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“It was good to get away and get a couple of months removed from
everything and kind of look at it from a bigger picture perspective. I
think that helps,” he said. “If you’re going to talk about last year you
have to talk about the three years before that, as well. I’m not going
to lie, it was a good motivating factor for the offseason. I never felt
more motivated in the weight room, with the throwing, and everything. I
think it was a really productive offseason.
“It was a pile of things. I think it kind of compounded. I think
that’s the tough part, when you’re throwing every day, playing catch
every day, pitching in a game every two or three days, it doesn’t matter
where you are, Boston or Pawtucket, those problems seem to snowball and
that’s kind of what happened to me. Two or three months without picking
up the baseball, and just kind of hitting the reset button as far as
throwing mechanics and everything, it all kind of comes back to you.
Whether you’ve had a good season or a bad season I think you kind of
relearn how to throw and when you pick up a ball in December your body
comes what’s natural.”
WEEI: Daniel Bard talks about struggles of last season, optimism heading into '13
Daniel Bard has to feel good about the 2013 season, because it can't get any worse than the crap he threw out there in 2012. I saw it often in Pawtucket, and calling it ugly would be an understatement.
Daniel Bard should be motivated more than he has ever been. His ridiculous decision to pursue a starting role was damaging to his career. He is still young and has plenty of room for a comeback to prove himself and maybe, someday get that payday he has been looking for. He could have had it sooner rather than later, and again, he screwed it all up.
Daniel Bard still has the potential, and loads of it if he can forget about last season. Working with John Farrell will be great for his attempt to rebuild the 2011 Daniel Bard. We might not see it right away, but I have faith that we will see a better Daniel Bard in 2013.
Related: Herald: Refreshed Daniel Bard looks to regain status
On Page 2, Curt Schilling's HGH crap
“There were a few people around and I was shocked,” Schilling said
Thursday. “After this person left, I turned to a teammate and said, ‘Can
you believe that?’ It came out of nowhere.”
Schilling reported the incident to Theo Epstein, then the team’s
general manager. Epstein was required to inform Major League Baseball,
and an investigation subsequently took place.
“Our office was notified,” said MLB vice president Pat Courtney. “We
take any report like this seriously and there was an investigation.”
Courtney would not say what the results of that inquiry were because it was a personnel matter between a team and its employee.
Schilling said the person no longer works for the Red Sox, something
that two baseball sources confirmed. The team has made a number of
changes in its medical staff in recent years, but none apparently was a
direct result of the 2008 investigation.
Schilling said “two or three” investigators from MLB came to Boston to speak to him.
“I don’t remember who they were,” said Schilling. “I was trying to
downplay the whole thing because I wasn’t playing at the time and I
didn’t want to cause any problems in the clubhouse.
Globe: Curt Schilling says Sox medical staffer suggested he use HGH in 2008
I really don't care much about this story. At some point in the past, someone in every single clubhouse in the majors has suggested use of PEDs to at least one player.I have no doubt that there was at least one player in that Red Sox clubhouse that used some sort of PED.
The MLB did their part in investigating and no further damage was done. This topic is becoming white noise to me, so click the link to read on if you desire.
Related: WEEI: Curt Schilling: 'Members of the [Red Sox] Organization' encouraged me to use PEDs | Globe: Steroid story won't go away | CSNNE: Lucchino 'surprised' by Schilling's claim
The rest of the links:
Herald: A call to arms: Red Sox pitching needs to improve | Larry Lucchino caught off-guard by Curt Schilling | Shoppach, Mariners finalize $1.5M, 1-year contract | CSNNE: Wakeup call: King Felix is staying put | Five potential Red Sox surprises | ESPN Boston: 5 questions -- 5. Young contributors?