While I was on the radio …
While in the WEEI studio for my four-hour stint on ‘The Big Show’ some of you chimed in on the site’s live interactive blog with a few questions. Here are some answers …
Curt, have you seen Luis Exposito play or even meet him? He apparently has the highest ceiling. – Steve in Boston
Answer: Never heard of him.
Do you think Jason Varitek would be interested in transitioning into a coaching role over the next couple of years for the Red Sox? It seems like it would be a perfect fit for him. – Chaz Michael Michaels
Answer: I do think he’ll be a manager someday.
Curt, have you given John Smoltz any tips on New England living? – DrJeff
Nope, he won’t need them.
Hey Curt, is Jonathan Papelbon going to be here for the long term? It seemed like the article I read today suggested he may be looking for a huge payday soon. – Ben F
Answer:I think Paps will be looking for a big payday. How big? I have no idea. I think he’ll be very interested in being at or near the top of the payscale for closers for each year of his arbitration as well as his first free agent run. I am not sure I see much of a hometown discount on that horizon.
Mr. Schilling, who was the other catcher you referred too who is similar to Varitek’s and his ability to call pitches? – Allan
Answer: Todd Pratt
Curt, is Varitek the type of person who out of loyalty, might not sign with the Yankees if given the chance, or does being a Red Sox for so long play nothing into the decision? – Justin
Answer: He is that type of person in my opinion. He wouldn’t. But that’s my opinion only. I’ve never asked him.
Curt, if you come back, is there any chance you would come back in a relief role or are you a starter no matter what? – Will Clark’s Banana Cup
Answer: If I come back where? To the game? No, I will come back as a starter. To Boston? Unfortunately I can’t see any scenario that would have that happen. They are stacked with starters and that’s what I will be.
Curt, are you and the family planning on living in the Boston area after you retire? – DMBMARKT
Have you been in contact with Theo at all about a possible second half return? – August from Maine
How is Lester going to hold up after throwing well over 200 innings for the first time? – Rick
Answer: I think Jon Lester will have a better year than CC Sabathia, W/L record aside.
How much of the success of the rotation is because of Varitek, and how much of it is due to advance scouting and knowing how to pitch to the opposing teams hitters? – Yac
Answer: The advance scouting is done FOR Jason and FOR John Farrell. Advance scouting is what the pitching coach usually uses on a team to address the staff before the series, hoping pitchers pay attention and listen. Here it’s to put together the book for Jason to translate to the staff in real time.
Curt, what was your greatest fear when you came to Boston? – Eric from Maine
Answer: That I would suck.
Curt were the Red Sox managers and coaches the best you have worked with in your career? – Daddydano
Answer: I’ve had a ton of great coaches. Every coach here was fantastic and fun to live with. My all-time favorites is a long list but it would include Podres, Frank Robinson, Tito, Brian Butterfield, Dale Sveum, Gary Tuck, John Farrell, Bob Welch, Bob Cluck, Mark Connor, Robin Yount, Jim Presley, Millsy, Demarlo Hale, Mags, Bob Melvin and a few others I can’t remember this second.
Curt, how much do you and Pedro Martinez push each other in 2004? – Eric from Maine
Answer: I don’t know that we pushed each other as much as RJ did me in Arizona. Pedro had a ton of pride and I don’t think he looked at it like that. He’d done far more than me when I got here and that was without me. I always looked at it as a fantastic motivator though.
Curt, what was the best clubhouse prank you have ever seen pulled? – Mike
Answer: Someone’s entire outfit frozen in a sheet of ice, from socks, shoes and underwear, to their hat.
Curt, you have played in a lot of different cities, have you ever come across a society as a whole who are more passionate about their teams than in Boston? – Ben F
Answer: No, not even close.
Curt, do you ever see yourself getting into any kind of coaching or managerial role? – Eric from Maine
Was Philadelphia so successful against TB’s 3, 4 & 5 hitters because of better game-calling or better pitching? And if it was game calling shouldn’t the Red Sox /Varitek have had an upper hand over Philly due to the number of games they play against Tampa Bay and their familiarity with the hitters? – Sean
Answer: Philadelphia had a hot ace and their staff executed better than ours did. Not to mention Tampa’s staff threw very well too.
Curt, how’s the new game programming coming along? – Groovinn
Answer: Internally it’s incredible. We have a live playtest up and running and progress is just awesome. Funding is taking some time, still haven’t found the person or people that ‘get it’ when it comes to the multi-billion dollar payout after we launch. It’s too long for most investors, especially in this economy. But I said when we started that it was going to take a special person or group, who truly understood the space we are in to realize what our vision for the IP truly means in 3 years. We’ll get there.