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April 9, 2008


Not the greatest picture, but it works. From left to right: 2007 WS Ring, 2004 WS Ring, 2001 WS Ring, 1993 NLCS Ring.

Pretty incredible day, from the rogue jet looping the formation on the flyover to seeing Bill Buckner finally lauded for being what he was, a great player, to Pesky and Ortiz raising our second world series banner in 4 years, today went off without a hitch.

Then add Dice-K dominating and us winning the home opener. Oh and one of the coolest parts was seeing our own Baghdad Jamie carrying the flag of Iraq onto the field for the pre game ceremony and Sox Nation, I think, had a pretty good day. P.S. Great to see you again Douggie! You better keep in touch!

Sarah Mckenna held her own today, and I think proved she’s up to the task of entertaining the fans of Sox Nation with pertinent, relevant and important people.

Now if we can find a way to get past the Tigers 2 more times before they wake up and become what we all know they will…….

Oh and one more thing, my ’86 Sox are creeping back into contention as the season winds down….
Not many games left on the schedule

55 Comments leave one →
  1. kathiemkm permalink
    April 9, 2008 6:20 am

    Glad to see the sox back home. What a great Home Opener!! Go Sox!!
    Repeat in 08. Hope to see you on the mound this year Curt.
    I love you guys!
    Good luck to Shonda in the Marathon

  2. thedoctorx permalink
    April 9, 2008 6:20 am

    . . . and thanks for allowing Bill Buckner a chance to walk in the sun. Sports can be very unfair. Glad to see this myth, like “the Curse” [Copyright CHB–Ed.], finally put to rest.

    Congratulations! Hope to see you next year! 😀


  3. fusion27 permalink
    April 9, 2008 6:41 am

    That’s cool, I always wondered what they looked like. Thanks for posting, I didn’t know I would’ve been so curious. Can’t wait to see you dealing again!

  4. 61nana permalink
    April 9, 2008 7:07 am


    I just have to tell you a really cute short story. My granddaughter who is 6, goes to the Library every Tuesday and gets a book for the week. She invariably will pick a book about animals — every time. Well, yesterday she got a book on —- CURT SCHILLING —- and insisted that her daddy (my son) read her the first chapter last night. So after prayers, you were the last thing she heard about and will be for the entire week. How cute is that? She is a BIG Redsox fan and a she loves Curt Schilling.


  5. soxfanindan permalink
    April 9, 2008 7:38 am

    It was a great day! I was there for opening day for the first time and it was great. The pre game ceramonies were great and so was the game. It was so special to see Bill Buckner and be able to give him the ovation he deserves. Even back in 86 I didnt think he deserved to be treated like he was. As painful as it was for Sox fans(and it was painful to be so close and not win it), One play and one man does not lose a game. It takes a team to win and a team to lose. I hope his words are true and he has been able to forgive the media(and fans) for the undeserved treatment he received. Now its on to the 08 season and hopefully another world series. GO SOX!

  6. April 9, 2008 10:21 am

    Please introduce Doug to the concept of blogging. He can join in the conversations that go on during every game. Seeing him come out of the dugout, with a big smile, waving to the crowd showed so much of what a class act he is.
    I wish Cash well, but I hope Theo keeps Doug on speed dial, just in case.

    Even though your not pitching I would love it if you would start breaking down each game the way you do when you pitch.

    I wish Shonda well at the Marathon. My parents live right in Hopkinton, by the high school, in case she needs anything…

  7. April 9, 2008 10:29 am

    At least there’s one person out there who still has faith in the Tigers. (Thanks for having perspective. Hi, small sample size!)

    Also, the new rings don’t look ridiculously big–on you they’re not, I mean, but how do the guys with small hands wear them? (If you’ve seen those very large fashion jewelry rings for women–they don’t make them in size 5. I’ve looked. I’d think it’s the same idea.)

  8. kekich permalink
    April 9, 2008 11:36 am

    While I dont begrudge Buckner’s day in the sun yesterday, there is no need to reinvent history here. Buckner got standing ovations at Fenway on Opening Day 1987 and again in 1990 (when he made the team as a long-long-long shot). The number of people who “blame” him for the result in the 1986 Series is about the same as the number of people who think that if the Sox will be “messing with tradition” if they decide to do away with Neil Diamond in the 8th inning. That they are the loudmouths doesn’t mean that they are anything close to a majority.
    His “treatment” consisted of the fact that it was accurately reported that he was a central player in a pretty serious on-field collapse. That will never change. But its not like McNamara, Clemens, Schraldi and Stanley have escaped scuritny for their roles. That a few idiots believed that “a” central player was really “the only” player won’t change either.

  9. Steve T permalink
    April 9, 2008 11:37 am

    Congrats again, Curt!

    I only hope you’ll be well enough to pitch again in a Red Sox uniform.

  10. April 9, 2008 1:18 pm

    WOW Those are big rings !!! I was touched by yesterday’s festivities , Not only the things you mentioned Curt, but also seeing The members of all the Championship teams with their trophies. We are really lucky in New England !!!! (I would not have said that 5 years ago)

  11. April 9, 2008 1:44 pm

    It was a great day. I just watched it for the 3rd time on NESN! Wish I could have been there but apparantly my mom snatched up the very last ticket on the planet Earth. I was there in spirit. I was great to see that RSN has forgiven Bill Buckner -he was an amazing player in the huge shadow of one lousy play. It happens (I can say that now, but at 9 years old, I cried like a baby when it happened).
    Congratulations to you and the entire 2007 team. On to 2008 – another exciting year for sure. I can’t wait!! I’ve got the TUMS ready!

  12. marshindian permalink
    April 9, 2008 5:00 pm

    A most enjoyable day, all in all. I couldn’t quite hear all of what Johnny Pesky said after raising the flag; sounded like “they made it so goddamn big”-priceless.
    I like how the people on the news referred to the hawk carrying a “mouse”. That was some nice camera work and I know a frickin’ RAT when I see one! Must have been hysteria when he dropped it into the fans during his flyover. Maybe President Remy and Don can bring it with them next time they are in Tampa; I seem to recall there was a “mouse” in their press box last year. Doesn’t being president come with Secret Service protection for Remdog?

    Hope to see you throw a few in anger this season. We haven’t had enough of you, you know!


  13. April 9, 2008 5:19 pm

    I loved every moment of watching both the ceremony and the game. 🙂

    We heard the planes leaving Hanscom yesterday afternoon — and the loop was awesome. I don’t think I recall seeing that before at a game!

    Anyway, funny thing. Last night, there was a “six degrees of seperation” game between you and I last night. Not really, but…sort of! My husband took my son to the WWE last night, and they were sitting next to Sean Casey and Nate Robertson, who had gone to the show together. Anyway, my husband was chatting with them – and Sean had really nice things to say about you.

    Not that you would expect anything different, but still – always nice to hear. 🙂

  14. purplelady9 permalink
    April 9, 2008 6:15 pm

    OK I admit I am a diehard Mets fan. However, watching you guys get your rings yesterday was very exciting. I live in Maine now so I root for the Sox also. (Go Sea Dogs they are undefeated as of yet.) If it comes down to a Sox Mets World Series though I’ll be rooting for the Mets.

    One thing I noticed about you all, is that you look and act like a team. Everyone seems so supportive of each other. If all major league teams had the same attitude baseball would really be something to watch.

    As you for Curt Schilling you are one classy man!

    I was also happy to see the ovation given to Billy. He was a really good player, who made one error that probably didn’t cause the Sox to lose. The Mets were a force to be reckoned with in ’86. They would have won anyway! 🙂

  15. warbler44 permalink
    April 9, 2008 7:05 pm

    Buckner looks like he still play.

  16. richgedman permalink
    April 9, 2008 7:56 pm


    I was so amped watching that ceremony yesterday…I am proud to be a Red Sox fan and I think more importantly to be associated with an ownership group that cares about its players, employees, community, and fans. I do have to ask you though and I’ve always been curious as to your response and maybe you’re not even aware of this, but there’s a general consensus amongst Red Sox fans that you’re a true Boston hero (I say that in a sports sense) and a sports icon. My question is: How does it feel to be mentioned in the same breathe with the likes of-Ted Williams, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Larry “Legend” Bird, Bill Russell, Tom Brady, etc.???

  17. April 9, 2008 10:35 pm

    Put them all on at the same time and it would look like you’re wearing the blingiest brass knuckles ever!

    Hey Curt, is there something you’ve forgotten to tell us?

  18. gosocks permalink
    April 10, 2008 9:16 am


    Do you think that Dougie would consider a Special Assigment/Instructor role with the Sox, much like the great Jim Rice and Dewey?

    Speaking of Rice, it’s not too early to start spreading the word–Rice needs to be in the Hall of Fame.

  19. April 10, 2008 10:42 am


    Thanks for letting the fans in on viewing the rings. They were hard fought to get and well earned. Being a Die hard Yankee fan though, the SoxNation along with New Yorf both off to a slow start. But this is a marathon and not a speed race so well see. Go Yanks. I look forward the weekend series we have coming up the Red Sox another chance to renew the rivalary Go Yanks. Thanks again for the view of the rings


  20. sniderto permalink
    April 10, 2008 1:32 pm

    Thanks dude for 2004 & 2007, particularily for sacrificing your body in 2004.

  21. mainah58 permalink
    April 10, 2008 4:57 pm

    curt..i remember when you said you were coming to boston to win a championship. ..i was 9 years old in 67′ …17 in 75’…28 in 86′ and inbetween was 78’…in other words i was scarred for life…never able to hold a conversation with a brash yankee fan…2004 our ace is hurt.( sorry pedro) but true…you proved that…and then came one of …if not THE GUTTIEST PERFORMANCE IN SPORTS I HAVE SEEN..too have a procedure that had never been done …takes guts..and inning after go out there…work up a sweat cool down…work up a sweat cool down…absolutely unreal…and then after the dust settles …no D pedro…here you come again…missed part…and then freight train the end..if you never …ever.. throw a baseball again…for the boston red sox …i thank you …and my dad who died april 1st 2004( and never saw the sox win in his life time) thanks you also!!! i know he was watching!!!!

  22. FireDannyAinge permalink
    April 10, 2008 5:29 pm

    Bill Buckner autographs pictures of the ball going through his legs for a profit. He is also friends with the Mets owner, goes to Shay Stadium and stands and waves at the fans while they are giving him a standing ovation.

    Sorry but Bill Buckner does these things 21 years after the game and he keeps his name in the public eye when he does this. THAT is why people still have things to say about what happened.

    I was at Opening day and I stood and clapped for Bill Buckner but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to remember he finds it perfectly ok to make money off the ball going through his legs and tips his hat for the Mets fans as an extra FU to Red Sox Nation. In fact thinking back maybe I shouldn’t have stood and cheered him.

  23. April 10, 2008 7:34 pm

    Wow what a collection of Rings Curt! I am sure the most important one is still your wedding ring though.

  24. TheNorEaster permalink
    April 11, 2008 1:07 am

    Thanks for the picture, Curt.

    I can’t wait to see how big your ring will be for the 2008 World Series Championship!

    Get well soon.

  25. April 11, 2008 6:09 am


    A few people bring up the interesting subject of Jim Rice in the Hall of Fame. Do you think he has been snubbed all this time for not being on a World Series Team. Alot of BBW look at that as a lack of leadership in perseverence. He (Rice) has the numbers to get in a shine among other Sox Greats..what do you think of this snub and will Rice get in next year

  26. mannyramirez1 permalink
    April 11, 2008 9:13 am

    Beautiful rings, Curt!
    I was at opening day. I got in line at 4:30pm on Monday and gutted it out all night. Nearly froze my a$$ off. It was an awesome day that I’ll never forget! Thanks for everything Curt!

  27. April 11, 2008 1:54 pm

    That’s a pretty bad ass picture Curt.

    I hope your rehab is going well. We need your solid outings in the rotation.

  28. colonialcleaning permalink
    April 11, 2008 2:06 pm

    Hey Curt nice collection!! Can’t wait to see the new one after the ’08 season :)~

    I have a quick question for you if I may; I am going to Safeco (5/27/08) to see the team take on the Mariners and have never experienced BP even on my several trips to Fenway over the years. Is it just a matter of getting in early?? Sorry to bother you with such a question but I really don’t know and would love to see it once.

    And should you be in need of a taste of The Nation when you guys get to Seattle please stop by and say hi (Sec 142 Row 13 seats 7+8, Joe and Mike 5/27 Tuesday) my brother and I are making our way to the left coast to experience a new field, see your team kick a little arse, and taking a mini-vaca from Beatown.

    My contact info about BP is:

    Thanks Curt, can’t wait to read that you are beginning to throw again, we’re behind you and wishing you the very best!!

  29. cupfish permalink
    April 11, 2008 7:49 pm

    Curt —
    It’s a Friday nite Yankees game and we miss you!

    I have a WWII memorabilia question; my father was infantry in France, wounded 2x and an artist; I have a collection of about 50 of his original battlefield pen-and-inks from the front lines. I need them appraised for my mom’s estate. Can you recommend a WWII historian/dealer to contact? P.S. We lived across the wildlife preserve from you in Medfield; saw Bledsoe jogging, know your ‘hood. reply to Thx, and would not bother you if this were an easy resource to find. P.S. nice rings dude.

  30. amy4kids permalink
    April 11, 2008 11:26 pm

    Hi, Curt!

    Thanks for sharing that awesome picture of your rings with us. I really like the 2007 WS ring…I read that the guys that played on both the ’04 and ’07 teams had special rings signifying that they were a part of both championships….very cool, indeed! As I write this, I am anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s game so I can see my man, Beckett pitch again! And thank God Fox is carrying the game out here in So. CA. No offense to the Diamondbacks or the Rockies, but I’m pretty sure there are far more Red Sox and Yankees fans out here anyways! Hope all is going well for you and your family, Curt. Keep on keepin’ on, and we will see you soon.
    All the best…Amy

  31. April 12, 2008 9:51 am

    Congratulations Curt on the Award you will receive tonight from teh Make a Wish Foundation. I wrote about it on my Red Sox Blog today:

    While I love what you have accomplished on the field, I love even more what you (and Shonda) do to give something back to the world.

  32. papuz permalink
    April 12, 2008 10:16 am

    those rings look awesome!!! … i’m sure another one for this year would be a welcome addition.

    Go Sox!

  33. xtm10 permalink
    April 12, 2008 10:01 pm

    the bottom line is baseball does as well as the yankees. when the yankees do well all is well in the universe. it really is a fact. small market teams almost always sell out when the yanks are in town. Hate to break it to you Curt. Hope your shoulder gets well soon so A-Rod can bang a few more homers off you before you hang up the cletes

  34. maroneypower permalink
    April 12, 2008 10:23 pm

    HAHAHAHA HELL YES CURT! You got one more in you baby! Can’t wait until my favorite player of all time starts pitching again! You’re going to be awesome Curt!

  35. jas62 permalink
    April 12, 2008 10:23 pm

    Haven’t stopped by for a while. I miss you on the mound.
    Speedy healing. Great set of bling!!

    LOVE YA!

  36. empirelady permalink
    April 13, 2008 1:21 am

    Dear Mr. Schilling,
    Please read this completely as you should read what my thoughts are of you,and I will try to find the words. Words cannot begin to express the emotion I feel and how thrilled I am that you are receiving the award from the Make A Wish Foundation. There is nobody who deserves this award more than you do,as you do so much to bring a smile to the faces of these children,as you do with the ALS patients and for everyone else whose lives you have touched,continue to touch(and there are so many,including those that you have not met with personally,which includes me). It is a beautiful thing to witness and you are truly a beautiful human being,off the field as well as on the field. To say that you are simply the best,and you are,would not be enough. There is no greater gift that a human being can give than to give of themselves,to do for another human being,and you give so much of yourself,do so much for so many others(and I am not only speaking of the financial-yes,you do give financially but you also do so much more than that,more than you will ever possibly know,things that you can not put a price on),that it truly moves me,truly touches my heart. You touch my heart and move me deeply,always. So, enjoy the much deserved award,which honors what you have done and celebrates the beautiful human being that you are. I celebrate the beautiful human being that you are,every day,and my only regret is that I cannot give to you,do something for you,do for the man who does so much for others. Do let me know if there is ever anything that I can do for you. Seriously,I mean that(and New York City is not that far from Boston). In the meantime, I congratulate you again on receiving the award,I wish you all the best,as always,with your rehab,and please know that although we are not together(someday I do hope that I have the great pleasure of meeting you),I stand here in New York City and applaud you,a standing ovation,for the incredibly beautiful,special,giving,talented,
    superb,great human being that you are.
    Warmest Wishes,
    Donna Blanc in NYC,

  37. sdl1 permalink
    April 13, 2008 1:50 am

    Hey Curt..

    Thanks for the rings pics. It is especially lovely to see that there are two BoSox rings that have been won while THEY have not won any in the same time frame. Sure makes me feel good.

    Hey Doug Mirabelli..if you see this…JOIN IN! You’ll be welcome here!

    I have never blamed Bill Buckner for what happened. I’ve alays held John McNamara as the culprit for not putting Dave Stapleton in for late-inning defense like he normally did. Kind of like Grady’s gaffe in ’03 with Pedro.

    Can’t wait unto you guys are here to play the Rays in a few weeks!

  38. prgagne permalink
    April 13, 2008 7:15 am

    My husband, Paul Gagne, is a naval reservist with the U.S. Navy out of Brunswick, Maine. The Navy recently transferred him to a new unit after 5 years of being with the CART team. He is currently a member of the Seabees (a.k.a. The Skibees) which is part of the Naval Mobile Construction Unit:
    Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCBs) provide responsive military construction support to Navy, Marine Corps and other forces in military operations, construct base facilities and conduct defensive operations. In addition to standard wood, steel, masonry and concrete construction, NMCBs also perform specialized construction such as water well drilling and battle damage repair. They are able to work and defend themselves at construction sites outside of their base camp and convoy through unsecured areas. In times of emergency or disaster, NMCBs conduct disaster control and recovery operations. There are Eight active duty and Twelve reserve NMCBs.

    This unit will be deployed in June of this year to Iraq for approximately 8 months.

    I am writing to you in hopes you may be able to write a few words of support. I am holding a pre-deployment party for him in June. I am hoping to post such letters on posters for guests to read. I have written to several local celebrities as well as dignitaries. I am hoping you may do the same. I am grateful for anything that you could send. Thank you very much and if you need further information please feel free to email me at your convenience.


    Gina Gagne

  39. localnine permalink
    April 13, 2008 5:23 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Welcome home hope to see you on the mound again this year. That was my first opening day game and what a one to pick Dice-K looked great and Manny found his legs. Once again Welcome Home!!! Jeff M.

  40. April 13, 2008 5:24 pm

    Oh my goodness! They are awesome Curt! Thanks for showing them. I still say the Astros made a HUGE mistake when they let you close and then traded you! Be blessed!-Stephanie

  41. April 14, 2008 3:04 am

    Thanks for sharing the rings Curt – wicked cool! Just bought tickets this weekend for all three of the games here in KC in August and can’t wait to see you and the boys sweep the stretch!

  42. April 15, 2008 6:43 am

    Curt man,

    why is your surgeon, Dr. Morgan, taking radio interviews and saying that you told him you may pitch for the Yankees next year?? He said you’re doing it out of spite because of the way the Red Sox wanted you to rehab this season.

    I’m looking forward to this 9:00am interview with D & C. There’s gonna be a lot of pissed off fans if this is true… I’m hoping you were just mad and outspoken and it never really was a possibility. I understand if you’re mad at the Red Sox, but don’t take it out on the fans!


  43. paintbynumbersock permalink
    April 15, 2008 7:45 am

    Curt, I don’t know if you get too political because I’m new to the site, which is great, but what do you think of the oil prices and how our current government has effected the oil prices?

  44. rsoxwest permalink
    April 15, 2008 11:17 am

    Sweet pictures of the rings! How cool to post them for us all!

    I have a question – now that you’re on the 60 day DL, do you still travel with the team? Do you still suit up and sit in the dugout? Or do you sit in the bullpen? Just curious.
    Best of luck with the rehab. Hope to see you back at it this season!

  45. usf7repct permalink
    April 15, 2008 2:45 pm

    I just saw a news clip of your doctor saying you don’t want to pitch for boston and you are willing to finish your career in New York. Is this true?

  46. franchise34 permalink
    April 15, 2008 2:51 pm

    I would like to see a new topic on your home page with updates regarding your World of WarCraft progress. Go White Sox…opps. I mean Go Sox.

  47. April 16, 2008 9:31 am

    @ franchise34, Curt plays WoW?

    What server Curt?

  48. bosoxstillsuk permalink
    April 16, 2008 3:23 pm

    go yankeessss red sox nation my guys stole that from the raiders. 26 world championships baby. beat that. so when you are all at the baa (thats bar for all you morons) watching my yankees beat your sawx (can you figure that one out on your own?) remember 26 baby 26

  49. yawkey2brookline permalink
    April 18, 2008 6:17 am

    Curt a lttle tip for the next time you want photograph jewelry, tape a small piece of tissue over the flash it cuts down on the glare and still lets enough light get through to show detail.

  50. fenwayfranks permalink
    May 3, 2008 4:07 am

    Buckner and Greatness have nothing in common to me. Bill was a solid player for the Dodgers and the Cubs, he got hits, didn’t strike out alot swiped some bags, he was a gamer, he even played a little outfield. He didn’t make as many errors as people think, I am not quite sure how he won 5 MVP awards? Even those seasons wouldn’t make an all-star team now. Oh yeah nice bling Curt…..

  51. schittling permalink
    June 12, 2008 10:01 am

    I just have to tell you “GOOOOOOOOOOOO YANKEES”. WHAT? you’ve never heard sports players get mad at their teammates before? I’m sure you have been mad at your teammates many times. What do you want Kobe to do, talk to them softly and give them cookies each? STOP CRITICIZING AND ENJOY THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! Stop showing your ring and have your Celtics enjoy their moments, you got yours last year.

  52. azredsoxnation permalink
    June 13, 2008 6:10 pm

    I just have to say that the Yankees and Kobe Suck.

    “After the time of all those bleeps, we almost pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in history,” he said. “It seemed to motivate them pretty well.”

    Kobe- “almost” pulled it off doesn’t count. The Celtics did pull off the greatest comeback in Finals history. You didn’t see Garnett yelling at Pierce because he was 0 – 3 in 3PT shots. Kobe is the most talented player in the NBA but I would take Kevin Garnett for being an all around player with Class.

  53. mwayne1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:04 am

    Curt: I read the article today in about you having surgery and commenting that you’ve likely “thrown my last pitch forever.”

    Did you just realize this? Because I’ve known you’ve been done for over a year. You’ve had a great career and I have a lot of respect for you. Not too many baseball players can say they’ve beat the Yankees on 2 different teams and played an integral part in each! But, it’s over. That article and your comments are so obvious…who are you kidding? You’ve been done so long.

    Also, do me a favor. Either become a journalist or not. I assume you will be working for ESPN or Fox soon, but get on with it already. I”m sick of all your comments about every athlete and sport while you hide behind being a red sox. Leave the red sox and go join one of the sports analysis teams on Espn or Fox or maybe even get your own show on the NESN. Stop hiding behind this blog and your status as a hall of fame red sox and get out there and get in, for example, Kobe’s face with your comments and criticisms. Let’s see you say those things to his face. Howard Cosell had a great career doing this and I’m sure you will too, but at least he had the gutts to just do it and not hide like you do behind your legendary athletic status.

    I’d like to see the next article about you in be your announcement that you have officially joined a tv network. Let’s see if you have the gonads to do that, otherwise, shut up and keep your comments to yourself. Only the classless people up in boston care.


  54. April 28, 2009 8:03 am

    and thanks for allowing Bill Buckner a chance to walk in the sun. Sports can be very unfair. Glad to see this myth, like “the Curse” [Copyright CHB–Ed.], finally put to rest.


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