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5/17/07 vs Detroit

May 18, 2007

A good ending to a real good day. Julian, Oki, and Paps were phenomenal in game 1 and with Erik Hinske in the field and at the plate, combined with yet another stellar performance by the pen, we do the improbable and sweep a double header. I still think it’s one of the hardest things to do during a season regardless of who you are playing. 

Weather turned nasty the last few days and it’s early April in Fenway all over again. Seems that most times it gets cold and windy around here the wind tends to blow in from right. Certainly the case in game two and that would turn out to be a big deal.

Felt really good in the bullpen, better than I have in awhile. Fastball command was better for sure and it was something John and I had really focused on over the past 5 days.

First pitch of the game and there’s a runner on second…. Fastball middle away that Granderson flies to left center on and the ball drops in for a double. I would have bet big money that ball was being caught but it really didn’t hit me that the wind was severely affecting fly balls as much as it was until an inning or two later.

We then get ahead of Polanco 0-2. After a miss we come in and instead of making something happen I hit him. Sheff takes a fastball in for strike one, then fouls another fastball in to go 0-2. I throw a split that I know he’s not going to offer at and he then fouls off a slider and a fastball away to keep it 1-2. Tek goes front door slider, which I wasn’t expecting, and it comes back over the inside corner to freeze him for strike three.

I miss badly to Maglio to go 3-0, then come back to make it a full count and just miss with a fastball to load the bases with my first of four walks on the day. Bruce Dreckman had the plate today and I have not had him in a long time. What I had on him turned out to be real close as he was consistent pretty much all day long. Nothing really off the plate to either side and more high strikes than low ones. All in all I’d love to blame any of the four walks on him missing pitches but he didn’t.

I then go 3-0 on Carlos Guillen, missing badly with all three pitches. We get the count back to full and get him to swing and miss on a 3-2 fastball away.

Sean Casey (arguably the nicest human being walking this planet) takes a fastball middle for strike one. I miss in with a cutter, and anther ball puts the count at 2-1. Tek calls fastball in, good call imo, and I haven’t seen the replay yet but I thought I got it in. Either way Sean absolutely crushes the pitch. Off the bat I am thinking grand slam. Almost immediately followed by the realization that it’s extremely bad hitting weather and the wind is howling in from right field. Eric gets to the wall and comes in a step to make the catch and end the inning.

I’d like to see some stats on how many times, prior to this year, I’ve gone 3-0 on hitters as compared to this year. I can’t remember anything even remotely close to what’s happened so far. It takes me 30 pitches to get out of the first and only the weather has kept this game 0-0.

Second inning starts off with Marcus Thames running up an 8 pitch AB that ends with a pop up to first. I start Rabelo off with a curve ball strike, followed by a curve ball down that he chases for strike two. I throw a split that is popped up to right, and on the replay I can see him toss his bat, mad about the result. I know about a millisecond later that things aren’t looking good as Eric is chasing the ball back towards the infield. The ball drops in for a single. Inge goes down on a 1-2 split for the second out.

I then throw 8 balls in the next 9 pitches to load the bases. When someone as aggressive as Polanco is not even offering at balls I know my command is lacking in a big way. Two innings, now 53 pitches in, and the bases are drunk for
Sheffield. The numbers over our career might give me an edge statistically but
Gary is absolutely one of the top 5 hitters I’ve ever faced. The power and average are one thing, but the fact that he strikes out so few times per at bat is something I’ve never been able to figure out. He’s got the violent setup and bat waggle, and a swing that is anything but soft, yet he can make contact and drive just about any pitch as well as anyone I’ve ever faced. I’ll take the power guys, and the average guys, if you know the areas you can make them swing and miss. He doesn’t have one spot in any zone that you know he can’t handle.

For the second AB in row we get him looking at a fastball in for a strike. Tek calls for a split which we end up getting down in the zone and Sheff grounds to Mike at 3rd to end the inning.

Two innings, six baserunners, 55 pitches. I’m not getting through four at this pace and I am walking the tightrope in limiting damage.

Third inning starts with Magglio popping a fly ball to right that I know is trouble off the bat. He doesn’t hit it good enough to get it to deeper RF and get caught, instead he hits a 2-1 slider just inside the line to right for a double. Now 7 baserunners and the only hard hit ball up to this point was the last out of the first inning. We quickly get Guillen into an 0-2 hole and Tek calls curve ball. Not what I was expecting but the perfect call in this spot if I can bounce it. I don’t. I am not sure how up it was, but it was enough as he hits a ground rule double to deep right and ties the game at one.

I need to manage the game in a hurry. We get Sean to ground to short on a 1-1 split and
Thames goes down swinging on an 0-2 fastball away for the second out. Youk fields Rabelo’s grounder on an 0-1 split and we somehow manage to get through this one giving up just the single run.

The first pitch of the fourth was the one sitting on my brain as I was taken out of the game after the sixth. I’ve had pretty decent success up to this point with Brandon Inge and I am not sure why I did what I did. In the end when I went back to look at it, it didn’t matter what the call was because I threw the pitch knee high in the middle of the plate and he can hit fastballs with anyone. He crushed it to left and the ball just inched over the top of the monster to hit the little railing on top. Unfortunately the umpires convened and got the call right. I was thinking about arguing but realized it would be pointless and probably stupid to argue a call that went against us, even if they got it right.

Granderson runs a full count and Tek calls fastball in, and we make the pitch to get the first out. Polanco hits an inside cutter down the line at third for a double on a 2-2 pitch. Not sure why the hell I can’t be giving up lousy singles but that’s just not happening. Sheff fouls off a cutter in, takes a slider for a ball and then pops a fastball middle away to Tek for the second out. Ordonez takes a strike, fouls a split and then hits a fastball in to center to end the inning.

Holy crap. Four innings, 88 pitches.

Guillen starts the fifth off with another extra base hit. I leave a fastball over the heart of the plate and he lines a double to right center. Sean makes the first out on an 0-2 split that ends up an F-9. He hits it good enough to get the runner to third which was the one thing I was trying to prevent. Pop up, grounder to the left side, K, anything but a ball that advances the runner. Now I need a pop up, K or something that will keep Guillen at third. Fortunately he grounds a 1-1 split to Mike who comes home and after a few throws back and forth we get Guillen out.

What happens next is a highlight play that I think we’ll be watching 15 years from now on every baseball highlight film ever made from this day forward. Rabelo takes a split for ball one and then hits a hanging 1-0 split hard and far down the right field line. My only hope when I saw the ball in mid flight was that it stayed in the park. When I realized it was going to I was hoping it would bounce into the stands. I never in a million years saw Eric catching that ball. By far one of the best catches anyone will ever make and in the end I think it was the play that won this game for us on the defensive side of the ball.

The sixth starts with the sixth 3 ball count to a hitter. Inge runs the count full and ends up swinging through a 3-2 fastball away. Another double on a 1-0 fastball puts Granderson at second and then I issue my fourth walk of the game. I know I am well over 100 pitches and very close to getting yanked from this game if I don’t make some pitches real quick. John comes out, and says pretty much exactly what I needed to hear. We go 0-2 on Sheff and get a fly ball to right for the second out and end up getting Magglio to ground to second on a 2-2 fastball away to end the inning.

Our half of the sixth sees us tie the game after Alex has another fantastic AB and beats out an infield single and then Eric caps off his day by crushing a ball off Ledezma over our bullpen.

After I came out it was Donnelly to Lopez to Okajima for a lights out last three and a sweep.

This game was probably as weird and as frustrating as any game I’ve thrown in the last four years. So many odd and little things happened but in the end we hang on so it makes these next four days go by a lot smoother.

Next up is
Atlanta for the weekend and then on to Yankee stadium. Should be an interesting 6 day stretch for us.

121 Comments leave one →
  1. shinryu permalink
    May 18, 2007 5:56 am

    What a great game to win. Seeing your pitch count after the first innings and our hitters’ inability to get runs in I was getting worried. But we showed why we’re such a great team – every single individual counts. Hinske was huge, as was Okajima pitching in both games. I love this team – pure grit, they don’t give an inch. Built for the playoffs, sure, but we ain’t looking too bad in the regular season either.

  2. redsawx73 permalink
    May 18, 2007 6:12 am

    I’m wondering why Paps didn’t come out for the ninth. I mean he only threw 13 pitches in the day game. Is Okajima more reliable. I also wonder why the chief didn’t get resigned in NY, and wouldn’t have been sweet for him to come to Boston. Good Luck Curt over the next 6 games, and may Josh get well soon.

  3. flavaham permalink
    May 18, 2007 6:16 am

    Holy catch!
    I can’t help but think that you are sometimes a bit too hard on yourself. You know the roles people play on this team. Guys like Hinske and Cora keep coming through huge! Youk can’t have a bad game right now. Mike’s been sweet. Not to mention that the pen has been absolutely SICK!! It goes on from there. You’ve done what you need to. Let Tek keep doing what he does and it’ll be fine (seriously, the call for the slider was sweet). That said, i would like to read your take on the status of Lester and Josh right now.

  4. yank22fan permalink
    May 18, 2007 6:22 am

    Congrats Curt! You pitched terrible! You’re done you’re over the hill. You pitched like crap! How many times were the bases loaded? Your done, you jerk. Like I said on another post I hope you never get another win!!

  5. redsoxnorth permalink
    May 18, 2007 6:24 am

    You definitely had your work cut out for you with Detroit – what a great hitting team. You seemed to have your struggles, but did a great job keeping your team in the game by getting out of some real jams; very impressive display of grace under pressure. It was unfortunate that your pitch count got so high, but the Boston bullpen certainly did a great job, as usual.
    It’s too early to feel this way, and I really don’t want to “throw a jinx” your way, but you have to feel good about the way the ’07 Sox are clicking. It seems like you guys are really working well together, and digging out those wins. Keep up the great work!

  6. ace1307 permalink
    May 18, 2007 6:29 am

    Great game to be there for, as I was sitting in section 36 row 1, so got to see everything close up.

    Schill, it just looked like you had no feel for your pitches all night, and I noticed even in the bullpen things werent as smooth warming up. Maybe I am wrong, but just my observation But it was cold weather, and I know I hate doing anything in weather that raw and cold, so the fact you battled through and held Detroit to 2 runs is great.

    I noticed when you were warming up that you got into the bullpen at 6:43 and waited until 6:45 to start throwing in the bullpen. Do you always do that for a 7:05 start?

    I thought that was interesting because nost pitchers dont care when they start, but it seems you have a routine down. Hey, whatever works, right?

    Just glad you guys are hitting on all cylinders…this is the best baseball I have seen this team play in my life time, and I’d venture to think the best baseball anyone has seen in this area since the days of Ruth.

    Just keep it up while you can, you have a chance to do something special this year, and I know that all Red Sox fans are enjoying this.

    6 games vs the Yankees in the next 3 weeks…all I have to say is, I smell blood in the water…

  7. mandadog permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:07 am

    I am so loving this team! Fun to watch…all working together, playing hard throught the 9th! It makes for some great baseball.

  8. May 18, 2007 7:26 am

    i was at game 2

    amazing… the chemistry on this team is phenomenal

    esp when players like Eric who don’t play much, step up and become the difference in the game

  9. rick2778 permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:31 am

    Being a Red Sox fan all my life nothing is sure till the last out, but after yesterday’s sweep ya gotta say wow, what a start. At the quarter mark a 9.5 game lead. Incredible. Especially when so many media people picked the Yanks to win the division.

    I flick back and forth between NESN and YES during games. I despise the Yanks—so watching em implode these days is entertainment you don’t mind paying for. People say you gotta move past what Damon did, but it’s something you don’t do. I’m not saying I hope he regrets it, but you at least want him to think about it and you know he is.

    Same for Clemens. Oh by the way you handled it perfectly in the media. The team absolutely doesn’t need him. The Yanks need him more; but sounds like he’s gonna pitch his scheduled start then shun any kind of moral support for his teammates by bolting home. That might work for a team 10 games ahead in the standings, but not 10 down. It could be a miserable summer in New York; heck they made it a miserable summer for us last year. You guys are pitching great. I hope by July you guys so bury the Yanks that you and everyone else in New England have a great summer this year. Good luck man!

  10. May 18, 2007 7:32 am

    Living near Detroit, you can understand my rooting interest yesterday, but I have to tell you I was very impressed with how you stuck it out after such a rough first two innings. You deserved that win sir. You earned it.

    Hope to see you again in the playoffs. That would be a great series!!

  11. mikelowellsbeard permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:36 am

    “By far one of the best catches anyone will ever make”

    I was thinking the same thing when I saw it. Absolutely stunning. Give our props to Hinske, as I think he just became a dirt dog.

  12. May 18, 2007 7:40 am

    You kept us in the game when you clearly didn’t have your best stuff! A win is a win! This team is so fun to watch because you guys ALL just FIND A WAY!

  13. johnlimberakis permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:43 am

    I can’t believe we swept the double header.
    Any updates on Beckett? I heard he was going on the DL. Does he just have really sensitive skin?

  14. May 18, 2007 7:46 am

    I agree with Shinryu. Even though it was low scoring game it was still another great win by the Sox. And it’s still to early to go getting down on yourself Curt, you’re one of the best in the game so keep your head up and keep dazzling us Sox fans with your veteran command.

  15. ilovebigpapi permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:51 am

    I went to the game last night and sat in RF and I couldn’t believe that catch Eric made either, it was great to see him do so well. It’s so encouraging to see each player on this team contribute like that and play that all out style of play. I love it. He must have quite a headache today, hope he’s ok.

    I hope Big Papi feels better soon

    Way to tough it out last night, well done Curt. And what a nice comment about Sean Casey- I have read about what he did and has done in Lawrence, good for him.

  16. bobmc1968 permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:52 am

    Hello Curt,
    You definitely struggled and scuffled last night but you did a great job making pitches when you had to to keep us in the game so thanks for that. I was just wondering how much of an effect, if any, does a great catch like Hinske’s have on yourself? Obviously it can’t make you pitch any different but, does your confidence level go up during the game knowing you’ve got guys behind you willing to lay it out there like he did or is it more of a short-term adrenalin rush and it’s back to business? What I mean is, we all know you have a supreme confidence level in your stuff and your teammates which you try to maintain throughout the game, but when a guy makes a play like Hinske did, how much of a carryover is there for you when you come back out to the mound next inning?

  17. montpelierfan permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:55 am

    Fantastic game, Curt – wish you would have gotten the win, but I know that kinda stuff is far more important to us fans than you guys. It’s an amazing team, and I’m just astounded by how much the guys in the bottom half of the lineup are contributing. Watching Hinske last night made Sox fans breathe a little easier, as the thought of a whole season swapping Drew and Pena in RF kept me up nights worrying.

    Interested to hear your thoughts on interleague play. Do you like it (I do), and what adjustments do you have to make when facing NL guys that you see every few years at most? (related question: what are the chances that Sox vs. Braves is a World Series preview? I don’t think Mets have plugged all their holes yet . . .)

  18. mortgagemangolfer permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:56 am

    Thanks for one of the gutsiest pitching performances I’ve ever seen. With the corner outfielders looking lost for the first 5 innings, most pitchers would have let their frustration cost their team a win. You didn’t, and showed the nation why you’re the ace you are. Great job!

  19. icalzone permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:59 am

    That was definitely a good win. On a cold night like that it must have been hard to stay loose. When you had 56 or 57 pitches after two innings I was not thinking there was any way we would sweep Detroit on the day. I was in the stands in right field about fifteen feet from Hinske when he made that catch last night. I knew after that we were going to win. That was an amazing catch to watch from that close. All in all it was a great day. Two wins and I came home with Guillens ground rule double ball into the right field stands. My son will be psyched when he sees the ball and I tell him that it was from a pitch that you threw.

  20. jimmykc permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:08 am

    Curt:I didn’t see this one, but even reading your summary makes it hard to believe you got by with only two runs scored. I really am beginning to believe in this whole team. Seems like a different player steps up every game. Keep it up.

  21. jcorz02052 permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:12 am

    You mention that John Farrell came out to the mound in the 6th and said what you needed to hear. Can you tell us what he said to you?

  22. rhinojonson permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:17 am

    Another great game Curt. Maybe not a W for you, but the team got one and that’s what matters. You gotta love guys like Hinske stepping it up off the bench. That’s what makes this team a winner. I also have to admit that I get some strange satisfaction out of watching Shef strike out. He was one of the hitters I least like to see come up in that Yankee line up over the past few years. His bat hasn’t slowed down a bit. Overall the team looks great. I’m having a lot of fun watching this team play. Guys like Cora, Pena, Hinske and Okajima really stepping up and surprising people has been fun to watch. And how about Wake? This guy has been lights out so far. If we could score him some runs, he would be up there with Beckett right now. As for you Curt, you haven’t surprised me a bit, which is a good thing. You just keep on going out there and making quality starts. I love it.

  23. May 18, 2007 8:17 am

    Hey Curt –

    Interesting game last night. Between Hinske’s sliding catch and then his HR later, he made the game’s highlight reels for sure. And the run down that took about 5 players was too funny.

    NESN’s Remey kept saying you didn’t look comfortable out there and was alarmed by your pitch count after only five innings. Even though you had a good bullpen, did you feel different on the mound?

    Can’t believe the weather … supposed to be going to tonight’s game (missing Beckett, bummer) but with this rain, who knows when they’ll make it up.

  24. cardslinger permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:23 am

    Great games yesterday, the team has a level of character that tops everything I remember seeing before. You might owe Hinske a steak for that catch.

  25. May 18, 2007 8:23 am

    totally awesome day. Way to win. Man Eric Hinske’s face plant makes me cringe everytime i see it on replay… That was sick! Amazing he hung onto the ball ~! 😀 I hate this cold weather crap. Mother nature is cruel this year.

    Lets win against the braves! Go sox!!


  26. powerchild33 permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:27 am

    Hey Curt,

    Who’s catch was better, Hinske’s or Coco’s last year against Wright?

    Both are plays of the ages IMO!!! Full Extension!

  27. sean24 permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:29 am

    You looked like you were “laboring” through the game. Every pitch it looked like you were working hard and tiring out. Really weird. But hey, both games were won.

  28. rubbersuitman permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:35 am

    Yeah weird weather, but you muscled your way through the game. You staff is awesome at that, even if you don’t have your best stuff, you keep it close.

    Again, best Sox team I have seen in my 35 years of life, that includes 2003, 2004; 1999; 1986. This team is very good and reminds me a lot of those dominating Yankees teams from the mid to late 90’s.

  29. mdoherty permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:35 am

    Hey Curt…

    Considering the weather last night and the outstanding offense that the Tigers have….you did well! You can be hard on yourself but I guess we all are when we do not do our best. All of Red Sox Nation knows that you will have your off days and believe me we are all behind you! We love you CURT!

    It was a great game and Eric Hinske was outstanding. Your next outing I know will be a great one!

    Now…go sweep the Braves!

  30. williemays24 permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:38 am

    Barry’s going to light you up next month. Don’t duck him….be a man.

  31. redsoxgirl24 permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:42 am

    Curt…alot of credit goes to you for last nights game for really really grinding out those innings you pitched. You didn’t really seem that comfy at any point in that game, as you were in trouble most of the night. But you didn’t buckle and kept it a 2-1 game. Some nights you don’t have your best stuff or your just not comfy and thats what you have to do…grind it out. You did an awesome job by keeping your teammates in the game. Hinske’s catch was just out of this world. If that isn’t the #1 Web Gem on ESPN there’s something wrong with those people. Is it just me or has the Sox made some ridiculous catches the last 2 seasons (last season and this season). Coco’s catch last yr on David Wright was probably one of the best catches I have ever seen, along with a few diving grabs he’s made this season. And Hinkse’s…he covered alot of ground and completely stretched out…just incredible. I was so happy for him when he hit that bomb of a HR. Not only did it give us the lead but also it had to feel good for Hinkse, who looked like the happiest guy in the world as he was rounding 1st.

    91/2 game up on the Yanks (who think Clemens is going to save their season???? hahaha). You guys have to be the most confident team in the majors right now. Great job yesterday by 1-25th guy on the Sox. Awesome double-header sweep.

  32. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:43 am

    Curt, your perseverance is phenomenal. A non-HOF pitcher would have wilted early on when they were down and the pitch count was climbing. Not you — you stick it out and give this team a chance to win. Sweet!

    Did you catch The View yesterday? Rosie O’Donnell was dope-slapping Elizabeth Hasselback over the fact that the USA has killed so many Iraqi civilians during this unjustified “war.” Wow. Good stuff.

    And how about that Hinske — I thought that he got KO-ed when he hit the dirt. He’s a tough dude. You go, Hinske!

  33. 38isafatmess permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:55 am

    Way to go big guy. Have fun casting spells tonight in fantasy land.

  34. bosocker permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:00 am

    Great game Brother Curt,

    I hate it when you don’t get the W, but again, your teammates pitched, caught and batted well enough to finish off the Tigers for TWO WINS in one day. Sweeeeeeeeeeet!

    I want to say your blog follows the same adage as reading the book is better than seeing the movie. I love to read about the details of each pitch count and whether or not you got the call (which you seem to be very truthful about) and getting some of the feel for what it is like to be a big league pitcher.

    You have a vast knowledge of players and what to throw at them. Last night for whatever reason your stuff wasn’t “commanding” as good as you would like, but the Tigers only got TWO RUNS! What a day for Red Sox Nation and YOU were a part of it.

    I wish we could have you blog every day, but I guess that would be a little unrealistic. AGAIN, how about those Yankee fans coming here talking trash? Hahaha. What a compliment to you that even the enemy comes to read your insightful prose.

    One of your biggest fans,


  35. eddygomes permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:03 am

    Yo Curt! That is actually one of the better games you pitched this year.IMO
    When you have great command & stuff then it’s easier. However, when you don’t have ya best stuff & you gut it out the way you did, now that takes balls.

    I am so pissed that the Sox did not pony up the 13 million for you at the begining of the season. Hopefully, you don’t hold that against them when the season ends. Looking at the money that they Yanks threw at Clemens is sicking! That dude is without a doubt the greatest pitcher in the last century of baseball, but 28 million for a half assed commitement is a joke.

    To top it off the Sox offer this guy 18 million for 2/3 of a season, but can’t give you 13 million for a year of 100% effort!!! I don’t want you to leave at the end of the year, because in the short time you have been here you have become a true Red Sox. But if you did leave I WOULD NOT BLAME YOU AT ALL! Wake up Theo, and the rest of the Sox brass. Take care of your own before you chase a dude who has done nothing but disrespect this organization since he left!

    Message to Big O, and Little Orphan Danny (Shaunessy), this isn’t a ball washing competition, it’s called respect to a player who displays heart.
    Keep doing your thing Curt.


  36. aimcifer permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:07 am

    Y’know it’s pretty freakin cool when despite the extra base hits they got off you, the Sox still won. Hinske… that was phenomenal. It was also cool to hear Sheff’s compliements of Okajima. Nice sweep, Sox 🙂

  37. May 18, 2007 9:08 am

    Curt, why do you even bother approving messages like from “yank22fan”

    It’s just spamming your boards with tasteless unprovoked banter…

    they only thing they are proving is just how desperate, obnoxious and childish yankee fans really are

  38. hallowell permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:16 am

    An odd game, but still a heckuva way to make a living. At least you guys don’t have to face Smoltz this weekend.

  39. chillyme permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:17 am

    Thanks for the post-game report.

    Watching this TEAM functioning as a TEAM is unbelievably gratifying. Someone down? Someone else steps up. Need some runs from lower in the batting order? Ok, done. Pitcher struggling? Miraclulous defensive plays save the day.

    Too much fun. You guys are playing your butts off.


  40. May 18, 2007 9:32 am

    Everyone’s relishing their role and picking up what needs to be picked up to help this team win. What a fun bunch of guys to watch and read about –especially here.

  41. redsoxgirl24 permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:38 am

    Curt approves yank22fan comments because he wants everyone who posts on here to see how stupid this guy “yank22fan” is with his comments. He’s just another yankee fan who cant even stand to watch his own team right now. He knows the Sox are better than the Yanks and he also knows that Clemens isn’t going to save their season. With the Sox pitching and their hitting, Yanks have a ton of work in front of them if they think their going to catch the Sox in the standings. If they don’t, the Wild Card isn’t exactly a lock with all the good teams in the AL (namely the Indians, A’s, White Sox, and Twins).

    Sox are hot right now with the best record in the majors. Curt doesn’t have his greatest game but grinds it out to keep his team in it. How many times have you seen this season where a yankee starter doesn’t have his best stuff and he’s pulled in the 4th-5th inning? What Curt did last night…thats a real veteran and a guy who knows how to pitch.

  42. 80108mike permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:46 am

    Great game Curt.

    You guys are a lot of fun to watch when you get on a roll like this with everyone contributing.

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    Thanks and good luck this weekend vs ATL and next week in the Bronx

  43. May 18, 2007 9:53 am

    “I’d like to see some stats on how many times, prior to this year, I’ve gone 3-0 on hitters as compared to this year. I can’t remember anything even remotely close to what’s happened so far.”

    For stats like this, check out; go to your player page and select the splits for the year in question. (Starting this year, the site includes daily updates for the current season.)Anyway, for 2007 you have had 8 3-0 counts out of 249 batters faced. For comparison, you had 23/834 in 2006; 9/418 in 2005; 15/910 in 2004; 17/673 in 2003; 16/1017 in 2002; 17/1021 in 2001; and 25/862 in 2000. (I did not factor out any intentional walks here, so these figure might need tweaking downwards.)Eight out of 249 is a bit ahead of 2006 and 2000, but it is a higher proportion than in most recent years. I hope this helps.

  44. dori317 permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:54 am

    God…I love this team. There is nothing better than a game that keeps you right on the edge as a fan. A game where the plays that get made are like Hinske’s catch becuz you are thinking this is not going to get caught and then it does! Watching you work so hard to keep us in the game…and it did look like a struggle at times but you just keep plugging and plugging. The depth on this team is remarkable. Two games on one crappy day and this team pulls them both off with different people on the field making unbelievable catches, stops, hits. etc. I was exhausted last night from a phenomenal day of baseball. Can’t imagine how emotionally drained you all are…I am supposed to be there tonight but from the looks of things New England weather is about to rob me of that!!!!

    Keep it up….this is going to be a special season.


  45. jbridges permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:57 am

    Curt, great win! Outstanding play from bench players like Hinske and Cora (wish there was a sixth man award in baseball) are highlighting the reason why the Sox are truly a championship calibur team this year; PITCHING!

    I feel the hitting will come; but the consistency you, the rest of the rotation, and the entire bullpen are giving the team this year make the ’07 Sox look better than any Boston squad I can remember! Here’s to your next win!

  46. seantanu permalink
    May 18, 2007 10:20 am

    As far as Hinske’s catch goes, I was amazed, but I thought at the time that I’ve seen more “amazing” catches. But then I got to thinking:
    – He doesn’t get to play every day
    – Even when he does, he rarely plays outfield
    – The wind was absolutely batty
    – He hit his head on the track so hard it crumpled his cap’s brim and probably knocked him senseless AND STILL HELD ON

    All told, I think you’re right, but this one needs context to be fully appreciated.

  47. May 18, 2007 10:30 am

    That was great getting 2 wins. That was also great taking care of, what might be, the 2nd best team in the AL. Keep it going and I love watching you guys on from way out here in Nebraska.

  48. masoxist permalink
    May 18, 2007 10:32 am

    Spectacular post Curt. Baseball announcers don’t always do a game justice and I feel like I got more out of your rundown than by actually watching the game.

    I hope you continue to ignore the naysayers in the press and keep this up. This is a real gift to fans.

    FWIW, I greatly appreciate what you bring to this team, not only in your natural and continuously developing ability, but also in your SIGNIFICANT contributions and support in building the Red Sox as a “team.” THAT, IMHO is what makes for a championship team.

    You really define this team and I hope to hell you’re back here for the next few years!

  49. elon14 permalink
    May 18, 2007 10:37 am

    The first four or so innings were really tough to watch … but a good result. Already having won once yesterday did make it a little more relaxing…

  50. andyfran permalink
    May 18, 2007 10:46 am

    Curt, this year you have gone to a 3-0 count with 3% of the batters you’ve faced.

    Last year you did it 23 times, which was 2% of plate appearances. In every season since 2000, you have been around 2-3% for this stat.

    Earlier in your career (from 1992 to 1999), you were 3%, 4%, or 5% each year. Highest was in strike-shortened 1994, when you were 3-0 on 18 of the 360 hitters you faced.

  51. lareddogg permalink
    May 18, 2007 10:50 am

    curt — great team win and nice pitching us out of jams. not wishing bases loaded on anyone but you’re the guy i want on the mound if it happens!

  52. Justice19 permalink
    May 18, 2007 11:46 am

    Hi Curt,

    It is always nice to hear your account of the game after I have seen it. I thought you held the batters at bay allowing “only” 2 runs. It is nice to hear how exciting your post-game reviews are.

    I thought Coco made some amazing diving catches in previous games but Eric’s catch yesterday I really thought he was hurt and thow he ever held on to the ball was truly the “Best” catch I have seen.

    So enjoy your rest and keep pitching strikes.

  53. pemliza permalink
    May 18, 2007 12:12 pm

    What a terrific win last night! It was great to see the team win 3 of 4 against a strong Tiger team. There’s something pretty special about this Sox team this year! Amazing catch & great homer by Hinske last night! It’s great to see everyone on the team stepping up & being a contributer rather than having to depend on 2-3 guys to pull out the wins.

  54. soxfanjp permalink
    May 18, 2007 12:15 pm

    3 outta 4 with a double header sweep, not too shabby!!

    You guys are on fire as of late, Curt. It’s great to see a team come together like you guys have and just keep rolling. Rotation is solid, the pen is practically untouchable and the bats are smokin’!

    It all almost seems too good to be true to see a well oiled machine running so smoothly on all cylinders like the Sox are right now.

    The Atlanta series should be a nice change of pace, get some inter-league play under your belts, would be nice if it was the Mets. I’m sure there are a lot of people that agree with me. And the Yanks after the Braves shouldn’t be a problem; they’re floundering so badly right now.

    I happen to be a transplanted Sox fan living behind enemy lines in NJ and I listen to 1050 ESPN radio here and everyone is complaining and everyone is scared because of the 9.5 game deficit the Sox have over the Yanks already and they’re not even a 500 team!

    In fewer words, keep up the good work. Can’t wait till Clemens comes to Fenway (if he does) because he’s in for a RUDE awakening!

    Keep your “SOX” on everyone!


  55. tymmyramone permalink
    May 18, 2007 12:27 pm

    Curt, regarding the 3-0 count thing. You’re actually below average thus

    Prior to 2007, you’d gone to a 3-0 count 523 times in time your career, having faced 12, 561 batters in the regular season.

    Basically, once every 24.017 batters, you’d reach a 3-0 count.

    In 2007, you’ve faced 249 hitters so far and gone to a 3-0 count 9 times. It’s actually works out to every 31 batters, you’ll goto 3-0 this year.

    So it may seem weird, but for whatever reason, it isn’t that bad. Your splits actually aren’t even really that bad post 3-0 counts this year anyway.

    Research via baseball-reference’s splits pages for career & 2007.

  56. teamswinchampionships permalink
    May 18, 2007 12:29 pm

    1st time poster.
    As my postname states….I believe that individuals play the game but TEAMS win championships I motto that is posted in Gillette stadium.

    My reason for feeling the need to post is that I was at last nights game and cannot believe what I jsut saw.

    Your pitching line looks as though there must be a typo. It is truly amazing that you only gave up 2 runs. You reallly grinded it out.

    As amazing as your game was it will not be what I remember the most from the game. You were outdone by Hinske. He looked so out of position (which he was) on so many plays early last night that I was so frustrated…maybe more with being put in that position by TF than with Hinske that I was yelling/heckling him from section 36. With my big mouth he definitely hear my harsh words (no cursing, however). With that outfield lineup I felt that Coco should be in RF WMo in CF and Hinske in LF. I think I actually shouted once that he should be Left out…of the lineup. Other fans around me gave me credit for lighting a fire under his butt but I feel that I deserve no credit that is all his doing. The whole game he is of course doing the best he can giving his best effort. It takes a big man to speak his mind and an even bigger one to admit he was wrong. Please pass on my apology to Eric for my words before he EXPLODED on the field and with the bat. Truly amazing. The best catch I’ve ever witnessed and quite a bomb of a HR especially with last nights wind. To see his joy rounding the bases on the 100+ times I’ve watched it on replay is priceless. I always knew he was a great guy and feel bad that I heckled him.

    To get back to my postname. This TEAM is amazing. The best I’ve seen since 2nd half 2004. Each member of the team seems to have his role and each is doing there job.

    Best of luck the rest of the season to all of you.

  57. goldsteingonewild permalink
    May 18, 2007 12:40 pm

    I hope the kids reading your blog notice how you assign credit and blame:
    When something succeeds, it’s “we,” you and Tek: “We got ahead in the count, 0-2.”
    When something fails, it’s “I.” “I ran the count to 3-0.” “I left the ball up and he crushed it.” Etc.
    Classy and the right way to be a teammate.

  58. cblrdy permalink
    May 18, 2007 12:45 pm

    In the end it all worked out, and you guys are showing tremendous teamwork. For the long run that’s the most important thing. You’ll get the wins this year too. But as a fan watching the game I’m seeing the most unexpected heroes popping up as needed which is something you rarely see over and over. Hope the good streaks are many and the bad streaks are taken with stride.

  59. 07soxhowbout07 permalink
    May 18, 2007 12:46 pm

    Hey Curt, I just found out how to get on this blog. Anyways, I am young still a teenager and as long as I can remember I have been a Red Sox fan coming from Cape Cod. Last night’s game was hard to watch through the first two innings but afterwards you got through all of the problems you had to face and listening to Jerry Remy I thought you guys were going to lose, but after Hinske’s catch I knew he was going to hit one for us, because he was due for one.
    Over the past one and half month we have seen great baseball, except probably for that quick two game series with Toronto at Fenway park. The offense has seemed to still have its consistency problems especially Manny, Ortiz and Drew’s production, but they will turn it around and with these problems in the lineup, we are 9 1/2 games up on the Yankees who are in second place and this offense leads in runs scored, batting average and one other thing, along with pitching we are a much better team than the one in 2004 after the trade and our chemistry is amazing. Keep it up, because we all know New York is capable of coming back.

  60. 07soxhowbout07 permalink
    May 18, 2007 1:15 pm

    Oh yeah, the 07 in front of my username should be 04 a typing error.

  61. hangtime30 permalink
    May 18, 2007 1:40 pm

    I hope that JD Drew gets healthy soon, but dont think that we should rush him back just because Pena and Hinske can just flat out play. These guys would start on just about every other team in the majors. Great job battleing through this game and good luck against Atlanta.

    9 1/2 games up and climbing quick!!!!

  62. soxfaninkbkme permalink
    May 18, 2007 1:47 pm

    Gutsy, grinding effort. You really did well to pitch out of trouble a few times, and (even though my opinion means about as much as any of those idiots on WEEI) I was very impressed. Not surprised though, you and the other guys in the staff have been phenomenal this year. Seems like all of you guys are really playing your butts off, its nice to hear those radio guys squirm a bit from having nothing negative to talk about…save JD Drew…That guy is one hell of a ball player and you can tell they’re ramping up to jump down his throat…oh well, for ratings i guess, right? Oh and Beckett on the DL as well… someone really needs to change the radio call letters from WEEI to TSIF (the sky is falling).

    Keep up the great work, enjoying the season so far and looking forward to continued success for you and the team. Thanks!

  63. millertime333 permalink
    May 18, 2007 2:16 pm


    Unbelievable all around team pitching. It’s funny how excited it is when Dicek is pitching, but I find it even more exciting when Oki comes in. How can one explain that pitching technique? Also a very deep bench. Hinske, Willy-Mo, Cora and Mirabelli all could possibly be starters on any other club. A big WOW factor on Hinske yesturday. Huge catch and Huge hit.

    Great game. Keep it up.

  64. captainobvious69 permalink
    May 18, 2007 2:17 pm

    Hey Curt, you probably already know this but it was obvious Detroit had adjusted to the whole “First pitch for strike” you (understandably) preach so much. Look back at the scorebox, starting in the 4th they were pretty much sitting and swinging on your first pitch. A lot of damage has been done that way. Maybe you weren’t hitting your spots as much as you wanted but if other teams figure it out, it could hurt. They still need to make contact and all but still, just thought I’d point it out because they looked like they knew you’d throw a strike on the plate and were swinging away.

    I don’t know if you still do Q&A. If so I got a few technical questions:

    1. I understand a splitter is supposed to look like a fastball and drops right in front of the plate in hope to fool the batter into swinging at a ball that almost touches the dirt by the team it reaches the plate. I was wondering if you could use that characteristic to get called strikes? i.e. throw it higher so that it appears to be a fastball upstairs/out of the zone, but which will drop for a strike a few feet before the plate, kind of like a 12-6 curveball.

    2. You always mention that good umps will acknowledge when they miss a call but how exactly do they let you know? They can’t possible just yell “My bad”, is there a ‘secret’ code going? Because the only thing I can see when there’s a questionable call is either a pissed-off batter or a pissed-off catcher/pitcher arguing with an ump just looking all high and mighty to try not to look like a fool. I wonder where the progress is made. Do catchers also make comments to the ump after a pitch that should have been a strike is called a ball?

    3. That’s more of a silly one.. In baseball movies you always see catchers talk trash to hitters to try to get in their head like “You won’t be able to hit that fastball” or “Your girlfriend is hot in bed” or whatever. Do MLB catchers actually do stuff like that or do they just do their job and try to get the guy out? How is Tek behing the plate.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. You guys are looking just spectacular out there! =)

  65. May 18, 2007 2:24 pm

    It’s great to see you battle back and keep the team in the game. I thought for sure It was gonna be a disaster when you loaded the bases in the first but like a true pro you battled back. It was also good to see Julian picth a great game not to metion Dice K pitching a complete game. Too bad Wake got knocked around a bit. He’ll bounce back though. Let’s hope when Beckett gets back he picks right up where he left off.

    Congrat on a hard fought game Curt, even though you didn’t get a win you kept it close enough.

  66. justinl102 permalink
    May 18, 2007 2:46 pm

    Good job getting out of those jams. Most pitchers would’ve crumbled, but you smiled and beared it, so to speak. Looking forward to your next outing Curt.

  67. pitcher permalink
    May 18, 2007 3:48 pm

    Yank22 had some real valuable insight…yankee nation must be proud to have him aboard.
    Anyway…nice job, you showed true grit out there. On a day whne you didn’t have your best stuff and the weather was nasty you still managed to give up only 2 runs to one of the leagues elite teams. That’s what great pitchers do!
    Good luck against the yanks!

  68. russker permalink
    May 18, 2007 3:59 pm

    Lets Talk Nutrition:

    The best nutritional lessons I learned during medical school was from nutritionist named Tara Mardigan. I think you know her fairly well. In fact because of her I made a number of easy everyday dietary changes. What kind of tips do you receive during the season? Do you change your diet during the season?


  69. dadhadals permalink
    May 18, 2007 3:59 pm

    Hinske had better make that catch after letting the other ones drop in around him for doubles. I can’t see patting the guy on his back for a VERY mediocre night in the field. A win is a win….shoulda been YOUR win Schill. I can never understand why a guy gets credit for a win when he comes in for 1 inning and just happens to be the pitcher when you guys score the go ahead run…

  70. stupididioticcomment2make permalink
    May 18, 2007 4:38 pm


    What the heck do Julian and Daisuke talk about? They’re always showing Julian going on and on with Daisuke nodding, but I wonder if Daisuke is just trying to placate him.

  71. fredsox permalink
    May 18, 2007 6:10 pm

    Unless you guys want to pay for my hospital stay for the major heart attack you all are gonna give me, please start winning easily. THAT was easily the toughest game I’ve seen pitched in quite some time. All I can say is thank god for “WILLIE MAYS HINSKE

    9 1/2 games up near the end of May? If anyone was to tell me that early this season I would have told them to pad the walls a little heavier and pass the thorazine.

    Keep it going and stay healthy.

    Red Sox Fan From Manhattan NYC,

  72. howiee permalink
    May 18, 2007 7:42 pm

    That was a great write up Curt, I enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed watching the game. Yes you struggled during the game but you stuck it out and gave the team some good innings. Thats the mark of a true champion. I salute you and I salute the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Too early to say that? I don’t think so. Keep up the great work. We are all pulling for you and the team! 🙂

  73. soxrex permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:32 pm

    This was great to read- watching the bases getting loaded, the extra base hits, the walks, the stretch the whole game, it seemed from my perspective that you were struggling to keep your head above water. I thought it miraculous we were so “in” the game after all those innings. I kept thinking, “why aren’t we 5 runs down?”
    Then I realized, it was with a little luck (the wind), some all out defense, and some serious managing by Tek and yourself. It was so impressive to see you guys stay around so we had a chance to win. That was very impressive.

  74. justagirlinboston permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:32 pm

    Hey Curt –
    I just found your blog today, surprisingly. Looking forward to reading your insight on the season. I do have to say that I think you’re a bit hard on yourself, but then again – aren’t we all?

    Glad to have found this site, best wishes for what seems to be a great season. Looking forward to the 28th when I’ll be attending my first one of the year!

    That is….if this rain ever stops!!!!

  75. milhaud permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:36 pm

    Curt, command of the zone is one thing… and command of the language is another. You are really starting to get the hang of it with this blog, and breaking new ground. Great stuff! Keep it up.

  76. cursedtofirst permalink
    May 18, 2007 8:48 pm

    //Holy crap. Four innings, 88 pitches.//

    my thoughts exactly. but i had respect for the way you gutted through those innings–it takes a veteran to make a start like that. hope they figure out how to keep josh healthy ASAP…

  77. May 18, 2007 9:01 pm

    When you get the chance Curt, would love to hear you break down Oki’s pitching profile. Daisuke is clearly going to be a star, but Oki’s just as shrewd a signing. He’d close for half the teams in the majors!

  78. firedannyainge permalink
    May 18, 2007 9:01 pm

    Hinske’s catch and homer were amazing and its nice that the TV news media gave him so much credit. He deserved it but I wish Julian had gotten more credit for his pitching in game one. Simple amazing.

  79. redsoxcurtfan1 permalink
    May 18, 2007 10:10 pm

    Hey Curt. Just want to say I think even though the 17th wasn’t your most comfortable outing you did a great job of getting out of the few jams you were in. I also want to give props to Hinske for making that phenomenal catch in right field. I also want to say that the yankees fans suck. Don’t listen to the jokers who post crap about you. You are still by far one of the best pitchers in baseball. Well God bless and I hope all is well. Take care


    ps My wife says hi

  80. andrewgraff permalink
    May 18, 2007 11:40 pm

    Hi Curt,
    We’ve not met, but I am the owner of VinLozano Imports/Charity Wines. Thanks so much for taking the leap into this project. Not only will it benefit ALS in the immediate future, but I think a successful run with you, Tim and Manny could translate into a number of other other charitable projects down the road.
    At any rate…I’m at home… the girls and Heidi are in bed and I’m done working. No game and nothing on the tube for us Friday night stay-at-homers… I went to kiss one of the girls goodnight, saw on her night table her broken glasses (mended with some tape) and I immediately thought of Bill Veeck. Strange, I realize, but it reminded me of a Spring training game many years ago in Sarasota. My Dad, older brother and I were out in the bleachers and this guy in the row in front of us was taking in the afternoon sun… ragged, cut-off shorts, a fully exposed and dirty peg leg, cigarettes rolled up in a fish net t-shirt…and a toothpick and tape holding together his eyeglasses (what sparked the memory). Well, by the third inning he had a large crowd around him… couldn’t quite grasp it at that age, until my Dad and brother explained who he was. I thought that was pretty cool.
    I’d always been a White Sox fan until the ’94 strike, when the Southsiders were leading the division…but, like many fans dropped out after that…blamed it on the players to be honest… but to be honest… again… I couldn’t really tell you any specifics of the dispute… pretty knee-jerk. Well, after some time on Martha’s Vineyard (lots of later Bubba stories there) I got back into baseball. It was the year or two before Pedro arrived… As I had totally forsaken my old team… I crossed over… figured I was just exchanging one loser for another.
    Sorry, rambling on now, but it all led me to think of the Charity Wines project and I thought I’d drop you a note here. Maybe get to you faster than through Katie.
    It’s great to have you and Tim, a couple older guys, on the project… two guys in professional sports still my age… 1966.. though I just did a little internet searcing and found that I am still older…June, ’66.
    Thanks again for your support and hope you can make the 31st event at Fenway.
    Not sure how this stuff works, but obviously, there’s no need to post this on the site if you don’t have to.
    Very Best Regards,

  81. mrmako permalink
    May 19, 2007 5:20 am


    What you did against Detroit was better for the team than shutting them out and whiffing 15 of them. You really gutted out a game where you did not have your best stuff. And you did your part: Got the team through 6, with a chance. Being down a run is no big deal. You gave them a chance.

    And what can we say about Eric Hinske? I mean, he really is a good ballplayer that could (should) be a starter somewhere, but seems happy doing what he’s doing. I say play him more and Willy Mo less….

    If you get a chance, take a look at the online Boston Globe and look at Gordon Edes mailbag. I stuck up for you because you said the truth about having Clemens on the team, but more importantly I got an opinion out of Mr. Edes, and his is in line with the spirit of what you were trying to say.

    VY in Oki

  82. mrmako permalink
    May 19, 2007 5:21 am


    My comment is on the bottom of page 3……


  83. army07wife permalink
    May 19, 2007 9:55 am

    I wasnt going to post anything…but sharing this site with my husband in Iraq he asked me to post that even though he has not been able to see a game since he left for Iraq..He wanted the Red Sox to know that he is pulling for them and tries to see the sports news as often as he can…He did get to see the catch that Eric made…and scared the hell out of the guys in the rec tent…yelling and screaming for joy!!!
    We are not in MA anylonger so have bought the MLB package just so I can watch all the Red Sox games…GO SOX!!!!
    The Yankees can have Roger…I feel we can do it without him!!!!

  84. May 19, 2007 10:20 am

    Way to hang in there on a night where things weren’t going your way. You write that you felt good about your fastball command in the pen, and that it was something you had been working on; did it carry over to the game? Is how you throw in the warmup a good physical and mental indicator of how you’re going to throw in the game?

    Sheffield always scared me as much or more than anyone else in that stacked Yankees lineup. With that bat speed and power, it always just seemed like he could turn on a perfectly innocuous pitch and send it 430 feet at any moment.

    And what a grab by Hinske. Dunno if you could tell from the mound, but ESPN has been stressing that he did a massive face plant on his way down. He really took punishment.

    And again, thanks for doing this. Being able to read about the game from the pitcher’s perspective, in season… well, I don’t think anything like this has happened before. It’s a great time to be a Sox fan.

    I disagree with dukefrukem– I think it’s awesome to see comments from people who criticize you, even if witless and obnoxious. (And “have fun casting spells” is kind of funny). It makes discussions possible, and shows a sense of humor on your part to let them through.

  85. keegan445 permalink
    May 19, 2007 11:16 am

    K ALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  86. chriseverson permalink
    May 19, 2007 12:21 pm

    Hey Yank22fan, read this first…

    then do the following 3 things…

    1. try not to cry
    2. try not to cry
    3. shut up and try not to cry

    Curt, you WILLED your way through that. There were doubles flying everywhere and you kept getting big outs somehow. Sometimes, you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains…

    Speaking of rain, I would like to once again thank the people at Fox for ruining my Saturday which should have included a Sox game (due to Friday night’s postponement) but of course those jerk-off communists from Fox bought today’s game so even though it’s on NESN in the Boston area, it’s blacked out and only available via Fox in the out of market areas, and of course Fox has elected not to show it in my local area so I can’t get it from Fox, nor from DirecTV MLB package, nor from (because when Fox buys the game then it’s not on even on and HERE’S a NEW ONE.. I can’t even get the game on gameday audio today. That’s a first. Although I live in Colorado, I might as well be in Havana. Damn FOX Commies. Can someone please remind congress that competition is the basis for our free economy?

    Well, good luck anyway boys. Hit ’em where they ain’t. At least I’ll get to watch tonight.

  87. chriseverson permalink
    May 19, 2007 12:36 pm

    OK. Looks like they did make the gameday audio available finally. Took a while, but at least there’s that. Whew. That was a close one. Anyway, thanks again, Fox.

  88. bigmikelewis permalink
    May 19, 2007 3:57 pm


    I am so impressed with the way you guys are playing. This is truly how a team of this caliber is expected to play…but to actually be pulling it off is so rare. Usually teams just look good on paper.

    I think this team is even better than the 2004 team that won the World Series. Keep up the great work.

  89. May 19, 2007 4:57 pm

    curt it is great to have a guy like you in boston. you are a standup guy. not a bad pitcher!!. the yankee fans that read your blog every day, and then make comments are real hateful jerks. I have been going back and forth with them for months. they don’t believe you or the redsox org. or anyone in boston. the best one was the sock controversy. I have them calling me names now. haha. your blog is great keep up the good work.

  90. xosder4 permalink
    May 19, 2007 5:12 pm

    o Hey yankfan22 did you see ur overpaid snob of a pitcher roger clemens get rocked in A ball, Curt is pitching great at the major league level wait i forget how many games out of first r u o 10 i remember those devil rays r right on ur tail better watch out

  91. bflo permalink
    May 19, 2007 7:07 pm


    Re: Post # 4 –

    I bet he’d give his left ### to have you on his team.

    The MFY stink right now (how’s that 11 game deficit look?), and he has nothing else to do but through barbs at you. My guess is you’ll end up well above .500, but what about that team from the bronx?

    Isn’t the sign of a good “team” that they pick one another up? Some guys are hot now, others keep they team in the game. Only 2 runs given up is certainly a great performance, even if the stuff wasn’t there. A win is the most important thing, and it could have gotten way more out of hand. That is a veteran hanging in there.

    This certainly feels like a special season.

  92. 07soxhowbout07 permalink
    May 20, 2007 7:23 am

    Gosh, why did Beckett get injured, whatever it was one game and we did the same thing to them the game before, I guess we deserved it especially with John Smoltz on the mound. Well I hope Beckett comes back soon and Manny Drew and Ortiz get into their hot streaks because Mike Lowell will not be able to contniue to do what he’s been doing, although that would be nice too, but we just need our 3,4,5 hitters to contribute more in every game.

  93. davesvet permalink
    May 20, 2007 9:52 am


    Great blog. Here you mentioned John coming to the mound and saying exactly what you needed to hear. When he does come out, what do you talk about? Is it pitch selection, mechanics, or is it mental? Or just all of the above depending on the situation?


  94. smokeyjoewood permalink
    May 20, 2007 3:26 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Your perception that you are getting into significantly more 3-0 counts this season piqued my interest. ESPN player stats include splits not only for PAs ending on certain counts, but going back to 2002 they also include outcomes for all PA coming after pitch counts of interest such as 3-0.

    Year TBF A / O / S AB H BB 3-0 A / O / S D-OPS
    2007 249 270/319/430 5 1 3 3.21% 200/500/200 -49
    2006 834 276/303/459 12 3 11 2.76% 250/609/333 180
    2005 418 314/352/506 3 1 6 2.15% 333/778/333 263
    2004 910 239/271/387 8 2 7 1.65% 250/600/625 567
    2003 673 230/270/358 6 3 11 2.53% 500/824/500 696
    2002 1017 224/251/362 6 4 10 1.57% 667/875/1167 1429

    The 3-0 as a % of PA is calculated from AB+BB+HBP/TBF so its not exact, but it’s a safe bet that in so few PA you never picked off a runner to end an inning with a 3-0 count.

    Your perception is accurate – you are getting into 3-0 counts between 1.5 and 2x more frequently than your average over the last 5 years. Sample size is pretty small, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it regress towards the mean.

    More of an outlier than the 3.21% of batters faced starting off at 3-0, is the fact that those 8 batters have an OPS 49 points *lower* than all batters faced. Again, I’d assume that this will regress sharply and you’ll end up allowing a higher OPS against the handful of batters who reach a 3-0 count.

    However, looking at the progression over 5 years, you seem to have developed an ability to minimize the damage in 3-0 counts – perhaps by keeping the ball down so you are more likely to yield a walk or a groundout rather than the higher likelihoods of hits and homers in such situations when you threw more high fastballs in those situations.

    I’d be interested to hear how this hypothesis jives with your subjective impressions of how you approach hitters in 3-0 counts and how that may have changed over your career.

  95. redsoxfan95 permalink
    May 20, 2007 5:06 pm

    hey this is first time ive been here. but i needed to tell you this curt… it doesnt matter who comes the team your the best pitcher in on the team and in the MLB. i like josh and dice k alot but curt is the best. the sox are the bomb this year. world series is all yours.

  96. redsoxfan95 permalink
    May 20, 2007 5:12 pm

    for got to put in i like the nick names you give.

  97. redsoxfan95 permalink
    May 20, 2007 5:14 pm

    i must suck at this because i keep leaving out some stuff but lookin forward to your next game curt.

  98. redsoxfan95 permalink
    May 20, 2007 5:17 pm

    o ya clemens aint a snob. yes i think hes over paid and yes i dont like the fact he went to the yanks but he is not a snob he accomlished alot on the sox.

  99. zutalors permalink
    May 20, 2007 10:15 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the effort, thanks for the enthusiasm and thanks for the way you leave it all out on the field. I got to watch Sandy and Don pitch for the Dodgers in L.A. in my youth before moving here and becoming a Sox fan in ’63 and I must say that you’d fit in real nice on a team with them.

    Too many people are concerned with who’s doing what off the field, or in second guessing what Tito does or doesn’t do but I figure y’all wouldn’t be where you are if you didn’t know what you are doing. I’m just a fan who loves the game and what the Sox are doing….so keep it up and bring another W.S. Championship back to Boston!

    Go Sox!

  100. May 21, 2007 6:21 am

    Curt whats the problem with skank22fan. he should stick to Yankee blogs. Then he could spend all day discussing THEIR PROBLEMS !!!!!

  101. b4andbeyond permalink
    May 21, 2007 9:00 am

    What a week! First I could only read, not post. Then I fell in love with a new Mac. Mac people do that. Sort of like being part of the Red Sox Nation. And there was all that rain! It messed up watching the red and green balls. None to watch!

    Now I can say I love the way Curt manages to have a winning spirit when his game does not go according to plan. And I agree, he would have fit in very well with Sandy and Don! He also does his share to create the present Sox team spirit. IMO the blog even helps witihi that. Thinking together makes it possible to go to great places together. And to get world series rings!

  102. soxfan07 permalink
    May 21, 2007 10:17 am

    I really wish Beckett didn’t get hurt, that guy sucked(Hansack). Terry couldn’t find anybody else from Pawtucket? Well we won the series and thats okay with me but I’m looking forward to the Yankees game tonight.

  103. luvmyfamily permalink
    May 21, 2007 2:04 pm

    Hey Curt, thanks being willing to speak your mind…. I am so tired of the foolishness of ludicris sports idioms and 10 second sound bytes…

    Congrats to you & your family for supporting th ALS ride… I know the pain it causes, and am proud to see you and your family standing tall to try to make a difference…
    W Carter

  104. delante permalink
    May 21, 2007 3:01 pm

    Hey, want to comment directly to a place where your comments can be heard by all the sportswriters you love to hate?

    Just send an e-mail to That’ll get your comments routed to the right place!

  105. brooks19 permalink
    May 21, 2007 3:45 pm

    Hey Schil,

    I have followed you since that awesome run in 1993 that led to a World Series appearance for the Phils. I saw you pitch game 1 in the 2001 WS in the BOB and enjoyed your run in 2004 with the BoSox. This blog is awesome and hopefully blazes a trail for more ball players to chronicle their thought process towards the game. I think you have made a strong enough case for yourself that if you reach the 240-250 win range their is no way they can keep you out of the Hall. Keep the competitive fire burning my man.


    P.S. Was always hoping you and Randy would’ve faced each other while he was in pinstripes.

  106. dannybonaduce permalink
    May 22, 2007 3:03 am

    hey there curt,

    I was researching your bio and could not find what school you received your degree from after you attended Yavapai Junior College. When one is sharing political views and opinions as much as you it is beneficial to the listeners to weigh in your education level and where the education was received. If you only have junior college level education then in the future could you direct your opinions to high school level eductated and GED level and below specifically? The rest of us will then know to seek advice from someone actually more qualified than ourselves. Many Thanks,

    Danny Bona2

  107. doza13 permalink
    May 23, 2007 7:55 am

    Please put A-Rod on his ass today.

    He deserves it after picking on a guy 7 inches shorter and several lbs lighter.

  108. b4andbeyond permalink
    May 23, 2007 9:31 am

    Brilliant Bona2! You seem to equate intelligence with the possession of knowledge gained in the artificial setting of a formal classroom! I believe Woodrow Wilson had a PhD. By your reasoning, many of the other presidents were not qualified to be in governance, except perhaps as high school superintendents.

    Be that as it may, let’s concentrate today on this great team and its ability to focus as one on the goal of winning. No doubt we have someone on the mound who has mastered the science of pitching and moved on to the art of it. If he can do that in one field, it is possible he has the intelligence to do it in others. Perhaps he already has. Good luck tonight, Curt!

  109. Captain Redbeard permalink
    May 23, 2007 11:11 am


    After a play like last night where A-Rod slides in and throws an elbow at Pedroia, is there talk in the dugout/clubhouse about retaliation the next day? It seems like from the Herald article that Pedroia wasn’t too pleased, especially after looking at the replay.

    Captain Redbeard

  110. aimcifer permalink
    May 23, 2007 12:05 pm

    Good luck tonight against the Yankees! GO SOX!

  111. mikecahill permalink
    May 23, 2007 12:07 pm

    Hi Curt! Wednesday afternoon before your start tonight. Just curious to see if you’ve decided which at-bat you were going to plunk ARod tonight in retaliation for that cheap elbow to Pedroia yesterday? I’m thinking it might as well be the first one, especially if we’re able to score a couple runs in the top of the inning. A nice fastball to the ribcage would work and send the right message, I think. A bench-clearing brawl ought to solidify the team chemistry which already seems tighter than I can remember since 2004. I’ll really appreciate your turning his petulant little whiny smirk into a wince of pain… no matter how brief, it’ll still be sweet for the Nation!

  112. harvard4point0 permalink
    May 23, 2007 12:14 pm

    Hey Curt- Are you gonna throw at a-rod for his cheap-shot on pedroia last night?

  113. sox4life88 permalink
    May 23, 2007 12:44 pm

    yea it was a good day for baseball and it was good to get the win the trigers are a good team your pitch count was up there after the fourth but thats ok thats why we have a good bullpen your one of the best on the team and we have one of the best bullpens out there its only one gamr and i thought you pitched good and it will be a good series against the braves

  114. theotherm permalink
    May 23, 2007 1:40 pm

    Just want to wish you good luck tonight! Hope by the time you read this tomorrow the Sox are 11.5 games up!

  115. redsoxfan95 permalink
    May 23, 2007 4:49 pm

    hey curt its me the nigh you pitch against i highly doubt you will get this in time but please nail A-rod right in the head. he slid in to second but then acted like he ACCIDENTLY ran into pedrioa or something like that. and in 04 he slaped the ball out of arryos glove. he plays dirty and hatte him i hope he never comes to the sox.

    good luck curt!

  116. barefoott4 permalink
    May 23, 2007 6:38 pm

    Nice Pick-off in the game I’m watching (5/23). That is all.

  117. May 23, 2007 8:21 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling
    I want to inform you that your site is terrific! I love how you disect the games and how you personalize every players at bat. I love reading about the chemistry you and Jason Varitek have. Also, i would like you to add an about me section to this site. I have not heard of one player that came from Alaska. I would like to know how you became intersted in baseball and how life was living up there. And i would like to know the road you took to become one of the greatest major league pictures of this decade. If you do not want to post this online (cause of all the wackos) you could email me at I know you are a busy man and your schedule is grueling so I wanat to thank you for your time. I just want to congratulate you on a great season so far and keep up the good work. I will be the first one in line for the new 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series Champions shirt!
    GO SOX!
    sincerely, Tommy

  118. shecky12 permalink
    May 23, 2007 9:48 pm

    Curt, first time here. I have been a Sox fan all my life but unfortunately I have also lived my entire life in upstate NY. It is funny how the NY media spins your comments about Roger (sellout) Clemens as disrespectful but Kyle Farnsworth(less)s comments get a brief mention and then swept away. Being a sox fan in NY has its disadvantages. I just finished watching NY game 5/23. Two tough outings in a row for you where they got to you early. Not your m.o. Usually you start strong. What do you think is contributing to your recent struggles. Sox need you strong and dominant.

  119. khofuswiftclaw permalink
    May 23, 2007 10:34 pm

    Hey, Curt.

    I’m a Yankees fan and a Liberal, so i suppose we’re kinda at odds.

    But I have one question for you.

    Do you still play Everquest?

    I believe i read that you were either a monk or a ranger at start. I happened to play a monk for many (6) years.

  120. milmascaras permalink
    May 23, 2007 10:52 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what you will be ranting or writing about in the next ‘blog’. Loved your facial expression while wiping your face after giving up Matsui’s homerun.

    dannybonaduce had a great post (above)

    106 dannybonaduce
    hey there curt,

    I was researching your bio and could not find what school you received your degree from after you attended Yavapai Junior College. When one is sharing political views and opinions as much as you it is beneficial to the listeners to weigh in your education level and where the education was received. If you only have junior college level education then in the future could you direct your opinions to high school level eductated and GED level and below specifically? The rest of us will then know to seek advice from someone actually more qualified than ourselves. Many Thanks,

    Danny Bona2

  121. bish6364 permalink
    May 24, 2007 3:41 pm

    “Intelligence is a moral category.”
    Theodor Adorno

    Hmmmm… maybe some of you guys don’t know how to measure intelligence – trust me, it is not “your education level and where the education was received…” Spend some time with the “highly educated” as I do and am, and you will concur…

    So you go… “seek advice from someone actually more qualified than ourselves.” Shouldn’t be too hard for you to do.

    As for me, I will take Curt’s heart and intelligence any day — He’s a thinker and a reader, and he has heart, humility and compassion.

    You go, Curt….

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