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November 27, 2007

Sitting in the Logan Airport waiting on a flight to San Francisco. Speaing tomorrow at the Dow Jones-sponsored Consumer Technology Innovations conference in Redwood City, then a few meetings and back tomorrow night.

You can check it out at http://consumertechnologyinnovations.dowjones.com/

Always interesting to be in front of and among the money/brains behind and inside the tech world. I’m also amazed at how much of the world I live in translates to the real world of business from a leadership standpoint.

Spent this morning with Jon Lester, Manny Del Carmen, Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Michael Bowden, Caleb Clay. We got together this morning to go over where we are, and where we need to go as pitchers and a staff for the upcoming season. I think that the average age, were it not for my presence, was about 11…..

The kids look good and it’s nice to see that at this stage of their career they realize that the season is made during these months. You can and usually do shed pounds over the first month of camp, but you cannot make up the days lost with your shoulder and arm.

I know many of them are working out at either the Arizona or new Florida API clinics. That bodes well for any of them doing so.

Spent last night at the premiere of the 2007 World Series Video release. Unfortunately someone forgot to get me the clothing memo. So I showed up looking like I had just finished cutting wood, with everyone else in suit and tie. I guess the Red Carpet should have been a tip off….

Here’s a question. The Santana sweepstakes appear to be on. If you think your team is in it, what player, to you the fan, makes the deal “not worth the price”. Book the fact that you need to give up at LEAST 2 ML ready young studs, or 1 and a close to ready young superstar. What player would make you say “Nope, can’t do it.”

I am not sure where I’d draw the line at getting one of the 3 best pitchers in the game. Beckett, Santana, Dice K? Who matches up 1-3 with that? But the price, contract wise, beyond the players, has to be a factor and I would guess severely limits the size of the potential suitors list if any of the rumors are true. Contract rumors get floated for two reasons in my opinion.

1) Agent wanting to get their numbers out there to allow the field to get narrowed down and force a starting point on teams without talking to them. Also a great way to gauge where they might truly be interest wise with what they thought they might ask for.

2) Teams needing an excuse to not go after a guy by stating a hugely inflated request. True or false teams will say “That’s what we were told, and at that price we weren’t interested”. All the while knowing that if the real price was out there they’d get crucified for not taking part in the bidding war.

110 Comments leave one →
  1. rockpond22 permalink
    November 27, 2007 5:02 pm

    I apologize for the off topic comment.

    Here is a passionate blog post about ALS treatments from Ben Byer.

    http://indestructiblefilm.com/blog/

    See Nov. 6th post “the fastest sailboat in the world”

    He is living with ALS and is the Director of the award winning film Indestructable.

    I thought you and your fans would find this post eye opening.

  2. rnnana permalink
    November 27, 2007 5:08 pm

    guess your flight got called, mid sentence?

  3. vgadolin permalink
    November 27, 2007 5:13 pm

    Curt:

    All I can say regarding the attire at the premiere of the 2007 World Series DVD, I am glad that you were there. It doesn’t matter what you wore, just that you were there.

    Also, I think it is great that you are spending time with the pitchers and providing advice as they progress in their careers. Think of it this way, they are all hoping that they will still be great pitchers when they are your age. It must be a great feeling knowing that they will listen to what you have to say and hopefully they can incorporate some of your great experiences in what they do on and off the field.

    Good luck at the conference!

  4. donny4321 permalink
    November 27, 2007 5:19 pm

    “The Santana sweepstakes appear to be…”
    What? Appear to be Resulting in the Red Sox getting him free of charge? I knew it!

  5. irnbru permalink
    November 27, 2007 5:35 pm

    “Here’s a question. The Santana sweepstakes appear to be”

    I think Logan ate your post.

    Sounds like the Wang event was a blast. Wish I could have made it this year. I was at the one in 2004 and had a great time.

  6. gnopple permalink
    November 27, 2007 6:07 pm

    Seriously — bunch of kids there. Exciting kids, though. Forget the Santana sweepstakes, I’d love to get Haren! Thoughts?

    Also, check out the Loogy Lounge: loogy.wordpress.com — All Middle Relief, All the Time.

  7. bradmartell permalink
    November 27, 2007 6:39 pm

    Hey Curt… AHHHHHH the joys of technology eh.. LOL

    K, to your question that looks half written.

    “Here’s a question. The Santana sweepstakes appear to be”…

    I just cannot justify Theo ever parting with Jacoby for Johan. I can undestand Bulcholz,Crisp,Moss,and MAYBE Lester, but thats a big MAYBE.

    But if Johan does end going to that other team, just goes to show that they will be taking the same route they took a few years ago with dumping off there rookies or 1 year’ers to get a veteran. I.E. Mike Lowell(nuff said). So us nation folks will have nothing to worry about again.

    Lets all just sit back in our chair and picture this:

    Beckett
    Dice-K
    Schill
    Santana
    Lester/Bucholz/Wake

    AHHHHHH can see the parade again……

    K, nuff said for now. Keep them young’ens in line on the pitching staff Curt.

  8. djbw permalink
    November 27, 2007 6:49 pm

    the santana sweepstakes appear to be a must win for the yankees.you have to wonder how a team that for years was a front runner in free agency and drafting has spent all this money putting together virtually the same team(with less pitching)that has underachieved for the past 6 or 7 years.

  9. November 27, 2007 7:24 pm

    Good to hear you and the puppies got together to talk conditioning and bullpen strategy for the coming offseason/season.

    That pic of you at the premier looks like a shot from Quentin Tarantino’s “Redsoxevoir Dogs”. Either that or you’re a captured fugitive with the feds who bagged you – your last wish before getting thrown in the slammer; to go see the Sox World Series movie, and hear the national anthem. Funny stuff.

  10. vermonter permalink
    November 27, 2007 7:30 pm

    don’t sweat the dress flannels, Curt. Boston loves a dirt dog. Even (maybe ESPECIALLY) on the red carpet. happy holidays. welcome back.

  11. wildo05 permalink
    November 27, 2007 7:40 pm

    Curt…

    That could have been one of the funniest paragraphs that I read. Obviously, it would have been better if you wore a tux, but the picture that they have of you up on Dirtdogs is priceless! In my opinion, you are allowed to make a goof or two for all the good you have brought to Boston! Happy to see you back by the way, many players would not have taken less and I admire that you put your family first! We love you here in Boston and you will always be an adopted Bostonian in my mind!

    You comments about Santana got cut off. I know you really can’t get into specifics due to the fact that some of your teammates are in these rumors, but do you believe the Sox will be involved in any surprises next week in Nashville? I tend to believe when Theo and his guys are quiet they are at their most dangerous!

    Thanks again and welcome back!
    Will D.

  12. soxfaninjapan permalink
    November 27, 2007 7:57 pm

    I am the first to respond!! I just started a blog to comment on your site. I am huge fan living in japan. Congrats again on the World Series!!! Go RED SOX!!

    Anyways, I wish you luck in SF. I hope you enjoy the conference. As for the young guns, it looks like a promising career for most of them and a lot of rumours swirling around them. To answer your question about Santana, I think it would be great to get him, but at a huge expense. I love the pitching staff now and I am sure you feel the same way. I would rather see Haren come over, but I am sure you get enough armchair GMs.

    The reason why I wanted to write was about the pitching staff on the Japan trip. What do think is going to happen? Are you excited? (sorry, i couldn’t find an old post on this) From a fan standpoint, I am sooooo excited to see a Red Sox game being played here. I went to fenway last year, but being in Japan it is hard for me get to games and this is the best thing that ever happeneded!!

    I know for the team it is a little bit different. You guys have more to worry about. I just wish you luck and hope you enjoy your trip here. I will be in the stands cheering!!

  13. denisesoxfan permalink
    November 27, 2007 8:10 pm

    CURT!!!! “Here’s a question. The Santana sweepstakes appear to be”…..WHAT??? Good grief, you can’t leave us 38pitches-aholics like that! :) What was the question? And what do the Santana sweepstakes appear to be?
    Waiting for the rest of the blog,
    Denise

  14. November 27, 2007 8:29 pm

    Yes? Appear to be… ?

  15. papelbon permalink
    November 27, 2007 8:29 pm

    Who cares what you wore? You were there, and my husband and I were happy to see you. Thanks!

  16. soxfaninjapan permalink
    November 27, 2007 8:30 pm

    I found the post about Japan hidden in the AROD post. Well it seems like this trip you won’t be traveling so much in japan as in 1997. Hopefully you will only stay in Tokyo and stay refreshed. I think you probably had to much fun going out in japan. Stay away from the hostess bars and love hotels next time Curt!! That is why you were so tired after. haha!!

    Oh, I would also love to see a picture of you on the red carpet!! At least the lumberjack outfit probably camouflaged you!!

  17. bigrebel permalink
    November 27, 2007 8:46 pm

    I hear the Lumber Jack look is coming back. I know Santana is HOF worthy, but I also know hard working young guns make hungrier pitchers, and for half the price. I just don’t see giving up the young talent you Sox have for a Santana. Biding the price up to make the Yankees overpay, that’s fine, so long as they don’t mortgage the future. As a fan, I am looking forward to watching these guys grow into superstars. I hope I can do that as a Sox fan.

  18. bigrebel permalink
    November 27, 2007 8:47 pm

    btw, looks like your wireless got the noose

  19. redsoxfan34 permalink
    November 27, 2007 8:49 pm

    My cousin went to the Red Sox World series video Premier also. He got Manny Del Carmen and Jason Varitek’s Autograph. Do you think Santana is going to the sox? do you think he is the “best pitcher in the game”?Do you think he is worth 120 million dollars?

  20. redsox57 permalink
    November 27, 2007 9:17 pm

    Well Curt,
    The man makes the clothes not the other way around.
    Marc

  21. papuz permalink
    November 27, 2007 9:20 pm

    I laughed hard upon reading what you said about your get-up at the red carpet premiere! I saw the picture at redsox.com :D

    I’ve been a big fan of yours for 7 years now and I always dream of getting to see pitch in a live game before you retire. Good thing you signed up for another year with the team that I LOVE… it means another year for me to make that dream come true! If not for school I’d be there on the first game you’d start…

    I will get to meet you someday…I hope I will…

    Papuz
    Manila, Philippines

  22. jbbrennx permalink
    November 27, 2007 10:10 pm

    Curt, there seems to be a problem accessing the rest of your segment…

  23. syphax permalink
    November 27, 2007 10:30 pm

    I love the picture of you at the premiere. You’re Curt Schilling! You can wear whatever the hell you want, dammit!

  24. sfsoxfan permalink
    November 27, 2007 11:04 pm

    Curt,

    Welcome to the Bay Area. Definitely a great energy with the tech community out here and a strong contingent of Sox fans (of course that is everywhere these days). I’m a lifelong Bostonian and moved out here a couple months ago for work. Tough timing to miss the celebration in Boston with the 07′ World Series championship, but I was there for 04′. We are definitely spoiled. Good luck with your keynote and for those of us from Sox nation in the Bay Area, let the countdown to the May 23-25 series at Oakland begin.

  25. jimmykc permalink
    November 27, 2007 11:25 pm

    Always interesting to read about your off season endeavors and glad you are posting more often now. Also glad to hear that the young arms are getting the chance to touch base with you-this is bound to benefit the team in the long run. You seem to have been cut off in mid thought tonight,though. Please finish your question on Santana. Who wouldn’t want him on the team,although we now seem to be deep enough there to not do anything foolish. I would hate to see him in pinstripes however.

  26. bosoxgal33 permalink
    November 27, 2007 11:53 pm

    Curt,
    I thought the clothing mishap was pretty funny, and shows that everyone (even Red Sox players) is human. I think it’s really cool that you met with some of the younger guys on the team. They really benefit from the advice of experienced pitchers. Looking forward to next season. April isn’t coming soon enough!

  27. November 28, 2007 12:03 am

    Thanks for the inadvertent warning about uploading stuff using the Wi-Fi at Logan…it’s either that or WordPress.com is acting funky like it did last night (the last half of yr post is missing. But you already know this, I’m sure, as 8 billion of your readers have poked at you already)

  28. redsox3800 permalink
    November 28, 2007 12:49 am

    Curt, I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy you resigned with the Red Sox and the same thing for Mike Lowell, It was alot of class of you having a thank you mike post listing on your site. I think in order to get Santana, a team will have to give up a lot of top prospects, I cannot see the red sox giving up ellsbury, bucholz, and pedroia. I think he will be headed to the Yankees, but i hope he either stays with the twins or go to the other new york team. Curt, I have a question for you, How do you have time to go to all these meetings, movie premiere, dinners, and then fly to the west coast, and still have time for your family? GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. biomechanicist permalink
    November 28, 2007 1:05 am

    I like how every news service seems to want to point out your clothing issue and how redsox.com features a picture of it on their homepage (of all the pictures to choose from the night). To paraphrase Tito, I didn’t know we needed the fashion police in baseball.

    Thanks for this blog. Lots of sports writer’s like to mention how much you enjoy talking about yourself. I saw something that said you were second to A-rod in ego in baseball (in an article about A-rod’s contract with the Yankees, for some reason you came up).

    If a guy is one of the top five pitchers in his league practically every year he is a starter, throwing 96 with a split that makes everybody look stupid, then please, tell us what it’s like to be one of the best in the world at a sport played on three continents and whatever the thought process is that drives that mind.

    If the same guy find himself throwing 10 mph less, goes on emergency rehab in the middle of the season, and then comes back with a september ERA better than the Cy Young runner-up, then I’m really interested.

    What I’m not interested in is being told by paid reporters that Curt Schilling wore a flannel plaid shirt to a premiere.

  30. ike6116 permalink
    November 28, 2007 1:42 am

    Hahaha I dig it Curt. You’re a ball player and this is a DVD about Baseball. I think you were the only one dressed appropriately ;)

  31. 1954redsoxfan permalink
    November 28, 2007 1:54 am

    Hi Curt. I had to laugh at your analysis of the kids on the block of 11 yrs old. They may be youngsters but I am sure that a bit of your knowledge and attitude has worn off just a bit on them. I think it is a testament to you and their belief that you will be of great help in them in the Red Sox future. Perhaps calling you a leader is more exacting even if you might not think so. As a Sox fan for 50+ yrs I truly enjoy your time-sharing with us the fans about all of the activities you and Shonda believe in and participate in so fully and completely. Thank you
    Now on the Santana sweepstakes. Let’s be honest He is a great pitcher. No doubt about it but I think the Sox ownership should stand pat. It will give a huge boost of support to the 34 yr old GM Theo Epstein and the incredible job he has done to mold the Sox. The bottom line is that he has built a winner not just for the past few years but for many years ahead. Thanks for the memories and I want to take a minute to wish you, Shonda and children a happy and joyous holiday season.
    David from the Philippines (I miss the snow)
    PS Curt have you given any thought of getting into pro ball coaching after you finally do hang em up? (You say 1 more year but remember the average age is 11 hahaha. They need a big brother to keep them sharp)

  32. November 28, 2007 4:07 am

    Who is Justin Masterson, Michael Bowden, and Caleb Clay?

  33. hafjell permalink
    November 28, 2007 4:56 am

    …the Santana sweepstakes appear to be ill-timed for the 08 Red Sox. Not worth giving up young prospects, even for somebody with Johan’s #’s . If the Yanks get him they will have to give up a lot of talent and sign another multi-year deal. Let them. And, yes, I know how good he is.

    I also know how good Rod is and look forward to watching his range diminish over the next 7 years. Of course he will hit; but they will still be overpaying for a 1B and eventual DH with zero character. All the while Theo will find guys who can hit and field their positions without the ego.

  34. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    November 28, 2007 5:05 am

    The Santana situation scares me. The reason for that is most teams demand the top players and their first three grandkids from the Yankees when we try to trade. It makes me sick how teams don’t do that to Boston. Curt, Arizona took almost nothing for you in the trade. If it were NYY, they would have asked for the Boss’ spleen. Same thing with Beckett. Florida sends him (AND MIKE LOWELL!!) to Boston for who?? Does anybody even remember?? So if the Sawx end up snagging Santana for peanuts, it’s really gonna suck for us Yankees fans.

  35. November 28, 2007 5:10 am

    Oops. Your blog seems to have been cut off…

  36. caroledon permalink
    November 28, 2007 6:48 am

    Thrilled that you are here. Thank you for all the work you and your wife do. Also thrilled that Mike will be with the team as well, It is a pleasure to see you and your family. Once again Thank You

  37. keepmikelowell permalink
    November 28, 2007 7:00 am

    In regards to Santana,
    I wouldn’t want to give up Lester, Buchholz, or Ellsbury. They’re all exciting to watch and in a couple years they’ll all be about 16 when Santana will be 30.

    Keep the Kids!

  38. ctballfan permalink
    November 28, 2007 7:55 am

    Theo’s built a development machine here, and the purpose is either to play ‘em or trade ‘em, and let’s face it, in this market we have very little patience for most rookies. (IMHO, Ellsbury’s been treated like a god here ONLY because he was hot right out of the chute. At this time last year I think about anyone on this blog or SoSH would’ve thrown PedROYa into a Santana deal without a second thought. Jacoby won the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately contest.)
    Don’t get me wrong, I love Jacoby and would love to see him ensconced Freddy Lynn style in CF here for years to come. But would I trade him for Johan? Yes, I would package him with Lester OR Buchholz and an A-ball prospect or 2. In this farm system, there’s more where those guys came from. We’re all quick here in fanboy-land to forget about Coco with Jacoby’s quick start, but unless you’re seeing something different in the locker room, Curt, I suspect the man thinks he really has something to prove at the plate, and you wouldn’t be hurt by another year of Coco hauling in your 390-foot mistakes, either. When have the farm system to reload like Theo does, I think you take a chance on the big deals when you have the opportunity to bring totally dominant talent to town. Like Pedro. Like Beckett. Like some power pitcher down in the desert I remember.

    PS, I’m watching your ’86 Sox TSN strat team, you’ve gotta get Baylor out of the cleanup spot, that card is a rally-killer. You’re 5th in the division in runs scored. If not low in the lineup, think about leadoff, he’s got a decent # of OBP chances with all the HBPs, and he’s faster than Boggs. Outside of Evans/Rice/Boggs this team doesn’t have a lot of OPS to work with and I think you have to use them in some 3/4/5 combination to score more runs.

  39. exsportscaster permalink
    November 28, 2007 8:15 am

    Hey yanksrdaclassofbball!

    Who did the Sox send to the Marlins in the Beckett, Lowell deal? How about one of the best young shortstops in MLB (Hanley Ramirez) and Anibal Sanchez, who tossed a no-hitter in ’06.

    Quit whining about how the Yanks always get held up in prospective trades. Afterall, as fans from the Evil Empire are always quick to point out, “We’ve got 26 rings, how about you?”

    Congratulations on re-upping with A-Fraud and his classless wife. That was an disguisting stunt she pulled last summer when she wore a t-shirt to the Stadium that said “F*** You” on the back of it.

  40. jasvlm permalink
    November 28, 2007 8:25 am

    I know the kids are hard to move, but a deal to get Santana would have to be seriously considered. Personally, I think building a deal around Crisp and 2 other major league ready prospects is a reasonable price to pay for the chance to acquire Johan. He’s a great guy, and would be a super fit in Boston. Crisp, one of Lester/Buchholz and Lowrie might just be enough to get it done. If Ellsbury is the guy the Twins are after, it makes it that much harder, but I’d still think very seriously about it. Pitchers of Johan’s ability and durability are one in a thousand, and it will be worth the cost to have him aboard.
    If the Red Sox don’t get him, rest assured, he’s going to end up in NY, and that makes it doubly important to investigate how they could trade for him.
    JAS

  41. November 28, 2007 8:40 am

    I’ll give up Coco and Lester for Santana. HANDS OFF JACOBY! I don’t want to give up Bucholz, either.

  42. gwilk permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:32 am

    Curt,

    Santana would be a great, but an expensive addition to the team. What do think about either Haren and Kazmir as younger (and cheaper) alternatives? Would either of them be worth losing Buchholz or Lester? Ellsbury is the only untouchable young player in the Sox system, in my opinion.

    Thanks,
    Greg in Dallas

  43. tekkett permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:32 am

    where was beckett at this meeting of the minds? too busy hunting?

  44. fenwaygirl permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:35 am

    I think we would be so much better off going after Dan Haren rather than mortgage the future on Santana and then having to sign him for 20 million+ per year to keep him. Haren is already set to be paid a total of around 16 million for the next 3 years! We might be able to get him for Coco and one of Lester or Bucholz. Ellsbury is “off limits” if I had a say! He has proven himself in the biggest stage of his career! He is going to be a fantastic center fielder for years to come and at a really great price! I would love to have Santana but I think getting Dan Haren would be the catch of the off season!

    PS – I thought you looked like a true “mainah” at the World Series DVD premier. I loved it! :)

  45. mdsoxfan permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:43 am

    I have to echo Vermonter, Curt. Don’t sweat the flannel! However, it would be cool if you could just say you didn’t get the memo, rather than blaming “someone” for not getting it for you. Nothing like personal accountability! At least that is what I keep trying to teach my two teenage sons! Glad to have you back next year!

  46. athletesuccess permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:51 am

    Curt,

    Johan Santana is one of the top pitchers in all of baseball, but at the same time, I cannot justify trading your team’s top two prospects, AND then, having to work out a contract that may be in excess of $125M just to keep him beyond next season.

    I know the Sox have the money to sign Santana, but I’m business minded and I cannot imagine that he is really worth $18-$22M more than a player such as Buchholz or Lester?

    Also, check out his stats over the past (3) seasons against the American League East:
    Baltimore 5.68 ERA .316 AVG (Highest AVG against any opponent)
    Boston 3.60 ERA at Fenway in just one start in the past 3 years. 5innings 6 hits 4 runs 2 er
    Toronto 7.44 ERA .313 AVG (Highest ERA and 2nd Highest Opponent AVG)
    New York 2.66 ERA .250 AVG (4th Highest Opponent AVG)
    Tampa Bay 2.50 ERA .212 AVG 1 CG

    So against American League East opponents in the past 3 years, he has surrendered his: HIGHEST Batting Average Against (Bal)….his 2nd Highest (Tor)…his 3rd Highest (Bos)…and his 4th Highest (ny)…
    He has faced 24 different teams the past 3 seasons and his worst numbers are against 4 out of the 5 teams in the American League East. You have to figure pitching at Fenway may hurt his numbers as well.

    I personally would not like to see the Red Sox trade away Ellsbury and either Lester or Buchholz, then have to sign Santana for $125M+. The Sox rotation looks extremely good going into next season and beyond. It’s very affordable and all pitchers are very exciting to watch.

    Keep our young talent and have them led under your leadership! The knowledge that these young players gain from you is absolutely priceless to them for years to come.

    Keep up the good work with all that you do.
    – Kris Vigue

  47. ginte37 permalink
    November 28, 2007 11:07 am

    I love the idea of having Beckett, Dice-K, Santana, Schilling, Buchholz, Lester and Wakefield. I mean that’s almost cheating.

    But if we have to give up Buchholz for Santana, I say hell no.

    That being said, it sounds like we would have to give up Ellsbury too… I say no. Obviously I know how great of a pitcher Santana is, but I’d rather have Ellsbury and Buchholz.

    I know if we don’t get Santana, the Yankees will, but I just really like the idea of Ellsbury and Buchholz here for the long haul.

    I think Ellsbury and Buchholz should be untouchables, even for Santana.

  48. ginte37 permalink
    November 28, 2007 11:15 am

    Hey Yanksardaclassofbaseball,
    It’s pretty obvious that the Steinbrenners are difficult to reason with, maybe that is why Beckett, Lowell, and Curt ended up in Boston.

    Its not all about money or hatred toward the Yankees. Its about communication and making things happen. I think it would be just a little easier to reason with Epstein, Lucchino and Henry as people than with the Steinbrenner family.

  49. November 28, 2007 11:34 am

    Ah, ok.

    I’m assuming the hometowne team is in it, being one of the financial superpowers of the game. That said, here’s my thoughts:

    1. It’s a bad idea to be chasing Santana at this point. While he was still exceptional last season, his numbers were off and his home runs allowed were up, by a large margin. Scouts are also saying he’s throwing his slider much less – is there elbow aggravation we’re not hearing about, perhaps? The cost in prospects and dollars for this guy are going to be way too steep to be anything but 100% sure on him, and we all know an MRI doesn’t always tell the full tale.

    2. If Boston were hell bent for leather on getting Santana this season, I’d have to qualify Buchholz, Pedroia and Ellsbury as off-limits. Virtually all scouts agree that Buch can become a #1 starter if he stays healthy, Pedroia proved his value over a full season and Ellsbury looks to me, as a fan, to be our center field answer for the coming decade.

    3. If Jon Lester would get the trade done with some other combination of minor leaguers, I might pull that trigger if I were convinced of Santana’s health. Lester has had flashes of excellence, but he’s mostly plodded along as a 5-inning pitcher who dances between a ton of raindrops. I’m still unconvinced that he’s going to be the 2-3 guy that most scouts think he’s going to become, and that’s before considering the possibility that his cancer could recur. Regardless, his value still seems to be high, and scouts still seem to be “sold” on him. His performance in game 4 of the Series didn’t hurt his value, either.

    4. IF I were going to pakage Lester in a deal, I’d explore a trade for Haren first and foremost. He’s controllable for the next three seasons at cheap money is younger than Santana, and lacking two Cy Young awards probably will command a much smaller price in free agency, while appearing to be a very high-caliber, front-end guy.

    I still view any deal for Santana with trepidation at this point. My gut just tells me he’s got a breakdown or decline coming. If it were just a cash deal next year, perhaps – but the risk is too high when you add in our best prospects to any potantial deal, imo.

  50. Yankees Team Gynecologist permalink
    November 28, 2007 11:36 am

    I say don’t bother going after Santana. Buccholz and Ellsbury will make both Boston’s bats and pitching, which are already great, even better for years to come. Then there’s the possible risk of Santana not being able to handle the pressure in a big market. So what if the Yankees get him. Sure, it’ll make them better, but Boston will be better too, and things will be all the more interesting.

  51. fenwaynationchief permalink
    November 28, 2007 11:50 am

    Curt-

    Airport wireless is cool—but it’s even cooler when it’s free. For some reason, MASSPORT finds it necessary to levy yet another charge on us for Internet access—as if parking wasn’t quite enough of a hit on the wallet.

    Most other airports provide wireless free—kind of a way to say to travelers, “Hey, this is a nice, friendly place to visit–enjoy the free service”. But, no, not Boston!

    Oh, well, in the grand scheme of things, I guess this is kind of petty.

    Looking forward to having you in the rotation for another year.
    Thanks for staying!

    Best,

    Ernie Paicopolos
    EIC
    FenwayNation.com

  52. checkapos permalink
    November 28, 2007 12:19 pm

    well i will like to understand what auto wireless is all about

  53. soxfaninil permalink
    November 28, 2007 1:54 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for the update. I thought the pics were very funny of the premiere. I think that Crisp and either Bucholz or Lester would be definately as high as I would want the Sox to go. Even then I do not know, since both Lester and Bucholz look so promising. It is a tough one, but I like our team right now anyway so it is a win-win situation as long as the Sox do not give up more than that.

    Question for you Curt…I know you are a huge supporter of the troops, and I know you are a very busy person, but I was wondering if you knew of anyone putting together a visit to the guys in Afghanistan? I know that a visit by a bunch of Sox players around Christmas time would be awesome for those guys. Just wondering…thanks for all you do not only for Red Sox nation.

    Sean, IL

  54. ichsmom permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:05 pm

    Hi Curt,

    To answer your question, when to draw the line on a Santana trade — as a Sox fan, I think giving up Pedrioa, Ellsbury, Youkilis, Papelbon, and Lester would be too high a price. This is just looking at the “kids.”

    Now, can I give you the list of players I’d like to see traded?

  55. ignoreant1 permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:10 pm

    “Here’s a question. The Santana sweepstakes appear to be on. If you think your team is in it, what player, to you the fan, makes the deal “not worth the price”.

    Curt: The way Jacoby and Lester and Bucholz have developed so quickly who’s to say we don’t already have the next Santana?

  56. November 28, 2007 3:13 pm

    What an interesting view of how those rumors get out there. I guess I hadn’t thought much about it, and since everyone else seems hung up on the end of a sentence (that now seems corrected BTW), I thought I’d comment on that.

    We get these “Sports Flashes” from the talking heads on the radio (one of your favorite FFB guys being one) that will frequently come loaded with these “reports” of what teams are asking, without every really asking anyone where this info comes from.

    A reply to yanksrdaclassofbball: Yeah, it was Hanley Ramirez and Anibel Sanchez – Hanley was the ‘056 NL ROY and Sanchez threw a no-hitter for the fish. “Yanks” seems to forget that both of these guys were quality players AND that Mike Lowell was thrown into the deal in a salary dump! No one else wanted to make that deal – Yankees included. THAT’S how the Sox wound up with Beckett. So to recap: the Sox gave up a ROY, a quality starting pitcher, and took on what was thought to be “Cumbersome” (as reported by the Globe at the time). Please get off the, everyone picks on the Yankees crap.

  57. November 28, 2007 3:19 pm

    Or to correct all the typographical errors and missed content in my own reply: Hanley was the ’06 ROY and I meant to say that the Globe reported that they thought they were taking on a “cumbersome” salary…

    Ugh. Gotta make sure i’ve said everything the way I want to before I hit “submit comment,” else wind up with 35+ comments talking about how my sentence gets cut off…..

  58. redsoxnational permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:19 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I’m not normally one to call out other people for their posts. However, is that guy (post 34) serious when he implies that the Sox got Beckett and Lowell for “peanuts?” I think we all remember who we gave up to get those two guys. Hanley Ramirez!! One of the best shortstops in the game. I love Beckett and Lowell and am sincerely glad to have them on the sox, but to insinuate that Ramirez is peanuts is just plain wrong.

    That said, to answer your question as to what player makes the Santana deal undoable. I think (as you alluded to) it is more than just money. I mean, if we could get Santana for the same amount of money, or even close to that amount, that we are spending on Buccholz right now, I don’t see how any Sox fan could say it would be a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Clay fan. I went to see him play a few times in Portland, same goes for Ellsbury. But, Johan is Johan. Clay may have a chance to be the next Johan, but the chances are much greater that he won’t. He is a wonderful talent, but as you know better than I, it takes more than just talent. Many young arms with great talent never amount to anything. Johan is one of the best, and we know it. There is no doubt. Considering all of that, I think given the amount of money that the sox would have to give Santana, combinded with the fact that we all know this team can win games the way it is, I don’t think I would risk the future of the club’s success. I wouldn’t trade Clay, certainly not Ellsbury (I love the fact that the sox are going to be a base stealing threat). And given the way the Sox stood by Lester through all of his medical difficulties, I would absolutely hate to see them cut him loose now.

    We have a successful, competitive team now. Keep it going, continue to build for a successful future. That’s what I think.

  59. redsoxnational permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:21 pm

    My last post should have read, “it’s more than just the player,” not “it’s more than just money.”

    sorry about the confusion

  60. spiceman86 permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:41 pm

    Cry me a river Yankee fan! When the Yankees were pursuing a trade for Curt, their farm system was completely bare! Also, when the Sox got Beckett, most Yankees fans laughed off the deal. They said the Sox gave up too much in Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and 2 low level minor leaguers (Delgado and Garcia) for Beckett, who had never thrown more than 190 innings in a season, Mike Lowell, who was coming off a terrible season and was “over-priced” and also Guillermo Mota, who was also coming off a bad season. In the end, the deal worked great for the Sox because Beckett has been able to remain healthy and Mike Lowell returned to form after 1 bad year. That said, Florida got a heck of a player in Hanley Ramirez. Right now he’s a more dynamic player than either Jeter or Cano. Also, Anibal Sanchez was a heck of pitching prospect and was off to a great start in the bigs until he came down with arm injuries. To me, the Twins will trade Sanchez to Yankees only if Hughes or Chamberlain are included (along with some lesser pieces) and to the Red Sox for Ellsbury or Buchholz (along with some lesser pieces). Otherwise, they either shop him to other teams or wait until the trading deadline. They aren’t going to say “Hey New York, he’s yours for Chamberlain, Hughes, Cano and Cabrera, but Boston you can have him for Brandon Moss, Coco Crisp and a clean pair of Socks from Curt Schilling.”.

  61. irnbru permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:48 pm

    BTW, my vote?

    Forget Santana. Keep the kids!

  62. November 28, 2007 4:36 pm

    Yeah, well – if showing up as a fashion faux pas at a local movie debut is the worst thing you do – you’re doing okay. ;)

    I’d say “hell no” to Ellsbury.
    I’d consider either Bucholz or Lester with Coco Crisp. Both? Um, I’d prefer no.
    Hell no to Pedroia too.

    I certainly know nothing about the baseball politics and finances in comparison to you and many others out there….but there’s definitely something to be said about holding on to your younger players and not trading them off for the “hottest” thing since sliced bread.

    I dont’ know – I just can’t see giving up what seemingly was a solid 1-2 hitters in the front of the lineup. What good is pitching if you have no offense??? It’s got to be a good balance, no?

    Please, someone correct me if I’m talking out of school.

  63. November 28, 2007 4:47 pm

    11 years old? Do they have special work permits?

    When I saw you at the video premier I wondered why you hadn’t even bothered to shave, but the clothing was fine. Who the hell cares what you wear? You could appear in your boxers and people would be thrilled to see you. And it would guarantee that the ladies would be entertained. Always a plus!

    Have fun in OZ. Oracle is one of the strangest looking companies rising up out of the shorline on the Peninsula. It’s fun to visit SillyCon valley, but you are VERY glad you don’t live there. It’s a miserable place to bring up kids. Take it from one that has BTDT and couldn’t wait to get the hell out.

  64. brambey permalink
    November 28, 2007 4:59 pm

    “The Santana situation scares me. The reason for that is most teams demand the top players and their first three grandkids from the Yankees when we try to trade. It makes me sick how teams don’t do that to Boston. Curt, Arizona took almost nothing for you in the trade. If it were NYY, they would have asked for the Boss’ spleen. Same thing with Beckett. Florida sends him (AND MIKE LOWELL!!) to Boston for who?? Does anybody even remember?? So if the Sawx end up snagging Santana for peanuts, it’s really gonna suck for us Yankees fans.”

    Teams don’t stick it to NY harder than they do anyone else. At the time of that trade Lowell was thought to be overpaid dead weight, they wanted to clear that payroll room out. He was kindof tacked onto that deal, we didn’t really even want him I believe. He turned out to be great and I’m a huge fan. Beckett was a star and for him we gave up some pretty solid prospects, including Hanley Ramirez, who is a very productive shortstop for the Marlins who this year bat .332 with 29 homers and 81 RBIs. Not bad at all.

  65. soxfc permalink
    November 28, 2007 7:32 pm

    Geez Curt, I was going to go to the premier but decided not to because I knew that walking over after work, I wouldn’t be red-carpet-ready. Now I know I could have just stood next to you :) and looked positively elegant.

    I’m with yanksrdaclassofbball, the Santana situation scares me too. I don’t want to see any of the kids traded, but when I saw a couple of mentions today of even a remote chance that my favorite Heart & Hustle guy might be in the mix…I mean, I’d literally take time off from work to watch this guy shave…haven’t we been through enough over Mikey? Hopefully it’s just a rumor. Too much internet-watching – gotta shut off those Google alerts.

  66. papuz permalink
    November 28, 2007 8:24 pm

    Hey Curt! Yeah I’m sure no one would really care whatever you were wearing as long as you were there.

    As regards the Santana sweepstakes… I’d have to agree that Ellsbury and Pedroia have to be on top of my list of untouchables. Other than that, I dunno how I’d react to whatever comes up. I really don’t want to see Buchholz go either but when I think who the team would get… I start to consider him leaving (plus several others maybe)…Johan is Johan!

  67. rnnana permalink
    November 28, 2007 8:38 pm

    I agreee with irnbru == gee, we’ve already got tremendous pitching… we don’t have to get greedy and try to monopolize the mound, eh? I think all the “kids” being mentioned have earned the right to be Red Sox !!!!

  68. cassidy5563 permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:32 pm

    Hey Curt…lots of us are doing the “monk season” thing to try to get into shape and maintain a healthy lifestlye. How’s it going for you? Maybe worth some time—support for the Nation. Best of everything to you and yours!

  69. loveyanks permalink
    November 28, 2007 10:42 pm

    more crap i read about the redsox the sicker i get, well lets start here 26 rings,no where close, building a new stadium to hold all our great fans,you guys keep fixing up your broken down staduim i guess if u win a few more world series u might be alble to afford 1(not likely) and just because a pitcher throughs a no hitter dosent mean hes gona be another santana, so keep dreaming sucksoxs, youve got a long way to go to be in the same class as us,and one more little comment,didnt we beat u lowlifes 10 out of 18 games this year?it was almost a repeat of 1978 when u blew a 14 game lead,to bad there wasnt a few more games left it would of been a different story,keep looking in the mirror all next year dirtsox the GREATEMPIRE, will be kicking your but like we do everyyear,the only reason why u won it this year is because u didnt play us, so keep dreaming about being in our class, yankee universe rules!!!!!

  70. joei71 permalink
    November 28, 2007 10:46 pm

    So the question of what player wouldn’t you part with to get Santana seems to have come down to, do the Sox give up Ellsbury? If I’m the GM, I give him up in a second.

    Hey, I love Jacoby… the kid is a great young talent and made an extraordinary debut and contribution to the club last year. But with Beckett, Santana, Dice-K and you on the mound, we not only win it all next year… but I think nobody beats us for the next 5 years!

    And isn’t that what we all really want?

    Now here’s a question for you… if the Sox land Santana, are you interested in sticking around after 08? ;)

  71. jimmyvegas permalink
    November 29, 2007 2:03 am

    As far as the Santana sweepstakes go, I am amazed by the amount of loyalty for the young ones. I think Bucholz and Ellsbury are going to be stars in this league, but I would include both to get Santana. Youre talking about a guy that flat out dominates in the way Pedro did in his heyday. Slotting him in that rotation makes it a murderers row scary rotation. Added to the fact that while Crisps offensive numbers have been disappointing, he still commands centerfield with the top in that position in the game. Veteran lineup that can both hit(obviously) and defend behind that pitching staff? It seems to me that in the short run Ellsbury and Bucholz would be worth the opportunity cost. That staff would be RIDICULOUS! There would be less pressure on the offense to produce, (even though that lineup would continue to). And the bonus cookie is it keeps Johan out of the Bronx. Im a firm believer that building for the future is great, but when an opportunity like this arises, you jump on it. The Bucholz no-hitter, while great, hardly promises that he can endure the grind of a full year. Ellsbury doesnt have a full year, what happens when he starts to slump? Nobody, NOBODY in the next couple of years is going to be as good of a signing as Santana. IMO, the Sox would make a huge mistake not to get this thing done. Plan for the future, yes, but double down when the situation presents itself.

  72. November 29, 2007 2:12 am

    Schill –

    Have a great time out west, your definitely always on the go. I think the Santana deal is unnecessary for the Sox. But we’ll see what Theo decides. I like the way we line up already, and if they did opt for the 6 man rotation, it kind of stinks for Josh, it would take away the opportunity for Josh to claim the Cy young in 2008 like he very well could have in ’07. I can’t wait for spring training!

  73. bosoxs1986 permalink
    November 29, 2007 6:24 am

    curt,

    having johan would lead to many three, four and five game winning streaks on a regular basis. but if we have to give ellsbury, bucholtz, and coco plus pay him 160 mil. i would rather keep our prospects. stay in the johan sweeptakes as long as possible to run up the price for yankees.

    one of our young studs may turn out a 16 -18 game winner. losing all those prospects for a pitcher who lost 11 games this year and paying that price when johan (any pitcher) is only bad delivery/surgery from being average or done. not worth it.

  74. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    November 29, 2007 8:05 am

    Hey Exsportscaster,

    I agree with you. We need to take some class lessons from the Sawx. Lets review…..
    “Yankees Suck!” ….now thats a classy shirt that is for sale in every store in Boston aka Pigtown.

    Sissy A** Varitek shoving his glove in the face of a player while wearing full mask and pads..what a classy move and a real tough guy to boot.

    Pedro knockin over a fat old man after throwing at a batters head (because that batter had the nerve to drive in a run against him.)

    Manny trying to start a fight with Clemens over a pitch that wasn’t even close to his head, hoping to get Clemens ejected.. you’re right dude, the Sawx wrote the book on baseball etiquette.

    You wanna talk class? Here it is… Pay close attention. If you already knew this, maybe you wouldn’t be the Ex- Sportscaster…

    Class is Joe Torre and his team on the top step of the dugout applauding as the 04 Sawx got their championship rings.
    Class is Mariano Rivera tipping his cap to a Fenway crowd that gave him a “Bronx Cheer”.

    Problem with people like you is, you wouldn’t know class if it bit you on the (cl)ass. The Sawx are a blue collar team in a blue collar town, with long hair, bushy goatees and stank a** uniforms that always seem to be dirty.

    Exsportscaster, read this as many times as necessary until you learn something. And maybe one day you will be an Ex-Loser.

    Best Wishes

  75. caroledon permalink
    November 29, 2007 11:37 am

    Please keep the young Jon Lester was great in the World Series. Mr Santana has had a shoulder injury. Jon Lester has great stuff and this is only beginning for Jon and the young kids. They are the future.

  76. calvinballer permalink
    November 29, 2007 12:48 pm

    Hey Curt,

    To answer your question, I would have to say noone. It would be very hard to say “this person is untouchable”. Look what is happening to the Lakers right now because of their untouchable tag on Bynum. It makes no sense to me that they have decided he is their future. Kobe has also dug his own grave but that is a whole other story.

    Bottom line, I think the Red Sox should very much pursue Santana for two reasons. The anti-Yankees move (such as they have done numerous times) – which is getting a great player off the market to avoid him being signed by your division rival. Seriously, who is going to win the AL East next year? The Red Sox or the Yankees. Who wins it every year? The Red Sox or the Yankees. The second reason would be the Sox lineup. Just unbelievable. Beckett, Santana, Dice-K, The Saviour of Red Sox Nation (obviously, you) and whomever we decide to trot out as the #5. Could be a number of pitchers and actually could be Tito’s “wild card” depending upon the team and pitching matchup. Without giving up one of our top fifteen players from last year’s squad and getting back in return a dominant pitcher – has to be done.

    Can’t wait to see how it plays out!

  77. soxfc permalink
    November 29, 2007 1:09 pm

    And just for the record, “The Santana situation scares me” is the *only* thing I agree on with ‘yanks’

  78. loveyanks permalink
    November 29, 2007 4:37 pm

    hey yanksrdaclassoffball that was great go yanks!!!!

  79. acrcpac permalink
    November 29, 2007 7:13 pm

    This is my first reply to your weblog,Curt. First off, I am a huge fan of baseball. Secondly, I am a Red Sox Fan. I just wanted to thank you and Mike Lowell for returning to the Red Sox for less money than you might of made somewhere else. It restored some of my faith In the way baseball is being treated like a business. I know in todays day and age, it is possible to get wrapped up in the money, but baseball players are also human and have to do the right thing for their families first. I know if I was offered a job that paid more for the same line of work that I do, it would be a consideration to deal with. I also coach baseball in Western MA and believe this game starts from the heart and desire to play. You are a great example to me to show my kids that there are major league players that play this game the same way they did when they were kids but just on a much bigger stage. Also, I truly believe that you are a better person than you are a ball player due to the fact that with your God given talents and hard work, you made a name for yourself that you are using to support the charities that you find so near and dear to your heart. There are a lot of people out there that could make a difference and choose not to. I wish you well in the off season and Happy Holidays. Carl

  80. gregbo18 permalink
    November 29, 2007 8:08 pm

    Wow. This is my first post on 38 pitches. I’ve got to say this Curt, I admire your approach greatly. You don’t avoid fans like the plague, you embrace them as if they were your own family. And with Red Sox nation as deeply embedded within all those involved, you really are. For example, my uncle is a Yankees fan and I’d be just as happy sitting across from you at the family table asking you to pass my aunt’s famous potatoes. So I’m sitting here in New York completely in awe of the fact that you will actually see this message. I’ve been watching the Sox ever since I knew what “1 for 2″ meant and have seen so many players come and go. None of these players has ever been as open as you, with PERHAPS the exception of David “Boomer” Wells. I could say all day how great of a player and individual you are, but that’d take a while. I really want to thank you for 4 great (and one more) years of service at the Fens. I should become a regular “commenter” because I’m fully aware of this chance you have afforded us Red Sox fans and recognize its uniqueness and your commitment to an educated and genuinely proud fan base. I’m so very proud to be one of your fans and look forward to you parading that Red Sox cap into Cooperstown where it belongs. Thanks again.

  81. jas62 permalink
    November 29, 2007 9:50 pm

    Whew! Just read some news on MLB and it looks like Clay & Jacoby will not be part of the Santana deal. BUT….it’s a cold, cruel world out there….and it ain’t over ’til it’s over. What made the Red Sox so delicious this year is all that farm fresh talent. Don’t be messing with Clay and Jacoby now! If Theo thinks this is a good idea, he needs a flaming bag of cow poop delivered to his front porch!!

  82. November 29, 2007 10:25 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Huge fan, fellow Medfield resident, and reader of your blog. Just wanted to say hi and hope all is going great with 38 Studios. I love the sound of what you guys are cooking up. I’m in the process of dealing with the development of a TV series and video game around some of my novels, so your experiences in this area make for great reading. I hope you’ll continue to post news when you can (given the secrecy of the projects) knowing you’ve got folks out here who eat up hearing about your industry experiences. Crazy biz and all…

    Be well and thanks for staying around!

    Best,
    Jon

  83. November 29, 2007 10:34 pm

    God, I think I will cry if they trade Jon Lester and our prospects. I dont wanna see the kids go…

  84. jbbrennx permalink
    November 29, 2007 11:42 pm

    Curt, I’d love to have heard you speak at the conference, but the $2300 price-tag was a little too steep for me…

    JB

  85. ginahunt3 permalink
    November 30, 2007 12:14 am

    Hey Curt! I just wanted to thank you & the rest of the team. I am so glad you are coming back next year. I have been a Red Sox fan all 35 yrs. of my life. I am proud to love a team with as much integrity & determination on & off the field as you all have. For the record Lowell is MVP in my book. It is refreshing to see someone choose the club & the fans over the money, and we love him for it. Any way thank you Curt & the rest of the club for allowing all of Red Sox Nation to hold our heads up high (and stick it to the Yankees) Love you all!

  86. November 30, 2007 3:21 am

    Hey Curt, I was just discussing this situation with my beautiful girlfriend, Caroline. She says that Jacoby should be off limits because he is the cutest. I’m not gay or anything, but the man did win us all free tacos…let’s keep him!

  87. trot7 permalink
    November 30, 2007 7:52 am

    Curt,
    This is a non-baseball topic so bare with me.

    My friend Lindy is going to run the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Brigham and Woman’s hospital. The first $3,000 she raises will be going to Brigham and Women’s Hospital community health programs. The funds she raise after $3,000 will be donated to BWH Translational Pain Research Program. This program does reseach to reduce pain in patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries, as well as other injuries that reduce patients quality of life. They work with other organizations, such as The Paralyzed Veterans of America, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

    Donations can be made at the following secure link and all donations are tax deductable:

    http://www.firstgiving.com/lindyanderson

    Your charitable work is well documented and this is not a plea to you, personally, but if you could post the link on your site that would be great.

    Thanks!

  88. rlgdguy permalink
    November 30, 2007 9:10 am

    Beckett, Santana, Dice K? Who matches up 1-3 with that?

    What’s with putting yourself down Curt? How about Beckett, Schilling Santana, Dice K and any of another 3 or 4 guys, but probably Wakefield if he’s heathy?

    Beckett is the stallion, facts are facts, but you’re number 2 no matter what. At least in this fan’s opinion.

    As far as a trade for Santana, it’s tough. Our team was a winning one and to lose anyone would be a shame. Albeit, it is a bussiness and I realize that. Coco’s name seems to be being tossed about alot these days. Who goes where, who stays, I hope it works out for all and everyone has a nice holiday season! Merry X-mas Red Sox Nation!

  89. jab0825 permalink
    November 30, 2007 10:35 am

    Hi Curt, glad you’re going to be with us in Red Sox Nation for at least another year. I was wondering if you do any pitching instruction (personal or clinics) for high school pitchers in the area during the off season?

  90. gibbsola permalink
    November 30, 2007 10:41 am

    “Speaing tomorrow at the Dow Jones-sponsored Consumer Technology Innovations conference in Redwood City, then a few meetings and back tomorrow night”

    “Speaing”??? Darn Airport Wireless deals must be disabling the spell-checker plug ins again.

    Just busting your chops big guy.

    Keep the faith and have a fantastic Christmas and New Years!!!

  91. yawkeyoveryankeeanyday permalink
    November 30, 2007 11:38 am

    Hi Curt,

    I’d just like to send you a general thank you for letting all us sox fans into your everyday life. It gives us all a chance to not only appreciate Curt Schilling the pitcher..but also Curt Schilling-a human being…who just happens to be a part of the best team in baseball.

    Also-to anyone who criticizes the content of this page..this is not a debate forum..this is a way for curt to reach out and speak his mind to his fans…so if its an argument or a chance to criticize that you’re looking for..click the X at the top of the screen and do us all the favor!

    Can’t wait for the 08 Season to start…Life isnt the same with out the Sox!

  92. November 30, 2007 12:21 pm

    Dear idiot yankees fan,

    Did you really just call Boston a blue collar town? Are you not aware that it is one of the oldest cities in the country? Are you not aware that Harvard University, the oldest and one of the top educational institutions in the country is in Boston? With the countless other top educational institutions in the Boston area, Boston residents are among the most educated in the US. Are you not aware that we have some of the most expensive real estate and one of the highest concentrations of wealth in the country? Are you not aware that people travel to Boston for medical attention because our doctors are the best in the country?

    We don’t have a new stadium because Fenway park is a historical landmark for our city, for the country and for baseball. It is the oldest living ballpark in the country and people come to Boston just for the experience of a Red Sox game.

    Oh really, is it because we didn’t play you? You haven’t won a world series in seven years! You consistently try to take our players away from us, and when you do, you still can’t win.

    As for your comments on facial hair – I am so sorry that our team owners don’t strive to control every aspect of our players’ lives.

    EVERY one of our home games in the last four years has been sold out. We have the highest road attendance of any team in the country.

    Calling the Red Sox a blue collar team and ESPECIALLY calling Boston, Mass a blue collar city shows the arrogance and the ignorance of many New Yorkers. You’re making your fellow New Yorkers look pretty bad.

    By the way, in this millenium (2001-present in case you don’t have the intelligence to know what that means), we’ve won 2 championships. Yankees? None. In the 20th century the Yankees had their day. Not anymore.

  93. fenwayfaithful98 permalink
    November 30, 2007 2:26 pm

    mattsingsalot,

    ‘Nuff said. Thanks!

  94. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    November 30, 2007 2:51 pm

    HEY MATT,

    WE WON THE LAST WS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, AND THE FIRST OF THE 21ST. AND WHEN THIS CENTURY IS OVER, IM SURE THE YANKS WILL STILL HAVE MORE THAN THE “PIG SOX”. OWNERSHIP DOESN’T WANT TO COTROL EVERY ASPECT OF OUR PLAYERS LIVES. THEY SIMPLY WANT THEIR PERSONNEL TO LOOK PROFESSIONAL, UNLIKE THE BOSTON DIRTBAGS. MANNY IS THE BEST EXAMPLE WITH HIS NASTY HAIR. YOU CAN ALMOST SEE THE BUGS FLYING AROUND HIS HEAD. THAT DOESN’T FAZE THE CRUM BUM BAAAHSTON FANBASE. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE BOSTON FANS FOR BEING A LITTLE HEADY RIGHT NOW… AFTER ALL, MOST OF YOU ARE GETTING YOUR FIRST TASTE OF VICTORY AFTER BEING THE LOSERS FOR GOD KNOWS HOW MANY YEARS. KEEP WINNING YOUR ONE WS HERE, ANOTHER ONE THERE. THAT IS NOT A DYNASTY. FOUR IN A ROW, FIVE IN A ROW…HOW MANY TIMES HAS BOSTON DONE THAT?? HOW BOUT NEVER!!!! YOU GUYS WIN A LITTLE BIT AND RIGHT AWAY THINK YOU’RE ABOUT SOMETHING. AND YEAH YOU DO SELL OUT EVERY GAME, AT STEEP PRICES. YOUR OWNERS ARE MAKING A TON OF MONEY OFF OF YOU. SO WHAT DO THEY DO??? ADD MORE SEATS EVERY YEAR TO THAT DECREPIT, LITTLE LEAGUE STADIUM. NEXT YEAR THEYRE GONNA ADD MORE SEATS IN THE BATHROOMS. AND YOU SUCKERS KEEP MAKING THEM RICHER WHILE THEY DONT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THAT CRAMPED STADIUM WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEWS. THIS IS DRAINING, IM SICK OF BOSTON FANS NEEDINESS.

  95. loveyanks permalink
    November 30, 2007 5:57 pm

    u tell him yanksclass,isnt it funny hows the redsox still b about the yanks after winning 2 worldseries? winning or losing u scum soxs r never happy, maybe when you win (not likely)another series u might shutup, i serious doubt it though

  96. fenwayfaithful98 permalink
    November 30, 2007 7:06 pm

    Hey yanks,

    If you’re so sick of Boston fans & our so-called “neediness”, then stop coming to Red Sox based blogs! Chances are good that you’re going to hear us talking positively and praising our team. What else do you expect?? You obviously must find us interesting otherwise you wouldn’t keep visiting. Either that or you’re just one of those people who aren’t happy unless they’re putting someone else down. IMO, THAT is the definition of a loser!

    Can you say “sour grapes”?

  97. rnnana permalink
    November 30, 2007 10:39 pm

    Hey, Curt, I wouldn’t mind at all if you exercised your right as “owner” of this blog to just march out there and delete “yanksrda…..” he’s nothing but a pain

  98. mattsingsalot permalink
    November 30, 2007 11:19 pm

    Dear Yankees Fan,

    Take your “blue collar” typing and grammar back to New York where it’s acceptable.

    Consider this – Boston’s players are willing to accept LESS money to return to the Red Sox. The Yankees have to inflate Pay-rod’s salary and ego EVEN MORE to get him to stay.

    Steinbrenner and his lapdog children can pay all they want. You can’t buy a real team. And you proved this year that you can’t buy a championship. Cleveland beat you 3 games to 1 – and you have FOUR TIMES their payroll. Your devotion to the Yankees is admirable, but the ignorance you’ve shown on this board shows that you know nothing about the rest of Major League Baseball.

  99. mattsingsalot permalink
    November 30, 2007 11:21 pm

    One last thing to the Yankees Fan:

    If you hate the Red Sox so much, why are you stalking Curt?

  100. mjnydam permalink
    December 1, 2007 12:16 am

    I suppose that if you don’t like Boston , their teams, fans, city, etc. then stay the heck away and don’t come onto sites like this….you’re basically talking out of your _ _ _ because except for a few people on here, most people seem to be Boston fans. There must be some Yankee website or blog you can go to and feel right at home with your “professional” looking Yankee friends.

  101. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    December 1, 2007 7:32 am

    IF YOU GUYS ARE SICK OF ME NOW, YOU BETTER PRAY WE DONT WIN THE WORLD SERIES IN 2008. I’LL BE THE ONLY ONE HERE. OH AND IM NOT STALKING CURT, EVEN THOUGH IM NOT A FAN OF HIS, I THINK IT IS COOL THAT HE HAS CREATED A FORUM FOR EVERYONE( NOT JUST DORKY SAWX FANS) TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS. I GET IT, IT’S OKAY TO COME HERE AND EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH, AS LONG AS YOU DON’T SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THE RED SOX. GET REAL… I DON’T SPECIFICALLY BLOG HERE, BUT I DO ENJOY THE BANTER. AT LEAST RED SOX FANS ARE GOOD FOR SOMETHING BESIDES WRITING THE SAME STUPID COMMENTS LIKE ‘ RE-SIGN SO AND SO! RE-SIGN THIS DIRTBAG”. OH MATT ONE MORE THING, YOU CAN BUY A CHAMPIONSHIP. RED SOX DID IT THIS YEAR… 100 + MIL FOR DICE-K ALONE? AND HE HAD A WORSE RECORD THAN ANDY PETTITTE. SO MUCH FOR HIS UNHITTABLE GYRO BALL. HE’LL NEED HIS TRANSLATOR TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SAY ” THE YANKEES ARE MY DADDY” BEFORE WE’RE THROUGH WITH HIM. GOODNIGHT ALL MY BOSTON FANS, I’LL BE GETTING UNDER YOUR SKIN AGAIN REAL SOON

  102. loveyanks permalink
    December 1, 2007 9:01 am

    another funny morning, i love it.hey, we never have anything bad to say about the redsox, we know that were in a class by ourselves your the one thats been b– about us 4 years.u win a couple ws and u think your the cats meow, well maybe when uwin 26 u might have a beef,winning 1 here 1 there isnt a dynasty, stop blaming us 4 all your losing seasons we just put a better team on the field year after year,tell your owners to spend some $ and give you a bigger ball park with good views, not moving from one side to the other, to get a good view. i know ive been there enough to know,crapy small little s— hole and just to comment on selling out every home game, when your little stadium only holds 38k pretty easy to sell out. i”ll end with this, sure its sad that we havent won in awhile, but i still have lots of great memories of us winning, and even though we lost this year early again,we still made the playoffs 13 yrs in a roll, you guys didn`t even make the playoffs in 05 after winning in 04, and i was there watching all the yankees players clapping the redsox celebrating there ws victory, i would say alot of class on our part , i have lots of redsox friends we respect each other team when were togther, not knocking it like u all do,real fans not cry babies like u, oh, by the way i also clapped in the stands, when you won 04 thats because yankee fans have class all yous guys have none. best wishes

  103. loveyanks permalink
    December 1, 2007 9:51 am

    hey yanksrtheclassofball u should comment some of jd crap this guy is a real idiot

  104. mattsingsalot permalink
    December 1, 2007 1:28 pm

    I have a lot of respect for the Yankees. I have best friends who are Yankees fans. We respect each other and watch baseball together. “yanksrdaclassofbball” threw a cheap shot, I threw one back. That’s the way it works.

  105. izzienutz permalink
    December 2, 2007 2:25 am

    let’s face it, it’s all about beating the Yankees. So let them have Santana and it will be much sweeter when we stuff them again next year.

  106. loveyanks permalink
    December 2, 2007 10:02 pm

    hey 105,you didn`t stuff anybody last year, we beat you 10 out of 18 games remember?…best wishes.

  107. wickedworld123 permalink
    December 3, 2007 11:27 pm

    …and we won the division, not to mention the World Series. Yankee fans can not accept defeat.

    I think Theo’s got the right idea, from the reports that have been floating around on MLB.com and whatnot. I’d be willing to give up either Lester or Ellsbury (much as I like them), but certainly not both. Bucholz has the potential to be a dominant front of the rotation starter in my opinion. Maybe not on the same level as Santana, but his future is certainly bright. Santana’s obviously an incredible pitcher, but we just don’t _need_ him bad enough to give up a huge number of MLB ready prospects.

  108. oceanblueent permalink
    December 14, 2007 11:19 pm

    Curt,

    I am not an expert in medicine by any means nor but I have had a career in investigations and now retired. I know that one of your concerns regarding the Mitchell report was that there was no way to determine if someone was using HGH. The way you take HGH, as I presumed correctly, is with a syringe/needle. There WILL be needle marks that may be able to be detected by perhaps some forensic medicine equipment that can zero in on such a mark.

    There is a site and a doctor who might be worth contacting to explore this. Here is the website about HGH http://www.drcranton.com/HGH_instructions_for_patients.pdf

    Check with some medical forensics people as I think there has to be a way to detect usage in this modern age of forensic medicine technology.

    I will continue my research and feed you what I can. I am not an expert, as I said, just a dang good researcher.

    Our family members are also HUGE and DEDICATED Red Sox fans and admire you for your involvement beyond the game. May you and yours have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

    Be well, RB

  109. titaniumsam permalink
    December 16, 2007 10:28 pm

    Get on the bike with your wife, then you won’t have to worry about the pounds and can focus on the arm/shoulder ;)

  110. November 17, 2009 4:05 pm

    Hi, just browsing around and dropping you a note to say that I enjoyed your Blog. Keep up with the good work!

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