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Rox and Sox 2007 World Series, it's on….

October 22, 2007

Congratulations to Josh Beckett, 2007 ALCS MVP. I don’t doubt for a second that we don’t get here if he doesn’t clutch up with arguably the most dominating post season start in my lifetime. So many guys came up huge but the awesome part of this was that I don’t think at any time after game 4 did we think about the deficit as anything other than a number.

After game 4 it got very easy in the sense that there was zero gray area, it was win or go home. That’s not to make it sound trivial but game 5 was truly the first time this entire season when we had our backs to the wall for real, and the team responded as a championship team has to, and will.

Josh comes out throwing 125 in the first and Youk jump starts us with a bomb. Game 5 we took a mentality of one pitch, one out, one inning at a time and ran with it. The exact same thing we said from game 4 of the ALCS in 2004 on through. It’s one thing to say it, but another to actually put it in play. The guys did that and that’s as big a reason as any we ended up winning 3 straight. I also know that the last three games created some chemistry that only win or go home games can create. We embraced it and ran with it.

Congratulations to the Cleveland Indians. Say what you want but that’s a hell of a team with a hell of a future. The core of the team is incredibly young and talented and I would imagine they’ll be participating in many more October games over the next 5-10 years. Even though their big two had games they’d like to replay, those kids are going to be fine. They’ll learn from this and get better. I know CC a bit and he’s a kid that gets it and respects the game, he’s on the path that if he can stay healthy will most likely end up with a plaque in Cooperstown. Jake pitched an absolutely gutsy game last night. It will get lost in the shuffle but to finish with the linescore he did after the pressure we put him in those first 3 innings was nothing short of awesome. Carmona already proved from 2006 to 2007 that he knows how to learn and I don’t doubt for a second that he’ll be a force in this league for years to come.

It was a hell of a series that felt every bit the heavyweight fight it appeared. No one budged and the scores will NOT reflect the intensity and closeness of the games or the series. I thought it was pretty cool that what I thought were the two best teams in the AL both made it to the ALCS and gave fans a series worthy of crowning a league champion.

Now we move on to the last dance against a team that’s basically lost 1 game in the past month. Some people are already crowing about the NL being the ‘little sister’ to the AL but I can assure you every one of us knows that this is going to be a hell of a series. I think, like pretty much every other World Series, it will come down to starting pitching and who gets the most out of their guys. Both teams can hit so the team that executes it’s game plan from the mound I think will be the first team to 4 wins over the next 10 days. None of us have forgotten the 3 games we matched up with them earlier this year and the offensive whipping they gave us in 2 of those games.

Hats off to Sox nation as well. Fenway was absolutely electric for games 6 and 7. It was night and day from games 1 and 2 and every one of us noticed. There can be no doubts going ahead how important Fenway and home field advantage is for us when the city of Boston is worked up.

Congratulations to Terry Francona as well. In a city that features armchair QB’ing and media second guessing as legitimate paid professions, he stayed true to himself and true to us as players and managed his ass off. I still think he’s the most underrated manager in baseball. Sticking to your guns is hard enough, but in a town where the home team is pretty much second only to catholicism doing so is even harder. We won because he made the moves he had to make, and because he trusts us to do what we’re supposed to do when it matters most.

A few random observations. The Red Sox in me is happy Joe Torre is no longer in charge in NY. The person in me wonders how does a guy who obviously has the respect and loyalty of his entire roster, a guy who’s taken his team to 12 straight post seasons, a guy who exudes class and respect, how does he, in the midst of what might have been his most challenging and defining season and post season, not only have to manage his team in a best of 5 win or go home series, but also answer a billion questions about being basically told ‘win or you’re out’? How did it come to that? I have never had a chance to get to know Mr Torre beyond handshakes of congratulations or hellos, but I have never heard a player on his team utter anything but respect for the guy. Much like Boston, managing a 175m+ roster of super star players, in that market, with a hack to writer ratio bordering on 100-1, how does he basically win pretty much every year, get to the post season and get an ultimatum at THAT point in the season? I have always thought very highly of Mr Steinbrenner as well, anyone that pours that much of himself into his team, is that dedicated to his teams fans is ok by me and I would think ok by pretty much anyone that plays for him since he never makes issue with paying the huge salaries players make these days but only adds the caveat of “Just win a World Series”. I don’t think players have ever had problems with owners like that.

Then he gets ‘offered’ a pay cut with strings? That sucks. Was very cool to see the mass of Yankee fans at the “keep Joe” rally though. Amazing how that loyalty card plays out in the public eye and through the media when the shoes on the other foot. Managers don’t win ballgames, players do, and I think you’d be surprised to know how bad we feel when managers we care about get fired because we know, if we have one ounce of integrity, that our failures as players are, most times, what gets a manager fired.

Terry Francona is a genius since he arrived in Boston? Having been on his team the first day he managed in the big leagues through today I’ll tell you up front that he is not much different. He does suck much more at cribbage now than he ever did and his fantasy teams continue to suck as well, but as a manager he’s not really different. I think the interim jobs he had in Cleveland and Oakland showed him the inner workings of baseball front offices more and helped him in some areas but in the clubhouse, dugout, and on the field he’s pretty much the same non-jersey wearing guy he was in Philly, he just has a front office comprised entirely of people that understand winning games on the field matters more than anything else. The ‘know it alls’ in Philadelphia, from Conlin to Cataldi to Macnow, aren’t really know it alls are they? Their people who’s life it is, who’s entire job description, revolves around creating news or stories where there is none, to make you think their ‘in’ and you’re not, and if you want to truly know or get smarter, listen to them. Pretty cool when you can be wrong pretty much 90% of the time and still be considered an expert.

Wonder how smart Tito looks to the guys that hacked him in Philly now? 3 post seasons, 2 world series appearances in 4 years here. Nice to know he gets that last laugh.

Starting Wednesday it’s on.

124 Comments leave one →
  1. lwilliams05 permalink
    October 22, 2007 5:56 am

    Awesome series! Congratulations to the whole team!

    Glad you touched on the Torre story. I think it is BS how ownership treated him. They didn’t want to come right out and fire him so they offer him that contract all the while knowing he’d reject it. I’m glad the fans see through it.

    Now go get ‘em in the World Series…

  2. October 22, 2007 6:03 am

    I was living outside the Boston area in 2004, so it’s exciting to be back for my first Red Sox World Series while living in Boston since 1986 — regardless of what happens over the next 10 days, thanks for great seasons year in and year out. I also really appreciate your posts and getting a feel from the insider’s point of view.

    Best of luck!

  3. chillyme permalink
    October 22, 2007 6:14 am

    Congratulations to the entire Red Sox organization. This last series speaks for itself. A classic Fall battle, full of twists and turns. Such a joy to take the journey with you. Another successful TEAM effort.

    As much as winning is the ultimate goal, the Red Sox organizational focus on philanthropy is indicitive of where the heart of this business begins and ends. And for that, I will be a Red Sox fan for the rest of my days.

    Thank you all for what you’ve brought to Red Sox Nation. Now, go win the World Series. :)

    Onward….

  4. soxyfan permalink
    October 22, 2007 6:58 am

    I want to see the whole team dancing when you win the world series!

  5. sherus201 permalink
    October 22, 2007 7:19 am

    Just a quick congrats to you Curt, and the entire team/organization. It’s been incredible watching you get to this very spot.

    And aside from the game, thanks for running this blog. Your fans appreciate the time and effort it takes to crank this puppy out.

    When the World Series is clinched..let’s see everyone line up and dance the Riverdance!

  6. October 22, 2007 7:48 am

    It was a great series. I predicted the Sox would win in 6. In the end it doesn’t matter. There were many amazing moments in this series. I was delighted that JD was able come up big with that grand slam. It is very good to see him swinging the bat so well. Dustin has been a delight to watch all season! He’s definitely a dirt dog. Youk is well….awesome. One can’t say enough about “Manny Ortiz”. I have such an amazing amount of respect for Lowell. He’s such a professional and he seems like a genuinely nice guy. It was very cool that Coco made the last catch. He’s such an amazing outfielder. I’m sure his bat will come around. I know Lugo can be very dangerous. I’m glad he’s on our side now!

    Josh was amazing for game 1 and 4. But let’s not forget what you did! If you didn’t pitch as well as you did there would have been no game 7. I knew Dice-k was going to pitch a gem. I saw him pitch during the World Baseball Classic (on TV).

    Congrats to everyone!!! Last night was a great night for New England sports!!

    -diane.

  7. suesox permalink
    October 22, 2007 8:12 am

    I was thrilled to see my man, Kevin Millar, throw out the first pitch and hope he got to celebrate with the team in the clubhouse…. I’m on vacation in TN (from my home in MA), and I decided to stay in the hotel, rather than go out on the town, to watch the game last niht. Well worth it! Seems people in TN are more into college football. No comments on my Lowell or Youkilis t-shirts, but I knew I kind of had the team with me. Can’t wait to watch the series!

  8. October 22, 2007 8:24 am

    Go get ‘em, buddy. Make us proud again.

  9. ange2386 permalink
    October 22, 2007 8:35 am

    Curt, Congratulations to you and all the guys! :)

    It was awesome to watch you celebrate on the field last night! I hope that sometime in the future you will be celebrating again…and I expect to see you dancing this time! ;)

    Good luck and pitch like you did on Saturday and you guys are gonna be awesome!

    Also, just for kicks, as a Sox fan, I’m excited that Torre is gone because I think it’s a terrible move – Good luck Yanks getting into the post season for 12 more years in a row! Ha!

  10. October 22, 2007 9:15 am

    Awesome, Awesome Series Guys. Thanks for a memorable one!

    Here’s to moving forward and grinding out another WS win against a good, on fire colorado team. but question for you, How do you think the long layoff will be for them? Does momentum play as much a role as we, (the fans) and the media make it out to be?

    I just remember detroit last year having a long break, and cooling off, what do you do to try and stay hot and focused?

    At any rate, I hope they are cooled off, and we win some good games!

  11. eric1414 permalink
    October 22, 2007 9:18 am

    Hey Shill,

    There’s absolutely no way I could even begin to describe what you and the Red Sox organization has meant to me over the past few years – I’ve always hated the yankees but only started to really follow the Sox back in the 1998 season. For yours and other readers’ sake though, I’ll try to keep this somewhat brief. Thank you so much for all that you’ve done to help this team and give all the fans a bit of an insider’s perspective on the little details of the season we would otherwise miss in the papers or in online articles, as well as your account of reinventing yourself this season. I know it hasn’t been an easy road, but as they say ‘Anything easy, ain’t worth a damn.’

    I was lucky enough to get a couple tickets to game 5 in Cleveland last Thursday night, and needless to say it was simply an amazing experience. Truthfully, it was my very first playoff game and my first live look at the Red Sox – seats were great in right-center, the atmosphere was electric, of course the result couldn’t have been any better and I know my buddy and I will never forget it.

    I wish you had maybe talked a bit more about your start in game 6 and your preparation during the off-day, but I guess once JD crushed the slam and destroyed the monkey on his back, the rest was smooth sailing for you. And I think you know the reason why Joe Torre wasn’t brought back, but I guess it’s been newsworthy recently…

    I know you don’t need to hear it from me or anyone else, but you will forever be remembered as nothing less than a legend in Red Sox history – your numbers and record in playoff games facing elimination alone is enough to grant you first ballot HOF IMO. I don’t care how many young studs we’ve got coming up in the farm system; the front office would be insane not to bring you back next year. I’ll never get rid of my autographed jersey of yours, unless it’s to pass it on to my kid(s) someday, and I sure hope your start(s) in the World Series won’t be the last in the Sox uniform. Ok, so keeping things brief isn’t exactly my forte…

    4 More Games – You Just Have to Believe.

    Eric

  12. wizswench permalink
    October 22, 2007 9:39 am

    YOU weren’t too shabby yerself there, Schill.

    Congratulations to the entire Sox team and THANK YOU!!

  13. slimbru permalink
    October 22, 2007 9:44 am

    Curt,

    Congrats to you and all of the Sox for a tremendous seven game series.

    Let this year’s edition of the “Kardiac Kids” continue to provide us with more great examples of teamwork, sportsmanship, and the “Papelbon Jig.”

    Best of luck in the WS.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you at this years “Rolling Rally.”

  14. donfarland permalink
    October 22, 2007 9:46 am

    Congrats Curt! I’d love to say I knew you’d pull it out in game 6, but I certainly had my doubts. Last night was more of a nail-biter than the final score would indicate; you guys really had your backs to the wall and came out fighting. I hope you’ve got a couple of pages on Holliday. I just checked his splits and the kid is a monster against righties. I take that back, he’s a monster against everybody.

  15. October 22, 2007 9:46 am

    Congratulations Curt to you and the Red Sox. I can’t wait for Wednesday night as I will be enjoying the festivities from right field.

  16. erichurw permalink
    October 22, 2007 9:51 am

    It’s great to be in New England today!

    The Boston Red Sox have once again validated its presence as a mighty talented, spirited and fun-to-watch baseball team. What a revelation it is to see the experienced (like Schilling, Beckett, Timlin, Lowell and Manny) and the future (like Pedroia, Ellsbury and Papelbon) work together to create this true, collective commitment to excellence — and the results to go along with it. The overall superb regular season play, defeating the Angels in the first-round playoffs, and now the very talented Cleveland Indians in the American League finals show that this is not your dad or grandad’s Boston Red Sox baseball team. You know, the kind that gave us, in the past, managers and players who couldn’t seem to put it all together despite some talented teams. This current Red Sox team is not only talented, but well-rounded, ambitious and collectively intelligent.

    It is also touching to see so many players extend this commitment to excellence off-the-field, as evidenced by their charity work. This is a complete team in all aspects.

    After years of watching incomplete Boston Red Sox teams tease us, we know that this version is the real deal. We finally have a front office and manager that use their excellent communication skills to create and maintain an extremely talented team — now and in the future, as we watch the Ellsburys. Lesters, Papelbons and Buchholz’ ready to carry to the torch. We are blessed with a young pitching staff with A-1 ability and demonstrated results, i.e. Beckett, Papelbon and Matsusaka.

    Now we are ready to face the Colorado Rockies. Despite some pedantic media already knowing the outcome, no one really knows what will happen. What we do know is that it is time to celebrate our home team, and support them at every moment. In turn they have celebrated and supported us — the Red Sox fan — by their great play and gratefulness for our commitment to them. This reciprocal supportive relationship is what makes Red Sox Nation great, from player to management to fans.

    This has been one of the greatest baseball weekends in Boston history. Thank-you Boston Red Sox for giving us baseball hope and for once again validating our many years of loyalty to your team. Now, go out there and do what you’re already doing and crush those Rockies! We’ll be watching every moment of our blessed Boston Red Sox baseball lives.

    Eric H.

    VisitingNewEngland.com

  17. blackats permalink
    October 22, 2007 9:55 am

    Awesome comeback guys! RSN had faith the whole time, especially after Beckett came up huge in Cleveland. He deserved the MVP. Now go take care of the Rockies and bring RSN another World Series title!

  18. maseda17 permalink
    October 22, 2007 10:03 am

    Ya Curt! You gotta feel good going up against Jiminez in game 2. Guy has filthy stuff and gases it to upper 90s but with the patience of this lineup, he’s going to be run out after 3 innings. Let’s bring home another championship!

  19. brsfan3rdgeneration permalink
    October 22, 2007 10:11 am

    IT’S TRIBE TIME… for golf… NOW!!!!!!!!

    Curt, don’t ever take advantage of the gifts and opportunities you have been given.

  20. October 22, 2007 10:14 am

    Great job by the whole team and it was nice to see a post season celebration on Fenway grass (first one since the Papi walkoff against the Angels in 04 I believe). At the end I saw photographers taking a photo of Wake, you, Beckett and Lester (think DiceK was in the press room). Any chance we could get a order form on your site for this shot signed by you for a 100 dollar donation to ALS? It looked like a great photo and sitting at home I felt like I was on the mound with the gang. Kudo’s all around from Studio City, CA!!!

  21. readingsoxfan permalink
    October 22, 2007 10:38 am

    Congratulations Curt, to you and the entire team. Thanks for always playing with class and giving everything youve got. We have the upmost respect for everything you do on and off the field and wish you and the boys the best of luck in the series.

    Go SOX!!

  22. xycosox permalink
    October 22, 2007 10:54 am

    Hey Curt….. Good luck against the Rox…. not that you need it!

    Xyco

  23. darkstar2002 permalink
    October 22, 2007 10:58 am

    Mr. Schilling, I just want to say congrats to you from a lifelong Cleveland fan. I’ve always admired you as a person and as a pitcher. You’ve always done good work for charity, you’ve always went to the field and put your heart into the game… I even remember reading a story a few years ago when your guys beat up Sabathia and you had a talk with him, telling him what he was doing wrong, and telling him that he was too good to pitch like that. Even though you have never pitched for Cleveland, you are the type of person that I like having on our team, a person that plays the game the right way, and a person that is also a good person away from the field.

    Thanks for the compliments about Cleveland, although I seriously doubt that they will be playing in October for the next 5-10 years, I still think that Detroit has the brighter future of the two. Even this year, the Indians had a lot of fluky wins, and Detroit had a lot of serious injuries. You can probably understand the disappointment that I am having right now, you first pitched for the Red Sox in the season that ended with the breaking of their curse, but you probably heard a lot of stuff that year, especially when your team was down 3-0 in the ALCS against the Yankees before making that rally. I wasn’t around to really experience the true darkest days of Cleveland baseball, unlike my parents, who still themselves have never seen the Indians win it all, but I’ve been around plenty long enough to see every heartbreaking October from 1995 on. I just feel a whole mix of emotions right now, mad at guys like Hafner, Sabathia, Carmona, and Perez for playing so poorly, I feel like they let me and all of the Cleveland fans down, and I still believe that they made some bad plays and took some poor approaches to situations in this series… whether or not they could have won this series, I do not know, but some players do deserve to be second-guessed… I just kept cringing when Sabathia would get to the middle of your lineup, and would start trying to throw 98 mph. He never pitched like that in the regular season, and had great success… so why he deviated from that… I don’t know. Same with Carmona… Maybe they will take something from their failures and learn something from it… and maybe put this tough lesson to use if they get another chance to redeem themselves in some future October. So sorry for ranting about stuff that you and 99% of your readers aren’t going to care about, and congrats… you deserved it.

  24. Tom Field permalink
    October 22, 2007 11:12 am

    Curt:

    I got home from the game at 2:30 this morning, had to get up at 6:30 to get the kids ready for school … and it all was totally worth it.

    Thanks for this memorable weekend in Boston sports. You pitched your ass off on Saturday, doing your part to get us to Sunday. Then Dice-K, Oki, Paplebon, Pedroia and everyone else did their parts to ensure the Pennant win, and …

    Well, how do you describe the feeling of seeing your home team clinch in Fenway for the first time in a generation?

    Four more wins, Curt. I know you’ll do your part to secure them, and I hope you know that your fans are totally behind you for support.

    Why Not Another?

    best,

    Tom

  25. bostonsueb permalink
    October 22, 2007 11:43 am

    Super congratulations, Curt! I was on the edge of my seat, literally, last night, hoping and believing, and when Pap got the final out, I jumped up and down, screamed and finally breathed, and only wished I had been at Fenway! The Sox and the Indians are a both a total class act, but of course I’m thrilled to be on the side of the winners. :) You all pitched and hit your heart out, and it showed. Persistence and taking it one batter, one hit and one run and one out at a time, just like the Patriots approach their touchdowns and wins, are clearly the way to go about playing the game (along with having a blast, and Pap and Youk are the worst better dancers ever!). All Red Sox Nation can say is knock out the Rockies and bring the World Serious championship back to New England. Best of luck, and yay for Soxtober!!! And thanks for the blog. I was so happy you’d write again, and it’s 100 percent appreciated by the Nation.

  26. October 22, 2007 11:48 am

    YAY!!! Thank you so much for your contribution, Schil. We watched game 6 on TV, and my sisters and I saw you pray before you threw your first pitch. It really blessed us; thank you for honoring God in this!

    Blessings to all of you!

  27. mainesoxgal permalink
    October 22, 2007 11:51 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH CURT and good luck in the series! I know you will pitch the way we are used to and win us game 2!!! you guy have made me soooo happy, i cant stop smiling:) Keep winning!

  28. npd1969 permalink
    October 22, 2007 11:58 am

    Great outing Saturday night Curt. I live in Atlanta and have been wearing my Red Sox gear all season. I wore my 38 home jersey on Saturday, and wore another one on Sunday. Today, I have my Red Sox #18 on my person to proudly show my colors. Dice-K was fine last night and the offense went wild later in the game. I really enjoyed watching the team celebrate after the win

    Keep it going Curt, 4 more wins!

    Congratulations Curt and the entire team, my team the Boston Red Sox!

  29. smciver permalink
    October 22, 2007 12:20 pm

    Curt

    I was at your Game 6 win, and don’t take anything away from yourself. That was a gutsy win in its own right. The whole place stood your whole first 3 outs of work.

    Boy one thing stuck me last night, Beckett was super focused even getting the MVP trophy. He is ready for Wednesday.

    Great series again!

  30. October 22, 2007 12:43 pm

    Thanks for posting this morning.

    And congratulations to the team, and to you for your terrific performance in game 6. “Curt Schilling in Game 6 of the LCS for the Red Sox.” It’s a phrase that will thrill Sox fans for generations.

    Now go win this Series!

    I hear they’re talking about starting Wake in Game 2, on the theory that the knckleball won’t knuckle in Denver. Any truth to that, any thoughts on starting at Coors?

    Even as a Sox fan it’s no fun to see Torre leave like this. The man deserved better. At least he looks like a guy who got a raw deal, not a guy who demanded too much, but PR is probably the least of his concerns right now. I’ll never forget Torre having his team on the top step of the dugout on opening day in Fenway in 2005.

    Can I just ask why the hell you care about the Philly media? Francona’s being recognized as one of baseball’s top managers, he’s gone to two Series in 4 years, and he gets the last laugh. And that’s that. I guess if being mad gets you psyched for games, that’s great, but really, who cares about those guys?

    By the way, Bob Ryan’s recent columns on Joe Torre’s departure, and on the divide between sports fans and pro athletes, have been extremely thoughtful.

    Congrats, can’t wait to see another Series. These are the golden days of Boston fandom, that’s for sure.

  31. bosoxfan61 permalink
    October 22, 2007 1:36 pm

    Congrats Curt to you and the team.

    Great post on Francona. I feel is way underrated as a manager. His use of the pen last night was outstanding.

    It was great seeing you guys clinch at Fenway, however I hope you clinch the WS in Denver.

  32. kjc51478 permalink
    October 22, 2007 2:24 pm

    Congratulations from an Indians fan! While it was disappointing not seeing them advance, the series was amazing. Beckett’s performance those two games was astonishing. But what really made my jaw drop was the offense in games 5, 6, & 7. I haven’t seen a team zoned in like that ever. I wish I could have been on the other side, but it was fun to watch nonetheless.

  33. daveinmelrose permalink
    October 22, 2007 2:40 pm

    Curt:

    First of all, great, GREAT performance on Saturday night. I wanted to send this to you before last night’s game because I was so ticked off on Saturday night, but I just returned home from a Disney vacation with my wife and son. By the way, a sox fan is treated like royalty down there.

    I hope when this is all done in a couple of weeks – and you have another title under your belt – you get the chance to review FoxSports’ coverage of game 6. I never realized just how much I missed NESN coverage.

    During all of the first inning, all they spew on about is the stupid bloody sock and how much you contribute (way) back in 2004. Then they went on about how you just can’t produce anymore and our bull pen will really need to kick in tonight.

    Then during the second inning, they keep showing close-ups of Terry F. and saying crap like, “Gee Jim [Leyritz], you gotta wonder right now what’s going through Terry Francona’s mind. Who do you put on the mound? You have a full bull pen and Schilling just isn’t what he was back in 2004…[blah blah blah]…”

    Now I’m fuming.

    Chris Myers then, still during the 2nd inning, says after you throw a 92 mph fast ball, “92 miles an hour. That’s about as fast as we’ve seen Schilling throw all year…” and again he goes into relief pitches to take your place.

    Now I’m livid.

    First, you’ve thrown greater than 92 on at least a couple of occasions. Second, and most importantly, they haven’t seen you pitch AT ALL this whole damn year!!!

    Here’s my point, other than the fact that FoxSports is nothing but dramatic awful, bull***: I can’t speak for those Sox fans who didn’t start being fans until October of 2004, but I can speak for those of us who have been here since at least the ’75 playoffs: We thoroughly enjoy having you as a pitcher on this team, not because of whatever the heck you did 3 years ago or even 5 years ago w/ Arizona, but because you are still a damn good player – same reasons we still love Varitek, Wakefield, Ortiz and Ramirez – and you still dominate.

    Best of luck over the next 2 weeks and for the rest of your career. Let’s hope it’s still in this part of the country!

    -Dave Lucas

  34. adamjd permalink
    October 22, 2007 2:47 pm

    i love this team!! you guys are a team!

    i can’t say anything more after last night!

  35. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    October 22, 2007 2:59 pm

    Hey Curt!

    Congratulations!!! You guys worked so hard this year! You DEFINETLY deserve this! After the game I took out my 2004 World Series DVDs and watched you pitch game 6 with the bloody sock. I don’t think a single member of Red Sox nation will ever forget what you’ve done for us, and what you’ll do for us in the 2007 World Series! Colorado’s a tough team, but I know you guys will do great! I’m very impressed with Beckett this year! 4 more games to go! Now go win the World Series trophy! Go Sox!

    -Viki

  36. mykolm permalink
    October 22, 2007 3:04 pm

    As a 37-yr-old lifelong Indians fan, it was tough to watch another Cleveland team fall short. It’s nearly impossible for small market teams to be able to consistantly compete against large market teams without a salary cap.

    For example, when it comes to the usual nine starting hitters, the Yankees spend $121 million, the Red Sox spend $77 million and the Indians spend $20 million. Among the pitchers who pitched in the postseason, the average Yankee pitcher earns $5.1 million, the average Red Sox pitcher earns $4.3 million and the average Indians pitcher earns $2.7 million. So that means that the average ten players to start each game looks like this:

    Yankees $126m

    Red Sox $81m

    Indians $22m.

    This doesn’t even take into account the $9m Matt Clements and $10m Carl Pavanos that big market teams can take chances on and continue to spend more and more.

    Until the players agree to a salary cap, it will ALWAYS be the Yankees and the Red Sox in the postseason. Meanwhile, smaller market teams such as the Indians, Twins, Pirates, etc., they have to target 2-3 year stretches of competitiveness then spend 3-4 years rebuilding and starting over. Teams such as the Red Sox can always spend the money to keep their young talent or go after the big free agent.

    Curt … Would you ever support a salary cap to help the competitive balance in the game? Television revenue needs to be shared. While it might be detrimental to the current players at this current time, in the long run it would help the sport, help future players and help develop a new generation of baseball fans in Kansas City, Tampa, Minnesota, Cincinnati, etc.

    Good luck in the Series.

    -Mike

  37. mainefan permalink
    October 22, 2007 3:20 pm

    Congrats, Curt, to you and the whole team – right down to the bat boys. To watch this team play this year has been a true pleasure and I can’t wait for the WS. Good luck to all of you!!!

  38. sheopines permalink
    October 22, 2007 3:20 pm

    What a series! What a match up! What a COMEBACK!!!

    During the 2004 playoffs I think I lost about 15 pounds. Going down against Oakland only to fight our way back… going WAY down against New York, only to fight back again… I don’t think I ate for 3 weeks straight. This series hasn’t been any easier on my nerves, but I wouldn’t miss a minute of it.

    Best of luck against the Rockies!

  39. theotherm permalink
    October 22, 2007 3:35 pm

    Curt, I have enjoyed your blog since you started it. This is as close as most of us will ever come to interacting with someone we respect, who also plays for the ballclub we love. Being a fan for decades, the saying “Faith rewarded” is an understatement! Thank you for all the enjoyment you’ve given us and again, good luck in the WS!

  40. mannyrules permalink
    October 22, 2007 4:08 pm

    Congratulations Curt and to the rest of the team as well. I’ll continue the love fest if you don’t mind

    Once again, you all never cease to amaze me. I was fortunate enough to see the ’04 Sox win Game 7 of the ALCS at Yankee stadium and truly believe that the magic of that series, that team, that year, could never be duplicated. But this year is coming awfully close. I caught Papi’s 1st inning home run ball from that game and it I rubbed it like a genie’s lamp throughout the game. Superstitious? You’re damn right I am. It will be in my hand for every inning of the series against the Broncos…I mean the Rockettes…I mean…you know.

    Thank you for your words regarding Joe Torre. As a Sox fan living in the heart of Yankee country, I get to see many of his post game press conferences and am always impressed with his professionalism. I’ll state the obvious with this, but how they treated him is plain-old embarrassing. The Sox fan in me loves to see Yankee turmoil of course, (I’d have to give up my decoder ring if I didn’t) but I am willing to bet that home-run ball that the true fans of the game, even the craziest Sox fans of us all, hold Joe Torre in the highest regard. Let’s add him to the coaching squad. The Sox don’t need the help as Tito is the manager of the year again, but I’d love to have his presence and to, yes, stick it to those idiots who made him feel like a second-rate AAA bench coach.

    This got long and I’m sorry for that. Thanks for the post today. You must have written it at about 4 AM. I’ll be toasting you all very soon.

    Oh yeah…here’s something. Youk or Papi at first in Colorado? Youk’s on fire and has the great glove. But Papi is…well…Papi. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    DAN

  41. October 22, 2007 4:09 pm

    Congrats, Curt, to you and the entire team.

    What’s your opinion on Millar’s high profile support of Boston, while he’s an active player on another team in the division? Is that appropriate? Would NY allow Damon or Pedro to throw out the first pitch at Fenway?

    What do you think about it?

  42. dylan2146 permalink
    October 22, 2007 4:29 pm

    Curt, congrats on leading the charge, along with Beckett and Pedroia, back to the Series. Thanks for posting too, I’m checking here every day for something new. Anyway, nice job, and see you on Thursday (game 2?). Awesome.

  43. jms443 permalink
    October 22, 2007 5:03 pm

    As a Phillies fan, I’m glad to hear that you still hold a grudge against the media here. Hopefully that means you won’t be making a return appearance in pinstripes.

  44. October 22, 2007 5:04 pm

    This ain’t my daddy or grand daddies Red Sox, congrats and win it all!

  45. October 22, 2007 5:24 pm

    Curt Congratulations to you, Josh and the entire team. Looks like 2004 all over again! God Willing. I would like to offer this prayer for the World Series.

    All the Best.

    Tom

    A RED SOX PRAYER

    Our Father, who art at Fenway…

    Baseball be thy game.

    They Kingdom come,

    Playoffs need to be won,

    On Earth, then on to the Cask ‘n’ Flagon.

    Give us this day, a perfect Papi,

    And forgive us our losses,

    As we forgive those,

    Like Bill Buckner.

    And lead us not, into desperation,

    But deliver us from any losses.

    For thine is the Power,

    And the Glory,

    To beat the Rockies,

    Forever and ever….the Yankees suck

    Amen!

  46. jimmykc permalink
    October 22, 2007 5:36 pm

    Great series. Great team chemistry. I love to see Tavares, Snyder, Corey, and all the others not on the active roster being so supportive. And how about Crisp (who could have been pouting) sacrificing his body with a 9 run lead. Thanks for letting me watch some more baseball and not letting it end.

  47. mcdonald15 permalink
    October 22, 2007 6:20 pm

    Curt:

    Did you see that sign on 109 in Westwood? My kids made it with the bloody sock. I know you get a million requests and comments, but any chance we could get you to sign it? We tried to wait for you to drive by….We will donate $ to the ALS or whatever charity you want if you could sign that sign. Hey it is my 40th birthday this weekend and I am dressing up as you! Notebooks and all!

    You are the best, and we hope you retire here!!!!!!!

  48. keithcountry1025 permalink
    October 22, 2007 6:23 pm

    Congrats…..Don’t know if i’m the first to post this….I’m pretty excited that i get to see you pitch ANOTHER game for Sox. Good luck!

  49. ryssee permalink
    October 22, 2007 6:41 pm

    Curt,

    Your quote: “…game 5 was truly the first time this entire season when we had our backs to the wall for real, and the team responded as a championship team has to, and will.”

    You’re absolutely right about not having the backs to the wall until that Game 5. I was nervous about it most of the year. But I’m so HAPPY you all responded the way you did. It proves the Red Sox are as awesome as we’ve believed all year long.

    Congrats on winning an exciting series. NEXT!

    LR

  50. Matt Zimmitti permalink
    October 22, 2007 6:53 pm

    A fantastic series all the way around. You guys have really played some great ball and have carried yourselves with class the whole way through.

    It’s a shame about the Torre situation but I think he made the right play with declining and it is great to see how much the fans have shown appreciation for him. Honestly, he might have had the toughest job in baseball and I think he made good on his time there.

    Anyhoo, it’s a great time to be a Sox fan in this city and thanks for putting up such a good fight to keep it that way!

  51. kmorin54 permalink
    October 22, 2007 7:28 pm

    Curt,

    Congratulations to you and the entire team on a great series and getting back to the World Series! It was absolutely amazing last night at Fenway.

    Go get the Rockies and bring another World Series trophy home to Boston!

  52. louieglutz permalink
    October 22, 2007 7:32 pm

    i dont know if you noticed the effect of chin whiskers on your performances, but i did. do NOT shave again until the sox win the series. please. thanks.

  53. October 22, 2007 7:55 pm

    How much fun is it to be a sports fan in Boston right now? ;)

    So. Much to say…but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

    Cleveland was fun to watch…they are such a young team, with so much promise and great players yet to truly be all that they are capable of being on that or any other team. Nerve wracking series to watch, though even the games that were down, despite the lack of run support – could’ve gone either way.

    I do have one catty comment though. I’d have found it hard to resist sending a bottle of champagne to Garko with a little note that said: “How sweet is it now?” Meow. ;)

    I’ve got mixed emotions about Colorado. I just don’t know how it’s going to play out. So many factors involved, and we all know how cyclical baseball is. They’ve been hot….but as we all know, all good streaks must come to an end. It seems like you all are just warming up….Game 1 will hopefully give us an idea as to how the series might turn out. To go 7 games is going to be painful! But, hey – if it goes anywhere after 4 I’m hoping to score tickets and maybe be there for the win. Sure it’s expensive but hey – it’s only money right? :)

    Joe Torre & The Yankees….man, Steinbrenner doesn’t know what he just lost. And good on Torre for being a class act about it all.

    And as far as Terry Francona…well, we all play armchair quarterback. That’s part of the fun of watching the game. And there are times that I think he’s given too many chances at critical times that might have turned games around. But hey – I’m not paid the money to make those decisions – and clearly he knows something that we don’t, because you all are where you are today.

    (Though I was personally THRILLED to see Jacoby in the lineup, thank you very much; at the same time I was THRILLED to see Coco in at the end as well!)

    Hmmm. I guess I wasn’t all that brief after all. Well, that’s okay – I spared you all the diatribes that I usually lay on my coworkers regarding the game, and still got some of my points across.

    Best of luck in the Series. I’m ready for some more sleepless late nights!
    :)

  54. mls1965 permalink
    October 22, 2007 8:16 pm

    Curt-

    The last week means so much to me. I grew up in Maine and look back to my memories of 1975, 1978, 1986, 2003. Oct 2, 1978.. my 13 birthday.. my Red Sox won’t break my heart on this day..? 1986..??!! Yea, well…!! We all know about 1986. 2003….well here we go again. 2004 was about a purging the past, about those we love that were no longer with us and those we wished were still with us to share in the moment. 2007 will be about Red Sox Nation and our future….a very bright future.

  55. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    October 22, 2007 8:36 pm

    Congrats Curt to you and the whole team!!! Way to go!!! I loved watching you the other night on the mound and to see your pic in the Sunday Globe with your fantastic stat performance! I was filled with tears last night and I am thrilled that I will get to see “our” Red Sox go back to the World Series again!!! Josh was so humble the other night and so professional accepting the award and mentioning that other team members come to mind that deserve it just as much as he does. YOUK has been on fire!!! I love to watch his springing bounce and batting stance. Papelbon is so intense to watch on the mound and hysterical to watch off the mound! I could go on and on but I have to mention “Mr. Double” as I refer to him, Mike Lowell, the best eyebrows in baseball, LOL! Curt you have made me so happy coming to Boston and I am proud of you and what you have brought to us and the whole team! Good luck to our beloved Red Sox against Colorado and I can’t wait til Wednesday night! Also thatnk you JD for coming through when it really counted!!! I am another dedicated fan that won’t sleep until the last pitch is thrown! Good luck in the World Series!!! Sha Sha

  56. silverlocke permalink
    October 22, 2007 8:59 pm

    A connection you might appreciate. In church this Sunday we sang the hymm “How can I keep from singing” which has the following refrain:

    No storm can shake my inmost calm

    while to that Rock I’m clinging.

    Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,

    how can I keep from singing?

    That seemed to me to sum up the quiet confidence that the Sox displayed during the three game come back.

    I was at last night’s game, and it equaled and surpassed game 5 of the 2004 ALCS, which is the only other Fenway experience I can compare it to.

  57. Andrew permalink
    October 23, 2007 12:34 am

    Hi Curt,

    It is going to be a tough series to be sure.Although I would like to see the Sox sweep the Rockies,I think the sweet smell of victory would be better in Boston!.

    Is Jonathan Papelbon going to be the official RedSox River dance coach?.

    Good luck!

    Andrew

  58. brynot permalink
    October 23, 2007 12:37 am

    Thank you, Curt, for making my first year of the MLB package one of the best investments of my entire life.

    My only complaint is that we don’t have Rem Dog to laugh along with in the post-season.

    [QUESTION]

    I know baseball’s filled with superstition.

    Example: I’ve been wearing the same Big Papi shirt everyday since Game 4 (I know it helped a little, thank me later).

    I noticed that you never step on the baseline when leaving the mound. Is that an old pitchers superstition? I saw Dice-K do the same thing; however, Pap, well, he just walked right through it like “BRING IT”!!! Am I correct on this?

  59. October 23, 2007 3:58 am

    Being that I am a yankee fan cause I do live in NY I have been one of the few that really don’t hate any other team. I have enjoyed year after year the competition between the redsox and the yankees. When these two teams meet it’s just something huge to me really. I actually feel like I’m watching a ball game for once. I mean look at this season as a whole. the al east is by far the most fierce in the MLB because of these two rivals going at it throughout the season. It’s almost like they blow every other team away all season long. I have to say congrats to the team on a very well played series . I had my doubts when cleveland was up 3 games to 1. And of course I predicted the redsox would beat them on my own blog and be in the world series so you guys really had me worried for a second there. Watching the next 3 games though it was almost like you wanted them to be up 3 to 1 in the series just to prove a point. You blew them away the next 3 games. Although Ramirez could of not taken a walk off SINGLE. I mean what was he thinking made alot of fans of all teams mad. But now your up against a team thats gone 21 wins out of there last 22 games. They swept there way to the series. Now keep in mind I am a yankees fan..lol. But as a fan of the game I have learned over the years that its not about hating other teams but enjoying the game. With that being said I wish you the best of luck in the series. I’ll be watching.

    Baseballworld

  60. thedoctorx permalink
    October 23, 2007 4:38 am

    Let me add my thanks and admiration. After the disappointments of Game 2, you “manned up” and pitched a hell of a game. Same for Dice-K.

    Kudos to Kevin Millar. Yes, this RS fan was pleased to see him “rally the fans” before Game 5.

    Kudos to J.D. Drew: we all hoped but we would have been “happy” for a base hit or one off the wall. I know he had been trying, and I am glad to seem him come through.

    Remember when Dustin was “useless?” Could not hit? Well, he not only hit, the collective Great Nation relaxed just a bit to see that 3-2 turn into 5-2. Genius of Tito? He stuck with him when early in the season the “hacks” wanted his head. Not to mention NOT ruining a young prospect’s arm in desperation.

    Kudos to Gagne for pitching a great inning of relief.

    Kudos to Jonathan Papelbon for realizing he has a phenomenal career as the Closer-You-Don’t Want to See. His expression between inning 8 and 9 would have made Teddy Bruschi step back and say, “Woah! Dude! Sorry!”

    Kudos to Mike Lowell for making plays that needed to be made.

    Kudos to YOUK!!! Coming through again.

    Kudos to Tek for adding some timely hitting to what you and the rest of the pitchers affirm is a great guy behind the plate.

    Kudos to Manny and Ortiz for . . . well everything!

    Kudos to Jacob Ellesbury for his contributions and to Coco for coming in and making a play people are still talking about. A play he has made throughout the year.

    Kudos to Mike TIMMY! Timlin for stepping in to shut people down for an inning. Same for Wakes.

    Kudos to the Owners and Epstein for looking to the future to build a team rather than just prima donas needing to win NOW.

    Kudos, finally, to you for dominating again and keeping the season alive. Dominate, again, this week!

    –J.D.

    P.S. @darkstar2002: thanks for behaving better than I think a lot of us would if the circumstances were different. If it is any consolation 99.9% enjoyed your series with the MFYs.

  61. soxblog permalink
    October 23, 2007 6:50 am

    Curt–great job coming through when the team needed you the most.

    Couldn’t agree more with your assessment of Terry Francona’s excellent work since 2004. Can the haters finally stop with the Fran-coma comments? He is one of the best managers the team has ever had.

  62. curtswift permalink
    October 23, 2007 7:01 am

    Curt, Congratulations and a great job by everyone. Hope you bring us back another WS title. A tip of the cap to you for your nice compliments about Cleveland and to darkstar2002 for his. It’s nice to see the real fan appreciation come out. Too bad that 5% of the trash-talking asses out there ruin the reputations of fans everywhere. Boston, NY, Cleveland, etc. all have good and justifiably proud fans. I get tired of all the negativity. I’ll get off the soapbox now.

    I knew if Beckett could win Game 5 that you would pitch your ass off in Game 6 and though Dice-K would hold it together for Game 7. Nice to see the rest of the offense come to life, especially Dustin, JD, and Jacoby. I love Coco, but Elssbury is going to be a special player. I hope they continue to use him in the WS. Best of luck and pitch your ass off again. Bring it back home again.

    Curt Swift

  63. October 23, 2007 7:37 am

    Curt, excellent post. You can take heart in knowing that, even if you have a hard time pumping your fastball much past 90, you continue to develop as a writer. This is good stuff.

    Congratulations to you and the team on a significant accomplishment. This was, for a fan, a terrifying Cleveland team, and a team I thought looked better on paper coming into this series. Virtually every Cleveland batter had me holding my breath and clenching my fists through each tortuous at-bat. That’s what compelling baseball is all about.

    On the flip side, our hometown boys put together some of their most amazing at-bats of the season when it counted most. The patience from (most) of the lineup is just phenomenal. If they keep their heads on straight and stick to that game plan, it should play well against Colorado.

    I told you in another thread that the team looked listless and tired for most of the second half of the season. Really uninspiring. I’m not sure how, but somehow you guys kicked the level of play way, way up. Whether it was all the family time at home, the rest, the October adrenaline or whatever, this team looks energized, sharp and doggedly determined now, seemingly at the flick of a switch. Come whatever may in the next two weeks, I’m proud of this team and how it comported itself in the playoffs, and looking forward to a great ’08.

    Congratulations to the ’07 Red Sox, American League Champions. Now, let’s work on another World Series Parade for Tito – he deserves it.

    You all do.

  64. angryorange55 permalink
    October 23, 2007 9:05 am

    The hack to writer ratio has got to be at least 1000:1.

  65. October 23, 2007 9:14 am

    Other than “CONGRATULATIONS!!” I can say is to correct you on one small point – the Red Sox are far more important than Catholicism in Boston…

  66. lyorkell permalink
    October 23, 2007 9:50 am

    CUrt,

    Many thanks to you and the guys for some great baseball this fall. It was entertaining yet nerve wracking as well. It was nice to see ALL the guys contribute to the team. I loved JD’s bomb in Game 6 and Pedro and Youk getting it done too.

    Very cool the way Lowell and Pedro left some food and met some of the people in the ticket line last week. Such class from these guys. I hope Lowell gets signed up here again because he’s the man. I understand that it’s a business and I’ll support whatever decision is made though.

    Cleveland is a great team and they’ll be back with that core. I think with some experience they’ll be around for sure.

    I hope that the Rockies juggernaut has lost some momentum with their long layoff. With you guys being hot and coming into this series I think we’ll be able to get after them.

    Good Luck and thanks!!

    Leo

  67. futilesixers permalink
    October 23, 2007 10:10 am

    “he’s pretty much the same non-jersey wearing guy he was in Philly, he just has a front office comprised entirely of people that understand winning games on the field matters more than anything else.”

    Congratulations on the World Series, first off, Congratulations seems to be the trend, so I’ll make sure I get that in there.

    As a Phillies fan that holds your ’93 Game 1 NLCS performance as one of the best baseball games I’ve ever attended, I have to say that these comments are really weak. I’ve always been a huge Curt Schilling fan and supporter, but this is just disappointing to read. Because it’s such a tease to the fans. What, am I supposed to read this and go “oh, the Phillies don’t win because they don’t put enough money out there.” If desire to win was expressed solely in the amount of money spent to build a team and every team spent what the Red Sox do to build a team, you’re still only going to have 8 playoff teams.

    The NL East and the AL East are completely different. As a Phillies fan, I hate to say this, but what the Braves organization continues to do is really impressive. Look at the Mets right now, if they don’t bounce back and win a couple NL East crowns and a World Series the next few years (something difficult to do) they’re in trouble long term.

    Sorry to rain on the congrats are in order parade, but the whole players notion of Phillies management has always bothered me. From having to deal with 2 games out of the playoffs the year after trading Schilling, to JD Drew, to Scott Rolen’s really really misguided remarks. Sometimes I just wish they paid a ton of money to get star players, but I don’t see anywhere where it’s guaranteed that spending money will equal success. A good minor league system that has produced quality players that can compete year in and year out. That to me seems like management does give a damn about winning.

    It’s not all about money.

  68. karamel09 permalink
    October 23, 2007 10:56 am

    Congrats!!!

    I want this to be another win!!!

    I love you guys!!!

  69. October 23, 2007 11:20 am

    Good luck to all tonight!

  70. October 23, 2007 12:49 pm

    Congrats, Schilling. We’re not underestimating the Rox here – they’re a great time with a heart, and it should be a terrific series. (And then we’ll kill ‘em.)

    Important question: What’s your favorite beer?

    We’ve created an All Beer Lineup to support the Sox. We drank Lone Star for Beckett (and that obviously worked perfectly). What should we drink for you?

    ps My wife will be drinking the Schilling Chardonnay, of course. I need beer though.

    pps Don’t go saying “Bud” just because it’s the official beer of MLB, either. We drink Bud for Varitek – I bless it first, ’cause I’m a minister – but we need something more specific for you. It’s just how the mojo works.

    Thanks!

  71. redsoxfan2277 permalink
    October 23, 2007 12:59 pm

    Hey Curt,

    How good is the AFC?

    What are your thoughts?

    SOXFAN

  72. October 23, 2007 1:41 pm

    I’ll keep it short and sweet here Curt.

    Kick some major a$$ in the Series baby, make sure you and the boys keep your eyes on the prize.

    Also, if the best case scenario does take place I fully expect to see you dancing with Johnny Paps. :-)

    Go Sox!

  73. jastaelf permalink
    October 23, 2007 1:43 pm

    Thank you, Curt & friends… I haven’t slept a lot this month, but by God it’s all been worth it. What a wonderful playoff!

    On to Sox ‘n Rox… (sounds like a Dr. Seuss book…)

    Blessings,

    Jasta

  74. jboston permalink
    October 23, 2007 1:43 pm

    One of the greatest things about the Sox going back to The Series, is it hopefully gives some much-deserved national recognition to Terry Francona. What he has done since becoming manager is nothing short of remarkable, and I am amazed that more people have not commented on the outstanding job that he has done.

    I agree with you about Joe Torre. As a Sox fan, deeply entrenched in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, I am relieved that the Yankees have lost that weapon. One of those goosebumps moments at Fenway was opening day in 2005 against the Yankees, when Torre got a standing ovation. That says something about the respect that Joe Torre has earned. Offering him that insulting contract is a mistake that may take a lot to overcome.

    Jeremy

  75. ellcat permalink
    October 23, 2007 2:28 pm

    Curt,

    Please pass along thanks to all the guys in the clubhouse for another amazing season! It’s hard to say it was full of ups and downs when you basically led wire to wire, but somehow the past few months never felt quite that comfortable!

    At one point or another, each and every one of you rose up to spur on the team when the going got tough. Whether it was your almost no-no in Oakland (my daughter’s first baseball game…thanks!), a well timed hit by Youk or Pedroia, or a bunt for a single from Lugo or Crisp, it has been so much fun to watch.

    In 2004 it seemed like winning for “the fans” was the big deal. I hope this time around you guys just win it for yourselves. No team has played better, pure, all out baseball than the Sox this year, and your fans couldn’t be more proud!

    Best of Luck in the Series and beyond…Here’s hoping we see you in Boston again next year.

  76. game6sockwasfake permalink
    October 23, 2007 3:12 pm

    Congrats on winning the AL to those of your team who actually care about winning it…

    as for your feedback on the series you were pretty much right on, credit beckett, but credit the offense more…

    nothing worse than watching a 155lb second baseman hit a HR but hey that’s what fenway is all about…

    as for torre, for a smart guy you couldnt be more off (except for your views on politics)

    he is a stand up guy, a class act and a T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E manager… always has been – in 2003 the sox were the much better team, but grady cost you… in 2004 the yanks were actually the better team but clueless joe’s bullpen management cost us (also in 2002 – anaheim) and 2005

    take away rivera, and his great starters of old and what does he have – zippo!!! credit francona every year, because he is a guy who out manages people day in and day out…

    in fact if tito manages rivera for his whole career you could add another 2 years to his career and probably mantain another 2-3mph on his fb…

    get an agent man! yanks can save colter beans’ number for you next year or you can cruise it out NL style in a red state – just remeber no republican will ever get elected in NE and you wont be the first.

    heres to altitude sickness…

  77. apocalypsewow12 permalink
    October 23, 2007 3:30 pm

    As a Schilling fan from many years ago, it breaks my heart to read his blog only to discover him typing “their” instead of the appropriate “they’re”.

    I have been a Phillies fan since for over 20 years and completely agree Francona might have gotten a little too much heat as the manager of the club. But I think it’s a bit of a stretch to imply he’s any better of a manager now than he was back then. You point out the postseason trips and the World Series title he has won in his time in Boston, and that’s fine and dandy. He’s coincidentally managing a team with perennial stars like Ramirez, Ortiz, Beckett, and Papelbon on the roster. When he was the skipper of my beloved Fightin’ Phils, he had Gregg Jefferies and Rico Brogna. Do the simple math and you’ll find his winning is eerily proportionate to the quality of players he had around him.

    That said, now that the Phils have the pieces in place to win for a few years, why not come back down 95 and be welcomed back to Philly like a combat wounded veteran? Everyone in the city who doesn’t get paid to create news stories for a living would love to have you come back and give us another few reasons to cheer (as if Rollins, Utley, and Hamels don’t provide us with enough).

  78. soxwin28 permalink
    October 23, 2007 3:40 pm

    Curt,

    If you guys win the World series, can you do the Papelbon dance???

  79. sawxfan3807 permalink
    October 23, 2007 3:52 pm

    Hey Curt! Great series with the Indians and a better one to come.

    I keep the faith because the team seems to like drama- down 3-1 I wasn’t happy about it, but I wasn’t really worried. You guys got down and didn’t let it kill you. I actually laughed at all the coverage of Manny’s “who cares” comments. We all know that’s Manny being Manny (as were the HRs he hit!) The national media had a field day and we can just laugh at them.

    Thanks for your words about Torre. As a RSN member in a mixed marrige (he’s a Yanks fan) we’ve talked a lot about this. He’s sick about how the organization treated Torre. It’s turned him off so much, he might see the light and come to the alter known as Fenway :) *fingers crossed*

    The best of luck to you guys. When you won in 2004, I wished my Gram was still alive. She would’ve been a big fan of you. Her favorite of all time was Pudge Fisk and I wish she could’ve seen you win. Win it again! I know you guys have it in you!

  80. sean24 permalink
    October 23, 2007 4:11 pm

    I’ve got to be honest. After Game 4, I started typing up a post that berated you, and blamed you for the Sox being down 3-1. Thankfully, I didn’t post it. You pitched a wonderful game six. Congrats to the Sox, you certainly deserve it. Hats off to the Indians, too.

    PS Catholicism, when talking about the religion, is spelled with a capital “C.” Otherwise, the word means “universal.”

  81. mrmako permalink
    October 23, 2007 4:44 pm

    Curt,

    Congrats to you and the Red Sox for proving that the correct mix of talent, veterans, and youth are a force to be reckoned with. This series feels really good, and I think you’ll get past the Rox for the title.

    I have to comment on your point with Steinbrenner. You have stated the obvious, where not many other Sox fans are willing to admit. The man, for the past 30 years has poured his money, and a lot of it, into the product to produce a winner. The man cares about winning. The current Red Sox ownership cares, and they have allowed Theo and the gang to spend to become the competitive force that they are, Moneyball be damned.

    The small market team owners pocket the winnings money, and cry poor…..

    Good luck against Colorado….

    Vinnie in Okinawa, Japan

  82. mesure permalink
    October 23, 2007 5:54 pm

    Congrats to the city of Boston and the Red Sox.

    Just when I started thinking you weren’t a blowhard, you take a shot at Philly?? Huh?? Why??

    ‘Tito’ was here 50years ago. You are correct, the ownership here is NOT dedicated to winning, hence why we rooted for you in Arizona..and Rolen in St Louis. We know it, but can do nothing about it.

    Boston, enjoy an ownership that obviously spends as much as the hated Yankees.

    Tito might be good, no doubt, but funny how ‘smart’ a top 1-2 payroll can make a guy look? Right Schill??

    Congrats on the achievement. You are better than ripping other cities and fans as you celebrate. We’re the same guys who bought your jerseys, supported your ALS charities for years, and loved you in this city. Why don’t you try to help, instead of antagonizing your former city.

    Congrats Boston, good luck against the Rockies.

  83. pigmeat permalink
    October 23, 2007 6:21 pm

    Good job as usual Curt. You were a winner here in Philly then in Arizona, and now in Boston. Regarding your comment about 610 WIP personalities, Catladi, MacNow, and Daily news hack Conlin, they have spent years trying to destroy anything good about Philly sports. They know the fan base is hurting and wants a winner in the worst sort of way. They manipulate the part of us that refuses to believe our teams just aren’t good enough by attacking the managers and certain players as the sole reasons we don’t have a championship..

    I remember you being somewhat friendly to the local media in Philly. You showed up to face the music on the “Great Sports Debate” program and you gave the fans some insight to what was going on with the players strike, and the Phillies. Well it seems that wasn’t good enough for those idiots. Then your desire to be traded from a front office that took sticks to a gunfight suddenly meant you were a bad guy. Somehow if you should end up back in the Phils organization you should make it a point to never give those idiots the time of day. You owe them nothing not even professional courtesy.

  84. yuckthefankees permalink
    October 23, 2007 6:46 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for all the memories thus far in the playoffs. I wish everyone the best. I am 29, but I have my pacemaker ready for the wild, fun ride!

  85. geoffrobinson permalink
    October 23, 2007 7:16 pm

    As someone from Philly, I have to admit I don’t have a high opinion of Francona. I think the success and failure of a club has is pretty much due to the GM, which you have a good one in Boston.

    I love Curt Schilling and what he did for the city. But I have to part ways with him here.

    I don’t think managers, on the whole, do very much for the club. Stay calm. Pull the pitcher at the right time. That’s about it. So I wouldn’t give Francona too much blame for his tenure at Philly and I wouldn’t give him the credit for his success in Boston, apart from staying calm and pulling the pitchers at the right times.

  86. gmdczr permalink
    October 23, 2007 7:22 pm

    Given the news this afternoon that Tim Wakefield will not be on the WS roster, I would like to see him throw out the first pitch on Wednesday in recognition for his contribution to the team this year.

  87. FireDannyAinge permalink
    October 23, 2007 8:01 pm

    Torre has not won a world series in 7 years. Sorry but NY had every right to fire him. He doesn’t get a free pass for life. They felt the need to appease the fans and offer him a contract. That was their mistake.

    You play baseball to win (don’t talk to me about fun. Most people don’t have “fun” at their job.

    As for the Red Sox it was nice to see fans get to celebrate IN Boston this time.

    The saddest part was watching Coco’s face but him getting to make the final out in the ALCS will be a huge highlight over teh years if the Red Sox go out and get the World Series.

    Good luck

  88. jimwhite81 permalink
    October 23, 2007 8:54 pm

    Curt, where is your Congratulations to the baseball club that skyrocket your career? yeh, that’s right, philadelphia phillies. i never heard you once gave the phillies props for what they did this season with the crap they had to go through.

    do you still have a grudge against the some members of ownership of the phillies or still refuse to confront mitch williams and act like a coward?

    As for Cataldi, nobody in philadelphia takes the guy seriously anymore, they think he is a joke.

  89. soxfan1187 permalink
    October 23, 2007 10:04 pm

    Hi,

    I really doubt this is your type of music but I thought you might get a kick out of this video I made of your teammates dancing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2boHFAZd7S8

    Hope you enjoy the video, good luck in the world series!

    GO SOX

  90. norcalsoxfan permalink
    October 24, 2007 1:32 am

    Curt–

    Congratulations on a great win. We’re all hoping for four more.

    Since you mentioned Boston as “a city that features armchair QB’ing and media second guessing as legitimate paid professions,” I wanted to vent about an article that Dan Shaughnessy wrote on October 18, after the Sox went down 3-1. The basic gist of the article was dumping on everyone in sight, but only if the Red Sox lost to the Indians. He trashed every player that was underperforming, even Pedroia because he was then hitting .171 for the series — then a four game series. A smart guy like Shaughnessy knows how quickly batting averages change in a seven game series. That didn’t stop him from attacking, but only if the Red Sox lost… He saved his strongest venom for Francona and Epstein. He criticized every single move they had made, but again, only if you guys lost the series. So I guess that explains why in each succeeding article Shaughnessy never felt the need to apologize even a bit — after all, his criticisms were only intended to apply if the Sox lost. They weren’t meant to apply if you won. You did, so they didn’t. Neat trick.

    I don’t know much about the “know it alls” in Philadelphia, but I don’t think you have to travel that far to find them. Here’s hoping you and the rest of the team continue to prove the Boston sportswriters wrong and bring home another championship. Thanks in advance; you all deserve it.

  91. bosoxdiehard permalink
    October 24, 2007 3:12 am

    Schill:

    Congratulations on a great season and it will be greater when you and the rest of your Red Sox team mates make it “mission accomplished” in the World Series.

    However, I am saddened at the news regarding Wakey who will not be on the WS roster who is troubled with a shoulder problem.

    Wakey has given so much to the organization and to us in Red Sox Nation. He’s the guy who would throw himself on a grenade to save others … remember his sacrificing performance in the 2004 ALCS.

    He deserves better and nothing would be better if the entire Red Sox went out and win this World Series for Tim-May!

    The #49 on shoes and wrist bands would be so appropriate.

    Bring it home, Schill!

  92. trot7 permalink
    October 24, 2007 8:08 am

    Dear FireDannyAinge,

    If winning a WS within 7 years when in the same league as the Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, etc is the standard for success then there are going to be a lot of managers walking the unemployment line. Judging by your screen name and your opinion, I think you might think about switching jobs.

  93. phillyforever permalink
    October 24, 2007 9:58 am

    Francona is horrendous. He couldn’t have managed this years’ Phils team to the playoffs.

    All he had to do in ’04 was show up and hand in a lineup card

    I could have managed that Sox team to the Series all the rest of his teams to the playoffs. Give me a break

    Just thank your GM and front office and leave Francona out of it

    GO ROCKIES!!

  94. robroi permalink
    October 24, 2007 10:18 am

    Schill, quite simply, you rule man!

  95. ilovethe2oo4sox permalink
    October 24, 2007 1:49 pm

    With regards to the SI article on Papelbon… “”This [role] suits him,” says Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. “He’s not exactly a charter member of Mensa” ????

    Yeah you are a real brain surgeon! Pack up your rag arm and hit the free agent market PLEASE!!! I’ll give it to you, you were a big part of our 2004 success but what have you done for us lately????? Too bad Randy Johnson can’t take the pressure of a big city …He’d be a great add to the BoSox after they dump you!

  96. October 24, 2007 3:31 pm

    “You play baseball to win”

    It seems to me that Joe Torre’s Yankees did a hell of a lot more winning than any other American League team in the last dozen years. The only comparable franchise would be Atlanta, where Schuerholz and Cox are looked on as benevolent, omniscient demigods.

    Yet Torre’s a bum, because he only won FOUR titles for New York.

    Go figure.

  97. shayrod permalink
    October 24, 2007 5:31 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I am 14 years old. I’m from Philly. I think that your thoughts posted here are unwarranted and inaccurate. Yeah, the know it alls of Philadelphia: Conlin, Cataldi, Macnow arent really know it alls are they? No they aren’t. Conlin and Macnow dont try to be know-it-all. I dont understand your problem with Glen Macnow. Though I try to beleive you are a good person I just cant convince myself of it. You are a good pitcher Curt and I wish you luck in the world series. If you would like to explain what you mean and help me to understand it my email adress is shayrod@comcast.net please dont email me if you are not curt.

    Shay

  98. agolfer3080 permalink
    October 24, 2007 6:08 pm

    Hi Curt,To be quite honest, you amaze me with your continued ability to silence your critics. There’s plenty left in your gas tank and you’ve proven that time and time again. You’re phenomenal. You made the necessary adjustments to prolong an incredible hall of fame career. And you’ve done good by red sox fans of the nation. Having said that, I was quite impressed with your blog regarding the “honorable” Joseph Torre. You couldn’t have been more eloquent with your sensitive observation of one of the games greatest managers. I applaud your articulation, of one that was wronged, buy an organization that I always felt had more class then what they demonstrated in their handling of their managerial situation. Well done Curt. Bravo. I have the most respect for you after having read your thoughts of that ugly situation in New York. I’d be embarrassed if I were a New York Yankee fan. I hope Mr. Torre manages again. Keep up the great work and continued success the remainder of this season. Red Sox Nation is counting on you.

  99. cardsox04 permalink
    October 24, 2007 7:11 pm

    I agree it was great to see the Red Sox get to celebrate in Boston, (thought celebrating in New York last time was sweet). I have been a fan since you were here in Philly but I have been a Red Sox fan much longer and I am so glad you have been in Boston.

    Please post more pics under the pictures tab! I love to see how much your kids have grown!

  100. kb2mpa permalink
    October 24, 2007 9:23 pm

    Curt,

    Heard the CHB on the Jay Severin show this evening. CHB was asked about how you guys would fare against the Colorado hitters. He said “the sox should be okay with Beckett, but Shcilling could get lit up, which I always root for anyway.”

    So there you have it. When you guys have said in the past that the media in this town wants you to lose or wants you to fail, you’ve been right. The CHB, the jackass, actually said, on the night of the first game of the World Series, that he was hoping “Schilling would get lit up.” What a loser.

    Good luck to you guys.

    tom

  101. FireDannyAinge permalink
    October 24, 2007 11:01 pm

    Trot7,

    Judging by your name you should shut up and go back to Cleveland.

    Seriously insulting my name which is 100% correct (3 over paid guys making over 20 million a year with no bench but Brian Scalabrine for the next 3 years. Who plays when these guys are in foul trouble and don’t even say James Posey. What happens in 4 months when all have logged 40 minutes a game.? Next question)

    Give me a break Torre was fired for failing to win with the most talented team in MLB. If he can’t get that team to play hard, pitch well and hit in a timely fashion then he doesn’t deserve to be re-upped.

    No one gets to stay in charge if they can’t do the job they were paid MILLION to do.

    As for my name I am a fan. I am not a writer and I have a right to my damn opinion and you just have to deal with it.

    The point of baseball is to win and in NY the point of baseball is to win a world series. Joe “go get Manny” to Clemens in 2003 after Pedro was attacked by fat old man Zimmer” Torre could have stayed but he only cared about the money.

  102. sarahsmom2u2 permalink
    October 25, 2007 10:05 am

    Looking for a way for Sox team to reach out to Acacia Cugno (pronounced Q-no). Young girl, HUGE FAN, who just had double lung transplant. Her story can be read at http://acaciaupdates.blogspot.com. Been to three blogs already…went to Sox site for contact information and could only find address…any suggestions from bloggers would be appreciated. She is up and down and this would definitely help.

  103. October 25, 2007 3:38 pm

    FDA, it’s interesting that you’re plainly stating that Torre had “the most talented team in Baseball”.

    Highest payroll, certainly. But that hasn’t equated to most talented. I suspect if you asked, oh, any senior scout for any MLB organization “Who is the most talented team in baseball?” that scout would point at other teams. Not the Yankees.

    Outside of New York, very few professional sports writers picked the Yankees to win the World Series.

    It’s also the height of absurdity to openly ascribe to a “Win the World Series or You’re All Failures” philosophy. Nobody can live up to the standard, so everyone is doomed from the start. A short series can turn on a bad hop off the infield grass, or a popup dropped for a two-base error.

    The firing of Torre was a grievous error.

  104. October 25, 2007 3:40 pm

    Oh, and good luck tonight, Curt. I’ll be rooting for you while I’m scarfing down those Nachos Bell Grande (with chili!) that are suddenly irresistable.

  105. mmeubiquitous permalink
    October 25, 2007 5:20 pm

    *HUGS*

    Knock ‘em dead, Curt!

  106. markinphoenix permalink
    October 25, 2007 7:09 pm

    I’m Mark and I go to Cherokee Elementary, and I hope you win! :)

  107. soxsuck86 permalink
    October 25, 2007 8:54 pm

    i cant wait to see your face in a towel when Papelbon blows your save.

  108. csshuckster permalink
    October 25, 2007 11:17 pm

    Great job in the ALCS, ALDS, and so far in the WS Curt! Keep up the great run!

  109. luthorsnavely permalink
    October 25, 2007 11:21 pm

    i notice “schillsucks” is nowhere to be found commenting anymore…

    scoooooore boooooard

    go sox, bring home another ring.

    hope we see you in a sox uni next year too, but if the suits don’t give you what you want I’ll support you wherever you end up.

  110. knotty66 permalink
    October 25, 2007 11:33 pm

    Mr. Schilling

    Another man up performance. All these TV guys talking about your decline, your fastball loosing MPH. You know what who cares. No schilling no title in 2004. No schilling no title in 2007 “if we can we win 2 more” . Your are simply put a warrior. No matter what you do from this point forward as an athlete you are the single person responsible for restoring a winning tradiation in Boston for the Red Sox and I thank you.

  111. dmradio permalink
    October 25, 2007 11:36 pm

    Curt…thank you for everything you have done for us this season! Great game tonight…incredible performance. Thank you!

  112. human1066 permalink
    October 26, 2007 2:28 am

    This probably should go on a new topic, but thanks, Curt, for World Series ’07 Victory #2. If you go away you will be missed.

  113. csoldi permalink
    October 26, 2007 3:23 am

    Mr. Shilling, I was born in Boston 37 years ago and lived in a town that built its humor and personality around a sarcasm gained from a tough shell of let down. What you and the team provided in 2004 was sweep of all those demons keeping an entire town down and you handed us pride. To watch this new team rise again, with the strength and class it carries with it is just a gift. Thanks for bringing the poise and grace to the game that you do, as well as the blood, sweat, and tears. The sacrifices you and your families make during the grind of a now extended season are so appreciated by those of us who are far from our Boston home now, but cheering that much louder as Red Sox Nation. Thanks for the blog as well, and bringing the game to an even more personal level. Great job tonight (World Series Game 2), and great job all round.

  114. mcleanweston permalink
    October 26, 2007 7:09 am

    Schill,

    Great night you had Oct. 25th. I was awstruck at how well you pulled it together and pitched. You have taken changes which have occured, and recreated a well pitched guy. You have become more than just a bloody sock to the Red Sox Nation, and I thank you.

    You have meant so much to us all and I only hope that you will be chosen and chose to end your days in the Red Sox uniform. There may be young things coming up from the farm teams (I being an urdent Sea Dogs fan, being from Portland Maine, have seen a few fly by) yet having you there in Boston showing them that they won’t be young long, that there will be injuries to come back from, that they may have to change and recreate thier style and form, is one of the best experiences they will get. Your example alone is priceless to this team.

    I wish for you and yours only good things, and Gods blessings.

    Thank you again for all you’ve given us lowly Red Sox fans.

  115. aimcifer permalink
    October 26, 2007 7:40 am

    Curt,

    You did GREAT! I was just re-watching the highlights of Game 2 and… just wow. I admit to getting emotional when you walked off the field. I don’t know what’ll happen in the off-season but know that RSN loves and respects you. You’re a true legend. God bless you, man. And thank you for everything.

  116. October 26, 2007 8:19 am

    Congratulations, Curt! Watched all of your work tonight, and as the innings progressed, it became obvious that you weren’t letting us out of Fenway without a win. You spotted some gorgeous pitches when it counted the most, and I will admit I was filled with admiration for how you handled yourself out there.

    That was a credit to your team, the fans, and your October legacy. Well played, sir. Well played.

    Now if we can just get Okajima and Papelbon blogging, we can lavish praise on them too.

  117. jkirk13 permalink
    October 26, 2007 10:35 am

    CURT!!!!!!

    Come back to Philly. Cole, you, Jamie, Kendrick. We need you, man.

  118. dconti77 permalink
    October 26, 2007 11:29 am

    Dear Curt:

    I have been a fan since seeing you throw a shutout in 1993 with the phils. luckily my father and i were able to get tickets to that game. Then you came to boston right after i got season tickets in the bleachers (right behind the pen) and I got to enjoy the ride in person 10 years later in 2004. Now, once again we are seeing you and your team make your way through the playoffs. Through it all, I have always admired your ability to handle the pressures, speak your mind all thw while continuing to throw strikes when it counted …

    I gave my wife my ticket for last night, thereby missing what could’ve been your last game in fenway. I am hoping against hope I get to see you pitch again next year in boston but if not I just wanted to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for many many memories, not just my own, but my father’s as well.

    Go Sox, beat the Rockies !!!

  119. brsfan3rdgeneration permalink
    October 26, 2007 2:02 pm

    FireDannyAinge,

    You are a tool. Stop downing everyone and everything, and sit back and watch the Sox have this World Series wrapped up by Sunday at midnight. With the lineup the NYY have year after year, my death and dumb grandmother could get them to the big show.

  120. brsfan3rdgeneration permalink
    October 26, 2007 2:06 pm

    Trot7,

    you are also a tool. This is a blog to support the Red Sox, not down on other bloggers. We’re not 15 yrs. old anymore, so stop acting like it.

    God Bless, Go Sox, and God give another blessing to people who need to mature a little.

  121. matador4life permalink
    October 26, 2007 5:53 pm

    Curt,

    It’s been a blast watching you over the years. I have never met you but have enjoyed knowing we both pitched for Bill Hatcher at Shadow Mountain. I was class of ’81, the group that lost to our nemesis Greenway Demons in the championship game. Sadly, after going 8-0 that year, I took the loss in the championship game after winning the semifinal game the night before. We got close……Which makes watching another Matador kick ass at the highest level of baseball all the more satisfying. You are an amazing pitcher and it gets more enjoyable watching as you age. Throwing hard is one thing…pitching is another. You have mastered the art of pitching.

    Give ‘em hell in Denver! It’s fun to be 6 degrees from a future hall of famer.

    Jeff Stroud

  122. apelike22 permalink
    October 26, 2007 9:03 pm

    Hiya Curt. Amazing game last night (G2 of the WS). Congrats! Just wanted to relate a story about my dad to you that I think you’ll appreciate. My dad’s got brain cancer and has been severely weakened by his chemo and radiation. I just moved back to Boston to help out the family after spending the last 8 years in LA. My wife and I got into town on Wednesday and have been looking forward to watching the World Series with my dad ever since you guys clinched the ALCS. We had to rely on phone calls after games in ’04. I’ve never seen my dad cry until you walked off the mound in the fifth. When you tipped your cap to the crowd he couldn’t keep it in anymore. Watching you gut out that game filled him with more hope and inspiration than he could keep inside of him. Win or lose, I’m going to remember that for the rest of my life. I know it’s just baseball, but it’s not just baseball, not all the time anyway. Keep fighting the good fight.

  123. markinphoenix permalink
    October 28, 2007 11:15 pm

    Congratz Curt!!! :) that was cool

  124. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    November 14, 2007 7:29 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CURT!!!

    Congrats to YOUK for the Golden Glove Award and Pedroia for winning the Rookie of the Year! Youk I love you without the beard and goatee! You look and have such a beautful baby face! As far as Red Sox Nation is concerned, JOSH you deserve the Cy Young Award! 20 beats 19 because a win is a win! Congrats to the Whole Red Sox Organization, we clearly have won in all aspects this season!!!

    I am just one of the many fans that is so happy!!!

    Again have a great birthday Curt!!! 11-14-07

    sincerely, Sha Sha

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