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Thanks Mike Lowell

November 21, 2007

Got to thinking about the repsonse here, and around the city of Boston, to Mike Lowells return for the next 3 years. Anyone that wants to post a thank you, say what you want under this thread, when its run its course I will print it out, and forward to him. I think he’d get a kick, and a good laugh, out of it.

LATE EDIT!

I wanted to also give anyone interested a heads up. On December 12th Shonda and I will be attending this event:

http://www.shadefoundation.org/bubbles/index.php

If you are interested please sign up! Look forward to seeing you there!

804 Comments leave one →
  1. paddycake permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:08 am

    Thank you so much for coming back to Boston even if they never offered you a 4th year. I hope the Red Sox have another great season this year and they keep everyone else just the way it is.

    Thanks Mikey.

  2. November 21, 2007 7:09 am

    Curt, what a cool idea…

    Mike Lowell, welcome back to the Red Sox. There is no other place on earth like Fenway, and no other team like the Red Sox. And now, there is no other third baseman like Mike Lowell…

    We’re still celebrating!

  3. jfallon15 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:24 am

    I am thrilled. It may be the day before Thanksgiving, but it feels like Christmas to me!
    Thank you Mike!

  4. sandpuppy02 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:25 am

    Like to say thanks mike for the return to BOSTON you have been a class act here and I still think we have the best team in baseball “WELCOME BACK” ans also thanks to you schill and the rest of the “07” team

  5. rjs887 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:34 am

    I would like to say coming from a guy who grew up in western Massachusetts and has been a sox fan through thick and thin, words can’t describe how happy I am to see that Mike Lowell is coming back to Boston. I made the trip from CT to the parade this time after missing 2004 and the support from the fans around town for Mike to come back was very nice to see. I am glad Kurt is coming back, he will go down as an icon in the city, and I am proud to say that I am a lifelong Red Sox fan and support a team that has risen from the depths and really built something very special. Not only are the Red Sox a great team, the organization as a whole has really embraced the city and the fans and given us not only two championships, but a feel that we are part of a family. Thanks guys, and thanks Mike Lowell for coming back, we appreciate what you do.

  6. redsoxfever permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:35 am

    Mike, thanks for resigning with the Sox!!! Thank you for letting RSN know that there are players out there that care about their fans. Looking forward to three great years of cheering you on ( and hoping for more after that! ).
    My best to you and your family, Marc

  7. ben428 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:36 am

    (Thanks, Curt!)

    Dear Mike,

    It always takes me a little while to get used to seeing a new player in a Red Sox uniform — in fact, I have a rule where I don’t really become a fan until a player has a season or two under his belt. But it didn’t take me long to decide that I was going to like the new third baseman. Time to make it official: I’m a Mike Lowell fan! Where’s my t-shirt?

    with respect and admiration

    Ben
    New Haven, CT

    p.s. Tell Pedroia he’s next.

  8. jasvlm permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:47 am

    Mr. Lowell,
    Your professionalism and leadership in the clubhouse, crossing racial and cultural lines, is clearly important to both your teammates and your fans. Your play on the field, as a Gold Glove caliber 3b and a RH run producer were vital cogs in the machine that swept through the playoffs this season. Overlooked, to some extent, is your durability. You’ve not been on the DL as a Sox player, and you’ve been able to provide consistent production hitting behind Manny and Papi over the past few seasons.
    It is a joy to watch you play, and I just want you to know that our whole family was excited when they learned that you were coming back to the Red Sox. You are part of a special team of men, and your accomplishments on the field and your character off the field make for a wonderful (and easy to root for) combination.
    Congratulations on the MVP for the World Series, and enjoy your Thanksgiving!
    JAS

  9. redsoxnorth permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:50 am

    Thank-you Mike Lowell, and Curt Schilling, for re-signing with the Red Sox. Now we can all go into next season knowing the Red Sox have the best possible pitching staff, infield, outfield and bullpen, and a great shot at repeating as world series champions. What a relief! So Thank-you!!! for the wonderful season gone by, and for your commitment to the future.

  10. redsoxfan4ever7 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:50 am

    Red Sox nation is the best

    Mike, thanks for coming back for 3 more years, I couldn’t imagine you coming back to get your ring next year like Derek Lowe did in 05 in jeans and a jersey it will be nice to see you fighting after you get that ring on April 8 for another one……thanx Mike your the best

    Shane
    Central N.H.

  11. denisesoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:50 am

    Curt, awesome idea! Mike, so glad you are coming back! Thank you for all of your efforts, for your appreciation of Red Sox Nation, and for the next three years!
    Denise

  12. November 21, 2007 7:50 am

    Welcome back home, Mike- we’re glad you and your family are staying in the fold. Can’t wait to see what the next three years (and beyond?) will bring- but I know it will be exciting with you in those home whites.

    Thanks for all the memories you’ve helped create for me and every other Sox fan so far- and here’s to all the ones you’ll be a part of in the future!

  13. rwinchester permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:53 am

    Mike,

    Thanks for seeing the forest instead of the (extra green) trees. I hope that when the crowd gives you a standing-O on the first day, you’ll know how happy we are that you stayed.

    – Rob

  14. sageone73 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:55 am

    Dear Mike,

    Every team has a player or two that everyone roots for. He’s the guy that plays the game the way it should be played; is passionate about what he does; loves the game of baseball; and appreciates the opportunity that has been given to him.

    While the Red Sox have a number of those players on the team, you seem to be the one they look to.

    How many “Sign Mike Lowell” chants and signs did we see on Parade Day?

    “Nuff said. Welcome home. The hot corner is waiting for you.

    Don M.
    Revere (Reveeyah Kiiid), MA

  15. eightyup1 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:56 am

    yeah for Mike lowell, we love you in Western Mass.!!

  16. mquinn permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:02 am

    Mike-

    Instead of thanking you for returning to the Sox (which I am incredibly happy about), I’d like to thank you for a few other things.

    Thank you for being an impenetrable wall at 3rd base.
    Thank you for all the clutch RBIs and hits.
    Thank you for your leadership in the clubhouse and on the field.
    THANK YOU FOR BEING A KEY PART OF THE RED SOX 2007 W.S. RUN!

    Matt
    Arlington, MA

    P.S. – I have confidence that I will be thanking (all of) you again a few more times for the last one before your contract is up!

  17. rachelciprotti permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:16 am

    Mike,

    I’m sure you’re aware that the entirety of Red Sox Nation, from Larry Lucchino on down to the 2-year-olds in tiny jerseys, are thrilled to see you return. I’m no exception, and I can’t believe our luck to have the opportunity to watch you play for our team for a few more years.

    Thanks so much for returning!! You’ll always be a hero to Sox fans, and to me especially.

    Enjoy your off-season, and well see you in Spring Training!!

    All the Best,
    Rachel
    Brookline, MA

  18. papasime permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:17 am

    Mike –
    Thanks for sticking around, man. That’s a shit ton of money to turn your back on and it’s admirable that you deemed it a worthwhile sacrifice!

    There was a boston.com poll going on and it asked why we (the fans) were most excited you stuck around (and why it is better to have you than a-rod), and the number one reason (60%) was because you’re a CLASS ACT. Not the high batting average, not the low(er) price tag, not the fielding excellence. I thought it was an interesting indicator of what the average Sox fan is concerned with…keep it up MiLo.

  19. November 21, 2007 8:20 am

    Dear Mike,

    It is wonderful from a fan perspective to have you back. We all know the story, the $9 million throw in for us to get Josh Beckett. For a while there in 2006, when Beckett struggled, you were coming into your own in Boston and folks around me were beginning to say that Beckett was the throw in in the Mike Lowell trade!!! Needless to say we’re glad Beckett came to form this year and you stepped it up in a big way, producing in clutch situations when guys were down and runs were needed.

    Thank you for an awesome run in 2007 and I look forward to more in 08, 09, and ’10

    MVP!!! MVP!!! MVP!!!

  20. badger99 permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:21 am

    Mike,

    Obviously, all fans cheer for the laundry — but there are exceptions, as you well know. I am sure you have seen the ovations that former Sox good guys and former Sox champions get. Thanks for ensuring that you will get receptions like that for the rest of your life.

    And – going beyond the laundry for a second – it is so much easier to cheer for nice guys. Mike – I know what a good catholic you are. And anyone who quietly puts God first is a good guy in my book. The fact that you were at Mass in Colorado the morning of the final game of the World Series says it all.

    Welcome back. Thank you.
    -John

  21. arnibeth permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:23 am

    Hi, Mike we have been fans since you started in Boston. Seeing all those doubles that first season had me calling you “Smokin Mike” my daughter would roll her eyes. Although this did not stop her from wanting a shirt with your name and number it at the start of the 07 season. Because we live a little outside Boston and can’t just walk over to the Fenway store I eventually had to order her a shirt from the Yawkey Way store. Most retailers had none to be found (somehow I am guessing that may change) She would have been heartbroken if you left, and so would I.
    Congratuatlions of the MVP and Thank you for showing integrity so rare these day in professional sports.
    I have written on this blog three days in a row and have made a request each time. How about some of the sox going to Foxboro when the Patriots are there and showing off some of those world series trophies. If you were there the crowd would go nuts.
    Anyway Happy Thanksgiving. And thank you again for restoring my faith that some players really are loyal to their fans. Roni in Marlborough PS What time do you wake up to do this Curt??

  22. lovemyredsox permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:27 am

    I can’t express how happy I was when I found out Mike Lowell resigned! Everyone said J.D. Drew would be that number 5 spot power hitter and you came in and took over that role instead since Drew had a little bit of an off year. We have all seen what kind of years he’s capable of. Its great to have that core team of players that stick around to cheer for year after year. Its safe now for me to go buy my new Mike Lowell, World Series MVP Jersey. We love you! Thanks Curt Schilling for passing these messages and of course for also resigning for another Red Sox World Series Championship.

  23. rlgdguy permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:32 am

    Mr. Lowell,

    Mr. Schilling has graciously allowed us to post our thank you’s to you here on his blog page. I was a fan of your when you were in Florida. When I heard you were coming here with Josh Beckett, I was ecstatic. I was not at all surprised at the type of year you had here and was hoping beyond hope that you as well as Curt re-signed with the Red Sox this year.

    Thank you so much for being a stand-up guy and remaining here in Boston! Curt, I said the same to you in another post, not to worry my friend. Having all of our most important loose ends tied up now is such a relief and not something I’m used to as a lifelong Red Sox fan. I can’t say enough about the current ownership and management we now have here. Between they themselves, the moves they have made for the most part and the type of stand-up good guys they have brought in and signed is unbelievable.

    Life is good right now for Red Sox Nation and the Boston sports fans in general.

  24. jdwatts permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:35 am

    Mike,

    Very very happy and thankful that you and Schill came back – but you both should have held out for a little bit more. We would still have loved you guys! Considering some of the contracts already signed in this early off season and that you are both great players, great club house guys, and fan favorites you both should have / could have gotten a bit more. I’d be happy to have the front office pay Mike Lowell or Curt Schilling what Mariano Rivera is getting paid. But, then, that’s precisely why we love you guys. And, hell, who can complain about the millions you both deservedly make. Thanks in advance for the third ring in six years in ’08. Psssst…and don’t tell JD, but Mike needs to keep batting fifth.

  25. dylansharek permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:38 am

    Mike,
    Thanks for coming back to the Sox for another year. It’s pretty awesome of you to take a three year deal even though we know you wanted a fourth.
    Anyways, all I ask is that you do the hidden ball trick sometime during these next seasons on the team. We know you’ve done it while other teams. Do it for us now.
    Thanks,
    Dylan

  26. yourmainefan permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:39 am

    Thank you Mike. I am so impressed by what you’ve done for the team and your fans. I am so impressed by the character that you showed by making a choice that defines happiness and satisfaction as more than about money. You are an outstanding player and a great example to us all. I love the Red Sox and I love watching you play, you add so much to the team.

    Thanks so much!

  27. denisesoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:45 am

    Hey Mike,
    I already posted a thank you but what I forgot to say is:
    WOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Denise

  28. negster permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:46 am

    Mikey!

    We are so glad to have you back here in Boston and I hope that with you we can repeat 2007 next year! We love you!

    Jamie Hutchings
    Barrington,NH

  29. sheilab permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:47 am

    Curt,
    Thank you for allowing all of Red Sox Nation to thank Mike Lowell for coming back. We must also say thanks to you too.
    For many years I’ve watched the Red Sox, but not until 2004 were we able to walk around with our heads held high. I think because of Mike and you signing back on, we will be able to hold our heads high and be proud of the team that Mike, you and all the other players have made a “name”, a team to be reckoned with.
    Speaking for many Red Sox fans, it’s our turn to gloat and we deserve it in part to players like you and Mike Lowell.
    THANK YOU, BOTH FOR RE-SIGNING.

  30. nate430 permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:49 am

    to: mike lowell

    from: nate martinez-wayman

    re: joy in mudville

    mike ~ i know you’re looking at dozens of pages of comments from your fans and supporters right now, and you’ll probably only have the chance to skim through and read here and there, but in case your glance falls here…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    you have brought a little bit of joy to the hearts of sox fans everywhere. not only did you have a stellar season, and a post-season of which most players can only dream, but as others have noted, you bucked the professional sports trend and bypassed a more lucrative contract to remain with the good guys. between the actions of you and curt this past week, you both have helped lifer sox fans over the betrayal we felt after a certain sell-out left our center field for the evil empire. i know you don’t harbor the same ill will toward those damn yanks as the rest of red sox nation does, and i understand your reasons, but it would have a nightmare come true if we had to see you in pinstripes next year.

    so, on behalf of nation members everywhere, thank you for your commitment to your teammates, your fans, and to many future world series victories in those wonderful red socks!

  31. rnnana permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:56 am

    Oh well, I must join this parade of thanks, Mike. I admired you a lot in 2006, loved you even more in 2007 (yours was the 2nd Globe photo I perched in the corner, other being Tek) and bought a Lowell shirt at end of October (my anticipation of your return). Your quiet, steady and dignified yet very enthusiastic presence is such a gift to the team in addition to your playing skills. You, Curt, Tek and others are such wonderful positive role models for all the kids — it’s just really great that YOU chose US this time!! Looking forward to spring.

  32. November 21, 2007 8:56 am

    Thanks Curt!

    Mike,
    Thanks for coming back to Beantown for the right reasons. We appreciate all your hard work and leadership. Here’s to a great season and more great seasons (and World Series rings!) to come.

    Cheers,

    Beth
    Syracuse, NY

  33. November 21, 2007 9:00 am

    Thank you for showing us what kind of man and baseball player you really are by taking less money to stay in Boston.

    To me it shows us that not everyone out there is money hungry like some other former Sox free agents.

    Looking forward to the next three years with you at the hot corner.

    And a thanks to Curt for doing this as well.

  34. nebraskarsfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:05 am

    Hello Mike,

    Surely most sports fans ifind it quite impressive that you chose what you viewed as best for yourself and family over money…… a lot of money.

    Bill Burt from the Gloucester Daily Times succinctly said it all when he posted this:

    “A-Rod is not Boston.

    Lowell is.

    Everyone, especially Lowell, got this one right.”

    Congratulations to you and may you prosper and receive the recognition that you so richly deserve.

    http://www.gloucestertimes.com/pusports/local_story_324115713?page=0

  35. rwellen permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:11 am

    Mike,

    Good to have you back. As I posted here on Curt’s blog a few weeks back, theres certain players who say “it isn’t about the money” and they actually live up to those words. It started with Tek, Curt continued it, and I just knew you were cut from the same cloth.

    When you and Josh came to Boston in the trade, I told my brother “You watch, this is going to be as much about Mike Lowell’s contribution to the team as it is Josh Becket’s”. Here you are, Series MVP. Glad to have you here! Proud to point you out to my kids and say “that man stands for something”.

  36. leahnra permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:12 am

    Great to have both of you back! I know a lot of people were getting concerned that we might not get Lowell back at third. Many happy Red Sox fans now in my area of Maine

  37. jimmytomato permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:13 am

    What a special year for me! Simply because my 8 year old daughter discovered baseball at the start of the post season and became totally immersed in the Red Sox. I spent two weeks explaining everything from the rules to the game to who was who on the Sox roster.

    My daughter is now a Red Sox expert, she even knows the numbers on each players back! What crowned it off for me was when she called me at work and informed me that Mike Lowell was coming back and she found this information on mlbtraderumors.com!! She is counting the day’s to her first trip to Fenway Park to see Mike Lowell…… So Mike – thanks for coming back and being a special part of my daughters introduction to this wonderful game.

    Cheers,

    Jim

  38. mannix8 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:15 am

    Mike:

    Thanks for coming back to the Sox. Having you and Curt sign on again has made this a great off season — great to have you back and great to have the team largely intact to defend. That took alot of guts to turn down the extra year, but I am sure it will work out for you in the long run. There would seem to be a very good chance that in 3 years you will again be positioned for a large contract, and it actually could work out better for you that you are not on the hook for the 4th year. Maybe you will end up with 2 consecutive large 3 year contracts instead of 1 large 4 year contract, and the only way to know for sure is to project yourself into the future, and no one I know has figured out how to do that. So you did the right thing making a decision that will make you and your family happy, and those kinds of decisions tend to work out for the best anyway. Twice in my career I almost left my company to work elsewhere, solely because of $. I ended up staying and it turned out that I was not only happier, but also did alot better financially sticking around. All of us are hoping this turns out for the best for you too. We all appreciate you staying in Boston and are proud to have you as a member of our favorite team. THANKS!

    Mark

  39. woodcs1 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:17 am

    I just wanted to say thank you to all the Red Sox players for making Boston the premier place to play in MLB. Players do not come for money or fame, they play in Boston because they love the game, the town and thier teammates. Thank you to Curt and Mike for reviving the real reason to play and to watch baseball. The dark cloud over baseball consisting of steriods and huge free agency contracts has been significantly brightened because two Red Sox signed contracts that reminded all fans why we go to games and why we watch on TV.

  40. holly1978 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:21 am

    Good idea, Curt. Mike, you’re one of the good guys…I’ve always known that. Thank you for proving it! You and your team gave us Sox fans in Colorado such a thrill this season, and we’re looking forward to next year!! Thank you so much!!

    Happy Holidays, and welcome back!

    Holly
    Denver, CO (aka Red Sox Nation West)

  41. 2007worldchamps permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:22 am

    (Thanks Curt!)

    Dear Mr. MVP Lowell,

    Thank you for coming to an agreement to stay with the beloved Red Sox. I have followed your career a long time now and cheered on the Marlins when you were on that winning team when our beloved team was not in the running. You are an example of the perfect all around baseball player in so many ways but the class you show on and off the field stands out the most.
    Please know that if you had not signed with the Red Sox, all of Red Sox Nation would still be a fan of yours! The fans here in Key West, Florida think you are the icing on the cake! We agree with you that this is the dream team… not only for it’s athletic abilities but for the comradeship of the players. Continued best wishes in Boston. Thank you. Thank you.
    This has been the most stressful post season I can remember! I can get up in the morning now and not speak the words “Did Mike sign yet?” I don’t have to hold myself back from bugging Curt on his WONDERFUL blog! I can high five, giggle and smile with fellow fans saying “Oh Yeah… We’re the team…. Spring training here we come!”
    The Hunt family
    GO SOX!!! The team that keeps fun in baseball.

  42. shadow015 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:23 am

    Mr Schilling and Mr Lowell,

    Thank you for what you have done for the Boston Red Sox. I am very excited to see both of your work ethnics back in Boston. I really admire both of you, both of you never let down after a bad year or comments that said you were close to the end of your career. Mike Lowell makes the best plays on the hot corner than anyone does!!

    Schilling, good job on transforming yourself from a power pitcher to a new type of pitcher.

    Lowell, good job on bringing back your swing and keep on putting dents in the Green monster!

    Best of wishes and luck in 2008!

    Happy Holidays
    Chris
    Maryland (wish I lived in MA so i could get tickets easier….)

  43. adolfolivernipple permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:24 am

    I’m certainly glad you’re coming back. It’s a privilege to be able to watch a true professional such as yourself in my home city. It’s also a great feeling that Boston is a top destination for talented ballplayers.

    Congratulations to you and your family on your new contract, and here’s hoping you have a happy and healthy three years here.

  44. lowellfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:28 am

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for coming back! Thanks for showing us that working with good people and a good organization is so much more important than the final dollars and cents. Have always believed that you will show truly great stuff and you did that when it counted. Have faith that you will continue to show how great a baseball player you are both on and off the field.

    Have another three great years!

  45. scredsoxgirl permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:29 am

    Mikey Lowell, what can I say? When you first came to the Sox in 2006, I liked you immediately! I didn’t know much about baseball stats wise then, but I think your positive vibe on and off the field spoke for itself; it is one of your greatest attributes. Throughout your 2 seasons here, I appreciated your eloquent speaking skills during interviews, etc; you’re one of the smartest baseball players in the league! I also loved how you got along with so many different kinds of guys in the clubhouse; your bilingual skills are envious! Now we get to keep you for another 3 years and enjoy all these wonderful things, baseball and non, again!

    After watching most of the games on TV, I finally got to see the June 18, 2006 Sox game in person. You guys were playing the Braves and Schilling pitched a stellar game. However, you didn’t start, and I was so disappointed. But then you came in for, surprise surprise, a clutch appearance! You delivered! I guess it was hard to hear me scream, “I love you Mike Lowell” when I was in the nose bleed section of Turner Stadium…

    Then came the April 22, 2007 game against the Yankees. I flew all the way from South Carolina to see that game, and you launched 1 of 4 straight homers and then one single homer! WOW! I brought my sign that said, “I love Mike Lowell! Gold Gloves are hot.” Now I have to change that to “Gold Gloves and clutch hits are hot.” Of course, in the nose bleed section of Fenway (is there such a thing?) ESPN never put my sign on TV! I bought my first Mike Lowell t-shirt that night at the Yawkey Way store. The last game I saw in person was the Memorial Day Weekend Saturday game against the Rangers in Texas. I had family kind enough to fly me out to visit and take me to a game! We didn’t get there early enough for batting practice as I was so hoping for a picture or autograph! Maybe during Spring Training?

    In short Mikey, thanks for coming back! Words cannot express how happy I, and all of Red Sox Nation, am. We appreciate you beyond words for everything you do, on and off the field. Thanks again! Let’s go and get ‘em again next year! Let’s go 2008 Red Sox!!

    Your biggest fan in SC,
    Christina

    PS – Curt, you rock, too.

  46. linysoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:34 am

    I try not to get attached to players because baseball is a business and you never know where they’ll end up (JD – Dec ’05), but I quickly latched onto the Mike Lowell bandwagon and I don’t even want to tell you how I was going to react if you didn’t come back (LOL). Thank you for re-signing. I hope RSN doesn’t let you down. I will be there on opening day when the Fenway Faithful give you your much deserved standing O! Congrats on a terrific season, WS MVP and for coming back!

    To Mr. Schilling – I address you as Mr because I think that you have earned the respect as well. I would also like to add my heart-felt thanks to you. I wanted to see you end your career with Boston as badly as I was hoping to see “Mikey” back. Thank you for your loyalty to Red Sox Nation and thanks for offering us this opportunity to thank both of you.

    With baseball being shoved down our throats this off-season from other teams that this is a business, it’s WONDERFUL to know that you chose sentiment and the love for the team and Red Sox Nation. I can assure you that you have our unending appreciation for the rest of your time in Boston. (Well, the real fans anyway, the arm chair QB’s are another story.) RSN can go into ’08 with heads held high because of men like you!

  47. nhlou permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:35 am

    Mike Lowell!!! It is good to have you back in Boston, where you BELONG!!!

  48. bjkissel permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:40 am

    Hi Mike,

    I just wanted to say congrats on the new contract. Also, I’ve followed your career since your Marlin days. Also, I went to Epiphany and Christopher Columbus HS with your brother Carlos. I wish you continued success with the Red Sox.

    Take care,

    Brian
    Jupiter, FL

  49. harley03 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:45 am

    first off, cool idea :)

    Hey Mike,

    Well, thanks for coming back! I was really hoping (like a lot of people) that you would. I can’t wait to see you play the next 3 years. I have always loved you whenever I first saw you. I think you are a great person and I hope you have great years to come!!! Happy Holidays!!

    Harley Graham
    Waterford, CA (i wish i lived in MA to see a live game…)

    (P.S. Curt is awesome!!!)

  50. rsnforever permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:50 am

    Mike,

    As a loyal member of the Nation, I can’t even begin to express our gratitude. First of all, for your incredible play this entire season. Secondly for your leadership in the clubhouse and also for the way you have embraced the Nation. It is great to see a person of your integrity leaving money and years on the contract table to show your loyalty to a group of people who have the utmost respect for you, both as a player and as a person. It also goes to show that not everyone is a sellout who cares more about money than anything else. Best of luck (not that you or the Sox need it), and we look forward to seeing you hoist another trophy in the very near future. Congrats, you deserve everything you’ve gotten.

  51. mschavone14 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:50 am

    Curt,
    First of all, it’s great to have you back and thank you for giving the fans a forum to talk directly to our beloved Red Sox through. Truly an incredible idea by a truly great man!!!

    Mike,
    I want to take this opportunity to thank you for realizing just how much you mean to Red Sox fans. We all know you could have gotten a sweeter deal with more time somewhere else. But there is no place where you will be admired as much as you are here in Boston. We, as Bostonians, know we have a reputation for having a “what have you done for me lately” attitude, but I think that has slowly, maybe very slowly, gone away. Your leadership on and off the field are second to none and we Red Sox fans truly appreciate what you have done and will continue to do for at least 3 more years.
    Thank you!!!
    On a lighter note, let me ask if you realized that the short porch in left field may have had something to do with your career best offensive season?
    Let’s be honest-it had to be in the back of your mind!!!
    Anyway, Thanks again for coming back to Fenway for three more years, and don’t worry abouthat fourth one, just hire Schill as your agent and he will get you a nice one year deal when the time comes!!!
    Thanks again to both of you!!!

  52. justinatwell permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:51 am

    Mr. Schilling, you are one great guy, thanks for being a first class individual. Thank you Mr. Lowell for coming back for another three seasons with the Sox. We all know you could of got more money from another team, but it shows were you are as an individual and a player to come back. Good luck in 2008 and keep working hard.

  53. berntina permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:53 am

    Thank you Curt for staying in Boston and for letting us post to Mike. I’ve been a fan of yours since long before you came to Boston and appreciate what you’ve done for this team and appreciate this opportunity!

    Mike, thank you so much for staying and honoring this city, your fans and your team. I’ve been a fan of yours since day one and am delighted to have you stay. I look forward to watching you play for another 3 years!

    Holiday Blessings to you both and to your families!

    ~Tina in RI

    GO SOX!!

  54. murphyzlaw permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:55 am

    Mike,

    I’d like to think that you passed up more money elsewhere because the best baseball fans in the world live here. Or that you wanted to play in front of a sold out crowd at every home game. Or that you wanted to be part of the Red Sox tradition. Or maybe that you just thought you had a chance to win another ring. I suspect it had more to do with the guys in the clubhouse though. That’s okay. Whatever the reason, thanks for staying. Red Sox Nation is better for you being here.

  55. summer12 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:55 am

    Thank you Curt for doing this..my family is thrlled that you will be back next year.
    And to Mike Lowell…
    Thank you. It’s inspiring to see players who don’t always put money first. Curt and Mike, you are setting an example of the kind of athlete that I would like my sons to look up to. So often sports news is filled with stories of greed and bad behavior.
    In these days of free agency when ridiculous amounts of money are offered, it takes a special person to resist that temptation and see what really matters. I sincerely hope that you realize what a class act you are. I wish you all the best!

  56. golfdudejk permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:56 am

    Mike,

    Thanks for resigning with the Sox…you are a class individual along with all the Sox! So from all of us in Red Sox Nation we applaud you and your choice to remain with Boston.

  57. bosox07champs permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:58 am

    Thank you Mike Lowell for coming back to Boston. You are a class act and an amazing player and we are all happy that you are coming back. To actually think that there is one player (let alone two) on your team that is willing to leave money on the table just to return back is amazing. With all of the things going on in baseball and all of the big contracts people are getting (pay-rod) it is refreshing to see a player stay because they love the team and the city and not just go to the team that offered them the biggest contract (damon). Anyway, welcome back Mikey and I look forward to seeing you play in Boston for the next three years!

  58. November 21, 2007 9:58 am

    Thanks Mike for returning to the Sox. I must say that this century has been very good to New England fans. Thanks again

  59. jlouro8 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:59 am

    WOW man i cant beleive that Mikey left 13 million on the table….and after that career year you had im glad that you didnt take the money that you could have gone that really shows how much you want to be back to boston. Glad Mikey’s back.

  60. November 21, 2007 10:00 am

    Wicked awesome idea, Curt.

    Mike, you could have taken more money to go elsewhere. But you decided to stay here.

    You did just what all fans always ask. I sure hope you’ve earned everyone’s respect and gratitude around here. I’ll be super upset at any Sox fan who boos you, even if you do commit two errors within a week.

    Thanks for staying. Congrats on the MVP and on the contract!

  61. surfdogg permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:01 am

    Mike,

    Simply put….THANKS.

    Nice to know Red Sox Nation hasn’t made your experience here unbearable. My wife and I look forward to watching you “do your thing” for the next 3yrs.

    Curt,

    Thanks for the space and forum.

    Thanks again!

  62. cld0131 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:03 am

    Welcome Back Mr. Lowell !! You’re truly a class act and Boston is lucky to have you !

  63. November 21, 2007 10:07 am

    Thank you, Mike, for showing the baseball world and its fans that everything doesn’t have to boil down to money. You are, obviously, a good man.

    We’re all so thrilled you’re back!

    I hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!

    Cyn Donnelly
    Boston, MA

  64. November 21, 2007 10:08 am

    And thank YOU, Curt, for giving us the outlet to get our appreciation across to Mike!

  65. jimredsox04 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:09 am

    Thanks Mike,

    Thanks for being the type of player that baseball has been looking for. We all understand that it is every players option to check out the free agent market and we are glad that you did. Deep in every Boston fans heart is what you don’t see around all of the league, its one word, called “PASSION”. The 2007 Red Sox Team enhanced that for all of us, and we thank you and the rest of the guys. When a World Series can bring tears to a grown man, thats when you know it is special. I would also like to thank you for the great picture I have of you and your daughter from the celebration parade. I wish there was a post here where we could all share the pictures we have captured of the heroes of our game, because Curt and yourself are truly two of them. Thanks and keep up the good work !!

    P.S. – Do me a favor and duct tape Manny to the dugout post like they use to do to Pedro !! LOL ;-)

    Jim Munhall
    Whitinsville, MA

  66. lowell25 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:11 am

    Sir,
    THANK YOU.
    I was @ your first spring training game back in ’06, knew you were meant for greatness back then. See you in Fort Myers ’08.

  67. mechanicalphoenix permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:14 am

    Thanks, Mike, for coming back to Boston!

    I can’t imagine you in another team’s uniform. I know you haven’t always been a Red Sox player, but from the way you play, you sure wouldn’t know it by watching.

    Thank you for dedication to this city, and this team, and your teammates – and thank you for WANTING to stay. We certainly love having you. 2007 wouldn’t have been as special without guys like you on the team.

    – Ash
    x

  68. calafiore permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:19 am

    Mike,

    Living in Lincoln, Nebraska you would not believe the number of Sox and

    Lowell fans. I’ve been an associate principal in a middle school for 13 years.

    Two years ago I was offered a SUBSTANIAL increase in pay to work for a

    company called Talent + almost double my current salary. It only took me a

    few days to decide that I loved being around kids. You should the baseball

    that it is truly not about the money but what is right for you and your

    family.

    When I told my boys about your resigning they went crazy. My oldest

    plays third base and believe me he watches all your plays at third.

    GOOD LUCK next season and we will see you in KC in August!!!

    Ralph C

  69. jdwatts permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:20 am

    Curt,

    forgot to mention – I CAN’T GET THE WOMEN AT MY JOB TO SHUT UP ABOUT THIS GUY! Three co-workers in particular swoon at the thought of him. The name “George Clooney” is often heard when they talk about Mike.

    Regarding the previous post about politics…I don’t get the impression Mike is a political guy, but I do believe he is NOOOOOOOOO fan of Castro. Considering the Cuban-American transplant community in southern florida vote overwhelmingly Republican, I think you and Mike have more in common than just the team you play for. Sorry Massachusetts. :)

  70. ilovebigpapi permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:20 am

    Mike, I doubt that you’ll read this comment as there will probably be hundreds by the time mine gets here. But I just wanted to say anyway that my previous admiration for you has increased ten times over with your decision to stay here. I hope you realize by now how much Red Sox fans appreciate you as a person and a player. You are a true class act and you have been since the day you arrived here. I loved the story of how you and Dustin brought the food to the people in the ticket line. All the best to you and your lovely family.

    PS-you and David are my favorites

    Regina

  71. calafiore permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:21 am

    Mike,

    Living in Lincoln, Nebraska you would not believe the number of Sox and

    Lowell fans. I’ve been an associate principal in a middle school for 13 years.

    Two years ago I was offered a SUBSTANTIAL increase in pay to work for a

    company called Talent + almost double my current salary. It only took me a

    few days to decide that I loved being around kids. You should the baseball

    that it is truly not about the money but what is right for you and your

    family.

    When I told my boys about your resigning they went crazy. My oldest

    plays third base and believe me he watches all your plays at third.

    GOOD LUCK next season and we will see you in KC in August!!!

    Ralph C

  72. pal1963 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:22 am

    Dear Mr. Lowell and Mr. Schilling,

    I wanted to thank you so much for all of your efforts both you and all of your team mates have given to Red Sox Nation over the years that you’ve worn the Red Sox jersey. It has been a pleasure to watch, root and admire you both on, and off the field.

    Back in the early 70’s I became a Red Sox fan and my father brought me to see my first game in 1975. I got to see Yaz, Fisk, Rice, Lynn, Bommer, El Tiate, and so many more great players. It was a memery that I hold very dear to me. I got to pass along our love for the Red Sox to my son, and in 2003 he got to see his first game. It was as he put it, ” The bestest day of my life”. He saw Pedro, Tek, Manny and Big Papi and all of there great teammates.

    He soon had to learn about trades, free agency and how they can take away the players you root for, such as his favorite player Nomar. I know that the effects of a trade, or changing teams through free agency are felt far worse on a player and his family that us fans, but the effects on my 8 year old’s world were harsh. He has learned to move on and now his favorite players include both numbers 25 and 38.

    It is for him that I want to thank you for putting off more money and longer security and remain with Red Sox Nation. Countless young eyes can look out to you on the field and beam with pride and admiration, and cheer you on to hopefully many more wins and if were all lucky enough many more championships.

    Thanks again, and enjoy the Holiday seasons with your families.

  73. calafiore permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:22 am

    Mike,

    Living in Lincoln, Nebraska you would not believe the number of Sox and

    Lowell fans. I’ve been an associate principal in a middle school for 13 years.

    Two years ago I was offered a SUBSTANTIAL increase in pay to work for a

    company called Talent + almost double my current salary. It only took me a

    few days to decide that I loved being around kids. You showed baseball

    that it is truly not about the money but what is right for you and your

    family.

    When I told my boys about your resigning they went crazy. My oldest

    plays third base and believe me he watches all your plays at third.

    GOOD LUCK next season and we will see you in KC in August!!!

    Ralph C

  74. soxfc permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:26 am

    Curt, what a great idea. Thanks *so much* for the opportunity to send word to Mike. With all the chatter back and forth on the web I was hoping there would be a way to put some words in front of Mike.

    Mike, thank you so much for staying. I was hoping that this wasn’t prophetic:

    http://groups.msn.com/DaughtersofKevinYoukilis/shoebox.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=509

    (Taken by one of my coworkers when we were at the parade.)

    I sometimes feel like you guys ‘pass through’ the Red Sox as temporary custodians of ‘our’ team. Well, I couldn’t ask for a better representative of what we always hope that the Sox are about. (And yeah, I know it’s a business, but businesses can be run in different ways.) I don’t know if you realize or understand what the Red Sox mean to us – I don’t even understand it – but thank you for the respect and appreciation you’ve shown for playing on this team.

    Even after ’04 (Thank you Curt!) this year’s team was special, and you were a huge part of that. I know that this was a career/business decision and you didn’t do it for us, but thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! The fans appreciate you – the player and the man – more than you can know, and I promise you will feel that appreciation every single day and never regret your decision to stay.

    Francine

  75. blackats permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:26 am

    Mike & Curt,

    It is awesome to have you both sign for less money to be with teammates and fans you appreciate. What a big difference the Boston/New England sports scene has become since the turn of the millennium. The Patriots started this selfless “team” mantra back in 2001 and the Red Sox continued it in 2004. Now even the Celtics seem to be coming around to that idea with the acquisitions of key selfless players like KG and Ray Allen.

    What a privilege it will be to see the same core team next year. The only problem is that the media (and some fans) are going to accept nothing less than another Championship. Do your best and have fun. My family will enjoy watching a group of guys that we know are doing their best each and every game because they love playing as a team for the City of Boston and New England.

    Now, let’s get Varitek’s contract extended another year or two and get Timlin signed. Two great dirt dogs!

    Tom Sisson
    Litchfield, NH

  76. Tom Field permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:30 am

    Thanks, Curt, for the opportunity to make these comments.

    And thanks, Mike Lowell, for your play on the field, your comments before and after the game, your apparent leadership in the clubhouse, and for giving us the opportunity to applaud your performance for three more years.

    What must be going through your head this Thanksgiving? Two years ago, you were portrayed as “the guy the Red Sox had to take to get Josh Beckett,” and now you’re the coveted World Series MVP.

    We Sox fans all feel we have a lot to be thankful for this year. But, man, you’ve got to be feeling pretty grateful, too, after the season you’ve enjoyed!

    Congrats, Mike. You’ve earned your accolades, and you’ve been a pleasure to watch at the ballpark. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Same to you and your family, Curt. You’ve given a lot to your fans this year, and this blog is high atop that list. Thank you.

    best,

    Tom

  77. lifersoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:31 am

    Mike,

    Welcome back to the Sox!!! One thing I hoped for in the off season was they bring you back! It’s great to see guys like you who display class coming back to a team I love! Thanks for returning and making it not just about the money!!! Now kick some Yankee butt next year! I hope to take my son who will wear nothing but his Red Sox hat to a game in Minneapolis!

    Mark Brindamour
    Grand Forks, ND

  78. mzacc9 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:38 am

    Growing up South of Boston, the first Red Sox game I saw was in August of 1946. I can still recite the starting line up and batting averages of that AL championship team. In those days, it was radio only and with the use of your imagination, you created heroes. Naturally my first was Ted Williams. Through all the long years of winless suffering, it was the “heroes” that kept us going. After Ted stopped playing, I picked a different hero every year and the very first thing in the morning, I still check the sports pages to see how “my hero” did the night before.

    In the ’80s and ’90s we lived in South Florida…where my son, the same age as Mike Lowell….played baseball. My son played against Mike Lowell and a guy by the name of Alex “what’s his name”. We have several pictures of these kids on the same field in High School and College games.

    Starting in 1999 when he was traded from the “damn Yankees” to the Marlins, “my hero” became Mike Lowell and he will continue to be. When Mike came to the Red Sox in 2005, I was exited beyond words; he has become the heart and soul of the Red Sox nation and he will be the last baseball hero for this old timer.

    Mike and Curt, thanks for resigning! Much of the heart ache of not resigning/or trading magnificent players over the past 60 years has been wiped away for the “nation” by the resigning of Mike Lowell and Curt Shilling.

    Go Sox!

  79. November 21, 2007 10:38 am

    Mike,
    Going to keep it short and sweet here. I big thank you for coming back to RSN. As you’ve seen while playing for this great team they are truly a team. That’s the great thing about New England sports, all the teams here have so many great players, and they do shine on their own, but they shine even brighter as a team. Thanks for coming back and I look forward to wathcing you play next season and on.

    Nate from Cape Cod, MA

  80. ewhalle1 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:42 am

    Hey Mike!

    So happy to know you’re back on for these next three years. My whole family was celebrating at the news…everybody loves ya! Can’t wait to see you barehanding those ground balls again soon!

    Thanks,
    Beth
    Carlisle, MA

  81. dylanmarsh permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:44 am

    Mike,

    First, welcome back. Although you never really left, so I guess this should be more of congrats on your raise and three-year security blanket!

    Second, I had the pleasure of watching you guys win Game 4 in Denver. Through most of the early innings the Rockies’ fans were giving me crap about how old you are and nicknamed you “Grandpa.” Of course, after you doubled and scored in the 5th and then lead-off the top of the 7th with a HR, they didn’t have much to say about you or anything else. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy the final few innings with relatively quiet Rockies fans.

    Again congrats on the new contract, Grandpa, and I look forward to seeing you around for the next 3 seasons.

    DM

  82. rsoxwest permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:45 am

    Thanks, Curt for passing these on to Mike for all of us! Cool idea!

    Mike,
    Thanks for resigning with Boston, in spite of better offers elsewhere. Sometimes it’s more than the money, and thanks for being true to the game and to the Sox! It’s a huge sigh of relief we all breath to have you and Curt back!!! You both have made this a very Happy Thanksgiving for the RS Nation!!
    Looking forward to seeing the team in Seattle in July!!!!
    Thanks again!
    Kris in Boise

  83. November 21, 2007 10:46 am

    Thank you Curt!! You teh roxor!!!11!!!!1!!one!!!eleven!

    Dear Mike,

    It takes a very special kind of athlete to play in Boston. You have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a Dirt Dog. You have won over the hearts and minds of Red Sox Nation with your constant professionalism on and off the field.

    I never viewed you as a “toss in.” Sure you had an off year before you joined the Sox. But your previous record indicated that you had potential. And boy did that potential pay off huge for the Sox in your time here with the Sox! Plus your defense is a pure joy to watch.

    Thank-you very much for returning to Boston. Maybe you can convince Ortiz to be in a D’Angelo’s commercial so you too can have a guy dressed up as a steak and cheese sandwich follow you too!

    Thank-you very much for picking the Sox. You teh roxors 2!!!!

    Diane M. Martin
    Cranston, RI

  84. ws2007 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:50 am

    Great Idea Curt! It’s great to be a Red Sox fan these days! Welcome back Mike Lowell, You are a class act, I wish more athletes would do the same. But we are happy your back and I will continue to follow the Sox (from St Pete, Fla) for years to come.
    Thanks for a GREAT season!

  85. eric1414 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:50 am

    Thanks Schill,

    As others have already stated, we cannot Thank You enough for following your heart and remain with Boston. I’m sure many were a little nervous when the word reached them regarding the yankees longer offer, with more money. You’ve made the right decision, we <3 ya Mike.

    Thanks,

    Eric M. Eveland

  86. lissaann permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:54 am

    Mike,

    Thank you so much for staying in Boston. Your attitude, your sportsmanship, your play on the field are so important to all of the fans. We realized that you could have gone elsewhere for more money and a longer contract, and I know I at least are very thankful to have you back to help us win another World Series in ’08!

    Thank you for giving Red Sox Nation to be thankful for (I know, that’s redundant), and thanks for the early Christmas present!

    Have a great offseason and see you in the spring!

    Melissa

  87. elvisapresley68 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:54 am

    Mike,

    Glad you are back with the Sox for 3 more wonderful years! Thanks for a super season with both the bat and glove!

    The postseason was magic and you earned a well deserved WS MVP! Red Sox Nation has no boundaries and we say Thank You from Maryland!

    I hope both you and Curt and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow and holiday season!

    Go Sox!

    Elvis & Family
    Glen Burnie, MD

  88. November 21, 2007 10:55 am

    We love you, Mike. Here’s to another successful three years.

  89. lissaann permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:05 am

    And, as I forgot to say, thank you Curt for re-signing with us and for giving us this chance to leave a note for Mike! You guys should always know how much we appreciate you.

  90. November 21, 2007 11:06 am

    I’m so thankful you came back to a town you have only gotten to know for a short time. I think after this contract you will realize you found home, they might even name a town after you or something….

    It was great to see the support your teammates showed as they clearly knew who they wanted as their “third baseman”. You most certainly have many things to be thankful for this holiday as have been thru so much both personally and professionally. What a comeback, I’m sure you still can’t believe these last few months.

    Congrats and a big thanks for making the next 5 months about enjoying the previous 5 instead of worrying about who was coming back (both you and Curt deserve my thanks for that one). Hell my wife and I just planned a road trip to Santa Barbara wine country on Saturday so we could listen to all the games on the XM Radio in the car and I CAN’T WAIT.

    Enjoy the holiday and see you in April! Dave

  91. pattijor permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:12 am

    Dear Mike,

    I’m not a GM, but I am a shopper and I know value when I see it. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that they almost blew this one.

    Now that you’re a hometown here, do me a favor and don’t let those jerks on WEEI get to you. They are funny and fat, but know absolutely nothing about sports. They get big names like Tom Brady and Curt to call in, and then they ask them stupid questions.

    Happy Thanksgiving and Congratulations to you and your family!

  92. openbah permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:30 am

    Mike,

    I wanted to say thank you for following your heart instead of your wallet and staying in Boston. It means a lot to us.

    Semper Fidelis,
    OB

  93. soxfaninil permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:35 am

    Curt and Mike,

    Thank you so much for coming back. You guys are great and someone people can actually look up to in pro sports in so many ways. Living in Illinois it is tough to see many games, but I was lucky enough to see three of the four played at the White Sox this year. Mike, you were on FIRE that series, and I knew this was a special year. I am so pumped to see you coming back. Can’t wait to see you guys play again, and another spanking of the White Sox this August.

    Hope all of Red Sox nation has a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holidays. You both have given us so much to be thankful for already. We in RSN are so lucky to have you. Thank you everyone on the 07 and 08 team. I am thanking you ahead of time for what I know is going to be a great season this year, it already is since you guys are back in a Sox uni.

    Thanks, and go get ‘em in 08!
    Sean, Springfield, IL

  94. himeykitty permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:36 am

    (Dylanmarsh, did you tell the fans how old he actually is? Hee.)

    Mike,
    Thanks for not making my T-shirt obsolete less than six months after I finally found it. (You’re popular around here.) Thanks for staying and making the team what it is. Thanks for loving Boston’s fans as much as we love you.
    Jaimi

  95. erickajo permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:37 am

    Mike,

    I am very glad that you’re staying with us. It seems like you’ve been with us forever. People are right, you’re a wonderful fit here. Thank you so much.

    (Besides, pinstripes?)

    Ericka
    Manchester, NH

  96. bighammer permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:38 am

    I just want to say thank you for rejoining the Boston Red Sox. Seeing a player resign for less then he would have gotten elsewere is a true Athelete who enjoys the game.
    A-Rod and his $350 mil make it impossiable for teh average fan to afford tickets to the games and with out fans you all would look funny playing in a huge stadium. So thats for being a true baseball player and not going after all the green.

  97. lyorkell permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:38 am

    Curt,

    Thanks again for your insights and personal feelings on many subjects. Congrats to you and the team on another great World Series victory. My father never saw one but I have been lucky enough to see both in the last 3 years. It makes me proud as hell to be a Red Sox fan. Thanks to you and the team.

    Mike Lowell what can you say? Class guy, great ballplayer, a gamer as I would say, left money on the table to stay here and win a few more championships. Two of the best right here right now. Lowell has been my favorite player since that dive on a bunt attempt back in early ’06. Super player with a great attitude and loves the team, city and fans. Thanks for the chance to thank you guys. I look forward to the Series trophy coming to my town. I missed it in ’04.

    Best to you all and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

    Leo Yorkell

  98. liontone permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:38 am

    Thanks Mike and Curt,

    Your abilities, professionalism, and tenacity have helped make Boston, and the greater Massachusetts area into the “Vienna of Professional Sports.”

    Mr. Shilling, you do Boston a great honor by giving us fans the last years of your pitching career. We all hope you and the Red Sox have a strong association long after your final pitch. Maybe we will see you in a Red Sox uniform in Cooperstown?

    Mr Lowell, in many ways you are a hub that binds the Red Sox together, not dissimilar to Mr. Schilling and Mr. Veritek. Your qualities of leadership, loyalty, and fortitude not only create the luster on the Red Sox logo, but also make you the Pride of Boston.

    Thank you both for making the Boston Red Sox the Jewel of Major League Baseball.

  99. kajen4 permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:38 am

    Mike… Thank you so much for coming back to The Red Sox. You are such an important part of that wonderful chemistry.The best all around third baseman in baseball will now be playing here for (at least) the next three years. Congrats on the MVP!! Oh no!! now what will I worry about until spring?? My team is complete(almost). SIGN MIKE AND DOUG !!

  100. davesoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:43 am

    Mike,

    We’re thrilled you re-signed. It’s terrific to see a sox team full of guys with such respect for each other. Of course we only get the media view of you guys, but the strength of character, and incredibly positive role model that you exhibit shows through every time. Can’t wait to hear the ovation you get in April. Hope you and your family have a great off-season.

    Dave

  101. redsoxgirl78910 permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:46 am

    I am so excited for the ’08 season! The ’07 series was definately a good way to wrap up my high school career. I’m really pleased that Lowell opted to stay for three more years, and in my dorm, it is believed that the decision that has been made here has shown how he is a TRUE Red Sox player! It’s been a great past season, and i look forward to a fabulous season in 2008.
    Thanks for coming back Mr. Lowell!!!
    ~Abby Friedman

  102. mdyesowitch permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:49 am

    Mike,
    Thanks for returning. It makes it so much easier for Lena as she does not have to choose a new favorite player. I was struggling to find something to say that might help me stand out from the outpouring of drooly love you must be receiving right now, and it’s occured to me that that must be something like standing out in a city like Boston which has such a storied history and history in the making, and if you can stand out in a place like this, surely I could find a way to stand out amidst the throng.

    Yeah, so much for that idea. Welcome back. I look forward to another 3 years of watching you dominate at 3rd by your explosive combination of double plays on defence and doubles on offense.

    Curt,
    Everyone’s said this, and I think I might have commented something the same myself on previous posts, but it’s great that you’re coming back and that you’re so much a part of the RedSox fanbase as well as the Red Sox team.

  103. November 21, 2007 11:49 am

    Mike, I’m pleased you’re back with the Sox for three more. I have enjoyed watching you over the last couple of years. You’ve dealt with the nattering nabobs who were concerned about your bat speed coming into 2006 spring training and shown them exactly what you’re made of as a player.

    You’re a guy I’m glad is on “my team” and I could not be happier you’ve chosen to come back.

    Thanks Curt for such a cool idea.

  104. timmywilliams permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:50 am

    Mr Lowell,
    If you make it down to my response I’m pretty impressed at your patience, and diligence. haha.

    Understand I was a huge Billy Mueller fan, and was pretty bummed out when he was traded. I’ve always admired ball players who show up, play the game right and leave everything out on the field. Billy seemed like a good teammate, great hitter, kept his nose clean and played great 3B. So when you came in, I needed winning over. Nothing personal.

    Well, It didn’t take very long. You’ve been a great fit with the team, and this crazy city since the start. I quickly became a fan of your work…

    Thanks for your clutch hitting this year, professionalism, time you gave to the fans. That doesn’t get lost or forgotten here. Glad your back.

    cheers,
    .

  105. raybytheway permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:52 am

    Mike,

    I would personally like to thank your George Clooney lookin’ ass. I was ecstatic seeing you traded to the Sox with Beckett and always had the utmost faith in your ability. Here’s to you, three more years, and three more MVPs! Anything less, and Boston Dirt Dogs will eat you alive. Just a heads up.
    :)

    -Ray

  106. ampmarini permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:52 am

    Thanks Kurt and Mike!

    I have been a RS fan since I was 4 years old (and frankly that was a while ago). Despite the fact that I have a RS Pink hat, I am no pink hat.

    I love watching ‘my guys’ on the field and I am THRILLED to see both of you coming back. Go Sox!

    With the players we have now, Red Sox Nation is perfectly represented. All of you guys are the best. It is so hard to choose a favorite.

    Love you all!
    Best to you and your familys during the holidays!
    Anna

  107. redsoxnum7 permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:53 am

    Thanks Curt for this great idea!

    And Mike…Thank you for coming back to Boston! Your dedication to the team and to the fans is amazing and inspiring! I hope you have a fantastic season and a ton of fun with the team! Happy Holidays to you both, and your families!

    The Duffys on Cape Cod :o)

  108. November 21, 2007 11:54 am

    Mike

    Not much more that I could say that has not already been said. You came to us in a trade that was one of the best the Red Sox have ever made. We thought of you, at first, as the man we had to take to get a young pitcher. You were hot sometimes, and then not sometimes. But this last year you were absolutely special. You became family. Sure, it was your performance on the field that endeared us all to you. But then we heard from all your fellow players about what a vitally wonderful guy you are, we all became sick at the thought of you leaving.

    Life is about seasons. Seasons come and go. I thought our season with you was over when I heard how much you were offered. The money left on the table is a remarkable reminder of how truly blessed we are that you choose to stay. (It’s like seeing your girlfriend turn down the proposal of a billionaire. uhmm, at least I think it would be) You became our hero with how you played. You have won our hearts when you choose to stay.

    Now go get some endorsement deals so we can make you some money! This is Boston man! We can do that!!

  109. timc23 permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:59 am

    Thanks for coming back Mike. I wasn’t sure if you’d be back knowing that you could’ve easily cashed in after such a great year, but you, along with Schill, proved that you are different than most players. You made the decision based on what you wanted to do not on the $ sign. I wanted to get a #25 jersey all last year but didn’t know if you were coming back, now that I know you are coming back it is the first thing on my Christmas list. Thanks Mike!!!

  110. jdwatts permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:08 pm

    Curt,

    Please make sure Mike reads post #78. What a great letter.

  111. theotherm permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:09 pm

    Curt, thanks for giving us the opportunity to let Mike know how we feel, although I’m pretty sure he already knows!
    Dear Mike,
    Those chants about not signing A-Rod and “resign Lowell” were heartfelt and unanimous. Mike, I’m so glad you decided to stay here, alot of our beloved players have left for more money recently and it doesn’t look like it bought them happiness OR a world series ring!!! We LOVE you and can’t wait for opening day to start cheering you all on once again! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
    Wendy

  112. witness4him permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:09 pm

    Mike,
    There’s so much that I’d like to say, but others have said it first. You contribute so much more to this team than what is seen on the field, and in your clubhouse leadership.
    As a Christian, a husband, a father of four, and a sports fan, I often struggle to reconcile my faith with the behavior of athletes. I’m always quick to point out to my family when an athlete sincerely gives the glory to God when interviewed, but too often their behavior off the field betrays their true heart. I look for articles, and stories that illustrate how some athletes can use their fame to bless others through selflessness and compassion. I have to tell you, that for a while there, it was hard to find many examples of this that weren’t soon tainted by scandal.
    You are as good of an example of a Christian man as I’ve seen in professional sports. You are a warrior on the field, and you seem genuinely humble, and almost embarrassed by the spotlight. The fact that you put your family first in the negotiations with the Sox, and that you were willing to play for less because of the environment, validates that you are a person of character in my eyes.
    I think that you’re on to something about the environment. I witnessed the change about four years ago. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that it happened around the time Schilling came to town. I’ve had this discussion about the change in demeanor of this team over and over again with friends and family. Everyone sees it. It’s contagious.
    I’m not necessarily saying that the Lord is a Red Sox fan, but I do think that he rewards the faithful.
    You and Curt are worthy of the admiration of the fans. We are lucky to have you.

    Thanks,
    Rick

  113. pedroia4president permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:09 pm

    Thanks Mike. I was at Game 4, it was beautiful. You killed it all year and were always the man in the clutch, thanks for coming back, we need you.

  114. redsox9175 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:11 pm

    People always blame players for leaving for more money. I would ask them, wouldn’t you change companies for more money to do the same job? At a certain point though, a person has to judge what makes them happy. Certainly you would have been more financially secure in New York, but you would have been under an immense amount of pressure to produce with the added stress of a new position. After all the people the Sox have lost to the Yankees, I wouldn’t have blamed you for thinking of your financial security.

    Thanks for staying. I will be getting a shirt with your name on the back for my favorite Sox player.

    Drew (first game at fenway was the date of my user name)

  115. techsoldaten permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:12 pm

    Yeah, Mike, thanks for staying. We all know what you can do and hope to see more of it. I imagine this is the first of more big contracts with the Sox to come.

    M

  116. mannysps2 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:12 pm

    Okay, well it’s obvious you decided to stray in Boston despite getting better offer. Most of us won’t make what you left on the table in our careers, so the sacrifice you’ve made is pretty damned cool to play in Boston. Obviously, your a fan favorite, a great clubhouse guy and a great ballplayer. This fan is psyched to see you back in Beantown for another three years. Thanks Mike, this lifelong diehard appreciates your sacrifice. Have a great offseason and good luck next year and beyond.

  117. November 21, 2007 12:20 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    I was at Opening Day in Arlington on April 3, 2006 when the Red Sox opened their season against the Texas Rangers. At the time, I lived in Houston and would make the trip up to Arlington every time the Red Sox were in town. I knew nothing about you, except that you came to the Red Sox through the Josh Beckett deal. You hit a home run to lead off the 8th. Coincidently, our very own blogger extrodinare Mr. Curt Schilling pitched, and he looked fantastic. And the good guys won 7-3.

    When you hit that home run, I was cheering at the top of my lungs, and celebrating with a few other New England transplants that were sitting around me and said, “I like this guy already!!”

    I definitely did like you, and have become a huge fan of your’s since that very first game. I missed out on the Rolling Rally in 2004 – even though my Dad said he would fly me up to Boston from Houston for it if I could find a plane ticket under $500 (yeah right!) – so there was no way I was missing it this year! Luckily, I am back in Boston now and work a block away from part of the route. It was the greatest day! And there were few things that made me smile more than seeing Mr. Jason Varitek holding a sign that said “Re-sign Lowell” on it, and prompting the crowd to chant louder and louder “RE-SIGN LOWELL! RE-SIGN LOWELL!”

    We absolutely love you Mike. You, Curt, and countless other members of this Boston Red Sox team truly embody what it means to be a professional. I love that you put yourself, your wishes, and the happiness of you and your family first in making your decision, rather than more money. We are very very lucky to have you back, along with the rest of the team of course!

    Mr. Schilling, Mr. Lowell – have a wonderful holiday and off-season!

    Melissa
    Peabody, MA

    PS…can you put in a good word with the big guys to bring back Mike Timlin? I have a super soft spot in my heart for him too! Thanks! ;)

  118. eddieinorlando permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:21 pm

    Mike,
    You are a class act. I was starting to get a bit worried that you might leave Boston for bigger $$$ and I was a little irritated that the Redsox were being a little tight.

    Between me and you Mike, the Redsox got a bargain.

    You were the heart and soul of this team all year long, and you came up real big in game 4. The home run was huge, but that slide you made was a big play when it happened.

    I was there in Denver at game 4, sitting right behind John Ellway and I stayed and chanted for 2 hours after the clinching game. The 1st chant I heard was Bring Back Lowell.

    I think Fenwy Park is perfect for you and the fans in Boston are all glad you are coming back for another 3 years. Did I mention that we all hate AROD?

    He’s like an ex-wife, you never want to bring them back.
    A few years back he stood us up, and then signed with the SKANKS.

    Upstaging the Redsox in game 4 of the World Series cost him a few millions and forced him to go back to being a Skankey.

    Welcome back Mikey!

  119. redsoxforme permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:30 pm

    Mike, what does it say when Red Sox Nation OVERWHELMINGLY chose you over A-Rod? Character counts. Integrity counts. Yes, production counts too, and you produced HUGE. More importantly, it also says that you have won your way into the hearts of Red Sox Nation as a Red Sox hero. You should be here, you deserve to be here, you need to be here. And you seemed to recognize that.

    Johnny Damon? Pedro Martinez? Can anyone forget Damon’s grand slam against the Yankees or Pedro coming out of the bullpen against Cleveland? They were heroes. Now, mercenaries, nothing more. They were there, right where you are, and they tossed it away for a few more dollars that I’ll never rationalize.

    I’m proud of you, Mike Lowell, for seeing thru it all and staying with me and Red Sox Nation. And for allowing me to still have heroes.

    PS – Ditto for you, Curt.

  120. npd1969 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:31 pm

    Mr Schilling and Mr. Lowell, I want to say a huge thank you for staying with our team, the Boston Red Sox. Sure you could have gone after a larger contract for more money with a different team, but you didn’t. As a Red Sox fan for nearly 30 years, I am truly grateful for your loyalty to Boston. Staying with one team for several years is a rare thing.

    Thank you, again for staying with the Red Sox. I hope that you have a great off season and I hope that your families will continue to be in good health.

    npd1969 — Decatur, Georgia

  121. zekers permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:33 pm

    Mike-
    Thanks so much for your loyalty and for choosing to stay in Boston where we all think you belong. This past year was so special for so many people and so much of that was because of you. During Game 4, I remember when you got the double to lead off the 5th inning, and I always talk about the 50/50 chance of scoring a run on a leadoff double. I said to my parents, “Watch Lowell fly around on a single and put one on the board.” J.D. got out, but then Varitek did just that, and you flew around and made a dive to home that will continually be shown in highlights forever. I don’t know how many times throughout the year, I asked the question, “How good is Mike Lowell?” after you made another spectacular play on defense or got another clutch hit. I said it once more in Game 4 when you homered to lead off the 7th. Reading these stories and praises above clearly shows that we all love you here and are glad you made the decision to stay. Thanks for everything and enjoy the off-season.
    -Isaac

  122. November 21, 2007 12:33 pm

    Mike, You must have already figured out that Boston fans are a little crazy. We don’t just follow the game, we live the game. You do not have to be a legendary ball player to gain our affection, you just have to care about the game as much as we do.

    I went to the parade, and was screaming resign Mike the entire way. And I would like to take back all those times I thought you did not care about the game the way I did, and all the times I wished we had someone else at third. I guess you had to get use to us, and our field before you were able to flourish. There are so many people writing their own personal “I apologize for doubting you” you might not have to shovel your driveway or mow your lawn for the next three years.

    Glad you decided to stay, I can’t wait to see you get your ring. How about joining Curt and Kevin and us in blogging?

    SO finally – thank you, thank you, thank you -

  123. brucejourney permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:35 pm

    Mike,

    Ask Curt if we have named a city after him yet, like we did for you in Lowell, Massachusetts. It’s the least we could do for your mature decision to stay.

    Glad you did and we look forward to watching you play many more games at 3rd for the next three years. Next contract can include DH if Papi’s knee is to sore.

    Where do you you think Schilling, MA will be?

    Bruce
    Manchester, MA

  124. eddieinorlando permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:36 pm

    P.S,
    Curt if not for you the Sox don’t get by Cleveland.
    I’m glad to see that you will retire as a Redsox player and I have no doubt that you will meet all of the incentives in the new contract. Without you Curt, there is no World Series win in 2004, and the Redsox faithful are forever greatful to you and I hope the Sox management know it as well.

    What you did against the Yankees in game 6, and the repeat performance in Game 2 in Fenway against ST Louis was remarkable, and I don’t know anyone who is as tough as you are.

    I was lucky enough to get to see you pitch game 2 in Fenway back in 2004. I paid $1400 and sat 5 rows behind the ST Louis on deck circle. It was the best money I’ve ever spent. Finally I got to see you guys close it out in Denver this year and only paid $1100 to sit right behind home plate…Again money well spent.I was behind the plate for a couple of hours after the game ended, and I watched the way you treated the people, and I was very impressed with how you embraced the fans behind home plate. You are a big time, big game pitcher, well done.
    Thanks again Curt.

  125. thejeff001 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:39 pm

    Mike, thanks for coming back! Red Sox Nation salutes you for your loyalty!

  126. November 21, 2007 12:41 pm

    Mike, Thank you so much for coming back to Boston for the next three years. We are all so happy that you decided to stay in the Hub. You’re an amazing ball player, and a real mensch. You live fairly close to my home, and we often hope to catch a glimpse of you in the Deli or at the Market, but alas, it hasn’t happened yet. But when it does, I can promise you that you’ll get a huge high five from my entire family, because we all think you rock!

  127. November 21, 2007 12:41 pm

    Mikey – I freaked out when I heard of your return.. I got about 30 e-mails and 20 voice messages from people congratulating ME on your return, because they knew how big of a fan I am of you and how ecstatic I would be.

    I created a small fan page for you.. no I’m not crazy, I just think you’re the sexiest man, in the freaking world. But on your site, I wrote about your past dealing with cancer and also your family’s struggles in Cuba. I get e-mails from people all over the country everyday talking about how they never knew about your past & how amazing you are. I just tell them I know, he’s an inspiration.

    I’ve dubbed you the sexiest man in baseball on the site, the George Clooney of baseball actually.. And I get many girls sending me messages, agreeing.

    My 2008 life goal is to:

    1) attend a game that the man, the myth, the legend Schill pitches

    2) to meet you. Or at least get seats close enough to see you up close. And Varitek. He’s my other sexual obsession

    Oh, if you just type in Mike Lowell Fan Page in google, your site should come up. Lots of people see it everyday. And I’m glad I can help share your inspiring & heroic life to fans all around the country

    If you’re ever single in the future – please marry me.

    – Ashley Bartolome

  128. bbourque311 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:44 pm

    Mr. Lowell:

    Thank you for resigning with the Sox. I believe you were the only option that we had to sign, as well as the right option. Yes, I know baseball is a business and that you could have had more money elsewhere, but I believe you did the right thing. This club needs your bat in the line up. With you, and your defense, the Sox will continue to have the best shot at a title.

    Thank you for not pulling a Johnny Damon on us. We adore you and are glad you signed. So, welcome home I guess!

    Brian Bourque

  129. Liza permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:51 pm

    Mike, thank you SO much for re-signing here. I know you were offered more time and a lot more money with other teams, but I’m glad to know you like it that much here in Boston. We got a taste of “sellout” with Damon a couple years ago, and it’s so nice to have some faith restored in professional athletes.

    -Liza

  130. November 21, 2007 12:52 pm

    Mike,

    Thank you for being a model baseball player and athlete. In 50 years you’ll still be remembered in Boston for your great service and your dedication to the team, the town, and the Nation.

    Thank you very much,

    -Randy Booth
    OverTheMonster.com

  131. varitek77 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:53 pm

    Mike:

    Jason Varitek has always been my favorite player. I was immediately drawn to ‘tek because of his fantastic work ethic and hustle. He may or may not be the best hitter in the line up, but the man can play behind the plate.

    Then you came along. At first, you were just another one of the “new guys” for the year. Then you started hitting those doubles in left field (which immediately earned you a spot on my fantasy baseball team). I starting noticing the same kind of hustle in your playing style as I did in ‘tek’s. It was amazing. This year, you really shinned. Your absolutely impenetrable defense at 3rd, and the at bats were absolutely amazing to watch. What was even more amazing was the realization I had that you are such a fabulous human being who seems to be so gracious and humble, and is the epitimy of what a team player is supposed to be. You are one of the best role models out there. In a world of big money contracts and endorsements, there is you. The man who wants to play ball (and earn a little money while doing it).

    You reap what you sow, and you sir, will reap more rewards than you will ever know. Thank you for returning. Thank you for being the humble, and gracious team player that you are. We all look forward to 2008. I would have been a fan of yours no matter what team you played for, but I’m just exstatic that your name will be included in the Red Sox starting line up announcement on opening day in 2008.

  132. lexrunner permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:54 pm

    Dear Mike,

    I think it’s pretty obvious from the 128 posts (and counting) that Red Sox Nation adores you. I am a proud owner of a Mike Lowell t-shirt and I am ecstatic that I get to wear it for 3 more years without people telling me it’s old (as is the case with my Pokey Reese shirt). I was in English class when my friend messaged me saying “WE GOT LOWELL BACK” and I let out a not-so-subtle “YESSS!!!” Needless to say, everyone around me thought I was crazy. But after I explained what I was celebrating, they soon joined me.

    Thank you for your loyalty, devotion, and commitment. You are a beast of a third baseman.

    Here’s to three more amazing seasons,
    Stephanie

    The Fens

  133. plympton permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:54 pm

    I was at the 2007 parade at the Park Street Station, about 10 people deep. As Varitek held up the “Resign Lowell” sign that was handed to him, I knew that he was right, and finally the Red Sox brass agreed. Now, just don’t trade Ellsbury!

  134. longtimefan permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:55 pm

    Thanks Mike. It’s good to see someone who doesn’t put money above all else. You will be rewarded in other ways. Gotta believe that Tony C. is looking down from above with a big smile on his face. You did his number proud. Now go out there and get that repeat.

  135. November 21, 2007 12:59 pm

    mike,

    after moving out to los angeles for school and having to be in my dorm room alone for the ’04 world series win, and missing out on the parade…then being out here again, this time with a friend or two cheering me along, and again missing the parade and celebration back home, little things like knowing the great players and teammates you love to watch and cheer on are coming back because they love the sox and boston as much as you do makes it all worth it! maybe i will get to see you back home next year instead of in san diego or anaheim, though i do love being part of rsn west!!

    best wishes,

    rachel

  136. rsoxgirl33 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:59 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    You have no idea how much it means to Red Sox Nation that you came back for another 3 years to Boston. The difference that you have made to the team cannot even be said enough. I am so grateful that you put aside your desire for a 4th year in order to stay in Boston. Nobody else would seem right at third base.

    You are a hero to many, and thank you once again.

    -Gabrielle M.

  137. bostonmarc permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:01 pm

    Lowell –

    You are a class act and a prett damn good third baseman to boot. You now have the support of Sox fans everywhere, long after you leave the city of Boston.

    -Marc Anthony Ruggiero

  138. November 21, 2007 1:06 pm

    mike, you’re a gentleman and a scholar. being a transplanted red sox fan in new york, i’ve very much enjoyed ribbing yankees fans about trading you early in your career and comparing our team’s third basemen. i have to admit, though, you’re no a-rod. but lucky for us, you’re better than a-rod because you play the game hard, take pride in what you do, and like playing in best park in baseball. i’m glad you’ll be the man at the hot corner next time i scream my lungs out while watching the sox beat the yanks at the stadium.

    and if it means anything, i’ll offer you a fourth year….of gratitude from all the sox fans around the world.

  139. themindlessvoid permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:06 pm

    I’ve read the posts above and I have to say that for the first time in as long as I can remember, this post season has no questions. No wondering if your championship team will be dismantled and changed forever. I’ll never forget watching you (Curt) pitch game two in the World Series, Lowell celebrate after the final out and thinking that it may be the same thing when Pedro pitched game 3 in St. Louis.

    I’ll never forget it, because I knew that was the last time I would see him pitch in a Sox uniform. I hoped that wasn’t going to be the case with either you or Lowell. But in years past and watching the Sox let Cabrera go to the Angels and Pedro to the Mets, nothing seemed impossible.

    Pedro wasn’t getting the years from the Sox and I was afraid they would do the same to Lowell. I’m glad that both sides came to an agreement and Lowell will be patrolling 3rd next year.

    Curt, I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear you’re coming back. My nephew is only 16 months and I can’t tell you the countless times I’ve told him the story of 2004, the impossible comeback, the bloody sock and more importantly how that team changed a Nation.

    This team has changed a Nation that expected the worse to beinging able to finally victory. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be able to tell my nephew that he was born in whole different world. Like my dad said, he wished Teddy Ballgame was around to see these teams (he’d still dish out batting advice even at 89 years old).

    I’m also glad to see that you’re final curtain call won’t be in another uniform in another town. I hope that the same is said for Lowell.

    Thanks again from myself, my family and all of the Red Sox fans here in Utah (yes…we’re out here too). Hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving as all of us Sox fans have a lot to be thankful for this year.

  140. kmorin54 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:07 pm

    Curt, this is a great idea. And thank you too for coming back to Boston.

    Mike, Thanks for coming back to the Sox. Knowing that you could have gotten more money elsewhere and choosing to stay with the Sox shows what kind of person you are.

    Looking forward to 3 more exciting years!

  141. kididid permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:08 pm

    I LOVE MIKE LOWELL. I LOVE YOU I REALLY DO. I LOVE MIKE LOWELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. THANK GOD YOU DIDN’T GO TO THE YANKEES. THAT WOULD HAVE BLOWN.

  142. barbinla permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:10 pm

    Mike:

    You are true gentleman and a scholar…so thrilled you are returning!
    Mazel Tov and a big yyyeeehhaaww!

    Barbara
    Los Angeles

  143. vietnam68 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:12 pm

    Hi Mike,

    It’s pretty cool you got the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to name a city after you. You must have some serious pull with the Governor. Could you hook me up with a key to the city? I think I might have been born there but my mother told me I was born on a bus. Seriously, we could have some fun with that key.

    Congratulations on being named Mayor of Lowell.

    Derek Patterson
    Lancaster NH

    PS. Do you get to wear a sash as MVP or a cool crown around town?

  144. theomnipotentq permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:12 pm

    Mike: I’m glad you made the decision to return to the Red Sox. It was clearly the best fit for you, and I knew you’d make that decision. The fact you took less money and years to play in Boston shows how much class you have, and it is deeply appreciated by Red Sox Nation, as you undoubtedly know. It is so great to see an athlete make a decision based on things other than money.

    You are much admired not just because of what you did in the post season for the Red Sox, but for what you bring to the clubhouse and the young players, and that you defeated the mighty demon that is cancer.

    I’m so glad you’ll be back with the Red Sox for three more years. My friends here in NYC at Professor Thom’s, the Red Sox bar, admire you very much, especially my friend Dorothy, who has a small section of the bar dedicated to you. (She’s the biggest Mike Lowell fan I’ve ever known!)

    I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays, Mike. Thanks to Curt Schilling for allowing us to do this.

    See you in Boston in April!

    John Quinn
    Brooklyn, NY

  145. mromeo2000 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:12 pm

    Mikey Lowell: Thank you so much for re-signing with the Sox. Most of Red Sox Nation knows that you left a BOATLOAD of money on the table to come back to play in Boston. You left more money then MOST of us will see in a lifetime. I want to thank you for that. You are a true leader not only on the field but from what I hear (and read about) in the clubhouse and off the field. You have rejoined a true team atmosphere. The story that I will tell my children is about men of character and honor. From you coming back for less money than you could have gotten elsewhere to Pedroia playing with a broken bone in his wrist for more than a month, to Wakefield’s unselfish attitude to pull himself from the lineup because he knew he was not 100%(putting the team’s best interest in front of his own), to Ortiz playing hurt all season (I tore my lateral miniscus and had 30% of it removed so I know his pain), to Coco being a professional when he was pulled in favor of Ellsbury, to Manny not being a distraction during this season with his/his agents “will he or won’t he stay/be traded rumors,” to JD’s family problems throughout the season but stayed focused, to Youk’s errorless play, to countless other acts of leadership that fans don’t even know about. You are a team built of leaders. In a time of selfishness and greed, thank you again for a great year and at least 3 more to come!

  146. dach4888 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:13 pm

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks so much for taking less money and less years in the Bean… You have meant so much to this team and nation that it would have been a shame to see you go. As far as I am concerned Fenway’s hot corner is all yours for as long as you want it. Please have a great and safe holiday season, don’t blow the 1.5 mil signing bonus in one place now, ya hear! ;) I look forward to next season and beyond.
    Thanks again,
    Dan

  147. spaceman1 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:16 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    I cannot express how happy I am with your decision to remain with the Red Sox. I have enjoyed watching you play more than just about any other player since your arrival with the Sox in 2005. I look forward to watching you play in 2008.

    Very Best Regards and happy Holidays,

    Gregory Morgan

    P.S. only 98 days until spring training

  148. falcon64 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:18 pm

    Mike- You’re the consummate professional, a true class act. It was so refreshing to read your comments in the Globe today explaining your thought process during the contract negotiations. It’s not ALL about the money. Congratulations on a great season and winning the World Series. Good luck over the next 3 years and beyond.

  149. tdmtown permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:19 pm

    Big Mike,
    When the Bill Mueller era in Boston ended, there was BIG shoes to fill.
    Bill was only here a short time, but was loved for his play and his
    professionalism.

    “Who is this Lowell guy?” we asked. Well, we couldn’t have been
    more pleasantly surprised to find out that he was just as great a player, and every bit the “pro” as the the one we had lost.

    Thanks for choosing to come back, thanks for kickin’ ass, and here’s to a 2010
    where you’ve had yet another great year and want to stay a couple more…….

  150. soxgirl7 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:27 pm

    mike,
    Thank you so much for resigning with the red sox..the red sox wouldn’t have been the same without you there. You’ve only been here for a little while but you’ve already made such an impact on the team. Its rare when you find players that are willing to take less money/years in order to stay with a team . But it shows what a great guy you really are for doing that. I can’t wait for the upcoming season i know its going to be even better than this past season.
    Have a great offseason..you deserve it!!
    Love,
    Lauren

  151. yagur permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:31 pm

    Mike — If by making this comment, I just add to the number of people noted at the top of the page who hailed your decision and your return, then that’ll be enough.

    But I just want to stress something that many people have mentioned, a feeling that many of your fans, if not most of them, share. Being a sports fan is an odd thing. If we ever stop to actually think about what we’re doing, rooting and cheering for a pro team, and often paying a lot of money to attend games or watch them on satellite or buy stuff with the logo on it, then we might realize we’re nuts. It makes no more sense, on a basic level, to become emotionally involved in the success of a pro franchise than it does to get emotionally involved in the success of any other business. None of us root for a Starbucks shop over Dunkin Donuts… or, heck, maybe some do.

    The point is: players like you make it all make sense again. When you take the field — wearing our laundry! — you allow us to cheer for the success of a decent, hard-working, admirable human being. We Red Sox fans, like all sports fans, have had to face the fact that we’re sometimes cheering for men who we wouldn’t want to know in real life… Carl Everett, anyone?

    Yeah, let’s not get too sentimental here… everybody knows that ultimately its about performance and production… Kevin Millar is a great guy, and nobody clamored for his return to the team, not with those offensive numbers. We want you to play well, and help the team win, again.

    But you make it much, much easier to pay those DirectTV bills, and buy those tickets, and cheer and curse and read the blogs, and invest ourselves in this business, this form of entertainment, because we know that you have always, and will always, be the kind of player, and the kind of man, that we would be proud to know as a friend. You reflect your own worth back on us, as fans.

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for us, and for everything you will do, and good luck next year.

    Peter

  152. heynowken permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:32 pm

    Mike,
    Thrilled to have you back playing 3rd for the Sox, wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s also very refreshing to see a class act like yourself (and you too, Curt!) take a deal not entirely for the money but for the happiness and comfort of your family. When I read that it looked like a deal was almost in place and you were staying in Boston I officially got pumped for the 2008 season!

    Welcome back and thanks for a great season and many more to come.

    –Ken Bukoski

  153. oceanblueent permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:32 pm

    Curt, Thanks for making this available to communicate with Mike Lowell!

    Aloha Mike!

    From the island of Maui, we say “smart move” to stay with the Red Sox and we also offer you our total thanks for returning. Enjoy your holidays with your family and friends and we will be watching you in Tokyo.

    Rich, Angel, Bear, Monique, Felicia, Victoria, Jesse

  154. sarahsox19 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:33 pm

    (AWESOME idea Curt!!!)

    Mike, if you haven’t figured it out by now, we pretty much love you. And on behalf of everyone I know, we are beyond thrilled to have you back at 3rd.

    My 21st birthday was Monday and I was in class when I got about 15 text messages and three phone calls all saying the same thing – Lowell’s staying in Boston. So I like to tell people you waited so long to decide where to go because you were waiting for my birthday. You know, because that is the only possible reason :)

    This is a tough city to play for. Players who were heroes to kids around here leave to play for more money. It means a lot to us that you decided to stay. So thank you SO very much, have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in the spring!!!

    -Sarah Amalfi

  155. kevinab permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:34 pm

    Still reading? Good….With your new contract and extended allegiance to the Red Sox you think you can throw some game tickets my way?

    If not, thats fine, but you’ll have to go behind Scott Cooper on my favorite red sox 3B of all time list.

    all the best!

  156. iluvctek permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:34 pm

    Welcome home, Mike!

    Everyone is so glad you’re back. I wouldn’t be able to stand it if you couldn’t get your ring as a Sox player. Thanks so so much for not going to the Yankees. It’s going to be another great year with Youk and Lowell on the corners in ’08! Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving.

    Arielle Aronson

  157. matthewdmiller permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:37 pm

    Thanks for being one of the classiest guys in baseball, Mike, and for being on OUR team. I can now take the “SIGN MIKE LOWELL” sign off my rear windshield.

  158. jmoneyct permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:38 pm

    Bill Mueller then Mike Lowell; what else more can you ask for? Thanks for staying with the Sox.

    Congrats to you and your teammates.

  159. cokeforty5 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:38 pm

    Mike-

    Great to have you back. It speaks volumes of your character that you decided to stay in Boston. The fans as well as the ownership could not be happier. And next season, when we win the championship for the third time in five years, it will all pay off.

    Enjoy the holidays.

    Mark
    Quincy

  160. doogie1023 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:40 pm

    Mike,

    My family and I are so excited that you’ll be back for the next 3 years. You are an incredible person and player and we wish you nothing but the best..you deserve it!!!

    The McDougall’s

  161. dori317 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:47 pm

    Don’t often drop a note to the front office but I did that on the last day of the season even before your great world series run, Mike. Couldn’t be happier to see anyone return to the Red Sox, and there have been plenty that I never wanted to lose. You are a class act, and while some may say a lot of money is a lot of money, I’d like to see them leave all that cash on the table and take a different offer. It’s great to see you appreciate the fans as much as we appreciate your performance on the field. Here’s to
    a great three years for you, Mike, and for the Red Sox.

    Thanksgiving Day dinner opening prayer tomorrow will say thanks for family, thanks for a great meal, thanks for the world series, and thanks for getting Mike Lowell back…Hey, I’m a diehard Red Sox fan…what did you expect!

    Dori Burke/Randolph MA

  162. November 21, 2007 1:47 pm

    What a wicked cool idea and thoughtful of you too Curt! THANKS!

    Mike you totally rock and we’re SOOOOO glad that you are staying in Boston! You are an asset to the club and the community!

    SOX ROX!

  163. metaljaybird permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:49 pm

    Mike, thanks for sticking it out with the Red Sox. Great job this year, you won the only MVP that matters in the end.

  164. Matt Zimmitti permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:52 pm

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks so much for deciding to stay in Boston. In this day and age organizations get assembled and disassembled so fast it’s hard to actually call them “teams” and really mean it. Your decision to stay sends a great message to baseball and to the fans that a good home is worth staying at.

    Here’s to another great year of Red Sox baseball.

    Thanks again,
    Matt

  165. bosoxfan311 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:53 pm

    Mike Lowell,

    I have to say you show a loyalty that generally does not exist in sports today. We in the RSN are all glad to have you back with the team for 3 more years with hopefully more championships and dominance.

    Also, we can still say we have the funniest baseball player on our team, Mike LoL!

  166. redsawks permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:54 pm

    Mr. Lowell,
    Thank you. Not for your incredible defensive play, not for your clutch-hitting, not even for your stellar performance in the postseason this year..

    I want to thank you, because as a soon-to-be new dad, I’m very paranoid of my child latching onto “role models” or “heros” that are self-destructive, visionless, etc.. Afterall, we live in the generation where Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsey Lohan actually set the standard for our children’s fashion-sense, vocabulary-slang, and actions.
    Over the past generation, athletes have become celebrities also that children have really “latched onto”. And for every guy/gal athlete who try to do something good with that responsibility (eg, Mr. Schilling), there are 3-4 guys/gals who seem to do the opposite (I won’t put any examples here, but we all know we can think of 100 of them).
    You are a sight for sore eyes in these crazy-times. You are polite to everyone. You are respectful, even to the media! You always seem to do and say the right thing….like a modern day Dale Murphy-type.
    It’s just a breath of fresh-air, and I’m glad you’ll continue to be in a Sawks uni for several more years.
    Seriously, you could hit .195 next year with a .850 fielding percentage. As long as you continue to be “the man” off the field, we will always love you, man.
    Thanks, -Pete from Newburyport.

  167. lulu88 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:56 pm

    Thank you, Mike Lowell, for playing the game with integrity, skill, and passion. Thank you for negotiating your deals with the same. We are all honored and priviledged to have you on the Red Sox. The fans know it, your teammates recognize it, and the organization acknowledges it. You make us proud to be fans of a team with character. Well played as usual, Mr. Lowell.

  168. dori317 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:56 pm

    Postscript to my first comment: I have held off on my Mike Lowell shirt purchase until today….I have sent far too many players to the junkyard by buying their shirts. Today I can finally once again wear #25. (Yes…I am old enough to be a Tony Conigliaro fan…Hate to admit that but its true)

    Thanks again for giving the nation the chance to thank Mike for staying, Curt!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

    Dori Burke/Randolph MA

  169. rbunney permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:57 pm

    Mike Lowell,

    You are a class act and a great ball player. Thank you for resigning with the Sox. You have made millions of Red Sox very happy! Continue your success in life and baseball. Hopefully someday I can shake your hand. It would be an honor.

  170. jeffpic4 permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:57 pm

    I have to say this Mike,

    I was a huge fan of Bill Mueller and when he left it was a pretty sad day. He was a classy player and you could always tell the amount of effort he put into the team just from his on field demeanor. I can say that you have more than made up for his departure. You displayed and performed everything that made Mueller a huge fan favorite. And then you went and lead the team and won the world series MVP. You not only filled his shoes, but you made them a lot bigger.

    I’d say that 3 years is not enough but I would take any thing to see you back on the field. Best wishes to you,

    – Jeff, Portland

  171. galebird permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:58 pm

    (Thank you Mr. Schilling!)

    Mr. Lowell,

    Thank you for staying here with us in Boston! You add such a wonderful bit of class and consistency to the team that it was painful to think of you leaving. I’m really looking forward to seeing next season now. :) Keep teaching these young guys just how it’s done, eh?

    — A happy fan.

  172. wmszeliga permalink
    November 21, 2007 1:58 pm

    I’d like to thank Mike Lowell for being part of a great season. 2004 was for all of the generations that came and went without a World Series win (thanks Curt), 2007 is for the new generation. I’m glad I could show my new son a Red Sox victory. Thanks again for making it happen.

  173. pennantfever permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:00 pm

    Thanks Mike!

    It’s so wonderful to see the dedication you’ve shown to the franchise, the city, and the fans. We all really appreciate your decision to come back here despite some potentially richer offers in other areas. You’ll always be remembered for putting your team and its fans above the money to come back to the place where you wanted to be (and the World Series MVP of course…)

    Thanks!

  174. wayne1975 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:01 pm

    Thanks Mike!You are the kind of player(as well as curt)that makes me proud to be a sox fan.Your professionalism,character, skill level and heart are second to none.I look forward to the next three years and what they hold.THANKS MIKE(and Theo!)GO SOX IN 08!!!

  175. hafjell permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:03 pm

    Thank you, Mike. We’re lucky to have you.

  176. crfolz permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:03 pm

    Mike,

    What a great feeling it was to hear that you agreed to be here for another 3 years. Thank You !!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    Chris Foley

  177. redinsyracuse permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:11 pm

    Congratulations Mike and thank you for reintroducing class to baseball. It is refreshing to see that players do have a sense of loyalty to their team and fans rather that the bottom line. Hope you have a great three years and I wish you family well.

  178. grand98 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:11 pm

    Mike thanks for showing the world what a class act you really are. You are the definition of a real athlete. Not only do you impress us with your abilities on the field and at bat, but you continue to shine off the field as a member of a team, of a community, of a nation – Red Sox Nation.
    As a teacher of 9 & 10 year olds, I know how important it is for kids to have adults they can admire and from whom they can learn. What a great lesson for a child to learn, putting teammates and fans ahead of money – making a choice based on heart and not just on money.
    Your are a role model for many and you do it without fanfare. How easy you make it to be a fan!
    Have a wonderful holiday season, after which we will all be looking forward to your return to spring training and then, another championship year!

  179. dc27 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:13 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    Thank you for staying a Red Sox. We all love you, and are glad that you will be banging doubles off the wall for years to come. Tom Brady stayed with the Pats for less money than he would have made on the open market because when all is said and done, he is a team player and the Pats are his team. You have shown the same class, and thank you for that. RSN could not have taken another Damon. Will be in Toronto in April to see the World Champs!

  180. bonnieo1120 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:14 pm

    To Mike Lowell

    I love watching you play! You took the place of my former favorite player, Bill Miller, who also played 3rd base. I am so glad you stayed with the Sox. You are a class act!

    Thanks for re-signing on my birthday! It made my day

    Bonnie Orr

  181. sinjin5 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:16 pm

    Mike,

    As a die-hard Sox fan of 30+ years, I have seen great players come and go. I am truly ecstatic that you were able to stay in Boston and provide fans with a great sense of relief.

    I know you don’t share the same views of our rivals to the south, but believe me, putting on the pinstripes would have been a major stab in the heart to all of RSN. Our never-ending competitive nature wants us to always beat the Yanks and keeping you at 3rd feels like a major victory.

    Thanks again for a great regular season, post season, and off season.

    Mark Kwan

  182. bostonbakedbean permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:17 pm

    First Off Congrats on the 3-yr deal Mike.

    I know im like the 7,584,628 person to say that, and chances are you probably wont even make it this far down this page if Curt does print this out for you. You guys played great ball down the stretch and most importantly when it counted, you didnt have to make it so dramatic w/ cleveland but hey, whatever floats your boat. I watched you w/ the Marlins, since i am a floridian, and ive always thought you were the perfect role player, Theo must have figured that out too. Anyways Good luck in 08′

  183. oscarking permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:21 pm

    Hey Mike,

    What’s greatness like?

    Fans in Hatfield, MA

  184. 10s27o04x permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:24 pm

    Hey Mike,

    I think my wife was freaked out with me when I revealed my first Man crush. My only saving grace, I was agreeing with a close friend who also has a Man crush on you. I have been watching since 67 and only Dewey and Billy Mueller have compared to you. Grunt work, do your job, shut up and play and actually look like you enjoy it. Trot was good but his game had holes. Keep playing because you love it, not to get on espn.

    As for your choice to stay, I had the same decision obviously on a smaller scale. I took a 1/4 hit to my salary in order to do what I enjoyed. In the end I am Happy, the money would have been great but I would have been miserable.

    Good call, never look back and enjoy the praise, many of us are sincere.

  185. gosox5555 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:24 pm

    Amazing year, amazing team.

    This is from the song “Tessie.” (the Drop-kick Murphy version)

    “…
    Boston you know we love you madly
    Hear the crowd roar to your sound
    Don’t blame us if we ever doubt you
    You know we couldnt live without you,”
    Mike Lowell, “you are the only only only!”

    (sang at the 1903 world series)

  186. teddywilliams9 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:25 pm

    Mike Lowell,
    thanks for not putting on pinstripes, that was a great relief. and i am glad u took the less money and less years to be with a great team with great chemistry. Its great that we have a team built on the idea of team, rather than a big paycheck (even when ours is quite large). Hope the season goes well, and hope thanksgiving goes great.

  187. cdnmarty permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:27 pm

    Mr. Lowell,

    It was a pleasure watching you play baseball for the last two seasons in Boston and it would’ve been difficult seeing you leave but I’m glad you’ve chosen to stick around. By the response you’ve gotten, obviously you know you’re loved and respected here. Thank you.

    Sox fan in Montreal

  188. piney61 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:27 pm

    Mike:

    With the thousands of different things that can jade you from this game and the business of the game, it’s nice to see people like you and Curt taking less money to stay in a place where you feel at home and more comfortable in. When I first heard about your talk of wanting to stay here, I’ll admit it, I was a little skeptical. I had heard it many times before but others have left. You put your money where your mouth is and stayed. That, to me, is worth all the respect and appreciation in the world. Believe me, I highly doubt you will EVER be booed here, given what you have done. And if you are, then those people are short-sighted, not too bright, and other non-profane descriptions of people who do not watch enough baseball. Here’s to three more years of some great times.

    Also, the day you agreed to the deal was the day of one of my friends’ birthdays. She was pretty down in the dumps due to a bunch of things. She’s a huge fan of yours and to be able to tell her the news as soon as I found out was one of the best joys in the world and probably one of the better birthday gifts I’ve ever given(I’m a horrible shopper). Just know that you helped me bring some joy to someone on their birthday. Take care now and best of luck and good health.

    -Mel

    Also Curt: Great idea! I think he’d really appreciate this.

  189. dianesfastball permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:27 pm

    I think we feel in love with you from day one….in you look deeper you can see that for some players this is so much more than a business..thank you for being one of those players….

  190. fanfromfalls permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:28 pm

    Mike Lowell you are my hero. It truly cannot be all about the money.

  191. acabral33 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:31 pm

    Thanks for coming back. You had so much talent coming into Boston, and I was so excited to have you on our team. I’ve been singing your praises to people from the moment you got here. NOW my friends believe me! Thanks fo not making a liar out of me and THANK YOU for coming back to Boston.

    -Missing Fenway in Tampa.

  192. shinryu permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:34 pm

    As a Sox fan based in Italy who literally loses sleep over baseball games, I would like to send a big heartfelt thank you to both of you, Mike Lowell and Curt Schilling, for proving that there is still love for the game. The words “class act” are thrown around a lot in this business, maybe not always deservingly, but there is no doubt in my mind these are the kind of people I want to play for my team.

    Thank you and best of luck for a spectacular 2008.

  193. mhelms permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:34 pm

    Mikey, I’ve been talking you up to my Yankees fans friends for days now. Saying how their 3rd baseman was looking for solely money whereas our 3rd baseman realized it wasn’t just about the money. It says a lot about you as a person, Mike. I know I can speak for all of Red Sox Nation when I say I couldn’t envision another player in the MLB manning the hot corner for the Sox. I am proud to call you the 3rd baseman for my team. Thank you Mikey. You are truly an inspiration to me.

    -Mike Helms

  194. carpetdave permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:34 pm

    Mike, first of all, congratulations on your new contract. I am so excited that you’re coming back to Boston. Watching you play is something that I enjoy immensely.

    Not sure if you’ll actually read this or not, but I want to tell you about the nickname I gave you last year. Seeing as how you have quite the knack for hitting doubles, especially at Fenway, I started referring to you as “Doubles”, which was then shortened to “Dubs”… I get all kinds of funny looks from people at the games, I get to about 8 or 10 a year, when I’m standing there saying “Come on Dubs”….

    Anyway, welcome back. And best of luck to all of you in defending your World Series title next year. Thanks Mike!!

    Dave Ferraro
    Windsor, CT.

  195. vermonter permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:38 pm

    “we LIKE it! Hey Mikey!”

  196. wally1920 permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:39 pm

    Mike –

    Thank you for returning to Boston. In a sports age where it just seems like it’s money, money, money, both you and Curt have proved the masses wrong. Boston is the place to be.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Paul R. – New Hampsha

  197. stouts permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:42 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks for coming back, you were meant to play here.

  198. psych2knit permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much! I love watching you play. Not only are you a great player, but you are a FINE looking man! All good wishes to you and your family!

  199. November 21, 2007 2:47 pm

    Mike: we couldn’t be happier that you’re staying on the team. Nothing lasts forever, but without you around, the good thing the Sox have going might not last as long as it could. You’re a great guy and a great player, and we appreciate all you do.

  200. poltroop permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:50 pm

    Mike, If I were a chick, I’d want your baby, but I’m not, so I’ll settle for another WS MVP.

    Thank you.

  201. jaxholliday permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:54 pm

    Hey Curt….thanks for taking the time to keep this blog updated during the off-season…you rock….can’t wait for ’08 to start….and thank YOU to Mikey Lowell for coming back to Red Sox Nation….I think in the last two yrs, you’ve seen the power of what the fanbase here in Boston and all across the Nation can do. You are not only beloved for your on field skills, but for your leadership and clubhouse demeanor. That is what’s needed to make the Sox tick and I’m glad we have you for several more years.

    It’s gonna be a merry merry merry Frickin’ Christmas. Believe it. Thank you again for coming back to where you’re most wanted. Best fielding third baseman I have ever seen.

    regards,
    Jax

  202. witness4him permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:54 pm

    Mike,
    My 86 year old father has become feeble, and began living with us this past summer. Having grown up in Cambridge, and Somerville, he’s been a die-hard Red Sox fan for his entire life. He has always wanted to share his love of the Sox. When I was a child he’d send me to stay at my grandmothers house in Somerville during a July homestand so that I could go to the games and sit in the bleachers with the neighborhood kids, just the way he did as a child. What an adventure for a country kid from New Hampshire to make that bus and trolley excursion to Fenway.

    My father’s devotion to the Red Sox has never waivered, he even turned down a job offer from Bill Veeck to work in the Indians Organization after WWII. Bill was serving under my father in the Marines when he suffered the injury that eventually cost him his leg. My father said that he turned down the offer because he couldn’t be faithful to the Indians, his buddy Bill, and still be a Red Sox fan. For a poor sports loving kid from Somerville, that couldn’t have been an easy choice.

    Suffice to say that he listens to every single game on the radio (we don’t have cable or satellite for our kids sake). The occasional nationally televised game was a real treat for him.

    I’ve now been fortunate enough to share the thrill of watching every minute of two Red Sox World Series Championships with my father. The first one was cathartic, relieving years of frustration and pain. My father was always waiting for the Sox to invent a new way to blow it. This time it was different. He believed that this team had all the necessary ingredients to succeed. Plus they had Mike Lowell, who in his estimation was not a throw in, but a bonus.

    When I came home from work Monday and told him that I heard that you’d resigned with the Sox for three years and short money, he shakily rose to his feet and gave you a standing ovation as though you were in the room with us.

    If my father hadn’t been so loyal to the Red Sox, I might have grown up a fan of the Indians, the Browns (Orioles), or the White Sox (Veeck’s subsequent teams). If he’d gone for the money, and the “opportunity” that Bill Veeck offered, I would have likely missed the summer pilgrimages to Fenway, and ultimately would have missed my occasionally tantalizing, and frequently frustrating membership in Red Sox Nation.

    Just like my Dad did all those years ago Mike, when tempted, you chose the greater good. This is your legacy now. You will forever lionized as a hero of this era of Red Sox Nation.

    Congratulations Mike Lowell. Congratulations Red Sox Nation.

  203. soxfancolumbus permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:55 pm

    Curt, very cool idea!

    I’ve been a Sox fan my whole life, growing up in Vermont and then stayed with the Sox even after I moved to Ohio back in the early 90’s (Columbus as a matter of fact- Lowell, I believe may have spent some time here coming up through the Yanks org; and my dad and I got to see your last AAA outing, Curt, this year. Very cool!)

    But anyway, as my dad and I were trying to pick out an MVP for the series we both agreed that it should be Mike Lowell! So we are both very happy to see him return to Boston. Thank you Mike for coming back to Boston!

    (and you too Curt!)

    I feel very good about the state of the Red Sox right now! Very good!!!

    Rob Chaffee Columbus, OH

  204. soxfanindan permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:56 pm

    Thanks to both of you for not making it all about the money. It means so much to us fans! Have a great 2008 season!

  205. freddog permalink
    November 21, 2007 2:59 pm

    Thanks Mike!!
    I was pumped when the Sox got you and I’m even more pumped to have you at 3rd for another 3 years!!
    Don’t ever forget that “they” said that your bat slowed down!
    I would like to believe that is the BS that drives you to pound the Green Monster all season long…

    Hold that MVP hardware high Mike.

  206. brycen permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:05 pm

    Hell, Mike, you’re the glue on this team. A true “dirt dog”, you’re not afraid to get down and dirty on some of those plays, and RSN appreciates it. Thanks!

  207. liog4134 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:07 pm

    Mike-

    Great to have you back! You are such an important piece of our team and next year would never have been the same without you. It’s always nice to see that not all baseball players care only about the money; for that you are not only a great player but also a gentleman. Here’s to another exciting and successful year next year… but first, enjoy your offseason you sure do deserve it.

    John
    CT

  208. jcub3 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:11 pm

    Honestly i am a yankee fan lol…but i admire the way you play mr.schilling (i do not hate the red sox) but i do wish mr.lowell would have decided to come to ny and play 1st but what mr.lowell and yourself have done is overlooked nowadays. You Both took contracts at a “hometown discount”, but is it really a discount? Every major leaguer gets to be a “kid” and play the game they love

  209. fenwaygirl permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:14 pm

    Mr. Lowell – It’s crazy, I know, that we all feel like we know you. But that’s just how it is in Red Sox Nation. I wanted you to come back so badly. We are always told it’s a “business” but that’s hard for the regular fan to understand. The amount of money you all can make is hard for us to fathom. I truly understand that you could have had a bigger payday elsewhere but made your decision with your heart! And the money is not too shabby either! :) Thank you….Thank you….Thank you….you will not regret it, Red Sox Nation won’t let you! Looking forward to 3 more glorious years with the best third baseman we could ever hope for!

  210. bamalfi permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:18 pm

    Thanks Mike for coming back! Your timing could not have been better. The announcement of you and the Red Sox agreeing to a contract came on my daughters birthday and she is your biggest fan.

    Best of luck next year

  211. hank984 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:24 pm

    By mid May of this year, following a tough loss everyone in my family would inevitably say “Yeah, but where would be with Mike Lowell?” The true 5 hitter. The classiest guy on the team. Making every play at third and doing it under the biggest spotlight possible. David Ortiz has always been my favorite Red Sox but you’re the guy every young ball player should look up to.
    Eternal gratitude,
    Henry Upton
    Potomac,MD

  212. rudybelle permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:24 pm

    Mike –
    So excited to have you back next year!

    I had vowed to head to the Tobin Bridge if you had signed with the Yanks. Thankfully, that trip has been cancelled.

    Have a great offseason and looking forward to ’08!
    KW in Lexington

  213. hank984 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:25 pm

    “Where would we be WITHOUT Mike Lowell?” I meant to say

  214. redseat9 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:26 pm

    Hell of a season! Thanks for staying with us, man! I would have booed you at Fenway if you signed with the Yanks, but I would have felt very conflicted about it.

  215. sparksfarm1 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:27 pm

    Mike,

    There were times this summer when it was very difficult for me to get out of bed. Both of my boys suffer from bi-polar disorder, and the care they require can sometimes lead to bouts of depression, especially for caregivers.

    But I got up, because I knew the Sox would be playing that day.

    That made everything ok.

    Baseball is just a game blah blah blah…..but this year…this year it was special for me. It was my lifeline.

    Thanks to You, Curt, and the whole club.

    You made every day a better day for me. Thanks for resigning. Next year things will be better for me. Let’s hope they’re even better for you!

    God Bless….Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Best,

    Dean Sparks

  216. ilovebigpapi permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:28 pm

    Wow, I just had to add that I thought I was the only one crushing on Mr. Lowell. Guess not :D I didn’t want to say it but since some other people did…

    If some crazy alternate universe existed in which I got to choose between George Clooney and Mike (no disrespect intended to the lovely Mrs. Lowell), I would choose Mike and that’s the absolute truth. That’s all, I don’t want him to be so scared that he changes his mind about staying here. :D

    Regina

  217. branatical permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:30 pm

    Yo Mikey,

    Thanks for sticking around bro. You are the man. We all love you, that’s obvious. You are a class act, the WS MVP and the best 3b in the game. SO enjoy the offseason and get some rest…because we want to win it again.

    B
    In the heart of the Evil Empire

  218. 10engines permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:33 pm

    i am still waging my singlehanded campaign of “doesnt mike lowell look like sean connery” to very little effect… but beyond that … this is like the “wow they got Foulke too” feeling from a few years back… “wow Mike will be here for 3 more years….” incredible all around effort redsox of 07, but we are so happy Mike is back.

  219. sneal821 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:37 pm

    Curt this was an awesome Idea not only congratulations to Mike but to you too Curt. I am so excited for the start of next season and it’s only Thanksgiving. The whole Red Sox team was awesome last season and it’s good to see all most of of yo back again!

    But to Mike you are a wonderful player and we would not have gotten to the world series if it weren’t for you (i guess you may have a little help from the rest of the team). I wish my mother would have been able to see you on our team and play. She passed in 2005 at 51 years old of gallbladder cancer and I know that you and John Lester would have been a great inspiration to her if she had made it through. Anyway…

    And I mean come on if you weren’t going to play for Boston who was??? It is a very SCARY thought:)

    Good luck in 2008 guys

    Stephanie Neal
    Plaistow, NH

  220. captaintoby permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:39 pm

    Mike, A long time ago, we had the Babe. Then we had Teddy Ballgame. This team has some wonderful guys but you are absolutely the man I would like to have in my fox hole if I ever went to war.

    What a class guy! All is right with the world when the Evil Empire gets A-Rod around it’s neck for the next ten years, and the Red Sox and Boston have you instead. This is Thanksgiving, Christmas and the 4th of July all at once – thanks for everything, Mike. Hope you realize how much you mean to all of us long time Sox fans.

  221. myfav25 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:41 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for this. As I am sure you expected, the response is incredible!! Inspirational men like you and Mikey make us proud to be loyal members of Red Sox nation! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Mikey,

    I have been an avid Red Sox fan for forty years and have admired you from the moment you chose to wear number 25. I have totally enjoyed every minute of watching you play. Absolutely thrilled you re-signed! Thank you for being the outstanding ballplayer and man that you are. As you can see, you have had an enormous impact on RSN. Congratulations and thanks for making a great decision that you will never regret.

    Hope you are able to attend the baseball writers’ dinner in January. We will make it worth your while to come up here in the cold and receive your well-deserved MVP!!!

    Wishing you continued success and happiness in Boston! Just cannot wait to see you receive your Boston Red Sox World Series ring!

    Enjoy the holidays with your family.

    Carol DeVincent

  222. bostonannie permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:47 pm

    I love Mike Lowell all the way from NYC. Grew up in Weymouth and moved to NYC at 21 – here 40 years and still love my Red Sox. Curt – thanks for thinking up this great idea and thanks for representing yourself and joining the Sox for another year.

    Every day since Game 4 of WS I’ve checked the Boston Globe to see if Mike had signed. I’ll tell you I do not ever remember so much support for a player from his teammates. Veritek holding the sign in the parade, Mannie telling everyone “forget ARod we’ve got Lowell”, Curt speaking up for Mike (well Curt speaking up is not new) and David Ortiz on Conan O’Brian telling Theo to sign Lowell as he walked off the stage. Did not see that kind of backing for Johnny Damon. You must be great in the Clubhouse. I know you are great on the field.

    Thanks for taking less money and one less year – glad ARod went back to Yankees – otherwise I was afraid you would be their third baseman! So so happy you signed with Sox – what a great, exciting team. Ann Killory

  223. bigpapi62 permalink
    November 21, 2007 3:58 pm

    Just wanted say how happy the Rhode Island chapter of RSN is about both Curt and Mike Lowell being back.
    Both of you are true professionals and lead by example. I look forward to
    seeing you hoist another World Series trophy next season; hopefully at Fenway.

    Thanks again,

    Mike

  224. katdollarhide permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:02 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I enjoy watching you play so, so much- Welcome back!
    Kat Dollarhide

  225. greenize permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:03 pm

    We like it – hey, Mikey!!

    Mikey, thanks so much for returning to the SOX. I can now order my Mikey bobblehead doll and leave my Mikey ‘shrine’ up on my desk!!

    And, Curt….thank you!!

  226. mckool permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:06 pm

    Not bad for a ‘thrown in’, the next person to use that phrase in connection with Mike Lowell should get knee capped (unless its a joke).

    Mike you are what every young player should aspire to be both on and off the field. I hate to ever pin any athlete with the term role model but thats just what I’ve seen you as in your time in Boston. It’s been a joy to watch you play and I hope that we get to see you finish your career here in Boston.

    also, is it me or have you been owning the curve ball all season ?

    Please keep up the good work!

    Tim McKool
    Salem,Ma

  227. John permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:09 pm

    $@#$ you, Mike Lowell. Come back to Florida.

  228. stormy420 permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:13 pm

    The people love you here Mike, I’m thrilled you put so much value into that!

  229. gingerdatillo permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:21 pm

    No matter what you chose to do, you’d be a rich guy. And we already know you are a good guy. But now, you’re a hero. Proudly wearing my Mike Lowell shirt for another 3! Happy Holidays, Mike and Family!
    Ginger Datillo
    Winthrop, MA

  230. bobwal permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:24 pm

    My mother in law is a 74 year old die hard Red Sox fan. We were over their house for one of the World Series games, and she said to me, “If they don’t re sign Mike Lowell, I’ll never watch the Sox again!!” I think she meant it.

    I believe that letting you go would have been one of the worst decisions this franchise would have ever made. I love watching you hit, but to me what makes you such an important player is your defense. I can’t count how many close bang bang plays that you and Kevin Youkilis put together this year. You save the pitching staff a lot of work with those plays, and it is great that you will be making them for the next three years. Thanks for staying.

    Bob Walton
    North Andover

  231. jillo127 permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:25 pm

    Mike,
    I’m soooooooo happy you are coming back…I was getting a little nervous there!! You became my favorite player on the team when the Sox brought you here in order to get Beckett and you said you knew why you with the Sox…Well you sure showd everyone!!!! You are an amazing player and seem to be an amazing person as well!!!! Welcome back!!!!!!Thanks for staying with us crazy boston fans!!!

    Jillian

  232. mrmako permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:28 pm

    Mr. Lowell,

    You now know you can never buy a drink in Boston? Really, you’ve done a great thing, considering all of the greed that shows up in professional sports today. We understand you do not play for free, but we also understand that you are more than set for life, and your kids are more than set for life. Good on you. As a fan, I’m glad you’re back. The Red Sox are a better team because you are there.

    I think the most important thing is this: When my children and I watch a baseball game, there’s pride in me saying to them, “I hope you grow up to be like Mike Lowell”.

    Now lets win another WS…….

    Vinnie in Okinawa, Japan

  233. deepwoodswing permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:29 pm

    I spent the entire 07 season trying to soften the blow for my girlfriend (who likes you a little bit too much for me to be comfortable with), trying to explain to her that in baseball today there is no room for sentimentality, that you had earned the right to go elsewhere and make a whole lot more, that you had a payday coming and what was best for the team was not going to be what’s best for you. A whole year I spent trying to get her used to the idea and then the other day she strolls in proud as can be and says “I told you so, Mikey’s not like other guys.” I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for, like papi and curt and some others, leaving money on the table in order to be part of this fantastic collection of businessmen, ballplayers, and fans. And thanks for helping us get the taste of “I’m Johnny (expletive) Damon” out of our mouths.

  234. grambee permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:30 pm

    Mike and Curt, you are both men of integrity. It was so refreshing to be able to tell my kids that you chose the team you love over cash you don’t need. Sadly there is a dearth of good sports role models. Unless you live in New England.

    There is something so special about the last 4 years of Red Sox teams. The camaraderie and genuine family-feeling that seems to exist in the clubhouse, to me, is a huge part of our recent World Series wins. You can’t buy that. It exists among people who are nice, fun, kind, crazy and caring gentlemen. I think the reason we win is the true team atmosphere you, Curt and the rest of the gang embody when you turn down astonishing amounts of money to stay here.

    Us fans are tough on you guys, but when you kick ass on the field and then do stuff like this, you earn our undying loyalty. You are both fine examples of true sportsmen.

    Thank you.
    Sue

  235. November 21, 2007 4:36 pm

    Wow, you’re going to print ALL of our postings? hahaha, it’s going to take a lot of paper… ;)

    Anyway – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Hope you get to enjoy a quiet day of relaxing and spending good time with those close to you. :)

    Hmm. What do I want to say to Mike Lowell….?

    “Thrilled to have you back. It’s easy to pick you as a “favorite” or “must have” on the team. It’s guys like you, and Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek (be still my beating heart!), and Kevin Youkilis that show such tremendous heart while playing. That goes over and above – well beyond just talent. There’s talented players, and then there’s talented players with passion. I for one, am excited for this coming season – and proud of the kinds of players that seem to gravitate towards Boston teams, you being one of them.

    Thank you for making the decision to stay. I think everyone feels like they can breathe a little easier now! Have a fantastic off season and Happy Holidays!”

  236. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:38 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    Although I am true blue Yankees til I die, and would rather eat dog waste than see something good for the RedSox, I am not ashamed to admit that I have tremendous respect for you and the way you conduct yourself. Unlike other Boston players who I will refrain from naming, you look and act like a gentleman. I appreciate the comments you made about the Yanks, and your respect for their organization. I was hoping we could have had you and Alex both in our lineup next season but I respect your loyalty to the Red Sox. If I say I hope you arent WS MVP next year, don’t take it personally, I just hope it’s a Yankee :) Best wishes to you and Im glad to see your fans appreciate you… Somebody has to bring some class to that team, and you do that each day.

    Take care, sir Have a great holiday season.

  237. radiotrotter permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:40 pm

    Mike, i would like to say Thank You for coming back to the team that in My eyes will be a dominate factor for many years to come.

    I have been a fan since i was a little one growing in Waterford, CT. Even in my 20 years in the Air force didnt keep me from enjoying the Sox.

    I wish you the very best of luck and I look forward to 2008.

    Ted Butts
    Pikeville, NC

  238. shaunbousquet78 permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:48 pm

    Thanks Mike! You are the Iron Man. And thanks Curt for the second World Series!

  239. twinsmom2 permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:55 pm

    Hi Curt,

    What a great idea for forwarding on to Mike…so happy he will be back…it will be almost the same team that WON this year…

    Mike: so happy you are returning to the Sox….can’t have a better third baseman than you…you made the right choice…no better place to play than Boston….The Sox are the best and so are YOU!!!! Thanks

    Twinsmom2

  240. November 21, 2007 4:56 pm

    Once this region embraces you, I struggle how some choose to leave for the do-re-me ($)…New England has a loyal fan base unless you try to pull the wool over our eyes…it can’t be done…we can sniff out a ruse…we now have a virtual sports empire…The Sox, Pat’s & Celtics have bought into the team concept…there is no “I” in team…it makes it so much better to watch…I happened to be at the Celtics/Nuggets game a few weeks ago…I watched how our players conducted business, and then I watched Martin & Anthony walk around doing the “gangsta” thing…that dog don’t hunt in NE…we have (3) world class organizations (Bruins are trying) and I am so proud when I travel the country and get into sports conversations…we (Sox,Pat’s & Celt’s) appear to be leading by example…you hope the rest of the country follows…show the kids the correct way…right ?…to play at your level, which is hard to fathom, is a gift…you all respect your games and it shows…you all are special guys and we love you man…Thanks for staying Mikey…you belong here !!!!

  241. rocket531 permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:59 pm

    Mike,

    As a long time Sox fan I have never criticized a player for taking more money to play some place else. I’ve been disappointed that players have left but that is totally different.

    What I commend you for is not so much for taking less money, but for knowing what is important to you and standing up for that and not giving in to what I can only imagine must be some pressure from either an agent or players union to take the largest offer.

    One only has to look at A-Rod to see that it’s not always in a players best interest to take the largest contract. No way could he have WANTED to play in Texas.

    I have no idea but I’m guessing it’s a part of the reason Curt doesn’t have an agent. You are a player that not only has produced but by the type of person you are it’s very easy to route for.

    Congrats on the contract and good luck in the coming years.

  242. crash5258 permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:04 pm

    Curt – Fantastic idea. Thanks so much for everything that you’ve done for this team, and for the fans of Red Sox Nation (both on and off the field) Though your tenure with the Sox has been relatively short, you will go down as one of the all-time greats. Thanks.

    Mike – I hope by now you understand how much having you back means to Red Sox Nation. You were a huge part of this team’s success, and more importantly, you gave the fans a great role model to cheer for. You contributions to this team have already been huge, and we all look forward to three more years of having you at the hot corner. Best of luck in 2008!

    We’ll be there for you during the good, and we’ll be there for you during the bad. Red Sox Nation sticks together, and you are certainly part of it. Thanks so much, Mike!

    Chris M. (crash5258@aol.com)
    Rocky Hill, CT

  243. redsoxadam permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:11 pm

    Mike you are the man class all the way .. Totally made my thanksgiving .

  244. November 21, 2007 5:12 pm

    First off thank you Schilling for doing this. And I am happy you are coming back too.

    And thank you Mike Lowell for choosing the Red Sox as your home for the next 3 years. I am more happy that you didnt end up with the Yankees. I don’t know what us Red Sox fans would of done if we lost another player to the Yankees. But have a good offseason and see you at Spring Training!

  245. cmonaco permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:14 pm

    Mike,

    Thank you so much for staying in Boston when we all know you could’ve gotten a more lucrative deal elsewhere. It means a lot to root for a ballplayer who would do something like that in these days of free agency, and it says a lot about you. Can’t wait for three more years of #25 at third.

    Chrissy
    Brookline, MA

  246. redsox1918 permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:17 pm

    Mike,

    Hey,…you took Kevin Millar’s roster spot! How dare you!! :)

    Congrats, and best wishes!

  247. soxarmy permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:22 pm

    Mike, just a quick thanks for being an awesome guy. You are a team player and first class all the way. You will always live in Red Sox lore.

  248. lindawitz permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:30 pm

    Dear Mike:

    You “made” my offseason! First, I was thrilled that Schill was coming back but was biting my nails over your return. I checked Boston.com and practically every sports site every morning to see if there was any news about you resigning with the Sox. To say I was thrilled when I read that you had agreed to return is a vast understatement!

    You are the true epitome of class, someone who appreciates what he has and is humble about it. I’m glad my teenage sons will see that you (and Curt) held your family, teammates, fans and heart above the almighty dollar. It is a privilege to watch you and best of all, have you as a member of my beloved Sawx. (By the way, you are my favorite player since Dewey Evans!!!).

    Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Linda A.
    Ridgefield, CT

  249. jack25 permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:32 pm

    From a fan that is halfway around the world, I’d like to thank you for being so awesome. And for having the best fielding percentage for a third baseman.

    I couldn’t imagine watching Cookie Off 3 without you there. Just to think of all the uneaten cookies that are left without your judgment is unbearable.
    (haha)

    In all seriousness, welcome back to the Red Sox, although you were only gone for a while. Thank you for making my holidays enjoyable.

    – Jackie

  250. iluvmikey25 permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:37 pm

    First of all, thank you Curt for doing this, and allowing all of Mikey’s fans to send him a message. Mikey, you have been such an inspiration in my life, as I’m sure you have to a lot of other people as well. I want to thank you for all the joy and happiness you bring to me and all of your other fans. You are definitely by far the classiest man in the game. Congratulations on your MVP trophy, you certainly deserved it. Made me cry when you got up on that stage to get your trophy. I was so happy for you. Also congratulations on being the MVP of the Red Sox for the year. You have worked so hard to prove yourself, and a job well done at that. My only other favorite player was Carlton Fisk. I always told myself, that never again would I allow a player to get inside my heart. But you broke down the walls and did it, and I’m so happy that you did. You are like no other player in the game, a true pro, both on and off the field. You are a real person, no ego, no hype. You just do your job quietly and very efficiently. Thank you for coming back to Boston. We all love you so much. Not a hard thing to do, with the kind of man that you are. I’m so glad that I get to watch you play for 3 more years, although, I would have watched you no matter where you ended up, but I’m glad it’s on my hometown team. That way we still get to see the wonderful interviews you do, and read all the articles written about you. That would have been the hardest part if you didn’t come back. Have a terrific, healthy and productive 3 years here, and maybe you’ll get another year after that. Here’s hoping! I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas, as you’ve already made mine as well as many others a merry one already, and a very Happy New Year! Oh, as well as a very happy birthday, with many many more happy and healthy ones! I hope you go to the sportswriters dinner, as I am having something special made for you, and would love to give it to you there. I know that you are such a humble man, but Mikey I hope you now realize how loved you are here in Boston, and how much we fans respect the job you do both on and off the field. You are one in a million! MIKEY LOWELL, you are…….Simply The BEST!!!!!!

  251. ctredsoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:38 pm

    Hi Mike!
    We are sooo glad that you stayed with the Sox! The other Sox fans at work with me were giddy with delight and we got to watch the yankee fan elicit a huge groan!

    Thanks for truly being a class act and showing the baseball world what we in Red Sox Nation all know – there’s no better place than Fenway and the Boston Red Sox!

    Congratulations and on to more World Series titles and MVP’s for you.

    Charlene Bloch
    Branford, CT

  252. top1tony permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:48 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks for coming back. Our team would not be the same if you left and thats a bad thing. Hopefully you can retire here. I consider you our other captain. Have a great thanksgiving and Christmas and I look forward to you receiving your ring on opening day 2008. Sincerely, Anthony Peretti, Quincy,Ma

  253. kapust permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:49 pm

    A year ago around this time of year I asked my father who was then 57 a hypothetical question. I asked, if I were to buy him a sox jersey whose name would be on it. His instant answer was Lowell, followed up by schill.

    Lowell, you are one of the players who although you are not yet “old” you are one of the older players on the team, you lay low, provoke no scandals or news, you are just one of those guys who can still “do it” I guess thats what appeals to my father, he most identifies with you. I guess as he is an older active guy, riding bikes in the summer, walking several miles each day, he values hard work, doing what is needed, and triumphing obstacles that get more and more difficult as one ages.

    Not to leave you out Schill, but you also embody some of thses traits. There are three generations in sox nation. There is my fathers generation, those who never thought they would see a world series won. And there is my generation of twenty somethings who hoped and bled red sox, and now with two wins under the belt, still need more to make up for the frustration. Lastly there is the teens and below, who only know winning.

    We need guys like you (schill, timlin, wake, lowell), for the older and middle generation to directly assocate and identify with. If you can still “do it” so can we. For the younger generation, you also provide the more laid back role model, sure paps can dance, but you do it with class. You bring the work hard attitude and the celebrate responsibily attitude to the table.

    Sure a team of only young guys could win the series, but that lacks something. As long as you guys hang in here, the sox will be winners. You help the young talent mature, you mentor, we need you.

    As for the jersey, my father never got one. Last winters offseason was slow, there was no championship, My sister and I decided to go more utilitarian, and we got him a really nice Columbia Jacket, one to replace all the old and ugly, green 70’s winter jackets he could never part with.

    Thank you Lowell for coming back, now I can get him a jersey bearing your name this holiday season. I will guarantee you that he will wear it with pride.

    Thanks for allowing me to share,

    Justin Kapust

  254. chirshill2 permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:50 pm

    It says alot about a guy when he leaves gaurenteed money and years on the table to come back to a team that he knows can be successful. This day in age in baseball, its assuring to see that values and winning can be at the forefront of someones mind. Thanks Mike, can’t wait to win the world series next Year.

    Chris Hill
    Buffalo NY

  255. tritonrider permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:52 pm

    Hey Mike
    Thanks for taking less to come back here, both you and Curt should never have to buy dinner, or a drink anywhere in New England again.
    It’s fantastic to have great people like you both here. In a day and age where loyalty is a lost virtue, and management sure didn’t show you guys any, and top dollar is all that matters, that you both came back here.
    I just can’t say how happy the whole family here is to have both of you.

    Bill Crowther
    Northampton, Ma.

  256. rcushdogdog permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:02 pm

    Classy move. We are all very happy you are coming back. It is remarkable how quickly you beacame a fan favorite. Your rock steady D, clutch hitting, and no-nonsense-quiet professionalism won the cranky fan base over well before you earned the world series MVP. Now with that honor you have made certain that your name will also go down in Sox history with that guy that had the bloody sock incident….what was his name again?

    Bob Cushing
    Monroe CT

  257. dlarm permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:03 pm

    Mike,
    My son, husband and I were so happy to hear that you resigned with the Red Sox..what a wonderful early Christmas present to Red Sox Nation!!! My 12 year old son would come from school each day and ask if the Red Sox signed you yet and would become frustrated when I told him no not yet, but keep believing. You are truly and inspiration to all to leave so much money on the table! Wishing you and your family a great off season and can’t wait to see you and the team play again in 2008!

    Debbie
    Mansfield, MA

  258. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:05 pm

    Mike,

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for the team! My family and I are so relieved that you’re staying in Boston! I’ve enjoyed every moment of watching you play for the Sox, and I’m so happy I’ll be able to cheer you on for another three years! You’re one of the hardest working players on the team, and you deserve every bit of glory that you’ve earned. You’ve been my favorite since you first came to Boston last year. I even have your jersey hanging on the wall over my bed! I’m so happy that you’re finally getting the attention you deserve! Boston will always love you! Enjoy the off season! Looking forward to seeing you again next spring!

    -Viki Cannilla

    p.s.:This was such a great idea Curt! You and Mike are amazing!

  259. jennyagain permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:09 pm

    Mr Lowell,

    You signed with the Sox on my birthday.

    BEST. BIRTHDAY PRESENT. EVER.

    (eee.)

  260. kellynch permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:11 pm

    Welcome back Mike! Thanks for everything.

  261. yazsox permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:20 pm

    Thanks, Mike. As a Sox fan for over forty years, I told many friends: “If A-Rod plays third for “us” I might not be able to watch anymore.” And if they (FO) let Lowell leave I will be very upset.”
    So, the big news is that, in part because of you, I TOO WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR~!

  262. Becca permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:25 pm

    Good idea Curt. :o) And thanks for the opportunity to thank my favorite 3rd baseman.

    *********

    Thank you for gracing us with your awesomeness at 3rd base, Mike. Now I can sleep at night. I haven’t had a weird Sox/Lowell-related dream since I heard you were re-signing. They’d been keeping me awake at night and it was starting to get annoying.
    And since nothing makes my dad happier than sharing the Red Sox with his little girl, I’m looking forward to a lengthy conversation about you (and the rest of the team) on Thanksgiving.

    So a million times over, thank you. You’ve got no idea how much the Nation admires you.

    Becca in NY

  263. ed102404 permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:36 pm

    Thank you Curt and Mike for staying in Boston. You guys and the rest of the Red Sox are a class organization which RedSox Nation is VERY PROUD of. As a life long Sox fan I never imagined what life would be like as the fan of the Champs but now my daughter lives in a world in which our beloved Sox are two time champions.
    Again thank you to both of you and to all of the Red Sox organization.

  264. mf392 permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:39 pm

    Mike,

    I have followed your success since you came to the Red Sox. This past season you were phenomenal. I kept saying to my family, I don’t see how the Red Sox can let him go. I kept my fingers crossed while you were going through free agency and to my delight you signed for 3 more years. Who needs A-Rod when we have YOU! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  265. nick898 permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:40 pm

    Congratulations on your new contract Mike and welcome back! You’ve only been in a Red Sox uniform for two years and I think you are the classiest and most professional baseball player I have ever seen. You play the game the way it was meant to be played and you’re a leader on and off the field. That speaks so much more than your batting average, or RBI totals, or fielding percentage. You’re a great athlete but you’re an even better human being. Goodluck in 2008 and beyond.

    – Nick Kallfa

  266. sue2b permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:45 pm

    Hi, Mike – My son started paying attention to baseball this summer – the Sox, of course. So we started watching all the games together, and you quickly became his favorite player – and mine. We finally got to Fenway for the first time on his 7th birthday, which was the last game of the regular season. It was a fun, ‘meaningless’ game. But not meaningless for us, of course. It was great when Tito took you off the field so all the fans could applaud you for your great season.

    Little did we know that the best was yet to come! Not just the victories and the championship, but your MVP award, and now – further confirmation that our favorite player is also one of the classiest guys in the world of sports. Congratulations on your wonderful year, and we’re thrilled that we’ll get to watch you in a Red Sox uniform for a long time to come.

    And thanks to Curt as well for hosting this forum and posting all of the great insights about baseball, the team, and the world in general as he sees it.

    Regards,
    Susan (and Marcus) Bueti

  267. nomarsgirl permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:47 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for the chance to say this. Glad you’re coming back for one more year.

    Mike,
    Bill Mueller was one of my favorite Red Sox players. When you came in, I felt like you were going to have some pretty big shoes to fill. It has been a seemless transition (from a fan’s point of view). You strike me as the same type of player who quietly goes about his business and leads by example. I’m glad we’re getting our World Series MVP back. Thanks for re-signing!! Looking forward to seeing you in a Sox jersey for the next 3 years.

  268. fervent permalink
    November 21, 2007 6:59 pm

    Growing up we watched the Sox with the grudging knowledge that if our favorite player was to win a championship he would have to leave to do so. Mike, you and Curt represent the exact opposite of that. You STAYED to win a championship. You represent a true change in the very fabric of Sox Nation. We are truly blessed as fans to have two of the most esteemed players in MLB choose to stay and vie for a World Series on our beloved Sox’ behalf.

  269. nhsoxfan124 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:01 pm

    Thanks Mike,

    I took my son, who was 10 at the time, to the game against the Baltimore Orioles last year in which you made a diving catch of a popped up foul bunt to open the game – a fantastic catch. He immediately joined me as a Mike Lowell fan, and would have truly been heart broken had you left just for more money. You demonstrate every game why you are one of the best pure all around baseball players Boston Red Sox fans have had the pleasure of watching. It is the little things that are not in the box score or highlight reels that I appreciate and love to watch the most.

    While you may have left millions of dollars behind, you have kept something that may be far more valuable — loving fans who truly appreciate all that you do. It is refreshing in these times of chasing every dollar, that a star like you would choose to return because they love to play for their team, with their teammates, in a city that is passionate in their support.

    R. from NH

    P.S. Curt – 2 titles in 4 years are directly attributable to you presence. Like Mike, your passion, abilities, and commitment will ensure that you will forever be a hero in Boston (and the rest of the Red Sox Nation). Signing a contract for less than you may have received elsewhere simply ensures that you will never have to pay for a beer in a Boston bar ;-) Of course, thanks to you as well.

  270. azredsoxgal permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:03 pm

    Mikey!
    Great early Thankgiving present to the Nation! LOVE YOU and your contribution to the team! Mr. Double is back!
    So thrilled to read your quote, “I just didn’t think my happiness should just be bought by dollars.” Amen, buddy! Too bad more players don’t understand that.
    As a proud Nation citizen from Arizona, just wanted to let you know how thrilled we are to watch you for 3 more years! We were sweatin’ the thought of the Yankees getting you back!

    A toast to you!
    And blessings to you and yours.

    -Patti Sauro, Scottsdale AZ

  271. nsid1 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:10 pm

    Mike and Curt –

    In these days of free agency, it is so rare to see a team look the same from year to year. I am thrilled that the 2008 Red Sox will look an awful lot like the 2007 Red Sox, mostly because you both were able to set aside egos and look at the value of things other than money. It is hard for most of us to comprehend the difference between 12 million and 14 million dollars, as they are amounts most of us will never see. I am sure your families will be well cared for at either level. I can certainly understand the desire for a longer contract, as we all like some job security, especially when it is something we love to do. I do hope the area, the fans, the organization, and the 2008 season all live up to your hopes after your commitments to being here. Thank you so much for giving us another season to look forward to, and for being such great players to watch.

    Fan since ’64 –

    Nancy S

  272. capecodsoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:11 pm

    Hey Mikey…..The previous 265 bloggers stole what I was going to say……

    So…..

    Thanks for keeping your word and finally doing what Mo Vaughn said on WEEI years ago….” Dale, It’s not about the money”….

    plus….It will be more fun to get your ring on Opening Day at Fenway next year rather than in the mail….

    Thanks again…Happy Holidays

  273. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:12 pm

    Dear Mike,

    It was wonderful to hear that you had agreed to return to play for our Boston Red Sox. I am old enough to remember the 25 men – 25 taxis team and the aura that playing in Boston had. It seems that has changed, and it seems your teammates really appreciate what you bring to the game and to the clubhouse. That was pretty awesome to see during the parade. Whether the front office listened to that or not is not the point. The point is that you were wanted back and that you wanted to be back.

    Honestly, I was selfish in that I wanted to see you back and was tickled to hear you had re-signed. At the same time, I want you to know that most fans appreciate what you have contributed and would have wished you well no matter where you would have signed. (Even, may I dare say, the NYY.) You have carried yourself with grace and dignity. You are a class act and it is an honor to have you wear the uniform that so many of us have loved for so long (me? I’ve been a fan since I was 4 years old in the fall of 1963. You were a finance major, right? You do that math. ; ) ) When you first came to Boston, many considered you a throw in with Josh Beckett. You quickly sent that concept flying and showed us that you are a GG caliber 3rd baseman. Your worth ethic, your leadership, your struggling through slumps and shining…. I will make it to Fenway Park, Camden Yards, Yankee Stadium and, perhaps, Rogers Centre in 2008. May G-d keep you healthy and happy… and I hope to see you play!

    G-d Bless you and your family. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a productive yet restful off-season.

    Chaiah (ToofarawayfromBoston)

  274. tedyballgame permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:12 pm

    Thanks Mike, and thank you Curt for this opportunity, as well as your candor in all your posts.

    While you both of you have said or at least implied that no one can complain about the salaries for which you’ve both “settled”, we all know that you came from the same humble beginnings as most of us in Red Sox Nation, and it’s hard for anyone to leave money “on the table” at any level, for a principle.

    If you think your reception at the parade was warm, wait ‘til April.

    Ted
    Manchester, NH

  275. johninmaine permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:14 pm

    I for one am pretty sick of people following the almighty dollar rather than being loyal to a team or a fanbase.

    Thank you for giving me hope that athletes really are not greedy bastards who have it so well when most people like me would kill to play ONE MLB game…. for free.

    How much is enough for Godsakes when athletes usually make more in one season than 90% of their fan base does in a lifetime.

    Thank you Mike Lowell for making sense.

  276. mattcowdisease permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:15 pm

    In a day where players go where the money is, a stand up guy like Mike Lowell goes where he is respected, loved, and admired by a nation of strong supporting fans. It’s a rare sight to see indeed. Thank you Mike. Thank you for being an integral part of this team. Thank you for being a leader. Thank you for being a strong human being. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. It takes a big man to do what you’ve done. You’ve stood up. And even though I live thousands of miles away from Boston, I cannot wait to see you back out on the diamond come April. Good luck Mike. Stay safe.

    Thanks to Curt as well ;)

    -Matt

  277. jrsweny permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:15 pm

    Thank You So Very Much Mr. Lowell For Staying With Us.

    I wanted to see as much of the same team next year as possible. You and Mr. Shilling staying was a Key part. Now we can see the same team and Pitching Coach also, Ya! go for it all again. My poor wife.

    I can’t leave out Mr. Francona, all the Coaches, Scouts, Mr. Epstein and Management, Mr. Henry and Owners.

    Happy Holidays Mike L. & A healthy 2008 to All !!!

  278. soxofpassion permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:17 pm

    I’d like to leave a couple of “Thank You’s”:

    Thank you Curt Schilling. Thank you for being a part of the most fun, passionate, and *real* teams in Major League Baseball – For your love for the game, your drive, your kind pen and your big heart. I’ve been watching you since you came to the Sox, and your contribution is truly inspiring. Sometimes I wonder if you belong to Boston or if Boston belongs to you, but both scenarios are good for the other. Thanks for staying here in Boston.

    Thank you Mike Lowell. Thank you for your professionalism, your candor, and for signing on with the Sox. I was a bit worried there for a while, and actually lost sleep waiting for your decision. Seriously. You fit in with the way the team plays, you are *excellent* at what you do, and you have truly carved a slot for yourself within the “personality balance” of the Red Sox – which is just one of the reasons that the Red Sox is the most popular team in the majors. Congratulations on getting MVP for the World Series. You deserved it, and you are a class act.

    -soxpassion in Arlington, MA.

  279. maahsredsox permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:20 pm

    Wow!!! Has anyone just sat and thought about what Mike Lowell has done. In a world where everthing seems “me first” and “the one with the most toys wins” is the dominate force, someone like Mike Lowell arrives on the scene and renews faith in mankind. This man turned down over 10 million dollars to return to a team and a city that he’s only known for two years. I love the City of Boston, and now I see just how fast it grows on people. I know I’m not alone and saying that the Red Sox have the better man. It’s been said, that professional athletes are lucky because they get to play a game and get paid. But this week, Red Sox Nation is the lucky one, for we have a third baseman that we look up to, respect, and appreciate. And whatever the next three years have in store for Mike Lowell on the field. Let none of us forget, that he chose us. Never let him forget that we appreciate it. Never let him forget that we love what he does on the field, but we admire what he is.., a husband, a father, a son.., and most of all a man!!!

  280. jcmjr permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:26 pm

    Thanks, Mike!

    One of my favorite moments of the 2007 season was seeing you on TV hopping around Fenway high-fiving the fans after you guys clinched the AL East. It’s great to have you back! You’re obviously a major part of an extremely well constructed team.

  281. ps2freak permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:30 pm

    Thank you so much Mike for coming back to the Sox for the next three. I’m so grateful u didn’t pull a Johnny Damon and go to NY. You play the est third base in the world and u hit balls off the green monster like its Arods face!!! I believe that they should have given you a four year deal, I believe youve earned that respect. The Redsox research on aging players is not true with everyone (take Wake17 wins, Schill still a great postseason pitcher, and Vtek a rock behinnd the plate).

  282. ricciajo permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:39 pm

    Thank you Mike Lowell. You are a true professional, a great baseball player and extremely hot. Thanks also to Curt – you are the man (even though I totally disagree with your politics I still love you)!!

  283. antigone207 permalink
    November 21, 2007 7:58 pm

    Thank you Curt for letting us use your blog for this purpose.

    Mike Lowell,

    Thank you for resigning with the Red Sox. I’ve been a fan ever since I was married my ex-husband, who was a die-hard fan, and its one of the things that has stayed with me since the divorce.

    It’s been a pleasure watching you and the team in 2007 and watch every chance I get while residing in Florida. I am even getting my significant other, who swore off baseball after the last strike to watch the Red Sox!

    I can’t wait for next season!!!

    -Ann

  284. tonyc4ever permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:06 pm

    Dear Mike,
    As a long time fan of the late and great Tony Conigliaro, I always hated to see someone wear No. 25. But, upon hearing your story, and that you had won the Tony C. award, and getting to see the type of player and man that you are, I felt that you lived up to that honor. I was so sad when you filed for free agency, but watched the news every day, hoping to see that you would remain a Red Sox. And, the thought of using Red Sox and A-Rod in the same sentence certainly turned my stomach. You gave us something else to be thankful for this holiday season when you decided to stay in Boston. It is truly an honor to have such a gentleman on our team, and I look forward to seeing you again in Fort Myers, and Boston. Tony C. would be proud to have you wearing his number! God bless you and your family. The Zeida Family from Cape Cod and North Fort Myers

  285. davesox permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:20 pm

    Mike,
    Thanks for making a lifelong Red Sox fan beam with pride not only because his team won another World Series, but because one of the classiest players in the game is going to be with the Sox for at least three more years.
    Congratulations on a great season, and thanks for staying with the best team in professional baseball, the Boston Red Sox.

    Best Wishes,
    Dave Manch
    Hinsdale, NH

  286. nolakanookie permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:23 pm

    So glad to see you both are coming back. Next year’s ride wouldn’t be the same without you. Mike, that pic of you sliding into home during the series is now my desktop wallpaper, sorry Curt, the Bloody Sock ran its course. Can’t wait for next year.

    Mike

    Moncton, NB
    Canada

  287. ricopetrocelli permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:27 pm

    Mike Lowell for mayor of Boston!

  288. fredjude permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:30 pm

    Mr. Lowell,

    I would like to thank you for being a steady influence and a standard that I wish all Baseball Players could emulate.

    You have won my family over and when we went to Safeco to watch the Red Sox’s play it was a dream come true for this man who has cheered for the Sox’s since 1975.

    You belong in Boston, You belong at 3rd base, and you will forever be a part of my heart and that of my family.

    Thanks for the Thrills, Thanks for your Humility, and Thanks for showing every player in the game, that there is more to this sport than dollars and cents.

    Thanks,

    Fred, Nancy, and Kids

    Polson, Montana………….Aka Northwest Red Sox Nation

  289. hannahhaymond permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:31 pm

    Mike! I’ve always had the greatest respect for you and this signing has only increased that respect. Thank you

  290. annmarier permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:36 pm

    Thank you Curt for this opportunity!

    We are so excited that Mike will be back for 3 years!! When Mike first came to the Red Sox – we went and bought shirts with his name on it…not because we knew how great he would be…but because we are from Lowell, MA… now we wear them for an entirely different reason – we love you Mike!

  291. marylandredsoxfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:47 pm

    Mike:

    I think it’s fantastic that you’ll be returning for at least 3 years. May they be your best seasons yet! What you did by resigning with this Red Sox with other offers pending reminds me of ball players of the past, but the 21st Century version. Thank you for a giving us a great 2007 season and post season. You are a class act and I think the entire Red Sox organization has been as well. Enjoy the off-season, you’ve earned it.

    Joe In Forest Hill

  292. sbrj permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:49 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING BACK!!!!!!!! I feel like I speak for New England (and the rest of Sox Nation) when I say that we all love you and are thrilled to have you back!

    Happy holidays!

    Rachel

  293. eddieomfs permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:52 pm

    Thanks Curt.

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for staying in Boston. You are a class act which was personified by the way you dealt with the Phillies. I hope Red Sox Nation realizes how lucky we are to have you on the field and in the clubhouse. Baseball needs more citizens like yourself. Enjoy the off-season, you deserve it.

  294. idiotaholic permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:53 pm

    Dear Mr Lowell, or, as I have affectionately called you since you got here,
    “Medium Sized Mike”,
    You have more than held up your corner, worked the wall, conducted yourself with honor and dignity while you play with skill, grace, panache and aplomb.
    Re-signing here when you could have gone elsewhere for more years and money is a win-win-win situation,
    We the fans win because we get to keep a player we love to root for.
    Your teammates benefit from a great player and friend they have come to learn they can depend on.
    And you win, too, because you followed your heart.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Thanks for the Memories – Emily

  295. ralphkramden permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:56 pm

    Thank you Curt for providing this forum to the fans. This is an extraordinary contribution you make to the Red Sox organization. In my opinion, the Red Sox should host a blog for fan outreach. Does any other MLB team do something like that?

    Thank you Mike Lowell! The Red Sox are lucky to have found you. And Red Sox fans really appreciate it. Have a wonderful off-season, and prepare yourself for the welcome you’ll receive on opening day!

  296. soxfan05782 permalink
    November 21, 2007 8:57 pm

    Mike,

    I am not even sure that you will get this far down the list, but in the event that you do I will keep it short and simple. Thank you, and not for your skills with the glove, the RBIs, or the homeruns (although I do appreciate them!). Thank you for proving to all of us that the fans and the city really mean something, and that an athlete’s happiness can and is sometimes more important than the bottom line. You are truly one of the greatest class acts this organization has ever seen. I look forward to watching you over these next few years, and again I thank you so much, partly for the skills you bring to my most cherished team but mostly for the human qualities you exemplify as a member of it. God Bless you and your family.

    -Brian

  297. ericthepilot permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:06 pm

    I too must echo the thanks to Mr. Schilling for not only returning yourself, but for offering a place on your blog to thank another for sticking with us for a few more years.

    Mr. Lowell, it has been both a pleasure and honor to watch you since your arrival in Boston, your zeal for the game and willingness to prove that old adage that there’s no “I in team” is nothing short of exemplary in the game today.

    I’m sure you’ll get that fourth year before all is said and done, Lord knows you’ve earned it. Hope you and yours, as well as everyone reading this has an enjoyable holiday, as we all await 2008 with baited breath.

  298. November 21, 2007 9:14 pm

    Thanks Mikey Lowell for coming back good to see that not every pro player has the A-Rod mentality

  299. davidrandall29 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:14 pm

    While waiting and praying for the FO to reach an agreement with Mike Lowell, a day didn’t go by when I didn’t remind myself that without him, the Red Sox are not 2007 World Champions. A virtual doubles machine, it seemed whenever a clutch hit was needed to win a close game, or a key hit to put a team away, Mike came to the plate and delivered. As the all time leader among 3rd basemen in fielding percentage, his defense was a pitchers best friend. Is it any wonder that The Nation along with his teammates all DEMANDED that Theo bring him back…

    Thanks Mike, and welcome home…

  300. sidelgato permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:20 pm

    Mike,
    I can’t tell you how happy I and my family are that you stayed with the Red Sox. It has been so much fun to watch the great year you have had in Boston (Although I have had to put up with my wife who gets excited as she has a thing for you). Anyway, I think what people respond to is that it seems your a person of solid character. That is not something you see a lot in sports today. I look forward to watching you as well as the rest of the Red Sox in 2008. We wish all the best to you and your family.

    PS- Curt, thanks for the space to post comments.

    Patrick
    Newport, RI

  301. jackgartside permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:22 pm

    Thank you, Mike,

    I’ve been a Red Sox fan since 1949, following the team through good years and bad, and for most of those years, I’d have to say that Ted Williams was my all-time favorite position player. That is, until you arrived in Boston. I can think of nobody I’ve come to admire more; not only for your skills on the field and at the plate but what I’ve come to see as a really sterling and admirable quality in your character as a human being, as a man. As a really good man, someone every kid–and adult–can look up to and admire.

    Along with everything else that we have to be thankful for, I’m sure that every fan who sits down tomorrow at a Thanksgiving dinner will remember to say a word of “thanks” to you for re-signing with the Red Sox.

    And thanks to Curt Schilling–my all-time favorite pitcher–for encouraging these postings.

  302. ionceownedahat permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:27 pm

    mike

    you are the man. rock on being a not greedy millionaire. i look forward to more lowell gloriousness next year.

    nick
    scotland

  303. klemmy77 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:34 pm

    Mr. Lowell,
    I wanted to take the time to thank you for returning to Boston, especially when you could have left whatever team you wanted to look at. I work with alot of Red Sox and all of them have said the same thing after you resigned with Boston. They say that “They have the utmost respect for you for your choice “. So on behalf of my co-works and I thank you and thank you Curt also.

    – Matt

  304. greginmaine permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:34 pm

    I gotta tell you, I watched the post-game program after you guys took the WS and I ended up in front of my TV, pumping my fist in the air while chanting “RE-SIGN LOWELL! RE-SIGN LOWELL!” with the RSN that stuck around in Denver. Sometime around mid-season last year, I knew you were a keepah, Mike. Thank you for sticking with the Sox. As others have said, you’re a good fit and a big part of this year’s success.

    Curt, thanks for setting up this post for everyone to add their thoughts. You understand what makes us Sox fans and that means a lot. Thank you for staying for another year.

    Both of you are great role models for my kids. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Boston… and New England as well.

  305. irnbru permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:41 pm

    Mr Lowell, sir.

    First of all

    Thank you for a wonderful two years and a World Series win. I had always hoped to see just one in my lifetime and now I’ve been blessed with two. Words can not describe my gratitude.

    Thank you for being such a classy man. It’s wonderful to be able to root for someone like you.

    And.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for re-signing with the Sox for three more years (and three more championship possibilities). I was on tenterhooks for the past few weeks, reading everything I could on the talks. So happy when the contract became final. Everyone I know feels like we just got the best Christmas present in the world. An entire month early.

    Thank you.

  306. papuz permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:44 pm

    Mike Lowell…

    Greetings all the way from Manila!

    Big big thanks for signing with the Red Sox for three more years! Everyone is obviously thrilled to see you back in a Red Sox uniform! I could not imagine having another person at third base next season other than you.

    Visiting redsox.com (as well as 38pitches) became part of my morning routine especially after you filed for free agency. And I’m relieved when I learned that the deal has finally been sealed. See you at Fenway…hopefully soon!

    Papuz
    Manila, Philippines

    PS
    Hey Curt, I’ve been a huge fan of yours for quite a long time already. This year’s ALCS was played during our finals week in our law school and just when I thought that there’s very little chance of making it through…the team came out fighting and eventually won it all…. Really inspiring! The team inspired me big time…especially you, Curt! And despite the distance, I do my best to support Curtspitch and Shade. I dream of getting to meet you someday (and I do hope you get to read this). My favorite shirt is still the one which reads: “Anyone can win one” Take care!

  307. ricksox permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:47 pm

    Hello Mr. Schilling and Thanks for this great idea.

    This my first post, but I have allways read your posts. I’m happy as a puertorrican and as a Sox fan that Mr. Lowell is back with the Sox. As you may know Mr. Lowell is considerd puertorrican because his father served in the US armed forces and was in Puerto Rico when his wife gave birth. Thank you Mr Lowell for being a puertorrican and a Red Sox(gracias por ser puertorriqueño y un Medias Rojas). Looking foward to seeing you for next three seasons. Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays.

    -Rick
    Juana Díaz, PR.

  308. lovinlowell permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:51 pm

    Mikey…..You are the BEST! I am not surprised that you’re staying in Boston and leaving the other “stuff” behind. The Sox are really blessed to have you on the team. You’re much more than a fabulous third baseman!!! I am looking forward to the next 3 years! Thank You Mike!!!!

  309. brettblox permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:54 pm

    Dear Mike,

    I was born in 1980 into the madness of Red Sox Nation from day one.

    I have always been a fan of yours. I followed you during your time with the Florida Marlins.

    When I heard that you were the “throw in” in the Josh Beckett trade I was ecstatic about the thought of seeing you man 3B for the Red Sox. I also felt that Fenway was perfect for your swing.

    The 2007 season made me love you even more. Then what you and the Red Sox accomplished in the playoffs was even more special to watch.

    You are a class act and by taking the Red Sox contract offer and turning down a larger contract(s) proved that even more.

    You are a breath of fresh air. It’s nice to know that there are loyal guys out there still who aren’t just out for all the money they can get.

    I can’t wait to watch you for the next 3 seasons in Boston.

    Sincerely,
    Brett Bloxsom
    Milford, CT

  310. soxgirl626 permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:56 pm

    Welcome back Mike, I waited until it was finally annouced on Tuesday that you were coming back! I can’t wait for the season to start. It is guys like you and Curt that make me love being a Sox Girl!

  311. garyofspokane permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:56 pm

    Mr. Lowell:

    Anyone who can help the Red Sox beat the Yankess is alright in my book, Sorry, I a National League fan except for the Mariners. You weren’t too bad against us either.

    Gary

  312. soxfan1394 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:01 pm

    Dear Mike,
    I am very grateful that you are back in a Red Sox uniform again! I can’t wait for next season and for you to be evenbetter than last season. I have much faith in you and i think you can deliver us another world series trophey next year! Thanks again for re-signing and all of us sox fans love you!

  313. redsoxoregon permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:05 pm

    Mr. Lowell,

    Thank you for representing all that is and has always been good about Baseball – loyalty to a city, hard work, phenomenal physical ability and and a character fit for the role model that you are. Win another one for us!

    – west coast red sox fans

  314. cparker1875 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:10 pm

    Thanks Mikey!!! Happy Thanksgiving….. I’m so glad you didn’t leave.

  315. thepecks6 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:12 pm

    Thanks Mike. You are a definite class act and our entire house is happy to see you back with the Sox. It is amazing how many Red Sox fans are here in Nebraska. Thanks to you Curt for coming back, you are another class act. Keep doing it right. Happy Holidays.

  316. mojoheaded permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:16 pm

    Yeah Mikey!!!

    You have made this offseason great. I’m so stoked that you are going to be holding down third and giving us some pleasure with the bat. You held us together last year when other guys struggled and kicked some butt in the post season. I’m looking forward to that again for the next 3 years.

    Now the peices are in place for World Series Champion Red Sox 2008!

  317. ordanelg permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:20 pm

    Thanks Mike from Dominican Republic.

  318. wcp5008 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:27 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks for being such a professional. One would be hard pressed to find someone in this day and age of baseball that would turn down extra money to stay with a team. You are a great player and a great leader on this team and we are looking forward to watching you play for the next 3 years. Congrats on your contract and MVP and we hope you bring us another one (or many).

    The Paxson Family, Maine

  319. somerandomfan permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:31 pm

    Mike,
    I don’t know a single person who isn’t thrilled to have you back in a Sox uniform. Thank you so much for wanting to stay, even though you definitely could have gotten better money or more years elsewhere. Players like you and Curt, who genuinely enjoy playing in a city despite the money, are rare. Boston loves you, Mike! Happy Thanksgiving!

  320. aktraveller permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:31 pm

    Thanks a lot Mike. It’s wonderful to see someone who not only plays the game the way it should be played and has fun doing it, but has the reputation of being a great clubhouse guy and team player. It appears that management learned the lesson after ’04 and has stopped over thinking things. I’m sure you are going to have as great a year next year as you did in ’07 and the Far From Fenway Fan club up here in Alaska looks forward to a repeat in ’08.

    Go Sox!!

  321. knitredsox permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:32 pm

    I’m thrilled, my kids are thrilled, everyone in my department at school is thrilled–what a classy move. It’s the kind of decision that really means something to me as a parent (and as a teacher) trying to teach values to my kids (and my students). All that stuff aside, as a lifelong Red Sox fan I couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks!!

  322. dianeadele permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:37 pm

    Mike Lowell,
    You are magnificent! And worthy of all the worry about your future over the past 3 weeks. My elderly mother called me everyday, sometimes twice, to ask if there was any news about you. At my work, we were all streaming EEI in our offices everyday waiting to hear, until the server crashed.
    We love the way you play and how you came through for the team this year. It was very special, but not as special as you putting baseball and your team ahead of money. You are as impressive a human as you are a ballplayer.
    Thank you

  323. November 21, 2007 10:38 pm

    GREAT NEWS!

    I’m very “thankful” to know that you have decided to return to the Red Sox. You all had a great season. I was lucky to see the sunday night game vs. the Yankees where you guys set a record with 4HR’s in a row. It was electric at Fenway that night.

    Playing in Boston in Fenway to sellout crowds is what its all about. You are a great embassidor of the game and the big financial rewards will come later after baseball for you as RedSox nation will not forget you left money on the table to play for the Sox’s.

    You are a true throwback to how players are suppose to play the game and treat the fans.

    We love you mike.

    Good Luck defending the Title in 2008.

    The Sandler Family from Boca Raton Florida

  324. redsoxfan72 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:47 pm

    Mike… Thanks for giving it your all. We are lucky to have you back. Lets win another one!! Three cheers for the MVP!!

    Best Wishes,

    Peter Gabriel
    Newberg, OR

  325. cmdc2 permalink
    November 21, 2007 10:57 pm

    Over the past few years I would read about and follow what the players would do in the off season, once they were a free agent, if they ended up leaving the team my response was always the same “WHY???” and said with such shock and my husband reply was always the same “it is all about money, dont get too attached to these guys, these days it is all about the money.” It would kill me and my friends and just be very disappointing. Well, THANK YOU to Mike Lowell and also Curt Schilling for staying because they LOVE IT here. Thanks for staying with us!! Believe me, you have help several of my few friends, who actually were becoming disinterested in the game, come back and get really excited! THANKS AGAIN!!!

  326. November 21, 2007 10:57 pm

    Thanks for staying Mike. Your a valuable asset to the team, an awesome third baseman, and a real classy guy. I look forward to the next few years.

    Good luck next season, and let’s do it again!

    Erika

  327. koralynsh permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:00 pm

    Part of our enjoyment of watching this great Red Sox team this year was for the simple reason that you guys are such a great TEAM. So thank you Mike Lowell for choosing to stay with this great bunch of guys. You truly are the cornerstone (literally being a 3rd baseman) of what we consider to be one of the greatest Boston teams…ever!

    So from 3 fans in Montana, thank you!

    And thank you too, Curt!

    Koralyn, Nathan and Sandi

  328. bhstone permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:10 pm

    Mike,

    I have been a Sox fan my whole life (thanks to my dad) and have raised my kids to be forever a part of RSN. It was hard explaining why Johnny D. left the Sox for the evil empire because of money. OF course baseball is a business and players would be naive not to secure a solid future for their families. When players the caliber of you and Schil put other factors ahead of money like TEAM, friendship, and community it does my heart good. I am proud to share with my children that there are professional athletes out there that play the game the way it should be played and for the right reasons. Thanks Mike! May God bless you and your family.

    stay a gamer, B. Stone

  329. November 21, 2007 11:13 pm

    Glad you are staying in Boston, Mr. Lowell. Players like yourself are the reason why baseball is a great game. I enjoyed watching you play over the past few seasons and I am very happy to see you return for a few more. Good luck next season and I hope you and your family have a great holiday season.

    JD, Wretham, MA

  330. keepmikelowell permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:15 pm

    Thank you Lowell!.

    On a day my best friend since 1st grade had a heart attack, at age 14, this brought at least a slight smile to my face. It would be great if you could at least give your best wishes to her family that would be amazing. She’s still down at a hospital in Mass. and they just took her off life support, so she should pass, peacefully, soon.

    Thank you, seriously, it means almost the world to me.
    <3 Katie

  331. janine0928 permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:18 pm

    Thank you Curt for the opportunity to let Mikey know how Red Sox fans feel about him.

    For the past couple of weeks, my family and I have been anxiously waiting to hear if Mikey will re-sign with the Red Sox. We are so happy he has decided to come back. It is so nice to see someone who is not all about the money. We have so much respect for you, Mike. Thank you for your loyalty. Looking forward to seeing you in the spring. We love you, Mike!!

  332. mjella permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:20 pm

    Mike,
    Again, let’s first get out of the way of how AMAZING you are and how EXCITED the Red Sox Nation is to have you back!!! As a UMass student from the not-so-crazy West Coast, I had to get used to the riots and “enthusiasm” that is Massachusetts, especially about their Red Sox! To this day, I still remember hearing about how Mike Lowell was the man (“wichked-ahhsome”) and it makes me excited that think that new out-of-state freshman coming into my spot 4 years later will continue to watch you play. I am proud to say that I am definitely a part of the Red Sox Nation and will always continue to be, thanks to what dedication Sox players like you show to us fans.

    Thanks again oh-great-MVP, and God bless!!!
    -Mindy

  333. djfuzzefresh permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:23 pm

    Mike, I just wanted to say you were great in that movie, World Series MVP: The Mike Lowell Story. Lot’s of action, suspense, some moments where I got a frog in my throat, and that ending. Wow. Just superb. I’ll be on the look out for the sequel.

    -F-E-F

    p.s. If Schill loses weight, does that mean Meatloaf can’t play him anymore? I love that guy. He can rock like no other.

  334. sittingstilldotnet permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:26 pm

    Mike,

    Not knowing what would happen once you were a free agent, I wanted so much for the Sox to win it this year, so you’d earn a ring with Boston. You typified everything I want to see in my team, on the field (where you clearly give everything you have to give) and off (where I’ll never forget seeing you and your wife get a mention in a gossip column… for splitting an ice cream sundae). And in signing again with Boston, knowing you could have signed for more elsewhere, you showed even more clearly why we not only cheer you but WANT to cheer you. Congratulations, thank you, God bless, and bring on 2008!

    (And Curt–thanks for doing this, and for coming back yourself! You came to Boston on a mission, and have you ever come through!)

  335. bigtimallen permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:49 pm

    Hey Mike,
    Welcome back!

    I’m just glad I can go on wearing the “Lowell” t-shirt I bought midway through ’06.

    It would have sucked if I had to throw it out after just 1.5 years… or give in to some crazy fans who would have wanted me to burn it the way Damon’s shirts were burned when he took his act to New York.

    Enjoy your time off and we’ll be rooting for you in April!

  336. jbbrennx permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:52 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks for coming back. we don’t know you from a hole in the wall, but you seem to be a man of integrity. That is truly important, I think.

  337. shilon permalink
    November 21, 2007 11:55 pm

    Thanks, Mike.

    It’s good to see that some players are more concerned with being with the right team than getting the maximum salary, especially since most free agents and their descendants cannot spend all the money he earns.
    Boston should have a great shot at the World Series the next three years, and you will be a key to that success.

    Zvi Shilon
    Israel

  338. sandygail permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:02 am

    First, thanks Curt for allowing us to leave our comments here and forwarding them to Mike. This is my first time posting, and I want to thank you for your blog. I also want to thank you for your dedication to the Red Sox. You are also very important to Red Sox Nation! We are very glad that you are returning next year too!

    Mike, I first became a Red Sox fan in 1967 while a junior in high school, and have been a dedicated fan ever since. As excited as I am that we won the World Series this year, I have to admit the victory was tainted by the fact that we might not see you back here next year. Thanks so much for making the decision to return, even though you left more lucrative contracts on the table. It’s nice to see players like you and Curt, consider other things besides money. You are both incredible human beings. You give so much to the Red Sox organization, to your teammates, to the younger players, to the community, and to us, the fans. And I agree with one of the other posters, just wait until you see the reception you both will get in the Spring! I know one of things I will be thankful for on Thanksgiving! My family and I wish you both, along with your families, a very blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

    Gagnon Family
    Springfield, MA

  339. derek4jc permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:07 am

    We’re so glad to see that you are returning to the hot corner for another 3 years. Nothing makes me more excited than knowing you will continue playing for us, knowing that I won’t ever have to learn to cope with the idea that I absolutely dispise our new third baseman (the dreaded rumor of A-Rod.) So thanks for returning!!!

  340. csantia permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:15 am

    Mike Lowell,
    First I would like to congratulate you for an outstanding season. All the hard work truly paid off. I hope you are enjoying an happy Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones. Some of us are here in Iraq for the second one in a row but hey, that’s what we do! I tell you one thing, the Red Sox season made this Iraq deployment special. Staying up until 2 and 3am waiting on the games to come on was what kept me going day in and day out. I have to thank you all for that.

    Now to thanking you. I’ve read reports of you turning done more lucrative offers to stay in Boston. Whether those reports are true or not, I don’t know, but I tell you, one can only asume they are, especially after the great season you had. Thank you for your commitment to the city of Boston, thank you for setting an example to many folks out there. The comraderie that exists in the Red Sox club house can easily be compared to the comraderie that exists among our formations in the Army and that’s something special.

    Good luck in 08, and I wish many blessings upon you and your family.

    Carlos Santiago
    serving in Baghdad, Iraq.

  341. whitetyger permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:21 am

    Dear Mike, You are one of those players that exemplifies what The Red Sox have truly been about, years before there was the huge Red Sox Nation there were hard working, talented players that encouraged die hard fans to hang in there and root against all odds. We are blessed here to have the group of players that we have now, and we give thanks for that, but especially to you for the shining example you have just given us that humans can be humble yet noble. I think you should be Knighted, so I shall hence forth call you ” Sir Lowell”.
    ps. Thank you Curt for giving us this and for coming back yourself.

  342. priscillapitman08 permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:25 am

    Thank you for returning to Boston, to your loyal fans. We love you, and are really happy to see you for the next three years.
    A million times better than a Yankee.

  343. mediasrojas permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:26 am

    (Gracias Curt)

    MikeVP

    Muchas gracias por dejar pasar otras ofertas mas atractivas economicamente y profesionalmente para volver con un equipo de beisbol que te quiere y que aprecia cada esfuerzo que tu realizas.

    Eres un jugador profesional con toda la extension de las palabras. Es un orgullo enorme tenerte en la tercera almohadilla nuevamente.

    Muchas gracias y mucha suerte.

    Saludos desde Mexico.

  344. maggiesox permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:49 am

    Thanks, Mike, for deciding to come back to Boston for the next three years, if only because it gave me the opportunity to see my fortysomething year old aunt squeal like a little girl opening Barbie’s Dream House on Christmas. Seriously, there was a dance. It was awesome.

  345. soxfan61075 permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:51 am

    Mike- I dont know whether I can express how happy I am that you have re-signed with the Sox for 3 more years. Living in Connecticut, I have been glued to ESPN’s Bottom Line…waiting for news. I was horrified by the idea of A-Rod in YOUR spot, and I was one of the crazy fans on parade day yelling “re-sign Lowell” at Theo and Werner and John Henry. So I think my brother Ben put it the best….”A-Rod’s with his Evil Empire, Lowell is home with the Sox, and all is right with the world.” Happy Holidays! -Janna

  346. wdavis7458 permalink
    November 22, 2007 1:27 am

    Mike,

    I remember in 2003 when you were playing with the Marlins, and you hit a HR to beat the Sox in Fenway. I disliked and said to myslef that I hope the sox can get him….glad youre back

  347. kimberlysaysx permalink
    November 22, 2007 1:54 am

    thanks mike
    =]]]]]

  348. tepasfromny permalink
    November 22, 2007 3:23 am

    Mike, on bahalf of the Red Sox fans here in Buffalo, NY, let me just say how pleased u are to be back in the Red Sox uniform. We appreciate all that you have done for the orginization the last 2 years, and all you did last season. Thank you, and thanks Theo, for granting our Thanksgiving wishes, and Curt, same to you. Thank you for all that you have done for the city of Boston, and to Red Sox nation all across the US, ad the world. Let’s begin 2008 strong, and end it with a good note, and bring the WOrld Series back to Boston, the city where it all began, where Babe Ruth first started.

  349. November 22, 2007 3:34 am

    Thanks from a german Red Sox fan who got a thrill of your performance this year and hope that you will surpass that next year!

  350. beowulf58 permalink
    November 22, 2007 4:09 am

    Mike, you have earned my respect. In a day and age when players take money and years over all else you put those aside for a quality organization. It’s one of the most honorable things I’ve seen done in a very long time.
    I like how you just let your game play do the talking and say very little. I very much look foward to seeing you over the next 3 years or more. Have a great holiday season and Congrats on the WS MVP award. It was well deserved.

  351. soxandtekfan4life permalink
    November 22, 2007 5:07 am

    Mikey,
    You are truly a professional and a stand up guy. You are a great leader, the perfect compliment to a guy like Shill or Tek. I want to thank you for not being the money hungry type of person, like most professional players today. The fact that you stayed here for only a three year deal tells all of us what kind of man you really are and how you play baseball from the heart, not with your wallet. Thank you again for staying….We love you Mike!!!

  352. bethie19 permalink
    November 22, 2007 5:44 am

    Thanks Curt for thinking of this! Very cool idea!

    Thank you Mike for deciding to stay with the Red Sox. I haven’t been a fan for very long, but it didn’t take me long to realize how much you mean to this team and to these fans. We are so glad to have you back! Here’s to many more successful years with the best ball club in major league baseball!

    Beth
    North Carolina

  353. lkychrms permalink
    November 22, 2007 6:46 am

    YYYEEEEEEEAAAAA.
    My husband and I are thrilled to be able to see you in a Sox uniform for the next 3 years. I mean, what would we do without our Mr. Double??
    Congrats!
    Lisa

  354. richard permalink
    November 22, 2007 6:47 am

    Thank you, sir, for coming back to our team. I think I can relax this off-season and I hope you can too. You’ve certainly earned it.

  355. sox4me permalink
    November 22, 2007 6:58 am

    Mikie Lowell – we are delighted that you are coming back to Boston for the next three years.

    I love the fact that the Sox players call you Mikie – because I have done so all year [figured it was OK since I’m old enough to be your grandmother!]

    Oh, yeah, tell Curt that I’m delighted that he’s returning too!

    and THANKS FOR brining another WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSIP to BOSTON

    Go Sox!

  356. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    November 22, 2007 7:03 am

    You Sawx fans need to get real, man. I can appreciate you being happy about Lowell, he’s a solid dude. But all this “oh Thank Goodness we never got A rod” ohhhhhMy Lord!!! you guys are so full of &%?! it isn’t even funny. You guys were desperate for A rod back in 04 and youd lick his cleats now if you had him. So stop lying to yourselves and admit that for all his B.S. he’s the best player in baseball, and that he would make any team better. Your hatred for him should be directed at your teams owner who wouldn’t ante up to keep the trade for him alive when A rod wanted to REDUCE his salary to play in Boston. The Red Sox have an awesome group of players now and will be tough to beat this year for sure. Too bad that their success will be wasted on all their loser fans.

  357. dak1975 permalink
    November 22, 2007 7:40 am

    Can’t tell you how thrilled we are over here in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

    Very thankful this Thanksgiving.

    Tuesday night was the first full night’s sleep I got in a while.

    The starting 9 never looked so good!

    Now can we work on Kielty? :)

  358. tracylynn88 permalink
    November 22, 2007 7:41 am

    thank you mike thanks to theo and everyone who made this possible thanks goes to curt also so that everyone can show this great man how much we love him and support his choice to stay with the best team in MLB THE BOSTON RED SOX christmas came early for me 1st the championship then mike being named M.V.P. curt staying too!!! now mike stays too just great news words can’t explain it good luck to 2008 red sox happy holidays to everyone p.s. this wasn’t just something you could go buy @ the store thanks again mike 100 times over

  359. garypad permalink
    November 22, 2007 7:50 am

    Mike, I have been a Red Sox fan since 1957 and have purchased 2 replica Red Sox shirts during these 50 years, one was for Ted Williams’ and the other was yours.

    The reason for this had little to do with hitting, catching, or throwing a baseball. I purchased these shirts because both of you represent professionalism at its best. Ted for his involvement with the Jimmy Fund, and giving up prime years to serve his country in the armed forces, yours because of your determination in battling your personal illness and receiving the 1999 Tony Conigliaro Award.

    Your decision to take a professional approach to signing this contract reinforces this opinion, which in the end has much more “true” value. Congratuations.

  360. girlfromlowell permalink
    November 22, 2007 7:59 am

    Mike,

    Welcome Home!!! I’m a girl from Lowell who loves to go to Spinners games. I’ve watched Youk, Pap and Ellsbury at LeLacheur Park and that’s exciting…the only thing that excites the crowds at the park more than watching these guys come up through the system is Mike Lowell Bobblehead Night!!!!! I’m sure you know about the tribute to the 3rd baseman and the city that share the same name but I don’t know if you know what a big deal it is. The city of Lowell is so proud of you and thrilled that you are where you belong…in a Red Sox uniform. Thank you for playing your heart out every night so my family and I can have great memories of watching together. You’re a fine example for my kids to emulate! Happy Thanksgiving!

  361. tripleplay24 permalink
    November 22, 2007 8:05 am

    Mike— You have been my absolute favorite player since you joined my beloved Sox last year. Your character, leadership, sound fundamentals and ability to play the corner like a GG 3rd baseman put you into a category of your own. The fact that you overcame testicular cancer, as well, and battled back to become the WS MVP speaks volumes as to the kind of guy you are. Red Sox Nation has wrapped it’s arms around you, Mike, and we are so happy you and your family are returning. Thank you for your loyalty and for not exploiting baseball as so many players do. Baseball is a business and we all know it. However, your decision to play for a team you love, a ball park that suits you as a hitter, and a Nation who respects you as our new hero versus ‘selling out’ for that fourth year truly speaks volumes as to your character. Children across America can look up to you, Mike Lowell, and embrace the model and example that you have set for many generations to come. Your family should be very proud.

    Nancy B Roseale, Providence, RI

  362. bosox224 permalink
    November 22, 2007 8:17 am

    Mike – you are the epitome of what the sport is all about. Hardworking, team-focused, classy, and a teriffic role model with a strong desire to win. Boston may not be the easiest town to be a professional athlete but it is only because we (the fans, media, etc..) care more about the Red Sox than just about anything. It might be crazy but it is part of our genetic makeup.

    Thanks for helping us bring another World Series trophy back to Boston and I am sure you will be part of another Championship team here in Boston.

  363. toddschnick permalink
    November 22, 2007 8:38 am

    glad both mike and curt are sticking around. let’s repeat!

  364. sarahsmile3 permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:01 am

    Dear Mike,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I want to say thank you for continuing with the Red Sox! You have been me & my friend’s favorite over the past year. You have showed true class in everything you do. I look forward to seeing you get your World Series Ring with the Red Sox, a feat that I don’t think would have happened without your talent and contributions. I’m so happy that you will be returning, I can get that #25 t-shirt without the fear of you not being there.
    My friend’s Mom in Miami was crushed when you left the Marlins, I told her that we would take good care of you in Boston, I hope as fans we have done that. We believed in you and you came through again and again and again. Now if I could only meet you in person to say thanks! As my sign said at the parade while I stood on Bolyston, “One Nation Under Lowell!” and it’s true. Welcome back, Happy Thanksgiving, we are thankful for you! – Sarah in Southie

  365. wordfromct permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:01 am

    Hi Mike:

    Glad your back…
    One item I hear no discussion on, is your ability to resign with the Sox in the fourth year.
    Just because this contract is only three years long, does not mean you can not resign for $$$ after the 3rd year.
    So, you may not be at a loss of those dollars in fourth year afterall.

    Let’s hope you are here longer than 3 years.

  366. sheepy712 permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:14 am

    Mike,

    I was so happy to hear that you are coming back to the Red Sox!! I think you deserved as many years as you wanted but i’m glad you took the 3. I’m sure you could have gone elsewhere for more time and money and it just shows what a great guy you are for sticking around. Have an awesome off-season. Looking forward to watching you in ’08.
    Take care,

    Jenna M.

  367. thenation1 permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:18 am

    Mr. Lowell,

    For the last 3 weeks, like most of the Red Sox Nation we’ve been on edge wondering if you would be at the hot corner at Fenway. As with some other folks after the 2004 Championship , they departed for the all mighty dollar after confessing there love for Boston . Loyalty , speaks volumes in any profession and with your decision to come back for less money show’s fans and hopefully other players that playing for a city who love’s you as a player and has the oppertunity to win another champioship speaks volumes , You’ll have your place in New England forever. For your own teammates to hold signs and express themselves to have you back should be very humbling. Mr. Lowell , thanks and we wish the utmost best for you and your family .

    The Red Sox Nation are proud to have you as a Red Sox !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  368. moriani permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:22 am

    Words cannot express my gratitude for you immense class.
    Massimo Oriani
    Milan, Italy

  369. yuckthefankees permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:25 am

    Mike,

    WOOHOOO! Grats on your contract and thanks for putting an awesome team, city, your teammates and fans ahead of extra money and all that other stuff. Fans are on the other side of the fence with multi-million dollar contract options, but whether you make $20,000 a year or 12 million a year, another 25% in pay is always tempting. I think we all understand that. I know with everyone coming back you guys will string together another awesome season.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Ken

  370. cursedtofirst permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:28 am

    Mike–just as the talk about the playing atmosphere / fans in Boston had begun to seem like so much PR, you go and do something I think 99% of your fellow ballplayers wouldn’t do–choose your team over a richer offer elsewhere. Honestly, I’m flabbergasted. I love all our Red Sox, but I root for the laundry, and reminding myself baseball is a business and letting go of individual players is something I’ve grown used to as a fan. To see you reverse that pattern is nothing short of amazing to me.

    You know from all the chants that started as soon as the WS was over how much you mean to Boston and how happy we are you’re staying. But it bears repeating. I, for one, can’t wait to watch you pick the ball in the hole at third and relay it to Youk–watching you and Youk work together is one of my favorite things about the Red Sox. I can’t wait, either, for your first at-bat as a member of the 2008 team; you might want to bring along some earplugs. :)

    –Beth

  371. samesty84 permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:35 am

    Just wanted to add my appreciation for the way you carry yourself, are part of the team, and the decision you’ve made to remain in Boston. In this day and age when ‘getting all you can get’ seems to be the sign of success and winning, it’s good to see that folks can make decisions on the basis of other factors also. Maybe you and Schilling will start a trend?

    Thanx,

    Richard Miller

  372. lastredsoxfan permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:39 am

    Mike
    As I send this I think of Dave Roberts and Orlando Cabera What they meant to Boston fans what you did last week will put in that status, people will NEVER forget you. You can come to Fenway ten years after you retire and you will still get a standing ovation.Thanks for being a Red Sox player having lived and died with this team since the 60s this is a great time to be a fan.

    Thanks
    Kevin Radley

  373. quietfan permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:41 am

    Hi Mike,

    I’m not a big message leaver — can’t stand jumping into a froth of rabid commenters on this or that subject, but I did want to leave a message this once.

    You’ve been an example for everyone. It’s hard for someone earning what Curt called “normal” wages to relate to the compensation of professional athletes, and I was so heartened to read you saying that you were already financially secure, and that you wanted to follow your heart.

    The dream of every working stiff is to make enough money so they can sit back and do what they want.

    I don’t get people like A-Rod where even after you’ve reached financial security, you’re still chasing dollars like anything.

    Thank you for being an example.

    — Ben

  374. 217bosox permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:41 am

    Mike Lowell will live in the hearts of Red Sox Nation for ev-vah!!

    Thank you, Mike, for staying in Boston. I truly admire the man and great
    third baseman you are! You’re a class act and I look forward to seeing
    you covering third base for us the next three years!

    Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!

  375. rdsxfan4life permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:45 am

    Mike,

    I am so incredibly happy that you are returning to the Red Sox for three more years! On the one hand I couldn’t blame you for keeping your options open elsewhere in search for a longer deal, but by coming back it shows your heart is in Boston and we’re thrilled to have you!!! God has given you an amazing gift to be able to play the way you do and put quite simply you and Curt are two of the best class acts I have ever seen. I’m proud to be a Red Sox fan for life!!!

    ~ A Red Sox Nation lifer from NH

  376. jimmykc permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:48 am

    Mike:As a fellow(one year) cancer survivor , both you and Lester were great inspirations for me as I recovered from surgery and irradiation. I know how this diagnosis changes your life and puts priorities in order and you are a prime example of this truth. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for this year. We have much for which to be thankful.

  377. redpr73 permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:54 am

    Mike, Gracias. Gracias por regresar. Desde Puerto Rico apreciamos mucho tu forma de ser y tu actitud positiva en el camarote. Thanks Mike, lets go get another championship. Your friend from Puerto Rico, Isaias

  378. carolync permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:03 am

    Dear Mike, I’m so happy to hear the staying in Boston was the right move for you and your family. During your past two years here, you slowly became my favorite player on the Red Sox. I came to admire not only your skill on the field, but the class you showed in every interview, whether on TV, radio or in print. For a bit of extra added luck, I wore my Lowell Red Sox shirt during both days of the Massachusetts bar exam this past July. A few days after you were named World Series MVP, I got the news I had passed the bar. Your positive influence transcends sports!

    I send my warmest and best regards to you and to your family, and look forward to three more years with you — now my favorite player of all time –as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

    Carolyn C.
    Winthrop, MA

  379. legendmovaughn permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:05 am

    Congratulations to both Curt & Mike for setting the bar for baseball players who use integrity/faith/loyalty to an organization they know will be successful for many years to come, instead of letting the biggest contracts they are offered lead them down a different path. Happy Holidays to all. See you in March!!! Go Sox!!!!!! And as always…………..YANKEES SUCK!! YANKEES SUCK!!!

  380. papifan permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:14 am

    Mike, have a great Thanksgiving. Very excited and relieved that you are back. You represent the team and the city with great class. Also good luck beating Curt in his computer game.

  381. cursednomore2004 permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:23 am

    Mike

    I want to thank you for appreciating and accepting our obsession with a baseball team. It is completely illogical, absolutely irrational, and hard for outsiders to comprehend for those very reasons. I know I speak for Red Sox Nation when I say we appreciate your game-to-game consistency, and we’re looking forward to 3 more years.

  382. odurant permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:26 am

    Hi Mike,
    I’ve been a Sox fan since I was about 7 or 8 years old, and I think it’s taken the past 20+ years to get the right combination of players! I’m so glad that you’ve re-signed with the team. You make it fun to watch baseball, and we always feel better about the Sox’s chances to win when you’re in the line-up.

    I hope your holiday season allows you to relax a lot with your family, since you’re away from them so often during baseball season.

    Thanks,
    Olivia

  383. ctdan permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:34 am

    Hi Mike!

    Didn’t think i’d ever like anyone in my favorite player Bill Muellers spot, but your the one! Thanks for being the kind of guy my parents are happy I like!
    Soooo gad your here to stay for a while!

    Daniel

  384. barryball permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:36 am

    I would like to thank the both of you for showing my 9 year old son that although baseball is a business its not all about money.

    I am proud to be a Red Sox fan, not just because of the success you guys share with us all, but because of the positive way you represent yourselves.

    As a parent of a Red Sox Fan I say Thank You

    Barry

  385. kru2009 permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:38 am

    Mike- I am soooo siked your back with the sox. Thank God, i don’t know if i could handle losing another great player to the yankees. I am a born and raised red sox fan growing up in New Jersey and i gotta say, you play the best third base i have ever seen. Hang up that WS MVP award but leave some space because i think there will be a season MVP award coming soon. Take care!~Kevin

  386. maranara permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:45 am

    First, Thanks Schill for giving fans this opportunity to send messages to Mike Lowell.

    Mike – “Thank You” can not adequately express how excited I am and how grateful Red Sox Nation is that you will be back. In an age where egos rule, you show kids the right way to play the game, that you can be a good guy AND be successful, and the right way for a role model to act. I am proud that my kids will get to watch you play at Fenway, and hope that they will someday show the same depth of character you do. Welcome back to Boston Mikey!

  387. bosoxwsbound permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:56 am

    Mike,
    Thanks for coming back to Boston. You are one of the main reasons that Boston won the world series. You were the MVP of the BoSox this season, could have won a gold glove, and I thank you again for coming back to the best fans in the world!

  388. bigpapi3438 permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:05 am

    Curt thanks for allowing us to do this.

    Mike,

    Your a great player and one of the best defensive third baseman that I’ve ever seen. Your also great in the clutch, and believe me, we as fans of the Boston Red Sox value that almost more than anything. The biggest reason the nation wanted you back is that your the definition of a class act. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate that. It seems like not too long ago the Red Sox clubhouse was one of the worst in baseball, 25 taking different cabs to Fenway for a game. I really wanted to say thank you for being the class act that you are, sometimes people overlook how important that can be. Your an All-Star, a leader, and now you will forever be a legend in Boston. Thank you for re-signing with our team, you can probably count the number of players in the Majors who would have done what you just did on one hand. We are all one big family, and you are a major part of that and will be forever now. It’s nice to know some players really do understand the concept of loyalty, believe me, that goes along way with the fans. Welcome Back.

    Ryan Johnson

  389. lmm16 permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:06 am

    Thank you for coming back! You are my absolute favorite and I would have been so disappointed if you hadn’t come back. It was thrilling when you won the MVP. Sometimes your heroism goes unsung, and you deserve the recognition. You are a class act, and pretty easy on the eyes.
    Looking forward to having you for three more seasons in the best city in the world.

    Yay for Curt too. Its great that game two of the WS wont be the last time we get to give you the standing O you deserve.

  390. tonyc25 permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:08 am

    Mike-
    Thanks for staying in Boston. I fell in love with baseball and the Sox growing up in New England in the 60’s, and my wife will tell you that at 51 it’s still the most important thing in my life behind only my family and my faith. Tony C was my favorite player then even over Yaz, Rico,Boomer and the rest because you got the feeling listening to him that he was a genuine person that cared.
    I’ve lived in Florida since the 80’s and watched a lot of Marlins games in the 90’s. I appreciated your play and perseverance then and when you were “thrown in” the Beckett trade I was estatic. Your professionalism and class has been evident from day one, but really came to the forefront, in my mind this week during your negotiations. Congratulations on the contract and thank you from us old school guys that still appreciate substance over glitter. People like you, Curt, Tek etc are the reason I still love baseball in today’s world. Thank you
    Frank
    Tallahassee, Fl

  391. calvinballer permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:09 am

    Mike!!!

    Welcome back to Red Sox nation. I read a transcript of an interview you did shortly after signing and understand how it was a tough choice for you. As much as I loathe the Yankees, I must admit I am happy they got A-Rod and we get you. If they don’t keep A-rod at third, this thread may have been a thank you and good luck to you.

    Instead – we get a 3rd Champeeeeeeeeeeenship in 5 years. The 2008 Red Sox are hands down the BEST TEAM as were the 2007 Red Sox. The Yankees may have, arguably, the best player in the game. Too bad Red Sox Nation will get The Hardware.

    Good luck fellas. I will see you in Arlington next year.

    Curt, I got to see you guys here in TX this year a few times and the best game I have ever seen live was Sunday April 8th, 2007. I purposefully purchased right field seats in the event that Papi hits one out. I was second section. Papi hits one to the first section AND one to the third section. Only Red Sox runs of the game scored on those two shots (3 RBI’s). You pitched a 7 inning, 4 hit, 1 run gem. As soon as the Rangers made a rally against Pineiro, I knew it was time for Paps. I told the entire section that as soon as he trotted out with 5 outs to go – they might as well pack up. Sure enough, 15 pitches and 5 outs later (his only 5 out save in the regular season), they were packing their stuff. Amazing. You guys are the best!

  392. dcredsoxfan permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:21 am

    Mike Lowell, you are the man. Thank you for extending your stay in Boston!

    And Curt Schilling, thank you for 38 Pitches!

  393. hunterdog permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:22 am

    While I know its odd to say thanks to someone who signed a contract for more money then I will earn in my lifetime, but understanding that you and Mike both work in a field that requires much more mental and physical effort than I will ever put out myself, let alone much more time away from your families, I do appreciate that Mike signed with the Sox for much less than he would have received from another baseball club, and do, as a fan, appreciate it.

    We all look forward to seeing Mike at third base for another 3 years and watch a classy guy play hard every day. I am sure I am not alone in my sentiments that I would much have rather had Mike back with the Sox than have ARod there – that would be a bitter pill to swallow. Its so much easier to cheer for Mike to do well, when he seems to be a nice person and a hard worker.

    Best of luck, please continue to confuse all of us and win some more World Series titles. For years we accepted our fate as always losing, now after having 2004 and 2007 championships, we are slowly overcoming this and realizing that the claimed curse created by the CHB was merely the result of poor management.

    Besides, no one else on the team has eyebrows that can match the size of mine.

  394. sunsetmesoxfan permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:24 am

    Thank you Mr. Schilling!

    I was leaving for a part time job late in the afternoon and decided to check the dirtdog to see if we (RSN) had any news on Mike — when I saw the awsome news!!!!

    I shouted “YES — THANK YOU GOD — THANK YOU! — Now, let’s get Mike Timlin, too!”

    I am most impressed by the CHRISTians on my beloved Sox!

    And, you know when one player after another speaks out on behalf of another player, that it is critical to the future of the Sox to keep that individual.

    I truly wanted to believe that Mike Lowell was like some others on our wondrous Sox – not just about money!

    I have been a Red Sox fan as long as I can remember (early 50’s) and treasure the memory of The Kid, Mel Parnell, Tony C, Yaz, Pudge, Rico, Fred Lynn, etc.

    Now, we have the latest additions to the list, Curt, Josh, Big Papi — and MIKE LOWELL, playing the game as it was meant to be played!

    May God continue to bless you as you seek to play many years for the pleasure of RSN!

    Thank you Curt! Thank you Mike Lowell! You have helped restore our faith in being a band of brothers!

    brotherEv

  395. acesgirl permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:25 am

    Mike,

    You are definitely one of the most congenial players there are in the game of baseball today. I am real glad that you have chosen to return to the Red Sox again for 2008!!!

    Julie
    Reading MA

  396. pisscookie420 permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:31 am

    Mikey,

    Your a class act. You make our team better just by being in the dugout.
    Thanks for everything.

    Wade who?

  397. tcall508 permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:32 am

    Thanks to both Curt and Mike for putting their priorities in order for personal and family happiness. Red Sox Nation benefits from both of you sharing your professional talents with our local “beloved” team for a few more years with many exciting opportunities ahead!!

    By the way, Mike, “The Hot Corner” or “Gold Glove” should be the name of the restaurant you open in the Boston area sometime in the near future. I am sure it will be quite successful and be “embraced” by all the good folks in New England just as you and your family have been since your arrival.

    Thanks again to both you and Curt for ALL your contributions to the Red Sox and your local community. By the way, this is the first blog response or e-mail I have ever written to any professional athelete etc. , but thought your recent positive actions (new contracts) mandated some type of response and simple note of “thanks” on this Thanksgiving Day.

    TRC

  398. redempire permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:33 am

    Thank you to both Curt and Mike for showing baseball fans that there is such a thing as loyalty and that money doesn’t always win out in the end. During this turbulent time for baseball, it’s refreshing to see two men of such honor and character help lead a team so near and dear to our hearts. Your hard work, dedication, and passion both on and off the field, in baseball and in the world, are priceless gifts. I hope you all have a blessed holiday season.

    With the utmost respect,
    Carrie

  399. patsox79 permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:40 am

    Hey Lowell, You are the true meaning of a professional baseball player, we all in red sox nation are extremely happy that this deal was done, and we get to see you for another 3 years……….thank you so much, and schilling i need about 24 hours of my time to say how amazing you have been for us for all these years…. Three years ago today theo and the gang were having thanksgiving dinner at youre house, now hopefully with you and lowell signed, hopefully they are having thanksgiving dinner with johan santana and minasota twins so we can have a championship rotation again……….happy thanksgiving schill to you and your family………love you guy’s……………….

  400. jacksouthern permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:44 am

    Mr. Lowell,
    Thank you for deciding to remain a member of the Red Sox. Over the past two years it has been a pleasure to watch your professionalism on – and off – the field. Your contributions to the 2007 World Series win were invaluable and I look forward to seeing you play over the next three seasons.
    As a father it has been wonderful to see a player at your level play the game as it should be played: With passion, integrity and dignity, and to share your sportsmanship with my children.
    Good luck and God Bless.

  401. massajfan permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:45 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Red Sox Nation thanks first of all Curt Shilling for staying in Boston, and for providing this forum to also thank Mike Lowell for staying, too.

    It’s refreshing to see that not everyone is only interested in getting as much money as possible, and to heck with their fan base. This World Series winning team seems to be a real decent group of men, and that really makes me proud to be a Red Sox fan.

    Thank you!!

  402. jmcusack permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:46 am

    Mike. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for being a true role model for all of baseball.You define the word teammate and we are proud to root for you as members of Red Sox Nation.Thank you very much.
    Sincerely,
    The Cusack family
    Niskayuna.NY(Deep in the heart of Yankee Country!)

  403. badgringo permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:10 pm

    I’m a Yankee fan and I belong in this place just about as much as a guy named Goldberg belongs in a secret barn meeting in Mississippi! But in this age where players and their greedy agents squeeze every dollar they possibly can out of those insanely bloated contracts, and screw their fans over in the process, what Mike Lowell did is really cool! Mike loves the city of Boston. He loves and cares about the fans that have embraced him. He loves his teammates and loves playing baseball for the Red Sox. He also realizes that you can live just as well on $37.5 million than you can on $50 million. Our third baseman may be a little better, has a brighter star, has more homers and RBI’s, and makes a lot more money. But he still has to buy his rings at a jewelry store. Kudos to you Mike, you are a class act and baseball needs more guys like you!

    Rich

  404. ghostrunneron3rd permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:10 pm

    Thanks Curt for giving us fans a chance to do this!

    Hey Mike,
    Reading all of these messages, I think everyone has said it all. I just want to tell you thanks for all you have done and will continue to do for this team. Thank you for playing through aches and pains (every time you foul a ball off your foot I cringe). I am so proud to be not only a Red Sox fan, but a Mike Lowell fan as well. Thanks!

  405. ashley84paige permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:14 pm

    Awesome idea Curt…thanks for all you do for the Sox organization..I’m glad that you will be coming back as well!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks so much to Mike Lowell for leaving money on the table and remaining with the Red Sox…we all love you so much, you’re an awesome, classy guy. It’s very hard to come by ball players like you anymore…it seems like more often than not everyone is always all about the money. Red Sox Nation is so thankful to have you back, I was a bit worried there for a while but I knew you would eventually come back. You care so much about your fans and the city of Boston. Welcome back WORLD SERIES MVP!!!! I can’t wait for spring training to begin! :)

  406. redsoxfaith permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:15 pm

    Schil…thanks for providing this forum for RSN…

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for being a class act…we love you in Boston, thanks for loving us back…looking forward to seeing you play for another 3!

    We Believe!

    redsoxfaith

  407. javagirlbt permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:21 pm

    What a great birthday present that was. Thanks Mike Lowell for staying in Boston! You are what’s great about baseball.

  408. mick60a permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:28 pm

    Thank you Mike Lowell for deciding to stay with the Boston Red Sox. I know there might have been some other offers put before you

    As You can see other red sox fans are grateful that you decided to stay with your Sports Family

    Thanks again for staying and have a wonderful Holiday Season and a great new year

    And thank you Curt for forwarding our appreciations to Mike Lowell

    Glad you are staying too Curt. See you both in 2008 at the Fens

  409. dirtdog4life permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:28 pm

    Mikey,
    Thank you for returning to the Sox. You are a true dirtdog on the field and off the field and taking this 3 year, $37.5 million deal just goes to show how much of a dirtdog you really are. All of us over here at RedSox Nation love you brother. Keep it up out there, Im feeling another World Series MVP in you over these next 3 years.

    Go Sox!

    Thanks again!
    Sincerely,
    Conor

  410. rodmac permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:40 pm

    This is great. I had a feeling you would stay here. I love that you quietly go out every day a perform with your bat and glove and not your mouth.
    You are a true professional who puts the team, the game, and the fans ahead money and fame. That to me is what makes a baseball player great.
    Thank You.
    Rod

  411. matpatriot permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:44 pm

    Mike,
    Thank you for signing back with the Sox. This year was an amazing one, and your efforts were recognized by all. I am a dislocated Sox fan in Cali, and I just wanted you to know that your popularity in Boston was equaled out here. SOX ’08, BACK TO BACK!

  412. stroupster permalink
    November 22, 2007 12:44 pm

    Coming out of lurker mode to say Thanks Mike. Not just for returning to us (tho I’m wicked psyched you are) but for being such a class act. I have enjoyed watching you play here these last couple of years. Your skills and your temperment are well suited for this environment and even when the game doesn’t go well for the Sox you face the press with honesty and candor that I have noticed and I appreciate. I’m glad that you and your family are heading back to us. We’re lucky to have you.

  413. guigg2 permalink
    November 22, 2007 1:22 pm

    Mike,
    You’ve been my favorite since you arrived in Boston! THANKS for a terrific year and for choosing to stay with the Sox! I was holding my breath for days until the announcement came out, and then I e-mailed my sister in Alaska(Huge sox fan!) that Christmas had come early!!!! Enjoy the off season and I can’t wait to hear the ovation when you come out onto the field to receive your much- deserved ring!!!! Thanks again!
    Janie Riley
    Whitman,Ma.

  414. jeremiah3d permalink
    November 22, 2007 1:37 pm

    Mike is a guy with class.

    From Upsate NY. Lots of Sox fans outnumbered by fans of the Tanks and Mets.

    Thanks Mike

    jerry

  415. erbear2169 permalink
    November 22, 2007 1:38 pm

    Red Sox Nation is so happy and proud to have you back!! I think all the signs at the parade helped :) We are so thrilled to watch you play the game with such grace and integrity in a Boston uniform once again. THANK YOU MIKE LOWELL!

  416. leah433 permalink
    November 22, 2007 1:42 pm

    Curt, what a great idea! Thanks for doing this.

    As a proud member of Red Sox Nation, I’m so excited to see that both of you are returning next year. Its really awesome to see two great players who want to stay with their team.

    You both are fan favorites and you guys coming back really shows us, the fans, why we love you guys so much.

    Thanks Mike! Thanks Curt!
    Go Sox!

    Happy Turkey Day.

    By the way, how’s papi?

  417. zackredsox permalink
    November 22, 2007 1:53 pm

    Thank you Mike!!

  418. sytry permalink
    November 22, 2007 2:14 pm

    Mike Lowell,

    Welcome back to the redsox. In the wake of A-Rod siging a 275 million dollar contract, it is nice to see a player choose to stay with a team whose fans have embraced him since day one, rather than chasing dollar signs from other teams. Im sure everyone you read about siging those mega contracts would trade it in a heartbeat for what you have, a World Series ring.

    Welcome Back to Beantown Mike, and id love to see you hoisting that WS trophy again in Oct of 08

  419. anneoleary permalink
    November 22, 2007 2:57 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,
    Thank you very much for returning to the Red Sox and proving that baseball isn’t always about the money. Watching you play for the last couple of years has been a pleasure, and I look forward to watching you play here for the next three years to come. (I would have given you four years!) You exemplify the way baseball should be played, and I am proud to wear a jersey with your name on it around, especially when I am home in Yankee territory in New Jersey. Just hearing that you had resigned was enough to make my day the best in a long time, and I can’t wait to see you bring another championship to the city of Boston next year.

  420. zace87 permalink
    November 22, 2007 3:35 pm

    Mike, You’ve done what every member of the nation has hoped you’d do, not only did you help us win another championship, you came back for one year less than the market offered. Not many red sox players get the opportunity to do it on and off the field but you did. You’re up there with yaz, tony c, schill, pedro, and all the other greats. To three more years in beantown!

  421. greemohh permalink
    November 22, 2007 3:36 pm

    It’s Thanksgiving day and i am sitting all by myself in my Arizona State Dorm room. i didnt have enough money to buy a plane ticket home to Auburn, Mass. for thankgiving due to the fact that i used it up on a ticket home on October 23rd because you guys made it to the World Series and i just felt that was a little more important!!!! But i am DEFINITELY THANKFUL For all the offseason re-signs like Curt Schilling and Mike Lowell!!!!!! I couldnt be any happier with the way the team won the series in 2004 and 2007!!! almost identical playoff results. i attended Game 3 in anaheim in ’07 and sat behind Larry Lucchino!!! Happy Thanksgiving Mike And Curt and RED SOX NATION IS GLAD TO HAVE YOU GUYS BACK!!!!

  422. editorfree30 permalink
    November 22, 2007 3:50 pm

    Mike,

    All i can say is thanks. I know you could have went somewhere else for more money and years, your professionalism and loyalty will NEVER be forgotten in Boston. You and Curt realize that there is something special going on in Boston and lets keep the magic going in 08!

  423. katiemaz permalink
    November 22, 2007 4:04 pm

    Dear Mike Lowell,
    Thank You for being awesome at life and baseball. Looking forward to seeing you play 162 (hopefully more) games this year.
    ~Katie

  424. ohdouger permalink
    November 22, 2007 5:07 pm

    Thank you to Mike Lowell for returning for 3 more great years. You are rock solid. You were and always will be the third basemen for us. No doubt about it. Congratulations to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us in Red Sox Nation. Take care.

  425. November 22, 2007 5:13 pm

    THANK YOU, MIKE LOWELL!!
    You are such a fabulous role model for my son in so many ways! Our whole family is beyond ecstatic that you’re back with the Sox for another three years. Thanks for giving Red Sox Nation another very happy Thanksgiving and thanks for being such a great guy, on and off the field!

  426. bluestreak1 permalink
    November 22, 2007 5:19 pm

    Dear Mike,
    You were my MVP all year, so I am beyond thrilled that you’re returning to Fenway, which apparently was tailored made just for you!

    Thank you for a great year and post-season. We’re so lucky to have you in Boston. Enjoy your winter, because we’re all counting down the days until Spring Training!

  427. okredsoxfan permalink
    November 22, 2007 6:34 pm

    Hello from Oklahoma to Mike and family,
    As a member of Red Sox Nation living in the heartland, I want to let you know how delighted I am that you will be back at third base for the Red Sox. You are the type player that makes me happy to be a Red Sox fan! I’m already looking forward to spring training and next season.

    Wow, what a ride it was this year and you were such a big part of it!

    Thanks again for helping us to win another World Series. Unbelievable!

    Go Red Sox! Kathryn

  428. November 22, 2007 6:42 pm

    Mike. I thought the odds were extremely high against the Red Sox being able to bring back both Curt and you. Seeing it happen is like getting an early Christmas present. Thanks, it’s going to be awesome watching you play again next year. Enjoy your World Series ring and have a great offseason.

  429. kerriana permalink
    November 22, 2007 7:04 pm

    Thanks for acknowledging that millions of dollars can make a person financially stable. Obviously, you’re doing this professionally and rightfully expect to get compensated fairly, but I think that these days, many players get too greedy. It’s nice to read about players like Lowell who are not afraid to remain loyal to the team and work hard, even if there might be more lucrative offers elsewhere.

    -Kerri
    Hartford CT

  430. markiemark22079 permalink
    November 22, 2007 7:29 pm

    Hey Lowellie,

    Thank you so much for being the great guy that we all know you are and leaving alot of money in my eyes on the table to stay here and play in a place that you love and a place that loves to have you here.So Thank you once again and remember that you still will get another contract out of the Soxs after you finish up this three years. We all know that you are not going to all of a sudden fall off after these next three years. SO have fun win us some more titles and a few more World Series MVP trophys for you… Have a great offseason and looking forward to see you and all the guys at spring training..Thank You We All Love You Guys….Happy THanksgiving to you also….

  431. welovemike2007 permalink
    November 22, 2007 8:37 pm

    Dear Mike, From all we have seen and read about your personal character on-field and off-field it should not surprise us that you left money and a year on the table to stay with our beloved Red Sox. But it does surprise us, because in this day and age it seems the majority of ballplayers will go to the highest bidder. You guys work hard, it’s a grind and a long season, but let’s face it….millions are millions, what’s a few more if it means giving up the greatest teammates on earth in the best sports city on earth? Can you imagine life without Big Papi? Would you want to bat against your buddy Josh? Of course not! We’re thrilled to have our World Series MVP back for 3 more years. And we can’t wait to show our appreciation when you accept your ring on Opening Day. God bless you and your family.

  432. hansenwillsaveus permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:01 pm

    Mikey Lowell!

    We love you out here in Oklahoma! My buddy and I go to every game in Texas and Kansas City every year, and we try to make one trip up to Boston per year — we live and breathe with the team, and it wouldn’t be the same without you back again.

    Leave A-Rod in New York! We have the real MVP.

  433. rayfer permalink
    November 22, 2007 9:31 pm

    mike, you are a class act….not many people would have taken lass money to stay………i wish you had gotten the 4th year…..but it will be a pleasure to see you for the next three years……..i agree with another poster here……wade who?

  434. mfichera permalink
    November 22, 2007 10:19 pm

    You staying here gives me hope in today’s baseball world that there still actually exists loyalty and a reason to be playing other then money. Good Luck the next 3 years

  435. November 22, 2007 11:25 pm

    Dear Mike

    Thank you for such an amazing year and being such an awesome teammate to the boys. Thanks so much for remaining with the Sox for another 3 years! What an amazing year it has been. I can’t wait for next season to start. See you in Arlington and Boston this year.
    From a hard core fan deep in the heart of Texas.
    Donna

  436. stevequinn permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:33 pm

    Mike Lowell

    As a Sox fan living in the St Louis area, I did get to see you play several times at Busch Stadium. I was “pleased as punch” when the Red Sox got you from the Marlins. Now I’m even more ecstatic you’ve decided to stay with the Red Sox. That’s absolutely fantastic.

    Here’s hoping you get a couple more World Series Championship rings with the Sox.

    Thank you for sticking around Boston. I’ve always felt you were a classy guy and I believe the Red Sox got awful lucky when you came aboard..

  437. mjnydam permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:43 pm

    Hi Curt, just wanted to thank you for having this blog to keep us posted on things; i also want to let you know that in todays times it is oh so refreshing to have a “person in the spotlight” who seems to have his priorities and values and place and lets them be heard and shown. I respect and appreciate your example as a Christian in todays world where so many will be judgemental of standing up for what you value and believe in. Am pumped you will be with us for one more year!! And thanks for having this area for us to write to Mike Lowell, too, cause i just have to say that

    MIKE, You made my Thanksgiving early for me this year. I was sooooo relieved and psyched on Monday when my friend told me you were re-signing with Boston!! Evey day i was waiting to hear what you would do and when she said “Did you hear about Lowell?” and i had not yet, my heart was in my throat ’cause we did not want to lose you, not that i would have blamed you with the mor “lucrative” offers out there. But, let’s face it, why in the world would you wanna be any where else but Boston?!?! (OK, so i am just a tad biased!!!)
    I don’t know which part makes me the happiest and proudest of you, of course the fact that you ARE staying here is thrilling, but am so very happy that you, as well as Curt, don’t put the primary value on the almighty buck!! It is truly refreshing to know that your decision was not based on the money but other factors in a career where it seems like money is usually the bottom line ( hello, Johnny Damon et al….) Mike, that is one of the biggest compliments that you can get, that you are a man of value, integrity, honesty and true priorities that mean something!!! Thank you , thank you, thank you for renewing my faith in the common good of man and being here for us for 3 more years….what a fun ride it will be!!!! and a blessed and happy Thanksgiving, thanks for making mine great early!!!

  438. soxinscottsdale permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:40 am

    Mike – Thank you for resigning and remaining a member of the Sox family. You are a man of your word and a man of character. It is very refreshing to see a man that is not seeking just the money. Your play in 2007 was amazing and I thank for helping to bring us another championship. I pray blessings upon you and your family, stay healthy Mike. You always be part of the Red Sox Nation family!!

  439. mjnydam permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:46 am

    oh ya, forgot, LOVED the pics from Disney!! Glad your family had such a great time!!! but, where were your Mickey ears???

  440. skinnyman2007 permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:02 am

    Mike Lowell thank you so much for coming back to the Red Sox!!!!!!!!!. When I heard you were coming back I said that was great!!!!!!!!. Mike you are a really classy player. I wish other players would do what you did. Great Job of winning the World Series MVP!!!!!!!!!. For Christmas I am going to get a shirt with your number on the back!!!!!!!!!!. When I come to spring trainning in February I hope you will sign a lot of autographs Mike Lowell!!!!!!!!. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!. It will be three wonderful years for you. Thank you for being a clubhouse leader!!!!!!!!.

    From, Jeff

  441. ljs1 permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:14 am

    As a member of a Nation, who is too familiar with long suffering, thank you, Mike and Curt, for not prolonging our angst.
    With a pre-holidays signing, we can now exhale, not wonder when the other shoe will drop, relax in the offseason, and actually revel in our World Series Win.

    Thank you for being a credit to your profession.

    Can’t wait until next year – Go Sox in 2008!!

  442. robepete permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:14 am

    Mike and Curt, just a quick thanks for not going after the very last dollar, but staying where you were comfortable.

    God bless you and your families!

  443. horshamscouse permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:36 am

    Mike, thanks for staying with the Sox. Here’s to three more great years.

    HorshamScouse
    RSN NZ

  444. rswanzey permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:41 am

    Hi Mike,

    It’s been a real pleasure to root for one of the best “throw ins” (what a joke) ever to come of a Sox trade the last two years. A player you can count on to be hard-working and productive on both offense and defense is always a pleasure to watch. But more importantly, I’m so thrilled that the Sox have managed to bring back by all accounts one of the most important leaders on this team, and unquestionably a positive part of the clubhouse and the community. I haven’t read through this thread on Curt’s blog, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say that a professional athlete leaving money on the table to remain in a city that absolutely adores him and on a team that looks poised to be dominant for quite a long time is very admirable, if rare behavior. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing to watch you and the rest of the guys battle for three more years, and as a fan it’s hard to ask for anything more given the success of this team and the awesome attitude and personalities of it. Thanks for making what I’m sure you, the front office, and us as fans will look back on after three years as the best we all could have hoped for.

    Ryan Swanzey

  445. ufsoxfan9 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:03 am

    I’ll keep it short and sweet. Thanks, Mike … Looking forward to another year from you.

    Jennifer
    Gainesville, Florida

  446. nursemlou permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:21 am

    Mike Lowell,
    To say “thanks” seems profoundly inadequate, but we will say it anyway, “…THANKYOU!!”
    RedSox Nation is thriving, and we have players like you to thank for it. The Red Sox have emerged as the best team in baseball because of the mere fact they love to play baseball, love playing at the greatest ballpark in history, love playing with each other and love their fans!! Well, we love you back!! It’s as simple as that, a win – win – win- win situation!
    Our Redsox worked together like a well oiled machine throughout the regular season and only increased speed & production in the post season. My family and I are proud to say we are RedSox fans; and pride runs deep here in New England. The character of our RedSox surpasses any team in the major league and for that we are forever proud, and grateful. Thanks for a great year and we are looking forward to watching you continue your stellar play on third base for another three years!!
    Marylou in Millinocket, Maine

  447. baseballdesert permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:36 am

    Mike,

    I’m a Sox fan who lives in France, where following the Sox means getting up at 1am from April through October to watch the games. It costs me time and effort (and much-needed sleep!) to do so that, but when I read about a player who left a lot of money on the table to stay with the Sox, it makes all the effort worthwhile.

    There are those who will say that when you’re talking about 37 million for 3 years or 50 million for 4, it really doesn’t matter. But that’s true all over baseball, and yet it doesn’t stop players from chasing the extra dollars from team to team, year after year. And to the fans, it does matter – we see a ‘throw-in’ who, in the space of two seasons, has become a fan favourite on the field, a valued clubhouse presence and a World Series MVP, and who said “I could maybe make more money elsewhere, but I really want to stay in Boston and play with this team, for this management and in front of these fans.” You know as well as we do that this doesn’t happen every day…Thanks for making that decision and for reminding us that, although baseball is a business, it’s not *always* about the $$$.

    If an English guy living in France is entitled to speak on behalf of Red Sox Nation, he’d like to say this:

    We’re proud and honoured to have you back.

    Iain

  448. bosoxs1986 permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:19 am

    mike,

    i am so glad you are back because without your glove, bat, leadership, integrity, and professionalism that 2007 world series championship would never had happened. i have been a red sox lifer (35 yrs). i have had many favorites as the years have passed. yaz, dwight evans, clemens, boggs, fred lynn, tek, schil, and lowell.

    knowing how much you wanted that 4th year, but still you decided being with a caring and a winning org. was worth leaving millions and that 4th year on the table. that just shows me and my children what type of person you are. i also read that the soxs had over 400 official community interactions.

    the red sox are moving in the right direction and doing it the right way. you play for what is now the model org. and i route (and live for) that model org. this positive move could not be possible without you and you teammates.

    thanks for being a role model and your play over the next 3 years will get you that 4th and maybe 5th yr you were seeking. thanks for being you.

    red sox lifer and big mike lowell fan,
    mike welch
    orlando, fl

  449. November 23, 2007 6:36 am

    Mikey – I freaked out when I heard of your return.. I got about 30 e-mails and 20 voice messages from people congratulating ME on your return, because they knew how big of a fan I am of you and how ecstatic I would be.

    I created a small fan page for you.. no I’m not crazy, I just think you’re the sexiest man, in the freaking world. But on your site, I wrote about your past dealing with cancer and also your family’s struggles in Cuba. I get e-mails from people all over the country everyday talking about how they never knew about your past & how amazing you are. I just tell them I know, he’s an inspiration.

    I’ve dubbed you the sexiest man in baseball on the site I made for you, the George Clooney of baseball actually.. And I get many girls sending me messages, agreeing.

    My 2008 life goal is to:

    1) attend a game that the man, the myth, the legend the Schill pitches

    2) to meet you. Or at least get seats close enough to see you up close. And Varitek. He’s my other sexual obsession. Pretty much every man on the team, but you’ve got the entire MLB leagues beat out.

    Oh, if you just type in Mike Lowell Fan Page in google, your site should come up. Lots of people see it everyday. And I’m glad I can help share your inspiring & heroic life to fans all around the country

    If you’re ever single in the future – please marry me.

    – Ashley Bartolome

  450. November 23, 2007 7:17 am

    Mike and Curt,

    I can never know what it is like to have to weigh contract decisions of the magnitude that professional athletes do. The average person looks and says what’s the difference between five million a year or ten million a year. Its more money than you could ever spend. Fans take it all personally, like when Johnny Damon decided to take the offer from the Yankees. But your decisions have to be made in regard to your families and their futures also. I probably have a little insight into that because toward the end of my military career I got to know the Ripken family here in Maryland while coaching a Little League team with one of the Ripken brothers.

    I’d just like to say that even if you guys had decided to move on and take offers from other teams you are both class acts. I’m thrilled, though, that you decided to continue to play for our beloved Red Sox. Fans don’t usually get the opportunity to see the true character of the athletes they admire, only the public face, but in your cases I can say that you are both wonderful people, not because you are great ball players, but because you are guys that I can say to my son “those are men worthy of admiring and emulating”. We are lucky there are quite a few of you on the team.

    I wish you continued blessings in the coming years and look forward to seeing you play when you make your way to Baltimore and Philadelphia this season. Heck, I might even find my way back up to Boston for the first time in seven seasons.

    God Bless

    PS. I became a grandfather today!!

  451. The One-Handed Clapper permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:16 am

    Mike! Thank you for staying with the Sox! You make us proud!

  452. gfgarner permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:23 am

    Thanks, Mike and Curt.

    As a 40-year Sox fan, I can truly say that these are the best of times. Spring training can’t come soon enough. I’ll see you in Houston in July!

    George

  453. powereli permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:41 am

    Lowell: THANKS!

    you did something very few pro athletes do; you put your team and its success ahead of a FEW more million bucks. You guys are all rich guys, there’s no denying it, so to realize that and to take a little bit less cash to stay on a KILLER team is a huge move. The fans in boston will treat you as a hero for the rest of your life. You’ll have to pay for dinner in the city, wait for a table, wait in line, etc.. you just sealed you fate as one of the Boston sports GREATS of our time.

    Again, THANKS!

  454. redsockah permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:16 am

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you so much for staying in Boston! I’m a high school teacher and during the playoffs I hung your jersey up in my classroom. I was afraid to take it down until after you signed because I didn’t want to jinx anything!

    I’ve been a Red Sox fan since I was 8 years old, and if you look at my list of favorite players in that span of time, they all have one thing in common: they are class acts. That, Mr. Lowell, is why you are my favorite player…though your numbers certainly help too! I did not speak to a single person this offseason who didn’t want you to sign back with Boston, and the sentiment was always the same: no matter what numbers you put up on the field, nobody could replace what you mean to this team—and this city—off the field.

    Thank you for bringing some holiday cheer to Boston a little early. Enjoy the rest of the offseason, and I can’t wait until you guys try to repeat in ’08!

    Marie
    Westford, MA

  455. maroddy permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:42 am

    Curt and Mike,

    There really aren’t words to express what your willingness to stay with the Red Sox mean to people in New England and around the world. It has been a pleasure to watch you play but it has been a bigger pleasure to watch you lead by example. I think it says a great deal about a player to have his teammates agitating for his resigning before the All-Star break.

    You’ve given so many people yet another reason to be thankful this year.

    Thank you both, have a safe, happy and healthy off-season, and welcome back!

    Margaret Roddy
    Monkton, VT

  456. newsoxcentury permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:45 am

    Thanks Mike. 2004 was great, stunning, amazing, and far beyond words. With everything Curt and everyone overcame…I just cannot imagine another year like it. However, we lost so many key players from that squad.

    You may have been the key bat in the lineup this year from Opening Day to Game 4 of the World Series. Thank you. We need you back. And thank you for choosing baseball over business. These days, we all need a little more of that.

    Mark
    South Carolina

  457. lisamh77 permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:06 am

    Mike-

    There isn’t a more fitting time to give thanks than this. So, thanks: for all you’ve done and will do in the uniform, and, more importantly, all you’ve done in the past few weeks. In a world – the sporting world and otherwise – that is often overwhelmed by greed, it’s refreshing to see someone “step up to the plate” and stand for something that really matters- good ol’ fashion loyalty.

    So, thanks, Mike! See you at third!

    Lisa
    A Sox fan in Western Pennsylvania

  458. epjmungo7 permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:11 am

    Thanks Mike,

    It shows a lot of who you are by taking less money to stay in Boston. I realize that money is important, I mean who would say its not, but I am glad that you came to the conclusion that the extra money may not be worth sacrificing what you have here in terms of environment. Hey, and at the end of three years the Sox will be looking to sign you to an even bigger contract right? Good luck this year Mike.

    Rob,
    Tallahassee, FL

  459. esaslaw permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:15 am

    Welcome back, Mike. You did the right thing. Your future is here as well as your heart, I am sure.

  460. ccrummey permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:42 am

    Wanted to thank Mike for making us all (Red Sox Nation) very proud! You went with your heart vs your wallet. You will be rewarded for this is some way! Perhaps another RING!

  461. seanmanley permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:29 am

    I got two words for you Mike,

    Class – personified

  462. beyondyou3 permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:50 am

    Mike and Curt,

    Thank you! Thank you for restoring my faith in that sports always isn’t about money!

    As a life long Red Sox fan, I can’t tell you how much happiness your team has brought.

    Thank you again for bringing such integrity and class to just a “game” :)

  463. ghazoo permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:06 pm

    GReat life lesson

    Thanks to both of you!tooo much in sports today i find myself being able to teach my kids what is bad in life thru sports,thankfully because of you two i am able to show them what is right and good,I have followed the redsox for 38 years,I am soooo proud to support this team not becuse you are winning,that does help but becuse of the quality of people on the team,god bless all of you,you are great examples for children everywhere

  464. raynalovesredsox permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:14 pm

    Thanks from way down in Texas! Since we don’t get any Sox games unless they are broadcast nationally, I have to first say thanks to the whole team for making it to the playoffs so I could watch my favorite team! Now, to Mikey, one of my most very favorite world series MVPs, thank you so much! I checked the web daily and agonized over the fact that you might not be back-you mean so much to fans and the other players. You’re a true class act and one of the best in the league, not only for your skills on the field but your heart and soul off the field. Now guys-we have a team set up good-lets go out there and win another ring in 2008! Thanks for being the Red Sox!
    Rayna, 17, Texas

  465. hyannisman permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:19 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks for always being a class act; on and off the field. It has been a pleasure watching your smooth, effortless play at third, and those clutch a-bats.

    Though I’m sure it gave your agent/s fits, giving up those huge contracts, it clearly demonstrated your, (And your family’s) values, and your intelligence. You’re the Bizzaro A-Rod, and I’m so glad we’ll be able to cheer you and Curt on in 2008 and beyond.

    All the best,

    Greg Luce

  466. ramjr76 permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:32 pm

    Mike & Schill,

    Welcome back to The CHAMPS!! Great to have “class” guys
    such as yourselves back in ’08. Look forward to another World
    Series Championship.

    GO Red Sox, Pats, Celtics & Bruins!!

    Roger
    Port Orange, FL
    (via Braintree, MA)

  467. rebsox permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:39 pm

    Given everything that’s been said about you, Mike, I wasn’t that surprised to see you leave $ on the table to stay in Boston. No one could fault you for wanting to check out free agency for the first time in your career, and trying to get the sox to ante up their offer a bit, especially after the stellar year you had. You have been amazingly consistant for the last two years – on the field, at the plate, and from what we’ve heard, in the clubhouse, too. Thanks for all the hard work you put in day after day during a long season. Enjoy the off-season! I wouldn’t be surprised if you can make up some of that money lost with sponsorships, and hopefully you will be justly rewarded in your decision by being a part of more championship-caliber teams. The future sure looks bright, and brighter still knowing that you will be a part of it. Thanks.

    Rebecca Seidel
    Monroe, CT

  468. bramhalls1 permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:15 pm

    Mike I’m so glad you signed back with the Red Soxs! Thank You very much for coming back! I think it really shows you are a very class individual! Its nice to see its not all about the money. I’m glad you came back and bigs up to Schill for coming back also! My two boys are 13 and 10 love you guys! and my new daughter that was born on Oct 5th is learning the Red Soxs Nation History! She is already being taught to hate the Yankees! I hope you and your family have a great holiday! i know we will knowing we are World Champions! God Bless You! Jim,Cristin, Michael,Austin and new baby girl Coddington.

    P.S. Bring back another championship next year! We hope to make it up to see our family to Boston this year and I can finally take my children to fenway for the first time! I know when I was a kid, its an experience of a life time! maybe we will see you there! We love in Port Saint Lucie Fl!

  469. vabeachredsoxfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:40 pm

    Dear Mike and Curt,

    I don’t know if you realize just how passionate the Red Sox fans are about the players. Johnny Damon broke our hearts when he left for the evil empire (although we are well over that now). Mike, I know it must have been difficult for you to pass up that 4th year, and your decision to do so says a lot about your character. You and Schill are both class acts. I can now sleep at night knowing you will be back with the Red Sox. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you and I wish you the best. Let’s have a repeat in 2008!

    Cindy
    Virginia Beach, VA

  470. salmonlucy permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:48 pm

    Can’t thank you enough for your dedication and hard work. We all really appreciate what you have done for the ballclub and the example you have set, especially in your decision to stay – it’s refreshing to see old time values still exist.

    Enjoy the off season and best of luck in the coming year. I can’t wait to see you take the field in April in a Sox uniform once again.

    Nancy
    Wasilla, Alaska

  471. scout2803 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:07 pm

    Mr. Lowell- With three generations of die-hard Sox fans living under the same roof, our house couldn’t be happier that you will be wearing red socks for the next 3 years. Thanks for coming back to us- you are the kind of player I am proud to have my kids root for. I wore my Red Sox Nation bracelet through the playoffs & World Series. I didn’t take it off till you signed the contract. The good luck worked!
    Have a great holiday with your family & all of us will be looking forward to seeing you play next spring!
    Thanks Mike!!!

  472. lornography permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:10 pm

    Thank you, Mike, Curt and ALL my Red Sox boys for 2007! I can’t wait to see you in 2008! ~Lorna

  473. redsox24242558 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:10 pm

    Mike,

    Welcome back to Boston! So happy you decided to stay. You know we love you! We know your going to have another great year. Lots of love!

    Courtney
    Everett MA

  474. winsauce permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:10 pm

    Thanks Mike!!
    The next three years just wouldn’t be the same without you on the team! I just want to let you know that my entire family is like, hardcore Red Sox fans, and they are SO psyched[i think… I’m only twelve. =] ] that you’re coming back! We all know you’ll do great!

  475. temarie2722 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:11 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    I LOVE YOU.
    YOU ARE THE GREATEST, THANKS FOR STICKIN WITH US.
    YOU ARE AMAZING AND A HUGE PART OF OUR TEAM =]
    TANYA
    (via Bradford, MA)

  476. linysoxfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:11 pm

    April 15th, there was an expected Nor’easter headed into Boston. We took a drive up from Long Island anyway because we had tickets. We thought that at the very least, my daughter’s boyfriend (who wanted the tickets for Christmas), would be able to take a peek inside the park for the first time in his life. As soon as we pulled up to Yawkey Way, the game was called. We walked around Fenway anyway so that I could tell him all about what was beyond those walls. As we walked around to the players lot, you were just walking out. Thinking quick on my feet, so that I could say something, anything to you, I asked if you knew when the game would be rescheduled for. You replied “No.” Now I tell everyone that Mike Lowell once talked to me and my husband chimes in – “Yeah, he told her no.” (It makes him feel better- so whatever.)

    Thanks for 3 more years of turning the temp down on the AC when you come to bat. :-))

  477. lamro37 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:12 pm

    Lowell.!! i %@#%% love you. that’s it. youve been my favorite player for years when you were in Florida, and i lovethe way you conduct yourself, your style of play and everything. and whne u came to the red sox i almost shit my pants.! THANK YOU for comeing back.

    – Yankees Suck.

  478. nd521 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:13 pm

    Thank you very much! It’s been a pleasure having you on the Red Sox. And I can’t wait for the next 3 years. =)

  479. dustinpismyman permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:13 pm

    Thank you!

  480. litehouse534 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:13 pm

    468 litehouse534

    I’m so glad that Mike Lowell has decided to stay with Boston—thanks Mike

    Curt—your awesome and the fact that you want to stay with Boston this year is the like icing on the cake —thank you so very much we need you in Boston

    Looking forward to 2008 World Series with the both of you there again

    We are the Champs and intent to stay Champs–

    Your fan always

    Kat

    a true Red Soxs cause I live in Texas where the Rangers play

  481. el1332 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:14 pm

    Lowell & Schilling:

    Thanks and a big huge hug for coming back next season!!

    Curt – I prayed for your ankle every single day during the 04 season – and it worked! :)

    Lowell – I am very psyched that all the chants, posters, and shout outs at the victory parade weren’t ignored – and that you were re-signed for another three years. We all love each and every one of you so much – its nice to see loyalty – it breeds good karma – it breeds Champions – see you at the parade next year!!!

    Eileen
    Medford, MA

  482. dustinpismyman permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:14 pm

    Thank you!
    I want to thank you Mike! You are a true Red Sox member! This is awesome that you gave up more money and a larger contract to stay with the Sox! It’s so amazing that you would do that to stay with the Sox! Good luck the next three years!

  483. November 23, 2007 2:15 pm

    (great idea curt, mike will love it!)

    thanks for resigning mike. you gave everyone in rsn an early christmas present. you know that being mvp and having all of us loving you, you couldnt sign anywhere else. thanks again mike.
    much love,
    melanie; nh.

  484. courtneytheresa permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:16 pm

    I just want to say thank you to Mike Lowell (and all the Red Sox that could have left but decided to stay). I was always a fan of yours, but when I read that you turned down more money to stay with the Sox, my respect for you skyrocketed. As a fan, it means a lot that you care about the team and your fans. The Red Sox are a special group of guys, and you mean the world to us!

    Go Sox!

  485. kristinmj83 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:17 pm

    thanks mike for 3 more years and hopefully more to come after that! (good idea curt :)

  486. m4cc13 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:19 pm

    Dear Mr Lowell…

    Thankyou ever so much for choosing Boston to still be where you call home, till 2010 at least. WE the fans of the Best team on the planet are honoured that you stayed as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

    Can’t wait for 2008 to go and defend our world championship.
    Thankyou for all you have done for us, long may it continue.

    LET’S GO RED SOX!

    Thanks for being a classy guy and congratulations on being the WS MVP. It was a wild 2007,

    Best wishes Sir Lowell,

    Macky (England) RSN extends overseas!

  487. supervintage1980 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:19 pm

    Iron Mike,

    I just wanted to say how much we appreciate you sticking with the Sox. My fiance’ and I live in Charlotte, NC. She teaches 4th grade and rocked your T-shirt the day after Game 4 of the WS. She got complimented on the shirt all day. She purchased it in ’06 when we were in Boston for a game. Anyhow, a Yankee fan came out and asked her how she got the shirt so fast, you know since you won MVP. She politely replied that we Sox fans stand by our 3rd baseman. The poor Yankee fan wasn’t the brightest and failed to notice the wear of the shirt. Considering it was washed a dozen times.
    Keep doing what you do and may God Bless You.
    Sincerely,
    BJ BACHA

  488. josstheboss46 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:21 pm

    Wow thanks so much for coming back to the sox! you got so many other offers and it really shows that your a good guy for choosing to come back to Boston.You are on the best team in baseball and you have the best fans in baseball on your side too.THANKS FOR 3 MORE YEARS!!!!

  489. boston391 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:22 pm

    thank you mike lowell for coming back to the red sox for anthoner 3 more years and hopefully in one of those three years we will win the world series agian im glad your back on the team. your are my idol,im also a third baseman in high school ball

    thank you for coming back

  490. navylifeaw permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:23 pm

    Lowell you are the man thank you so much for everything you did to bring another chapmionship back to boston and signing for the next three years. I know you can bring so much to this team you are the best shortstop out there i mean A-Rod who? you are a much better player. thank you so much

    sincerely
    nick gurau

  491. thebiga25 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:23 pm

    Hey Mike,
    I live in Pompano Beach and what fans are still left of the Marlins down here are feeling more than a little pissed at Loria for having traded you.
    Having the green monster out there in left is nice, right. lol. Anyway, I’ll be pulling for you these next three years as will the nation. Thanks for coming back, Aaron.

  492. sweetchesney permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:27 pm

    OMG!!! Thank you Mike…For this year and for the years to come. It’s possible I won’t be around to see you play again but it was an awsome year and I am so grateful to have been able to see all of you win the World Series again.
    Thanks for signing up again…and you too Curt!!!

  493. laberalege permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:28 pm

    Thank you Mike for returning to Boston! We’re so glad to have you back!!!

  494. bostongirl25 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:29 pm

    Welcome back Lowell…Glad you decided to stick with us. You are the Best & Hottest ;)

    LET’S GO BOSOX!!!!

  495. wallaby235 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:29 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks for coming back. It means a great deal to the nation to have players that actually want to be here! Thanks again and we look forward to 3 more rings!!

  496. luvmybosox0869 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:30 pm

    Thank you Mike Lowell, you are a true sportsman, and athlete. It’s athletes like yourself that make us fans more dedicated to our teams. It shows us your love and admiration for the Red Sox, and your team mates. You truly bring out the best of being an athlete both on the field and off. Red Sox fans everywhere will never forget what you have done to stay with the Sox, and you will be more appreciated than ever. So to you, I say THANK YOU!!!

    ALK
    Rhode Island

  497. naugysoxfanz permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:30 pm

    Mike,

    Great news about your return to the Sox for three more years. Our family are HUGE Mike Lowell fans. Enjoy your off season and we’ll see you at Fenway in the spring!
    The Beyer family
    P.S. Thanks for helping my boy Dusty this year (Signed Rebecca)

  498. hidesunderrocks permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:31 pm

    Thank you so much for coming back, Mike! I just discovered that I LOVE baseball right around the beginning of September and you became my favorite player very soon after that. I was going to be very disappointed if I didn’t get the chance to enjoy watching you play for the Red Sox in person! I’m going to make sure that I get to see my first game at Fenway next year and I am so happy you’ll be there!!

  499. maghouli permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:31 pm

    Thanks Mikey Lowell…You have been an inspiration and a role model in the greatest of ways. Thank you for being the baseball player everyone wishes they can be, handling everything with class. We as a Red Sox Nation are honored that you would want to be part of our organization for another year.

    -Dave

  500. bevoette permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:35 pm

    MIKE ! I love you ! thanks for continuing to be a Red Sox player !
    you are my favorite all around player ! You are awesome !

  501. garycal53 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:36 pm

    HEY MIKE LOWELL IS AWESOME!
    GREAT JOB IN THE WS
    MY MOM LOVES U!
    HAVE A GREAT DAY!
    _GARY_

  502. bostonbrawler permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:37 pm

    Dude! Mike,

    Your A Great Player Man And I’m Extremely Excited That Your Coming Back to Boston, We’ve Got The AL East Locked Up This Year Man! I’ve Always Been a Fan Of Yours Since You’ve Been In Florida!

    Take Us Home a Few More Championships!

  503. bostongirl97 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:40 pm

    Thank you so much for re-signing with the Red Sox Mike!!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait to see what the next 3 years brings for the best team in baseball!!!! :D

  504. jsheehan123 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:46 pm

    Mike Lowell, theres really nothing else to say other than this. Thank you for coming back to the Red Sox, you’re the best 3rd baseman in the MLB today. Without you the Sox couldn’t have made it as far as they did. So thanks Mike!

  505. derekaa permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:47 pm

    MIKEY!!!!! You have no idea, how good it feels knowing we have gold-glove caliber fielding at all the bases!!! Thank you for resigning with the sox!

  506. wesm2499 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:48 pm

    Thank you for returning to the red sox, the all time best time in the mlb. Your a much better third baseman than a rod as well as everyone else. I’m really glad your coming back and I can say it enough.

    Thanks Mikey,

    Wes

  507. campanaclan permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:53 pm

    The prayers have been answered!! Thanks Mike for al you did last year and for coming back for another 3! Your the best all round!

    Best of all, no more worried about A-Rod coming to Boston…

  508. drummer7631 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:55 pm

    Thanks Mike!!!!!!!!! I am a huge Sox fan, but I am aware of the reality of professional sports. So needless to say I am impressed with your decision to come back to Boston. I’m sure you could have made more, and gotten more years elsewhere, and you deserve whatever it is you could have gotten……especially after the MVP year you just had. That being said, the 10 year old baseball fan in me is absolutely ecstatic you’re coming back. Again, thank you and God bless you and your family this season.

  509. bettermetalsnake permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:55 pm

    Mike Lowell? What can one say about this guy? After filing for free agency I was totally nerve racked – after proving himself as a solid piece of this Boston offense (& defense), the thought of him not being in a Red Sox uniform was practically sickening. This is all about pride though, & it still exists! Schilling proved that, which warms my heart. Now Lowell? Many thanks!

    Here’s to many more years of making Yankees fans seethe the sight of Red Sox apparel :)

  510. 07soxchamps permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:56 pm

    Simply put… YOU ROCK BIG TIME with your admirable self.
    WOOOO-HOOOOOO!!!!!!

    CONGRATS on the win & the mvp. We were all glad to have you back!!

    Dina & the family down in Central Florida, Red Sox Nation

    PS. Next time your in Disney, let us know… : ) Me & the Mouse are tight
    That goes for you, too, Curt! ; )

  511. ladysox0407 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:57 pm

    Hey MIKE

    WELCOME HOME!!!!! THANK YOU for returning to the Red Sox this year! That was such a great early Christmas present!! I cannot wait to see what you and the team does in 08!

    GO SOX!
    Much love from Wakefield, MA

  512. yankeessuck4418 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:58 pm

    I was so happy to see Mike Lowell coming back. I live in Buffalo, NY and its hard to deal with the Yankee fans out here and after you guys won the World Series this year, all the Yanks fans shut-up. Also it is nice to see someone staying for less money, its great to see. In Buffalo we don’t usually see that, an example of that is Daniel Briere a former member of the Buffalo Sabres, left for the money. I just wanted to thank you for doing this, it’s something that is positive for me because in Buffalo we only have two teams. The Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. The Red Sox became my favorite team because I was born into it because of my Dad. Thank you Mike Lowell for 3 more years of you manning the hot corner.

    LETS GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!

  513. redrocks07 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:09 pm

    Mike,
    Thanks for an amazing season and so glad that you are coming back for at least 3 more years. I know you wanted 4 but taking the 3 year deal just proves that you want to stay in Boston and proves that you play for the love of the game and not the money. Your not like A-Rod and demand a ridiculous amount of money. I would take you over A-Rod any day. I am really looking forward to watching you play in the upcoming years and hopefully bring back a couple more championships! Thanks Mike you are a class act and every ballplayer in the MLB should be more like you!

    Dewey
    Colorado Springs, CO

  514. cardsoxpatsfan25 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:10 pm

    thank you thank you thank you mike lowell for signing back with the sox. i dont know what i would have done if you would have left and went to another team. especially if you went to the yankees. ugg i cant even think about that its so horrible. you have saved me from crying for days. thank you so much. you have my lucky number. and all through the playoffs when ever you were up at bat and i would remember i would say “lucky number 25 hit me a good one” and everytime i would say that you would do awsome at bat. call me crazy.i will try anything to get a little magic going. you are an amazing third baseman. and batter for that matter. thank you for staying with us for 3 more yrs. i love you. hopefully one day ill meet you. that would be amazing. you are one of the only players who wear my number with pride, skill, class, legally, and who play for the game of baseball. i cant thank you enough. but one more time. thank you so much.
    #25 in our books but #1 in our hearts.

    –Allyson

  515. ffightereng3 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:15 pm

    Thanks Mike for coming back to Boston. I met you once and you were by far the nicest athlete I’ve met. I know its not easy to make a career decision involving taking less money especially in this day in age with everyone wanting more money. That just goes to show us fans that there are still athletes that play for the fans and the love of the game. Congrats on an MVP season and I’m looking forward to see you at the hot corner for a few more years to come. Keep up the good work Mike!!

    GO SOX!!! from Fall River MA

  516. deadb0lt permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:18 pm

    Mike/Mr Doubles/World Series MVP 07….whichever you prefer.
    You re-signing for three more years = awesome, I love watching you play.

    From all the fans in England,
    THANK YOU MIKE LOWELL !!!

    Kim x

  517. 86ponydriver permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:20 pm

    Thank you Curt for two things. Coming back to the Sox, and giving all of the fans a way to personally thank Mike. I couldn’t imagine next season without both of you! You both have contributed so much to the team, and to baseball.

    Mike, I am absolutely thrilled that you’ll be back. It is wonderful to know that dollars aren’t the driving force for everyone. Your a real role model to all of the kids in sports – you’re truly someone they can look up to. Congratulations.

    Now I can go out and buy a RS shirt with Schilling or Lowell on it and still be able to wear it for years to come (not like some others I have)!

    Thank you!!

  518. soxfan91 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:21 pm

    Thank you soo much Mike. The sox wouldn’t have been the same without you. You are still the best third baseman in the league today. Nice job on coming bcak and winnign another series next year!

  519. genow16 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:21 pm

    Mike Lowell you and Bill Mueller have embraced what Boston baseball at third base is like. You being the active one staying another three years is great for you and Boston baseball fans alike as we both benefit from the monster. Welcome back and hopefully see you at another World Series parade in a year.

  520. mattya034 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:22 pm

    In 2004, I was not able to watch or really enjoy the World Series title. I was in Iraq and could only see the news ticker on ESPN state “RED SOX WIN WORLD SERIES.”

    This time I was able to watch every inning. I will be redeploying to Iraq this December. That is why this victory means so much to me personally.

    Thank you.

    Mililani, HI via Auburn, MA

  521. jenfa03 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:23 pm

    Being a Red Sox fan, I’ve had my share of being scared, nervous, worried and pretty stressed during the season AND off-season. I was SO scared that we might not see Mike Lowell back in a Sox uniform. When I heard the news that he WAS returning, excited doesn’t even cover how glad I was to have Lowell back in Beantown!! He has been such a backbone to the Red Sox ever since signing with them in 2005. It’s great to see an amazing baseball player focus more on the game and playing the game, than with the money involved. Thank you giving us 3 more years at the Hot Corner. It makes me happy to know someone I trust will be there. We all love and respect you more than you know! Just thank you so much. I know your teammates and your fans are SO excited! Congrats on the World Series win AND the MVP! You deserve it, Mike.

    Jen
    Scarborough, Me

  522. redsoxgirl101680 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:24 pm

    Glad to have you back, Mike! It should be another great three years with you on the roster! Enjoy the off season and I can’t wait to see you at Fenway!

  523. lilpapi102495 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:28 pm

    thanks lowell cant wait to see u play next season

  524. deso33 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:29 pm

    I couldn’t be any happier that Mike Lowell is here for another 3 years!! And to stay for a little less money is just unheard of in MLB. You couldn’t pick a better city to play for. Go Sox!! And thanks again Mike….you RULE!!

  525. kph5959 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:30 pm

    Hey Mike!

    I was overwhelmed when I saw that you were returning. You are one of the key players in the Red Sox, and they wouldn’t have won the world series without you. But yeah, you’ll probably end up being my all time favorite red sox player. Good luck in ’08!

    Kurt
    West Springfield, MA

  526. daveyb86 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:30 pm

    Hey Mike,

    thanks for sticking around, even though we didnt offer you a 4 year contract.

    We appreciate you and Curt for staying with the Sox.

    We wouldn’t want anyone else to play 3B for us.

    Red Sox Nation!

  527. davesangeleyes4e permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:30 pm

    MIKE THANKS FOR COMING BACK TO BOSTON. YOU MADE MY SON’S DAY WHEN WE FOUND OUT YOU RESIGNED. THANKS AGAIN AND HERE IS TO ANOTHER GREAT SEASON, FROM THE MARTINEAU FAMILY IN HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS. YOU ARE ONE OF THE GREATS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN JULY AGAINST THE YANKEES. THANKS AGAIN.

    LETS GO SOX!!! WOOHOO ANOTHER RUN AT THE WORLD SERIES!!!

    LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU FROM HOT SPRINGS,ARKANSAS

  528. redsoxmlfan25 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:33 pm

    Mike!! I’m so glad you’ve resigned with Boston for the next 3 years. You are my favorite player, I was so happy when you won the World Series MVP Award, I honestly cried. You deserved it, you had a fantastic year, you produced for us so well at the plate and at third base! I always proudly wear my Mike Lowell Jersey t-shirt!! : ) I’m proud to be a fan of the Boston Red Sox and you Mike! Thanks again for a great year! I can’t wait until 2008.

    Oh and Curt, love your blogs and this was a great idea!! Thanks for coming back next year too!

  529. jamesfury permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:34 pm

    Thank you so much for re-signing with the Sox. I would of hated seeing Gay-Rod in a red sox uniform. I cant wait till next season. THANKS MIKE!!

  530. chrisenforcer permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:36 pm

    Talent and integrity. I am very thankful as a fan that you’ve decided to take the offer and stay in Boston even in the face of other offers more in the line of what you were asking. I hope you are with the Red Sox in some capacity for many years to come whether it’s on or off the field.

    Look forward to watching you play next season and proudly wearing my new Mike Lowell T-Shirt while doing so!

    -Chris

  531. chrisenforcer permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:36 pm

    Talent and integrity. I am very thankful as a fan that you’ve decided to take the offer and stay in Boston even in the face of other offers more in the line of what you were asking. I hope you are with the Red Sox in some capacity for many years to come whether it’s on or off the field.

    Look forward to watching you play next season and proudly wearing my new Mike Lowell T-Shirt while doing so!

    -Chris Miller

  532. sdhaughey permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:40 pm

    Thank you, Mike! You are a class act all the way. It’s great to have you back for the next 3 years. Now, let’s repeat in ’08! Go Sox!

  533. vmonico13 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:42 pm

    Mike,
    I was extremely happy to find out about your resigning to the Sox. Much like the entry before me, I am also from NY. Everyday i wake up and go to school. Of course everyone makes themselves happy by hammering insults my way. This happens all day, from teachers, friends, everyone. Then i go to work, first thing at work as i walk in, my boss starts ranting about the yankees and how much he hates the sox. When you guys went out there and got that ring. I went in to work the next day. Not a word was said. I just looked at him, smiled, and said “whats there to say now?” Not a word came from his mouth. It left me laughin and smilin for the rest of the day.

    I grew up in a big yankee family but i never really understood what was so great about them. Growing up in a yankee family is like growing up with a certain religion. Your family kind of tattoo’s it into you. I, however, chose my own path. In 2001, i paid real close attention to baseball and decided that im a sox fan. They have such heart and they show it. They show that they dont just play for the money. It’s not easy living in NY and being a Sox fan. I’ve had stuff thrown at me from cars while walking down the street but that doesnt stop me from wearing my hat and red sox shirts.

    At Thanksgiving, the family started talking about the Yankees for an hour or two. I sat there and listened to my 96 year old great grandmother preach about the Yankees and scold me for being a Sox fan. It was more humorous than anything but i thought i would share it.

    I felt alone as a sox fan in NY until 2004. After the Sox claimed that 2004 ring, the bandwagoners came out and now there are many more sox fans around here. Its something that gets on my nerves but, also, it makes me more proud that i was a fan before 2004.

    Sorry for turning this into a rant/autobiography but its something that not too many people would understand. Thanks for staying with us Curt and Mike. Im sure i speak for the whole Red Sox Nation when i say that we truly appreciate it. LETS GO GET ANOTHER RING IN 2008!!!! GO RED SOX!!!

    Vince M.
    Endicott, NY

  534. stratboy125 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:48 pm

    well i live in the philly area and i have heard some rumors that you might have came to philly. i was excited and a little upset by that. i thought it would be cool to see you as a philly wiz kid and yet a bit upsetting to know that you wernt going to be apart of one of the best baseball teams ever. its great to see you back.

    ian

  535. vabeachredsoxfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:51 pm

    Hey Mikey,

    I am sooooo happy that you are staying in Boston! I don’t know if you realize how passionate the Red Sox fans are for their players. Johnny Damon broke our hearts when he left us for the evil empire (although we are well over him now). I know it must have been difficult for you to pass on a 4 year deal, but your decision to do so says a lot about your character. You and Schill are definitely class acts! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you and I wish you the best. I can now sleep at night knowing that you are returning. Let’s have a repeat in 2008!

    Cindy
    Virginia Beach, VA

  536. hmgarver421 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:53 pm

    Welcome back Mike!

    My husband and I are HUGE BoSox fans and have been for years. He is currently deployed on the USS ENTERPRISE and to make the time pass, I have been emailing him stories throught the season. It killed him to miss the season, and the AMAZING post-season! Please know that he was cheering from thousands of miles away!

    I’m glad to see there are professional athletes that can see beyond the money – you, Curt, Tom Brady… the list goes on – and into the heart of Red Sox Nation!

    It wouldn’t have been the same next year without you!

    We’re hoping to get up to Fenway and watch our first game together in Beantown as husband and wife this season!

    Thanks for all you do out there!

    Welcome home!

  537. sillyerin7 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:56 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks ever so much to your commitment to this team. You are not only an outstanding player, but a stand up guy. Thanks for all of your hard work in 2007 and I wish you the best the coming years with the Red Sox.

    All the best,
    Erin

    Boston, MA

  538. chillyme permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:03 pm

    REPOST from 11/19/2007

    Hopefully, Mike Lowell will check out this site and SOAK IN the love. No regrets, Mike. We love you. We need you. We want you. Thanks for sticking with us.
    :)

  539. melonhead17 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:07 pm

    Thank you Mike Lowell. I always been a fan of you even when you were on the Marlins!!! Now I like you more because you are on my favorite team, the BOSTON RED SOX!!!

    GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  540. kerrieker permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:08 pm

    Thank you so much for being such a stand up player/person.. It is people like you who mean a lot to the game of baseball, and give my son someone positive to look up to!

  541. adamatic permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:10 pm

    Thanks Mike,

    It really means so much to the fans to see a player fo what you did. Oh, and thanks for re-signing with the Sox as well

    -ADL
    Queens, USA

  542. vickone1 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:10 pm

    Thank you Mike Lowell, you have made millions of fans very happy, proven that feeling at home is just as important as earing what you deserve (although my family and I believe you are worth more). You have made my family so happy for years now and we look forward to watch you play for the next three seasons to come. I wish we could more accurately put it into words our feelings, thank you!

  543. drw1 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:11 pm

    THANKS!

  544. schill6934 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:11 pm

    Hey Mike,

    Ever since the year the new Phillies stadium opened i have been big fan of yours. I cought a foul ball at the Marlins vs. Phillies game and i was wearing my red Manny jersey and people were booing me and saying things like why is a Red Sox Fan here!? Initially when i was hearing reports over the internet i did not think you were going to resign and take that coveted fourth year. I am extremely happy your back and now your name will be placed with the best Red Sox players of all time, not the category Johnny Damon and Adam Viniateri (for the pats) joined by not making the desicison you made…Thanks Mike…Your the Man

    -Scott Gregoire
    Trumbull, CT / Auburn, NH

  545. khsox2000 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:16 pm

    Mike, I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done for the Red Sox but also for all that you’ve done for our community. You represent the type of ball player that kids look up to. So much about baseball is just about how many home runs a guy hits, but as we learned this year, hitting the most home runs doesn’t make you the best player in the game. Being a leader and making the young guys feel comfortable during the scariest times of their lives is what makes you one of the best players in the game. Thanks for all you do and hopefully you guys can get a couple more rides in those duck boats in years to come.

    have a great holiday season,

    The Hanks Family in Auburn, MA

  546. judymh permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:24 pm

    Im so glad you decided to stay.You are a great example for children,and well liked by everyone.My son is a sports caster in Florida, and a dreaded Yankee fan.He interviewed you when you were with the Marlins.He said you are one of the greatest guys he has ever met.Just thought youd like to hear that.You are an inspiration to your team mates,and to have them all want you back and think so highly of you says alot for you as a person.Best of luck the next three years.Also I commend your loyalty for staying when you could have gotten more money somewhere else.Life isnt all about money, and you showed that.Happy holidays to you and your family, and God Bless you all.

    Judy Harris

  547. irishman44 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:25 pm

    I agree to everyone here lad i moved from Kilkenny to Boston 15 years ago and I the way people here were passionate about the sport and it reminded me of home …I live in Florida now and just got me 2nd sox tat and I was so worried ye wasn’t gonna make it back to Boston next year . You’re detrimental to the team in more ways than just your golden glove ye have! The presence behind the scenes and the way ye carry yourself is something to be so proud about in todays game!Oh ya and to ye killin’ with shillin’ I’m very impressed about the way you handled yourself saying you would take a pay cut to come back to the Sox but, if not another team would have to pay you a fortune….AMAZING you never hear that ….Also, to say you wouldn’t play for the YANKS….well lets say you won over every heart that you didn’t already have in RED SOX NATION! good day…. LIAM

  548. bonnic98 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:27 pm

    Ahhhhh Mike Lowell!! So GRATEFUL you decided to return to Boston for the next couple of years! My family and I (especially my 6 yr old son, Ben) are CRAZY happy and look forward to watching you and the guys in 2008! You definately made our year! Gracious! See you in the Spring!!

    Giddy in RI,

    The Carcieri Family

    Bonnie
    Nic
    Benjamin

    PS-We know your cousin Manny Aguilera down in Miami!!!

  549. amylb permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:28 pm

    Mike,

    At the Thanksgiving dinner table while all of my family members were giving their thanks for their health, happiness and elastic waistband pants I said thanks for you coming back to Boston! :o) You are truly an amazing player! I was so afraid that you wouldn’t be coming back to Boston, after rumors of you wanting at least a four year deal and the Sox organization not wanting to comply began to surface. I had already planned out what I’d do with my Mike Lowell tee shirt. I was going to write out (with duct tape or some other crafty idea) the words “Bring Back” above your name. Seeing any other third baseman playing for the Sox would not suffice, especially a certain Yankee, yikes! It’s hard for people who are not sports fans to understand how easily it is for fans to become attached to players, and enjoy seeing them play for their hometown. Well, I not only became attached to you but developed a great deal of respect for you as well. You seem as though you are an incredible team player who supports and encourages all of the other players. Whenever a Red Sox player has been asked to discuss you as a team mate they all seem to say the same thing, that you are amazing at what you do on the field, but off the field as well. And that speaks volumes about the kind of guy you really are. Sports isn’t just entertainment for fans but it’s a way of bringing people together (as trite as that might sound). Bostonians are crazy about our Red Sox and when we have players who make sacrafices, like you have, it means the world to us! You’ll go down in the books Mike Lowell! And no matter what happens this year or next year I’ll never forget 2007! :o)

    Thanks!

    Amy Banelis

  550. diehardsoxfan61 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:28 pm

    To both Mike and Curt,

    We are so glad to see both of you guys back. Mike you are an awesome third baseman, you forsure out rank A-Rod anyday. Your glove is just like a Vaccum out there. I am so glad to see that being part of the Red Sox was important to you, and that is wasnt all about the money. I knew you would come though and stay with us. I will be looking forward to watching all of you again next year. I Believe we finally have the team to keep taking us to the World Series. It’s our turn.
    You guys played hard this year. I was very proud of how the team came together as a whole. Curt you have been my favorite pitcher since day one. I went to flordia to spring training with my son last year and we saw 4 games. It was alot of fun to see all you guys and meet some of the triple A players. they were all great.

    Keep up the good work guys! We will be watching

    A true Diehardsoxfan

    Lynda
    Ashuelot, Nh

  551. trich68 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:32 pm

    Thanks mikey for re-signing it is safe to say that all of red sox nation is enthused to have you back at third base. Heres to 3 more great years in beantown!

  552. jresh permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:40 pm

    Hey Mike! Around our house, you’re known as Mikey D(ouble). You’re a total class act, and we’re very happy you decided to stay with us in Boston.

    With much respect,

    Janet & Jeff
    Citizens of Red Sox Nation
    Cape Cod Chapter

  553. saltnpepperissexy permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:47 pm

    Thank you so much Mike. I want you to know that as the 30-something family members gathered around our Thanksgiving table and each of us listed off what we were most thankful for, you re-signing with the Red Sox was my number one choice, to a round of applause. And I think I stole some of my other family members’ idea. Thank you, in advance, for the next three years.

  554. lexieangel permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:49 pm

    Mike,

    I am so happy that you are returning!!! Thanks for not disappointing… You are definitely appreciated by the entire RSN!!!
    I’ll see ya in Fort Myers….

    Becki

    PS… Curt, thanks for staying and presenting the fans with this forum.

  555. allison94 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:00 pm

    Hi Mike,
    I don’t really know what else to say, all the posts above have basically covered everything, but thank you SO MUCH for coming back to Boston!!! It’s gonna be wicked awesome to see you for the next three years at third base, and it’ll be too cool for words, just like you =)
    thanks again!
    -Allison

  556. dlme99 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:02 pm

    This made my day when i found out you where going to return this was the best news ever. You are my favorite i am such a red sox fan i watch every game when games are on its my tv i make every one else go into another room they all laugh at me, specially when i start yelling and jumping up and down thank you for staying you dont know how much this means to myself and the whole red sox nation. diana

  557. babylonboy permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:05 pm

    I am so relieved to see that mike is coming back! What a class-act that guy is. and his plays @ third base blow my mind!!! I can’t wait until next season!!!

  558. casoxfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:06 pm

    Thank you, Curt, for this opportunity to thank Mike Lowell for staying with the Sox.

    Mike, thank you!!!! I was in my office when I read the news and gave out a yell. Having you and Curt back is an early Christmas gift!

    Mike, you even have my Mom watching the Sox ;-).

    I married into my Sox obsession (I grew up watching the SF Giants at the Stick). We watch all the games on satellite out here in Sacramento, California. We’ll be in Oakland to cheer you on next season.

    Go Sox!!!

  559. adoniran permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:11 pm

    Thanks Mike for being here again, we really need You here, and I hope that in 3 years, with 37 years you will be able to get 13 or 14 million and play another year, whatever; we appreciate what you did in the WS, and even more after that.

  560. kirbydog permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:13 pm

    Mike–As a Red Sox fan for 51 years, I can’t put into words what it means to me to have you back in a Red Sox uniform. Last year, my daughter and I went on a Red Sox Destinations trip to Chicago and had the distinct pleasure of meeting you and hearing about your career in baseball. I was delighted to hear the stories of how you don’t like video games, and how your dad insisted that you get an education in addition to playing baseball. Your dad is a wise man, and he raised a talented, personable, dedicated professional for a son. I know that your dad went through a lot to get to this country, and this country has reaped the benefits of his hard work and persistence, not only in his own professional career, but also through yours. He must be extremely proud of all you have brought to baseball in general and Boston in particular.

    In Chicago, you let us see your World Series ring from the Marlins. I am so happy that you, as MVP of the 2007 World Series, helped make it possible for Boston to bring home another championship. You demonstrated that there truly is no “I” in team, that you were not on the Red Sox to grandstand or feed your own ego; rather, you are there to play this game that I love so much, a game that has become so much a part of my life, a game that I look forward to watching every day (even though I have to watch on the computer because I am an out-of-market fan).

    I also enjoyed your “Home Depot” story in Chicago. I thought you demonstrated, through that story and how genuine you were with the fans, that you are the real thing. My heart was breaking at the thought that you would be going to another team; now, I am delighted to know that you will be back at the hot corner, making plays that only a 23-year-old SHOULD be able to make, yet you make them with grace and a sense of nonchalance that boggles my mind.

    In the 51 years that I have been following the American League, only Brooks Robinson comes to mind when I think of third basemen who can compare to you.

    Thank you again for staying with our team. Again, words cannot express how much it means to me to know that you will be back.

    And thanks to Curt for giving me the opportunity to put these thoughts into this forum.

    And thanks, also, to your dad and all he went through to make sure that you had the best to give us the best, and to your mom, your wife and family. May they have a great holiday season and a wonderful 2008!

  561. tenlin717 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:14 pm

    Mr. Lowell,

    It is so great to have you back in Boston!! You are a truly integral part of the Red Sox team and an inspiration not only to the members of the team, but all of the fans as well. Congratulations on winning the World Series MVP, it must be so rewarding to have your efforts recognized, and congratulations as well on being part of the World Champion team. Thank you for everything you have done for our team and I am so excited and relieved to know you will be a part of the team for the next three years. Have a good holiday and off-season with your family, can’t wait for next season!

    Mr. Schilling,

    Thank you for creating this forum for the members of Red Sox Nation to share our appreciation for Mr. Lowell, and on the same note, I want to share my thanks and appreciation for your efforts for and return to the Red Sox as well. You are also a truly inspirational person, and have been an extremely important member of the organization. Congratulations on being a member of the World Champion team! Thank you for everything you have done for the team, and I am so glad to know that you have re-signed for next year. I hope you have a good holiday and off-season with your family!

    Sincerely,
    Kristen

  562. pedroiapower permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:18 pm

    Mike,

  563. pedroiapower permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:20 pm

    Mike,

    As a die hard Sox fan. I just want to thank you for choosing to stay with the Sox for 3 more years.You are a valuable player to our team and to Boston. See you in 2008

    Adrienne Pilarski
    Cambridge,MA

  564. redsoxlove permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:22 pm

    You gotta understand my situtaion before you really understand Why Mike Lowell coming back is so great for me. First off, I live in New York. And not just any part of it. I live in the DEAD center of the state. Other than my father (the reason I love the sox like I do) all I have is yankee fans for hundreds of miles in every direction. People used to break my balls, because in 2006 I made the bold claim that Mike Lowell was the hardest out in baseball. I made this claim based on the fact that the man just doesn’t ever seem to strike out. He might ground out, he might fly out… But he very rarely seems to whiff. Needless to say, they broke my balls, and obviously, because they’re all faggot Yankee fans, and refused to give any red sock (especially one who wasn’t Manny or Papi) the credit they deserved. This season he really showed them what I knew he had in him. And then something crazy happened. After he won the WS MVP all the yankee fans were talking about Mike Lowell, and how great he was. They were talking about how he was gonna go to the Spankees and play first base because they yankees were gonna offer him a 4 year deal. Well… You know what. FUCK THE NEW YORK YANKEES. Mike Lowell will be nowhere else except third base for the WORLD CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX! He’s a Red Sock at heart. So for that I say THANK YOU MIKE LOWELL. It’s good to see you’re no Johnny Damon. You have class. We love you, and appreciate everything you do for Red Sox Nation.

  565. amiss1994 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:26 pm

    To… Curt Schilling & Mike Lowell…

    Please let first start by wishing you both a wonderful and enjoyable holiday with your families. There certainly is something that I would like
    to say to not only you two, but too your fellow team mates as well. There
    is something to be said for the love of baseball, and now playing for the Boston Red Sox you must see just how devoted the Fans of Red Sox Nation are to their Team. My first experience in Fenway park was a day trip coming down from Maine with my father and grandfather. I was a six year old little girl spending the day in one of the best ball-parks eating hot dogs and peanuts and just cheering away. It was one of the best experiences and fondest times of my life, and thats where the love (and all that comes with that) was passed down to another generation.

    We here in Red Sox Nation certainly have had those challenging moments when we got rather close and then had it pulled away from us…My grandfather always reminded me that a real and true fan remains and stands beside your teams in the good and bad times. To always remember that in the end this a game, and that there will always be another opportunity.

    What I want to say as a fan is THANK YOU. Thank you for demonstrating that with hardwork, dedication and teamwork you can achieve anything you work towards. Players such as yourselves, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Mike Timlin. You all demonstrate such class, and thats not something that we see very often in professional sports or anything within the media. When you have kids looking up to people as role models thats huge. Because you guys are demonstrating that you can have an honest and respectable career if your willing to put forth alittle hard working and determation.

    On a personal note.. I’ve been fighting a medical condition and have had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. So, when I was watching the world series game and saw Jon Lester on the mound and you Mike at third that was personally huge for me because it just reminded me that in those times when I’m tired of fighting and just want to say how much more can one person take. I need to continue to fight because giving up wouldn’t be acceptable. If other people could fight and get back their lives and dreams why can’t I.. Not quite sure what the future holds quite yet but I know that I’m going to do what I need to do to hold onto my dreams.
    Those are the little things that sometimes you guys do and don’t even know that your doing. You have a way of touching people’s lives and hearts on and off the field and you haven’t even met us.

    Some may think that we take our baseball way to seriously out here in New England and you know what they certainly have a right to their opinion, but something has to be said when one of the best pitchers of all times Curt Schillings wants to remain here.. When the best DH David Ortiz tells the late night talks shows that he will remain here that we must be ok… I want to personally thank you for remaining here in Boston Mike. I can’t imagine rooting for anyone but you at third base. Would be absolutely wrong on so many levels. When we here in Red Sox Nation look back on our history you and Curt fit here like the many legends ( Yaz, Ted Williams, Johnny Peske) who have come before you.. I’m so glad that the management and you guys have remained here where you belong…. HOME !!!!

  566. timmycore permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:36 pm

    Mike Lowell!
    I don’t know if you are aware of this, but you’re a godsend.
    Thanks for staying with us!

  567. brett6324 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:40 pm

    My wife and I are so glad to see that Mike is back, along with Curt. Thank you both for taken a “hometown” discount. We look forward to another great year of baseball.

  568. brittanyerin permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:41 pm

    Thank you BOTH for staying! The team wouldn’t be the same without you guys… this winter is going to be sooooo long – see you in the spring, enjoy your time off!!

  569. kevinchio permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:44 pm

    Mikey, thanks for stickin around. It’s people like you that show true team spirit and heart, something most sports figures don’t even give any thought to it when deciding on staying with , or going with the money, they’re blinded by money. Money isn’t everything. – God Bless you.

  570. nickki permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:45 pm

    Mike,
    I have weei on my desktop all day at work and when the news broke about Mike Lowell coming back to Boston I literally jumped out of my seat and ran around the office announcing the news. Even my 12 yr old daughter called me when she got home from school to tell me she just heard on the radio that you were re-signing! Even though right now I have the Pats and the Celtics to keep me entertained I can not wait for next season! I feel like a kid who just can’t wait for Christmas to arrive!

    Seriously though, I’m sure there are a few other places you could have gone for the next 3 even 4 years but you chose to stay with Boston. Thank you. I am so happy the next 3 seasons we have a third baseman that truely appreciates the game and gives his all no matter what. Gold glove, strong bat and a classy guy. Thanks Mike!

  571. luvdsox permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:45 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Schilling, for giving us the opportunity to write a word of thanks to Mike Lowell.

    My family and I went to see you guys play the Diamondbacks back in June. I still remember walking through the corridor to our seats and the first person I saw upon the horizon was Mike Lowell. It was kind of a weird feeling for me, because I have watched and listened to so many games, I feel like I know all of you. I think for a split second I expected you guys to know my family and I as well. I just couldn’t believe I was actually seeing all of you in person. Mr. Lowell you are a great person and player. I like how you look so calm when you are at bat. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to the team and Red Sox Nation.

    During that same series, we arrived early for batting practice. My daughter and I were standing above the bullpen. We looked down into the pen and saw a man in a RedSox warmup uniform, just sitting in a chair by himself writing. John Farrell had walked onto the field next to the bullpen. The man stopped writing and got up to go talk to Mr. Farrell. I was so excited to see Mr. Farrell and then my daughter asked me who the other guy was. I thought it was an assistant or another coach. The man standing next to us over heard my daughter. While looking at me as if I were the biggest idiot, he informed us that the man we were admiring by just a few feet above, was Curt Schilling. Then just as if it had been in a script, you turned around toward us, so we recognized you. At that moment I felt like I was, indeed, the biggest idiot.

    You guys are champions in so many ways. You are genuinely good people. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but some times I wish you weren’t high profile athletes. I wish I could invite you to dinner, and our children could play together. Just as one family to another trying to do the best they can raising their children and being the best at what they do.

    Sorry I got a little carried away. The RedSox are just such a big part of our lives. Thank you!!!!!

  572. grampaerwin37 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:45 pm

    HEY HEY MIKEY!!!!
    i almost thought you were gonna pull a Johnny Damon (back-stabbing fagot)
    and go to the Yanks.
    great job and see ya out

  573. amitsatchmo permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:50 pm

    Welcome back Mike Lowell! You are by far one of the classiest guys in baseball, and have proved that point once more by staying with the Red Sox (and their sometimes miserly management).

    A big thanks from Red Sox nation!

  574. patriotsgal1977 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:54 pm

    Thanks first to Curt for allowing Red Sox Nation to fill these pages with sure great inspirations…

    Having grown up in MA for my entire life, I have been through the good, the bad and the ugly, and there was quite a bit of ugly in the past. I can not express what it means to myself along with the entire rest of Red Sox nation to have a Team as we do in Boston now.

    It is amazing to know that players actually want to stay here and be apart of what is the best organization currently in MLB.

    To Mike, and To Curt….

    Thank You for being the outstanding, stand up men that make us proud to be a part of RED SOX NATION!!!

    Wishing You And Yours A Warm & Peaceful Holiday Season,

    Heather
    Shrewsbury, MA

  575. steevo76 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:58 pm

    Mr. Mike Lowell…..

    I have to say thank you for resigning with the “Sawx”. You are a great asset to the team, and The nation is greatful for all that you have done. Thank you, Thank you , Thank you!!!!!!!!

    We watch every game we can , even though now we live in Salt Lake City…
    But anyhow, thank you !!!!!!

    Steevo

  576. mainefiji permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:04 pm

    Congratulations on coming back for three more years (at least). I firmly believe that you and Curt have realized that there is something that is equally important as money: a player’s legacy. Fifteen years after you finish playing, do you think people will remember the amount of money that you made? No. They will remember you for playing in Boston and for winning championships. Legacies don’t exist in Tampa Bay, Arizona, or even Philadelphia. By playing in Boston and winning the world series, you become part of the history of the game, part of the history of New England. Names such as Orr, Bourque, Russell, Cousy, Bird, Williams, and Doerr are revered by Boston sports fans. By playing in Boston, you afford yourself the opportunity to become part of this incredibly special fraternity. I look forward to telling my grand kids about you some day.

    Happy Holidays.

  577. luvthesox permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:05 pm

    Mike, we hope you enjoy playing for the Sox as much as we enjoy having you play! Welcome back and can’t wait to the home opener!

    Nora.

  578. jlynn9nu permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:05 pm

    Mike,
    I have watched and enjoyed you since I was a young girl standing at the fence of Veteran’s Field in Chatham. I loved the way you carried yourself and how you play the sport with class and a genuine love for the game.
    Thanks for letting me be able to continue to do this from the seats in the Fens! Have a great off-season and we will see you in the Spring!

  579. gotrags permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:07 pm

    Hey Mike words can’t express the joy I felt when I was listening to WEEI on 11/19 and I heard ” ESPN’s Buster Onley is reporting that the Red Sox and Mike Lowell have agreed in principal to a 3 yr. contract”
    I almost cried, I said to all my friends the only way I accept A-fraud here is if we still have Mike ( from ) Lowell here, because Mikey and Vtek will be in charge in that clubhouse.
    A dead pull hitter a carreer year and World series MVP, not bad for a “throw in” on the Josh Beckett deal (w/ sarcasm). Thanks for the championship. Now we go for back to back baby.

    Go Sox,
    George
    Salem,NH

  580. richie035 permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:14 pm

    hi mike, so glad you decided to stay in boston. im a huge fan of yours, and it’s great to see you back at 3rd base.

  581. jenolson permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:34 pm

    Mike,

    Just a 40-something mom here, with an 11 year old son who loves baseball. I want to thank you for being the kind of sports hero that he needs. You epitomize the good side of sports, and I thank you for making that your goal, rather than simple dollars. Thank you for giving my son (and me!!!!) a great hero to root for. You’re one of the good ones.

    Jen

  582. crystallee permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:57 pm

    Mike Lowell, You sir are the Man! Congratulations for a season and career well played. Thank you for being the stand up man that you are and coming back to Red Sox Nation. I waited and watched and listened every day waiting to hear what you would do and was beyond excited to learn of your well awaited return. I had not known who you were until you came to the Red Sox but I knew that very first year that you are a great player and an asset to this franchise. I thank you as well as all of the Players for being a team worth looking up to. You all have such a great relationship and THAT is what makes you all a TEAM. I praise you all and look forward for spring training to begin so we can move forward to a New Season. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!! All of our players are beyond deserving of MVP but you sir, truelly deserved what was given to you.

    Crystal
    Peabody,MA

  583. mikeyv893 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:01 pm

    Mike-

    THRILLED to know you’ll be around a while. It’s a joy to have you playing for us, and I’d just like you tell you how appreciated you are by me n’ mine. My wife will attest to the number of times this post-season (as you ripped yet another clutch double) I was shouting (so loud they must’ve heard me in the center of town) “I F#$@&ING LOVE THAT GUY!!!!!!”

    Glad to have you back.

  584. redsox2582 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:09 pm

    Thanks so much Mike for returning to the Red Sox. I am WICKED HAPPY you are back. You are amazing in many ways and have done so much for Boston. You and the team are one big family and it shows on and off the field. I tip my hat to you and thank you because the team and you have so much loyalty and respect. I AM PROUD TO LIVE IN BOSTON AND PROUD TO BE A RED SOX NATION FAN!!!!!

    Nikki

  585. redsox2582 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:11 pm

    Schilling thanks for comming back. It brought tears to my eyes when I found out you were. I am WICKED HAPPY you want to retire with Boston. We DEFINATLY want you to retire with us. Like I said before I AM PROUD TO LIVE IN BOSTON AND PROUD TO BE A RED SOX NATION FAN!!!!! You and the team are one big happy family and it shows on and off the field. Thank you Schilling.

    Nikki

  586. chrissidy permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:18 pm

    Thank you Mike Lowell for staying in Boston- I just couldn’t imagine watching you play for someone else next year!!! Hope you have another great season!!!

    Chrissidy
    Bradford, MA

  587. scadoo permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:28 pm

    I had to say thank you to one of the biggest gentleman and gamers on and off the baseball diamond. Thank you for staying in Boston as you epitomize what it is to be a “professional” athelete

  588. jsull85 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:32 pm

    Mike,

    You have been such a good player and awsome addition to our team thank you so much for desiding to stay with us for 3 more years im so glad to have u on our team

  589. jaybirdie18 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:33 pm

    Thaks Mike,

    I am from Albany NY, and RED SOX NATION is large here, contrary to popular belief. have been a Sox fan my entire life, and it was difficult at times, but I was always proud to be one. I truly appreciate you for staying in BEANTOWN, and look forward to watching you win some Gold Glove @ 3rd, and wo knows, maybe a batting title!!!!!

    Happy Hollidays!!

    Thanks
    Jay

  590. wistahsoxfan12 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:38 pm

    Hey Mike, thanks for two good years and heres to three more. Great job this season, postseason, and winning the mvp. You could retire tomorrow and not play a game of that contract and I still be happy that we didn’t sign that busch league prima donna in New York. Does it make you guys laugh when they talk about what a great job the yanks did saving money on the deal, only anyone who ever says that fails to mention the fact they lost 21 million cause he opted out in the first place and with the easy incentives he still going to get paid 300+ mil. You should ask him what weighs more his 300 million, The october pressur….oh..yeah I forgot about that one. Hm, the 300 million or your two WS rings? Thank you for everything Mike, Curt, and the rest of the Red Sox Nation.- pat

  591. mnsoxfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:39 pm

    Hey Mike,

    I’m so glad that you decided to re-up! I’m really looking forward to 3 more years! I’m also looking forward to seeing you play at the Metrodome. I’ll be there with my wife and 2 boys chanting, “THANK YOU, RED SOX”, with claps and all!!

    Thank you so much for everything!

    Jeff

  592. paulmay018 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:40 pm

    Hey Mike,

    I’m stuck far from home. Watching you help win the Series meant an awful lot to me. Knowing you’re coming back is great. Thanks, what you do means so much to so many.

    Take care,
    Paul

  593. costa13 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:44 pm

    Mike,
    This year was truly an awesome season. I have been a fan for my entire life and have three children (9y/o, 3y/o and 22month old) who are all Red Sox fans. My oldest sat in the bleachers (I know what was I thinking) in 2004 for her first game and she still believes that she single handedly reversed the curse. My three year old daughter is a hugh Josh Beckett fan. She calls herself Mrs. Beckett. The little guy will watch several innings and cheers go, go, go.

    I am proud of the fact that my children can grow up watching players like yourself. The fact that you accepted the three year deal instead of selling out for more money and a longer contract shows your appreciation for the Boston fans.

    Thanks and best of luck for a healthy off season and upcoming year!!

  594. gabesbabe permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:18 pm

    I gotta say this is by far the coolest thing I have ever seen! No one has ever made this big of an impression on any team in Boston as far as I can remember. Curt, I am so glad your site has given RSN the ability to voice their thanks to Mike Lowell.

    Mike Lowell…what can I say that hasn’t been said already? You have to be the most respected player here in Boston. We are truly enamored of your hitting and fielding as well as respecting how much you have been thru in your life personally. Thanks for being you!

    I have the pleasure of living in a city that is known for its professional sports teams but now I have the distinct honor to say I live in a city that is known for its players who have integrity and decency. I will love nothing more than to see you all retire in this fine city. And when they call you all to the HOF I hope you are wearing Red Sox uniforms. Both Curt and Mike are true players my kids can call idols and I will be proud to agree!

    Thanks again to the ownership who have managed to make Boston a worthy city to call home!

    PS…I miss Gabe Kapler….can you perhaps put in a good word for him and get him an invite for spring training???

  595. dystany1 permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:21 pm

    Thank you so much for returning Mike. We all know who the real AL MVP was!

    Carrie Ann

  596. chuckbty permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:22 pm

    Mike Lowell:

    I want to thank you for returning to Boston and helping to keep last years World Series Championship Team together. I remember thinking, after Bill Muller left, that it would be difficult finding a first baseman of not just the skill, but the character of the 2004 WS Championship teams 3rd baseman. Amazingly enough you have more than stepped into that position. Too many guys seem to be in this only for the money and will squeeze MLB in general and teams in specific for every last cent that they are worth *coughARODcough*. Glad to see we still have the classiest 3rd baseman in baseball.

    Curt Schilling:

    I think if we asked Mike, he’d probably mention that there was another guy that didn’t push the Free Agency envelope for all it’s worth and took either less years or cash than other teams might have offered them to return to a place they WANTED to play instead of going to a place they may be less happy, but would pay more money. If this truly is your last year Curt, for all of Red Sox Nation I want to thank you for all the blood, sweat and tears you spilled bringing us not one, but two Wold Series Championships.

  597. cherazz permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:22 pm

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    Thank you so much for returning to the town that loves you more than you could ever realize. Words cannot express the joy we all share that you’ll continue to be our third baseman. You’re a fantastic player and you have a heart of gold. It is heartwarming to see that not everyone cares about the money…you’re a class act! Cheers to you and all of our Boston Red Sox!

    Mr. Schilling,

    Thanks so much for doing this. The fans have always wished to convey their deepest wishes and thoughts to the players we love so much. We deeply appreciate this and this would be a fantastic idea to do again in the future! Thanks for sticking with us and cheers to next season!

    Sincerest Regards,
    Cherise and Kalena Wheeler

  598. kjsilver21 permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:25 pm

    Mike,
    Thank you so much for returning to the Sox! Your presence in the lineup, the field, and the clubhouse are immeasurable. I look forward to watching you play with a B on your cap for 3 more great years!
    Thank you,
    Kyle

  599. kbranx103 permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:31 pm

    Thrilled to have you back in Boston!
    Thank you so much! GO SOX!
    -Kayla

  600. tjw74 permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:39 pm

    This seems like the chance of a life time to be able to share with you the absolute joy I felt when receiving the news that you will be with us for three more years!!!!!!!!! While I honestly love the Red Sox, my favorite part of watching a game the last couple of years has been you! And so, immediately after the World Series I felt a bit sad that there was the possibility that you would not be with us next year. Thank you for all that you have done with this club! You are a staple here in Red Sox Nation… Here’s to three more years!

  601. quackinator permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:59 pm

    Greetings! I am a Sox fan who was transported to Phillies territory. While I love the Sox with all my heart, you know the Phils came close this year, and I’d like to see them continue their success. I would not have minded seeing you both in red pinstripes (never blue!!!)

    Having said that, I want to thank Curt for providing this opportunity, and of course, I want to thank Mike for deciding to stay in Boston. Go out and get another ring next year!!!!!

  602. hugo77 permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:01 pm

    We’re stoked about you signing with the Sox for 3 more seasons! Congratulations on your success and we appreciate your commitment to the area(community), the team, and the fans. The same goes for you Curt! Thanks guys!

    Hugo & Karen
    Orlando, FL

  603. alexrodriguez666 permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:01 pm

    Thanks Mikey, I didnt want to play for the sox anyways. we got you this year tho bud!

    A-Rod

  604. jettagirl7976 permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:12 pm

    Thank you Mike & Curt for all the joy that you bring to RSN both on and off the field. We are thrilled to have you both back and nothing makes me more excited about Valentine’s Day than the thought of pitchers and catchers reporting. :) I look forward to seeing all of you receive your shiny new baubles on Opening Day.

    Best wishes to you both,
    Kris

  605. November 23, 2007 9:14 pm

    Mikey – I freaked out when I heard of your return.. I got about 30 e-mails and 20 voice messages from people congratulating ME on your return, because they knew how big of a fan I am of you and how ecstatic I would be.

    I created a small fan page for you.. no I’m not crazy, I just think you’re the sexiest man, in the freaking world. But on your site, I wrote about your past dealing with cancer and also your family’s struggles in Cuba. I get e-mails from people all over the country everyday talking about how they never knew about your past & how amazing you are. I just tell them I know, he’s an inspiration.

    I’ve dubbed you the sexiest man in baseball on the site, the George Clooney of baseball actually.. And I get many girls sending me messages, agreeing.

    My 2008 life goal is to:

    1) attend a game that the man, the myth, the legend Schill pitches

    2) to meet you. Or at least get seats close enough to see you up close. And Varitek. He’s my other sexual obsession

    Oh, if you just type in Mike Lowell Fan Page in google, your site should come up. Lots of people see it everyday. And I’m glad I can help share your inspiring & heroic life to fans all around the country

    If you’re ever single in the future – please marry me.

    – Ashley Bartolome

  606. buzzardoftheages permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:15 pm

    Mike, I have enjoyed watching you play ever since you came here. It fills my heart with joy that you decided to return and continue to give all of us hope for next year and many more to come. Your success has made our struggles easier to deal with and I continue to thank you and all of the Red Sox, past and present for what you have done and continue to do- your best to bring back another championship back for us and our region, be the best you can be every day, and most importantly, to play baseball in a park full of true baseball fans. We’ve always been there, and will always continue to be there, to watch you play baseball in Fenway Park and on the road (Sometimes it’s MUCH cheeper ;D) and root no matter what. My grandfather feels the same way. Thank you for everything Mr. Lowell!~CuRT, RI

  607. olyjack permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:44 pm

    Welcome back, Mike. I was thrilled when I heard you’ll be wearing a Red Sox uniform for at least another three years. I’ve been a Sox fan for almost 50 years now), and I can’t think of a player I’ve admired more. Not even the sainted Yaz. Our very best to you and your family.

  608. alisonc permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:45 pm

    When I met you at the barbecue at Spring Training this last spring, I told you how relieved I was that you were still a part of the Red Sox (and not Todd Helton) You told me that you were as happy about it as I was. There are some sports figures that play for other teams, before they come to Boston who seem like they were always part of our team, the second they put on the uniform . You are one of those players. I am so grateful and happy that you decided to stay in Boston. When you made your speech at Spring Training about encouraging our kids to work as hard as they can and maybe there will be a place for them on a major league team even if they aren’t a Manny or a Big Papi – I fell for you as a human being. Watching you play for a couple of years, I fell for you as a player. Thank you so much for returning to Boston. We’re thrilled to have you. Congratulations on a fabulous year. (PS, I have a great picture of you from the parade pointing to my sign that said “forget A-Rod, we want Mike Lowell) Thank you. Welcome home.

    Alison C.

  609. bartrd permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:54 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks so much for being the class act that you are and picking happiness over money. RSN appreciates your positive attitude and we should all use you as an example that money cannot truly buy anyone’s happiness.

    Thank you also for being such a big part of why I love baseball. Only in recent years have I truly become a Red Sox fan due to my husband and now I’m addicted – and I’m not just another “pink hat” – sometimes my husband jokes that I know more about baseball than he does!! You have played a big part in my love for baseball – your work ethic, positive attitude, and the genuine comradery that seems to exist on the team all drew me in. I have always been truly touched by how highly your teammates speak of you – this is an accomplishment all in itself!

    Thanks again for coming back and bringing your spirit and classiness back to Boston! I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of you guys out there playing again in April!!

    Robin

    p.s. Thanks, Curt, for this great idea, and also for making your way back to Boston in a similarly classy fashion! Can’t wait to see you on the mound in the spring!

  610. crisp10 permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:55 pm

    Mr. Mike Lowell,

    I am so happy to see you come back to Boston. It would be a hard loss without you there to help the Red Sox on to another victory. Congradulations on winning the World Series MVP better luck next time for the AL MVP. Thanks for everything that you have done to help out the Red Sox in all of the years you have been there. I will never forget the grand slam that you hit in the first inning at my first Red Sox game. Have a great Holiday season and have fun with your family. Congradulations on winning the World Series I always believed in all of you.

    Mr. Curt Schilling,

    Thank you for setting up this opportunity to thank Mike Lowell I appreciate it very much. Congradulations on winning the World Series.

    Sincerely,
    Leah
    Milton Vermont

  611. leshane32 permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:59 pm

    Hi Mike Lowell this is Mark Le Shane from Bedford, MA. I was in School in Miami at Johnson & Wales University from 2003-2006 that is when I started to hear about you with the Marlins. Then when you came to the Red Sox it was like this is great plus Beckett. What you did this last year was the best thing I have ever seen you are the best. I wanted to Thank You for not selling out like Johny Damon and going to the Yankees. You are way better person & player then AROD you are clutch and get it done when it needs to be done and have two championships one with the Marlins & Red Sox. Congrat. I have a question for you Mike Lowell I just graduated from Johnson & Wales University majoring in Sports Management it is a hard field to get into I was wondering if you could help me out and new anyone in the Sports World that could help me I want to work in the Facility Management of Sporting facilities but have no leads to get any positions. My email address is MarkLeShane2003@yahoo.com I could send you my Resume & Cover Letter if you could help me out that would be great. If not I hope you have a excellant 3 years with the Red Sox and Thank You so much for bringing the World Series Trophy back home to Boston where it belongs Hope you do it again next season. God Bless & Hope we can be in contact soon. Thanks & Good Luck.

    Mark Le Shane
    Bedford, MA

  612. tekfan4ever permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:00 pm

    LOWELL!! Western MA loves you Thanks for Comming back to The Sox.. Lets have another Season Just like 07!
    Sarah

  613. joeyp2718 permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:11 pm

    Heel Curt, thanks to both you and Mike Lowell for returning and thanks to the entire team for a season for the history books.
    I have been a Sox fan for ever. Watched them lose in 67, 75 and 86. Since you’ve been there, there’s been a whole new attitude about what it means to be a winner. Great idea to start this page to than Mike! Hope 08 is another great year; you’ve given us a lot to hope for.

    Joe Pompeo

  614. pemliza permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:14 pm

    Curt, what a great thing for you to do to allow fans the chance to get a message out to Mike through your blog! Thanks!

    To Mike Lowell, thank you. I was so happy to hear that the deal got done and that you had agreed to stay in Boston for the next three years!!! As is obvious by the number of response here, you have become a huge fan favorite, a sentiment which I share!

    More than anything else, I would like to thank you for being the kind of person with the kind of character you appear to have. I have a nephew who lives with me who is following the tradition of being a huge Sox fan. I love it that he now considers you one of his favorite players, because I love him admiring someone who he not only can look up to as a ball player, but also as a person. Thank you & here’s to 3 winning years & more WS championships!

    Liza Dunkle
    Sox fan in Idaho

  615. jlannon permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:29 pm

    Thanks for coming back home, Mike!

    And thank you, Curt, for giving us this opportunity!

    Faithfully yours,
    Jess

  616. possibledreamer permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:36 pm

    My motto was “bring back the brow”….what a thrill to have you back, Mike Lowell.

    a forever grateful fan of RSN

  617. missalit permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:38 pm

    Mike,

    It’s as simple as this: you’re a class act, and we’re estatic to have you back in Boston!

    Here’s to a great 2008 and beyond!
    Alison

  618. skylandprinting permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:42 pm

    Mike,

    Thank you for showing Red Sox Nation and all of the fans of baseball that loyalty still exists and being part of a great team is what’s important. We couldn’t be happier to have a true hero back in a Red Sox uniform! You’re a class act and forever a Red Sox legend!

    Tom

  619. peterrc permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:55 pm

    Mr Lowell,

    I’m not quite sure if you will read the 562nd comment on this page. But if you do, I would just like to thank you. You are a true inspiration to myself. The way you play the game of baseball and you’re professionalism is what I would like to aspire to. You are a true player through and through, and I’m happy to root for you, whatever team you play on, but even better to root for you as a Red Sox player. Good luck in your next three years in Boston, and even the years after that.

    Thank you.
    -Peter C.

  620. donkelly permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:59 pm

    Mr. Lowell,

    Thank you so much for re-signing with the Red Sox. You said it money is not the only thing that should measure your happiness. I have been waiting for a baseball player to say that for a long time. I enjoy watching you play third base. You are a gold glove third baseman. You are a inspiration to me and I wish you the best for the rest of your career here in boston and beyond. Happy holidays to you and your family.

    Mr Schilling,

    I gotta thank you as well. You are a great athlete and a determined go getter ever since you came to boston. I mean in 04′ with the bloody sock and grit and determination. For the first time in a long time me and my dad sat transfixed to the T.V. and watched you guys grit it out and then when you all won it back in 04′, Me and my dad were hootin and hollerin, giving high fives and everything. That’s only one of the many things that makes you the go to guy here in Boston. Congrats on this year again. You again along with the whole Red Sox organization have done a great job and Thank you so much for re-signing with the Sox. Happy holidays to you and your family.

    See y’all in ’08

    Sincerely,

    Donald Kelly Jr.

  621. cindyrob permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:14 pm

    Mike,
    Thank you so much for returning to the Red Sox. Nothing means more to the fans in Boston as the Sox and to have you here makes it all the better. Keep up the good work. You’re the best, We love you here in Boston.
    Longstanding member of Red Sox Nation.
    Cindy

  622. wendyk8 permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:16 pm

    THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart and sox fans all accross sox nation, THANK YOU! THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER FANTASTIC SEASON AND ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS! I also just want you to know that it is sooooo nice to hear someone say that they would rather stay in boston FOR boston because they love it – Fenway, the fans and just the family that is RED SOX NATION! It was so refreshing to see the smile on my 8yr old sons face when he found out you resigned w/ us. Its soo nice to show him that there are professional players out there that are really still in it for the love of the game and not the money. I am a single mom and I have been trying to teach Austin that a sport is a sport and you should play cuz you love it not for the money but its hard when he turns on ESPN every morning and heres about another player leaving his team because the millions he makes just doesnt cut it anymore. He was born w/ a bat and ball in his hand and he is a prodigy in every aspect of baseball (at 5yrs old he was reading stat books and the sports page instead of green eggs and ham!) and he hopes to play proffesionally someday ( as all boys his age do) and I can only hope that if he does he can be a proud member of this fantastic organization and follow in the footsteps of you and your team mates that share the same love of the game not the love of money. THANK YOU! you are an inspiration to all of us. I also want to thank Curt for allowing us this opportunity to express our gratitude towards you and letting us feel like we are a little more a part of the RED SOX FAMILY and bringing us that much closer! THANK YOU! WE LOVE YOU RED SOX!!!!!!

  623. November 23, 2007 11:21 pm

    I’ve been a Red Sox fan for all my 30+ years. Many great players have come and gone in that time, and it’s rare when someone becomes so universally embraced in such a short amount of time.

    Those signs at the parade, the #25 shirts being worn all over New England, and the standing ovation I can’t wait to give you next April, are all a testament to your work ethic, spirit, and leadership – not to mention the clutch hits and excellent glovework! Bringing food to the fans in line for playoff tickets was the icing on the cake. We respect and appreciate your loyalty as you do ours.

    I know Boston is a long way from South Florida, but thanks for choosing to stay with us. You’re a true Red Sox now. Welcome “home”!

    Kristen
    RedSoxDiehard.com

  624. bosox31 permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:26 pm

    Curt, Thank you as well..without Schill 04 would not have happened!!

    Mike you are the true meaning of a “Class Act”.
    My wife, myself and our two kids were sweating like a yankee fan watching a-rod at the plate in any big game waiting for the word that you re-signed with Red Sox Nation. There really is nothing better than seeing Mike Lowell swagger up to the plate (in any situation). Thank you for giving us, at the least THREE MORE YEARS, and taking the home town discount. (thats awesome!!)
    Ok Curt I wrote it just like you told me too…….please forward those tix you promised me.
    Butch Mulligan
    Bridgewater, Ma.
    Go Soxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ’08 and beyond

  625. sports8386 permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:39 pm

    Hey Mike, i just want to say Thank You for staying. You are the true meaning of class in every way. I hope you and your family enjoy Boston for the next 3 yrs and maybe more. I love watching you play and thank you for bringing another championship to Boston. I also think you will bring more. I look forward to seeing you at Spring Training in Ft. Myers. I hope you have a great offseason and enjoy it M.V.P Thank You AGAIN!!!

    Daniel Thomson
    Cape Coral, FL

  626. efftheyanks permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:42 pm

    Mr. Mike Lowell, your return to Boston is a weight lifted off the chest of Red Sox Nation. Thank you for rejoining and thank you for everything you’ve done for the young guys. You are all loved!!

  627. redfreakinsox permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:58 pm

    Thank you so much for resigning Mike!!!! I think I held my breath the entire time between when you became a free agent and when you resigned with the Sox! I would rather have you on this team than a million A-Rods!

    So, thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

    And Curt you are the freakin’ coolest for letting us all share our opinions!!!
    I love you guys!

    Liz = )

  628. madeofawesome permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:01 am

    Curt – This is a great idea and a wonderful way to thank one of our key players for being so awesome. Therefore, much thanks goes to you, too.

    Mike – Thank you very much for returning to Red Sox Nation. You are an awesome player as well as an awesome human being. You show that sometimes, loyalty and love can take priority over anything else.
    Thanks for keeping the best eyebrows in baseball with Boston for another three years! Welcome back home.
    <3 Mary Redstone
    Leominster, MA

  629. bclaudio permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:21 am

    Thanks Mikey! You made my day, I was thinking about what jersey I wanted for christmas and it is official that I need to have a 25 jersey- just because I know that you will not go anywhere anytime soon. Thanks for 2007 and I hope that you can do what you did next year.

  630. peterpainter permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:38 am

    We of Red Sox Nation are at the TOP OF THE WORLD right now, and your contributions were key all season long, as well as in the World Series, to making this come to pass. It was wonderful news to hear you were staying in Boston- that just made it sweeter!
    I look forward with delight to opening day 2008, and seeing all our heroes take the field in Fenway Park!

  631. devans24 permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:51 am

    Mike, congrats on the new contract. My wife and I are big fans of yours (she, maybe more than I!). I recall the trade and how you were the “throw in” that anyone had to take to get Beckett. I remember telling Julie that you were a pretty good player before 2005 and she may be surprised. She, along with the rest of the fans, fell for you almost immediately. I could tell from the Marlins days that you were a class act and would bring that to Boston with you. You certainly earned the fourth year from anyone that would have put it in front of you, but I’m glad you’re back for the forseeable future. My wife and I live in northern Maine, but will hopefully see you and the rest of the boys in Philadelphia and Baltimore on the road this year (we’re sick, like the rest of Red Sox Nation). Good luck in 2008.

    Will Gardner
    Ashland, Maine

  632. soxgirl321 permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:05 am

    Hi Mike!

    Christmas came early this year!!!!!! I just wanted to say thank you sooo much for coming back to Boston! I’ve been a huge fan of yours for the past two years and I just love watching you play. You’re such a heads up balllplayer in all aspects of the game and, by the way, I can’t even begin to explain the sheer joy I feel watching you execute a hidden ball trick of any form. One of my favorite moments of this past year was watching you tag that runner out when he shifted his weight half an inch off the bag, the umpire blatantly staring at him the entire time. Ahh, the look on his face, priceless! :)

    I’m just so thrilled that you’re coming back, and I can’t tell you how much it means to us fans to have a player choose to come back when we know he’s being offered more money elsewhere. I’m sure people have all said it before me on the gazillion comments above, but you really seem like a “class act” and a good guy, and I just have so much respect for someone who acts as you do both on and off the field. Hey, we all know how the Boston media can be, but when you’ve got several Globe columnists constantly emphasizing the importance of resigning Lowell, you must know you’re doing something right!!

    I’m already looking forward to next summer and I can’t wait to head out to as many Fenway games as my wallet will allow, plus the Red Sox Road Trip my friends and I take each year. So far we’ve done Baltimore, Minnesota, and Atlanta (where we went this past summer for one game…a game in which you did not play. Wore my Lowell shirt and everything, but that’s just the kind of luck I have, I guess! hahah) So anyway, thanks again Mike, Red Sox Nation is psyched!! WELCOME HOME! :)

    Caitlyn (Quincy, MA)

  633. zosogirl9 permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:08 am

    Hi Mike! I just wanna say that you are absolutely a FAVORITE in our house. You are SUCH A SMART player, we LOVE to watch you! You’re like a FOX out there! So damn crafty! You know the rules of the game SO well, you take every chance you can to sneak something past the oposition. It is absolutely a PLEASURE to watch you play the game of baseball. I was DEVISTATED to hear that you wanted to leave us! I hope you didn’t REALLY want to leave! We love you like giant dorks! I know that this season will see me moving to North Carolina, but I look forward to paying through my TEETH for NESN so I can watch you, and Yoooooouk on the corners! I love the whole team, you guys sure make baseball great, whether you are out thinking, out hitting or out fielding the other team, it’s always a pleasure. Please continue the AWESOMENESS at third! We love your intensity, knowledge and passion!!! You’re a great baseball player, we are lucky to have you. Play well, and be well! We are all behind you all the time!!

  634. navybrat71 permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:10 am

    I can’t help but thinking there’s a Life cereal commercial in here somewhere! (“he likes it, hey Mikey!”). Seriously, though… Mike I cannot even begin to tell you what it meant to us here in Red Sox Nation when we heard that you had agreed to a new contract with the Sox. Even though it would have been hard to see you wearing anything but a Sox uniform, I would have supported and rooted for you no matter where you decided to go… with one possible exception =) So thank you for deciding to stay in Boston – it truly speaks to your character as a human being for leaving that much money and time on the table, just to stay in a place where not only do you look like an MVP, but you perform like one as well, both on and off the field. Loyalty, love, and admiration truly do have their rewards, and yours will be returned 10-fold.

    And to quote a post from above:
    “Curt you are the freakin’ coolest!” this blog is truly a joy to post in and to read. Thanks to you as well for deciding to stay in New England for one final year – I have no doubt that your “final curtain call” will be one for the ages =)

  635. bjhiggins permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:24 am

    Thank you, Mike Lowell. Your re-signing was something I was truly thankful for this Thanksgiving.

    Also, thank you, Curt. I’m glad you’re going to be back next year as well.

    And to the whole team, thank you for this amazing season. It has been a joy to watch you from the first pitch to that final strike-out, this truly was a season to remember. Thank you all.

  636. ferntender permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:27 am

    Mike,

    Thanks for being patient with the best team ever, thanks to you. Seriously, I would’ve lost ALL respect for Theo and all upper management if the MVP glory boy wasn’t re-signed… Thank you for what you’ve done, and thank you for what you are about to accomplish in the coming years. Good luck and you know you have the Red Sox Nation totally behind you.

    Mike Redfern

    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    formally from Brockton, MA

    GO SOX… Go LOWELL… MVP ’08!

  637. wake49field permalink
    November 24, 2007 2:40 am

    I honestly did a happy dance in my living room when I read the news that you had indeed re-signed with the Sox. I won’t lie, I was a huge Billy Mueller fan, so I was skeptical about you at first, but you have proven to me and the rest of Red Sox Nation where your heart lies. Add that to the fact that you are an unstoppable third baseman and a force at the plate….we love you Mike Lowell, and I’m ecstatic about the next three seasons!

    Bethany

  638. November 24, 2007 3:34 am

    MIKE
    Thanks for staying with the Sox! You are a tremendous leader, I told my wife that last year when you first came over and she noticed as the 2006 season went on that I was right. You bring so much more to a club than just numbers and that makes the difference between a World Championship and going home to play golf. I am proud of you for everything you did this year and I was so happy that you were World Series MVP, you deserved it. I think a lot of ball players leave a great situatuation to get a few more bucks and find they are not as happy as they were before. (Johnny Damon maybe?) Thank you for being a man and following your heart and not your wallet (really, you guys are all doin fine, whats a couple million?) and we look forward to watching you lead the Boston Red Sox to a few more World Championships.
    Thank You Mr. Lowell
    You are the man

    sincerely,
    the folks at bsanimation
    sportstalkweekly.com

    PS – I look forward to the hidden ball trick every year. Please continue that tradition.

  639. hank693 permalink
    November 24, 2007 6:10 am

    Just wanted to say thanks Mike for re-signing with the Red Sox.
    You truly are a class act and an example for others to follow.
    I think we all know who really is the best 3rd baseman in all
    of baseball. YOU!

    Some words from my 11 yr old daughter Andrea:

    hey its me now Andrea i am a big fan of baseball i play it myself my goal is try to be the first girl to make the Red Sox my dad has told me some realy great things about you. I hope I meet you one day.

    Your friends,
    Steve and Andrea Hoover

    Steve from Milford, MA
    Andrea from Northbridge, MA

  640. nysoxfan63 permalink
    November 24, 2007 7:05 am

    I would like to thank both Mike and Curt for showing they are class acts and returning to the greatest baseball franchise in the world. I am honored to have witnessed 2 world series titles in my life time when others waited forever! Keep up the winning tradition and once again excel in 2008!!

  641. donsta permalink
    November 24, 2007 7:14 am

    Mikey,
    Thanks for comin back to boston. I hope well see ya again after your contract runs out. We love ya

    Donnelly Hutchings
    Rochester NH

  642. mikelowellredsoxfan permalink
    November 24, 2007 7:30 am

    Mike Lowell, You are just such an inspiration and I am just so happy that you have decided to resign and come back with us. We would have missed you so much! I really am a huge fan of yours and just want you to know you are amazing! By all the times you helped us get to the end of the game and win it is just so awesome! Now because of you and Papelbon and Schilling and David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, and all the others We won another World Series! :) It is just so awesome that our Curse is over woohoo!!!!!!! Remember you rock and I really do care about you . As you can see I am a huge Mike Lowell Fan you will always be in my heart.

    God Bless you and thanks again! :) Welcome back to REDSOX NATION TRUE RED SOX FAN
    big Hugs Allie.

  643. thedoctorx permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:02 am

    Dear Mr. Lowell:

    Do not know if you will get this far, but you left a lot of money on the table to stay in Boston. How many of us fans would do that, I wonder?

    I and many fans thank you for having a wonderful year, being obviously a fantastic teammate, and deciding to stay and play for our team.

    –J.D.

  644. harmonipity permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:21 am

    Thank you Mike Lowell for sticking with the Red Sox even though you weren’t offered exactly what you wanted. That shows us what kind of player and man you really are, and everyone is proud to have you here! Finally the #1 guy is back with the #1 team!!

    And thank you Curt for allowing us to post our thanks, not only to Mike but to you, for coming back! We really do have the dream team! We all look forward to celebrating with the team next year around this time!!

    THANK YOU RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!

  645. mszew permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:37 am

    Curt,

    Kudos on this great idea.

    Mike,

    I can’t express how happy I am to have you back at the hot corner for at least 3 more years (hopefully many more after that, too). Thank you so much for everything you helped the team accomplish so far in your time here and I look forward to watching you play in Boston for many years to come. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Mike S, Connecticut

  646. redsox2582 permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:56 am

    Hey Mike,
    I forgot to mention one thing. I finished college in spring 2006 at the age of 24 with honors and it took me awhile to get there because I had a lot of people that said I wasn’t going to college, but I went and overcome my ADD and was able to believe in myself. I thank you and the team for that, because you guys never give up and always look positive and try your best no matter what. The Red Sox inspire me every day to keep going no matter how hard life gets or what gets in my way. Thank you Red Sox, and thanks again mike.

    Nicole

  647. redsox2582 permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:57 am

    Nicole
    From Boston Ma

  648. soxfaninin permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:02 am

    Thanks, Mike! If you even get this far to read this message…what a year! You are back with the best…and you ARE the best! Thanks for making the holidays a great one for the Red Sox fans! Those of us away from Fenway (I do my best to make an annual pilgrimmage back) and as a life long fan (who has passed it on to the next generation) we look forward to next year, the next, and the next. You give us something to be excited about when life gets in the way…Let’s go Red Sox! Clap! Clap! clapclapclap!

  649. 2ukredsoxfans permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:06 am

    Curt and Mike,

    I live in the UK and I only got into baseball late in life. In fact, my first game was at Fenway in 2003 and since then I have become an avid follower of the game and in particular of the Red Sox. Luckily, unlike so many Red Sox fans, I only had to wait a year for a Championship to come around.
    About 18 months ago I met my girlfriend and amazingly she to was a Red Sox fan. Trust me when I say that in the UK that is a rare pairing. This year we went to Chicago for our summer break and timed it so that we could watch the battle of the Sox and were delighted to be able to watch the sweep and see all those players up close who, until now, we have had to watch on a grainy feed over the internet.
    This October has cost me many hours of lost sleep and we won’t mention the numerous times in the season when I would wake up in the middle of the night and ‘just check the score’ only to end up watching a game to its end. I have no idea what my neighbours think when they hear squeals of angish or delight in the middle of the night for things like……
    – DP’s stop in the 7th to keep Clay’s no-hitter going
    – Coco appearing at full pace from stage right to take an extraordinary diving catch against Atlanta with Alex Cora celebrating before Coco has even taken the catch
    – Simply the sight of Pap walking out of the bull pen or Papi walking to the plate
    And right up there has been the pleasure gained from watching an already legendary pitcher reinvent themselves and a 3rd baseman proving that class as a person and class as a player are not mutually exclusive.
    Thanks for staying guys and for proving that love of the game can be a stronger motivator than love of the money.
    Congratulations on everything you and all the other guys achieved this year.
    Looking forward to 2008.
    Richard

  650. gmann permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:25 am

    Happy Holidays,

    Thank-you Mike Lowell, and Curt Schilling, for re-signing with the Red Sox. Now we can all go into next season knowing the Red Sox have the best possible pitching staff, infield, outfield and bullpen, and a great shot at repeating as world series champions. Both of you have renewed my faith in baseball by coming back here to the greatest place to play Fenway Park. Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart

    GO SOX!!!

    Gary

  651. justjude1870 permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:59 am

    Thanks and love from your devoted fans in Delaware

  652. jresh permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:00 am

    Hi Mike!

    Our family’s Red Sox obsession extends from Cape Cod to Oahu, and many games have been shared either on line or on the phone!

    We sincerely thank you for deciding to play three more years with the Sox. It would have been terrible to have lost such a good guy AND our ’08 MVP!

    We so appreciate having seen our dreams come true twice since ’04 and thank you from the bottom of our previously-bruised hearts for being a major part of that!

    Thanks, Curt, for giving us the opportunity to let Mike know how his fans feel about him. We’re glad you’re sticking around, too!

  653. teki1984 permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:38 am

    I doubt in the 637 posts and more to come, your eyes will fall on my little post, but if they do happen to Thank You Mike Lowell for being such an outstanding player, man, and MVP! This was my fist year into being a red sox fan, and you were the very first player I recognized by face and name. The Red Sox just wouldn’ thave been the same without you standing out there at third base. Can’t wait to come watch you play again in Baltimore in 2008!

    Nikki Bowen
    Columbia, PA

  654. tonya421 permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:38 am

    Thank you Mike Lowell for returning. I wouldhave been very upset and very disappointed if you did not return. I love you, your great. And its awesome that everyone thinks my boyfriend is you lol. We get more glances and comments, everyone says it. So I like to think Im dating you lol. I have pictures to prove it. lol.GO sox in ’08 and go mike lowell…. Wo0o0o0o!!!

  655. gobosox126 permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:00 pm

    Mike,

    Its a huge relief knowing that your gonna be back for another championship season. You play the game the way it should be played, with passion, pride, and professionalism, everything the Red Sox represent. Thank you for everything you have done and for the type of player you are. Have a great off season.

    Geoffrey Spence

    New Haven, CT

  656. cpollywog permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:48 pm

    Alright Mike! I’m glad to see that the Red Sox have their thinking caps on! How do you put aside a MVP??? Best of luck and cannot wait till next season! Have a good one!

    -Carol

    Providence, RI

  657. nicknsarah permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:21 pm

    Hey Mike!

    I am so excited that you decided to return to the Red Sox!!!! We were so excited that we actually went out to dinner to celebrate!!!! Welcome back, and keep up the great baseball.

    Sarah
    Southwick, Mass

  658. scrguy84 permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:51 pm

    Thank you very much for coming back. This team has had its run of bad luck. However, we are so glad to have kept a player on this team as yourself who knows what the fans want. Hell, I even have my girlfriend watching the Red Sox play. You and the team must be doing something great for her to be watching. Thank you so much once again for keeping the Boston dream alive along with their fans. Let’s do it again next year. 7ames Depaepe Gridley Illinois

  659. ilovemikelowell permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:53 pm

    Dear Mike: Baseball is fun to watch. I enjoy it very much! ESPECIALLY watching the Red Sox. But having someone as HOT as you makes it just that much better. I have my own “Fantasy Baseball Team”, and you are team captain! Thank you for playing so well, and looking AWESOME while you do it!

  660. November 24, 2007 2:26 pm

    Mike, thank you so much for taking less money and years to come back to Boston. We really appreciate and respect you for it. My 90 year old Aunt was actually on her 1st tour of Fenway the day your deal was announced (though not finalized). I had the pleasure of telling her when she got home that you had agreed to the deal and it made her happier to hear that news than the actual tour of Fenway.

    Thanks again and have a great 3 years!

  661. Bob K permalink
    November 24, 2007 2:52 pm

    Great to have you back, Mike.

    Hope you didn’t faint when you heard about Torii Hunter’s contract.

  662. sfletch permalink
    November 24, 2007 4:06 pm

    Mr. Schilling and Mr. Lowell –

    Thank you both for staying with Boston; two of the best Christmas presents ever. The World Series championships were pretty good, too :).

    I laugh whenever I hear the line “there’s no crying in baseball” because whomever wrote it was NOT a citizen of RSN. Thanks for making mine tears of joy! Victory is even sweeter when the nice guys finish first.

    Thanks also to Captain ‘Tek – I know he did the ‘hometown discount’ a few years ago, too.

    I live in Texas now, so I’ve done the Arlington road trip several times. Can’t wait to see you when you visit Houston in ’08. When you’re here, please visit us Red Sox fans working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

    Go Sox!

    Sandy

  663. imafan2 permalink
    November 24, 2007 4:14 pm

    Dear Mike,
    Thanks for showing me that it doesn’t have to be about the money and can be about the pure love for the game of baseball. You have to know how much your decision has rejuvenated Fenway’s faithful. It just feels- So good! So good! So good!

  664. bichettehappens permalink
    November 24, 2007 4:40 pm

    Mike Lowell

    YOU ARE LOVED BY US ALL

  665. erzabet permalink
    November 24, 2007 4:44 pm

    Thanks, Mr. Schilling, for this opportunity.

    And thank you, Mr. Lowell!

    Countless of us were hoping to find under the proverbial Red Sox Nation Christmas tree this off season. I can’t tell you how good it feels knowing you’ll continue to be a part of this team I adore. In Connecticut, where the lines of fandom blur between Boston and New York, many of my Yankee fan friends were rubbing their hands together, relishing the thought of you in pinstripes at third or first base… Oh, that would have felt like a really bad break-up. :-) You’ve become such an exciting central figure on the team these past two seasons, I couldn’t imagine the Sox without you. Thank you so much for preventing the need to do so.

    Happy holidays and all the best to you and your family.

    Elizabeth in Newington

  666. redsoxak permalink
    November 24, 2007 4:48 pm

    Wow!

    With the hundreds of replies I’m not sure you will even get to read this comment. I would just like to commend Mike on an outstanding season and a difficult decision! I was born and raised in Red Sox nation but now live in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is such a joy to see the games up here and, boy, do I have a large phone bill to the east coast during the post season! Thanks again!

    Stacy

  667. lordfondleberries permalink
    November 24, 2007 5:00 pm

    As evinced by this being the 637 comment on the subject, we’re all very happy to hear that Mikey Doubles will be back. Not only is he one of the best hot corner players I’ve ever seen, he seems also to be a great guy with heart and character.

    I can’t wait to see you guys make another run for the championship next year, and with all the young—and old, sorry Schill—talent on this team, it’ll be great to see the Sox in the hunt for many years to come.

    Enjoy the holidays. Go Sox! Don’t forget to do something nice for somone you may not even know.

    Lord f

  668. elc24 permalink
    November 24, 2007 5:06 pm

    Dear Mike Lowell,

    Just want to say I think it’s great you are going to play in Boston for the next three years. I was pretty worried that you would move on…although I would not have held it against you if you had. Anyway just wanted to tell you that I think you are the very definition of a gentleman and a professional. I am sure that you are enjoying your time off but personally I can’t wait for baseball season to start again!

    Hope you have great holidays and enjoy your vacation.

    Will be seeing you in March!

    Eva Chatfield
    Ormond Beach, Florida

  669. dowjones20k permalink
    November 24, 2007 5:25 pm

    Thank you Mike Lowell!!

    You are a class act, like your fellow teammate Curt Schilling ..

    As a Red Sox fan my family would like to THANK BOTH of you for staying in Boston and ignoring the money you left on the table … we cheer for you and will be at Fenway in 2008 .. we cant wait.

    You are THE class acts of MLB & the MLB should be greatful to have players like you who appreciate the fans, the history and the legacy of the BOSTON RED SOX!!

    You BOTH will certainly be in the RED SOX HOF and I feel in MLB HOF also.

    THANK YOU AGAIN!!

    Have a great offseason and see you @ spring training!!

  670. bobrye permalink
    November 24, 2007 5:59 pm

    Mike – Great to know you’ll still be at third base at Fenway for the next three years! Your stroke is made for the park and it will be fun to see you denting the wall for a few more years. Thanks also for the professionalism with which you carry yourself both on and off the field…playing the game the way it is suppose to be played. It’s nice to be able to say, “class” is still starting at third for the Sox!

  671. pamola permalink
    November 24, 2007 6:30 pm

    mike , you are the epitome of a great red sox player !! i thank you for staying in boston. i have 2 young sons who idolize you as much as i do. passed the torch to my boys ! thanks for the trophy let’s get another in ’08 !! schill youre the man !!

  672. vkcwiekowski permalink
    November 24, 2007 7:18 pm

    here are some pictures from game 7 of the alcs and game 1 of the world series, featuring mikey, schills, and the rest of the crew who epitomize what it means to truly be a “team.” print out the pics of lowell & pass them along! – valerie

    http://picasaweb.google.com/vkcwiekowski/Game7OfTheALCSAndGame1OfTheWorldSeries

  673. doughboy09b permalink
    November 24, 2007 7:48 pm

    Mike, just wanted to say thanks for staying with the Sox, it is always a pleasure watching you play 3rd. My twin 9 year old boys both play baseball in our little town in Vermont and they both say that they want to play 3rd to be like Mike Lowell!
    You are a virtual “wall” and I cant recall very many balls going by you. You are gold glove material for sure! I am hoping to score opening day tickets so I can be amoung the millions of fans cheering for you and showing our true appreciation for you.
    Tim Gagnier,
    Springfield, VT

  674. risoxgirl permalink
    November 24, 2007 8:23 pm

    Thanks Mike — I can’t imagine what it was like to leave a year’s contract and millions on the table, but you’ll never buy another meal in New England. If you eat out a lot, it will add up! Ha ha. You’re a professional in every sense of the word, so it’s probably hard to understand how fans perceive these things, but know that long after you’ve played your last game in the majors, you will be respected and loved in New England.

    And thank you, Curt. You’ve done some amazing things on and off the field since being in Boston and it is very much appreciated. Your “why not us?” mentality turned things around and it won’t be forgotten.

  675. gbchatham permalink
    November 24, 2007 8:32 pm

    It is great to have 2 classy guys in Mike Lowell and Curt Schilling staying with the team. So glad to have you both.

  676. supermanny24 permalink
    November 24, 2007 8:54 pm

    Thanks Mike!- Thank you for taking less money in Boston. It’s too bad you couldn’t get a fourth year. Red Sox nation is ready for another great season in ’08. It’s nice to know that we’ll have Iron Mike in the hot corner for three more years.

  677. millwx permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:30 pm

    Great idea, Curt. I don’t know if Mike will actually read this whole thread of 600+ responses, but I posted something on the Globe forum about how someone who can both hear the voices of the fans AND reach the ears of Mike Lowell needs to tell Mike how much we fans appreciate his willingness to pass up money and years to stay in Boston… just like you. And you, Curt, are now that vehicle. So, a big thanks to you to. I believe it’s important that BOTH of you fully realize how much this all means to the fans. I could go on ad nauseam, but just suffice it to say that both of you have become icons amongst Red Sox Nation by sacrificing to remain a part of The Nation. Thank you!! It shows a commitment to winning over and above dollars and cents. It shows class and a respect for the game… something all Sox fans cherish.

  678. joegosox permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:51 pm

    Mike,

    Thanks for staying in Boston. I would prefer you over four A-Rods.
    Let’s win another one!!

  679. annemg permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:54 pm

    Mike,
    In these days of players it’s great to have a guy with the soxs who puts VALUES in the things that matter more than the bucks. Proud to have you with the sox and here with us in MASS.You make it good to be a fan. Shill, thank you too. People do say you talk wayyyy to much but somethings just can’t be helped. My family is looking forward to 08! GO SOX. HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON TO THE ENTIRE TEAM. Oh I’d like to see TIMLIN back with you all too!

  680. putinaofthejungle permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:11 pm

    Mike –

    Role models like you are few and far between. I bet Johnnie Damon wishes he did what you did. We love you in Boston and your legacy in our town will last forever. I am writing this from my hometown in West Springfield, Massachusetts. I have two kids 10 and 3. The 10-year-old is a son who is a diehard fan like myself. We went to Game 1 of the World Series and he told me during the game that he hopes we sign you for the rest of your career. My dad is an 82-year-old diehard fan who was born in Greece and came to the U.S in the 1940’s and became a lifetime Sox fan. He, like many other older fans, can’t believe the money that baseball players get today. You were the first player ever that I heard him say “I hope they give him the money, he deserves it.” He knows you could have gotten more and so do the rest of us. You, my friend, are not a sellout but a true role model of the game, and they called you a “throw in” player in the trade that sent you here! The laugh is on them. My father George, my wife Julie, my brother dean, and my kids Nicholas and Arianna, wish you and your family the very best and want to say “thanks” for leading us to another World Series championship.
    Best of luck to you and wishing you a a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

    Stephen Karas
    West Springfield, Massachusetts

  681. redsxnationgal71 permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:06 pm

    Curt & Mike-

    As a long time member of Red Sox Nation, I want to thank you both for your hard work and dedication to the sport of baseball.

    Mike- I was on my way back from the Pats/Buffalo game when I learned you re-signed with the team. I made the announcement to the 50 people on my bus and the cheer on the bus gave me goosebumps. I have enjoyed watching you play and look forward for 3 more years!

    Curt- I wish you the best in your last year in a Red Sox uniform and I hope you leave with a bang aka with another World Series ring!!

    Thank you both for everything you do for the sport of baseball.

    ^^RedSxNationGal71

  682. mjccormier permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:07 pm

    Thanks Mike for all your effort this year. You are team player and a great ballplayer. You and your teamates make us proud for being fans. Glad you signed back with Boston. Look forward to a repeat.

  683. redsoxseries21 permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:36 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you! Curt you are the best for posting all of this…Red Sox Nation! You guys make april to october the best part of the year…this part sucks! Thank you to you both so much for making me hate this part of the year :)

  684. jedee02 permalink
    November 25, 2007 12:57 am

    Mike,

    Thank you for the early Thanksgiving gift! So many of us were praying that you would stay, but knew you needed to do what was best for you and your family. Thank God they were the same thing!

    I need to tell you that my Dad, who passed away in 2005, would have loved you on the Red Sox. I remember him watching you in the 2003 playoffs and World Series (of course we were routing for the Marlins to beat the Yankees), and commenting that you were a great player to have, and we would do well to have you on our team. Little did he know what the future held in store. I think of him whenever I watch you make a great play or get one of your many key hits.

    It will be a pleasure and an honor to have you back for 3 more years!
    Thank you from my family and friends!

    God Bless and peace to you & your family,
    Jeanne Dee (Auburn, MA)

  685. jeffdoc permalink
    November 25, 2007 1:15 am

    Fantastic idea, Curt. Thank you for providing us with a way to thank Mike Lowell for re-signing with the Red Sox….and a way that we can be sure that he will see.

    Mike, thank you for going with your heart and not with your wallet. You are a rarity in professional sports these days. Rarely does one see someone who takes less money and years to stay on a team they love, playing for fans who love him right back. YOU are one in a million, Mr. Lowell and I thank you for being the class of Major League Baseball.

    I wish you nothing but success in the coming seasons with my beloved Red Sox….and thank you again for choosing to stay in the best city in the world, playing for the best fans in the world..on the best team in the world..playing in the best park in the world.

    Thanks Mike!

    Warmest Regards,
    Jeff Docherty
    Prince Edward Island, Canada
    (Originally from Wellesley Hills, MA)

  686. mannyramirez1 permalink
    November 25, 2007 1:16 am

    Hi Mike!
    Sorry, I’m a little late to the party, but I had to tell you that I am so incredibly happy that you’re staying with us! Thank you sooo much for all you’ve done for the Red Sox and RSN. I now know that you love us as much as we all love you and that’s pretty awesome!
    Thanks again and we’ll see you all in April to collect the 2007 WS Champs ring!

  687. nursebabepei permalink
    November 25, 2007 1:26 am

    Thanks so much Mike for not only your performance this past season with the Sox, and for staying with our beloved Sox, but for being coming across as such a classy guy. In today’s world of professional sports, our kids don’t have many heroes to look up to as they should. It seems that more and more players are more concerned with looking out for number one and show very little sportsmanship in general. You, along with MOST of your fellow Red Sox teammates remind us of what sports SHOULD be and what being loyal and a real “team player” is all about.

    The outpouring of love and support from the entire Red Sox Nation and the hundreds of signs around Boston saying “sign Lowell!” said it all. Congratulations on the contract and THANK YOU!

    Thanks so much also to Curt. You are a legend already and I can’t wait to see that familiar stance on the mound once more in 2008 in Fenway Park.

    And in preparation for 2008 season: GO SOX!

    Kristi Brown
    Prince Edward Island, Canada

  688. tylergray permalink
    November 25, 2007 2:44 am

    A player that leaves millions of dollars on the table to play in a place he wants to play is a player not often found in today’s world. Red Sox Nation appreciates what you did greatly and it takes a special player to do what you did. Thanks for everything and I hope the next three years bring good memories and championships to you and Boston.

    Tyler Gray
    Fairfield, IL

  689. soxfan4lyfe07 permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:03 am

    Mr. Mike Lowell,

    I can start by saying thank you, and I will but alot of these posts are the same. I’m glad you didn’t goto the greatly hated Yankees to become a 1st baseman.

    I just want to say I will be there you to root you on along with the rest of the 2008 team. I respect you. I respect Curt along with mos (if not all)of the team.

    I watch a little boy who was told that he would never walk, talk or do anything after the age of 5…if he made it there. Let me tell you this boy is my little ham bone… He falls asleep every night watching the Red Sox…He knows the name of all the players but if you ask who his favorite is he says…Mikey Low… Duhh! Even if you make a routine play he believes it is the greatest play in the world. He wears his Boston hat proudly. Now how would I have explained to him that Mikey is on another team when I take him to his 1st baseball game next yr. Thank you! For keeping the hopes of a little boy alive. Not to mention You are the Greatest!

    Cheranne
    CT

    p.s. He is doing really well On his 8th birthday he will be cheering on the Sox at his 1st game ever.

  690. jenl82 permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:25 am

    Hi Mike,
    Just wanted to thank you for coming back to Boston for the next three years. I’ve been a fan since the day I was born and will always will be no matter what. I think it speaks volumes about the type of person and player you are when you turn away a chance to make more money else wear. Its great to see that there are loyal players out there who are not in it just for the money. And to me it means more than a World Series win. There is no question about the loyalty between the Red Sox and there fans, so it means a great deal when we see the players show that same commitment. Thank you so much for that, and cant wait to see you guys again next year! Congrats on the MVP award, and have I no doubt you’ll be just as great if not better next season!

    Go Sox!

    Jen Lamb
    Stoughton, Ma.

  691. tiamhdha permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:47 am

    first time i’ve made it over here. wanted to say thanks to mike & YOU schill! you two both coming back has made my year. well, that & the whole world series thing :) God bless
    tiamhdha.wordpress.com

  692. jonbrodo20 permalink
    November 25, 2007 9:09 am

    Mike,

    I am a huge Phillies fan and I am very disapponted that you didn’t take our 4 year 50 million dollar deal. However evrey Philly fan respects your commitment to your team and thats all we want out of our players. Congrats on the deal

  693. dnreynolds permalink
    November 25, 2007 10:00 am

    Mike,
    what can I say that hasn’t already been said. We are so glad that you will remain a proud member of Red Sox Nation. Thank you seems too inadequate.

    Curt,
    Thank you too .. for staying with us and providing this opportunity ..

    Go Sox in ’08 .. and beyond

    Dorothy Reynolds and family
    Standish, Maine

  694. mfd333 permalink
    November 25, 2007 11:14 am

    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    I can’t really say anything that hasn’t already been written above, but thank you for coming back to the Red Sox. You’re not only a great player but you’ve handled your job with big time class, and that’s no small matter.

    Thanks again and Go Sox!

    Matt D
    Chicago, IL (via Bowdoin, ME)

  695. 102704soxwin permalink
    November 25, 2007 12:00 pm

    As a transplanted Bostonian in Colorado, I was fortunate enough to be at Game 4 and was one of the first to chant “Re-Sign Lowell” behind the dugout just moments after the win. I watched the parade online and couldn’t have been happier to see my long-time fave, Jason Varitek, sporting a sign expressing the same sentiments.

    Ever since it’s been a daily event to check the internet specifically to see if a Lowell deal had been reached. I was thrilled to finally see that it had and an immediate flurry of emails started among my family members, most still in Boston, who were also waiting on the news.

    I realize that your decision was made, not for the fans, but by taking into consideration more important factors such as your family and future. However, you have set a perfect example of class and integrity in how you weighed your options and set your priorities. In the process you have shown a tremendous appreciation for the city of Boston, the Red Sox organization and Sox fans everywhere, for which we would have been grateful regardless of the final outcome.

    Thank you for being the kind of person and ballplayer that makes Red Sox Nation proud, for all of your contributions to the team and for staying with us for another 3 years!

    Curt, we also cheered “One More Year” for you at Coors Field and I was more than pleasantly surprised that you got it. Glad you’ll go out in a Sox uniform and I’m sure will remain a fixture around Beantown for years to come!

  696. bonniebelle64 permalink
    November 25, 2007 12:05 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Tip o’ the hat to you for this great idea! You’ve earned my respect and admiration for all that you’ve done for Red Sox Nation in the past and all that you continue to do in the way you live your life.

    Mr. Lowell,

    Gone is that “I just got kicked feeling” in the pit of my stomach that I had everytime that I thought of you not being at 3rd base.

    Thanks to both of you for all that you represent and and give back to us both on and off of the diamond.

    “You love the Red Sox, but do they ever love you back?”

    Yes. Whole Heartedly.

    Bonnie G.

    Worcester, MA

  697. kheenan317 permalink
    November 25, 2007 12:50 pm

    I would like to start off and congratulate the entire team for another exciting season. Every game had my peaked interest. But I would have to say, the guy that was crucial to everything from the dugout chemistry to the batting order was Mikey Lowell. Period. THANK YOU MIKE LOWELL!

    ps. I like your moustache.
    pps. GO SOX!

    Kevin Heenan
    Portland, Maine

  698. pedroia permalink
    November 25, 2007 1:15 pm

    mikey lowell, i love you. i yelled so loud at the parade that you looked over at me. i went to a place where there weren’t many people, and then ran all the way to gov’t square. i knew the playoffs would be much more intense now that i go to school in boston, but this was more than ever expected. i love you mikey lowellll!! tell pedroia amy says hi, and he should marry me, now.

    LOVE, have fun in japan!,

    Amy Sturgeon
    Bentley College
    + Scarborough, ME (represent)

  699. nuts4redsox permalink
    November 25, 2007 1:34 pm

    Mike and Curt,
    Thank you both for being the “heart” of Red Sox Nation! In this day and age of free agency and mega contracts it is a breath of fresh air to see players who play the game for the same reason fans go to games; the love of it! You both show the rest of the MLB world what it is to be the definition of class and sportsmanship. Boston would have felt a very large void if we had lost either of you and I don’t even want to think how bad it would have been had we lost both.
    On a personal note to Mike I just want to share a true story. My wife and I got married this year on October 21st which was of course game 7 of the ALCS ( and don’t think for one second we didn’t stop the reception early to go watch ) in fact we got introduced as husband and wife to ” I love that dirty water” wearing our Sox jerseys over a tux and wedding gown. We honeymooned in Maui and watched all 4 games at any place we could find with a TV…well when we watched game 4 there had to be 25 of the 30 people there in Red Sox gear….when you guys brought it home for us there were the usual cheers and celebrations but the one thing that was different was EVERYONE said the exact same thing after the win “now we just need to sign Mike”. Mike, even in the highest of moments as a Sox fan you were the one thing on everyone’s mind. I don’t ever remember one man making such a diference!
    Sincere thanks for both of you Curt and Mike,
    The “NEW” Rapacioli family

  700. jas62 permalink
    November 25, 2007 2:21 pm

    Christmas is coming early to Red Sox Nation this year! 2007 is the year that keeps on giving. 2008 is going to be BEDAZZLING! Special thanks to Curt and Mike and Happy Holidays to all!!

  701. deiyion permalink
    November 25, 2007 2:40 pm

    The second best news I heard all year was that the Red Sox won the World Series, the best news I heard was, that they re-signed you, Mike. Welcome back to the Sox, for 3 more great seasons and a World Series win repeat. GO SOX!

  702. skipjack47 permalink
    November 25, 2007 4:38 pm

    Thank you, Mike – not just for signing, but for being the stand-up guy you are.

  703. zep33 permalink
    November 25, 2007 5:00 pm

    Thanks for staying Mike

    You have cemented yourself into becoming known as an all-time Red Sox great. Very excited to see that you re-signed.

    Congrats to you, Curt and the rest of the Sox for a great, great season

    Mike

    Cape Cod

  704. skipjack47 permalink
    November 25, 2007 6:04 pm

    I’d like to add that my mother, who came to the country from England in 1946, became an avid Red Sox fan in the ’50s. (Baseball was the only American sport she ever learned to understand). The Red Sox were carried by a local station and played most of their games in the afternoons. Unfortunately, she passed from this life without seeing the Red Sox win a WS. She was before your time, but you were the type of player she really admired.

  705. jastaelf permalink
    November 25, 2007 6:15 pm

    (Thanks for the chance to say thanks, Curt! *grins*)

    Mike, we Red Sox Nation folks who have LJs watched every game together, posting back and forth through all the joys and tears. Every time you came up to bat, forth went the cries of “MYGLOWL!!!” which is, of course, how your name is pronounced “auf Bostonische!” :) We love you dearly and know that you belong, with Curt and Papelbon and Beckett and Papi and all, in that special category known as “PLEASE God let these men retire and enter the Hall of Fame in Red Sox uniforms!!” :) I am delighted you are able to stay, thank you SO much for your play this year and your loyalty to the Team and the Dream. I’ve been a SawksFan since three months before I was born, when my parents attended a game at Fenway… and this year was so wonderful! Thanks for everything–and we’ll see you in Florida in a couple months!!

    Bless you all!
    Jasta,
    Rural Northern Virginia

  706. mberth permalink
    November 25, 2007 6:16 pm

    Mike,
    In the hours that followed the Sox winning the 2007 World Series, Red Sox Nation began the vigil around signing you to a multi-year contract. While other baseball stars are opting out of lucratrive deals and offering their mercenary services to the highest bidder, its down right heart warming to see you return to where your heart is…not necessarily where your wallet fattens the most. You are amongst a small minority in baseball….one who can play and lead at the highest level yet keeps the perspective of what’s important to your heart and family as your ultimate priority. We truly have the best man and the best third baseman in the game..
    The (Springfield,MA) Berthiaume/Witherell/Leonard Family
    PS. I think I speak for many in The Nation saying if it was our money, you had 4 years.

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