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December 7, 2007

I’ve actually always taken pride in my use of the English language. As the many college English Professors here have pointed out, I suck at it. I will make an effort starting with this post going forward, to clean it up and make it legible.  Problem is my mouth and hands sometimes engage and act before the brain, and I basically type as I think it through. Sometimes in a hurry I don’t spell check but I’ve gotten thrown under the bus enough that I will pay more attention from now on.

The post earlier with multiple fonts was me cutting and pasting obviously, the comments throughout the post that I was commenting on. Made it hard to follow where I was commenting and others were being quoted. I’ll try and clean that up as well.

Let me say one more time though, I completely understand the disagreement with regards to my political views, that’s cool. I get that you are supposed to back who you believe in. Please don’t post links to other blogs or media outlets trying to validate your reasoning for hating Senator McCain or loving someone else. You can attack whatever you disagree with personally or politically about the Senator but attacks on his character fall on deaf ears for me. He’s accountable, that doesn’t mean perfect, it just means accountable.

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  1. shrute permalink
    December 10, 2007 10:43 pm

    Curt, I hope you feel good about that Bush endorsement. Okay, so you’re track record isn’t so great. Oprah’s going with Obama. People shouldn’t pay attention to celebrity endorsements and instead just study the issues and go with a candidate who is closest to them politically.

    Agreed.

  2. texredsoxfan permalink
    December 11, 2007 4:01 pm

    So, I know this is completely off topic but I just wanted to throw out a congrats to Josh Beckett and Jon Papelbon for their TYIB awards! and congrats to the Red Sox for keeping all you awesome pitchers (and Mike)! can’t wait til spring training!

  3. December 11, 2007 4:21 pm

    Grammar is a subject I know all too much about — hey, we all make mistakes, no big deal.

    Even though I have a degree in History, I have butchered grammar as much as anyone blogging or doing something mundane, like email.

    Just curious, how did your politics evolve? Did it come early in adulthood, was it a gradual change, or did it come about in the past several years; i.e. – family, friends, something you read, etc.

    I’ll say I have veered towards the center (I’m a Democrat) due partly to a girl I have been seeing for a while, but a lot of it has come from the aging, or better term, “maturing process…”

    It takes guts to take a stand on something you believe in and tell it to the masses.

    A lot of athletes don’t do it, and it would be better if some did.

    – Anthony, the Oriole Post

  4. Philadelphia Sports permalink
    December 11, 2007 4:53 pm

    I think John McCain is a much better candidate then Rudy “9/11″ Guiliani. I will be voting for Joe Biden in the primaries though.

    The Mitchell Report comes out soon. I wonder how many Red Sox steroids users will be looked over George Mitchell. I’d like to trust him, but after the Paul Byrd ALCS fiasco, I can’t.

  5. soxfc permalink
    December 12, 2007 12:55 am

    I guess I’m what could be considered liberal-leaning – I prefer the term “open minded” – with a strong libertarian streak, independent an unaffiliated with any party. For years when asked about candidates, I’ve mentioned McCain as someone who seems intelligent and principled, who I *might* get behind, which prompted some of my friends gto look at me as if I had three heads. Now, I find myself possibly in agreement in politics with Curt Schilling??? Yikes! (Maybe I should reevaluate?) Curt, all I can say is that I have more respect for your choice this time around than your last.

    Curt, I’d also like to say that while you make a lot of visible, grand gestures for causes which unquestionably do much good (not to mention coming up big for the Sox when it counts), I got a new perspective on you when you offered to send Mikey Lowell our thanks. That small, relatively inconsequential gesture towards a friend seemed very sweet and without self-aggrandizement, and “sweet” is not a word I often thought of next to “Schilling” – so, nice one, guy.

  6. bosox31 permalink
    December 12, 2007 2:09 am

    Curt,
    As a lifelong resident of “taxachusettes” I have and always will support a Republican. As for Shrutes comment on you backing Bush, (as did I and many other people in this country) He’s very shortsighted and probably is the type that believes everything he see’s in the “liberal press”. Mr Kerry didn’t get elected to the White House, frankly because he’s a liberal from Massachusettes.
    I been here 41 years, you have been here 4…trust me the voters (most of them) in this state are shortsighted and lack common sense and every aspect of it.
    I’ve been reading your blogs from the start, stick with baseball, your wasting your time on politics. I have had a lifetime of arguments and wont even talk politics with most around here. You should do the same… Curt its just not worth your valuable time.
    I’ll give you a couple of predictions
    Clinton OR Obama will win the Democrat Nomination (no..no thats a good thing) Vt, Ma, R.I., NY, and N.J. will support either of the two.
    When the results come in from EVERY other state they will be beatin 5-1 and maybe more. I am not a male chauvenist nor a racist, but the MAJORITY of this country will not at “this” time elect a woman or a Black male (with very little experience) President of the United States.
    McCain, Huckabee, Romney, or Guiliani will be your next President.
    Next prediction Johan stays in Minnesota (i’m more confident on my 1st prediction than this one haha.
    In closing Curt always remember “It’s safer to hunt with Dick Cheney, than to drive with Ted Kennedy”
    Peace Out Gooooooooooooooooooooo Sox
    Oh by the way its a blog… punctuation and shit goes out the window…dont hate!!

  7. jayjay4475 permalink
    December 12, 2007 11:15 am

    Curt,
    I think there is other things to worry about then grammer.
    It is amazing that a player of your caliber, would have a website,
    to leave yourself open to the fans, to chat with about whats going on with sports and the world. Keep up the good work.

  8. 99dawg99 permalink
    December 12, 2007 5:33 pm

    as a registered democrat im not a McCain guy. however, as an american i realize the importance of a multi party system. vote for whoever you want america….. JUST VOTE!!!! and as for grammar…. the pupose of a blog is free expression of ideas, to give a point of view, and recieve feedback on your viewpoints. paying attention to grammar stops the flow of thought and is a bit of a buzzkill while writing. if you can do both,great. if not, who gives a crap. i learned english in school, tell me about the sox, Curt!!!!!!!

  9. jonnyjbones permalink
    December 12, 2007 10:05 pm

    I found it humorous that bosox31 claims not to be a racist or a male chauvenist and then is proud of his claim that the rest of the country is one or the other. And he seems to think that it is a good thing! Racists and male chauvenists should not be the ones deciding our country’s future. If you find yourself agreeing with said company maybe you are the one who is truly shortsighted and lacking of common sense.

  10. theironhorse permalink
    December 12, 2007 11:46 pm

    Hi Curt, I was just wondering what exactly did the trainers shoot up into your leg that allowed you to pitch in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS? I’d be very interested to find out and I’m sure that Senator Mitchell would love to find out as well. Or is that why you re-signed with Boston for below market value so that Mr. Mitchell who has a stake in the ballclub would cover your ass? I used to like you when you were on the Phillies Curt, even rooted for you in the ’93 World Series against Toronto and I think what you and your wife do for ALS and various charities is tremendous, but man sometimes you can be quite a jackass.

    Another guy who would not suprise me if he did steroids is David “Big Papi” Ortiz. I mean look at what the guy did with the Twins, absolutely nothing! Then he comes to the Sox and he’s knocking the cover off the ball hitting 50+ homers a year and numbers that would make the immortal “YAZ” drool, I mean come on!

  11. jonahb permalink
    December 13, 2007 4:28 am

    Don’t worry too much about it, Curt. It’s a blog, not a dissertation! We want to hear your real voice, unfiltered.

  12. vimalkalyan permalink
    December 13, 2007 10:22 am

    I have a ton to write/comment when you next publish your politican thoughts, but that can wait.

    I wonder if you love travelling? Any special places outside US?

    OK … i will cut to the chase … ever travelled to India? any plans of ever coming out here …

  13. brian7883 permalink
    December 13, 2007 10:54 am

    Curt,

    I hope several of your dumb teamates appear on this report from Sr. Mitchell. It will discredit what your team has accomplised. Goes along with New England sports teams with the exception of the Bruins and Celtics. A bunch of cheating whining overpaid allstars.

  14. December 13, 2007 11:09 am

    Curt;

    I’ve gotta be honest with you man… You’re a breath of fresh air in both baseball and here in the blogosphere.

    I’m glad you’re honest and hard-working. Though I’m not a Sox fan (they beat my CARDINALS back in ’04), I do root for you, constantly.

    Stay honest!

  15. thefooze permalink
    December 13, 2007 12:17 pm

    Curt,

    Just saw a rumor that Vteck and Tavarez are on the Mitchell report.. what are your feelings on this? if its true please let them know as fans their dead to me.

    Thanks

  16. bigtlaw permalink
    December 13, 2007 12:38 pm

    Curt….sounds like you know a lot about steroid use and who is/was using…..could you be a tad more “political”?…….Good god what a phony

  17. jackbequick permalink
    December 13, 2007 12:46 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    Your comments about the Mitchell report and your hope for the future of MLB stand as a testament to the “class act” you symbolize to so many fans of baseball.
    Your thoughts and actions are most gratefully appreciated.
    Wishing you only the best for this holiday season,
    Jack

  18. gregoden3034 permalink
    December 13, 2007 8:10 pm

    Curt,
    I’m a Yankees fan, but I agree with your political views 100%. If people don’t like your views on politics, that’s too damn bad. I have a lot of respect for you on how you can survive in such a liberal city like Boston, keep fighting the good fight.
    Derek

  19. bandwagon9 permalink
    December 13, 2007 8:34 pm

    Curt–

    When I heard you had a blog, I had to check it out and see what your thoughts would be on the Mitchell report. I see that you haven’t posted on it yet, but here’s a couple of random thoughts about your site:

    * I’m a writer myself, and couldn’t care less about your ability to punctuate. You’ve got decent writing skills. That’s more than I can say about 90 percent of my students and 80 percent of adults at large. I don’t think people come to this page to see whether you can use a semicolon.
    * At the same time, you should feel at least a little bit of pride over your ability to compete in athletics at an elite level, and then do a halfway decent job of writing about it. (While at a minor league game in August, I tried to throw a fastball at the radar gun booth. I managed to hit 47 before random pains began shooting up my forearm and blood began pooling in my fingers.)
    * Keep up your political work. I’m a Democrat, myself, but there’s no law against athletes running for office or endorsing those who do. You don’t give up your citizenship when you become an athlete.

    Chris B.
    Portland, Ore.

  20. osfania permalink
    December 14, 2007 5:09 pm

    I wish you were still an Oriole. Go McCain!

    BTW, it’s “English professors.”

    Keep on writing, CS.

  21. kingstonboyd48 permalink
    December 14, 2007 7:26 pm

    Curt,
    My two cents regarding the Mitchell report is this: I believe this was the commissioners way of taking the responsibility of doing nothing and putting it on the Feds who will now mandate what the drug policy will be, and the players union will lose it’s power regarding this.

  22. brian7883 permalink
    December 17, 2007 2:07 pm

    You are an idiot. Plain and simple

  23. joab11 permalink
    December 19, 2007 10:31 pm

    Curt –

    I proofread professionally. I am a huge Sox fan. I’m a neighbor (or former neighbor if you no longer have a residence here) of yours in PV. I’d be glad to proofread all your blog posts.

  24. mick60a permalink
    December 20, 2007 2:31 pm

    Curt;

    Here is what I tell people when they say my spelling and grammar stinks.

    “Take a look at one of Hank Williams Lyrics or Mark Twains writings on envelopes.” It has quite a few errors in them. But it is till a good piece of work just needs cleaning up a little. As you said you mouth and hand are working fast to stop and correct errors.

    Don’t worry about what others think. That is their problem.

    As for your political view, I like some of the things that Mike Huckabee says but I don’t agree with everything that he stands for.

    Last time I looked the US Constitution says I have the right to vote for who I want to just like like everyone else does as well. And I respect them for that too.

    I have a friend who thinks what Rush Limbuagh(sic) says is gold. I turn Rush off. But I respect my friends right to like Rush.

    Ok enough of my soapbox chatting

  25. la3232 permalink
    December 20, 2007 8:40 pm

    Curt-

    With all due respect, in response to your comments regarding grammar, as well as your comments regarding everything else u seem to talk about, I suggest u should change the name of your website from 38pitches.com to 38bitches.com

  26. yorkie1 permalink
    December 22, 2007 11:43 am

    yorkie1
    Hi Curt
    I am not much on this blog stuff,but I checked out your site the other day and I am impressed by your forthright writings. I had to log in so I could thank you for doing what you set out to do when you came to Boston. Not once but twice you helped win a title. Thank you for 2004 and 2007 both of which you played a big part of in the playoff’s and the regular season.
    I don’t pay much mind if you miss a comma or a question mark or what ever as you can see by my writings. Keep up the good work and good luck in the up coming season and beat the Yankees.
    A Red Sox fan even before Bill Buckner

  27. sully64 permalink
    December 23, 2007 5:52 pm

    Hi Curt!

    I don’t know how to spell all the time. As I get older (43) I find myself doubting the spelling of words that I know how to spell and it’s frustating as hell. I was in a very bad car wreck in 03 and suffered some major head trauma as well as a broken neck and back. I also suffered some nerve damage on the right side of my body. I feel these factor into my trouble now, but everyone can understand what I’m saying, if not always why I’m saying it. So like the earlier post says, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. As for politics…when I was younger my liberal friends said that I was ten miles to the right of Attila the Hun. I’m older now and I consider myself a moderate. I always vote, and this country keeps losing more and more jobs to China and Malaysia and that’s completely wrong. Wal Mart is responsible for more than 10% of the trade defficit between the U.S. and China and when you realize that the people in this country, and I mean the majority of the population in the U.S. are hard working folks who are losing there jobs to a communist dictatorship who don’t treat thier people well. And does wal mart or any other company that moves out of the U.S. to save $$$ on cost of production ever pass that savings on to us? No way. These companies don’t respect people, even their own enough to pay us a living wage. And as long as the people allow it to continue, it will. I don’t dislike McCain in fact I admire and respect him very much, but the man doesn’t make the office, the office makes the man and as long as the office of the President of the U.S. is up for bid to corporate America, than we folks here are in big trouble.Thanks for everything you and your family do and God bless and merry Christmas/happy New year. P.S. A doctor told me after my accident that I would never work again in any real capacity, and that walking will be a problem. Well I’m happy to say that I am walking fine and still doing tree work. I guess we know why some of them are called practising doctors.

  28. tsdmgk20 permalink
    January 3, 2008 7:56 pm

    Curt, I am a new member to this blog and as a matter of fact this is the first time I’ve ever blogged anything, anywhere, so I apologize if this post is not in the proper place. I am looking for verification (of my memory!) that I read in the paper some time ago, before you joined the Sox, that you once trained in martial arts, and Tang Soo Do specifically. Is that true? where? for how long? still training? or any interest in starting again? The reason I ask is that I often mention it to my students (yes, I have a school down here in CT) and I figured I better check my facts. Thanks for your answer.

  29. March 24, 2009 9:32 am

    Very nice Packers information. I think Favre will be an immediate hall-of-famer.
    I hope to be in Green Bay for a game this fall. I am visiting from Peru.

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