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2003 Sox opening letter.

November 2, 2007

Here is the letter that arrived at our home a few hours prior to Theo, Jed and Larry opening up negotiations. Theo said he didn’t have a problem with it being published and I think it’s a pretty significant look into how the ownership and baseball operations people here in Boston do business.

Dear Curt and Shonda:

Usually the day before Thanksgiving is reserved for family and friends, for cleaning and cooking, for preparation and relaxation.  I’m sure you both see enough of general managers and club presidents from February through October to last an entire year, and we know front office executives are not exactly the people anyone wants to see on their doorsteps the day before Thanksgiving.  So we want to thank you both for graciously inviting us into your home today.  We realize that this opportunity has not come at the most convenient time and we truly appreciate your hospitality and your willingness to meet with us.

It is clear that the Schillings and the Diamondbacks have formed a partnership.  From afar, we have admired Curt’s accomplishments in an Arizona uniform and the incredible impact the whole family has had in the Phoenix community.  We have the utmost respect for your roots here, and also for the full no-trade clause you negotiated into your current contract.  In short, we know you don’t have to do this.

Why, then, did we leave our own families behind and fly here today?  Well, we think that the Schillings and the Red Sox might just be another great fit – a perfect marriage – and we hope that we can demonstrate why.  We are here to tell you all about the Red Sox: who we are, where we are going, and how we’re going to get there.  We want to share our thoughts on everything from advance scouting to the way we set up our family room at the ballpark.  We’ll discuss the neighborhoods where you might live and every inch of the old neighborhood ballpark you would call home.  We’ll be honest about the small weight room and crowded clubhouse, but we’ll also tell you about Ted Williams’ old locker and the feeling you get walking up the ancient tunnel to greet 35,000 of the best fans in baseball.  We want to tell you about the type of person and player we want to represent the Red Sox, and how we’re filling our clubhouse with them.  We want to tell you all about the unparalleled passion of Red Sox Nation, and about how hard we are working to bring a World Championship to Boston.  We’re sure you have hundreds of questions for us, and we’re here to do our best at providing answers.

Imagine how different Red Sox history might have been had you not been included in that fateful deadline deal with the Orioles in 1998.  Even three years after the trade, when you were with Houston, our scouts were convinced they were right: “Still a thrower. Has arm strength but hasn’t learned a thing.”  Now, 15 tears later, after 163 wins, a 3.33 lifetime ERA, two 20-win seasons, five All-Star Games, a World Championship, and a World Series MVP award, we have a chance to rewrite history.  At 37 tears old, with a great resume and an even greater reputation, it’s clear to us that the next step in your career is baseball immortality.  Baseball immortality –an enshrinement speech in Cooperstown, a plaque on the wall, a place alongside legends – is one of the reasons why the Schillings and the Red Sox are such a perfect fit.  There is no other place in baseball where you can have as great of an impact on a franchise, as great an impact on a region, as great an impact on baseball history, as you can in Boston.  It is hard to describe what the Red Sox mean to New England.  The players who help deliver a title to Red Sox Nation will never be forgotten, their place in baseball history forever secure.

We are so close to the goal that has eluded us for 86 years.  We would not have traded four talented young players or intruded upon your holiday if we did not sincerely believe that our time is coming very soon.  The 2003 Red Sox were a talented and exciting team that came within five outs of reaching the World Series.  As an ownership group and management team, we are committed to putting an even better team on the field in 2004 and beyond.

We assure you, the 2004 Red Sox will be an excellent team.  We return eight of the nine regulars responsible for one of the best offenses in the history of baseball.  The 2003 team had a .289 team batting average, scored 961 runs (nearly 6 per game), and broke the 1927 Yankees’ record for all-time slugging percentage (.491).  To give you some personal context for this production, the terrific 1993 Phillies’ offense had a .274 team batting average, scored 877 runs, and had a team slugging percentage of .426.

Last winter, our goal was to create a lineup that would be relentless one through nine.  This winter, our goal is to create a relentless pitching staff to match our offense.  You are the key to this plan; in fact, you are the plan.  The rotation, should you accept this trade, will be among the very best in baseball: Schilling, Martinez, Lowe, Wakefield, Kim (with Bronson Arroyo as the 6th Starter).  The bullpen will also be strong.  Williamson, Embree, and Timlin are all poised to have excellent seasons in 2004.  In addition, we are close to signing Keith Foulke to become our closer and to lead this talented bullpen. With the pitching staff and a defensive upgrade at second base, Red Sox run prevention will match our run scoring.

Your place on the team and your potential place in history has been the focus of this letter.  Your place in our community is of equal importance.  The Red Sox organization is committed to using its prominence in Boston to promote charitable endeavors.  Through The Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox are active supporters of cancer research at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Last season, for all 81 games, the Red Sox used the most sacred place in Fenway Park – the Green Monster – to celebrate its 50 years of partnership with The Jimmy Fund.

The altruism and the generosity you and Shonda have shown in fighting ALS and skin cancer is phenomenal.  What better place to further research and understanding of these diseases than Boston, the medical capital of the world?  The Boston Red Sox look forward to giving you the support and the forum necessary to help take these foundations to even higher levels.  We are eager to discuss creative and effective ways to use our organization and our ballpark to raise money and awareness for these great causes.

Curt and Shonda, quite simply, we think this is a great match.  The timing and the purpose are perfect for both of us.  We hope you feel the same way and we look forward to discussing anything that can help make you and your family more comfortable with Boston.  See you this afternoon…

  The letter was signed by Larry and Theo. As a player here I can tell you that from the first day I was officially a member of this family, through the parade on Tuesday, they owned up to every letter of the contract. This ownership group has put together something special here, and their commitment to players and players families is a pretty big thing. They have been true to the word, which anyone that knows Mr Henry would not be surpised at, but more importantly you pretty much never question where you stand.

101 Comments leave one →
  1. brunfaminnh permalink
    November 2, 2007 10:58 am

    Curt,
    I know you want to play another season and I hope if you do it’s in Boston and nowhere else! However, would there be any chance of you deciding to retire and run for the U.S. Senate against John Kerry representing the Commonwealth of Mass?
    Your family has given so much to this region and you’ve won 2 World Series in 4 years as a member of Sox and I for one would just love to see you give back to the Commonwealth in this way as well. And what a better time to do it than just after having the World Series again.

    The Brun Family

  2. frodo1962 permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:02 am

    Interesting letter, I’m glad that the organization allowed you to release it. They were spot on about what your place in Red Sox history would be for ending the so called ‘curse’, of course no one would have believed the personal sacrifice you made to pitch those last few games.

    Again, I won’t speculate or offer ideas on contracts, how much you should ask or be paid … but I do hope something equitable can be worked out that keeps you here for your final season. Besides missing your talent, and professionalism, we would definitely miss the agita you cause the liberal elitist blowhards over on Morrissey Boulevard!!

  3. jsindal permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:05 am

    Very insightful, Curt. Thanks for posting, and good luck with your negotiations. Hope to see you back next year!

  4. November 2, 2007 11:05 am

    Curt, I’m sure if I could write a letter to you on behalf of the Red Sox, it would most assuredly look very similar. It would talk about your ability to mentor the young pitching staff, it would talk about your importance to the community and it would talk about your leadership in the clubhouse.

  5. johnnyblazepw permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:07 am

    Definitely an interesting look into the recruiting process of one of the best teams in baseball year in and year out. Thanks for sharing.

  6. ccbayer permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:31 am

    did you transcribe this or was it digital already? i think someone made a typo where it says “1998…” isn’t it supposed to be 1988?

    anyway that’s a cool think to share with us fans. thanks a lot!

  7. November 2, 2007 11:36 am

    Interesting read. At first I thought it was a current letter, and I was confused when I read about Thanksgiving and a partnership with the Diamondbacks.

    Hope you stick around in Boston, but promise me one thing… you wont go to the Yankees.

    Oh – and I don’t know how much pull you have with the Red Sox management (especially when you are in negotiations) – but put in a strong point about not bringing A-rod to Boston. That dude is clubhouse cancer and cares only about his own stats. (Plus, I think Varitek might shank him – or vice versa)

  8. chpbenson permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:51 am

    Hi Curt,

    I am an independent video/tv producer in Needham. How can I best contact you regarding a proposal.

    Sincerely,

    Chip Benson

  9. tragic31 permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:57 am

    Curt,

    Reading that letter seriously gave me a chill. They where dead on about everything the said and I am proud to see they held up there promises. I am proud to be a employee of Shaws supermarkets a company that has helped you raise money for your Strikeout ALS campaigns. Thank you for this insight into how my beloved Red Sox and there front office operates.

  10. andrew5566 permalink
    November 2, 2007 12:05 pm

    Curt-

    This is an inspiring letter. Clearly a lot of thought went into signing you four years ago. Clearly, they were set on signing you. I certainly hope they make the right decision this time around. You’ve earned your right to retire as a Sox. We hope the front office makes the right decision.

  11. November 2, 2007 12:09 pm

    Wow…that was almost prophetic. I loved that they included your wife and family so well. Great to see that they have a grasp of the truly important things in life.
    Curt, I really hope you and the Sox can work something out. I don’t want to see you don any other uniform!
    Good luck, and thanks for keeping us updated.

  12. themactastic permalink
    November 2, 2007 12:20 pm

    Pretty interesting insight into the way things work behind the sceens. Couple of spelling mistakes though. Kinda embarrassing.

  13. phillysports permalink
    November 2, 2007 12:23 pm

    wow that is awesome that they let you post that letter. yay 1993 phillies mention :)

  14. u2babieu2 permalink
    November 2, 2007 12:43 pm

    That was an awesome letter by an amazing team…..and most importantly….TO AN AMAZING PITCHER!!….;0)
    I truly hope that this letter is an INSIGHT as to how they will handle KEEPING YOU A RED SOCK!!!…..there is no other player that can fill your shoes Curt….God has shown through you in amazing ways since you’ve been a Red Sock….and I have FAITH that you will RETIRE a in a Red Sox uniform….;0)
    You have continued to bring HIM glory and have truly represented Our Lord and Savior well….
    ~~Jer- 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    I think GOD wants you to be a RED SOCK too….=0)
    May all of God’s blessings cover you and your family forever….;0)

    In HIS love,

    u2babieu2

  15. thefoulline permalink
    November 2, 2007 12:53 pm

    Curt,
    I sincerely hope that you remain with the Red Sox for one more season. I believe that you still have plenty in the tank to be a top two starter in this league. Not to mention, one more year of guidance and leadership to young pitchers like Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz could be pivotal into turning these two into great pitchers.
    Best of luck,

    Dave

  16. ilajn permalink
    November 2, 2007 1:10 pm

    OKAY, let’s cut to the chase. You’re one of the best. Not only a great pitcher, but in my mind, you are one of the best, most genuine men in baseball. After reading the Sox letter to you and your family, it has occured to me that you are ready to throw it all away because the Sox might not pay you the money you want. I know I do not know your financial situation, but seriously Curt, you can’t live off of $8 or 9 million next year? Considering that you said “As a player here I can tell you that from the first day I was officially a member of this family, through the parade on Tuesday, they owned up to every letter of the contract. This ownership group has put together something special here, and their commitment to players and players families is a pretty big thing.” You acknowledged how vastly different the Sox approach players and families, yet you’ll spit in their face if you don’t get $13 million. Sure, you may get $13 million from St Louis or Cleveland, but you’re a Bostonian now…you’re one of us…don’t be like Clemens and try to be a hero for some sick amount of money you aren’t worth. Win it all again in Boston next year and go out on top. My recommendation: take a $9 million contract and ask Red Sox organization to donate $4 million to ALS research. There’s the $13 million we all can be happy with!

  17. myrawalker permalink
    November 2, 2007 1:12 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Great letter, thank you for sharing it. Hopefully, this Thanksgiving will author another letter.

    I believe that having Christian Ballplayers on a team has a greater blessing and favor of God on them and the team.
    There are definitely angel in the outfield of Fenway Park.

    Prayer of Jabez: “Oh that YOU would bless me indeed, and enlarge my
    territory, that YOUR hand would be with me……..

    Myra (Lancaster)

  18. davesoxfan permalink
    November 2, 2007 1:25 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for tipping the scales. You made a great decision to come to Boston. You made history here and we won’t ever forget it. I think a cartoon that still hangs on my refrigerator sums it up well:

    Little kid in bed with Sox 2004 Pennant on his wall and a note to Santa Claus on the Chimney

    Dear Santa,
    Please give my presents to someone else, I already got what I wanted….

    Next time the Sox face elimination… I might even think they’re gonna win!
    Hope you wear a “B” for another year, or at least at Cooperstown.

    Dave

  19. ange2386 permalink
    November 2, 2007 1:37 pm

    Curt,

    That letter was absolutely amazing. It almost gave me chills to realize how correct they were with predicting the greatness of the 2004 team. You will definitely always be remembered as coming here and turning the curse again. This year you guys did it again, and you had a huge hand in it. I hope that the Sox make the correct deal with you this year.

    Best of luck,
    Angela

    PS – I hope the letter was retyped into your blog because typing “tears” instead of “years” would be embarrassing for larry and john!

  20. November 2, 2007 1:54 pm

    Holy cow. It all happened.

    That letter belongs in Cooperstown, or maybe the Smithsonian. Here’s to failing to throw things away!

    I really do think that I’ve heard you called a “probable” Hall of Famer more often now, whereas even a year ago it was a “possible” one.

    You acknowledged how vastly different the Sox approach players and families, yet you’ll spit in their face if you don’t get $13 million.

    ilajn, I wrote that he should consider taking less money to stay the other day around here, but look, he won’t be spitting in anyone’s face if he takes more money to go elsewhere.

    The Sox are able to make sacrifices and compromises, too. They have to show they want him here. And it’s 100% within his rights and normal procedure to do it.

    All that said, I think it’s the wise business decision to stay here. If he retires a Red Sox, he can make three car, furniture, and bank ads a year for the rest of his life, and just live on that.

  21. biffjo permalink
    November 2, 2007 2:29 pm

    Curt, you really know what blogging is all about. This is the type of fascinating information we love to read. We miss you in Philly! Come back and get us over the hump!

  22. akozak07 permalink
    November 2, 2007 2:35 pm

    Curt, you are my favorite philly of all time. Please come back to Philly, Curt. We would love to have you back.

  23. cardinalsfaninpittsburgh permalink
    November 2, 2007 2:37 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling:

    If you take the time to read this, I hope you will find that St. Louis is the place you need to be.

    St. Louis has great fans that are always with the team. The Cardinals lost Josh Hancock, and were playing very poorly, yet all of us stuck with them. They had that amazing comeback at the end of the year. John Mozeliak, the new GM, is willing to make a good buy, and we have the money.

    It’s the perfect atmosphere. It’s a great team. The Cardinals were missing many key players this year, one of which passed on. We’re already down one next year, ace Chris Carpenter. We could be down two, if you don’t sign.

    The team struggled and had few key components. With you, it would make a strong team stronger.

    Cardinals & Schilling Fan,
    Chris Schaitkin

  24. yuckthefankees permalink
    November 2, 2007 2:54 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for allowing your fans to view such a personal letter addressed to you and your wife. It actually gave me goose bumps reading it when they mentioned you helping to bring a WS title to Boston as their plan. Wow, who’d ever imagine you’d help bring us TWO and, Lord willing, a third!!

    We pray things work out best for you and your family and we all hope its in Boston again.

  25. datacenterbroker permalink
    November 2, 2007 3:02 pm

    Well,

    You will do as you see fit under these circumstances. That’s you money and your talent, your familly and prerrogatives.
    ********
    For one thing it would be great for you to finish your career here and run your company from here. Gaming Development companies do require decent influx of capital during the product development lifecycle. The investment community here is thriving, and your name lends credibility to any endeavor you pursue. Staying around would help your business a lot more than you can conceive.
    **********
    Also, you became more of finesse pitcher. Just like Greg Maddux. I don’t see why management can’t see your value as such. For groundball pitchers, Fenway actually has less square footage to be covered, and consequently would cost less runs against us. Plus we have decent enough defense to spare runs.
    ******
    Besides, bringing Bucholz under a full season load might not be recommendable. He still needs to be eased into the rotation, no matter how spetacular he was in the 2007 stretch.
    *******
    And for the Marketing Savvy folks at Yawkey way, you are still the best thing they could ask for. At least you are not pushing over cameramen, or running around with strippers. Last I heard, baseball is clean family entertainment. For what they paying for pedestrian pitchers these days, you are definetively worth what you asking for.
    **********
    If any advice matters, please stay away from Philly, and avoid running for office. It will do you a whole lot of good.

    Cordially,

    Tony, New Bedford

  26. davezeltserman permalink
    November 2, 2007 3:49 pm

    Curt, as a lifelong Sox fan (now a few years older than you) I’m grateful for what you did for this team. Without your contributions and your willingness to risk your health and career, the Sox would not have won a World Series in ’04, and without your stellar pitching during this year’s playoffs and Series the Sox probably wouldn’t have won this year either. I won’t pretend to understand the financial aspects of this game, but if there was one player that the Red Sox should show loyalty to and risk overpaying (and I’m not saying they would be overpaying you) it’s you, with Mike Lowell a close second. Like a lot of Sox fans I’m hoping you get to finish your career in Boston, and also like a lot of other Sox fans, I think you on this team could easily make the difference between winning or losing another World Series in ’08. Regardless of what ends up happening, I wish you the best, and it’s been a blast watching you pitch since joining the Sox.

  27. November 2, 2007 3:50 pm

    Curt-

    I truly hope the Red Sox management realize and understand had you decided to stay in Arizona, we may still be without a championship much less 2 championships in 4 years.

    I hope Theo looks back at the 2004 ALCS, the heroics you displayed by going out there, bloodied sock and all and realized here’s a man who gave his all for his team. The ultimate teammate and ultimate employee.

    Down 3-2 to the Indians and you pitching game 6, I knew if the Indians lost that game, momentum was on our side. I just had this feeling that you were not going to lose, honestly.

    I speak for Red Sox Nation when I say, thank you for the best 4 years of our lives. It has been incredible to say the least.

    I will never ever forget the courage you displayed in 2004 and 2007. Many thanks my friend. Hope to see you in a Red Sox uniform next year.

    Do the right thing Theo, Larry and Mr. Henry and sign Curt for one more year.

    God Bless-

    Tu

  28. jpa2001x permalink
    November 2, 2007 4:06 pm

    Hi Curt,

    My family and I are lifetime Red Sox fans and were so excited when you joined the team. You have helped bring us alot of happiness with your level of play and solid performances, and helping win TWO World Series Titles. Thank you, and we really hope that you’re back next season!

    Jim A.

  29. bpeter289 permalink
    November 2, 2007 4:23 pm

    “Baseball immortality –an enshrinement speech in Cooperstown, a plaque on the wall, a place alongside legends – is one of the reasons why the Schillings and the Red Sox are such a perfect fit. There is no other place in baseball where you can have as great of an impact on a franchise, as great an impact on a region, as great an impact on baseball history, as you can in Boston. It is hard to describe what the Red Sox mean to New England. The players who help deliver a title to Red Sox Nation will never be forgotten, they’re place in baseball history forever secure.”

    Those words can never be more true.
    What you and the other players on the 2004 Red Sox team meant to Red Sox nations was like a blessing from God Himself.

    Your legacy with the Red Sox has secured a spot in Cooperstown.
    However, more importantly, you will be in all our hearts and memories of Red Sox nation.

    I hope that one day, the #38 with be retired by the Red Sox.

  30. dansanfransoxfan permalink
    November 2, 2007 4:27 pm

    Curt,

    You’ve made a lot, and invested it well. Kids (and grandkids) are in good shape, though since you two are raising them so well, they won’t really need it – it’s more for your peace of mind than theirs. All in all, well done. It’s really not about the money anymore, is it?

    So what do you do, for this truly last season? Some analysts predict you’ll be on the DL twice… not worth $13M to anyone. Suppose they, and father time, are correct? Then for goodness sake, don’t disappoint yourself, your family and the Nation – work with the Sox and get creative – it’s what both of you do so well. Here’s an idea, though I’m sure you two can do better – you’ve proven last season that you don’t lose a thing with a layoff, and in fact recover better and come back stronger. Why don’t you find a way to alternate starts, using your “off-start” to help develop the young arm that’s gonna be brought up and tested, or is already there, but not ready for a full spot in the rotation. Won’t he be brought up if you DL anyway? You stay healthy, you pitch better when you do start, you develop players, and you save some payroll the Sox can invest in additional talent.

    Think about it. Take a half salary as a starter plus a full salary as a Pitching Coach (call it practice for a possible future career in baseball management). Go out on your terms. Go out on the Sox terms. You and the Sox continue to impress with how to do things right. Kind of one of those multi-win things, isn’t it?

    A guy who represents himself and starts companies is good at this stuff. Impress us. Signing with anyone else is a failure of imagination.

    Good luck, and Godspeed Curt. It’s been a blast, hasn’t it?

    Dan

  31. pointlessexercise permalink
    November 2, 2007 4:45 pm

    This is what makes Theo great. He knew right away how much you liked having your #@! kissed.

  32. falcon64 permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:10 pm

    I agree in theory with what “ilajn” is suggesting. It would be so refreshing to hear you say that you were taking less money(9mil), “taking one for the team”, so that the team could use the “rest” of the money(4mil) you saved them to sign Mike Lowell. I think Tom Brady did something like that to help the Patriots with the salary cap. The “extra” 4 million could be made up through endorsements, you’d be closer to 38 Studios, and you wouldn’t need to go through the hassle of selling your home and disrupting your family(school…etc.), just to play 1 more year in another city that probably doesn’t have as good a chance to win(on paper) as the Red Sox.

    Wouldn’t it be worth a few less dollars not to turn your life upside down by moving and then needing to move again after the 2008 season??? You could cement your “legend” status even further by taking less money if the team promises to sign Mike Lowell with the “savings”. Day in and day out, Mike Lowell was the most consistent guy on the team this year. He’s the consumate professional. He exudes class and is very easy to root for and like(the anit-A-Rod). What a statement you would make by tying your deal to keeping Lowell in Boston. Anything you did in 2008 would be icing on the cake.

    Do the honorable thing;

    – Shock everyone, be proactive and volunteer to play for 9mil.
    – Ask the Sox to guarantee that they will sign Lowell unless he gets too greedy.
    – Take the next 4 months to relax, firm up your company and get in the best shape of your life(not moving and getting settled in a new city with a new team).
    – Show up for your final season in the best shape of your life.
    – Win at least 15 games and another World Series in 2008 on a team led by Ellsbury, Pedroia, Beckett and the rest of the young studs.
    – Help transition the Sox by mentoring some of the young guns.
    – Start working on your Cooperstown speech…

  33. November 2, 2007 5:18 pm

    Wow. I’m almost not even sure what to say…
    Outside of thank you for sharing.

    That letter gives us a look into the organization that is the Red Sox; not just the faces we recognize — but the heart within as well.

    I imagine that if this one year extension you’re looking for does not come to fruition, it’s going to be a difficult organization to move on from. Although, you do know that you are clearly always a member of this organization no matter what.

    I’m not just waxing nostalgic when I say I think the organization would be foolish to keep you for the last year you’re seeking.

    Do you have any ideas as to when you all might come to some semblence of an agreement? Is it a lengthy process? I know it’s different with everyone, but generally speaking where it seems that everyone’s cards are on the table, does that help any?

    Thanks for posting…
    Rebecca

  34. eric1414 permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:36 pm

    Hey Schill,

    I haven’t had the opportunity to post in a while, but thank you so much for keeping us all up to date on the new experience of free agency and the things you’ve got on your mind recently. I guess one positive aspect of November is that you have more time to check and update your blog – but I miss the 07 team and the terrific playoffs already (actually I had since the day after game 4 but w/e).

    I saw most of your interview (one of your interviews) during the parade the other day, and I think I’m going to have to agree w/ the idea ilajn proposed: take a bit of a pay cut and have the Sox organization donate the remainder of what would have added up to $13million (or w/e the number is man). If an agreement can’t be reached, I don’t know who we could blame – but it wouldn’t be an agent. But like I had posted earlier, no matter what happens, just know that you will forever be remembered as a Red Sox legend. The nation will never forget you and could never thank you enough for what you’ve done, leading by example and your leadership in the clubhouse – which is exactly why I think they should bring you back next year to help out w/ the young stud pitches on the rise.

    One more year… but don’t listen to people who try to talk you into politics at this point (though I somehow doubt there will be many more of the initial opinion I read above). You know where you belong and where you should retire – and so do the Red Sox organization, compromise can always be reached through proper communication.

    -Eric

  35. bourque77 permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:39 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for giving such unique insight into some of the “behind the scenes” workings of a major league ballclub. As I read the letter the Red Sox management sent, it only reinforced my belief that those who run the team “get it.” Starting with your acquisition, and culminating now with the second World Series championship in your four years here, the Red Sox have never been positioned better to become a team that could go down with some of the all-time great teams in history. It is my hope that the Red Sox and yourself are able to come to terms for one more year. After all that has happened in your tenure with the club, it only makes sense that you retire here.

    Thanks,
    Lance (Hooksett,NH)

  36. jimmykc permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:46 pm

    Talk about prescient, these guys were uncanny. If they come anywhere close to what you want, take it , Curt, and finish your career in Boston. Don’t uproot your family, help solidify the staff, go for a back to back which is almost impossible any more, enjoy the positive vibes in Beantown another year and polish your HOF credentials. Just a conservative midwesterner’s point of view.

  37. November 2, 2007 6:01 pm

    Thats cool they let you post that. It doesnt make them look bad at all either.
    I saw the comment about the spelling mistakes – which is sort of true, considering I have met Theo’s dad, and lets just say his English ability is among some of the best in the world, as one of the heads of the poetry department at BU! But then again, his dad probably isnt capeable to negotiate such a deal with a player like yourself.

    That letter about the salary is stupid and mean spirited. If you are able to rear back and throw 93 now and then (despite what Dan S, says that you cant throw 90 which you obviously can when you need to), combined with your legacy, and your ability to pitch without the need to fire 96 MPH fastballs and still beat the best competition there is in the biggest games there are I would say 12 or 13 million sounds about right in today’s market. Not to mention the fact that your obviously a teacher and your impact to the nice young staff developing, is easily worth the extra few million.

    They should give you $10 gauranteed with incentives to hit closer to $20 mill or so cuz if you go out and win 15 games plus win another 4 or so in the post season, Id pay you a mill for each one, if it was my money. Plus world series and playoff incentives from the sox, are something that mean a lot more then from other teams who cant seriously offer such things.

    Get $10 mil to stay at least, and $1 mill for every win over ten including playoffs. Why not, you both make out on that deal, and the risk is lower for them, and the payoff for you is great and you get rewarded for the way you do want to go out.

    Good Luck,
    We will all see you in Cooperstown regardless, like the letter says.

    Lyrical

  38. November 2, 2007 6:51 pm

    Um, it’s me again. I wouldn’t normally post twice but…
    I just read that Wake and Tavarez are back for next season.

    I find it hard to believe that you won’t be.
    Positive thinking? ;)

    And, the 38 studios site is HOT. Tres chic and very fun.
    Great design team. I’ve left the design arena myself and now do the Program Management of web based products. I’m not nearly as good of a designer as the people that are out in the biz now.

    Great stuff.

  39. November 2, 2007 6:52 pm

    YANKfAN22 Please take a few moments to fill out the conversion form below to help us get to know you better and prescribe any required counseling to recover from
    your previous fan experience.

    Name: ___________yankfan22____________________

    Address:______________________________

    Who’s Your Daddy: ____________________

    1. Please select your favorite recent Yankee new player acquisition:

    [ } Roger Clemens $20 million, six wins, one groin pull

    [ ] Alex Rodriquez $92 million, no title, Ha!

    [ ] Derek Jeter $123 million since last won world series

    [ ] Jason Giambi $91 million, no title, lots of roid sweat

    [ ] Carl Pavano $27 million, five wins

    2. . Which of the following would you most like to see as the most played
    YES Network “Great Moments in Yankee History” film clip in 2008:

    [ ] Rivera’s “shocking” blown save in Game 4, 2004

    [ ] Rivera’s “shocking” blown save in Game 5, 2004

    [ ] The awesome wild card clincher celebration

    [ ] Wang getting hammered in Game 1

    [ ] Wang getting hammered in Game 2

    [ ] Jeter’s first GIDP

    [ ] Jeter’s second GIDP

    [ ] Jeter’s third GIDP

    3.. Please indicate the last book you read:

    [ ] Someday, in my lifetime, the Yankees will get to the LCS

    [ ] Suicide Hotline – It’s not just for Cubs’ fans anymore

    [ ] The Heimlic h Maneuver — What to do when choking

    4. Which recent Yankees personnel move did you enjoy most:

    [ ] Not winning the posting for Matsuzaka

    [ ] Winning the posting for Kei Igawa

    5. Which following designation best describes Derek Jeter’s performance in this year’s ALDS:

    [ ] Captain Intangibles

    [ ] Captain GIDP

    [ ] Captain & Tenille

    6. Please choose your favorite movie:

    [ ] Anger Management

    [ ] Hunt for Red October

    [ ] Damned Yankees

    [ ] Still We Believe

    7. Finish this sentence: “Alex Rodriquez is

    a. overrated

    b. overpaid

    c. overdue

    d. overly prissy

    e. over

    8. . Select the most vociferous, stupid, and annoying Yankee fan:

    [ ] Washed up “comic” hack and Yanks personal ballwasher Billy Crystal

    [ ] Front-running celebrity phony Jack Nicholson

    [ ] Tim McCarver

    9 . Are you ready to admit that :

    a. Ted Williams was better than Joe DiMaggio?

    b. Carlton Fisk was better than Thurman Munson?

    c. Even Manny Ramirez is faster than Bernie Williams?

    d. Reggie Jackson was a better outfielder than Matsui?

    e. Derek Jeter has less range than a kumquat

    f. No self-respecting parasite would invade Jason Giambi?

    10. Please indicate your favorite moments in Yankee history: (Check all
    that apply):

    [ ] Alex Rodriquez is traded to the Yankees

    [ ] Don Mattingly never wins a World Series

    [ ] The Yankees let Clemens get away

    [ ] The Yankees get Clemens back

    [ ] Giambi’s steroid abuse causes his body to collapse like a screen
    door in a hurricane.

    [ ] The bugs eat Joba

    11 . Have you experienced any of the following after the embarrassing four game collapse? (Check all that apply)

    [ ] Headache

    [ ] Uncontrolled Anger

    [ ] Heartache

    [ ] Holes punched in doors or walls

    [ ] Nausea

    [ ] Smashed TV screens

    [ ] Depression and Broken Dreams

    [ ] Avoided Red Sox fans for days or weeks

    Once you have completed this form, please forward it to Fenway Park. Then burn all your remaining Yankee clothing, memorabilia, and associated reminders. After reviewing your request, the Red Sox Fan Club will contact you with notification of acceptance or rejection.

    I hereby acknowledge that the real “curse” is being a Yankee Fan.

    I hereby renounce the New York Yankees for all eternity on this the ______
    day of ________________, 200__

  40. adamsj permalink
    November 2, 2007 6:52 pm

    Looks like Farrell is sticking around for at least one more year. Sounds like the Sox are at least putting the infrastructure in place to make sticking around very tempting for you. Farrell more than anyone is capable of 1) making your last year in the MLB a shining one, and 2) helping Dice-K and Lester reach their full potential, with a little time left over to get Buckholtz consistent, and a candidate for a full rotation pitching role if need be in 2008 or 2009. Hopefully the finances work out such that the opportunity in aggregate meets the needs of your family for the long term, keeping you here as legendary Bostonians long after your last MLB pitch.

    John (Groton, MA)
    jsa01450@yahoo.com

  41. jim1973 permalink
    November 2, 2007 6:59 pm

    Hi Curt, Its good to see this letter and the way that business is done in the front office of the greatest team in baseball. When an organization operates like that, its no suprise there would be no problem whatsoever in consenting to this letter being published on your blog. You have given so much of yourself, your time, and your money to help others. Often times professional athletes, such as yourself do not worry about anyone but themselves (look at Rodriguez). The help you have given to your fellow man, and the fact that you are so grounded should be admired by everyone. You are truly a role model, not by just mere words, but by your actions as well. Its obvious that the game is not the most important thing in your life and thats the way it shoud be. Its also a great thing to see your many references to our Lord and the credit that you give Him. Obviously its deserved. I believe that this country is as great as it is because it was built on the foundation that there is a God, and that we owe everything to Him.

    At the risk of sounding blunt, even though not meant to be, the time has come where you find yourself near the end of a stellar carreer and have decisions to make regarding which path to follow. Everyone ages. It certainly beats the alternative. While I would love to see you pitch for another year at Fenway, I realize that may not happen. The bottom line is that you have to do whats best for you and your family. I hope all here realize that as I do. Forget about the comments referring to the money. Your financial decisions are no one elses business. (Just for the record, your presence and guidance alone is worth what youre asking, even though I know you can still sling them as good as anyone.) While I would love to offer all sorts of advice, I am in no position to, knowing none of the facts other than whats been made public. What I will say is that it has been a pleasure watching you play, reading your thoughtful letters here, and knowing you deeply care about your fellow man and that your fans have a special place in your heart. The truth is, you became a hero in Boston, a great role model, and an outright legend. No one in RSN wants to see you go. I hope to see you in person one day and have you sign a ball for my son. I also hope someday to take my son (now 5) to Cooperstown and see your contributions to the game represented there. I’ll remind him of the time he and I spent watching you. Wherever God’s hand takes you, I’ll always be a fan. If I can just ask one favor it would be that you please just stay away from New York. =)

    With Respect and Admiration,
    Jim

  42. markiemark22079 permalink
    November 2, 2007 7:34 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing the letter from the Red Sox that you received in 2003.Hopefully you will receive another letter this Thanksgiving saying how much the Red Sox would love for you to retire in a Red Sox uniform. You have accomplished so much in the last four years that you have played in lived here in Boston. I dont think that there is anyway that the fans and the management of the Red Sox could every thank you for what you got done here in Boston.Well maybe there is one way the management could thank you,by somehow working a contract out that would make you a Red Sox for one more year. Whether that is through a guarenteed 13 Million next year or an incentive based contract that would bring you close to 13 million or maybe even more if you guys won the World Series next year again.Which i think the Red Sox may be able to do again next year, but the only way i see them getting back there and successfully defending there title next year is with you there.If you are not there i do not see them repeating.You have been a vital part to this team and to this city.It would be a real shame to see you in any other uniform than a Red Soxs.I would like to wish Shonda, you and your children the best of luck working out some kind of contract that would keep you here next year.Then after another World Series Title next year you could Retire and run for U.S. Senate here in Boston. You would win hands down here in Boston it is definatley time for change Kerry needs to go.I could definately see you as a Senator for Massachussetts with your ideas and the way you are committed to everything you do…So maybe you could take that in to a reason maybe to stay in Boston if they are not offer enough money. You could always make up for it after you retire through being a Senator in Massachussetts and with your 38 Studios Project that you already have in the works could be very favorable to stay here….But the decision is Shondas and your to make…. But PLEASE STAY HERE IN BOSTON WERE YOU ARE A HERO AND A SAINT….THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVELY FAMILY….HOPE TO SEE YOU AT SPRING TRAINING CURT……WE ALL LOVE YOU!!!!!!

  43. November 2, 2007 8:04 pm

    Thanks, Curt.

    Red Sox fans are spoiled. What a great franchise we have now.

  44. jeff062 permalink
    November 2, 2007 8:33 pm

    Curt I would first like to say thank you for all you have done not only for baseball in this area but for everything you do with your charity work.
    Hopefully you can return to the Red Sox next year and lead us to yet another championship. No matter what happens thank you again for all you have done and may God bless you and your family.

    PS: Theo you have to sign this guy. Let’s get it done!

  45. November 2, 2007 8:52 pm

    Wow.

    Just wow.

    That letter really does speak volumes about their commitment to the team’s future. It truly gave me goosebumps and even threatened tears. Did I say “Wow!” yet?

    Curt, I hesitate to pray about the outcomes of sporting events and related things because, frankly, I feel that God has more important things to tend to! But this is more than just baseball! This is your life. This is your family’s well being and happiness. And this is RSN’s well being and happiness, too! I am praying that the Sox sign you (and while they’re at it, they can sign Mikey, too) for your last year and you will retire right here with a B on your hat.

    THANK YOU FOR THAT THANKSGIVING DINNER AND EVERYTHING THAT CAME AFTER (even your ballsy commercial about having an 86 yr old curse to break but damn if you didn’t!). You will always, always, always have a special place in our hearts.

  46. brianvscalese permalink
    November 2, 2007 9:40 pm

    Curt,

    First of all, I just want to thank you for the two WS championships. I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus in 2003, and, in between the eight brain surgeries it took to make me well again, I often wondered if I would be around long enough to watch my favorite baseball team win ONE world championship. On my way home from work this afternoon, I heard on WEEI that the Sox had exercised their options on both Wake and Julian’s contracts, as well as Farrell being re-signed. My advice to you, Curt, is to hold on. Given the lack of proven veteran pitching on the current free-agent market, it’s only a matter of time before Theo and the boys come to you and make you an offer. Massachusetts has been a better place to live with you, Shonda, and the kids here (at least, Red Sox fans seem to be smiling a lot more than in those cold, pre-Schilling days!). We would love to have you back for one last hurrah in the 2008 season. I know that if you come back and retire with Boston, it would only be a matter of time before we see your favorite number and mine retired (and boy, wouldn’t the number 38 look great alongside Teddy’s 9 on the Fenway facade?). Good luck in free-agency, but again, please hold-out for us (and don’t be afraid to give Theo a personal phone call to let him know how badly you want to stay in Boston). After all, that dirty water tastes better when you chase it with champagne, doesn’t it?

    Thanks again for everything,

    Brian

  47. crashburnalley permalink
    November 2, 2007 9:49 pm

    Curt, I’m probably in the minority here being a Phillies fan. This year’s team in Philly didn’t match the ’93 team (for some obvious reasons, others not so obvious) that you were such a big part of.

    Who would have thought that you’d own 3 World Series rings after burying your face in your towel when Mitch Williams was on the mound in the ’93 World Series?

    Your success follows you like an infectious disease, and it’s obvious, based on the letter you posted, that the Red Sox were well aware of it. Unfortunately, the Phillies were seemingly oblivious to it when they traded you to the Diamondbacks in 2000.

    I wish you the best in free agency this year and I’ll discreetly hint at the City of Brotherly Love as a possible destination.

    Thanks,

    Bill B. (http://crashburnalley.com/)

  48. sawxblogcom permalink
    November 2, 2007 10:03 pm

    That was amazing…

  49. November 2, 2007 10:16 pm

    There you went and made me cry. That letter was awesome. I hope that I receive a letter have as nice during my life time. Dude, you are so totally worth it. You still are. Thank-you for sharing that letter.

    In case you haven’t seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iosv8hbeTE

    Of course here is an oldie but goodie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iosv8hbeTE

    You played wicked hahrd at the pahrk. I bought one of those sandwiches because of the commercials. They sucked BTW.

    Anyways, whatever will be will be. You know Red Sox Nation won’t kick you off the mound. At any rate Wakey and Tavarez are back. I was hoping to see Tavarez during the post season.

    Thanks for the update,
    -Diane.

  50. emchanting permalink
    November 2, 2007 10:18 pm

    Very prophetic. Thanks so much for sharing. They couldn’t have known how true all the things were they wrote in that letter!

    I echo everyone else’s sentiments; I would love to see you finish your career as a Red Sox. I never can predict what the Sox will do about re-signing players, but I hope they make you an offer that at least demonstrates to you how much you have meant to the Red Sox and all of New England.

    Maybe in a few years if John Farrell decides to manage elsewhere, you should consider returning to Boston as a pitching coach :)

    Regardless of what happens next year, you should know that you are burned into the minds of everyone in New England – not just Boston! – and you WILL be a legend here. No doubt about it.

    Thanks for making 50,000 people from New York shut up.

  51. 1creativemind permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:38 pm

    AWESOME post! Thank you Curt and Red Sox!

    RE 2007 World Series – – – Kevin Millar deserves a ring!

  52. November 3, 2007 4:28 am

    Come to Japan and pitch for Tokyo Yakult Swallows! You could be huge in Japan, and we need good picthers!

  53. schilling1moreyear permalink
    November 3, 2007 4:43 am

    Curt,
    Thanks for all you’ve done for us. You’re a legend, and I hope you’ll be staying on. It would hurt to see you in another uniform. :(

  54. stevesiler permalink
    November 3, 2007 6:21 am

    Curt,
    I live in texas, I have become aquainted with a former diamondback and teammate of yours, Robert Ellis. He has told me some really cool stories about the time in Arizona. I have a feeling you are going to finish up in Arizona. Of course being from Texas, we would love to have you on our want-to-be MLB team called the “Rangers”. My goodness we are really hurting here in Texas. Oh by the way Robert is with the Mets, is a pitching instructor in Florida, this past week he has been in the Domincan.
    Ouch! Thanks for all the memories with Boston. My whole family has been glued to the set during OctoberSox! You are the Man!
    Steve

  55. mainefan permalink
    November 3, 2007 7:01 am

    Wow – thanks for sharing that, Curt. As fans, this is the stuff we love to see. And it’s true, you will go NEVER be forgotten by Red Sox fans – ever! The story of what you did will be passed down to generation after generation of Sox fans. Someday there will be a movie made about the 2004 post-season. Hey Affleck – is this on your radar??

  56. wambo07 permalink
    November 3, 2007 10:09 am

    Curt,

    Thank you. Theo is one of the best guys in baseball management. You were a key to this team winning it all.

    While I know you love the Red Sox, and they have an excellent team, I’m glad to see that you are considering returning to the Phillies. I know that you like the Philadelphia area and the fans passion. We’d love to have you back! The Phillies really need a veteran leader, especially someone with playoff experience. I think you would be a key to help take this team to the next step, and I think there would be no better way then for you to finish your career back in Philly.

  57. baronvonrawlheimer permalink
    November 3, 2007 10:17 am

    Very nice. . .now get in a Cardinal uniform – please!

  58. e56190 permalink
    November 3, 2007 11:44 am

    Curt,
    As a life long Red Sox fan(41 years) who has lived in upstate NY I can’t to begin to say Thank you enough. Growing up here it was one dissappointment after another. Having to listen to every Yankee fan spout off how great they were and how bad we were. My father is 72 years old and when he was 11 years old a neighbor took him to Fenway. Since then he has never stopped being a Red Sox fan. Try listening to a staticy radio for over 60 years night after night. Now he has the computer to listen and watch on. I’m sure my family is not the only true Red Sox household but these are the kind of households you have effected forever. I will always be greatful for the effort and desire you put out. You put your heart and soul into the team, community and now the fans. Selfishly I hope you stay in Boston but that’s your family decision. I do laugh when I read people making the desion for you. I’d like to see one of these fans have to choose between 13 and 9 million. All I do know is your decision is yours and I will respect it. Thank you for all you have done.
    THE REYNOLDS FAMILY
    july20th_2001@yahoo.com

  59. cobra4414 permalink
    November 3, 2007 12:17 pm

    Great season!! Hope you’ll come back to the Sox in 2008 to finish your career with them. That would be awsome!

  60. paulh428 permalink
    November 3, 2007 3:22 pm

    Curt, we all love you here in Boston. If you’re going to play just one more year, why not here in Boston? You’re the one who brought Boston its end to heartache. To me, you’re the baseball God (maybe not so in the Bronx). I know other teams want you to do the same thing you did for this team but it would be a story tale ending if you retire with another Championship here in Beantown. Anyways, good luck Curt! GO SOX! 04, 07!

  61. bosox4719 permalink
    November 3, 2007 4:59 pm

    Curt:
    I hope the outcome of your talks with the Sox results in an agreement. If not know you will always be fondly remembered and loved by true Sox fans. As an elder Sox fan I cannot adequetely express my appreciation for your major contribution to the 04 championship. The Sox will win many more but none will have the symbolism or meaning of the 04 championship. I, like many other Sox fans had parents and other close relatives who never wintnessed a championship. You, with your team mates, did that for those of us who remain.
    I am hopeful you will remain a member of the Sox family not only as a player this year but as part the coaching staff for years to come.

  62. seattlesoxfan permalink
    November 3, 2007 6:10 pm

    Congratulations again Curt on another brilliant season. You and the rest of the Red Sox brought another tidal wave of joy to Red Sox fans across the nation. Thank you for that on behalf of my wife, my daughter and myself!

    We were in the middle of moving our storage unit from LA to Seattle when we listened to your performance in Game 6 on the radio and were astounded by your ability to keep your team in the game against Carmona. You sir are a hero!

    You kept pushing all year long and I know Vuk would be so incredibly proud of you. You gave it your all and left everything on the mound just the way you always do.

    I hope that your experience with free agency is a fun and exciting adventure. I’m sure seeing so many teams clammoring for your services must be quite humbling and amazing.

    While the Red Sox probably won’t be throwing crazy money at you, I do hope that you and Theo are able to find terms you can both be happy with to finish your career as a Red Sox player and put the finishing touches on your Hall of Fame resume.

    Thanks again for EVERYTHING Curt. Reading your blog all year long has been an astounding education. Reading your descriptions of the worrk involved in developing your change-up, what it’s like for a pitcher who is over-throwing, your dream line-ups and rotations have all been awesome. Thanks for letting us into your world.

    Congratulations and thank you… to you and the World Champion Boston Red Sox!

    PS Any chance we’ll see you doing the Papelbon Dance?

  63. bosoxrock permalink
    November 3, 2007 6:17 pm

    Curt, Thanks! It is our hope & prayer that like Yaz & other Red Sox greats you retire with the Sox on your chest. Thanks for the 2 world championships you help to bring to Boston & New England. I only wish my Dad (a lifetime Red Sox fan) got to experience what me & my boys did in celebrating the Red Sox championships. If things do not work out in your negotiations and you must go I leave you with the words Joe Torre gave to Tino Martinez when he left New York. Go to St Louis! The fans are passionate (not quite like Boston, but close)
    Wherever the Lord that’s you my friend Godspeed!
    The Kiley’s, Bethany, Connecticut

  64. rootersinc permalink
    November 3, 2007 7:04 pm

    This is the first time I have logged into your website. It is honest and informative. I was born into and remain a huge sox fan. What you and the others have done for us is unforgetable. Even more importantly, My mother died from ALS several years ago. There was not a lot of information available and my family had no idea how horrible and cruel this disease is. Thank you and your family for raising money for research and for raising the awareness, we appreciate it.

  65. emilestevez permalink
    November 3, 2007 7:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful letter mr. schilling. Sounds to me like it would be very un-Theo to not give you another year. Honestly, for what you’ve done to this City, I would sign you for 2 years 30 million. I will be absolutely crushed to see you in another uniform next year.

    best of luck!

  66. matt389 permalink
    November 3, 2007 8:28 pm

    Q-

    Curt: Your blogs that talk about contract talks and free agency seem to illustrate that you absolutely want to come back to Boston next year, to finish your career with RSN and the Sox organization. If this is true, why would anything prevent you from going to another team? Is this a money thing? If so, then I would be inclined to believe that you do not sincerely want to continue/finish your career here. Personally, if i want something bad enough, i’ll do it for free.

    I understand that baseball players such as yourself most likely live comfortably and have an enormous list of expenses. But, if the sox won’t extend your contract for another $13 million, why not take, say, $8m or even $5m? Is that not enough to survive?

    I understand that you may not be able to talk about the contract talks, but any thoughts would be appreciated.

  67. shifratoby permalink
    November 3, 2007 9:07 pm

    Dear Curt,

    I am a huge fan of yours and will be eternally grateful for what you did in 2004. As a lifelong Red Sox fan (from Portland, Maine), I watched and listened to baseball with my father. Every year, we took the train to Boston to see a yankee game. This day was the best of my year and ranks as the most special single memory of my dad, who was a wonderful generous, brilliant and kind man. He was also a very sick man. He had a brain tumor when I was one, and he never totally recovered. Baseball and history are my legacies from him. And I thought mostly about him through the 2004 ALCS and Series.
    Anyway, I really really hope that you and the Sox come to an agreement. You and your wife do wonderful work, aside from baseball.
    I have heard the younger pitchers in their interviews talk about how helpful you have been.
    Demographically, I’m a middle-aged woman from Newton, who still lives and dies with the Red Sox!
    Please, please finish your career here!! (Please Theo and John Henry, hear my prayers!)
    Thanks again for all you’ve done for us Sox fans and for the region.
    My very best,
    SBH

  68. jersey34 permalink
    November 3, 2007 9:22 pm

    Curt,

    It doesn’t much matter where you go next year. Your career has long qualified as a great one. Your feats with the Red Sox will forever endear you to Sox fans. You have only one year left.

    You should do what will bring you joy and best serve your family. And that, I think, means spending your last year with the Red Sox. I hope you will accept the Red Sox’ offer, almost regardless of what it is.

  69. abpsanchez permalink
    November 3, 2007 9:30 pm

    Dear Curt,

    Please do what is in your heart and what is best for you and for your family.

    You made Red Sox fans’ dreams come true in 2004–and again in 2007–and will forever be an immortal Red Sox.

    From your fans in Chicopee, MA.

  70. anberlin permalink
    November 3, 2007 11:11 pm

    Wow, reading that letter really makes me think. It is like reading history. That was really awesome of you posting it with permission of course.

    Steve (Suffolk University, Boston)

  71. thepainguy permalink
    November 4, 2007 4:19 am

    Curt,

    I’m a Cardinals fan and would love to see you in a redbirds uniform next year.

    That’s both for the sake of the team and so that I could study, and point people to, your mechanics. One thing I do for a living is study pitching mechanics and teach young pitchers. Needless to say, your mechanics are tremendous. I’m sure they are a big reason for your long career.

    STL is a great place to play and live.

    Thanks,

    Chris O’Leary

    P.S. If you have a chance during the OS, I’d love to talk to you and understand how you came to pitch like you do. I wish more kids were taught to copy long-lived guys like you (and not guys like Mark Prior and other flavors of the month).

  72. jonbergeron permalink
    November 4, 2007 5:28 am

    Curt and Family,

    I wish there was an easier way to communicate with Theo and all the owners. There is nothing more we would like, then to see your retire here in Boston.

    You came head strong into Boston and you held your end. You spoke at a press conference and boldly said.. “Lets go win a World Series”, and you won 2. Who else could of said that and pulled it off ?

    I do hope that the owners and Theo can see your commitment with this team and follow through by giving you what is needed. There was once a time where a handshake meant something and as a Red Sox fan, I hope my home team will do the right thing and honor everything they said in that letter. Curt, we the fans… we see you as a part of us now.

  73. browneyedgirlfromri permalink
    November 4, 2007 8:20 am

    Curt,

    Your ability as a major league pitcher has been etched in our minds over and over again for the last four years!! Your mentorship to fellow players and rookies is an example that all should emulate. When people think of your professionalism and dedication they truly realize that there is no “I” in team. My deepest hope is that you are brought back to Boston to finish what you’ve started! With your help on, 10/28/04, many dreams came true and it was repeated over again this October. Red Sox management needs only to look at all the sold out games over the last four years to know they currently have put together the BEST team in MLB and have to look no further!!

  74. mary1212 permalink
    November 4, 2007 9:09 am

    My mother always said…”If you have nothing nice to say …say nothing” Makes me wonder why anyone that dislikes you would bother to read this blog! My favorite question asked of you so far was the day of the Red Sox return from Colorado, a channel 5 reporter said”Curt,what do you have to SACRIFICE in order to stay in Boston”…..sacrifice…???? How do you stand it all?

  75. greyfox878 permalink
    November 4, 2007 11:50 am

    Curt,

    I want you to know that whether you go or stay, Boston will always be your home. You have done more for this team and this city then you can imagine and it really does suck to see you on that free agent list. I watched you in ’04 as a kid and I watched you in ’07 as a man and the effect is the same. I would love nothing more then to watch you for one last season in a Sox uniform. Here’s to hoping you can make it happen. Thank you Curt, and tell those big men in the suits to resign Mikey Lowell, that guy is the man.

    Mike
    Amherst, MA

    Just another fan

  76. soxblog permalink
    November 4, 2007 11:52 am

    Great post, Curt. Just goes to show the dedication of the Sox front office.

  77. November 4, 2007 3:16 pm

    Curt –

    Thanks for posting the letter. I heard the “get Curt Schilling at all costs” story from a 3rd party who was part of the story – someone who was supposed to have Thanksgiving dinner with Theo Epstein before he accepted your invitation. Reading the letter and your comments filled in the rest of the gaps.

    While I hope that you return to play your last game for Boston – I will certainly never forget your many contributions to the team and to the local community. While baseball and football are entirely different sports – without Tom Brady there is no Superbowl and without Curt Schilling – there is no curse broken and no World Series(s).

    You will always be a legend in Boston – appropriately so!

  78. douglasjlampwick permalink
    November 4, 2007 4:50 pm

    Forget Boston. Get back to the NL!

  79. carefitz permalink
    November 4, 2007 10:43 pm

    Schill,
    You have been my most favorite ball player of all time for as long as I have loved the game – most of my life. I followed your career through the Phillies, the Orioles, the Diamondbacks (and I cheered with the World Series win!) and now the Red Sox. I was always someone who liked players, and not teams, mainly because I moved around a lot when I was a kid and had no real “hometown team.”
    I became a Red Sox fan when you joined the team and was proud to be a member of the fan base. The Red Sox fans are wonderful – and not just because they don’t like the Yankees either! :-)
    This year, though, the 2007 Red Sox have been awesome and I’m so glad you and your teammates won the Series. The spirit, the camaradarie, the fans, Red Sox Nation is what loving baseball is all about.
    That being said, while I will continue to be a Red Sox fan, I want you to know I admire, respect and support you in whatever your decision is – if you stay with Boston, if you go to D’backs, or whatever. I doubt you’ll ever defect to the Yankees, but I probably would still be a fan. (But I don’t think I’d ever buy any Yank-wear.)
    You are a terrific player, the best pitcher EVER, and a wonderful part of not just Red Sox Nation, but of baseball’s history and heritage. I wish you well and good luck as you make your tough decision. :-)
    -Carolynne
    PS. On second thought, if you play for any other team I might have a better chance seeing you pitch at home since all the Boston seats are always sold out! :-)

  80. cuseman permalink
    November 4, 2007 11:28 pm

    Hey Curt! Congratulations on a wonderful season in 2007. I hope you re-sign with the Red Sox and get to finish your career there, although you could head back to Arizona to pitch with your pal Randy Johnson as he pursues win number 300, and possibly rekindle some of that 2001 magic with a young and talented Diamondbacks club.

  81. November 4, 2007 11:52 pm

    great letter, Curt. Hope you are able to stay in Boston. What a great place to finish a stellar career! Take care and best wishes !

  82. billyerin permalink
    November 5, 2007 1:06 am

    hi curt, first i would like to thank you for being you really. in the age of WELL over payed athletes, even though you do make a great deal yourself, you seem well grounded and unselfish. the other night I attended “curts pitch for ALS” bennifit at the marriot in boston. i thought finally i will get to see the pitcher i have admired so much with the phillies, diamond backs and now us. i thought it was wonderful that you got to take the time out of your busy schedual to do all of this.

    it didnt dawn on me of the absolute real reason i was there, i was just as excited to see you as i was when i met bobby orr when i was a kid!!! then i saw the people and families who were affected by this aweful diease. at that time, i turned to my fiancee and said this wasnt the way i would have liked to see him….and she said, look at it this way, this is his human side. not just the guy that can throw 90+. it took me a bit, but she was right. youve been gifted, and your using baseball to make people aware of this aweful diseas. i hated to see the ALS patients being wheeled in…it killed me. and it has to hurt you. there is NO cure, i would only hope that all the work your doing for this isnt going for not.

    i would hope that you do resign here, but if you dont, i do know you will make another area more aware of this aweful disease. again i would liike to take this time and thank you for the efforts you have done, not just on the field but off.

    billy

    ps. i wasnt just a fan that bought tickets to see you, my very good friend mary has been diagnosed with ALS. we are all very proud of you!!!

  83. ryantatenichols permalink
    November 5, 2007 9:00 am

    Dear Curt (if I may),

    Once, in August 1997, I was driving across the country–from PA back to the Midwest. It was night and my AM radio was continually scanning. I eventually picked up Jack Buck’s familiar voice in eastern Ohio. It was a losing season–we ended up 73-89, so this particular game was meaningless. But Todd Stottlemyre had very pitched well and he batting in the eighth inning. He had a good eye and took a couple of balls, then he kept fouling off pitch after pitch. Pitch after pitch after pitch. The at bat lasted several mintues. I was trying to count the pitches after I realized I was listening to something remarkable. 8? perhaps 9? I got goosebumps. Jack was excited too. I felt just like I did in junior high listening to KMOX in bed, unable to go to sleep till the game was over. A strike here and there, then 11? 12 pitches? Then he struck out. Swinging.

    The game wasn’t helping the Cards get the pennant. Todd didn’t care about his average. We love the game for itself, intrinsically. We love to play it. We love to watch it. We love to see it. And some of us still love to listen to it. My hunch is that, by coming to St. Louis mid- or late-career, even star players reach that special place where they love it all over again, just like they did as kids. Oh, we have a cherished history. Matter of fact, we have a considerably richer history than the Red Sox. (The Cardinals were founded in 1882, have 10 World Series titles and 21 pennants; the Red Sox were founded in 1901, have 7 World Series titles and 12 pennants). Due to the small market, we don’t have near the payroll of the exceedingly wealthy Red Sox (143m vs. 90m). But we do love the game for itself.

    That’s why the 40,000 +/- at Busch gave Todd a warm, long standing ovation after that at bat. We were all so excited about that. He had to take a curtain call. A curtain call. For a strikeout. Late in a game that, for statistical purposes, for playoff purposes, didn’t matter to anyone. That’s why I still get goosebumps thinking about Jack Buck’s call. That’s Cardinals baseball.
    ***
    I was drawn to your blog for the first time after reading a report on stltoday regarding the Cards’ hopes of signing you next year. Thanks for offering fans such a remarkable perspective on the game–and industry–that we all love. The first entry I read was your post of the invitation letter sent you by Red Sox management. I always knew that the Boston Red Sox organization was classy and (of course) smart, but the attention to detail, the sense of vision and the striking committment to community conveyed in that letter truly impressed me. The fans, too, are intelligent and passionate. What more could one ask for?

    I’m a lifelong Cardinals fan and come from a small coal-mining town in Southern Illinois. I’d love to see you become part of our organization. Value and the free agent market will be the primary determinants of your decision, I know. In addition and more importantly, we are the best fans in the world. This may be hard to believe in the post-World Series adulation now. But we’ll show you if you give us the chance! There’s a uniform with birds on a bat waiting for you.

    Every best wish to you and your family, whatever your decision.

  84. massrail2005 permalink
    November 5, 2007 10:36 am

    Curt .

    I read the letter ……..I also hope you can stay in Boston you’ll be well missed but if for some reason you can’t wanna wish you well and thanks for all you did here in Boston.

    Tony

  85. phs63unc74 permalink
    November 5, 2007 3:06 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for the memories. Thanks for always bringing your very best effort to every single pitch. You were a perfect fit with the Red Sox. Stay with us for one more year if you can. If not, go where it pleases you and your family. Never forget us or your years here. It has been a pleasure to have you as a citizen of the Red Sox Nation, which of course is for life. You are now part of the legacy. Best wishes.

  86. apgjr17 permalink
    November 5, 2007 6:50 pm

    HEY you know what is FUNNY, i can remember not too long ago in YANKEE stadium i saw a sighn’s that read” JOHNNY DAMON CAME TO THE YANKEES SO HE WOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER 80 YEARS FOR A WORLD TITLE” LOL WHO’S YOUR DADDY NOW!!! YANKEES SUCK !!!!!!!!

  87. yzergrrl permalink
    November 5, 2007 8:29 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I live in Michigan and so am a lifelong Tigers fan, but as soon as they were eliminated from making the playoffs this year, I was cheering for the Red Sox to get the trophy. Just wanted to tell you that I think it’s really cool that you give so much insight to the fans as to what goes on for the baseball player behind the scenes. All we know about what goes on when players move around is what the media tells us, I wish more players would blog and give their fans a better understanding of what is going on from the player’s point of view.
    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  88. soyboy7 permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:50 pm

    espn is reporting tonight that you are close to a deal with the red sox. i hope and pray that is accurate. you have meant more to red sox nation than stats could prove. from someone who has followed you since the heartbreak of ’93, i am glad that the organization has taken such good care of you. they truly are an organization head and shoulders above the rest.

    one more year!
    peace, curt.
    soyboy7 (a.k.a. red sox nation west)

  89. fonzee247 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:38 am

    Nice letter.. this people in Boston know what they are doing.. it doesnt surprise me why they have 2 rings in 4 years and here in NYC we have in 7 Yanks and Mets combine… Think about the Mets before u resign, great team, great resources, great fans, we really want to win a championship soon, it should be great to be loved both in Boston and in NY…

    I HOPE ESPN IS WRONG BOUT THE NEW DEAL!!

  90. wizwor permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:34 am

    I was as sad when you tipped your hat to the crowd that last time as I was excited the first time I saw that Ford commercial. This letter, the sock, and that commercial should join you in Cooperstown — but not yet. I’m glad you and the Sox are working things out. Your career should end where it started. Here’s to hoping 2008 finds you happy, healthy, and in red hose!

    thank you!

  91. melroseredsoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:48 am

    As a lifetime Red Sox fan, the biggest thrill I have received was going to game 2 of the 2007 worldseries with my dad. We had a great time watchiing your performance and watching the sox make history for the second time in 4 years. Simply awesome!

    For many of us, career motivation generally comes from 1-2 key individuals, whether they be mentors, bosses, colleagues or perhaps from words that hold a special meaning and purpose.

    I would offer that you already made your decision on where you will end your career when you posted this letter. Great for you and for Red Sox nation. Many accolades can be offered for the great career, your pitching dominance and for the tireless pursuit for the 2 championships for which you have contributed while a Red Sox team member.

    I offer you a quote that motivates me, “is a wise man who plants a tree under whose shade he knows he will never rest.” Hope you continue to plant several trees for the Red Sox in 2008!

    Best Regards,

    Doug

  92. apseguin04 permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:00 am

    Curt – thanks for sharing this letter! It is great to know that the club delivered to you and your family. Thanks to you and your family for coming to Boston AND most importantly being leaders in the community through the charity efforts that Shonda and you make. I am a huge Sox fan, but will never say that what happens between the lines is more important than helping someone live their life to the fullest so keep up the good work, on and off the field. Just read your latest post, re: being confident that a contract to rejoin the Sox, and am excited that your #38 will be in the locker room for one more season.

    Rest up, enjoy your family this off-season, and we’ll see you in February!

  93. ctshorelinesox permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:39 pm

    Curt- As a family man, professional, and dedicated Red Sox fan, I am touched by your posting of the 2003 letter. There is no better feeling of security in a society filled with uncertainty than being associated with a business or organization that actually cares for you, your family and your altruistic interests outside of professional obligations. Although I have had many fulfilling jobs in my career, I will always regret leaving a position three years ago that appealed to many of the same priorities that you and I obviously share. Yes, I made a move for the money, and, in a way that’s fine, but now, I wish that I hadn’t and had stayed in that position with the security and the values that matter. You have a chance to not only make history, but also to have the piece of mind that you are dedicated to a cause, both for a team with the most dedicated fans in the country and to an organization that has the right chemistry for all of us and for you.

  94. winslow1191 permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:44 pm

    Congratulations, Curt. To, your family and us. You did it with class. I was seriously moved by your post. And stop talking about ’08 being your last year. You’ll be a different and a better pitcher next season and you WILL be back in’09. I admire you for publicly witnessing to your faith. We need more athletes like you. God bless you and your family.

    !!!!!!!!!!SIGN MIKE LOWELL!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. mahoney1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:11 pm

    Curt…a big Ol’ Fashioned HUZZAH ! The Mahoney’s are simply delighted that you’ll be in a Red Sox uniform for at least one more year. Prayers do work.
    I’m convinced in my heart of hearts that you were most definitely SUPPOSED to be here. I’ve been a Big Sox fan since I was a little boy (I’ve got about 20 years on you) and my only true Sox Player’s memento is one of my most prized possessions…One of Teddy Ballgame’s signed baseballs. He was always my boyhood hero…well Curt..you’ve carved out a big niche in this family and you’ll forever be our Red Sox hero as adults. I remember your Ford truck ad stating that ;”your going to Boston to bring them a World Championship”….what a hoot…how prophetic! I’ll always remember the bloody sock ! We waited 86 years and you did it …TWICE. You’re a tremendous guy, and a great leader in the clubhouse and in Life. You and Shonda are much loved and admired for all that you do for so many worthy causes. May you & yours always be blessed, and may you continue to remain a neighbor . You’re a class act Curt and I’m proud to call you Friend.

    P.S. Without a HINT of comedic intent…CONSIDER that run for Senate against Kerry…you’d win!

  96. stajaza permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:45 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Congratulations on re-signing. I can now breathe more easily!

    Thank you also for providing such a strong role model for integrity and a serious work ethic. Kids just do not see enough of these in their sports and media heroes.

    As a teacher and a mom, I can attest to the impact role models can have.

    Best wishes to you and your family, and thanks for the memories!

  97. November 7, 2007 11:26 pm

    This is what the Red Sox nation is about.

  98. linysoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:50 am

    Thanks for a good cry and all the memories.

  99. John permalink
    March 26, 2009 5:53 pm

    You deserve a hall of fame shot no matter would you have to say and I’m exctremely critical on hall inductees, Your voted in my book not just because I’m a bostononian. Because of your devotion and emotion you brought to the game as a clean player in this era for kids to actually admire a real champ not discluding you teamates whatsoever. A real class act pal, which you don’t see to often these day’s with players in all sports. I really hope in the future they don’t let your pic sit in a closet I think the league really has to pick up the ball on this one. Look at Jim Rice, your in boston’s hall of fame brother.

  100. john paul permalink
    April 12, 2009 12:54 am

    who would be your first NL pick to go all the way? AL too ?

  101. John permalink
    May 13, 2009 1:07 am

    You should really blast roger, he is street scum with $. I work with kids and do charities,bla bla bla, and bonds can’t do that. I hate cheaters and liars the most, I really can’t beleive the people backing his lies. I really respected him even though he went over to the dark side, and I can only think what kids are thinking of him. Just fess up, A-ROD did and he is ok and the media has chilled away from him, BE A MAN AND STEP UP. I beleive he is scared straight if he did because congress will hang him. What’s your opinion on that?

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