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Talks begin and 38 Studios plugs along…

November 1, 2007

Update! I wanted to add something at the top here in case he’s reading. Sgt. Michael Grimm of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion sent me a Rangers Lead the Way hat, and T-shirt along with an awesome letter. Thank you Sgt. Grimm and every other man and woman serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and every other freedom seeking country on this planet. You make this world a better place! Hello as well to SOSH’er Baghdad Jamie and his wife Kristine! Hope you got a chance to see the post game shout out! 

So the first day of Free Agency begins. I cannot divulge names because the teams involved asked that I not do so at this point, but the first day resulted in initial contact with 3 teams. Kind of weird to be doing this with no agent but at the same time pretty cool. All three discussions were very informal, with the clubs expressing interest in potentially working together next year. Two of the teams were on the list of teams mentioned earlier, one was not.

I made it clear to all three teams that my intent was to do whatever I could to resolve this and remain in Boston for the final year of my career. The only question asked beyond the initial conversations were to my desires about the contract, and whether or not I truly wanted a one year deal or was looking for more.

That has not changed, we are still only looking to sign a one year contract and I can’t envision a scenario where that would change.

 My second full day back in the office at 38 Studios was, as usual, full. Meetings about any and everything. We are making our final decisions on an engine choice(s), and the final steps right now have us talking to a bunch of different developers and publishers who are, or have, worked with the engines we are looking at. Getting an in depth review of what other companies think about the engine, or engines, we will ultimately partner with to create this massive ‘thing’.

Our priorities in looking for a partnership in the middleware dept. are extensive and thorough. While the tech is pretty much far and away the most important thing, when you quickly realize that no company offers a total solution you come to grips with the fact that no matter who you license from there is much work to be done. They all seem to be falling on an extreme side of the fence. Some offer immensely deep and well done client side solutions, with minimal work or work not well done on the server side, or vice versa.

Many companies out there are telling us that while they don’t have the solution on one side or the other, it’s on their ‘road map’. When you are sitting where we are, and you are looking at the capital outlay for a modern day MMO, as a startup, you quickly realize that counting on someone else to produce something for you, on their road map, is about as far from possible as flying pigs. The phase we are in right now is about risk mitigation as much as anything. You mitigate risk from the get go through your people, and once they are in place you look for risk mitigation in your technology every chance you get. Counting on another company to meet deadlines for their product, so that you can utilize those features, is asking for heaps of trouble.

But we have an immensely talented, albeit rather small at the moment, group of engineers in place. These guys know their stuff and we’ve basically evaluated every potential engine solution available to the MMO space, and some that are not yet there but on their way. We are going to be deciding rather quickly on the route we take and when we do I am sure that will be accompanied by a press release from the company(ies) we end up choosing.

We’re also in the midst of hiring, or recently hiring, a few more incredibly talented, passionate, and well known people. We’ve recently hired a concept artist in Jeff Murchie (LotR fame!) who’s made a seamless transition to the 38 Studios family. We are close to announcing 2 more hires filling incredibly important positions that further enhance our ability to make this IP something incredible.

On the business front we continue to meet and talk with potential partners on the business side. We are excited about the prospect of partnerships with companies that are not currently in the space, but bring new and immensely deep ideas to help promote and participate in the creation and life of this incredible IP R.A. has created. If you haven’t already done so, check out www.38studios.com

The next 14 days mark the time of year when Shonda and I try to fulfill our off season commitments to ALS, and Shade. Usually we plan this a month after the season ends to allow us time to recharge the batteries and get back into the family life. We played a litte later this year so that’s not really possible.

On Saturday we will be at the Curts Pitch for ALS Post Season Reception. A chance to meet the fans who were part of the Curt’s Pitch Program here in the North East US. Check out http://www.curtspitch.org/curtspitch/site_default.asp?tab=32

Next week I will be in Philadelphia on Monday for the 14th Annual Curt Schilling ALS Golf Outing. Please check out http://community.alsphiladelphia.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=215&srcid=215&cid=1&ceid=47&cerid=0&cdt=11/5/2007

On Thursday of next week I will be in Phoenix for the Sprint 7th Annual Schilling Fore ALS Golf Tournament. Please check out http://www.golfinvite.com/events/index.asp?eventID=906

On Friday I will be in New Orleans, having the incredible honor of being able to speak at the “When Baseball went to War” and being able to honor the incredible men who served this country abroad during World War II. Check out http://www.nationalww2museum.org/calendar/dayView/1194588000

On Tuesday of next week Shonda will be in Springfield to launch the 2008 Survivors Calendar that the Shade Foundation created this year. Check out http://www.shadefoundation.org/meghan_rothschild.php

A huge thanks to anyone that clicks on the links above and contributes time or money to any of these causes.

48 Comments leave one →
  1. twhobert permalink
    November 1, 2007 2:20 pm

    Curt,

    Great to hear from you. I’m sure this off season you will put as much effort into your company (38 studios) as you do your pitching. Your transformation from “Power pitcher” to “Hit to Contact” pitcher went pretty well, I expect you to be masterful next year with a year under your belt. That being said, I’d like to know (as do most of the folks who read your blog) where the Sox stand in your off season negotiations. We all hear that your first choice is to stay in Boston, but we haven’t heard much about what is being done to realize that. What are your demands other than a 1 year contract? Would an incentive laden contract spur any interest for you? How are the Sox treating you so far this off season? Home team discount?

    I don’t care a whole hell of alot about these other teams, I care about whether or not you wil be back in Boston next year.

    Congrats on the W.S victory.

    Go Pats!

  2. tsos20 permalink
    November 1, 2007 2:34 pm

    Congragulations on another great post season performance, and a 3rd ring. My only question is, did you have to start talking about free agency, the very 1st day after the World Series? Couldn’t it wait a week?
    The Sultan on Sports

  3. actionjackson73 permalink
    November 1, 2007 2:55 pm

    Curt,
    Congrats on winning your third championship. As A Philadelphia fan I long for just a chance at a world series. I can remember as a teenager wathing you and the ‘93 crew of misfits taking us as fans on a wild ride.That being said, what a great wu to finish you wonderful Hall of Fame career back where you started your success. Speaking as a life long phillies fan you are the best we have had since Carlton. I can only imagine you and Cole Hamels at the top of OUR rotatation. so in closing congratulations to you and letting you know this phillies fan would love to have you back in the city of brotherly love. See you at the news confrence Curt!!

    Keith Jackson

  4. rgrsoxfan28 permalink
    November 1, 2007 2:57 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Glad to see you got the package….just a little token a i stated in the letter from one American to another…hope you come back to Boston for next season…but as a realist, I understand why you may not……would love to see you come back at some point though as a pitching coach…from what youve done in coaching and teaching, guys like Josh,John, and Dice K over the last year youd be an asset to have for the future guys, in the organization….God bless to you and your clan and keep the faith…

    RGR Mike
    RLTW

  5. pops13 permalink
    November 1, 2007 3:00 pm

    Curt,

    Congrats on the World Series victory – very sweet indeed. We need you back in Philly next year. Come back home Curt, we’ll see you soon.

    Pops
    -Philadelphia, Pa

  6. November 1, 2007 3:05 pm

    Curt – I don’t like reading about you talking about leaving Boston… making me mad and sad. The day (hopefully won’t happen) that I come to check in your status with Boston and you have a blog about leaving – I’ll cry. WE friggen love you to death Schill – you’re a legend!!!!!!!
    <3 Ashley Bartolome

  7. November 1, 2007 3:09 pm

    I suspect you’ll be back with Boston next year.

    Hopefully….

  8. hross permalink
    November 1, 2007 3:40 pm

    I’m hoping and praying that you stay in Boston for your final year in major league baseball. I can’t think of a better way for you to end your career! I know all the fans in Boston and the rest of the Sox would love to have you, I just hope the suits feel the same way!

    Thank you so much for everything you have done for the Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Regardless of what happens next year, you will always have a place in my heart.

    Heather

  9. shillingfanpa permalink
    November 1, 2007 3:57 pm

    Curt,

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  10. acase32075 permalink
    November 1, 2007 4:03 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Not sure if you will read this or not but I just wanted to tell you that you will always be considered a part of Red Sox Nation, way to bounce back this year during the playoff’s and although it is up to management and not the fans now, I hope you always stay in contact with the Boston Faithfull. Thank you for those unbelievable games you threw. I cannot believe I am doing this becasue I have written many letters to the Red Sox organizations and not once have I gotten a response. You see I have a nephew who is 9 and absolutely adores the Red Sox, I am stillt rying to find a way for him to throw out the first pitch but it’s impossible to even get a response or a way to go about it getting accomplished, maybe you can help… Well I will keep reading the papers and I hope they bring you back for another year, either way I know you will be succesfull with whatever team you end up.

    By the way one more questions, I know you keep a notebook of all the games you pitch in , curious how long have you been doing that and how many do you have?

    Also why does Manny stare up at the boxes in Left field on every at bat??? something I noticed over a year ago I think and I always wanted to know why he did it …it’s every single at bat so it’s king of funky….

    Anyway thanks for reading this….If you did…

    Alex

  11. carms1979 permalink
    November 1, 2007 4:23 pm

    To The Sultan on Sports,

    I guess Curt wanted to get to business right away. He has a family and I guess he might want to spend some quality time with them and not spend the entire off season questioning where he might play next. I don’t blame him for starting the search the day after the WS.

    Carms

  12. November 1, 2007 4:29 pm

    Hi,Curt
    congradulations on the wins in the world series. I HOPE YOU resign with the sox. If you don’t good luck in what ever you do. It has been a pleasure seeing you play and listening to you on WEEI.

    mickmck707.wordpress.com

  13. November 1, 2007 4:35 pm

    Well there’s nothing like a little interest to make you feel good. It’s like a “pick me up”. Sort of like being single…and suddenly having a slew of people be interested in spending time with you!

    Doesnt mean you don’t get back together with the “ex” — but sure antes up the pot, letting him/her know that you’re attractive to others. :)

    I’m off to check out the 38 studios site — and jeesh, nothing like having a little downtime after winning the World Series!! hahaha, but all for great causes. Enjoy, and thanks for keeping us updated.

  14. redpinstripes permalink
    November 1, 2007 4:41 pm

    We’d love to have you back in Philadelphia, Curt… this is a new team, a new outlook, a new attitude, a new era in Phillies greatness. We’d love to see you back in the ‘stripes, both on the mound and on your Hall of Fame plaque.

    If you return to Philly, I will also personally buy you one (1) large Wawa coffee and will mail a dead fish to Bill Conlin.

  15. apgjr17 permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:26 pm

    Curt, sounds like you have a busy week! One question,how long are you going to give the Red Sox till you move on?? AAPGJR@AOL.COM

  16. cubs0110 permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:26 pm

    Curt, if the Cubs offer you a contract and it’s not the highest, could you sign it for the sake of baseball? For the sake of helping another team who hasn’t won a World Series in a “little while”?

    Please Curt, we need ya.

  17. janiced permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:30 pm

    how do we purchase shonda’s champion bling t-shirts??

  18. apgjr17 permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:32 pm

    also i had an artist paint me Fenway Park, for my sons room, it the whole wall, he is a great artist, its huge.But the question is ill make a 700.00 donation to your foundation if you would come and sign it,for my son! email me back AAPGJR@AOL.COM!

  19. nb34 permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:41 pm

    Please don’t go to Houston.

  20. spikemyowen permalink
    November 1, 2007 6:31 pm

    Well he could have done it in the 8th inning of the World Series, oh wait you aren’t interested in what goes on “behind the scenes” in free agency, then read his posts next week and pretend they are new :-)

    LOL

    Nice to hear you have contact so fast Curt, not like anyone didn’t expect you would, one question though, are you going to keep us updated on what happens between you and the Sox?

  21. phillysports permalink
    November 1, 2007 6:48 pm

    I hope the Phillies contact you Curt. Safe travels to you. Enjoy the off season.

  22. FireDannyAinge permalink
    November 1, 2007 6:51 pm

    Stay in Boston Curt. Even if it means taking less money. If you want to be here you will be here.

  23. chicagocubsfan38 permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:03 pm

    Hey, Mr. Schilling,

    I hate the Sox but I am a huge 38 fan. If you come to the Cubbies, you won’t get the #38, but you will have so much more. Adoring fans that will cheer you on through the lows and the highs, unlike if you were to go to the Cardinals or Brewers.

    I could never turn my back on a future hall of famer, and I speak for all of Cubbie nation in saying that I truly hope you become a Cub. Please consider this offer on behalf of Jim Hendry. Lou Piniella will be like a father to you. Just ask A-Rod. He might come here, too.

    Thanks,
    Ryan a.k.a ChicacoCubsFan38 and maybe someday 36, too?

  24. jayp3858 permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:48 pm

    Curt,

    If game two of the World Series was the last start of your Red Sox career, allow me to say…thank you. I had the privelage of being at game six of this years ALCS and giving you the standing ovation you so richly deserve. I thank you not just for the 20+ wins in 04, or the bloody sock, the selfless act of volunteering to close in 05 when no one else had stepped into that role effectively, the mentoring of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Dice-K and Clay Buchholz (the future of this staff), the two championships and the dozens of memories, but I thank you for the charity work you have done in and around Boston. I thank you for being honest and straight forward in your dealings with the media and fans. It was refreshing to hear an athlete speak his mind and not just spit cliches. I thank you for the interaction with the fans through this site, the sons of sam horn and the dirt dogs, thanks for making us feel like we were part of the ride. I hope that in six years we can honor you one more time in Cooperstown and I can only hope that you enter the hallowed hall wearing a Boston Red Sox cap. Thank you Curt and may your future be bright, where ever it may be.

  25. myrawalker permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:50 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I will really cry if you leave the Sox.
    When you walked off the field the last game and tipped your hat, it brought
    tears to my eyes…and felt you can’t leave like this.

    When you came here in 2004 and said in the Ford commercial you were coming to Boston hitch hiking from Arizona to break an 86 year old curse, I told the rest of the Christians in our family that it was a prophetic word from the Lord.

    I also believe that as the scripture says, “We have what we say,” and “Call those things that are not as though they were.” It certainly happened that
    way in 2004 and I pray it also does with a new contract in Boston.
    I did alot of intercessory prayer for you and the team that year, especially with the bloody sock and how much you had to be totally dependent on the Lord in that game and many others that have followed.

    If Wakefield stays and he is an older pitcher, why not you?
    I’m an avid fan of yours, have never seen you pitch. Another winter and I can save some money for a Red Sox game. (Maybe they should sell tickets to senior citizens at a lower rate. )

    Keep praying, for the Sox to soften their hearts and reach an agreement with you.
    I think all you Christian players need an intercessor to pray for them all season and in every game.

    Love and prayers,
    Myra

  26. 2007worldchamps permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:02 pm

    Mr. Curt “Red Sox” Schilling,
    My only input now for your negotiations is to sit, listen, ponder and have faith all will go well in your ultimate decision. If it becomes a tough decision for you, have the competing teams in question submit signatures from their fans stating:
    1. We will love Curt through injury or possible game loss by closer.
    2. We will cheer Curt with standing O’s at his every start.
    3. We will cherish Curt and his family for all he does for the community as well as what he does on the field.
    4. We will applaud the Red Sox because we know he will become a pitching coach at some point for the organization.
    5. We will be thankful for our good fortune.
    6. No matter what shirt he wears in the Hall of Fame, we will always remember the bloody sock and incredible breaking of the curse in Boston with his incredible “team”mates.
    Bottom line being…… no one player wins the game, and no one player looses one. I hope that all the teams that Curt is being wooed by (except that one team, not to be mentioned ever) know that we Red Sox fans cheer their teams on as well. When a club has had to wait so patiently for that dream team to jell and work wonders together is so special and worth waiting for. We acknowledge that Curt has that special “jell” factor. You found a family and home in Fenway…. please stay.

  27. jkirk13 permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:28 pm

    Schill, we need you back in Philly. Finish out the career at home. Bring that trophy back here for us. We missed you these passed few years and we love to have you back. Working on my letter to Gillick and bringing you back is the #1 demand on my off-season list.

  28. alturrisi permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:34 pm

    Curt,

    I read somewhere that you were interested in pitching in Tampa Bay at one point. Is that true or was that just a rumor. I’m not from the area, but when I heard it… I wasn’t sure if I should believe the accuracy of it.

    Hopefully I’ll get a reply.

    Thanks a lot,
    Al

  29. milkman57 permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:11 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for everying, especially your love of our military. I’m a 22 yr air force vet in Tucson. Hold your head high. You will always be at the top of my and many Sox fans list of all time Red Sox heroes. You came to a team in 2004 that needed a selfless leader. Especially after the debacle in 2003. You brought your magic from Arizona, leading the team to a pennant and a world championship. The bloody sock…i’ve got a picture of you on my refrigerator that hasn’t moved for 3 years. You should get a purple heart for than one. You sacrificed yourself for the team when you agreed to close games and even got 9 saves. You performed like a champion again this year. I’m 50 years old now, you didn’t grow up in Massachusetts so I’m not sure if you know how much you mean to all of us. Especially a 10 yr old kid in 2004 watched you beat the yankees and lead us to the world championship. You will be a hero to them long after your career is over. I hope you’ll wear a sox cap in cooperstown. Good luck my friend and have a great 2008!!!

  30. kjd189 permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:13 pm

    Curt-
    Let me first state that the best case scenario is that you come back to Boston and retire and an exception is made to the rules that the team hasin regards to having a players jersey number retired by the team(i forget the specifics off the top of my head)
    But lets just say Theo and the Trio leave a 1yr 10-11$ deal on the table, do u take it?
    A good argument can be made that you desrve more considering what other starters are being paid(Clemens 1yr 21$ deal this year for one)
    But also you arent the same pitcher that was making 13-14$ when you first came here and won 21games had an era of 3.26 and K’d 206 batters in 226ip
    With that said would u take a “take it or leave it” 1 yr 10-11$ deal to retire here and defend your title?

  31. fivekatz permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:17 pm

    Curious minds want to know if you have to play your final year outside of Boston, will you return to MA. oncei retired?

    If you and the RS can’t reach terms is this now going to become a highest bidder contest amongst your short list?

    If the RS can’t or don’t choose to bring you back I really do wish you the best every time you don’t face the RS. And some how I will find it flawed.

    That said some unsolicited advise from a fan. Forget Philly. Love to see you in NL as a RS fan but that park and your “new game” are a match made in hell. That is pitching in a phone booth. The Dodgers would be a great story, 50th year in LA and Joe Torre’s redemption. Historically significant and a great finish for a former combatant in the “rivalry”. Either the Indians or the Tigers would be a great shot at one more ring. The Cubs? Less likely but how awesome to have done the RS and the Cubs in one career?

    Finally, if the RS don’t sign you, don’t take it too personally. This observer of the sport thinks you took the RS aback when you chose to play again in 2008 in the spring of 2007. You were so firm about 2007 being your last, in fact you said if not for the extension you received for the 2004 WS win, 2006 would have been your last.

    I need not tell you that people who play on the stage you do, whether it is between the lines or in the front offices, all have egos. And I suspect that the RS spent your salary in 2007 when they made their additions to this current team, just as they did in 2004 when they added you knowing they weren’t bringing Petey back unless they could get a bargain.

    So I think they find themselves in an uncomfortable place. Wishing to project that they can go toe-toe with the cash machine better known as the NYY when in fact they stretch to out spend the other kids by 20%.

    It will be an interesting time and kind of cool to be in charge of your next station with your financial and baseball legacy assured. Enjoy the ride, you earned it.

    And once again thanks for never being boring and never leaving anything in clubhouse come daytime. If I had a som I would hope he’d grow up to very much like you and vote like Randi Rhodes! :)

    God Bless and Good Luck. You have touched the lives of so many Boston fans and that makes you an artist playing a boys game!

  32. veteranstaxidispatcher permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:21 pm

    curt i would really like to see you stay here you came here in 2004 and brought us the trophy made alot of fans really happy you will allways be remembered for what you accomplished here i remember the night you guys lost 19- 8 i talked with alan and said dont worry you guys are going all the way and you did be well and i hope to see you wearing #38 for the boston redsox in 2008 Thank you

  33. soxrok1 permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:40 pm

    Hey Curt,

    As much as I’d like you to stay, I wanted to ask you a hypothetical in case you leave. Your loved so much here, if you were to go play for another team, and were invited by the sox to throw out a first pitch in Fenway while you were still employed by another team, (Not mentioning any names… *cough* MILLAR *cough cough*) would you ever be inclined to do that? I understand you are looking for a one year deal so this might not be a great question, but would you consider this?

    Thanks man, have a great off-season with the family.

  34. mlm32 permalink
    November 1, 2007 11:04 pm

    Hi Curt,

    It can’t be said enough. You will always hold a very special spot in the hearts of Red Sox fans. I wish you the best of luck no matter where life brings you. We want to see you in a Red Sox uniform next year though…I can’t imagine any other one would look as good.

  35. soxfaninexile permalink
    November 2, 2007 4:42 am

    I want to thank you for the time, money and care that you give to the fight to cure ALS and to help those stricken and their families. I am one of a group organizing a walk Saturday in Laredo, Texas, and we are praying our efforts make a difference for our friend Jerry and all those who might someday fall victim to this cruel disease.
    On other matters, as a combined baseball and programming nerd, it is great to be able to read about both in the same place. I gotta wonder how many of your readers, though, are following the whole engine/middleware/clientside thing!
    Good luck on the whole free agency thing. I was there for win #200 at fenway, and it would be great to see you finish your career with the Sox.

  36. oldmanthecat permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:10 am

    Curt,
    I know it sounds farfetched, but I believe the team for whom you will derive the most satisfaction is the Tampa Bay D-Rays. All the bloggers are laughing at the prospect of finishing your career with the team with the worst record in baseball, but the last laugh will be on them.
    I lived in Atlanta in 1991, and experienced the incomparable euphoria that happens when a perrenial loser does the impossible and goes from worst to first. This can happen in Tampa Bay with you on the team. The Rays have undeniably two of the best young pitchers in baseball in Kazmir and Shields. They have the best and fastest outfield no one has heard of in Crawford, Young, and Upton. Add the most big league prospects of any organization in the minors, and you see the remarkable potential here in Florida.
    Sign a 2 year deal with the Rays, and you will be a part of a historical reversal of fortune for a team and an area starving to support a winner. This will be the perfect conclusion of a Hall of Fame career. Going from worst to first and being an integral part of the transformation of a loser into a winner will be the perfect final chapter of the Curt Schilling story.
    Don’t forget, the weather is perfect 9 months of the year, and we have air conditioning for the summer months.
    Last, but not least, there is no state tax in Florida, which would be a savings of 1.4 million dollars (based on $30 million salary and a 7% state tax over 2 years).
    Finally, I am a Pastor in the Tampa area, and am certain God could use you in ways you cannot even conceive. If you will just allow God to use you as He sees fit, the possibilities are endless! So, as your Brother in Christ, I invite you to bring your family down to Paradise on earth!
    Oldmanthecat
    Pastor Tom Bridges
    Riverview, FL

  37. mangleon permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:37 am

    Curt, stay in Boston. We love you here.

  38. keenestate83 permalink
    November 2, 2007 7:58 am

    Curt,
    I really truly became a die hard Red Sox fan in 2003, You have been a thrill to watch. 2004 set your place in the history books and some thought it might be the end of an ere then, but you have come back and helped the Sox get to their second World Series Championship in 4 years. I, as well as most of Red Sox Nation, know you have at least one more in you!!
    I really don’t want to see you finish your career with anyone other than the Sox, I know that has been your intention, I just hope that the Front Office sees what the rest of the Nation does.

    I was at the Parade on Tuesday and Hope that I get the chance to do the same next year!!

    Congratulations on a great season and your third World Series Championship. Let make it one more next year in Bean-Town!!!

    Tom Hall
    Keene, NH

  39. schillfan38 permalink
    November 2, 2007 8:56 am

    curt,
    I am very happy to say that I will be at the Reception tomorrow. I really would like to see you back next year. You should end your career where it started, since the Sox drafted you when you were a rookie.

    Besides that, I want to thank you and Shonda. My dad was diagnosed with Melanoma late last year and a former friend of mine asked shonda if she would email me right after he was diagnosed. she did and it helped me get through him being sick. I really wanted to thank you for that and for the work that you and shonda do for ALS and Melanoma.

    Thank you for helping bring a second ring to Boston in 4 years and I will see you tomorrow.

  40. dsc1755usa permalink
    November 2, 2007 10:20 am

    Thank you for not putting the Yankees on your list.

  41. antarctic38fan permalink
    November 2, 2007 10:40 am

    Curt,

    Greetings from Antarctica!

    As a life long Sox fan I must say THANK YOU for your tireless work ethic, desire and drive over the past 4 years. You are a key reason that the Red Sox have won 2 World Series and you should take great pride in that. Your passion for the game is something I can only compare to that of Cal Ripkin Jr. You truly play for the love of the game. I also appreciate your honesty. Although it may bother others, I find it very refreshing. Your support of the military is also greatly appreciated.

    I am presently in Antarctica at McMurdo station. I am a pilot with the NY Air National Guard working to suppport the National Science Foundation. I am confidant that aside for being in space, this is about as far from Boston as I can be.

    I will say my prayers for you and your family that Theo and gang make the correct decision. You are part of the Red Sox family and deserve to retire that way. I hope all works out in the end. I know this is a business, but it is also about loyalty and you have more than earned ours.

    Good Luck and God Bless. I look forward to seeing you in a Red Sox uniform next year! CONGRATS AGAIN and GO SOX!

    Pete

  42. airborne150 permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:45 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    First, thank you for your continued support of our troops. Im a CO CDR in an Army Airborne unit currently deployed. As a token of our appreciation we would like to send you some of our gear as SGT Grimm did. Where could we send this to you at? I was thinking of just mailing to Fenway? If you could send me a quick note at amslt@yahoo to let me know, I will get it out right away. Hope all is going well with the contract negotiations with the Sox. Hopefully you will retire in Boston and go out with another World Series title!!

    CPT S.

  43. jjccb permalink
    November 2, 2007 7:38 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I’d like to state first that you are, without doubt, my favorite baseball pitcher, and I’d like nothing more than to see you pitch your last year in Boston. You add something special to the team, and it was because of you that I am now a Sox fan. My dad grew up in Boston, but it wasn’t until 2004 that I started watching the games. (Pretty remarkable for a fourteen-year-old girl.) Truly touching, that last game you played, when you tipped your hat to the crowd. Brought tears to my eyes, actually. I will most certainly be rooting for you, wherever you end up–you didn’t include the Yankees, so I can say that with confidence. ;)

    Secondly, I anxiously await getting to hear you on Friday. I signed up to go the minute I found out you were speaking.

    Anyway, thanks for the great years you put in as a Red Sock, and I look forward to seeing you play next year. :)

  44. 4j1t permalink
    November 2, 2007 8:54 pm

    Curt,

    If you leave boston you will be missed. You are a big part of team and you have been since you came here. You took notes on pitches and players. You go above and beyond for the team. I hope some day you will retire with the red sox and become a pitching coach or manager. You are a great player and a role model for the players and fans. I hope theo will make an offer and keep you in the city that loves you. I know what it is like to leave the city. I lived in Boston my whole life and then two years ago moved to nc, i miss it everyday.

  45. christopherw24 permalink
    November 2, 2007 10:14 pm

    Curt,
    I was just wondering… Seeing as you act as your own agent, any interest in acting as an agent for other players once you retire? Seeing as how you are approaching your own contract, I have to think you have more respect for the game than a certain agent with the initials S.B.

    Thanks.
    – Chris, Columbus, OH.

  46. bigstupid permalink
    November 4, 2007 4:37 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Regarding 38 Studios and your goal of making an MMO that breaks new ground in the gaming industry. I hope it is a continued success (I consider a solid foundation a pretty damned good success so far.)
    I’m encouraged by what R.A. Salvatore and Brett Close said in the interview at Gamasutra.com. Bret said “We’re not be driven by a publisher that’s breathing down your neck.” That’s great news since early release can be the death knell for a MMO as I’m sure many of your former Sigil / SOE talent can attest to. Also I was glad to see what Salvatore said since it echoes my own sentiments, “I don’t want anyone to hold my hand and walk me through something. I want to write my own books with my character. I would never – as a dungeon master and as now a game designer – I would never want to take that away from the player.” You’ll gain a loyal (and probably every bit as fanatical as RSN) following if that philosophy is maintained. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Sometimes it takes eighty-six years. Here’s to 38 Studio’s celebratory champagne shower being earned a bit sooner than that though, like say the three years we just experienced.

    Sláinte,

    Mick

  47. redhelix permalink
    November 5, 2007 6:15 pm

    “Counting on another company to meet deadlines for their product, so that you can utilize those features, is asking for heaps of trouble.”

    Amen, man. In my relatively brief coding history, I can’t say how many times this principle has come around and smacked me in the face.

    Whether it’s on a small 5-man project or a modular inter-company design scheme, waiting for Party A to finish their project so Party B can sink their teeth into A’s work is a project deadlock waiting to happen. I am glad to see you foresaw this.

    Regardless, I’m sure 38 Studios will churn out some spectacular products in the long run…as long as your guys don’t do anything crazy, like decide Java3D is the best 3D API for your MMO.

    (Or anything, for that matter.)

    Cheers

  48. vjcsmoke permalink
    November 7, 2007 1:21 pm

    Dear Curt,

    First of all Congratulations on bringing another World Series Championship to Red Sox Nation!

    Secondly, I am very pleased to hear the news that you are returning to Boston for one final run. Your experience, talent, and leadership are a wonderful asset to the team and to Red Sox nation as a whole.

    Thirdly, I am very interested in hearing about your new video game ventures with 38Studios. Do you have any more concrete news on your next video game? It seems you are going after the MMORPG market. But what is the game going to be about and why will people want to play it? Also are you planning to develop any other games and how does one contact someone at 38studios about game ideas?

    Looking forward to seeing you pitch for the Red Sox in 2008 and good luck with your business venture.

    -V

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