This one via Alligator Button:
Still just pitchers and catchers working out, with the position players "informally" working out. Curt Schilling's pitching group is himself, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester. Let me tell you, I love typing all four of those names in the same sentence. Reportedly, Schill has already taken Beckett under his wing. Hopefully, his good habits will rub off on the rest of the bunch.
Craig Hansen claims that he has added a changeup to his arsenal. If he can master a changeup to go along with his high-90s heater and his high-80s slider, this kid will be unhittable.
"I've been throwing it in a couple of bullpens down here and it feels great. It's got a lot of movement. I'm pretty happy with it right now."
--Craig Hansen on the development of his changeup
Jonathan Papelbon has also added a new pitch. After throwing mostly four-seamer fastballs last year, Papelbon returned to Jacksonville this offseason and fine-tuned his two-seamer. According to Papelbon, the " two-seam is going to be the next pitch that really takes me to the next level." He definitely needs to add another pitch to his repertoire if he consistently wants to be successful as a starter. Mastering a changeup would do wonders.
Our pitching staff this year looks deep indeed. In fact, we appear to have a surplus of pitchers, and hopefully they'll trade David Wells and that whole thing can end peacefully.
Meanwhile, it was pointed out over in the comments at SG today by a commenter signing themselves Cyn, "By my count, Wells, Foulke, Schilling and any of the newbies that Schilling has spoken to, aren't speaking to CHB."
Please let this be true. And if Schilling really is behind it, he'll have ended two curses on this town in the space of just over two years...not bad.
Because as I remarked over at the Dan Shaughnessy blog earlier today, the solution to this is JUST SO EASY--and it's what I hope the Sox are doing right now. Don't talk to him. Don't accomodate him. Don't respond to his requests for interviews. Don't give him any material to work with at all. Sooner or later, if the Globe really is interested in anything approaching journalism, they'll need to get a new reporter if they want to get sources.
I hope to God this is really what's happening. Just get rid of him. Get him out of this city. I'll never understand why we put up with either him or Tim McCarver--surely at some point there have to be some checks and balances on these guys, or at least some effing karma.
P.S. Just found this cache of Sox interview videos. I've found that more and more I like to directly watch the interviews with the players where I can--it's harder to take things out of context or misquote the guy if he's right there on film and you can hear his tone of voice and how he says things.
Another thing--this unprecedented, Web-enabled access we have in order to draw our own conclusions--that will hopefully help make Shaughnessy's hijinks a thing of the past.