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Joe Nuxhall, Mike Lowell, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and our next President?

November 18, 2007

I’d like to first pass along our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the surviving members of the Nuxhall  family. Mr Nuxhall was one of my favorite media personalities over the past 20 some years in baseball. An incredibly kind man with time for everyone.

His stories were ALL funny and you could always feel his passion and love for the game when you had a chance to sit down and talk with him, an honor I had many times. Sorry to see such a kind and wonderful man, someone who did nothing but good for the game, go. He’ll be missed.

Please don’t send me any more requests to ‘talk to Mike’. I can assure you that Mike Lowell knows exactly how I, and all his teammates feel about him. He’s invaluable on and OFF the field. What some don’t understand is that this is a business decision for both sides. We all get that. Mike is negotiating what might be his last long and large contract, he has every right and obligation to do the right thing for he and his family. You cannot begrudge him that. I honestly think it will work out and he’ll be back here, if that doesn’t happen I, like everyone else on this team, will HATE to see him leave.

At the same time we understand, as you need to, that what Mike Lowell signs for and negotiates is no ones business but his and his families, and he’s earned that right. I know he loved being here, he appreciated and acknowledged this team, these fans, often.

Seeing as he came from being ‘the throw in’ and a guy who fans everywhere complained about ‘slow hands’ and ‘salary added to get Beckett’ to pretty much the MVP or Co-MVP of this team speaks volumes about who and what Mike Lowell is. I want him back here, I think he wants to be back here, and I think the Sox want him back here. The only opinions that matter are his and the teams and if both sides want it badly enough it will happen.

Hats off to Alex Rodriguez. From everything I have heard he took matters into his own hands to get the outcome, returning to NY, that he wanted. I don’t know any specifics but anytime a player takes matters into his own hands to insure he gets what he wants out of his contract I think it’s a great thing. Kudos to Kenny Rogers for doing what looks to be the same thing.

I have always felt agents have a place, but I also think that at some point in your career an agent becomes baggage. That’s not all of them because some of them I know are very good, honest and trustworthy people. But I believe there comes a time in every players career where the numbers and the market are pretty self explanatory. Paying someone 5% or more for the task of negotiating a contract is wasted money in many cases. The main concern is that there are many, if not most, major league teams who would barter a player into an embarassing contract without an agent being present.

Many players feel very uncomfortable negotiating their own salaries. Others, and in many cases, are from other countries and cultures and the language barrier presents a massive hurdle that adds immense barriers to negotiating your own deal.

Bottom line is anytime a player takes his own future into his hands I think the end result is the player and the team and its fans win.

As far as Barry goes, I’ve been asked many many questions. I have no response. It’s a sad day for baseball, added to a litany of other sad days we’ve brought on ourselves over the past decade. I think like many other people I just want it to go away and want the game to get back into the paper for what it is.

Very early in my career Barry and I were represented by the same agents. We became friends and I was able to get to know him a bit. I attended a dinner our agents had to honor Barry for his 2nd or 3rd MVP, can’t remember. Over the next few years things changed but regardless of what anyone thinks or says I don’t wish anyone on this planet to go through what he is going through.

In 1997 when I gave my life to Christ a pretty cool thing happened. I lost the ability to hate anything or anyone. I’ve gotten mad, said stupid and bad things, but I truly don’t hate anyone or anything. Hating takes way too much energy and effort. There’s way too much to do and experience in life to waste time hating so I just don’t.

Along those lines, something I am sure will generate irrational and short sighted responses, is my support in the upcoming election of Senator McCain. I’ve had ample time to do the research I felt I needed to do and while I think I am in favor of many of the issues he stands for/against, it still all boils down to the fact that over the last 8 years of our lives Shonda and I have gotten to know he and his wife. At the end of the day, I trust this man. I know, regardless of my opinions, or outside pressures, that this man will stick to his guns, and be himself, regardless of pressure from outside influences.

Add to the fact that for the first time in awhile we have a true American hero running for our nations highest office. That matters to me, a lot. This man was a POW during the Vietnam war, and when his family background was uncovered he was given the ability to be set free by his captors. The only condition was that he had to sign documents that basically absolved the Vietnamese of any wrong doing and reflected poorly on the U.S. and its involvement.

He flat out said no. Has anyone else running in this election had a character test of this magnitude? Even close? Of all the candidates that might have been tested, how did they fare?

Rather than get released and sent home to his family, he made the decision to remain with his men, his brothers. Awesome stuff. That’s not the only reason he’ll get my vote, but it for damn sure makes me feel good about the integrity, honor, loyalty and sacrifice that this man will make.

At the end of the day, when you think about who you want to be your president, is there ANY issue our President will reside over, decide on, that is more important than those traits? Senator McCain possesses those in spades, and that’s a big deal to me.

I also wanted to add a link to something for two reasons.

1) I don’t want to elect someone, or hope we don’t, in either party, because regardless of their values, stances or beliefs they represent the ‘best chance’ to beat the other parties candidate.

2) I hope voting for ‘the best PERSON’ becomes something meaningful over the next year. We are a country in massive amounts of turmoil. We need someone to lead us that is truly a LEADER. A leader by character and design and not because they’re elected to lead.

I am not in any way affiliated with the site below nor do I know who or what runs the site. There are comments on it I believe in and know to be true.

http://politicomafioso.blogspot.com/2007/11/mccain-update-november-17-2007.html

82 Comments leave one →
  1. redsoxnational permalink
    November 19, 2007 5:30 pm

    Curt,
    I don’t want this to be read the wrong way, so let me state at the get go that John Kerry’s is not a “hero” on the same level as John McCain, or really anywhere close to it. I mean McCain was a prisoner of war for a considerable length of time and showed great courage and perserverance. But, to suggest that Kerry is not an american hero at all is akin to saying the same of all the soldiers currently fighting in Iraq or to say the same of the great Ted Williams. Even with all of the largely political debate over the legitimacy of Kerry’s service record, there is no denying that he fought valiantly for his country and did it a great service. He also ran for President and was a top candidate for that office. Therefore, I belive that you were a bit off the mark when you stated: “Add to the fact that for the first time in awhile we have a true American hero running for our nations highest office.” Again, I am not trying to compare/contrast the service records of these men, as that would be both a futile and impossible task. I am simply stating that Kerry’s service durring the Vietnam War was admirable and worthy of recognition. While I won’t be supporting McCain in the upcoming election, I do respect your support for him and truly believe that he is a person of the highest quality.

    I hope that this response will not be viewed as either irrational or shortsighted. Thanks for your time and Go Sox!

    Point taken!

  2. seanmanley permalink
    November 19, 2007 5:42 pm

    Schill, As a veteran of this great country and a supporter of the second greatest nation in the world, meaning, the Red Sox nation I just want to say
    1. Thanks for your talent, and
    2. Vote for whoever the hell you want…The guys who are bashing YOUR RIGHT to say who you want to see as our next Pres. probably has no idea where his rights come from… and Sen. McCain and those like himself and I are the source of those rights.
    Keep up the good work man, You’re a great pitcher and a great American, thank you

    –Sean, Scranton

  3. poppop12101956 permalink
    November 19, 2007 5:42 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I also admire Senator McCain, and will vote for him if he is the Republican Party nominee. I am retired Army, and a die hard Red Sox Fan (Since 1965). I also admire you for doing the things you have done to support causes, and what you have brought to the Red Sox and baseball as a whole. I also am a Christian, and believe that we are not in the business of judging people. That is left up to God. I thank you and your teammates for the great thing you did for all us SOX fans in 2004 and 2007. I am so glad that you and Mike Lowell are coming back. The stage is set, and here are all my good thoughts for a repeat in 2008. God bless you and your family Curt, and keep doing those things that you do so well.

  4. November 19, 2007 6:03 pm

    Curt,

    I appreciate the candor with which you write in this blog. And I agree with you – this is YOUR place, and therefore YOUR opinions should certainly be stated here. To say that baseball and politics don’t mix, well, that’s just wrong. I’m glad you defended yourself.

    That said, I also appreciate your comments on the Bonds situation. It is a terrible thing for baseball, and a terrible thing for Mr. Bonds and his family, whether he is innocent or guilty of any wrong-doing.

    Thank you for sharing your testimony here, by stating that your relationship with Christ has taken away your ability to hate. It speaks volumes when people like yourself are not afraid to attest to their beliefs.

    Take care, and keep on writing! I really enjoy reading this blog!

  5. skisox24 permalink
    November 19, 2007 6:18 pm

    Hey Curt!

    Help me remember. I think Joe Nuxhall pitched a no-hitter for longer than 9 innings only to lose the game. Am I correct?

    I support your comments about McCain. He is a true American who has served our nation with honor and intelligence for decades. In fact, his father and grandfather were both highly ranked and respected officers in the Navy and served our nation during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. McCain’s political sensibilities are close to mine as well. I don’t see McCain prevailing as the Republican candidate, unfortunately. Let’s see how he fares in NH.

    Would you ever consider a post-baseball career in public service? I think you would be a terrific advocate.

    LOWELL IS BACK. Great hot stove stuff.

  6. ngruk permalink
    November 19, 2007 6:21 pm

    If you really wanted to vote for the best PERSON you’d be voting for Ron Paul. You want character, conviction, a veteran and someone that cares about individual liberties? He’s your man.

    You want another war-mongering demagogue? Go with nearly any other candidate (except Kucinich and MAYBE Obama). That includes McCain. He may not endorse the torture of “enemy combatants”, but he’s not going to do a damn thing about the downward spiral of our economy, bringing our troops home from Iraq, or being any less corrupt than the vast majority of politicians.

    You may be a great pitcher and a charitable man, but your political knowledge and views make me nauseous.

    Is it ironic or expected that yours do the same to me?

  7. Dan permalink
    November 19, 2007 7:18 pm

    Thank you so much for kind words for Joe Nuxhall and his family. I grew up listening to Nux and Al Michaels in the early 1970’s. Joe’s easy going personality and love for the game became obvious to the most casual listener.

    Joe loved his team and became our eyes and ears for several decades ranging from the glory years of the “Big Red Machine” to the decline we have seen for way too long.

    I don’t watch many professional sports now days as I have lost a great deal of interest. I’ve seen child hood heroes like Peter Rose fall into disgrace and now the current plague of steroids and substance abuse. I guess I’ve grown up and started to realize that professional athletes are normal people who happen to have extraordinary ability in a chosen sport, they, too, have demons to battle and overcome. I’ve decided like you Curt, to put my faith into something that is infallible.

    As for Joe Nuxhall, The old left hander has rounded third, and is now HOME.

    Thanks again!
    Dan

  8. jonjon74 permalink
    November 19, 2007 7:31 pm

    Curt,

    First off I want to thank your loyalty to the Red Sox. I have ran into you briefly a few times in the clubhouse. I work for Maggiano’s and happen to bring the food to you and the rest of the team quite a few times a year. I found your point on Senator McCain to be very well written. I admire the Senator from Arizona and would be ecstatic were he to be elected president. It is my belief as well, that a man such as John McCain, who was tortured and beaten for a number of years in a POW camp has more right to be president than the coward in the White House now. I think in 2000 Bush was wrong to smear McCain, but if John can put this one in the bag, I would be pleased. Anyway, thank you for the fine comments about a TRUE American hero. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and keep enjoying our food at Maggiano’s.

  9. 1954redsoxfan permalink
    November 19, 2007 8:17 pm

    Hi Curt
    Been a Red Sox man since I was 5. I remember them all from the time of Ted Williams through Tony C Yaz , Rice, and countless hundreds more. I remember the no-hitters from Parnell, Monbouquette, Wilson, Morehead and the latest Bucholz and more in between but I am amazed by the ignorance of people who just don’t get it that another man/woman’s choice is just that. Their choice. Like many others I may not agree with your choice. Big deal. So what. It’s yours and I will always respect that. Long ago I learned in elementary school that it was an individual right to grow and make decisions based on what was right for us an an individual. Now I grew up in a Yankee household. I was ridiculed for my love of the Sox but it taught me to stand by my values however small and insignificant. I am not a Yankee fan but I respect what they have accomplished. I remember the games between the Sox and the Yanks. I remember the wins and the losses. In the end what I remember the most is the respect they gave to each other. Respect. It seems to have been lost. But as I read your articles I appreciate you. I appreciate more and more respect. You bring back the memories of what seemed lost. Thanks Curt. As an American I stand to defend your choices not because you need me to but because you defend my right right to be different.
    Thanks for openness and honesty. As a Red Sox fan I can say that you have made a big difference in me. You made me think and that is what a choice is all about. Thanks
    David from the Philippines

  10. suesunswim permalink
    November 19, 2007 9:55 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I read this blog after Mike Lowell agreed to a contract. YEAHHHHHHH.

    I agree about the hate thing, it takes WAY too much energy to hate anyone.

    Regarding the political thing, I really like the fact that you are using your “celebrity” to push your candidate. You have a brain, you use it, you also have a really big mouth which is a wonderful thing when it is backed up by a brain. I am so SICK of the hollywood/celebrity types who just spout crap with no substance.

    Keep on yapping and blogging Curt you are a throwback to a time when people who had some kind of clout actually cared, used it and made a difference.

    Susan

  11. ngruk permalink
    November 19, 2007 10:27 pm

    “Is it ironic or expected that yours do the same to me?”

    Expected. You did support Bush Jr., after all; why would you stray far from the ranks of Bible-thumping neo-conservatives now? Nothing anyone says or shows you will shake your blind faith in totalitarian, fear-mongering goons like Bush, Guiliani and McCain.

  12. November 19, 2007 10:27 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I’m a big admirer of your baseball and charity work, and the dedication you bring to it, but I really wonder about how you have to twist yourself logically to justify your choices of political canidates (I’m not talking about your politics, just the canidates you endorse). As someone has noted, your boy Bush ran one of the nastiest campaigns against McCain in SC (and other states).

    And NOW it’s McCain’s turn . . . “this man will stick to his guns, and be himself, regardless of pressure from outside influences”. Are you serious? Before the campaign even started he covered himself in embarrassment when he went crawling to the foot of Jerry Falwell and the Christian right, a segment of society he had been quite critical of in the past.

    Sorry, Mr. McCain seems like a nice enough person, he seems like a realatively humble person, but in no way do I think “sticking to his guns” (interesting turn of phrase, given that was the primary qualification of our current war president) qualifies someone to be president.

    Schilling for Cy Young in ’08!

  13. November 19, 2007 10:47 pm

    Curt,

    Bravo and well said. Ladies and Gentleman, freedom of speech is a wonderful and powerful thing. Anyone who comes on this blog, my blog, or anybody else’s blog to tell someone what they can or cannot post or believe is not seeing the point. It’s getting to the point where alot of people don’t want the best man to win, they just want their man to win. Curt gave some great points about who HE believes in. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Through seeing different sides of issues, we can actually learn.

    Have a great holiday.

  14. conman41 permalink
    November 19, 2007 11:02 pm

    Curt,

    I know that this is not a major media outlet, but I think it is really cool that you are willing to discuss your Christian beliefs in your blog. You are a really good writer and I enjoy your comments. Keep up the good work.

  15. jsweet permalink
    November 19, 2007 11:16 pm

    Curt,

    I respect John McCain more than any politician in the USA, period. I believe his position on the Iraq war is no BS and not politically motivated. When McCain says something, anything, I believe him… unlike most other candidates. I would think he would be a great president. While living in NH in 2000, as an independent, I voted for Senator McCain, and believe he was smeared by the Bush machine in SC and other states and that killed his campaign (lack of funds did too).

    Today, I’m skeptical of McCain’s belief that we can actually win the Iraq war. I suppose, “win” isn’t the correct term… perhaps ‘control’ is a better term. We’ve been at it several years, and even if there is tactical successes, is it really realistic that there will be a long term solution? I mean I love McCain’s position, but I thought Bush would clean this thing up in a couple of years and it just got worst.

    What I hope is if McCain becomes president, and realizes that his policies aren’t going to succeed, then he will find a way to detach ourselves from the war, instead of getting ourselves mired deeper and deeper.

    As a fiscal conservative, it appalls me that we’ve spent so much on this pointless war. No, I’m not a Ron Paul fan, but Yes, what he is saying is real!!! Our initial and continued involvement in this is absurd. I agree with McCain, we can’t just back out, but we should have had the foresight to have not screwed this up in the first place.

    Would love to hear back from you. One of your biggest fans… and love what you do with your public forum here.

    …jim

  16. gymneye permalink
    November 20, 2007 12:55 am

    hmmmm our next president, who should it be? ehhhh it doesn’t matter because both parties don’t give a darn about the average American citizen. I do know that Bush will go down as one of the worst presidents in this countries history alongside Harding. Bonds….its obvious that he was on something but the way he has been dogged is downright shameful when Bud Selig all but turn a deaf ear on the situation in baseball for the last decade. He should be the one indicted for obstruction of justice. I personally believe all professional athlete have taken or still take some type of performance enhancing drug whether its steriods or a GNC product As as McCain goes he lost my respect when he basically condone some old lady calling hilary clinton a b*tch……….it shows what he thinks of women by laughing and not checking that old bag for coming out her mouth like that……….That was a typical good ol boy response.

  17. November 20, 2007 2:13 am

    Joe Nuxhall will, indeed, be missed by those of us who, while we may be part
    of Red Sox Nation, find ourselves living closer to Great American Ballpark.
    I’m sure that he has now made it to home, safely, by a mile, and I wish peace
    for his family and loved ones.

    I see you have taken heat for your choice of McCain. He’s not my first choice – I’m supporting Edwards – but there is no question that McCain possesses honor and integrity in large quantities. Regardless, I am very glad you have
    an opinion on matters political, and that you and yours intend to vote. The
    shame is that half the citizens of this country don’t bother to vote.

  18. sprinklercub permalink
    November 20, 2007 2:14 am

    Curt,

    I wanted to address the comments made by redsoxnational. There are a few differences between a Soldier and a Hero. First of all a soldier is somebody that does what other men and women are either too afraid, too lazy, or just too indifferent to care about the freedoms and rights that they take for granted all too often in this country. Any soldier deserves your upmost respect and praise. They are they ones that say “I will do what needs to be done, even if that means leaving my family, children, and friends. I will do that for you though we’ve never met.” I think everybody should spend some time with the men and women who have served this nation, and tell them how much you really appreciate what they have done for you. No matter what branch they served in or where they served. Especially our veterns from world war 2, because as it will time has continued on and no matter how much we think we will live forever it’s just not so. Also to those who served in vietnam. They did not get they same welcome home that I and many others got when we came home from Iraq. Which I would like to thank them, because I’m pretty sure they made sure we got what they didn’t.
    Now if you were to ask me, and i’m pretty sure most other veterns the only real heros are the men and women like Sen. McCain who were captured and put through such hell. And it is my guess that if you were to ask him he would say that the real american heros are unfortunately the ones who are no longer here to hear our praises and grattitude.

  19. billclinton08 permalink
    November 20, 2007 4:27 am

    awww curt please spare us the political ramblings, when you stumped for bush in boston it was bad enough, now you are berating a fan (gosox5555) for asserting that baseball and politics don’t mix? despite how badly worded and inconcise his comment was, he struck a point there. first of all the two don’t go well together, second of all if you are going to speak about how important free speech is (which i agree with) please don’t then hype up john mccain as a candidate, who has made it clear that free speech is only ok when it coincides with his political agenda (see mccain’s remarks on moveon.org’s ad regarding general petraeus ). to further point out mccain’s disdain for free speech, i quote reason.com;

    “McCain and Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) sponsored a 2002 law that prohibits advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association and the Sierra Club from paying for any radio or TV ad that mentions a federal candidate within two months of an election. As a result, active political participants (candidates and parties) and deep-pocketed media organizations can continue to attack and praise contenders, but independent groups may not (unless they form separate political action committees subject to federal contribution limits).”

    on top of the senator’s actions regarding free speech, he strikes me generally as a manipulative, lying chickenhawk who is being personally groomed by the worst president in history as his successor. being held prisoner against your will doesn’t automatically make you a hero, especially if after such an ordeal you help create and subsequently support an unjust war in which thousands of americans have lost their lives.

    sorry to leave such a negative comment on your blog after such an amazing season but i couldn’t resist throwing my hat in the ring. i really cant stand how you bring a conservative, right-wing agenda into such a staunchly liberal town as boston, my home of almost 30 years, and flaunt it in people’s faces. while i do appreciate all that you have done for our team and your endeavors off the field (such as you and your wife’s foundation), i often wish that your political views were as well-founded as your knowledge of the game and its history. please do not delete this message as soon as you read it, i agree with all of the comments left by those who support your right to speak your mind, especially because this in turn gives me the right to speak mine. go sox.

  20. zachfsw permalink
    November 20, 2007 8:16 am

    Curt … I have asked this question of many people, many times, and its always been ignored.

    Maybe you will be willing to answer it.

    What do we do when that day arrives that steriods (or something that does the same thing) are completely safe … and not only completely safe but are considered a vital part of good health.

    A product that provides faster healing time as steriods does … which is lost in all the talk about them … exactly what they do.

    A product that enables people to live longer lives, in better condition as they age.

    The day is coming. Sooner or later it will exist and probably be available in little chewable Flinstone characters.

    What do we do then?

    Do we not allow athletes to take such a product because of what it would do the record books?

    For that matter … why can a player today use asprin when the have a headache? Once upon a time … they would have had to just deal with it.

    … and I actually have one last question.

    What is more natural?

    Muscle gained from working out more because of a drug that allows one to heal quicker?

    or

    The replacement of a ligament from ones elbow with a much stronger ligament from ones knee?

  21. soxoninnh permalink
    November 20, 2007 8:16 am

    I completely disagree with gosox5555. I believe it is a person’s civic duty to express themselves and be involved in their community and thei country. I think many of us have lost sight of what this country is about. This country isn’t about politics, it is about us. The founding fathers wrote this in the Preamble to the Constitution.

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    That means us people. Whether you are a baseball player, a bartender (like me), a doctor, a housewife, a student or whatever, get involved and speak your mind. Be informed and realize, you opinion and your vote do matter. This is our country is about and the biggest disgrace of all is the apathy in our country. Read what Curt says about McCain and the sacrifices he made so that we can be free. Think of how many people have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy over the past 2+ centuries so we can do exactly what Curt is doing, speak out and make choices.

    OK. Now I will get off my soapbox.

    Yesterday was a great day for Red Sox Nation. To know that Mike Lowell is coming back will make this off-season a lot more worry free for us. Thanks Mike for feeling the way you do about being a Red Sox and thanks Theo for making it happen.

  22. mszew permalink
    November 20, 2007 9:07 am

    Curt,

    Just wanted to say thanks for giving us fans the privilege of watching you pitch one more year in a Boston uniform. In regards to your political comments, you mentioned that you have done the research on the candidates and I was just wondering if you knew of any websites or groups that offered a summary of all candidates and their stances on the major issues? I hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas as well.

    Mike S, Connecticut

  23. chekker permalink
    November 20, 2007 9:25 am

    Hello Curt & Fellow Sox fans – check this out I found it on ESPN

    Its about our mutual pal Dan Shaugnessy

    Perhaps predictably, three of four Boston Globe baseball writers picked the Red Sox to win the World Series. Dan Shaughnessy not only didn’t pick the Sox, he picked Toronto to win the AL East; Toronto missed the playoffs by 11 games. He did, however, pick the Dodgers to reach the World Series, losing to the Tigers; neither team made the playoffs.

    He is a real genius our pal Dan

  24. coolbreeze2444 permalink
    November 20, 2007 10:06 am

    Curt,
    I know exactly what you mean when you say that, as a Christian, you are not able to hate anyone. There are people whose actions I dislike or make me angry, but I don’t hate the person. In fact, if it’s on a personal level, I often try to find a way to reconcile things with them, if I can do so without compromising my Christian values.

    It’s a sad day when the biggest news in baseball is the announcement of another player suspected of doping. It kind of reminds me of the ’80’s when so many players were using cocaine. MLB and the Players Association need to quit squabbling about substance abuse policy and put a very strong policy in place. Like it or not ML ballplayers are role models. My 11 year old daughter loves Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds, she really looks up to them. For her sake and for the sake of all the kids like her, Pujols, Edmonds, and all other ballplayers have a responsibility to set a good example. Barry Bonds once told a kid’s dad that he (Bonds) wasn’t a role model and it didn’t matter what he did and that the dad was supposed to be the kid’s role model. I guess when you grow up with Bobby Bonds as your father and Willie Mays as your godfather, it’s easy to look to your own family for your sports heroes. That isn’t the case for 99.99% of the kids out there, though. I grew up idolizing Keith Hernandez. When it came it out that he was using cocaine, I was devastated. I couldn’t believe my hero would do something like that. More than 20 years later, I’m still bitter about it, as a matter of fact. So, yeah, ballplayers are role models, like it or not. I like seeing guys like you, Curt, one of the best players in the game, posting blogs and being open and honest about what goes on. Thank you for that.

    As for politics, I am supporting Sen. Obama in the upcoming election. However, I would have to say that Sen. McCain is my second choice. Of all the candidates, they seem to be the most sincere. I have supported Sen. McCain in the past. Frankly, I think it would be awesome if McCain and Obama could ignore party politics and run on the same ticket, but I don’t see that happening in the real world.

  25. gosox5555 permalink
    November 20, 2007 4:00 pm

    Curt and in response to others:
    I did not mean to say that you shouldn’t have talked about politics. I also wanted to apologize about badly wording my comment. Of course you have the right to free speech. That’s not what I meant at all. I also apologizes for not researching enough. I read the blog through RSS and don’t see the homepage. I also want to apologize for asking an overly personal question.

    Thank you for staying with Boston.

  26. azgunner permalink
    November 20, 2007 8:14 pm

    Curt,

    First off, I’d like to thank you for coming back to the Red Sox. Your willingness (and Mike’s as well) to come back on a “discount” proves to us the fans, us the card carrying members of Red Sox Nation, that our team is the greatest out there. We’re starting to get hated on like the Yankmee’s in the media (the New Evil Empire I recall reading once) and yet there are veteran players taking pay cuts to stay around. The Red Sox are not the New Yankee’s, but as Pedroia and Ellsbury proved the Sox have a great farm system as well as great veterans.
    The Sox aren’t the New Yankee’s, we’re the Twins with $$$$$

    Secondly, I’d like to thank you for speaking your mind. And as you said (most strongly to gosox5555 recently): If you don’t like what I have to say, don’t read my blog! I do agree with you on some things (guns and gun control, taxes, more money for teachers) and disagree with you on others (mainly politics) but you do have a forum and you use it very well.

    Third, do me a favor and tell the guys in the clubhouse that we’re insanely jealous of y’all. To roam the outfield with the ghosts Williams, Yaz, Rice, or Trot, to hit a walk off home run Papi style, to crouch behind home plate with Fisk or Tek (my favorite) are dreams we all had, or still have. We may be the same size as Manny, or have Pedroia’s range (during beer league softball), or even have to ability to grow a goatee as good as or better than Youks, but at some point we realized we weren’t good enough to play ball beyond Little League, or high school, or maybe even college . We’re all jealous. Y’all are living our dreams, for the team we love. And in turn, we love you for it. We appreciate the love y’all show towards the Team, and the City. Please share this with the guys.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Matt

  27. mrathburn permalink
    November 20, 2007 11:10 pm

    Curt –

    1st – Thanks for a wonderful year, one of my greatest thrills was the Sunday night matchup v. Clemens (loss excluded). Though what an honor it was to see two future HOF’s duel at Fenway.

    You get a lot of crap for voicing your opinions, but I like to think you are at least advancing a discussion. You have every right to discuss your beliefs if you wish. I disagree with who you believe is the best Republican candidate, I like Romney, but at least you have an opinion.

    We are all tired of the canned athlete (Arod), until an athlete has an opinion(you), then we’re tired of them as well. More power to you and your family for putting yourself out there, and being a real human being.

    And for those who want to make your $ an issue, shame on them. I’ll take it. I can’t imagine that level of income, but I’d take every penny if they would offer it to me.

  28. rollittofirst permalink
    November 21, 2007 9:16 pm

    Curt,

    My main problem isn’t that I don’t think you have a right to express your opinions even though I completely disagree with them and think that the worsening state of our country is because there are too many people who do agree with you (I’m sorry, but I don’t necessarily think that a president who will “Follow the terrorists to the gates of hell” is the type of levelheaded leader we need). Rather, it’s the fact that you don’t seem to think that other people can be justified in their opinion or express them. You say, “I am sure will generate irrational and short sighted responses.” It seems to me that you assume that anybody who disagrees agree with you is “irrational and short sighted.”

    This issue doesn’t just come up politics, but with comments about players’ salaries and contract negotiation. Comparing average fans’ frustrations with players who are already making tens of millions dollars a year complaining about not being “respected” because they’re not getting a few more million to an average Joe having his boss walk into his office and offer him $10 million is absurd. In economics, money has what’s called diminishing marginal utility. That is, for every additional dollar you get, it improves your happiness by less than the dollar before. By the time you earn more money than you can possibly spend in a lifetime, it seems to most people that that utility should reach zero. The fact that you seem unable to comprehend that sentiment is one of the few things on this board that appears “irrational and short sighted” to me.

  29. boygeneral permalink
    November 24, 2007 7:10 pm

    Curt, you seem like a wonderful guy. I have a great admiration for your spirit and passion for the Red Sox, your charities, your family and love of America. I have been a Red Sox fan since 1950. I grew up with a dad who voted Republican like you. He was a WWII veteran. He served in the 35th Division and this body of men were the ‘spearhead’ of General Patton’s 3rd Army. I grew up in the ’60s and have followed this treasure of New England since a time when there were only 2 African-Americans playing. I was sitting in the bleachers when Earl Wilson pitched his “no-hitter” and won the game with a two run HR into the net of the Green-monster. I am grateful that the Sox signed you and Mike Lowell. This is a different Red Sox. I hope Jim Rice gets into the “Hall of Fame” om 2008.
    I will differer with you on your politics. I guess its fashionable for folks who ‘give their hearts’ to Jesus to side with a Republican. I don’t see what you see. I am disappointed deeply in the direction this administration took us these last 6 years.
    I am not a Christian (born-again or otherwise). The Creator I worship is far more infinite than a personality. Sorry, Curt.
    Great for you! God bless you and I pray you stay healthy. You are a great role model for young athletes. You are honest and have integrity.
    I cannot take another 4-8 years of Republican control. Although I don’t agree with Sen. Clinton, I will probably vote Democratic. Everyone seems scared. In 2004, I worked for General Wesley Clark. Now compared to Kerry and your boy Bush, he was a true hero. Too bad the corporately controlled media steered voters towards the two previously named. I decided that he was the best and had the most experience in foreign affairs. I don’t think the Republican National Committee wanted their candidate to run against him.
    Its your web log so you can say whatever you need to say. Thanks for allowing others points of view. This is American and because of that I truly respect you. The only two Republicans I respect beside you are Ted Williams and by far the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

  30. sdl1 permalink
    December 4, 2007 6:18 am

    Hi Curt.

    I should say that politically you and I are totally apart. I am totally opposed to the war to the point that i am involved with a local antiwar group in my area. This is YOUR blog, though and you can say whatever you want on it and those who think otherwise have a problem.

    Baseball (actually sports in general) and politics DO mix. How often have former politicians been mentioned for the Commissioner’s office. Who used to have part-ownership in the Rangers? And if Hollywood types can become politically active, why not athletes? From you on the Right, for example to those on the Left like Dave Meggyesey and Bill Walton, each one of us stands for what we believe in, and last time I checked that’s still allowable in the USA. Back when I was in high school (this was during Watergate), long (or combable) hair was seen as a Communist plot to undermine the foundation of the USA (oh, we were told that pictures of Jesus with long hair and a ponytailed Washngton on the dollar bill were just lies) and that jocks who had short hair were worthy citizens (I played soccer where our German-born coach didn’t care what we looked like) and that Nixon was a godly man (they must have never heard the tapes), blah blah blah.

    Bottom line is that whatever your particular genre of life is (sports, the arts, business) it is inevitable that it will mesh on one way or another with politics. It’s a fact of life.

    Thanks for letting me put my .02 in on this topic :)

    (For the record, I will most lilely vote either Green or Socialist, as the only Democrat I would support, Kucinich, most likely will not get the nomination)

  31. brooksstephens13 permalink
    December 19, 2007 10:04 pm

    Hey curt, i reallyyyyyy hope u read this,

    i read ur comment on Clemens steroids debocle and i dont like u putting ur 2 cents in.

    If clemens did use steroids then i’ll take back what i said, and i will agree that he should give up his cy young awards but if has hasnt used steroids U SHOULD RETIRE AND NOT OPEN UR MOUTH ABOUT THE SPORT AGAIN.

  32. rotney permalink
    December 21, 2007 1:40 am

    Curt, thank you for this opportunity. This is something I have wanted to say to you for three years and it’s nice to finally have the chance.

    I was so happy when you decided to join the Red Sox and it has been great fun for us old farts to have our own old old fart (relatively speaking, of course) to root for. 2004 was an amazing year and your contributions, right up to the ‘bloody sock’ game were so integral to the team and deserving of their place in Red Sox Lore. We Sox fans will be eternally grateful to you for what you did and the sacrifices you made.

    And that is what made it SO difficult and disappointing to watch you use the pedestal of our first World Championship in 86 years while it was still warm (the next morning, as I recall) to tell people to go out and vote for George Bush. That was the wrong forum, completely inappropriate and something I will never quite be able to forgive you for. I would never deny you the right to speak your opinion about anything, including that; however, that was not the time or the place for it, and for those of us trying to enjoy a long-awaited once-in-a-lifetime pure sports moment, I don’t think you get how offensive that was and that it sullied a magical moment forever. I think you owe the members of Red Sox Nation a BIG apology for that, and that’s not even taking into account that your boy W will eventually be rightly regarded as one of (if not THE) worst presidents in the history of our great nation. Are you proud of your endorsement now?

    At least I do appreciate your waiting a couple of weeks until after the recent championship before telling us who you think we should vote for.

    As a player and a competitor we will always love you, but this is one scar that will never totally go away. I guess my question would be, “Was it really worth it to piss in the soup like that?”

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