Noticing a pattern yet? Most of the passages I enjoyed from Johnny's book involved his inside information about other players. This pattern will continue.
"This guy is kinda sick":
My most vivid memory about that series [the first home series vs. the Yankees] was watching Curt Schilling on the day he pitched. This guy is kinda sick. It makes you want to throw up, because he prepares so much. The day before he pitches he goes through all of his charts. He's got suitcases full of them. He has information on every hitter he's ever faced. In fact, he even has footage on DVDs of most of them. Curt has gone high tech.
I'm sure he has someone who works with him on the side. He figures this is his career and he owes it to the game to be very prepared. I wish I could be that dedicated, but I know I'd drive myself nuts. I need a different routine night in, night out. He has his set routine. He spends hours and hours going over his charts with Dave Wallace...and Jason Varitek...The day after Schilling pitches, Curt will take a day off to free his mind. The next day, he's a maniac in the bullpen, throwing a lot of pitches. And on the day he starts, the guy is down in the bullpen throwing for 20 or 30 minutes to get ready for the game. He throws a ton of pitches. Any other person would be worn out, but he just keeps going, and he isn't done until he's ready. The guy is a little psycho when it comes to that...
...In Schilling's first 2004 start agains the Yankees he threw his 100 pitches by the seventh inning, and Terry Francona went to take him out. Curt looked like he wanted to kill him.
Francona...well knew how much Schilling hated to be taken out of a game. In fact, in spring training I was standing nearby when Terry came over to Curt and said, 'When I come to take you out of the game, you better not give me any smack like you used to do in Philadelphia'.
Sure enough, Terry went out to get him, and Schilling was walking up the mound and back, just mad.
'Do what I tell you', Terry said to him. 'Don't give me any lip. It's for your own good'. Schilling handed him the ball and walked back to the dugout.