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7/21/07 Vs Louisville

July 21, 2007

Not sure the day could have gone any better. Sox won big, Kason dealt again and we accomplished everything we wanted to and more in Pawtucket.

It’s been what seems like months since I’ve been able to compete and even longer since my arm felt like, well, my arm. These past 14 days have seen what I consider to be incredible changes in the feel of everything. I was skeptical that there could be even minor improvement, other than what a few weeks rest might offer, when the plan was first laid out for me but I’m buying into it all now.

After playing catch the other day I talked with Jon at length about how incredible my arm felt, but more importantly how differently the ball felt coming out of my hand. There just seemed to be much more life in the arm and on the ball with every throw.

Today I felt good, certainly better than at any point this year, with regards to my shoulder and overall life in my arm. The bullpen was erractic to say the least, from a command standpoint, but that didn’t concern me.

The game plan was to start all LHH with curveballs, throw change ups behind and use both fastballs to both sides, mixing in the split with 2 strikes. That we were able to do all that in 40 pitches was nice. I tried to reach back twice today and both times we got to 94 on their gun for whatever that’s worth.

The more important thing was that when I tried to reach back and put something on the ball, there was something to reach back for. My command was better than I expected it to be as I think we threw 9 of 10 curveballs for strikes. Of the 6 k’s we got 3 on the split. The major thing today was being able to get hitters to swing and miss. That’s not something I’ve been able to do at any level for what seems like the last 10-12 months. I attribute that to two things, a lack of velocity and movement on all 4 pitches. Both of those were there today and to have that the first time out was a relief.

The plan now will be to pitch in Toledo on Thursday and go from there.

To all those that have sent well wishes let me say thank you, and to the fans in Pawtucket the same. They were fantastic and appreciative and I am as well. It was a fun experience. Being on the DL is as bad a spot as you can ever hope to be in during the season but rehab starts are always a blast for me, being able to be around kids and in environments that are charged up like it was today is a great time.

37 Comments leave one →
  1. pexhex311 permalink
    July 21, 2007 11:22 pm

    Curt-
    Looked great tonight Curt, I hope to see you back in Boston within a couple weeks and notching some wins for us. Thanks for the update and first person point of view on how you are dealing with this. We look forward to seeing you on the mound again in five days. My sons and I were sporting #38 Curt jerseys tonight in honor of you making your rehab start. Kind of corny, but much love an support for you here in Iowa. GO SOX!!!!

  2. July 21, 2007 11:59 pm

    The whole family went to the Paw Sox game tonight. I had tickets for this game for months now. My four year old son has been non-stop talking about meeting Curt Schilling. But, the Great hero of the game barely waved to the crowd after the third inning ….Not a smile , hand shake , autograph , or a picture was shared on this once in a lifetime moment. You pitched great tonight…. Thanks for 2004 and enjoy that money pal. The media got more love then your real fans did. GOD BLESS.

  3. July 21, 2007 11:59 pm

    Terrific news. Glad to hear that you’re feeling good, throwing well, and happy with the program.

    What is the story with Gabbard? He has been completely unhittable. I’m not surprised he’s been effective, but this is ridiculous.

  4. lissaann permalink
    July 22, 2007 12:20 am

    Hey Curt,

    Glad to hear you’re doing better!

    Wanted to pass this along to you, I know that you have some charities that are very near and dear to you, and figured if you mentioned it that some bloggers will help.

    On July 28th, Blogathon 2007 will begin at 6am PST – http://www.blogathon.org. It’s a fundraising project for various charities. Basically, bloggers agree to do one post, approximately every 30 minutes for 24 hours, for a total of 49 posts.

    I know this isn’t something that you can do, but maybe you could pass it along!

  5. Sparhawk permalink
    July 22, 2007 12:39 am

    Welcome back on the road to recovery! We went to the Fens on Monday and saw Mike playing catch with Matt during a tour. I took 6 college ball players through Fenway and brought them to the game. Kason is rocking this week. Nice to see the bats coming alive and great to hear you arm is feeling so good. Can’t wait to see you back at the Fens….my wife is due next month, hopefully the baby will see you pitch this year!Speedy recovery and cant wait to see you back.

  6. theomnipotentq permalink
    July 22, 2007 2:21 am

    Thanks for the update, Curt. Glad to hear everything went well in Pawtucket, and I look forward to your return to the Red Sox.

    I was wondering you thoughts on what the Red Sox should do by the trading deadline. Another veteran bat? Another veteran arm to add to the rotation, or to the pen?

    Thanks also for checking out my blog, “The Mighty Quinn Media Machine” (http://quinnmedia.blogspot.com) a little while back.

    All the best to you and your family. Hope to see you back at the Fens soon.

    John Quinn
    Brooklyn, NY

  7. July 22, 2007 7:55 am

    I’m glad it went well last night, Mr. Schilling. I know it’s difficult during the season, obviously, but it would be great if you could come up to Maine sometime and visit us at the Sea Dogs….maybe throw out a first pitch during a homestand? Or do something with one of the charities the Dogs support? We have a great little baseball community up here in Maine, and it would be a real honor to have you visit. Just ask any of your teammates who have played in Portland and they’ll tell you what a great town it is.

    Back when we were a Marlins affiliate, they staged an exhibition match between Portland and Florida. It would be nice if Boston could arrange that at some point, with all the proceeds going to charity, of course.

    Tell me, have you gotten a chance to get to know Clay Buchholz at all during your time in Pawtucket? He seems like a nice kid. I also think you guys might be able to have a good political conversation. With him, Lester, and the emergency of Gabbard, it looks like the Sox will be set for years to come – though of course I sincerely hope we re-sign you as long as you want to play.

    Next season I’ll do a blog of the Sea Dogs season, I’ll post the URL here as soon as I get it set up; I’m a season-ticket holder there. Best of luck with the rehab.

  8. July 22, 2007 8:04 am

    We miss you Curt. Bring that arm back strong and Schilling like.

  9. lughlamfhada permalink
    July 22, 2007 9:21 am

    scottyrod, don’t be an idiot. You obviously don’t go to many baseball games because if you did, you’d know that you NEVER get autographs from the starting pitcher, before or after the game. Before the game, the starting pitcher is trying to get into the “zone” where he is focused on what he is about to do and is feeling mentally and physically ready to go out there and battle with the hitters. Pitching is a large part mental, and you need to concentrate on what you are about to do and not signing autographs.

    After the game, especially with a guy who has had some arm trouble like Curt, the first thing you do is go down into the clubhouse and start your post-game routine to make sure your arm is iced and ready for the next start. If there is one thing that Curt doesn’t have love for, it’s the media.

    It’s unrealistic to expect that you’re going to get an autograph from the starting pitcher at ANY Red Sox game. If you want to get an autograph from Curt or any other starting pitcher, do what I do. Go to a game where he’s not pitching, get there really early, and hang out by the dugout with your son. I’ve been able to get autographs from Beckett, Wakefield, Schilling, Varitek, and a whole bunch of other guys, although NEVER from the starting pitcher.

    You can also get autographs at charity sessions, like Picnic in the Park or any of Curt’s numerous charity ventures.

    Also, it is really easy to get autographs from the Sox at away games, like Baltimore or Toronto.

    Don’t blame Curt for what is the way things go with starting pitchers. Hell, my season tickets are by the Sox bullpen at Fenway, and no one even cheers for the starter while they’re warming up, that’s just the way things go.

  10. redsox1918 permalink
    July 22, 2007 9:44 am

    Curt,

    I would love to hear more about any changes, moving forward, in your conditioning. Also, I can’t see you totally walking away from the game when you retire. I see a Curt Schilling working in ST or at Pawtucket a little bit. And I think Shonda and the kids would encourage that…

  11. margalit permalink
    July 22, 2007 12:39 pm

    You looked GREAT out there yesterday in Pawtucket. The smile on your face during the interviews after the game said it all. You look good, you feel good, you’re confident… and I’m happy to see that things are working out for you.

    I’m another Boston blogger doing Blogathon. It’s my second year raising $ for Children’s Hospital, the very hospital that saved my daughter’s life and then went on to help my son. I’m half way to my goal of $500 this year, so if you could pass it on to your Boston based friends and colleagues, I’d be so appreciative. My link is

    http://www.blogathon.org/login.php?action=pledging&blogid=105

    and I’ll be blogging every 30 minutes for 24 hours. Think about that for a second! It’s insane.

    Did you wear a nametag last weekend for Nametag day? We volunteered to pass out nametags. It was a blast!

  12. ctmikenice permalink
    July 22, 2007 3:07 pm

    Curt, nice rehab outing yesterday. Great start and overall job by Gabbard. Amazing last two outings for him. Offense seems to be coming alive which is important because as I type this the Yankees are scoring a million runs again.

    What do you say to all the talking heads (Skip Bayless, emphasis on less) that claim you should “Roger Clemens” it up after your contract is up? Meaning become a hired gun where you would extend your off-season for arm-health purposes, then sign with a apparent playoff team in late May to help that team get a ring. It sounds like the wave of the future for older guys, especially power pitchers.

    Would you be open to a situation like this? If so, would you want a bidding war to take place or would you be loyal to the Sox and allow them to sign you to this type of deal. You could command some serious pro rated money in this scenario.

    My Opinion: this whole campaign from the Red Sox brass to get people to pay $15 for a card that makes their fandom official is a complete joke. That said, I hope you get max dollars from these clowns. Do they realize it’s nearly impossible for working-class families to attend games these days? Now they put the cherry on top with a “pay to be a fan” card. Fifteen bucks is an eigth of a tank of gas these days!!! Enough ranting…

    Great work yesterday. Can’t wait to see your return to the Big Club Bump. Stay Healthy,
    Mike

  13. ctmikenice permalink
    July 22, 2007 3:14 pm

    Also making the weekend even better: Jon Lester’s call-up for a start tomorrow @Cleveland!!! Awesome, let’s wish this kid the best.

  14. moctavio permalink
    July 22, 2007 6:12 pm

    From Venezuela, very excited that it is going so well both for you and Jon Lester. Hopefully, you will both be pitching in Fenway together to the delight of Red Sox fans. Should be an exciting two and a half months for all, but specially for Jon Lester after what he went through. Best of Luck!

  15. skinnyman2007 permalink
    July 22, 2007 11:03 pm

    Glad you are feeling better Curt and thank you for the update. Good luck in your next rehab start Curt. When do you think you will be back out there Curt? Tomorrow night is going to be great to see Jon Lester pitch. Are you going to be there to see that? Curt what are your thoughts of Jon Lester pitching tomorrow? Do you think he is ready and how do you think he will do? The team is probally really happy for Jon to get called up and see this kid pitch. When I first heard about Jon having cancer that was terrible and I have kept Jon in my prayers. Tomorrow Curt could you post a blog and say how Jon did and your thoughts. I hope you will do that. Curt I want to ask you something why does COCO Crisp not wear batting gloves when he bats? Curt do you wear the same shoes the whole season when you pitch or do you wear different ones every time you pitch? Do you use the same pitching glove every year or do you use a different one?

    From, Jeff

  16. ravishingron39 permalink
    July 23, 2007 12:49 am

    Curt,

    You are on your way back!! Take as much time as you need to be 100% because the Sox will need you down the stretch. Now is the time to get well since you guys have a good cushion now. Glad to hear some positive things about your recovery. Get well Curt!!!!

  17. sdredsoxfan permalink
    July 23, 2007 4:49 am

    Curt,

    Great news about your recovery. I can’t wait until you are back. I am also really happy that Lester is going to be starting on Monday night. The only concern is that the Yankee’s are inching a head. 7.5 games is all that separates them from us.

    Last year at this time is about when all of the injuries started that took us out of contention. I pray that we can avoid that this year. I am really proud of how the team has played this year and am really hoping that the rest of the season continues to go as well. World Series bound?

  18. stevequinn permalink
    July 23, 2007 5:58 am

    Need you back in Boston Curt. Hope things go as well in Toledo. It’s getting to be nervous time again with NY having picked up 5 games in the loss column.

    Good Luck

  19. Hugh Jass permalink
    July 23, 2007 6:15 am

    Big Guy,

    Any truth to the rumor that Shaughnessy has extended the olive branch to you in a ham-handed attempt to do one of his corny books on your career?

    Or is that all nitwit radio blather?

  20. mrgringosuave permalink
    July 23, 2007 8:16 am

    Glad to hear things are going well for you Curt. Best of luck against Toledo, hope to see you back with the club soon.

  21. betheany permalink
    July 23, 2007 8:54 am

    So glad to hear that you are feeling more like your old self again. Keep getting stronger and we’ll see you back at Fenway!

  22. edyang permalink
    July 23, 2007 11:22 am

    The Red Sox need your stabilizing presence in the rotation. Looking forward to seeing the familiar image of number 38 on the mound. In the meantime, we’ll pat our Schilling and Big Papi bobbleheads on my desk for good luck!

    All the best in your rehab, Curt!

  23. hammerhead permalink
    July 23, 2007 11:25 am

    Glad it has worked out for you so far Curt. I’ve only posted a couple of times but I told you that you had to make some concessions to age. Seems like you fought this assignment at first but glad you finally embraced it, so now you will be ready for the real season! Think about it….you go 2 months full blast and then to the ultimate goal!!
    You knew the Yankees would hit their stride at some point. Hopefully you guys have had your slump and can pick it up again. .500 ball for 2 months isn’t right….you folks are better than that. My biggest concern is all the runners that have been left on base….that and Papi’s health. Otherwise, most of the hitting seems to be coming around. I’m sorry, JD Drew just isn’t cutting it….and for $75Mill!!!!! My God, no one else was even bidding for him….what was he, part of Boras’s package deal for Dice K and future free agents (A-Rod perhaps?).
    I like Tavarez but loyalty only goes so far…..the man wasn’t getting it done anymore. But Gabbard has been a shocking surprise. I’ve always loved Wake, warts and all. Beckett has been solid. Dice K, great for the most part….hate when he loses his mind for an inning or 2. And a rock solid bullpen. I really don’t see the need for a major move. Sorry but Willie Mo has had his chance…..let’s get Jacoby Ellsbury up to Beantown….the kid’s the real deal.
    Anyway Old Man, the time is yours!!! You really need a trio of rings to show your grandkids. Now go and get the third!

  24. redsoxminx permalink
    July 23, 2007 1:11 pm

    Dear Mr. Shilling,

    I hope all is well. I am a student in college and I have a project that I must do. It involves the whole body mechanics of a baseball pitcher and his movements.

    If there is anyway you could contact me or vice versa to discuss this, I would be so very grateful for your help.

    Keep up the great work. I never miss a game – even when they try and black it out 🙂

    Get well and stay well

    Sincerely,

    Red Sox Minx

  25. July 23, 2007 2:53 pm

    Curt,

    It was great to hear you had a good outing in Pawtucket. I was able to listen to the game over the internet here in Chicago.

    Kason has been great and now Lester is back. I also like Tavarez in the bullpen. He really gave us some quality starts, regardless of what’s happened over the last few days.

    Looking forward to seeing you guys here in Chicago at the end of August!

    Jason

  26. amycondoluci permalink
    July 23, 2007 3:38 pm

    Thanks for keeping us up to date Curt. I’ve been actively following your 38 pitches blog ever since you posted on my son’s caring bridge site (www.caringbridge.org/visit/justincondoluci). Justin is doing well, finishing an easy round of chemo. After this he starts 56 days of “intense” treatment with no stopping, no matter how sick he gets. If you could keep him in your prayers and post to his site every now and then, it would mean the world to him. You made quite a few fans down here in Yankee country with your last 2 posts!! We love you, pray for you and know that you are a class act all the way. God Bless!

  27. bosox4worldseries permalink
    July 23, 2007 5:00 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Glad to hear that you are on your way back. The Sox are going to need you on the mound down the stretch so we can make a run at the title.
    Get well soon

  28. July 23, 2007 7:18 pm

    Hey Curt!
    Good to hear you’re feeling better. Being in a good state of mind is just as important as feeling healthy – it’s all the same, no? Psychologically it does wonders when you feel good AND feel healthy at the same time!

    Looking forward to your return…speaking of which – tonight is Jon Lester’s big night. 🙂

    Have a great night….

  29. mpalma permalink
    July 23, 2007 8:50 pm

    Shut up and pitch.

  30. retire3 permalink
    July 23, 2007 9:14 pm

    http://www.petitiononline.com/retire3/petition.html

    Calling all baseball fans. Sign the petition to retire the Babe’s number!

  31. gorny540 permalink
    July 23, 2007 10:07 pm

    Good start hope to see you back soon

    Question- Hey Curt what were you reading in the bullpen in Monday’s WIN against Cleveland out of curiosity?

  32. gorny540 permalink
    July 23, 2007 10:07 pm

    ***by bullpen I mean dugout

  33. twoshades4 permalink
    July 24, 2007 4:55 pm

    scottyrod obviously you did not pay too much attention, after he was done in the 3rd he smiled and tipped his cap, about the 5th inning he was outside of his car signing autographs for 10 minutes!!!! He was very nice, talking to the fans, smiled. It was a memory of a lifetime. THANK YOU CURT!

  34. mainesoxgal permalink
    July 25, 2007 8:35 pm

    curt-
    i am sure you will get a lot of crap about what you said regarding bonds and mcgwire, but at least you are speaking your mind. I was a little girl when mcgwire broke the record and i was shocked and disgusted by his behavior. I watched the steriod hearings in congress and was praying he would say, I didnt do it. I know that we are innocent until proven guilty but now mcgwire has forever ruined his own records and his own career. it was such a letdown for a me and i am glad that you have taken a real stand, in a dignified way.

  35. taka7 permalink
    July 26, 2007 11:38 am

    Hi,Curt!!

    I’m a REDSOX fan in Japan.
    I’ll visit Anaheim to cheer SOX up.
    The day I’ll visit is 6th Aug.

    I want to see your pitch again.
    I saw your pitch in Fenwey in June 2004.
    You won and I was moved so much.
    After the game, I became a your fan.

    And,play off of the year,you showed us brave pitch with “ultimate red sox”.
    The day you made sox bloody,19th Oct, was my 27th Birthday.
    I remember your pitch vividly!!!
    You gave me special Birthday present.

    I want see you in Anaheim.
    Please come back!!!

    Gambare!!!!
    Makeruna!!!!

    I beleve you!!!!

    from taka7

  36. wally97 permalink
    July 26, 2007 12:12 pm

    Good luck in your next rehab start tonight!!

  37. redsox38 permalink
    July 26, 2007 11:04 pm

    Hey Curt glad your arm is feeling better hope to see you back on the mound again soon.:)

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