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Catching Up

July 7, 2007

Again I am going to apologize for the non responsiveness of the site. It’s been a busy time. Rehab is going well and we are making daily strides. The goal right now is to be back on the mound by next weekend. We are really taking it day by day and so far it’s gone great. There is a noticeable difference in all things related to my arm, thanks to Paul, Mike, Scott and Dr Gil. So we work on daily goals and reassess each day.

It’s going to be longer than I had hoped but the overall goal is that we don’t have to worry about this again for the next 1.5 years. I’ve been taught some new things regarding my arm and keeping it healthy and happy and implementing those has already started to make a difference. The true test will obviously come when we get back on the mound and start competing again.

Also wanted to say hello to Holly and the kids from Dana Farber that visited us today in Detroit, it’s always a treat to be able to hang out with kids of incredible heart and character. I hope they enjoy their time here.

 One more thing. Not sure how many of you know, but Shonda started a program with the National Amusement Organization to create SPF, Sun Protection Flicks out the link. Basically you can take your kids to a movie every Monday, during peak sun hours this summer, and keep them out of the sun, for free! It’s an incredible program that saw over 1600 kids participate in the first week. Check it out!

I took some of the questions posted and will get to ,more as time permits, but I don’t plan on letting it go this long again without answering questions. If you have questions about players around the league or things within the game please throw them up!

Q-Is Microsoft providing the financial backing for 38 Studios’ then, or is it still an on-going process of finding the perfect partner?

A-38 Studios is providing the ‘financial backing’ for 38 Studios at the moment. We are meeting with an extended list of companies and people as potential future partners.

 Q-Why is it evertime you start getting hammered you make an excuse? First the Yankees crush you in game two of the ALCS in 04 and you come back with the fake bloody sock? Now every team is hammering you and you go for an MRI? Can’t you just face it you are done? Even when you pitch well vs the Devil Rays of the world the Yankees crush you.

Go work for Fox or whatever you need to do to feed your ego. And jus go away!!!

A-That’s the best you can do? Yankee fans everywhere should be ashamed to call you a member. Oh and install a spellcheker.

Q-What do you think about the trade talk surrounding Mark Buerhle coming to your team?

A-I’ve always been a huge Mark Buerhle fan. He’s going to pitch and win wherever he goes. That being said it was pretty easy to understand, once you saw the potential names included in this deal from the Sox side that this didn’t have the legs some people hoped it might.

Q-Also, I wanted to thank you for your involvement in Strikeouts for Troops. My brother is a Marine, and I really appreciate the support that athletes like you, Manny & Barry Zito are giving these guys. It means a lot.

A-Much appreciated but don’t thank me. That program was founded and is run by Barry Zito and people he works with. I am just glad they allowed other players to participate and show our appreciation to the men and women of our armed forces.

Q-Any thoughts on (potential) Sox needs with the trading deadline coming up in the rear view mirror?

A-As of now we are doing ok. Obviously injuries have a major impact on who’s buying and selling at the deadline but this team as it’s comprised right now has been good enough and deep enough to lead the division by 10+ games for most of the year. I don’t know if there is one specific thing we need but I do know they’ll be in on anything they think would make us a better team come October.

 Q-Question for you. Whenever you get a new pitcher on your team, do you try to pick their brain on how they go about pitching (such as what grip they use for say a splitter or what arm angle to throw a certain pitch)? Or is it a case of you know exactly how to throw a pitch (say a splitter for example’s sake) and don’t have any reason to try any other method for throwing it?

A-That really depends on the pitcher. Some guys are very open to talking about this stuff, others not so much. I will always try and generate dialogue with any and every pitcher on the staff to try and learn something new, or help someone with something I may be able to give advice on.

Q-Curt, I’ve got a MMO question for you. I was an avid UO player for a few years and was heavily involved in PvP and player killing. It was a real rush to go outside of protected areas and not know if a player I came across was going to say hi or start flinging spells at me. I also enjoyed knowing that I could lose everything I had on me in a blink of an eye. The risks were high, the players were ruthless, and the action was great. Will your upcoming games cater to PvPers at all? Will there be a place for murderers, thieves, and assassins?

A-I am and always have been an anti-PvP guy. But there is a huge contingent of PvP players out there and I can assure you the IP will contain well thought out thoroughly developed PvP content.

Q-Do you “write” you own blog? It feels like you do, as opposed to Youk’s blog and Papi’s book: Which both have the feeling of being a transcription of some sort.Along the same lines: Do you travel with a laptop? Is it part of the gear – like your glove and uniform – or do you carry it yourself?And finally: Do you use a Mac or a PC?

A-I do, for better or worse, write this all myself. Though a few times I have wished someone else could have fallen on the sword, but no, it’s all mine. I do travel with a laptop, a Vodoo.I use both. I learned the Mac, Quark, Photoshop and other stuff while doing work for Multi-Man Publishing ( and I’ve always gamed on the PC.

Q-I was wondering if you could comment at all on how Jon Lester is doing.

A-I’ve spoken to him, though not in awhile, and left a few voice mails with him as well. I would imagine he’s chomping at the bit. If he is not up here soon I would imagine I’ll see him when/if I go to Pawtucket before getting back here.

Q-I am upset that you don’t want to defend your man Bush on here. Stem Cell research could really cure some diseases, but he won’t let it happen. I think it has more to do with his ties to the heath care industry. Heck if diseases were cured than they would lose a lot of money, wouldn’t they?

A-I had the privilege of being able to ask just that question, and talk in depth about stem cell research with him. As with most everything there is a lot more to it than anyone would like there to be. Nothing is ever that easy in politics, especially when your beliefs, and others, are part of the equation. I do wish more had been, and will be done with regards to stem cell research and neurological illness.

Q-i was curious as to whether you have any influence into any of managements decisions regarding trades and whatnot, or if you even bother voicing your opinion on the matters? i just hope we dont send away ellsbury for buerhle at all

A-No we don’t. There will be times when people from the front office might ask certain players about guys they are talking about dealing for, to find out if someone in the clubhouse might know a guy, but they do what they want when they want. They are

ultimately the ones responsible.

Q-I have a question about how much does flying across country with no day off and playing away have in stopping a winning streak you may have going on? Does it take a day or so to get back to normal or can you guys just go out and perform as usual? I imagine playing at home is great if the team visiting is flying in from the other coast and doesn’t have time to rest up from their last game.

A-I think flying east to west, coast to coast, has a major impact on everyday players. I have always felt it takes 2-3 days for the guys to get their internal clocks working and their bodies up to speed. I am not sure I’ve ever been on an east coast team that had much success playing on the west coast.
Q-Do you think the one hit complete game messed with your shoulder?

A-Absolutely not.

Q-Curt, you are an awesome pitcher and I have no doubt you will be back in good form in no time! I will definitely do some praying for you! I myself used to be a classical singer and had an injury to my vocal chords which I could not come back from. Singing wasn’t God’s plan for me!

A-Thanks Christina and I agree. It’s one of the things that makes the DL bearable. Knowing that whatever happens is part of life’s much larger and more important picture. Knowing the Lord won’t ever put anything in front of you that you cannot handle is a reassuring thing.

Q-I’ve always wondered what the differences in health care and recovery care were between a professional athlete and a (don’t like my word choice but…) normal person.I tore my ACL a few years ago and it still isn’t all the way normal. It seems like pro athletes recover from all of this stuff much faster and get all sorts of complicated shots and surgeries.What are your days like when you are injured? How much of your life and how many people are dedicated to making you better?

A-I would be that PT’s would agree with this. The major difference is that our rehab really is a ‘job’, in that you are immersed in it 24/7. “Normal People” do their rehab within the confines of the rest of their life, job, and family. Our rehab is at the top of the priority list in just about every way. Doctors, especially Orthopedic guys, will almost all tell you that they can make you perfect, but that it will be completely meaningless if you don’t follow the rehab religously.
Q-First, so many fans (myself included) have the mentality when watching a game like that where they feel like they need to sit in the same spot, continue to drink the same drink, etc., as if it affects the outcome of the game. As players, do you guys do anything like that too? (either during a game where you’re pitching in, a game when the Sox are playing but you’re not pitching, or a game where you’re just watching as a fan)

A-I do, and I know a lot of other guys do as well. It’s all part of the process I think. So much time on our hands (especially pitchers) that you come up with goofy crap like this all the time to keep your mind occupied. Some guys are insanely superstitious, for others it’s more about routine and comfort.
Q-Also, what’s your take on being a role model? Guys like you do such an amazing job of being role models for kids, but there are other athletes who, well, don’t. Is it even fair to ask athletes to be role models?
A-I don’t know. What I think personally is that while I don’t think you should tell your kids to idolize athletes, or anyone outside your home, we as athletes have a responsibility to kids and fans to do things a certain way. Treating the game with respect, on and off the field, and trying to make kids understand that at the end of the day it’s about commitment and effort far more than it is about who the winners and losers are. The problem in today’s world, in my opinion as a father of four, is that we have gotten to the point that we believe winning is the only way to succeed. I don’t agree with that. If my kids push themselves as hard as they can, or harder, then the result is meaningless to me because they’ve learned something far more important about themselves than the win or loss could ever teach them. Getting my kids to push themselves harder internally than they might otherwise do is a huge goal of Shonda and I’s/ 

86 Comments leave one →
  1. lughlamfhada permalink
    July 11, 2007 8:19 pm

    Curt, thanks for answering the PvP question, I look forward to seeing what your games will offer.

    That aside, I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. We need you and that wicked splitter.


  2. whatcurse2004 permalink
    July 11, 2007 10:37 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Seems kind of strange calling you by your first names, being that i dont know you, but I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done and are doing for the Red Sox and RSN for that matter. Keep it up, and get healthy, we need you back.


    I was trying to get signed up in that ALS pitching thing you have going and couldn’t figure out how too. If you could give me the info it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all that you do.

  3. vtom0 permalink
    July 11, 2007 11:45 pm

    Hello Curt,
    I’m a great fan of yours and the Red Sox since I came to MIT back in 1968. I remember you stretching out in right field before you World Series start in 2004, and testing out your foot. But you may not be a fan of mine. I’m the brains behind the Questec baseball tracking system (the one you took out in Arizona before you came to Boston). My question is, do you think the umpires are calling more consistent strike zones (in the ten instrumented parks)? And (off the record) I would like to offer my services to the Red Sox to give them a competitive edge with some super technology. You see, we (BAE Systems) have better algorithms now and can measure all kinds of things to possibly help pitchers and players perform better. Be happy to brainstorm ideas with the Red Sox. If interested just have someone from the organization drop me a line. In the meantime good luck with your preparations for the 2nd half and postseason. :)

  4. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    July 12, 2007 7:27 am

    #53 – Just my opinion, but I don’t want Questec or any form of machination involved in baseball. Part of the wonder of baseball is the humanity. I’ve often compared baseball to real life and it has its flaws and its greatness. I’ll keep the “flawed” umpires, thank you very much. Pitchers learn which umpires provide a wide strike zone and which are more stingy. It’s part of the game, imo. Please, feel free to send one of those Questec things to me and I’d be more than happy to smash it. (Btw, Curt, I loved that. I loved this quote – “I said something to one of the umpires about it,” Schilling said, “and he said ‘Do us a favor and break the other one.”’) LOL

  5. sportsnut72 permalink
    July 12, 2007 7:35 am


    I am glad that you have written. I have been a supporter through this site.

    With that said, I am disappointed in you. Again, avid supporter even though in Spring training you promised people autographs, told them to meet you outside the building at certain times for you to just walk by, say you do not want to be bothered and just plain ignore them.

    I have to say that myself, husband and two kids were at the 4th of July game. This was one of my sons FIRST game. When he and about 78 other kids saw you come out of the dug out all screaming “get better, good luck, we miss you, hope you feel better” you did not acknowledge one.

    Grant you there is no “zone” for throwing and rehab, so my question is why ignore kids and the fans?

    I do hope your rehab gets better and not out until August like Peter Gammons states you are looking at.


  6. dirtdogs permalink
    July 12, 2007 8:46 am

    It’s great to have you back !! I hope your rehab is going well for you, and look forward to seeing you on the hill soon.


  7. kidcam permalink
    July 12, 2007 1:29 pm


    I really believe that you want to retire in a Red Sox uniform when you are ready. People can say what they want about you only having one good year, but they were not complaining when you stepped up to the plate hurt and helped us win the World Series. I know in professional sports that winning is everything and I know you want to win. Do you think the sox owe you a contract extension? I see players like RJ,maddux, boomer,glavine, etc pitching late in their careers. I think you can too! There may be some adjustments that need to be made by you, but as a professional i am sure you can handle it. Would you ever consider playing for another team? Good luck with rehab either way. I am rooting for you.

    A true fan who appreciates the effort and understands you can’t win every game,. Even though we try!!

  8. lcoolong permalink
    July 12, 2007 3:01 pm

    so much for your comment after clemens announced his return to ny. looks like we do need him after all. i do wish you well and a full recovery. get back asap. hopefully the pitching we have can hold us.

  9. fivekatz permalink
    July 12, 2007 7:55 pm


    There has been a lot of talk about your off season conditioning this off season.

    I am sure that lots of fans would be interested in what your off season routine was this year and years past? And what have you learned about your body as it enters the 40’s and your arm from this year and how will that change this off season’s schedule and activities?

    In addition or if you don’t won’t to address the first Q, how much of the work that your are doing right now are willing and/or able to share? As fans I know we have no idea how hard you guys work even during DL and many would probably enjoy the insight.

    TX and get healthy. You guys can do this and with you your mates are in better shape.

  10. stevequinn permalink
    July 12, 2007 9:54 pm

    I appreciate you taking the time to answer questions. Do you realize if the Sox play .500 ball the second half, they will win 90 games? That’s awesome. I pay out my nose for Extra Innings on DirecTV just so I can watch the Sox. I was born a Sox fan and will die one. Being in Stl, it was tough before this year to catch any Bosox games. Now I see them all. Ain’t much to watch in STL this year. Cards are not doing well. All the talk in this area is that Jocketty will be gone next year because of the management shake-up made by Bill DeWitt. That would be a shame.

    Hope your rehab goes well……the Sox need you for the pennant run.

  11. coach3 permalink
    July 13, 2007 12:18 am

    Hi Curt,
    My 10 year old son is developing a pretty good side arm delivery. Do you think I should encourage that style or would he be better off pitching overhand? Am I correct in assuming that throwing sidearm is not the same as throwing a curveball?
    We’re all so excited about your next game….and hope it comes soon!

  12. amm2010 permalink
    July 13, 2007 12:37 am

    I was wondering if you agreed with this historical account of your behavior and alleged poor support of your teammates in 1993?
    From the tv show: “1993 World Series#“You Can’t Blame Mitch Williams for the Philadelphia Phillies losing the 1993 World Series” and repeated from the website Wikipeda:
    “It should be noted that during that World Series, whenever Mitch Williams was on the mound, his nervous teammate Curt Schilling was caught by CBS television cameras with a towel over his head. Schilling’s behavior not only irked Williams (who to this day, harbors bitter feelings towards Schilling), but also fellow Phillies teammates like Larry Andersen and Danny Jackson, who accused Schilling of purposely trying to get more camera time. On subsequent nights, several other Phillies were seen wearing towels — possibly to keep Schilling from looking unique. The gesture was taken up almost as a good-luck charm by fans in the seats.”

  13. marsh18redsox permalink
    July 13, 2007 8:04 am

    Hey Curt

    Streamed your interivew with WEEI online this morning. Thought you said some interesting things especially about the whole Gammons comments and the FO maybe saying things etc. There seems to be a whole other world to baseball behind the scenes but I guess that is the case with most jobs!

    I have a question for you if you have the chance of answering. Well its not really a question as it is an opinon. When guys are on the injured, whether they are on the DL or not, how important do you feel it is for these players to still be part of the team? In the dugouts during the games, around the park for other things preparing for games etc? I noticed some guys travel while the team is on the road while others are not seen when the games are at fenway. I am sure some cases are based on their rehab plans if they use that time rehabbing or whatnot but as fan and one that has been on several teams throughtout my life (yeah women’s sports but it still counts haha) and have been injured, I feel its extremely important for all teammates to be supporting each other whether they are hurt or not and having their presence felt in other aspects of the game if they cannot physically be on the field. I was wondering if there are rules regarding this in players contracts, or team rules surrounding this.

    Hope the rehab continues to be positive

  14. July 13, 2007 1:44 pm

    Will you come to my birthday party?
    Talk to you later,

  15. brendinater permalink
    July 13, 2007 4:39 pm

    Mattingly 23 – I thought it may be beneficial to you to discover how and why you’re an idiot. Now most idiots can try and cover this up and bluff but your idiocy beams through like a bright light after just two posts. Let’s do an analysis:

    “Why is it evertime you start getting hammered you make an excuse?” – several times Curt Schilling has said “I’m sorry, we sucked and we lost because of it”. Where’s the excuse? I don’t see it.

    “First the Yankees crush you in game two (sic) of the ALCS in 04…” – It was Game 1. And Schilling crushed you in Game 6 “….and you come back with the fake bloody sock?” – you want to take him up on that bet?

    “Even when you pitch well vs the Devil Rays of the world the Yankees crush you.” – you compare the A’s, a team that has a best selling book because written on them because of their ability to expoit market inefficiencies, to the Devil Rays, a perennial last place team?

    “And jus (sic) go away!!!” – very hard for him to go away when it is you that logs on to the website and takes the time to post here. Wouldn’t it make far more sense for you to take your own bit of advice here?

    “I ask you some pertinent questions” – good one

    “Unlike all these sheep that reply back to you weekly telling you how great you are and how pretty you are, some of us actually have a mind of our own!” – agreeing with people does not necessarily make them sheep. If I think the Beatles made great music like almost everyone else, do I need to think they made bad music to have a “mind of my own”? I do think the idea of the blog is unprecedented and if a Yankee player did it, you would be fawning over him like you wouldn’t believe.

    So there we go. Idiocy at its best. Just be wary of what happens when idiocy and natural selection meet. It doesn’t bode well for you.

  16. ilovebigpapi permalink
    July 13, 2007 5:35 pm

    I just saw the report on the news about your throwing today, good luck and good health to you.

    I also just wanted to say that I saw Shonda on the game last night talking about the Picnic In The Park and she is a classy and personable lady. I went to a booksigning you both had in Framingham a few years back (of the Fenway childrens’ book) and she was the same there as well.

    I wish I could afford to attend the picnic but unfortunately I can’t. It is great to see the Red Sox wives involved in so much charity work.

  17. saintpatrick permalink
    July 13, 2007 10:39 pm


    I’ve been a Red Sox fan for life – but I won’t let Sheffield call Joe Torre a racist. Torre is what we call a Great American. There are precious few of them.
    Why throw strikes to a guy with such a score to settle? He’s exponentially more the racist than the better majority. May God correct his vision.

  18. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    July 14, 2007 5:46 am

    #65 brendinator – I foresee a Darwin Award in mattingly23’s future.

  19. capecodtek permalink
    July 14, 2007 8:31 am

    Curt, I love hearing good news like your healing is going well. You are a great presense in the clubhouse and to the younger pitchers. We defenately need you out there and around the players who need to see how someone of your calaber deals with things. How do you answer the questions put to you. I see quite a few very good questions but I dont see the responses. I know that the Lord always puts us where we should be, like it or not. We have alot in common. My brother see’s you all the time since he is in the same town. Love the mini Hummer for the kids. What a great example you are for young baseball players making thier way to fenway. Knowing you, Your not the type to say what he has on his mind, including subjects such as He who gave you the gift of being one of the best in baseball. Hang onto the faith and keep spreading the word. I myself do it as a P&W leader. What you and Shonda are doing with charitys is a good lesson to other young ballplayers as well as the rest of us. BTW this is the only blog I have ever voiced my opinion. As said ” well done good and faithful servent” Oh and btw I am not sorry for bringing faith into this blog. I do hope this makes it past the moderater. Drop me a line and we can talk further. I would like to run some things by you that others dont want to hear… know what I mean.
    Keep up the rehab and Faith.
    We need you and the Sox need you back in the rotation.
    As always we are praying for you and your family.

  20. soxfanindan permalink
    July 14, 2007 11:10 am

    I was glad to hear you threw well yesterday. I cant wait for you to come back! I will be in LA in early August to see you guys. I hope you are one of the starters in that series. Keep working hard, The fans miss you!

  21. July 14, 2007 1:12 pm

    amm2010, you should notice that none of those accounts in the Wikipedia article are sourced. Find a verifiable account of these incidents from a real encyclopedia or news source and then bring it up again. Wikipedia repeats information; they are not a source of original research. Without sources, any statement on Wikipedia is suspect.

  22. rarmando8 permalink
    July 14, 2007 8:48 pm

    Q. As an avid baseball fan and die hard red sox’s fan, i have been concerned with:
    A) The Red Sox’s performance, especially the pitching during the last couple of weeks leading up to the all star break.
    B) Your health situation in the present and future.

    The concern with the pitching is not Josh Beckett or Dice K, the concern is to find a suitable 4th & 5th pitchers in the rotation. I personally feel that the Red Sox’s should look into picking up 1 or 2 good pitchers before the July 31st trade deadline. My concerns also lies with finding a solution to the right field and shortstop positions. The one mistake that everyone makes,except for the knowledgeable Red Sox’s fan is that you can never have to many wins and you can never have a big enough lead on the opposition, especially in the American League East. Its my personal opinion that the Red Sox’s need to find the solution to these pieces to advance into the playoffs and at least ensure them a shot in ALCS.
    The concern with you and your health in the present, is what is really about this “injury”, and the amount of time that you are needing to bounce back. I understand that the most unnatural act in sports is throwing a baseball because it tears your tissue every time you do it, especially at your age and the amount of wear and tear that your shoulder has seen over the years. I have also been concerned, ever since the 2004 World Series ending. Unlike that moron in the blog earlier, ranting and raving about his Yankees (that your done), which by the way got about the same chance of getting to the playoffs as me getting with Jessica Alba. Which obviously means 0% chance. I believe that your not done pitching and you have a lot of knowledge about the game but when you first came to Boston you were throwing 97 MPH and now you are barely getting it up to 88 MPH. What ever happened in the ALCS has definitely effected your velocity and the way you pitch the game. What do you think is effecting you abilities during the past 3 starts, and do you think that you can over come these obstacles so that you can become the pitch that we all know you are?

    PS- Who did you vote for in the espn “Who’s Now” Tom Brady or Big Papi??

  23. July 15, 2007 11:10 am

    Question Curt…

    I recently heard MLB was 353 home runs behind last years totals at the All Star break…if that’s correct it’s astonishing. Any insight what that’s all about ?

  24. olsonic permalink
    July 15, 2007 11:25 am


    I’m curious about your development in the mental aspect of pitching. I understand you take diligent notes on batters tenedencies etc, but do you consider writing multiple strategies in preparation for the days when A) some pitches are working better than others B) your arm is tired or C) Pressure situations. Or rather, do you take a singular philosophy and try your hardest not to stray from it? Also, aside from yourself, who or what has been the greatest facilitator of your mental approach to the game?

    -Hope to hear from you


  25. July 15, 2007 6:07 pm

    Hey Curt –
    It is so very cool that you do this.
    Love the fact that you are so dedicated to your game – and your fans.
    Great post.

    Looking forward to watching the Bob Costas interview – I saw the commercial for it the other night. Hope your recovery is going well and I am looking forward to your return.

  26. firedannyainge permalink
    July 15, 2007 6:13 pm

    QUESTION- How annoying is it for a pitcher when the hitters fall sleep and cost you a game. Like todays game against Toronto.

  27. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    July 15, 2007 7:08 pm

    73 fh14 – I’m not Curt but there have been several discussions about this on various boards. I think one of the reasons could be that some teams are placing baseballs into humidors to cut down on the long balls being hit. I think that is likely _part_ of the reason, but it is likely that the testing of steroids may have played a part. I wonder about the “fairness” of doctoring a ball by placing it in a humidor is, though. It just seems wrong to me.

  28. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    July 15, 2007 7:13 pm

    Curt, in the same vein as those asking about your rehab during the past almost 4 weeks – what have you been doing differently that you think has had a positive affect on how you maintain your arm? I am not sure if I recall correctly, but I thought you adhered to a rather strong regiment of exercises during the offseason. Do you know what you did or did not do that caused you to have problems this season? Thankfully, all seems to be going well for you. Take care of yourself and come back healthy and strong – ready for the rest of the season.

  29. wally97 permalink
    July 16, 2007 9:32 am

    Best of luck on your ongoing rehab. The team needs you out there to win the whole thing IMO! GOOD LUCK!!!

  30. pexhex311 permalink
    July 16, 2007 3:42 pm

    First off Curt, cant wait to have you back and add to an already solid rotation for the back stretch. Secondly, I would like to thank you and other members of the team for being so generous with your time. I have four children ranging in ages from 10 years old to 20 months old. I also had two nephews staying with our family for the past year. They have lived in Mexico for the past six years or so and never been around organized baseball at any level. I am from Des Moines, Iowa and we have the Cubs triple-A affiliate and that is where they were introduced to baseball at the end of last summer. They enjoyed the environment, sights, sounds, smells, etc. They obviously noticed what a fan I am of the Boston Red Sox due to my home office looking like a Red Sox gift shop and the amount of clothes and such that I where supporting my beloved team. So I took them to Kansas City for opening weekend this year so they could be part of what is know as Red Sox Nation. We came to the stadium hours early to see the players enter the stadium from cabs and the team bus. Even being opening weekend and definitely not the warmest of weather in KC, a lot of the team stopped and spoke with us and signed some things for them. With a lot of hype that weekend surrounding Dice-K and all, I was really pleased with the kind of professionals that are on the team I love. We also traveled the Minneapolis for the entire series and we were staying at the hotel across the street from the team so we again, waited outside the hotel as the team buses and cabs dropped of team members and again, we had a strong, warm reception from most players (except Josh Beckett, he continually told them no). Coco Crisp for example took one of my nephews by the shoulders and talked with him and signed everything he pushed at him, Youk, Lowell, Lugo and Tek the same, we even got Manny to sign a jersey (though they asked him in Spanish). I realize this is your blog, but if you could pass on many thanks to the entire team from this family in Des Moines, Iowa, I would greatly appreciate it. And Yes we did speak with you briefly as well. So thank you and just so you know, my nephews are back home in Mexico with their family with many stories, souvineers, and memories that will last forever. There are now two more baseball fans in this world that would never have been if it werent for their experience around the Boston Red Sox. Thanks again Curt, and good luck with the rehab and the rest of the season. Bring home another title.

    Many thanks

  31. saintpatrick permalink
    July 16, 2007 9:04 pm

    Senor Schilling,

    40 years old, and I’ve been there. The word “retreat” comes to mind. Then comes the renaissance. But you can’t get there unless you can truly relax – drink some tea and spend time with your kids watching “I Love Lucy” – whatever. Do it. Take some time off. You’re under no obligation to sacrifice your health and well-being.


    Luis Tiant

  32. goldie97 permalink
    July 16, 2007 9:25 pm

    Curt, Hope you get to read these comments. It is great to hear your getting stronger. Take the time you need, cause when you get back to 100% the team should be rolling. They deffinately need your presence in August, Sept. and October. Give them HELL. See on the podium, after your next WIN.

  33. July 17, 2007 6:42 am

    Very good blog, very rich nice pictures and articles, congratulations !!!

  34. necg permalink
    July 17, 2007 2:36 pm

    Curt good afternoon. A friend of mine is running an ALS fundraiser in RI on Thursday for a member of the community. I’ve inserted the link below, but thought you’d appreciate someone else going above and beyond for a cause that’s close to your heart…


  35. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    July 17, 2007 3:58 pm

    I think Curt fell into the Big Dig.

  36. wally97 permalink
    July 18, 2007 7:45 am

    Curt, Just wanted to mention that my wife and I really like your “Schilling Schardonnay.” (And Manny’s and Wake’s wine as well) Thanks!!

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