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March 14, 2008

In the 20 years since I was first called up to the big leagues I’ve played with exactly 2 players who’s presence in the clubhouse carried onto the field. Darren Daulton in Philadelphia, and Doug Mirabelli here in Boston.

Very few players have that ability, and when they have it you know it. 4am landing in Toronto after a sweep, quiet plane, get on the bus for the 40 minute ride to the hotel, dead silence and everyone is wiped. By the time you got to the hotel the entire bus was laughing and the day was behind you. It’s a gift and Doug had it in spades.

He’ll be the first to admit he wasn’t a challenger for the batting title, or a gold glover, but he had a specific job and he was pretty damn good at it.

The hard part of talking about a friend and teammate in this situation is that he is replaced by someone that is now a friend and teammate. Who ever that is, he’ll fit in fine, but the personal side of this is always the worst

He was one of the better friends in all of baseball and I’ll miss him immensely. I know I am not speaking for myself either.

In this market with all that goes on off the field guys like Doug have so much value beyond the 100 or so ABs they get each year, but people can’t quantify that, and many dismiss it.

Your race, religion, background, none of that mattered to Doug, he could and did relate to everyone and was a HUGE piece of the puzzle here over the past 5 years I’ve been here.

To say it was a shock to us would be grossly understating the impact. Guys were still shellshocked today.

By the way Douggie, Youk had a yummy yummy hand in cribbage today, just wanted to pass that along.

82 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2008 8:48 am

    Shocked is an understatement indeed…. I’m just hoping Wake either does well or we get Dougie back, quickly. The Yanks tried to stop that trade happening last time – Thank Goodness Doug wanted to be a Sox again – and Thanks for the Boston PD for getting his butt to Fenway in time. Hoping you are doing well – look forward to hearing more about how you are feeling. Enjoy Japan!

  2. sarahsox19 permalink
    March 14, 2008 9:02 am

    Dougie we miss you already!!!

  3. soxfan312jb permalink
    March 14, 2008 9:06 am

    Hey Curt… just wanted to say that I think that it’s great you have such a great relationship with Doug… good luck to you Doug and the rest of the crew!! I’m routing for the Sox to win it again this year!!

  4. soxfaninil permalink
    March 14, 2008 9:07 am

    Was shocked myself when I heard that the Sox cut Doug loose. I hope that he lands on another team, and he will certainly be missed. I just do not see Wakefield being as effective without him, but I hope I am wrong. I remember when the Sox brought him back from the Padres and he got the police escort through Boston. That was great.

    Doug, thanks for all you did as a Red Sox player. And thanks for the two championships that you helped bring to Boston. Hope all goes well for you.

  5. March 14, 2008 9:33 am

    Wow, I was at the game yesterday and the rumor (what I thought it was) was flying around like crazy. I told my husband it could not be true, I guess I was wrong. I am still in shock as well to hear this.

    Doug was a vital part of the club and he will be missed by all I am sure. The fans who love this team will indeed miss him.

    I wish Doug the best and I hope we call on him again soon….

    Curt I am still praying for a speedy recovery for you….

  6. lissaann permalink
    March 14, 2008 9:44 am

    I was very saddened when I heard about Doug’s release. He and Jason have been a tandem so long, it’s hard to picture one without the other.

    Please, if you talk to Doug, pass on good wishes to him and let him know he’ll be missed by the fans, too. God bless him and his family and he won’t be forgotten in Boston.

    Thank you for this, Curt. I’m sure Doug appreciates it right now.

  7. pittfan8023 permalink
    March 14, 2008 9:51 am

    I always loved to watch Doug handle that Wakefield knuckleball. Seemed like it was so elusive (like it is) when other catchers tried (no offense tek!) Doug had that special knack. We will all miss him greatly. Good luck in the future Doug!

  8. March 14, 2008 9:57 am

    Takes a special guy to warrant a police escort from the airport. We will miss him terribly!

  9. thefooze permalink
    March 14, 2008 9:59 am

    Hi curt,

    im a huge fan and please dont take this the wrong way… but if you dont think youll be able to pitch this year please do the honorable thing and retire and cancel your contract. Foulke did it for the Indians… its the right thing to do.

  10. March 14, 2008 10:08 am

    Still can’t believe Mirabelli’s gone … very bummed out by this news. Here’s hoping Cash or Brown are up to handling the knuckle ball.

  11. jackmart134 permalink
    March 14, 2008 10:25 am

    Seeing Dougie M. waived brought back to mind this e-mail gem that went around a couple years ago after he was reacquired from the Pads in 2006. I still pee myself reading it. Hope it’s not too racey. One of my all time favorite Sox:

    Here’s the new doug mirabelli day:

    7:02 am PDT: Awoken at home by phone call from Kevin Towers. Learns he’s traded to Boston. Calls Towers a pickle smoker and tells him San Diego is for pussies anyway.

    7:05: Takes 40 naked cuts in front of a mirror.

    7:07: Packs a duffel bag with 10 tank tops, 5 pairs of tight jeans, and no underwear. Announces “Dougie’s going commando” to no one in particular.

    7:08: Kills it.

    7:09: Kills it again.

    7:10: Calls Wake, tells him “Dougie’s going deep tonight!” Wake says it’s getting dusty in here. Dougie calls him a pantywaist.

    7:15: Takes cologne shower. Uses Stetson.

    7:21: Drives to the airport. Uses the shoulder to bypass traffic. Flips the bird to drivers who make faces. Screams “Stay nancy, San Diego!” when someone honks at him.

    7:38: Parks Escalade in front of terminal. Flips keys to airport police officer.

    7:40: Passes through airport security. Refuses to remove 4″ belt buckle for metal detector. Offers to show TSA his security wand.

    7:42: Gets three orders of chicken parm at Sbarro.

    7:43: Finishes chicken parm. Belches.

    7:44: Calls Nomar’s house. Asks for Mr. Hamm and hangs up.

    7:55: Boards First Class to Logan. Orders five Sambucas and a meatball sub.

    8:10: Plane takes off.

    8:11: Dougie dials Tito on cell phone. Screams “Dougie’s going deep tonight!” Tito shrieks, puts on a fourth layer of clothing.

    8:12: Flight attendant asks Dougie to turn off cell phone. Dougie asks flight attendant to turn off her high beams.

    8:19: Pilot turns off Fasten Seatbelts sign.

    8:19:05: Dougie enters bathroom. Kills it.

    11:24 am EDT: Reads back issue of Bushwackers magazine.

    11:49: Opens portable DVD player, watches Nina Hartley video. Orders three Sambucas and veal parm.

    12:30: Uses cell phone to order $1,295 worth of items from in-flight catalog. When flight attendant protests, asks if she’d like to sit on his Brookstone.

    12:34: Receives visit from co-pilot, who demonstrates the Airfone. Dougie calls Curt Schilling on Airfone, asks if he has Prince Albert in a can. Hangs up.

    12:35: Co-pilot returns to cockpit.

    12:35:15: Dougie calls over flight attendant. Asks if co-pilot is a pickle smoker.

    12:43: Calls Derek Lowe on Airfone, asks if Lowe is hung over. Tells Lowe he shaved Trinka’s pubes into the shape of a D, asks Lowe if he’s ever been with a woman having revenge sex.

    12:45: Calls Hazel Mae, tells her to wear something low-cut tonight. Mae faints.

    1:01: Finds Brian Giles’ Amex in his wallet, calls NESN switchboard on Airfone using Giles’ Amex. Asks if Tina Cervasio is a stracciamanici .

    1:15: Orders Pellegrino. Flight attendant brings Perrier. Dougie pisses in cup, asks if flight attendant would like some Perrier.

    1:20: Calls David Wells on Airfone using Geoff Blum’s Visa. Tells Wells to get his fat fucking ass in shape or he’ll get a towel party.

    1:34: Calls Remy on Airfone using Dewon Brazelton’s MasterCard. Tells Remy to pick out some nice Game On! girls for a postgame party tonight.

    1:36: Calls the flight attendant over, asks what’s the biggest sopressata she’s ever eaten.

    2:03: Flight lands at O’Hare. Dougie commandeers cart for transporting disabled, drives through concourse at 25 mph. Stops at Sbarro, picks up 2 orders of chicken parm for second flight; stops at Borders, picks up Penthouse Letters.

    2:12: Arrives at gate for Logan flight. Asks gate agent if she’s ever heard of Josh Bard or Cla Meredith. Asks if she’s ever heard of the Motherfucking 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox. Dougie smiles.

    2:14: Boards into first class

    2:15: Calls Ozzie Guillen on Airfone using Scott Linebrink’s Diner’s Club card. Thanks Ozzie for keeping AL championship seat warm, but Dougie can take it from here. Ozzie breaks into stream of Spanish curses. Dougie says, “Whatever, puta” and hangs up.

    2:17: Calls Derek Lowe on Airfone using Josh Barfield’s Carte Blanche card. Asks if Derek ever got a rusty trombone from Trinka. Hangs up.

    2:31: After spending 10 minutes trying to get Airfone to work with Rob Bowen’s SpeedPass, gives up and uses his cell to call Roger Clemens. Asks if he’s wearing Ninja Turtle shoelaces like a little bitch. When the flight attendant protests, Dougie screams for eggplant parm and two Sambucas.

    2:32: Debbie Clemens picks up the other line. Dougie offers her a Dirty Hitler mustache.

    2:35: Dougie’s starting tonight, so time for some BP. Goes to galley, removes clothes except for cowboy hat, and takes 50 naked cuts. Makes eye contact with flight attendant. Screams, “DOUGIE’S GOING DEEP TONIGHT!” He does not have an erection.

    2:45: Calls Chien-Ming Wang on Airfone using Chan Ho Park’s JCB card. Tells him the bombs we dropped on his country are nothing compared to the bombs Dougie’s going to drop on Wang tonight. Says “Wang” a few more times, laughs. Hangs up.

    3:27: Dougie wakes up from a nap and lets fly with a 10-second parm fart. He gets Penthouse Letters from his carry-on and heads to the lavatory, grabbing a Sambuca from the beverage cart on the way. Dougie hates courtesy flushes.

    3:29: Dougie wonders where the fuck this small midwestern college is anyway.

    3:30: Kills it.

    3:38: Opens the lav door and demands high-quality toilet paper. Screams, “DOUGIE CAN’T CATCH WITH A HEMORRHOID!”

    3:41: Lights a match.

    3:42: Fire alarm goes off. Dougie is nonplussed.

    3:43: Alarm disabled. Pilot leaves cockpit, asks, “Who the hell do you think you are?” Dougie nonchantly replies, “I’m a stud who hits bombs.”

    3:58: Uses cell phone to call Tito and confirm he’s hitting cleanup. Tito shrieks, puts on fifth layer of clothing.

    4:15: Plane lands.

    4:16: Dougie getting impatient. Sees pic of Natalie Gulbis in the in-flight magazine. Kills it to waste time.

    4:23: Gate is being swung too slowly. Screams, “DOUGIE’S GOTTA GET TO THE PARK!” Opens exit door, deploys inflatable slide. Three Boston PD cruisers are waiting to escort Dougie to the ballpark.

    4:29: Takes call from Tom Menino. Calls him “Mayor Giuliani.” Announces that he will hit a bomb for his paisan.

    4:30: The motorcade stops at Papa Gino’s. Dougie orders two meatball parm sandwiches. He leaves a $100 bill.

    4:48: Dougie arrives at the ballpark. He puts Theo in a headlock and gives John Henry a noogie.

    4:51: Walks into clubhouse. Announces, “TWO BOMBS TONIGHT!” Terry Francona gasps, locks office door.

    4:54: Changes for BP. Does not wear a cup. You don’t need a cup with balls of steel.

  12. March 14, 2008 10:41 am

    I am going to miss Doug. He’s just been such a part of the Wakey/Belli team for so long.

    Dirt Dogs always gives him a hard time. But it was great seeing Tim and Doug.

    He’ll be missed. I wish him well. Thank-you for all the memories Doug!!

  13. sherus201 permalink
    March 14, 2008 10:43 am

    Soooooooooo sad to see Mirabelli. Man, what shocking news. Great post about him, Schill. Doug, we’ll miss you immensely.

  14. sherus201 permalink
    March 14, 2008 10:44 am

    Oops, RE: post above: That was “sad to see Mirabelli GO.”

  15. jonnyjbones permalink
    March 14, 2008 11:52 am

    Great post! I’m glad to hear Doug was a great teammate. I enjoyed watching his infrequent at bats and his skills catching Wake.

    Also, good luck with your rehab Curt. I’m looking forward to seeing you pitch this later summer and beyond!

  16. davecgs permalink
    March 14, 2008 11:53 am


    I was perhaps as stunned as yourself — if that’s possible — but for perhaps different reasons. To let Doug go in such a cruel way reflects no positive notes about the Red Sox organization. Yes I remember during the World Series some harsh comments about Doug but he always came across to me as the every day guy. He wasn’t a gifted talent at the plate but he worked hard and had smarts on the field.
    Why couldn’t they do this is a more positive way? Why in Spring training after signing him and why not even let him play the rest of the spring training season? Why be so damn cold?
    What does this say about the Red Sox organization in the future! Let’s face it Curt, overriding you on the surgery issue — to me anyway — wasn’t fair.
    You can argue this is a business but it’s also a family. While Theo sits in the front office you guys are busting your butts out on the field.
    Red Sox fans like to see their team win but sometimes we forget the sadistic price to be paid!


  17. FireDannyAinge permalink
    March 14, 2008 12:29 pm

    Stupid. Theo didn’t learn his lesson last time. I am disgusted once again at another bone head move by Theo. I loved Wily Mo Pena as a person but Arroyo took less to stay here and Theo sold him out.

    I’ll always appreciate you Doug. You were always one of my favorites.

  18. bosoxmickinnyc permalink
    March 14, 2008 2:10 pm

    I’ll never eat chicken parm the same way again..and as one of the 25(twice!), Douggie will ALWAYS be hitting bombs in Boston.


  19. March 14, 2008 2:20 pm

    I can’t believe it !!! If you are able to get our messages to Doug, Thank him for what he did for the sox. especially his Appearance on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy….PURE MAGIC !!!! THANK YOU DOUGIE FRESH we will miss you.

  20. nubulins permalink
    March 14, 2008 3:05 pm

    Please Curt, like you did for Mike Lowell, pass our comments along to Doug to let him know how much the nation appreciates what he has done for the team. He will always have a spot on the team, even though it may not be on the 40 man roster.


  21. Wheels permalink
    March 14, 2008 3:12 pm

    I think the fact he was always a fan favorite shows how good he always was with the fans as well. I don’t think a backup catcher has ever gotten a standing ovation when returning to a team. Good luck in the future Doug.

  22. March 14, 2008 3:50 pm

    Curt, I hope that when you close this post to comments you send a copy of Doug and let him know how much we love him and how much we will miss him.

    His dedication to the team, and to us, the craziest most intense fans around is amazing. Doug you always had time for us to talk to us, to sign everything we handed to you.

    And I still have that picture of you and Wake when you ‘cleaned up’ for the Fab 5.

    I hope the baseball gods bring you back to Boston soon. In a Sox uniform, or for another team it does not matter to me, you’ll always be a Red Sox player in my heart.

  23. christianlong permalink
    March 14, 2008 4:02 pm

    Curt — Wanted you to know how much I appreciated the underlying message of this post, as well a reminder of what Doug meant to you and your teammates behind the scenes.

    It runs far deeper than even Doug’s dismissal (for those of us outside the clubhouse)…and as a high school/middle school coach, teacher, fan of the game, and father to a 18 month old ‘future pitcher’ named Beckett, it was the ‘human’ spin you put on how we ‘value’ our colleagues and resources beyond the stat sheets.

    If my son learns in the years to come to value the intangible impact of the guys he plays with, as well as the same impact of the MLB players he watches on ESPN (and beyond), I’ll be convinced that the real purpose of the game continues to matter.

    Again, thanks for putting this spin on what is undoubtedly a tough situation for all of you guys. And also thanks for letting the rest of us guys outside the clubhouse get a chance to see it from a different P.O.V.

    Looking forward to seeing you guys come play the Rangers on September 5th here in Texas — the very day my son Beckett turns 2 years old, BTW.

    He’ll be the little kid not much bigger than your pitching glove in the stands bleeding BoSox blue and red. Feel free to come up and share a hot dog with us. It’ll be on us!

    Cheers from Texas –

  24. mitchvt permalink
    March 14, 2008 6:26 pm

    Curt, beautiful post on Doug and I think every redsox fan feels the same way. Doug will truely be missed that’s for sure.. I just don’t understand the reasoning behind this. They tried someone else and it didn’t work before, why are they trying it again. Doug had the gift to catch Wake, why would you mess with that! Hopefully we’ll see another police escort to fenway just before another Wakefield start and get to see Doug jump out and run into the park just in time to catch the first knuckler thrown toward home plate.

    If that doesn’t happen, Doug, thanks for your time in Boston and all of us Sox fans wish you and your family the best of luck

    Thanks from one of your biggest fans.

  25. soxfanindan permalink
    March 14, 2008 7:14 pm

    I hate this part of sports. I know these things have to happen, but I still hate it. We will miss Doug. After all, he was the best looking guy on the team!

  26. soxaholic94 permalink
    March 14, 2008 7:57 pm

    I was soooooo bummed to hear they let Doug go. I agree with davecgs, I do think the way it was done was a little cold. I hope that wherever Dougie goes or whatever he does, it brings him happiness; and I do hope that if he does go to another team, that he truly enjoys it there. He’ll be missed greatly all over Red Sox Nation!

  27. jenjifer permalink
    March 14, 2008 8:04 pm

    I’m just so saddened by the way the front office treats our boy Douggie. Basegirl (read her, she’s sharp) likens Doug to that boy in high school that the popular girl strung along just in case she needed a date someday. I love Doug — he is who he is, and that’s pretty cool. (and you’ve got to have cahones of steel to catch an inning without wearing a cup!)

    I worry about Wake, hoping that he’s not gonna go out and kick any puppies.

    Thanks for blogging about this. I hope Doug knows how much he’s loved by his fans.

  28. March 14, 2008 9:27 pm

    Curt, I am the VP of Red Sox Nation and I had a very nice talk with your wife during our tour of the White House a couple of weeks ago. (With five young kids of my own, we have a ton in common.) I wrote a blog article, “Farewell Doug Mirabelli,” on my blog at Here is an excerpt:

    There’s a part of me that wants to believe the illusion that that 2004 team can last forever; that the Wake and Dougie battery will be there every fifth day for eternity. And that part of me died a small death yesterday with the news of Mirabelli’s release. Of course, for Doug Mirabelli himself, the news has to be its own unique form of dying. It’s the end of the most magical period of his life. “Not a lot of fun for anybody,” said Terry Francona about breaking the news to Mirabelli prior to yesterday’s game.

    Fireworks aren’t necessary, nor is the cover of Sports Illustrated. I get it. He’s not Brett Favre. But how about a heartfelt “standing O” for our #28? Those members of Red Sox Nation who have the good fortune of attending the Red Sox’ home opener, on April 8, will get their chance to applaud Mirabelli’s contributions to this franchise as he receives his 2007 World Series ring (unless he’s playing for another team by then). Maybe we’ll get to hear Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” one last time (the poignant song about making the most of every moment that Mirabelli chose to blare from Fenway’s loudspeakers every time he came to the plate). If you’re there that day, I hope you’ll cheer long and loud. Not just for Doug Mirabelli, but for all members of that great 2004 team who have slipped away silently from baseball.

  29. mannyramirez1 permalink
    March 14, 2008 10:48 pm

    I feel horrible over this. I have no words. I can’t imagine how you guys feel.

    We will miss you very much and forever be grateful to you for being a part the greatest team ever! Boston loves you, the fans love you and we will continue to. Best of luck to you and your family.

    You’re a dope

  30. kathyinct permalink
    March 15, 2008 2:35 am

    Curt, glad you did a post for Doug. Hope you got to read my post about him under your last march 5th blog. I didnt know where to put my thoughts on him. I wonder if it didnt post until after you typed this latest blog. Shoot, I feel like I started this topic! It is good to see there are others out there who feel like I do, for some people Ive talked to look at it on the business side of it. It goes to show with your blog, he is who I thought he is. Even on QVC, he was sooo humble about his playing. He even gave the impression of “who would want a signed ball by me”. Well, I did and it even sold out. I loved his dry humor when I saw him on tv or even out in the bullpen before one of the games, since it looks like Doug may read these…..he should remember. It was a game like in 05 I think, and tons of us were asking him for a ball before the game in the seats. He looked at us and pointed his finger counting us like he was going to give us all a ball. It was cute! Anyway, I am like you, it’s the personal side of it all that kills. That is why I wouldve kept him on. He clicked with Wake, they are BUDS and to break the chemistry, WHY!???????? And to even make Wake go through a hard situation now! We all are not sure how long Wake will continue and I wouldve had Doug there til Wake retired. Again, as I said in the other blog….even just to keep him on for what if things dont work out, Doug could step back in. Or why couldnt they have Doug catch some and Kevin, so Kevin could be prepared for the way future. I know Kevin worked well last year when he needed to fill in, but, I am one who still goes with the chemistry and feelings of fans. We dont like having up and down thoughts about our favorite team. Everyone agree on that!? I go through it at least once every season and I dont like that. Again, it isnt the players I am talking about. I feel bad even for Trot, big time. He was healthy in 07 and how about that homerun in the playoffs? He wouldnt have even wanted a lot of money and that wouldve saved the organization money for other things!!!!!! Can I be in charge already! Anyway, I can go on and on and on. I just want Doug to know he is so not going through this without ones like us thinking about him and hoping and praying for him. Maybe NESN will ask him on if he decides to call it quits. I dont know. I know one thing, whenever I hear that song, Live like you were Dying………..I always think of Doug (his coming up to bat song for ones who dont know that) and just today I came across something on tv that had that song playing………what irony! I am so sad about this and I hope Doug can somehow get over this soon. Yes, I know it isnt the end of the world, but this is some seriously sad stuff. I just cant help feel the bittersweet feeling he has right now; he’s spent 5 years here, won two world titles with team, team loved him as did the fans, and you get a new contract for 08 and then puff, it’s all over. I tell people who arent into sports or just even baseball, “GOOD”, because it does get addicting and now I can only say too, it hits you personally and now I wish I wasnt into it. Things like this hurt too much for me and it furthers me from loving the organization and how baseball the sport is run, period. Thanks for reading and I just cant help but saying, Doug….so sorry. You WILL be missed and I hope you know BIG TIME! I am sure the ’06 ovation you got when you quickly got back on the team let’s you know that if you were asked to comeback again………you would get the ovation even louder. No matter what if you were in a hitting slump or if you are getting older, if I was in charge, you would still be on the team. I always gave you great support when talking about you, I always seemed to see you hit a homerun at games you would be in and always said you were clutch. And how about that great throw out at second base this past year and so on! All the best to you, you deserve it and thanks for that funny time in 05 that I mentioned above, I can still picture it! Hugs to you, from my mom and I. Thanks Curt for letting me vent once more. Ya know, hugs to you too for your rehab and I am saying in faith, you will pitch OUTSTANDING when you come back to join the season.

  31. kathyinct permalink
    March 15, 2008 2:45 am

    P.S. Opening Day at Fenway will be bittersweet for me as it was last year with Trot being gone. I wonder if Doug will even want to get his ring there. I hope this is the last year for these decisions to be put into action. I still think if we kept Pedro in 05 and even Lowe, we wouldve repeated. Things have a way of coming back around after the “what goes around”. I love this team, but I need to get my thoughts out and hope the team doesnt pay a price for this decision. Dont mean to sound bitter here, well, maybe I am and cant help it.

  32. kathyinct permalink
    March 15, 2008 2:54 am

    Hey thefooze blogger: Curt has every right to come back and pitch……they wont let him get surgery so he has the right to follow what they want him to do and that is pitch after THEIR recommended rehab over surgery that wouldve had him ready anyway for mid season. I am polish so no harm to me on saying this: their recommendation I will say is polish.

  33. kathyinct permalink
    March 15, 2008 3:00 am

    p.s. CURT: can Beckett see a Chiropractor for his situation? I dont know which players see one, but I had a Three Stooges fall on black ice years ago and had 5 vertabrae pushed in and they fixed me no problem. I have maintenance adjustments once a month for the susceptibility of me pushing it out of whack, since I had stayed away from adjustments for months and twice in a few years I stretched and other time bent over the wrong way and ugh……..was I in pain. It has been years since that, like 5 probably and NO PROBLEMS. I swear by them. Anyway, I hope he has had one look at him.

  34. 1redsox permalink
    March 15, 2008 6:35 am

    HE’LL BE BACK – Wake needs him and vice versa!

  35. March 15, 2008 7:49 am

    I think everyone was really surprised to hear they released Mirabelli. I thought this would be his last year? I certainly hope this is the right move – and though it’s great to show support for the new kid on the block — at the same time, I think we all remember a certain season where Doug was practically airlifted onto the field to the rescue! 😉

  36. tracylynn88 permalink
    March 15, 2008 8:32 am

    i hope to see another police escort to bring you back wakefield must be bummed out to get doug back only to lose him again very sad curt please let doug know we wish him good luck thanks for your website to let me blog

  37. 4thesox permalink
    March 15, 2008 11:45 am

    I was sad to hear about Dougie. I know it’s business but…. I read this thread and started to cry!!! I know there’s no crying in Baseball, but I just couldn’t help myself. The way Curt wrote about Mirabelli speaks VOLUMES about what kind of person and team mate Doug Mirabelli is and was. We are always hearing about all the bad things that some of the players are involved in these days, it made me feel good to hear the things that Schill said, I’m just sorry that they come about as a result of Mirabelli’s release.

    To Doug: Thanks for all the things you’ve done during your years with the Sox, all the things you’ve given to your diamond mates, your fans, The Nation and for making it look easy to catch that seemingly elusive Flutter Ball that Wake pitched. I would hate to think where the Sox and
    Wakefield especially, would have been the past few years without you!!!

  38. mrstuom permalink
    March 15, 2008 11:58 am

    Thank you, Curt, for this post about Doug. I hope that whoever signs him allows him to come back for opening day at Fenway and the Ring ceremony! He will get such an ovation! Please tell him how much we we were all shocked and heartbroken when we heard of his leaving. I speak for hundreds who will not post, but he has been the talk of the town this week. Send our thanks to him and our best wishes for his future success.

  39. 4genofsoxfan permalink
    March 15, 2008 1:42 pm

    As I agree with all of you Dougie will be missed, but to call this a bone head move is ridiculous. All Doug could do on the field is catch the knuckle. He couldn’t hit anymore – can’t throw anyone out. He was a liability at the bat. It is time to give a young catcher a chance and to let Tek train someone. Cash proved last year he can catch the knuckle.

    Dougie though will be missed though love him as a person on the team.

  40. gklee003 permalink
    March 15, 2008 2:45 pm

    Can’t believe he is gone . Thanks for the memories Dougie

  41. March 15, 2008 4:06 pm

    Great stuff, Curt. I’m glad my impression of D.M. matches your experience of him as a teammate.

    There’s a part of me that wants to believe the illusion that that 2004 team can last forever; that the Wake and Dougie battery will be there every fifth day for eternity. And that part of me died a small death yesterday with the news of Mirabelli’s release. Of course, for Doug Mirabelli himself, the news has to be its own unique form of dying.

    How about a heartfelt “standing O” for our #28? Those members of Red Sox Nation who have the good fortune of attending the Red Sox’ home opener, on April 8, will get their chance to applaud Mirabelli’s contributions to this franchise as he receives his 2007 World Series ring (unless he’s playing for another team by then). Maybe we’ll get to hear Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” one last time, too.
    — “Regular Rob” Crawford, VP of Red Sox Nation

  42. buddyhollie permalink
    March 15, 2008 4:31 pm

    I am so saddened to hear they let Dougie go!!! He is an awesome man and a great player! Please Curt — let him know how much we love him! Obviously Theo and company do NOT learn from their past mistakes — this was just absolutely cruel and nasty! I know Dougie will be a huge success wherever he goes, I just hope it is back to Boston!!! Love to you and the family Dougie! Miss ya already!

  43. irnbru permalink
    March 15, 2008 7:47 pm

    I’m still sad.

    We’ll always love you, Dougie!

  44. prence permalink
    March 15, 2008 7:52 pm

    Poor Mirabelli 😦 I’ll certainly miss him. Whether it be watching him get picked off second base for not paying attention or watching him masterfully catch Wake’s knuckleball.

  45. qrnm156 permalink
    March 15, 2008 10:37 pm

    Dougie’s Very Secret Diaries (search on the web, you’ll find them) was some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever read. And I’ll admit the last time I was at Fenway he came in and I immediately yelled “DOUGIE’S GOING DEEP TONIGHT!”

    Thanks for all the chicken parm, killing it, atomic wedgies, tank tops and crank calls to Nomar, Dougie. For Those About To Catch Tim Wakefield, We Salute You!

  46. thejavatar permalink
    March 16, 2008 12:14 am

    I was sad to hear about this too. But then i figured that the business people felt it was time to bring Cash to the next level. I hope it wasn’t that something secret happened to Dougie. If this is Cash’s real “shot” I look forward to following it. They need a Plan for the future. Maybe he’s a legit part of it now and the train has started rolling.

  47. littlenhgirl permalink
    March 16, 2008 9:00 am

    I was so shocked with the release of Doug. I was hoping he would be here one more year. I know he was far from being a firecracker at the plate but he was a great at what he did. Not one person has a bad work to say about him. I hope someone picks him up.

  48. robfiglio permalink
    March 16, 2008 9:35 am

    I was stunned when I heard the news. And I’m hoping for another dramatic return for Doug. There’s always hope.

    Once in a great while someone comes along who just seems to be an integral part of an effort, but who does his job quietly and with great dignity, despite being a “backup.” When it came to handling the knuckler, Doug was no backup – he was the man!

    Schill’s comments are great, and I’m sure he knew even more about what a great presence Doug was.

    Who knows? Maybe we will see Doug again sometime soon – I mean, we’ve been through this before. (Not that I’d ever want to wish Kevin Cash bad fortune, since he seems to be a good guy as well.)

    Doug, if you get the chance to read this, I want to thank you for being the best at what you do, and for being such a tremendous teammate and example to all of us, whatever we do in life. We will miss you terribly, and we’d love to see you back with the Sox organization sometime soon.

  49. lovethesocks permalink
    March 16, 2008 9:36 am

    I certainly will the “stud who hit bombs”.

  50. lovethesocks permalink
    March 16, 2008 9:37 am

    Opps I meant to say
    I certaining will miss the “stud who hit bombs”

    Time for a new keyboard

  51. sox4me permalink
    March 16, 2008 10:01 am

    As a Red Sox fan – the business side is always difficult to accept.
    Doug Mirabelli was such a big part of 04 and 07 – he will be greatly missed by most of us.

    I wish him another contract – in the National League [so he can’t burn us!]

    Curt – thanks for the ‘tribute’


  52. ajv523 permalink
    March 16, 2008 2:05 pm

    Whenever I think of Doug Mirabelli I think of these things.
    First I think of the battery, Wake and Doug, and Doug’s amazing ability to somehow control almost every floating knuckleball.
    Second I think of the 2004 World Series team, a team that I always wish could stay together, but has seemed to slowly break apart.
    Third, I think of “Dougie’s goin deep!” and that hilarious website about the
    ’04 team. I play in a wiffleball league in mass and every time my friend gets up to bat he’ll yell “Dougie’s goin deep!”

    One of my best memories of Mirabelli was when he came back to the red sox in ’05 during the first yankee game of the season. I was at fenway, it was Damon’s return and the atmosphere was incredible as always. Before the game began I heard people saying that Doug was in a cab on his way to fenway. Everyone started talking and getting excited, the anticipation of Doug’s return was just as big as the anticipation of Damon’s first at-bat. It really was incredible how much impact a backup catcher can have on an entire stadium. Doug arrived and everyone went nuts. I know I did. It was awesome. It’s those type of moments that make the Red Sox and their fans so special.
    Everyone will miss Dougie here in Red Sox Nation.

  53. ajv523 permalink
    March 16, 2008 2:07 pm


  54. riboflav permalink
    March 16, 2008 2:35 pm

    This move came three years too late. Sentimentality cannot stand in the way of winning — I’m afraid the pink hats learned this lesson at the end of 2006. Try to remember the end of that year.

    Releasing ‘belli will allow the Red Sox to better develop their catchers at AAA by freeing up the log jam. If fans cannot understand this, then a little more baseball acumen may be required before criticizing such a shrewd move. Theo continues to impress!

  55. danindelray permalink
    March 16, 2008 3:37 pm

    People think Doug is the best choice to catch Wake – fine.

    But anyone who thinks that the organization was “cold” or “cruel” in giving him his release now, in Spring Training, hasn’t a friggin’ clue about the game. If Doug wants to keep playing, he now has a decent chance to “catch” on somewhere. If the team released him on March 30th, every other team would have made its roster decisions at that point and Mirabelli would be out of luck, stuck taking a minor league deal to get a chance to play again.

    Personally, the only thing Doug had that Kevin Cash doesn’t is the ability to hit one off or over the Monster. And his hitting has been going downhill FAST for several years now. The fact is it was a mistake to panic and bring Mirabelli back in 2006; Theo is smart enough to recognize that he has better options today, in 2008.

    And I’m not trying to be critical of Doug, I appreciate what he did in the field and understand that the things Curt speaks of have real value to a team over the course of a season. But the team will hardly collapse without Dougie.

  56. datsamee permalink
    March 16, 2008 3:54 pm

    Ugh, that’s what I hate about baseball. I LOVE my team and feel personally insulted when a favorite player gets traded or sent down. But, I’ve learned to accept that I can LIKE the players and still LOVE the team. I will never forget the excitement of Doug’s return. It’s those special moments that make me love them even more. Good luck Doug, we’ll be cheering for you, wherever you go.

  57. March 17, 2008 12:38 am

    Hey Curt –

    My daughter was born on August 28 last year and it was our plan to come to spring training this year and have Doug autograph her jersey (which says Teagan with #28), unfortunately in North Carolina the tahoe and 23 foot camper trailer we were towing got caught up in the wind of a passing tractor trailer truck and we lost control and flipped over on interstate 95. So we didnt make it. Our vacation was supposed to be our first trip to spring training and instead my wife broke her back, my 6 month old Teagan was thank god fine, and I walked away with bruises and aches. Thank God. We were so excited to experience spring training for the first time, and also planned to watch our former summer ball players playing college ball around various Florida locations. Instead we learned how important life is and how thankful we are to have it. We have always loved and appreciated Doug and his abilities and importance to the chemistry of the Sox. We will miss him, and I really wish he could have signed my daughters jersey, he was a great guy and a great presence and importance to a team that really needed him. I am sure Kevin will do great, but as a Red Sox fan, I will miss Doug a ton and I hope he plays again for he is a consummate professional. We will miss him, and hopefully next year as we plan to try again for Spring Training we will hopefully be able to go see Doug somewhere to try to get him to sign Teagans jersey, but she will wear #28 with pride on her Sox jersey in 2008 and in the years to come. Thanks Curt and I really hope Mike is helping with your rehab and shoulder.

    Brian, Sarah & Teagan Sparhawk

  58. tricia2007 permalink
    March 17, 2008 8:25 am


    Could you please address the issue about Doug Mirabelli and Johnny Miller? It seems like we only hear bits and pieces and I always felt Mirabelli must have done or said something pretty insulting to Miller. Yet from what you post, it soesn’t sound like Mirabelli is like that.

    Any comments? Thanks.

    Totally unfounded and untrue. Anyone that knows both men can ask either of them, Doug and Johnny were and are very good friends and Johnny was one of the guys in our clubhouse and takes ribbing just like anyone else we like and respect.

  59. redsoxlady permalink
    March 17, 2008 8:30 am

    Shocked as well. Want to say thanks Dougie for all the memories. You will be missed. Just will not be the same. Good Luck to you and your family. You will always be a Red Sox to me.

  60. soxfan17881 permalink
    March 17, 2008 10:16 am

    On the off chance that Doug reads these comments… So long, Doug! You’ll be missed by many more than just Curt and Tim. Good Luck and God bless!

  61. gosocks permalink
    March 17, 2008 2:21 pm

    Here’s my 2 cents…Sign Dougie to a consultant contract, much like Rice, Evans, and so on. Have him be a special assistant to the catchers, so that his knowledge does not leave Beantown.

    And…put him in the pre-game show rotation with Eck and Rice.

  62. orrinh permalink
    March 17, 2008 5:29 pm

    Hey curt,

    That last line in your post made me feel awesome. I had always thought that you guys talked to each other like that.


  63. tricia2007 permalink
    March 17, 2008 6:30 pm

    Thanks Curt, I’m glad to read that. Too often things get thrown out there and they stick, whether they are true or false. I appreciate your response and will take it to heart.

  64. March 17, 2008 8:47 pm

    It’s hard to believe that a backup catcher could be one of my favorite players, and yet that’s what Doug was to me. I admired the way he took one of the most unglamorous roles in sports and put his signature on it. Whenever he played, I was always pulling for him to park one in the net.

    While I never met him, he always came across as a pretty good guy. He was certainly the consummate professional. I’m going to miss watching him play.

    Steve Smith

  65. skinnyman2007 permalink
    March 17, 2008 10:23 pm

    Doug I will miss you. You were a great player catching Tim Wakefield. I wish you good Luck Doug when you sign with another team. You will be a RedSox no matter where you go Doug. Curt thank you for posting a blog about Doug he derserves all these Great Comments!!!!!!!!. Curt I wish you and all the RedSox fans and Doug A HAPPY EASTER next Sunday!!!!!!.


  66. djeter13 permalink
    March 18, 2008 6:57 am

    Curt, does it bother you that many of your teammates and players around the league dislike you so much?

  67. seattlesoxfan permalink
    March 18, 2008 9:16 am

    Awesome post Curt. THanks for sharing your feelings on Doug with us.

    As one sports-writer mentioned, Dougie was certainly a part of a lot a of very memorable moments in Boston.

    I’ll never forget the game where they flew him back from San Diego and motor-caded him to the stadium while he changed into uniform in the back of the car and he arrived in time for the first pitch. What a standing ovation that was!

    I’ll miss ya Dougie. You’ll always be welcome anywhere you go in Red Sox Nation! Cheers to you Doug!!!

  68. March 18, 2008 10:39 am

    What is a yummy yummy hand in cribbage? I’ve been playing since I was four and have no idea what that is?

    We’ll miss you Doug. RedSox Nation never forgets!!!

  69. sdl1 permalink
    March 19, 2008 12:29 am

    I agree with gosocks. Keep Dougie with the organization!

  70. frodo1962 permalink
    March 19, 2008 7:57 am


    I understand the sentiment, he was your friend and teammate, and I may be in the minority here but I think Theo & Terry did the correct thing. Cash showed last season that he could handle the role defensively, catching for Wake and I’ve been concerned that we needed to go younger at the position. Hopefully Doug will catch on somewhere else to continue his career.

  71. frodo1962 permalink
    March 19, 2008 12:08 pm

    BTW – Kudo’s to you, Mike Lowell, Yuke and the rest of the players for what you did today for the coaches and trainers. You guys came out as a class act, MLB on the other hand … well, I can’t believe with the money that is generated that they would try to short change these folks.

  72. ryssee permalink
    March 19, 2008 6:37 pm

    I’ll miss him. He was cool. In addition to everything everyone else wrote….not too many of you guys stepped up for that silly Queer Eye for the Straight Guy show…remember that? Talk about being the ultimate team player.

  73. FireDannyAinge permalink
    March 19, 2008 7:57 pm

    Hey D Jeter, Does is bother you that the Yankees are now A-Rod’s team? and that you are a second class idiot?

  74. peteladdjr permalink
    March 20, 2008 1:41 am

    Thank you Doug for being a part of our fabric. I wish you were here and could have ended your career here. You will be missed, but, never forgotten.

    Thanks again,


  75. March 20, 2008 9:49 am

    My wife and I had the pleasure of bumping into Doug, Tim and Brandon Donnelly at a Mexican restaurant in San Diego last year, during the road trip.

    They were eating, so we didn’t want to bother them – so when our pager went off for the table, we simply got up, looked at them and said, “Hey – good luck with the game tomorrow.”

    Tim and Doug both stopped eating, looked at us and said:

    “Thanks, we appreciate that. Enjoy your dinner. Have a great night.”

    It was awesome to hear, considering that Manny wouldn’t allow us to take a picture with him earlier in the day.

    They came across as human, which was nice to know.

    On a side note, we were there for the game that Wake pitched against San Diego – and I’ve NEVER heard a player booed more (including A-Rod or Jeter at Fenway) than Doug was that night.

    Pretty sad to hear…but the fans kind of filled us in on it.

    Anyway, wishing Doug the best.

  76. theclassofbasball permalink
    March 20, 2008 6:19 pm

    hey fire dannyainge

    i’ts take a real idiot to make a idiot statement like that,why don’t you go do something important, like count how many times the redsox lost to the yankees ………….moron

  77. mick60a permalink
    March 20, 2008 8:56 pm

    I could see that Doug was good for the team. Just watching him in the dugout cheering is teammates on when he wasn’t on the field.

    He will be missed for sure. But it’s part of the game.

    Maybe Management can hire him as a coach for the minors?

    I keep wondering does the Mass. State Troopers have an officer on constant stand by at Logan?

  78. dianesfastball permalink
    March 21, 2008 4:52 pm

    Losing players to a trade or just being released is one of the heardest things in this sport to deal with…I admit that I cried that last time they let Belli go and cried again when he was riding to the “rescue” in that trooper car….I think we as fans put our hearts and soul and some tears into this sport..we watch faithfully every day and when the business gets in the way of our hearts we are bitter..I am and it’s difficult to understand..I believe some of these guys deserve to retire here…Trot and Belli are two of them..I’m tearing up right now..I love you guys and what you gave to us..Thank you

  79. patrickomalley permalink
    March 27, 2008 5:35 am


    In case you care, you were missing a period at the end of the 4th paragraph in your article about Doug, after the word “worst”.


  80. sdl1 permalink
    March 27, 2008 3:24 pm

    I was in Sarasota yesterday at the Sox/O’s AAA/AA squads games. A bunch of us Sox fans were talking about the release of Doug and we all agreed that Doug should stay with the the veery least as a player coach so if we see that Cash has trouble that he can come back or at the very least have him work with the young catchers coming up like Dusty Brown, John Otness and George Kottaras.

  81. mirabellifan permalink
    May 13, 2008 3:03 pm

    I know this may be a little late… but as a true Mirabelli fan, I find it still difficult to watch when Wake pitches these days. I have nothing against Cash, I think he is going to be a great player. Still I guess I always figured that Wake and Doug would leave or retire together.
    I really enjoyed reading the kind words Curt had to say about Doug, it’s refreshing to realize that it isn’t always “just a game”. That real friendships are made on the team.
    I check every day to see if anyone has picked Doug up. No luck yet but I wish him the best. I still wear my custom Mirabelli 28 shirt proudly! Thanks Doug!!!

  82. rs1064 permalink
    June 26, 2008 7:49 pm

    I was so impressed to find this article. I am always looking for information on Doug . At this point he seems to be unemployed. I wish him well . I also hope you have a speedy recovery. We miss you!

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