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5/23/07 vs. New York

May 24, 2007

Before talking about the game I’d like to make people in Boston aware of an event that’s coming up next week to benefit ALS.

 

The annual 100 innings for ALS marathon game is being played on May 26th and 27th at Adams Field in Quincy, Mass. Check out www.100innings.com for details on how to get involved. Thanks in advance to those that do.

A craptastic finish to what could have been a nice series. I never gave us a chance to even get into this game. I felt great during the day, even better after warmups and then the game had to start.

 

Andy’s been pitching his butt off up to this point, and there was no reason to expect that to not continue. I’ve faced these guys so many times that the game comes down to executing a plan both Tek and I knew well going in.

 

I could go pitch to pitch on this game but it would really be retyping the same thing over and over. The first inning and three hitters into the game we are down 3-0. JD hit a fastball over the plate for a double to right, Jeter hit a fastball middle to right, and then Matsui hit a 3-2 fastball that was supposed to be down and away, but instead was middle of the plate letter high, for a line drive home run to right.

 

To say this was frustrating would be a huge understatement. John and I spent the last few days working on commanding my fastball, getting back to some of the basics, and I felt I had it under control going into this game.

 

My split was not getting into the dirt consistently, which only adds to the problem when you mix that in with inconsistent fastball command.

 

Cano laid down a bunt in the second. We ended up getting two outs but Damon and Jeter hit balls that ended up being perfectly placed for another two out run.

 

Alex hit a split in the third for a double, leading off the inning. Looking at the pitch I think it was more him hitting a good pitch than it being in a bad spot. I then hung a curve ball to Posada which plated the fifth run of the game. Regardless of the situation I just couldn’t stop the bleeding and continued to let them pull away inning after inning.

 

In the fifth I left a fastball over the middle, inner half that Doug crushed to left for the sixth run.

We ended up getting through six but I struggled to do it. 24 base runners in the past 12 innings means there isn’t just one problem here. From lack of command to horrible execution, the problems run the gamut. This game always is and always will be about making adjustments, and right now there is a plethora of adjustments that need to be made.

There are worse places to be than 9.5 games up on the second place team in late May, but like anyone else you want to feel like you are part of the solution when it comes to performing. This series was about starting pitching, as most are, and the team whose starter pitched best, won. Sometimes it’s that simple.

 

Players on both teams know how far is left in the race; neither team is even remotely thinking it’s over one way or the other. Bottom line is that we have complete control of our own destiny. Playing this schedule means that when you get a lead this big you’ll play the teams behind you enough to finish them off or let them back in. Throw out my inconsistency and I like our chances. Obviously we need to stay healthy, but we have a solid deep team with tremendous character and those two things are tremendously important over the course of 162 schedule. Add to that a front office that you know will fill any hole we might have come the trading deadline and you have to feel good about this team.

 

I’ll attempt to get to some Q&A this weekend if time permits.

217 Comments leave one →
  1. jnapneworleans permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:00 am

    Hey Curt,
    first timer from New Orleans i am only 18 watch red sox games every night i just wanted to say the only pitch i had a problem was with was the fastball to minetwick or however u spell it i just didnt think you throw the nine hitter a fastball that is the only pitch he CAN hit… but other than that you clearly didnt have your stuff that night and that happens but just go out there next start and beat them

  2. powerchild33 permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:01 am

    Curt,

    Damnit, quit being so cerebral all the time and throw the damn ball with some attitude. Even at your age the talent is prevelant and I know there’s a gamepan installed, but sometimes you just need to let insticts flow. You seem like lately your just trying to survive out there and that’s not the f’in Curt Schilling I’ve grown to watch. Buck up buddy because we need you and the whole red sox nation is behind you.

  3. thutton67 permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:53 am

    It’s all good, baby. We love you and know you’ll come back strong. And your name will live on forever for what you did in ’04.

  4. noelct permalink
    May 25, 2007 11:55 am

    Curt this may be a dumb question, but here it is anyway.

    Pertaining to Pettitt’s pitching style, why is he allowed to blow directly onto the ball that he rolls up to the web of his mitt? Watching him Wednesday, especially in the 5th, made me think that he’s using that technique to throw spitters. I watched great action on the ball after his glove blowing tradition, and flat throws when he didn’t do that. I haven’t seen any other pitchers get away with such blatent and ritual contact with the ball.

    Wang got called on for licking his finger Monday, for what could have only been trying to wipe some dirt off his tongue.

    I graciously look forward to an explaination.

    Thanks Curt. ,Noel.

  5. actionsportsx permalink
    May 25, 2007 2:02 pm

    Do you treat warming up like game situations? I was watching the game on Wednesday, and on YES both Paul O’Neill and John Flaherty said, that if they had a good batting practice session they felt that their games would be good games. Flaherty also said that Randy Johnson would have phenomenal stuff from time to time in the bullpen prior to a game, but sometimes that stuff he threw in the pen didn’t carry over onto the field. So I was just wonder on whether or not, feeling good coming out of the pen from warm-ups means a good start from you, or does it really not matter?

  6. okajima37 permalink
    May 25, 2007 5:54 pm

    When I think of you and pettite I do’t think numbers tell the whole story with you two. You’ve had several games which you could’ve had wins (like Oakland) and losses (Yankees April 20) which became no-decesions. Same with Andy. Do you feel that way about the statstics?

  7. bostonsucks7 permalink
    May 26, 2007 3:02 am

    You got jacked up!!!!!! Yess!!!! Nothing makes me happier on a crappy day than to look at your face and see dissappointment and maybe a few tears rolling down your rapidly aging face. Thank you for getting destroyed, it means a lot to me.

  8. tazburba36 permalink
    May 26, 2007 9:31 pm

    well I have to ask is extra work in the bullpen going to help and if so is there anyone who knows you better than you? It sounds like extra work and more side sessions will help in the long run. The team needs you but they are going to need you more in the end .

  9. lifelongctsoxfan permalink
    May 27, 2007 7:22 am

    Curt,
    I have faith in your ability to bounce back. The Yankees may be having one of the most dis-appointing years (to them and their fans) in the history of baseball, but they still have a dangerous batting line-up. I’m looking forward to watching your next victory.

  10. evilempirerules permalink
    May 28, 2007 12:50 pm

    As a yankees fan I appreciate your blog where I can leave my thoughts and concerns.My concern today is about your second baseman,whats his name? pedrohia…whatever…complaining about Arod giving him an elbow on a slide?…I see girls softball be rougher than that.Maybe he should watch some of the old games when Cobb would slide in punching and kicking or Piniella bowling over Brett at third base.For somebody that has maybe 10 games in the mayors saying that he is going to drop his slot next time he comes down,its kind of absurd.Listen tell your boy that next time Arod comes into town,Arod is going to need somebody to carry his bags and Jeters and Mo’s while hes at it.
    Enjoy this season,looks like it will cost Joe his job or at least it should for gift-wrapping that sweep/choke job in 2004.

  11. May 28, 2007 5:44 pm

    Forgive me if I’m late to the party, but I just wanted to address something John Dennis said on the radio. My Webster’s 3rd New Int. Dictionary (It’s right cuz it’s BIG) gives the following as definition 2b:

    “continuing activity and functional behavior that tend to determine eventual status esp. as to progress or decadence”

    So the use of the phrase “control our own destiny” is just fine.

  12. robbin83 permalink
    May 28, 2007 10:07 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you. I was glad to see you pitching so great tonight…on Memorial Day!

  13. redsoxpirate permalink
    May 31, 2007 2:39 pm

    Curt – Whats the chance of you even reading post # 378 on an entrie that is somewhat dated at this point? Who knows…but anyways thanks for the blog and the time you put into it Schill – I do hope it does not distract you or hinder your performance in any way…if you at any time feel that it may – then as a fan of you but more importantly the Red Sox – I would have no problem with you not doing it. But thanks for the effort you are making to make Red Sox Nation a tighter family between the fans and the players. I have noticed mlb.com has started several blogs now including Kevin Youkilis…looks liek the league is following your example at this point Schill.

    ATTENTION YANKEES FANS – Some analysis based upon your overall classless presence on this site.

    Whats nice is seeing the true class of Yankees players on the field like with Alex Rodriguez. Lets go with 3 examples: #1) His Hamburger Helper slap on the glove running to first base in the 2004 ALCS = No Class. #2) His slide which never was even oreinted at 2nd base and the following elbow thrown at Dustin Pedroia this past series = No Class (and yes “evilempirerules” Dustin Pedroia may have only 10 games in the majors at 23 years of age but I guarantee that’s a lot more of a signficant achievement than anything you have done in your life to this point or probably ever will from the sounds of your immature rant) and lastly and most recent #3) A-Rod’s classless pretend call off “I got it” as he passed behind the Blue Jays 3rd baseman in 2 out 9th inning pop-up which caused a run to score and kept the Yanks alive (justice was served as they still lost the game). No one will doubt A-Rod’s dedication to his team but no one also can doubt his lack of class while doing so.

    And by many of the classless comments put on this blog by Yankees fans taking free shots at one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game – it shows how many Yankees fans (see “evilempirerules”) exhibit the same LACK OF CLASS as their players.

    I am sure Yankees fans and guys like A-Rod sleep well at night…I sleep better at night knowing that there is no B on their hat.

  14. actionsportsx permalink
    June 1, 2007 10:08 am

    In response to the person above me:

    Let’s go back to 2005 the Fenway Home Opener when the Sox received their rings. Every single Yankee player and coach was out there watching and applauding the ceremony. How quickly we forget the classy things they do.

    As far as A-Rod: the “I got it” never happened. Watch the replay, he yelled out “HAH” or something along those lines, his mouth only moved once. I know that if I was in his position I would’ve done the same thing. Just like many other people would.

    Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of classless Yankee fans, and there have been moments that have made me annoyed to be a Yankee fan, but you can’t tell me that there aren’t Sox fans that do the exact same thing. Because we all know that there have been incidents over the past few years where Sox fans got violent (see guy along the wall punching Sheffield). What I’m getting at is that the 2 fan bases overall are great fan bases, but there are classless fans everywhere.

  15. evilempirerules permalink
    June 13, 2007 11:08 am

    I kind of knew that I was going to get one of you clowns pissed off so at least I got one moron going… redsoxpirate…cute name!..oh! by the way..:meeeeooooww!…and as far as being succesful…what are you the head of the redsox nation in your local sewer?. I know it was way over your head…what I meant by Miss Pedrhia or whatever the name is..all the whining by her…complaining about strike calls,staring at umpires and making stupid threats to AROD when hes been in the majors for no more than a couple of weeks,but I know thats too complicated for you too understand…Im really looking foward to your comments..let the biting begin…enjoy…ps … I complimented Mr Schilling on his blog, I think more players should have something like this to kind of touch base with the fans..If you can read, its pretty clear that I didnt insult Schilling or his blog.

  16. firedannyainge permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:59 pm

    No not every Yankee cheered when we got our rings. The only people cheered for were D-Lowe, Wake and Pesky. They did not cheer for everyone else.

  17. firedannyainge permalink
    June 14, 2007 7:00 pm

    EXCUSE ME but your players pounded our guy so what are you talking about?

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