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December 7, 2007

I’ve actually always taken pride in my use of the English language. As the many college English Professors here have pointed out, I suck at it. I will make an effort starting with this post going forward, to clean it up and make it legible.  Problem is my mouth and hands sometimes engage and act before the brain, and I basically type as I think it through. Sometimes in a hurry I don’t spell check but I’ve gotten thrown under the bus enough that I will pay more attention from now on.

The post earlier with multiple fonts was me cutting and pasting obviously, the comments throughout the post that I was commenting on. Made it hard to follow where I was commenting and others were being quoted. I’ll try and clean that up as well.

Let me say one more time though, I completely understand the disagreement with regards to my political views, that’s cool. I get that you are supposed to back who you believe in. Please don’t post links to other blogs or media outlets trying to validate your reasoning for hating Senator McCain or loving someone else. You can attack whatever you disagree with personally or politically about the Senator but attacks on his character fall on deaf ears for me. He’s accountable, that doesn’t mean perfect, it just means accountable.

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  1. thefooze permalink
    December 7, 2007 10:55 am

    Curt,

    Dont worry about your fonts and grammar… people who criticize you for that are just looking for excuses to bash you… your fans know your not here to win a Pulitzer…. were just glad to see more consistant postings now that the seasons over!

  2. mikefeinstein permalink
    December 7, 2007 10:55 am

    Senator McCain’s positions are not my political cup of tea. But, he is one of the very few candidates of either major party that has strong character. That counts for a lot. I wish more candidates would say “This is what I believe. It may not get me elected, and if you disagree, don’t support me.” Too many candidates are trying to split hairs and give themselves the option of being of both sides of a tough issue. Senator McCain definitely does not do that.

  3. tdmtown permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:14 am

    Curt, i’ve always thought , as a democrat, that McCain was one of the honorable republicans. That being said, how exactly was he “accountable” for his flip flop/cave in on torture? Sure as hell seems like he just decided to fall into line and drink the coolaid so the republican party wouldn’t cut his b*lls off. I like the guy, really, and not that the Dems are all that great either, but that sure doesn’t sound like “character” to me.

  4. thedoctorx permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:29 am

    “Do not try to teach the Buddha about Buddhism,” as an old saying goes. As a “sports hero” and all of that, Curt, you already know that fans elevate you and want you to represent what they are.

    Most of us are not sportsmen. We may have played sports here and there, but are careers ended a long time ago in Little League or on the sand lot. So we admire sports heroes. Again, “do not try to teach the Buddha,” but as you know, Red Sox fans tend to live a bit through the team. Many of us want to think we could be friends with our heroes–one of the guys. Heck, many of us, like me, post on your blog with some odd belief you might actually read them.

    In reality, this is a bit like knocking on your door and demanding you listen to whatever religious/political/sports strategy belief we have, and expect you to care.

    Thus, as a “sports hero” some fans expect that you must embody every belief they have. If a fan hates a particular political viewpoint, they tend to hate or at least look down upon those who hold that viewpoint. For you to have a different viewpoint ruins their artificial view of you. “How can I root for Tek/Schill/Manny/Papi if he does not agree with my views on the plight of the hairy-nosed wombat?!!”

    So some come to your blog to denounce you for your opinion or try to convince you to change. Now, if you want to debate on your blog, that is your business. Certainly, if you broadcast your opinion you will receive support and opposition. Some will take it personal. That is unfortunate. I, myself, agree with some of your views, and disagree with others, but I am under no delusion that you care, or that you should care. Frankly, neither do I. I can support you as a Red Sox player and pitcher, support some of your views, and shake my head on others.

    Regarding your grammar and punctuation, we all have feet of clay. It is as ridiculous to expect a pitcher one loves for his contribution to a team one supports to be flawless in all endeavors as it is to expect a pitcher to be correct on all political, religious, philosophical, and culinary views.

    –J.D.

  5. Tom Field permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:31 am

    Curt:

    Please don’t ever feel apologetic about spelling, grammar or fonts. That’s all just *stuff*. The important thing is the message that you’re trying to communicate, and you do that just fine.

    I thought your ‘What an insider thinks about a trade’ piece this week was great insight. Exactly the kind of information that could only come from someone such as you.

    As for the political insights — hey, have a ball. It’s your blog; you can write what you want. I like John McCain. Not sure I’ll vote for him. But I absolutely will keep reading your insights.

    So, keep writing, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

    best,

    Tom

  6. sittingstilldotnet permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:32 am

    Curt, aside from being able to tell others’ quotes from your own words, I hope you don’t worry excessively about cleaning up your posts. If you’re doing it because you want to, great; if you’re doing it because people are critical, well, I for one would prefer you spent your time telling us what you have to say, in your own voice and your own typing, rather than cleaning it up.

  7. tedyballgame permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:37 am

    Ah, but beware the perils of auto-correct! I once e-mailed a friend about plans for the Superbowl, and it came through as Superb owl . . . Go McCain!

  8. elsizzla permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:39 am

    Curt, I appreciate your willingness to make your posts more readable or grammatically correct. Don’t get too hung up on what the English professor’s say. Most of us English speakers don’t use the language properly. That’s probably why English is the toughest language to learn.

    As far as the spelling goes, if you you use Firefox as a browser, any time you misspell a word it will underline it and give suggestions towards the correct spelling.

    I think Internet Explorer has the same feature, but you have to manually download and install it. I think it is call ieSpell. You can google it and find it pretty quick.

  9. December 7, 2007 11:45 am

    Curt,

    You crack me up. I literally look forward to reading your posts for what they are. Your thoughts. I know you get picked on and busted on your “grammar” but hey, that’s part of the fun of the read. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy life to share with us.

  10. redseat9 permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:49 am

    Good thing you pitch better than you type, hehe.

  11. kerubino22 permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:54 am

    if you love him so much why don’t you marry him, and make him vote affirmative on gay marriage?

  12. sabcm permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:55 am

    Curt, I haven’t been following your blog for very long but from what I have seen I think you handle the English language pretty well. I am impressed you even have the time to sit down and write a blog as I understand you are a very busy man, with family and other professional commitments. Keep up the good work!!! Sheila, Sacramento, CA but a long time Red Sox fan since the ’60s and native of MA

  13. stardog987 permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:18 pm

    Hey Curt, Still think you should check out Ron Paul. Its not too late to change your mind for 08 ! Can’t wait for spring training!

  14. marcomarco permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:32 pm

    Question: Who has influence on player appearances and autograph fees?

    ————————
    Came across an article on Boston.com about some Ellsbury appearances in the next few days, and was somewhat taken aback/astounded. Does MLB and the team take a slice, or is it something commanded by the agent/player?

    Granted, I’m sure that there are many that will gladly pony up, and many ‘sports collectible’ dealers that will also. He may be in another market soon, and might as well “Get while the getting’s good”, but he hasn’t played enough to even qualify as a rookie!

    Quote:
    “It will cost fans $125.00 to get a baseball or photograph (up to 16×20) signed by the Sox rookie outfielder (you provide the item). For $150.00, Ellsbury will autograph a baseball bat or jersey/shirt.”

    What do you charge (and how much of that goes to charity)?

    Players and their agents negotiate appearance fees. The agent generally takes a %. I no longer do public signings where cash is required at the autograph table, it’s way too messy and uncomfortable. I have a lady named Katie Leighton who handles my off the field PR/Marketing that oversees this stuff. The only signings we’ve done since 2004 involved ALS or Shade. I signed a private exclusive deal after the 2004 season with Steiner Sports that allowed me to not have to do these public events if we chose not to. I don’t ‘charge’ for autographs in that sense since I don’t do these shows anymore. Many of the outlets to sign autographs have removed the player/fan thing that autographs began as. It’s horribly uncomfortable.

  15. ctsoxnation permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:41 pm

    Curt,
    You’re a pitcher for the best sports franchise in sports, who cares if you miss a period or use a different fony. Some people have way too much free time so they need something to complain about.

    Instead of worrying about spellchecking and grammer, let’s worry about Ellsbury. What’s the deal with signing with Boras and now making fans pay $125.00 to sign a picture and $150.00 to sign a ball. The kids only played pro ball for a couple months (granted they were a couple great months) but don’t let this kid lose the reason why he plays the game. He could go from a fan favorite to another Boras client we want out of here!

    Regards,
    Derek in Barkhamsted, CT

  16. ctsoxnation permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:42 pm

    See, I should have used spellcheck as well….. should have been different font! (see post above)

  17. jeepster5271 permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:47 pm

    Hey Curt,

    People who have bashed your grammar obviously very limited experience on the net. I frequently check in on a number of blogs and yours have proven to be one of the most intelligently written that I’ve yet to encounter (of course, as a native New Englander I *may* have a bias here). McCain is an honorable man (in a period where honorable men are hard to find). It’s disturbing that he is being pegged as a war monger. If anyone with their hat in the ring for President would know how to handle the current situation it would be McCain. Keep up the blog man and don’t let the haters get you down!

    Jeepster5271 from the Great State of Maine (which needs some Republican leadership now more than ever)

  18. luvdsox permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:54 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    How did it go last night at the gala? Did you take pictures?

    I don’t care how you type, spell, or if you invent your own font. The fact that you do type and connect with RSN is priceless.

    If you ever get caught under the bus again, I’ll pull you out!

    Tucson, AZ

  19. mannyramirez1 permalink
    December 7, 2007 1:00 pm

    I always get a kick out of people getting their panties in a twist over internet grammar and such. Why to they bother? It goes back to the old “I have nothing of value to say so I’ll just bash your grammar” Seriously, grammar police, get a life!

  20. mikejacobsesq permalink
    December 7, 2007 1:17 pm

    Curt,

    With John Farrell likely to be offered a managing job in the next year or two, would you consider staying on with the Sox as Tito’s pitching coach? Also, do you ever think about your electability to the Hall of Fame? I put you in the same category as Jack Morris. Durable, reliable starter for a sustained period, who is the dominant pitcher of his era during the post-season, but lacks the number of career wins to be a definite hall of famer. I think it is a travesty that Jack Morris is not in and I hope that one day you will get in.

  21. jhamel permalink
    December 7, 2007 1:27 pm

    I appreciate the apology as I find bad grammar utterly despicable.

    I will now finish my martini.

  22. beenthereb4 permalink
    December 7, 2007 1:44 pm

    I wanted Wesley Clark for ’08, a decorated military man and valiant American. Unfortunately, he has decided to shut down his pursuit of The Office. His inexperience in politics also made his decision of shutting down that much faster. Unlike McCain whose political platform has been rigid over time, Wes Clark’s is still forming. He needs a good political guru to guide him through the pitfalls and the slick manueverings in Washington. Once he gets that, he’s in.

    Away from politics, your mind should be in the Steelers/Patriots game this weekend. If the Steelers are smart, the Ravens showed that “smashmouth” football showed holes in the Pats “aging” defense.
    We, as Steel-town fans, will forgive you for your past sins. Root for your team and for the love of Franco Harris, let’s beat them Pats.

    Go Steel-town.

  23. soxsox permalink
    December 7, 2007 2:03 pm

    McCain won’t win but a least he’s a republican. I hate democrats about as much as I hate the Yankees!

  24. syphax permalink
    December 7, 2007 2:05 pm

    Curt,

    I think you write pretty well. I also think you sometimes write before you think, which you acknowledge.

    You are certainly entitled to your political beliefs, and expressing them as you will. I have zero problem with you campaigning for people, even if I don’t like them.

    However, I’m not a big fan of the “if you don’t like what I’m going to say, don’t read on” line of thinking. Isn’t that what discussion and dialog are all about? Talking about things we don’t agree on? I know that these days, especially online, most people are just trying to win an argument and reinforce their preconceived ideas, but let’s not forget that sometimes we can actually all learn from each other.

    For example, I don’t agree with your politics very much, but I have found your commentary on matters like gun control to be interesting and very reasonable.

    I know people get slammed these days for actually changing their mind from time to time, but sometimes reconsideration is not a bad thing. Stubbornness doesn’t always get you where you need to go!

  25. priscillapitman08 permalink
    December 7, 2007 2:18 pm

    I do appreciate your honesty. And even though a lot of people say it is not necessary to worry about English grammar, I’m glad you are making the effort. Unfortunately, now a days people have been paying less attention to their writing, and it shows not only online but in their daily work. I have a friend who is a school teacher and she has given me numerous examples of students who have passed in school papers with blog or online writing and not proper grammar. It is alright to abbreviate when your are online, but you should never write like that in every day life. Also I have picked up the newspaper and the headline story has spelling and grammar mistakes. Now I understand why my father used to get so upset reading the paper, when he was a writer.
    Since a lot of teens read the online blogs, I believe their role models should give the effort to write properly.

  26. poltroop permalink
    December 7, 2007 2:22 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    When I was a teen, I used to send sports cards (with SASE’s) to ball clubs in the hopes of getting them back signed. I’m thinking of doing that again, now that I have 2 kids who I have groomed to like the Sox. What Is the likelihood of that happening nowadays? Do the players read fan mail like they used to? Thanks.

  27. ajv523 permalink
    December 7, 2007 2:47 pm

    Hey Curt,

    First time responder here. I read your blog all the time and love to hear your opinions. First of all, don’t sweat the grammatical stuff. This may sound terribly stupid, but for some reason it ran through my head that your short blogging career has somewhat mirrored your long pitching career. You start off throwing gas, blowing people away with both your opinions and your fastball. At first, you don’t care as much about precision. But as your career continues, the arm slows down a bit, and every pitch must be exactly where you want it to be. You learn new pitches, new techniques; just as your writing is now reaching for perfection…Haha…I guess that’s enough…and I don’t really care about grammatical errors…its fun to read no matter what.

    Also…Right now I go to school down in Richmond, VA, and I miss watching the Celtics, Bruins and Pats (although I dont remember the last time they werent nationally televised) on TV all the time…ESPN game tracker just doesn’t quite do it for me. I also miss listening to WEEI and just hearing what’s happening in the the Boston sports world. Not quite sure where I’m going with this…but I do have a question for you…

    I know you are a Steelers fan, and although I wish you’d root for the Pats this week I’m sure that won’t be the case. I’m wondering if just being in Boston has made you like teams like the Celtics, Bruins and Pats? How much interaction, if any, is there between the teams?
    Also…I’m wondering what you thought of Anthony Smith’s guarantee to beat the patriots…??? As someone who somewhat promised to shut up 50,000 New Yorkers, are promises, claims and guarantees good for sports? It’s fun for the fans, what’s it like for the players?

    Thanks,

    Andy

  28. December 7, 2007 2:50 pm

    It’s the offseason talking here, isn’t it? I have a feeling the grammar crack-down will subside once you’re back on the mound. Grammar is a pain in the butt, and I think it’s always smart to polish how and what we write, but any gaffs you’ve made are understandable. Anyone who’s busted your chops regarding it in the past should taken with a grain of salt (including me!). You’re blog, for me, is about insight and information from behind the green door, not Strunk and White revisited and I wouldn’t want it any other way. That being said, check out Patricia T. O’Conner’s books if you’re looking for tools to write better. “Words Fail Me is one that I’ve enjoyed. Have a great Holiday.

  29. yawkeyoveryankeeanyday permalink
    December 7, 2007 3:35 pm

    Curt,

    Forget about correct spelling and grammar, the fact that you take time out of your day to include the public on events in the baseball world, and in your own personal life should be respected and not criticized. There will always be ignorant people in the world..and there’s no point arguing with stupidity.

    Your real fans appreciate all that you do both on and off the field…your involvement in charity,politics, and technology shows that you are truly interested in making a difference…and for that you are a true role model!

    The world would be a much better place with a little less criticism and a little more appreciation!

    -Katie=)

  30. hunterdog permalink
    December 7, 2007 3:37 pm

    I am just glad to get the thoughts and view of a professional athlete like yourself, and others, attribute possible poor grammar choices, mismatched fonts, etc. simply as a result of someone who is short on time.

  31. 38blabs permalink
    December 7, 2007 3:39 pm

    Just throw a towel over your head next time you are at a laptop.

  32. fryman1918 permalink
    December 7, 2007 4:13 pm

    Curt, I’m dying to know your thoughts on Jacoby signing w/ Boras and then charging $125 per autograph at a meet and greet. Personally, I think someone needs to be told that the franchise and fanbase thay are playing for is much much bigger than any one person.
    Send the kid packing for Johan and keep Coco in center!

  33. bigben07 permalink
    December 7, 2007 4:35 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I apologize in advance if I don’t have the proper blog etiquette as this is my very first blog EVER…

    I am a huge Dirtdogs follower..I’m on the site everyday, numerous times..Today was interesting to me and I was curious about your thoughts on what was posted about Jacoby Ellsbury out and about charging $125 dollars for an autograph..I guess its up to the consumer to decide if its worth it, but I mean c’mon..he’s a rookie!!!… he hasn’t played a HALF season in the majors…Red Sox Nation is by far the best fanbase in all of sports, we see this kid, get excited about this kid, don’t want to trade him for even the best left hander in the game and now he seems to have this ego about him…even though he may not have an ego, I think the perception according to the polls on boston.com is that most are little disappointed over the last few days, especially with the whole Scott Boras thing and all..Here is to hoping Minnesota goes with the 3 for 1 trade…

    Thanks!

  34. December 7, 2007 5:52 pm

    For the record, I’m a college professor, and I teach grammar. One of the first things I teach the English majors who take my English grammar class is “Do not correct the grammatical mistakes of other adults unless that’s your job.” If you’re a parent, correcting your children is fine; if you’re a teacher or editor, correcting students and/or clients is fine, too. But if you’re correcting friends, co-workers, random strangers, famous bloggers, etc, you’re only making enemies. Nobody likes to be corrected, so the polite thing to do is keep your corrections to yourself unless someone specifically asks for your input.

    So I for one look the other way when bloggers make goofs. Heaven knows I’m not perfect on my blog, and given the fact that I grade papers for a living, the last thing I want to do is correct someone’s blog for “fun.”

  35. wingnut2002 permalink
    December 7, 2007 5:54 pm

    When you finish playing you can become a sportswriter. Then editors will look after your spelling and grammar for you. Just write and let the geniuses out here figure it all out.

  36. ccpdsr permalink
    December 7, 2007 6:24 pm

    Curt,
    As someone who was born in Weymouth, Ma and raised in Ma. until I joined the military (12 years) at age 19, here is some advice for you when talking with New Englanders about Politics and/or War.
    1. Never expect the common New Englander to understand the military …they can’t. Not many have family, friends, or neighbors that they know who are serving or have served. They have only seen it on the news or in movies.
    2. Never expect a New Englander to be open minded when it comes to Republicans. They drink the cool aid from a very young age. I was yelled at by others in 8th grade for standing for Reagan.
    3. Never say anything bad or even slightly derogatory about the Kennedy’s. This will get you hated.
    4. Always just shake your head in agreement when anyone speaks glowingly about Tip O’Neil. He still has people around and this may get you audited.

  37. ted5 permalink
    December 7, 2007 6:59 pm

    Some folks love the feeling of superiority they derive from their knowledge of grammar! The rules of punctuation vary and the use of punctustion marks is often up to the writer and what he/she wants to emphasize. There are a few best sellers around without any quotation marks before or after a character’s speech. Some of our greatest writers couldn’t pass a 5th spelling test. How about Barbara Walters and Tom Brokaw succeeding in a “speech” business with their awful speech impediments? Naw, folks who polish their self-esteem by criticizing others are weak and very sad. You could get some bright college kid to proof your work by Email or you could simply ignore the “enlightened ones.” I suggest the latter.
    Ted

  38. ted5 permalink
    December 7, 2007 7:15 pm

    Shucks!!!!…5th grade spelling test! I am sooooooooooo embarrassed!!!!!
    Ted

  39. ilovebigpapi permalink
    December 7, 2007 7:17 pm

    Curt, I was wondering if you had seen this video of Brett Favre receiving an award from the Make A Wish Foundation yesterday. It is on packers.com under the multimedia/video clips section. What an admirable athlete and man-just thought you might enjoy it. He has granted 65 wishes to children.

  40. soxfc permalink
    December 7, 2007 7:53 pm

    Curt, bad grammar by supposedly literate people drives me up a wall so I appreciate anyone who appreciates correctness but I think it’s fine for a blog to be informal and conversational – it makes it “funner.” It wouldn’t be the same if it were too polished! And don’t feel too bad about the wrath of the Grammar Police; I found plenty of little errors in the posts extolling correctness. (Please, folks, enough with apostrophes in plurals and the possessive “its.”)

    As for Jacoby and autographs: I agree, that whole paid-autograph thing is too weird, a di$tortion of what it should be, but I did just see Jacoby at FYE where he was signing World Series DVD’s purchased at the store. Of course this was to promote DVD sales, but for a $16.00 DVD that I wanted anyway and a two-minute wait in line, I have no complaints. I went in on a whim when I saw he was still there at the end of my day, and all I saw was a polite (and very attractive :) ) young man who after signing and hearing the same ‘fan’ things over and over for an hour and a half gave me what looked like a sincere “Thank you” and said a little something and made eye contact with each person in line. If he has an inflated ego, I didn’t see it today.

  41. December 7, 2007 8:23 pm

    Personally, as long as you keep your tags proper and remember your spellcheck, I think that should be enough. You’re an athlete, not the head of the English department at Stanford, right? If people are coming here expecting Tolstoy, maybe they ought to go away.

  42. tedyballgame permalink
    December 7, 2007 8:25 pm

    Yippicay Yay! Cowboy Mike Timlin will be back for another roundup in ’08!

  43. soxfc permalink
    December 7, 2007 8:26 pm

    Having just used an apostrophe in the plural “DVD’s” after my little rant I feel the need to explain myself. I think it’s OK because in a sense this is a contraction of “discs.” OK, enough already.

  44. redsoxfan34 permalink
    December 7, 2007 8:39 pm

    -Curt

    When I was a kid my teacher said that I was so bad at grammar that I was going to be a plummer. Look at me today. A plummer. I make more than that teacher will make any day.

    McCain is alright but I don’t think I’ll vote for him.

    Hope sox get Johan. Don’t trade Jacoby.

    -Cam

  45. rs446 permalink
    December 7, 2007 8:51 pm

    Hey Schill,

    Caught your appearance supporting John McCain…Damn, give me the name of your personal trainer…Looking buff there dude.

    I’m a season ticket holder and bought them in 2004 when you signed with Boston and I have no regrets !!!

    I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta and my disability seats are over in section 31…

    I just bought a pair of bleacher seats to display in my mantown. Going to Ft Myers this year and hope to get you to sign my ball for my mantown too… Look for the little guy with the Schilling Jersey…Ya right.

    I love your dedication to your team and the time you’re putting into staying fit during the off season.

    I hope to be voting for you once you and Tom Brady run for political office !!!

    Keep up the good work training in the off season – It should pay off in another World Championship…If they get Santana, I hope he’s a sponge to absorb all you can teach him about Boston Fans aand most importantly – baseball and pitching.

    jb02150@comcast.net

    My coworker Yusuf lives in Medfield and he says you’re always at the local neighborhood functions, and he can vouch for your sincerity toward family and good values.

  46. tlindberg permalink
    December 7, 2007 8:57 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I know this has nothing to do with your post, but I’m desperate. I’m not even sure if you read these comments, but here goes.

    First of all, let me start by saying congratulations from Ohio. It was a great season and I watched as much on television as I could here. It was really tough though in the playoffs, wearing Sox jerseys, hats, etc. here in the middle of Indians territory. But great job. We look forward to next season.

    I am in love with the greatest woman in the world, who also happens to be probably the biggest Red Sox fan in Ohio. She is my whole world and, until recently, I was hers. I took her for granted and let the romance fade. Now she’s leaving me and I’m a wreck. I love her so much that I am willing to try anything to keep her. So that’s why I’m writing to you. I know you guys have better things to do than worry about other people’s problems, but I think it would knock her socks off if you were to either send her an email or add a couple of words to your blog to help me win her back. Something like “Pam, Todd loves you very much and he’s sorry for all he has done. Please don’t leave him” would help me out. Her email is pmsantan@yahoo.com.

    We have been to Fenway Park to see you guys twice. The first time was in 2004 and was a complete surprise to her. I booked the entire trip, got the tickets and only told her how many days to pack for. She didn’t know where we were going until we were ready to board the plane. My plans were to propose to her in the stands during the 7th inning stretch, but I lost the mood when it got to be about 95 degrees. I kinda blew it. But I did propose the next day on a riverboat ride down the Charles River. She accepted.

    I’ve had the time of my life with her and I don’t want it to end, so if you would do this for me, you will definitely have a fan for life. If you choose not to, that’s ok too. I’m still a fan thanks to her.

    Thank you,

    Todd Lindberg
    Austintown, OH

  47. jas62 permalink
    December 7, 2007 9:13 pm

    Curt,

    You’re HUMAN! To err is HUMAN!

    I’m not comfortable discussing money, politics or religion. Stick to the sex, drugs and rock & roll instead!

    I also don’t pay for autographs but lets not gang up on Jacoby. I’ve seen things at BC Sports for Kevin Youkilis and even Jim Rice!! (Jim’s price is a little cheaper…LOL.)

    Go PATS this Sunday!!

    Love Ya!

  48. b52murph permalink
    December 7, 2007 9:32 pm

    Curt – I’ve been following your blog for a while, but haven’t posted anything…until now. Had to get a grin out of your appearence with Sen McCain in Manchester; I’m from N.H. myself but am stationed (USAF) in N.M. Have always admired Sen McCain as a fellow officer who’s been through more adversity than most of us put together, but truthfully, I will probably not vote for him this year. Of course, as a McCain and Sox fan, I really wish I was there to ask him this question: “Sen McCain, if the D-Backs are the Red Sox’ opponents in next years’ World Series, will you return the support to Curt when he’s pitching against Brandon Webb or Livan Hernandez?” Wonder what he’d say!?!?

    cheers

  49. bigtlaw permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:08 pm

    Curt……have you asked McCain about his savings and loan experience?…..I think you were born. Check it out…….he was guilty

  50. tdmtown permalink
    December 8, 2007 12:26 am

    And a bad commercial to go with it all. smooth job there stiffy.
    You come across so wooden, i’m not sure you are doing McCain any favors.
    You should have gotten “final approval” on that one……

  51. madcat033 permalink
    December 8, 2007 12:44 am

    I have finals next week and right now I’m studying for my auditing exam. We are reading about past accounting scandals and frauds, so we can understand the mistakes that auditors made and what happened that allowed the fraud to occur. Look at what I found in my textbook regarding a company called Lincoln Savings and Loan:

    The most serious charges leveled at Keating involved allegations of influence peddling. Keating contributed heavily to the election campaigns of five prominent senators, including John Glenn and John McCain. These five senators, who became known as the Keating Five, met with federal banking regulators and allegedly lobbied for favorable treatment for Lincoln Savings and Loan…

    Keating made the following remarks during a press conference: “One question, among the many raised in recent weeks, has to do with whether my financial support in any way influenced several political figures to take up my cause. I want to say in the most forceful way I can: I certainly hope so.”

    McCain lobbied for this guy to get favorable treatment to help him perpetrate his fraud. What Keating essentially did was create fake profits for Lincoln Savings and Loan, which allowed him to take REAL money out of the corporation. “The gains recorded by Lincoln on its real estate transactions allowed ACC [Keating's company] to withdraw huge sums of cash from the savings and loan, funds that were actually federally insured deposits.”

    So essentially, they were stealing money from the government. McCain seems to be big on eliminating pork and wasteful spending, yet he helped this guy steal millions from the taxpayers?

    And not only that, a man killed himself because he lost his entire life’s savings in this scandal. I think integrity has to be one of the BIGGEST issues when determining who the president of the United States should be. And like it or not, he was paid off by Keating and met with regulators trying to get him favorable treatment. Keating admitted he was trying to buy political influence.

  52. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    December 8, 2007 2:42 am

    Evening all,

    Sawx signed Timlin again to another year??Dude, he SUCKS! He has sucked for a couple of years now. Whats he gonna do be the water boy in the bull pen?? Real savvy move there for Theo…..Keep Timlin out of the Yankees hands….HA! Cant wait til we eat him alive next season

  53. darrenpardee permalink
    December 8, 2007 2:57 am

    Curt,

    I am a long-time fan of your pitching. You are a baseball hero to me. I’m sure you had your own baseball heroes growing up. Well, those guys you admired, that’s how you are to me.

    I know I’m getting in to this late, as it was your previous blog entry (about politics), but I felt that I had to give it my two cents:

    I am a Christian, as are you. I used to be a registered republican. Now I am undeclared. The reason I am undeclared is because of Bush. Although he declares to be a Christian himself, his actions (especially on foreign policy and the war in Iraq in particular) do not match the basic tenets that Christianity is established upon (that upon being a peacemaker, being a loyal steward of the earth, of heaping blessings upon your enemies, etc.). But as you said in your blog, you are aware of the mistakes of the current administration, so I won’t go into that.

    About Senator McCain. I too admire his military record. Anyone who would sacrifice his/her very life to defend this country is a TRUE hero in my book, and John McCain is certainly that. I do not, however, agree with your assessment that he is the best candidate for president. And I know this is “agreeing to disagreeing” but like I said, I felt it necessary to throw in my two cents.

    I will ignore the fact that McCain did make a very out-of-character joke about bombing Iran during a Veterans conference, as cited by some of those in your blogosphere.

    I did, however, take particular offense to a verbal spat McCain recently had with Congressman Ron Paul in the recent Republican debates. Although I am not a full-blooded devotee to Ron Paul’s politics (being somewhat suspect of his extreme libertarian economic views), I do admire him for being consistently anti-war and pro-Christian in his values.
    In the debate in question, McCain said “I just want to also say that Congressman Paul, I’ve heard him now in many debates talk about bringing our troops home, and about the war in Iraq and how it’s failed. And I want to tell you that that kind of isolationism, sir, is what caused World War II. We allowed Hitler to come to power with that kind of attitude of isolationism and appeasement.”
    This was the most scathing and seemingly misinformed attack I’d seen on any Republican candidate in the debates to date (with the possible exception of Giuliani never having read the 9/11 commission report). First of all, Paul is not an isolationist, he is a non-interventionist, and there is a distinct difference. A non-interventionist is someone who does not want to get embroiled in other countries’ affairs without due cause (meaning, specifically, a direct, succinct and clear danger to our own nation or sovereignty). Isolationism, on the other hand, is a complete disconnection between your country and any other country, which is not at all what Ron Paul stands for. In fact, just in case Senator McCain needs a history refresh (which I’m sure he doesn’t, but sure seems to act like he does), isolationism did NOT cause Hitler’s rise to power. In fact, as most reputable historians attest, Hitler’s rise to power had a great deal to do with the instatements of reparations through the Treaty at Versailles after World War I — long before American “isolationist” movements such as the America First Committee were even a factor! As Ron Paul responded: “I’m not an isolationist. I want to trade with people, talk with people, travel. But I don’t want to send troops overseas using force to tell them how to live. We would object to it here and they’re going to object to us over there.” A candidate like McCain may understand this sentiment, but he’s going to vehemently disagree with it in public to attract voters. That is reprehensible, in my opinion.
    As you’ve mentioned in this very blog entry, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But I have as yet to see a true Republican or Democratic candidate who is not going to resort to slander or falsification of terms in order to win votes. So far, Paul and Obama are the only candidates who are sticking to their principles, Paul moreso than Obama. But I can tell you now, if McCain was running against Obama, I’d vote for Obama. If he was running against Hillary, I wouldn’t vote for either; I would vote for the issues and decline to elect a president. If Paul was running as a third-party, I would be voting for him, no matter who the officially-endorsed candidate was. So far, he is the only man of true “principle” willing to speak his mind — and stick with it.

    Only my opinion. You can take it or leave it for what it’s worth.

    God bless!

  54. edwelker permalink
    December 8, 2007 3:34 am

    Hi Curt,

    I’m currently re-learning correct grammar and style in an effort to become a better writer. Not for a job, but just to better myself. I’ve got a couple of really great books to suggest to you, based on my experience.

    The first is probably the most famous book on writing… Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style.” It tells you in the most plain, straight-forward way, how to write (or speak, for that matter). This is simply a must-have, and if you’re going to try to learn, get this one. Did I mention that its only 56 pages? You can read it throughly in two hours. Buy this, I swear it will make you a better writer both quickly and painlessly.

    The second is “Essential English Grammar” by Gucker. It’s another small reference (170 pages) that runs down the pieces of grammar, allowing you to identify them in a sentence. You’ll learn what order to put the pieces in when writing a sentence. Great book to refer to when what you’ve written sounds awkward.

    Just of note, you could get both of those books from amazon for around $10.

    Last but not least, when you get detailed, fonts are part of typography (a completely different subject matter… it concerns mostly the layout of characters on the page to convey meaning to the reader). The bible of typography is Bringhurst’s “The Elements of Typographic Style.” I’d say you don’t really need this, but if you’re interested, it’s a great book.

    Just figured if you’re interested, I’d give a few tips based on my experience. Keep on writing… it’s the most important form of human communication. And if I may say, thanks for the blog. -eddie welker

  55. sdl1 permalink
    December 8, 2007 4:16 am

    Curt…

    Good thing my wife, who teaches Composition doesn’t look at this blog..she’d have a field day ;)

    If that is true about Jacoby, it’s a far cry from the kid I met at a minor league ST game who signed a photo of himself in a Sea Dogs uniform and who asked for my name to personalize it. I’m 51 and I get photos I find online/blowups of baseball cards signed AS A HOBBY (which it should be) and to see a polite kid like Ellsbury was refreshing. i HOPE the $125-$150 fee is just a urban legend at this point.

    Like I have said in other threads, I am to the left of the Dems, i’d support Kucinich and most liklely I will vote either Socialist or Green.

    Ron Paul scares me, when you consider that he’s taken money from groups like Stormfront and has been endorsed by them and other similar groups. He’s is also a flip-flopper…20 years ago he was the Libertarian Party’s candidate..now he’s a Republican? I just get a very bad feeling about him.

  56. vermonter permalink
    December 8, 2007 6:31 am

    i’m a college perfesser myself, and (personally) (outside the classroom) i am more interested in what someone has to say than how closely they can toe the line grammatically. i get peeved when funky spelling & grammar undermine the message — but often they do the opposite.

  57. leo0from0me permalink
    December 8, 2007 8:20 am

    Curt – give the “FONTS FREAKS” a “brush-back” pitch ! I’m more interested in CONTENT than in everything being pretty. Keep up the BLOG and ignore the “pretty FOG”. Leo

  58. redsoxnhfan permalink
    December 8, 2007 9:39 am

    Don’t worry about grammer and pucuation! we have bigger problems on this earth.
    Please find someone that will make this a better world.

  59. twoshades4 permalink
    December 8, 2007 9:52 am

    I think these autograph dealers are horrible charging ridiculous amounts of money. Its not fair to the fans to have to pay this amount of money, just to make these dealers rich. Any free signings for you Curt?

  60. rsoxgal07 permalink
    December 8, 2007 10:40 am

    Curt no need to worry about the spelling and grammar, although nothing wrong with improving. We all ahve one thing or another. We all have days when the fingers won’t work right, or time is short. We all aprpeciate this blog, and the insight you provide. :) Politics are such a grey area, and I think it is really great how you were able to talk about McCain. Lots of people avoid it, since most of the people who read it lack the ability to respect another’s opinion. Not saying people here, but in general. I am not completely informed on politics or McCain so I don’t have a full informed opinion. But anyways thanks for another good post. Love your comment on respecting opinions. I wish the Twins would make up their minds the suspense is driivng me crazy. But I understand why they are taking their time, it is a big decision. Oh well, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  61. opinionatedcatch13 permalink
    December 8, 2007 11:44 am

    It’s a blog not a research report. You shouldn’t have to impress people with your mastery of the english language. You impress people with your arm and ability to pitch…you just keep doing what you do and don’t worry about grammar. And another response to your blog about senator McCain. He is accountable the perfect word obviously no candidate is perfect but he is as reliable as they come. Keep up the good work Curt how goes the Weight Training?

  62. windycitybosock permalink
    December 8, 2007 1:33 pm

    I’m a new reader for about a week. Thanks for providing a blog worth reading…….grammar, spelling, and font issues included!

    People who whine about fonts and grammar are obviously so focused on finding that stuff they’re obviously not interested in the message you’re trying to convey. They don’t deserve an apology. Some of them should run spell and grammar check on their own posts!

    And heaven forbid you’re late………..Get a life lady!

    I’ll be reading regularly, though I’ve already noticed handles of readers whose responses I will skip because my time is more valuable than what it would take to read their childish whinings.

    Thanks again. I look forward to 2008 season!

  63. techsoldaten permalink
    December 8, 2007 2:27 pm

    Actually, I love your artful words. Imperfect grammar gives people character. If I wanted perfect diction and engaging structure, I would be reading Hemingway. You have enough things to be self conscious about, including well publicized contractual clauses, to let this slip in. Pretend there are no rules and just let the words flow, you are your only critic and your actual audience really just wants to read what you have to say, in your own words.

    M

  64. dave6688 permalink
    December 8, 2007 3:53 pm

    I just read the story about Jacob asking for $125 for a signature. I can’t believe that it even costs money for this. I once meet Dave Poulin of the Boston Bruins and asked him to give me his autograph and when he was done he thanked me for asking for it. Where have sportsmen like that gone???

  65. notboras permalink
    December 8, 2007 4:21 pm

    -Curt

    This is the sort of thing I’ve come to expect and appreciate from you. You take the time to care about your fans above and beyond what anyone could ask for, and then find yourself apologizing for fonts and political views. To have a ball-player connect with his fans in such an open format is remarkable. Even when you are criticized on the very blog you make, it merely shows how approachable and human you view yourself, which can’t be taken for granted today.

    It’s also pretty cool I can compliment you sincerely without even mentioning baseball, because ultimately, who you are is more significant.

    Although the bloody-sock performance was pretty awesome.

    Best regards,

    Lev

  66. silkysullivan permalink
    December 8, 2007 5:02 pm

    Curt,

    I think that you picked the right candidate for president:

    Senator John McCain is the most qualified candidate for the presidency of the United States. I see him to be very much like George Washington, the reluctant president (who did not really want to hold office, but did it because it was best for country), but I think Senator McCain is more qualified than George Washington. In the CBS interview, Senator McCain gave the only patriotic answer to the question: What are you afraid of? Losing the America I grew up in.
    Keep up your great work.

    Curt,
    I want to disagree with a comment you made about Alex Rodriguez. I don’t think he will be the greatest baseball player of all time. I still think Ted Williams (batting average) and Babe Ruth (home runs) were the best offensive players in baseball. Thanks.
    Vince

  67. nubulins permalink
    December 8, 2007 5:04 pm

    Curt,
    One of the greatest things about this country is not only the ability of free speech (so whut on da grammer, i culd reed it) :) and the right to speak freely on a political level. Kudos on speaking your mind and beliefs, its what keeps us in check. Even though I differ on a lot of views from McCain (I’m an Obama supporter myself) I look forward to the upcoming vote. This country needs a major fix domestically, something I think has been placed on the back burner for the past 8 years!

    Thanks!

  68. bigfanofthechristianman permalink
    December 8, 2007 7:12 pm

    The only thing McCain is guilty of is being a hero. Where does he stand on the health care system? This middle class family is tired of the medical bills and WE HAVE INSURANCE!

    My 10 year old wanted us to pay over 100 dollars to go get Tek’s autograph! I seriously contemplated it! But just couldn’t do it.
    I group up in Florida 15 years ago and can remember the high I felt from getting autographs at spring training. That’s the experience I want my kids to have.

    We did go to a bar, and they thought my husband was Jason Varitek. He had to be honest though. Darn it.

    Lesley!

  69. patrice37 permalink
    December 8, 2007 9:51 pm

    Curt, take heart, When Dizzy Dean had retired and gone into broadcasting, he was criticized by teachers and others about his use of “ain’t” during his call of games. This was during the Depression, and his answer to them was: “A lot of people who ain’t sayin’ ain’t, ain’t eaten’ ”

    …As for McCain, he lost me when he sold out a few years ago and hugged President Bush during the campaign in 2004. He gradually won my respect back simply by being sincere. If I were not so at odds with many of the republican positions both domestic and abroad, I’d support the man. I’ll say thought that if the GOP does win next year, I’d feel most comfortable with Sen. McCain, otherwise anyone but Slick Mitt. Now that guy really is slippery like an eel in my opinion. Slick Mitt appears as slippery as a Gaylord Perry “slider.”

  70. TheNorEaster permalink
    December 8, 2007 10:50 pm

    Dear Curt:

    “I’ve actually always taken pride in my use of the English language. As the many college English Professors here have pointed out, I suck at it.”

    I laughed so hard when I read that! I’m actually still laughing!

    Ah ha ha ha ha!!! Too funny!!! Just too funny!!!

  71. ftcampbell permalink
    December 8, 2007 11:13 pm

    Curt shilling you do you. I am in the US ARMY i am deploying to afganistan next month and i just want to say i am a life long sox fan and to spoil us with 2 worldchampionships in 5 years is so great. i hope to go home on leave when i come home and catch a game. Is there anyway i could get some of the team to sighn a ball for me so i can mount it on my rack when deployed. i used to eat breakfast with johny pesky on sundays when i was a kid. he was good friends with my dads friends father. he did it for me but if you have any questions you can just respnd to it in your blog.

  72. December 8, 2007 11:26 pm

    You’ve gotta be kidding me.

    You’re taking hits on grammar and spelling? Well, attention high-and-mighty English professors and verbiage Gestapo, I’ve scanned your posts here and the vast majority of you have posted things rife with typos yourselves. “Alright” is TWO WORDS – “all” and “right.” Cripes. Enough already. I’m a professional writer; I make my living writing novels, non-fiction books, and screenplays and to see Curt get hassled about this is pretty ridiculous. It’s not like he’s writing a paper for Ivory Tower pretentious academics who lie awake tossing and turning over whether they used enough passive voice in their latest treatise.

    Curt writes for the everyday folks who read his blog and I think he communicates his ideas in an easy-to-understand format that works. It’s colloquial, almost as if he was conversing with you. That’s part of why this blog works as well as it does.

    I’m not saying I agree with everything he says, because I certainly don’t. But taking shots at how he delivers his messages is pretty damned juvenile. If that’s how you make yourself feel better at night (“Yeah, I showed Curt. I schooled him on English language usage. I am SO bad-ass.”) then I suggest you spend some more time working on the vast amount of insecurity that must plague you.

    Curt – side note: have you and the Mrs. taken the kids over to the Meehan’s Christmas lights display in Millis? Phenomenal stuff over there, although the line tonight to get in was about a half mile long (moves fast though). They’re open everyday 6pm-10pm. My boys love going every year. I was also glad to see that they had a charity donation thing at the end of the route.

  73. jbbrennx permalink
    December 8, 2007 11:31 pm

    Yankkersrdclass…Guess what? What a stupid comment. Good luck next year…you’ll need it. Maybe you can get Mike Stanton back next year…and maybe Roger can win five or six games for you next year. Good Luck.

  74. jonnyjbones permalink
    December 8, 2007 11:35 pm

    Excellent post by darrenpardee. I agree whole heartedly except for ignoring McCain’s disgusting joke about bombing the sovereign nation of Iran. It was simply unpresidential and in poor taste.

    My wife and I laugh everytime you come on screen supporting John McCain. We both agree that we like you in October in a Sox uniform. However, when you endorse a candidate for office all it does to us is point out the wrong man for the job.

  75. redsoxrmyheros permalink
    December 9, 2007 1:38 am

    Crut,
    i dint knotis ne misstaks inn spelin oar gramer” loox fyne too mee cantundrstnd whi yuo thugt threre wus wron fots eether,, eye cant fined ne prolem wiv ne off waht ewe tiped. AND iym a smmart ynkee fann.

    LOL Couldn’t resist….sorry Curt. Don’t sweat the small stuff. The message is clear regardless of any grammatical mistakes. Thanks again for another great entry.

  76. bigfanofthechristianman permalink
    December 9, 2007 8:27 am

    OH, and by the way. Why are you guys going to political events to get autographs signed for your children? Do you have time when you are at work to stop and talk to hundreds of people? What are you teaching your children? That the celebrity is more important then the man that will possibly lead our country? Curt, I think you are a classy guy for standing up for what you believe in! Lesley

  77. calecod permalink
    December 9, 2007 8:32 am

    Curt,

    Let me start off by saying I don’t agree with your political views, but I would never in my wildest dreams bash on your or anyone else for believing differently than me. It is your right to believe what you want. Everyone should respect that. Also, you shouldn’t worry about the grammatical mistakes; I’m sure I have quite a few in this. You are a pitcher not an English professor. This blog is great! DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!

  78. boosterbabe permalink
    December 9, 2007 8:54 am

    Here’s the thing about grammar:
    It’s tedious when you start being mindful of proper grammar, language and punctuation. But it’s like any habit (good or bad): Practice makes perfect.
    Once you learn the rules and begin to apply them consciously, all of a sudden one day it will become second nature and you will just “do it”, without even being aware of what you are doing. You’ll just begin writing better without even thinking about it.
    It used to really bother me when reading the internet with all of the typos and poor spelling and incorrect use of words, because I was taught in school that if you’re going to bother to communicate, it should be clearly understood. It’s a written medium, afterall…I think I’ve become somewhat desensitized to it all, though. I have honestly always thought your blog was well-written. When I read 4 paragraphs and there are a couple of misspelled words, it’s clear that the writer is educated and knows how to communicate clearly. A couple of typos can easily be overlooked and forgiven. When I read a 2 sentence post and there are 3 misspellings and 2 wrong words (there instead of their, for example)….that’s just plain ignorant and frankly, if they can’t be bothered to learn how to communicate, I can’t be bothered to read their thoughts. Probably can’t decipher them, anyway so I’m not missing much.

    Spelling and grammar do matter, especially in a written medium. But Curt, you’re obviously an educated person, it’s evident in your posts. The people who are griping about your grammar and spelling should read what else is out there! Their energies would be better spent educating the people who don’t seem to know better, rather than carping on a guy’s writing that is generally clear and concise.

  79. lnjstim permalink
    December 9, 2007 9:27 am

    I don’t think Ellsbury knows how $125 autographs affect his image. Most fans understand the hiring agressive agents and use of free agency to maximize salary. Players don’t know if their careers will last 1 year or 15, so they have to strike while the iron is hot. However, an autograph signing involves a personal interface with the fans. Sign a batch of balls in a back room and sell them on MLB.com, but don’t charge for fans face time when they pay so much for tickets. We know that Ellsbury didn’t arrange the session, but he didn’t take a stand against it. NBA is taking image hits and losing fans, and I’d hate to see MLB follow the same fate.

  80. mwbosoxfan permalink
    December 9, 2007 9:42 am

    About Jacoby….Say it ain’t so!! If what’s being reported about the fees for the autograph signing is true, this young man is headed down the wrong road in a hurry. If he is charging that kind of a fee and donating it to a charity, I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

    Everyone in Red Soxland loves this guy, but he’s only played in about 30 regular season games and 10 post-season games and is charging more than most HOFers charge at a sit down signing. I wouldn’t have a problem with a veteran charging a fee like that. I know there are crazy fans who will probably pay it non-stop for those two hours, and if they do, people will say he was just charging what the market is. If this is on the advice from his agent, I can’t believe he’s that stupid. These are the very things that tell us a bit about the true character of a player. You or someone like Big Papi ought to kick him in the seat of the pants, and ask him, “What the hell are you thinking?” Here at Christmas time, all I really do see is that molded characature image of Scott Boras as the Grinch and now you can put Jacoby right with him.

  81. kfish25 permalink
    December 9, 2007 10:33 am

    Hi, Curt!

    Let me just say that even as a Democrat, I absolutely support your right to voice your opinions. That’s what this country is about, right? I think that those who have a problem with the political opinions you post here, or the fact that you use this as a forum for your views, have the right to voice their own opinions on their own blogs. No one is stopping them. It’s so unpopular these days to take a stand as a public figure and speak up for what you believe in. I may not believe exactly what you do and I’m free to disagree, but I will never challenge your right to support any candidate you like.

    Be well!

  82. jlhwriter permalink
    December 9, 2007 11:26 am

    I became a Red Sox fan in 2004 when I worked at St. E’s Hospital. Looking back, it was a vintage year to become a fan!

    I’ve always made my living as a medical professional, but I am also a fiction writer. Unfortunately, my fame is not comparable to our other writer-fan, Stephen King, and probably never will be. I enjoy your blog, and I’ve always thought you write pretty well. Don’t take the criticism to heart.

    The posts about Jacoby and the $125 autograph reminded me of an occasion when a friend and I ran into Gabe Kaplar at Logan airport in November 2004. She hurried off to a news stand to buy a copy of Sports Illustrated which had a photo of Gabe walking off the field after the World Series game. We congratulated him, and he very graciously autographed the photo.

    I read recently that Gabe’s injury has healed so well he hopes to play ball next year. Have you talked with him about his plans? Will the Red Sox invite him to spring training?

  83. dorishazel permalink
    December 9, 2007 11:32 am

    Good for you Curt. You are a great pitcher but a better American. I wish the rest of the liberal Boston area would agree with your politics.

  84. December 9, 2007 11:38 am

    Seriously – these blog places don’t often allow for “pretty” posting.

    I’m a devout fontaholic and proper language/grammar extraordinaire — it drives me insane if my fonts don’t look right, the spacing is “off” – or God forbid I have a typo.

    At the same time, my Type A personality has learned to relax in this kind of forum because for an example – my work now blocks Blogger, so I have to email my posts in. Which means that while I’ve painstakingly written it — they post incorrectly formatted as plain text, and I don’t always have the time to fix them when I get home. Which often means my thoughts might run together as opposed to being spaced in the manner in which I’ve said them.
    It happens. :)

  85. mikerooj7 permalink
    December 9, 2007 11:41 pm

    Hey, Curt…
    I sign on to your blog not to long ago cuz 1. Ive always admired your pitching and 2. I like how you tell it straigh to the media/your blog so forht. As i ponder this Santana trade..in your honest opinion, is Ellsbury the Hall-of-fammer we all in Boston are making him out be?

  86. llamapie permalink
    December 10, 2007 3:51 am

    Hi Curt,
    My first time posting a response to your blog. I find it very well written in general. Don’t worry so much about the tedious spelling and grammar. People understand what you’re saying and no one is going to argue otherwise.

    As for political B.S. == This is your blog to post your opinions on, granted you should expect this much opposition from RSN seeing that most of us are from a very Liberal part of the country. I for one grew up in Massachussetts and refused to be brainwashed into the “fair for all but the wealthy” state of mind. I’m not rich, not by a long shot. You likely make more in 1 week than I do in a year or two.

    There are things many of your readers won’t understand based on the difference in situations. Now you gotta make em open their eyes. Let them argue with you! Has one actually validly discounted one of your opinions yet? Or do they just go straight to the detrimental bashing of your candidate?

    This is all the difference between hot and cold. One extreme to the other. When you mix both instantly you get a violent reaction.

    Gay marriage is gay marriage, whether its good is solely based on the moral beliefs of one’s opinion. I don’t think it should be legal as much as unions between gays should be. Marriage is generally a very “religious” type ordeal, and I say ordeal becaus 99% of the time it just breads problems. As the divorce rate is over 50% by now, they can have marriage. Defending sanctity of something that people throw out as easily as a used tampon, doesn’t deserve to be cared for.

    Now I will traditionally vote republican sense their views always make sense.

    As for the Ellsbury bashing. Let him charge. He’s all but guarenteed to be a star. Please stop taking him wrong. Look at the amount of money he is stuck making. Granted by an American average its in the upper echelon but by MLB standards its poverty. What you’re paying for is a ROOKIE autograph from one of the most anticipated futures of the game. As we all know Rookie cards/anything is highly valuable later on than any other piece of material from the same player.

    And Curt, tell em to shut up, its about all they have left.

    ~JC — Battle Creek, MI

  87. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    December 10, 2007 5:08 am

    Hey jbbrennx,

    What are you so bent out of shape for?? Timlin sucks, its no secret. Y bring up Mike Stanton or Roger? And speaking of Roger, u guys would have put him on the field last season if he wanted to come to the toilet bowl(Fenway), so cut the crap. Dont be so heady…u guys may have won the WS, but the Sux got dominated by the Yanks last season. Be thankful that we got cold in the Division Series, cause if we hadn’t, you know the Sux wouldnt have beaten us, even with your rotation. I read the posts, after we beat Boston in Sept (sunday night game when CURT gave up the big knock to Jeter) you guys were scared cause we came back from 14 and a half to almost take the division. And its gonna happen, you can only keep the Yankees down for so long. Ive said it before and I’ll say it again to all of you needy Sux fans, enjoy the little glory you have, cause when its gone, it wont be back for a while. The Yankees will return to claim our rightful place at the Summit of baseball. I cant wait til we win the WS again, I’ll be the first one in this blog (probably be the only one here). Goodnight Loser fans

  88. baaacknearthebullpen permalink
    December 10, 2007 5:16 am

    Curt,
    The first time I saw McCain speak in NH was at an event for Phil Graham,
    and I thought , Wow, I wish this guy McCain would run. He came across as smart, tough and sincere. McCain has done nothing but disapoint me since, campaign finance reform was nothing more than incumbent insurance and an attack on free speech, He didn’t have the guts to tell South Carolinians to take down the Confederate flag, where was the “straight talk”? , and he doesn’t have the character to convince his wife to get out of the beer selling business, of course selling beer is perfectly legal, what is the effect of that action? Do beer sellers have any culpability morally? Isn’t that what character is all about?The truth is, this is a business that destroys the lives of millions of Americans. I know no one especially politicians are perfect but McCain should stop pretending to be something he is not.

  89. December 10, 2007 10:30 am

    As one who both blogs and writes standard articles, while commendable, good grammar and spelling aren’t as critical in a blog: it’s understood that they’re written in the heat of the moment (oh, do I wish sometimes I did have a 30-second delay before things are posted). However, WordPress does have a pretty good dictionary…

  90. woodytele1973 permalink
    December 10, 2007 11:34 am

    If no one showed up to pay $125.00, guess what? The price would come down. Unfortunately there are people who will pay the money. Everything is relative, to some $125 is nothing. Does anyone remember the prices charged in 2004? They were just as bad. The sox market is the best in the country, no where else would this happen.

  91. December 10, 2007 12:13 pm

    Please don’t change the writing style. It’s what makes you authentic. I know that whatever happens with the grammar and spelling, I know I’m getting the real Curt, he’s not only writing exactly how’s he thinking, it’s Curt Shilling actually doing the writing. There are no editors making it perfect and changing the feeling and message. That makes this blog unique, makes it authentic, makes it you, and this is why I stop by frequently.

    Also, keep up with what you write about. I’m a Yankees fan, so we already have a difference in our opinions. We’ll disagree about political views and agree about family values. But, you go beyond baseball. You’re showing us another side of players we never see, we never engage on with. Once again, it shows your authentic, open, honest, and feel and think like other people who aren’t professional athletes. Add to all this, it shows you care and are passionate. You care about the fans, you care about sick children, you care about your family, your team, this nation.

    This is the best blog of any baseball player, sportswriter, heck it’s one of the best blogs, period. Don’t change.

  92. nvasoxfan permalink
    December 10, 2007 3:29 pm

    Please know that most folks with a functioning brain can certainly tell what you’ve intended, even if there’s a minor grammar/diction/spelling error… I echo the most popular sentiment, please ignore the English professor wanna-bes, and post away…
    I wanted to chime in a little on the “Autograph” thing (Ell$bury)… I know it’s not this thread, sorry… Just a quick note…
    When I was a kid getting Washington Senators autographs (even though they stunk, I was a kid, and wanted autographs), I learned early on that most players seemed more than willing to autograph my used program… In fact, I often was one of the few that got any autographs sometimes… Frank Howard did this once, and I thought I was king of the world for a few weeks…
    Anyway, I took my nephew to a Nats game recently, and gave him the same advice, telling him to be courteous, hold your program up, and if the player got near, ask him by saying “Mr. whomever”, can I have an autograph”? A little courtesy evidently goes a long way, he got several autographs… I think it’s cheesy to ask a player to sign first-release cards, memorabilia, etc., that you intend to sell, and then bitch when he doesn’t…
    the other side of the coin, if more players made it known that signing programs, etc,. was free, and memorabilia was not free, I’d not have a problem with that… I haven’t asked for an autograph in 30 years, nor do I foresee me doing so any more, but it’s just a suggestion I had… Not sure what the general concensus is among the professionals, but this is one opinion…

    thanks for the always interesting and insighful responses…

  93. December 10, 2007 3:31 pm

    curt,

    turns out there are two truths:

    i disagree with you politically.

    i agree with you baseball-itically.

    KEEP DEM’ POSTS COMIN!!!

  94. gfishbone permalink
    December 10, 2007 4:37 pm

    Thanks, Curt.

    No reasonable person would criticize grammar and spelling in an email or blog entry but cutting and pasting from different formats can cause real confusion when readers have a hard time telling where quotes begin and end. The scrambled fonts in your post of the other day were unusual for you, so I figured you must have been rushed and probably didn’t realize that the paragraphs had been reformatted. I just wanted to draw it to your attention for a quick and quiet fix, and had no idea it would provide fodder for those folks who are always looking for an excuse to criticize you. So I guess I owe you an apology for leaving fuel around for people to turn into a fire.

    Regarding McCain… I’ve always liked the guy. In 2000, he was the only candidate in the Republican field that I’d have considered throwing my vote at, and so far seems to be the cream of his party this time around as well.

  95. mnsmastro permalink
    December 10, 2007 6:41 pm

    Curt-

    Good grammar, bad grammar, I really enjoy looking in on your thoughts about baseball and life. As a long suffering Red Sox fan from back in the 1960’s, I have truly relished the unfolding of the story of how you were one of the Sox farmhands who came back to the team, and then became one of the key cogs in ending “the curse” and in possibly starting a dynasty.

    Though I don’t agree with your politics, your ongoing dialogue with the public is a great education for us all. It occurs to me that this is a good example of how the man and the sports “icon” are very different people to the public. I think that what makes you attractive to people is that you strive to be a genuine person, and you are articulate enough and real enough to let us see inside your world.

    If 2008 is truly your last year as a professional baseball player, I think it would be a great idea if you could somehow document this year on film. Your unique status as an effective and colorful internet blogger, your long, successful, and storied baseball career, and this coming year’s tale of a once dominant pitcher entering his twilight and what that means to you, your family, your team, and your fans could be a great story that will go far beyond baseball.

    I, for one, am looking forward to what 2008 will be like for you and for the Red Sox and getting to read all about it, right from the source.

  96. December 10, 2007 7:12 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I’d love for you to visit Northern New Hampshire with Senator McCain. I’d like for you to see the impact outsourcing of our manufacturing has done to these hard working people up here. Groveton, Gorham, and Berlin New Hampshire were all once proud lumber/paper producing towns but have been relegated to being homes to prisons and poverty. Free Trade, something Senator McCain has supported has destroyed the lives of these people.

    I beg of you to come here and see it first hand. Bring some ideas of industry that could replace these lost jobs. Senator McCain is quick with a joke but these people don’t need humor, they need jobs.

  97. soxfan1011 permalink
    December 10, 2007 7:19 pm

    First of all, I think it is ridiculous for people to comment on why they hate Sen. McCain. Last time I checked, this was Curt Schilling’s blog, not Joe Schmoe’s. Everyone is entitled to have their political opinion, just remember, if you want to broadcast an opinion, then start up your own blog. If you don’t like what you are reading, then stop reading it, it’s that simple. Every candidate has positive and negative attributes. It’s a matter of weighing them and and deciding who YOU think the best candidate is. There is no right or wrong in politics. Bottom line, if you want to make a difference in the government, then get out and vote. Don’t be blinded by the media circus. Do your own research and form your own opinions, don’t be a follower, be a leader. I think it’s great that Curt is a supporter of Sen. McCain. I’m tired of Hollywood constantly broadcasting their opinions. Athletes are just as influential as Hollywood and should make their opinions heard just as Hollywood does.

    Aside from that, I am extremely proud to be a Red Sox fan and stoked that I have been able to witness my favorite team win 2 World Series in my lifetime. Congratulations.

  98. tbat permalink
    December 10, 2007 7:39 pm

    Curt.
    I grew up in Somerset and knew your Dad Clifford and your Grandfather Homer. My Dad Curt and Homer were best friends, and spent lots of time with Homer hunting and fishing. You didn’t know Homer, but he was a great guy and one of my mentors. I have some stories that might be of interest. Would love to talk with you some time. I didn’t know your Dad too well he was quite a bit older than me and went into the Army, but I did hunt with him a few times when he was home on leave. Do you have Homer”s 35 Remington? I can still see him walking in the woods with it cradled in his arms.

    Bill Flickinger

  99. FireDannyAinge permalink
    December 10, 2007 9:16 pm

    A- Mike Timlin does not suck. No he isn’t always great but he did his job and he is now a 4 time World Series Champion. He was a key part in our 2 world series wins and I for one am glad he is back.

    B- Jacoby Ellsbury did a signing where 125.00 dollars was charged. He didn’t refuse to sign an autograph for a kid on the street until he was paid that much.
    99.9 % of baseball players charge money to events like this . They are special events and if you chose to go to one you pay the money.

    C- The only sucking going on around is from the New York Yankees.

    D- Grammar and spelling? Give me a (fill in swear word) break. Who cares? My blog is something I write when I am bored. I don’t get paid to do the blog. Neither does Curt Schilling. He does it for the fans. My guess is only the loser Yankee fans have nothing better to do then whine about grammar and spelling. SUGGESTION, Get a job so you have somthing else to occupy your time

  100. colecovision permalink
    December 10, 2007 10:27 pm

    Curt,

    You spell real good.

    As far as your support of McCain, I think more of us should be involved in the political process and hope that you continue to embrace candidates that you decide are worth supporting. I happen to support a candidate in the other camp but would be perfectly content if a credible Republican candidate ends up leading this country and restores credibility to the office domestically and internationally.

  101. shrute permalink
    December 10, 2007 10:43 pm

    Curt, I hope you feel good about that Bush endorsement. Okay, so you’re track record isn’t so great. Oprah’s going with Obama. People shouldn’t pay attention to celebrity endorsements and instead just study the issues and go with a candidate who is closest to them politically.

    Agreed.

  102. texredsoxfan permalink
    December 11, 2007 4:01 pm

    So, I know this is completely off topic but I just wanted to throw out a congrats to Josh Beckett and Jon Papelbon for their TYIB awards! and congrats to the Red Sox for keeping all you awesome pitchers (and Mike)! can’t wait til spring training!

  103. December 11, 2007 4:21 pm

    Grammar is a subject I know all too much about — hey, we all make mistakes, no big deal.

    Even though I have a degree in History, I have butchered grammar as much as anyone blogging or doing something mundane, like email.

    Just curious, how did your politics evolve? Did it come early in adulthood, was it a gradual change, or did it come about in the past several years; i.e. – family, friends, something you read, etc.

    I’ll say I have veered towards the center (I’m a Democrat) due partly to a girl I have been seeing for a while, but a lot of it has come from the aging, or better term, “maturing process…”

    It takes guts to take a stand on something you believe in and tell it to the masses.

    A lot of athletes don’t do it, and it would be better if some did.

    – Anthony, the Oriole Post

  104. Philadelphia Sports permalink
    December 11, 2007 4:53 pm

    I think John McCain is a much better candidate then Rudy “9/11″ Guiliani. I will be voting for Joe Biden in the primaries though.

    The Mitchell Report comes out soon. I wonder how many Red Sox steroids users will be looked over George Mitchell. I’d like to trust him, but after the Paul Byrd ALCS fiasco, I can’t.

  105. soxfc permalink
    December 12, 2007 12:55 am

    I guess I’m what could be considered liberal-leaning – I prefer the term “open minded” – with a strong libertarian streak, independent an unaffiliated with any party. For years when asked about candidates, I’ve mentioned McCain as someone who seems intelligent and principled, who I *might* get behind, which prompted some of my friends gto look at me as if I had three heads. Now, I find myself possibly in agreement in politics with Curt Schilling??? Yikes! (Maybe I should reevaluate?) Curt, all I can say is that I have more respect for your choice this time around than your last.

    Curt, I’d also like to say that while you make a lot of visible, grand gestures for causes which unquestionably do much good (not to mention coming up big for the Sox when it counts), I got a new perspective on you when you offered to send Mikey Lowell our thanks. That small, relatively inconsequential gesture towards a friend seemed very sweet and without self-aggrandizement, and “sweet” is not a word I often thought of next to “Schilling” – so, nice one, guy.

  106. bosox31 permalink
    December 12, 2007 2:09 am

    Curt,
    As a lifelong resident of “taxachusettes” I have and always will support a Republican. As for Shrutes comment on you backing Bush, (as did I and many other people in this country) He’s very shortsighted and probably is the type that believes everything he see’s in the “liberal press”. Mr Kerry didn’t get elected to the White House, frankly because he’s a liberal from Massachusettes.
    I been here 41 years, you have been here 4…trust me the voters (most of them) in this state are shortsighted and lack common sense and every aspect of it.
    I’ve been reading your blogs from the start, stick with baseball, your wasting your time on politics. I have had a lifetime of arguments and wont even talk politics with most around here. You should do the same… Curt its just not worth your valuable time.
    I’ll give you a couple of predictions
    Clinton OR Obama will win the Democrat Nomination (no..no thats a good thing) Vt, Ma, R.I., NY, and N.J. will support either of the two.
    When the results come in from EVERY other state they will be beatin 5-1 and maybe more. I am not a male chauvenist nor a racist, but the MAJORITY of this country will not at “this” time elect a woman or a Black male (with very little experience) President of the United States.
    McCain, Huckabee, Romney, or Guiliani will be your next President.
    Next prediction Johan stays in Minnesota (i’m more confident on my 1st prediction than this one haha.
    In closing Curt always remember “It’s safer to hunt with Dick Cheney, than to drive with Ted Kennedy”
    Peace Out Gooooooooooooooooooooo Sox
    Oh by the way its a blog… punctuation and shit goes out the window…dont hate!!

  107. jayjay4475 permalink
    December 12, 2007 11:15 am

    Curt,
    I think there is other things to worry about then grammer.
    It is amazing that a player of your caliber, would have a website,
    to leave yourself open to the fans, to chat with about whats going on with sports and the world. Keep up the good work.

  108. 99dawg99 permalink
    December 12, 2007 5:33 pm

    as a registered democrat im not a McCain guy. however, as an american i realize the importance of a multi party system. vote for whoever you want america….. JUST VOTE!!!! and as for grammar…. the pupose of a blog is free expression of ideas, to give a point of view, and recieve feedback on your viewpoints. paying attention to grammar stops the flow of thought and is a bit of a buzzkill while writing. if you can do both,great. if not, who gives a crap. i learned english in school, tell me about the sox, Curt!!!!!!!

  109. jonnyjbones permalink
    December 12, 2007 10:05 pm

    I found it humorous that bosox31 claims not to be a racist or a male chauvenist and then is proud of his claim that the rest of the country is one or the other. And he seems to think that it is a good thing! Racists and male chauvenists should not be the ones deciding our country’s future. If you find yourself agreeing with said company maybe you are the one who is truly shortsighted and lacking of common sense.

  110. theironhorse permalink
    December 12, 2007 11:46 pm

    Hi Curt, I was just wondering what exactly did the trainers shoot up into your leg that allowed you to pitch in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS? I’d be very interested to find out and I’m sure that Senator Mitchell would love to find out as well. Or is that why you re-signed with Boston for below market value so that Mr. Mitchell who has a stake in the ballclub would cover your ass? I used to like you when you were on the Phillies Curt, even rooted for you in the ’93 World Series against Toronto and I think what you and your wife do for ALS and various charities is tremendous, but man sometimes you can be quite a jackass.

    Another guy who would not suprise me if he did steroids is David “Big Papi” Ortiz. I mean look at what the guy did with the Twins, absolutely nothing! Then he comes to the Sox and he’s knocking the cover off the ball hitting 50+ homers a year and numbers that would make the immortal “YAZ” drool, I mean come on!

  111. jonahb permalink
    December 13, 2007 4:28 am

    Don’t worry too much about it, Curt. It’s a blog, not a dissertation! We want to hear your real voice, unfiltered.

  112. vimalkalyan permalink
    December 13, 2007 10:22 am

    I have a ton to write/comment when you next publish your politican thoughts, but that can wait.

    I wonder if you love travelling? Any special places outside US?

    OK … i will cut to the chase … ever travelled to India? any plans of ever coming out here …

  113. brian7883 permalink
    December 13, 2007 10:54 am

    Curt,

    I hope several of your dumb teamates appear on this report from Sr. Mitchell. It will discredit what your team has accomplised. Goes along with New England sports teams with the exception of the Bruins and Celtics. A bunch of cheating whining overpaid allstars.

  114. December 13, 2007 11:09 am

    Curt;

    I’ve gotta be honest with you man… You’re a breath of fresh air in both baseball and here in the blogosphere.

    I’m glad you’re honest and hard-working. Though I’m not a Sox fan (they beat my CARDINALS back in ’04), I do root for you, constantly.

    Stay honest!

  115. thefooze permalink
    December 13, 2007 12:17 pm

    Curt,

    Just saw a rumor that Vteck and Tavarez are on the Mitchell report.. what are your feelings on this? if its true please let them know as fans their dead to me.

    Thanks

  116. bigtlaw permalink
    December 13, 2007 12:38 pm

    Curt….sounds like you know a lot about steroid use and who is/was using…..could you be a tad more “political”?…….Good god what a phony

  117. jackbequick permalink
    December 13, 2007 12:46 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    Your comments about the Mitchell report and your hope for the future of MLB stand as a testament to the “class act” you symbolize to so many fans of baseball.
    Your thoughts and actions are most gratefully appreciated.
    Wishing you only the best for this holiday season,
    Jack

  118. gregoden3034 permalink
    December 13, 2007 8:10 pm

    Curt,
    I’m a Yankees fan, but I agree with your political views 100%. If people don’t like your views on politics, that’s too damn bad. I have a lot of respect for you on how you can survive in such a liberal city like Boston, keep fighting the good fight.
    Derek

  119. bandwagon9 permalink
    December 13, 2007 8:34 pm

    Curt–

    When I heard you had a blog, I had to check it out and see what your thoughts would be on the Mitchell report. I see that you haven’t posted on it yet, but here’s a couple of random thoughts about your site:

    * I’m a writer myself, and couldn’t care less about your ability to punctuate. You’ve got decent writing skills. That’s more than I can say about 90 percent of my students and 80 percent of adults at large. I don’t think people come to this page to see whether you can use a semicolon.
    * At the same time, you should feel at least a little bit of pride over your ability to compete in athletics at an elite level, and then do a halfway decent job of writing about it. (While at a minor league game in August, I tried to throw a fastball at the radar gun booth. I managed to hit 47 before random pains began shooting up my forearm and blood began pooling in my fingers.)
    * Keep up your political work. I’m a Democrat, myself, but there’s no law against athletes running for office or endorsing those who do. You don’t give up your citizenship when you become an athlete.

    Chris B.
    Portland, Ore.

  120. osfania permalink
    December 14, 2007 5:09 pm

    I wish you were still an Oriole. Go McCain!

    BTW, it’s “English professors.”

    Keep on writing, CS.

  121. kingstonboyd48 permalink
    December 14, 2007 7:26 pm

    Curt,
    My two cents regarding the Mitchell report is this: I believe this was the commissioners way of taking the responsibility of doing nothing and putting it on the Feds who will now mandate what the drug policy will be, and the players union will lose it’s power regarding this.

  122. brian7883 permalink
    December 17, 2007 2:07 pm

    You are an idiot. Plain and simple

  123. joab11 permalink
    December 19, 2007 10:31 pm

    Curt –

    I proofread professionally. I am a huge Sox fan. I’m a neighbor (or former neighbor if you no longer have a residence here) of yours in PV. I’d be glad to proofread all your blog posts.

  124. mick60a permalink
    December 20, 2007 2:31 pm

    Curt;

    Here is what I tell people when they say my spelling and grammar stinks.

    “Take a look at one of Hank Williams Lyrics or Mark Twains writings on envelopes.” It has quite a few errors in them. But it is till a good piece of work just needs cleaning up a little. As you said you mouth and hand are working fast to stop and correct errors.

    Don’t worry about what others think. That is their problem.

    As for your political view, I like some of the things that Mike Huckabee says but I don’t agree with everything that he stands for.

    Last time I looked the US Constitution says I have the right to vote for who I want to just like like everyone else does as well. And I respect them for that too.

    I have a friend who thinks what Rush Limbuagh(sic) says is gold. I turn Rush off. But I respect my friends right to like Rush.

    Ok enough of my soapbox chatting

  125. la3232 permalink
    December 20, 2007 8:40 pm

    Curt-

    With all due respect, in response to your comments regarding grammar, as well as your comments regarding everything else u seem to talk about, I suggest u should change the name of your website from 38pitches.com to 38bitches.com

  126. yorkie1 permalink
    December 22, 2007 11:43 am

    yorkie1
    Hi Curt
    I am not much on this blog stuff,but I checked out your site the other day and I am impressed by your forthright writings. I had to log in so I could thank you for doing what you set out to do when you came to Boston. Not once but twice you helped win a title. Thank you for 2004 and 2007 both of which you played a big part of in the playoff’s and the regular season.
    I don’t pay much mind if you miss a comma or a question mark or what ever as you can see by my writings. Keep up the good work and good luck in the up coming season and beat the Yankees.
    A Red Sox fan even before Bill Buckner

  127. sully64 permalink
    December 23, 2007 5:52 pm

    Hi Curt!

    I don’t know how to spell all the time. As I get older (43) I find myself doubting the spelling of words that I know how to spell and it’s frustating as hell. I was in a very bad car wreck in 03 and suffered some major head trauma as well as a broken neck and back. I also suffered some nerve damage on the right side of my body. I feel these factor into my trouble now, but everyone can understand what I’m saying, if not always why I’m saying it. So like the earlier post says, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. As for politics…when I was younger my liberal friends said that I was ten miles to the right of Attila the Hun. I’m older now and I consider myself a moderate. I always vote, and this country keeps losing more and more jobs to China and Malaysia and that’s completely wrong. Wal Mart is responsible for more than 10% of the trade defficit between the U.S. and China and when you realize that the people in this country, and I mean the majority of the population in the U.S. are hard working folks who are losing there jobs to a communist dictatorship who don’t treat thier people well. And does wal mart or any other company that moves out of the U.S. to save $$$ on cost of production ever pass that savings on to us? No way. These companies don’t respect people, even their own enough to pay us a living wage. And as long as the people allow it to continue, it will. I don’t dislike McCain in fact I admire and respect him very much, but the man doesn’t make the office, the office makes the man and as long as the office of the President of the U.S. is up for bid to corporate America, than we folks here are in big trouble.Thanks for everything you and your family do and God bless and merry Christmas/happy New year. P.S. A doctor told me after my accident that I would never work again in any real capacity, and that walking will be a problem. Well I’m happy to say that I am walking fine and still doing tree work. I guess we know why some of them are called practising doctors.

  128. tsdmgk20 permalink
    January 3, 2008 7:56 pm

    Curt, I am a new member to this blog and as a matter of fact this is the first time I’ve ever blogged anything, anywhere, so I apologize if this post is not in the proper place. I am looking for verification (of my memory!) that I read in the paper some time ago, before you joined the Sox, that you once trained in martial arts, and Tang Soo Do specifically. Is that true? where? for how long? still training? or any interest in starting again? The reason I ask is that I often mention it to my students (yes, I have a school down here in CT) and I figured I better check my facts. Thanks for your answer.

  129. March 24, 2009 9:32 am

    Very nice Packers information. I think Favre will be an immediate hall-of-famer.
    I hope to be in Green Bay for a game this fall. I am visiting from Peru.

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