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6/13/07 vs. Colorado

June 13, 2007

Not sure how to start or finish this one. Pitch by pitch would most likely be as painful to read as it was to experience. 

At the end of the second inning I’d faced 13 batters, thrown close to 50 pitches, and I didn’t feel physically bad at all. We certainly didn’t play our sharpest game early but it was an odd start.


Through 2 innings I felt like I made 2 real mistakes. The 2-1 fastball to Atkins was middle of the plate and the split to Matsui was up. Other than that I thought we pretty much made the pitches we wanted to in the spots we wanted to make them.


Never the less it’s 3-0 after the top of the second. I’ve given up 6 hits, and I am not sure if I should be pissed or what. I thought we settled down nicely in the next inning. Made some pitches and had a good clean inning after we had put a run on the board to make it 3-1.


We did pretty much the same in the fourth and in my mind we turned the momentum and the game around at this point. I’d had two clean innings and felt like I had, stuffwise, what I needed to win this game. I was completely confident that we would score more runs as long as I could keep it 3-2.


The fifth starts off with Matsui hitting a single on a two strike pitch. Holliday hits a pitch I thought we executed well, a two seam fastball in, but he muscles the ball to left. I know that based on pitch count and score I may be in my last inning. I need to make something happen to get us in the dugout and keep the score where it is. So we start things off with Helton grinding his way through another 7 pitch AB and we end up getting him to fly out to shallow center on a two seam fastball in. We get Atkins to swing and miss at a split for strike three.


I just KNEW that first pitch change up was the pitch to make in the next spot. I was sure he was going to be swinging, and felt that we could get him out on his front foot. With the weather being as cold as it was, and the wind blowing in from right most of the day, I wanted any balls in the air to be in right field. I throw the change and leave it letter high, inner half and the game is pretty much over when Hawpe makes contact. To say I was stunned would be an understatement. I’ve given up more than my share of home runs, but not that many come as total shocks to me, this one was. Not because of the hitter or anything but a home run wasn’t even in the deepest recesses of my sub conscious right there. I was sure I was making the right pitch to the right hitter in the right spot.


Obviously I was wrong.


6 runs, ALL with two outs. Two out runs are absolute killers to a defense and huge momentum swings for the team getting them. Bottom line was there were over 20 different opportunities to make pitches, get outs, and NOT give up the runs. I didn’t get it done and as a result of that we lost the game.


171 Comments leave one →
  1. wickedhahd permalink
    June 13, 2007 11:17 pm

    It seems as though you guys have been struggling since you left Fenway after the Yankees series. Any thoughts as to why you guys have struggled offensively as much as you have? The pitching, aside from a few blips, has been pretty good.

  2. azredstate permalink
    June 13, 2007 11:21 pm

    Am I the first one? Curt, you think there was a little hangover from the close to no hitter?

  3. ace1307 permalink
    June 13, 2007 11:42 pm

    tough outing…seems like this happens more often when the weather is crappy than when it is nice out, but just my observation…as I always say, it doesnt matter when you lose 12-2 or 2-1, a loss is a loss…

    Big Schill, I know when it comes down to it, you will be pitching great when it matters in October, provided we get there…just keep working hard on your stuff as you always do, that is why everyone in RSN has respect for you…

  4. Sparhawk permalink
    June 13, 2007 11:52 pm

    Hey Curt –

    “Stuff” happens, no worries and we understand it is a game of many many variables. I’m sure Mike feels awful, and the infields defensive miscues seemed to cause issues all around. It must be tough to stay in a positive place when you know you should be sitting in the dugout. It happens to all teams at all levels, It sucks we lost ground in the standings but hopefully its motivation for the next game and the weekend series with SF.

    I know by your next start this will be fogotten and the team will move on. It’s still exciting to watch this year, even the rough games. Because it always seems we bounce back with some new hero, or someones pitching performance. I know that as a true fan of the Sox I cant tell you what it means to me to read a candid uncut self evaluation after your starts. I cant wait to read what you have to say. I work late in the bar scene and rarely get to actually hear the posatgame although I do watch the game. So your blog is a refreshing insight into your starts without pulling any punches. I love that.

    Keep the chin up my friend as I know you will anyways. Enjoy your sons little league games and take a little pressure of yourself. Cant wait to see your next start and lets beat SF this weekend! Can’t wait to wlecome Barry to the Fens this weekend! Have a great one and we’ll see you guys on Friday!

    Brian Sparhawk

  5. greaterweb permalink
    June 13, 2007 11:53 pm

    Hi Curt,

    First off, thanks for sharing your experiences with us one again. Your dedication to the fans to come on here and post in such a timely manner is remarkable.

    Just as you have in the past, you will rebound from this start and continue to help Boston win games.

    Keep your head up.


  6. somerandomfan permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:12 am

    It was a rough game and a tough loss, but you and the Sox will bounce back. Just about everyone has complete confidence that you’ll come back out next time and get a “W.” You still have the support of Red Sox Nation!

  7. boston38 permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:14 am

    It’s ok Curt. Still pitching strong…just stay focused. Shake it off, next game you’ll get em’.

  8. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:14 am

    No doubt about it! Winning is more fun! You will rise again and win another day. Maybe knowing that makes tonight a little easier. Besides, there are so many ways you did win today. Everybody wins in more ways on any day than they can count. We can put ourselves to sleep every night counting wins.

  9. papitek permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:19 am

    Schill, I’d be wrong if I said you pitched terrible, sometimes they just don’t go your way, but the important thing is to bounce back from this one and lock down the next.

  10. azdirtclod permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:21 am

    Gut check time for the 2007 Red Sox. Not just the players, but the fans too. Results from the last couple of weeks have not been… as great. I can’t speak for “the nation” but I am not worried about G38 one iota. The season is a work in progress and there will be plenty of adjustments. There are going to be poor games and I would rather see them now then September. I am, however very worried about the offense. The speedy guys need to start hitting. Defense has been struggling lately too. We just need to work through it. As fans, we need to keep things in perspective and forget about radical changes for now. Tito should tweak the line up to distribute at bats away from struggling players, but frantic trades have never suited us well.

    2007 started off very strong and set a high standard. The team has now hit a few bumps. We can whine about our hitting or defense but we should all be incredibly thankful that our team health has been so good. We have been without Timlin all year and we didn’t even miss him. Lester too. Seems like our bench could use more at bats to get in a groove. Tito is sticking with his guys, but he is not stupid. I bet he will start to mix Pena & Cora much more if the Mendoza brothers continue to struggle.

    Turn the f’n page and keep working smart Curt. It will take a lot more than a few rough games to knock us off track. What a difference a week makes.

  11. ewhalle1 permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:24 am

    True, Curt, obviously. I see this team as one that needs more motivation, almost. We were going along for a while there with being awesome as a motivation. Now the Yanks seem to have it. It’s not something that can be forced back, I don’t think, but I can’t wait until we get some fire back in our eyes.

  12. mogabog permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:28 am

    Great blog entry.

  13. nomarsgirl permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:41 am

    As Dice-K might say, “Shigata ga nai” (what can you do?). Sometimes the bear gets you first. Of course, I might also point out that it’s harder to come back from bad breaks when our bats aren’t hitting. The Sox dugout made Josh Fogg feel like Cy Young tonight for the first time in his life. Right now, the biggest problem is not our pitching but the hitting–there just isn’t enough to make it past the All Star break, not with NYY bringing it back. Please pass the word to the rest of the outfit.

  14. phishingphreak permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:47 am

    WOW, talk about from one extreme to another. From near NO NO, to clear HO HO.

    Man, what a let down. To say you blew it tonite would be an understatement. I didn’t watch the game, but saw some of the highlights. you looked out of synch, nothing flowing easy…remember be the ball Kurt.

    Like I said yesterday though, you can’t win them all.

    Contrary to many others, I don’t think you’re washed up, and feel like you got a lot left in the tank, even though you are 48 years young. It’s a long haul the season, and right now you guys are still in charge, ahead of those pesky Yanks by 8.5.

    I didnt realize all the runs CO scored off you were with 2 outs. THOSE runs are backbreakers. Hard to really get the support of your teammates when they see you giving up 2 out RBI’s. But they know deep down, you’re the best they got.

    Good luck with your next outing in ATL, you’re gonna need it…

  15. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:49 am

    Shake it, Curt….it was just one of those games. I know you will bounce back next start. The offense isn’t really consistant either. Hopefully we can end June on a high note the next couple weeks and keep this cushion chubby. Goodluck next start.

  16. kjd189 permalink
    June 14, 2007 1:00 am

    I thought for sure you guys were gonna come back after getting to 3-2 but it obviously wasnt meant to be….that was a bomb by Hawpe(especailly w/ the wind blowing the way it was)
    Good luck next week in ATL,ill be making the trip down from CT rooting you guys on

  17. milmascaras permalink
    June 14, 2007 1:13 am

    Curt, it’s not your fault that you lost the game. Blame it on the liberals, Lugo and the cold overpriced hot dogs.

  18. comininside permalink
    June 14, 2007 1:26 am

    Let me start off by saying this. I love your blog Curt. Whenever I am suffering from insomnia I just start reading and before I know it I am sleeping the night away.

    Secondly, Shannon Stewart is my hero.

    Lastly, you got lit up tonight, and I am very happy about that.

  19. weefreeirish permalink
    June 14, 2007 1:36 am

    You did your best and that’s all YHWH asks… Not everyone can be Justin Verlander and punch the zone at 102 frakkin’ MPH in the frakkin ninth. So the Sox lost. it happens.

    God bless.

  20. ngruk permalink
    June 14, 2007 2:27 am

    You are far too hard on yourself. Sometimes a host of variables outside your control can coalesce to throw an impenetrable wall in your path, no matter how hard you struggle against it. Did you make mistakes? Yes. You’re only human, and we can’t fault you for that, despite our (and your) frustrations. Still, you do not carry the weight of the game entirely on your shoulders.

    The Sox offense has been non-existent as of late, and there is no excuse for that. They have been giving you and the rest of the pitching staff absolutely no room to work with, resulting in increased stress and pressure which ultimately leads to errors. The line-up may not be familiar with some of the most recent pitchers, but neither has the opposition, yet somehow those other batters can rack up huge points.

    Frankly, I think someone needs to crack the whip on the Red Sox Offense so you and the rest of the pitching line-up can better focus on doing their jobs without pitch-to-pitch paranoia sapping your concentration from the task at hand.

    With that out of the way, I’ll pose a question:

    The disappointment in yourself when you throw a bad pitch is obvious. Do you (or your teammates) ever just give a grin and laugh when a silly mistake is made and let it go, or does it settle in the recesses of your mind (and possibly affect how you play the rest of the game)?

  21. chillyme permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:49 am

    Thankfully, my cable went out at 3-1 and returned at 6-2-at which point I realized I was dead tired and it would behoove me to turn in early. It was a good game to miss.

    Thanks for filling in the blanks.


  22. ralphw permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:49 am

    8 1/2

  23. fervent permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:51 am

    Yeah, you made some bad pitches, but how many of those 2 out runs scored after the defense had let you down. Too many extra outs last night. Lowell/Lugo played like they ate a big Turkey dinner right before the game. So they had extra outs to play with and the Sox basically played the game with 20 total outs because at this point Crisp and Lugo are automatic outs and are 0-4/0-3 every night. Basically, the Rox got 10 innings worth of AB’s and the Sox got 7. We have faith in you Curt, time for Terry to kick down the locker room door and throw some chairs around and see if he can snap some of your teammates out of their respective funks.

  24. suesox permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:53 am

    I know you probably are uncomfortable commenting on other players, but don’t you think it would make sense to substitute Alex Cora for Lugo at shortstop at this point? Cora’s proven himself offensively and defensively, and we need to start winning more games; that’s the bottom line. Also, I’ve noticed that most of the fan comments in your blog compliment you and encourage you. Is that what you’re looking for here, or are you looking for something else? If so, what? I’d like to comment more, but do you really need to read 100 times, “We love you, keep your chin up?”

  25. zbi571 permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:01 am

    All the best next time Curt!!

    But I would surely like to know why the slumping hitters are in such a hurry to drive the ball…they need to relax and have good at bats, w/o trying to hard for a hit…good at bats will result in hits!! Staying at the plate and frustrating the pitcher with fowl balls is important for getting the pitcher out of sync. C’nm guys (slumping hitters) you all are better than this. Let’s go get em’ today.

  26. johnlimberakis permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:03 am

    you think Hawpe was typed off as to what pitch you were throwing and where and where? – Matsui was on second. Also looking at the pitch delivery were your mechanics sound? I do not actually know the answer but I think your arm angle and hand angle might have been off.

    How often do you throw first pitch change ups? Is this just a good guess by Hawpe?

  27. johnlimberakis permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:04 am

    tipped* off sorry.

  28. merbles permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:19 am

    GOSOXGO !!!

  29. merbles permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:25 am



  30. frc410 permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:26 am

    I know the team has the best record, but you have 3 every day players under-achieving.
    Maybe, there are some moves that need to be made? Do you have any thoughts on that?

  31. aimcifer permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:33 am

    Chin up, bro. You’ll get ’em next game.

  32. jbran66 permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:45 am

    I know you’re not one for excuses, but you guys have seemed out of synch since that night game at Fenway against the Yankees (minimum 3.5 hour games) to accomodate ESPN’s Sunday night game and then travel to the west coast with no off day. Do you think that effects a team? Personally, I think it’s an ESPN Yankee favoring conspiracy…lol

  33. thecurselives permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:52 am

    Lemme see, my names is Theo, I’ve gotta make room for Lester, hmmm, a roster move, Tavarez, Snyder, hmmmmm. I’ve got it! Schilling to Pawtucket! Come on Curt, you’re supposed to be a leader and show some consistency. It’s getting so that Wakefield is more consistent than you are! You came keep your almost no-no one hitters. What this team need from their leader is consistent qulaity starts 4 out 5 starts. Get it together. I hope you hearing them yankee foot steps that I’m hearing. Probably a good thing the brass decided not to sign you for another year!!!!

  34. yank22fan permalink
    June 14, 2007 7:06 am

    hey curt you suck, i could pitch better than you. You played the ROCKIES!!! the rockies suck, and you couldn’t handle them, your over the hill.

  35. June 14, 2007 7:10 am

    Zoikes, Curt … that was about as ugly as it gets.

    Knowing you, though, I’m sure you’ll learn plenty from this start and take that with you the next time you take the hill. Hang in there!

  36. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 14, 2007 7:43 am


    We are lucky to have you on this team.

    You are the best pitcher of your generation.

    I simply do NOT GET the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin’s rip job on you today.

    Only in Boston can a guy have a great year like you are, post a near no-no, then get ripped for not being “vintage Curt Schilling” in your no-no bid, for being “not electrifying. Not normal.” in that same no-no bid.

    And she tries to kick you when you are down by saying that last night was your “third start this season of five or fewer.”

    I think the bias at Morrissey Blvd. is really showing again.

    Who is this hack Amalie? Is she another in the Jayson Blair, Patricia Smith, Mike Barnicle, Ron Borges mold???

    We know you will bounce back, big man.

  37. 07soxhowbout07 permalink
    June 14, 2007 7:46 am

    Last night Schill, your start was awkward from the start. Sometimes you know a game is going bad, once Lugo threw that ball I knew it was a mistake, he should have held onto it. Anyways, they just hit great pitches, and got some good bounces, but if you guys can’t hit you will not win regardless of pitching well. The Yankees are now 81/2 games out and are closing in, if the Sox continue to play like this, we are doomed. I don’t care if this is a marathon fact is, the Yankees have always been down and then end up winning the division. Not once have they shown dominanace in the beginning of the season and now they are finding the sweet ones. Their bats are what our bats should be doing, with good pitching and that lineup the Sox should be able to pull off a ten game win streak. Remember though, if you guys let the Yankees come back, you will never hear the end of it from the media, and the fans will have to pay the price watching all the sports shows. I’m all good for a giant winning streak, plus the Yankees have not seen anyone good yet and what’s wrong with Manny, is it the weather, because this weather stinks.

  38. soxfaninpinstriphell permalink
    June 14, 2007 7:49 am

    Curt, It seems to me that you have been finishing up off to the left side of the mound a lot this year, much more so than I remember you did the last couple of years. Is this a result of the particular pitch you’re throwing, or is it a change in mechanics? It seems that when you finish straighter to home that your command is much sharper. Do you watch video of your games to diagnose your mechanics, or do you rely upon your “feel” and the insights of the pitching coach? Also, I am beginning to wonder about Manny…Have the Red Sox had his eyes checked? He seems to be missing balls regularly that he used to clobber at will, and this is now the middle of June. If I’m not mistaken, I think that this is the problem that Jim Rice had the last two years of his career, and I’d hate to think that his power production dropoff could be something so easily corrected. Hang in there, I think the game you had against the A’s was closer to the Schilling norm than last night.

  39. g38fan permalink
    June 14, 2007 8:04 am


    Run support would help, eh? With that in mind, can you shed any light on what is going on with Lugo, Coco and Drew? It’s tough to beat teams with 6 bats in the line-up. I know you’re not responsible but Terry doesn’t have a blog…any insight would be greatly appreciated.


  40. June 14, 2007 8:05 am

    in response to wickedhahd: dude they had won 4 out o their last 5 games…

    its okay Curt, you had a bad outing… lets not forget that gem you pitched your last time out…

  41. locklandworth permalink
    June 14, 2007 8:07 am

    A lot of you people need to see a doctor, this isn’t an isolated incident, Curt, other than your no hit bid, which with only 4 Ks was a lot of luck, you have been terrible this year.

    What’s going on man? Is it over? Are you cooked?

  42. June 14, 2007 8:12 am

    Curt, you’ll come back strong so just shrug it off. The deeper concern is this putrid offense. Manny’s now a singles hitter and Lugo and Crisp would have trouble hitting off a tee.

    comininside, you’re an idiot. Enjoy the toilet and 2nd place.

  43. June 14, 2007 8:28 am

    I’m not going to lie. Yesterday’s game game was painful to watch. I left about 10pm figuring that with the way the hitters were not hitting the game was pretty much over.

    The good news is that there are still many games to play.

    I have worries about the Red Sox. It is hard to ignore the 8 game winning streak by that other AL East team. (Although to be fair they are feasting upon the bottom of the NL while the Red Sox are battling against the cream of the NL crop. )

    Well tomorrow is another day (and another game!)


  44. mjolnir2k permalink
    June 14, 2007 8:31 am

    Hey it could be could be Wakefield and have spent most of your Boston career getting 1-2 runs for support per start (or so it seems).

    If there’s one player on this team that has a bone to pick with his mates it’s got to be this poor guy. Every time I see it’s his turn in the rotation I almost, (ALMOST), feel like not watching the game because I JUST KNOW he’s going to pitch his heart out and take another tough loss.

    His record should EASILY be another 3-4 wins this season if only someone on this team had swung a bat. It’s got to be downright frustrationg for the guy (although he NEVER publicly shows it) top constantly take these losses.

    As for last night’s game, c’est la vie. If you guys can get the win tonight then it’s another series in the bag. Everyone is just panicking about the Yankee’s win streak, but let’s look at their competition during this “streak”. Blah! The Mets will roll into their house this weekend and hopefully give them a nice beatdown. Either way, who cares? Did everyone think that the Yanks would lose 100 games? It just wasn’t gonna happen. It’ll be the Yanks / Sox right to the end (and hopefully the Sox pull it out)…just the way it always is.

    More important is that the Sox start swinging the bats effectively again, stop hitting into momentum killing DP’s and for ther love of GOD get JD out of the 5 hole (the guy is just brutal at the plate right now, automatic out).

    Keep on plugging, lot’s of games left to be played.

  45. bull047 permalink
    June 14, 2007 8:33 am

    Pressure does funny things to people. The pressure of measuring up to you last start. The pressure of pitching as part of a talented staff. The pressure of not wanting to let teammates down. The pressure of pitching in a contract year. The pressure of pitching over the age of 40.

    Forget the junk, clear your head and throw strikes. It is what it is. Enjoy what you do.

  46. pghsoxfan permalink
    June 14, 2007 8:40 am

    Keep the faith Curt AND more importantly, keep the Faith.

    We’re behind you and like Tim Wakefield said when he was pitching in the NL playoffs as a rookie “no matter what happens, God loves me, my family loves me and the sun will come up tomorrow.”

  47. June 14, 2007 8:50 am

    I guess the only thing to say, given that I’m not a major league pitcher is: stuff like that happens to the best of them. At times some offenses are bound to heat up and when you’re not on top of your game nights like that happen. No worries, save your best for the playoffs man.

  48. Justice19 permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:03 am

    Hi Curt,

    I must say going from a 1 hit outing against the A’s (the most exciting game so far this year right up there with the mother’s day game) and to face Colorado and give more 2 out runs in ones career must really put things in perspective for you.

    I know it will give you enough fuel for your next outing to through a quality start. You are still number 1 on the pithing staff and this is only one game and you have a long career hopefully extended it one more year with this team.

    Thank you so far.

  49. jaydestro permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:05 am

    Awesome job Curt… everyone at nyyfans is pulling for ya!

    If we get a win every time you pitch everything will work out come Sept!


  50. geezerjim58 permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:13 am

    Hi Curt,

    I wasn’t shocked to see Hawpe swinging at the first pitch in that situation. His history dictates that especially with men on base he becomes aggressive. And why not. He has been successful first pitch swinging. 5 of his 9 homers this year are on the first pitch. He is batting .400 when hitting 0-0.

    I’m sure you’d like a few of your pitches back. From my view on the couch, your stuff looked good. A few unfortunate mistakes. We’ll get ’em next time.


  51. powerchild33 permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:18 am

    First off, Curt I love the blog, always have, but I feel I can use it for complaints sometimes because it makes me feel better when I’m sitting here at work and contemplating how crappy the team has been hitting. I know pitching is tough and honestly, you guys have been doing good. What burns me is that the hitters make some of the worst pitchers like Fogg, DiNardo, etc., look like freakin’ Cy Young candidates. Fogg threw so many hangers last night and one guy capitalized, Mike Lowell. Wasn’t Drew brought to this team, as described by Epstein, to pepper the wall in left, that the monstor would be of great advantage to a hitter like Drew? Well, all I notice is weak, pulled grounders to the right side. MAKE A FREAKIN’ ADJUSTMENT!!! Maybe Magadan should work more with these guys hitting to the opposite field instead of them trying to pull everything. I’m starting to question the firing of Papa Jack as an outside opinion. All-in-all, I’m no sadistic fan what-so-ever, but some of the simple pleasures in life during the summertime is to get off work, come home and watch the sox play some good baseball, that’s it. I know you guys will suck it up eventually. Just keep grinding.

  52. kitchkinet permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:30 am

    Yeah, comininside, I dare you to say that to his face. Step up to the plate and watch the fastball come right between your eyes.

    Curt, everybody has bad days, and every team has slumps. As the guy above said, it’s time to crack the whip on the team. Keep tossing, and next time you’ll get your revenge.

  53. theotherm permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:51 am

    I heard you on WEEI today and when asked if Theo offered you 13 million would you take it, your answer was immediate and surprised and even silenced Dennis and Neumy for a minute, why the unequivocal answer? Also, since you both left the D’Backs, have you faced Randy Johnson? I can’t recall seeing that match-up.
    Better outing next time!

  54. dimaggio05 permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:53 am

    You know you can appeal to the masses when you have a die hard Yankee fan such as myself read your blog on a regular basis. I actually find it incredibly amusing and get such a good laugh out of some of these comments. Your readers and loyal fans seem to liken your starts (good or bad) to things that are going on in their lives…

    It’s funny how momentum shifts in this game of baseball. what once seemed like an insurmountable lead just 2 weeks ago is now down to 8 1/2 games. After nearly cutting the deficit in half, imagine what can be done with more than half the season to go…

    Don’t buy your playoff tickets yet RSN, lots of baseball left to play

  55. bostonsoxfan permalink
    June 14, 2007 10:01 am

    Hi Curt,
    The pitching performance overall has been great.
    The support from hitting has not been.
    There are key players that have had problems hitting.
    My question is, how do the Red Sox & the pitchers feel about this? Will there be any ‘next steps’ issued to ramp up the hitting again for the rest of the season?
    A VERY loyal female Red Sox fan 🙂

  56. devin1 permalink
    June 14, 2007 10:25 am







  57. roxfan permalink
    June 14, 2007 10:28 am

    Who is harder to face right now, Matt Holiday or Todd Helton?

    I know you faced Todd a fair amount in Arizona, but Holiday is the best hitting outfielder in MLB right now. I’m curious to hear how an AL pitcher approaches them.

  58. June 14, 2007 10:51 am

    Perhaps it is because I am an old school baseball fan, A Baseball/Cubs fan since 1968 – sigh, but the game seems to be losing some of its substance. I realize offense sells but I also like to watch a good pitcher’s battle. I also think that some of the fire has gone from the game as baseball seems to try and civilize itself. I miss the old days of Fergie Jenkins/Bob Gibson/Nolan Ryan/Tom Seaver in your face style pitched games. Yet it seems that MLB is intent on taking away the ability to pitch inside to batters. I have witnessed several instances where it seems that umpires are quick on the draw for warnings. It has to affect the pitchers and the quality/choice of pitches. The most recent situation was when Ted Lily vs. the Braves was pitching and he was thrown out of the game without a warning and on a pitch where it looked like the batter made little effort to move. Plus it looked as if he had not reached up to block the pitch with his batting hand it would not have hit him in the first place. Plus it seems that some batters like Barry Bonds march to the plate in a suit of armor then crowd the plate taking away the outside edge of the plate as well as the inside edge while almost daring you to hit them. I realize the game is evolving but I am not sure all the evolution is positive change.

  59. johnnybaseball permalink
    June 14, 2007 11:07 am

    Hey Curt,

    Here’s to hoping you have a game like this against the Yankees when you guys come back to the Stadium at the end of August. 8-1/2 back, Curt. The pressure’s on . . .

    (Yeah, I know; the pressure’s on NY to cut the lead, but I’m just trying to get into your head.)

  60. lanepatterson permalink
    June 14, 2007 11:14 am

    As a Rockies fan that followed a local link to this blog, I must say this is an amazing blog. I am so impressed that this even exists I am not really sure how to react. As always the Red Sox and Curt Schilling are first class. You can be sure I will be a regular reader from here on out. I do have one thing in common with Boston fans, my second favorite team is whoever is playing the Yankees!

  61. luluxbelle permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:00 pm

    HAHA. Sorry, but you’ll just never be at Yankee status.

  62. luluxbelle permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:00 pm

    You can’t pitch these days. Sorry. You use to have it.

  63. hahvid permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:24 pm


    Quit making accuses. I’ve yet to hear you say that you your 41 and the old arm isn’t as strong as it once was. With that said, it’s safe to say that this type of trend will continue. Basically, if you don’t bring your A type stuff you don’t have the fastball to compinsate anymore.

    I just said what the rest of these cowards were thinking.

    I believe you were a great pitcher at one time and I also think you still have some left in tank for this year. Beyond that, I’m uncertain, and you should be too. 13 Million still makes sense though. Kind of crazy I just wrote that. 13 mil. would go a long way for a family of 3. I might even be able to afford one of those seats right behind the dugout. That way I can bow to you when you pitch one hitters and boo you when you do what you did last night. Isn’t Boston the greatest sports town in the world! Ha ha!

    Lets keep it real and keep hitting your spots. Forget about throwing the changeup first pitch. If you have to throw something off speed and your sure he is going to swing then throw the splitter. I doubt hawpe would have even made contact.

    Lesson learned!

    Hey next time out, plug Bonds in the ass for me and the rest every real baseball fans in America


  64. crimson01 permalink
    June 14, 2007 12:53 pm

    Still having a nice year all together – congrats on that. Thanks for writing this; as a Sox fan and a baseball fan, it’s a great read. As fans we always try to guess what’s going on in a pitcher’s head at a crucial moment so it’s nice to get the first person perspective.

  65. June 14, 2007 1:02 pm

    What can one say, really?

    “WTF” was probably floating through most of the minds of Red Sox nation – not so much because of last night per se – but over what seems to be happening within the team as a whole over the past few weeks. It seems as if that one Yankees game sort of changed the momentum….that happens in baseball, one game – one pitch – turns the whole thing around. Clearly, we’ve been on the positive side of that many a time. It’s just not a good feeling being on the negative or downside of that at the moment.

    I guess the best thing that you can do, is not dwell on the past loss — and look forward to the future win; all the while looking to modify what ever it is that’s changing – be it mindset, or performance.

    One game at a time……. 🙂

  66. soxsuck permalink
    June 14, 2007 1:27 pm

    no one cares what you have to say, just pitch and go away until your next start. you are just an athlete.

  67. alexmiller6677 permalink
    June 14, 2007 2:06 pm


    Thanks for being readily available to the fans, either for praise or for criticism. I watched the bulk of the game, although I must admit, once the score was 9-2 I flipped back and forth between NESN & Last Comic Standing. I just get so emotionally involved in the games and when they turn into stinkers it’s better for me to change the atmosphere because my wife, and my dogs run away from me as soon as they see the score go negative for the Red Sox. Guess it’s an old time fan thing.

    The two out runs killed us yesterday(which I know is obvious, and possibly the stupidest thing a man can say out loud). My question is, as you are advancing in age, do you feel like you have to rely more on your wits than your stuff? The reason I ask (and I know I’m not a professional by any means) but it seems like batters are fowling off more of your good pitches the last two years than perhaps in the past. It seems to me that more hitters are taking you deeper into counts and sitting on your fastball more which is now 92-93 tops versus 94-96. I feel as though alot of your mistakes that you would have previously gotten away with because of your velocity are now being hit extremely hard because there is not as much variation between your best fastball, and your off speed pitches. Is that an unfair assessment?

    Either way I still believe you are an excellent pitcher/player/person with alot of guts and I applaud you for being as open about your opinions. It’s refreshing not to hear the cliche’ comments from a baseball player and gain insight into how things are for major leaguers.

    Best of luck the rest of the way.

    PS. I’m not asking for much, but can someone pull a Jefff Gilluly / Tonya Harding on Bonds and take him out at the knees? I’m not asking for severe phsyical harm, maybe just career ending injury? Is that too harsh?


  68. June 14, 2007 2:28 pm

    When you first started this blog I was pumped to be inside the head of a major league ball player. Now that we have been exposed to what goes on in there I am not so sure what I think… Don’t get me wrong, I have the feed plugged right into my google home page so I know as soon as you post something. But I think you have it right, it is as painful to read as it is to experience when the outcome is suboptimal.

    I know I have no credentials that allow me to recommend anything so this is actually and inquiry more than a suggestion. Do you think there is a chance you are over thinking things? It is obvious you take an intellectual approach on things but isn’t there a point where you should just let that golden arm that the heavens blessed with that sick slider and pin point accuracy take over and just pitch?

    For example, I’ll never forget that game you threw as a Diamondback where you started to mouth every pitch you where about to throw. Reading your lips “fastball” and have the hitter fan for a strike was unreal. You were the definition of being in the zone that day. Till this day it goes down as one of the coolest things I have ever seen in sports.

    G Lear

  69. tommyelay permalink
    June 14, 2007 2:38 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Maybe you’re just old and broken down.

  70. ange2386 permalink
    June 14, 2007 2:48 pm

    >>> “Contrary to many others, I don’t think you’re washed up, and feel like you got a lot left in the tank, even though you are 48 years young.”

    48 years young? lol wow. it’s a nice compliment to schilling, especially since he’s not even 41 yet 😛

  71. mpalma permalink
    June 14, 2007 3:08 pm

    “… but it was an odd start.”

    It was an od start? We’ve seen this start in several of your last few outings. Heavy early pitch counts. The near no-hitter was the “odd start”.

  72. June 14, 2007 3:26 pm

    “To say I was stunned would be an understatement. I’ve given up more than my share of home runs, but not that many come as total shocks to me, this one was. Not because of the hitter or anything but a home run wasn’t even in the deepest recesses of my sub conscious right there.”

    Sometimes you’re the dog, sometimes you’re the hydrant. That’s baseball.

    P.S. I was wondering what the odor was in here, but then I saw comininside.

  73. okajima37 permalink
    June 14, 2007 3:55 pm

    Schil it seems youre consistency has beenboth ways this year. You’ve had dominant starts (2OAK, LAA, BAL) AND UGLY ONES (TONIGHT, nyy, KC). Yet it seems this year you can afford that w/ Beckett pitching the next day and dominating. What are yo’re thought on this.

    Good luck next start vs. Atlanta

    One note: should be good seeing Dice-K pitching against the guy who’s cheating on the game, cheating on his wife and cheating and cheating on his taxes. Still love that quote

  74. scambodian permalink
    June 14, 2007 3:58 pm

    one week good and one week bad, try spending less time making cool catch phrases for yourself like ” the infamous shake of varitek” and lets worry about a little bit more on consistancy. Yanks are rollin right now and anyone who thinks they are just competing for the wild card is very badly mistaken.

    Why is Lester wasting time in Pawtucket? Tavarez has pitched good in his role at a replacement but lets get Lester in there and have Julian make our bullpen even stronger.

    Josh will get us rolling again tonite lets go on a streak and put the yanks double digits behing us again. We got a great squad but still 3 1/2 months left of ball. Lot of time for 8 1/2 to be made up.

  75. June 14, 2007 3:59 pm

    well it was a crappy loss, you’re right. But Se la vi (I’m sure that not how it’s really spelt in french, but you catch my drift) It happens. You’ll bounce back, we’ll start hitting and all will be right in the world of red sox nation.

    Enjoyed listenting to ya on EEI today, I hope THEO was listening as well 😉

    Rest easy, and practice hard 🙂


  76. rocksfan permalink
    June 14, 2007 4:33 pm

    Curt’s fastball was 2-3 mph slower than normal, causing his breaking pitch to look about the same speed. The NL West is filled with good teams and the AL east is beginning to see that.

    It sure is fun watching Curt Schilling and Todd Helton battle each other.

  77. falcon64 permalink
    June 14, 2007 4:38 pm

    Do all of you who suck up to Curt in this blog really think he needs or enjoys all of the coaxing and admiration that you bestow upon him????

    Quite frankly, I’ll bet Curt is embarrassed by it. My perception of this forum is to allow for an intelligent exchange of information back and forth between Curt and Sox fans, not worshiping. I don’t read the reader’s comments as much as I used to because most of them are too sappy. Leave the religion and adoration out of this blog and make room for more serious dialogue between Curt and the public. Just one guy’s opinion.

    Curt, how do you feel about this?

  78. thedoctorx permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:23 pm

    Not bad . . . went a whole 17 posts before an idiot joined in.

    Will add to the condolences and encouragement that the “bats wake up.”

    Maybe send around a memo? 😀


  79. June 14, 2007 5:24 pm

    I didn’t enjoy watching last night on my computer. Don’t worry it’s a small slump but you’ll get it back soon enough. You’re Curt Schilling, come on. Next time the team needs to pick you up and score a bit against week pitchers.

  80. jbridges permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:33 pm

    Do you think RISP with 2 outs is more or less stressful than RISP with no outs? It may seem like a no-brainer, but I could see the 2 out situations being harder to handle due to the anticipation of knowing that you’re just 1 away from returning to the dugout.

    It’s gotta be a hard not to just want to go after the guy hoping that he may be taking and expecting you to be pitching outside of the zone.

    But I’m not a pitcher; does the thought of a guy taking a pitch even enter your brain?

    I know there are guess hitters, but I guess you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in any rotation that would say that he is a ‘guess pitcher.’

    You’ll get ’em next time Curt.

  81. ravishingron39 permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:41 pm


    Hey another tough outing for you but you are not going to win them all. Last week in Oakland you were unbelieveable and almost pitched a no hitter but what is more important is that you showed signs of getting things corrected. Last night I think you were bothered still by not getting that no hitter in Oakland which I believe effected you more than you realize. You have nothing more to prove to me and many others of your Hall of Fame bid in the future. In fact I think you are a lock for Cooperstown!!! If not Cooperstown then surely a Hall of Fame here in the Boston area will hold you for sure and all of Redsox nation!! What is more important is the next few outings you will have. Stay focused and more importantly stay healthy!!!! Take one game at a time and you will be fine!!! I have confidence in you and so does Redsox nation!!!

  82. krysis58 permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:50 pm


    It sure was reassuring to hear you on D&C the other day saying that if Theo came to you tomorrow and offered you a one year extension that you would still sign it. It’s awesome to know that you don’t hold any bad blood against Theo and the Sox and I believe that not resigning you would be THE worst move theo and the front office have ever made during thier tenure. Lets just hope they don’t make the mistake that all of RSN know would be insermountable. Can’t wait til your next start, still kinda upset they didn’t move you guys around for the Giants series. Would have been sweet you see you bounce one off of Bonds’ huge melon.

    – John

  83. mediamogul permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:01 pm

    Hi Curt, I host my own Fantasy Sports blog here on WordPress. It’s called the Fantasy Mogul Blog Anyway, I have always been curious as to what professional athletes think about Fantasy Sports? Do you think it’s a good idea? Do you wish it never existed? Has this been chatted about within the Red Sox team?

    Any thoughts you can give me, either in a post, private message or on my blog, would be greatly appreciated. I’m a big fan of yours.

    – Mike G

  84. darsen permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:04 pm


    So you struggled against the mighty Rockies.. big deal. You are the one of the pillars this franchise is built on, and your latest struggle is the least of my concerns. As always, Red Sox fans know that when Schilling struggles, he comes back with fire the next game. Go get em Shil, line em up, make them fear you.

    Couple of quotes from Sandy Koufax I thought fit:

    “I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.” – Sandy Koufax

    “Pitching is the art of instilling fear. ” – Sandy Koufax

    Take on the team:

    This team is very difficult to figure out. The offense, and I know it is something you will never admit outloud nor would I expect you to, has been suffering from a case of the yipps. It seems to be a lack of timely hitting more than anything. How many men have been left on base in games as of late? As a pitcher I can only imagine how painful that is to watch. Youk is a man among boys, but Drew, Lugo (don’t get me started on him), and Crisp have got to step up! I can’t count the number of times I have seen them strow to the plate in critical circumstances and pop/ground or strike out with men on base, especially damning is men on second and or third. That just sucks the life out of Sox fans. They gotta step up!

  85. firedannyainge permalink
    June 14, 2007 6:23 pm

    Bad games happen but when bad games become the norm then you have to worry. I could answer that IMO but your opinion is all that matters.

  86. E the Wise permalink
    June 14, 2007 7:33 pm

    I know its trivial at this point but give the Rox their props. I’m a Rockies fan and as I watch tonights game we are up 6 – 0 on Beckett. They’re a team that has shaken off some early cobwebs to make a run in a nice division. Keep in mind that you didn’t have the opportunity to get on track against a dismal Pittsburgh team like the Yanks did.

  87. pauley13 permalink
    June 14, 2007 8:13 pm

    What is wrong with not only you, but the whole team? Believe me, I am a sox fan. I’ve always loved the sox, and no one else. 2 weeks ago you guys were 14 1/2 games aheah. Now after what looks like another loss tonight you’re gonna be 7 1/2. It’s pretty depressing to see the sox start out every season strong, and then just start sucking…every year…’s the sox trend. I am so tired of seeing the friggen yankees climb back into it. Put them f-ing away. What’s wrong with you guys????

  88. edlavallee permalink
    June 14, 2007 8:35 pm

    A few questions from my baseball-playing 9 year old son Kyle.

    1) How do you get the balls exactly where you want them?

    2) How do you keep your cool when you throw a bad pitch or make a mistake to a batter?

    3) How do you prepare for each inning while you are sitting in the dugout?

    Thanks much!

  89. greenmonster44 permalink
    June 14, 2007 9:48 pm


    It seems like it’s an every other game thing for you.

    May 23rd – got roughed up
    May 28th – pitched great*
    June 2nd – got roughed up
    June 7th – pitched incredibly*
    June 13th – got roughed up
    June 18th – …

    So…Red Sox nation will be expecting great things from you again on Monday the 18th in Atlanta (we always do, but especially because you went from a great game on the 28th, to an incredible game on the 7th, so the 18th should be Spectacular)!

    Don’t break this cycle until after the next start.
    Thanks for always giving us hope!

  90. bosocker permalink
    June 14, 2007 10:10 pm

    Brother Curt,

    You win some (one-hit, shut-out gems) and you lose some. We can be grateful that the Sox started out strong and built up a huge lead on the division. I would rather be what is now 7 1/2 game lead than be ANY games down. The Yankees are beating the teams they should beat (at home) and we are having a little slump.

    Perhaps you can shed some light on this phenomenon. I am wondering how much it takes out of a team when they leave home (East coast) and go to the LEFT coast without a day off. Is there a big jet lag effect? I wonder what are the stats on taking a long trip and losing more games compared to taking short trips.

    Well, hopefully you guys will get another winning streak started and increase the lead you have on the Evil Empire. The next worse thing to the BoSox losing is the Yankees winning and when they both happen on the same day it is not a happy.

    Take care and just tell the guys to go out one game at a time and win.

    God bless you, your team and Red Sox Nation.

    Bosocker Mike

  91. jydfan13 permalink
    June 14, 2007 10:31 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling.

    I don’t know if you will ever read this, but I figured it would be worth a shot.

    My name is Jake, I am 15 years old. I go to Lima Christian School in NY.

    A couple things really disturb me about you, and I was just wondering if you could clarify them with me.

    1) I am a HUGE red sox fan, I have been following you guys since i was 9. When I found out that you were a Christian, I was an instant fan. But then I was reading your blog, and I see you curse quite often from the few that I have read, and I was just wondering if you could explain why you do that, because in the Bible, it tells us not to, and it isnt exactly the greatest testimony to unbelievers.

    2) Also, I was wondering why you treat your fans so poorly in regards to autographs. You rarely sign for free, and you just ignore autograph collectors who pay to see you and would love to have an autograph. I know you can say people sell them or blah blah blah, but in reality, most people don’t sell. And even if they do, what does it matter. Giving back to the fans should be a priority, even if a few people make a few bucks at it. That is their choice. Please don’t punish us collectors who display and enjoy every autograph.

    I know there is probably no chance of you ever reading this, but if you could find it in your heart to respond to me, I would greatly appreciate it. It would really mean a lot to me. I really want to be a fan of you because I love the way you play the game. My email is if you do not want to reply on the site.

    I thank you for even reading this, and hopefully it could make a difference, because someday I would love to add your autograph to my collection.

    Thanks a lot Curt!

    Go Sox.


  92. soxfaninny permalink
    June 14, 2007 10:35 pm

    c’mon Curt…figure this out…team needs a are it…LEAD

  93. nuzzy permalink
    June 14, 2007 10:54 pm

    Anyone else looking in the rear view mirror and see who’s only 7.5 games back? You and your teammates need to step it up and keep them back there Curt!

  94. jydfan13 permalink
    June 14, 2007 11:01 pm

    P.S – We all have our sins as humans and I’m by no means perfect, but I am really just wondering why you do choose to use curse words and ignore your fans in person.”

  95. duffyscliff permalink
    June 14, 2007 11:33 pm

    So you’d still sign now for $13mil. How about $11mil and we call it a day?

  96. June 15, 2007 7:36 am

    Hey Curt. Looks like someones creeping up from behind….Welcome back Bambino and the curse.

  97. wkp901 permalink
    June 15, 2007 11:29 am

    They told me to cheer up, things could be worse. So I cheered up, and sure enough…things got worse!!!

  98. firedannyainge permalink
    June 15, 2007 1:29 pm

    How pathetic a life you must lead to have nothing better to do then come here and belittle someone after a loss. Red Sox fans calling out Schilling is one thing. He is ours and we have that right but to go out of your way to come here and act like an idiot and bring up stupid curses is beyond stupid.
    Your team is on a 9 game winning streak and the best thing you have to do with your life is come here and be an (fill in bad word here)

    There is a word for that. Its called Pathetic.

  99. dimaggio05 permalink
    June 15, 2007 3:10 pm

    I just want to start by saying that the Yankees have had the hardest schedule in baseball to date and they are still alive. And since baseball is a game of streaks and what have you done for me lately, let’s compare our 2 beloved teams and see what they have done for us lately. At the end of this, you should consider yourself blessed that the Yanks have had the hardest schedule to date and have at one point had 60% of their original starting rotation on the DL.

    On to the numbers for the month of June…

    The Yanks-
    Teams they played (PITT, CHW, ARZ, BOS) had a combined record of 115 – 95 (.547 win %) at the start of June

    They have gone 10-2 against those teams

    The starters (over the hill by your standards) have gone 7-1 in that span and that 1 loss is by a rookie no less

    we have had zero blown saves in that span and Rivera has recored 4

    now for the BoSox-
    Teams they played (NY, OAK, ARZ, COL) had a combined record of 105 – 107 (.495 win%) at the start of June

    They have gone 5-8 against those teams

    The starters have gone 3-6 against those teams, with Dice-K, Beckett, and Schilling losing 4 of those 6 (the other 2 were by some Knuckleballer with a 72 mph fastball who can no longer beat the Yanks)

    While they only have 1 blown save in that time frame, it was Paps who gave up a HR to A-Rod whom all of RSN loves and adores…

    Go ahead, take a look at the numbers again and in a world of trends, it looks as though the Yanks are what some might say ‘trending upwards’ and the BoSox are on a downtrend…enjoy the summer, I most certainly will

  100. seabass36 permalink
    June 15, 2007 10:18 pm

    It’s time the offense took it to someone, c’mon! We’re having a rough go at scoring right now. Do we want a race for the division?? I think NOT! My point Curt is you can’t always be that un-hittable,it’s all about bailing each other out.C’mon boys chalk a few up for the 4 aces goin’ out there!

  101. chillyme permalink
    June 16, 2007 6:12 am

    On Friday night vs SF:

    It was so nice to see the Fenway Faithful serve Bonds a bowl of BooBarrys, and give Dave Roberts a heartwarming Welcome Back.

    Good win for the Sox.


    PS- *GO METS* 🙂

  102. beatnyy permalink
    June 16, 2007 10:29 am

    Something I was wondering while at the game last night, how do pitchers/players in general feel about the wave? Is it helpful at times, or does it just get annoying?

  103. June 16, 2007 10:48 am

    I’m just upset you won’t be pitching to Barry Bonds…

    Get a good look at Matt Cain today. Let me know what you think.

  104. fauch permalink
    June 16, 2007 6:25 pm

    It seems to me from watching you this season,that your pitches tend to be high in the zone. You just don’t seem to get them down. In the later innings you seem to be running out of gas. I admire your courage and strength on the mound. You will get the no-no. praying for a fabulous season. Best reguards….fauch.

  105. ktlsull permalink
    June 17, 2007 2:29 pm

    Curt, it’s been unfortunate in games when you have pitched well that the rest of the club is not able to keep the lead for you to get the win. It’s not hard to tell the records of the starters don’t reflect their overall effort.

    Anyway I merely wanted to stop by and say Happy Father’s Day to you. Thanks on behalf of the many charities you have blessed with you and your wife’s efforts each and every year. Boston is very fortunate to have an athlete such as yourself to donate so much of your time and resources!

  106. 3dscanco permalink
    June 17, 2007 6:05 pm


    Long time reader, first time poster. That never gets old… Anyways, I remember reading in one of your first posts about how you took pictures of your grip for your notes if it felt good so that you’d remember how to grip it the next time. This got me to thinking…

    Our company, 3DScanCo, could scan your grip and create a 3D model. If, down the line, something isn’t working right, we could scan your grip again and create a colormap deviation report that would tell you how and where the two grips differ. We are based in Atlanta, and if you have any interest at all in what we do and how it could possibly help, let me know and we can come by Turner Field and do a demo or something (free, of course). I’m a Sox fan from CT lives down here so I’d be glad to do anything I could to help out the hometown team. Check out our site at for more info.

    I scanned my hand and you can see different screenshots here, here, and here. The different colors are different shots that have been tied together. The data isn’t that great because I have shaky hands. =)

    We can even scan in color – this data sucks because the lightsource wasn’t consistent from all angles, and the different shadows made the software think there was a bunch of noise and it basically threw out a some of the data. Still looks cool though…

    Well I figured I’d take a shot and the fact that you are one of the rare athletes that is accessible to the public made it easy to try this out. Contact me at tom (at) 3dscanco .com if you have any interest in our technology… who knows we may be able to help out your video game company too!


  107. June 17, 2007 6:07 pm


    As long as I can remember, I have been a Red Sox fan. I have stuck with it through thick and ALL those thin years, and being from a family that roots for the Yank-me’s, it got hard at times. I must say though, when I was diagnosed with ALS, I had to rub it in my family’s face that the only person doing something for us is a Red Sox. The Yank-me’s, who lost Lou to this horrid disease, has no one in our corner. I think your Curt’s Pitch for ALS is awesome, and if I ever have any extra cash after meeting my expenses, I would drop it in your hat. I am not buttering you up to ask you for anything, just dropping a note to say thanks for all you are doing for people with ALS.

    As a 38 year old man that reached the pinnacle of my career quite early in life, I too was self-defacing. After getting this disease, I learned about the important things in life, and losing a contract didn’t appear anywhere near the top. You gave the game your all, time to put it in the past and enjoy the important things in life…family, health, children, kids, youngins, oh, and did I mention family. Unfortunately, I am trying to make up for all the hard years of working…you can do it now. In my opinion, I think you are being too hard on yourself, put it behind you, enjoy your family and kick butt on Monday in ATL.

    Ken P (check out my website, you are mentioned in it)


  108. williamsfreak permalink
    June 17, 2007 8:41 pm

    i got a question,

    why cant you pitch one hitters in every one of your starts? 😉

  109. insidesportsgeek permalink
    June 18, 2007 12:01 am

    Happy Father’s Day 🙂

  110. webgem17 permalink
    June 18, 2007 1:20 pm

    Do not worry Mr.Schilling. You will probally have a great game next start. You have the skill of an artisan and the heart of a lion. Noone can overcome that for a long amount oftime. Good luck next start and make sure you keep the Yankees out of first place! You guys also need Manny to start being Manny.

  111. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    June 18, 2007 6:39 pm

    Curt, I have to say you look so cute up at bat bunting! Can you tell I like you no matter what LOL! Now go strike those Braves out tonight! Sha Sha

  112. tmac7 permalink
    June 18, 2007 6:53 pm

    Hey Curt! Why haven’t you signed up for the Army? They are now taking people up to the age of 42. You pushed for Bush, why aren’t you fighting for the person YOU loved so much?
    Are you to rich to risk YOUR life or to selfish. Or is it just up to our kids to fight for your right to make millions and not risk a thing?
    You have a BIG mouth when it come to BB but your not willing to risk much for our country.

  113. yesgeo007 permalink
    June 18, 2007 8:01 pm


    AFTER the disastor against the braves……. think you might consider retiring or changing your pitching approach …something is WRONG

    It has been pretty rookyish?????

    But still love ya,

  114. mikeperron permalink
    June 18, 2007 8:11 pm

    Curt, shake it off, stay focused 1 pitch = 1/3000 of a season

  115. bmicmcd permalink
    June 18, 2007 8:12 pm

    I have the utmost respect for you as an individual, and we’ll never forget the part you played in the 2004 championship run. But I’ve watched you all season and I think it may be time for you to hang ’em up. A fastball at 88-89, erratic with your location and off-speed stuff that is (I’ll be nice) inconsistent? Frankly, it does not seem like you can help the team in the quest for the playoffs. Take to good, hard, honest look at things before making the call.

  116. thebigestsoxfan permalink
    June 18, 2007 8:18 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I was so excited that I got to read a Red Sox players coment but then when I read it I was dissapoited of what I have read. I am sorry but I am glad that you are leaving. Naex year we might win a game I thinik you are what is holding us back. I mean the game that you are pitching right now we are loosing 6 to 1. You have dissapointed me you where one of my favorite roal moddles untill i read your blog and found out what a cry babby you are after all. You are pitching everyother game good and the rest suck (whats goen on there)! There is something wrong with that you need to pitch aleast 6or 7 good games and then maybe 1 or 2 bad games. Its pretty bad when people can perdict you. O wait I take that back its 6 to 2 now Coco has hit both homers tell him good job. Im one of the biggest Sox fans in the U.S I watch every game I love them I just think that you are holding them back. Maybe next year they will win the world series cauz you are retering. I am a huge fan but I hate to see the team lose, dont you? I think that you should take a couple of games off and pratice. Ya I know that you might loose being in the spot light for a a couple of games but take one for the team PLEASE! The day I found this site (well actually my friend did) I was so excited to read it I read every single entry that you wrote. What do you not want to be on the Red Sox any more? So ask your self that and please if you really want to be on the Red Sox anymore? If you do you should take a few days to train you might not even miss a game. So just please take on for the team and the fans, please!
    P.S sorry if there is ty-pos.

  117. yesgeo007 permalink
    June 18, 2007 9:48 pm


    If you do not retire, how do you get some consistancy in your games, as you KILL the team with inconsistant performances and need to know it early so you do not stay in the game TOO long and get way behind……. maybe it is time to think of going to a reliever and having Lestor come up!!!

    We pray for you, but I hope the ego thing does not distroy you…… selfdistruction is an aweful thing to watch….

    Go schil… kill spankees!


  118. redsox38 permalink
    June 19, 2007 12:33 am

    Oh man its hard to throw a bad game. Dont worry Curt Im still cheering for you.

  119. jl1225 permalink
    June 19, 2007 4:54 am

    Curt – Whats goin on? Where is the velocity? When you have a good fastball your are very tough. Do some extra long toss or something!!!

  120. thebigestsoxfan permalink
    June 19, 2007 7:18 am

    Hey Curt,
    Can you tell the team good job and good luck please. You did a good job lastnight. The only thing about it is you need to pratice more but I dont mean to be rude. Good luck next game the way its goen you will have a AWSOME game next time. I dident mean to be rude in my last comment I was just mad. I have watched the Red Sox ever seince I was little.

  121. 38stupidquotes permalink
    June 19, 2007 7:58 am

    4.1 innings, 10 hits, 6 runs, 0 K’s…. (just in case you missed the box score)

    What excuses you got for that debbacle? You might want to negotiate that extension before your next outing.

    I figured it would take you a good part of the day to lick your wounds and soothe your huge ego by Googling yourself for some positive feedback before you blogged again…so I commented here instead.

    What better entertainment on a Yankee dayoff than to watch “the Curtster” crawl off the field after getting shelled? I cant think of anything.

    Good luck next time….maybe you can borrow the bloody sock from the hall for a little luck.

  122. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 19, 2007 8:29 am

    Somewhere in that Atlanta loss there must be a win. At least one win. But for the life of me I can’t see it. Not yet. I keep looking. If God is in everything and God is Good, then there is good in it somewhere. Maybe a deeper level of closeness within family, or within the team. Some good is in there. Oh, for eyes to see!

    Coco, of courses, got a chance to shine. So did some members of the Atlanta team. But then what’s wrong with everybody shining?

  123. sticks1680 permalink
    June 19, 2007 9:13 am


    FOR Q AND A:


  124. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 19, 2007 9:40 am

    We still love you, Curt, and know that you will bounce back strong!

  125. kml1258 permalink
    June 19, 2007 10:24 am

    We need a post for the latest debacle! Where are you, usually if you’re not pitching you’re writing.

    BTW, I would appreciate a little less writting and more work on your fastball(89MPH).

    Come on Curt, if you’re hurt get on the DL and get back.

  126. b21irish permalink
    June 19, 2007 11:00 am

    Thanks for keeping the Yankees in the race for the AL EAST. You are the weak link in the rotation and should consider retirement.

  127. cubzilla permalink
    June 19, 2007 11:12 am

    First time poster, longtime reader. I think your blog is great Curt, and a great way for baseball fans to relate to your thinking process. Bad game, sure…but it could be worse…You could be a White Sock.

  128. sticks1680 permalink
    June 19, 2007 11:46 am

    dimaggio05. get a life. this is rsn territory. not skankeeville. the nation would rather lose with a team that cares for each other and plays hard every night than win with a bunch of overpaid me me me players.

  129. mjs1997 permalink
    June 19, 2007 12:14 pm

    As a loyal fan of yours from your Phillie days, I must be honest that I am concerned. I know it’s a long season, but your consistency this year has me wondering. Physically, are you “Ok” or has time taken its course and perhaps its time to step aside? You are one of the greatest competitors I’ve seen and I look forward to seeing you make the “Hall”, but this is NOT the Curt we’re accustomed to. I truly hope I didn’t offend you here, that wasn’t my intention. I’m just scratching my head…..and wondering. Good luck and I’ll continue to cheer you on.

  130. gyro2007 permalink
    June 19, 2007 1:16 pm

    Well, that’s back-to-back crappy games for you. If you want to be the ace of this club, you better step it up big time. Sox are supposed to have the best rotation in baseball, but I’m not buying that right now. Very disappointing.

  131. funktrain permalink
    June 19, 2007 3:41 pm

    After the Atlanta game, Chipper said he thought you were hurt because he usually sees at least 6-7 MPH more on the fastball, especially when you’re in trouble (i.e. bases loaded situation). On the ESPN broadcast, Sutcliffe hinted at the same thing saying maybe you were fatigued or hurt still carrying over from the Oakland game. Any truth to these comments?

  132. tumcjgrad permalink
    June 19, 2007 3:58 pm


    I’m a huge Yankee fan, but I’ve long admired you as a pitcher and a person. You have the guts to say exactly what’s on your mind and don’t sugar coat anything. You are a 100% class act. I enjoy reading your blogs, watching your interviews, and reading your articles in the print media. You’re an inspiration to a lot of people. Keep pitching at a high level (except against the Yankees) 🙂 Take care and God bless!

  133. bostonchris permalink
    June 19, 2007 6:40 pm

    I’m a huge fan of you Curt, and i’ve been readin this blog silently for awhile now. I’ve never felt the need to chime in but i feel like now you need it most.

    Don’t sweat it. Just blame it on the N.L for making you step up to the plate and smack a single up the middle. After seeing you hit that i could have watched you throw every ball over the backstop and i still would have been pumped.

    I work at a local area hospital, and i’ve seen you there a few times.I wanted to let you know i was a fan of yours then but i didn’t feel it was appropriate.

    Anyways can’t wait to see you back on the mound

  134. azdirtclod permalink
    June 19, 2007 8:29 pm

    Hang in there Curt. We hope there is a quick resolution and you are able to get back soon. Don’t worry about this blog stuff. Get healthy and keep working smart. You will figure it out.

    It seems like you run a little loose with the health, NOT that I am complaining! (04′ playoff stich up/ 05′ early come back in the pen) This might be one time you put Curt’s needs ahead of he team. I’m not saying we don’t need you. Just do what you need to get healthy. The rest will take care of itself.

  135. floridasoxfan permalink
    June 19, 2007 8:56 pm

    C’mon Curt! The season is still young. Hopefully you’re feeling ok and will have a better time next game.

  136. suesox permalink
    June 19, 2007 9:09 pm

    Curt, hope everything checks out O.K. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. See you back on the mound soon!

  137. June 19, 2007 9:21 pm

    Dear Curt,

    I hope everything turns out to be fine. I just heard that you are going back to Boston for a physical. We all hope that everything will be fine. It is hard to believe that you would have two rough starts without there being something wrong. You are just too good to pitch so sub par.


  138. phishingphreak permalink
    June 20, 2007 2:05 am

    ” Curt Schilling was ineffective in his last outing vs. the Braves, and now there may be a reason behind it. The veteran returned to Boston for tests on Tuesday, with Terry Francona indicating Schilling had problems warming up his right shoulder on Monday”


    Well, this explains a lot.

    I thought you said you have felt physically fine in your past few starts?

    You didnt think you could slide this by us forever did you?

    At the ripe old age of 45, a man has got to know his limitations.

    Now get on that treadmill, next thing we know you’re legs will crumble.

    …..and don’t forget your metamucil!!!

  139. comininside permalink
    June 20, 2007 3:01 am

    What on Earth is Curt going to be able to blog about with a bum shoulder?

  140. fingers88 permalink
    June 20, 2007 6:21 am

    Well..I will take a 9 game lead halfway through June Dimaggio….How about you? Keep dreaming if you think the Yankees will be catching the Sox anytime soon. Lester is ready to step in and fill Schill’s void if need be. See we have QUALITY people to fill in for our horses.. not like fellow JOBBERS Rasner, Karstens, and the”not ready” for Prime Time Tyler Clippard. I actually think Lester may be a better option than Schill at this point. Schill has to be hurting…not one K? That is an enormous red flag..along with the unimpressive gun readings. Get well Schill.

  141. ericx1973 permalink
    June 20, 2007 10:54 am

    Curt i’m glad to here the shoulder exam came back negative.
    Now take a fricken chill pill from all this self induced drama! Damn dude your like a chick. Look you almost had a no hitter it was a great, great game, but it didn’t happen move on.Look you wanted that to better your chances for the Hall i get it. But there still is another way to make up for it.Win another world series, with Boston and you’re a shoe in.

  142. leod61 permalink
    June 20, 2007 11:57 am

    Glad to hear that the MRI came back ok on your shoulder. I am sure that this has been weighing very heavily on your mind. At least maybe this means it is something that you can fight through. I hope so.

    I have been very happy to see Coco’s bat come around; he was a very good player in Cleveland and I know he has been pressing to get back to where he was before the injury last year. Do you know why it is that he won’t talk with the press? He has that right, but those of us who have stood by him hoping he would get back on track really want to hear from him now that things seem to be looking up.

  143. June 20, 2007 12:22 pm

    You could use some run support, but man they’re lucky to have you. Just keep that in mind. I’m not saying you demand a pay raise or anything, but you’re the ish Curt. No doubt.

  144. fazzo permalink
    June 20, 2007 3:36 pm

    Curt your a great pitcher and I’m sure if there is one thing you know by now, it’s that’s even though you think your throwing the right pitch be it a changeup or fastball, knuckler or curve…..there’s been a guy waiting in the opposite dugout for 3 innings to hit that pitch. If you start a guy out with off speed stuff you can pretty much have your way with him later on in the count if it all works out, so naturally guys practice for that.

  145. bosox3 permalink
    June 20, 2007 3:46 pm

    Re: Dimaggio5

    If you were a defense attorney there would be a whole lot more criminals behind bars making this world a safer place to live. Did you take your stats out of the New York Post or spend ours counting up wins and losses with one hand? Hopefully not the latter.

    If you’re paying attention to the game and watching both sox and yanks games (catching high-lites on ESPN doesn’t count) you’ll immediately know what is going on with the 2 clubs. For the yanks it’s been pretty simply, they are scoring more runs (over 7+ in the month of June) and letting up fewer (somewhere around 4 in that same span). The exact opposite can be said for the sox.

    Abreu and Matsui are hitting the ball better, Drew and Lugo are not (to say the least). Good teams will always go through hitting and pitching slumps, the key is not letting both occur simultaneously. As inconsistent as Boston has been (.500 in June), they are still 9 games up on the Yanks. That’s with the Yankees having a .764 winning % in the month of June (13-4).

    Remember, the Yankees record against opposing teams looks a lot tougher because the sox are 20 games over .500. As you guys know no matter how much success the yankees or sox have had since the mid 90’s, records don’t matter when these 2 teams square off. Every team matches up differently. The yankees always seem to have more trouble against the Rays and the Angels while the sox have had more success against those teams. Opposite could probably be said for the Jays and the Twins.

    So if you think the sox Yanks and Sox will maintain their June winning % for the remainder of the year you haven’t watched much baseball. Each team will experience peaks and valleys until October, the key will be consistent play.

    So Dimaggio, enjoy your summer because you’ll find yourself watching football exclusively once Fall arrives.

  146. ange2386 permalink
    June 20, 2007 10:01 pm

    hey curt, hope everything goes well with the shoulder. i’m sad that you’re gonna miss 2 more starts. we’ll definitly be missing you. hope that it heals and you come back as good as new. hopefully we’ll see more of the 1-hit shut-out curt schilling 🙂

    best of luck!

  147. E the Wise permalink
    June 21, 2007 1:46 am

    From some jackass named yank22fan on comment #34:

    hey curt you suck, i could pitch better than you. You played the ROCKIES!!! the rockies suck, and you couldn’t handle them, your over the hill.

    Tonight the Rockies took the second of three from the pinstripes by beating the yankees 6-1. Read comment #86 and tell me I’m not dead right.

  148. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 21, 2007 7:09 am

    Curt, you there? Is anyone home? Get well soon, Big Guy!

  149. splitter2221 permalink
    June 21, 2007 10:43 am

    Hey Curt,

    You had a rough start but you’ll bounce back. I was wondering though, if you could help me find a place to play since the southern New hampshire area had no places to play. I am a pitcher who can clock it up there but am getting no responses to get on a team. You know of anyplaces? Anyways, don’t worry about your arm, the velocity will come. Just get on top of the ball and drop and drive.

  150. jayjaysox permalink
    June 21, 2007 11:34 am

    Hey Schill—-Have you considered the possibility that your injury is carpal tunnel syndrome due to your excessive blogging?

  151. aimcifer permalink
    June 21, 2007 12:16 pm

    Hoping you get some rest and make a speedy recovery. RSN will miss you and are rooting for you.

  152. June 21, 2007 12:34 pm

    Hope everything is ok with you curt. Rest easy, take care of the shoulder, and be ready to pitch down the stretch. So you had a few bad games, I am pretty sure we can all relate on some level to bad days and bad stretches. The season is still young 😉

  153. dbrow permalink
    June 21, 2007 6:52 pm

    Hey Schil, we are all praying for a speedy recovery.

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  154. theotherm permalink
    June 21, 2007 7:55 pm

    Curt, Just wanted to pass along some get well energy…hope to see you soon!

  155. bosocker permalink
    June 21, 2007 9:10 pm

    Was the game in Atlanta so ugly and painful we don’t get a recap by #38?

    I find win or lose the read is very good due to Curt’s excellent writing skills.

    The BoSox had a skid , but are still one of the top teams in the league. Curt has a two game skid and is still one of the top throwers in the league.

    I hope he doesn’t feel so bad he stops writing. This is one of my fav sites.

    Go Shilling and Go BoSox!!!

    Now 10 and a half up on the Yankees. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

  156. arkangel1231 permalink
    June 22, 2007 2:53 am

    Don’t let it getcha down. Some day, when you’ve been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I know nobody is gonna hear the name Curt Schilling and think of this kind of performance. They will remember your clutch pitching in big-game situations, your command of the strike zone, and your respect for the game and the tradition of baseball. Frankly, the whole team is on a rip right now, and we have yet to see the big bats really start hitting them over the fence. You’ve got a good, fundamentally-sound ballclub this year, and I hope to see you on the mound once again this post-season. I know a pitcher with as much heart and focus as you will be able to pull off some more spectacular wins in October. Hopefully this time you won’t have that traitor Johnson in your way of snatching up the World Series MVP this time around.

    Screw the Yankees
    Go SOX!

  157. imasoxfan permalink
    June 22, 2007 5:06 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Get better soon buddy! We’re all gonna miss you. When you come back you can start over new. Forget the last couple starts.

    Good Luck!!!

  158. imasoxfan permalink
    June 22, 2007 5:16 pm

    I must add,

    don’t listen to anyone puttin’ you down. just practice some more once your shoulders better. you’ll get’em next time.

  159. bobwal permalink
    June 23, 2007 7:21 am

    Hey Curt,

    I was just wondering what you thought of George W. Bush’s decision this week to veto a bill that was passed by the House providing federal money for stem cell research. Bush has stalled out stem cell funding for seven years now, and many experts agree that it could have helped provide the cure to many diseases. As someone who does so much great work for the ALS cure, does it bother you that our President is letting his extreme religious beliefs stand in the way of modern science?

    When you helped him get re elected in 2004, did you ever think that things would ever get this bad? I know that you are a big military buff, so it must bother you that the Iraq War has lasted longer than World War II. Bush didn’t listen to his military advisers who either didn’t want the war, or wanted 400,000 troops instead of the 150,000 that Don Rumsfeld gave them. In the 1940’s we defeated a three fascist dictators who were bent on taking over the world. In the last three years we have spent almost a trillion dollars, lost over 3500 of our soldiers and injured thousands of others, and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens. FOR WHAT????

  160. June 23, 2007 8:19 am

    Hey Curt –
    Anxiously awaiting on baited breath for your next post. 🙂

  161. smackdown924 permalink
    June 23, 2007 4:43 pm

    Hope you feel better, Curt
    I hear you got an injection? I know just what you need, I’ll get some monks together and we’ll cast some heals on you 😀 We’ll have you back on your feet and throwing 1 hitters in no-time. Heck, you’re a good enough guy, maybe we’ll even throw in a few buffs 😉

    I hope that cheers you up. Seriously though, I’m sure you’ll be fine. You have a lot of people thinking about you and a lot of people praying. No, not selfishly praying that you lead us to another world series, but rather praying that you recover fully and quickly, and are blessed with the skill and grace that God has given you.

    See you soon,
    Mike in Rhode Island

  162. June 23, 2007 5:48 pm

    Skankfan22 you should have waited until after the Skankees played the Rockies…..LOOK WHO SUCKS. Also Clemons looked great in his last outing, worth every penny he Squeezed…… out of George !! Ha !!!!!!!!

  163. trybritri permalink
    June 23, 2007 8:09 pm

    Have a good rest. You’re be up and kicking ass in no time.

  164. soxbeach68 permalink
    June 23, 2007 11:11 pm

    Ok Curt…you said you didn’t feel physically bad during your start, but you’re on the DL now. What gives? What’s going on here? You’re pretty honest in your blog, let us know what’s up. You only blog after each start–since that’s gonna be a while–give us an update on your arm. So how do you feel about pitching next year now? Does this have anything to do with the fact that you didn’t get an offseason workout this year? Did the complete game 1 hitter hurt you?

    Because of what has happened this year do you alter the asking price for next year? Does this have any impact on your decision to pitch next year?

    It’s June 23rd…hope we hear from you soon.

  165. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 24, 2007 11:11 am

    Hi Curt hope you sholder feels better when you get back. I am glad there was no major damage in your sholder. When you get back you will pitch great!!!!!!!!. You are a big part of the Red Sox. How is Papelbon’s sholder doing Curt? Is Kevin Youkils going to be on the All Star team? He should be. He is having a great year!!!!!!!. Is Jon Lester going to be called up while you are on the disabled list Curt? Take care Curt and get well soon. I will miss seeing you pitch while you are on the disabled list Curt.

    From, Jeff

  166. rollittofirst permalink
    June 24, 2007 5:00 pm

    With all these comments saying, “get well soon,” “we are all praying for a speedy recovery,” etc, you’d think that Curt has some serious illness and is in the hospital, instead of a simply being a 40 year old pitcher who is past his prime with not unexpected shoulder soreness. The decision by the Sox to not give in to his contract demands in spring training is sure looking like the right move now.

  167. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 24, 2007 8:27 pm

    Just a glitch! A physiological glitch! Maybe tendonitis heals fast. We would all help if we could.

  168. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 24, 2007 9:38 pm

    Or maybe it was that everlasting goat! Maybe it kicked your shoulder some restless night.

  169. June 25, 2007 10:17 am

    … do you guys who’re asking actually believe Curt has any inclination to answer questions about his plans for ’08, much less his potential asking price, here on a public blog?


    Anyway, Curt, tough break on the injury. It’s heartening, as a fan, to see how great a position that the brass has put the team in, regarding its ability to compensate for injuries, though. This is the first time in a long, long time, that I as a fan have felt complete confidence that our farm hands can come in and fill slots capably on the ML roster. While it sucks seeing you riding the DL, it’s exciting to get a glimpse at the depth of the organization.

    Take your time and get the shoulder right. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more October Schilling.

  170. astrofanpaulg permalink
    June 25, 2007 11:52 am

    Hey Curt…Not sure if I am supposed to post anything like this or not. I like you blog…more players should do it.

    Anyway, just wanted to send you a link from your days as an Astro. Unfortunately, I don’t remember you all that well, but in a video clip highlighting Craig Biggio’s pursuit of 3,000 hits, there you are, pitching BP to Bidge.

    Here is the link:

    It’s the video titled…”Craig Biggio talks about ’01 All Star selection”
    It flashes to you on the mound at the 58th second…

    Got any stories about Biggio….first ballot HoF in your mind?

    Thanks and keep up all the good work you do.

  171. November 14, 2009 2:34 pm

    Sweating for no reason at all sucks.

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