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Free Agency? Weird.

October 30, 2007

Hard to believe that after 21 years in professional baseball, the first day of free agency would come when I was 40 years old. I’ve not been a free agent for one day of my career before today……

Filing for free agency is weird. I never knew or thought about how it happened. Representing myself I rounded up the legal details and figured out exactly how it works. For the next 15 days I can speak with other teams, and they can contact me, but no details can be discussed. They can only express interest. For the next 15 days the team that remains my first choice, the Sox, have exclusive rights. I guess I’ll find out how closely teams follow rules…..

So this huge thing, free agency, was accomplished by doing the following.

Place a phone call to the MLBPA, tell them you want to become a free agent, hang up.

Weird. Something that can be so life altering was pretty much a 48 second phone call. They file a letter with the commissioners office “A letter of intent” that lists all the players filing that day, and it’s official.

The list of teams that our family has talked over, that we think would be a fit for next year, should we not come back, are pretty much teams in cities we agree would be ok for our last year, and teams I think have a legitimate shot at being in the post season and/or World Series. Teams we didn’t include aren’t for any one reason. There are a million little things that go into this from stadiums to school districts to travel to spring training to etc. etc. etc. but the list represents the teams after Boston that have some of the off the field things that are big to us, plus the potential to go into October next year.

Cleveland, Detroit, Anaheim, New York Mets, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A., S.D., Arizona, Chicago Cubs,  St. Louis, Milwaukee

472 Comments leave one →
  1. deansfurniture5 permalink
    October 30, 2007 7:58 pm

    Thanks for not including the Yankees 🙂

  2. richgnx permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:01 pm

    Curt, your interest in returning to Boston is clear, as is the fans’ desire to have you back. That was made very clear today as I saw countless fans chanting “one more year” when your duck boat stopped in front of where I was standing. Best of luck to you wherever you may end up and, here’s to hoping that Red Sox management uses their heads!

  3. jamesdlema permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:01 pm

    Hi Curt,

    What an amazing time it has been. As a member of Red Sox nation, it has been nothing short of spectacular to watch you pitch in the uniform. Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done – on and off the field. When my wife and I got married last year, instead of giving our guests “favors,” we made donations to Curt’s Pitch for ALS.

    Your story is truely inspiring. We all appreciate everything you do. You will always have a place in the hearts of all Red Sox fans.

    Once again, thanks for everything.

  4. bamafaninknx permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:02 pm

    Good luck Curt! I’m praying for ya!

  5. fatboy933 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:03 pm

    Curt I have been a Red Sox fan for a long time and I am only 24 years old down here in greenville south carolina. I feel a little closer to you guys since greenville has a Class A affilliate down here and I got to meet Jon Lester when he was down here and spend a few good minutes with him so in a weird way I feel close to you. We all know and here about the bloddy sock and it’s importance in ’04 but I think the most important thing of that ’04 post season was the way you carried this team on your back and refused to lose. Your leadership and experience are invaluable and irreplaceable. Now, some people may make issue that you are an old pitcher, but it has been reittirated by red sox coaches and game announcers this year, that you have re-invented yourself as a pitcher. It doesn’t matter that you had to do that or that you may have lost velocity, what matters is that you have proven to this team, theo, larry, john, terry, etc.. that you are still the man, still the big game pitcher, and that you definitely have more left in the tank. I don’t want to ramble on too much but I don’t know how else to explain it. Not just me saying this but red sox fans everywhere. I hope that the powers that be that are reading this take this information into account and make the right decision, Curt Schilling should be back as a red sock, because he has much left to offer, what I mention here and much more. If this is it, thank you Curt for all you have done for the team I have loved my whole short life. Thanks for two world championships and for the stories I will hopefully share with my grandkids someday. You truly are great and I have no doubt that you will go into cooperstown one day soon, being one of the best redsox pitchers that ever walked to the mound.

    FATBOY.

  6. goatriderdeath permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:04 pm

    Curt, there’s another team with a long history of losing and an alleged curse that could really use your leadership and expertise.

    Call the Cubs, sir. My favorite baseball team could benefit from it. And look at it this way… Chicago would be another city where you’d never have to buy a drink ever again.

  7. October 30, 2007 8:05 pm

    Good luck, Curt. I’m sure you’ll do well wherever you land.

    Wherever you go, though, don’t come to camp doing the Santa Claus thing in the spring again, ok? ;p

  8. sayhitodave permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:10 pm

    Life changes are hard- and for what it’s worth, thank you for sharing this with us. Make the best decision for yourself and your family, and the people in Red Sox Nation will understand that. Please, please, don’t do it for the money- but I bet that’s not the first thing in your mind anyway.

  9. cubzfann21 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:14 pm

    I think that it is great what you have done for this game. As you can see by my login name I am a die hard cubs fan and would love to see you come to Chicago, but understand its not that easy. I have read your blogs for a while now, and finally signed up so I can contribute. Anyways good luck with the whole free agency ordeal if you don’t end up as a CUB then I hope you stay a RED SOCK.

    Keep up the good work, and great job in the Series. I lost my chance to see your team play in Colorado, but still celebrated when Paplebon made the 27th out.

  10. Matt Zimmitti permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:14 pm

    Tough call man. Great that it has been this many years without having to deal with free agency though.

    You could always stay local and *ahem* git your MMO going.

    I’m sure you’ll make the right call and good luck with whatever ends up in your future.

  11. jlgolson permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:17 pm

    THANK YOU for not putting the Yankees on that list. *raises glass*
    Here’s to another year in Boston.

  12. tonyb2 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:25 pm

    Wow it’s weird how quickly it seems you got here and now the possibility that you’re gone. I think you’re an incredible pitcher and a first-ballot hall of famer. You’ve been remarkable in the post-season and let’s be honest not too shabby in the regular season.

    I think there’s not a soul in the “nation” that doesn’t respect everything you’ve done for this team, and I can’t imagine a single person that doesn’t want you back and to retire in the Sox uniform. It’s clear you care so much about this franchise and I think it’s unfair if this front office doesn’t have you back in the Sox uniform in February.

    We’ll support you no matter where you end up Curt, whether you’re back here in Boston, or a cubbie, brewer or anything else.

    From the bottom of my heart, thanks for 2004, 2007 and the memories,

    Tony.

  13. bpaquette permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:25 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Hopefully they resign you!! Nothing made my friends and myself happier than when you “made 55,000 people from New York shut up” and bring home the 1st world series. Now you have helped and brought home 2. If they don’t resign you I wish you and your family good luck. I’m sure the coming months are going to be a bit strange for you as you go through this process but nothing will be stranger to me than to not see you with the sox. These last 4 years have been great! Thanks for all the memories!!!
    respectfully,
    Brad!

    bradpaquette@cox.net

  14. chrisrmck permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:30 pm

    Curt,
    I have read your blogs for a while now and I felt compelled to post something.
    When I was a little kid, I spent my summers at the South Jersey shore, and I remember my grandfather listening to every game you pitched for the Phillies. I always knew you as the great pitcher, but I didn’t know about your charity work until a came to New Hampshire for high school. Just reading the blogs that other people post shows that your pitching doesn’t just win games. It inspires people. And your effect of your charity work is unbelievable. You exemplify the greatest manner in which all people, not just professional athletes, should act and work.
    I have enjoyed watching you pitch over the past 4 years and I hope you are able to stay in Boston. If you can’t stay, I wish you great luck. Thank you for and congratulations on your third world series championship.
    Chris

  15. glo1196 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:30 pm

    Curt, you are a class act. I hope you stay in Boston. I drive through Medfield everyday going into Boston to work, and love to see the pride the town has in you. I hope you stay, you and your family are a class act.

  16. October 30, 2007 8:31 pm

    Simply put, I hope you’re back here in Beantown next year. If not, you’re sure to have a positive and impressionable effect on your next team and its fans. You’ve been terrific to listen to and watch over these 3 years. Here’s to you and your family. Keep the faith.

    I look forward to reading your blogs regarding free agency.

  17. metsfan4life24 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:31 pm

    Congrats on another Ring. You pitched your heart out and did great. I am a Mets fan and if we are able to sign you, I am sure you will give us your best and be very successful with us. Whatever you choose to do, I hope that God allows you to go out there and compete at the level that you have been accustomed to. May God Bless you and your family as you enjoy this great season.

    David
    Cape Coral Fl.

  18. skoolboy64 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:32 pm

    Curt,
    I am one of many who would love to see you back. You have given the Red Sox and the people of New England one more great reason to love the Sox.
    Thanks for all you have given us in your years here and good luck next year ( when you finish your career with the Red Sox ).

  19. acepotus81 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:33 pm

    Curt, I appreciate your thoughtful posts throughout the season, and hope you will be back in Boston next season.

  20. soxfan4life87 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:36 pm

    Just a phone call–thats really simple for such a significant event in an athletes career. Best of luck entering the untrodden territory of free agency. I hope it’ll come full circle back to Boston for one more year. thank you for all you’ve done for the team and us, the fans. If boston doesn’t work out make sure you dont get yourself caught in pinstripes next year!

    god bless you and your family

  21. October 30, 2007 8:36 pm

    I have always thought an established athlete, especially in a sport like basketball where salaries are specifically denoted by seniority, is doing him/herself a disservice by hiring an agent. The fact is, you know, have demonstrated, and established a market over the years. Letting an agent get his cut on your reputation and achievements seems like a poor decision when you are intelligent enough to make your own decisions.

  22. jpietrella permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:36 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    On behalf of the city of Boston, and Red Sox Nation, if this happens to be your last season with us, I sincerely wish you the best of luck, and thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the game. It was a great 4 years, and I couldn’t have scripted it any better myself. I wish you all the success in the world. Thanks again man.

    Justin Pietrella

  23. October 30, 2007 8:37 pm

    Thus I commend your decision (should have added that above).

  24. butkusrd permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:42 pm

    I hate to think of you leaving the Sox, Curt…if it happens I want to wish you luck. I would love to see you as the Sox pitching coach in the near future. I think you have a great future in coaching/managing.

  25. nhlou permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:44 pm

    Hey Curt. I hope to hell you stay put in Boston. I realize things may be out of your control, but I hope management does the right thing and makes an offer that keeps you here!

    -Lou

  26. billywin permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:52 pm

    Curt, you are a complete pompous jerk. I can’t believe the ego on you. Just being honest, isn’t necessarily a good quality. Its no wonder that you are among the least liked players in the league. You are a great pitcher, there’s no denying that. But given your obnoxious personality, I think Boston is the PERFECT fit for you. You fit in well with the rest of those boasting, snotty twits there in old Beantown. Its sad how your team disgraces this fine game by not running out fly balls and showing up your opponents (see Ramirez and Papelbon). Good luck in your first foray into free agency in “21 years”. I hope you and the Red Sox are reunited, so you can retire in the city where you fit in so well.

  27. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:52 pm

    I wish you the best in your free angency venture. If you don’t retire with a B on you cap…I will definately be upset. But, will always follow your starts and i wish you the best Curt. Thanks for 2004-2007.

  28. macaeryk permalink
    October 30, 2007 8:58 pm

    Hope you can finish here, Curt. If not, then we all wish you the best of all things, and hope you will understand the gratitude we have for all of the joy and thrills you have brought us all in your time here. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Thank you, Curt!

  29. cmwalsh1 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:03 pm

    curt, you will forever be remembered deeply in the hearts of red sox fans everywhere. i still remember the November night in 2003 when i went to ESPN.com and saw that you had accepted the trade to the Sox. I ran upstairs and hugged my father, hoping that our lifetime struggle of rooting for a losing team was over. you didn’t disappoint. it was an honor to watch you do what teams for 86 years could not.

    thank you from my bottom of my heart

  30. chadinca permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:04 pm

    Chicago.

    Then you become the official “Cursebuster”

  31. October 30, 2007 9:13 pm

    As a New Yorker, I wouldn’t mind seeing you with the Mets. I think they could use the stability you obviously bring to a team not only with your experience but with your attitude. I notice you didn’t cite their crosstown rivals as a possibility. 🙂

  32. rutgers23 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:17 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I would love to see you cap your career by cementing the Red Sox dynasty with a 3rd WS trophy in 5 years.

    That said, if negotiations don’t work out for whatever reason in Boston, please consider returning to Philadelphia. You are still a hero around here and we’d be honored to have you back.

    Best Regards,
    Mark

  33. October 30, 2007 9:17 pm

    I love that you use your blog to connect to the fanbase and to help ensure that your message gets out in there in your own words.

  34. jimstinnett permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:17 pm

    Kurt,
    I saw you today in the parade and we made eye contact briefly. I gave you the thumbs up and you mouthed the words thank you. Thank You.

    I have been so impressed by your commitment, confidence, and professionalism since you came to the Red Sox. My words cannot describe the depth of respect and admiration me and my family have for you. While I am an avid sports fan I have never identified with any one individual until you. I have not attended a Sox game in many years but I work at Berklee College Of Music and nightly watch the fans streaming by on their way to the ball park. After 26 years in New England the Sox are in my blood.

    The first major sports apparel I ever bought was a Shilling jersy after your World series game last week. My family and I (wife and three teenagers) traveled to Denver last Friday to attended my brothers wedding. We did not have tickets to the game but it was great fun to were my jersey on the plane and almost the entire three days in CO. My wife insisted I replace the jersey with a suit and tie for the wedding ceremony but I quickly changed back to the Schilling jersy for Saturday nights game admist a room full of Rockies fans. They stopped ribbing me after you guys pulled out to the 6-0 lead. Thanks. 🙂

    Kurt, I just wanted to tell you what a great feeling it was today to see you face to face in the parade. Thanks again for all that you have done and continue to do. You will always be my favorite Red Sox.

    Sincerley,

    Jim Stinnett
    145 North Rd.
    Candia, NH 03034

  35. mfromnh permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:18 pm

    I’m curious, was it an automated phone system??

    “Press 1 if you wish to become a free agent…”

    Hopefully you won’t have to worry about packing up, and you and your family can stay where you are.

  36. sheopines permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:22 pm

    Is it wrong that I’m really, REALLY happy not to see New York Pinstripes on that list?

    Good luck where ever you end up next year… but I sure hope it’s back in Fenway!

  37. soxneversaydie permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:27 pm

    Well being a die hard fan for my entire 24 years of existence, I must say losing you to free agency would be more than a loss to myself, not to mention all of Red Sox Nation. You’ve clearly proven that age means nothing when it comes to the game. The experience and integrity you’ve brought to this team could not be matched by any other big time pitcher. Day in and day out you’ve proven that with age comes wisdom, and regardless of your fastball not reaching the mid-90’s like it once was, you’ve proven to everyone that control and off-speed are the keys to today’s game. Anyone can hit a fastball, only the best can hit a curveball that easily drops off the table.

    I can understand your wants to move to a team that has a good area to raise your family, it’s clearly understandable. Anyone in your situation would do the same if the Sox didn’t offer you what you were looking for. Just know that you as a pitcher, a player, a father figure, and a mentor to the team, as well as Red Sox Nation could not be matched by anyone else.

    Hopefully the administration will realize how important you are and have been to this organization and will keep you around until you’re using a walker to get out to the mound. If not, please believe we all will still have the utmost respect and support for you regardless of who you’re playing for.

    Rich

  38. adlechuga82 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:29 pm

    Greetings from Texas. As a devoted Red Sox fan naturally I would love to see you finish your amazing and inspiring baseball career with Boston, but I would like you to know that regardless of where you end this journey, what you have given us, the fans, will never be forgotten. I’ve always admired your courage, both on and off the field, your willingness to speak your mind while still maintaining grace and dignity is admirable. Your work ethic and sense of character and poise will be sorely missed when you leave this great sport of baseball, but I wish you and your family all the best in any city and any endeavor which you embark on, a grateful fan forever,
    Adriana

  39. 1creativemind permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:30 pm

    Curt, whatever may happen with free agency – Thank You! Thank you for helping bring two world championships to the city of Boston. Thank you, and your family, for all your generous contributions to local and national charities. Thank you for being open and accessible to the fans. You’re a cut above the rest, and it has been utter joy having you as part of the Sox! I very much hope to see you return in 2008 (the nation would love to see you retire a Red Sox), but if things don’t work – we’ll always be rooting for you (unless of course you end up in NYY 😉

    Congratulations on another GREAT championship!

    Namaste,
    Chuck from NH

  40. cuthbertss permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:33 pm

    OK
    I guess last post wasnt my only post. I guess you have me hooked.
    I can only imagine what a strange feeling that must be for you and your family.

    I hope this works out the best way possible for you and your family. I’d love to see you back in a Sox uniform, but that may or may not happen.
    I and every other Sox fan will be watching with great interest. Congratulations again for all you have accomplished as a player and as a man.

    Thank you for being who you are.

  41. soyea permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:36 pm

    Curt, as a red sox fan all my life, you sir are a class act. the past 4 years for us the fans it has been a thrill to watch you play. I am not alone when I say I hope and pray that the boys in the front office toss you another year with the sox’s becaus I want to be sitting in fenway the day you retire and the day they retire your number.

    what you did in game 6 of 04 for this team, this city and region can not expressed in words. my grand dad use to say all i want to see is the soc win one before I die. sadly he didn’t, my dad said the same, he saw it. it was your unselfish act that sparked that team and gave hope to all of us. you sir earned the respect of fans and this city more than you will ever know. I hope that they in the front office feel the same way. you need to be here, we want you here and need you here. so we the fans sit back and pray that it happens. and if by some chance it does not happen I want to say thank you,thank you very very much. god bless you and your’s . because sir in this town it is we who oue you!

  42. dc27 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:38 pm

    Dear Curt, thank you for everything that you have done for the Red Sox. In 2003, the Nation was a passionate but defeated bunch. It had happened again. You and Keith Foulke were signed, and you promised a championship. You delivered two. More importantly, I think that the whole mentality of the Red Sox changed. No longer second best but winners in their own right – can get it done anytime, anywhere, with anybody. In essence, this is no longer our parent’s Sox. You brought “the good karma”. You promised, arrived, delivered, and changed the culture of the Red Sox. Thank you again. It’s been a really good run.

  43. shillingfanpa permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:38 pm

    Hey Mr.Shilling, I’m a Phillies fan and we have been dieing for a championship here for 27 years, if you come to Philadelphia then that would lock up the National League, me and everyone wants you here…all I’m asking is for one year.

  44. October 30, 2007 9:39 pm

    All the best with your free agency. I am sure you will hear from the redsox front office soon. Boston needs you back and you wanna come back… So, theres no reason for things to be otherwise. All I hope is “couple of millions” is not the deciding factor!!

    Let this be your beginning for World Series 2008 with Redsox!!!

  45. October 30, 2007 9:46 pm

    The honesty and forthrightness is appreciated, but just to discuss you in another uniform gives fans like me heart palpitations — seeing you in a Cubs uniform? Angels…?! TIGERS!? The Braves……? Man… Boston is home. ( And God bless for ruling out NYY. )

  46. joeyb1ne9 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:46 pm

    hey curt,

    regarding free agency, i think you should stay and finish your career as a red sox. lol. me, im a yankee fan but mann you can pitch and your awesome! sry but its true yankee fans. i got a lot of resspect for you and im sure so as the rest of the world. i think one more year wont hurt lol but thats up to you ovcourse and your family. even though you might think you didnt do enough or wasnt enough this season and the playoffs. well, let me tell you something people at work and everyone else want to see you back. lata curt and God Bless

  47. forevrasoxfan permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:46 pm

    I sincerely hope that the Red Sox re-sign you to a new contract. Not just for what you can bring to the mound every five days, but also for what you can do to contribute to the progression of the young guys. I honestly think that it was yourself along with the many other veterans on the team that kept the team calm and focused after going down three nothing to Cleveland. But if for some reason this is it for you in a Red Sox uniform, I think I could speak on the behalf of Red Sox Nation as saying thank you for everything you have done not only for the team, but also for the thousands in the New England region. There would be no 2004 or 2007 championships without your contributions. I wish you luck reguardless of whatever happens over this winter and if you end up in a different uniform next season I wish you luck and hope you can bring a championship to that city. Unless you are facing the Red Sox then of course that is a different story.

  48. tjsgb permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:47 pm

    First off, congrats to you, the rest of the team and Red Sox nation for another well deserved World Series win.

    This time of year in the baseball world is so bittersweet. I love watching my favorite team compete in October, but its hard to forget that free agency is looming for many of our players. You are one of the many players on the team who has done so much for Red Sox nation and the city of Boston. We couldn’t have done it without you in ’04 and your performance in ’07 was just as remarkable.

    For you and the other players enlisting as free agents over the next few weeks, I wish you the best of luck. However, I sincerely hope to see your name on the roster in ’08. Regardless of what happens, I hope you realize the impact you have had on Red Sox nation. Your efforts will never be forgotten.

    Although I have never had the opportunity to meet you, you seem to be a stand up guy with strong values. Professional sports should have more Curt Schillings!

    Thanks Curt.

    P.S. I hope you have a special guest (Theo!) at Thanksgiving again this year!

  49. dibuo37 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:50 pm

    Good Luck Curt – but I still think you will be back at Fenway next year

  50. dividedsky2 permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:52 pm

    Curt –

    You’ve dedicated a lot of time on your posts to free agency, considering both your decision and Mike Lowell’s, and how you both need to do the right thing for your families.

    I’m 100% behind you on this. While I think your velocity and consistency during the regular season won’t win you the giant contract you’re looking for (I hear Scott Boras is looking for new clients), I, like most of Red Sox Nation hope that Lowell comes back next year.

    As you said however, he has a family to think of. Having only made $9 million this year, while many families are priced right out of the experience, thrill and history of a live baseball game at Fenway, I can understand how free agents in pro sports today need to really make sure they’re making the right decisions for their family.

    As you’ve said here a hundred times, if one of us writing to you could make more money at work, wouldn’t you take it? Absolutely.

    Just a little math here. If the Red Sox organization pays you bi-weekly as most organizations do today, you’re getting about half a mil per PAYCHECK. That’s like hitting the lottery every couple of weeks for people who are reading this. Not to mention money from sponsorship, respect and admiration through the roof from adoring fans, having to never pay for a drink or meal from Bangor to Hartford – all for working fewer days annually than a teacher. You make over $35,000 per day by my calculations – more than many Americans make in a year.

    And on this blog for the entire word to see, whenever anyone has made a comment about your salary, free agency and you possibly shopping around so you and others can do what is best for your families, you’ve done nothing but mock them or make a wise ass comment. You’re totally the guy I want to be the spokesman for Christianity.

    And to think of the fact that a ton of people who’ve never met you before probably making $500 per paycheck (that’s 3 zeros behind you, man) will defend you over this post, well, I guess that’s a bigger irony than you praising Jesus while looking for a bigger contract all in the same blog entry.

    Wait, not ironic enough? How about being a huge supporter of fighting ALS while campaigning for a guy who vetoes stem cell research? Because after all, if there’s anything Jesus would have supported, it would be war, killing stem cell research, and you getting $14 million a year.

    I wish you and your families luck. If money is really getting tight and you need to foreclose, I’m sure one of the fans on here would be willing to let you crash on their couch, and eat mac and cheese right out of the pot with them.

    Thanks for the memories. I’ll be thinking of your free agent dilemma as I pay for my car insurance with my credit card.

  51. owtritebrawla permalink
    October 30, 2007 9:52 pm

    Hey curt,
    I think you had a good year considering the different obstacles you have went through. I like the way you keep track of what you throw to different batters. I think you should come back to boston for one more year and retire out on top with another ws title in boston. As for the red soxs what big moves did you see happening this off season.

    Shawn H

  52. qm2usn permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:00 pm

    Hey Schill,

    how about coming back to the Phillies? I know i would love to see you pitch with that Phillies “P” that always faded when you finished a game.

  53. tigersfan07 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:01 pm

    Curt we would love you to have you in Detroit!! You could front a staff that includes Verlander, Bonderman, Robertson, and hopefully Kenny Rogers. We also have a pretty good bullpen with the Phenom Joel Zumaya leading the way. Mix that in with one of the best offenses in the American League and we are definately one of the top 3 or 4 teams on paper going into the season. One more thing to consider is that we to HATE the Yankees!!!

  54. franjgarciar189 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:01 pm

    please Curt don’t leave! God bless you and your familiy

  55. mrgringosuave permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:03 pm

    Where ever you end up Curt, you’ll always have a place to come home to in Boston. We loved you here and appreciate your dedication and service. Thank you for your blood, sweat, tears, arm and blog!

  56. cubs0110 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:03 pm

    Curt, as a Cubs fan I really hope you come to Chicago. You’d be a welcome addition to our pitching staff. Wouldn’t winning the world series with the Cubs be icing on the cake of a GREAT career?

    wherever you go, good luck next year (unless it’s St. Louis or Milwaukee!)

  57. mattsingsalot permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:08 pm

    Curt,
    I went through my entire high school existence as the kid who everyone else thought was weird, because I pursued my interests and passion as a performer above everything else. Sports never interested me. Not out of dislike, but because I was so focused on what I was doing and I knew that you had to put in %150 to even dream of becoming a successful actor. Even though I grew up in Atlanta, I went to maybe one or two Braves games and that was it. Then I spent a fateful summer in New Hampshire. It was there that I was truly introduced to the Red Sox. [I live in Boston but MAN those crazy fans in New Hampshire give Bostonians a run for their money!] All of a sudden it became an addiction! I’d be at work [backstage at a theatre] on my laptop following the gamecasts. I found myself reading books, newspaper articles, magazines, websites, gathering all the information I could on baseball and The Red Sox. I realized that people like you are a role model to me. Even though I will never make it out of the Sandlot as a baseball player – you have worked so incredibly hard to get to where you are as a player. Your focus on the field is amazing. You, sir, are a brilliant pitcher and will forever be a legend. I admire your ability to be one of the top players in the game but to maintain a family and your Christian faith. That is something I aspire to as well. I made the transition this season from someone completely ignorant to sports to a HUGE Red Sox fan, as well as a fan of the sport of baseball. The wonderful thing about the Red Sox organization is that they ARE playing the game – and it IS about the game.

    I, along with the rest of us here in Boston, will follow you wherever you are next season. However, it would be an absolute thrill to see you retire in a Red Sox uniform. I have unfortunately not made it to a Fenway game yet, although I’ve stood outside for many an inning. If you are here next season, I’ll be at a game where you are starting. I am proud to have begun my new life as a sports fan as a Red Sox fan – and its players like you that make it worth it.

    Congratulations on bringing the Sox the World Series title.

    Matt

  58. October 30, 2007 10:08 pm

    What, no Tampa Bay?

    But seriously, folks…

    It’s really easy for me to say this, because (1) I don’t stand to lose five million dollars over it, and (2) I root for the Red Sox and hence want you to stay there.

    But if you and your family are happy here, could you to accept a mere, say, $8 million to stay in Boston, rather than getting an extra 5 or so elsewhere? Hopefully, you and your family are in great financial shape already.

    For me as an outsider, it sometimes seems like at contract time, some players try to squeeze an extra 10 or 20 percent out of teams, only to be significantly less happy in their new environment. (See Rod, A-).

    Obviously there’s a million things that go into your decision– and a bunch of stuff the Sox have to do to demonstrate that they still want you here. And $5m to them isn’t the hugest deal in the world, either, so why should you make all the compromises. I’m not pre-emptively accusing you of trying to drive an obnoxious, Boras-esque bargain with the Sox. Just wondering what your frame of mind is as you go into this sort of thing.

    I sure hope that you stay.

    If not, enjoy the ride of free agency. It’s nice to be wanted. Those are a lot of great cities you could wind up in.

    Plus Deroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland.

  59. FireDannyAinge permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:16 pm

    Thanks for the years Schilling and the two world series but your list of places you want to go was just wrong. Would it have killed you to wait a few days and let the Red Sox fans enjoy you and the World Series.?
    The Indians fans called Dice-K rice-K. I would hope you wouldn’t want to play in a place like that.

  60. smairs5 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:23 pm

    Curt…

    Being a life long Redsox fan, I can not thank you enough for all you have done for the Redsox. 4 years ago, you promised a championship, and you helped deliver 2. Thanks for all you have done.

    My heart and mind want to see you return to the Sox. You belong here, and if you truly only want one more year, your presence could help deliver a third championship.

    Though 21 years have gone by, enjoy the experience of free agency, yet remain in Boston for your final year…..continue to build your legacy within Redsox Nation

  61. nakedmar permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:24 pm

    Curt, take the money the Mets won’t be paying Glavine. You’ll love Queens, dude.

  62. spirespike permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:28 pm

    Curt — as a lifelong Phillies fan, I would love it if you finished your career where it blossomed. While many in Philly remember your exploits on the diamond I will most remember something else, something that happened in a TV studio. When I was younger, I watched in awe as you sparred one on one with Scott Boras on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, debating with him why JD Drew should deserve a fat contract when he hadn’t proven a thing. Rarely have I seen Boars at a loss for words, but you did it with the force and righteousness of your convictions. You didn’t have to do it, you didn’t need to do it, but you did it because it was right, especially in a city that treasured it’s blue collar work ethic. For that moment, you stood for everything that made me proud to say I was born in Philadelphia. I have only one Phillies jersey, not a Mike Schmidt one or a Steve Carlton one, not one with the name of Jimmy Rollins or Chase Utley. Whenever I go to a Phillies game I have your name on my back, because I will always remember till the day I die that day you were watching our backs. Please strongly consider Phiadelphia as your next destination and I look forward to seeing you at Broad and Pattison again.

  63. bodhi83 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:33 pm

    Best of Luck to you Curt. I have enjoyed the efforts and sacrifices you have made for our beloved RedSox. I sincerely hope that life allows you to retire in a RedSox Uniform, but if that is not the case, may the Lord Bless you in your journey.

    Keep the Faith and God Bless.

  64. curtmets08 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:36 pm

    HMMMM THE METS ARE LOOKING FOR SP…. lets bring A-rod and Shilling….you can play bench until Playoffs and we will win for sure!!!

  65. jml2977 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:36 pm

    Curt,

    I’d love to see you spend one more year in a Red Sox uniform. And, as someone who has never written a fan letter or posted on a blog like this before, thanks for your time with the Red Sox, whatever happens. I think until the day I die it will make me smile to think of the 2004 World Series run and what you did for the Sox that year. Thanks for bringing out the good stuff again this year and congratulations on another championship. You’re a terrific athlete and it’s been a joy to be able to cheer for you. Hope we can do it again in 2008.

    Jason

  66. robsg10 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:38 pm

    Curt- I believe San Diego is the place for you. Remember the game you would of thrown the no-no if it wasn’t for the infamous Baby Ben Davis Bunt? I’m sure you do. San Diego is a great place to raise the family… after you retire you won’t have move. Anyways, I think you would mesh great with Jake, CY and Mad Dog.
    Best of luck. Hope to see you at the park!

  67. hofsoxfan permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:40 pm

    Hey Curt, I remember when my grandfather who we called “Chief” said way back in 98 or 99 that the Sox should get Shilling. Here you are and celebrating World Series ring #2 with them. I would love to see you back wearing #38 proudly standing on the mound at the greatest park in the world in front of the greatest fans. The only thing that is a shame is that “The Chief” didn’t get to see you pitch and guide the Sox to a championship while he was on this earth. Hope to see you next year.
    Good luck and God Bless.

  68. titosredsox permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:41 pm

    Hey Curt- I just wanted you to know you had an amazing playoff performance and good luck to where ever you go..hopefully Boston!

  69. michaelspo permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:52 pm

    HEY!

    GO TO THE METS!
    THEY HAVE A YOUNG PITCHING STAFF THAT WOULD LOVE TO THROW WITH YOU! MAINE. PELFREY. PEREZ.
    and o yea – GUY NAMED PEDRO!

    you can win in Boston, Phoenix – but to win in NYC is the cream of the crop. THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO WIN!

    lets go mets!

  70. metsfan5 permalink
    October 30, 2007 10:53 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Congratulations on winning the 2007 World Series with the Red Sox and Congratulations on a great 2007 season.

    I read your blog and it is no surprise you were never a free agent. What team would want to let you get away?

    I am very pleased that you listed the Mets among the teams you would sign with. A month ago, after the Mets’ season ended, I told all of my friends that I hoped you would be signed to replace Tom Glavine at the front of the rotation. How weird/fun would it be for you to join your old battery mate, Pedro Martinez on the Mets?

    I truly believe the Mets would benefit by signing you. You would be a fantastic addition to the team. Curt, you are a great pitcher and one of the best playoff pitchers ever. You know how to win and you are a great influence in the clubhouse. Additionally, youngsters Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber could learn a great deal from you. I really hope that you bring your playoff/championship experience to the New York Mets. We need more guys like you. I only hope Omar Minaya realizes the same thing.

    Whereever you may end up Curt, I wish you lots of luck and success (unless it’s a division rival of the Mets, haha, just kidding). I hope the next time I see you, it will be the 1st or 2nd day of the season, wearing Mets blue and orange.

    Best,

    Richard

    P.S. I LOVE how you excluded the Yankees on your list. Screw them! 🙂

  71. davidkowalski permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:00 pm

    Curt,
    You probably won’t read this but I still feel like I have to write in to this and have you know another opinion of another fan of yours. In 1993 my father took me to my very first pro baseball game, I was five years old. There was a man pitching that day that with the first pitch he threw I knew he was larger than life and I wanted to be just like him, Curt Schilling. My dad being a Yankees fan hated the fact that I feel in love with the Philadelphia Phillies, but how is a five year old not going to fall in love with a team that looks like they are having so much fun, not to mention those ridiculous hair cuts. The point I’m getting at is that now I am almost 20 and I’m still in love with the Philadelphia Phillies, nothing would be better than to see you pitch again with this team, plus I know Kendrick would really learn something from you. Thank you so much for being the amazing player you are and thank you for pitching that fateful day because from there on I am a diehard Phillies fan for life.

  72. xthehighlightx permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:01 pm

    Hi Curt,
    Congrats on the 2007 world series. You pitched well and you truly are one of my favorite pitchers. If you and boston part ways i would love to see you in a dodger uniform. That in my opinion would be one of the greatest moments of 2008. Seeing you in dodger blue!

    Best Of Luck

  73. curttola permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:06 pm

    Hey Mr. Schilling,

    I would just like to thank you for letting us a have a peak inside what goes on through your thought process. I for one am a Dodger fan, and although you may not want to join us because Torre (ex-Yankee) is our new manager, I still think you should seriously consider it. We have money, we will sign a bat, and now with the huge upgrade in coaching staff, we have to be considered as one of the top contenders to represent the National League in the 2008 World Series. L.A. has great schools and a great atmosphere, and I would love for you to be a part of our winning ways in 2008. Call me an optimist, but looking at it realistically we have to be a contender. Schill you are quite a pitcher and I hope you will change your prime color and bleed Dodger Blue in ’08.

  74. cptpatsfan permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:07 pm

    I am not normally inclined to posting replies, but when I listened to your segment on WEEI (which I try to listen to regularly), I felt compelled to at least add one more voice to the throngs of those asking you to stay and finish it here in Boston. I would not consider myself to be the baseball fan I once was……the days of going to Fenway with my Dad are long since past….but I have been back on the Sox bandwagon since that magic season in ’04……which also coincides with signing of one Curt Schilling, of whom I would have to say I am a bigger fan of……in my mind it just seems like you belong here……even if only for the calming dose of sanity you could add to the mix……..and don’t take this the wrong way (as I have no way of knowing how it is perceived in your circle) but eventually move into the pitching coach’s slot that will at some point be vacated by Farrell…….it seems to me with your vast knowledge it would be a natural fit…..and I don’t imagine it would be very long before you were running your own show…you have boss written all over….although you may have loftier goals……these just happen to be my thoughts on the subject…….one more year????

  75. brewers09 permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:10 pm

    Curt,
    Can’t wait to see you sporting Brewer Blue next year. Trust me, you will love it here. The city is going crazy for baseball, and you would quickly become the toast of the town! Good luck with whatever your choice is. You are a great role model, and any team would be lucky to have you on their staff.

  76. [ S ] permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:18 pm

    The Red Sox are the reason I love baseball [ see: 1986 when I learned about the emotions of the game ]. The Diamondbacks are where my every baseball related thought and positive feeling forevermore permanently reside. Thanks for all that you’ve contributed to that.

  77. Jay LaChapelle permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:24 pm

    Mr Schilling,

    I must admit I almost feel a little choked up at the thought of you leaving Boston. You’ve only been here for a short time but you’ve won the heart of Red Sox nation. The heart and soul you put in on AND off the field has made a huge impact on me as a person. The way you treat your fans, your bosses, and your teammates is nothing but pure class. The way you took the younger kids on the team under your wing… wow, just wow.

    And then there’s everything you do off the field. From making video games to saving lives with the ALS. The presence you bring to the club house, the way you reach out the fans, the love and devotion you show to your family and your wife. You are truly a remarkable person.

    I hope you return to the Red Sox for one more year. Knowing you retired in a Red Sox uniform would make me even more proud to be part of this great Red Sox nation. But if god should have other plans for you, I wish you and your family all the best. You will leave a lasting impact on wherever you land, that I am sure of. While next year may be your last year in baseball, remember that your story is far from over. You have so many more great things to achieve, people to touch, and lives to save.

    If you really do leave Boston this offseason, you will take a piece of Red Sox nation with you. I know that wherever you end up (save the Yankees, hehe), you will have the whole of Red Sox nation behind you. Not that you need us, you were great before us and you will be great long after us. Thank you Curt. Not just for what you do on the field, but for everything you do off the field.

    Just one last word… What you’ve done for Peter Despain and his family just goes to show how special of a person you really are. That one selfless act will land you in the most important hall of fame of all; the one that sits above the clouds waiting for you.

    God bless you and Shonda, your children, and your family.

    Jason LaChapelle

  78. mark38 permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:25 pm

    Mark38
    As a Red Sox fan since 1956, I greatly appreciate all you have done during the past four years. It wasn’t easy this year, was it especially the loss to the Rockies last June followed by the game in Atlanta and time on the disabled list. Please know that I appreciate your efforts and sincerely believe the Red Sox ownership does as well. I admire your strong faith in God and your sincerity. Hopefully Messers Henry, Luccino and Werner value the contributions you made during the ALCS and World Series. We could not have made it to the World Series without the vallant effort in game six agains Cleveland or the effort in the second game against Colorado.
    Red Sox Nation supports you and wishes you well.
    Mark in Durham, NC

  79. martindamato permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:30 pm

    Curt,

    I found this web site on accident and after surfing through this for several hours, i can not even began to express how incrediable this web site really is. It pours out such in-sight and such… “curtness”. I remember driving home from college hearing that we signed you. As a matter of fact, i remember the All-Star game in Cleveland when the fans there gave you a standing ovation and attempted to draw you in. I was young then and all i kept thinking was… I hope Curt doesnt have to face Boston. Thank you for the best 4 years in Redsox history. Thank you for game 6, championships back in boston…. Thank you for making me buy myself 2 redsox/yankee tickets and 2 airplane tickets, fly myself from jersey to boston, just to see you make that long walk from the bullpen to the mound to make your very first start against the yankees, (which you one) If everything works out, you and the sox come to an understanding and you are back… you will cap an amazing career, with an amazing team in an amazing city. I have followed you ever since i picked up a baseball… just hang around for one more season.

    Thank you for taking the mound, pitching your heart out, speaking your mind, and just being who you are and playing how you did.

    A boston red sox fan.

  80. danielee permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:32 pm

    I am a Red Sox fan. I would love to have you back for and retire as a Red Sox. With that said, I think the introduction of Buchholz the past season makes the situation rather complicated. I think the team sees him ready for the rotation. It would be nice to have six solid starters, but it won’t be fair for either you or Buchholz. You will definitely need a full season of starts to get enough wins to pad your stats for the HOF. The team signed you for four years because you said that you would retire after 2007 season. I really don’t think you should retire, but I think the team may already have plans to cut your salary. You know very well how the Red Sox front office works (Damon, Lowe and Martinez). They know that your market value is higher, but the front office will offer you what you are worth to the Red Sox next year. I can’t really blame them because it is a good business model and I hope they continue to cut more salaries and utilize their farm system. I think you also know that what they are doing is right, however heartless sometimes. So, I sincerely hope that you would take a paycut and stay with the Red Sox. Otherwise, I think your best bet to the World Series next year and to the HOF is with the Cubs. Whatever happpens, thank you for the championships.

  81. metsdude13 permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:39 pm

    Would love to see you replace Tom Glavine as the ace and player/mentor on the Mets staff. We’ve got some good young pitchers with some mental problems who could use the help of a guy like you. Wherever you go, best of luck to you – you’re a class act, and its nice to see that guys like you still exist in baseball.

  82. browerpowr permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:42 pm

    I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look on your face as you walked off the mound for probably your last time at Fenway in a Sox uniform. As much as we’d all love you to stay, I guess it’s looking like that isn’t going to happen. I just wanted to thank you for all you’ve done for my city of Boston, and I wish you the best of luck in the year to come!

  83. browerpowr permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:43 pm

    Unless you join the Yankees.

  84. loudenphillies permalink
    October 30, 2007 11:43 pm

    Yo Curt. As a Phillies fan Id be disgraced to see you in a mets or braves uniform. I think youd be a good fit here in Philly. With both you and Jamie Moyer helping Kendrick and Hamels and even Carrasco in spring training those three pitchers would no how to handle themselves in any situation. And of course the Phillies are winning the east again so you could be an experienced arm in the post season rotation. But you gonna let Kendrick keep #38? Hed be happy to give it up he wanted #25 anyway the organization just wouldnt give it to him

  85. scubasox24 permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:03 am

    Curt,

    I have been a part of the Red Sox Nation my whole life. I have never seen anyone pitch with as much heart and determination as you, and I have never seen anybody have so much pride in themselves in putting on that Boston uniform. I would love to see you stay, but I understand if you go. I believe that you were easily part of the soul of this team and you were amazing this past year. Stay healthy, stay off the DL and I know you could easily bring another Championship back to Boston!!! Thanks for the memories Mr. Schilling

    Scuba

  86. scottydidnt permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:11 am

    Curt, great season! Would you consider coming back for something in the range of 8 million? if so, the red sox would be stupid to not do that. i mean, maybe you could just pull a roger and take half a year off, and come back to the red sox, seems like the thing to do. anyways, thanks for breaking the curse, im sure the red sox will make you an offer, although they have made a number of horrible decisions over the past couple of years. i can understand why you should expect nothing less than 12 or 13 million when a guy like JD Drew is getting paid 14 mill for 5 years. if the red sox dont make you a great offer, dont sign with anyone else and wait for wakefield or someone else to get hurt, as it would be asking a lot to stay as healthy as we did this year.

  87. jpedraza permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:18 am

    Dear Mr. Curt Schilling,

    I believe that you belong back in Arizona. You attended highschool here and you won your 1st championship here along side Fellow pitcher Randy Johnson. Randy is back from back problems (hopefully). I believe it would be amazing to have you back in Arizona and hopefully we could make another playoff run in 2008.

  88. djbw permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:20 am

    Hey Curt
    I am a 41 year old lifelong sox fan who never figured to see them win even 1 championship much less 2.I would like to thank you for being as responsible as anyone for changing not only that but the whole attitude of red sox nation.you walked into town with a swagger of a proven winner and have left an indelible mark on this franchise and city.as important as all that is to me and many other loyal fans whats more important is the way you led by example with all you have done for not only als but many other worthwhile causes and charities.for that we all owe you a debt of grattitude.
    if in fact it is the end of your run in boston thanks for the ride Curt.no offense to the great Josh Beckett but you will always be the Ace
    Woody

  89. terminvz permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:26 am

    Curt, come back to the D-backs! The team needs a mentor for the pitchers better than Randy Johnson. Not that I doubt his skills, but he doesnt come off as a teacher type of guy.

    The randy/curt duo again would be great to watch as a fan, even if yall aren’t the aces you were 6 years ago. We still love ya both in AZ!!

  90. 4peter permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:40 am

    We want you to stay with the Red Sox and wish the management would do what it needs to do to keep you. Your presence on the team is a critical component of its success and your contributions indeed extend far beyond statistical data (though that should be sufficient). Sentimentality need not be factored in to any discussion of your value to the Red Sox in ’08; your worth remains certain, measureable, and substantial, and the fact that you have to go the free agency route is unfortunate. If the organization uses its head, they will get the deal done. If not, they will have disappointed the multitude of fans who believe that you have more than enough left in your arm and, of equal importance, your heart to go the distance again next year. Beyond all this, I want you to know that you will be forever revered for your accomplishments and contributions as a member of the Red Sox team and that, even if you do somehow, someday end up wearing another uniform, you’ll always be one of us. Our affection for you is enduring and our appreciation of what you have done for us is boundless.

  91. milbaseball permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:41 am

    Hi Curt!

    Just wanted to say thank you for including my city in your thoughts! I know and understand that there is a limited chance of you coming here, however, I assure you this would be the place to sign RIGHT NOW. Granted, I am bias, but as you know we have one of the youngest up and coming teams in the bigs. Fielder, Weeks, Braun, Hart, Gallardo, Villanueva, Sheets..

    This team has a lot of talent, and I truly beleive next year this team is going to break out. Anastasio is a great owner, and he wants to SUCCEED.

    Also, the part I love the most about our city is that its a big city, and has all the amenities as one, but, it is not NEARLY as crowded as Chicago, or Boston.

    We have a beautiful state, and I hope that you make a great choice for your family(coming here!) Ha!

    Good luck in your decision, and good luck in 2008!

  92. bosoxdiehard permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:17 am

    Schill:

    I am shocked, yet I truly understand the situation. Having been around professional athletes, I understand what you are going through.

    It’s a hard decision and I’m sure it might have caused you a few sleepless nights and melancholy moments. Whatever decision you make, it will be in the best interest of the Schilling family first. And how anyone can criticize you for that.

    This is how I’m reading this. With you filing for free agency (yet Boston retains the rights) for a one year deal, this might free up some money for Mike Lowell who the Sox need to re-sign. So what I’m reading into this. You’re willing to negotiate for the sake of Lowell who deserves everything but the best. That is noble, something that is missing in the world of professional sports but a breath of fresh air.

    Somebody is actually more concerned about the team, rather than himself.

    Just like that NESN interview I saw with Mike Timlin and Tim Wakefield after the clincher. Those guys wanted to win for Wakey because it was hard for a warrior to pull himself off the roster. He gave himself up for the sake of the team.

    Schill … no matter what happens. You will always be considered a Red Sox legend. The Bloody Sock, the key post season Sox wins with you on the mound. “Win It For …” Reading this blog and articles is bringing a tear to my eye. Please, for the sake of Red Sox Nation, it would be fitting for you to end your career in Boston … but I understand and I hope others do.

    I know you don’t care and neither do I … about what the media says about you. Barry Bonds can take his bat, ball and record and shove it where the sun don’t shine. You’ve done it with more class, dignity and respected the Game more than what that Jerk has done.

    Godspeed.

  93. mauifan permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:26 am

    Aloha Curt,
    Congratulations on another World Series. Hope to see you in a Red Sox uniform again next year. But letting you go wouldn’t be the first dumbass thing the front office has ever done.

    What I really want to thank you for though is encouraging Dice-K. You said the adjustments you recommended to him would have an immediate effect on his fastball and they did. Right on. Very generous.

    Mahalo and all the best.

  94. herlands permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:33 am

    Hey there Curt,
    Here’s to hoping you come back to Philly and have a great year where it all first came together for you!!! Phillies fans still love you, and hope that you can help us finally get over the hump.

    –Ryan

  95. jedee02 permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:50 am

    Curt,

    We were so excited when you decided to come to Boston, to help break the 86 year old curse. Our winter of 2003-2004 was brightened by the prospect of you pitching for our beloved Sox. My Dad held on to see you win it all in 2004 and died the next spring. Now that the 4 years have flown by so quickly, and you have accomplished what you came here to do, it seems that you are expecting to not be returning here next year. I pray that the Sox brass will make you a fair offer for your last year. I would love to have you retire as a member of the Red Sox. And I can’t even imagine you not being there in April for for the Opening Day ring ceremony.

    Besides, unless it’s off to AZ for you and your family, why would you want to move for only one year and then retire and move again?

    **If Theo and ownership read this, please consider (as I am sure you are), that this is only for 1 year. This man has made such a difference to our team and is deserving of a fair contract and to finish his career where it began.**

    I am always sad to see this time of year come anyway, because I spend my spring and summer days and nights following Sox games, and I have withdrawals. Not to mention that the time of year is dark, cold and dreary anyway. But I will be especially saddened if you go elsewhere and we won’t have your honest and inspiring words to look forward to hearing again next year!

    Whatever your decision, if you pray about it, and the Lord leads you to it, than you know it is the right decision. God bless you, Shonda and the rest of your family. Your sincerity is apparent just by the things you do for others.

    Peace,
    Jeanne

  96. gals2007 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:14 am

    Curt,

    I have been a baseball fan for a long time, and mainly because of you a Red Sox Fan since 2003 and thats been a great ride to and one I’ll stay on! Thanks!

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the memories, from that “mohawk and dye job” and the towel over your face in Philly, to this blog, you have left us with alot of great memories!

    Also, I could be wrong but I seem to remember reading somewhere at the beginning of the year your wife mentioning that your ” numbers” might not get you into the Hall Of Fame which was why you pitched another year. So when I saw Sports Illustrated promotiong your now EXCELLENT chances due to your post season brilliance I thought about that comment!

    You are a Hall a Famer in my book and have been for a long time. I sure hope to see you in Boston next year!! Enjoy the championship and the off season with your family!

  97. yankees26 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:25 am

    Thank you for not including the Yankees on your list. I would hate to see the Yankees lose every five games when you pitched. Please re-sign with Boston so that I can watch the Yankees pound you again next season. Again, THANK YOU for not infecting the Yankees pitching staff.

  98. ninaaoki permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:40 am

    Dear Curt,

    I have to believe that the Red Sox ownership group and baseball management staff understands your significance to the team and especially to the bullpen. The young and developing pitchers on the Red Sox roster are going to need the benefit of not only experience, but wisdom – which is something you’ve clearly provided to the pitching staff throughout this season.

    They’re all smart guys in that front office and it was especially tough losing some of our favorite players from the 2004 team to free agency, but now in 2007, here we are again.

    I can only hope that those wise men understand that the real Zen of Baseball is about more than just winning championships year after year – the game needs its heroes (and villains), and in my view it would be the right thing to do to allow you finish your career with the Red Sox after all you’ve given them.

    Let’s just hope they have the wisdom to find a place for you in 2008.

    nina aoki

  99. The One-Handed Clapper permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:10 am

    Curt – you are forever a part of the heart and soul of the Sox. We, the Red Sox Nation, want you here…with us, where you belong! Congratulations on winning another World Series!

  100. The One-Handed Clapper permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:11 am

    Curt – you are forever a part of the heart and soul of the Sox. We want you here…with us, where you belong! Congratulations on winning another World Series! And thank you for all the wonderful work you have done for ALS!

  101. mikepiazza permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:07 am

    Hey Curt,

    Ya know, I remember during the 2001 season getting in a huge, heated argument with my best friend over who I would rather have in the playoffs, who I would rather have pitch in a clutch situation, who I’d rather see in Games 1, 4 and 7 of a World Series. He insisted Randy Johnson. I said you. Obviously you are both great pitchers, first ballot Hall of Famers. But my reasoning for choosing you was simple. Because I believed you had more heart, and wanted to win more. That you cared more and would do whatever it took to get the ultimate prize. Just so you know, I’m not trying to kiss your ass, I actually have a point, and I vividly remember the conversation walking down the street in Albany, California on the way to an A’s game, in the 3 weeks we were visiting. My point is simple. You have always played with heart, and fought for what you wanted most. Do the same here. Act with your heart, not with your head. Acting with your heart will make your decision simple, cause you’ll fight for what you really want. Acting with your head may lead you to what you think is the right decision, but may ultimately make you miserable.

    Furthermore, I want to congratulate you on a World Series Championship. It was wonderful seeing it happen. I was there supporting you guys in Game 7 in Boston and Game 4 in Colorado. I was so happy to see you and the Red Sox win. Plus, getting to see Papelbon do the riverdance after Game 7, may have been a top 5 greatest moment of my life.

    Lastly, thanks for always proving my argument right, in 2001, 2004 and now. Always at your best when it matters the most.

  102. suesox permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:22 am

    This question isn’t about you: If Wakefield leaves, do you think the Sox should resign Mirabelli?

    By the way, I do agree that you’ve been fantastic – for the team and for Boston.

  103. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:31 am

    Curt, just a quick note (as a parent) –

    Cleveland schools are awful.

  104. johntex permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:43 am

    I’ve been a Red Sox fan since that magical summer of 1967. I’ve endured the unendurable (78/86/03) and I am absolutely,positively convinced that the Red Sox should bring Curt back for one more year.

    Why ? How about loyalty to a guy who helped bring a warrior mentality to the Sox, not to mention 2 World Championships ? Is one year REALLY that much ? Look at the time and money spent on Edgar Renteria. I bet the Sox make a gazillion $ from souvenir sales for the WS triumph-how about spending a little to show that loyalty goes both ways ?

    Congratualtions for making 16 million people happy in the New England region. I have been in Virginia for 26 years and still travel to see the Red Sox once or twice a summer. I hope to run into you some day at the MMP headquarters in Maryland. BTW, I am the guy who nagged them endlessly back in 04 to put your RS picture on the website.

    God has a reason for everything. Thank you for bringing happiness to to my family and my lives.

  105. jimphot0 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:45 am

    I know you’ll do great wherever you go – But the ultimate would be for you to stay here in Boston and give us another Series before you retire a hero and become the best pitching coach the Red Sox have ever had. I know that is big shoes to fill but who else but you could do that??? Enjoy the off-season and rest up for next year. Don’t go to the Yankees, they are not going anywhere.
    Did any players take up Jordan’s furniture on the promotion??

  106. sdredsoxfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:50 am

    Curt,

    I was surprised to see that you filed free agency so quickly. I saw some footage of the parade yesterday and I would have loved to have been there. South Dakota is pretty far from Boston though. People ask me how I can be a RedSox fan since I am from South Dakota and my response is that the RedSox are in my blood. I am still hoping and praying that are you are still with us next year. I would hate to see you play somewhere else but would still follow you. I am just glad that the Yankee’s are not on your list.

    I think you are a class act and an all around great guy. Like many others on our team. I would name them but would not want to leave anybody out. We have a great group of guys playing for us. I also think that Tito is amazing. In 2004 I found out that South Dakota has a Tito connection and that made me even more proud.

    Best of luck to you in the future. Wherever that may lead you.

  107. jraw permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:23 am

    Hey, Shill. This is what continues to baffle folks like me. You make it abundantly clear you’d like to play one more year in Beantown and then retire. You’d like to be where you’d have a chance at another post season. You wax poetic on the team and staff at the Sox. It’s fact that with Sox veterans and young talent all the pieces are in place for another run at a championship. There is not another town in the country that loves and supports its team like Boston, and all of New England, for that matter. So what is the obstacle to signing a new one year deal? You have more money and fame than you’ll ever need in twenty lifetimes. So what’s the problem? One can only conclude it is the money. And one could then conclude if the Phillies, where you’re still a cult hero, offer you $15.00 dollars more than the Sox, you’ll bolt down I-95 for Philadelphia. And this is what bothers me. It really doesn’t come down to team loyalty or a team dynamic that sets up for another great season, your last, as there’s not another franchise more prepared to repeat. It’s going to come down to who puts the most money on the table. We want you back for your swan song, Curt. But please, be honest with us. It’s all about the money. jraw in Wilmington, NC (was at game two in Fenway for your gem in ’04 against the Cardinals, an unforgettable experience)

  108. redsoxgal4eva permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:24 am

    I am hoping that the Sox sign you for one more year.
    You are fantastic in the post season, and still good in the regular season. Whatever happens mister Schilling, I just wanted to say, Thank you for everything and I wish you the best of luck.

  109. dadhampton permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:24 am

    Obviously your priorities yesterday were post first and parade/ celebrate second. Would have been better to wait a day or so on this post

  110. nrhut permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:36 am

    Please stay in Boston, or even head over to the NL. For the sake of all of us in Cleveland… anywhere but here.

  111. da3hoss permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:43 am

    You ARE Red Sox Nation. We’re rooting and praying for you.
    If you have to leave us, pick San Diego, so we can come see you play after our Marine comes home from the Sandbox.
    PS Thanks for your support for “Strikeouts for Troops”
    God Bless

  112. October 31, 2007 7:46 am

    Good luck Curt, would really love to see you wrap it up here in Boston though. You’ve been amazing and after reading all the comments so far, I’m not the only one that wants to see you stick around. THANK YOU for everything you’ve done for us Sox fans!!

  113. kaos1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:48 am

    i hope u dont bring ur ketchup sock to the Mets. we dont want u here.

  114. mwdonabed permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:58 am

    Curt,
    You’re a class act. I live in Westwood and love to see the signs posted for you along your route to Fenway. I imagine you reading those and really appreciating them…..like in 2004 when you said that you left your house thinking that you were to spent to get back on the mound, but by the time you got to Fenway you were pumped up and ready to pitch. You said the encouragement from those signs did it for you. I lost one of my sweetest friends last year to ALS. As a life long die hard Sox fan she loved you. After she was diagnosed, your inspiration and dedication to the awful disease helped her cope. She reveled in meeting you. We all felt the excitement with her! We will always suport your cause in her name, Jere Kane, wherever you go, but I hope you stay here. Thanks for all you do on the team and in the world with your generous spirit and drive!
    Margaret Donabed

  115. firejeff67 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:06 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for changing the lives for so many New Englanders. Im 40 years old and Red Sox history in my family goes as far back as my Grandparents, who, along with my dad never lived to see a World series championship.

    When 2004’s championship occured my family actually brought every championship piece of merchandise they could carry to the cemetery and left it at my family’s grave side. The Red Sox have been everything to my family and to many more throughout this area. Your great talent and professionalism brought us two in three years. You will forever be talked about in this area for what was accomplished. Thank You.

    We all hope and pray your able to stay in Boston for your last season and retire in a Red Sox uniform, if not good luck and thanks for giving us what many generations waited for and were never able to experience. Jeff

  116. mannix8 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:08 am

    Curt:

    I have been a Red Sox fan for 41 years, and in my opinion the single event that changed the direction and tone of the franchise more than any other, was when you agreed to the trade over Thanksgiving of 2003. You were the first person I can remember who REALLY put it on the line that you were coming to win a world championship and that you were even willing to reflect that in your contract. From that point it just felt like a different team. 4 years later it is clear what you and the team have accomplished and how the Sox are now playing in an entirely new world. None of this would have happened without you. You have contributed in countless ways, not the least of which being your 3 wins in the playoffs this year (because sometimes I feel like that is getting lost in the discussion of your future). I honestly think that as decent people it borders on immoral that you would not be signed under fair terms to finish your career here. And I would feel that way even if you were not going to be a valuable contributor, because you have earned it, but the reality is that I am convinced that you will be (we all know you can never have enough pitching and that the law of averages would tell you that all of the young pitchers will not be ready at once). It is also unfair and disingenuous for people to lump you in with Pedro and Damon and Lowe and others and the decisions to let them leave. Each of them was looking for long term deals, and had characters like Scott Boras involved. You are basically looking for a one year deal (I think there should be an option for a second year) and you are willing to negotiate it man-to-man. I understand that it is hard to knock Red Sox management, as their decisions have led to 2 WS titles, but this feels like the kind of situation that could be solved by sitting down over the next couple of days, hammering out the details and shaking hands. It would be nice to see the right thing done here, without all kinds of noise and motion. (I understand that they also want to sign Lowell, but it feels like your situation could be resolved quickly and that any spin on dealing with these situations in some order feels like BS). If this does not happen, I really do think it reflects poorly on the franchise. You listened to them and honored their request to come here in the first place and you more than delivered. It is time for them to return the favor. I also think that if you finish your career here, this will create a situation where for the rest of your life you will be regarded and honored like other Red Sox greats like Yaz and Fisk (although given what you have accomplished, this probably will happen anyway. But I do think there is something tremendous about a guy of your stature being so open about loving the Red Sox and wanting to finish your career here — in the history of the team, only a small number of people have done that. I also think your stance about not playing for the Yankees should be saluted, as I do think that switching between those teams makes the entire situation feel like a farce — I know alot of people who feel that Damon going to the Yankees was more offensive than the entire steroid mess — and not because people hate the Yankees or don’t get that you go where the $ are, but because it makes if feel like the entire rivalry is phony and that the players don’t care at all)

    If for some reason you can not come to terms with the Red Sox, please go back to the Phillies. If you look at Roger Clemens, I think he made a huge mistake coming to the Yankees last year. Clearly he did it for the $, but now that he didn’t perform in line with the $, I think his legacy (not as a great player, but as a beloved player) is tarnished. If he stayed in Houston, anyone would understand that. Ditto for if he came back to the Sox and finished his career, and they retired his number etc. But based on what he did the Yankee fans don’t love the guy, the Red Sox and Houston fans hate the guy, and he is limping out of the game (I know he made some comment about maybe not retiring, but exactly where is he going to play? Which of those 3 teams would want him now? And if he goes to another team he looks pathetic as he has been so specific under what terms he would continue to play) I do not want to see anything like that happen to you. I think you deserve to make as much $ as you can, but please also consider your legacy. You are a great guy, and should be regarded as such.
    I wish you and your family well, and I thank you sincerely for eveything you have done to bring happiness to my family and friends and I also thank you for creating a forum where these thoughts can be expressed to you directly. I really hope everyone involved with this situation quickly does the right thing here.

    Mark

  117. kofekup permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:19 am

    God bless you, Curt and your family! Red Sox Nation can not thank you enough for all you have done. I would love to see you back for another year. You said you were going to end a 86 year old curse and who would have believed that is was done twice!

  118. justinevans permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:21 am

    Curt,

    Come back to Philly. We, the fans, want you here. You will offer us the opportunity to repeat.

    Retire here. Please.

  119. wredsoxfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:23 am

    Curt,

    First off, you are a class act. In a world filled with “me” type personalities, you truly make the sports world much more enjoyable to watch. Your profession of Christianity is great to hear and your dedication to your cause (ALS) is truly remarkable. Thanks for your dedication to the Red Sox, as well as much, much more. God Bless and I hope you finish in a Red Sox uniform.

  120. propellerhead90 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:24 am

    Curt, I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning and it’s the best baseball writing out there. You always keep it real. I was raised in Boston and I now live in South Central PA and have followed your career since you were with the Phils. One of my favorite memories is of you hiding your face when The Wild Thing would relieve you (an oxymoron if ever there was one). When you signed with the Sox it was one of the happiest days of my sports fan life–it signaled that the Sox were serious about getting to the WS. I knew that you were the perfect choice and you proved it over and over again. Your jersey has a prominent spot in my Red Sox shrine (den) and it will never come down. You are definitely going to the HOF. With that said, I just want to say thanks for all of the sacrifice and determination you have shown to help make the Sox the pride of New England and all over RS Nation. There’s nothing more satisfying to me than seeing the number of ballcaps with “B” on them outnumber the ones with “NY” on them out here. If things don’t work out with Boston we’d love to see you back here in red pinstripes again–the Phils are a lot like the Sox they just need some decent pitching.

    All the best to you and your family.

  121. October 31, 2007 8:27 am

    Curt, thank you for everything you’ve given us. However, I can’t help but think your timing has a little ARod in it. You couldn’t wait until 1 day after the parade to file and/or announce the teams you’d be going to? Seems a bit odd. Still hoping you return and all the best to you.

  122. justinevans permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:27 am

    Curt,

    Come back to Philly. We, the fans, want you here. You will offer us the opportunity to repeat as division champs.

    Retire here. Please.

  123. rcarvz permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:30 am

    Curt,

    I hope that you realize how much you are loved in Boston no matter where you go. You helped bring this team 2 championships to this town, along with the many great things you do for the young guys in the clubhouse and keeping this team together. You are truly a class act. No matter where you end up, even if it isn’t Boston, you will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart in the nation. I hope to see you wearing 38 for the Sox next year, you deserve to stay. If this is the end of the road, than I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and from every single fan Curt, you are forever a legend and a great man. If you indeed come back for one more round (which I think we all hope), cheers to you anyway!

    Ryan

    Chicopee MA

  124. October 31, 2007 8:32 am

    Seriously, Curt, if you’re happy here, and your family has grown roots, and you truly want to play in Boston another year, how much more money could you possibly need? In the real world (aka, the non-professional sports world), lots of us take paycuts or compromises because we get other intangible benefits from the place we work. Be it a more flexible attitude, or really good people, or great opportunity, there are always reasons why a home town discount is appropriate. And most of us aren’t talking about the difference between an eight-figure salary and a seven-figure salary.

    I love you man, I’ve loved you since you showed up in an Orioles uniform in 1988 (and I always thought they gave up on you too soon). I know what it feels like to be 41, and have your body challenge you more than even before. But c’mon, how much is enough? Boston is your home now. Stay. Continue to be a leader in the clubhouse. Continue to be a force for good around town. Continue to be a mentor for all those young arms on the team. I can’t think of any better place to spend your last year as an active pitcher than Boston. Please, please, let go of “the number,” pay attention to the intangibles, and STAY.

  125. October 31, 2007 8:34 am

    Wow! First A-Rod and then you. Did you call from the parade to file for free agency? Or did you do it before?
    Talk about bad timing. You are writing letters before the trophy is even back in Boston and you are going on the radio talking about what you want and what you are looking for.
    Not the team attitude that I would have liked to have seen. At least give Boston a few hours to enjoy the parade before we have to hear stories about you leaving and what you wrote in your blog.
    I thought A-Rod coming out during game 4 was selfish, but you are matching him stride for stride.
    Good luck Curt. I am sure you will never take your eye off of what is most important to you. You.

  126. Tim permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:41 am

    Curt, come back to Philadelphia! We need to win the series!

    Good luck to you and your family, wherever you go!

  127. pogue permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:47 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    Although I understand that John Henry et al must make a business decision, I can’t help but hope that decision also will be made with some heart and appreciation for all that you have brought to the Red Sox. I sincerely wish that you and your family can stay here for one more year, and I know many other Sox fans feel the same, as do the people who live in our area (I live in a town very nearby your family’s home).

    But if that can’t happen, if the owners decide strictly with their minds (and checkbooks) based on what they feel is best for the team, then I have to say “thank you” now. Thank you for bringing to Boston the incredible pitching skills you possess, thank you for being so instrumental in our winning not 1 but 2 World Series after we waited such a long time, thank you for the all-out performances you gave even when injured.

    But most of all, thank you for being what I believe to be the epitome of a professional athlete, and for bringing that level of professionalism to Boston. As an older fan who remembers when pro athletes were almost always people one could look up to, I’ve been just a little dismayed to see the “me first” attitude so many players of all sports have nowadays. But that’s not you. Your contributions to the team and to Boston have gone so far beyond your baseball skills, and I know we’re better for it and for your example. In a world where athletes make headlines not just for their play but also for their off-field antics, you’ve given us all an example of what could, and maybe should, be expected from a professional ballplayer. I know that many people feel that a player owes nothing to a team except his skills, that what they do off-field doesn’t matter. But I think it does; we need more heroes, more people to look up to, and you’ve given that to us. You’ve raised the bar on many different levels.

    Thank you again, and I really hope I don’t have to say next year, “I wish we still had Curt.”

  128. redsoxpa8 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:47 am

    curt,

    i love the red sox and have loved seeing you in a boston uniform. i really hope that you would stay one more year. the fans of Red Sox Nation would be sad to see you go.

    “We’ll be great in 2008!”

  129. sasoxfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:48 am

    Hi Mr Schilling,
    I became a Sox groupie about the time you became their ace. Just wanted to say Thank You, I am proud of your use of talent and work ethic. I learnt to respect you and the beautiful game of baseball, from another great guy that is the icon of a family man and a red sox fan. Congrats on the ring.
    About playing next year: DON’T. Don’t play for Boston or anywhere else. Quit while you are ahead – go out while you are still the Man! Spend your time with your family, your IT Company, your charity. Stick to your original plan; and buy your kids the puppy!

  130. dbrown47 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:50 am

    Curt – step up to the challenge and get to wrigley

  131. October 31, 2007 8:51 am

    I would love to see you in a Brewers uniform.

  132. rwellen permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:52 am

    For a lot of free agents (i.e. Pedro, Damon, ) they say it isn’t about the money, but their actions show that its totally about the money.

    There are others, however, like yourself and Tek and I believe Mike Lowell as well, who acknowledge that team chemistry and fan base and community play a role in addition to reasonable, comparable salary offers. Once you have secured the well-being of your family, its important in this life to recognize the value of actually standing for something. You and Tek have done that in a way that Johnny Damon and Pedro certainly have not.

    I certainly hope that both you and Mike Lowell stay with the team. But regardless of how it turns out, thank you for the pride and determination and loyalty you have brought to the Red Sox and their fans. All good things to you and yours!

  133. eaglesfanintampa permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:01 am

    Come back home to Philly! We miss you here and could definitely use a veteran on the team (even though you did mention you’d go to my 2nd fave team a while ago…the Devil Rays… and they could use you, too 😉 ). Say goodbye to Boston, cause even though they talk a good game, they never appreciated you like the phans here in Philly did from day 1. They only like the fact you won them two rings. If the Bosox never made the Series, or made it and lost, they won’t be crying like this. Please come home, Curt; we really do miss you here in Philly!

  134. myselfalso permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:03 am

    Well, 113 gave me a laugh. I think the Mets could use a little bit of help.
    Anyway, I saw your 13 teams. I noticed Pittsburgh’s not on the list, no surprise. I hope you stay in Boston. Please don’t go back to Philly…I’m no Phillies fan. My question for you, Curt, is why not Pittsburgh? Obviously, they’re not going to pay out, and they’re a low tiered team, but you’d get a couple of easy years down there, and hopefully start to turn the franchise around by building around an older pitcher who’s won three rings, getting to the end of his career, but still got plenty of stuff left in him.
    It would be pretty cool if the Pirates had the Curt Shilling era…it would be a change the franchise desperately needs!

  135. tangeng permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:04 am

    Thanks for being here Curt. For both Red Sox championships. I hope it’s as a great experience for you as it was for us fans.

    But this next year will probably come down to money. For both you and the Red Sox. I don’t expect the Red Sox front office will give you another 13 million dollar year. It’d be money for nostalgia of 2004 and 2007. It’d be great for fans and it’d be great for you to retire as a Red Sox, but it may not help the team. Those young pitchers that Boston is armed with are going to exciting, and they’ll need their innings.

    I hope things work out. But if they don’t I wish you peace and happiness wherever you may end up.

  136. fly49 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:07 am

    Curt,
    As a baseball fan first a Yankee fan second, I want to congratulate you and the entire Red Sox organization for a great season. A team could only wish to have such a heart and soul player like yourself amongst their midst. I do hope you go back to play for the Sox, for their fans sakes and for the added passion you bring to the Yankee/Sox “rivalry”. If you’ve played your last game, thank you for what you’ve brought to the game. If you do play again I wish you and your family all the best.

  137. leninwearsredsox permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:10 am

    Curt,

    I wish you the best of luck and godspeed as you head into the unfamiliar territory of free-agency. I would love to, and hope with all my heart to be able to see you in a Red Sox uniform just one more season. Everything that you have done for the Red Sox and the city of Boston in so amazing, in 2004 you put the team on your back and charged through the post season with an injury that could have ended your career, no matter where you go Boston will always remember you for that. Thank you for never giving up, for playing your heart out, for two world series titles, and the countless inspiration you provided to all of us in Red Sox Nation.

  138. wally97 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:14 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    Thank you for everything over the last 4 years, especially your extraordinary efforts toward Boston’s 2 WS Championships. You’ve done everything you promised — and more. I REALLY hope the Sox take you up on your offer to pitch one more season here. I think we need you. If it doesn’t happen, GOOD LUCK AND THANKS AGAIN!!!

  139. October 31, 2007 9:18 am

    Come to the REDS!

  140. October 31, 2007 9:25 am

    To be honest, if you stay here you block Clay Buchholz – and as much as I love your pitching, my favorite thing about this game is watching the young guys prove themselves. Weird as it is to say, I’ll be okay if you end up somewhere else.

    But I’ll always root for you, bud. Whether or not I get to watch you next year, I appreciate your fighting spirit. I think it’s inarguable that we couldn’t have done ’04 or ’07 without you, and (of course) words can’t express how grateful I am to you for it.

    Oh, and I hope you keep your blog updated during this process. Even this little tidbit about how one files for free agency was really interesting to me.

  141. phillysports permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:29 am

    Kurt, we are hoping for your return to Philadelphia. Local news is covering the possibility of you coming back to the Phillies like crazy. I believe that the Phillies finally have a team put together that can make it to the playoffs, and it’d be amazing to celebrate with our amazing 1993 team pitcher. I hope you strongly consider coming back home, we love you here!

  142. blackats permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:35 am

    Thank you for bringing not one but two World Series Championships to the City of Boston, New England and Red Sox Nation!

    I would love to see you return to the Red Sox next season and finish out your career here but if you don’t then I wish you luck (as long as it’s a National League team and as long as we don’t meet in the World Series). 😉

    Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Mets would be my top 4 for you.

    Thanks again!

  143. teamfupa permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:36 am

    I think it is import, Curt, to note that your “list” prior to going to the Sox included ONLY the Yankees and Philly. But I guess how quickly we forgot you were begging onto that team. I’d be happy to pull the quotes if you can not remember, I know you do talk an awful lot.

  144. goredsox permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:37 am

    Curt,
    You made a comment about how much money Mike Lowell could now command and how he would do what is best for the Lowell family. But seriously, with the tens of millions that top players now command, each of you becomes like a lottery millionaire. If you are already making tens of millions, really what difference does a few million dollars more make in your lives? Surely you can buy most anything you want, your families are secure and should want for nothing. At what point do you feel comfortable making choices based upon where you want to play and who you want to play with? It seems like it is really hard to find a player that exhibits team loyalty. It always seems to come down to money. I often see professional football players who pass up the opportunity to make more money just to stay with a team, but I can’t recall seeing it in baseball. Do you disagree?

  145. phillysports permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:37 am

    Also, I saw you didn’t list any of the Red Sox AL East rivals. I’d be so sad to see you on one of the NL East Phillies rivals…you are a legend here, I’d hate to see you go to the Mets or Braves. 😦

  146. oneymatt permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:39 am

    Curt,
    Not that I’m your biggest fan (I was born and raised in Colorado), but why did you leave the Rockies off of your list. We have great young talent that will undoubtedly be in the hunt again next year, meaning that you would have a shot to win your 4th World Series. Also, if you go to SD, LA, of Arizona, you will have to face that vaunted Rockies line-up all year long. There is no better place to live than Colorado, even though Denver is getting too big. Think about it. The fans love winners, and would support you, even after you and your teammates ruined our cinderella story.

  147. thomasmwilcox permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:45 am

    Curt,

    I fell in love with baseball and the Phillies at six years old watching the ’93 season. You have been and always will be a hero and a legend in Philadelphia – and it seems only fitting that you would close out your career in the City of Brotherly Love. As a Phils fan living amongst Red Sox fans, I have joined in cheering you on for the past few years, always hoping that someday I might be able to cheer you on from the stands in South Philly. I really hope to see you taking the mound in red in April, but wherever you end up, remember that you will always have a home in Philadelphia.

    Best of luck, and God bless.

  148. pegleg666 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:49 am

    Curt,

    We’ll sure miss you, if you do leave. Personally, there are two strong reasons for keeping you in Boston:
    1. You’d be a big help to the young “studs-in-training” even if your best pitching were to be in October (or “especially because…”).
    2. It would be nice for the Sox to keep certain players until retirement, and you certainly qualify, having done more than any other single player to break the curse. There’s something good about continuity–and it would set a good precedent.

    Best,
    Pegleg

  149. frankwren permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:49 am

    Curt,

    I have left a one-way airline ticket from Boston to Atlanta for you at the Delta ticket counter. In case you haven’t noticed we have a two man starting rotation. Given I will be under a lot of pressure to bring Tom Glavine “home” for his final season, I would rather have you join the staff. I can even show you where the true homerun king’s famous 715 landed! No pesticides, artificial flavoring, transfats (well that’s probably a stretch) or steroids were used!

    By the way, around here we drink Starbucks and eat Krispy Kreme doughnuts, so leave the Dunkin products behind.

    Warm Regards,
    Frank Wren

  150. play4munny permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:51 am

    Hi Curt,

    I am happy to say that I went to Game 2 and saw you pitch your last game. Gutsy, sneaky and as always, successful.

    Thanks for taking the leap before the 2004 season; thanks for everything that year (well documented); thanks for helping put us in a new and thanks for understanding and embracing our little “city”.

    You were awesome – and I am grateful to have witnessed the ascension of the Red Sox to the top tier of Baseball.

    Best of luck,

    Joe

  151. tinytim69 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:55 am

    hi Curt & thank you so much for helping the sox go all the way 4 the 2nd time in 4 seasons i sincerely hope theo & company see fit to re-sign you because not only do you have the heart of a champion your a GREAT guy i’ve enjoyed watching you pitch over the past 4 seasons but i do kinda understand the business side as well. Heres to hoping that this isnt the last time Red Sox Nation sees you pitch for us btw 1 of my e-mail addys proves that im a die hard Sox fan to give ya a hint it starts brsnepno1 which stands for Boston Red Sox New England Patriots are number 1 so good luck to you & Shonda & the kids wherever you end 1 MORE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  152. lsyoung permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:55 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for helping with two world series wins – something I never thought the Sox would do in my lifetime.

    The SOX can always use an experienced pitcher..hopefully you remain in Boston..if not good luck and thanks again!

  153. October 31, 2007 9:56 am

    Curt, good luck in whatever you decide! You’ll be all right, but as a baseball fan in general, thanks so much for the candor and your honesty.

  154. mikemet permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:57 am

    Curt,

    As a met fan, and a closet redsox fan, I wish you the greatest of luck with your next team, and every endeavor thereafter. It gave me great joy to watch you and the greatest team of the century defeat the *other ny team* and then the rockies this year. You are an excellent ballplayer who will be remembered by many for hundreds of years to come, all that you did and do for so many. Prior to going to Arizona, I was praying the Mets would pick you up. I felt you would be a great asset to the club. I still believe that. You take everything on the field and you are a true champion. I wish you the best of luck and also to the sox fans. I love you guys more than you can imagine. Keep giving it to the yanks!!

    Mikemet

  155. October 31, 2007 9:59 am

    Haha, I enjoy that YOU are the one making the list, as if your 87 mph fastball allows you to be picky.

    Do a sit-up or two and get over yourself.

    Egan, out!

  156. caralyn31 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:07 am

    Nice work, Curt. But I think it’s time to help Philly reverse the curse…

  157. lowellrickert permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:08 am

    Curt,
    Please come back home to Philly! Bring us that championship! Could you imagine you mentoring Cole Hamels? That would be a great 1-2 punch! We miss you! COME BACK HOME!!

  158. carpediem38 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:12 am

    All is appreciated for the work you put in the last four years. You do need to do what is best for you and your family obviously. None of us can stand on the pulpit and try to voice our opinions on what is best for you. I think that with your one year contract request, the Red Sox would be willing to resign you. Veteran leadership with the young pitching staff…and then the post season record speaking for itself….. Curt, my family wishes you the best and we have enjoyed watching you pitch and giving us 100% all the time-everytime. “Live it, Breathe it, Do it” …that is the motto for the high school team I coach…. Best Regards, Bill

  159. danmccone permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:13 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for 4 years of championship baseball w/ the Boston Red Sox! Your pitching, presence and team unity helped build a new atmosphere w/ the Sox. I think and hope that you come back for one more year and retire in the uniform you were originally drafted for. Next year, you would be a key cog to the staff. Your pitching would deifintely go along way but your tutelage with Jon Lester and Clay Buccholz will go further. They are up-and-coming stars of the staff and nobody would know more about preparation like you. Remember what Roger Clemens told you?? You could bring that to them. Stay one more year, no matter the cash. You even said, the day you were traded here, you are set financially as you don’t even know what to do w/ the money. If not, good luck and thank you for allowing me to die in peace!!!

  160. shamilton777 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:13 am

    Curt,
    Hope you’re back here in Fenway in 2008. Thanks for all you’ve meant to this team and it’s fans. Whereever you land, I hope God continues to bless you and your family. Thanks for ’04, ’07 (and hopefully ’08)

    -Scott H.

  161. thesean14 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:14 am

    Schill,

    What you have done for Boston over the past 4 years has been awesome. Seriously man, you have new england and all sox fans a sense of pride that was really never there before. This past postseason just sums up how important you were (and still are..hint…hint) to the sox. But wherever you go I hope you do well and say again thank you for making boston reign superior to NY!

  162. apgjr17 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:15 am

    Curt, I HOPE THEO READS YOUR BLOG, the people of Boston Pay to see the Red Sox every night, pay top dollar/ for example i took my son to the game,went on stub hub to buy tickets it cost me 600.00 dollars for tickets behind home plate. “first off i think stub hub is a scam,but anyway…..For what we want, and for what you did it should be a no- brainer to sign you for 1 more year. $#@%$, look at the money they gave Gange’ and what did the soxs get?NOTHING!!. You gave the city 2 titles,you put your heart and soul into each and every game,your a leader, and you can also coach the young guys.. I just will never understand were they spend millions of dollars{ just to talk to someone} and yet think that 13 million, maybe less?? i dont know what you want, is over paying a player! SIMPLY its a business and it sucks… BUT WE WANT YOU BACK TO SEE YOU GET YOUR RING,AND FINISH OUT THAT AMAZING CAREER HERE IN BOSTON!!! lets picket out in front of Theos house this weekend! any takers>??
    ANTHONY
    REVERE MA

  163. ilovethe2oo4sox permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:16 am

    Hey Curt…. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass!

  164. jmorrison18 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:22 am

    Shill – come back to Philly to shut up the morons who call Philly sports radio their own; as a lifelong resident, i LOATHE the losers who host shows on that station and any Phils fan would LOVE to have you back in the rotation.

  165. johnnydtrain permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:23 am

    Hey, I don’t know if you read this Curt but…
    As one of many Red Sox fans who want to thank you for everything you have brought this team, to Boston and New England. Even though I hate the notion of Red Sox Nation , which I believe is just a marketing gimmick to boost ratings ect, I continue myself a very die hard baseball fan, and Red Sox fan who appreciates the importance of baseball (I have my BA in History). Anyways I have on request for you if you do not return to the Red Sox atleast stay in the AL, us Boston fans want the opportunity to give you a standing ovation at Fenway Park, it would mean alot to us

  166. game6sockwasfake permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:31 am

    curt

    no worries on leaving the NYY off the list this time around, they already have a couple of old guys who can throw 82mph… although we were on the short list back in 2003 in case your me-first short term memory has blocked it out…

    curiously for such an anti-yank, what is your son’s name again….?

    as for being “just a dumb jock” (your words there, not mine) in progressing through this offseason with no agent, you may want to look at giving the fenway faithful a hometown discount.

    why?

    as you like to forget with your feigned shock and awe about becoming a free agent (boo-hoo), you are a hired gun, who thinks he is a homegrown… just like roger and many many others… what i dont get is how a guy who has been with 3 different teams in both leagues cant get over how “weird” free agency is…

    (it’s not new man – 21 years & you cant figure it out?!)

    However with your HOF bid weaker than you would like, I would try to not keep jumping around OR just go to the NL and ring up 200 K’s pitching to those little leaguers (again see the aforementioned clemens…)

    that being said the a-rod boras move was disgusting and low class, and one of the reasons this game is already long gone with no chance of coming back… the ulimate in narcissism

    despite my wishes for nothing but pain and suffering everywhere north of Connecticut, there is no place for that – period.

    it kind of reminds me of commenting on another ballplayers alleged steriod use, infidelity, and income tax evasion during the pursuit of one of the greatest records of all time…

    or getting all 2,876 tampa bay fans excited about nothing as your OWN team or “employer” in your case is entering a competetive stretch drive…
    (PS – where’s tampa on this list – scroll back to “yeah i said it” in your blog…) further proving your own narcissistic needs to make headlines for no reason and lack of validity to your statements.

    OR finally, upstaging your own WS celebration with immediate self indulgent headlines after a long suffering team has actually won its 2nd world series in 4 years, before your closer even had a chance to take his plaid skirt off…

    I’d take a good long look in the mirror before i would get all worked up about the a-rod statementor anything else for that matter…

    slap a ball out of somebody’s hand & you’re there!!!

  167. tweber27 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:32 am

    Curt,

    I think it would be only fitting if you ended your career with the Cubs and help facilitate a championship in Chicago!!! If not then stay a Red Sox. They city could use you with your heart and the team could use a leader in the dugout for the pitching staff much like Maddux provided when he was in Chicago. Any way Good Luck in Free Agency and keep it coming!!! I just signed up and I would like this to continue, because it is great to communicate to everyone.
    If you see Mike Myers (now with the other Soxs) please have him email me at tweber@blackequipment.com

    Tim

  168. tattooman permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:32 am

    as a yankee fan i am happy that you did not list the yankees, but not for the reasons you might think. i have said many times after 04 that if you never pitched another game you were still worth every penny they paid to get you. i think you could help the yankees but i think you belong in boston. i think you earned the right to stay there. gook luck wherever you go except of course when you are playing the yanks.

  169. bellaseb permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:38 am

    Curt:

    I believe that there are no coincidences in life, and each person who shares your journey does so for an impactive reason. Well Sir, with
    that in mind you have done very well by all of us in the Red Sox
    Nation. You are a class act in a day and age of sports where some
    forget that Baseball is a TEAM Sport. You are a leader, gentlemen,
    and a team player. All of these great qualities resonante throughout
    the manner in which you and your entire family conduct themselves.

    Of course the Red Sox Nation would be truly blessed if you came back
    one year, five would be great! You have given much honor and respect to our team’s uniform!!

    Wherever you go the Big Guy in the sky will be watching out for you and your family, I am certain!

    Red Sox Hats off to you Guy, and as a transplant to Atlanta, if I and my family can’t watch you in a Sox uniform, remember the Braves were originally from Boston…and you would be most welcome in the city of
    Atlanta.

    Thanks for all of the memories

    Most Sincerely,
    Fenway & Yaz’s Mom (yup even our minpin pups are true Red Sox Fans)

  170. vunhopper permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:40 am

    I love you Curt but it’s time to move on. The Red Sox don’t need you anymore because they have Clay Buchholz to replace you. Go to the National League and put up some big numbers than retire. Thanks

  171. clambaron permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:45 am

    Curt,
    I hope the Red Sox reconsider signing you for another year. I think you are still an outstanding pitcher and beyond that can be of much help with the younger pitchers. I think the work you did with Dice-K showed in the playoffs as he seemed to be a better pitcher. Congratulations on the World Series and if you don’t return good luck in the future.

  172. sysprog permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:47 am

    How is this any different from Boras announcing A-Rod is opting out during the world series?

    Curt, I truly hope you and the Sox come to an agreement for one more season but it’s really selfish to focus Red Sox nation on your personal situation during the celebration parade!

    I’m very disappointed in you.

  173. roose13 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:49 am

    Curt, I am a diehard Philly fan and I remember the good ‘ol days of you here when I was gorwong up and I would love nothing more than to see you retire where you are most loved. Come back Curt.

  174. tsamawi permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:51 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I usually dont beg, but Im gonna….PLEASE COME TO THE CUBS….Were strugglin over here , we just want one….U broke the curse in Boston (congrats, twice)….If u come to Chicago and win (which is possible with u in that rotation), u will be up there with DA COACH, Michael Jordan, etc.. etc. Plus we got the best resturants in the world, great fans, and Wrigley baby. Kick Back have a Budweiser, and just come here, ull love it.

  175. tsamawi permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:56 am

    Oh yeah,

    forget Milwaukee (good Bratwurst, but crap city) and St. Louis (good people, crappy city).

  176. bostonfan4 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:59 am

    Hello Curt

  177. am11okee permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:00 am

    Curt,

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for the past 4 years. You have contributed so much to the organization and to Red Sox Nation. Also, thank you for all you have done with Curt’s Pitch for ALS. My grandfather past away of ALS about a month before you guys won the World Series in 2004. Good luck with free agency and I hope to see you in a Red Sox Uniform for the 2008 season.

  178. shefstigers permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:01 am

    Maybe you and Shef can both stir the pot in the “D” together to a world series championship. The tigers need a little more personality on their team.

  179. mattflahertyguitar permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:05 am

    I just want to say thank you curt schilling. Without you, us Sox fans wouldn’t have TWO world series. You are a true baseball player, and better yet a good man. Thanks and good luck. Matt Flaherty

  180. jetnation permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:06 am

    Dearest Curt,
    On behalf of Yankee fans everywhere I strongly suggest that you move to a National League team. Your days with the Phillies were a special time for us all.

    Should you decide to stay in the AL, just leave Boston.

    Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated.

    Thanks and Congratulations on another ring. I have to run now — I need to throw up, lol.

    Go Yankees.

    Max

  181. herbsawyer permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:06 am

    Curt,

    As a Cubs fan first and a Boston second, would love to see you in the windy city.

    But as someone with such class and professionalism as yourself, I really hope that you stay in Boston as an example that being a part of something is more important than money.

    Either way, it has been a pleasure watching you play the last couple of years.

  182. jas205 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:08 am

    Curt,

    I Since I was a kid I’ve wanted one thing, the Phils to win a world series. I don’t need to remind you of the pain of 93. Please come back to where you started and end your time there the right way … with a championship.

  183. ibrad101 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:10 am

    Hey Curt,
    I am a life long Phillies fan, and I must admit I was disappointed to see you leave Philly, but I know the team did the right thing for you, to allow you to go get some championships! I have followed your career and pulled for you from day one in Philly. Please come back and bring a championship to the Phils! You are truly a champion, and hopefully you can help the rest of the Phils and the city and all the great fans celebrate another one with you.

  184. bostonfan4 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:17 am

    thank you for everything you have done for us in Red sox nation. You have effected more lives than you know. As a college student and ball player, I have goals to become the best that I can be. I dont have the dominating fast ball, or a dominating pitch at all, but you have given me hope that I can still succeed in college ball and hopefully, more to come. Your work hard ethic and drive towards success has inspired me to work as hard as I possibly can to achieve greatness. It is important to me to have a good role model that I can mimic myself around as a ball player. I want you back so that you can continue to effect individuals out there such as myself, an aspiring ball player, or anyone who just needs a person to look up to that is not tainted by anything. Yes, you can help develop the younger guys, but that is not the main importance. You are still a hell of a pitcher and many teams would kill to get you as an ace on their staff. You have an amazing attitude that no only rubs off on fellow teamates, but on aspiring athletes and individuals in the community. You provide a cornerstone to the chemistry that this team has, and that is incredibly important, and I hope that the front office sees that. You are a great guy, and regardless of what happens in the future, be proud of your accomplishments. Red Sox nation will consider you a legend, and we hope that some day, when you have your name down in the prestigous hall of fame, that it is us, red sox nation, that you want put down next to you. My congrats once again, and I hope for nothing but the best for you and your family

  185. jpomazon permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:19 am

    Curt-

    It doesn’t seem possible that four years have passed since you put on a Red Sox uniform. In that comparatively short time, we have indeed witnessed a seedbed change in that organization – agreeing to bring in talented guys like you, surrounding you with the best coaching talent they could find, making significant infrastructure improvements to the ballpark, and capitalizing on the significant positive name recognition this club enjoys. Today, regardless of where you play (American or National League city), everybody identifies with Red Sox Nation. Thank you for the part you’ve played in that process and outcome.

    More importantly, however, I think the lasting contribution you’ve brought to this team, the sport of baseball and professional athletics in general has been your unswerving commitment to a deep personal and professional integrity that is grounded in your faith in the Lord. Thank you for taking that stand and for making His name known as the source of your strength.

    I see a wonderful parallel between your blog and a passage I read this morning from Deuteronomy 9 and 10. Let me set the stage. Moses is about to be called into God’s presence, leaving the Israelites on the verge of the Promised Land (OK, not exactly a parallel there, but bear with me!). Moses reminds the Israelites that they will face impossible odds as they take possession of that land (remember the Anakites?) and will be tempted to claim victory because of their presumed righteousness. He warns them that the victory is theirs, not because of their righteousness or integrity, but on account of the wickedness of the nations He would drive out before them. He then reminds them of their continuous disobedience to God’s commands (the golden calf, their infidelity at Taberah, Massah, Kibroth Hattaavah) and how he had to intercede on their behalf before the Lord in order to prevent their utter anniliation.

    In Deuteronomy 10:12-13 Moses asks, “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to FEAR the Lord your God (i.e, to reverence him), to WALK in all his ways, to LOVE him, to SERVE the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to OBSERVE the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.” (emphasis mine)

    Curt, as unsettling as free agency may be, it’s just another turn in the road. Life is way more than even professional baseball, and you have a lot left to do that will come well beyond your playing days. Most importantly, baseball absolutely pales in comparison to our task as dads to mirror our love for and obedience to the Lord to our wives, our kids, our neighbors, co-workers and communities. I know you understand all that. I’ll be praying that God will show you and Shonda his perfect will is for your lives – whether that be one more year in Boston (which I would LOVE to see) or one more year in another place he has called you to.

    I can’t close without expressing my deep gratitude for the work you do to fight ALS. My mother – a grizzled veteran of WWII’s Army Nurse Corps – lost her personal battle of 52 years with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005. What impressed me most about her life was not the way she campaigned for public understanding and support for research and treatment of neuromuscular disease, but her dogged faith in a God who would one day allow her to walk again. I was able to share with her in the closing days of her life that not only would she walk, but run and jump if so inclined! Today she is.

    Deepest gratitude and love to you and your family-
    Jonathan Pomazon & family

  186. mcamoroda permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:22 am

    WAY TO GO CURT. I LOVE HOW YOU PUT YOURSELF ABOVE YOUR TEAM. INSTEAD OF CELEBRATING A WORLD SERIES W/ THE RED SOX, YOU SHIFT THE FOCUS ONTO YOURSELF. ANOTHER BLOWHARD MOVE BY ANOTHER SELFISH, BLOWHARD ATHLETE. KUDOS TO YOU FOR THAT. OH, AND WHO CARES WHERE YOU END UP NEXT SEASON.

  187. rgreeley33 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:24 am

    Curt –

    Best of luck whatever happens, and I think you know that EVERYONE in Boston wants “one more year!”. Thank you for this fact. . . . . . . I’m 31 years old, and the Red Sox have won TWO World Championships in my life! My nephew is 9 years old, and the Red Sox have won TWO World Championships in his lifetime! My Dad is 60 years old, and the Red Sox have won TWO World Championships in his lifetime! My Nana is 84 years old, and the Red Sox have won TWO World Championships in her lifetime!

    Thank you. You will always be THE MAN.

    Rob

  188. October 31, 2007 11:25 am

    Curt,

    The St. Louis Cardinals, 1 year deal. C’mon. Please! You and Wainwright, with Carpenter coming back late in the year for a post season run.

    Schil
    Wain
    Carp
    Mulder
    Pinero

    Wow.

    Baseball Heaven awaits.

  189. capecodtek permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:30 am

    Curt, I have been a fan as long as I can remember. I was on the feild with lonborg, celebrating, in the paper as Elston Howard held that big mitt over my head going for a foul ball. I have seen them all come and go. You how ever have brought us all into the feel of the game with your blog. Your class and every thing from when you first arrived, you saying that your here to bring a world series. You did not only once but twice. God has blessed you. I have had the honor to celebrate some great Sox teams since you got hear. It’s only natural that you finish your career here in a town that embraces you as they do other players. Have you ever played in front of such knowledgable fans that will let you know how they feel. We at redsox nation want you back for one more year. Yes I understand its a business. We have seen so many of our beloved players go to where the money is and always seem to fall off the face of the earth. You
    I choose to believe lead with your heart and your heart is here in Boston.
    Great Job. You have had a steller career. You will always be loved here in Boston. You are a true Hall of famer in my book. You have done so much for us as fans and so much for the community. I thank you for the pleasure of watching one of the greats in the game. You did whatyou said you would do. Now ONE MORE TIME!!! 🙂

  190. cssux permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:33 am

    Curt, Thanks for not listing the yankees on your “please sign me, I’m another greedy aging veteran who just can’t let it go and spend time with my family list” I’m not denying your talent, no doubt you are a fierce competitor…But I hope you do sign with Boston because the yankees usually get the better of you and I enjoy nothing more then seeing the look on your face when another ball off a yankee bat sails over the green monster in that wiffle ball park called Fenway. You should send half of your salary to Mariano every year for throwng that ball into center field. We’ll never see that play again in 100 years. Then that steroid taking Luis Gonzales (I know Giambi took juice but he will never be a true yankee) hits the dinker into center field and the rest is history. Soriano had you on the hook for the loss in that game. He crushed that ball. Have a great Curt.

  191. hangar18sox permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:49 am

    Hey Curt, I’m a lifelong Sox fan (White Sox fan, not the red ones. By the way, WE are the “SOX”, you guys are the “Red Sox”-check team uniforms for further proof) and it disturbs me that you list the “Chicago Cubs” as a team you’d like to see yourself playing for, but not the White Sox.

    If you feel that playing for a terrible franchise with one of the dumbest fanbases in sports (and arrogant if you can believe that), be my guest. Sox fans are “real” and seeing your choice, we probably wouldn’t like someone like you anyway.

  192. ender671 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:54 am

    Even if we were to resign Kenny Rogers for another year, it’d be really cool if you came to Detroit.

    Verlander, Bonderman, Rogers, Schilling, Robertson… plus all the kids

    We were so unhealthy last year SP + RP but still almost got to 90 W and even after everyone was gunning for us.

    Even though the city isn’t that nice the suburbs where most of the players live are fantastic.

    Plus CoPa is a pitchers dream – esp with Grandy running down everything in CF.

    Give it a thought Curt, there is a reason why Percival signed on the spot, Kenny saying he wouldn’t play for any other team and all others loving it and not wanting to leave.

    GL whatever team you choose

    -David

  193. pointlessexercise permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:56 am

    Seems like guys are dying to get out of baseball heaven. At least two.

    Have fun in Milwaukee.

  194. jsmeyer permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:57 am

    So glad to hear that you listed the Mets and NOT the Yankees. Man, the Mets could use a guy like you. Veteran experience with a “never say die” attitude.

  195. irishstrosfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:58 am

    Curt, have you ever considered giving it another run in Houston? I know you were only there one season and wouldn’t have much connection, and it’s not a major market team, but I’m sure the fans there would embrace you just as they did the other Hall-of-Famer that came through a couple years back.

  196. mellacecpa permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:58 am

    Okay, let’s talk business. All of us Phillies fans want to see you back in a Phillies uniform. I know that you said in your talks with Boston that it wasn’t all about the money. Here’s my proposal.

    I know that charitable work is close to your heart. We’re not millionaires that can afford to donate to your favorite charites, but we can volunteer.

    Here’s my deal to you:

    You pick the charities. We pledge to do volunteer for those charities. You set the hours that ned to be pledged. When those hours are all pledged you put on a Phillies jersey and finish out your career back home where you belong.

    This is a win-win situation for everyone. If you could at least think about it I’d appreciate it. I’d even offer my CPA services to help keep track of the hours.

    Feel free to drop an e-mail to me at mike@mellace.com and I’ll do what I can to get you back into a Phillies uniform. Come home Curt.

  197. phillsnsawxs83 permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:00 pm

    curt ive got to say that the second you put on a red sox cap i became a member of the RSN. im from philly and have followed you basically your whole career. i love that you have beaten the yankees twice in the playoffs. regardless of where you go im still gonna root for the sox cause i know them a little better now, but boy oh boy would i love to see you come back to philly and finish what you started here.

  198. gumbo20 permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:02 pm

    Curt-
    Please just go away. Your big mouth and lost pitching ability is exhausting. You really crack me up.

  199. jgoninen permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:09 pm

    MILWAUKEE!!!!! We would welcome you with open arms and praise anything you could do. You’re the missing link between us and the post season and beyond! Hopefully they can put a deal together for you! Good luck in whatever you do, I have always been a big fan and love how you speak your mind!

    Jay

  200. mraudra permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:12 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Very peculiar that filing for free agency is so “sterile” and matter of fact, huh? I would assume you maybe found it to be a “cold” process, like going to the dentist perhaps, or paying your property taxes at city hall.

    Milwaukee resident here….I think you would really like the city of Milwaukee. You can get a nice affordable house on a lake (compared to California or the Chicago area) some of the suburban school districts are very nice, and the people as a whole are generally hard working and love their teams/players (just ask Brett Favre, or watch a documentary about Reggie White to tell you about that).

    You could definitely be a positive influence on this young Brewer team we have here. They needed some veteran leadership, with the fire in their gut that you display every day, this past year.

    Would you be able to accept a role as a bottom of the rotation pitcher here?

    No matter where you go, know that many fans love the way you play and the character you exhibit, and if you do come to Milwaukee, I will make an attempt to see you pitch here as many times as possible.

    May God Bless You in your pursuit.

  201. 1967dru permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:12 pm

    I have been a fan since the days of Yaz, Tony C, etc. Perhaps at 41 the RedSox may feel you are past your prime. One more year for $13M is a deal for the Sox. Even if you become a third or fourth starter, the knowledge you could pass on to the younger pitchers with the organization is worth $13 billion. It is in the best interest of the Sox to sign you.

    Whatever the outcome, thanks for being you!

  202. pmcd101 permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:20 pm

    First, thank you.

    I’m struggling with what to write because I don’t want it to sound overly dramatic. But I remember growing up looking up to athletes as role models. As the media grew, ballplayers started telling people not to look up to them as role models and seemingly simultaneously, we started hearing all sorts of reports of off-field problems. Then I had children of my own, and have struggled to tell my boys about how great of a player somebody is because I’m always afraid that player will let them down if they begin to look up to that player.

    Luckily, I can point to you. I can point to your values, your competitive spirit, and your willingness to do anything that will help the team. The worst thing I could say about you is that you gave honest opinions at times that weren’t advantageous to you politically – and I’m still not sure that saying that is a negative. I just hope you know that there are quite a few parents like me out there who are glad to have somebody to point to and say “See, you can be a huge success while having your priorities in line.”

    I hope that you will return to Boston next year. But if you do not, please know that there is at least one family out there willing to cheer for two teams – the Boston Red Sox and whomever Curt Schilling is playing for. Thanks again and good luck!

  203. ransomdkent permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:24 pm

    Curt,

    I am a life long Red Sox fan. I just want to say you really have carried yourself with class, and true athleticism! You are a true sports hero. Wherever you go, even if you by some freak accident, ended up in pinstripes…i would still hold you in high regard. Thank you for your service and 2 world series!

  204. elcubano5 permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:25 pm

    I just read the espn article on Curt Schilling. I am glad to see he does not want to go to the Yankees. I just wanted to say that Atlanta needs another good starting pitcher, so maybe they would be interested in Mr. Schilling. Good chance they make the playoffs with good pithing and dominating offense.

    We Shall see soon

  205. ransomdkent permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:26 pm

    P.S. Forget the Cardinals…give the Cincy Reds some love!

  206. kswish permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:26 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I’m a die hard Phillies fan, and have been as long as I remember. I live in your hometown of Kennett Square, in the neighborhood bordering Blackshire. Speaking from all the Phillies fans from hometown and also around the globe , we want you to play for Philadelphia to end your phenomenal career. The Phillies could use your leadership and pitching skills to finally bring home a much awaited title to all the fans of Philadelphia. Even if you don’t decide to pursue the Phillies or they don’t decide to sign you, I wish you good luck wherever you decide to cap off your awesome career…coming from your Hometown & all Phillies fans, we all support you.

    Thanks,
    Kevin

    WVU ’11

  207. beckett4cyoung permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:31 pm

    You should either re-sign with Boston or get a 1-year deal with the other Great Baseball team— THE CUBBIES.

    Zambrano
    Schilling
    Lilly
    Marquis
    Hill

    Dempster (CLOSER)

  208. buismorethanaschool permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:32 pm

    Thanks Curt. I think you should stay in Boston. Even though you’ve been somewhat critical of your teammates at times, you’ve been ok for the Sox. You’ve had a good career and might as well finish at Fenway, though i’m sure they won’t pay you much.

    As for not including the Yankees, that really was a throw-away for you. You know full well that if they paid you Roger Clemens money you’d be there in a second. That said, you know there is no chance in hell they’d ever sign you. They don’t really know how to deal with your massive ego there. Since they’d never do that you easily left them off the list.

    Anyway, good luck with your choices. In the end, I know you won’t be a part of Red Sox Nation since another team will pay you more.

    It’s been real. Wicked good!

  209. redsoxbookworm permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:32 pm

    Curt,
    My family in Eastport, Maine DEFINITELY wants you back in the red sox uniform. Hubby is from Philly, so we have watched you all along. Thank you for all you have done for the Sox, you have made being a Red Sox fan so much fun for my whole family! God Bless you and your family!

  210. dgilman20 permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:45 pm

    Curt,

    I am from Maine, and now live in RI… I can only let you go as far as Atlanta so that I can still watch you on cable t.v. But of course that is an extremely far second next to staying in Boston. Good luck these next two weeks! we are all praying for you and your family.

    p.s. the suspense is real tough to handle so I hope we find out soon.

  211. teamrap permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:46 pm

    Hey Curt …

    I’ve been a fan for so long I remember Sox secondbaseman, Chuck Schilling !!

    It’s been a great journey I took quietly along side of you … the ad with you hitchiking in the desert from Phoenix to Boston to end a curse, the bloody sock, the one-hitter, the World Series wins, and the weekly conversations on WEEI

    Hope you’re back, but if not you’ll be missed

    Thanks
    Fred Rap

  212. tremendous permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:53 pm

    It’s amazing how fast life changes. You were an indispensable part of the 2 greatest Red Sox teams in history. It’s no exaggeration to say that both teams wouldn’t have won it all without you. In my heart I want you to play your last season with the Sox, but logically you’ll be needed the most by the Phillies. Other than remaining in Boston, it would be the only fitting end to a Hall of Fame career.

    You’re my favorite player at least as much for who you are as what you’ve accomplished on the field. I’m real glad I got to be present at your 1-hitter in Oakland. Perfection would’ve been nice but it’s rarely necessary. Thanks for providing a consistent example of excellence and a lot of joy to Red Sox fans.

  213. m7oo7se7 permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:55 pm

    Curt,

    I have been a lifelong Phillies’ fan. You really became a player of national interest back in 1993 on the run to the World Series. It’s a shame how things went so sour towards the end of your time there. I know you’re probably a Hall of Famer already, but have you considered how great of a stamp winning a World Series with the team you started with (not counting the Orioles and Astros) would be to your already awesome career? The Phillies offense is there even if Rowand leaves, and I think they are in all actuality at least 3 pitchers away from winning the World Series. You definitely could have a huge effect on their chances as an awesome #2 starter. Coupled with 2 bullpen additions and hopefully less injuries this team should easily compete for a World Title. You’re 3-1 in World Series. Don’t you wish you could right that wrong from back in 1993 for the fans in Philadelphia who have always loved you? Call me crazy, but Brett Myers is more reliable than Mitch Williams and almost as much fun.

    Looking forward to seeing you in Philly(hopefully),
    Marty

  214. shyogy permalink
    October 31, 2007 12:56 pm

    As a Yankee fan… thank you for not putting the Yankees on your list. I was temporarily in AZ when you were there and that was almost too much to stomach. Then having to watch you in Boston… man am I glad it’s over. Please go to the national league so that I don’t have to watch you.

  215. ultimatepwr33 permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:04 pm

    Curt,

    Seems like just yesterday we were watching those Ford commercials about breaking the curse. Two championships later, its scary to imagine the possibility of you finishing your career in another uniform. Regardless of what happens, the Nation and the Sox organization are forever in debt to what you have done for this team and its fans on and off the field. While we do know that your heart does lie with the Sox, I believe that we all know you will do what is best for you and your family and we can’t have anything but respect for that.

    So congrats and enjoy this time, could not be more well deserved.

  216. detroittigerfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:06 pm

    Curt,

    First of all congratulations on winning the world series, secondly after the Tigers recently aquired Edgar Renteria, it’s a no brainer not to come to Detroit, clearly with one of the best defenses in baseball if not the best, and with one of the best offenses in baseball, I see nothing but great things for you in Detroit. Your experience and leadership would for sure put our pitching staff over the edge to bring a championship to Detroit. It would be great to see ya in the Old English D. Good luck Curt!!

  217. hankaaronsshoes permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:15 pm

    Curt,

    Championships follow you and the Brewers are on the cusp.

    Nice town, hungry for a winner, and looking for that “missing piece”.

    Think outside the box . . . think I-Rod to the Tigers, Reggie White to the Packers.

    Instant NL favorites, instant national credability.

    Dave M.

  218. atlantabravesfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:16 pm

    Curt Please Sign With The Atlanta Braves We Need You And Plus I’m Sure You Would Fit Well With The Team Especially If The Braves Get Tom Glavine To Return The Rotation Would Hold Three Future Hall Of Famers You, Tom Glavine, John Smolz And With The Help Of Tim Hudson In The Rotation As Well.

    I Hope You Sign With Us And Lets Bring A Much Needed Championship Back To The Atlanta Braves Where It Belongs.

  219. frankwren permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:20 pm

    ok, ok, I’ll throw in Michael Vick jersey’s for the kiddies too. C’mon, Atlanta is a great baseball city. our fans are apathetic, and the weather is constantly over 100% humidity and commonly 100 degrees on those Sunday day games. You know you want it.

  220. tim0bles permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:20 pm

    Yes, thank you for not including the Yankees. If there’s one thing my team does not need, Red Light, is another clown that believes his thoughts on every topic under the sun are relevant to baseball fans. Way to back off all your bluster on Bonds when threatened with a lawsuit…wrap some kerosene rags around your ankles so the ants don;t crawl up and eat your candyass. So much for the brutal honesty “Schill” has come to be known for. What a load. Here’s to gracefully coasting over the hill, Light…like that’s going to happen. And good luck with that list of team’s you’re going to courageously lead to a title in ’08. What a “privelage” indeed.

  221. gaverbach permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:23 pm

    Curt,

    I am a lifelong Red Sox fan – originally from Canada who now lives in Dallas – weird, I know and it is a long story how I became a Sox fan but have been one for 35 years. (I am just a little bit older than you at 42).

    No matter what happens – and I want you back- maybe a little thinner in spring training but definately back…I want to say from the bottom of my heart thanks for being a part of the best chapters in Red Sox history – for putting it out there each and every time and for always taking it like a man when it didn’t work out for you…thanks for embracing the passion of Red Sox nation and not shying away from what that means to generations and generations of fans…thanks for being part of the team that ended the curse ..thanks for saying that we didn’t “need” Roger Clemens this year (we didn’t)…thanks for not wanting to go to the Yankees no matter what…thanks for being a good husband, father and man above all else…

    Give us one more year Curt – retire as a Red ‘sock”, pun intended…and if you don’t – may your next path in life be as great and fulfilling as you wish it to be….

  222. chicubs4life permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:27 pm

    Dear Curt, I have watched your work over the years. You are one of the better pitchers in the bigs over the years. Heck,I’ve witnessed you work your craft against my team. Now you say you are going to be a free agent and you’ve listed my team as one of your choices. The Chicago Cubs. After watching you win two world series for a team that hadn’t won it all in 86 years, it gets me this me thinking. I’m sure you’re well aware of history that surrounds my Cubbies. Well we could sure use someone like you on our team in ’08. I don’t believe in curses by any means, but its about time the Cubs won a World Series. Just think about it…being apart of the team that wins the first Cubs World Series in over 100 years. You along with the rest of 25 guys on the team would be made men in Chicago. Just think about it Curt….come to Chicago Curt…please…hope to see you in Cubbie blue.

  223. jcbrant permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:29 pm

    Curt,

    You should seriously consider San Diego. The weather is great, the team is a contender, and with you in the rotation I’d say we would have a pretty solid shot at going all the way. I mean, c’mon

    Peavy
    Schilling
    Young
    Maddux
    Germano

    That’s one devastating rotation, you gotta admit. And who knows? Maybe the Padres will actually obtain a bat too which would put us in a situation that much better. On a more statistical note, Petco Park wouldn’t hurt either. But wherever you end up, thanks for not including the Yankees and for putting those Rockies in their place.

    –Josh
    San Diego

  224. October 31, 2007 1:39 pm

    Curt,

    Please keep us posted on the details of your free agency. I thought you letting us know exactly how you file, how it takes 48 seconds, very interesting.

    This is a behind the scenes look that most normal fans never get a chance to see, since most players have agents.

    I’d be very interested in the day to day of how many teams call, what are the types of small talk they throw at you during this 15-day period.

    As a side, if you do end up moving, what happens with your video game business. How will the business change, and/or your role in the business?

    Hopefully, none of this matters and you stick in Boston!

    -brett

  225. tragic31 permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:41 pm

    Curt you know we love you in Boston and the fans would love to see you back. I know that whatever you do will be best for you and your family and I respect that. I wish you the best of luck in the future and hope to see you back in Fenway next year.

  226. tubapress permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:45 pm

    Hi Curt,

    First, heartiest congrats to you, your teammates and the city of Boston on another World Series Championship!

    Like so many others, I have a tremendous amount respect for you as a player and person. I clearly don’t need to go into your accomplishments as a player…especially in a forum like this where everyone is fully aware of the impact your career has had on baseball. But just as important is the shining example you set as a professional and as a student of the game. I know that one day you will make a stupendous manager or commentator, if you should choose to go either route.

    But you’re not retired yet!!

    I have followed your career since you joined my beloved Phillies. It was truly thrilling to watch you lead Arizona to a world championship, then turn around and do the same thing in Boston. Everyone here is surely aware of the pain and struggle the Phillies and their fans have endured over the years. This past season they showed the determination and resilience to take the division crown, in spite of one major glaring weakness….starting pitching. They are close to having it all together and couple of smart pitching acquisitions would make all the difference (also a Mike Lowell or an A-Rod at 3rd base would be a huge upgrade). As you enter this period of free agency, I can’t help imagining a Schilling/Phillies reunion and the affect that your presence would have: to add a Hall of Fame-bound pitcher to the pitching staff, to have the leadership and clubhouse presence that you bring and (as critical as anything) to have a mentor for Cole Hamels.

    As I think this through, I get very excited about the prospect of “what if”. I’m smart enough to know that this is a business, but idealistic enough to think this could actual transpire…that, as I believe you were in Boston, you could be the missing piece that catapults the Phillies deep into the postseason and who knows…maybe even a World Championship (I mean, it’s only been 27 years!).

    I’m sure you will take your time, consider all of the offers on the table and make the best decision for Curt Schilling and family. If I could write the script, I would have your returning to Philly to finish your career. I have a feeling you have a lot more magical moments in store for us your fans!

    Thanks for all you have done for baseball and its fans and continue to do….perhaps even in red pinstripes!

    Best wishes for a relaxing offseason,

    Gary

  227. hwayne99 permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:50 pm

    Oh Curt please don’t bore me with such mundane discussion. I need something important from you like who to support for President. After all you did such a great job with your 04′ endorsement. Based on how well your choice is doing I anxiously await your next pronouncment as to who you deem worthy of leading our country. I value your opinion above all.

  228. leose permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:53 pm

    Aura and Mystic have retired since you left, but i’m sure they will hapilly make a come back if you become a sneak again!

    it would be nice to have you back in Arizona.

    anyways, Boston, the Cubs, the Mets, and the Angels are also nice teams …

    my highest respect for all the positive endeavours you and your wife have off the field .

  229. brettjmiller permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:55 pm

    No love for Seattle, Curt? You don’t want to mentor Felix? I really want you to mentor Felix…. O:-)

    Help push us into the playoffs here in Seattle, Curt!

  230. chufty permalink
    October 31, 2007 1:59 pm

    Dear Curt,

    I’m a die-hard Yankees fan. And every game that we’ve played against the Sox, when you were pitching, I was mesmorized.

    You are an incredible pitcher, competitor, and person. I’ve always rooted for you when you’re pitching; you’re a joy to watch.

    I truly enjoy your style of pitching, and I look forward to seeing you inducted at Cooperstown, because you’re destined to go there.

    Baseball needs more players like you, and less like our former 3B player. More heart, less greed.

    Best of luck to you in the future, I know you will continue to dominate the game regardless of where you end up and what your role is.

    Thanks for all of the wonderful memories, and I look forward to a few more.

    Sincerely,
    Cara

  231. qcrider permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:04 pm

    Curt, I hope you can finish your career in Boston. As a native New Englander and a 30 year Arizona resident, I was saddened but very pleased at your choice to hook back up with Tony. Thanks for 04 and 07. Hope 08 can end the same way. After the 86 year drought, the frustration over years, wouldn’t it be awesome to say REPEAT CHAMPIONS !

  232. October 31, 2007 2:05 pm

    I wish Baltimore didn’t suck because you would love the city and the surrounding area (I am about 40 miles north and west in Frederick county). It would be great to have a pitcher of exceptional caliber even if for only a single season. Well, anyway, good luck to you!

  233. greatunwashed permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:14 pm

    All I know is that in 1992 your Strat-o-matic card totally rocked, and some other guy drafted it and you threw a couple of shutouts against me. Thanks a lot!

  234. rimug1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:20 pm

    Curt,

    I’d like to thank you for giving us your total and honest effort every time you pitched for the Sox. It’s been a pleasure watching you perform. I know this year may not have gone as you hopped it would, but we all know the effort was there all the time. That’s all we can ask. If you have indeed played your last game for the Sox – you will be missed. I hope you return to the National League if you leave. I’d hate to be rooting against you.

    I have followed the Sox all my life. My first game I attended was back in August of 1956. Being only 7 at the time, I only remember the Soc winning on a walk to Ted Williams in the 11th inning. As I grew older, I discovered all the extra things that took place during that game – but that’s another story! Through the years I have seen many players in the Red Sox uniform. For me, your effort during the ALCS in 2004 is right up there with Yaz’s sensational 1967 Triple Crown winning season. You have been a credit to the Red Sox uniform. Let’s hope there is still more time left wearing it.

    Rick

  235. cashjue permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:20 pm

    Hey Curt,
    I’ve been watching you pitch since you were a Philly. Thats where I am from. You need to come back to philly and help rid this city of its 20+ years without a championship. What a better way to end your amazing career, then to bring a championship to the city where you had some of your best seasons (all 9 were amazing). Putting you in a rotation with Cole Hamels, Jaime Moyer, and possibly Brett Myers is one scary thought! Please come back to philly

  236. maycomber permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:21 pm

    Mr. Schilling, I was surprised and dismayed that at the Rolling Rally, what was supposed to be a celebration of all things Red Sox, you were initiating “Yankees s*ck” chants. Given that there were lots of young fans in the crowd (call me a prude, but I teach my kids not to use language like that), that showed a lack of class–not to mention it feeds right into the Steinbrennerian notion that everything the Red Sox achieve is only in relation to the Yankees. Why can’t Red Sox fans just rejoice in what the team has done without dissing another team (even if it is THAT one)? By such behavior all you do is put your Yankee inferiority complex on display. And, of course, set a bad example for the youngsters. Where is evidence of the class, good sportsmanship, ethics, etc. I keep reading about in these comments? Shame.

  237. October 31, 2007 2:22 pm

    Curt,

    I hope you stay with the Sox for a repeat attempt in 2008, but I was curious whether you’d think about following John Farrell to Pittsburgh if he gets the managing job there?

    Thanks for four great years and two great championships!

  238. snubby29 permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:23 pm

    Believe me Yankee fans are glad you don’t want to be a Yankee. We would never want you here anyway. We would rather keep you in Boston so we can smack you around at Fenway.

    Who wants a loud mouth that can’t back him self up when it matters most; in front of congress? Steroids this steroids that and all of the sudden you may have overstated your facts and don’t want to speak out on it anymore? You sounded as bad as Big Mac. You yap about Bonds and retract that too.

    The only thing as awful as thinking about you as a Yankee would be having to listen to you with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth at Yankee games.

    Just shut it for once.

  239. signcurtandlowell permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:32 pm

    Curt.

    Where do I begin? Trading for you back in December 03 was easily one of the smartest moves ever made by the Red Sox franchise. Let me just start off by saying it has been an absolute honor being able to watch you pitch in a Red Sox uniform for the past four seasons, and I sincerely hope it can be five. It is obvious all of Red Sox nation wants you back in Beantown for 2008. You have already gone down as one of the most famous pitchers in Sox history, and if I had a vote, you would have mine into Cooperstown. Us Red Sox fans don’t realize how spoiled we are, being able to watch players like you, along with Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Josh Beckett, Manny Ramirez, and others play on a daily basis. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but having my voice heard by you is a great feeling. I have gone about the season quietly among a few diehard Yankees fans who are friends of mine, all of whom even think you’re capable of returning and doing well. I sincerely hope, Mr. Schilling, you come back and re-sign with Boston, because seeing you walk away would have me, as well as Red Sox Nation, devastated. Thanks Curt!!!!

  240. October 31, 2007 2:33 pm

    No chance of a return to the ‘Stros?

  241. catchersrule permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:38 pm

    Good luck to you, and I hope you stay here. I remember the bloody sock and all your work with kids and it just makes sense to keep you, as far as I can see. We definitely appreciate it!

  242. deez1353 permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:40 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I am a member of Red Sox Nation and want to thank you for your services and the 2 World series victories. If management has done you wrong and you feel it’s time to part ways then so be it. We do understand there is a business side to the game. Having said that, I have lived in Philly for about 15 years now and this was the most excited I have ever seen this town for baseball. They’re waiting for you. They deserve a World Series ring and you can help them. They are a great team and if you do leave the Red Sox I’d love to see you here as would every single Phils phan. Good Luck with your free agency trip and you will make the right choice. Thanks again for helping break the curse we’ll NEVER forget it!!!

  243. schillometergrl permalink
    October 31, 2007 2:56 pm

    Curt,

    I just became a baseball fan over 4 yrs ago, a year before the 2004 World Series. The whole reason I became a fan ,of not only the sport, but of the Red Sox is because my husband told me that you and I had the same birthday 11/14/66….Sounds like your typical female reason, but with that said, its true, I am a die-hard Red Sox fan all the way and have become a fanatic with knowing who’s staying, who’s going..etc. And when the first day came with the words “I believe”…. I believed along with millions of other fans that the Red Sox would win their first World Series in 80+ years in 2004…..YOU made that happen!
    I believed again months ago, back in August, that the Red Sox would win once again…..you made that happen again…
    A puzzle needs all its pieces to be complete……that’s what I know to be true for a team as well…there can’t be one missing piece….everyone has to fit..and everyone did….it was like watching a large family of brothers…
    Thank you for being one of the major pieces to one of the greatest puzzles ever made….you will never be forgotten in all the hearts of Red Sox Nation..
    I’m tipping my new 2007 World Champions hat off to you Curt….
    From one Scorpio to another….. have a great 41st birthday!

  244. gatewaybirds permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:02 pm

    Curt. I can’t talk enough of how well you would be welcomed by the fans in St. Louis. I know you would be welcome anywhere, but there is something special in the air here. Hope you read this. Take a flight over to St. Louis, visit the ballpark and at least give us a chance. As a team in great need of starting pitching, you would be worshiped here. We are committed to winning next year and becoming the second team to win 2 world series this decade. I personally would give you a tour and buy your dinner. -Anonymous Cardinal

  245. rico1967 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:03 pm

    Curt,

    Just a note to say, as many others already have, thanks so much for the memories over the last four years. I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast and I really do hope we have one more with you in the red, white and blue of the World Champion Boston Red Sox! Man do I love writing that out 🙂

    I’m also one of many happy to see you left the Yankees off your list of teams. I also feel so proud of you and that whole ’04 team every time I visit Cooperstown and see your cleats and sock there on display, what an amazing story still.

    I also can’t wait to be there with you the day your inducted into the HOF!

    Regards,
    Tim

  246. ballsyhalsey permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:03 pm

    I hope that you end up back in BeanTown, but should that not happen, I would choose the Cubbies! Go there and help them win a Championship!

  247. mainesoxgal permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:03 pm

    thank you for everything. blogging all year, pitching amazingly when it mattered, and really caring about everyone. your shoutout at the end of the series to those people who mattered to you was awesome. you are a class act. I am praying you will retire a red sox, but i will always be your fan no matter what happens. (I told my friend i was thinking of naming one of my kids after you). Enjoy the offseason! you deserve it and hopefully I will see you at fenway next year!

  248. October 31, 2007 3:07 pm

    Weird indeed, I hope you don’t leave Beantown, but if you do I hope it’s to the NL, I think you’d fare much better and extend you career amybe even beyond next year. Best of luck.

  249. gatewaybirds permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:08 pm

    And please, do not consider the Cubs. Do you really want to work with a head case like Z? Look at how disrespectful their fans are to their own players.

  250. joepaz permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:09 pm

    Hello Curt,

    Thanks for 4 great seasons… Two World Championships.. I have a question for you and please forgive me for not going through all 200 comments…

    Can give us Sox Fans some reasoning as to why your not considering a low base salary with kickers to stay in Boston for a third ring?

  251. deweybest24 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:10 pm

    Curt, I won’t claim to understand all the intricacies of becoming a free agent, as far as filing “dates”. I do wish though, that you had waited a little longer before filing to sit back and savor the victory. Whatever may come though,
    thanks for all the memories and hope to see you in red (no pinstripes, please) on opening day.

  252. doonhamer permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:14 pm

    Well done this season Curt, here’s hoping you return for another season with the Red Sox next year.

    Whatever you decide, I am sure it will be the right decision for you and your family.

    All the best, a Red Sox fan, over the pond in the UK.

  253. macmoney1986 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:18 pm

    Dear Curt,

    You have been an inspiration to me and one of my baseball heroes. I am a diehard Philadelphia Phillies fan and I remember watching you with the Phillies. The very first game MLB game I ever went to was in 1996. You were pitching for the Phillies against the Los Angeles Dodgers. You threw 8 innings of shut out baseball and the score was 2-0 in the 9th inning. That’s when the manager at the time, Terry Francona, brought in the “closer” Ricky Botallico for the save. Ricky gave up 3 earned runs and the Phillies lost the game. Terry should have kept you in. The point of the story is that I would love to see you in a Phillies uniform again. And Philadelphia would love to see you in a Phillies uniform again. The ballpark is smaller than the vet, but there are a lot of young guys that you could really help out. Not only be a pivotal starter, but also the seasoned vet who can help out the younger ones. That would be ideal. But I am just a fan. By the way, have you worked on your Hall of Fame speech yet. With 3 rings now, all the doubters need silenced and you are as good as in.

    Sincerely,
    Tommy

  254. redsox0717 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:21 pm

    Curt if you don’t come back- thank you for being such a huge part in bringing two Championships to the Red Sox. Good luck and God Bless!

  255. dmradio permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:25 pm

    Curt,

    I want to write to thank you for all your hard work and heart these past few years. Every winning team has important pieces that, alone, are meaningless. But, when together, produce incredible things on and even off the field. I appreciate all you have done for this club. I appreciate that you were part of 2 World Series Champion teams. I appreciate that you played hurt and still won in 2004. I appreciate that through all your struggles this year, you worked hard and found ways to win. I hope you get your wish to end your career in Boston. I know I want you finish your career here. My fingers are crossed. Thank you, again, for everything you have done for the Boston Red Sox: on and off the field.

    —–
    Dan

  256. chuckyd permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:28 pm

    As a Yankee fan….THANK YOU for not putting them on your list!

  257. thankscurt38 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:28 pm

    Like my screen name says Thanks Curt. You are awesome. I hope when my kids grow up they become follow your model and become great citizens. You are a not only a great ballplayer but an even GREAT HUMAN. Curt you are the man. I shed a tear ever time I watch you walking off the mound in Game 2 of the Series. I hope you come back to Boston Curt. You have been AWESOME.

    Good Luck Curt, God Bless!

  258. bwalsh18 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:29 pm

    Hey Curt.

    To hear that your heart is still in Boston is awesome. I’ve been Red Sox fan all 17 years of my life, and i’ve never seen a player with more heart than you. From the 2004 ALCS vs. the Yanks to Game 2 of this years fall classic, you always showed what it ment to have red sox written across your chest.

    In 2004 you guys made my only dream come true, and came back from St. Louis with a ring. Seeing how that took 86 years , i had no idea that i’d be standing in front of the televison at 2:30 am ( Up in Canada, unless your watching the jays, the games run late) and watch Paplebon throw a bullet for another ring.

    I’d just like to wish you and your family all of the best. Hopefully, the back-to-back championships will be the talk of your blog this time next year.

    Thank you for 2004, 2007 and everything in between

    Good Luck in the future,

    Brendan Walsh
    St.John’s Newfoundland, Canada

  259. silva012682 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:39 pm

    Imagine: Smoltz, Schilling, Hudson, Glavine, Hampton. And that’s before I’ve said anything about the lineup. Hope springs eternal. Please come to Atlanta.

  260. bostonsking permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:42 pm

    Schill thanks for your contribution to the redsox. Guess you deserve your farewell year but you are washed up now i would prefer the sox not to resign you. Good luck tho

  261. jdkuo permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:45 pm

    Your integrity as a man, a lover of Jesus, and a child of God have been confirmed by omitting the Yankees from your list.

  262. scottandtom permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:47 pm

    Checking in from Paris, France, to make a suggestion — go with the Tigers! Great coach, great catcher, great old baseball town. Tom, the son in this father and son login name, recommends this most highly!!! Scott the father would love to see you in a Giants uniform, but as SF isn’t on your short list and that the one thing the Giants DO have is starting pitching, well, I’d be happy to see you as a Tiger, too. Anything but the Dodgers!!!!!!!! 😦

    Best of luck.

  263. October 31, 2007 3:47 pm

    Shonda’s from Dundalk right? I’m sure she’d love to go home and you could finish your career where you started, as an Oriole. How about it?

  264. musicmom315 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:48 pm

    Hi Curt,

    As a New Yorker…who is a part of Red Sox Nation…glad you’re not interested in the Yankees! Hope you stay with the Sox and go for your 3rd W.S. ring. Congrats on another great year…

  265. pathfinder44 permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:52 pm

    Curt–

    I have been a SOX fan for my entire life. You embody the true spirit of the Red Sox. Leader—Team player! PLEASE give heavy consideration to their offer.

    You’ll always be a Red Sox in the hearts of the fans….but you haven’t walked off the mound in a World Series clincher victory at FENWAY yet….one more year, my friend. One more ring.

    Dave
    Dayton, OH
    (PS–In Ohio for 35 years….the clam chowder is terrible here!)

  266. elteddy permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:52 pm

    Good luck with free agency. Glad Philly is on your list. As a life-long Phils fan, I can say we’d love to have you back pitching in red pinstripes (can you bring Lowell w/ u 2?). Nevertheless, I can see it being hard leaving a team likely to be a guaranteed playoff team for the next few years for the always-up-and-down Phils. I can guarantee you one thing, if you ever step on to the mound at the Bank in red pinstripes, you’ll hear Philly cheers like you haven’t heard since that ’93 WS game at the Vet (God rest its cranky soul) where you went out and pitched a shutout for the Phils in a must-win Game 5. BTW-if this influences your decison at all – Myers is a way better closer than old Mitch and this Phils team with guys like J-Roll, Utley, Howard, Hamels, et al., has a fire to win in their bellies just like the ’93 team (plus the Spring Training facilities and stadium are light years better than in the 1990’s). One final thought (pitch?) — wouldn’t it be great to cap your storied career (other than your admission into the HOF) with a WS campaign for the team where you first mastered playoff pressure pitching (plus having WS rings from 3 different teams has to be a pretty rare accomplishment). Best of luck with your decision. JIC — we’ll tell Gillick to reserve No. 38.

  267. brekfest permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:53 pm

    Curt:

    Why would you want to go to the post season again? you just won the World Series…. Take it easy in your last year and only play through September by coming to back to Baltimore!

  268. chocofix permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:54 pm

    Curt
    I am new to your blog. I am a big red sox fan, have been my whole life. In fact there are photos of me laying on a blanket with my dad at about 2 months old and on the tv you can see the Red Sox playing! Now I have passed the passion on to my 9 year old daugther.

    I understand that you need to do what is best for you and your family and I respect whatever decision you make. I hope the Red Sox can see what you can bring to the great young pitchers we have coming up and that your value is far greater than what you are asking for.

    As a fan, I want to personally thank you for what you have done during your time here in Boston. You came here to do a job, and you have done it to a far greater degree than anyone could have anticipated. You will always be rememberd as they guy who came here to break the curse and did it! I still get shivers and a lump in my throat when I see the final play of the 04 world series. The contributions to the community you and Shonda have made can never be measured. Any city would be blessed to have you and your family as members.

    Thank you again and I wish you the best of luck with whatever you do, I really wish you would stay but I understand your position. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Sue

  269. bfcrtv permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:58 pm

    Curt — many in the nation would like to see the core team stay together. We were disappointed when guys like Cabrera, Lowe and Roberts signed elsewhere… and Damon left… and the parade of shortstops (will it continue?)… Now with the Yanks bringing a piece of their 90s dynasty back to manage the team, something is being said about chemistry, continuity, and core. I hope to see you retire with a Sox cap on, so my sons will have you to remember as one who stayed.

  270. lafan permalink
    October 31, 2007 3:59 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I hope you’ll consider the Los Angeles Dodgers. Let’s face it– you and your wife are really way too classy to live in Newport so please forget about the not-really-from-Los Angeles Angels. Yup, you’re a westsider. Come join us. Not only can we show you our favorite Pittsburgh sports bars (no NFL here so we go with our home teams!), we’ll even promise to make it to Dodger Stadium on time when you pitch.

    Best of luck in making your decision. Congratulations again on your success this year.

  271. tiacynthia permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:00 pm

    Dear Curt,

    It has been a joy supreme, an earthquake, a meteor shower of thrills watching you pitch! I love your style, dedication and the way you do your thing. You’re a lion on the mound moving with stealth and perfect grace: each move calculated for maximum effect: a heart-stopping ‘3 and 2’ moment, bases loaded, two outs, and then WHAMMMM something nearly imperceptible flashes past the home plate and the umpire yells “YOU’RE OUT!” just as the crowd lets loose it’s collective breath. The lion slowly strides from the hill…joy and peace are momentarily restored in Gadzooksville.

    It’s hard to know how to thank you for all those glorious moments, but thanks. From the heart.

    Your being a free agent may take you to another city—who knows where?—so have a blast wherever you end up. Hopefully the Red Sox will resign you, but, hey, remember they let go of the other ‘babe.’ If so, send no curses. The Red Sox deserve some breathing time, a few decades to savor this new chapter. You will continue to add thrills to people’s lives. Enjoy it. You deserve it. I am holding a good thought that you return to Boston—that, or better—to close out this marvelous career of yours.

    I’ll look forward to reading more from your 38 Pitches.

    Stay well.

    Cynthia, Tucson

  272. October 31, 2007 4:02 pm

    Hi Curt
    You did what you said you would do, break that curse and boy did you!
    You should be so proud of what you have done for the Red Sox – I for one really hope you get resigned for another year however, sadly, as I am sure you already know deep down, its likely that wont happen.
    I live in England and have been lucky enough to visit Boston twice since you have been a member of the team and each time I’ve visited I have been able to see you pitch.
    I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done for the Red Sox, you made the games I watched at Fenway Park doubly enjoyable.
    You will be sorely missed on both sides of the atlantic.
    Good luck for the future, whatever your outcome.
    Vicki Grimbley
    Selby, North Yorkshire.
    UK.

  273. kyleinctown permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:05 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for letting the entire world know of your free agent status and sending letters to your fellow Redsox saying your goodbye’s. You always knew how to make a big deal about nothing anyone cares about such as this, your fake sock or things you had no clue about such as ripping apart Jose Canseco when two years later, he has made the most positive impact in over 20 years with his book. Just like always, you have something to say when nobody cares, or even if your opinion is stupid and has no content. I guess some people just like to hear themselves speak when nobody else does. You were a great pitcher once Curt and still OK at best, just please stop thinking your Don Fehr, becuase you don’t make enough sense for that role and you don’t care about the other hundreds of major league players, you care about shouting out uneducated opinions.

    Good luck with your free agent search, please cross Cleveland off your list, We already have a 5th starter.

    -Ctown

  274. trooperbrad11 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:12 pm

    DETROIT TIGERS

  275. ockfener permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:13 pm

    You’ve won in big markets.

    Come to Milwaukee and win one for the midwest.

  276. gumbo1963 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:14 pm

    Curt
    Thanks for all the efforts for all the past years. Please resign for a final year. If not, good luck and godspeed.
    Thanks
    Dan

  277. gophils07 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:14 pm

    Curt,

    I am a die hard Phillies fan. You were unbelievable when you were with the Phillies and it would be great if you could come back. The one thing the Phils need the most is pitching and you would be the perfect fit with the amount of young talent we have. We made the playoffs this year, so adding you to that rotation could take us to the world series. I hope to see you back in a Phillies uniform. Best wishes.

    -Bryan

  278. scp31 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:22 pm

    Curt,
    I’d like to say I’ve greatly enjoyed watching your career up to this point and I have always admired your passion for the game. I’ve become an adoptive Sox fan the past couple of season mainly because of my intense hatred (which you obviously share) for the Yankees. Whatever happens next season and beyond, I’d like to wish you the absolute best wherever it may be that you end up. Being a Braves fan, I’d be quite happy if that “wherever” is right here in my own town, but either way, nothing but love and lots of respect. It’s been an honor watching you pitch over the years.

    Best wishes my friend,
    Clay in Atlanta

  279. martyballs permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:22 pm

    Your such a juicer Schill…are you sure you want to ruin your legacy next year
    by underachieving the $13 million you’ll earn. But if you are earning $13 million I guess I would be an idiot to think that how you will perform is even in your thought process when you made the decision. On a completely related note please sign with the dodgers or giants.

  280. silkyjohnston permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:23 pm

    Curt you rat $!@#$ @#$#@$ I dont even know you…but I hate your guts I hope all the bad things in the world happen to you and nobody else

  281. dmfordj permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:25 pm

    Curt, this is the 1st time I’ve left a reply – I just couldn’t help myself. Been a Red Sox fan since the early 70’s when I lived in the MA suburb of Sudbury. After witnessing the disappointments of ’75, ’78 & ’86 I truly thought we were jinxed and would never see a WS victory in my lifetime. Needless to say, and as you so aptly put it, you, your team mates, and the whole organization have changed how we see the Red Sox and these past two WS I will never forget. It’s interesting that in both the ’04 & ’07 WS you were battling physical injuries that you overcame by what seemed to me sheer force of will. In doing so you not only helped the team in the games you pitched but you lifted the hopes and spirits of your team mates and the fans. I’m sure the circumstances add to the satisfaction when you come out on top. I hope you are able to finish out your career in Boston. You have shown that you will find a way to win no matter what and we – the sport – needs more guys like you. Lastly, I noticed when you were walking off the field in Game 2 (after being relieved) you got a little choked up as you tipped your cap to the crowd…

  282. bostonchamps permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:30 pm

    Hey Curt. You’ve gotten inside the hearts of us Bostonians like few have. I’m not ready to put you in the immortal company of Orr, Bird or even Brady (at this rate) but you’ve been more than entertaining. The bloody sock thing and your courage this year as your talent faded are inspiring. Maybe you fit into the Flutie category. In any event, you are certainly one of the elite athletes in the pantheon of Boston sports and THAT is really saying something. Our heroes don’t come easy.

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to you on WEEI radio and learning more about baseball through your experiences. I’m not sure Boston sports will ever have a relationship with a player like you ever again. I especially loved your altercation with Meterparel. He WAS right about everything he said, but it was cool to hear you lose your cool. I don’t know of any other player that would expose his own mortality (and ego) like that in public. The honesty and decency with which you’ve played has been great. I’ll miss you, alot.

    John, 44
    Stow, MA

  283. readingsoxfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:30 pm

    Thanks Curt,

    Its been a real treat for us the last 4 years. Like most everyone else, we’d love to see you stay, really hoping management does the right thing.
    Thank you for all the great memories and for giving us wonderful stories to tell our kids.

    Go Sox
    Go Steelers,
    The Schonours

  284. bostonbabygirl permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:30 pm

    Curt, you belong in Boston! But if for some reason some other team becomes the lucky one to acquire you, I wish you the best in all you do! You know you’ll always be loved by the red sox nation

  285. silkyjohnston permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:32 pm

    Curt do you even read these? If you do I respect that but I doubt you do…so no respect

  286. mainefan permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:40 pm

    I have my fingers crossed for you, Curt, for another year in Boston. This is the one thing I really hate about the end of the baseball season. The fans grow very attached to you guys (I still want Millar to come back!!), and then November rolls around and this stuff happens. I know – it’s a business. But it’s hard to keep that in mind when your heart is so involved.

  287. fulltimedad permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:40 pm

    Curt:

    Since seeing you chart pitches in Silver Stadium in Rochester you have been fun to watch because you played every game with passion. You want to stay and the Sox want you here;it is now down to the business side of it.

    Thanks for all of your efforts on the field and your since of community off the field.

    Best to all!

  288. October 31, 2007 4:43 pm

    Tigers! Tigers! Tigers!

  289. October 31, 2007 4:44 pm

    Curt,

    I can’t thank you enough for all the work, dedication, and love for the game. I honestly hope Sox Management will give you a deal I’d love to see you finish your career here. Wherever you may end up I’ll never forget your bloody sock in ’04 and certainly not ’07. I even taught my Service Dog, Candie to cheer for the team… Whenever I’d say Go Red Sox! She’d bark. My love for the team will never die. Hope you come back to the Sox… Boston loves you.

    Best of luck,
    Kelly

  290. jdat11 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:51 pm

    Dear Curt,

  291. chriscisme permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:52 pm

    curt,

    just let me start by saying thank you, thank you for the time you’ve spent here being our ace and being such an inspiring hard working pitcher and all around person. If you dont come back (which i hope you do) good luck with wherever you go. Your a very classy man, and youll always hold a place in my red sox heart, and i could say the same for every other sox fan. Good Luck Curt, Hope to see you at Fort Myers next spring.

    -Chris

  292. jdat11 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:52 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I am a huge fan of yours. If you stay with the sox I will donate $100 bucks to curtspitch. You can keep my word to if if you want.

    John

  293. phillyforschil permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:53 pm

    Curt,

    MLB.com said that a big thing with for going to Boston was breaking the curse, and you did an inspiring job of doing that. I think the next course of action is to break the Philadelphia drought. We may have won in 80, but we haven’t seen a major championship since 83, by far the longest among major sports towns. You are loved here and I can imagine seeing you end your career on a float down Broad Street. Sounds good?

  294. zjswartz0407 permalink
    October 31, 2007 4:58 pm

    Curt,

    I am a 19-year-old college student and Journalism major from Columbus, Ohio attending school at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. My dad grew up in Louisville, Kentucky in the ’50s through the ’80s, a city that was home to a one-time AAA affiliate for the Sox. He grew up minutes away from the minor league ballpark there and became a huge fan that way. Living in Boston for a year in the eight grade solidified his love for the Sox. That is why I am a fan, and is why I continue to be one. While my dad had to go through almost 50 years of suffering with the rest of the Red Sox fans, I only had to go through about 16, so I never had to feel the pain most of the rest of Red Sox nation had to go through, but I always understood it and even fell in love with it. Fandom for such a team with such devoted fans was amazing feeling. As I have played baseball for almost my entire life, I do believe that baseball, as do most sports, has a way to bring people together in a common bond, and it has more power than being just a game. People would always wonder and look at me weird when I would stay in on a Friday night just to watch a random Sox game on mlb.tv or when I threw my plastic bowl of Easy Mac at the TV screen when the Indians’ Gutierrez hit a home run in game 4 of the ALCS over the Monster to put the game way out of hand. I got to see your 2007 Red Sox three times this season in three different stadiums: Comerica in a series against the Tigers, Jacob’s Field during Game 5 of the ALCS (watching Josh Beckett dominate in that atmosphere was one of the best moments of my life), and finally Fenway during a series against the Blue Jays in August. Getting special tickets for standing room only on the Green Monster ranks as one of the most amazing moments of my life. I even got the chance to wear a World Series ring at that game. So, all in all, I really just want to thank you for all the contributions you have put forward to making this team so great. My family owns the DVD of the Red Sox 2004 World Series, and on it, you toast the rest of your team saying something to the effect of, “To the greatest Red Sox team in history.” You helped make that team the best in history, and I thank you for giving me and the rest of Red Sox nation an exciting and thrilling couple of years to watch. I will always remain a fan of the Sox, no matter how many people start hating them. I wish you the best in your free agency, and sometime maybe I’ll see you in Cooperstown.

  295. curtwho permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:00 pm

    you know what is wrong with baseball? egotistical players. i was under the impression that you were not that. I seem to recall you speaking negative about arod wanting more money. you know what, you are right. He is a selfish player, but how about telling all of America what teams you will play for? How selfish is that! The difference between you and Arod is that he is the best player the game has ever seen and you are washed up. You and Arod need to understand that the game is bigger than your head.

  296. msu4two permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:00 pm

    As a lifelong Tigers fan, I’ve watched your career from a distance… and always thought you’d look great in an Olde English “D”. You could be the missing element for the Tigers to capture the big one. However, if you don’t come to Detroit, I’d love to see you wind up in one of the two best cities you played in… Philadelphia or Boston. Any of those three great baseball towns would be a wonderful place for your curtain call.

  297. evandittmar permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:04 pm

    Curt,
    On and off the field it seems you have a great head on your shoulders, and love what you have done over the years. I, as a huge fan of yours, would love for you to come to Milwaukee. You are by far the toughest player of all-time. I am a die hard brewers fan and think that you are what this young ball club needs. Plus, maybe you can be an example for Ben Sheets. He needs to learn to suck it up and play through the minor pains. In any case, I wish you the best of luck in the coming months. Just remember Milwaukee. We’d love to have you.
    Evan

  298. October 31, 2007 5:06 pm

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing you pitch in Philly next season. Thanks, buddy.

  299. ruff13 permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:12 pm

    Curt,

    I am a huge baseball fan and even bigger Sox fan. My hope is that the ‘business’ of baseball does not get in the way of a decision from both sides. If this truly is your last year, it should, without a doubt, be in a Red Sox uniform.

    As for the management of the Sox, a one year deal for a player who should end his career AS A RED SOX.

    As for the ‘business’, the money should all be secondary for both parties.

    When you stand at the microphone on that summer day in July at Cooperstown, and you will, a red Sox hat should and will adorn your plaque.

    Good Luck and thanks
    JC

  300. meaningfulchance permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:24 pm

    Hi ya Curt,

    I remember when Ed Wade said “Every fifth day he’s my horse. The other four days, he’s a horse’s ass.”

    Ed Wade’s not in Philly anymore. Please come back. We need another horse’s ass or two to get over the hump.

    Congrats on the team effort in ’07.

    Best in whatever you decide!
    Mike

  301. russomcbo78 permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:26 pm

    yes thanks for not including my yankees…
    please stay in boston , so we can beat you in the final year of the stadium

  302. jooooo13 permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:34 pm

    Curt,
    I love your honesty, even though others don’t! I like the way that you have always been upfront with everything. I am truly happy for you bringing home another ring. I have to say that I am a Phillies fan all my life, but also a Boston fan since Jim Rice in 1975. I loved when you were with us in Philly (saw you in the WS in 93) and felt satisfaction when you won the first time against NY in 2001, and then Boston 2004(and again now!!) I wish you the best….and please, anywhere but NY!!!!

  303. mlbfan08 permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:36 pm

    Curt,

    Long time Sox fan and I would be more than honored to have you wear the beloved Red Sox uniform for another year. You are not only a great pitcher who takes this game seriously but a standout human being for all your charity work, your generosity and your openness with all the media and fans. I am sure that you are a great teacher and leader for many of the young pitchers on the staff. Your experience, guidance and help is something I am sure all young pitchers would love to obtain. I wish you the best in making your decision but know this, many Sox fans would love to keep you here!

    If it is time to leave. What you did in 2004 will always be one of the most heroic things I have seen in sports. Also, I was watching and praying that you pitched that no hitter earlier this year. What I have seen develop over the years is how you became a master pitcher, not just a hard thrower. Stay strong and continue to believe in yourself, the Hall Of Fame could just come knocking.

    Paul

  304. venn177 permalink
    October 31, 2007 5:51 pm

    I’m a Yankees fan, but I think what you do with this site is just amazing, and the fact that you update it so frequently with such insights is amazing. I really hope you end up going to a team that really needs you. I just think you’re an amazing person, but where ever you go, good luck Curt.

  305. October 31, 2007 5:53 pm

    As someone who felt Pedro Martinez would retire a Red Sox, I don’t feel qualified nor feel the need to proclaim what will or won’t happen next year. I really wish there was some law/rule/commandment/etiquette that states no one can speak of the post season until X days after the World Series. I find this whole business is disheartening.

    I wish you the best. This whole free agency business kinda rains on the Red Sox Nation’s parade. This whole thing is a result of the media. They have a job to do…it’s just depressing the way they do it.

    -Diane.

  306. soxgirl7 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:01 pm

    hey curt,

    Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us these past few years, you’ve been amazing.
    I really hope that you are with us again next year because the team just wont be the same without you.
    When i was at the parade yesterday i could tell how much you appreciated all of the support from the fans and no matter what happens during the off season Boston will always be your home.
    If it doesn’t work out with staying here i want to wish you good luck and I’ll really miss having you play here.
    -Lauren

  307. gwilk permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:04 pm

    Red Sox nation can never thank you enough for what you’ve done for our team. You’re a legend because of what you did in the bloody sock in 2004. I hope you retire with the Red Sox and go into Cooperstown with a Red Sox cap on your Hall of Fame bust. But if you have to leave, all I can say is God Bless you and your family. You’ll never be forgotten in Red Sox nation!

  308. pancho878 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:07 pm

    Mr. Schilling come back to the Phillies man!!!! I remember meeting you as a kid asking you for your autograph when you were still with the Fightin’s! we want you back here so bad Schill. Please come back. Don’t go back to the sox, bc they’ve won enough already. Bring the Championship back to Philly!!!!!

  309. rollittofirst permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:07 pm

    Curt,

    I’m an avid Sox fan. I appreciate all that you’ve done for the team, and yourr determination and heart when you go out on the mound. That being said, if you don’t come back, I won’t be especially sorry to see you go. When everybody else is complaining about how classless it was for A-Rod to announce he’s opting out during the World Series, you replied in reference to Lowell, “all I heard was cha-ching, right after I heard A-Rod opted out.” Whether it was a joke or not, the fact that you made that statement says a lot about you. On the day of the parade to celebrate the championship, you filed for free agency and write about which teams you’d be willing to sign with.

    When everybody else on the team was thinking about nothing except for how great it was to win the series for themselves and for the fans, I get the impression you were thinking about how it would help boost your market value. That’s not the sort of player the Sox need.

  310. speedrack permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:07 pm

    after all youve done for us (boston) , i cannot think of you and family playing or being anywhere else . i think of the commercial you made when you first signed with us. “im here to break a curse.” well you did that and much more. you left it all out on the field every game. in my eyes, that alone warrants at least another year. enjoy your time off , see you next season.

  311. jabber1955 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:12 pm

    as a yankee fan I would like to thank you for leaving the yankees off your list.luckily we are getting rid of ARod this year so the last thing we need is some other ass with a nonstop mouth like yourself on our team..and for all you redsox fans what’s the score in world championships now 26 to 6 or 7 ..you’ll all be dead before you even get close to 20 and by that time the yankees will have atleast 50..so be happy in your city of inferiority because the winning won’t last for long.
    Curt i think Milwaukee would be a great place for you..you can pitch in front of 10,000 fans and freeze your ass off

  312. kasslo permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:13 pm

    In my first shot at really following baseball I saw you in the world series as a Diamondback,and said ‘Wow’ Iwent to a Sox game and saw Wakkefield throw a shut out and was hooked.Saw you put on a Sox jersey and said’ We got that great guy from A.Z.’ Then saw the Ford hitchhiking commercial and believed no matter what anyone said You would be the key to winning the 1st. in 86 years, we were both right you broke the so called curse . I see how much you love the game,and your team and can not image the team without you whom was so willing to do anything for the team,shame on the team if they let you get away at about the same age as you theres alot of games for me to continue watching and I dont think the will be many special players of your caliber in the future Thanks for the great memories or hopefully see you next year

  313. phillies4life38 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:21 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Wow,
    You are obviously having a great time in Boston! You probably don’t even remember the Philadelphia Phillies 1993 with Mitch “the wild thing” Williams and kruker. Well let me tell you something, we sureee remember you. There’s nothing like seeing a guy throwing over 300 innings and having over 300 strikeouts. Curt, we would absolutely love to have you back Curt. We need you, we need that pitcher who we can depend on. We have amazing hitters that can back you up. I know you have that in Boston, but the players up there don’t have as much heart as the players in Philly. We love you and always will. Come back, retire where you belong. You will be excepted no matter what you do. Whether you win 10 games or 20, whether you get 100 strikeouts or 200, you know that we will always love you curt. You ARE the man, bloody sock or no sock you are the man. You really want to know where you belong, want to find out where the best fans in the world are, come back Curt. You and Mike Lowell. Both of you, come down I-95 to the best sports town in the world. Talk to him about it. I guarantee you two are all we need to get to the World Series. I guarantee it. Don’t even consider the mets. You can’t go there. Its just like going to the Yankees. Please Curt you know where you belong. Great Career Ends where it started! COME BACK CURT THE 2008 PHILLIES ARE WAITING FOR YA.
    WE SALUTE YOU CURT, YOU ARE THE MAN COME TO PHILLY LETS DO IT BABY ONE LAST HOORAH

  314. fansincekneehigh permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:22 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I’ve been a Red Sox fan since I was old enough to understand English. I’m 40, and grew up with the likes of Yaz, Lynn, and Dewey Evans.

    When I was a kid, we fought over who got to be Yaz, not because he was the best – far from it; it was because he was giving the game all he had. Guys like this are far and few between, but you’ve proven there’s still a few of you guys still out there.

    Thanks for everything!

    TS
    Plover, Wisconsin

  315. jeffblizzard permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:23 pm

    Curt –

    I’m a displaced member of Red Sox Nation living in Philadelphia since 1991.
    I never minded rooting for the Phils as long as they weren’t playing the Red Sox and have made it to most of the recent games the Sox have played at Citizen’s Bank Park. I recall how impressed I was during your stay here in Philly and prior to that, how much I wished the Red Sox hadn’t traded you in 1988 to Baltimore in the Mike Boddicker deal. You were a Red Sox first and foremost and will forever be enshrined as a Red Sox player…perhaps your Hall of Fame cap will reflect a Sox logo. How fitting would it be for you to end your career with the team that first drafted you and the team that you helped launch (twice and counting) to the pinnacle of the sport.

    Thanks for your contribution to the team, the community, and your testimony and personal relationship with a loving God. Isn’t He a Red Sox fan, too?

    God Bless –

  316. anberlin permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:24 pm

    Putting on the uniform makes you a Red Sox player. Winning a World Series with the Red Sox makes you a Red Sox player for life no matter what happens. Winning two World Series with them makes you a Red Sox Elite. I hope you get the one more year you deserve and crave. I believe you have atleast one more year in you like you say. If you get what you deserve, I’m going to try my hardest to make it to your first game.

    Steve (Suffolk University, Boston)

    P.S – – Your camera went right on me and my freind on Tremont st – – Goodluck!

  317. philly711 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:26 pm

    Curt,
    Arizona would love to have you and your family back!

  318. grandmananer permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:26 pm

    Curt,
    you are a hero to me and most of my buddies back home, but come on man, you gotta finish it out in Boston, or else you won’t have Jon Paplebon closing games out for you anymore. Chances are (even if you are 100% healthy ) that you won’t complete many games next year, 2 or 3 max out of 25+ starts. oh, I forgot, Manny D, Okajima, and maybe Timlin will be back next year too. what a great pen to have beind ya ! In any case I hope you are happy wherever you end up. btw….my baseball team could use a starter too
    mike cheney

  319. suesunswim permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:30 pm

    WAHHHHHHHH, Curt please don’t leave. Besides all the other reasons that I want you to stay, i.e. you are a GREAT pitcher, a really intelligent male, a wonderful human, the D&C show just won’t be the same without you!!!!

  320. philly711 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:31 pm

    Curt,
    Arizona fans would love to have you and your family back! What a rotation, Webb, Schilling, Owings, Johnson and Hernandez. Plus all the young talent the Dbacks have. You know its the right move!

  321. ahhwaa permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:32 pm

    Curt, I used to love watching you pitch but have not been able to root for you since you came out in support of Wet Fart Bush. I think he is the worst President this country has ever had, has used fearmongering tactics to mislead Americans, and has set a poor example as a leader by being thickheaded and petulant. He’s a total phony-baloney, and you should be bright enough to recognize that

  322. jsaxton permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:34 pm

    Imagine a Santana-Schilling-Liriano starting rotation. That would be amazing. Too bad it’ll never happen with the current Twins ownership.

  323. mastrick permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:38 pm

    Hey Kurt,

    Hope to see you soon in Cubbie Blue, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is already asking readers what they think about having you in the rotation. You’ve already won a championship in one of the best ballparks in the world, how about winning one in Wrigley? That city will explode when the Cubs win and they are oh so close. Why not sign up for the party, give Jim Hendry a call!

  324. number1redsoxfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:39 pm

    I have been a Red Sox Fan for all of the 52 yrs I’ve been alive, and called us winning the World series this year during spring training. I told some friends and my wife that we were going to take off and not look back, and win it all. I get these funny feelings from time to time, like I did in 2004, Even when we were down I told some friends at work that it wasn’t over till the last out of the last inning in the last game we were playing in….I knew we were going to come back and I had to keep faith. :o) I wanted to say that it has been a Great Privilege to have you as part of the Boston Red Sox I just want to send my graditude, and thanks to you. I have been watching you pitch, since you’ve arrived in Boston, and since you got hurt this year, I can see improvement in every game you have pitched. I believe that you realized after that, and after the cordizone shots, you ou needed to learn a different way to pitch, and you have done very well with the “learning on the fly”. also I believe that the more you try different things and get more comfortable with your new way of pitching, you will be as if not more successful as you already are. I have faith in you and hope that Boston doesn’t let another ACE get away. Good Luck and thank you so much for all you’ve done for Boston and her fans . ( Bruce In Connecticut)

  325. michaelb973 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:39 pm

    thanks for including the ny mets. with you on the staff and a couple of other additions that are probably being discussed, the team could be in contention for the playoffs, hopefully the world series. i wish you luck wherever you end up, but i sure hope it’s the mets.

  326. gt53022 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:43 pm

    Curt,
    If you want a GREAT place to raise your family, come to Milwaukee. The suburban schools are awesome! Wisconsin’s ACT scores are always number one in the nation. Check the http://dpi.state.wi.us/sig/index.html site to check test scores of Mequon, Nicolet, Germantown, Brookfield, etc. Some of the best school districts in the United States.

    Then there is the 2007 MVP and 2007 Rookie of the Year.

    Finally, 1982! The last time Milwaukee was in the World Series. Yount, Simmons, Molitor, Finger… Milwaukee was CRAZY for their team!!! We are on our way to something special.

    Be our Reggie White. Please come to Milwaukee and help this team turn the corner.

    Tom

  327. ghostlab permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:43 pm

    Curt-
    I’ve enjoyed the blog this year, especially the postgame thoughts.
    However I think we all would have liked to enjoy the series win for a while without hearing on WEEI and Boston.com about who’s paving their way out of Boston.
    What’s the rush to declare free agency, when not everyone who’s eligible has declared at this point. I’d assume it’s that you don’t anticipate a $13 million offer from the Sox. But since you can’t talk to other teams about offers for another 15 days why make such an attention grabbing display as listing where else you’d play the day of the parade.
    That aside, I can understand maybe wanting a new challenge with a new team. I’d like to see you pitch for the Phillies or Cubbies, give one of those teams a boost. Not a big Mets fan since ’86.
    Special thanks to whoever directed the duckboats to head back to Fenway thru MIT yesterday. It was amazing to get to see that, get a little touch of the magic.
    Best of luck wherever else you play.
    Christina (Somerville, MA)

  328. chris30319 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:43 pm

    Good news. As a Braves fan we would love to have you and your family here in the south, we could certainly use your arm to strengthen our rotation for next year. Good luck with everything…Go Braves!

  329. athomeatfenway permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:47 pm

    CURT — I WOULD PREFER THAT YOU STAY IN BEANTOWN. HOWEVER, I WILL BE A CURT SCHILLING FAN WHERE EVER YOU GO. SOONER OR LATER YOU’LL GET A START NEAR THE NATION, MAYBE AT SHEA OR IN THE BRONX. I’LL GET A LOWER BOX. AND WEAR A BOSOX CAP. AND YELL YOUR NAME LOUDLY. “GO GET ‘EM SCHILL!”. DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU GO. I SUSPECT I WON’T BE ALONE. YOU’LL SEE OUR SOX CAPS. YOU’LL HEAR US. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN THE FAMILY, CURT. THAT SAID, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SIGN WITH THE SOX,WILL YOU ? YOU BELONG IN BOSTON UNTIL YOU HANG IT UP.

  330. mcav99 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:55 pm

    Curt,

    Congrats on the ring, but you need to come to Detroit.
    You would have an immediate impact on our stable of young pitchers, maybe your experience and bull dog mentality on the mound would rub off on the likes of Jeremy Bonderman, then he might be able to get out of the first inning without spotting the visiting team 6 runs…or Andrew Miller etc…

    We are just a few pieces away from be a LEGITIMATE title contender…we added Edgar Renteria to play SS…thus moving Carlos Guillen to 1B…I think what our team lacked last year was experience and leadership..

    Another good reason to come here: Curtis Granderson, dude is amazing.
    20-20-20-20 club is unbelievable.

    Another good reason is the fans…I think pro athletes have a tendency to get hung up on Michigan’s climate and Detroit’s bad rep, which are good reason’s, however Detroit fans are among the best in all sports. Pro sports are about the only thing the citizen’s of Michigan have to look forward to with the way Granholm is running this ship, Athletes are like gods around here, red carpet treatment everywhere they go…Just ask any of the Red Wings, ask a few of the Pistons, and I’m sure you saw that once the Tigers finally put a winning product on the field they were playing in front a packed house. I would say the only person you wouldn’t want to ask about the fans hospitality is Matt Millen.

    Oh lord if the Lions ever SERIOUSLY contend ( i know they are 5-2)…I couldnt even imagine it….lol

    If you need more reasons i got em.. (good schools for the kids, and lots of shopping for the wife…lol )

    I do know one thing tho you don’t want to go to Cleveland. The only good thing in Cleveland is Braylon Edwards…and he’s from Michigan…..haha.

    again congrats on the ring…now tell your agent to call Dave Dombrowski immediately.

    Matt

  331. airborne150 permalink
    October 31, 2007 6:56 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    First, thank you for your years of successful play and dedicated service to the Red Sox organization and the city of Boston/Red Sox nation. It would be great to see you in Boston for another year and to retire in a Sox uniform with one more World Series title.

    And, thank you for your continued support of our troops. Im in the Army currently serving on my second deployment to Iraq and I can testify that your support means the world to all of us, especially the Sox fans here. In fact, one of my good friends here in the son of the Doctor that delivered two of your children in Philadelphia. If your ever interested in hooking up for a game of ASL or EverQuest let me know, Im pretty successful at both. Congrats on your title and best wishes for the future.

    CPT S.

  332. realguyinnj permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:01 pm

    Curt, You will always be a Phillie to the fans down here.
    Come back and lead them to the series!

  333. mick96 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:02 pm

    Hey Curt

    I am a Cleveland fan by heart but Boston is right there behind Cleveland. You have had an amazing career and I wish you the best of luck, no matter who you sign with in the off season, I know that that team will be getting one hell of a pitcher, veteran and team leader. It would be great to see you in a Cleveland Uniform.

    Best of luck to you.

    Kevin

  334. sox014 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:08 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Back in 2005, when you started the final game of the regular season against the Yankees, I was standing beside the bullpen prior to the game. As you were warming up, I yelled to you, thanked you for what you had done the previous October, and expressed how grateful Red Sox Nation was to you.

    Although I clearly was the loudest person standing by the fence there on that day, I don’t expect you to remember with the millions who probably scream to you on a daily basis. However, I bring that up because I just wanted to reiterate my thanks again as free agency approaches. For the past four years, you have been instrumental in the Red Sox success, including two Pennants and two World Series Titles. I’m 29 years old and am helping to carry on a family tradition of rooting for the Sox. I can honestly tell you that if my Uncles and Grandfather were still alive, I’m sure they would have plenty of great things to say about you and would clearly express their gratitude for all you have done also.

    I’d like nothing more than to see you back in a Sox uniform next year. However if things go in a different direction, you will always be welcome at Fenway Park as far as I, and I’m sure Sox fans, are concerned. Best of luck to you and your family and thank you for helping to make our dreams of a World Series title possible both this year and back in 2004.

    Kevin

  335. peterdaylight permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:08 pm

    Mr. Schilling:
    I lost all interest in and respect for you after you politicized the game in the weeks after the 04 series. Why don’t you put your ass where your mouth is and go play for Bhagdad? Not enough money in it for you?
    The Sox will be better off without you.
    – Peter

  336. jjmorgan689 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:10 pm

    Curt:

    First, let me congratulate you and the team on another fantastic season! It is unbelievable to most of us fans that our beloved Red Sox are now World Champs… again! Incredible! It is truly hard to fathom!

    We are all deeply grateful for your leadership, your courage, your incredible skill, and your delightful honesty these past four years and wish you all the best. (Does Theo have a blog so we can send him a few hundred thousand “suggestions” that he keep you one final year?) Thank you Curt for making our impossible dreams a reality – twice no less!

    As is true for many Bostonians my dad was a diehard and dedicated fan for his entire life. Our family used to frequently wonder where my father was only to find him out in the car listening on the AM radio to his team’s valiant, yet, always fruitless attempts to win it all. It was his passion and love for each of his 85 years of life. It was quite literally in his blood being the great great great nephew of Abner Doubleday.

    Just 5 days before he courageously and gracefully left this earth in 2002, we had him slightly propped up in his bed to help him catch a periodic glimpse of an early April game in Kansas City. Just when I thought he was drifting into sub consciousness a member of the Red Sox hit a home run. I told him the news and my father’s immediate whispered response was one of delight because “he is playing in his hometown” ! Even in his lowest moment my dad remembered the birthplace of each member of the team!

    Needless to say, during each of your championship runs I imagined my father sitting with me in delight as you made his greatest hope come true. And mine. I know he is proudly and gratefully wearing his cap where the light always shines!

    Thanks for the beautiful memories Curt!

  337. boystomoody permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:16 pm

    Curt – Please go west – SD OR AZ would be fine

    You’d put SD in the WS – even if they didn’t sign a bat!

  338. 100yeardrought permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:17 pm

    Curt, I am a Sox fan by marriage, and nothing felt as good as 2004. But I’m a Cubs fan by birth, and I can’t think of a more fitting legacy than helping the Sox end 86 years of frustration and making the Cubs’ centennial a celebration instead of a day of mourning. With you, Z, and Lilly anchoring the rotation, and the bats the Cubs have, it could be a great year, indeed! Plus, great schools, and a fantastic sports town. We’d love to have you!

  339. jcrawford permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:21 pm

    Once a phillie, always a phillie! Curt i bet you miss those Philly cheese steaks and having a Wawa around you at every turn. I saw Jimmy Rollins today at wawa and I let him know how much we want you back!

  340. yanks4ever permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:29 pm

    Curt,
    Smart of you to name the Yankees as a team you wouldn’t go to.This way you won’t be embarrassed when they show no interest in you.You may be a good pitcher,but you have got to be the most egotistical athletes to come along in a long time.Even Barry Bonds doesn’t shoot his mouth off as much as you.A calculated guess says that your Red Sox teammates are happy that your contract is up.Oh,you probably can still pitch,but I seriously doubt you can keep your mouth shut long enough about yourself & your bloated opinions.I for one,am happy that the Yankees have had their fill of over the hill,attention seekers & won’t be going after you & Roger Clemens……….
    Greg(Yanks4ever)

  341. aslake63 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:33 pm

    Hey Curt;

    It definately was an honor having you as one of redsox nations warriors and a warrior you were especially in 2004. The nation will never forget everything you’ve done. We would love to have you back and end your carreer as a redsox. If you don’t, then I wish you and your family the best. I know you will be successful in everything you do because you have been so far. Take care and best regards.

    Andrew S. Lake

  342. bosox2k1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:33 pm

    Whether you put on a Red Sox uniform ever again, I don’t know, I will stand up and cheer for you for everything you have done while wearing the Red Sox uniform. It is my hope you can return to Boston, but if not, you will NEVER be forgotten. Legends never die.

    Sam

  343. sgoggins permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:35 pm

    Milwaukee would be an awesome city! It’s got some of the wonderful Italian food you’ll find in Boston’s east end, but also fabulous german and polish food.. In addition, if you’d like to live in the country, that’s possible with a decent to commute to the ballpark, so your family – if they like the country – could enjoy that.

    It’s close to Chicago – But Clean.
    It’s got some of the most affordable urban lakefront property you can find (Ok, affordable for an MLB star like yourself)
    PLUS, we need to win the world series.

    PLEASE come to MilwaukeE

  344. dvet permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:40 pm

    Curt,
    Besides all of the great things you have achieved here in Boston for your self, the team and the fans of this great club and add the things that you and your family do off the field I truly hope you return. But if by chance you dont I along with many others of what has become known as Red Soxnation will always look at you as a life time member of the Red Sox family. I wish you the best today and for the rest of your life. We know you truly bleed red and will always wish you the best.
    Thanks for the great time to be a Sox fan and good luck hope to see you at spring training wearing the uniform you deserve to wear
    Dave

  345. mikedmb2003 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:45 pm

    Curt,
    The chances of you reading all of your reply s are slim to none and as the saying goes “slim just left town”. There are few things in this world that are truly life altering and one of those are being beloved by the fans of Boston. There are hundreds of ball players that have dawned the uniform but few are beloved by the fans of Boston. Pesky, Teddy ballgame, Yaz, Dewwy, Rice and a few more. But you my friend are one. True you haven’t played your whole career here, which makes it even more special. Some how you have found a home with us and the city.
    I just ask you don’t make this about money. You are man of “Integrity”! One of the few guys playing ball that has it. Remember this! Integrity is not just a word but a way of life. Stay true to yourself and the fans of Boston. Don’t let the front office screw you but surely don’t forget about how important the city of Boston is to you as well.

    Thank you for the years of service!

    FCC(sw) Michael Leach
    US Navy
    ATRC Dahlgren, Va

  346. jscafide permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:46 pm

    Curt,

    First of all, congratulations and thanks for another World Championship. Having been fortunate to be in Boston for both of the most recent Series, I can only echo the appreciation that so many other of my fellow members of Red Sox Nation have stated.

    If the Sox do not re-sign you for your next (and apparently last) season, it will be a lost for the greater Boston community, and you will be missed.

    I am disappointed by your failure to include Pittsburgh among the teams for which you would like to play. This especially true because you have stated that one of the primary reasons you have selected your list of thirteen “candidates” is the quality of life of those cities. You may not be aware, but Pittsburgh was just selected as America’s most livable city. Really. Pittsburgh is a great city with a tremendous heritage, culture and commitment to sports.

    Moreover, I know that you are dedicated to finding a cure for ALS. There is a Western Pennsylvania ALS society, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have identified this organization as one of their dedicated charities.

    I also know that your wife is committed to finding a cure for melanoma. In April of this year, retired United States Steel Corporation CEO and chairman, Thomas Usher and his wife Sandra announced a $1 million donation to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s melanoma program. The donation has established The Sandra and Thomas Usher Endowed Fund for Melanoma to promote clinical strategies to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer that causes more than 80 percent of skin cancer-related fatalities. The University is a leading research center for melanoma cures.

    Finally, there is the important role that you could play in the Pirate organization. As you are probably aware, the Bucs have a number of young pitchers who have a tremendous amount of talent but are very short on experience. Let’s face it, they need someone to show them how to be winners. You could be the anchor on the team, and solidify a new legacy for yourself in a city with some of the richest sports history in the world. Think about it: Wagner, Waner, Clemente, Stargell, Shilling.

    One more point: why limit your list to just 13: that’s an unlucky number. It would be really easy to add one more: Pittsburgh.

    I hope you will give this serious consideration.

    Thanks.

  347. gophillies permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:52 pm

    Curt,

    Congrats on helping the Red Sox win another world series. I would love to see you come back and help the Phillies do the same before you retire. Like most Phillies fans, I think it was the biggest mistake the team ever made by letting you go. At the same time, I realize that it was the best thing for you at the time and it defiantly turned out to be a great move. Everyone in Philly would love to see you come back to the city to help the Phillies make a push for the world series and see you work your magic in the post season to help bring the city its first championship in over 24 years.

    Thanks,
    Rob

  348. vedderman11 permalink
    October 31, 2007 7:55 pm

    Curt,

    You will be in Philly Monday for your charity golf event. When you come in on Monday will you please come into town and stay. We need you here back in Philly where you belong. A lot of people want you to come here and finish off your Hall of Fame career here.

    Please Curt, one more thing, can you bring Mike Lowell with you, we could use him at 3rd as well.

  349. jayro6684 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:06 pm

    Curt, if you do decide to leave Boston, I wish you all the best. I traveled 7 hours from New Jersey to see the parade on Tuesday. You came by and I got the chills as you passed. I appreciate, along with the rest of Red Sox Nation what you have done over the last few years for us. Thank you so much incase you do return but as almost every Sox fan is saying “ONE MORE YEAR”

  350. lwbadgr permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:10 pm

    Curt, congratulations on the World Series win! If you don’t find what you are looking for in free agency; I was wondering if coach Farrell leaves (reportedly for Pittsburgh) if you would consider being the pitching coach for the Red Sox? As a hard-throwing pitcher who has had to transform himself this year, and with your Series experiences, you would be a great replacement. I realize the money isn’t there, but the prestige is, and it’s a step towards management, if that is a long-term goal of yours. Perhaps a player-coach? Best of luck to you in whatever you decide. It’s been great having you here in Boston.

  351. dino8471 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:19 pm

    Curt,
    I just wanted to say – regardless of what happens – THANKS! I appreciate your hard work here in Boston…..Hope to see you back.

  352. October 31, 2007 8:30 pm

    If you leave Curt, we will miss you. You were instrumental in our championships, you have always been good to us in New England, and we were proud of you as a native soon . . . .

  353. jrb2 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:35 pm

    Curt,
    You came, promised and delivered for the Red Sox and all the fans. You were a big part of the only 2 World Series for the Red Sox in 90 years. As a fan for 31 years and a 3rd generation Red Sox fan I want to Thanks You and hope you will be back for another year. I also need to say Thanks for all you have done for ALS. My Grandfather died of ALS back in 1991.

    Thanks again for EVERYTHING,
    Jerry B

  354. rneel56 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:41 pm

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  355. cubsfan07 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:41 pm

    hey curt, On the talk of free agency, what would be a better fit for you to end your career as a cub, helping the up and coming cubs into world series champs 100 years after there last one, they are only a bat or 2 away from being a dominant team, with possibilities of A-Rod coming there and a strong starting staff and a great bullpen adding you into the mix with big Z , rich hill, sean marshall and ted lilly, would be the best staff in baseball, them young lefties could learn alot from you also! If u decide not to become a cub , do the next best thing and dont b a yankee!! take care ,, Go Cubs

  356. lilpapi1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:44 pm

    wow. i still think boston is the place to be. i think you’re great and retire the way you started. A red sox player.

  357. lilpapi1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:44 pm

    GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  358. jhoop permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:46 pm

    I need some help in understanding why players (particularly players in the twilight of their careers) who have enough money for them and their families to live comfortably for the rest of their lives, leave cities that they supposedly love? I mean, it’s not “because of the money.” It’s never “because of the money,” so we can rule that out….right? Do you honestly think that leaving Boston for Milwaukee, Philly, NYM, and any of the other teams listed will give you a BETTER chance at winning a championship? Because winning a championship is ultimately what you are trying to achieve right? I would just like one athlete to please be truthful and say “I am leaving city x for city y because city y is going to give me 15 million dollars rather than the 13 that city x is offering me. I know it will never happen, and I don’t expect anyone to glorify this message with a response, I just had to get it off my chest. Curt, thank you for helping to bring two championships to Boston. For that you will be missed.

  359. fivekatz permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:48 pm

    Whatever happens, thank you. You are one interesting fellow and a hell of a competitor. I must say you are the most interesting player the RS have had since Bill Lee, whom with you share IQ and could not be more of a polar opposite to in terms of politics and social conventions. You my friend are a stimulating personality and thanks for being that way! MLB has enough cliche guys.

    It is sad commentary on the modern game that you might not finish a Red Sox but I suppose in another era you’d never have been a RS and both the fans and you would have missed out on the insanity that is Boston baseball and this most exciting time in RS history.

    PS – The Yankee guy proved with his post that NY has a lot of dumb fans and that the 6th year of their 87 year curse has taught them nothing.

  360. curtisanazz permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:55 pm

    Can you please continue to talk about the Yankees in the media? Because by doing so you continue to show how classless you really are. You think by winning a WS that you can enjoy it. But I guess not. Like every Red Sox fan I know you seem to be obsessed with the Yankees as opposed to your own team. We may have been playing golf a little early as you cared to mention (classless) but back in 2000 while Derek Jeter was getting his 4th World Series ring at the age of 26 you were playing golf ringless. Oh, and by the way, he and a handful of other current Yankees have more rings than you have now and will ever have. But your golf game must be really good from all that extra practice you were fortunate to have in those many Octobers.

  361. mares2 permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:56 pm

    Curt, I hope you do stay with the Red Sox, I can not imagine the team without you.. because to my family, and indeed all my friends who are fans, you are an intrinsic part of the team, and just as important the ethic that exemplifies what the team has come to mean to so many of us.

    I don’t know what else to say, but I’ve felt the need to put in my two cent on the subject. My best wishes to yourself and your family.

    God bless and keep you all well,
    Mary

  362. mstylerdurden permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:56 pm

    I hope you stay with the Red Sox. They are a great team…

  363. curtcomebacktophilly permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:02 pm

    curt,
    I’m a Phillies fan and if we can get you our 1,2, 3, and if we get Mariono 4 punch you hammels, kendrick and myers. we’ll win a world sieres. We love you here. Once a Philly always a Philly.

  364. fenwaypark712 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:04 pm

    Curt:
    You receive so many responses to your blog, it must be difficult to read them all. I hope you read this one. I have been observing Red Sox baseball for many years now and my mother was observing for many years before me. She was among the most loyal of fans and died May 19th at the age of 93 years 7 months. She was able to see the Red Sox finally win a World Series again in her 91st year. You were in good part responsible for that, and for that courageous effort alone, Red Sox fans should be forever grateful. To quote words from the movie “Field of Dreams”, “the one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again, but baseball has marked time…it’s a part of our past…It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.” You are a part of that fabric, a part of what is good about America. You will always be remembered in my family as a class act, a true gentleman, someone who helped bring respect, strength and honor back to a City, fans, and baseball franchise that sorely needed to be uplifted. We will cherish the memories you helped to create. In closing, I hope the management invokes some of the same sentimentality and loyalty that I criticize Francona for, when he doesn’t pull his pitchers fast enough. Re-Sign Curt Shilling! He exemplifies the persona of the utimate Red Sox player. Curt, just in case they don’t, ‘Thanks For The Memories’. You truly played in our field of dreams.

  365. mmaseadog permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:04 pm

    Curt

    As much as I want to see the warrior pitch another year in Boston, I hope you are willing to take a low dollar/high perfromance incentive based contract to stay in Boston. If I recall, Bobby Orr had called you prior to signing in Boston and given you advice about be a good citizen, be a winner, win a championship and this city will remember you for life. You’ve already done alot, (we won’t forget) but if you do finish your career in Boston, speaking engagements, endorsements and the like will follow you a long, long time. (Think Johnny Damon, great character while he was here but he porked us going to NY) Unlike other places, this city does not forget its athletes or its sports heritage. Being a bright, articulate player will pay you huge dividends in New England long after your playing career is over.

    Thanks so much for what you have done.

    mmaseadog

    (A red state guy living in a blue region)

  366. patriceb37 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:05 pm

    Curt,
    What you have done for the Red Sox organization and the city of Boston is something that will never be forgotten by any of us Sox fans. Your miraculous, courageous effort in 04′ was unbelievable and inspiring. Ever since you came to Boston, you led the Sox in so many different ways, and neither Wolrd Series victories could have been possible without you. With that said, I am sad to hear that you could potentially be leaving. If you do leave, I am going to follow your every start and I wish you the best wherever you go. I’ve been thinking about 04′ and every time I think about it, I can’t help but think how much I am going to miss having you as a player, but more importantly, a role model to the fans. I am not writing to you to persuade you to staying in Boston, but I want to let you know that you would be sorely missed if you went elsewhere and it just wouldn’t be the same without you here in Boston. In closing, I would just like to thank you for giving me awesome memories over the past few years. They are memories I won’t ever forget, and I have you to thank for many of them. I hope the decision you make works out the best for you and your family, as well as for all of your fans. I am sure that Red Sox fans will be fans of you wherever you go. One last thing; I think it’s great that you said you would never play for NYY. It shows that you’re not in it for anything other than winning and playing the game hard. You play the game the right way, and i wish you the best with whatever you do. Hopefully you and the Red Sox organization can work out a deal that will keep you here in Boston until the end of your career. Thanks again and best of luck.

    -John-

  367. eastoftheriver permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:06 pm

    Thank you for agreeing to NEVER, EVER, EVER consider playing for the Yankees. When Damon left it hurt, but it wasn’t surprising. We know you’d never betray us, Curt.

    Good luck bro. You’re always welcome here in Willimantic, CT at Blarney’s Pub; just a short hop over the Mass border.

  368. curtisanazz permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:07 pm

    By the way for all you Red Sox fans who think Curt Schilling is doing something noble by excluding the Yankees from his list I have news for you. We don’t want him. You can thank him all you want for not putting the Yankees on that list but the fact of the matter is we would never waste money on his sorry ass. Why would we pay for someone who we beat the crap out of all year? Though I guess he’d be good for pitching batting practice.

  369. wsny26bos7 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:08 pm

    I want to start my comment with this, in the interest of full disclosure – I am a Yankees fan. I live in Mass. though so I watched about 75% of the Red Sox games this year (with Don and Jerry it’s like watching a good tv show, except you get 5 or 6 new episodes per week). The Red Sox were an excellent team this year, one of the best all-around teams in MLB in a while.

    With all that said, and I truly mean it, I must add that you Curt were not a big piece of the puzzle this season. I understand that you contribute in knowledge and experience, very important intangibles, but come on. 9-8 with an ERA near 4? It’s unfortunate that player’s salaries in MLB have gotten so out of control that you’re probably going to sign some ridiculous $10-11 million contract. For a guy who’s gone 32-23 (with the help of some of the best offensive lineups over that period) over the past 3 seasons and an ERA of 5.69, 3.97 and 3.87 respectively, you’ve become a #4 starter at best on a contending team.

    And for all the people posting about Cooperstown….are you freaking insane? It’s the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of above average. 216 wins in 20 seasons is not Hall worthy. A very good pitcher and dominating at times yes, but Hall of Fame?

    And by the way please, please stop running your mouth all the time. With all the crap you spew you’ve made my list of most annoying people to listen to (which also includes the likes of Tim McCarver, Joe Theisman, Paris Hilton and Terrell Owens).

    Congratulations on your world series win, and hats off to a very good career, but please take your $100+ million career earnings and ride off into the sunset never to be heard from again.

    -Mike

  370. yuckthefankees permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:10 pm

    Curt,

    Not that any one Red Sox fan wants to see you retire outside of Boston, but if you do, try and help the Cubs win one. Being a Red Sox fan, I feel some of their passion, especially two hours from Chicago. Ultimately I will pray you make the best decisions for you and the Schilling Family because those are who are most important. I hope you come back, but if not – good luck and THANK YOU for helping us win two World Championships!!!

    Thanks!

    PS – Thanks for omitting that “one team” from your list. See login ID.

  371. everpessimistnow permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:11 pm

    Please, please, please, don’t go to the Yankees. Please. I noticed they weren’t on your list, but they have evil powers, and they might get to you in the 15 day period.

    I’d really like to see you finish in Boston, so I hope some of the upper management read this blog you have here, because I see some other fans posting that feel the same. After all you’ve given to the Red Sox, I don’t see why they can’t give you a decent offer for at least a final year.

    I hope to see you in a Sox uniform next man, I really do. Either way, good luck with your career, and good luck with the whole Free Agency thing. Have you considered doing something after baseball? I think you’d make a good announcer, or a sports columnist. You should consider that with the family, I’d love to hear you on WBZ or something 😀

    Good Luck Man!!!
    Boston Loves You!!!

  372. pasoxfan34 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:13 pm

    Curt,

    Best of luck in whatever you do. My son and I are huge Red Sox fans and have traveled to Cleveland to see the team many times. I think you would be a great asset to bring back to help the young pitchers like Lester and Buchholz develop into dominating pitchers like yourself.

  373. 26championshipsto2 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:17 pm

    Who needs you? We’ve already had enough overthehill, whinny, less than 90 mph velocity pitchers in recent years. Go west, old man…and go away.

    Since 1918: 26 Championships to 2

  374. mannyramirez1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:25 pm

    Stay with us Curt …. Your fans love you in Boston

  375. smokeyice79 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:31 pm

    Curt ——–

    St.Louis would be a great choice !!! The history of the Cardinals. It’s back to the N.L. Great city and a great place for a family. We live in a suburb of St.Louis with a great school district that would be a perfect fit for your family. And we might as well win the Series in 2008 with you in the rotation.

    Hope to see you in St.Lou !!!

    Jim

  376. dbyguate permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:32 pm

    Curt:

    First, let me congratulate you and the team on a great season. Many people thought you guys wouldn’t do it and yet again you proved them wrong. What a display of courage and love of the game you demonstraded. Only THE GREAT ONES do what you did. All the media said was that you would blunder and you proved them all wrong. Good luck to you on this Free Agency period your facing and in life in general. The team that signs you could feel fortunate to have a pitcher that leaves his heart out on the mound every 5 days. Im a baseball fan in general but root for the Cubs and Royals.
    Also I live in Guatemala, Central America.

    Good Luck and Best Regards

    David B Young.

  377. 27rings permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:44 pm

    Curt-
    I’m a diehard Yankees fan and I think I speak for all of them when I say ‘Trust me, we don’t want you’. Take your big mouth and fat #@!# somewhere else.

    Wouldn’t most Sox fans want him to go to the Yanks so the Sox could face him 4-5 times a year and pad their stats and win total?

    You’d think that after winning 2 rings in 4 years, Sox fans would finally stop whining and obsessing about the Yankees, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. If you’re lucky, maybe you can sign A-Rod – you can replace one self-absorbed prick with another.

  378. redsoxcolorado permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:45 pm

    Curt:

    My son, Jesse, and I had the pleasure of going to Fenway and watching you pitch in Game #2 of the 2004 World Series and Game #2 of the 2007 Series. We flew in from Colorado and had a blast. It was wonderful being part of your dream to win the World Series for all the fans. As a 53 year old Dad who has lived and died with the Sox for 53 years, the little boy in me cried with joy in 2004. It was priceless, just like the MasterCard ad on TV. We moved to Colorado from Maine in 2002 but made my son a Red Sox lifer by taking him to the 2004 Game. He lives and breathes baseball. He plays Little League and his team came in third in the Colorado State Championships for 10 year olds. You have done much to inspire him. His dream is to try out for the Red Sox and at the least play for the Portland SeaDogs.

    FYI we went to Game #3 in Denver and watched you warm up in the bull pen before the game. We were 10 feet above you and my 11 year old screamed down to try and get your attention to see if you would sign his glove, your model, a Wilson 2000. How can I get an autographed ball for Xmas. A donation to your charity of choice? Your thoughts?

    Thanks for making so many dreams come true for all the young and old kids that love their Sox.

    I hope you can work things out with the Sox. Best Wishes.

  379. lasousa permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:45 pm

    Hi Curt, what a great opportunity you have given us as lifelong Sox fans to communicate with you in this way. I am 50 years old now (where did the time go? – it seems like yesterday I was in Fenway watching Bucky Dent’s homer sail over the wall) and can’t help but reflect on how fortunate you are to be so young with a beautiful family, and to have experienced professionally and with your family such a full life to this point. With your good health you will surely have many great years and experiences after baseball. My brother with whom I am very close just took a new position in Milwaukee so he will not be around, the rock, as I have always been accustomed to. He needed to do this to fulfill his great potential and leadership acumen and with a heavy heart I have encourage him to go. I have listened to you in these past years on the radio, and read your blog and you obviously are insightful, articulate, strong willed, stubborn, loyal. It would be interesting to hear from you on what you plan on doing to keep you busy after baseball – to fulfill the great potential that exists between your ears. I am sure you have given this some thought…What happens when the lights go out? You ain’t a full time golfer, no way. As far as your baseball future, of course we all hope you stay with the Sox but if you don’t, well it goes without saying that you have left an indelible stamp on New England – we will never forget you. A heartfelt thank you and bon chance. Lou.

  380. October 31, 2007 9:51 pm

    As stated above and in the hearts of hundreds of real baseball fans no yankees. Thanks Curt.

  381. phillsphan permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:53 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    I have to say how happy I am for you and your family. Im not going to come on and try to convince you where to play, because I understand you need to find the best fit for you and your family. I read something recently and it was talking about where you would think about playing and the question was; What will the deciding factor be in where you go?
    “I don’t know, it won’t be money,” “It will not be money.”
    Im would like to thank you for being one of the few players in the game who still play because of the love of the game, and not for the money. I only wish more players appreciated what they have and enjoy it like you do.
    I will admit I would love to see you back in Philadelphia, and I remember watching you pitch in the vet ( Im 18 now ) so I was very little, and would love to see you out on the mound on opening day, atleast now I would be able to appreciate what I was watching.
    All the best,
    Chris Desch

  382. bostonredsoxfan permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:53 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I have been following the Red Sox since I was kid about 40 years. And I must say they were 40 tough years. When you came to the Sox things changed and we we didn’t have to be affraid and disapointed every year. I just want to thank you for many things that you have done over the years. From your work with the public to your great success in baseball. And thank you for showing your respect to the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation by telling the Yankees that you are not interested. Finally I would like to wish you the very best with what ever the future has in store for you. I hope very much that the Red Sox will bring you back next year and that you can retire in a Red Sox uniform……. Best of Luck Mike

  383. kmdurm06 permalink
    October 31, 2007 9:54 pm

    Curt,

    I am absolutely amazed by how well the Sox played in the series. I am so proud of all of you! As sad as I am to see you leaving the Sox, I hope you can end up in Cleveland. I’m from Marietta, Ohio and I have to tell you, it was tough not rooting for the Indians in the series. It caused a bit of controversy with my family, and I’m sure I’ll hear all about it when I go home for Christmas. I’m a Sox fan though, and I am proud of all of you. You pitched some amazing games, and for that, all I can say is thank you. 🙂

    I was in Boston this summer visiting my boyfriend and I’m sad to say that we weren’t able to make it to a game at Fenway, though we did drive past the stadium a lot. Hopefully I’ll be able to see a game there someday!

    I wish you the best of luck in everything you do!

    Kayleigh Durm
    Syracuse University

  384. munchiesman permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:02 pm

    Curt,
    Rising to the occasaion has made you a real pleasure to watch the last four years here in Boston. I hope you get to stick around here for an encore presentation of one last year. Thanks for the good times.

  385. wma1001 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:04 pm

    Curt,

    On behalf of my family, and I’m sure most of the fans in Boston, I want to thank you for everything you’ve done on and off the field. You’ve taken time out of your hectic schedule to visit with sick children and brings some joy to their lives when, unfortunately for some, there might not be that much for them to feel happy and joyous about on most days. You sacrificed your body and put your career in jeopardy to help bring a championship to our fine city. From yours and Shonda’s work to help fight ALS and with the SHADE foundation, to your complete unselfishness as far as devoting time to help others whenever possible, you truly are a class act and I hope all of the best for yourself and your family. I know my family will be sad to see you go if the Sox don’t do the right thing. If it doesn’t workout the way we hope, just make sure you pop in on WEEI every once in a while to share some of your opinions. Most people (athelets, celebs, etc.) don’t have the balls to say some of the things that you have no problem commenting on and will bash you for doing so. Cowards. Good luck and god bless.

  386. fenwayfever permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:21 pm

    Schil,
    Please, do something that is unprecedented in the world of sports. You’ve made as much money as one could hope for in life. You have won three championships in your career and have established yourself as one of the all-time best. Stay in Boston, even if it is not for the most money. I have no idea how much money teams are going to offer you, whether it be Boston or any other town. But, to see you finish in Boston and to spare the sight of seeing you in another team’s uniform. I hate to see Wade Boggs in pin-stripes. And I don’t even consider his time in Tampa Bay. You’ve played for a lot of teams now. But, if this is it, Red Sox Nation wants you and Mike to stay. Make this team be the last team you play for and when you go to Cooperstown, wear a B on your hat!

    STAY STAY STAY!!!
    chad

  387. October 31, 2007 10:31 pm

    “Awesome.” Good luck!

  388. h20universal1 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:42 pm

    Hey Curt
    I want to thank you for being part of 2 Championship teams in 4 years. I am 55 and I wondered if I would ever see the Red Sox win in my lifetime. I wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide, and I hope above all hope that you stay in Boston. Come on Boston management, remember the “red sock” in 2004? Curt should forever be a Red Sock(s).

  389. nrswimming05 permalink
    October 31, 2007 10:46 pm

    hey curt your a great player, a first ballet hall of famer. there is plenty of room in the locker room in queens. you started in the NL and the mets will be a contender and would really love to have you in their rotation, at least the fans would. we need that ace. You would be a great addition to go with your old teammate pedro in the 08 rotation. You are a great leader by example and in the club house. And wouldn’t you want to stick it to your old team the Phillies? I would love to be at the opener when they announce the starting line up, “Batting 9th and Pitching from Anchorage, AK #38 Curt Schilling.

    Come and Join the 08 WS Champions(that would be 4 rings with 3 different teams)

    Gary

  390. FireDannyAinge permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:04 pm

    No stupid Yankee fan is going to tell Schilling he wasn’t part of this Red Sox team’s success because you don’t know what the hell you are talking about.

    ANYONE that came into a game was part of the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox from Schilling to Royce Clayton to Eric Gagne etc…. If you played in a game in 2007 then you were part of this team winning.

    Red Sox fans get to say who was part of and who was not part of this team. Some bandwagon Yankee fan doesn’t get to have an opinion.

    P.S.- Don’t believe the Phillies fans Curt. They will go back to booing you the first time you walk a guy.

  391. schill13 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:06 pm

    Curt, Thank you for the memories and helping us get 2 World Championships in my time. You played a big part in all of this. Hope we are smart enough to sign you back.
    The memories will last forever.
    God bless,

    Chris Schilling

  392. thebloodyredsox permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:06 pm

    well curt no matter what happens we all respect and care about you. from your work on the field and off. FYI i don’t hate JD drew anymore. i want to thank you for all your effort in getting back into the groove for the post season. i hope you can come back to us to fish what has been a great career
    get some rest play some everquest 2 relax give the wife a foot rub and come back and get a new ring so you can have one on each finger of you money maker.

  393. eastoftheriver permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:09 pm

    Yada.Yada.Yada. Leave it to YANKEES fans to come to a Curt Schilling web site and sign up for a Word Press account so they can blather on about how the Yankees don’t want Schilling, how he’s not Hall of Fame material, etc. Guess what Spankees fans, your type would NEVER understand the intangible benefit of a player like Schilling! It’s not all about steroids and infidelity and magzine covers and quotes in the Post and off-field partying and on-field arguing and ridiculous contracts. Schilling represents what’s RIGHT about the game. What Curt brings to the table is stability, proffesionalism, integrity, discipline, loyalty, consistency and dedication. Why you jerks were planning to build more luxury sky-boxes in your new stadium, the Red Sox and Schilling were patiently grooming new talent from within the Sox system. Schilling provides a leadership, mentor-type quality that you can’t put a price on. All that and he’s not a half bad pitcher either!

  394. jnsox07 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:20 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I think you need to stay with the Sox and enjoy your last year(s) with a top notch organization. I realize that you and your family have to look at the “whole picture” with regards to your career. I understand how it is. The fans of the Sox Nation are all behind you and will support your career decision. As you can tell; we want you back on the mound; mentoring Beckett and Papelbon and all the new stars of the team. Whatever your decision, the fans are behind you 100%. Thanks for giving us great memories of your pitching and from my family to yours; we wish you all the best and hope to see you back next year.

  395. callofktulu permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:33 pm

    I hope you stay with Boston forever.

  396. cc1978 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:49 pm

    Curt-

    I just wanted to say thank you for 4 awesome years and Red Sox Nation will never forget what you have done for the team as well as what you’ve brought to the team. No matter where you wind up RSN will always think of you as one of the best pitchers that the Sox have ever had and hopefully someday you’ll come back to the Sox in some form or another sooner rather than later..a pitching coach would be awesome if it happens to be later. 🙂

    Don’t let the haters get you down and good luck where ever you go!

    Congrats on another World Series!!

    Chrissy

    Oh yeah and thank you for not listing the Yankees as somewhere you’d want to go!

  397. lynch87 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:52 pm

    Curt, congrats on another ring man, you’ve had a great career. We need you back in Philly, you would fit in perfectly back here. I love the Phillies and I know at this point, we’re seriously one big-game pitcher away and theres no one better to fill that spot than you. You gotta help us finish what we started in 93. I’ll follow your career no matter where you end up because you’re a great pitcher and a cool guy, but it would be so F’ing cool if you came back here man

    1-Curt Schilling CL-Mariano Rivera
    2-Cole Hamels SU-JC Romero
    3-Brett Myers Ryan Madson
    4-Kyle Kendrick
    5-Jamie Moyer

  398. gasperdn permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:52 pm

    Hey Curt, How come the Rockies aren’t on the list??? They have already proved they are contenders. And you got the humidor at Coors. I think you would look good in purple!!!!

  399. cc1978 permalink
    October 31, 2007 11:54 pm

    One more thing I hope you wind up staying with the Sox!!

  400. mikec7 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:27 am

    Congrats on your 21 year career. I’d love to see you in Boston next season, as I’m sure the other fans, and your team members, would. I love the Red Sox and you are an important part of the team. The 2002 and 2007 World Series proves just that. People refer to you as one of the greatest post-season pitchers in history; and it’s true. I want to see you in a Red Sox uniform one more year. But if not, Go to the Blue Jays for all i care (I HATE HATE HATE the Blue Jays) I’ll still be a huge fan of you. I guess what I’m saying is, if you go to a team I absolute HATE, you will give me a little bit of respect for them.
    If it falls through with the Sox listen to Smokeyice. The Cards are a good team! (too bad their in the NL!!!)

  401. mikec7 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:28 am

    sorry 2004, not 2002…
    My bad, I suck at typing

  402. dj4ny permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:30 am

    I am a 16 year old Yankee Fan, my parents are from the bronx, and i do live with the constant harassment of how much they suck, because i dont live in new york, but i would like to say that much of curt schillings comments about how he would go to any team but they yankees are horribly unnecessary, because THE YANKEES DO NOT GIVE A RAT’S ASS. Seriously, who the heck do u think u r, i dont want to go to the yankees, any team but them, who the heck on the yanks asked u? dude, u r the only one who still has a bug up their ass about the yanks or the red sox that is a player. This is a rivalry yes, but you do not need to exacerbate it by making some weak ass comments on how much u dont like them. The only thing in the past 3 1/2 years i have agreed with u about is ur philanthropation, and i praise u for that, but just shut up about how u hate the yankees.

  403. bill813 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:33 am

    Curt, It’s pretty obvious that there won’t be October aspirations for Baltimore in 2008. However, isn’t your lovely wife a native of Dundalk, MD? Is there no interest in being a veteran leader on a pitching staff like the Orioles that could use someone of your caliber? I have to assume that October is a big decision point for you, because I can make a strong argument for Baltimore for all the other little things on your list (stadiums to school districts to travel to spring training) as well as bringing back happy memories of the area for you and your wife. Good luck in whatever you decide.

  404. bfurlano permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:59 am

    Curt,
    It’s unlikely you’ll read every post, but on the chance that you do, I hope you’ll consider coming back to Philadelphia if the Red Sox don’t retain you. Like the Red Sox (whom I’ve always routed for second to Phila), the Phillies are long overdue for a championship. I interface with fans of all race, income, age, sex, etc and everyone wants you back in Philadelphia. I realize you have to do what’s best for you and your family, but please consider your last year(s) in Philadelphia. We have unfinished business and who else but Curt on the mound, “he’s one of us”. Beyond baseball, you know the schools are good for your kids, the Philadelphia area treats your family with respect, and there’s a ton of volunteers and generous people that contribute to your charitable goals. There’s no unknowns here in Philly. Second to staying in Boston with Tito and co., PHiladelphia would seem as the best fit, based on it’s similarities to Boston and filling the needs your family desires.
    Reading your 10/29 blog, I never realized how thoughtful you were in regards to thanking everyone as well. That’s refreshing in this day and age, as many sports celebrity seem to care less.
    Congrats on your 2nd championship with the Red Sox and Good Luck to you and your family.
    -Brian Furlano

  405. u2kmerrill12 permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:15 am

    Curt, not hear to kiss ass, or anything of the sort. You know how we feel about you. Don’t let them let you leave. If you go anywhere else, they won’t treat you the same as we do. You know you have stuff left in you, but other teams/fans are not going to be as patient if anything goes a little sideways. I am not saying take a pay cut, but think about it, you need us, as much as we need you. I want to see your last game pitching… in a sox uniform.

    Thanks
    K

  406. u2kmerrill12 permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:16 am

    oh, and i ment here, not hear 😦 (English teacher rolling over in grave)

  407. mattygosox9 permalink
    November 1, 2007 3:23 am

    Hay Schill! Congrats on the series! I’m writing to thank you for always believing in the sox and supporting sox nation. I think you will be in the red and blue next year. if they dont sign you then the rotation is beckett, dic-k, wake, lester, bucholtz. with no back up. Bucholtz may need more development and there are always injuries and if we are looking for a #2or #3 guy on the market who better then you! I hope i’m right. Plus Santana goes on the block after next season and you only want a one year deal. works out great. would you ever consider coming to boston and being a pitching coach after you retire?

    Please encourage your teammates to not carry around yankee’s suck signs and tee’s. they have proven time and time again not to suck. we shouldn’t care about them when we won a championship days ago and also won one 3yrs ago. when was the last time the yankees won one? Don’t get me wrong, I love the rivalry but when i’m at a sox game in Anaheim and we win or lose the cry from the stands is always yankees suck, not lets go red sox. we as a nation should spend less time worrying about the yankees. We are giving them too much power. They know they are good and to hear these chants only makes them feel that much more dominant.

    Good luck in the off season. Hope to have you back. For the next year no matter where you go or if you stay, you are a World Champion!

  408. jonathanmccauley permalink
    November 1, 2007 3:42 am

    Curt,
    I have followed you throughout your storied career. From Baltimore, to Houston, to Philadelphia, to Arizona, and now Boston. What amazes me is not the torture you put yourself to continue to excel at such an amazing level, but how you carry yourself off and on the field. To me and my father you are a true hero. I remember only being three years old when my father mentioned your name. He would tell me, Jonathan, this kid is something special. From the day you set on the baseball field you became an icon.

    You have come out and gracefully thanked each of the MILLIONS (yes, Curt, MILLIONS) of fans for their continued support and now it is our time to show you the same. As a Red Sox fan, I would truly love to see you retire in that uniform. Your wisdom, strength, and unquestioned leadership has helped shown me what the meaning of a true Red Sox is. As apart of this wonderful nation, you have helped restored that image, and hopefully (when you retire) the many that will come after you will look to you as a mentor and as a good role model.

    Whether you resign as a Red Sox or not, this nation knows is not in your hands. As your path to free agency leads you to a brand new experience, I ask that you pray for patients. Curt, you are a wonderful man and I know that God has a plan for you wherever you will land.

    I thank you for the many memories you have given me as I have grown up. I also thank you for the stories that I will pass on to my kids and their grandchildren. You, Curt, are my hero. For that I am thankful for everyday. I hope that you get this message and I do not expect a response. I just want you to know that people look up to you Curt and that what you do both off and on the field is very much appreciated.

    – Jonathan McCauley
    JcMcCauley@ou.edu

  409. dave524 permalink
    November 1, 2007 4:48 am

    Hey Curt-

    I really think you’ll be back with the Sox next year. Not only would you be a great starter but you could also help the kids like Bucholtz to become better pitchers and the I’m sure the Sox realize that. You’ve always done anything they ask you to do, like closing part of the year a few years back and you are a big game pitcher, which many pitchers don’t seem to be.

    I respect the right you have to go to the highest bidder (or any team that makes you an offer). After all, which of us wouldn’t like to do that and tries to do that in our own job.

    I do want to thank you for not including the Yankees in your list of teams. When Johnny Damon left for the Yankees it hurt, but right now, how do you think Johnny feels? I’m sure he’s happy for his friends on the team, but I bet he’d give anything to be getting a second ring.

  410. rfreschner permalink
    November 1, 2007 4:52 am

    Curt –

    My wife and I are really pulling for you to remain in Boston but, if things don’t work out with the Red Sox, thanks for all the wonderful times and unforgettable memories you’ve given us. It’s been one heck of a ride!!

    Rick

  411. dbax1 permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:28 am

    Curt,
    Please come back to the valley of the sun. We need a you with randy this year to repeat what happened in 01.

    Thank you so much for that year, Jared

  412. remaxteam permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:52 am

    Curt,
    I’m sad with the thought that you would ever leave this great city and this world class team. I am truly grateful that you joined us and came through on your promise of breaking the curse and bringing the championship to Boston.
    No matter wher you land, know this:
    You are an inspiration to all, a true gentleman of the sport!
    Players of any sport should look at what you’ve accomplished. Then they will understand.
    Good luck, God Bless and I hope to see you next year in Boston.

    Joey Z
    remaxteam@comcast.net

  413. bpdeigs27 permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:08 am

    Congrats on the wolrd series win Curt.
    But what about the old Pirates!
    You may laugh, but we’re an up and coming team with a young rotation
    I’m just glad you didnt include the yankees

  414. devin1 permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:10 am

    Thank you for everything you have done for the RED SOX and the Nation. Without you going above and beyond in the Bloody Sock game against the Yankees we probably don’t have a championship that year. You have been a loyal Red Sox and deserve to end your career right here. Come on Theo do the right thing!!

  415. nihl permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:10 am

    Hi Curt, thank you for all you have done for Red Sox nation. One quick question, have you ever considered playing a partial season similar to what Roger Clemens has done in the past few years? By doing that you may be able to pitch for a few more years instead of just one. Just a thought. Thanks again.

  416. kommizzar permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:18 am

    Curt,
    Congrats, on an outstanding season and on winning the world series. I doubt if you remember me but we met some time ago, at an ASL wargame convention where you kicked my butt. You were the Germans and I was the Russians. You said your driving your guys like a real commissar, and thats been my online monicker now since then!!!! You gave me your email and told me to keep in touch. I have recently retired from the US Navy, and now work as a contractor for the Navy fixing E2C flight Simulators. Anyhow good luck in the free agent market, ANY team that gets you will be getting a real gem, both on and off the feild. My email is commizzar@cox.net and if your so inclined I’d love to chat with you about ASL, WOW, EQ2, and of course my lifes passion Baseball. I’m a Philly fan, so any chance of your going back???

    Bill

  417. fortlauderdalesoxfan permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:22 am

    In fifty percent of your seasons with the Red Sox, they have won a World Series. I’m not sure how many other pitchers can make that claim. But, I think it’s people like Cy Young and Babe Ruth…not bad company. I truly hope that Sox management sees the benefit of having you around in a Boston uniform. Your contributions to the team extend far beyond the mound.

    If fate does take you to another city, I wanted to thank you and your family for your contributions to the New England community. You’ve been role models for kindness, ethics and honesty. New England is a better place with the Schillings as residents and baseball is a better game with you on the field.

    Thanks again,

    Glen Mondani

  418. breaking72 permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:35 am

    I certainly think it is NO coincidence that you came into Town in 2004 and we win the World Series and that in the Year you possibly leave Town, we win again. You won that title for us in 2004…we won it for you in 2007 ! I hope that we see you in a Boston uniform next year, if not, take your class act to a team that needs what you gave us. Thanks for giving us what we waited 86 years for.

  419. soxfanatic permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:51 am

    Curt, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the best 4 years of my life as a Red Sox fan. I sincerely hope you’ll be back in 2008, but if not, I wish only the best to you and your family. You made us believe again, and that’s no small feat in an area as skeptical as New England! Not to mention the phenomenal charity work you unselfishly and tirelessly have given and no doubt will continue to give. I can’t thank you enough. No matter what happens, we’ll always love you in Boston, and you’ll always be a Red Sox to us!

    Sharon Rapoza and Family (Rhode Island)
    Believers since 1976

  420. rsoxnurse permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:52 am

    I hope that management makes the right decision and gives you one more year so you can retire in the uniform. I think it would behoove them to keep you not just for your pitching, but also for your teaching ability to pass on skills that you have learned to the younger pitchers. And one day, when you do get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, you will be wearing #38 on a Red Sox uniform…….

    I am a 53 year old registered nurse who is praying that you do get that that extension.

  421. gnader permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:57 am

    The Top 10 Things I Love about Curt Schilling

    1. the way he competes

    2. the way he prepares

    3. the way he pitches

    4. that he credits God for 1-3

    5. that he has a blog

    6. that he speaks his mind – at times to a fault.

    7. that he is devoted to his lovely wife, and she devoted to him

    8. that he made 55,000 New Yorkers shut up

    9. that he won’t pitch for the Yankees

    10. that he and his family came here and gave all of themselves to our team, our town, our nation

    Thank you Curt and Shondra

  422. frodo1962 permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:36 am

    Curt:

    I am one of many who hopes that you and the Red Sox front office will be able to work a deal so you can retire here where you belong.

    I will never forget and be ever grateful for your efforts in 2004, at the time I was on my way to Iraq and the Red Sox win after so many years of pain somehow instilled me with a sense of confidence that I would get though the ordeal.

    Thank you again for your efforts this year, and if you do have to leave I wish you and your family the best and I will root for you as long as you aren’t playing the Sox (of course I don’t think I could ever bring myself to boo you even if you are playing against us)!!!

    Good luck.

  423. redsoxgrrl permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:38 am

    I thank you so much for your work here with the Sox, most especially your herioic effort in 2004.

    Because you speak frankly on your blog, I feel comfortable to say that I believe that you are no longer worth the 13 mill, not enough wins for that kind of money, one year older, more injuries. Wakefield money is what I think would be fair for you, frankly.

    Thank you for not putting the Yankees on the list, not because I think you can get them 20 wins, but because it would hurt, like Damon, to see one of our guys in their uniform. You are always in the Sox family and I look forward to seeing you with the other alum in future ceremonies in Fenway Park.

    Thanks again – it has been a fun ride.

  424. nighthawkwi permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:47 am

    Mr. Schilling:

    Let me first say thank you for being the man you are. Your willingness to speak your mind and heart are refreshing in the modern sports world.

    I would like to ask you to seriously consider coming to Milwaukee. The Brewers have a strong young core of players, and last season showed that while they have talent, they still need some veteran leadership.

    There are also several young pitchers on the staff that could truly benefit from some of your experience.

    I believe that you and you family would be very happy and welcomed here. Milwaukee may not have the glitz of a “big city”, but it truly lacks for little compared to most other, more well known, places.

    Milwaukee is a big small town, where people still smile at strangers, say “hi” on the street, and care about each other in a way that is not typical anymore. The suburbs are less than 30 minutes from the heart of downtown, and afford you the chance to live in a rural setting while still having all the best of a city life.

    Your commitment to your faith will be welcomed here, as well. Milwaukee has a long tradition of family centered faith life, and your family would not themselves feeling out of place.

    I would encourage you to bring the whole family for a visit, and spend some time learning what the metro area has to offer.

    Whatever you and your family decide, I pray that you have success and happiness. In any event, I will still wear my 2002 All Star jersey bearing your name with pride.

    God bless.

  425. goodfolk26 permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:53 am

    Thank you fro EVERYTHING Curt Schilling. You came here saying you wanted to win a World Series for Boston and you and your teammates have delivered 2. All the while you showed us what it’s like to be a man and a consumate professional. I hope you and the Red Sox do the right thing and continue to make this place your home…Thank you and the rest of the Boston Red Sox.

  426. lawyermom permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:55 am

    Dear Curt;

    Thank you for your hard work. Professionalism is much to be admired. It is hard to find a worker, in most any field, who has a work ethic and goes in and does his/her job. Thank you for being a role model re: hard work and dedication.

    This Sox fan would like to have you back next year, showing the same workmanlike ethic as you did midyear when you reinvented yourself and adopted a whole new approach to pitching. But wherever you and your family land, I wish each of you ‘all good things.’

    A quote in your Boston Globe interview talked about the focus on education here in New England, as opposed to the focus on ‘what you have’ in some other parts of the country. My aunt in Houston made a similar comment about my daughter’s friends – Here they could just be 13 year olds and not miniature adults, focused on what they were wearing and what things they had. Hopefully you will find yourselves living where that focus can be maintained. [Honestly, NY can be difficult in that way; there is a focus on both $ and academic achievement. I grew up in Queens as a Met fan and lived with that double focus for a long time. I imagine Philly is that way, too, based on comments from a friend’s wife who grew up there]

    I hope you find the balance you seek. Thank You!

  427. daveinmelrose permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:12 am

    I’d love to be a fly on Pedro Martinez’s living room wall when he hears that you’d pitch in New York, Curt. Poor guy just can’t find the spotlight.

    HA HA HA!

    Thanks very much for the information on how free agency works. I love the fact that you don’t pay ANY of your hard-earned salary to Scott Boras or any other “agent”!

  428. pendragon7421 permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:26 am

    Curt,

    I followed you as a Philly, and cried the day they traded you- One of the worst trades in Philly History.

    I followed you in Arizona, and rooted for the D’Backs int he World Series.

    I cried again as Ed Wade refused to talk with you and try to bring you back to Philly- I guess we see how that ended for you and for him (a World Series Win and a place in Cooperstown vs. the unemployment line).

    I rooted for Boston, even going as far as buying a hat and taking on the Red Sox as my American League Team.

    Now, it is time for you to come back to Philly, see how many of us still respect you and what you bring to the game, and help yet another team win a Word Series!

    Here’s hoping to see #38 in Phillies Red Pinstripes next season!

  429. gitman permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:05 am

    Curt and Family,

    I don’t normally post to blogs, but I did want to make an exception in your case.

    You’ve been fantastic examples of sportsmanship and kindness in your tenure with the Boston Red Sox. Not only were you (Curt) instrumental in bringing two national championships to the team and region, but you and your family have been outstanding examples of how to work with charities and bringing a passion to “doing good” in a community and helping worthy causes. I salute you for that especially.

    If you don’t end up retiring with your last year as a Red Sox player, we would have lost something very special. Character is hard to replace, and integrity is at a premium these days. You and your family have all that in quantity. I hope you have the opportunity to work things out to stay.

    Thank you for the memories, and may you all be Blessed in which ever direction you go.

    DEW in RI

  430. swiggy permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:48 am

    Curt,
    If this is indeed your last year with the Boston Red Sox, thank you for everything you have done for the team. You probably get this all the time, but I don’t think I was ever happier in my lifetime then to watch you pitch with that bloody sox against the Yankees and show them up. Heres hoping to see you next year with a Red Sox uni :D.

  431. hopkinton7 permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:50 am

    curt

    All of Us here in Hopkinton, would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the sleepless nights, nail biting, early mornin sessions with dale and holley, get togethers at Cornells Pub, etc etc..from the cheering, to the boo’s, from laughing to the crying. You have touched alot of lives here in good old middlesex county (start of Boston Marathon) town of Hopkinton.
    Hopefully it will work out and you will still be a member of this great team, but as life sometimes takes a left turn and we go our seperate ways, there will always be a place in all our hearts for you and your family.
    Best of luck curt………….May the force be with you!!!!

    Tom

  432. ccg65 permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:53 am

    Curt and family,

    I would love to see you finish your career in a Phillies uniform. I was never able to see you pitch in person and I would love the opportunity to watch you help our lovable Phillies into the playoffs and onto the World Series. The Phillies and the surrounding community would love for your generous caring family to once again call Philadelphia home. No matter where you choose to play I wish you continued success.

    Phillies Phan

  433. azredsoxnation permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:54 am

    Thanks for everything you have done for Boston and the Fans. You and Shonda are role model’s. Her work with the Shade Foundation is amazing. We all hope you come back to Boston. I know the Red Sox value everything you bring. If you are not able to resign with the Sox, its only because some other team needs the leadership that you bring to a team, more than the Red Sox. Thank you for ruling out the Yankees. It not the Red Sox, it would be nice to see you back here in a D’backs uniform.

  434. crando permalink
    November 1, 2007 11:21 am

    2 words. Detroit Tigers. They are the next WS champs. Get yourself another ring and a trip to the hall of fame.

  435. mick60a permalink
    November 1, 2007 11:28 am

    Curt;

    I have a saying “Everything is new ONCE!”

    Filing for free agency is something new, now that part is over and you and your family will just have to wait and see where things go from there.

    I am sure that you will be back in Fenway come April.

    I am keeping the faith

    Mick

  436. 2007worldchamps permalink
    November 1, 2007 11:55 am

    Happy Birthday Curt! What a wonderful gift YOU gave so many fans, albeit Red Sox Nation or World Curt fans!! We will all hope the best for you and your family, and remember we all consider you family.
    On my Bday the 24th you were in Cleveland, where my friend waited on you during a dinner that week. She and I were wild about the series and what a present I got that night with the BoSox win! Thank YOU! She said Cleveland loves you, and oh how they wish they had the Shilling’s there, and what great teamwork and grace you add to a team. She loves the Red Sox because of the many “good guy” players we have. I know other cities feel the same. I pray you stay…. in Boston. We down here in the Keys love Red Sox Nation because they respect all players who have worn the socks at one time and tip their hats in appreciation for their efforts toward a great ball club. I was at Fenway Yaz’s retirement day… I’d love to be there for yours!
    Please put a good word in for Mike Lowell too…. Lets keep this dream team!

  437. soxfanny permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:11 pm

    Hey Curt
    I first want to say thank you for once again giving glory to God.
    I am originally from Boston and now live in New York as a youth pastor.
    I also serve with baseball chapel as the chaplain for the Devil Rays A team up here in NY.

    It is very refreshing to hear someone in your position acknowledge his relationship with Christ. It takes courage and guts.
    So thank you for being an example to students and younger ball players out there.

    Congratulations also on another championship. Well deserved.
    I wish you the best next year wherever you end up.
    But remember, God has a plan for your life and your family.
    Just stay focussed on Him and everything will work out for the good.

    Just don’t go to the Yankees.

    Please pray for me and my ministry here in NY. I recently got married and my wife and I are trying to discern God’s will for our lives and ministry.
    I love baseball and the ministry of baseball chapel.
    I also really do like it here in NY, but of course miss home.

    I just want to be faithful to whatever God calls me to and wherever He leads.
    In some ways, I guess you and I are both in similar places
    Your brother
    Dan

  438. oregonsoxfan permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:12 pm

    Curt,

    First off, congratulations on another World Series ring!

    Thanks for leaving it all on the field and delivering what you promised. I’m a Lifelong Sox fan, who group up in Pawtucket and remembers watching Boggs and Ripken play in the 33rd inning of the longest game ever (I was away at college for the first 32 innings!). But then I moved to the left coast and fell away from the game for a while. Unfortunately, despite numerous trips to Safeco and a visit to Fenway this past April, never had the pleasure of watching you pitch in person.

    Thanks for “Lets talk baseball,” which reignited my passion for the game and the Sox just in time to enjoy this wonderful ride that you have been a big part of making happen. Hope the front office decides its worthwhile keeping you in Boston for another year, but if not, I wish you and your family well. If your not in Boston, I’d rather see you back somewhere in the NL

    God bless.

  439. daveprays permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:26 pm

    Curt,
    Congrats on another champsionship. I’m sure you will do what you feel is best for your family when choosing next year’s home. I was at the game you pitched in Toledo in July. If you go with Detroit I would be happy to make the little drive up the road to see you again!
    God Bless,
    Dave

  440. djc18 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:28 pm

    Congratulations on the World Series Championship. You guys had a terrific season.

    Reading your post, however, I am confused. In a free market economy, demand drives relevant value. If I was the GM of one of these 13 or so teams, I would wait for the others – all or many – to publicly say they are not investing that kind of money in a 40+ pitcher and by virtue driving the price down OR causing you to expand this list to other teams (or other suitors – “demand”).

    Putting a list out like this, limiting your prospective employers doesn’t seem like the most well thought tactic, even if those are really the teams you want to play for.

    Oh well. Congrats and happy shopping!

  441. thecheap1 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:30 pm

    Hey Curt,

    As a Met fan I think that it would be great for you to come to NY (in a Met uniform) you have so much to offer our team and your family i think will enjoy the ocean beaches or the Hamptons ect… but where ever you end up, all the best to you!

  442. megankelsey permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:37 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Thank you .. thank you … thank you.

    I want you to stay in Boston, you complete this team.

    If the Red Sox administration does not bring you back there isn’t anything we as a Nation can do about it, however, they can never get you out of our hearts and minds.

    Here is hoping and praying that you are in a Red Sox uniform in 2008.

  443. bluebird96 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:52 pm

    Carlos Silva and Nick Punto certainly did not turn out to be slouches, but at the time, it was a token offer at best. I believe the Phillies will make a serious offer to have you return this time. You’ve always been one of my favorite Phils and like many, many others, I was extremely disappointed you didn’t return upon leaving Arizona. I hope this time around, the stars align properly to get you back to Philly. While I wish you well whereever you go..(PLEASE not the Mets), I really hope it’s back “home”.
    P.S. Grab Mike Lowell by the ear and drag him here with you!

  444. bobward2770 permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:56 pm

    Curt,
    Congrats on the World Series, you and the guy’s deserve it! You also deserve another year or two from the Sox. Let’s face it, you brought the yankee killing spirit with you from Arizona and it spread like wild fire. That being said, as a fellow 40 something, you MUST Workout a LOT more this offseason bro…You can’t roll into camp with the extra luggage around your waist and expect to burn it off in a month like when you were 26! Maybe a little team effort from the bloggers to donate a set dollar amount for each pound lost to your charity??
    Either way, we are glad to have you and if the money guys low ball you, good luck at your next stop.
    Bob

  445. rsoxwest permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:09 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks a million for all the thrills in both the 2004 & 2007 Series wins! Excellent baseball played by you and the entire Red Sox team!!
    The free agency situation sounds bizarre. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop as to what happens, and where. Where ever you play next year we’ll all be watching. Good luck to you and your family! Hopefully Theo and the crew will be wise and keep both you and Mike. But I must say, I wouldn’t mind if you wind up with the Angels. Lots of games vs the Mariners – the closest team to Boise. I, too, am thrilled to know the Yankee’s are NOT one of your choices!!
    I wish you the best, and thanks for being so honest. Appreciate it!
    K

  446. splombardi permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:15 pm

    Curt,

    As a businessman, it makes utter sense to be concerned about risk, and your health and age is a risk to the Red Sox. That said, you had an amazing year; especially the post season. Your guts cannot ever be questioned, with what you endured in 2004, as well as re-inventing your focus on pitching, and not on power any longer. (it was very cool watching you pump it up to 94 mph in Pawtucket this summer)

    If this area is for your family and you, then the extra money that you may make elsewhere may not be good enough. If your family and you are good with the comfort factor, then a reasonable base salary plus incentives are reasonable.

    But, what the heck to I know? I am just a businessman, and not a talented professional athlete.

    Whatever you decide, you will always be remembered as “old school” and what the younger players should aspire to. As a Red Sox fan for almost 45 yrs, you have brought many exciting to the fans, and personally, I truly wish you well. I will hold out hope that you can work it out with the top brass.

  447. November 1, 2007 1:36 pm

    I need to say that I find “all teams beside the Yankees” as irrational and slightly immature coming from a player who considers himself in the highest professional regard. Your team paid 50-million just to speak with a Japanese pitcher. Every team is ambitious unless their owners consider the franchise a tax write-off. If you have the resources then you use them the best you can. The Yankee players are professionals and play hard every day and respect their opponents with the greatest of professionalism. I read you quoted as saying that during this year’s World Series the Yankees were posting updates on hiring a manager every hour – this is completely untrue. The fact remains that the press was obsessed with the subject and wouldn’t stop reporting on it. The true breech came from A-Rod and Boras, whom, I am happy to see leave the team. No player should strive to be larger than his team and the game. That’s how championships never happen.

  448. justgoawaycurt38 permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:41 pm

    I’d like to thank you also for leaving the Yankees off your “list” like the sheep sox fans. Overpriced, over the hill egomaniacs who are 1 hit away from getting knocked out of just about every game they pitch are not on our shopping list for the winter. I’d like to see how many team’ “lists” you are actually on, i’m thinking the list would be a little shorter than the one you (for some reason) publicized. I was thinking why does someone publish a list like that, and then i started reading some of these blogs and i realized. Curt is sucking as much adulation out of you sheep sox fans as he can and you are falling for it. Aw Curt please don’t go we need you, we want you to stay, give me a break.
    Curt as my name states i am begging you just go away, i can’t get those pictures of you in the dugout “taking notes” as you complete your half inning, funny i must not have seen enough sox games on nesn you only seem to be “jotting things down” during the nationally televised games.
    Unfortnately Curt realized what anyone with a baseball brain knows and that is he aint in the hall of fame yet so he has to continue…….see ya next year

  449. chicagocubsrock permalink
    November 1, 2007 3:52 pm

    Curt,

    Come to the Windy City Cubs. Lou will treat you like a charm. Larry is one of the best pitching coaches out there. Good luck!

  450. pjbrida permalink
    November 1, 2007 5:28 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the great years you gave to the Sox’ and getting them championships. I got you’re autograph about 2 years from you at a Sox- Rangers game in Texas and I have it in a case in my room. If you leave, best of luck in the future. Keep winning for whomever you play for, except the Yanks.

  451. fhssaber permalink
    November 1, 2007 6:27 pm

    The Milwaukee Brewers need Curt Shilling! He’s a team leader and is exactly what the Brew Crew need to make it to the playoffs next year. Come to Milwaukee!

  452. hstryfreak13 permalink
    November 1, 2007 6:44 pm

    Way, to go Curt! I hope that you can stay in Boston, but if not I hope you give great consideration to the Atlanta Braves. They have a great team and are looking for veteran pitchers to help in their rotation. You would be a great asset for the Braves and i would love to see you in their uniform if you are not in a Red Sox Uniform next season. Finally, down with the Evil Empires in New York!!!!

  453. gogoredsox permalink
    November 1, 2007 6:57 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I am very sad that you are not going to return to the Boston Red Sox this year. even tho ur not coming back i wish u the best of luck whereever you go……As long as it isnt the Yankees!!!!!!!
    Alright Curt to finish this all i got to say is thank you for ur time in Boston….and If u would be able to come to my Birthday Party please E-mail me at lilbeejay17@yahoo.com

    Thanks Curt,
    Go Red Sox!!!!!

  454. kidrockhead permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:08 pm

    One name:
    “Joe Torre”
    Hope to see you in BLUE!

  455. gundamjk permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:38 pm

    Dear Curt,
    Although I am an Indians fan, I have to congragulate the way your team played in the Post season. I saw how you pitched and I was thououghly impressed. I know you have won two world series in the past and I would like to congragulate you on a great career. I am pleased that you included the Indians on your list, I would love to see you pitch for the Indians, however I am not sure how much room we have for you here. Failing that I would love to watch you play for the Arizona Diamondbacks with former teammate Randy Johnson, who you won the series with in 01. Talk to Shapiro if you want to come to C-Town, we need some veteran talent here. If you come to Cleveland I can promise you a couple things, if we win the Championship this city will love you just as much as Boston does, we have waited and waited. Regardless, I hope you have a great last season in 08, and if you dont play with the Tribe, and the Tribe doesnt make it and your team does I will root for your team so you can cap your career out with a ring.

    James Alex Keene

  456. gundamjk permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:43 pm

    Anyone who says that Cleveland sucks doesnt realize that we are the best kept secret in the history of sports

  457. soxseries07 permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:48 pm

    three words THANK YOU CURT!!

  458. seraphs17 permalink
    November 1, 2007 7:54 pm

    hey curt!,
    my name is curtis too!!! my friends and i would love to see you in LA with the dodgers! i think that the club needs a veterin arm like yours and i think that everyone needs to experiance the magic you provide on the mound. i’ve only seen you pitch a live game once in my life and i hope it wasn’t the last. good luck wherever you go!

  459. rmpoling permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:22 pm

    Take a play out of Trot Nixon’s playbook and be the next 04 bosox to come to Cleveland, you want to have back to back rings, Cleveland is the city and Im sure you know better then anyone what kind of a lineup they have.

  460. terriviper permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:41 pm

    you are an egotistical idiot! I hope wherever you go next year someone wipes that smirk off your face. you have a lot of nerve naming your kid after a Yankee hero considering your hatred for the Yankees. I hope you stay in the American League so the better quality hitters there can kick your butt until your arm falls off.

  461. smalseed17 permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:52 pm

    Hey Curt, first i’d like to say that you are a great pitcher and i’m 19 and have been watching you pitch since you were with the phillies and you are just as good if not better from those days….I am a mets fan and i believe you have the best chance to win the world series again with the mets….they came off a disastrous ending and are only looking to come back with vengeance…i believe with you at the top of the rotation and helping Oliver Perez, Philip Humber, John Maine and Mike Pelfrey with their mechanics and abilities, you can make this team that much better…Trust me, the New York Mets will be the team to beat next year and you should be a part of it

  462. rmcc4444 permalink
    November 2, 2007 1:43 am

    @dividedsky2

    You’re life must really suck. While it does seem unfair that someone throwing a ball can make millions of dollars, that’s what he can make in our society so pull your panties up, kickass at whatever it is you do and get to the point where you are no longer living paycheck to paycheck.

    Life is what you make of it and right now you are making nothing of it.

  463. katemckinnon permalink
    November 2, 2007 10:22 am

    Curt, I admit it IS really hard for most of us to understand why you need more millions of dollars.

    If you are happy with the Red Sox, which you are, and Boston loves you, do you really have to go for all of that extra cash? Why not just finish with style, right where you are. I LOVED IT that Mark Buerhle stayed with my White Sox because he loved the team and the town. Sure, he could have found more cash elsewhere, but did he really need more? No.

    I wonder about this frequently, how come enough is just never.. enough. When so many have so little, and you and your family have so much, maybe it’s time to set another kind of example, and simply be grateful for what you have. Let your family stay where they are, and focus more on making your final year a beautiful thing in a town that really appreciates you.

  464. jakerot permalink
    November 2, 2007 11:35 am

    Hey Snubby 29………All that is going on in Yankee land and your focus is on Curt………..I think you should pay a little more attention to what the Yankees are doing and a little less attention to what the Red Sox and Curt are doing…..it aint Curt’s fault that the Yankees are going to hell in a handbasket……you Yankee fans are pathetic……dont worry about Curt coming to the Bronx…….he isnt old enough yet……

    Curt, honestly I could care less if you came or went. Let’s keep things in perspective……..you are a pitcher on a baseball team………MLB could fall off the face of the earth and it isnt going my ability to feed my family or go outside and live in freedom, or get medical attention….etc. This country has their priorities backwards…………

    Thanks for the memories………

  465. wede2000 permalink
    November 2, 2007 1:56 pm

    If you do re-sign in Boston could consider Los Angeles in your next stop in your Porofessional Carees.I believe your 21 years in Professional Baseball would do wonders for some of our younger Pitchers that the Dodgers currently have on staff and I also believe you can help LA to get to Post Season in 2008.You seem pitch well at Dodger Stadium while you with Arizona.I am sure already know of our new Manager.

  466. padrefan permalink
    November 3, 2007 4:32 pm

    Hi Curtt!!!! Im a huge fan of yours!!! I love the red sox, and all the players!!I see that you are interested with playing for SD… THAT WOULD BE AWSOMELEY GREATT!!! You’ll LOVE it here in SanDiego, and I heard that its really fun in the club house… so its like a bonus!! I knoe u shouldnt be listening to a 13 year old girl, but, Im just speaking out my mind!! curt, you are truly an amazing pitcher, and red sox nation cant ask for anything better, they pobably had a FANTASTIC season with you. But please try to give SanDiego a chance!!!! We love you!!!! Best of luck!!!

  467. killerclaw permalink
    November 4, 2007 2:56 pm

    No Orioles? Heh, can’t believe you got traded for Glenn Davis =(

  468. arlen54 permalink
    November 5, 2007 12:36 pm

    Would love to see you in a Cubs uniform before you retire. I haven’t seen you since you were a little tyke growing up in Blandinsville, IL. years ago. Maybe get in a round of golf at Twin Oaks if you end up in the Windy City. Arlen Britton

  469. jas205 permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:32 pm

    Dear Curt,

    The city of philadelphia needs you to lead us to a championship. I have been waiting years for this to happen. Please come back for one glorious year and lead us to victory.

  470. pathfinder44 permalink
    November 6, 2007 4:08 pm

    Tuesday 6 NOV 2008

    Curt–

    MAY I BE THE FIRST TO WELCOME YOU BACK(??) TO THE SOX FOR 2008!!!!!!

    I just knew when you considered the poor selection of clam chowder in other cities you would give Boston more than a second chance….

    Now just lay off the chowder til after the ’08 Series!!!

    Dave
    Dayton, OH

  471. REMO REMONDI permalink
    March 3, 2009 4:52 pm

    THANK YOU FOR THE YEARS YOU GAVE US PLAYING FOR THE REDSOX .I HOPE YOU FIND A TEAM THAT YOU CAN HELP WIN A DIVISION . BUT WE WOULD LIKE TOO WIN THE WORLD SERIES HERE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WITH YOUR WIFE ON HER CAUSE. GOOD LUCK ON FREE AGENCY.

  472. John permalink
    August 22, 2009 3:09 pm

    Curt Schilling is in the Hall of Fame. If not the one in Cooperstown, for sure Curt Schilling is in the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

    All it took was a Bloody Sock to make 55,000 people from New York shut up!

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