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5.10.05 -- Curt Schilling on with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan: On Kevin Millar staying over Mientkiewicz Curt: "I was, just given the way things are around here, I was comfortable and I felt pretty sure that Kevin was going to be the last one standing in that one. And then the ball thing happened, and I knew it." On Millar's first home run: "You know what, it's tough. You guys talk about it daily. Hourly. But you still don't think about it as much as we do. One of the grinds of playing here is the media. And having to answer really stupid questions sometimes and dealing with those kind of things on a daily basis and when a lot of times you don't understand is we think about it around the clock every minute, every hour, every day and it was no mystery that our infield had I think two home runs and it's May something, which is pretty amazing considering our record. So yeah, it was bothering him. It's funny, it's one of those things that's funny. Like if somebody in the clubhouse says to me like I'm giving up a touchdown a game, I laugh about that. But if you say it publicly, I don't (BDD gulps). And he's been hearing it from both sides, and to get that out of the way is nice."
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"I doubt Mantei--he of the string and twine shoulder and elbow--was coming back in Game 2. So, Meredith ended up there out of necessity, not because they thought he was the right choice.
"I usually don't say "boo" when it comes to in-game mgt. But, I said to myself in Game 1 that it was a better time for Meredith than Mantei. It's not unconscienable, but there's no extra credit for winning the series. The Sox lost a game. But, I agree, a double-header is always a bitch to manage.
"I said it before; we need an upgrade in the pen and until the injuries, I saw Arroyo as a relief-ace type. Halama in the 7th of a tie game is a bad recipe. ...He looks downright dreadful--as overmatched as any pitcher I've seen in a while. Please send him to AA before it's too late. Not AAA, but AA. 13 innings in AA is nothing to base a promotion on; should Pedroia be up then?
"Reminds me of Kirk Bullinger in '99 and he was lights-out over 30 or 40 AA innings and he had the same style, etc. But, Cla is 21 and I am not giving up on him, but this vintage has no business being in MLB. DH3 is 100% correct. ...All I'm saying is it's not nerves at the big-league level; his stuff is not good enough right now. And to use a month of 1-inning stints as a reason for promotion to AAA and then the majors seems imprudent. He threw absolute garbage to every lefty I've seen up--and that's not counting the several walks.
"I could be wrong, of course, but in my opinion he's not someone that can help the Red Sox in 2005 and he's not a relief ace prospect based on his stuff. The track record of minor-league relievers is filled with potholes. He's young and needs more seasoning, but I expected a lot more. Where's the 88-90, the slider, or deception?" -- Paul M., SoSH Dope