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November 5, 2007

Talks with the Red Sox are moving. Theo and I have spoken multiple times daily over the past week and given the current situation I am feeling very confident that we will be able to finalize a 1 year contract to allow us a chance to finish our career as members of the Red Sox organization.

There are some things to iron out and details that must be finalized for both sides but barring something unforseen or outrageously odd happening I feel very comfortable that I will finish my career here.

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  1. billyerin permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:47 pm

    CURT, just watching monday night football and saw the headlines of you working out a deal!!!!!! this will be a great day for the nation (red sox nation) if and when you sign back here, i think everyone is excited for you….

    billy

  2. nesmario permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:47 pm

    Just happened to be looking on here, and this is great news!!! Looks like the Red Sox are serious about repeating, and I only wish we had you earlier!! I know certain parts of the lineup will be possibly different, but I’m glad we’re not overlooking pitching with all the hooplah on a-rod, etc….pitching and defense is what got us here! We love you in Maine Curt, and I hope things get finalized!! Congrats on the Championship!!

    Josh from Banor

  3. dobrien12 permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:48 pm

    As a Phillies fan I am sorry to hear this news, but good luck.

  4. azredstate permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:51 pm

    Just read about it on ESPN. I’m not the biggest Schilling fan in the world, but I am one of the biggest Red Sox fans. I really think you should end your career in Boston. You deserve everything you get. I really really appreciate every memory you’ve given me. Thanks for ending your career here, hopefully. Next step, after another championship…the Hall. Congrats.

  5. azredstate permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:51 pm

    And it’s the best thing for the Sox. Make sure you help out the young guys next year. I’m sure they can learn a lot from a pitcher and a man like you.

  6. bostonbigdog permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:52 pm

    Wicked glad to hear this, Curt. I am a big believer in karma and baseball superstition, and I think the Baseball Gods would have been angry if they let you go. ANd Hell, it would make no sense. You had a decent era again this year, and are still the big game pitcher.

    As far as I am concerned, you are responsible for ending the 86 year agony, (and the agony I started to feel when I started to follow the Sox with my Dad when I was a kid in the early 60’s) I only wish he had lived long enough to see the Sox win it all. Btu alas, he passed away in ’83. But I know he would have loved you!

    Looking forward to hear that the deal is finalized and to see you at Fenway next year.

  7. cuthbertss permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:53 pm

    Curt:

    I hope thats the wy it works out. I have my fingers crossed for you and for the RSN!

  8. prazr permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:55 pm

    So glad to hear that news Curt. I am hoping by tomorrow morning it will be reported as a done deal. I heard about it first on the 11pm news just now. I came to your blog to see if it was true. We love you Curt Schilling and you deserve one more year in a Red Sox uniform.

  9. drazzen permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:56 pm

    Curt!!!

    Nothing could make me happier.

    You have been the best thing to happen to this team and ever since your Dunkin Donuts commercial have endeared yourself to RSN.

    Thanks for one more year. Hold onto that notebook, I hope to see you as pitching coach next year, and also hope Farrell gets a sweet management job.

  10. November 5, 2007 11:56 pm

    This is great news. Tell Theo to make sure he gets Mikey Lowell under contract as well. Congrats Curt and best of luck with everything.

  11. suemcloughlin permalink
    November 5, 2007 11:57 pm

    Curt,
    YAY!!! HOORAY!!!! RSN can take a load off!!!! I am soo happy that negotiations are going well!!! With you on our team the Sox have magic….2 World Championships with you pitching!!! You are awesome!! A tue warrior!!!
    All the best to you and your family!!!
    God Bless!!!

  12. November 6, 2007 12:04 am

    I’m really hoping this works out Curt. You always looked best in a Boston uniform.

  13. Levad permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:05 am

    Very nice. Things are moving towards the way they should be. The way it must be. We have a right to be able to say a proper goodbye and you have earned the right to hear our thanks, 38000 strong.

  14. albie87 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:06 am

    As a RARE fan of the Red Sox from Little Rock, Arkansas I’d love to see you finish your career in Boston. Despite an already plethora of memorable sports figures from the city of Boston, I believe you’ll still have a massive impact on that city and wherever you decide to go in the future.

    I listened to ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning and they ventured a guess as to your future after baseball might include politics, and if that were true, you’d have my vote!!

  15. soxfan01010 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:07 am

    SWEET!!!

    Bring home a Championship in 2008 for all of us!

    – Maine

  16. rsnbbh24 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:10 am

    Curt,

    so glad to hear your working out a deal to stay here, thank you for all the memories, and i look forward to more to come next season.

  17. smitty2007 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:11 am

    curt…
    ironically, i just finished watching the sox 2004 championship DVD tonight – watched the interview with you talking about your start in game 2 of the series being one of the most incredible days of your life – and just sat there thinking “man, i so wish he was returning for just one more year!” – then i see the news on the internet tonight – i could not be more happy! i NEVER post comments on blogs, but i had to tonight to let you know, you are truly one of the best ever! go schill!

  18. civ26 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:12 am

    Curt, sign already dammit, and let Theo focus in on Mike Lowell.. haha

  19. November 6, 2007 12:12 am

    Curt –

    Great news. I hope we can all celebrate soon.

  20. joei71 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:12 am

    Just saw Lobel mention this on the 11 pm news, but he said you weren’t commenting. I didn’t expect to see anything here, but man…

    This is totally AWESOME!!! The best news this Sox fan could hear! I’m so glad you’ll be finishing your career in a Red Sox uniform, but far more psyched that you’ll be pitching us to another World Championship next year!!!

    You’re the man, Curt. It only right for you to finish what you started right here!!!

  21. FireDannyAinge permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:15 am

    It is great news because for once someone that said they wanted to stay and play somewhere actually did what was possible to make that happen.

    I should have known that the Boston Herald stole their information off this blog.lol

  22. paulh428 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:16 am

    That’s great to hear. I’m keeping tabs on you and Mike Lowell. With you saying this, there’s no question you’ll be back. It’s going to be great having you back for another season for all the things you’ve done for the team, the city, and us fans. Looking forward to hearing more news of your hopeful return and watching you on television in Florida in Spring. Red Sox Nation Thanks You!

  23. November 6, 2007 12:17 am

    Outstanding news, Curt! I’ve got all my fingers AND toes crossed that things are finalized soon.

  24. puddles38 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:26 am

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!

    Christmas has come early! 2007 World Series Champs and Curt back!

    I wish you and your family many happy years in the Boston area.

    Go for 3 in 5 in 2008.

  25. November 6, 2007 12:26 am

    YES! Curt, I had the pleasure of catching game 3 of the Anaheim series and game 2 of the World Series in person and I have to tell you that both times I was really sad to think that either one might have been your last game in a Sox uniform. When you came out of the game in game 2 I really got the feeling that it was your last game and it was definitely bittersweet for me in the 6th when you walked off the mound. Can’t tell you how happy I am (and RSN is as a whole) that I may have been wrong. Either way thanks for everything Curt, we always expected to lose and you helped changed that, we always expect to lose our favorite players and you may help change that as well. The Nation would never be what it has become with out you… optimists.

    Rich
    SoCalSox

  26. edge69 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:27 am

    That is such great news, you deserve it just as a reward for what you have done for Red Sox Nation and the insight you can provide for our young pitchers. Just wait until your first game at Fenway, will probably register at least a 7.2. Thanks Curt for everything you have done!!!

  27. FireDannyAinge permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:28 am

    Hey Texasgal,
    I love your blog. Great job.

  28. mattbray16 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:42 am

    Curt by far my favorite Player I cant wait to see you every 5 days or so on NESN this season!

    Thanks for your effort on and off the field, you are a great American!

    Go get em’ in 08!

    -Matt

    PS: Please consider running for President in 2012!

  29. NoxintorT permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:42 am

    This news has made me incredibly happy! If not your pitching ability, you need to be on the team for all of the young pitchers who will be on the team next year. You take younger players under your wing, and it clearly makes them into better players. Plus a 3.87 ERA ain’t bad.

    Thank you for wanting to stay with the Red Sox so badly — it means a lot to us.

    Thank Theo for obliging. He’s made a lot of ‘unpopular’ business decisions, but they almost always turn out right. And even when they don’t…well… two WS in 4 years. ‘Nuff said.

  30. jbbrennx permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:42 am

    Great News!!!

    You have true class and your presence will be immeasurably valuable to the Red Sox, their fans and to New England.

    Thanks for posting your progress (even though you said earlier you were not going to comment on negotiations) We will keep checking here…

  31. ihatechicago permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:43 am

    hey man why do you put catsup on your socks?

  32. soupsoxs permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:46 am

    Curt it’s great hear you are close to closing a deal and retiring with Boston. These last three years have been great and looking forward to a fourth. You have been such a positive person for the organization and New England. You will be remembered as the most dominant big time pitcher off all- time. God bless you with a healthy season, no matter where it is you end you playing.

  33. November 6, 2007 12:47 am

    Curt, I thanked you for 2004, and I now thank you for 2007. I’m glad it looks like you’ll be in a Sox uniform in ’08. Hopefully you’ll be getting the ball from Mike Lowell after every bases-empty out.

  34. ihatechicago permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:48 am

    damn it i would have loved it if you went to the mets then maybe we can finally win a championship in NY

  35. mrblutarski permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:56 am

    ONE MORE YEAR!!!! ONE MORE YEAR!!!!!

    One down, one to go! Now that you’re on board,

    SIGN MIKE LOWELL!! SIGN MIKE LOWELL!!

    I hope this works out, you and your family have been great for Boston.

    Have a great Thanksgiving with your family.

    GO SOX!!

  36. November 6, 2007 1:01 am

    I heard on the news tonight and I was thrilled. Moving your family is so hard, especially if it’s only for a year. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, having done it twice myself. My kids are still mad about it.

    I am excited for you and your family. Staying in Boston for the end of your career is a great boon to the Sox and Sox nation.

  37. ivoshoen permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:06 am

    Excellent news!

  38. peteladdjr permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:10 am

    Hey – Congrats!

    After 5 years, Just left Falmouth, Cape Cod returning to Wash, DC. Interesting here to see how many people are now on the Sox Bandwagon. Prior to you coming to Boston it was really a fun, sadistic, we will probably lose scenario.

    You said from the Get Go,…..”not just one World Series….”. I don’t think at the time you knew what you were getting into. Now, you are HERE. So, relish the time with ’04 and now ’07. You really have something to cherish, and, with a new contract, so do the rest of us Sox fans. ;}

    Thank you!!!!

    Pete….now, from Arlington, VA

  39. seattlesoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:12 am

    Thanks for the upate Curt. That is awesome news!

    I know you were reluctant to discuss the progress of your talks with the Red Sox but it just seems too perfect to see you finish your career in Boston. I am so gla that coming back for your final year in Boston is as important to you as it is to your fans. What could be more perfect than that?

    Best wishes to you and your family Curt. Here’s to hoping we see
    you and Mike Lowell signed with the Red Sox very soon!

  40. poltroop permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:16 am

    Curt, one question, After your retirement in 08, do you plan on becoming a pitching coach? I think if you did that for 5 years in Boston, with 5 years in a player role, you could be eligible for your #38 getting retired in Fenway. Any thoughts?

  41. jaxholliday permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:17 am

    Hey Curt…this is the best news we’ve had since winning the Championship…I think a lot of people , including Gordon Edes, who said it on NESN, thought maybe you wouldn’t be back next year…I think the two most important off-season moves HAVE got to be signing you and signing Mikey Lowell. Having your veteran leadership, and being able to pass that on to the younger guys, is going to prove invaluable. Not to mention, what your family does for charity is beyond the call of duty. Thanks for all you do man, and for giving RSN moment after moment of , well, MOMENTS.

    Let’s get signed.

    jackson

  42. vegasdeaner permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:22 am

    Curt,
    Best thing Theo could do is keep you on board. I know that D-bag Dan Shaughnessy would love nothing more than to see you. I can’t wait to hear him whine once the deal is official. Glad to have you back…..

  43. cutters1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:30 am

    Curt, I hope you work out the details with the Sox. I love that you want to stay and think you are a HUGE asset to the team.

    But I think the only contract that works for both sides is an incentive based one. In my opinion, basing success on a single incentive factor is not wise. This is why I came up with the 3 point incentive program. Fill in the numbers with what you think is fair but I think this could be a great structure you could use in your negotiating.

    Essentially, if you dominate, you make big $$. If age finally gets the better of you (hopefully not), the Sox have flexibility and aren’t tied to a huge number.

    In my example, your 2006 season (3.97 ERA, 15 wins and 204 innings) would earn you $14 mil while 2007 would have earned you 10 mil. Here it is…

    Base Pay: 9 million

    ERA INCENTIVE (min 140 IP)
    Under 3.00: 2 mill
    3-3.25: 1.5 mil
    3.25-3.5: 1 mil
    3.5-3.75: 750K
    3.75–4: 500K
    4-4.5: 250K

    WINS INCENTIVE
    11-13: 500K each
    14-17: 750K each
    18+: 1mil each

    IP INCENTIVE
    150-170: 500K
    171-180: 750K
    181-190 1 mil
    191-200 1.25 mil
    200+ 1.5 mil

    Top 5 MVP
    Top 5 Cy

    Good Luck

  44. vegasdeaner permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:30 am

    Correction…..Dan Shaughnessy would love nothing more than to see you go.

  45. djbw permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:41 am

    Hi Curt
    man is that great to hear.I had been considering what it would be like for you not to be here next year and it brought me in mind of when Luis Tiant left.
    i knew that they could make up for your considerable talent with another pitcher via free agency or a trade but like losing El-Tiante it would have been like losing a piece of the heart and soul of this franchise.
    so heres hoping you and Theo get this thing done
    Woody

  46. jonathanmccauley permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:02 am

    Thank goodness! :o)

  47. ike6116 permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:02 am

    Curt, I know you run a family show here so I don’t expect you to approve this comment but the only two words that come to mind when I read this as a Sox fan are:

    @$!# yes.

    (Will continue to wear my 38 jersey with pride regardless, thanks for the 2 rings)

  48. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:31 am

    Well, well, well… I couldn’t sleep and got up just to browse a bit and to play some WoW and see this. I’d say, “GREAT NEWS!” but won’t until it’s finalized and you are returning. ; ) I hope a contract agreement is announced later today and we can see you back in a Red Sox uniform – and you won’t have to pack your family up and move…. Having you retire in a Red Sox uniform would be wonderful.

    Dot those “i’s” and cross those “t’s,” Curt and Theo.

    As Larry the Cable Guy says, “Git ‘er done!”

    ; )

  49. jrhavana permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:33 am

    hey curt,

    thanks for coming here to boston and helping to deliver two world series championships. and thanks for sticking around for more. your leadership and your faith has set an excellent example for many in this community. and don’t worry about your critics – if the writers in this town were half as good at their jobs as you guys are at yours, the newspapers would be full of joyous illumination… anyhow, you are the man! and thanks again for everything.

    jeff

  50. milkman57 permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:38 am

    Curt,

    Thanks again. Looking forward to see you pitch next year. Please keep saying things that bother Shaughnessy. It’s nice to know your very presence will drive him nuts.

  51. jookie permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:39 am

    So happy to hear that things are moving along well in discussions with the Sox brass. I also think it’s incredibly cool that you’re representing yourself in these talks. So often these days, negotiations get screwed up by faceless interactions, agents who are out to deceive, and above all, misperceptions. Hopefully, both you and the ownership will be able to see where one another stand and come to a place that’s mutually satisfying.

    It’s amazing what you’ve done in your time here. That letter from 2003 was totally eye-opening, and you’ve more than held up your end of the bargain. Finishing your career here seems like the only logical endpoint. And what a mentor and example our young pitchers will have with you remaining in Boston for another year. This team is built so well right now, one can’t help but think that the future looks incredibly bright–this on the heels of what was just an amazing season to watch as a fan. Thank you for all of your hard efforts.

  52. rayfer permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:42 am

    curt, im a die-hard redsox fan fan living in upstate new york…..this is the greatest news…..you are the most professional, classy and clutch pitcher any team could hope to have…these 4 years have been a pleasure…..and to have 1 more….just outstanding….again thanks for the thrills and congrats and another ring….with maybe three rings on the horizon….

  53. 406club permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:52 am

    Hi Curt,
    I grew up as a Red Sox fan in New England and experienced the emotional scarring that comes with the territory. I had always waited for the day when we would win the Series, and never imagined that I’d see it done twice in my lifetime.
    As a lifelong Sox fan, thank you for all you have given for Red Sox Nation. We all hope to see you again on the mound next year guiding us to another title. Fenway Franks taste so much better in October.

    thanks again
    Dan

  54. November 6, 2007 2:58 am

    This news made my day! What a career!

  55. stevequinn permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:59 am

    This is really very good news. Glad you’ll be back. Your playoff performances this year were outstanding.

    Now the Sox need to sign Mike Lowell too.

  56. rightstuff permalink
    November 6, 2007 3:01 am

    Curt Great news that you will end your career in Boston!!!!!!!!. I am so Happy for you and your family. Curt win another World Series next year. You are NUMBER ONE CURT. Curt could I get a copy of the video you taped of the World Series victory parade? How would I get a copy from you or another player that video taped the victory parade. Could you email me and let me know Curt I would like a copy if you could please? My email address is duderiley2005@gmail.com.

    Jeff

  57. November 6, 2007 3:22 am

    Awesome, Curt. Get out there and lead those young kids to another ring!

    I was glad to see Wakes’ option get picked up. I know nothing lasts forever, but man, it sure seems like his career with the Sox has. I got married just months after he joined the team. It’s hard to imagine the Red Sox without him. Only thing I can compare it to is the Bruins without Bourque.

    Nothing lasts forever, so I am going to just keep enjoying all this hometown winning while it lasts.

    The question is, who will lose the next game, the Patriots or the Red Sox? 🙂

  58. stanleykrute permalink
    November 6, 2007 3:44 am

    This would be a win-win-win-win for the Schillings, the Sox, RSN, and all of our beloved New England.

    Beyond the ERA and big game wins, the biggest hunk of Curt’s value, a hunk that can’t be over-estimated, is the knowledge and work ethic and overall example of excellence that he provides for all the younger players.

    We’ve been blessed to have you here up to now, and this would be extra frosting on that special cake.

  59. matt80803 permalink
    November 6, 2007 3:46 am

    That’s such good news.The thanksgiving theme was appropriate.It would be the best story in present day sports if Sox mgmnt.could “sure” everyone up before the holidays.What a stunner that would be.Congrats Kurt for you and yours and I hope all goes well.

  60. carms1979 permalink
    November 6, 2007 3:55 am

    That is great Curt, thanks for the update.

    Carms

  61. browerpowr permalink
    November 6, 2007 4:16 am

    I jumped out of my seat and immediately ran downstairs to tell my roommates when I heard the news. 13 million congratulations on your new deal! Can’t wait to see you out on the field at Fenway in April!

    (I’m also glad that the last time I’ll see you pitch won’t have been September 5, when we lost to the Blue Jays)

  62. mattflahertyguitar permalink
    November 6, 2007 4:16 am

    Curt, I was a huge fan of your bluff and scaring the sox( free agency). JK I would want nothing more then to see you finish your career in Boston. Thanks for everything

  63. philosnit permalink
    November 6, 2007 4:22 am

    Montague:

    Thought I’d call you by your middle name to catch your attention. I have no doubt that you’ll run for office some day. Those that detract from your extroverted self and ridicule the overt nature with which you open yourself and your family to a set of values and a community – well, in the long run, I think you’re bound, not for the press box or studio set of gameday analysis, but on the issues the affect the lives of everyday people.

    That notwithstanding, there is the final year of a long storied career that has yet to be played out. And yes, it should and must be played out in Boston.

    Do you have 98 mph stuff anymore?

    Theo and the baseball people know the answer to that. And so does everyone else.

    It ought to be said though, that if you shed a little weight, and maintain some vigilance in the off-season, you ought to be able to curl 91-93 when needed for 2008 (author’s prejudice here on off-season training).

    Still, there is everybody and his brother in the SHOW who can dish the same speed – but not to the same October effect. When the autumn visits the leaves and confines of Henry David Thoreau make their colors manifest, there are (factually) few people that rise to the occasion of pressurized focus and tenacity.

    You and Randy ended the Yankee dynasty of championships is 2001. As a former Seattle man (now living in Tokyo), I always favored Randy to you. But it was clear that the both of you, (disparate personalities, but similar guts and raw talent), both pushed – and helped – one another by your tenacity and competitiveness. Randy Johnson doesn’t get into the Hall of Fame without Curt Schilling breathing down his neck during a mutual Phoenix tenure (on the scale of achievement).

    That is simple fact. (Get a few drinks into Randy, and he’d probably admit that and more).

    You had a pivotal role in ended the existential crisis afflicting Boston for generations. Not once, but twice.

    If all you and your family are asking for is a one-year contract, it can and ought to be sustained. Sign the deal.

  64. philosnit permalink
    November 6, 2007 4:33 am

    You’ll have to bear the typos of that last entry (poetry of Thoreau included), but I trust that you gather what I intended to iterate.

    Be well, and I look forward to seeing Schilling in a Boston uniform in 2008.

  65. bigschillingfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:22 am

    Hey Curt,

    I’m praying that you have a great season next year and that you get the end to your career that you want, whether that be after just one more season or more! Boston loves you and good luck with your contract!

  66. redsoxnum7 permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:29 am

    I was beyond excited to hear about you getting to sign for another year..I think that is the best thing they could have done! I can’t wait to watch you for one more season! Congratulations!!!

  67. joncasms permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:30 am

    Curt, As a redsox fan since 1967 I want to say thankyou for bringing not only one but two world series to Boston in my lifetime. It seems that Redsox management have finally got it together. All the years under the old regime (Sullivan) were dissappointing. It is not money that wins a championship but pride,dedication and hard work. (Celtics 1984). You and your teammates have demonstrated all of those qualities. You are a great mentor for the new guys and the Redsox would be making a huge mistake if they don’t sign you. You must be very satisfied with all you and Shonda do for ALS. Even though we have never met you seem to be a good decent man with great family values. This is the mark of a great champion. Keep up the good work and I am rooting for you all the way. Mark J.

  68. sdredsoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 5:44 am

    Curt,

    I was really excited when I heard the news that you and the sox were reportedly close to a deal. I pray that this works out. I will wait for the official announcement though because in 2004 espn was reporting that Pedro had reached a deal with the sox and then the next day it was announced that he was going to the Mets. I really want to see you stay in Boston. If you do stay then they can concentrate on signing Mikey Lowell and the others. I would love to see most of our team intact for 2008. You guys have great chemistry and like they say if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. We had and have a great team that is why you guys are world champions. Best of luck. I already miss being able to watch you guys. Wish it was time for next season to start. I am going through RedSox withdrawal.

  69. November 6, 2007 6:27 am

    Ah, what excellent news to wake up to on a rainy Tuesday morning.

  70. redsoxmaryt permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:02 am

    Today’s My Birthday and I knew I would get MY WISH, SO Happy for You, Curt and for Your Family, I knew you would be coming back to Boston, You never really left. It’s happening on My Birthday!!!!!!!! I know it, I know it!!!!!!! SO Very Happy, Never wanted You to go anywhere else #38!!!!!!!!!!

    Blessings to You and The Family!!!!! Thank You Boston Red Sox, You made the Right Decision!!!!!!!!!

    REDSOXMARYT.

  71. jnsox07 permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:09 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    This is great news for all of your fans! We all look forward to seeing you next year as part of the Sox. Hopefully all goes well, thanks for making baseball such a great sport.

  72. mcleanweston permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:10 am

    Curt,
    This is great news. We all in Maine have our fingers crossed.
    Now all we need is good news about Lowell and our hearts will rest a lot easier.
    Good luck in 2008!!!!
    Deb

  73. redsox1918 permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:16 am

    Curt,

    Congrats!! I’m glad things worked out for you and your family!!

    Are you going to extend an invitation to Dan Shaughnessy to watch you ink the new deal,… or,..are you going to send him a sympathy card? 🙂

  74. November 6, 2007 7:25 am

    We Love You Curt!

  75. j00it permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:28 am

    Hello Kurt,

    Great news. Don’t sit around eating donuts all winter… stay in shape and make this your best year ever. I see 18 wins with this team.

    J00it

  76. jonbrodo20 permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:30 am

    Hey Curt,
    I am a huge Phillies fan and I would love for you just to see how much they are asking you, you would fit very well here and make Cole Hamels better. COME BACK!!!!!

  77. The One-Handed Clapper permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:31 am

    That’s fantastic!!!! You belong here in Boston!

  78. redsox1918 permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:33 am

    Curt,

    Let’s also cut to the chase here,…are you planning to work in some sort of fashion for the Red Sox organization after next year? I’m sure the Sox would welcome your help with the pitching staff…

  79. irishdad41 permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:35 am

    Curt, I don’t think athletes are roll models & our kids should not idolize them. But when my Seven year old son & I watch you on T.V. I can say son there is a class act.
    I hope your coming back.

  80. theophilus73 permalink
    November 6, 2007 7:54 am

    Git -R- Done!!!! (Lots of thought went into that one)

  81. centifuge permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:03 am

    Curt,
    It’s been wonderful having you here and Boston and every true Sox fan knows we would still be without a World Series Title without your relocation from Arizona.
    I personally very much appreciate your foresight and your ability to see that a one-year contract is the best option for you right now. Too many times you see players trying to squeeze out as much as they can and it makes them look greedy while ineffective on the diamond. Sometimes its more important to have city-wide family that will always respect you as a person and a player than that extra years worth of cash. I also find you a savvy business man and am sure that you will be successful in the gaming business as well.
    I know you are still a fantastic pitcher, and I expect as you continue to work with John to focus less on blowing it by the batters and improve your “pitching” ability, you will be tough to hit. Your location has always been impeccable and your ability to keep walks to a minimum is a highly overlooked statistic. The intangibles you add to the team (hell your binders and notebooks alone are probably worth a quarter of your salary), the leadership you bring, and perhaps most importantly to the fans, your ability to eloquently embrace media to keep us informed is very appreciated. To me, personally, your post season performances warrant whatever One-Year contract you could possibly ask for. I think it’s owed and deserved. The “incentives” are on your fingers, two of them.

  82. mannyramirez1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:08 am

    Hi Curt
    You have no idea how happy this makes me! Such good news!
    I knew today would bring something good!
    Keep us updated.
    Kim

  83. keenestate83 permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:13 am

    Curt,
    I cant tell you how happy I am to hear that you will be finishing your career with the Sox. You are such an incredible pitcher and I think you will be a huge asset to the younger guys in the bullpen.
    So, lets start getting ready for next season!!! What do ya say? World Series Champs in ’08 too.

    Tom
    Keene, NH

  84. dealingthephilthyhotcheese permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:17 am

    WOW Curt!!!
    That’s awesome news for you and your family. Things seemed to have turned out for the best the way you knew they would. My heart will remain unbroken! YAHOO!!!!! Now go get Lowell

  85. ilovebigpapi permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:18 am

    Good to hear, honestly I thought it would happen-some things are meant to be and that is one of them.

    God I hate to even bring it up but since other people have-please please can this Dan S thing end? It’s really silly and pointless. One more year here should be free of all of that. I thought if you left you should both sit down at Fenway or some other place and talk as politely as possible for charity-maybe the Jimmy Fund and ALS. Why drag that on even longer? I just don’t get it-maybe it’s a “man thing” that I don’t get somehow because I’m female, but I don’t think so. I think you are both ultimately better than that. At least if people can’t get along they should just ignore each other and just let it go. Could the Red Sox write that in your contract? 😀 Sorry, just my two cents-and I like you…not a fan of everything you do and say but I remain a loyal supporter and rooter.

  86. devin1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:21 am

    That is great news and a relief Curt.

    Dedicate yourself in the offseason to put yourself in position to win 20 games.

    No one thinks you can do it.

    That would be the ultimate way to go out

  87. redsoxnationinla permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:21 am

    Hi Curt-

    Just simply elated that you will be taking down that silly “For Sale Sign” in the front of your home (at least for another year). What were you thinking?:) While Jason is the Captain of the Team, like it or not, you ARE the Captain of this Pitching Staff. You are and have been very critical to the success that we all have enjoyed during your illustrious tenure here so far. Your leadership and experience transcends all that is crucial to getting to a World Series, not to mention the magic you yourself do every five days on the mound. I think its safe to say that all Sox fans hope that after your days are over on the mound (and at least another WS). you and your wonderful family will refrain from ever putting up a “For Sale Sign” up ob your home and make this area your final home/destination. And continue to play a long time active role inside the Red Sox Organization whatever that may entail. A HUGE Thanks for all you have done for the organization, the City of Boston, your wonderful charities, and most of all, being the “cure” for ending 86 years of misery plus another WS!!!!. My late season ticketholder grandfather smiles upon you everyday! Congrats on staying!! Now go help get Lowell signed!!

  88. cmatera permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:31 am

    That’s great news! congratulations Curt!

  89. denro55 permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:33 am

    I am so pleased to hear this news, Curt. I have the utmost respect and admiration for you as a person and as a ballplayer, and I really didn’t want you to leave the Red Sox. I realize that a deal is not finalized, and I really hope that everything works out.

    I will be watching and cheering from my season ticket seats!

  90. November 6, 2007 8:41 am

    Pretty good news. can’t have too much pitching, obviously. So, 6 starters, plus Julian, translating into 5 spots. Curt, not sure if you read these comments, but I’d be interested in hearing your own thoughts on how the rotation might play itself out. My own reaction is that, despite the no-hitter for Buchholz last year, he still will have to compete for the 5th spot and could very well find himself starting the year in Pawtucket. Anibel Sanchez threw the no-no for Florida as a rookie a couple seasons ago now, but he didn’t really light up the pitching world this year; same could be the case with Buchholz and having you and Wake back will ensure some stability.

  91. megawookie permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:44 am

    I’m would be so happy if you could finish your career here in Boston. I hope that the Red Sox will honor your contributions by retiring your number at the end of next season. Good Luck and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you iron our your contract today; you’ve earned it.

  92. charleselandry permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:46 am

    Way to go out on top! In style-on your own terms, in a park with fans who adore you and coming off of another World Series win. Imagine tipping your hat into retirement after winning game 4 of the 2008 series! Good Luck!

  93. skatingintheshade permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:53 am

    YESSSSSS!!!! Make it happen, Curt. We love you here. I was at your 200 win game, Game 2 of this year’s World Series, and countless others. Thanks for the memories, and the promise of a great 2008.

    I have no doubt you’ll have a successful season next year, but I also believe that your impact on our young pitchers will be invaluable. I’m not in the locker room, and I’m not sure how it all goes down, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Josh Beckett does not have the season he did this year without you and Tek in his corner. I attribute his success to your mentoring, and his “stuff,” of course.

    On a personal note, I am simply ecstatic that you, and Shonda, will be around to continue your incredible community service, and charitable work. Both of you really had a positive effect on me and my organization this summer.

    Thanks,
    John, FMC Arenas

  94. redrob permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:54 am

    Curt,

    I find your politics and religion execrable, but you’ve been a damn good pitcher for the Sox, and I’m glad to see you back. I’m impressed by the way you’ve been able to overcome your diminished “stuff” and still be an effective and clutch pitcher. Here’s hoping you continue to be a solid contributor to a championship team and retire wearing a “B.”

  95. thegunzshow permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:57 am

    I wake up this morning and see that Andy Pettitte didn’t exercise his option and Curt Schilling is about to sign on for one more World Series championship in Boston… I think I might go buy some lottery tickets this afternoon after this morning’s news…

  96. sbrj permalink
    November 6, 2007 8:57 am

    YAY! (Doing a happy dance now!)

  97. thedoctorx permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:09 am

    vegasdeaner “Correction…..Dan Shaughnessy would love nothing more than to see you go.”

    All the more reason to sign him!! 😀

    Mr. Schilling, I will add my “Fan-Boy” support to the long list, as well as “undying thanks” for helping 2004 NOT be “a fluke.” I agree that an incentive based contract makes both you and the Red Sox–and fans–happy. You pitched well in the post season–particularly in the critical game in the ALCS. If you JUST did that next year . . . that would be worth it!

    Considering all of the money being saved by NOT signing A-Rod.

    –J.D.

    P.S. Sign Lowell!!

  98. jbila05 permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:18 am

    Curt,
    I’m very happy to hear that. Glad it seems the Sox are showing you the respect you deserve and see the value of you finishing your career in Boston. See ya next year!

  99. thejaybird permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:19 am

    Are you looking for a no-trade clause? I sure would. Facing the realities of another regular season conclude me to believe that you’re going to have to lay low and put up some good numbers to reach the post-season roster. Otherwise, I see you being packaged away. That being said, there’s no one else I’d rather see as a starter in the post-season.

    If only Wakefield would retire so we could get rid of that pesky Mirabelli and get a youngster in behind Tek to learn the craft.

    Also, which hat do you think you’ll be wearing the day of your induction?

  100. November 6, 2007 9:20 am

    !$@$@#$ great news Curt…..!

    Here’s to repeat next season! *cheers*

  101. builttospill permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:24 am

    Glad my nickname isn’t what the Sox management is planning to do. Wonderful news that your signing may be completed soon…it will be a hell of a way to go out in 2008 with 3 Championships in 5 years!

  102. chapalex permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:25 am

    Since the “bloody sock” episodes in October 2004, you will always be the Achilles of Boston! But unlike Homer’s ancient epic hero, you continue to triumph. So it’s truly great news that you’ll be back again next year for another campaign for a World Series trophy and retire as a Red Sox warrior.

  103. November 6, 2007 9:34 am

    That is awesome. Thanks for the update. I am glad to hear things are moving in a good direction and hope to see you finish it out in Boston.

    On a side note, what’s with your Steelers running up the score on those poor Baltimore Ravens last night?? Ha ha 😉

  104. randocalrissian permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:36 am

    Curt,

    I am elated to hear you will likely be back. My Dad and I agreed as we watched WS game 2 this year from near Pesky Pole that the most likely way to get you back would be on a one-year deal, but that it might not be enough to entice you. It means a lot to RS Nation that you’d take us on a one-year deal. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done for us these last four years. Game 2 was amazing, clearly you were not dominant with your stuff, but I gained a new appreciation for your craft as you truly ‘pitched’ and rarely ‘threw’ and kept the Rockies off balance just enough. Keep up the great work, and our youngsters Clay and Jon are very lucky to have such a well-versed mentor as #38. Good luck going for ring #4!

  105. nhsoxfan33 permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:45 am

    You have meant a lot to this city and the fans that make up Red Sox Nation. You are truly a unique individual. Your preparation, desire, & compassion for the game of baseball is something every Little Leaguer in the World should replicate. You are a great role model & mentor. Boston waited 86 years for a World Championship and you have delivered two in four years. You couldn’t have done it without your teammates, and as far as I am concerned, there are several “Red Sox Hall of Famers” on these two teams that have won. There will also be a few “Hall of Famers” on these two teams. I hope it works out that you are back for that one final year and able to walk away with three championships in five years. And you can take that famous “B” on your cap with you straight to Cooperstown! It has been a pleasure watching you over the last 4 years, and I hope you stay for #5!

  106. November 6, 2007 9:53 am

    Ahhh… Curt. That made my morning. I knew you wanted to stay, and I hoped you’d stay, but we both know you have to go where you’re meant to be. And I really, really wanted that to be with the Sox… what awesome news. You really are so much of the heart of the Sox, so many of us would have been very, very sad to see you go (and would have kept tabs on you regardless :-)).

    Thank you!!

  107. rightstuff permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:56 am

    Curt I want to wish you a Very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ENJOY!!!!!!!.

    Jeff

  108. loudenphillies permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:57 am

    I knew you would never come back to Philly. You sell out.

  109. grandmananer permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:03 am

    glad to have you back Curt !

  110. bosredsoxofne permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:03 am

    Good Morning Curt,
    As I was falling asleep last night, I heard the good news, and I slept very well. But when I woke up this morning and didn’t see the news right away on TV, I was afraid it was only a dream!! Luckily, the reality did set in. I am thrilled that it looks like it will work out for you and for us – the way we all want it to. [The Red Sox management would be very foolish not to want you back – way too many positives, including the important intangibles.] True Red Sox fans have heart – and you have a lot of that!! You, and many of your teammates, are definitely in the big Red hearts of all of us fans. Here’s to even more good news coming today!!!!
    P.S. I hope you’ve read all of these posts, and if you are then I’ll add my personal “Thank You” for what you’ve done for all of us Red Sox fans; I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as we have. –Cheryl in Maine

  111. wonderingaboutsock permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:04 am

    Yay!!!!!!!! That would be awesome!!! We thought you were going to be gone when we read about your letter writing spree. We are very happy things are working out!

  112. numberonefan permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:04 am

    Curt my daughter is 9 years old and is your #1 Fan! She woke up this morning and heard on the news that you are close to a deal. She was jumping up and deal and screaming her excitement. Ever since the World Series ended she was very disapointed that she would never see you in a Red Sox uniform again. She has already asked me to get tickets to a game you are pitching in next year. I told her it is a bit early for that. I hope it gets finalized real soon. I am not sure that most of the Red Sox fans really realize that without you coming to this team we would be short two World Series trophies. Good luck to you, you deserve all the good things that come your way.

  113. clop182 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:07 am

    Curt,

    I cannot express how happy I am that you have a good chance of finishing your career in Boston. You are by far my favorite pitcher and I never miss watching your starts. The team is better with your presence.

  114. kingsfaninri permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:07 am

    Curt,

    congrats on the new deal and bring us one more title.

  115. bamasoxfan1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:13 am

    Curt,
    I am so pleased you are back with the team for another year.

    I have a great deal of respect for you and your family.

    It’s a blessing as a fan to have you finish your career as a Red Sox.

    Congratulations and Good luck in 08.

  116. November 6, 2007 10:14 am

    Hello,

    I am very happy knowing that Curt will remain as a member of the Red Sox. He is too valuable as a big game pitcher and as a positive representative of the Red Sox!

    Kevin

    PS. Does anyone know if Curt participates in comment boxes?

  117. gregga permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:14 am

    Hi Curt
    I heard the news this am that you are close to signing. In my opinion nothing could be better than finishing your great career here in Boston. I have read a lot of your comments about how you and your family appreciate being here and it means a lot to the fans. Your signing should be a priority for the sox and it is refreshing to see that is actually how they feel as well. I will get to enjoy yet another season of watching you pitch and hearing what you have to say. Thanks again for being one of the few guys left in baseball who is a stand up kind of guy.
    Greg

  118. sarahsmom2u2 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:14 am

    As the newest Boston fan…let me say congratulations…as a Christian, let me say I appreciate where your priorities are…that to me says it all…This morning I found out how World Class the Red Sox Organization really was when I called about a young double lung transplant patient, Acacia Cugno (www.lofan.com), and they got right on board to cheer her up…You are staying with a great team, and I will enjoy cheering you on next year to another world series championship. sarahsmom2u2@yahoo.com

  119. 1993phillies permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:18 am

    DON’T SIGN IT CURT! COME HOME TO PHILLY! DON’T YOU WANT TO COME HOME!?!?!?!

  120. 1993phillies permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:18 am

    DON’T SIGN IT CURT! COME HOME TO PHILLY! DON’T YOU WANT TO COME HOME!?!?!?!

    Boston is spoiled, come back to your roots.

  121. big1234 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:19 am

    I`m glad The Red Sox are doing the right thing. Looking forward to watching You pitch again in Fenway, Now get then to sign Mike Lowell !!!!!!!!!!!

  122. 1967dru permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:20 am

    Congrats Curt

    If I am not mistaking, Mile Lowell HAS not filed for free agency yet. If this is correct, that is great news. It means the he is giving the Sox a chance to re-sign him

  123. soxfanlinda permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:26 am

    Curt,

    I think it’s great that you will finish your career here in Boston.
    You have been an asset to the team when it really counted,and Your Charity work is wonderful.

    welcome back!~

    -Linda

  124. November 6, 2007 10:29 am

    Great to hear it! I’m so excited. I think that the nation owes you the ability to finish your career here. I’ll be checking back daily for updates–it’s nice to hear them from you and not the press! PS–what do you think of A-Rod and his wishes to come to Boson?

  125. ebrownie61 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:31 am

    Hope this works out! Boston and the SOX is were you belong!

  126. Antsrule02 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:32 am

    I found that out watching ESPN this morning. Good Luck!!

  127. itsourtime permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:34 am

    man, glad to hear it. hope it all works out.

  128. sportsnut72 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:35 am

    Just got word on WEEI that you have signed pending the physical.

    Congrats, lets bring another WS to Boston!!

    Best wishes!

  129. Tom Field permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:36 am

    Say it’s so, Schill.

    Love to see you stay for one final year, so that a Red Sox cap is the last you wear before taking that big step into the Hall of Fame.

    best,

    Tom

  130. November 6, 2007 10:39 am

    Congrats on the deal Curt…be nice to see your number up there with Yaz & TW.

  131. November 6, 2007 10:42 am

    It’s official, I think… ESPN reporting a deal is now official.

    Congrats Curt!! Where’s your next public appearance, I want a ball signed!!!

  132. pennstater89 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:43 am

    Raining here in Jersey – cold, dreary day – didn’t want to come to work. I log onto weei.com and first thing I hear is that Curt’s ready to re-up with the Sox… now that’s the way to start a day! Thank you, Theo!

    GOOD LUCK CURT!

    RESIGN LOWELL!

    Amy

  133. browerpowr permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:44 am

    And now that things are finalized with your deal, I couldn’t be happier! Thank you so much for staying!

  134. pennstater89 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:45 am

    SUGGESTION FOR CURT’S PITCH FOR ALS:

    Curt, I would love to get involved – I have no problem donating to charities of my favorite athletes. However, I can’t afford to pay for everything up front; if you could have a monthly donation or something like that, that would be greatly beneficial. I understand that would mean more work for the staff, but I thought I’d pass this suggestion on.
    Amy

  135. nellyk permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:48 am

    Sweet! Let’s win another WS in 08!

  136. ammt22 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:49 am

    Yabba dabba doo! Looks like we get you back! Thank you Thank you Thank you!! Great letter and so prophetic! The Schilling family is beloved to Red Sox Nation and I thank God for sending you to us!

  137. tragic31 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:50 am

    Curt

    That is great news to hear. Do us all a favor and tell Theo he needs to get Mikey signed as well. I know he is working hard on getting both of you signed and I am glad to hear that your contract is basically done. Look forward to hearing the official announcement some time in the next few days.

  138. charlieinwickford permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:52 am

    This is a self-explanatory email I sent Sean McAdam of the Providence Journal today. I hope it sums it up and good luck to you.

    Dear Mr. McAdam:

    I read your article about the Sox’s prospective re-signing of Curt Schilling with delight and not a little disbelief. Do you really believe the Sox will sign this icon to provide the starting rotation “depth” in case Wakefield or Bucholtz falter? Do you honestly think these two will round out a starting threesome of Beckett, Dice-K and Lester? There was actually some debate whether Lester would even be added to the post-season roster. Do you now think his performance in the deciding game of the Series has vaulted him from the “bubble” to the third spot in the starting rotation?

    Yes, it is true that Curt Schilling can’t bring the same heat he used to and the discussion about how this 41-year old has “re-invented himself” has gone on ad nauseam and, yes, he only went 9-8 this year after six weeks on the DL. Having said that, he still posted a 3.97 ERA for the season and went 3-0 in the playoffs. He is rumored to be considering a contract with a $6 million base salary with a bunch of incentives. Of ALL the pitchers on the Red Sox staff (including Beckett), can you think of anyone more likely to approach an incentive-laden contract with more steely determination and laser-like focus than a Curt Schilling? Do you think he’s going to sign an incentive-driven contract in anticipation of being a sixth or spot starter?

    Curt Schilling’s body may betray him next year. In that case, the Sox will have taken a $6 million gamble on him. The much more likely scenario will be that be the rotation’s third starter and will be given extra days of rest and occasionally miss a turn while a younger pitcher subs for him. I see him getting 24-28 starts next year and going around 12-8 (or better). The like of Tom Glavine, Gary Maddox and John Smoltz do not end their careers as part of a starting rotation’s “depth” and neither will Curt Schilling. ‘Nuff said.

    Charles T. Knowles
    Colonel (Ret.), US Army

  139. sunshinedec99 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:54 am

    Just got an email that you and Sox made a deal

    Wooooo Hooooo Hoping its true

    Everyone one I know would love to see you finish your

    career in Boston and get to see you in action one more

    year.

    Enjoy your time off and have a very happy and safe
    holiday season.

  140. mikekrug permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:55 am

    Curt,

    I am so glad you are making steps to remain in the Red Sox organization.
    Watching you play ball and watching the manner in which you live your life is an inspiration. The way you approach your pitching can be used by other people to approach whatever they do in their lives. I am a better musician because I have learned from your dedication to your craft. I hope that your actions encourage other players to stay with their teams. I know that every player has to make the best decision for themselves and their families, but it is nice to see players such as yourself, show dedication to their teams and their fans. Thanks again.

    Mike

  141. mikkelnh permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:56 am

    Thanks Curt for the good info on staying. I don’t always agree with what you say when I listen to you on the radio but it’s nice to have somebody willing to express honest opinions to the public versus the clandestine atmosphere we sometimes have to deal with. Your involvement in the community and in charities is what is important in your time here. We all can appreciate that you are a helluva pitcher but you took this community to heart and made more of a difference in regular people’s lives. For THIS is the reason that Red Sox Nation should be thanking you. Now sign the darn contract and help get Lowell signed!

    Mike

  142. shaunalbanyny permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:58 am

    Welcome back schill. Its amazing to see a veteran player of your caliber to take a pay cut to stay in a place where he is loved by many, and respected by the rest. On the field you are a legend, off the field you are a hero to many men,women and children. Thank you for your commitment to The Fans,The City and the entire Red Sox Nation.

  143. blackbear219 permalink
    November 6, 2007 10:59 am

    Curt is back! Awesome man, this is just great. I think the price is a perfect compromise and I couldn’t be happier that you have signed so early in to the off-season. You’re the man, Curt…I’m really looking forward to being able to see you retire as a Red Sox.

    Thanks for everything.

    PS: Say Hi to Bob for me. Drizzt FTW.

  144. masmover38 permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:04 am

    just saw the news flash. “Schilling back for another year”. Thanks for everything you have done for sox nation. Some of us knew you had it in your heart to stay and this just proves it. We would not be here without you.

  145. tulsasoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:06 am

    Curt – Today’s my birthday and you made my day!!!! This born and bred Sox fan now living in Tulsa, OK is thrilled your last year as a pro is as one of my boys!! Congratulations on the deal.
    Here’s my question: Our best friend’s dad was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year; the doctors at Mayo have written that he needs a motorized wheelchair as this awful disease is hitting him hard and fast. The insurance company turned him down. What can we/they do? Thanks for any insight.
    Again – THRILLED to hear you finish out your career with baseball’s greatest!! Thanks for a great year.

  146. muellermen permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:10 am

    Mr. Schilling,
    I read your blog fairly regularly but have never posted a comment (and rarely do, as a matter of course). But I wanted to do so today to say that I’m very, very happy that you’re likely to finish your career in a Red Sox uniform. Your love for Boston and for its baseball team is much appreciated. Your honesty and sense of accountability are even more greatly appreciated. While I don’t always agree with your views, I admire you both as a person and a pitcher. Extremely glad to have you on board for another year!
    D.

  147. hankcnews permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:14 am

    I’m happy to see you end your career as a Red Sox player. Take care of that body and kick some butt in your final season!

  148. dara778992000 permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:15 am

    please resign with the sox. id love to see u retire as a red sox you are an unbelieveable person and player.

  149. illinoissoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:20 am

    Curt,

    It’s being reported that you have reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, one-year contract. Congrats, and let me be the first to say that RSN is honored to have you for the final year of a storied career. Let’s make finsh it off in style !!

    I think I even heard Shaughnessy clapping from beauty salon during his monthly perm treatment!!!

  150. okredsoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:23 am

    Very happy to see this post. I hope the next one annouces your with the Redsox next year!
    Kathryn

  151. ificandream permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:23 am

    Curt:

    I’m glad it’s working out. The Sox (and Red Sox Nation) needs you.

  152. pshow65 permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:26 am

    Thank You Curt for allowing Boston the first chance to sign you for another year! I am so psyched that your staying in the Red Sox uniform. Your continued support in the community is even more impressive than what talents you display on a baseball field. Once again, Congratulations and “Thank you”!

  153. gatewaybirds permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:29 am

    Come on. At least give the Cardinals a chance!! We’re in desperate need of pitching!!! I say at least wait until you can negotiate with more than just the Red Sox.

  154. milloy permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:32 am

    Glad to have you back Curt, can’t wait for the CHB article tomorrow!

  155. syncpak permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:32 am

    Thank you for resigning.

    You seem to really like the game and Boston.

    I hope you stay with the Red Sox until you decide not to play any more.

    You have class written all over you.

  156. November 6, 2007 11:35 am

    This is great news

  157. drazzen permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:36 am

    Now I hope you tell CHB and BR to stick it where the sun don’t shine!

    If anyone has turned me off to Boston Sports (and that’s hard to do) is listen to those two 1980’s Red Sox Apologists. It’s time to for some of these Boston Beat Writers to show you some respect. THEY should have to pay the difference in money you would have made “Shipping Out of Boston”. Overpaid, hypocrites; why does the Globe keep giving these guys work?

    You Mr Schilling are the Anti-Clemens.

    When you retire to the HOF with a B on your hat I hope they put you next to Clemens with a $ on his hat so the world can see what a true baseball player looks like and what a glory hog looks like.

    If the deal goes though you will have no problem making those incentives. I guarantee that Schill shows up to Spring Training looking 10 years younger!!!

  158. bosoxinfl permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:37 am

    I want to add my good wishes and congratulations to you for inking the one-year deal with our beloved Red Sox. You did a phenomenal job in the playoffs and world series (again), and all of Red Sox nation is grateful to you.

    I hope you will give your all to your conditioning program in the off season so you can have a celebrated final year with the Sox.

    I know your continued presence in the club house will be a tremendous benefit to all the other pitchers on the staff.

    I admire your cerebral approach to the game. I send you best wishes for a fantastic ’08. You deserve it.

  159. djljr1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:37 am

    Curt,

    I have been a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, but I am a rookie Red Sox fan. Not only are you the heart and soul of that bullpen, but your charitable work alone has converted me! What you have done for ALS patients, and Dana Farber is amazing. Congrats on being able to finish out your career in the greatest city on Earth! Next on the list: let’s get Mike Lowell re-signed, and keep “A-ROD the A-BOMB” out of Boston!

  160. November 6, 2007 11:45 am

    It’s only right you retire as a Red Sox, you took a leap of faith in 2004 and the Red Sox owe it to you in 2008. Great News!!!!

    Tu

  161. November 6, 2007 11:46 am

    Feel the love!

  162. sportspaige1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:46 am

    That’s great Mr. Schilling! I keep telling my Dad that your one of the best pitchers in the league. It’s too bad I can’t go see you in game but tv is just as good!I can’t wait til next year! Hope to see you! Geoff

  163. emchanting permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:47 am

    Curt, you rock. All the more props to you AND the Red Sox for this deal.

    I agree.. how about “hinting” to Theo that Mike Lowell also belongs in a Sox unform next year? We don’t even want to talk about that other third baseman on the market…

  164. buckshotjones permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:51 am

    Great to hear Curt…I hope it all works out here for you and your family.

    REPEAT IN ’08?! Let’s DO this…

  165. mrbaseball permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:06 pm

    Curt

    I want to say thank you and good luck
    If what we read in the paper is true you are about the only man of his word.
    You accepted much less that someone would have given you and have the chance to make what you would have got from another team.
    I hope this is the last uniform you will ever wear I plan o attending Cooperstown the day you are inducted.
    You Tim Wakefield are true professionals taking less that you could have got from other suitors to play in a great sports town
    I said to a co worker the other day…. Who has ever filmed a funny commercial (the ford one hitchhiking) and then back it up.
    NO one

    Thank you for 5 great years

    I am a diehard Sox fan (broke from attending games)

    But I am going to pledge 500.0 to Curt’s Pitch.

  166. jbarkan permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:06 pm

    Outstanding Schill! Great to have you back where you belong!

  167. bosoxnut27 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:06 pm

    What a relief! Congratulations and thank you to you and Shonda for all you’ve done for Red Sox Nation. One down (you) and one (Mike Lowell) to go. Best of luck in 2008, Curt.

  168. toofarawayfromboston permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:12 pm

    Curt, did you set CHB up? LOLOLOLOL! You, Sir, are awesome! I hope CHB chokes on a furball.

    On a more mature note – thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!

    Thank you for being a man of your word. Thank you for staying. Thank you for not just going after the money. Thank you for being fair. Thank you for everything! This is so much more than baseball. This is about showing others how it’s supposed to be done – and hoping that your example causes others to want to do it likewise.

    You, Curt, walk the walk. Thank you.

    ToofarawayfromBoston

  169. rel2k permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:13 pm

    I was really hoping that you would have signed with the Phillies. Good Luck Curt you are a great pitcher.

  170. soxkensr permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:13 pm

    Curt,

    This is GREAT news. As an avid Red Sox fan, and an even bigger Schilling fan, I look forward to seeing you pitch live in Boston. As an ALS patient, I want to thank , for all the work you do for ALS. It is a scary disease to have to go through, knowing that my team has you and Timlin behind us makes it more comforting for me.

    If you get a chance, check out http://rolloverals.org it’s a website for a trip I am going to take to raise awareness of ALS.

    Thanks for everything Curt,
    Ken P

    PS. Thanks for the picture…it’s hanging in the center of my “Red Sox” wall

  171. soupsoxs permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:13 pm

    Curt and Shonda are back!!!!!!! My brother just called and told me the news. God bless you and your family with healthy season in Boston. I feel that you going to have such great season it is going to leave a doubt about retirement.

  172. November 6, 2007 12:22 pm

    Curt, this is great news. With all the charitable work you and Shonda have done and the great spirit, inspiration and professionalism you have brought to the Red Sox since 2004 it couldn’t be happier news for Red Sox Nation/Royal Rooter’s members/New England.

    I hope to see number 38 up on the wall at Fenway years from now for all you have done.

    -Don-

  173. cottonballz84 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:30 pm

    hey curt, i just read online that ur back for one more year! congratulations! speaking for red sox nation, its really fitting to have you here for one last season. all of us will never forget everything you’ve done for this city and team. thanks so much, and thanks for making boston ur top priority, welcome back!

  174. November 6, 2007 12:30 pm

    YAY!

  175. sverranault6950 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:30 pm

    So happy to hear the news! One down, one to go!

  176. 1ann permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:34 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Glad to hear the negotiations went well and that you’ll continue to be in a Red Sox uniform. Please take down the For Sale sign in the yard and start thinking about election signs. You are certainly a class act, please consider bringing your integrity and decency to MA public office. With your talent, you helped the Red Sox win two World Series, how about turning your love and commitment for the area into the voice of a public servant? Massachusetts needs a decent family man like you in office!

    Ann

  177. trotsoxfan permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:35 pm

    I couldn’t be happier…..here’s hoping for a healthy, 15 game winning season, and another ring for your collection!!!

  178. November 6, 2007 12:38 pm

    I was one of the people here asking if you would consider taking $8 million to stay with the Sox.

    Well, you went and did it.

    Thank you. Thanks for staying, thanks for all the work you do, thanks for communicating with fans like this… thanks for making this the golden age of being a Sox fan. Can’t wait for the season to start!

  179. bloodysoxrocks permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:39 pm

    Very happy to hear this, Curt! Not only do the Sox retain a great pitcher and team leader, we in MA get to hold onto the classy Schilling family. Great news!!!!!!

  180. daevanus permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:41 pm

    Another Year, Curt…. and hell, it feels good to say that. Although there were times that I didn’t agree with what you said in interviews and what not, there were times I did (ie, BONDS * ). And having you take the mound at Fenway for another season just seems… right. Here’s to another year, and with hard work, another WS ring.

    RESIGN MIKE LOWELL!!!

  181. vtturk permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:44 pm

    Curt:

    Are you sure that you really want to do this? I mean the forecast for Vermont is snow this week- Mass. isn’t far behind.

    Your dedication and efforts speak for themselves to Sox fans. Thanks for all of your hard work and a big thanks to your family for supporting your coming to New England.

  182. coolmom2863 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:50 pm

    Hey Curt,

    We can’t let you go….. Today is a great day for Red Sox Nation.
    You and your family have done tremendous things for the community.
    Thanks for giving our kids someone to look up to.
    Cudo’s for Schonda”s party!!!! Tell her happy birthda, and to remember we are like a fine wine and get better with age!!!!!

  183. joei71 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:55 pm

    Somebody here said that Dan Shaughnessy would be only too happy to see you go. I don’t believe that’s true. For one thing, you make some good copy for him. 😉 For another… and I’m certainly no fan of Shaughnessy… but the guy had some very nice things to say about you in some front page stories during the playoffs and world series. Of course it was all well deserved, and perhaps he should have, but nonetheless for the record he did “give it up” without reservation or any qualifiers.

    Okay, still awaiting the final word…. LET’S INK THAT BABY!!!

  184. mannyramirez1 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:56 pm

    It’s official! CURT STAYS!!
    WOOHOO!!!

  185. scottymac314 permalink
    November 6, 2007 12:58 pm

    Curt,

    I want to congratulate you on your new contract with the Red Sox. I am thrilled that you will be back in a Sox uniform and more importantly happy that you and your family will remain living in Massachusetts. The work you and Shonda have done for the community over the past 4 years has been tremendous, and we are lucky you will be staying.

    One of the local TV stations reported that with your new contract there is a 2 million dollar “Weight incentive”. I am a personal trainer and would like to offer my services to you for free during the off season. It would be my pleasure to work with you and hep get you into the shape the Red Sox want you to be in come spring training. If you are interested, feel free to contact me at the email address below.

    scottymac314@aim.com

    Thank you for your consideration and congrats again on the contract.

    Scott M.

  186. max1e permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:05 pm

    curt: i am so excited to hear the news this morning! hope it works out.

  187. soxfanatic38 permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:05 pm

    Curt and Shonda-

    I am so happy that your family made this decision. This is what’s best for you and for the Nation!

    On another topic…now that you have a few spare moments (ha…as if that ever happens when you have children!) I was wondering if you have ever read “He Rode Up Front for Patton,” a detailed memoir written by General Albin Irzyk (from Salem, MA) one of Patton’s commanding officers of the famed Third Army during the “arduous push from England, across Europe to Czechoslovakia. This personalized chronicle…provides a rare, unique first hand account of life during combat, culminating in the author’s final and unprecedented encounter with General Patton.” My father was an officer under General Irzyk and is mentioned in the book.

    In the upcoming week, I am hoping to visit the General in his Florida home and might be able to get an autographed copy for you. This treasure is now out of print and sells for hundreds of dollars on Amazon.

  188. ebuddha permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:05 pm

    Way to go, Curt! Glad to see money is not what’s driving you here. Refreshing. I’ve got one word for you, that will help you meet your incentives: Nutrisystem.

  189. bostonredsoxfan4ever permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:06 pm

    Curt and family, this is really great news for you and your family and for the Red Sox Nation!

    We were all pulling for you and now it is great to hear that you will be with the Boston Red Sox in the 2008 season and retire as a Boston Red Sox.

    We thank you for what you have done on and off the field and for what you have brought to the Red Sox organization. I wish that there were more athletes like yourself through-out all sports. You are one of the great but rare ones and we are happy and blessed to have you in Boston.

    Now that this is behind you, you can get some much needed relaxation time. We wish you the best of luck in 2008 and we are looking forward to seeing you when they say; “Play Ball!”.

    Thank you for staying with us!

    Now let’s try to sign up and keep Mike Lowell at the third base corner.

  190. whereisvince permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:07 pm

    Schill-Dog! This is great! I hope the Sox can win it all again. 🙂

  191. November 6, 2007 1:15 pm

    I’m not even a Sox fan but rather a Yankee fan and I can still say ‘good for you’. I like the ‘incentive’ laden deal. Shows you’re willing to put your money where your mouth is. I’ve always been a big fan of pay for performance. I may be in the minority in NY regarding Joe Torre’s departure and the ‘insulting’ offer NY made him but it was incentive laden and although very appreciative of all he did for NY over 12 seasons, I didn’t think a $5M deal plus up to $3M more for winning was ‘insulting’.

    Good luck next year, just not against Joe Girardi’s Yankees.

  192. rsoxnurse permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:25 pm

    Fantastic! My prayers have been answered. Can’t wait to see you pitch in 08. Thank you Red Sox!!

  193. jworrell permalink
    November 6, 2007 1:38 pm

    Awesome! You’ve done so much for us, it’s only fitting that you end your career where you belong. Here’s to a great ’08 season for you and (dare I say it) a future place in the hall of fame as a Boston Red Sox.

  194. game6sockwasfake permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:22 pm

    you think you got the best deal you could but you made a bad call, you could have easily gotten more elsewhere… no agent, just horrible…

    getting shelled in a tough division wont help your so-called HOF numbers, but you know what you are doing so enjoy it, (5-11 at the all star break)

    but the AL east will enjoy feasting on 82mph pitches for another year

    speaking of feasting, take it easy this winter – ortiz only has so many uniforms he can lend you

  195. shaunalbanyny permalink
    November 6, 2007 2:51 pm

    RE: 194 game6sockwasfake..

    “you think you got the best deal you could but you made a bad call, you could have easily gotten more elsewhere… no agent, just horrible”

    —Its called dedication,commitment. As hard as The Yankees try,you cant buy it.

    “getting shelled in a tough division wont help your so-called HOF numbers, but you know what you are doing so enjoy it, (5-11 at the all star break)”

    —Who are you refering too? Mike Mussina? Kei Igawa? You know this is Schillings blog, right?

    “but the AL east will enjoy feasting on 82mph pitches for another year”

    —Hmm The East is the only division? If you ask real nice you can jump on the bandwagon while there is still room.

    “speaking of feasting, take it easy this winter – ortiz only has so many uniforms he can lend you”

    -How many uniforms is a player allowed to have in his locker? I only ask this because I see how profusly Giambi sweats. It would be embarrasing and confusing to see him fall onto a dry field and get up covered in mud.

  196. joecct77 permalink
    November 6, 2007 3:46 pm

    Curt

    Congratulations!!! Welcome back and I guess the house is off the market? 🙂

    Have you considered a 6 man rotation for everyone except JB? It seemed that as the season went on, you were a more effective pitcher on longer rest. Putting, you, Wake, Clay, Jon and maybe Dice on 6 days rest will keep everyone fresher and keep the innings down for all concerned.

    Note to management: 38 goes up on the wall in 2009. He walked the talk and helped deliver 2 Championships. (ditto for Wake).

    SIGN MIKE LOWELL!!!

  197. fenwayfaithfulforever77 permalink
    November 6, 2007 9:19 pm

    Curt, as a lifelong Red Sox fan and a fan of yours since 2004 when you joined this incredible organization, I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am that you will be finishing your career with us in Boston!! You have been an amazing asset to this team and I truly believe we couldn’t have won either championship without you!

    We all know you probably could have gotten more on the open market, but you chose to stay with us, taking more into consideration than just a paycheck, this speaks volumes of your character! I think I speak for all of Red Sox Nation when I say that we couldn’t be happier to have you back! Thank you for all you have contributed and all you will continue to bring to this team! BOSTON LOVES CURT SCHILLING!!!

    Kimberly~

  198. rdperez permalink
    November 7, 2007 9:23 am

    Congrats on your new deal! I must say, I’ve never posted on a blog before, and now this is my second post to you. I want to tell you how much I admire you.

    I admire your skill as a pitcher.
    I admire the depth of your faith in Christ.
    I admire your role as husband and father.
    I admire that you chose to consider family first.
    I admire that you are your own agent.
    I admire your candor on this blog.
    I admire your integrity as a person.

    These is so much to admire in you as a man, that I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see. At age 51, I am not a millionaire celebrity, just a guy and a husband trying to make my wife happy.

    If I can tear only a few pages from your book of successes, I would like to learn how to be a better man so that I can finish the race well.

    Keep on pitching, and keep on writing this blog. Your candid comments are a gateway into your mind and heart, and they are very inspiring.

    I am glad you’re staying here.

  199. lousabs permalink
    November 7, 2007 2:35 pm

    Congratulations on your return to the Sox. I was hoping that you’d finish up at Fenway! Have a great summer, stay trim, make sure they sign Mike Lowell and come out smokin’ in the spring!

  200. adoniran permalink
    November 7, 2007 3:59 pm

    Curt, I was so happy to see the news yesterday. Not only for what you have done for the Red Sox organization and the NE fans, but for everything else; starting with “Curt’s Pitch for ALS”and the family You help out after the katrina tragedy.
    Guys like You, Beckett and Lowell have winning mentality, thats much harder to find them statistics players, as Mr. Bonds, Arod, Clemens, etc.
    Last, but not least, I thank You and Shonda for showing Christ in your marriage,rare case on NE sports.

    Proud to be a Sox and Schilling Fan.(pardon my poor English)

  201. sportspaige1 permalink
    November 21, 2007 12:50 pm

    Hello Mr. Lowell , My name is Geoff and I can’t wait to see you play next year. I am a third baseman in my Little League and I think it’s great that you will be here for another 3 years. I’m glad things worked out for you and your family. Good Luck next season!!!!!!! Geoffrey Paige

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