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February 19, 2008

The situation warranted addressing the media at some point, yesterday was that day. Given what’s happened over the past three months the discussion was not going to go anyone’s way in the end.

Suffice to say it’s over, and I am rehabbing and doing everything possible to get healthy and pitch again. Were there disagreements? Sure. Does that matter now? Absolutely not. The course of action has been laid out and I am dead set on making this work.

I will pitch again, and win, but it will be on a timetable I just don’t know yet.

Anyone looking for an angle, and by the posts there are quite a few, other than what the situation really is are wrong and getting more wrong every post. There was no $$ angle, there was no deception. I’ve done many dumb things and said even dumber things in my life, but I’m ok saying I’ve been a man of my word my entire life. When I screw up, and that’s not a rarity, I have never had issues with being called out.

I negotiated the deal healthy, and in good faith. Things went south, that sucks, but that’s also life sometimes. If it does turn out that I don’t pitch again there is not one regret in the world I could have. What the Lord has allowed my family and I to see and experience over the past 22 years exceeds immeasurably what I could have dreamed up at the beginning.

The Red Sox were never in the dark and knew the first day there were problems. There have been many lengthy discussions and a lot of dialog. I wish to God I wasn’t where I am, but that’s not going to change anything, to call this unfortunate or unlucky is a stretch I think, there are millions of people with true problems in life a lot worse off than I am, or we are. The club will certainly survive, I just hope I can get back and help at some point.

At the end of the day this really is and was a business decision on their behalf, and regardless of what you think that’s the way it is, and has been. At the moment they are out 8 million dollars for a guy that cannot pitch, that can’t be a good thing. I’d bet that I’ll figure out some way to validate this entire thing when it’s all said and done. If you don’t like that, or believe that, then feel free to bet against me, it won’t be the first time.

As far as life now, the day is pretty standard. I am at the park between 6-6:30 each morning and starting at 7 am on a regimented shoulder program followed by strength/cardio work with our strength coach Dave Page. Not really pushing the shoulder hard right now as Mike builds some foundation through exercise that will allow us to strengthen areas that must be addressed before we move to the next steps.

As far as the team goes, I will post a few early observations and some daily/weekly stuff as we start to move into full squad stuff and games.  I don’t question for a second that this team is fully loaded to repeat as World Champions, now it comes down to getting ready, staying healthy and maintaining that chemistry that has formed with this great mix of guys.

144 Comments leave one →
  1. teddy3321 permalink
    February 19, 2008 2:47 pm

    coming from an official curt schilling, hater. Any fan knows that you are not pulling a carl pavano. see the 04 alcs as the perfect example good luck in recovery and maybe the yanks can hit more than 10 homers off you this year, but you got another ring. congrats and good luck

  2. oughtonk permalink
    February 19, 2008 2:50 pm

    I wish you the best of luck in getting back on the mound! I respect your decision and can’t wait to see what happens this season!

  3. monec permalink
    February 19, 2008 2:52 pm

    Dear Curt

    I am not a pitcher of your level, and I am a Red Sox fan. To see you in a Sox uniform this year will be fantastic, but you have to do what is best for you personally, we will all understand. I root for rehab first because surgery is always a last resort, at least that is what my doctors said before they finally did surgery, but you have to do what is best for you. Whatever your decisions, thank you so much for all you have done on and off the field. Much luck and success to you.

  4. mykolm permalink
    February 19, 2008 2:58 pm

    This is not a slam but a legitimate question. If the money isn’t important, and if you’re more trusting of your own doctor, why not void your current contract, have the surgery that you feel is necessary, then resign with the Sox if/when you’re healthy and able to pitch?

  5. jehb02 permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:01 pm

    Curt, I think what you have done in the past for the Sox has more than proven you would pitch hurt if would benefit the team. Right now, it appears you cannot pitch because it would not benefit the team for you to pitch. I believe you will act as a coach assisting the other pitchers if it helped the team. That may help the team recoupe some of thier 8 Million. I do not believe you did anything to decieve the team. Keep up the good word and I’m sure you will be back pitching in no time.

  6. wally97 permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:01 pm

    Best of luck. We’re all rooting for you (except the CHB, but tha’s agiven!)

  7. February 19, 2008 3:06 pm

    Hey Curt –

    Well as you said life throws us all curveballs now and then and we press on. Tell Mike that Brian said hello! I hope he is well I am sure the off-season went too fast for he and his wife. Best of luck on rehabbing and we’ll see what the big man has in store for you.

  8. February 19, 2008 3:10 pm

    Hey Curt –

    Well as you said life throws us all curveballs now and then and we press on. Tell Mike that Brian said hello! I hope he is well I am sure the off-season went too fast for he and his wife. Best of luck on rehabbing and we’ll see what the big man has in store for you.

    We are planning on getting down to the Fort around March 2nd or 3rd. We are stopping in MD to see a couple of college kids play we will be hosting this summer. Then off to FLA to catch some college and spring training games. Our kids from last year are playing in Deland and Bradenton (up at IMG) so we are going to go see them around going to check out the spring outlook for the Sox. We can’t wait. It will be our first trip.

    I hope you and the family enjoy whatever time left you have playing this great game, and best of luck getting back to the mound sooner than later. Hopefully we will see you with our little Teagan in Fort Myers! Talk to you soon! GO SOX!

    The Sparhawks

  9. crashdavis42 permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:12 pm

    Anyone with a brain and a conscience can tell that you have always been up front and honest. The position that the organization is putting you in is not a good one for the future of your physical health, but you are correct-it was a business decision. Even though most of us feel insignificant in our professional lives as compared to a sports star, this goes to show that no matter where you work or how amazing you are, we are all merely cogs in the wheel.
    Good luck, take care, and best wishes on a speedy recovery. I hope to see you pitch one more time before you hang it up becuase you are my favorite personality in baseball. You have all the heart, determination, respect, humility, and love for the game that I would love to see from more players along with the fact that you are a world class pitcher.
    Thank you for coming to Phoenix during your career-it only served to intensify my love for the game!

  10. bake mcbride permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:19 pm

    love the blog but take issue with the idea that you “don’t have a choice.”

    if the surgery is really what you want, and need, why not have the surgery, void the contract and pitch somewhere else in 2009?

  11. bugmenot45 permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:26 pm


    If you and Craig Morgan are so sure that surgery is your best route, why not leave the 8 Mil on the table this year, get the surgery and rehab done. 8 mil is not that much when you’ve earned as much as you have.

    Then you can pull a Roger Clemens after the all star break or spend the entire year rehabbing and come back for one more big bang year in 09?

    that said, good luck and thanks for your work.

  12. flogbishop permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:30 pm

    Get well soon and God bless you!

  13. February 19, 2008 3:43 pm

    Those who read your words didn’t regard the haters or doubters about your motivation on this contract. Glad you’re part of the team and thrilled your working to contribute on the field when the time is right.

  14. fusion27 permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:49 pm

    Curt, they knew they were running risks. Nothing is certain. Keep on keeping on. And for our sake keep on blogging, I like to hear what you have to say and you have a good heart.

    Much luck and Godspeed.

  15. mikebuckeye permalink
    February 19, 2008 3:59 pm

    Could you address the weight clauses. Can you still hit those? Have you done the work yet?

  16. suesunswim permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:06 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Anybody with a brain knows that you did not try and deceive the Red Sox or do this just for the money. If that were the case, you would have taken one of the other offers tendered to you for more years and more money.

    I hope that you come back and pitch this year, I love to watch you pitch and I love to listen to you talk. You always give thoughtful, intelligent answers. I sincerely hope that you are able to pitch again, and I believe that you will do everything in your power to do that. AND I sincerely hope that you never stop talking.


    P.S. I have asked you before, but can you NOW just go and slap the CHB????

  17. mikee522 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:14 pm

    I pray that the course you are on will ultimately bring the results you and our team are hoping for. I’m looking forward to the first time you take the mound this season. Best of luck, Curt.

  18. garfield1 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:32 pm

    Don’t worry about the naysaysers. Just concentrate on getting healthy. You’ll come back when your ready. You have nothing to prove. You’ve shown why your one of the best pitchers of all time and the Boston fans have an appreciation for you like no other. Take care and best of luck in 08.

  19. newjersey30 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:41 pm

    You told NESN that you had a 2 year, $14M offer from some other team. Is that possible since you signed with the Sox before you could negotiate with other teams? Maybe the surgery you should have is getting your jaw wired shut. You talk too much.

  20. bigbronxballs77 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:47 pm

    Any Red Sox ‘fan’ that is happy you are back isn’t a real baseball fan. No real fan wants the three ring circus you bring everywhere with you in camp this year. You are a fat, over-paid, distraction. Your teammates hate you, as does every sportswriter in Boston. And, Mr. WEEI, you get PAID to make those appearances on the radio.

    You are the biggest joke in the hoistory of sports…

    And will you please clean that ketchup off your sock before you send it to Cooperstown!

  21. jarryd38 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:47 pm


    I can’t take the doubters or the haters about your integrity. I have to say this, I don’t particularly like your political choices or your view on religion and a few other things that you might of said or done, but as far as integrity goes, you stand as a man and face your medicne like no athlete I have seen in the past 20 years or maybe ever, and for that alone you have my support on good faith.

    It’s crazy to hear or read so many of these comments, articles, posts, blogs, newspapers, magazines- you get the picture- that you took the money for any other reason than you earned it and even more so. Please don’t let jerks around town, the city, the state or the USA frame your opinion on RSN and its loyalty to you.
    I won’t even adress the , opt out of the contract and get the surgery cries from the minions of bobble heads that call you out on that.

    That being said, i appreciate your candor on the health issue and the fact that there are for worse people off in this world to complain, you have led a blessed life and you know it and aknowledge it everytime you have the chance.

    In a time where so much bad is going on around this planet not to mention this nation and kids have a lack of sheer role moels, especially in the world or sports when it comes to integrity ,its nice to know that there are a few people like yourself, that even though I disagree with your personal opinons about a few things, I can still point and say,,but that guy have integrity!!!

    I would love to shoot back and forth about politics with you, but this is not the forum for it.

    physical therapy for over half of my 43 years, good luck and

  22. bigbronxballs77 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:49 pm

    Long Live Dan Shaughnessy !

  23. urmom3312 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:50 pm

    Best of luck Curt… I hope to see you this season back and better than ever (if that’s possible). I am such a big fan of you and the entire Red Sox team and I can’t wait until opening day!!

  24. February 19, 2008 4:51 pm

    Anyone who thinks you are lying doesn’t have a brain (especially CHB — why even bother to read the dope). Good luck with the rehab, and we’ll all be crossing our fingers and hoping it works the way the docs say it will work!

  25. bigbronxballs77 permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:52 pm

    New York Yankees win Number 27 in 2008 !!!!

  26. lowandoutside permalink
    February 19, 2008 4:57 pm

    I don’t agree with your attempt to “control the message” by handpicking certain members of the media to speak to, and then addressing your current health situation in your blog. I think that the fans deserve more, including a chance by those in the media willing to ask tougher questions.
    Ultimately, if you can rehab and pitch effectively, then I, as a fan, would appreciate your contributions. Right now, however, your approach seems self-serving and is distracting to other, more interesting stories…see Ellsbury, Beckett, Pedroia etc…
    I thought that those athletes that had serious injuries, and thus not contributing, were virtually invisible, worked hard and remained quiet?

  27. joshkorin permalink
    February 19, 2008 5:12 pm

    I have said this for years and I will say it again you can never win another game in Boston Red Sox uniform and you will always be a hero in our city and to this fan. From the bottom of my heart thank you for what you have done for our city, what you have done for our region, and what you have done for The Boston Red Sox as an organization.

    One thing I know for sure there is nobody I would want to pitch for my team in a must win elimination game than you. When the money is on the table you have proven time and time again that betting on #38 is always a good bet. You proved it in Arizona, you proved it in 04, and you proved it again this past season so for that Red Sox Nation is forever in your debt.

    I truly do hope you will be able to bounce back from this injury and give us another fond memory to send you off with. I know you will follow the prescribed rehab regimen that the Sox have laid out for you and if it enables you to come back strong for October I’ll take a healthy playoff battle tested, Curt Schilling on my squad anyday of the week as we drive to our third world title of the new millenium. You’ve never let us down in the past Curt I know you won’t let us down now. You did what you said you were going to do and you brought our city a championship and you helped erase nearly 100 years of frustration, transformed our franchises identity from a lovable but perpetual loser to our current status as the most feared team in the league who can beat you any one of three ways with pitching, with defense, and of course with great hitting. Come back strong Curt! Red Sox Nation will be ready to welcome you back to the mound with open arms. From one die hard member of Red Sox Nation a heartfelt thanks and best wishes for a speedy recovery. SOX in 08!!! The newest dynasty arrives this October! GO SOX!

  28. jkey permalink
    February 19, 2008 5:21 pm

    Your interview was most interesting and this blog entry as well, but you still haven’t answered the one question which most preys on the minds of true Red Sox fans everywhere, so I will ask it here: Did you get the gum over the fence?

  29. patchie61 permalink
    February 19, 2008 5:34 pm

    Curt, glad to hear it is over.

    I was not personally impressed with how you handled it yesterday and time will tell of future transgressions. I will ask, as a fan of the Red Sox team, that you stop making this about you. You could become a pivotal player down the road as this season progresses but for now you are not and thus you need to move aside and stop being the magnet of controversy. You are a member of a team, a compensated member, and there is no “I” in team.

  30. soxfanindan permalink
    February 19, 2008 6:22 pm

    I will pray that your shoulder gets better, but if it is not in God’s plan all I can say is thanks. Thanks for what you did in 04, and everything after that. It has been so much fun to be a fan for the last few years.

  31. vabeachredsoxfan permalink
    February 19, 2008 6:29 pm

    Hey Curt,

    If anyone can get back to the mound, it’s you. I believe in you and I know the way that you’ll validate this whole thing is by helping the Red Sox win another WS. No matter what happens, you’ve already helped bring 2 championships to Boston, and for that, you get a lifetime pass.

    God Bless and best of luck.

  32. suesox permalink
    February 19, 2008 6:38 pm

    I know you want to be a team player and to live up to your word (i.e. your contract), but if 2 out of 3 respectable doctors believe you need surgery, don’t you think that that’s what you should do for your long-term health? Some of the previous comments have good suggestions about coming back after surgery, and I think you should reconsider your course of action. Frankly, I question whether the Red Sox docs have your best interest in mind.

  33. warbler44 permalink
    February 19, 2008 6:59 pm

    i will pray for the thousands of innocents killed in needless wars…

  34. stonedwheatthins permalink
    February 19, 2008 7:53 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I hope you know that the vast majority of RS fans support you and know that you are a major reason we have these two WS titles. Don’t let the haters get you down. You’ll always be a hero to Red Sox Nation.

    As for CHB – it should be obvious how much he wants to be you.


  35. redsoxchick74 permalink
    February 19, 2008 8:12 pm

    Thank You Curt for being a great player that has pretty upfront about your health. I love that my kids look up to you – they ask about your rehab daily – as sox fans we hope to see you out there again… lets just hope it’s before September! Thanks for everything!

  36. rsoxfan506 permalink
    February 19, 2008 8:19 pm


    God’s with you. He’s with us all. Take your time, relax and pray. I’ll pray for you too. I have faith you’ll be back up there.

    Hope you’re having fun in Fort Myers. I’m two blocks from the City of Palms Park stadium. Maybe we can do lunch one day. :p

  37. shillingfan permalink
    February 19, 2008 8:42 pm

    Hi Curt–

    I read that you are concerned that therapy won’t be as effective as surgery…and want to direct you to a good resource that was how I fixed my long term rotator cuff problem with a few months of exercises.

    You may already be familiar with Pete Egoscue and his exercise therapy program since he has worked with many athletes over the past 20 years.

    Surgery had been recommended for my problem too but Pete Egoscue’s program solved the problem for me…permanently and in a fairly short period of time.

    Pete’s method is a little different from regular PT. So check his books and website for information. Or just phone him.

    Good luck for a full and complete recovery.

  38. commave permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:03 pm


    Well said.

    Like it or not. Curt again stays consistent with what he preaches. Be honest and straightforward. He has again provided a well thought out update of his condition.

  39. microprof permalink
    February 19, 2008 9:19 pm

    Mr. Schilling, I urge you not to do anything that will jeapordize your long term health and physical mobility. The money, although huge, is not worth it. Other sport’s figures like Bobby Orr and Cam Neely made the right decision and have had rich rewarding lives after retiring from their sport. There are so many other things that you could be doing in and out of baseball. Red Sox fans will honor you always for the major contributions you have already made to Boston and its fans.

  40. February 19, 2008 9:44 pm

    As I have mentioned here before, Curt, you’re a stand up guy. You tell it like it is, not like you have something to hide. I don’t know if there are any other pitchers (or other players for that matter) who give the fans the straight story on what’s really going on with them physically. Go do rehab, get the shoulder where it needs to be, and come back and pitch for the RSN faithful. If I could be at Fenway when you do, I would be… in a heartbeat. Keep us updated as to your progress, okay? I’ll still love ya no matter what happens. Take care!

    (a Red Sox fan in Soonerland)

  41. biomechanicist permalink
    February 19, 2008 10:07 pm


    I support you 100% on everything that’s been reported (and transcribed) from yesterday. You have ever right to your $8M as that was negotiated in good faith. As you said, you could have gone somewhere else (and even lied to them about all the cortisone shots you were getting last year) and got $28M/2years. But the notion that you “tricked” the Red Sox is obsurd. They were the ones giving you shots, and managing your mid-season rehab last year. It’s not like that one physical was the only time they examined you! They’ve been examing your body for just over four years at the time of signing. So . . . as you said, you’ll make it right. They’re hopefully going to know fairly rapidly if rehab isn’t working: so if not, you get the biceps surgery and you come back in September instead of July (if you got it right now). Even just 4-5 games of pennnt-race/postseason Curt Schilling is definitely worth 8M. And while I wish the best for Bucholz and Lester, neither of these guys has even sniffed 200 big league inning in a season.

    Maybe you’re not the ace right now, but you could definitely be the ace up the team’s sleeve.

  42. esaslaw permalink
    February 19, 2008 10:47 pm

    I think everyone, including the CHB (to the extent that any reporter “roots” for a particular player), wish you the best and hope you are able to pitch. I understand your point about the Red Sox business decision, but there should be no question that a possible season ending injury coming moments after you sign an $8million contract has to raise an eyebrow. When your response is that you want to have surgery, raising a huge possibility that you will not pitch again this year, then the second eyebrow goes up. Sure, your surgeon says that the surgery could have you back by the All Star break, but surgeons like to cut, and tend to think surgery is the answer. That doesn’t make them bad doctors: just biased toward surgery.

    Maybe he is right, but you can’t blame the Club for feeling the whole thing is a bit risky for the $8million investment.

    If you are unhappy with the Globe, because of the CHB or whatever, your excluding them from your press conference is cowardly and unfair to those of us who read that paper, whether you like it or not. For $8million you ought to speak to all the newspapers in the community, not just the ones you like.

    Good luck, Schill. We appreciate all you have done for this team so far and hope there is more to come, but you dont belong on a high horse either.

  43. olyjack permalink
    February 19, 2008 10:58 pm

    “Hi Curt,

    “Anybody with a brain knows that you did not try and deceive the Red Sox or do this just for the money. ”

    That appears to exclude Dan Shaughnessy. What is it with him, anyway? His gratuitous swipes at you in column after column have reached the point of self-parody. You’re as subject to criticism as anyone else, Curt, maybe more than most, because you’re so outspoken. But with Shaughnessey it’s obviously personal. (Like it was with Colonel Dave Egan and Ted Williams. ) If I could use this blog to send a message to him, it would be this:

    Dan, you have a problem with Curt Schilling. We know that already. We don’t need to be reminded of it week after week. You’re one of the best writers in the business, but the anti-Schilling rants have become tedious. You’re sounding like a petulant child. So give it a rest. Not for Schilling’s sake. For ours.

  44. grovyland permalink
    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm

    Hi Curt,

    You website is intresting and fun. But my take on this whole thing is as follows:

    I work two jobs, and I cant even afford to take my family to a RedSox game. I could credit card it like a lot of fans do, but that would take away $400 or so from something even more important like tires, energy, rainyday fund. To say the Red Sox got a bargin at $8,000,000 is a insult to every working Red Sox fan and sports fan in general. To see your distain towards the team that has paid you ten’s of millions is disturbing. Fans read things like: How Difficult it is for the team to travel to Japan? Ha? You dont wait in any long TSA lines, your planes in most cases is waiting for you. Assigned middle seats??? No way you guys get the whole row in most cases. You sports players are treated and paid like kings, and when your employer tells you that they feel this is the course of action they suggest, you get mad? Read the economic forecasts and data. A lot of people are struggling money wise, and you throw it up to REDSOX and there fans who ulitimately pay your and every one else’s bloated salary in baseball that you are working at a $8,000,000 bargin?? Get real.

    You appear to be a nice guy, and your posts are fun to read when time permits. Once in a while I have some spare time between working 11 hours a day and family time to read them. But take a moment and think before you say you are a bargin at 8,000,000 a year. I dont care what other players make. You have way to much class to make such insulting comments like this. In the real world you employeer holds all the cards not you. Good luck in your recovery.

  45. monec permalink
    February 19, 2008 11:21 pm


    I wonder how many people know that the money WEEI gives you is all given to ALS. Thank you for doing that. You are now and always will be a class act. I am very happy that you can to Boston, thanks for the championships, thanks for being a good mentor to the players.

  46. beresford9 permalink
    February 19, 2008 11:46 pm


    Your contributions (particularly in 2004) should earn you a place in the hearts of true Red Sox fans everywhere….and should forever annoy Yankee fans…which is even more sweet. As a (previously) long suffering Red Sox fan, I thank you.

    You say in your Blog that you have said and done some dumb things in your time. Excluding some of the media from your press conference yesterday is an understandable human reaction…but as a Public Relations tactic…it ranks among those dumb moves.

    Undoubtedly you believe you don’t get a fair shake from some reporters and columnists at the Globe and elsewhere. Cutting them out of the session, however, doesn’t help that situation. They are STILL going to report the story and will have extra motivation to get in additional digs at you.

    You would look like (and be) a bigger person if you would accept the fact that… like them or not…they have a job to do and going out of your way to exclude them only plays into the hands of those who want to portray you as manipulative and self-centered.

    By doing this Blog you demonstrate admirable openness. I recommend you show further enlightenment by calling a unilateral truce with the “Knights of the Keyboard” as Teddy Ballgame used to call them.

  47. February 20, 2008 12:00 am

    good luck in what ever you do, It has been fun watching you pitch.

    to bigmouth77 you are an @$#!Q.

  48. varrius permalink
    February 20, 2008 1:22 am

    I don’t think Curt ever said the ‘money wasn’t a big deal’, he said that he didn’t deceive them for the money. The money is obviously a big deal, as 8 mil would be to pretty much anyone, or he would be having surgery.

    I personally wish sports stars would return (I’m sure they did at one point in time?) to making the same living as everyone else, or perhaps even a bit less. Afterall, they actually get to enjoy what they do.. most people don’t. I think it’s obsurd what sports figures make, and the end result is that the majority of the season tickets in the stadium can only be afforded by corporations. It would be nice to be able to take my family to a ballgame without it costing me my spending money for the month.

    It would be nice if sports figures would more often do what they think is right, instead of doing what gets them the most money. But I guess millions of dollars is too much to ask a human being to ignore.

  49. kapust permalink
    February 20, 2008 2:41 am

    Hope to see you in pawtucket soon. I figure thats where you will start. If you get hungry, I deliver food for Canton Wok in pawtucket, so please feel free to order. Order delivery, and the food will be on me.

    Get well man.

    Justin Kapust

  50. sdl1 permalink
    February 20, 2008 2:59 am


    Like others have suggested, why not stay here in Florida and work with the kids in extended spring? Let them learn what you learned from Johnny Podres. With the experience you have, you would be excellent in a role as a coach.

    Go for it!

  51. mrclutch34do permalink
    February 20, 2008 6:00 am


    I hate to see you getting such a raw deal in all of this. Sure, its their money and they “own” the right to choose how you fix your shoulder problems or you void the contract. It makes me so uncomfortable to watch you speak out about this issue, because I can see that you know this program will never allow you to pitch. Dr. Morgan said it, you fought for the surgery, and they wont allow it. It’s such a shame. I had/have that horrible shoulder injury myself. Numbness down my arm, a searing pain so bad in the front part, especially at night being kept up by it. Your entire arm just feels dead. I went through all kinds of therapy for 2 years, and to be honestly its worse now than before I started! The problem simply CANNOT and WILL NOT be fixed by any trainer from the Red Sox, having you throw a weight ball up against the wall and bounce it with your hand, lifting 15 lb. weights up in the air behind your back, or using that stupid bow (all great arm strengthening tools, but not when the muscle has been damaged). I just feel aweful everytime I think about anyone, let alone someone I idolize going through all this for what in the end will be nothing. I really REALLY hope that you dont push yourself too far trying to get back to the team and end up hurting it even further. Everyone wants to let you know how much we respect your will to pitch again. Your COURAGE for going against a decision you know is right, for the better of your team. Thank you curt, thank you for everything you have done and continue to do in order to make an entire NATION happy. I can only hope that in the end everything will work out and we will have a healthy ACE back in the rotation, even if its not for a while.

  52. winrob permalink
    February 20, 2008 7:14 am

    I hope you do what is best for you . Rehab or PT can’t hurt for this year, but you have to do whats best for you, your familyand the red sox family. If the Sox’s Doc aren’t right then, they lose. You can get the surgery next year, rehab and come back for one more year, knowing you were right all along. Best of Luck

  53. john44soxfan permalink
    February 20, 2008 7:23 am


    You have always been a true professonal and honest in my opionion, you have always been team first since you been a Red Sox, to me it was never the money for you, cause you gave your all everytime you played. Who cares what people say, cause some are going to always find a way to try to put words in your mouth.

    You have done so much for the Red Soxs and its fans, ( 2 world series) so much to ALS and restored true Sox Fans about a professonal ball player, and how they should act.

    Not everyone will agree with what the team is doing nor will we ever understand what ownership does what it does and why. But its there money and they spend as they see fit to.

    After having the same kinda surgery, and knowing how long it to me to me to recover, and understand that at our age, Im 39, was 36 when i had my surgery, I had best Doctors at MGH do my surgery, had the best in area. So with that being said i can kinda understand why, but i know you will have so much better rehab,strenghting and just the oversight of rehab that people can only dream of, as for the money you earn it and i never see a professonal work to understand there profession more then you.

    I wish you well, Hope to see you pitch again live, and also hope that this is the right move for you first and most, and the team.

    Thank you for everything you given as a true sox fan

  54. mokelly66 permalink
    February 20, 2008 7:29 am

    I’m a big fan of you Curt and continue to respect the way you present and handle the tough situations in your career. Seeing your grit and determination in 04, I can’t imagine anyone can truly believe that you would deceive the Red Sox organization in any way. You helped make a dream come true for all of us die-hard fans and I am wishing and hoping that you will be back this season to help bring another World Series win to Boston. Good luck with your rehab.

  55. denisesoxfan permalink
    February 20, 2008 7:55 am

    Curt, wishing you a speedy recovery. Can’t wait until you do pitch and win again! Those people giving you garbage should just shut up and go away. Love ya, man!

  56. February 20, 2008 8:21 am


    The bosox have one mission: since the pats couldn’t do it, its up to you guys to have a PERFECT SEASON!!! that’s right, I want 160+ W’s from you guys!!!
    Get well and tell the team we can’t wait for opening day!

  57. 1redsoxfan07 permalink
    February 20, 2008 8:34 am


    I hope like all RSF that you get back on the mound, but if you don’t, I want to see you around. I know that you can bring alot to the team even if your not pitching.

    Good Luck with the rehab, I hope to see you in July if not sooner, because things progressed better than expected.

    WS Bound in ’08.

  58. nubulins permalink
    February 20, 2008 8:51 am

    I feel that your veteran influence on the younger guys is worth 8 million in itself and I hope that this influence will show through when younger players take the mound. I look forward to seeing your face in the pen when other guys are pitching, because from within many parts of the nation, we look for familiarity year after year and you are one of the guys that brings that to us. Best of luck in your recovery.

  59. mrd1954 permalink
    February 20, 2008 9:02 am

    All the best to you Curt. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  60. February 20, 2008 9:05 am

    I would love to see you pitch soon!!! Good Luck Curt

  61. February 20, 2008 9:10 am

    Clearly you don’t need me to school you on the unscrupulous Boston media! 😉 It’s very obvious to the average person that you are very straightforward and direct – and for the media to try to paint this in any light other than what it is – is obnoxious. You can’t win for losing… 😉

    Here’s the thing…I personally (as I said before) would’ve thought the team might have opted to get more “bang for their buck” so to speak and have you be operated on with the hopes of you being strong for the second half of the season, rather than having you play very clearly injured – and possibly miss you being available when you might be needed most.

    But as you point out, you are under contract to do as they wish. And so, I hope that their course of conditioning and sustainment of the injury works, and would love nothing more than to see you play a full season, without major discomfort – and with the success that you had hoped for at the beginning of the offseason.

    The pictures out of training camp thus far look like you’re having fun anyway! 🙂

  62. cayna permalink
    February 20, 2008 9:17 am

    just wanted to add my 2cents as a redsox, baseball fan. I think what we have lost site of is the fact that it is only a game, a big money game but a game none the less. You need to do what is best for you, God willing you will have 40+ years after baseball, to continue your life. You want to be able to lift your grandkids and teach your children and grandkids the love of baseball. I repeat do whats right for you think of the long term. you are a great human,as well as a great pitcher if you are never able to throw another pitch I for one will always be in your debt. You won it for us in 04, along with the other guys, and allowed my mom a long time fan to see her beloved sox win a world championship.(she died the following february). I will continue to pray for you to heal and make the right choice. Good Luck.

  63. February 20, 2008 9:44 am


    Do you believe in miracles? If you do, this message may be just that for you and your shoulder.

    You certainly don’t know me today, but may become extremely appreciative that I invented a patent pending product called GolfStretcher™ for the golf world or ProStretcher™ for the non golf market and had the balls to let you know about the product in this Blogb. I would like to introduce this product to you and/or Paul Lessard, Mike Reinold, or Scott Waugh. We have tried, but have not been successful in reaching Paul, Mike or Scott and, thus, this blog directly to you.

    Shoulder results for many users of these products have been nearly miraculous. One of the last to be blown away with how rapidly the product helped his shoulders is the Number One Ranked Long Ball Golf Driver, Brain Pavlet. Brain can not wait to share the product with his brother Steve who is an ATC and PT in California.

    Our focus with this invention has been primarily in Golf. Hank Haney, Tiger Wood’s Swing Trainer, Sean Cochran, Phil Michelson’s Personal Trainer and current number 3 ranked Steve Stricker’s Personal Trainer and Caddie, Thomas Mitchell, all have and are testing or using GolfStretchers™.

    This is the review we received from Thomas Mitchell.

    The GolfStretcher is definitely a great tool to use in everyone’s golf fitness program. It is very effective in increasing the range of motion in the shoulder joint, which is usually ignored in most people’s workouts. It will help reduce shoulder injuries and can only improve one’s golf swing. The rotating handles are awesome and comfortable to use. I now feel confident and complete in my golf fitness training.

    Robert E. McAtee, LMT, CSCS, C-PT – Co-Author of “Facilitated Stretching”, PNF Stretching and Strengthening Made Easy and owner of Pro-Active Massage Therapy, Colorado Springs, CO had this to say:

    As an inventor myself, I’m pleased to see the creative simplicity of the GolfStretcher™.

    As a sports therapist and facilitated stretching specialist, I’ve auditioned many stretching and flexibility products over the years. The Golf-Stretcher’s unique combination of rotating handles and shaft and adjustable length make the multi-planar movements used in facilitated stretching easy for everyone to accomplish.

    I recommend the Golf-Stretcher™ for improving golf performance, as well as for overall flexibility training, neuromuscular integration, and general health and well-being.

    We look forward to helping you with your shoulder. The only thing we ask in return is that if this product helps you as much as we expect it will, that you would help us get this product recognized in the Baseball World.

    Curt…Please fee free to contact me directly or have or Paul Lessard, Mike Reinold, or Scott Waugh contact me.

    Jack Wilson – Inventor –

  64. ctsoxnation permalink
    February 20, 2008 9:59 am

    Hi Curt!

    You know what, I get tired of the folks that log on here and question your credibility. Some folks have way too much time on here to post ignorant comments.

    First, I would like to tell you a little bit about Curt Schilling the man. I reached out to Curt a few months back regarding a little boy who was fatally ill in Connecticut. This little boy went through months and months of not knowing if he was going to survive. While he continues to recover and have issues, he was fatally ill and on live support for a couple months. Curt heard of his story and reached out to him. He took time out of his schedule to personally contact the family and send the little boy and his brothers personal items. While baseball is Curt’s career, you can not forget all the other things Curt does for those less fortunate. Through his foundations and other organizations, Curt’s contribution to Red Sox Nation and New England seem to go unnoticed. How many of you would go to your job hours after having a surgical procedure on your ankle, pitch through the playoffs while your not 100%? This man has helped bring two World Series titles to Boston after 86 years of suffering. Cut the guy some slack, he’s given 110% on the field as well as off. The salaries in baseball are WAY over inflated and for him to sign on for $8M for one last season again says a lot about his dedication and commitment to the Red Sox. With teams paying $10-$20M a year for pitchers with a .500 record, he definitely could have jumped ship and went for one last payday.

    Curt, thank you for everything you have done on the field and off. While I may not agree with everything you have said, I respect your opinions. That’s what makes this country great and that’s what makes everyone in Red Sox Nation appreciate you for your contributions between the foul lines and out.

    Best of luck in your rehab and God willing we’ll see you sometime around the All-Star break.

    (Barkhamsted, CT)

  65. redsoxlady permalink
    February 20, 2008 10:00 am

    It is what it is. Do what you need to try and come back, but if you don’t I’m just glad to see you in the Sox uniform. Good Luck and can’t wait for the season to begin. Thanks for the everything.

  66. empirelady permalink
    February 20, 2008 10:26 am

    Dearest Curt-
    Words cannot begin to express how sorry I am to hear of what you are going through and if anyone can sympathize with you,understand what you are going through,I can. Years ago,I had a horrendous accident,which while it did not kill me(could have and should have),did totally shatter my ankle. This 48 year old currently has a metal plate and nine screws in her ankle as a result. I thought that I would never walk again and while I will never be the same as I was,I am and will always be physically challenged(not handicapped,physically challenged),I am walking-something that I thought I would never do(spent months in a wheelchair). I know that it is going to be very difficult and extremely painful for you but keep fighting and I know that you will be pitching again,just as I am walking again. Hang in there and remember you are never alone. You have always been there for others and now I am here for you. I am with you every step of the way and if there is ever anything that I can do for you,including emotional support,I am here always if you need,be it in person or by telephone(I am fully aware of the range of emotions that happen in a situation like this,so if you want to talk,yell,scream,cry-even in the middle of the night-I am not working and I live alone-I am here always to listen and help in any way that I can.). I hope that someday we can meet,that our paths cross somewhere but in the meantime,my thoughts,support,prayers and love are with you,for all time.

  67. iccey permalink
    February 20, 2008 11:15 am

    Curt i have a lot of respect for you and all that you have done and i know that god has a plan for us all and you will come out of this okay and be pitching agian and helping the red sox to the playoffs and a world series agian! Good Luck and Get better soon!

  68. tracylynn88 permalink
    February 20, 2008 12:17 pm

    good luck curt hope 2 c u pitch again soon

  69. rongomike permalink
    February 20, 2008 1:07 pm

    Of all the comments, no one has asked you if you would be willing to go to the pen. Coming in after the All Star break, you would be able to give Pap and Hideki some needed rest at the perfect time. The Fourth of July at Yankee Stadium would be amazing. It’s at the end of a long road trip and the pen will likely be taxed. You know the NYY fans will give you a 10 minute standing ovation if you come out in the 9th to close that game on our nation’s birthday. It will be historic. If Papi and Manny know you might close it out, they will be putting dents into the new stadium with their home runs. As probably the one of a few lifetime Sox fan/bar owners in upstate NY, you can drink free in my bar anytime.
    Much love,

  70. mannyramirez1 permalink
    February 20, 2008 1:18 pm

    We had faith in you back in 2004 and you did what everyone said couldn’t happen. Now again in 2008 we have faith in you and what you a capable of doing. So this isn’t how you wanted it to be but your ankle situation wasn’t either and you pulled it off.
    You can do it!
    Peace and get healthy!

  71. February 20, 2008 1:47 pm

    All I can say, Curt, is that I wish you the best of luck on your rehab process. I would like nothing better than to see you pitch again, but if you don’t, you certainly went out in a blaze of glory. If the last thing I remember about your career is the bubbly spraying all over Coors Field after the 2007 World Series win, that cannot be a bad thing. Whatever the future holds for you, you’ve cemented your place in Sox history, and as a lifelong fan, I am glad I had the opportunity to watch someone of your caliber & intense desire to win.

  72. dalesheehy permalink
    February 20, 2008 2:27 pm

    Mr. Schilling, I have just recently begun reading your blog and I have to say that I find it enjoyable to do so. I appreciate your honesty, your willingness to talk about God and what appears to be humbleness. God bless as you go wherever the road you’re on takes you. Hope to see you pitching again soon!

  73. dchockeyguy permalink
    February 20, 2008 2:53 pm


    I’m a fairly recent reader of your blog, having found out about it through an article on MMORPGs. I’ve been reading you ever since.

    Everyone can make their own speculation on what happened. It’s just human nature. The important thing is that you know the truth, and you’re being honest and up front about it all. It’s all you can, honestly.

    Good luck getting your shoulder better. I look forward to things from 38 studios.

  74. jackmart13 permalink
    February 20, 2008 2:58 pm

    Keep the faith Curt. You can do no wrong in this town. Please just promise us that you will go into the HoF as Sox. Thanks for all that you have done for this team and this town. Get better and Go Sox! Jack

  75. brianval76 permalink
    February 20, 2008 3:05 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Good luck with the upcoming season. I didn’t believe you at first about taking the money knowing you were hurt, but after hearing what you had to say about getting better deals and doing that elsewhere, I changed my mind. Too bad.

  76. February 20, 2008 4:28 pm

    Hey man, thinking of you and the family right now. Hang in there & hey- push comes to shove- you wont go hungry because they say I can still cook! 😉 Take care of yourself.

  77. joei71 permalink
    February 20, 2008 4:52 pm

    Sounds like what you really need is some of that HGH. That should get you back on the mound in no time. Oh yeah sorry, I forgot you don’t pitch for the New York Yankees.

    Get well dude!

  78. warbler44 permalink
    February 20, 2008 6:49 pm

    Curt, when will you address your rediculous testemony to the American people in front of Congress regarding steroids? Do you think you were believable?

  79. warbler44 permalink
    February 20, 2008 8:06 pm

    hot lobbyist McCain is hanging with……think he did her any favors like he did in the Keating 5?……next he’ll be lying to congress like you…

  80. kanderson74 permalink
    February 20, 2008 9:28 pm

    “now it comes down to getting ready, staying healthy and maintaining that chemistry”

    Looking like staying healthy is off to a bad start….

  81. toomuchstuff permalink
    February 20, 2008 9:55 pm

    I can only imagine the pain and frustration of dealing with a debilitating shoulder.

    What I don’t understand is why you feel the need to play it out in the press. When teams and their players use the public media to converse there is something very very wrong.

    You obviously have a lot of pent up anger about your disagreement with the Red Sox over the best course of treatment. After your conclave the other day with a select group of journalists John Henry came and was quoted “What did Curt say?” A reasonable person would think issues of such significance would have been worked out behind the scenes. Apparently they were. Apparently you agreed to a course of action. Now you are you unhappy and angry yet again. Why else would you be re-hashing yet again in the press and on here?

    To sit there and say you could have been sitting on the bench someplace for $14mil is a slap in the face to the your teammates, the Sox organization and all of us who love the game and pay dearly to see it.

    Curt, what we see from the outside looking in is a very dysfunctional situation. But it rests on your shoulders. Be a professional and a role model for young kids seems to be less important, I know you do great work with a variety of charities, but once again, your mouth and sense of entitlement has gotten the better of you. It’s really sad

  82. riposte1 permalink
    February 21, 2008 10:36 am

    Whether the Red Sox made the decision for right or wrong reasons, the decision was correct. Had Tommy John surgery been performed on a 42 year old who had already lost some of his arm strength late in his career, and who planned on retiring at the end of that year, this ground-breaking new surgery would have been labeled a complete failure. You would not have comeback, or if you did, natural age and decline would have made you look awful, and it would have been blamed on the surgery. Thus, sports medicine would have been sent back to the stone age.

    Your doctor may be a genius when it comes to cutting edge new procedures and ideas. Indeed, this new operation may be the next Tommy John surgery. But the cold hard truth is that makes only a stronger case for you NOT to have the surgery. Your doctor’s ego is getting in the way. This is why the Mets sided with the Red Sox. So would most other doctors who seek to advance medicine to a higher level. You are not a good candidate for this new procedure. You only plan on pitching this year, then retiring. Your arm (since you decided not to juice up like a steroid junkie) is declining. You are dooming this new procedure to fail. Be glad it was Tommy John who had his surgery when he was ~30, and not you at ~40.

    If this were Beckett, I would say yes. But I can not agree with your doctor. He is wrong. I would not test new cancer medication on a 105 year old patient, and I would not test a revolutionary new sports procedure on a pitcher who has flat out stated he is done at the end of the year. Not only would this surgery be useless for you, it would be very damaging for the rest of the pitchers in major league baseball who would be closly wathcing the results. Once it fails (and it would), they would blame the procedure, and medical advancement is crushed. A potentially brilliant career saving procedure is tossed in the trash. And why? Because of the procedure? No. Because of doctor ego and an unacceptable test subject.

    The Red Sox may have only thought of their pocketbooks, but the Mets most certainly are more along my line of thought. Their collective decision was the correct one.

    Best of luck in rehab, Mr. Schilling. You are an incredible pitcher. I hope to see you on the mound one last time this year.


  83. rnnana permalink
    February 21, 2008 11:29 am

    Curt, I’m behind you 100% – but I’d love to hear more of your usual blog/commentary about other players and whatever is going on around the team now in spring training. I’d like to move away from all the stuff about your injury/rehab etc. I really look forward to your thoughts about the team. Thanks.

  84. jointrepair permalink
    February 21, 2008 1:07 pm

    Hey Curt, it is sad that your doctors are actually not the best doctors. Your doctors are surgeons and they are looking for ways to do surgery to fix you. There is another type of joint doctor out there. There is a doctor who does prolotherapy or regenerative injection therapy. They repair damaged and weakened tissue by injecting a slight irritant in the area to heal the tissue. It is the exact opposite of cortisone. But, surgeons will never do this because it will ruin their entire business of surgery!!! Do the research please!

  85. jmoore1 permalink
    February 21, 2008 1:19 pm

    Curt, I had the biceps tenodesis done in October. It’s quite painful and takes a long time to rehab. I still have another 2 months of rehab to go. Good luck if you take this route.

  86. jonnyjbones permalink
    February 21, 2008 5:41 pm

    Good for you Curt. I hope you come back and help us win another World Series.

  87. bigbronxballs77 permalink
    February 21, 2008 8:53 pm

    To Paratrooper—

    I hope on your next jump it doesn’t open…

    To Curt===

    There is no I in team. Nice way to treat Theo, you over-weight child. That TV camera caught you walk right past him. grow up…what are you 5 years old? My kindergarten daughter does that stuff when she doesn’t get her way.

    You got nothing, you are nothing, you never gonna be nothing, to quote Al Capone.

    Just retire and stop causing issues for your team. You are such a self centered fella. Get over yourself….

    And kill this blog once and for all. Ugh,,, do society a favor. Phil Hughes Rocks, as does Dan Shaughnessy— I’m OUT !

  88. teambound permalink
    February 22, 2008 9:42 am


    I work for Dr. Sears (of the Zone Diet Fame) and when I heard about your arm and non-surgical approach taken by the team, I thought how beneficial Dr Sears’ approach may be for you. His diet and philosophy on high dose Omega-3 fish oil is premised on controlling/reducing inflammation (which you have). I am usually a skeptic but my wife suffers from advanced arthritis in the knee and has difficulty walking. She started high dose fish oil and has had amazing results – check out our site and if you are interested, I am sure Dr. barry Sears would enjoy working with you. Believe me it’s worth a shot.

    good luck!

  89. rnnana permalink
    February 22, 2008 10:49 am

    boy am I glad I’m not married to guy above (bbb77) – what a sad, angry piece of work he must be.
    Hope training is going well for you Curt. We’re all anxious to see our RedSox back in action !!!

  90. ttown22 permalink
    February 22, 2008 1:06 pm

    To Curt
    No one should even question you. I know that if at all possible you’ll be on the mond again. It is far better that you be 100 % when you take the field than to risk never being able to play again. You are to me one of the best pitchers to ever play the game. In my opion there has never been a better big game pitcher. You take care of Curt. GOOD LUCK !!!!

    Chris Billups

  91. FireDannyAinge permalink
    February 22, 2008 1:47 pm

    At first I was on the Red Sox side. They signed a huge deal and in no way should they have to pay you money you never were going to earn but then last night I was thinking, If you won 25 games this year the Red Sox weren’t all of a sudden going to pay you 20 million dollars since you exceeded expectations.
    Regardless getting healthy is all that matters. The sad part is if you do decide you will pitch again next year there is a 100% chance it won’t be in Boston.

  92. FireDannyAinge permalink
    February 22, 2008 1:48 pm

    P.S.- Ignore all Yankee fans. They are Isn’t it great:)

  93. commave permalink
    February 22, 2008 8:21 pm


    Most of these guys who say “give the money back” wouldn’t give back 8-cents if they had to. You earned and deserve it.

  94. theclassofbasball permalink
    February 22, 2008 10:50 pm

    hey firedannyainge

    yankee fans aren’t bitter about anything. we have 39 pennants and 26 rings, how many do you have? lol Isn’t it great:)

  95. bosox4eva permalink
    February 23, 2008 9:04 am

    Curt Good Luck!! You will be missed but not forgotten. Keep working with the young kids as a mentor and it’s all good. Now onto BronxB****77.
    I cannot beleive you are a parent…to what? What kind of crazy B layed down with you and created another Spawn from the Evil Empire. Eww….it gives me chills just thinking about it. Hey, can Clemens get Schill any HGH? Or what about his wife? Who’s next Kody? What a real man you have there. Blaming it on his wife. Must be a New Yorker…And you have the audacity to imply Schill is not a team player. Also, if you hate the Blog, don’t read it. You are like an immigrant that comes to this Country and then complains about it. As for Dan Shaughnessy, know him personally and he’s a world class IDIOT.

  96. erinbyrne permalink
    February 23, 2008 3:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing your point of view. Your presence on the team will be appreciated, and your hard work will bring you back to the mound. Keep up the great writing too, we appreciate it.

  97. capndon permalink
    February 23, 2008 9:08 pm

    Curt –

    Just to let you know: I’m living proof that God is in the healing business, so I’m praying for your healing. And I’m not flippant about prayer; I’ve seen and experienced too many answers to be flip.

    I just turned 70 and have been a Red Sox fan since 1948, because Ted Williams was my boyhood hero. My wife and kids gave me a birthday trip to Fenway Park (I’ve never been!!). On June 11th, I hope to see you pitching against the Orioles!

    Scripture says that all authority comes from the Lord; that includes our medical authorities, if we’re submitted to Him. So obey, obey, obey…


    Cap’n Don

  98. spawtyspice permalink
    February 23, 2008 11:59 pm

    1st off…the haters/doubters/jealous Skankees fans need to kiss it! 2ndly, said it before, will say it again, bless you for keeping this blog b/c it tees the sports media folk off to no end [“what, wait, you mean we can’t spin this?! Gah!!”] which frankly I love..hell, I revel in it really!!

    Ok, now, to the issue. I believe in you & your value to the club, pitching or not. You’re a huge inspiration to the young kids. The people who compare you to Clemens make me gag…there is NO comparison….well, except that you both have pitched & for the Red Sox. Any other comparison is just rude.

    As far as your health, from experience with my own health issues, I agree that there typically are at minimum 2 ways to approach almost any health issue. I have absolute faith that if you thought that the rehab route was not a good decision you would be voicing that. I respect your words, your heart, all of it. You’re in my prayers, as are the rest of “my boyz”, daily. 🙂 One day at a time, you’ll be going from crawling to marathoning in no time flat! God Bless!!

  99. tbundro1277 permalink
    February 24, 2008 3:16 am

    Although we have our differences politically..(I hate John McCain because he wants amnesty for illegal immigrants)…. however, I completely support you with all your baseball issues! I really don’t understand how people would think you fooled the Red Sox into giving you an 8 Million dollar contract under false pretenses. With as much money as you have made in your life, what would another 8 million do? Honestly, I know 8 million wouldn’t have made that much difference when you have already made millions upon millions of dollars already! Also, if you were going to try and scam the Red Sox out of money, why were you so willing to have an incentive laiden contract? If you were “Trying to pull a fast one” then why wouldn’t you have just asked for more money up front? I totally can see that you did nothing unethical when you signed that contract! I wish you nothing but the best of lucky for whenever you play again or don’t play again! You have had a career worthy of Cooperstown already! You could always come to Philly and be our Pitching Coach after this season! The Phillies need help with developing talent! Take Care Always and God Bless you Curt!

  100. February 24, 2008 5:36 am

    What goes around, comes around: all of the people who’ve benefited from your generosity in the past are now pulling for your full and prompt recovery. Not to mention that if you didn’t pitch again, Dan Shaughnessy would actually have to work to do a column instead of recycling the old diatribes…

  101. pattijor permalink
    February 24, 2008 10:03 am


    Pitch, wrap it up by October w/ a World Series, and then….

    McCAIN / SCHILLING 2008!!!!!!!!!!

  102. pattijor permalink
    February 24, 2008 10:21 am


    MCCAIN / 38

    IN ’08 !!!

    Go Sox! Keep this up and the pain of ’86 will almost subside.

  103. pattijor permalink
    February 24, 2008 10:26 am

    Actually, w/ regard to McCain-Feingold, you’ll have to announce your VP candidacy before the WS is over – w/in 60 days of the general election.

    See y’all at the convention. I’m out.

  104. tracylynn88 permalink
    February 24, 2008 1:38 pm

    happy birthday mike lowell and bronson arroyo

  105. game6sockwasfake permalink
    February 24, 2008 4:49 pm

    Curt – how is that 2 year NL deal looking now? nice red state? could have made your office run? respect of a team that was grateful to have you?

    gotta love new england kicking one of their own favorite sons…er hired guns in the teeth…

    from a land of corrupt senators, cheating videotapers, and 25 lettahs in the alphabet, would you expect anyting less?

  106. frwelcjr permalink
    February 24, 2008 4:57 pm

    Dear Curt, I hope you read this.
    I just want to say thank you. Thank you for coming to Boston. Thank you for giving your all and powering the Red Sox to two World Championships. Thank you for deciding (potentialy )to end your amazing career with Boston.
    I am 57 years old and I never thought I would see the Red Sox win a World series in my lifetime. I started following them when Dick Williams was a back up first baseman to Dick Stuart(R.I.P.)
    Your arrival changed everything. It gave us hope, real hope, and you came though for us with flying colors. You changed the history of a historic franchise.
    I hope your rehab goes well and that you pitch once again in the post season, but should we not see you in a Red Sox uniform again, I thank you and your wife for all the special things you have done for the Red Sox, the City of Boston, and for Nation fans everywhere.
    You’re one in a million Curt,
    so glad we got to know you……

  107. bonsai2314 permalink
    February 24, 2008 6:36 pm


    Just get better, your presence alone will be good for the younger guy. I don’t think any real fan or person thinks you knew you were hurt. We need you more in the second half of the season. Plus it would be political suicide for you to do that. You have not convinced me yet to vote for Mccain but I will hold a sign for you when you retire from baseball and take on John Kerry for Senator.

    Good luck and take care

  108. dodgerblue04 permalink
    February 25, 2008 7:33 am

    dear curt,

    i dont even know where to begin with you. your love for the game is somethimg special. you truly are one of tne good guys in the game. Especially at a time like this. If more players would step up like you, we could give baseball a good name again. Though i am a tremendous dodger fan, u will go down as one of my favorite players of all time. Not just because you are a dominate pitcher but you played the game of baseball right. Good luck with your shoulder. I know you will be back.

    ps you would look fantastic in dodger blue! (just a thought)

  109. maryannandmike permalink
    February 25, 2008 1:54 pm

    Dear Curt, We are huge fans of yours and have been since your Philadelphia days (we’re from there). We wish you the very best and thank you for everything you have done for the Red Sox. May God bless you.

  110. TheNorEaster permalink
    February 25, 2008 4:20 pm


    Good luck. I’ll certainly be watching when you step back on the mound this season, whenever that may be.

  111. chrystal4 permalink
    February 25, 2008 4:53 pm

    Hey Curt, how are ya? Hope all goes well for you. Rochester is thinking of you. You’ve had a great run with your career. Take care and God Bless!! Chrystal

  112. bosoxgirl permalink
    February 25, 2008 8:28 pm


    I just want to say that I have admired you for years, and I want to thank you for your dedication to that uniform, You are by far to me one of the most respected pitchers that I know of.

    I am glad that you will retire in a Red Sox uniform. Thank you for your years of dedication, loyalty, and the heart and soul you have put into every pitch you have thrown for the team.

    I was hoping to get a chance to meet you at Spring Training before you retired, thats not going to happen, but I am happy I got to watch you play a part in not one, but two World Series…

    I wish you well with your shoulder and I pray that it will let you play a part in the back to back that will happen this year… God Bless and we love you..

  113. jeterisplayinggolf permalink
    February 25, 2008 9:09 pm

    The situation sucks but stay strong as you always have. I doubt Red Sox fans are ready to turn on you. (if they are..blah blah blah playoffs 04 blah blah blah). I also find it amazing how many yankees fans actually spend time on your blog. You have caused them so much pain they actually feel the need to rip you on your blog. All I know is your uniform is still dripping in champagne and theres have been dry for years. (not to mention like half of their 2000 championship team appeared to be on steroids).
    Good Luck with getting back to the field.

    yankees suck.

  114. kathleenhansen1 permalink
    February 26, 2008 10:50 am

    I am writing on behalf of my father. He has written a study about a relationship between dentistry and sports medicine. He has
    successfully treated patients with painful disorders such as:

    •Headaches (including migraines)
    •Neck pain
    •Shoulder pain
    •Ear pain including: Meniere’s syndrome (ringing in the ears and vertigo)
    •Restricted opening of the jaws
    •Bruxism (grinding of teeth)
    •Poor sleeping habits

    He writes…..
    Clinical experiences have led me to the conclusion that these disorders can be triggered from a dental origin. For example shoulder problems may be contributed to an anatomical connection between the lower jaw and the shoulder. The connection is a large thin, muscle, the Platysma, which extends from the chin, corner of the mouth, across the lower jaw and neck to the upper part of the thorax and shoulder. An imbalance in the jaw system can tighten the muscle and predispose it to muscle strain or even tears. By balancing the jaws, the muscle can be relaxed.
    These disorders have been classified under the heading of Temporo-Mandibular Joint (T.M.J.), or more recently Temporo-Mandibular Disorder (T.M.D.). Athletes, because of their skeletal structure, are most affected by an imbalance in the jaw system. These structures include strong teeth with long roots and dense jaw bones.
    For many years I have been able to diagnose and successfully treat patients with these painful disorders. Results can be obtained with conservative treatments that are non-invasive and not painful.

    It is worth a conversation about your dental history and current symptoms……he has the most amazing stories of people he has helped that came in for routine dental cleanings…were probed about general health……next thing they new….they were forever changed. Please let me know how I can get you on the phone with my father….give him a chance, he has done so much for so many people.

  115. frodo1962 permalink
    February 26, 2008 12:19 pm

    Well Curt, I can certainly empathize with any frustration you may be feeling as I had similar issues when I had shoulder problems years ago, but instead of a corporate management I was dealing with my health insurance provider. They made me try several different treatments, including cortisone shots, over a 6 month period before they were finally convinced that surgery (which my orthopedic surgeon had suggested early on) was the answer. During that period I was miserable because most nights I could only sleep by sitting up in a chair. Within a week of having the surgery I was feeling great, though it took me nearly a year to regain my strength.

    I will be keeping my fingers crossed that your strengthening program does the trick and we see you back on the mound soon.

  116. February 26, 2008 3:47 pm

    hEY CURT!!!

    The sox look great this year!!!!

    I hope you come back and start pitching again soon!


  117. eng2lt permalink
    February 27, 2008 9:17 am

    First to BBB77 – YUCKTHEFANKEES !
    Curt – Hope your back on the mound sooner than later, but, I would like to ask you, since this is probably your last season, what would be the chances of you staying with the Red Sox in a coaching capacity. With your resume who better to help the young kids coming up in the Red Sox system, or the currant staff for that matter. Anyway good luck with the rehab and GO SOX!

  118. eng2lt permalink
    February 27, 2008 10:02 am

    I couldn’t let this go – it might just be me but all you pinstripe fans seem to be a tad jealous, or frustrated (especially when you pay all that money for an A-Rod and after a monster season he – falls apart in the playoffs), anyway, being a firefighter, whenever we have a fire we good naturedly bust the other shifts that if they want to they can smell the smoke in our turn-out gear (We don’t wish tragedy on anyone, but you train for such emergencies when “the big one” presents itself you want to be the ones there answering the call), I was just wondering if any of you Yankee fans would like to come to Boston and touch the trophy!?

  119. yankeesonshine permalink
    February 27, 2008 5:23 pm

    Hello Curt,

    Since this may be your last year pitching, I would love to see you come back strong. But if the Sox are out 8 million smackers for nothing, I can live with that as well.

  120. theclassofbasball permalink
    February 27, 2008 10:40 pm

    hey jeterisplayinggolf

    redsox fans like your self really give the rest of you fans a bad name,i talk to alot of redsox fans, 9 out of 10 hate curt so stop sucking up to him it won’t get you any where, yanks will never go 85yrs without winning a ws. you would think after winning a few ws you would be happy but again you BORN losers always find bad things to say about the yanks.why don’t you enjoy you’re championship this year,and quit blaming yankee history for all you’re misery.if you would have done then what you’re doing now maybe you would have won more than 2 ws, i’m glad the yankees showed you’re franchise how to win.but you know it won’t last for long yanks will be on top sooner or later.

    and to end this with more thing in 2000 when we won, it takes more than 2 or 3 players to win a’s just a poor loser redsox fan finding fault with the most successful team in go take a long walk around you’re loser city of beeaston.and remember yankees have 26 rings how many do you have?

    redsox suck

  121. warbler44 permalink
    February 28, 2008 2:37 am

    hope your well soon Curt….I hope God gives the strength to tell the truth next time you speak in front of the American people in testimony to Congress and not make you lie like last time…

  122. February 28, 2008 1:27 pm


    I was upset the Sox wouldn’t let you have the surgery. I thought it would be better for you AND the Red Sox in the long run.

    Not that my opinion matters. I’m just saying that I’m with you. 🙂

    Sending my absolute best,


  123. schillingishgh permalink
    February 28, 2008 7:21 pm

    Curt, last time I wrote something mean about you and you did not let it appear on your site. So today I just want to say that you are probably not such a bad guy. However, still nobody likes you outside of Boston and I can’t change that. I say you just retire and dont come back. I think the bloody sock thing kind of did you in. Alright, have a good life.

  124. diehardyank permalink
    February 28, 2008 10:41 pm

    hey eng2lt

    people who live in glass houses shouldn’t through stones,get the point?how much money did you spend on dice-k? don’t worry about a-rod.we both know if you would have signed him in 03 you would be singing a different tune, wouldn’t we? to bad you’re owners were to cheap then.he could be playing on you’re team now.
    .why don’t they spend some money and build a new stadium?and tear down that broken down shack you call fenwaypark,thats because they have fans like you, that go think you all would wise up, but like the fools you are you keep going back every year,maybe you can come to ny and touch are 26 trophys,trust me yankee fans will never be jealous, afterall we showed you how to win. you finally started to spend some money i’m glad YANKEE UNIVERSE showed and taught you how to be a winner.

    and one more thing,any time you want to come to ny and touch are most recent SUPERBOWL TROPHY let us much more sweet it is,when a ny team beats a beaustin team just a little more icing on the cake………………..sweet dreams.

  125. monsterman22 permalink
    February 29, 2008 8:13 am

    Big guy,
    You have already spoiled us with some of the best postseason starts in the history of baseball. If your guys get you there, I’ll take any action on anyone betting against you. Don’t rush things. I’ll be looking for you in September/October. The months you always shine the brightest! Best of luck. You win one more series and McCain takes the presidency. 2008 could be a great Year!!

  126. linksjinx permalink
    February 29, 2008 10:40 am

    As John Wayne once said, “Never apologize–it is a sign of weakness!”. You don’t need to explain your physical situation to anyone. Curt Schilling is a warrior, a war hoss who has given his all to the Sox and was instrumental in bringing us two world championships. I, for one, appreciate the toughest competitor in baseball.

    I’ve got an idea. Why don’t you just lay out until the playoffs begin–then come on like you always do and blow the other teams away–all the way through the World Series!! Crunch time is Schilling time.

    God bless you and your family.

    Jinx Hoover

  127. eng2lt permalink
    February 29, 2008 1:16 pm

    To diehardyank
    We in Red Sox Nation will take Mike Lowell over A-rod any day.
    Fenway Park is not a shack – it’s a classic ballpark full of great
    tradition – and of course the currant world champions, and if your trying to reach me because of the Partriots losing the SB to NY – you would be better off talking about the NFC Champ. game.
    I have lived in RI all my life – 50 yrs – and I am not a patriot fan.
    At all!. It was extremely tough to watch the SB at the my fire station (I was on duty) w/ 7 Pat’s fans, a NY Jet fan, and 1 Giant fan. Being a Cowboys fan since ’70 it was very tough to root for the Giants – I am not a Pat’s fan. Sorry NE.

  128. ampinoy13 permalink
    February 29, 2008 7:55 pm


    I’ve observed your career since you were with Philadelphia. I know you’ve tried to do the right thing, as when you reached out to help teammates not as financially secure as you during a player’s strike.

    If you say, with the help of God and the Red Sox medical staff, that you will return to the team you WILL do it. You will again be able to be a quality pitcher. With quality pitching being at such a premium throughout baseball, even at 75 or 80 percent of your ability, you will be more than capable.

    All the best with your rehabilitation and the best of success in your video software business venture you spoke off earlier this year.

  129. diehardyank permalink
    March 1, 2008 10:47 am

    dear mr eng2lt

    first of all let me say this, i love the rivary the best in all of sports:)but as far as mike over a-rod, lets start by being honest i love mike also.but he’s only had a few good years compared to a-rod.and come on dude.there’s no way he will ever compare to a-rod.and if you’re team would have signed him in 03 you would be saying how much you love him i will admit he’s not my favorite player.but there’s not a better offensive player in the game today.

    and being honest 2nd debate don’t even go there when it comes to that broken down dog house there’s not a good seat in the place, i know iv’e been there plenty of times. the best seat i had was in the mens room.maybe they should add a few seats there you might get a better view of the game.did you say lots of years of tradition? of what 85 yrs of losing? don’t make me laugh,dude the only good traditions in that s— hole are only the last four yrs.before that i’d say misery not traditions. want to see traditions? come to yankee stadium lots of traditions there.

    3rd debate i only said that about the super bowl because of what you said about the redsox trophy you rubbed it in, just returning the you’re a cowboy fan? that even makes it more sweeter, i hate them more than the redsox anyway iv’e said what needs to be said lets just hope both teams stay healthy and it’s a dog fight until october. being the good sport that i am good luck to you’re team as long as you wish the best for mine…………..peace.

  130. eng2lt permalink
    March 2, 2008 1:16 am

    To diehardyank
    You got it – may the best team win, baseball and next fall – and by the way, even though I like the Bruins, I’ve always been a Ranger fan starting back in the days of Eddie Giacomin – but your probably an Islander fan:) Good Luck!

  131. tigersrulebaseball permalink
    March 2, 2008 5:20 pm

    being the tiger fan that i am, its hard for me to believe why you redsux fans call it redsox nation,when we both know that the yankees are most popular team in baseball,

    so maybe you should call you’re self redsox loser creation, and let the yankees be called yankee nation.

    that sounds alot better to me i don’t like the yankees, but i like them better than you chowder heads from baaaaaaaaaston……….go tigers

  132. ump93 permalink
    March 4, 2008 6:25 pm

    Hi Curt.
    I hope your rehab is going well.
    But most of all I hope you are doing well as a professional ball player
    and as a person. I have always respected you for having the courage
    to say things as you see them, because most of all time you back
    that up, that is what makes you my favored player.
    Unlike most of today professional athletes they play both sides of the fence. Case in point you made a correct statement about Roger Clements
    and you got mostly killed for it, and accused of beeng jelous. I do not understand that reasoning. You have in a short time accomplished goals as a Sox pitcher than no other since the turn of the century was able to do and that includes Roger Clements, Pedro ect, ect.
    Well I do not see any apologies from those irated people now.
    Especially Yankee fans.
    Curt I come to Fenway to see about 6 to 8 games per year, and I always
    try to time it when it is your turn to pitch, I look foward to see you pitch
    this year, but God forbid you will not be able to, to me you will always rank at the top, along with YEZ, PUDGE, EVANS and RICE as my favored.
    Ps. I was at the 2nd game of 07 World Series, AND THAT WAS THE GUTTIEST GAME I EVER SEEN PITCHED BY A RED SOX PITCHER.
    GOD BLESS. Have a fast recovery, I will be in the stands rooting for you.
    S. Coppola North Haven Ct.

  133. baseballindc1968 permalink
    March 5, 2008 9:43 am

    A few things. First, like tigersrulebaseball, I’m a Detroit Tigers fan, although I now live in the Washington, DC area.

    The name Red Sox nation refers not to the US, but to the large region of the US (the Northeast) that roots for the Red Sox, which is the geographically closest team. Anyone growing up in that region that was a baseball fan rooted for Boston – even when they move away (like me with Detroit). This creates a fan base far greater than the Boston region, hence the apt name Red Sox nation. There is (or was) also a Cardinal nation based on the fact that for many years anyone living in the middle of the country could only get the Cardinals’ games on their radios.

    Next, the reason that Curt doesn’t have to give the money back (and shouldn’t) is because the Boston Red Sox, who have the best lawyers in the country, didn’t negotiate an out clause for this case. They could have, but they would have had to given something in exchange, which they didn’t want to do.

    Finally, everyone knows that given a choice, Curt would be on the mound throwing his arm off. It’s not his choice. The notion that he should give the $$$ back is absurd. He contracted to pitch to the best of his ability, whatever that was.

    Here’s the flip side. Joanthon Papelbon was lights out last year. Did the Red Sox say “hey! you’re worth million more than we paid you – here’s the difference”? No. And they’re not renegotiating his contract now (see today’s story on that). A deal’s apparently a deal.

    The bottom line is the same in both cases – the Red Sox offered a set $$$ for best efforts by both men. In one case they will get less than they had hoped due to Curt’s injury. In the second, they got a LOT more than they paid for (and probably will again this year unless Papelbon tanks). That’s the business of sports.

  134. phil8 permalink
    March 6, 2008 8:44 pm


    There’s no doubt in my mind you WILL be back. I love the fact that your getting doubted right now, the more doubters the better! As far as I’m concerned when you come back it will be like trading for someone else’s ACE! And I can’t wait to throw it in my friends face that I had a little argument with about your situation. Everything you just wrote proved my points!

    And Curt please check out my new blog, I was going to be a Sports Artist until MLB bent me over after working to be my own publisher for 7 years so I wouldn’t have to give away 50% on top of MLB & the Players union’s cut. Instead of giving up 22% I would have had to give up 72%. They said I’m good enough but they made a new rule as of 2005 to not grant individual licenses (after they gave me all the info and had me make a detailed business plan with 2 years projected cash flow sheets etc.) 😦 At the time I was working on a game six full color drawing of you with your sock front and center! I was so pissed I stopped drawing it, it’s still only half done. If I ever finish it I promise you I will give it to you because you have a certain situation in your life that I very much admire unrelated to baseball. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you kick some as* once again!

  135. pilatesgirl permalink
    March 7, 2008 4:48 pm

    Shame on the small handful of people that post negative thoughts on your blog during this rough patch. You and your family passionately give back to the community. You have so much love and respect for your family and the game. It is truely inspiring. Miss you all here in AZ. We will be thinking of you this season and hope for nothing but the best.

  136. yanksfan21 permalink
    March 13, 2008 10:20 am

    you’re full of crap schilling. i bet you signed the contract with the same red sharpie you drew on that sock with. the red sox are the best thing that ever happen to your career and this is how you repay them? if you’re a real man you’ll donate the entire $8MM to your ALS charity.

  137. ump93 permalink
    March 15, 2008 9:26 pm

    If you read what you just submitted, if you have the ability to use
    common sense YOU will understand why you Yankee fans are hated so
    much. Curt Shilling sox or no sox has backed up all the statements he
    ever made, has beaten your Yankees when it counted on the biggest
    stage, THE WORLD SERIES and all of you Yans fans C’ANT HANDLE IT !
    If Curt does not pitch ever again he, has done more for the Red Sox
    than any of your over rated Yankee players have done for your team.
    You are maybe second best in the division AND YOU CANNOT HANDLE IT.
    If you do not like the man, at the very least have respect for the player.
    If you do not, you sound just like all the rest of your poor loosers
    Yankees fans.

  138. lovethesocks permalink
    March 16, 2008 9:38 am


    Haven’t heard how the rehab is going.
    How ’bout an update?

  139. diehardyank permalink
    March 17, 2008 9:58 pm

    to ump93

    wow! what do we have here another suxsox fan running his mouth about things you know nothing about, you have to be the biggest idiot sux fan of them all,get real dude lets talk about losing,85 yrs without winning anything? and you’re being cocky? you just started getting you’re first taste of winning,and it’s quite obvious you don’t know how to be a real champion still finding things to bitch about the yankees, never happy even
    when you’re winning still crying whaaaaaaaaaaaa!
    sucking up to curt isn’t gona get you know where and you and i both know if he was playing for the yankees you would hate him to,so quit wining who’s overpayin for players?lets think about that goofy statement,what about dice k?how did you pay for him? it’s funny since you LOSERS have started spending money, you’re starting to win ws i’m glad yankee universe showed you’re team how to win,so let’s not start throwing stones at us, before you know what you’re talking about and will see who finish 2nd place, if you had half a brain( i doubt it) you would know how hard it is to repeat, and it’s already happening to the sux sox schl, beckett hurt.

    will never be jealous of the redsox like you fans because we know how it is to be winners for decades and decades, and in case you forgot, we have 39 pennants and 26 rings how many do you have?………….

  140. neet76 permalink
    March 18, 2008 9:58 pm

    Why are the Sox carrying a useless piece of luggage who goes by the name of Schilling to Japan.. I mean you are ON 60 day DL with no shot of pitching for more than 2 months..

    Are you going there to campaign for McCain in Japan fopr the US base there? what is the use of schilling on this trip and how come the Sox brass agreed to carry your expense on this trip when they know he is not going contribute even 0.0001 % on this trip ???

    Care to shed any light ? I just do not get you wasting a seat.where you can rest here and recover faster and do your rehab

  141. dhaines permalink
    March 30, 2008 7:06 pm


    This is that sitter again. Glad to hear your spirits are up and you keep them that way. Nevermind the knuckleheads out there that put you down as they are just jealous. Your Father would be so proud of you and your family and you just remember that. Be faithful to God, Family and Friends. He would want it that way. You come from tough stock and you will prevail.

  142. jimhig permalink
    April 15, 2008 10:17 pm

    My family went to Winter Haven with the Red Sox…to team functions with the ’75 guys…Yaz took me home from games because he lived in Lynnfield and Cara was my little sister’s pal…I live in CT with my wife, 4 kids and a Boston Terrier named Bosox…so go to the Yankees…be a 9-12 pitcher for 14.6mm dollars…Ray Bourque was given Boston’s blessing to win a Cup in Colorado…and a hero’s welcome when he did…Bobby Orr….Russell…Havlicek…Cousy…NY has the attention span of a gnat- they’re booing Santana after 3 games…Boston – love that dirty water my home town !

  143. jimhig permalink
    April 15, 2008 10:26 pm

    oh the pennant clinching Jim Longborg game 1967…age 5…Bobby Orr winner vs St.Louis Blues 1970….this is Boston..we don’t mess around !

  144. jimhig permalink
    April 15, 2008 10:28 pm

    Game 6 Carlton Fisk too…c’mon..the Yankees…you definitely haven’t met Junior Steinbrenner yet…holy crap !

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