behind the old “people here in the office have said they would not be surprised if Curt painted the sock…” defense.

    What a wimp he is. Curt, if I were you I’d never talk to Dale Arnold again — he is a cheap-shot artist. He would never take such cheap shots at people on the Bruins.

    This is all so stupid, but it confirms what you have said in the past about the media.

  44. plaverty permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:36 am


    Treat Gary Thorne like he should be and call him out. The sock is in the HOF, put pressure on him to pay for a DNA analysis. Then when the analysis comes out that it is your blood on the sock, he can publicly apologize to you with a nice donation to ALS or SHADE.

    Don’t let him hide behind “Well, Mirabelli said…”

  45. April 26, 2007 9:54 am

    Hey all & Curt,

    I’m a Baltimore Orioles fan and live in Maryland, and it is beyond asinine anyone would even assert that your performance in ’04 ALCS was a joke.

    I don’t know if Gary Throne was just joking, or perhaps a misinterpreted story, but it’s just stupid.

    I know the story came up in a conversation, but Throne (a professional with many years of sports broadcasting experience) and Jim Pamer (a Hall of Famer) would even question the validity of that moment is just wrong.

    Good luck this season — from a division rival.

    Take care,
    Anthony – The Oriole Post

  46. theotherm permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:55 am

    I can picture it now, there you are sitting in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium about to pitch in what would become an incredible game. Against all odds. you pitched when all of us thought you were done for the season. You are, I’m sure in pain and realize how important this game is, then you think…”hmmmm, let’s make this even more dramatic (as if we all needed more drama!) and paint my sock to look like I’m bleeding”…GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Love what you bring to the game!!!

  47. April 26, 2007 10:05 am

    Hi Curt
    great game last night does sitting for a long stretch while the team bats around work in your favor or do you have to work harder at keeping your rythem and mental focus in the game? Gary Thornes a jerk to even say what he did your heroics during the world series run should never be questioned it’s whats made you into the icon and beloved son of all red sox fans today.
    It always amazes me at how many shots are slung your way it’s not fair.
    I think were all glad you have this blog to speak on everything baseball to personal keep up the great work.

  48. rdsxnation67 permalink
    April 26, 2007 10:08 am

    I’m a Sox fan of 40 years, living in DC, so I’m thrilled when it’s Sox/Orioles on Mid Atlantic Sports Network.

    There is such mindless dribble from the annoucers to fill up the air time. Jim Palmer I can respect because of what he did on the mound for the Orioles against the Sox, but Gary Thorne should Just Shut Up.

    Although I do remember in aother game, Palmer said it was Nolan Ryan who talked to a young Schilling to use his God-given talents and make something of himself, when we all know it was Clemmens

  49. mctrixie permalink
    April 26, 2007 10:09 am

    This is a pretty good blog. I listen to the games on WEEI, and that last out in the 7th, I think, had me going. From listening to the radio, I understand that Japanese catchers have a lot more to do with the pitching than in America; and I think Seattle’s Kenji Johjima is a pretty good catcher. As far as Matsuzaka is concerned, how is Jason Varitek developing in learning a Japanese pitching game?

    Thanks again for writing.

  50. civ26 permalink
    April 26, 2007 10:20 am

    Nice Do. Much better.

  51. sean1829 permalink
    April 26, 2007 10:35 am

    Screw Gary Thorne. That visual in the ’04 ALCS still gives me goose bumps and was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed in all my years of watching baseball. For him to say nonsense like that shows how far we’ve plummetted as a society where we just try to tear people down and not appreciate greatness when we witness it. Curt, you inspired a nation and showed that determination and guts can overcome any obstacle. For that, millions of us wil be eternally grateful.

    I remain in awe,


  52. dschroeck permalink
    April 26, 2007 10:41 am

    As a Yankee fan living in AZ, I am still a Curt fan. The chatter about the sock is ridiculous. How does it take away from the facts of a gutsy performance with stitches in your ankle. What else amazes me is the Romes, greenbergs, Patricks can spout all the opinions they want, but boy if you do as an athlete you are egotistical and so on.

    Let’s see you have opinions, som i don’t always agree with, but at least there is no guess work on what you think or may believe. I guess that takes something away from a journalist, leaving them no room to try and spin and give their opinion as to what you might have meant. No room for guess work when you open up on a topic.

    I hope all is well with your family. Every schoolyard I go by and see the shades I think of the work Shonda did for skin cancer awarenesshere in Az. It also made me aware more and I recently had a spot of cancer taken off my neck, because I became more aware due to her work. Tell here thanks!!

  53. April 26, 2007 11:07 am

    I used to like Gary Thorne. I always thought he called a good hockey game. But his latest comments about the sock in 2004 are so incredibly lame. What a tool.

  54. April 26, 2007 11:24 am

    what is with these broadcasters and re-hashing old rumors? Seriously here’s a news bulletin, ITS OVER people. My goodness let it go. It was a stupid idiotic comment to make!! (hee hee hee)

    Now onto Sox Business, Seriously Sick series against the evil empire. I know its only April, but hey a win is a win is a win. Awesome pitching curt.

    Oka is a very underrated pitcher, i was very imressed!

    I’m all for Arod coming to the red sox. I’ll take a gifted player any day. Plus we may need some protection for Papi in the future. Altho I hope Manny stays forever and ends his career here but who knows thats just erika being erika.

    Thanks for writing, I enjoy reading!


  55. lissaann permalink
    April 26, 2007 11:28 am


    Looking at the replay from Remy and Orsillo, it did look like Hernandez did get a part of Tek’s glove. Not much, but he did hit it.

    Great game, though…very nice.

  56. mainefan permalink
    April 26, 2007 11:54 am

    Great game last night, Curt! I’m having real good feelings about this season. Anyway, I have a question. Have you seen the Costner movie “For Love of the Game?” In the movie, whenever Costner’s character takes the mound, he tunes out the crowd and it’s like total silence in his head as he concentrates only on the catcher and the batter. Is this something you do to a degree? Does the noise of the crowd ever get to you? Especially since there are very few, if any, parks where there isn’t a good sized crowd of Red Sox fans in attendance at every game.

  57. beyondb4 permalink
    April 26, 2007 11:54 am

    Wow! That was a game that made it possible to call it a night and sleep with all peace of mind! Even dream happy dreams! Great pitching, great hitting, great teamwork! Some games turn out to be perfect!

  58. yaz1967 permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:01 pm

    Gary Thorne is a moron. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I’ve seen the sock at the Hall of Fame. That’s blood.

  59. cursedtofirst permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:05 pm

    just another fan chiming in here to say thanks for the recap and insights as always. i appreciate how driven and self-critical you are, and the accountability you have for every pitch you throw. hopefully your example is rubbing off on the younger guys too. can’t wait to see beckett drop the hammer again tonight like he has been all season.

    we’re so ludicrously rich in the pitching dept. so far this year it’s not even funny–especially in the rotation. it must be a thrill to be part of it.

  60. killerhz permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:11 pm

    Man if it aint one thing it’s another huh? This whole bloody sox thing is so messed up I had to stop listening to eei because I am just plain sick of it.
    Well the only other thing I have to say is that great game last night…My 5 year old son is a yankee fan (i have no idea where he got this) but was watching the game last night and told me that he would like to be like Curt and pitch but, they are not allowed to pitch on t-ball. I told him that he will get his chance.
    Anyways looks like you have converted my son into a sox fan…


  61. cornbread19 permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:13 pm

    If you’re going to get touched on a hanging breaking ball, you can’t feel too bad about it being Miguel Tejada who does it. I hate to say it because he doesn’t play for us, but he’s got to be one of the best offensive shortstops all-time. His leather isn’t exactly shabby either but that’s beside the point. Congrats on another W. Don’t sell yourelf short on the FB either. You don’t throw it 95 with regularity, but when you need to reach back for it, we’ve all seen it. Like you said though, if you can locate that’s a million times more important than two or three MPH. Mixing up your pitches the way you and the captain do is far more important than the velocity. Not that I’m telling you anything you don’t know. How much is the way you prepare for a game rubbing off on Josh? I think he has the potential to be a Schilling caliber pitcher, and I’m so happy that you and him are flying under the Dice-K hype so to speak. Keep up the good work. I think this blog of yours is the best thing a player has ever done for the fans. Thank you for bringing us into the head of a Hall of Famer.

  62. drewsdad permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:18 pm

    Will you give Mirabelli a wedgie for sockgate 2007?

  63. ryanday permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:18 pm

    Great site. I have followed your career for a long time & I’m glad to find your blog! I’m a huge fan here in Dayton, OH.

  64. takis10 permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:26 pm

    Great start out there against Baltimore. I just have one question for you; one that I’ve always wondered about. If a splitter breaks sharply down, why do hitters hit it in the air if it is in the strike zone? I’ve always heard that splitters in the strike zone are a huge mistake.

    Thank you,

  65. jimmykc permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:29 pm

    Curt: Thanks for filling in the blanks. Had to watch last night by following the little red and green balls on which leaves a lot to the imagination. Three out of the next four would be a sweet way to close out April.

  66. pezcore37 permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:35 pm


    I’m an O’s fan and was at the game last night. You pitched great (as usual against us) and the game was wildly enjoyable until the wheels came off in the 7th. Walks are usually the demise of our big guys (Cabrera and Loewen). Anyways, great post – it’s actually kind of unbelievable that you can remember so much after the game. I feel like I’d get so absorbed in the moment that it would all be a blur. I guess that’s why you’re a future hall of famer!

    Best of luck this season – Brian

  67. chester41 permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:41 pm

    i dont think anybody w/ half a brain (cept gary thorne) thinks you painted your sock…w/o you there is no championship…86 years…the performance speaks for itself…football players wouldve been proud of your toughness…great job last night..i hope Arod is never in a red sox uniform, i think he is a phony…but at least he doesnt use roids, unlike bonds, who i really cant really irritates me that this cheat will pass aaron and did pass the babe…i hope the red sox fans boo him loudly when he comes in june….winning is great, but is hard to root for people you dont like….leo warren NH

  68. chiefbromden007 permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:44 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Random question for you regarding Varitek (I apologize if it has already been asked somewhere on this blog).

    As I am sure you are aware, there have been significant grumblings about Tek’s age and durability. Let it be know that I believe that Jason has a lot left in the tank and he will go on to have a spectacular year.

    However, without getting into specific stats, I think the numbers over the years (and certainly recently) support the fact that Jason is a much stronger hitter from the right side.

    Does Jason ever consider dropping the “switch-hitter” title and focusing on hitting from the right side only? It seems to me that such a move would allow him to focus all of his energies on his strengths as a batter instead of trying to fight what is becoming a losing battle.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks for your time and have a great day

  69. jemcnally permalink
    April 26, 2007 12:44 pm


    Among other things, I was just randomly wondering: how did you do on Celebrity Jeopardy? I was unable to watch the broadcast, and can’t find it on YouTube or anything, but I am curious to see how it went.

    Best of luck,

    Jimmy M.

  70. lp1968 permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:04 pm


    Great game! Don’t even pay attention to these stupid medai people who have nothing better to do than rehash old rumors! I have a great feeling about this year! Please keep posting and answering questions as much as you can. It adds a great deal to to my Red Sox expreience! Thanks again


  71. redsox0717 permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:24 pm

    Curt, can you imagine how unstoppable you would be if you still had that mid 90s fastball? Combining the velocity of your fastballs and splitter with the knowledge and maturity you have now…it would be amazing!

  72. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:26 pm

    Way to battle last night. Your command seems to be getting much better to both sides of the plate. Your curve is starting to look pretty good too. Didn’t really notice you throwing many changes though, are you trying to steer away from that? Although, MLB.TV sucks at times, so maybe you did and I could tell.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you and Josh compete all season long and hopefully both get 20 wins. As a Red Sox fan not in New England, the only games I see usually are in NY, Phila, or Baltimore. I have yet to see you pitch as a member of the Sox and hope to this year sometime. I did however see you at Lackawanna Country Stadium as a member of the SWB Red Barons in my hometown. You were armed with a high 90s fastball and a mullet ha ha. Well, keep working hard and we all love the blog, I look forward to reading it at my internship every morning after you start. Keep battling.

  73. pitcher permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:32 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Really fun to watch you last night, you really showed your experience out there! You’re starting to remind me of the likes of Greg maddox, (really smart pitching) You seem to have great command all night and kept batters off balance. You should be very pleased with that outing!
    By the way Thorne’s an idiot, and please don’t even comment on the sock. (it’s not warranted) DNA??? What’s wrong with people???

  74. maranara permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:34 pm

    Hey Schill – we were at the game last night – thank you for such an amazing game. And I have to say, it was really cool today to wake up and read your take on the game we were just at. Very very neat.

    A couple of questions…last night, I watched batting practice from the 3rd base foul pole – close enough to both watch and hear the pitchers working out. Papelbon seems like such a goofball…the way he was joking with the other pitchers and fooling around in the outfield (I know you were inside getting ready to pitch, but he was showing Tavarez how to do that “Papelbon look” and making grass angels in the outfield!). Do you see that side of him too? Is he always like that? It seems all the more impressive that he is able to go from silly to intense, and I’m hoping it means he’ll last a LONG time in the game! 🙂

    As a pitcher, do you like pitching in Baltimore? Can you hear the Red Sox fans when you’re warming up/on the field? In my section behind the 1st base on deck circle (thankfully under the overhang) last night there were three O’s fans – the rest were Sox fans. It’s pretty insane.

    Finally (I hope you’re still reading!), as a dad, what’s your take on fans that start hurling bad words at a game? I’ll admit it – I swear quite a bit when I’m at home watching sports, but never when I’m at a game watching. I want to be able to take my kids to a game without them learning a huge new vocabulary.

    Thanks again…:)

  75. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:37 pm

    P.S. I wasn’t going to comment on the B.S. comment made by Gary Thorne but noticed quite a lot of people did. The guy is complete moron. It makes me wonder why he is no longer with ESPN and is an Orioles’ commentator (no offense to any Baltimoreans). There is so much crap thrown around in the media from people trying to get publicity and stir up rumors, they remind me of how it was at recess in junior high. No one will ever take 2004 and all the magical things that happened. It just pains me that people are jealous because there will never be an occurence like that again.

  76. yanxrule4ever permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:09 pm

    As a Yanks fan, I’ve got a tremendous amound of respect for you, Curt. But admit it, it was paint, wasn’t it? Come on…

  77. jacksonguitars38 permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:22 pm

    Do you still have that unassisted triple play ball from philly?

  78. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:23 pm

    I hope Dougie does not get a hot-foot or wedgie or other club-house prank in retribution for his merriment. I like Dougie, and no one else can catch Timmy.

    Curt, please make a public show of forgiving Dougie for trying to be a funnyman — in that regard, he’s no Pedro or Millar.

  79. dbuck76 permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:28 pm


    I missed a good portion of last night’s game, however I just caught a few minutes of “Sox in 2” on NESN. I heard them saying something about some construction dude in center with a surveyor’s level tipping of pitches to the O’s with the old “Open-mouth = off-speed; Closed-mouth = straight” signals. Did you guys see/hear anything about this?

    Best of luck on another successful season. Dave

  80. skiracer permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:32 pm

    Curt- By now everyone has commented here about the Gary Thorne issue and what he said. We all hope to hear back from you personally on why he would say it, and what you think about Mirabelli commenting on it with him. Did Doug actually mention this seriously? Or was it a passing joke-like comment, and therefore should have been seen as such by Thorne? The way Thorne said it in passing, makes me think that it was more about getting a “dig” in on you than anything else.

    Keep up the good work this season. Your’re a winner.

  81. snooptonydog permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:34 pm


    Have you ever considered adding the palmball to your pitching repertoire? Watched you last night and to me, your control seemed good but not great. I didn’t see that big splitter you can throw – that just dives down big time. The radar gun had your fast ball registering 89 mph; I’m fairly certain either it was off by a couple of miles or you didn’t want to “dial-it-up”.

    On a side note, Tejada looks to be in Baseball Oblivion playing for the Orioles. He shoulda signed with the Sox – but maybe he likes it there.

  82. trubelieva permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:40 pm

    First post, Great blog! Can’t thank you enough for giving us an insiders look. Now about the bloody sock. We all know it is blood. I am sick of hearing about it all day today. I have a ? for ya. Do you remember all of the off the cuff smart remarks you have ever made? Well maybe you are the wrong person to ask since your memory has been proven to almost infallible with all your great blog info on your pitches. But picture yourself as Mirabelli and you get asked that stupid question 3 years ago and you know that there is no question that it is blood. So you give a smart-ass answer. Do you remember that 3 years later? Especially right after an emotionally charged game and being accused of saying it as if it was a fact. Either way, no big deal. To be honest I would love nothing better to find out it was all a rouse. Just like the field general showing weakness in an area to catch the oppostion off guard. I appreciate what you have done for all of us in RSN. 2004 will never be forgotten.
    One last thing. Thanks for being such a promoter of all your causes (cancer, etc). In Jan 2005 my 2 yr old niece was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia on the same day my grandmother past away. We were actually at the funeral home making the arrangements when my sister received a call from the pediatrician that he had some results he needed to go over with her. I would appreciate it if you (and maybe anyone in Red Sox Nation) could take a quick second from your extremely busy day to leave a “hi” in her guestbook. The hospital recently opened a webpage for her in conjunction with my sister. The address is

    Thank you again!

  83. trubelieva permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:44 pm

    Typo on the date of her diagnosis- it was Jan 2006. Thanks again and good luck!

  84. April 26, 2007 2:45 pm

    Maybe the sock has borscht on it.

    Just kidding. What you did that season was amazing, and shows what a true teammate is.

    The media occasionally can be quite ridiculous. From Rodriguez and his discolored cap “doctoring the ball” controversy earlier this season, to the blow up over Torii Hunter and what I like to call “Perignon Gate”, to now this, the media in this highly digital/internet age has lost sight of what accurate journalism is all about.

    If I was a journalist I’d be a ashamed.

  85. skiracer permalink
    April 26, 2007 3:00 pm

    Curt- Wow. Just heard Terry’s comments on the DP show. Even he’s taken back by the validity issues and mis-trust consequences of the Thorne comment. I’m somewhat blown away that a guy with Thorne’s rep can just throw that out there so casually, and think that there won’t be a side-effect to you.

    In the end, your performance that day was nothing short of great. And your manager just acknowledged as much also.

    I know this is going to come out with you holding your head high. It’s too bad this had to happen and become the “circus” comment for the day.

    Thorne owes you an apology.

  86. gorny540 permalink
    April 26, 2007 3:10 pm

    wow how fake was that comment by the sad o’s announcer, I think it was just some jealousy because I dont think anybody can remember the last time the O’s were a decent team, and even if the sock wasn’t just there on accident Curt did the smart thing by putting K Als on it to raise awareness on a disease which needs to be known and should be finanically supported, doug wouldn’t say a thing like this, as you heard from his reaction comments, this is just another way to try to bring down a great, good job on the win and keep up the great pitching also it was the first start you had this year that wasn’t on national television so I sadly only saw highlights

  87. lilpapi permalink
    April 26, 2007 3:13 pm

    What a load of crap the whole bloody sock bit is. How do you feel about all this. Is Dougie in the doghouse? What’s up with Angel not granting Lugo time in the batter’s box. Couple of cheap strikes if you ask me. Have you ever had something like that happen in your favor? Have fun watching your boys beat up the Yanks this weekend.

    Lil Papi

    P.S. Thanks for the autograph in Fort Myers. Do the players have designated days you give autographs, or were you and Beckett just feeling the love that day?

  88. slaxmac permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:00 pm

    I’m currently looking at the coffee mug on my desk that has a photo of your sock and cleats that my mom took in Cooperstown. I’m embarrassed for the State of Maine that Gary Thorne claims to be from there. What a tool.

  89. jim7283 permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:22 pm


    Can we both agree that Woody Paige is the most idiotic personality in sports media? This clown was just on “Around the Horn” seriously suggesting that people at Cooperstown have your bloody sock tested for DNA to prove it is blood from your body. The point of this will be to validate whether or not you deserve a spot in the Hall. WTF?!?!?!?!

    How do you deal with the constant barrage of verbal diarrhea the media spews at you on a daily basis? Does it bother you that a 1 R, 3 K, win for you is overshadowed by this nonsense?

  90. theofrombrookline permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:28 pm

    Ever hear that expression: “All rumors are true”?..and that one’s been circling around for over 2 years now. I heard that you made the initial stitching worse by picking at it right before you went out to warm up, so it would bleed more…then you write all your stuff on the shoe right below the self-inflicted wound. When youre done with baseball there’s certainly an ad agency that would love your foresight and creativity.

  91. lughlamfhada permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:34 pm


    Great game, you’re a lot of fun to watch. I saw your sock at the Hall of Fame… it’s brown now, and as everyone knows, blood turns brown over time. That Orioles announcer is a prime example of a guy who is jealous of your success and the success of the Red Sox.

    That was a heroic performance in the ALCS and in the World Series, and I hope you finish your heroic career here in Beantown.


  92. trubelieva permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:37 pm

    Hours later and EEI will not stop with the sock. Is this really a story? After the tear you guys have been on this is what the focus of the day is? I realize now your take on the media. It’s bad enough with all the fair-weather fans around this area, calling for the heads of all the light hitters beginning after the first 5 games of the year. Even getting on Tavares case after he has been eagerly willing to do what is good for the team. Fans have to give guys a chance and stop being so negative all the time. This team seems to be built like almost like a National League team (just like 2004!). Great pitching, speaking of which, it is so great to see most of the relievers also on a roll. Seems like Paps arm won’t need to work so hard this year when you can have confidence in Okajima and maybe even Donnelly to close out games.

    I was lucky enough to be at the historical BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK Yankee game on Sunday. A little fun note. I was sitting in RF box 94 right near the Pesky Pole. Seemed like Yankee territory with all the Yankee fans located there. Just before Papi’s 4th in. AB a chant started of “Bob-by…Bob-by” Just as Abreu turned to acknowledge and possibly wave, the first two rows stood up and in unison said “YOU SUCK!” Talk about a set-up. While still destracted and shaking his head, seconds later the ball was hit just inches above his outstretched grasp and bounded into the stands for the ground-rule double. Unfortunately it didn’t amount to a run as Youk had to return to third and Manny’s off-balanced swing ended the innning with a chopper to Wright.

    I also had taken a tour of Fenway before the game. We had an excellent guide. I don’t remeber her name but seemed very passionate about the RS and was very informative. At the end of the tour we mentioned to her that my niece (I was the one above who wrote about her with ALL Leukemia) stayed at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. They have a Rocko Baldelli Autographed Tampa Bay uniform hanging on the wall. The tour guide said she would check if a RS jersey could be sent and displayed. Just wondering if you could also check into this. As you know kids are very impressionable and I would hate for them to become Ray fans!
    Thanks again!

  93. April 26, 2007 4:48 pm

    Curt ~

    This whole thing about your bloody sock being faked is absolute crap. I can’t believe that people (media, to be more specific) are stupid enough to still be talking about it in this light. It’s been almost three years. The media needs to get over it already. They should, if anything, be talking about how great you pitched in the ’04 postseason despite being majorly injured. Your performance was inspiring.

    By the way, wicked awesome job Wednesday night! Wish we could have been able to see it on TV here in Chicago.

    God bless,

  94. thedoctorx permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:51 pm


    I started writing a long-winded rant on the press response to “SockGate.” However, it all boils down to the negative media wonks complaining you are a “self-promoter” and “you know he has a blog!!”

    Oh and, “he calls radio stations!!”

    For what it is worth, one of your “fans” Bob Ryan is stating that he has seen the sock in Cooperstown and it is oxidizing as blood does.

    I think that pretty much tells us where these guys are coming from.

    Conspiracy Theories are hilarious:

    If Doug Mirabelli knew “t3h Truth” why has not ANY of the other Sox players who have left for various reasons not said something? Why not current Yankees Judas Demo[Stop that.–Ed.] Johnny Damon or Doug Menkeiwitchzchwhatever? I am not implying anything about your relationship with former players, but I would think if anyone had a reason to reveal “t3h Truth” it would be current Yankees players.

    Now that ESPN et cetera are showing the sock photos 24-7, one can see the stain GROW. So . . . apparently . . . in the most important game of your career . . . facing elimination . . . against the Yankees . . . you found the time to make sure you could make a fake stain grow AND separate like stains from marcaine injections.

    Oh and pitch well. . . .

    If that was all true, I have to ask if you were on a grassy knoll in Dallas!

    Kudos to drewsdad:

    “Will you give Mirabelli a wedgie for sockgate 2007?”

    Thorne did a cruel thing to Doug. I cannot imagine how he feels. Show him some love . . . before you wedgie him.

    And I wrote I would not rant. . . .


  95. norwegiankyle permalink
    April 26, 2007 5:10 pm

    Curt Schilling:

    Allow me to tell you how much of a fan I am, and how lucky I feel that I have been this lucky to locate your blog, I added it to my favorites. Anyways, I was watching Jon Heyman on Rome is Burning, and this joker was making comments about that downright angered me. First, allow me to say these media empty suits are still upset about your comments in 2004 when you said something to the effect of ,I (you) would rather have had George Bush be re-elected then win the World Series. This joker in Baltimore obviosly was a Kerry supporter who like most Democrats are not over the elections of Bush in 2000, let alone in 2004.

    Let me say this in closing, I admire your courage, and dedication you show in life. This same strength can be found in your wifes, and her ability to overcome her illness, and then complete the Boston Marathon. I first became aware of your strength in 2001 when you over came the New York Yankees to win the World Series. You overcame the pain of throwing, and was able to come to press confrences with your arm completly warpped in Ace bandage to apply ice to your fatigued arm. It was then I became a fan. Your strength again against the Yankees showed when you pitched in Game 6 verses who else, but the Yankees. I know you will not let these false claims get to you, because they are nothing more than lies. But you being the outstanding person you are can let the media make you look even better. They are only against you because you are one of the best pitchers in the game, and to ever play the game. You have demonstrated the strength of a Rhino in the past, and I have no doubt you will again. Rhinos have thick skin, and never move backwards. You sir, are a Rhino. Best wishes, and God Bless.

  96. thedoctorx permalink
    April 26, 2007 5:12 pm

    Cannot edit, but after pounding my keyboard, I see Thorne is retracting on ESPN–WBZ broadcast–and calling his mischaracterization of Doug’s comments a “miscommunication.” Admits to what Doug said which–gee whiz–said nothing about “paint” or anything. This Thorn is something that would get censored. Kudos to Kevin Millar for backing you. I really feel bad for Doug. This Thorn continues wondering “what the big deal is.”

    Enough said.


  97. dyoungsox permalink
    April 26, 2007 5:25 pm

    what is the deal with this sock? why can’t people believe it. Things happen every day in the world that is unbelievable but the fact that people are questioning this is unbelievable. I live in Long Island now and I hear people all the time about this sock. And the only thing that they can come up with is why didn’t the sock turn brown. The fact that is was an open wound and never really stopped bleeding and then mix in the fact that you are sweating down there so it is staying moist. Anyone who has ever played baseball knows that when a game is over they can’t wait to take off their socks, or peel them off I should say. But getting back to the real issue. And that is who really cares about a sock. The sock didn’t grant you special powers. You are a great pitcher and you pitched great that night. Whatever these people want to tell themselves to make them sleep better at night, let them. Any person with common sense knows the truth. Broadcasters really should be held accountable for saying stupid things. I think Gary Thorne owes you and your family and all of red sox nation a huge apology. On a different note, I always wanted to know if you’re injury was like an injury that i got from playing football in high school. My left ankle has a tendon or ligament that snaps over my ankle bone. I remember asking a trainer later on if it meant anything and she told me that a small ligament was holding this tendon in place and that the ligament snapped and that it really wouldn’t hinder me in anyway but it would always “snap” over your bone. over the years I’ve gotten used to it. but then again it’s not on my push off foot so it doesn’t do it when I throw. I can understand how annoying it could be to pitch. So i’ve always wondered about that.

  98. tmurph13 permalink
    April 26, 2007 5:46 pm

    Nice start to the season Curt. Its amazing how noone is calling you fat now….. Now they start conspiracy theories about a 2 1/2 year old soiled sock! Here in Ireland you could sue them libel. For that matter, I saw the video here in Ireland. One interpretation could well be that they have libeled you here. (J Lo is suing the National Enquirer in Belfast because it gets sold in some newstands here). I’ll volunteer to be a witness if you’re interested in taking action.

    In the meantime ignore the haters and keep the good season rolling.

    All the best.

  99. joshuawolf permalink
    April 26, 2007 5:52 pm

    Dear Schil,

    I am an O’s fan (grew up in Baltimore) but I live in Boston so I like and follow the Sox closely too. Anyway here is my question:

    I was wondering how you justify the role you played in the 2004 presidential election. That is to say, I am not asking why you politically supported Bush. I am not interested in a conversation about religion, the War in Iraq, or politics in general. Rather I wonder why you feel, as a famous athlete, that the public should be concerned with who you support and vote for. It is clear that you are one of the most intelligent people in the game and, based on that intelligence, I would assume you would want people to vote based on their own opinions and not those of their favorite righty (in terms of the hand you pitch with not vote with). I should add that I would ask the same question to any celebrity that endorsed a Democrat too and that I am not only asking this because of my own political opinions.

  100. April 26, 2007 6:02 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Nice haircut. I hardly recognized you out there. 😉 I thought it was real big of you to admit that, even though you were thoroughly convinced the ump was wrong, he turned out to be right after you looked at the tape. Verducci did a piece for SI on umpiring for a day, and the statistics about how rarely they are wrong are really impressive. Good stuff.

    Anyway, my question is this: When you were pitching to Bako in the 5th, I noticed there was a point where you were he was granted time right as you were shifting off the rubber and about to go into your motion. After that you threw two straight balls and walked him. Do things like that affect pitchers enough to throw them off their game temporarily, or was that just coincidence? Admittedly, I don’t think they were bad pitches, but you’re not generally one to walk somebody.

    Also, as you mentioned, John came out on the next batter while you were 2-0 and afterward you struck the guy out. For me, it’s kind of gratifying when the pitching coach or the catcher can come in and tell the pitcher something and he turns things around. Is it the same way from the pitchers perspective, or are you just more annoyed with yourself that they had to point something out to you in the first place?


    P.S. Good luck catching up with Josh. Texas men don’t mess around. 😉

  101. adamcutler permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:11 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I have loved the sox all my life, and when i heard you would be coming here to pitch for us I was ecstatic. Last year when you said you would retire after this season, I was sad because you still have some great stuff, but I was glad because you would be retiring as a member of the Red Sox. Before this season started, it was said that you did not want to retire after this year and wanted to stay with us for another. Can you give me any insight as to what happened with that? Is it something that will be discussed after the season is over? I truly hope you get a chance to pitch for us another year. Thanks for reading this.

    Adam Cutler
    Cape Cod, MA

  102. soxfanindan permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:32 pm

    Hey Curt, Great game last night. An exciting season so far! What happened with the bloody sock story? What did Mirrabelli say? It certainly looks like blood. Only in Boston would we be still talking about this 2 1/2 years later! Anyway I got a kick out of Millars sock before the game tonight. Good luck to you guys this weekend in NY.

  103. rubbersuitman permalink
    April 26, 2007 7:15 pm

    Hey Curt, I got your back on the whole bloody sock thing:

  104. thedoctorx permalink
    April 26, 2007 7:54 pm

    Nice pictures rubbersuitman!

    Here is a linkypoo to the MLB site that gives Thorne’s retraction:

    Since I “speculated” why, say, former Sox-now-Yankees players never made this charge if it was true, here is what Doug Mientkiewicz has to say:

    “Doug Mientkiewicz, the Yankees’ first baseman and another member of Boston’s title-winning team, said that he had also witnessed the surgery in question.

    ‘The fact that you sit there and watch a guy get his ankle cut open, it’s pretty gross,” he said. “You go into the trainer’s room and you’re used to seeing dislocated fingers, dislocated shoulders. You see a pretty nice bruise once in a while. You don’t see an Exacto knife going to a human being’s skin, but all of a sudden, there it is.'”

    Since a ESPN guest on Jim Rome blathered about how he believed Thorne’s original accusation and other “experts” blathered about how Curt’s teammates feel, perhaps Doug M’s comment is tenchent:

    “He likes attention, but he doesn’t like that much attention,” Mientkiewicz said. “He did it for him, he did it for us, [and] he did it for the city. I know what it was. It wasn’t nail polish.”

    as is Kevin Millar’s:

    “He’s one of the players that’s asked about the most, once you’ve played with him,” said Millar. “Truly, and behind the scenes, Curt Schilling is a tremendous teammate. He’s probably the one pitcher I’d take in any big-game situation, and he’s probably the best big-game pitcher of our generation.”

    Will these “experts” retract and apologize to the Sox and Schilling?

    [Cue Sounds of Crickets Chirping in the Still Cold Night.–Ed.]


  105. aegis9777 permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:21 pm

    Hey Curt. Not sure how much time you have to read 100 comments with all the stuff going on, but am planning a trip to Tampa to see my sister and nephew in july ( redsox happen to be in town that weekend too… what a coincidence). Would love to get my nephew a few autographs, but never been to an Major league game, any tips for approaching players?
    Thanks for the blog, response or not
    It’s awesome to see a players unadulterated perspective on things, instead of sound bites and “Color commentators” takes on those 1 minute clips.

  106. April 26, 2007 9:26 pm


    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on this blog. Thank you for your openness and accessibility. Thank you for signing autographs in Ft. Myers in 2004 (before the official pitchers and catchers reporting date, outside the stadium, leaning out the window of your car, for all 100+ fans who were there). Thank you for risking your career for us in the bloody sock games.

    Thank you for 2004. No one can take that away, and Gary Thorne owes an apology not only to you and Doug, but to all of us in Red Sox Nation! (Even CHB would not have stooped so low!)


    P.S. to “poltroop” who asked:

    Mr. Schilling,

    I have 1 question for you:

    What can I do to find 2 affordable tickets (military pay standards, which means non-ebay pushin’ non-rip-off scalpin’ prices ) to a BoSox game, in August?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

    3rd Generation Sox fan


    The Red Sox hold a couple hundred tickets back for day-of-game sales. I did this last year twice, and got to see two of Curt’s starts. The tickets are some standing room and some actual seats, all at face value. (I got standing room for $20 one time, and RF grandstand for $27 the other time. This year there are also the Conigliaro’s Corner seats for $25.) The only real investment is your time, which for a real fan is no big deal.

    The lines starts at Gate E and officially forms 5 hours prior to the game. They hand out numbers so people can’t cut in line, and check every hour that everyone is in place. 2 hours before game time, when the gates open, they start selling tickets. It’s one per person and you have to enter the park right away. But the process works!

    Good luck and enjoy the game!

  107. soxrex permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:36 pm

    Nice job the other night in Baltimore. You consistantly do what an ace does for the team. 93 or 95, Blood or Ketchup, whatever! LOL

    And please send a HUGE congratulations to Josh for win no. 5 – all in April!

  108. redsoxocd92 permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:37 pm

    curt i loved this game. also beckett was AMAZING in tonights game. and Wily Mo Pena made my night. but when i went onto yahoo sports today to check my fantasy baseball stats i stopped real quick when i saw the story about your bloody sock. i was surprised and pissed at the same time that anyone would question the authenticity of the blood. it’s the most outrageous thing that i’ve heard in a while. thankfully maribelli cleared up the comment that was made that sparked all of this controversy. but i also want to know who the’anonymous’ person that reported the same issue is but on a lighter note, i cant wait to see dice-k in NY tomorrow night. again, great game the other night!

  109. soxfan61075 permalink
    April 26, 2007 9:48 pm

    Curt- I cannot believe the crap the media was going on about today… anybody who watched that game could tell you were in pain. It was one of the gutsiest things I have ever seen. I love to watch you pitch, and I hope you stay in Boston.

  110. gaylesomers permalink
    April 26, 2007 10:07 pm

    Hey Curt,
    You might be tickled to know that you’ve got a big fan in Manchester, England. My cousin, Lee Woodward, came to visit us several years ago in Phoenix, and we got him hooked on the Sox. He and his family are coming to Boston in August, and he’s finally going to live his dream of seeing a game in Fenway. He’s actually the one who told me about your blog–fancy that! An Englishman clues in an American citizen in good standing of Red Sox Nation. He’s truly hoping to see you pitch when he comes. It is VERY amusing to see a Brit so thoroughly converted to baseball (he has to tape games that come on in the middle of the night). Keep up the great work, and all the best in NY this weekend.

  111. beyondb4 permalink
    April 26, 2007 11:30 pm

    I once had a friend who, because she was very pretty and impish as well, was talked about a lot. She used to laugh, “As long as they are talking about me, they’ve got a good topic.” As for supposed conspiracies about a manufactured bloody sock, I say the dirt comes from dirty minds. Mostly they are smearing it on themselves. And as long as they are talking about Curt Schilling, they’ve got a good topic.

  112. btownboy81 permalink
    April 26, 2007 11:39 pm

    Curt, great team effort in Baltimore this week after the Toronto series. Nice momentum going into the weekend against the Yanks. You and beckett both pitched well and the bullpen as well. Those guys are underrated. The scary thing about you guys this season is that the bats have not woke up yet. Whether you are with us or not next season at least you can bring us one more championship home and you will go down in the history books here. As for the bloody sock thing their will always be enemies out there who will try to rewrite history in their favor. We all know better.

  113. stevenrockwell permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:49 am

    I hope someone takes you up on that bet so that this can be settled once and for all AND ALS research can receive that 1MM.

    I pray that the media reports your challenge with as much fervor as they have when trying to discredit you or take shots.

    You’ve got sack brother, well done.

  114. route103 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:53 am

    The sheer insanity of these trumped up claims, do not warrant a response, Curt. You keep doing your thing bro. I’ll keep getting my enjoyment watching you pitch. Thanks for having the sack to stand up to these ingrates.

  115. birdboy2000 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:20 am

    Aren’t the sox Rivera-killers anyway? Of course, it might just be that 2004 sticks in peoples minds… but I was under the impression the Red Sox usually hit Rivera much better than other teams.

  116. jamesface permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:17 pm

    you suck, schill. can’t wait till theo drops you like a bad habit after the season. one good season. thats it. looking forward to joining the weak unit again in arizona after the season?

  117. jamesface permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:18 pm

    you’re a loser

  118. nyaudioguy permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:29 pm

    I’m a New Yorker and a Yankee fan and generally enjoy hating and berating the Red Sox at every opportunity I get. I have to admit you are a compelling writer and offer an insight to the game I rarely see. The sports writers can be so subjective at times as you can see with the “was it blood or was it ketchup” nonsense. I’ll be back to read again, looking forward to seeing you guys in the playoffs.

  119. kapust permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:50 pm

    Although unrelated to you personally, Matsuzaka has just won his second game against New York. I know when you have a rough outing you are not overly hard on yourself, as its only a game. Additionally, with the team you have, you can expect run support. You as a pitcher have a job to do and that is to limit runs and allow the offense a chance to score. You as a pitcher are only half the game. Has anyone sat down with Matsuzaka and told him that he is way too hard on himself, currently he is number 2 in K’s in all of MLB. He has been as good or better than anyone expects him to be, and a loss is only half his fault. Perhaps in translation something is lost, but it seems that he is exceptionally hard on himself.

    I would like to commend the work you do for ALS, as I am close with a Needham family whose mother is stricken with the disease (and yes you work with them personally). Do whatever you can to stay in Boston. You support the community and we support you.


  120. Peter permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:44 am

    The one thing about Mariano and the Yanks is, that over three weeks into the season he has had 2 save opertunities. Why? Cause the Yanks either win by 5 or more runs, or lose. I think with the Yankees team this year, you wil see that trend continue. Riviera will be lucky to get 25-30 saves. I don’t see him having lower then a 3.00 era either.

  121. celtics33 permalink
    April 29, 2007 7:31 pm

    To further the outrage, none of these people provided a trace of contrition after Thorne at least gave his half-assed “apology.” The “Around the Horn” crowd (Mariotti, etal), among the most negatively vocal towards you when the “story” first broke, owned up to the demands of journalistic integrity by addressing the matter…not at all. Similarly, the Cold Pizza clowns opted not to confront their wrongs (other than Bayless derisively sneering at your $1 million challenge). The only guy I heard call out one of his brethren was Dan Patrick (on ESPN radio) who noted that Thorne had been bound by Journalism 101 to corroborate, validate, and verify data before it is reported. The only “validation” that had been spewed was stuff like “I know Thorne, and he wouldn’t lie,” and “I respect Thorne; why would he lie?” The only “corroboration” I heard regarding this matter, oddly, was in its own way insidious enough. Mariotti, on Day One, for example, said “You know, this has come up before.” Peter Gammons, who I used to like, said “It was written in 2004 in a couple of places that he was accused of faking the bloody sock.” So, if I get this straight, these guys are free to “report” whatever it is they want and, once reported, it becomes empirical data upon which reliance can prudently be based. This mirrors the abuse of power manifested in the Duke case. Although the “rogue” DA had been elected (and thus perhaps should have been at least somewhat honor-bound), these “reporters” also trespassed every principle of civility. The Duke DA was (albeit belatedly) ousted; these scoundrels, on the other hand, are free to slander tomorrow without regard to what is true and correct.

  122. phunguyy permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:09 am

    Awesome, givin credit where credit is due, good man, good words.

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