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2007 World Series Champions

October 29, 2007

“God has his fingerprints all over this game.”

I stole it. Clint Hurdle said that about game 4 and it resonated with me all day long. What Aaron Cook and Jon Lester went through to get to this point, to get the ball, was God’s work. What they did after “Play Ball” was awe inspiring in a million ways.

Hate to see the cheap shots taken by fans and writers at what went down over the last 5 days with regards to the series and Colorado’s team. They may not use it as an excuse, I certainly don’t expect to hear it from Helton, Holliday Hurdle or any others, but the 8 days between games, in my opinion, had a negative effect on them. I still believe we are the best team in the world, and 8 days or not we would have won, but I think it did impact them in many different ways. 8 days off and then you step in the box and have to face the best pitcher on the planet? Hats off to the NL Champions for redefining comeback and “against all odds”. What they did to even get to the 2007 World Series needs to be etched in stone. I think it will be lost over the next few months because of the outcome of the Series but it shouldn’t be, they did it with class and style. They played the game right and hard. Seeing true, old school, blue collar guys like Todd Helton finally getting into the World Series after putting up Hall worthy numbers his whole career is a cool thing.

There are a litany of people that deserve huge kudos for what just happened. From a personal standpoint it starts with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What I have been able to experience, watch, be a part of, just adds to the already overflowing life of incredible memories I am totally undeserving of. To be able to participate in, and witness, events that millions of people around the world will never forget is pretty much indescribable.

I thank the Lord for an incredible wife, 4 beautiful and healthy children. Shonda remains my rock. In a life that sees me pretty much absent from the home for 6-8 months a year she has held the fort. That’s saying a lot when that fort contains 3 boys, ages 12, 8 and 5, and a young lady of 10. Wherever next year takes us it’s incredibly comforting knowing the ships in order and my children, even though I THINK they miss me, are being raised by a woman of virtue, passion, devotion and love that knows no bounds. 

I thank the Lord for keeping George Kerr well all year long. George is suffering from ALS, and we had a deal that he’d promise me to live life to the fullest this year, and hang on, in exchange I promised him we’d win a World Series. He sent me a pre game email before every start this year. We’re now going to begin working on next years wager.

I thank the Lord for bringing Peter Despain into my life. Pete, as the frequent visitors here will remember, was the young boy I was introduced to through 38 Studios President, Brett Close. His daugter Natalie was in class with Peter when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Natalie, obviously a young lady mature beyond her years, asked if I would talk to Pete and try to cheer him up. We spoke and became immediate friends, finally getting a chance to meet this year in Texas. Peter would email me “Sox mojo” each night before I pitched. I would hope it’s now easy to understand why ‘bad games’ for me this year never seemed as bad as they otherwise might have. When a young boy is emailing you updates on his surgery and chemo, and his dad is filling in the blanks when he’s too sick or tired to type, a loss is a bit less ‘stinging’. Real life comes into clear focus and wins and losses linger a lot less as well.

On the business side of things it all begins at the top. Mr Henry, Mr Werner, Mr Lucchino, they all have made the extreme commitment not only to us as players, but to our families as well. In a day and edge of P&L statements and win or go home ultimatums I cannot begin to describe what it’s like to work for people that care about you and your family beyond the workplace.

Passing the torch to the GM and his ‘minions’ as dumb people are apt to call them, Theo and the crew upstairs are obsessive about the game and the team. No stone is left unturned, no event too insignificant to scout. Kyle, Dana, Dave and the advanced scouts here, along with our video stud Billy Broadbent, work ludicrous hours doing totally unappreciated and invisible jobs whose results come out on the field. These guys are in some cases baseball ‘lifers’ who never step on the field, never are seen in front of a camera, but who’s contributions at times are as valuable as the guy throwing the 1-0 change up with the bases loaded and no outs, and getting out of the jam. Doing so because those guys spent countless hours compiling data and scouting video that says that was the thing to do. It’s a HUGE leap of faith for any player to put his trust in anyone not wearing a uniform and in the dugout but we’ve got a team of passionate people here that allow that to happen, and a second World Series in 4 years is proof of that.

Handing the torch off to the manager, and coaches. It’s no secret how I feel about Tito. I started his first game as a manager in LA over 10 years ago and I’ve been with him for every game he’s ever managed save 2 months in 2000. Trust me when I say as good a manager as he is, and he is good (8-0 in the world series, 7-0 in must win elimination games), he’s a ten times better man.

That doesn’t peter out when you talk about his coaches. Brad Mills is a manager in waiting. Millsy’s loyalty and dedication to Tito and the game, and us as players is unquestionable. He’s as smart a baseball man as I’ve been around and probably the reason Tito is as good as he is. I’d bet Tito would agree as long as Brad wasn’t allowed to hear it. That statement stands even when Millsy wears the pants 3 sizes too small…….

Demarlo Hale, Luis Alicea, two true baseball guys. The only negative about coaching staffs as talented and passionate as ours is that they are often times the names at the top of managerial searches every off season. I’d heard Demarlo’s name mentioned many times before I knew him, as a serious managerial candidate in a bunch of different instances. It took about 2 days in spring training to understand why. 

Dave Magadan. I faced Mags quite a bit before he retired and started coaching but never really knew him until this year. I was blown away by his routine. He was in the video room as much, if not more, than I was all year long. I’d never heard the term ‘cage rat’ before this year either. Tim Mccarver called him that the other night and it fits like a glove. If he’s not on the top step watching his hitters, talking over an opposing pitcher, or in the video room doing the same, he’s in the cage with one of them doing some drill. Total dedication and great guy to boot.

Don Kalkstein. Sports Psycholgist. Hmm, is there a team or market more in need of someone like that than this one? Given the length of our season, the grind of the schedule, the market we play in and the other things that come with playing in a ‘win it all, always’ environment there is no doubt a need for someone not coaching, to chat with. DK is the goods. His dedication to the Dallas Mavericks is his only real vice (though it’s a necessity since he works for them I guess, but my Suns are still better!). DK is, after all is said and done, someone I would call a friend before anything else. He’s one of those rare people that makes you drop any and all pretenses about 8 seconds after you meet him and chat, about anything. He’s also Tito’s Fantasy Football bench coach and an incredibly horrid NFL talent evaluator……

John Farrell is the best. I’ve never had the privelage of being coached by someone that has had as much impact on as many different pitchers as this man did here this year. Any good pitching coach understands that his staff is 10-20 totally different and unique men/kids with as many different opinions and views on how to pitch. The great coaches understand that they have to be personal instructors to each and every one. In addition to the life draining amounts of time required, you can’t fake it. To be great you have to care, and he does. That’s the one thing that will stick with me if I never get to work with him again, was the amount of care and interest he had with every single one of us. The careers he’s changed this year will have far reaching implications, good ones, for this organization and Sox nation as a whole.

The other ‘behind the scenes’ folks that truly to make our lives what they are. Our strength coach Dave Page. A more passionate guy would be hard to find. He doesn’t make any pitches, drive in any runs, but he lives and dies with every out of every game. His dedication to us is just another small sliver of the pie that makes this family go.

Our clubhouse guys. When you hear players and athletes talk about families, and how we are one for an extended period of time every year, in many cases these are the guys we think about. From our Traveling Secretary Jack McCormick, pretty much our wife away from home who handles every single detail of our travel and life outside the lines, to Pookie, Luke, Joe and the gang. Day in and day out these guys have jobs that on the surface might seem ‘cool’ and ‘fun’, but in reality they are absolutely blue collar. For a WHOLE lot less money than they deserve they work 70-80 hour weeks making the entire thing run like clockwork. From laundry, to meals to errands to family emergencies, these guys are truly what makes this whole thing feel like a family. Familiar faces that you know you can count on at the most crucial times.

All that stuff, in my opinion, is absolutely crucial to what we do. Being able to come to the park knowing that strolling to the mound and throwing the ball is the absolute ONLY thing you need to think about, or be concerned with, matters. So much happens outside of the 27 outs, the 9 innings, the 200+ games, that has a direct and extreme impact on how we do, what we do, it’s hard to imagine being on a team that doesn’t provide that support. It’s been that way since the day I put on a Red Sox uniform, through the last out of the 2007 World Series.

What a year. The Red Sox everyone thought they knew, are gone. This is a new franchise, a new team. The foundation has been laid and the core talent is in place, with a whole lot more coming, to make trips late into October a much more common occurence than the world at large expects. I am hoping we can do it with a touch of grace, and class.

I’ll leave it at this. My personal situation will most certainly be talked about in the paper, on the radio and on TV. Many people will propose to know exactly what the Sox ‘think’ about me, and many more will claim to know what I am going to do, and what I want. They will claim to know what works best for whom, and who should say what to who, when. The only place that will be true is here. My thoughts are to post here once the process begins, and to keep anyone that cares about the situation informed via this blog.

If you care to check back a few posts to the uproar in spring training go ahead. Re-read the things I posted then because they are no different now. Shonda and I want to remain in the game one more year. Our preference is for that last year to be here, in Boston, as a Boston Red Sox. We also understand that if the feeling is not mutual we’ll find another home for this final season and make the very best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. There is no lose here. The ultimate win is to do what I said above, remain here and end it all here. Anything short of that is still going to be pretty damn fun and special.

There will be no ill will, there can’t be. What we’ve been allowed to witness, partake in and enjoy, goes so far beyond what we’d hoped and dreamed our time here would consist of that we’ll have nothing but thanks to offer to anyone concerned.

To Red Sox Nation we’d like to offer our deepest and most profound thank you for making the last four years  some of the greatest moments personally and professionally, of our lives. Much like the fans in Philadelphia, and Arizona, you always treated my wife and my children with respect. You were far better to me than I deserved at times, and never worse than I deserved at others. The only thing I know I can say without a doubt is that I took the ball, every single time, and never ever left anything in the tank.

If October 28, 2007, was the last time I ever wear this uniform, thank you. It was an honor and a privelage to be allowed to play here.

251 Comments leave one →
  1. rnnana permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:09 am

    Gee – you must have spent the entire flight back on your blackberry or whatever. Nice writing. Thanks for your thoughts. I appreciate your integrity and efforts on behalf of this team (even if we absolutely would not agree politically…..) I’ve been pulling for you all season and am really glad your W.S. game went so well.
    Any idea how one could send emails to Theo, John, “powers-that-be” about who I’d like to see them re-sign, and NOT (A-Rod) ??? Would be wonderful for Red Sox Nation to be able to express their opinions.
    Thanks Curt.

  2. gswados38 permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:13 am

    Curt- Thank you for the great season and the leadership and intensity you bring to Boston- you’ve made the team stronger each year and they would not have those rings without you. I hope you stay in Boston-G

  3. natei33 permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:14 am

    “The only thing I know I can say without a doubt is that I took the ball, every single time, and never ever left anything in the tank.

    If October 28, 2007, was the last time I ever wear this uniform, thank you. It was an honor and a privelage to be allowed to play here.”

    That’s all we asked! Thanks for everything….here’s to one more year! Congrats to you and the entire Red Sox organization.

  4. October 29, 2007 8:14 am

    Congrats on the ring! It is the best feeling in sports to win a championship.

    Curt, it has been a privilege watching you pitch in a Red Sox uniform. I hope we can watch you again next season, one more time.

  5. bigsoxandpatsfan permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:20 am

    Great Season!
    Great Playoffs!

    Congratualtions!

    Good luck in the future and thanks for writing this blog.

  6. 2007worldchamps permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:29 am

    God Bless you and your family. It was/is an honor and a privilege to have you pitch in Boston. Red Sox Nation loves you and always will. Congrats on the huge win again this year, what a dream team it is. Thank you Curt for keeping this blog for us.
    See you at Spring training! We adore you!

  7. mrhunnybun permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:34 am

    Wow, I really enjoyed the series, even if I did have to sit up half the night to watch it, as I’m in the UK.

    Congratulations Curt and good luck, whatever you choose to do and where you choose to do it. Well played.

  8. October 29, 2007 8:35 am

    Congratulations man! That was a fun ride all year!!

    Hopefully my Cubbies can get there soon…

  9. rlgdguy permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:42 am

    Congrats Curt! You guys deserved this title from the get-go! I hope the team does the right thing and brings you back! I know you need to look out for your family and number one, but you commented before how the Latino players measure respect in dollar signs. While you should get what you can in life, I hope you you weigh all your options and factor in the “winning ability” of the team you end up on and not necessarily the highest amount of money.

    If it is about winning as most players say and not the money, I think it’s a no brainer. I respect all you have done in this town and hope it continues for as long as you decide to remain in the game, finishing out your career right here in Boston. You have etched your name forever in the Boston Sports scene, have brought much joy to my sports experience and for that I simply say, “Thank You Sir”!

  10. bpeter289 permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:54 am

    Congratulations Curt Schilling.

    After 86 yeras of turmoil in Red Sox Nation, you and the other greats (both current and former players) on the Red Sox have helped them win 2 World Series in 4 years.

    I really hope that you can end your career with the Red Sox.

    GOD Bless All.

  11. cmatera permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:55 am

    Hey Curt, it’s been an amazing time watching you play in Boston. Thank you for your integrity, your faith in God, your never give up attitude, and your perseverance to play your best every time you took the mound.

    I’m praying you’ll finish your career with the best team in Major League Baseball, the Redsox!

    -Chris Matera

  12. October 29, 2007 8:56 am

    Curt – Thank you (and the entire organization) for a wonderful season.

  13. October 29, 2007 8:56 am

    Phenomenal job Curt! Hands down phenomenal! All praise goes to God first for giving you and the team all the talent and skill to be able to compete at this level and in clean manner! Way to go!

    It was awesome watching you pitch and watching the entire team work together as a unit. It’s amazing how you have all demonstrated mastery yet stayed humble enough to credit each other with the success. You guys are the real deal!

    You guys committed to bringing teh best out of each other. It was evident through the ‘happyness’ exhited by everyone from Papelbon to Manny. You threw your hearts into this and that’s what matters. Awesome job!

  14. October 29, 2007 8:57 am

    simply amazing…

    Congrats to you and the team!!

    It has been a pleasure reading all year long, hope we get a few off season blogs and we hope to see you in Ft Myers come spring time!!

    Cheers,
    kc

  15. October 29, 2007 9:06 am

    In a way I was surprised when I checked my RSS links and saw that you had a post after last night’s game. But, in another way, I’ve read your blog since you started and I’m not too surprised by the timing or your openness.

    I’ve mentioned before in other comments, I am and always will be a Yankees fan. But, as over time I’ve discovered I’m more a fan of the game and passionate and honest players such as you.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective with respect to all those who surround you, on and off the field. I’m looking forward to continuing to read your blog, regardless of where you end your career as a player and embark on your next stage in life.

  16. dianegaissl permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:06 am

    Curt,

    Congrats on the World Series win!!!.

    You are and always will be my favorite player.

    Hope to see you next year hoisting another trophy!!

    Love, Diane

  17. law1599 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:09 am

    Great Job!!! So proud of you!!!

  18. October 29, 2007 9:21 am

    Curt,
    Just wanted to leave you a note to say THANK YOU for everything since coming to Boston. 2 World Series Championships in 4 years. I need a bigger and better word than awesome to describe the feeling of it.

    Yes, it was a team effort but it could not have been done without you. You are THE MAN in my book.

    2007 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS. Sounds so good, so good!!

  19. blackats permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:26 am

    Congrats to you, your family, the team and all of Red Sox Nation!!! We never lost faith when you were down to Cleveland (how could we after ’04). We knew you would bring another Championship back to Boston once you made it to the World Series. Excellent pitching from you and the entire staff throughout the post-season.

    We would love to see you back in a Red Sox uniform, but have you given any thought to perhaps retiring on top, taking a year or two off and return as a coach? With your meticulous note taking and video watching I wonder if that part of it interests you at all.

    Great season, awesome playoffs! Congratulations again. Time for all of RSN to catch up on their sleep.

  20. ewhalle1 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:36 am

    Great job Curt. You really helped the team stay focused and excited, and I was so overjoyed watching you charge the mound last night! Congrats!

  21. falzo25 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:36 am

    schill, what you have done for us has been AMAZING. Whether you go out as a red sox or with another team, you will be a boston legend forever. I truly hope that you return next year, but the champagne is still flowing from last night, so ENJOY IT! GO SOX AND THANKS FOR EVERYTHING SCHILL! HOPEFULLY SEE YOU TOMORROW AT THE PARADE!!!!

  22. October 29, 2007 9:38 am

    It’s been a great, great time to be a Sox fan, and you are a huge part of it. Thanks for taking the time to interact with fans, and thanks for all your work on the mound and in the community.

    I’d be glad to chat about theology with you sometime– I don’t understand how we can divine God’s plan, whether from athletic contests or tsunamis– but this morning isn’t the time for it. Thanks and congratulations. Sox fans will always be grateful for the way you performed here.

    Hope to see you around for another year!

  23. October 29, 2007 9:45 am

    This is a beautiful post that brought tears to my eyes. I think you have real talent as a writer, and I hope you not only continue to blog (and maybe more often during the off season) but that you might consider writing a book.

    Thank you for four awesome years, and hopefully one more. You have added so much to the team, and you have brought great joy to the Nation. We’re grateful to you, and to the entire team, from the fans. But like you, we also are grateful to all the ‘behind the scenes’ guys. You’re right, we don’t often consider them as part of the win, but without them we would not be on top of the world today.

    I’m too tired to think coherently, having stayed up till 2 waiting in vain for the RiverDance, but we’ll be at the parade and will be sure to wave.

    Again, congratulations on a win well deserved. And that’s from a University of Colorado graduate!

  24. Denis E. Ambrose, Jr. permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:49 am

    Wonderful post. Thanks for a great season Curt!

  25. jbarkan permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:53 am

    Curt – thanks for everything you have done for the Nation and for baseball. We know that these two rings don’t happen without your courage and leadership.

    To say that you are a TRUE role model is an understatement.

    We hope that you stay in the uniform but no matter what – you have fans for life in almost any jersey :-)

    Love the blog and thanks for your access and your thoughts and feelings.

    Best of everything! Jon

  26. jaycer17 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:57 am

    Curt, on behalf of all baseball fans, I comme4nd you for helping turn the Red Sox into the amazing team they have become in the past four years. What you guys did in 2004, what you did this year, I don’t think anyt other team will ever repeat. This is just the stuff of Hollywood, only better –cause it’s real!!! I sure hope you’ll play at least one more season, though I know the bones start nagging you after a while (I’m 36). You made the game watchable again.

  27. minhly permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:01 am

    Curt,

    Thank you so much for giving your whole heart to the team and our city. So many times stand out when you’ve been a great leader — teaching Papelbon the splitter, winning Game 2 of the World Series this year, pitching and prevailing over pain and a torn tendon in the 2004 postseason. While winning is always a team effort, the team effort is inspired and guided by outstanding and selfless contributions. I’ll always appreciate how you mentored our young players and helped children in Boston with your generous support for ALS and cancer patients.

    What you’ve done reminds me of a passage from Isaiah, “Help those in trouble, then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”

    On a personal note, the first baseball game I ever saw was with Tito managing and you pitching in Philadelphia when I was a kid. Then I moved to Boston and had the pleasure and privilege of watching you win two World Series with the Red Sox. Thank you Curt!

    Minh

  28. cdntrot permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:08 am

    Curt,

    In 2003 I was shattered when Boone hit that home run. In 2004 I was shocked and thrilled beyond belief. In 2007 I am very satisfied and proud to be part of Red Sox nation, as I have been for 30yrs.

    A fantastic job Curt by you and the team. I will not forget how classy you are as this year ends and I hope you come back. If things don’t work out, you have been an inspiration, not only in baseball but in your charity as well. I hope Peter Despain knows how lucky he is to have you in his life.

    Brent
    Burlington, Ontario.

  29. ctsoxfan permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:10 am

    No, no, Curt…thank YOU.

    The privilege has been all ours, getting to see a Hall of Fame athlete give us four special years in a Red Sox uniform, and I join my prayers to yours in hoping that there is (at least!) one more to be had here. I can’t imagine you finishing up anywhere else, but I will wish you nothing but the best wherever you go, and this includes the many, many years to follow your playing days. In a very short time, you have integrated yourself into the Red Sox scene so deeply that it’s tough to imagine it without you.

    Thank you for four fantastic years, two world championships, and a give-it-all-you-got style of pitching that I have rarely seen from anyone else in Fenway Park.

    Godspeed,
    Rob

  30. brsfan3rdgeneration permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:10 am

    Congrats Red Sox….To Todd Helton, thanks for the opportunity to watch you guys play in the WS. I was at Coors Field three years ago, and I was one of about 100 fans in the whole stadium. Seeing if packed last night was an awesome feeling for me. Thank you Todd and Curt.

  31. princesslaurel permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:12 am

    Even rarer than the World Series win, is seeing an athlete who exhibits an thankfulness to our Lord and a love for his wife and kids. With the sports world so full of questionable ideals and morals, it heartens me as a fan and a person that there are still good guys who play the game. Thanks for a GREAT seaon and continued blessings to you and your family!

  32. mauigirl permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:14 am

    Congratulations to you and the whole Red Sox team – and your management.

    I was brought up as a Red Sox fan and went through all the agony of all the World Series losses, back in 1967 (St. Louis Red Sox, 7 games…), 1975 (Cincinnati Reds, 7 games…), 1986 (Mets, 7 games…). Heartbreakers all. It’s so refreshing to have the Red Sox finally being winners!

    My aging mother and aunt (now 88 and 86, respectively) have now lived to see the Red Sox win not one, but TWO World Series in their lifetimes, something we had almost despaired of seeing.

    2004 was great, the breaking of the Curse. And now this year – to see the Red Sox out there with the confidence, the ability to come back and win, that used to be the purvue of the New York Yankees – was a beautiful thing. I don’t care if people now say the Red Sox are the new Yankees. GOOD! I’m glad to see it!

    Congratulations again to you all.

  33. wizswench permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:14 am

    Congratulations to all of you…and thank you. THIS proves the Sox are not a ‘fluke’.

    You guys are awesome. And I agree with Chris…I have had the immense pleasure (which ain’t easy livin in Texas) of seeing you pitch twice…and it was amazing. I also hope yer a Sox next year…but whatever you do…you have made history.

    Cool, huh?

  34. Andrew permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:20 am

    Thank you for a great season!!.I hope to see you in a RedSox uniform next season along with the rest of the 2007 RedSox players.I give you a internet pat on the back for a job WELL DONE!!!.
    Whatever your decision for the 2008 season,just remember,you will always be welcomed in Boston and the surrounding area!.
    Regards,
    Andrew

  35. sbm13 permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:39 am

    This team, this franchise is a metaphor of the human spirit, pushing beyond the struggle and most of all BELEIVING!
    Keep the faith Curt, your one in a million (and I am glad your our 1 in a million).

  36. Tim permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:46 am

    I just discovered your blog last week, and I started reading at the beginning. I had to skip from Spring Training to the World Series entries this morning. It like starting a book at the beginning and peeking at the last few pages. This is all fascinating reading, thank you for sharing your thoughts with your fans.

    I live near Philly, I am a Phillies fan, and I have been a big fan of yours since your Phillies years. I became a Red Sox fan after attending college in New Hampshire.

    I watched the game last night holding my 2004 World Series Champs hat in my hands, not quite ready to put it on during the game. I have superstitions of my own, I guess. Shortly after midnight I was able to put it on and celebrate! I’ll have a 2007 World Series Champs hat soon!

    Congrats on your 2007 World Series Victory! It was an excellent series to watch!

    I wish you the best of luck on the road ahead! If you don’t stay in Boston, come back to Philly, we’d love to have you!

  37. adamsj permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:46 am

    Congratulations! Thanks for being such a leader on the field and off, and for leaving behind such a capable annuity of pitching talent you helped to mentor and develop. A great legacy in performance and leadership.

    Best of luck – I’m sure you’ll do what’s right for you and your family next year…but I’m also sure RSN will get the chance to watch #38 become a number no one else wears on a Red Sox jersey sometime soon. I’ll be sharing my applause, as drowned out as it will be. And I’ll ensure my children learn the lessons of respect, perseverance, and dedication, in part through the legend of Curt Schilling.

  38. redsoxlady permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:58 am

    Congrats to you and the entire organization. What a fun time I have had watching this season. Sorry to see it end, except that we can get some much deserved rest. I let my son stay up for every post season game, so he would have the memories. Thanks for the memories and see you next year!

  39. NoxintorT permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:11 am

    Did you ever think, on that fateful Thanksgiving Day in Arizona nearly 5 years ago when the Sox execs took the holiday off from their families to join your family, that the 4-year deal they signed you in would result in 2 World Series wins? Wow.

    Congratulations, and don’t fret. You will wear the Sox uni at *least* one more time: Tomorrow in the parade :)

    If this is goodbye, it has been a pleasure. Your presence with the younger pitchers next year would probably affect them for their entire careers (Lester, Buchholz, etc) and that has as much value as the stats you are able to put up. Lest we forget, you threw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball just a few months ago.

  40. johnnylegit permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:26 am

    Mr. Schilling:

    Thank you for all that you’ve given to the Sox fans this past year & past. With all the talk of dominating Beckett, outstanding plays of rookies, Paps becoming the next Rivera, Tek being Tek, and Mike Lowell playing like a MVP, perhaps your name hasn’t gotten much mention recently in the national media (other than your potential free agency), but we all know you were one of the anchors on this team in the playoffs. And we will NEVER forget that you risked and sacrificed your career to help us win the ’04 WS …

    In a perfect world, this team will stay exactly the same for ’08 for repeat performance, but we all know that’s not going to happen. When Theo became GM, I finally gotten over being frustrated by the Yankee “empire” because I KNEW he will do what it takes to put a championship caliber team. I may not always agree with his moves but I know he knows what needs to be done and go out and do it. So I trust that he and the management will do what’s best for the future of the team … I just hope that they understand that you can’t put monetary/statistical value on “heart”, “class”, and “guts” …

    Enjoy the celebration in Boston and PLEASE do all of us a favor and let the guys that don’t get much ink or get even negative ink (Coco, Hinske, Julian, Alex, & rest of the bullpen not named Okajima/Paps) we all appreciate what they’ve contributed to the team this year.

    Best of luck to you & your family, and God willing, we’ll see you back in April wearing a Boston uniform …

  41. redsoxxfoxx38 permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:28 am

    First of all, thank you for writing such a wonderful, heartfelt and selfless thank you to everyone in the Red Sox organization for this incredible year!
    It was a pleasure and a joy to watch you guys work hard as a team each and every game to play to the best of your abilities and make no excuses for times when you weren’t so perfect. I am so proud of all of my Red Sox players and yes, you are all mine as a proud member of RSN! I’ve lived and breathed Red Sox for so many years and never ever gave up on you.

    Curt, thank you for your faith in God and sharing it so publically with us all. I am a single mother with 2 boys who’s father deserted them when we divvorced and I’ve always encouraged them to be their best and believe in God for everything. I encouraged sports in them, taught them how to hit and pitch and stood on the sidelines to cheer them on every game.
    Now they’re such huge Sox fans like mom and every time I see you stand on the mound before your first pitch and take out your beloved cross from around your neck and say a prayer, I tell my boys, “Look at Curt, that is how you get the best in life, when you openly share your love and need for God and not be ashamed to show it to millions of people!” You are very special, as a player and as a human being and I hope and pray that God will guide the Sox organization to do what’s best and re-sign you for your last year. I can’t even imagine seeing you in another uniform!

    Thank you for your love of the game and your love of your family and, esp for your faith in God. You’re an inspiration in so many ways in and outside of baseball and you have no idea how you touch people’s lives by your words and actions.

    We love you Curt and thank you for an incredible year! I know you’ll be back with us next year God willing, but if not, then it’s because HE wants you to touch other’s lives beyond the realm of Sox nation. But may I be a little selfish to say that I want you to stay with us!

    Love to all you wonderful guys in every part of the Red Sox organization! Now let’s celebrate!! Oh and can you please do the Riverdance with Paplebon for us? That would be a sight to behold!

    Big Smiles!!
    Michele

  42. ianbeyer permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:32 am

    Congrats, you guys are a class act. That much was obvious watching you all out on the field. The Sox come across to us fans as having such a depth and teamwork that another championship almost seemed inevitable.

    God definitely has his fingerprints on the game – it’s laced with such subtlety that only our Creator could have inspired it. ‘

    Papelbon’s final pitch was a beauty, and utterly worthy of the celebration that ensued. It was a pitch tailor-made to cap off the series. And the Rox at least went down swinging. It would have been a shame and a waste to watch that pitch sail by.

    Enjoy the next few months, but please come back for another season!

  43. 4kids permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:41 am

    Thank you for helping bring two championships to our town. I have been following the Red Sox for 40 years, and have never felt better about the team since when they signed you. Your respect for the history of the game, and what it means to the fans is refreshing. Some people may find your comments self serving, but I always read them as though you were connecting with the public who follows our team. You seemed to understand what we wanted and were looking for, and with the talent you were given, were set on providing the Boston fans with winning teams. You demonstrate the heart and mind of a winner, and I and my children will always have the memories of the two championships you helped bring to the Red Sox. I would hope you remain here until you retire, but wish you the best of luck where ever life takes you. Thanks again -

  44. jenspeaks permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:48 am

    Congrats to the whole team. Great season.

    I hope you stay with the Sox for your last season. Know that many fans are praying for you…

  45. Matt Zimmitti permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:59 am

    Congratulations! Thanks for a great year and a great write-up. It is really awesome to get your perspective on the whole organization and what it takes to have a team like this (as in “good” beyond just talent) go all the way.

  46. robroi permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:02 pm

    I still remember reading how Theo and crew finally convinced you to come to Boston after days of hanging out at your home. Didn’t they spend thanksgiving with you or something? (I have no idea what truly happened)

    I remember thinking at the time “if there ever is a turning point from our epic woes it’ll be because guys like that took huge risks to reputation for the potential of huge rewards – it’ll have to be guys with big vision”.

    Miraculously, it turns out that’s exactly how it all played out. You’ll go down in Boston legend now because you took a huge chance you believed in.

    Congratulations Red Sox Nation!

  47. maireq permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:03 pm

    Congratulations doesn’t seem appropriate. ‘Wow’ seems closer. Seems every few years you’re covered in champagne.

    So happy for you! I don’t want to see this season come to a close. Its just been too much fun. Today is a bit like the day after Christmas… you guys left us wanting MORE MORE MORE. I can’t believe there isn’t any baseball magic tonight. ;D

    Seriously, congratulations and God bless — 3 time champion, Big Game Hunter.

    If for some reason you don’t stay in Boston, everyone I know in Arizona is DYING to have you back, with the Unit, for one more run. (I guess that wasn’t too subtle…)

  48. hoosierhotshot permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:09 pm

    Thanks so much Curt for everything you’ve done for Red Sox fans all over the country. You are certainly a person to be looked up to and admired. Thanks for being outspoken on your personal beliefs and standing up for what you believe in as well. Not enough people do that. Hopefully you’re back in uniform next season. Until then, we got the Suns to occupy our time! Go Sox!!!!!!!

  49. shinryu permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:14 pm

    Curt,

    I’ve been following the blog regularly and dropping comments here and there – reserving the opportunity to post something truly meaningful for a more important occasion. Now that that moment is here, I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I can’t really find the words.

    Thank you.

  50. October 29, 2007 12:14 pm

    Thanks for being a class act Curt. The loss hurts today, but it is somewhat comforting to have lost to the best team in baseball with some of the classiest men that play the game. Congratulations on a great season, enjoy your off-season.

    – The Hosh
    (rocktober is over.)

  51. dfwelch permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:15 pm

    You are such a class act, Curt. Thank you so much for the years you’ve spent here with us in New England, winning us two championships. I really appreciate the opportunity here to let you know how special you have been to us here in New England.

    Whatever the remainder of your career holds for you, I wish you the very best. As long as you stay away from the Evil Empire, I will always be a fan of you.

  52. jackiestephens permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:18 pm

    At the risk of being accused of sappy drivel, I am one of (I am positive) many who genuinely hope you end your career here in Boston. It is no coincidence that in your 4 years here, this team has won twice. Some will credit Tito and others the trio of owners – but in my very humble opinion, even before you knew it, you (or someone very much like you) were always the missing piece.

    At the time of your signing, this organization was in desperate need of a personality that could talk the talk and walk the walk – and, more so, in need of an individual who could drive them away from the late 70s and early 80s mindset of 25 players, 25 cabs. It would not have worked if that personality were solely an executive or even a manager – that personality needed to suit up with the 25 and demonstrate the how to walk before you tried to talk.

    True, I do not always agree with your positions and, Yes, your large personality may come across to some as haughty– but facts are facts. 4 years in uniform, 2 world championships.

    In the lore of Red Sox history, our children & grandchildren will hear of Robert’s steal and Ortiz’ dramatics and Beckett’s dominance – but, the way I see it, without you, neither of those teams win. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  53. theotherm permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:19 pm

    WOW This is AWESOME. Curt, again, no matter what happens (and I hope we’ll see you in a RS uniform in spring training) you will ALWAYS stay in the hearts of Red Sox Nation…THANK YOU!!!!!

  54. theophilus73 permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:21 pm

    Curt,

    Congratulations. What a team. What an accomplishment. I only wish that my kids (11 and 8) could have stayed up to watch it.

    Thanks for your contribution over the last four years. What you’ve done on the field, especially in the playoffs, has been nothing short of phenomenal. However, the thing I have most appreciated is your candor and insight that has given me more of an understanding of what it is like to be a professional baseball player than ever before.

    Finally, thank you for being transparent in your faith. I love having my kids see a person they admire living out his faith unashamedly and unapologetically and with great humility. I could see that same look in your face after your game 2 win that you had in 2004 that indicated that it was more than just a baseball thing that you experienced.

    I hope that things work out so that you’re still with the team next year.

  55. October 29, 2007 12:23 pm

    Thanks for be such a class act and top-notch pitcher. This team is definitely the best in the world this year and greatest Sox team of all-time. This team will only be surpassed by next year’s team. You guys are loaded. I definitely hope to see that #38 in red & white in the future. Thanks for helping to bring a lifelong Red Sox fan’s wildest true to fruition. Go Sox!

  56. loxie28 permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:29 pm

    Congratulations Red Sox team!!! Thank you for a GREAT year!!!!
    The nail-biter at the end was AWESOME.

  57. brisox permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:47 pm

    Thanks for all the memories and the inspiration Curt. I am proud to see my 6 year old son want to wear his #38 sox jersey to school every day over the last couple weeks. Years from now when we look back at these “glory days”, it will be your contributions to this team that we’ll be talking about first. Congratulations.

  58. thegunzshow permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:50 pm

    I’m sure I speak for all of Red Sox nation when I say I sincerely hope that 10/28/07 was not the last time Curt Schilling donned a Red Sox uniform… While our rotation may be loaded with young talent, there’s no substitute for a player of your caliber, and our chances of repeating in 2008 improve dramatically if you and Mike Lowell return…

    Come back for 2008, win your third World Series ring with Boston and cement your hall of fame legacy Curt!!!

  59. slamtech permalink
    October 29, 2007 12:51 pm

    Hi Curt. Having some experience being second-guessed in professional sports at a very low level, I feel so good for you guys and Tito.

    Through it all, you guys stuck to your guns and didn’t listen to the idiots on the radio, in the newspapers, on the net, or on the TV. My feeling is if any of the them had to manage this team, they’d soil their pants almost immediately.

    Congratulation and while I’d prefer to see you stay, best wishes to you and your family.

    God Bless You

  60. youtalkfunny permalink
    October 29, 2007 1:08 pm

    The day you launched this blog, I took the opportunity to post, “Thank you for 2004.” I guess I now I owe you another debt of gratitude. That’s my favorite kind of debt. I hope you stick around, and I get to run up a tab.

  61. sheopines permalink
    October 29, 2007 1:09 pm

    My God. What a way to end the season. And what a tribute to all the people who don’t get headline press and starting pitcher money. You continue to demonstrate how it takes more than talent to be a legend– it takes heart, soul, and true class.

    It’s been a pleasure and a privilege watching you play all these years, especially in Boston. I know I speak for the entire Red Sox Nation when I say we sure do hope to see you back for one more year. But in the mean time, enjoy the off season. Few have earned it more.

  62. October 29, 2007 1:15 pm

    Congrats. You really deserve it!

  63. richmodn permalink
    October 29, 2007 1:18 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I have been a baseball fan since I was a young kid in the early 1990’s. I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania as a Phillies fan. I became disillusioned with the organization after their trades of yourself and Rolen, as well as their refusal to surround you with the talent needed to win a championship. On those grounds, I began rooting for the Red Sox in the late 90’s.
    I was elated when I learned that you spurned the Yankees and were accepting a trade to the Sox. I always admired your warrior mentality on the mound. When the Sox were down in the ALCS against the Yanks I told all my friends that if you were given the chance to pitch again, you would not falter.
    As I sat and watched your performance in the bloody sock game, I was nearly moved to tears, as in my mind you turned in a performance that exceeded hall of fame standards.
    I was equally in awe of you this season, as you reinvented yourself as a pitcher and simply performed through sheer grit and determination. As you walked off the mound in Fenway, for perhaps the final time, I sat glued to my seat and peered back into my memories of the many years I have watched you perfect your art on the mound with grace and integrity. It has been an honor to watch you perform.
    I am hopeful your Red Sox career will continue. If not, I just wanted to take the time and give you a warmhearted thank you for the grace and dignity you displayed over the years. Your performance transcends the sport, and exceeds the limits of baseball and carries over into everyday life. What I have learned by watching you perform is that even when the chips are down and things are stacked against you, the only way to succeed is to grit your teeth and forge ahead to the best of your ability, and let everything else take care of itself.

    Thank you for years of memories,

    Sean Richmond
    smr25@pitt.edu

  64. number58 permalink
    October 29, 2007 1:21 pm

    Curt –

    Simply the fact that you have this blog shows how in touch you are with the pulse of Red Sox Nation and all of your other fans.

    You play the game with grace, honor, and class and I hope to see you wearing red next year.

    I wish you luck and courage in your future.

    -D

  65. chrisnh permalink
    October 29, 2007 1:40 pm

    Congratulations from southern New Hampshire! It is so refreshing to read your true comments about a game or series, devoid of the synthesis that goes on in the media today. Your entry here did a fabulous job of pointing to the people behind the scenes who make the organization work. Indeed, there are some clear signs that a solid and well-run organization—a la the New England Patriots—is what gets the job done. That’s not to take anything away from the 25 players who don the uniform, but it does validate that everyone in an organization has a vital role to play. The media gets a sometimes deserved negative rap for looking at things through their own clouded glasses, focusing on the players a little more than they should while focusing too little on the other key contributors (say, the advance scouts who helped make that pick-off play possible). In the end, everyone has a role to play and that was echoed time and again by players and management alike during the post-game festivities in Denver. If this indeed is your ‘last call’ in Boston, you’ll be remembered by me as a hero for helping to bring not one but two championships to Boston. And if your train continues on here in Boston, then we’re so thrilled you decided to stay aboard.

  66. dylan2146 permalink
    October 29, 2007 2:33 pm

    Schill, congrats and thank you for working so hard all year to bring the championship home again. I hope your negotiations start working out well with the Sox, hoping you’ll be back around. Whatever you do, just do NOT go to Yankees. And hey, you probably get 1000 of these requests every single day, but I would give absolutely so much if you sent me an e-mail or something…anything…that I could keep as an awesome memoir from this World Series. You’re one of my favorite Sox of all time, and it’d be great to just have one thing from you, especially since this may (unfortunately) be your last year with us. Keep up the good work Curt, and have an awesome offseason.

  67. maranara permalink
    October 29, 2007 3:11 pm

    Thank you Schill! What an amazing end to a phenomenal season. Hope to see you back at Fenway next season. :)

  68. October 29, 2007 3:13 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Players are always brought in to be a key piece of a team. You were brought in specifically to be the Final Piece, and you never shirked that impossible burden. Not when the press questioned every quote. Not when your body began to show the effects of age. Time and again you took the ball, and gave everything you had. Often over the last two years it wasn’t as good as you push yourself to be, but you never let that stop you from trying to improve that result when you could have been cruising on reputation.

    10/28/07 won’t be your last day with the Red Sox.
    You will get your victory lap with the team that was smart enough to draft you in the first place, cement your legacy in Boston and move on to Cooperstown with the only good scarlet letter there is on your plaque.

    Thank you.

  69. morganabanana permalink
    October 29, 2007 3:22 pm

    Congratulations to you and to everyone else you mentioned in your post! It was incredible to see another WS win for the Sox.

    I’d like to second what someone has already said: It’s really been a privilege watching you pitch and I hope upon hope that you can return next season in a Red Sox uniform and for more than just my own selfish reason – I still haven’t gotten to see you pitch live!

    It’s so great that you have this blog and even greater that you are so well spoken, or in this case written. I will definitely keep checking back!

    Thanks again for being part of an amazing season, Curt.

  70. October 29, 2007 3:28 pm

    Sniff, sniff…
    You got me all choked up!! :)

    First off, I was pretty psyched and pleasantly surprised to see you took the time to write today, considering all of the celebration and general tiredness that you must be feeling at the moment.

    It was some great stuff to watch last night – and this whole series. Not one of you didnt’ contribute in some way or form to make this happen. This is definitely a special team.

    I am going to keep the hope – and the belief that the Red Sox organization will do the right thing and keep you for the last year you are looking for. I think any time would be foolish to not want you in the lineup — and the mentorship that you provide to the team in general I should think is an intangible that no amount of money in any contract can define.

    I’m so glad to have found this blog this season and feel like I’m connected to this team not only by being a member of Red Sox Nation, but by being “inside your head” a little bit.

    Thank YOU so much for sharing your thougts and your time with us.
    Best wishes for a lovely off season with you and your family.
    :)

  71. redpriest permalink
    October 29, 2007 3:41 pm

    Thanks for a fantastic four years Curt. I’ll never forget what you’ve done for us, and I’m hoping we’ll see you back in a Red Sox uniform next year.

  72. robin3 permalink
    October 29, 2007 4:15 pm

    What a lovely piece of writing, and thank you so much for sharing those thoughts with us. I, too, am anxious to know how to barrage those powers that be with NO AROD emails. In spite of Fox airing the Series so that neither kids nor working people could enjoy watching (Mom and apple pie don’t get ratings?), the great American game is still exemplified by Mike Lowell, not broadcast contracts. Arod/Boros represent everything that threatens the viability of the game we love. Just look when they announced their walk-away from the Yankees. Another slap of the ball from Bronson’s glove, another shout in Toronto. Let us know, please, how to make our feelings known. Til then, you’ve given us so very much, the least of which may be this marvelous blog. Thanks; I pray you will stay in Boston.

  73. October 29, 2007 4:19 pm

    hope to see you for one more season curt. you boys did a great job this season and in colorado! thanks for everything!!!

  74. redsox38 permalink
    October 29, 2007 4:24 pm

    Curt, I hope to see you in a RedSox uniform next year. You are a great ball player and an awesome pitcher. It must be a great feeling to have 2 championship rings for the RedSox. You Rock Curt!

  75. darrenwhite permalink
    October 29, 2007 4:30 pm

    Thank you for everything Curt. I hope it works out that you come back man. One thing is for sure you are a winner. You know how to do it. Thank you for lifting this franchise to heights we all dreamed it could reach. In 2003 we all thought we were 1 good pitcher away from the next level. And you certainly provided us with that winning aura. Lets face it man, In the post season you win. Period. The record shows it. Your 2 losses came in 1993 when you were a baby, and in 2003 with a tendon lapping in the wind. Nobody ever talks about the fact that the 4 of 5 times you’ve pitched in the post season, your team has gone to the world series. And to win 3 out of 4 is very impressive. I hope you can pick up another 10-15 wins to cap your regular season numbers. I don’t think you need them but there are some that say you are only on the cusp o Cooperstown. I don’t know why. 215 wins 3000k and an ERA of 3.50 primarily through the steroid era I think speaks for itself. Not to mention you’ve played on some pretty bad teams that failed to either give you run support or save a game for you. Again, I want to thank you for everything, and I hope to see you on the hill in a Sox uniform again next year. You deserve the proper goodbye, not just us thinking this might be your last time at Fenway. Just know that no matter what happens you will always get the heroes welcome whenever your in Beantown.

  76. October 29, 2007 4:31 pm

    I hate to sound selfish because I’m not but in my opinion:

    2004 was for them (The elders of Red Sox Nation, the ones every fan thought about when that last out was made)

    And,

    2007 was for me (And by ‘me’ I mean the younger generation of Red Sox Nation who were brought up on the history of despair and pessimism in regards to Boston Sports, ones who still clutched to the team throughout the pain of having Yankee friends during the 90s)

    Thanks Red Sox. Now everyone can proclaim out loud, “2007 was for me” and be proud of their faith in the future of this Old Town Team.

  77. darrenwhite permalink
    October 29, 2007 4:34 pm

    Any possibility of a 6 man rotation next year? Loose a bullpen guy and trust that starters can get us deep. It would keep the innings down for the 40 year olds and the youngsters as well as allow dicek to pitch on his 6 days. It would also certainly allow for every one to stay fresh for a deep post season right? And if there is an injury we’re not looking for a fill in 5th starter, cause we already have one. Your thoughts.

  78. keepmikelowell permalink
    October 29, 2007 4:50 pm

    Congratulations!

    Last year was probably the first year that I started following the Red Sox… and I don’t mean just checking the internet now and again, I mean following every inning of every game. Ever since the start of the season it seemed as though every single person who was a part of the organization thought that this Red Sox team of 2007 was something special. And it was. I just want to thank you for a great year..
    Also, next year if you don’t happen to be wearing a Red Sox uniform (which I hope you will be) I hope you make a start against the Red Sox so that you can get the ovation that you deserve. Looking ahead it seems as if the 2008 Red Sox will be a pretty excting team to watch, and I hope that you and Lowell and (I think Tim Wakefield has an option) Wake will be some of the excitements.

    Thank you for yet another great year and congratulations,
    Katie

  79. October 29, 2007 4:51 pm

    Congratulations on your second ring. Would love to see you back, but obviously there is a baseball side of baseball as well, and you understand that. If we don’t bring you back, you will be missed. If you still come back, stay away from New York. Probably wouldn’t go into the NL either, because I’m not sure you could beat a bunt out like Cook did in Game 4 there.

  80. keepmikelowell permalink
    October 29, 2007 4:57 pm

    I forgot one thing.

    Have fun at the rally tomorrow.
    Wish I could go, but my mom won’t be out of the hospital for a couple more days. (Not saying this for anyone to feel sorry for me.. it’s nothing life threatening..)

    And one more thing.. My mom is a wicked active person and she was up until about 3 months ago when her weird little illness thing kicked in and before she started getting better. And so, when she wasn’t able to hike or bike around anymore for a while I convinced her to sit down and watch the Red Sox games with me. I ended up making her want to watch every game and it’s been a special little family thing ever since.. When she had to go back into the hospital to do some more small test things it was the night you guys won the World Series. So, it made me feel, I don’t want to say “better”, better knowing that she was watching the game..

    Thank you .. again <3 Katie

  81. ilovebigpapi permalink
    October 29, 2007 5:23 pm

    In church this weekend was that famous (and probably my favorite) passage about those who exalt themselves being humbled, and those who humble themselves being exalted. So true in the church of baseball too. Honestly I haven’t agreed with everything you’ve said here and elsewhere, but your heart is most definitely in the right place and everything else at a certain point becomes meaningless and silly. Congratulations. It’s time to enjoy this and forget about the rest for a while.

  82. October 29, 2007 5:34 pm

    Wow, now I can die in peace part II. Francona is the greatest manager in Bo Sox history no matter what the idiots on EEI say.

    Now, I expect a Papelbon dance from the Schill tomorrow.

    ROLLING RALLY! I’m calling in sick!

  83. joshshaine permalink
    October 29, 2007 5:36 pm

    4 years ago, minus a few months, after you had signed on to pitch with and for us/our team, your commercial for Ford came out, with you hitchhiking to Boston.

    “I have to break an 86 year old curse.”

    It was the right tone, the right message – and the right messenger. You broke it into smithereens. As several writers have observed, during this World Series, the name Babe Ruth was scarcely mentioned. Harry Frazee went undiscussed. I saw one image of poor maligned Bill Buckner, read one mention of Jim Willoughby, and a passing reference to Pedro and Grady and game 7 of 2003.

    “I have to break an 86 year old curse.”

    Studies have been done that showed that Emergency Room around Boston visits are less frequent during Red Sox games.

    Now, they are less frequent after the games, as well.

    Thank you for many hours and days of wonderment, past and future. One more year would be very nice, indeed.

  84. ryssee permalink
    October 29, 2007 5:42 pm

    Wow great post. Hope to see you back next year in a Red Sox uniform. See ya tomorrow at the parade. (I’ll be the one in the Sox hat, with the camera. Please wave. Teehee.)

  85. thanks4thefish permalink
    October 29, 2007 5:48 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Congratulations! Thanks for helping to bring another world series to this town and the great effort, intensity and talent that you bring to the game each time you’re on the mound. You’ve been a true leader for this team and a source of inspiration for so many people on and off the field. Thanks for always thinking about the fans and always being honest and giving us insight on what goes on behind the scenes. I really do hope that you’ll be back here next year for your final season and retire in a Red Sox uniform. Even if you aren’t, I think Sox Nation will always hold you and your years here dear to their hearts and we’ll wish you the best of luck wherever you may go. Thanks for all that you’ve done for us!

  86. sashawn permalink
    October 29, 2007 5:50 pm

    God did have his fingerprints all over that game, and over the Red Sox since you have been a part of the team. I will never forget the courage, skill and determination you gave to help this team overcome curses, histories, bad luck and no pitching.

    Congratulations to each of the team for the championship, and thanks for the fun you gave us.

    See you in the the hall-of-fame ceremonies!
    -s

  87. ryawntr permalink
    October 29, 2007 5:57 pm

    Hey Curt, I’m a 37 year old Bostonian living in Tampa. My dad lived and died and never saw the Sox win a WS. I have been lucky enough to see 2 so far. For that I thank you as well as the rest of the guys. You on the other hand I would like to say thank you and I hope Theo can keep you in Boston so you can enjoy another WS next year. I concider you one of the greats in Boston sports history. You take care of business on and off the field and I LOVE to hear what you have to say about any and all matters. Again, I say THANK YOU and enjoy the off season. Now you and Mike get your deals done and get to Ft. Myers in the spring.

    P.S. If it doesn’t work out in Beantown, I’ll buy you a beer at Fergs.
    Thanks again. R

  88. October 29, 2007 6:13 pm

    This was an amazing year in baseball. Sure it is easy to say that being a fan of the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. It was pretty cool to see that even the late games of the season meant something.

    I can’t speak for everyone but I know that there were times when the Sox would have a bad game or a bad series and it would be discouraging. At the time I felt the Sox were better than the way they had played during that particular game. But now it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that the Sox were the best team in baseball from about April 28th. Please forgive Red Sox Nation if we sometimes forget about 2004 & 2007 and criticize the team harshly. I honestly doubted that the Sox would win another world series within my life time after 2004. It will take Red Sox Nation a bit of time to adjust to the new Red Sox. I just hope that Red Sox nation always remembers the past and never takes winning as a God given right.

    I think the Rockies are pretty special as well. I’ve been telling people about the 21 out of 22 games to get to the World Series. I hope people don’t forget that. There are many young and talented baseball players on that team. The Red Sox earned the world series win.

    I want to thank you Mr. “he of the bloody sock” Schilling for the last 4 years. I love that you have opened yourself up for the fans by posting this blog. It has given the average fan a look into a world they would never get to see.

    Go Red Sox!!!

    -Diane.

  89. lupey1911 permalink
    October 29, 2007 6:16 pm

    If October 28, 2007, was the last time you ever wear this uniform, thank you. It was an honor and a privelage to be allowed to watch you play here.

    Sorry for the stealing of the words. Just changed them around some to reflect how Red Sox Nation feels.

    Congrats on the ring!

  90. cynamor1031 permalink
    October 29, 2007 6:25 pm

    Curt, you are a true champion. You exemplify class, courage, heart, honor and character. I enjoy your entries here and have done so all season. Your opinions and statements are always well written and thoughtful. Only two words can sum up what I want to say to you: thank you.

  91. papifan permalink
    October 29, 2007 6:28 pm

    Curt, it has been an absolute joy watching you pitch the last 4 years. I hope I can say 5 years at this time next year. I think the Sox management would be fools not to want to resign you for next year. I hope you and Mike Lowell both are with the team to get your rings next year on opening day at Fenway, because you both represent the city so well. Also on a side note, I have a lot of respect for what you and your wife do for charitable organizations for cancer and lou gehrig’s disease research. Keep up the good work on that end. If you do go elsewhere you will be deeply missed. I think even CHB will miss you.

  92. bosdcla14 permalink
    October 29, 2007 6:37 pm

    Curt, I hope the front office plans to include you in the 2008 Boston Red Sox, but if not, thank you so much for your great performances in Red Sox uniform.

  93. btl11 permalink
    October 29, 2007 6:44 pm

    Curt,
    It has been my previlege keeping tabs on you through the years…..besides being a man of conviction you are also a great pitcher. You were always one of my favorites, but since you put on a Red Sox Uniform your ranking went to number 1.
    I enjoy reading your blog and I truly appreciate your honesty. The Red Sox have always been my favorite team since I was a 11 year old bat boy for a California League Red Sox team. I went on to play a few years of minor league ball for the Red Sox, but never made it to the big stage. I was the bat boy when Earl Wilson, Marty Keough, Albie Pearson, Ted Bowsfield and Jerry Zimmerson were playing for the Red Sox in the California League under John “Red” Marion.
    The best that life has to offer to you and your family.
    Sincerely hope that we can watch you next year in a Red Sox Uniform and hopefully repeat a World Series Winner.
    Thanks for the memories…

  94. bosoxgirl65 permalink
    October 29, 2007 6:46 pm

    Curt, where do I start?
    Your heartfelt last post left me in tears. I have been a Red Sox fan since the mid 80’s and have to say that the core group we have had since 2003 has been my favorite group yet. I also love the new talent we have been blessed with recently and look forward to watching them grow. This season has been quite a ride! I live in South Carolina and finally subscribed to the MLB online and watched so many games – too many according to my Hubby!! I did fly to Baltimore to see your last series with the O’s. My brother and his family live there ( I am originally from MD). We went to the first 2 games and had a blast! I had the honor of meeting you briefly as you arrived and you signed my pink Boston hat. That meant the world to me and I will treasure that hat and that memory. A shout out to Timlin, Okajima, Beckett, Kielty, and Francona who also stopped to sign. You were all such nice gentlemen as I knew you would be. What a wonderful bonus for my trip up there!
    I am saying many prayers that you will finish your career with the Red Sox. It wouldn’t feel right if you didn’t. But I am a sentimental fan and it is always very hard for me when my favorite players change teams. It is sad that fans have to pick to either follow a player or stick with your team. You can’t do both.
    What you did for us in 2004 – no words can express. Forever gratelful. Thank you for the pride I feel as a fan when I see you take the mound knowing you will give 200% and more if needed. Whatever happens, know that Red Sox Nation loves you and your undying dedication. God Bless you and your family and the sacrafices you have made for our team.

  95. October 29, 2007 7:00 pm

    best red sox team ever….

  96. October 29, 2007 7:06 pm

    It’s nice to know that someone so famous, who spends so much time in the spotlight (in such an unrelenting media market) is so grounded. Not that I presume to know you at all, but I’m glad some athletes are able to be positive role models to all the little kids who look up to them.

    Congrats on the World Series victory!

  97. lughlamfhada permalink
    October 29, 2007 7:07 pm

    Curt,

    A very eloquent and articulate post. I truly hope the Red Sox re-sign you next year so you can finish your career in a Sox uniform; the younger players have a lot to learn from you, and even when you don’t have your best stuff, you still find a way to post a W.

    You have been a warrior for this team day in and day out, and Red Sox nation is deeply appreciative of all you have done both on the field and off. You always gave us 100%, and we know that you never left anything in the tank.

    I hope October 27 wasn’t your last game in this uniform, but regardless of the off-season outcome, you will forever be a hero in Boston. Thanks for 2004 and 2007!!!

    -Lugh

    PS: My son is a huge fan of yours. Should I try to get an autograph on eBay or do you do public appearances?

  98. mainefan permalink
    October 29, 2007 7:13 pm

    Curt, what a wonderful post. I sincerely hope that you and family will continue to be New Englanders for some time to come. Have a wonderful and restful off-season – all of you deserve it. See you tomorrow at the parade! Are you going to dance with Papelbon?:)

  99. andysomnifac permalink
    October 29, 2007 7:33 pm

    Curt,

    I’m not one to typically comment on blogs, but I have to say “Thank you” for the last 4 years that you’ve spent in a Red Sox uniform. For you to be such a huge part of not just one, but two Red Sox World Championship is something that I’m sure means a lot to every Red Sox fan out there.

    I, and many others out there, hope to see you back for one more season as a Red Sox.

    And congratulations to everyone involved in the 2007 World Champion team, from players to coaches, and from clubhouse staff to scouts. It was awesome to watch.

  100. October 29, 2007 7:38 pm

    Curt,

    Congratulations to you, and the rest of our terrific Red Sox team.

    In 1986, I was 13, and on the edge of my bed crying as the ball went through Buckner’s legs. I didn’t watch a Red Sox game again for thirteen years, when some bright young stars named Martinez, Varitek and Garciaparra pulled me back in with their amazing presence, energy and excellence. I was older then, and smart enough, by that time, not to invest my emotions so strongly in a team that logic told me would always remain the tragic also-ran. It took some of the magic out of that peculiar New England attachment to baseball, but hey – it helped me survive 2003.

    Then came 2004. Everything about being a Red Sox fan – everything I’d believed about baseball – was shattered into a million beautiful, poignant pieces. We all lost something then, I guess… even today, I have a hard time defining it. We were all glad to be rid of it, but at the same time, we were forced to redefine our relationship with the sport and team that we love so much.

    And now, here we are, just a few short years later, and you’ve done it again. So marvelous. And the way in which you pulled it off, as a team – reaching down, way down, to scratch and dig and claw your way up from a 3-1 pit against the next-best team in the major leagues. Against two of the top 5 starters in the game, no less.

    We’ll never know what went on in that players meeting you and David called, but we’ll always know that two veteran leaders, men with heart and character and charisma, were in no small part responsible for lifting a team, one more, onto the grandest pedestal in American sports. Thank you for that.

    You’ve given us an amazing four years. You’ve fought for us, bled for us and inspired us. You’ve led a player-blogging revolution, perhaps one of the very first major athletes to sit down and communicate directly with your fans, all in your own words. You, and the rest of your teammates, have provided an incredible example for kids across the world of teamwork and hard play. Thank god that the days of “25 men, 25 cabs” came to a halt. What I see on the field now, what the Red Sox organization has become, is something I can point my son to and say “this is what sports is about. This is something wonderful that we can enjoy, and take pride in.” As a parent, this is invaluable. So few athletes, nowadays, accept their status as role-models, much less embrace it. How valuable, then, that men like you, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield become.

    I find it difficult to comprehend your wanting to play baseball for another season. So many other aging athletes in these times don’t know how to bow out with grace; witness Michael Jordan coming back as a shell of the player he once was. Clemens with his ridiculous “savior of New York” puppet show, only to return and be injured and mediocre. For everything you;ve given us, we all know you’re finally looking the end of your career square in the eye – what better way to go out than to ride off into the sunset having helped accomplish what amounts to a modern sports miracle? I don’t understand what’s driving you for one more year, especially if it would have to mean playing one solitary year in some other park, in some other city. However…

    If you stick to this decision, I’ll fervently hope that the Sox will retain you for this “final” season. It was a psychological wound to see Nomar suit up for the Cubs, Pedro for the Mets. You’ve proven that your reinvention of yourself is a success; even suffering an injury, you put up a respectable ERA and secondary numbers this year, and in the AL East, no less. It is a tremendous credit to management and player development that I’m not sure where they’d stick you – not with Lester and Buchholz banging on the door – but I hope, for all our sakes, that something works out. What’s one year, after all, to a team this loaded?

    Regardless, though, we all know and understand that baseball is a business. We’ll hope for the best, prepare for the worst – and should you stay or leave, you’ve earned the undying respect and affection of the greatest sports fans on the planet. I’m just not ready for the love affair to be over, I guess ;p

  101. danshaughnessy1918 permalink
    October 29, 2007 7:43 pm

    Big Schill, I’m sorry. You were right about everything. I’m a hack.

  102. scredsoxgirl permalink
    October 29, 2007 7:45 pm

    Schill, the way you have allowed God to speak through you and use you, especially in MLB, is awe inspiring. It has been a privilege watching you pitch this year more than ever, and I hope you’ll be back for one more year with the Sox. Wherever you pitch, I wish you God speed and know I, and many others in Red Sox nation, will be rooting for you and watching your progress.

    This post was the best from the whole season! I got teary eyed reading all your thanks, especially to our Lord and your wife and kids.

    Congratulations on being World Series Champions, again!!! YOU AND THE TEAM DESERVE IT!!

    Your biggest fan in SC,
    Christina

  103. mfromnh permalink
    October 29, 2007 7:48 pm

    Curt,

    Congrats to you and all the Red Sox! What a year! Believe me when I say it was a blast watching you guys this year. From the “Mother’s Day Miracle,” to your 1 hitter, to Buchholz’s no hitter.

    In a lot of ways you guys are like extended family to all of RSN, we live and die with every win or loss. And right now soaking up the life.

    Like many I’m hoping your back with the best team in baseball next year.

    Thanks Schill!

  104. jjette permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:01 pm

    Curt, Great Post. I can’t thank you enough for bringing your God given talent to Boston and being a part of two world series championship teams. I appreciate everything you do on the field as well as what you and your family do off the field. No matter what happens you will always be remembered as a champion athlete in the Boston sports scene.

  105. shrinkrapblog permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:04 pm

    Congratulations. I quoted you on Shrink Rap. –Dinah

  106. milloy permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:04 pm

    Congrats Curt, thanks for 4 memorable years.

    Please give the religion a rest, you believe in god, we get it.

    If God had his fingerprints all over this series, then he must loathe Ryan Speier & Willy Tavarez.

    I prefer to remember you as a ballplayer, and a special one at that.

  107. markiemark22079 permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:06 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I wanted to write you and let you know how much my family and I have enjoyed watching you pitch and lead this team over the last 4 years.You are a true Red Sox by all means and it will be a VERY VERY dark day in the history of the Red Sox if they do not bring you back for 1 more year.I think that could be the least they do for someone that has given as much as you have on and off the field.
    Curt you will always be remember in Boston for what you did this year in the postseason and definately for what you did in the postseason in 04 risking your career in my eyes to bring this city there first championship in 86 years.As far as the things you have done off the field. You should be commended for your work with the Jimmy Fund and the time you have taken out of your life for people that have been struck with life-threathing illnesses.Also for all the work you have done for ALS cause and the money you have donated to all charity throughout Boston.This city will never be the same if you were to leave to go somewhere else for your last year.But if it does happen my family and I would like to wish you and your lovely family all of the best,whenever that maybe. Hopefully it will be right here in Boston where you BELONG CURT….Curt you are a very very well respected throughout this city and you definately deserve to be.So I will end this here and I would like to wish you the BEST of LUCK where ever you end up.THANK YOU CURT FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE …….GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NO MATTER WHERE LIFE TAKES YOU.Hopefully we will see you again next year in a Red Sox uniform. But if you do go somewhere PLEASE DON’T BE LIKE DAMON AND GO TO THE YANKEES PLEASE DONT…ANYWHERE BUT THERE CURT…..lol lol …THANK YOU CURT AND WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND REMEMBER WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR BOSTON!!!!!!!!!

  108. Carlo Sostilio permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:23 pm

    Curt,

    It has been an absolute pleasure to have you on the Red Sox these past 4 years. You have brought so much class, determination, talent, intelligence, and heart to the organization. From your accolades on the field, to the honesty and insight of this blog, to the work your family has provided for numerous charities off the field, I sincerely thank you on behalf of Red Sox nation. We would all love to see you back next year, of course, but if that is not the case, you are already a living legend in Red Sox history. Thanks for everything.

  109. brynot permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:24 pm

    If all is truly cleansed and new in Boston, we should expect nothing less than Curt Schilling and Mike Lowell to be wearing the illustrious Boston “B” on their uniforms next season. If old ways are resting in the grave, the kind of sorting out the bad when they’re still good (Clemens) should be lost in the woes of the past. We should expect nothing less than to witness you proudly pitch your last season in beloved Beantown. As much as I hate to see Trot, Millar, Nomar, Pedro, and so many others playing for rivals, it would mean everything to see you retire a Red Sox. So be it.

  110. tmurph13 permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:27 pm

    Curt

    Congrats on a great playoff and the ring. Best wishes to you and yours in the off-season. I hope you’re back next year, but if not, thanks for the last 4 years, when you get to Cooperstown, I’ll be there, God-willing.

    Tim Murphy
    Rush
    County Dublin, Ireland.

  111. yasgur permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:42 pm

    Not to belittle the rest of your career, but you’ll always be a member of the Sox in my mind. It’s been a helluva lot of fun!

    Thanks.

  112. mirtla permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:43 pm

    Curt,

    First of all Congratulations!!!! You battled all year and saved your best for last. Thank you for everything, you mean everything to this organization, to the City of Boston and to all of New England. You helped bring Red Sox Nation to the promiseland. I hope you pitch next year in Boston and everyone I have talked to agrees. Management just needs to keep this team together and make another run at the whole thing next year; if it’s not broke don’t fix it.

    Game 6 in the 2004 ALCS was the gutsiest performance I have ever seen in my 42 years of existence; it was THE best!

    If you do leave let me now say THANK YOU for 4 incredible years. You are one of a kind both on and off the field. You are a Red Sox forever.

  113. bobrogers60 permalink
    October 29, 2007 8:56 pm

    thanks curt for a 4 year run in boston.i was in the philly area living when you pitched there and followed your carrer to arizonia then boston.if you have to pitch somewhere else next year let it be back in philly ,they need you ,you would make a big difference.i now live in north east and have seen you pitch in fenway over the past 4 years.my favorite mlb player you have become.thanks for the memories

  114. jck5 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:01 pm

    Thank you for everything these last years, Curt.

    As a fellow Zonie transplanted to the Boston area (we even graduated from Phoenix high schools in the same year), I’ve taken extra interest in your starts and in the work you have done off the field. All of it is impressive. I certainly hope you will be back.

  115. dobrien12 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:04 pm

    Congratulations on another World Series championship. Hopefully you will seriously consider returning to Philadelphia next year and help deliver a World Series to the city.

  116. jimmykc permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:10 pm

    Curt and fellow posters: Excuse this long post but it is something I feel that I have to do. I know there are thousands of people who can share similar stories but I think it is important for both sports figures and fans to sometimes be reminded of the way in which spectator sports can inspire, motivate, and uplift those of us who can only participate vicariously. Curt’s blog has allowed me a palpable link to this year’s team which has meant so much to me.
    Last year on the day Dice K was signed, Dec. 14, I was at the Mayo Clinic preparing for the surgery which would diagnose my metastatic throat cancer. To be honest, I did not know whether I would live to see the New Year and his signing was the only positive news I received that month.
    As the winter dragged on during my long weks of irradiation treatments,I found this blog and was gratified to receive a direct reply from Curt with his best wishes in response to my original post. He also made me aware of young Pete Despain and his family.
    My personal goal was to be in KC for opening day. Unfortunately, when April arrived, I was still too weak to keep my vow (fortunately as it turned out) and I missed my chance to see this team in person. Nevertheless I logged on to MLB.com to watch the dots daily, and caught all the Red Sox appearances on national tv. Spending a part of each day with this team invariably took my mind off my own problems, helped me to cope, and usually raised my spirits. Those in my family who were uncomfortable discussing my disease used the Sox as an indirect way to express their love and I had many wonderful conversations about this team and players. My four year old grandson whose dad is an inexplicable Yankee fan always whispered into my ear when he visited “I really like the Red Sox best”. In short, the team helped me get through the most difficult year of my life.
    Each player contributed on almost a daily basis. One day it was Lugo legging out a miracle Mother’s day comeback, next Hinske’s spectacular diving catch, then Gabbard shutting down the Royals. Marvelling at Wake’s flutterball and having Dougie actually catch it, I watched the summer pass. In September I felt well enough to walk in a candlelight procession for St.Theresa and came home in time to see Papi hit a walk off tater against Tampa Bay. Then Buchholz’s gem when it was most needed. Curt overcame his own shoulder problems and returned to a lesser but equally crucial role like the warrior he is. And finally this fall we all know what happened. To have Lester win the final game was overwhelming to a fellow cancer survivor.
    So far my physicians tell me that mine is gone too, but whatever the future holds for me, I will never forget 2007. To the whole Red Sox organization, and especially to Curt, I say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, and may God continue to bless you all.

  117. mary1212 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:24 pm

    My only hope Curt..is that there are young men out there who read your words and understand what is truly important in life. Godand family….and at the end of the day ..that is all we have. May God continue to bless you,your family and all the good that you do. See you in the spring…and be listening for you on EEI!!!!

  118. dealingthephilthyhotcheese permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:38 pm

    Dear Curt
    Congratulations to you and the team! This season was a great ride. I really enjoyed reading your post and although it sounds like goodbye, I hope with all my heart that its not. I love the Red Sox so much its stupid, and you have been my number 1 guy since you got here. I love your candidness and willing ness to allow a bit of yourself to show. I always said that I thought you were a person that knows exactly who you are and is not afraid to be that person and in this day and age that is a rare thing. Im a big fan of the pitchers( not to take anything away from the position players) because it just blows my mind that you can physically do what you do with such an enormous amount of skill(Im coming back in my next life as a guy just so I can play baseball!)Anyway, I hope that management realizes that they need a vet on the staff to keep the young guns in line and make your last year happen in Boston and I for one will never look at Jonathan Papelbon the same way again!!
    Nancy

  119. apgjr17 permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:38 pm

    Curt,
    First off I want to thank you for all the memories!!! You are a Class Act.The Red Sox should sign you and let you be able to finish out your career here in Boston. It should not be a business decision. But you know what, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is your Wife and children! You have given so much to the Red Sox’s nation, so much happiness,so many memories,that’s why you are so loves here in Boston.
    I ask the Lord Jesus Christ my lord and savior to bless You,Your Wife,and Children,and bring you happiness,love and peace!! Thank You Curt!!

    Anthony
    Revere MA

  120. Jclope permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:38 pm

    Congrats to you and the rest of the team on another World Series title. As a fan, the entire season was amazing to watch. Thank you for your contributions to the success of the best team in the world.

    I hope the best for you and your family. From the day you arrived here and was a member of the Sox, I have admired your hard work, dedication and love for the game. Never have I ever seen a more gutsier performance than yours in game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. Never will I ever see another performance
    like yours in game 6 of the 2007ALCS by another 40+ year old pitcher.

    If this is it for your time in Boston, I thank you for all that you have done. I certainly hope that you will return to the team next year because I believe you deserve it.

  121. cuthbertss permalink
    October 29, 2007 9:56 pm

    Schill

    This is my first, and very possibly only reply on this blog. I was at games 3 and 4, and several others over the last few years..taking it and watching all of you.

    Sunday, during BP I had an awesome view of you and your son having a catch, and just being a dad… it was cool.

    You made my daughters month when she received the ball you threw to me (guy next to me snagged it, gave it to her)

    I admire you as a player, and for what you mean to this team. I am so very happy with where my/ our Sox are right now…. this is much c=more fun than when i was a kid!

    But more than that, I admire you as a man, a leader, a parent and a person.

    Words posted in a public forum cannot address my personal gratitude for what you do for our Soldiers, and our children, and probably everyone in between.

    There is much more to the message, and one of these days maybe i can deliver it face to face..

    enough rambling… congratulations.. enjoy the moment… thank you for everything you do in lfe, and i sincerely hope you are back next year

    SHC

  122. October 29, 2007 10:18 pm

    What a series, what a year, what a story. Thanks for everything. Thanks for writing this blog and giving us a small glimpse of baseball life. I hope that wherever life takes you, you have fun and do your best. You will always be welcome here in Red Sox Nation.

    I do hope you are back next year for one more year :)

    What a close to an awesome season. World Champions. Can you believe it…

    Erika and the Family

  123. rutgers23 permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:23 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I’m a long time fan since your early days with the Phillies and I’ve really enjoyed watching you pitch through the years. You have played The Game the way it is meant to be played, with guts and dignity and class. Baseball needs more players like you, and I hope to see you next year in a Red Sox (or Phillies!) uniform.

    Congratulations on the WS Championship and your epic personal post-season accomplishments.

    Looking foward to seeing you in Cooperstown one day after you hang up your spikes. Thanks for everything.

  124. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:28 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for the Sox. You wore that uniform with pride, and played the game greater than any pitcher I’ve ever seen. Hopefully, you’ll be able to stay in Boston, but if you go to a new team, I wish you the best of luck. Watching the World Series this year was absolutely amazing. You guys have gone against the odds once again, and proved that you’re the best of the best. I hope Lowell decides to stay in Boston for another season. He’s one of the best third basemen I’ve ever seen. I’m so proud of you guys. Thank you for another great season! Best wishes to you and your family!

    -Viki

  125. yankeeinthehub permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:38 pm

    You know, this makes me want to become a Red Sox fan. If the owners are as genuine as you say, and you are a class act, this is what a Yankee fan expects from his team, and it hasn’t been the case outside of Jeter and Torre lately. Curt all I can say is, AMEN brother. The Lord has belssed you and your family, and He has blessed us by letting us watch you pitch and take part in this discourse with you.

  126. tangysun permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:40 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Congratulations to you and the entire Red Sox team on winning the World Series! I love that you gave recognition to those working “behind the scenes.”
    We loved watching you pitch in this post season. You were tremendous.
    We also saw you live in Anaheim this past summer pitching the almost-no-hitter. That was very, very exciting.

    And, we wish to see you again next year……………in a Red Sox uniform.

    Thanks for being such an inspiration to many.
    God bless you and your beautiful family.

    P.S. My boyfriend Art says “Hi!”.

  127. edoubleu permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:44 pm

    Curt,

    As a long time Rockies fan I wanted to say congratulations to you and the Red Sox. Your enthusiasm, determination, and more often than not domination continue to impress me. Not to mention that it is all followed with the up-most amount of class. You had a great year and I appreciate your words.

    -Eric

  128. sox4me permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:54 am

    Curt
    Ever since your commercial that you had to get to Boston to break a curse, I have loved watching and listening to you. The “bloody sock” will always be a great memory for all Red Sox fans – but especially for those of us who were fans PRE 2004. Thank you for your part in acquiring TWO World Series Championships for Boston.

    I’d love to see you in a Red Sox uniform next year, but – as you said – it is a business – – something that we fans don’t always like.

    Most of us do not know what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ – as much as we think we’d like to! All I know is – I enjoy watching you pitch, giving everything that you’ve got to the game.

    Good Luck to you – where ever you are next year [unless it's New York!] – and THANK YOU for 4 GREAT YEARS.

    A Sox Fan LONG BEFORE 2004

  129. bake mcbride permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:10 am

    Curt-
    Beautifully written.

    Red Sox Nation is better for having had you.

  130. sdredsoxfan permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:34 am

    Curt,

    CONGRATULATIONS 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONS

    I don’t even know how to start explaining what this WS win means to me. I have been a RedSox fan my entire life. I will be 39 in December. I was a RedSox fan even when it wasn’t cool to be. I suffered through the 86 WS and it was incredible when we won it all in 2004. And to do it again so soon is wonderful. In 2004 when we were down to the Yankee’s 0-3, I couldn’t give up on you guys and you came back and won the whole thing, This year we were down 1-3 to Cleveland and people were trying to tell me that it was all over. My reply, The RedSox were going to win it all. We had come back before and we would again!!!!!!

    I want to say THANK YOU. To you and the rest of the guys. I also want to say that this is an incredible time for RedSox fans everywhere. I have never been prouder or more grateful than I am right now. The RedSox have always meant so much to me . They have helped me through some of the toughest times of my life. In 1983 I attended my first game at Fenway Park. I had major back surgery in 1982 and found out that it didn’t take and that I had to go through the whole thing all over again. I didn’t take the news well. We had a trip planned out east and a friend of my dad’s said you name it we are going to do it. I said that I wanted to go to Fenway and he said its done. The moment that I arrived at Fenway it was a totally awesome experience. I didn’t think of the surgery once and even better the RedSox won. I got to see Yaz, Dewy, Jimmy Rice. One thing I found out is that going to Fenway never gets old. Over the years the players change but my love for the RedSox never does and never will.

    Congratulate everyone for me. I will always be a fan of yours and the RedSox. I pray that You and Lowell will be back next year and that A Rod is never in a RedSox uniform.

    Good Luck to you in whatever your future holds. Again, I pray that you are with us next year.

  131. paddydon2002 permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:41 am

    Curt,

    My hat is off to you buddy! Congratulations on all your successes over an amazing career. Any chance you’ll consider coming to the Yankees next season? lol. WE could use someone with your leadership and integrity for the game. With the loss of Mr. Torre and possibly a few other key members, you, Mr. Schilling would be a very, very nice addition to a team that has the history of legendary players such as yourself. Not to mention the publicity that comes along with being a Yankee, you’ll be able to get YOUR word out to a whole new fan base that expands the globe. Roger crossed the line, will you?

    Patrick D.

  132. phishingphreak permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:54 am

    I knew an American League team would win the title this year. Just who, the National League was/is filled with a bunch of pozers. Heck, Tampa Bay could have beat the Rockies…

    Either way it is a job well done, I just wish you would wake up and realize that Jesus Christ/The Lord is some figment of your imagination. You sound too much like another Kurt…Warner….

    Am I the only that gets sick of all these right wing christian conservatives preaching about how the lord did this the lord healed that….

    well the lord aint never healed no amputee…..

    Good luck next year.

    In Satan’s good name ;-)

  133. oldskool138 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:13 am

    Curt,

    Congrats on the win! What an awesome season put together by you and your teammates? It was a lot of fun to watch and I hope you’re pitching here next year.

    You did get one stat wrong in your blog. Terry has lost one must-win elimination game since becoming the manager. It was in Game 3 of the 2005 ALDS against the White Sox.

    But that’s splitting hairs. Enjoy the Rolling Rally today and I hope to see you in a Boston uni next year!

  134. twistedsistah permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:56 am

    Curt, you are a class act, as always. Men like you and Mike Lowell are the epitome of gentlemen athletes. You work so hard and take pride in what you do, but you never forget or fail to mention the people who make what you do possible. Professional sports, and actually society in general, could use a lot more of you.

    Thanks for everything you’ve done for Red Sox Nation over the last few years. No matter what happens next year, this city and the Red Sox fans will never, NEVER, forget you. And I think it’s fair to say we’re hoping to see you still here in the Spring!

  135. mcleanweston permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:22 am

    Thanks Curt,
    I wish for you and yours one more year here for Red Sox Nation. I’d hate to see you go anywhere else. I think that the “powers to be” in the big office know how most of us feel about this. If this isn’t to be, I wish you and your family only the best, and will watch you no matter where you go. I am amazed at your staying power and the power to re-invent yourself when the speed was gone. I believe you are still needed by the Red Sox, you still have what it takes to win games and your example to those coming up is worth it’s weight in gold.
    I must say I cried at the thought in the second World Series game as you came off the field that it may be the last time you’d do that for the Red Sox. I am very glad that you got the thanks from the fans there that you so rightly deserve.
    God Bless, and Thank You again.

  136. kenr409 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:55 am

    Enjoy the parade…you and the your teammates earned it…and then some!

    What a warm, satisfying end-game for the deliverance of ‘perfection’…

    With all its twists and turns, and imperfections, life does deliver to the focus of talent and a certain perseverance to the application of that talent. You and your Red Sox teammates…and its administrative ‘back office’ minister…to which you write so forthrightly…worked in concert to make it ALL happen. Great stuff!

    Congratulations…family man, AND entrepreneur(!)…welcome to the family that is Boston.

    Now comes the real test…I see it in your eyes…

    Your a coach, and, for want of a better phrase…plugged in. Stick around awhile, raise the family. Let the progeny blossom within the shadow…and the ‘benefits’ of Boston. I’m hoping you do something…substantially DIFFERENT…here.

    Opt for a contract that leverages the visceral…coach/player/entrepreneur…be John Farrell’s assistant/player/coach for a couple of years…create a new ‘category’ for your Hall of Fame archive niche…

    Best regards…and thanks for the memory.
    — kenr409

  137. soxfan17881 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:51 am

    Curt,

    First, thank you and thank the rest of the Red Sox organization for just about the best year anyone could ask for. I have been a Red Sox fan for years, having developed the passion after my Dad gave me a Boston cap when I was in high school and said, “There are two kinds of people in the world, Red Sox people and Yankee people. Don’t be a Yankee person.” Dad was always a big Phillies fan, too, so you’ve been on the TV in my house off and on for a lot of years.

    You get a bad rap in the media for your candor and the statements that seem to be a result of honest feelings. While I have not agreed with everything you say, I respect you a lot for your honesty, especially where things like steroids are concerned. After watching interview upon interview with sports figures who either deny the problems in sports, whitewash their comments, or are part of the problem themselves, it is wonderfully refreshing to hear someone just say the things that most fans think.

    I sincerely hope to see you in a Red Sox uni for one more season. I watched an interview that you did with (I think) Bob Costas, where you mentioned that you could never play for the Yankees. I hope you still feel that way. I would hate to see you finish your career in another city, but I’d be floored if you went to New York.

    Your post was wonderfully written and I enjoyed it very much. Congrats to you, your family, the Red Sox, and the city of Boston on your success this year.

    Hope to see you (in the whites) in the spring.

    GO SOX!!!

  138. October 30, 2007 10:55 am

    Thank you for a wonderful season and a wonderful run. Curt, if that was in fact the last time you pull on a Sox uniform professionally, you should know you’ll always have a special place in our hearts and history. That said, I do hope it was not, in fact, the last time.

    Best regards!

  139. October 30, 2007 11:15 am

    I thought about so many things I could put into a comment, but… the words won’t say what I want them to. So… just thank you. For honoring the game, for appreciating the fans, and for never ever giving up or giving in. No greater joy came this season than watching you all celebrate into the wee hours of Monday morning.

  140. spikemyowen permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:06 pm

    G38-

    I was there since the first words were said to those “guys and gals”, it has been an amazing run of wins and sosh mojo, your shoutout to jamie was awesome, I know Fav must have been in tears, I think it showed what a great guy you really are, to think of people like that right after winning a WS, well that says it all.

    Good luck next year Curt, hopefully it will be one more year in a Sox uniform, but where ever you land I’ll be fanboy (too bad you don’t like it bite me). I think you showed a lot of us that professional athletes, at least ones not named Alex R. can be down to earth regular Joes too. I really enjoyed the late night chats and bull sessions, something that might not mean much to you or some of the tools that were there, but they will always mean something to me just on a “wow” level.

    Awesome job on the game threads, holy cow, 7 in a row!

    Finally thanks for bringing the Trophy to Boston in ’04 and again this year, I think it was more then anyone could see coming.

    Best of luck Curt and hope to see you again next year.

  141. soxfanindan permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:12 pm

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have never enjoyed a baseball season as much as this year! After the hurdle of 04 baseball seemed fun again and not so torturous. Even though you didnt win in 05 and 06 it was alot easier to watch knowing that 86 years was behind us. This year was so special as were the playoffs. Some one different was a hero every win. This isnt a team of 1 or 2 superstars, It is a true team of 25 guys with someone different stepping up when needed. It was great to watch. Thank you and the entire team. It was a great year! I also want to say I really hope you are back next year, but like you, I believe where ever you end up it will be where ever God wants you. Good luck and God bless where ever you go.(just not with the Yankees)

  142. nosferatu1 permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:17 pm

    These comments are hilarious. I’m pretty sure Schilling signed on as 120 different people and wrote them all himself.

  143. tobinsmith permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:27 pm

    God Bless you Curt Schilling

    Lifelong Orioles fan that still can’t believe we let you go but what do I know.

    My son won’t take his Red Sox shirt off so I have to wash it at night while he sleeps. Whatever you do, know that you’ve made an immensely positive impact on the life of those around you. I love it when a guy of your stature expresses his devotion to his family and the reader know he means it.

    Fantastic

  144. John Duquette permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:27 pm

    Curt,

    Your latest blog entry was one that exemplifies you not only as one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game, but as an exceptional person.
    Your determination, style, class and professionalism are qualities that every pro athlete should strive to measure up to.

    At 38 years old, I continue to be awe-struck by your candidness, ethical durability and honesty. Thank you, if not just from myself, but the entire New England region for the hope and success you have brought to this area.

    The dedication that you provide not only to your profession, but to your family and charitable causes is to be commended. You are truly lucky to have such a strong support mechanism in your wife that is so hard to find these days.

    Thank you for four wonderful years. Hope to see you for one more.

    -John

  145. coffeewench permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:32 pm

    Thank you Curt, for everything you have done for this team. I really hope to see you back in a Sox uniform next year :)

  146. centerfire permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:38 pm

    Curt —

    Words don’t really seem sufficient. Just, thank you — for four years of great memories, for your professionalism, for your rapport with fans, for everything. Here’s hoping there’s a fifth year, but if not, I wish you nothing but the best. You deserve it.

    -Brett

  147. kanyoufly permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:47 pm

    Hey Curt,

    The only team you won’t consider is the Yankees? Thank you for saying that. We don’t particularly enjoy right-wing fanatics in pinstripes. You gonna hold another fundraiser for our wonderful president?

  148. October 30, 2007 1:56 pm

    Curt – thanks for all the things you’ve done for the Red Sox and for the town of Medfield. I hope things work out and hope you stay.

  149. rf52 permalink
    October 30, 2007 1:57 pm

    i love boston but i think you are a phoney.

  150. Levad permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:08 pm

    God bless you, ya Big Lug.
    We will never say goodbye. We will only say, “Until we meet again”. No matter what happens you will always be a Red Sox. It is the way it should be. Therefore it must be.

  151. roo2468 permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:13 pm

    Congratulations Curt,

    If this is the last year you’ll wear the Red Sox jersey, than I can’t think of a better way than a solid post-season and World Series win! Thanks for everything you’ve done – both in pitching us to victory and your work against ALS (which has hit my family before). I don’t think I’m alone in saying that you will live on in many hearts long after you put up the glove and are enshrined in Cooperstown. Honesty, integrity, work ethic, and loyalty are all qualities you show that I wish were in more athletes. You will always be my favorite baseball player and I truly wish you the best no matter what happens in the off-season.

    Good luck, buddy.

  152. yankeefan1263 permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:15 pm

    You’re one of the reasons we have fans hating each other instead of enjoying friendly rivalry, as I do with my friends that are Red Sox fans . You act like a bad Boston fan, which I despise as much as a bad NY fan. The reality is good baseball is good baseball and the uniform matters little. You stoke the fire of bad blood between cities when you make comments like “….the only team I’d never play for is the Yankees…” or “…they’re playing golf and making organizational decisions and we’re still playing…” Rivalry is one thing, idiocy is another. Too bad you felt the need to ingratiate yourself to Red Sox fans by trying to be one of them instead of just letting your considerable talent speak for itself like so many other MLB players do. You may think because you get so many fans kissing your feet on your blog that you’re doing right, but in reality your simply manipulating them. For that you get a monumental Bronx cheer. I would have respected you more for the player you, are rather than the idiot you’ve become. Enjoy retirement.

  153. thetom54 permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:33 pm

    Please beat up weei idiot Meter on your way out if you indeed leave Boston, in all seriousness though…

    You have always been my favorite player. In this day and age I’m glad there are still people out there who aren’t afraid to say whats on their mind, and if some people don’t like it, screw them. It has been a priveledge to watch you pitch here for the past 4 years. It cannot be understated how important a figure you will be in Boston forever. You helped end 86 years of heartbreak, and for that we will always love you. I’m just glad I got to say hello to you at a game against the Phillies in Philadelphia that I somehow got front row tickets to, whereever you end up next year, thanks, and good luck, but hopefully this isn’t goodbye!

  154. offseventh permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:36 pm

    Whatever happens Curt…thank you. As a lifelong Sox fan I can say that without you we would still be saying…”wait till next year”. While there have been times where I wanted to strangle you…I know that some of the best memories I have had watching the Sox over the last few years have been with you on the mound.

    When you walked off the mound last week I got a bit choked up…you have become family to folks in Massachusetts and I promise you we will never ever forget you. If it does not work out, I know that every time you come back to Boston the fans will show you how much you mean to us…

    In short, thank you for ending something that I was pretty sure would last my lifetime and giving me a story that I know my grandchildren and their grandchildren will hear about…

    If you told me in 2001 that by the end of ’07 that the Sox would have two rings I would have laughed at you…Thank you and best of luck (and I am sure Bob Kraft can get your son a new Pats jersey…the Chargers jersey just looks funny).

    – Brian

  155. October 30, 2007 2:40 pm

    Curt:

    I know there’s no way you’ll remember who I am but I’ve been a long time fan of yours back when you were with the Phillies. (I was the guy in Minnesota to whom you sent a note to take to JD Drew when he was playing for St. Paul in the independent league.)

    I hope you don’t take this as a personal affront but I really hope you reconsider coming back for one more year. You have been an outstanding example of a player who works hard, plays the game right and is straightforward and honest in dealing with fans, other players and even the media. You are at the pinnacle of this sport and if you walk away now have the ability to hold your head high that you went out on top.

    If you come back, I’ll still pull for you as I always pull for you regardless of the uniform that’s on your body. I just hope perhaps you think it’s time to spend more time with those boys and lovely young woman and home (and the older woman too) and let us all have our last memory of you as Curt Schilling, World Series champion.

    Jason

  156. trot7 permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:44 pm

    Curt,

    Fantastic season. Congratulations. It has been great to see your transformation and the approach you had this year.

    I hope both you and Manny play one more year in Boston and then retire. The contrast in Hall of Fame speeches will be classic………although I still think Millar might give Manny’s.

    See you in Ft. Myers….

  157. wookalar permalink
    October 30, 2007 2:45 pm

    Hey Curt,

    From the first start you ever made in the Redsox uniform at Camden Yards in 2004 until game 7 of the 2007 W.S., you have been a model member of this franchise. I always felt that the years of losing were a result of ownership’s mismanagement all the way down to the players on the field. You, along with the new ownership, presented a new look, a new attitude, and finally a winning product. On that night of your first start, my buddies and I ran into you coming out of the back of the stadium (following a couple of post-game beers at Sliders) and you signed my newly acquired Schilling jersey. That jersey is framed and hangs on my wall right next to all of my Redsox Championship pictures and plaques…and as far as I am concerned the words “Curt Schilling” and “Redsox Championship” will always be synonymous. I hope you and the team find some middle ground and you can return next season to finish up your Hall-of-Fame career as a Redsox, but if not, I will always be a fan, and will see you in Cooperstown in about six years.

    Best wishes,

    Dave

  158. east508 permalink
    October 30, 2007 3:09 pm

    Mr Curt Schilling,
    As a college student, and boston sports fan, I can truthfully say your performances have been unmatched..talent, you have it…but most of all the way you handle yourself is what boston fans appreciate…Your dedication is unmatched, and your love for the game is what makes you the player you are.. You have etched your name is red sox history, and to me, and redsox nation, you will always be a part of the boston red sox..I wish you and your family success in all of your future endeavors..However, I hope to see you at fenway next year in your number 38 red sox jersey…thanks again Mr. Schilling for all you have done for red sox nation!

  159. steeda432 permalink
    October 30, 2007 3:11 pm

    Curt,
    Thank you so much for what you have done for this team, this city, and this Nation. There were a lot of teams who would have loved to have your services, but you waived the no-trade clause to come here, over Thanksgiving no less. We never would have won these rings without you. I believe as Red Sox fans we are by FAR the most passionate, loyal fan base in all of American sports, and you will never be forgotten in this Nation, you can believe that. Whether you have played your last game here or not, the legacy you will leave, and the gratitude we have for what you have done for us is beyond words.
    I truly hope you enjoyed your time here as much as we enjoyed having you. I don’t care where you play after this(as long as it’s not for the yankees, but I know you would never, never do that to us), I will show up the first time you are back to pitch, you will always be a Red Sox in my eyes. Your name is going down in history in this town, and you deserve it Schill…..thank you so much for everything.

    Jim

  160. cbaumohl permalink
    October 30, 2007 3:24 pm

    Curt,
    No matter what happens this offseason what you’ve done for the city of boston and it’s fans will never change. You’re a great player and you’ll always have a home here in boston. It’s been a truly great honor seeing you pitch in a boston uniform and i sincerely hope this wasn’t the last time. Congratulations on another great postseason and on another championship ring.

  161. kcidkcussnafxos permalink
    October 30, 2007 3:28 pm

    Hopefully you will retire and we will never have to listen to your blow hard opinions anymore. Maybe you should run for president of the look at me fan club. Good riddence big mouth!

  162. soxgirl38 permalink
    October 30, 2007 3:31 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Thank you so much for a great season! It was by far the best I think, (but then again, I’ve only been a Sox fan since summer of the ’03 season.) But, I would like to thank you for all your hard work and deedication this season. Your dedication really shows, it means a lot that you’re a dedicated pitcher, showing that you’re just not in it for the money. I know that you might not come back next year, but I hope you do, but if you don’t I want to wish you the best of luck to you and your family, wherever you will go. You will always be apart of Red Sox Nation no matter what. And again, I just really want to say thank you. My grandfather who is about 86 years old has been a Red Sox fan for a little over 6 decades, I know it means a lot to him that he has seen two World Series titles in the past four years. I just want to say thank you for letting my grandfather see two titles, I know it means a lot to him too. Sorry for rambling on, but bottom line, Thank you for ALL you’ve done. Good luck and hopefully we’ll see you next year, and if we don’t good luck wherever you may go.

  163. soxlover755 permalink
    October 30, 2007 3:35 pm

    Hey Curt:

    SHUT UP!!!

  164. October 30, 2007 3:57 pm

    CURT!! Man I got upset for a second.. I was reading an article on boston.com and the title had “curt says goodbye” and I almost started crying…. I $!$$ you not.. that title alone dropped my heart into my stomach and my mouth dropped to the floor. I thought that was it – holy schnikees.. now I guess my nerves, along with the rest of Sox nation, will have to wait in agony till the news of where you’ll be next season..

    YOu’re the man Curt. As much as fans will always yell that to you when you’re walking down the streets of Boston or at a Sox game… I’m not sure you know just how much YOU mean to us, this fan base, and the history of this team..

    It’s not just what you’ve brought AND continue to bring to the game of professional baseball, but it’s the personality that we’ve all fallen in love with. I know I don’t even need to explain how historic your bloody sock game will be until the end of freaking time. I’ve never seen your wife Shonda or your kids, but just from pictures of her, you, and your kids, you look like an amazing family. That kind of family that is the most popular family in the tri-state area cause they’re so freaking awesome… If I never get to see you in person, I’ll be content with being able to shake your wife’s hand, congratulating her on marrying a legend. Whoever won that prize where they got to have a private dinner with your family better thank god every day for the rest of his/her life for getting that gift.

    We love you Schill, lots of us die hards love you to death and will cry, throw stuff, and curse if we don’t get you for one more year. I teared after your last game as you walked off the field. Not just because of the job you just accomplished, but because I wasn’t sure if that would be the last time I’d be able to see you pitch and walk off the field like that.

    I paid 450 bucks for the sep. 16th game you pitched against Clemens.. my seats were really bad, so you couldn’t see my schilling sign, but if that was the last game I got to see you live in – that game will be memorable not because I wanted to see Clemens get hit with a line drive to the groin, but because you pitched it.

    Schill what can we do to get you back for one more year?? I need just one more game at Fenway to watch you pitch – and I’ll die a happy girl.

    If you don’t come back, I can only hope & pray that I’ll be able to meet you one day.. catch a glimpse of the Schill. Even get an autograph or a picture. Whatever happens… just know you have millions of people who will be heartbroken if you’re gone. Especially me. I have a large picture of you from game 6 04 alcs that has been above my bed for years now. I refuse to ever take it down. And when I’m older and have a Red Sox bar/game room in my house, that picture will be placed above the large flat screen tv.. so games when I have kids & grandkids, I’ll always be able to lok up & remember the Schill.

    I can’t just thank you for what you did for us this post season.. I have to thank you for ALL that you’ve done for Boston for the years you have been with us… so thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, god bless, and we love you more than our schilling chants, anti-yankee screams, and standing ovation can describe.. You’re a legend in our books Schilling. And we love you and will never forget you for your work & your heart

    – Ashley Bartolome

  165. ballsyhalsey permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:00 pm

    Curt,

    Its been a ride, hasn’t it? I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have brought to this city. I know it’s just a game but your character, commitment, and class were, this new era in New England sports, personified.

    This is a new time. Gone are the Red Sox of old. The foundation of downtrodden, slapped-around, and hard-luck teams of the past began to crumble with your help and have all but vanished with another determined season on your part.

    You are an example of what all athletes should be: talented, devoted, team oriented, respectful, and above all: Thankful.

    You and your team mates are lucky individuals. You make considerable amounts of money doing something that many of us only have dreamt about. But as Thomas Jefferson said: “I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have.”

    You and your team mates certainly did your part to be where you are today, call it luck but I think that most of us create a portion of our own luck. With a divine spirit filling in the rest of it. You deserve all your success and I want to thank you again for what you mean to this baseball fan.

    I do hope that Theo and Co will sign you for another year. And while I know that the Red Sox never got here by being emotional I do think that they have an understanding of the value that most fans place in you and your continued presence on this team. Not to mention the value that those affected by your charities and dedication, appreciate.”Win at all costs” should never be the Red Sox motto and I certainly hope that these World Series wins don’t turn our already testy and sensitive fan base into one that doesn’t appreciate the past.

    Anyway, ummm… thanks.

    Gardner Halsey

  166. drewhome permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:05 pm

    One correction – how about TWO more years? (One plus an option.)

    Thanks for everything.

  167. mesmereyes permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:20 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful tribute. Thank you, Curt, for all you have done for and with this team, and for giving us, your fans, something to truly celebrate. Whether or not you are with Boston next year, know that you and your family will be in our prayers every day.

  168. October 30, 2007 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the memories Curt and good luck with your game coming out in a year.

    I enjoyed the time you spent with the Red Sox and hope you find success in life, work and faith.

  169. rdperez permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:22 pm

    As a ‘born-again’ Christian since 1985, I am in awe of your faith and the way you have represented Christ on the field, in the media, and on this blog.

    I know I am only one person, and I also know that I cannot presume to know what is going on in your mind. However, after reading the excellent article about you and your family in the Globe, I would have to say that my feeling would be that you might want to consider ‘taking one’ for the family.

    By this, I mean if you don’t come to terms with Boston, consider retiring from baseball and doing it to keep your kids happy and engaged in their schools. My heart really went out to Shonda and her thoughts about relocating with the children in mind, and it moved me to write this reply.

    I know that whatever decision you make, it will be done with a great amount of prayer and meditation, seeking His will for the coming years of your life. While I have never actually met you, by your faith you are my brother in Christ, and I will pray that you will mae wise decisions for yourself and your family in the coming weeks.

    For now, bask in the glow. You deserve it. By giving glory to Him, you will remain in His favor, You are truly a man to be admired!

    Yours in Christ,

    Richard D. Perez
    Norton, MA

  170. elliottf05 permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:23 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Congratulations on your third ring! I am a lifelong Phillies fan now living in Washington DC. I will never forget meeting you when I was ten years old in a shopping mall in South Jersey. That was 1993, the greatest year I’ve experienced a fan. I remember your shutout against the Jays in Game 5 of the World Series like it was yesterday. 148 pitches! It was one of the most remarkable performances I’ve ever seen.

    Even though I wish you could have won one of those World Series titles in Philly, I rooted for you in both Arizona and Boston. If you stay with the Sox for your final year, I wish you, Shonda, and your children the best of luck there. Should you come back to Philly, I will be in the crowd at Citizens Bank Park and the new park in Washington DC to cheer for you like I did at the Vet as a young boy.

    Take care.

    –Elliott Fullmer–

  171. bpeter289 permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:27 pm

    Curt – You have to get your bio changed on http://www.38studios.com
    You’re no longer a two-time World Series Champion. MAKE IT THREE!!!

    BTW, saw on ESPN about you writing letters to your teammates because there’s a possibility that you might not come back with the Red Sox.
    Like Varitek said, I hope that you’ll retire as a Red Sox.

    I hope you get into the Hall Of Fame and when you do, please go in as a Red Sox.

  172. scottnettleton permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:27 pm

    Congratulations on the season and the WS! The RED SOX are without a doubt the best team I have seen in decades. A mix of veterans and rookies that fans of baseball do not get to see very often. I hope and (pray) lol like many RED SOX fans that you stay on for one more season and retire late next October with another ring.

  173. slash1251 permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:49 pm

    Curt,

    I don’t know if you actually read this but, I want to say thanks….You have brought alot of joy to so many of us long time fans…
    From my view you bring it all to every game…The leadership, the integrity, the stamina…. and much more…You made quite an impression on my son showing what it its to be a classie team player….
    There are not many players out there like you…An I hope if next year is your final season, that the SOX will bring you back for all that you bring to the team,your are a bargin at any price…

    Thanks for the memories………….

    An Congratulations to you and your family on the World Series Win…

  174. tikster2283 permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:54 pm

    Yeah Beantown. Yeah Curt !!!!. Man some days i liked you other days i didn’t it goes with the territory of being a fan. But thanks for your part in another W.S. victory. If you don’t take the mound with the sox next year, I’ll still root for ya. Just make sure you plunk A-Rod at some point (hahahaha) good luck man……
    Steve-Nashua,NH

  175. franjgarciar189 permalink
    October 30, 2007 4:55 pm

    Curt I have no words to thank you for what you have done for the Red Sox! Please stay, do your best effort to it! I’d be in shock if Theo exercises Wake’s option and doesn’t give you an extension!

  176. westsoxnation permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:03 pm

    Curt,
    You are a true professional. It is rare these days to find a player who understands. Who doesn’t just think dollar signs. I don’t know how other fans feel about their team, as I was a Sox fan long before I was born, but I think YOU realize just what a Red Sox fan is. A RS fan doesn’t care about payroll and ‘free agency’. A true RS fan believes that the Red Sox players are on that field not only to live out their own dreams, but to realize the dream of every fan, every fan’s father, mother, etc. who never saw a World Series trophy in Boston. I saw many a game at Fenway with my dad – but unfortunately, as with many of my RSN brethran, the magic only threatened to materialize. I’m proud to say though; that my children have witnessed it twice now and yes, they too, were members of RSN long before thay were born. It’s sad to see that players feel they must earn 10’s of millions of dollars per year when a few would suffice. I’m still waiting for the MLB player salary evaluater to reach my profession! All kidding aside Curt, I think you’ve played a major roll in changing the face of the NEW Red Sox. And I don’t think it would be more fitting for you and the Red Sox to have you play your last year in Beantown and retire in a non-pinstripe uniform.

    From my family to yours – we love you.
    -George P.

  177. October 30, 2007 5:11 pm

    Curt, I’m sure you read all comments on your blog and I’d just like to keep this short but honest and true.

    Thank you so much for being real.
    Thank you so much for being honest.
    Thank you so much for giving it your all in April AND October.
    Thank you for playing with pride.
    Thank you for everything.

    If you truly are gone your legacy in Boston is something you’ll never have to question. You’re a breath of fresh air, and although I disagree with you on some things, you’re real, and that’s rare to find.

    God bless to you and your family, and thanks for helping some people take their mind of life while watching baseball, it’s much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Derek Hixon

  178. tweber27 permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:12 pm

    God Bless You! Congrats to standing up and thanking first your Lord and Savior and also everyone who does the behind the scenes work for your team. Also, you have proved that nice honest guys can finish first again and again. Great Season and hopefully many more pitches to come. I would like one favor. If there is any way for you to get in touch with Mike Myers please have him email me at tweber@blackequipment.com. I roomed and played baseball with him in college at Iowa State University and I know that he has turned is life over to Jesus Christ and I would like to communicate with him

    Tim

  179. loftusjb permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:13 pm

    Curt –

    I hope we get to watch you for one more year, but if not thank you for all the memories. My wife and I bought season tickets two days after you signed with the team and I will always point to that day as the first day of the new era in Boston. Playing baseball in Boston requires a special type of player and you may very well be the prototype. Thanks for the 4 great seasons, thanks for Game 6 in 2007, thanks for two titles in 4 years. Regardless of what happens this offseason, you have stamped yourself into the history of the Boston Red Sox, not too shabby.

    – James
    Hoboken, NJ

  180. carms1979 permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:14 pm

    Hola Curt!!

    Greetings from a latina in Jersey.

    I’ve never replied to your messages and I don’t even know if you will read this, but I want to say the following…Thanks so much for everything you have done for the Red Sox and congrats for the WS win. You have no idea how much I prayed during game two of the WS for you to win. :) Only God knows what will come for all of us in the future, but please know that if perhaps this was your last season with the Boston Red Sox I want to take this opportunity to thank you and send you my prayers to you and your family. It’s amazing how we (fans) can get attached or used to someone we don’t even know, there’s something in you that just feels right. You don’t see that in a lot of people, especially in famous people. Thanks again and please remember that RED SOX NATION will love you and remember you forever.

    In God’s love,

    Carms

  181. soxfanjan permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:18 pm

    Congratulations Curt!

    Thank you again for another Series win and a gutty season. I knew you’d come up big in Game 2 and I think that game was critical in the Series win and in the sweep. You’ve been up to the all the challenges, you sacrificed your ankle (and your 2005 season), and pitched with your heart and whatever you had over the past 4 years. You left it all out there on the field for us and we ate it up like we were sopping up gravy with warm bread because you “get” our passion for this team.

    I’d love to see you retire as a Sox, but if you don’t, you will always be remembered as one of the greats in Red Sox lore. You gave us a great ride, you made us proud, and you delivered the goods (TWICE!!).

    I wish you and your family the best and hope to see you take the mound again in April at Fenway (with Mikey Lowell playing 3rd…).

    Jan
    Monroe, CT

  182. kjmm permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:20 pm

    congratulations and thank you.
    best wishes to you and the family wherever you are next year.
    -kj

  183. peskyrules permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:21 pm

    “The only thing I know I can say without a doubt is that I took the ball, every single time, and never ever left anything in the tank.”

    Thanks for the last 4 years although from the looks of your midsection for the better part of the season, one could argue that there was something left in the tank. Let’s hope it doesn’t cost you your final season with the Sox.

  184. fervent permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:26 pm

    You taught this franchise and we the fans how to win. We thought we knew, but we didn’t. Red Sox nation will be forever in your debt and regardless of where you wind up next year you will always be welcome at home in Boston. What a run! See you in Cooperstown.

  185. October 30, 2007 5:31 pm

    Curt, If the 28th WAS the last day we see you in a Sox uni…i personally say, “thank you!” Thank you for the great years of “service” you have given us. Thank you for helping bring the first World Series to Boston in a lot of people’s lifetime. Thank you for helping bring another one in less than 75 years!! It’s been fun watching you play!

    And thank you for your great charity work…it may go un-noticed by some…but i applaud your efforts!

  186. bish6364 permalink
    October 30, 2007 5:59 pm

    Hi, Curt,
    I can’t imagine how badly you guys must need a break – I am exhausted, just staying up late and living and dying with every pitch myself…. Thank you for another amazing season. What a special, amazing season. You are my favorite Sox, bar none. MVP Lowell is next. And Paps is from Jax, where I now reside. Such a special team and what i love most is watching what a true “team” you guys are.
    Job well done, Curt. I wish you the very best. I will always follow your career and if you keep on blogging, I will probably be reading your blog when I am 80!! Thank you for being such a great teacher and for caring so much.
    Yes, I did cry when I read your blog. Thanks for all you shared and kind words to us fans. I live in Florida and pay well over $60/month, ADDITIONAL, just to get my NESN, MLB Insider, etc. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I moved down here five years ago – to my delight, I have found small pockets of Red Sox fans all over down here – a fellow administrator where I teach, one of the police officers who is from New England, etc. I am considering sponsoring a “Red Sox Club” next year at my high school!! I teach at a school with over 3000 students, and as I walk through the halls wearing my Red Sox jackets or sweatshirt daily, it is so cool to see a quick glimpse of some student I don’t know, wearing the B on his hat or a Sox shirt on — many mornings, I get “high fived” by some stranger, as we both realize we share this one love in common. Talk about a brotherhood!! It is very special.

    You take care, and I will pray for God’s will for you and your beautiful family in the future. You will always, always have a friend in Florida, and of course, about 3 million of them in New England, no matter what!
    I just have to sign this one…
    with love,
    Mary Ann

  187. luckylor permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:02 pm

    Curt…I have been waiting to respond to many of the posts that I have read throughout the season but felt that the right time to respond was today, at this very moment. I have read the posts that you have written and am honored to have been able to share in some of your experiences. This blog is such a unique way to know you, to hear your perspectives and opinions, to share in your passion and strength, and most importantly hear about your relationship with God. You also give me hope while reminding me that I too should be very thankful for the many gifts that God has provided me with. You are an inspiration Curt. A natural born leader and humanitarian and I admire and commend you for all the work that you have done in your lifetime and all of the work that you continue to do.

    My father in law was recently diagnosed with ALS and as you might imagine, we are all having a really hard time digesting the news. I have a fantasy, thinking that maybe at some point, I could arrange for the two of you to meet, as my father in law is one of the most loyal baseball fans that I have ever known. Barring a severe illness or any other monumental event, he has never missed a Red Sox Game. He is now 75 years old and fighting for his life, and as we try to keep things as normal as possible for him, he is spiritually fading. Meeting you in my opinion would be one of the greatest gifts we could give my father in law. Happiness among the sadness and despair. Hope in the face of sickness and defeat. I don’t know if it’s at all possible, but I’d like to think so. Reading what I have about you, and listening to the way you pour your heart and soul in to your writing, even makes me believe that somehow, if there is a way, you would make that happen. You are a kind and generous man and I know that God works through you and your family.

    I live and breathe among generations of Red Sox fans. I remember the day that you came to Boston and the excitement that followed. My father, husband, and father in law talked about it for days. My kids still talk about it, and as you might imagine we all want you to continue to be a part of this beloved team.I too believe that things are not in our control and that things happen for a reason, even if we don’t know what the reasons are at the time, but I believe that you were meant to be in this uniform, and we were meant to share in each other’s lives. October 28th will not be your last time in a Red Sox uniform. No way. I honestly don’t see that. Congratulations to you and all of the boys!

    I’ll end with another part of this story. My in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in December and I would love to give them a gift like no other they could imagine. A gift that would last in their thoughts and memories forever. My mother in law has early Al;Alzheimer’s Disease as well, and I, and my family are learning to just take things one day at a time. She is also a huge Red Sox fan, and like he, never misses a game.

    Curt, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your thoughts, your honesty, your love, your compassion, your empathy, your kindness, your support, your generosity, and most of all ofr the kindred spirit that resonates within you and among the lives of those who have touched. God bless you and your family…..Lori

  188. lwilliams05 permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:19 pm

    I hope it wasn’t the last time I’ve seen you in a Sox uniform!!!

    In any event, thank you!!

  189. curtswift permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:21 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you. As a lifelong fan of the Sox and of baseball I commend you on a terrific job and the ability to come through on your promise. I still remember the first Ford commercial you did when you were hitchhicking your way to Boston from Arizona and you said you were coming to bring us a championship. I believed you and you came through. For that all of Red Sox Nation will always be greatful. I hope you can finish your career here, but I understand if you don’t. You will always be a Red Sock and I hope you wear the Boston cap when you get enshrined! Best wishes to you and your family.

    ~ Curt Swift

  190. sal63 permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:32 pm

    Curt,

    Thank-you for the entertainment…. Hope to see you back.

    In the off season, try the Abs Diet it really works and you’ll feel healthier and better than ever. Especially, if you really do want to continue to pitch. Get the book and try it….

    Good Luck!

  191. benw333 permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:33 pm

    Dear Curt:

    This is just a note to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for the Red Sox over the last four years. As someone who has lived with the agony of being there for the 75 series, and then watching the 86 series go down the drain, it is hardly possible to articulate how watching you on the mound with your stitched up ankle in 2004 made me feel. There was so much pathos in those last four games against the Yanks, and it really was the best post season comeback ever, ever. This year was very special too. To finally win the division again, was marvelous as was what followed. I just wanted to also thank you for your Christian witness, and wish you and Shonda every blessing for the coming year, whatever comes of free agency for you. Wherever you go and whatever you do, there will be a lot of us that do indeed thank God you came the Red Sox way at the right time! You’re the best!

    Many blessings,

    Dr. Ben Witherington, III
    Prof. of New Testament
    Asbury Theological Seminary
    Lexington, Ky.

  192. bosox793dd12 permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:40 pm

    curt,
    If this is the last time you have played in boston I would like to say thanks for the memories. You have been a great player on and off the field. I hope to see you next year!!!

  193. chuckc778 permalink
    October 30, 2007 6:42 pm

    Curt,

    As a 21 year old I’ve already gotten my fair share of joy from the success that the Red Sox have had recently. Ever since I was a kid I’ve rooted for the Sox and as I got older, I grew to love the game even more to the point where I practically obsess over it. The year 2004 was just a thrill to be a part of for not only me, but everyone else involved. It completely changed the baseball culture here in Boston. Now, seeing the Red Sox win the World Series Championship again in 2007 brings back the same feeling of joy. Your pitching performances in Boston were just heroic. In 2004 you were instrumental in helping to win that championship. Now in 2007, even with a different pitching style, you again proved exactly what you are – a dominant starting pitcher in the big leagues. Thank you so much for coming in to this city and helping to make the franchise as great as it is. I hope to see you in the rotation again next year and pray to God that you are. Even with the great success you had in Philly and Arizona, a Red Sox uniform is what you should be wearing in your final season (and probably in Cooperstown too). Best of luck to you and your family in the future.

    Chuck C.

  194. paypro permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:09 pm

    I was finally encouraged to put forth some facts, thoughts and info about Mr. Schilling that have been purposely neglected and ignored.

    This profoundly dishonest, self-serving, loquacious blowhard took another opportunity to comment on issues that not only is he not asked about, but topics that are not necessarily relevant or even pertain to him. His constant derogatory, foolish, inaccurate remarks about other athletes, the Yankees, events and his shear arrogance is not only appalling but downright inappropriate.

    Mr. S felt the need for no apparent reason other than to hear himself talk (again) and gain attention to spew the following today on WEEI:

    “It wasn’t unexpected,” Schilling said. “Between them and the Yankees making sure we were updated every 15 minutes about when they were actually going to name their manager, I didn’t give a crap. Bottom line was they’re playing golf and making organizational decisions and we’re still playing games.”

    Did Mr. S forget that not only was he nearly a Yankee a few years back, but making these comments only exhibits his concern with them and, more specifically, that he does indeed ‘give a crap’ (by the way, that is very eloquent, Mr. S, – once again reinforcing the stereotype on jocks and their destitution of intelligence).

    Reminds me of another brainless remarke he made a few years back about yes, my beloved yet beleaguered Yanks, stating that their players are a bunch of hired-guns – are there anything besides such in this free-spending, free-agent world of sports that exists today? He is a leading hired-gun so it begs me to ask: why act so hypocritically?

    Quite frankly, this makes him appear quite immature, ridiculous and childish. Need I remind anyone of the Yanks accomplishments throughout their history – recently and in the past – and the fact that Mr. S would’ve so finely played ‘the role’ if he were indeed a Yankee, receiving grand sums of money and surely bashing his soon-to-be-formerly beloved BoSox?

    If this were the first time Mr S decided to ‘mouth-off’, it would be understandable and easily excused.

    However, his constant, unnecessary, foot-in-the-mouth remarks and useless opinions are of great annoyance and, even worse, usually false and and somewhat incoherent. Honest, revealing thoughts are refreshing in this world cliches and jargon; this act along with his body has gotten old.

    Curt Schilling is and always has been a severely egomaniacal, narcissistic, fake, more concerned with himself than the needs or thoughts of others – even his charities are not completely altruistic. He is no different than those he criticizes, especially A-Rod, the one he felt the need to mention (yet again) today as if the Yankees organization had anything at all to do with the untimely release of his opt-out decision – the Yankees and many of their fans (myself included) are embarrassed by him and would prefer to not support a person such as he.

    Lord pity Curt if your name appears on the soon-to-be-released Steroid-users list – your overblown and overrated accomplishments would than leave you with nothing genuine in your athletic life, which would be consistent with you character or lack there of, I suppose.

    You see Mr. S’ charitable efforts and athletic accomplishments are quite admirable and appreciated. The constant need to belittle others, involve himself in matters that do not concern him and the obvious disingenuine characteristics that are so easily seen right through him not only defeat his own purpose in life but destroy any credibility he otherwise may have had.

    The BoSox and many teams that represent that fine city and the New England-area these days should be commended for their hard work, dedication and accomplishments of grand proportions that have been achieved in the 21st century. It is too bad that more authentic, decent, honest people aren’t their to represent you to the rest of the country and world.

  195. sbird89 permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:34 pm

    Curt, you are the man. The blog is great. Congrats to the Sox and to you for another awesome season. It’s refreshing to hear from a player who has some perspective and is not afraid to have a voice. Keep it up and let’s hope you are back in ’08

  196. doogymac permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:36 pm

    I wanted to leave this note to thanks you, also. You are a pure, gutsy, classy individual. All my best to you and your family.

    Sean from Salinas, CA

  197. soxfansinnh permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:42 pm

    Everyone says baseball is a business. We all know that intellectually. But for the millions of fans who love the Red Sox it’s much more about heart and emotion. The heart and emotion here really hope you and your family stay in Boston for your last year. You deserve it, and I hope we deserve it.

  198. beantownbeatdown permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:55 pm

    Mr. Curt Schilling

    I would like to start off saying that there is no need to thank Red Sox Nation. If anything, we all owe you a Thank You. You are the definition of class and respect. I am a 21 year old currently living in New York while attending college to hopefully one day attend law school. I have been a Red Sox fan since I can remember. My Uncle has been bringing me to games since I was a toddler and I must say I have fallen in love with the game of baseball. Being a Red Sox fan is certainly something I pride myself on. However, the thing I really pride myself on is my love of the game itself.

    I do not know what it is that draws me to watch any game on TV or drive five hours just to watch a Yankees Orioles game in the middle of finals week. I enjoy sitting through a baseball game and watching closely to see the players who admire the game for what it is rather then a job. I am not going to deny you that Jonathon Papelbon is my favorite player due to his age and intensity, but I will tell you that I have never enjoyed watching a player as much as I enjoy watching you.

    As an avid reader of your blogs I have found myself gaining a higher respect for the game then I had before. As a fan of the Red Sox and a fan of the beautiful game of baseball I can not thank you enough for the pride and honor you have brought to being a Red Sox fan. We are all in debt to you for setting an example and being a leader to this organization from the front office all the way to the fans.

    One year – $13 million dollars is what you feel you deserve and I will tell you, the fans, the players, and the organization, that there is no better investment the team could make in the off-season. Not only are you a phenomenal player but your experience, courage, and leadership holds a very valuable importance to this team. If I myself had the money or a way to keep you here in Boston I will have you know I would not hesitate for a second. Thank You Curt for restoring the legacy of the Red Sox. It has been an honor having you as our ACE.

    On behalf of myself and every other fan of the game, Thank You for everything you have done for this game. You are truly a class act and one hell of a pitcher.

    Edwin Duguie

    P.S. Paypro, as you feel it necessary to lay forth your opinion on “Mr. S” I hope that you shall realize, no man is perfect. Maybe “Mr. S” is not what you see as a classy honorable man, however neither are you for having the “encouragement” to post as you did. To anyone else hoping to bash “Mr.S” please realize that no matter what is said about him there is no taking away his class, honor, and respect that he has shown over his career. It is amusing to me that a Yankees fan would find it just necessary to tie steroids with Curt Schilling after the Red Sox won the world series. Shame on you for not being able to appreciate a noble honest hard-working player such as “Mr. S” (superman…bloody sock and all) Again, Thank You Curt for laying your health and your name on the line for this Organization.

  199. redsoxpixie permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:16 pm

    Curt, I wish you and your family the best of luck.

    Personally, I hope that luck keeps you here in Boston but if you have to go-know that you will take a little piece of Red Sox Nation with you wherever you go.

    If my vote counts, I vote to keep you here for as long as you want to stay.

  200. soxfan4life87 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:19 pm

    I remember in 2004 standing in The Sports Authority watching the press conference when you and the Sox made the 4 yr deal. the guy in the store said this was going to bebig and I agreed–from that moment you have done nothing but bring class and honor to the pitching staff and team as a whole. thanks for everything you’ve done for the team, I truly hope the team and yourself and workout something for your last year, it would be great to see #38 on the mound at fenway 1 more season.

  201. October 30, 2007 9:20 pm

    And a big thanks have to go out to you, Curt, for breaking down the wall between you and the fans. This blog is a big part of it, showing the commitment to us and I think a lot of perspective on the game. It makes me think there’s something special about the game of baseball when we can interact with players who appreciate the game the way you do.

    On a side note, every culture has its “wise sages.” I am beginning to think that the wise AMERICAN sages are the baseball fans who go to every game and see every pitch, hit, swing, and catch that goes by. After seeing it all, and keeping track of it on their box score, I think they have reached that point where they understand both the passion and the patience necessary to live a full life. For them, everything fits into the framework. They must understand that baseball reflects the human condition: fundamentally, it’s a question of probability. One can take shortcuts (steroids) or one can work hard. Sometimes people get rewarded, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes bad things happen to players who had all the talent. Sometimes players can redeem themselves, sometimes there’s no going back (Pete Rose – one of the few who for all his extraordinary achievements may never really return “home”). What do you think?

    Best of luck to you and the World Series Champions. Congrats!

  202. jbila05 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:21 pm

    Curt,
    I’m sure you get replies like this often. I can only hope that you read this and that maybe touches you in some small way. I’d just like to let you know how much I appreciate what you have done with your time in Boston. Without a doubt, the two championships have been incredible to watch as a fan. But more than the wins, it has been the way in which you’ve carried yourself, and the things that you represent that have touched me. I admire you for the way in which you play the game, with focus, determination, guts, and class. I admire that you stand for what is right and aren’t afraid to call out those who don’t. My computer background is a picture of you as you left the field after Game 2 of the World Series. The photo captures the emotion of that walk from the mound, knowing that it may be your last in a Red Sox uniform. Curt, I can see in your face that you love Boston, you love the fans, and you love being a member of the Red Sox. I know you want to stay here, and you should. You are a real Red Sox (or “Sock” honestly I don’t know how to pluralize that). You embody what it means to play for this team. You embody the character of the Red Sox. That’s why I love this team, its character. I pray that the organization recognizes that this is your home and that you belong here. I understand the business side though, and if their offer disrespects you, I wouldn’t expect you to stay. That said, I hope they show you the respect you deserve and that your career ends the only place that is truly fitting, in Boston.

  203. October 30, 2007 9:34 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thank you for another great year for the Redsox. I hope the number of responses your blog has drawn justifies my thinking that the Sox should resign U. I think you can be an even greater fit with the young guys next year. I really can forsee one more World Championship on your resume as a Redsox.

    All I hope is “couple of millions” is not the decision making factor!!

    Thanks for all your efforts!

  204. baseballa441 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:36 pm

    Curt, as i read your blog today, i cannot express how proud i am of your time in Boston. You coming to Boston was one of the best things that ever happened to this city. The way you go about your job, studying batters in your little notebook in between innings, preparing for your next start, inning or batter, shows how much of a professional and class act you are. Your willing to put your body on the line, whether it in game 6, or in 2005 when you volunteered to be a closer, with injuries limiting your performance. You brought a sense of hope to Boston. Your dedication has inspired generations. All i can say is thank you for everything your brought to Boston. I hope that Game 2 was not the last time you put a Redsox uniform on and pitch in Fenway. If it is however, i would like to say thank you, for everything. You will be deeply missed, in the dugout, the clubhouse, Boston and most importantly, in our hearts. Thank you for the memories Curt. You will always be remembered.

  205. kgaard permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:02 pm

    Congratulations, Curt, on a great year and on a deserved championship. And if this is the end of the line for you with the Red Sox, I thank you for four wonderful, memorable seasons–two in particular stand out–and wish you best of luck in the future … unless you’re pitching against the Sox. You understand.

  206. jcelephant68 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:38 pm

    Curt –

    First I want to say thank you for my grandmother, Joan and my grandfather George. I was born a Red Sox fan. My first game was May 27, 1978. Sox won 1-0 on a Jim Rice home run. I was 9 and Fenway was amazing.

    1978 did not work out well for RS Nation. What was amazing to me, was my grandparents faith that the team would win it all someday. In 2004, it happened. Unfortunately, two decades late for my grandmother (whose favorite player was Dwight Evans) and 8 years for my grandfather.

    But I got to share with my dad, mom and brothers. We have loved every minute of the Red Sox as champions. You and the whole team have made all of the waiting worth it. If you find yourself in a different clubhouse next year, I want you to know that you will be always welcome in New England. Growing up in New England is like growing up in a big family. You play, fight and argue, but its your house and you love it and defend it.

    Well its your house now too. Thank you.

  207. ballsyhalsey permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:43 pm

    Paypro,

    Harsh words man… harsh words. I always thought that if anyone was quick to point out the glaring inefficiencies of others it was because they were so insecure about those same inefficiencies within themselves.
    “Belittle others….,” “Involve himself in matters that don’t concern him.” Etc…
    It seems to me that your post (and by default, YOU) is coming from a place of deep recognition. While we all enjoy the right to express our opinions, I found that your post was a complete waste of time.
    You start off by stating that you were “finally encouraged to put forth some facts, thoughts and info about Mr. Schilling that have been purposely neglected and ignored.”
    Of course, within your post, there are no facts; just opinions. Which, as mentioned before, you are entitled to.
    You post ONE quote from “Mr. S,” extracted from the WEEI interview, something that I would say most of us had already heard (or read on espn.com) All the rest of your “facts” are circumstantial evidence and frankly a waste of our time. The only purpose they serve is to make me believe that you are a tired and spiteful (I can’t say fan, as any true “fan” would appreciate what Curt has done for the Red Sox Organization,) and grammatically challenged follower of the New York Yankees.
    And good for you. The Yankees are an exciting organization who are devoted to winning and are a modern marvel of a sports teams.

    In closing, I want to bring up your accusation that Curt’s charitable work has been anything less than noble.
    This is where I get pissed…
    Your are a spiteful, uneducated, and abhorrent person who makes anonymous postings about a man I doubt you know, and probably will never meet.
    Schilling’s contributions to benefit ALS have been profound to say the least and, even if the only thing Schilling has done to help was to educate a few people along the way an make one child suffering with ALS happy, then he has done a remarkeable job and 300 times more than most.
    I ask you Mr. Paypro, what have you done to better the world you live in?
    You are a fool and an emotional, bitter, and disgraceful subtraction to the world of sports and our culture in general.

    – Disclaimer: Of course I do not have any proof to back up my facts about PAYPRO, just his post, here at 38pitches. Before Curt’s involvement with ALS I myself was not even aware of the severity and the thousands of people who are affected by it. So if, for example, Mr. S has not in fact raised any money for the ALS foundation but still managed to bring me on board, then cheers to him. If we could all do just that.

  208. fdcc323 permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:07 pm

    Curt , Thank you for all you and your family have done not only for the sox but everyone whose life you’ve touched. all in rsn will never forget what you’ve done.

  209. terminvz permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:35 am

    Even though I want ya in an AZ uniform, good luck whereever you go(or stay in boston). I’ll always be a curt shilling fan. The most clutch pitcher to ever pitch in the postseason.

  210. bosoxdiehard permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:31 am

    All I can say is, THANK YOU, Curt. THANK YOU to your family as well.

    Thank you for everything you have done to the greatest fans and the most loyal fans in the world.

    Bless you and your family.

  211. paypro permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:49 am

    Well ballsyhalsey at least you took the time to read my honest, factual and, despite your lack of acknowledgement, grammatically fine post on this site.

    My words appear harsh because all TRUE words are harsh. Love and Hate are the two most powerful emotions. I realize that this is a BoSox-loving, Curt ScHILLing blog site that is purposely void of any objectivity but is rather a place for people to exchange their most heartelt gratitude to Mr. S.

    I like some objectivity and honesty and rawness in what I read, not just sit aside as the world passes me by while people from all walks of life are portrayed to be what they are not.

    All of Mr S’ accomplishments and accolades were given for his athletic prowess and, more importantly, toward his chartable causes.

    You unintelligently accuse me of not supporting causes when you don’t even know who I am – very bright on your part. I and many others are sick and tired of Schilling’s dishonest, loud-mouthed, blowharded, (unecessary) opinionated, cheap shots that he taken throughout the years – year after year after year.

    He is the one who started this self-serving blog in the first place; he is the one he feels the need to speak up and out about Steroids all the time; he is the one who carelessly shoots off about the Yankees when they have NOTHING to do with him; MEMO to Curt: the Yanks were fine long before he was around and shall be fine long after he’s gone.

    Despite your non-ackowledgement of it, my post was littered with facts and specific comments and quotes from your beloved Mr S. You may not realize it but not everyone feels the same way about him as the un-objective posters on this board. He has taken his act to several towns and always makes it about him: the bloody sock, free agency, the Congress Hearings, the Bonds issue, cheap shot quotes about other players and, most specfically, the Yankees. The Yanks are FAR from perfect and there have been several players I haven’t enjoyed rooting for recently (Sheffield, Johnson, A-Rod) but at least I accept this and not become bent out of shape when someone points this out to me.

    You, on the other hand have decided to become angry and upset – a pure sign of frustration that the truth hurts and yes – my posts are loaded with truths that may only touch the tip of the iceberg but truths nonetheless.

    Your reply was rather incoherent and truly a waste of time. Despite the fact that you pointed out that my post was a waste of time, it wasn’t; it enabled me time and space to shed a light on someone who continues to act in a childish manner, even on a day when he should be celebrating rather than taking nasty cheapshots at others and all the while making it about himself…again. His dillusions of grandeur probably make him feel as if he was a major part of this title, which is not the case. If he leaves, the Sox can replace him at this point of his career and, besides, today is not the day to even discuss such things – but his ego got in the way of that….again.

    It’s so sad that one who offers to shed some light on a situation or, in this case a person, is viewed upon with anger and met with insults. Trust me, I”m an avid, objective fan and am proud I’ve never had to root and support a clown like Schilling.

    One more thing: you should really proof read and take a good look at yourself before judging others. The price you pay for writing such inaccurate nonsense and labeling me is a grand display of your own ignorance and, ultimatley, acknowledgement that you have read (but probably not digested) my many honest, objective words that were intended to help you understand that there is more than one perception to this man – unfortuantely, my words have been wasted on you and you will remain destitute in many, many ways.

    “This is where I get pissed…
    Your are a spiteful, uneducated, and abhorrent person who makes anonymous postings about a man I doubt you know, and probably will never meet.”

    Paypro,

    Harsh words man… harsh words. I always thought that if anyone was quick to point out the glaring inefficiencies of others it was because they were so insecure about those same inefficiencies within themselves.
    “Belittle others….,” “Involve himself in matters that don’t concern him.” Etc…
    It seems to me that your post (and by default, YOU) is coming from a place of deep recognition. While we all enjoy the right to express our opinions, I found that your post was a complete waste of time.
    You start off by stating that you were “finally encouraged to put forth some facts, thoughts and info about Mr. Schilling that have been purposely neglected and ignored.”
    Of course, within your post, there are no facts; just opinions. Which, as mentioned before, you are entitled to.
    You post ONE quote from “Mr. S,” extracted from the WEEI interview, something that I would say most of us had already heard (or read on espn.com) All the rest of your “facts” are circumstantial evidence and frankly a waste of our time. The only purpose they serve is to make me believe that you are a tired and spiteful (I can’t say fan, as any true “fan” would appreciate what Curt has done for the Red Sox Organization,) and grammatically challenged follower of the New York Yankees.
    And good for you. The Yankees are an exciting organization who are devoted to winning and are a modern marvel of a sports teams.

    In closing, I want to bring up your accusation that Curt’s charitable work has been anything less than noble.
    This is where I get pissed…
    Your are a spiteful, uneducated, and abhorrent person who makes anonymous postings about a man I doubt you know, and probably will never meet.
    Schilling’s contributions to benefit ALS have been profound to say the least and, even if the only thing Schilling has done to help was to educate a few people along the way an make one child suffering with ALS happy, then he has done a remarkeable job and 300 times more than most.
    I ask you Mr. Paypro, what have you done to better the world you live in?
    You are a fool and an emotional, bitter, and disgraceful subtraction to the world of sports and our culture in general.

    – Disclaimer: Of course I do not have any proof to back up my facts about PAYPRO, just his post, here at 38pitches. Before Curt’s involvement with ALS I myself was not even aware of the severity and the thousands of people who are affected by it. So if, for example, Mr. S has not in fact raised any money for the ALS foundation but still managed to bring me on board, then cheers to him. If we could all do just that.

  212. ninaaoki permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:09 am

    Dear Curt,

    Thank you for another wonderful season on the mound, and congratulations on bringing home another World Championship to the City of Boston. I think we as fans sometimes get too consumed with the whole idea of winning and with beating the other guys, that it’s easy to overlook just how much goes into building a successful franchise and that it really is a team effort from top to bottom. That you took the time to remember the smallest among you in the clubhouse to the heroes we all get to witness on the field is a true measure of your class and professionalism.

    I have to admit that I don’t always agree with some of your public comments, and okay, yes I was cursing you left and right when you pitched in Atlanta back in June, but when the post-season came, there was no one else I wanted to see on the mound in those games but you – it was if I just knew that you wouldn’t allow yourself to fail.

    No matter where your journey in life takes you Curt, or where the winds of baseball may take you next year, let me please say that I sincerely hope that it’s in a Boston Red Sox uniform, and no matter what happens, you will always be beloved in Red Sox Nation – it’s been a privilege to watch you play the game.

    nina aoki

  213. chosta permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:05 am

    Curt, I’m a fan living in Korea, with a six-months old son.
    When my son grows old enough, I’ll be proud to say that I’ve witnessed a great pitcher and a person. In my family (and in countless many others), your name will go down as one of the great greats in baseball history.
    Thank you & I really hope to see you back in B next year!

  214. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:28 am

    Hi, Curt… I hate crying at 7 a.m. I honestly hope that the you and the Red Sox FO can come to an agreement and you will remain with us for one more season. It would be such a sweet ending to a great career – especially in a Red Sox uniform. Imo, it would be terrific for the team to retain you – even if to be a mentor to so many of the younger players we have coming up.

    Many seem to take issue with you because they think you are a camera hog or like to hear your own voice. At the same time, those are the same people who will gripe and groan when players have nothing at all to say. I am sure that you and I would have disagreements in a lot of areas, but I have never minded listening to you express your views. In fact, I have appreciated it – even when disagreeing. You have always been a man of your word. You are honest. You are a man who loves his wife and children. You care about those less fortunate and those in need. You are a real mensch.

    Life goes so far beyond baseball – and you understand that. This is not to say that Red Sox corpuscles don’t run in my veins! ; ) However, Life is much more…

    As it says in the Torah:
    “May G-d bless you and keep you. May G-d light up His countenance for you and favor you. May G-d turn his countenance toward you and establish peace for you.”

    No matter what happens, Curt, Shalom and thank you – for so very much.

    Chaiah
    (ToofarawayfromBoston)

  215. ddonahue permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:38 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for all you’ve done for ALS & Red Sox Nation. You will NEVER be forgotten.

    You’ve represented yourself, your family, and the Cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, in a upright and honorable manner. That, my friend, is your greatest achievement.

  216. chippacer permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:41 am

    Curt,

    Congratulations and also thank you for sharing about your life ‘off of the field’ and what is most important and valued in your life. As someone who works in ministry with high schoolers – this entry and your words will be a phenomenal tool.

    It’s also going to be a pretty good basis for discussion my regular weekly men’s study.

    Thank you and congratulations again. It was an honor for us fans too for you to wear a Red Sox uniform and to be a part of RSN.

  217. stanleykrute permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:57 am

    Hi Curt

    > The only thing I know I can say without a doubt is that I took the ball,
    > every single time, and never ever left anything in the tank.

    Deepest truth, evident to all who have watched you these past years.

    You brought joy to Mudville, after too long a drought. You were the catalytic agent for both these Series wins.

    For that, for all your efforts, and above all for your deep humanity, many thanks.

    — Stanley Krute

  218. barryc permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:01 am

    Curt, As a fellow born again believer, I admire you attitude toward life. As a 61 year old Red Sox fan, I admire the efforts you have given on behalf of the Sox. When I first heard you were coming to start the 2004 season I was totally encouraged. You Truck commercials were a “Hoot” and you very staunchly delivered on your promise. I want to wish you, Shonda, and the children the very best for the future. May God continue his blessings on your life. Go or stay, you still be remembered by me as a man among men. God Bless, Barry C.

  219. debbwin permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:11 am

    Thanks, Curt, for all you did for the Red Sox and Fans alike. May God continue to bless you and your family. As a Red Sox Fan in yankeeland, I will always remember your legendary performances in the postseason, especially in 04 – if was sweet victory for me to walk around in Boston gear and seeing and hearing bomber fans moan and groan. And this year is no different. Thanks for the memories, and wherever you and your family end up, I will continue to follow your career. God Bless, DebbW

  220. rabbiofrock permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:33 am

    Curt,
    Thank you for everything. I, along with many, pray that you stay with the “Olde Town Team”. But, regardless, you have been one of the classiest athletes that I have had the pleasure to watch in any Boston uniform in my 30 years on this planet. Your respect for the game, for Red Sox Nation, and your ability to take the bad (read: some of the local media) with a grain of salt, and relish the good is much appreciated.
    From Day 1, you conducted yourself as though you had been a Sox fan all of your life. Our heart-ache became YOUR heart-ache. As a human being, you did wonders for the New England community. As a pitcher you have played so many roles that we have loved watching. Your bloody-sock lore, post-season magic, and the way that you tutored the young kids on the staff.

    I hope you return for one more year. But if not, I hope to be there on the day in Cooperstown when you go in wearing the “B” on your hat. You we’re the consummate Red Sock. Thank you for everything.
    -Ben
    Northampton, MA (now in Savannah, GA)

  221. tdawg permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:46 pm

    Curt,

    When you came to Boston in ’04, you vowed to help the Sox win a World Championship… and you helped us win 2.
    No matter what uniform you are wearing next season, you are and always will be a major part of Red Sox Nation.
    Of course, I am praying that you are wearing a Red Sox uniform next season.
    With us Red Sox fans giving our support, tears and passion to the Sox for all these years, maybe the top brass should ask us whether or not to re-sign you. If that were to happen, you would be here until retirement.
    We love you Curt… And we thank you!

  222. dave1972 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:19 pm

    Great read. I sure hope you finish out in Boston.

  223. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:27 pm

    kcidkcussnafxos

    One of the mods of Curt’s blog really needs to take a look at your screen name and ban you. (read the name backwards, moderator).

  224. mjphelan permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:53 pm

    Curt,

    I’m a new Sox fan. I moved to Boston from Atlanta this past July and it was great to come to a town that still appreciates baseball the way it should be.

    I watched the Braves go from worst to first. I’ve been a huge Braves fan, especially of John Smoltz, since I was young. My brother was the first graduate of John’s new Christian school in Atlanta this past year and is now attending an academy in Yankees’ territory, but I’m pretty sure he’ll stay a Braves fan.

    I must admit, I doubted y’all’s enthusiasm at first, I thought the Sox fans a little braggish and overbearing, but in a month’s time I gained appreciation for how not only well y’all play and with the intensity, but the manner in which you play as well. For years I’ve been upset with the Braves organization because they choose to hold onto players that CAN play but choose not to. Your team is the team I’ve been looking for. I don’t know if you plan on coming back next year or not: if you don’t, then hats off to you because what a way to end a career and have a blast with your family. If you do come back, I pray that God will watch over you and your family and keep His Spirit strong in you, because we need men with courage to show their passion for their family and God these days. Thanks again and congratulations!

  225. mikeyv893 permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:03 pm

    Curt, I am a lifelong Red Sox fan. Grew up walking distance from the park. Had my heart broken so many times. I were instrumental in ending all that. I got to see my 83 year old stepfather (he has since passed) watch the Red Sox win a World Series for the first (and only) time in his life, in large part, due to the performance you gave us, and the heart you showed on the mound. I’m remembering the narration from the HBO doc…..”When a valiant Curt Schilling, on a mangled ankle, pitched the game of his life……in a Red Sock.”

    I’m choked up as I type here. I hope to see you in the uniform for one last go round. I want to see you retire in it.

    No matter what happens, good luck Curt. You have my undying gratitude.

  226. steveh8305 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:04 pm

    Curt: Congratulations & THANK YOU for:

    1. Naming the Name
    2. Being a good husband & dad
    3. Your incredible charity work
    4. Using your baseball gift to bring us all so much pleasure

    God bless you & your family … I hope that you can stay for 1 more

  227. koreyboehm permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:21 pm

    Schill,

    What more can you say man. As frustrated as we Sox fans can get sometimes, there was never any doubt that you were giving it your all. It’s been an incredible experience watching you over the past four years and you’ve provided me and my family with such amazing memories that I can’t even begin to mention. You’ve also given me a personal motivation always seeing you return from devastating injuries and staying true to your faith. You’ve set such a great example for all of us around Boston and I really hope you are able to finish your career here. Thanks for all you’ve done Schill, and we all truly mean that.

  228. skisox24 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:43 pm

    No matter what the baseball ops people decide, I will always remember you for your passion and competitive spirit. You never promised anything that you could not deliver. You understood that “Red Sox” is much more than a team that plays baseball. It is a cultural enterprise that blankets our community well beyond the political borders of Boston and Massachusetts.

    No one associated with the Red Sox have reduced me to tears more than you have. From your gut wrenching courageous pitching in the 2004 World Series to your dignified sentiments in your 2007 World Series comments above, and, to your loving commitment and remembrances of your late dad, you understand more than most what is really critically important during our short stay on this earth. Unlike you, Curt, I do not attach myself to any conventional religion. But I am a very emotional and spiritual person who appreciates all in life that deserves our attention.

    Like you, I hope to cheer you on in 2008 in your final season wearing number 38 here in Boston. But if you must move on, I will be supporting your endeavors and wishing you and your family the best.

  229. bosoxfan4jc permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:53 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Warm greetings from a fellow born-again Christian here in Portugal. I grew up in Montreal, a 3-minute drive from Olympic Stadium, following the Expos before they moved to Washington to become the Nationals. Even then, I was starting to follow some of the Sox games on a New England affiliate of ABC, with players that included Rice, Lynn, Fisk, Boggs, Remy, Tiant, and Clemens, to name a few.
    I managed to catch the games of both the 2004 and 2007 World Series, and the inspiration derived from seeing guys digging deep to come back from huge series deficits against all odds was a sight to behold, and it still causes goosebumps when I think back to your gutsy performances under some of the direst circumstances. And indeed, not only have you shown yourself to be a clutch performer in your postseason career, but also, on the sport’s grandest stage, your performance and your life have helped to project the Lord Jesus in and through you and the grace and humility befitting of you, to His highest glory! My hope, as a Sox fan, is that you would remain with the team; however, no matter where you end up playing the rest of your career, may the Lord’s light shine resplendent in you, so that others may be drawn to Him.

    The Lord bless you mightily, bro!

    In Him,

    Vic.

  230. gonyeal permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:25 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for being a role model for my children, my youngest daughter proudly wears her Curt Schilling jersey whenever the occasion calls for, which is a lot lately. Good luck in the off season and we hope to see you back for another great season.

  231. lilpapi1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:48 pm

    congrats on the win. I watched the rally on NESN and it was great. I also watched the WS 07 on Fox and you pitched like there was no tomorrow. I loved it!!!!!!!! Thanks for all you did with the red sox, and hope you continue as a red sox until you retire.

  232. meow1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:52 pm

    We love you, Curt. We want you at Fenway one more year.

    David K.

  233. kmlima permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:01 pm

    Dear Curt,

    I am a self-proclaimed baseball nut. As a friend of mine once said ” I am a baseball fan first, and a Red Sox fan second”. My wife just doesnt understand why I would watch a game if it wasnt the Red Sox who were playing, and my response is always the same “because its BASEBALL”.
    I have followed the Red Sox since the days of Jim Rice and Fred Lynn. There was a time in my life when I really wondered if I would ever be alive to see the Red Sox win a World Series. However I was able to witness the “next best thing” in 2001. To watch The D’Backs defeat the Yankees in the 2001 World Series in 7 Games WAS INCREDIBLE. At the time I was a big fan of The UNIT, Gonzo and Curt Schilling. I also was getting a little tired of watching the Yanks win so often. I though it was “SO COOL” when they voted you and Randy Co-MVP’s.
    When there was talk of you leaving Arizona in 2003, I prayed to God Almighty that you would somehow end up in Beantown. While you played at Arizona I could sense that you left “nothing in the tank”. I also was in awe of how you studied in between innings to prepare for the next 3 or 4 batters.
    During your stay with the Red Sox you have solidified your place with millions of baseball fans (maybe Papi too). Ever since coming back from 3-0 against the Yanks in the ALCS it seems as if Red Sox Nation has quadrupled in #’s. No one, I mean no one will ever forget the bloody socks and the guts it took to keep playing ball. You brought all Sox fans the greatest gift they could ever receive(world series champions). Best of all you did it TWICE.
    God Bless you and your family. Thank you for bringing so much happiness in ’01,’04 and ’07. If Epstein is as smart as I believe he is, he will help make you a reasonable offer for 1 year. If not, then I overestimated his genius.
    Wherever you go you shall prevail !!! Best of Luck and THANKS again .

    ORLANDO IN BOSTON

  234. thabass permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:30 pm

    Curt,

    I am speechless to say the least. I would have never guessed in my whole life that I would ever see the Boston Red Sox win a World Series, but you go ahead and help us win two! Seeing, experiencing it (from Tempe, Arizona and Boston, Massachusetts respectively), I can safely say that you and both teams have the gratitude of all of us who are apart of Red Sox Nation. My father who is no longer with us, would also like to thank you and I am very sure he was watching and cheering for you up in heaven like I know he was.

    Not being able to be in Boston to watch this year’s series was tough, but I can manage (thanks to Fox) and seeing you continue to dominate the opposition once again was awe-inspiring.

    One thing I would also like to mention is that whatever happens; you leaving to go to another city and do what you did with this team or staying here, I want you to know that you have all of my support in whatever you do. Of course, I would love for you to stay here and retire your number here in the city of that “dirtay watah” and have your number forever out in right field as you so truly deserve.

    Once again Curt, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work and dedication to our team, even when it looked like our seasons were over and we came back in some way, you were there to get us through it.

    Thank you so much for the memories (and keep your game company in Boston, I will need a job next year! :p)

    Thank you,

    Jason Bassett

  235. rollinsox007 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:35 pm

    Schilling, you came to Boston to break an 86 year old curse and you did that. You need to retire a Red Sox pitcher. Sure you aren’t worth 13 million anymore. Please take a pay cut, stay in Boston and help this team to back to back championships. No matter what you say in the media, you are an honest guy. You are a true competitor and I want to see your legacy in Boston stay intact while others like Damon are rotting away in organizations falling apart.

    Please find common ground with the front office and come back! Wake may not make a full season again and with you around we can have that old horse in the rotation to rely on as a big game pitcher and second pitching coach.

    PLEASE COME BACK SCHILL!!!

  236. kanyoufly permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:53 pm

    Thank you Paypro for shedding light on the other side of Curt Schilling. I don’t have any children, but when I do, folks such as Mr. Schilling would not be a role model. He has every right to his opinions, but so do I. Curt is a closed-minded fanatic, and represents the folks that are truly causing damage to this country. He’s just another wacko using “God” to further his bizarre agenda. I can’t say if there’s a God, but if there is, he/she certainly wouldn’t side with the Christian Right fanatics that have polluted this country. The Bible portrays the man above as altruistic, forgiving, and an individual who looks out for those less fortunate.

    If you’d like to hear someone who works by way of the Lord, read up on Jimmy Carter. This man has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate. That is working by the Bible. George W., Curt S. and the rest of those bafoons are not carrying on the traditions of the faith that they claim to stand behind.

  237. mikerooj7 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:03 am

    Curt
    Ive always been a fan of your “big game” nature. Was never a Phils fan but the first time I saw you was when you battled Toronto (god I hated them). Since you came to the Sox you were the one I wanted w/ the ball in the big games in the Bronx (not Pedro). You have the heart of a champion and I hope the Sox see it to give you 1 more turn. Whatever turns out I’m a Curt Schilling fan. Go get’em 38

    Mike Araujo

  238. soxwally permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:44 am

    I am obsessed with the Red Sox. I love that we won the World Series. But if there is a God, he does care who wins a baseball game. He did not have his fingerprints on it, he had much more important things to do.

  239. barryc permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:11 am

    kanyoufly

    I think your overlooking the work Curt does for ALS, and that Shonda does for Skin cancer. They have been a big boost to the Boston area in their personal lives. He backs up what he says, and isn’t afraid to catch criticisim.

    The fact that God exsists is real. Who he would or wouldn’t side with is not for me to say. I also respect Jimmy Carter and his efforts on behalf of Habitat for humanity, but that doesn’t lessen what Curt and other sox players have done in their own right. ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.”John 6:8

  240. force0933 permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:33 pm

    Curt,

    This is my first ever “Blog” reply but I’m hoping by some chance you see my reply.

    I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for Boston, for me and my family. I am a baseball nut and I bleed Boston Red Sox.

    The time I remember you most, however, isn’t exactly related to baseball. Back in 04, my wife was ill and we couldn’t find out what was wrong. After endless tests and Doctor visits, just about the time the Red Sox made the post season, she was diagnosed with MS. The night you were scheduled to pitch game six in New York was the first night we had the visiting nurse at our home to show me how to inject this god awful medication into my wife in an effort to slow down the disease. I can tell you that since then, my definition of a bad day has obviously changed. I spent countless hours asking god to give me the disease and take it away from her, then there was denial followed by “why us?”

    I remember the exact time I saw you warming up in the bullpen, with the bloody sock and KALS inscribed on the leather. For two and a half hours I watched your guts and determination and in doing so was able to forget about my problems… It was a much needed distraction. Everyone talks about that game and the success you experienced that night. From my point of view, you could have only thrown one pitch, or been chased from the game in the first inning and it still would have had the same impact on my life.

    The baseball fan in me certainly enjoyed the performance and result, however, just the fact that you took the field because of your commitment to the team the fans and most importantly yourself, sticks with me to this day. I learned courage is about keeping your word, through good and bad, and never wavering from the commitments you make. Success or failure is determined by our ability to execute in any given situation. Anyone can experience that. Courage and commitment, on the other hand, is something you can’t measure by something so simple as success or failure.

    Since that time, courage is exactly what my family has needed from me. I’ve had success and failure along the way, but I’m never afraid to come face to face with the commitment I’ve made to my wife.
    I want to thank you for what you did for me that night. With the real possibility of failure facing you square in the face, you showed the courage to take it head on, and for that, the result became inconsequential.

    Good luck with whatever it is you decide to do. Just remember that to me, Game 6 in New York meant a lot more than beating the Yankees. (though I enjoyed the hell out of that too!)

  241. markfromlynn permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:58 pm

    Curt, I am a long time Sox fan (from Lynn) and I have followed your career throughout the years. I think that you are a class act and I hope that you return to the Sox next year to finish your career! M

  242. shajam14 permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:22 pm

    # 38, forever will shine in Boston what other words can express our deep admiration for you and your tireless efforts in charitys and your will and desire to win for not only you but for the team and the people of New England and beyond, all I can think of is Thank you Curt and Shonda and kids for blessing this region and being a major reason why we can proudly say we are the champions of the world. I can only pray the front office will realize how empty Boston felt when we let another superstar walk away in his late years ( Bobby Orr ) in case you do leave and I can truly say this for a fact even if you signed with the New York Yankees you would be the only one getting a standing Ovation upon your return home. We love you Curt and # 38 is burned in our hearts forever.

  243. cobra4414 permalink
    November 3, 2007 1:10 pm

    Curt,
    THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON. HOPFULLY AND GOD WILLINGLY YOU’LL BE BACK IN BOSTON AGAIN NEXT YEAR TO FINISH OUT YOUR CAREER. YOU’VE BE AN ICON IN THE CLUBHOUSE AND FOR ALL OF RED SOX NATION. THANKS AGAIN !
    THE LIPINSKY FAMILY FROM WESTERN MASS

  244. bgonzalez1973 permalink
    November 4, 2007 5:09 am

    Curt,
    I just wanted to say Thanks Curt for bringing 2 World Series trophies to Boston and to Red Sox nation wherever they might be. I never thought for a minute that you didn’t give it your all. You are one of the class acts in Boston sports history. You will forever be a part of our sports history. To me that is saying alot. In just 4 seasons, You made Red Sox nation so proud. You made the ultimate sacrifice when you had that ankle procedure done not knowing if it would be a career ending thing. No one in the world would of done that, but you did. Without you we would not have won. I personally would love for you to stay and end your career in Red Sox uniform. I would like to see you in the Hall of Fame in a Red Sox uniform. As a kid who grew up in Boston and loves all Boston sports teams, I would have to say you have had as much impact as Larry Bird, Carl Yastremski, Ted Williams, John Hannah, Bobby Orr, Cam Neely, and all the other people that have made their mark in Boston. This stuff in not just a game to us, It is part of our lives. Sometimes too much a part of lives. That is how we were raised though. Again, If you do read this, Thanks for the memories!

    Brian

  245. audram permalink
    November 4, 2007 11:43 am

    Curt,
    My favorite player was Yaz when I was growing up. When he retired it wasn’t the same for me. You brought more than just great pitching to this team. You and your wife have made a huge impact in New England for many wonderful charities. We need more familieis like yours that play their best on and off the field. I want to believe that the Red Sox organization can see beyond this next season and look at what you could continue to do for the team as a mentor, coach(?) or scout. I “believe” the turning point to where we are now was you being brought here for the 04 season. The Ford commercials with you coming to Boston to win the ultimate prize said it all.
    You were willing to “bleed” and put your career on the line. But no matter what happens, YOUR worth cannot be measured in dollars. For what you and your wife Shonda have done for New England and Red Sox Nation on and off the field — PRICELESS!
    Audrey Kurlan-Marcy
    Shrewsbury, MA

  246. houghster permalink
    November 4, 2007 1:19 pm

    Another massive fan from the UK on to say Thank You, Curt!
    The 2007 playoffs and world series were as gripping this time around as when you helped orchestrate the comeback against New York and turn around over eighty years of agony for Red Sox nation.
    I can honestly say that I’ve never been as tired after staying up until 5 or 6am for every World Series game. God knows how you managed it!! I had a bet with a work colleague who has a great Baseball knowledge for a Brit. The bet was how many games would Boston win in. He said six games and I said sweep …. He said that it was a big ask for you to reach into the locker one more time, but I knew that when the flash bulbs went off you would find a way to win.
    Watching in the UK for the last ten seasons has been a real joy for me, and it’s clear from the reception that you got in your Boston finale that the emotions were running high as you left the field.
    Any team would jump at the chance to sign Curt Schilling , and I’m sure that many will. It will be interesting in six years time when the hall of fame comes knocking on the door which uniform will retire your number. I would love that team to be Boston. No one will ever take that away from you. Ever. It would be my wish for you to return to Boston for your final year, as real contentment and belonging to a place only occur once a lifetime in sporting terms. The ‘family’ of the Red Sox would be overjoyed to see you there for your swansong (if that is your intention) as would every UK member of the Red Sox nation.
    The game of Baseball for me has always been about the players who get down in the dirt and really battle for every inch gained on the battlefield. The last ten seasons my favourite players were Cal Ripken Jr and you for this reason. You can keep your home run chases or accumulation of statistics. They’re for looking at in a book 20 years from now and saying “ooh, he did well”. Spirit is the key. Unquenchable spirit. That’s what you have and that is what makes you a hall of famer in my book.
    Thanks for the memories Curt, you are a true sporting icon. A true Red Sox great.

  247. atlsoxfan1964 permalink
    November 8, 2007 10:31 am

    Curt,

    As a life-long Red Sox fan who has suffered much over the years, it is so comforting to have a player, a man, who cares as much as you do for this game, this team and this city. It is rare, if not near impossible to find that in a player these days. You’re the “anti-Manny” when it comes to attitude. Don’t take that the wrong way. I love Manny and I actually think he gets dogged too much for his lax attitude. We need a balance of players like him and like you. Chilled out on one hand and intense on the other.

    Anyway, I’m so glad you signed. Thanks for sacrificing a bit (I know $8M + in incentives isn’t too shabby) and I believe it will all be worth it. We WILL win it all again next year. As tough, actually as close to impossible that is to do nowadays, I truly believe if anyone can do it – the 2008 Boston Red Sox can and will do it!!

    So good luck to you the rest of this year. Take some time to enjoy the WS victory, take time this off-season to enjoy your family and take care of yourself – stay in great shape!! Remember those “clauses” aren’t just Santa’s – they’re for contract $$$ as well!!

    You are the best Curt! Be good!

    DAK
    Atlanta, GA

  248. subfug permalink
    December 31, 2007 4:21 pm

    Curt,

    As a lifelong member of the Red Sox Nation, I am truly inspired by you, and finding out on this blog that you are a fellow believer in our Saviour Jesus Christ only makes me have a deeper respect for your character. It is a difficult thing to admit publicly these days, with self righteous attacks such as Kanyoufly’s above, attacking us as “fanatics” because we believe in God without any doubt. It seems there are liberals around every corner who cry foul at that simple confession, and are so offended by it. Free speech indeed.

    “The Bible portrays the man above as altruistic, forgiving, and an individual who looks out for those less fortunate.”

    I love how those who don’t know God always claim to know about His character. They take all judgment out of God, though God’s judgment is revealed through the entire Bible clearly. It would be a liberal utopia to have God praise the serial killer and Mother Theresa in the same breath, but those of us who have no doubts know better. We will all be judged and that is a fact. Don’t pick and choose the facts you will reiterate without conviction. You have an entire book that reveals our Creator’s thoughts and character, yet you are probably too smart for that, right?

    Curt doesn’t hold himself up as the example of goodness, but Jesus Christ, the only one who was sinless. Maybe you should put yourself under the same scrutiny you reserve for others, otherwise known as JUDGING OTHERS, the very same thing you claim to despise, you and all the other broken records I have heard a million times before. We as Christians are held up as examples of sinful man, though we freely admit we are sinners, yet those who deny the Saviour’s sacrifice are above that standard, through their own indecisiveness. Spare me the tired old story. YOU are the ones that are tearing America down and empowering the real enemy.

    Rock on, Curt! Keep on contending for the faith boldly. Remember how they treated Jesus and hold on tightly to your cross. Oh yeah, and

    GO RED SOX!

  249. irish101 permalink
    January 5, 2008 1:07 pm

    You rule I hope you come back to the Sox! You guys were great! Tell Youk Scott’s(teacher of Youk’s cousin Charlotte) son says hi and Good Luck Guys on the Coming Year!
    #1 Sox Fan Irishkid

  250. oughtonk permalink
    February 15, 2008 1:43 pm

    So I just recently found your blog and I know that this one has come and gone but I have to say this was the World Series of my dreams! I do agree that the best team in the world won…but I have to give love out to my Rockies, this was an amazing season for them. I live in Colorado and have been a Rockies fan since they came to MLB, but I’ve also been raised on the Red Sox and definitely consider them my true love of baseball. Congrats to a great season and I’m so ready for Spring Training and another great season!!

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