Curt Schilling challenged himself to make adjustments last time out and that’s exactly what he did. He said he was overthrowing his fastball, so tonight, if you noticed, the radar gun readings were consistently in the low 90s and the man’s location was pinpoint. His split was the best it has been all year.
If Schilling can successfully make the adjustment from a fireballer to a painter — a low 90s painter– that can only bode good things for the Red Sox. This guy is such a smart pitcher that you have to think he will make the necessary adjustments.
Much like Bill Parcells’ press conferences were must-listen when he coached the Patriots, a post-start Schilling presser falls into the same category. He is entertaining and insightful and nearly always gives you some choice annecdotes.
Tonight he spoke of how a friend of his who has ALS and e-mails him before every start told Schilling, "I lost the ability to talk and
to walk, and if all you have to do is make an adjustment on your fastball, get
your frickin [butt] out there and make an adjustment."
Well put. I also enjoyed listening to Schilling talk about how this version of the Yankees, minus Matsui and Sheffield, needs to be stomped on. Most pitchers would say, "They’re still a Major League team" and then utter a bunch of other boring cliches. Schilling is realistic and he notes that this is the time to pounce on those Yankees.
Did everyone enjoy watching Alex Cora tonight? I wonder if the Red Sox would be better suited having Cora in the lineup more often. He does all the little things and is a better hitter than Gonzalez. He also holds his own defensively.
Obviously the big concern tonight was Foulke. He had nothing. It seems as if he’s sort of hit a plateau. You wonder if he is ever going to regain that level that made him such a great closer two years ago. I’m not seeing it, but who knows.
Boomer in the rotation on Friday. That’s great news.
As for the fact that he’s not talking to the media, big deal. I think we’ll all survive. His quotes were taken out of context? I was there. He should know better. How long has he been around now? He should know how the game works. When he says things, it’s going to get in print and fans and other players are going to interpret it however they wish.
To me, David Wells is the Charles Barkley of baseball. He talks first and thinks later. Whatever. He should just pitch, and talk to the media only about his own pitching and not wax poetic on his opinions of issues, unless he is prepared for the fallout when those opinions are aired!
Oh well, that’s all for me.