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  • MarkTiarra
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    I'm just hoping it's a good sign for a change that there won't be drama central going on.

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  • Mike D.
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    Originally posted by FlashGordon
    I think the point of Schilling's recent beanings is that he is, in effect, taking a cue from Pedro and Clemens. They hit so many batters because they pitch inside; something Schilling has been less inclined to do. This spring he announced he planned to reclaim the inside of the plate. Hit batsmen are a natural consequence.
    Oh, certainly...Schilling has said that with a bit less zip on his fastball, he'll need to start pitching inside now.

    I, for one, wouldn't be shocked if it came out that Schilling hit the two hitters on the head ON PURPOSE, or at least buzzed them high-and-tight on purpose...if everyone THINKS Schilling is going to hit them in the head, that's a HUGE advantage for him before he even throws a pitch.

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  • FlashGordon
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    Originally posted by Mike D.
    Well, Pedro has hit 119 hitters in 2500 career innings. Schilling has hit 47 in 2900 IP. Schilling hitting a guy, especially in spring training, is clearly an accident. With Pedro...who knows!
    I think the point of Schilling's recent beanings is that he is, in effect, taking a cue from Pedro and Clemens. They hit so many batters because they pitch inside; something Schilling has been less inclined to do. This spring he announced he planned to reclaim the inside of the plate. Hit batsmen are a natural consequence.

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  • Mike D.
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    Originally posted by VTSoxFan
    Nobody really made a big deal out of it... which has me wondering this:

    If it were Pedro pitching up and in, hitting a guy in the head and then telling him he should have gotten out of the way... the word "headhunter" would be prominent in the paper and on sports "talk" radio, don'tcha think? :radio
    Well, Pedro has hit 119 hitters in 2500 career innings. Schilling has hit 47 in 2900 IP. Schilling hitting a guy, especially in spring training, is clearly an accident. With Pedro...who knows!

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  • VTSoxFan
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    Originally posted by pesky6
    Annie, what about Schilling's remarks about that Pittsburgh player he knocked down? I don't know if the Boston media has said much about it, but it seems to have caught attention from people outside of the Nation.

    Otherwise, yeah, I agree it's been pretty quiet. Almost too quiet. . .
    Nobody really made a big deal out of it... which has me wondering this:

    If it were Pedro pitching up and in, hitting a guy in the head and then telling him he should have gotten out of the way... the word "headhunter" would be prominent in the paper and on sports "talk" radio, don'tcha think? :radio

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  • Mike D.
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    It does seem quiet...it's kinda nice. I chalk it up to a few things:

    1) The media and fans are still glowing enough from 2004 that every little thing isn't blown up to a HUGE deal all the time. I guess the writers have realized that the fans like reading good news, too!

    2) Less controversy...yeah, Manny was late, but he showed up when he said he would, and since has been a quiet hitting machine. The media was TRYING to make the Wells thing a big thing, but nobody bit...when one of your 7 starters want a trade, and he's 42, it's not gonna drive anyone nuts whether he stays or goes.

    3) Less big mouths in camp. Schilling is still here...but other than the hit-batter thing (which got blown out of proportion by the national media but didn't do much around here), he's been mostly trying to get himself ready. Maybe he realizes you're only as good as your last season, so he better put up and shut up. Also, guys like Millar and Damon, who never saw a mic or notebook they didn't love, and woudl comment on anything and everything aren't here...replaced by guys who seem more reserved and professional.

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  • efin98
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    No news is good news. The worst story was Dave Wallace taking leave this year and Al Nipper taking over as pitching coach for him. That's it.

    Boomer and Foulke are back but those are one day stories. Schilling has been keeping his mouth shut so no soundbites to exploit. Manny won't talk about the past year so there goes a series of collumns. Varitek, Timlin, and Ortiz are away at the WBC so there isn't any locker room strife stories.

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  • pesky6
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    Annie, what about Schilling's remarks about that Pittsburgh player he knocked down? I don't know if the Boston media has said much about it, but it seems to have caught attention from people outside of the Nation.

    Otherwise, yeah, I agree it's been pretty quiet. Almost too quiet. . .

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  • VTSoxFan
    started a topic Does it seem strange?

    Does it seem strange?

    I can't remember a Spring Training camp for the Sox being so calm, so free of controversy. Sure, Manny showed up late, but unlike all the times Pedro came at his own pace, it wasn't made out to be an earthshattering drama. Wells has dropped his trade demand, so it seems that the biggest "drama" in camp is deciding who will be culled from the rotation and sent to the bullpen.

    It's too calm. Something's weird. Something MUST be wrong, if Edes and Shaughnessy aren't having conniptions over something.

    Or could it be, maybe, that everything's actually okay for a change?

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