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Congratulations Senator McCain

February 6, 2008

On a resounding day of victories. I am proud to know the man and proud to see others believing in him as well. I am not sure what the overall turnout was yesterday but I am hearing it was large, which is fantastic.

Interesting to hear the political ‘experts’ talk about what it all means now, and down the road. Some believe McCain wrapping it up early will damage his chances. I still believe if you hear the man speak and get to know him a little bit none of this will matter, but that’s my opinion only.

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  1. bosoxfan1968 permalink
    February 6, 2008 2:36 pm

    I’ve never voted before but I’m going to this year for McCain. I served in the Army for 11 yrs. and I don’t think anyone should be in charge of the Armed Forces unless they’ve walked a mile in those shoes. GO MCCAIN!!!

    P.S. Thanks for all you do for us Boston fans Schill!!

  2. gosocks permalink
    February 6, 2008 3:18 pm

    I live in Maine and am registered as an Independent. I couldn’t vote in Maine’s cacuses because I’m not registered as either a Republican or Democrat. Well, technically, I could participate IF I selected a party affiliation.

    Senator McCain is my choice for President, provided he obtains his party nomination. That said, I’m still concerned that even John McCain does not have a full grasp on what is real in America. There is so much more going on than the War on Terror and the Economy. Maine as a state is slowly sliding toward the basic tenents of communism. Our state handouts are through the rough, the governor won’t listen to the people, the state budget focuses more on handouts than infrastructure improvements. The business environment here is so bad that within a few years, only service industries will be left.

    How will McCain, or anyone else, take note of these local needs, when campaign stops last a few minutes, and all the information is provided by the same politicians that created the problems.

    Have a safe trip to Florida!

  3. soxfanindan permalink
    February 6, 2008 3:19 pm

    I voted, but I am still devistated over the superbowl

  4. bugmn permalink
    February 6, 2008 3:20 pm

    Curt,

    Your opinion on these issues is worth bupkis. You have zero credibility when it comes to politics.

    Sincerely,

    America

  5. February 6, 2008 3:51 pm

    hey bugmn,

    if you think he lacks so much credibility, go start your own blog. i mean, i don’t agree with the guy on politics, but at least be respectful! loser!

    OBAMA 2008!!!!

  6. concretesox70 permalink
    February 6, 2008 3:59 pm

    hey bugmn, I am not a fan of McCains nor am I going to vote for him but I know this to be true, John McCain and other brave veterans like him provided YOU and Schill with the right to voice your opinions without fear of being gunned down in the streets, so lay off and quit being a downer.

    Longtime Loyal Sox Fan in
    Minnesota

  7. holymight permalink
    February 6, 2008 4:13 pm

    I’m sorry, but McCain is one of the worst possible choices for president. He said and I quote, “I wish interest rates where zero.” He has no comprehension of economics. With him as president the US will experience a recession.

  8. ryanncie permalink
    February 6, 2008 4:15 pm

    bugmn, you’re amazing. You blast Curt’s opinions, but I’m 100% positive that you will be back to read his blog again. Thanks for your views on McCain and your support. Hopefully he will lead us into a new era of Republican politics.

  9. February 6, 2008 4:29 pm

    I voted…
    And I’m shocked to see Romney won MA.

    ?!?!?

  10. jmfecko permalink
    February 6, 2008 6:53 pm

    We love McCain down here in Florida. See you February 28 at Spring Training. My 4 year old son is going to be very excited the Red Sox in action again.

    John
    (Cape Coral, FL)

  11. soxsweepagain permalink
    February 6, 2008 7:37 pm

    I can’t vote for a man who thinks we should be in Iraq.

    McCain is an old warmonger, and in no way do I want another military President for a while.

    The GOP needs to sit on the sidelines for a while after the huge mess they’ve made in power over the past seven years.

    Go Obama.

  12. February 6, 2008 8:17 pm

    “I know this to be true, John McCain and other brave veterans like him provided YOU and Schill with the right to voice your opinions without fear of being gunned down in the streets”

    Sure – provided you don’t do it within 30 days of an election.

    Thanks, John!

  13. commave permalink
    February 6, 2008 10:47 pm

    Could not be happier about J Mccain’s success.

    There is something to be said about experience, courage and integrity. John has these qualifications and I look forward to him leading our country in 09.

  14. johnlimberakis permalink
    February 6, 2008 11:11 pm

    Curt,

    I am a 22 year old student at Southern Methodist University. I am married and have two wonderful boys. In order for McCain to stand a chance against the Democrats he needs the help of the young in this country. I joined Senator McCain on his journey to the Oval Office today. You probably have already contributed the maximum amount to him, but if not if I have a request. I have a website that raises money for McCain – it was created by his official website. http://johnlimberakis.johnmccain.com I want to raise 10,000 dollars for McCain. You and McCain are inspirations to us all.

    Thank you for putting the good word out,

    John Limberakis

  15. chadfl420 permalink
    February 6, 2008 11:54 pm

    Thanks for the blogging on McCain. To be honest i wasn’t that big of fan, due to not knowing much about him. However i think, and voted, that of the options that we have right now he is the only option. For the people that think he is a warmonger(an it makes me feel dump using that terminology) there is a reason for that. And for the person that stated that the GOP needs to sit on the side, that is socialist thinking. We all don’t have to agree, however we need a leader that LISTENS to all voices. Our government is not perfect, however it is our goverment.

    Curt i had a few questions about pitching, when it pertains to little League. I used your advise with the tennis ball and it was spot on. I just wanted to find out about learning wind ups, however now isn’t the time.

    Thanks,
    Chad

  16. kanderson74 permalink
    February 7, 2008 12:00 am

    Karisfa…. might want to take your own advice.

    “at least be respectful! loser!”

    Doesn’t exactly scream respect now does it….

    Go McCain!!!

  17. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    February 7, 2008 12:44 am

    Wow, it sounds like Curt wants to be McCain’s first lady!! If Curt is so high on Senator McCain, I guess it’s time to vote for Obama!!

  18. philliesfan52682 permalink
    February 7, 2008 6:34 am

    I am a liberal democrat, but I will vote for McCain in November. I totally respect he is a POW, and I like the fact he has some liberal views. He is just better than any of the canidates.

  19. adammarquis permalink
    February 7, 2008 9:21 am

    I’m just popping in to say that I appreciate the way you stump for McCain. Most celebrities leverage their appeal to say “Vote for this guy/gal,” but you encourage people to learn more and go to listen to your candidate first hand. Good luck in the upcoming season, as well!

  20. gosocks permalink
    February 7, 2008 12:56 pm

    Romney just folded like Joba at the Jake. McCain will take the GOP nomination, provided Huck and/or Doc Ronnie P don’t pull a massive upset.

    I nominate Curt Schilling for Secretary of Intestinal Fortitude.

  21. soxsweepagain permalink
    February 7, 2008 1:34 pm

    People, MCCAIN WANTS TO STAY IN IRAQ!

    Don’t vote for this man!

  22. rethcir permalink
    February 7, 2008 2:12 pm

    I see Obama as a JFK for the new millennium, but who cares what I think?

    Good luck with the shoulder Curt, don’t worry, Clay will keep your seat warm (to say the least)

  23. idabomb333 permalink
    February 7, 2008 2:13 pm

    The Herald is reporting that you’re injured and may need surgery! Can you perhaps set the record straight? I don’t want to believe it.

  24. ajd24 permalink
    February 7, 2008 2:22 pm

    Soxsweepagain,

    McCain is the only one with a strategy for Iraq which, by the way, is showing some success. The fact is that we are there whether we like it or not, and regardless of what Obama says he will not be able to pull out immediately if, God forbid, he becomes president. If this is what you are pinning your hopes on if Obama becomes President, you will be sorely disappointed. Because as “irresponsible” as the actions may have been that Bush took, pulling out would be equally as irresponsible.

  25. tigersrulebaseball permalink
    February 7, 2008 2:47 pm

    i can’t imagine any boston fan rooting for the cry baby patriots,i know this is curts blog and, this is baseball,but i just had to put in my two cents, can’t believe moss or bradey aren’t going to the pro bowl, what a couple of woosies,maybe they should get a bottle of milk and a teddy bear and, go home and cry on mommys lap, can’t face reality giants KICKED THERE BUTTS………..go tigers

  26. bumpskyr permalink
    February 7, 2008 2:47 pm

    Curt
    I just read at the Boston Herald website that your shoulder is injured!! Rather than discussing politics, tell us what is going on! Are you OK? Please tell us the whole truth about your shoulder! We need you!

  27. csprecher31 permalink
    February 7, 2008 3:01 pm

    Curt,

    I also saw that you had a shoulder injury. I would like to urge you to please seek the advice of a chiropractor. Many chiropractors have had success with these type injuries. Please try this you will be much better off than if you have surgery. If this helps please let people know about chiropractic, it helps many people yet people aren’t willing to give it a chance. Thanks hope you consider.

  28. soxfaninoregon permalink
    February 7, 2008 3:10 pm

    Curt,
    Sorry this is off topic, I just read about your shoulder issues…. say it ain’t so! (btw, I hate using the word ain’t but I felt it was necessary in this sense). Good luck with everything and I hope you are able to get back on the diamond and play ball this one last season. You truly have the heart of a champion and you are a true inspiration at how to play through pain. Get well soon.

    Jake in Newport, Oregon

  29. thegroove25 permalink
    February 7, 2008 3:51 pm

    Apparently it’s been nice knowing you Curt, from what I’ve read, you’re not going to be pitching for the Sox next year. Bummer. Can you elaborate on what’s happening?

  30. dylanj3952 permalink
    February 7, 2008 4:07 pm

    Curt –
    Like many, I have really enjoyed your blog and your sportsmanship here in Boston. Not only do I enjoy your colorful commentary about the inside out about the game, but I love your passion for the community, the way you have reached out to others whether it be cancer, ALS, the Shade foundation – its really great example to my kids, and reminds me about the importance of reaching out to others. Thank you for that.

    I was thrilled to see you come back this year with the Redsox. Like many however, I am very concerned about your arm. I really want to see you pitch again against the Yankees this upcoming season and shut them down and being an older guy myself, I can imagine that injuries can take awhile to heal and impede your game. I am hoping to hear more about how you feel. Are you planning on sharing that with our buddies on WEEI soon so we can hear about what’s going on?

  31. thecaptain15 permalink
    February 7, 2008 4:16 pm

    Good luck on the shoulder.

    Can’t say I am going to miss seeing you pitch against the Yankees!

  32. February 7, 2008 4:36 pm

    I’m sure you’re being inundated at the moment given the recent break of news…

    I can imagine that you’re not in a “happy” state given the news, and the reports are so vague; a doctor suggests surgery by the Sox suggest not to? That’s such an odd statement to see out there.

    So, when you’re up for sharing the details, you know we’ll all be waiting on baited breath…

    Be well…

  33. nationpatriot permalink
    February 7, 2008 4:44 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I could not agree more about McCain, but with smhs on shea in our backgrounds I suppose it only makes sense. I certainly hope these shoulder issues are not as serious as they seem. Would certainly hope to see you there with the rest of the sox for the sequel. Good Luck.

  34. theaverageamericanman permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:02 pm

    Curt,

    Not to announce this right off the bat but I’m a die hard Yankees fan who just moved from New York to Portland Maine…. I’m in Red Sox nation. One thing that surprises everyone here is that I appreciate what the Red Sox have done. And I truly appreciate the career and your desire to be the best. I admire how vocal you are and the inspiration you are to the community and to your charities…. Good luck in the coming year and take care of that shoulder….

    Mike in Portland, Maine

  35. balls04043 permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:09 pm

    Hey Schill……….please let us in on what’s up with the shoulder.

  36. goawaycurt permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:22 pm

    Nice Job on your negotiations CURT!! Your next career should be as a PLAYERS AGENT!!!!
    We dont like FRAUDS HERE IN BOSTON!!!

  37. syphax permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:24 pm

    Curt,

    You have asked so much of your body for the benefit of the Red Sox. I really hope your shoulder comes around. But, worse case, you can go out a winner (and maybe a little poorer, alas).

    Take care of yourself.

  38. biplane permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:26 pm

    I see McCain is getting the support of liberal democrats… That is because HE IS a liberal. Don’t let the R next to his name fool you. I don’t support him at all, but he better than Obama, or God forbid… Hilliary. It is truely a sad day when there isn’t a conservative running for President.

    Curt, I wish you and the Sox nothing but the best for the upcoming year. Good luck with your shoulder, I sure hope it doesn’t pose you any major problems. I appreciate your blog and all of the great causes you support. My dad died of ALS a few years back so I appreciate all you do for finding a cure for it.

  39. sdl1 permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:29 pm

    soxsweepagain said:
    >>People, MCCAIN WANTS TO STAY IN IRAQ!

    Don’t vote for this man!<<

    And I am laughing at the Cons who are calling him a Liberal and won’t vote for him.

    Sure he’s liberal…a pro-war liberal…wait…Clinton is too….

  40. mheisler permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:37 pm

    Dude.

    What’s up w/ the shoulder? CNNSI is telling us you’re out for the season?

    Matt
    Huntington Beach, CA

  41. tps096 permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:47 pm

    Sorry but John McCain is Hillary Clinton in a suit. Being a war vet does not make one automatically qualified for the Presidency. Did you know he contemplated being John Kerry’s running mate in 2004??? What a real conservative!!!! He also voted against tax cuts (you would be paying more taxes if McCain had his way), and is soft on ILLEGAL immigration. Looks like this country is screwed for the next four years. Oh well, bend over and brace yourselves. Any comments on your shoulder Curt??? We need you and want you in Boston….

  42. smiff65 permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:56 pm

    Just wondering if Curt and the other McCain supporters (like ajd24) here will be volunteering for the military to fight the other wars McCain is promising, along with a 100 year commitment to staying in Iraq. Bush has decimated our military (where will McCain be getting all of the troops he will need for Iran and so forth?), so can we count on you to join up?

    And Obama has said he will be committed to finding bin Laden (remember him?), you know, the head terrorist guy…

  43. thebronxstop permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:57 pm

    Oops. Sorry Curt.

  44. soxsweepagain permalink
    February 7, 2008 5:59 pm

    ajd24, any “progress” in Iraq is simply because the insurgents and the local thugs there all see that our military is stretched to its absolute limit, and they are waiting us out to have their civil war.

    We can stay and delay it while BANKRUPTING our country, while KIDS GET KILLED, or we can leave and let the inevitable get itself over with.

    Staying in Iraq is immoral. More Americans have died now in Iraq than on 9/11.

  45. codemon permalink
    February 7, 2008 6:02 pm

    Yes, several of your fans beat me to it. I wish to express my sympathy about you possibly needing to retire due to injury. To get back on topic, let me mention that it looks as if Sen. McCain will have the stronger shoulder, apparently. Sorry, dude. Loved watching you pitch while playing for the D’backs.

  46. yankydave permalink
    February 7, 2008 6:26 pm

    It makes me sick to agree with you about anything but I like McCain even though he is left of me. Your contract contained a “don’t be fat” clause. Was there a “your arm can’t fall off before spring training” one too?

  47. soxfanforlife2007 permalink
    February 7, 2008 6:28 pm

    Curt,
    Did you pull a fast one on the Red Sox? Not that I can blame you if you did, for an extra 8 million in your pocket. I’m not accusing you of doing it, just a question. Let us know whats going on, otherwise we have to listen to the stories that are being written, and we all know that most of that is bull. I love post 27 with the medical advice for you. hahaha. Yup, a chiropractor will really help a torn rotator cuff/labrum. I’m pretty sure Curt can get better medical advice than that!!!

  48. soxfanindan permalink
    February 7, 2008 6:32 pm

    So sorry about your shoulder. I was so looking forward to seeing you pitch one last year. I hope it can still happen. I will pray for you

  49. bagoomba permalink
    February 7, 2008 6:44 pm

    Out until tha All-Star game? I’ve always respected you as a player and as a role model, but it is difficult to believe that an injury this severe could have occured during the off season. There must have been something wrong in your shoulder before you signed your new contract. Your integrity is at question here, I very much hope there is a logical and honest explanation.

  50. loudmouthschill permalink
    February 7, 2008 7:01 pm

    a vote for mcain is a vote for…

    illegal wars

    a wrecked environment

    more poor

    more hungry

    more special interests and lobbyists

    less privacy

    more idealogy

    its doesn’t suprise me that you pull for mccain, you wouldn’t want to give up any of your (hard earned) money to help anyone. you wouldn’t want to stop genocide in darfur, you wouldn’t want people to stop running up our debt for your elitist expense. you wouldn’t want to work to make this country a better place. you don’t want to lose your comfy seat.

    its time this country moves away from dangerous idealogues. conservatives and liberals belong in the same septic tank and will tear this country apart.

    I spotted a poster at a Mcain rally, it said: WASHINGTON IS BROKEN

    well Mr. Mcain, you’ve been a part of it for much too long to want change now.

    Mr. Schilling, you are an amazing ballplayer and a good hearted person, I would never suspect you of cheating, because you are a man of integrity, and thats coming from a Yankee fan. But the republican party has torn each other apart and is too fractured to do anything in November. One only needs to look at the disparity between votes for dems vs. repubs…

    OBAMA RAMA!

  51. gopfunk permalink
    February 7, 2008 7:08 pm

    No Christian should EVER endorse McCain, friend or no friend.
    First, regarding religion, McCain looms as no lover of Christians. Recall his comments about key religious leaders in 2000, calling them “agents of intolerance.”

    In 2005 McCain opposed a federal gay-marriage ban

    In the San Francisco Chronicle (8/20/99) McCain sided with the pro-abortion camp, suggesting that overturning Roe v. Wade would lead to illegal abortions.

    McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act is perhaps one of the more left-wing acts of Congress in the past twenty years. This act poses blatant restrictions on political speech. It especially affects AM Radio and political internet blogs — the only two spheres of popular media where conservatives can truly compete.

    McCain has proven to be farther Left on the immigration issue than even many Liberals.

    Republicans are so shell-shocked and demoralized by the success of the Bush Derangement Syndrome, they think they can fool the voters by nominating an open-borders, anti-tax cut, anti-free speech, global-warming hysteric, pro-human experimentation “Republican.” Which is to say, a Democrat.

     He excoriated Samuel Alito as too “conservative.”

    — He promoted amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants.

    — He abridged citizens’ free speech (in favor of the media) with McCain-Feingold.

    — He hysterically opposes waterboarding terrorists and wants to shut down Guantanamo.

     He denounced the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

    — He opposes ANWR and supports the global warming cult, even posturing with fellow mountebank Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of solar panels.

    The only site that would have been more appropriate for Schwarzenegger in endorsing McCain would have been in front of an abortion clinic.
    McCain voted in favor of using taxpayer funds to harvest stem cells from human embryos. He opposes a constitutional amendment to protect human life.

    In 2004, McCain criticized the federal marriage amendment, saying, it was “antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans.” Really? Preventing the redefinition of a 10,000-year-old institution — marriage, that is, not John McCain — is part of the core philosophy of being a Republican? I had no idea.
    Of course, back in 2004, McCain was considering running on a presidential ticket with John Kerry.
    As part of the “Gang of 14,” McCain hysterically opposed allowing the vice president to break a tie on judicial nominations. Following the Constitution with regard to the role of the vice president, McCain said, “would be a terrible precedent.”

    In interviews with The Hill this month, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist.
    Democrats had contacted Jeffords and then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) in the early months of 2001 about switching parties, but in McCain’s case, they said, it was McCain’s top strategist who came to them.

    03/07 It didn’t help any that McCain was the one leading Republican candidate who skipped last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference. In CPAC’s straw poll on Saturday, McCain came in fifth place—behind Sam Brownback. When the results were announced, attendees booed at the mention of his name.
    John McCain appeals to adulterers because his relationship with the wife he has now started from an adulterous relationship committed against his first wife who fought for him unselfishly while he was a POW.
    He supported the bombing of Serbian Christians on behalf of Croatian Nazis and Albanian Muslims.
    John McCain appeals to jihadists because he supports the creation of a terrorist state in the heartland of Biblical Israel.
    No conservative would even THINK of voting for John McCain, even with a 10-foot voting stylus.

    John McCain was booed passionately by the hard line conservatives attending the CPAC convention today as he brought up his position and support for Bush’s immigration plan which is a sore spot for many there. It seemed like his supporters filled the room for the speech and they quickly came to his aid by cheering loudly. Many conservatives don’t seem to be on-board the Straight Talk express.
    This morning, Politico reported that CPAC organizers had instructed conference attendees not to boo McCain. Last year, McCain was the only major Republican presidential candidate to skip CPAC.

    The Recall John McCain Committee
    This committee was formed on June 5, 2001 for the purpose of recalling Arizona’s United States Senator, John McCain. The grounds for recall as they appear on the petition are as follows:

    John McCain has become increasingly obsessed with advancing his own personal agenda contrary to President Bush, party leaders and rank and file Republicans. In his insatiable desire for massive national media attention, he has all but forgotten the people of Arizona who elected him. The last straw was his vote against final passage of President Bush?s tax cut plan, the very centerpiece of George W. Bush?s successful presidential campaign. John McCain?s legislative judgment is no longer acceptable. He is continually sponsoring or cosponsoring legislation that will weaken the civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
    Besides Senator McCain’s recent no vote on the tax rebate check that you will receive in the mail, here are some other examples of poor legislative judgment:
    McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform will directly violate First Amendment Rights to free speech by prohibiting issue/candidate advertising by non-candidate groups (like this one), 30 or 60 days before an election. This is precisely when the majority of voters are seeking information about the candidates! Imagine the AARP being unable to inform its members on the principles promoted by each candidate before the election.
    McCain-Lieberman Gun Show bill (S. 890) will infringe upon Second Amendment Rights to keep and bear arms by restricting the ability of law abiding citizens to freely assemble at gun shows and similar events. Gun shows would be outlawed without prior federal approval. It will require centralized registration of all vendors and attendees with the threat of imprisonment for the non-registered. “May I see your papers please?” We don’t need more gun control we need more criminal control.
    McCain-Kennedy Patient’s Bill of Rights will result in further increases in the amount we pay and our employers pay for already too expensive healthcare insurance. The plan here is to promote the Nationalization of healthcare insurance, a step closer to Hillary Care. What small business owner that provides a healthcare benefit to employees can afford to be covered for $5,000,000.00 of liability when the trial lawyers get involved? With legislation like this, there would soon be no freedom of choice for healthcare.
    John McCain does not represent the values that he claims – he is not anything like a Reagan or Goldwater Republican. None of the bills mentioned above do anything to reduce the size of the federal government, in fact, they would do just the opposite.

  52. mattlenny permalink
    February 7, 2008 7:24 pm

    Curt,

    I teach high school civics and I love this time of the presidential elections. I get to really show my students first hand how the process works in our country. I do, however, keep my own political opinions to yourself. As a rule of thumb, I do that anyway. But I appreciate the right of any citizen to talk about their beliefs. I will tell you that I do not agree with your choice of backing Senator McCain. But I love that you have an opinion. This is your blog. You can back anyone you want (I know you don’t need me to say that).

    I realize that a gentleman above said that “your opinion on these issues is worth bupkis.” On top of that he signed it from America. I must disagree. Because you are an American (like you said…one who actually votes), your opinion on whom you believe is the best candidate means everything, just like every other American who gets out there to vote.

    Keep up the great job on this blog. I love almost everything you are putting out there.

    P.S. I hope your shoulder allows you to play this final season. The kids could sure use your well earned advise even if you can’t pitch.

  53. yankeechick78 permalink
    February 7, 2008 7:32 pm

    Just curious since you always have something to say about everything. What do you have to say about the report going around that you have a partially torn rotator cuff?

  54. dadhadals permalink
    February 7, 2008 7:53 pm

    Curt,
    Being that it was never “about the money”, I’m sure you will not object to voiding your contract that you will not be able to fulfill….right? Hello? Curt? You there?

    I’m a big fan of yours…always have been….and duping the Red Sox for a couple more million seems beneath you.

  55. 9ofhearts permalink
    February 7, 2008 8:02 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Senator McCain has done extremely well since you appeared with him in a campaign stop weeks before the New Hampshire Primary, so you may be somewhat responsible for his rebirth, considering some of the so-called political experts left McCain’s bid for the presidency as dead following his dismal showing in Iowa. Of course, you and the Red Sox know a little something yourself about overcoming the so-called experts (to wit: the 2004 ALCS)

    Wish you well this year, Curt, but hope my Yankees can find a way to give you guys a real challenge in the American League East. On the political side of things, admire you for standing by your man/candidate, but hope that Hillary Rodham Clinton can win in November, especially if she taps someone like former General Wesley Clark to oversee/manage an American victory over the terrorist challenge while she tackles domestic issues here at home.

    Congratulations on all of your success on the diamond, Curt, and God Bless America.

  56. denisesoxfan permalink
    February 7, 2008 8:05 pm

    Curt, I just heard about your shoulder and I am in shock! Hope whatever it is can be repaired and you can recover soon! Red Sox Nation wants you back next season!! Saw you pitch Game 2 of the Series, not knowing whether it would be your last. Hope it wasn’t! Love ya, man!
    Denise

  57. orthoman permalink
    February 7, 2008 8:09 pm

    CSPrecher, are you kidding me? A chiropractor for a labral or RC injury?
    Dude, chiro is a S-C-A-M….but I can see people doing it for some simple back pain or something. Telling Schill to see a chiropractor is comedy. But if you want to enlighten me, reply with a list of articles that detail the use of chiropractic therapy for management of complex sports related shoulder pathology. Id love to see it.

  58. jonnybaltimore permalink
    February 7, 2008 8:45 pm

    Curt,

    I totally agree with you. Eight years ago I, after Senator Mccain was railroaded in South Carolina by George Bush, Jr, I urged him to leave the Senate and run for presidnt as an independent and pick Joe Lieberman as his running mate. Hopefully that is whom he is going to pick this time. John mccain is a man of conviction, as you are and hopefully this injury will not end your illustrious carreer.

    Respectfully,

    Jon Eisenberg in New Hampshire

    ps- although I have always been a registered Democrat I switched in time to cast a vote on our nation’s first primary for Senator McCain.

  59. ryssee permalink
    February 7, 2008 9:00 pm

    SO happy to hear that Romney is supposed to drop out. I’m a MA democrat and I just could not stomach him. I called him “harmless” as he pretty much was to my MA values, but it turned out, at least in my mind, that he was only part of the republican plan to railroad Jane Swift (who made her own mistakes but she was great for my home area prior to being governor) to get him in a position to run for president. He either lied to become our governor or he lied on the presidential campaign trail. Good riddance.
    Hope your man is the contender for the republicans.
    Gotta go look up what’s up with your shoulder now….hope you’re ok! You’re the only Red Sox player whose name I actually committed to purchasing on a shirt in 30 years of loving the Red Sox. You’ve won every single game we’ve seen you pitch including Game 2 of the WS2004. You inspire me. Best best wishes.

  60. major5 permalink
    February 7, 2008 9:01 pm

    Curt,
    I do not know if you even read these comments but I wanted to extend a thanks. Thank you for being what I refer to as a “good guy”. I moved to Boston after having been in the military for 7 years and was pretty turned off at how disconnected the community here is to the real world. When people heard I was in the military and had been overseas they seemed as if it was some alien concept. I notice that the media types here like to talk badly about you and criticize you for your video game involvement and blogging. I don’t really get it, seeing as you are one of the few athletes who actually has a clue about the “real world”.
    Maybe if they could really comprehend the actual things people like Sen McCain has been through. The intestinal fortitude and integrity he displayed so many years ago while a Prisoner in Vietnam. They don’t get it. They don’t get the sacrifice people like your cousin Dan display on a daily basis. Thank you for understanding and commitment to educating others on what is really at stake in our country.

  61. goawaycurt permalink
    February 7, 2008 9:11 pm

    YankyDave—- Too damnn funny!!!

  62. February 7, 2008 9:26 pm

    I’m still hoping for Mike Huckabee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. frodo1962 permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:13 pm

    I disagree with McCain on many issues, but as a veteran of Iraq, I will support him over anyone the Democrats nominate who want to cut and run. We have made many mistakes there, but we are finally getting it right.

    Off topic, Curt I’ve read in the papers about a possible shoulder injury … I’m hoping its wrong… I’ve had shoulder problems in the past (rotator cuff, impingement syndrome) and made my life miserable until I got the surgery to correct them. Am looking forward to seeing you out on the mound for one last season.

  64. painnation permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:20 pm

    Curt, The reason I have held you in such high regard as my favorite Sox player for the last several years isn’t bacause of your performances, as great as they have been, what has made you an idle of mine is your character.
    I don’t know all sides of the story of course but if the news of your shoulder injury is true and prevents you from pitching the majority of this year, the righ thing to do and what I hope to hear from you is that you would retire and void your contract.
    You have had an amazing career, only closely followed by what I would consider amazing character and a guidance in your life to do what is right. I hope that I can always view you in that way.

  65. ghostjax permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:26 pm

    I’m an Obama man, through and through, but I’m with you in that I hope that becomes our choice in November. In 2000, I couldn’t believe that Gore or Bush would actually lead the nation. Literally, during the debates, I thought, “One of these two gomers is going to be our President?” In 2008, I’d like to have an election where we’re choosing the better of two talented, courageous, visionary individuals, rather than the typical lesser of two evils.

    As for the shoulder business, not to put too fine a point on it, but Curt? #@!~$. Two World Series titles to Boston during your run. Pitching in all conditions, including external bleeding. Providing counsel and leadership to the next generation of pitchers, and yes, despite his rings and incredible talent, I still count Josh Beckett in the younger generation of pitchers.

    You got up on the mound and stood the line. I’m incredibly proud to call you a member of Red Sox Nation, and even if you don’t choose to go into the Hall wearing the Red Sox cap, I’ll be the first in line to shake your hand when you go in. I believe you’ll pitch again, and I can’t wait to see it. However, if you don’t, what an incredible legacy to leave behind. And when baseball is over? Here’s one fan who’s excited to see what’s next. Be well, sir.

  66. phapha permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:45 am

    I wish people would stop comparing Obama to JFK. JFK was twice as conservativeas any of today’s candidates.

    If JFK and RFK were alive today, they would take fat Teddy to the woodshed and beat the crap out him for supporting all the ultra liberal views.

    P.S. Maybe Mitt will run against our Jr. Moron(Kerry). It would be nice to see him go. Also Teddy says that Obama means real change. Real change would mean that Teddy goes away. He is part of the old boys network that loads pork into good legislation. Er Er I’ll have a double scotch.

    Go McCain

  67. largermass permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:04 am

    Are you also proud that McCain was indicted as one of the “Keaton 5″ in the Savings and Loan scandal? The guy’s a liar and has suckered the public with his P.O.W. stories all the while kissing the Bush ring just to stand in line for the White House. Why anyone would vote for an individual that propagates a policy to stay in a “war” based on lies is beyond me. What a joke.

  68. spike1488 permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:48 am

    mr.schilling,i’m thinking of backing the republicans in the up-coming presidential elections.i need to know where john mc cain stands on immigration,and illegal immigration.

  69. varrius permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:30 am

    Well at least the public will have two democrats to vote for in november. Hmm lets see, we can choose a liberal or a liberal.. peachy..

    What about the 64% of the American public that wants LESS government?

  70. soxsweepagain permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:51 pm

    varrius, do you really think that the GOP has been the party of “LESS” government? Not since Reagan’s first term.

    Since then, the GOP has been the tax-and-spend party. Except they don’t tax, they borrow, borrow, borrow. Bush just submitted a 400-billion DEFICIT budget.

    The GOP doesn’t know anything anymore but fake wars and heavy borrowing; they’ve killed thousands of Americans in the process of Operation Iraqi Liberation.

    For you military guys in this thread, my brother is in Iraq as a Ranger medic, E-6. He says things over there are NOT going well, and of course they are not. 150,000 soldiers can’t keep the lid on 10-20 million that want to have a civil war.

    We CAN NOT WIN in Iraq unless we have a massive draft… and that ain’t happening.

  71. fxdudeinmia permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:49 pm

    John McCain’s Straight Talk Express is derailed. In the Republican debates, McCain blamed Rumsfeld’s policy on the debacle in Iraq without putting blame on where it should be: with George W. Bush. Bush supported Rumsfeld’s policy for 4 years before firing him. How can McCain be taken seriously if he doesn’t think Bush is responsible for this disaster?? There’s no straight talk there, that’s just doublespeak and it’s completely disingenuous for McCain not to place the blame on Bush. Please do NOT insult my intelligence.

    As for Iraq, well it’s a shame that when the surge has finally helped stabilize Iraq we find ourselves in such a precarious economic situation for the country. Under George W. Bush we have seen the national debt go from $4 trillion to $9 trillion, much due to this unnecessary, disastrous war. This country can’t afford to spend itself into oblivion on continuing this war. We are destroying ourselves from within by running up monstrous deficits. John McCain wants to continue on this path to economic ruin. As horrible as the human costs are in this war, the economic costs are becoming monstrous and puts us on the brink of an economic abyss. McCain’s policies will put us into the abyss.

    Do not vote for this man, despite his heroic past. We vote based upon the future, not the past.

  72. mtnmanwife permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:35 pm

    I lived in AZ for over 15 years and believe me McCain is not the man for the job. He never minded the illegals and even had them sworn in in Spanish to be US Citizens. Seems kind of odd when our forefathers had to learn the language to become citizens wouldn’t you say. I really don’t see this country getting better with him nor Obama either. We need someone that can become President the day he is voted in. We need him to feel for the American people and what they need.

  73. swimman1234 permalink
    February 9, 2008 7:38 am

    To Curt Schilling:
    Get another opinion from the best shoulder doctor in town, Dr. Tony Schepsis, 617-638-5633. I’m a 64 yr old Masters Swimmer, and he has helped me with major shoulder problems in the past with torn rotator cuff, torn cartilage, etc.
    Good luck,
    Andy

  74. February 9, 2008 12:38 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I pretty much agree with your feelings about the Senator. I recently wrote an article on the flak he’s receiving from conservatives and how that might actually HELP his chances…check it out if u get time.

    AmericaLives.wordpress.com

    Also if ur shoulder is torn get the surgery. Red Sox nation will riot on Epstein if they void your contract. Im sure all fans will second my statement

  75. robertsbeatsthetag permalink
    February 9, 2008 2:54 pm

    Gosh Curt, after your support of GW in the past, I don’t see how McCain can’t be anything but a winner!

    And by the looks of the people in here posting, McCain has great support…uh…unless this site is linked to some Scientology website…

    Anyway, here is what I’ll do; I will vote for McCain based on an incentives package I have drawn up for you:

    20 wins
    200+ strikeouts
    Make the allstar team (as the starter)
    bat .280 w/2+ HRs and 7+ RBIs in interleague play
    Be on the 25 man roster when the Red Sox clinch the Championship.

    F.D.R. said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

    J.F.K. said, “ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

    …and I have said this before, and I’ll probably say this again, “Just pitch!”

  76. rodmac permalink
    February 10, 2008 12:50 pm

    Hey Bofunk, McCain was right on target when he said that the so called key religious leaders were “agents of intolerance”. That’s exactly what they are, and their hypocrisy is mind bending. One of the main reasons the founding fathers said that there can be no state religion, was to prevent clowns like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson from imposing their fanatical religious views on the people. These people are nothing more than an extension of the puritans who came here on the Mayflower. Although some misguided historians claim they they came here to practice religious freedom, the fact is that they came here to practice religious intolerance.

    I find that there is little difference between the fanatical far right Christian zealots in this country and the radical Islamists in the near east. They both
    claim to know the will of God, and neither can tolerate anyone who opposes their views. Worse, many in both camps, are willing to resort to violence in order to impose their will on the people.

    Why don’t you confine your bible thumping rants to the revival tents and leave the rest of us alone?
    Rod

  77. thedoctorx permalink
    February 10, 2008 3:42 pm

    Because voters are concerned about the future they support McCain, particularly over one who can only point to a rosy-colored past and one who has nothing but platitudes.

    There is no perfect candidate, and I am rather happy McCain upsets the likes of a Jim Dobson, and the rest of the PsychoCons.

    –J.D.

  78. thedoctorx permalink
    February 11, 2008 6:16 am

    gofunk: No Christian should EVER endorse McCain, friend or no friend.
    First, regarding religion, McCain looms as no lover of Christians. Recall his comments about key religious leaders in 2000, calling them “agents of intolerance.”

    In 2005 McCain opposed a federal gay-marriage ban

    Seems like a very rational and humane position.

    Posts like yours will encourage more and more people to vote for McCain.

    Thank you!

    –J.D.

  79. varrius permalink
    February 12, 2008 12:50 pm

    “varrius, do you really think that the GOP has been the party of “LESS” government? Not since Reagan’s first term.

    Since then, the GOP has been the tax-and-spend party. Except they don’t tax, they borrow, borrow, borrow. Bush just submitted a 400-billion DEFICIT budget.”

    Your right about that. The GOP is way off track, I won’t disagree with that point. Ideally I’m a conservative, simply because I prefer true democracy over socialism. I think it leads to a stronger nation. Unfortunately, what we have in the US today is called Fascism (business’s run the government). For that reason, I’ll probably vote for Obama if he gets the Democratic nod. At least he ‘says’ he’ll try to get us away from that.

    Unfortunately, the conservatives in our government aren’t very conservative at all. They lower taxes to keep in line with the ‘party agenda’, but then they spend more than the liberals do. That needs to get fixed asap. The republicans should be the ones lowering the national debt, not contributing to it at a record rate.

  80. varrius permalink
    February 12, 2008 12:59 pm

    Let me add.. The reason I think the republicans get away with the BS that they do is because the majority of the American public is conservative. Speaking simply as the majority, and not for every individual, we want less government and thus less taxes. Therefore, they enter every election as the favorite.

    So what we end up with is subpar GOP candidates, and exceptional democratic candidates, and the demo’s still have an uphill battle. The solution, in my mind at least, is for the demo party to reform and take a more conservative approach to taxing and spending. If they took that ONE thing away from the republicans, we would have 80% democrats in office. They need to make the elections about issues, instead of how much they will tax us (people might think the elections are about issues, but a large portion of voters are elderly people who vote on party principals not current event issues). Even the playing field on the tax and spend, and lets get the smartest people in office.

  81. jonnyjbones permalink
    February 12, 2008 5:17 pm

    gopfunk: No Christian would EVER oppose torture.

    Wow! I disagree with you about every single thing you stand for.

  82. dropthemike permalink
    February 13, 2008 2:08 pm

    I would like to personally thank you Curt Schilling for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do an interview for me and my site htt://www.dropthemike.com.

    It says a lot about a guy in his position who takes the time to talk with the fans.

    For those who are unaware of the interview, visit http://blog.dropthemike.com/2008/02/12/pass-the-mike-curt-schilling/

    -Mike Muise

  83. ladyred08 permalink
    February 14, 2008 9:12 am

    Please Republicans have ruined us. Please, no more

    No more wars. No more obscene debt. No more fear-mongering

    McCain would stay in Iraq for 100 years. How many hundreds of thousands

    of innocent people have died? We can never wash that blood off our hands.

  84. sjgarczynski permalink
    February 14, 2008 8:19 pm

    Curt….hopefully you read this. My name is Stan Garczynski [Ft. Myers] father of Michael and Matthew. We are very good friends of Trot and Katherine Nixon. My wife [Carole] actually helped train Katherine for the Boston Marathon and got her involved with biking. We are also friends of Victor Rodriquez and others in the Red Sox organization. We are not just some quirky fans that want to bother you. Reason I am emailing you………..I know your a huge history buff. My son Matthew[16yrs old] is also. He is a big collector of WWII German Helmets among other items. We were talking the other day about WWII and we thought of you since you were here in Ft. Myers. Do you know that one of the best and largest collections of WWII collectables in the country can be found here. Not to mention items from other wars. If you are interested give me a call and I can tell or show you where to go. You’ll go nuts. By the way we have nothing to do with the store except we frequent it and spend alot of money on helmets….Anywhere from $500 to $6,000 per helmet.
    Stan Garczynski
    239-810-4468

  85. thedoctorx permalink
    February 18, 2008 9:59 pm

    ladyred3

    I suppose all of children slaughtered by Saddam’s regime did not matter to you?

    Iranians in the Iran-Iraq War?

    How about the women shot in the back of the head in Afghanistan for wanting to read?

    Et cetera

    Continue to eat your lotus; the adults will continue to fight for the right for you to remain immoral and ignorant.

    –J.D.

  86. dubman64 permalink
    February 22, 2008 5:51 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I like your blog. I took your advice and listened to McCain speak. I read his position papers and studied all the candidates. I think McCain is an honorable man and has done great service this country. I am voting for Obama.

    Curt, I cannot endorse nor vote for a candidiate who wants to keep flushing billions of taxpayer dollars down the drain and sacrifice more lives in this ill-begotten war. Thousands of servicepeople temporarily protecting a small area in a country far away is not progress. Obama wants to bring the troops home in order to — get this — protect America and Americans. And fight the real emeny in Afghanistan. It is not surrender to walk away from this war. It’s common sense and common decency to bring our servicepeople home. The fact that McCain cannot see this tragig error and continues to play the patriotism and surrender card when defending this war is sad. He cannot be President.

    Sen. McCain wants to keep spending our arms forces lives and spend tens of billions of doallrs per week in Iraq. In the middle of a recession! 100 years? The Chinese government is laughing their butts off. The surge is unstainable. It’s expenive. Our people are dying. Time to spend the taxpayers’ money rebulding our infrastucture and helping our American brothers and sisters.

    Thanks Curt, for urging me to research the issues and candidates (I mean that sincerely). I know we agree to disagree and that’s ok by me.

    Go Obama.

  87. msbay permalink
    March 25, 2008 12:50 am

    Go to JohnMcCain.com and read the ‘Issues’ section and specifically Iraq.

    First Paragraph:

    Senator McCain’s stated goal is to “disarm Sunni and Shia militias”. Hmmmm, we can’t disarm kids in gangs in our own cities and this is how we are going to measure success in Iraq? What about bin Laden?

    Curt, love you as a pitcher and as a competitor but patriotism isn’t just about fighting and winning wars….especially wars fought for financial gain. If you disagree, fine. But of the 19 hijackers none, I repeat none, where from Iraq.

    With the housing crisis, record job cuts in Feb and the dollar at an all time low it would be nice if we could focus on American issues. Voting for McCain is like voting for another term of Bush.

    Lastly, and respectfully, millions of Americans look to baseball to get away from all of this stuff. Just because players make a lot of money does not make them an authority on social and/or political issues. Like most people who make a lot of money they tend to be isolated from the problems of everyday people.

    Stick to what you know, stick to baseball.

  88. grecoj permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:42 am

    Curt, before you have surgery Monday there is a state of the art non-surgical procedure where you can ultrasound guide a needle right to the tear and inject your own growth factors and cells that can regenerate the the ligament or tendon tear. It is a very safe, routine procedure that is used by many professional athletes and has no downside at this point. You have absolutely nothing to loose! Contact me and I can explain further.

  89. shanebeingmanny permalink
    June 24, 2008 12:15 pm

    I’m pretty young and this will be my first election voting. I have to say where McCain admits the “economy isn’t his strong suit” really worries me. He says he’s in favor of Bush tax cuts after being against them, which only benefits the upper 1%.

    He also wouldn’t mind being in Iraq “for 100 years.” A statement like that seems to give the impression he has no idea what that would do to the economy or how many lives of US soldiers it would cost.

    Sorry Schill, but I gotta go with Obama.

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