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My shoulder

February 7, 2008

Speculation is rampant right now. I see the Sox just released a statement.

At the time we negotiated the 2008 contract I passed all physical exams and testing, as well as the MRI the club required me to take. I knew in my heart of hearts that the extra time I was giving my arm to rest this winter would in fact be the cure for what I went through the entire 2007 season. I had a strong desire to not have to go through multiple cortisone injections in my shoulder for another year.  There was absolutely no reason for anyone involved to believe I would be anything other than completely healthy and ready for the 2008 baseball season.

Things have changed since then and I contacted the team early last month with concerns and we’ve been working diligently to resolve them.

There have been disagreements these past few weeks in an effort to provide me with a solution that would allow me to pitch as much as possible during the 2008 season. At no time did I ever consider taking a course of action against the clubs wishes. In the end, regardless of who agreed with whom, I have chosen the clubs course of action and will vigorously pursue any and every option I can to be able to help this team to another World Series title in 2008.

Please understand that a lot of what has been reported is not true. When the club feels it’s appropriate to further discuss the details of this issue publicly I will elaborate but I need to make it clear that Dr Morgan did NOT diagnose me with a tear of the rotator cuff at any time during this process, nor did he recommend rotator cuff surgery.

Dr Craig Morgan is inarguably one of the most highly respected shoulder experts in the world. I’m here because 13 years ago he was the only person on the planet to actually get what was wrong with me and correctly diagnose, and then treat me. He’s been on the cutting edge of treating throwing shoulders for over a decade. Much of the stuff that’s now seen as cutting edge treatment and therapy he was doing 10 years ago. I trusted him with my career then, and always will.

After being diagnosed by the Red Sox medical staff I sought a second opinion, as anyone would, and when it became clear there was disagreement (which is not uncommon by the way), I agreed to see an independent Doctor from a list the Red Sox provided me, for the third opinion.

At this time I have agreed to abide with the clubs wishes in hopes that will provide the results they believe it will.

329 Comments leave one →
  1. rsox38 permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:35 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I will pray that God heals your shoulder completely! That way you can pitch awesome this season. After all in Isaiah 53:5 it states…”But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

    It also says in Isaiah 54:17 …”No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

    So please remember have faith because our Heavenly Father can Heal and fix it quickly! Be Blessed!!

    Stephanie

  2. soxjox permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:49 pm

    At what point will we have all the details? Is there a schedule to make the details available?

    We all want the best for you, but you know RSN, we want the details and need a timeframe otherwise we go nuts!

  3. footie33 permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:49 pm

    Gotta say this: It’s wonderful & exhilarating to know that, whatever the situation, Curt Schilling will tell you what’s going on from his view, straight-up.

    It’s one of the most fulfilling parts of being a Sox fan nowadays. No bullcrap, no spin- Curt will chime in on SOSH or on his blog & say what the story is.

    Curt- thanks.

  4. lovinlowell permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:49 pm

    Good Luck to you Curt and I hope everything works out that you’ll be pitching for the Sox in 2008. I’m hoping you’ll be with us this coming season but beyond that I hope everything with your shoulder is well….no matter what. Thanks for your open honesty about all of it.

  5. mannyramirez1 permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:09 pm

    Oh my God! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this this afternoon!
    Oh say it isn’t so? Ugh ugh ugh!
    I will pray for you Curt.
    Peace

  6. jimmykc permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:12 pm

    Curt: This blog has got to drive the media crazy. Thanks for remembering those of us who check 38 pitches regularly and clearing up misinformation. We will all pray that the third opinion was correct and that you’ll be back to pick up another WS win in the fall. Since I am a physician myself, I’ll be first to admit I am not always right and maybe the surgery can be avoided. Best wishes to a good person.

  7. mattingly23 permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:16 pm

    Ohhhh please!!

    You are such a drama queen. Just go away, You are not making the HOF which is your only reason to play anymore anyway!

    All these sheep will say prayers for you but overall your just a chump with a big mouth.

  8. jimmykc permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:17 pm

    In followup, I want to make it clear I am not denigrating Dr. Morgan’s opinion in any way. Simply put, in medicine there are often multiple correct solutions to any problem.

  9. Liza permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Curt. It’s great to have the most close-up view of the situation, even if it still is vague. I’m glad it’s not a rotator cuff tear, which would be terrible. Good luck on resolving this whole situation, and I do look forward optimistically to seeing you pitch this last year without any other injuries!

    Thanks again,
    Liza

  10. commave permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:22 pm

    In today’s world of spoiled kids, athletes, etc it is so refreshing to get a professional athletes opinion / comment straight up. Like it or not, your getting an opinion from Curt. Would some prefer a canned response or a “no comment.”? Curt gives you an answer without filter or abbreviation. To me he is a “throwback” to the athlete of old. Love him or disagree with him, he is true to his word. I don’t know him personally but I see him around town. He strikes me as a family man who “gets it”. His priorities appear to be well in check. His God given talents are not only as a professional athlete but as a great humanitarian. My sense is that he gives far more than he takes. To me that is far more important than any strikeout or victory.

    Cut him some slack and wish him luck with his shoulder. I say let his opinions roll. I look forward to reading his views on politics, RSN etc.

  11. gals2007 permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:22 pm

    Good luck Curt and remember it’s your body, you do what your comfortable with.

    We all know you are willing to sacrifice your own health, you have proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. You will always have our support no matter what you decide!

    I hope you feel better soon!

  12. karimgarcia permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:25 pm

    Good luck, Curt. Godspeed.

  13. mrclutch34do permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:26 pm

    Unbelievable. Curt, maybe Im jumping ahead of myself, but Im guessing this occurred because you have had to overwork yourself to meet Theo’s “clause” in your contract? I hope this is not the case, but I feel as though you were alright in November, all of a sudden your basically forced to put everything you have into getting back into great shape. I tore my rotator cuff (not saying you tore yours) over someone who forced me into working that much harder in order to make a team. I really hope that this is something that was hurting either way, not a result of being overworked to meet contractual needs.

  14. painnation permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:33 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.

  15. FireDannyAinge permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:35 pm

    Really the Boston media just sucks. They aren’t happy if they aren;t starting trouble with someone.

  16. aticus permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:38 pm

    Truly wish you the best and hope that you get back to full health; not just for baseball but for you. And thank you for telling the true story :-)

  17. February 7, 2008 11:39 pm

    Crossing fingers for you Curt!

  18. doats permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:41 pm

    What a shame. So sorry to hear we’re going to miss out on seeing more of you this season. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you after the All Star Break.

  19. browns83 permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:42 pm

    Just be around to mentor the young guys and pitch in the post season. Thanks for the update. It’s really crazy. I read the story on foxsports.com (who said you hadn’t posted an update) and then shoot over here and you’ve already addresed it. Class act.

  20. rirooster permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:43 pm

    Hi Curt:

    Thanks for your quick reply to all the news media. We really appreciate what you’ve done for the Sox. Your signing was the key in the Red Sox exorcism.
    We pray that you will recover fully and enjoy your last season in baseball (or your last several seasons, whatever the case may be).
    Thank you for your openess and honesty.
    My wife Marilyn and I run the Gospel School for the Deaf over here in Fiji. It is thrilling to be able to bring the Good News to the deaf of Fiji and the South Pacific. We have had a little involvement with the Fiji National (undefeated) Baseball team. (They are the only baseball team in Fiji and haven’t played any games!). If you are ever over this way, stop by. They have some great athletes. We are also home in Rhode Island during the summer baseball season.
    Keep up your good work.

    In His Service,

    Jim from Fiji

  21. 9ofhearts permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:43 pm

    In spite of what you and the Red Sox have done to my Yankees over the last few years, Curt, wish you a speedy recovery. Life, as you well know, is unpredictable, so none of us can chart a course/path just the way we would want for things to play out. Just be good to yourself amid all the speculation and please remember that your health matters most. You have courageously given the Red Sox your best over the years, so hopefully this recent development can be worked out as amicably as possible.

  22. joeyfromutah permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:45 pm

    Curt,

    I hope your shoulder gets better, but no matter what happens from here on out, I’ll always remember 2004 and the bloody sock (particularly beating the Spankees). Good luck and get healthy.

  23. keithcountry1025 permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:48 pm

    Whatever the outcome…….we hope its a good one…..but you will always

    be a hero in this town…..

  24. hawk40 permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:54 pm

    Yeah rsox38, screw the worlds problems. God needs to get on Curt’s shoulder ASAP!
    Schilling is a snake oil salesman. Take the $8M and go away. The Sox don’t need the drama. Go campaign for McCain. What’s the matter, is Clemens getting too much press?

  25. mobettabosox permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:54 pm

    Now that the Patriots are done and the media is getting tired of tearing apart their amazing season they immediately try and put a negative spin on our other Championship team the Red Sox. I have been an avid fan of the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots for nearly 40 years and I am getting really tired of the constant negativity and attempts to villianize our sports heros and teams. Sports are entertainment for the fan. The medias job is to report facts unless you are a journalist then you seek stories. I am just so tired of reporters printing the first words they hear so they can be self promoting and get their names out. I heard everything today from Curt Schillings career was over to he was out for the year to he tried to work one over on the Sox. From a fans point of view I waited decades to see my favorite baseball team win a championship. Curt Schilling was one of the top reasons the Boston Red Sox won not one but TWO friggin World Series!!! The Sox have won 2 World Series in 4 years dammit! I don’t care if he has no arms and one leg he will always be one of my favorite and most admired players and competitors. You broke down walls with this blog, you showed courage doing it just as you do everytime you take the mound. This guy would pitch with his left foot if he thought it would help the team. The media in Boston needs a good swift kick in the juevos for their stupid attempts to take down a man who should have his statue erected in front of Fenway forever! Take care of your health Curt. You’ve etched your legend into baseball into our hearts and Red Sox history and they can never take that away!!!

  26. kapust permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:02 am

    I hope the best for you. As in all things, the Sox are a business first off, so they will do what they will do. I was listening to the radio today and heard the rampant speculation that you describe, so after my shift of delivering Chinese food, I had to come straight here to hear it from the horse’s mouth. And yes i am referring to you as a horse, more specifically, a workhorse, one that would be a great blow to lose.

    Whatever happens, I hope there is no sour taste left in your mouth, you are a valued member of the Massachusetts community, one as a philanthropist and the other as a business owner who gainfully employs Massachusetts residents. In this day and age, we need all the help given to charities and of the jobs created that we can get.

    Thank you Curt. ’04 couldn’t have happened without you, and ’07 couldn’t have happened without ’04. I hope for the best in ’08, and will miss your presence if it comes to that.

    Justin Kapust

  27. korbinrex permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:03 am

    I work for a company that provides testing for soft tissue injuries. We have in the past provided testing for professional athletes and have provided other solutions to season and/or career ending surgery. Our testing allows us to conduct our test using active range of motion. I not saying that surgery is never required, but many times it may be unnecessary. If this is something that would interest you please let me know. All the best to a great pitcher and even better role model.

  28. miomy permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:19 am

    Well, maybe it’s simply time to retire your shoulder already. God, who needs your belly aching. Thanks for filling our ear with your BS.

  29. soxsweepagain permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:19 am

    Curt, I hope you have a tremendous recovery and get ten wins in the second half.

    May science be with you.

  30. rasdiggity permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:22 am

    Even if you don’t pitch another game for the Sox, your spot in Boston sports history is secured for the long run. You came to town and helped us to win not one but two World Series titles. Sox fans are going to always remember that, and the huge role you played.

    Don’t get me wrong, I definitely hope you are back this season for one more hurrah. But shoulder injuries are tricky things, so who knows….either way, your legacy here is golden.

  31. briere18 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:24 am

    Curt I really hope that you’ll be able to pitch for us this season ,you know you’r a fan favorite and we would appreciate if you could go out there and win us another world championnship (we really need one to ease the pain from the pats lost…)Anyways best of luck to you and please even its only your 5th year with the club please go into cooperstown with a B on your forehead.

  32. tom59 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:29 am

    Curt,
    I wish the media would just take a break until all facts are released and stop all the speculation. They seem to love to sensationalize and get everybody all worked up. I know you are a straight shooter and tell it like it is. RSN loves you !

  33. beneee99 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:29 am

    If there’s such a thing as karma, then you’ll be pitching well and pain-free in 2008.

    Even my comment is misplaced here, I finally decided to get it together and tearfully thank you for your efforts to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and funds for its eventual cure. My dad lost his fight with ALS in 1993 at the age of 46.

    It’s taken me over three years (and several attempts at typing the present comment) to tell you what your footwear in the 2004 World Series meant to me and to my mom. As cynical and often angry as I’ve become, I consider you a true hero without equal.

    On a lighter note, I knew that you were alright when I read that your family was from western Pennsylvania.

    As a former Tucson Toro, you’ll be pleased to know that the Tucson Sidewinders have designated their May 30th games against Las Vegas as ALS Awareness night (with post-game fireworks).

    K-ALS!

  34. ljs1 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:32 am

    Logged on here, hoping to find the real story.
    Thanks for the information.
    Be well, Curt. We need 38 as we look to repeat in ’08.

  35. strahan permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:33 am

    Curt:
    I couldn´t be happier that I may never see you pitch again in my life.

  36. February 8, 2008 12:37 am

    Curt:

    I’m glad you’re writing on this site. It’s great to get what’s going on directly instead of trying to decipher the reports in the media.

    I hope everything works out and you can pitch your best this season. Thanks for keeping us posted.

    Take care of yourself.

  37. bostonbabe permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:38 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that you have an injury! I hope that everything turns out alright for you. You’ve got your family (both at home and work) so I’m sure you’ll get lots of support no matter what happens.

    This is a little funny – I was at work when I read the headline that you were injured, and I said “Oh Sh**”. A coworker said “Yeah, I read about Romney.” I said “No, this is my Sox!”

    Shows where my interests lay.

    Take care of yourself, Curt!

  38. jakest15 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:41 am

    Curt,

    This is totally off topic from your shoulder (hope it gets better), but I couldn’t figure out another way to attempt to contact you.

    I was wanting to ask you about this blog. Have you enjoyed it for the amount of time you’ve had it so far? Do you generally get good feedback on your posts? Is it easy or hard to keep up?

    You see, I am a NAIA college baseball player from the Midwest. Recently for some reason, I have this feeling placed on me that I need to share my experiences as a college baseball player. I really want to share my experiences with kids that want to play college baseball. I’m talking about on the field, in the classroom, and social life as a college athlete. I’m thinking about trying out a blog, and have asked a few myspace pages that are dedicated to college recruiting and high school players if they would be interested in posting a blog if I were to make one.

    I just wanted to hear feedback from you on your feelings of the whole blogging experience, and if you have any tips to go along the way.

    Again, I hope your shoulder heals.
    Jake S.

  39. February 8, 2008 12:43 am

    Thank you for telling everyone the situation as it stands from your end and good luck with your rehab and everything. (I think people–not you, obviously!–forget that it’s not just pitching that is affected by an injury, it’s every little part of daily life that is affected.)

  40. bigyank1 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:58 am

    As you can tell by my username that I am not a Sox fan, but I really wish you good luck with your rehab Curt. I hope you can make a speedy recovery and that we can see you on the mound in 2008. You are, and have been, one hell of a pitcher especially when it counts most, the post season. Again good luck from a Yankee fan.

  41. February 8, 2008 1:03 am

    I had seen various reports today about “career ending shoulder surgery”, and knew I had to come here to get the straight story. One of the things I admire about you, Curt, is that you are a stand up tells it like it really is guy. I hope that things can be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction so we can win another series this season. It won’t be the same without you on the mound.

    Take care of the shoulder, and God Bless :)

    –Stef
    (a Red Sox fan in Soonerland)

  42. February 8, 2008 1:30 am

    Grateful for the honesty and integrity to keep what’s behind closed doors, behind closed doors, for whatever the reason.

    Hoping for the best for you in the 08 season.

  43. peteladdjr permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:51 am

    Hey! Just keep your head up and get healthy! You’ve got your family.

    Just keep hitting that scale and get ready for the important part of the season! ;>)

  44. jjasonf permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:54 am

    Curt,
    I’m sorry to hear about your shoulder. I’m sure no one is more frustrated than you are about having to postpone pitching, especially in what might be your last season. You have my best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    -Josh

    PS: Thank you for once again using your blog to communicate directly to fans.

  45. wcp5008 permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:39 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for setting the record straight for your fans. I wish you the best of luck and I really hope to see you pitching for the sox soon.

    On another note, I was reading through the comments on his post and I noticed a few really disrespectful posts. This man is in pain, is that funny to you in some twisted form? If you don’t like Curt for some reason just don’t read what he writes to us and keep your twisted thoughts in your own head.

    Get well soon Curt!

    -wade

  46. safaripunch permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:53 am

    Curt,

    It’s been a pleasure watching you perform over the years. Add my prayer to the list of people who are praying for you.

    Keep your head up and your eye on the prize.

    We believe in you.

    Charles

  47. mbdeane permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:27 am

    Curt:

    I’m not your biggest baseball fan since I’ve been rooting for the Yankees since the 1960 Word Series. And of course your politics and mine are completely at odd (I wrote a letter to the Globe in 2004 chastizing you for supporting Bush). But I identify with you on two things: your work for ALS (one of my best friends died last September of that horrible disease) and the shoulder problem. I had the fully invasive rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder two years ago. The pain sucked. The rehab was worse. I can only suggest that you try every non surgical option first before allowing yourself to get cut. I managed to get four karate belts with a torn rotator before I had the surgery. I’m sure I made it worse but I got through it. Good luck (though not too much!).

    Michael

  48. prence permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:15 am

    Ah man. Tough luck.

  49. bristolmerchantventurer permalink
    February 8, 2008 5:42 am

    Hey Curt. Living, as I do, in Bristol in the UK, it feels a long way from Boston, but your story and the way you’ve conducted your career have been an inspiration to me. Good luck with your and thank you for being straight with the fans about this.

    Robin

  50. homina8or permalink
    February 8, 2008 5:56 am

    Good luck getting healthy from another Yankee Fan who wants to see you pitch this season. For the Yankees to be the best, they have to beat the best. Right now, the Red Sox are the best and it wouldn’t be same without you 60’6″ from home plate every 5 days.

  51. pleasestaycurt permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:01 am

    No worries boss. You’ll do what’s right as always.

  52. teamrap permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:39 am

    Oh boy …

    A week ago, we Boston sports fans were being heralded by all of America to be in a place, no other American city has been … we had the potential to have three professional teams as reigning champions of their respective sports … all at the same time … I repeat … potential … we all know what happened on “Super Sunday” to our beloved Pats … strike one … now we lose Curt (cmon Clay Bucholz!!!!!!!) … hopefully not strike two … and who knows how the Celtics season will ultimately develop … well I’m a Red Sox fan and tomorrow the truck leaves for Florida and spring training, this weekend the PGA plays in Pebble Beach with Tom Brady and Bill Murray … and hope “Springs” eternal … but Curt …you’re killing me … oh, where have you gone Johann????

  53. thehepcat permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:42 am

    Best wishes on this course of treatment working for you Curt. It will be great to see you roll in for the second half and another run at AL East title and another world series.

    …and hopefully the rehab will keep too busy to work the campaign trail ;-)

  54. merser04 permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:43 am

    Can’t thank you enough for the thrills you have given me over the years – it’s time to take care of yourself –

    However, you do a Bobby Orr – remember what he did when his knees failed him in Chicago?

    Go Sox!

  55. iamdsk permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:45 am

    Curt,
    I had two rotator cuff rebuilds in the last six years, one good one bad. I had my off hand done in 2002 and it recovered with therapy in about four months. I then injured my right shoulder at work and had surgery to repair it by the same surgeon, he is about the best you would ever deal with, it took eight hours instead of the two they had told me before I went under. It has been two years since the second surgery, I am now able to toss a dart 8 feet for about half an hour. My experience with any surgery to your working arm has been poor at best and will probably lead to replacement of the joint at some point. I would hope to see you out on the hill this year and know the only way that will happen is by strengthening the muscles around it and therapy. You have been known to be stubborn in doing things the right way, you are taking the only chance you have of returning from a partial tear. You will end up needing surgery to fix it after you decide you are done to get a level of comfort to lead a normal life after baseball. You want to be able to hold up that trophy one more time and the HOF plaque that will follow it.
    Good luck rehabbing, let me knoe if you want to get a local sports guy to take another look at it, he does a great job, even if you just want to ease your mind of questions.
    Best of luck, time to start rehabbing is here if you are not having surgery.
    dsk

  56. February 8, 2008 7:01 am

    Curt, sorry to hear about your shoulder troubles. I can imagine that this is very frustrating for you as you were looking toward the season with great anticipation after working hard during the off-season. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through the process of rehabbing your shoulder. I look forward to the day later in the season when you return to the rotation and lead the Sox to another World Series championship.

    Until then, baseball is a GREAT game to watch!! Enjoy it with the rest of us. You’ll have a better seat!

    See you down here at Fenway Park South..err Camden Yards… if you travel down here with the team.

  57. wiedamom permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:26 am

    Well, Curt, another sheep offering gratitude that I always know where to get the real story behind Red Sox happenings! I’ll be praying that you have clear direction about the shoulder- God’s purpose is always in play- it’ll be interesting to see what He is up to this time. Your character goes before you so the media can imply what they want- funny how there are some things in common with politics and sports and how the media slants both for their position!!! Blessings to you and your family!

  58. whatswrongwithsports permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:28 am

    I really find it hard to believe that you REALLY thought yoyur shoulder was ok when you signed..I think you know your body better than any doctor. very sad, one, that you have the injury, two that the team must put out 8million dollars for someone who WILLNOT pitch this year. How about danating the entire sum to a charitable organization.

    Good luck with your rehab. and THANK YOU for the great memories I will always have of you.

  59. bigdog420 permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:33 am

    We are all behind you Schill! Take care of yourself and here’s hoping you can a central player in the 2008 world championship, just like you were in ’04 and ’07.

  60. hyannisnews permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:34 am

    Dear Curt,

    I hope that you get well soon. We need you!

    Rob Bastille, HyannisNews.com

  61. February 8, 2008 7:34 am

    Curt, there are so many reports out there stating that you have a shoulder injury and then I read that there is a problem with your bicep. You know, it doesn’t _really_ matter in that there is, obviously, a problem – and only you, the Red Sox, and the doctors can determine the best course of action. Well, truly, _you_ are the one who makes the decisions with the doctors.

    You need wisdom in making your decision. Seeing you pitch again would be wonderful. However, just because that is what many would would like to see does not mean that is in your – or our – best interest. I am most certainly not saying that you should retire. However, our bodies are the way they are for a reason… and sometimes we human beings want to do more with them than was intended. Nah, scratch that, we quite often want to do that.

    Not being a particularly religious person, I am not in agreement with some here regarding “healing.” I am rather agnostic, but I think that if there is a G-d who takes some sort of personal interest in how we do things and communicate with him/her – we appear very selfish at times when we ask for things, and we need to be very careful about those things for which we ask. Imo, those things for which we ask are not necessarily best for everything. It might be good for us in some manner – but the larger picture may suffer – and baseball is your livelihood, but you have made a good living… and is all this worth one more season?

    I am close to your age – and my spouse is just a few months older than you, and we both question as people, not as “fans,” whether or not this is a wise decision for you… and we wish you the best as you wade through this.

    No matter what decision/route you come to and take, G-d’s speed.

  62. goawaycurt permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:40 am

    So you couldn’t open your FAT TRAP when THE TEAM REALLY NEEDED YOU!!! MAYBE JUST MAYBE if wasn’t all about CURT!!!!! WE would have SANTANA now!!!!!

    JUST GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I quote YankyDave “Your contract contained a “don’t be fat” clause. Was there a “your arm can’t fall off before spring training” one too?”

  63. suesox permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:48 am

    Everyone seems to be writing your professional obituary already. I’m not willing to do that. With you positive attitude, good doctors, and a supportive team and family, I trust you’ll bounce back just fine.

  64. aimcifer permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:55 am

    Mr. Schilling, it’s definitely been tough reading all the speculation the last day or two. Whatever happens, you’re on the minds and in the hearts of Sox fans everywhere. As you’ve given us nothing but the best, in turn we hope for nothing but the best for you. Do what you can do get yourself healthy. :)

  65. bumpskyr permalink
    February 8, 2008 8:20 am

    Come on Curt!

    When you started this blog, you said you did it to communicate directly with the fans so the media would not distort you words. However, what you have written today is nothing but double talk. You have said alot about nothing! Based upon your explanation, you should face the media and answer ALL their questions. Release your medical records. Tell us when you REALLY knew you had a problem. If you cannot pitch 38 pitches this year, will you give back the money to the Red Sox? Why is it that this situation comes out just before spring training starts? If you have been “resting” this winter, why didn’t you come clean from the beginning? For a person who supports the “Straight Talk Express”, you have not given us, your fans, the same straight talk! If you are not straight with us on an issue like your pitching health, why should we believe anything you say? For all the great things you have done for the Red Sox and their fans, you are going out on a devastatingly bad note! Despite all your posturing, the truth is that you are just ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!! Time to put that house back on the market and move away!

  66. jsosb1969 permalink
    February 8, 2008 8:27 am

    Schill – this is my first post EVER on a blog. All I’ve got to say is – go get ‘em – we want you back on the mound. If you can’t be on the mound…we want you around anyway.

    Jason

  67. 1redsoxfan07 permalink
    February 8, 2008 8:46 am

    Curt,

    WOW, I hope that you do what’s best for you. and I agree w/others if you can’t be on the mound, we want you around anyway. My prayers are with you.

    Your the best!!!

    Take care

  68. vtnursersoxfan permalink
    February 8, 2008 8:49 am

    There are different treatments besides surgery. Hope to see you pitching at some point duing the 2008 season. More than any other player, you certainly have inspired a nation…..good luck. This fan will keep you in her prayers.

  69. rwellen permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:00 am

    Curt,

    You’ve proven repeatedly that you’re a warrior and a team player. People pretty much know that if you can pitch, you do pitch and that you give 150% every outing. Hope it works out for you.

    Best,

    Rich in CT

  70. sxfn1918 permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:02 am

    Curt…always something with you! I found it a bit curious at the end of the season, when it was thought you may dip your toe in the free agency waters, but suddenly a deal was in place with the Sox.
    I’ll forever be indebted to you for what you did for us in ’04, but I believe you knew your health was questionable at best BEFORE you made this deal with the ballclub. SHAME, SHAME.

  71. cayna permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:02 am

    Hi Curt, I was just talking to a friend and she told me what she had heard on the news(I worked late so I hadn’t heard) so I went right to your blog to set her striaght. I am very sorry to hear your shoulder is giving you trouble again. Please do not rush your recovery our boys can hold it together until your well. they need your support and wisdom as well as your faith in the club house as much as your athletic abiliity on the mound. You are in my prays for a full recovery.

  72. wally97 permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:03 am

    I wish you the best, Mr. Schilling, as a RedSox fan and a Schilling fan! Good luck with whatever course of action you and the team choose and I really hope you’re back on the mound at Fenway ASAP.

  73. soxpinkpony permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:15 am

    Hey Curt,

    Literally almost fell off the treadmill at the gym last night doing a double take when I saw the Schilling May Need Season/Career ending Shoulder Surgery story come on ESPN. I live in NC and Sox headline stories are rare down here, especially this time of year with Tarheel basketball in full swing. My first thought was “say it ain’t so! and I gotta go check 38pitches and see whats really going down”

    Would love to see you on the mound this year, but you’ve already spilled enough blood on our behalf, make sure you do what’s best for yourself beyond one more year of pitching for us!

    Thanks for keeping the fans informed about what’s really going on with you and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  74. themisterg permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:17 am

    I would have to believe that the majority of RED SOX NATION as well as baseball people alike realize that you, Curt, would not be trying to pull a fast one on the organization or its fans. No matter the “hows” or “whens” or “whys” this shoulder is barking out at you, this is one of the battles of baseball…HEALTH. Is this something that we all hoped not to happen, yes, but it is now something to deal with and we should collectively wish for your well-being and figure out a path that allows you to finish your career with guts and glory and oh yeah, some pride. After all, it was only 4 short years ago when you gave it all for this team, this game.

    Lets wait and see and trust our docs.

    misterG

  75. February 8, 2008 9:18 am

    Curt,

    My thoughts are similar to toofarawayfromboston’s.

    Many people wondered at the wisdom of trying to come back one more time after the amazing run of 2007. After all, what better way for an athlete to go out than with an excellent postseason run, padding their near-legendary postseason statistics and lore, followed by a World Series Championship?

    You staggered through the 05-07 seasons, fighting injuries and their lingering effects all the way. You do not appear to be getting healthier, nor younger. You’d thought earlier in this offseason that you’d found a perfect new training regimen that would put more life back in your fastball; instead, we’re going back to the drawing board.

    I’m not religious, so I’m not giong to go into what any supposed god might or might not be trying to tell you. However, what your body seems to be screaming at you seems pretty plain from this vantage point.

    Also, I’m curious. You’re saying that surgery was never an option, but it seems well established both by outside reports and this post that there was a difference in opinion on how to treat the injury. I’m certainly no doctor, but the only two methods I’m aware of for treating soft tissue injury are 1. rest and rehabilition, or 2. surgery. So I’m confused; if apparently only rest and rehab were on the table, why did a neutral party need to get involved? What else was on the table? Acupuncture? Voodoo?

    It sure smells like someone’s being disingenuous, here.

  76. calvins86 permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:22 am

    Good luck, Curt. Maybe Clemens could give you some tips to speeding up your recovery?
    calvins86

  77. warlick33 permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:22 am

    You should check out shockwave treatments. We treated Magglio Ordonez’s knee. There are numerous articles about it. Check out our website trtllc.com. Magglio gives us credit for saving his career. It is a non surgical treatment that last five minutes or less.

  78. fanofthegame74 permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:30 am

    Curt,

    Just listened to Dr. Morgan on WEEI and he stated that if you stick with your current course of treatment, there is “close to 0% chance” that you will be able to pitch this year, if not ever again. His opinion is that if you had the surgery, that there was a good chance you would be back after the All-Star game. Given that this man is “one of the most highly respected shoulder experts in the world” and he has saved your career in the past, why would any other opinion matter? Is there something we are missing?

    I also thought personal medical records are supposed to be confidential. Did you give him permission to talk so openly about your condition?

  79. sainsworth permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:36 am

    Puck the Sox. I am a lifetime fan of the Sox, the team that is, not the front office. Shoo I can even remember Ted Williams still playing, I remember Yaz’s rookie year, Tony C etc. All of the great Sox of the past, and present.
    You helped to make the Sox what they are today (again, the team, not the front office). You do what YOU need to do.
    This is the Sox second chance to do right by you (they sure messed up when they traded in 86,lol). Let’s see if they’ll do the right thing and lighten up.

    Steve A in NH

  80. naswipp permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:37 am

    Curt,

    I just wanna say if it turns out that 2007 was your final year I hope you have no regrets. I know you wanted to come back and defend the title and go out on your own terms, but you don’t need to prove anything more to your fans. With the condition of your bicep and your past efforts, it’s obvious to anyone that you have always left everything you had on the field. Enjoy your baseball immortality Schill, you will always be a god in Boston.

  81. gfishbone permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:43 am

    We’re with you, Curt. The most important thing is your health!

  82. marcomarco permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:45 am

    Once again, I’ve come here for the real story.

    Thank you Curt, for cutting out the middleman. I sincerely hope that more athletes (or even celebrities) follow your lead.

  83. blackats permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:50 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for bringing not one, but TWO World Series Championships to Boston. It’s been a pleasure watching you pitch. No true member of RSN would think less of you if you retired. Why possibly ruin your shoulder for the rest of your life to play one more season when you can retire as a champion?

    Maybe you can take a part-time position to help mentor the younger kids in the rotation. Otherwise I feel your injury is going to be too big of a distraction on and obviously off the field in the media.

    – Tom

  84. pancho878 permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:53 am

    Hey Curt,

    That’s what you get for turning your back on Philadelphia, a city that loved you. Suck it Curt!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. jeffpic4 permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:06 am

    Keep up the hard work curt, things will fall into place. And for the love of god please impart you’re wisdom to the likes of Buchholz. As far as I’m concerned he’s our future. Pass on the torch!

    go sea dogs!

  86. February 8, 2008 10:11 am

    hey schill – good luck getting better. FWIW, I saw the headline only, and came straight here for the straight dope, before looking at the papers. Still haven’t read ‘em. Get well soon! We need ya!

  87. ricknp permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:14 am

    Curt,

    Please add my voice to those thanking you for the forthright approach to dealing with your fans. Best wishes as you move through yet another challenge with courage and dignity.

  88. imn2paine permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:19 am

    My shoulder vs. My team

    hmmph, let’s see…

    ::holding my hands palms up, like a scale, as if weighing two things::

    ::Curt’s hurt shoulder or the health of the Boston Red Sox::

    Comes out heavily weighted on the side of the Boston Red Sox.

    It’s a no-brain-er. The question is, “when did he know or think that his shoulder was suspect?

    I don’t trust hurt Curt. In fact, I never had trusted Schilling.
    Why?
    Because, it is all about Curt. He talks team player, but Curt’s all about Curt.

    KKK, YOU”RE OUT OF HERE !!!

  89. rgirard101 permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:19 am

    Whatever you decide to do, my family and I back you 100%. If everyone was as straight forward and truthful as you, there would be no problems and reports in Babeball right now. Godd luck and God Bless

  90. soxfaninil permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:25 am

    Curt,

    Wanted to cry when I heard the news. Was so happy you resigned for another year, and I am still looking forward to you taking the mound to get the standing O for another WS championship. I really hope that this will work out and you will be pitching this year, but if not don’t worry about it, RSN will always love you. Thank you for all you do and get well.

    Any chance you could pitch the June 25th game would be great. Taking my kids to Fenway for the first time, and you on the mound would be awesome. But get healthy, and any contribution to the team will be great, from the dugout or the mound.

    Thanks for the real info also. Take care…

  91. imn2paine permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:30 am

    BALL !!!

    Hurt Curt said,
    “There was absolutely no reason for anyone involved to believe I would be anything other than completely healthy and ready for the 2008 baseball season.”

    Really Curt? That’s bold! Are you trying to throw one past us? “Absolutely…no reason to believe” You expect us to believe this statement?

    I don’t. So, I call your pitch a “ball.”

  92. rsoxwest permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:35 am

    Dear Curt,
    What a shock to hear about your shoulder problems! I literallly sat glued to ESPN last night with my mouth open hoping I had misunderstood the news.
    Thanks for your honesty in what must be a most difficult time for you. While RSN would be deeply saddened with the loss of you not playing, the true issue here is your health. Whatever happens I wish you the best. I hope and pray that you’ll be back for one final farewell, whether that be half the season, a month, or just the Series. You have to do what works for you. But gees, I’d sure love to see you pitch just one more time.
    Take care and we’re all praying for you!
    Kris

  93. imn2paine permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:35 am

    “I contacted the team early last month with concerns”

    OMG, we could ‘ve had Santana!

    Who’s team are you on?

    ____________________

    “…disagreements these past few weeks in an effort to provide me with a solution that would allow me to pitch as much as possible during the 2008 season”

    SEE! It is all about Curt, not the team.

    ___________________

    ” At no time did I ever consider taking a course of action against the clubs wishes.”

    PAYDAY!!!

  94. joecct77 permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:37 am

    Curt

    Get well soon and I hope we still see you the the ballpark. The kids will need you now more than ever.

    If you pitch again for the Sox, GREAT. If not, THANK YOU for the 4 years you’ve been here. Perhaps #38 will be up on the right field facade in the future.

    If this is the end, and you have a sense of humor, may I suggest 2 commercials that will complement the two you made when you got here in the 03-04 off season.

    (a) Dunkin Donuts. It’s been 4 years, let’s see if you can sound like a native.
    (b) Ford Trucks — you road into town promising to break a curse. You did along with 24+ other guys. Now, you’re leaving Fenway Park for the last time and as you exit the park to Yawkey Way, a Ford truck picks you up and you ride out into the sunset.

  95. imn2paine permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:41 am

    “I’m here because 13 years ago he was the only person on the planet to actually get what was wrong with me and correctly diagnose”

    Hmmph, HGH ?

    Hurt Curt made a REMARKABLE recovery.

    ________________________

    “After being diagnosed by the Red Sox medical staff I sought a second opinion, as anyone would, and when it became clear there was disagreement (which is not uncommon by the way), I agreed to see an independent Doctor from a list the Red Sox provided me, for the third opinion.”

    Curt throws pitches at a backstop, and practices the art of defence.

    “We need a pitcher, not a bellyacher.

    THREE STRIKES< YOU”RE OUT OF HERE!!!

  96. yankeefool51166 permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:44 am

    As a Yankee fan, I feel for Curt. Having a pain in your shoulder is bad and I hope you can resolved it. But being a Yankee fan and having all the hurt people we did in 07′ and lost alot of games I don’t feel sorry for the whole Red Sox nation. Curt needs to do what he needs to do for himself no matter what. It’s his body and he has to take care of it. The Red Sox fans will just have to deal with it like the Yankee fans last year did. Good luck to you Curt. May you take care of your body and do what is right, but Sox get over not having Curt if it’s in the cards!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. converted permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:47 am

    I never post, but my irritation with some of the posters here compelled me to say speak my litttle piece:

    For all you pathetic commentators about Curt’s character: sorry, but you’re way off base. I think it’s very clear if you read between the lines with all the info Curt HAS given us: Curt wants surgery, on the advice of the doctor he most trusts, yet the Red Sox do not want him to have it since they realize if Curt gets surgery, he’s probably not coming back to pitch this year, and therefore probably ever. (P.S. Curt, if you DID end up having season-ending surgery, would you come back for one more year in 09, or just call it quits?)

    So Curt takes the high road, does the right thing for the team and just expresses that there is a difference of opinion and agrees to a 3rd party intervention, per the rules of baseball. And further, he agrees to abide by that decision, even though it’s not what he really wants. He won’t come out against the club and say that’s just not what he wants to do. How does that make him disingenuous??

    All you fools who now have the gall to question it being all about the money, or selfishness, or that Curt is being misleading in what he has said — just think about it for a moment, read between the lines just a little, and step back a moment. Kicking at a man of integrity when he’s down just a little is disgusting.

  98. February 8, 2008 10:50 am

    Curt: good luck with the rehab !! I just listened to Dr. Morgan on EEI, and just hope he is wrong, and the other doctors are right!!! I also noticed that Matingly1 left a nice comment what ever happened to STEROIDFAN22, I miss his thoughts. Think about calling in to Dale and Holly, so we can get your side!!!!

  99. mick60a permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:52 am

    Good luck with your shoulder Curt. See you on the mound

    Mick

  100. 50udirtyrat permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:05 am

    I could sound religious and all but I won’t….For C.. oops
    Curt! You’ve been great for the game your entire career. I applaud your accomplishments even though I’m not a fan of your team now and then but this is too much. So many others prolong their career and for what….WHAT! Just to say they could, come on. What is this gonna prove? That you can still pitch! and possibly mess the arm up more than it is. It can’t be for the money and I sure hope it’s not.
    If you TRULY love the game…TRULY. Admit to yourself that the body cannot continue to punish itself. The arm somewhere down the line will come back to haunt you more than what you’re trying to do now.
    For the LOVE of the game and to the team that you admire so much. Let the Sox have the freedom to continue to grow and be able to have a replacement that can fill your shoes, tuff call there, but let THAT player have as bright a future as you had a career.
    If you knew you had this problem and kept it a secret just to have the team pay for the surgery you’re no better than the rest. No better than those you publicly bash. Look yourself in the mirror and retire with grace, dignity, with your arm still working and with pride.
    GO HIT DAMN GOLF BALLS

  101. deep2left permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:10 am

    Die hard Yankee fan here. You have said that you love Boston. If so, why not return the contract and retire? (opening up a roster spot for the team) Then in the 4 months you need to rehab, if you are ready to rock and roll resign another contract with the team. That way your beloved Red Sox would not only have the roster spot but the money you signed for, because you love the team and area so much.
    Why do I get the feeling that will not happen.
    If you ever get on the field again they should play “Take the money and run” By The Steve Miller Band
    Sox fan’s I look forward to the upcoming season, Good luck
    deep2left

  102. jjswol permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:11 am

    You have had a wonderful career Curt, good luck to you. I gotta say though, I won’t miss you pitching against the Twins anymore.

  103. sixty7sox permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:13 am

    Listen man! Just get better! Make yourself an asset to the ballclub and its young pitchers. I know that where you’ll go.

    We of course have a great shot at another run to the championship. With that comes new ways to win, new experiences over the long haul that is a MBL season.

    Stick with it! the Sox FO we have a mutual respect for. They will do the best for Boston, You will do your best for Boston……..

    …We will be there in October, You will feel healthy and will have contributed again. I know thats what you want as well!

    Get well! Feel good! we’re with ya Man!

  104. hhammer permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:17 am

    Does this mean that this blowhard blog will now be renamed to:

    zeropitches.com?

  105. jsosb1969 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:19 am

    Schill –

    I just read above that some (one in particular) responding above question whether you thought something was wrong before you signed w/ the Sox.

    My guess is – those people are either jealous Yankee fans or idiots. I rarely judge someone’s integrity based on what I see of them on the field, but I read your blog…and I get a true sense of how honorable you are. I disagree with some of the things you feel strongly about (politically) but I know you’re honest in your belief. Therefore, I cannot believe you would hide an injury – let alone hide an injury for profit. Shame on those who would accuse you of such nefarious conduct!

    Rock on Schill – don’t let the haters get you down.

    Jason

  106. fxdudeinmia permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:24 am

    Curt –

    Sorry to hear about your ailing shoulder. I had awful tendonitis in my shoulder for 3 years. I’m a big tennis player and trying to serve a tennis ball was impossibly painful.

    There wasn’t a tear in the tendon so surgery wasn’t going to solve my problem and it was a very depressing situation until I discovered a practitioner of cold laser and kinesiology. This laser treatment was really amazing and my shoulder was cured in 3 treatments which is still shocking to me considering how painful the injury was. I can now serve a tennis ball as hard as I ever could with zero residual pain or twinges. There aren’t many cold laser practitioners if you’re interested. The fellow I saw I don’t even think was an MD, more a holistic practitioner but as far as I was concerned is an absolute genious. I normally place very little credibility with holistic healing but this was just amazing. He also cured my dad’s tennis elbow (tendonitis) in a few sessions too. Maybe if you research it you could find one in the Boston area, but if not you could try to see the guy who cured me. His name is Harold Briks and he practices out of New Rochelle, NY and also Manhattan. His specialty is shoulders.

    If your injury is more than tendonitis and involves a tear then Dr. Briks probably wouldn’t be able to assist, but if not it might be a miraculous cure like it was for me.

    Wish you the best in your recovery.

    Todd

  107. sxfn1918 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:29 am

    People, people, people…get REAL! All these “well wishers” mean well, but if you are truly fans of the team, you would reaize that 8 Mill would have been better spent on someone else.
    I mean, come on now…….enough of these “…oh, Curt, you’re the best” and “…oh Curt, wer’re praying for you”. How about, “hey Curt, nice con job on the front office. Enjoy the money.”

  108. the115 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:30 am

    I’m with you Curt, and so are the rest of the folks in the Red Sox Nation. Don’t pay any attention to the negative comments on this blog, or the bad words in the press. You passed the physical at the time of the contract and no one had any idea this injury would continue to nag you. You’ve been a work horse over the years and no one has logged as many innings, wins, or strikeouts the past 10 seasons or so. You gave us two World Series and we’re hoping you can give us a third, even if it means coming back into the rotation later in the year.

    Good luck and I wish you a steady recovery. We’ll be seeing you very soon on the mound. Please check out my comments about this story on my blog. YOU’VE GOT TO DO WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

    LET’S GO SOX!

    Rick
    the115.wordpress.com

  109. vmac13 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:32 am

    Integrity isn’t as black and white anymore, is it Curt? You got your little end of career bonus, that’s all that matters, right?

    “Everybody cheats. I just didn’t know.” ~Dave Stoller

  110. curthaha permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:37 am

    Well I bet you guys wish you had gotten Johan Santana. This is the thing with Boston when one domino falls they all fall. Started with the Pats now Schilling, Next the Celtics all the way through the BOSOX. Secondly Curt did not bring the world series title it was a team thing so stop saying thank you Curt for bringing it to Boston you guys were over due. Just to make it clear I am a D-Backs Fan.

  111. irishgirlkelley permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:50 am

    Hi Curt,
    I’ve been a big fan of baseball and softball all my life….actually most sports. My father played in the NFL for 9 years-for the Cards and the Jets (center). I’ve seen many sports injuries, as well as, the aftermath of surgery.
    This past fall I was diagnosed with a slipped disc along with a slipped vertebrae (spondylosis). The pain is terribly intense…nothing worse than nerve pain. It limited my activites with my husband and children. I was told by my surgeon to have the same injections. If this failed, onto surgery. I watched my father go through all of this, eventually to an operating table…twice. Well, no thanks. I’m 36 years old! I decided to try alternative medicine…Eastern medicine.
    I was a bit of sceptic at first….chanting, tuning forks, acupunture? Come on….but I found my mind being limited to Western meds and ways of thinking. I recently visited a very well known acupuncturist, here in Frederick, MD. He has clients that travel from Arizona to see him. Long story/short….my pain I mentioned? Gone. Gone!
    I am very aware, coming from a sports family, what type of care and rehabilitation you require. Search all avenues. If you are interested in the gentleman that I have seen, you let me know! Good luck…

  112. jessie0999 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:54 am

    I’m a Yankee fan but I wish you the best.

  113. dave3939 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:58 am

    Curt,

    You should just hang up the cleats now. You should’ve been smart instead
    of being greedy.

    You are a washed up pitcher who is hanging on to his glory day…

    As a yankee fan your injury is the best news out of Boston since
    the pats lost to the giants.

  114. brianvscalese permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:07 pm

    Curt,

    I’m sorry to hear about your shoulder, but just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that RSN is praying for you. I’m hoping you won’t miss the entire season, but know that God had a plan for you. Have you had any talks with the Sox about possibly working as a pitching and development coach with the PawSox next season. I know you’re planning on staying busy with 38 Studios and a bunch of other things, but you should see if you can work something out so you can stay involved with the organization post-retirement. I would love to see you sitting on the Sox bench twenty years from now, and if you think that would serve no purpose, think about the influence of Pesky, and what his mere presence on the team has meant to everyone (fans included). Good luck with the shoulder, and GO SOX!!!

    -Brian The Librarian

  115. spanishjohnny99 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:24 pm

    Curt, I will forever cherish you & your contributions to the Sox over the past 4 years.

    That said, I think it’s time for you to retire. Take the high road. Forego the contract. Get the surgery on your arm and make sure you & your entire body are healthy for the remaining 50 years of your life.

    John in Norwood

  116. soxfanforlife2007 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:29 pm

    Curt,
    Think its time to consider giving it up. I mean, why go through all the rehab so that you can pitch 100 more innings. Kind of pointless, don’t you think. Youve made plenty of money so i don’t think its about that, at least it shouldn’t be about that. And i dont’ think coming back for half a season is going to effect whether or not you get in the HOF. Time to move on with life after playing baseball man.

    Good luck with your decision on what to do.

  117. jeff1110 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:32 pm

    Hey Kurt You will heal much faster with a little hgh!!!! I wanted to thank you for being a stand up man and giving baseball some integrity when it needs it most.You are someone I can tell my 3 sons they can look up to. Someone who has paid his dues and who has earned his respect and rewards. Thank you sir

  118. jeff1110 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:35 pm

    Thats a typical comment from a philly person.Nothing like fans who boo players let alone their own.Donavan Mcnabb is too good for them

  119. February 8, 2008 12:38 pm

    Sorry to hear about it, Curt. Good luck, and hang in there. We’ll see you in there for the pennant race!

    Thanks for being willing to inform and engage your fans, and non-fans, like this.

  120. February 8, 2008 12:38 pm

    Hey Curt:

    I cannot even imagine the pain you have right now–I hope your shoulder mends quickly, and that you are back in the rotation soon!

    No matter what, you have a legacy in Boston that all of us in RSN appreciate, and will remember forever.

    Feel better…

    Christine E.

  121. ooch11 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:46 pm

    Curt,
    Do what’s best for you and your family. You’ve spilled enough blood for one organization. It will be hard to say goodbye if if comes to that but no one can fault you for putting your health first. If anyone has the determination to recover it’s surely you, but always put your family and yourself first. And ignore the hate-mongers, they’re just cancers on the world.
    Thanks for the memories!

  122. blachemann permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:47 pm

    Maybe a talk with Todd Stottlemyre to see how no surgery worked out for him and his shoulder might be good idea?

  123. davyb70 permalink
    February 8, 2008 12:56 pm

    Curt, I was really looking forward to watching you pitch again in “08”. It seems to me like the Red Sox really have YOUR best interest in mind and not so much getting you back on the mound as quick as possible. Or they would want you to have surgery. I think you have, over the years, as well as most athletes sacrificed your body. This is why I think you guys are worth the money you get. Who knows what kind of affects you will have from this long after retirement?
    I was wandering if you are going to need surgery some day for this recent injury even if you never pitch again. Then maybe it would be OK to get it done now and get back to the team in time for the September stretch. If rest will save you from not needing surgery but won’t allow you to pitch again then I don’t think anyone would think any less of you for retiring. I know I wouldn’t want to have someone cutting me open; you couldn’t pay me enough!
    I’m sure what ever decision you make will be the right one, when your faith helps guide you. Thank you for everything!
    Dave

  124. strahan permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:01 pm

    My dream is coming true!!

  125. dhammon1 permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:10 pm

    Hey Curt, the funniest thing I read in the article I read about your shoulder was that you were consulting the players union about your options. What a nice luxury you have there. Have you ever given any thought to the millions of hard working men and women who fought so hard to give you that right. I guess not or you would not be out campaigning for Bush. You are a real hypocrite. Go to hell.

  126. alrizzy permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:21 pm

    does this mean we don’t have to hear your bs comments about everything from barry bonds to politics. why should anyone care hwat you have to say about politics, really? over the years you’ve shown me that you are a self-centered egomaniac who enjoys to the nth degree shoving your self-riteous opinions down the throat of americans who basically have to listen as we wade through this type of crap on shows like sportscenter to get a few highlights. sure, espn and other media outlets don’t have to air your crap, and they are more to blame for doing so that you are for actually voicing your opionions – this is america, after all – but i am going directly to the source, hoping, oh how i am hoping, that you read this, so you are at least aware of how disliked you are in california.

    please just shut up, no one cares what you have to say about anything, especially politics. we all know you are a roider, no question about it, but to make it worse you try to call out other users, but not your teammates. yea, it’s totally plausible that you’ve never been teammates with a roider, not boy scout republican curt. wiat, weren’t you teammates with clemens? randy johnson? luis gonzalez? all roiders for sure. not to mention manny – just look at some pics of him on the indians and tell me that he hasn’t put on about 60 pounds of muscle since then. which also highlights the bs-ness of the mitchell report, which didn’t finger any bosox less you count mo vaughn, which i don’t becuase he is not currently playing for the sox. is the public really supposed to believe that no one on the sox is roiding? but i digress…dude you’re so full of it that it’s coming out of your ears and spilling onto one of your civil war maps that you probably spent 8 million dollars on.

    i’ll close in saying i hope your career is over for the simple fact that it may quell the media’s desire to air/ print your asinine opinions.

    bleepingly,

    Alex R

    Berekely, CA

  127. 8yaz8 permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:28 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for the update.

    Sox nation,
    Cheer up. What are the chances of Buchholz AND Lester both putting up better, or at least comparable, numbers than Schill in 2008? If Schill is out, what are the chances Theo makes a move for a comparable starter? Me thinks the chances are pretty good….call me an optimist As good as Schill is, this isn’t the end of the world. Have faith in the kids. GO SOX!

  128. jaa52 permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:41 pm

    What is the definition of the injury, do you actually have damage or I believe I heard on WEEI from Dr. Morgan sometype of degenerative disease? He believes your chances of pitching again utilizing this course of treatment to be 0%?

  129. converted permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:53 pm

    Hey al rizzy –
    the fact you are here reading this blog tells us that YOU in fact care to hear what Curt has to say… so now YOU shut up, you hypocrite, because any ignoramus who claims to speak for an entire STATE isn’t to be taken seriously.

  130. plalley225 permalink
    February 8, 2008 1:56 pm

    Dear Curt,

    I wish you a very slow recovery and only the worst of luck. If this is truly the end I can only say good riddance. Just please do us all a favor and do not join the baseball media. The last thing anybody wants is to have to continue listening to your opinions even after you have left the game.

  131. beckettsblisters permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:15 pm

    Curt
    I feel like you caved to the Sox demand on not having the surgery a little to fast, to me it seems like you did this because you wanted to do what they said because it appears that you may be hiding something after the contract signing that maybe you shouldnt have that effected your “diseased shoulder”

  132. thecaptain15 permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:16 pm

    Curt,

    As a Yankee fan, I will give you credit for pitching well against us. You have always been a big game pitcher. I used to have respect for you. Then came the ketchup sock and all the media attention (which you obviously LOVE). I have completely lost all respect for you as a human! Please just remember that you are not the center of the universe.

    That being said, I wish you all the best in your health! Whatever the REAL situation is with your shoulder, I hope it works out for the best. I wish you the best health.

  133. February 8, 2008 2:17 pm

    Hey. alrizzy, apparently you care as you read it.

    *******126 alrizzy

    does this mean we don’t have to hear your bs comments about everything from barry bonds to politics. why should anyone care hwat you have to say about politics, really? *******

  134. ronjb441960 permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:23 pm

    HI, Curt big fan of yours I hope things work out with you and soxs about your shoulder it would be great for soxs fans to see two world series trophys in a roll and you being a driving force on the staff . This being your last season it kool going out holding another trophy. Bosox look great again this spring trainning with all the young arms ready to fill in. Good luck and you are a winner…………..Ron sox nation from 1970!

  135. fusion27 permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:24 pm

    Curt, even though I’m an Indians fan, I’m sending prayers and positive healing energies your way. However it plays out though, you’ve had a killer pitching career that you worked hard to attain and maintain. I’d like to see it continue, but if not, you’ve left a mark in both leagues.

    Your mom’s really proud of you too.

    Many blessings and Godspeed.

    Go Tribe!!

    Casey Wise
    Akron, Ohio

  136. macop9 permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:31 pm

    Curt,

    I am the cop who said hi to you not too long ago in Dunkin Donuts. (a cop in Dunkin Donuts……how about that!) Anyway, I had shoulder surgery in October of 07 at MGH to what sounds to be a very similar injury you have. Dr. Jon Warner is head of Harvard Shoulder and he will remember me as the cop from the town where you know I work. He is the best in the business Curt…….believe me. I am litterally pain free and can swing my arm around in circles as fast as anyone today. Obviously I am in by no means playing the caliber of ball you do but I still play at age 43 and am going to start throwing very soon. I just wanted to pass it along if you wanted to get an opinion from him. I was referred to him by my orthopedic guy so he has great references not to mention a couple of books under his belt. He is very well regarded not just in the country but the world as well. When I went to my pre-op appointment he had two MD’s following him into his sessions to learn more about his style of medicine and surgery. One was from the midwest and the other was from Europe! His work really speaks for itself and if you do go and get an opinion you will see signed pictures of other pro’s he has performed surgery on.
    AS I said when I saw you in person I was happy to see you back with the Sox and I wish you the very best………….good luck #38

  137. fusion27 permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:44 pm

    Ok, I just went through this post and read some of the comments. Do the same people that break your balls for making 7 figures break the balls of the doctors who make 6? Too much money? Too much for what? For who? $8m is the price that the market will bear for an asset that has the pitching history of Curt Schilling. Kinda like how the market will bear the $25m/yr that ARod gets etc.

    If you could pitch like Curt Schilling and that level of pitching was worth $8m would you take less because others were uncomfortable with it or didn’t understand it? You, the guy who’s upset at how much athletes make? Would you? I sure as heck wouldn’t. I think all of us are trying to maximize our income.

    Unfortunately, I can’t throw strikes or 90mph heaters. For now I’ll write code and try to get as much as possible for it.

    I don’t envy the rich or pity the poor… complain about gas prices instead, now that’s BS.

  138. Rabbi Goldwasser permalink
    February 8, 2008 2:51 pm

    Curt,

    We know that you will do the right thing.

    If it turns out that you are not able to pitch effectively in 2008 because of this shoulder injury, we know that you’ll take retirement and not take the club’s money just for sitting on a bench. You should not have to say this now — you’ve earned our trust and the trust of the club.

    God bless you for all you’ve done for Red Sox Nation.

    We know that you will do the right thing.

  139. wayner38 permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:08 pm

    I’m a dbacks fan not a redsox fan. More importantly I’m a Curt fan and won’t soon forget how he helped lead the dbacks to the championship in 01, not to mention the Shilling’s charitable work in AZ. IMO Curt is a first ballot hof-er and human being based on his performance and ability to get it done when it matters most. On the field and off.

    Beyond the scope of baseball I’d be concerned that if this is a disease as I’ve read in some reports, without the operation could it progress over the next six months to the point where Curt might lose any use of the arm and become permanently disabled?

    If that’s a possiblity I think that easily tilts the scale in favor of the operation. Whereas Curt’s personal doctor would have Curt’s best interests in mind which absolutely includes his quality of life after his baseball career. I can’t believe either the redsox or mets doctors are thinking that far ahead.

    That brings me to this list of doctors. What kind of agreement is it if the player has to choose from the team’s list? That seems a bit biased when searching for an unbiased third party.

  140. sunniejam77 permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:19 pm

    Get better soon, Curt. Your honesty is a breath of fresh air!

  141. falzo25 permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:21 pm

    good luck schill! will you be doing another question/answer session on the blog soon?

  142. luvyankeez permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:25 pm

    STOP WHINING. Go cry into your fake bloody sock.

  143. iamdsk permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:30 pm

    You people on here that post something negative about Curt, his shoulder or his acting to protect his income are stupid. If you donate the sameamount of time and money as he has you would be shutting your greedy little mouths. If you think because he earns more than most of us and yet he looks to protect his family’s future you are not very sharp. You would be in line at Social Security with your hand out before you needed the money.
    Those who hope his career is over will no doubt find that wishing ill will on others will only hasten your own.
    Pitching or not Curt will always be a big part of the Boston Red Sox.

  144. mattlenny permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:32 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I have told you before on here that I really enjoy what you write and that I believe it is your right to put whatever you want on here (especially with the political stuff). Now I would like to tell you that I have always (at least since I can remember…1978) been a Red Sox fan and I will be one for many, many years to come. That being said, I would love to have you pitch as much as possible in 2008, but I truly believe that your value to the 2008 Red Sox extends far beyond you being on the mound. I believe your work ethic and knowledge of pitching is also important. As a teammate to all these young studs, your experience is invaluable to this 2008 season. So I guess what I am saying is that I hope, no mater what happens with you on the mound this season, that you are able to be around the team as much as you can to help all these young guys learn the art of pitching in the big leagues.

  145. jakest15 permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:38 pm

    Alrizzy,

    1) I’m pretty sure you dont represent the entire population of california with your opinion of schilling

    2) Instead of telling someone to shut up about politics, its actually a shame more people aren’t talking about politics. It is a much more important topic than a lot of other news stories. Deciding on who the next president is kind of important..

    3) What kind of person are you to hope someone career ends due to injury just because you don’t like whats coming out of their mouth? If thats morally acceptable, I hope a lot worse happens to you, because I think you just typed the most retarted blog comment I’ve ever read. You should probably just delete your accound and give up on voicing opinion because you have no logic.

  146. frodo1962 permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:45 pm

    alrizzy – “does this mean we don’t have to hear your bs comments about everything from barry bonds to politics. why should anyone care hwat you have to say about politics, really? over the years you’ve shown me that you are a self-centered egomaniac who enjoys to the nth degree shoving your self-riteous opinions down the throat of americans who basically have to listen as we wade through this type of crap on shows like sportscenter to get a few highlights.”

    I have to assume then that someone put a gun to your head and forced you to come to Curt’s blog and read his opinions? Your grammar, spelling and hateful attitude clearly indicate what you are.

  147. vaxm permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:51 pm

    Curt,

    Get well soon, man. Best of luck with the rehab and I hope it all works out for the best. Everyone knows that no one wants you back on that mound more than you do. Best of luck and get well soon.

    – V

  148. lillfit permalink
    February 8, 2008 3:54 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I am a Yankees fan but still find your shoulder situation a bit unsettling. I happened across an old issue of Sports Illustrated (November 6, 1995). In it there is an article written by Joseph Nocera, called “Bitter Medicine”. It talks about the Red Sox former team othopedist/ part owner Dr. Arthur Pappas and how he REMOVED former Sox player Marty Barrett’s ACL WITHOUT telling him…. in effect to keep the player from missing the season due to reconstruction surgery. Barrett sued and won $1.7 M. In 1995 that was big. If I was you I would make sure you liked and trusted the team decision. As a Yankees fan I would put money on you recovering from a surgery… I would not be so sure about a rehab-only approach. Good luck.

  149. piphotog permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:02 pm

    Curt,
    Just heard a clip of the interview Dr Morgan gave on WEEI today. My question, with all the red tape surrounding medical privacy issues, how could a physician discuss patient information on talkshow radio? Did you clear it?
    Thanks and best of luck in getting well, regardless of your pitching career.

  150. yanxfan4lif permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:06 pm

    Curt…poof be gone! Your box of tissues is in the mail. You are an egomaniac who has to stick your nose in everyone’s business…i.e Clemens, Bonds, politics…etc. Too bad for your sake your not coming back so the Yanks can blast off on you again. You’ve won your 2 rings now leave.

    Obviously you don’t think your done, but your washed up and if it wasn’t for your offense last year you wouldn’t have won 5 games. One reason you can blast people about the Mitchell report is because one of your own in McCain was behind it. You probably popped a few yourself woos. So good riddance and enjoy your vacation like anyone else would. Boston may be better off without you and your obese 8 million dollar contract.

    See ya!

  151. greatfan1 permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:12 pm

    Curt, You gave us two world champions,what more could we ask for? My father and his father lived there whole lives and did not see one,and he loved the sox. What ever it takes for you to come back is fine with me. Even if is just for the post season.
    On both post seasons you were ailing and got us very important wins.
    Take care and get better.
    (and thanks for the two world championships)

  152. gaverbach permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:12 pm

    Crazy news!!

    But what am I missing?

    Every artilce quotes Dr. Morgan specifically as saying that WITHOUT surgery, there is no chance for Curt to pitch again. After a successful surgery, Curt could be ready to go by the All Star break it goes on to say. Yet your blog says that Dr. Morgan DID NOT recommend rotator cuff surgery.

    Is this semantics? He did recommend surgery just not “rotator cuff” surgery?

    I am just confused by the reports. The suggestion of surgery by the doctor is “quoted”

  153. soxxxxxx permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:23 pm

    Hey Curt
    hope to see you back for the stretch run. Help the Sox
    go back-to-back.
    * why are all these Yankee’s fans posting, ripping you?
    (there are some nice Yankee posts). They need to
    go to A-Rod’s blog and ask him why he hits .140 every
    post season.
    * as for the posts about the Sox could have had Santana
    if they knew you were hurt. thats nuts. The Sox never wanted him.
    (at least at the price, both $$ and players). If Josh was hurt, yeah maybe
    they would have tired to get him. But I think All they were looking for
    from Curt is 20-25 starts, and be ready for the playoffs. ready for
    the playoffs may still happen.

  154. February 8, 2008 4:25 pm

    The 115:

    “You’ve been a work horse over the years and no one has logged as many innings, wins, or strikeouts the past 10 seasons or so.

    Er, really?

    At a glance, from 1997 to 2007, Curt is:

    5th in Wins (behind Glavine, Pettitte, Johnson and Maddux),
    3rd in Strikeouts (behind only Martinez and Johnson),
    6th in Innings Pitched (behind Moyer, Johnson, Hernandez, Glavine and Maddux).

    And, to toss in a stat that I find very compelling about any pitcher:

    1st in K/BB ratio from 1997 – 2007. That’s something to hang your hat on!

    Not shabby at all – I’d personally support a HoF vote for Curt – but far from # 1 in any of those categories you mentioned.

    If we look at his tenure with Boston (04 – 07), he’s:

    19th in Wins,
    26th in Strikeouts,
    49th in Innings Pitched
    2nd in K/BB (behind only Ben Sheets)

    Curt was a workhorse through 2004. Not anymore.

    I love Curt, too. I think he’s a good man, a HoF-caliber pitcher, and hopefully an amazing CEO of a computer game design company. But, let’s not lie to ourselves about the reality of his accomplishments, either, without actually looking at the facts.

  155. soxxxxxx permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:26 pm

    hey alrizzy,
    you say “please just shut up, no one cares what you have to say about anything”. If thats true, why are you on his blob reading
    what he has to say? nobody forced you to go to this web-site
    and read it. Its real easy not avoid what Curt has to say.
    don’t log on here, turn off EEI when he is on.

  156. sml1210 permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:26 pm

    Curt – go for the surgery immediately. I had your exact condition in both of my shoulders, each requiring surgery where the long head of the biceps tendon was shortened and reattached to the top of the humerus. It’s a good 4 month rehab after the surgery. It will not, repeat not, react favorably to a cortisone shot – believe me, I tried. The surgery is very successful, but then I don’t have to pitch for the Sox. Good luck!

  157. February 8, 2008 4:38 pm

    Curt, your knowledge and abilities are such that even if your not healthy enough to pitch you should be valuable to the team.

    As I have said before I hope for you to be in the best of health for your self. You have already given us so much.

    Just be well,

  158. pk1627 permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:39 pm

    Curt – You have sacrificed your body now for 2 championships. As much as we love the Sox, there is nobody who could ask you to do it again for a third time. Take care of that shoulder so that you can do fun things with you kids and grandkids. Let the Sox figure out how to win this next one by themselves.

    I am incredibly happy I was there at Game 2 of the WS last year. You busted your ass for us and when you came off, we all knew that was it. Years from now I’ll be able to tell my family about the final game Schill pitched.

    – Pete K

  159. syphax permalink
    February 8, 2008 4:48 pm

    I know I’m not supposed to feed the trolls but…

    mattingly23 said, “overall your [sic] just a chump with a big mouth.”

    And two Red Sox World Series rings, baby.

    As for the Hall, who knows. But I just noticed that CS stacks up OK against, e.g., Don Drysdale by W-L (# and %), 20-win seasons, WHIP, K, etc.

  160. redsoxfaninct permalink
    February 8, 2008 5:07 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for the info. Seems to me Theo and staff are hoping for the best scenario for you with rest and rehab, rather than listening to the doctor that has seen the inside of your shoulder, not just from MRI’s and X-Rays. Can’t say I blame them though, like most fans in Red Sox nation, we are all hoping for the best case, which would mean seeing you pitch in a Red Sox uniform sooner rather than later!

    Good luck!

  161. jmansox permalink
    February 8, 2008 5:13 pm

    Dear Curt

    I have always heard about your blog and am excited to have finally joined. Ive watched you pitch for from Philadelphia to Arizonia and now with my team the Red Sox you have never dissapointed, I was curious if you would ever think about going into coaching such as a pitching coach for the red sox or even Director of PR type job after this season. It’s well known how philisophical you are with pitching, and how you act as a professor to all the young talent of the Sox organization that’s why I can see you as an excellent pitching coach.

    Good luck with your shoulder, hope you’ll be healthy in october

    Jerry

  162. sssith permalink
    February 8, 2008 5:23 pm

    Speedy recovery Curt.

  163. bosox4eva permalink
    February 8, 2008 5:44 pm

    HEY Alex R
    Obviuosly you do. That’s an awful long letter for somebody who doesnt care. Good Luck, Curt with whatever decision you make. You’ve given us so much here in RSN.Thank You

  164. patchie61 permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:06 pm

    Curt, I got no problem with your injury but question your ethics.

    The fact that you are planning to take 1/2 the season off regardless certainly should be factored into what you take out of the Sox financially. It seems like just a few months ago you were stumping for this contract and even during the World Series rally playing the “woe is me card” and now suddenly you can’t pitch for 1/2 the year after your signing.

    A real man would give the cash up to go to somebody they need to sign before they lose them.

  165. cms1229 permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:07 pm

    I wish you all the luck possible with your shoulder injury. I know first hand the pain and the difficulties of rehab but I can’t imagine the rehab you will go through. You are in my prayers.

  166. go1967sox1 permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:13 pm

    Curt,

    I am passing along some info that could help the healing process. First, there is a website http://www.egoscue.com. Pete Egoscue seems to know how to do wonders with the musculoskeletal system of the body. Check him out .You have nothing to lose but the pain. Tune him in on Saturday’s on WEZE, 590 on the AM dial at 12:05 to 1 PM to get some credibility. Also there is a product called Reparagen + Glucosamine, found in the Vitamin section at CVS. It is advertized to increase the body’s Cartilage Repair Factor to do the obvious, cartilage growth, and promote joint health.

    So do us all a favor. Check these out to go along with the recommended rest. And let us all look for you to take the mound no later than July 4, 2008!

  167. toddsox14 permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:17 pm

    Curt,You don’t owe us Sox fans nothing,cause you almost by your self gave the sox and fans the ring we all needed.With your help we now have two rings.I would pay you 8 mill. just to help our kids on the pitching staff and jusy pray God will give us you just for September.You got Grand kids you might want to pick up years from now.Do what is right for you and your family.Thanks Shill for all you have gave to us and Boston.Good luck!!!

  168. texredsoxfan permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:17 pm

    singing another tune now are we guys? let’s be fair. curt’s an amazing pitcher. whether he comes back or not (and let’s hope he does) he’s been an integral part of the pitching staff in boston. don’t forget the bloody sock in ’04! if he can’t pitch because his shoulder’s hurt it means he’s in a lot of pain. let’s just all hope and pray that he comes back and that if he doesn’t that he can get something to help with the pain and fix his shoulder for just plain old normal living.
    my thoughts and prayers are with you Curt, my uncle had surgery on his shoulder and he isn’t even a pitcher but i can sort of understand how painful it is through what he’s told me. if you dont come back to pitch i hope that you’ll be able to work out another way to stay a part of the red sox team.
    thanks, hope to see you pitching soon,
    Emily

  169. izzo22 permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:55 pm

    curt i kno ur prob not goin to read this but if you did that would b great for u plz read this my father sells a product called tahitian noni and its great for medicinal use and wud b great for ur shoulder. terrell owens drinks this and it helpd him get bak from his injury wen he faced the patriots in the superbowl a couple years ago. shaq drinks is, chauncey billups, steve francis, grant hill and many other atheletes. if you took this curt it wud realli help u alot jus try it i wud even giv u bottle for free. im 15 and ur my alltime fav pitcher and i cnt c u got down lik this plz email me at izzyblue22004@yahoo.com and plz no phonies

  170. massajfan permalink
    February 8, 2008 6:55 pm

    Curt,

    I hope your problem isn’t related to too much typing! I enjoy your blog, and enjoy your competitve spirit. Best of luck, and hope to see you soon.

  171. kevin785 permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:22 pm

    Curt, this isn’t about your blog but since I look up to you, and since this is the only way I could think of that you might see this, I have a question for you. Just tonight I discovered that my ex-girlfriend (who is 17, I’m 16) is doing pot. How should I deal with it? I hope you see this.

  172. silyrabbt permalink
    February 8, 2008 7:26 pm

    Curt-
    I am not a pitcher, but was a rodeo team roper more years ago than I will admit here! I took shoulders for granted (roped bilaterally — depended on my partner’s preference). In recent years, I had 2 rear-end car accidents (spinal nerve damage) which caused me to use my body in a way it wasn’t originally designed. End result? My days of showing off for nieces/nephews is over = 3 shoulder surgeries 2006 (final one was labral tear – oddly, my rotator cuff is the ONLY thing they haven’t worked on…yet).

    Please, please, please take care of YOU before you worry about anything else. Yes, if you were unable to pitch, I (a fan of a small market central division team) would mourn the loss of one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball, but I’d know YOU were ok. but I would have had the secret knowledge that I got to see you pitch in person. Not once, but TWICE!

    Take care of you.

    Anne in Minnesota

    PS Love the blog — this is my first visit

  173. allycat1961 permalink
    February 8, 2008 8:07 pm

    Curt ~ I strongly believe that you brought the magic that helped us win the 2004 World Series when you “came east to break an 86 year old curse”. You also helped us win the 2007 World Series.

    I hope that the plan set forth for you helps get you back to the pitching rotation, without further damage to your shoulder, soon.

  174. winback130 permalink
    February 8, 2008 8:17 pm

    Who would have thought that somebody could hurt their shoulder by playing video games rather then training during the off season?

  175. soxnation permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:15 pm

    Alrizzy…
    Alex R…
    Is this A Rod trying to make a scene?? :)

  176. boosterbabe permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:42 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Obviously I am a Sox fan and would love you to pitch this season because I love watching you pitch. But above all, you are a human being. I don’t want you to risk your health for anything. So if you can pitch this season, great. If not–well…you certainly ended on a high note!
    Either way, you do what you need to do for your health and your well-being. Baseball is the greatest thing there is. But it’s not worth risking your health over.

    I need to share this with you: last March, I had a chance to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on my way home from a business Trip. I brought with me a photo of my Dad, taken at Fenway in 1995. Dad died in 2002. Dad was the best Sox fan I’ve ever known. Never saw the Sox win the Series. And he never got to Cooperstown, either. As I wandered through the museum looking at the exhibits, missing him SO MUCH it hurt…I was looking for a place to leave that photo of my Dad. I had to leave a small part of him there, I don’t really even know why. I finally decided to leave Dad’s picture on the World Series display. Right next to your bloody sock. I took a photo of it and its one of my most prized possessions.

    I just want you to know, no matter what happens this season, your career has meant more than you could ever imagine to so many of us…and that can never be erased.
    Love and best wishes for a complete recovery and I hope this has the best outcome for YOU. Sheryl Rosen, Bridgeport, CT

  177. rubberarm permalink
    February 8, 2008 9:48 pm

    Curt, I hope you read this. I am an aging athlete (61). I pitched from age 8 through 52. At 54, I was diagnosed with two torn tendons in the rotator–one nearly completly through. My rotator was shreaded from throwing 200+ innings each season in simi-pro ball, where you complete what you start. An orthopedic surgeon proposed cutting me and pinning my right arm to my chest for six weeks (after having gone through extensive therapy).

    A stranger overheard me telling my story to a friend, and suggested that I visit a website (drmagaziner.com) to read about a French procedure called “prolotherapy”. I did so, and thought it sounded like voo-doo medicine. However, I went for a consult and game Dr. Scott Greenberg a try. In two months, the pain was gone, the full range of motion was back, and I didn’t have to have invasive surgery. He injected me (I know, but it’s legal!) with lidocaine and dextrox to INDUCE inflamation to speed healing.

    As a fan of yours (even though I am a die hard Phillies fan), I urge you to at least explore the above possibility. Best of luck in whatever choice you make.

  178. February 8, 2008 10:00 pm

    I hope it goes well Curt!!!

    Have a great day

    Thanks for everything you have done for Red Sox natioN!!!!

    Everything will work out and hopefully we can see you pitch ASAP.

    Please try to stay healthy!!!!

    GOOD LUCK, GOD BLESS!
    John Schuchman

  179. pauliwood permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:02 pm

    Curt,

    As a lifelong Redsox fan, I wish you a speedy recovery. In 2004, you put your career at risk, performing an experimental procedure to keep your tendon in place so you could fulfill all the heavy expectations you had upon you for coming to Boston. You did that, and I think that gets lost with some people and the media.

    You very easily could have shut ti down, and nobody would have questioned that. For that, as a Redsox fan, I want to thank you. I’d thank you in person if I could, for doing what you did, without knowing if it would allow you to physically perform.

    In the event your shoulder does not recover from this latest setback (fingers crossed your shoulder heals), thank you for thinking of the boston fans, and doing whatever you could to deliver 2 Championships here.

  180. February 8, 2008 10:10 pm

    Good job of telling Dr. Morgan to talk with the press to make it clear that you’re being forced into rehabilitation by the team. I just read his interview, and we all know he can’t talk about your medical situation without your consent. If he’s out there saying he’s absolutely certain your career will end without surgery (“Correct. I want to be very clear on that. Correct.”), and that you agreed to the conservative treatmeant because otherwise they will void your contract (“”He didn’t have any alternative other than throw $8 million away.”), it’s because you asked him to.

  181. mcbcfrank permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:12 pm

    Curt,
    I am sure I speak for all true Red Sox fans when I say you are a legend that will never die. In your short time with the Sox (compared to the amount of years the red Sox have been a team) you have accomplished more than what thousands of pitchers have over 86 years and that 2004 Championship could have never been done without you.

    Like you I had a love for something, my duties as a United States Marine. With every training operation and every actual combat operation I put forth 110% like you do with baseball. After only 7 1/2 years I had to come to terms with the fact that my body was failing me. For the good of my health and for the good of my fellow Marines I decided to step down and end my service Honorably with the Corps.

    I am NOT a quiter. I did what I thought was best for my brother Marines and future family. I will never be forgotten by my Marines and no matter what I will always be a hero to them. You need to make the right choice for your health and family and you need to know you will NEVER be forgotten by true Red Sox fans and always be our hero. Don’t be blind to what really needs to be done. Do it for you!

    Frank Andrade
    Sgt USMC

    P.S.
    Thank you and the entire Red Sox team for being there while I was deployed. You guys gave me much more to look foward to than anything I had besides family at the time. Remember you don’t have to give up. There are many young pitchers that need your training tips and advice… Maybe one day we will see you in the Red Sox dug out as a Pitching Coach….

    Once a Marine, Always a Marine!

    Once a Red Sox Legend, Always a Red Sox Legend!

  182. txsoxfan8 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:18 pm

    Curt – I’ve been a Sox fan all my life. I grew up in New England but have lived in Texas the past 13 years. There is a reason I stayed loyal to Boston — the type of players that they’ve had throughout the years. I grew up idolizing Yaz, Rice, & Evans, and categorize you in the same group. You all have the performance and character that makes you all great players. I hope things work out fro the best for you and look forward to seeing you pitch again in the near future.

  183. texredsoxfan permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:18 pm

    kevin785-
    i know you wanted curt’s opinion on this… but i have a bit of experience in the matter. i’m a freshman in college, but in my freshman and sophmore years in high school, i had a very close friend that was doing pot and cocaine and probably other things i still don’t know about. anyways, he got caught and suspended and had to go to a different high school, but afterwards a few of our mutual friends came to me and told me that i needed to talk to him, that i was the only way he would stop… we weren’t “together” but i did love him, and part of me still does.
    what i’m trying to say, is that if you feel like you can talk to her about it, do… if you feel like it’s better to talk to a friend or a counselor or an anonymous messenger, do that. but if you feel like you can’t do anything about it, and don’t, and something happens, don’t blame yourself because it’s totally all her decision. and don’t feel pressured to drink and do drugs, i know it sounds cliche but if a person really is your friend and does care about you, they won’t pressure you to do something that you don’t want to do.
    wow, sorry for rambling, i hope that helps a little bit… i guess post back on here or look me up on facebook if you ever need to talk.
    Emily Booth
    P.S. Curt, again, do what you feel is right for you, please. it would suck to fall apart in the middle of the season and not be able to use your arm for normal living. and please don’t listen to all the people who are saying we shoulda woulda coulda had santana or whatever. you’re an amazing pitcher and an amazing person. i hope your shoulder gets better soon!

  184. philhughes34 permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:38 pm

    Curt,

    Maybe it’s time to hang it up and head back to your XBOX 360. You know, NHL 2K8 is amazingly realistic, whether you like hockey or not.

    I’m sure that you can hurt down McNamee and to give you and Shonda a couple shots of HGH.

    To say the least, you will have the opportunity to groom Lester and Clay into the future of the Red Sox, something that is worth the price of your salary alone.

    I know that you won’t comment much on the Clemens issue, but rather I would like you to take the opportunity comment on your body and any other observations that you can make as a pitcher in the MLB for 20 years. How unlikely would it be for you to come back at this point in your career and be as solid as you were in the past, or even better without taking, or putting anything into your body…

  185. calgarysoxfan permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:45 pm

    I need to clarify that I am a HUGE Red Sox fan, and a fan of Schil. but..

    Thanks for boning the team Curt. Coincidence that this news came out just after Santana went to the Mets? I think not.

    I am CERTAIN that Theo would’ve pursued Santana harder if he knew you were gonna be busted up. I think you held out so you could maintain the spotlight JUST a bit longer.

    Now, seriously, stop being such a drama queen (the sock, the shoulder, blah blah blah). If you can’t play the game, it’s time to retire. Clear a spot for the youngsters to develop and play every five games.

    I respect what you have done, but take your unearned 8 million and go. No more drama…no more false hope. Retire before all the BS escalates anymore.

  186. mikechandler01 permalink
    February 9, 2008 12:27 am

    Curt, I’d just like you to know that we as a fanbase understand what you did to sacrifice your body for us in ’04 and we thank you indefinitely. At the risk of feeling the wrath of Shaugnessy, thank you, and you will always be one of th Red Sox greats.

  187. yeeeeehah permalink
    February 9, 2008 12:40 am

    Karma, bro, Karma.

    How sad is it that your team is more or less telling you to do the worst thing for your health if you want to cash in.

    Given how much you are currently worth, it’s even sadder that you caved.

    email me when they have SOLID proof of Clemens’ use of Performance Enhancing Drugs.

    better yet, email me with your apology when they don’t.

    Karma, bro, Karma.

  188. nycellist permalink
    February 9, 2008 12:51 am

    I am professional musician and have had shoulder problems and other forms of severe tendonitis. I have had surgery, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs, overseen by the first by the Mets’, and later the Yankees’ team doctors. The most successful treatment that I received for my tendonitis was Applied Release Technique (http://www.activerelease.com/). It is a manipulation of the soft tissue that provides both significant relief for pain, and it breaks down the scar tissue that forms from this kind of injury. Tendonitis results from small tears of the tendons, and the scar tissue that forms from it causes further inflammation. A.R.T stops this process and relieves the symptoms.

    Good luck with your treatment, and I wish you all the best for a swift recovery!

  189. deelovesboston permalink
    February 9, 2008 12:57 am

    Curt,
    I know many Orthopedic Surgeons and even worked at MGH. Best advice anyone could give you is to learn who specializes in what. There are many Orthopedic Surgeons who do general surgeries, but do not have a specialty. Dr. Morgan specialty is wrists…Dr. Gill specialty is Sports Medicine(general). Find out how many shoulder surgeries these physicians do in a year that are successful then compare it to others. Find out how many revisions have they have done? Find out who truly specializes in shoulders, and you will see Dr. JP Warner is Chief of Harvard Shoulder Services. For any medical help, ask around (nurses, patients, therapists, and other physicians) for a physician who specializes in the area of treatment you need…who’s the best. I know Dr. Andrews in Alabama is a very well known-Orthopedic Surgeon, he could give some advice. It does not hurt to get a THIRD opinion.
    Shoulders are very complex and you definitely want someone who only handles shoulders all the time…for a best outcome.
    Good luck!

  190. wyosoxgirl permalink
    February 9, 2008 2:00 am

    Curt-
    When the day comes that you retire from the mound (and I hope that day is very far off), do you see yourself staying on as a coach, moving into broadcasting, or doing something in a totally different direction?

    Hope your recovery is quick. At least we don’t have to worry about HGH showing up in your blood tests!!!!

  191. granite13 permalink
    February 9, 2008 5:11 am

    Just created a username to post this. I often read, and see Curt’s replies so I will be honest. When I first read the headline re: shoulder, I was upset thinking the worst (which is what the Boston media wanted), and thought you may have snuck something by them.

    Then I thought back to Christmas a few years ago…when my mom gave me one of her infamous gifts – a Building 19 framed “print”. You know the ones…it said, in bad Sox lettering, “The Ultimate Red Sock” & showed your ankle bleeding. That “bad gift” will always hang in my house for one reason – you bled for me, and my dad, and my brother, and my friends…maybe you bled, and risked the rest of your career, to be a media hero & for your ego…while I do not believe that, I don’t care if that was the reason. You bled.

    I guess the point of this post is to say thank you. Get well soon. Continue speaking your mind. You are refreshing, even if I don’t always agree, you deserve an opinion more than most…you bled. Honestly, I’ll probably disagree with you soon, but you are genuine, and I strive to be the same.

    PS – Went through my old cards shortly after the first series win…found a gem – your rookie card still hangs on my bro’s fridge (sick ‘stache!).

  192. mvdwbk permalink
    February 9, 2008 7:07 am

    I sincerely hope you go for the surgery. I am a 71 one year old( still very active) that had surgery done (finally) 5 years ago. It was a torn rotater cuff. The pain was unbearable ( believe me I know pain, I’ve had many surgeries over the years including major heart surgery.) At one point they considered a shoulder replacement as I had let it go on way , way to long, for various reasons. All the therepy before and after , has never brought it back to normal. You have a family and that should outweigh any decision you make ( money is not everything). I am a very big fan of yours and you have had your years in the big league. Consider your own well being now first. The team will survive! I am and always was and will continue to be a RED SOX FAN. No amount of money is worth your own personal well being. Best of luck

  193. path0451 permalink
    February 9, 2008 7:54 am

    I hope the Sox are right. I have been of the opinion that Curt should take it easy for the first half of the season anyway. I think it would be great if he could rehab into the summer, tune up in August, and hopefully pitch well for a playoff run. With the caveat of there being no risk of irreversible tissue damage.

    You have to face it, although not old in the real world, 40+ is up there in the world of professional athletics. I would love it if Curt had 3 or 4 more seasons with the Sox, but the only way I can see that happening is with some shutdown time in the beginning of every season.

    Of course this opinion is based upon the Sox brass being right about the injury. I am very nervous about Curt having surgery right now because I am afraid that it will spell the end of his career. Best case scenario, he’ll be out for a year, he will try and pitch a full season next year, during which he may or may not be effective for the full season. Worst case scenario, he never pitches again.

    I say give rehab a chance, see what the shoulder is like in July, and then decide on the surgery. If the surgery is necessary Curt will be ready to pitch August of ’09.

    Anyway, no one will push Curt around, and he’ll do the right thing…that’s why we love him.

    Good luck buddy, I’m watching your performance in game 3 of the Angles series last year right now…thank God it;s almosr baseball season!

  194. February 9, 2008 8:04 am

    It must be tough to live in the constant spotlight!

  195. tracylynn88 permalink
    February 9, 2008 8:16 am

    good luck curt best wishes if your really all done you will be missed a lot sorry for your pain keep us updated so we all know the truth thanks for all you have already done for the boston red sox

  196. February 9, 2008 8:50 am

    Catch 22

    So the idea is that there are differing opinions on how to deal with the shoulder problem. Damned if you do, damed if you don’t? Don’t sweat it Curt.

    Here’s one thing that is a fact. You are a professional athlete, who has been paid for performing. Doctors simply practice. Imagiine if we all had jobs that paid us just to practice! Some day they’ll admit that they either know what they’re doing, or simply find new careers.

    As for Theo and company, the notion of your paycheck has to be in their minds, especially were you to opt against their wishes and elect surgery. I know you said you’d respect the club’s wishes, but without knowing the nuances in your contract, is there a potential what if here?

    The what if begins with your desire to pitch one more season… just one. If the surgery puts you in a better position to pitch well, say after the all star break, and your belief in Morgan is so soild, would you consider leaving Boston to make that happen? I can understand the different medical opinions, but just suppose you opt for surgery so you can have the remnants of this one last season. Would the Sox kick you loose and if they did, would/could you pitch for some other club? Is there anything contractually that would prohibit you from doing that?

    Perhaps a leap on my part to ponder such a thing, but I guess I’m wondering what’s more important to you; pitching anywhere for one last season, or pitching for Boston one last season?

  197. deelovesboston permalink
    February 9, 2008 9:33 am

    Curt,
    One more thing, please make sure you find out out how many times the surgeon has performed that specific surgery in the year that they want you to have done. Find out the results on many of the patients have experienced afterwards. Ask to see some proof of this and not go by their word. That is crucial and if you need a fourth opinion go for it.
    Hope you get better!

  198. davidmurrayjr permalink
    February 9, 2008 9:34 am

    Curt,

    I almost never agree with your politics. In spite of this, you are a precious resource for us here in New England. Your work off the field as well as on, are exemplary. You are a a credit to all . So, I will wish for your shoulder to heal as best it can. But if this means that you can no longer play with the team, perhaps NESN can find a way to put you in one of their slots. You are that good and rare. Best wishes to you. Get well soon!

    David

  199. windycitybosock permalink
    February 9, 2008 10:06 am

    Curt,
    The thought of you playing one more year on a Red Sox team that has an opportunity to repeat a World Series title was an exciting and intriguing story line everyone was looking forward to.

    The fact that it isn’t able to play out that way is disappointing for sure. But know that RSN is just as passionate about the people behind the uniform as the one wearing it and we want you to be healthy for you and your family first, Red Sox second. You’ll always be a RSN hero and role model for all.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    CJ

  200. richgedman permalink
    February 9, 2008 10:11 am

    Curt ~ I thoroughly enjoy your blog and everything you’ve done for New England and Red Sox Nation. I have a couple of questions to ask, you may or may not answer but I hope you do.

    Did you get a chance to see Ann Coulter on CSPAN at a Young Republicans conference shred and rip McCain to pieces??

    I’ve never understood why Dr.Morgan was let go in the 1st place and this is in no disrespect to Dr.Gill, but there seems to be some acrimony (no kidding??) between you, the front office, and the medical staff. I understand that people disagree in life, business, personal relationships, but this is so public and it’s about the RED SOX, you understand I gather. I’ve heard you publicly state so many wonderful things about New England, The Red Sox, the management, why, in your last year, does this relationship seem to be souring?? Do you think the Sox are resentful of your blog and public persona when so many in the Sox front office are trying to keep a low profile?? I love blogs, Gilbert Arenas, Paul Shirley (lesser known on ESPN), Ian Crocker are just a few. Thanks…

  201. rbwinger permalink
    February 9, 2008 10:37 am

    Unrelated to your shoulder, but I hope all goes well with that. Although I do not share your political views (but it’s a free country, and I do respect them), I will always consider you as a class act. Here in Chicago (where I guess our brand of suffering now surpasses Boston’s, alas), we had the pleasure of watching you pitch for your 20th victory when you were still with the Diamondbacks in the summer of 2002.

    It was a beautiful day at Wrigley Field and tickets were hard to come by. The Diamondbacks (and Bob Brenly in particular–we’re keeping him, by the way) were especially generous with your time and attention to the 4 kids we brought to the ballpark, when the Cubs players wouldn’t even give them the time of day.

    Your performance was a gritty, yet effective one and appreciated by those in attendance. When you were finally lifted in the 7th or 8th inning, you received a rare Wrigley-field standing ovation (at least as far as opposing players are concerned), and answered with a tip of your hat. You’ve been one of my favorite pitchers from that day forward. When you moved to the Red Sox, a part of me was sorry that it wasn’t the Cubs that won your services. But things seem to have worked out well for you, and I hope they continue. All the best.

    -Bob

  202. schilling4president permalink
    February 9, 2008 10:46 am

    —NO MATTTER WHAT HAPPENS, EVEN IF YOU ARE SITTING IN THE BULLPEN GIVING ADVICE TO THE OTHER RED SOX PITCHERS, YOU WILL STILL BE AN AMAZING ASSET TO THE RED SOX ORGINIZATION…..YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON AND YOU HAVE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS & RED SOX NATION AT YOUR SIDE TO GET YOU THROUGH THIS INJURY….I RAN DIVISION I TRACK/CROSS COUNTRY….YOU KNOW WHAT WAS ALWAYS SAID:”PAIN IS ONLY ABOUT 20% OF THE BATTLE AND THE REST IS YOUR MENTALITY & HOW YOU RESPOND TO THE PAIN”….THE CURT THAT I HAVE BECOME TO ADORE WILL TRY HIS HARDEST TO FIGHT THROUGH THE THICKEST OF ALL ELEMENTS….I WOULD LOVE MORE THAN ANYTHING TO SEE YOU PITCH THIS YEAR CURT & I BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL BE THERE AT OPENING DAY WITH A HUGE SMILE ON YOUR FACE KNOWING THAT YOUR GONNA KICK BUTT IN YOUR LAST HIGHLIGHTED YEAR OF YOU CAREER….LUV YA CURT GODSPEED……KENNY B PHOENIX, AZ

  203. windycitybosock permalink
    February 9, 2008 10:54 am

    Those of you who think the right thing for Curt to do is give money back to the club because he may not be able to pitch are naive at best, clueless otherwise.

    Do you really think the contract he signed with the Red Sox didn’t have a clause specifying an outcome should this type of situation arise? Do you really believe that? His is not an internet site contract with a Notary Public seal!

    The only thing you should expect Curt Schilling to do is abide by the terms of his contract. Anyone who listens to Curt at all knows he’s going to do that.

    $8m does not win or lose the WS this year or any year. Theo, the Red Sox, RSN, and Curt Schilling all believed he was going to be a contributing asset in 2008. It’s a disappointment to all that had nothing to do with anyone’s character or judgement.

    I wish a speedy recovery to Curt and I hope he’s going to be able to pitch for us this year.

    I won’t waste time reading the messages about conspiracy theories or character assassination.

    As for the the Yankee fans’ contributions to this blog – they communicate their fear and loathing real well. I enjoy hearing it! I smile and know we’re getting to them!

  204. drjulian permalink
    February 9, 2008 11:03 am

    Do the Red Sox have a team chiropractor? They should. The benefits of chiropractic care on athletes is enormous. Just ask (gasp!) Johnny Damon. The Sox should employ a Team Chiropractor, just like most other major league teams do!

  205. teamrap permalink
    February 9, 2008 11:20 am

    Ya know Curt ….

    Something’s bothering me about all this … I have a lot of respect for you … I like your candor and your willingness to share the ins and outs of a life that all of us could only dream about … I also respect you as a good human being … I don’t know you (obviously) but the persona you set forth as a good family man and a devout Christian makes me take pause in all of this …

    I make a good living … work 40 hours a week and would be considered upper middle class … yet you make 100 times what I do …

    I heard your doctor on WEEI yesterday and believe his opinion (since he’s operated on you and been your doctor for 13 years) that you have a degenerative disease that means you may never pitch again. I understand that the Red Sox doctors believe rest is the answer … I know you signed a contract and I now understand the Red Sox reluctance to give you the contract … they obviously had to know what was going on and still signed you to an outrageous fortune …

    But how can you, in good conscience, take the money?

    My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that if you believe your doctor, you should go out on top and retire … take the upper road and let the Red Sox out of the contract … easy for me to say, I know … but it’s the right thing to do … isn’t it?

  206. gumutown permalink
    February 9, 2008 11:37 am

    I know doctors know everything and we should never question their infinite wisdom, but there’s this dude Ric Horton who is a massage therapist, does tons of injury rehab with the pats with cross-fiber friction (you may have had this done at some point?) since Parcells, and is a no-nonsense badass. He teaches workshops all over, and knows shoulders. I’m just saying, if you’re going rest and rehab, this stuffs amazing. Especially if your body isn’t used to it. Big fan. Good luck.

  207. rdscholar permalink
    February 9, 2008 11:54 am

    Curt I love you and what you’ve done for the Sox but I think the honorable thing to do would be to retire now. This is a real bad situation for all parties concerned. I wouldn’t put a price tag of $8,000,000 on my integrity if I was you.Get yourself fixed and healed on the Red Sox nickel and ride off into the Hall of Fame sunset. Thanks for everything.

  208. murpcassrock5 permalink
    February 9, 2008 11:58 am

    First time aboard – Good Luck in whatever you decide to do – just keep in mind that you and your family are the most important considerations in this matter – RSN will survive – but thanks for all you have done for us. Have read comments for many months but this is the first time I have contributed. I do hate to see some of those spiteful comments – but you just keep on blogging and we will read same. I even feel you can comment politically – it is everybody’s right. We all make our own decisions. Take care.

  209. mikemoz permalink
    February 9, 2008 12:19 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for setting the record straight. Please do what’s best for you. I think it’s great that you and the Sox came to an agreement that will let you finish your career in Boston – where you belong. Hopefully you’ll be able to pitch some this year but just your presence around the young guys like Lester and Buchholz will help this team immensely. We’ll be praying for you.

    Love this blog. It must drive guys like Shaugnessy crazy.

    Mike in South Carolina

  210. chrystal4 permalink
    February 9, 2008 12:38 pm

    Good luck with everything Curt!! We’re praying for you and thinking about you here in Rochester. Just remember, you have had a great career since 1st being with the Red Wings!! You need to do what is right for you and your family…listen to the doctors. If this needs to be your last year, then so be it…your health and happiness is worth more than $8 million. Love and prayers…Chrystal in Rochester.

  211. February 9, 2008 2:03 pm

    So, yesterday in work your injury was a hot topic of conversation.

    Funny thing is, if I was Theo & Co. — I think I’d have opted for you to have the surgery – so that way you’d potentially be viable for the second half of the season which is where it would be clutch to have you; rather than risking you being hurt beyond the point of “recovery”, prior to September? I’m not sure that I agree with you playing with an injury that according to all the press from Dr. Morgan – is excruciating and impossible to play through.

    I guess the only question that I would want to ask you, assuming you would answer it is this:

    You’ve agreed to abide by the Sox wishes; but do you honestly feel that this is an injury you can play through?

    Cortisone shots are not fun. By any stretch…. :(

  212. ecam8 permalink
    February 9, 2008 2:04 pm

    My best to you Curt. Thanks for everything you have given to the franchise and the fans. I can only imagine that this rehab is going to be hell and I’m sure that there will be moments that you will question why you are doing it. But remember there are people out there that believe in you and whose thoughts will be with you through it all.

    I got ripped for posting this in a game thread on SoSh back in the playoffs and labeled a a fan boy. But just for an update. A few years back my wife made an ABC book for our future children in it there is a page

    C is for Curt.
    He taught us how to win.

    As she is now pregnant with our first child. I’ll be reading that to someone soon. This rehab is only more of the story.

    We’re with you big guy. Go Get’m

  213. dahouse292 permalink
    February 9, 2008 2:23 pm

    “Schilling’s physician, Dr. Craig Morgan, disagrees, saying the tendon is torn and requires surgery.”

    -Foxsports.com

    Hey curt, either ur lying, or sum1 whos job could be on the line because of slander is lying. i dont know, but usually when an article writes that so-and-so said, “Curt’s shoulder is torn, and will not be able to exercise in a couple weeks after his cortisone shot,” the writer doesnt make that up and put it in quotes

  214. mpc5150 permalink
    February 9, 2008 2:27 pm

    Ofcourse you want surgery Curt. The you can put fake blood on your shoulder in your big come back game.

    Ever think you’re getting karma for sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong? Be an honest man and give the Red Sox their money back since you hid your injury.

    Patriots 18-1, 2nd place ain’t bad…ha ha ha
    Go Big Blue

  215. craiglfsi1234 permalink
    February 9, 2008 2:34 pm

    For someone who has been as outspoken as you are on the subject of steroids, you certainly have no problem injecting yourself with a steroid that can only be described as a powerful performance enhancer.

    By definition, a performance enhancer allows one to compete at a higher level than his “natural” physical attributes would allow. As your shoulder would not allow you you to compete at all…any drug you take to allow you to compete gives you an unfair advantage over those who disdain drugs.

    Clearly you should face suspension and possible perjury charges for the treatment you are taking, a blatant ingestion of a performance enhancing steroid, which you have avowed in numerous public forums that you never have and never will avail yourself of.

    Be careful, Mr. Schilling, the drug you condemn may be your own.

  216. normadams permalink
    February 9, 2008 3:04 pm

    Dear Mr. Shilling ,

    I am writing to you because of your problems with your shoulder . Many years back, my then father-in-law, who was a builder by trade, in his forties, could not swing a hammer any longer due to pain in his shoulder. The doctors tried to treat this problem with Cortisone shots but to no avail. They seemed to help for a while but then did not help at all. He felt his career and his life were over if he could no longer swing a hammer on the job as he was in business for himself and relied on his carpentry skills to support his family. My then wife, Sandy, started her father taking Alfalfa pills which are available at health food stores. They contain only Alfalfa which is what horses eat in the form of hay etc. It is not a banned substance for players and has no other side affects as it is just Alfalfa. Anyway, shortly after starting taking 18 pills a day he was back on the job swinging that hammer and he did so into his late seventies and was still able to when he retired. He is now 83 with no shoulder problems but he still takes his Alfalfa every day. They are easy to take and can be swallowed a few pills at a time.

    My wife first started taking the pills when she had an issue with HER shoulder. Years later, when we were no longer married, I injured both my shoulders carrying an object too heavy to be carried safely. After about a year of having pains in BOTH shoulders, I remembered her father’s shoulder pains and the Alfalfa and how we all believed they had made him whole again and rescued his working life. So I started taking Alfalfa myself and, not knowing how many he took, I took 12 at a time. Within a short time, I think a week, my shoulders were without pain. I am not sure if the time frame was a week but I know it wasn’t very long. I later stopped taking them thinking I would no longer need them. A couple of years later I injured another shoulder doing something I should not have been doing and lived with pains when using that shoulder for about a year. I could not even lift a milk bottle to put it in the refrigerator with that arm. Then, after a year of that, I remembered the Alfalfa (I am a slow learner I guess) and started taking it again and within a short time again I could lift that bottle of milk into the refrigerator without pain. This time I did not discontinue the Alfalfa and take it to this day, every day. At the time I took the pills for the last shoulder injury, I was also having recurring and persistent pains in my lower back that I was told by a doctor was due to spinal bifada and there was nothing they could do to prevent these frequent problems that caused me very bad pains even when walking the dog. After starting to take the Alfalfa pills for my shoulder I realized that I was not having the back pain attacks and have not had them again over these many years. With regard to the shoulder pains, I never did take Cortisone shots although my former wife and father-in-law did. Since that time I have recommended Alfalfa to a couple of other people in my life who had similar excellent results and never had to take the Cortisone shots.

    If you are interested I will send two unopened bottles which should be enough to last for two months at 15 or 18 pills a day. I am so hoping that it will work for you as has been my experience with me and others. They can be obtained at health food stores (I get mine at The Better Health Sore chain) and should be 500 mg to 650 mg as I have seen them packaged and sell there for $12 or $13 for a bottle of 500 which, as I said, should last about a month per bottle.

    I will not send the pills unless I hear from you. I bought two bottles to send to Gary Sheffield when he was having similar problems but never sent them as he consequently had surgery on his shoulder and I am not sure these would help after surgery which I know you have had also and not sure about a torn tendon which they say you have.

    I know this story sounds kind of far fetched and may be pooh poohed by others, and I don’t know why they work and I was and am always a skeptic myself, but they did work and I am so thankful for that. Anyway, what could it hurt?

    Hoping for your full recovery and return to playing.

    Norm Adams
    24416 Hass
    Dearborn Heights

  217. brittany606 permalink
    February 9, 2008 3:24 pm

    Dear Curt,

    I am sorry to hear of your news. I live in Cali and because of you and your spirt in the 2004 world series game I have fallen in love with the Red Soxs. No one around here in cali quit understands why I like Boston so much but it doesnt matter. I love to watch you guys play and I look foward to the once in a while that Boston comes out to play the A’s. I have tried and tried again to come and see you pitch and each time I miss you by a game. I had just bought opening game tickets for the A’s vs Boston in the hopes of seeing my fav. player play just one game. I pray for you to heal. and I pray that maybe you will be able to pitch on opening day. Thank you for being such a great role model to all the kids. Hopefully I will see you in Oakland! Get better!
    ~Brittany

  218. zinhead permalink
    February 9, 2008 3:38 pm

    Curt. You need to listen to Dr. Morgan. One of his associates out of the Wilmington office operated on me twice in the past year. They are fully competent. Listen to him. For your health. I hope all goes well.

  219. bigharry1980 permalink
    February 9, 2008 3:44 pm

    Curt,

    I have followed you since your time in a Phillies uniform, you are one of the great’s of baseball my friend. Take your time to heal, I will welcome the day you return to the mound again.

  220. mnsmastro permalink
    February 9, 2008 4:17 pm

    Curt,

    You have positioned yourself as a stand up guy. You are a living legend in Boston sports folklore. You are a man of integrity.

    If your shoulder prevents you from playing, then don’t play, and don’t take the money. You of all people know that, if you can’t play, you don’t deserve the compensation. Do the right thing, and you will be loved for it and get your props 100 times over. The Sox can also spend the $8m on someone else who can help deliver the 08 title. And perhaps you can play in 2009, if you don’t get appointed President McCain’s US Ambassador to the Red Sox Nation!

    I hope that you can play this year, because you’ve got every Sox fan everywhere in your corner, and you will feel their support of you every time you take the mound. It will be the most incredible feeling! Good luck!

  221. FireDannyAinge permalink
    February 9, 2008 4:17 pm

    The NY fan that said Curt was held up by the offense needs to go back and look at game 2 of the world series. Curt kept us in that game and many others and our offense last year was nothing special compared to other years.

  222. luluxbelle permalink
    February 9, 2008 4:37 pm

    Curt,

    Do you have your senior-citizen AARP card yet? No wonder you like McCain. You both are the same age… also maybe you could take some juice to help you heal!

    God’s speed! (So you can come back and struggle against the Yankees.)

  223. bosoxfanaticxo permalink
    February 9, 2008 5:17 pm

    Oh no!! :(!

    Curtyyyyy! :( You need to get better!!!! Ohmygodddd. What will we do without you?! Now I’m gonna cry. I LOVEEEE Curtyy! :(( First the Patriots LOSE the Super Bowl, now our belovedd Schil is injured! :( I’m devestated.

    I love you!!! Get better SOON<3!!

    Lovee your biggest fan,
    Allie-Taunton :)<3333

  224. jpgirl permalink
    February 9, 2008 5:45 pm

    Curt,
    I just read that you did receive the cortisone shot . I hope the Sox doc knows what he is doing. I am going to 6 Sox games this year and was looking forward to seeing you pitch in person.I did see you 2x last year and most memorable was the match up with Clemens at Fenway in Sept.
    I am hoping and praying that this all works out and you can have another great year!

  225. bjmartin1 permalink
    February 9, 2008 6:26 pm

    Curt,

    I wish you the best and hope you can help us in 2008. YOU brought us two World Series and that will never be forgoten.
    Next, I loved the moronmattingly23 comment above, there is nothing like a Yankee fan hating a Red Sox player, especially some loser like mattingly23. I hope that hate you all of 2008….and beyond!

    Good luck!!!!

  226. redsox38 permalink
    February 9, 2008 6:29 pm

    Curt, I hope your shoulder heals quickly and without and problems. I cant wait to see you up on that mound again. You will be in my prayers.

  227. andyyankee7 permalink
    February 9, 2008 7:31 pm

    HEY SCHILLING,
    MAYBE YOU CAN GET SOME HELP FROM YOUR BIG HEADED TEAM MATES, BIG POPPI AND MANNY, TO HELP WITH YOUR REHAB! YOU KNOW, A SHOT OR TWO! OH, THATS RIGHT, BOSTON DOES NOT USE OR EVER HAVE USED STEROIDS, SO SAYS THE MITCHELL REPORT. BUT IS HE NOT ON YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND PART OWNER OF THE RED SOX’S? SO MAYBE YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH IT! CURT, IS IT NOT TRUE THAT CORTISONE IS IN THE STEROID FAMILY OF DRUGS? JUST A THOUGHT! HANG UP YOUR FAKE BLOOD SOCKS AND MAYBE GET A LITTLE SOUVENIR STAND OUTSIDE OF THAT PLYWOOD STADIUM IN BOSTON, AND YOU CAN HAWK YOUR ANTI-YANKEE HATS!

  228. withheld permalink
    February 9, 2008 7:50 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=Aq0nw_C.v47351aH2.I3klgRvLYF?slug=ap-schillingsshoulder&prov=ap&type=lgns

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortisone

    What’s the difference between cortisone and the clean and the clear? Seems to me that both drugs are effective for accelerating healing.

    What’s the difference between your tendenitis and Bonds’ arhritis?

    I simply do not understand. Please explicate ad infinitum.

  229. bman1979 permalink
    February 9, 2008 8:03 pm

    “”The pain-killing shot would allow Schilling to begin rehabbing an injured shoulder tendon — the Red Sox’ team physician believes the tendon is damaged, not torn, and that rehabilitation gives Schilling his best chance to play this year.

    Schilling’s physician, Dr. Craig Morgan, disagrees, saying the tendon is torn and requires surgery.

    On Saturday, Morgan said he could not confirm that Schilling had received the cortisone shot, but repeated his opinion that the team’s recommended course of action is doomed to fail.

    He said that within a couple of weeks of the shot, “[Schilling] won’t even be able to exercise.”

    Schilling could not immediately be reached for comment. A team spokesman said Saturday that the Red Sox would not comment.””

    This is a segment of an article that ESPN.com picked up from the AP wire service. Are you saying is that it is complete and utter fabrication?

    “Please understand that a lot of what has been reported is not true. When the club feels it’s appropriate to further discuss the details of this issue publicly I will elaborate but I need to make it clear that Dr Morgan did NOT diagnose me with a tear of the rotator cuff at any time during this process, nor did he recommend rotator cuff surgery.”

    As much as I’d love to see a FULL STRENGTH Schilling pitch, it seems that may never happen again in our lifetimes. Please consider riding into the sunset, ala John Elway. Go out on top as the post-season hero you are and not as the crippled “one last hurrah” you’re bound to be if you continue. Here’s to seeing you in Cooperstown.

  230. txmastar permalink
    February 9, 2008 8:39 pm

    Hi Curt…

    I just hope that whatever treatment you follow over the next months you choose what is right for you. You have already sacrificed so much for the Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. None of us can forget 2004…. However, I feel like it is time for you to put Curt Schilling first.

    You may remember that I am the Special Ed. teacher who was going to talk to the children about the donation to the Jimmy Fund. The minute I mentioned your blog to the class and your request, they all agreed to now put our profits from the school store aside for a donation. In a few short weeks, they have saved $16. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is a start. As soon as we have a bit more, we will be making that donation.

    Take care of yourself…

    Keep us posted as to how you are doing….

  231. ctgary permalink
    February 9, 2008 9:06 pm

    Hello Curt,
    I am a Ct. Yankee who had ill thoughts for you when you re-signed with the Sox, due to the fact that I have so much respect for you as a player and person, I had hoped you would go elsewhere. But I certainly am not happy to see this situation develop. I feel for you and what you have to go thru. You were given God-given talent to play the greatest game on earth and do it well. Now at the twilight of your career you may not be able to go out on your terms. My question is this. What does it do for you and to you when you take cortisone shots. Does it help to subside pain? Mask problems and possibly cause harm? Aid healing in any way? I read where you were hoping not to go thru a year where you are taking cortisone shots. Why? Ive been around the game for a long time and never really understood what it was that cortisone does. I only knew that it enabled hurt players to continue playing and put off the inevitable, surgery.

  232. hlang permalink
    February 9, 2008 9:17 pm

    Has anyone anywhere ever suggested that Curt Schilling has a rotator cuff injury? I sure haven’t seen it. Yet that, and not anything factual and relevant or otherwise responsive to what has been reported, is what Schilling’s super frank’n’honest blog post specifically denies: Something that nobody has alleged.

    This super-rich athlete’s dedication to John McCain is always framed in terms of flawless honesty and perfect integrity: Curt and John KNOW the truth. Apparently they don’t have to SAY the truth and it’s OK if they employ obvious misdirection in order to distract you from the truth. Because if they lie or handwave or otherwise misdirect you, it’s for your own good. Because they are good. They are not self righteous profiteers. Not at all. Not. At. All.

    To be honest, they do have an interest in encouraging your support and compliance. Can’t you just accept that their interests are your interests (not you, fansluts; I know you can; I’m talking to people whose brainstem doesn’t turn to urine at the word Jesus). If lying to you might help just a little with John’n’Curt’s financial and falsification problems, what the heck, right? Worth it! For ALL of us!

    God bless you, Curt Schilling. Please use your fans again and again. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

  233. bigmikepsych permalink
    February 9, 2008 9:30 pm

    You know, I really don’t want to be “that guy”, but there has to be a point where you have to think about your long-term future and say “enough is enough”. Much as it pains me to say it, now might just have to be that time.

    I remember when you first signed with Boston, I did resent you slightly because you had unseated Pedro Martinez as #1 starter and I was a little put-off. But over your tenure in a Red Sox uniform, I came to appreciate you because of the effort you put forth and the way you prepared for each hitter and each start like everything depended on it.

    And now, you’re 41 years old with an injured shoulder. I remember hearing about another guy with a bad shoulder. His name was Sandy Koufax. And when he was asked why he decided to retire so early, he told them, “I don’t regret any of the past 12 years of my career. But I think I would regret 1 year too many”, and I think that is the mentality you should take here. I know you want to fulfill your contractual obligations and keep your shoulder healthy at the same time, but there is a cost to both and I hope that you will make the right choice for your long-term future

  234. tomcamps permalink
    February 9, 2008 10:04 pm

    Hello Curt! ! Let me start by thanking you for all you have done, and WILL STILL DO, for all of us in RSN! ! ! You are a class act. I hope that you can return to the rotation this year. If not I will not be bitter at all. You have helped a life long dream come true for me for the Sox to WIN. I was only witness to 43 unsucessful seasons until we won. I thank you for all your courageous starts and wins.
    Take care of yourself. Get healthy. Your family will be with you a heck of alot longer than most baseball fans.

  235. February 10, 2008 8:02 am

    Okay, Curt… I think you need to clear something up for us – as well as others. This may be a matter of semantics, but you said that “Dr Morgan did NOT diagnose me with a tear of the rotator cuff at any time during this process, nor did he recommend rotator cuff surgery.” And then, in an article posted by the Globe on Saturday, Dr. Morgan made comments regarding your shoulder that, certainly, do not sound at all promising – and this is a doctor for whom you have expressed your respect.

    I am of the opinion that word games are being played here. Perhaps not intentionally, but we have an autistic daughter whom we have had to teach that a partial truth can still be a lie – and I feel like we are getting a partial truth from you. Maybe you feel that this is a safe way for you to try to mentally prepare for the rigors of rehab, but it still feels a bit like a lie to me.

    Is it time to retire, Curt? Dr. Morgan is of the opinion that if you do not have surgery, you will never pitch again… Time to hang up those cleats, Curt, imo. I have a great amount of respect for you, but it is time…

    ToofarawayfromBoston

  236. February 10, 2008 8:06 am

    Oh, and one more thing… My husband, daughter, and I are huge MMORPG fans and are looking forward to your game. My husband says that it’s time for you to work on your game. ; )

  237. murpcassrock5 permalink
    February 10, 2008 9:47 am

    First time to write – but want to tell you to take care of yourself and family first and RSN will be ok with what you decide to do. Have been reading your blog for a long time but this is first time I wanted to tell you my thoughts. Hope you do not take the negative comments to heart – there are lots of troublemakers in the world. Just keep blogging.

  238. whoreallycarescurt permalink
    February 10, 2008 10:48 am

    You’ll always be the best curt!

  239. ksharp5128 permalink
    February 10, 2008 11:00 am

    Why do you not consider the cortisone shots to be a “performance enhancing drug” since you obviously wouldn’t be able to perform without it?

  240. geraldjg permalink
    February 10, 2008 11:31 am

    Curt:

    I am sorry to hear about your shoulder. I recently experienced Rotator Cuff Surgery in Philadelphia, PA. I went to Dr. Joseph A. Abboud, 3B Orthopaedics, 800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA located inside Pennsylvania Hospital. 1-800-789-PENN.

    The surgery involved restoring three torn muscles using the orthoscopic procedure. It involved placing three anchors in the shoulder which leaves no scar since they do not open you up. I am 70 years old and since I retired from a desk job I had with the government, I do community service that involves lifting various amounts of materials weighing 25-50 lbs. I had the surgery last May and I went to rehab in June and July. After that I felt strong enough to continue community service. I feel that this procedure maid me stronger considering my age. I am hoping that this information might help you. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

    I have been a Red Sox fan since 1946. Thanks again for helping the Red Sox win the recent World Series. This makes up for all those unforgettable disasters.

    Jerry

  241. dontaylorjr permalink
    February 10, 2008 11:38 am

    To You Curt, & in responce to “beneee99″ whose dad lost his fight w/ ALS,
    Your openess here has proven you are a ‘regular Joe’ w/ special God given talents. Keep shootin’ from the hip as you write what you feel in this blog.
    To those who wanna bitch about what you write I say to them, hey, go back to your usual porn internet hangouts or start your OWN blog websites !!!!
    Baseball is not the end of the world. Unfortunately, Iraq & that other hell-hole is. Should you ever get down to Hollywood, Fl. let’s have a beer & talk about what else the “other” regular Joes can do to fight ALS and other positive thoughts. Hell, I don’t agree w/ your politics. . .just your caring to say what you believe in which is supposed to be the AMERICAN WAY.
    As a former athletic guy, I too loathe those long needles the doc would inject me with. It (the cortisone ) only seemed to work for a short time.

    Do what u have to do, WE IN Sox Nation will be pullin’ & praying for you.
    May I also include this 1 sidelight, I doubt anyone will read this diatribe but, let me say I wore my PATRIOTS cap proudly the day after !!!! Yea, right here in Dolphin-land. Don Shula’s home. I DID & I will !! 18-1 is still great.
    Our Pats didn’t win it all- so freakin’ what ! No one has gone 18-0.
    They deserve a heartfelt THANK YOU from all of us and not the criticisms
    I’ve been reading & hearing.
    The Giants are NOT the best team of 2007 !
    They were a little better than our Patriots last Sunday.
    “Walka-Proud” !
    Ciao from SoFla

  242. dontaylorjr permalink
    February 10, 2008 12:04 pm

    PS to “beneee99″ Thanks for the courageous sharing. I know it wasn’t easy to relive the pain. Thanks Again.
    Don

  243. kezar1 permalink
    February 10, 2008 1:19 pm

    Curt

    Those of who know, know what kind of guy you are and we respect and love you for it. When I took my nephews to their first Sox game this year, you weren’t pitching but I pointed you out and told them, ” if you want to have a favorite player, and a role model, Daddy is first, but number 38 is the guy you should learn about and follow. Don’t just learn about his stats, learn about what kind of person he is.”

    Thanks for being a true citizen of this great country, and a great role model for young kids today. Good luck with your rehab, you have the support of those that try to make a difference in life.

    Godspeed.

    PS. If things dont work out physically, I think a McCain/Schilling ticket in November would be a real winner!!!

  244. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    February 10, 2008 1:43 pm

    Good news Sux fans, if Schilling’s out, Bostons rotation has already improved!! Curt you are such a loser. You probably hurt your shoulder hoistin some food to your mouth. I can’t wait to see Schill in about 3 years…. He’s gonna look like a large balloon. In any event, I hope you do pitch again, because I look forward to seeing A rod and Company tee off on your 80 MPH fastball. Hey Curt, heres an idea… get the guy that sewed up your ankle in 2004 to sew up your shoulder before each start. Of course he’ll have to find a cadaver to practice on again first. Instead of bloody sock, you’ll have bloody shirt. Oh and one more thing. Thanks for waiting until Santana was signed with the Mets before letting out your well kept secret, as it would have given Boston a greater motivation to try to sign Santana. Well enjoy your eight million and your retirement, Gordo, now you’ll have plenty of time to cut out little paper hearts and write Senator McCain’s name on them

  245. 38amy38 permalink
    February 10, 2008 2:18 pm

    All I can say is when you are on, you are unhittable. When you are off, I have to close my eyes. I have been a fan of yours when you were a Phillie, a Diamondback, and a Red Sox. No matter what team, I wish you all the best in what you do. That is what a fan does. Nevermind the negatives. God bless and good luck Curt.

  246. diesal3426 permalink
    February 10, 2008 4:56 pm

    This is my first post on the Curt Schilling Blog.

    I believe that you being out is a huge LOSS for the Red Sox. You are a workhorse and a bulldog on the mound. I know that you have lost some Zip on the fastball, but you are still a great pitcher. I am a fan for yours. I I hope that your Rehab goes well and you are able to make a comeback. Good luck to you this season.

  247. February 10, 2008 5:05 pm

    97 converted

    “I never post, but my irritation with some of the posters here compelled me to say speak my litttle piece:”

    Um… speak your piece but Dr. Morgan said that if Curt does NOT have surgery, he has zero per cent chance of playing this year.

  248. koolkat2 permalink
    February 10, 2008 6:56 pm

    curt…love ya, but its time to move on…clay is more than capable to take your place..thanks for memories but YOUR OLD…your done

  249. beaches3 permalink
    February 10, 2008 7:56 pm

    Although, i’m a Phillies fan, I wish you Curt the upmost luck and well wishes on your shoulder. Unfortunately, I’ve had 4 right-shoulder surgeries (within 19-month’s) 2 rotator-cuff tear’s, scar-tissue removed & the 4th surgery performed 10/4/07 i went to a second opinion Dr., 100 miles away, from my hometown & he grounded down bone-spurs in my shoulder, removed MORE scar-tissue & cut the bicep-tendon muscle. I pray you will never experience, what i’ve gone through & i’ve been going to physical therapy STILL!. I’ve had, over 130 session’s of therapy, i feel the shoulder, will NEVER be the same again. Too much trauma (shoulder), from all of the surgeries!. I feel you have many year’s of solid pitching left & the shoulder get’s attended to now & the sooner you can recupperate. Best of luck Curt & God Bless, to you and your whole family!. I’ve been to Fenway a few year’s ago when the Orioles came to town & thoroughly enjoyed myself & the “GREEN MONSTER”, was HUGE!. Beantown, was COOL!. Baseball Rules!.

  250. lilly81 permalink
    February 10, 2008 11:45 pm

    Hi I always been a fan of yours since I was really little, I was an avid sports lover, and I played every sport growing up, that was until my ankle problems started in college, it was your ankle problem that brought light to what was going on with mine, peroneal tendons popping out of place, and tears in them… After countless Dr’s visit, and casts, and crutches, I finally had surgery in summer 2006, and fall 2007,, on both my ankles, my left is doing wonderful but my right is still having issues, I am not sure I will ever be able to play soccer like I once did, and I am sad about that.. I just wanted to tell you I live near Philly, and always been a Phillies fan, but once you left I followed your team you were with, and cheered you on, especially as a Red Sox,, I did wonder when you were rehabing back with you ankle, did you ever feel like it would never get better? Any suggestions on regular exercises routine that helps you retain strength? I am only early 20’s, so I thought youth would be on my side, but these surgeries are harder than I ever thought,,, Well I wish you the best this upcoming season, and I will be cheering you on from Southeastern Pa…

  251. tsri permalink
    February 11, 2008 1:21 am

    Curt,
    Best wishes. Do what is best for you – long-term. Ensure that you will be pain-free beyond your baseball career. You deserve it. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I will never forget that you promised the unthinkable, a World Series Title and delivered not once but twice. Thanks Curt, and I wish you the very best.

  252. bluejaysfan93 permalink
    February 11, 2008 9:59 am

    Ok, I’m not a Sox fan, but I have to say some of these comments from the “Sox Nation” are absolutely ridiculous. This is a guy who took way less than market value to return to your team. Seriously people, in todays market you cannot even get Kyle friggin Lohse for 8 million! Yet this guy took millions less to stay with your team and now some of you are saying he should give it back? Why, because his injury which he expected to be healed isnt? Umm…isnt that something Theo and the team doctors should have looked into before signing him? It is their responsibility to check a players health out before signing him and if there are any concerns either insure the cotnract or do not sign him. Be mad at them for not doing their job, not Curt. How is Curts fault for wanting to play another year if he thought he had the ability to do so?
    And these coments about him not saying anything until after Santana was traded are funny. What would Curt gain by purposely doing that?? If I remember right his comments when news of the Red Sox interest in Santana became public were overwhelmingly in favour of getting him. Again, that is Theo dropping the ball and letting Santan get traded for pennies on the dollar to someone else so be mad at Theo not Curt!!
    Although I like reading Curts persepective on baseball usually I do not comment here since this is not a forum for my team but I had to comment on this one. The personal attacks on him by “fans” here are crazy, I am assuming that most of these come from the “bandwagon fans” and not the die-hard fanatics like most of the Red Sox nation members that I know. Curt, I hope you get well enough to pitch this year….just not against my Jays! :)

  253. mrnoahtall permalink
    February 11, 2008 11:01 am

    Hey Curt,
    Best wishes to you.
    A couple questions:
    First, how do you justify being shot up with cortisone shots so many times so you could pitch, yet you accuse Barry Bonds of cheating for allegedly using substances which were also LEGAL at the time?

    Second, why haven’t you come out against Roger Clemens? Seems there’s DIRECT evidence of his cheating, yet you remain silent.

    Third, you may want to have someone who actually understands English grammar to edit your idiocy. When you say “clubs” in a possessive way, you need to add something known as an apostrophe, thus it would be CLUB’S.

    Fourth, if your barefooted hippy in the sky that you worship so much really does exist, why would he allow this terrible tragedy to afflict your arm? Wow, maybe he really likes black people!? What will you do now?! Oh my LORD, what if your JEEEEZUUHS is a Democrat?!

  254. February 11, 2008 12:00 pm

    I don’t ask this accusingly, but I’m wondering why there’s a such a wide disparity between how cortisone is viewed and how HGH is. Seems like, in this context, they amount to the same thing, an artificial method to extend the career of an athlete.

  255. February 11, 2008 12:01 pm

    curt,

    after all you’ve done for the sox and for boston’s fans, i hope only that whatever course of action is decided upon does not hamper your life after baseball. i’ll be heartsick if you don’t pitch for us in 2008, but i’ll be devastated if your shoulder ends up messed up for the rest of your life.

    thanks for being willing to talk to us all about things here. as soon as the rumors hit me, i came here immediately for the straight story. i wish you all the best, whatever the summer has in store for you, and i know you’ll take the best care of yourself as possible. for what it’s worth, “curt schilling” has been added to my nightly kneel-next-to-my-bed prayers.

  256. drom7 permalink
    February 11, 2008 12:32 pm

    Dear Curt!! It’s my first time on your 38pitches.com site and I gotta thank you in all that you have done for The Redsox!! My wife and I are having twin boys in April and as I made my wife a die hard fan…soon the boys will hear all about the courageous Curt Schilling..the family man, the go-getter…the outspoken one! I read comment #7…and not to get too overprotective…but that definitly sounds like a yankee hater who doesn’t know baseball. You will walk into the hall of fame with a smile …and hopefully a redsox hat!!

    Get better! My wife and the boys wish you and your family all the best!

    -Dave

  257. hfujohn permalink
    February 11, 2008 1:04 pm

    If Boston and you don’t get along Philly will take you back!

  258. pancho878 permalink
    February 11, 2008 3:00 pm

    According to Yahoo.com:
    Schilling last week in his blog, in fact, wrote: “There was absolutely no reason for anyone involved to believe I would be anything other than completely healthy and ready for the 2008 baseball season.”

    That perspective seems to be at direct odds with the news that the Sox, believing he was capable of pitching just a limited number of innings in ’08 because of his disintegrating shoulder, initially proposed that he sign a half-season contract much like the ones Roger Clemens has had the last couple of seasons, and that the Red Sox medical staff either raised red flags about re-signing him or recommended outright that he not be brought back. The Sox were adamant that Schilling not undergo surgery, and believe their only chance of seeing any return on their investment is rest and rehabilitation, beginning with the cortisone shot administered Friday.

    Gee, Curt. Not long ago when you resigned with the Sox, you said that it wasn’t about the money. According to this report, it is quite the opposite!
    I’m soo glad that the Phillies didn’t sign you now! Thanks for being you Curt!

  259. mrnoahtall permalink
    February 11, 2008 3:09 pm

    Yeah, prayer and GAWD will fix Curt’s shoulder.

    That and some shots of drugs…you know, like the kind he blasts everyone else for taking.

    What a hypocrite!

  260. colecovision permalink
    February 11, 2008 4:07 pm

    Curt,

    It is safe to say that you have built your career and persona around integrity.

    The standards that you hold for yourself are good enough for me and should be good enough for every Red Sox fan.

    Good luck with the shoulder and let’s hope you will be part of the rotation in the second half!

  261. mannyramirez1 permalink
    February 11, 2008 5:29 pm

    I don’t know why I’m replying to all the ^^*(^^& comments, I just can’t help myself. I’ll keep it short and sweet.

    Open Letter To All The $*#@&!,

    No one cares about you or what you say because your negative comments are waisted here. Drag yourselves over to a more appropriate site, like ihavenolife.com

    No Love,
    Kim

  262. cjackson2 permalink
    February 11, 2008 8:40 pm

    Curt,

    My girlfriend and I are huge Red Sox fans. We were sorry to hear about your shoulder and hope you are able to get better soon. I am curious to know why after such a great career that you just didn’t retire.knowing that this could be a career ending injury why go through all the pain and heartache. Part of me understands that it is because of all the money. but, I never thought that you pitched for the money.

    Good luck with your shoulder. I know what you did for the Red Sox in 2004 will never be forgotten with us.

  263. goawaycurt permalink
    February 11, 2008 9:10 pm

    GO SEE YOUR BUDDY ROGER!!!! HE’LL GET YOU BACK ON TRACK!!!!!!!!!

  264. jrsoxfan18 permalink
    February 11, 2008 9:48 pm

    Just reading a few posts I see a lot of negativity but don’t think thats the sentiment in Boston. Schill’s already brought 2 world series and 4 solid years. 8 Million dollars should be a bonus for what he’s done here. All I have to say is don’t risk further injury and wait untill you’re ready to come back. We have depth at pitching and I’d rather have schill pitch in october than april. In fact, the amount of hate messages just proves the rest of the league wants nothing to do with 38 on the mound. Good luck with the recovery, red sox nation supports whatever decision you choose to make.

  265. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    February 11, 2008 11:26 pm

    Mr Noahtall,

    You can take your disparaging comments about Jesus and shove em. You’ll be eating you words on Judgment Day. Don’t blame Jesus for someone’s affliction. What a freakin moron you are for saying something like that. That’s part of what’s wrong with the world today… atheistic like you that want to keep Christianity out of schools, out of TV, out of everything. Go crawl in a hole. And when your Judgment Day arrives, dress light, cause it’s gonna be hot where you’re going.

  266. urisoxfan permalink
    February 12, 2008 12:06 am

    Hey Curt! Huge, huge fan. Of course I agree with everything you’ve said. But do you really think it’s wise to allow these comments that rip you????
    I know I have a blog you may have heard of (SOSH), but we don’t allow comments like that. Don’t you think it takes away from our overall message??? I Do. Whenever a lurker calls me on some “BS”, I just BLOCK THEM!!! That Rulzzzzzzzzzzz.
    Good luck on the rehab Curt!!

  267. tlcrichardson permalink
    February 12, 2008 2:24 am

    Well Mr Curt Shilling, I am pullng for you. As you know you are needed in the Sox rotation. You do what you need to do so we can watch you again. I have not seen a picther with your drive and one that lifts the staff to your level. When you walked off the mound in Fenway for the last time last year. I had a lump in my throat. Did not want to see that in fear that you would not stand there again. I am glad your still with the team and I know you will be back. Just make sure you do what is best for you and your family. Now one last thing. Maybe I should not slip this in, but I am. Is there anyway I can contact you in regards to a Jimmy Fund Golf Event I am hosting up here in Maine? Get well and come back throwing fire again.

    A TRUE SOX FAN

    Tim

  268. chaz4thesox permalink
    February 12, 2008 2:42 am

    Curt,
    As a lifelong Sox fan, and having seen you go through the trials and tribulations you have gone through as a MLB player I believe you, and only you, will decide what is best for yourself and the Red Sox in this coming season. I know you didn’t try to deceive anyone in any way, and I hope to see you pitch for the Sox this year as we go win another series championship. You’ve already given you’re blood for us and all true Sox fans know that. I hope that you can be a solid part of our team as you have been for years, but most of all I hope you know that if you cannot, everyone that is a true Red Sox fan appreciates all you’ve done for the team. Thanks for your true love and dedication to us… the RSN and the greatest baseball fans on earth. God Bless and Godspeed. You’re a true idol and role model to a lot of us here that just love to watch you hurl. You’ll always be a legend in my mind.

  269. jehb02 permalink
    February 12, 2008 8:33 am

    I know this is old news, but I wish you the best of health. If you never pitch again, you will be one of the few baseball Heros in my life. I put you in the as an equal hero status with Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, and Rodger Clemens. In fact, I have only two baseball jerseys, yours and Yaz.

  270. vtnursersoxfan permalink
    February 12, 2008 8:38 am

    I don’t like the thought that anyone in RSN would feel that you would take the money and run.

    Have the surgery, possibly unsuccessful repair of tendon, and forfeit the contract —- Don’t have the surgery, risk not pitching this season at all but still getting paid. A definite dilemma it’s true. I couldn’t deal with it at all but because of your integrity, I ‘m sure you will work it out.

    Day by day I am getting more used to the idea that you may not be pitching in 08, I didn’t say I liked it, just finally adjusting to the possibility. If you don’t pitch – you’ll still be with the Red Sox – you’ll be an asset in the training of the other younger pitchers and you will be in a RS uniform when inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now that I like!!!

  271. richard73 permalink
    February 12, 2008 9:55 am

    Curt ,

    First off regardless the outcome , just wanted to say thanks for the past several years , I think you and Orel Herchiser are two pitchers that come to mind when I think of that old bulldog mentality that not too many pitchers have today, you have been my wife’s and I favorite pitcher regardless of the uniform and have particularly enjoyed the years in a Sox uniform. We know that in our hearts you’ll be fine and the arm and ol’ Curt will return!. We went and attended a John McCain rally to hear the man speak and have subsequently since voted for the man we are very much in agreance that of anyone out there he is the absolute best choice to come in and replace Bush and lead us as a nation forward and upwords.
    Thanks for the continued honesty about any and all situations in your and your families life and look forword to more info as it comes with the therapy and treatments , and getting one of the best pitchers of All Time back on the mound at Fenway !.

    Sincerely
    The Miltons

  272. sherlock2001 permalink
    February 12, 2008 12:04 pm

    Curt,

    I’m sorry you’re having problems with your Rotator Cuff but the Red Sox are making the right move by sending you to get a Cortisone Shot and Physical Therapy. Let me just tell you a quick story. In Nov/2004 I had my right shoulder operated on for a torn labrum (at the same time he found out I had a frozen shoulder). After successful surgery and “months” of physical therapy, I saw the doctor again in March/2005 and he asked me what I would like to do (what were my objectives). I told him I wanted to throw a baseball. When I said that, he explained to me, if I was a major league ballplayer, I would be out the year. He said I could start throwing again in September. In Jan of this year I found out I have Rotator Cuff problems on my left shoulder. What he wanted to do first was a Cortisone shot and Physical Therapy. It’s now been a little over a month and I see about 30% improvement. I had a follow-up with the doctor, had Cortisone shot, and he said he wants to see me between 60-70% by March 12, 2008. I think the Red Sox are looking after their investment. You signed a contract, and they would like you back sooner rather than later if possible. Rotator Cuff surgery will keep you out of baseball for the year. Plus, I believe their feeling is, whether you have it operated on now, or in June/July doesn’t make a difference. I respected you as a Red Sox fan, but you must’ve known you had shoulder problems before you signed a contract. If this is the case, you owe it not only to yourself, but Red Sox Nation and commit to the Red Sox for 2009 for minimal pay. I hope everything turns out okay in Physical Therapy.

  273. menace77 permalink
    February 12, 2008 12:21 pm

    curt if i could give you my shoulder you,d have it…GET WELL SOON.. while recuperating will you be in the bullpen talking to clay and jon and jon? youre knowledge is almost as valuable as your arm.. hope to see you soon. thx for more than anyone could have asked for.

  274. February 12, 2008 1:52 pm

    Get well soon PLEASE CURT!!!

  275. akjpperry permalink
    February 12, 2008 2:29 pm

    Oops, please substitute “tendons” for “ligaments” in my previous comment.

    I’m trying prolo for my knees so I have ligaments on the brain. If your long biceps tendon is inflamed due to “acromial impingement,” the treatment would apply to thickening the tendon.

  276. tigerswinagain permalink
    February 12, 2008 3:08 pm

    curt
    as along time tiger fan, i can only say that there is know reason to rush back. take your time. enjoy the 08 season from the skybox or the top of the green monster. i’ve seen one game from up there and i have to say it was the best. good luck and remember rest, rest, rest

  277. person774 permalink
    February 12, 2008 4:51 pm

    i can’t believe that people are in here and talking about you giving back your contract, and that you knew you were injured! i mean do we think that the red sox would be that foolish to sighn you if you were hurt then. and although i never really warmed to you, i don’t think you would do that as a person. ( i’m a big pedro fan, and hated that they didn’t resighn him, cause they had you. sorry, i do respect what you bring to the table in life and in baseball) people are so crazy around here, is it like that everywhere? or just a n.e. thing? anyway, thank you for all them memories, and doing what you said you were gonna do. i will always be a curt schilling fan now.

  278. dnreynolds permalink
    February 12, 2008 6:50 pm

    Your total recooperation will be in our prayers Curt. We hope to see you back on that mound in no time. True Fans are behind you 100%.
    Go SOX !

  279. ashore889 permalink
    February 12, 2008 8:04 pm

    Hey whats up curt if you dont off the DL down come playoffs do you think are young rotation can get the job done .There is reason to dought because clay has never pitched a full season dice k somewhat folded during the late part of the season and lester has had trouble staying off the dl.I think it is somethin to worry about

  280. jonnybaltimore permalink
    February 12, 2008 9:56 pm

    Curt,
    You have litterly risked life and limb for this team and everyone in Boston should be thakfull! as far as what you have to say aout politics or life I for one like to hear what your thoughts are, from a thoughtfull, intelligent person and any one who doesnt want to hear them should just “turn to another station” rather then critisize you.

  281. FireDannyAinge permalink
    February 12, 2008 11:57 pm

    Yankee fan telling Schilling to retire DREAM ON.

    We will let him get healthy (as long as he needs) and use him for the post season. Nice try though Yankee fans.

  282. sdredsoxfan permalink
    February 13, 2008 6:50 am

    Curt,

    I was sorry to hear about your shoulder injury and hope that the route that you and the Sox are taking works and has you pitching for us this season. My family and I will be at Fenway park on June 24 to watch the Sox and the diamondbacks and I hope that you are there as well.

    Whatever the outcome, I will never forget what you have done for us since your arrival in Boston, 2 World Series wins since 2004. You will be forever remembered in Boston and to every RedSox fan around the country.

    Take Care and thanks again

  283. toothboy2k1 permalink
    February 13, 2008 8:34 am

    Bad news with the shoulder and all. But I’m posting this because I came across an ALS story worth reading, and why Curt’s work is so important (and couldn’t find any other place to mention it). It’s about courage, hope and inspiration, and one family’s refusal to surrender to the tragic circumstances of ALS. You can find it at http://www.azcentral.com/health/news/articles/0119als0119.html.

    Thanks.

  284. dropthemike permalink
    February 13, 2008 2:07 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

  285. murphymp permalink
    February 13, 2008 9:42 pm

    Curt focus on the stretch run…..AUG – OCT. Just get healthy for those 3 months. Close out your career here in Boston by helping the Sox reach the post season. You are money come that time of year. Your arm will be hopefully well enough for 1 more late season war for anothet WS title! Regardless your statue belongs on Yawkey Way.

  286. radjedi permalink
    February 14, 2008 1:13 am

    Is it too much to hope that you’re still working out and trying to lose weight? Injuring your shoulder doesn’t mean you can’t work on your core body strength, leg drive, etc.

    even though you’re 41, I think we all know if you get into great shape there’s no reason to think you can’t hit 91-92 and dominate hitters as you did in years past.

  287. diehardsoxfan permalink
    February 14, 2008 10:08 am

    Best of luck with your shoulder. Most of us are real fans with long term memory — thank you for all you did for us. Your leadership and coaching skills will be very much needed with the young kids. Look foward to seeing you at the City of Palms park when we are there in a few weeks. PS: I couldn’t help but notice from yesterday’s hearings how proud I am to have you with the B on your hat. I am sure you would know what a vegan was…. Man, clemens may have a talent to pitch, but he is dumber than a piece of wood and it showed…..

  288. philhughes34 permalink
    February 14, 2008 11:19 am

    I hope that you are forced to retire. After Game 6 in the 2004 ALCS, I just about had it with the Red Sox and would have taken your bloody sock and stuffed it right down your throat. But that wasn’t a possibility and your went on to win the world series saying that it was worth sacrificing your career to win that world series.

    So you won the 2004 world series. Congrats.

    But now, I would like to see the Yankees win another ring. So frankly, I hope that you recover, because no one should wish pain another human being, as I wish for the best in your recovery.

    Just give the game of baseball up now. You’ve had a great career, and it’s time to leave, and just let the Yankees return to Supremacy.

  289. bosoxfaninnh permalink
    February 14, 2008 2:47 pm

    Curt,

    I wish you all the best with your shoulder recovery. I am seriously embarrased by the so called memebers of Red Sox Nation on here who are questioning you and your integrity.

    I really hope to see you on the mound this season but even if you aren’t I know that the mentoring you can offer to Clay, Jon, Jonathan, Dice and the rest of the pitching staff is well worth having you in a Sox uniform.

    Enjoy that Florida sunshine and bring some back up here for all us New Englanders. Who needs groundhogs and birds to tell us spring is here when we got pitchers and cathchers?!

  290. fanboom permalink
    February 14, 2008 2:51 pm

    From all of us at Fanboom, we support you and hope that you can lead us to another world series this year!

    Best,

  291. stevef111 permalink
    February 14, 2008 4:06 pm

    Curt I am not sure if you read these but is there anyway you can get one of your fellow teammates to stand in your place for the season strikout for curt’s pitch

  292. bigweenepstein permalink
    February 14, 2008 4:31 pm

    Schill: Great post. Anyways … Love you, bro. But I’m cutting u. Didn’t think u could SHOULDER the load this year. LOL! Peace.

    T-dawg Epstein

  293. martineguy permalink
    February 14, 2008 5:50 pm

    Curt,

    If you never lace up the spikes again…you’ll still go down as one of the gutsiest – lay it all out on the line- Boston athletes since Larry Bird. Why does the media overlook that you put your career in jeapordy in 2004, and did it again last year, putting on one of the grittiest post season baseball performances this town has ever seen (remember, Clemems shut himself down in 86)? For what? A World Series for Boston? Name one transplant athlete who ever did that for this town (other than an aging Walton in 86). Fans like myself will be lining up to thank you on your retirement day. Kudos for everything you’ve done here. I’ll be telling my kids about you long after youre gone.

    A true fan,

    Mark

  294. Hugh Jass permalink
    February 15, 2008 7:11 am

    Hi, Chub,

    Man, Shank ripped you a new one in today’s Globe.

    Deservedly so, I might add.

    This 8mil should be given to charity, my man. It’s just not right to take it when you are not earning it.

  295. rockfish56 permalink
    February 16, 2008 11:24 am

    Mr Schilling, I wish you the best with your shoulder. You don’t have to prove anything to us Sox fans, we know your heart. I have been a Sox fan since I was 10 (1967) and suffered like many other Sox fans thru the years. In ’04, what you did with your ankle in pieces, it was too much for words. You are a warrior and I salute you.
    Last year was another great Sox finish. You guys were awesome.

    But also what you do for people and charities, I wish every athlete and celebrity who had the means would do the same. I had an Aunt die from ALS, and my Father from cancer. So I do appreciate the work you do, and in helping children. There is nothing more noble.

    Thank you for all you do, on the field and off. All the best to you and your family.
    Rick

  296. curtgoaway permalink
    February 17, 2008 9:56 am

    Curt, I think it’s time to call it a career. You’ve worn out your welcome everywhere you’ve been and you’re doing that now here in Boston.

    I couldn’t agree with your Curly Headed boyfriend in the Globe MORE. You took the SOX for the 8 Million, you’re not telling the “fans” what the problem is or how this happened & let me guess? you’ll bash & blame anyone/everyone but yourself for what’s going in that shoulder of yours.

    Can’t wait to hear your explination on “KKK in the morning”. Looking forward to John Meter-Perel asking you legitimate questions & you gettiing belligerent because you can’t handle anything other than the cream puffs the other two knucklheads ask you.

    Please, do us all a favor and retire. At the very least we won’t have to listen to you. We already know you’re not going to pitch this year.

  297. yanksone permalink
    February 17, 2008 12:05 pm

    Shilling, nobody likes your act anymore, you should shut the hell up and concentrate on what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. I mean how hard is it to play baseball, stay in shape and shut your mouth?

  298. seabormj1 permalink
    February 17, 2008 3:56 pm

    Hang in there Curt! I pitched in an over 30 hardball league until I was 48.

  299. kfish25 permalink
    February 17, 2008 5:04 pm

    Hang in there, Curt! I wish you nothing but the best. Recovery and rehab is never fun, but if anyone can come back, it’s you.

    Be well and don’t forget to have fun.

  300. warbler44 permalink
    February 17, 2008 6:12 pm

    What is it with you star pitchers and lying through your teeth to Congress? Roger must be a good “Christian ” also…..

  301. 4soxinnj permalink
    February 17, 2008 11:14 pm

    Curt, I have been concerned about the whole process regarding your shoulder. I know that you are a great competitor and look foward to you continued success. My family and I pray for your continued success and good health.

    I look forward to seeing you pitch this Summer and into the Fall.

  302. mikebuckeye permalink
    February 18, 2008 3:00 pm

    Curt,

    Per usual, you are full of your own B.S. Enjoy your 8 million plus to run your mouth off. Hopefully you’ll shut your mouth long enough to hit your weight clauses.

  303. mjd0717 permalink
    February 18, 2008 4:34 pm

    Isn’t biceps tendinitis (or in this case fraying) is one of the most common complications of anabolic steroid use?

  304. nubulins permalink
    February 18, 2008 4:40 pm

    i believe you curt

  305. namekit permalink
    February 18, 2008 5:16 pm

    Ok here goes.
    I think you need to take matters into your own hands. It is obvious to me that you do not believe the prescribed course of action is the correct one and you are not happy about it.
    I am convinced that you do not need the 8 million dollar contract as much as we (BoSox), need a healthy Curt Shilling.
    I think you should meet with Theo and John Henry, thank them for the opportunity to come here, make a bunch of money and a bunch of memories and advise them that you will follow your doctors advice and have the surgery and begin rehab. The 8 million contract will be voided and you can do your thing. If the surgery goes well, and the rehab goes well, you will be able to pitch after the All star break.
    You will be healthy enough to get on with your life whether you ever pitch again or not. If you come back like you know you can, I am sure a team will pick you up for the balance of the year. Either way you can proceed on a path you believe in.
    Listen to your heart and your wife.. Do what you have to do..

    Thanks for everything you have done here.

    JS

  306. sox1972 permalink
    February 18, 2008 7:09 pm

    Curt,
    What it comes down to is you have to do whats right for you and your family no matter what the money consequenses are. We have seen you play hurt many times. With the great career you had you could have retired after the last world series win. What did you do you came back to play and took a pay cut to stay with the sox. I don’t think there is any doubt in Red Sox nation about your commitment to the team.
    If there is any doubt in your mind that any of the doctors do not have your best interest in heart and are making a diagnosis to get you back faster at not 100% or if there is a possibility that you could do more damage by rehab and coming back to me its not worth it for you and your family.
    Red Sox nation knows your comitment in the past and knows it would kill you not to be able to play this year.
    Good luck to you and make a desicion for you and your family. Forget baseball.

  307. tdmtown permalink
    February 18, 2008 8:18 pm

    Curt,
    It’s funny to see the different responses here. I’m not in the “kiss Curt’s butt” camp, but i am for sure a fan and admire your effort on the field and philanthropy off the field. That being said, i’d have to agree with the Sox. One thing i have never heard you mention, was the fact that you are 40+ and 40 somethings don’t heal like 20 somethings. Even post surgery 2005, it was on and off the DL, then only relief, THEN starting. You got a free pass because of your amazing efforts in 2004 and it was justified, but as you’ve stated, the Sox have never asked for any of that money back for the time you went on the DL. (i know they can’t) I’ve only followed your career here in Boston, but you don’t seem to be an especially quick “healer”, nor do you seem to be particularly patient and willing to take all the time necessary to heal right(as in 05), so can you even understand that the Sox, in weighing both options, took the less risky option?
    Just because you have surgery,
    1) doesn’t mean it will solve ALL of your problems
    2) there’s no guarantee it will go 100% correctly
    3) there’s no guarantee you’ll recover in time to pitch a single game in ’08

    If you were 25 with little to no injury history, or a history of being a “quick” healer, i’d say “have the surgery”, but you are 40+ and have been on and off the DL throughout your career. Try to be a little more objective, you have an injury/recovery “track record” and even from the outside, one doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to infer things from it.

    Stay focused, get well and strong, say a few prayers if it helps, and if/when you do, remember that this might be a time for some hard work and humility, not so much a time for cherry picked press conferences and grandstanding.
    (yes, that circle of butt kissers you convened was absolutely pathetic to watch)

    Good luck

  308. 800redsox9 permalink
    February 18, 2008 8:55 pm

    Curt,

    My family loves you man. I was born in Malden, MA in 1959. I moved to South Jersey in the 1960’s.

    I’m a Red Sox/Phillies nut so you now how much I dig you.

    My brothers and I were in Fenway on April 20th, when you guys hung a bunch of runs on Mariano Rivera and beat them 7-6 (Green Jersey’s).

    I totally love you man! Bloody sock, two world series, thank you for everything. I wish you the best, come back in 2008 bro!

    I wore my Green Shilling Jersey home the next day just like you wore that night…

    Peace!

    Matt

  309. kanderson74 permalink
    February 19, 2008 12:06 am

    Been awfully quiet on this blog…………………… I guess being faced with the end of a career quiets a person. A very loud person at that.

  310. bakerscrew permalink
    February 19, 2008 12:27 am

    $ What a hypocrite, just another greedy ballplayer I guess, enjoy your contract. $

  311. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    February 19, 2008 1:26 am

    Dude just pack it in. You aren’t gonna recover fully and when you try to rush back into the lineup youre going to get destroyed. Even a healthy Curt Schilling is no longer dominant, so a rehabbed Schilling is gonna be worse. And hey, this coming from a die-hard Yankee fan who would love nothing more than to watch a bloated Curt Schilling toss batting practice to A Rod, Jeter and the rest like he did last year. Dude, give it up, tear yourself away from the spotlight and go to work for the love of your life, McCain. I’m sure that his camp would welcome a celebrity cheerleader like you. I am anxious for you to melt away into obscurity. You are nothing but a loudmouthed egotist. You are very transparent my friend, and anyone with a brain can see right through you.

  312. beneduci permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:44 am

    Curt,
    I’m sure you don’t have time to read all of the replies to all of your posts, and therefore I will assume that there is a very small chance that you will read this one. Anyway, I read today that you said “It certainly isn’t the best spot to be in, when you hear ‘5 and 10 percent’ and ‘never pitch again’ and those things. I’m disappointed that after 21 years, my career might end like this, but it is what it is.” I can understand wanting to keep your career going. I would love to see you pitch for another year for the Sox, but if it doesn’t happen, I don’t think there is really good reason to be disappointed. You’ve won three world series rings, ended ‘the curse’ with the bloody sock, and have one of the best post-season records of all time. You are a philanthropist and a political advocate. In summary, you have led a life that most of us could not even dream of achieving, so if you are never able to pitch again, just remember that you have brought joy and relief to many people’s lives, and went out as a World Series Champion.
    Thank you…seriously,
    Giovanni

  313. patchie61 permalink
    February 19, 2008 6:54 am

    Curt, man up you fool. Last year at a victory parade you made it about you and not playing for the Sox this year. You needed the “Roger Clemens” attention. While now you have your contract but no arm to pitch.

    I would suggest that you do one of two things – follow the Sox Medical suggestions or take your own avenue and risk your $8 Million contract. it is your choice. You want to open your mouth, take the risk that goes with it. You want to say that your way is the only way, risk voiding teh contract if it doesn’t work out.

    For once in your life shut your trap and do what you are paid to do. It is a shame that it has to be you that is the thorn of spring training. You can’t even help the team and yet you can find ways to hurt it.

    Your getting your money, shut up and do what you are getting paid to do – listen!

  314. frankw1 permalink
    February 19, 2008 7:52 am

    My only response is continue to trust in Him as you have already. This trial and your needs are on my prayerlist. He is your strngth!

  315. February 19, 2008 8:52 am

    Curt:

    I respect that you and the Sox are trying to work things out, but I also think that its your body, and you should be able to do what you think you need to do for it. No one should be questioning your desire to pitch and help this team. How about this for a compromise: agree with the Sox to suspend your contract, get your surgery, heal, rehab. If you come back and pitch this season, or next, at some level of effectiveness agreed upon in advance by you and the team, you get paid. If you can’t do that this season or next, you retire.

  316. bostonfv permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:30 am

    Mr. Schilling: Aside from being a Red Sox fan, I have also been diagnosed with a partial thickness tear and biceps tendonitis. (by MGH Sports Medicine) I went through many shots and PT for over a year and a half now. Although I am not a major league pitcher (for many reasons, including gender), I was a competitive softball player through college (fast pitch catcher), played until my injury in MA leagues, and was an avid tennis player — among other interests and activities. I went the conservative route, and it hasn’t worked — I have been hoping they would let me continue to try that because they now want me to have biceps tendonesis done and have the tear repaired. I suppose this is the opposite of your situation, but I am petrified of the surgery, even though it will be done by a very accomplished Red Sox doc. What convinced you that the surgery was safe and could get you active quicker? I am scheduled for surgery in May and am petrified that I will not be the same athlete of 2 years ago after the surgery. In any event, the conservative treatment has worked for many, I hope it does for you. I would love to be at Fenway and see you pitch this season.

    Best of luck, and God bless.

  317. john44soxfan permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:39 am

    Curt,
    I wish you all the best with what ever decide to do. I have had the surgery they say you need. My only regret is i wish they had the screw instead of plastic pin that was used in my surgery. My surgery i only got back about 80% use of shoulder/arm, But i know you outcome will be different, and better.

    Your a great pitcher and great person for all you do, will you well.

    AND WIN IT AGAIN WILL YA

  318. wordfromct permalink
    February 19, 2008 12:30 pm

    Schill: Some advice.
    I am a big Schilling fan but I’m beginning to turn here.
    Please Please, stop talking and start rehabbing..!!!
    Look at it this way…you rehab and come back and have a nice
    swan song.
    Or it doesn’t work out but you did your best….You have a great legacy.

    For you to now start bickering over the course of action is driving me crazy.

    Please Please stop talking !!!

    From a big Schilliing fan… be careful your driving us away.

  319. ancientspirit permalink
    February 19, 2008 1:35 pm

    Dear Curt
    I am writing as a fan and one who also has a shouder cuff injury. Please look into acupuncture and Pfremmer deep tissue massage for rehabing the injury.
    I used it on mine, and it has done wonders to an injury that I had let go and did nothing but watch my arm function deterioate.
    I am not an athlete but the injury is no fun.

  320. February 20, 2008 9:22 am

    Curt,

    Do you believe in miracles? If you do, this message may be just that for you and your shoulder.

    You certainly don’t know me today, but may become extremely appreciative that I invented a patent pending product called GolfStretcher™ for the golf world or ProStretcher™ for the non golf market and had the balls to let you know about the product in this Blogb. I would like to introduce this product to you and/or Paul Lessard, Mike Reinold, or Scott Waugh. We have tried, but have not been successful in reaching Paul, Mike or Scott and, thus, this blog directly to you.

    Shoulder results for many users of these products have been nearly miraculous. One of the last to be blown away with how rapidly the product helped his shoulders is the Number One Ranked Long Ball Golf Driver, Brain Pavlet. Brain can not wait to share the product with his brother Steve who is an ATC and PT in California.

    Our focus with this invention has been primarily in Golf. Hank Haney, Tiger Wood’s Swing Trainer, Sean Cochran, Phil Michelson’s Personal Trainer and current number 3 ranked Steve Stricker’s Personal Trainer and Caddie, Thomas Mitchell, all have and are testing or using GolfStretchers™.

    This is the review we received from Thomas Mitchell.

    The GolfStretcher is definitely a great tool to use in everyone’s golf fitness program. It is very effective in increasing the range of motion in the shoulder joint, which is usually ignored in most people’s workouts. It will help reduce shoulder injuries and can only improve one’s golf swing. The rotating handles are awesome and comfortable to use. I now feel confident and complete in my golf fitness training.

    Robert E. McAtee, LMT, CSCS, C-PT – Co-Author of “Facilitated Stretching”, PNF Stretching and Strengthening Made Easy and owner of Pro-Active Massage Therapy, Colorado Springs, CO had this to say:

    As an inventor myself, I’m pleased to see the creative simplicity of the GolfStretcher™.

    As a sports therapist and facilitated stretching specialist, I’ve auditioned many stretching and flexibility products over the years. The Golf-Stretcher’s unique combination of rotating handles and shaft and adjustable length make the multi-planar movements used in facilitated stretching easy for everyone to accomplish.

    I recommend the Golf-Stretcher™ for improving golf performance, as well as for overall flexibility training, neuromuscular integration, and general health and well-being.

    We look forward to helping you with your shoulder. The only thing we ask in return is that if this product helps you as much as we expect it will, that you would help us get this product recognized in the Baseball World.

    Curt…Please fee free to contact me directly or have or Paul Lessard, Mike Reinold, or Scott Waugh contact me.

    Jack Wilson – Inventor – jack@golfstretcher.com

  321. jointrepair permalink
    February 22, 2008 10:59 am

    Please curt as a life long red sox fan, find a doctor who does prolotherapy. either go out to see Dr. Jo Ann Douglas, DO in colorado or see Paul Tortland, DO in CT.

  322. theclassofbasball permalink
    February 22, 2008 10:59 pm

    curt

    you’re 40yrs old give it up,nice how you held off on you’re injury after the mets signed santana,typical on you’re part,no class as usual. curt

  323. reptiletroy permalink
    February 24, 2008 6:38 pm

    Dear,Curt

    I hope you get better quick but if your not starting soon what do you want the starting rotation to look like if your not starting.

    From,Troy age 11

  324. jezzo21 permalink
    March 2, 2008 2:24 am

    Curt;

    We hope you will return true to form, but if not we will always be thankful for the TWO (2) World Championships you have brought to Red Sox Nation. Even though the nit-wit son of a *^&%$ from the Yankees is now flopping his gums, we need you to rest up for the play-offs. Besides, how many Championships do you need to get into the Hall of Fame? Your three are memorable and a forth would be the icing on the cake!

    Rest up you old war horse, we will need you for the final lap!

  325. theclassofbasball permalink
    March 4, 2008 9:42 pm

    hey jezzo21

    yankee fans aren’t the only ones saying bad things about curt, there’s plenty of you chowder heads saying alot of bad things to.

  326. gericos permalink
    March 23, 2008 7:34 am

    Good Morning Curt – I have been following your injury, as I have personally worked on many shoulders & other problematic joints, in pain &/or injury, using an original technique of muscle therapy I have developed over the past 25 years of successfully treating 1,000’s of clients – I would welcome the opportunity to offer my knowledge, skill & experience, to create a continuous flow of energy from the tip of your toes to the tips of your fingers, releasing a synchronized & calculated burst of undistracted muscle power in your pitch – – – Success stories: A wrist scheduled for surgery-I treated 3 times for a half hour each – upon day of surgery & preparatory exam, wrist was improved by 60% (my trmt was the only intervening variable) & surgery cancelled – recently worked on a physician, whose specialty is shoulders, experiencing shoulder pain, was pleased to have no shoulder pain at end of treatment session – The competitive athletes I work on, call me their “secret weapon” – My treatment is very unique & it works – I create extra-ordinary health & healing in muscles – for more info & contact, please visit http://www.gericostanzamassage.com – Thank You for making this opportunity for posting & taking time to review comments – Best to you – G

  327. dhaines permalink
    March 27, 2008 7:58 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I am happy to hear that the shoulder is improving. Please email me when you get a chance. I pray for your health and family daily. God Bless you and your family.

  328. puppyman permalink
    April 11, 2008 7:50 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I’ve noticed that a lot of pitchers wear what looks like a rawhide neck band. Can you tell me what this represents?

    Thank you.

    Pat Kelly

  329. edzoinvt permalink
    April 13, 2008 11:20 am

    Dear Curt,

    During spring training Steve Buckley wrote a great article about you. I wrote and told him so, and he suggested telling you as well. So here’s my view:

    We waited 86 years for 2004 to come and if you had not been on that team – we might still be waiting. Historically, I think you are THE single most signicant player, – having the most impact – in Red Sox history. Significant, when you consider Ted Willliams, Big Papi, Joe Wood and Yaz

    What you pulled off in 2004 year – and at the end on one leg no less – was unbeliebable.

    Again, last year – despite a arm problems – you were absolutely clutch down the stretch. No Curt? No 2007 W.S. Win, either. Sorry. We lose to the Indians. Beckett was awesome. Dice K came through in a big way. But you were wicked clutch.

    I have no doubt that your presence is nothing but good for Becket and Dice-K to be around, not to mention the rest of the team.

    I was bummed to hear about the arm issue when you were preparing for the year. I was bummed to hear that the docs are split. I wish they’d let you get the fix you wanted – your doc has a proven track record. I’m guessing you know best for your body.

    With all of that said – I really hope you can rehab it and fix it during the first half or so of the season the way the team thinks can happen.

    Here’s why – another W.S. Ring to put alongside those beauties you posted in that photo would be STAGGERING to comprehend.

    Think of it – you come back in mid or late August after missing all that time and provide that push to get back to the playoffs – and back into your favorite neighborhood (W.S. Clutch Time) – it’s gonna put you on a whole other level. Another stratosphere. Your legacy will be ridiculous. One game? Winner take all, who do you want on the mound? Bob Gibson? Whitey Ford? Sandy Koufax? Dizzy Dean? Cy Young? Joe Wood? Bob Feller? …. Or you? WEEI will need it’s own time slot just for that argument.

    So please, work on that rehab – because there’s still more clutch time yet to come!! You are already a shoe-in for the HOF. After you kick butt in 2008 – you’ll need your own wing there!

    Good luck!

    Edzo in Vermont

    p.s. Tell Big Papi not to sweat it and relax. Like you, without him we have nothing. We know he’s got his yearly 35 homers and 130 rbis inside him. They’re just all gonna come in fewer games this year. I feel bad for AL pitching once he warms up. So please tell him to cheer up!

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