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Medfield 4 the Military

December 23, 2007

A few weeks back when I had the honor of attending a discussion between Senator McCain and the people of New Hampshire, one of the things he told me as we were walking to the stage resonated with me. He said “This is what Democracy, in it’s purest form, is all about. Presidential candidates in front of the people answering their questions.”

Last night I got a glimpse of something similar to that. I had the honor of attending the 1st annual Medfield 4 the Military. This event is really what the country is all about. People coming together for families of our fallen heroes, injured heroes and families with loved ones serving abroad.

The town of Medfield, in co-operation with industry giants like Microsoft, EA, Harrah’s Casinos, Hasbro, and many more teamed up with Medfield residents to host 250 people from these military families. Dinner was cooked and served by a local restaurant named Primavera’s, for FREE!

Santa was there, the 2007 World Series Trophy was there, Comcast was there to video Christmas messages for families with loved ones overseas during the holiday and a company called Carepacks (www.carepacks.org ) or email info@carepacks.org .

It was a pretty emotional and incredible night. The participants walked through an American Honor Guard of Flags to enter the school, the event was held at Medfield High School, and were registered and then seated for dinner. After a brief introduction they had dinner, saw Santa, and did the things setup for them to do. At the end of the night, as they left, their families were given gifts from the foundation. We asked the families send us their kids Christmas lists and we used the over 20K in cash donations to shop for the children individually and hopefully help the parents make their childrens Christmas a bit happier.

The residents of Medfield, led by the man who made this entire night happen, Gates Ouillmette, answered the call in true fashion. This event went from an idea to inception in less than 30 days and again, was an honor to be able to participate in. The stories of the families ran from heartbreaking and gut wrenching to inspiring and heroic. We had many Purple Heart attendees, as well as Gold Star mothers and their families.

I just wanted to publicly thank every person that attended last night for allowing us to share in your holiday and to tell you what a true God given blessing it was to be able to share in your lives for even a few minutes. I pray safe travels and returns to all who have loved ones currently serving, God’s comfort and grace to those in attendance who have lost a loved one and Gods healing touch to those in attendance who had injured family members.

God Bless and have a wonderful Christmas

From the residents of Medfield, Mass.

88 Comments leave one →
  1. theotherm permalink
    December 23, 2007 11:33 am

    Curt, Wishing you, your family and everyone who reads this, a Merry Christmas and a very healthy, happy new year! To all those who serve in the Military…THANK YOU and stay safe!

  2. suesox permalink
    December 23, 2007 1:29 pm

    My question doesn’t pertain to this particular blog entry, but I’m wondering: Are you ticked off that Papelbon let his dog eat the World Series ball? Was he being irresponsible, or is he just messing with our minds?

  3. cailinarun permalink
    December 23, 2007 2:07 pm

    Merry Christmas Curt!
    My parents had one of the most moving experiences attending Medfield 4 Military last night on behalf of CarePacks. They were extremely impressed with the way the entire event was organized and how kind and generous you and your wife are. My mother was especially thrilled to have her picture taken with you as she is the ultimate Red Sox fan! She’s looking forward to seeing you at Spring training…
    Thank you for all you do for our military!
    Keri

    Just an FYI, the CarePacks link you put on your post is incorrect. It should be http://www.carepacks.org (you left out the s).

  4. rgirard101 permalink
    December 23, 2007 3:41 pm

    Curt, From my family to yours, A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As someone who served in the Army during the late 60’s and 70’s Thank you for all you do for our Verterans and members of our Armed Forces.

  5. sportstechnow permalink
    December 23, 2007 5:06 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Its good to see how many different charities you are involved with. It is amazing how much time you have to give.

    On another note, I was wondering if you would be interested in doing an interview via email for a new website I launched called Sports Tech Now (www.sportstechnow.com). Basically I feature new blogs and sports websites on a daily basis. If you are interested, email me at joe@sportstechnow.com.

  6. mannyramirez1 permalink
    December 23, 2007 5:44 pm

    Curt, Shonda & Kids,
    Merry Christmas and God Bless.

  7. wohaire permalink
    December 23, 2007 6:13 pm

    I would like to tank curt for his time that he took out of his busy life to do this. I am William O’Haire. I lost my brother Walter on May 9,2007. Curt and many other people are trying to make christmas a little easier. I would like to thank them all. thank you
    William O

  8. thedarules permalink
    December 23, 2007 7:52 pm

    Schill, stick to pitching and learn to shut your big fat mouth! I’m a life long sox fan, and I have to say never has an athlete rankled me more than you. First of all, your constant “shilling” for the GOP, and your holier than thou attitude. I hope Clemens punches your teeth in. Clemens is 20x the pitcher youare. you are using the media and this blog to try and curry favor so you can get elected into the HOF. Newsflash, you don’t belong in the HOF. You’re a 4th starter that acts as if you have accomplished what the great pitchers have in this era. You can’t carry Rocket’s jock. I guess you forget that Clemens is the one that turned your career aroubd. Short memory. Now go enjoy some pizza on your Nazi plates. F’n hypocrite!

  9. philibotte permalink
    December 23, 2007 8:20 pm

    Hey Curt. Big fan, Had to sign up to post. Co-worker told me you have 19 Christmas trees in your house. Is that true?

    I am really happy you will be back, and if you figure out how to drop some weight, send me your plan.

    May the good Lord richly bless you and your family this Christmas and in 2008.

  10. mattlenny permalink
    December 23, 2007 9:10 pm

    Curt,

    As always, good stuff. Thanks for sharing such an inspirational story. Have a great holiday.

    Matt

  11. asoefje permalink
    December 23, 2007 9:49 pm

    Dear thedarules…

    Shut it and find something better to do with your time.

    We love you, Curt. Have a wonderful Christmas and relax during the offseason. I expect to se the awsomeness that is The Shill in full force in Ft. Myers!!!!

  12. fenwayfaithful98 permalink
    December 23, 2007 10:47 pm

    thedarules,

    This was an uplifting story about the goodness of people, helping out people who aren’t as fortunate as some of us, yet all you can do is spew out venom – which had nothing to do with the original post. I’m not even going to get into everything that was wrong about your post because I have better things to do. Chill out – tis the season and all…..

    To the Schilling family, have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a fantastic 2008!

  13. pgolato permalink
    December 23, 2007 10:52 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Thanks for all the charity work that you do and for this great blog. Sorry there are some people on here that feel the need to take offense to what you say. Like you said, if you dont like it, go somewhere else. I am finishing up college and about to get out there in the real world. You have been a great role model for me. I really admire the way you live your life, you’re a standup individual with strong morals and you stick to them. Congrats on the World Series and it’s great to have ya back on the sox for 2008!
    Have a great holiday season, thanks again for all you do, keep up the good work.

    – Peter

  14. fsunole1 permalink
    December 23, 2007 11:42 pm

    “Innocent until proven guilty” Curt, I share in your thoughts on this. However, assuming Roger is innocent, it is impossible for him to “prove” a non-event. How does he prove something did not occur?

    Question..do you think Roger is a HOF’er based on his work prior to the time he allegedly did steroids?

    Another thought…..How great is Nolan Ryan, power pitching into his 40’s without roids. Man I have so much respect and admiration for you and Nolan.

  15. jbran66 permalink
    December 24, 2007 12:18 am

    Hey, “thedarules,” why don’t you just stop reading this blog, it’s obvious that you’re not a fan, so do yourself a favor and stop getting so stressed out over reading what Schilling has to say. Some of us enjoy listening to him.

    Merry Christmas and God Bless you and your family Curt…

    Jim
    Nashua, NH

  16. swep1 permalink
    December 24, 2007 12:28 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for the salute to our men and women in the armed forces serving this great nation.

    As the holidays unwind and we are able to spend time with those we love, please take a few minutes to remember those serving overseas and at home in your thoughts and prayers. I pray that they should all be home soon to be with the ones they love.

    These are the things that matter most of all in life, even ahead of baseball.

    Merry Christmas!

  17. warbler44 permalink
    December 24, 2007 3:07 am

    Thanks for your support of the troops. Too bad you don’t support them enough to enlist yourself and let one come home for Christmas.

  18. ocredsoxfan permalink
    December 24, 2007 3:38 am

    If McCain doesn’t win the nomination for the Republicans, who’s your second choice as to who you want to win the nomination for the Republican’s? I think Huckabee might be a good second choice, but that’s just my opinion.

    -Anyway, me and Red Sox Nation out west in The OC wish you, your family, and the armed forces a Merry Christmas.

  19. December 24, 2007 4:34 am

    To all those serving – Thank you.

    To all those criticizing, remember the time of year and keep it positive huh?

    It’s the right to freedom of speech that we all enjoy because of these great men and women serving our country. But in the times of the holidays lets keep it nice. And if you cant, take all that frustration you feel, and take it out on a snowbank with a shovel at some family’s home whose dad is serving for your right to say all those things. That would be helpful and nice of you to do instead of ranting about a pitcher playing a professional sport. The are as they say ” bigger fish to fry” my friend.

    Happy Holidays to all that visit this site and go Red Sox in 2008!

    Merry Christmas.

  20. 58renga permalink
    December 24, 2007 7:18 am

    May God watch over and bless you and yours – Happy Holidays!

  21. tufeek1 permalink
    December 24, 2007 7:28 am

    Curt,
    Happy Holidays & God Bless to you and your family.
    My son recently got out of the Air Force after 9 years and 3 trips to the Middle East. We are thankful that he did his service, and came home safe.
    Although I do not agree politically with your views, I am a democrat, I agree completley in the fact we need to support our servicepeople and their families. They need our thanks and our prayers.

    Happy Holidays!
    http://www.whalingcityyouthbaseball.org

  22. btmulcahy permalink
    December 24, 2007 7:41 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for sharing, that’s a great story and with friends in the military, something I always love to hear. Regardless of what side of the political fence you stand on, I think we should all agree that are brave men and women who put their lives on the line to serve this country in uniform deserve our support.

    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

    Brian.

  23. travis56 permalink
    December 24, 2007 9:27 am

    Mr. Schilling and readers,

    My wife and I had the good fortune to attend the dinner Mr. Schilling spoke of. Our son is a 1LT platoon leader with a light infantry unit currently deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq. When we were first contacted and invited to this event we were flattered of course, and like any baseball fan, I was fascinated at the prospect of being able to meet Mr. Schilling. But we were also a little reluctant because we did not want to appear to be the beneficiaries of our son’s service and sacrifice. You know what I mean… he is humping body armor and a rucksack while we are shaking hands with Curt Schilling.

    But we decided to go and I am enormously happy that we did. For one evening my wife and I enjoyed the company and fellowship of other families who, like our family, will spend this Christmas thinking of someone they love who is serving, or who has served, or who has been wounded, or who has been killed. Fellowship, kindness, warmth, and good food. That is what the evening meant to my wife and me.

    Whenever we are asked what our son is doing, and we explain that he is deployed to Iraq, we almost always are the recipients of longing, mournful looks and some statement like, “oh, that must be so difficult for you”. Well, I will tell you that although my wife and I are ordinary people, we have broad shoulders. If my son can carry out his responsibilitiesin Iraq, the least that we can do is suck it up and deal with our anxieties. But this attitude not withstanding, it was wonderful to spend some time with other families who find themselves in similar circumstances.

    So, to Mr. Schilling, his wife, his extended family, and to all of the volunteers in Medfield who made the evening possible, I would like to say thank you and Merry Christmas.

  24. mhabif permalink
    December 24, 2007 10:14 am

    Curt,

    I wanted to thank you for all you’ve done this Christmas. The Medfield 4 the Military event was an amazing thing to have been a part of. It really meant everything to my fiancee and her family who have lost a loved one (not to mention that we’re all huge Sox fans!!). The poem that you recited was truly touching. It was an honor to get to spend time with all the people who were invited to this event and a great treat to meet you.

    Thank you again, for everything, and we can’t wait to see you throw in ’08!

    Also, a big thank you to Gates and everyone else who made this event the tremendous success that it was!

    It really meant a lot.

    Merry Christmas to all and a happy and healthy New Year!

  25. December 24, 2007 10:32 am

    Makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it?
    🙂

    Have a lovely holiday with your family.
    Merry Christmas!
    Rejoice and celebrate,
    Rebecca

  26. jbran66 permalink
    December 24, 2007 11:11 am

    In reference to Roger Clemens’ posting on YouTube – Roger was adamant that he never used PED’s or HGH, but he said he never used them when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. He never mentioned the Houston Astros in his statement. Is this a big deal or just an oversight by Roger? I wonder…hmmm.

    Also, Curt, do you believe if the league ultimately decides that there will be no punishment for players and that all stats stand, that Roger gets into the HOF, or does this create enough doubt with the voters of his character and keep him out of the hall?

    Another question I have…If all these players who cheated get a pass by the league and the ones with the stats get into the HOF, is that fair to Pete Rose? He cheated, admitted it (eventually) and was held out of the hall based on character. I mean, the all-time HR leader would be in the HOF based on cheating that enhanced his ability to create those numbers. Rose’s cheating, only enhanced (or more likely depleated) his bank account. As far as the HOF goes, he’s still the all-time hits leader on the outside looking in.

    Merry Christmas again and God Bless your whole family…

    JB from Nashua

  27. December 24, 2007 11:54 am

    Thanks to you and your wife , the Ouillmettes and many residents of our wonderful hamlet who made the event work so well. The generosity of the vendors who contributed was simply astounding (I can guarantee this will be a Christmas our youngest son will never forget!), and your devotion to supporting families with kids in the military was heartfelt.

    We sat with a young woman from Westwood who was nearly killed in Iraq. She was in the National Guard, which has been shamefully treated throughout this war: quite welcomed to sacrifice their lives (she was rushed back into uniform far too soon after being wounded) but then forced to claw for basic rights such as medical care when they return. She faces multiple operations to regain a full life. As a nation we must end this kind of second-class status for the Guard and Reserves.

    BTW: the way this spontaneous group of hosts grew and pulled off such a wonderful event in less than 30 days is a great example of “emergent behavior,” the scientific phenomenon in which a group of individuals, be they ants or Medfield residents — or players in a MMO — are able to produce results through collaboration that couldn’t be predicted from the individuals’ abililties. Hope your new game will include that ability!

  28. vabeachredsoxfan permalink
    December 24, 2007 12:02 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Thanks to you and Shonda for all of the charitable work that you do. A HUGE THANK YOU to the military men and women and their families for all of the sacrifices they make day in and day out. As I sit in my warm, safe house, enjoying the holiday season with my family, I am very, very thankful that you are out there fighting for our country so that I may continue to have such luxuries. I pray for your safe return. God bless and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

    Cindy

  29. thedarules permalink
    December 24, 2007 12:53 pm

    You’re correct, i am not a fan of the “Schill”, but, i am a fan of the Red Sox. I have heard through many different people, that the front office and ownership group is sick and tired of listening to the “Schill” get up on his soapbox and preach to all if us.

    Whether it be his accusatory statements toward other players or his public right wing propaganda political views.

    The other fact is, Roger Clemens is the one that told “Schill” to cut out his excessive partying and concentrate on baseball. That is what he should do now, concentrate on losing some weight and get ready to be the highest paid 4th starter in baseball.

    Enjoy your XMAS Schill, make sure to use your NAZI plates. The guy is an insult to all the Jews.

  30. jonnydrama07 permalink
    December 24, 2007 1:43 pm

    Curt, where to begin.. Where do you get off judging other ball players? It’s not like you are some living legend.. 216-146? not bad by any means, but not hall of fame credentials either.. Thank God you had Pedro Martinez in 04 and Josh Beckett this year.. they took attention off of your subpar performances. fact is, you aren’t anywhere in the same league of roger clemens, on or off the field.. he doesn’t judge or bad mouth other players. he quietly does his job.. and now he is going to the hall of fame.. that eats you up doesn’t it curt? Jealousy is always so transparent. Your career is winding down, and team-wise, the last 3 years have been great. But you aren’t about team. you are about yourself, just as you were in philadelphia. stop commenting on things that don’t concern you.. Bonds, clemens, Mcgwire, etc.. those names will long be remembered. they are legends, you are garbage. get ready for another personal subpar season and stop taking it in the ass you bitch!

    U R Demise

  31. jonnydrama07 permalink
    December 24, 2007 1:47 pm

    oh, i almost forgot, Merry christmas!! Go SOX!! #21

  32. roseyf16 permalink
    December 24, 2007 2:36 pm

    Curt,

    I am a former U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot, Gulf War veteran, and author of the book Vipers In The Storm. The book is about my experiences during the 1991 Gulf War and the foreword was written by Vice President Dick Cheney.

    I have always appreciated your support of our nation’s armed forces Curt. As a way to thank you, I sent you a signed copy of my book in care of the Red Sox public relations office a little more than a year ago. I was wondering if you ever received it?

    My best to you and your family during this holiday season and for a great new year!

    Keith Rosenkranz
    roseyf16@attglobal.net

    I did and thank you!

  33. klemmy77 permalink
    December 24, 2007 3:38 pm

    Curt,
    From a family who has a relative who is deployed to Iraq for this Christmas and maybe next Christmas I wanted to say thank you. I really can’t tell you how wonderful it is to hear how thankful you are for those who are serving this great country. Not only you but these wonderful people who leave comments on your blogs. It helps to know that there are people out there who haven’t forgotten about our service personal. Thank you Curt and everyone, I really wish I could tell you how much it means to these men and women to hear these things you say but I could never do it justice. So I guess thank you will have to do for now. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and everyone. May God bless you all and special thoughts and prayer of peace for those who are deployed this Christams.

    Matt
    Camillus, NY

  34. wgrick permalink
    December 24, 2007 4:12 pm

    Curt:

    Christine & I were in attendance at your Party as members of the Patriot Guard Riders: we stood in the Flag Line.

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU on behalf of the PGR and Veterans, in General. I’m a US Army Veteran of the 4th Infantry.

    A few pictures can be seen here: http:\\www.abatepacofma.org\pgr

    Once again, Thanks, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Sincerely,
    Rick Gleason
    ABATE PAC of Massachusetts, Treasurer
    Patriot Guard Rider
    Massachusetts Motorcycle Association, Life Member
    US ARMY, 4th Infantry

  35. rattlebattle permalink
    December 24, 2007 4:20 pm

    Curt You are the best Merry Christmas to you and your family and may God Bless you

    John Deeney

  36. warbler44 permalink
    December 24, 2007 5:27 pm

    You guys that support wars you aren’t willing to fight yourself or send your kids to make me sick. Add your not willing to pay for wars you say you support is the kicker.

  37. richcop permalink
    December 24, 2007 5:57 pm

    On behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders, it was our honor and privilege to be there with our flags and to show our support for the Gold and Blue Star Families and Injured. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

    Richard J. Keniston
    Massachusetts State Captain
    Patriot Guard Riders
    Email: Richcop@aol.com
    http://www.patriotguard.org

  38. flogbishop permalink
    December 24, 2007 6:25 pm

    Merry Christmas! Everyone!

  39. birtliam permalink
    December 24, 2007 10:45 pm

    Curt,

    born again rituals belittle your true divinity, and reason as a an intelligent man.

    Your born again based faith will supercede any intelligible conversation on this subject, so I don’t mean to argue with you, just point out that troubling things in your life, like 9-11 let’s say, has forever destroyed any reasonable and rational you used to be, and now base all your actions on the “sun” of ‘god’

    Yes, 12 disciples, equals 12 signs of the zodiac, equals 12 months,

    matthew 28:20

    “and I will be with you until the end of the age”,

    indeed the ‘sun’ of ‘god’, our sun, will be with us and will be the light in times of darkness. Jesus is a tool, a tool that has controlled and shaped many and now controls you, but your fragility needs this. This is not a slight, you are indeed fragile. Sure your physical prowess can scare anyone, and you won’t back down from any fight, especially with Jesus on your side, but your psyche belies you. You are indeed weak minded. Again, this is constructive criticism, not a slight. Your self destructive weak mind led you to believe that finding Jesus will help you and no, God didn’t bless you with an arm fit for the major leagues, circumstance did, because there are over a hundred inner city kids that can throw better than you any day of the week, but will never get the chance.

    I think you’re a nice guy and you don’t hurt anybody, but wow, tone down the pontification that McCain, another troubled human whose life could only be saved by a ritual called born again, is the answer for this SECULAR country. There are Democrats that are born again blah blah blahs, they are all the same.

    Myths have not died, and you are the poster child for the greatest myth of all. Your belief in this jesus story is the 27TH version of the virgin birth, crucifixion, death, resurrection, miracles, and so on, exactly to a ‘T”…don’t you get it? 🙂

    170 bases around the world to protect us from?????? We left Vietnam and hmmm, they are prospering and we trade with them. Bases all over Korea for the last 55 years and a trillion dollars later that could have been spent on Americans, and for what, N Korea has a nuclear program? They got the program from us, you must read up on not just the myth of Jesus but, you know, current events and recent history.

    Thank you from all of us who have truly been enlightened and can see beyond smoke, popes, and convenience of control.

    My God, think about your life when you were a free thinking child, with wonder and amazement in your eyes.

  40. mbdeane permalink
    December 24, 2007 11:21 pm

    Curt:

    I respect you as a pitcher but I could care less about your political POV. First of all, what kind of education do you have because I’m thinking your track record isn’t so good. You supported Bush who WILL go down as the worst President this country has ever had. I’m thinking you are seriously deficient in grey matter between the ears so why should we care what you have to say about McCain?

    Oh yeah, Curt I understand you are born again. Well, some of us were born right the first time.

    So, Table for One, take your political opinions and and your ill advised attack on Roger Clemens and shove it where the moon don’t shine.

  41. December 25, 2007 5:12 am

    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

  42. scudbuster permalink
    December 25, 2007 10:12 am

    please delete my comments on okay i get it blog. ty . merry christmas

  43. letsgosox permalink
    December 25, 2007 11:31 am

    Hello Curt,

    On behalf of myself and my mother we would like to thank you for a wonderful time on saturday night. I would also like to thank the Patriot Guard Riders and the other men and women that worked so hard to make that a truly memorable night. Once again, thank you Curt.

    Sgt Tom Slavin

  44. Bruce Hamilton permalink
    December 25, 2007 11:34 am

    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to All!
    God Bless our troops throughout the world.

    Mr Shilling,
    my brother-in-law Jim McAndrew, a life-long Red Sox fan, passed away Sunday afternoon after a sudden illness. He saw you pitch in the World Series (he even bought one of your game shirts). His mother Rose McAndrew, also a life-long Sox fan, used to take him and his brothers when they were children to Fenway park to see Ted Williams. She passed away in December of 2004 (at age 90), waiting until her beloved Red Sox won the World Series to leave this earth.
    I know you are extremely busy, but if you or the Red Sox organization could somehow recognize my brother-in-laws passing by sending a card to the
    William J Gormley Funeral Service in West Roxbury for his wake on Friday December 28th, It would mean a great deal to his family and particularly to my dear wife Rosemary, who was at his bedside for the last 2 weeks.
    I appreciate your time, and welcome the thoughts and prayers of Red Sox Nation for my departed brother-in law Jim and his family.
    Sincerely,
    Bruce Hamilton
    b.hamilton@neu.edu

  45. warbler44 permalink
    December 25, 2007 2:04 pm

    Pray this coming year for competent leadership that not engage in war with countries that pose no threat thus resulting in the deaths and maiming of thousands of innocents. Lord hear our prayer.

  46. sdl1 permalink
    December 25, 2007 5:16 pm

    to thedarules at post #40.

    I’m also Jewish. I do not agree with Curt’s political views. I am very much against the war, participating in antiwar demos where I live. I support the troops by wanting them home NOW.

    I’ve never met Curt, obviously his views on things are different from you and I. But, this is HIS blog and he can air his views and he lets us (at least those who register) air ours. If he was as right wing as you think, he wouldn’t let us have this discourse. I am glad that Curt has this blog. In it he opens his mind and lets us know what’s on it, what he sees in the game and into his personal life as well.

    Nobody is forcing you to post here.

    Curt, thanks for having this blog up. We may disagree on things, but isn’t that what life is about?

    Have a safe and Happy Christmas, Curt

  47. mcderrp1 permalink
    December 25, 2007 9:15 pm

    Its funny. People against the war are angry not with the war but something else. People for the war come across as calm normal and in harmony from within and without. Strange, I think the antiwar crowd hate themselves. Very sad.

  48. providenceguy permalink
    December 26, 2007 5:11 am

    Sounds like a great experience in Medfield. I hope you had a great Christmas, and are enjoying the off season. You deserve it.
    matt

  49. tufeek1 permalink
    December 26, 2007 7:26 am

    Thedarules your a real class act.
    Merry Christmas!

  50. December 26, 2007 12:19 pm

    I’m about as far to the left as (I assume) Curt is to the right, but I was unaware that being an All-Star ballplayer required giving up your right to express yourself freely about politics, Roger Clemens, or anything else.

    While I disagree with his political positions, I get the distinct feeling that he actually reads about them, and really does weigh politicians’ positions before making an endorsement.

    Most important, now that he’s decided to live in the Commonwealth permanently, over time we’ll be able to transform him into a liberal Democrat…..

  51. aredsoxlifeforme permalink
    December 26, 2007 12:53 pm

    #8 thedarules why come here? Using a Hitler reference as a judgement for an opinion different from your own? Talk about someone having a pretense of piety! Surely Hillary must have something the say about this. I bet Algore has the question, answer….. and an award awaiting in the wings….go visit their sites. The reason you are “rankled” by Curt Shilling is is because the truth hurts….LOSER!

    Keep DELIVERING (on and off the field) Curt…..God Bless You!

  52. rodmac permalink
    December 26, 2007 1:53 pm

    I like John McCain very much. I’m a life long democrat but in 2000 I actually changed my party affiliation so that I could vote for him in the primaries. I was very disappointed when you came out for Bush after the 2004 season. Without trying to start an argument, I believe that Bush is the worst president this country has ever had. I also think that it will take many years, and it may even be impossible to undue the damage that the Bush administration has done to this county. Just the attempt to regain our civil rights after the attacks against the constitution by Bush might be impossible. Bush used the 9/11 attacks to make an excuse for invading Iraq. And he and his crowd used fear to push through the patriot act.
    I still believe Ben Franklin was right when he said that those who will sacrifice freedom for safety, deserve neither.
    Rod

  53. fenwaynationchief permalink
    December 26, 2007 2:20 pm

    Curt-

    The URL link you posted for “carepacks.org” is wrong–you left out the “s” after “pack” in the link.

    It’s correct in the text, but the actual link is wrong.

    Have a great Christmas holiday,

    Ernie Paicopolos
    FenwayNation.com

  54. tjg05 permalink
    December 26, 2007 7:16 pm

    Curt what can I say?? What a wonderfull night last Saturday was. We shared some laughs and tears and it was great seeing the smiles on all the kids faces. You looked like you were having a ball handing out all the gifts. Please keep us in mind next year as my family would like to help again. We can do more work in advance if needed.
    Thank you for everything.
    Tom and Elaine Gibson

  55. mpc5150 permalink
    December 26, 2007 8:50 pm

    Merry Christmas Curt,

    I wish you go to iraq and drive over an IED!

    Love Mike

  56. bringnomarback permalink
    December 26, 2007 9:35 pm

    Nice to see that there are some people who still care ..I dont want to comment on politics, or anything else the only questions i leave are the following

    1- why cant all professional sports follow the olympic drug testing? It seems like the only method that works (most of the time) Why does the union fight tooth and nail on these things,

    2 did you ever get my xmas card from 2004 it had a gentlemen in front of the FAO swart bear and a naked guy in the red sox melee fromm 2004

    thanks

    peace out

  57. ethanmichaels permalink
    December 26, 2007 10:20 pm

    Happy Holidays all! Good luck next year Curt (not that you need it).

    Ethan Michaels

  58. briantwright permalink
    December 26, 2007 11:26 pm

    I love watching that clip from the Florida Republican debate where McCain says,”I have heard Mr. Paul say in numerous debates to bring our troops home… I just got back from spending Thanksgiving with the troops and their messege to to is, the messege of these brave men and women is ‘Let us win, let us win!” I am all for McCain in ’08.

    And I wish everybody a Happy New year and hope you had a good Christmas.

  59. usncdr permalink
    December 27, 2007 2:13 am

    Curt
    Hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a healthy, Happy New Year. Now for the reason I’m here. I am the Commanding Officer of Inshore Boat Unit 21 a deployed anti terrorism and force protection unit with a homeport at the Naval Station, Newport, RI. We have been deployed to Camp Patriot Kuwait since October and expect to return to the states sometime in June 2008. There are a lot of Sox fans in this unit and others based here. I have had some photos taken of one of our patrol boats flying the Red Sox flag. I would like to email the photo to the organization but don’t have a valid email address and can’t find one on REDSOX.COM. I would appreciate your assistance. Additionally, we would like to send a US flag and certificate to the organization. Is there anybody in particular this should be addressed to?
    Wishing you and yours the best of the coming year.
    Sincerely
    CDR Tom O’Malley, USN
    Commanding Officer
    Inshore Boat Unit 21
    thomas.j.omalley@navy.mil

  60. letsgosox permalink
    December 27, 2007 8:12 am

    mpc 5150,

    Who the hell do you think you are? Having served in Iraq and having come in contact with IED’S I have seen first hand the devastation that comes in the wake of an IED attack. I have lost many friends that anwsered the call to defend freedom, meanwhile back here at home an ignorrant loser as yourself can sit back an make an ill attempt at humor by using an IED as a punch line. Here is a piece of advice, either strap on a pair of boots, grab a weapon and head over there or keep your comments to yourself. In the mean time, turn of WEEI and move out of your mother’s basement.

    Sgt Tom Slavin

  61. jongol permalink
    December 27, 2007 9:42 am

    Have you seen this? I’m a big fan of yours but it’s kind of funny and I’d have to say I agree with the sentiments of the author as far as religion and sports go. Written a few years ago apparently.

  62. ampinoy13 permalink
    December 27, 2007 12:46 pm

    Curt:

    Thank you for sharing this story. I wore our country’s uniform from Viet Nam to Desert Storm and my son is now in this second tour in Iraq after having been in both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. I will not get into the argument of whether Mr. Bush was right in committing US servicemen and women into Iraq. I will ask everyone who reads “38pitches” to reach out and thank a soldier, sailor, airman or marine for being man or woman enough to put on the uniform.

    We have, for over 200 years, sacrificed our prime years so that you can do what you choose and say what you choose on this forum. We do not ask to be put on a pedastel for simply doing our job.

    To any serviceman or woman who reads my words, THANK YOU; and to you, Curt, for giving me the forum to speak my piece, THANK YOU!

  63. mdreadman permalink
    December 27, 2007 1:50 pm

    Curt

    Happy holidays, wonderful to have you and Mike back for 08 and now praying Ellsbury sticks around as well. Just curious about renovations to Fenway, I have heard there is work being done to make the park more handicapped acessible.

    My wife and I finally won the Monster seat lottery a couple years ago when she was tragically paralyzed in freak accident at home and we had to give them up . We have made it to a game since her accident but life in a wheelchair is not quite the same with two young kids and sitting in the wheelchair seating behind home is not quite the same as being up on the Monster.

    Hoping the ownership will make things more user friendly and you have another great year in 2008. Thanks for your many great contributions to Boston and the New England area as well.

    best regards,
    Matt Readman

  64. mannyman18 permalink
    December 28, 2007 11:37 am

    Thanks for the good work Curt. I respect your opinion and like that you have the stones to actually say what you feel.
    As for these Clemens appologists who are attacking you, I wonder how many of these people were attacking Bonds as beign a cheat. I bet if Roger never played in Boston then most of these people wouldn’t be defending him and would actually be critical of him. Those fans need to look in the mirror and realize they are the hypocrites not you Curt. You were just stating that cheaters shouldn’t be allowed to get awards or into the Hall of Fame. Sad how they can’t take the time to fully read your posts and only base there responses on what they hear on the radio.

    Keep up the good work Curt, God Bless
    Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year

  65. warbler44 permalink
    December 28, 2007 8:18 pm

    If Iraq had not been invaded you would still be doing what you chose to do. Iraq was absolutely no theart to the United States. Stop being sheep, your American.

  66. providenceguy permalink
    December 28, 2007 11:20 pm

    Although not my choice for President, I think McCain is a good guy and I’m thankful for his military and government service. I have a tough time with his plans to cut ‘wasteful government spending’ while justifying the estimated $720million/daily Iraq bill. I also don’t buy into the ‘If we pull the troops out now, the terrorists will follow us home’. The infamous War on Terror appears to be a vague plan with ever-changing enemies. It seems close to a crusade against Bad Guys without an end in sight. There will always be Bad Guys.

  67. framestraight1 permalink
    December 29, 2007 2:01 am

    Funny how a Holiday Blog turns nasty. I look at all the blogs except 2 that have to interject Nazi’s & Politics. When I read this I looked at my Fathers and Father -In -Laws WW2 photos. 1 that went 3 times as a Glider Pilot in Market Garden and the other standing on Manila Beach with 750 Dead Americans.
    What in God’s name does that have to do with a Holiday dinner & politics.
    Curt made his opinion known, however our Nazi guy didn’t. Who did he vote for, Nixon, if he is old enough. And I suppose he was standing in between Clemens & Curt when Curt was told to quit partying & loose weight. If your 42, how much do you weigh?
    Why don’t you let Clemens do what he has to do, either or. It will come out in the wash. If you want to bash Curt Schilling, do it on another blog. In the meantime, renounce your so-called Red Sox Fan status and go help Leyritz who just killed a woman in Florida because he was drunk.
    Take a trip through the Holocaust Museum, and take up German Citizenship.
    Fighting men do not need your vile blog. Remember, these fighting men are fighting for your right to hide behind your computer, no matter how many excuses you can make.

    God Bless Our Fighting Men!

    Curt & Family, and the rest of this blog, God Bless.

    Regards.

  68. jnashcraft permalink
    December 29, 2007 2:35 pm

    Curt,

    I recently read a book that you wrote the afterward for, entitled The Competitive Edge. As you know, the book is about maintaining character and integrity in the midst of competition. I really enjoyed reading the book and especially liked what you wrote in it. I was wondering if you could comment on how you got involved with this book and how important you think this topic is. It seems that more and more, news about sports involves the poor choices that professional athletes make (both on & off the field). I couldn’t help but think of the steroids issue in baseball when reading this book. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Happy New Year & I’m already looking forward to a great 2008 season.

    Sincerely,
    Nathan

  69. mpc5150 permalink
    December 29, 2007 7:04 pm

    Sgt Tom,

    I agree with you and apologize for making light of the situation in Iraq. I respect anyone who serves in the military.

    In the meantime, Curt i hope you catch downwind from Big papi’s ass after a Mexican meal. Then you can put on your fake bloody sock.

    love
    Mike

  70. ranger3169 permalink
    December 30, 2007 1:48 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    Thank you for your continued support of our troops, and for all the work towards charity you do. In this day and age of sports stars who remove themselves from civic aid, despite their enormous opportunity to help, you provide a nice example. I am currently serving and an Infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad, and it is good to know that we have such great support back home. The main reason I wanted to thank you, as a lifelong Red Sox fan, was for 2004 (and this year off course, which I missed most of the World Series preparing for operations and ran my first combat patrol as you won Game 4). The pure magic that the team had has been an inspiration to me for all that I’ve done since then. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do; it may just be a game, but through that game you have inspired and truly helped so many. Best Wishes and a Happy New Year.

    1LT Liam Walsh
    1-502D IN REGT
    Baghdad, Iraq

  71. lynnemarie39 permalink
    December 30, 2007 11:36 am

    To: thedarules and jonnydrama07 >>

    Your comments (#29 & 30) under this heading are inappropriate & you should be ashamed of yourselves. How ironic you chose Christmas Eve and this heading to lash out post your negative & hostile comments. What did either of you plan to accomplish by these remarks? Your belligerence successfully proved your ignorance and immaturity, that’s all.

  72. stanrayray permalink
    December 30, 2007 9:35 pm

    Quite simple. It’s amazing to read the word of a super star…a man of The Lord!

  73. senatorski permalink
    December 31, 2007 12:51 am

    Hey Curt,

    You and your family have been an inspiration to me. I have had problems in the past. I am enlisting in the Army on January 2nd. Thank you for your insight and the Trophies. It is now my time to give back what this great nation has given me. First and foremost the USA, and secondly RED SOX Nation!!!!!

    Thank you again, I will be in contact ASAP for your Foundations.

    Your Biggest Fan Forever!!

    Keith
    Amherst, MA

  74. sdl1 permalink
    December 31, 2007 5:07 am

    Curt…

    Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

  75. suesox permalink
    December 31, 2007 6:13 am

    Time for another blog, Curt. It’s the end of the year. How about a retrospective?

  76. doperssuck permalink
    December 31, 2007 10:03 am

    Curt- Five years ago I started a website call http://www.doperssuck.com in reaction to a world championship mountain biker admitting to using to performance enhancing drugs. As a professional mountain biker, I was very upset. As you and I know doping has been a part of all sports for many years. My message, “Dopers Suck”, has been very popular in the cycling world and I think it’s time to reach out to other sports as well. I would like to send you some t-shirts and wristbands for you to wear if you’d like. I am sure it will cause quite a stir! If you are all interested please contact me at doperssuck@hotmail.com

    Cheers.

    PS. The Dopers Suck slogan was spawned by another t-shirt I own….Yankees Suck.

  77. sweetness111 permalink
    December 31, 2007 5:27 pm

    Curt, you are the biggest idiot in Major League Baseball.

    How about when you told your teammate, Scott Williamson, who had been missing games due to an elbow injury, to “stop acting”, only to have Williamson undergoe reconstructive surgery a few weeks later. I love that.

    Oh, and your washed up. Just retire already.

  78. mtmamm permalink
    December 31, 2007 8:38 pm

    Curt

    you are a breathe of fresh air in the pro sports world…we are lucky to have you as part of the Red Sox Nation…your performance on the field speaks for itself…but your candor and willingness to speak out on issue of the day is refreshing…keep up the good work….

    Mike

  79. jbbrennx permalink
    January 1, 2008 2:49 am

    Happy New Year!

  80. bosox4eva permalink
    January 1, 2008 12:41 pm

    To the Schilling Family and all of Red Sox Nation, I hope Santa was good to you and your New Years is Happy and Safe.Also, Schill, be careful. It appears that both thedarules and mpc5150, have recently been released from Medfield State. “I hope you run over an IED” and “I hope Clemems punches you teeth in” Spoken like 2 people with a combined I.Q. of 1. Clemens, may have a better record then Schill, but Schill has 3 Rings, Clemens only 2. Schill, you might run your mouth, sometimes, but I would take that anyday, over a Cheat, a Liar and above all a poor Role Model for todays kids. If Schill, took Steroids or HGH, he probably could have smoked the Rocket in Records.And why on Gods Green Earth, do you think he is a Nazi.Thanks again Schill, for a very interesting Blog.

  81. rekorkuc permalink
    January 2, 2008 11:17 pm

    Curt,

    I’ve been a Red Sox fan all my life and I am very grateful for the 2 World Series Championships wins that you have been a part of. I know that you are student of World War II and respectful of all those Americans who have served our country in times of need.

    Since I have enjoyed your work over the last 4 years, I would appreciate it if you would consider ordering a copy of a book that I recently wrote honoring an uncle who gave his life for our country on 25 Feb 1944 after a bombing raid to Augsburg, Germany. Oddly enough, the tailgunner on my uncle’s
    B-17 had a last name of Schilling and the plane was shot down by a Luftwaffe pilot named Clemens. My uncle grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts and was a Red Sox fan.

    My book is listed on the University of Oklahoma Press website at:

    http://www.oupress.com/bookdetail.asp?isbn=978-0-8061-3892-3

    Many thanks!

    Bob Korkuc

  82. 1cavtanker permalink
    January 3, 2008 12:22 am

    Curt,

    This last post means a lot to me. I have completed my first year in the Army and from RI to Fort Hood, I am just getting my feet wet. Thank you for your support, I cannot say enough how great it feels to put on the uniform and experience the gratitude that people have of our military.

    I look forward to deploying with my unit and getting my hands dirty. Keep up the support. HOOAH!!

    AF

  83. hansenwillsaveus permalink
    January 3, 2008 3:55 am

    Hey, Curt. I wanted to let you know that my “big brother” recently started a blog, and he just posted a new entry about the elation of being the co-pilot on the plane that flew you from Philadelphia to Boston on the day before you signed your new contract (in case you don’t remember, you signed a couple baseballs for he and the pilot and talked to them for a bit). Here’s the link, if you have a moment to check it out:

    http://yourflightnumberis.blogspot.com/2008/01/red-sox-new-englands-second-religion.html

    Also (to any other Sox fans), a fellow (and tragically displaced) member of RSN has written a novel. I’m talking about me. Here’s my website, if you get a chance to check it out:

    http://www.jmtohline.com/

    We love you, Curt. Go Sox!

  84. warbler44 permalink
    January 4, 2008 12:12 am

    doperssuck.com? Curt never saw or heard a thing concerning steroids in baseball. He even swore to tell the truth…….lol…….how about that for Christian values?

  85. January 6, 2008 12:12 pm

    Boston Globe’s West Section has a profile on my son, a major from Medfield, featuring his program to buy and distribute blankets to poor Iraqis! http://tinyurl.com/3292d6

  86. mdbeau permalink
    January 6, 2008 10:17 pm

    As someone who grew up surrounded with the military (both grandfathers, uncle, brother, father, and now husband) I thank you for your participation in this event; it sounds like it was a huge success. I’m sure all the families who attended especially appreciated it.

    My husband is currently deployed, but expected home very soon (can’t wait!) thank you for your message, and for caring about the troops.

    Michelle

  87. jerilynk66 permalink
    January 25, 2008 9:48 pm

    Hey Curt.. My son in law is in the 181st in Baghdad and he just received one of the autographed club hats that you sent over. It made him so happy! Thank you very much for not forgetting those serving our country, I loved you before.. now you will forever have my utmost respect. God Bless You

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