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Congratulations, Spring Training, 38 Studios

March 5, 2008

Congratulations to John McCain in winning the Republican GOP nomination. I can’t imagine a finer person now in position to become our next President. If you are someone that voted for another candidate, and haven’t heard this man in person, I would urge you to do so.

He won’t pander and you probably won’t agree with everything he says, but I think he’s a man that can be trusted to get this country back on it’s feet domestically, and abroad. I am proud to call him a friend.

I’d also argue, after hearing a politician comment last night that ‘his 5 years in captivity have no bearing on his ability to be president”, that it’s the exact opposite. The resiliency, determination and complete lack of selfishness in enduring that horrible experience are the exact type of things I need to know the person running this country possesses.

Anyway, congratulations Senator.

The Sox plod along in camp, and things look great. Starting at the top of our rotation Josh is poised to be even better this year. He busted his ass this winter and looks outstanding. Jon Lester looks fantastic as well and I expect he’ll have a good spring going forward. Tek, well he looks like Tek, stronger than everyone else and totally regimented in preparing for the season. Jacoby looks bigger and stronger, Youk looks great.

Had a chance to see Bartolo throw again today and I was blown away. He looks incredible. Throwing the snot out of the ball and very free and easy. Could be a huge steal, not sure how other teams passed on him. He looked awesome the 10 minutes I watched him throw.

Manny looks incredible. He is always in great shape but he looks leaner and stronger this year. The folks at API are incredible people and always on the cutting edge. Papi looks like he’s moving a hundred times better than at any point last season. Manny Delcarmen looks fantastic too, and I think he’s past worrying about losing velocity because he lost so much weight. Balls coming out of his hand nicely.

Congratulations to Tito on his extension. Can’t be happier for anyone after seeing all he’s been through since 1997. Inside the game I know he’s incredibly well respected and I hope that starts to carry over.

I’m plugging along. My days run from about 6am to 9am and I am generally finished before the guys take the field in the morning. Looking forward to playing catch at some point in the next month or so to figure out where I am and what is happening.

38 Studios is coming along. We recently announced our 1st tech deal when we licensed BigWorld as our back end technology (also like to ad that we just did the press release on our second tech solution, the licensing of the Unreal 3 Engine today! Big news!) The team did an incredible job over the past year in evaluating every bit of technology out there.

We’ve progressed into another stage of development but I think the lengthy period of time we spent in the concept phase will pay off in huge way down the road. The millions of dollars that can be saved with proper preparation was evident very early on. This past year has allowed Brett, Jon and some of the leadership team a real good opportunity to create a very different culture within this company that will be one of our hallmarks going forward. It was a fantastic year. Can’t wait to see what the next 12 months provide.

61 Comments leave one →
  1. crashdavis42 permalink
    March 5, 2008 9:59 am

    Curt,
    Are your trainers telling you anything about a timeline and/or where you might fit into the rotation when the season starts? How does your arm feel?

    Ali in Phoenix

  2. March 5, 2008 10:21 am

    Curt,
    I can’t be happier that John McCain won the Republican GOP nomination…
    I agree I think his past experiences as horrible as they were for him were a vital part in the making of who he is today, I think personally that he is exactly what this Country needs in a President. Good Luck John!!!

    I was lucky enough to go down to Ft. Myers and watch you guys, everyone looks to be in great shape, I made sure I watched almost everyone doing their drills and stuff it was awsome to be that close and be able to see what goes on during Spring Training. I missed Paplebon throwing and I did not get to see you Curt, I was so looking forward to seeing you, I know you will probally retire and I wont get the opportunity to see you next year. I do have tickets to the game on March 13th when you guys play the Rays, maybe I will get to see you then (I hope). I live in Florida and I consider myself lucky to drive 3.5 hours to see you guys during the Spring, this was my first trip and I will be back next year. You know I was in total shock to see Tek, his legs are even bigger in person. OMG! You are right he is always in great shape. I kid you not his thighs, just one of them is bigger than me. Amazing…

    Anyway I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope you will be able to pitch this season, I will be praying for you.

    Bosoxgirl

  3. March 5, 2008 10:26 am

    I know I’m fighting a losing battle, here, Curt, but our vote for US president is important because the president implements policies. Politics is not a soap opera or morality play where we cast judgment on men’s souls with our votes.

    No one questions Sen. McCain’s resilience and determination (well, except for that one guy who introduced then-Gov. Bush at a rally during the 2000 campaign and said McCain had betrayed America or something).

    But I am pretty sure that he will continue to overstretch our military, continue to worsen our deficit, fail to address the importance of the rule of law and the importance of accurate information in policymaking, and fail to address the rising cost of health care. So I probably won’t vote for him.

    Thanks for the updates. It’s nothing you don’t know already, but most people would sell a soul or two to have three WS titles under their belts and a three-hour workday. It probably hasn’t been the greatest month ever, but hang in there. We’ll see you in there for the playoff run.

  4. aenashi permalink
    March 5, 2008 10:48 am

    Grats McCain!

    Also, grats 38 studios for picking an engine. I have been eying the company very closely and excited with what you will turn out. I really envy you Curt with having the opportunity to be in the mix on creating a MMO.

    Also, i would like to say RIP Gary Gaigax. He recently passed away and i feel he was the godfather of modern gaming.

  5. March 5, 2008 10:49 am

    It’s great to hear about the guys and how they are doing. Thanks for the updates. Can’t wait to hear how you are feeling in a month or so. Good luck on your road to recovery – Go Sox!

  6. empirelady permalink
    March 5, 2008 11:08 am

    I was very glad to hear that you are,as you put it,
    “plugging along”. However,I say to you what the great Peter Yarrow,of the music group Peter,Paul,and Mary said to me during my long rehabilitation following my very serious accident(very lucky to be alive,some might say a miracle) and ankle injury(had ankle surgery,with a metal plate and nine screws as a result-I am now,truly,forever screwed). I was having a difficult time,physically and emotionally,and he told me to “keep fighting,to never give up”. So,the words that this 48 year old lady sends to you is to keep fighting and never give up. I am well aware of how difficult it is,not to mention painful,but hang in there and know that you are not alone,you are never alone. I am with you every step of the way,emotionally if not physically,and I hope that you will get well very soon(I,too,look forward to you playing catch,a great step in the right direction). There is not a person in this world who understands more than me about how slow and frustrating rehab can be(it took me 18 months to be where I am now,which is as good as it will ever be)but hang in there,you will get better,and if there is ever anything that I can do for you,even lend emotional support,I am here for you,as I have been(you can see my messages on your previous two postings),and will always be. My thoughts are with you,always-
    Donna Blanc,New York City,empirelady87@hotmail.com

  7. dcvaylu permalink
    March 5, 2008 11:41 am

    Curt
    Great to hear your info about the team, players and yourself. I was talking the other day about Bartolo and wondering why noone was looking at him. I’m glad we grabbed him, what a rotation when you get back! It’s refreshing to hear a players view instead of the constant speculation of the “sports idiots” that just want someone to hear them. I’ll always be a fan of what you stand for and your fight against ALS. I like too many people knew of ALS but never thought about it or the effect of it. I am a life long friend of Jeff Julian so I now know first hand how terrible it is. Thank you for all your support and efforts. Good luck and hurry back.
    Duane
    Hartford, VT

  8. rnnana permalink
    March 5, 2008 1:01 pm

    Thanks for your comments from spring trng – we Sox-a-holics are always eager for your thoughts about what you’re seeing. And of course we all are praying and hoping for the best possible outcome of your rehab attempt. Please keep on bloggin….

  9. March 5, 2008 1:36 pm

    curt:

    1.) yes, the time McCain spent as a P.O.W. does have a lot to do with how he would conduct himself as president. I will not be voting for him, but if he wins I won’t be compelled to go get drunk at 8:30 am like I was last election.

    2.) i can’t believe Lester was on a 4500 calorie/day diet. Thats insane!!! Can’t wait to see how that 20-25 lbs. of muscle he gained gets utilized.

    3.) did you know that Autodesk is getting into the animation gig? I guess they bought some software company to start getting more into the 3D animation thing.

    Thanks for the post, enjoy the weather while you’re down there.

  10. March 5, 2008 2:37 pm

    Good to hear your opinion on Colon…do you think he will join the rotation at the start of the season?

  11. hwplainview permalink
    March 5, 2008 2:49 pm

    I’m glad too that McCain came out of that nest of vipers in the Republican Primaries to clinch his parties nod. I’ve thrown my support towards Obama, but if Hillary snatches her way to victory, McCain will be my canidate.

    Glad to hear that 38 Studios is progressing, but from a buisness standpoint, do you plan on having more of a niche market of the MMO world? Speaking at an investor meeting, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said that he thinks it would take an investment of half a billion to a billion dollars to take on World of Warcraft – and even then, success isn’t guaranteed.

  12. warbler44 permalink
    March 5, 2008 3:56 pm

    McCain is able to form a complete sentence. Definitely an improvement over who you wanted to lead the country last time just because he said he was a
    (blood soaked )”Christian”. He’ll have some explaining to do at the pearly gates.

  13. March 5, 2008 4:48 pm

    Good to hear that you may be playing “catch” in the near future! Hope you’re not too uncomfortable thus far. The news on Bartolo has been so promising — it would be phemonenal if ends up being a “steal” as you mention.

    And of course, congratulations on the good news with 38 Studios!

    It’s always good to see you post, and I hope that this is all a sign of good things to come. You know the old saying, “everything happens for a reason..”

    Be well!

  14. mikea82 permalink
    March 5, 2008 8:04 pm

    Curt,

    Best of luck to you in your rehab. I know it can get pretty frustrating after just finishing 7 months of Iraq related rehab but if I can, you can. Keep your chin up and pray about it. You are in my prayers.

    Mike

  15. March 5, 2008 9:16 pm

    Curt: What is going on with Tavarez ? Anyways I Can’t wait for the season to start. Thanks for all the updates.

  16. fairygirl79 permalink
    March 5, 2008 11:37 pm

    Curt,
    I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time… I think you’re fantastic and I’m so sorry that you’re hurt, but hang in there!

    Wishing you all the best!

  17. btcoletti permalink
    March 6, 2008 9:41 am

    curt: when is your retirement press conference scheduled for?

  18. March 6, 2008 2:42 pm

    I am so jealous! I want to watch you guys in spring training, but it’s not gonna happen… not this year anyway. Sounds like we’ve got one helluva awesome pitching crew!

    Congrats to McCain on being the nominee for the GOP. I’ve been watching him since his 2000 Presidential run, and I’m glad there’s someone I won’t be ashamed to say I voted for. Now if the Dems can just quit their pussyfootin’ and pick someone!

    Hope the shoulder’s doing okay. It’s good to read that you’ll be “playing catch” soon. Take it easy and you’ll be back in no time.

    Take care!

    Stef
    (RedSox fan in Soonerland)

  19. sforange permalink
    March 6, 2008 5:50 pm

    “I think [McCain]’s a man that can be trusted to get this country back on it’s feet domestically, and abroad. ”

    Back on its feet from WHAT, Curt? Eight years of being molested by the last guy you endorsed?

  20. jonnybaltimore permalink
    March 6, 2008 7:58 pm

    Curt,

    Like you John Mccain is a straight shooter and I encouraged him to run as an independent after he was railroaded by Bush in the primaries. I am thrilled that he has won his parties nomination and would like to do everything in my power to see him elected (and this is from a registered Democrat!). If you didnt have another job (that you do very wel!!!) I might suggest that you have a place on the straight talk express:-). Hope you are feeling better and able to pitch real soon!

    Jon

  21. soxsweepagain permalink
    March 6, 2008 8:02 pm

    Yeah, let’s stay at war for 100 more years, Curt, killing more American kids and innocent Iraqis along with the supposed terrorists we spawned there.

    Good call, big guy.

    Love you on the field and when you talk video, sports or, well, anything but religion and politics.

    McCain is an old warmongerer.

    BTW: Get well soon!

  22. bernardo08 permalink
    March 6, 2008 10:25 pm

    Hey, Curt

    I would prefer Obama as President, but that is a discussion for another day.

    I have to agree that the rotation is looking really good this year, every pitcher there has the possibility for reaching 12+ wins. Beckett will be nastier and I think so is from not winning the Cy Young. Good Luck on your rehabbing, and I hope you return in the second half, and get another world series title!

  23. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 7, 2008 7:29 am

    McCain or any Republican has no chance to win the Presidency this year. I would vote for the leader of Hezbollah (I’m not joking) before any WARMONGERING republican windbag. You condone murder Curt. I hope you can sleep at night. You call yourself a Christian? Try READING (without moving your lips) what Jesus said in it.

    He said “Love your enemy”.

    He said “Turn the other cheek.”

    He said “Put away your sword.”

    He didn’t say “Denigrate other religions.”

    He didn’t say “Defend freedom by attacking small defenseless countries who have goals different from our own.”

    He didn’t say “Collateral damage is ok because we are doing the right thing.”

    Next time you open your mouth about politics Curt it should be to say “Boy, was I wrong about this Iraq war from the start.”

    What does it say about defending your country against people, countries and movements that believe they are bound by their God to fly planes into buildings and kill innocent men, women and children? To walk into a crowded public area and kill themselves, and anyone else within range? What does it say about protecting those who absolutely unequivocally cannot defend themselves? We are a nation of people with an attitude of “Who cares? At least it’s not me or us?” being run by a government that HAS to intercede globally to protect others, and ourselves.
    I have serious issues with the public face and spin put on the invasion, but I don’t question whether ridding the world of Saddam Hussein was a good or bad thing, do you? I’d argue there are a few hundred thousand innocent but dead Iraqi men, women and children who would have preferred someone did it sooner. There are a litany of valid arguments for what was said and how things were handled from the very beginning, but talking to soldiers that have served and are serving tells me what I read about the situation over there, and what is really happening over there are in many cases two very different things.
    You’re dumb and totally misinformed if you think John McCain is a warmonger. Spend 2 minutes talking to him, or any veteran and you’ll find they hate war far more than you or I do. But the Senator understands what many refuse to acknowledge, that the U.S. IS the worlds police force, like it or not, and people hate that when it’s convenient. We took the mantle in 1945, and if we hadn’t no one else would have.

  24. kekich permalink
    March 7, 2008 10:26 am

    Curt, you are a man of integrity. Would you trust a man that acted this way toward the mother of his children to lead the nation?:

    Sen .McCain’s first wife was in a near-fatal car accident when he was serving in Vietnam and she was raising their children. The accident debilitated her, caused her to gain substantial weight and actually lose several inches of height. Sen. McCain learned of how disfigured she was for the first time when he returned home in 1973.

    A few years later, McCain began carrying on extramarital affairs, including with the very young, very pretty, and very rich heiress Cindy Hensley, for whom McCain eventually divorced his disfigured first wife in order to marry. McCain’s three children (from his first marriage) were so disgusted by McCain’s treatment of their mother that they boycotted the wedding. But not all was lost. Cindy’s family money and Arizona connections launched McCain’s political career.

    I would garner from this post you voted for Clinton correct? The glass houses saying comes to mind. We live in a country that sees a man carry on extramarital affairs IN the White House, and then the guy gets millions of dollars to speak as a celebrity. I don’t pretend to know anything about Senator McCains 1st marriage and everything you state above is second to tenth hand information. Living in the sports world has taught me quite a bit about the ‘don’t believe everything you read’ adage. I can’t confirm or deny anything you stated above, but can only speak from personal experience with the man. I don’t question his integrity or ethics, or morals in any way. That doesn’t mean he’s perfect, no one is, but I trust him beyond reproach.

  25. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 7, 2008 3:42 pm

    I am dumb and misinformed about McCain Curt? Did he or did he not JOKE ABOUT BOMBING IRAN??? Yeah he hates war so much he thinks it’s funny to bomb other countries and joke about it. How about I will stop calling him a warmonger when you admits to and he apologizes for that statement?

    Also I think there are a hundred thousand DEAD Iraqis that would perfer we never invaded because they died because of our invasion.

    And since you bring it up which ones of the 9-11 attackers were Iraqi?

    Do you think Allah magically told the attackers to attack us because were are a not a muslim nation? You talk about being misinformed Curt. You are no more informed about Islam than the 9-11 attackers were. In fact you all have something in common. Someone somewhere has used a religion and your irrational fears to manipulate you into thinking that killing in the name of god and country is ok.

    I wonder which Iraqi is going to be our next Saddamn?

    Can I look you up in 2020 and show you a picture of W or maybe even your new golden boy McCain shaking hands with a murderous dictator?

  26. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 7, 2008 3:46 pm

    Bad proofing by me. Two misspellings and a bad link to Rummy and big bad Saddamn shaking hands. Which one has caused more suffering? I simply don’t know.

  27. kekich permalink
    March 7, 2008 4:04 pm

    “We took the mantle in 1945, and if we hadn’t no one else would have.”

    We did? In 1945?

    The ONLY reason the US got involved in WWII was because Japan attacked the United States. In response, the United States declared war on Japan.

    If George W. Bush had been President on 12/7/1941, he would have asked for a declaration war on Spain. (Actually, he wouldn’t have asked for anything. He just would have done it unilaterally; but that’s a different discussion.)

    It amazes me how self righteous Republicans can claim faith and holiness in the man who dumped his sick wife; and compare it to the couple that managed to stay together despite enormous difficulties brought on by President Clinton’s behavior. Senator McCain’s infidelity is here: http://www.azcentral.com/news/specials/mccain/articles/0301mccainbio-chapter5.html

    Perhaps your camparison to Clinton is fair. Then dont you think Senator’s McCain’s responsibility to his wife should be equally as scrutinized?

    Do you think that its a good idea for Senator McCain to be actively courting the support of bigots like “Rev.” Hagee, who thinks the Catholic church “the great whore,” a “false cult system,” and linked it to Hitler’s Nazi movement. (read it here: http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1398)

    ***************************************************
    “What does it say about defending your country against people, countries and movements that believe they are bound by their God to fly planes into buildings and kill innocent men, women and children? To walk into a crowded public area and kill themselves, and anyone else within range? What does it say about protecting those who absolutely unequivocally cannot defend themselves? ”

    Curt, I admit that is a fine sentiment. But it is NOT what the US is doing in Iraq. “Defending ourself against Iraq? Are you delusional? The

    You honestly think the U.S. would not have been involved in WWII if the Japanese had not bombed Pearl Harbor? Seriously? That’s dumb. Based on your link hasn’t his first marriage gotten the scrutiny it deserves? Or maybe it didn’t have the legs you wish it did because it wasn’t what people that don’t like him want to believe it was? BTW that’s a stupid argument. It has nothing to do with self righteousness or any of that. I’m the first to admit being a screw up or making mistakes, but am amazed at how the hair on your neck gets raised the minute someone questions anyone you back. “Perhaps” the comparison is fair? That’s funny, even calling a spade a spade you can’t admit it.
    Pretty interesting and typical response as well. Where in that statement did I say “defending ourselves”? I didn’t, you did. I am pretty sure Iraq harbors no terrorists, has killed no innocent people, is a peace loving nation run by rational freedom loving men. I really honestly have no idea why the war started, none. The only bad thing about debating issues in this format is that it lessens what’s happening because someone like you believes you have all the facts, and every one of them validates what you believe, what you want to believe. You believe everything you read, everything on the news, as long as it validates your beliefs and reasoning. Sadly we live in a country that now possesses a media so horrifically biased it’s scary. We have media conglomerates, newspapers, and many other mainstream media outlets American people rely on for information giving us the most slanted and skewed information possible where it suits the higher ups and their political affiliation. Worse yet it’s bipartisan, no one is blameless.

  28. mattlenny permalink
    March 7, 2008 4:26 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the updates. I really enjoy hearing how the entire pitching staff is looking from your point of view. It must be very hard to get beyond what you need to do to get ready for the season, but will you be staying beyond 6am – 9am in the future to help work with your fellow pitchers at all? I think your experience would be invaluable to some if not all of them. I know your work ethic alone should inspire all of them to work as hard as they can to help this team win. Just curious.

    Matt

  29. sforange permalink
    March 7, 2008 5:57 pm

    Curt, What does Saddam Hussein have to do with people who strap on bombs or fly planes into buildings? Too many people refuse to let go of this wholly dishonest conflation of people and events.

    There are lots of bad men with too much power, but we simply can’t rampage all over the world taking them out and leaving total vacuum in their place. Iraq is the worst military and foreign policy disaster in the history of this country thanks directly to “President” George W. Bush. He had the whole world behind him on Afghanistan and took his eye off the ball. And now Afghanistan is unraveling.

    McCain’s promise to adhere unswervingly to an utter failure does not speak well to his fitness to lead. Additionally our military is stretched so dangerously thin now that we are just a few months away from stop-loss deploying our troops to the brink of insanity.

    3 Trillion Dollars so far, Curt? For what? Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was recently greeted in Baghdad on a red carpet, and handed flowers by a little girl in a white dress.

    When the “president” of the United States goes to Iraq, it’s unannounced and he flies in under cover of darkness.

    THAT pretty much sums up what we’ve bought with our 3 trillion dollars and 4,000 lives.

    Will you be encouraging your son to enlist? I mean you seem more than comfortable with the sacrifices required.

  30. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 7, 2008 9:08 pm

    Curt, our country has been meddling in the Middle East for 100 years. Try googling “Operation Ajax” for one of the more egregious examples of American crimes committed against the peoples of the middle east. I mean what is an act of terrorism by madmen when compared to something like that?

    “someone like you believes you have all the facts, and every one of them validates what you believe, what you want to believe. … as long as it validates your beliefs and reasoning”

    That is actually you in a nutshell Curt. Anybody who believes that 9-11 and the Iraq war is linked in anyway should not be counted on as a rational thinker. And that is you Curt. You are just another ring-wing hypocrite who chooses what information to believe based upon your current opinion. You are just another Christian who chooses which parts of Jesus’ teachings to ignore. Turn the other cheek I guess doesn’t matter when it comes to attacking people who happen to have almost the same religion as the 9-11 attackers and of course lots of oil.

  31. l2433j permalink
    March 8, 2008 12:36 pm

    Curt,

    This has nothing to do with your blog, but I have to ask this question: How do you deal with guys like Dan Shaughnessy? Seriously. How do you not just want to punch him dead in the face every time you see him? I mean, does this guy EVER say anything positive? He seems to have some personal grudge against you. Why? I have no idea. All you did was take down a billion dollar machine on one leg. Then, the next week, pitch again vs. the one of the better hitting teams of the era, and shut them down in the World Series. You brought this city a WS and it hasn’t had one in 86 years. Then, last year, clearly without your best stuff, you reinvent yourself into a guy who spots his pitches and uses location, and have another fantastic postseason in route to another World Series. And this guy can’t say anything good about you. Or, when he does, it’s a backhanded compliment that’s laced with 3 or 4 putdowns/insults. I really don’t care for some of your politics (the whole Republican thing..), but that has zero to do with what goes on on the field. Honestly, the question is, how do you just not blast this guy at every opportunity? Between what he writes about you and what he writes about the team, it’s maddening. And BTW-my personal theory is he’s PO’ed at you because you helped end the “Curse” which was a cash cow for him. Anyway, I’d love to hear the answer to the question. Thanks.

  32. warbler44 permalink
    March 9, 2008 4:17 am

    we’ll see what you say when your son comes home without legs Curt……..well worth the loss to bring the poor Iraqis “freedom”………….make you think just a little?

  33. warbler44 permalink
    March 9, 2008 4:20 am

    sure, you think about how your children will never have to serve………..not for your son, right Curt? ……we’ll see if i’m wrong tough guy…..

  34. metmaniac permalink
    March 9, 2008 4:20 pm

    P.s… You folks sound like you could use a change of topic.

  35. metmaniac permalink
    March 9, 2008 4:23 pm

    Curt, I think it was Gloria Steinem that dismissed McCain’s time in captivity as unimportant.

  36. qrnm156 permalink
    March 9, 2008 4:57 pm

    Whoever gets to be president will have the pleasure of attempting to clean up the mess Bush has created, so they better get plenty of practice holding their nose. And as long as any political candidate believes that women are second-class citizens who have to be told what their choices should be regarding their reproductive health he/she will never receive my vote. Sorry, Senator McCain.

    That being said, hope your recovery’s going well and Beckett’s back problems are minor.

  37. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    March 10, 2008 5:12 am

    I think that McCain would end up being like Bush if he were president. I consider myself Republican, but I am not at all pleased with the state of our nation right now. Our economy is garbage, unemployment is sky-high oh and paying 3.50 a gallon sucks too. It’s tough times in our nation right now (unless youre getting paid eight million a year to do nothing, wink, wink). I am ready for change, and if that means a Democrat in the White House I’m ready. I always felt Democrats were weak and never felt comfortable that they would have the nerve to defend us if we needed it, but I feel that Bush has taken it to the other extreme. And Im not convinced that McCain would be much different. Finally Curt, if you like him so much then he really must not be the man for the job.

    ps Tell josh to get out there and throw as hard as he can.

  38. kekich permalink
    March 10, 2008 8:37 am

    Curt, you wrote:

    “Pretty interesting and typical response as well. Where in that statement did I say “defending ourselves”? I didn’t, you did.”
    __________________________________________

    Actually, Curt, you said, “defending ‘your country.'” Aren’t defending “your country ” and “ourselves” basically the same thing?

    Regardless, its telling that you pick on this no-difference distinction and avoid the question:

    DO YOU THINK THE U.S. INVADED IRAQ TO DEFEND THE U.S?

    Do you?

    You also wrote:
    “We have media conglomerates, newspapers, and many other mainstream media outlets American people rely on for information giving us the most slanted and skewed information possible where it suits the higher ups and their political affiliation.”

    On this Curt, you are correct. Both the editorial pages of the nation’s leading newspapers, The Washington Post, and The New York Times were staunch supporters of the Iraq invasion. In additoon, the Times “star” reporter, Judith Miller, allowed herself to be misled by adminsitration spin at just about every turn. The Post still believes the Iraq invastion was and is a good thing.

    You wrote:
    “You honestly think the U.S. would not have been involved in WWII if the Japanese had not bombed Pearl Harbor? Seriously? That’s dumb.”

    Curt, I dont know what would have happened. But rather than calling me “dumb”, perhaps you should read up on the contemporaneous accounts of the times. The isolationists were, if not quite in charge, firmly in place. The idea of bailing out the Eurpoeans (especially the Eastern Europeans, i.e. Jews) was not very popular among the likes of Joe Kennedy and Charles Lindbergh. US involvement in WWII absent Pearl Harbor is no sure thing.

    You wrote:
    The only bad thing about debating issues in this format is that it lessens what’s happening because someone like you believes you have all the facts, and every one of them validates what you believe, what you want to believe. You believe everything you read, everything on the news, as long as it validates your beliefs and reasoning
    ______________________________________________

    Curt, once again you’ve got is bass-ackwards. My opinions are based on facts. Not the other way around. Oddly, you haven’t introduced a single “fact” into this discussion. Only your opinions. And when the factual basis for those opinions is challenged, you dont respond with the facts that might support your opinon, you say “you’re dumb for having that opinion or drawing that conclusion.” You start from the proposition that Saddam Huseein was a threat to the US, and then everything flows from there. If its suggested that he wasn’t a threat to the US, you counter with insults. Given the length of the invasion (5 years and counting; 100 years is OK with Senator McCain, he said so), the complete lack of basic services like water and electricity, among many other problems, it is no sure thing that a majority of Iraqis think they are better off. I know the US, as a whole, thinks that Iraqis are better off, but that does not make it so.

    Were you so gung-ho when President Clinton sent troops into the Balkans to stop an evil-doer from doing evil?

    Curt, for someone who obviously spends so much time on-line, you seem to do scarcely little reading beyond administration press releases.

  39. March 10, 2008 2:04 pm

    Curt,

    We really admire you, despite being Yankees fans.

    Anyway, we’re very interested to hear that Bartolo Colon is looking good. He’s had some really tremendous seasons, it’ll be interesting to see what he can do if he’s back to form. We hope you’ll talk more about him here.

    We’re also interested in what you think about the other side – we know you like Senator McCain, but if you had to pick, who would you rather see in office? Senator Clinton or Senator Obama?

    Can’t wait till you come back and you’re breaking down your starts again on this page! We’re pulling for your speedy recovery!

    Have a good one!
    MyTriState.us

  40. robertsbeatsthetag permalink
    March 10, 2008 2:59 pm

    Curt,

    If you were pitching to McCain, how would you approach his at bat? I would try to get him with high heat, ’cause the old fool can’t lift his arms. Now shut up about politics. You seem to just be a mouthpiece for your subconscious issues about your dad. Go to a shrink.

    Go Sox, REPEAT!

  41. shadyguy permalink
    March 11, 2008 3:50 am

    Hello Curt, I’m out here in Arizona, and have been most of my life. I would like to work with you and Shonda on some skin cancer projects. I am trying to help prevent it. Please take a look at my websites at your convenience and let me know if it may be possible. http://www.theutilityshade.com and http://www.tookoolrecreation.com

    Kind Regards.
    Shadyguy

  42. ok1soxfan permalink
    March 11, 2008 8:10 am

    Curt,

    What did you think of Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers? Thanks and I hope your shoulder heals quickly!!!

  43. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 11, 2008 9:25 am

    There is no greater gift to an insecure leader that quite matches a vague enemy who can be used to whip up fear and hatred among the population.-Paul Rusesabagina, humanitarian (b. 1954)

  44. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 11, 2008 12:18 pm

    Curt I forget what you told us. Are we supposed to believe Fox News or not?

    Pentagon Study of 600,000 Iraqi Documents Finds No Link Between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein
    Tuesday, March 11, 2008
    WASHINGTON — A forthcoming Pentagon study has found no operational link between Saddam Hussein and Usama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist network.

    McClatchy Newspapers reports that the study, expected to be released later this week, is based on an extensive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were seized after the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003.

    While there was no link to Al Qaeda, the investigation revealed that Saddam’s regime gave some support to other terror groups in the Middle East, U.S. officials told McClatchy on condition of anonymity. But he targeted those he considered his own enemies, including Shiite Muslims, Kurds, exiles and others, the news service reported.

    Sponsored by the Pentagon, the report found no “direct operational link” between Saddam’s government in Iraq and bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terror ring before the U.S. invasion, an official told McClatchy.

    The Bush administration put forth the argument that there was a connection between Saddam and bin Laden when it made the case to go to war with Iraq after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

  45. pittfan8023 permalink
    March 11, 2008 1:49 pm

    Curt,

    I think you’re a great guy and a great athlete! I love reading your blog and hearing about the Sox! Wish you all the luck with your rehab!

  46. novotnymark permalink
    March 12, 2008 12:40 am

    Hey Curt,

    Growing up in New England, I’ve been a Red Sox fan my whole life. Before you came to Boston I didn’t know much about you, I simply knew “of” you. When I started to see who you are and what you’re all about, I came to admire and respect you. You truly are a good person, which is a rarity nowadays. Continue dominating and inspiring others around you.

    -Mark

  47. kyokkounoudewa permalink
    March 13, 2008 10:02 am

    Nice to meet you From Japan making a note Because I cannot write English well

    What it is hard to read Please forgive it

    You since Phillies I know it Because, as for it, I was a fan of Nomo

    Then World Series championship of Diamondbacks was impressed very much I save it to a video 

    Do you go for a start match in Japan? I participate in the ceremony of the match

    I want to get a signature if there is a chance to be able to come across

  48. kkatz permalink
    March 13, 2008 10:38 am

    Curt,

    Thought you might find this article about innovative technology being used to help ALS sufferers interesting:

    http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn13449-nervetapping-neckband-allows-telepathic-chat.html?feedId=online-news_rss20

  49. yankydave permalink
    March 13, 2008 5:13 pm

    I too support McCain. I really came here to offer my condolences on the trans fat ban in Boston. Some things is life are not fair, Curt.

  50. aimhigh2k2 permalink
    March 13, 2008 6:45 pm

    Hey Curt, you are the man. I’ve been following your career for quite a while, especially on the Phillies of course. I too am Republican and a Veteran and I still serve in the reserves.

    I was wondering about your videogame aspirations and I’d like to let you know that I am an amateur voice actor and I’d be happy to lend you my talents. I also have character samples (mostly impersonations) if you’d like me to upload those. You can visit my website at http://aimhigh2k2.voices.com to hear some samples and/or to contact me.

    Thanks and keep up the great work, sir!

    Cal

  51. kathyinct permalink
    March 13, 2008 10:42 pm

    Curt, I finally am typing on here! I think! I signed up on here a while back and now I cant remember if I typed anything!!! My brain!

    I hope you dont mind me using my first typing on the news that yet again, Mirabelli will not be with us. I figured if you please can pass it on to him, I would really appreciate it: my mom and I are so bummed out for him and Wakefield. I dont understand why they still couldve kept him on even as the 3rd back up. I hope this doesnt come back to haunt the team like it did the last time. I said a prayer for him for I cant imagine what he is going through right now. I got his signed WS07 ball on QVC this fall and I am so glad I did for I was wondering if he would be on the team in 08. Tek knows me from 03 playoff bus crowd and NESN speaking (03)(long story!) and if anything Tek can know who I am as to placing a person of who is typing this for Doug.

    I am crushed. I also want to say I am asking for a miracle again for your situation for you too, I cant imagine how you are doing. I havent really got to read any thing you typed unfortunately to know the latest etc. I am at work and I had to get my thoughts out somewhere on Doug. Best to you in your rehab, which I still cant understand why they wont let you get the operation to full proof your comeback from the DL. I love this team but the decisions ones make, well I will say no comment.

    One more thing as I glanced over bloggers. The Clinton thing, yeah totally off the subject now! They only stayed together for the power, so I wish people would realize that already and I will leave it at that. Everyone sticks up for good ol Bill and I dont know why. The only guy to lie under oath and gets to stay in office; any of us, we’d be fired.

    Take care, thanks for reading and feel free to comment on what you can. Appreciate this site and hope to have more time to look it over. I ask The Lord to keep giving you strength for your comeback and I ask for Doug to be comforted by Him as he goes through this sad time. See you guys April 8th and hoping the world will still be going ok for that day as alot is going on! with love, your sister in Christ, Kathy

  52. empirelady permalink
    March 14, 2008 3:12 am

    As someone here in New York(and I hate the New York Yankees,do not support them at all and do not wish them well),I have a quick question for you. I made a very interesting observation the other day when I noticed that you do not reply to the postings giving you support and encouragement(see my previous postings),which I understand as there are a lot of them,yet you reply to the ones having to do with politics,the war,and McCain. So along that line,I have a quick question for you. As you know,my state of New York is in a bit of turmoil right now with the resignation of the governor and the reasons for it. As you seem to be very outspoken when it comes to politics,which is a good thing,I was just wondering what your thoughts or comments were regarding the downfall and “screwing up”(which is much more polite than what I could have said)of Governor Spitzer. Just curious…I hope as always that you are improving and I look forward to more of your postings,which are informational and very enjoyable. Am interested to know your thoughts on Governor Spitzer and what he did-perhaps you would like to be governor of New York?
    Donna Blanc,empirelady87@hotmail.com

  53. empirelady permalink
    March 14, 2008 3:38 am

    Please accept my most sincere apology. After I left the above email asking you your thoughts about the situation here in New York,I read that you have been placed on the 60 day DL. Your health and your well being is far more important than anything else,political or otherwise. So I do apologize for bothering you with other things at a time that must be very difficult for you,physically and emotionally. As for being on the DL list,I am so very very sorry that it happened but I wish you all the best,hope that you improve dramatically during that time,and look forward to the time when you will be well,or better,and once again be out on the field,off the DL. In the meantime,hang in there(been there,done that,continue to do it-have a metal plate and nine screws in my ankle-so I know that it is not easy physically or emotionally) and know that my thoughts are with you,always. I am aware that you will not respond to this email but once again I do apologize for bothering you with the state of afairs in New York when you have much more important things to contend with right now;your health and well being are of the utmost importance to not only you but to me,who supports you and will be with you every step of the way. I hope that you can accept my apology…
    Donna Blanc,empirelady87@hotmail.com

  54. danieltg permalink
    March 15, 2008 8:25 am

    Dear Curt and the Sox,

    The past 3 days have probably been some of the most trying days of my life. I’m a 26 year old medical student and of course, die-hard sox fan. I’m planning on getting married in a few weeks (April 5, 2008). My brother, who I love dearly, planned a trip of a life time for me and 11 of my best friends. It was my batchelor party which was supposed to be taking place in Fort Myers this weekend, March 14-16. Unfortunately, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 22 months ago. On thursday morning, he was ambulanced to the hosptial and placed in the ICU. He’s not doing so well right now. I even wore a “hope is a good thing” t-shirt yesterday with a picture the blood sock. We even had tickets to this afternoons game vs. Cincinnatti at City of Palms park! We canceled the trip. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life. I’m almost ashamed to say that one of the only bright spots in my day yesterday was obviously seeing my grandmother fly in, but also seeing the Sox beat the Orioloes 7-4 last night. I know it’s an exhibition game, but every win helps me. It brings a shine of light to a very gloomy period in my life. The Red Sox organization was extremely gracious in refunding our “non-refundable” tickets for the game in Fort Myers. I will always appreciate that. I’m hoping to be able to reschedule my trip for boston now, but obviously, tickets are hard to come by and really not affordable for a medical student. In what’s probably the hardest time in my life, the Red Sox are there. They’re there to pick you up, they’re there to let you know you’re still alive. No matter what happens, I know they’ll be there for me, even though they don’t know me. I simply wanted to let the organization know how much they mean to me and my mother (who made me a Sox fan!). Please pass this on the organization and I hope to see the guys soon on Yawkey way. Much love and thanks. Sincerely, Daniel Goldstein

  55. steve74 permalink
    March 15, 2008 8:51 pm

    Curt, are we watching the same media? Have you not watched the media basically call Hillary Clinton a bad human being on a near-daily basis? Declare Sen. Obama (who you’ve said you admire) to be the victim of a negative campaign all the while he smears the Clintons every day, essentially calling them bad people and lying by accusing them of racism? Do you really not see this incredible bias towards the man who apparently was born in Bethlehem?

    But look on the bright side, Curt. If Obama wins then you and I may be on the same political side for a change. I’ll probably wind up voting for McCain.

    As for Iraq, I agree that there is a complexity there that liberals often don’t want to see….but neither do conservatives. President Bush (I’ll give him his proper title, even though you simply called our fine former president “Clinton”) allowed the Iraqis (read: the Shiite Majority) to draft their own constitution, something that was not allowed of the Germans and Japanese. When you have just gone through what they have been through under Sadam you are not thinking clearly about the need to build a better future for all–you are often thinking about revenge. That constitution was designed to benefit the Shiites at the expense of the Sunnis, down to the distribution of oil revenue. It was bound to provoke and prolong a civil war. When you defend a nation, you are defending their consitution and the constitutional basis for their state. The Iraqi consitution is not worth defending IMO.

    I admit that withdrawal is not the perfect answer either. There are no good solutions here, just the least bad one. It is often hard to figure out what that is. Right about now I wish that Iraq had a king or queen we could turn to. But no such luck.

    Steve

  56. soxfan17881 permalink
    March 17, 2008 10:13 am

    Curt,

    I sure hope that I haven’t seen the last of you on the mound.

    Good luck and God Bless!

  57. sfsoxguy permalink
    March 18, 2008 12:24 am

    Curt,
    As a Sox fan since birth- I would trade our WS victories for a reversal of the mess your president has gotten us in on the brink of 5 years in Iraq. I will admit that you are great athlete, and I generally root for you on the hill, but when you stumped for Bush in Ohio in 04 you lost all credibility as an intelligent human. Stick to what you are good at, or were good at. We all know you want to run for office- seems like you should hurry up and do it before your illustrious party and its leaders run our wonderful nation into the ground.
    remember: the highest form of patriotism is dissent; possibly you should consider your level of patriotism since you have followed a flawed leader as if he was a prophet for 8 years now.
    Thanks for the help with the WS- although I sometimes think we would be better off without you coming here at all since it gave you such an incredibly opportunity to grandstand.

  58. willory549 permalink
    March 18, 2008 8:12 pm

    Curt-
    Crazy question….

    Our 8 year old son has been given an assignment to write/present a report about a “famous” baseball player–guess who his player is? You got it–you!

    Is there anyway you could send him a letter or something–just to add a little extra touch..just something indicating that he took some time to find out about you and all your great causes other than baseball! If you can’t no big deal we totally understand! If there is anything you can do to help him out please contact us at one of the following email addresses–I don’t want to put anything more out here in the “public view.”
    Thanks and keep up all your great work!
    eawilliams@centurytel.net
    edward.a.williams@ge.com

  59. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 19, 2008 10:07 am

    Don’t you love it when people who run for President are such fixated warmongers that they don’t even know that Al-Quaida and terrible mullah rulers in Iran are MORTAL enemies! That is is an absurd notion to think that the Shiite Iranian government would train radical Sunnis to go to go to Iraq and kill their Shiite allies!

  60. dovjm permalink
    March 19, 2008 11:04 am

    I respect all that you have done with the Boston Red Sox, but your political statements clearly lack real knowledge of US politics. After endorsing George Bush, how can we trust your judgment when it comes to politicians?? You backed George Bush and look how that turned out 7-8 years later……. yea Al gore and Kerry would have done so much worse right?? What I never understood was how you could be such a huge advocate for ALS, but support a president who vetoed critical stem cell research that could help the very same disease you support. The hypocrisy is difficult to truly understand.

    Keep up the good work with your charitable contributions, and get better, but no more endorsements.

    Thanks

    David
    Newton

  61. msbay permalink
    March 25, 2008 1:03 am

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

    First Paragraph:

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

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

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

    This war has cost us a trillion dollars and I cant see spending another trillion to ‘disarm militia’.

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

    Stick to what you know, stick to baseball.

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