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Why the media sucks…

March 15, 2007

Gotcha!

Seriously though. I had some discussions over the past week or two about my contract situation and figured the best way to explain it clearly would be here.

So I think the best way to do that is explain exactly how everything happened and where it stands today.

The easy parts.

1) It was no mystery, since I’d said it since day 1 of signing the contract back in 2003 with Boston, 2007 was to be my final season (well 2006 was if we hadn’t won the World Series, but we did). Shonda and I, and our kids had talked at length about where and what we were going to do after the season was over but non-retirement had never really become a topic. At some point last year she and I began discussing, or mulling over, the thought of playing beyond 2007. We never talked at length or in depth but it was something we chatted about on and off during the year. 38 Studios became a reality and playing another year became less of an option at that point. The season ended and the winter came and almost went and a lot of things happened. The first was that physically I felt much better than I anticipated feeling, and the second was a talk with Shonda. In late January we spoke at length and both decided that if the good Lord found it in himself to keep me healthy I would not retire following the 2007 season. After a short discussion with the kids, who were ecstatic (though a bit put off since we promised them puppies when I retired) it became clear to me that this was the right thing to do.

2) I knew for a fact that this would catch the Red Sox off guard and so I made a call to Theo that night to inform him of the decision. I got the impression he was pretty fired up about it and we talked long enough for me to think that the contract situation was pretty much resolved and 2008 would be spent in Boston.

3) Not long after that I got word, and then Theo did, that someone in the media had found out and was going to talk about it. That’s when I spoke with D & C about going on their show to make the ‘announcement’. The main reason I felt that was the way to go was twofold really. They’ve been very good to me, and more importantly to ALS through the monies they’ve raised. Contrary to some writers beliefs I don’t get paid to appear on EEI, ALS does, and always has. Not to mention there have been additional monies raised through other things we’ve done on the show. Even though I don’t agree with them often (I think D and I have some differing opinions on politics) they’ve always been fair to me and I would like to think my teammates, for the most part. So the decision to either allow someone not in the know to leak it, or for me to be pro-active and much clearer on what had really happened was an easy one.

Now we fast forward a bit and we have what appears to be ‘controversy’ because the Red Sox do not extend my contract when alls said and done, and I am going to file for free agency at years end. Again contrary to ‘expert’ opinions and views this was never a ‘gun to the head’ situation, the Sox knew this and I knew it. It really was very simple for both sides. We spoke at length, Theo, Mr. Henry, Mr Werner and I all spoke at some point and at no time, and let me reiterate that, at NO time, were there ever any hard feelings, ill will, or loud exchanges.

The Red Sox owe me nothing. They’ve paid me over 40 million dollars for what amounts to two seasons worth of starts. They didn’t ask for a refund in ’05 when I couldn’t get my mother out, and on top of that they’ve been respectful of my family at every turn.

I wanted to remain in Boston to finish my career, I made that clear to them. They made it clear to me that if it wasn’t for the money this would be a done deal. I get that, it’s not hard to understand. If I was to sign a 4 million dollar deal I’d be signed already. The 13 million we had talked about was money they were looking at as ‘available’, so this had changed their plans if they were to sign me.

Shonda and I have sold our homes in Arizona and are in the midst of selling our home in Philly as well. Medfield is where we have chosen to raise our children. The town is phenomenal and the people are as well. We feel the public school system offers our kids an enormous advantage and we want to be part of the community there.

That being said there’s been speculation that many ‘off the field’ things have made it so we can’t, or won’t play elsewhere. That’s just not true. The Red Sox know that at the end of spring training we will no longer discuss 2008 until after free agency becomes an option. While it may appear as if it’s a ploy, it’s not. One of the disadvantages to this market is the sheer volume of news, and what’s really news as opposed to what isn’t. I was very clear in that I would not allow this to be a story once we started playing games that count, the team, the organization and most importantly my teammates don’t deserve to be asked questions about something that has nothing to do with winning or losing ballgames, and that’s exactly where this would go.

The other was 38 Studios. People falsely thought that I needed to stay in Boston since the company is located in Maynard. One of the things I think I know about good teams, and good businesses is that one person can’t drive either. I think and know that my vision for 38 Studios and what we are going to become will be realized, and I also know that for that to happen there must be people in place to lead this company other than myself. Brett Close was my insurance. When 38 Studios hired Brett as President I lost all concern for having to be ‘in house’ 365 days a year for this company to become the multi-billion dollar behemoth it will be. I think people that are good to great leaders get that to be great you must surround yourself with incredibly talented, driven, honest, hard working, loyal, accountable people. Every member of this company to date is just that, and Brett adds that in spades as the President. So while it would be awesome to be able to be in Boston to help things along in ’08, it’s not even remotely a hinderance if that does not happen.

Our first choice is Boston, the Red Sox know that, we know that. The team has decided that waiting and seeing is the approach to take (and I think many, if not the majority of fans would agree) with a 40 year old pitcher. While I can disagree all I want it’s not really relevant to the situation. I couldn’t for a second use the ‘they are disrespecting me’ or “They owe me” route. That’s disingenious at best and ridiculous at worst.

Am I disappointed? Sure, I’m human and I’d like to think they need me or want me enough to make this happen now. However I also realize that they, and the game, will go on just fine when I am gone. I’ve always needed the game a hell of a lot more than it needs me.

So there it is, and it really is that simple. A lot of times most of these situations are much simpler and never as complicated as the media would have you believe. I will get ready for the season, bust my ass to win one more game than everyone else in this rotation, to win another world series, and then the off season will arrive. When it does I will file for free agency at the appropriate time and if the Red Sox make the better all around offer then I will come back here for 2008, if they don’t, we won’t.

Oh and one more thing. To you Yankee fans. I won’t and never have offered up the “I wouldn’t go to NY” unsolicited. When this story first broke I was asked about the possibility of going to NY and I said I couldn’t make that move. I don’t hate the Yankees, far from it, but after what’s happened over the short period of time I’ve been in Boston, and given the fact that there are probably ten times more fans in NY that would not want me to wear the pin stripes, as opposed to those that would, I couldn’t. So rest easy, it won’t happen.

Someone mentioned that not allowing the Yanks to get into the bidding would mean less money in the end as a dumb reason to say this, I will say this. If I am concerned about my contract next year being for 20 million per, as opposed to 15 or so per, then I’ve made some immensely bad financial decisions in life, which is not the case.

No, I couldn’t go there for many of the same reasons Mariano said the same thing. While he has his entire first ballot Hall of Fame career to look back on and make that decision, which I am sure gives him far more reason to not make the move, I feel much the same way.

In the end it is simple. In 2008, if by the Lords Grace I am healthy, I will be pitching somewhere I want to be for a team that has a great shot at winning a world series. In the meantime it’s all about trying to get the second one in four years here.

176 Comments leave one →
  1. dixieredsox permalink
    March 15, 2007 12:06 pm

    Curt,
    You are an amazing gentleman. State what you feel because you know that money isn’t everything, your family is. Yet another “Schilling Thought” for everyone to think about. Have a blessed day my friend and I will be praying for you and your families decisions.

    Your Red Sox friend in Alabama,
    Galen (www.galengarner.com)

  2. mcq0823 permalink
    March 15, 2007 12:41 pm

    Curt,
    Don’t you feel your chances at the Hall of Fame are better served staying in Boston?

    I have to assume your desire to make the hall of fame played a small part in your decision to return. Finishing your career in a market like Boston would only enhance your resume, especially if you help bring another title to Boston, or have a few good seasons.

    If you want to play for a contender, if you want to enhance your HOF resume, and want to be appreciated, it’s Boston.

  3. March 15, 2007 12:41 pm

    If it’s possible, I have even more respect for you now. I will hope that everything aligns to allow you to finish out your career in Boston, but if that’s not what is in the future for you, Curt, I will wish you the best & root for you where ever you end up.

  4. mcq0823 permalink
    March 15, 2007 12:43 pm

    Curt
    If you had to pick a prospect the Red Sox have to be a future star, who do you pick? (Lester, Dice K don’t count)

  5. tomafield permalink
    March 15, 2007 12:51 pm

    Guess that says it all, then, doesn’t it?

    Next step: Print up business cards to hand out every time you get asked about your contract situation this season. The message on the cards? “We’ll talk in November.”

    Hey, Opening Day at Fenway is less than a month away. Let’s play ball!

    best,

    Tom

  6. kinshane permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:10 pm

    Schill-dog, don’t let ego drive the train. Is there really much of a difference between $5 million and $13 million? $8 million is the obvious answer, but what cand you do with $13 million that you couldn’t do with $5 million?

  7. seanface permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:14 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Any chance you could work out a deal like Andy Pettitte with a player option for next year with a gentlemen’s agreement that you will decline it if you are unhealthy at the end of the year.
    Also I know how much you love to raise funds for ALS any chance that the team could sign you for say 5 million for next year and donate 8 million to an ALS organization. The 8 million wouldn’t count as payroll and not effect the salary cap, and we all know with the Matsuzaka bidding the Red Sox have more then enough money to pay if it doesn’t effect the cap. You get less money but you are still worth the 13 mil. I don’t know if that is illegal.
    I hope something gets worked out!
    good luck this year

  8. 1993phillies permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:18 pm

    COME HOME TO PHILADELPHIA!

  9. March 15, 2007 1:34 pm

    Curtis — You. Da. Man. I’ll confess I was a little peeved watching this play out in the media, but had to remind myself that CHB and Co. had precious little else to write about when Manny arrived on time(ish), Drew didn’t show up in a full body cast, and the Globe wasn’t offering Japanese lessons to its staff. See? Blogs are cool.

    Oh, and if you re-sign with the Sox in ’08, I’ll buy the puppies. Seriously.

  10. acefox1 permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:38 pm

    What an amazing post Curt.

    This is why I am such a huge fan of yorus.

    You don’t “send messages through the media.”

    You don’t play the “They owe me some respect!” angle.

    You don’t decide to just keep quiet and let the fans think whatever they are going to think.

    You treat the fans fo the game with enough respect and intelligence to know that if you tell them what is going on, most of them will understand and appreciate it. I know that I sure do.

    I think I’ve heard you spell this out before and I take your comments at face value so this confirms what I hoped was the truth. Again for that we the fans thank you.

    You’re an amazingly rocking guy and we’re lucky as can be to have you on our team. I never let myself forget that you could have chosen to go to any team you wanted in 2003, including NY. I’ll always feel lucky and blessed that circumstances lined up just right for you to come to Boston.

    You really do make the game much more interesting and entertaining. I hate even thinking of you not playing because the landscape of baseball looks mucyh less interesting and entertaining without you championing the fans hopes and dreams.

    I know we’ll still have Big Papi to carry the torch and Papelbon looks like he’ll be someone with enough talent, intelligence and young-20’s-knucklehead-edness to carry on your tradition. :)

    Thanks for spelling it all out and showing what’s on your mind and what your priorities are.

    I also like either or both of the suggestions made by kinshane (Donation to ALS as part of your compensation) and seanface (Gentleman’s agreement).

    What a great example that would set to other atheletes in all sports if you could negotiate that your contract would combine a salary for you and a donation to ALS. It wouldn’t be the first time you managed to blaze a new trail in relation to the CBA and I would only hope the Union and MLB would be okay with it. Of course that is contingent on you being okay with it as well.

    Whatever you do Curt is fine with me. You’ve never done anything selfish and deserve whatever you want to get.

    Your biggest fan!

    Deane

  11. mblanchardgosox permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:42 pm

    Curt you are the reason the Red Sox won it all in 2004. They need you to help in getting the younger kids going.

  12. mpalma permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:43 pm

    Curt,

    The media sucks? Tell that to your kids when you come home without the puppies you promised them. You sound like ARod, “the media sucks”. “They suck so bad that I’m a quote-machine”… “It’s their fault that I can’t just zip it and play baseball”…”The sky is falling”, said Chicken Little.

  13. trot2008please permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:45 pm

    Curt,

    I agree with letting this thing die until season end, maybe someone can get Dan Shaughnessy to get on board. I have a feeling that won’t happen though, stay healthy.

    Best

  14. getshorty permalink
    March 15, 2007 1:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing and being so forthright! I can’t imagine you pitching anywhere else. You deserve to be here & we need you here!
    Good Luck
    LI Mitch
    PS – What about that Mitch Williams question??

  15. March 15, 2007 1:58 pm

    Curt,
    While we all know you’ll succeed whether you stay with the Sox or go somewhere else in 08, know that at least three fans on

  16. March 15, 2007 2:05 pm

    The media is so over. Love you or hate you, it’s a breath of fresh air to have your own views so accessible – with no intermediaries.

    Whether it’s baseball players, software magnates or regular folks, blogging is a great platform to get at primary sources.

    Go Sox! (In this case, I refer to the White Sox, but good luck to you as well, Curt :))

    -adam

  17. March 15, 2007 2:06 pm

    Curt,
    My apologies for the second post in rapid succession. I was looking at the info for 38Studios, and I see that you have Salvatore on board – one my all time favorite authors. I’m wondering how one might get involved with 38Studios? Are you hiring?

    Thank you,
    Seth Kerin

    http://rev-co.net for contact information

  18. kazztawdal permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:15 pm

    If you did take a pay cut to play in Boston in 2008, it’d earn you a phenomenal amount of respect, especially among your detractors. Please consider it.

  19. therdrail permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:20 pm

    “So you’re saying there’s a chance!!”………….why do i think that based on your success this spring, that there will be a press conference sometime around April 10-12th for a “special announcement………”
    Thanks for doing this blog thing. As a fan of the “hometown team” i’ll root for most anyone in the uni, but it’s guys like you who make it much more fun and interesting to be part of the Nation………Rock on

  20. ennuipundit permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:26 pm

    Hi Curt,
    Thanks much for shedding light on the situation with the Sox. This game is indeed a business, and both you and the team have legitimate interests. I am hoping it gets resolved so that you stay. But I know I am not alone in wishing you the best of success both this year and as you and your family go forward.

    Everyone on the list says hello, though I am sure plenty of them have stopped by to say hi.
    Take care,
    Joe

  21. soxfan28 permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:29 pm

    Curt,

    As I was trying to get my march madness picks in and read up on expert advice, I stumbled on an article that indicated you had a blog and it provided the link. I was reading it today for the first time and thought it was really neat that you are doing this. I have forwarded your URL to friends and family so they can enjoy reading it like I have.

    Thank you for explaining your extension and free agency. I appreciate the fact that you are taking time out of your busy schedule to let fans, like myself, hear from ‘you’ and not through a third party. As a fan, you can only come up with conclusions based on what the media lets you hear. They are in total control of how one is perceived by what they choose to show and what is going to go on the cutting room floor.

    I really hope you end your career in Boston which means staying healthy up and through 2008. Whatever you decide to do, I will still be a fan of yours wherever you choose to go. You are a class act.

    Good luck this season! I hope to be able to come to a game at Fenway this year.

    Kris

  22. March 15, 2007 2:33 pm

    If only some of the youger players had your outlook on things… you have shown respect and givin 110%.

    It is a pleasure to be able to watch you work… lets hope we get to see it for a couple more years…

    cheers
    kc

  23. acefox1 permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:37 pm

    Just my interpretation for anyne that thinks Curt really meant the entire media sucks…

    I think that the Gotcha at the beginning of this post shows that he was just joking about the headline. Curt has said many times that the media does mess up and distort a lot of stories and flat-out makes things up in some cases, but that there are plenty of people in the media that work hard to get the story right.

    I could be wrong but that was my take on the headline.

  24. sigmapijiggy permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:40 pm

    Curt!

    Why can’t you do one thing? Maybe it’d make the crap you’re gonna have to deal with just a little more bearable.

    Would you say that you’re confident that you will be with Boston in ’08?
    (This isn’t a “promise”, just a simple statement about how you feel right now)

    If you can say that, I think this would be a little less of a total disaster, although the media will continue to suck.

    Thanks

    Jon

  25. marsh18redsox permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:42 pm

    Curt,
    First and most important, I hope you type fast and don’t type with two fingers b/c all this blogging would take forever haha

    Second, I think its great what you and your wife do for ALS and Skin Cancer. I too do a lot of fundraising for cancer research (Jimmy Fund Walk and a local Oncology center I am a committee member) Its great to see someone with your status utilize this fame and raise money for such worthy causes. Having many people affected by cancer in my life, I truely thank you and your wife for your efforts (did you see that they may have found a gene at Dana Farber that can predict Skin cancer?)

    Third, I can’t imagine going through contract negotiations!! When I heard you weren’t retiring I automatically assumed you would be with us beyond this year! I understand this is a business, I understand the game very well etc but I have learned, as a fan, you can’t get too attached to players because they come and go unfortunately. What Wake has done is basically unheard of now, I feel as though teams are building for the future instead of appreciating what you have in the present or even the next year!! Well I feel that has been the case since 2004!

    Fourth, Medway is a very nice area. My Great Aunt (who also died of cancer) lived pretty close to where you live now. They must love having your family in town :)

    Thanks for making this situation clear to everyone!!

    Marsh

  26. cillovely permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:48 pm

    Curt,

    As I was reading this “Welcome to the Jungle” came on the radio and I got goosebumps just thinking about the upcoming season and how awesome it is to be at Fenway park. I think this year we have a stellar group of starting pitchers and hope that everybody has a great and healthy year, you included.

    I hope that they sign you next year, just wouldn’t be the same without you.

    Medfield is a great town and should be honored to have you as a resident.

  27. goldsteingonewild permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:49 pm

    Can’t help but repeat the others: it’s fantastic to get your views unfiltered.

    A) Prediction: You’ll not only get your mother out this season, but some mothers in the Bronx with the change-up. Nov 10 you sign $15.2 million deal. More stress for you, alas, but $2.2 million more for ALS, $2.2 million less for John Henry’s NASCAR operation.
    B) Nuance: Evidently Theo still can’t get the leaks to stop. He’s a good man. Must be so frustrating for him to compare the Pats airtight operation to leaky Yawkey Way.

  28. finchnottheband permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:58 pm

    cough phillies cough

    cough end your career where it truly started cough

    cough remember 93 cough

    sorry i thinking im coming down with something

    and the only cure is curt schilling back in red pinstripes

  29. boboconnor permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:03 pm

    Schill,
    You need to come to TigerTown and mentor them young guns in 2008! Don’t worry, it only snows there in April and October.

    BobO

    (premier member of the Mark Lemke fanclub)
    (and bat dude#1)

  30. March 15, 2007 3:13 pm

    “Shonda and I have sold our homes in Arizona and are in the midst of selling our home in Philly as well. Medfield is where we have chosen to raise our children. The town is phenomenal and the people are as well.”

    Wow. I’d always read that regardless of where you played, Arizona was where you wanted to be.

    I’m glad to think of you as a fellow New Englander, heh. Welcome to the neighborhood!

  31. jkey permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:16 pm

    OK, my fondest daydream for the end of the season is you, healthy and happy and holding your second World Series MVP trophy, while Theo reaches for his wallet…

    That aside, I do have a few questions.

    1. Does it irritate you at all that the FO keeps making chirpily confident statements about how if they want you at the end of the year, they’re sure they can get you?

    2. Does their “no renewal” stance make you feel like they are, in effect, betting against you having a big year? Does that bother you?

    3. Why, at this point in your career, when you had been planning not to make any money from baseball in 2008, is the size of your contract still important enough to you that you would leave a team and community you enjoy to play elsewhere?

  32. mrbill66 permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:18 pm

    Curt..
    This is the 1st time I have ever posted on someone’s blog page. I’m glad it is yours. We are roughly the same age as I turn 41 next week. I have been a Sox fan all of my life. I have seen and felt a ton of heart ache as has anyone who bleeds Red Sox red. Regardless of what happens with your pitching here in 2008, I want to personally thank you for the choice you made coming to Boston, with out you, there would be no championship period. I sincerley hope that you and the FO can work something out that will allow you to fully come full circle and finish your career here. If not, I fully understand and wish you the best. Until then let’s win another championship in 2007, I can’t think of a better way for you to leave. Go Red Sox !!!!

    A Schilling Fan Forever,
    MrBill66

  33. strike00 permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:36 pm

    Curt:

    No Red Sox fan will every forget the 04 season and your amazing contribution. However, though chronologically you are still a young man, in baseball terms, you’re in the twilight of your career, with the sun fading fast. Why should the Sox pay you 13 million dollars for the 08 season? Baseball is incredibly out of sync with the rest of the world. The real world philosophy is don’t bore me with what you have done, but tell me what you are going to do and do it. It is not your fault baseball is so out of touch with reality, but the average fan doesn’t really connect with the player’s salaries and demands.

    I have no real love for the Red Sox management but I can’t argue with their decision to let this decision float. As an owner of a company, I would do the same thing. If they don’t sign you to a 13 million dollar contract, there will be better pitchers on the market to invest in. Remember what the Bible has to say about pride. Try staying humble through the process. Why don’t you keep your options open and let the fans know that you will give the Red Sox, as well as any other team, ample opportunity to sign you. After that, drop the subject and move on to doing what you do best.

  34. thirtyeightreasons permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:39 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I’d like to think that most of us in Sox Nation realize that the media was trying to blow this one out of proportion. We know that both yourself and Theo are the consummate professionals when it comes to the “business” side of baseball, and naturally I commend you for it as well. Sure, I’ve no idea what it’s like to be a player and to deal with contracts, etc., but either way, a resounding THANK YOU for just being you, and being here now. I sure as hell hope you’re here next year, and as long as you feel you can play. You’re a hero, brother! To all Boston fans, and no matter what, you always will be. like Foulk, too. Despite the way he left the team, and the BS he was given, the class of ’04 will always get that free pass. We love you, man. And wish you the best for the coming year, and every other endeavor you’re a part of.

    And something I’ve always wondered – as a veteran, do you share all, some or none of your experience with the younger guys?? And is something like that volunteered or do you just work with those who approach you.

  35. jduges permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:51 pm

    Curt-

    While I respect your position on why you wouldn’t play for the yankees I think you are slightly mistaken on your view that the “majority of yankee fans” wouldn’t want you.

    That may be the case as of 3/15/07 but I can guarantee you that come the end of the season all yankee fans care about is winning (this is where we are not as fickle as boston fan)……if we are in need of a SP and you are the best option available, watch the yankee fans salivate at the prospects of adding you to a rotation that will include wang, pettitte, hughes, mussina…….

    We could list a litany of players that we’re “hated” by yankee fan and then later embraced once that player was in pinstripes……Johnny Damon, mike Myers, Menkievich, not to mention Tino Martinez, Mussina, clemens, etc…etc…

    but once you are loved your remembered forever…………..As a huge yankee fan I for one can say I’d love to have you on our team next year……

    Don’t forget-if there’s one thing yankee fan loves more than winning, it’s sticking it to Boston and what better way than to take one of their legends bring him to new york and win the world series……maybe it would start another 86 year curse and wouldn’t that be sweet?

    Again, thank’s for the insight…..

  36. lyorkell permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:53 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks again for the truth behind your contract situation and the media in Boston. I don’t believe that anyone could or should believe anyone in the Boston media except for Peter Gammons. I know that we’ve been jerked around for years and some have made some players get a bad reputation because these scribes don’t like them for whatever reason. They also have a soapbox to rip people and things with no recourse. It’s not very fair. Speaking of that, do you think that there’s a spy in Red Sox organization? Perhaps someone like Mr./Dr. Steinberg? I know from reading “Feeding the Monster” that he got some bad press in there. Do you think that someone from the organization was going to leak it out?

    What’s the launch date for your game at 38 Studios? Thanks again CS!

    Leo

  37. jtully permalink
    March 15, 2007 3:58 pm

    I think i posted this in the wrong spot so here goes again….

    Curt,

    You brought great joy to myself my family and all of New England…….you stand up and deliver in all siutations…….I have used your actions as a motivating factor for my Red Sox Little League team here in Brockton many times…….I thank you, and hope things work out. Your honesty is so refreshing, its scary! I hope you win 25 games this year! If you go, you will have a fan here no matter where you play.

    Jim

  38. March 15, 2007 4:05 pm

    Curt,
    I certainly hope that 2008 works out in Boston. Its refreshing to hear however that if it doesn’t, its only because it didn’t make mutual sense. Sometimes the chips fall the way the fall and neither side is to blame and there was no ill intent on either party.

    I would like to think that the Red Sox would offer you a fair contract and if they did, you would take it. We’ll wait until the season ends to play that out.

    Until then….have a great 2007 in Boston.
    Tim
    http://www.redsoxtimes.com

  39. soxsweepagain permalink
    March 15, 2007 4:18 pm

    Although we disagree completely on politics, I love you anyway!

    What can I say? You speak from the reality of the situation. Why not just stay in Boston for a little less, though? :-)

    I understand other players or your union wouldn’t like it, but you’re not exactly a Workers of the World guy anyway.

    Yeah, I’m tongue-in-cheek here, but all kidding aside I would hate to see you pitching in any other uniform and still cherish the day you signed with us back in ’03. Made my holiday, that’s for sure, and I got serious about the Sox again on that date. Well, ever-more-obsessed, I suppose, is the best way to put it.

    Hope it all works out, glad you love Medfield, and keep on being Curt Schilling, big guy.

  40. oscarking permalink
    March 15, 2007 4:19 pm

    Hi Curt,
    You kick so much ass I can’t even deal with it. Do whatever you want.
    Go Sox.
    -Oscar

  41. ego221 permalink
    March 15, 2007 4:21 pm

    Mr. Schilling, Here’s what I don’t understand about ballplayers. You love Boston. You’ve obviously decided that Mass. is the state in which you’ve chosen to live. You’re the ace of a potentially great pitching staff. There are no better fans to play in front of than “Sox Nation!” Therefore, why is it necessary that you be paid $15 million dollars to stay in ’08? Surely you don’t need the money, especially with a potentially bright future in your endevours post-retirement. That leaves “ego” as the reason why you wouldn’t be willing to stay for less. In other words, you’re as good if not better than “Joe Blow” who’s making $18 million so why should I not make at least what he makes? It’s this type of thinking that has driven salaries through the roof and has left me and my family unable to attend games because we can no longer afford it. Let me be clear – I am in no way accusing you of being one of these ballplayers, yet I think if you do leave and go elsewhere for $15 million or more, that’s exactly what it will look like. Don’t you agree? Why not set a presedent and make a statement by signing for less and staying with the team you obviously want to pitch for? Wake has done this, and Trotty has as well ( and look where that got him, but that’s another story). Maybe you can explain to myself and others why this is NOT a good way to go out. It would still be on your terms, and “Sox Nation” would see that you’re more than just a nice guy that enjoys communicating with your fans. You’d be a hero that truly meant what he said when he claimed that he wanted to finish his carreer in Boston. I hold much respect for you, sir, yet I’d love for you to go one step further and show “Nation” that you truly mean what you say. If you can address this issue in a future posting, I’d really appreciate it. There may be many issues that I’m unaware of, yet I’d be more than open-minded in listening to the reasons why this is not feasible. We need you Curt, and I wish you’d make every effort to make “Curt Schilling Day” (upon retiremnt) in Boston, a reality! Number “38” would look pretty cool up there on that right-field cross-beam, wouldn’t it? Take your place in Boston sports lore with the likes of Larry Bird, Yaz, Ted, Bobby Orr, and Bill Russell! You can make that happen!!! Thanks for taking the time to consider this suggestion. Eric Davenport – Meriden, CT

  42. March 15, 2007 4:42 pm

    Curt,
    Do comparable salaries come up in salary negotiations? For instance, would you compare yourself to Gil Meche to make the point that you deserve significantly more than $13 million?

    What do you use for stats in negotiations? What do they use?

  43. locklandworth permalink
    March 15, 2007 4:51 pm

    Curt, man, come on, just get the kids the puppies.

  44. quintjs permalink
    March 15, 2007 4:54 pm

    I think the best point you made Curt is about that money being ‘free’. We all know the Red Sox spent up large this off season (Matsuzaka, Drew, Lugo) and part of the reason is they knew (or thought they did) that your contract was coming off the books.

    I also like your stand on not negotiating during the season, it can cause a distraction to the player, Josh Beckett admitted that much when he got his extension last season.

    Its just a bit about business, anyone can see its not personal. Sadly, Curt is coming of the second half of last season which wasn’t how anyone would have wanted it to do, especially yourself.

    The Sox are taking the safe approach and see what happens, Curt, if you pitch like you are capable of all season, we all know they will give that contract you want and then some.

    All i can say is go out of get them, big year.

  45. cjd61 permalink
    March 15, 2007 5:03 pm

    (c/o Oxford English Dictionary)
    Irony – the expression of meaning through the use of language which normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous effect.

    Seems some of your readers missed it :-)

    Thanks for the clarification on the contract situation. It is difficult sometimes for us fans to fully understand the machinations involved in contract negotiations. As far as we are concerned it’s a black or white situation. Reality suggests otherwise.

    I do hope things work out in such a way that you can stay with the Red Sox but if not, hey, que sera, sera.

    Let’s look forward to the season and Opening Day in 17 days time.

    CJD

  46. March 15, 2007 5:12 pm

    Curt,

    I know you have your head wrapped around baseball right now. But are we ever gonna get any MMO posts on this thing? ;)

    -Cyan

  47. mrtophatt permalink
    March 15, 2007 5:18 pm

    Curt………..I’ve been a Red Sox fan for 60 of the 65 years that I’ve been on this good earth. Needless to say, I’ve lived and died with their failures and successes. Winning the world series in ’04 was a great feeling and gave long time BoSox fans like myself much needed reason to celebrate. Having said that, I applaud you for your contributions since becoming a key member of the Red Sox. I would love to think that you would be a member of the Sox in ’08. But I believe that many Red Sox Nation members understand that despite baseball being a kids game, it’s also a business. Whatever you decide will be understood by real Sox fans. You have to do what you feel is best for you and your family. I wish you well this year and if you decide to leave after this season, then I hope you go out a winner and help Boston win its second World Series title. Thank you and God bless!

  48. soxbeach68 permalink
    March 15, 2007 5:30 pm

    OK…this has nothing to do with anything serious….burining question….what kind of dogs were you gonna get–and how many?
    Suggestion…
    If you get 2–name them “Manny” and “Pedro”. That way when you scold them…you won’t feel as bad!
    Best of luck this year!

  49. kris7738 permalink
    March 15, 2007 5:31 pm

    Hi Curt…

    That’s what I like about you, you always say what you feel. Thanks for filling us all in on the ACTUAL information about what’s going on, instead of whatever the media decides to print or not to print.

    You’re having a great spring so far and it’s gonna be a great season. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing you here in Boston in ’08!!!

  50. kaylee1222 permalink
    March 15, 2007 5:34 pm

    Thanks for doing the blog curt.I love watching you pitch.I want you back next year:)

  51. March 15, 2007 5:42 pm

    Am glad to hear that everything amicable between you and the Front Office, but I have to admit that I am one of those who feel like they should have signed you. From your posts and what I have heard you, Theo, and other people say on WEEI and other places there should have been something or some way to have already settled this.

    Since, it appears that nothing is going to happen until November I will repeat what I have said on various blogs, boards and my own blog (plls.blogspot.com):

    You win 18 – 20 games with a sub 3.5 ERA and file for FA, in which you get a RJ or Schmidt type of offer for 2 years and the Sox say, Sayanora. Would kill me, but I would be more PO’ed at the Sox than I would be at you.

    Now, go out and prove me wrong by going 22 and 4 will you? Good luck this year and keep up the good posts.

  52. March 15, 2007 5:55 pm

    Curt
    Ok so being from Texas, I get razzed about being a loudmouth and speaking my mind…but I figure who else is gonna do that for me right?? So that’s why I like your attitude…you say what’s on your mind…you let others post what’s on their mind as long as they keep in clean. But mostly…forget about shutting up 50,000 people in Yankee Stadium…..I hope you shut up The Media (especially the Giant Sphincter) with their Yapping!!! Great Post today and I think it’s great that y’all have decided to make Mass your home for the kids.

    See you in Arlington for the 3 game series!! I’ll be the only Red Sox fan waving my Texas flag for Timlin and Beckett…and Murphy if he’s there!

  53. auntiepatti permalink
    March 15, 2007 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the facts…..
    This blog is awesome and I thank you for taking the time to communicate to the Nation.

    Sent George the Link so he can spend some more time on his computer! :-)

    Definitely hope you are here in 2008, but in the meantime One Day at a TIme.

    Patti

  54. kevinfenwayblogger permalink
    March 15, 2007 7:09 pm

    Curt,

    Great post. Very interesting about your WEEI connection. You state your words and thoughts very well! The media can %&*#. They have the pressure of producing content to make a living. You have the pressure of being a great pitcher. Everyone has a cross to bear. I fully expect to see #38 pitching in Fenway next year!

  55. aussiesoxfan permalink
    March 15, 2007 7:51 pm

    Hi Curt

    Think the site is sensational. Unfortunately baseball has limited exposure in Australia (we apparently love our cricket) so its great to be able to visit a site like yours to help with my cravings.
    I thought ego221 made some good points about money and when is enough money enough. Wouldnt a contract with large incentives meet many of the conditions raised. Therefore if you have a season where you cant get your grandmother out you havent cost the ball club a huge amount of money however if you have a brilliant season (as you will) the club would gladly pay the extra dollars and also the penalties for breaking the salary cap.

    Kind Regards

    Frank

  56. zebelkinton permalink
    March 15, 2007 8:18 pm

    Curt,

    Very well put. It’s nice to see that you take the time out of your busy day to explain in detail how much the Media is garbage. I do have a few questions if you could answer if time permits.

    1) I do see the yanks would be out of the question but who would be your top team choices to play for in 08(the Red Sox are the obvious choice)?

    2) If you could have a ‘Super’ Team who would be in your lineup?

    3) Honestly speaking when is Jacoby Ellsbury moving up in your eyes? I really enjoyed watching him play at OSU and not knocking Coco but he hasn’t produced like I really thought he would of.

    Thanks again for taking the time. GO SOX!!! Some day I will see a game at Fenway.

    Zeb Elkinton (Corvallis, OR)

  57. greenmonsterguycom permalink
    March 15, 2007 8:32 pm

    Curt, It is a rare time indeed when an athlete says “I’ve always needed the game a hell of a lot more than the game needs me”. Of course, it’s no surprise that it came from you, and that it is 100% genuine.

    This is one of many countless reasons why I decided to help out anyway I can to raise money for CurtsPitch.org. Thanks for such a refreshing outlook from an unspoiled yet HOF talented athlete. As the years go on, you will probably lose the “athlete” part and just be remembered as a great “man”

    Regards,
    Tim
    GreenMonsterGuy.com

  58. canadancaa permalink
    March 15, 2007 8:54 pm

    The title got me interested in the post. I thought you were going to rip them a new one. Damn it didn’t happen.

    Glad to see you have someone you trust so much running 38 studios in Brett Close. We need more people like you on the east coast with the financial backing and the love of games. Not enough game studios in the area. Can we expect to see a fire breathing red sox green monster destroying a pin stiped character in the game.

    For games when you are not on the mound do you watch the batters and try to pick up on things or do you just relax and enjoy the game.

    On your days off this year you may enjoy Mass Effect from Bioware. Coming out relatively soon.

  59. jgulko permalink
    March 15, 2007 9:17 pm

    Curt, I noticed that you think the DirectTV deal signed last week “sucks”. A number of us baseball fans are forming a coalition as well as a petition to send to the FCC asking them to investigate the deal as like you said, it will be leaving millions of very loyal fans in the dark and unable to watch baseball. While you reside in Medfield, and your family has the ability to have NESN, I am sure many players families, just like many of the fans, rely on having the ability to purchase the Extra Innings package on cable. I would be honored if you would be willing to sign your name to our coalition and join us in preventing America’s pastime from becoming America’s past.

  60. shanao621 permalink
    March 15, 2007 9:33 pm

    Hi Curt, I didn’t think it was possible to be a bigger fan of you than I already am, but your blog really has increased my level of respect for you. I am a huge red sox fan and have been for since birth (~30 years). I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your candor and insights into baseball in general and my beloved Sox. If you do get the opportuntity to anwser any additional questions I’d love to get your thoughts on Papelbon as a starter, personally I have a bet with a collegue that when its all said and down he’ll be an all-star caliber starter, he claims we should sacrifice Papelbon to the bull pen in favor of a left hander, any leftie. I’d love to get your thoughts! Enjoy the weather in Florida, we’re about to get some significant snow up here! : )

  61. brianvscalese permalink
    March 15, 2007 9:43 pm

    Curt,

    Seriously come back to Boston in ’08…

    I agree with seanface that you should try and hammer out a Pettitte-like deal with the Sox…

    Also, seanface offered to buy the puppies for your kids, so I’ll offer to train them for you…I taught my Jack-Russell Terrier to start cheering when someone says, “Yay, Red Sox!” and growl and show her teeth when you say, “New York Yankees,” or “Johnny Damon!” It’s the cutest thing ever…but please, try and make the deal to stay in Boston…how could you live without that dirty water?

  62. colonnade permalink
    March 15, 2007 9:46 pm

    Curt – Well Said! What you said in your post is exactly what I said to Seth Mnookin back when the story first broke on WEEI. I knew your position before you stated it here. Even though we don’t know each other – your character speaks loud and clear.

    As for all of the suggestions as to where you spend your salary, nice as they may be and for good causes – it’s really rude and inconsiderate to be telling other people what to do with their money. Based on your past contributions to the game and charities – I have no doubt that awarding Curt Schilling with more money has a positive impact on many more individuals without the last name of Schilling – that’s what makes you and your family so great.

    Love the blog. Keep it up.

  63. maireq permalink
    March 15, 2007 9:47 pm

    I am now a professional at hating the media.

    Starting in Arizona, with your ‘roof open, roof closed controversy’, and then your ‘returning to Philly to pitch’ controversy – in Philly – where some clown apparently bashed you on the radio in earshot of your son. Always spin, always unattributed nasty comments by ‘some player’ in the locker room. So easy to assassinate someone’s character without anything to back it up. So easy when they’re the ones doing all the talking.

    And of course, the 2001 WS was classic. As a DBack fan, we listened to endless East Coast media (out of New York) broadcasts making fun of everything – from the pool at BOB, to the colors of the uniforms, and oh how they made fun of us fans. I loved it when I heard that the bulk of the media was trapped downstairs, waiting by the Yankee locker room when Gonzo hit his famous bloop in the bottom of the 9th, Game 7. They missed one of the great moments in baseball history. Occasionally there is poetic justice. Revenge, even.

    Every time I think I can’t possibly hate the media any more… they crank it up a notch.

    This year (for me,) it was the relentless abuse of our Chicago Bears QB, Rex Grossman. Rex grew up in my home town of Bloomington, Indiana, went to my high school… and this was his first full, uninjured season with the Bears. He actually had the opportunity to really play and finally make all of those rookie mistakes you get to make in your first full season in the NFL, as you adjust to changing defenses and the faster pace of the game (I learned all of this in a Manning interview during his rookie year.)

    Rex showed flashes of brilliance, and he has already given Chicago more QB success than most of us have seen in a lifetime. Manning’s first year he threw more interceptions than touchdowns – but of course he was officially a rookie and on a losing team. Still, the media crucified him. They crucified Ryan Leaf so relentlessly that he cracked. And yes, Rex wasn’t officially a rookie anymore, and was playing on a (hard to believe) winning Chicago team, so the media ‘double-crucified him.’ Fortunately he’s a tough kid. Hopefully this will make him even stronger, but I’m still angry about it. He lives here in my home town, for heaven’s sake.

    But hey – anything goes for a story, right? Truth, lies… does it matter, if it sells?

    I can’t tell you how much I *really* hate the media out here on your blog, or you’ll have to ban my post.

    I know you are used to this treatment, and you will ignore them. Its great that you have an outlet like this so you can tell your side of the story, every time they spin and make up their own, sensationalized reality. Show them for the ‘truth-inventing’ low-lives that they really are. Rake them over the coals. It will make great reading. :)

  64. March 15, 2007 9:48 pm

    Curt,

    I have been a fan of yours since your beginning days as a Phillie. I have always watched your career with great interest and have completely enjoyed every season of it. I cannot thank you enough for the years of enjoyment that you have provided both myself and my family. My Father is suffering from brain cancer, and though his memory has been affected grately, the one thing, or one person that he can clearly remember and discuss is you. I enjoy the lively debates that we have, especially the ones that involve you, since we tend to agree on all points.

    Anyhoo, as a fellow Christian who sometimes struggles with his Christianity, I find it refreshing to hear such a public figure like yourself, who not only celebrates his Christianity, but doesn’t for one second stand on his soapbox and preach to the world how he is perfect and says his views and ways are the only way to live. You are far from it. From reading your blog, you have appeared to be one of the single mose genuine and honest down-to-earth “famous people” that has ever come down the pike. It is honestly refreshing to read your blog as it feels to me that you have made yourself so very available to all of your fans. You have opened yourself up for all to know and that is truly a great thing for you to do. Thank you for that.

    I do have to admit that I have always pined for you to come back to Philadelphia to pitch your last pitch. While I have to admit that I still would love for you to do that, I have to aplaud you for your honesty in publicly stating how your family comes first. That is the way it should be, but it sure is nice to not only have a public figure come out and say it, but also mean it.

    Curt, I still pray that you do throw your last pitch in red pinstripes. More than anything else, I do hope that you, and your family are safe, happy, and healthy, and at peace with whatever decision that you make together for whatever team that you do end up pitching for in 2008.

    God Bless you and your family Curt. Take care!

    Ed (Norristown, PA)

  65. soxxer17 permalink
    March 15, 2007 10:02 pm

    Curt, thank you for setting the record straight on all of this. I know that the Boston media and the media in general embelish things quite a bit just to get that news story. Its a battle that will never end unfortunately. True fans can finally get the truth and for that thank you once again.

  66. karpaydm permalink
    March 15, 2007 10:18 pm

    Hey Curt – Any way you might set up a automated email with your latest comments? I currently come back to the site whenever I remember to check for a new post, but it would be really cool to get an email with each new post of yours. You could also start an RSS feed that people could use to check for new items. Just an idea. Keep up the amazing work.

  67. theantigoat permalink
    March 15, 2007 10:29 pm

    I have the ultimate respect for you Mr. Schilling. You are a gentlemen, and a class act. Now, with that being said….come finish your career in Chicago with the Cubbies. Then you can be known as the “curse breaker”. Would’nt you like to play with A-Rod, Soriano, and Ramirez. Not only that but maybe you would get the chance to take Mike Hampton deep.

    Thanks,

    Ryan Foster.

  68. redsoxfan permalink
    March 15, 2007 11:03 pm

    Hey Schilling,

    I hope everything works out for you and that you will stay with the Red Sox for the 2008 season. Good Luck this year and I hope you help us win another World Series.

  69. blisterfoot99 permalink
    March 15, 2007 11:07 pm

    Man, I cannot believe the ego on this guy! You’re delusional if you think the Yankees would pay you $20 million! Are you completely out of your mind?

    If you’re sincere that you really want to stay in Boston, you should be happy to re-sign with the Sox now at a discount, instead of holding out for the “better all around offer.” After all, since you’re so sure your company will be a “multi-billion dollar behemoth” (give me a break), your 2008 salary is irrelevant, right?

    Sorry, $#$$, but it’s pretty clear that this is just more b.s. from the most disingenuous (or “disingenious,” as you like to say–LMAO!) guy in baseball. Probably just trying to save face after Theo (correctly) laughed at your ridiculous demand for an extension.

    You’re ridiculous, dude. I wish we could get rid of you to make some room in the rotation for someone who isn’t a blowhard.

  70. tpetey permalink
    March 15, 2007 11:50 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for the dispassionate review of events. It’s always good to replace unfounded speculation with actual facts. I think I understand your position and the position of the FO a little better now. It’s true that baseball is a business, and that you and the Red Sox have different fiduciary responsibilities. You’re responsible to yourself, your family, and your joint future, and they have to put the long-term interests of the ballclub ahead of any other concern. I’m glad there were no hard feelings resulting from your failure to come to an agreement.

    A couple of quick questions:

    In your negotiations, did Theo & Co. ever propose a smaller guaranteed salary accompanied by a set of reachable incentives (something like Boomer’s last two deals)? Given their legitimate concerns about your age, it seems to me that’s one way for them to mitigate their substantial risk. If they did, did you give it due consideration, or were you firm in your desire for a simple guaranteed extension at your current salary? Were you willing to make any concessions to assuage their concerns?

    I know you’ve correctly set a deadline of the end of camp for a new deal to be put in place, but the impression I get is that negotiations have effectively ended. Is there any chance you’ll get together with them sometime within the next two weeks to overturn the last stones and see if there’s a way both sides can be satisfied?

    I’d really love for you to end your career in Boston, and for you to enter the Hall wearing a Sox cap. But whatever happens, I want you to know we will never forget that you put it on the line for us when it counted. Thank you for that.

  71. tpetey permalink
    March 16, 2007 12:07 am

    Curt,

    Sorry about the back-to-back posts, but there’s another question I neglected to ask:

    When you decided to extend your career by another year (or more), were you partly motivated by the need for capital for your startup venture? I’ve read that 38Studios is still actively seeking capital (talking with potential investors, etc.). It certainly takes an awful lot of money to create a company like 38Studios from scratch, and I was just wondering if the chance to self-fund a larger part of the startup and initial operating costs and seek fewer investment dollars was in the back of your mind when you decided to continue playing (and earning).

  72. March 16, 2007 12:11 am

    If the Red Sox asked you to play for the league minimum next year, would you sign with them.

    With that question being asked, I would love for the Red Sox to sign you again for next season. You have meant a lot to the Red Sox Nation and your willingness to share your thoughts about anything and everything is truly a blessing to us fans.

    Good luck in your personal and pitching endeavors and nothing but the best of luck and health to you and your family.

    Ian

  73. jasondouglas86 permalink
    March 16, 2007 1:38 am

    Please consider Philly, you could really mentor Brett Myers, Cole Hamels, and all the young guys in the clubhouse, show them what it means to be a great pitcher and a great man.

    The Daily News had some great pictures of lots of former Phillies paying their repsects to Vuk. As a Phils fan it was great to see all the Phils there to celebrate the life of one of the greatest. On that note, I realize that you were in town for the funeral of a dear friend and it was only for a short while, but I was wondering: were you able to catch up with anyone that maybe you hadn’t seen or heard from in a while?

  74. bobeltrash permalink
    March 16, 2007 1:43 am

    Curt,

    I just discovered your blog, and I want to let you know that I’m really enjoying it. I particulary enjoy how detailed and specific your comments are regarding pitching. As a baseball fan, nothing entertains me more than hearing what pitchers have to say about pitching, other pitchers, and hitters. And for the record, when you start talking about things other than baseball, I’m fascinated, regardless of whether or not I agree with everything you have to say, I like it that you say what you think.

    I’ve got a few questions for you as well:

    1. Where do you think The Rocket will pitch in 2007 (if at all)? And how much would it mean to you if he came to Boston?

    2. From my perspective, I think this year’s rotation looks like it is going to be the best one in the majors. Do you agree? I have no doubt that Daisuke will adapt quickly and that J.P. will make the transition successfully. I expect Beckett to have a more consistent year than last year (less long balls), and I never doubt that you are going to have a solid season, even if you are 40. I’m not too sure who the 5th starter will be, Wakefield? Lester? Either way, I’d be surprised if the top 4 starters didn’t combine for 60 wins.

    3. How do you think Varitek will fare this year, coming off some nagging injuries and an off year for him offensively?

    Thanks for writing the blog, it is sweet, and thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.

  75. cd1515 permalink
    March 16, 2007 2:23 am

    Curt-
    great stuff once again.

    do players, when negotiating contracts, ever consider other players?

    for example, you’re asking a team for X amount of money, and the team says ‘OK, we’ll give you that but we’ll have to get rid of 3 other guys to afford it.’

    would that enter into it at all?
    or is it simply every man for himself?

  76. sbasil permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:29 am

    Curt,

    As I am on my umpteenth business excursion this year which no one here cares about, it has prompted me to ask, when making the decision to come back in 2008, how does the fact that you’ll be away from your family for another 135 days (counting spring training and the playoffs) in 2008 factor into that decision. Is your family conditioned to this fact as being “par for the course” or normal because it’s the way it’s always been? How do you reconcile the fact you’re going to miss out another year of family and friends’ weddings, baptisms, birthdays, etc.

    I know some may simply look at this and say he’s making millions living a dream career but you’re also a person with a young family. I was wondering if you could explain your perspective when deciding to come back and focus on baseball in 2008.

    S Basil

    PS I watched you playing catch with your son in the outfield pregame last year along with 3 generations of my family and I can tell you it was vewry touching. Of course my father commented that he threw the ball better to me when I was a kid than you did to your son. j/k.

  77. djfuzzefresh permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:31 am

    Money, media, contracts–what do they have to do with puppies? You know someone will turn this into a joke. In fact, I bet one of your teammates–probably Ortizzle–will pester you every day, asking you if you got your poor little kids some puppies.

    I’d avoid that if I were you.

  78. richo778 permalink
    March 16, 2007 4:07 am

    I wish everyone in baseball operated with your integrity. Boston is very fortunate indeed to have you. I’m very sorry they didn’t extend your contract, I believe they will regret that later.

    You have given us sooo much while you have been here.

    Thanks Curt
    Best Regards
    Rich

  79. canadancaa permalink
    March 16, 2007 6:31 am

    I guess babyfoot99 doesn’t know when someone is trying to be funny. Look at the T-Shirsts they have for 38 studios. World Domination through gaming. Come on lighten up.
    Or maybe 38 will become a multi billion dollar company.

  80. alrusso permalink
    March 16, 2007 6:44 am

    CURT, PLEASE GIVE US ALL A BREAK! IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THE RED SOX DON’T WANT TO EXTEND YOUR CONTRACT BEFORE THE END OF SPRING TRAINING, THEN WHY ARE YOU CLOSING THE DOOR DURING THE SEASON FOR AN EXTENTION? BECAUSE YOUR A MODERN DAY ATHLETE THAT THINKS THE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND YOU. TELL YOUR AGENT WHAT YOU WANT, YOU ALREADY SAID YOUR NOT LOOKING FOR MORE MONEY, AND LET THE AGENT NEGOTIATE WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT. BUT THAT WOULD MAKE TOO MUCH SENSE, IN THE END YOU WANT THE CONTROL BECAUSE THIS IS 2007 AND THAT IS WHAT ATHLETES DO. I CAN’T HAVE IT MY MAY SO I’M NOT GOING TO TALK TO YOU. YOU CAN FLOWER IT UP ALL YOU WANT BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS YOUR NO DIFFERENT THEN MOST ATHLETES. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY AND YOUR HUGE EGO. ATHLETES IN GENERAL AND TOP ATHLETES SPECIFICALLY HAVE BEEN TOLD HOW WONDERFUL THEY ARE SINCE THEY WERE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER. JUST THINK CURT, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE IN THE REAL WORLD. HOW DOES THAT FEEL?

  81. fanofschill permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:01 am

    QUESTION:

    Love the Blog, wish more athletes and people in the public would use this medium.

    Anyway, I have a question for ya. ARod may be a FA this coming year, would any Sox interest in him sway you one way or another in re-signing with the Sox? He doesn’t seem like a Curt Schilling type of player, I could be way off base, but I’ve thought I’ve heard you be critical of ARod in the past.

  82. March 16, 2007 7:06 am

    Hey Curt!
    Well said, my man. I would love to have you back in Boston for the 2008 season. Most all redsox fans with an IQ over 38 certainly share this feeling. You mean more the fans of Boston and the fans of you than you know.
    Thanks for bein’ there for us.
    -Matt

  83. aimcifer permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:08 am

    All I know is I hope you and the Red Sox can come to an agreement for ’08.

  84. March 16, 2007 7:26 am

    curt, thank you for posting this. its good when we can read about somthing andhave it come straight from the source insted of each local sports writer putting their spin or adding their two cents into the story. i look forward to reading this blog all season long. i just hope you go on to have a amazing 2007 season and have you back with the red sox in 2008

  85. bdlefan99 permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:55 am

    Oh, Curt ,, In case I forget I just wanted to say THANK YOU for ’04.. I have never seen a more flagrant display of courage and guts on a sports field as you performed , i.e. THE BLOODY SOCK. Of course Red Sox management never said boo to you in 2005 because you were still recouperating from an injury that you risked your career over to win the World Series by beating the Yankees. I almost laugh when i see posts that say IF you get in the Hall Of Fame.. Let me tell you ,, You are a first ballet inductee. The Hall of Fame is made for men like you that suck it up and go out and prove it on the field and you don’t complain about your profession that most of us would kill just to spend one day doing .

    If the media pisses you off, just ignore them, Boston and New England fans will always love and respect you for all that you did for Red Sox Nation.

  86. jpow22 permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:58 am

    Thanks for the Post Curt!

    We love ya around here and appreciate all you’ve done for the Red Sox, the fans and the community.

    I hope you stay around here but I understand the buisness part………..Anyway Good Luck and stay healthy!

    Sports figures communicating directly to the fans, what a great thing we have today.

    The Old media is dying. That’s y these guys like to “create” controversy. They have to do something to create a reason to care about em.

    Good luck Curt

  87. oldskool138 permalink
    March 16, 2007 8:11 am

    Curt,

    I wasn’t a big fan of your signing back in 2003. I thought the money was too much for a guy your age. Then the Ford “Break the 86 year old Curse” commercial came out (the “wicked haaad” Dunkin’ ad was funny). I’m a skeptical New Engalnder and a long suffering Red Sox fan (plus after the Grady Little debacle, could you really blame me?).

    You shut my mouth permanently during the ’04 season and with your legendary heroics in the ALCS and WS. I drive through Medfield every day on my way to work and saw all the Schilling signs. That was something I’ll never forget.

    I was also one of the crazy, screaming fans when you made your first appearance as a closer against the Yanks. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a game that loud. And, even though you didn’t succeed, it took some brass cajones to do what you did. I’ve been a huge fan of yours ever since.

    Your candor is refreshing. A lot of sports stars around here give stock answers to questions. You put a lot of thought behind your answers.

    Okay, I’m done showering praise on you. Go out and kick some butt!

  88. chitoryu permalink
    March 16, 2007 8:13 am

    Curt:

    My puppy recommendations: either minature long haired daucshunds or regular Bassetts. Both are the cutest puppies on the planet.

    The mini D’s are low impact, always cute, very kid friendly, easy to care for and transport. They love to entertain each other.

    The Bassetts will get bigger but are fiercely loyal, again, always cute, with that hush puppy look and do well together. Higher impact on the house, though and as stubborn as a Red Sox fan’s hope each Spring.

    Both breeds are the tops in distinction and having personality.

    I named my Bassett puppy Petey, after Pedro.

    And, again, thanks for the blog. As my friends from Chicago say, “It don’t get no better than this!”

    Mike C.

    ((disclaimer: I really like Chicago and the people there. And, they do say it that way.))

  89. aeturnus77 permalink
    March 16, 2007 8:57 am

    Curt! helluva pitcher, hopefully we’ll see you back with the Sox in 2008. It’s great being able to read your thoughts without having the media twist them.

    Looking forward to 38Studios games.. I am ecstatic that R.A. Salvatore is on board. That man’s work is genius and been a fan of his since ’88

    Best of luck this year with everything, 38! Gotta make this short since I’m at work…

    Go Sox!

    Brian

  90. techsoldaten permalink
    March 16, 2007 9:00 am

    Your analysis of the situation is correct and makes sense. It would be disappointing to see you leave, but people would understand if you move on.

    But the ankle stays. It’s a part of Red Sox history and has a significance greater than any one man. You even think about putting another team’s sock on that thing and the love affair is over.

    M

  91. themurth permalink
    March 16, 2007 9:14 am

    Curt, Great Job! I know you have to be careful about what you say in regards to the media, but I don’t. As a true fan, I am sick and tired of the b.s. that the media dishes out. The internet is a wonderful thing! Because of it, we can circumvent the media and get the “true” thoughts of our athletic heros. Keep the blogs coming!

  92. blueatoll permalink
    March 16, 2007 9:22 am

    Curt:

    Your frankness, intelligence, and candor make this the BEST blog for the inner-workings of baseball around. I only hope the Red Sox organization doesn’t ask you to cut out the comments about pitches thrown.

    Are you still doing research, etc. with Multiman Publishing? Still playing Squad Leader?

    Blue Atoll

  93. jimmykc permalink
    March 16, 2007 9:30 am

    Curt: Thanks for respecting us enough to clear this up even though I’m sure the media will continue to try to make the situation more complicated than it has to be. Let’s turn the page now and concentrate on what is really important, i.e. this season. While I realize that planning for the future is necessary to achieve goals, I am even more aware that we often have no control of our future. On Pearl Harbor day (Dec 7) I went from being a healthy 63 year old professional with a successful life stretching before me, to a 63 year old patient with metastatic cancer of the tonsil. My perspective on the future changed in the space of one hour. So far I am doing ok, but believe me , this season is the only one I have an interest in now. It sounds like you have your own priorities properly set already with your family being the most important part of your decision making process. Have a great 2007, and thanks again for the unforgettable 2004.

  94. emo2964 permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:10 am

    Curt: Thanks for the whole story. I am still disappointed and wish that the Red Sox had signed you, but I am glad that it was a respectful and, to their minds, well thought out decision. I stand fast in my belief that they are making a big mistake and hope that they see the light and do not let you get away. You are a fierce competitor and I love your attitude that you will be one game better than everyone else. If you pitch elsewhere, I will route for you unless you are pitching against us.
    I have, guess what, 2 questions.
    What do you think of Gabe Kapler’s venture into managing? Aside from you, Gabe is my favorite Red Sox member. He speaks so eloquently on many subjects and always has something interesitng and insightful to say. I think that his innate understanding of the “right” way to play and his ability to understand the psyche of young players will serve him well as a manager. I wish for his success and hope that one day he manages the Sox. Any thoughts??
    Also, do your children like to watch games more when you pitch or when you don’t pitch?? What do they experience as your children during a game when you pitch ? Are they nervous, excited? It must be so cool to be one of them. Good luck and keep it coming… both the great pitching performances and the blog.
    Eileen

  95. theotherm permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:10 am

    Curt, There’s nothing like kids with puppies…I raise German Shepherds and my son grew up with puppies everywhere, he and the neighborhood kids had a blast Go ahead, give your children another gift of love!

  96. oldpeoplesox permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:17 am

    Curt, being a Sox fan, I worry that you’ll be blogging more than preparing yourself for the season. The time you have used putting all these articles together, could have been better used in conditioning yourself, being paid as much as you do unless you are writing from a treadmill. I just hope this doesnt affect your performance on the field because the Red Sox are very important to me.

  97. fivekatz permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:44 am

    Nice post. Putting the media spin aside, the root here always seemed to be that the RS probably projected your salary slot in 2008 and beyond into their off season moves this year.

    JUst the same when you read that the RS have given serious consideration to bringing Roger Clemens here for a partial season at similar $$$ last year and possibly this year, it is as a fan mildly disappointing that this RS didn’t “find” the extra $13M. It is their money and while the numbers are so big and it becomes like monopoly money, it is a tremendous amount of operating capital. Even at the market relative modest and moderate figure you had proposed it is still a lot of revenue. So it is hard to sit here and judge.

    Just the same, if a player earned a 1 year leap of faith in a short time with a baseball team, you were that guy.

    I like to think that when push comes to shove the RS are committed to finding the money and willing to pay a premium once they feel comfortable that you still have a performance runway. And whilst you can never say it and that next contract wouldn’t be for Ted Lilly money, my impression of you as a person is that they won’t have to be the highest bidder. Many fans may not get it but I think I understand that what your employer is willing to pay you is a powerful statement to any person of how much that employer values you.

    Regardless of the RS final approach and/or how the media spins things to work fans into a frenzy, they will always be the “angry man” minority of RS Nation. For the majority of RS Nation, you sir are valued.

  98. pga1978 permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:49 am

    Curt thanks for 2004, if you resign with the Sox great, if you don’t then hey don’t let the door hit your a55 on the way out. If you wanted the Sox to sign you then why not show up at camp remotely in shape? If you look like you do now then what will you look like at next years spring training? You could pull it off when you were younger, but those times are past by.

  99. hammerhead permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:59 am

    Curt, I’ve never left a comment before. Let me say this. I work as a TV cameraman and I primarily cover sporting events. Yes, I have covered games you’ve played in. So, to say the least, I am not enamored by “celebrities”. They are people just like anybody else. Nor do I “blow smoke” in speaking to people. As a matter of fact, I’m a lot like you….I treat everyone fairly, equally and straight-to-the-point. And I know for a fact most people don’t like that. You’re supposed to play the game….or more precisely, “their” game.

    I very much appreciate your honesty and upfront style. I’m sure you piss alot of writers off because you don’t pull any punches or give anyone preferential treatment. How dare you!!! Now they have to create controversy where none actually exists. I wish more people were like you.

    Since this is my first post to you I’ll be brief. I do hope you stay with the Red Sox. I greatly appreciate the fact you understand how being 40 changes how they are approaching you. I turn 42 in April. I now understand why most athletes are retired by my age. Your body starts to betray you. And it happens fast! I hope you have a great year in 07 AND 08. If by some chance you were to leave after this year, I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping bring that elusive World Series Championship here.

    You did what very few people would have done to pitch in the 04 postseason. Bottom line…..Fact!!! You did it with perserverence and the utmost class. That should be something EVERY Red Sox fan should remember first and foremost when thinking of you. And on top of that, you make yorself available to fans through your blog. That’s unheard of!

    Well, that’s enough for now. Now get your ass out there and get another trophy for Beantown!!!

    Jeff. Ps….I just happened to catch post 69-blisterfoot….now that’s what I’m talkin’ about…that guy is absolutely clueless and an idiot on top of that. I guess it takes all kinds. Peace!

  100. mrbaseball permalink
    March 16, 2007 11:01 am

    Curt

    We could not have won it in 04 with out you.
    You will forever be a God in this town.
    Anyone from that team (04) should beg to stay. YES they should pay you fair market price.
    You will never have to pay for a meal in this town or buy a drink.

    We owe you forever.

    Great work with ALS
    Good job
    I say talk as much as you want.
    true baseball fans fnd it refreshing that you speak your mind.

    I have been a Sox fan from the age of 8 in 73.
    I think it is great to have you I hope you finish up in Boston, wuld be nice to have Roger here in June.

  101. icsolo permalink
    March 16, 2007 11:14 am

    Curt,
    First and foremost, thank you for the insight, perhaps it feeds the monster that has become RSN by bringing us even further into the fold (if that is possible) but it is a lot of fun to read. Thank you.

    Second, I am sorry to hear you are leaving the Philly area for good. While I am sure you are not here all that often, it is fun to know that there was somehwat of a local connection for us Sox fans behind enemy lines so-to-speak (as I live in central Jersey, prime Yankees country). That being said, with the prices of real estate in this part of the country, and from someone who is looking for houses, I certainly can not fault you for selling!!!

    While my comments will echo those of the fans who have already commented before me, I still feel the need to reiterate them; I wish you all the luck in your career, whether it be one more year or two, and wherever that may lead you…hopefully it is in Beantown, but business is business. As someone who watched you play in Philly all those years ago, and then to watch you play for my favorite team and be a major part of the fabric that led to the fantastic season that was 2004, I can only hope that you finish your career in the city that you helped bring so much indescribable joy and happiness in the form of that beautiful trophy…the parade was pretty awesome as well.

    Thank you for your words.

    Best wishes to you and your family,
    Mike

    PS – I will help the person who posted that they will pay for the puppies if you stay in Boston! ;-)

  102. March 16, 2007 11:39 am

    Regarding comment number 35 above (the Yankee fan who said he’d be happy to have you on his team):

    It’s arrogant jerks like this that have always made me hate the Yankees, even more than their players have. (I’ve lived my whole live as a Sox fan in the NY-area.) What this person says is exactly how a majority of them think. After reading that comment, is there any reason for anyone to be confused as to why we would boo Johnny Damon?

    This guy talks about winning being the most important thing–but kissing the rival star’s butt directly to his face? I’d never go that far because unlike these pompous people I have some dignity. No, I wouldn’t take Hitler on my team if he was a great ballplayer. Sorry!

    And all of this is why I’m eternally grateful to you, Curt, for 2004. To have Yankee fans (!) avoid eye contact with me instead of yelling “1918” in my face–I hope you know that just made my day, year, decade, life… on behalf of every Sox fan who grew up surrounded by front-running, rude, egomaniacal Yankee fans, I thank you, again and again and again.

  103. acefox1 permalink
    March 16, 2007 11:43 am

    Hope all is well Curt,

    The post about the fans being kind fo rude telling you how much/how little to ask for and how much to donate to charity is right on target. Sorry that I had one of those myself.

    We’ll be coasting for decades on the epic good-feelings you created for all of us in RSN, first with slaying the Yankee Dragon in 2001, then bringing home a championship and being every bit as good as your word in 2004.

    Demand whatever salary you want when this season is over. Messers Henry, Lucchino, Werner, etc will realize their mistake at the end of the season when they have to pay substantially more than the simple $13 Million you asked for or risk losing you and not being able to readily replace your production and leadership.

    So again, go for it Curt. Great head on your shoulders, and great attitude about this not affecting you this year. Keep on doing what you’re doing. Any team would be lucky to have you in 2008 for $13 Mil, let alone more.

    And for fans that would play the “you should play for the league minimum” or “take less than what you are worth, you’re rich, why should you care about $$$” cards, don’t worry… I’m sure they all work for free or take the minimum wage because it is better for their company and that’s what is important right? LOL

    You’re the best Curt. Good luck in your next SP start and tell Millar we all miss him and wish him the best over there. Then drop him to his knees with that Split. LOL :)

    Your biggest fan!

    Dene

  104. melanie11 permalink
    March 16, 2007 11:50 am

    If you tithe 10%to the church…..then I say go for as much as someone will pay you…………although I would miss you!!

  105. klovis912 permalink
    March 16, 2007 11:54 am

    Curt,

    PLEASE keep your Chester house off of the market! Freddy Garcia will need to be replaced at year’s end. I would love to bring out the old #38 red pinstripe jersey again! It did not look the same with Tim Worrell and Tim Gradoville wearing it!

    Please come home to Philly!

    Frank in Philly

  106. rlerc88 permalink
    March 16, 2007 11:58 am

    Great idea of by passing the scribes and getting your message out. A fair chance at re-signing you is all that the team deserves. Good luck in 2007.

  107. briley permalink
    March 16, 2007 12:03 pm

    Curt,

    How can I go about getting some autographed balls for a charity from you?

    Please reply to bcr82180@yahoo.com

  108. scambodian permalink
    March 16, 2007 12:48 pm

    the media sucks? go find a camera and do another interview. Your unbeleivably blessed to play baseball. Your play on the field speaks for itself, your not bigger than the game. An organization would be crazy to just give you the money of 10 mill + to a 41 year old player. just play the game, and let someone else do an interview every once in awhile

  109. acarb78 permalink
    March 16, 2007 12:57 pm

    Hi Mr. Shilling I am a die hard Red Sox fan and at times I go on message boards and there are always yankee fans that just dont get it. GET THIS. They say that in the 2004 playoffs on your socks was not blood but ketchup. Now I know it sounds stuiped but these yanks fans are idiots. Can you say something to that and please enlighten me??? It must make you laugh!!

  110. soxwin permalink
    March 16, 2007 1:05 pm

    Curt…2008 is going to be sweet with the Sox! The White Sox!

  111. acarb78 permalink
    March 16, 2007 1:06 pm

    Sorry I put my last post in the wrong place but yes the media does suck!!!

  112. willgray permalink
    March 16, 2007 1:06 pm

    Curt,

    Compared to other media outlets, where information can sometimes be watered down and condensed beyond meaning, your blog is to the point, candid and extremely personable.
    You’re able to clearly explain your current status with the Red Sox, and remove any – if not all – misinterpretation that could arise from these discussions. This is probably the most refreshing aspect of it.
    I hope you and the family decide to stay in Medfield and pitch here in ’08 – I feel it would be special for you to finish your playing career as a Red Sox.
    Looking forward to a awesome ’07 season.
    Who knows… maybe that 38 would look very nice over the Pesky Pole some day…
    All the best,

  113. soxwin permalink
    March 16, 2007 1:35 pm

    Moderation? What happened to free speach?

  114. duhchief permalink
    March 16, 2007 1:54 pm

    Hey there Curt!

    You are absolutely the bee’s knees… Thank you forever for 2004, the legend will linger – a hundred years from now some future Ken Burns will devote a segment to The Sock. It looked like Lidocaine from where I sat, some 750 miles away, but hey, when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

    Thank you for giving what time you can to this blog – I love the thinking in baseball and eloquence like yours is rare. Whatever happens in 2008, I’ll always be a fan. It says something that so many Philly fans want you to come back, like an old girlfriend giving a good recommendation…

    I want to go on the record here that in August of 2005, Jonathan Papelbon was pitching against Detroit and I bet everyone in the bar $100 Pap would strike out 21 before his career is over. Thank goodness he’s not gonna stay a closer…

  115. rlgdguy permalink
    March 16, 2007 2:01 pm

    Being an athlete in this day and age takes more pressure than ever before. I like how you handle the media and anyone else for that matter. Sure the paychecks are more than any of us could ever fathom having. But to have everything you do say or think aloud end up as a quote in the Boston Globe or the Herald or anywhere else and to deliver the amount of entertainment and excitement that you and your fellow athletes do, it’s all worth it.

    I love that fact that you are so straight forward and tell it like it is.
    If you disagree with someone, you tell them you do. I get myself into more trouble than I know what to do with myself for the same reason, but that’s me and you are you and who cares what anyone else thinks as long as you’re true to yourself.

    Keep up the good work. Good luck with this season and best wishes to you and your family. You deserve it Mr. Schilling!

  116. phillysoxfan permalink
    March 16, 2007 2:17 pm

    QUESTION for you regarding the media: do you ever entertain yourself by intentionally giving a ridiculous and/or incorrect answer to a question just to see what a particular media person will do with your comments & expose what frauds they are? I’m to the point that, with the exception of a few writers, I refuse to read anything because the focus seems to be on a writer’s self promotion instead of interesting / well written / well researched journalism. You obviously know this, so are you able to screw with writers by giving bizaree replies?

    (I’d love to see you in Phillies pinstripes next year — I’ve been happy to see the success you’ve achieved post-Philly, but woukd love to see you finish out here! I’ll start the PR camapign to Pat Gillick!)

  117. acefox1 permalink
    March 16, 2007 2:20 pm

    The thing that impresses me the most about you Curt, which is especially rare in this day and age, is your total respect. You respect yourself, your family, your team, your team-mates, thegame and your fans. period, end of story.

    Right or wrong, whether you agree with someone or not you always treat them with the utmost respect.

    Your comments about the A-Rod quotes from the 2004-2005 off-season possibly taking away from what you accomplished and/or not being appropriate, while I don’t personally agree, were fantasically classy and respctful of yourself, of A-Rod and the game. It’s easy to see your detractors conveniently ignore that.

    So many people on here act like admitting to being wrong is easy and something we all do. I know it’s not easy for me. You do it in a way that shows your ego isn’t threatened if you later on feel like you were in error.

    You’re an amazing guy Curt. You really are. If only the world had more pople like you, this would be a much better place. :)

    Hope you are having an awesome Friday!

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  118. linesider40 permalink
    March 16, 2007 2:30 pm

    The one thing I do not understand on the Red Sox part is that pitching is at such a premium these days. Poor to mediocore pitching is bringing contracts far greater than what you asked the Sox for.

    I agree with what you said about the Red Sox not owing you anything. They are trying to run a business much like yourself. You are trying to sell your pitching skills. I just do not comprehend why the Management thinks by the end of 2007 season there is going to be a cheaper / better option than you for the starting rotation in 2008.

    With today’s standards in mind for pitching contracts a .500 winning percentage and an era around 4.50 gets you in the ballpark of 3 years and 50+ millions dollars.

    I guess all and all I just think its bad baseball smarts or baseball business on the Red Sox part by not extending themselves into the 2008 season.

    What happens if you go 18-7 with a 3.65 era and win a couple of playoff games? (Which I truly believe is going to be the case) You are going to have all of baseball knocking on your door begging you to leave Boston.

  119. ctowndirtdog permalink
    March 16, 2007 2:34 pm

    Who needs the press, way to go Curt!

  120. law1599 permalink
    March 16, 2007 2:37 pm

    You know what amazes me is how someone (alrusso) gets on here and blasts someone they don’t know. Here we have a man who has dedicated his life to his passion, his family, charity etc. etc and you want to call him out about being self centered and egotistical…give me a break
    I bet Curt Schilling knows exactly what the REAL WORLD is like…. Someone who thinks money and ego is the answer to everything is the dilusional one. This is so typical of someone who thinks money and fame are the answer to all lifes problems I bet you would be one of those who would win the lottery and not change a bit ….give me a break go post somewhere in your real world….

    ps …maybe if you read the posts you would have retained the knowledge about this person you know so well..he represents himself mastermind!!!

  121. rdsxnation67 permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:01 pm

    There were a couple of responses back there about not being able to follow a person after they leave your team. You still can. Just look at all the responses from Philly fans. I am emotionally attached to every Sox from 2004. I live near Washington, and go to non-Sox Orioles games just to see Kevin Millar. I want to see Johnny do good, but the Yankess need to crash and burn.

    I wish being a ‘fan favorite’ would account for something in the equation Theo uses. I burnt my ‘trust in Theo’ T-shirt after he did not make a play for Orlando Cabrera in free agency, and before Renteria came over. If I were GM, we would probably still have Yastremski in left, Dewey in right, and Carlton behind the plate, so its probably better that I am not.

  122. March 16, 2007 3:02 pm

    So, Curt — How funny were Beckett’s 2 plate appearances yesterday? (Caught the game on the satellite, and although they will technically go down as “at-bats,” they really should have only qualified as “plate appearances.”) The look on his face was seriously entertaining, no?

  123. twnine permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:09 pm

    I want you here Curt. And, the idea of you staying in MA, like players from the past, is terrific. It makes me proud to see guys like Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Cam Neeley, Curt Shilling and others stay in town when their careers finish.

  124. March 16, 2007 3:11 pm

    “Moderation? What happened to free speach?”

    It’s HIS blog, genius. If I don’t allow someone into my house, does that mean it’s not a free country?

    What I want to know is what happened to your spelling…

  125. csdsdance permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:23 pm

    Good grief Mr. Schilling, has the front office COMPLETELY lost its mind? You have been the most exciting pitcher for me to watch since Jim Lonborg. That’s a long time. And, yes, I’ve been a fan since I was 13 years old in 1967. I was crushed in 1967, 1975, 1986, and 2003. You are so articulate and though I agree with you, I still think they should have signed you, WITHOUT QUESTION. So, if any of you front office men read these humble comments, SIGN THE MAN FOR THE LOVE OF PETE! I listen to you every Tuesday morning on D&C and have been at Fenway to see you pitch. One of the best times ever was a game in 2005, when we were sitting on the right field side and we got to see you make the run from the bullpen as the closer. Good times. So, as we say in the theater before a performance, “Break A Leg”. Best to you and your family and please stay here in 2008.

  126. March 16, 2007 3:28 pm

    If Joel Pineiro becomes closer will you make him pick some badass music to come into with or are you going to let him come prancing into the game with Wham in the background?

  127. keysersose permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:44 pm

    Heya Schill….

    Quick question, if you get around to it, cool, if not, c’est la vie… your a busy man…

    anyway, here’s my question, By now, I’m reply 100 some odd… do you, honestly, read every single comment, I just spent 20 minutes reading some, and gave up…

    also, what about the dip@#s who use the comment forum as a way to insult/berate/name call… Although, lets be honest, you can afford to not care what some whiny jealous brats with nothing better to do complain about…

    anyway, thanks for clearing the air, I for one am not worried, I don’t think that Theo is stupid enough to want to put himself in line for the fan backlash that could occur if he lets you walk…

    keep up the blog, keep up the good work, but keep the Changeup down, out of the zone ;)

    Go Sox in 07

  128. pleasesellthebruinsdotcom permalink
    March 16, 2007 3:48 pm

    Smart move Curt, Bust your butt this year and You’ll get a one year 17 mil contract from the Sox next year. Were all pulling for you. Plus you have the voice of D&C in the morning to get a groundswell of support for your off season negotiations. Just adding that extra little bit of pressure for them to add an extra couple mil to your contract. – Jon

  129. scambodian permalink
    March 16, 2007 4:00 pm

    couldnt agree more alrusso.

    WAR Pedro!!!

  130. hfxbob permalink
    March 16, 2007 4:44 pm

    Curt, if you and the Red Sox don’t get a deal done for 2008, you won’t be the only disappointed one. I think every true fan of the team will be hugely disappointed. After what you’ve achieved here it would be sad to see you finish your career with anyone else.

  131. speedyg permalink
    March 16, 2007 4:44 pm

    Curt,

    Have you talked to Walter? I saw his parents a few years back while I was in Az hadn’t been there in a long long time. WHERE did the desert go?????

  132. rgreene171 permalink
    March 16, 2007 4:56 pm

    Curt-
    First I want to thank you for taking the time to write on this blog, it really gives the fans insight into the game of baseball that is unavailable from any other souce. So many times I think to myself exactly the things you’re saying. While I watch the “experts” like Jay Mariotti and Woody Paige on ESPN I constantly think to myself what makes them experts? They know less about sports than I do just watching the games on my couch. I now find that checking your blog gives me more real information about what is going on with my Sox than ESPN or any newspaper could.

    With that in mind a couple questions came to my mind when I was reading your blog:

    1. You’ve said that you feel your newly developed changeup could be a dominating pitch for you at times. Forgive me for being a little skeptical, but for your entire career your bread and butter has been the fastball and the splitter. Ive always felt that the split was your ‘change of pace’ pitch that got batters knees buckling, and for that reason it would be unnecessary for you to use a changeup. It shows them a change in velocity and that last second unexpected movement. When the count is 2-2 with a runner on 3rd with a tie game, and you and tek dont think a fastball is gonna get it done, i dont see him calling for anything but the split. Is the changeup just kind of an insurance policy for days when your splitter might not be quite as effective? What kind of counts and situations do you see yourself using your changeup, and why would you use that over the splitter?

    2. You also said that your change is about 15mph slower than your fastball, and that is an ideal difference in velocity. Do you think you could share this wisdom with Josh Beckett? His fastball is normally a blazing 96-97mph but his change is usually around 89-90. A 6mph difference doesnt seem like it does much to fool batters, rather it just gives them more chance to catch up to the pitch. Last year his changeup was largely ineffective and usually got crushed. Is this something that Farrell and Josh are working on or do they think that with alittle more control his current style will be effective?

    Also… can you teach Josh the split??? Look what it did for Papelbon!!

    Thanks again for giving us rabid Boston fans a real honest insight into our sox and for answering our questions.

  133. mypapiortiz permalink
    March 16, 2007 5:25 pm

    Curt-

    Saw this today for the first time and am fascinated by the inside information on my beloved Red Sox. Thanks for doing this! Questions I hope you can get to:

    1) You posted about “depth” in your pitches… and I’ve seen or heard this term used by scouts/GM’s etc. Could you give a quick definition of this for us layman?

    2) What makes a pitcher successful at the major league level? I know this is a fairly broad question, but what were the things you figured out after you had been in the league for a few years? The two major things I can think of are command and movement, but what are the things we may not know about?

    Thanks again for this great commentary.

  134. anal0gkid permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:14 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I was down in Ft. Myers, and caught the tail end of your side session last Sat. You were throwing to Belli in the pen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/analog-kid/419987243/). Anyway, I didn’t want to bother you (and we were instructed not to by the tour guide), but I was left 2 baseballs by my father. One of them was a ’51 Sox ball which I would never part with (Williams, Pesky, Doerr, etc.). The other is a ’51 Phillies ball (which I would have never figured out if it wasn’t for the interwebs). Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn signed it, as well as many others. I know you are a baseball history buff. If this is something you’d be interested in trading for, drop me a line.

    Don

  135. laethyn permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:25 pm

    Not to step on any toes here ..

    theroguewriter ..

    if you are looking for employment with 38 Studios, might I recommend heading on over to http://www.38studios.com and bookmarking the site. Based on the information there, it will be updated some time between now and the end of the month. I’m guessing (based on the archived http://www.greenmonstergames.net site), that any employment opportunities will be announced there.

    Cheers, and good luck!

    Laethyn

  136. objectivitymatters permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:32 pm

    Look, people. It’s cool to be a fan, and obviously it’s cool to hate the media these days. And no doubt, it’s neat when your favorite players want to talk to you directly. But let’s all take a breath here and ask two questions:

    1. What incentive would “the media” have to distort the truth on an issue like this? (not much)

    2. What incentive would a player in this situation have for distorting the truth to bend public opinion to his side? (make a lot of money)

    Players say things like “the media sucks” because they know you like them better than you like the media, and that helps them get their message out unfiltered. But sometimes it makes sense to take a step back remember by the filter was there in the first place. It’s for the benefit of the readers.

    Without “the media,” players, teams, government officials can lie to you whenever they want, for their own benefit.

    Not saying anybody’s lying here, just speaking in general.

    Just some food for thought, that’s all.

  137. mikeelliott1 permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:33 pm

    Curt:

    Thank you for everything you have done. You’re awesome. I have sent Shaughnessey 2 emails telling him he is a jackass.

    Please come back in ’08.

    -NJ’s Biggest Sox Fan

  138. mrmako permalink
    March 16, 2007 8:25 pm

    Curt,

    Just stay the course as you have and you life will be fulfilling. Us nut job Red Sox fans will place you up there with Bird, Orr, Bourque, Brady (I guess), Williams, etc… I’d like to see you back in a sox uniform, as you basically sacrificed the whole 2005 season doing what you did for us in 04′.

    Give us another one (WS win) for the troops overseas, and the others that are away from their families trying to keep our country free. Many civilians serve, and some in harms way, just so people can live their life without fear. No complaints here. You’re at the top of your profession and should earn what you can. Just give a prop for us that have been away from their homeland protecting America’s freedoms. Thanks.

    VJ in Okinawa

  139. captain33 permalink
    March 16, 2007 8:48 pm

    Curt…the media (and Boston media, specifically) is BRUTAL…and always have been. I mean think about how much Ted Williams means to the city of Boston and Red Sox fans, damn they even named a tunnel after the guy. Yet the 5th chapter in his Wikipedia entry talks about his well publicized run-ins with the Boston media.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams#Relationship_with_Boston_media_and_fans

    Teddy won the Triple Crown twice and MVP twice…BUT IN DIFFERENT YEARS! It boggles my mind that you can lead the league in HR’s, Average and RBIs…but not be the MVP…INSANE! The TC is voted on my the baseball media…enough said. If they don’t like it…you will never win the MVP, but you can’t argue with stats!

    Just keep doing what you are doing, being the heart of this pitching staff. Honestly though, I think this blog may have been a mistake. Nothing good will ever come of responding to their attacks. All it does is give them more to talk about…and that’s all they are looking for. By responding to them it’s just keeping THEM in the limelight…and that is what they are looking for…it’s really about them…not you.

  140. ptodd permalink
    March 16, 2007 9:02 pm

    You want to pitch in 2008 and stay in Boston. Great.

    Money is not really an issue for you as you are financially secure, but of course you want to be paid fairly in 2008. Fine.

    You asked for an extension for 2008 to be worked out before ST. Kind of fuzzy about why the extension is needed.

    Theo says lets wait. Too bad, but understandable given your age and off season conditioning commitments.

    If you pitch well and stay healthy in 2007, the Red Sox would love to have you back for the same price in 2008, perhaps even more than 13 million. Your choice which team it will be. Great.

    If you suck or get hurt in 2007 the Red Sox probably would not have much interest in Curt Schilling for 2008 at 13 million per year, nor will any other team. No one wants it to happen, and it is improbable that it will.

    If you win the Cy Young and we win another championship they all will probably be happy to pay you 20 million or more for 2008.

    For the Red Sox it is probably about cost certainty, they do not want to get stuck with a 13 million dollar deal and have you taking up a spot on the roster 2008 rehabbing from an injury most of the season and then coming back pitching like a 6th starter. They would rather pay 20 million for a sure thing than 13 million for nothing.

    For you it the need for an extension is still a bit fuzzy but may be more about respect, trust, faith, etc, despite what you said, and perhaps just the security of not having a contract negotiation hanging over your head so you can focus on the game in 2007. Despite what you say, I think it can get in your head a little bit when you are playing in a contract year. Some players step it up in contract years, you seem to do best in the 1st years of a contract. So this is understandable.

    The average Johnny from Burger King, or Joe with the mortgage, 3 kids close to college age, and 2 jobs, wife with another job, both with crappy health care insurance and w/o a retirement plan, they probably are not going to have a lot of sympathy for you, but as a fans they will be looking forward to you pitching for Boston in 2008. Hope it works out that way.

    If not Boston, good luck wherever you end up, unless it is with the Yankees. Fortunately, the intelligent man that you are has ruled that out. You might be better off padding your stats for HOF consideration going to a WC NL team in a pitcher friendly park like the LAD. Your choice though.

    Glad this is the last word on the subject from you, and your effort to clear it up was effective, now if only the press does not bring it up again and sticks with covering what happens on the field. Help them do that Curt. Two words for when the subject comes up again “No comment”

    Great blog, love your insights into the game. Keep it up.

  141. saintpatrick permalink
    March 16, 2007 9:23 pm

    Curt,

    The media is saying that Craig Hansen is being looked at. I hope he is being looked at favorably. My impression is that he has a lot of talent and needs to get into a work routine – and coached by a veteran pitcher. I could be wrong, but I think the guy is a keeper.
    Big question: Does he have the discipline?

  142. March 16, 2007 9:57 pm

    //1. What incentive would “the media” have to distort the truth on an issue like this? (not much)//

    Why does this issue have to be different from any other? Since Curt has been with Boston, there have been many instances where the media has distorted the truth for, seemingly, no reason other than to stir things up.

    //obviously it’s cool to hate the media these days. //

    My father is 72 years old and has hated the media for upwards of 50 years. What the Boston sports media does to local players is notorious and has gone on a lot longer than Curt has been around. The only difference between then and now is that we all have the internet to discuss the shortcomings of the writers.

    //Without “the media,” players, teams, government officials can lie to you whenever they want, for their own benefit.//

    Ah, and with ‘the media’ we get fed whatever each individual writer/producer/editor wants us to believe (Steve Buckley wrote lies about Nomar, CHB wrote lies about Pedro/Butch Stearns TOLD lies about Curt).

    Sorry Mr. Media representative. I’d rather read Curt here than read CHB throwing insults at the Red Sox and their players just because he can.

    Oh, and Curt, great blog…remarkable of you to connect with the fans this way.

  143. GremEQ permalink
    March 16, 2007 9:57 pm

    Ah Alrusso,

    CURT DOES NOT HAVE AN AGENT

  144. objectivitymatters permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:44 pm

    Look. The media’s job is to question everything. Ballplayers don’t like to have their ability questioned, even when it may be justified, and fans don’t like to have their favorite teams or players questions, even when it may be justified. Makes sense that there would be an antagonistic relationship.

    And are there bad eggs in the media? Of course there are. Just like there are ballplayers who are lousy people and lawyers who are lousy people and real estate agents who are lousy people…etc.

    Just saying, it’s easy to generalize, and blogs like this are cool and fun and a wonderful invention, but be careful if you think they’re supposed to replace objective journalism.

    And yes, there’s plenty of objective journalism out there. It’s just that (a) the bad apples spoil the bunch and (b) people don’t like objectivity if the point of view disagrees with theirs.

  145. objectivitymatters permalink
    March 16, 2007 10:51 pm

    My apologies. Poor phrasing in my last post. Should have written “people don’t like objectivity if the information presented disagrees with their point of view.”

    For the record, lest you tar and feather me, I think Mr. Schilling is an excellent pitcher. And I think Mr. Timlin is darn good, too.

  146. jthewes permalink
    March 17, 2007 12:16 am

    The media sucks because someone like James Brown is doing the rest of the important games for March Madness while the hilarious Gus Johnson sits out. This is the true sadness of the media, they certainly don’t understand their viewer, and they certainly don’t understand the value of a game that is well-called. While Gus might be animated (he does get hyper) atleast it’s his true fortay. James Brown is the guy who sat at Fox on the NFL pregame show for years and now sits at CBS — unfortunately he’s not sitting anymore, he’s now traveling to games and calling them for the tournament. A true travesty.

    The only redeeming thing out of this is that Duke fans continues to get blasted. Good stuff here:

    http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/2007/03/ncaa_bans_duke_.html

  147. March 17, 2007 12:19 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    Let me begin by saying that if you were to leave, #38 would never be another Red Sock to me. It may not get officially retired, but #38 is a number that would be retired to me. So let’s hope it works out…

    A few questions to ponder however:

    1. You say that not having a contract won’t effect your pitching during the season. But can something that happens this season really dictate where you will end up? Examples being either great or little success, making the World Series and winning or coming up short. What things this season can drive you to deal somewhat exclusively with the Red Sox? If there are any.

    2. One prognosis that I haven’t caught from you yet, is that of Matt Clement. Any thoughts to his place on the squad?

    3. How do you see the closer situation shaping up?

    Thanks for your reaching out to the fans. Your info on pitching alone is well worth the read if it wasn’t also for your educated and conversational manner.

    -The Bones

  148. fingers88 permalink
    March 17, 2007 12:43 am

    Curt,

    Love the new look. Great choice going with WordPress. Glad to see you have gotten your own gig here… I mean, I am sure you will miss the micro-analysis from the crowd over at SOSH… A crowd which is comprised of 99% middle-aged men who were cut from their t-ball teams…and still I digress… Anyhow interesting to hear about your cousin.(BlackHawk).. I, myself served 4 years in the USMC and find it refreshing to see your support of the troops. I have spoken to you in chats and always enjoyed the candor you displayed wether it was talking about your performance that day or Bush’s foreign policy…you always speak your mind and never skirt an issue.. I have one question…Shark or Bear?;)

  149. acefox1 permalink
    March 17, 2007 1:28 am

    Wow, okay I have to ask this… I expect that Curt may not be at liberty to answer, but perhaps the poster can clear this up… Was that Mike Timlin writing in post 142?

    I just have to say that post was every bit as intelligent and right-on-target as what Curt has been writing.

    And if that was Mike Timlin, thank you for E V E R Y T H I N G ! ! ! ! I wish you had more recognition for what you have contributed over the years, You have been a fearless intense competitor for RSN for a long time. Thank you for giving 100% to us since 2003.

    And also, if that was Mike Timlin, thank you for all the little things. We had a brief conversation in Anaheim in July 2004 before the game and you were incredibly nice, patient and kept signing autographs until you and Bronson Arroyo were getting barked at to get into the clubhouse. LOL

    As far as that other poster goes, hmmmm why would media people distort the truth or invent stories/controversies??? Well, let’s see, what story generates more ad revenue?

    Story A.) Today in camp Curt Schilling had a pleasant conversation with Theo and John Henry with no further discussions on a contract for Curt. Everybody is getting along and is step by step getting ready for the season.

    Story B.) From here it looks like more intense discussions and bitter disagreements between Curt and Red Sox Management. Curt then took to his “blog” for more posturing and whipping the fans into a frenzy to make an end-run around Larry “Left-Eye” Lucchino. Unnamed sources in red Sox camp report lots of grumbing among the other players about all the distractions of Curt’s very public contract negotiations! Call in to discuss this, click here for more info or tune in at 11:00 and we’ll tell you more after news, traffic weather and sports.

    I suspect from what I’ve seen and read that Story A is what is really going on but you’ll never see the media (Boston or National) going with Story A as it doesn’t get people reaching for their remotes or clicking with their mice. The answer simply comes down to viewership and ad revenue. Simple as that.

    With so much fan interest and so many reporters covering the team there can’t help but be a certain amount of one-ups-manship among the media as they compete to get rabid fans going to their news outlet to check their version of the story.

    Good night and bless you Curt and all the other players on the Red Sox, past, present and future!

    Your biggest fan,

    Deane

  150. maineiac permalink
    March 17, 2007 5:35 am

    Curt,

    I’ve been reading your blog for the last week or so, daily. I’ll echo most of the posters in here by expressing my appreciation to you for taking time to give us your always honest, frank, and spinless opinions on life as a major league baseball player. It is a treat to hear “from the horses mouth” instead of trying to wade through the spew that the self serving media clowns (like CHB) insult us readers with daily. I would like to point out that I do respect a few beat writers, and read their columns… but I, like many others, am tired of the far too many “journalist” whose egos have morphed them into blow-hards who have lost sight of objective sports news reporting. Enough on that rant for now…

    I’m curious about the ups and downs of “life on the road” as a major league baseball player. Perhaps you could give us readers an idea of what routines you go through when the team is on the road, how much time you have to do non-baseball related activities (sight-seeing, resturants, etc.), and which cities you favor, and why. How often is your family able to travel with you? My guess is, given the 162 game schedule of the season, of which half those games are spent on the road, must be one of the bigger challenges for you and your family.

    As you are aware, most Sox fans consider our team to be more than just a sports franchise…they are indeed part of the fabric of life. That is an absolute here in Maine, where I was born, raised, and live with my family. I am excited bout the upcoming season and this squad (I am every year), to be able to enjoy such a personal glimpse of you and the team throughout the season on this blog adds another level of excitement. Thanks once again.

  151. bostontechnoid permalink
    March 17, 2007 6:30 am

    Hi Curt,

    I have the utmost respect for you as a ballplayer and as a man. You have proven yourself in every battle that you have fought, on and off the ballfield. Your dedication to your family, to those in need and to charity fundraising is stellar.

    I also owe you a tremendous debt for your critical role in the success of the 2004 season. The Series win was one of the high points of my life, and thanks to you I got to stand on the mound and touch the trophy after the final game. At this point, you could decide to go pitch for any team (except NY of course, because that would Damonize you for us) and I would always maintain my respect and, yes, love for you.

    If Red Sox management has learned nothing else about salary negotiations over the past few years, they should now know that it is a LOT more expensive to buy players in free agency than to keep players that are already on your roster. They should also know that not every player can become a proven performer at Fenway Park. There is always a risk when you bring a new player to Boston. Proven performers such as yourself are worth a premium.

    Clearly this team needs more and better relief pitching, so I understand that the Sox want to keep some cash available for additional talent in 2008, but I can’t understand why they wouldn’t offer you a salary that they can live with (and contract protection for you including an anti-Arroyo clause) knowing that you would rather not have to deal with the headaches of free agency. They won’t find a better deal in free agency. And if they lose you, then they’ll still need to pay another starting pitcher. I can’t imagine that you didn’t factor all of this into your salary request, or that they are so short-sighted that they’d rather lose you than make a fair offer.

    So where is the problem? Tell me who it is and we’ll speak to him. Or let them and the fans pay the difference in your salary positions as contributions to your charity. I’m ready to donate!

  152. oates77 permalink
    March 17, 2007 10:50 am

    Hi Curt,

    This is great.

    It is very respectable for you to promise that we won’t hear anything about the contract situation from you again until after the season is over.

    No pre-game comments, no post-game comments, no blog entries, nothing.

    I respect that.

    Thanks,

    Eric (Saratoga, NY)

  153. suse74 permalink
    March 17, 2007 11:20 am

    Good Afternoon Curt,

    I hope you stay in Boston. I dont know you personally but you seem like an honest direct person and I admire that. I hope you stay in Boston and hope the Redsox are open honest and direct with you.

    Is there any chance you may have an email address I could send you an email to, I had a buisness question for you.

  154. savage362 permalink
    March 17, 2007 11:25 am

    Curt,

    What are your thoughts on the media now using your blog as a way to get more information from you? I have seen many shows bring up your blog and your thoughts either the day you make a new post or the day after.

    Would you prefer that they get their information in person?

  155. wally97 permalink
    March 17, 2007 11:33 am

    Hi,
    Felger was ripping you, your blog and those of us who like to get the scoop from you without his and his buddies’ filtering last night on TV. Says more about him than you! I love and respect what you’ve done here and your attitude. I’m not in your camp politically, but that doesn’t matter. I respect that you say what you feel. Keep it up. Real Sox fans are with you!!

  156. jmc36 permalink
    March 17, 2007 12:19 pm

    Ego221,

    I just spent 30 minutes reading through all 151 replies and your response (#41) out of all them hits the nail right on the head. I have the same questions about this situation as you and I really think you speak for the majority of Sox nation about Curt’s contract situation.

    Before I respond to it, let me make this clear – I am a huge Curt Schilling fan. I want him back in a Sox uni next year and want him to retire as a Red Sox. What he did in October 04 was something that speaks for itself. When I pop in my 2004 WS DVD 5 years from now, I want to feel differently about him than I do about Damon, and Petey and Foulke and all the guys who either left or left on bad terms. To be honest, what frustrates me the most is this could really be a slam dunk, a no brainer of a situation if Curt wanted it to be. He could put this to rest and ease our concerns about him leaving if he wanted to. But instead, its not that simple.

    Why? Well, I think we all know how proud of person Curt is. Some call it ego, you can call it whatever. But its his “pride” which is what’s causing this to be more complex that what it needs to be. The essence of what bothers me about all of this is that Boston is by far and away the place he wants to be. He loves the city, his hometown, just about everything about this area. But yet at the end of day Curt states, “In 2008, if by the Lords Grace I am healthy, I will be pitching somewhere I want to be for a team that has a great shot at winning a world series”

    He doesn’t say I will do whatever it takes to remain on this team. He doesn’t say I’ll sit down with Theo and the brass and we’ll get something done. What he is saying is that “I am not taking a hometown discount and I want to be paid fair market value.”

    Here’s the rub: I don’t think this makes Curt greedy. He’s not a greedy person. What this is all about is his pride. Curt simply refuses to be paid less than somebody who he feels is not as valuable as him. Curt’s thinking, “You know what, if a guy like Eric Milton is making $10 million a year I’m not taking a deal for anywhere less than that.” or “Moose is making $19 a year for the Yanks and I’m supposed to take a third of that? No way” It’s all about his pride and how he views himself comapred to his comtemporaries.

    I think this is how most ballplayers think. I just wish Curt was one of the few, like Trot Nixon as you pointed out Ego221, who dared to be different. At 40 years old and with his place cemented in this game, you would hope he’d be different than some other guy looking to score their first big contract. In alot of ways, Curt’s alot like Clemens. He’s a proud man.

    I have a close friend who I went to school with who plays for the Tigers. Although I don’t know Curt personally, my friend reminds me of him. He’s a family man, he’s deeply spirtual, he’s one of the most charitable persons I know. But here’s the difference…he doesn’t have an ego. He signed with Tigers again this offseason to stay on that team because he wanted to win and he loves the city and teammates. It was widely reported when he signed the deal, he took alot less than what he could have made on the open market. Why did he do it? Because its not about pride for him. It’s not about being paid market value. He doesn’t give a crap that a player like Melvin Mora will make than him this year. In fact, I’m sure he’s happy for Melvin.

    I just wish Curt was different. I wish pride didn’t play such a big part in this. I wish Curt would look at the fact that he was in the Top 50 last year and again this year for highest salaries. I wish he could look at his situation and say, “I don’t care what the next guy makes. I just want to finish my career here.”

    Ego221, Thanks for raising some very good questions about this. I think you speak for most of us.

  157. jthewes permalink
    March 17, 2007 12:28 pm

    In regard to Post #80 by “alrusso” – might want to work on your grammar, Al, before you attempt to make an intelligent argument.

    And “EXTENTION” is spelled “extension”.

    Nice try though.

  158. tapadance permalink
    March 17, 2007 12:38 pm

    Sir, as always you amaze me. The one time we spoke you were a gentleman, and in a profession where so few people are articulate, your abilities with the written word outside those of many professional writers I know. I think even if you did not write about baseball, and were not ‘the’ Curt Shilling, I would still read this blog for your insights. I am glad you have decided to stay in Medford. If not for being bribed by Tim Wakefield, you would be my favorite player. As it is, you’re my number three (the bribe included Dougie, as number two)

    When you do get your children a dog, I would like to offer my assistance in picking out the proper breed. Until then, they can peruse this Boston based web site, http://www.dogboston.com/blog/ How would they feel about a cat? Mine is driving me insane right now.

  159. March 17, 2007 4:28 pm

    The first thing I thought when I began reading the infamous all-caps comment (#80) from alrusso was, “I bet he gets ‘your/you’re’ wrong.” Sure enough, behold:

    “YOUR A MODERN DAY ATHLETE”

    “YOU ALREADY SAID YOUR NOT LOOKING FOR MORE MONEY,”

    I swear, this works every time. Almost every rude$^%$^% who comments on my blog gives away their level of education by making this mistake. The best is when they say, “Oh, it was a typo.” No, it wasn’t a typo, YOU’RE just not smart.

    26 championships, no brains.

  160. pga1978 permalink
    March 17, 2007 5:11 pm

    Tell you what, Schilling can’t get enough of the fluffing you people do for him on this website. He will NEVER leave this town because he loves the attention too much. He is a glutton for attention. Luckily for him the attention will not hurt his conditioning as much as being a straight up food glutton.

  161. March 17, 2007 8:50 pm

    I’m not Mike Timlin, just a fan who used this login a while ago for WordPress and it popped up when I went to comment so I figured I’d stick with it.

  162. mattc2007 permalink
    March 18, 2007 12:09 pm

    Curt —

    great post. Very honorable and honest.

    It is classy players like yourself that allow us to have our kids look up to athletes in a real positive way.

    Baseball is a great and tough sport to stay at the top level. You have done that despite injuries.

    I only want the best for you, Shonda, and your kids. You are a great talent that I wished the Sox never traded away early in your career. As it would have been something to have two #1 pitchers of yourself and Clemans in the same staff.

    We are lucky and in dept to your Thansgiving decision to join Red Sox nation and drive the bus to the championship. You competitive drive to munge up your ankle with daily surguries to make it to the mound will forever be remembered as above greatness.

    Whatever decision you make in the future regarding your playing location in ’08 I sure do hope the Sox make your decision easy.

    I’m hoping this year’s squad of Dice-K and Paps to the starting rotation along with the Aces of you, Beckett is the year. So hopefully winning a second WS will be something you can remember in your days as a Sox fan.

    I love baseball and love to see guys like yourself go the extra to make the impossible possible. I still love Millar’s quote of “having the Yankees right we want them” — He mentioned they had to win that day and then Shill and Pedro and then it’s anyones game in game 7. Made possible by the determination and bloody soxs of you.

    Thank you,
    a huge baseball fan, and definitely a huge Curt Shilling fan —
    go Sox —
    Matt C

    p.s. – I did like seeing the contributing some portion of the $$ to charity. Should help any squad poney up $$ beyond 13M.. Heck this year average pitchers are getting #2 $$, makes no sense to me…So 14M for you would be a bargain and I hope the Sox go for it.

  163. harrahs80 permalink
    March 18, 2007 8:29 pm

    Hey curt long time fan here is there any chance you would retire with the phillies ? thanks

  164. thebloodysock2004 permalink
    March 18, 2007 10:55 pm

    Curt –

    Hope you’re well.

    You hit the nail on the head concerning the media – particularly sports coverage in Boston. Unfortunately for most of the media, its becoming less and less about the game and the beauty of competition at its highest level and more about them, their views and the outrageousness that is needed to sell papers or ad time on radio or tv. I’m so glad you opened up the blog. Like me, I’m sure lots of other folks have lots of questions about all things in MLB baseball.

    Great choice in Medfield. Great people, great schools – great town. Go Big Blue (and that’s from a Walpole Rebel).

    Separately – you’ve got some real gaming talent right in the area (folks that worked on games like Everquest – and a few others). I’m sure you’re on that though. Best of luck – need some next generation games that not only require you to kill your opponent – but to find your opponent and outsmart your opponent!!!!!

    again – best of luck with the venture – you’re adopted town – you’re contract discussions – and – of course – the ’07 season.

    I’ve got a bottle of nice california red riding against 5lbs of corned beef, mustard and pickles from NY’s finest deli. The sandwiches were great in ’04 – and I now I’m hungry again!!!!

  165. kate773 permalink
    March 19, 2007 11:10 am

    I just wanted to write and say that, as a person who grew up in Medfield and whose parents still live there, I’m thrilled that you have chosen Medfield as the place to raise your children. I know Medfield is proud to have you there as a leader and role model in the community. I hope very much that the Red Sox work something out with you because you are a very big part of this town, and this team.

  166. kate773 permalink
    March 19, 2007 12:09 pm

    BTW- I’m heading down to spring training this weekend. Will be in St. Pete’s Friday and Saturday, then Ft. Myers on Sunday and Monday. Hope to see you pitch!!

  167. sect36rw9 permalink
    March 19, 2007 2:24 pm

    Curt –

    Good to see that you are realistic and honest – but then again, you have never given us any reason to think otherwise. At the end of the day it is about “W”s. You have deserved every penny you’ve made since joining the Sox, and hopefully will do the same this year. If you win 20, name your price and I am sure each of us will pay an extra couple of buck to keep you in Boston next year. You win 12-15, you’ll still be a multi-millionaire and I hope you’ll stay in Boston – even if our price isn’t best. Loyalty and respect go a long way, and hopefully all the way into the HoF in a Sox cap.

    You say that you will take the “better all around offer.” As you clearly pointed out, an offer isn’t always just about the benjamins… That said, I hope you’ll also consider the full package – the best city, the best fans, best public schools in Mass (props to Medfield), and the best damn WS victory ever.

    Good luck Curt…. Now go out there and make this a very easy decision for Theo, Larry, and John.

  168. imdapman permalink
    March 19, 2007 6:44 pm

    Curt,
    I know there are to many replies on here for you to personally read them all but I would like to say thank you.
    Thank you for the honesty
    Thank you for the professionalism
    Thank you for the hard work
    Thank you for putting your career and your well being on the line in 2004

    What you did was perhaps the gutsiest baseball thing I have ever seen and it has made me a Schilling fan for life. So if you dont end up in Boston next year you can count those of us that truly realize your effort and sacrifice will always be your fans

    I sincerely hope you have a good year and the Sox are forced to offer you a huge contract for next year…good luck!

    Signed
    Always a fan

  169. waittillnextyear permalink
    March 19, 2007 9:34 pm

    Do you expect to be the ace on this staff?

  170. bobwal permalink
    March 21, 2007 5:09 pm

    Hey Curt,

    You have played long stretches in two other cities, Philly and Phoenix. How does the Boston media compare with those two cities? It must be hard for all of you athletes to play in Boston when it comes to the media. You have Ron Borges who has an agenda against the Patriots, and Dan Shaughnessy who obviously hates the Red Sox. These two are probably the worst examples, but some of these members of the media seem to just be in it to mess around with you guys. They were probably losers in high school who couldn’t get dates, and now they are getting their revenge.

  171. tucodog1 permalink
    March 22, 2007 8:15 pm

    Curt – you are a great pitcher. Good luck. I have lived in AZ for 33 years and you treated me to the only world championship in AZ ever. That is how I remember you. I will always remember that.

    Q – How do you view the Dbacks progress this off season? It would be great to get your take on it.

    KG

  172. paulnofsky permalink
    March 24, 2007 7:26 pm

    curt,while some of your complaints about the dumbass media are true(see plagarist ron i hate belichick and the krfats borges)you have it easy compared to Manny ramirez.The media dumps on manny for every little thing he does and the jackasses at WEEI especially the three stooges in the am(D and c and the little hasidic geek meter)and mike adams love to pile on manny.The grill fiasco is another example of the media making an big deal out of something of zero substance.The boston writers have an history of attacking their own.My late father used to tell me how ted williams would get raked over the coals by dave egan of the herald about Ted’s personal life.i only care what athletes do on the field what they do on their own time is none of mine or the medias damn business.Good luck this season stay healthy keep the japanese lessons so you and Dice k can rap and GO SOX!!and yankees suck!!!!!!!!!!

  173. soupdaddy permalink
    March 28, 2007 3:30 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Despite what that bum ShawnASSey says, your blog is great. As many before said, the stuff with Millar was a hit. I saw him in spring training last year and ragged him a bit and told him to go deep…..he did. Miss seeing him in the right uniform and same will go for you next year if that’s the case. No matter what, we all got 2004 to enjoy and when those Yankee nitwits talk about how many championships they bought it’s great to remind them of the biggest choke of baseball history. Good luck this year and thanks for the blog…..beats the heck out of the funny pages…..oh yeah, to Danny Boy….nice dew!!

  174. xnmby permalink
    April 16, 2007 8:05 pm

    Hey Curt,

    There’s got to be a compromise to let you stay here and end your career. It’s only fitting. You should consider how much more endorsement money you get being in New England compared with somewhere else as a result of your special status here.

    That being said, the Red Sox would be stupid to let you go at any price. They sell so many shirts etc. because of you, and they’d get so much media attention what with your retirement and all, it’s just shortsighted of them not to pony up. You guys just need to all sit down with a pitcher of beer and make it work.

    -xnmby

  175. mattlenny permalink
    December 23, 2007 12:52 am

    Curt,

    In retrospect, a great blog. Thank you again (I feel like I am going to say that a lot) for sharing your personal/professional life with us fans. It makes it more meaningful for us (as if Red Sox Nation needed to it to be more meaningful). I can not wait to continue reading more.

    Matt

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