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August 15, 2008

First off I’d like to offer our deepest sympathies to the Trias family in Phoenix. Michael passed away yesterday of ALS. He was an incredible man who will be deeply missed.

I spent yesterday at Fenway catching up with most of the guys and having the honor and privelage to re-connect with some friends from Dana Farber and help out the EEI folks with the Jimmy Fund. Sat in on a panel with Ray Borque and Glenn Davis talking about playing here and winning, it was a lot of fun and there were some great questions.

The team looks fantastic and the change inside that clubhouse is palpable and tangible (if those two can go together?). Health and the Angels are the only two things I think can stop these guys from bringing home a world series title. I won’t discount Tampa, or any of the other AL teams but if this team stays healthy I’d have trouble seeing someone stop them come October.

Figuring whomever they match up with in round 1 they are up 1-0, because when the calendar turns you can toss the prior 6 months out and I’ll take Beckett over anyone short of Bob Gibson in October. Then I have zero issues with thinking it’s going to take some stud and a great game to beat Jon Lester in game 2. Should be interesting but I like these guys chances if they can stay healthy.

As for me, well my shoulder is getting better fast. Range of motion is improving greatly and pain is becoming less and less an issue. I’ve still got a rather lengthy amount of time before I decide anything.

My first thoughts a few weeks ago were that maybe I’d work to get healthy and shoot to try and make the WBC team, but I just don’t think that’s in the cards. Next I started thinking about the original plan of pitching the 2nd half of next season. Thing is, that urgency just is not there. I miss some things I didn’t think I would, and don’t miss many things I expected too.

As I stated yesterday the pendulum is swinging very heavily in the direction of it just being over. I’ve never sat around and not gotten ready to head to Florida, well not in 23 or so years anyway, so to me that will likely be the last real test for me and whether or not I want to put the time and effort into getting after it one more time.

39 Comments leave one →
  1. kevinrmcguire permalink
    August 15, 2008 1:20 pm

    You mean you wouldn’t pick yourself in a post season game? Surely this is a mistake!

  2. frankjd09 permalink
    August 15, 2008 3:02 pm

    Curt,
    Great to hear from you. I logged in to say that, as a long time Sox fan, I appreciate what you have done for the Sox. Get (and stay) healthy! Ooo Rah!

  3. redsoxnation80 permalink
    August 15, 2008 3:02 pm

    It’ll really be sad to see you go, but to be honest I have no problem having my last memory of you in the 2007 World Series. I look forward to seeing you in Cooperstown, right next to your sock!! Remember 1 Championship in Arizona, 2 in Boston and 86 years of reasons to wear a Red Sox cap on your plaque!!

  4. mew3782 permalink
    August 15, 2008 3:52 pm

    I heard you on The Instance podcast last week…got me thinking, what class would you assign to the starting lineup?

    Pedroia – Rogue (sneaks in, hits you way harder than he looks like he should be able to, talks tons of trash)

    Papi – Warrior (focal point of attention, but in a good way, leadership)

    ‘Tek – Priest (absolutely essential to success, with no stats needed or able to back that up, leadership) – Paladin might also be appropriate for all of the above and the fact that he wears armor.

    Ellsbury – Mage (can move at warp speed)

    That’s all that comes to mind at the moment…all the best!

  5. August 15, 2008 6:05 pm

    It’s been fun listening to the telethon as well. :)
    I made my contribution….

    Time will tell on your shoulder; one never knows what the future holds. How do you feel about the recent pickup of Paul Byrd and Marcus McBeth (I think that’s his name?)

    Be well,
    Rebecca

  6. August 15, 2008 6:06 pm

    Glad to hear your recovering well, Curt. And if I never get to see you suit up in a uniform again, at least I have a nifty McFarlane collectible of you, now. I can look up away from my monitor, see your windup in all its miniaturized glory, and recall the greatest sports memories of my lifetime.

    … and yeah, I never thought Lester would get his walk rate under enough control to really be really effective at the Major League level. Boy, am I glad I was wrong, heh. What a wonderful story he’s been.

  7. wyosoxgirl permalink
    August 15, 2008 8:27 pm

    You’re missed too!! With all you know about the game, would you ever consider coaching?

  8. joker7041 permalink
    August 15, 2008 10:10 pm

    We will miss you come Soxtober big guy. I wish you the best in whatever you decide to to do. You are going to be wearing that RedSox cap come HOF induction time, right??

  9. bobc99 permalink
    August 15, 2008 11:41 pm

    Mr. Shilling,

    My wife and I saw you and others on NESN and contributed 10.00 to the Jimmy Fund and also 10.00 to Curts Pitch for ALS. Wish we could could contribute more, but we can’t.

    Palpable and tangible I think are the same things – both need to be feeled out.

    If you are going to retire I just want to say thanks. I’m not a rabid fan but not a wallflower either. Just an average guy that wants to thank you for what you’ve done. We appreciate it.

    I’m sure you miss the clubhouse banter, but family comes first.
    Take care
    bob

  10. skinnyman2007 permalink
    August 16, 2008 1:08 am

    Hi Curt I have a Friend his name is Mike. He has Prostate Cancer. He is going to have a operation to frezze it on September 3RD. He had tests and it has not spread. Will he be ok Curt? I am worried about him when he has the operation. Could you please Curt send me a message at riley101hot2000@yahoo.com and let me know he will be ok. When I heard He has Prostate Cancer I am really worried about him. Curt could you please keep Mike in Prayer when he has the Operation. Thank you.

    Jeff

  11. ctbill permalink
    August 16, 2008 2:15 am

    Thanks for the generous donation yesterday to the Jimmy Fund. Especially when you used your brain and leveraged an additional $50k out of John Henry and Red Sox management by picking the match challenge time to make your pledge.

    I lost my two first cousins, brothers, to brain cancer, both dead by age 15. Can’t make it throught the Marathon without losing about 3 lbs due to crying my eyes out. Talk about toughness, grit, courage and character, look at those kids!! WHAT AN INSPIRATION.

    Hope you don’t mind a hats off and kudos to Kelli Pedroia, who I didn’t realize was a cancer survivor, who has given back to the community by committing herself every Friday at Dana Farber to be a Friday Mom to those kids, so they will have the same face to see every week when they come in for treatment.

    Well, before my keyboard shorts out from tears again, this week puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it?

    Best of luck in the future, whatever it holds.

  12. denisesoxfan permalink
    August 16, 2008 6:41 am

    Curt, thank you so much for everything you have given to Red Sox Nation. Love ya, man! Follow your heart but don’t ever stop blogging! We need our Schilling fix!
    Denise

  13. leo0from0me permalink
    August 16, 2008 7:01 am

    Having been through 3 rotator cuff major repairs, I can appreciate what you’re going through now !
    I can’t even imagine having to get the fluidity of motion, and control of that motion, required to pitch at the level YOU would expect of yourself !
    If you do pitch again I’ll be on the other side of the TV screen cheering you on.
    If you choose to not pitch again – I’ll understand and hold tight to the great moments you’ve provided.
    You continue to be a great role model for the ball players of today.
    Thanks for your contributions – SO FAR – to baseball.
    Leo from Maine

  14. simplytitan permalink
    August 16, 2008 8:31 am

    It’s always good to read your blog Curt. Hopefully if you ever do decide to come back it will be as a Red Sox.

  15. baseballck permalink
    August 16, 2008 9:07 am

    Retiring is a hard decision, but luckily you don’t HAVE to make that decision today or tomorrow. I was listening to WEEI when ‘Curt in the car’ called in and donated $50,000. You are a generous man, Mr. Schilling. Here’s hoping the ‘fire’ returns to your desire to pitch and your body will be able to match what’s in your heart. Good luck to you.

  16. empirelady permalink
    August 16, 2008 10:36 am

    Curt-
    Please read completely!!.I agree with the statement by #1;I would pick you for October every time. I write this with a great deal of mixed emotions. I am absolutely thrilled that your shoulder is doing as well as it is and that the pain is not as great. This,obviously,along with the range of motion,is the absolutely most important thing, regardless of what you choose to do. In terms of whether you return to baseball or not,I understand your thinking about not wanting to return for next year;after all,you did an incredible amount of rehab this past spring and you may feel that you do not want to go through it again. You have also had an incredible career,one to be very proud of and you may feel as if it has been enough(your fans,and your family do not think it has been enough;we all want to see you pitch one more year,at least). You have always been a fighter and have never quit from anything,and after everything that you have been through,it would not be looked upon as your giving up. Before I continue,I must remind you that there was a time,before the surgery and even during the rehab,where you thought that your career was over,that you would not be able to pitch again,but that is not the case now-you have the opportunity to do it one more time,should you choose to do so. What I do want you to consider, though,
    and this is very IMPORTANT is this: I do not think that your incredible career should end like this. I want it to end on your terms,not the terms of the injury. Had you not been injured,you would have finished this season and then decided if you wanted to continue playing baseball or move on to do other things. I can understand your feelings about thinking as if you would not miss it;my mother was a teacher for many years and thought she would miss it when she retired,which she did by choice, but actually found,once she did other things,that she did not miss teaching as much as she thought she would. The point is that if you stop now,it will be because you had the surgery and were injured-that will be the reason you stopped. If you continue and play even for half a season next year,you will then be stopping because you want to,not because of the injury. I do not know if this is making any sense but I think that for your own sake,as well as that of your family and your adoring supporters,you should at least try for one more season and see what happens. I also do not want you or anyone else saying something like”what could have been”;I do not want you at any point later on to say to yourself what if I had tried for one more season,what could have been. I will be your supporter,off the field as well as on,
    regardless of what happens and that will never change,it is for always(and what you do for the people suffering with ALS is incredible;in your March posting I had written of a friend of mine who has it and it is so horrendous-the mind still works but everything else shuts down,including the ability to speak)but I do hope that you will give it a try for one more season,so your career can end on that note,and not end due to the surgery. I think that you owe it to yourself to go for it and play,even for half a season. I am thrilled that you are feeling better,as that is the most important to me,I thank you for everything that you do off of the field,as well as what you have done on the field in the past,I hope that the shoulder continues to improve,hope that you will soon be pain-free,and all I ask is that you think about what I said. Yes,I am being selfish in the sense that I want to see you continue to play,as do all of your supporters and fans,as well as your family(I read what your wife said about your children and how great it would be to have them be able to see you pitch one more time when they are now at an age that they can really appreciate what you do,especially the youngest)but most importantly I think that you should play at least one more season for YOU,do it for yourself,emotionally if not physically..And in terms of October,as well as all of the other months,you are and will always be the best-I would take you over anyone else anytime,always.
    Donna Blanc in New York City,empirelady87@hotmail.com

  17. August 16, 2008 11:43 pm

    I have a feeling that you would find plenty to do in your retirement and what you find to do might be more valuable than playing baseball. As you get further and further away from being a professional sports athlete, you might find that you find a second true calling either at 38 pitches, writing a book, working for your charities, or just playing with your kids. Not having to travel half the year, being able to stay home and actually watch your kids grow up… now that’s a real gift.

    You’ll be fine no matter what you do.

  18. fafisan permalink
    August 17, 2008 5:07 am

    Curt, no matter what you do, be it the gaming industry (and a Spawn-related game could be cool!), another season in uniform, or even as a commentator on some sports broadcast, I will admire your resolve, your amazing way of being (the fact that a high tolerance for pain still exists in this part of the country is refreshing: i.e. that bloody Red Sock…), and the fact that you are planning a future here, in the New England area. If you haven’t yet, visit Marblehead, right next to Salem and Swampscott. You and your wife would like it, and one of our town’s greatest just won a Bronze at the Women’s 10,000 meter in Beijing! I admire you, and hope your business, your fight against ALS, and your mere presence, will influence many to come.

  19. 1redsoxfan07 permalink
    August 17, 2008 9:02 am

    Curt,

    Nice job with The Jimmy Fund, I’m going to be selfish here and say I hope that you do try it again, and I echo the thoughts of the above comment, I can’t believe that you wouldn’t put yourself in the post-season mix, when talking about matchups.

    Continued good health with your rehab.

    Best wishes,
    Christine

  20. jp001496 permalink
    August 17, 2008 8:58 pm

    Curt Schilling, I checked your blog today to see if you had any comments on ALS. Your first line was was very touching about the Trias family. I’m his cousin and he will greatly missed. I remember him talking about you.

    Thank you for all that you do for ALS.

    Jim
    jimpeacock02@att.net

  21. August 18, 2008 5:07 am

    Hey Curt,

    Welcome back. We are all gearing up to see this go to the end as well.

    Hope everything is ok with you surgeries.

  22. August 18, 2008 7:11 am

    Good luck on whatever decision you make: it certainly would be comforting to have you on the roster come Oct. 1, but life goes on. One thing that should make your decision-making a little more rational than it is for so many players in the lattter stages of their careers (was about to say “in the twilight of their careers,” but we know now that can be inflamatory!) is that you’ve already got a successful second act well-underway with your company. It’s so sad watching some guys who hang on too long or haunt autograph shows rather than accepting that life is full of transitions.

  23. lionking1 permalink
    August 18, 2008 12:19 pm

    There was once this big pride of 40 lions living in Botswana in the deep bushes. They had a great life for years and years. Plenty of cubs, food, water, recreation, ect. The pride had two dominant males, one huge one named Timlin and the other even bigger, the king, named Curt. One day two fully grown male strangers came upon the pride’s territory. The one brother saw this and ran to get his bigger brother to fight them off but he couldn’t find him. He roared his call for him to come and protect the pride. No alas. Not being able to take on the two invading lions and fearing for his own life, he had to leave his territory. Some of the pregnant females also had to leave because the new males would slay their cubs and the unborn. No one ever knew what happened to the dominant missing King male, but he was known to be 16+ years old and ruled that pride for 12+ years.

  24. baseballindc permalink
    August 18, 2008 1:36 pm

    If this is the end, thanks for all the great memories. It’s been a great career. We’ve seen how hard it can be to gracefully exit in the recent news, and it will be really hard not to be heading down to spring training next year, but here’s to hoping you have as a great a post career as you did on the mound. There’s still a lot of really important stuff to do…

  25. wetline42 permalink
    August 18, 2008 4:48 pm

    Curt,
    I applause you for all the work that you do with ALS and your charities! In the big picture, this is what counts most in my opinion. But do you have to absolutely chime in on everything?? Seriously, while I’ll miss seeing you pitch, I won’t miss the fact that your name and opinions keep popping up all over the place. Who really cares if you’re coming back to pitch in 09, 10 or any other date in the future? Your time seems to have come and gone, please pass the baton Mr. Schilliing and step aside.. Why EEI continues to give you a radio slot is also perplexing and frustrating..

    As for you prediction of who will win the series, you clearly can’t look at this with an objective lense so we’ll put little stock into your foresight.. JB is clearly not what he was last year and have you seen what Terry has had to trot out of the bullpen in the middle innings???

    Signed,
    Curt-Please-Go-Away-Quietly

  26. phillytom permalink
    August 18, 2008 6:26 pm

    Com’on home and relax, Schil. We in Philly need time to persuade you to go to the hall with a “P” on you cap!

  27. plotman permalink
    August 18, 2008 6:53 pm

    Curt,

    I just wanted to thank you for supporting families of SMA. The message you spoke at the confence this June was very moving. It has also been a very powerful message for my son who has SMA and is a Red Sox fan. Thank you again for supporting SMA. Keep up the good work on and off the field.

    All the best

  28. newbritbigdah7 permalink
    August 18, 2008 7:31 pm

    It’s been fun Curt, I won’t miss your mouth though. I respect you as a pitcher, but have little to be desired otherwise.

  29. lar271 permalink
    August 18, 2008 8:16 pm

    Hello Curt! May I offer a word of encouragement? Good luck on the re-habbing of your shoulder. I’m sure family and doctors have been telling you this, and maybe your swaying towards retirement. If you do, you’ll allow yourself to pick up your grandchildren. Think of that? When we get older our bodies don’t heal as fast. I’m 50 and had joint replacement surgery on my left thumb in 2007. They took a tendon from my arm and wrapped it around the bone and bad tendon in my hand. I went through 6 months of physical therapy. I was a cashier at the Walmart here in St Paul, MN. After 13+ yrs of handling money, 17 years of running a printing press, my thumb has worn out. I don’t have the Pre-op pain that I did 2006-07, but I still have difficulties. Now my right hand is going bad. So bad that I cry myself to sleep or just hold it and scream now. I am facing another operation or maybe a cortizone shot (which is ONLY a temporary solution). I was fortunate to be able to hold my friends newborn a couple of weeks ago (10.9lbs) and it hurt like hell.
    There’s gonna be times when you wake up and say “I can pitch again” but do you really want to? You’ve accomplished enough. You’re a sure bet for the HOF. Rest on your laurels, bud. Take it from an average Joe. Be able to do the little things in your life. I can hardly throw my 13lb bowling ball right now. I can hardly turn the steering wheel, or hold onto the phone or write with a pen, without being in pain. Good luck Curt and I wish you the best! If you ever come to St Paul, come to the Walmart so we can shake hands.

  30. soxnationaz permalink
    August 18, 2008 9:10 pm

    Whatever the decision you make I hope it is the right one. Please, please, don’t become a Favre. I know the young guns (Lester, Masterson, Buchholz, etc…) would certainly benefit from another year of your clubhouse presence.

  31. lirookies permalink
    August 19, 2008 6:35 am

    Hey Curt,
    Just gonna be short here…..It’s time to retire. I say that after looking at pictures of your beautiful family. You have done what 99% of the men in this country can only dream of doing. You have lived the “Dream.” I don’t think anyone will consider you to be a “quitter”, especially after the “bloody sock” game. Go coach little league. Have some fun. Sorry to the Red Sox nation who are begging you to come back. They’ll get over it. Good Luck. God Bless you and your Family. Peace!

  32. jay8338 permalink
    August 19, 2008 9:17 am

    Hey Curt GO AWAY YOU ####### HAS BEEN. You have done nothing since you painted you sock RED. Stop stealing money from the Red Sox to just to make yourself richer. You are a ####### joke!!!!

  33. nomarfan555 permalink
    August 19, 2008 9:37 am

    Curt, as a redsox fan i would like to say that you are one of the best pitchers all time period. you deserve to be in cooperstown. second you are one of the best people to hear talk on weei. third i believe that if you come back you will help this team and this city emensely.

  34. nomarfan555 permalink
    August 19, 2008 9:40 am

    i would also say to go into the hall in in a beantown hat B go sox

  35. kjposeidon permalink
    August 19, 2008 1:58 pm

    Curt, you are a class act and a welcome part of New England not for what you did, but for me and my family, WHO you are. I’ve been very aware of your efforts with ALS being a brother of Phi Delta Theta, Lou Gehrig’s college fraternity, which has recognized your efforts in the past. I also am related to a mentor at Webster House who has met you and speaks very highly of you and your family. My wife is a very big fan. The legacy that you will leave behind when your days on earth will certainly not be your exploits on the mound, but in your community and for bringing greater exposure to a mysterious disease that has devastating affects on those afflicted and the families left in its wake. Your heart is bigger than any game you ever pitched in and I hope you never leave New England. Even if Cooperstown does not call, do not forget that you have made a more positive impact on lives outside of baseball than a significant number of people who only have statistics as a legacy. Thank you for taking Theo’s call.

  36. jnightmare2 permalink
    August 19, 2008 7:39 pm

    Curt.

    I had rotator surgery previously, I know the rehab is difficult. But I hope you are more fortunate than I was. I retore the d–n thing in rehab and it has never felt right since.

    I know you belong in HOF and believe that you meant so much in 2004 and 2007 just with winning attitude and work ethic. So if it’s over as one fan of the Shill going back to the trade for Mike Boddicker. You will always be a RED SOX legend.

    But You and Mrs. Shilling and your family have meant so much more to those of who need to see what caring and giving to others is all about..
    Thanks for the memories and come back and give us more if you are healthy.

  37. August 25, 2008 5:29 pm

    Thanks for everything Curt! I wish you guys would consider staying in the area. It really is a great place to live if you can forgive the weather. We love you here

  38. redsoxfans4life permalink
    August 29, 2008 2:08 pm

    Dittos on the Thanks for everything Curt! It has been a pleasure watching you over the years play for the Red Sox and very uplifting to see the amount of time you spend on raising money for good causes.

    I wanted to share with you something that I tried that may help you and some of your ailing teammates – I want everyone healthy for post-season! It is myotherapy. Not sure if you heard of it. Bonnie Prudden has some great books that explain what it is. I figured it might be something you should look into to get you pain free and back to health with full range of motion. It really works – I can attest to that. Hope you try it.

  39. italk2much permalink
    September 22, 2008 3:53 pm

    Oh MY God, Curt, what are we gonna do? Our beloved Pats have lost to the worse team in the NFL. I would have rather lost to the JETS, after you went on the radio and talk trashed about the NEW YORK fans. What do we do? And I am so afraid to play Manny in the WS, and YOU won’t be around to pitch. Can you make it all better and go back onto the radio and tell the Miami fans they suck. Talk trash again. We need some motivation from an athlete who isn’t in the lime light anymore and who has fallen off the face of the earth. You need the attention because your career is over and no one wants you. So just do it. :)

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