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I interviewed Curt Schilling last weekend. Our conversation is now up at SI.com. We spoke about his new blog, 38 Pitches, which I think is particularly interesting when Schilling breaks down his pitching performances. Check it out.
I still hate him.
"Worlds collide Jerry! The worlds are colliding!"
Alex should have asked him why the lord was with him and not the Yankees in game 6 of the '04 ALCS, I thought that was one of the many dumb ass comments made by him. It obviously had nothing to do with the doctor. Ugh...religion, sports, and politics don't mix. I'll shut-up now.
Curt has a way of getting me all fired up.
reds just tied us at 7 in the 8th...
8 no, i would not want him on the yankees. ever.
yanks lose 8-7 in the last of the 9th...
Poor Colter Bean. If only he had the belly full of guts that Villone has. If only he was one of Joe's guys then he too could have 4 months of glory before Torre blows his arm out.
I can only speak for myself, of course, but as a Sox fan, I definitely have a love/hate attitude toward Schilling-- well, not "hate," that's too strong. But obviously he's got a pretty big mouth, plus he campaigned for Bush, which I didn't love. On the other hand, though, in addition to what he's done for my favorite team, what he does in terms of speaking directly to the fans-- and not just Bull Durham-type material, but actually breaking down his starts and such, as Alex points out-- is pretty amazing, and, as far as I know, unprecedented. And then there's the ALS stuff as well, which someone else mentioned.
I will forever love hotlanta. The weather is amazing down south.
Damn I hope they cure ALS before he retires, just so I can go back to hating him the full 100% and not just 99.8%.
atlanta really is a wonderful city. i've lived here for over a decade now...
Leaving the quote aside, does this filling a big hold in the Sox worry anyone besides me?
You should consider adding Shilling's blog to the sidebar with the other Sox bloggers.
22 Speaking of Steve L., Rob Neyer's blog linked to WasWatching today, in a very nice post about Colter Bean. If you're reading this Steve - congrats!
I must admit, when I clicked the link to SI I was ready to roll my eyes and mouth a few profanities, but Schill was a good interview. I agree with just about everything he said, and it's amazing the degree to which he gets it.
The moment I knew he was "one of us" was when he started to talk about BP and Murray Chass. Only "one of us" would remotely understand that reference, I think. It's easy to forget in this little cyber-world that there are millions and millions of people that know absolutely nothing about blogs. They know ESPN.com and maybe SI.com and whatever their Google or Yahoo home pages spit out at them in the morning.
I've been over to his blog and I think it's typically self-indulgent Schilling sometimes, but then again so are all the other blogs in the world. In one way we provide angles and news that cuts through the world of tabloid journalism and sound bytes. In another way blogs are incredibly narcissistic. Either way most blogs make compelling reading when written thoughtfully, and I suppose his fits that category in many ways.
Nice job bro.
I ran the league parameters through the BP Player Forecast Manager, and I got a crapload of starters back. When I say crap load, I mean it looks like I'll be getting my first position player around round five if I follow their suggestions.
I've been to his site. I felt like I was sneaking into enemy camp. It was pretty cool, and there were a few RSN fans begging him to shut his trap.
It's been Slow and I Want to Start a Good Argument Dept: (from BP)
"Pedroia/Clippard Award: Named after Red Sox infielder Dustin and Yankees righthander Tyler, this is the one player who fans of that team tend to overrate by going on statistics alone."
(oh, now stats are bad)
Many of us Yanks fans think Clippard is UNDERrated. Do we have rose-colored glasses on?
I tweak the settings (say by playing with the budget, even though I don't do auction drafts), so that the top 10 guys are the best 9 hitters and Santana. Then I do what it says. =)
My feeling in fantasy is that you can always cobble together a good pitching staff, so I'd focus more on hitters.
8 Wrong. I root for most of the pinstriped laundry but draw the line at guys like Mondesi and Schilling. Also, rooting for Clemens was never easy for me.
I admit that most of my personality assessments of these guys are highly subjective and almost completely based on newspaper articles and media sound bytes, but it's tough to give a mulligan to a guy who campaigned for Bush's second term AND plays for the Sox AND talks smack about the Yankees.
I agree w/ Shaun P- up the $ allocated to hitters until you're more comfortable w the outcome.
My draft was last night with the following:
Pitchers: w, sv, k, era, whip. k:bb
Hitters: r, hr, rbi, sb, avg, ops
And Johan came in #1 on my PFM, Sheets 5, Peavy 14, BJ Ryan at 20.
I drafted first (of 12) and took Pujols, then got Peavy and Sheets, then BJ and K-Rod before I took another hitter. Risky, I know, but then I focused on value bats and waited a long while to take another hurler, content in having two good starters and 2 good save guys.
I'll stop boring people now...
I'm not bored. I love talking fantasy strategy, etc. Personally, I trust kids a lot, and it pays off (Size and Howard last year were as money as it gets). I'm hoping Conor Jackson approaches the 1.010 OPS he put up in AAA.
I'm an investment analyst, so playing w/ Excel comes naturally to me. After I DL'd the PFM, I put in a series of filters and calcs to determine relative weight/value at each position and overall. Choosing at #24/25 then at #48/49, the gaps to the position players I felt were worthwhile vs the pitchers was pretty great, so I stuck with the arms, then able to grab my (hopefully) 2007 versions of the above in Prince/Stephen Drew/Zimmerman & Gordon.
We'll see how things shake out, but having Pujols way up there helps bigtime.
What exactly is the PFM, and can I DL it for free somewhere? I don't visit BP's site alot. I use fangraphs.com alot, they have multiple projection systems organized for each player.
I'm just kidding. I'd take part, too.
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