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Stretch Run

September 3, 2007

The dog days are behind us and we enter the stretch run. The Yanks, as we all suspected, didn’t and won’t go away. The kid twirls a no no and the rest of the kids contributed yesterday to another big win. There are a few questions posed earlier I am planning to answer this week. I was going to tackle the one asked about forming a team with one player from each team in the A.L. as well as put down my thoughts on the coolest things in the game this year, from Mr Hamiltons rebound in life and baseball to Jon Lesters awesome bounce back from cancer. Love to hear what others think are the best stories in baseball this year.

Has there been a better time to be a Sox fan in the past 20 years? You’ve got a few older guys mixed in with an incredibly talented core group of younger studs like Beckett, Dice K, Pedroia, Youk, Pap, DelCarmen and some of the brightest young prospects in baseball already contributing to a pennant race in Bucholz, Lester, Ellsbury, Moss and a few more. This team has the pieces to win a world series right now and the core team in place to be a force for the next 5-10 years. Considering how bad this farm system was thought to be even 3-4 years ago, that’s a pretty huge leap forward. In a division where the top two teams have payrolls nearing 400 million, the thought that this division could be decided by a group of kids in Boston and NY that are all under 25 years old is pretty amazing.

Oh and we are trying to keep tabs on how many times our folicly challenged friend CHB uses the word “Blowhard” in reference to me. The over under on the season is 100 and I think she’s bypassed that already.

99 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2007 8:01 am

    The Yankees are terrible this year. So they swept us, then they lose 3 out of 4. Magic number is at 17. Go Seattle!!!!!!!!

  2. histoolness permalink
    September 5, 2007 8:35 am

    A couple of things.

    1) Surely you respect that CHB is — at the very least — as good in his job as you are in yours. If you need immediate reinforcement of this, go to boston.com and read his column on Harrison and his feature on Francona from the past week.

    2) CHB’s characterization of you as a Blowhard is accurate. There is not a subject on the face of the earth that you do not feel qualified to comment on. That is the definition of a blowhard. As for you referring to Shaughnessy as “she,” keep in mind that “she” has the guts to show up in the clubhouse on a regular basis and has not changed his style a bit through the years.

    Shaughnessy is a real-life version of Max Mercy — with ethics and talent. He’ll be part of the game long after you have moved on to designing mediocre software.

  3. bonnie21 permalink
    September 5, 2007 10:08 am

    Rick Ankiel

  4. azdirtclod permalink
    September 5, 2007 10:11 am

    Hey Curt. You made a mistake on the pronoun in your last sentence. It says “she’s”… You are referring to Dan Shaughnessy, correct? While I have never checked, I presume that he is a male. We will assume you made an honest mistake. Because if it was not an accident, then it would sound like you are trying to insult him by calling him a woman. It is possible that actual women read this blog and enjoy the Red Sox. Are they to believe that calling Dan a women is a big cut down? You could call him a moron. You might even get away with calling him a fag. But, a women? I suppose in the mind of a sexist, that this is the worst cut down of them all. Who would want to be a frail, over-emotional whiner -like a women? I am sure he will go crying to his mommy.

    On the other hand, it is nice to see you writing on the blog again. It used to be on my favorite list, but since updates were so weak and infrequent, I stopped visiting. You would think with all the DL time you would have been able to do better updates. That is okay. Frankly, I would rather see you pitch two good games in a row and see the Red Sox continue to win. The quality of your writing has just not been that good. This incredibly cheap dig at the expense of Dan and all women on the planet is ample proof. You need to concentrate on pitching and forget about blogging.

    FYI.. I dislike Dan greatly. I also think the RS should have signed you to another extension this year for your 2004/05 contribution. You put your health on the line like no other player has and they should never forget that. If they don’t offer a contract, it could be because of all the media distractions that you cause. I don’t begrudge you for answering direct questions with direct answers. However, this blog is just extra BS, and the Red Sox don’t need it. Also this was supposed to be THE last year. This was supposed to be the year we put it all back together again and defended our title after weak efforts in 05′ & 06′. It was supposed to be the year we lure Clemens out of retirement. This was also a year to help you cement your hall of fame resume. Instead you come into camp out of shape and over weight. Will it really surprise you if the RS don’t want you back? If you could not get motivated to stay in shape last winter then what hope is there for this one?

    Good news. It will soon be playoff time (if we should be so fortunate). This is Curt’s time to shine. The announcers always tell us what a big game pitcher Curt is and we have seen it first hand in 04′. It is time for Curt to prove it to everyone one more time. Good luck Curt. Fix your blog. Calling someone a women ceased being a valid put down after third grade.

  5. syphax permalink
    September 5, 2007 11:06 am

    Read this one first-

    My previous post was lame; please don’t approve it.

  6. adamjd permalink
    September 5, 2007 12:07 pm

    Hey Curt. whatever happens, please never let the media here sour your view of the fans or your experience here playing in Boston. we all appreciate everything you’ve done and are doing and will continue to do for the sox.

    I love that you think things like “Has there been a better time to be a Sox fan in the past 20 years? This team has the pieces to win a world series right now and the core team in place to be a force for the next 5-10 years.”

  7. patriotsandsox permalink
    September 5, 2007 12:57 pm

    Curt,

    Let’s have a good outing tonight, huh? We need to keep this win streak going.

  8. dori317 permalink
    September 5, 2007 1:19 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you observation about this being a great time to be a sox fan. This has been a season to remember..and I really thought nothing would or could compare to 04.

    Watching the stories develop this year….Lester’s comeback, Mike Lowell’s incredible year (hard to believe the media called him a throw in on the Beckett deal), Josh’s turnaround to an ace, Pap where he needs to be FOREVER, Timlins 1000, the Mothers day Miracle, four home runs in a row, so many great games and memories. I can’t remember a better summer and I have been watching for a long, long time. (can you say Tony c?)

    And now this glorious September…even with the Yankees barking in the Bronx a bit, we’ve kept them at bay and I think we will continue to do that.
    And those rooks…..Ellsbury is so exciting to watch, and I am still marveling at the composure of a young pitcher throwing a no hitter (with a little help from a not mentioned enough catching captain). Pedroia has given us reason to believe all year (can you say rookie of the year) that the farm was growing some great corn so to speak…but this crop has been more than we could ever have imagined. Congrats to Theo and his boys (any girls?) in development. They deserve a pat on the back.

    As I sat at the game last night smelling September cool breezes and savoring these last moments of baseball, my usual melancholy about the baseball season ending is tempered by the awesome possibilities of the next few weeks. This will be a Fall to remember. Mark my words.

    I’m trying not to worry about the off season. Please God let them sign Mike Lowell and not bring that blowhard from New York to Boston just to spite the Yankees. He would ruin our wonderful team, and Mike is more than just a great player. Of course, would like them to sign you too Curt!

  9. nomahisgad permalink
    September 5, 2007 1:40 pm

    Good gad Curt, I’m the first to comment on you blag! I gawta say, livin in Bahstin, I can’t even imagine you ever leaving the Sawx, please tell me you’re resigning. Personally, I think you deserve $25-30 million annually at least. I mean those are the figures being tossed around if Johan Santana is a free agent, and everyone knows you deserve more than that. I mean, does Johan have a blag? Does Johan squirt ketchup on his sawk? Does Johan pretend to know politics? I mean cman Curt, you are the premier pitcher on the upcoming free agent mahket, but maybe you could give the Sawx a hometown discount. I mean between you and your ketchup and Tek hitting people with his mask on, I don’t know who to choose as my favorite Sawk. Oh, and Yankees suck!

  10. pm4444 permalink
    September 5, 2007 5:01 pm

    C’mon Curt. Referring to CHB as “she” is an insult to all your female fans. OTOH I wouldn’t mind if you called him a hack writer who needs a new shtick.

  11. msheppard permalink
    September 5, 2007 5:31 pm

    I tried one of those pitch measuring setups a few months ago and I could barley reach 40mph trying as hard as I could. I’m wondering if you have a couple hints that would get me faster? I’m not looking to break any records, but I’m betting there a couple basic pitching tricks that’ll get me up to maybe 50mph – and do you still use these tricks today?

    Thanks,
    M@

  12. ampmagmatt permalink
    September 5, 2007 5:51 pm

    100 on the season? that’s pretty conservative, don’t you think??

  13. firedannyainge permalink
    September 5, 2007 6:11 pm

    I like Chia better for Dan.lol

    http://firedannyainge.wordpress.com

  14. brsox604 permalink
    September 5, 2007 6:53 pm

    I think the best story is yet to come. Postseason. You wait.

  15. carawson permalink
    September 5, 2007 6:55 pm

    It is kind of funny reading the CHB’s comments in reference to you Curt. He seriously needs to get over himself. He is such a pompous *insert not nice name here*.

    I still have faith both in you and the Red Sox ;)

    and wow was that no hitter amazing :)

  16. esteban2 permalink
    September 5, 2007 7:02 pm

    Curt,

    You are an ignorant embarrassment to Red Sox Nation. Using your position to bolster your skeptical politics and bucolic religious banter….please stop opening your tiring young mouth.

    Regards,
    Bostonian

  17. gorny540 permalink
    September 5, 2007 7:24 pm

    clay bucholz rookie no hitter 2nd best story in boston next to lester

  18. September 5, 2007 7:46 pm

    “Oh and we are trying to keep tabs on how many times our folicly challenged friend CHB uses the word “Blowhard” in reference to me. The over under on the season is 100 and I think she’s bypassed that already.”

    OK…let’s see if I have this correct. Some of us are counting how many times an inconsequential writer uses a certain word (while making simultaneous elementary school gender comments) and some of us are counting how many runs Toronto scores in the top of the 5th inning.

    Sure hope the bats are around to bail us math guys out tonight. ;)

  19. eric1414 permalink
    September 5, 2007 9:38 pm

    Hey Schill,

    Difficult to pick a single story as the best in baseball this year, as there certainly have been many like you said in your post. I would definitely have to put the emergence of Pedroia as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate (after being in serious doubt as an everyday player) and Lester’s comeback in the top tier, though.

    I know you’re probably your toughest critic and have appeared to really let the mistakes on your location bother over the years, but remain positive – you will be the difference maker when it comes to playoff match-ups. My concern isn’t with the starting pitching, but rather with some of the performances by the setup men in the bullpen. Okajima had electric stuff in the first few months of the season, and I don’t know if teams have just picked up on him from scouting or if he’s having mechanical problems… but I’m looking for reliable relievers for the 7th and 8th innings. Papelbon, is one of the most dependable closers in the league and I guess could be brought in for some 8th inning work on occasion.

    Here’s hoping the Sox get matched up Cleveland in October so I can get some postseason tickets for the first time!!

  20. bosocker permalink
    September 5, 2007 10:06 pm

    Brother Curt,

    The “Stretch Run” is upon us and the BoSox should be in decent shape to bring home another Championship. They can either sweep or get swept as we have seen in the second half of the season. Hopefully, the Sawx get their second wind and put away the competition, whoever they be. How sweet it would be to meet the Yankees again and put them down hard. Kinda like smacking the devil when he comes seeking whom he may devour. Go get ‘em Curt and give them your best stuff in September and October.

    Brother Mike

  21. phishingphreak permalink
    September 6, 2007 2:40 am

    2 Names:

    TROY GLAUS

    VERNON WELLS

  22. swvb25 permalink
    September 6, 2007 6:53 am

    how about you stop making fun of shaunessy and stop talking about next season and go out and win some ballgames. i respect the way you pitch in big games, but i cant stand the way you never stop talking to the media, and your overall off field demeaner rivals that of T.O. in my opinion. when you have a poor era and low win totals, just shut up and pitch and help us. right now– beckett dice-k wakefield. comeon man pitch back into the playtoff rotation and focus on preparation not blogging and toalking to metaparrel

    rob in newton

  23. kekich permalink
    September 6, 2007 8:59 am

    Curt–
    While your fixation on Shaughnessy is understandable, it seems a bit immature. But, hey, that’s your call. However, if you want to insult the guy–which again is your call–do you think its right to call him “she.’ Is that what you think of women, that you refer to someone you dislike as “she?”

    “You’re a blowhard!”
    “Oh, yeah. Well, you’re a woman!”

    Ask your wife what she thinks.

  24. scottsdalesoxfan permalink
    September 6, 2007 11:29 am

    Hey Curt,

    Living in your old adopted hometown of Scottsdale, but a Red Sox fan, I think one of the more interestinbg stories in baseball this year has got be Bo Mel… With a payroll resembling a startup company and team of AAA players, I have to think Bo Mel is a great story. While I don’t think the Dbacks will be visiting you in the Series, he has made a name for himself, regardless of how hard Ken Kendrink and Jeff Moorad (following Rousch-Fenway into NASCAR) keep pinching the pennies.

    The Hamilton story is great, though he is awfully low key about it. I interviewed him for my Christian magazine a month ago, I won’t name the publication as I am not promoting, but you and I chatted a year ago or so.

    Lester deserves all the kudos he can get.

    Now that the Bonds saga is over, perhaps the media will choose to focus more attention on the Lesters, Hamiltons and Bo Mels of America’s game.

    I noticed you have been pretty quite on the 2008 presidency….I am sure you have some ideas…..tell us what’s on your mind.

  25. nb34 permalink
    September 6, 2007 12:45 pm

    Forget about the blog, how about trying to pick up some W’s?

  26. September 6, 2007 11:46 pm

    @ esteban2

    who gives a $#Q@$!??? if he wants to use his fame to speak his mind let him. it doesn’t affect you does it?

  27. yasgur permalink
    September 7, 2007 1:25 am

    I just checked the DeSpain page. They posted on the 5th that Peter has been declared cancer free. That’s the best news I’ve heard in a while, in or out of baseball.

  28. September 7, 2007 5:55 am

    I’d like to remind some posters here of a few real-world realities:

    1. Curt Schilling is a baseball player, not a professional writer.

    2. Blogs are for everyone, not just literary elite.

    3. If you don’t like the content, don’t read it. There are millions of other politically correct blogs you can visit. Perhaps FireDogLake is more up your alley.

    4. Amongst those of us level-headed men who aren’t caught up in identity politics, yes, slamming another dude’s manhood is a perfectly legitimate crack, whether you’re 4 or 40. Get over yourselves.

  29. kekich permalink
    September 7, 2007 2:45 pm

    Wow. Way to throw around meaningless, irrelevant terms like “politically correct” and “identity politics” to sound smart and say nothing.

    “Slamming another dude’s manhood.” Oooh, you are like way cool.

    Does your wife or daughters think that “she” is a good substitute for “incompetent loser hack,” or whatever was intended.

    Maybe next time a friend refuses to pick up the tab at a restaurant, you can accuse him of “being a Youkilis.”

    There’s a million ways to insult Shaughnessy. Curt chose one that I suspect, with some reflection, he’ll regret, because I doubt that Curt thinks that being a woman is somehow inferior. Not the first time, not the last. No harm in that.

    “Whether you’re 4 or 40.” I think I can guess which one you’re closer to.

  30. histoolness permalink
    September 7, 2007 3:35 pm

    To Nate Francis. Here’s a real-world reality for you:

    Curt Schilling doesn’t know who you are, wouldn’t care less if he did, and certainly doesn’t need you defending him.

    If I’m incorrect on any of those points, my apologies, but please keep in mind he has a “comment” section on his blog. This allows for free speech by one and all in our democractic nation.

    Frankly, I think Schlling is an immature idiot who had a chance to go down in this town as one of our true legends. His “blow hard” status, however, is changing that. Once he leaves town — by his choice, or Theo’s — he’ll be remembered fondly for his courageous 2004 post-season, but he”ll never truly be loved (sycophants who embrace all things Red Sox discounted).

  31. eric1414 permalink
    September 7, 2007 6:02 pm

    “y’know, the expensive guy . . . the one that seems to hit into DPs even when nobody in on base . . .”

    Had to reiterate that quote from whomever posted it, best laugh I think I got all day =]

    ‘Rob in Newton’ needs kicked in the face for even mentioning TO and Schill in the same sentence.

    ..So much for all those who said Rick Ankiel was the best story in baseball.

    Add Glaus to that list as well :/

  32. huskersoxfan permalink
    September 7, 2007 8:57 pm

    What are all of you thinking about Ankiel now? Curt – your take on this? Bottom line – even though it was not a “banned substance” at the time, it was still ILLEGAL. So much for “feel good” stories – a simple case of being STUPID.

  33. b4andbeyond permalink
    September 8, 2007 7:13 am

    The best part is you had some setbacks and emerged balanced, centered, and ready to move forward toward a third World Series ring. Balanced and centered! You found that space where you can Be Peace. Or at least with most people.

  34. ohshutupyou permalink
    September 8, 2007 8:11 am

    “Oh and we are trying to keep tabs on how many times our folicly challenged friend CHB uses the word “Blowhard” in reference to me. The over under on the season is 100 and I think she’s bypassed that already.”

    You knw what? if CHB said it 100 more times, it would not BEGIN to describe the mouth that is Curt Schilling.

  35. ktrad permalink
    September 8, 2007 1:23 pm

    Nice post….I am loving this team. I am stuck out here on the west coast, so i do not get a chance to watch every game.

    You are right….the Yanks will never go away…next weekend is a big big weekend at Fenway.

  36. skinnyman2007 permalink
    September 8, 2007 1:50 pm

    Hi Curt I think the story of the season is Jon Lester coming back to pitch after the cancer treatments. Also Clay Bucholz no hitter this season. Can Clay Bucholz win the rookie of the year Curt or does he have to be with the team the whole season to win that? He will win rookie of the year next year Curt. Curt the RedSox have a great team and a great core of rookies. Stay with the RedSox next year!!!!!!!!!. Don’t leave Curt. Curt I hope you pitch a no hitter before the season ends or in the playoffs and that would be another great story of the season!!!!!!!!!. The magic number is 15 that is great!!!!!!!. Curt I want your opinion of Dice K why is he giving up so many runs in the past few games? Do you think he has to change some things, do you think he is tired, or do you think he is in the learning process in his first year in Major league baseball?

    From, Jeff

  37. carawson permalink
    September 8, 2007 6:10 pm

    to ohshutupyou

    At least Schilling produces something other than carbon dioxide :P

  38. djggabe permalink
    September 8, 2007 6:13 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Hope you remember me. You and I played together in the Sox organization (New Britain) for a few years prior to you being traded. I now live in Nashville and ran into a guy from main who told me about the site. I think was you are doing is great and true to form, you continue to be a class act. Hope this finds you well and I would love to hear from you.

    Dan Gabriele

  39. eric1414 permalink
    September 9, 2007 10:36 am

    It’s easy for most to say they wouldn’t use their celebrity position to bolster their own opinion and speak their mind when asked about a particular subject, because most do not know what it’s like to be in that position. Even if you weren’t trying to reach a mass audience, what you say is still national news when you’re a sports superstar and Boston legend.

    The guy says what he thinks and speaks from the heart, I would assume most of you do the same on a daily basis – you just don’t have sportswriters and columnists paraphrasing your quotes based upon their interpretation to be used (in some cases) in a negative way.

    If the choice were between having a team full of mute ballplayers to interview after games, or a roster w/ guys whom speak their minds, I think all (of you and the sportswriters) would definitely choose those who talk freely.

  40. spacemansbong permalink
    September 9, 2007 1:15 pm

    Isn’t this childish CHB stuff something that a “Christian” should avoid engaging in? It’s one thing to mock someone in the spur of the moment, but a blog is about as premeditated as you can get. How does one square the one with the other? WWJD indeed.

  41. dianesfastball permalink
    September 9, 2007 9:09 pm

    ok..first off he made a funny..get it?? about CHB…get over it all of you and take it for what it was meant to be…
    Schill says what he wants to say when he wants to and so what?
    And in my heart I fell for him when he made the commercial about breaking the curse before he even pitched for us. I will always love the player and person he is..
    We should never fear to say what we believe….

  42. suesox permalink
    September 10, 2007 1:29 am

    Re highlights of the baseball season, most have already been mentioned here:

    1- Buchholz’ no-no
    2- Emergence of Pedroia as first-class player
    3- Papelbon’s consistent stellar performances
    4- Mike Lowell – player/hitter/fielder/person
    5- Mother’s Day Miracle
    6- Singing of the national anthem by the fellow with autism (can’t recall his name), and crowd joining in
    7- Various tributes to former players
    8- Fan reception for Trot Nixon
    9- Coco’s gold glove performance in center field
    10 – Beckett on the mound

    On a different topic, I’d love to have Neil Diamond invited to throw out the first pitch and lead the fans in “Sweet Caroline!”

  43. ngruk permalink
    September 10, 2007 12:50 pm

    This may be your own personal blog, but you’re now the CEO of a major company seeking to find its way into the market. It would be in the interests of you and those you employ if you kept the name-calling and bickering out of the public eye; there’s no telling whom you’ll piss off.

    Also, copy-pasted questions from umpteen weeks ago:

    Q- Did you build your own gaming rig or did you buy a pre-built system (e.g. Dell, Alienware, Gateway, etc.)? What are the specs on it?

    Q- As an MMO player what is your preferred playstyle: raiding, small groups or soloing?

    Q- Are you open about whom you are when you play a game (for example, do your guildmates tend to know/figure it out)?

    Q- When should fans expect some more substantial information to be released on 38 Studios’ flagship title? A year? Two? More? Less?

    Q- Do you play games the day/night before you’re due to pitch? If so, have you ever gotten sucked in so deep you lost track of time (and maybe a little sleep as a result)?

    Q- Are you guys (38 Studios) interested in attending E3 in the future? What are your three most anticipated games at the expo this year?

  44. jcr4runner permalink
    September 12, 2007 4:22 pm

    CHB — Curly Haired Boyfriend?

    Just for people who don’t know. That’s the moniker coined by Sox outfielder Carl Everett.

    While complaining about reporters who criticized him, Jurassic Carl referred to “[Gordon] Edes and his curly-haired boyfriend.”

    Of course, Shaugnessy coined “Jurassic Carl” as a mocking allusion to Everett’s remark to reporters that as a Bible believer, he didn’t take the theory evolution seriously. Of course, being a creationist is the unpardonable sin in liberal Boston.

    After that remark, CHB had the RSN convinced that Jurassic Carl was just an out of control trouble maker. It’s funny that when he later moved on, we never heard another word about controversy associated with Everett.

    I am convinced from other things that CHB has written that he just doesn’t like born-again Christians who wear their faith on their sleeve.

    I think Shaughessy is a GREAT writer and I aspire to be like him in that way, but Herr Blowhard has a little bit more humility in admitting that he sometimes says things he regrets.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a retraction in print from CHB.

  45. ohshutupyou permalink
    September 14, 2007 11:39 am

    “At least Schilling produces something other than carbon dioxide”

    Yeah, like this pathetic boatload of sycophants.

  46. redsox38 permalink
    September 21, 2007 1:20 am

    Those young Rookies are doing great. Hey heres a cool fact about Jacoby Ellsbury he played in Summer College Baseball in my home town. I think its great to see some one like him in the big leagues.

  47. mainesox14 permalink
    October 30, 2007 12:36 pm

    Curt, Thanks for another great year and another championship. I hope that you land right back in Boston next year. The Sox would be lucky to have you for at least one more year and personally would like to see you end your career in Boston. If we’ve seen the last of you in Beantown, then I hope you know how greatful we are to you for what you’ve brought to the team over the past few years. Good luck next year no matter where you might be playing.

  48. kjmm permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:09 pm

    thanks.
    …TONS.
    best to you and your family. hope you’re around next year.
    -kevin

  49. bullsfan permalink
    December 4, 2007 11:09 am

    This past weekend I saw Josh Hamilton and his wife speak at a local church. It was refreshing to see him as just a regular kinda guy – he wasn’t polished like some PR professional had gotten a hold of him and told him what to say. I find his comeback amazing…overcoming his addiction (which we all know is a day to day struggle) is amazing…and then being able to come back and play in the majors after such a long time away is another amazing venture.

    I looked back on your site to see if you had posted comments in regards to this, but didn’t see…wondering your take…

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