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February 26, 2007

Schilling finally down to business

The Bradford Files

Rob Bradford

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Curt Schilling thought he was used to baseball offseasons ... and then this past winter came along.

"Yeah," he said before yesterday's workout at the Red Sox minor league complex, "I know better now."

Schilling can now admit to being thrown a bit of curveball when it came to approaching his 20th offseason in the major leagues. The new dynamic was presented courtesy the 40-year-old's new venture, Green Monster Games, a business he was intent on attacking with the same vigor as any of his 3,110 career innings.

The problem came when he realized there were only so many hours in the day.

"Sure, there were things I would have done differently the next time from a time management standpoint," Schilling said of his offseason schedule. "But I learned. I showed up (at spring training) at a weight I wasn't happy with, but I'm down six pounds and I'm about a pound under where I was at last season."

According to Schilling, his days at GMG were all-encompassing. They would begin at 8:15 in the morning and last until he got home around 6 every night. And while overseeing the company forced him out of his desired routine in regards to overall fitness, the hurler did always find time to keep the most important attribute - his pitching arm - in shape heading into spring training.

The throwing regimen was executed during Schilling's lunch break from GMG, leaving work at 11:15 a.m., meeting up with Red Sox strength and conditioning coach Dave Page at around 11:30 to 11:45, and then getting back to the office at 1 p.m.

"You know what it was, the last eight to 10 days before I got down here a lot of stuff happened, not just (at GMG) but personally, that needed to be taken care of," he admitted. "But my throwing program, I stayed religious to it. My arm feels great.

"I knew I had to keep going and I never missed a day. I threw more than anybody in this camp coming in here, except for maybe Daisuke (Matsuzaka). I threw three batting practices in the 10 days before I came down here, 20 minutes at a time, along with bullpens. I'm fine."

Along with his gradual weight loss, another sign that Schilling is easing through the transition of playing the role of executive to ace pitcher came yesterday at 11 a.m. After stretching on the side of the complex's field No. 2 and watching Josh Beckett throw batting practice, it was the veteran's turn. And while the image of Beckett's exploding fastball couldn't be found in Schilling's deliveries, the same effectiveness could.

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