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2007 World Series Champions

October 29, 2007

“God has his fingerprints all over this game.”

I stole it. Clint Hurdle said that about game 4 and it resonated with me all day long. What Aaron Cook and Jon Lester went through to get to this point, to get the ball, was God’s work. What they did after “Play Ball” was awe inspiring in a million ways.

Hate to see the cheap shots taken by fans and writers at what went down over the last 5 days with regards to the series and Colorado’s team. They may not use it as an excuse, I certainly don’t expect to hear it from Helton, Holliday Hurdle or any others, but the 8 days between games, in my opinion, had a negative effect on them. I still believe we are the best team in the world, and 8 days or not we would have won, but I think it did impact them in many different ways. 8 days off and then you step in the box and have to face the best pitcher on the planet? Hats off to the NL Champions for redefining comeback and “against all odds”. What they did to even get to the 2007 World Series needs to be etched in stone. I think it will be lost over the next few months because of the outcome of the Series but it shouldn’t be, they did it with class and style. They played the game right and hard. Seeing true, old school, blue collar guys like Todd Helton finally getting into the World Series after putting up Hall worthy numbers his whole career is a cool thing.

There are a litany of people that deserve huge kudos for what just happened. From a personal standpoint it starts with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What I have been able to experience, watch, be a part of, just adds to the already overflowing life of incredible memories I am totally undeserving of. To be able to participate in, and witness, events that millions of people around the world will never forget is pretty much indescribable.

I thank the Lord for an incredible wife, 4 beautiful and healthy children. Shonda remains my rock. In a life that sees me pretty much absent from the home for 6-8 months a year she has held the fort. That’s saying a lot when that fort contains 3 boys, ages 12, 8 and 5, and a young lady of 10. Wherever next year takes us it’s incredibly comforting knowing the ships in order and my children, even though I THINK they miss me, are being raised by a woman of virtue, passion, devotion and love that knows no bounds. 

I thank the Lord for keeping George Kerr well all year long. George is suffering from ALS, and we had a deal that he’d promise me to live life to the fullest this year, and hang on, in exchange I promised him we’d win a World Series. He sent me a pre game email before every start this year. We’re now going to begin working on next years wager.

I thank the Lord for bringing Peter Despain into my life. Pete, as the frequent visitors here will remember, was the young boy I was introduced to through 38 Studios President, Brett Close. His daugter Natalie was in class with Peter when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Natalie, obviously a young lady mature beyond her years, asked if I would talk to Pete and try to cheer him up. We spoke and became immediate friends, finally getting a chance to meet this year in Texas. Peter would email me “Sox mojo” each night before I pitched. I would hope it’s now easy to understand why ‘bad games’ for me this year never seemed as bad as they otherwise might have. When a young boy is emailing you updates on his surgery and chemo, and his dad is filling in the blanks when he’s too sick or tired to type, a loss is a bit less ‘stinging’. Real life comes into clear focus and wins and losses linger a lot less as well.

On the business side of things it all begins at the top. Mr Henry, Mr Werner, Mr Lucchino, they all have made the extreme commitment not only to us as players, but to our families as well. In a day and edge of P&L statements and win or go home ultimatums I cannot begin to describe what it’s like to work for people that care about you and your family beyond the workplace.

Passing the torch to the GM and his ‘minions’ as dumb people are apt to call them, Theo and the crew upstairs are obsessive about the game and the team. No stone is left unturned, no event too insignificant to scout. Kyle, Dana, Dave and the advanced scouts here, along with our video stud Billy Broadbent, work ludicrous hours doing totally unappreciated and invisible jobs whose results come out on the field. These guys are in some cases baseball ‘lifers’ who never step on the field, never are seen in front of a camera, but who’s contributions at times are as valuable as the guy throwing the 1-0 change up with the bases loaded and no outs, and getting out of the jam. Doing so because those guys spent countless hours compiling data and scouting video that says that was the thing to do. It’s a HUGE leap of faith for any player to put his trust in anyone not wearing a uniform and in the dugout but we’ve got a team of passionate people here that allow that to happen, and a second World Series in 4 years is proof of that.

Handing the torch off to the manager, and coaches. It’s no secret how I feel about Tito. I started his first game as a manager in LA over 10 years ago and I’ve been with him for every game he’s ever managed save 2 months in 2000. Trust me when I say as good a manager as he is, and he is good (8-0 in the world series, 7-0 in must win elimination games), he’s a ten times better man.

That doesn’t peter out when you talk about his coaches. Brad Mills is a manager in waiting. Millsy’s loyalty and dedication to Tito and the game, and us as players is unquestionable. He’s as smart a baseball man as I’ve been around and probably the reason Tito is as good as he is. I’d bet Tito would agree as long as Brad wasn’t allowed to hear it. That statement stands even when Millsy wears the pants 3 sizes too small…….

Demarlo Hale, Luis Alicea, two true baseball guys. The only negative about coaching staffs as talented and passionate as ours is that they are often times the names at the top of managerial searches every off season. I’d heard Demarlo’s name mentioned many times before I knew him, as a serious managerial candidate in a bunch of different instances. It took about 2 days in spring training to understand why. 

Dave Magadan. I faced Mags quite a bit before he retired and started coaching but never really knew him until this year. I was blown away by his routine. He was in the video room as much, if not more, than I was all year long. I’d never heard the term ‘cage rat’ before this year either. Tim Mccarver called him that the other night and it fits like a glove. If he’s not on the top step watching his hitters, talking over an opposing pitcher, or in the video room doing the same, he’s in the cage with one of them doing some drill. Total dedication and great guy to boot.

Don Kalkstein. Sports Psycholgist. Hmm, is there a team or market more in need of someone like that than this one? Given the length of our season, the grind of the schedule, the market we play in and the other things that come with playing in a ‘win it all, always’ environment there is no doubt a need for someone not coaching, to chat with. DK is the goods. His dedication to the Dallas Mavericks is his only real vice (though it’s a necessity since he works for them I guess, but my Suns are still better!). DK is, after all is said and done, someone I would call a friend before anything else. He’s one of those rare people that makes you drop any and all pretenses about 8 seconds after you meet him and chat, about anything. He’s also Tito’s Fantasy Football bench coach and an incredibly horrid NFL talent evaluator……

John Farrell is the best. I’ve never had the privelage of being coached by someone that has had as much impact on as many different pitchers as this man did here this year. Any good pitching coach understands that his staff is 10-20 totally different and unique men/kids with as many different opinions and views on how to pitch. The great coaches understand that they have to be personal instructors to each and every one. In addition to the life draining amounts of time required, you can’t fake it. To be great you have to care, and he does. That’s the one thing that will stick with me if I never get to work with him again, was the amount of care and interest he had with every single one of us. The careers he’s changed this year will have far reaching implications, good ones, for this organization and Sox nation as a whole.

The other ‘behind the scenes’ folks that truly to make our lives what they are. Our strength coach Dave Page. A more passionate guy would be hard to find. He doesn’t make any pitches, drive in any runs, but he lives and dies with every out of every game. His dedication to us is just another small sliver of the pie that makes this family go.

Our clubhouse guys. When you hear players and athletes talk about families, and how we are one for an extended period of time every year, in many cases these are the guys we think about. From our Traveling Secretary Jack McCormick, pretty much our wife away from home who handles every single detail of our travel and life outside the lines, to Pookie, Luke, Joe and the gang. Day in and day out these guys have jobs that on the surface might seem ‘cool’ and ‘fun’, but in reality they are absolutely blue collar. For a WHOLE lot less money than they deserve they work 70-80 hour weeks making the entire thing run like clockwork. From laundry, to meals to errands to family emergencies, these guys are truly what makes this whole thing feel like a family. Familiar faces that you know you can count on at the most crucial times.

All that stuff, in my opinion, is absolutely crucial to what we do. Being able to come to the park knowing that strolling to the mound and throwing the ball is the absolute ONLY thing you need to think about, or be concerned with, matters. So much happens outside of the 27 outs, the 9 innings, the 200+ games, that has a direct and extreme impact on how we do, what we do, it’s hard to imagine being on a team that doesn’t provide that support. It’s been that way since the day I put on a Red Sox uniform, through the last out of the 2007 World Series.

What a year. The Red Sox everyone thought they knew, are gone. This is a new franchise, a new team. The foundation has been laid and the core talent is in place, with a whole lot more coming, to make trips late into October a much more common occurence than the world at large expects. I am hoping we can do it with a touch of grace, and class.

I’ll leave it at this. My personal situation will most certainly be talked about in the paper, on the radio and on TV. Many people will propose to know exactly what the Sox ‘think’ about me, and many more will claim to know what I am going to do, and what I want. They will claim to know what works best for whom, and who should say what to who, when. The only place that will be true is here. My thoughts are to post here once the process begins, and to keep anyone that cares about the situation informed via this blog.

If you care to check back a few posts to the uproar in spring training go ahead. Re-read the things I posted then because they are no different now. Shonda and I want to remain in the game one more year. Our preference is for that last year to be here, in Boston, as a Boston Red Sox. We also understand that if the feeling is not mutual we’ll find another home for this final season and make the very best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. There is no lose here. The ultimate win is to do what I said above, remain here and end it all here. Anything short of that is still going to be pretty damn fun and special.

There will be no ill will, there can’t be. What we’ve been allowed to witness, partake in and enjoy, goes so far beyond what we’d hoped and dreamed our time here would consist of that we’ll have nothing but thanks to offer to anyone concerned.

To Red Sox Nation we’d like to offer our deepest and most profound thank you for making the last four years  some of the greatest moments personally and professionally, of our lives. Much like the fans in Philadelphia, and Arizona, you always treated my wife and my children with respect. You were far better to me than I deserved at times, and never worse than I deserved at others. The only thing I know I can say without a doubt is that I took the ball, every single time, and never ever left anything in the tank.

If October 28, 2007, was the last time I ever wear this uniform, thank you. It was an honor and a privelage to be allowed to play here.

251 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2007 9:20 pm

    And a big thanks have to go out to you, Curt, for breaking down the wall between you and the fans. This blog is a big part of it, showing the commitment to us and I think a lot of perspective on the game. It makes me think there’s something special about the game of baseball when we can interact with players who appreciate the game the way you do.

    On a side note, every culture has its “wise sages.” I am beginning to think that the wise AMERICAN sages are the baseball fans who go to every game and see every pitch, hit, swing, and catch that goes by. After seeing it all, and keeping track of it on their box score, I think they have reached that point where they understand both the passion and the patience necessary to live a full life. For them, everything fits into the framework. They must understand that baseball reflects the human condition: fundamentally, it’s a question of probability. One can take shortcuts (steroids) or one can work hard. Sometimes people get rewarded, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes bad things happen to players who had all the talent. Sometimes players can redeem themselves, sometimes there’s no going back (Pete Rose – one of the few who for all his extraordinary achievements may never really return “home”). What do you think?

    Best of luck to you and the World Series Champions. Congrats!

  2. jbila05 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:21 pm

    Curt,
    I’m sure you get replies like this often. I can only hope that you read this and that maybe touches you in some small way. I’d just like to let you know how much I appreciate what you have done with your time in Boston. Without a doubt, the two championships have been incredible to watch as a fan. But more than the wins, it has been the way in which you’ve carried yourself, and the things that you represent that have touched me. I admire you for the way in which you play the game, with focus, determination, guts, and class. I admire that you stand for what is right and aren’t afraid to call out those who don’t. My computer background is a picture of you as you left the field after Game 2 of the World Series. The photo captures the emotion of that walk from the mound, knowing that it may be your last in a Red Sox uniform. Curt, I can see in your face that you love Boston, you love the fans, and you love being a member of the Red Sox. I know you want to stay here, and you should. You are a real Red Sox (or “Sock” honestly I don’t know how to pluralize that). You embody what it means to play for this team. You embody the character of the Red Sox. That’s why I love this team, its character. I pray that the organization recognizes that this is your home and that you belong here. I understand the business side though, and if their offer disrespects you, I wouldn’t expect you to stay. That said, I hope they show you the respect you deserve and that your career ends the only place that is truly fitting, in Boston.

  3. October 30, 2007 9:34 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thank you for another great year for the Redsox. I hope the number of responses your blog has drawn justifies my thinking that the Sox should resign U. I think you can be an even greater fit with the young guys next year. I really can forsee one more World Championship on your resume as a Redsox.

    All I hope is “couple of millions” is not the decision making factor!!

    Thanks for all your efforts!

  4. baseballa441 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:36 pm

    Curt, as i read your blog today, i cannot express how proud i am of your time in Boston. You coming to Boston was one of the best things that ever happened to this city. The way you go about your job, studying batters in your little notebook in between innings, preparing for your next start, inning or batter, shows how much of a professional and class act you are. Your willing to put your body on the line, whether it in game 6, or in 2005 when you volunteered to be a closer, with injuries limiting your performance. You brought a sense of hope to Boston. Your dedication has inspired generations. All i can say is thank you for everything your brought to Boston. I hope that Game 2 was not the last time you put a Redsox uniform on and pitch in Fenway. If it is however, i would like to say thank you, for everything. You will be deeply missed, in the dugout, the clubhouse, Boston and most importantly, in our hearts. Thank you for the memories Curt. You will always be remembered.

  5. kgaard permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:02 pm

    Congratulations, Curt, on a great year and on a deserved championship. And if this is the end of the line for you with the Red Sox, I thank you for four wonderful, memorable seasons–two in particular stand out–and wish you best of luck in the future … unless you’re pitching against the Sox. You understand.

  6. jcelephant68 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:38 pm

    Curt –

    First I want to say thank you for my grandmother, Joan and my grandfather George. I was born a Red Sox fan. My first game was May 27, 1978. Sox won 1-0 on a Jim Rice home run. I was 9 and Fenway was amazing.

    1978 did not work out well for RS Nation. What was amazing to me, was my grandparents faith that the team would win it all someday. In 2004, it happened. Unfortunately, two decades late for my grandmother (whose favorite player was Dwight Evans) and 8 years for my grandfather.

    But I got to share with my dad, mom and brothers. We have loved every minute of the Red Sox as champions. You and the whole team have made all of the waiting worth it. If you find yourself in a different clubhouse next year, I want you to know that you will be always welcome in New England. Growing up in New England is like growing up in a big family. You play, fight and argue, but its your house and you love it and defend it.

    Well its your house now too. Thank you.

  7. ballsyhalsey permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:43 pm

    Paypro,

    Harsh words man… harsh words. I always thought that if anyone was quick to point out the glaring inefficiencies of others it was because they were so insecure about those same inefficiencies within themselves.
    “Belittle others….,” “Involve himself in matters that don’t concern him.” Etc…
    It seems to me that your post (and by default, YOU) is coming from a place of deep recognition. While we all enjoy the right to express our opinions, I found that your post was a complete waste of time.
    You start off by stating that you were “finally encouraged to put forth some facts, thoughts and info about Mr. Schilling that have been purposely neglected and ignored.”
    Of course, within your post, there are no facts; just opinions. Which, as mentioned before, you are entitled to.
    You post ONE quote from “Mr. S,” extracted from the WEEI interview, something that I would say most of us had already heard (or read on espn.com) All the rest of your “facts” are circumstantial evidence and frankly a waste of our time. The only purpose they serve is to make me believe that you are a tired and spiteful (I can’t say fan, as any true “fan” would appreciate what Curt has done for the Red Sox Organization,) and grammatically challenged follower of the New York Yankees.
    And good for you. The Yankees are an exciting organization who are devoted to winning and are a modern marvel of a sports teams.

    In closing, I want to bring up your accusation that Curt’s charitable work has been anything less than noble.
    This is where I get pissed…
    Your are a spiteful, uneducated, and abhorrent person who makes anonymous postings about a man I doubt you know, and probably will never meet.
    Schilling’s contributions to benefit ALS have been profound to say the least and, even if the only thing Schilling has done to help was to educate a few people along the way an make one child suffering with ALS happy, then he has done a remarkeable job and 300 times more than most.
    I ask you Mr. Paypro, what have you done to better the world you live in?
    You are a fool and an emotional, bitter, and disgraceful subtraction to the world of sports and our culture in general.

    – Disclaimer: Of course I do not have any proof to back up my facts about PAYPRO, just his post, here at 38pitches. Before Curt’s involvement with ALS I myself was not even aware of the severity and the thousands of people who are affected by it. So if, for example, Mr. S has not in fact raised any money for the ALS foundation but still managed to bring me on board, then cheers to him. If we could all do just that.

  8. fdcc323 permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:07 pm

    Curt , Thank you for all you and your family have done not only for the sox but everyone whose life you’ve touched. all in rsn will never forget what you’ve done.

  9. terminvz permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:35 am

    Even though I want ya in an AZ uniform, good luck whereever you go(or stay in boston). I’ll always be a curt shilling fan. The most clutch pitcher to ever pitch in the postseason.

  10. bosoxdiehard permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:31 am

    All I can say is, THANK YOU, Curt. THANK YOU to your family as well.

    Thank you for everything you have done to the greatest fans and the most loyal fans in the world.

    Bless you and your family.

  11. paypro permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:49 am

    Well ballsyhalsey at least you took the time to read my honest, factual and, despite your lack of acknowledgement, grammatically fine post on this site.

    My words appear harsh because all TRUE words are harsh. Love and Hate are the two most powerful emotions. I realize that this is a BoSox-loving, Curt ScHILLing blog site that is purposely void of any objectivity but is rather a place for people to exchange their most heartelt gratitude to Mr. S.

    I like some objectivity and honesty and rawness in what I read, not just sit aside as the world passes me by while people from all walks of life are portrayed to be what they are not.

    All of Mr S’ accomplishments and accolades were given for his athletic prowess and, more importantly, toward his chartable causes.

    You unintelligently accuse me of not supporting causes when you don’t even know who I am – very bright on your part. I and many others are sick and tired of Schilling’s dishonest, loud-mouthed, blowharded, (unecessary) opinionated, cheap shots that he taken throughout the years – year after year after year.

    He is the one who started this self-serving blog in the first place; he is the one he feels the need to speak up and out about Steroids all the time; he is the one who carelessly shoots off about the Yankees when they have NOTHING to do with him; MEMO to Curt: the Yanks were fine long before he was around and shall be fine long after he’s gone.

    Despite your non-ackowledgement of it, my post was littered with facts and specific comments and quotes from your beloved Mr S. You may not realize it but not everyone feels the same way about him as the un-objective posters on this board. He has taken his act to several towns and always makes it about him: the bloody sock, free agency, the Congress Hearings, the Bonds issue, cheap shot quotes about other players and, most specfically, the Yankees. The Yanks are FAR from perfect and there have been several players I haven’t enjoyed rooting for recently (Sheffield, Johnson, A-Rod) but at least I accept this and not become bent out of shape when someone points this out to me.

    You, on the other hand have decided to become angry and upset – a pure sign of frustration that the truth hurts and yes – my posts are loaded with truths that may only touch the tip of the iceberg but truths nonetheless.

    Your reply was rather incoherent and truly a waste of time. Despite the fact that you pointed out that my post was a waste of time, it wasn’t; it enabled me time and space to shed a light on someone who continues to act in a childish manner, even on a day when he should be celebrating rather than taking nasty cheapshots at others and all the while making it about himself…again. His dillusions of grandeur probably make him feel as if he was a major part of this title, which is not the case. If he leaves, the Sox can replace him at this point of his career and, besides, today is not the day to even discuss such things – but his ego got in the way of that….again.

    It’s so sad that one who offers to shed some light on a situation or, in this case a person, is viewed upon with anger and met with insults. Trust me, I”m an avid, objective fan and am proud I’ve never had to root and support a clown like Schilling.

    One more thing: you should really proof read and take a good look at yourself before judging others. The price you pay for writing such inaccurate nonsense and labeling me is a grand display of your own ignorance and, ultimatley, acknowledgement that you have read (but probably not digested) my many honest, objective words that were intended to help you understand that there is more than one perception to this man – unfortuantely, my words have been wasted on you and you will remain destitute in many, many ways.

    “This is where I get pissed…
    Your are a spiteful, uneducated, and abhorrent person who makes anonymous postings about a man I doubt you know, and probably will never meet.”

    Paypro,

    Harsh words man… harsh words. I always thought that if anyone was quick to point out the glaring inefficiencies of others it was because they were so insecure about those same inefficiencies within themselves.
    “Belittle others….,” “Involve himself in matters that don’t concern him.” Etc…
    It seems to me that your post (and by default, YOU) is coming from a place of deep recognition. While we all enjoy the right to express our opinions, I found that your post was a complete waste of time.
    You start off by stating that you were “finally encouraged to put forth some facts, thoughts and info about Mr. Schilling that have been purposely neglected and ignored.”
    Of course, within your post, there are no facts; just opinions. Which, as mentioned before, you are entitled to.
    You post ONE quote from “Mr. S,” extracted from the WEEI interview, something that I would say most of us had already heard (or read on espn.com) All the rest of your “facts” are circumstantial evidence and frankly a waste of our time. The only purpose they serve is to make me believe that you are a tired and spiteful (I can’t say fan, as any true “fan” would appreciate what Curt has done for the Red Sox Organization,) and grammatically challenged follower of the New York Yankees.
    And good for you. The Yankees are an exciting organization who are devoted to winning and are a modern marvel of a sports teams.

    In closing, I want to bring up your accusation that Curt’s charitable work has been anything less than noble.
    This is where I get pissed…
    Your are a spiteful, uneducated, and abhorrent person who makes anonymous postings about a man I doubt you know, and probably will never meet.
    Schilling’s contributions to benefit ALS have been profound to say the least and, even if the only thing Schilling has done to help was to educate a few people along the way an make one child suffering with ALS happy, then he has done a remarkeable job and 300 times more than most.
    I ask you Mr. Paypro, what have you done to better the world you live in?
    You are a fool and an emotional, bitter, and disgraceful subtraction to the world of sports and our culture in general.

    – Disclaimer: Of course I do not have any proof to back up my facts about PAYPRO, just his post, here at 38pitches. Before Curt’s involvement with ALS I myself was not even aware of the severity and the thousands of people who are affected by it. So if, for example, Mr. S has not in fact raised any money for the ALS foundation but still managed to bring me on board, then cheers to him. If we could all do just that.

  12. ninaaoki permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:09 am

    Dear Curt,

    Thank you for another wonderful season on the mound, and congratulations on bringing home another World Championship to the City of Boston. I think we as fans sometimes get too consumed with the whole idea of winning and with beating the other guys, that it’s easy to overlook just how much goes into building a successful franchise and that it really is a team effort from top to bottom. That you took the time to remember the smallest among you in the clubhouse to the heroes we all get to witness on the field is a true measure of your class and professionalism.

    I have to admit that I don’t always agree with some of your public comments, and okay, yes I was cursing you left and right when you pitched in Atlanta back in June, but when the post-season came, there was no one else I wanted to see on the mound in those games but you – it was if I just knew that you wouldn’t allow yourself to fail.

    No matter where your journey in life takes you Curt, or where the winds of baseball may take you next year, let me please say that I sincerely hope that it’s in a Boston Red Sox uniform, and no matter what happens, you will always be beloved in Red Sox Nation – it’s been a privilege to watch you play the game.

    nina aoki

  13. chosta permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:05 am

    Curt, I’m a fan living in Korea, with a six-months old son.
    When my son grows old enough, I’ll be proud to say that I’ve witnessed a great pitcher and a person. In my family (and in countless many others), your name will go down as one of the great greats in baseball history.
    Thank you & I really hope to see you back in B next year!

  14. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:28 am

    Hi, Curt… I hate crying at 7 a.m. I honestly hope that the you and the Red Sox FO can come to an agreement and you will remain with us for one more season. It would be such a sweet ending to a great career – especially in a Red Sox uniform. Imo, it would be terrific for the team to retain you – even if to be a mentor to so many of the younger players we have coming up.

    Many seem to take issue with you because they think you are a camera hog or like to hear your own voice. At the same time, those are the same people who will gripe and groan when players have nothing at all to say. I am sure that you and I would have disagreements in a lot of areas, but I have never minded listening to you express your views. In fact, I have appreciated it – even when disagreeing. You have always been a man of your word. You are honest. You are a man who loves his wife and children. You care about those less fortunate and those in need. You are a real mensch.

    Life goes so far beyond baseball – and you understand that. This is not to say that Red Sox corpuscles don’t run in my veins! ; ) However, Life is much more…

    As it says in the Torah:
    “May G-d bless you and keep you. May G-d light up His countenance for you and favor you. May G-d turn his countenance toward you and establish peace for you.”

    No matter what happens, Curt, Shalom and thank you – for so very much.

    Chaiah
    (ToofarawayfromBoston)

  15. ddonahue permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:38 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for all you’ve done for ALS & Red Sox Nation. You will NEVER be forgotten.

    You’ve represented yourself, your family, and the Cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, in a upright and honorable manner. That, my friend, is your greatest achievement.

  16. chippacer permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:41 am

    Curt,

    Congratulations and also thank you for sharing about your life ‘off of the field’ and what is most important and valued in your life. As someone who works in ministry with high schoolers – this entry and your words will be a phenomenal tool.

    It’s also going to be a pretty good basis for discussion my regular weekly men’s study.

    Thank you and congratulations again. It was an honor for us fans too for you to wear a Red Sox uniform and to be a part of RSN.

  17. stanleykrute permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:57 am

    Hi Curt

    > The only thing I know I can say without a doubt is that I took the ball,
    > every single time, and never ever left anything in the tank.

    Deepest truth, evident to all who have watched you these past years.

    You brought joy to Mudville, after too long a drought. You were the catalytic agent for both these Series wins.

    For that, for all your efforts, and above all for your deep humanity, many thanks.

    — Stanley Krute

  18. barryc permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:01 am

    Curt, As a fellow born again believer, I admire you attitude toward life. As a 61 year old Red Sox fan, I admire the efforts you have given on behalf of the Sox. When I first heard you were coming to start the 2004 season I was totally encouraged. You Truck commercials were a “Hoot” and you very staunchly delivered on your promise. I want to wish you, Shonda, and the children the very best for the future. May God continue his blessings on your life. Go or stay, you still be remembered by me as a man among men. God Bless, Barry C.

  19. debbwin permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:11 am

    Thanks, Curt, for all you did for the Red Sox and Fans alike. May God continue to bless you and your family. As a Red Sox Fan in yankeeland, I will always remember your legendary performances in the postseason, especially in 04 – if was sweet victory for me to walk around in Boston gear and seeing and hearing bomber fans moan and groan. And this year is no different. Thanks for the memories, and wherever you and your family end up, I will continue to follow your career. God Bless, DebbW

  20. rabbiofrock permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:33 am

    Curt,
    Thank you for everything. I, along with many, pray that you stay with the “Olde Town Team”. But, regardless, you have been one of the classiest athletes that I have had the pleasure to watch in any Boston uniform in my 30 years on this planet. Your respect for the game, for Red Sox Nation, and your ability to take the bad (read: some of the local media) with a grain of salt, and relish the good is much appreciated.
    From Day 1, you conducted yourself as though you had been a Sox fan all of your life. Our heart-ache became YOUR heart-ache. As a human being, you did wonders for the New England community. As a pitcher you have played so many roles that we have loved watching. Your bloody-sock lore, post-season magic, and the way that you tutored the young kids on the staff.

    I hope you return for one more year. But if not, I hope to be there on the day in Cooperstown when you go in wearing the “B” on your hat. You we’re the consummate Red Sock. Thank you for everything.
    -Ben
    Northampton, MA (now in Savannah, GA)

  21. tdawg permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:46 pm

    Curt,

    When you came to Boston in ’04, you vowed to help the Sox win a World Championship… and you helped us win 2.
    No matter what uniform you are wearing next season, you are and always will be a major part of Red Sox Nation.
    Of course, I am praying that you are wearing a Red Sox uniform next season.
    With us Red Sox fans giving our support, tears and passion to the Sox for all these years, maybe the top brass should ask us whether or not to re-sign you. If that were to happen, you would be here until retirement.
    We love you Curt… And we thank you!

  22. dave1972 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:19 pm

    Great read. I sure hope you finish out in Boston.

  23. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:27 pm

    kcidkcussnafxos

    One of the mods of Curt’s blog really needs to take a look at your screen name and ban you. (read the name backwards, moderator).

  24. mjphelan permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:53 pm

    Curt,

    I’m a new Sox fan. I moved to Boston from Atlanta this past July and it was great to come to a town that still appreciates baseball the way it should be.

    I watched the Braves go from worst to first. I’ve been a huge Braves fan, especially of John Smoltz, since I was young. My brother was the first graduate of John’s new Christian school in Atlanta this past year and is now attending an academy in Yankees’ territory, but I’m pretty sure he’ll stay a Braves fan.

    I must admit, I doubted y’all’s enthusiasm at first, I thought the Sox fans a little braggish and overbearing, but in a month’s time I gained appreciation for how not only well y’all play and with the intensity, but the manner in which you play as well. For years I’ve been upset with the Braves organization because they choose to hold onto players that CAN play but choose not to. Your team is the team I’ve been looking for. I don’t know if you plan on coming back next year or not: if you don’t, then hats off to you because what a way to end a career and have a blast with your family. If you do come back, I pray that God will watch over you and your family and keep His Spirit strong in you, because we need men with courage to show their passion for their family and God these days. Thanks again and congratulations!

  25. mikeyv893 permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:03 pm

    Curt, I am a lifelong Red Sox fan. Grew up walking distance from the park. Had my heart broken so many times. I were instrumental in ending all that. I got to see my 83 year old stepfather (he has since passed) watch the Red Sox win a World Series for the first (and only) time in his life, in large part, due to the performance you gave us, and the heart you showed on the mound. I’m remembering the narration from the HBO doc…..”When a valiant Curt Schilling, on a mangled ankle, pitched the game of his life……in a Red Sock.”

    I’m choked up as I type here. I hope to see you in the uniform for one last go round. I want to see you retire in it.

    No matter what happens, good luck Curt. You have my undying gratitude.

  26. steveh8305 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:04 pm

    Curt: Congratulations & THANK YOU for:

    1. Naming the Name
    2. Being a good husband & dad
    3. Your incredible charity work
    4. Using your baseball gift to bring us all so much pleasure

    God bless you & your family … I hope that you can stay for 1 more

  27. koreyboehm permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:21 pm

    Schill,

    What more can you say man. As frustrated as we Sox fans can get sometimes, there was never any doubt that you were giving it your all. It’s been an incredible experience watching you over the past four years and you’ve provided me and my family with such amazing memories that I can’t even begin to mention. You’ve also given me a personal motivation always seeing you return from devastating injuries and staying true to your faith. You’ve set such a great example for all of us around Boston and I really hope you are able to finish your career here. Thanks for all you’ve done Schill, and we all truly mean that.

  28. skisox24 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:43 pm

    No matter what the baseball ops people decide, I will always remember you for your passion and competitive spirit. You never promised anything that you could not deliver. You understood that “Red Sox” is much more than a team that plays baseball. It is a cultural enterprise that blankets our community well beyond the political borders of Boston and Massachusetts.

    No one associated with the Red Sox have reduced me to tears more than you have. From your gut wrenching courageous pitching in the 2004 World Series to your dignified sentiments in your 2007 World Series comments above, and, to your loving commitment and remembrances of your late dad, you understand more than most what is really critically important during our short stay on this earth. Unlike you, Curt, I do not attach myself to any conventional religion. But I am a very emotional and spiritual person who appreciates all in life that deserves our attention.

    Like you, I hope to cheer you on in 2008 in your final season wearing number 38 here in Boston. But if you must move on, I will be supporting your endeavors and wishing you and your family the best.

  29. bosoxfan4jc permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:53 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Warm greetings from a fellow born-again Christian here in Portugal. I grew up in Montreal, a 3-minute drive from Olympic Stadium, following the Expos before they moved to Washington to become the Nationals. Even then, I was starting to follow some of the Sox games on a New England affiliate of ABC, with players that included Rice, Lynn, Fisk, Boggs, Remy, Tiant, and Clemens, to name a few.
    I managed to catch the games of both the 2004 and 2007 World Series, and the inspiration derived from seeing guys digging deep to come back from huge series deficits against all odds was a sight to behold, and it still causes goosebumps when I think back to your gutsy performances under some of the direst circumstances. And indeed, not only have you shown yourself to be a clutch performer in your postseason career, but also, on the sport’s grandest stage, your performance and your life have helped to project the Lord Jesus in and through you and the grace and humility befitting of you, to His highest glory! My hope, as a Sox fan, is that you would remain with the team; however, no matter where you end up playing the rest of your career, may the Lord’s light shine resplendent in you, so that others may be drawn to Him.

    The Lord bless you mightily, bro!

    In Him,

    Vic.

  30. gonyeal permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:25 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for being a role model for my children, my youngest daughter proudly wears her Curt Schilling jersey whenever the occasion calls for, which is a lot lately. Good luck in the off season and we hope to see you back for another great season.

  31. lilpapi1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:48 pm

    congrats on the win. I watched the rally on NESN and it was great. I also watched the WS 07 on Fox and you pitched like there was no tomorrow. I loved it!!!!!!!! Thanks for all you did with the red sox, and hope you continue as a red sox until you retire.

  32. meow1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:52 pm

    We love you, Curt. We want you at Fenway one more year.

    David K.

  33. kmlima permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:01 pm

    Dear Curt,

    I am a self-proclaimed baseball nut. As a friend of mine once said ” I am a baseball fan first, and a Red Sox fan second”. My wife just doesnt understand why I would watch a game if it wasnt the Red Sox who were playing, and my response is always the same “because its BASEBALL”.
    I have followed the Red Sox since the days of Jim Rice and Fred Lynn. There was a time in my life when I really wondered if I would ever be alive to see the Red Sox win a World Series. However I was able to witness the “next best thing” in 2001. To watch The D’Backs defeat the Yankees in the 2001 World Series in 7 Games WAS INCREDIBLE. At the time I was a big fan of The UNIT, Gonzo and Curt Schilling. I also was getting a little tired of watching the Yanks win so often. I though it was “SO COOL” when they voted you and Randy Co-MVP’s.
    When there was talk of you leaving Arizona in 2003, I prayed to God Almighty that you would somehow end up in Beantown. While you played at Arizona I could sense that you left “nothing in the tank”. I also was in awe of how you studied in between innings to prepare for the next 3 or 4 batters.
    During your stay with the Red Sox you have solidified your place with millions of baseball fans (maybe Papi too). Ever since coming back from 3-0 against the Yanks in the ALCS it seems as if Red Sox Nation has quadrupled in #’s. No one, I mean no one will ever forget the bloody socks and the guts it took to keep playing ball. You brought all Sox fans the greatest gift they could ever receive(world series champions). Best of all you did it TWICE.
    God Bless you and your family. Thank you for bringing so much happiness in ’01,’04 and ’07. If Epstein is as smart as I believe he is, he will help make you a reasonable offer for 1 year. If not, then I overestimated his genius.
    Wherever you go you shall prevail !!! Best of Luck and THANKS again .

    ORLANDO IN BOSTON

  34. thabass permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:30 pm

    Curt,

    I am speechless to say the least. I would have never guessed in my whole life that I would ever see the Boston Red Sox win a World Series, but you go ahead and help us win two! Seeing, experiencing it (from Tempe, Arizona and Boston, Massachusetts respectively), I can safely say that you and both teams have the gratitude of all of us who are apart of Red Sox Nation. My father who is no longer with us, would also like to thank you and I am very sure he was watching and cheering for you up in heaven like I know he was.

    Not being able to be in Boston to watch this year’s series was tough, but I can manage (thanks to Fox) and seeing you continue to dominate the opposition once again was awe-inspiring.

    One thing I would also like to mention is that whatever happens; you leaving to go to another city and do what you did with this team or staying here, I want you to know that you have all of my support in whatever you do. Of course, I would love for you to stay here and retire your number here in the city of that “dirtay watah” and have your number forever out in right field as you so truly deserve.

    Once again Curt, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work and dedication to our team, even when it looked like our seasons were over and we came back in some way, you were there to get us through it.

    Thank you so much for the memories (and keep your game company in Boston, I will need a job next year! :p)

    Thank you,

    Jason Bassett

  35. rollinsox007 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:35 pm

    Schilling, you came to Boston to break an 86 year old curse and you did that. You need to retire a Red Sox pitcher. Sure you aren’t worth 13 million anymore. Please take a pay cut, stay in Boston and help this team to back to back championships. No matter what you say in the media, you are an honest guy. You are a true competitor and I want to see your legacy in Boston stay intact while others like Damon are rotting away in organizations falling apart.

    Please find common ground with the front office and come back! Wake may not make a full season again and with you around we can have that old horse in the rotation to rely on as a big game pitcher and second pitching coach.

    PLEASE COME BACK SCHILL!!!

  36. kanyoufly permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:53 pm

    Thank you Paypro for shedding light on the other side of Curt Schilling. I don’t have any children, but when I do, folks such as Mr. Schilling would not be a role model. He has every right to his opinions, but so do I. Curt is a closed-minded fanatic, and represents the folks that are truly causing damage to this country. He’s just another wacko using “God” to further his bizarre agenda. I can’t say if there’s a God, but if there is, he/she certainly wouldn’t side with the Christian Right fanatics that have polluted this country. The Bible portrays the man above as altruistic, forgiving, and an individual who looks out for those less fortunate.

    If you’d like to hear someone who works by way of the Lord, read up on Jimmy Carter. This man has dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate. That is working by the Bible. George W., Curt S. and the rest of those bafoons are not carrying on the traditions of the faith that they claim to stand behind.

  37. mikerooj7 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:03 am

    Curt
    Ive always been a fan of your “big game” nature. Was never a Phils fan but the first time I saw you was when you battled Toronto (god I hated them). Since you came to the Sox you were the one I wanted w/ the ball in the big games in the Bronx (not Pedro). You have the heart of a champion and I hope the Sox see it to give you 1 more turn. Whatever turns out I’m a Curt Schilling fan. Go get’em 38

    Mike Araujo

  38. soxwally permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:44 am

    I am obsessed with the Red Sox. I love that we won the World Series. But if there is a God, he does care who wins a baseball game. He did not have his fingerprints on it, he had much more important things to do.

  39. barryc permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:11 am

    kanyoufly

    I think your overlooking the work Curt does for ALS, and that Shonda does for Skin cancer. They have been a big boost to the Boston area in their personal lives. He backs up what he says, and isn’t afraid to catch criticisim.

    The fact that God exsists is real. Who he would or wouldn’t side with is not for me to say. I also respect Jimmy Carter and his efforts on behalf of Habitat for humanity, but that doesn’t lessen what Curt and other sox players have done in their own right. ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.”John 6:8

  40. force0933 permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:33 pm

    Curt,

    This is my first ever “Blog” reply but I’m hoping by some chance you see my reply.

    I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for Boston, for me and my family. I am a baseball nut and I bleed Boston Red Sox.

    The time I remember you most, however, isn’t exactly related to baseball. Back in 04, my wife was ill and we couldn’t find out what was wrong. After endless tests and Doctor visits, just about the time the Red Sox made the post season, she was diagnosed with MS. The night you were scheduled to pitch game six in New York was the first night we had the visiting nurse at our home to show me how to inject this god awful medication into my wife in an effort to slow down the disease. I can tell you that since then, my definition of a bad day has obviously changed. I spent countless hours asking god to give me the disease and take it away from her, then there was denial followed by “why us?”

    I remember the exact time I saw you warming up in the bullpen, with the bloody sock and KALS inscribed on the leather. For two and a half hours I watched your guts and determination and in doing so was able to forget about my problems… It was a much needed distraction. Everyone talks about that game and the success you experienced that night. From my point of view, you could have only thrown one pitch, or been chased from the game in the first inning and it still would have had the same impact on my life.

    The baseball fan in me certainly enjoyed the performance and result, however, just the fact that you took the field because of your commitment to the team the fans and most importantly yourself, sticks with me to this day. I learned courage is about keeping your word, through good and bad, and never wavering from the commitments you make. Success or failure is determined by our ability to execute in any given situation. Anyone can experience that. Courage and commitment, on the other hand, is something you can’t measure by something so simple as success or failure.

    Since that time, courage is exactly what my family has needed from me. I’ve had success and failure along the way, but I’m never afraid to come face to face with the commitment I’ve made to my wife.
    I want to thank you for what you did for me that night. With the real possibility of failure facing you square in the face, you showed the courage to take it head on, and for that, the result became inconsequential.

    Good luck with whatever it is you decide to do. Just remember that to me, Game 6 in New York meant a lot more than beating the Yankees. (though I enjoyed the hell out of that too!)

  41. markfromlynn permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:58 pm

    Curt, I am a long time Sox fan (from Lynn) and I have followed your career throughout the years. I think that you are a class act and I hope that you return to the Sox next year to finish your career! M

  42. shajam14 permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:22 pm

    # 38, forever will shine in Boston what other words can express our deep admiration for you and your tireless efforts in charitys and your will and desire to win for not only you but for the team and the people of New England and beyond, all I can think of is Thank you Curt and Shonda and kids for blessing this region and being a major reason why we can proudly say we are the champions of the world. I can only pray the front office will realize how empty Boston felt when we let another superstar walk away in his late years ( Bobby Orr ) in case you do leave and I can truly say this for a fact even if you signed with the New York Yankees you would be the only one getting a standing Ovation upon your return home. We love you Curt and # 38 is burned in our hearts forever.

  43. cobra4414 permalink
    November 3, 2007 1:10 pm

    Curt,
    THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON. HOPFULLY AND GOD WILLINGLY YOU’LL BE BACK IN BOSTON AGAIN NEXT YEAR TO FINISH OUT YOUR CAREER. YOU’VE BE AN ICON IN THE CLUBHOUSE AND FOR ALL OF RED SOX NATION. THANKS AGAIN !
    THE LIPINSKY FAMILY FROM WESTERN MASS

  44. bgonzalez1973 permalink
    November 4, 2007 5:09 am

    Curt,
    I just wanted to say Thanks Curt for bringing 2 World Series trophies to Boston and to Red Sox nation wherever they might be. I never thought for a minute that you didn’t give it your all. You are one of the class acts in Boston sports history. You will forever be a part of our sports history. To me that is saying alot. In just 4 seasons, You made Red Sox nation so proud. You made the ultimate sacrifice when you had that ankle procedure done not knowing if it would be a career ending thing. No one in the world would of done that, but you did. Without you we would not have won. I personally would love for you to stay and end your career in Red Sox uniform. I would like to see you in the Hall of Fame in a Red Sox uniform. As a kid who grew up in Boston and loves all Boston sports teams, I would have to say you have had as much impact as Larry Bird, Carl Yastremski, Ted Williams, John Hannah, Bobby Orr, Cam Neely, and all the other people that have made their mark in Boston. This stuff in not just a game to us, It is part of our lives. Sometimes too much a part of lives. That is how we were raised though. Again, If you do read this, Thanks for the memories!

    Brian

  45. audram permalink
    November 4, 2007 11:43 am

    Curt,
    My favorite player was Yaz when I was growing up. When he retired it wasn’t the same for me. You brought more than just great pitching to this team. You and your wife have made a huge impact in New England for many wonderful charities. We need more familieis like yours that play their best on and off the field. I want to believe that the Red Sox organization can see beyond this next season and look at what you could continue to do for the team as a mentor, coach(?) or scout. I “believe” the turning point to where we are now was you being brought here for the 04 season. The Ford commercials with you coming to Boston to win the ultimate prize said it all.
    You were willing to “bleed” and put your career on the line. But no matter what happens, YOUR worth cannot be measured in dollars. For what you and your wife Shonda have done for New England and Red Sox Nation on and off the field — PRICELESS!
    Audrey Kurlan-Marcy
    Shrewsbury, MA

  46. houghster permalink
    November 4, 2007 1:19 pm

    Another massive fan from the UK on to say Thank You, Curt!
    The 2007 playoffs and world series were as gripping this time around as when you helped orchestrate the comeback against New York and turn around over eighty years of agony for Red Sox nation.
    I can honestly say that I’ve never been as tired after staying up until 5 or 6am for every World Series game. God knows how you managed it!! I had a bet with a work colleague who has a great Baseball knowledge for a Brit. The bet was how many games would Boston win in. He said six games and I said sweep …. He said that it was a big ask for you to reach into the locker one more time, but I knew that when the flash bulbs went off you would find a way to win.
    Watching in the UK for the last ten seasons has been a real joy for me, and it’s clear from the reception that you got in your Boston finale that the emotions were running high as you left the field.
    Any team would jump at the chance to sign Curt Schilling , and I’m sure that many will. It will be interesting in six years time when the hall of fame comes knocking on the door which uniform will retire your number. I would love that team to be Boston. No one will ever take that away from you. Ever. It would be my wish for you to return to Boston for your final year, as real contentment and belonging to a place only occur once a lifetime in sporting terms. The ‘family’ of the Red Sox would be overjoyed to see you there for your swansong (if that is your intention) as would every UK member of the Red Sox nation.
    The game of Baseball for me has always been about the players who get down in the dirt and really battle for every inch gained on the battlefield. The last ten seasons my favourite players were Cal Ripken Jr and you for this reason. You can keep your home run chases or accumulation of statistics. They’re for looking at in a book 20 years from now and saying “ooh, he did well”. Spirit is the key. Unquenchable spirit. That’s what you have and that is what makes you a hall of famer in my book.
    Thanks for the memories Curt, you are a true sporting icon. A true Red Sox great.

  47. atlsoxfan1964 permalink
    November 8, 2007 10:31 am

    Curt,

    As a life-long Red Sox fan who has suffered much over the years, it is so comforting to have a player, a man, who cares as much as you do for this game, this team and this city. It is rare, if not near impossible to find that in a player these days. You’re the “anti-Manny” when it comes to attitude. Don’t take that the wrong way. I love Manny and I actually think he gets dogged too much for his lax attitude. We need a balance of players like him and like you. Chilled out on one hand and intense on the other.

    Anyway, I’m so glad you signed. Thanks for sacrificing a bit (I know $8M + in incentives isn’t too shabby) and I believe it will all be worth it. We WILL win it all again next year. As tough, actually as close to impossible that is to do nowadays, I truly believe if anyone can do it – the 2008 Boston Red Sox can and will do it!!

    So good luck to you the rest of this year. Take some time to enjoy the WS victory, take time this off-season to enjoy your family and take care of yourself – stay in great shape!! Remember those “clauses” aren’t just Santa’s – they’re for contract $$$ as well!!

    You are the best Curt! Be good!

    DAK
    Atlanta, GA

  48. subfug permalink
    December 31, 2007 4:21 pm

    Curt,

    As a lifelong member of the Red Sox Nation, I am truly inspired by you, and finding out on this blog that you are a fellow believer in our Saviour Jesus Christ only makes me have a deeper respect for your character. It is a difficult thing to admit publicly these days, with self righteous attacks such as Kanyoufly’s above, attacking us as “fanatics” because we believe in God without any doubt. It seems there are liberals around every corner who cry foul at that simple confession, and are so offended by it. Free speech indeed.

    “The Bible portrays the man above as altruistic, forgiving, and an individual who looks out for those less fortunate.”

    I love how those who don’t know God always claim to know about His character. They take all judgment out of God, though God’s judgment is revealed through the entire Bible clearly. It would be a liberal utopia to have God praise the serial killer and Mother Theresa in the same breath, but those of us who have no doubts know better. We will all be judged and that is a fact. Don’t pick and choose the facts you will reiterate without conviction. You have an entire book that reveals our Creator’s thoughts and character, yet you are probably too smart for that, right?

    Curt doesn’t hold himself up as the example of goodness, but Jesus Christ, the only one who was sinless. Maybe you should put yourself under the same scrutiny you reserve for others, otherwise known as JUDGING OTHERS, the very same thing you claim to despise, you and all the other broken records I have heard a million times before. We as Christians are held up as examples of sinful man, though we freely admit we are sinners, yet those who deny the Saviour’s sacrifice are above that standard, through their own indecisiveness. Spare me the tired old story. YOU are the ones that are tearing America down and empowering the real enemy.

    Rock on, Curt! Keep on contending for the faith boldly. Remember how they treated Jesus and hold on tightly to your cross. Oh yeah, and

    GO RED SOX!

  49. irish101 permalink
    January 5, 2008 1:07 pm

    You rule I hope you come back to the Sox! You guys were great! Tell Youk Scott’s(teacher of Youk’s cousin Charlotte) son says hi and Good Luck Guys on the Coming Year!
    #1 Sox Fan Irishkid

  50. oughtonk permalink
    February 15, 2008 1:43 pm

    So I just recently found your blog and I know that this one has come and gone but I have to say this was the World Series of my dreams! I do agree that the best team in the world won…but I have to give love out to my Rockies, this was an amazing season for them. I live in Colorado and have been a Rockies fan since they came to MLB, but I’ve also been raised on the Red Sox and definitely consider them my true love of baseball. Congrats to a great season and I’m so ready for Spring Training and another great season!!

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