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Wow…

November 4, 2008

What a night. I’ve never in my life paid as much attention to a campaign as I have this one, and especially tonight.

Proud to know more Americans voted yesterday than at any time in this countries history. Congratulations to everyone that made their voice heard yesterday.

Senator McCain; damn what a speech. Clearly continuing his life long display of class, dignity, honor and integrity I only wish more people knew the man as well as I do. He exudes those same traits regardless of the audience or venue. I am proud as hell to call he and his family friends. Not many countries are capable of creating men like him and I am proud we are one of them. To John and Cindy and the rest of the McCain family, thank you.

Senator Obama; damn what a campaign. Expert after expert talked about the nearly flawless political campaign he ran, and the voters in this country backed those opinions up, lock stock and barrel. Congratulations Mr. President Elect, I pray to God that starting tomorrow every decision you make, every piece of advice you receive, every minute of counsel given to you, all of those things lead you to make every day from tomorrow on a better one for the people of the greatest nation on earth. I know the move doesn’t become official until January 20th, but we all know better, change begins tomorrow.

Am I disappointed? Sure, the man I know and the man I believed to be the right choice didn’t win. It stops there though. Because tomorrow the sun is going to come up in this country and less than 40 years after an African American was not allowed to use the same bathroom as a white person, sleep in the same hotel, ride on the same bus, go to the same school, less than 40 years later our nation showed the entire world why it is the greatest nation on earth and selected an African American as it’s 44th President.

Do I agree with him? Not a lot. Was he my choice? Nope. But we end that ‘stuff’ now right? Tomorrow we all wake up Americans. Tomorrow the world once again looks at us in complete awe. Never has a country on this planet selected what was once a ‘minority’ to it’s highest political position. No free nation has ever done what we just did, again. So while I made no bones about my choice, I do believe in Senator McCain, and I do believe him to be right when he says now is the time to put aside political differences, personal agendas and partisan politics and wish God Speed to President Elect Barack Obama in leading the greatest nation on earth over the next four years. It’s going to take effort and commitment like we’ve never seen.

God Bless every one of you who didn’t forsake the right afforded us today and voted. The votes have been counted and we’ve set our course, time for us to let a new captain take the wheel and steer us into uncharted territory.

98 Comments leave one →
  1. twhobert permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:10 am

    Curt,

    Glad the election season is rapidly ending. Let’s get back to the real issues, the Hot Stove League. How is the shoulder? What are your thoughts on next season?

    Go Pats!

  2. November 5, 2008 12:20 am

    Excellent article. He wasn’t my choice, either – but he’s the president now, and I hope he does the best job he can possibly do.

  3. tkardinal permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:31 am

    Amen, Curt. Well said. I support McCain, but I congratulate Obama and hope he governs well.

  4. soxoct27 permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:34 am

    i am happy and proud to say i voted for President Obama (wow weird to say). although i didn’t vote for the man, you can’t deny what a man and what an american Senator McCain is, as you said Curt, great and classy speech. i hope all republicans, all americans follow through on the words he preached. Whether you voted for Obama, for better or for worse this election brought out the best in America, we weren’t the lazy country we can sometimes be, we wanted our voices heard and just because election day is over, our interest shouldn’t be. we need to keep those we elected in office tonight accountable for their actions. they earned their right to be hired tonight, now they have to earn out trust to keep their jobs, and that falls on us.
    what an incredible night though, in my short life i have never witnessed anything like it, the outpouring of emotion, and pride for this election this country was a sight to be seen. it makes you once again realize how fortunate we are, and how great this country is, thanks to people like the men and woman fighting for our country, for people like senator McCain and President Obama, who now carry the torch for America!!

  5. November 5, 2008 12:35 am

    Curt, I strain sometimes to keep from commenting on your political posts, because I disagree with you about… well, quite a lot, really. And I’m as passionate about my beliefs and values as you are. But this one I feel I have to remark on.

    Classy post, and massive props for that. This is the attitude that all real Americans should have. John Wayne, who was about as right-wing as you could get, famously said upon the election of John Kennedy “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my president, and I hope he does a good job.” Your post reminded me of that. And that’s a good thing.

  6. bake mcbride permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:57 am

    baseball questions here too….

    since you see things we never do, give us a few examples of what Varitek does for the pitchers that other catchers don’t, won’t or can’t do.

    and how valuable is that?
    he was pretty useless at the plate this season.
    is what he does on defense enough to justify keeping him if he hits .220?

    what would you do with Varitek if you were the Sox?

  7. November 5, 2008 1:15 am

    As an Obama supporter who has always liked & respected McCain, I was impressed with the tone of McCain’s concession speech. This campaign was, at times, very ugly, but McCain demonstrated in his speech the character and class he’s always had. I wish the campaign could have consistently demonstrated that kind of dignity and honor, but at least in the end McCain ended on a high note. As he said, now it’s up to the pundits & commentators to play “Monday morning quarterback” as they figure out what went wrong. It was nice to see McCain refuse to point fingers.

    I agree that this was a momentous moment in our nation’s history, and I know from my international friends that other nations are sitting up & taking notice. I’d make a minor quibble, though, with your statement “Never has a country on this planet selected what was once a ‘minority’ to it’s highest political position.” What about Nelson Mandela in South Africa?

  8. socalsoxman permalink
    November 5, 2008 1:27 am

    Kudos to Sen. McCain for showing class when it counted. And a joyful shout out to the Rev. Martin Luther King, at peace on his mountain top. As a nation of proud Americans in the spirit of brotherhood and hope for our future, at long last we have overcome…

    Socalsoxman

  9. davis5127 permalink
    November 5, 2008 2:28 am

    Curt your a great man who still believes that good morals and faith are most important to a man’s character.
    With all of the money and fame you could ask for, with your celebrity status for all to see, I thank you.. I thank you for being a man of honor and a person willing to do the “right thing”. This country needs more role models like yourself.

  10. rjglassett permalink
    November 5, 2008 2:31 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for your insight on the issues of the recent election. I cannot honestly say that you “inspired” me to vote for John McCain, but you did however give me the desire to further research the decision on my own. I did ultimately vote for him mainly do to the fact that I believe he was the more honorable and trustworthy candidate.

    History was certainly made tonight. We as a nation have elected our first African-American president, something every one of us should be proud of. However, what concerns me is that the majority of our fellow citizens who took to the polls today are sadly uneducated when it comes to the issues facing out nation today, and how voting for either candidate would effect those issues.

    I spoke with many people today in regards to their choice in the election, the vast majority of whom stated with enthusiasm that they voted for Obama. I then asked them if they could tell me what the three branches of government in our country were, and the vast majority could not.

    Unfortunately, I believe McCain’s decision to choose Sarah Palin as a running mate ultimately cost him the election…….I don’t think anyone can deny that. I believe the vast majority of character assasination was BS, but he or someone in his camp had to have some idea of what they were opening themselves up to in choosing such an easy target as a running mate.

    The bottom line is that the GOP needs to take a long hard look at itself after this disaster of an election. You and I both know that John McCain should have been the one giving a victory speech, not Barack Obama. History will show that it was his running mate that ultimately cost him this election.

    Here’s to hoping that we were both wrong, and that we won’t spend the next four years telling everyone we know who voted for Obama I told ya so……….

    Thanks again Curt, and best of luck with the rest of your career should you decide to pitch again. I’d certainly be happy to see you take the mound at Fenway a few more times……….

    RJG

  11. empirelady permalink
    November 5, 2008 2:54 am

    Curt-
    There is nobody who could have written a more eloquent,beautiful posting than you just did and I might add that you were very gracious as well. Have you ever considered running for any political office? If you were running,I would cross party lines(and I say that in all seriousness because I did do just that,cross party lines,years back for the mayor of New York,a man named Giuliani). I also agree with you that the important thing right now is for this nation to pull together as one,as we always have,and create a better life for everyone. The people of this country are hurting,primarily financially,but this great country of ours has always stood together,been there for each other,as you all did across the country for the people of New York when my city was attacked in 2001,and we shall be strong once again. It is amazing that in my lifetime of 48 years(49 in February)we can go from not allowing an African American to sit at the front of the bus(Rosa Parks) to having an African American president of the United States-and have over 80% of the voters polled say that the race/color issue did not enter into their decision as to who to vote for. I did think that Senator McCain gave a great speech tonight,I was very impressed by it,and I give him much credit for a long,tough,hard fought campaign that came down right to the very end. When I voted in the afternoon,I knew that there was a real chance that he could win. He had a never quit attitude,giving his all for his country,and wanting to do for others is the greatest thing that any man can ever do(I count you in that category as well ,as you do so much for others,always).So I thank you for everything that you have said,written in the past,and although the election is now over,I still look forward to many more postings from you on a variety of topics. Your thoughts,opinions,insight and great caring about what affects us as human beings are a part of what makes you so special,and is a joy to read,to hear,so keep them coming!…And one final comment regarding baseball. I have noticed one thing about baseball and sports in general. No matter how difficult a time someone can be having,someone in the sports field can somehow always bring a smile to their face. I have seen it countless times,including times involving you. In this time of economical uncertainty,people still gravitate towards football and baseball(a neighbor of mine who is having a very difficult time was still excited the other day about the New York Giants doing as well as they are). That said, no pressure intended but having you play one more season or half season of baseball would certainly bring a smile to many and a sign of hope,a never quit attitude. As you weigh your options for the upcoming baseball season,do consider this thought….Thank you again for this beautiful post,I give you much credit for being as gracious as you are in your loss(I do not think that I was that gracious in 2004 when the Democrat for president lost!).I would welcome you in any political office,and I wish you all the best,always..
    Donna,New York City.

  12. bosredsox2289 permalink
    November 5, 2008 4:15 am

    I would say McCain would of won if he would of chosen somebody like a Mitt or a Mike maybe even a Lieberman. Sarah Palin is Great i would have liked to see her as the VP but no offense to you Alaskan Mr. Schilling, some of the Undecided and even Moderate Conservatives were fishy because they didn’t know who she was until McCain announced her so that gave us 3 weeks to gather up as much info as we can.

    McCain would have needed to step up on his speeches a little more because Obama just hit line drives with his speeches all over the park. Biden was on the attack all the time.

    But yeah now thats over.

    Hope Obama builds the Planet Eutopia he has been promising and been saying like its easy to do.

  13. ike6116 permalink
    November 5, 2008 4:18 am

    He was my choice.

    And thank you Curt for being a class act much like McCain was.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of conservative talk radio and I was quite afraid that when my guy became president they’d follow though on trying to immediately discredit him.

    I am glad some aren’t so reckless.

    Signed,
    A fan proud to have a #38 Jersey

  14. soxfanindan permalink
    November 5, 2008 6:08 am

    Everybody better pray for this country! And hold on to your wallets!

  15. November 5, 2008 6:28 am

    Well, I couldn’t support John McCain because of his choice of running mate.

    I feel that it is too bad he didn’t ask Governor Palin to step aside in favor of Mitt Romney about a month ago when it became clear that she was a liability. It was the perfect opportunity to install a finance expert as VP, and to show that he was capable of responding to major issues with decisive action and not necessarily a huge spending bill first. It may have worked, it may not have worked, but at the time it was clear that the result would be as it was last night, so there was nothing to lose.

    This really showed an inflexibility and/or stubbornness that was the hallmark of our current President, and that coupled with his choice in the first place and his reputation for temperament led me away from voting GOP for the first time in my life.

    So now I will support fully the guy I had to vote for… I hope that he can find a way to unite the country and move us forward on multiple fronts.

    GoBama!

  16. vhanna26 permalink
    November 5, 2008 6:45 am

    Awesome post, Curt. I wish McCain’s campaign would have stuck more with the message he had last night.

    Difficult times are ahead, and we can do without the hate and disinformation that some supporters have been spewing.

    Real Americans can disagree and work together because we love our country.

  17. flsoxfan76 permalink
    November 5, 2008 7:38 am

    Well spoken, Curt. I truly do hope he does all the things he has said he is going to do and leads our great nation in a positive direction. Like you and countless others, I voted for Senator McCain and felt him to be the man to lead our country in the best possible direction, but he fell a “tad” short. Alas, it’s all over now and hopefully we will begin a journey that will be both prosperous and positive.

  18. robertjaz permalink
    November 5, 2008 7:54 am

    Curt,

    First let me thank you for everything you’ve done for the Red Sox. The two championships still beautifully resonate…

    Secondly, thanks for your post. I did not vote for McCain, but his speech last night helped to portray him as the good man that you supported and campaigned for.

    Let’s pray that the new President can help heal, lead and guide this country effectively.

    p.s. listening to WEEI’s Gerry Callahan still continue to spew his sore loser, hate-filled, racist, gay bashing this morning…how does he do it?

  19. mainesoxgal permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:17 am

    I am so devastated. But McCain did give a wonderful speech, per usual….

  20. jimmykc permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:29 am

    Amen. We’re all in this together, so time to put any bitterness behind us and look for better times ahead. I hope he does so well that I vote for him the next time around.

  21. spritey72 permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:29 am

    I did support Obama because I agreed with more of what he said than McCain. But I also liked McCain and have a lot of respect for the man and his speech was excellent. I really like what you had to say because I see some of the McCain supports around me being very bitter and angry right now and saying such ignorant things so reading what you had to say was a really nice change (to put it mildly).

  22. jimredsox04 permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:32 am

    Who knows Curt, maybe you will be pleasantly surprised.

    I think it more comes down to the fact that Barack promsed to raise the taxes of Americans making over $250,000. Unfortuntely that falls on your shoulders and not mine.

    I think Mr. McCain burned alot of bridges in his campaign for presidency but that is also just my opinion. Hopefully his is man enough to put aside some things and help this country move forward.

    Red Sox Nation must also move forward, release Tek, unfortunely we have to. Also Mike Timlin, sorry Mike. And bring in some new blood. Give credit where it is due, Jason Bay etc… Lets sure up the pitching staff and bring back Derek Lowe, a guy who is 35 and never been on the DL, unlike this blog owner, not blaming you Curt, you did advise the Sox of your injury but they were ignorant.

    Best of Luck to your future business, that is where your heart is !!!

    Maybe Senator McCain can make a guest appearance in your video game, he is quite the comic !!

  23. mattmcclime permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:36 am

    Amen, Curt.
    I didn’t vote for him, but he did say last night that he wanted to be the President for the people who didn’t vote for them. I intend to give him that chance. I refuse to lower myself by acting like some of our fellow countrymen have acted towards our current president the last 8 years. I truly hope that all ends today.
    As for McCain, sometimes the better man doesn’t win. He had too many hurdles to overcome, and he refused to lower himself into a negative campaign. All of the pundits will say he should have done this or that. But the fact is McCain is a man of honor and integrity, and he can hold his head up high knowing he didn’t lose going into the gutter. He’s done far greater than any of us will ever do.

  24. bryan1980 permalink
    November 5, 2008 9:28 am

    It’s nice to see your gracious even in defeat. As neither a Democrat or Republican, but as an AMERICAN I feel proud to have Senator Obama as a source of hope and change for our country. I wonder how your boys D&C feel this morning. They have done nothing but smear Obama for the last year, not giving him any chances, and being anything but gracious in the competition. I am embarrassed as an American that they, as SPORTS MEDIA first and foremost, could be so ignorant and disgusting towards a candidate who has earnestly and respectfully run his campaign. Even as I do not care for Senator McCain I would never lambast him towards his supporters or others, but respectfully hear out his policies and views, even despite his ROVE-like smear campaign towards OBAMA (Play nice and you win). They should stick to sports, and not politics, as WEEI is a SPORTS RADIO NETWORK. I can just say firsthand, I know they have lost a lot of listeners, that could have been saved, had they not been so ignorant to the direction of this country, which was painfully obvious to them last night when Obama CRUSHED McCain, and they turned over to the C’s game (GO C’S!). It must be painful for them to see that they were so out of touch with the nation. The only calls they took in the last 6 months were McCain supporters, and when they were called by people like my Father, who would factually prove them wrong, they wouldn’t hear any of it. I’m just disgusted by them, but I want to with you Good luck with your rehab Curt, we all have an interesting 4 years ahead of us. Obama 0-8!

    Bryan Ferris
    Newport, RI

  25. nickthebrit permalink
    November 5, 2008 9:49 am

    Kudos for the blog and the non partisan congratulations. But can you not see how the “greatest nation on earth” schtick(3 times in one article smacks of slight desperation wouldnt you say) grates on the rest of us living in what you would no doubt call the “free world”.It is the very lack of this type of jingoism that has made the rest of the world wake up with a smile on our faces after 8 long years of darkness.

  26. November 5, 2008 9:58 am

    He WAS my choice and I am SO proud of my country. I was extremely impressed by Senator McCain’s concession. He was dignified and gracious. I expected nothing less from a man I may disagree with, but respect noneleless…

    I really hope now that it has been decided, we do all rally behind President Elect Obama- that earns the trust and respect of voters like you, Curt. I was extremely moved by his speech as well- I hope it inspired you too!

  27. November 5, 2008 10:45 am

    McCain really stepped up his speech last night as i felt he would. This was “time” though unfortunately for him, for a change. As mentioned above, will be good to move forward, together. and Curt, can you please smack D&C and tell them to get onboard… james

  28. tinisoli permalink
    November 5, 2008 10:56 am

    McCain could’ve at least made this race close had he actually displayed that well-known “class, dignity, honor and integrity”—that many of us lefties had indeed associated with him for years prior to this campaign—throughout this campaign instead of at the very last minute or when pressed by reporters to admit that, well, yeah, Obama actually isn’t a socialist, etc.

    I’m not surprised that the bitter defeat at the hands of Rove in 2000 made John turn to those same cynical, divisive, low-road forces to steer his election strategy this year, but it was a huge mistake and he’s now paid dearly for it. The hyperbolic b.s. about ACORN and “voter fraud,” the fearmongering about Obama’s associations with “terrorists”, the bile from the surrogates and spokespeople about “Barack Hussein Obama” and “McCain, not Hussein”, and the patently offensive b.s. about “real America” that Palin perfected… all of that venom helped turned the tide even more in Obama’s favor. I don’t doubt that McCain held his nose or averted his eyes when he allowed those shenanigans or let them go unrepudiated, but he allowed it and tolerated them nonetheless. Big mistake.

    Palin was a huge mistake, too. Huge.

    I agree that his speech last night was classy, and he struck exactly the right note in the face of those booing boors in the crowd in Phoenix. And it was deeply impressive that he noted that the only “association” he ever cared about was the shared patriotism he and Obama clearly have. It’s really too bad he didn’t cull out those bad eggs—and their very bad vibe—months ago. He veered right when he should’ve stayed a centrist. Again, I don’t blame him for being cynical after what happened to him in 2000 and seeing how successful Rove was for 4-5 years, but it was the exact opposite of what America wanted from either candidate. And he should’ve seen that. He was still playing by the 2005 playbook when America had already moved on.

  29. jonnyjbones permalink
    November 5, 2008 11:02 am

    Classy post Curt. Even Fox news was classy last night. However, the classiest of all was Senator’s McCain’s concession speech. I didn’t like the things he and his campaign were doing at times this past few months, but he certainly said the right things last night. I am proud of John McCain and we are lucky to have him in our Senate.

  30. labeets99 permalink
    November 5, 2008 11:35 am

    Curt Schilling said:
    Senator McCain; damn what a speech. Clearly continuing his life long display of class.

    CLASS, you have to be kidding, this is the same angry guy that dumped his ex-wife on the side of the road after she was involved in a disfiguring
    accident and then makes moves on a woman 24 years his junior whike he is still married, CLASS he is not.

    Schilling, now that your paying attention to the Election, time to pick up a dictionary and find out what class is, you definately won’t find McCains name.

  31. Asst Cubmaster Chris permalink
    November 5, 2008 11:41 am

    well put Curt….

    and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts for the past few months. They were very insightful and clearly articulated.

    good luck with the shoulder…hope to see you back on the mound soon??

  32. ilrosewood permalink
    November 5, 2008 11:42 am

    I could not have said it better myself. I hope this is the typical response from my fellow McCain supporters.

  33. relvig permalink
    November 5, 2008 11:49 am

    “How is the shoulder? What are your thoughts on next season?” twhobert

    I echo those sentiments, how are things looking for your pitching career?

    I also echo your sentiments toward the election, our guy did not win, but we are all Americans and need to act as such. However, “time for us to let a new captain take the wheel and steer us into uncharted territory.” I am still going to make sure he doesn’t try to steer us off of the edge. Let him take the wheel, yes, but still be on the lookout.

  34. syphax permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:26 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for your very thoughtful post. If you stuck to your thoughts and stopped posting random stuff from your inbox, your blog would be in good shape on the political front.

    McCain’s concession speech was great; I frankly hadn’t seen much of the old John McCain in recent weeks and was glad to see him again.

    One minor fact check: “Never has a country on this planet selected what was once a ‘minority’ to it’s highest political position.” I think it depends on how you define minority. Alberto Fujimori of Peru comes to mind- his parents were Japanese immigrants (fun fact- in 1997 a magazine made the accusation that Fujimori’s birth and baptismal certificates may have been altered and that he was actually born in Japan, which would have made him ineligible for head of state- does that remind you of anything?). Also, our socialist friend Evo Morales of Bolivia, he’s Aymara, which accounts for 25% of Bolivian population. But that’s a minor point.

    Let’s hope Obama is as good a President as he is a candidate. We need it.

  35. November 5, 2008 12:28 pm

    Nice post. Your response to the results from last night is one that many Americans will hopefully share. It’s time to roll up the sleeves and get to work to get us back on track. We have an opportunity here, but as the president elect said, it will not come easily, nor without hard work and trying times. Here’s to America and to Americans.

    BTW I hope your offseason brings clarity and satisfaction in whichever direction your shoulder’s healing process takes. You’ve been a champ here in Boston and for what you helped give us fans – on the field and off – I hope your success continues. Rock on.

  36. frodo1962 permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:29 pm

    Well, I find myself with similar thoughts on the election. I hope we (as a country) haven’t made a huge mistake. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

  37. November 5, 2008 12:38 pm

    My family saw McCain in a little town hall meeting in Newport, NH at the beginning the Republican nomination campaign. We really liked him. He’s a true American who loves this country. But, in the end, I ended up supporting Obama.

    Curt, I am happy to see you move ahead and do what all Americans should do: come together, look ahead, and focus on our common interests for a safe, prosperous America.

    On my blog “Customer Experience Matters” (experiencematters.wordpress.com), I’ve outlined 6 steps for the president to revive “Brand USA.” Hopefully our collective efforts can re-invigorate the American dream and create a world that we are proud to leave to our children and to our children’s children.

  38. pwhite42 permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:43 pm

    Have you given any thoughts lately of running for office? We may need a replacement for Senator Kerry next year.

  39. dinn1 permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:44 pm

    Curt,
    I did not vote for McCain, but I respect the man greatly. It is time for a change, and I think the American people made the right choice for right now. It was truely a great night for America, and I thought McCain’s speech was one of the best I have ever heard. He is truely one of the great Americans.
    God Bless America!

  40. neilsox permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:48 pm

    I voted yesterday and was awed by the experience. I had to pause at the booth and take a mental picture of the historical day, not knowing who was going to win, but remembering the feeling of taking part in history. BTW, i hope to see you pitch again!

  41. rageear permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:49 pm

    Curt-

    You’ve done a great job writing about this election and your feelings surrounding everything. I’m not surprised at all to see you graciously welcome the new President elect.

    I hope that Obama is up for the challenges that face him in the next four years. The expectations are so high, it is going to take a lot of work to succeed.

    Thanks for continuing to share your thoughts.

  42. brian48 permalink
    November 5, 2008 12:53 pm

    Feel the same. Very dissappointed, but since Obama’s my commander-in-chief now, I will have to support him. I may not agree with a lot of his views (well, most of them), but he’s our president now and we need a united front.

    For our sake, I hope he does well.

    PS

    Curt, so what’s the story? You coming back next year or what? Somebody’s got to keep Pap out of trouble.

  43. danmcgaw permalink
    November 5, 2008 1:28 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Great post. I’ve been a Red Sox fan since as early as I can remember, and respect and admire your passion when it comes to baseball and life, on and off the field. I just want to say thank you for all the work you’ve done, whether it’s inspiring the lives of those like me who live in New England, or those you’ve inspired beyond it.

    This certainly was a fascinating election. I did vote for Obama, and living in NH as I do, I also understand how important it is to keep our freedoms, whether our physical rights or financial ones. It wasn’t an easy decision, and seeing McCain’s concession speech, it made me realize even more how amazing a man he is, was, and will always be. So given our country’s decision, I’m proud how the votes fell–but I’m also proud that men like McCain and yourself have a voice in shaping our destiny. Democracy isn’t perfect, so it is our differences that make us stronger.

    I don’t know if anyone truly could have predicted the impact of last night’s election. And I’m not sure if anyone will be able to predict how this will ultimately change our country in four, eight, or twelve years. But it feels good to be a part of history, and to know that our individual decisions helped bring this to pass. Even if Obama’s policies end up hurting this nation, that’s the beauty of our laws: every two and four years, we go out and decide again.

  44. guster4321 permalink
    November 5, 2008 1:35 pm

    Great post Curt. Thank you for that. Obama was my choice, from the very beginning, and I never believed in Senator McCain — but his concession speech was nothing short of brilliant, classy, honorable, and magnificent. I’ve known, as a lot of us have, that you’re a staunch conservative. I hope that many conservatives and Republicans follow your lead. More than any other time in history, I hope we are all ready to work together to bring this nation back to where we know it belongs.

    Thanks, Curt. Great work.

  45. winyankees permalink
    November 5, 2008 1:40 pm

    Curt,

    While I don’t agree with a lot of your comments, you make me proud to be an American with this one. I think if everyone would stand up and make the effort to be a better American, it wouldn’t matter whom we elected. That person whether white, black, asian desenct, hispanic, mixed, male, female, would get the job done.

  46. November 5, 2008 2:18 pm

    Curt:

    I applaud your stand against partisan politics and your readiness to follow the leader you wouldn’t have picked.

    We Americans have all been made to feel that there is such a deep divide between the left and the right, Democrat and Republican, this candidate and that. We hear the rhetoric, see the commercials, the name calling. Is that feeling reflective of our true values?

    We all want prosperity, peace and safety for ourselves and our children, and a minimum of interference from the government beyond ensuring that. Does any American disagree? Those are our values.

    We’ve spent too long in this country focusing on relatively small differences and divided by arguing about them.

    Most problems have several good solutions that we all can live with, even if some are more disappointed than others with the particulars.

    We may disagree on some of the details of what challenges those things and how to overcome the challenges. Selfish interests have fueled the fire of passionate disagreement by focusing attention on the most divisive details. Let us instead remember how deeply we share those fundamental values and move forward to meaningful change on the big picture issues.

    As Americans, we should all be playing for the same team, not looking for ways to divide up into teams.

    In the political realm, let us each start asking ourselves whether our concerns are important to our shared American fundamental values, or are particular to our own unique interests, be they personal preference, religious belief, or what have you.

    Let’s stop complaining and looking for fault beyond keeping attention focused on the shared values. Let’s stop booing “the other side.”

    I campaigned for Obama, but I hope I’d show the same class that you do if McCain had been elected last night. Thanks.

    -Dale

    P.S. I loved watching you play during the years we were both living in Philly!

  47. kfish25 permalink
    November 5, 2008 2:27 pm

    As an Obama supporter, I agree that John McCain’s speech was superb. He is indeed a man graced with dignity, class, honor and integrity. We had a choice between two great men who simply had a difference of opinion on how to best help this country be the best it can be. Kudos to you and others for their great attitude going forward.

  48. pequafrog permalink
    November 5, 2008 2:29 pm

    Well said, Curt. He wasn’t my choice either, but now he’s MY president. I pray that God gives him guidance to do what is in the best interest of the American people.

    -PF

  49. mxyztlplk permalink
    November 5, 2008 2:42 pm

    Well put, Curt…(for the record, Barack gets sworn in on Jan 20, not Jan9)…

  50. redsoxnational permalink
    November 5, 2008 3:03 pm

    Schill,
    I personally was glad to see Barack Obama win. However, I have always respected John McCain and very much appreciated the many sacrifices that he has made for his country. He is an American Hero of the highest degree. I simply felt that politics in this country needed to go in a different direction than the last eight years, and while McCain is certainly a very different man than President Bush, their political views are all too similar for me. I hope that Senator McCain will remain in Congress and continue to push for passage of a Carbon emissions cap-and-trade system which he originally introduced to the Senate along with Senator Leiberman of CT.

    Go Sox!!

  51. kimpa7809 permalink
    November 5, 2008 3:16 pm

    Great response. The most sensible thing that you’ve said regarding the election thus far.

  52. cbsoxer permalink
    November 5, 2008 3:56 pm

    I wish Senator McCain had shown the class to apologize for leading his campaign down a road of hate mongering and fear in the final weeks – the kind of campaign run against him in 2000, but I didn’t really expect it. I”m just glad it’s over so we can move on, and maybe McCain has a shot of being the pre campaign McCain I so respected.

  53. copperblue17 permalink
    November 5, 2008 3:57 pm

    Prediction: John Kerry is selected by Obama as Secretary of State. This presents an open Senate race and a chance for the only Republican in Massachusetts who could have a chance to win it… Curt Schilling! Please Curt, do it for your country! You have personally made a profound difference in the fortunes of the Red Sox franchise and now you can personally make a profound difference in the future of this country. The Senate needs another “R” to help stem the tidal wave of socialism we are about to be drowned in!

  54. bloodysock permalink
    November 5, 2008 4:31 pm

    Curt, January 9?

  55. ryssee permalink
    November 5, 2008 7:34 pm

    Nice post, really, really nice. I disagreed with your choice for president these last three elections. Never responded to any of the posts on politics.
    I completely agree with your assessment of McCain’s speech. Very classy, very conciliatory.
    I can only hope that others follow his lead, and follow your lead, in the points made. Our president-elect is, after all, a man who is extremely intelligent and has succeeded in everything he has ever put his mind to, and I want, we NEED, that success and that drive to override his lack of experience in the political arena and lead our country to be as great as we all know it is.
    Last night was amazing-when was the last time an election resulted in people running into the streets in joy and happiness? Not in my lifetime.

  56. mp34chw permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:07 pm

    I can’t believe this country. There were people in Chicago who said they voted for Obama, solely because he’s black and the novelty of it. This stupid country.

  57. ENFORCER permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:11 pm

    Curt,
    Great post, I am a police officer here in Ma. I works at a polling station each year and I have never seen such a turnout. That was really impressive seeing people of both political sides taking the time to make their voices heard. It was awe inspiring. I had the great fortune of speaking to people from both political camps and they were all good people with hopes, dreams and concerns.

    I share many of the same views and concerns as you, I was sad to see McCain not prevail. And as an old football coach once told me after a particularly heartbreaking loss (He didn’t lose, he just ran out of time)

    In the end, I know that we have a strong country and I hope that both sides of the aisle and the American public pull together and continue to make this country the best place in the whole damned world to live in.

  58. tcrafts permalink
    November 5, 2008 8:20 pm

    Like you admit… he is not that bad. I am glad you didn’t act like a bigot. Just because the taxes on people who make millions will go up, I think all professional athletes will still be okay.

    So are you going to retire or play another year?

  59. arubisch permalink
    November 5, 2008 9:18 pm

    Totally eloquent on your part. I’m so proud. I’m an Obama fan, myself, and to hear such a diehard Mccain fan say the things you said… it warms my heart and gives me hope. Not that I’d expect anything less.

    As a side note, I wanted to let you know that I ran the NYC Marathon for SHADE on Sunday and had a BLAST. It was my first marathon and I couldn’t have been more proud to wear that SHADE jersey. I first heard about it on your blog, so thanks so much for informing me. I raised almost $4000 and am still receiving questions from friends and family on how they can help and donate. Please relay to Shonda if you can how wonderful I felt doing such a great thing. And I wanted you to know as well, since you’re so involved in SHADE. THANKS! :)

    -ashley rubisch

  60. gfgarner permalink
    November 5, 2008 9:56 pm

    Curt:

    I worte this in my blog:

    I have been in opposition to the George Bush Presidency almost from the start. The devastation he and his neocon boys wrought on the US is legion and will not be examined here – let’s just say it is a matter of record and leave it at that. In 2004, the Democratic opposition wrongly went with John Kerry over Wesley Clark. I could never understand why since Kerry supported giving Bush the authority to invade Iraq and then refused to apologize for it. No wonder he lost.

    Fast forward a few years. Hillary Clinton began to ramp up her efforts to run for the Presidency. She was a great candidate, except for one thing – she voted to authorize Bush to invade Iraq and then refused to apologize for it. I began to look elsewhere for someone to support and believe in. I decided to check out Barak Obama, perhaps the most unlikely of the unlikely.

    Senator Obama is an amazing guy. I found him to be a compelling, moving speaker. He said all the right things. Mostly though, the man is smart and presidential. I was hooked. Thus began a journey of 2 years as I followed him on his journey. He inspired me, moved me, made me laugh and sometimes cry. He gave me a reason to hope. He restored my faith in the future.

    You have to understand something about me in all of this. During the Bush years, republicans insulted people like me, silenced people like me, put people like me in a place of feeling as though this wasn’t our country, indirectly threatened my livelihood, marginalized our views, cut middle-class income a number of ways and on and on. It left me bitter and resentful. I have often shared with like-minded friends and family members the belief that things wouldn’t get better before they got way worse. As time went on, they did. All that kept me going was my family, my few friends, the Red Sox and faith in Barak Obama. I sweated out each day as he fought to break through. I started to send him money. I gripped as he managed to get past Hillary Clinton in the primaries. I sent him more money. I vacillated between hope and despair as he weathered the worst the republicans threw at him during the campaign. I sent him more money and began to pray. The future of the United States I knew and loved was at stake.

    Last night, everything changed. My oldest son called me and we talked for a while. During that time, Obama was sitting on a lead and wasn’t moving. After I hung up with Jared, Barak Obama won California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington State all at once which put him over the top. He will be our 44th President. Immediately, my youngest son called me. We were both beside ourselves with joy. Later, as I watched his speech in Chicago, the weight of the moment caught up with me and I wept, alone in my apartment. Even now, a day later, have to pinch myself to see if I am just dreaming it all. As my youngest son put it, if you are dreaming all of this, don’t wake up.

    God bless Barak Obama. God bless the USA. Thanks for prayers answered.

  61. joshm009 permalink
    November 5, 2008 10:00 pm

    This comment is more for TWHOBERT. Curt’s blog post is about the real issues. I love the Red Sox and all but your response is completely out of line.

    Thanks for being a man of conviction and values Curt. God Bless!

  62. chibeacher permalink
    November 5, 2008 10:38 pm

    You handled the loss to “our” candidate far better than I did. When talking about it on Xanga, Facebook, etc, I still find myself not able to disguise the extreme disappointment that I feel and how a guy who has yet to accomplish a single thing for my state (Illinois) is being treated as the nation’s savior. See, there I go again.

    Good luck in your continued therapy and hopeful comeback in 2009. I love the Red Sox and I like the White Sox, so I’d be thrilled to see you in either one of those uniforms. (You’d like Ozzie.)

  63. mbc1489 permalink
    November 5, 2008 11:10 pm

    Curt,
    Great post. I have the upmost respect for you and what you are doing. My guy, OUR guy, didn’t win and its unfortunate, but life goes on. I’m extremely skeptical of President Elect Obama, and everything that he brings to the table, but more than a Republican or a McCain supporter, I am an American. The election is over so now it is important that we put our preferences aside and support the decision that America made. It won’t be easy, but to turn our back on a President we may not support will only bring about bigger problems. Once again, great article and I hope anyone out there angry over yesterday’s results will follow your leadership.

  64. aldo8742 permalink
    November 5, 2008 11:52 pm

    Curt, This is totally off topic. I am a big pinball person and I have heard you are starting to get into the hobby. Is this true??? If you ever have questions about pinball please feel free to ask. Thanks Al

  65. ender21 permalink
    November 6, 2008 12:08 am

    Well said Curt, and very gracious. You’ve gone up a notch in my book. Many people from all sides of the political spectrum would be wise to take a lesson.

    Obama *was* my first choice, but I’m glad that Senator McCain’s concession speech reminded me of why I wanted to vote for him in 2000.

    Looking forward with hope….

  66. redsoxnana permalink
    November 6, 2008 7:19 am

    Well, he certainly WAS/IS my choice but I must commend you, Curt, on YOUR classy post. And I still hope you are able to choose another 1/2 year or whatever in Boston. Missed your enthusiasm and commitment in the dugout last year.

  67. chayes917 permalink
    November 6, 2008 8:49 am

    Curt, please, for someone who implies they know (close to) everything, please check your grammar.

    When quoting, the period in most cases, goes inside the quotations. Of course, there are exceptions, but in most instances of your use, keep that in mind.

    There are excellent reference handbooks you can keep handy next to your computer.

    Fondly, Crystal

  68. pmatts76 permalink
    November 6, 2008 8:51 am

    I’ve only fairly recently been turned onto this blog, and while it’s nice to see an athlete take a stand on politics I’ve been blown away by the amount of factual errors that are in all these posts. The first post that I read had to with who controlled Congress and for how long. Somehow, Curt got that simple fact completely wrong and the false assertion colored his entire point. In this current post, Schilling writes:”I know the move doesn’t become official until January 9th”. While this doesn’t reach the level of error that I mentioned above, our country has held the presidential inauguration on January 20th for over 75 years now. This is basic stuff that, if someone is going to offer their opinion to the public, they at least should have some type of fact checking system in place.

  69. muellermen permalink
    November 6, 2008 10:30 am

    Curt,
    I respect your opinions even if I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. I voted for Obama because I believe he is the right man to heal this country but I also agree with much of what you say about John McCain.

    I did one to make a comment, though: We are NOT the first country to elevate someone who was once a “minority” to the highest political office. Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, Indira Gandhi in India, Albert Kenya Fujimori in Peru, and, hell, Margaret Thatcher in Britain, all come to mind. We are a great nation – I believe that even more strongly after Nov. 5 – but I would also argue that we are not “the greatest” nation on earth. Every nation has its flaws. And every nation has its strengths. To single America out implies a sense of arrogance that isn’t necessarily justified on the world stage. I would argue that humility is a greater virtue and a truer symbol of greatness.

    That said, I am very proud to be an American citizen.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery!

  70. tedford47 permalink
    November 6, 2008 12:23 pm

    Any American worthy of that name is proud for our country and this election. We all wish the very best to our new President and also to Senator McCain and his family.

  71. yanksrdaclassofbball permalink
    November 6, 2008 1:19 pm

    Curt,

    anyone who recognizes me here knows that I am NOT a fan of yours. When I come here it is usually to retort something you said that I take issue with. I am however, open minded, amd I would like to say that this post by you was very classy, intelligent and appreciated. I am a Republican, however I did not vote for McCain. But you are right. We all need to come together and support this man, whether we wanted him or not, we got him, and we must now move forward and fix what is wrong with our great nation. Take care.

  72. yankeefan98 permalink
    November 6, 2008 2:11 pm

    Curt,

    Unlike most of your loyal responders, I “don’t” root for the Red Sox and I cring at what you did on the mound in Octobers ’01 and ’04, but I agree with your politics. I want to thank you for your time and effort in supporting Senator McCain during his campaign.

    Like you, I believe the overall best candidate lost and I have concerns about the repurcussions of this Democratic-controlled Washington the next two to four years. However, before the election, I prayed that God’s will be done, that the man whom can best carry out His purpose be chosen by the people. Far be it from us to know what His ultimate plans are and who best to help carry them out.

    Knowing that He is in control, I prayed hard for a more unified country, regardless of the winner. For a few reasons, I believe that President-elect Obama may just be the better candidate to unify our country, not because he’s so great, but because of what God can do through the circumstances surrounding him. Ultimately, though I disagree with most of his policies and his overall view for our country, I have to root for him to be the greatest President we’ve ever had. For, that should be the wishes of every American whenever a new President is elected.

    Like you, I stayed up to watch Senator McCain’s concession speech, then went to bed. I closed my eyes at peace. For whatever reason, I awoke the next morning with an overwhelming sentiment that I, myself, need to be a better American, a better person, a better Christian. Perhaps we all can feel that way at some point over the next four years, regardless of who is in Washington and what they are doing.

  73. jonahmatrangadotcom permalink
    November 6, 2008 3:33 pm

    What a beautiful day for America and the world.
    McCain bowed out the way he should have run his campaign. He’s a respectable man, but he surrounded himself with hate-mongers, made irresponsible choices, and did his campaign, himself and his country a disservice with his race-baiting, smears and robo-calls. Let’s hope he gets back to being a politician and a man worth respecting for his present-day activities and behavior, not just for his past noble deeds.
    And wow, Good Riddance to Bible Spice. Truly scary. Say hi to Russia for me.
    Let’s get on to having a country with elected officials that aren’t global laughing stocks, and who don’t respond by bombing and lying until there’s nothing left. It is truly time for change, and Obama is and has always been the candidate to bring it, in every way. Here’s to it, G-d Bless The USA.
    By the way, speaking of classless, the way you trashed Manny was pathetic. One of the truly iconic Sox players, an actual baseball legend in every sense of the word (something you never were and never will be, for all your accomplishments) and you couldn’t do anything but tear him down. Truly shameful. Wait, did you have McCain’s people working for you?
    Take care, Curt. I’ll never forget what you’ve done, but it’s time to move on.

  74. phantom17 permalink
    November 6, 2008 6:03 pm

    May God touch his heart and guide his mind. The better man lost on Tuesday. But, we move on. Good luck President Obama.

    Thank you for a classy campaign, Senator McCain. You’re a true patriot. The world needs more men like you. And, thank you for introducing un to Sarah Palin. I can’t wait to see her again in the national political scene.

    Let me also be the first (and maybe the only one) to say Thank you, President Bush. I don’t care what the haters say. I, for one, thank you for keeping my family and my country safe the last 7+ years, and for being a man of principle. I believe history will judge you kindly.

  75. 38cantpitchnemore permalink
    November 6, 2008 7:38 pm

    McCain cant tax my health benefits so I am celebrating the fact that I get to keep 5k in my bank account instead of turning it over to the republicans. I hope Obama goes overboard with liberal policies for 8 years simply to offset the rape this great country received for the last 8 years at the hands of monkey boy Bush and his ilk. Lets start redistributing some wealth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. denisesoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2008 7:43 pm

    Curt, you are a class act. That said, I’m with twhobert! How are you feeling? We need you in a Red Sox uniform second half of next season!!! WOO-HOO, WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!
    Denise

  77. mxht413 permalink
    November 6, 2008 8:32 pm

    I agree with every word, I too am a little dissapointed that McCain isn’t going to be in office mending our issues. Hopefully Obama gets us closer to where we want to be.

    Hope the shoulder’s getting better, come back to Philly when it’s healed!

  78. beefoe permalink
    November 6, 2008 9:16 pm

    Curt:

    Lot of talk about patriotism during the election, but I think you summed up the essence of being a true patriot in your comments. I didn’t vote for Obama either, but we’re a democracy, the people have voted, and Barack won. Come January, he’ll be my and our president and that position deserves the utmost respect, support and hope that he succeed.

    It’s a great moment in history. We elected a black man as president and someone who’s a first generation American at that. It reminds me of what Ronald Reagan referred to in his “Shining City Upon a Hill” speech. We’re truly lucky to live in such a special country ,and I don’t think Reagan was boasting when he said “We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.”

    (incidently, the speech given in 1974, was attended by one John McCain. Reagan mentions that he’s in the audience at the beginning of the speach. Here’s a link http://www.originofnations.org/books,%20papers/quotes%20etc/Reagan_The%20Shining%20City%20Upon%20A%20Hill%20speech.htm)

  79. joecct77 permalink
    November 6, 2008 10:13 pm

    I feel like the Yankees won the World Series.

  80. ctsoxfan permalink
    November 7, 2008 12:15 am

    Curt, I loved McCain’s speech too. And I loved him as a candidate in 2000. I only wish that guy had been the one running for president this year…so many changed positions and flip-flops, I was bitterly disappointed. He had my support eight years ago, but I couldn’t bring myself to understand all the changes this year.

  81. phillies38 permalink
    November 7, 2008 12:36 am

    Well said Curt. I encouraged everyone I knew to vote regardless of what side. I just hope and pray that everyone took it seriously and did their own research.

    That being said, I did vote for Obama as I think he can be the next great president.

    I liked John McCain 8 years ago when he really was a political maverick. I think he gave in too much and catered to the conservative base. If he would have been himself he would have stood a better chance. He flip flopped on issues that he was against and allowed himself to use the Karl Rove politics he so hated when they used them against him in 2000.

    John McCain is a true American hero and as I heard you say on WIP, not many would make the sacrifices he made for our country.

    At the end of the day Obama seemed to be a better leader to me. More level headed and less eratic and offered different solutions to the problems facing our country.

    As Obama said we are not the Red States of America or the Blue States of America we are the United States of America and I hope the country will follow the class and graciousness that Senator McCain showed the other night.

  82. malabamax permalink
    November 7, 2008 1:54 am

    Curt,
    Stick to baseball, you greedy moron.
    -Max, Die-hard Red Sox fan

  83. malabamax permalink
    November 7, 2008 2:01 am

    please retract that, i was logged into a public computer

  84. soxsweepagain permalink
    November 7, 2008 2:21 am

    He was my choice, but I also have a great deal of “conservative” values that the GOP has ignored over the past few years. Well… more than a few.

    Slate has a great set of essays from 10 leading Conservatives and/or Republicans (the party I voted for in the Reagan era is split) and you should read it.

    Link to cut’n’paste, if Curt allows that:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2203800/entry/2203801/

    “What the GOP needs to do now.”

  85. richdreamsteacher permalink
    November 7, 2008 3:06 am

    Curt, President elect Obama was not my choice either but I wish him well. As an American I really want him to succeed. The bitterness, negativity, and all of the muslim, terrorist talk must end now. Like yourself, I do not agree with most of his political philosophy but we have to put that to the back burner and realize that he will be our President. Good luck, Mr. President elect.

  86. rmf79 permalink
    November 7, 2008 2:36 pm

    Although I had no intention of voting for him, I had a lot more respect for Senator McCain until he morphed into Candidate McCain, a man who sold out totally to attempt to get elected. I’m talking about his choice of Palin, all the socialist/communist rhetoric, Joe the not-reall-a plumber, and so on and on and on.

    I also dispute the notion that somehow spending five years in a prison camp and refusing an early release is a job qualification for president. Yes, it was a strong show of character, and yes, our country owes him a great debt of gratitude for his service, but is it an indication of the kind of intellect and judgement required by the office? Not automatically, as most here, including Curt, would suggest. It really is an unrelated issue, and to incessantly harp on it draws attention away from more pertinent issues.

    I wish Sen. McCain the best. I’m really glad he’s still a Senator.

  87. 38cantpitchnemore permalink
    November 7, 2008 6:26 pm

    I want to quit my job and wait for Obama to redistribute some of Curt’s wealth to me!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

  88. warbler44 permalink
    November 7, 2008 9:00 pm

    well said Curt

  89. frankfromgloucester permalink
    November 8, 2008 4:50 am

    Hey red Light. As long as the Foxi Lady stays open I am Happy. Good by men!

  90. tonys1965 permalink
    November 8, 2008 7:21 am

    I too was a McCain supporter and I am very disappointed. I am however encouraged by a couple of things. First, while I am a conservative, I am pleased that liberals have total control over the next two years minimum, because now they will have no excuses if they fail. Second, and probably more importantly, people voted in huge numbers, in the past we have had such an apathetic approach to politics that the powers that be saw no need for a change of course. I am also pleased that the country seemed to look past the race issue and look at the man, even if I disagree with his politics. The one thing that does disappoint me is the amount of so-called conservatives that voted for the President elect. When you elect a president, you are electing more than just a single person, you are electing the values and beleifs of an entire party. If you call yourself a conservative and you voted against your beleifs because you didn’t like McCain, you wasted an opportunity to voice your true voice. This might not seem like a big deal, but remember, President elect Obama will most likley have the opportunity to appoint 2-3 Supreme Court Justices during his term in office, that is a huge deal! For as much criticism as President Bush has recieved, and some of it deserved, I believe his legacy will lie with the appointments he has made to the Supreme Court. Remember, these are lifetime appointments and todays appointment may shape the way our constitution is interpreted for the next quarter of a century. I do not believe the framers of our Constitution wrote the most important document in history with an eye on protecting criminals, giving rights to folks here illegally, allowing government to grow well beyond the means of the people it has been established to work for, just to scratch the surface. These are but a few issues in which there are basic, yet distinct fundemental differences in the ideology of the two major parties in this country. While I am encouraged that so many people voted, now I wish to see Americans raise their collective political IQ and pay attention to what is important to you as a citizen, and the for the country as a whole. Although I am disappointed in the outcome of this election, I congratulate the President elect and his supporters and truly hope that he succeeds.

  91. warbler44 permalink
    November 8, 2008 3:58 pm

    Curt’s testimony under oath in front of congress may be a big problem with a potential Senate bid.

  92. leftistcommiesoxfan permalink
    November 8, 2008 4:04 pm

    If you ever run for public office in Massachusetts or anywhere else for that matter, I will work relentlessly to make sure that you are soundly defeated Schilling.

  93. jas62 permalink
    November 11, 2008 3:31 pm

    I love ya, man, but I never liked McCain. He’s a stiff, stodgy, old warmonger. His campaign was vicious and laughable. He’s totally out of touch with the poorest of Americans. Cindy McCain would make Nancy Reagan look like a pauper, and yes, I voted for Reagan in the 80′s.
    The speech McCain made last week in Phoenix was the most eloquent and gracious I’d ever seen the man. Perhaps if he ran his campaign that way, I’d be more inclined to have taken a second look. I can now climb out my 8 year sadness and look forward to better days ahead. At least now we’ll have a President who can pronouce the word ‘nuclear’. It’s our turn now and that’s what makes America so great.

  94. schillysox38 permalink
    November 11, 2008 8:41 pm

    Hey Curtis ..

    Election night was one of my worst nightmares EVER !!!! Some friends and I went to Florida the last week before the election to work the McCain/Palin campaign to the end .. It was one of the greatest experiences ever! I agree with everything you said here, and you wrote it all with a ton of class .. something I could NOT have done ! The McCains are ABSOLUTE WONDERFUL people .. In my opinion, a LARGE percentage of the U.S. has lost their mind ! I have NOTHING nice to say in regards to the election so, I will just say great job on your blog, very classy ! : )

    denise* …….. ( AZ )

  95. rotney permalink
    November 12, 2008 2:52 am

    I appreciate your willingness to look ahead and support the President-Elect, who won more than handily. However, as I did not appreciate your using the Red Sox first championship in 86 years as a platform to tell everyone to vote for Bush (how’d that work out for you?), nor did I think much of your comparing Obama to the Yankees and McCain to the Red Sox in your campaigning for McCain. You seem to forget what state the Red Sox are in. I can guarantee you that you offended more people than not with that ridiculous comparison.

    Most of us true Red Sox fans would appreciate it if you would quit using the Red Sox to further your personal political agendas.

    Good luck in your post-baseball career, and thanks again for ’04.

  96. philliegal permalink
    November 17, 2008 3:39 pm

    President elect Obama is also half white. But for me color was not an issue, he could be purple with green stripes……..
    I too voted for McCain but I hope and pray President elect Obama is the best president our generation will see. I hope he is all he was voted in for.

  97. sdl1 permalink
    November 19, 2008 1:41 am

    I voted for Brian Moore of the Socialist Party; I’ve always regarded the two major parties as not really being that different from each other. That said, I can say that it was McCain’s choice of Palin that cost him the race and to me she seemed to be the second coming of Dan Quayle. That perception seemed to be in play.

    Obama will have a couple of major tasks to accomplish…namely trying to clean up the mess Bush is going to leave and restoring respect for the US.

  98. rcoyne permalink
    November 23, 2008 11:33 am

    Hello Mr. Schilling, just wanted to say I am a big fan. First off thank you for helping the records of the many good ball clubs you played on which teams I have been a big fan of in the sports world. I also want to say thank you for your charitable work and for supporting good candidates during the election season. I saw you in Peterborough NH for the McCain rally which was a great experience for me a person who has always wanted to be more involved in politics. So thank you for all of this, going to get back to reading your latest interesting blog entries.

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