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Clemens and us?

May 7, 2007

I am not sure how people can misconstrue things as badly as they do, but it’s being done. If you read any of the sports writers with integrity, the guys that printed the ENTIRE quote I gave last night, I thought it was clear. Roger Clemens coming to Boston was something none of us in the clubhouse had any control over. No one is a bigger fan of what he’s done than I am. I’ve said repeatedly that I think he’s the greatest pitcher that’s ever played. There is not team he doesn’t make better but we had no control over him coming here.

I would have loved to have him, I said so, but the second he chose the Yankees it became a non-factor. This game is hard enough worrying about the things you can control much less the things you can’t. We have a very very good team. I think we have the best staff in the game right now. Can that change? Sure it can but no one here can tell us how when and why it will change. Maybe it won’t. Bottom line is if you are in our clubhouse wishing we had Clemens you are basically telling a teammate you suit up with every day that we’re better off without you. I’ve made that mistake in the past and refused to do it again. CHB can sob all he wants, Rocket coming here gave him something legitimate to actually write about for the next 4 months. Now he can stick to the bitter style he’s perfected and talk about how bad we suck because we failed to get Rocket. The guy will retire as the greatest pitcher that ever lived. He wanted to go to NY, done deal. I can’t stress it enough, it was a non-issue before yesterday and is a non-issue today. We had no control over him coming or going so it was never more than weight room chatter.

The other amazing aspect of this is that the same media people who’ve railed on him for the last 6 months for taking this course are now taking sides in who screwed up and who didn’t in getting him. Who the hell can blame the guy for taking what amounts to 20 some million bucks to pitch 4 months of the season. There isn’t a person reading this who wouldn’t kill for that opportunity. The Yankees have been CRUSHED with injuries, their staff has had an enormously disproportionate amount of injuries and we haven’t. They needed to fill some holes and their owner has never shirked at spending money to field a world series caliber team. I don’t blame him or them, hell I laud them for it.

So ya, I’d have loved to pitch with Roger Clemens. On a personal level it would have meant I was teammates with 3 of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. I’ve never ever cared about the ‘spotlight’ as it pertains to that sort of thing. I’ve always believed if I pitched and did what I was capable of doing it would all work out in the end. Contrary to CHB’s belief, and she may find it hard to believe, I LOVE pitching with Daisuke, I love to be able to see first hand what he brings to the team and the organization. I love our staff as it stands now and if we can stay healthy I think we are in a great spot. I’ll take the Texan we got and pit him against anybody in the game over the next 5-10 years. He’s special and starting to show people a glimpse of what he’s going to be.

So while I did say “we don’t need him”, it was at the end of a quote that started with “I’d have loved to have him”.

If Roger Clemens in NY means the Sox don’t win the World Series this year then we weren’t the world series caliber team we thought we are, and we believe we are.

322 Comments leave one →
  1. jerwax33 permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:40 am

    You are the reason Clemens did not come to Boston. Just as you ran Pedro out of town, you have also caused Clemens to not come to town. Hey, if we need another pitcher in October maybe you can get your best friend GWB to come and pitch. Maybe that line drive should have hit you in the head yesterday and knocked some sense into you. If you were a real man, you would go fight in the war that you love so much.

  2. ointus permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:45 am

    I didn’t even give the quote any thought when I first read it… all I assumed was that you were saying you have full confidence in our team as it is.

  3. pemliza permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:47 am

    Hear hear! Awesome post Curt. I heard your interview last night & you very clearly stated that while it would have been great to have him, he had made another decision & that was it. Would it have been a great story to have him back in Boston for possibly the last year of his career? You betcha! Do the Red Sox NEED him? No. You’re absolutely right. Good luck to him in New York & I hope he’s what the Yanks are expecting(kinda). For this Sox fan though, I like our team.

    I like our chances with Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield & Julian Tevarez/Jon Lester. Not to mention a bullpen that’s been outstanding & potentially the best closer in the future of baseball, Jon Papelbon. We’ve got an awesome, strong team. It’s time to focus on the Red Sox & getting back to the World Series!

    GO SOX!

    Liza

  4. Manny Ramirez permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:49 am

    Ey mang. Joo know what I tink? We no need him, mang. Is OK without him. The AL has the DH and his ERA will increase. Though I am bummed I am excited to go against him and have a race in the East, mang.

  5. sonofapitcherman permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:53 am

    Well said, Mr.Schilling.

    A writer such as the CHB, she likes to create a soap-opera like controversy around the team, and by create, I mean to create from whole cloth and fabricate and perpetuate as long as she can. She likes to be part of the story, likes the attention just as kids sometimes seek negative attention because they have to have attention paid to them. It’s look at me, look at me.

    You are write on the money in your elucidation of how your comment was taken out of context.

    Won’t the Globe hold this gal responsible for the negative spin she puts on everything. It’s enough to make me want to cancel my Globe subscription.

    To me, this just makes the season more interesting. I have a “wait and see’ attitude toward this. Rodger may or may not be the answer for the Yanks, but I’m reasonably sure they will be neck to neck with us as we come down the stretch. And the Rocket will contribute.

    I’ve read all the naysayers opinions of how Rodger is just a 4 to 6 inning pitcher and his how his ERA will skyrocket in the Al. I just don’t buy it. Like I said, just let’s wait and see. Opinions and assumptions mean nothing at this point. Except for someone to later say, “see, I told you.” Well, great guess.

    Nice blogging.

  6. May 7, 2007 10:56 am

    I’m not entriely sure why everything here wasn’t self-evident to the sports writers – particularly this line:

    “Bottom line is if you are in our clubhouse wishing we had Clemens you are basically telling a teammate you suit up with every day that we’re better off without you.”

    I just can’t grasp why that even needed to be said. I’m glad you laid it out for the slow-minded among “the experts”, I suppose. That’s part of why this site is here.

    In retrospect, I’ll just say “I’m glad the media forces you to provide them some clarity in a blog, because blogs are sweet.”

  7. sportsnut72 permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:58 am

    One thing Curt that I have seen that is Roger cares about money than he does winning or family. It might be harsh on what I wrote but think of it.. We have great owners now and a bullpen. If he wanted to win he would of chosen us (best in majors), and if family is that important he would of been in Houston (1 game behind NY record wise). It boils down to his friend Andy and the money that came along with it.

    I am happy with the staff, I consider Tavares “psycho” (going back to 2004 WS where he hit his hand on the wall in anger) and when Les comes back we will be just stronger!

    Bring on the Yankees because I am not afraid of them one bit. Their money had not bought them a WS in 7 years.

  8. pattijor permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:04 am

    desperate (adj.) 1. reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency. 2. having an urgent need, desire, etc. 3. leaving little or no hope. 4. extreme or excessive.

  9. espeyr1 permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:06 am

    I still think Clemens sells out for the highest dollar and waits to see what team has a chance….irritates me…

  10. alteriago permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:14 am

    Very well said Kurt! Do your thing and we will win!

  11. May 7, 2007 11:16 am

    Thanks for clearing that up Curt. sorry for overreacting… i was really hoping he would come back to Boston and overtake Cy for number 1 in wins…

    The yankees are still in trouble this year.

  12. May 7, 2007 11:20 am

    Curt,

    Sometimes I wonder if you having this Blog just inspires writers to go out of their way to try to “spin” you into trouble. It’s tiresome to read or hear comments like Shaughnessy’s or anyone else.

    I find it hard to believe that intelligent, adult Red Sox fans (not writers) ever questioning your motivation and focus on what’s best for the team. Forget about 2004, just look at 2005 as case and point.

    At any rate, I want to take the “NY” theme for the day as an opportunity to ask you for a quick favor. My 8 yr old cousin from NYC Jacob has been battling brain cancer for the last 10 weeks and just came home from Mass General after 8 weeks of radiation treatment. Yes, he wears the Evil Emipre’s hat over that bald head of his but I can’t imagine what 2-3 lines from you would mean to him and his parents.

    Any way you can post a get well wish on his web site?
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacobfroman

    Kindest regards,
    Eric

  13. johnlimberakis permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:20 am

    They just won’t leave you alone this season will they?

    Corporate media will do anything to make a buck.

    Sad how things are.

    Hang in there as always!

  14. badger99 permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:21 am

    yeah – it is amazing that that hack Shaughnessy is still allowed to write. I guess it speaks as much about what a piece of trash the Globe is as it does to what a piece of trash Shaughnessy is.

    But – it is all personal vendetta to him. He has been carrying Roger’s bag for years and since you announced that he is a hack – he can’t resist an opportunity to try to make you look bad.

    The Globe loves the hack, though – the only thing we can hope for is that he plagiarizes someone and gets caught.

    I, for one, am doing my little bit by not buying the Globe and turning the channel whenever I see his ugly mug spewing lies.

  15. May 7, 2007 11:22 am

    I loved Terry’s quote on Baseball Tonight. To paraphrase, he basically said, “Unless they find a way to start Roger in Toronto, on Tuesday, we have other things to think about.”

  16. manhattanredsox permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:25 am

    and people wonder why Manny doesn’t talk with the media. I immediately thought how your quote would be butchered by CHB. Personally much happier ownership spent the money on Dice rather than a 45 year old, 6 inning pitcher. Can we now give #21 to the bat boy ?

  17. wisdomoctopus permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:28 am

    Yes, we are!

  18. mdwstrslvr permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:31 am

    Roger IS a great pitcher – however, I agree with you – we DON’T NEED him – and I’m glad we didn’t pay the money he signed for …

    Would I have rathered he stay where he was than go to the NYY ?? OF COURSE – but I think we have a GREAT pitching rotation – best in all of the american league – but I am biased …

    So, we forget about it – move on – pitch great – hit hard – and rack up those wins and show everyone that we are ready for our next world series win …

  19. redsawx73 permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:31 am

    Your right Curt, One Player doesn’t make a team. I honestly believe your are going to be on other world series championship team in 2007.

  20. dougieduderanch permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:33 am

    Agreed, Curt. I would’ve loved to teach that money-grubbing sellout meatball a thing or three about pitching, but who needs him? If only Tito would understand the need to have my bomb-launching bat in the lineup more. God-willing, Youks is hurt a bit and we can play Papi at first and put my madd lumber at DH for a few days. That would rule.

    Much love,
    Dougie “Dude Ranch” Mirabelli

  21. sbasil permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:36 am

    Curt,

    I am glad you have this forum to again restate your quote from yesterday. I only hope the media acknowledges youir perspective vs. running with some twisted logic.

    I’d like to ask why the media raves about Clemens’ workout routines and based on reports that have alleged that you’ve been in his presence during one of these workouts in past, what makes them so different than what you or Josh do to prepare physically?

    As a Sox fan, I’d like to think that between Tek,Farrell and the pitching staff, the team is as prepared as anyone to go into battle each game. What I struggle with is why the media portrays people like Clemens as outworking their opponents physically to prepare for competition. Why is his preparation superior? Or is it that he individual pitcher has to know their body and how it responds in order to optimize their physical skills during gametime.

  22. oregonsoxfan permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:36 am

    It will only make taking the Division and going on to win the World Series, that much more meaningful. Why not us, again?

    I believe you are a world series caliber team, but I’m more excited to know you guys believe you are

  23. May 7, 2007 11:39 am

    Hey Curt,
    Great game yesterday. As soon as I read your quote, I knew that it was going to get edited down and misconstrued in order to hype the Sox – Yanks rivalry. I stopped visiting the site that CHB writes for because I think they are terribly skewed in their journalistic efforts, so it does not surprise me one bit that she is at it again.

    Would have loved to have Clemens pitching alongside you and Daisuke, Tim, and Josh, but hey, the Yanks needed him more, so they spent more and landed him. No big deal. One person a rotation does not make.

    Keep up the great work…and the great blog too! Go SOX!!!!

    All the best,
    Mike
    Hamilton, NJ

    PS – Thanks for selling the Why Not Us Again? shirts…any chance there will be some original Why Not Us? shirts going on sale??? Missed out on them in ’04 and would love to add one to my growing collection of all things Red Sox. Thanks again Curt.

  24. bdoonan1 permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:41 am

    Curt, as I read articles this morning, I said to myself this is exactly what you have been talking about. The media creating the news starting with that jackass Shaughnessey. Anyone, who saw the full quote can see it was taken completely out of context.
    Keep up the good work, and dont let the bastards get you down.
    Brian

  25. philod0623 permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:47 am

    Curt,

    I agree with you 100%. CHB is now just on a vendetta against you. There is nothing impartial about his writing anymore. He was always a Bob Ryan wannabe anyway.
    Personally, I’m glad Clemens didn’t come back here. He tanked the last three years of his contract here, then got into shape when he had something to prove in Toronto. Then when that didn’t work out, he cheated to get to the Yankees. He was a six inning pitcher for Houston last year which means 5 innings in the AL. I agree that we have a team capable of winning the World Series as is, barring injuries.

  26. neonsox permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:53 am

    Call it whatever you want, Curt, but there’s hardly any loyalty in baseball these days. The Yankees are a disease to professional sports with the crazy money they pay people. It helps people like you and other superstars legitamize the crazy prices at the ballpark because the owners still need to take their cut too. All this does is drive up the already insane MLB market. It’s another indication of all that is wrong with commercialism. I love this land but… Only in America.

  27. May 7, 2007 11:54 am

    Well, that settles that– it’s very clear what the facts of the situation are. So if the Bloody Sock Scandal of a few weeks ago tells us anything, we should expect this to be a massive controversy for 2-3 days anyway.

    Shaugnessy not only fails to report, he fails to read and comprehend what’s printed in his own paper.

    His Randy Moss tirades were a great example– some Globe reporter had a great quote from Rodney Harrison about how Moss had to work hard and put the team first, and someone else reported that Brady had reworked his deal to get Moss here. But Shaugnessy, who thrives on fantasized controversy, wrote that the Pats were mercenaries, without considering either fact.

  28. May 7, 2007 11:56 am

    I agree with you that Roger Clemens is one of the best pitchers ever to play the game. However I also think that at this point in his career while he’s definitely going to add to any team that he plays for, he’s also going to put an extra strain on that team’s bullpen.

    By consistently giving only five to six innings of quality pitching, that leaves four to three innings every five days for the bullpen to have to come in and continue to dominate. I’d much rather have the guys we’ve got now (and Lester on his way up) than to have spent the money on Clemens and to have put that strain on our ‘pen.

    Meanwhile, the Yankees have already worked their relief pitchers a great deal and it looks like this is only going to make things worse. In the end, I wonder if Clemens might be the thing to get them to October (by being dominate) but might also cost them the race by tiring out their pitching staff (that was part of our success in 2004).

    On a side note:, great blog, Curt. I love being able to read how you’re going through the season. I know that you and the guys are going to do great things this year.

  29. mdoherty permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:00 pm

    Kudos to you Curt. You have incredible class and character. It’s sad how the press lies so much today.

    Keep fighting the good fight! Go Red Sox!

  30. ziggystardust1 permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:11 pm

    first?

    and as long as there are columnists and reporters looking for a story to grab attention, there will be people whom will grab just a soundbite (or a blogbite. did I just coin a term?), in or out of context, to generate that attention. even with your blog people may just read a reporter’s spin on it rather than your actual full statements. unfortunately it’s the way of the world

  31. chiefwahoo permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:12 pm

    Curt,
    It is amazing that any athlete agrees for the 30 second interview or even talks with a reporter. Is there an upside that I don’t see? Hey by the way, great game against the twinks yesterday.

    Sincerely,

    Chief Wahoo

  32. bigmikelewis permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:14 pm

    Thanks for writing this Curt. We are just happy that you guys are working so hard to pitch through your games and bring home so many wins so early this year…1st place!

    Clemens would have been a great nostalgic thing for those of us who remember him pitching in Boston. As a Nation member in Oregon, I am just excited about our rotation and pen doing what they’ve been doing. I think, like you said, that the current team is showing how high a caliber we are at.

    Keep up the great job and let the guys know we’re rooting for them.

    Big Mike Lewis
    Beaverton, OR
    http://www.bigmikelewis.blogspot.com

  33. merloni4mvp permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:19 pm

    Well stated, Curt. Smart to get a quick response up here — I’ve heard at least three radio stations misinterpret your earlier comments already today.

  34. May 7, 2007 12:19 pm

    Well, I figured he was going to the Yankees as well.

    The move was made out of desperation and they needed him badly, as you have said.

    New York had the money to burn, and spend; therefore, they got him.

    Good luck to you all up there, I’m sure with Roger and co., the AL East hunt will now be that much more exciting, and plus challenging.

    Anthony
    http://oriolepost.blogspot.com

  35. frodo1962 permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:21 pm

    Curt, I read your blog entry before CHB’s column and I am shocked that even he would go that low. Your FULL comment was played on the news last night and anyone with a brain, and missing an agenda understood what you meant. I agree with you, adding Clemens would have been great, he’s still a great pitcher and it would have been nice for him to end his career where he started, but he chose the money (nice money for the work).

    While he will help the Yankees, I still see some issues for them … he is a 5-6 inning pitcher for most starts, which will require the already over worked bullpen there to come in and somehow save games for him.

  36. johnnylegit permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:21 pm

    Mr. Schilling:
    I couldn’t agree with you more, and I don’t understand all the fuss … what are Sox players supposed to say? “We lost out on Clemens so let’s pack our bags and go home?” And sometimes, I don’t understand how sports writers make any money writing garbage. Jerry Crasnick has a story in ESPN writing, “Yes, Clemens averaged just a tick less than six innings per start with Houston last season. But he still struck out 8.10 batters per nine innings — more than Schilling, C.C. Sabathia, John Lackey and A.J. Burnett, among others. National League batters posted an anemic .593 OPS against him.” He compares Clemens’ stats in NL to all the pitchers who pitched in AL, and everyone knows it’s tougher to pitch in AL than in NL. Given how tough all AL East teams are offensively, there’s no way Clemens will come close to his NL stats from last year. I wish more writers will point out the obvious–Yanks were desperate and paid whatever it took to get Clemens, but in the end, what counts is the game played between the lines. Barring injury, the Sox are as good before or after Clemens in a Yankee uniform.

  37. May 7, 2007 12:24 pm

    Once again, the media plays with your words, and you naturally defend yourself. And then they’ll shoot you down for doing that, as usual. Some people would say to just give up, ignore them, don’t make it worse, etc. I say, keep up what you’re doing, don’t let people think they can control you. After all, you’re the superstar, they’re the jealous ones.

    I’m psyched for a Schilling vs. Clemens matchup, in which you will dominate.

  38. smalljr permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:24 pm

    Thanks–too bad the media created a situation where an explanation was needed.

    Great Start to the season!!

  39. curtlovescurt permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:27 pm

    Curt,

    I like the part where you say you have never ever cared about the spotlight. It’s great that you have a sense of humor and can poke fun at yourself.

    Here’s my advice if you’re so tired of getting misquoted: Stop talking so much. But then you wouldn’t be in the spotlight, would you?

  40. frodo1962 permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:27 pm

    Another screw up by CHB (Kudo’s to the guys at CHB Watch) – “t was while he was a member of the Yankees that Sox fans went to the dark side on Clemens. They cited his “we have to carry our own bags” interview from 1988 and accused him of lying down during his last four years (40-39) in Boston. They recoiled when he mounted a horse after winning the World Series in Yankee Stadium. His victories and three Cy Young trophies in Boston were conveniently dismissed. He became the enemy.”

    Ehhhh, CHB it was Wade Boggs who rode the horse, not Clemens.

  41. marchhare09 permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:27 pm

    Even though I cringed when I read that Tavares said we don’t need Clemens, I knew he was right. Adding Clemens to any team will make it better, but I like the team as it stands. And with Lester likely to be available soon as well as some of the other talent available in Pawtucket and Portland, things won’t look so bad if the unspeakable happens and the team gets hit with injuries.

    As for reading in the press about your comment that “we don’t need him”, I knew there was more to that quote than that. Anyone who knows anything about you would know the respect you have for Roger. But the press needs to sell ink, so they’ll always try to quote things which will generate the most buzz.

    I’m glad to see Roger back in the game. Obviously I’d rather he were playing for the Red Sox, but it’ll be fun to watch him pitch even in a Yankee uniform.

  42. paulm34 permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:27 pm

    As I die hard Redsox Fan and listening to all the media it makes me sick. Let it go we have the best pitching staff in Baseball. We have one of the best young prospects that can step in at anytime. We do not need Roger (I’ll take the money) Clemens. Lets get real and get ready for Toronto.

    Paulm34

  43. May 7, 2007 12:28 pm

    I agree with you, Curt, that there needs to be no negativity on your team not signing Roger Clemens. If the Red Sox are good enough, then they will win.

    It’s a rather simple proposition and if you don’t have him, then you work with the team you have (which, last I checked, is doing pretty well).

  44. mikeod permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:28 pm

    As I was just about to come on here and ask the question, how could you not want a Roger Clemens on your team…” I read the blog and saw that the media once again mis or under quoted. I can see where your coming from by your post, not wanting to undermine any of your own players. As bad as it looks for the Yanks right now, when they get healthy you’re looking at a rotation of: Wang, Clemens,
    Mussina,
    Pettitte,
    Hughes.
    1-5 that is pretty good especially with the hitting they have. Good luck, I have a feeling you’ll need it down the stretch!

  45. vendrell permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:34 pm

    First comment, woot. (you must have JUST posted)

  46. chillyme permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:35 pm

    Curt.

    It’s all about “the soundbite” and those who make their living off of it. You know that.

    Nice to have the blog here to clarify, though.

    No worries.

    Onward.

  47. scottymacfromny permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:35 pm

    Curt,
    I’m sure you would love to say what’s really on your mind regarding Clemens. He’s a great pitcher, first ballot hall of famer and everything else. BUT………He’s the Barry Bonds of the mound. He’s dirty; but because MLB doesn’t test for HGH, he’ll never get caught.
    How do you explain his sudden resurgence when he left Boston ? The simple fact is athletes do not get bigger and stronger as they get into their late 30′s and mid 40′s. It defies logic, and nature.
    Don’t take this the wrong way……but you look like a 40 year old pitcher should.

    So go ahead Roger, take your B-12…….we’re gonna whack you around anyway

  48. tom4baseball permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:37 pm

    Regarding “On a personal level it would have meant I was teammates with 3 of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game”

    I’d guess Roger and Pedro are two, I was wondering who the third was, Randy Johnson?

  49. mattingly23 permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:37 pm

    The bottom line was, Clemens was never coming to Boston no matter how much money JH offered him. His wife Debbie went through personal hell his last two years here in Boston. The media crushed her family as well as the fans booing him at every little thing he did wrong. She has said in many private moments, she will never come back to Boston.

    Curt if you don’t like being misconstrued by the media, then I have one piece of advice for you. Just shutup! You get yourself in trouble every time you open your mouth. You backed down when you were questioned by congress, and now you whine every time someone doesn’t read between the lines, with everything you say.

  50. vendrell permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:38 pm

    Well, objectively speaking, this improved the Yankee rotation considerably. It doesnt mean Clemens will pitch like an ace in the AL east, but he will be solid and give the yankees quality innings. What looked like one of the worst starting rotation a couple weeks back now has potential to be very good, though 3/5 of it is very old. clemens, wang, pettite, mussina, and hughes (when he gets back, probably igawa or rasner until then) is a very good rotation. However, like you said curt, the sox don’t NEED him, and the Sox are no worse off for losing out on Clemens. Anyone who expected the yankees to just flounder and fade were kidding themsleves – it will be a tooth and nail, claw-and-scratch match for the division.

  51. lhop54 permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:38 pm

    I thought the intent was clear. “We think the guys in this room can do the job.” Any team could be better and one of them will be good enough. Here’s hoping it’s us again.

    I was hoping he’d come back to Boston, not because I thought we had to have him, but because I thought it would have been nice to cheer for him in Fenway again. I don’t blaim him, I don’t hate him, but I support the Red Sox.

    The Yankees have added the only real impact arm available to them. Now lets see how it plays out.

  52. desmonthesis permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:48 pm

    Well put, Curt.

    Clemens was my favorite player when I was growing up a Sox fan, and I even still liked him when he left the Sox to join the Blue Jays, and then the Yankees. I wished him all the best (though I was glad to see how badly we got to him when he was on the Yankees). This whole deal with trying to get him back, though, has been ridiculous.

    At this point, I’m rather glad that the Sox didn’t pick him up. I wouldn’t want to pay upwards of $20 million for a pitcher who’s not going to play the entire season. I’d rather stick with the guys we have (even Tavarez, who pitched a hell of a game in Minnesota the other night), who together I think is the best pitching staff in the game, than try to buy a mercernary who wants too much money, won’t play the whole season, won’t travel with the team, and would be a distraction in the clubhouse.

    I hope he (and the Yankees) have a miserable season.

  53. fanofschill permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:54 pm

    Great Post, CHB is nothing but bitter – I use to love his column but now his articles are written with nothing but spite, no real information or thought bing given.

    Anyway, I could careless about the Clemens saga so a question for ya. I assume you were talking about Randy Johnson, Clemens and Pedro as the 3 great pitchers you would have played with if Clemens as a teamate came to be. My question is, if you can combine any of their traits to make one great pitcher, what would you take from the 3? Also, maybe harder what traits would you leave?

    game 7 of the WS? other then you which of the 3 in their prime do you want on the mound.

  54. bytesplice permalink
    May 7, 2007 12:58 pm

    You got that right. I was dissapointed to hear the news – still am. He could have made a a bigger impact with Boston – so could have smokey joe wood, but we have no control over the livining or the dead..

  55. jimmykc permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:00 pm

    Well put. Stated another way, would we like to buy Roger and win the World Series or would we like to win the World Series by beating the guys who bought Roger. I would opt for the second choice and I think you guys can do it if you stay together and healthy.

  56. mikelowellsbeard permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:05 pm

    Well said. Real Sox fans understand the meaning and impact of this signing and understand the pitching we have now is incredible.

  57. May 7, 2007 1:07 pm

    There’s always next season to pitch with Roger…. either here, or in New York :-)

  58. blueliner25 permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:08 pm

    We get on players of the various teams for not cooperating with the media. Then you read how the quote was ‘edited’ in order for the writer to make an invalid conclusion. All the players will act like Manny, and not deal with the press.

  59. tomstaff permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:08 pm

    Curt, I never cease to be amazed at how the media twists things that athletes say to help them write a column. I am so glad you have this blog to set the record straight. Kudos on your start yesterday! Looked like you had the best control of the year on your fastball.

    Here’s hoping that Theo takes that “extra” cash they now have and reward you with a contract for next year. Would you give any thoughts at this point to an offer from the Sox say at the all star break?

    BTW, nice turtle move on that liner coming at your dome!

    God Bless!

  60. timmer1225 permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:10 pm

    It is amazing that a reporter can quote you accurately (you did, in fact, say “we don’t need (Clemens)”) yet at the same time so purposefully misrepresent the tone and meaning of your full response to their question. Anyone who has taken the time to read this Blog or listen to the full tape of your response in the locker room knows of your respect for Clemens, knows that you would have loved to have had the opportunity to pitch on the same staff with him, but that it wasn’t within your control and so you and the rest of the team now must move on. Maybe Manny has the right attitude ….it really is a no-win talking to the press, so why even bother. Regardless, it’s always great to get the straight scoop, with the full context, here in your blog.

  61. scambodian permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:11 pm

    You say all the right things Curt, but you cant ignore the fact that there has been problems with you and another star pitcher on the other team. You and RJ were supposed best friends and then not on speaking terms for awhile. Then with Pedro there was always sepculation. You called in EEI to call butch Sterns an “idiot” which i do give you credit because he is an idiot, but to call a local talk show is a little extreme.

    In the media and now in your blog you always have the politically correct response, but i would think anyone that comes on a team and has the ability to outpitch you, you would not take it well.

    As far as Roger goes, i think your right we dont really need him especially with Lester coming back. This is just speculation, but i think Tavarez will have a really strong finish to this season with the confidence he has gained from doing a good job from being a starting pitcher, and he only makes a strong bullpen even stronger. Roger isnt going to save the yankees, money does solve a lot of problems but the yankees have 0 chemistry and the intangibles in sports are just as important as talent.

    Peace out
    Scambodian

  62. May 7, 2007 1:11 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Why would we need Clemens when we have you?

    It’s the Red Sox #1 West Coast fan here. I’m tired of hearing about Rocket and agree that he might or might not make the team better at this time or anytime during the year. The Minnesota series was a great one for me as I know the history in that dump they call the Metrodome. What were they thinking when they built that place? Anyways, looks like the team is coming together and the pitching including the pen looks awesome. I agree about Beckett. Can you say “Cy Young.”

    Can’t wait to see you guys when you come to OakTown!

  63. tarpwn3d permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:15 pm

    “she”…heh heh.

  64. mpalma permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:19 pm

    Who cares? Shut up and pitch.

  65. haydeé permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:23 pm

    It is really funny to see you refer to CHB as a “she”. It’s unbelievable how this tool is getting paid to write crap like that. CHB alone is giving the Globe and the Boston sports media as a whole a pretty bad rap.

  66. ctsoxfan permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:29 pm

    Well said as always, Curt. I note in particular the way most of the press services used your quote in the title of their articles as if it were the official team response, as in “Red Sox on Clemens: “We Don’t Need Him.”” Rarely was the quote given its full context. The NY papers in particular were offenders on this score, to no one’s great surprise.

  67. cblrdy permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:29 pm

    All you have to do is speak and the “confused” factor kicks in. Made perfect sense to me.

    What’s with the lack of pitching around baseball. Would raising the mound back to normal help?

    How about signing and numbering 38 “bloody sock” replica’s and auctioning them off for charity while the topic is still alive?

  68. chitownred permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:32 pm

    Well said Curt. As anticipated CHB will continue is caterwaulling. Wouldn’t really matter on this one if we had signed Roger or not, had we upped the anti to the tune of $900K-$1M per start that the Yankees are paying, he’d be screaming on a daily basis as to overpaying an aging pitcher who hasn’t faced the AL for 3 years and had little better then an average ERA last he was here. Since the Yanks signed him instead, he’ll spend the rest of the season moaning about how we screwed up and attempting to revive his now defunct theory of the “Curse of the Bambino”. It’s a non-issue, but CHB desperately needs something to write about other than baseball. Sympathies to those of you who actually have to talk to him, reading him is difficult enough. Roger in NY or not, you guys are still good enough.

  69. omar74italy permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:33 pm

    great curt…we believed !! let’s go sox

  70. nomahsbettah5 permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:34 pm

    Look…Roger Clemens is outstanding. However…(this was a quick check of his GameLog on ESPN) in 2006, he started 19 times. In 15 of those games, he pitched 5.0 or 6.0 IP. This was in the National League Central.

    He’s a great guy, a true competitor…but he’s just a 6 inning guy. Especially in the AL East.

    The Yankees still need some bullpen arms to bridge the gap. Roger is not the savior that will dig them out of this hole they’ve dug.

  71. d1975 permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:34 pm

    “Contrary to CHB’s belief, and she may find it hard to believe, I LOVE pitching with Daisuke, I love to be able to see first hand what he brings to the team and the organization.”

    I hope this is a typo. I’d hate to think that someone as articulate as yourself would be so ignorant as to insult a guy by calling him by a female pronoun. Cause there’s worse things in life than being a woman.

  72. rebels88 permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:36 pm

    I think my second favorite thing about your blog is that you get to level the playing field against the one-sided world that traditional media has presented to the world for so long. I am still astounded that CHB’s paper let his article lampooning the blog go to print. It was such a take-my-ball-and-go-home temper tantrum that only showed his insecurity about your “emperor has no clothes” blog.

    Keep up the good work, it’s appreciated.

  73. arrowintwolakes permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:37 pm

    Another thing I heard as it was going down was how despondant everyone in RSN was going to be. Speaking for myself and for everyone else I’ve spoken with, we share your exact sentiment. It might have been nice, but we already have a fantastic team as it is.

    The media seems to have particular joy in misquoting or misrepresenting specifically you. That’s all right, as long as we have the word from the horse’s mouth like we do. What more is needed?

  74. May 7, 2007 1:37 pm

    I’m ok with Roger playing for the Yankees and not the RedSox. I think the RedSox organization did the right thing by not over pursuing him. I think the Yankees were desperate and may have over pursued a player that now has to play like he did in his prime at 45yrs of age. This is way to much pressure and way to much expectation on a player. I think he will have a hard time meeting all these expectations. I don’t think Roger is the answer to making them any better. In fact I think he is going to make things harder for them. Pitching in the American League east is a lot harder then pitching in the National League Central. Can he go 7 innings anymore? NOT!

    Our guys (Josh+DiceK+Tim+Julian+Shill) right now are a very special bunch. I think adding Roger would have been nice, but not for the CRAZY ass money of $750K/game…If he throws 75 pitches he is making $1000 a pitch? CRAZY.

    I wonder what is going to happen when he runs into trouble pitching against the good American League hitting teams and the Yankees bullpen gets taxed more.

    Coming home would have been returning to Boston Roger. You made a bad decission last year playing for the Astro’s, I think you have made another one this year. Your are going to get Soooooooooo boooooooed when you pitch at Fenway….

    some kids don’t know when to stop playing….maybe this years experience will teach you Roger.

    Ok Shill this is how I think….I’m sure many in the Nation think similar.

    Keep up the good work this season….you are right we don’t need Roger even if he “was” the greatest pitcher of his time.

  75. May 7, 2007 1:38 pm

    I would have been nice to see Roger back in Boston but I can’t blame him for taking that kind of money. If it were me I would have done the same as well. But this time I don’t think it would have been a smart move on the Redsox to commit that kind of money for him to only play 4 months. Last year it was a different story, our pitching staff was beat up with injuries and the Yankess are having the same problem this year. They had to make a move and give themselves a chance at making the post-season and Clemens helps that, but by no means does one man make a team. While Clemens will help the Yankees, it won’t solve all their problems. This move neither helped nor hurt us, as long as our pitching staff remains healthy, which has been a kep point from the start, I think we are still far better than the Yankees.

  76. thedoctorx permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:40 pm

    “Contrary to CHB’s belief, and she may find it hard to believe, I LOVE pitching with Daisuke, . . .”

    NICE!

    CHB and the like are, as you realize, the print media equivalent of the “shock jock.” Offending people means people are reading. That is his . . . er . . . HER method. She can then tell everyone how you read his work and how everyone “like me or hate me, they read me!”

    Now they can play the “if ONLY” game no matter what happens for the rest of the season. If Clemens does not succeed in NY–as we all hope!–then he will be forgotten and CHB will find something else to complain about–maybe your failure to become fluent in Japanese or your socks.

    –J.D.

  77. ljsandwich permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:41 pm

    Shaughnessy could have written another lousy book on the return of Clemens. The only reason the miserable old Raggedy Andy doll is upset is that it hurts his wallet, and doesn’t allow him to mail in some old columns he wrote 20 years ago after he has some intern edit them.

    One can only hope that his laziness falls to the depths of the other Globe crumudgeon, Ron Borges, and they can give Shank a two month vacation as well.

  78. mrpunchy permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:44 pm

    If the Curley Headed Boyfriend had reported the 10 Commandments, they would have read something like this.

    ONE: ‘You shall have other gods before Me.’

    TWO: ‘You shall make for yourself a carved image–anything that is in heaven above, or that is in beneath, or that is in water under the earth.’

    THREE: ‘You shall take the name in vain.’

    FOUR: ‘Remember Sabbath.’

    FIVE: ‘Honor your and.’

    SIX: ‘You shall murder.’

    SEVEN: ‘Commit adultery.’

    EIGHT: ‘Steal.’

    NINE: ‘You false neighbor.’

    TEN: ‘You shall covet your neighbor’s house; wife, his male servant, female servant, his ox, his donkey, anything that is your neighbor’s.’

  79. ennuipundit permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:56 pm

    What a surprise, reporters turning out partial quotes. As one who trained to do the work, I understand why they do it, but abhor the practice. Glad you set the record straight, Curt. I have a question for you Curt. This year has seen more groundballs from the Sox staff than in recent, memory, especially from Josh, who last year had trouble with the long ball. How easy is it for a pitcher to adapt to a large number of homeruns allowed and become more of a groundball pitcher? Is it a question of better setting up hitters, or is it developing a pitch that stays down in the zone more? Nice outing yesterday.

  80. slimbru permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:59 pm

    Curt,

    Once again you’re caught up in a firestorm not of your own making.

    In addition to the certainties of DEATH and TAXES, we can add:

    The media will report the controversy (or create it).
    Roger will focus on Roger – not his teammates.

    Keep up the good work on the mound and in the blog.

    Slimbru

  81. diehardredsoxfan34 permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:02 pm

    Having Clemens would have been ok for now but then what about Lester. Isn’t he supposed to come back soon, do you not start him keep him in Pawtucket? The kid deserves to pitch for the Redsox now not later. For what he’s been through and the progression he has shown you can’t do that. So it leaves what put Wakefield in the pen??? The answer there is no the guy has a 2.11 era what is 2nd best I believe in the League. So someone would be un happy , and why mess up the chemistry. Curt your right about this team we have the best rotation by far. You and Beckett 10-1 3.00 era between you guys, and we all know what Wake has done. Also with Dice K not peaking and Lester coming soon we haven’t seen the best from everyone I believe. So no we don’t need Clemens period!!!…Schill good outing you are my money pitcher not only for the Redsox but for my fantasy team.

  82. yaz67 permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:02 pm

    Jerwax yur a piece of !#$$. Schill didnt run Pedro out of town. The ownership did. Its not like hes done amazing things with the mets. Clemens is a $#@%!% traitor and a money $@$!$. The yankees need a lot more than a 45 year old pitcher.

  83. soxfan61075 permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:04 pm

    I idolized Roger Clemems growing up as a sox fan. Then, when he was run out of town to Toronto, I could deal with it. But I couldn’t deal with him signing with the Yankees in 99 and whatever respect I had for him is gone. Anybody who wants a laugh about Clemens read Simmon’s book (Now I Can Die in Peace) The Yankees can have him. We dont need him…We got you and Beckett etc. And Dan S. from the Globe is a moron.

  84. j00it permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:05 pm

    Kurt,

    You should just have ALL the CHB’s of the world just read your Blog and you will never be missed quoted. If i were you, i would never talk to the press. Yankees are a non factor if we take care of our own wins.

    J

  85. greg1979 permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:05 pm

    I never post to these things but I just have to say that I agree with Curts view of the local and national media. I have taken WEEI off of my radio presets and usually just read the box scores and Gorden Edes.

    I just don’t understand why they have to tear people down to have an article/story stand up. So far this has been a great season to come out to Fenway and watch a game and snap on NESN at 7:00 PM…sorry TC I am only allowed to watch the game as my kids have Disney until 7:00.

    I just wish it could be like when we were kids, where we just enjoyed the game for what it is and marvel at the athletes who play. I am a member of Red Sox Nation and proudly display those colors whereever and whenever I can. But I don’t want to be lumped in with nitwit callers, radio/TV hosts and writers that make our airwaves.

    There are those of us out here that are true fans and see all the good that there is in watching this team play. This is not a passing fad. It is a lifestyle. If you want to live on the negative side then by all means do so. I just won’t be listening.

    By the way Curt, can you see it in your heart to make some of your shirts at 38studios in 3X? Sitting and watching 180 plus games a year does a body in….

  86. May 7, 2007 2:07 pm

    I am not sure if Roger will help out the Empire. He should have stayed in Houston. I can’t wait to see how he handles the hitting in the American League after being gone so long. The best thing is I prob. will not get any more grief from Yankee fans over the $ for Dice K, and he will be around longer than 3 months .

  87. overthemonster permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:33 pm

    Curt,
    First off, thanks for sharing your thoughts with the fans, we enjoy your insight and perspective.
    While Clemens to the Yankees may not be great for the Red Sox, I think that it is tremendous for “The Rivalry”. The truth of the matter is that Clemens would have been ripped by the NY media for turning his back on his ex-team mates and would have been perceived as coming to Boston only for the money, had he signed with the Sox.
    I really like the 07 Sox chances and think we will be just fine without Roger. Keep bringing the heat!

  88. esaskyfan permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:38 pm

    Hey Curt…solid Christian attitude. Nothing like name calling to uphold the beliefs of the church. Just because a reporter has a negative attitude toward you, and life in general doesn’t, in the eyes of the Lord, make it ok for you to return the name calling. (CHB, “she”, etc.) Just shut your trap and worry about pitching you self-indulgent, arrogant, hypocrite.

  89. paulieqdaman permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:40 pm

    Ok so Clemens heads to NY, Not a huge surprise. In fact there was a paranoid side of me that thought the injuries to the Yankee staff were fake just to get the Rocket. I took my meds and the feeling went away. If anything, it will make for better competition. Do we really want to roll over a beaten up Yankee team. Isn’t it all about putting our best against theirs and taking it to em’? As far as the Boston sports media, I stick with the new guys on NECN over the old school. Guys like CHB, Ryan and Lobell, (oh yeah and lets not forget the circus over on Fox sports NE,) feel that the opinion on New England sports begins and ends with them. They know all and we are just to stupid to figure things out. Well it’s about time that a blog like this shows them that we can think for ourselfs and a tip of my hat goes to you Schill for leading the way and standing up to to kings of the rumor mill.
    Paul Q
    Sunapee, NH

  90. caljoe permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:45 pm

    I find your comments on Roger Clemens to be most amusing. The Red Sox don’t need Roger Clemens? Any team in MLB can use a Roger Clemens. Wakefield will NOT continue his 2.20 ERA, Becket started like this last year and look what happened, AL Hitters are starting to figure Dice-K out (especially when pitching from the stretch), and you’ve had recent arm problems (unlike Clemens). To dismiss Roger Clemens’ value as that of an afterthought is incredibly arrogant and presumptive. Can it be that the real reason you feel the Red Sox don’t need Clemens is because you’d have to accept being relegated to 3rd when it comes to publicity and coverage. The media frenzy and attention that came with the signing and subsequent appearances of Dice-K was pretty tough to swallow for you. The thought of being Roger Clemens’ bitch is probably too much for you to handle. Your Clemens comments illustrates what an arrogant jackass you are and the monumental size of your ego.

  91. mfnyy permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:45 pm

    Like it or not, Mr. Schilling, you COULD have had some control over whether Mr. Clemens chose the Red Sox. You COULD have reached out to him (as did Mr. Jeter and others) to let him know he would be welcomed by the clubhouse. You could have helped convince him that coming back to the Red Sox would not only complete a full circle in his career but would also be sweet revenge against Mr. Duquette by showing up Mr. Duquette for his colossal mistake of letting Mr. Clemens leave the Red Sox. But you did not reach out to him. Now your comment “We don’t need him” (even in the context of the beginning of your statement that you would have loved to have him) may well hurt the chances of the Red Sox signing him next year if you (and he) are still around. What did you possibly think you would gain by stating “we don’t need him”. You should be more humble.

    And, by the way, an intelligent man like you should know that the correct saying is “could NOT care less”. You often say “COULD care less” which of course means you do care when in fact you intend to communicate the fact that you DON’T care.

  92. shagmar permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:49 pm

    I think Curt is right. Our rotation doesn’t need Clemens. I say stick with the team you have right now that is winning. Besides, Lester will be back real soon

  93. supersox04 permalink
    May 7, 2007 2:55 pm

    Yes, its time to move on from this Rocket love affair. I was a fan when he came up, but he’s turned his back on us several times now and I would like to see the Sox give Beckett his #21 back.

    I guess my question is, what attitude with this RS team have about Clemens signing, would they use it as motivation or is it simply a non issue in the clubhouse? Thanks Curt.

  94. blackmage8472 permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:02 pm

    Curt,

    Read your blog for a little while now, kinda interesting. I have to admit even as a diehard Red Sox fan I find you to be an attention seeker. But oh well, you’re a Red Sox player and I’ve liked you as a pitcher since your days in Philly.

    I like what you had to say about Clemens. I’m frankly sick of all the Sox fans screaming about this. We’re a good team without Clemens. Sure he’d have been a luxury, but oh well. Anyway if would have joined us it would have bumped Lester pretty much out for the year. So good luck Schill. Go Sox!

  95. twins2k permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:03 pm

    I would have LOVED to get Rocket in Boston, I am heartbroken that he went to NYY, he is my fav player of ALL TIME and the best pitcher of ALL TIME I don’t think there is any debating taht. I was shocked he said he would only go to a contender period, he wanted to have another shot at a WS…the Yanks suck right now (which is unusual and most likely won’t last a whole season although I hope it will) so for Roger to go there…I was like what the heck man, taht was a “sell out” to me, he completely went against what he said he would do (by pitching for a contender). The Sox are clearly a force this year and it would have been great to add another proven winner to the rotation (with Dice -K pulling out a few sketchy win’s and who knows when we can get injury plagued like NY). Anyhow it is what it is but I am irate…I forgave Rocket for going to the Yanks the first time, but I feel like this is a slap in the face since he completely went back on his word.

    Anyhow I agree with Schill, we don’t need him…one pitcher does not make a teeam or a rotation. he can only pitch once a week twice maybe so that will help the Yanks limp along, but limp at best. He will not have a TRUE impact until the whole team gets healthy and gets it together.

    Stay strong and healthy Sox!!! Let’s bring it home in 07 (PLLEEAASEEE!!!)

  96. nemille permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:04 pm

    Hey Curt,

    This is my first time writing a response. Whether you had prefaced it or not, the truth is “We don’t need him.” So let CHB spew his venom because come October you guys will prove those words true.

  97. sweetiepie591 permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:13 pm

    Ah. It truly is ridiculous that CHB and other media outlets take that one piece of a quote to make it look like there is a huge context. Writers that need to contrive issues aren’t ones that I like to read articles from anyways.

    Anyways, I’m with you on this one though, Curt. I would have liked to have Roger, I mean seriously who would turn down the prospect of extra good pitching? Yet, now that we don’t have him, I’m okay with this too. I really like the whole Red Sox team right now. And after last year, I’m very aware of how quickly injuries can come and tear a team to shreds. Still I think we are equipped in the best way possible in any way we can predict. There can (and usually will) be the problems that one can’t forsee, but you can’t just focus on that. Because like you said in reference to a possible collapse, “maybe it won’t” happen.

    I really hope that this team keeps going. I know there’ll be slumps along the way, but I believe in you guys. And I love the pitching staff of you, Josh, Daisuke, Wake, & eventually Jon. Forget Roger, this is a rotation that can bring about an exciting year for the team that I love. I’m not going to focus on what could happen in the future, I’m just going to go along for the ride right now, and be hopeful about where it might end up.

    As this is my first comment here, I just want to end this with a thanks for the awesome pitching & blogging, Curt!

  98. lizzybee permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:23 pm

    I don’t want to sound dumb with my post but I was wondering who CHB is.

  99. christy1968 permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:37 pm

    I agree, but as a female I’m not too thrilled with the use of the pronoun “she” to denigrate the CHB. Sorry guys, like it or not, he’s one of you.

  100. fivekatz permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:40 pm

    Boston sportswriters can be twists and that is not something new, it has been going on for generations. Not sure whether it puts the likes of CHB in his place to be called out on your blog or if it encourages him.

    There is little doubt that the NYY needed Clemens at this time and the the RS would be enhancing their staff. Given Roger’s lifetime ERA in division and league series he may fall short of what he went to NY to do even if theu make the playoffs. Few thoughts for the posters here:

    To those who say Clemens is only about the money, until you say no to an extra $4,000.000 don’t call out somebody else who did not, whether his name is Damon or Clemens.

    RS need to get over Roger. He gave us good years while he was here but the NYY are #1 in his heart and that is not impossible to understand if you can get past the myopic view of the NYY that is part of being RS fan. Any doubt was resolved yesterday, Roger is a NYY.

    There needs to be a law passed that states that the fans of any team that posted $51M just to talk a pitcher that never pitched in MLB can not call out the NYY for being big spenders.

  101. goat99 permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:41 pm

    Seriously, referring to your favorite writer as “she” is completely 4th grade, not to mention that it is completely misogynistic. But then again, in the hierarchy of most of the world’s big religions, women tend to be second-class citizens; is this where your attitude comes from? Stooping to cheap-shot personal insults always demeans the speaker.

  102. csuttree permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:42 pm

    A few years back some of us prayed that crazy Carl Everett would follow up on his clubhouse threat stomp a mudhole in Shaughnessy’s ass. Alas, Carl, a guy who thought nothing of facing a 95 mph fastball with a toothpick between his teeth, let us down & is long gone. It’s time to step up Julien.

  103. happster permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:54 pm

    Hey Schill, I know a special little guy with Spinabifida that the PR office has agreed to allow to come to a game early and watch batting practice from the field. He is one of the luckier ones with this terrible disease, as it “only” impacted his bladder and bowels, neither of which he has any control over, for life. And at 7, he never asks why or feels sorry for himself. He has found strength in baseball, is a huge Sox fan and has an unbelievable eye for hitting the ball in his own right. The story touched people in the PR office that I hooked up with at Manny D.’s charity bowling event a couple months back. So they’re setting him up with the tickets and a pass. Any chance of seeking him out just to say hello real quick? We haven’t agreed on a game/date yet, but I figured I’d send a shout out now. I know you must get a million of these, but thanks for reading…I’ll check the blog for your reply. Mike

  104. soxfanindan permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:57 pm

    I also feel we have a good enough team without Clemens. It could have been a great story if he came here but we have a pretty good team as it is. I also wondered how Roger would have fit in. He has never been a team player and goes by his own set of rules. I wonder how that would have gone over in a clubhouse that is team first. I also wonder if he is cheating. Just look at the size of his head! Working out might explain his body, but no excersize bloats a head and face like his is. I know HGH is undetectable in tests, but to the naked eye it sure looks like doping to me. He looks almost identical to Giambi who is also a cheater!

  105. bdoonan1 permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:57 pm

    It looks like the CHB has gotten a userid. It is Jerwax33.

  106. [Status]Quoghnut permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:58 pm

    We dont need Clemens, we need 5 Tim Wakefields. I dont say this because of how he has started this season, I just think we could use four more of him. Try and work on that between starts.

  107. aws2109 permalink
    May 7, 2007 3:59 pm

    I don’t understand the point of this blog. Of course everything you write will get used and manipulated by the media. Discussing the team ad nauseam here is completely pointless and ultimately detrimental. I believe it causes needless distractions to other Sox players who have to answer questions about what you write. You are a major league pitcher, not a reporter or a politician, and until you retire, you ought to conduct yourself as such. Your first responsibility is to your teammates, not the media or the fans. This blog is an embarassment to the organization, and, as a fan of both you (as a pitcher) and the Red Sox, I ask that you reconsider what exactly you are trying to achieve here.

  108. soxfanindan permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:00 pm

    Hey, Whoever logs in as Manny Ramirez is awsome!

  109. frankfromgloucester permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:05 pm

    I should start calling Clemens RED LIGHT. What a soap opera it was yesterday at the Stadium. CHOW

  110. wayne1975 permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:16 pm

    RC is a money hungry coward who ,no matter what he wants us to believe,runs with his tail between his legs when put in a high pressure situation (post season,world baseball classic,etc.)If the spankees want to think he is the cavalry,LET THEM!I’ll take Curt,the gun fromthe rising sun,and our own fiery Texan into the post season anyday!RC lacks the heart and hunger to win that it takes to be a member of this clubhhouse! I agree with you curt that Rc is a first ballot HOFer and was always a huge asset to any rotation he was in,however I also think he is a selfish pigheaded choker, who those ignorant Yankee fans already forgot BAILED OUT ON THEM!
    Keep up the good work Curt!

  111. mrgrimm permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:22 pm

    who the hell is CHB?

  112. hctrah permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:26 pm

    I heard you last week on the morning talk show in Boston (not sure what it is called…I am a newbie to talk radio…never liked it until now) You had been asked the same question as yesterday, about Clemens, and you said the exact same thing. So when I saw the headline in the Globe today my first thought was”why does the media like to take comments out of context?” No one should read that stuff and believe it. Thanks for continuing this blog. It makes for great entertainment!

  113. boboconnor permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:27 pm

    I wonder how Lemke did against the Rocket…

  114. vyrago permalink
    May 7, 2007 4:28 pm

    I really enjoy the blog and I agree whole-heartedly with your comments about Shaugnessy; he’s a sour, sad hasbeen who hates the Red Sox, but “she”?

    I realize that males, especially athletes consider this a cutting, dismissive insult, but if you think about it, you’ll see that it is also dismissive of and insulting to females as well. I’m assuming you don’t mean to do that, at least I’m hoping so.

  115. May 7, 2007 4:37 pm

    You really need to add an avatar to yourblog… I mean really. You could be Clemens or whatever…

  116. May 7, 2007 4:40 pm

    when i first hear someone metion CHB missquoting you i wasent susprised one bit by this this just shows how bad of a writer he really is and its a dam shame hes a member of the BWAA. he was just taking a cheep shot when he knew everyone in the country would be lookin at the boston media to see what their responce would be to this.

  117. theotherm permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:21 pm

    I heard your COMPLETE quote and couldn’t believe the way some of the media butchered it. Now Curt, although you didn’t get a contract before Spring training ended or whatever “the deadline” was, you can’t blame the FO for seeing how you pitched this year before offering you many millions…I for one would love to see you back here after this year…PLEASE DON’T GO TO THE YANKEES!!!!!

  118. rbottom permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:30 pm

    roger and the boss deserve each other

  119. bobwal permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:42 pm

    Curt,

    Why do you even care what Dan Shaughnessy says or thinks or writes about you?! You are one of the five best post season pitchers ever, probably THE best. You have what I must assume to be nine figures sitting in the bank, and you and your family will never have to work again. You are also admired by baseball fans everywhere, and even those of us who disagree with your politics or outspoken nature can all agree that we respect you very much.

    WHO CARES WHAT DAN “SHANK” SHAUGHNESSY THINKS? Don’t give her the satisfaction anymore, Curt.

  120. fredjude permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:50 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    No matter what the press says, in my opinion you are one stand up guy. You and the Sox have given me more pleasure and of course agnoy at times but you have always entertained.

    I wish you the same happiness and fulfillment that you have given my wife and myself.

    Fred from Polson, Montana part of the nation

  121. keepthefaith permalink
    May 7, 2007 5:53 pm

    Curt,

    Your comments about your “team” perspective are refreshing (though well concealed by CHB).

    I’ve asked about the difference between talent and team a few times on this blog, but never read any Q+A replys. NP.

    Clemens’ move is a perfect answer. What a waste. Imagine if he were part of a team chemistry, as opposed to being a poster-boy savior of an over-rated talent show? NYY looks like a Barnum and Bailey side show (maybe it’s real, or maybe it isn’t, but there’s one born every minute either way).The very idea of the Yanks winning it all this year after signing Roger is an insult to the team concept. It puts emphasis on everything that is wrong about professional team sports. Only teams win it all.

    Yes, talented players can become team enough to win, but not with the likes of NY’s sallary emphasis. It’s just WRONG. Period. Money will rarely replace the lack of chemistry needed to win. ARod has been proof of that, and Roger is just pearls before swine.

    Maybe Roger should wear T-shirts that say “Why not ME”

    RED SOX all the way.

  122. dyoungsox permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:03 pm

    All those yankee fans that come on here and call you an egomaniac that needs to fill his head full of himself and all the other boneheaded things that they write, I would to see what they say about roger clemens, because in my eyes he did for himself. It’s not for the yankees or the fans, he saw what you did curt in 04. How you came into a team and became a hero. Now he sees himself an opportunity to come to new york and SAVE THE YANKEES FROM MEDOCRITY and deliver a world series to the poor yankees fans who have gone a grueling 7 YEARS without a championship. I wrote a message on here a few weeks ago and said that there is a right and a wrong decision to make here. I was wrong, he made the right decision because It’s the only choice that he could have made. I guess I just thought about my childhood idol growing up and how much I loved the guy. My judgement was clouded. I’m still a fan but this did hurt a little. But I am more than happy with the team that you guys have. I’ve never been so confident in a team to not only take the yanks out but win another WS. I can’t wait to watch you guys bury them and send clemens into retirement on a sour note!

  123. twags500 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:08 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Great game in the dome last night. You seem to be the target of every hack that likes to call himself a journalist this year, I bet they read your blog and are just upset that you’re not only a better pitcher than them but also a better writer. I can hear the next headline now, “Curt Shilling Hates Babies and Old People!”
    Keep up the good work and love the blog.

  124. art0330 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:10 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Let me join the legions of appreciative fans and thank you for the time and effort necessary to run this blog. It’s refreshing to see this kind of buy in from our local sports heroes.

    When I first heard about the Yankees getting Clemens, I was quite disappointed. As good as our pitching is to date, it would have been incredible to think of a guy with his talent as our potential #4 or #5 starter, even if only producing 5 or 6 innings. However, the more I thought about it, I realized that my disappointment was more about the Yankees getting him than us not getting him. I admit that I would have loved to see him resign in Houston instead. That Yankee team is pretty potent in spite of their pitching woes, and Clemens will certainly help them begin to try and close the gap. That being said, Clemens chose the team that needed him the most, which is what he said that he wanted to do from the outset. Naturally, a big wad of cash helped influence his decision as well. Good luck to him. It will make the season far more interesting. I wish him well, as long as we pummel him (and any other Yankee pitcher) when we meet.

    I wonder about CHP. There was a time in the not too distant past that I looked forward to his column, and respected him for his candor. It seems that candor has been replaced by a strange combination of personal opinion based on faulty logic, the desire to create and continue any controversy, and a bizarre flair for getting the most out of partial or misquotes. I still read him, but more as someone viewing a train wreck. Overall, the Globe has one of the best sports writing teams around. Our other major newspaper simply doesn’t compare. It’s too bad that this guy has managed to drop the quality and accuracy of their reporting down to an almost unacceptable level.

  125. redsox4 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:13 pm

    Curt,
    Great Blog, and way to keep those writers honest. CHB drives us all nuts. Any chance of guest-bloggers on 38pitches like my main man Youk? ;-)

    Hey, couldnt help it when I read this part of your piece “I don’t blame him or them, hell I laud them for it.” ….you arent sending a coded suck-up to the Boss and Cashman that you are interested in them next year are you? I hope not!! And btw, if you cave fror the $$ there, they may not let you blog there…………….;-) If you went to NY you’d be sending your wrath not at CHB, but Murray Chass who is just as shoddy a reporter (and antiS0x!)

    I agree with what you put forth, and the others added, the 07 Sox have the arms and the team chemistry to go the distance this year. I’m not worried at all about the Yankees; they have bigger problems and are trying to cover them up. Go Sox

    Peter

  126. johnnymomo permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:14 pm

    Curt, try raising a family on 50K per year and then let me know if you still think sportswriters have a “great gig.”

  127. jajo30 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:28 pm

    There is a funny clip from Sunday’s Sox game at this blog: safeathome.squarespace.com . I’m still laughing. Just thought I’d share.

  128. jfarn permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:29 pm

    First time poster here.

    #38, Some thoughts to consider. Mr. Clemens has elected to join his former club at a time in which he is needed greatly. He is not coming in to compliment a staff; he is coming in to lead a staff and right a struggling ship. Roger’s ERA in the AL was quite different than his last couple of years in the other league. Getting that 44 year old body in game shape is not going to be as easy as we all think. You can surely undestand what it takes?

    The expectations coupled with the pressure is a recipe for disaster. I can’t wait until the first week of June….can you?

    jf~

  129. 1creativemind permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:32 pm

    I, too, would have loved Clemens coming back to Boston, and becoming part of the rotation. Personally, I think his odds of winning another World Series are MUCH better in Boston compared to anywhere else. I can’t wait to hear the roar at Fenway after we beat him (and we will beat him).

    Good luck in Toronto, eh!

  130. tpage218 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:43 pm

    Love the blog Curt but give us just a little less of the CHB diatribe. What I mean is that we all know his writing leaves alot to be desired but why even bother insulting him any more. Your reference to CHB as a “she” turned an insightful read about the an opposing team’s, and biggest rival, perspectiveon a big transaction seem like a slightly petty rant against a writer we all agree has his own agenda. Leave the hack jobs to him and keep us informed about what could turn out to be the signature season of your career.

  131. redsox1918 permalink
    May 7, 2007 6:48 pm

    Curt,

    Are you still dipping? After you came out of the Sunday game, there was a shot of you in the dugout and it appeared that you indulged with some chew? I hope I’m wrong about this. I know you have battled this habit in the past, so I hope it’s behind you. I also hope that Tito can kick the habit too…..

    And I can say this on your blog,…who needs Clemens,…we got you….

  132. curtsucks permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:08 pm

    be honest curt – you could never handle having a guy like clemens on your team – he is too professional for a scab like you

  133. trubelieva permalink
    May 7, 2007 7:43 pm

    Badger99 wrote: “The Globe loves the hack, though – the only thing we can hope for is that he plagiarizes someone and gets caught.”

    That won’t happen. She/He can’t even get quotes transcribed correctly. How is he/she going to plagerize anything?

  134. frodo1962 permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:09 pm

    Curt, in regards to the first response in this thread, as a person who has served in Iraq I for one appreciate your support for the troops and their mission.

  135. sox4me permalink
    May 7, 2007 8:34 pm

    Curt
    I like your style. You talk with your pitching – make no excuses if you have an ‘off’ day – don’t blow your horn when you are “on”.

    I think most of the Boston media write trash just so they can agitate the ‘faux fans’.

    Good Luck and Why Not Us Again – for sure!

  136. scotdome permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:10 pm

    Hey there Curt,

    Can’t say enough how I enjoy reading the blog. It takes all the guessing out of what you said vs. what certain sporswriters edit….just a quick question about Yawnessy, does he actually have the sack to go into the clubhouse and confront you on anything, or does he pull a Moriatti and just write his pieces from afar without having to answer for them?

  137. msheppard permalink
    May 7, 2007 9:44 pm

    I get to a couple games at Fenway a month – and on the drive down from New Hampster we listen to the radio – it’s mostly commercials for some reason in the hours leading up to the game – but when there is a member of the team (player/stagg/ownder/manager) talking, the car falls silent and we all listen.

    Reading your blog has the same feeling – without the filters and interpretation.

    Please keep it up Curt – and sign a bloody contract. (Pun intended)

    M@

  138. sonofapitcherman permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:01 pm

    Some of you people are giving Mr. Schilling too much bad advice.

    Let the man dip and chew. All he wants. Without hearing from the likes of you.

    Let the man rant and rave about CHB (Dan Shaugnnesy) and Thorne and all the other halfpast, know-it-all, get-a-life, sports, so-called, writers. Without hearing from the likes of you.

    Remember what opinions are like . . . yeah, everyone has one.

    Some of these advice givers seem to have more than one, but only one is in the right place, the other seems to be spewing forth from where the mouth should be.

    A favorite expression of mine is . . .Take my advice, I’m not using it.

    Give the big horse some rein and let him run.

    Go, Curt, go.

    Follow your muse.

    P.S. I’d suggest that those commenting here read the other comments and not just Curt’s and their own. There are a lot of good comments showing up and they deserve commenting on too. That way a community may develop on 38 Pitches.

  139. beyondb4 permalink
    May 7, 2007 10:07 pm

    Clemens has been a great inspiration to many, both personally an professionally. Now he is on another team. The Bosox team spirit is phenomenal this year. It would have expanded to include him if he had chosen to rejoin them. He didn’t. So the team retains its focus. How about calling it friends but not teammates? That way when we win the World Series we can be gracioius winners.

  140. bryanpalu permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:43 pm

    Wow, Jerwax, I don’t know what to say. I guess you’re a fool.

    What Curt said was right on, the players don’t have control of who is on their team. And he thinks, regardless, that the Sox have a great team with or without him and I’m inclined to agree. Heck, just look at the ERA.

    Also, like he said, that could change in an instant. One line drive and you lose someone, one pulled calf muscle which I have pulled in my sleep! and you lose another.

    Anyway, Curt didn’t say another wrong and I love Clemens and wish he would have ended his career with the team he started with (It would have been an awesome story), but he didn’t and their nothing you, Curt, Henry, Dice-K, ‘Tek or I can do about it.

    What’s with the political stuff? What does that have to do with Baseball?

  141. ej65 permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:44 pm

    Hi Curt –
    There were some interesting comments posted ahead of mine. Clemens on steroids, Clemens chasing money, Clemens is washed up, Clemens can’t pitch in the AL.
    Facts
    - Steinbrenner and the Yankees only goal year in – year out is to win the World Series.
    - Yankees have 26 World Series Championships – the last one in 2000.
    - They have 39 AL Pennants, 15 East Division Titles (including 9 in a row) and were the Wild Card twice.
    - The Yankees will spend any amount of money to win (the live the phrase at all costs)
    - Having the best talent does not guarantee anything other than a better than average chance to win
    - Clemens has 7 Cy Young awards
    - Clemens will turn 45 years old this year (August)
    - Clemens has 348 wins, 4604 strikeouts and a career ERA of 3.10 (according to Wikipedia)
    - Clemens feeds off the crowd – whether they are for him or against him.

    If I could say one thing to all the Red Sox fans that go to that first game that Clemens pitches in Fenway – it would be this – “BE QUIET”. Don’t boo him, don’t heckle him, don’t acknowledge him in anyway. Instead – when the Sox hit, walk, or score – cheer like no tomorrow. Boo/Heckle any Yankee player as needed – except Clemens. This is throw him off. He is used to either the crowd adoring him or hating him. I am not sure that he will know what to do when people just ignore him. It is worth a shot.

    I believe Clemens will do well, he will re-adapt to being in the AL, he will pitch well because he is a talented pitcher – he is a future HOF’er. The Yankees will compete and they will win games. In the end – who is the healthiest team, that minimizes the downward slides, that works best as a team when the chips are down that will come out the winner.

    I am a Red Sox fan and I BELIEVE in the 2007 RED SOX TEAM!

  142. bryanpalu permalink
    May 7, 2007 11:45 pm

    Wow, is there an edit button somewhere? My grammar is horrible in that post.

  143. joei71 permalink
    May 8, 2007 2:02 am

    Did somebody misconstrue something you said? What an anomaly. Like I said before man, I think people read about half the words written on a page. As far as the CHB… who cares about that dimwit?

    I have great admiration for Clemens, I’m happy to say I saw his first game in the majors. I hated to see him leave town, always wanted him to come back. But you said it straight up. We’ve got the best staff in baseball, which is what it takes to win a championship. It would be fun to have Roger, but I venture to guess it will be even more fun beating him. Here’s to stoking the rivalry…

    Now I personally think Roger could have a rough time returning to face AL lineups after being in the NL the last few years. A lot is made of the NL/AL disparity, eg ‘Josh had to adjust’. But you had to make the change, and won 21 games and a WS. So what’s your opinion about this as it pertains to Clemens? At age 45 will he find it hard to return to the AL East from the cushy NL? eh… you’ll probably just say ‘we’ll see’… ;)

    But ok, here’s my 2 cents then…as great as he is, Roger is getting on, and I think he stands a good chance to get lit up in this league. Boston fans will relish the thought of how much money these shellackings will cost the Boss.

  144. maireq permalink
    May 8, 2007 2:04 am

    “I’d guess Roger and Pedro are two, I was wondering who the third was, Randy Johnson?”

    Argh. /beats head on keyboard

    Um, yeah. I’m guessing at least one was Randy Johnson.

  145. poltroop permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:00 am

    I went to find CHB’s article in boston.com, and I got a pop-up that said, “This web page could be a scam. Proceed with caution”.
    too funny.

  146. objectivebruce permalink
    May 8, 2007 5:32 am

    Integrity? You show none. You said it, you’re making excuses for it.

    Newspaper columnists don’t re-print long quotes; that’s reserved for news stories.

    You said “We don’t need him.” There’s nothing out of context about quoting you saying exactly what you said.

    The belly-aching is like giving up a three-run homer and bragging about the pitches earlier in the at-bat.

    Incidentally, people with integrity don’t stoop to lines like the “she” reference.

    Now, since you claim to never want to tell “a teammate you suit up with every day that we’re better off without you” then I presume that with your new-found fascination with integrity that if the team makes a major acquisition that you won’t say it improves the ballclub (at least until all the roster adjustments have been made), because that would be saying you’re better off without a player you’ve been suiting up with every day.

  147. frodo1962 permalink
    May 8, 2007 5:58 am

    Check out Gordon Edes for fair coverage of what Curt said:

    “When you’re talking about wanting to bring a guy like that in, you’ve got to understand you’re lockering with someone you’re voting off the island, in a sense,” Schilling said Sunday after beating the Twins, 4-3, in the Metrodome. “The [Yankees] have been crushed with injuries — they have a huge need for him over there — and we haven’t [had injuries]. We’ve been pitching our butts off. I like our chances.”

  148. wordballoonist permalink
    May 8, 2007 6:30 am

    I enjoy Shaughnessey’s writing, but that is pretty funny how he stripped down your quote. Hang in there, Curt, your work is appreciated!

  149. soxbeach68 permalink
    May 8, 2007 6:47 am

    ok…why can’t everyone just use name instead of initials? Who the hell is CHB or GWB? I would assume these people already know you’re talking about them, so lets just use the names now…or atleast post a “decoder” blog for us ok?
    Thanks….
    VCRSFATM
    (that would mean “very confused Red Sox fan at this moment”)

  150. youngredsox permalink
    May 8, 2007 7:16 am

    Curt I am sorry It sounds like youre being politically correct which I dont believe. You cannot possibly spend as much $$ as this, so its all about EGO! I had the misfortune of meeting Roger @ the airport in the 80′s when he was in his prime and my 8 y.o cousin was with me who nearly fainted when he saw him. Running along side him tugging on him for an autograph looking back @ me with this wide eyed look like WHY is he ignoring me. I am now aware bac than and probably still he only signs for $$! Looks like nothings changed! Im glad he’s gone to them. There’s more to life than money and now that cousin, 33 y.o man is friends of a much bigger player on your team and has more character than that Texan will ever have! Chrissy Young
    STILL BELIEVING!

  151. bostonjon permalink
    May 8, 2007 7:39 am

    Curt, I’ve been reading for a while, and had a few things come to mind after this last posting.
    1. I really appreciate the fact that for once, we get the chance for a professional athlete to respond after he is quoted in the media. I was a leader of an organization in college, and would be rich if I had a dollar for every time they “poetically” changed a quote on me. Of course I never had a chance to respond. I like how the power has shifted a bit, especially when espn.com and the like are now coming here for your response. At least there is a bit of accountability when reporting about you now. Just makes you wonder how often this happens (frequently) and how many players have had a negative spin put on them because of it (plenty).
    2. Any true Boston fans will remember the Clemens that left the team. The Clemens that let himself go the last four years to force a trade, and then won back-to-back Cy Youngs for the Blue Jays. The Clemens who came during the 99 All-Star game, a few MONTHS into being a Yankee, with an NY cap instead of a B cap during the introductions. (The hat was supposed to symbolize the team the player represented the most.) The pitcher who stated he would not attend his own HOF presentation if his bust included a Boston Red Sox cap.

    Roger Clemens is an incredible pitcher, and nobody will ever doubt his competitiveness or his true HOF career, but fans (in my opinion) should also realize his self-centeredness and his me-first attitude. I, for one, was praying he would not come to the Sox. I love the team, the chemistry, and the personalities, and will not forget the bridges he burned in order to leave the organization to begin with. This in now way exonerates Dan Duquette, for he was certainly not clean in the entire proceedings as well, but I think he would have had more of a negative clubhouse affect on the team than the wins he would bring would make up for.

  152. May 8, 2007 7:48 am

    johnnymomo @ 126

    Do you seriously think Dan Shaughnessy makes $50,000 a year?? His job as a sportswriter has gained him enough fame, over the years, so that he could get book deals (“Curse of the Bambino”, new book “Senior Year”, etc.). Granted, not all writers can supplement their base salaries this way, but look how many of them do sports-related TV shows. If you’re a sportswriter at the Globe, you’re making waaaay more than $50,000/year.

  153. krimsman permalink
    May 8, 2007 7:55 am

    Curt,

    Like you, I don’t blame anyone one bit for their decisions in this matter. The Red Sox rotation is awesome as it is and Clemens at this point in his career wouldn’t have added too much. The Yankees desperately needed a pitcher…any pitcher. And, it seems to me that the motivation for Clemens, like with you before 2004 was to take a struggling franchise and put it on his shoulders and try to take them to the WS. If he came to Boston and won the WS, he would be just another cog in an amazing rotation. But, in NY, he can meet his ego’s need by pointing to a struggling team and say that he was the reason they won the WS. Only one problem with his plan – if you guys keep playing like you are capable, he’s not even getting close to the World Series!

    Good luck this year! Keep up the good work.

    Andy

  154. soxalways permalink
    May 8, 2007 8:35 am

    Kurt, don’t get worked up by the press. They are who they are and have to create an angle to sell papers. I enjoy your blog as it gives you a chance to talk directly to your fans and it gives us a view into the way you think that we could not get with the press’ filter.

    It is a long season, but I like our chances with the 07 Red Sox lineup and pitching staff!

    Thanks

  155. rjg09 permalink
    May 8, 2007 8:48 am

    In regards to the imbecile comment by jerwax33: Why are you wasting your time blogging to a person you clearly hate so much? (in-turn wasting our time by forcing us to read through your senseless blabber…) Why don’t YOU be a real man and support our troops, too. Why are you on the computer anyway – don’t you have a protest to be at?

    Curt – great interview regarding Clemens. You said what NEEDED to be said. I love your confidence in your team and the fact that you never hesitate to reiterate your faith in your ballclub. You are a plain-spoken class act. Now let’s stretch the lead out so Clemens won’t even make a difference.

  156. May 8, 2007 9:00 am

    Once again … well said, Curt. Wow, CHB has a MAJOR stick up her ass about you … ridiculous.

    I literally laughed out loud the other day when I read in her column in which she referred to you as a “blow hard”. She must REALLY hate it that you have a forum through which you can accurately represent your opinion instead of relying on hacks like her to accurately quote you.

    As far as Clemens coming back to the Old Towne Team, yeah, would’ve been nice, but I’m not surprised he went back to the NYY. I don’t think one pitcher is going to save their pitching staff, but he could have an impact in picking up everyone on that staff and being a leader, thus inspiring them to be better. Can’t help but think that it’s better for NYY being hurt now ’cause that could mean they’ll be that much healthier later in the season when it matters … yeesh.

    Still, he IS going to be 45 soon … for a professional athlete (even one of his caliber), that is old.

    Gonna be an interesting summer around the ball yard …

  157. dan3232 permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:08 am

    Curt,
    I understand your comment but you have to admit that saying “we don’t need him” (twice in the same quote), no matter what the context is the type of line that will come back and haunt you. No matter your intention, and I know you are sincere in making it, in this day and age you have to know that nothing good could come of that.

  158. cursedtofirst permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:16 am

    curt, you seem like the type of guy who likes to rise to a challenge. right now it seems like the challenge you’re picking for yourself is to take on some of the less ethical writers in Boston on behalf of yourself and your teammates. clearly we’ve already seen examples of the reasons most guys don’t fight this battle, but i don’t think you’ll be giving up any time soon.

    one place where i think a lot of us in the fan base and in the media itself wish you’d make a distinction more often, or more clearly, is between writers like shaughnessy and those who write / report for a living in general. surely there must be reporters you like to work with (like rob bradford, saw your Q & A with him over at the herald, looking forward to the second part). maybe it would be just as helpful to what you’re trying to do over here if you were to pick out a story or example where a writer did something particularly well–after all, the reporters who harp on the negative are the ones you dislike the most, right?

    anyway. nice game sunday. glad it seems papelbon’s getting back in the saddle. here’s to lucky 7s for your boy tonight. go sox!

  159. perchik permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:20 am

    Curt, every time you open your mouth, you make Dan Shaughnessy look better. Calling him “she” as an insult isn’t a comment of “stupefying arrogance”, it’s just stupid. How does your wife feel about your chauvinism?

    And of COURSE you want the spotlight. From “I guess I hate the Yankees now” to starting your own blog, for God’s sake, you’ve always been about attention. But saying “We don’t need him” isn’t a horrible statement as far as headline-grabbing statements go. Just don’t pretend like you didn’t think it was provocative.

    If you’re gonna say this stuff, have the guts to back it up. Or should I start referring to you as “she”?

  160. cursedtofirst permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:24 am

    btw, re comment 146, “objectivebruce” is a frequent commenter over at dan shaughnessy watch who many feel is the CHB himself.

    also btw, i dislike shaughnessy as much as the next person, but as a female, i’m not too psyched about the use of female pronouns to signify a derogatory comment. just sayin’.

  161. May 8, 2007 9:29 am

    I get sick of the media going nuts over a relatively mild comment. Whenever there are big names involved like Clemens and Schilling, there are some media guys just looking for a story. You are definetaly right about the Yankees needing a pitcher much worse that the Red Sox. They are desperate for pitching, and if they’ve got the money to go after a great one like Clemens, they why not. They’ll more than make back their money with publicity, jersey sales, etc….

  162. greydog24 permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:39 am

    Nice work again here, 38. It has almost become like a dance step – the media begs for your opinion, CHB of course misrepresents it, and then you have this blog to tell us what you meant – which is not what gets reported… It’s funny how the cycle works.

    Great job on the mound too – keep it going

    P.S. – Is it just me, or does is seem like the troll army has someone poised to post first on WHATEVER you drop on here? Just amazing… and some of the NYY fans like mattingly23 – why come here? Maybe you can take your whiny comments elsewhere… like a Yank board? Yet your fixation with the Sox brings you back time and again. Like flies to the buglight you are

    esaskyfan – “Just shut your trap and worry about pitching you self-indulgent, arrogant, hypocrite.” Wow. Having the audacity to post something like this… and also taking a shot at Curt for his beliefs – in the same post? Think about it.

  163. gonoles36 permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:42 am

    Titus 3: 1-11

  164. gregharris permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:58 am

    Curt – do yourself the ultimate favor – don’t read CHB. He’s a waste of time. It takes a little discipline at first, but life is better without that yoddler. Thanks for this forum.

  165. seadogfan permalink
    May 8, 2007 10:27 am

    I’m tired of the Globe troublemaker’s negativity. Bravo for setting the record straight. That said, the “CHB” tag would be a lot easier to use if it had originated with someone other than Spittin’ Carl E.

  166. tdwhitney permalink
    May 8, 2007 10:40 am

    I’m sure you’ll keep on bloggin’ Curt. Ignore the meatheads like “Jerwax” :)

    I think this is the same guy that has posted with other usernames, sitting around, waiting for you to post and pouncing to be the first guy to go on and throw some stupid comment on your board. Hey Jerkoff – why don’t you start your own bulletin board? Curt didn’t run Baby Pedro out of town. Pedro couldn’t take the heat in Boston anymore and hey what do you know, he had one, maybe two good years in an inferior hitting league for how much money? Now he’s washed up. Why don’t you get off your little soap box and go find some other place to be annoying?

  167. djvasco permalink
    May 8, 2007 11:48 am

    We do not need Roger Clemens. We need a #5 starter. Hopefully Lester can come back and fufill that role. The way our 4 starters are pitching, Clemens would be a 5. Nobody pays a # 5 starter 18-28 million. The Yankees needed him, the Red Sox do not. It’s just that simple. I don’t mind the comments Curt or Julian Tavarez made because they’re true. I’m not saying Roger is no good, I’m just saying he’s needed in NY a lot more than Boston.

  168. rdsxnation67 permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:03 pm

    Right on, Right on. I had the same feelings prior to the annoucement that we don’t need him, and all it would do is push someone else out. We have great depth at pitching (of course, this could change as the season progresses) the starting 5, the pen, and Lester in AAA.

    Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post put it this way: “Make Clemens look like a $1-million-a-game hired gun. And get the Evil Empire right back where it belongs — writhing in misery and self-recrimination in October. Watching the Yanks not win the World Series, for the seventh straight year, is going to be so much more fun now.”

    Now I’m taking things out of context.

  169. nhfan permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:03 pm

    Nice Blog. Whats next for the Yankees? Are they going to start exhuming the bodies of Mantle etc. Glad to hear from you Curt, both on and off the field.keep up the dream!
    Go Sox

  170. bigshowbaseball permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:07 pm

    Hi there Curt. This is really an interesting blog. It’s great to hear the thoughts of a real major leaguer…

    Clearly the sportswriters are just trying to create some sort of soap opera.. some sort of conflict between you and Clemens.

    As far as I’m concerned saying “we don’t need him” is right on the money. You guys don’t need him, the Yankees do. It’s like people are expecting you guys to break down and cry because the mighty Roger decided to go to the Yankees instead.

    It’ll be interesting to see how ol’ Clemens performs this year at age 45 anyway…

  171. montpelierfan permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:27 pm

    Amen, Curt, I agree with you 110%!!! Clemens is, was and always will be one of the best if not the best ever, and I hope he doffs his cap to the BoSox when Cooperstown called. But we have a tremendous amount of faith in the pitching staff we’ve got. We believe in you guys as is, and I will say what is difficult for you to say w/o getting criticized: we really didn’t need him.

    Now, a couple of Yanks friends I have are ecstatic over this, until I said, “wow, he was like 6-7 last year, in the hitting-poor national league, and rarely made it past the sixth inning. So you are getting someone who has maybe stayed in the game a couple years too long, has devolved into an average to below-average pitcher, and even if he throws a good game you’ll have to turn it over to the horrific Yanks pen from the 7th on, if not earlier.”

    The holes in the Yanks pitching staff are too big for even a player of Roger’s caliber to fill. I hope he enjoys his last year in the majors (I’m banking this is it), but I hope he is prepared for a very long summer and a non-existent fall . . .

  172. shutupbigmouth permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:30 pm

    Shut up Curt you big mouth and just play baseball… You always had a big mouth. Example …talking smack about arod…then what happens? He takes you to downtown twice . You just have a big mouth and its annoying. SHUT UP ALREADY

  173. chitownred permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:35 pm

    Do address the question of those that either don’t know or haven’t put it together – CHB is Dan Shaughnessy of the Globe. Carl Everett gave him the monkier a few years ago when he told Gordon Edes to go talk to his “Curly Haired Boyfriend”. Name has stuck since then.

  174. goys permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:36 pm

    C’mon Curt,

    You need this blog to keep explaining yourself because you shoot your mouth off about any subject, all the time, and you don’t have any research invested in what you say.

    Maybe if you shut it for a couple days, you wouldn’t have to explain how the big bad press is picking on you.

    Personally I think you and Carrot-top are in cahoots because the both of you need a daily ego stroke. Aren’t all the butt kissers on this blog enough attention for you?

    BTW, the day you’re elected Senator of MA is the day I leave the state I grew up in. Go run in Texas where people will enjoy your right wing, nut-job, un-informed and un-intelligible views.

  175. chrisgosox permalink
    May 8, 2007 12:37 pm

    Curt,

    You are exactly right about not wasting time dissecting issues that are beyond one’s control. If we outbid the Yanks on a pro-rated 28M contract for RC with our excellent starting staff the likes of CHB would be writing lines on how the Bambino was turning in his grave in the Green Monster at the Sox’ money mismanagement. The guy probably mentions the Bambino when he prays at night, hoping to sell more books.

    The smart fans, the loyal fans look past these stupid superstitions, soundbites and (drummed-up) controversies and see that the 2007 Sox are coalescing into a helluva team….too bad RC will watching us in October from his warm Texas home.

  176. May 8, 2007 12:41 pm

    please stop refering to CHB as a she… Call him a sissy!

    Im a woman, I take offense a little to these demeaning and condescending references..

    Anyways, well said Curt, and keep on pitching the way you (all) are. Thats what wins games. That and a closer named Paps.

    The Yanks can have clemens. They still dont have a bullpen. and Mo isnt having his best year thus far. I’m sure he’ll come around,. but he isnt like the old Mo.

    This is the year of the red sox, I believe!!

    ~Erika~

  177. koufaxfan permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:01 pm

    New York can have Clemens. I live in Houston and he kept a whole city on edge last year trying to decide if he would come back. Eveyone knew he would…it was just a matter of how much money he would get. I hope he gets the Yankees the same place he got the Astros-no World Series title. Sorry pinstripe fans, don’t put all your hope on The Rocket.

    This year I will be cheering for the Sox in the NY/Boston series and hoping that our past “hometown hero” runs out of rocket fuel.

  178. gunns permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:04 pm

    The anti-Curt political mumbo jumbo illustrates some of the POVs aren’t baseball related, but of course the words are enough to see that. One thing is for sure & for certain, the lispy delivery confirms that ya never could have actually thrown a baseball w/a wrist that limp…

    About the only one complaining & taking Curt’s statement out of context is little Dan Shaughnessy. That guy has lost it & his petty & irrelevant comments illustrate that. He’s a screaming little sissy wondering why real fans can’t see his brilliance. Like all big media, the Glob & it’s celebrity “sports” writers are going the way of the dinosaurs. Screw them & screw anyone else here who puts politics ahead of The Game.

  179. campomj25 permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:05 pm

    Curt love the site, I strongly dislike that boston globe writter as well. It amazes me that he has been fortunate enough to keep his job all these years. As for Clemens, please this rotation is as solid as it could be who would have to leave the starting rotation for the Rocket. I am a huge Clemens fan but I think this rotation is stacked especially with Lester’s return on the horizion. To the Sox staff keep it up you guys have been a lot of fun to watch and support this season and to the bull pen fantastic. Big AL East games coming up this week, can’t wait to see them. Quick note to CHB…..QUIT then move to Alaska!

    Campo

  180. patsfan630 permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:07 pm

    Dear Curt,
    Thanks so much for pitching the way you and, and I admire your openness on any subject. While I do disagree with some of the things you say and do, I respect you and understand where you’re coming from. I’m glad the Sox did not sign Clemens. While he is among the best pitchers of all time, he is a prima donna who would have upset the chemistry of the clubhouse. The team is functioning well now, and we don’t need someone to come in and upset the balance just for a fat paycheck. I hate the Yankees, and I’m glad they got him so when Clemens gets knocked around in the difficult AL East, the Red Sox fans won’t be pissed for throwing away so much money.
    Keep on speaking the truth!

  181. nightnurse007 permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:08 pm

    I don’t take offense to what Curt said, and I don’t believe he drove Pedro out, and I don’t think any of us should be bringing in anyone’s religions, or political view here. This is about Baseball. Period.

    We don’t need Clemens. He’s been divisive. He’s also getting old. The Yankees are obviously desperate, and I think they are going to need 150% of Clemens to pull them out of the slump they are in.

    We have Beckett(!), Schilling, and Dice-K… and other secret Japanese weapon, Okajima. We’ve got Papelbon, and more… Our boys are great this season, it’s a free country, Curt can say whatever he wants, and he is 110% correct about the media – the screw stuff up on purpose.

    This is the year: I believe, too.

    Love ya, Curt, keep telling it like it is…

    -nightnurse

  182. actionsportsx permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:22 pm

    Curt,

    It’s not always the Media’s fault for misquoting people. Sure they make mistakes time and time again, but shouldn’t you have learned by now to watch what you say? I mean if they media keeps taking you out of context all the time, then shouldn’t you use short quick phrases that won’t get you in any sort of hot mess? I mean Derek Jeter (I know he’s a Yankee), he doesn’t say the smartest things, but he give the media what he wants to hear, and he’s kind to them. That’s how you deal with a big market media. Just give them what they want to hear smile and say thank you.

  183. adamjd permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:30 pm

    this is always a no-win situation for atheletes when it comes to comments to the media.

    say having him would benefit the team and it’s, “OOOOH, so you think this teammate sucks he should be traded, HUH???”

    saying the team is fine the way it is, and it’s, “OOOH, so you’re saying you don’t need him??? what do you have something against him???”

  184. any0ther permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:54 pm

    Curt,
    Why do you bother reading or paying attention to anything written by Shaughnessey? You should join many Boston fans like myself who go months or years without reading a single word of tripe written by him. He’s a gifted storyteller at best, but his analytical skills are lacking and his agenda is transparent. It’s simply not worth reading 99% of the time.
    As a prominent athlete in Boston, is it just unavoidable to hear about the stuff that hacks like him write? If that’s the case I send my condolences, but if not you should do yourself a favor and just avoid it. He’s out of touch and entering a bitter journey into retirement. Let him wither away quietly.

  185. mcnabbortiz534 permalink
    May 8, 2007 1:56 pm

    Curt,

    Lol – the Texan. The 2 seamer really makes a difference for him doesn’t it. Your dead on right about Roger. Julian obviously loves being a starter and demoting him to the pen will most likely hurt his performance. At first I was really frustrated with him, but Lester is hurt and coming, and he nearly beat God/Johan. So I’m ok with him and LOVE his passion. Roger has sold his soul to the devil 2 times now. Will he go into the HOF as a Sock? That was the big issue for me. Now it will probably be a Yankee. Fine. Don’t need you. Mo isn’t having his best year someone said HA! Mo has lost it. Myers is getting paid to get out Big Papi and he sucks. Would you depend on Proctor after pitching in 100 games. Or Kyle “slider” Farnsworth? Please. Mussina is more like a sloth than a Moose now. Pettitte I respect, but he is also losing it fast. I think people will soon realize that every single one of Wang’s pitches sink. HIT IT. Anyway I love how people specifically get on here and bash whatever you say just because you are the only athlete that is brave and intelligent enough to talk to us yourself. Beckett is your only competition for the Cy Young

  186. seabass36 permalink
    May 8, 2007 2:06 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Canada needs to know…who in the hell is CHB??

    Also, with the Sox staff as is, maybe Clemens with all his “God-Clauses” may have messed with a pretty good rotation and bullpen.

  187. robertsbeatsthetag permalink
    May 8, 2007 2:12 pm

    Sorry Curt, I woudn’t “kill” for the money. I grew up middle class. I don’t have a giant ego that needs to be soothed monetarily. I do my thing the best I can. Try not to embarrass my wife. My wife tries not to embarrass me. At work, I work. I don’t discuss religion or politics in the workplace. I’m grateful for all I have.

    Shut up and pitch.

    Go Sox!

  188. pasox3 permalink
    May 8, 2007 2:21 pm

    I just thought you were showing the confidence in the guys the Sox have now. That was it.

  189. misty2004 permalink
    May 8, 2007 2:43 pm

    We all know how the media twists the facts in most the news to spice things up for ratings, so I wouldn’t worry about it Curt.

    As far as RC goes? It was his arrogance and ego that turned me off and still does. I’m glad he’s not here. Who does he think he is anyway? I don’t care how many Cy Youngs he has.

    I think it was Neonsox who hit the nail on the head as far as what the real issue is concerning the MLB in all this. I say, SHAME ON THE YANKEES and the ASTROS first for setting this precedence! Then, shame on RC for thinking he’s so great that he only has to be around to pitch every five games for 4 months. If players can’t be around for the whole season then they shouldn’t be playing, I’m sorry. I can see being shut down for physical reasons for a time period but, to just show up for 4 months when it’s your day to pitch is ridicules. How is that fair to the rest of the rotation who are there grinding it out for the duration of the season? Do they get to pick and choose when to show up?

    Shame on Red Sox management too for even thinking of offering him a partial year deal. I was in the field of management and there was no way we would have given an employee special treatment over other employees doing the same job. I don’t think I’d be very happy if I were one of those employees grinding it out for 7-8 months while another employee was only there half that time and maybe even making more money than I. Maybe even a ridicules amount of money. Where is this all going to lead??

    Frankly, I think we pay enough for tickets and we’re always reminded how this “is” a business. We love all our hard working Red Sox as they are! If RC can’t take the heat of the whole season then he ought to hang up his glove, IMHO. That goes for any other player too. :) They are employees who make a darn good salary and if they can’t do the job that other players are expected to do, then they shouldn’t be playing, period.

    Nuff said…time will tell how good RC does in the AL East and if he’s worth all that money. I’m all done venting on the issue of RC and his choosing when and if, to pitch!

    Go Sox!
    Misty

    “Our background and circumstances may influence who we are but,
    we are responsible for who we become.”
    Unknown

  190. mwalter permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:15 pm

    Curt,

    I was just curious about how Wake is doing this year…he’s been pitching unbelievable! Has he changed anything in the offseason or to what do you attribute his further success this season? Thanks.

  191. rhf1 permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:18 pm

    Curt Schilling you are a complete joke, i heard your interview on ESPN today. Who are you to criticize Barry Bonds? Hes NEVER been tested positive for steriods, hes NEVER admitted to taking steriods or cheating on his wife. You talk about there being good and bad people, what category do you fall under? Barry Bonds might be the best ball player to ever live and you cant except that? You say you dont care about the color of his skin but if this was Mark Mcgwire would you be saying any of this?

  192. chiefwahoo permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:18 pm

    You have got to stop talking to the media Curt. This stuff you are saying about Barry Bonds is just crazy. I am no fan of Barry Bonds but he hasn’t admitted to any of the stuff you are saying. Watch out for the lawsuit for slander. Seriously.

  193. kirk43 permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:21 pm

    great posts, the last few days have been great on your site curt it is amazeing the excitement and diversity of your fans and adversarys in thier replys, just find it funny if individuals happen to like and respect your talents as an athlete and personality they are all just suck ups or ### kissers maybe they just happen to like what you bring to the table! keep up the great work go redsox pats capecod

  194. bloodysoxrocks permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:24 pm

    That’s exactly how I saw it. Curt, what you said is exactly right – he’d be great to have, but we don’t need him. Not only was that an accurate statement, it shows your leadership and team spirit. If you or anyone on the team were to say, “Yeah we really need Roger, I wish we got him”, all that would do is rub the rest of the guys the wrong way. To say that is really saying SOMEONE in the rotation shouldn’t be there.

    And then I’m sure if you did say that, CHB would be right there to write, “The Blowhard primadonna isn’t satisfied with his teammates…blah blah blah.” What a hack!

  195. burntwood permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:43 pm

    Curt,

    When exactly did Barry Bonds admit to cheating on the game, cheating on his wife and cheating on his taxes?? Do you even think before opening your big mouth? As for not purposely serving up a pitch for Barry to hit, don’t worry about it, I think he’s taken you deep enough times to know he doesn’t need you to serve one up. Go eat another pizza…….

  196. tedwlynch permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:54 pm

    Nobody will read this but I’ll post it anyway:

    I’m past frustrated with Shaughnessey’s writing and now I’m just personally insulted. I have two questions:

    1) How can anyone make a living writing such trash?

    2) Who would publish it?

    I’ve seen several posts from people who plan to boycott the Globe because of our friend with the white-boy ‘fro, but that won’t change anything.

    I propose this:

    A mass burning of the Globe in protest of this crap writing and this childish personal vendetta.

    Buy a paper, bring it to Yawkey way or Copley Square or the Esplanade and burn it. It’s that simple. Writers want to make themselves the story, fine. Readers can make themselves the story too.

    I’ll post this again and again on this blog. If you think I’m nuts, ignore me. If you agree, post a reply. If people respond, we’ll set a date.

  197. rsfan34 permalink
    May 8, 2007 3:56 pm

    Curt
    i cant agree with you more. We wanted Clements for all the obvious reasons, but the Yankees NEEDED him and were willing to pay the price.
    I cant blame Clements for going to NY, after all most of us, would change jobs for a extra couple of dollars an hour, all other things being equal. Also I think Roger believes he might be the guy who can come into the stadium riding a white horse and save the Yankees season.

    One other thing, Ive been a Red Sox fan for over 50 years, and love all things Red Sox, but I have to this blog has benn great, i love reading the comments and question and answer sections, but as far as youre game descritions (pitch by pitch) its just to much detail for me. Im sure im in the minority here, and Im not saying there souldnt be a description at all, just a little less detail.

    I think if the pitching staff, and even more importantly, Tek isnt out of the lineup for any extended periods of time we will go a long, long way this year

    Good luck and best wishes

  198. elpasosoxfan permalink
    May 8, 2007 4:14 pm

    Put a lid on it Jerwax! You’re a closet Yankee fan who was never picked for the team in grade school P.E. class and shunned by all the lookers in high school.

    Curt, love the blog. Would have been nice to have Rog on the staff, but the chemistry is just too good right now and believe it or not, I’m looking forward to watching the Sox light him up!

    Keep up the good work, on and off the field!

    See ya at the BallPark in Arlington!

  199. kbelli permalink
    May 8, 2007 4:33 pm

    Hey jerwax33…it wasn’t Curt that drove Pedro out of town. It was Pedro’s ego. He couldn’t stand the fact that he might not be the number 1 guy in Boston anymore so he went to a team that would throw roses at his feet and fill the back pages with his mug. Clemmons didn’t come here because NY offered him $10million more than any other team. Throw that in with the fact that he loves playing for Torre and how could he resist. None of it had anything to do with Curt you jackass. If Curt were to end up in the pinstripes next year who are you going to blame for that? Well I’ll be blaming idiots like you!! It’s amazing ANYONE wants to come play in Boston with morons like you attacking there best players all the time. Just remember…Curt’s the one with the ring…not you. Personally, I love the fact that he’s so confident in the Sox current lineup. And I agree with him. The only thing that can hurt this team is injuries. Other than that, I think the Sox are the best team in baseball right now. Bring on Clemmons! We’ve beaten him with lesser line-ups.

  200. capspac permalink
    May 8, 2007 5:34 pm

    classy stuff.

  201. jaypesci permalink
    May 8, 2007 6:07 pm

    schill, you are on point…i remember bill parcells calling the media commies at one point and it still fits. they have no idea….you were also right about clemens, g.o.a.t., but we DON’T need him, we got the best rotaion in the MLB

  202. anklesox permalink
    May 8, 2007 7:40 pm

    I’m going to have to agree with you on this one Curt, I think we have a great staff, probobaly better than the staff in ’04. Plus we have great young pitchers waiting in the minors, not to mention when Clement gets back to form will have another arm. The Sox don’t need an aging pitcher, although he is a great pitcher, i like the youth movemnt they are going with. Plenty of teams are succeeding with that style of player management and its working. Keep speaking your mind Curt.

  203. redsoxgrrl permalink
    May 8, 2007 8:31 pm

    About Clemens now —- HATE HIM.

    About Clemens when he goes into the Hall as a YankMe —- LOATH HIM.

    About Clemens 10 years from now —- glad I lived in the same era and saw him pitch. Possibly begin to like him again …

  204. May 8, 2007 8:51 pm

    I’ve been a reader of your blog since the first post, and while I’ve always been tempted to leave a reply, something in the comments on this post, rather than the post itself, absolutely warmed my heart.

    Back in comment number 12, a man named Eric left a note requesting you leave a comment on his cousin Jacob’s blog. He’s only 8 years old and recovering from cancer. Of course, I immediately clicked on the link. Well, apparently I wasn’t the only one.

    The kid has a ton of well wishes from Sox fans who read that comment. Well done, Sox fans. Well done.

  205. jdmc676 permalink
    May 8, 2007 8:55 pm

    Curt,

    You are now officially a hypocrite. In a recent post you criticized Gary Thorne for presenting false information as fact without any evidence to back it up, and without even researching to find out if there was any truth to it. In this post you criticize people for misconstruing things that have been said by taking them out of context. Yet today, you did both of those exact same things. Here’s your uninformed, and completely meritless statement as made on WEEI radio in Boston:

    “He (Bonds) admitted he used steroids. There’s no gray area. He admitted cheating on his wife, cheating on taxes and cheating on the game.”

    There is not one iota of truth or fact to any of that. Now, before I continue, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am not a Bonds fan, nor am I a Bonds apologist. I think he DID use steroids, I believe he DID cheat on his wife, and I believe he DID cheat the game. The problem is, he’s never admitted to ANY of it. Yet, there you are on the radio, saying he did — just like Thorne claimed you painted your sock. Also, just like Thorne it’s all based on some hearsay: ESPN reported that Bonds admitted to unknowingly using steroids in his grand jury testimony in the BALCO case. Since then, the entire transcript has come out, and guess what? He never said it. What he said is “I never knowingly used steroids”. That does NOT mean he UNknowingly used them. Think about it, if I said, “I never knowingly had sex with Shonda Schilling” that would be the truth, because I haven’t. It does NOT mean that I DID sleep with her and just didn’t know about it at the time. Unfortunately, people like you who can’t tell the difference, misconstrued it, and accepted this as fact (even though you specifically say you DON’T believe everything said in the media).

    As for the part about admitting he cheated on his wife and taxes, you’re just straight pulling that out of your ass. Bonds has never spoke on the record about either of those allegations, yet you take that to mean he’s “admitted” to it. So if I say you’re a Nazi and a child molester and you don’t respond does that mean that you’re admitting it? using your logic, I guess so. So, there you have it, folks: Curt Schilling, admitted Nazi and child molester.

    I’d like to take a page out of your book, and offer you a challenge, Curt: If you can show anywhere (print, audio, video, anything) where Bonds has admitted to any of those things you say he did, I’ll donate one million dollars to a charity of your choice. If you can’t find anything to back up your claims, you give me one million dollars. Deal?

  206. May 8, 2007 9:14 pm

    Man, I hate the Red Sox and so therfore I’d love to see you get shelled every time out. :) Seriously, I think you are one of the greatest all time, as much as it pains me to see you pitch in Beantown.
    Peace!
    Joe

  207. bostonfaninchgo permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:41 pm

    Curt-

    I must say I have been amazed by you since you were in Philly. You are an incredible pitcher and have no problem speaking your mind. I completely agree with you about the whole Roger deal not going through. If you do ever get a chance and read this, I have been a fan of yours and especially the Sox since I was growing up in Beverly, MA. I unfortunately have not been able to get to a Sox game in over 6 years now. In 2001 I joined the US Navy. I have been stationed everywhere imaginable away from the Boston area. The few times I have gone home it is during the Christmas season and obviously you guys aren’t playing then. Tomorrow, May 09, 2007 I am volunteering to reenlist for 6 more years in the Navy. The Milwaukee Brewers were kind enough to let me reenlist at their stadium after their game tomorrow but will not let me meet any players nor will they do it while the crowd is present. I do thank them and have a great amount of graditude for their efforts. Although this may seem lame writing such, I would kill just to somehow see you and the rest of the team live and in action inperson. I am currently stationed out of Great Lakes, Illinois as an investigator for the hospital and its tenant commands. If you doubt this message is real, please feel free to contact me or anyother of my shipmates in the office. I will leave you with my email and work number. If there is anything you could do to help a stranded Sox fan I would greatly appreciate it!!!!! This is the year to do it again, despite any ridiculous writers just trying to get a little extra press time. Thank you in advance for your great time.

    Sincerely,

    MA2 Sean R. Stockwell
    (847)688-4560 x3106
    sean.stockwell@med.navy.mil

  208. sbasil permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:44 pm

    Curt

    As I commeted earlier. I fully support your contentions regarding the Clemens issue.

    With respect to the Barry Bonds comments on the radio this AM, what the heck are you thinking? I have no issue with comments on steroids but to bring up his tax and marital infidelity issues is way too personal for me.

    I do not condone tax evasion or marital infidelity. However, I don’t think passing judgement on Barry’s personal issues sets a good precedence for your team.

    I’d ask would it be fair if an ex-Red Sox player was asked about someone on your team and whether the player did steroids and within the ex-Red Sox player’s response he included a statement that the player cheated on his wife? Major league players should not be commenting about each others’ marriage or tax issues regardless of whether Barry Bonds is a jerk or not.

    If you said you think he cheated on baseball and used steroids that would be fine. The tax and marital stuff was just wrong.

  209. jeremylh permalink
    May 8, 2007 9:53 pm

    why the hell are people flaming you for saying your team is fine without him, since when is it not okay to support a team you play for? Since when’s it a crime to have confidence in your teammates? But the Yankees are making a push by facing the lower caliber teams, and getting back into the race, by the time they start playing the upper echelon of teams again hopefully Phillip Huges will probably back, if he can come back strong like when he went out Clemens continues his dominance, and Rivera can get over the slump he’s in, the AL East is going to be a hell of show.

  210. rockstar62 permalink
    May 8, 2007 10:26 pm

    So, since you are always being misquoted, can you explain your reasoning for misquoting Barry Bonds in a recent interview? He never admitted to taking steroids, but in your interview, you said he admitted it! For someone to complain about being misquoting, I would think you would be more careful when saying what other people said…unless u where just talking out of ur blank….just like the guy in the Sportscenter commercials.

  211. bobkoduvalil permalink
    May 8, 2007 10:28 pm

    ESPN, John Kruk and Steve Phillips are turning and twisting your Bonds comments like only the self-aggrandizing media can do. They shamelessly teased that if Bonds were to slow down his pace, there is a chance Bonds might hit 756 at Fenway. “Maybe Schilling will give it up,” they cooed. Frauds.

    Oddly, they didn’t let Orel Hershiser voice his opinion. They didn’t call Peter Gammons, resident Red Sox expert. They just went with the jay-vee team of Kruk and Phillips to tackle a serious issue like Bonds cheating his way to Aaron’s record.

    ESPN.com’s own poll shows that 76% of folks will not celebrate Bonds breaking the record.

    I can only hope that you call out Kruk for the bloated, self-centered fraud that he is. It would be grand fun, but I know you’re better than that.

  212. dontaylorjr permalink
    May 8, 2007 10:29 pm

    Hello From Hollywood(FL):
    Curt: I don’t know who CHB is and ‘frankly Charllette, I don’t give a rat’s a_s.” I can both read & Listen, something many, sadly enough can not. I heard your quote. U ment to bolster your confidence in the status quo. rah rah.
    Personally I hate rodger’s guts & can only classify him as another reason we, the fans, must pay thru the ying-yang to see a baseball game. No, let me please type my piece here b-4 your webmaster wipes my lines . . .I remember wayy back when Mr. Sputnick went free & was signed by toronto for 24.7 million. I remember those numbers, they used to be my family’s lucky #’s. Anyway, “spudnik-man” always blamed the front office–Doukette to be more precise. Correct me if I’m wrong–but I remember he showed up 2 Springs in a row-porky & more beer-bellied than I am at 56 !
    Sure, he won a few championships on a team made up of baseball prostitutes owned by the Big babeball PIMP himself-who is known as “the Boss” I call him a lot more–how about a crybaby who trys to buy anyone’s heart & soul–just because he knows he can.”
    Well, this is just another case of $$ & greed winning over loyalty. I know if I were a ballplayer who spent all winter, them all spring breaking my ass to make the team, I’d be livid (u like that nice word ?) to see some guy wlak around god-like and take off whenever he felt the “need.”
    Curt I disagree, i wouldn’t bow to my knees nor kill for that $$$. I have integrity. Maybe that5′s why I’m middle-class. I hope you have not forgotten that MANY of us are coping w/ the price of GAS & Food & everything else going sky high–except our paychecks. I don’t think you have, you just don’t have to worry about things like this. Well we do–everyday.
    That’s another subject for another day. In the meantime, I’ll still hope “rodger spudnick slips in the shower & the SOX remain focussed.
    “ONE GAME at a TIME.”
    Thanks for the opportunity to vent my ideas.
    Ciao from Hollywood(Fl)

  213. timgrip permalink
    May 8, 2007 10:43 pm

    hey curt , your assesment of the situation was spot on , and very respesecful. houston could not afford him , and we did not need him !!! yes as a life long fan it would have been great to see you both on the the same team . but WE DONT NEED HIM . in the interest of baseball he went where the need( and the HUGE amount of money ) was. this is my first post . but have been reading from day one . and have converted at least a dozen to stop reading chb.and check this out (not to hard ).
    all the best tim

  214. flasox permalink
    May 8, 2007 11:11 pm

    Curt,
    Let me say first that what you said about RC is correct. He would have been a great addition to the Sox. On the other hand, he is with the Yanks. So, to be pragmatic, if that’s where he wanted to go, so be it. The Sox have the best team ERA and Beckett is again showing he is the best pitcher out of Texas (plus he is a hell of a lot younger that Roger and Pettit).
    As far as the Bonds comment. It’s not like he is the bastion of sensitivity (ask Jeff Kent). So what if Bonds gets ripped by you. He has done nothing but make a career out of being a self-centered egotist. Hey, if Barry wants the home run record so bad, great. He’ll never get a ring! You have earned two by being a team player.
    Next, the butt kissers at ESPN (including your own teammate Kruk) are ripping you for ripping Bond’s (what do you expect from a network that broadcasted the award winning (ha!) “Bonds On Bonds”. These morons are amazed that nobody responding to their poll will celebrate Bonds’ 756th.
    As for Jerwax, gee buddy for such an anti-war pacifist, it’s amazing that you would wish a screaming line drive strike a human being in the head possibly causing serious injury or death you lousy hypocrite!!!!!

  215. bosoxyaz8 permalink
    May 8, 2007 11:34 pm

    This is my first time posting on this site and i`m pretty pumped up about that. great game tonight and i`m glad my direct tv feed was NESN and not a blue jays feed. anyhow I agree with ya Curt we dont need him as long as everyone stays healthy……BECKETT WAS BRILLIANT TONIGHT !!
    GO BOSOX BABY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  216. edzoid permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:09 am

    Curt, I can speak for a lot of Red Sox fans when I say “Thank You” for what you helped us finally do. You put the rest of your career and personal health on the line. You have put your soul into this team and we will always Love you for it. I’ve loved watching this 07 team. I miss a lot of the guys that are gone, but this team has captured the hearts of fans already. My only worry and concern, is that all this chatter about Clemens, Bonds, Media people, is going to add up to one big distraction. I wish none of the Red Sox players even talked to the media. What is the point. If you face Barry, Strike him out. When we go against Clemens, analyze him and beat him. Simple. Curt, with all due respect and admiration, Please stop. We Love you, we Love this team. Just Win!

  217. techsoldaten permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:39 am

    I’m personally glad Roger did not come back to the Sox (you guys are great just as you are) but disappointed he had to sign with the Yankees. It’s terrible to see him being Steinbrenner’s boy after all this time and just doing stuff for the money, you would think he put away enough by this point that he could have some room to move.

    I don’t know what fan sentiment really means to a ballplayer, I assume it’s just another source of distraction for someone trying to be at the top of their game. But there has to be something to being adored by your fans and, to some extent, being adored by the ‘right’ fans. If everyone who loved you as a ballplayer was a murderer, it could not be as fulfilling.

    That said, I guess Clemens really loves being looked up to by those Cromagnon knuckledraggers from Brooklyn, with their slicked back, gel-stained hair, track suits and gold chains. Having the hearts and minds of those guys must be better than beating Cy Young’s record or finishing a career on a team with a winning record. I hope my daughter doesn’t ever take to his example, I want my grandkids walking upright and staying out of trees.

    Clobber him the next time you see him, Curt, and do it for Austro Lopithicus.

    M

  218. May 9, 2007 12:52 am

    Why do I have the feeling your next post is going to be about your comments about Bonds?

    Looking forward to reading that…

  219. barronb permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:00 am

    HEY CURT, I HAD TO GET AN ACCOUNT JUST TO EXPRESS MY CONFUSION AS TO WHY YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING BEAT UP BY THE PRESS RECENTLY. YOU ARE PERHAPS THE MOST THOUGHTFUL ATHLETE OF SIGNIFICANCE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. I’M NOT EVEN A HUGE FAN OF YOURS, BUT I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY. I’M NOT SURE WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BE SO ACTIVE IN EXPRESSING YOURSELF BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT IT ENHANCES OUR PERSPECTIVE AS FANS. SOME OF US OUT HERE APPRECIATE IT.

  220. thon permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:14 am

    “He has done nothing but make a career out of being a self-centered egotist” — Who we talking about, Bonds or Bag of Wind that runs this blog? I’m looking forward to the next update when Curt outs any player he thinks has had an extramarital affair and/or who he suspects might not have paid their taxes. Must be nice to be so morally superior that you can flatly call someone a “bad person” without flinching. It’d take too long to point our your hypocrisy on the issue, but next time you’d be well served just to shut up. For now, enjoy watching the best ballplayer you’ll ever see, and when he takes you yard next month just say thank you sir may I have another.

  221. joei71 permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:26 am

    oh man… are you on a roll! The comments about Bonds are so on the money, and I’m damn glad to see someone in the game have the cajones to say it!

    Bonds is a lying, cheating, despicable human being. He’s disgraced the game, and has been allowed to defile the most hallowed records in sports. We can only hope that MLB someday eradicates his name from the books. This ain’t history folks, it’s travesty.

    Hammerin’ Hank will always be the greatest, and is also one of the classiest gentlemen to ever play the sport and represent the game.

  222. cos775 permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:44 am

    you know, this perhaps is not the post to attach this comment to, and likely you will hear more about this later, perhaps in another innate post.
    while i am not sure whether any of you, meaning ball players, are “deserving” of much else than an occasional thanks, what with your exorbitant salaries, but your recent comments about barry deserve, i think a simple retort.
    two issues immediately come to mind as i read your quotes. first, race is not a black and white issue. meaning, it isn’t always the simplest answer. racism runs deep through the interstitial aspects of every waking part of our nation, our culture. whether we expressly recognize it as an issue or even if we expressly denounce it (as you did) it is still there.
    second, and this is something i rarely hear on any talk radio or television show but otherwise hear from a great deal of real baseball fans, if anyone is to blame for the steroids issue, it is ALL of the businessmen in baseball. from the commish, to the owners to the media. big baseball rescued the sport from the pits of the strike, and if you think that we all (meaning casual and serious fans alike) are not aware that men who make millions and millions (and millions and millions) have access to drugs and supplements that are beyond the scope of tests, you are just as stupid as the rumours and innuendos would imply. so lets cut out the middle man, lets let the media complain about this one quietly amongst themselves, lets remember that no matter what he does, barry was hittin 40 and stealin 40 while you were still throwin stones at other people’s homes from your very very glass house. lets remember that if he were white (like roger or mark) it wouldn’t be like this and until it is we just can’t say that it would be…
    if you want to know how we got to this point here is a book list:

    1) the souls of black fold by w.e.b. dubois
    2) the cornel west reader
    3) black on white (a reader by blacks on what it means to be white)
    4) and paper on reconstruction, jim crow, civil rights and contemporary race relations (look them up they are on JSTOR easy enough to sign up for and use on the internet)
    5)read about hurricane katrina.
    6) go to the bad parts of boston
    7)walk the f-ing walk
    8) or shut the f up.
    9) shut off the computer, put your wallet away and go the f- outside (.com)
    10) and yeah, im a sox fan, life long, and i think you are helluva pitcher
    11) but i still think you should stop preaching your nonsense to easily influenced people. as you have spent your life learning and training to be a great pitcher, others (not including me) have spent their lives working to teach children and young adults. as you postulate about the world, seemingly to hear only yourself utter yet another syllable, i sit back and wonder, why does this man, who claims to be so much, not just give the mike and the attention to someone who might, possibly, know a slight bit more about all these topics than himself.
    12) but still love the game blogs.
    13) just wish you could give it a rest on all the other crap. cause come on video games and baseball… do you really think you know jack shit about race? there are people with PhD’s on the subject whose ego doesn’t near your’s when it comes to the topic.

  223. elpasosoxfan permalink
    May 9, 2007 2:43 am

    Thank GAWD for NESN out here in West Tex! I haven’t missed a game yet. However, Curt, I did miss the comments on the radio about Bonds, but got to hear them on ESPN. Honestly, pal, what were you thinking? Off the cuff is one thing, but when you pass along info you’ve heard in the rumorama, you’re swimming in unchartered waters. OUCH!

    Don’t say another word about Bonds. Let your arm do the talking when he comes to town in June. We’ll be there!

  224. gosox2007 permalink
    May 9, 2007 5:00 am

    The more you say the worse it is. The Red Sox do not need Clemens, period. Curt, please shut up and pitch. Be like Manny. Say nothing to the press and stop this blog. Please, please, please, shut your mouth and pitch.

  225. greenbastard permalink
    May 9, 2007 5:32 am

    ah, both jock sniffing, frustrated, chb (i mean, look at him!) and you are being disingenuous here. you know exactly what you meant when you said what you did, and you are now trying to wiggle out of it. chb, on the otherhand, loves to be the center of attention and will try to create any little comment that was made out of bravado / exuberant hubris into some dopey controversy that isn’t there. both of you need to be put in time out.

    you just pitch. he just needs to write. there’s plenty of real controversy and challenges ahead to not be serving up bull. chill.

  226. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:05 am

    Curt,

    We got your back. Me and all my friends have been calling nitwit radio for days explaining that the media took your comments out of context (big surprise, huh? — NOT!).

    And we got your back on this Barry Bonds thing. We know what you mean, and believe me most folks out here feel like you do.

    I bet some in the media, though, are putting the finishing touches / words to their “hit pieces” that will be coming out tomorrow, especially in the Boston Globe Plagiarizer newspaper. You never get a fair shake from most of the scribes — jealousy, I assume, Curt.

    You go, Curt — and teach Dice-K how to defend his teammates tonight!

  227. yankeeblue permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:16 am

    Oh yeah, one more thing,

    All of you Sox players and Fans should enjoy April and May….. ’cause June, July, August…..BYE BYE SOX….

    The baseball season is much like horse racing. If you’re holding the ticket for the lead horse it’s okay to go ahead a rip it up. The lead horse never wins the race!

    as always, JUST SHUT UP!

  228. youngredsox permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:32 am

    Hey Curt 2nd time blogging this is FUN! I Love the Sox and you and the boys are doing awesome HOORAY! Hope Yuk is OK? Looking 4ward to 2night with Dyska!

    Barry Bonds what a joke why doesnt the comissioner DO SOMETHING? He looks like he’s juicing again! They might wanna test Giambi as well he looks like he’s jumping out of his skin!

  229. mikepiazza permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:43 am

    The Boston Red Sox are a team about chemistry. It is why you guys won the world series in 04. Every team needs chemistry, not just money to spend recklessly like Steinbrenner does with the Yankees, or a $28 million pitcher to get them there. Clemens has played on 2 world series winning teams, and he did NOTHING to contribute to either of them. He arguably had the worst year of his career in 1999, and despite doing better in 2000, he was not the reason the Yankees won. He walked into an organization that already had a good team chemistry. He alienates himself from his team and his teammates. He burns every bridge everywhere he goes. He is one of the greatest players with one of the smallest fan base’s. He claims to be retiring, gets a big ovation from the fans after his miserable outing in the 03 World Series, only to come back with Houston in 04. The past 3 years he has kept the Astros, and now the Yankees, hanging on, to see whether or not they’d offer him enoigh money to pitch. He is selfish, greedy, and doing this all for the wrong reasons. He is not like you Curt, he does not care about winning. He cares about $19 million he will get this year. He cares about making himself, and his stats look good. When he claimed he was going to Toronto is 1997 because he thought they had a better chance of winning, that obviously proved to be garbage. He did it for the money. Then demanded out, to go to the Yankees, cause he knew they’d give him more future money. Plus, he just wanted to add a World Series title to his list of accomplishments, despite not earning it. Do you remember his 1999 postseason? There is only one thing I remember. The Red Sox lost the ALCS to the Yankees 4-1, but they won game 3, when Clemens pitched, 13-1. I understand he is a great player, but you are much better off without him, because he is not a team player. Roger plays solely for Roger.

  230. soxbeach68 permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:57 am

    Curt….
    First off…I’m a big fan of yours, but I can’t believe what you said about Bonds.
    I hope you’re not surprised about the uprising you started…you know how the press is. They will twist and turn things to make you out to be a villan no matter what. You should know better… Now you’ve started what will no doubt be a distraction to a team that is playing so well. Great job Schill. You really just screwed up this time. You’re next blog better be a good one. Or just stick you your freakin video games and pitching every 5 days.

    Oh yeah try to figure out these initials STFUAP!

  231. lemkelike permalink
    May 9, 2007 7:00 am

    “He admitted to cheating on his wife, he admitted to cheating on his taxes …”
    if every player on the red sox that cheated on his wife or on his taxes or used steroids were eliminated from the team, you couldn’t field a team .
    you support a war killing young americans unnecessarily and like a true chicken hawk you never served yourself.
    “There are good people and bad people. ”
    you got that right.

  232. yankeekingdomforever permalink
    May 9, 2007 8:22 am

    Dear Mr Schilling:

    My Red Sucks fan son-in-law sent me your comments on Clemens. (thanks Kirk). I’ll be sure to kick his ass (figuratively of course – I love the father of my grandchildren) next time I see him.

    You can just butt out of the Clemens deal ok? Who the heck cares WHAT you think? Just go put some more fake blood on your sock or something will ya? God, we have to listen to your ruminations and “clarifications”? Geez, let’s all make sure we totally understand what the great Curt Shilling thinks about EVERYTHING. Gee Curt, what should we do about Iraq? How about Global Warming? I’d really like to hear what you have to say about those REAL issues. What % of your ridiculous (yes they’re all ridiculous) salary do you donate every year to non-profits? Enough to look good or enough to feel it? That’s the stuff I’d like to hear from you. Beyond that, just do your job and shut the heck up about matters that don’t concern you.

    (All) Yankee Fan(s)

  233. armysox permalink
    May 9, 2007 8:39 am

    This is my first day on here and am a big follower of the Red Sox. I feel it is amazing that you cannot talk quite frankly about anything without it just get so spun out of control. I retired from the Military a couple years ago and cannot believe how out of control the Press has become. I am excited about reading your Blogs you are creating and to continue to follow the success you and the Red Sox are showing this year. I feel that the Sox have the BEST pitching staff we have had in years and why the heck we would want to add such a distraction like Roger Clements to this. I plan on sitting on the beach and watching the Yankees implode and read your take on things in Boston.
    Hooah!

  234. pasox3 permalink
    May 9, 2007 8:49 am

    To the fans that think Bonds will sue Curt, please. If he does not sue over Game of Shadows, he is not going to sue Curt.

  235. vivalanation permalink
    May 9, 2007 8:51 am

    First off, I am a big sox fan and a fan of yours as well. I wanted to say that it drives me nuts how many times things people say are taken out of context. Anyway, on an unrelated note I was thinking about picking up an MMORPG to start playing and it has come down to EQ2 and WoW. I have friends on EQ2, but I have heard that WoW is the superior game. Just wondering what your opinion was on this

  236. mercmoon permalink
    May 9, 2007 8:52 am

    Let me be clear about one thing, from a fan’s perspective I have been thrilled to have Curt Schilling as a member of the Boston Red Sox. I still think the FO should offer a deal for next year if pitching is indeed in the plans for ’08.

    But I am getting tired of the quotes and mis-quotes coming from Curt by way of alienation of Baseball and its fan base. Before you read on, I am 39 years old, white and middle class. What Curt said on D&H is not a misquote problem, the words came directly from Curt’s mouth as fact when they weren’t.

    Barry Bonds is almost inarguably the best player to ever play the game, period. The stats should tell the complete tale. The guy might have hit 73 home runs before 2001 had he not been walked as much as he has been. He has about 500 more walks than Ruth (about 1,000 more than Aaron or Mays), with 656 of his total being intentional. Too bad we don’t know how many of his (Ruth’s) were intentional. Look up the numbers on Baseball Reference or somewhere, it’s pretty clear, and it goes back to the beginning, BEFORE anything supposedly was taken.

    I guess the operative word here is SUPPOSEDLY. No one can find quotes from Bonds where he admits taking steroids, cheating on his wife, or cheating on baseball. For someone with political aspirations to attribute even his admitting to cheating on his taxes, when he (Bonds) didn’t, makes Mr. Schilling look like a republican Bush-supporting, the-hell-with-the-commoners sleazeball many, many Americans are starting to really hate. Not dislike, but HATE (seen the new Vanity Fair where Bush and Cheney are the caretakers of hell with Satan?).

    Curt’s line on Bonds 80ABs 21Hits 4Doubles 1Triple 8Home Runs 21RBIs 19Walks (8 Intentional) 13Ks. He also hit him once. Nothing surprising here, other than maybe only hitting him once if he feels so strongly that Barry cheated.

    Throughout baseball history, many have sought out advantages. Ty Cobb used to sharpen his spikes to get more stolen bases (as well as hits, would you cover the bag the same way knowing he was coming in to second or third with those nails on his feet?), some pitchers used illegal pitches, and many, many players back in the day fixed games (I’m not talking 8 Men Out here, the fixing and gambling on games goes way beyond and before the Black Sox scandal). Unfortunately we’re living in an age when many people are under the impression that baseball of yesteryear was ‘pure’ and that anything that deviates statistically (or physically) from that past is damaging the integrity of the game. What integrity would that be? That the game has always been entertainment? Or is it the integrity of all players taught to work the umpires, say they’re safe when they know full well they weren’t, say they caught the ball when they know they trapped it? I guess that’s just gamesmanship, though I think sometimes it violates the spirit of ‘integrity’.

    I really can’t get past race being a major part of the issue with Bonds. I really can’t. As much as people want to say that’s not it, I think they’re being a little untrue to themselves. Where’s the outrage over Jason Giambi still having a job? Somehow we’ve thrown Rafael Palmiero completely under the bus, but Giambi goes on. Where’s the proposition to take Ken Camaniti’s MVP away? There isn’t any. Mark McGuire? It’s a quiet outrage (again with no physical proof, but some circumstantial evidence that Mark himself offered at testimony, and a great bit that Canseco offered elsewhere). Even Gary Sheffield is treated like a darling by the media, and there’s a lot of question around him that’s a bit more than circumstantial. But still NOTHING on Barry Bonds. If anyone thinks for a minute that IF there was something tangible on Barry that we wouldn’t have already heard about by now, they’re completely naive. Several groups are so desperate to drag him down that we would have heard well before now of his misdeeds and wrong-doings.

    Curt Schilling is an amazing pitcher with a real torrid competitive spirit. I admire that as do many. But I must admit I cringe now when I hear him comment on something other than his current team or the state of it. This latest example is outright embarassing to me as a Red Sox fan, as it should be to many.

  237. May 9, 2007 9:10 am

    Top of the 9th with two outs, you have a perfect game going and Bonds steps up to the plate. The Sox are up 5-0 and Bonds has 755 homers … the next one breaks the record. What do you do? Do you “not give him a pitch to hit” and pretty much guarantee to walk him as you stated (in fear of becoming Al Downing) and blow your perfect game or do you let it rip and go after him – risking your perfect game, your no-hitter AND to potentially be marked in the history books forever as the guy who gave up 756 to the greatest ballplayer of our era … Barry Bonds? I would be interested in seeing how you would respond to a situation that seems so hypothetical, but with Bonds leading the NL in homers and you pitching on top of your game right now … not as outlandish as it may sound when the Giants visit Fenway in June. I just hope your turn in the rotation comes up and I hope it isn’t a day game after a night game …

  238. rocket76 permalink
    May 9, 2007 9:32 am

    Not sure why you feel the need to comment Bonds marriage . Not your business

  239. pmerfie49 permalink
    May 9, 2007 9:42 am

    Curt, I read your quote about Clemens and your 100% right on this one. The media takes what you say and screws it just to sell papers and get web hits. I read an article the other day titled something like… Ortiz admits to using steroids… I read the article and found out it was BS and it was about how in DR when he was younger and he trained he used to by protein shakes from GNC and he didnt know what was in them. Just another example of how they’re trying to make atheltes into bad guys. It wasnt until this blog that I started realizing how F-ed up the media really is. Thanks for setting the record strait. We the fans need it.

  240. stlfan1973 permalink
    May 9, 2007 9:43 am

    Schilling is an idiot and hope he gets his. What a little baby. First Clemens and now Bonds. He did not admit to any of these things and has not been convicted of anything! What a turd.

  241. platoy43 permalink
    May 9, 2007 9:48 am

    Always nice to hear the real deal from the “horse”‘s mouth. Just one thing is bothering me and I apologize for my naivete. Who the heck is CHB? I’m assuming it is a Boston sportswriter but since I’m in Maine, I’m totally clueless.

  242. niceredmarker permalink
    May 9, 2007 10:11 am

    Do you ever stop talking? Its ok to say ‘No Comment’ rather than running your mouth all the time

  243. jazdrv permalink
    May 9, 2007 10:12 am

    curt,

    i’m not a huge sports fan like perhaps most of the guys here. for the most part, i start watching around the playoffs for baseball, basketball, football. but, i do follow the news periodically — cnnsi and the rags as it concerns various sports issues is a nice diversion from the daily grind — if you know what i mean.

    anyway, i can’t say that i agree with everything that you’ve ever said. you’re a pretty outspoken guy and some of your politics i don’t share. but, i respect your game a hell of a lot. and, i do respect you as person, for actually saying what you feel and being a very intelligent person.

    anyway, i wanted to comment on the bonds thing as i saw it mentioned in cnnsi. i’m from the bay area. and, i couldn’t agree more with your read on it. this guy is a true narcissistic bone-head. he truly couldn’t care less about the integrity of the sport or his fellow players in the league or the history involved. hank’s record is an amazing accomplishment and it’s a dang shame to see bonds usurp this hallow ground by virtue of the kind of guy that he is. it is sad. couldn’t agree more.

    zak jones

  244. ericinsac permalink
    May 9, 2007 10:33 am

    Mr. Holier-than-thou,

    I would just like to know why you would bring up another man’s personal business? How do you know Bonds cheated on his wife? How do you know he cheated on his taxes? As far as I know, if he has never admitted to any of this but you told a radio audience that he did. How is this any different than what you accuse the media of doing on a daily basis? You and the pitching staff are pitching well. Your lineup has a Murderers’ Row feel to it. You guys are in first place and all you can think to do is have an unwanted controversy? Man, I can’t wait until you retire!!!

  245. rogersnutsack permalink
    May 9, 2007 10:37 am

    Congrats to you , only Curt Schilling could manage to make Barry Bonds a sympathetic figure. Who gives a crap what you think about what this man has done in his personal life, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. You are a raving lunatic egomaniac

  246. indysports permalink
    May 9, 2007 11:07 am

    First time posting, ever….

    RE: BARRY BONDS COMMENTS:

    Curt you are BRILLIANT, sir. Not because you speak what you feel, but because you speak LOGIC, and HONESTY, regardless of fear of criticism. So, bravo to you, and the COURAGE that constantly defines you. I’m not a Boston fan (I live in Indy, go figure), but I’m a huge fan of your’s now. Keep telling it how it is, shedding light on the darkness of taboo issues – despite what others say. No one wants to ruffle any feathers nowadays, for fear of media backlash, and appearing politically incorrect, or even racially insensitive, but some things simply NEED to be said (especially by a successful pro ballplayer). Color has absolutely NOTHING to do with Bonds breaking Aaron’s record – how the h*ll could it??? If it was Babe Ruth’s record, then someone could claim this. (Ironic that Bonds got SO vocal about breaking Ruth’s record though. I mean the guy is dead, and he was an amazing player. Yet, NOT A WORD about Aaron’s place in history, specifically people “not mentioning Aaron’s name ever again”. Sure seems like Bonds actually has a racial problem.

    Look, EVERYONE knows Bonds is dirty, and cheats on nearly everything in life. He simply doesn’t DESERVE to pass Hank Aaron, and MLB shouldn’t let it happen, (but they’re more concerned about their $$$, and the extra attention to their product). This is a black-eye for all of sports, and it certainly sends a terrible message to our youth. (Take drugs and cheat, so you can someday own the most coveted record in baseball).

    I’m NOT a Barry Bonds hater. Just someone who wants the TRUTH told.

    Bonds is an AMAZING athlete who could’ve came CLOSE to Aaron’s record, without the cream & the clear (and, yes he DID ADMIT to taking them, only after he was caught, more than once). But, NO ONE in sports gets better (and stronger) as they age past 40. Show me ONE other guy in the HISTORY of ANY sport – because most actually retire by then, when their body breaks down. Is he the first man to ever find the Fountain of Youth, or a admitted steriod abuser? You decide.

    Anyway, THANK YOU for your open, honest opinions…. you are a rare, and refreshing voice of REASON, in a world of cheaters who prosper.

    Peace

  247. nhsox105 permalink
    May 9, 2007 11:13 am

    Wow. CHB referred to as “she.” Apparently Curt attended the 10 step self important blowhard course as taught by Bill Parcells.

  248. jeff1963 permalink
    May 9, 2007 11:35 am

    Curt,
    Don’t know if you read all 5000 of these replies but thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m a 44 year old lifetime Sox fan. I hope you keep doing this blog and not let the the press force you to stop. It’s like having a friend that plays in the majors and every couple days sits down with me and talks about it pich by pitch. F the fish wrap! this is the best baseball experience ever. Good luck, God Bless, Stay healthy and WIN the WS! Again (Thanks for that too)

    Jeff

  249. mattfro66 permalink
    May 9, 2007 11:35 am

    Hey Curt, who the hell are you to call out Barry Bonds? Are you going to call out Big Papi who is already making excuses? How about Viagra Palmeiro LYING to a congressional panel? Why aren’t they filing charges against him? What about McGwire who basically admitted to using ‘roids by pleading the 5th? What about your teammates Luis Gonzalez and Reggie Sanders who found power out of NOWHERE when they were YOUR teammate? Did you hammer them? Let me guess, they worked hard to get there, right? Please… Spare me.

    Bonds cheated on his wife? Go on! A MLB player had a girlfriend? Why I never… Why not hammer Ellis “A Woman in Every Port” Burks?

    In 20 years in the majors, Barry is the only one with a girlfriend on the side? Barry is the only one to use performance enhancing drugs and/or supplements?

    Get off your high moral horse chief, and until you call out everyone, and not just Barry, SHUT UP!

    Matt Froehlich
    Denver, CO

  250. May 9, 2007 11:42 am

    Curt, your comments on Barry Bonds really disappointed me. Going against your teammate David Ortiz like that? And why is it you have nothing negative to say about Roger Clemens in regards to PED? He was named (along with Pettitte.) You really think all of your teammates have never used PED? And you spoke untruthfully when you said that Bonds has admitted to using steroids, he never has.

    I certainly hope you have the balls to throw Mr. Bonds a strike when/if you pitch against him this year.

  251. bondsclassierthanyou permalink
    May 9, 2007 11:43 am

    Hey Curt, good job on judging Barry Bonds’ personal life. You have made me completely secure in saying that I’m a bigger fan of his than yours. I liked what John Kruk said on Baseball Tonight: Give back your two rings if there were guys on your team using steroids. You wouldn’t do that, though. You’re not that classy. You’ve talked about God before and being a Christian yet you’re completely OK with judging anyone you want. Something in The Bible about that. You need to stop wasting your time giving your opinion. You might be worse than Rush Limbaugh as far as saying things to get yourself attention. Your non-professional comments about Bonds are not called for. You are NOT a professional, apparently.

  252. Hugh Jass permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:26 pm

    Fellow bloggers,

    Can we clean up the lingo in here a bit? My daughters read this blog religiously, as they love Schill.

    But I don’t want 8 and 10 year olds to read some of the baser comments herein.

    Thanks for your help.

  253. jimmykc permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:37 pm

    Since this thread seems to have taken a Bonds turn, my personal take is that I wish Curt would have held his tongue on this one. However, to all the Bonds apologists who say he has never admitted any of this stuff, I would add that O.J. never admitted anything either but that does not mean I would invite him to my daughter’s wedding.

  254. mikef88 permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:38 pm

    The Yankees deserve all the discourse they get this year. They are OK for now but wait until the “Texas Conman” mis-fires . That club house will make Rodney Dangerfield turn over .. and Will McDonough smile.

  255. missprovidence permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:46 pm

    What a bunch of whiners (all the pro-bonds people), you’re absolutely right about Barry Bonds, he might have the best stats in the game but no one should be excused from doing all the crap he’s done. I for one am glad you aren’t afraid of speaking your mind and maintain that this guy is nothing more than a joke!

  256. Ken Fougere permalink
    May 9, 2007 12:50 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I’ll bet you had no idea that you’d become a major character in a MLB ‘Soap Opera’ when you signed with us (Boston), did you?
    Insane, isn’t it? Hang in there . . .

  257. abyung permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:05 pm

    Mr. Shilling,
    Please keep quite! You embarrass Jesus everytime you open your mouth. JUST PLAY BALL!!! that is all you are paid to do. Do not use MLB as your platform for what you believe in.

  258. djmurf151 permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:10 pm

    hey curt , dude you keep up the good work for the red sox and the community. I live in kansas city and havnt missed a red sox game here. you ran off pedro what the $%.yeah i suppose you made mo vaughn and roger clemens leave 10 years ago too.We know what the old red sox regime was like. Pedro was damaged goods and the red sox could see that. I wish people would get there facts together b4 they open there yaps. As fans we know its all about money,theres no loyalty but you players also need security cause you never know when its all gonna end.You have made money but you are one of the biggest money pitchers of this era too..last time i checked this was a speak free country.keep doing your thing and go red sox. Roger would have been nice but we dont need him. Screw cold pizza and the around the horn crew too !!!!

  259. beantown82us permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:14 pm

    Curt,
    Keep speaking your thoughts it is a breath of fresh air.
    “SHE” has been an idiot for years most people with a brain
    know it. I think “she” feels threatened by declining newspaper
    sales (due to the internet and blogs like this).

  260. chel21 permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:20 pm

    Personally, I do not repect Roger Clemens at all. He is not playing baseball because he enjoys the sport he is playing because he enjoys the money. He proves this every time he waits months to sign for a team. He expresses interest, then waits to hear which team is going to offer him the most money, and then he decides to sigh with him. He is what I would call a pitching whore, and we don’t need someone like that playing on our team. We have a fine rotation with strong starters in the first 4 spots, with a great line up behind them. So Roger can go help the Yankees who suck anyways.

  261. NorwegianKyle permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:20 pm

    I loved your Bonds comments. You speak your mind, and for that you will go down as a hero to mankind. I am going to buy your jersey, just as soon as I can find it. Can I get your autograph. I am not trying to be annoying, I just look up to you, you are my hero. You are a model citizen, the world at large can learn volumes from you.

  262. ripcurse19182004 permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:23 pm

    Curt- thank you for having the cojones to talk about Barry Bonds. Not many people in baseball right want to talk about, they’d rather ignore him (cough Bud Selig cough). The fact of the matter is, in a little over one month, Bonds makes his first trip to Fenway, and he is ten home runs away from tying Hank Aaron’s record. As a Sox fan, I would be disgusted if a cheater broke one of the biggest records in all of sports at Fenway. Aaron had to deal with constant racism, and he got his dingers without steroids. Babe Ruth had one of the worst diets known to man, and he hit 714! As blasphemous as it sounds, I’d honestly rather see A-Rod break the record. Responding to Big Papi- steroids don’t help you hit the ball, they help you hit it farther.

    Go Sox

  263. ripcurse19182004 permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:24 pm

    *right now

  264. briansf permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:24 pm

    Wow.. I love it that Jose Canseco called you out, and told the world that you are a hypocrit. You were 100% wrong on Bonds. He never admitted to any of it. Weren’t you the same guy who bitched and moaned about propaganda. You dont have to comment on everything in baseball. I hope the media rips you apart.

  265. May 9, 2007 1:34 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Your DH admitted to taking Steriods a few years back, “Maybe” ..

    How does that make you feel?
    What no comment, Imagine that

  266. like2golfmd permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:38 pm

    Barry Bonds issue — Who the hell do you think you are? You think just b/c you can throw a baseball, you can talk about a man and his family? Dude — you crossed the line this time. If I was Barry, I would confront you and see if you had the nerve to say it to my face. Please tell me when and where he admitted to cheating on his wife, taxes and baseball. You are ruining your legacy. Shut your damn mouth and play baseball.

  267. May 9, 2007 1:40 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Your right fielder openly lied to every fan in Los Angeles, right before walking out the door.

    How Does that make you feel?
    please enlighten us, because it is extremely important that the entire fricking world needs to know how “YOU” feel ..

    Have you ever met anybody so vain. ..

    Hey Curt, you ever met anybody as Vain as you.

    BTW, in case you are wondering, I am pink, or purple, or orange or something. ..
    it doesn’t matter, right?

  268. snuggalife permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:42 pm

    I think you’re smart enough to know that you are about to catch a great deal of heat for the BB comments…If you don’t call YOURSELF out for what you said, I’ll know what type of guy you really are. You did EXACTLY what you jumped all over Thorne for…relaying false information as fact. Makes me wonder why you dislike him so…

  269. aimcifer permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:43 pm

    Just listened to Jose Canseco say you lied before Congress during the steriod hearing and were reprimanded for it… he said Congress saw you were a “liar and hypocrite.” I hadn’t heard anything about you lying to Congress… any thoughts on Canseco’s words?

  270. tigolebitties permalink
    May 9, 2007 1:47 pm

    Curt –

    You are a bastion of honesty and integrity. Don’t let anyone tell you any differently. I for one wholeheartedly believed your brave testimony to Congress regarding steroids. I know that you probably had no idea your erstwhile teammate, Ken Caminiti, was involved in steroids and illegal drugs.

    It is because of your candor that you can make such sweeping condemnations of Barry Bonds. I believe you when you say that Bonds cheated on his taxes, baseball and his wife, even though there is no public records of any such admissions. I’m sure you can produce those facts to any nay-sayer who questions you.

    We know you’ve never used steroids to enhance your performance, even though you don’t workout like Clemens.

    It is just your supernatural ability to pitch that allows you to perform better now, as you reach 40, then you did when you were in your 20s and 30s. You are the true exception to the rule.

    We all know that roid freaks like Bonds and Clemens can continue to perform at a high level later in their career because of PEDs. You, however, are a paragon of superior inherent baseball capability. No need to juice.

    It is a true sign of your love for mankind that you grace us with a blog. That you would even write for the hoi polloi shows that you truly care about those of us who don’t have a sliver of the decency, integrity, and natural ability that you have.

    Thanks and please continue being the shining beacon for the rest of the unshaven masses. We need true heroes in times like these.

  271. May 9, 2007 2:04 pm

    Hey Curt,

    “There are good people and bad people, right?”

    Which one are you?
    Look in the mirror, before you answer that question

  272. May 9, 2007 2:08 pm

    Hey Curt.

    Ed Wade said,
    “Schilling is a horse every fourth day, and a horse’s ass the other three.”

    I tend to agree.

    How does that make you FEEL.
    ‘Cus its very important that the whole world knows how YOU feel.

    please enlighten us.

  273. fredtheknife permalink
    May 9, 2007 2:08 pm

    I don’t get motivated very often to do stuff like this but today I started my own Blog (this is not an advertisement!) and this was my first post

    OK, I’m not a Schilling ball washer but is personal agenda overriding the untaken oath of a journalist to serve up the whole (or rest of) the story. I’ve had my feelings about the suspiciously lilted anti-hometown scribblings of Dan S. for a long time. I know people like that in my personal life that truly don’t like our home town boys and I have to admit that sometimes when they speak in an non-flattering fashion (to say the least) of them, my volume will go up a bit. But never supported or fueled by their differing opinion but rather my need to prove them wrong or at least see what I see, agreeing or not with my point of view. There are many who shut their eyes, and ears to the sensical discussion of a man who professes and pleads for practicality.

    It seems that Dan S. (aka CHB ) doesn’t feel the need to do that in a widely published column in a reputable newspaper. Because he gets a column with a very flattering picture (believe me, I’ve seen him at the last drop and he IS ugly and I believe kicked out once for being inappropriate…but I digress) sketched next to it is he given the right to mislead the readers for the upholding of his crusade against an athelete he clearly doesn’t like. In the movie Primal Fear the judge tells Richard Gere’s character after he puts a bogus witness on the stand to challenge him in a personal war on a public stage…pardon me…threatens him to “not wage personal vendetta’s in her courtroom” or else blah blah etc. Well, who is the judge on Dan S.? Yes the pen is mightier than the sword, but isn’t Dan S. sullying the stature of journalists by clearly using the Bos Globe for personal reasons. I understand that to be passionate about what you write is what can make you a better read, but this is a clearly personal agenda being tended to and perhaps for ratings too? I say this only because it seems that the worldwide leader in morons ( a Mickey Company) all out mis-quoted Curt for the purposes of turning up the volume on a fabricated schism between Curt and Roger? For what, ratings? I don’t know…but again, the responsibility level here is lower than Bush’s approval rating right now and I’m told by reporters that it’s pretty darn low. Perhaps there’s an agenda there too by the liberal media.

    Much of this was discussed on the radio this morning so I’m not all over all of these facts myself, but more than anything asking where the line is drawn between responsible journalism and the need to feed the ratings monkey (or personal gain). I think it’s wrong and I hardly think my high school newspaper teacher would’ve allowed this story in the paper had he/she seen the interview transcript.

  274. joei71 permalink
    May 9, 2007 2:15 pm

    yeah, I don’t know about this Bonds cheating on his wife thing… Sure, he was with other women, but can it be considered cheating when his roid shrivelled unit fails to perform?

    Honestly Bonds steroid use and the rest of his reprehensible life is extensively documented. If Schilling said anything that was news to anybody, then you seriously need to wake up.

    If nothing else Bonds will surely pay the price with his health for his rampant steroid abuse. As time passes we will watch him become an even more pathetic figure. MLB will also pay the price long term in embarrassment, and loss of honor and dignity for the game by allowing these cheating steroid freaks like Bonds and McGwire to run roughshod and unchecked over their sport.

    In any case, what Schilling said is a drop in the bucket when it comes to controversy over this issue. As this unworthy clown approaches the record, this subject will get worn out excessively, and Bud Selig and MLB will ultimately be the big losers.

  275. eurekadan permalink
    May 9, 2007 2:22 pm

    To your first commenter, Pedro left because Boston wouldn’t give him a 4th year. In the day, Pedro was the man, but by the New York is my daddy quotes, he was imploding. Unfortunately, he’s not even pitching right now, which is a shame because as Bill Simmons has repeatedly stated, his games were events. As to any little #1 vs. #2 mentality – who cares if it makes the team better? Isn’t this game supposed to be about doing what it takes to go deep into October?

    And as for all of the anti-Curt commentary for supporting Bush and Iraq, I may be living in a dream world, but I thought Clemens was pretty Republican myself.

    Then again, it’s all about the hating.

    Thanks, Curt, for speaking out and writing in your own voice against these hack journalists, and thanks for giving them things to talk about with the negative comments on Bonds. This era of Joe Morgan style sweep it under the rug and make it a moment one way or the other just needs to go.

  276. schilsucks permalink
    May 9, 2007 2:44 pm

    Curt your a joke! Your comments about Bonds admitting to taking steroids, cheating on his wife, and cheating on his taxes are a bald face lie. Where do you think you get off! Why don’t you start calling out players in the Red Sox’s clubhouse who cheated on their wives? Or better yet Schilling are you perfect you’ve never told a lie? Come on your a joke you should stick to what you do good and shut up and pitch and stop creating distractions for your team! I am sure your skipper loves it when you make stupid comments, which you do more often then not, and cause drama in your club house. Where do you get off questioning another mans faithfulness to his wife. In the real world, which believe me you don’t live in, those are fighting words. If you were really such a big man you would pitch to Barry every time he was up and not walk him. Look at the “steroid era”, and read what your teammate Ortiz said, according to reports steroid use was rampant during that time still no one else puts up numbers even close to Bonds. In closing to everyone calling Barry a “bad person” are you perfect dig deep enough everyone has skeletons in their closet. Everyone playing in that era is under suspicion of steroid yes including you Curt have you ever used because by your logic and investigators logic Barry is guilty until proven innocent why shouldn’t you be?

  277. gosox67 permalink
    May 9, 2007 3:25 pm

    Curt,
    Out of context or not……who cares! I agree whole-heartedly that we don’t need Clemens. Our rotation and bullpen are excellent this year, and while a talent like Clemens would be great for any team I won’t lose a bit of sleep over it now that the situation is over. Honestly, I’ll be glad not to have to hear so much in the Boston media about a player who’s not even on our team. Won’t say I wish him well in NY – hope he loses every game. But it’s a done deal, we don’t have the distraction in the clubhouse of a guy getting way overpaid w/ way too much special treatment, and can move forward w/ the great pitching staff we already have and hopefully win another ring.

  278. gods233 permalink
    May 9, 2007 4:32 pm

    hey Curt, i agree with you when you say we don’t need clemens. I think your pitching staff is just fine without. It’s only a matter of time before Jon Lester comes up in my opinion. Yes it would be nice to see clemens in a redsox uniform again it makes a nice story but we do not need him. I also don’t like his special privliges contract. I say if you want to play baseball anymore then play the whole year and stick around and cheer on your teammates. If you can’t do that then retire. He’s putting himself on his own pedestal if you ask me.

  279. tffcsonn permalink
    May 9, 2007 5:39 pm

    Honestly! The Yankee’s have 4 starters now? Big deal. Clemen’s is 44 years old. He is human and we are all going to figure that out sooner or later. I would have loved to see him in a Sox uniform again too, but what can you do? Not like I would have turned down 28 million either, but for someone like Clemens it just shows the kind of guy he is. Would rather wear dollar signs all over his jersey (they used to be called pinstripes) then respect (obviously Houston, not Boston). And if he really was in it to win a championship maybe he should have joined the team who has actually one won within the last 5 years and who already has an outstanding pitching staff. Oh well, it will only make it look better when they loose it again. Hopefully this year its the East they loose. That would be something beautiful.

    A shout out to the guy they call the commissioner. “Salary Cap.” This money issue is just getting ridiculous, even if Boston is the second largest payroll. Something needs to be done about this, and I don’t think a “luxury tax” is making the marlins any happier.

  280. curtsux permalink
    May 9, 2007 5:40 pm

    Curt Schilling strikes again…the answer the question no one asked.

    Hey Curt, ever think how much better a picther you might be if you concentrated on yourself rather than complain and moan like a little girl about everything that goes on in baseball.

    I may not like Barry bonds, but jabbing at his family sures shows that you are such as better person than him.

    I hope you a$$ gets slammed around each and every time you pitch and you get run out of this league.

    you’re a whiner, stop bitchin and just pitch.

    Perhaps you are just bitter that Clemens is a better pitcher than you and that you rank up there in the top ten of most allowed HRs to Bonds….

  281. slow9ball permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:20 pm

    Well, Mr. Schilling, some people have posted some very rude, albeit: “unnecessary and hurtful things” regarding you and your recent comments on everything from Clemens to Bonds.. and although I am a loyal fan of all your on-field abilities, as well as your tireless efforts towards ALS and other charities, I cannot appreciate how you, so glibbly cavort yourself and your infintile thoughts to the local media.. especially while knowing full-well, how their own after thoughts would be hammered home over the air-waves day after day – thus adding to what might be perhaps, the BEST Red Sox team ever assembled, any unwarranted and certainly any uneeded negative energy to the mix.

    I’m sure that by now, most of Red Sox nation is painfully aware of how much you love to make yourself the center of attention.. but I implore you to make the subject of your rantings something a bit more possitive and helpful to the team-

    Respectfully,

    BK – Malden

  282. cait714 permalink
    May 9, 2007 6:53 pm

    Curt,

    Just wanted to say that I agree with you completely – it would’ve been nice, but frankly, we don’t need him. I know it’s early in the season, but I believe in this team, more than any other version of the Sox that I’ve seen in my career as a fan.

    Thanks for your thoughts, and don’t worry too much about the media – it’s what they get paid to do, distort and mislead. Unfortunately, drama sells.

    -Cait

  283. Levad permalink
    May 9, 2007 7:05 pm

    Dear ‘schilsucks’,
    Wrong blog entry. But you knew that. Could not figure out how to post in the right one, or figured what the heck? Weak, lazy and brilliantly lame to boot. What a stupid and idiotic thing to write.

  284. bish6364 permalink
    May 9, 2007 7:11 pm

    Once again, Ace,
    Always great to hear a straight shooter!! I appreciated your comments, especially your last ones… who needs Roger to come in and upset the chemistry I am seeing with the Sox? There’s a TEAM out there!!!! Not “nine guys in nine cabs,” or whatever the metaphor is!! This team has heart and talent, and I am just fine with a prima donna deciding to go to NYY instead of blessing us with his part time presence. I watch our starting pitchers not just pitch their hearts out, but watch intently as each player bats, pulling for each other, offensively, defensively, heartily congratulating each other at the end of most games… You can’t buy that stuff.

    By the way, what are you reading lately?

    Thanks,
    MA

  285. bosoxrock22 permalink
    May 9, 2007 8:29 pm

    Schilling is right.We are doing so well right now so why corrupt the team by bringing in Roger Clemens. It would be nice but we don’t need him when we are doing sooooo good.Plus why do we need Clemens when we have our own Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling.Hopefully Boston will sign back Curt and if they offer him a contract he will resign.I stand by everything Curt says.

  286. abaseballfan permalink
    May 9, 2007 9:22 pm

    Once again, a very foolish comment on your part. I don’t care what part of the comment concerning Clemens that you made but you did end it with, “we don’t need him.” Everyone needs a pitcher of Clemens caliber on their staff. The Red Sox are one of the few teams that can afford him too. Let’s face it Red Sox fans, the reason why Clemens didn’t go to Boston is because of the way the organization treated him. Even the fans booed him at one point….shame on all of you! After winning 4 Cy Young awards, the GM (Dan the Wonderboy) said his best stuff was behind him. He proceeded to win 3 additional Cy Young awards and still dominate at age 44. Oh, and don’t forget those two World Championships with the Yankees! Remember Mr. Schilling, all teams go through highs and lows, including injuries, and the Red Sox will ride this train too. My dream is to have the Rocket face you and get the “W” Then I want to hear you say (and the Sox fans), “we don’t need him.”

  287. cassius11 permalink
    May 9, 2007 9:30 pm

    Curt- Your exactly right! Bonds has admitted to using steroid(unknowingly, yea right) and what a digrace. Hank Aaron has more dignity in his left hand then Bonds ever will. Hank never used steroids I;m sure! Bondfs admitted to cheating on his wife and taxes. You will soon see what the Feds really have on Bonds. He will scream racism I;m sure and deny it. Pete Rose denied it for 10-15 years and we all knew he bet on baseball! Bonds is a punk piece of crap!

  288. wedgethirtyfive permalink
    May 9, 2007 9:54 pm

    I am tired of Clemens, tired of Bonds. I want Bonds to break the home run record so everybody will just shut up about it already. As for Clemens? I used to think he was one of the greatest pitchers ever (when he pitched for the BoSox, that is). Now he’s just a drain on the game. “Retiring” every season so he can skip spring training, lingering like a bad case of athlete’s foot that just will not go away and basically naming his price to take up a roster spot that should probably be used to groom a talented prospect rather than coddle a used-up veteran. His loyalty, so like Bonds’, is to himself. He is nothing more than high-dollar scab, a mercenary doing what he wants, when he wants, by his rules and he will do it as long as teams like the Yankees (and, sadly, the Red Sox) are handing out blank checks. I hope his arm falls off.

  289. scooba777 permalink
    May 9, 2007 10:05 pm

    just wanted to say to all those Schilling bashers out there about him running his mouth you all should probably look in the mirror and keep your own mouth shut! Lets face the facts this man is one of the hardest working men in all of pro sports the guy can say what he wants.

  290. maireq permalink
    May 9, 2007 10:27 pm

    Whoa… Curt ‘embarrassing Jesus?’ I think Jesus can handle anything Curt might say – he knows Curt from the inside.

    Comments like this are odd. I’m sorry, but they are. Embarrassing Jesus. I have this mental image of Jesus with a giant notepad, taking down every comment made by every Christian. Seems to me, Jesus would be a lot more embarrassed by the things that people have *done* in his name, terrible things, deadly things, rather than worry about every offhand comment people make without really thinking.

    Considering all of the things that have been done over the last 2000 years – and said – in Jesus’ name no less… I’d have to say this must be pretty low on the “Jesus list of embarrassments.”

    Really. Truly.

    Just my opinion, because unlike you, I’m not nearly as SURE what would ‘embarrass Jesus.’ Just making a guess based on that ‘compassion’ and ‘forgiveness’ stuff he preached.

    Curt has a good heart. His actions speak louder than his words. Can any of you say you know all of the money he has given to charity, all of the hours he has spent fundraising and making a difference in people’s lives? All of the baseballs he has signed and mailed off to brighten some child’s life? I’m sure Jesus is just fine. Judge not… oh never mind.

  291. bootsyboots09 permalink
    May 9, 2007 10:35 pm

    I gotta say….This is my first day on 38pitches and some of you people make me sick! Here is a man, who uses the internet to communicate and let the the general public know his thoughts and feelings toward many situations that, as far as I am concerned, are none of our business. You don’t see any other major leaguers doing something like this. Well at least I dont. I see people saying things like, “Why would you even say that?” Are you kidding me? HAven’t any of you ever been the heat of a moment and said things you shouldn’t have or even regret? Yeah ladies and gentleman, CURT SCHILLING IS AN ACTUAL PERSON TOO…..So shut it!

  292. hankdatank permalink
    May 9, 2007 11:39 pm

    Curt:

    How do you feel when you pitch against the Yankees, as opposed to when you pitch against any other team? I don’t want to ask if there is a bit of extra motivation, or if it means a little more to you, but does beating the Yankees make you a bit happier than beating a different team?

  293. sonic24batramirez permalink
    May 10, 2007 1:01 am

    Curt

    You Da Man. Keep acing this staff. Dont do what Rocket did. Did you hear lardo O Show trying to get you to pull Rogers antics in your later years. Your a team player. Someone else is not.Would you have like Roger in your locker room on every fifth day as he is pulling in NY? Can his head be in the game. Thanks for recognizing Petie as one of the best to be on a team with. It sucks to see all his troubles these days. Id rather have Julian or Johnny boy holding my fifth spot. Besides Julian and some others keep others in line. These others seemingly work in cohesion to help the other others win games. And thats whats more important. Not having some middle aged woman give the entire state of New York a menopausal breakdown in front of millions because her panties got wet from seeing roger clemens giving george steinbrenner a hard on. Whre am I going with this…..straight to prison I think

  294. rsfan permalink
    May 10, 2007 5:37 am

    My reply is directed more to “jerwax33″. I don’t believe Curt Schilling is responsible for Pedro leaving and Roger not coming. Look at it for what it is……MONEY. Baseball is a business as much as it is a sport. As for attacking Schilling and his point of view on the war in Iraq/Afghanistan, you are way off base. may I ask what you have done to prove that you are a “real man”? I don’t think he “likes” the war I believe he supports it. So while you sit there and openly criticize others, realize that you are doing this from the comfort of your home, free from any reprisals whatsoever. That is correct, you have the freedom to express your opinions because of people that are willing to protect those basic “inalienable” rights, you take advantage of every day. I suggest you take a year or two in sunny Iraq and see that you live in the greatest contry in the world. I did, and am glad that some Americans can support what is going on, not sit and gripe about a problem they know nothing about, and attack others that support, It’s called patriotism, a concept you no doubt are not familiar with.

  295. rsfan permalink
    May 10, 2007 5:38 am

    PS.-

    Mr. Schilling, thanks for your support.

  296. lab92 permalink
    May 10, 2007 6:57 am

    Let Roger end his career as a Yankee. He won’t help them down the stretch in September sitting on the bench when his old, fat body breaks down. Clemens has taught our children it pays to be greedy. Bonds and others have taught them it really pays to take performance enhancing drugs. Bush has taught them it pays to be stupid and lie your way through life. At least Curt Shilling tells it as it is.
    You have become a hero to the new generation. Don’t buckle under to wishy washy corporate baseball types such as Francona!

  297. woodduck permalink
    May 10, 2007 12:06 pm

    Curt, you are a self serving player with a big mouth, all you are hoping is your mouth puts you deeper and deeper into the spotlight.. you must figure that will increase either your ego or your paycheck { prob. both}… Just like J. Damon ran around center field bringing attention to himself whenever possible and then cashed in …….The patriots are one of the most classy teams around…… do you think t. Brady will open up a blog or shoot his mouth off the way you do?? yea of course weei loves it they get paid when you create controversy…… Take some pride in the uniform you wear and just shut up…….think about someone else {like your teammates} typical red sox dope

  298. mitchfl permalink
    May 10, 2007 12:44 pm

    Curt, I would have been disappointed had you said anything but what you said. Problem with many of the sports media, they never laced them up!!! Saying we need Clemens would have been a huge insult to another teammate and then you would have been criticized for that. People wonder why Steve Carlton stopped talking to the media. Thanks for this blog, its great to hear your insights.

  299. mitchfl permalink
    May 10, 2007 12:45 pm

    To rsfan…………..well said!!!

  300. soxchick67 permalink
    May 10, 2007 12:48 pm

    I agree with you Curt.
    I WOULD HAVE BEEN awesome to have Clemens here, but well, we really don’t need him, at this point, like the Yanks do.
    This team is special, and though it would have been great to have Clemens here, this team’ll be more than fine.

  301. r3d50x permalink
    May 10, 2007 1:40 pm

    Clemens should do baseball a favor and retire with dignity. The retired, unretired Michael Jordan bit is as old as he is. Yes, he’s one of the greatest ever, and yes, the sox *don’t* need him. I’m glad boston isn’t paying him all that $$. It would be better spent grooming a younger pitcher. Clemens only cares about himself. Hell, his agent basically said that (in not so precise terms) he chose the yanks, because the others didn’t kiss his ass enough.

  302. May 10, 2007 3:10 pm

    jerwax33, you are a moron.
    reply #1 is by far the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. Curt, you are completely right, if he being in pinstripes means we don’t win the series, or the division, then we just didn’t field the best team. Yes, roger is the best. but we don’t need him. We have a shot at the division, the AL and the WS. I say bring him on, he being in NY makes it just that much more fun. I wanna see a beckett vs clemens matchup. talk about a pitchers duel. bring it rocket. Papi’s gonna eat that fastball for breakfast.

  303. suemcloughlin permalink
    May 10, 2007 4:43 pm

    Curt,

    You are a gentlelman and phenomenal athlete. After I had heard the buzz about Clemens I knew why he signed with the Yankee’s….simply for $. Yes, I am a biased Red Sox fan..but logically….it all leads back to $. Yes, he would have been great to have but the team is fanatstic without him….thanks to having a pitcher like yourself! Don’t sweat the press nonsense! You are a class act! God Bless! Go SOX!

  304. boston1924 permalink
    May 10, 2007 6:53 pm

    It’s amazing what ignorance can bring upon the media. I agree that many of the so-called sports writers are merely attempting to create controversy to justify their salaries. Of course people want to read about how Curt said “this and that” about Clemens because it is the same Jerry Springer Reality Show drama that they want to sell instead of the actual facts.

    Thank you for taking the time to set the record straight even if it shouldn’t have to come to this point. And for all those who want to get their 2 cents in as to how much the SOX suck… PLEASE!!! yeah, of course Clemens can certainly make a great addition to any team but come on!!! the SOX are in the lead!!! it’s not like they are at the bottom and told Clemens to take a hike! I think you said it best, it’d be great to have him, but we don’t need him.

    sheeeesh what else do people want? forget about the rest of the WS caliber talent on the team. forget that the SOX just paid 100 million to suit up Dice-K… without Clemens the SOX are useless. might as well sell the team to another city, tear down fenway, and give Massachusetts back to England as a colony… and of course it’s all Curt’s fault because obvioulsy not only is he a starting pitcher but Schilling and GW Bush are the ones who have the final say as to who gets on the SOX roster (Note: the GWB reference is a stab at the idiot who wrote the first comment) oh and in case CHB wants to quote this: I AM BEING SARCASTIC!!!

  305. dsdolphins2592 permalink
    May 10, 2007 9:10 pm

    Even though Roger Clemens is still a dominating pitcher there would have been no room for him here in Boston because we have Schillingas our ace followed by Beckett and Matsuzaka as our 2 and 3 pitchers, Wakefield after them and nearing his return Lester will take over at the final spot in the rotation for tavarez. Coming back only for half the season isn’t worth 28 million like the Yankees paid him. If he wanted to come back to play the game he loves he should pitch the whole season if he wants what he’s worth.

  306. jstri permalink
    May 11, 2007 11:08 am

    Clemens does not in place in the sox rotation. Anyway, this leaves the team money down the line for what ever will be needed come October.

  307. nutz4bball permalink
    May 11, 2007 5:36 pm

    I agree Curt, you guys don’t need him. For now. I’m a big time Yankee fan. I hate the fact they brought Mussina back. They should’ve tried to void Pavano’s contract after his car accident last year. I’m elated that Rocket will be in pinstripes again. But I also know it doesn’t guarantee anything.

    And as a Yankee fan, let me say “THANK GOD!” to your pre-season statement that you’ll never pitch for the Yankees. While I respect you for your charity work, pitching in the “Bloody Sock” game(Yes, I believe you, not Gary Thorne) I think your are an arrogant jerk. You have an air that you are above everyone else in the game. You were like that in Philly too. I lived in Philly and supported you guys from 91-95. Went to a ton of games at the Vet. I didn’t like you then, I don’t like you now.

  308. ed79 permalink
    May 11, 2007 6:05 pm

    your are right the rocket is one of the greatest pitches , but i remember a game 7 he could come out to pitch and i remember another important game you came out limping and with a bloody sock !!!

  309. soxfannj permalink
    May 12, 2007 7:49 am

    Rocket is / was a great pitcher. Let’s not forget… He will have a much tougher task in the AL & he will be a year older. He averaged only 6 IP last year (and hopefully his ERA will go up). The pen will still need to get them through 7-8&9. The Stankees can have him. GO SOX!

  310. clearview60 permalink
    May 12, 2007 8:33 am

    Have you ever noticed how many times Curt uses “I”, “I’ll”, & “I’ve” in his articles? I stopped counting with this one, just way too many..
    You know, when there was Randy Johnson/Red Sox rumors a few years back, there were whispers that Randy wouldn’t come because he didn’t like Schilling when they were together in Arizona. Could never understand why back then. Now that a fews years have passed and we’ve witnessed Curt’s antics, it’s crystal clear now why people wouldn’t like him.
    It’s funny in life how often the best people in sports, work, etc.. are the biggest jerks with the biggest mouths. Whatever happened to being humble?

  311. May 12, 2007 7:28 pm

    Hey Curt. I saw/heard you remarks about a dozen times and I still can’t see how anyone could misconstrue what you said unless they were just hearing what they wanted to hear. Roger Clemens probably would have helped the Sox and probably will help the Yankees. But I understood your statements to be merely praises to your own pitching staff and not any kind of attack on The Rocket. Right now, the Yankees need him a whole lot more than the Red Sox do. Sox pitching is almost on cruise control right now.

  312. redsoxwsc33 permalink
    May 12, 2007 9:24 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I think that Clemens is in it for the money, as well as being with his best buddie Pettite. He was probably the best Red Sox of all time (other than Williams and Cy). He doesn’t care enough about his son and wife to retire from baseball.

    Our team looks really good this year and when we get Lester back we will be even better. Tavarez is doing alright in the #5 spot in the rotation, but he belongs in the bullpen. Beckett and Matsuzaka are also pitching great. You, I Think, are the ace of the team, the heart and soul of this team. You go out every game and pitch your hardest.

    I would really apreciate it if you can shoot me an email, and tell me about the team and how things are going with you and the Red Sox.

    Thanks,
    Joe

    GO SOX!

  313. skoolboy64 permalink
    May 13, 2007 9:14 am

    I am concerned that Clemens is setting a dangerous precedent for baseball. I don’t like the idea of a professional athlete retiring every year then selling his services to the highest bidder the next season.
    I can see Major League Baseball trying to set up criteria for this — like maybe making the recent retiree stay out of competitive baseball for a year before coming back in. Or perhaps the offended team he retired from should receive suitable compensation from the new team he signs with.
    I have always been a Clemens fan but I don’t like what he’s doing.

  314. bassrod permalink
    May 15, 2007 7:35 am

    Screw Clemens. I agree with you Curt. Yes, he’s the best pitcher of my time for sure. But I like the blend of youth and experience we have with you and Wake anchoring young bucks like Dice, Beckett, and hopefully Lester. 20 someodd mil. for maybe 10-12 wins? Damn! Lucky man. But let the Yanks pay for that crap, and hopefully it blows up in their face like the rest of their recent pitching acquisitions. Keep up the great work curt and the rest of the crew. SOX ROCK!

  315. soxfan07 permalink
    May 15, 2007 10:20 am

    Curt…us Sox fans know its not Boston’s fault that Clemens isn’t coming.
    Tell you the truth…I don’t want him there because after this season i bet he is retiring. So we don’t need him, we have quality pitchers besides Tavariz.
    Ya’ll need to do something with him. Take him out bring in Jon Lester.

  316. beatlejuice72 permalink
    May 19, 2007 9:36 pm

    Curt,

    With all due respect, I think that Roger Clemens has become the Barbara Streisand of Major League Baseball. What is this? His 3rd “farewell tour”? Listen, I agree with you that he is one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball history. And I know that you are a true fan who knows the history of the game. But Clemens has a history of being disingenuous. This is the same guy who after the ’96 season said he wanted to pitch closer to his family in Texas. Where does he go? Toronto. Now, I’m no geography expert, but the last time I checked Toronto wasn’t very close to Texas. Earlier this year he said that money wouldn’t be a factor in where he went. Look, I am a capitalist and I applaud anyone in this world who wants to make money. And there’s nothing wrong with Clemens being one of millions of people who do. But for goodness sake just be honest and don’t give me any of this B.S. about how “it’s not about the money.”

    Before I go, I just want to say on a personal note that I’m a Cubs fan, but I rooted for the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series. And I don’t care what anyone says, your performance in Game 6 of the ALCS is one of the best pitching performances I’ve ever seen. Not only was that courageous, but you’re courageous for sticking up for the troops. God bless you, man.

  317. runnyegg2000 permalink
    June 15, 2007 12:06 pm

    Hilarious Roger Clemens in 2057!

  318. pumpfitnesspt permalink
    June 19, 2007 7:09 am

    Hi Curt,

    My name is Michael and I’m a 42 year old personal trainer on the South Shore. I’m a huge Curt Schilling fan and marvel at the accomplishments that guys like yourself, Roger Clemens, Tim Wakefield, Randy Johnson are still performing at 40+. Its a testament to your hard work and dedication to the game you love!

    I’m really going to put myself out on the line today, but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

    At 42 I realize that 40 is definitely the new 30, lolol We 40+ guys still have plenty of gas left in the tank. You keep playing until your physically unable to do so. I LOVE WATCHING!

    I’m sure the Red Sox have a trainer for everything. Maybe I’m sadly mistaken? I’d like to offer you my personal services as your trainer. I’m extremely sincere in my proposal. Lately the luck of the draw just hasn’t been going your way aside from the gem you pitched barely missing out on a no-hitter. Poetry in motion Curt!

    I’m a firm believer that we can all get better regardless of our age. Theres no match for years of experience, etc. . . I believe you have much more in the tank. I’d like to teach you how to harness it. Really dig deep within yourself until it hurts. I’ll take off the extra weight. I’ll make you better, stronger and faster! The choice is yours.

    If your interested please feel free to contact me. I respect your privacy and I’m not out to cash in on your celebrity. You’ll be treated just like any other client I train. References can also be provided. I truly hope I hear back from you. I know I can help you meet all your personal goals. You’ll be pitching for many years to come.

    Sincerely,

    Michael

  319. luluxbelle permalink
    June 19, 2007 2:32 pm

    jealous much?

  320. paulyd12 permalink
    June 23, 2007 7:23 am

    Kurt,
    First of all I applaud your innovative thinking in starting this blog. I agree with every word you had written and spoken about in regards to Roger Clemens.
    In relation to having no control over who the organization brings in and moves out on a weekly/monthly basis. What is the overall thinking of a ballplayer as this time of year approaches (trade deadline)? I had read an article yesterday in the Chicago Tribune quoting Jim Thome, something to the effect that regardless of weather you are playing well or playing not so well you will probably see your name pop up in trade rumors. Is this a frame of mind that ball players get into around this time of year, or is this just an overall thinking in your profession that you could be hear today, gone tomorrow.

    Best of luck and get that shoulder healed were gonna need ya in the second half of this season.

    Paul

  321. swpd107 permalink
    December 20, 2007 5:31 pm

    Hey Curt. The constitution grants you the right to remain silent. You need to use it. Your statements about Clemens make as much sense as a screen door on a submarine. I think that they ought to send your bloody sock to the crime lab to see whats in it. Dude. Get a grip.

  322. MilesWithMeaning permalink
    February 11, 2008 9:13 am

    Schilling uses Performance Enhancing Drug? February 11, 2008
    Posted by MilesWithMeaning in Uncategorized.
    add a comment , edit post

    Curt Schilling received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Friday, beginning a treatment plan the Red Sox hope will bring the right-hander back before the end of the season, The Boston Globe reported.The painkilling shot would allow Schilling to begin rehabbing an injured shoulder tendon. Boston’s team physician believes the tendon is damaged, not torn, and that rehabilitation gives Schilling his best chance to play this year.

    This begs the question. If HGH is considered a “performance enhancing drug,” why isn’t cortisone? It is a drug. It allows for performance enhancing capabilities. Therefore, it must be.

    “Well, cortisone is safe and HGH is not!” Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it is 100% the opposite. Here is a partial list of side effects from cortisone:

    * an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
    * increased blood pressure (severe headache or blurred vision); or
    * sudden weight gain (more than 5 pounds in a day or two).

    Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take cortisone and talk to your doctor if you experience

    * insomnia;
    * nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset;
    * fatigue or dizziness;
    * muscle weakness or joint pain;
    * problems with diabetes control; or
    * increased hunger or thirst.

    Other side effects that occur only rarely, usually with high doses of cortisone, include

    * acne,
    * increased hair growth,
    * thinning of the skin,
    * cataracts,
    * glaucoma,
    * osteoporosis,
    * roundness of the face, and
    * changes in behavior.

    Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.

    Here is the list of side effects of HGH:

    - carpal tunnel syndrome (not proven by any means)

    - tenderness or pain at the site of injection (only when used subcutaneously).

    Tell me which is the dangerous one?!

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