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Playing catch up…

November 30, 2007

Seems like I walked out of the office Monday evening and turned around and it’s Friday already. Yesterday was spent regrouping from the out and back SF trip.

To say the day was full on Wednesday would be horribly misleading. Starting at about 7am we didn’t stop until we landed in Boston around 3am the next morning. I don’t really know how the Q&A went that started the day off other than to say nothing we talked about was new ground. Explaining to a room full of VCs all of your business philosophies and how you plan to lay out and follow a road map gets easier every time when you factor in the people leading the parade.

Had a chance to catch up with someone I consider a good friend in Peter Moore. English Red Sox fans seem to be a larger contingent of people than one might expect.

Spent the early part of the afternoon listening to the brilliant minds at IPhone. Wow. talk about creative energy. This was a meeting I can’t fathom missing. The creative ideas that went flying around the room from their team, along with Todd’s like minded open box approach sent everyone back to their corners trying not to forget what it was we were talking about. Thanks a million to Eric and Andy and all the people that helped make this get together happen. No doubt there is massive potential to do some very special stuff in the coming years.

The west coast day ended with us getting a chance to meet up with Lucasarts. Another very cool group that could potentially offer up some great partnership potential.

So we get caught up and another week gets checked off the calendar. The Santana sweepstakes are now heating up and from everything I hear there are some major offers on the table with a few teams making very serious runs at making this happen. I would bet top dollar that Johan is wearing someone else’s colors by the end of the GM meetings this week. I think he’d look awful nice in Red Sox whites and greys!

One last note. The Shade Foundation is holding its annual Gala Dinner and Holiday Gift Auction in Scottsdale on December 6th. Dustin Pedroia and his lovely wife Kelly will be chairing this event. You can find out about it, and sign up to be a part of it at this link

http://www.shadefoundation.org/festival/index.php

Thanks in advance to anyone helping out!

79 Comments leave one →
  1. lughlamfhada permalink
    December 2, 2007 7:02 pm

    Curt,

    Just saw a story on ESPN.com stating that the Sox have added Jacoby Ellsbury to the deal for Johan Santana.

    This is, to use the vernacular, a huge, hot, steaming pile of bulls*it. If we have learned ANYTHING from the Yankees in the past ten years, it’s that you don’t trade away your star prospects for soon-to-be free agent pitchers. The Sox have Beckett, Dice-K, Lester, and Bucholz for young arms, with more waiting in the wings. Why must they potentially mortgage the future in order to land Santana?

    Why can’t the Sox just grow their own superstars? Why not go after Dan Haren, who probably won’t cost you as much in terms of prospects and is still a damned good pitcher?

    The Sox now have the perennial contender moniker that the Yankees have always had, they have the same bloated payroll, let’s just hope now they don’t trade away all of their prospects for big-name players. We all know how that turned out for the Yankees.

    -Lugh

  2. bing0011 permalink
    December 2, 2007 7:10 pm

    Curt,

    Could you please tell Sox management that us fans want to see Ellsbury again?! He’s got SUCH a great future in a Red Sox uniform, and it would be heartbreaking to watch him go elsewhere.

    As someone with equal passion about this game, and this team, I hope you are willing to relay our message.

    Thank you, and keep up the great work! It’s wonderful to have you back!

  3. emmmer permalink
    December 2, 2007 8:16 pm

    Curt,

    What’s all this about trading Ellsbury? As Bing0011 (and I’m sure others) asked could you please relay our hopes that Jacoby can remain with us (well, with the Sox)? I hope that this isn’t an attempt to just keep someone from going to the dreaded Evil Empire. If I could figure out how, I’d email Theo directly and plead my case.

    But no Mirabelli? Clement? Kielty? I can see Gagne not being offered to stay but who’s going to catch Wake? Didn’t they already figure out once before that they need someone with unique talents to catch that bouncing ball? Maybe I’m just preaching to the choir.

    On the lighter side, I am so happy that you and Mike got to sign papers to stay, too. I’m kind of sentimental and like to stay with the guys that brought us so much happiness.

    I’m looking forward to watching you again next spring. Here’s wishing you the very best.

  4. loveyanks permalink
    December 2, 2007 8:17 pm

    as a yankee fan, if you get santana, its turn out the lights for the yanks for many years to come:(

    (

  5. conncase permalink
    December 2, 2007 8:55 pm

    Theo and the crew have forgotten more about baseball in the last 30 seconds than I’ll every know, that said, we just built a team that won the World Series and will only get better next year by keeping the same personnel.
    Papi will be healthy
    Dustin will have another year under his belt
    Lester will be stronger after being that much further removed from his treatment
    DiceK should feel more comfortable in town
    Schill is locked and loaded and is the biggest big game pitcher of all time especially when challenged. And what greater challenge than to challenge oneself with a “weight clause” in your own contract?
    Jacoby is something special that only comes around once in a great, great while. His baseball sense is uncanny. Nomar had that too… and we loved Nomar for years around here.

    Listen, Johan is spectacular. I’ve seen clips of batters walking away after getting struck out and they mouth the word “wow” after one of those freakish changeups he has. He’s great, no but’s or if’s etc. We shouldn’t forget that Lester won his first 6 or 7 games and who knows how far along his illness was at the time. The sky is the limit for him too. Bucholz looks like he can be a major contributor too. Lastly, Jacoby adds something intangible to the Sox lineup that no one else can. He can score from 2nd on a pass ball for crying out loud. I compared him to Nomar above, a gentleman I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few times in the past, however, even Nomar falls a little short to Jacoby.

    Bottom line, we have our entire core back and we have some VERY promising kids coming up that I would not move for Johan. I’ll take the team we have now and go with the “us against the world mantra”.

    Thanks for the opportunity to post Curt. You’re a class act and a true role model for all ages.

  6. December 2, 2007 9:04 pm

    Just… ugh.

    I hope the brass understands what a PR disaster this is going to be. And if Santana’s elbow gives out, I mean… seriously.

    Nightmare inc.

    We saved Mike Lowell, now we have to SAVE JACOBY ELLSBURY!

    LET THE YANKEES HAVE SANTANA.

    I CAN’T BELIEVE I JUST SAID THAT, LOL.

  7. rick777 permalink
    December 2, 2007 9:37 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Congrats on your new contract!

    Wouldn’t you love to pitch for another 3-4 years with the same velocity you had in your prime? Years ago I saw an interview with Nolan Ryan, part of which was conducted in his weight room talking about strength training. He covered a couple of exercises that left an impression on me because they were two of the three I’ve been doing off and on for the last 35 years. I don’t think Ryan’s weightlifting habits were any secret, and his advise to his friend Roger Clemens, I’m sure, has been a huge factor in Roger’s longevity.

    In my case, I workout for a period of 3-4 month every 4-5 years and have been doing so since my college days. I can attest, at age 55, I was recently able to achieve my original strength in bench press, from 35 years earlier; however, not without a good bout of tendonitis.

    I strongly recommend you get in touch with the two aforementioned and see what you can glean. It would be great to see you be a significant part of a couple more World Series victories. Good luck in the upcoming season!

  8. steeda432 permalink
    December 2, 2007 10:19 pm

    Curt,
    A little bit off topic here, and obviously you have no control over this but I am very unhappy with what I am hearing on ESPN.com that Jacoby Ellsbury is now being offered to the Twins in the proposed Santana deal. Santana is a great talent, no one with half a brain could argue otherwise, but I think the price is getting a little steep. I am familiar with the other players the Sox were offering(according to the media reports anyway) and I was fine with that, but, after the yankees decided to throw in Phil Hughes(who doesn’t impress me much anyway with all his hype his 4.46 ERA last year wasn’t anything to write home about) the Sox said they would be willing to throw Ellsbury in the trade. I just don’t think Santana is worth it with Ellsbury involved. If you gave them the deal the media was reporting with Crisp going then I think the deal is great, seems pretty obvious Jacoby will be starting in center next year, as he definetly should. However, if you throw Jacoby in there I think it’s giving too much. We already have an incredible rotation. Obviously Santana would make it considerably better, but I think the price is just getting too high. I am aware this isn’t your department but I just hope Theo doesn’t give up Jacoby, that kid was meant to play in Boston.

    Had to vent,
    Jim

  9. iluvny permalink
    December 2, 2007 10:28 pm

    hey, great city of baaston, i see that the bc eagles haven`t won a con. championship since the begining of time.hmmm, i wonder what other team did that for 89 yrs.hows it feel to be living in a city full of losiers?

  10. texredsoxfan permalink
    December 2, 2007 11:05 pm

    Yes! I agree with bing!! please let them know that ellsbury is amazing and we love him and he can’t leave! what they need to do is power-up the line up and get bats that can beat santana because we’ve already got tons of great pitching prospects and i think the only reason the red sox keep uping their offer is because they’re doing the same stupid thing they did in talking to dice-k in competing with the yankees!
    Thank you so much for being an awesome person and having this blog!
    So glad that you’re back!

  11. December 2, 2007 11:15 pm

    Hi Curt,

    So were you speaking at the seminar or were you looking for another round of financing for 38 Studios? Just curious…

    Hope you’re well,
    Jon

  12. markiemark22079 permalink
    December 2, 2007 11:25 pm

    Hey JMAN,

    You must be some kind of A–Hole to have the nerve to come to this website and add a comment like that. We can tell you are not a real Red Sox Fan, if you even are a Red Sox fan at all. You must have not watched any of the last season or the postseason. You must have forgotten the Great game that Schill tossed only to have his no-hitter bid broken up by Tori Hunter ( i think thats who it was) not 100 % though. Also Schill may not be that over powering pitcher he was in the passed, but he has most definately has reestablished himself as one of the greatest control pitchers of all time,spotting his pitches almost perfect everytime. He is also one of the main reasons that the Soxs were able to win there second World Series Championship in the past 4 years. So do us all a favor JMAN and dont come here and trash one of the greatest Pitchers to ever pitch in MLB.. So go to maybe the Yankees website you TRADER and say that stuff over there. And to say that it was a waste of 8 million dollars you are crazy that was a steal to keep Schill here in a Soxs uniform for that price.He must suck right that why other teams were offering 14-18 million for a single year and some other teams offering a two year deal. So JMAN do us all a favor dont come back here unless you come back to give Schill an apologe…Remeber this JMAN we know you will be back here next year after the Soxs win again and will be praising Schill for helping us win another title..Make my words and remember that im predicting this right now….Take care Schill and do me a favor and prove this jerk wrong with your most dominating year ever… GOOD LUCK BRO and have an awesome year…And do us all a favor and GET SOME REST you seem like you get less rest now than you do during the season….HAHAHAHAHA…. I bet it is true if you really think about it… IS it true Schill are you more busy now than during the season ????? It would be nice to hear back from you…..Take Care of your self and get some serious rest……..

    Thank you for reading this letter Schill

    Mark Lester Maslauskas

  13. sox46 permalink
    December 2, 2007 11:36 pm

    Can’t believe brass is even considering giving up Ellsbury! If I read correctly, Ellsbury, without Lester; if Lester goes, they want Coco . . . do we really need another pitcher??

    The picthing crew is strong; this past season was amazing – everyone was in their niche and pitchers were relaxed. Santana is a good pitcher, but Ellsbury is young, energetic, and fun to watch. Heck, he may have even inspired Manny to put a little pep in his step – lol. Was it just me, or did Manny look like he was doing a bit of hustling after he came back into play following his oblique strain and Ellsbury subbing??

    Gotta keep Ellsbury!

  14. colecovision permalink
    December 3, 2007 12:35 am

    Curt,

    I applaud you for allowing your fans to read your personal blog. It is also interesting to see you as an entrepreneur and philanthroper as well as a pitcher. I would love to hear more about the insights you may have in launching an early stage company and the lessons that you could provide other entrepreneurs.

    As far as the latest news on adding Ellsbury to the mix for Santana, I would support such a move for such a proven pitching talent. I think Ellsbury will turn out to be a good/great ML player, but I think it is more important for the sox to keep Lester and Buchholtz in the long run. I appreciate Coco and his contribution to the 2007 Sox. He is a great defensive CF with good/great speed and boasts a career .280 average.

    They are would be giving up real talent in Ellsbury, Lowrie, and Masterson or Bowden but we would be adding one of the best pitchers in baseball.

    M

  15. December 3, 2007 6:04 am

    Yes, give us more info about the MMO title you are developing. I really like the fact that Salvatore is working on it too but Todd McFarlane designes where never anything that I liked.

    Regarding Ellsbury for Santana: PLEASE NO. Yes, Santana isn’t that old and a Class A pitcher and it’s much easier to find good Outfielders then good pitchers but Ellsbury was SO good this year that is would be a shame if he didn’t played for the Red Sox in 2008.

  16. jfprotem permalink
    December 3, 2007 8:20 am

    OK – so Red Sox Nation is totally stressed out. Why? need you ask…Ellsbury+ for Santana. Yes, he is a great rookie and yes he is the fastest thing we have ever seen here. And yes, many of us believe he is the core for the next decade of Red Sox baseball…BUT there is more. He brings an energy to the team that makes all the players better and it is that last part that is somewhat irreplaceable.

    I know and generally believe the old adage that baseball is all about the pitching, but I also know that the intangibles that lead to sustainable momentum are just as important. I am hoping that management is using Ellsbury as a chip to water down the Yankees and that this is not a real offer. It would be a clear mistake. There are other probably less costly deal to be made–Harden with his 2.46 ERA would be a great addition to the staff in league with Santana’s 3.33 ERA and would probably cost us less in personnel.

    So after that long-winded soliloquy, Curt help us lobby here! And PS thanks for your dedication to the team and New England. Hope the kids get lots of snow days this year.

  17. December 3, 2007 9:13 am

    Curt, I am waiting with baited breath . . . can you imagine:

    Beckett
    Santanna
    Schilling
    Dice K
    Wakefield

    WOW!

  18. gshelley permalink
    December 3, 2007 10:33 am

    Hey Curt,
    A little off topic here, but I was reading about Marvin Miller’s chances of finally getting into the HOF when I was surprised to see that he had taken what I thought was a shot at you. I’m parafrazing here but he was talking about guys (he only mentioned you by name) not knowing where things like your pension rights and where your union came from. Is there some sort of history there that I am missing? Because all I have ever gotton from you is a guy who in my opion knows more about the history of the game than anyone I have ever met. How do you feel about how veterans of the game are selected? Also do you feel there is any hope for Sudden Sam McDowell getting in the hall some day, for a 6-7 year period his numbers were Kofax like but from what I understand he wasn’t the easiest guy in the world to get along with because of some addiction problems. i would love to see you analize the numbers and give us yiour assesment.

    Thanks,
    Glenn

  19. December 3, 2007 12:09 pm

    Curt, you are a man of many colors. Someway, Somehow you are able to juggle family, baseball charity AND blogging. I’m not sure if you remember me but I used to live at the Webster House, they same time that you and your family came and blessed us with food, family and fun. Not to mention the surprise gifts that you brought, which by the way I still have and will cherish forever.

    For all of you that are out bashing Curt Schilling, grow up. You all don’t understand how much this man and his family helps out in his community. And you never will. Stop bashing his page, and stop wasting your time, he isn’t going to stop blogging because you leave nasty comments on his page.

    Curt, you and your family are truly a blessing. And I hope to see more of you.

    Annie Gomez

  20. bigpapi1824 permalink
    December 3, 2007 12:10 pm

    Hey Schill,

    I would love to hear more detail about your business. I’ve read a lot about your company, however; I was looking at the MMO Market and it looks pretty crowded with other developers. Of course, some are probably not making much noise in the market. But, I was interested in seeing your thoughts on the Market and your thoughts on how to establish yourself like WOW has…

    God Bless

  21. December 3, 2007 1:10 pm

    Malach,

    It’s quite possible that Buchholz may be the best pitcher in that group next season, after Beckett. Why toss Wakefield and his 4.75 ERA out there when Buchholz is a budding ace according to virtually every scout of note in or out of the game?

    I don’t think Santana’s increased ERA and gaudy home run total (30) were an accident. My gut still screams that this will end up being a bad deal.

    Remember, Yankees fans were similarly ebullient about Jason Giambi once upon a time. Then A-Rod. Then, Randy Johnson was going to come in and save the day (snicker). Do we want to sell off all the kids to chase superstars? Mortgage the future for the present, like the Yanks did? Where did it get them?

  22. austinjjg permalink
    December 4, 2007 4:34 pm

    Would like to contact you about gaming PC’s – I work for a major PC maker located in Texas and we know that you are a huge gamer and want to talk with you – email me boston_jjg@yahoo.com

  23. tjg05 permalink
    December 5, 2007 9:18 pm

    Curt we met tonight at Jon McClains town meeting. My name is Tom Gibson and my son was killed in Iraq 1-26-05. My wife, my other son who served two tours in Iraq and I would like to help with your dinner on 12-22 and 12-23. We would like to offer assistance in any way we can serving dinner etc. You also asked for my phone number. I would rather not put this on the blog. How can I get you my phone number?
    Tom

  24. dwelsh517 permalink
    December 11, 2007 4:43 pm

    Curt, I don’t want to be accused of sucking up to you, here on your blog, and then asking something. I have tried before and would like to try again. I am sure that there is a right way and a wrong way. I am sure there is a right way and a wrong way to make thisrequest, but I do not know where to begin. I would be very interested in seeing if you wouold be able to come and share your story and especially your faith, with the men of the Diocese of Providence. I would love to ge tin touch with the right people to see if we can make that happen. I would love to leave my email address here, but I want to avoid gettng tons of emails from others who read your blog. I am hoping that you could get my email from the people at wordpress.com. My guess is that they would be able to provide that to you.

    Hope to see you the first day of work outs, in Spring Training!

    God Bless You!

  25. thebeanman permalink
    December 22, 2007 12:16 pm

    Unrelated story you might find humerous.
    In 2003 I lead a field trip to New England. The party included two Yankee fans, myself (a fool for so long Red Sox fan), and a Curt Schilling figurine in a Phillies uniform. I brought the action figure to tease one of my Yankee fan friends. I kept telling him that Curt was going to sign with Boston. June 18th, a Thursday, the three of us were in box seats watching the Sox play Toronto. We played golf and hung out in Newport on Friday, and Saturday we watched the Yankees play Cleveland in Yankee Stadium. It was old timers day. My skin STILL crawls at the thought of being in that place without a gun to my head!
    Every time we were in the rental vehicle, I would point to the action figure perched on the rear view mirror and say, “Curt’s coming to Boston”. My Yankee friend was less than impressed. He wanted to throw Curt out of the car in New York with the thought that he would join Randy Johnson there. Blame it on his being a Yankee fan born in Mississippi, and living in Tennessee! When we turned the vehicle in, I forgot the figurine on the mirror, and that Yankee fan decided NOT to remind me that I had left it there, so after Curt signed I said thanks to my Yankee friend for leaving Curt in Boston. He will never get over it, especially the way the 2004 post season went. To this day he takes full responsibility for Curt signing. Oh! The joy of a Yankee fan’s pain.

  26. yankee0313 permalink
    December 23, 2007 7:56 am

    Mr. Schilling

    You are a complete moron
    Your comments and opinions should never be published ANYWHERE

    The smartest thing that you could do for baseball, is to retire immediately and keep your Big Mouth SHUT………

  27. daegu07 permalink
    January 6, 2008 5:31 am

    Hello Mr. Schilling,
    Greetings from South Korea (via Indiana & Boston) ! I have a few comments and some questions,
    1) I hope the Sox don’t go after Santana. Yeah, if the entire goal of the organization is to be competive for the next 2 seasons, fine, but I think with the team we have we can compete with the Yankees as is. Keep both young pitchers and definitely keep Ellsbury!

    2) Schiiling is not a moron– hey Yankee fans, do A-Rod, Jeter, and Clemens have blogs that you can know their indepth thoughts and point of views? (Probably not !). So, why are you always badmouthing him, jealous?

    3) Red Sox fans, come on. The Yankees don’t suck, they are up there every year and to beat them is quite an accomplishment. You can hate their guts (like I do), but come on, they don’t suck.

    4) What I would like to know is– what does a major league pitcher do in the off-season? Do they hang around the house with the wife and kids? Do they travel and go to exotic places around the country or overseas? What does a pitcher do in the off-season, do they have a gym and work out daily or do they take it easy and wait for Spring training to start. Lastly, do Sox players keep in touch with each other during the offseason?

    If you happen to see this comment and respond, thanks in advance, and good luck to you and the Sox in’08.

    Tony Adams

  28. curtfan permalink
    January 30, 2008 9:48 pm

    Curt I am interested in knowing if you received a poem I faxed to get to you before you won the world series. The red sock game;) If you didnt I would like to know how I can get it to you. It is strictly a baseball poem so dont be nervous;) I have nothing but respect for you. I have been told by all who have read it that it is a really good poem. I like it if I do say so myself. You were always my favorite when you were with the D-Backs.

  29. December 5, 2008 4:39 pm

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