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Ignorance has its privileges

April 27, 2007

Take Gary Thorne, John, Jack Joe or whatever his first name is, Heyman, Karen Vescey, Woody Paige, CHB, Jay Marriotti, Bill Plaschke, and a host of other people that litter the media landscape, and put them all on an island somewhere.

Does anyone stop reading their newspapers? Watching the shows they appear on? The answer to that is no. Instead of using the forums they participate in to do something truly different, change lives, inspire people, you have an entire subset of media whose sole purpose in life is to actually be the news, instead of report it. They have little to no talent at what they do and other than a mastery of the English language their skill sets are non-existent.

Watching Woody Paige or the plastered made up face of Jay Marriotti spew absolutely nothing of merit on sports, day after day, makes it easy to understand how Gary Thorne could say something as stupid, ignorant, and uninformed as he did the other night.

Before last night I’d only known who Gary Thorne was due to becoming a hockey fan and enjoying his calls of the NHL playoffs. I’ve always thought he was an awesome hockey announcer. Can’t say I’ve ever met him though so we certainly don’t know each other.

It was blood. You can choose to believe whatever you need to, but facts are facts. The 25 guys that were in that locker room, the coaches, they all know it. In the end nothing else really matters. The people that need to believe otherwise are people with their own insecurities and issues.

The only problem I have is this. If you look back, from the day of game six in the ALCS, through today, you won’t find a newspaper article, radio or TV interview in which I offered the blood, the sock, the game, any of it, as a topic. I haven’t talked about it since the post game interview room that night.

People have asked and I have answered, but the mileage the media got from the incident is all of their own making. When I walked into the room for the post game interviews and offered up my first response to the questions about the game I basically said that the night was a revelation for me. That my faith in God that evening showed me things I’d never believed.

As I uttered those words I could see pretty much every person in that room roll their eyes and smirk. That’s not what any of them wanted to hear, truth or not. That was not good copy. They needed more and what I didn’t give them, they got themselves.

I won’t belittle the night or the event because on a personal and a team level it was an incredible experience. I never took sole credit nor deserved it for us winning that game, or the series. Without Marks home run or Bronson and Keith doing what they did out of the pen we don’t win that game. Without Derek dealing in game seven, Johnny going deep twice, David’s home run and a host of other people we don’t win the series. What came out of that series from a public perception standpoint was not how we all felt. Was I proud of what I did? Absolutely, but I also never thought for a second that was the sole reason we won.

What I experienced in NY and again in game two of the world series was a deeply religious and deeply personal thing. I’ve never been one to hide how I feel and sharing what I went through was not something I had a problem with. I’ve forsaken my relationship with the Lord far too many times and wasted far too many opportunities to glorify him and what he’s done for me in my life. I also knew the media would have a field day with the comments. Obviously I didn’t care.

That somewhat changed yesterday. My only real problem is not that Gary Thorne said something stupid and ignorant, which he did, but that without a word being uttered by anyone in our clubhouse this somehow became a major news story.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, working in the media is a pretty nice gig. Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to. You can say what you want when you want and you don’t really have to answer to anyone. You can always tell the bigger culprits by the fact you never see their faces in the clubhouse. Most of them are afraid to show themselves to the subjects they rail on everyday.

So Gary Thorne says that Doug told him the blood was fake. Which even when he’s called out he can’t admit he lied. Doug never told Gary Thorne anything. Gary Thorne overheard something and then misreported what he overheard. Not only did he misreport it, he misinterpreted what he misreported.

Doug is a good friend of mine and I knew the second I saw him that he felt horrible. He didn’t have to. I knew the second I was told what had happened that he didn’t say it. I felt horrible for him feeling bad and told him to forget about it. I also knew that being the friends we are, he wouldn’t. But even after they spoke Gary Thorne still covered his ass by lying about the conversation and twisting it in a way that absolved him from blame. Tito got phone calls all day, I did as well, and some other guys did too. It’s 2007 and this team has got a great thing going. The last thing we need is an idiotic distraction that shouldn’t even exist.

So now you have the actual Doctor that performed the surgery both times, my teammates and coaches all admitting it was real (as they did two years ago), yet people still want to think otherwise. The sock from game two of the world series has been in the hall of fame for 2 years now, anyone at anytime could have tested it if they truly wanted to know. However if they do that, and realize that the blood is real, what happens to the story? I’m still convinced that the sock from game 6 of the ALCS is in someone that works in the Yankee clubhouses home.

Remember this, the surgery was voluntary. If you have the nuts, or the guts, grab an orthopedic surgeon, have them suture your ankle skin down to the tissue covering the bone in your ankle joint, then walk around for 4 hours. After that go find a mound, throw a hundred or so pitches, run over, cover first a few times. When you’re done check that ankle and see if it bleeds. It will. There was less visible blood in game two because we recognized the amount of bleeding from the first game and Doctor Morgan put extra covering to stop the blood from running to the bottom of my shoe as it did the first game.

The other great part of this is knowing that anyone that wrote anything about a ‘conspiracy’ or a ‘plot’ is someone that is so far removed from understanding how physically and mentally challenging it is to play this game at this level you can almost laugh off their stupidity. Not to mention they obviously have shortcomings, bitterness and jealousy in their own lives that should probably get taken care of.

So for one of the first times this blog serves one of the purposes I’d hoped it would if the need arose. The media hacked and spewed their way to a day or two of stories that had zero basis in truth. A story fabricated by the media, for the media. The best part was that instead of having to sit through a litany of interviews to ‘defend’ myself, or my teammates, I got to do that here. As I said earlier, believe what you need to, whatever makes you sleep better at night is probably your best bet.

The saddest part in all of this is the following. Yesterday, as I was warming up for the game, I got to see a young kid, could not have been more than 20, who had served in Iraq. He was being honored by the Orioles and threw out the first pitch. He was a double amputee who’d lost the lower portion of both of his legs serving his country. He refused to use his cane and getting to see him do that was incredible.

Instead of finding this kid and writing a story that truly matters, something that would and could truly inspire people, the media chose to focus on a story that was over two years old and a completely fabricated lie. What a job.

Someone gave me a great idea to end this once and for all. No one will ever need to bring it up again. I’ll wager 1 million dollars to the charity of anyones choice, versus the same amount to ALS. If the blood on the sock is fake, I’ll donate a million dollars to that persons charity, if not they donate that amount to ALS.

Any takers?

710 Comments leave one →
  1. schillsucks permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:32 am

    Come on, Curt. Just admit to painting the sock. None of your present or past teammates like you, so the truth is going to come out eventually anyway.

    By the way, Has Tito finished ironing your uniforms yet?

  2. quintjs permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:34 am

    What I never understood about this type of thing Curt is the credibility factor, yea when I want the the truth your sock, I believe the Orioles announcers? seriously?

    the most famous sock was the NY game, the first, and didn’t they end up in the Wash? If all you wanted was publicity, thats a pretty stupid thing to do. So if those ones bleed (logical conclusion) so would the HOF pair..

    People are just ignorant, and that hoax argument just never made any sense, and why should it, it was a stupid idea.

    Forgetting this Curt, What about what Josh Beckett is doing on the mound? How is he feeling? The team must be enjoying it

  3. jobddt permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:41 am

    You probably don’t watch the programming, so you should probably know that the Around the Horn hosts were actually siding with you.

    By the way, I would stop watching if those people left. And incase you didn’t know this, mostly everyone is siding with you and believes you. So stop acting like a self-important victim.

    You keep playing the victim in everything. It gets really old fast.

  4. April 27, 2007 1:52 am

    Yeah, all Woody Paige did was jokingly suggest that there be DNA testing on the sock at Cooperstown. Shouldn’t be a problem since it’s real blood, right?

  5. finite24 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:54 am

    I agree. Big fan of yours, but you do come off like a jackass sometimes. It was pretty clear Gary Thorne was mistaken. He was a dope and didn’t understand sarcasm. You should have given him a chance to correct himself. Instead, even though we all took your side, you came off like an ass.

  6. katiethegreat permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:55 am

    You’re a classy guy and you gave a classy response. End of story.

  7. April 27, 2007 1:56 am


    Your true fans know that you didn’t paint the sock; you are far too smart for that. The media just needs to shut up about trivial things already and report the REAL news.

    Also, congrats to Josh for the 5th W. 🙂


  8. cmac323 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:04 am

    Way to silence the non-believers and BS artists. It’s amazing how a person can dig down so deep and give their all only to have their determination and dedication continuously questioned and labeled as a farce. This is one of the times that the media makes me want to vomit. Anybody who thinks you would paint or put ketchup on your sock is an idiot…jealousy is a powerful demon.

  9. taso2177 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:14 am

    Gary Thorne has a big ego from what I’ve heard. Maybe he said it to inflate it a bit though. But seriously, even if Doug did say what Gary alleged, he should have pressed him on it. That’s what a good journalist would do. Not just say something he thinks he heard live on TV. What a creep.

  10. unionstation permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:21 am


    I completely agree with you. The media has constantly focused on the wrong news items. I was at the game Wednesday night in Baltimore, and when that young man threw out the first pitch I was insipired as well. I hope everyone realizes that there are things that are truly important and that scandals and made up stories aren’t them.

  11. voxpvoxd permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:21 am

    “They have little to no talent at what they do and other than a mastery of the English language their skill sets are non-existent.”

    I might be alone on this, but I don’t think many of them have that either.

  12. lawnchairfiasco permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:39 am

    I think starters should be allowed to rum out to the bullpen and throw pitches while their team bats. If a starter is rolling and then the offense has a big inning; they should be able to keep warm and loose, right? Does this idea make sense?

  13. joei71 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:47 am

    This is pretty damn sad. About the saddest excuse for a story I’ve ever seen. The depths of these people’s stupidity can’t even be charted. Who would put paint or dye anywhere near a wound? I dunno maybe these idiots would.

    Pure ignorance, jealousy, or petty antagonism… whatever… I feel bad you’ve had to even answer to it. These morons don’t deserve the dignity of a response because they have no dignity, but as usual you’re the stand up guy.

    Now just let it be the last word on the subject… and let’s see the dummies put their money where their mouth is for ALS. Nice one, three-eight!

  14. margalit permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:50 am

    I personally thought that the whole story was outrageous. It was obviously a falsehood since it didn’t come out for over 2 years, and who the hell knows who Gary Thone is anyhow? I think the media is completely irresponsible and will always go for the falsehood that makes the splashiest story (Bill O’Reilly, for example) over what is actual news. There was absolutely NO reason for this to become a major news story.

    But with that said, Bob Lobel (who I can’t stand… I’ll be honest) was really pathetic in his reporting of this tonight. If I were you, I’d never open my mouth in front of him again. He implied that you were not truthful, and that the story was oh, so beneath his reporting skillage, but he’ll comment anyhow. Vapid little man.

    Nobody who is a Red Sox fan is ever gonna believe that you painted that sock. For heavens sake, the blood spot grew as the night wore on. And we’ve seen your ankle all stitched up (which was not pretty!). We know it was blood. It’s OBVIOUS to anyone with a brian that it was blood. The veracity of this Thone character is apparently tainted. Hopefully, it will reflect on his future contract negotiations. It sure should.

  15. grundleterror permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:57 am

    Doug’s the man.. you’re the man.. screw those clowns, dude.

    Anyone who is ANYONE knows that it was blood on your socks in both games. This stuff is legendary and I hope to share the story of how Curt Schilling stuck it to the Yanks in their own house in the ALCS and then did it again in the World Series against the Cards while he had a busted right ankle that many thought would sideline him for the rest of the postseason.

    What a year, what a TEAM, and what a legend!

    I’ll never forget it and thanks again.

  16. joyofsox permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:27 am


    I have the MLB extra innings package (i tape the games since im at work!) and got to hear first hand What Gary said…to be honest i spit my drink out when he said that…i called my brother to tell him what an ass he is and he couldnt believe it….(my brother also got kicked out of his class at school because we live in michigan and everyone here jumped the tigers bandwagon after last year and my brother called his teacher some names because he said you all sucked and my brother responded with “dont be jellous because the tigers wont win 80 games” i told him RSN would be proud!! anyway Pena really got a hold of the one tonight huh???

    p.s. Gary made no appology on air tonight either (extra innings played the MASN broadcast thats how i know)

    Gary needs to go back to doing hockey games

    and I’ll take a million dollers if we’re giving it to charity


  17. b0xsc0re permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:41 am

    “But even after they spoke Gary Thorne still covered his ass by lying about the conversation and twisting it in a way that absolved him from blame.”


    You’d think anyone with any class would retract their lie on the same platform they made it on.

    O wait we’re talking about the media here.

  18. soxfn1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:43 am

    For everyone who wants to bash Curt because he has the sack to say what he wants should just shut the hell up. Curt did something that not many athletes would do today. He let a doctor do something to him that was experimental, then he went out and pitched a hell of a game. It happens too many times in sports today when a athlete has a sprained big toe and won’t play or a hang nail. Guys like Larry Czonka who played with broken ribs or broken nose, that is what sports used to be about being there for your team. You don’t have too many guys like taht in professional sports today. Guys who go out and play day in and day out because they want to not because it is there job. That is the reason I watch sports to see guys like Curt who could have ended his career but chose to let a doctor stich him up and go out there and say I am ready, I want the ball, I want to win. Not someone who says hey let so and so go tonight I have a hangnail. So Curt you keep doing what your doing and I hope to run into you angain someday. God bless and Go Sox!!!

    Charlie Z.

  19. kevininchains permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:09 am

    no one in their right mind would take that bet, we all know it was real.

  20. techsoldaten permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:16 am

    Um… that sock is really important.

    I’m a single father and started a company in 2004. We were having a hard time attracting business and the cost to get going was staggering. I was very divided about whether or not to continue until I saw you pitch with that bloody sock.

    I decided to use that as an example of what to do when faced with adversity, and it has paid off in so many ways. Not only have I been able to keep the business going, we have thrived. I now employ over 15 people, there is money in the bank, and the company is able to fulfill a worthwhile social purpose that actually makes the world a better place (in its own small way).

    Whenever things become challenging or I just get overwhelmed, I watch your game against the Yankees in the ALCS and come away with a renewed sense of spirit. Thank you for just having that surgery and pitching, some actions are more important than others.

    The Baltimore news media is a cesspool of cranks and liars far worse than the hacks in Boston. Listening on the radio on the way to last night’s game, the talk show hosts were encouraging skepticism about the sock. They were taking calls from self-described conspiracy theorists who said Theo made you paint the sock as part of a Yale / Skull and Bones conspiracy. I tried calling in to be a voice of reason, and they were only taking calls from people who thought the sock was phony.

    It just doesn’t seem worth it to fight these guys. They are in the business of putting knives in people’s backs and have no real interest in the truth. You know what you did and no one is ever going to be able to take that away. It’s been said that morality can be judged by how you act when no one else is watching, and I don’t know how all that fits into a big media world.


  21. oregonsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:37 am


    I remember your first comments after the game, and I was impressed to hear you utter them and to reiterate your faith again hear. You are right, it is a better story but one they don’t want to hear and probably doesn’t sell. It takes the focus off of their own importance, I guess.

    Lord knows, we’re not all perfect and as one who similarly has forsaken the Lord at times and failed to give him the glory He deserves, I just have to say to remember, we’re all in that struggle together.

    I did read about the game after the fact and was glad to read the soldier got a standing O. It was inspiring and more info would have been a whole lot better to read than the whole sockgate saga.

    It’s been a joy watching, listening, and following the team so far this year. Not going to tell you anything you don’t already know, but if your recaps follow your thoughts during the games, focus on the next pitch and don’t let thoughts of a CG creep into your mind. The CGs will come if the focus is where it should be.

  22. mrgrimm permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:40 am

    i think maybe what you need to do Curt is stop trying to micro-manage the media into reporting what YOU want.

    you are a egotistical bum, who is on his way out of boston because management is not stupid enough to pay you what you want at your age.

    they have Dice-k and Beckett, plus Lester will be up soon so i’d start right now by putting your house on the market.

    you are nothing more than a jackass and i can’t wait for the day when you leave because maybe then Tito will get some rest from doing your #@$ washing

  23. zabathan permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:49 am

    I love the people who replied to this entry to defend the Around the Horn participants but obviously didn’t read the rest of your blog entries. If they had they would have noticed that a number of them, and Woody Paige and Jay Mariotti in particular, have drawn your ire much more often than just today. No wonder those people like Paige and Mariotti; much like them that see controversy and simply latch onto it. They think they’re saying something important, but all they’re actually doing is demonstrating that they don’t actually bother to read what you have to say when it’s not potentially controversial. They sadden me. Keep up the good work Curt. Some of us read every post because we find them to be interesting and informative; not because we’re salivating at the thought of you saying something stupid.

    On an unrelated note, I was wondering: You’ve already said you have no intention of joining the media when your playing days are over. Have you given any thought to staying in baseball as a coach? You’re obviously a pretty smart guy, and few pitchers prepare for their starts with the fervor that you do. Can you see yourself as a pitching coach (or something like that) someday? Or are you planning on giving all of your professional attention to 38 studios? (You won’t get any complaints from me if you do, I’m a big fan of gaming.)

  24. mrmako permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:51 am


    The pundits in the press are just trying to create the news. Just look at CNN and tell me if they have one ugly news “presenter”. It’s all about appearance, and I really take the news with a grain of salt.

    Glad to see you could put in a plug for the soldier who threw out that pitch. You could also challenge the media to showcase that guy. That would be the right thing to do.

    Just keep doing what you do best and the team will excel. You guys are doing well…..Go Sox.

  25. jobddt permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:21 am

    Man columnists and writers (Bill Simmons, Joe Posnanski just to name two) are incredibly talented, witty and enjoyable to read. The fact that Schilling is attacking random people when this entire situation was being ironed out without him is fantastic because it exposes him as a self-important egomaniac.

    Seriously, stop playing the victim. It gets old really, really fast.

  26. manchvegasandy permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:22 am

    A very well done piece of work here Curt.

    The initial reports made out that Thorne had a legitimate story from an actual source gained via an actual interview. As the hoopla progressed, it turned into a partial conversation he overheard someone having while he plods by them in passing. Something he got a piece of with zero knowledge of context, zero knowledge about what was really being said and without even being present for the entire conversation. He then chose to go public with his “exclusive” and never once even bothered to verify the “story” he figured he had with any of his “sources”, the guys who actually were having the conversation! A conversation he was not even a part of! Unbelievable! These guys actually have the brass ones to state over and over again that they represent the fans rather than the multi-national corporations that cut them their checks.

    I’m a life long Sox fan. I remember you well from your days as a farmhand in the organization. Not to be insulting, but even when you were green as grass you were not shy about sharing your opinions but you stood up and took the hits from the media over it.

    Well sir, you are putting your money where your mouth is on this one and I applaud you……

  27. nssoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:29 am

    You know, it’s not only that the claim is ridiculous. It’s that the imagined motivation for doing such a thing — i.e., faking a bloody sock — is deeply insulting.

    I’m a journalist. I don’t cover sports. But I do know it’s unethical and plain shoddy workmanship to walk by someone, catch a comment and then use it, IN ANY WAY, without making an honest effort to corroborate what you think you just heard, starting with the person who said it, if possible. What Thorne did isn’t journalism, it’s gossip, and we all know how reliable that can be.

    I agree with Curt, those who are ready to believe such a thing likely have other issues.

  28. April 27, 2007 5:47 am

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks…

    and in only 1549 words this time…

    Why do you feel the need to defend yourself to this in the first place?

  29. hockeypuck permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:50 am


    You probably have never been wrongly accused in front of millions before either, so shut your trap. If someone challenged your credibility in front of millions, your attitude would change, quickly.

    Go back to cleaning sweeping the floors at the “Stadium” and spare us all.

  30. jeremylh permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:51 am

    I find the situation hilarious, it sounds like Thorne was just sort of eavesdropping on Mirabelli and another player joking about it and decided to report it.

    Yeah, the sock was a pretty annoying story all day, and will probably continue today as well., I’d like to know why they didn’t just look back at the game and watch how the sock got bloodier and bloodier as the game progressed.

    It’ll probably continue today because of what you said about Jay, Woody and Bill, can’t wait.

    Kudos for what you said about Jay, I can’t stand him.

  31. chillyme permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:54 am

    This blog is proving to be a valuable tool in your ability to get the truth out. Genius. Good for you. Good for the team. Good for the fans. Keep the drama on the field.

    Nice to see Willy’s MoJo last night. 🙂 Too much fun.

    Onward…….. to NY.

  32. birdball32 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:11 am

    So Thorne et al apparently think that the Sox on their way to their first World Series title in 86 years wasn’t a big enough event? It needed a “publicity stunt” to put it on the front page? Come on… the Sox-Yanks play in April and it is national news… anyone who thought it was a “publicity stunt” doesn’t know the first thing about the history of the game and relative importance of Sox/Yanks.

  33. madjackblack permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:16 am

    Great job. Red Sox Nation stands behind you. You help bring us what many others have tried. We will be forever remembered for two games, and nobody can take that away.

    What’s with Beckett this year. He looks like a 30 year old ace. It’s still hard to believe he is only 26. Just nasty.

  34. cdntrot permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:24 am

    I hope this puts this story to rest. Your performances in Game 6 and Game 2 are reasons why I love baseball and how envious I am that you have the ability to perform like you can. No one will ever forget those games. Too bad one ignorant comment can tarnish what you and the Sox did in 2004 for even a second. Why would any player talk to this guy again?

    If anyone questioned the validity of the ” Sock “, they have no sense at all and no right to be a Red Sox fan or a baseball fan for that matter.

  35. merbles permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:30 am


  36. kookyboy permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:33 am

    Thorne’s a pro, not a self promoter. I thought his explanation/apology was sincere. Seems it was an honest misunderstanding. Give him the benefit of the doubt.

  37. sirfracas permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:36 am

    Nice post, Curt.

    As someone who has read far too much Terence Moore in Atlanta over the years, it always amazes me how far certain writers stray from the truth.

    I think the only reason anyone watches the Around the Horn twits is that they are waiting for Wilbon and Kornheiser (sp?). . .

  38. bubblenuke permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:41 am

    Curt, I concur with your thoughts; you did very well with this response and it is amazing to me that when athletes reference their faith, the left-wingers have a cow. That brave young man who was helping to protect our freedom should have been mentioned in a story but if you asked him, he would have been very modest about the whole thing. NC Fan (retired Navy)

  39. redsoxnorth permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:42 am

    If the Gary Thorne’s of the media wanted to find a way to prove how ridiculous that style of reporting is, consider it done. His credibility has taken an enormous hit, so any future reports from him will be questionable. He took an off-handed comment out of context, twisted it around to best fit his slanderous style, and then caused a huge ruckus just so he could be the centre of attention. A decent reporter, having heard a partial comment that spiked his interest would have investigated further,and at least requested clarification from the source, instead of running with it like a rabid dog with a frisbee.

    Anyone with a brain knows the blood was real – your ankle injury was real, and the surgery done to allow you to pitch was just short of miraculous. The comeback was incredible, and only happened because of a team effort, but without your heroic (yes, I dare to use the word) effort, there would have been no victory for the Red Sox.

    Please don’t let the media idiots tarnish what was the greatest team victory in history, and take anything away from your own personal performance. They should also not detract from what is happening this year in Boston – another great team dynamic working towards a winning season.

    Thanks for what you did, what you are doing, and what you will do. Your fans appreciate you.

  40. poltroop permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:43 am

    My wife and I both watched the game on MASN and unfortunately didn’t hear Thorne’s comment about Dougie and the sock (my 2 year old may have been screaming “GO RED SOX!” at the time, I don’t know), but the more I watch that channel, and the more I listen to him speak, I’ve come to the conclusion that MASN currently has the 2nd worst sports commentators (next to YES). Jim Palmer seems OK, so far.

  41. soxfan34 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:43 am

    Get over it, jobddt. I don’t care whether it’s important or not. When someone accuses you of deception, you ARE a victim. Curt has been forthright the whole time about this and everything else. I might not have always agreed with him, but dishonesty is something I would never accuse him of. He has made a life of being truthful and forthright. Of course he’s hacked off! That reputation is more important than his pitching numbers.

    He’ll always be a hero to me, for his courage, talent, and yes, honesty. Thorne’s comments were cheap shots against a fine man. I found it an outrage too, even if you thought it was “just a story.” Re-read the piece above. Try to think about it this time.

  42. robustyoungsoul permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:46 am

    I just think it is outstanding that Curt has his own blog. If there’s one thing the baseball world definitely needed, it’s his opinions on everything. He has been quiet for too long.

  43. dyoungsox permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:47 am

    It made me happy to see that we both see this thing for what it is. Media in this country does way more bad than good. They distort the truth and it should be a crime because people out there actually believe most of the stuff that is reported without questioning. Over the years I have really grown to hate most media. I can’t believe that these people are in charge of who goes and who does not go the HALL OF FAME. It is completely ludicrous to think that people that probably have never touched a baseball could decide who is the best of their respective sport. I’ll some up media with one example. MAX MERCY! Any true baseball fan or player should know who this guy is, although a fictitious character, he is in my eyes what the media represents. I would probably bet that most of these writers have a framed picture of this jackass in their studies. For you people that don’t know who this guy is, just watch The Natural. Ted Williams, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds, etc. just a few names that didn’t follow the so called rules of the media and became outcasts. The real crime is what I said before, people actually believe what they hear and don’t question it. Just keep being the person you are curt because you’ve helped more people in your lifetime then they could ever dream of. I’m sure you sleep well at night. For you yankee fans out there, why don’t you forget about the rivalry for once and know what’s right and wrong you arrogant pricks!

  44. benb34 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:52 am


    Good post. I think, though, that some of us need to stop lumping all media together – Thorne is a play by play guy on TV, not a journalist as one poster seemed to believe. Play by play guys are all about the quick story and the soundbite, not doing investigative reporting. All of those other guys, Paige and Mariotti, Plaschke, et al., claim to be journalists and writers.

    I’m not sure that makes what Thorne did better or worse, only that it makes it different. It’s hard to believe that he heard something wrong and just assumed that it was true for the past 2 years, that is sloppy, but maybe he is naive like that. And for all of you that are going to counter that he is an attorney, that doesn’t necessarily make you a reporter – Howard K. Stern is an attorney.

    Anyway, there’s no doubt about what you did against the Yankees – it was great, and this is one of the rare situations where I believe that all involved were saying what they honestly believed; Mirabelli, Thorne, Francona, you, Millar. It is possible to be honest and have the best of intentions and still be wrong. I get a kick out of how all the “journalists” are quick to yell that someone is conspiring — that someone had bad motives or is lying is our default in society anymore, not that someone might have made a stupid mistake. I know it is naive, but I wonder what would happen if we believed the best about people until proven wrong instead of assuming the worst.

    Best of luck during the year, but there is no luck to it, is there? Wish you were still an Oriole . . . the worst trade ever.

  45. redsoxocd92 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:56 am

    hey curt, although there were a lot a people siding with you on this one, i still agree with you when it comes to the media fabricating stories and not focusing on anything important. I mean yeah in boston we’re still talking about the sock, but that mainly because a lot of obsessed fans, like myself, are still in awe over it. But for the media to be talking about wether or not the blood is real or fake is completely stupid and a huge waste of time. for a while i wanted to go into this business but now i’m having a different view about it. This story is not something that should have been a major highlight during sports broadcast, they were even still talking bout it at like 12 last night on ESPN news. They also shouldnt report stories that they dont have proof or more coments on. Gart Thorne obviously made a huge mistake by reporting this, especially when he ‘misjudged’ the context of what maribelli said. Hopefully he’ll just stick to reporting hockey from now on because this wasnt even worth the publicity, and hopefully he smart enough to realize that by now.

    Oh yeah congrats to beckett on winning his 5th game. He was amazing and it was a really good game.

  46. jamac permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:59 am

    Hi Curt,

    Great post and great idea to solve this stupid dispute.

    To all you calling Curt Self Absorbed, come on! You try pitching a great game, coming into the clubhouse to talk to the press, only to be told that a hockey announcer moonlighting as a baseball announcer said you are a lier and a fraud. Not only did Curt have to endure that slap in the face, but then he has to endure the media invading his personal life to continue to ask him if he is a lier and a fraud for the last 48 hours.

    I think if you had to endure this in your work day, you would have gone off too, but you probably wouldn’t have had half the class Curt did in how he posted here today.

    So for all you doubters, do what the man says…..put up or shut up!

  47. garyod permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:03 am

    i completely agree with you. not only in sports, but journalism today focuses on all the negatives in the world and never the positive, inspiring stories that might make people wake up and do good things to make our world better. as for the boston sports media, you can take dan shaunnessy as well as some of the other negative ego maniacs covering the red sox and throw them in the charles river. i never read their articles and have little use for what they say………….good luck in 2007….GO RED SOX…..

  48. angrysam permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:04 am

    I guess part of being a public figure is occasionally putting up with idiots spouting nonsense about you and questioning your character. Sure, most of the media — most anyone who watches sports and has more than a couple neurons — agree Thorne’s comments were nonsensical. Doesn’t mean it’s not gonna piss a guy off, though. I don’t blame you for reacting like this. I’d be calling for the man’s job if I’d been Swift Boated in the same way.

    Oh, you forgot Skip Bayless on your list.

  49. chitoryu permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:04 am

    “We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.”

    Dave Barry

    Somehow, both the humor and truth of Dave’s quote just fits this whole situation. Anyone care to focus on what’s going down in the Bronx this weekend?

    Mike C.

  50. johncazale permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:06 am

    “Mastery of the English Language.”

    Most of those guys can’t tell a semicolon from their anatomical colon.

  51. ednabambrickfromyahooboards permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:09 am

    Well put as usual! This #@clown should stick to NCAA hockey games where he is actually good.

    I know you are too classy to do this but you should have “painted some blood” under his fresh broken nose.

  52. pmarz1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:11 am


    Despite what some of the media types have said about not only yours, but Doug’s response to this, I think you both responded appropriately. Yet, your “good friends” on the Big Show yesterday still feel somehow Doug should shoulder some of the blame for his intial response and for “backpeddling” yesterday prior to the 2nd game in Baltimore. It’s almost like they they felt the need to circle the wagons around Thorne, refusing to admit that he was completely and totally wrong on several counts. Doug should be commended for softening his tone towards Thorne. Unfortunately, that was seen by many in the media as an admission of guilt on his part. Truely pathetic. In a similiar vein, also pathetic is the fact that over a third of people polled still seem to think the bloody sock was anything but that. Scary thing about that is these are the same people who can go to the polls and cast a vote. It doesnt matter where your political alliances lie, there is a need to be concerned when, to steal a phase you’ve made popular, stupid ignorant people can actually cast a vote and possibly have an impact on our day to day lives. You hit the nail on the head in describing the lack of coverage of our war veterans. Wouldn’t it be nice if the media would take the time to report to us who these young men and women are instead of reporting them as just another number/statistic?……maybe not, that would be too much like work and they might actually have to write something positive about someone.

  53. b0jangles permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:11 am

    Hey Curt — you may want to check your ego just a little. Gary Thorne will be remembered as one of the best play-by-play men of his generation.

    With more posts like this, you’re in line to be remembered as one of the biggest jerks of your generation.

    Your little tirade was uncalled for and self-serving. If you wanted it to blow over, you would have realized that it already had and wouldn’t have posted anything about it.

    And, by the way — Colossians 3:13; Luke 6:37; Matthew 6:14-16; Mark 11:25

    Set a better example.

  54. augustwest permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:12 am

    My goodness.

    Open rant here so please bear with. How in the world Schilling is getting flogged for his responses is beyond the pale imho. He pitched a great game 6 (I was there and got a 60 ounce Pepsi dropped on me from high the balcony seats. Near miss actually, but anyway). So he pitches a great game when he’s banged up, doesn’t really make a big deal of what he did (regardless of what the pundits are saying, most of the noise was coming at him, not from him), and now he’s put in a defensive position and he’s dinged for it. No sense whatsoever.

    And while I’d love to think Mirabelli is completely w/out fault in this, I have enough of the dope on locker-room dynamics to understand that there’s a kernel of something here that is being squashed. Thorne came out and said the right things today, but you know as well as I do that he didn’t extrapolate ‘Schilling painted his sock’, from an unassuming, ‘We got a lot of pr out of that one’ as Mirabelli suggests. No need to comment on this, but you know the drill here.

    Anyway, nice post. Just keep pitching lights out and the rest of these f’ers will understand they can go to hell without you even suggesting it….


  55. raober permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:13 am

    “So for one of the first times this blog serves one of the purposes I’d hoped it would if the need arose. The media hacked and spewed their way to a day or two of stories that had zero basis in truth. A story fabricated by the media, for the media. The best part was that instead of having to sit through a litany of interviews to ‘defend’ myself, or my teammates, I got to do that here.”

    This is why this blog is required reading for me. No spin, just your thoughts and words. Not being famous, I can’t imagine the annoyance of the past couple days for you. However, I, and I’m sure lots of people, now consider the issue closed after reading this.

    I will admit though…Millar gave me a chuckle last night. Don’t want to know what was on *his* sock, though. 🙂

  56. joanie33 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:14 am

    I thought I must have heard Thorne wrong while watching the game.
    Hey, why’d you cut your hair? I do like it short, but I was just getting used to the waves sticking out under your cap. 🙂

  57. ctredsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:15 am

    Curt-I’m behind you 100% I’m proud of you, what you stand for, your religious convictions and I trust your sense of honesty!

    As you said a while ago anyone chosing to believe otherwise about the sock is either bitter or stupid.

    We see it everyday with the media, spinning and twisting the story to what they want the public to hear. They don’t want to report on the truth-it wouldn’t bring ratings.

    Go Sox-World Series in 2007!

  58. soxhater permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:18 am

    Curt, you are a donkey!!! You love this publicity. The fact that you have a blog, call radio stations, and put your face in front of a camera every second possible shows how much of an attention seeker you are. With that said, I don’t think you would go through the trouble of painting your sock. The announcer is an idiot, but then again, so are you!

  59. chrisfinance permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:22 am

    Schill, the most frustrating thing about all of this is how completely irrelevant it all is. Last time I checked, neither a bloody or a painted sock helped anyone throw a fastball. Its all just such a perfect example of how the media needs to create a controversy to keep itself busy.

    As a die hard Red Sox fan, I don’t really care either way. I just hate to see garbage like this distracting you and the rest of the team from winning some more baseball games.

    Now, please excuse me while I go watch a cat playing piano on the morning news.

  60. April 27, 2007 7:25 am

    Thanks Curt for not shying away from your faith.

  61. mrpesky permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:26 am

    Let’s move on from the Sock and worry about the AL East… Another series with the Yankees and let’s not forget the Blue Jays… Vernon Wells would look GREAT in center field in Fenway…. In our uniform.

  62. mainenesn permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:27 am

    The media lies again. I love Curt for being honest.

  63. pony65 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:31 am

    I love how outspoken you are, I am the same way. It alway’s amazes me the way we have become a silent society. this ultimatlet will lead to our demise. Some will say this comment has nothing to do with sports. I will say that silence in any walk of life is dangerous. Just for the record I have never doubted the blood was real and I applaude your willingness to give the lord his due. If people only new the commitment it takes to play at the level you have for many years and the toll it takes on the body without ant serious injury. It makes what you accomplished in 2004 so amazing. i am partialy disabled with RSD as a result of playing hockey most of my life. I know the effect sports has on your body. Keep up the great work both on and off the field and thanks for giving us some great memories and hope there are more to come. God Bless

  64. bjn1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:33 am

    Hi Curt – Normal, sane people know that you risked your health and career to win us a World Series. We are eternally grateful. You look great this year. I hope you stay for 2008 and that you go to the Hall of Fame in a Red Sox uniform. Have a great season. –a loyal Democrat fan

  65. April 27, 2007 7:41 am

    I don’t understand why people who don’t care about what you have to say would read this blog.

    I appreciate you taking the time to let us know what you’re thinking. I’m glad to hear that you and Mirabelli are friends, and this incident hasn’t changed that.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with all of us who enjoy watching you every five days and are thankful that you are a Red Sox! (no pun intended)

  66. bilco5721 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:41 am

    As odd as it sounds, I think a lot of reporters automatically believe that anyone who insists on publicly professing a faith in Christ is at best a sign of dottiness and at worst a sign of insanity.

    They just don’t get it. Seriously.

    “… the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. / For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. / But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.”

    God bless you, brother. Don’t let them grind you down.

  67. gordonlear permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:41 am

    The only socks I want to hear about are the ones you are going to be wearing October 2007….

    Josh really loves his gum. Glad to finally see Willy get some wood on the ball….

    Gordon Lear
    Sarasota, FL

  68. aimcifer permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:42 am

    You said before that anyone who doubts it’s blood is stupid or bitter. Apparently that still holds true. Sorry you’re still dealing with morons, and it’s a shame Mirabelli got dragged into it too.

  69. natei33 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:47 am

    sorry that you had to write this…on the plus side, it gives us red sox fans a chance to remember how amazing that ’04 team was in october. not just you, everyone.

    looking forward to this topic dying off and hearing more insights into the game.

  70. kopac77 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:49 am


    Your rant is uncalled for. Thorn fessed up and said that he misunderstood what was said. The people on Around the Horn were defending you and you come on here and attack them.

    Hey old man do this… sit down, and relax, before your panties become the next topic of conversation for us!

    Respectfully loving your antics,

    PS…I hope they DO test the sock…so we can here you cry about how “the sock from game 6 of the ALCS is in someone that works in the Yankee clubhouses home” LOL

  71. redsox75 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:49 am

    So when I first heard about this I actually chuckled, but that was about all the real thought I gave to it. I emailed a friend and joked about it but that was about it. This whole bloody sock thing happened over two years ago. I mean who really cares one way or the other. My team won the games, not a stupid sock. I think what you did Curt in taking the chance of ruining the rest of your career to take the mound those few games is more important that a piece of laundry. That being said, this is all in the past, it is all about right now. I want to see you guys win another World Series, sweep the Yankess again this weekend, Beckett get 20+ wins, and you resigned for next year. I don’t care about what happened three years ago, two years ago, last year or even twenty years ago. It is fun to reflect and reminisce about but what matter is tonight’s game and the ones that follow. Just go out and throw the ball the best you can.

  72. crashjones permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:50 am

    Well said Curt… I have just discovered your blog– I had heard about it on WEEI, but until this ridiculous sock-gate, I had not taken the time to read it.

    The validity of the bloody sock aside (of which I have no doubt), I find the idea of bypassing the media via this blog fascinating. I have been a big fan of yours since your arrival in Boston — your integrity and dedication to the game are quite refreshing.

    Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts — I will be a frequent visitor.

  73. danimalj3666 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:52 am

    Curt, I wish I had a million dollars to bet you only because I think your charity is awesome. I first learned about your charity in 2004 when I was waiting for Surgery at St. Elizabeths in Boston. I had had my ACL repaired and a post-op infection had made me very sick. It was October 27th and I was facing the first of three operations to clean my knee out. I knew that I was going to have trouble staying awake that night to watch you win the WS and I was feeling sick and sorry for myself. As I was checking in I met a mid 50 year old woman and she was wearing a Sox hat, she was stuck in a wheelchair and she was smiling. She told me about your charity. I wish I had taken her name but I did not. The most impressive thing was the way she spoke about your charity and the hope that it gave her.

    I do have another regret – I wish that not only that I had found out her name but I also wish I had done something with your charity. I admired your work, promised myself that I would get involved but now two plus years have slipped by. I now have a business associate that is stricken with ALS and again I think about your work. I can no longer ignore my past promises and made my first donation today to the ALS Association. I also am attending a benefit on May 4th in Norwood for the person that I know with ALS. Your efforts have helped make me a better person. (Not a good person yet, just a better person!)

  74. curtswift permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:53 am


    All of us that are your fans know the truth. All of your detractors want to knock you off the pedestal that we have put you on. You are a hero to us and I don’t understand why maggots like CHB and company feel it necessary to call us names and say we’re kissing your ass. When I was a kid, it was okay to look up to your sports heros. When the hell did that change? Why is this now unacceptable behavior for us? I miss the old days when people could just get along and live by the “if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything” credo.

    Oh, and your first post here is another moron! Must be a Yankee fan!!

    Curt Swift
    Dale City, Va.

  75. mspath permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:53 am


    This is your old assistant clubby from Rochester checking in.

    I cannot agree with you more about some of the ignorant media people in this country. Gone are the days of factual reporting, as all reporters and writers now, are activists, all trying to push their “slant”.

    Hey, why don’t you post the picture of your ankle from Boston Dirt Dogs, that to me says it all.

    Everyone who has “half a brain” and thinks for themselves and doesn’t let the media do it for them, knows the truth.

    Best of luck the rest of the way.


    Matt (aka “Slappy” from Red Wings Clubhouse)

  76. marilyn40 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:01 am

    Curt, you are in inspiration! Please keep up the good work. My Dad died 2 yrs. ago (Jan 31) of ALS and I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate what you and your wife are doing! God bless you both >

  77. April 27, 2007 8:02 am

    The mainstream media is a joke. I didn’t believe the story for a second. I enjoyed reading your response to this whole mess. On the other hand, I do feel that defending yourself in this matter feeds into the whole non-existent story. But if you feel like you needed to, that’s your call.

    Maybe you can write that story about the double amputee Iraq vet, Curt. Never mind a future in video games, maybe your true calling after retiring from baseball will be journalism (that comment was tongue-in-cheek, of course).

  78. ashleyquick permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:03 am

    You state ‘The last thing we need is an idiotic distraction that shouldn’t even exist.’

    I’m a huge Sox fan but I would argue this blog is a huge distraction during the season. Why not save it for the off-season?

  79. moonuts permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:03 am

    News flash people, Red Sox won the World Series in 2004! Does anything else matter?

    I thought so.

  80. soxrex permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:04 am

    Right on regarding the Iraq Veteran’s first pitch. And great job in general bypassing the media outlets to make these blog entries. I asked before, but again, any time you have the opportunity for a friend such as Doug or anyone else to make a guest appearance, that would help even more!

    Please post updates later on any takers for your sock testing wager!

  81. montpelierfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:07 am

    Give ’em hell, Curt! Thrilled to see yo use this blog to give dipshits like Thorne what they have coming to them. We’re proud of you.

    By the way, I was at Game 2 of the ’04 Series, with good seats on the 3rd base side and a pair of great binoculars. At the beginning of the game there was already a red dot on your sock, and as the game wore on it got noticably larger. EVERYONE at the ballpark noticed it, and everyone was talking about it as it was just as inspiring as ALCS game 6.

    Curt, I know you are telling the truth, and the Nation stands behind you. I, and thousands of others, are more than willing to testify to that under oath.

    Now, any chance I can get you to sign my Game 2 ticket stub buddy?

  82. leth428 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:08 am

    I don’t think that there is a single fan in Boston who ever believed it, and I’d hate to see Mr Thorne’s inbox this morning. I’ll never understand why the media needs to keep trying to tear down something that is universally regarded as one of the most amazing moments in sports history. Even my brother-in-law, who bleeds pinstripe, regards what you guys did that year, and you personaly, as one of the most incredible team efforts and a display of individual soul and nerve that will never be repeated.

    Be proud of the moment, know that we fans know better, and let those without brains (or chins) sit back and cast their stones

  83. girleditor permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:08 am

    I hope someone takes your challenge – would be nice for ALS to be $1 million richer thanks to someone more interested in conspiracies than what matters.

  84. bigschillsdamon permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:09 am

    If anyone has anything negative to say, the just don’t post it. Big Schill risked his body for the Red Sox in 2004 and to this day, I believe it to be one of the more heroic performances in sports history. He didn’t even have to throw another pitch with the Red Sox…He earned another World Series Championship and everyone’s love from TRUE sox fans. So take your negative comments and put them on a yankees forum or a hockey forum because they should be the only ones talking about this…Gary Thorne…dare I repeat…Gary Thorne is an excellent play by play man, but what he said crossed the line. It doesn’t matter though…Schill is great and the anchor of the rotation…and he doesn’t care who Gary Thorne. From a true sox fan…Big Schill…YOU Da Mon!!!!

    By the way…my user name has nothing to do with johnny damon…absolutely nothing!

  85. metaljaybird permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:12 am

    Don’t sweat the small stuff. You produced in 2004. That may be your ticket to the HoF.

    I respect your work ethics. Just let it go, Thorne is not a threat to your career.

  86. fletchtone permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:14 am

    Great commentary, Curt. I am personally fascinated by what you point out as the media’s lack of accountability. I was furious all day yesterday because of what happened, because it shows people that you can state anything you want about someone, regardless of having a shred of evidence, and there seem to be no repercussions. What Gary said was a flat out lie, and he didn’t even have the courage to admit it. He offered some limp excuse about stating something he truly believed, but didn’t actually hear. How does that not equate to lying? I think rational people know what he meant whether or not he had the stones to actually admit it clearly.

    The other part to this is the media on a national, and even international level (I saw the story on a Canadian website) propagated this fable like a virus around the world, and people on the respective message boards belonging to the media outlets reporting this, were so lemming-like I wanted to scream. All these people, for whatever underlying reasons were just regurgitating Thorne’s statements as fact, yet with no evidence whatsoever. At least in America, it seems people forgot about the whole “presumed innocent before being proven guilty thing.” I hope they have some baseless accusation thrown their way in life some time, and get to experience that for themselves.

    In fact, I’ll start. Gary Thorn kicks kittens for pleasure, and his 1st grade teacher told me so.

  87. cbr900rr316 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:15 am

    Curt, Fk them all.. Really.. imagine being one of these celebs in hollywood with 500 people trying to take your picture in your back yard. Ridiculous. I would be in jail for beating one to death.

    I don’t know how you guys put up with it. I look back to the patriots a few years ago. you’ve got several local guys making up a story which only would side track the players and keep them from doing what we all wanted them to do. When does it end..

    I love the fact you can basically embarras them back with this blog.. keep up the good work an just keep on laughing at these idiots!

    peace…JB Bridgewater..

  88. mdsteele47 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:17 am

    I’ve stopped watching shows like Around the Horn, as they are nothing but cheap distillations of The Sports Reporters and other early journalist round-table shows; the difference today is that attacks, barbs, and wit are highly valued over substance. I remember watching the early interview shows – the reporters would introduce themselves at the start, and that would be it – no perpetual moniker on the bottom of the screen, no omnipresent reminder of the paper they write for, no shameless pimping of their latest book, nothing. They are sound and fury signifying nothing, endlessly stepping over one anothers’ battered corpses to stand at the top of the hill and declare that they are somebody important. They take and take, and give nothing back that isn’t in their own self-interest.
    Now certainly the same can be said of some athletes, but at the very least, they are artists, performing a craft for the enjoyment and learning of others. Some, like our esteemed blogmaster, go above and beyond by interacting, listening, and giving back. Some do not. But that still puts them head and shoulders above the sports reporter whose only goal is to get the byline.
    Not all reporters are like this – for example, I have tremendous respect for Peter Gammons, not only because of his outstanding writing, but also because his life in all its facets serves as a model for inspiring youth.
    Gary Thorne, who I also enjoyed as a hockey announcer, is dead to me now. You only get to make these sort of mistakes once, because it forever reveals something fundamental about your personality and character – particularly when you can’t find it in your cold, dead heart to actually apologize. I could have easily made this mistake – and if I did, my first stop would’ve been 38’s locker with a personal apology, and my next stop would’ve been the nearest camera to make my apology to the fans. But hey, that’s just the way I roll.

  89. johnnyblaze9 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:18 am

    Wow. Curt, you are a piece of work. What a blowhard. I used to like you but I can’t believe you took the time to write the book above to address something that was so obviously silly from the outset. You must really be a down home ignorant hillbilly. You’re what’s wrong with this country. Your only redeeming quality is that you can throw a baseball 95 miles an hour. Other than that, you’re nobody. Never lose sight of that fact.

  90. bosoxforever permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:18 am


    I could not believe what I was reading. What was Thorne thinking – Oh he’s brainless so he didn’t think, he just uttered some garbage to attract attention to himself. He owes you and Red Sox Nation an apology, but he’s not man enough to do that.

    Yes, the real story that night was Sgt. Mark Ecker, 21 yrs. old from East Longmeadow, MA. It was just two months ago that he stepped on a land mine and lost both of his feet. To see him walking and throwing out that first pitch was a real inspiration. I have the honor of participating in a fund raising activity to benefit him and his family.

  91. nebraskarsfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:18 am

    Freedom of speech should not include the ability to say things that simply are not true.

    To pull something out of thin air over 2.5 years after an event has occurred smacks of self serving sensationalism and smacks of a deliberate attempt to besmirch a person and an event.

    He compounded a foolish and malicious utterance with a refusal to accept responsibility for a ‘mistake’ by trying to blame Doug Mirabelli. His lack of character by minimizing his responsibility marks him as a person of poor character who is not to be trusted or respected. Gary Thorne deserves to be fired, ostracized and eliminated from his “profession” as much for his refusal to admit he made a horrendus mistake as his original gaffe.

    And Curt, you have it right. Every single word you posted is correct. It is a sad commentary in our society that men of character and faith are maligned and besmirched for no other reason than they (the Gary Thorne of the world) do not understand what faith, self respect, integrity and honesty are all about.

  92. hockeyrules permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:19 am

    Hey Curt, after naming all the media tools who are making themselves the story, I think a shout out should go to the Joy of Sox blog which heard the comments, sent emails out to a bunch of reporters, and brought down the nonsense of Thorne.

    Plus, in Thorne’s defense, even though he said a stupid thing, he’s a good announcer. Especially for hockey, but for everything else, too. When the NHL was on strike, he did table tennis on ESPN and he was good at that. Everyone says stupid things. Forgive and move on.

  93. boomer15 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:24 am

    Keep a good thing going 14-7, most wins in baseball at present, great team ERA, etc.

    What else could have made news in Baltimore this week, certainly not the Orioles themselves – maybe the Ravens. I agree with you, I liked listening to Thorne do hockey – lost all my respect for him as a professional sportscaster. Maybe he can get a job with Entertainment Tonite and tell us what Brittany is up to?

    Good luck in Yankee Stadium this weekend!!!

  94. redsawx73 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:25 am

    I can’t believe anyone would be so stupid to say that was a painted sock. It is clearly blood from the pictures that have been shown. Anyways congrads to Josh and his 5-0 start.

  95. diehardsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:34 am

    What a mess. For no reason. I totally agree with your post. The only thing I will say is that as a Bangor, Maine native I am shocked that this came from Thorne. I have never met him, but had read his columns for years, and listened to him do UMaine hockey for years. I actually live in DC now and because of the black out on Direct TV we are forced to listen to the Os feed rather than NESN. My husband and I were pleasantly suprised to hear Thorne and were actually talking about how far he had come. I can’t believe he made those comments. I am sorry it happened, we are on a roll and now you are dealing with this. I feel bad for Doug but think he has handled this very well. And as always, so have you Schill. Thanks for the post and I appreciate your comments about the Lord. The problem in this world is that there are too many people who roll their eyes when they hear someone praise him. Keep up the good work — PMR

  96. willniland permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:36 am

    You’re absolutely right to respond to these charges Curt. If someone doubted my integrity on a national stage, I don’t think I would have been as civil about it as you were. Which is only more proof of your good character.

  97. shine7 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:37 am

    Curt, as a fellow believer, I am encouraged by how you live out your faith in a real manner and am challenged by how you give God the glory for your success on the field, esp. to the media. As a fellow member of Red Sox Nation, I appreciate how you and Josh have pitched against Baltimore.

  98. abqjohn permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:38 am

    Wow…as a hard core Red Sox fan in Albuquerque, I was actually shocked that you were keeping your mouth shut when you were supposed to for once. It looked like you were staying above it all, allowing other people to do the talking and keeping a complete non-story / distraction minimized. I looked here last night, and when I saw that you hadn’t posted anything, I grinned from ear to ear. I thought it was funny that people were laughing about this and that you weren’t going to dignify it with a comment. ‘Of course you wouldn’t’, I thought to myself. Then you go and open your mouth. All the people that you just slammed (i.e. Paige, Massorroti, etc.) were actually coming to your defense.

    Kevin Millar said it the best…why are we even talking about this? Nothing about this little drama came close to passing the giggle test. You know, this blog of yours is interesting. I think that to this point it has helped you, because it guarantees that you have a place to have an unfiltered, un-edited venting session. But this is one time where someone should have suggested that you take a pass on commenting on this one. You should let Shonda be a front line filter for you. I’ll bet you anything she told you to calm down and just let it pass.

    But you can’t do that, can you Curt? All you did is wind up looking like a knee jerk, overly emotional child. Sorry Curt, but you need to do a little less playing into the drama and get yourself into shape…mentally, physically, and emotionally. You could have done yourself a favor and burned a little less emotional energy on this and spent a little more time on the tread mill and in the gym. You came into camp completely overweight and out of shape. Then you demanded that the Sox give you an extension, when clearly you didn’t look like you wanted or earned it. You look like hell, Curt. You shouldn’t have time for this kind of drama.

    I’m a Christian as well, and you know what? As much as you and I love baseball, I don’t think God cared one bit about any one of those baseball games. There’s a lot of stuff going on the world that’s just a tad more important. Or didn’t you know that? By the way, there’s a lot of Christians in the Yankees and Cardinals dugouts, too. For once show a little class and know when to say something and when to shut up. Two of my sons (11 and 9) absolutely adore you. So do I for that fact….most of the time I think that your lack of filter is amusing and somewhat refreshing. But I’d like to see you keep your role model status a little more justified.

    By the way, since when did mastery of the English language become such a liability. C’mon Curt…pull your head out and keep your eye on the ball. Quit swinging at pitches in the dirt. All the Shaugnessey’s, Thorne’s, et al all get paid because we all like to hear people talk about what they think about this incredibly captivating topic of baseball. They don’t force us to watch or read anything anymore than someone held a gun to my head to vistit your blog. Get a grip, get perspective, and keep posting things that are interesting and informative. This was just ignorant and I was incredibly disappointed in this.

  99. sbm13 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:39 am

    Is Marriotti the first responder in this thread renaming himself “schillsucks” or is it CHB :)?

    As soon as I heard this I pictured Mirabelli saying something like “yeah man, it was paint, just paint we’re just messin’ with your heads” and walking away. The problem with the media is that they are literal when someone speaks figuratively and they take total sarcasm as word. What IS wrong with these guys?

    It seems to me I heard this rumored out of Baltimore a couple years back…which is more likely where Thorne got it.

    Your right, these guys say whatever they want about whomever they want to. It is in a word: pathetic.

    There isn’t a RS fan worth their salt who didn’t realize and appreciate the great risk you took to yourself and your future in order to make that start. Thanks Curt for all you and your teammates did.

    Media be damned!

  100. td76 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:40 am

    If any of the folks on this board got their good name dragged through the mud, I am willing to bet that they would come out and defend themselves in exactly the same manner. You are more than justified. The media, especially in Boston, is always looking to make these non-issues into something bigger than they really are. I couldn’t even imagine living my life in that sort of spotlight (although a getting paid a few million bucks would certainly help me to grin and bear it).

    Anyways, I (and I am sure many others) am of the opinion that whether the blood was real or not (I’m more than convinced it is) – who cares? The fact remains that the guy voluntarily got stitches put in his foot in a procedure that the doctor who performed the operation admitted may or may not work and went out and pitched a helluva a game. With some others’ (DL, DO, KF, etc. etc.) help, Boston wins the WS – case closed.

    Good luck the rest of the way and keep an open mind about coming back next year.

  101. yankeefan1981 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:40 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    I’m a die hard yankee fan living in NY, and while I cannot stand you for various reasons, anyone who watches baseball knows it was real blood. I almost wish it WAS fake as it would make many Yankees fans feel better, but we still really have nothing venemous to throw at you. you talk too much, but you go out and deliver when it counts. I hate you, but I respect you, and just know that if you get heckled in the bronx about the sock, They are not from real baseball fans, just fairweather fans that were “die-hard” met fans in the 80’s.

  102. loisrgriswold permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:41 am

    Thank you….You didn’t need to defend yourself, Curt…Anyone who cares about you and knows of your faith — would understand that these careless statements were offensive to you and anyone who cares about this wonderful TEAM…The BOSTON RED SOX…Let’s focus on defense and offense…on the field…Thank you for everything you do on and off the field. You are an inspiration to many who look up to you.
    Lois (“Mom” away from Mom)

  103. marsh18redsox permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:42 am

    Im glad you posted on this even though I feel its unnecessary but maybe it will put an end to this issue (yeah right we are in Boston it will be carried on for weeks despite what the sox are doing right now!!). I heard this ridiculous thing and just started laughing. I don’t see you doing this for a “PR” thing when you can get as much press as you want anytime. As one that has been conned before and now questions everything, this is just something I don’t question. The only thing I couldn’t figure out is why this guy named Doug but apparently Doug said SOMETHING to this guy, probably joking around or something and this guy twisted it around to create a story with his name attached to it. My Dad said this guy is respected in the broadcast world but you never know what motivates people to do things, Attention? Money? Anger? Who knows, we just need to ignore it regardless!

    Again, another non-issue blown up to be huge in the Boston media. I guess all those other teams between 1918 and 2004 should consider themselves lucky they didn’t win a world series and have media attempt to ruin the joy that came with winning those championships!!

  104. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:42 am

    To the first few idiots who responded,
    Get a life would you? Curt is making a big deal out of this because it’s a big story, and it shouldn’t even be a story. The man risked his career and produced two spectacular cames at the most important time of the year. And what’s crazy about it is, he doesn’t even bring it up! Calling him selfish? If he was selfish he could capitalize on what happened in ’04. But, instead he shares the well deserved credit with his teammates.

  105. ace1307 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:43 am

    Curt, what you did was amazing, and anyone watching that game could have easily seen that blood spot grow in front of their eyes. I own the DVD box set of that 2004 ALCS and World Series, and so anytime I want, I can watch that amazing effort. I have said it before and ill say it again, Thank you for what you and your team did for me, this city, and Red Sox fans around the world. Without you have the nuts or guts to do what you did, as one part of that experience, we may be talking about 89 years of frustration.

    What, if any advice, have you or anyone else given to Dice-K about how to pitch from the stretch versus the windup? I dont know about you, but I picked up a shortening in his delivery when he was ineffective in the stretch. When he pitched well in the stretch, his delivery was full and he followed through. Can you elaborate on that?

  106. greydog24 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:43 am

    Good response, Curt. Thanks for having the guts to stand up and put this to rest once and for all. We all saw what you did in ’04; for anyone to try and diminish it now, so long after the fact – it’s just an insult.

    Reading some of the responses on here as well – unreal. One wonders from the first toad’s retort above if maybe that’s the screenname of CHB (…or Marriotti?) Ha! Seems you got under his/her skin for certain.

    Love the $1M challenge. Talk is cheap, and something like that should deep six this whole sock thing once and for all.

    Thanks again for your testimony as well. Many will just never understand that aspect of you, what it means to want to somehow be thankful and then try to honor God – and it’s sad. I was blown away by your interview with Kenny Albert, live on FOX, on October 19, 2004. Just fantastic. Watched it with my sons, and I’m forever grateful that you had the awareness that you did in that moment. For all of the ‘eye-rollers’ out there, realize that there are just as many of us that are truly grateful. Being the accomplished athlete that you are, some of us really appreciate you for THAT aspect of your ‘game’ – you do not shy away from what you believe. In this crazy world, that is hard for many to do.

    Keep on bringing it, 38. Glad you’re on our side!

  107. rfg1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:45 am

    I could not agree more with CS. Why didn’t somebody pickup the story of the double amputee? That’s the story I would want to read.

    As far as the sock goes, it is history –Red Sox history. There is no team in history I can think of with that much grit. It is completely fitting they went on to win the championship.

    I am no doctor, but for that particular game, as I understand it CS’s tendon was stablized outside of his skin. The blood was just a reminder to us what he went through to be on the mound. More recently, the veteran’s wounds were also a reminder of what he went through to toss out the first pitch at the Oriole’s game. The veteran was not out there for us fans. No matter how much we think we appreciate him, the moment was a much bigger thrill (and time of healing) for him because after so much hardship and time away he was finally home, and we were applauding him. So was it a thrill for Curt Schilling to pitch for us in the ALCS with a tendon stapled outside of his skin so he could stand and push off. If his tendon had snapped that day, would you still be doubting whether or not it was real blood?

  108. properbostonian permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:45 am

    I understand why Curt is so upset and I would feel the same way if I were in his shoes and “socks.” I hope Gary Thorne and the media have learned a valuable lesson here. Unlikely, I fear, but perhaps the next time they write a story or open their mouths, perhaps they will think first before they proceed.

    If anyone in the media needs some incentive to adhere to this policy, look no further then to Don Imus.

    There are millions of things an annoucer can talk about during the course of a game, why would Thorne even talk about the sock or a conversation he had two years ago? As Yoda would say, “perplexed, I am.”

    A bit off topic…

    “…you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to. You can say what you want when you want and you don’t really have to answer to anyone.”

    Who knew the media and Bush had so much in common! This sounds like Bush’s Iraq policy.

    But I digress.

    Let’s go Red Sox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. slpnolan permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:46 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for your blog! I have found this to be the most enjoyable and informative reading of my day!
    As of the “sox episode” no one in the their right mind thinks this was faked! I saw the picture of you scar…wow, I have no idea how you walked, let alone pitched with that!
    2004 was a wonderful and special season for many reasons…..I am hoping this year is going to be just as great….minus the last minute stich up jobs! 🙂

  110. wanderponder permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:49 am

    i live down cape, and sadly there are alot of conspiracy theorists….i love the game of baseball and grew up watching sox baseball since i was born….

    however, i do find it kind of hysterical that the media, all of its participants (directly or indirectly invovled) bother to waste the time constantly trying to defend themselves from this idiot…just deny the situation happened by not commenting on it, and play some baseball..

    for god sakes, we pay a fortune to go see a game, just shut up and play…

  111. leofan2 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:49 am


    I would take the bet if I had 1 million dollars to give to your charity, but I don’t. Because I like making bets with my dad and seeing him lose. I saw him lose in 2001 to me so by the time I went to the backstreet boys concert in July of that year I had sixty dollars to spend on buying something from the concert. I know from watching the game that the blood on your sock was real. It looked like the state of oaklahoma. I thought that it was cool how the blood did that. I also watched the world series and saw how little blood there was on the sock that night too. But the thing that I thought was funny last night was the fact that Kevin Millar was joking about the whole thing. I mean they showed him on nesn and he had made a mark on his ankle with a marker. It would be cool if you donated to the charity even if we didn’t. I would come to one of the games call you over to the other side of the street and give you money for your charity, in person, but it wouldn’t be $1,000,000.



  112. bravejoe permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:50 am

    This story wonderful… Thank you Doug Mirabelli and Curt… I have to preface this post saying that I really like Gary Thorne. I like his play by play abilities in hockey and his voice is as unique as the infamous announcers of the past.

    But, with the onset, growth and success of ESPN – the role of the sports commentator and “journalist” has attained a level of consistent “credibility” in main stream “news reporting”. But all journalists take themselves way too seriously with their self-acclaimed postulating, pondering and procrastinating skills and abilities; especially sports “journalists”. Everyone has an opinion and everyone’s opinion “has to matter” in today’s sports reporting environment… That is the biggest joke!

    I think it is incumbent upon the players in all sports to keep the press guessing and have more fun with the “seriousness” the reporters see themselves. In fact, the players, teams and owners need to “exploit” this vulnerability. In the future, a reporter can be “Thorned” or “Mirabellied” by a player or team leaking disinformation that puts people down a path that focuses on the leaked information is ultimately irrelevant to the sport! Curt’s pitching prowess, his dedication and desire, the Red Sox Successes, his support for ALS and is faith are the story. (although I do not prescribe to Curt’s choice of faith – I support his desire to tell people of his faith.)

    I would love to see more stories of this nature – Imagine Keith Olberman’s response to being “Thorned”. ROTFLOL He is one of (and Patrick) the only “journalists” with the sense of humor large enough to see the irony in getting snookered… I would love to see more of this… Imagine how pissed off Woody, Jay and Bill would be if it happened to them… rotflol!

    I yearn for the day when “You’ve Just Been Thorned” is the law of the land!

  113. thedoctorx permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:50 am

    The retraction always gets lets press than the lie.

    The trolls commenting for some reason will not take you up on the bet, or even a smaller bet. Whatever gets them to climax in Mummy’s basement–“Hey!1! I pwned Schilling’s on his blog!”

    It will be “interesting” to see how much retraction there is. For what its worth, ESPN did cover it in the evening with interviews from Doug Mirabelli and particularly Millar–two teammates that apparently missed the first troll’s memo.

    It also carried Thorne’s retraction. How one transforms “got publicity” to an admission that everyone knew the sock was painted AND tries to pretend one is honest is beyond me.

    However, after having it as a main story throughout the day, it is muttered that “Thorne retracted” just prior to the game highlights. That is it.

    Right, great game. I was happy for Willy Mo–obviously–especially since he was “pitched to.” Nice response! It all puts you in good standing for facing the Yankees this weekend.


  114. aussiesoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:52 am

    Hi Curt

    Firstly I cant believe that this is an issue in 2007. I believe the sock was blood but at the end of the day whether you were 20%, 40% or 100% healthy you helped the Red Sox win the World Series and thats all that matters. The bloody sock is part of the story, coming back from 0-3 and then beating St Louis is the story.
    Secondly thankyou for responsing to this issue. Whilst many of us cant relate to your job im sure we can relate to being questioned about the way we do our job. If someone made bizarre statements about my work performance, I would more than likely respond with some verbal fire.
    I am removed from daily conversations about baseball and the best we can expect from the Sydney newspaper is a box score without a word of commentary therefore the internet is my lifeline to what is going on. Your blog has been a huge joy for me. I just want to know what did you do to upset them all in the first place….
    By the way, I know no one in the USA cares but the Australian team plays in the Cricket World Cup on Saturday and are going for their third straight win…so I have to chuck it in…..Aussie, Aussie, Aussie… Oi Oi Oi

  115. law1599 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:53 am

    In no way shape or form do I think Curt comes off as an “ass” this is his blog he can express how he feels and what he thinks. If you agreed with him you would congratulate him: when you don’t he’s an ass. It’s a lose/lose…I appreciate the response and the insight and I might or might not agree with everyone you like, he likes and she likes but I come here and CHOOSE to read this blog and enjoy the vision, the entertainment, the facts and the opinions!!! If I wanted to hear someone else’s opinions, likes and dislikes well then I think I might go look for THEIR blog…

  116. allstar1579 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:54 am

    As a loyal O’s fan, and I’m sure I speak for the majority, I’m sorry. Gary Thorne has no business broadcasting O’s games, he should stick to hockey. My fiancee and I have been saying all season that the broadcast team is AWFUL and we refuse to watch games on tv because of it.

    I’m sure you know it, but you didn’t owe anyone an explanation, what happened, happened, the Red Sox and all of their fans love you for it, and the real baseball fans respect you for it, it was gutsy.

    I hope as much as you do that this will be the last of this nonsense, so we can get back to the season. It’s sad that not one mention was made of first versus second place in the division (even if it is too early for that) because people were worried about your dirty socks.

    We miss you in Baltimore, and I know at least throughout my generation you will always be the one that got away (worst trade in history). Good luck the rest of the season, at least when you aren’t playing the O’s.

  117. ilovebigpapi permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:54 am

    Curt I admire you, and I hope you will just take what I say as coming in all honesty from that starting point. I can understand your offense, and your defensiveness, about this whole situation. But I hope you can also consider how that defensiveness can come across sometimes. Please don’t yell at me over that one -) Now that the situation has been explained, I hope that the media will all just drop it and focus on other things .But just from my point of view knowing what I know, I do think it’s entirely possible that Gary Thorne simply did misunderstand what he heard more than he is lying. Should he have repeated that on the air and used Doug’s name? Absolutely not. But I am just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Whether or not you want to speak to him privately, that’s your business too. The way he explained it, well I still don’t get him saying it on the air like that but I am trying to understand his explanation for what it is. I guess you know more about it because of your private discussion with Doug. I don’t know, I am getting more confused already -) I guess the lying charge has more to do with his explanation? It’s all even more muddled for me now than it was yesterday…I would really like to see you work it out with Mr. Thorne for the betterment of all involved, that would be great to see. Your life and your choice of course.

    But I have seen many people in the media supporting you as well. Even people who do take potshots at you. That’s what I witnessed in what I watched and listened to last night.

    I’m just a Red Sox fan with no axe to grind and no “personal” issues with you either, I don’t know you personally so how could I? I admire your dedication to the game and to your pitching, and your public expressions of your faith. When this first came out I was so discouraged because I saw it as something that could be divisive and harmful to the team. I see that you all do kid each other about this kind of stuff, including what Kevin Millar did to his own sock last night. That is the good natured stuff in baseball that’s good for the game and the team and for fans. I just honestly can’t see how insulting back and forth will accomplish anything. Like I said, I understand why you are feeling hurt and might want to retaliate as a result. But everyone knows, remembers, and appreciates what you did in 2004. Please try to focus on that. Baseball, like life, can be crappy sometimes when all this messy stuff related to people comes into it. We all have our good and bad qualities. I just want to see all the guys on the team do well and have fun, just like you all did in 2004. Jon Lester will be back soon, now that’s a great story that we can all focus on, right? 🙂

    That’s just one fan’s opinion, for whatever it’s worth.

  118. neonsox permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:55 am

    The educated fan knows that the media is full of crap about 95% of the time. The other 5% is the attempt the cover up either a player’s or the organinzation’s shortcomings. Either way you look at it, it’s all entertainment and dollar signs. The money in professional sports is built upon face time and television contracts while getting paid for actual talent gets laid to waste. There’s so much money to go around, but a lot of it is locked in a media-shaped box.

    I can’t sit here and honestly say that I’ve never thought the sock was fake. My loyalty to the Red Sox and the pure facts have convinced me that it definitely is blood on that sock, but with all the BS in entertainment today (or anything on television in general), I had to think twice. It’s hard to tell what is genuine and what isn’t these days, and being an eternal skeptic doesn’t help me either.

    Whatever the case may be, Curt, you pitched great through all of it and got the win in the end, sock or no sock. Sadly (or not so sadly), in the end, winning is really all that matters. The pain and the sacrifice is admirable but it doesn’t always win ballgames. But you won, and ultimately that’s what will be remembered in the stat books and in the minds of most fans. The story of the sock is reserved for longer discussions and will eventually be just an asterisk on the banner, if that. But I appreciate your sacrifices that post-season all the same.

  119. Hugh Jass permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:00 am

    Hi, Curt,

    I also object to the EEI guys who “have your back” but rip you when it suits their needs. That is sad, too.

    Why can’t the media let the truth speak for itself, and stop fanning the (non-existent) flames of some alleged “get.”

    It is a good thing you created this blog to speak directly to the fans of MLB, without having the media sully your message.

    Keep on pluggin’, Curt-man! We love you.

  120. ejaedesign permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:03 am

    “Playing the victim”? “Coming off like a jackass”?

    So, you have your ankle surgery and takes the mound and wins one of the biggest games in the team’s history, then have your credibility questioned by someone who doesn’t even know you 2 whole years after the fact.

    So, if someone else did the same to you, you’d sit there and just take the high road?

    Schilling kept quiet through the media, and goes on his blog to express himself. To me, the people coming off like jackasses are not Curt, but Thorne, Plaschke, Mariotti, and others who just decided to take a cheap potshot.

  121. xfirechief permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:03 am

    It was almost better when you didn’t reply. The silence was deafening. Tito said it best: this crap has a way of growing legs. Some may not like you-too bad. Keep your faith, and don’t take any s@#$ from anybody.

  122. mmiller220 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:04 am

    schill, nobody doubts you, just keep doing what your doing, true Boston Red Sox fans appreciate your courageous, overpowering pitching every night, and i personally appreciate how you speak your mind, your a hell of a pitcher, i know i and all of my friends want to see you in a Sox uniform next year. Go get these yankees in the bronx

  123. jcurby27 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:06 am

    Great Response Curt. The fact that people can get away with this is ludicrous. They should be held accountable. If anyone in the media had legitimate evidence of a scandal of this proportion it would be reported IMMEDIATELY. Not passed of as a one liner during game commentary. This is the era of shock and awe reporting.
    Anyhow, nice to see you guys come from behind last night. Even nicer to see Wily Mo come through in the clutch. I really hope Pena picks up as he gets more AB’s. I still believe he has a lot to offer, and who can help but love those mamoth homeruns. I was sitting behind home plate in KC when he hit one last year (longest in Kaufman all year) it was incredible.
    Speaking of Wily Mo I was curious you hear a lot of people talk about how infield defense can make a lot of pitchers feel more/less comfortable. This is of course true with ground ball pitchers mostly. Do MLB pitchers feel any more/less confident when their outfield defense changes? I think it would matter more on a season to season basis, but I was more curious about day to day. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

  124. gripp permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:06 am

    Wow. You will never pass up an opportunity to come off as a self-aggrandizing jackass, will you? If you just kept your mouth shut, this story would have resolved itself and you would have been seen as taking the high road, being above it all. But like everything else, you can’t resist the drama and are compelled to jump in with both feet. You are the prototypical arrogant, dumb jock, with the maturity level of a twelve-year old girl. Thankfully you were born with a physical skill that has allowed you to make a good living, because your social skills wouldn’t even get you into an office job otherwise.

  125. vegetariansoul permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:06 am

    Well folks, Curt Shilling has the best strike out-to-walk ratio of any pitcher in major league baseball history and although I am not a Red Sox fan you gotta love this guy! I have/will follow this blog all year, appreciate and enjoy every word of it. Who knew that Curt was a writer? A future Hall of Famer taking us along with him, and the sum of all his experience, every step through one of his final few seasons in Major League Baseball. I wish him and his family peace, health, another world series ring and the fat final contract that he deserves. Go get ’em Curt!

  126. scottd47 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:08 am

    Good morning,

    I must admit I have never read this blog before, most likely because I don’t hold sports figures or actors or most famous people up on pedestals just because they can throw a baseball or act or sing. Those who use there fame and/or large salaries to help others, however, are a different story. That said, I’m a huge Sox fan and nothing is more relaxing than hanging out at Fenway and watching a game.

    Your blog today, however, hit the nail or the head for me. On a much smaller scale, I live in the public eye and can’t stand that little things that people in my position do become news…

    Your point about the young man coming back from Iraq is something I have thought about but never verbalized. It’s amazing to me how many people can worry so much about obvious bullshit like the blood on a sock or the latest American Idol scandal when there are so many important things going on in our country and the world right now.

    For anyone else that feels the same way, I hope you’ll look at the Wounded Warrior website ( ). Yes, Johnny Damon is one of their spokespeople, but again, we are talking about the big picture here. I am not a veteran and don’t work for the charity, but anyone who understands what I have so uneloquently stammered on about, should take a look. And if Gary Thorne has half a brain, he would consider a large, public donation to both WWP and ALS.

  127. thebread permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:09 am


    You have been torn apart in your career over your orations!
    I have followed your history with the Red Sox since I heard of the famous Thanksgiving Dinner. Needless to say, I am a lifelong Sox fan and went to my first game around 1955 and sat in Thomas Yawkeys seats along the first base side (a gift to my old man from Tom Yawkey).
    I am not sure why, but almost everything you say gets 100% thumbs up from me. I like your candor and honesty.
    You are absolutely correct about the media.
    The only thing I don’t like is that you are a Republican…
    Guess I can’t have everything to my liking.
    I am a far right wing Democrat… Not too many of us!

    Keep pitching well and keep up the blog.

    Thanks from Goodbread

  128. sbasil permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:09 am


    Wow. Thanks for creating this site. I learn something new with each new entry and following comments. I was surprised to learn the one person that watches Around the Horn each day comments on this site. I am not sure why they would watch those writers self-congratulate themselves more than once but hey, it’s good to know one person is watching. Perhaps if those writers spent more time on checking facts and less time on telling each other how smart they are, they’d have something that sportwsriters used to have: credibility.

  129. aaronhouse permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:13 am

    NFL training camps will open soon. The media will fill their bellies with T.O. drama. They will not hunger for stories of old dirty socks. I am looking forward to it. Keep doing what you always do Curt. By that I mean blocking out the what I like to call the media’s “crazy talk” and performing at the highest level. Thanks for your efforts as a member of the Red Sox. You have given fans like myself many great memories.

  130. luvsports permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:13 am


    I don’t think you could’ve said it any better! This site is amazing because you are taking away ALL the power from the people who misuse their media credentials to create BS stories and hype to sell papers and magazines. What ever happened to good old-fashioned reporting? It has disappeared like Paris Hilton’s underwear!!! I do watch Around the Horn and PTI almost everyday and while I don’t always agree with those guys, just so you know, they were on YOUR side. They said that the people who think it’s anything OTHER than blood are “ridiculous and absurd.” They also said Gary Thorne was WRONG for saying what he did on national TV. It’s amazing how the reporters in Boston focus on such meaningless stories as the stain on your sock instead of the good things you are doing with ALS or the team’s contributions to the Jimmy Fund, etc. Peter Gammons said it best this morning on “Mike & Mike” when he said something along the lines that there could be a vote on whether or not to pull the troops out of Iraq and that story would be pushed to the 2nd page because of this story. UNBELIEVEABLE. Finally, pass on my congrats to Beckett for being the first pitcher this year to 5-0!!! 🙂

  131. denaps permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:13 am

    Hey Curt, instead of 1 million for 1 million, give some idiot the option of taking the bet. Say they offer to put up 500k to ALS and you’ll put up a million to that person’s charity. We know you are not going to have to pay, but maybe for a little less someone may take a swing. And ALS can get a nice little check.

  132. April 27, 2007 9:14 am

    Well said, Curt. What I think many fail to realize: If paint was a reality, what knucklehead would put it right on top of surgical wound?

  133. gibbs44 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:15 am


    If the allegation is so blatantly false, why respond? CAN YOU EVER JUST KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT! I’m a victim, I’m a victim…….

    It’s getting old, getting very old…….

    You really are an irritating self-important person

    A great pitcher, nonetheless, but we want our sport heroes to just play the game, I don’t want your opinion, and you woe is me attitude..Shut up and pitch get your $$ and go home! It’s people like you as to why I never will buy a ticket to MLB

    Sometimes, if you shut your mouth, it looks much better and the person you are ripping will most likely feel worse as you didn’t dignify his thoughts with a response

    Your boss, lucchino gave a much better response than you!!!

  134. leah33 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:15 am

    I think most people sided with you, Curt….epsecially anybody with an understanding of anatomy and what they actually did to get you into those games. (As an ATC, I can’t imagine what that must have felt like)

    A Quick question: Is the whole Doug Mientkiewicz keeping the ball from the World Series the same thing? Just a media story blown out of proportion? I know a lot of fans are still bitter about it and seeing him in a Yankee uniform made me wonder if its just the fans that have an issue with it and how players who were a part of that amazing World Series run felt.

  135. dukefrukem permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:15 am

    I am just as guilty for listening to Paige or Marriotti… Around the Horn is one of my favorite shows on ESPN, same with PTI.. .its entertainment… but most of the time i watch it to see how my options differ from the “professionals”

    I never doubted you Curt for 1 second that you painted that sock…

  136. jmichael07 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:20 am

    Just count this one in with the 911 conspiracy theorists (ridiculous), the JFK conspiracy theorists and all the other hacks.

    Fact is, we all know you were injured. We saw this with our own eyes in the very same series! Regardless of the blood on the sock you fought through whatever was ailing you and won two of the most important games in Sox history. Everything else is white noise.

    I, for one (and as a scientist to boot) think it is true. I thought so at the time, and was one of the millions watching you pitch who turned to a friend and said “THAT’S BLOOD!”. Your response was measured, appropriate, courageous and necessary. I love how you brought up the Iraq soldier story, it’s all just so true!

    Think about it… you are covering an Orioles team that has been one of the worst franchises in history that is absolutely OWNED by the Sox year after year… You know noone is listening, so you make a controversial statement that you know is false to attract listeners… I’d almost question the producers of that network, as they say, look to those who benefit most and you’ll find the culprit.

    In the end, myself, and any other true baseball fan, support you.

    One more thing while I go to the trouble of posting this:
    I notice you go into politics and everything quite a bit. In the interest of the ALS and other charitable causes you represent, don’t you think it’s irresponsible to be too forthcoming with your personal opinions? That it might injure your character in the eyes of those who hold similarly strong opposing opinions? Your stature as one of the greatest pitchers in the game puts a positive light on your charitable interests… the rest should be left aside, so that you don’t risk losing subset of the otherwise supporting public.

  137. theofrombrookline permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:20 am

    Why cant you be more like Ted Williams. He, like you, detested the media. He, like you, used his fame to help others.

    He, unlike you, visited countless kids in countless hospitals unbeknown to the media. If any media types showed up he took off. He didnt want or need the attention.

    He, unlike you, shunned the spotlight and just played.

    Take one from Teddy Ballgame: Shut up and play. Do your good deeds for yourself, and not for all the attention.

  138. April 27, 2007 9:20 am

    curt, this is why i happy when you started this blog because unlike the jackles of the press box who spin storys to help them sell papers you just tell us how it is. and you brought up a great point about the solder throwing out the first pitch, the media should have spent more time on him and im glad that you atleast metioned it because the troops do so much for us and the media just shits on them. but i honestly hope someone takes you up on your challange so they can be proven wrong and donate a million dollars to ALSand bring it one step closer to a cure

  139. diehardsoxfanholyoke permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:21 am

    hey schill, why even give any credibility to morons like that by responding to them? jealousy makes people say and do stupid things, ignore it. we know what you did. to blast a guy for putting his career on the line for the sake of his team and his fans is pure jealousy. you will go down in history as one of the best most dedicated pitchers baseball has ever seen and the naysaying loudmouth critics will whither away into obscurity.

  140. April 27, 2007 9:27 am

    Wow, I can’t believe Gary Thorne got 1st post on this!!

    Quote “schillsucks

    Come on, Curt. Just admit to painting the sock. None of your present or past teammates like you, so the truth is going to come out eventually anyway.

    By the way, Has Tito finished ironing your uniforms yet?”

    What an idiot. It’s the exact kind of lowbrow response you’d expect from someone who calls themselves “schillsucks”

    Curt, I like your response. Media always comes out and attacks. I’m glad you stood up and challenged back at them. The media has a great responsibility in keeping their facts straight, but they don’t always do that, and they usually get away with “misinformation”

  141. brady2004 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:28 am

    this is really one of the gayest topics ever… get over it people… these are probably the same conspracy theorists who think our govt planned 9-11

    thorne is supposedly a sox fan too…

    since we are on the topic, throw mike and dike in the morning on your list… they are as bad as it gets, although heyman is my by far the worst.. ive had personal battles with him for years..

  142. alwaysbelieved permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:28 am

    Abuse of power. The media have long been guilty of taking advantage of their positions for their own gain.

    I for one gave up on the reports about Manny, and all those before him. Much of what is said about him is media driven with the hopes of stiring up conflict. I get agitated when they start, this year before spring training even began, on what they “think” is going on with Manny.

    Will the media ever just go back to reporting the news and stats without trying to create drama?

    After hearing the statement by Thorne, I just laughed. What did he possibly hope to do with this? Did he really think anyone would believe that the Baseball Hall of Fame wouldn’t authenticate something before admitting it? Did he really think we would believe his stupidity over what we saw with our own eyes?

    I give you much credit Curt. The ignorance the team has to deal with on a daily basis is certainly more than enough. Whatever happened to respect? I mean , honestly, is there anything better than rooting for the hometown team? Report on the game and leave all the B.S. out of the newspapers.

    You handled this with grace.

    Just my two cents worth.

  143. cma1973 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:31 am

    Personally, I do not think that you should have even dignified that idiot’s comment with a response but I can definitely understand why you did. It is really too bad that you had to waste time talking about a comment made by a hockey announcer who clearly had no idea what he was talking about.

    Incidentally, what was he doing calling a baseball game anyway? Isn’t this one of the six months of the NHL Playoffs (or maybe it just feels like six months)? I think he should go back to calling a sport he has some clue about because at least there nobody will be listening to hear his thoughtless comments.

    I would have rather heard your impressions about the 2 impressive wins that the Sox logged in Baltimore (which my dad and I got the pleasure of seeing firsthand). Nice win on Wednesday.

  144. cranesbeach permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:31 am

    This is all soooooooooo ridiculous …
    I listened to Terry on WEEI with Dale and Holley and he wasn’t sure if he should just laugh or be truly aggravated. I guess you do have to respond, Curt. Just answer by continuing to pitch us to a World Series. Gary Thorne should do the right thing and donate to your ALS or SHADE Foundation.

  145. gbpackfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:32 am

    you are an honest and charitable athlete. the public has issues dealing with old throw back athletes like yourself. it is their problem to deal with and not your’s. My three favorite modern day athletes are Curt Schilling, Brett Favre and Larry Bird. I wonder why? keep on keepin’ on.

  146. bjmach permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:36 am


    Way to go!!! You have been a class act from the beggining. It is blood on the sock. You helped us win that series, which we eventually ended up winning the World Series. If some yahoos think its paint who gives a #$%^!! What you did that night on that mound in your condition was amazing and inspiration to many people. Regardless if your sock was blood or not. Thats what matters!!!

    Keep up the great work Curt. Being a military member and a die hard Red Sox fan you have always shown us the utmost respect. Go SoX!!

  147. gobosox07 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:38 am

    Hey Curt,

    I’m a Forensic Scientist in NYC and would love to put this issue to rest.

    I’m a huge Red Sox fan working for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City (enemy territory). I work in the forensic biology department as a criminalist 1B and perform DNA analysis, blood screening tests, etc. on a daily basis. I don’t know if anyone has actually come out and asked and I don’t even know who I would go about contacting about this but I would absolutely love to perform a blood screening test on your bloody sock to prove once and for all that it is in fact blood (or not, if it was in fact paint, which I of course do not believe). The test would take literally only a few minutes and could be done right at the hall of fame or anywhere with field blood testing reagents (it would be a Kastle-Meyer/Phenolphthalein test using just Phenolphthalein and Hydrogen Peroxide from dropper bottles). I would obviously do this for free as I am a big fan of yours and would like to disprove all the doubters out there. Please get back to me if you get a chance and let me know if there is any chance this may be possible and who I would need to contact or if you could contact me. I’d rather not put my work # or my work email address on here as of now but it would be the email associated with the account I set up to be able to post this. You can contact me at my regular email address, and I can provide you with my work contact information if it was something you were seriously interested in doing. On another note, I’ll be going to the game tonight after I get out of work so hopefully this rain stops and we get to play….GO SOX!!

  148. moriani permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:46 am

    Hello Mr. Schilling. My name is Massimo Oriani, I’m a sportswriter for an italian daily sports paper and a huge Sox fan.
    I understand what you’re talking about, especially with in a city like Boston, where everything regarding the Sox is overscrutinized and overanalyzed 24-7, 365 days a year.
    But there also are people in my line of work who are decent human beings, who don’t make stuff up, who try to relay to the readers the emotions they live in first person being lucky enough to cover sporting events. As my editor always says, “consider yourself lucky: you live in the toy department of life”.
    It is true, it is also true we have an obligation to always tell the truth.
    And understand this too: most of the time, we reporters are put into a corner by our bosses. They want the scoop, they want to force the issue, to sell more copies. I can assure you that most of us often have to write stuff we don’t like (never getting to the point of making stuff up, though, nobody ever forces us to do that), let’s say like the sock issue, when we’d much rather be writing about the great game you pitched the other day. Just an example, but it has happened to me many times.
    Just trying to offer some perspective from the “other side”
    Thanks for you attention and I hope to see you pitching in the last week of october!
    Massimo Oriani

  149. mediasavy permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:48 am

    Curt’s comment:”…little to no talent at what they do and other than a mastery of the English language their skill sets are non-existent.”

    First off, isn’t mastery of the English language one of the most important skills in journalism, let alone most other communication in society?

    How does this modified Curt comment sound? “…little to no talent at what CURT does and other than A MASTERY OF PITCHING TO (AND UNDERSTANDING) THE BATTERS HE FACES, his skill sets are non-existent.”
    a little contradictory, eh? (see above curt comment)

    Secondly, If you’re going to blame anyone, blame the large contingent of fans that buys into the crap the media puts out.

    And finally,I pose this question: ‘mastery of a language that a majority of the world speaks (both kids and adults)’, or ‘mastery of a GAME that lots of kids play and lots of adults watch’. Which is better?

    Seriously Curt, get off your high horse. The media’s just trying to make a living like you are – by entertaining people.

    After you’re gone, baseball’s not going anywhere and neither is the media. So, get over yourself, shut your mouth, stop crying and do your job (that includes talking to the same reporters that give your SPORT publicity day after day).


  150. montego76 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:48 am

    In the beginning… the only ones that ever questioned the “bloody sock” were Yankee fans. They had to find something that would ruin the moment for all of us, to make themselves feel better after they watched their team choke. And I remember all the guys goofing on Yankee fans in a totally sarcastic way. And why not? But we live in an age in which comics like Jay Leno have to follow a joke with ,”I’m just kidding, don’t write me letters” — well that says it all.

    I know a lot of O’s fans who heard Thone and immediately knew he took what was said in jest as fact because everyone remembers the 2004 team. However most did not understand the reprocussions until I mentioned it was fodder for the Yankee fans to throw at Red Sox fans. THAT they understood. The response; another case of revisionist history; no Holocaust, moonwalk was faked, Rosie O’Donnell’s rants about gov’t involvement on 9/11 are true… and Curt’s sock.

    If the doctor had used gauze wrapping with a breathable plastic guard (made specifically to avoid oozing blood onto clothing) there would not have been a bloodstain. But NOTHING can detract from the fact that you had surgery on the ankle. Apparently no one gave the [bloody bacteria- laden] sock a 2nd thought or it would have been stored in a plastic bag for prosperity. You guys achieved what was considered impossible, against all odds and nothing will ever change that and that is the story that will be passed down to the next generation.

    There’s one way of shutting people up for good. I know all the guys had camcords & cameras — there must be photos of the injury/ wound or a clip of video somewhere that can be posted on this site or You Tube. I think the wound itself will turn people’s stomachs & end any discussion.

    What angers me more than Yankee fans questioning the bloody sock is the offhand comment that “the 2004 World Series win was just a fluke”. That detracts from the accomplishments more than anything some idiot in the press box can say.

    You hit the nail on the head when describing the media. I don’t know how you guys feel but I preferred it when the press wasn’t “living” in the clubhouse, when you guys had the freedom to goof around & be yourselves without the world reading how many times someone went to the bathroom, which would probably be inaccurate anyway. It should be a private place, workplace interactions are nobody’s business.

    Deciding to take control away from the hacks & empowering yourself is the smartest of dealing with the media in the 21st century. Let the mdia cull their info from your blog, it would certainly cut down on inaccuracies. I prefer my info coming straight from the horse’s mouth (why does the movie “The Black Stallion” keep popping into my head?).

  151. jackmarshall permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:49 am

    Curt: your response is absolutely justified, and you have no reason to be passive when someone accuses you of being a fraud on a broadcast. And I believe the lack of outrage by the sports media over this is an example of it protecting one of its own who screwed up. In my opinion, Thorne should be fired for journalistic incompetence. Here is the e-mail I just sent to Gordon Edes of the Globe…

    Dear Gordon: I am disappointed at the kid gloves treatment being accorded to Gary Thorne by the media, and I have to believe this is a case of sportswriters protecting their own. Journalistically, what Thorne said was an outrageous breach of ethics. He essentially accused Schilling and the Rad Sox organization of defrauding the public based on a vague memory of what a player said over a year ago. That’s not evidence, even in the loose standards of sports journalism. He hadn’t checked with Schilling, or the Sox medical staff, or anyone else. If he was going to make an announcement that Schilling was a fake on a broadcast, he had an absolute obligation to check his facts, and his logic as well. The fakery claim didn’t make any sense. Sutured flesh bleeds. If there’s a sock over it, the sock gets bloody. We saw the blood stain on the World Series sock; did Thorne think that the team would do this twice? And give a fake sock to the Hall of Fame? Did he think the first sock was a fake, but the ankle really bled a week later? Did he think at all? His explanation yesterday was jaw-dropping. He didn’t think it was a big deal to get on the air and announce that a man, athlete and public figure who takes pride in his integrity lied? Thorne is an idiot, but worse than that, he’s an irresponsible and unethical journalist. All over the Internet are wise-guy bloggers writing that Curt Schilling is a liar, because Thorne gave them what they were looking for to smear him. The story will always be shadowed by his remarks in baseball history book. Schilling has every right to be furious, and Boston scribes should be furious too.

    I hate to say it, but I think the brush-off this story is getting from the media—ESPN has simply been joking about it—springs from the irrational dislike of Schilling himself, who has the effrontery to be articulate, outspoken, and worst of all, a political conservative, Thorne deserves to be condemned in the strongest terms.


    Jack Marshall
    President, ProEthics
    Alexandria, VA.

  152. April 27, 2007 9:49 am


    As a member of the media I can personally tell you that not ALL of us spend our time making up lies to sell papers or come up with stories. I agree with many of your comments about the “media” in general, but not all of us are like that. Yes, we (the media) are all human and sometimes make mistakes. I also agree that a story on the soldier serving our country would have made for a much better page one story, but you and I are not the ones making the call there. Working for a small town community newspaper here in Marlin, Texas, we try to focus on good things going on in this world of ours, though the negatives are sometimes impossible to ignore as a journalist. Some of my work can be viewed through my blog site ( Here’s the thing, Curt. We are all sometimes victims of lies and false information – it’s how we handle ourselves in these situations that make us into who we are and the leaders we one day become. You stated earlier that you have sometimes been slammed by the media with your choice to make comments about your faith in God — as a columnist and writer who has proclaimed my faith in stories before, I can also tell you that I was ridiculed by the PUBLIC for my views and comments. It goes both ways, Curt. But I respect you and believe you. And if your teammates believe you and you know it’s true, it’s like you said — that’s all that really matters, right?

    – Denton Ramsey

  153. joepete permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:52 am

    Does it matter? There’s people who believe we never landed on the moon, and there are those who will doubt what they saw in the fall of 2004. Pity is probably more appropriate than anger.

    There is no doubt that Curt Schilling had his ankle cut open and basically duct-taped together so that he could pitch in those postseason games — unless the conspiracists theorize that Schilling also decided to forego much of the 2005 season and pitch like crap (Sorry Curt, but I think you would agree that 2005 was not your best).

    But Curt, you miss something about the media. Being a former journalist, the analogy often used for journalism as a career is, ironically, professional baseball; for every reporter that “makes it” on major city daily or national magazine, there are thousands who don’t — just like for every big league player there hundreds behind him in in the minors and semi-pro leagues. The difference is baseball is at least a meritocracy. Journalism is more about having been in the right place, at the right time, with the right publication. There are far more responsible journalists than irresponsible ones, and their gig isn’t so nice. Responsible journalism pays pretty bad, but those who stick with it, do it because they believe, as did our Founding Fathers, is that an informed society is the only path to a truly free one.

    Of course broadcast media has added another dimension where looks and voice trump training, experience and professionalism. There is something wrong when the course of study for broadcast “journalists” involve acting classes more than any study in publishing law or ethics. These talking heads literally drown out the good reporting. At best they just steal, nowadays openly, someone else’s hardwork when news truly hits.

    Ultimately the issue of accountability falls on us, the public. If we want celebrity news delivered to us by people with perfect hair then we have no more hope of survival than a bloody Red Sox sock in a Yankees locker room.

    I’ve adopted a theory and works well both for voting for politicians and getting my news, and Curt you should appreciate this, always trust the guy with bad hair.


  154. niclake permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:55 am

    You know, I really hope that they do a test. They’ve been spouting rubbish for a few days now, so why not end it once and for all?

    It’d be simpler than a DNA test. Take a painter that lives near Cooperstown and let him examine the sock. Guaranteed he can tell you within 5 seconds whether it’s blood or paint. They have quite different consistencies.

    And the move to donate the $1 mil to the charities… Amen.

    See, this is exactly why if I get into journalism, all I’m doing is taking photographs of sporting events. You don’t get into as much trouble that way… you may occasionally catch a player in the middle of an obscenity, or view a slice of Wrigley Field pizza tumbling through the air on course for that foul ball catching attemptee. But this way, are you blamed for spreading stories about people? Not likely.

    Yet in the midst of all this, you are all holding strong, and winning your games. Doesn’t seem like there’s anything else to really do at this point.

    BTW… as someone pointed out above, the Around the Horn people believed and supported you (Woody, Jay, Plaschke, and someone else, I don’t recall whom), but it was the gentlemen from PTI that doubted you.

    Keep on truckin’, Curt.

  155. yuckster permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:56 am

    What a privilege to have a man of your ability and character (surprise – they often go together!) as a pitcher on my/our favorite team!
    Most of the (relatively intelligent) RedSox fans dismiss 85% of the news media noise anyway . . . It’s their job to sell papers and compete for eyeballs/ears — relevancy & truth are optional.
    I do like Phil Mushnick in the Ny Post – he rips ESPN.

  156. pknyc permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:57 am

    I’ve got an idea to put this to rest once and for all: let’s have a $1,000,000 pledge drive to take the other side of Kurt’s bet. I think it’s a great charity, and I’d love to put this whole thing to rest once and for all.

    I would pledge $10,000 to get it going – anyone here know how to organize this?

  157. fromthestretch permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:59 am

    If i had an extra million dollars laying around, I would take you up on that offer.

    I would do it only to prove you right, and to support a good cause while doing it.

    Keep up the good work Schill!

  158. knucklebat permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:59 am


    Thanks for impressing us with your social skills. You definitely demonstrated a true classy response by taking the high road.

    Now we all know that people with good social skill should be referring to socially inept people as self-aggrandizing jackasses.

    And now we know what “pot calling the kettle black” means.

    Thanks so much.


    P.S. 12-year-old girls are typically more socially mature than 12-year-old boys. I know you wrote this on purpose to see if we were paying attention to what you said. Thanks for demonstrating how to be a sexist so we can also avoid that in the future.

  159. rivera42 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:00 am

    I’ve always respected the line of work of guys like you. Have followed you since your phily days and think you are one of the workhorses in the majors.

    I am a yankee fan and think that on your sock was blood, I watched that game 6 and the first shot they showed on camera was red then it got kind of brown as the game progressed. You simply shut down the yankees lineup that night there is no other way to put it. You came out with a mission after the loss in game one.

    To me this story is a joke and I believe it was blood.

  160. 174spurwink permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:00 am

    How soon some of these boso’s forget Curt! In 2004 we all would have given anything for the Sox to beat the Yankees and and win the series, and YOU did that for us! You put your career in doubt to win for Boston. No one else would have done that. The people that leave negative comments are not Sox fans, but posers that think they know something. I am sure most never competed beyond little league. You will always be a hero in this town, and deservedly so. If 1/4 of athletes cared about the game and the sox the way you do, it would be amazing. You are a true role model for my son, and keep fighting the good fight! You are still the ACE, and the sox need you. Have a great year, and I hope you retire a Red Sox.

  161. ewhalle1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:01 am

    Curt, I don’t even feel like I should say I believe you because it almost gives the story more power to acknowledge that I would have to specify that. But I saw the sock on the night of the World Series, and I saw the sock last year in Cooperstown. The sock has changed color…paint doesn’t change color as dramatically. The sock is disgusting. It’s crusty, and brown, and looks exactly like 2+ year old blood. I tell any haters to go see the sock. It’s pretty gross, and it’s also blood.

  162. calsgal permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:02 am

    Curt, while I do think you sometimes run your mouth too much, and your religiousity makes me uncomfortable, I have NO DOUBT that you are and were telling the truth, that it was real blood, and that Thorne is a schmuck (and not a Peter Schmuck, who is, after all a decent journalist).

    Glad you set it all out, and I love your challenge. That should shut them up.

    PS-jmichael, the O’s have a glorious, proud history and wonderful tradition. It’s only been under the reign of Peter the I-Think-Im-Great, that the organization has fallen apart. But never fear, they will be back, some day.

    Free the Orioles!

  163. April 27, 2007 10:03 am

    Oh please. Listen to all of you. Of course it’s real, and Curt, good for you for laying into the media. Your’e spot on. The rest of you must be Yankee fans.

  164. dontaylorjr permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:06 am

    Dear Curt, Red Sox Nation, & You Curious Readers:
    This is my 1st visit here as I’ve always been distracted w/ personal, family & everyday disruptions that I’ve always forgotten Curt’s blog URL. I’m simply blown away by the fact that Curt has taken a timeout from the “Business of Sport” to communicate w/the masses on a level we can all identify with, namely the net.
    I’ve always been impressed w/ the various ways he approaches this game of baseball, the notes he adds between innings, the honest answers to postgame interviewers. Honestly, I would tell 3/4 of the press.. their questions were not pertinent.
    Truthfully, I’d be more crude & really ask the press are they more interested in
    hearing their voices ‘on the air’ thus justifying their boss
    sending them to the game or are they just plain stupid. I mean, come on, ever really listen to some of that post game
    verbal diarrhea I hear on NESN. Which I must admit from the start, is my main info source here in So. Fl. I only listen to
    WEEI ( for laughs !) during vacation trips to Ct. & catch the Globe on the
    net. Neither source do I believe more than 1/2 of what they say &
    Back to Curt’s blog today about Gary ‘thorn-n-his-own-ass’s’
    comments–I’m glad you (Curt) said what you felt needed to

    be said ! Give ’em hell Curt ! You have every right to say
    what is on you mind as much as I do or any yankee fan, or
    other guy who may be suffering from the
    “penis-envy-complex” for that matter.
    Hey, let’s face facts here, there are always going to be
    people who can’t tell their bosses, their wives, their girlfriends
    or even their Moms where the hell to go–so they’ll take a few
    minutes, create an alter-ego name, log on here and lambaste
    you, me or anyone else. I’m just glad that Curt has MADE the
    time to show a more human side to the professional baseball
    player other than puttin’ in his time & collecting his check. Giving praise to the Lord, especially after each day’s
    current events (i.e. V-Tech), seem to give satan more press,
    is more than noble. Since it is what you feel–do it and never
    hold back nor be ashamed (not that i would ever think you are). Those who take offence—hey,
    there’s your mouse, you have the freedom to “click & go.”
    In the meantime, I’ll read on & see what else is offered on
    this blog, in between doing my daily chores.
    Oh yes, 1 more very important thing, in between my many
    aches & pains . . . I’ll thank God I have legs & I can WALK.
    Where that Vet who threw out the 1st ball in Balt. can’t.
    I’ll thank God I can and WILL do something today to make
    someone laugh & smile today.
    I will say a little prayer and hope someone else out there in
    cyberland–passes a good deed forward. Thanks for reading me.
    Give ’em Hell Curt ! Go Sox !

  165. law1599 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:06 am

    abqjohn..not nice

  166. thedoctorx permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:07 am

    Will add to the trolls whining that Curt commented, these same pathetics would howl if he did not as “proof” that there was something to this stupidity.

    I wish to thank abqjohn for confirming my Atheism with the ludicrous belief that anything holy exists in the Yankees dugout. . . .


  167. lhop54 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:08 am

    I knew how much attention to pay the remark as soon as he said that Lester was doing a great job, tearing up AAA. Given the fact the Jon had not yet (and due to rain outs, still hasn’t) thrown a pitch at the AAA level in his rehab………

  168. rsf4l permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:09 am

    Curt…..You Rock and we would never had won the WS in 04 without you!! I have been a Red Sox Fan my entire life and because of your courage and determination….we finally got the WS that we waited 86 years for. You are are nothing short of a World Series Hero and I hope the Sox give you a new contract for 08 and beyond.

    You look great this year!

    GO SOX! : )

  169. jdobson38 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:09 am

    Good job! the media is out of control… it is so refreshing to hear things directly from an athlete instead of it being manipulated by the press. thanks for doing this site! Great idea.

  170. tdog8 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:10 am

    I feel it is just a shame that the whole “misunderstanding” put a shadow over the performance that night and the performance of the team right now.
    Good luck to the entire team this weekend!!!

  171. April 27, 2007 10:14 am

    wow I bet all the negative comments on here are from boston sports media people who wont use there real names……….. sad. Kinda like a hit and run (in web terms)

    Thanks for the blog. I know i say it all the time.

    Kick ass going forward, winning shuts up the media.


  172. dori317 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:15 am

    It is amazing how small minds spend so much time on the most ridiculous things. Quite frankly I really don’t care how we won…I will never forget THAT we won. To even imagine that it was anything but blood is nothing short of incredibly stupid on anyones part. What would have been the point? Kevin Millar said it well with his sock last night….just laughable.

    I will say it made for a very entertaining radio day. All the numbskulls were out to put in their two cents. Feeling bad for Doug…He strikes me as a person who would always stand by a teammate not throw them under the bus to the media.

    And, lastly why is it so uncool to have faith these days? And, to thank God for the gifts he gives us. I think its easy to tell the difference between the person who truly believes and lives a life that justifies that faith, and the person who stands on the stage to accept an award and thanks the Good Lord with all that drama. You fit in the first category…and you’re not a bad pitcher to boot. Give Dougie a pat on the back from one member of the Nation and tell him to put it down to stupid people with nothing else to do but cause trouble.

  173. April 27, 2007 10:15 am

    It’s bizarre how ESPN is simultaneously omnipresent, and irrelevant. They have hardly anyone on that network who knows anything about sports. It’s all Entertainment Tonight-esque speculating, with little or no connection to reality– and almost no actual reporting.

    Everyone knew that this was total BS– why would Mirabelli give this “scoop” to the Orioles’ announcer? Why would Schilling take the time to paint stuff on his sock?

    Thorne comes off as a smug ignoramus– too bad, ’cause I too always thought of him as a superb hockey announcer.

    Really, it’s just not even worth anyone’s time… so it’s all over ESPN all the friggin’ time. A 5-win starter and a grand slam off a very good closer in the 8th– who the hell wants to talk about that?

    Curt writes about the media: “Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to.”

    Absolutely true– consider the reporting in the run-up to the Iraq War. There was just a documentary about this, viewable here:

    People like Curt, and me, who supported the war, should all watch this documentary to see how poorly we were served by our media (to say nothing of our government).

  174. dukefrukem permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:16 am

    wow theofrombrookline

    how dare you. how can you sit there and try and denounce everything Curt has done off the field and then say he should just shut up and play??? what have you done in your life to help others that is even a fraction of what Curt has done this year alone? Maybe you should think about yourself before trying to scold others.

  175. dukefrukem permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:20 am


    “What an idiot. It’s the exact kind of lowbrow response you’d expect from someone who calls themselves “schillsucks””

    I agree. Probably a Yankee fan grieving from being in last place in the AL east.

  176. April 27, 2007 10:22 am

    Curt–Before this whole thing, I’d asked you what you thought of Joe Torre saying he “didn’t know how hurt you really were” that night in ’04. You happened to not answer that one, but it’s even more relevant now. He never said the blood was fake, by he implied it by saying that, I think. I’d love to hear your take on that–whether you ever talked to Joe about it.

    Anyway, we bloggers were behind you from the moment the words came from Thorne’s mouth. I immediately posted a pic of the sock that I took myself at the Hall of Fame, and then put up the video of what Thorne said, while Joy of Sox immediately emailed the Boston press to let them know what was said, providing a transcript of it, and essentialy “breaking” the story. I love how we beat the media to this, and then combine that with the fact that you do this blog, and are able to tell your side of it–well, it shows that in this generation, we don’t need the media.

    Everyone in the media was saying yesterday how they “woke up this morning” to hear the news, while the bloggers had been on it for 12 hours at that point!

  177. chowdahead permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:24 am

    First of all, I think the most disappointing aspect of this ridiculous blunder by Thorne is that people were talking about the bloody sock supposed controversy instead of the great performance you had on the mound. If you are a true student of the game of baseball, then that was the real story…

    With that being said, I remember that 2004 bunch. From what I hear, it was a fun clubhouse. Very entertaining. Alot of jokers and pranksters. It wouldn’t surprise me if some of your teammates would jokingly say something to the effect that the blood wasn’t real. Maybe Thorne heard something like that and took it the wrong way and decided to run with it. Huge mistake.

  178. piper77 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:25 am

    I’m with Curt. The stain on the sock shouldn’t have been in question, and I not knowing the parties involved personally knew that it was only a ruse.

    With the way the O’s always losing to the Sox recently, doesn’t surprise that Mr. Thorne would say something like that. I’m a Red Sox fan, but live in the MASN viewing area, and can sometimes hear the frustation of the play-by-play guys on there when things go wrong especially during the latter half of the season.

  179. cursedtofirst permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:28 am

    let’s say, in a sad day for baseball and people with brains everywhere, they actually do test the sock, and prove with 99.9999% accuracy that it is in fact stained with human blood, and, with a similar degree of certainty, that the blood belongs to curt schilling, pitcher, boston red sox. the same morons who’ve made an issue of this will then just say he cut himself and painted the blood on deliberately. if there were some way to conclusively refute *that* you could always fall back on the idea that the HoF doesn’t want to “ruin the story” either. it’s a conspiracy theory. conspiracy theories by their nature are fairly indestructible and no amount of totally insulting investigations of curt and what he did are going to change this one.

    i really hope this is the last we hear about this. it’s sad how many people–fans and writers both–are just so desperate to take something away from someone else, whether it’s an accomplishment like game 6 was for curt or enjoyment of that accomplishment for the fans. people are dying to kick over that sand castle, plain and simple. sock-testing, refutations, and arguments in response just play into their hands.

    i hope this is the last time you have to repeat yourself on this subject, curt, and i hope it’s the last we hear of it, unless it’s on espn classic.

  180. April 27, 2007 10:30 am

    Great piece curt
    i thought this was rediculous when i first heard it and am still pissed gary thorne did’nt directly appologize to you. All it takes is one story to ruin or batter a persons image or lively hood and even after that story is proven false you still have the people that still believe in the “conspiracy”. There should be more acountability in the media to make sure what they say is truthworthy. I can’t remember someone that has taken more shots from the media like you do why is that because your strong wiled and speak your mind ? We know it’s blood we watched the games and it was incredible you say it was awesome for the players and it was just as awesome for the red sox fans worldwide to win it all. It’s a shame that a dumb comment on national t.v. by a hockey announcer doing baseball games can taint a great tough gutty strap it on moment for the team. You deserve an appology from Thorne
    for this incident that you never deserved. Keep kickin butt on the field!!!

  181. redpainterman permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:30 am

    C’mon Curt! Don’t you remember me!? You know, October ’04. You called me up and asked me to do the paint job, told me to bring a can of bright red Glidden or Behr with small red paintbrush. I thought I did some good work that day!! Mirabelli was there, witnessed the whole thing. Told me how Wake throws the knucker. Thorne was there, too. And the Easter Bunny as well.

    I can be at varying times both silly and serious. Silliness manifested itself in the above little paragraph. Seriously, though, good job. Yeah, you like to express yourself, but I generally find myself agreeing with you, not that I’ve read/heard everything. God, family, veterans, baseball…it is all good and Americana. Keep it up, and good luck!

    p.s. I also appreciate your understanding of health issues. Despite some debilitating health issues at times, which drive me nuts, I get out there and run most days, ran a marathon in a pretty good time. I love the stories of overcoming adversity. Part of life, and some have more adversity than others. Regards…

  182. kmorin54 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:33 am


    I hope this whole thing is over, because as you said there are more important things for the media to focus on. I can’t believe that people would actually try to discredit what you did in 2004, putting your career on the line and all to bring a World Championship to the Sox.

    I’m glad we get to hear from you directly from your blog and hopefully this will put an end to this. Because either way, you pitched great in Game 6 of the ALCS and the WOrld Series.

    So, thanks for posting this. Good luck next start.

  183. jamberry permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:34 am

    I didn’t doubt the sock for a second, Curt. Moreover, I have a photo of that sock (along with other Sox and Pats photos, calendars, etc) in the exam rooms I use in my medical practice! I love to chat sports with the older patients, and the photos are a great ice-breaker when meeting new patients… anyway, I have seen lots of blood and the look of it is difficult, if not near impossible, to replicate with paint.

  184. benjune permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:36 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I don’t want to come across as just another “shill” for the Schill (sorry, couldn’t resist), but I’m with you here 150%. A Season ticket holder, and fan since birth (I remember asking my parents in the early 80s if I could stay up until 830 so that I could catch the first few innings of the Sox games when I Was a tike), I have been incredibly impressed with your intestinal fortitude, class, and competitiveness since you arrived. For God’s sake, you risked your career to get us a Series! Exploratory surgery??? If you decided you DIDNT want the exploratory surgery in 04, who would have blamed you?

    This seems like jealousy and a media that continues to contrive stories when there aren’t any out there. I like to call it the over-saturation of Sports Media that has been the case since the late 1990s. So much media, without the compelling stories to match the media outlets, equals (at least the vain attempt) at “stories” that will get rub. Sad, sad state of affairs in journalism these days.

    Nevertheless Mr. Schilling, your competitiveness and fire in the belly are inspirational. I hope this is just another thing in your life that pisses you off and makes you that much better as a competitor and a person. Look out Yanks on Sunday… the Schill isn’t happy!

    Thanks for everything Curt. You made being a fan for all these years worth it, and you continue to do that.

    Much respect. Don’t let the Bastards get you down.


  185. wallyvideo permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:37 am

    Hi Curt, Just hope your challenge of $1 million dollars puts to rest one of the gutsiest sports momments in history. New here to your website and loving it. As a teacher at a local special needs school, I was just wondering if you make appearences to talk to the students about overcoming major challenges in their lives. Keep up the great work…Go Sox..I know will be tough for you having to watch from the dugout this weekend….

  186. jobddt permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:38 am


    Exactly WHAT paper does Gary Throne write for?

  187. listentobrian permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:39 am

    Here, here, Curt. Wish you were back here in Philly. Sorry this had to happen to you. Also, I didn’t see God pitch game 6. I saw you. I saw you and your teammates win that game and to cite a celestial superpower takes away from all of your efforts. Don’t ever feel like you have to believe in Santa Clause just so Christmas will come.

    Oh, and one more thing. F*%$ the Yanks! They blow.

  188. xxstephaniexx permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:40 am

    I don’t even know why this came out 3 years later. It just seems so asinine. And, even more so, I don’t understand why it’s caused so much IRE from people who don’t like Schill, the Sox, or both.

    For those who are angry that Schill even responded, I might mention, this is his blog. He can write whatever he wants. If he feels like going off on a tirade about the press (many of whom called him egotistical yesterday), so be it. Heck, I’ll read it if he goes off on a tirade about dandelions on his lawn.

    It’s the internet, kids. GYOB and start complaining. Freedom of speech and all of that. Due to the fact that the press as a whole is allowed to write/say what they want (unless the FCC steps in to censor), the rest of us minions are allowed to do so as well. I.E. – you may complain, but that doesn’t mean Schill has to stop writing because YOU think he should.

  189. jobddt permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:41 am



    Christ some of you people can be stupid. “Report on the game and leave all the B.S. out of the newspapers.”

    Incase you didn’t notice, pretty much every “newspaper” agreed with Schilling. Throne made his comment as a Play-By-Play and Color guy in a BROADCAST which isn’t PRINT MEDIA.

    Man, it is SOOOOOO easy to rip the media, isn’t it?

  190. redsoxbaby22 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:43 am

    i hope someone will take you up on the bet, seriously i just wish they would put this in the past. it was blood, get over it people.




  191. lifelongnyfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:46 am

    Dear Mr. Schilling (Bionic Man):

    Cheers to you!

    I have never observed such a graceful, selfless, noble, gallant and pious endeavour, such as the dynamic pitching in Game 6 by you. Wow! What an incredible game. Sox – Yankee games are emotional for both sides always, long history there as you are very well aware. Good Show you blew me away!

    I have no doubt that you sacrificed blood for that win.

    As for the media. It’s really quite disgusting to trivialize the sacrifices that you made that day. Its sickening to see all these wanna be media journalists and foul broadcasters decry your own ethics when they themselves have no idea what that word ethics mean. I don’t even pay attention to the sports media anymore, and for that matter I don’t even pay attention to most media. In fact, opinionated moron claptrap is now seeping into sports broadcasting. I mean, cant they just call the plays like a good broadcaster used to do. Example: Tim McCarver spouts off on whats on his mind and misses calling the plays time after time. Who cares what he thinks, I’m trying to watch the game for petes sake.

    I must tell you, whenever I watch games on the tube, I turn the volume off.

    You’re too good of a guy to let these morons and half-wits bring you down.

    What you demonstrated that night was pure toughness, moxy, grit, metal, stone and unwavering faith. And you continue to demonstrate these qualities.

    Even a Yankee fan, like myself, could not deny your superior performance and after that game in 2004, I am a Curt Schilling fan.

    Go Curt! And G-d bless you and the ones you love.

    P.S. I traded my Mariano Rivera rookie cards for yours

    P.S. P.S. Someone should sue Thorne for defamation of character

  192. everettwolf permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:48 am

    Interestingly, one of the best newspaper articles in support of Curt appeared the day after the “incident” and by none other that Jay Mariotti of the Sun-Times, who is getting lambasted in this blog:

    Schilling pain becomes true feel-good story
    Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 25, 2004 by Jay Mariotti

    BOSTON — How dare they say the Red Sock is a result of ketchup, dye, paint or some other device from Curt Schilling’s self- promotional handbook. It’s a messy splotch of blood, which is so much thicker than malicious criticism, and it oozed again Sunday night out of a dislocated right ankle tendon held together by stitches, guts and an extreme tolerance for pain.

    Cynics be damned, nothing is phony about what we’re watching here. There were plenty of actors in Fenway Park, including Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon in the Green Monster seats and Ben Affleck with girlfriend Jennifer Garner in Bud Selig’s box seats. But to see Schilling wincing and praying in the Red Sox dugout, barely able to watch Game 2 of the World Series before gingerly walking out for another inning, is to watch the real human drama of a man sacrificing his body and maybe the longevity of his career.

    Shame on those who doubt and mock him. Kudos to those who admire him for his quick-fix stitching. For this is a profile in courage.

    [article continues]

  193. bowsprit49 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:48 am

    I don’t care if it was blood or fruit juice, the fact that Schilling had the procedure done and then went out and pitched reveals the type of competitor he is. Let’s drop this issue and get to 2007.

  194. frankj1982 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:50 am

    I have the sinking feeling that there is no way you read these! Nor do I blame you. Thanks for 2004, thanks for 05 06 and in advance for 07. Please continue to play as hard as you do, win games for the Red Sox Nation, and just remember that RSN would never doubt what you did for us, would probably shed each other’s blood fighting over ownership of the bloody sock, and are (hopefully) the reason that you would play so hard that you bled for a win.

    Also, I may post this frequently. I hope so much that the you and the Sox work out a deal so that you can finish your career at Fenway. But if for some reason it doesn’t work out, PLEASE don’t go to the Yanks. Damon did so much for us and is a great guy, but what he did really spit in our faces. There is always the comment, “no one would turn down all that money to stay in Boston”. Whoever could say that has never met a Bostonian. I also know there is alot of talk that the Sox and the Yanks don’t hate each other. Well, GOOD! You’re not supposed to. You are the players, you’re business associates. Most of you didn’t grow up in New York or Boston, probably were never Sox or Yanks fans, and maybe don’t understand our hometown pride. Boston is the greatest town on earth and New York will always be our rival. It’s fun for us and it lets us contrast our hometown pride against theirs. So please…no pinstripes!

  195. play4munny permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:51 am

    and the winner is……Curt’s blog by a TKO. Great job keeping away from the mo-rons.

  196. jazztafari permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:53 am

    you were so much cooler on the phillies

  197. rubbersuitman permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:53 am

    Hey Curt. It was interesting to listen to some of the idiots that agreed with Throrne. Also interesting was the almost 100% support you got about this idiotic comment on EEI yesterday. I call it the “new Shroud of Turin”.

    The whole thing is rediculous. Yes, Schill is a bit of a media hound, but you are a guy who is not only outspoken, but in general a class act. I don’t see you doing something like this. Also, we all know your pre-games rituals, and I don’t see you breaking them to doctor a sock.

    Also, why would Thorne wait two years to spout this off? Also, we all know Mirrabelli is a bit of a jokester, and it would not shock me if he was making a joke or razzing you and it was overheard out of context.

    Schill, we love you here in New England (most of us), and although I often disagree with your political opinions, you are still a hero to this 35 year old pitcher who blew out his arm in high school, ruining any chance he had for a MLB career.

    Keep it up!

  198. jimmykc permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:56 am

    I am amazed at the number of people who make negative posts on this blog. It actually makes the site more interesting to read. And since it is Curt’s blog I find it hard to understand why anyone objects to him defending his integrity when it is questioned. To me, silence would tend to imply that there might be an iota of truth to the preposterous allegations. And I would bet that Curt agrees there are plenty of ethical and underpaid sports journalists out there too. Let’s all put this past us now and get back to baseball.

  199. maineski permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:06 am

    I applaud your efforts to keep the media honest. I couldn’t agree more that they do not hold themselves accountable. I would be fired from my job if I didn’t perform it with honesty and would not succeed without integrity.
    No one I know doubted the legitimacy of your sock for one second. It’s laughable that someone would suggest it as fact. Gary Thorne obviously doesn’t have the capacity to reason or view something logically. And he is a voice to the masses. Too bad…for us fans. Thanks Curt. This blog is the first step to turn the tide on media members who invent stories.

  200. shinryu permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:06 am



  201. dukefrukem permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:09 am

    hey Curt,

    what sever are you on for Everquest?

  202. rusrockt10 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:10 am

    A nice reply from Curt. I’m far from Curt’s biggest fan (being a Yankee fan and a Democrat) but for anyone to question whether it was blood or not is ridiculous. Nice to see Curt offer people to put their money where their mouth is. That being said, I do think Thorne honestly believed that Mirabelli said that. I fault the rest of the media for making such a huge deal out of Thorne’s comments. He’s a fine announcer (as Curt said, especially at hockey).

    And I must add, off topic, I hate Curt’s blog since it made me do an about face about Mr. Schilling! I used to loathe him, again mostly due to his work in beating the Yanks, yada, yada, yada. But after reading several entry’s here, Curt seems like a dude I’d enjoy having a beer with while talking baseball (or MMORPG’s).

  203. medfieldtom permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:11 am

    Gary Thorne is a laywer and a former DA. He should know better.

  204. April 27, 2007 11:11 am


    I feel bad for Gary Throne and I’m sure it was an embarrassment to have attention brought onto him for a comment you made during a slow point of the game; however, he was a little silly in saying what he did.

    Throne, as a long time commentator should have known better, especially the importance of the ‘sock’ to Red Sox Nation.

    Good for you for standing up to all of this. I am no Red Sox fan, but the simple question is why would anyone think you made this up?

    Also got a few pics of you chatting it up with Millar, Francona, and Mirabelli in Baltimore yesterday…

    – Anthony
    The Oriole Post

  205. johnlimberakis permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:15 am

    Just wow. Cannot believe people are surprised.

    Why would the media fabricate a story?

    This should be very clear by now:
    Media is a business.

    11 corporations own 90% of the media in this country.

    The answer is simple. Read the print media… AP, Reuters. That’s it. If you are susceptible to fraudulent hype and spin just get the facts and draw conclusions for yourself.
    If you are an intelligent person, who knows why people act as they do, then you can read whatever you want, identify the bias, and then draw your own conclusions.

    When asking why something happened the first thing you need to do is identify who is going to gain from it.
    Why would the media fabricate this story? – It is interesting and will get people to go to their websites, see the advertisements, and hopefully make them watch more – then continue to use shock and awe, hype and spin, bias and controvercy and so on and so forth to make people addicted.

    Normal, regular, peaceful discussion died with Socrates.

    Fear, hype, marketing, spin and gross excess- those are the consequences of the media (not just sports).

  206. nova35 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:17 am


    New to all this. I just go so mad yesterday with all this that I searched out this website. I just don’t understand all this. First of all why would they even think you would do something like this. It just wouldn’t make sense, especially now that there IS such a thing as DNA testing (which I believe is also stupid to even think of doing). Second, why would Dr. Morgan risk his practice and reputation on something like this. His word is also being questioned along with yours Curt. I also agree with you about the media. They all believe they can say and right whatever they want these days. And they most certainly hate the fact that you have this website. Even when Doug came out yesterday, they kept saying things like, “I think what he meant to say was” NO, he said what HE said not what you think he meant. I really can’t stand when they do that. Anyone that knows me knows that I am the biggest “HOMER” when it comes to the Sox (and I really don’t care), I just know that to make that whole ALCS series appear to be some kind of hoax or try to put a cloud over what you did.

    Please know that I think what you did in both those games was truly couragous. I sat there in awe. Keep doing what you do. You, Dr. Morgan and God know the truth (and me too!!). Like you, I don’t care what anyone thinks. I think people were so pissed off that the Yankees lost, that they can’t get over the fact that the Sox won. Oh well, get over it.

    I sure hope you stay in Boston Curt. See you at the ball park. (Boys are letting me go to next game with them. I bought 5 tickets.) Sure am looking foward to it.

    Thanks for reading.

  207. rhinojonson permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:19 am

    You are an honest, courageous, courteous, giving individual and an incredible athlete as well. You have proven yourself as a pitcher and a humanitarian. There is nothing anybody can say to discredit what you have done for your team, your fans and all of the people you have helped throughout the course of your career. You are the type of person that children should look up to as a hero regardless of what others may say.

  208. soxfan4live permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:19 am

    Wah, Wah, Wah, Wah Curt. What tells it tell you about yourself that people would even question the “blood” being legit. Maybe it says more about you and less about the media. Take some time to think about that. One more thing, i would say being a baseball player is a pretty good “gig”. Getting paid millions and millions of dollars to play a kid’s game as an overweight pitcher.

  209. aaubrey10 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:21 am

    Curt Gary Thorne has nothing to do but comment on hockey games, he doesn’t know dittly squat. As for this weekend i am excited to see how Dice K come back espcially in the Bronx.

    I love the way Josh Beckett is pitching, he has made a world of a difference and really is a backbone of the pitching staff. Remy was saying how he has changed a wind up and how he has changed as a pitcher and how hard it is to do, I am glad Josh just said hey i won 15 or 16 games I don’t need to change. But the change was for the better.

    Good luck in the bronx.

  210. dcdds9 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:21 am

    The hell with the media Curt. You have millions of fans, like me, who appreciate what you have done in a Sox uniform and we never would have brought home the championship without you!

    Stay strong!!!!

  211. glorydays permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:22 am


    Thanks for responding appropriately to this ridiculous story. It is hard to believe the legs that this story had – especially when someone rationally takes a look at the facts and realizes how ridiculous this was.

    I respect the references to your faith that night – I am not at the same point you are with respect to faith and religion, but respect your openness about it. You should never have to apologize for making that a visible part of your life.

    One comment about the CHB – I was a previous fan of his but no longer. The funny thing about him is he actually DOES have talent. He used to write funny, imaginative columns but something happened 5 or so years ago. He began writing self serving belittling articles that are so hard to read now because he continues to recycle the same garbage time and time again and contributes very little insight or informative information. It is unfortunate that this talent is being wasted. However, there are some really good and respectable writers that cover your team.

  212. megansoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:22 am


    Good job on your blog enabling you to keep the truth between you and the fans. We can be fickle, but we’re loyal and on your side.

    It’s unfortunate that telling the truth with conviction and force has a negative connotation. As women we’re labeled B****, and you know how you’re labeled.

    Weather fans agree with what you say or not, THANKS for the example of cutting the media out, and telling the truth. I hope others follow your example!


  213. April 27, 2007 11:25 am


    Thanks for taking the time to beat up the media as they often deserve it. Their self serving is loathsome.. And when you call them on it.. they hide.

    It would be nice to see more of them get fired, fined or suspended for such crap.

    I love when you set things straight on D&C too..
    Thanks Again,

  214. burntwood permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:25 am


    Please, sincerely, shut up, shut up, SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!

  215. goooooaaal permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:26 am

    Curt, you’re the man. In no particular order, Millar drawing that lead off walk against Rivera, Bellhorn’s three run opposite field shot to left off of Lieber, Tony Clark’s ground rule double to right (that stranded a runner on third who otherwise would have scored), Angels in an Orange County haze, D-Lowe, Big Papi, YOU, Manny, never being behind against the Cardinals, and countless other people and things about that magical 2004 run that will live in eternity. As for the current round of stupid hype surrounding the bloody sock, it will quickly disappear into the air like cow flatulance.

  216. nickynugz permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:31 am

    Hey Curt – Ill take that bet amigo…

    I’m a journalist for High Times magazine and Ill take your bet and have you send that donation to NORML. You and your Republican buddies can chuckle all you want then.

    As they say, the proof is in the pudding. And you pudding said:

    “I’m still convinced that the sock from game 6 of the ALCS is in someone that works in the Yankee clubhouse’s home.”

    Seems like you created a little back door with this line, huh? Just in case someone calls your bluff you have an exit to fall back on…? You may think you’re clever but I submit this – if you’re so confident, so sure and secure of with yourself, then why would you even address this issue??

    Why is it so important to Curt Schilling to have the world know he pitched with a bleeding foot? Do you really think this is an achievement? Do you really believe no other athlete in the history of sports has done way more than play with a little cut on their ankle?

    The proof is in the pudding. You wouldn’t be so upset or care at all if you had any real class or superhero skills. You’re a good pitcher looking for legendary status. It’s obvious by your reaction…

    So put your money on the table Mr. Schilling. I’m at 419 Park Ave in Manhattan and I’ll be in the press box in the Bronx all weekend. Come find me if you’re ready to support legalizing marijuana. You’re going to need it when the truth comes out.

    Nico Escondido

  217. April 27, 2007 11:32 am

    What an excellent post. A great point made, re: the veteran who threw out the first pitch. Only in baseball, alone among the major American sports, will you find this sentiment not only felt by the organizations and their players, but routinely acted upon. I’m proud to be a fan.

    As far as the gauntlet you threw down at the end, I had to laugh. I would love – love – to see some of these backstabbing put their money where their mouth is. It’s not impossible to think that some wealthy conspiracy theorist out there might have the courage of conviction to “risk” a charitable donation to prove the Evil Curt Schilling is a terrible, frightful fraud, right? Rosie? Donald? Anyone?

    The media should thank God every day for guys like Olney, Neyer, Stark, Gammons and the like, who bring class to an often classless profession.

  218. April 27, 2007 11:33 am

    Hey Curt …

    Good for you for (hopefully) finally putting this to rest. I totally agree this is so a non-story … ridiculous.

    That being said, I have to take exception to one point you make in your post here … the media is held accountable (at times) for what they say or write. Ron Borges of the Globe is serving a suspension for lifting and using unattributed info his writing.

    Then there’s Jason Blair at the NY Times … just saying.

    Oh yeah, and congrats to JB for win #5 … NICE!

  219. pj50 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:33 am

    I was shocked that a seasoned broadcaster would bring up a discussion that was at least two years old just to be filler during an inning. Why??
    Why are athletes required to be “professional” in their conduct, and yet time and time again we see the media acting like complete morons and non-professionals. They are quick to judge any athlete when they mess up and do something stupid, but what about accountability for them.

    I appreciate your honesty in your blog. There will be consequences for Thorne, whether we hear or see it is yet to be known.

  220. April 27, 2007 11:33 am

    Man. I gotta remember not to use “” in here.

    XML owns me, I guess.

  221. sbasil permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:36 am

    For those who want to hear what the media “professionals’ have to say, I’d ask what makes their opinion more educated than anyone else on this board?

    I think that’s one part of the problem in the media. They don’t know the intricasies of the game so they focus on the gossip mongering within the game. This is probably why folks like Peter Gammons come across so well. Peter, and a select few others, actually focus on the sport vs. making a name for themselves.

    I do think Gary Thorne was not trying to draw attention to himself. He simply didn’t do his homework and ask follow up questions or cross check. For something like this, why not go to the owner of the sock and ask for an opinion.

    As for my opinion on the sock, even if it wasn’t blood (I believe it was blood), I don’t think anyone was suggesting Schill was not pitching while working through some very difficult intense health issues. To imply that would be implying Schill tanked the 2005 season as well and that Dr. Morgan was guilty of malpractice, which is simply idiotic.

  222. April 27, 2007 11:36 am

    I agree. A blog is a great place to let the facts come to light, your facts, my facts on my own blog. Sometimes when that happens though the flames of controversy do get fanned, but in this case, I think this has all been squashed until the next time the media decides to start a fire.

    Thanks for the explanation.

  223. gunnerdoll permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:36 am

    Curt Schilling is an honorable man.More of you should learn form him what honesty and decency is all about.Curt,your are a great roll model.Thank you for being what you are.

  224. pemliza permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:37 am

    This whole situation has been sort of amazing over the last couple of days. To me, it’s incomprehensible that a person is allowed to make that kind of statement & call into question another’s integrity with no 2nd look into the situation, no reasearch, and no proof. You wonder if he even went to the HOF and looked at the sock before he spoke. He made a stupid, inaccurate comment & couldn’t even accept real reasponsibility when “apologizing”

    You responded very well to the allegations made. Regardless of those who feel you should not have responded or who feel that you are trying to play “victim” or continue the drama–you made the right decision to respond.

    It must have been an amazing & overwhelming scene to watch that brave, honorable veteran throw out the first pitch at the game. It would have been wonderful to be able to read of that, rather than to read of the ridiculousness that has been in the media the last couple of days.

    Thank you for your courage in standing up for your beliefs & your faith. No one ever questions any hitter who, after hitting a homerun, points to the sky, obviously giving credit for their ability. But when you voice your feelings & your faith in your Lord, it draws attention & apparent ire. That makes no sense. Kids need to have more positive role models. While you’re not perfect, you are a good role model for kids. You do your job, you put the team first, you have convictions & stand up for them.

    Great games against the O’s the last two days! You did great & it was awesome to watch Josh Beckett go to 5-0!! I’m a fan of his & am going to enjoy him having an amazing year!

    Keep up the good work & the winning as we head into the Bronx!

  225. jrockit permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:39 am

    It’s nice to get an honest first hand account vs. bilge from the press.

    I say that we need a National day of “No negative news”. See who can pony up to it among news outlets.

    Hope to meet you sometime.

    Take care,
    Joe Eckstein

  226. andiec2001 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:41 am

    You are a true champion and hero and inspiration to me and many others.

    Your work for ALS is so important, and everyone should realize how much of a difference you make bringing awareness to this devastating and often overlooked illness.

  227. butterknives19 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:41 am

    Curt, I echo nearly everything you said. You’re a respectful man and the Christian community has to appreciate how you have given the glory to the Lord through all of your triumphs. You’re a target, though, and you know that. The media can’t understand a Christian or his words. Rather, they ignore him or view his demeanor as pseudo-piety. When accusations and attacks move beyond ridiculous, it is often best to let it ride. Love ya Curt.

    P.S. Stay in Boston!

  228. cmhsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:41 am

    As a member of the (news, not sports) media I see Curt’s point. Many, not all, sports reporters, talk show hosts complain that athletes give them nothing but cliches (Ex. “I was just trying to drive the ball..” or “We’re just taking it one game at a time..”) BUT when they hear from a compelling athlete like Schilling who speaks his mind, many, not all reporters/hosts blast him/her for “talking too much”. Keep expressing your thoughts, Curt. Life is too short for cliches of any kind. Peace.

  229. ereader permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:41 am

    Hey Curt, I am a PhD and wanted to weigh in a bit on this matter. A test could easily be run on the actual sock you wore in the game; however, the chain of custody has been broken since the game was played so long ago, so that brings in another element of doubt as the actual evidence could’ve already been disposed of and replaced.

    One important note here to consider is that when blood dries on a white sock it turns brown.

    That said, your sock was clearly red for the duration of the game. So unless the wound continued to bleed during the game, which seems doubtful considering there are trainers in your team’s dugout, I think your story is on flimsy ground.

  230. mlm32 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:42 am

    No worries, anyone in their right mind knows the truth. The more important issue is that you guys are heading to the Bronx tonight. Get out there and kick some Yankee tail!

  231. yoursoxsmell permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:46 am

    Barry Bonds should be forever grateful to you for keeping him from being the biggest jerk in basball!

  232. kcb263 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:48 am

    Your reaction seems to be pretty harsh on Gary Thorne. Being a follower of the Lord, don’t you think that a little more forgiveness should be shown? Especially having admitting not personally knowing Thorne? Calling him an idiot and judging what his intentions were seems a little hypocritical.

    I love you what you do for charity, admire your passion for projects outside of baseball, applaud your openness to discuss God.. and love watching you pitch. But I DO think you are over-reacting here.


  233. theaveragewhiteguy permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:49 am


    You’re an ignorant chump. Let me first tell you that I could care less if your sock or your !@$#@#$ was bloody that night. The media hyped you up like you were a demigod. Since they own this story about you, let the media say what they will. If Thorne said it was ketchup, I would have shrugged it off.

    But since you desire the limelight to the point where you will validate the media’s immaturity, I can’t see how I should lay off either. You’re a self-indulgent, self-righteous, self-centered, prima donna. You had some good stuff in your early career (with Philly), but you’re about the most overrated figure in sports the last few years.

    Do I think you’re a hero for taking the mound with a bloody sock? Not a chance pal. You’re a fool for putting yourself at risk like that. Sure, I’m a Yankee fan, but I’m a baseball fan more, and your antics, and convoluted notions of self importance are deteriorating the game more and more. Your fucking sock is in Cooperstown. Do you believe that shit? A sock…

    I wish you’d take this blog down, stop using the media to your benefit, and either just shut up and pitch or retire already. You’re a joke.

    The Average White Guy

  234. ricefan permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:49 am

    If Game 6 had happened in 1994, none of this would be an issue, because there wouldn’t have been umpteen cameras all focusing on the sock. This whole thing is bizarre. It was a little blood on a sock. Thank goodness Kirk Gibson wasn’t bleeding in 88, or else we’d have to hear about how he was faking. With some things the media is like Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke — dig a hole, fill it up, dig a hole, fill it up. Build a story, tear it down.

  235. bittrman permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:50 am

    Hey Schill, I know you get worked up at ignorance, and perhaps if I were the target I would as well. These hacks will never measure up to ‘The Sprots Guy’, and we shouldn’t expect them to. In this climate and culture of ‘a-hole’ shows like ‘Around the Horn’…they’re all enamored with their own voice. As for the jack-holes posting antagonistic crap on here…It’ll just make it that much more pleasurable to win another SERIES. Keep up the good work…(and keep Julian away from Dice K, everytime NESN shows the dugout when neither is pitchiing, Tavares is chirping in his ear…not the influence we want)

  236. April 27, 2007 11:52 am

    The fact that the whole bloody sock thing is still being talked about after several years just shows you how awesome and gutty it was for you to undergo that procedure and then go out and pitch.

    Thorne said something very dumb. Whether that makes him a bad guy or not, among the likes of the loathsome CHB, I don’t know.

    I can see why you would be pissed off. I was pretty annoyed when I first read that story but now I wonder if it was just a case of plain stupidity. Sometimes you hit the send button and wish you could take it back 5 seconds later.

    But the bottom line is, as a professional he should have known better. Don’t know if he’s a bad guy but he definitely wins the tool of the week award.

    Moving on to the Yanks series…

  237. April 27, 2007 11:53 am

    Curt, Amen. Your response was great. The media made this a circus. And I just can’t get over Thorne’s interviews yesterday. He was so swarmy, trying to still cover his ass without apologizing for what he created. It shouldn’t suprise any of us though, that’s a lawyer for ya.

    Let’s play some Baseball!

  238. jmertz permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:59 am

    Curt – I think you’re a stand-up guy and would never make the sock bit up. I think I love you. Come to Cleveland next year!!!!

  239. bleachermadness permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:59 am

    “schillsucks” given your post, you sound about as smart as a piece of wood!

    get a life…

  240. tornados28 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:59 am

    I guess people find it hard to believe it was blood because they are so used to !$#!$!! pro baseball players always going on 3 weeks IR for an ingrown toe nail or straining their pinky finger or something.

    Even if it was blood, I bet Schilling is completely exagerating the pain.

  241. calapaicomedy permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:59 am

    Any starting pitcher with his own blog would seem to be a target for “Self Promotion” comments. HOWEVER, its also a well-known fact you have an attention to detail and had undergone a painful surgical procedure just hours before. So, if you were going to “stage” a bloody sock, I would think you would have used your own blood. If you’re having sutures through your ankle, then certainly you wouldn’t flinch from a slash to get some blood to smear on a sock, rather than some paint that would be instantly recognized as fake on the million or so HDTVs that were getting close-up shots of the sock.

    Hey, you also wrote “K ALS” on your shoes. Are they going to blame you for inventing the disease for publicity’s sake? Better watch out – Stephen Hawking got out of his wheelchair yesterday and is looking to kick some ass!

  242. April 27, 2007 12:00 pm

    Hey, Curt, I think it’s great that you get to set the record straight on your own blog.

    “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

    I still can’t understand why anyone would think for a second that you would have faked having blood seeping out of your ankle. Anyone who would even have such a thought rattling around in their brain, let alone utter it aloud, let alone utter it alould *while being broadcast to millions of listeners/watchers* should have their head checked.

    Keep pitching your ass off, dude.

  243. nhgaidin permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:01 pm

    Hey Curt – great game the other day.

    I just wanted to say something and ask a quick question.

    First off, when I heard the “scandal” about the “Red Sock” I laughed … hard. It really was just ludicris to think that someone thought it was staged, and that it would “come out” 2 years later. Like those short sighted idiots would have waited that long if there was really a hint of controversy. I hope you are at the point now that you too can laugh it off.

    Second, I think your belief and admiration for the Lord is wonderful. Personally, I am not religious, but I think everyone should find something to believe in, and not let anyone else’s “rolled eyes” and “smirks” put them off their true thoughts and feelings. Nor should they quiet themselves for similar reasons.

    Third, and quickly, What a feeling that must have been for Wily Mo last night!! I always feel bad for player that try so hard, and just seem to have bad luck, bad swings, or bad matchups too often. I was telling a friend the other day that I’d just love to sit by the dougout and cheer Wily, Dustin, Erik, Coco, Tavares etc. to the exclusion of the other guys (I didn’t include Alex because I think he knows what a tremendous asset he is to a club like Boston). Just to let them know that while many Boston fans are fickle, hate-mongering win freaks, there are a lot of us that love the sacrifices made and simply wish them a hot streak or two. Even if it comes when we’re already winning 12-2 or an otherwise “non-clutch” situation. 😉

    And the question I had was, after you had left, Hideki Okajima was pitching in the eighth inning, and I don’t remember what batter, but after the second pitch, a strike, the umpire said/did something (“pointing to his mouth”) and “awarded” the batter a ball? Did I miss something there? I’ve never seen that before, and didn’t know if I wasn’t paying attention, or if it was some kind of balk award with no one on base. If you could shed some light on that it would be great.

    Again, thanks for the time you invest here and for the game, and I wish you, your family, and the team all the best.


  244. tornados28 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:02 pm

    Uh, Kurt. How about DNA testing on the sock in Cooperstown? Duh. Instead of making some dumb 1 million dollar bet that you know probably could never be taken because the sock won’t be touched in Cooperstown. Duh.

  245. amr254 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:03 pm


    Always have been a big fan of yours since your days in Philly and if the bloody sock was fake may you win an Academy Award for your performance. That was one of the most intense baseball games I have ever watched and it’s amazing what one can accomplish having a strong mental accumen. I hope Mr. Thorne knows how many zeroes are in one million dollars.

    Good luck the rest of the season, and I’ll be rooting for you (except if your pitching against the Phils).

  246. pete1420 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:04 pm

    Curt….a member of the media here…but a much smaller scale. I like to confirm stories and rumors before I air them…if that’s kept me out of the big time, oh well. I can sleep nights and look my kids in the eye at night.
    Thorne never should have aired that and hopefully learns to confirm…though like it was said..he still found a way to brush it off.

    As a fan, I could see it in your eyes in the game against the Angels that you were hurt in ’04.

  247. cdb5 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:05 pm

    Curt –

    Move on Curt. Gary Thorne is a nobody and his word holds no weight. Was he in the locker room watching you get stitched up? I don’t think so.
    Take it too the Yanks this weekend! Good luck.
    I just linked you up to my site. Stop by and check it out.. Leave me a reply!


  248. phoog88 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:05 pm

    You shouldn’t be surprised with the useful idiots in our media. They assume every event is staged (like all of their stories by the likes of Dan Rather), and they dismiss people of faith as crazy. Don’t give any of those scumbags the time of day.

    I have the now famous photo of you standing on your obviosly sutured ankle kissing your cross before pitching against the Yankees in Game Six. It is a testament to your faith in God, your teamates, and yourself, along with your love for the great game of baseball. It reminds me to stay focused on the things in life that are important to me.

    The chattering skulls that make-up the media will never understand a life that requires authentic devotion to what is good in this world. Their business thrives on negativity, scandal, and slime. Maybe Manny has the right idea to shut them out of his life.

    Keep up the good work, and let’s win another championship.

  249. dsouz permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:06 pm


    You’re def on point. I enjoy your candor on the blog and on weei. Keep up the good work. You’re all class.


  250. mmleblanc permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:12 pm

    You know, Curt, the world doesn’t revolve around you.

    Not discounting what Thorne said. It certainly was stupid.

    However, I think the reporters at the Globe (full disclosure: I’m a reporter, too. I cover city government in Missouri) realized how dumb the statement was. By writing about it, I think it showed how careless Thorne was.

    Without the story, listeners in Baltimore would have been walking around thinking that it really was paint on your sock.

    I don’t think any of us Sox fans out there really thought it was paint. Gimme a break, that’s ridiculous.

    But give up on the media-bashing. You’re too good for that.

    And try to remember something: Without reporters, you’re just a guy who plays baseball. Without the dreaded “media,” you’re not a multi-millionaire with a huge fan base.

    Without them, there’s no publicity for your charities.

    The reporters are often the eyes and ears of the rabid Sox fan base. They’re the closest we’ll ever get to talking to people like you, who we watch on TV every day.

  251. azdirtclod permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:12 pm

    This defense was totally unnecessary and comes across pretty heavy. This non story had already run it’s course and was ready to fade. When Thorne said he misunderstood Mirabelli, then it was over. Sure, Thorne’s mea culpa was weak and virtually non existent. I am sure it will now have another day as Curt’s response plays out in the media. Seems more distracting to me…

    I like coming to this blog once per week to catch up on G38s performances, but Curt’s war with the media has gotten old. Then he assails numerous members of the media who had nothing to do with the story… Not good. Freedom is a good thing. If Curt wants to use this space to fight the media then that is his right. I just think it will make a MUCH less interesting read and will provide more distractions to the team.

    Your call Curt. We understand your situation. Give us credit whenever you can. Those who don’t know the corporate media are self serving whores have been in coma for the last 12 years. At some point ALL of our media started turning into the National Inquirer. (When did Fox “News” start?) Facts are scary to many people. Accountability is now known as “the blame game”. God help us.

  252. cubuffs permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:12 pm

    I was watching the game on MLB.TV with the Orioles broadcasters during the 5th inning on Wednesday, and I thought all his comments were totally uncalled for. Right before the bloody sock comment, he said that the Boston press hates Curt. I thought he was joking until he went on to say that Curt painted his sock during the 2004 playoffs. If you listened to Thorne during the 5th inning, you would see that the bloody sock comment was probably more of an anti-Schilling speech than a misunderstanding.

  253. rantrant permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:14 pm

    It seems everyone missed that Thorne prefaced his comments by saying “As we were saying the other night”, and I wonder how many other times he’s held forth unchallenged with his misconception. Other than having seen the incision and knowing how dangerous the risk of infection was, I was more bothered by Jim Palmer sitting there and letting him get away with it. I 100% guarantee Curt Schilling would not have allowed ANYONE to imply Jim Palmer dogged a game in his career for his own advancement. I know, I’ve tried it.

  254. marqfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:15 pm


    You should just keep your mouth shut and pitch. It’s reactions like this which cause me root against you. I’m a Sox fan, but I can’t wait to see you in another uniform next year.

  255. mainesox14 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:17 pm

    The comments by Thorne or anyone that agrees with him don’t even justify a response. All of us longtime fans in Red Sox nation will be forever grateful to the guttsy effort displayed by Schilling during the incredible campionship run. Thanks again Curt, I hope I get to see you grinding out another great performance in this year’s playoffs.

  256. inallseriousness permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:18 pm

    we all have a little too much time on our hands.

  257. philsphan permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:19 pm

    “The other great part of this is knowing that anyone that wrote anything about a ‘conspiracy’ or a ‘plot’ is someone that is so far removed from understanding how physically and mentally challenging it is to play this game at this level you can almost laugh off their stupidity.”

    So why don’t you just laugh off their stupidity? Why write 50,000 words about it?

    Just forget it and get on with life…sheesh.

  258. redsoxlou48 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:19 pm


    Being a follower of the Red Sox since I was 5 years old, I am now 48 and a father of 6, your response to this astrocity was tremendous. We live, eat, dream and talk about the Red Sox all the time. Kids from all over the country, especially my boys, look up to you with tremendous respect and admiration. I am truly impressed in what you stated about God and your relationship.

    “That my faith in God that evening showed me things I’d never believed.”
    “I’ve forsaken my relationship with the Lord far too many times and wasted far too many opportunities to glorify him and what he’s done for me in my life. ”

    Being an icon as you are and to talk about the Lord, is truly magnificent. God can take our life at anytime and are we prepared. This world is so caught up in materialistic items and money. It takes tragedies for us to pray as a nation. It is shameful. But for you to state your feelings about the Lord is heart warming.

    We will always believe in you and the Red Sox.

    As the Lord said, turn one cheek and offer the other.

    God Bless you and your family.


  259. greydog24 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:19 pm

    It is amazing in reading some of the posts how some people can read something – interpret it one way – and yet others can come to an exact opposite understanding.

    What stands out to me is some of the ones taking shots at Schill – from bojangles quoting Scripture about judging others (wow – perhaps bojangles might look up Luke 6:42) to jobddt (repeating yourself in the span of about 10 posts? we get it – you loath him; you’re jealous – get a life & move on).

    Some good posts in here as well. yankeefan1981 and rivera – good job; even if you come from the ‘enemy’ camp! Kudos. Respect given – as it should be. The man can certainly pitch, and excelled in a remarkably difficult situation.

    You know, many of the message board warriors on here would simply wet all over themselves if they ever played the game at a level higher than maybe T-ball. The inane comments from some reveal much. Many of us, however, can actually appreciate what you’ve done – knowing the stage you play on.

    Perhaps they should’ve put down the PS2 controller, and instead played the game themselves – first hand. Maybe they couldn’t; thus the bitterness that spews forth on here…

    Curt, you’re real – an accomplished athlete, who happens to be human. Keep it up.

  260. tdwhitney permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:22 pm

    Hey “Schillsucks”, sucks to be a Yankees fan right about now huh?

  261. tdwhitney permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:23 pm

    Hey “jazztafari” – sucks bein’ a Phillies fan huh?

  262. wmassfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:23 pm

    Gee, sounds a little like having a blog on the Internet, doesn’t it? 🙂

  263. gripp permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:24 pm

    Hey knuckebat,

    Struck a nerve, eh?


  264. Rob permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:24 pm

    “If you haven’t figured it out by now, working in the media is a pretty nice gig. Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to. You can say what you want when you want and you don’t really have to answer to anyone. You can always tell the bigger culprits by the fact you never see their faces in the clubhouse. Most of them are afraid to show themselves to the subjects they rail on everyday.”

    Curt –

    These are the symptoms of a failing institution. As you seem to appreciate, the traditional print media model is in its last spasms of decline. It is only the writers and some of the more delusional media execs who haven’t realized it yet. Although if truth be known, most of them probably know the end is near.

    People like you who have taken to communicating directly with your audience are allowing information to be distributed without the corrupting influences that dominate contemporary media. We thank you for that and hope you will continue.

    Meanwhile, don’t let these fools get you down. They offer little, will soon be nothing more than a bad memory, and are merely grabbing for the last bits of attention before the gig is over.

    Finally, congrats on the season so far. The team looks great and those of us who are only interested in the the beauty of baseball are enjoying the feast.

    Best to all,

    Life long Sox fan

  265. hiddenboston permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:24 pm

    While I agree that this whole thing is a silly non-issue that should (and will) go away within a day or two, and while I also think that Gary Thorne was totally irresponsible in saying what he did, I just wish that Doug Mirabelli had been a little more direct and to the point (blunt, even) in his response yesterday. Why didn’t he just say, “I was joking” or “Thorne was lying” or something to that effect and stop right there?

    Oh well, the Sox and the Yanks are (hopefully) playing tonight, so I hope everyone can just forget about this whole thing and get back to baseball.

    -Marc H.
    Founder, Boston’s Hidden Restaurants

  266. cristobal99 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:24 pm

    Curt, you’re a borderline hall of famer in the greatest sports city in the world. You’ve won the world series in Boston and have the hearts and minds of nearly all of New England. Stop acting like such a blowhard and just learn to love it. Who cares what the Gary Thorne’s or ESPN talking heads say? We know what your made of, and we like it. You’ll know as much if you decide to leave next year.

    Enough with the denigrating of reporters. I’m a daily reporter for a small town and interact with the people I report on everyday. It’s not a big deal, because we treat each other with respect. When someone confronts me about what I’ve written, we work together to help each other understand. We don’t insult each other professions. You know, there are a fair few people who believe baseball players have a pretty cushy life. You wouldn’t do to well on the $30 grand most reporters strive to make! Let’s keep things in perspective, you are a millionare a few times over I believe. We have to work everyday, all hours of the day, on tragic accidents, death and crimes.

    So, let’s stop the name calling and act like the adults we all claim to be.

    Ooops, I just fell off my soap box. Great game Wednesday!


  267. fireforeffect permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:25 pm

    Come on Curt the only thing any real fan of yours cares about is what is going on at MMP. Anyone who criticizes you is a loser.

  268. heatherfon permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:25 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Just wanted to say thank you for continuing to be an awesome role model for my three children, one of which is a fervent follower of baseball and collector of as many of your cards as he can get his hands on.

    I didn’t feel you even needed to respond to junk like this, but as always, your response is right on!

  269. wmassfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:26 pm

    Hmm… guess you can’t quote materials the way I tried to.
    Anyway. What I was saying was: “Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to.” …. Sounds a lot like having a blog on the Internet, doesn’t it?

  270. wilcoxfunk permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:30 pm

    Thanks Curt, but please for the sake of this season, just shut up and pitch.

  271. sooz1n permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:31 pm

    Reading some of the comments here just goes to show you that people choose what they want to believe, and some times there’s just nothing you can do about it.

    It says a lot about a person when they’re so consumed with hatred, bitterness, jealousy or whatever it is that they choose to believe such a mean-spirited lie. Not much you can do with that but pray for them, my brother.

    I hope someone DOES take the challenge so we can finally put this stupid lie to rest!

  272. April 27, 2007 12:31 pm

    I cant feel bad for Thorne he made his own bed. Now he has to sleep in it. Its about time someone blasted the Announcers, Media etc. They need to be put in their place some.

    Sports Betting and Discussion Forum

  273. amftrf permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:33 pm

    Mr. Curt Schilling,
    Your retort was exactly needed, and appreciated by the RS Nation. Thank you for being the embodyment of pride and fight since your arrival. All of Boston has benefited from your tenacity and honesty.
    Auburn, MA

  274. ustabe permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:33 pm

    Just pitch, will ya? It’s getting old.

  275. ajmonaco permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:34 pm


    These guys are just trying to get noticed and get someone to pay attention to them. How else can they do it? They are just parasites who are feeding off of you and all other professional athletes. Anyone who watches those shows each day on ESPN needs to get a life. I have watched them from time to time and find myself just thinking that those sports “writers” are idiots. What value do they bring to the table? What do I learn from them? Nothing. I completely agree with you that Gary Thorne was a good hockey announcer. A terrible “journalist” if you ask me. You over hear something in a lockerroom and don’t verify your sources?????? What kind of shotty work is that. Pay it no more attention my man. You are way too busy and have much more important things in life to worry about. Just let people like that make fools of themselves.

    Keep up the great work.

    – AJ Monaco

  276. edasilva permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:35 pm

    My problem with you Curt is your dedication to your team. Your last outing against New York i beleive you left the game losing 5 – 2. You had no faith in your team nor did you care about the outcome. You left and went straight to the bullpen. Your team then comes back and pulls out the win. were you there to support your team NO!, so where is your loyalty. to your team or your stats.

    You give me more thatn 38 reason to not like you as a person.

    FYI – Pettitte i beleive stayed in the bullpen until the end of the game for support.

    Take a look at what your priorities are. Your Team? Your Stats? Or Your Blog.

    Blood or not you loved every second of the publicity. and you have the media to thank for it. So stop ridiculing them and thank them. If it was not for them covering your sport you would not be where you are today.

  277. bobj1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:35 pm

    What does Gary Thorne have to gain by lying. Come on Curt. Admit it. You like drama and the attention. The sooner you will admit to the blood being fake the better it will be for you. Your soul will be cleaner if you just admit to the truth.

  278. shastariffic permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:36 pm


    The Lord didn’t help you pitch in a baseball game. The doctor and your talent did. Take credit for your accomplishment. I doubt Jesus is a baseball fan.


  279. mainesoxgal permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:36 pm

    I do not understand why this is such a big deal. It was clear to anyone who has ever used paint before that it was blood. And why would you make this up? That series was so huge, and so dramatic, it was not like you needed to draw viewers or anything….haha
    Anyways, good job the other night! Keep it up man!!

  280. macarthur permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:37 pm

    To Schillsucks

    How would you have a freaking clue as to what Curt’s teammates think of him? Do you actually talk with his teammates? Didn’t think so.

    Sounds like something that Shaughnessy would write in the globe-

    Curt – TRUE Red Sox fans support who you are, and what you do.


  281. frankiebermudez1977 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:38 pm









  282. boston925 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:38 pm

    What is this sock thing you speak of?

    Go Sox! People just need drama to talk about. Why would anyone fake a blodd stain. Unless of course he played for the Yankees.


  283. browerpowr permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:40 pm


    You’re the man. Never doubted you for a second. In fact, I think the first thing I said when I heard the story was “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” I think I even said it out loud to myself while I was alone on my couch watching Sports Center. I was at game 2, and it was the most incredible thing I’d ever seen. Before the game, I was listening to WEEI and they were saying that you probably weren’t going to pitch. I’m not even all that religious, and I caught myself praying that you’d be able to make it. The things they were saying pre-game time were incredible. That you couldn’t even walk, that you were in an incredible amount of pain. After the Standels left the field, to see you emerge from the bull pen was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen.

    I also agree with you about the stuff that isn’t reported vs. the stuff that is. I wish I’d have seen that kid throw out the first pitch the other night. More so, I wish that the media would get their priorities together. But I guess at the end of the day, it all boils down to what people want to see and read; things that make Curt Schilling look like a liar and a cheat. Sad.

    Good luck with the season, bro.

  284. redsoxfio7 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:42 pm

    bottom line is paint would stay red throughout time, the sock is now a deep brown color and in the hall of fame


    -if you had to pick 2 teammates who are the tightest on the team, who would they be? manny and papi?

    -who do you hang out with the most off the field/in the off-season?

    -what is manny like off the field?

    -im a senior in college and am broke so can’t afford tickets…that being said..can i please have tickets to a game this weekend if you havent given them out yet? haha

    take it easy curt and continue the dominance


  285. billyclo permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:42 pm

    Curt: Relax. First off, you come across very pompous when you call people jealous of you…..that’s very arrogant.

    Second, you’ll say you don’t care…but I don’t think it is a great idea for you to bash the media in general, when I would guess that you would like to be enshrined in Cooperstown. Ask Jim Rice what happens if you alienate the media when it comes your time to get voted in. And based on your love of the history of the game, it is a certainty that you want to get in very badly.

    Third….I hope many players and others take you up on the offer….maybe you oughta give 20-1 odds…and say you’ll put up a million…and they only need to do 50K…..then maybe alot of people will do it, and when you win, alot of money gets donated. I can’t see anyone wagering a million bucks…..but maybe more players would do it for 50K. Gary Thorne might also.

    Lastly….relax on Thorne. If he misinterpreted it…fine….he said so. You’d be a fool to think that America would not be interested in hearing about it if it were a hoax. Thorne probably should have asked Doug and then you….but seriously…it’s not that huge a deal.

  286. bluesblood permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:43 pm

    Mr. Schilling, you have a right to be upset. But my reply to you here is your witness to the wider world is not godly. I remember the interview with you after the last bloody sock game. You gave God all the glory at that time. Doesn’t He deserve all the glory now? Where is he in all your blogging? God is not just a very present help in time of need. He is your life and breath and everything. Don’t make it all about Curt.

    And as for using Holy Scripture like bullets, out of context and out of control, that is a danger also.

    I have heard it said that sports is the toy box of life and so it is. Some balance and perspective is sorely needed here.


  287. redsox11382 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:45 pm

    here is my point…..why does anyone care about this…..first off, not taking anything away from the amazing performance that Curt put in….but it was blood and anyone who thinks otherwise is just ignorant to everything…..secondly, we won the pennant and the world series as a team, so who cares honestly if it was paint, blood, kool aid, who cares….we as RSN and the Boston Red Sox organization won the World Series as a team and fan base, isn’t that all that matters?

  288. geneconleysplaneticket permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:46 pm

    Regarding Curt’s points about the media, it’s interesting that on Tuesday morning, Fox News reported the “facts” from a parody article appearing in an Onion-like newspaper as if they were true. The story had to do with a school district in Maine creating a “ham response plan” to guard against the use of ham in “hate crimes” against Muslim students. Here’s a link:

    Needless to say, the school district was deluged with angry phone calls after the Fox report. How could Fox mistake a fairly obvious parody for actual fact? That’s a good question. But a quick phone call to the school district would have cleared the whole thing up.

    The point is, this happens in the media all the time.

  289. twins2k permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:49 pm

    I am not sure if you (Curt) will read this – I hope so as it is pretty cool to think that you would read something I wrote! anyhow it amazes me how some people just hate greatness (ie shillsucks in last post) or the others who say you are a self absorbed crybaby?!? it is obvious to me that it was blood, I don’t think anyone is debating that at this point! I understand your need to defend yourself – it is terrible that people are questioning your integrety – it is insane…sports is full of shady people who claim to be roll models (Michael Vick in Atlanta where I live, TO, Bonds and other true self absorbed glory hounds). then there are people like you Mr. Charitable, do the right thing, take one for the team, Cal Jr. who was Mr. show up and play at all costs, Roger Clemens who not only is the greatest pitcher EVER but like you is very charitable giving back to those in need, both of you have a foundation to support various organizations (As do Kellly and Cal) yet still, people questioned Cal’s integrity as the streak neared then was broken, the press is ALWAYS all over the Rocket…I am sure you see where this was going.

    My point is why do they not report on the positive like all of the charitable work players like you and Roger and Debbie (etc.) do for everyone. when greatness rears it’s head, people have to find a way to stomp it down, saying you suck and Clemens sucks…both of you are / were the best in the game, have pitched in and won HUGE games for various teams, and are whole hearted good people to boot. why are people looking for untruths and ways to taint the name of the few good athletes who are doing good, and who are TRUE role models, yet they throw in our faces the disgusting acts of players like Vick, TO, Bonds just to name a few. I am so sick of seeing all of that crap and want to see more people “keeping it real”. and if there are members of the media rolling their eyes at your faith in God, that is even worse, that does not even deserve a response.

    thanks for giving me the hope that my two girls may have some positive roll models to look up to (besides my husband and I) in the future, continue to go on and know that there are some of us that appreciate all that you do

    and oh yeah GO SOX!!! Luv you guys!

  290. umdterps permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:49 pm

    Curt, you need to take a step back and realize that you’re being somewhat hypocritical here. You claim you don’t want this thing to become a “story” and that to you it’s no big deal, yet you insist on calling Thorne a liar, as well as calling out a handful of other personalities by name. I can’t imagine you really think THAT will make this go away.

    Ask yourself, did Thorne have anything whatsoever to gain by fabricating this story? The answer is no. He has explained that it was a misunderstanding, and if you REALLY wanted the attention off of you (or your sock for that matter) then you’d have acknowledged the misunderstanding and move on, instead of going on a tirade against the media.

    I’ve always been a huge Curt Schilling fan, and I’ve appreciated the rarity of a thoughtful, well-spoken professional athlete, but here you come across as self-righteous, overly defensive, and hypocritical.

  291. bravocurt permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:49 pm

    Curt Schilling reignited my interest in baseball after watching his gutsy performance in game 5 of the 1993 World Series. Since then, he’s demonstrated that he’s a champion. The World Series in 2003 and the ALCS and World Series in 2004 confirmed it in spades. Gary Thorne’s comments were:

    a) unprofessional
    b) childish
    c) tacky
    d) petty
    e) revealed a personal animus to Curt Schilling
    f) all of the above

    His explanation, not apology, for his remarks would make Bill Clinton envious and illustrate that the answer is (f).

  292. Chris permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:49 pm

    Coming from a longtime Yankee fan, I believe you and 100% agree with your post. Wanna pitch in pinstripes?

  293. sptsgal permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:50 pm

    Hello Curt,

    As a sports director for a Connecticut radio station, I know how important it is to be not only accurate, but fair.

    Perhaps if Gary had made the effort to be a bit more cautious in his noting of that information, this all wouldn’t have happened. It’s up to us reporters to determine, “gosh, who’s joking, and who’s serious?” Besides which, can’t you just ask, “Are you kidding?” Simple questions.

    I have no doubt your guts are for real, and that the scar that everyone’s seen is real, despite what Yankee fans may say.

    BTW: As a sports reporter, I admit at first I was very leery of this blog, and quite frankly, if it would deter your attention away from pitching. I have to say, writing on here is better than writing with some of my hometown newspapers. And your focus is still evident on the field. I have to say, congrats, and my apologies. Guess I’m eating crow on my talk show tomorrow…


  294. samanthajanesalem permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:51 pm

    Curt Schilling is such a self-absorbed, tactless jerk. Remember how he divided the recently ecstatic Red Sox fans in 2004 by saying people should vote for Bush? Anytime someone is talking about him on the radio he has to call up the station and blab on and on, as if he doesn’t have anything better to do. He is the ultimate drama queen. Yes, he’s also one of the best big game pitchers of this era, but there’s a reason he doesn’t have the aura of a Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux or Randy Johnson– he’s a wind-bag. The real deal when it comes to pitching but a total phoney when it comes to talking. What he lacks in authentic charisma he makes up for by summoning from his fat stomach another gust of hot air. I wouldn’t want him on my team, that’s for sure.

  295. eurekadan permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:52 pm

    Without reading all 203 responses before me, don’t know if someone brought this up, but hasn’t Boston kicked Baltimore’s sorry behinds like 90+% of the time since the beginning of last year?

    Jealousy and callous attacks will get people like Thorne nowhere.

    All the same, it was great to see Willie Mo defend your honor with that fantastic come from behind game winning slam last night.

    Here’s to a great year in Boston and more fan walk out nights at Camden Yards.

    Go for the gold and bury New York again!!

  296. Adriano Albuquerque permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:53 pm

    I also agree, the media has gravitated toward sensationalism way too much. This bloody sock story was ridiculous, and journalists do have an inflated sense of self-importance. Actually, your blog is a good way of taking that “notion of power” back, because you’re giving your take on events directly to the fans and the beat writers who get to go to the clubhouse and brag on knowing y’all personally are gonna have to work even harder to get scoops and original angles. They can’t, as Thorne did, just spit “I talked with player X the other day and he told me blah blah blah” anymore, they’ll need to really investigate and have more sources to say something. You’re actually helping to save journalism, Curt! hahahaha seriously!

    I have a question: Reading the story on a recent Braves win over the Mets, John Smoltz was quoted as saying the victory was a signature win, but Chipper Jones disagreed and said something along the lines of “Smoltz only pitches once every four or five games” so he can’t really tell when it’s signature or not. That got me to thinking about how a starting pitcher really only plays about a quarter of a team’s schedule. How much harder does that make a loss and mistakes? Especially for young guys just getting in the league?

  297. erika477 permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:56 pm

    I am an Arizona D-backs and Boston RSox fan and have to say even if I wasn’t this is absolutely ridiculous! Curt, you are a stand up guy with a lot of class! I appreciate EVERYTHING you did for us in Arizona. A co-MVP doesn’t need a publicity stunt unless it involves Dunkin Donuts (loved the commercials!). I believe you handled this in the best way possible and counted have worded it better. If no one ever stands up to the media and call them out on their idiocracies things will only get worse. I just feel bad that this moron is getting his name out there for ALL, that’s where the publicity is.
    Class A guy Mr. Shilling, Arizona MISSES you! If it was up to me we should have done anything we could to get YOU back instead of Randy!

  298. jocoto permalink
    April 27, 2007 12:56 pm

    We won the worls series through a combination of Blood, Sweat, and Tears so of course it was real. Thank you Curt. God Bless the Red Sox!

  299. April 27, 2007 1:01 pm

    I agree with you Curt, let’s put aside this stupid issue and move on. We have a great team this year and we have gotten off to a great start let’s not ruin it with something a crazey as this. The blood was real and that’s the end of it. Let’s look towards the 2007 season and move on.

  300. nategosse permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:01 pm

    Sports is perhaps the most difficult of all ‘news’ to cover. The ethics of sports cannot be defined as easily as the ethics of politics, war, society and religion can be. The credibility of being a sports reporter and the perceived lack of ‘real’ content causes, in my opinion, many of the best writers to shy away from the field. Sports is a journalistic anomaly, because it is entertainment, business, news and human interest all at once.

    Having worked with professional athletes as a reporter, I’ve come to realize there are probably as many athletes who don’t live up to the standards I believe a professional athlete should aspire to as there are writers and reporters that don’t live up to the standards that I feel professional journalists should aspire to.

    You write that many of the writers can’t understand what you achieved that night, which I believe you are only partially correct about. Those who love sports, and love sports for the achievement it represents, see those games and that sock as a symbolic congregation of human determination and skill. We are inspired by human stories of determination, but when that determination is combined with the exceptional skill at something a person such as you possesses, it becomes something rare and special – inspiring. Through watching that game we share in what you accomplished, if only for a moment.

    The problem, in my eyes, is that moments such as those, because of their lasting emotional power, are sought after hungrily by journalists and games or moments that are not as special as yours, for example, are often made out to be for their ability to sell tickets, create hype and build a team’s mystique. As a journalist, I think there’s a responsibility to differentiate between those moments, and to ensure that we’re not guilty of over-hyping certain events. In that respect, I don’t think there’s any problem with the media questioning the validity of the sock (which I believe personally is 100% legit), but I agree wholeheartedly that the way its validity is being questioned is degrading to the accomplishment and evidence of poor media ethics.

    While I believe your anger is justified, remember that the quality of the writers who choose to enter the sports journalism profession is often a reflection on the quality of those sports themselves, and that the more players treat the game as a business and a routine job the more apathetic and sensationalist sports journalism will become.

  301. townomite permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:01 pm

    OK, explain this Curt:

    Do you mean to tell me that after having stitches put in your ankle, the training staff didn’t TAPE IT UP?! So you’re going to sit there and tell the world that you went out there on a surgically repaired ankle with just a sock on?

    Anyone who’s played a minute or an inning in a collegiate or professional sport knows that the training staff wouldn’t let you on the field without supporting that joint.

    So, please explain to the world how the blood soaked through the wrap, athletic tape and then the sock. That would truly be a miracle.

  302. jimbob756 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:04 pm


    Good for you man! Aside from it being a fantastic pitching performance, considering the hardship of the surgery involved, I think you set the issue straight. I also think this…It’s time to move on. And good for you for not being afraid to profess your belief in God. Others will roll their eyes, many of them too ashamed or too afraid to admit that they share the same feelings and beliefs. They worry about what their friends or greater community will think of them; or worry that they may, at times in their lives, NEED to turn to God. Believing in God is not un-manly. In fact, my belief is that true men DO believe in God.

    Thanks Curt,


  303. April 27, 2007 1:05 pm

    I was glad to see the SOX (former and current) rally up for you. Let me start by saying that I knew that this was bunk. The one thing that really got to me was the universal slam at you calling you a media-wh**e (for lack of a better term). I posted about this in my own little blog. I stated that I wished more of the sports guys were your type of media-wh**e. I would rather have someone like yourself, who uses your celebrity for good such as SHADE and ALS, vs someone like ‘Pac-Man’ Jones or Mike Vick. Yes, there are times that you talk a little smack about the other team and are humbled, but that is natural in the unpredictable game of baseball.

    Thank you for putting yourself out there, making yourself available to the fans in this manner and for the people (SHADE, ALS) who do not have the universal voice that you are afforded. Keep up the good work. We look forward to Matsuzaka doing the deed in the Bronx. Hoping for another sweep of the Yanks.

    All the best and again, thanks for being who you are.

    the VegasSoxFan

  304. gogoklo permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:07 pm

    Hey Curt,

    As a Yankee fan, I was on the receiving end of that great game in the ALCS. I was amazed by your perserverence. I just wish you were in pinstripes when it happened.

    I too am a christian and it was great to read how you gave the Lord glory in this post.

    “I’ve forsaken my relationship with the Lord far too many times and wasted far too many opportunities to glorify him and what he’s done for me in my life. I also knew the media would have a field day with the comments. Obviously I didn’t care.”

    We’ve all had times in which we didn’t glorify the Lord as much as we should have. Good thing He forgives and gives us 2nd, 3rd, 10 millionth chance. As for the press’ reaction, the Lord knew this type of thing would happen. He offers this bit of comfort.

    Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12

    Glad to know there are some outspoken Christians in the MLB. I wish some of my boys in the Bronx would be as outspoken (assuming any of them are Christians). It would be interesting to know if any are. Anyway, God bless you and I hope to see you in pinstripes one day.

  305. mrmikema permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:08 pm

    I just find it ironic that with the moutain of actual evidence that exists which proves Barry Bonds is juicing, people remain in denial about it, but are willing to believe this one random comment about the “sock” heard ’round the world.

  306. shawnsink permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:08 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling,

    With over 200 responses, I’m not sure you read every single one yourself, but I feel compelled to write anyway. I wish I had a million dollars to take your bet. Not because I don’t believe the blood is real, I’m quite certain it is real. But donating a million dollars to a charity such as ALS (or SMA, SHADE foundation, The Webster House, or to support our injured veterans and their families) just seems like a really good idea.

    Good for you, standing up for what you know is right, and God bless you for raising not only funds, but awareness of the charitable organizations you support.

    Take care, see ya!

  307. irnbru permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:08 pm

    To the person who said that Curt should just be like Lucchino and stay with the “no comment” thing.

    If you listened to the radio yesterday afternoon, Larry got ripped by some of hte WEEI crew with comments to the effect of – “You cant just say no comment. You can’t just say you won’t dignify something with an answer. It just makes it look like you have something to hide. You have to directly refute it. Provide proof. Make a statement against. etc.

    Seems you can’t win either way. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  308. selfimportancedefined permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:09 pm

    oh, this is too funny. curt, we both know that this is merely another desperate attempt at self promotion. you are betting 1 million on something that could never be proved? how manly of you!
    anyway, your panties are all bunched up for no reason. i speak for almost everyone in the world when i say…nobody cares about this. get over yourself.
    have a good one.

  309. fan13 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:10 pm

    Give me a break! Curt, I have no idea which known planet you live in but, it certainly is not EARTH. Take a moment and read the words you type out. Aren’t you one of the biggest “spewer” of words out there in sports? YES. It amuses me the way you cloud peoples minds in believeing that you are such a great guy, blah….blah….blah…. Do me a favor and climb off your high horse because if you really knew how much love fans in baseball and players have for you, it would probably send you home crying. Just like when the Yanks roughed you up and it took your teammates to bail you out of trouble again. Let us all recap what we DID learn in the first series (not the last one) between the Yanks vs. BoSox. If it hadn’t been for backup pitching, the Yanks would have beaten you all. Because the fact of the matter is, even with your so called “good” rotation, the Yanks STILL put up runs on you and the rest of your pitching buddies. You get on here and boast that your team swept the Yanks in the first series but, how quickly you forget about the 5 game sweep the Yanks had against you all last season, basically knocking you all out of the playoffs. 3 game sweep against the Yanks? Big deal. You did not win a WS because of it. Also, Dice-K or whatever you all call him. I have no clue what special kool-aid you all drinking BUT, nothing impressive to me. Other than, he is capable of throwing the ball over the plate just like other pitchers. Curt, enjoy your last year playing for the BoSox, because I have strong feeling that they are going to do the same thing to you like they did to Pedro (a real pitcher). LOL!!!!!

  310. snipedog64 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:12 pm

    While I understand the baseball fraternity — the one-for-all, all-for-one mentality — please don’t lay all this on Gary Thorne. Your “good friend” Doug Mirabelli has some culpability in this situation as well. And though you go out of your way to call out guys lke Shaughnessy and Woody Page and Jay Mariotti for what they do report and call them unprofessional, you and everyone else in and around baseball know there’s a lot more sordid details of life in the majors that go unreported. Fifty years ago, sportswriters were knocking down drinks with ballplayers, writing puff pieces about how great this guy is, and what a family guy this one is, and the guys off shagging every piece of tail he could get or drinking himself into the gutter. Nary a bad word was written about the average ballplayer.

    These days, that relationship, for the most part, doesn’t exist and we thankfully get some measure of objectivity — though you clearly would disagree with that. Nomar Garciaparra is portrayed as a fun-loving extrovert when in reality he is a surly, miserable human being. When the red light of the camera flicks on, a whole new persona emerges. Just like a lot of you guys.

    And this “good friend” of your’s Curt, you know the one who, in the clubhouse in front of fairly sizeable group of reporters and teammates, reportedly mocked a Boston radio reporter who has multiple sclerosis — not once but twice? Yeah he’s a fine upstanding citizen.

    So please, before you lecture us on the reprehensible behavior of reporters and overbearing fans, put a few mirrors up in the clubhouse and try to see the real human looking back at you. Drop the holier-than-thou attitude.

  311. bxyankee permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:12 pm

    i just love it how you say “facts are facts” the 25 guys in the locker room all know it.

    Like somehow that’s a fact.

    “my teammates saw it”

    How can you prove that?

    Therefore it’s not a fact. Please come up with actual indubitable before you start to talk about “facts are facts.”

  312. selfimportancedefined permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:13 pm

    …especially considering the fact that this poor announcer has personally spoken to mirabelli and has publicly apologized, repeatedly.

    again…get over yourself, big boy.

  313. jrock4192 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:14 pm

    Curt, there are few things more worthless in this workld than a sportswriter, especially the kind you see on TV spouting their opinions. Personally, I choose not to watch as I have have better things to do with my time.

    Go Sox!

  314. April 27, 2007 1:15 pm

    Nice response Curt. The media is soo backwards these days, the stories that should be reported aren’t and the ones that are meaningless and lies get full coverage. Even though I am Yankees fan, I have alot of respect for you going out and pitching despite the ankle being what it was. You don’t see that too much these days(I rememeber Jordan playing in the Finals despite having the flu and putting on an impressive performance).
    Just proves that God can do the impossible. Keep up the faith and God bless!!!!!

  315. yankee23 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:17 pm

    You’re either lying about the bloody sock or you’re just a self obsessed ass. What’s with the tirade? Who cares? He came out and admitted his mistake. You’re just making yourself look even more like your lying.

  316. redsoxnationintexas permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:19 pm

    Curt, I wouldn’t waste one second on some writer who appears not to have anything to write about his own team because he can’t even remember when the last time the Orioles reached the playoffs. From a true Red Sox fan, let me tell you that what you did on that mound for those two games will become stories that I tell my grandchildren 50 years from now when I tell them how the Sox Reversed The Curse. While I know that his ignorance only upsets you, waste no time trying to explain yourself of prove yourself to some idiot. Stay focused on the season because it appears that our pitching staff is as good as when Pedro, Lowe, and yourself where pitching in 2004. Our offense is starting to come around and of course Manny will be Manny. Now if I could just get tickets on top of the Green Monster. Oh well, I might get to see ya’ll in Arlington in May.

    BoSox Fan stuck in Texas

    Ruben Alvarez

  317. walkoffhomer permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:23 pm


    People, both in and out of baseball, do not like or appreciate you. You are such a blowhard that you have brought this anomosity upon yourself. You are a great competitor although not sure you get in the hall of fame to join your sock.

    So for future nationally televised Red Sox games, I found a local Home Depot in the South Bay area (5 Allstate Road) where they are having a special on Glidden red paint. I have selected “rapture red” for your next sock(Glidden paint # 07YR 10/489). Good luck with that Curt “The Shill” Schilling.

    So next time you call out my boys Mariotti, Paige, Plashke, Adande, Smith, Reali, Blackistone & Cowlishaw, you can expect more retaliation from this loyalist.

    Around The Horn Fan

  318. virginiasox permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:25 pm


    Thanks for sharing your insights and opinions. I always find them of some interest.

    As for this particular incident with Thorne and Mirabelli, it’s tough to say whether or not Thorne was acting in good faith. I agree with others that you could certainly have ignored this and let it go. However, the story was gaining some momentum, and really did amount, on some level, to an attack on your integrity, and thus I would say it made perfect sense to address the story head-on, as you chose to do.

    Keep up the good work – on the diamond, with your writing, with your family and outside interests, with your faith. Many of us, in many walks of life, in many places, admire and respect you — for any of a variety of reasons.


    Alexandria, VA

  319. smiff65 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:27 pm

    Sorry elviselvisberg and Curt, but anyone with half a brain should have been able to figure out that a pathological war criminal like Dick Cheney (and his neo-con cronies) was selling you a bill of goods on Iraq without relying on the media (and as the Moyers docu shows, it ain’t liberal). Has Curt come ever admitted to how wrong he was in supporting the war or publicly campaigning for the RezziDUNCE-in-Chief G. Dumbya? Yes, Gary Thorne was wrong and might be a complete idiot, and you can include the heads on Around the Horn which Curt ripped, but nothing they say or do is dangerous, and no one is getting anyone killed because of it.

  320. chiefdogg permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:28 pm

    It’s about time someone took a shot at those goons on Around The Horn. Woody Paige and Jay Marriotti are two of the most unintelligent debaters I have heard. I think ESPN should have pulled the plug on that show in it’s first week. I did not get a chance to see exactly what they said because I don’t believe they have the credibility for me to waste my time watching the show.

    Go Sox……Kick some Yankee ass this weekend.

    Chief in
    Las Vegas

  321. mcgraw45 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:29 pm

    I think maybe this is one of those times where, “I’m not going to dignify or add any veracity to your statement by commenting on it,” would have been more than enough.

    Been a fan since I saw your first start for the Phils way back in ’92, so I’m not jumping in here to pile on.

    Apparently things are a little slow around Camden Yards, and Thorne decided he needed a little attention. You know how they say to treat children who act out for attention; ignore them.

    You dealt with Eskin for so many years, Thorne should be small potatoes.

  322. jamir2007 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:30 pm

    What I remember the most about that sock and that night was your testimony how you became a born-again Christian seven years earlier and how God had helped you and how He did the impossible.

    But how come you have said so much to defend yourself? And why are you defending yourself in the first place? Wasn’t it God who gave you that victory?
    Why are you letting nonsense like this get to you?

    Look at the outcome- you’ve made it difficult for others to understand what really happened that night because you aren’t handling things God’s way.
    You’re doing things your way and you know what you get when you do that.

    Be aware of your actions and what they lead others to believe about God and about yourself. I know that no man is perfect but people like Albert Pujols, Tony Dungy, Dwight Howard and a few others make being a Christian something to be proud of.

    I hope that this message can be a wake up call for you. I say it in the love of Christ and pray that it’ll help you in some way. Know that God always loves you and wants you. God bless.

  323. bobbyb permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:32 pm

    Great job, Curt!

    I am Red Sox Nation (as my family and friends will attest), more importantly, I am also a believer.

    “That my faith in God that evening showed me things I’d never believed” Thanks for your testimony on your faith and walk. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Col. 3:23) … I’ll see you on Labor Day vs. da’ Jays!

  324. hatethesauxs permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:34 pm

    Curt, could you please stop talking! Cannot stand it anymore. You should be nominated for Mike and Mike next week to JUST SHUT UP! BLAH BLAH BLAH…. Just concentrate on getting your sauxs to the playoffs this year. Just watch out for the 2nd half melt down that is common up there in Boston. Who care what Gary Thorne says and who cares what you say. Stop running your own PR Machine

  325. jrsweny permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:34 pm

    Not having met you personally Mr. Shilling, may I say Curt?

    I would like to meet you one day and it would in my view be up there with meeting the young service man who threw out the first pitch. I would put that up there with meeting a president. Most of the best ones put up with the same thing you are here. 50 years will have to pass before what it meant will really be appreciated by “ALL”.

    You can’t write a story like the 2004 post season and just as you have stated over and over it was a team effort. Thank You… Curt

    One more thing “Red Sox Nation” All this man had to do was a little internet research or talk with a couple of people from the 2004 team. Over what, a one or two year period that he travels around the country and could easily bump into some one close to the subject.

    This comment from Gary Thorne was just as dumb as Don Imus’ was.

    This Net Work Should Be Boycotted by “Red Sox Nation” Until HE Apologizes!! Or Is of The Air!!!!!

    I am also Sickened by his being defended by the WEEI mid day show so blindly because he is one of the gang. A lustrous career of fun and privilege that he does not appreciate!!!!! Do we want to listen to this any more???

    Do Not Forget…. he said it so… A Matter-A-Factually !!!

    Excuse my grammar and spelling? No time for an internet search.

  326. happyhank permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:35 pm


    Isn’t it sad that your politics and religion force you to defend your humble and professional demeanor. Please stay course – the world is a much better place with people like you in it.

    Stuart Hotchkiss
    New York City

  327. April 27, 2007 1:35 pm

    This is one ofthe most incredible blog posts I have ever read anywhere! Schill…I would have never said this before today but you, my fine pitching friend, are a class act.

  328. rooster8 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:35 pm

    Curt, I’m glad to hear God was with you during that game in NY and then again in game 2 of the series. He knows your opponents are all heathens and infidels. Especially those Yankees. God likes you better, that’s why he didn’t give them the strength he gave you those nights

  329. dougieduderanch permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:37 pm


    Sorry about blabbing to Gary.

    Love always,
    Dougie “Dude Ranch” Mirabelli

  330. robertv96 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:38 pm

    Kurt, first of all, thanks so much for all of your hard work and dedication to the red sox organization and the city of Boston. As a true fan, I know that it was real blood on your sock. Without your blood, sweat, and tears maybe the sox never win it in 04 despite the rest of the talent on the team. What’s even more important is that I appreciated you for praising God when you and the sox won it then. I have heard you on numerous occasions making Jesus’ name know to the world through the media. By far would I consider myself a fundamentalist in regards to my faith and by no means am I expecting you to be perfect, but lately I’ve noticed your anger coming through on the air waves. So as a fellow brother in Christ (not a fan or critic), I feel compelled to speak the truth in love. Your blog blast people in the media and ESPN has you quoted (whether it’s true or not) as saying, “My only real problem is not that Gary Thorne said something stupid and ignorant …” Gary Thorne was on air admitting that he reported an inaccuracy and stated that it was a misunderstanding, and that he was wrong. So again, I don’t write this as a “come down” on you or as a session of “pointing the finger,” but we’ve got to be examples of Jesus’ love and patience as much as possible — especially when our voice is heard as much as yours. It really is galvanizing to proclaim the faith and then publicly say and do things that are completely contrary to that proclaimation. As Christians, we’re a family and repesent the body of Christ. I screw up everyday and must ask God forgiveness — especially in my speech — and I don’t want this response to be seen as a self-righteous rant. But, the thing I appreciate most about the church is having men in my life that help me to stay on the path when I mess up. Their sacarifice of helping me is a testimony to Gods grace. I hope that this is the same for you. Best wishes this weekend against the yanks and the rest of the year. My prayers are with you and your family. Grace and Truth, Robert.
    ps I don’t know how else to contact you, that’s why I’m doing so on this blog.

  331. jmwalker31 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:40 pm

    A million is too rich for my blood, how about you change the bet to a proportion of your annual income. Who knows maybe you will get lucky and Warren Buffet or Bill Gates will bet you because there is not a doubt in my mind that was blood on your sock. First, your injury was well documented and second you could never have won as many games over your career, lasted this long, or pitched so well in the big ones if you took a cavalier attitude toward your job. I mean right before you are getting ready to pitch one of the biggest games in your career you are going to put ketchup on your sock. Come on, I am sure you had other things on your mind rather than a juvenile ploy. At any rate, I disagree with a lot of your views, but respect the seriousness in which you take your job. I get to see you pitch fairly regulary because I am a D-Rays season ticket holder and I wish we had a veteran presence like yourself on our pitching staff. Half the time the guys in our bullpen are staring off in outer space. It is amazing they do not get in the back of the head with more foul balls. At any rate, I digress, the point is that I do not think anyone can doubt your appreciation of the game and the seriousness with which you approach your job. To suggest that you would attempt such a stunt is ridiculous. Go D-Rays!- I bet you a million dollars you do not hear that very often.

  332. tgorman7 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:41 pm

    I tease my girlfriend about all the hollywood shows and magazines she watches, and she always gets on me sportscenter and pti etc. I agree whole heartedly with Schilling about the guys like Skip Bayliss, Woody Paige, Jay Mariotti. They are bringing the world of sports down to the level of Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. I used to like Around the Horn, until I realized how pointless and speculative the participants inout was. For me personally and for the game of baseball, that series and the part Schilling played in it was the stuff that legends are made out of. When my generation is old and grey, the story of Schilling’s red sock will be synonymous with Gibson’s pinch hit homer, May’s over the shoulder catch, and other historical baseball moments that have transcended through time, generation to generation. I felt priviledged to have such an event happen in my lifetime, is nothing sacred? Again, I agree with Schilling, stop watching their shows and put them all on an island, without cable!

  333. lenchild permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:42 pm

    Curt, I think this story is more ridiculous every time I read about it. Was the blood real? Was it paint? Who the hell cares! Seriously. It doesn’t change the outcome. Fact of the matter is, you pitched some fantastic games through injury with a lot of heart and helped an great team to the most amazing comeback in US professional sports history and won the championship. Be proud of that. Why dignify any of this with such vehement defenses? Come on, this is beneath all of us.


  334. bigrupe permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:43 pm

    Curt, When are you coming back to Philadelphia? LOL

    I was sick when you were traded and have continued to follow your success since you’ve left.

    My heart belongs to the Phillies, but you’re still my favorite pitcher.

    As to the issue, hold your head up high. Plus remember the need to forgive.

    I also am happy to see you have the courage and profess your faith in God.

    I too need to work on my relationship with God. I too have not given Him the time, commitment, and love that He desires from me.

    Have a great season Curt.


  335. justgoawaycurt38 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:43 pm

    I used to think curt was faker than the brady’s back yard, than it became apparent that curt actually believes what he is saying and more to the point believes anyone outside of the blind sox sheep fan cares about what he has to say.
    I love the beginning of the blog “The 25 guys that were in that locker room, the coaches, they all know it (the sock was blood). In the end nothing else really matters”
    If that is the case shouldn’t the blog have stopped right there? Yet we had to endure thousands of words on the subject (who were you trying to convince and why if you don’t care what people think?) The bottom line is of course it was blood but are you telling me there was no way in any of the 2 games that they could not control the blood to avoid the stain. Come on

    Curt I know you think you are smarter than the rest of us but give us a little credit, by the way where was that great faith in God and all of the rest when you were dropping the F bomb after Arod took you deep (the first time)? Maybe I am wrong you are just a phony!

  336. manchvegasandy permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:45 pm

    For those chiding Curt and other posters that Thorne is simply a broadcaster and not a member of the media and thus free from the constraints a journalist should follow, please note some interesting facts.

    Gary Thorne writes a column on sports for the Bangor(ME) Daily News. He also writes a baseball column as well as a hockey column for USA Today.

    Do you think he holds any press credentials from those two organizations?

    In addition, he has worked as a “field reporter” during the World Series for ABC as well as a reporter for CBS during the Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics.

    He was also the original host and moderator for an ESPN roundtable show called “The Sports Reporters”

    I think with that sort of resume, you are supposed to know the rules……..

  337. urs14 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:45 pm


    I think you are the absolute man! You poored your heart and soul into that game and I loved every minute of it. Being a person of faith myself, i fully believe it was God’s work that gave you the strength to do what you did that day. You bled for the Bosox and even though it must have sucked to go through that pain, Boston fans everywhere will never forget it. To finally beat those Yankee assholes was amazing. Thorne and all the media can shove it up their ass cuz you are the man! So Thank you Mr.Schilling!


    Bosox Fan For Life!

  338. valentinos permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:49 pm


    You are a big part of the reason the Sox won it in 2004 and will win it this year as well. Thanks for the memories and there is no boubt in ANY TRUE SOX fan that the blood was real. Keep up the good year and thank you again. It was an honor to finally see a championship with my DAD.

  339. tfaria permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:50 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I would like to take you up on your challenge to test the bloody sock. I donate to a charity called the DNA Epicenter located in New London, CT. ( It’s goal is teach kids science skills in a way that actually gets them excited about science, DNA in particular. Most of these children come from underprivleged backgrounds.

    This center has the equipment to test the blood on the sock versus your own blood to stick it to those naysayers!

    If you are interested in helping out this cause and getting the test done by a reputable source please email me at

    Thanks and have a great season.

  340. poorstschill permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:52 pm

    I believe the blood was real. And I also believe Schilling pitched a great game, especially considering the injury. But when I read:

    “Remember this, the surgery was voluntary. If you have the nuts, or the guts, grab an orthopedic surgeon, have them suture your ankle skin down to the tissue covering the bone in your ankle joint, then walk around for 4 hours. After that go find a mound, throw a hundred or so pitches, run over, cover first a few times. When you’re done check that ankle and see if it bleeds. It will.”

    I just think how lame this guy is. His sense of self importance unmatched. I think Schilling actually believes he’s a saint (if not the savior himself). Sure, he has a right to defend himself, but if he had the “nuts or the guts” he would have simply said, “I’ll give a million dollars to the charity of anyone who can prove the blood isn’t real” and nothing more. That, I could have respected.

  341. YankeeFan permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:53 pm

    Has anyone seen this website devoted to the bloody sock?

    Pretty funny.

  342. greenmonster2004 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:54 pm


    Let me start by saying that your performance in the 2004 ALCS and World Series is really one of the most heroic performances in sports in decades. I also commend you for standing up to the media and not letting them walk all over you. Anyone who doubts the blood on your sock has obviously never gone through a major surgery. I also have to say that I thought it was hilarious when Millar came out with the red on his sock yesterday in Baltimore, but at least we all know that is just in good fun, it’s the kind of guy he is. Keep up the great work.


  343. inkfreq permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:58 pm

    This entire argument is ridiculous.

    Yes, Curt, you have often been accused of being a controversial pitcher, and having plenty to say. But the last time I checked, you were never known for being a liar.

    I followed your career in Philly as a watcher. I cheered your career in Arizona as a fan. I did business with your company as a game store owner. And I still watch with interest as you throw in Beantown.

    The fact is, nothing I have ever heard until now supports your being dishonest. Why this becomes a major news story is beyond me. How does a guy go from being “vocal” to being a drama queen who paints socks red for PR?

  344. April 27, 2007 1:59 pm


    If you didn’t want this to be a big deal, why didn’t you just wear a red sock, what with you being on…you know… the Red Sox?

    Oh, because then we wouldn’t gotten all those dramatic FOX camera angles of your dirty laundry. Never mind.

  345. jlee2027 permalink
    April 27, 2007 1:59 pm

    Curt –

    You rock, and the sock had blood on it. I’m an Oriole fan, and I hate seeing
    Camden Yards filled with Boston fans, but sigh, it is when youse guys are here!

    I understand your comments about Faith, and agree. It does make a difference in our lives.

    Don’t be too hard on Gary, hopefully he’ll be man enough to call or stop by the locker room and apologize. If so, I know you are man enough to accept his mistake and move on.

    And if the Orioles can’t win, why not you guys?

  346. justspecial permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:00 pm

    Man, I really like you as a baseball player, but you seem like a difficult person to deal with. And I’m not so fancy of your political views too.

    I liked you more when you were just another player.

  347. April 27, 2007 2:00 pm

    When I first heard about this “controversy” I laughed it off. I thought they were jocking. But then…what the hell is wrong with people? Honestly.
    I KNOW that’s blood. I think anyone that’s EVER played a sport knows what dried blood looks like.
    So all the skeptics need to get over themselves and start worrying about actual problems in the sports world.

    I’ll keep the faith. You’re a legendary pitcher that deserves respect from the entire baseball community- fan or otherwise.

  348. andyh52 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:02 pm


    I think your response is well justified, and I agree completely with you on the generally inflated sense of self-importance displayed by many in the media.

    In all honesty, I don’t think much of anyone believes that you or anyone in the clubhouse did anything to enhance the appearance of your sock. First, because you are personally an honest and straightforward guy, and second because even if you weren’t, it would make no sense whatsoever to make an injury look WORSE than it was to the opponents. Coaches and playrs hide injuries from the “enemy”, they don’t exaggerate them.

    I think Thorne just wanted to pull off the impression that he was an insider by being able to casually quote Doug Mirabelli. What I suspect is that sometime, before or after some game, Dougie was giving you grief and teasing as friends often do, especially in a locker room atmosphere. (I wonder if Thorne has ever been a team member in a locker room in his life?) Thorne probably overheard some good natured joking of some sort and used it to inflate his own self-importance by this throwaway line. When he crashed and burned he did everything BUT apologize, and that’s one I think he owes you. He otherwise seems to be a decent guy.

    The mistake of taking a joke seriously for the opportunity of pouncing all over a celebrity is not confined to people you perceive as “liberal media”. You can ask Sheryl Crow! While some media members are liberal and some conservative the one trait they share is the irresistable urge they feel to poke at the establishment.

    Oh, and one more thing – there will always be a few who roll their eyes at a public person expressing religious devotion, but there are many more of us who have utmost respect for the religious beliefs of others, even if we don’t share them.

    Keep on trucking, we all hope to see you retire with a “Red Sock”.

    AndyH (Democrat and Atheist 😉 )

  349. mvbatman permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:04 pm


    I totally agree with you 100 % about the media…. out here in L.A. the local talk show thought at least some of the story was true. The media is filled with jerks, as you know, just try not to let them get to you so much. I know that’s hard to do, all things considered.

    Good luck to you and the Red Sox this year. Hey, tell Josh to keep it up! I would love to see you guys pitching in October.

  350. eeedlef permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:05 pm

    To all the morons asking why Curt is responding to the criticism instead of ignoring it, read his message.

    He doesn’t want to have to answer the millions of questions that are going to follow this media maelstrom, and is able to put it to rest in one post on here.

  351. mares2 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:05 pm

    Accusations and allegations like that anger me. I don’t understand, with all the serious problems we face in this world, any reporter can waste time concocting something like this. It occurs to me that this is an attempt to garner attention to themselves.

  352. jdunc permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:07 pm

    As a member of a family currently dealing with ALS, I hope someone takes you up on your offer. Anything to benefit ALS and to help find a cure would be awesome. God bless you.

  353. nwash permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:08 pm

    Curt you need to be on an island. Thorne said something he thought was to be the truth and he was obviously mistaken.

    You are the one making a big deal about this. GET OVER IT. It was a mistake and he is embarassed by it. You are nothing but a media whore, have been forever and will continue to be one.

    Curt you may be a great pitcher but you are not much of a person off the field. It has to be all about you, which is sad. As history looks back on you as a baseball player you will be considered a good pitcher nothing more nothing less, and no matter how much you try to be more it will not happen.

  354. hack14 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:08 pm

    WE LOVE YOU CURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  355. greeniereddy permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:08 pm


    Lighten up on the poor guy. He’s just trying to make a living working for Peter Angelos and they make him sit in a small room all night with jim palmer. That’s enough to make anyone lose their sense of reality. Seriously, I sat in the stands the other night and watched you tease the Orioles with your collection of fastballs of varying speeds- and I started to dream about the Orioles if they had retained Schilling, Harnish, and Finley- and never laid eyes on Glen Davis. At any rate, it’s a slow news day when so much gets written about your sock. I guess we’re tired of talking about steroids, human growth hormones, and Balco- things that tear down the game. If baseball really cared about its fans the players would pee in a bottle every day- just like racehorses do.

  356. bvanfleet permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:09 pm

    AP reports Thorne first claimes that Mirabelli told him about the sock. Now he claimes he overheard it wrong. Isn’t there a big difference between being told and overhearing. You would think a lawyer would know the difference. Then again this is entertainment and any press is good press.

    Lets hope everyone is pleased with their performance this season.

  357. minimack42 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:10 pm

    Hey Schill,
    This has to be your greatest blog yet….Hell of a job….I can’t believe (well, actually I can) that WEEI spent TWELVE PLUS HOURS talking about a SOCK yesterday. …..and you hit the nail on the head when you wrote that these MEDIA DWEEBS can basicly say ANYTHING they want and suffer no reprecussions……..keep up the good work on and off the field

  358. vgadolin permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:15 pm


    I have a picture of “The Ultimate Red Sock” in my office cube. It signifies determination, guts and teamwork and have said the same to anyone who asks me about it. I even mentioned your name in reference to the determination and teamwork in an interview and got a job because of it. I can’t believe anyone who would even think that anyone, least of of all you, would pull such a stunt as painting the sock.

    If the people who even thought that it was a fake would just have to watch the games you pitched in to see that in the different innings, the stain changed. If it was paint, then that would mean that you would have to keep adding more and more each inning so the stain would change. If I remember correctly, you didn’t leave the dugout.

    I am sorry for you that you even had to respond to such stupidity. Please keep up the good work that you are doing on and off the field. I have been a fan of yours since you and Randy Johnson were teammates.

    I really hope that someone takes you up on proving it so that ALS could get the money!!

  359. soxinuk permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:17 pm

    This is something you simply don’t question. The fact remains that your ankle was in bad shape, and you pulled off one of the gutsiest performances I’ve ever seen. I thought the reactions of teammates and former teammates in support of you show what a great clubhouse existed in “04. I have a similar feeling with this team this year. Thorne is a moron.

  360. Elell permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:18 pm

    No explanation necessary for me or any true fan who witnessed the events of 2004.

    I do believe there are a few more sports reporters than not who put in the time, get the interviews, do the homework, check the facts in order to educate and entertain us, the fans.

    Then there are the talentless blabbermouths, we all know who they are, who because they don’t have the talent and don’t work at doing a good job have to fill the pages or airwaves with something and that’s where you get comments like the one made by this idiot, I never heard of him before and I’ve already forgotten his name…

    This article says it for me…

  361. davejarvis permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:18 pm


    Great job. Brush them off.

  362. zambon1man permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:18 pm

    I’m a Red Sox fan, and a Schilling fan.

    I believe it was blood, but eve n if it wasn’t, WHO THE HELL CARES? Still an amazing performance, still an amazing story. Unless, of course, you’re a Yankee’s fan.

    Keep pitching like you’re pitching Schill, I hope to see you in a Red Sox uni next year!

  363. redrum77 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:21 pm

    i can’t believe i am saying this, but God bless you Curt Schilling.
    Oh man if my fellow yankee friends find out I said this I am a dead man.
    But this is not about baseball, this is about truth.
    Your reaction was necessary because what happened on the mound that night was an inspiration to many, and it is important to let them know that it was not done in vain.

    Good luck to you in life Schill, but as far as baseball, go Yanks.

  364. slimbru permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:21 pm


    Thorne is just another example of the media using sensationalism, controversy, and other forms of irresponsible journalism to increase it’s audience size.

    I understand that the DIY channel is looking at hiring him as their strategist to provide the color commentary on watching paint dry.

    Keep up the great job on blog and pitching and stuff.

  365. jjay19 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:24 pm

    Yay! You did it Curt. You got more attention! Way to go!

    At first I thought it was painted on but then I realized that that meant you’d have to be able to bend over far enough to reach your feet so I guess it must really be blood.

    About time you cut your damn hair. Couldn’t have looked any gayer.

  366. thirties permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:29 pm

    I guess Gary Thorne will never work for NESN. He really painted himself into a corner. Glad to see the waves of truth thoroughly soak him to the skin.

  367. mediaslayer permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:29 pm

    Hey Curt, I couldnt agree with you more. The media now days try to control everything and forget that everyone is a human being here. They have no regards for what you think or what you say. Why would you paint red on your sock on national TV during the postseason, come on how ridiculous does that sound? And to bring it up 3 years later is even more unreal. Announcers, media, sports writers……shut up and deliver whats really going on in sports….for instance, lets take Josh Hamilton of the Reds. What a story! 1st pick in the draft, falls into a heavy drug addiction and made his way back up and has the most homeruns than any other rookies currently. Now that is news. Curt good luck and dont listen to the haters trying to get a story.

  368. bigsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:35 pm

    I heard that Woody’s feet don’t even bleed! He is the JERRY SPRINGER of the sports world. What a waste………….

    Curt, thanks for doing what you did in 2004. And thanks to all of the members of the 2004 WORLD CHAMPION RED SOX for doing what they did. One of the greatest moments of my life. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

  369. lunic16 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:35 pm

    I find it interesting that you’ve written an entire blog ridiculing the media for fabricating this story when in fact the whole “mystique” of the bloody sock was created by the media itself. Either you’re proud that you bled on a sock or you’re ambivalent to the story altogether- choose one or the other. I am so sick of hearing about Curt Schilling’s bloody sock I’m ready to vomit.

  370. jmminchrist permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:36 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Well, I’ve learned bringing God glory in sports is using what he gives you on the field (as well off). He’s not worried about the outcome (W/L) but how you carry yourself and represent him. Congratulations- I think you are doing a fine job (its a job people are often offended by, as you alluded to in a way…)

    None of us are qualified to judge you, and please know your faith remarks landed on ears that appreciated and were excited to hear your words. The glory belongs to the God most High, and praise hin through His Son Jesus Christ.

    Blessings to you this season and I hope you stay healthy.

    P.S. What sock?? 🙂
    P.S.S. Glad to see David Ortiz is having a successful career- we miss him here in MN and those of us with a brain knew he was the bomb then- looks like it worked out for the best. Please pass along the best to him…

  371. robinyount19 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:37 pm

    You know what would have made a better story from years ago that was largely ignored? When you were with the Daimondbacks and requested that the roof be closed for all of your starts to save yourself from getting rocked. And you had the nerve to call A-Rod bush league? Get over yourself. We all knew and know it was blood. Nobody needed you to go off on a rant to enlighten us. After you leave in the off season we’ll see how many of these Red Sox fans support your every move. You’re nearing the end of your career. Worry about baseball, not what some moron broadcaster said about you.

  372. dlowe32 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:37 pm

    Hey Curt , do us all a favor and ‘Just Shut Up and Pitch’!!!!!!!

  373. April 27, 2007 2:37 pm

    … and this is why I love Curt Schilling. I only wish you were pitching in NY tonight to shut ’em all up (again).

    The only good part of all this nonsense is that all the mediots and MFY fans were forced to spend the last 48 hours talking about the 2004 World Series. For a little trip down memory lane, check out today’s entry at Surviving Grady. What a week that was.

    Go Sox!

  374. skimmy permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:38 pm

    Thorne shouldn’t have even brought this up even if he did misunderstand or draw the wrong conclusion from something that may have been said. I’m more annoyed that everyone in the media and Schilling himself is up in arms about it just giving it more attention that it even deserves. A simple “whatever, believe what you want” would have sufficed but instead it turns into a diatribe about the media and sensationalism. Without the media pumping up interest in sports like baseball and making it front page material every day (whether the stories are factual or not) a baseball teams ticket sales revenue themselves woudln’t be able to pay people like Curt Schilling 10-15 million a year and still field a competitive team.

    It’s like Curt Schilling writing this blog, if it were a boring response and he just waived it off as I suggested above then there would be less interest for people to come read his response, but instead he went on the warpath against the media and large portions of it got posted to the major news outlets and it probably drove up traffic to the blog in general when people came to read the rest of what he said.

    Thorne obviously made a mistake, but put yourself in the Orioles and MASN’s (same building) shoes, by encouraging Thorne to “report” some of what he has heard or knows it will get more people (Oriole fans) to watch MASN if they’re interested and curious to hear what else Thorne might say about players that they dislike on opposing teams like the Yankees and Red Sox that they also generally dislike.

  375. bmorefan permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:41 pm

    Curt – Stop whining like a little baby, Schill. You do the same thing when you’re on the mound and you don’t get the call that you’re looking for. The sock incident was three years ago, you all won the World Series for crying out loud. Don’t get your panties in a wad over this. Maybe if you actually treated the press (including Thorne) with some decency and not belittle them every chance you get, then they would think twice before commenting on something that involves you. Even if they know it may or may not be true. You’re a hell of a pitcher but a lousy human being.

  376. jsballer3314 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:42 pm

    Curt your crazy if you think people believe you. Nobody believes your crazy lies, this guy hit the nail on the head here. Cmon Blood on your sock when your on the red socks, seams a little too ironic. Im surprised nobody has called you out already, I respect Thorne he knows the deal.
    Mirabelli sold you up the river when he left the sox, now hes back and covering his tracks callin him a Liar. Go at your teammates dont kill the messenger, and ask why your backup catcher sold you out. What a joke this is, its actually quite humorous. Shows what a joke of a pitcher you are, in a huge game all you can do is think about playing pranks. I hope they test your sock and find it to be ketchup, food coloring, paint or whatever else you guys came up with in the clubhouse.

  377. raginrick permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:43 pm


    I’m an Orioles fan, but I just love it — way to wail against Thorne and the media in general. I hate the media with passion. They are extremely ignorant and have as much use on a deserted island as a lawyer — just shark food! They’re completely irresponsible, reckless & unaccountable when it comes to flapping their jaws or masturbating on paper with their babble.

    As for the O’s, I’m sure you’re glad you moved on. What a mismanaged organization under Angelos — who is strictly concerned with profit margins rather than winning a championship

  378. gameprix1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:43 pm

    Maybe a better way to put this issue to bed is to publicy accept his apology and forgive him. That way, the only thing for reporters to write about is how you chose to forgive someone who’s done you wrong instead of doing what most people would do, which is fighting fire with fire (i.e., Gary Thorne accused you of faking the bloody sock so you accuse him of basically being a talentless hack.) The story dies only when you deciede to put it out of it’s misery, and the only way to do that, as a man of deep religious faith, is to do what your faith has taught you to do… And trust me, NOBODY will ever doubt your faith ever again. If it worked for Jesus, it’ll work for you… When Thomas was told by the other apostles that Jesus had risen from the dead and visted them, he said “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” So when Jesus visted again and Thomas was there, He didn’t go on a tirade about how Thomas wasn’t a “talentless hack of an apostle” and that He doesn’t have to prove anything to him because of who He is and what He’s done! What He DID say was “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” None of them ever doubted Him again! 🙂

    Secondly, regarding the young kid who served in Iraq that is a double amputee… If you truly believe that his story needs to be told, then why not tell it yourself? What’s his name? Where’s he from? What did he experience over there? Why should we care about him (through story, not in general)? If you know that nobody else wants to tell his story, then why not use your blog to do it for him and ultimately those of us who read your blog? If you need some motivation, then consider this: You’ve pitched one of the most memorable post season games in baseball history while in pain and bleeding and the world knows all about what you went through that day, but this kid fought for his country and lost his legs doing it and nobody knows about what he went through. So, should we? 🙂

    Good luck this season and hopefully this works out well for everyone involved in the end…

  379. wherehaveyougonejoed permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:45 pm

    It is a shame that most sports reporters today are self promoters.
    Starting with Howard Cosell and lately with Jim Rome there is an anger generated toward sports. Let’s celebrate the good things in sports. We are so lucky in this country to have the widest variety of sports in the world. This is supposed to be enjoyment, not character assassination. Bob Costos and Roy Firestone are real sports reporters.

  380. lilcat19 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:45 pm

    What you did those nights, I cannot even begin to describe how hard it must have been. I know that I believe you, and that everyone else does. Gary Thorne is an idiot and has always been one. He made himself look even more stupid this week and has lost a lot of credibility doing so.

    And to schillsucks:
    why would you waste time out of your life and ours coming on this site, reading this, and making stupid comments if you think that? You, my friend, are just trying to upset people, which makes you pretty cool if I say so myself…which i just did. Keep it up, its super sweet. (sarcasm just in case you needed help with that)

  381. greydog24 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:50 pm

    From the bright bulb called selfimportancedefined – “i speak for almost everyone in the world when i say…”

    Hey pot, you’re black. (I believe your post would be termed self-pwnage. Think about it.)

    And in your next post, you claim that Thorne spoke directly to Mirabelli. So you throw Schilling under the bus on here first, and then call Mirabelli a liar as well? You know Doug, do you? Grab a clue.

    Why do you use all the multiple 3 word screen names? Come on, you probably have some math homework to do now. Run along.

  382. bigshow22 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:50 pm

    so let me get this straight, people are pretty fast to jump the gun when people question the blood? but when the truth comes out people acuse curt of bitching about it? hey curt good for you and tell everyone else to go screw. i think its great you dont talk to the media anymore. just look at gerry callahan for example ripping julio lugo in a interview before even playin a game. the media in boston sucks especially dickerson and tanguay.

    keep up the good work curt.


  383. jimbo72 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:51 pm

    Curt, we just luv ya. Way to stand up to the media and defend yourself. I used to be a big fan of Thorne, he’s an amazing hockey announcer. But now I’d rather listen to my dog call a game. We’ll be seeing u on the road this year, and when the cutest 8-year old girl in the world hollers your name when you exit the metrodome, i’ll be the guy whose shoulders she’s perched on. God bless you, your family, the Sox, and all who you hold dear.

  384. bigd92974 permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:54 pm


    Everyone knows that the only reason you started this blog is to get some of that limelight back that Dice-K took away from you… go back to what you do best – pitching.

    Red Sox suck!

  385. buckydent permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:56 pm

    Yes Curt, I will take you up on your offer. Can’t afford $1 Mil of course, but I’ll go $100 to any charity.

    I always knew that was a PR stunt. Sure you all pressured Thorne into backpedaling so as to not damage his career, but we all know the truth.

    If you can prove there is blood on the sock, that its the sock worn in the game, that the blood is yours and that the blood came from your ankle and wasn’t applied after the game, I’ll donate $100 to any charity.

    The ball is your court, Curt.

    Russell Earl Dent

  386. April 27, 2007 2:57 pm

    It’s fantastic how you berate the media when they’re not on your side, yet you’ll go out of your way to use them for your own gain when it’s something that benefits you … Did I miss your episode on Celebrity Jeopardy?

    By the way, mullets went out of style in 1985.

  387. gobosox permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:58 pm

    i love the no nonsense attitude. nothing but professional out of you. there are so many people in the public eye that could learn from that. keep taking care of business.

  388. jobookiki permalink
    April 27, 2007 2:59 pm

    Is this the same great Curt Schilling that blamed the Phillies’ world series loss to the Bluejays on one Mitch Williams, resulting in death threats to Mitch. You certainly may be a great pitcher, but you were & are a lousy teammate. One man DOES NOT lose a world series. That was a really good piece of hitting by Joe Carter, not a bad pitch by Mitch. Yet, you chose to run Mitch out of town. Didn’t think anyone remembered, did you? You can take your heroic bloody clothes & stick them.

  389. goooooaaal permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:00 pm

    Curt baby, wasup? In no particular order, a hyperventilating Millar drawing a 9th inning lead off walk against Rivera, Bellhorn three run opposite field shot to left off of Lieber, Tony Clark ground rule double to right that held a runner at third who would have scored, Angels in an Orange County haze, D-Lowe, Big Papi, YOU, Manny, never trailing the Cardinals the entire Series, Dr. Morgan, Francona’s great moves, Jack Daniels, Foulke, and a countless number of other people and things that made the 2004 Championship Run magical and eternal. As for the current hype surrounding the bloody sock, it will soon disappear into the air like cow flatulence.

  390. 26to6 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:03 pm

    You’re right, Curt. Ignorance does have its privileges.

    “Vote for Bush.”

    Good one, Curt.

  391. proudarmywife permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:05 pm

    Fantastic response! The media needs to report the truth- not what they assume is the truth. This type of reporting happens daily. I am anxious to see who takes you up on your $1M offer!

  392. thenerdhater permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:07 pm

    I tried posting a challenge to the million dollars that another blog posted..but I guess Curt is a little $%#@%. The comment didn’t get approved.

    He’s afraid of losing the million! Conspiracy proved!

  393. cornbread19 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:07 pm

    The thing that I get out of this whole fiasco is what you were saying about members of the media who don’t know anything about what they are writing. It isn’t just limited to Gary Thorne either. When you watch a Saturday game on Fox, or a Sunday game on ESPN you get the same thing. Sportscasters trying to give insight into something they have no personal information about.
    Kevin Kennedy last week was talking about A-Rod opting out of New York, and how we need a third baseman. I wanted to climb through the TV and punch him in his mouth. ‘Excuse me mister couldn’t hack it managing in Boston, have you ever heard of a guy named MIKE LOWELL?’ Now this.
    Someone else brought it up in another comment, if Thorne had a shot glass full of integrity instead of a mouth full of BS he would have persued the topic with Doug. Obviously anyone who knows anything about the dynamic of our team (especially Doug Mirabelli) that’s exactly the kind of thing you should expect to hear, and take it for what it is. That’s like finding out someone found icy hot in their jock strap and reporting a groin pull.
    If someone saw me walking down the street in my Sox cap and asked me what I thought of the Cubs, I would tell them I don’t know much about them. Why do journalists think that they have some kind of insight, unless they have some kind of personal imformation. I wish that people would leave the reporting of the Boston Red Sox to the people who cover -oh I don’t know- Boston. When you get someone who tries to have an opinion on the whole league, you end up with guys talking about how we’re looking for a new third baseman, or trying to take away from an amazing moment in HISTORY.
    I say that it doesn’t matter if it was blood, spaghetti sauce, or some kind of world wind malfunction of tint and contrast. What matters is what the outcome of the game was. What matters is what was happening under the sock. What matter is those final micro-seconds with Kieth Foulke and Doug Mientkiewicz. Not what color your underwear was.
    I hope that you guys can take this as maybe some incentive to show the Gary Thornes of the world exactly what you’re made of. You guys are CHAMPIONS. You guys are just as good, if not better than that 2004 club. That chapter in history is over, and we’re trying to watch the next one be written. If there is nothing to say about that then you aren’t much of a sportscaster, are you?
    Just incase I’m wrong though, maybe you guys should pack up your rings and mail them to Gary Thorne anyway. That sock pitched games six and two, not Curt Schilling right? Or maybe you should give Doug a blanket party for trying to distroy Red Sox Nation, with some locker room humor. Maybe that was Gary Thorne’s point. Who knows? Who Cares?

  394. mainesoxfan40 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:09 pm


    As a fellow Christian I appreciate your candidness. I too have been faced with many instances where I should have stood up for the Lord, and many times I cowered only to face sheer regretfullness. I know how it can be difficult with the jeers, but it was good that you made the stand in ’04, and I’m glad that you weren’t apoligetic. The problem is not the sock, the problem is that you are trying to stand up for what is right in this world, and also that you are in the minority. Everyone else likes the bring you down, including the media and wayward fans- in some perverted way it makes them feel better. I always watch your games and I feel proud that a real Christian and a real, unperfect man is trying his best, and it is because of is that people want to cut you down. Keep up the good work brother, you have real fans out there that support your work ethic and your honesty.

  395. fishingthelights4 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:11 pm

    such individuals such as Gary Thorne would fall under the classification of a climberoner.
    Definition: To cling ; hang on : seek indentity, notoriety and recognition based on the achievement of others.

    If Thorne comes to the plate again, stick one in his ear!

  396. cvbeisbol permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:12 pm

    Curt, I think you flinched and you get a punch in the arm for doing so. Still I must note that I appreciate your restraint from temptation to invoke any musings of stigmata regarding your “religious” moments up there on the mound.

    I think Millar hit it right on the head: “Why are we even discussing this?”

  397. chaz51 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:12 pm

    Remembering back to the game, watching on TV there is no way that Curts injury was faked. Curt you have dont the right thing to dispute what someone who only is looking for a “quick hit” has said. We need to as a society learn to keep our mouth’s shut when the brian has no information to support.

  398. rickhal permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:13 pm

    I completely agree with you Curt. The “knights of the keyboard” strike again. The Splnter had these same issues 50 years ago. I think you are right when you say they are jealous, petty and green with envy. So, they have to take out their own insecurities on the people they envy. It’s pathetic really. You and the team did something very special that year. And no amount of petty jealousy can ever take that away.

  399. yatesgirl permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:15 pm

    Great blog, Curt! I couldn’t say it any better. Obviously, it must have been a very slow sports news day to delve back into this NON-issue. Keep up the great work and GO SOX!

  400. bkh133 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:15 pm

    Curt Schilling is an $#@!. The first baseball game I went to was an Orioles Yankees game. Curt and Pete Harnish were tossing ball on by the railing at Memorial stadium and the ball rolled over to me and picked it up. They asked for it back and said that they would sign it for me when they were done. After they were done they looked at me and kept going past. So $#@$# you Curt you deserve all the media backlashing you get.

  401. nhflowah permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:19 pm

    Remember high school? Someone said that someone said something about you?

    And, as adolescents, they would choose to believe rumors, unsubstantiated crap and innuendo because it titilated them to think less of each other. “Becky said that Katie saw……”

    Some folks never graduated mentally or emotionally. Graduating meant thinking for oneself.

    There will always be sheep who don’t want to think or wait for truth or proof. They’d rather shuffle they way through life reading the slop and slime. True intellectual thought; critical thinking… they’re not as much fun as knee-jerking emotional responses to man-made information.

    And, there will always be people who are just waiting for something to wrap their anger/resentment/feelings of inadequacy around.

    Besides, the truth is…… know……….kinda boring.

  402. kpills permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:19 pm

    Okay granted Curt you may not be the Nicest guy but you do alot for charity and their is no way on this earth that the sock had anything but blood on it paint wouldnt turn brown as it has just go look at it in the hall of fame its not off hiding its right there for everyone to see it Keep up the good work Curt
    this is our year

  403. sh4hirajma permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:23 pm

    Gary Thorne is a bit of a $!#$, as is a certain VP of Advancement of a suburban New York school I am thinking of.

    If EITHER one of them had EVEN the smallest SPECK of balls – say the size of a flea, they would admit that they’ve been WRONG.

    But neither is MAN enough to admit their “shortcomings”.

  404. twild2345 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:24 pm

    Too bad we this is even a story.

    I’d rather know your stirrup sock will be red next year.

    If they offered you the Smoltz deal right now, would you take it?

    Tell Tito to stay strong staying off dip.

    How are you doing at that?

  405. conn07 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:25 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I’m not sure if you read all these comments but I just wanted to say keep up the great work. You are a class act on the field and more importantly off the field. If every MLB player or athlete in general was as dedicated as you on and off the field this world would be a better place. Thanks for all your efforts and again keep up the great work.

  406. jackmarshall permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:25 pm

    To all the ethically clueless morons who have written here that it “doesn’t matter” whether the sock was stained with blood or paint: to mature, professional, moral human beings, integrity and honesty, and the reputation for having both, means a very great deal. Gary Thorne said with certainty that Curt Schilling was a fraud and a liar, and that DOES matter. Thorne’s statement implies that Curt Schilling, who has always represented himself as a straight-shooter, would wilfully deceive his sport and his public. That is a personal insult, and a challenge to the way he lives his life. Anyone who can’t comprehend why that is important in absolute term should be broadcasting for the Orioles.

  407. mikearienti permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:26 pm

    Even if you believe the sock was stained with paint, why wait so long to say so? If it was, wouldn’t Mirabelli have said something within a week or so, rather than supposedly telling Gary Thorne recently?

    Furthermore, why suggest it was paint in the first place and cheapen the moment? 2004 was the end of a long legacy of disappointments in Boston.

    To say anything but congratulate the Red Sox for winning their first Series in almost 90 years is nothing but rude and an attempt to:
    a.) cheapen the moment and
    b.) draw attention to oneself

    The fact is, the stain was human blood. Now, drop it and move on with life. It shouldn’t have been a controversy in the first place!

  408. scambodian permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:27 pm

    Curt do you think your gunna have to change your hat size to 9 and 7/8 by the time the year is over due to all the inflamation this blog has done to your head. Get over yourself everyone knows it was blood. We all know that it was a great performance, just throw your new and improved 89 mph fastball and give the blog a rest.

    Yours Truley
    The Scambodian

  409. mauricechavez permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:30 pm

    Hi Curt:
    I’m a Yankee fan and hate you on the mound. However, I have tremendous respect for you otherwise. I do believe it really was blood on your sock. You and the rest of the Sox deserve a lot of credit for the remarkable run you had in ’04.

  410. maranara permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:32 pm

    Thank you. The ovation that the kid (who threw out the first pitch Wednesday night) was amazing and so well deserved. I wasn’t the only one who got tears in my eyes – kids like that are an inspiration to us all.

  411. jennings1998 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:33 pm

    I want to address this issue as a journalist — a small town journalist. What Thorne did was irresponsible and unethical. More than once, I have had to let a “hot” story slide because I was unable to get rock solid confirmation of my facts and leads. There are many of us here in the journalism world just like that — who value truth, integrity and reputation over “making a big splash.” Unfortunately, many of us will never get to the big time because we’re not willing to sell our souls to get the big scoop. The issue is not the sock; it’s Thorne’s willingness to take something he overheard in a group setting and report it as “truth” that came out in a one-on-one conversation.

  412. lgmoney permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:33 pm

    Hi Curt:
    Great response here, not that you need the work, but your writing is much better than most here in Boston, sports capital of the world. Thanks for your comment on the kid who threw out the first ball, a lot of us miss these events that should make the news. Keep up the great work, it seems like you and the team are having fun and are in a groove. I hope you have your best season ever!!!

  413. sleppy53 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:36 pm

    ok do some of you guys have absolutly nolives that you feel the need to come on to schils blog every day just to rip him also schil has every right to b mad at the media he pitched threw unbelievable apin and one the game and people want to take it away from him just bcus some reporter had a hunch its ridiculous if this story was about some pitcher that every1 loves then the story would be dead in minutes anyways what ever you want to believe doesnt matter becuase what it all boils down to is that the Red Sox won the 2004 world series and we could not have done it without curt schilling END OF STORY

  414. cbrogan permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:36 pm


    Thanks for calling the media out on this one. In my profession where accountability/integrity is everything, I’m amazed journalists can write almost anything and get away with it.

    I have often wondered if a journalist’s work was subject to audit, how different and more accurate the articles would be. Thanks.

  415. jeanlucpicardoftheussenterprise permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:37 pm

    mouth breathers of the world unite against schilling! the sock was a fake! let all illegal aliens vote! there were no weapons of mass destruction! there was a 2nd shooter! beware of the vast right-wing conspiracy! people don’t kill people, guns kill people! let all rapists go because they have already suffered enough! let us pardon all felons if they give us enough campaign funds! pepsi is better than coke! cake is better than pie! can’t we all get along?

  416. moonlightmile permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:37 pm

    While I can agree that the media can be ravenous sharks at times, on the other hand most professional athletes can be pretentious egotisical blowhards. In reality Curt, if it wasn’t for the newsmedia, NO ONE would know who you are, and needless to say, you would NOT be making the millions that you do. You would be just another “anonymous schmoe” in the whole scheme of things. The charities you support would be devoid of your monies, and the countless dollars they receive from other “anonymous schmoes” due to your association with them. When you launched your charity campaigns, did you not USE the newsmedia to do so? Then again, you probably only used them because they have a far better grasp of the English language. You’re a hell of a pitcher Curt; you’ve shown your toughness and determination over the years. What you do for charity is well documented. You should be above the name calling and condescension.

  417. moonlightmile permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:39 pm

    While I can agree that the media can be ravenous sharks at times, on the other hand most professional athletes can be pretentious egotisical blowhards. In reality Curt, if it wasn’t for the newsmedia, NO ONE would know who you are, and needless to say, you would NOT be making the millions that you do. You would be just another “anonymous schmoe” in the whole scheme of things. The charities you support would be devoid of your monies, and the countless dollars they receive from other “anonymous schmoes” due to your association with them. When you launched your charity campaigns, did you not USE the newsmedia to do so? Or was it because they have a far better grasp of the English language, as you say? You’re a hell of a pitcher Curt; you’ve shown your toughness and determination over the years. What you do for charity is well documented. You should be above the name calling and condescension.

  418. frieda406 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:39 pm

    the public appetite for “news” is voracious. witness the stultifying stories on ms. lohan, ms. hilton et al. none of that is news. it’s almost like the murders at virginia tech have faded into the background. reporters are always looking for a story. this thorne guy should have known better, but he didn’t. now he looks like an idiot, which he probably is. just ignore him and all that ilk and do your thing. from an arizona fan.

  419. snack77pac permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:40 pm

    Mr. Shilling,

    As a sports fan it is refreshing to learn more about the lives of your favorite players. I think this blog could be one of the greatest testiments I have ever read. It is too bad that guys like Woody Page and Jay Mariotti don’t have the fortitude to report on something as great as that young man from the game. It is easy to sit in a lounge chair and talk trash about people that you don’t have to face. Thank you for taking the time to give fans a look into your life. Best wishes and good luck for the rest of ’07


  420. shutupschilling permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:40 pm

    What a joke.

    Funny that no one seems to understand what really happened here.

    Curt loves attention, look no further for proof than this very blog.

    Beckett and The National Treasure are stealing his spotlight.

    What does Curt want? To bring back up 2004 when Jesus Christ himself thought so much of Curt that he miraculously enabled him to pitch.

    So Curt gets Thorne to make this comment in order to bring Curt’s heroics back to the frontpage.

    Be honest with yourselves and tell me this doesn’t make sense.

    The day you leave baseball will be a great day for fans everywhere who love to watch the games and not listen to some ass with an inflated sense of self worth because he happens to be one of many people blessed with the talent to pitch a baseball. Get over yourself.

    Your legacy will never be the magic markered sock anyways. The first thing people will remember about you is that you are a self centered jackass who wants everyone to think he is a better person than they are.

  421. sleppy53 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:41 pm

    oh i just read another comment that said schil was a bad guy off the field ……last i checked curt schilling raises money for charity …so if people dont know what they’re talking about they shouldn’t open thier mouth which goes for kevin thorn and for computer geeks who find graditude from ripping people 100 times more successful then themselves

  422. Sparhawk permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:42 pm

    All I can say is that in media, especially these days, the truly amazing people in the world often do go overlooked. I served in the military for 10 years and understand the feeling of choking back tears to see someone like that 20 year old soldier walk out onto a field with no cane, because of the strength he has found within himself. I also understand he was making monthly what many athletes in baseball make in one inning! An A-Rod strikeout was his annual income. So Curt, I hope this soldier inspires you to give back, like you have and continue to do. But the idiots in the mass media (with some exceptions) will never realize that sometimes the best stories in the world are the ones never told because often there is a fear that it won’t sell papers. Makes you really examine what our country’s foundation is becoming. Hats off and I salute you, and that 20 year old kid, not letting trials and tribulations of life ever get in your way or slow you down is amazing. And on this one, I would say this kid has even edged out the great Curt Schilling, not even you could imagine what he is experiencing. But big cudos to you for recognizing that. Thanks for the great posts Curt and I hope you get that $1,000,000 for ALS…..but I already know better than to take that bet!

    Brian & Sarah Sparhawk
    Springvale, Maine

  423. kirk43 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:44 pm

    curt,great comeback perfect place to blast the media and challange anydoubters of the remarkable feat you and doctor morgan and of course all your great teammates accomplished in 2004,having created your personal blog was a brilliant idea and all this foolishness thorne created by accident or purposely only backfired on him and the media in general your blog audiance seems to have grown also due to national tv coverage of this story your so on the money about media having a great easy gig i wrote to you about weei love the station your interviews ect , but they play the same game of lets make us the story , usually the flashguy plays the part of the critical observer or you have to endure the comments of how easy and succesfull thier occupations are just gets old sometimes,as doctor morgan said on weei maybe as to why this became such a big story people seem to have too much time on thier hands ,certainly the media in general has again great to hear you kick butt and hopefully we can kick some yankee butt this weekend go redsox pats capecod

  424. marco4357 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:47 pm


    Send me the sock…. I have a lab and we can run DNA testing and to look for other metabolites that should be in a blood sample… even if it is old. If it is paint, all those acrylates and polymers from the paint will come in the test.

    I will like to get this 1 million dollars to March of the Dimes…..

  425. atstern permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:48 pm

    You constantly preach about your relationship to the Lord, yet always seem to behave in a way at odds with the true ways of Jesus Christ. You’re aggressive and you have no ability to turn the other cheek, just to mention two examples. Shame on you. Take Jesus Christ as an example, not as a cover for your often shameless behavior.

  426. snyderm7 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:48 pm

    Ironic, the comments about the press’ impunity with regards to this bloody sock and the suggestion that a story can be found from the brave young soldier who lost 2 legs fighting in the Iraq war. It would be nice if the press could be held accountable for their abject failures in reporting factual information to the public, perhaps we would have gotten some semblance of truth to digest 4 years ago in the run up to this massively costly blunder. Alas, the media can’t even be trusted in the arena of passtimes, what depressing times we live in. Sorry to get so political on it, but it will always bother me deeply. I appreciated your earlier comments about your political stance, and I just post because I found your blasting of the media dually relevant in this matter.

    Keep rockin their socks off, love the frankness.

  427. chipper75 permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:49 pm

    You are right on about the media. They have no talent and no one would know who they were if they didn’t make up stupid stories like this. You just can’t trust the media, they live by the mantra of ” don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story “. I just wonder, how the hell your sock gets to be a big news story years later? Is Baltimore so far out of it already this season that their announcer has to start reporting on peoples socks? Give me a break. Who cares if it was blood, paint, bugers or crap… doesn’t change the pitching, doesn’t change that the Red Sox won, all it did was get some worthless announcers name in the papers.

  428. rivermusicnut permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:49 pm

    Dear Brother in

    Please thank the Lord for every one of the negative reactions you received regarding your response to Gary Thornes’ attack to your heroic and highly spiritual performences not only during the 2004 playoffs and World Series but throughout your career and your life in general. I am truly amazed at the way you have come back to form and with such discipline, so quickly, that it seems no one wants to even touch that story.

    You came into spring training overweight and within a couple of weeks, it seemed, you were in playing shape, and to do that at your age, I know you have the faith that conquers mountains.

    So, to all the haters out there, especially the ones whose favorite team is in last place:

    Bring it, because Curt and all the real Christians will only pray for you. You are showing that you need to be prayed for because you are hurting. No need to be jealous. You should be happy for a 40 year-old man who has rehabilitated himself back from such a debilitating injury. It took him more than a year to get back to top form. I bet you wish you had him on your team right now, but why don’t you just lie back and dream of the past like you want to do. Maybe the Lord will have grace on you to bring you to repentance and forgiveness.

    No one is perfect, not even Christians except through and by the blood of Jesus. Everyone check out James 1:2. Curt lives his life by Scripture.

  429. e3wicklu permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:50 pm

    Good for you Brother! We are not put on this Earth to make everyone like us. We are here to be disciples of Jesus. Keep on with what you are doing.

  430. kavanaugh permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:51 pm

    Hey Curt, hope you’re laughing off all the haters on here…


    you are a knight and deserve nothing but respect. Games 6 & 2 were the definition of true grit, and any time I find myself lacking courage or inspiration I think back to what you (and the rest of the team) did and I ball up a fist. How dare anyone trivialize your heroics! YOU ARE WILLIAM WALLACE! Boston loves you forever.

    so I’m a little late on the draw but thank you for starting this blog. Keeping up with an internet journal requires a lot of time and effort… the fact that you do it on top of a demanding career is additionally impressive. I enjoy stopping in to see what YOU have to say and not what Shaughnessy says you said. Unfiltered Schill’ = QUALITY.

    it’s great to see you and Dice-K chatting it up in the dugout, how’s his english / your japanese coming along?

    – J

  431. 3timemiltarydad permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:54 pm

    i’m not a Red Sox fan and I just surfed in here seeing your post about the young military man who thru out the ball, that is news worty not a blood sock.

    Too the ill informed who call our president a jerk or idiot time will bear out he did what he needed to do to protect this country, and to show so little respect for the higest office in the land be it Republican or Democrat shows and bears out your lack of common sense and the ability to reason.

    I have two son’s in the ME who are on tour 2 and 3 at there request and both say the same Al Q is there in big numbers and when we withdraw they will fallow us here to our shores once again, they only want one thing to kill Americans.

    Sleep safe Boston, but remember you might be the next 9/11 it not a matter of how but when.

  432. sdepascale permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:55 pm

    Curt, I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times on here, but for what it’s worth, I’m with you. When I heard what Thorne said was, “you know, these guys must really have nothing else better to talk about”. There will always be people out there who will give you grief over this, just to stir things up.

    For me, somehow I don’t think that before a playoff game in Yankee Stadium you’d be sitting in the clubhouse trying to think up a good way to get more publicity. When I think of Curt Schilling, I think of somebody who’d be completely focussed on preparing for the game: getting pumped up mentally, going over the hitters you’re going to face, who’s hot, who’s not, what pitches to throw to who in what spots, etc. I could be wrong, but even thinking about something like faking blood on your sock would be a distraction from that.

    As far as I’m concerned, you’re one of the true warriors and character guys in the majors today, who goes out there every start and pitches with your heart on your sleeve, willing to do whatever it takes for the team. That’s why this whole thing is so annoying… Here’s hoping you’ll be back next year, but if you’re not, you’ll be missed… but at least we’ll still have that bloody sock to talk about…

    (And by the way, from the video footage, the blood looks nothing like paint. Not even close. Tell me food coloring, and I’d be slightly more inclined to believe it, but paint? Please.)

  433. slsp permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:57 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I am the Pastor of Calvary Chapel in the City (Boston) which meets about a mile from Fenway park. I am a big Red Sox and Curt Schilling fan. I want you to know, I was not rolling my eyes when you were talking about God in the World Series, I was encouraged, as were hundreds of thousands of other Christians.

    Hang in there. God loves you. Go Sox.

    Mercy, Steve

  434. greginnashua permalink
    April 27, 2007 3:59 pm

    The sock was three years ago and I do not see anyone lining up to take away the fairly won and well deserved World Series trophy. Now onto more important items…..keep up the good start!

  435. jkmbb permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:00 pm


    You have big ones to risk your career and do what you did with your ankle. I will always appreciate that it greatly assisted the Red Sox to win in 2004. Liberals particularly in the Northeastern US are jealous of any conservatives success and try to tear them down. Your case is another example of that.

    Keep doing what your are doing. The Red Sox are nuts not to have signed you at the season’s start. Now with 16 wins or more you will get a 2-3 year contract out of it and have a solid chance to cement your Hall of Fame position when you retire.

    I do appreciate your work for ALS. It is important. I wish you could motivate one of your teammates to start a nonprofit for Iraq War Veterans and/or Autism. I have an autistic son and given the state of medicine, when I die in the next 10-25 years (I am 53) he is screwed. I really wish a someone would front a telethon like Jerry Lewis does for MDAA because research money may make a big dent in this. (The obvious area for research is gene replacement, which is very new in US medicine.)

    Good Luck in winning 20 and making a big payday this fall.


  436. skiracer permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:01 pm

    Besides being a great athlete and pitcher, Its obvious that your a decent person and thats what matters most.

    Everyone on here that have nothing good to say, well I guess they have a right to their opinion also. Even if I don’t agree. They are probably Yankee and/or Thorne apologists.

    It would be great to meet you someday and talk baseball or just have a beer.

    Game 6 is still one of the great performances of recent years in baseball.

    Keep up the good fight, and have a great season.

  437. April 27, 2007 4:01 pm

    That media announcer is an idiot and should be fired for slander and disrespecting the legacy.

    I laughed at the newstory the second I heard it. The media is a sad, sad group in our country. No news is good news as they say.

  438. thedoctorx permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:07 pm

    “The guy is a very good liar,” say the [CENSORED–Ed.] John Hayman on Jim Rome’s show. He then suggests that Thorne is covering for Curt and Doug.

    Some of these [CENSORED–Ed.] are like 9/11 conspiracists. They just keep conjuring more and more lies to justify their hatred. To the troll crying about Curt defending himself, ask yourselves what YOU would do if your were publicly called a liar.

    Oh wait . . . none of you have integrity or reputation to defend.

    Now, back to more important things . . . let us pray:

    “Oh [Insert Your Deity Here, Nicole Kidman came through last time–Ed.] make firm the arm of thine servant Dice-K, so that he may distemper and confuse the mercenaries of the Toilet Bowl. May he strike down the Betrayers and Moneyhandlers, sending them to the Deep Place that is the dugout, wailing, and gnashing their teeth.

    Fortify the bats of Your Chosen Nation so they may beat the balls of thine enemies and silence their people who worship false gods and listen to silly music.

    May Your Righteousness sweep through the weekend, burying Your enemies, so that Your Chosen Nation may look down upon them in the standings.

    And may You stricken certain scribes so that they verily may find blood stains in their tighty-whities, but from hemorrhoids for Thou art not Mean.



  439. motty05 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:08 pm

    Hey Schill,
    Remember when you stumped for that wackjob that sent that soldier to war? Oh, good times…….I think you better look deep into the payroll, you may find that Gary works for Questec. He might be the reason you haven’t been getting 4-5 off the black. Just like your boy McCain said “Lighten up and get a life”

  440. vassallo38 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:08 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Thirty seconds ago I just heard Jay Mariotti say, “It’s April 27th, and I’m already sick of Curt Schilling”

    Hey Mariotti, it’s April 27th, and we’ve been sick of you for years.

    First of all, I completely agree with you and think this was your best post.
    I think it’s great to have an athlete stand up and actually say what he thinks, directly to the fans. Thank you Curt. I have high very high respect for you. Not to mention the way you pitch.

    There is a question that i would like to ask,
    Now that we know some of the guys you don’t care for,
    are there any guys in the media that you respect? Like to talk to? Respect?


    Andy V.

  441. berniecarbo75 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:10 pm

    Curt, Don’t pay any attention to those clowns about the sock, most of these guys in the media never played a sport in thier life so they have no idea what sacrifices you make giving 100%. My guess is all these media guys writing negative stuff about athletes just to get some headlines is that they were always the last picked to play as a kid. I got a christmas gift a couple of years ago, it was Shaunessy’s book about the sox winning it all. I gave it back.Best of luck against new york this week


  442. bigmouthpoliticians permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:11 pm

    Schilling is a fine player. Like many athletes and entertainers he gets into trouble when he comments on areas outside of his expertise. We all recall his comments after 9/11. Why they gave him a bandbox we’ll never know.

    So what if the sock was blood or not blood. It makes no difference. Actually, I thought a teammate did it so that the announcers would have something to talk about. I prefer baseball on radio or with complete silence as most announcers and media people assume they are the only ones who have followed the game.

    Good luck to Curt and his family. However, when he comments on issues outside of baseball I give him about same credibility as Cheryl Crow or Don Imus.

  443. vassallo38 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:12 pm

    Didn’t mean to write respect twice. hah

  444. busyguy permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:13 pm

    Too bad ALL of the good things going right for the Sox have to be overshadowed by a dumb ass comment. Gary Thorne is a wannabe.

    Keep cranking Curt and dont worry Sox Nation is behind you and the SOX.

    World Series bound 2007…………


  445. rocktest permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:13 pm

    Agree 100% on Mariotti, and yeah, they’re all the same, try to make a name by going after the giants in their city. Myself and others have learned to ignore them, but I guess there’s too many who still fall for it, because I don’t know how they have jobs.

    Here is a great link on how much of a windbag Mariotti is, changing his opinion on the White Sox about 200 times throughout the year. . Just shows how he knows jack about sports, when you can’t even stand for one damn thing.

    Just one more example of how much of a joke Mariotti is, he goes after everyone, but never goes into a lockerroom, he’s too scared and gets all of his quotes secondhand. That tells you a lot about a person.

  446. eagleonefox2 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:16 pm

    Schill – Keep defending yourself man. I too am a former athlete who’s played at all levels of competition and has dealt with the media. Forget sending them to secluded island; ship them to a different planet. And for those bloggers coming at Schill, are you even athletes? Have you played organized sports before, or are you one of those people who talks @&#% all day because you bought an admission ticket. Do you know what athletes have to endure for your few hours of your drunken fun? Yea, they get paid very well and they should be, but you don’t see what happens behind close doors. I don’t think you would be able to handle it either. All athletes want is to enjoy life, play the game they love and entertain fans like yourselves. Athletes don’t need commentators making up stories, to bolster their hype. Are Americans that petty, that the word of a commentator has got the country talking about a cotton sock? God people we’re at war here…let’s get our family home.

  447. thedannyboy permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:19 pm

    Big deal…so the sock in the HOF has real blood on it…is that prrof of anything?…let us test the real sock.

  448. Otis Fudpucker permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:21 pm

    Nice post Curt. The whole story is nonsense IMO, and will be forgotten soon.

    By the way, add Skip Bayless to the group of self-involved jackass talking heads that like to hear themselves talk.

  449. vassallo38 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:23 pm

    oh yeah and hey schillsucks,

    I love it how you are the FIRST post. Get a life and stop making an idiot out of yourself.

    Go SOX

  450. mcnabbortiz534 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:23 pm


    What you did in that postseason is no doubt heroic. Whenever I am about to give up in something because the odds are up against me I look to what you did for inspiration. Yaz, Ted Williams, Roger Clemens, Luis Tiant, even Darren Bragg… couldn’t end the curse but you put your whole career on the line because it meant so much to you. As Tito said, that was heroic. I know why people put so much stock in what opinionated liberal journalists have to say. It’s because ESPN is a monopoly and no matter how jaded a program is, the opinions of these journalists will influence thousands of fans. I don’t let that happen. Even if you put on a 38 in pinstripes next year, it won’t matter. There is nothing you could do to take away the respect I have for you because of what you did. You are one of my all time favorite players. I will never listen to a Gary Thorne broadcast again, even though I am glad he cleared up the story and apologized. What get’s me about Thorne is the smugness he had when he said, “Nah…it was paint.” I don’t want to hear your opinion you nerdy little broadcaster, it means nothing. Your team has sucked for 10 years and nobody cares about the NHL, but that is not Curt’s fault. There are always conspiracy theorists and Yankee fans that will discredit what you did, but I will continue to passionately defend you and the sock. Keep it up, I’ll see you in Cooperstown. GO SAWX!! (Bob Ryan and that guy with the red affro for the Globe are jackasses too)

  451. bgaff permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:23 pm

    Wow, Curt is getting hammered for a pretty enormous sacrifice and commitment he made to his team, teamates and fans. But, I guess what has he done for us lately right? I mean all he did was risk the remainder of his career and basically lose the following year in the process. What do people want from athletes these days. Curts an intelligent player that happens to have some strong opinions…OK and the problem with that would be? There are so many mis-fit, a-hole athletes out there littering the sports world. Curt is using his profile to raise money for charities. As far as the media goes, they don’t just get a free pass. They can write or say anything they want but if you are an athlete that gives it back to them look out they go on the warpath. Guys like Shaunessy with his tedious, recylced columns always taking shots…too many bitter old men in the media shaping what we see and read. The whole sock thing happened 2 1/2 years ago, to suggest Curt’s being a dramatic about this is absurd. He didn’t bring it up in the first place. OK I guess the Curt haters are going to hammer me now….who cares…

  452. popswright1 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:23 pm

    I used to have respect for Mr. Thorne, however his spontanious outburst, without checking his facts, has left me dissapointed in him.
    Your dare is the way to go,it will stop the stupidity and give a charity the funds to help someone out.
    Your comments about the press (all media ) is correct…where do corrections and recants to their abuse of credentials appear???? Ten to sixteen pages inside in a little column!!!!

  453. jaba1214 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:25 pm

    I know the sock issue is a big deal, however I want to commend you on your willingness to speak up for your Lord and Creator. That means alot to see some one of your class and fame to openly speak up about God. No eye rolls here. Matter of fact, that is the reason I signed up just to give you those words of encouragement. Thanks and God Bless!!

  454. jasiu353 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:29 pm


    The media will always be the media….a few years later they bring up the bloody sock….who knows what they will bring up in the future….The only person that really knows what was on that sock is everyone who was in the clubhouse….and i dont think anyone of your caliber would have the audacity to do something like this….you have alot of class unlike Gary Thorne

  455. stopcrying permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:30 pm

    Hey Curt. Why don’t yout stop the crying already. All throughout your career, in philly and arizona, you have been the worst composed ball player i have seen. So what if it’s real blood or not, who cares.. why are you putting out messages in blogs and speaking to the press about this issue. Just be quiet and pitch, which you forgot how to do just that lately. Hope you go 0-30 with a 27.00 era the rest of the season you ungrately donkey.

  456. stupididioticcomment2make permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:31 pm

    I agree that the blood is real. That being said, not all of “the media” is bad. That’s like saying all ballplayers are jerks. Gary Thorne is cool – he was trying to fill time with something that he thought was interesting. That’s all. Perhaps it was, in fact, a stupid, idiotic comment to make.

  457. tcgris77 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:32 pm


    The folks you mentioned are a bunch of self-righteous idiots that never played the game at the level you have throughout your career. If they can’t accept what you did, then the bloody heck with them. Your grit and determination to go on the mound in Game 6 was a inspiration for all baseball fans.

    Never mind that they rolled their eyes and smirked during the post-game. Obviously, your were on a Mission from God during Game 6. It’s unfortunate that they have not found the wonderment and ways of our Lord and Savior.

    May God Bless you and keep you. Peace be with you.

  458. stevefromwaltham permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:39 pm

    Gee Curt, can you please answer me a question. What gets tired first, you arm, legs or your mouth. You are such a blowhard. All this yapping about a piece of clothing when there are more important things going on in the world. Get over yourself will you.

  459. yankeefan06 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:40 pm

    Thank you Curt for you work for ALS. I am an Occupational Therapist and work with patients that have degenerative diseases.
    I am also a photographer and love to shoot sports. I agree with you on your position with the media. In my contacts with the media, I have not been impressed. I feel more times than not, they publish crappy no-skill photographs that a beginner could shoot. They have their pictures published only because they have “connections”, not because of their skill in shooting pictures. Most of the pictures on the internet, in magazines, etc could have been shot with a point and shoot auto-everything camera. Only the subject in the picture make them noteworthy. As far as the media, they are the best at making mountains out of molehills, trying to get a scoupe when there isn’t one, and only showing one side of a story. I agree with you, it comes down to outright lying to sell papers. No talent in that.
    Good luck on the rest of your career, and don’t forget there are still fans out there that love baseball for baseball. Even as a Yankees fan, I still appreciate the Red Sox, because without the rivalry, the games would get pretty boring. (I gave up on the NBA, they put me to sleep). I also love to watch athletes that are able to dominate, and you have dominated in the past. I really enjoyed watching you in the 2001 season when you and Randy were pitching so well, and won the series.

  460. stopcrying permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:41 pm

    All you beantown fools are just that, fools. I’m not even a yankee fan, infact, i hate the yankees, but listening to you guys about this and that is hilarious. I’ve never seen people from one city in the US trying to be and resemble the city of New York in my entire life. That fact is, boston will never be up on the same pedestal as NY. You guys will always be second class citizens in comparison to NY, and should be contempt with that. Bloody sock??? I couldnt care less. The fact that Kurt Chilling or whatever his name is, is wasting his time in trying to justify the authenticity of the bloody sock being real is sad. Kurt, buy yourself a gameboy or something so that you can burn time on your off days. For someone that pitches every 5th day really talks a lot, a lot of redundant crap.

  461. nwash permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:45 pm

    “The saddest part in all of this is the following. Yesterday, as I was warming up for the game, I got to see a young kid, could not have been more than 20, who had served in Iraq. He was being honored by the Orioles and threw out the first pitch. He was a double amputee who’d lost the lower portion of both of his legs serving his country. He refused to use his cane and getting to see him do that was incredible.”

    you make me sick Curt, you are a miserable human being. Why don’t you make this whole entry about the kid? I know why because it wouldn’t be about you now would it.

    “That media announcer is an idiot and should be fired for slander and disrespecting the legacy. ”

    you have to be kidding Jrhudson. Slander lol good one. I say we execute him. And what legacy are you talking about? Winning one world series in the last hundred or so years.

  462. colonna66 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:48 pm

    Dont even listen to these losers Curt… Obviously, most of them dont know the sock went to the baseball hall of fame… and the blood dried in the sock turned brown, like real blood would… just keep pitchin Curt, help your boys take care of those damn Yankees this weekend….

  463. canadianballfan93 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:48 pm

    Who gives a !@#….. You went on to the World Series and Won…. Enough Said

  464. asdavis125 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:49 pm

    curt you played baseball in Philadelphia the hardest city to play a sport because of the media and your gonna let some @#$!@#$!#$ say that you werent bleeding…in all honesty do you really care. All that matters is that ring you were not your sock man

  465. April 27, 2007 4:49 pm

    Based on the condition of his ankle at the time, it is medically impossible to fake that.

    The moon landing, however, is still open for debate.

  466. seabass36 permalink
    April 27, 2007 4:53 pm

    Being from Montreal,I think I can see how rabid reporters can twist and turn a story. Here any and all stories not involving the all encompassing montreal Canadiens get bad press, misquotes and are treated with major disdain. Since the opponent was who they were,it was bound to happen eventually.i’m actually surprised it took 3 yrs.

  467. johnfrompelham permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:01 pm

    Some of these posters are pathetic. I’m not even a Sox fan…but living in the area for 30+ years know full well the hero Curt is to all who live here and care about sports at all. Negative A$$holes like some of these people give this area a bad name. Go kill yourself and do the world a favor. Yes everyone has a right to an opinion and to speak their mind…but if you can’t at the very least appreciate someone like Curt Shilling and what he helped the Sox accomplish your opinion is meaningless and so is likely your life in general which is what makes you so negative…mrgrimm is a perfect example of what I mean. You probably are a worthless piece of crap, with barely any education. Pull the trigger and don’t miss. You won’t be missed.

  468. improv603 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:04 pm

    I guaranteed all the people that talk smack about this issue are Yankees fans trying to find a reason to be happy about their “TERRIFIC PITCHING”. Maybe they should pull a stunt like SCHILLING supposebly did to maybe give themselves some juice on the hill. I would put my child in Yankees clothing for a year on the fact SCHILLING would never do such a thing. This guy is a lock for the hall of fame, does he really need to add to his credentials even more?
    Also, I don’t blame the guy for flaming the Around the Horn cast. They will throw anybody under the bus. I don’t understand how the Media can live their lives when they butcher people on air and when they see them they expect some sort of “breaking story”
    Curt, theres no need to explain your situation. Period. Gary Thorn thought he had an exclusive, but no concrete proof. Learn to read sarcasm buddy!

  469. sircharles permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:08 pm

    Curt, as I am sure you know that sometimes replying to commentators is truely a waste of time. Then again, it would be completely against your character NOT to reply! So regardless, anyone who follows your career knew what was going on at the time. Sock or not, your performance was exceptional, pitching with an injury that would have sidelined almost all of your peers.

  470. pitcher123inning permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:10 pm

    Curt needs to get a life. As a pitcher at my high school, people will say things that are untrue about me, and everyone else for that matter. You just need to ignore it, or at least say “No, it wasn’t blood,” and leave it at that. Though i do think in some pictures it looks like he spilled gatorade on his sock….

    And another thing, curt: WOODY PAIGE IS GOD! who’s to say that you’re an expert on all of sports. Woody is probably the most educated of all of them on Around the Horn. Woody will check out the upcoming schedules of a team, and based on that and players’ current statistics, he makes a prediction. Thats what sports writers and EXPERTS such as Woody Paige do. They make predictions, and discuss what they think about issues. Do you seriously think that they knew everything about Barry Bonds using steriods? no, nobody does, but it was a pressing issue that people wanted to hear about, and hear the opinions of the EXPERTS they listen to everyday. Just like nobody knows everything about your sock except for you. And just to reiterate, WOODY PAIGE IS GOD!

    And if you’re going to post a blog, don’t post garbage whining about sports EXPERTS, and try something like giving out some names of who uses steriods and help to clear out the cheaters. At least use your blog for something truly useful.

    And I hope A-Rod takes you deep a couple more times (and he will), just to solidify that you’re not what you were, and don’t deserve a huge contract, just an average one so you can keep an eye on Josh Beckett and help him progress.

  471. oldyankeefan permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:10 pm


    Full disclosure: I’ve been a Yankee fan all 53 years of my life. Thus, I’m still hurting from what you did in ’01 (but congratulations anyway; you guys were something that year) and obviously you broke my heart in ’04 (but, in the end, the Sox were the best that year and you all earned your crown).

    Yankeefandom aside, what you did in ’04 was pretty amazing, and it showed a lot of guts. Of course, having guts is a concept not easily understood by a clown who hides behind a keyboard, making his living taking shots at the guys who actually have the guts to go out and do it. I doubt that Thorne (or any of his cronies) will have the guts to take you up on your wager. Oh well, forget ’em, they mean very little. See you in the playoffs. Good luck. (But, no offense, I hope it turns out a bit different this year.)


  472. sinbad410 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:11 pm

    Who really gives a rats A#!@ about a 3 year old sock when you currently have players taken steroids like it’s candy.

  473. macadoom00 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:12 pm


    Just try to relax, the contreversy is just being churned up by fans of other teams to try to throw you off of your game. TRUE fans of baseball appreciate what a player does during a display such as yours during ALCS Game 6. The ignorant depise you because you were not wearing pinstripes that night.

    Have a great season.

  474. crimsontribe permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:12 pm

    The problem that I’m having is trying to figure out what a perfectly respectable guy like Gary Thorne would gain from making this up. I’d also like to know why Mirabelli overracted so violently, saying he didn’t even know who Thorne was, rather than just saying it was a joke which was misunderstood. Something is fishy Schill.

    Also, way to make a bet that no one can take you up on. Makes you look like you have the stones without actually getting challeged. I’ll take you up for 10 bucks, it’s about all my poor ass can afford. Otherwise, someone call Mark Cuban.

  475. April 27, 2007 5:13 pm

    Don’t let it get to you, Curt. Focus on the things you can control, and give up the rest to God.

    Good luck the rest of the season.

  476. dylan2146 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:14 pm

    Curt, I am your biggest fan. I wear 83 now b/c it’s your 38 reversed. And everything you do and say I love and admire. But, I hafta admit, this rant was a little over-the-top. I feel like you did let this get to you a little too much, and I’m hoping you get over this as quickly as most of the fans have and just move and play ball. Personally, I believe it was blood, but then again, I’ve never known anyone get so angry while defending the truth. Especially for a man of faith, I’d kinda expect that you stay silent and let the truth speak for itself. O well, like I said, hopefully you don’t let your anger on this blog, or this blog itself, distract you or the team for any part of the season. C’mon Schill, throw some K’s and get your ass into the Hall of Fame where it deserves to be. Don’t let stupid sh!t make you act like this man, it’s not fun for fans like me to see. Good luck Tuesday.

  477. jacksontheripper permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:14 pm

    Hey Curt. Having bought the ALCS & WS dvds of the 2004 playoffs, I’ve seen that game and all of them a million times. I thought what you did in those two games was as courageous as Willis Reed, or any other athlete that’s ever played professional sports. I lived and died with you on every pitch, and you deserve to be remembered for that effort. Your professionalism ON the field is only dwarfed by your professionalism OFF the field. You’re a guy of great character and substance. If someone like me, who only gets to see what you do from afar, whether it’s giving to charity or throwing 5 hit ball over 8 innings on a regular basis, I can only imagine how your real friends must think so highly of you.

    Unlike some jackass up above said, I really and truely do hope the Sox and you can come to an agreement and you can end your career in Beantown. It’s where you belong. During and after your career. I’m just glad I get to see you pitch every 5th day. It’s the little things in life that mean so much, and to me, seeing you throw every 5th day is a joy. Thanks for all you do, both on and off the field. Lots of people, not just fans, but people, appreciate it.


  478. redsoxrule permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:18 pm

    Dear Curt,

    Huge Red Sox Fan here. Not so huge a Curt Shilling fan. Your silly blog about this sock incident (taking another opportunity to bash your favorite scapegoat–the media) highlights some of the reasons.

    1. What a great, easy job reporters have, you say, with no accountability. Let’s take a look at you too. You have talent, yes, but you work every 5 days and make millions and millions of dollars. As for no accountability!!! You could suck in a game (and you have on occasion) yet you still take home more $$ for that one game than the average reporter does in a year. Reporters are supposed to ask questions and report interesting things for people to read. Yet you get pissed off if you think its not appropriate or you disagree with it. True, some reporters don’t do a good job (like Gary Thorn in not checking his facts) but you don’t always do a good job either! You chose to be a public figure, Curt, now live with it. It comes with the good and the bad. And as Jesus said, Judge not, lest ye be judged.

    2. Reporters roll their eyes at your faith? Maybe because you are hypocritical in your bashing of others and your judging and bitching. You also shove it down people’s throats, just as you do your politics. Not everyone feels the need to wear their religion on their sleeve. When the Sox won the World Series in 2004, (yes, thanks to your heroics which you deserve a permanent place in every Red Sox fan’s heart for, and that of many others on the team too), you couldnt wait to pollute my voicemail with your political hucksterism. PLEASE spare me your whining!!!! Just try to ask yourself when you are tempted to bash others or blow off your mouth and offend others who don’t necessarily all think like you do: What would Jesus do? I believe in Him too, and I seriously doubt he would act like you. You are so self righteous and holier than thou.

    3. You’re a huge publicity hound–witness your $1 million “bet” ploy to get more mileage out of this ridiculous story concocted by Thorn (and then punted by Mirabelli when he didnt clear it up quickly and professionally). So now you get some more air time. Yet then you turn around and bash the group that give you all the publicity in the first place. They’re not perfect, but, buddy, I got bad news for you—neither are you!!!!

    So Please, Curt, (using the the legendary words that were said to the Dixie Chicks when they dared to criticize Mr. Bush) —— JUST SHUT UP AND PITCH!!!!!

    PS, I am not a member of the media, and personally find them often ridiculous and over-reaching as they scramble for the most sensational story–but they serve their audience. American society created the demand for the sensational, and they give it to us! But your diatribes about them I find hypocritical given how you use them to push your own messages.

  479. mefan permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:18 pm

    I find this site and your perspectives and insights enlightening. You have stepped up to take the time to write your thoughts , whether readers agree or not and we know they are not a third handed account from sports writers.

  480. noaht5 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:19 pm

    Hi Curt.
    I’m a huge baseball fanatic, Red Sox die hard and married mom of 3 boys. I’m also a recent Breast Cancer Survivor. Having been through many major surgeries myself, there’s no question, it was blood, period. I respect and admire you for using your celebrity to promote worthy causes. I have been asked to be the Kick Off speaker at this year’s annual Relay for Life in Mansfield…an overnight event on June 15/16. It’s all to benefit ACS and it’s research. The Shade Foundation was kind enough to donate all the sunscreen. If possible, I was hoping you could post the link to my webpage to bring more attention to the Relay. Maybe after the team wipes the field with Bond that night, a few of the players could mosy on down! Anything you can do is warmly welcomed and genuinely appreciated.

    With gratitude,
    Noreen Taranto

  481. mefan permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:22 pm

    I am a 5th grade teacher and appreciate your directness and honesty. I will be having a student with ALS next year and would like to do some type of year long fund raisng could you on a future blog give some info. for this with info. on who to contact. Keep up the great work,

  482. rsoxwest permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:24 pm

    Hey Curt!
    Bravo!! Just read your very appropriate ripping of Gary Thorne’s insane “bloody sock” accusation. The guy needs to get a life and get on with more current news. I truly got the chills after reading your reply.
    Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your blog. I love your insight into the game through your eyes. Brings a whole new look at the game. Keep up the good work! Enjoy watching you pitch, which is most excellent!

  483. marylandsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:27 pm

    Its a done deal,your “put up or shut up” offer should end the crap,some people dont have either of the talents you mentioned earlier,and seem to need to draw attention to themselves by exploiting others.I am a simple carpenter,and as you can see,I am not a master of the english language,but I do know a load of bs when i see it.the numbers who back you far outweigh those who suffer from severe huta.(use your imagination,you’ll figure that one out).No need to lose sleep over this.This was actually one of the few times I have laughed at something in the paper besides the comics!

  484. dcitel permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:28 pm

    Ignorance has it priviledges? What like posting a nonsensical rant about the very media that has made you a millionare. Smart. Um… wait, no you’re not.

    You’re an idiot. Stop talking and throw a baseball.

  485. jdwredsox9 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:29 pm


    For what its worth I am with you, as well as the rest of the TRUE nation. Mr. Thorne is not a total fool, like you I enjoy the way he calls a hockey game, I wouldnt know any more about his mind set at the time of the remarks then anyone else. I believe they were stupid and unfounded rumors not a story to be reported as fact to thousands if not more. But he screwed up and some what took ownership of it. Even if the appoligy felt forced. You got to voice your two cents as you should being the accused, but I dont think or I hope you dont agree with some of the crazy outlandish thing being said about Gary. By doing and saying some of the things I have heard makes these people no better then he who said it in the first place. Maybe ignorance is contageous. Not to say that you did anything wrong, just some of your supporters take it too far. I was blessed with a son a year ago, and he has had some heart problems. After sitting in the hospital for weeks as my 3 day old son has his tiny little heart operated on, I questioned alot of things in my life as well I think you did. We did nothing wrong why were we being punished in such a horrible way? I thought of it like that for the longest time. Im still not a deeply religous person but for what ever reason I turned the other cheek and looked at what we were facing as a positive. I understood that I had to be the strong one for my family. If we can get through this nothing can stop us. So in my own way I found my faith, it may not be the same as yours or anyone elses, but in my own way I understand what you went. Little things that my son does now amaze me. Things other that are ignorant take for granted. So revel in the whole experience bloody socks or just sitting in the dug out. Damn what everyone else thinks. Your true fans believe. Thank you for giving us a voice too. Best wish the rest of the season and to your family.

    Jd Walters

    p.s- My son is a year old now and already a huge soxs fan!

  486. aaron129 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:31 pm

    You are a liar, and a cheater. The truth will reveal itself and the more $ you throw at it, the more focus on the red paint. Good job, by offering $1 million, you gave energy to the story. I hope you read this post. Retire in shame.

  487. bullwinkle50 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:36 pm

    Curt, I’ve been around the game all my life. I also spent 25 yrs as a Firefighter/medic. You weren’t bleeding to death, but you had a new suture that was obviously weeping! The simple difference in color of your sock thru the course of the game was proof enough! Gary Thorne has gone from competent announcer to idiot with one incident of REALLY bad judgement, and any heat he gets he deserves! And people wonder why some sports stars/celebrities won’t waste time with the media! (B. Bonds 🙂 Keep up the good work, man, you’re one of the best! P.S. The Chris Meyers interview was as funny as it gets!

  488. tessielover permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:40 pm

    Curt, you should’ve just left it alone….Don’t even respond to those morons….Keep your head up….Good luck in your next start…

  489. soxinct permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:40 pm

    Unfortunately in todays media, truth is an after thought… ie… “after I get the story out I’ll worry about the truth”. Accountability and responsibility with the aid of…. “ooops I am sorry, I was misquoted” and or the ol…. “ooops I am sorry I misspoke and was misunderstood” has become a no risk approach for these eager to break a story media idiots. It obviously does not only happen just in sports reporting. Its a damn shame because today we are society starving for truth but unfortunately looking to a bunch of liars to hear it.
    I am certain there was blood, but blood or no blood who the hell cares?? I’ll tell you who..those with issues you spoke of, issues like jealousy, or just plain eye rolling buttwhipes who like you said would rather be the story right or wrong mind you, rather than bring the true story.

  490. sanfranciscoredsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:42 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I just want you to know that not all fans read the New England press. I haven’t for years. I long ago tired of their inane view points. In fact, I would much rather read blogs by you, Joy of Sox and many others that are insightful, humorous and actually care about the team.

    This “controversy” over the sock is very high school to me. Something that now happened 2 1/2 years ago and still reporters are gossiping about. I would rather focus on how well the Sox are playing right now than looking back at the past.

    Thank you for your blog, and for your great pitching this year. I look forward to watching you in person in Oakland in June!

  491. mrfuneeguy permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:43 pm

    Good for you, Curt. You give ’em hell!

  492. soxinct permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:45 pm

    Unfortunately in todays media, truth is an after thought… ie… “after I get the story out I’ll worry about the truth”. Accountability and responsibility with the aid of…. “ooops I am sorry, I was misquoted” and or the ol…. “ooops I am sorry I misspoke and was misunderstood” has become a no risk approach for these eager to break a story media idiots. It obviously does not only happen just in sports reporting. Its a damn shame because today we are society starving for truth but unfortunately looking to a bunch of liars to hear it.
    I am certain there was blood, but blood or no blood who the hell cares?? I’ll tell you who..those with issues you spoke of, issues like jealousy, or just plain eye rolling buttwhipes who like you said would rather be the story right or wrong mind you, rather than bring the true story.
    Curt most of todays media is ignorance driven, pure entertainment without moral integrity and relies on pure speculation..

  493. marine125 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:47 pm

    As a rabid MLB and Phillies fan, i must agree with you that the press has no degree of responsibility for either their lies, or their
    false embellishments!!
    Your performance in your career tells me everything I would want to know about you; also you and your Wife’s involvement with ALS!!
    To hell with all the doubters and naysayers, Curt!!
    Go get ’em with your usual guts and professionalism!!
    I am a Phillies Fan!!

  494. aristeo permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:49 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Long time fan, just signed up on this site.

    I know you get a lot of communication so I understand if you don’t have time to address this as a topic. Here’s what I’d like to know more about:

    Some pitchers get older and still throw 95. Some get older and velocity drops. What’s the difference? I imagine your training program has improved as you’ve gotten older. When I look at someone like Mussina I see that he’s in excellent shape. Yet both yours and his velocity has dropped. I know that it’s not absolutely necessary for success. I just would like your point of view as to why it occurs with some and not with others.

    Also, do you know why Pedro’s velocity dropped so dramatically from one season to the next? One year he’s throwing 98, the next he’s throwing 91.

    I hope you have time, and thanks for what you do,
    Ben Folk

  495. khanna03 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:49 pm

    You’re a class act. I am surprised you even entertained these jokers. Forget it. It’s not worth it. But at least charity wins, if someone takes the bet.

  496. caravelle42 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:53 pm

    I have to applaud you mr. schilling, for standing up to the sports writers these days, even when they are wrong, players feel they shouldn’t say anything to often due to fear of more bad articles or tv shows. to stand up for what you know is right is a hard thing to the time the medical report on what happened wa known, and it’s just insane that these writers who influence a lot of things can an do write and say preposterous things just so their name gets heard more. I have absolutly no doubt that it was blood on your sock. and I also know as a former pitcher how tough it had to be to actually pitch that day much less throw a gem like that! so once again I applaud you.

  497. soxfanatic2538 permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:54 pm

    Hey Curt!

    I’m a huge fan of you! I heard about this whole thing yesterday, when my mom was driving me to school. From the moment I first heard it, I knew it was a lie. You’re an amazing pitcher, and you don’t need publicity stunts like that to prove what you are. I have no idea why that guy said that crap about you. You did an amazing job helping us win the world series, and no one can tell you otherwise. As for the people smirking and rolling their eyes, they’re ignorant. You can believe in whatever you want. The stupid thing I think, is that its all of a sudden “wrong” to be religious. You just have to get out there, and keep doing what you do. Don’t let any of this crap get you down. You’re better than them. We believe in you, and we’re rooting for you all the way! Take care! Best wishes to your family!

  498. davereed permalink
    April 27, 2007 5:55 pm

    Hi Curt,

    The media and the press aren’t the only ones who roll their eyes, everything you praise Jesus or thank God for what you have achived. There are plenty of Red Sox (and even non-Red Sox) people out there who just wish you’d be quiet about your religious beliefs, and play baseball. Because that’s what you’re out there to do. You know that, right?

    I believe you had blood on your sock. I believe you played a great game, and I believe you deserved the win, and all the great press you got at the time for the effort.

    But as an free-thinking atheist American, a Red Sox fan, and as a human being, I’ve got to say, Curt, just play ball. Let us at least respect you for that. Everytime you re-state your belief in God, I just roll MY eyes, and respect you a little bit less. Every time.

    -David Reed
    Bangor, Maine

  499. roxtar10870 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:00 pm

    I could care less about whether the sock was painted with nail polish, red food coloring, blood (yours or someone else’s) or whatever. You sent the Yankees packing and helped the Red Sox to a World Series, you’re tops in my book. You could’ve been out there in clown shoes and a fright wig and I still would’ve been in awe of what you did.

  500. shanao621 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:01 pm

    Hi Curt,

    The fact that you even have to address this is absolutely ridiculous! I think your response is so right on! What you did for the Red Sox in the ALCS and the World Series was heroic and I will always appreciate your passion for the game and for the Red Sox. Being someone who is outspoken and ambitious myself, I feel like anytime someone can take a shot at me they do. Its unfortunate that people need to make things up to try to bring you down!


  501. boston38 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:02 pm


    As said before, all your true fans know you didn’t paint that sock. The media is a bunch of asses that is out for all they can get. The rule of thumb is, if there is a bad story compared to an honorable one go with the bad story because it will sell more papers or get more responses. That is exactly what they are trying to do. Don’t let them get at you Curt, that’s what they want. Believe me, all us Sox fans out there know you are too honorabe, too smart, and far too great of a pitcher to ever do something that low. So from Red Sox Nation Fans, we got your back.


  502. shagwoodtm permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:02 pm


    This may have been said before(I didnt read all 398 comments) But like most people today, the media really doesn’t care if what it is saying has any substance or value…it’s more about how much shock value and humor can they spout off to get the most attention. This goes to ALL media these days. But with the sub-culture of ESPN and local Sports radio followers and wanna bees that spend their days quoting and having nothing better to talk about at the water cooler…unfortunately this behavior will continue to garner them attention and success. Keep on keeping on Curt. You are one of the few solid class acts left in sports today.

  503. skaus permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:03 pm

    You were a self-centered lout during the strike and you helped bring us the worst President in the history of the country. You can pitch and you are rich.


  504. yankees76 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:04 pm

    That is a good offer, Curt.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think you are ever going to make this go away for people who are convinced the blood was faked. When tests show it is your blood on the sock, people will say “sure, but did it come from his ankle, or did he plant his own blood there?”

    I think Tim McCarver even suggested during the game that since the blood stain didn’t appear to be seeping/getting larger, the Yankees probably believed it was faked, and that’s why Joe Torre wasn’t bothering to have his batters drop a lot of bunts to make you field your position and/or get you out of the game.

    Your teammates, family, friends and most of Red Sox Nation believe the blood was real, and that’s probably all that matters.

  505. richgnx permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:05 pm

    Hey Curt
    You give Woody Paige too much credit. He can’t even form a coherent sentence in English, let alone master the language! Don’t sweat the media, big guy. They’re vultures and they suck at life. When did sports reporters become gossip columnists anyways?? Perhaps they should write for the inside track instead…

  506. redsoxfan4ever permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:07 pm


    There seem to be a lot of people who actually believe that it was paint.


    Anyone can tell that if you get surgery on your ankle, it’s GOING TO BLEED!!!

    Gary Thorne should quit now, instead of when a bunch of BoSox fans slash his tires in Baltimore or even Boston.

    You’re right. Ignorance is bliss.


    ~GO RED SOX~

  507. welovethesox permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:13 pm

    We all know the blood was real. You showed us all what it really means to “take one for the team”. My 24 yr old son still has the framed print on his wall with the photo of your bloody ankle and “The Ultimate Red Sock”. Don’t let the fools in the media get the best of you, and even more important, don’t let this B.S. be a distraction. Then they will win! Keep up the good work. We have faith and look forward to a great winning season.

  508. rsqviper permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:16 pm

    Man, it’s a friggin’ shame you have to deal with this at all.

    But, I suppose being a person that the people in the media and the world love to hate these things can happen.

    I never believed what Thorne said and ti made no sense that Doug would have said anything to him in any amount of seriousness. What I can see is in the clubhouse joking around someone saying, “that wasn’t blood it was paint! HAHAHA!”

    I think for job securuty I should be in journalism… I could say anything!

  509. pheenix11 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:25 pm

    Hi Curt, I just wanted to say thanks for doing this blog. Its pretty cool to communicate with the fans like this. I know a lot of writers and media give you a hard time, but its nice to see someone who speaks their mind and is so accessible.

    I hope you will stay with the Sox next year, you really should finish your career in Boston, it just wouldn’t be right to see you go somewhere else.

    I had an aunt who died of ALS back when I was a little kid. I was curious how you got so involved with it, its not a common disease after all?

    Good luck this year and I wish the best for your and your family. You seem like a genuinely good guy and I enjoy the fact that you are outspoken. Rather than the typical cliches, we fans appreciate someone who has some thoughtful comments to make. Keep up the good work.

    Take care,

  510. jmurphy741 permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:31 pm

    I am a Red Sox fan and more importantly an overall fan of baseball. The red sock is not a metaphor, it is not a symbol of an “underdog”, but it is a direct result from a stitched wound. Anyone’s who has ever had stitches know that constant movement over and over, like say a cut on your ankle and hmm maybe going through repeated wind-ups, it will break or rip the stitches.

    Enough said, the sock doesn’t matter.
    It happened…
    The Sox won…

    It is what it is…

    (more importantly why would a professional like Schill who gets paid millions of dollars a year want to “paint” a sock for publicity???)

  511. kc7sbp permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:33 pm


    I’m not a sports fan of any kind and I don’t generally follow baseball at all. However, as a mmo gamer I recognized your name in a blerb containing a link here and thought I’d pitch in my 2 cents (pun intended). I could care less weather or not it was a blood stain, while I still feel young (early 30’s) I have an “old fashioned” mind set and I’m still willing to take a man at his word (at least the first couple of times) so I’ll trust you on it. I’m actually here to show my support of your great example in showing respect and even gratitude to the higher power that you recognize. We may or may not share the same faith or believe in the same God, but being true to your beliefs shows the greatest honesty with yourself and is the sign of the truest of sportsmen in my opinion. So as the old saying goes “I tip my hat to you, good sir”. May the Lord bring good fortune into your life and bless you with much prosperity.

    P.S. I wish you the best of luck with your charity and mmo endevors. I can’t wait to hear more news about the game you’re putting together.

  512. redsoxfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:33 pm

    Thats a lot of comments. Your even more famous then before Curt.

    The sock issue is so stupid. You did what you wanted to do to help the team and helped the Red Sox win a very important game in 2004. I will believe every word you say.

  513. peterangelos permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:37 pm

    I hope the unfortunate choice of words by Mr. Thorne does not dissuade you from considering a move to Baltimore at the end of the season. Finish your career where it started. As part of the deal, I will include free legal services should you decide to pursue legal action as a result of the aforementioned matter.

    Peter G. Angelos, ESQ.
    microsized owner and micromanager

  514. mainenative permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:37 pm

    Gary Thorne is a jerk. But watch out – he’s also a lawyer.

  515. lonesomedog permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:38 pm

    The genesis of this entire media circus seems supect; I first became aware of the return of the nonsense when a Yahoo headline said something to the effect of: “Yankee fans question bloody sock.” My initial response along the lines of “anything to draw attention away from the (current) dismal performance of their team.” Regardless of the origin of the “controversy,” it has certainly become an excuse for some media piranhas to get their names in the spotlight again – regardless of the truth, or lack thereof, in their headlines. It is frustrating, and probably pointless to get worked up over, yet it seems like a shame that some baseball reportage has become equivalent to Jerry Springer.

    One final thought: I don’t think these people have anything approaching mastery of the English language.

  516. chandlerhill permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:46 pm

    Given the fact that Schilling was out shilling for George W. Bush a few years back, one can only imagine his capacity for lies.

  517. April 27, 2007 6:53 pm

    Way to go Curt! You message about the media resonates with me. I want real information, not pundits living off of cable monopoly dollars.

    Including, why don’t the major search engines show blogs ahead of news?

  518. billchabassol permalink
    April 27, 2007 6:59 pm

    Leave it to Kevin Millar to make a joke out of all this..

  519. bostonbabe permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:00 pm

    You know what? I’m so tired of everyone giving Curt such a hard time this year. I’ve been impressed with things he’s said in his blog, and thought upon reading the latest that he’s a pretty stand-up guy. And his pitching has impressed me as well.

    And for the folks who things he protests too much, sometimes things are so out there that you can’t help but feel something about them and feel the need to state your mind on it. We’re human, for god’s sake. Nobody is perfect.

    Why the people who dislike him would bother to go to his blog and take the time to read it and also comment about it is beyond me. I can’t stand Jeter and I don’t bother going to whatever fansites he has and complaining about him.

    I just don’t get people.

    Curt, you rock! You’ve got fans and family and a team that sticks by you, so I’m sure the rest just doesn’t matter.

  520. April 27, 2007 7:10 pm

    P.S. Gary Thorne knows less about hockey than he does about your sock!

  521. ratmach permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:23 pm

    Curt, you seem to be in shock that anyone would think you’d fake the “bloody sock” thing. Well, first off, I’m not questioning whether it was really blood . . . considering the stitches and all, it probably was. But that’s not the point. The point is, lots of people think you COULD have faked it.

    And so, the question remains: Why would anyone think you’d be the type of person who would do something so dishonest, so arrogant, so manipulative as the incident in the playoffs? Why would anyone think that?

    Well, you might wanna consider that people tend to be tainted by the company they keep. And you, my friend, have chosen to keep company with a person who is PURE EVIL. Of course I’m talking about Mr. George W. Bush. ANYONE who can still support that slimebag after all that is now known about him DESERVES to have their honesty, ethics, even their sanity questioned.

    Just wondering . . . have you been running around bragging that you helped Bush get re-elected through your appearance with and your endorsements of him? If so, I wonder if you’ll still be doing that once he (and a number of his minions) are put on trial for their crimes. And if you think this is coming from a “lib” or something, just understand this: Many loyal, American servicemen and women (lots of them maimed for life) hate Bush every bit as much as I do . . . and they blame HIM, AND HIS SUPPORTERS, for what they’ve been through!

  522. April 27, 2007 7:23 pm

    Several years ago I was in a bar in Marshfield and someone said, “Hey there’s Curt Schilling.” I said, “Who’s Curt Schilling.” Since then I’ve been educated. As you can tell I know little to nothing about sports. My daughters (and even granddaughter) know names, numbers, stats.

    My point is this. Even I knew about that series and the sock.

    Someone once said to me that nothing good ever gets done in a vacuum. Sometimes that someone else in whomever you have placed your faith (for brevity; God) is the only one to be found on Life’s horizon. To all onlooking eyes you are pretty much on your own.

    I can’t begin to imagine what big ones got you through those games. It was more than adrenalin. More than the ring. More than a paycheck. More than the love of the game or all those onlooking eyes. More than being in the moment you had lived for.

    Those who don’t understand faith are impoverished for their lack of understanding. Those who have never questioned the sock or the reason you rely upon the faith that you have are those who support the Sox season after season. You are what you are in any given season and therein lies the magic of the game and the team.

    You even have people like me who know nothing about the game or the men playing it but think that if nothing else, those taking shots should look at their own lives and of those around them. Take stock of what they do with their money and time, and ask themselves; “If I dropped dead right now how many lives have I or my money touched in positive ways?”

    Odds are if they have a conscience their answer would shame them. Odds are you would never have to ask the question but you remember the one face that somewhere along the line you saw and remember as the face that will always let you know there is meaning in where you are and what you do.

  523. trojan80 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:25 pm

    Is this really that big of a deal? Why?
    You’ve won 2 world series titles, you’re going to be in the HOF and your pissed because gary Thorne questions the blood on a sock?
    Does anyone really give damn about there being blood on that sock?
    Why would you lose sleep over it? The damn sock is so important you needed to write so much about it, and make a bet?
    Classy? No.
    Classy would be, it is what it is. We can have it checked.
    But then again, that’s the WS sock in cooperstown not the ALCS sock.
    So Curt, people will question whether that was really blood or not FOREVER, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
    I forget about the blood in the WS I only remembered the ALCS sock, and that sock is gone. There will never be a clear answer.
    Live with it.
    Like it’s that bad to deal with.

    What’s your next blog entry, a reporter says you have diarrhea and you deny it?


  524. hegmo68 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:25 pm

    I can’t believe this story! So I guess the blood on Nolan Ryan’s uniform from the comebacker he took to the face was paint as well. I’m just a baseball fan, but I think Curt Schilling has more respect for the game than to pull this crap. I’ve seen the specials of Schilling’s house and his historical baseball collection is probably second to none. Heck, he’s a baseball playing historian with the skins on the wall!

  525. trojan80 permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:30 pm

    “jrhudson: That media announcer is an idiot and should be fired for slander and disrespecting the legacy.

    I laughed at the newstory the second I heard it. The media is a sad, sad group in our country. No news is good news as they say.”


    We are talking about Gary Thorne!!! If you follow sports you would know he is very respectable and trustworthy. He admitted he misinterpret what he heard.
    The media is not a sad group, the readers like you that only want polarizing news that only you agree with is sad.
    It’s not slander, because he re-stated what he heard. It’s not slander because he did not intend to injure schilling. It is not slander because it’s only a SOCK. A sock that has disappeared.

  526. bostonsueb permalink
    April 27, 2007 7:46 pm

    Curt, this is your blog. Of course you can say whatever you want on here, so people that speak ill of you on here can read someone else’s blog! Meanwhile, this *is* an issue (it was on NECN tonight), so of course it’s noteworthy, and why wouldn’t you respond? We’re lucky to have your talent and your honesty. Keep on winning and working hard and thanks for the time you put into this and all the charitable work you and Shonda do.

    BTW, I also wondered what life is like on the road (e.g, NYC, since I’m watching the Yankees game as I type). Do you go out to restaurants, see movies, go shopping, etc., or just stay in the hotel?

    Again, thanks for your candor. Keep up the good work in all areas.


  527. swortner permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:25 pm


    First post. I’m a lifelong Yankee fan and an aspiring journalist, so I probably have two strikes facing you already.

    But I have to say, I hate the way the media has handled this story, moreso that they have made this a story. It’s always disgusting to see media personal making themselves the story instead of covering the story (someone fire Jay Mariotti and Skip Bayliss please). Especially sad that this story should have died two and half years ago. It was a good story then, not today. You played hurt and did exceptionally well, end of story.

    Hope to see you someday in the future when I’m covering baseball. As much as you’ve hurt my Yankees in the past six years, you’re still a great pitcher and Hall of Famer in my eyes. You already have my vote.

    Thank you for reading,

    PS: How can I help more with ALS?

  528. slash6795 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:57 pm

    The only good thing about this is… Now every mediocre pitcher knows how to get into the Hall of Fame. Put a packet of Heinz ketchup in your sock. I just wish Pete Rose would have thought of this instead of that bum Schilling…

  529. ichy51 permalink
    April 27, 2007 8:57 pm

    Hey Curt,nice post.I’m an O’s fan(kinda ashamed to admit it).Not sure why they hired Thorne.I’ve never really liked him.Pronounces tons of names wrong,kinda gives an air of “I’m the most intelligent dude in the world”,at least thats the impression I get.Anyway,I know it was blood.Most people do.The media continues everyday to prove why they cant be trusted.Peter Gammons,Karl Ravech,and Peter Schmuck (Is that how you spell it?) are the only Baseball reporters I really trust and care for.Dont understand why so many people bust on you in this blog.You seem like an honest and upright guy.I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time.Hated when the O’s traded you(What bust of a deal that was!!).Hope things workout and you finish your career in Boston.Thanks for letting me post.

  530. ctsteve permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:00 pm

    Hi ya Curt,

    As a long time died in the wool sox fan I want to say thank you for the part you played in bringing a WS title home to Fenway. Thank you also for this blog. It has brought the enjoyment of following my sox to a new level.

    You are a class act my friend. Keep fighting the good fight in everything you do.

    My hat’s off to you sir!


  531. ichy51 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:01 pm

    Hey Curt,me again.I kinda liked the question bostonsueb asked about life on the road.You have any favorite places in B-more that you visit when your in town.I dont know how much time you guys have to yourself when your on the road.Was just curious how you spend your down time.

  532. patsy24 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:08 pm

    For what it’s worth, I stopped reading a lot of this type of press a while back. I agree accountability in journalism is lacking. More often then not (unfortunately), writer’s are either not qualified to write about what they are writing about (IMO) / do not know what they are talking about / or try to generate ratings by provoking scandal. Who wishes to be misled? Not me.
    Anyway, I doubt any of the feeblings you’re addressing will take up the challenge, but I’d love for you to get the million for ALS. Keep the faith.

  533. donjoe permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:09 pm

    My hat’s off to you, Mr. Schilling. I only read about half a dozen of posts on this story before I wanted to renounce my membership to the human species. I’ve never replied to a blog before, but was so bothered by the pettiness of some of these ridiculous people that I had to sign up for this thing just to get it off my chest. Of course, in skimming through the posts after the first few, I know that there are a good number of reasonable, appreciative Sox fans and baseball fans in the mix here, too. But I figure it’s the least I can do, on behalf of loyal Sox fans and reasonable people everywhere, to throw a little extra support in, as well.

    I don’t even want to comment on the ridiculous story that spawned this firestorm, it’s so ludicrous an allegation that neither yourself, any member of the team nor any respectable member of Sox nation should even have to dignify it with a response. I just want to let you know that, as a lifelong Sox fan, the fact that you came in, invested yourself in the history of Red Sox baseball, the Sox-Yanks rivalry, local sports talk airways and the general fan community is truly recognized and appreciated – and I’m sorry to say not vocalized enough. Too many people want to avoid owning up to their own lives by take out their frustrations on professional athletes like yourself, but they never stop to recognize the control and class it takes to swallow that undeserved abuse on a daily basis and just let it go. Just so you know, plenty of us do notice. Every one of you guys (on the Sox), as far as I can tell, are exactly the kind of guys that the immature tattletales who dominate much of the sports media are always opining for but never actually recognizing.

    Thanks for coming to Boston, thanks for being a tremendous and historic part of Red Sox baseball, thanks for not being so worried about what your marketing agents say to talk straight with the fans and community, thanks for not just paying lip service to the history and fans of the Sox but actually immersing yourself in both, thanks for the WORLD SERIES, and thanks in advance for just continuing to be yourself for as long as you’re here.

  534. jfkinil permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:12 pm


    Just want to say how disappointed this Sock issue is. I read a bunch of the responses to your blog. All I can say is the biggest asses are always the loudest.

    I can promise you there is a large majority of Red Sox, hundreds of thousands, that have spent 2 generations waiting for a World Series. We arent starting fights, we arent hurling vulgarities, we watch, listen, read and support the teams effort every night.

    For many of us your efforts that night in 2004 signify everything that was miraculous for the first World Series win in our lifetime. For that, we will respect you as long as walk this earth, and for a long time after that.

    The media gets paid to sell newspapers, to attract viewers. I thought I had see it all in terms of yellow journalism, but clearly I haven’t.

    I thought Francona said it best, and his word selection was perfect.

    You put forth a legendary effort that night and the vast majority of us get choked up everytime we pull out our World Series DVDs.


  535. bepo10 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:17 pm

    I thought the best part of this is that your blog was referenced numerous times during “Sock Gate.”
    The great thing is that this isn’t going to overshadow the team. How much have the starting pitchers been feeding off each other? I have been so impressed by the amount of quality starts the team has been having.
    Have you been giving Dice K any advice or is Tavarez been an acting mentor?

  536. tinman69 permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:20 pm

    Is it me or does Curt Schilling remind you of when Bill Clinton called a press conference to declare, “I did not have sexual relations with Miss Lewinsky”?

    He sounds like a four-year-old whose been accused of stealing a cookie from the cookie jar. “Nah-uuuuuuuuuuh…..I’ll betcha’ million dollars!”

    Now after his hyper-defensive reaction, it kinda makes me think it might be fake and that he is totally lying……..seriously, as superstituous as baseball players are do you honestly believe he’d put the instantly historic sock into the laundry or not be sure of it whereabouts?!!

  537. yankfan permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:22 pm

    Curt, Im a Yankee fan and I’d be lying if I said I liked you. In fact I despise you. However the only thing I hate more is an uninformed opinion and thats what the media continues to spew out of a daily basis. Living in NY gives me an oppertunity to read what I call trash. Trash like the NY Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, Bergan Record and even the NY Times sports section. I honestly dont remember the last time I opened a newspaper and thought “hey that guy nailed it” or “hes 100% right”. Most times im shaking my head wondering how in the world did these guys get their jobs. This also tends to happen in the broadcast both where announcers are usually scared to point out a mistake by a player on the team that they are broadcasting for. Instead I’m stuck listening to rose colored glasses crap.

    PS: Jon Heyman is the king of all trash. He gets used like a 2 dollar prostitute by Scott Boars so he can hype up his clients. He is truly garbage.

  538. up2here permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:30 pm

    Hold on one minute skippy! I have a few questions, first the stain on the sock does not appear to be so big as to fill the bottom of your shoe with blood. Seriously the pictures are readily available and they seem to indicate that you are less then truthful. Secondly you did use this as a publicity stunt, the first game there was nothing written in white letters on your shoe, the second game you were clearly plugging your charity. That being said, It does give a bit of credibilty to those who say you used the situation to hype yourself and or your charity. While I think it is great that you did this for ALS, I also think the whole episode is a joke. I have bled more then you could ever imagine, I have even broke my hand and kept chiseling stones (splitting them for beautiful walls) , and put in a hardwood floor (at home) with that hand, I can teach you a thing or two about pain pal. I am currently working my job with a torn cartlidge and slight tear og my ACL (so says the stupid MRI) ….I would love to see a spoiled rich ballplayer such as yourself try to hang with me on my Job…I would have you hurting so bad you would quit in under a week. I am not sure you are truthful, In fact I think you are a pompous and self promoting blowhard. That being said, If you think you deserve some special credit for bleeding in a stupid baseball game when our troops are over seas getting limbs blown off, you are a completely arrogant ____! Why don’t you shut your mouth and stop acting like a few drops of blood are some sacred thing. Until you have to work for a living (like millions in America do, in much bigger pain) or fight for someone else (as our troops do for all of us) Shut up. Your whining over your pathetic “bloody sock” episode proves why you belong in the “hall of shame”. Id like you to email me answers to this…Or adress the things I asked in your next retarded self promoting 32 bitches post. Your bloody sock is not impressive pal…Just go look at a few of our troops who lost limbs for our country. Put this thing in a rational context.

  539. crystaux permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:33 pm

    You rock…what I’ve always liked best about you is that you don’t pull any punches. Say what you mean, say it once and for all and then drop it like a museum exhibit for people to walk around and look at from every angle and ponder… It’s not drama, it’s the truth. The drama is created by people who need it, even after the drama in the media starts to clear, people here perpetuate it.

    Go outside people! Have some fun, watch some ball. Stop analyzing details that don’t matter in your lives. Leave the drama to the media and when you hear it, shrug and believe or disbelieve and move on. Better yet, make a change and where you see negative, go find yourself something positive to do. I’m just sayin’.

    Nice pitching, boss 🙂 You and the boys keep up the good work. I don’t think I’ve seen so many people wearing Red Sox gear as I have this year and this far south it’s always a lift to see the fans 🙂

  540. godrays permalink
    April 27, 2007 9:36 pm

    did okajima, who’s been great to watch pitch thus far, and hideki matsui get to hang out at all? must have been great for two former teammates to get together so far from home

  541. jmik58 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:26 pm

    Amen, for giving praise to God in your blog. Other than that, there’s not much worthy of a comment on this whole subject.

    The saddest part of this ordeal is not the comments by Thorne, it’s the response following a simple leakage of plasma.

    What is it with America’s fascination with blood?

    If the act of pitching under those conditions was “heroic”, then blood on the sock isn’t a factor.

    If no blood is present, people mention the game in passing….”Hey, remember that one time when Curt’s leg was practically dangling and they quilted him up? That was pretty cool.”

    But the blood…. oh man, watch out! There was blood! His life was literally oozing out of him!

    Give me a break… the act was what it was.

    But was it even all that “heroic”?

    I’d be willing to start my own $1 Million bet that Curt was all jacked up on pain killers when he took the mound after getting knifed in the ankle.

    So chances are, he didn’t feel any of it??? I obviously don’t know for sure, but my placement of 520something in the comments makes a direct question to Curt sort of pointless.

    Then again, a soon-to-be-in-2-weeks college graduate doesn’t have $1 Million to bet, unless of course I can use my debt to the federal gov’t as collateral.

    Bottom line though, the blood… it doesn’t change the fact that Curt’s tendons were all laced up. Without it on the sock, he still pitched those games. With it on the sock, amazingly he did as well!

    So the sensationalism of the act isn’t heigtened by a simple bodily fluid…nor is the fact that he waaaasn’t feeeeelin’ any paaaaain maaaaaaan. And if there’s any hollywood act that trumps blood-letting in sports, it’s fighting through pain.

    ***Sidenote… next time you pitch, Curt. Put some paint on your sock if you haven’t already thought of it. You always did seem to have quite the sense of humor, I know I’d get a kick out of it.

  542. severussniper permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:26 pm

    Way to call out the naysayers with the challenge. Timing is a funny thing though. Odd how this comes out and attempts to take away from the great season we are up to and the terrible season some other teams are having. after tonight’s loss they are 1 game away from tying the royals for worst record in the majors. hmmmm…. keep up the great work!

  543. thedoctorx permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:28 pm


    To return to the relevant and to disturb various trolls: SOX 11 MFYs 4

    Three walked in runs and a passed ball.

    Clearly [Insert Your Deity Here–He worships Nicole Kidman–Ed.] has spread Her praises upon us!! She listens to our prayers!

    Keep the bats going for tomorrow!!!

    Now, Curt: opinions on Dice-K’s pitching. Watching/listening on a computer it read as if his control went early. Opinions? Criticisms?

    THEN we have a basic repeat of Dice-K’s “bad inning” with Petite.

    Perhaps comments on a new section since, frankly, if you are reading this at this point it is probably already Sunday.

    Oh, and to the “big man” betting $100 on the sock, at least front enough to pay for the tests to prove it is not only blood, it is Curt’s.

    Kudos to the Yankee fans who support Curt!

    No, you cannot have him.

    You also do not get a pony.


  544. leverhume permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:35 pm


    there is no doubt that you are a martyr and that the media has crucified you because you love jesus more than they do.

    my question: is it true that in the filming of “passion of the christ” — during the cross nailing scene — mel gibson chose to use your palms to portray the hands of jesus being nailed to the cross?

    if so, was that real blood too?

    thanks for the blog and giving us insights into the warped mind of the modern day sociopathic sports celebrity. future generations will no doubt find this hilarious.

    yours truly,

    doug ault

  545. mikeyboss permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:49 pm


    I’m a lifelong Yankee fan and a great admirer of yours. Despite your heartbreaking performances against the Yanks with Arizona and the Red Sox, I remain a fan and wish you the best. I think this business about the sock is ridiculous, and that most Yankee fans have great respect for you. Please keep up your good work.

  546. badabing04 permalink
    April 27, 2007 10:52 pm

    You shouldn’t have to go through all of this and I’m sorry for that. You are right that as humans we should have more to worry about than this non story. Keep telling it like it is. Some of the posts here should tell you the type of person that keeps some members of the media selling their rags. Keep dealing it and God Bless.

  547. pyraxiate permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:05 pm

    Whether the sock was painted or not (I think it was real blood), it should matter Curt did some amazing stuff that year. He did what he was hired to do and thats bring a WS to Boston. Good Job Curt as for the Gary Thorpe character he is about as worthless as a nun in a brothel.

  548. offrd97 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:14 pm


    I am a fan, but have to ask why you care enough about this speculation to comment?


  549. broktune permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:15 pm

    Good job Curt. Someone accused you, you knew the truth, and you fired back.

    For those that say Gary Thorne is a class act, even great reporters make horrible mistakes. This was one of them. He should not get a pass because he is “Gary Thorne, Future Hall of Fame Broadcaster.” He knew he made a mistake and VERY quickly apologized for it.

  550. fivekatz permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:41 pm

    Great commentary on Thorne’s stupid banter. Perhaps the media is steamed about this blog or annoyed by your talkative nature. Whatever the case it certainly was a lapse in judgment on Thorne’s part whether he was just spinning banter in the clubhouse or Mirabelli was more misleading and chooses not to nut up to it.

    The legacy of extraordinary competetive nature that led you to risk so much in pursuit of winning the last game played in 04 will not be affected by this careless banter into a microphone.

    What you did opting to have that procedure was just amazing and a “little man” can’t change that. Chaulk it up to a petty nature and a lack of professionalism. And these crackpots with word processors and microphones wonder why guys like Manny and Pedro opt not to talk.

    And keep bloging dude because it seems to really piss off lots of mediots that a star athlete has rendered their commentary less important. And for what it is most of threads are enlightening and good reads.

  551. joei71 permalink
    April 27, 2007 11:54 pm

    Wow, more than 500 responses and counting…. and here I thought you had the last word on the subject. I guess it proves one thing my friend, you’ll never accomplish in this blog what you’re able to do on the mound… make a crowd of screaming idiots shut up.

    I guess it’s tough when some people are going to read fewer than half the words written. Maybe that explains why so many bad writers continue exist. Nobody is really paying attention to them beyond the headlines and soundbites.

  552. 404cubsfan permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:01 am

    Seems a little weird to me… I can’t imagine a veteran major league pitcher who is on his way to the Hall of Fame, painting his sock to look like blood. I mean, that is pretty radical & I haven’t followed Curt Schilling’s career as closely as others but I would think if it were true, that he did redden his sock, he would have a history of other irrational behavior consistent with the possibility of this. I’ve only heard suggestions of him being the usual “pre-madonna, winy ass professional athlete”.

    On the other hand…after reading his above response to the story, he seems a little too defensive & angry to me. Kind of seems to me if the painting is as stupid as it sounds & he didn’t color his sock, he would have laughed it off & not thought twice about it instead of, taking the time to write a 1549 word all out attack in response. Clearly, he was extremely angry & defensive. I don’t know, seems pretty crazy but crazier things have happened! Look at Alec “Mr. Sensitivo” Baldwin! No one would have ever dreamed a kind hearted, generous soul like him would have finally cracked & made the only mistake he has ever made in his humanitarian life.

    Now I’m beginning to really rethink this whole thing! It is starting to turn me around a little. I’m starting to wonder who really gives a crap?? Does it really matter if he poured a little tomato sauce on the sock or if he in fact did bleed a little? I guess to me, why does it matter? Anyone can look back to the old days when guys played for peanuts compared to todays pre-madonna’s making millions of dollars, & in the those days of peanuts, there wasn’t the second thought of a little blood or stupid stories like this. Damn, Ronnie Lott cut his finger off to play in the Super Bowl, shouldn’t we still be talking about that before jumping on this 2 yr old story already??

    Well, I guess we’ll never truly know, was it paint or blood?? UNLESS, and I’m quite sure there is a buffoon out there somewhere that will be willing to put up his $mill to get his 2 minutes of fame. But what will happen, if it really is blood, should we make Schilling’s number 38 MLB’s 2nd number retired league wide like Jackie Robinson’s? Or, if it is some touch up paint for his $300k red Ferrari, should we laugh him out of the country, throw him Imus, Alec, O.J., Rosie O’Donnell, & George W. in a 1977 Chevy Chevette with no air conditioning & make them drive around all summer, listening to Idol’s Sanjaya Malakar “Rock the Casbah”?

    Here is another thought Mr. Schilling, maybe you should take that extra $1,000,000 you’ve so eloquently stated you’d like to donate, take it and actually make the donation on behalf of you & Mr. Thorne, ya know, to be the bigger MAN in the situation? Maybe even make a second donation to support “The Injured Soldier Foundation” since you’re so concerned.

    I’m sure you’ll jump right on my suggestions but I won’t hold my breath, you might be writing another 1549 word retaliation book – mine was only 549…

  553. clintorama permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:21 am


    I have no idea if you will actually read this post since there are hundreds of other ones – solely responding to your comments today. But I truly hope you can read it. It would mean a lot to me personally to know that you have read it.

    I have wanted to send you this message since the 2004 post season, but life has distracted me from doing so. This whole re-visitation of the bloody sock in the press has gotten me motivated enough to write to you. These thoughts have been on my mind for a two and half years.

    It seems that we all have a cross to bear in life. Everyone has unique challenges that they are called upon to face in life. Some are more intense than others, but walking around in someone else’s shoes would likely convince anyone to just face up to their own adversity to the best of their ability.

    I have a 7-year-old son with autism. Raising him has been a huge struggle for my wife and me. It is our cross. It is the Goliath in our life that we need to have the courage to battle valiantly. We have two other children as well, neither of which is saddled with any mental disorder. We struggle to give them the attention and time that they deserve since so many of our waking moments are spent on high alert on behalf of our autistic boy. There are days when the struggle in raising our special boy is so difficult that my wife and I break down emotionally and can only turn to God for support. It is a very lonely road we are walking, filled with challenges – emotional, physical, financial, and even spiritual.

    So what does this have to do with Curt Schilling? More than I could have known. Let me start by saying I was born and raised in New England, though I now live in the West. I have three brothers. We are as die-hard as any Red Sox fan I know. We live and die with the team, and have since the 1970s. One of my first memories in life is literally the “Bucky Dent home run” in 1978. I was five. Since that time until 2004, life as a Red Sox fan was a life well acquainted with big time let-downs. I needn’t rehearse Red Sox history – suffice it to say, I have been with the team through its lowest lows and remained ever faithful. In 1986 my life changed. I realized that losing and failure are a part of life. Life isn’t always fair or fun. I learned that we need to persevere and never give up. Keep the faith. Tough lessons, but good ones to learn early in life. I always said that if the Red Sox ever won a World Series in my lifetime, that I could die happy.

    Fast forward to 2004. My little boy had been diagnosed the previous year, the week of Christmas. 2004 had been tough, very tough. But lo and behold, the Red Sox were facing the Yankees in the ALCS. Before the era of the wildcard, we never could have seen the day. Yet here we were. Sox vs Yanks in the ALCS. I watched every pitch of that series. I was living in Colorado at the time (I live in Utah now) and my brothers were in Maryland, Utah, and California. We were texting, calling, and emailing non-stop. We were totally into it, with our emotions on our sleeves, and loving every minute of it. What happened in games 4-7 amounts to an unparalleled achievement in the recorded history of team sports. And I saw it in my prime. Your Game 6 performance was so thrilling, I NEVER, EVER tire of thinking about it or talking about it. It was one of the most motivational things I have ever witnessed. When I heard you say that you had the weight of New England on your shoulders, I know that it definitely included the weight of me and my brothers. We were on your shoulders big time, and you carried us. You are a Yankee killer and we love you for it. The fact that you more or less repeated the performance in Game 2 of the World Series was doubly astonishing.

    Now to bring it full circle. Curt, there are days when I reach my wits end in raising my autistic boy. There are days when I am so alone. I struggle to find solace. Now this may seem weird to some people, but I don’t care, I am going to say it anyway. It is 100% sincere. When I hit an emotional tough spot, when I want to ask God “why me?”, when I think I cannot do it and I want to shrink form the responsibility, I honestly think of your courageous performance in the 2004 post season and I receive fresh motivation to carry on. I feel an emotional lift. I want to face my demons and conquer them. I am aware that this will seem strange or fanciful to some, that someone in my situation would receive this type of strength from a baseball player. Let them think what they want, it is true! I am very grateful for your courage and faith which guided you to play at an other-worldly level in October of 2004. I do believe that God does not generally care who wins baseball games, and that He loves Yankee fans as much as Red Sox fans. But I have no problem accepting that He helped you play your best. Similarly, I have faith that God can see us through our struggles in our little corner of the world.

    Thank you Curt Schilling, for providing such an inspiring example of faith and courage, on such a gigantic stage. It has been a major blessing in my life! Yes, even baseball pitchers can provide the type of inspiration that everyday people need to rise up and meet their potential in whatever they are doing.

    Keep the faith Curt, and GO RED SOX!!

    Best wishes,
    Clint in Utah

    P.S. Interestingly, many people tell me I look like you. Here are a few links to photos so you can see for yourself. You will see me dressed up (as you) for an adult Halloween party in 2004…one of them has me holding my autistic boy (dressed as Tigger) and my daughter (dressed as a princess).

  554. litkid permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:41 am

    This story upset me also. I was so pissed they ran with it like they did. To me that 2004 postseason was so divine it couldn’t have been written any better. The blood turning the sock red – awesome! Leave it to the media to attempt to ruin a great story for so many of us Sox fans. You played your heart out for my team (the others as well) that year and brought a lot of joy and inspiration to me, and for that I thank you. There is no doubt in my mind that it’s blood on those socks. Good job on the blog, Marriotti and Plaschke are useless tools. Good luck and God Bless.

  555. espntownsoxfan permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:52 am

    Curt! As a retired Ct Police Lieutenant I know that there is one thing that means everything in a carrer. INTEGRITY…….The old nickname for police officers “PIG” stood for Pride, Integrity and Guts……And guess what, you play the game, lead the league and I am sure live your life with Pride, Integrity, Guts AND one more-PASSION…. PPIG…..You CARE! I am sure they are a big reason for 38 pitches! I will NEVER forget 2004! What that team did, and especially you. I learned a very long time ago that if I lived my life expecting everyone to act, do, and say the things that I would I would continue to be dissapointed. So enjoy the ride, and stay true to who and what you are. Continue to live life and play the game of baseball with PPIG. Thank you.

  556. mcgraw45 permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:56 am

    Just want to set the record straight on a few things:

    1) Curt did not blame Mitch Williams for blowing the ’93 Series. Mitch Williams blamed Mitch Williams, and he stood and took it from the media like a man.

    2) I don’t know what face-to-face experiences y’all have had, but I can tell you when Curt was in Philly, he lived just down the street from my old HS. Won’t say which one in case he still maintains that home. I was through there on a Saturday during BB offseason, and noticed Curt playing a pick-up game on the court. I wandered up to watch, and between games, I said hello, introduced myself, and Curt was content to talk shop with me for a good ten minutes. Didn’t talk down to me, just spoke like two guys talking baseball.

    If you’re trying to talk to ANY professional athelete while he’s in game mode, or with his family, or eating dinner, you’re going to get the brush-off, and rightly so.

    Just have a little respect and compassion for the guys’ private lives. They are left so little of it.

  557. soxknation permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:00 am

    zzzzz… yesterday’s news Curt, as we all know it was sun tan oil.

    Sorry, 2007 ALS doesn’t effect all of us Boston-born light-skinned Irish like that 2004 ALCS did, so here’s your option in bringing up your wife’s other charity.

    (all in fun– you’re still the Ace!)

  558. thedoctorx permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:08 am

    Jealousy certainly brings out the worse in people, though, given the contributions of the leverhumes, up2heres, and the schillsucks, some have nothing else to give.

    If you take the suggestion of jmik58 of putting paint on your sock, go all the way and have one foot read “Caution!” and the other read “Wet Paint.”

    Truejoe: it is slander because he lied. Granted, from a legal standpoint, one would have to show that Schilling suffered actual damage and, being a celebrity, other factors such as malice come into play, but that does not change the fact, Thorne lied, period. There is nothing in what he AGREED Doug actually said that can justify what he CLAIMED Doug said. As a “reporter” he has less of an excuse than others who “misunderstand” *cough . . . cough* “misrepresent for attention” what another says.



  559. hartyjoe permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:17 am

    Curt…it was blood, no need to explain.

    Thorne is just trying to make a buck off yer sock.

    would you agree that this team could win 105 games in 07?

    there is pitching with depth, hitting with a ton of depth and some fast running from everyday guys….tons of wins coming….

  560. graffeo007 permalink
    April 28, 2007 2:17 am


  561. rjfjord permalink
    April 28, 2007 6:08 am

    Mr. Schilling, good for you! I’m a dyed in the wool Dodger’s fan, but I’m with you on this 100%!
    These media jerks have a free pass for most of their lives, but in particularly those from the baseball writers association, that were in the stadiums or watching on their tubes at home, during the walk-out/lock-out year, then the McGwire/Sosa resurrection of the almost totally broken game (with an almost total absence of articles or comments on steroid use), many of whom are the same ones to abstain or campaign to block McGwire’s first ballot election to the HOF are the most sanctimonious hypocrites I’ve ever seen in sports!

  562. malzone permalink
    April 28, 2007 6:33 am

    Now here’s a media story that should be a non-story. After listening to EEI and what Belli said and what Thorne said, I drew my own conclusions. I think Belli did say something along those lines in a very joking manner. What I think happened was that after that game in the ALCS when you two realized all the media coverage on your ankle he said jokingly maybe something along the lines of

    “Hey we got a lot of publicity outta that why dont you paint your sock red next time and see what happens.”

    Some nut job overheard this and ran with it and Thorne believed it to be true, which is even more insane.

    Blood always seeps out of sutures, that’s a known fact. You would hope Thorne isn’t that stupid and naive to think the sutures stop blood from seeping from a wound..especially in an area like the ankle. Do you realize how little tissue there is to work with in the ankle area?? I’m surprised the sutures even held up.

  563. bolddragon permalink
    April 28, 2007 6:47 am

    Why can’t the press just report the facts? They are always looking for “the story”, instead of reporting. If they can’t find the story they often try to make things up. Anyone in their right mind, knows, Schill’s sock had blood on it. What we need in this country is reporters not story makers!

  564. fralick permalink
    April 28, 2007 6:55 am

    Curt, you should know better than to respond to this. This is as bad as Donald Trump responding to Rosie. Take the high road. It was an idiot play by play announcer stirring the pot. Focus on the ALS cause (I know you are) and pitching. I will say this about you. I have enjoyed your career here. You are no nonsense and I like that.

  565. era35 permalink
    April 28, 2007 6:57 am

    It never ceases to amaze me how someone makes one idiotic comment and it blows up into this big story. As the story fades away most of us (hopefully) know the truth of the matter which is, you pitched a heroic Game 6 and oh yeah, your sock happened to contain some blood on it. Nothing will ever in my opinion disdain what you and your fellow teammates accomplished that October of 2004. Unfortunate that this issue had to be addressed but I guess the media does whatever it can to stur things up and have a story. When I tell my grandkids in about 40 years from now about that Series I will explain the truth of the matter but not dwell on it further then that because you pitching the way you did was really something to behold!

  566. scotdome permalink
    April 28, 2007 7:08 am

    To any of you criticizing Curt for speaking his peace on his own blog, if you don’t like what he has to say (or that he feels he HAS to say anything), then why are you reading this blog? If you don’t like it, don’t log in and read. No one has a gun to your head.

    Keep up the good work Curt – on the field, with your charities, and on this site.

  567. soxblog permalink
    April 28, 2007 7:43 am

    While all this sock talk is getting really old, any reference to 2004 World Series glory is always welcome.

  568. rob8035 permalink
    April 28, 2007 7:49 am

    Appreciate your insights on pitching and this post. Fans need to keep in mind that they are consumers. They can moderate the garabage in the media. They decide if they watch or listen. They can be heard. News outlets are business that sell advertising. They need to have people buy newspapers, hear them on the radio, or click on line. The decision to read, listion or watch makes someone money. It is about ad revenue. If you do not like an what you read from CHB or others then drop a line to the editor. Better yet tell the writer in a polite tone. Cliciking on this blog is making a statement. It is getting information from a different source. It is a higher level of discourse.

    I apprecite your pitching skill and opinions. Your thoughts are heartfelt and make me think. Thanks for sticking around for at least one more year.

  569. hughjarection permalink
    April 28, 2007 7:52 am

    Hi Curt, im an ass kissing red sox fan. just wanted to tell you how great you are. Also, Im realy interested to know your thoughts on the upcoming election, the war in Iraq, Barry Bonds, the song ‘who let the dogs out’ and what your favorite pizza topping is. that would be great thanks.

    Also I was curious if that was Red #40 on your sock. mmm kay???

  570. jtede2004 permalink
    April 28, 2007 7:58 am

    You are right about several things here Curt, not the least of which is that some media members want “them” to be the story, not “the story” they are supposed to be reporting.
    No matter what you do in this ridiculous situation you will be criticized because of who you are, what you stand for and because of you’re history of speaking your mind. People like cliche’s which you refuse to give, that means they have to “work” for the story…Oh no!
    Some of the things you say may seem self serving to others and I suspect maybe some are but what the heck…no one is perfect. Keep up the good work on the mound and with ALS…good blog too by the way.

  571. wbc363 permalink
    April 28, 2007 8:04 am

    Too bad you come off as such a blowhard. Talk about a cushy gig, baseball players have about the best deal going. getting paid the kind of money you do, yet you never seem to have a shortage of things to complain about. You are one of the biggest babies out there. If you didn’t already have the reputation of being such an embellisher and blowhard, maybe someone could take you seriously.

  572. heywood35 permalink
    April 28, 2007 8:19 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    The sports writing profession is like a cesspool, the big chunks float to the top. I’ve been watching a 100 or so Red Sox games a year for 37 years. It still amazes me to pick up the newspaper each morning and wonder WHAT game those guys were watching.
    Good Luck to you Sir.

  573. dimarzd permalink
    April 28, 2007 8:24 am

    Is should be a no-brainer fro Clemens coming back to Boston. Your thoughts?

  574. mrbip permalink
    April 28, 2007 8:59 am

    Good for you Curt. I’m tired of sports radio trying to be News radio. With all that is going on in the world, discussion of a bloody sock (endlessly I might add ) pales in contrast to what really needs to be discussed in our society today. Racism, gun violence, profanity ( although it works once in a while ), education, and WAR…….What is it about a sock……….Let sports radio talk about sports results and comments about atheletes production…….It’s time to ” Put a Sock in it “

  575. billybaloney permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:00 am


    This whole situation is so rediculous. This world is full of jealous losers like Thorne. You have worked hard to make a career and have earned the right to express your opinions. What has Thorne done with his career? I’ll tell you he writes articles that no one reads or does play by play for a for a team that has been irrelavant for the past 20 years. So to get a little flash in his pants he makes some comments that he hears from “Mirabelli”.

    Curt you helped to bring the championship to Boston and we will never forget that. I hope you kick ass this season and then milk managment for every last penny. You deserved the extension to begin with and at 13mil you were giving them a the “discount”. I say screw the media, the fans in Boston love you and will continue to support you. (As long as you don’t pull a Damon but you too much class to do that to us.)

    Red Sox Fan- Billy

  576. falzo25 permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:13 am

    Schill it is insane for anyone to believe you painted that sock. You are a warrior and you went out there a risked your career for the red sox, giving it all you had. All true baseball and red sox fans know that the blood was real and that it was one of the most amazing performances in baseball history.

    PS- As I am writing this they are talking about this topic on 7 news. This is so stupid.

    Keep standing up for yourself curt! Your the best, continue what you are doing!

    One question:

    How do you prepare yourself for a game against the yankees? Any different? I was at the yankees game friday at fenway and it seemed like your prepped yourself the same as all the other games, which I find amazing because its such an exciting moment.

  577. firearmspitching permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:20 am

    Hang on to your sox Curt. People have nothing better to do with their time. Truth is truth whether or not anyone wants to believe it. You are a hall of fame person, hope someday you will join your sock in Cooperstown.

  578. sbasil permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:23 am


    I was thinking about your points on the media and find it laughable that the media takes exception to them and expects the general public to somehow empathize with their perspective. Of course, they would take exception but to think the public would then side with them due to their objections is just plain funny.

    The poor prioritization on the part of the media this week bears investigation. In Red Sox Nation alone, the primary stories could/should have been Josh going for 5-0 (most wins in the majors), Okajima’s great start, and Dice-Ks first start at the Stadium. And oh by the way, since Opening Day Curt Schilling is 3-0 and dealing. It’s somehow odd that the media was more than ready to talk about the dropoff in your career after KC but there was nary a secondary article about your performance against Anaheim or Baltimore.

    If we look at the wider world of sports, which ESPN used to do, we have the NFL draft, and the NHL and NBA playoffs going on. And yet even the host (forgot his name….might have been John Seibel) for the afternoon drive time program for national ESPN Radio came out and said that we thought his own network devoted far too many resources to this story when there was so much more going on.

    I’d add there is at least a significant portion of the media that views this blog as a the beginning of a threat to their livelihood. When questioned about this directly, I’m sure they would laugh this assertion off but actions and articles are louder than their responses. Of course, we should have varied opinions presented in public so in fact it’s not a threat. This is part of what makes this country great. It just goes to show us how insecure and uneducated some of our media-types are.

    I’d like to also submit an idea for a future submission. How about a Q&A with a current Sox player or coach. I know your goal here is not to become a media member but I think it would be a lot of fun. It would be great to ask Paps why his mom is the best athlete in the family or

    And one question: Do you know if your teammates read your blog and do they give you crap (jokingly) in the clubhouse about it.

  579. wmassfan permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:32 am

    Someone on this thread actually referred to Schilling’s need to defend himself for being “humble.” Ummmm, you do know you’re writing a comment on a Web site created by and devoted to Mr. Humility, right? I mean, come on. Great pitcher, good guy, generous with charities, sincere in his religious beliefs: Definitely. But humble????

    There’s a really odd thread here that is exemplified by this quote: “I don’t understand, with all the serious problems we face in this world, any reporter can waste time concocting something like this.”

    First of all, calling a play-by-play guy on a baseball telecast a “reporter” is kind of a stretch. More importantly, exactly what should they be talking about during a baseball game? Darfur? The national debt? Immigration (Dice-K, et al, excepted)? … Can we please check our right-wing biases re. the vast left-wing media conspiracy at the door?

  580. jvmc77 permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:36 am

    Hey Curt,

    You have many good points in this blog about the media. I have to agree with most of them. They will take any story or quote and take it way out of context in order to make themselves a popular sports writer and to make money. I think you should ignore them and continue to do what you do best, pitch.

    It was blood. What is the advantage to painting it? A little bit of publicity until someone runs his/her mouth and you look like an idiot. That is why the most logical conclusion is that it was real blood. Who cares what it was, too? I mean you still pitched the best two games of your life in the 04 post season. The only thing that matters is that championship banner hanging out side Fenway baby!

    Thanks from a fellow pitcher,

  581. skisox24 permalink
    April 28, 2007 10:13 am

    Using baseball as an analogy, Thorne and the “media” revealed their shortcomings and you siezed that window of opportunity with a sizzling strike to end the game.

    For many of us baseball is entertainment and a welcome distraction from the serious and sometimes painful events that unfold in our lives each day. The sport media understands that, and rather than serve the fans’ appetite for stimulating news and information about baseball, they choose the lazier route of sensationalism in order to distinguish themselves from their inner competition. Heck, our country’s leading politicians have trended in that same direction for years. When, in recent years have we had a political debate that profoundly explored real issues in depth?

    You are a throw-back Curt! I mean that in a positive way. Keep the flame hot and don’t get discouraged.

  582. rdsxnation67 permalink
    April 28, 2007 10:22 am

    The anger that I feel is because the sock has become an icon for our 2004 return from our 3-0 death. Curt says above the comeback was more than just him pitching the 6th game, and of course. But if you attack the sock, you are attacking all that is RSN.

    I was at Thurday’s game in Baltimore (Willie Mo’s grand slam) and there was some O jerk there with an 18×24 blowup of the picture, and a paint brush super-imposed on it. Some people will subscribe to any conspiracy theory, and think they are cool.

  583. stimy permalink
    April 28, 2007 10:25 am

    If skip bayless is ever near the field of play, can you please drill him?

    Now a baseball-related question that Bill Conlan is not equipped to answer…

    The pitch that Tejada hit for a HR was a hanging splitter I think… My question is, what causes a pitch (splitter, curve, slider) to “hang”? Do you know that its a hanger right when it leaves your hand? I’ve always wondered this, but no one ever explains it… Hoping you could.

    Thanks Schill… Let’s Go Wake!!

  584. April 28, 2007 10:36 am


    Gary Thorne (and all the rest of those Heads On Sticks) needs to stuff a bloody sock in it.

    (And watching you guys play lately certainly doesn’t suck.)

  585. April 28, 2007 11:01 am

    I wish I had a million dollars of my own to throw into this bet.. ALS would be seeing some sweet dough. Yankees fans will probably use this as their new 1918 chant, (even though they should really concentrate on coming up with some sort of chant to keep the Yankees from getting injured and just plain ol’ suckin’) so let’s nip it in the bud now.

  586. pnut1177 permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:08 am

    It is absolutely ridiculous that this subject even came up and it’s even more ridiculous how many people actually bought in to it. Are you serious?? Do you really need to reach for some reason to overshadow what he overcame 3 frigin years later?Get over it the Red Sox will always be the 2004 World Champions. Damn didn’t you see the Ford commercials, he came here to break an 86 year curse and helped do that he did bloody sock and all. So please get over yourselves and do the baseball world a favor go follow Nascar where the drama is encouraged.

  587. game6sockwasfake permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:13 am

    Curt –

    just admit it… it certainly worked so good for you… this year maybe try pitching in native american war paint… that will really scare some hitters since your fastball no longer does

  588. mainiacme permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:40 am

    Curt. Excellent response. I was outraged that so many in the media jumped all over this story which gave it legs. It’s the same old story with too many in the media and they need to “make up” a story or jump on the bandwagon of the latest rumor rather than being creative.

    You’d think those journalists would have some of that creative spirit left in them when they dig deep into their soul and remember why they chose their profession.

    However, unlike an athlete, once they get their columns and notoriety too many of these media types get lazy and stop putting in the effort required to stay in top creative shape.

    If their bosses reviewed the columns they write in the same manner as fans/media disect every game you pitch they couldn’t handle it.

    The work ethic required by today’s athletes in Boston is not matched by the media and if they could even give 50% of the effort members of the Red Sox give to keep in shape and stay on top of their profession we’d all be better served.

    Realistically, many of the them (if we compare them to athletes) would have been released by this point and working for some local paper if they were fortunate to get a job.

    Their columns and mantras have become old and boring and I totally avoid reading their articles and watching them on t.v.

    Keep up the great work as an athlete and a person. You are someone I know my kids can look up to.

  589. irarallen permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:54 am

    It is very easy, and most unChristianlike and arrogant, to attack the press with a broad brush. They do their jobs like you guys do yours. Imperfectly. Reporters — and I used to be one (both sports and national politics) — do not report “the truth.”

    “The truth” is what you or I find within ourselves, or in your case what you find in Jesus. Reporters write or broadcast what people tell them. There is room for mistakes, and room for corrections.

    Your problem — the same as it was when I saw you as a wild-haired, wild-assed, wild-pitching rookie in Baltimore — is that you put yourself at the center of everything, including public expressions of faith, which as I read the Bible is something best done in private.

    Now everyone loves to bash the press, but think about this: The sports press makes it possible to earn every dollar you earn. Because they give you, the Red Sox and all of MLB free publicity. Without the media — and these days this includes the Internet — no one would know what time the games are, who is is playing, who the stars are, and baseball would sink even further in public esteem.

    It was the press that made you what you are and able to raise money for your causes. No press? — No MLB, no bloody sock, no salary, no opportunities to publicly proclaim what a great humanitarian and Christian you are.

    If a reporter or commentator is annoying to you, say so (privately, because that is how changes are made), but you apparently have drunk the Republican Kool-Aid about the media and don’t understand that they have done you — and the public — much more good than harm.

  590. fgianakos permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:58 am

    Curt, you are an articulate man who seems to have lost track of the fact that without the media, you would be mute. The prospect of that brings great relief to many. You managed to dignify a comment by a guy who just became the Orioles’ broadcaster and wasted no time putting his foot in his mouth and then attempted to change feet. Why do you feel the need to get so defensive? You alienate people with the $1 million charity donation thingy and all you needed to do is smile and do nothing. Please do not tell us all that you don’t care what others think because you are fooling yourself. If you didn’t truly care, you would not have become defensive. You use too many words for a person who doesn’t care what others think.

    You know whether there was blood on the sock or not. You also know how it inspired your team. Take pride in that moment and be less concerned with defending Curt Schilling to the world.

  591. tonylascola permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:30 pm

    Curt, I’m I work with Clear Channel Communications in Orlando for an FM Radio station. What your experiencing is what as know in our business as the Sweeps. In May, all media gets looked at by Arbitron which let’s advertisers know who’s reading, watching, or listening to what. So who ever can draw the most attention will get the highest ratings, which will turn into larger market share. Larger market share means that whatever media advertisers want to buy into will be at a higher rate because whoever is on top, whether it’s Newspapers, TV stations, or Radio can demand a higher premium for ad size, or spots during TV shows, or an radio in a specific market.

    Go along for the ride on this because they’re pulling your “not” bloody sock out of their ass, so they can get their readership ratings up. For all of you who are disputing the “bloody sock”…GET A FRIGGIN LIFE!…We call what’s going on in radio “a bit”. Just because the Yankee’s suck the big wenee, and the Red Sox are on a tear doesn’t mean you have to put the blame on Curt. Call up Stienbrenner to complain, you bunch of panzees.

  592. csk68 permalink
    April 28, 2007 12:38 pm

    “Instead of using the forums they participate in to do something truly different, change lives, inspire people… ”

    Yeah – like you did at the congressional steroid hearings?

    Curt, I was a huge fan – but you used that forum to kill Canseco and stick up for your boys on the panel, rather than to admit baseball has a major problem.

    To quote, you said…”I think the fear of public embarrassment and humiliation upon being caught is going to be greater than any player ever imagined”

    How’s that working out?

    Anyway – still a big fan of your pitching – but you let me and perhaps many other fathers down with your performance that dayin D.C.

    I’m glad for this blog to have the chance to tell you that. Thanks. -csk

  593. fivekatz permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:09 pm

    Upon reading the amazing quantity of posts here, I did notice that many negative posters take issue with 38’s politics.

    You can count me amongst the many that feel that the current president of the US is not qualified and that Mr. Schilling’s support of that candidate runs contrary to my personal political views.

    But in the context of this blog and this thread, what the heck are you people talking about? 38 has the right to be wrong about politics and is wrong only according to those of us who choose to disagree. IMHO this blog can be something special and would be better served if those who take issue with Curt stay on topic. Chirping at him about his political views is as intelligent as chanting “Yankees Suck” when we are 8 games back and losing 6-1.

    The right wing in the US regularly attacks “Hollywood types” for their support of candidates with more progressive views. And that is stupid. Those who attack Schilling for his 2004 support of Bush are stooping equally low. Every citizen, regardless of fame has the right to be active in our political process.

    When Curt posts about the current administration it will be fair game, until then let’s stay on topic and on this topic I think Curt was quite articulate.

  594. moondogmadness77 permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:13 pm

    If Schill had painted the sock wouldn’t the stain have been in the shape of two red socks just to bust the media, entertain sox fans, etc? He’s got a sense of humor. Maybe next start we’ll see that. Go ahead Schill. Bust some chops . It’ll be classic ball busting.

  595. moondogmadness77 permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:15 pm

    And write “Thorne” on the other sock, ala McManns “Rozelle” headband.

  596. moondogmadness77 permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:17 pm

    Get the whole team to do it. have fun with it and use it as a team building unifying thing. God bless , good luck.

  597. achase47 permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:28 pm


    You may wish to know more about the soldier who threw out the first pitch in Baltimore. He is from Massachusetts and is a lifelong Red Sox fan. I wrote about him a few weeks ago in my Blog. His name is Mark Ecker, and his story is a very inspiring one. I know that he would welcome a chance to meet you. Here is part of his story.

    Let me know if you would like to contact him,. I am in frequent contact with his family.

  598. chipmorrison permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:36 pm

    Over the years, I’ve found that taking on the press is counter productive, but I clearly understand how you must feel. One would think that reporters would make an attempt to verify sources.

    My son and I will be at the game Tuesday to watch you pitch. He is a research doc at Johns Hopkins — working “to strike out ALS” (which is his specialty) — attending a conference in Boston next week.

    Thank you for all the work you have done on to help raise funds to further the research efforts on this hideous disease.

    Chip Morrison

  599. cuse93 permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:46 pm

    Don’t get me started on the press. It typically goes two ways. If the announcer/reporter is a team employee, he is a usually a big-time
    “homer”. If he/she is a beat writer, he/she is typically sympathetic to the player since he/she has to be in the clubhouse all the time. A columnist is too often nothing more than a “bleep” disturber since he/she never has to face the player in the clubhouse. I am spoiled — growing up listening to Kalas/Whitey call Phillies games was a treat. i also grew up reading the awesome Mr. Stark in the Inquierer. Of course, I sometimes put up with listening to that creep Eskin on the radio. Today, I am very selective on who I listen to call games or host radio/tv shows. I enjoy Morgan/Miller on Sunday Night Baseball. I love Jim Rome on the radio. Do I always agree with them? No, BUT they are true professionals.

    Schill, keep up the good work. I was lucky enough to be at Game 5 of the 1993 WS (sitting in the 500 level in left-center) – what a gem you pitched that night at The Vet.

    Take care and best of luck,
    -Aaron (Katie L’s old friend from Cuse – and formerly of Ubisoft, etc ).

  600. phils2007 permalink
    April 28, 2007 2:12 pm

    Curt, we still love ya in Philly. Come home in 2008!!!

  601. daleg permalink
    April 28, 2007 2:27 pm

    My first time on here. A Middleboro native who escaped to San Diego 25 years ago. Love the Sox, Pats, graduated from BC, etc. but can’t deal with the cold weather anymore.

    I see almost all the Sox games on ExtraInnings but can’t see what’s going on during commercials. I want to know if Papelbon has a song when it’s his time to come in. If not, I have a suggestion. Louis XIV by Louis XIV. I wouldn’t expect a lot of people to know it especially on the East Coast. But if you like Alternative with an edge you need to listen to these guys. Anyway, the opening verse of the song is “I’m a weapon of mass destruction”, and it just rocks.

    If anyone has iTunes go check it out and tell me what you think.


  602. tommyaz permalink
    April 28, 2007 3:11 pm

    Reporters ??? News???
    One must be a total idiot to believe them.
    One must be a total idiot not to admire Mr.. Schilling’s pitching career.
    So wake up, Layoff, or go start your own Pitching carrier
    If Curt said he had a blister on his foot and the blood on his sock was from that blister. Some one stands up and says
    Curt that wasn’t Blood your sock (Basically your a liar)?????
    My wife does this??????
    I’ll come out of the bathroom and half way up the hall, I’ll hear this WHERE WERE YOU) Ill tell her I just went to the bathroom! Sure enough (No you didn’t)??????
    Curt I was a catcher for 12 years in my younger years.
    I recently have Managed a Colt team past 3 years.
    All I can say I love to watch ya pitch, cant say I look at your socks.
    Don’t matter to me.
    But if you need to make a statement, ??? I wouldn’t ware any …. (Socks)

  603. April 28, 2007 3:18 pm

    550+ comments? thats insane

    watchin the Sox now… go Wake!

  604. matt028 permalink
    April 28, 2007 3:29 pm

    I realize that there’s no reasonable way to expect you to read five or six hundred comments, but I wanted throw my anonymous voice of support behind you.

    I think this is silly. No fans doubt that it was blood. Its only the media. I do think that people blame the media an excessive amount, in that they give the media more power over players than they truly have, but I also think that the media frequently adds no value and is just a random noise machine.

    I’m sad about the fact that sports’ reporting doesn’t require any fact checking. I’m sad that people are allowed to say anything about anyone they damned well please. I’m sad that our country buys the garbage that gets printed as news and supports the hacks called writers. I’m sad that I believe this reflects our societies tendency to hold only the accused accountable and never the accuser.

    I’m sad that when our new pitcher does well, one local Boston Globe columnist asks, “Do you think Curt is jealous?” He makes it clear what his stance is.

    What’s wrong with accepting that maybe you really did go through a lot to pitch? Why isn’t it ok that maybe it was important to you, and that you have the same emotions driving some of your decisions that others do as well? What’s wrong with believing that you are genuinely happy for a teammate who does well? Why aren’t you allowed to be a human being? I know when I’m at work and an office mate does a good job and he’s recognized I’m happy for him. I’m happy because I know how much effort it took, I can relate to the dedication required to do my job well and know the sacrifices he made. I don’t think that’s out of the ordinary. I think most people want their friends, co-workers and even people they don’t know to do well. We are all people, and when other people succeed it makes our world a little better.

    I apologize for the rambling message but I’m tired. Soldiers die every day, children are kidnapped, there’s a huge sex trade issue in the world, people starve, yet somehow we hear about accusations of petty jealousy that are unfounded and people needlessly question moments that inspire others. I think that’s what irritates me the most. The bloody sock is a good story because its so blatantly symbolic. Its nice to have some universal stories that everyone who focuses on a certain genre can share in and feel positive about. I’m not arguing for ignorance of the ills of society or of individuals, but if its not really there, please don’t create it.


  605. daubachdui permalink
    April 28, 2007 3:48 pm

    Dear Curt Schilling,

    We all know the sock was fake, just like Eckersley’s moustache. Lies make baby Jesus cry! When will you superstars finally own up to your vanity, chicanery, and machiavellian tomfoolistry?

    -a fan

    p. s.

    I think 38 studios’ first game should be about a wisecracking on-the-wagon monkey robot with a fake moustache. Can you make this happen?

    p. p. s.

    (said with make-believe out-of-lip-sync kung-fu movie overdubbing and an exaggerated karate chop) OKAJIMA!!

  606. lifelongctsoxfan permalink
    April 28, 2007 4:13 pm

    You’re right Curt. The liberal media-ettes are digusting. The ones mentioned from Around the Horn and PTI are especially so. I can’t bear to listen to their PC baloney. They especially hate conservative leaning pro athletes such as yourself.
    But why do they hate Jim Rice? He’s not white the last I looked.

  607. joesson permalink
    April 28, 2007 4:58 pm

    Heard the dna tests came back and were a positive match for Mr. Sherwin Williams.

    By the way, my Lord doesn’t concern himself with how well you are pitching. Even against the Yankees. He has violence against man and the earth to worry about.

  608. April 28, 2007 7:04 pm


    You’re the best.



  609. robert62 permalink
    April 28, 2007 7:29 pm

    Schill – I know you can’t read all these – I’d like to apologise for all the idiots that gave this story life – I watched the games. As a lifelong fan and Bostonian, I saw what I saw. I don’t need to put the hands in the palms, or in the side, to reference a higher source. Don’t waste your time testing the sock. Any true Red Sox aficionado doesn’t need proof – we already saw it.

    Last time I checked it’s 2007. Thanks for being who you are. Keep pitching, and blog when you want. i’m 4 years older than you. Once upon a time, i dreamed of being in sports, but the talent wasn’t there – i’d rather watch than attempt to be a storyteller. I’d be too honest to want to spin bs or merely live for the scoop. My writing would probably be boring as i’d be passing on the words of my subjects, not making up crap.

    maybe it’s time to cut out the middleman, although some of the writers seem sincere. I’ll take Gammons/Montville/Macmullan/Callahan and maybe a couple of others . . . .

    I doubt anyone will take the bet, unless someone out there really wants to buffer a pitch for ALS . . . . . .

    Rob Martin
    Beverly MA

  610. fenwayfaithful38 permalink
    April 28, 2007 8:27 pm

    I think Thorne should stick to calling hockey games and not “reporting what he thought he heard.”

  611. willniland permalink
    April 28, 2007 8:46 pm

    As a Redsox fan I know this is going to suond strange but I was happy to see the yanks win a game, even if it was a loss for my beloved Sox. But we all have to admit that its not the same without the yankees in the mix!. I’m 51 yo and have seen many battles thruogh the years and as we well know when september rolls around it is much more exciting and gratifying to beat the yanks, than say the royals or even the tigers. And I was happy for Mariano, he needed this. So ADMIT IT Redsox fans, we love to hate the Yankees but it would’nt be the same without them.

  612. lafenwaychica permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:27 pm

    Millar painting his sock the other night was hilarious. So out of something ridiculous came a laugh. I miss him. I don’t miss him at first base but I miss him.

  613. scottyrod permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:47 pm

    Curt, I know you didn’t paint your sock. Anyone who thinks it was paint is to be felt sorry for.I watched every second of both games and you could see it bleeding more and more while you were on the mound. What, did you have a pump hidden in your leg to pull that off. People are friggin’ morons.
    Larry Bird was/is an idol of mine , because of his unbelievable skills , his loyalty to Boston , and his amzing personality (Ortiz Too). You have all of those qualities , but at times you come off (to close minded people) as someone who is begging for attention. I don’t feel that way. You’re name is in the history books for ever. That is what anyone really wants. You’re a hero to me and every true sox fan living or dead . GOD BLESS YOU !

  614. scredsoxgirl permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:04 pm

    Curt, I totally agree with what you said. As a fellow Christian, I know the media does this not only with sports, but everything! Good for you for fighting back, and so eloquently! Don’t let them get away with it.

    Your biggest fan in SC — Christina

  615. trubelieva permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:09 pm

    Daleg “I want to know if Papelbon has a song when it’s his time to come in.”

    It’s called “WILD THING!” It’s perfect for him. Was at the Sunday game vs the Yankees last week and he came in to protect a 1 run lead. Crowd was going nuts with it.

  616. trubelieva permalink
    April 28, 2007 11:18 pm

    Speaking of your gaming: Your first game should be where a really wild pitcher (or just one having an off day…maybe just lost his command of his fastball) ends up beaning everyone in the pressbox. How about a game with a ball attracted to red curly hair.

    Maybe we can get to 1,000 posts on a bloody sock. Props to Millar- dats one funny dude.

    BTW- Don’t cheapen the 2004 season calling the media idiots. You are much better than that. Not that they aren’t idiots, just that MY IDIOTS won the 2004 series! They aren’t even in your league, so choose another word.

  617. nopinkhats permalink
    April 29, 2007 1:02 am

    Didn’t know where to post this question/comment but here is good I guess.

    I heard that you helped raise money in the bullpen area for a bullpen/warmup catcher to get a new truck after his was totalled. And that you give tips at the end of the seasons to them and stuff. Is there any truth to this?

    BTW, I personally believe it is blood, because it changed colors etc. And most stories are for the media from the media because like sports the media is competing with itself to get air time. By even aknowledging that it happened is helping the person. There is no such thing as bad publicitiy for those in the media.

  618. pinetarrag permalink
    April 29, 2007 2:13 am


    The Yankee fan here.

    I have to side with you on this one. As much as I’d love to believe the sock was painted, I believe it was blood.

    Everyone I talked to then and now (mostly Yankee fans) believe it was blood.

    Take care,

    Pine Tar Rag

  619. thedoctorx permalink
    April 29, 2007 4:48 am

    If anyone has a linkypoo to a picture of Millar’s painted socks, that would be fantastic.


  620. sameang permalink
    April 29, 2007 6:48 am

    I just finished reading an article in the Herald about how you’ve gotten over 2 million hits on your blog during this month. Probably you have or haven’t thought about this yet, but have you considered getting sponsors or tried getting some revenue from companies willing to pay for advertisement on your blog? To me, 2 million hits, that’s a no brainer and all the money you can get from advertisement or sponsorships can go directly to your foundation. Anyways, just a thought and hopefully this helps those in need of a cure for ALS.

  621. April 29, 2007 7:08 am

    I waited since 1976 to see the Sox win the series. Nothing GT said will change how I, or any true Sox fan feels about what you did to help win it all in ’04.

  622. upintothenight permalink
    April 29, 2007 7:54 am

    Curt your faith is what binds you to the game you play and everything else in life.So just as jesus was doubted so are we in life.All of Jesus miracles were doubted and eventualy he was crucified for them.remember the Lord said “blessed are those who never see but still belive”.


  623. merlindog permalink
    April 29, 2007 8:07 am

    I am curious why people always bend toward the negative in everything. I watched that series and was truely impressed with your fortitude; and ability to keep focus on the task at hand. It seems as though that isn’t enough to satisfy these so called “Sports Authorty’s”…so they always try to dig up some negative angle on the situation; I guess to keep it juicy. Why not just give props to the guy that helped get it done, and leave well enough alone.

  624. pilot97 permalink
    April 29, 2007 9:00 am

    In the world of sports there is no place for political correctness, You have provided a much better example of how to play the game and how to live to all of us not just the youth of today. The secularism movement that the PC crowd would like to have dominate our lives will not survive. Believing in God and living accordingly will make all of us better. Keep up you positive example. Bloody sock or no bloody sock I am proud be a Boston Red Sox fan and to have lived long enough to see a World series winner. Thank you and all of the 2004 Red Sox. Let’s do it again this year.

    P.S. let’s paint some red on all of the teams’s socks this year and stick it to the media!

  625. nickpang permalink
    April 29, 2007 10:44 am

    I’m a big fan of finding ways to turn negatives into positives. Gary Thorne’s comments on Schilling’s bloody sock, and his response (the megadollar challenge that he posted on this blog) presents such an opportunity.

    So how about Red Sox Nation taking up the challenge — – and raise the money to take the bet? It would put this to bed for all time, and would be a great money raiser for ALS research.

    I have no idea how to get this rolling. Anybody out there have experience setting up and running a charity website?

  626. soxrock permalink
    April 29, 2007 10:57 am

    I believe Curt is ttally justified in being upset with Thorne. There is no way he misinterpreted Mirebelli’s comments. He was just trying to get some face time on TV.

    In my opinion Schilling and the Sox are just sick of hearing the B.S.

  627. seabass36 permalink
    April 29, 2007 11:26 am

    Regardless, you are a world champion twice. Thorne is an idiot as least once.
    One wonders if he had to face 600 plus e-mails to explain why 3 seasons after the fact he decides to make a mockery of one of the greatest moments in MLB history.I wonder what do the Orioles and their organization think of their home “color” bringing this kind of embarrassment on the team.

  628. mustang60 permalink
    April 29, 2007 1:28 pm

    Hi Curt,
    First of all let me say that I have been a huge Red Sox fan ever since I can remember, 1967 probably as a young boy. I had hairs stand up on the back of my neck when ever that Ford commercial aired in ’04 with you coming to Boston to end a jinx! How awesome, and you followed through! You have always been a high profile player that has had the innate ability to always back up what you say with un-canny performance! Talk the talk, but, walk the walk! Anyone that would question your credibility or performance is just wrong or jealous! I would just say thanks to you Curt for helping make a dream come true. Nothing can ever deleate or diminish your heroics! Lets do it again this year! Also- do you not think it would be a huge faux-pas for the Sox not to re-sign you? You will be back!!!
    Thanks again–
    Jody Lowe

  629. bluesport26 permalink
    April 29, 2007 3:59 pm

    As I was saying at the office, if the blood was fake, why would you have allowed it to be out in the open and, on top of that, be brought to Cooperstown? To me, that was the end of the story. It was amazing for you to risk your career on a experimental procedure only practiced on a cadaver. I can’t think of many people that would have taken the risk that you had.

    I’ll be heading up to Fenway on Monday to see you take on Oakland. Good luck! I was wondering, what do you do on a typical day when you have a home game?

    By the way, congrats to the team for taking 2 of 3 in NY. It was comical hearing “Boston Sucks” chants from a last place team when I was there cheering the Red Sox on!

  630. firedannyainge permalink
    April 29, 2007 4:55 pm

    There are only two great reporters alive today. Peter Gammons for baseball and David Aldridge for the NBA.

    Idiots like Dan Lebetard from Miami and anyone that writes for the Dallas news (especially Eddie Esefko)or the Boston Herald or Globe are not even good reporters. (You better let me name names since you named names. I am giving a list of the worst reporters IMO) they are biased jerks that care more about geting their names in the news then the facts.

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that you wrote this blog and didn’t give comments to the jerks in the media. Its about time someone did that. I have been on the media’s case for years and its nice to know I am not alone.

  631. atstern permalink
    April 29, 2007 6:02 pm

    A few things –

    Addressing ‘the media’ as if was one single-minded organism is ignorant.

    The Jesus I know speaks of love and forgiveness, and would never condone all this anger that saturates the words of some that claim to believe in him.

    Terrorists have killed more Americans since 9/11 than on that tragic day. Due to our president’s policies now they just don’t have to call a travel agent.

    I think many of you need to go back and read the bible. All this anger and judgment reveals that you might have missed the point of it.

  632. bmdeane3 permalink
    April 29, 2007 6:29 pm

    Dear Curt,

    Contrats to Shondra for completing the marathon. I “bailed” out at the last minute…wasn’t in the mood for an ass kicking by mother nature. Your wife is to be commended for a “gutsy” performance. If I was an officially registered runner this year (I was for ’05 & ’06) I would have run, but being a bandit this year made it easy to decide not to go. I saw you at the finish waiting for Shondra in 2005. You’re a huge dude. When are you going to run Boston? My guess is 2010, your first full year after you retire from MLB. You’ll develop an ALS Boston Marathon team and raise a ton of money.

    I have a question. Maybe I’ve missed this, but do all MLB pitchers wear some sort of special necklace? I see so many pitchers wearing that hoop style necklace these days, I’m wondering if it serves a purpose?


  633. redsoxocd92 permalink
    April 29, 2007 6:30 pm

    willniland, i have to completely agree with you, i mean i’m only 15 and just started paying close attention to the game last season (i mean obsessive close, hence the name, i watch 160 red sox games last season and like 30-40 other games) but with such a great rivalry it sucks not having the yankees close. i mean i look foward to it seeming like an actualy competition and it actaully taking some work to win games. but lately it hasnt been that way. and with so many yankees players going on the DL it doesnt seem like it will take much work until after the next 2 or 3 series against them. As a red sox fan, i admit that i do hate the yankees, but the game is a lot more fun when they can actually compete.

  634. mrgrimm permalink
    April 29, 2007 6:45 pm

    well it seems like schilling has taken god into his life…………….oh wait a minute it’s the lord jesus christ not god he has taken into his life.

    anyway i think curt is a maniacal twit who self promotes and i would not put it past him if he did paint the stupid sock.

    now what i do like is that he is in no way able to hold the red sox management hostage, by means of leverage or any other means or gains. and this is the