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November 22, 2007

Ok so the Thanks Mike thread is working. I talked to him briefly and told him about it, he stopped in and read it. Going to print it out in a few days and send him a hard copy. He’s incredibly appreciative and the comments are very cool.

 Playing on that thread, it’s Thanksgiving. In addition to the million things I am incredibly thankful for, I wanted to do another thread here along the same lines, that will hopefully produce MASSIVE amounts of response to be forwarded once again.

My thankful list could be a mile long and still stop short of mentioning what I should be thankful for. In addition to an incredibly blessed life and career, I’ve got an incredibly beautiful wife who’s about a billion times prettier on the inside than she is on the outside. I’ve got 4 incredibly beautiful children who are truly kids with HUGE hearts. They’ve come to realize that a wheelchair is nothing more than a device that helps some people get around, nothing more. They understand being good people and making other people feel good about themselves is about as good as life can get.

Adding to that list, the Sox fans around here know that I sometimes post over on Sons of Sam Horn, better known in Sox Nation as SOSH. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the members of the board in person. Two of those people are Baghdad Jamie and his wife Favreu (names on the board!).

Anyway, Jamie is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, and he’s slated to come home VERY VERY SOON. God willing he will do so complete, and healthy.

To say I am thankful for what the men and women of the armed forces do for us is pitifully short and woefully inadequate but for now it will have to suffice.

I’d like to make this thread one filled with people who are thankful to our troops, postings. Post a thank you to the men and women that serve our nation and other freedom loving nations around the world and I give you my word I will have the whole thing in front of the eyes of those very people.

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  1. priscillapitman08 permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:56 pm

    Thanksgiving definitely makes you realize what you do have and how much you are thankful for. I am truly thankful for the men and women who serve our country. I have friends over seas and I pray that all of them return safely. And I thank God for them and their service.

  2. surfdogg permalink
    November 22, 2007 11:59 pm

    I will agree with Curt, a simple thank you is woefully inadequate…

    Thank you nonetheless. What is being done on a daily basis thru the hard work and commitment of our volunteer armed service men and women is beyond words and appreciation.

    Thank you for all that you do.

    Happy Holidays!

    The Jay’s – Norfolk, Ma

  3. rachelciprotti permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:03 am

    Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!!

    What can one person say to properly express their thanks to the many thousands of you who volunteer to put your own lives in danger in order to serve your country?

    I am humbled by your sacrifice, and I hope each and every one of you can spend many future Thanksgivings with your families.

    A special Thank You to Patriot Battery Commander Joseph C. Scott, currently serving in Korea. Joe is an inspiration to everyone he meets. I want him to know that I think of him very often, as I’m sure all of his many friends do. Please show Emily and little Owen a great time when they visit!!

    Thank you all from the heart,
    Rachel Ciprotti

  4. November 23, 2007 12:07 am

    I would also just like to give my thanks for all the incredible men and women who are serving this country every day and make holidays like this possible for all of us Americans. They do what their country ask of them and they do it with the utmost amount of dedication.

    So once again, thank you to all of you serving. You make your country proud.

  5. ericthepilot permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:08 am

    Wow, Mr Schilling, another great idea.

    We cannot, nor should we ever be able to, thank the troops enough for their sacrifice and the bravery, it’s a true testament to the best our nation and our civilization can achieve, even in the darkest of times.

    I can only hope, as they fight half a world away physically and about as far as one can get mentally, they understand how greatful we all are for all that they do.

    It’s a calling of great importance, and it’s up to those of us at home to make sure they have a nation to be proud to return to, they do their part, I like to think we try to do ours as well.

    Thanks for everything you do, it can’t be easy to be away from your family at a time like this, but know you have our undying support and faith back home.

  6. usafret24 permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:10 am

    Many thanks to all of our armed forces both stateside and abroad! What you do is nothing short of heroic and allows us all to sleep well at night. You all must know, that in spite of all the bad news in the media, we are proud of all of you and we pray for you every day. Keep your head down, stay safe and come back healthy!! Godspeed.

  7. plusbrians permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:13 am

    I’d like to thank my sister Robyn- stationed in Baghdad Hospital… Her first Turkey Day overseas. Not only is she supporting our country, but she’s supoorting our servicemen/women as well!

    Robyn – we miss you and get home safe!

    Plusbrians

  8. justinatwell permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:21 am

    Again Mr. Schilling you continue to be a first class individual. Thank you for all of the efforts you make for others. I would like to thank all of the service men and women over seas not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but all the bases around the world. You protect and serve the greatest country in the world and we are privileged individuals. We take for-granted that you all put your lives on the line at all times and we complain about little things that seem so large. We take a step back and look at people like you guys and we understand to enjoy life because know-one knows when it might come to an end. But thank you so much. God Bless each one you that may read this.

    Thanks again Curt…..your the man

  9. soxinscottsdale permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:36 am

    Thank you to Baghdad Jamie, Fav and his family. Thank you for your sacrifice of which I cannot completely understand. Thank you from my family to your family!! Many blessings!! See you on sosh Jamie and fav :)

  10. mjnydam permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:37 am

    Curt, you are right, we all do have so much to be thankful for, everyday, even though we sometimes neglect to take that time to be appreciative. Many of our blessings would not be ours if it werent for Jamie and all those like him serving, sacraficing their time from homes and families and comforts that we tend to take for granted. And to the Favreaus who continue with their everyday lives with someone they love not there, these are true heroes and heroins and i thank God for the selfless commitments that they give for us each day. As we were in church yesturday for Thanksgiving that is one of the things that we prayed for the most, our troops!! May God bless them as they serve and their families as they are without them for a period of time, for safety, comfort, grace and peace. And quicken the day that they will be reunited with their families, like hopefully soon for Jamie and Favreau!!! Thanks is so little to say, but meant very sincerely and hearfealt!!!
    Melissa from MA….

  11. jackgartside permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:50 am

    Thanks to all the troops around the world who are working hard to make this
    world a better–and safer–place. A special thank-you and hello to my friend Sergeant Major Tim Didas (USMC), who’s serving his second tour of duty in Iraq
    and who’s due to rotate in the coming year.

  12. mike24house permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:00 am

    Hey Mike,

    My friends and I were together at a buddies house when we got the news you’d be back, and it was about as big of a celebration as the World Series win!
    Also, just want you to know that it’s a good feeling for me to know there’s guys like you still around that aren’t truly “all about the money”..

    Here’s to another great 3 years!

  13. skinnyman2007 permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:08 am

    I want to thank you all the men and women who serve our country. I hope all of you come home safely. Thank you so much for fighting for our nation and freedom. You will all be in my prayers. Keep up the good work everyone is proud of you!!!!!!!!. God Bless all of you.

    Jeff

  14. robepete permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:11 am

    To all our fighting soldiers overseas, THANK YOU and may you all return safe and soon!

  15. lissaann permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:19 am

    Thank you, again, Curt for giving us this opportunity.

    To all of the men and women who serve this country around the world,

    Deepest thanks for the sacrifices you make for us so that we can continue to live in a free country, rooted in democracy. Certainly, we all wish you could be here at home with your loved ones at this time of year, and you deserve the recognition and thanks.

    Be safe. Hope that you’re all able to be home soon.

    With thoughts and prayers,

    Melissa
    Hartford, CT

  16. Moon permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:30 am

    Great idea, Curt.

    To the ladies and gentlemen of our armed services, both those involved in operations underway in the two Mideast theaters and those who toil at all the other posts around the globe, know that the sacrifices that you are making to be able do what you do where you do it are appreciated immensely by those of us here at home. You are the cream of the crop of our society; every Thanksgiving table that had an empty seat today because one of you was doing your duty instead of sitting in your customary spot was diminished by your absence, even as we realize that such peaceful gatherings here would not be possible without your selfless service there. Words cannot describe how proud we are of you. May God protect you and keep you safe, so that one day soon you can again take your place at that table.

  17. geoff1210 permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:49 am

    sorry, still amazed you play WoW. I will be buying your game, gotta give it a try.

    ever try Lord of the rings online?

  18. November 23, 2007 2:01 am

    The new series by Ken Burns, The War, really opened my eyes to what life must be like in the service, how hard it is for your family and loved ones to go on at home day after day without you, and for you how difficult it is to keep your morale up when there is so much sadness around you. Every day that you are overseas, you’re making sacrifices for your family and friends, and for all of us unknown to you. While our lives go on, your life at home is on hold while you work to protect our freedom, our country, our very lives. Even as a lifelong pacifist, a third generation pacifist in fact, I appreciate all you are doing to make life safer for Americans, and better for those in the Middle East that have been living under unjust regimes. Every day that you remain in the Middle East, you make life a little better for women and children and that is very much admired and appreciated here at home. You are all true heros. Thank you!

  19. ctmcs permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:10 am

    Great idea Curt! It is nice to post here where we are sure that it will get to the right people.

    We can never thank the men and women of the armed forces enough for al their sacrifices. To willingly go to the many places around the world and be separated from the ones they love on a daily basis is truly admirable.

    I do think that with all that is going on in Afghanistan and Iraq that the many men and women in the armed forces who are not serving in either of those countries do not get thanked enough for all they do wherever they are. The roll they play on a daily basis is so important to the overall functioning of the complete armed forces mission.

    So to those in Iraq and Afghanistan we truly love you and appreciate all you do for us and pray daily that you come home whole and safe. To those not in country know that we are just as appreciative of all you do for us as well.

    God Bless you all!

  20. sandman42 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:21 am

    It’s impossible to find the words to truly thank you. So I’ll just say this.

    I’m tearing up and have some very deep feelings just trying to find them.

    Thank you.

  21. pfree permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:00 am

    Hey Curt – Wonderful sentiment-truly.

    Thank-you seems so, so small for the sacrifices these men and women make for this wonderful country, to protect and preserve not only our freedoms, but to share those freedoms as well. I am honored to be married to a VietNam Vet who were in many ways in the same type of situation – A world apart in a contraversial war. A candy bar to a kid, a hug, some love – Those are the imeasurable things that our troops bring as well. and I can tell you unequivicably that what our troops are doing everyday in everyway matters so very very much!

    We have one God called on by many different names in our world. May He bless all who are serving our country and guide them home safely.

  22. trotfan4life permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:19 am

    Curt, I hope that this works, and I know that this is long, but I heard this on the radio one year at Christmas and it took me several months to find it. I think it is something that eveyone in this country should read when they find themselves getting blinded by politics and forgetting to support our troops. So here goes…

    James M. Schmidt, who was a Lance Corporal stationed in Washington, D.C., when he wrote the poem back in 1986

    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
    My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
    Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
    The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
    Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
    My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
    In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
    So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

    The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
    But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
    Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,

    Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
    My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
    Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

    A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
    Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
    “What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
    “Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
    Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

    For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
    Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
    To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
    Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,
    I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.”

    “It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    That separates you from the darkest of times.

    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
    My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,”
    Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”

    My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam’,
    And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
    I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
    But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.

    Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
    I can live through the cold and the being alone,
    Away from my family, my house and my home.
    I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
    I can carry the weight of killing another,
    Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”

    “So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
    Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
    “But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
    “Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
    It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
    For being away from your wife and your son.”

    Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    “Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
    To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
    To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
    For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    To know you remember we fought and we bled.
    Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
    That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”

    Thank you for posting this!

  23. toddschnick permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:44 am

    winning championships are certainly great, but what our fighting men and women do for us is so much more important. thanks for your sacrifice.

  24. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:49 am

    Wow, Curt… this is more difficult than I thought it would be and not because I am ungrateful for those who serve our country. It is because I am so very grateful. Our men and women in uniform serve because they volunteer to do so. There is no draft telling them they must serve, so their sacrifices are truly amazing. I am grateful to them for volunteering to serve – and by doing so, volunteering to give up their very lives, if it should come to that. The ultimate sacrifice. I am grateful that they willingly (though sometimes reluctantly, and that is normal) go where they are asked to go, and more often than not those places are not very appealing. I am grateful to them for sacrificing what is, next to their own lives, most important – time with their loved ones who remain behind. I am grateful to those who care for our injured servicemen and women when they return home (and all of us should do more for them). I am grateful to the families of those who serve. Two-parent homes become single parent homes for extended periods of time. Spouses/significant others/parents languish, to some extent, on a daily basis, wondering when their loved ones will be returning, how they will be returning… if they will be returning. The emotional roller coaster of trying to maintain some life normalcy in these families is a gargantuan task…

    My nephew, who’s home is in Hinsdale, NH, is about to turn 20 years old and is a United States Marine… and he is in Fallujah. He is a SAW Gunner. I am grateful for his service – and for his buddies.

    It is so good to hear that BJ and Favre will soon be together again and I wish them every ounce of happiness. They deserve it.

    ToofarawayfromBoston
    Chaiah Jacobson

  25. mlob2 permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:50 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!!

  26. trautweinsdegree permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:04 am

    Hey Jamie,

    When you get back to New England. Come down to Connecticut. I’ll hook a brotha up with some great fried clams.

    TD

  27. cld0131 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:37 am

    Great idea Curt !!

    My hometown has lost 2 young men to the War in Iraq. Young men who gave their lives for MY freedoms and to help make this world a safer place to raise our children. Being the parent of two young children, I will be eternally grateful for their efforts overeas and allowing us all the opportunbity to live “normal, safe” lives !

    Happy Holidays to all our men and women overseas – may you return safely to your loved ones.

  28. fervent permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:40 am

    Words can not express my gratitude towards Jamie and Fav for the sacrifices they have made and are making. My brother returned from Iraq in late ’06 and we as a family have learned to appreciate every moment to it’s fullest. The lasting effect for me personally was the obvious anguish in the eyes of my mother and father as my brother departed. He, like thousands of others, went and did his job better than any other standing army on the planet. I am familiar with Jaime and Fav as I too am a frequent poster on SOSH. Their continued story has kept alive in me the pride I felt in my brother when I came home last year and he was sitting on my couch in his fatigues. Godspeed to all those involved. Your courage is unmatched in a time when your resolve is at its truest test.

  29. mainebabyboomer permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:53 am

    THANKS TO ALL that serve & protect our country GOD BLESS TO YOU DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON You are in our thoughts & prayers.

  30. vietnam68 permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:03 am

    I’d like to say a big thanks to the members of the New Hampshire Air National Guard who are currently serving over at Tallil Airbase in Iraq.

    Valarie Johnson, mother of two, from Lancaster, NH. My students and I salute you for the incredible sacrifice you have made to leave your children and serve your country. You’ll be receiving some packages from us soon. God bless and stay safe.

    As a son of a Vietnam veteran I can’t tell you how important it is for our servicemen and women to hear these echoes of thanks. Regardless of your positions on the war, remember these brave souls are there and they need our support.

    Please write your Congressional representation to make sure they receive the funding needed to keep them safe and equip them to maintain order in a very unstable part of the world.

    Happy holidays,

    Derek Patterson

  31. November 23, 2007 8:13 am

    The men and women of the military are heroes, whether in active service, retired, reserves; whether they are deployed to war zones or here at home. It is their sacrifice, or potential to sacrifice, for which we should not only be thankful , but we should honor.

    Thank you Curt for doing this. There are only a few who could marshal the resources to do this.

  32. winrob permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:19 am

    Mr Shilling: great idea. You are an awesome mentor to all:

    Words can not express how Thankful I am for all of the Service Women and Men. The selfless sacrifice you have made for the USA can never be repaid. We are Grateful for all that you do for US.
    My co-worker’s brother is serving in one of the hospitals in Iraq…he has seen some horrific injury’s but there is a great group of doc, nurses, technologist, technicians and medics that have made a difference in our troops recovery. To all of the hospital workers Thank You for taking care of our TROOPS.
    My thoughts and prayer are with all of you

  33. leahnra permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:21 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    Thanks for opening your blog for this purpose. I definitely appreciate so much the sacrifices made by those who are serving our country and defending our freedom! I am praying for all of you who are willing to fight for the freedoms we all enjoy!
    Leah Bamford
    Sedgwick, Maine

  34. crfolz permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:25 am

    To All Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines & Corpsmen

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for your service. May God Bless You and get you all home safely.

    Happy Holidays!

    Chris Foley

  35. frisbetarian permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:03 am

    Jamie and Kristine -

    Thanks for everything. Thanks to you for your service, Jamie; and to you for keeping the family together while he was away, Kristine. Reading what you both write on SoSH makes me feel like I know you, and I am always impressed not only by your sacrifice, but also by the fact that you both have gone through these two tours of duty with no complaints or self-pity. You are the best case scenario for the country.

    Come home safe, hermanito, and I’ll see you both this summer at the Softball Bash – first shot of El Tesoro is for you.

    Yo la tengo,
    Fris

  36. denisesoxfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:08 am

    Curt, thanks for this opportunity to express to our troops my gratitude for the sacrifice they are making for my freedom! You are all my heroes! Thank you for leaving the comfort of your families, your homes, your lives, and enduring unbelievable discomfort, hardship, terror, and so much more so that I can be free. I pray for you daily and hope you return safe and sound – soon! A special, personal shout out to my nephew Donnie in Iraq – love you and miss you!!!
    Denise

  37. acadienne permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:11 am

    Thanks, Curt, for providing this opportunity. As a mom whose daughter served in our armed forces, I know that the men and women stationed far from home often worry about the families they left behind as much as they worry for their own safety. So I want to thank them and also the families who make sacrifices every day: the children who miss their parents, the wives and husbands who miss their spouses, the parents and the siblings – all those who are just waiting. We thank them and all those who are not at home this holiday season. We pray that our military families will be reunited soon. Thank you!

  38. lovethesocks permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:15 am

    Thanks Mike. Knowing you are stayng the the ‘Sox made for a nice Thanksgiving. Now go out and convince Timlin and Doug to sign and we are all set for another big year. Oh Yeah – we don’t need Santana.

  39. majordadvt permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:22 am

    Curt, many thanks for setting this opportunity up.

    The dedication and sacrifice of our (all-volunteer) armed forces men and women around the world is a tribute to the underlying strength of the American belief in liberty and service. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, I can only hope and pray that the troops now serving in the Middle East and elsewhere are given the recognition and gratitude they so deeply deserve when they return. Many thanks to each of you who have served, are serving, or will soon be serving our nation.

  40. katdollarhide permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:33 am

    THANK YOU! There are no words to describe how amazing you all are. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Kat

  41. November 23, 2007 9:33 am

    Well, as I’ve mentioned here before – but understanding that I’m not sure how many of our posts you actually have the time to read — I work with these people day in and day out.

    Working at Hanscom AFB for the past…many, many years….has afforded me the opportunity to not only be involved first hand with many of the defense weapons that we send to our troops at bases worldwide for their protection; but I also get to work side by side on a daily basis with some great folks who have served over in Iraq and Afghanistan – as well as many other places that don’t recieve quite as much “press” — and I am so proud of the selfless determination and dedication that they have. We should always be so very thankful for those who willingly place their lives on the line for us so that others who choose not to — don’t have to.

    I’ve written many a post about my experiences on base, and my thoughts on Patriotism and support over the past few years; and there’s one phrase that sums it up best:

    “Freedom has a taste to those who fight and die…that the protected will never know.” — quote found on a wall in Hanoi

  42. yarj63 permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:37 am

    It is time to thank our troops for the risks they take every day to keep us free. With all the smoke and debris we spread around here at home, it remains that the work the troops are doing is a long term unavoidable necessity. History will confirm this is a turning point in the world politics.

    we are proud of all of you and we pray for you every day. Keep your head down, stay safe and come back healthy!! Godspeed.
    Thank you Curt for sponsoring this message.

  43. kellynch permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:45 am

    I support the men and women who protect and defend us from the enemy, whether they be soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines abroad, or police officers or firefighters here at home. Not everyone is cut out for that kind of work, but the rest of us need to appreciate those who are.

    May God bless you and your families for your bravery, your patriotism, your enthusiasm and your determination.

    And thanks to Curt for giving us a forum to let you know how we feel.

  44. kellynch permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:48 am

    PS — I cannot forget our National Guard. I live in NY and they are a presence in major train stations and airports. They, too, make sacrifices for the rest of us and should be respected and appreciated.

  45. rsfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:58 am

    To All Serving Abroad and Home-

    THANK YOU!

  46. maroddy permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:06 am

    To all the active duty soldiers, sailors, marines and air force members and to all the veterans: heartfelt thanks for everything you are doing. Thank you for giving of yourselves to protect us. Thank you for spending days and months and years away from your loved ones and the comforts of home and family to perform the service you agreed to do when you enlisted. You are heroes, each and every one of you, and you deserve all the support and love that we can send your way.

    And, while I wholeheartedly support the idea of giving thanks to the active duty members of the United States Armed Services during this special season, I’d like to remind everyone that saying, “Thank you” can be done anytime and anywhere you meet someone who is currently serving, or who has served our country.

    If you run into a person in uniform in the supermarket or at a gas station, take the time to thank him or her for his service. If you know someone who is a veteran, thank them as well. Make it a point to thank these people everytime you see them.

    It will make their day and it just might make yours as well.

    God bless!

  47. antigone207 permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:11 am

    I have heard a quote recently that said “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is “Thank you”, that would suffice”

    In this vein, I would like to say Thank you to our troops serving in the Military today, and yesterday. You provide the Freedom so that we can celebrate these holidays with friends and family.

    Thank you

    Ann

  48. maroddy permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:12 am

    And a special “Thank you” to my little sister, PFC Stephanie Roddy, who is currently on active duty in the Middle East and to my father, Col. Frederick Roddy, who saw active duty during WWII and the First Gulf War and who was in the service stateside during the Korean Conflict. I can’t begin to express how honored I am to have you two as part of my life.

    Thanks Dad, and Short, I can’t wait for you to get home!

    Love you both,

    Margaret
    Monkton, VT

  49. pgriff permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:14 am

    Curt, Thanks again for remembering the real unsung heroes that make our lives so much easier. To Baghdad Jamie and Fav, my family and I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifice and service. God bless you and all the men and women serving our country and their families!

  50. pfeiffer20 permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:18 am

    I certainly give thanks to our troops, who serve as volunteers to protect our freedoms and lifestyle. My son Bill returned from 15 months in Iraq in September. His Stryker unit was hit 4 times by IED’s, and each time the entire crew had the attitude of “let’s get this thing fixed and get back at it”. You can’t buy attitude like that!

    I tell everyone I know, every chance I get, if you see a soldier at the mall, in the grocery store, at the airport, go up to them, shake their hand and say “thank you”. It doesn’t matter what your politics are – they do it because they believe and because they care. They’re volunteers!!!

  51. bostonbakedbean permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:28 am

    Although i do not agree with all of the reasons we are over there, i would like to greatfully thank all of the men and women fighting for that cause, i hear stories everyday, as does everyone who watches the news, and im humbled by the ultimate sacrifice that is being made 24hrs a day by all of you, this thanksgiving i hope and pray each of you a safe return and always think of your families, because lord knows they are thinking of you, As i sit in my office pretty safe from any kind of threat, i dreadfully fear for each of you a little more each day. I’m greatful Curt has offered to do such a thing as this. Bless you all, come home soon.

  52. November 23, 2007 10:36 am

    For just about ever I have been amazed at how so many citizens of this country have no knowledge of (or at the very least appreciation of) what early Americans did for us. The hardships they went through to start a new nation and the horrors of the Revolutionary War affected every man, woman and child in this new country. The forsight of the men who crafted our Declaration of Independence amazes me but it’s the will and dedication of their lives by those who fought for the cause that really inspires me.

    From those early days of our country through the many wars and conflicts we’ve had to endure in the two hundred + years since, there have been men and women willing to give their lives so that the greatest land on Earth will remain free!

    Thank you to all veterans and those currently serving!! Please know there are lots of us who “get” why you do it and you’re all in my prayers.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    ~Varitekchick
    Proud wife on Minot AFB, ND.

    p.s. Special prayers and good thoughts for my 21 yr old nephew, Nick, who’s heading to Kuwait 15 DEC.

  53. zastrozzi permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:37 am

    Hey Curt.

    Thanks for bringing this up at this time.

    My brother has been in Afghanistan for more than three years now and I cannot tell you how grateful I am to him and every one of the men and women serving our country overseas.

    Jamie, I understand from SoSH, is on his way home soon. Congratulations to him on coming home safely and thanks to both Jamie and Kristine for their many sacrifices.

    Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!

    Z.

  54. calisawxfan49 permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:59 am

    I wish there were more people like Curt who would take the time to thank our brave men and women protecting and serving our country all over the world.

    The holidays are a time to celebrate with our families and be thankful for what we have. Let’s all send a big thanks out to those who may not be with their families this holiday season and make sure they know we are thankful for each and every one of them. Thanks everyone!

  55. chapalex permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:05 am

    Great idea, indeed, Curt! If I may turn it around, on behalf of the tens of thousands of U.S. troops serving in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, I thank all of my fellow members of Red Sox Nation for their faithful support of our common mission to defend our entire country (including the New York Yankees) from the terrorist threat. I’ll be heading back to Iraq soon for my seventh month-long TDY (and third consecutive Christmas season in southwest Asia) as a U.S. Army chaplain and Eastern Orthodox priest to celebrate liturgies, provide the sacraments, and bring a little bit of home to our virtuous warriors. I intend to print this particular blog thread and distribute it to those Sox fans whom I always seem to encounter in-country. (Perhaps it’s my camouflage Red Sox baseball cap?) May the Lord bless your family, Curt, and all the separated families, in particular, during this holiday and holy-day season.

    + Fr. Alexander
    Ft. McNair, DC

  56. mrflip permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:09 am

    Thanks to all the troops for their sacrifice, endurance and courage. Thanks especially to my brother Mark (USAF), cousins Mike (Army), Jim, Byron, Jimmy and BJ (all USAF), and my friend Josh (Army). My country and my family give thanks for those whose devotion to duty helps ensure our prosperity and freedom. Stay safe.

  57. jthursto permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:11 am

    On behalf of my family, I’d like to extend our sincere thanks to all servicemen and women for the sacrifices you’ve made and continue to make in our name. We offer our deepest prayers for your continued safety and well-being in the face of danger; and for your joyous reunion with loved ones in the days ahead. I know well what you’re feeling. 14 years ago, as a young Army captain, I found myself spending the holidays in a combat zone; while my pregnant wife and not quite 2 year old son waited for me. I am so sorry that those of you deployed have to know that feeling of emptiness at this time of year. I hope that next year, you’re at the table with your family, that you don’t have to clear a weapon before you enter the dining room, and that you can live the peace this time of year is meant to nourish. God bless you all and protect you.

  58. firemike123 permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:15 am

    Curt. It seems as though you read these responses. I think you should know about firefighter Greg Cinelli from Saugus. He is one of my co-workers. Greg has such a special set of skills he has been depolyed for his THIRD tour of duty in Iraq since the War on Terror has commenced. He found out this past month, just barely two weeks before he was to be deployed yet again. He barely got to say hello nevermind goodbye to his family due to the fact that he just returned from Iraq barely 10-11 months before. He took his son to see you pitch at Fenway for his first game less that 2 months ago. He was very proud, and thankful to take his growing boy to Fenway, and never complained once about having to return to harms way yet again.

    Its funny how the press hypes up the wrong heroes to the American public, when we have people like Greg and others like him volunteering to keep this great nation safe. I hope for at least one second you put Greg and his family into your thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless America!!

  59. November 23, 2007 11:28 am

    Leave it to Curt to start another great thread, of the many things to be thankful for this time of year the men and women of the armed forces deserve high praise every year. The job they do to allow us to live a normal life, something we took for granted before 2001, is amazing. Curt’s shout out to Jamie after winning the World Series put everything in to perspective and was so cool to see.

    Curt, today I’m going to hit a triple on SOSH’s fund raiser with a shout out to you for making a great choice 4 years ago at this time to come to Boston, man how time flies!!

    Keep the messages going and thanks for this thread, those people deserve all of our praise. I’d also add how much the local police and fire do to protect us (especially out here in Southern California).

    Dave

  60. rdsxfan4life permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:29 am

    To all the men and women in the service:

    You are not forgotten although you are many miles away. THANK YOU for the man sacrifices you make each and every day for our freedom and protection, and to help the people of Iraq for their freedom and protection. You have much courage and strength (both physical and inner) to do what you continue to do. Words can’t express how grateful I (we) are. Please know that my thoughts are often with you and I pray that the Lord wil give you strength each and very day. God bless!

    ~A thankful heart in NH

    ~Psalm 121~

  61. seanmanley permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:37 am

    Curt, great idea

    As a veteran I know what its like to be over there during the holiday season. We fought over who got to eat the turkey MRE on thanksgiving! So while it sucks it really is a huge help to see things like this and let them people know how much we all care for, and appreciate them being there.
    Every person serving is an invaluable resource to our way of life and for that I thank you all

  62. red279 permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:45 am

    I am always looking for ways to let our troops and their families know how truly thankful I am that they are doing what they do and making extreme sacrifices. They enable us to go about our daily lives, grocery shopping, school etc enjoying the freedom that we so treasure. As the old saying goes freedom is not free. Also to the families who have relatives serving in all parts of the world and especially to those families who lost a loved one. They are not forgotten.

  63. linysoxfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:06 pm

    Where is everyone?

    Thank you to the troops for being far away from home to protect those of us that are at home, safe! Thank you for putting your lives on the line to protect ours. I pray for your safe return. Thank you to your families who are without their loved ones and they should not be forgotten. For without their unselfishness, you would not be able to do what you do for US. God bless you all and stay safe!

  64. smitty02 permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:17 pm

    Thank you for everthing you are doing now and in the days to come for our country. You are brave, proud Americans who are taken for granted far too often.

    Please be safe!

    Stephen Smith
    SOSH member since ’02

  65. thoughtbot permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:21 pm

    I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to those who have served and are currently serving as soldiers and sailors in our armed forces. Your daily sacrifice preserves my family’s freedom.

    I believe that Robert Heinlein was on to something when he suggested, in his novel “Starship Troopers” that only those who have served in some way should have a voice in our democracy. How different would the political climate of our nation be if we, as individuals, had to earn the right to vote?

    I also believe that there should be a requirement for the children of all members of the executive and legislative branches of Federal government to serve in the military for a minimum of three years simultaneous to their parent’s term of service. How different would the decisions of Congress or the President be if they had the potential to imperil their own children each time they agreed to deploy troops or cut military spending?

    After spending six years in uniform I know, first-hand, how difficult it is to be a soldier. While I personally disagree with the current political decisions that have placed you in harms way I truly appreciate the sacrifices you make on a daily basis which allow me to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and root for the Red Sox every season.

    Hang in there and come home safe.

  66. theotherm permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:28 pm

    How can the words “thank you” be enough to cover what we feel towards all those serving to protect us, our freedom, and so much more…for lack of something better I guess it will have to do…THANK YOU! We keep you all in our thoughts, prayers and hearts…stay safe!

  67. ramjr76 permalink
    November 23, 2007 12:36 pm

    To ALL the Men & Women in the Armed Forces,

    THANK YOU!!!!

    Freedom isn’t “Free”……

  68. pennantfever permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:36 pm

    Thank you for everything you do. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We all are appreciative of your service and miss those of you who are abroad very much.

  69. ctballfan permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:47 pm

    Baghdad Jamie & our other troops — Thanks for your service in the toughest conditions, helping protect our country, while giving the Iraqis & others a fighting chance against the barbarians. Thanks Fav & other military families for all you do hanging in while your loved ones are away. You are all doing the toughest job for all of us and THANK YOU!! –appreciative Lurker.

  70. November 23, 2007 1:56 pm

    if all i can say is thank you then i hope it will be enough for you to know how much your work is appreciated. forget the politics you are risking your life for us and that does not go unnoticed. i hope that you stay safe and that one day SOON you can come home to your friends and family and be able to celebrate thanksgiving with them again.

  71. pmac61 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:09 pm

    Many thanks to the men and women of our armed services. I pray for your safe return everyday. I hope to see the Favreau’s at Fenway next season. Cheers.

  72. maddyg520 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:14 pm

    Curt, Thank you so much for thinking of this. I too would like to thank our troops for all they are doing to protect this wonderful country of ours. I’d go one step further and I’d thank any man or woman who ever wore a uniform of the US and fought in any war. This is what makes this country so great. I’d like to thank a dear friend, Fr. Mike Doyle, who just volunteered to to on active duty as a Chaplain with the Naval Reserves. A very hugh THANK YOU TO ALL!

  73. spinndocth permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:18 pm

    mikey thanks for comming back to the bean,also thank god for not sign wit the yankees,…arods a fake..hope u have a mvp year like last one,u dif ,eard it..get up the great work see ya nxt spring..have a wicked pisstha hoilday……..thanks curt.

  74. jimpat6058 permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:31 pm

    Thank You to all the sevice men and women ,serving protecting our freedom all over the world.
    And thanks to all who served in all past conflicts may they never be forgottin.
    Lets go red sox

  75. irnbru permalink
    November 23, 2007 2:46 pm

    To BJ, Fav and all the rest of our Armed forces and their “support staff” at home.

    Words can not express all that I feel so just

    Thank you.

    God bless.

    And hope you are at home soon.

  76. rlgdguy permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:13 pm

    God Bless America and God Bless our troops! Keep us all safe and be thankful for all that you have, no matter how much or how little you think it may be.

    Happy Holidays to all!

  77. bierman9 permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:32 pm

    I am familiar with Jamie and Fav via SoSH….. Thank you, for doing what you’re doing, so we can all continue doing what we’re doing here….

    On a related note, I am very thankful for the generation that is slowly receding into the history books, the “Greatest Generation”, our WWII vets. About 5-6 years ago, my city (Nashua NH) decided to make a “Veterans Walk”, a place made of bricks dedicated to those who gave all without question. For a modest donation, you could have a brick in the Walk with your relative’s/friend’s name/branch inscribed and laid into the walkway. I am most proud of sponsoring bricks for my Dad, 6 of his brothers, my Uncle (and godfather, from my Mom’s side), and my best friends Dad, Vets all…. They range from my Dad, who served in the Navy between WWII and Korea, to his brothers, some of whom were POWs in Germany, to my Godfather, who survived his ship’s sinking at Guadalcanal, to my friends Dad, who was at Normandy, Berlin, Korea and, later, Vietnam. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

  78. matpatriot permalink
    November 23, 2007 3:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving and good luck in Iraq. This one goes out to LCPL Kerley, Lt James, Lt Pagan, Charlie Company 1st Tank Battalion, and the rest of you Devil Dogs having your party in the sand.

  79. lindawitz permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:09 pm

    To the troops:

    Thank you for volunteering to keep all of us safe here at home. I think about all of you so far away from home every day. Thankfully, my cousin Bob recently returned safely from his 3rd tour of duty in Iraq. Now his son Mike has enlisted and I’m worried about where he will be sent – he is only 18 years old.

    God Bless all of you,

    Linda

  80. meaghani2003 permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:22 pm

    Thank you is not enough! My brother was lucky enough to come home in time for Thanksgiving, but several soldiers and Marines I know will spend Thanksgiving in the desert. ‘Regular’ people will never know the sacrifices you make to stand up for this country. We always have been and always will be gratefully for our armed forces! ooorah! : )

  81. chillyme permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:31 pm

    With my nephew presently serving at Camp Victory outside of Baghdad as a field medic, 62nd Medical Brigade, I am particularly “tuned in” to events in the Middle East; but I would like to send a special THANK YOU to ALL of our service personnel, whether serving within our country or at various assignments across the globe.

    I pray for your safety and the well being of your family members back home. I hope that you do feel the gratitude and appreciation of the citizenry of this country-regardless of political views.

    You are the true American heroes.

    Bless you all.

  82. keepmikelowell permalink
    November 23, 2007 4:38 pm

    I am extremely grateful for the men and women that serve for this country. Personally I don’t think that I would ever have the guts to go into war when I’m older.

  83. bostonbabygirl permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:03 pm

    Things I am thankful for this year:

    1. Another World Series.
    2. ALCS Champions.
    3. Resigning Lowell & Schilling.
    4. Getting out of New York and seeing the amazing city of Boston (and Fenway) for the first time.

    LIFE is GOOD! =)

  84. swami7774 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:07 pm

    Thanks to all men and women who wear the uniform. You are truly the best we’ve got.
    You’re doing God’s work. Thank you.

  85. ted5 permalink
    November 23, 2007 5:07 pm

    Thanks, Curt, for giving us this special way of giving thanks to those brave, young men and women who have left those they love to seve so that we may enjoy the incredible freedoms Americans have long taken to be their right. These freedoms, so unique in world history, belong to us because of such men and women. They deserve our praise, no matter their rank or status in the military. We are free because of them, no matter what the war is called, no matter where the war is fought. May we be more deserving and aware of their sacrifice, their courage, and their love of country. They have lessons to teach us.
    God bless and protect them as they prove this generation of young people has accepted the torch of freedom and may we in unison and love help them to lift it high as the proud beacon of liberty America was meant to be.
    Ted

  86. luvdsox permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:02 pm

    To all of our military heroes,

    I cannot find the right words to say how thankful I am for all that you have sacrificed. You are all so very brave and selfless. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  87. annie8459 permalink
    November 23, 2007 6:31 pm

    Thankful for – this is my first year since 2000 that I am home for Thanksgiving and for the first time in 4 years home for Christmas. While being a member of the mlitary is a great thing – some times the travel can wear you down. I can’t complain – I’m healthy – enjoy my family – and I have not had to go into Iraq with my travels. We are a support unit that keeps us on the outskirts – but still difficult to be away from home. Mind you I am not complaining – there are many others that are doing a hell of a lot more difficult things – and I appreciate them for their committment and devotion to duty. Its just nice to see and read how people appreciate all we do – it does keep you going thru the difficult times

  88. costa13 permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:20 pm

    Curt is absolutely right about giving thanks to those who serve our country. Our men and women who are deployed all over the world have the hugh task of keeping the peace and fighting for democracy in other countries. To that end, simply saying thanks is a start, however celebrate your freedom, exercise your civil rights, and be active in your community. By doing so, you will be giving the troops the ultimate thanks for their hardwork, dedication and sacrifice. When able thank the family of the soilders for their sacrifices too.

  89. soxfc permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:34 pm

    OK Curt, you got me – I was spontaneously moved to thank Mike Lowell in your earlier thread, and let’s face it, he’s a guy who’s getting rich(er) playing a game (and I have nothing but love and respect in my heart for Mikey), so there’s no way I can let this one go by without responding.

    I’ll keep it simple: anyone whose job description includes potentially losing his or her life to protect me – no thanks are adequate, I simply can’t express in words what that means.

    Please take care and be safe.

  90. ricciajo permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:42 pm

    A big thank you to all the men and women in the armed forces. We appreciate the sacrifice that you make each and every day. God bless you all. Hopefully, you will all be home safe and sound in the very near future!!

  91. csantia permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:46 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for taking the time to thank those of us who are in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting the Global War o Terrorism. I would tell you that it’s very unfortunate that the press mainly covers the negative side of this war, but they fall short of covering the positive events. The fall short of covering the positive impact that we have on many neighborhoods, rebuilding schools, and providing security to their markets and their streets. As you all in the states can see, the violence rates are going down and that’s a sign of many positive things to come.

    I have to thank the American people, because even though the majority of them are against the war, they are all about the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines serving out here. very frequently we receive letters and care packages that are so well received by the service members. For us, is like christmas every time time we receive something from random american citizens. I truly have to thank for such a greatful nation.

    I also have to thank the you guys (Red Sox). You guys truly made a difference to me and other Red Sox fans during this deployment. I’ve been here for almost a year now, so I was able to follow the whole season from overhere…Thanks to the American Forces Network. This was a formidable season. The irony is that both times that you guys have won, I’ve been deployed, please don’t tell me that’s going to become a trend, I would love to enjoy the Sox winning a championship on American soil.

    So many things to thank for, my two beautiful kids, the best mother in the world, so many good friends and family, and also thank to the best paratroopers in the world from the 82nd Airborne Division.

    Take care

    Enjoy the holidays!

    Carlos Santiago

  92. Brian Alexander permalink
    November 23, 2007 7:58 pm

    I’m thankful for my salvation. Jesus died for my sins.

    -Brian

  93. November 23, 2007 8:40 pm

    Curt–Once again a wonderful idea.

    To the Troops–There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about the sacrifices you are all making for us. As a high school English teacher, I try to remind our students every day that they are in the classroom as a result of the bravery of you all. Thank you is not enough, but for now it is all I have. I am inspired by your courage every day of my life. Thankyou and God Bless. Please return to your families safely and quickly.

  94. mainah33 permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:45 pm

    Thank you curt for giving us a way to thank the young men an old men who are protecting are dumb asses, every day!!! thanks soldiers!!!

  95. rufokathcar permalink
    November 23, 2007 8:46 pm

    One of my greatest days as a baseball fan was seeing Randy Johnson’s perfect game against the Braves when he was a Diamondback, and I was a traveller. It was my first full day in the US–I had landed from Munich in Atlanta the previous day.

    Seated in the row in front of me were soldiers stationed in Philadelphia who were on some sort of business trip to Atlanta. We talked mostly about baseball–and we were aware that RJ had stuff for the ages as early as the third inning.

    Somewhere along the way, I understood that they were military. Living in Europe, I don’t get many opportunities to express my appreciation for what our men in uniform do for us. Despite jet lag, I was lucid enough to tell them how much I appreciated their doing their jobs.

    They seemed grateful for my support, but our experience of a perfect game was what really bound us. Real life is more important than anything–except baseball.

    We had brief email contact afterwards, but we had nothing in common other than our experience of that one game. I hope they know that my expression of support for what they do is simply representative of thousands of others.

    Even if the assignment is poorly calculated, as this one seems to be, I offer my gratitude for our heroes in uniform.

  96. November 23, 2007 9:11 pm

    SCHILL –
    If I were to go into the magnitude of how thankful I am for these people, I’d cry: our men & women soldiers.

    And on a less serious note, I am thankful for you returning to the Sox.

    Seriously.

    You Rock Schilling.

  97. nomarsbetter permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:45 pm

    God bless all of our troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and all around the world.

    My nephew, Chris Pelkey, is due home in December from his first tour.

    Thanks to all those who have given and are willing to give their very life for the sake of freedom and democracy.

  98. auntiepatti permalink
    November 23, 2007 9:49 pm

    How fortunate we are to be in our homes reading blogs and message boards while brave men and women protect us at home and abroad throughout the world.

    THANK YOU, each and every one, from the bottom of my heart.

  99. pemliza permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:23 pm

    Thanks for another great opportunity Curt!

    I am so very thankful for the brave men & women who put their life on the line every day so that I can have the freedom to live my life the way I want to. Words cannot even express how much the people of this country owe to the men & women of the military.

    My father was a retired Naval officer of 25 years. I am grateful that he chose defending our country as his life’s work. My brother has been in the Army for almost 20 years. I am fiercely grateful that he was not only able to return home from his tour in Iraq safely, but that he also brought his men home safely.

    It is my daily prayer that the men & women fighting for us know the support that they have from us & are able to return home to their friends & family safely.

    Liza Dunkle

  100. missalit permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:24 pm

    Curt,

    This is a great post. I’d like to share something that brings your comments a little more to light. Yesterday, I arrived at my aunt’s house with expectations of the usual tasty dinner with family, but received a memory I will never forget.

    As we pulled into the driveway, we noticed two girls and their father waiting on the front steps of their house. After looking a little closer, I saw a sign covering the entire front bay window that read “Welcome home Danny, US Army, THANK YOU”. The front yard was adorned with American flags, and another flew off the side of the house. They were waiting for their cousin, who just finished a tour of duty in Iraq. The father informed us that his grandmother was among one of the guests inside, and she didn’t know he was coming.

    My aunt dug out a flew flags and ran aross the street and gave them to the girls. We all waited in the front hallway for him to come home. We never had even met him, but it didn’t matter; we all felt so proud. When he finally came, we all stood outside and clapped, cheered and whistled loudly. He turned and waved. It felt something like a Norman Rockwell painting! I felt myself tearing up with emotion- how wonderful that he was home!!

    That’s when I realized something very important. Even though I don’t know anyone serving our country personally, it doesn’t matter. I am still very thankful for my American brothers and sisters protecting my freedom every day.

    Sincerely,
    Alison

  101. guinnivere1 permalink
    November 23, 2007 10:51 pm

    Thanks, Curt. You’re a great person.

    To the many men and women who are serving so far from their homes and families:

    I can’t imagine how it must feel to be over there. Other than your fellow servicemen/women, you must feel alone and isolated from the world you remember. Everything new and unfamiliar becomes familiar, and the familiar seems like a distant memory, or a dream.

    But know this: You are no distant memory to those here who love you. Even those of us who don’t know you hold you in our hearts and pray for you. Your sacrifice is unmeasurable, your compensation grossly insufficient. But you as individuals, not the government, not a campaign, but the spirit you demonstrate, the courage and self-sacrifice, YOU, are the reason we are proud to fly the most beautiful flag in the world. You are the kind of people who built this great nation. We are proud to say that you represent this nation. And you are very, very near to our hearts every moment of every day.

    God bless you and come home safely. There is so much love here waiting for you!

  102. sandygail permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:33 pm

    Thanks Curt for the opportunity to say thanks personally to the courageous men and women in our military. During Desert Storm, I was allowed to be part of the USO to welcome our troops home at a local air base. It was an amazing experience. Because of September 11th, I haven’t been able to do that now, but every day I think of those in harm’s way and pray that God will watch over them all. To all men and women in our military, to all our veterans, and to your families, we thank you for all you do and have done to keep us free, and for all you do and have done to help others discover the same freedoms.

    Gagnon Family
    Springfield, MA

  103. ken6543 permalink
    November 23, 2007 11:42 pm

    As a former service member (9 yrs US Army) I’m thrilled to see all this support for our service men and women. And while the service members deserve every bit of it. PLEASE don’t forget their families. Those wives, husbands and children serve their country and Sacrifice every bit as much as the service member, sometimes much more.
    While we service members volunteered to give up our rights of free speech , to risk our personal safety and be separated from our loved ones to serve our country our families did not , yet they do. My son pointed out to me that I missed his birthday 8 times while in the service. There were many other birthdays, anniversaries , holidays and family events where I wasn’t present due to training exercises, tdy, training or hardship tours.
    So to wind down my long winded speech , thank our solders, But don’t forget their families, they are truly silent heroes.

  104. eric1414 permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:20 am

    Great Idea Schill,

    In addition to the many things I have to be thankful for, I also have a best friend serving his third tour in Iraq this holiday season. While I have known others that have served over seas during the past six years, Tommy definitely has seen the most action and endured the most of anyone I know.

    Our nation can’t thank our troops enough for the sacrifices they’ve made and the job they continue to do on our behalf each day.

    THANK YOU to the brave men and women who serve our country and make us all proud to be Americans. Best wishes and we continue to pray for a safe homecoming.

    Eric M. Eveland

  105. navybrat71 permalink
    November 24, 2007 12:26 am

    I whole heartedly agree that while a simple thank you does say all that it needs to, it is indeed inadequate. I continually pray for the safe-keeping and safe return for all our men and women serving overseas, be it in Iraq, Afghanistan, or somewhere “less harmful,” and that someday we no longer have to thank them for protecting us, though doing so would be a great injustice to them and to us, as it might somehow indicate that we have forgotten or no longer appreciate their sacrifice. I have several family members who have served “a grateful nation” many during peace-time, but many who served during war-time, and thankfully they all came home safe and healthy, though some experiences might not have left them as “sound” as they used to be. To those in my family who are still with us I thank them everyday for the sacrifice they gave to defend and protect our freedom and way of life, and to those who are no longer with us I salute them for their service. So on this day after Thanksgiving I do have lots to be thankful for: my mother and father who both served in the Navy, several uncles who served in the Marines during WWII, friends and neighbors from childhood who served in the Gulf in the early 90s and those who are now in Iraq I am grateful for their service and the, so far, safe return of them all. And I am thankful to you Curt for this thread and the opportunity to say what must be said. You are a true gentleman and a fine example of what a person can and should be.

    Thank You and God Bless.

  106. hannahhaymond permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:33 am

    To all the troops, I can’t thank you enough for everything you do. It is because of you that America is the greatest country in the world and it is because of you that we all enjoy the incredible quality of life that we do. I can’t imagine all of the sacrifices you and your families make. Thank you.

  107. bosoxs1986 permalink
    November 24, 2007 3:05 am

    to all the troops stationed all over the world, a big thank you. in addition, i would like to say i am truly grateful to all of our veterans of other wars. until we find a better way of ensuring injustices all around the world are a thing of the past and that a better situation follows the initial conflict, wars will continue. you protect our freedoms (which is anything but free) and ask for little in return.

    if this world wasn’t so upside down with screwed up values, soldiers protecting our way of life and helping others in foreign lands would be negotiating 4-5 years contracts worth millions of dollars instead of ball players and movie stars. but because you do it for God and Country, you will always have my respect and prayers.

    come home safe and finish the job.

  108. rcushdogdog permalink
    November 24, 2007 4:12 am

    I admire the way you all go out and put down your lives at home for long periods of time and steadily and quietly do your jobs over there. I really cannot fathom how it is done so well by so many of you. I can easily take so much for granted and get twisted up by little thing that do not go my way. The grace and dignity shown by the troops is really inspirational when you stand back and take a look at the sacrafice that takes place every time someone is deployed, and every day spent on that deployment. Thank you, great job,and I wish you all well.

    Bob C.
    Monroe CT

  109. bigfanofthechristianman permalink
    November 24, 2007 8:22 am

    Curt,

    Today is the first day I am leaving a message. I check your blog atleast every other day I find it inspirational. I had to forward your blog the other day about your son’s game. During little league he coaches our son’s team. I often have to remind him this team is the not the Red Sox and we are not in the World Series. It’s great that you get so excited about your son’s team. You are one of my heros. It is great to have a Christian man with strong moral beliefs on the Red Sox. You and your wife do such wonderful things.

    This season I am thankful for A God who cares. That we live in a country where we do have the right to vote. I am thankful for the soldiers who protect our freedoms. I thank God that my three children are healthy. God has given my husband and I the ability to make a good life for them. It doesn’t get better then that.

    PS… my picture is actually my husband. I thought you’d get a kick out of how much he looks like TEK. We can’t go anywhere without someone asking if he is the BIG GUY!

  110. badger99 permalink
    November 24, 2007 8:24 am

    Words alone cannot express our appreciation. We are eternally grateful – and we will always fight hard to make sure you are taken care of since you selflessly take care of us each day. Thanks so much.

  111. hooty permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:05 am

    Thanks Mike for giving us another three years. You had opportunities to go elsewhere but you chose to stay here with us because of the fans and that makes you a true star in your own right. Thanks again Mike can’t wait to see you on the field.

  112. soxfanstuckinnyc permalink
    November 24, 2007 9:12 am

    I would not only like to thank the troops overseas, but the troops that are now home suffering from numerous physical and emotional injuries. Not enough people realize that freedom is not “free”, sure we see the statistics of how many we have lost, but the statistics of the injured is stagering. I would like you all to know how gratefull I am for all that you have sacrificed.

    Gof Bless, and Thank You

  113. fenwayrocks permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:51 am

    Curt – Thank you for this forum. I’m a newbie to posting, but love to read your blog.

    I can’t think of any appropriate words to say to our troops. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough. Please know that your courage and sacrifices are greatly appreciated. With all due respect to Curt and all sports figures, YOU are the true heroes in this world. Not sports figures, actors or pop stars. God bless you all and keep you safe until you are able to return to your loved ones.

  114. fenwayrocks permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:59 am

    Curt – If you don’t mind, I’d like to post a link to a website that honors our WWII veterans. You can submit a name and military history of the person you choose to honor, including their picture, if you desire. Once it is online, you can print it out on premium photo paper and it makes a beautiful tribute that you can easily frame. These wonderful men and woman deserve all the attention and respect we can show them. I hope that in time, there will be some place similar where we can honor ALL veterans.

    http://www.wwiimemorial.com/

    Bless those who serve now and all those who served before them.

  115. dealingthephilthyhotcheese permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:21 am

    I’m not good with words but as I sit here and think about all our troops overseas, I want to express how grateful we are to you for what you endure on a daily basis and your commitment to our great country. I thank you for that. Putting myself or my son in your shoes scares me on so many levels as Im sure it has you and your parents, but know that you are thought of and prayed for every day with a hope for peace and understanding. May God bless you and keep you safe

  116. soxfan05782 permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:29 am

    To all the men and women serving in our armed forces around the globe, the only thing I can say is thank you. It is because of all of you that I can sit here on my couch and pretend to be the Red Sox general manager, fretting over the loss of one player and obsessing over the addition of another. Thank you for all that you do to keep our country safe. Take care, God bless, and stay safe.

    -Brian

  117. pattijor permalink
    November 24, 2007 11:37 am

    . . . family, health, and the men and women in the armed forces of Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia, and every country fighting for freedom and democracy in the world.

  118. November 24, 2007 12:00 pm

    I am so very thankful for each and every one of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who sacrifice every day so we can all enjoy the fruits of freedom. Having served a twenty year career in the U.S. Army I can attest to the fact they are the finest men and women our society produces. They are selfless, caring, committed and passionate about our country and the ideals it was founded on. Not a day goes by that I do not pray for their safety and success and thank God that there are men and women such as them who will put it all on the line for love of their country. God bless them all. Hooah.

  119. moriani permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:03 pm

    Thank you for giving us the freedom to be home and watch sports on tv while you’re out there fighiting for our country.
    Nothing we’ll ever say will be enough. God Bless you and keep you safe!
    Massimo from Italy

  120. billmueller permalink
    November 24, 2007 1:56 pm

    Hey Curt. A big THANK-YOU to the troops out there. I still can’t believe this whole war happened, and I am always hoping the troops can make the best of their situation and come on home safely when the job is done. I am in awe of how awesome our military is, and how professionally they carry out their difficult task. THANK-YOU!

    And, thanks to you for coming back to Boston for another year. I would love to see a number 38 up above the Right Field grandstand some day. And, I think it would be great if you decided to stay on as a pitching coach whenever you decide to hang up your spikes.

    And thanks to Mike Lowell for not pulling a Johnny Damon on us! Awesome. His decision will pay off bigtime for him. I can’t wait to see the huge standing ovation that you and he will receive on opening day. I just hope I can get tickets this year without cutting too deep into my beer money.

    Rest up… have a great holiday season, and we’ll see you in a few months. And just remember… that extra slice of pie may cost you! Let it go! hahahahahahaa.

  121. splendidsplinter409 permalink
    November 24, 2007 5:02 pm

    I am a SAR{sons of the American Revolution} and I am very thankful for the men and women fighting so we can sleep at night. thankyou.

  122. November 24, 2007 5:22 pm

    I am thankful that my Good friend Sgt. Bernard Shevlin is still with us. Bernie was injured in Iraq 3 years ago. since then he has had several surgeries (25) to stop the infection he received in the hospital. Bernie is a native of Ireland, who first lived in New York, unfortunately he became a Yankee fan. I am also thankful That he has decided to bring his son up a Red Sox fan. I am thankful for my Wife and two beautiful daughters.and thankful to have seen two Red Sox Championship teams, and wish my father George could have lived to see just one. God bless and Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Schilling Family !!!

  123. suesunswim permalink
    November 24, 2007 5:34 pm

    Whenever I speak to someone who is or has been in the service, I always thank them. It is the least I can do for someone who has protected me.

    THANK YOU TO ALL OUR TROOPS. I am in awe of your courage.

  124. doughboy09b permalink
    November 24, 2007 8:00 pm

    This is a broken record but it bears repeating over and over…Thank you to all the Men and Women serving in our Armed forces. Also thank you to all the people that serve and protect us right here in the USA, the Police, Fire Departments, EMTs, Doctors and Nurses.
    I also want to thank Curt Schilling personally for fighting for a cause that he believes in so deeply that he has devoted his life to it.
    Tim Gagnier,
    Springfield

  125. roxybr2d permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:45 pm

    As a lady whose husband said, “All you do is watch ball,” I have to say that now I look forward to another season of frustrating him again. I am like Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch, and to see Mike Lowell leave with so much going for us as a team, very much thanks to his link in the chain, would have hurt. The only thing worse than thinking of him out of a BoSox uni is thinking of him in a Yanks uni! They can have A-Rod; we got class! Welcome back, Mike. Red Sox Nation loves you.

  126. berg11665 permalink
    November 24, 2007 10:58 pm

    i know that thanksgiving has come and gone but i am thankful everyday that my husband brian came home from iraq safe and sound. he did his tour in 2003 and the war has changed so much since then. he has some psychic scars which may never heal but physically he is whole. his time away from home was the most difficult of my life. i know that i could have handled it better at times, but i had never been a single parent before. we met in the army reserve so i know what life as a soldier is like. but war is an experience we will never share, something i can never understand. cherish every moment together everyone. live life to the fullest. ps i still cant believe the sox won the series again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  127. jedee02 permalink
    November 25, 2007 1:12 am

    EVERYONE, whether for or against the war, should be thankful for the service men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. If it weren’t for these brave souls, we would not be able to express our opinions freely. I hope that everyone remembers that!

    I hope and pray that those of you serving in the armed forces will have a peaceful holiday and will be home soon. May you know that you are thought of each day by so many people who support and love you. Each one of us needs to do more to thank you for your sacrifices.

    God Bless you and protect you,
    Jeanne Dee and family

  128. shajam14 permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:13 am

    Thank you to all of our American heros all the men and women who sacrifice so much. We love you and I pray for all of you to come home to your families safely.Thank you for protecting us.

  129. soxfan4lyfe07 permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:54 am

    Thanks Curt!

    To all the men and women overseas or even in our homeland that sacrifice their lives everyday so we can have the freedom that we have… Please come home safe and soon. And thank you for all that you have done!

    Cheranne
    CT

  130. maranara permalink
    November 25, 2007 12:06 pm

    To the men and women serving our country – words can not express how truly thankful I am for your service. In situations when so many of us would run the other way, you keep going, putting yourselves in harm’s way to keep the rest of us safe. Know that we are thinking of you and praying that you return safely (and soon) to your families.

  131. brucelew permalink
    November 25, 2007 12:43 pm

    Thanks to the troops for the sacrifices you make each and every day for me and my family. Be safe and come home soon.

    Pete

  132. soxsg15 permalink
    November 25, 2007 1:24 pm

    I am thankful for many things. I am thankful we have people fighting for this country so that I do not have to. I am thankful for my wife and son. I am thankful for my health and knowledge. Most of all I am thankful for having a savior by the name of Jesus Christ!

    On another note I am also thankful we do not have the 300 million or so A-hole…sorry A-rod on our team. Yeah I can’t say he is overpaid because you are worth what people are willing to pay you. Seriously though 300million? I am very thankful for another world series championship. I am extremely thankful that Curt and possibly Mike Lowell will be retiring in the Red Sox uniform. I am thankful that we no longer have bonehead moves going on up in the front office whether it be from this regime or the past. Seriously though Clemens is at the end of his career? Did Duquette really believe that when he said it? Most of all in my sports minded world I am thankful for having a city worth rooting for again. Now if we could somehow get the Bruins on the same page. Go BOSTON!! Curt thanks again for coming back to the Sox for one more year!! Merry Christmas everyone.

  133. bruin537 permalink
    November 25, 2007 2:45 pm

    Curt,

    Your thoughts really put into perspective our quality of life that most of us enjoy in this country. We are truly blessed and should always try to help and understand the folks less fortunate. Thank you for all the help and support you and your wife provide to so many!

    God bless all our service men and women around the world!

  134. skipjack47 permalink
    November 25, 2007 4:09 pm

    I am thankful for all my brothers and sisters who have served and are serving. I am thankful that even those who strongly object to the war can still honor those who serve so valiantly. To all of you who are serving, and to your families, thank you – keep the faith, or, as we Marines like to say, “Semper Fi!” from a grunt from another era. God bless you and God bless your families.

    Thank you Curt, for giving us this opportunity to express our appreciation to these men and women and their families.

  135. vabeachredsoxfan permalink
    November 25, 2007 4:38 pm

    To all of our troops out there, a heartfelt THANK YOU! Also, to all of the spouses, children, and family members of our troops, a heartfelt THANK YOU! As the daughter of a 40-year Navy man, I know how difficult military life can be, particularly at the holidays. I pray for your safety and well being every night. Thank you for keeping our country safe and allowing us the freedom we enjoy every day. God bless and Happy Holidays to you all.

    Cindy
    Virginia Beach, VA

  136. soxnationmd permalink
    November 25, 2007 6:14 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you! I’m sure I speak for many service men and women when I say you calling attention to our work is thanks enough. For so many of us, we simply chose to do our part.

    Thank you for the perspective, the wonderful memories the last few years, and for all you do in Boston and Arizona. May God continue to bless you and yours.

    Ed
    Sox Nation in MD
    Veteran

  137. mick60a permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:00 pm

    To all the men and woman serving in the armed forces here and abroad. May God keep you all safe. May you all return home to see you family and friends soon.

    Thank you thank you thank you

  138. soxarmy permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:45 pm

    Curt, you are such a class guy. We love all the veterans and all active duty military members serving. Lets get everyone home soon! Go USA!

  139. poe2go permalink
    November 25, 2007 9:02 pm

    I’ve just read through every posting- it made me stop, think, cry, swear and give thanks. Thanks to the ladies and gentlemen doing what they do everyday overseas and here so I can freely experience all 5 feelings that I just did.

  140. varitek77 permalink
    November 26, 2007 1:15 am

    Another wonderful opportunity to give Thanks. This is awesome.

    I want to say thank you to all of the men and women who serve in the armed forces, and put their lives on the line every single day so that I may sleep safe and sound.

    I am thankful for my brother-in-law, Major Pong Anderson (who serves in the Air Force). Pong has been stationed “somewhere in the Middle East” for 7 and a half months now. I am thankful that God has been watching over him while he completes each of his missions. We anxiously await for him to return home next spring.

    I am also thankful to the wives who keep the families together and functioning like well oiled machines, while their husbands are working to maintain our freedom. I could not imagine having to live without my husband for over a year, and keep the homefront going by being both a mother AND a father to my children. My sister does it everyday, and she is such a strong individual. I admire her so much.

    Finally, I’m thankful to each of the men and woman who have lost their lives fighting for my rights. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and their efforts have not gone in vain or unnoticed. May their familes find peace this holiday season.

  141. jonathanmccauley permalink
    November 26, 2007 3:05 am

    I am thankful for everything i do. Whether it is getting up and going to class here at OU, talking to my father on the phone back home in Carthage, Texas, or simply lying around on the couch watch the Red Sox win another world series.

    I know that every morning i wake up is a positive day. I also know that troops are dying every day so that i get a chance to wake up and start a new.

    If any of the troops read this, i am thankful for you. No matter how big, little, or insignificant your role maybe, i WILL always be thankful.

  142. gert0517 permalink
    November 26, 2007 8:20 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for giving us this venue to thank the troops for all they do to keeps us safe and afford us the freedoms we enjoy every day. You have a big heart and I am glad it is in Boston for one more year.

    God Bless

  143. November 26, 2007 9:11 am

    To our troops,

    Every weekday morning, my little boy gets on a bus and goes to school.

    In other places – Beslan, Tel Aviv – a parent might wonder each morning, when their little child climbs on the school bus, whether they’ll ever see them come home again. There can be no greater nightmare, no more crushing loss for a parent than losing their children. Today, parents across the world know the fear, and some the pain, of that loss.

    Yet I can come to work each day confident that my son will receive a good education, and come home safe to his mommy and daddy each night.

    I can be confident in that knowledge because of the courage, nobility and sacrifice of Americans, like you, willing to risk everything in strange lands halfway across the world in defense of my home, my land and my life. I can be confident knowing that America’s finest and bravest defend those, like me, who are physically unable to defend ourselves.

    Thank you for serving and sacrificing in the name of duty, honor and country. Thank you for fighting when others cannot, or will not. And, this isn’t going to be PC, but thank you for the unabridged slaughter you’ve visited in turn on evil fascists who would, without your service in the Middle East, be visiting our country with more and more atrocities. This might be trite, but if we’re not killing them over there, they’ll certainly be killing us over here.

    But most of all, thank you for helping provide a country in which a little boy can take a bus and go to school, and come home safe each day to his mommy and daddy, who love him very, very much.

    Nathan Francis
    Lewiston, ME
    USA

  144. November 26, 2007 9:22 am

    Bless our troops and all the thankless work that they do! From someone who was raised a dependent and then went active, now a civilian.

    THANK YOU!

  145. berntina permalink
    November 26, 2007 11:24 am

    To all the troops out there: Thank you so much for your dedicated service to our country. This enables our freedom to continue in the U.S. and your efforts are greatly appreciated!
    Blessings to you all!

    Curt…thanks for the opportunity!

  146. syphax permalink
    November 26, 2007 11:52 am

    Thank you to everyone who makes any sacrifice to protect our country and people, and to everyone who places themselves in danger while trying to make the world a better place.

  147. jimedriceinhof permalink
    November 26, 2007 11:56 am

    Thanks to the members of the armed forces, both past and present, for everything you do to keep us safe.

    One of the local radio stations here in NH always ends their show asking that anytime you see a man or woman in uniform take a minute, go up to them and say thank you. I’ve been doing this for a while now and even though it’s just a small token of appreciation, I’d like to think that it helps the soldiers know we care.

  148. gijeff permalink
    November 26, 2007 12:10 pm

    As a US Air Force Service member, I will tell you that “A THANK-YOU” , is more than adequate. It feels good to be stopped and thanked for “what we do”. I have made many friends through all the services over my 18 year career, and all have been more than appreciative for the “thank-yous” we recieve. My Uncle served 3 tours in Viet Nam, and his thanks never came. I think America is ashamed of how we treated our troops during that time, so now they go out of their way, to let us know we ARE appreciated. I have lost several friends since 9-11 disrupted our lives, but they died doing what they believed in. Service members are a different breed, we know the pay is barely enough to get by, we know we will spend months away from our families every year, but we do it anyways, not only because “it needs to be done” or “someone has to do it”, but because we know how important it is. A humble “Thanks” may not feed my family or send my kids to college but it means more than you could ever imagine.

    BTW…Standing when the Flag passes or when the Anthem is played is worth alot of thank-yous too.

  149. redlion1 permalink
    November 26, 2007 12:21 pm

    Thankful for being a Boston fan in general. Last night we got away with one because of Andy Reid’s terrible play calling. The Red Sox won the WS and look like they are favorites to win again. The Celtics have a fine team and a real chance this year to get a championship in Boston again.

    Has any city won three championships in one year?

    Go Boston! Thanks Mike and Curt for coming back!

  150. mcurtin permalink
    November 26, 2007 12:26 pm

    I’ve visited here for awhile but did not set up an account until now. I wanted to have the opportunity to thank all of our veterans, past and present, for what they are doing/have done for me and all of my fellow Americans. I was able to have a wonderful Thanksgiving, thanks to them.

    I also learned something just this morning from a friend of mine, a reserve who has served in Iraq recently. When you all return to Boston and you want to ride the commuter rail, just show them your military ID and you’ll ride for free! (He only learned this last night and tried it this morning and it turns out to be true!)

    Thanks again!

  151. dizzylizzyfromphilly permalink
    November 26, 2007 3:03 pm

    As the daughter of a veteran, who saw time in Korea I just want to say thank you to all of those who have served and all of those who are serving now. Thank you for take good care of our freedom. You are the true heroes!!!

  152. soxwin28 permalink
    November 26, 2007 3:34 pm

    Thank you all for protecting our country

  153. aimcifer permalink
    November 26, 2007 4:31 pm

    We are so thankful for our troops, the brave men and women who give their all day in and day out. God bless you, stay safe, and much love to you all.

  154. jespah permalink
    November 26, 2007 6:18 pm

    A little late (perhaps I should be thankful for clocks …) -

    thank you, Curt, for being accessible
    thank you, Armed forces men and women, for everything you do
    thank you, doctors and nurses, for taking such good care of Jon Lester (and a few years before that, my mother, also a cancer survivor)
    thank you, Boston, for being the best place to live, the centered place, the hub in all ways
    thank you, silly posters
    thank you, squirmy little dogs
    thank you, all those who grow food, invent great things, work for peace, teach the ignorant, try to right the wrongs, tell the stories, make the art, make everything run
    thank you to my husband, the light of my life (uh, this list isn’t necessarily in order)
    thank you, everyone who’s made me laugh, cry or cheer this year and every year, thank you for touching me
    thank you

    PS Happy belated birthday, Shonda.

  155. casoxfan permalink
    November 26, 2007 7:09 pm

    Thank you Curt for this opportunity to thank our troops.

    “Thank you” does seem so inadequate for all our servicemen do for us. Their many sacrifices are not taken for granted. I pray for them every day and hold them in my heart.

    You are all heroes.

    Thank you.

  156. reflex31 permalink
    November 26, 2007 7:44 pm

    I’m a lieutenant in the Air Force, and I frequently receive thanks from strangers on the street when they see me in uniform. I feel a little guilty when that happens sometimes, because I’ve only been in the service for a little over 2 years, and my contributions so far have been minimal. I’d like to use this opportunity to pass along those thanks to those who are more deserving, to those who are engaged in the fight as we speak, to those who have poured their blood and sweat into the worthy goal of spreading freedom to those who need it most. I would like also to add my thanks to theirs. I honor, admire and salute each of you who put yourself in harm’s way for the rest of us, and for strangers in unfamiliar lands around the world!

  157. pmpck12 permalink
    November 26, 2007 7:51 pm

    Thank you Curt for offering the opportunity to properly Thank the men and women of our armed services. I hope they all had a Happy Thanksgiving and they are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing everyone a safe return and Thank you for all you are doing for our Country.

  158. mykatieq permalink
    November 26, 2007 8:26 pm

    I’m thankful that I recognize all the good things I have in this life and try to give back in my community, helping those that don’t have all the things I do. I’m thankful that many others in my town feel like I do and give back as well. I encourage others to do so too. Not sure what it’s like in your areas, but the economy is rough right now where I live. Companies are closing and people are losing their jobs. More and more young people I know are being diagnosed with cancer and don’t have the health insurance to support it. I am thankful that I work and that I am relatively healthy. I can’t speak enough about remembering to give your time and commitment to those that need your support……….

  159. christiangfarley permalink
    November 26, 2007 9:30 pm

    Mr Schilling- I posted a thank you on your link for Mike Lowell and I wanted to pen a note to you also. My son Reagan & I have been big fans of yours for a long time and we are thrilled you are staying in Boston. As a 42 year old father, I am proud of the people my little boy looks up to, and I can tell you why he worships you and your bloody sock far transcends anything related to baseball. You are a great role model and you come across as a genuine man in an industry where geniune men seem to be lacking. Thanks for your efforts on and off the field. We are glad you will be staying. Best to you and your family in the off season. Christian Farley, Clifton Park NY

  160. anaredsoxfan permalink
    November 27, 2007 9:39 am

    I’m am thankful for everything in my life, I am also thankful for the troops that are serving our country. My boyfriend is on his second tour of Iraq right now he is a huge Red Sox fan. I pray for his safe return everyday, I am proud of my boyfriend for serving our country. I’m a huge fan of the Red Sox and have been a fan since I was 8.

  161. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    November 27, 2007 10:00 am

    The countdown is really on now! Jamie comes home tomorrow! WAHOOO!!!!!!!!!

  162. vgadolin permalink
    November 27, 2007 5:02 pm

    I want to say a special “thank you” to all of our men and women who are serving in the armed forces! I applaud all of you and your efforts. You are providing services for those who cannot provide for themselves and protecting people at the same time. All of you are truly incredible human beings for doing such a wicked awesome job (had to use the accent at some point, couldn’t resist)! Keep up the great work and we are all hopeful for a safe and happy return HOME for all of you!!!

  163. jjjjone permalink
    November 27, 2007 9:21 pm

    Curt thanks for helping so many of the NATION’S dreams come true the last several years with two world championships. I am a retired Air Force member who now works as a civilian on the C5 aircraft in Dover DE. I do not know how many of your readers know about Westover AFB in western Mass. who also fly the C5. While we enjoyed our Thanksgiving many of these men and women, along with thousands of others, were protecting ouy way of life. And asked for NOTHING in return. Please let them know how much we appreciate them every day, and pray for there safe return. THANK YOU!

  164. dodgerfan permalink
    November 28, 2007 10:26 am

    Curt, I’m a true blue Dodger fan but also a fan of men of courage. You and our veterans both fit that description. I gave a Veteran’s Day lesson to a bunch of kids at a little old church in Hollywood, Ca, trying to teach then in 3 minutes or less what the holiday was all about. Shaking a hand and saying thanks to a vet you happen to see at the mall or elsewhere. He gets it. My kids have been brought up doing that. They get it. Saying a simple thanks to the true American heroes that live around us and to those who no longer do. Its tough to do without emotion. That’s cool. Bravery, sacrifice, devotion and servanthood. Hero.

    God bless our troops, veterans and their families.
    God bless you too Curt.
    See you at the L.A. Coliseum in March. Go easy on my boys.

  165. billyzabka permalink
    November 28, 2007 12:35 pm

    A billion thank yous will never be enough. All the freedom this country enjoys, the peaceful dinners and restful sleeps, its all owed to fine men and women who defend this country. Thank you for putting your lives on the line every day for the greatest country in the history of the world.

  166. sox4me permalink
    November 28, 2007 7:18 pm

    THANK YOU to all of the men and women who have given up their freedom in order to fight for our freedom

    I am the proud wife of a retired [24 years] Air Force veteran, who served in the Viet Nam War and retired after Desert Storm.

    There is no way that I can express my gratitude to the people who serve or have served our country

    This is a website [probably one of many] that you can ‘adopt’ a deployed soldier http://www.angelsncamouflage.org/

  167. markiemark22079 permalink
    November 29, 2007 9:32 am

    I would like to start by saying that Curt you have to be one of the greatest guys on earth, for everything you do for people.Second I would like to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has put themselves in the line of duty to protect what alot of people in the U.S.A. take for granted and that is are Freedom, so Thank You very much for everything that you and yours families have a had to endored.Last but not least I would like to say a prayer for all the men and women that this country has lost in all of the wars that we have fought in. I know that this is really not saying much but I do not see anyway we can say Thank You enough to all of you folks overseas.May God Bless You and your Families and my you all come home fast and safe.Thank You Curt for giving us all the chance to write a little something to the men and women that risk there lifes day in and day out so that we may live the life we live. So one again my GOD BLESS EVERYONE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN RISKING THERE LIVES FOR US AMERICANS THAT THEY HAVE NEVER MET BEFORE…..THANK YOU ALL….

    LOVE THE MASLAUSKAS FAMILY….

  168. klemmy77 permalink
    November 29, 2007 11:22 am

    Curt,
    A huge THANK YOU for taking the time out to thank the troops stationed over seas fighting for everyone’s freedoms. It is refreshing to see people taking time to say thank you to the very men and women who give up so much to defend not only this nation but every other freedom loving nation in this world.
    My younger brother SGT. Pete Klementowski is stationed with the 511th mp co. out of Fort Drum N.Y. He is serving his 3rd tour of duty in iraq and I know he is grateful to those people who understand what the armed services are doing. Jamie and his wife ( let us not forget those families who are left behind at home ). Thank You a million times over again for what you both have giving to this nation. Also a Thank you to men and women like Spc. John Tollefson who lost their lifes fighting us. Lastly Thank you to all vets of all america’s wars and conflicts, let us not forget what they gave up for our freedoms. I strongly encourge people to say thank you to all vets, many people don’t understand how much that means to these people. It doesn’t matter if it’s the 80 year old who stormed the beaches of normandy or the 50 year old who stood watch in the jungles of nam. JUST SAY THANK YOU.

  169. depsean permalink
    November 30, 2007 12:12 pm

    Thanks for taking the time ALL the time to support the troops. Thank you to troops currently serving and who have served in the past. Seeing 168 (so far) posts to thank the troops is an unbelievable thing. It makes myself and my family confident in my decision to join the United States Navy. Though I am excited to leave for boot camp in Feb., I will greatly miss being able to watch the Red Sox every game these coming years. Thanks again Curt for always taking the time to recognize our true everyday superheroes.

    -Sean D

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