Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Jeff Jacobs of the Courant...Too Good NOT To Read...

And this is from the Hartford Courant, today, Tuesday May 23rd....

Schilling Not Down For Count After All
BOSTON - If you don't know gehrig38 by now, well, you just haven't logged on in the past three years. Anyway, gehrig38 had a good story to tell after he pitched the kind of game Monday night that scares Yankees fans. Scares them stiff.
"I have a good friend who has ALS. His name is George, and he e-mails every night before I pitch," gehrig38 said after dominating the Yankees for eight innings in a 9-5 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park. "He read my comments after the last start about making changes and how I'd lost this and lost that.
"In a smart-alecky way, he said, `Listen, I lost the ability to talk and to walk. If all you have to do is make an adjustment on your fastball, get your freakin' rear end out there and make an adjustment.' It kind of hit home. When you're struggling, you make a lot out of nothing sometimes. You tend not to focus on what you need to focus on."

For the record, gehrig38 - Curt Schilling - made some adjustments.
He didn't give up three home runs this time.

He didn't allow any.

Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada didn't embarrass him on Monday night the way they had on May 10 at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees didn't send him back to the clubhouse, chin down, looking for a laptop to play "EverQuest" or cruise the Internet to soothe his aching soul.

There would be no repeat of Ramon Hernandez, rookie Brandon Fahey and Jay Gibbons clubbing Schilling for three home runs in Baltimore on May 16, either.

News flash: Big Schill didn't leave his right arm on the pitcher's mound at Jacobs Field on April 25 after all.

There would be no hard questions about what has happened to Schilling since the whopping 133 pitches he threw that night in Cleveland - the most by a Red Sox pitcher since 2001. There would be no snide comments about Terry Francona's subservience to Schilling's will when it comes to if and when he leaves the mound.

There was only a line to admire: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. And, oh yes, after allowing three home runs in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, there was no long ball.

Schilling is usually a gas guzzler on the mound, his pitch count mounting. A big part of it, Francona said, is teams foul off so many pitches. On this night, however, he was a model of efficiency, needing only 99 pitches, 72 strikes, for career win No. 199.

"You look up and see him throwing 70 percent strikes," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "That's pretty impressive."

****Peter here, and YES, impressive is such a great word. Now, on to tonight, when fluttering in the strike zone knuckeballs will throttle the Yankees again. More sweetness. BELIEVE.


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