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Not a thing in the world to be upset about.

June 20, 2008

22 years ago January the Boston Red Sox picked a Freshman Pitcher from Yavapai Junior College (the best JC team in the nation btw!) in the 2nd round of the (Last!) January Draft.

3 World Series rings, 3k innings plus later, there’s a chance it’s all over.

UPDATE: As much as I dislike even acknowledging CHB, when his personal issues get in the way of reporting actual facts (which seems to happen much more often with me than others) I for some reason, right or wrong, feel a need to clarify and allow people to form their opinions on actual facts surrounding events he deems worthy enough to cover. If he can’t get his facts straight I figure I’ll be the good guy and help him out. It is after all, a matter of confirming things before you print your story right? Or does that step get skipped when in doing so part of your story disappears?

This quote

Without telling his bosses ($8 million for not pitching doesn’t buy loyalty the way it used to), Schilling last Friday broke the news of his upcoming surgery on his paid radio gig (yes, the money goes to charity, but Schilling would not be talking to WEEI if the financial arrangement didn’t exist, and he knows there will be no tough questions)

Is a lie. It’s not the first time he’s lied or misrepresented something, and knowing him it surely won’t be the last. The Red Sox did know that I was telling WEEI about the surgery and it was discussed with them the night before it happened. There was no desire on either side to call a press conference or something like it, but rather Theo and Tito would take questions off this morning announcement. Everyone knew, no one that needed to be informed was left out. It appears that CHB feels he’s in the “need to know” camp, when he in fact isn’t, and never has been.

The easy part is that this is just another example of why so many athletes feel disdain for certain members of the media, who, when facing declining readership and losing their relevance and impact, force themselves into their stories rather than sticking to just writing them.

And as for the paid radio gig, ya, WEEI donates and helps raise a ton of money for SHADE and for ALS, it’s why we do the show, to create awareness and raise money for charities. Poo on us. I do agree though, that not having someone as ethically pure and talented as him around means no one can ask a ‘tough question’, need to have someone of his HOF skill set for that to happen…..

To all of the well wishers, thank you. To all of the anti-Schilling people, thank you. Both sets of you were inspiration and motivation to be whatever it is I was for 19 some odd years on a major league mound.

I am set to have what could be extensive and potentially career ending shoulder surgery on Monday. The result of that surgery could be waking up and being told “It’s been a nice run big man, but you’re done” or “It wasn’t THAT bad, but it’s going to take serious time and effort to ever pitch again”.

The first one was what made this decision much easier because if I do not have surgery my career is over today, right now. That’s probably the case anyway, but I’d rather find out and know, than I would ponder. Even if the 2nd option happens it’s not clear cut. Coming back from this surgery at 31 would be an enormous challenge, at 41 more so. BUT, if that is an option at least I’ll be able to make that decision with all the cards on the table, and it will end on terms I choose. I won’t come back throwing 85 with so-so crap. If there is not an option to come back and be good, I won’t.

For anyone happy about that I’d recommend going to someone else’s blog. For Sox fans and fans that have supported me understand and please comprehend this much. I have not one single solitary thing in any way shape or form to be unhappy about. There is a world full of people suffering far more and far worse than my shoulder, not to mention I’ve been given and been blessed with far more than any one person deserves, far more.

To you fans, thank you, thank you, thank you. If it is all over, every single moment and memory I’ll take away from my career comes with your involvement and support. More athletes than you know recognize this and appreciate it. The 4 years I was allowed the honor of wearing this uniform I would hope you believe I did so with honor, integrity and respect, for the game but more importantly for my manager, coaches and teammates.

The game was here for well over a hundred years before I came along, and will be for that and more after I am gone, it owes Curt Schilling absolutely nothing, it gave me far more than I ever gave it.

If this was my last shot, and it is over, I wouldn’t change a thing (ok well that’s not totally true because I WOULD push rewind, go back to a few instances and shut my mouth, but hey we can’t all be perfect) that happened to me, with me or on any teams I played on. In 22 years I would say I had the honor of playing with some of the greatest of all time, and at most 3-4 really bad people, that’s not a bad thing.

Once this all clears up I’ll check back in to let everyone know that cares to know, how Monday went and what the prognosis and decisions are going forward, here.

651 Comments leave one →
  1. bostonerd permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:46 am

    Thanks for everything, Curt. Good luck with your surgery.

  2. worcestersoxgirl permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:49 am

    Thank you for all you given us sox fans!

  3. texasspudro permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:49 am

    It has been an honor and a privilege watching you pitch over your career. I sincerely hope to see you don the Red Sox uniform once again and pick up where you left off last October. If not, I look forward to your Hall of Fame induction and will definitely make the trip up to Canton to see the ceremony.

  4. June 20, 2008 10:50 am

    Curt, I’m a Red Sox fan in Singapore, and this is my first comment on your blog although I’ve followed it for a while.

    I was stunned to read this earlier today. Best of luck, Schill, and thanks for those famous appearances in 2004. Hope to see you back on the mound next year.

  5. drc500free permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:50 am

    Thanks for all you’ve done for the Sox, Curt. It was a pleasure watching you.

  6. Chris permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:53 am

    Best of luck Curt. Hopefully the surgery is successful and you can be pain free in your shoulder. That should be priority #1 at this point. If you get the added bonus of pitching again next season, wonderful.

    You helped accomplish a life long wish for me, to witness a Red Sox championship. I never thought I would witness 2 within 4 seasons, but hey, who’s complaining?

    Good luck and work hard! Don’t be a stranger around the Red Sox. Keep helping out the young pitchers as well.

  7. June 20, 2008 10:53 am

    Thank you Curt. I appreciate your update. I was and am genuinely concerned for you. But I feel like you summed it up pretty good. My thoughts are with you for your surgery and I hope you make it through with flying colors. You have had an amazing career, but here is hoping you can squeeze out a few more seasons! Take care Schill!!

  8. June 20, 2008 10:54 am

    Whichever way it turns out, Curt, congratulations on a phenomenal career. If you get to add another chapter to that career, so much the better – but if not, it’s a pretty darned fantastic read exactly as-is.

  9. mikefl1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:55 am

    Thanks for everything, Curt. It has been a pleasure watching your career many years. I hope you get good news with your surgery. If it’s over, please take a national media job as your honesty is refreshing. Wish you the best!!

  10. crosswalk71 permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:56 am

    Curt,

    My family and I have enjoyed watching you pitch throughout your career, and we thank you for those times. We will also be praying for your surgery on Monday, and look forward to seeing you back in action next year!

    Thanks!

  11. tracylynn88 permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:57 am

    good luck curt hope everything goes well keep us posted it aint over till the fat lady sings hope to see you pitch again in 2009 if it is over that would be so sad for every true red sox fan you have done plenty to make any fan of baseball so proud of you again best of luck to you

  12. northwestsoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:58 am

    I love you Curt. Thanks.

  13. browns83 permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:59 am

    Curt,

    Congratulations on a great career. Your 2004 postseason will be a thing of legend. One suggestion though:

    Some Red Sox fans might feel a little bitter regarding your status this year. Maybe you should donate a significant portion of your salary (5 million?) to charity.

  14. nukechief permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:00 am

    It has been a pleasure watching you these years. You clearly demonstrated a passion and love for the game and were an outstanding ambassador. I particularly enjoyed the open letter you wrote after 9/11. Thanks for the hard work and dedication. As we in the Navy would wish any departing Sailor, “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

  15. wally97 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:01 am

    Thank you for the update. All RSN is thinking about and pulling for you. GOOD LUCK!!!

  16. rtechno permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:01 am

    Good luck with the upcoming surgery Curt.

    I’m sorry to hear you had to take this step. I’ve been a fan of your work for many years. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

    I hope you can come back from this setback. Regardless of what the future holds, know that you have provided me years of both entertainment and inspiration.

    I thank you very much for that.

  17. clenfest permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:01 am

    Curt, as a Sox fan I’d just like to say thanks for the memories and for helping bring 2 World Championships to Boston and good luck in your future endeavors. I will miss having the opportunity to cheer for you again, but I’m glad your last game was getting the win in a World Series game not a lot of people go out on top like that.

  18. mrd71 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:02 am

    Curt,

    Best of luck with your surgery. I sincerely hope you can pitch again, but at the very least, hope it will allow you to live pain free.

    It’s nice to see you have your business in Maynard. I grew up there (I live in WV now but still a die hard Red Sox fan). Not many people would take their business there since Digital Equipment Corporation left there.

    Mike D.

  19. Michael Weiss permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:05 am

    So Curt, you gonna give back the 8 million? I WAS a huge fan of yours, but the way you handled your negotiations back in November made me start to realize that you too are only in it for the money. Maybe Johnny Damon gave you some pointers? If you say you are at a “3” then you for sure had pain 7 months ago. You had to have known you would never return to your top form. Shame on you Mr. Schilling to fight so hard for that contract. You make it hard to believe in real sports heroes anymore.

  20. oldbittercraig permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:06 am

    Curt,

    Thanks for everything. As a Boston transplant living in Tucson, I thought watching you, Gonzo, Grace, Johnson, etc take it from the Yankees might be the highlight of my baseball fan life…

    …until 2004. And again in 2007.

    While it was a team of 25 guys, plus coaches, staff, managers, owners, scouts, fans, etc that finally ripped two titles, I won’t underestimate your help in changing the culture of the club, or your gutty contributions on the mound.

    I wish you nothing but the best in your recovery and future endeavors, whether baseball or pc gaming or whatever.

    Thanks again for lots of wonderful memories.

  21. stvyrayvhn permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:08 am

    Thanks for the memories Schill. I hope to have you back with the Sox for the end of next year.

  22. dmbfan36 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:09 am

    Good luck on Monday Schill…. what you’ve done for this city in your short time here will never be forgotten and one can only hope that this isn’t it, but if it is – it was a pleasure rooting for you.

  23. gtrandall permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:09 am

    I’m a longtime fan back from the Phillies days, and I’d just like to personally say “Thank you”. For all the hard work, dedication, entertainment, and being yourself. For now, I might humbly suggest to just concentrate on the surgery and take it one day at a time, not worrying about retiring or not retiring right now. The best that could happen…you come back next year and bring the Sox (or whatever team you’re on) to the championship. The worst? You die. Wait…that would suck. Let’s just say the worst is that you retire from a hall of fame career. With millions of people who admire you and wish the best for you.

    Not too shabby.

    Good luck with the present, the future, and 38 Studios.

    –greg

  24. chelle1141 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:10 am

    I’m so sorry the rehab wasn’t all you’d hoped it would be. Thank you from Red Sox Nation!

  25. rlazarski permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:10 am

    Curt –

    Your tenacity and desire to win with honor was an inspiration to us all. There are not many today that youngsters can look up to in sport but one thing is for sure, you will be remembered for how you handled your career.

    Whatever caused your sock to become red in 2004 was irrelevant to me. What matters was the way you fought the pain and won a championship. It was the way you held your head high. The way you used what God gave you without using the drug of choice. You are the man!

    Nice job and thank you for so many memories. You are always a part of Red Sox nation and will always be one of all time great guys. When one door closes – another opens. God will help you find a way and I bet we will see you again in the public eye. Maybe we might see you just being a little league coach sharing your stuff with youngsters.

    God Bless you and good luck to you and your family.

    R. Lazarski – Terryville CT

  26. Steph permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:10 am

    Curt,

    I’ve been a Tampa Bay fan since the organization came into being, which somewhat precludes my rooting for the Red Sox. I’ve also disagreed, fairly vehemently, with some of your political and personal views. But I’ve read every single post you’ve made on this blog. I think that baseball is a better game for you having pitched in it. Your ability to recall and analyze every pitch you threw always amazed and interested me, and your passion for the game and your beliefs came through loud and clear in every sentence that you wrote. I wish you nothing but the best on Monday, and I’ll be looking for any updates that come out.

    Stephanie

  27. iccey permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:11 am

    Curt you have been the one of the Best pictchers in the last 25+ years and i really hope u can come back to Pitch and i hope its for the red sox but if u are really done and have to hang up the Spikes for good i want you to know that i have a HUGE amount of respect for you and i really belive that you are one of the Geartest Pitchers in Baseball history.. you have the game everything u have and them some. My god bless you and ur family and i hope we havent seen the last of U on the mound 😀

  28. mbs419 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:11 am

    Thank you for everything, Curt! I hope it’s not the end, but if it is, it’s comforting to know that you’re doing what you need to do for yourself.

  29. Redsauce permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:11 am

    Best of luck with the surgery and your recovery!
    I hope that everything turns out alright & you’re back pitching for us next year. If not, you’ve had a great career and I will always remember 2004.
    You and your family are in my prayers.

  30. mick7742 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:12 am

    Thank You Curt!

    I look forward to seeing your number retired.
    What are the chances of you stepping up as a Pitching Coach for the Sox?

    -mike

  31. Tom Field permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:12 am

    Curt:

    First of all, good luck. I’ve always believed what Bill Walton once said: “Minor surgery is what happens to other people.” So, take all our goodwill into surgery with you, and do let us know how you fare.

    Second, thanks. Just thanks.

    You came here nearly five years ago, saying something about ending an 86-year-old curse, and you did it. You’ve been a hard-throwing pitcher, a straight-shooting observer, and you’ve been a huge part of chasing away the cloud that used to hang over Fenway Park. You showed us how to win championships, and you showed us how to *act* like a champion.

    You’ve no regrets, and we’ve nothing but fond memories of your years in a Red Sox uniform.

    Thanks again, and good luck to you and your family.

    best,

    Tom

  32. June 20, 2008 11:12 am

    Good luck on Monday. I heard you talking about this on sports radio this morning, and as much as I was sorry for your teammates and fans to hear the news, I didn’t feel sorry for you because I knew you’d be okay with whatever happens. I know you’re a man who doesn’t “live for his job,” so you’ll still appreciate your family, your faith, and the other things you value whether or not you’re able to pitch for the Red Sox again. So as much as I’m hoping this isn’t the end of your career, I know that all will be well regardless of what happens. And I know that you, as a man of faith, believe that as well.

    So good luck, and thanks for everything you’ve already given us all these years.

  33. govtcheeze permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:13 am

    I have lurked on the blog since you started it, and felt today was a good day to register and actually post 🙂

    This is sad news indeed. It has been a lot of fun rooting against you when you played against (and usually dominated, when it REALLY mattered) my Yankees. It was fun trying to explain to my GF how it was OK to root for you the player and win the games you pitched (when not playing NYY of course :)) while still rooting against the Sox. It was fun and a true honor to play with and raid with you at the helm, and even more fun to hear what happens inside the Schill household when Vent gets left on unintentionally 😛 It has been fun watching the growth and start-up of your new career with the gaming studio, and I look forward to your first release in that arena. And lastly, it has been fun to get so many behind the scene looks into your life both on and off the field with this blog and stories in Vent. For those of us who had aspired to play sports professionally when we were younger, it is a treat to get a vicarious whiff into the life of a pro athlete.

    You have left a lasting mark on baseball, inspired many, and shown that good people still play professional sports.

    Thank you for all you have done, you will be missed on the field and wish you the best with the new direction your life takes.

    GL on Monday, hoping for some good news.

    ~ narek / jv

  34. 8yaz8 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:13 am

    Curt,
    You know its coming…the obvious question; Do you think things would have been different had you elected to have the surgery earlier as i believe you and Dr. Morgan wanted/recommended? No one knows the answer for sure but surely you must have an opinion on this. Its obvious that you appreciate the Sox fans, managers, coaches and teammates but you must have a sour taste in your mouth about the Sox front office/medical staff (and no, I don’t expect you to admit it here).

    Anyway, thanks for 22 great years and we are looking forward to next year or beyond when you return to the Fenway mound for you first post-surgery start to a standing ovation 10 times louder than any you have ever received (and you have received some big ones). That day will come. Good luck on Monday

  35. mitchell123456789 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:13 am

    Good luck Curt! I hope your surgery goes well, It’d be great to see you step on the mound for another year. I’ve always admired you, your playing style, the way you treat the press, etc. Thanks for contributing to the Red Sox and helping us bring home a world series!

    -Mitche..

  36. dirtywatah permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:14 am

    Good luck, G38. And whatever happens from here, thanks.

    Gary from Chapel Hill

  37. June 20, 2008 11:14 am

    It’s been a pleasure watching you pitch Curt. I know that baseball is only a small portion of what makes up ‘Curt Schilling’ so I wish you continued success in everything you do. Keep up the great charity, family and business work that you do. I do hope you get the chance to pitch again but if not, then you will be missed.

  38. June 20, 2008 11:14 am

    Curt, I hope your surgery goes well, and I thank you for your incredible career. I’ve been a fan since you were in Baltimore, and was blessed to show up in Boston before you arrived. Your intensity and commitment are a lesson for all.

    Good luck!
    KLN

  39. mikee522 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:14 am

    Curt,

    First of all, God bless and keep you whatever the outcome of your surgery on Monday. To fans like me you have been “major league” in everything you’ve set out to accomplish. It’s been a pleasure to follow your career in Boston and, as a Dad, I’ve used you as a shining example to my sons of what a ballplayer (no matter at what level) should be both on and off the diamond. Thanks for the memories, Curt.

  40. fidelityastro permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:15 am

    Hey Curt,

    Just read about this and I’m sad I won’t get to see you tearing it up in the postseason this year. No matter what happens, I just wanted to thank you for giving me a lot of great memories and putting some enormous smiles on my face in ’04 and ’07.

    Plus you gave me countless opportunities to roll my eyeballs at the clown-like Dan Shaughnessy.

    Best luck, thanks for being you, and I’ll always remember the bloody sock and how awesome you are at MMO’s.

    yours truly,
    a fan

  41. June 20, 2008 11:16 am

    You are in my prayers, Curt. You mean a lot to Sox fans…not just because of your stellar performances throughout the seasons and in clutch Game 6s, but because of the man that you are.

  42. bostonredsoxfan4ever permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:16 am

    Hey Curt,

    I for one (and I am sure that there will be thousands more Red Sox fans who will join me) would like to wish you the best of luck with your upcoming shoulder surgery. I too have and have had for many years a bad shoulder and have had rotator cuff surgery (although I know your shoulder surgery is not the same, and is most likely more challenging), and I know how painful all of this can be, as it still is for me. It is not any fun – non at all! So this is best that you get this done now and at least get to know where you stand and hopefully to be able to enjoy life after baseball – pain free. Thus, I sincerely do wish you the best with the outcome of the surgery and whatever the recovery has to offer you.

    Let it be known, IF you are not able to come back and stand on the pitchers mound to throw another pitch, it will be a major loss for this sport and for this Red Sox nation, that I (and many of us Red Sox fans) will always be proud of what you have done for us as a team and what you have done for many more off the field. You are a person of great integrity and courage.

    Please DO NOT let any of the hateful – and downright distasteful – words from those classless individuals who simply do not have a clue on how to be humane, get you down. IMO, you were being too kind in your message to those who throw such mean, ugly and disrespectful trash out, but hey that just shows who has better character and class – that being you.

    I close this message by saying again, my family and I wish you the best of luck with your surgery and whatever awaits you on the other side. Either way it goes, I know that you will do well. I just hope that we have NOT seen the last of you in the Red Sox camp, either as a pitching coach or somewhere in the office management position. IMO, you will be most welcomed in whatever capacity you choose to pursue!

    May GOD bless you and your family in these next few days and months.

    Regards, from someone who has been a Boston Red Sox fan forever…

  43. mattflahertyguitar permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:17 am

    Good Luck big Schill. I am sorry to hear these words. Thanks for all you have done for our Red Sox. I will never forget 2004-2007.

  44. tracee25 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:17 am

    Best of luck Curt.

    I carry a great deal of fondness for you and what you’ve brought to our Red Sox. Thank you for all that you’ve done and all of your passion and your true love of the game and our city.

    And to those who say you won’t come back from this and pitch, I say “why not you?”

  45. splewis1977 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:18 am

    Thank you Schill for always making the game what it is, America’s Game. You always stayed true to the game and its fans, and that is what makes you a legend. No whining, no cheating, no steroids…Just a ball player…who never gave up or turned his playing time into a carnival. As a life long SOX fan, you are etched into this teams history, no matter what the outcome. You were a scholar on a team of idiots (self proclaimed) and a leader on a team of work horses. Hopefully we can see you again on the mound, if not we hope to see you in CONGRESS (ok at least on EQ). Best of luck to you and the family!

  46. June 20, 2008 11:18 am

    Great, great post, Curt.

    Really sorry to hear that things aren’t working out this season. But it sure seems like you have spades of perspective. It’s not like there’s nothing else going on in your life, or that you have to look back with regret.

    And thanks for all you’ve done with the Sox. Your time with the team has been its golden age. People will never forget what you did in 2004.

    (And with the Diamondbacks– that was still the greatest Series of my lifetime, edging out 1991).

    I won’t come back throwing 85 with so-so crap.

    Man, this is a really thoughtful and classy post, why’d you have to go out of your way to trash Livan Hernandez?

    (Kidding).

    Good luck with your surgery. Hope to see you in there next year.

  47. lwentworth permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:19 am

    Mr. Schilling, I’ve never posted before, but wanted to take the opportunity to wish you well with your surgery. I’m a Pittsrbugh gal, but became a Red Sox fan by marriage in 2002. I was thrilled when you signed with the Sox and I loved that it was the fans that swayed your decision. Your passion and precision were unmatched and you quickly became my favorite player. I was so excited when you signed on for one more year with the Sox and so impressed by your willingness to work with the organization to make it happen. To hear you may never pitch again just breaks my heart. We took my 2-year-old son to his first Sox game June 1st and I so looked forward to taking him to see you pitch some day as wel regail him with stories of the bloody sox and the greatest comeback in baseball history. I hold out hope that you’ll recover and that day will still come. If it doesn’t though, as sad as I’ll be to accept that, please know that we Sox fans have appreciated you. Beyond your obvious talents on the field, your refreshing honesty and passion for the game and its fans has is the stuff legends are made of. 2004 would not have been possible without and I don’t think 2007 would have either. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’ll always be a big fan. Good luck with the surgery. I’ll pray for you. Here’s hoping you take the mound again someday. If not, hell I’ll wear my #38 and cheer for you anyway. God bless.

  48. patscott permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:19 am

    And we thank you too, no matter what the outcome of the surgery may be. Personally, I would love to have you on our pitching staff, and winning us another World Series title. But if that’s not to be, your heroics of the 2004 playoffs alone will forever be appreciated.

  49. ritawag permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:20 am

    Curt:
    I have never posted a comment but I think this deserves one. While I am a native San Diegan and an avid Padres fan, I have always followed you since I saw you years ago at a game and was in awe at how nice and friendly you were to “us” fans and opposing players. You are a great man who had a great career and I wish you all the best in the future. You deserve it and although it is sad that we may never see you pitch again, we still have all the great memories of games past.

  50. nyyevilempirestrikesback permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:21 am

    Curt,

    Now that you are out for the year and perhaps forever, will shut your trap. In case you have not notice no one cares about your opinion. I was just wanted to take the opportunity to tell you that, but I am sure that many others have shared my thoughts with you already. By the way, I did not appreciate the comment you made about never playing for the Yankees, i dont recall the Yankees pursuing you. You are a BumB who got lucky, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will all be in cooperstown before you, thats if you ever make it.

  51. alyissa permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:21 am

    Curt:
    As an Astros season ticket holder for 20+ years, I’d like to wish you the best with your upcoming surgery and with whatever your recovery will entail! There are quite a few former Astros that I have enjoyed watching since leaving the Astros organization, several of them your former teammates, but few more than you! Thank you for for your talent, skill, work ethic and outspokenness…even though you did catch some flack for it! Houston professional sporting teams are well-known for letting the “good-ones” get away and I definitely put you on that list. Thankfully, it guided you to Championship Rings and a great career. Regardless of what comes next for you there will be many baseball fans, myself included, who will continue to be a Curt Schilling fan! Good luck and God Bless!!

  52. bev1915 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:22 am

    Curt,

    Whatever happens with the surgery, you will always be remembered for the way you sealed the deal in Boston and Red Sox Nation (from fenwayfanatics.com):

    “When the veteran pitcher accepted a trade before the 2004 season to return to Boston, he knew that his purpose for returning to the organization where he got his start was to help the Sox “break an 86-year-old curse,” as he remarked in an infamous Ford truck commercial shortly after signing a new agreement. Less than a year later, he made good on that promise; with blood seeping through his sock and the look of determination on every pitch he made, he made key contributions to an eventual world championship for the franchise.”

    Good luck, God Bless, and thank you, thank you, thank you!

  53. jkey permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:22 am

    Thank you for being who you are and for sharing so much of that with us. Your faith was an inspiration for me at a time when I needed it; your on the field success brought me happiness in a time of sadness. I wish you all the best.

  54. seattlesoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:22 am

    Thanks for everything you’ve done over all these years Curt. You are a hero, you are a stand-up guy and there’s no way we’d have seen two World Championships in 4 years without you.

    Thank you for being the Yankee-killer that the baseball world needed after their 1996-2000 run. I’ll never forget your fearlessness and competitiveness during the 2001 World Series. Still just about the greatest Game 7 ever played!

    I’ll never forget the 2003 Thanksgiving vigil when I ended up forcing my poor family to still through endless hours of Sportcenter coverage to see if you were coming to Boston.

    I’ll never forget all the games watched you pitch in person.

    I’ll never forget when all of Red Sox nation was focused on whether or not the custom made Reebok shoe would lock down your tendon. People probably forget that now but we were analyzing shoe diagrams in the paper for days before Game 1 of the 04 ALCS. LOL

    Of course nobody here will forget the greatest comeback of all time, the bloody sock, the lunar eclipse in St. Louis, and the greatest 9-month long victory hangover ever.

    I know it’s easy to think ahlf of us are knuckle-heads who don’t remember anything positive. Maybe we are. I just want you to know that there are a ton of us who cherished every game you pitched for us or against the Yankees. You are hero, you are a legend and you will never be forgotten.

  55. theomnipotentq permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:26 am

    Good luck with the surgery on Monday, Curt. From all of us here in NYC who watch the Red Sox games at Professor Thom’s, I want to wish you and your family all the best in whatever God leads you to do next.

    But of course, I want to thank you for what you and the Red Sox accomplished in 2004. You can’t possibly imagine how it made my life here in New York City so much better!

    Thanks for the memories. Thanks for Game 6.

    All the best
    John Quinn
    Brooklyn, NY
    The Mighty Quinn Media Machine
    http://quinnmedia.blogspot.com

  56. gajd37 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:26 am

    Curt,

    I am sorry to see that rehab didn’t work and surgery is required. I had hoped you could have another chance to shine again in the postseason. I wish you and your family the best. To me, you epitomized what an athlete should be, and you and your wife used the spotlight to do much good for others. Thanks again.

  57. danahpa permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:27 am

    God Bless you Curt and thanks for providing some of the best memories I have of my beloved SOX !!!
    You are a Champ on AND off the field.

  58. simondsjt permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:27 am

    Dear Mr. Shilling,

    I hope the surgery is success and I wish you a speedy recovery. I know firsthand how painful shoulder surgeries can be. I hope they’ll be able to do it orthoscopically. If you need a second opinion, I’d seek out the Andrews Institute, in Gulf Breeze, FL. It was started by Dr. James Andrews, and they have some of the best orthopedic doctors in the business. They also have a great PT department for the post-op rehab.

    I injured my shoulder when I was 19 and shortly after that, it began to dislocate. 13 years later, it got to where it would dislocate about once a week and I had chronic shoulder pain. MRI showed a Torn Labram and a chipped shoulder socket. One of Dr. Andrews’ proteges, Dr. Ostrander, did the repair for my Torn Labram, and my shoulder has felt great. I’m not a pitcher but my shoulder hasn’t dislocated since and the pain that I dealt with is gone.

    My arm was out of commission for about 6 weeks after the surgery though. Good news is I could type and play World of Warcraft after about 2 or 3 days after the surgery!

    Good luck,

    Jason

  59. huskafan44 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:28 am

    CURT,
    It is us who owe you thanks. Thanks for all the memories you’ve given us over the years we have been priviledged to watch you pitch. Not just for the Red Sox, but for all the teams you have played with. If this is truly the end, we will miss you terribly. I’m 64 and have the same bicep problem, only I won’t go through the operation. I wish you all the LUCK in the world on Monday, and pray for your quick recovery. Take care of yourself and enjoy your growing family. Family must come first.

  60. kbosox1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:28 am

    Curt, good luck with the surgery. All of red sox nation hopes to see you pitch for us again. But if its not in the cards you’re a hall of famer to all of us, a guy who played the game the right way, and an inspiration to millions. THANK YOU.

  61. hawk81 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:29 am

    Curt:

    Thank you for all that you have done for the Red Sox. As a life-long Red Sox fan, I can say that we could not have done it without you, both on and off the field. However, your contribution to ALS and other charitable causes is what makes you a “Hall of Famer” , in my humble opinion. I witnessed your impact on Major Michael Donnelly, USAF , one of my high school classmates and close friend. Mike is now deceased but he suffered from ALS for almost 10 years after returning from the Gulf War (44 successful combat missions). When you were pitching for the Diamondbacks, you hosted Mike and his family at a game that you pitched against (and outdueled) Pedro Martinez at Fenway Park. Coincidentially, I had taken my son to that game but I did not know Mike was “in the house”. When Mike appeared on the centerfield screen in the 7th inning, I was brought to tears. You always supported fundraisers that we undertook for Mike and ALS research here in Connecticut. I know how much your support meant to Mike and his family. Once again, sincerest thanks.

  62. nemeamy permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:30 am

    To you Curt Schilling, thank you.

  63. possumface permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:30 am

    Curt
    As always you are a class act! Good luck to you and whatever your future holds. It has been a priviledge to watch you work!

    From a die-hard Cubs fan, but even more so, a true baseball fan!

    Pat Drosten

  64. boblead permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:31 am

    Curt Schilling, you have been a breath of fresh air on the Boston sports scene and have done what you came to do here. From the 1st truck commercial right through last October. Thank you.

    While I hope that you are able to pitch again, if it is the end of your career it is my wish that you and your family stay in Massachusetts and settle here. I have never met any of you but am impressed with all that you and your wife have contributed to our area. I do know people that have had dealings with your children and they speak highly of them as people which is a reflection of their family life. We need people like your family to continue making MA one of the best places in the world to raise families.

    Best wishes for your upcoming surgery and best of luck to you and your family for the future….no matter what you do or where it brings you.

    regards, bob lead

  65. stellarauthor permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:31 am

    Curt,
    Good luck on the surgery. I wasn’t there from the beginning, just since the D-Backs ( I live in the AZ White Mountains) and the Sox ( I was a New Englander most of my life) and enjoyed watching every pitch! We actually will have something in common due to the fact that I am having THR (total hip replacement) surgery Monday ( the 23rd ) in Phx. So again good luck and if you have thrown your last pitch just know that you were greatly appreciated in New England – bloody Red Sox showed your courage and will to win!
    Thanks for the many memories!

  66. Son of Bill Brasky permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:31 am

    Shill you’re a great ambassador for the game of baseball, both on and off the field (supporting Bush aside).
    Whatever happens you’ve given Sox fans some really great memories.

  67. sketchedy permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:32 am

    Hey Curt-

    I want to wish you the best of luck with your surgery and recovery. I’d love to see you take the mound again for the Sox, but if it’s not in the cards, I’m glad to see that you’re okay with that. You’ve had a great career to date and your contributions to the Red Sox franchise (especially back in 2004) will be the stuff of legend for many, many years to come.

    I haven’t always agreed with some of the things you’ve said or your politics, but it has been a pleasure rooting for you and this team over the last 4 seasons. You always brought your best effort to the mound and your determination and desire to win were a real inspiration to a fan like me.

    Again, best of luck and thank you.

    Cheers!
    Seth

  68. mikerudy permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:35 am

    Damn Curt that really sucks bro … We need you. I hope all works out for you, and what ever happens like you said no regrets. Your going out a champ, few can say that. I hope to see you on the mound again especially in a Red Sox uniform, but if not I would like to be the 1st to say to you, Thanks for the memories. You came in like an old western sheriff, I think I even remember a new paper head line “Theirs a new Sheriff in town” referring to having two number one pitches. I loved watching you, and Pedro’s secret dual, Pedro definitely didn’t like sharing the thrown, and thank god Red Sox owner ship made the right decision in allowing him to sign somewhere else. You proved to be the better man again, and again on, and off the field. Your Curts pitch foundation is a wonderful thing you do, for that alone I say thank you. You delivered to us not one, but two world series wow ! The Bloody sock game, I hope to live long enough to tell my grand children that I may have in the future. That was a true test of a mans worth, and desire to win, So once again Cult I want to say thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the memories.

    Sincerely
    A Big Fan Mike Rudy

  69. June 20, 2008 11:37 am

    Curt,

    Whatever happens from here, it’s been a privilege and a joy to see you play for the team I love. You wore the uniform with dignity and honor, and will always be remembered not only as one of the men that brought so much joy to Red Sox fans across the globe with the ’04 Championship, but as one of the leading “characters” in a team that has become so much fun to watch – win or lose.

    Good luck with your surgery. As long as you want to keep talking to your fans here, we’ll be here to talk back, retired or not.

    I’ll have a lot more to say at some other point, I’m sure. For now, know that our thoughts are with you. If you never throw another pitch in the Major Leagues, well… you three a hell of a lot that counted.

    We’re awful proud of you.

  70. danbuckeye permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:39 am

    Good Luck Curt. You have a lot of fans behind you. Whatever the outcome, all of RSN thanks you for your contributions.

  71. sawxblogcom permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:40 am

    Curt this is really sad news, but speaking not just Red Sox fans, but baseball fans all over the country and world, that we really do appreciate your honesty and dedication to your craft and the game you love.

    You truly are one of a kind, and I’ve enjoyed the good and bad, and tip my cap to a career, that in my humble opinion, certainly is HOF worthy.

    Cheers,

    Derek Hixon

  72. benat123 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:41 am

    Curt-

    Thank You. My favorite Red Sox moment was you walking in from the bullpen in game 2 of the 2004 World Series. The place was electric…and we were there because of you and your 24 teammates. I hope to been cheering you on in October again!

    Thank You
    Greg

  73. rpknfn14 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:41 am

    Curt,
    As a Phillies fan I would like to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I watched you growing up and as of right now you are part of my greatest Phillies memory. The 1993 team will always hold a place in my heart. I was 13 and it was amazing to watch you guys. Now if only we could win a world series title that would be great! Good luck Curt no matter which path your life takes and God Bless you and your family.

    Chris

  74. nhdogmom permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:41 am

    Curt,

    I want to thank you for giving everything you had to Red Sox team and to the city of Boston. I surely hope your career is not done, but if so, what a career it was…and I’m so grateful that you spent these last years in Boston.

    I hope you and your family will be a part of the Boston landscape for many years to come.

    Best of luck to you with your surgery. I hope it all goes well and your recovery is faster and better than anticipated.

    Sharon in NH

  75. jchapman24 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:41 am

    its too bad curt… just remember good things happen to good people.. unfortunatly you are an #$@!#$!…. you should have given up a couple years ago, but as seeing as how you are whats wrong with baseball, and since it is all about the money, you just hung around. glad to see you go….

  76. mkamman permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:41 am

    Schill, all the best with the surgery. However it works out, it’s been a hell of a ride cheering for you.

  77. lucky771438 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:41 am

    Dear Curt,

    I wish you the best on your surgery on Monday. I live in Philadelphia and followed you from the time you were a phillie until the present as a red sox. I hope and pray that you are able to come back and pitch. Thank you for a great 22 years of watching, in my opinion, the best pitcher in baseball. Good Luck.

    Nicole Cheeseman

  78. kempner23 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:42 am

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and productive rehab, big man.
    The plans of the heart belong to man … you know the rest.

  79. major91 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:43 am

    Curt,

    When you signed with the Sox i was very excited about the news. Wow…..its been one heck of a ride my friend. I along with any fan of MLB should tip there cap to you for so many reasons. You have the heart of lion and whenever we needed support from you off or on the field you provided 100% and then some of yourself. I wish you the very best my friend in anything that comes your way in the future. From everyone in Red Sox Nation……….you are all class!!!

  80. bradthayer permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:43 am

    Hey Curt,
    I wish you the best through this surgery. You’re a class act on the mound and a thrill to watch, even though you’re always beating my Angels.
    I pray that you’ll be on that mound soon.

  81. dfbrown33 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:44 am

    Curt,
    Can’t thank you enough for all of the great memories you have provided Sox fans over the past 4 years. If you really are done, best wishes for whatever the future may hold for you. (But I still hope to see you back out there next year…you never know!)
    So good luck, and thank you for being such a stand up member of the Sox both on and off the field. The charitable work you do is amazing and I hope you are able to continue doing so whether you play again or not.
    Go Sox!

  82. frodo1962 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:44 am

    Curt – I’m sorry to hear the rehab didn’t work. I was looking forward to seeing you on the mound later in the season. I wish you the best for your surgery.

  83. westjr1959 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:45 am

    I’m a sports fan and love my New York Yankees. I can’t say I’m a fan of yours for very obvious reasons like the 2001 World Series and your stint with those hated Red Sox. However, I have respected your work and your honesty even when it would have been better for you to shut your mouth. I would have rooted for you if you ever wore the Pinstripes. I can honestly say I would never wish your ailment on anyone, even my rival teams. I would rather my Team (Yankees) crush the Red Sox with all of its parts there and working. That way I could say, my Yankees are the best team no doubt about it. So please get better and I wish the best for you. After all, it is a game and there are more important things in the world that are so far more important. Curt Schilling will be missed as a great pitcher and a great competitor. The best to you and your family.

  84. keals permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:45 am

    Schill-

    I hope this is not it, but if it is THANKS for everything. I know at times you get criticized for your mouth (at times rightfully so) but it was nice to finally get someone who backed it up. I remember when you first got here and I think it was a Chevy commercial where they asked where you were going and you replied “I’ve got a curse to break”. Back then the “curse” was almost unmentionable but you did it. I know inside, and that your teammates always knew that you were in it to win it- regardless and always stepped up to the plate. I remember when Damon went over to the dark forces and the guys on YES were trying to bait him on you and dealing with you and he said he’d take you on his team anytime- you were a gamer. I also thank you for your insightful blog- whether I agreed or disagreed with your perpectives I always knew it was your true belief- not just cheap shots or false accolades. May God continue to bless you and your family and if he has it that there is a year left in that old body- may it only be in a Sox uniform, but if the Sox situation and your own differ know that true fans understand (unless of course that other team wears pinstripes!!!!!)

  85. mrjmmy permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:46 am

    Curt, you’ll always be an all star in my book!!!

  86. rickymo permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:48 am

    Curt, I wish you the best, you have had a great career. But I wish you’d have kept your mouth shut, too. Maybe Dr. Andrews can tighten that up a little for you. How come you go off on teammates disrespecting each other and you sat with that towel over your head in philly? 99 made everyone crazy, but that was big time dis. I hate your politics and your flapping jaw, but I will always respect your career. You are a winner and nothing will take that away from the stat books. Good luck. Rickymo

  87. June 20, 2008 11:48 am

    Great way to make me cry, Curt. You are correct, though. You have been blessed – as have we in having you wear the uniform of the Boston Red Sox. You did what you said you would do… and you gave it all you had. Better still is what you and Shonda have done off the field – and that means so much more, and I am sure that will continue. You made a lot of people care about an illness about which many of us were far too unfamiliar. You have challenged many to do more for those in need and that, imnsho, means more than the two WS you brought to us. (And I cannot begin to tell you how much that means; although, I think you know.)

    You know, I wish more players would leave on their own terms instead of waiting for serious injury to make the decision for them. I wish you nothing but good and hope that you, when the time comes, can make that decision to step away…

    And here is a little Irish Blessing for you:

    May those who love us, love us
    And those who don’t love us,
    May G-d turn their hearts
    And if he can’t turn their hearts,
    May he turn their ankles
    So we will know them by their limping!

    G-d Bless!
    Chaiah
    (ToofarawayfromBoston)

  88. peter3558 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:49 am

    You can count me among your supporters, Curt. I, too, hope you hear the second story from the doctors, but, like you, can’t be disappointed if it’s the first…. well, a little bit, but I consider myself blessed and lucky not just as a Sox fan, but a baseball fan, in general, to have watched that amazing 2004 season, playoffs, and bloody sock – the bravest sporting act (acts, actually since you did it 2x – how the heck did you do that?!!) I’ve ever seen in my life. Thank you and God bless.

  89. lauram68 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:49 am

    Wow, Curt, that’s rough. But hopefully it’ll make you better.

    I can’t say thank you enough for helping to bring 2 World Series Champions to Boston and yes, you were definitely a factor in both.

    I miss watching you pitch, but enjoy your conversation on ‘EEI. You’ve been a wonderful addition to us MASSHOLES:)

    Good luck and hopefully everything works out in the end.

  90. June 20, 2008 11:50 am

    hey curt. No matter what happens you will always be a hero in my eyes.

    Thanks for all the wonderful years and hopefully we will see you on the mound one last time

    God Bless

  91. laurieny permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:51 am

    Well, like it or not, many of us will be extremely upset if this turns out to be the end. Even as a lifelong Mets fan, I’ve pretty much worshiped you in a baseball sense for 15 years. We’re not exactly on the same page politically, (just being honest here) but that’s another thing entirely. In terms of your job and the way you’ve always done it, I admire and respect you like few others who have ever taken that mound. It has been a privilege to witness your career.

    I’m fervently hoping you buck the odds. But if you don’t, thank you for everything. Thank you for your guts, your candor and your breathtaking talent. Thank you for respecting the game and its history. And perhaps most of all, thank you for 2004. You and your teammates brought life-affirming joy to even more people than you realize. 😉

    Good luck on Monday. Whatever happens, I know you will be fine… and we’ll see you in Cooperstown.

  92. timswearingen permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:53 am

    Godspeed, Curt…You are one of the class acts in our world today and it has been amazing to watch from afar and see the positive example you’ve set for us all during the highs and lows of your professional career. Godspeed, Curt…Godspeed!

  93. soxfan0407 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:53 am

    Curt,

    I think I speak for every sox fan when I say I wish you the very best in your surgery and recovery.
    I don’t think any fan would argue that you are one of the greatest assets to our team over the last decade and your contributions to this team will never be forgotten.
    Thanks for everything! Without you ’04 never would have happened. You’ve given hope back to sox fans everywhere and for that we should all be eternally grateful.

    Good Luck!

  94. 67diehard permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:53 am

    Greetings Mr. S –

    I was sure hoping to see your return this year and a chance to make the strong exit I think everyone would like to see. Good luck with the surgery and rehab and here’s to, at least a pain-free future.

    I can’t help but think back to that Truck commercial, hitch-hiking back East to End the Curse. Sports fans in the Hub are pretty spoiled these days (and I think we can live with that) but it wasn’t so long ago when no matter how many banners hang in the Garden, or down in Foxboro – nothing would ever mean so much as 2004 – ever – and to top it off with the 2007 win was – well Wicked (my other favorite commercial of yours).

    We’ve drove to Cooperstown (from VT) just to see The Sock. Your place in Boston lore is forever. Good luck with everything the Lord brings and thanks again.

  95. cmwaterpistol permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:56 am

    Curt,
    Thanks for everything, regardless of the outcome. We all know that pitching is just a part of who you are.
    Someone who does not have people hate and love them hasn’t made any difference.
    Good job.
    -C

  96. scottymac314 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:57 am

    Curt,

    I wish you the best of luck with the surgery. It’s too bad the Sox wouldn’t allow you to have it earlier in the season like you wanted to. But hey, they know more about your body than you do, so it’s a good thing you did what they wanted.

    I look forward to reading the updates after your surgery.

  97. nancyn2 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:58 am

    Curt,

    I hope your surgery goes well and that we will see #38 on the mound again. You sound very realistic and seem to have found peace with your decision which is a great way to approach it. I am sure there are hundreds of former players you have played with who will tell you there is life after baseball and with the love of your family and friends you will be fulfilled…All the best and thanks for all the great memories…hope there will be more!

  98. bobbyj19 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:58 am

    Hey Curt,

    It was enjoyable watching you during your career, especially since you were traded to the Red Sox. I hope the surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery. I wish you nothing but the best moving forward in the next chapter of your life.

    Bob J, Detroit, Michigan

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
    Proverbs 3:5-6

  99. June 20, 2008 11:58 am

    Schill, as a long time loyal fan, I along with all of Red Sox Nation, we wish you the best on Monday. I hope it goes well and that the prognosis is that you can return to pitching.

    If not, as you said, you’ve given your all and it was appreciated by all who saw you do it.

    Good luck and God Speed.

    Irv Arons

  100. mashinsaigon permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:58 am

    If thats the case Curt, thanks for all the memories! Between you and Roger Clemens I’ve had the leasure of watching two of the best pitchers of all time play at Fenway Park!

  101. ctsoxnation permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:01 pm

    Curt,m

    Best of luck on Monday!

    You take care of yourself and worry about getting yourself back to normal. if all goes well and they tell you that you can throw again, then go for it. Otherwise you owe us nothing. What you did in 2004 for this team, the city of Boston and the members of Red Sox Nation will forever go down in history as one of the most courageous moments in sports history. Right up there with Willis Reed and Tigers performance last week. The “bloody sock” will forever live in the hearts of Red Sox fan for years to come.

    On a more personal note, just because you may potentialy not pitch another ball for a MLB team, doesn’t mean you can still touch the lives of people. The work you have done and continue to do with your charitable work will continue. The opportunites to meet veterans, sick children and those fans that respect and admire you will still be there. We’ll still be there for you when you’re recovering. So don’t think you’re in this alone. Once a member of Sox Nation, always a member of Sox Nation.

    God bless and get well soon!!

    Derek (Barkhamsted, CT)

  102. leeinwesttx permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:02 pm

    Curt,
    I have been an avid reader of your blog and a die hard Sox fan my whole life. I have never posted anything in your blog before, but feel it is time to do so. I do not always agree (most of the time I do though!) with your ideas and opinions, but I must say with that aside, I have always enjoyed watching you pitch. Be it in Boston, Philly or even AZ. You have always been a real credit to whatever organization you were with and your profession as a whole. Your dedication and sacrifice are something young people should take notice of and we all applaud you for it, even some Yankee fans! If we have seen you throw your last pitch…well so be it and good luck in the future. If a comeback is in order, also good luck. I know that you are a man of great faith and I know that you will accept whatever the good Lord has in store for you. I, for one, really hope to see you back on the mound in Fenway. And not to just throw out a cerimonial first pitch. I will be praying for you Curt.

  103. chescofan permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:04 pm

    Best wishes with the surgery–and many thanks for the great baseball in Philly–if anyone can come back from this surgery , I am sure you will do what rehab will do–you have many fans in Boston but also Az–and from way back those of us in Pa

  104. bflosox permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:04 pm

    Curt, all the best on Monday. As a fan of the game and fan of the Red Sox, I have truly enjoyed your competitiveness thru the years. Your performances in the playoff’s were second to none. I hope it’s not over and you do pitch again but if it is, the game was just a little bit better because you were a part of it.

    Thanks for the memories thus far. And for all you do, this Bud’s for you.

    All the Best

  105. iebruin permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:04 pm

    Awwwwwwww that’s awful !!!

    btw, Kobe says your not a true leader unless you can play with an injury…
    like he did all year.

  106. donnadoble permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:04 pm

    Curt,

    Best of Luck on Monday . . . . my family wishes you only the best!
    Donna from North Kingstown, RI

  107. bro2baseball permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:06 pm

    Thanks for everything, Curt. Here’s to a speedy recovery, and good luck.

  108. smpatten permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:07 pm

    Curt- thanks for what you’ve given Sox fans. I hope your operation is successful and I wish you the best in the coming years!

  109. jetgrrrl permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:09 pm

    Curt, I’ve never left a comment although I’ve always enjoyed your blog.

    I’ll be brief as undoubtedly a hundred posters have already said the same, but “thank you” is too short a phrase to express how deeply grateful I am to you and your 2004 and 2007 teammates (I admit I have a particularly special place in my heart for those from 2004). Hero is a word thrown around much too tritely and rarely does it belong in sports, but the physical risks you took to pitch in 2004 were as close to heroic as it comes in athletics. For me, you WERE the 2004 World Champion Red Sox. It still gives me chills to type that!

    With you on the mound I always felt the game was in good hands. It has truly been a joy to watch you pitch. I dearly hope I will again, but if not, you’re right, it’s been a terrific ride.

    THANK YOU

  110. vtredsoxfan04 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:11 pm

    Curt… I just want to thank you for all you have given to the Red Sox! Your determination allowed me to share two World Series championships with my children, something I honestly never thought would happen.

    I also want to thank you for not hiding your strong faith. I am a religious ed. director and work with high school teens in my church and have often used you as an example of someone who doesn’t forget where his good fortune comes and to thank Jesus for all you have been given.

    Good luck with your surgery on Monday. I will be praying for you and I know that your faith, your families faith and the love you have fore each other will see you through.

    Dottie Moffitt

  111. zapp029 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:11 pm

    Thank you Curt, you given The Nation everything you had, including possibly shortening your career for that epic 2004 season. How many starts that year did you get close to 130 pitches?

    While everyone might not agree all the time with you (myself included, you been everything wed hoped for on that thanksgiving day in 2003.

    You insured many could die happy……thank you!!!

  112. gobosox00 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:11 pm

    Schill, if it is all over, I think I speak for all of Red Sox nation in saying that you cannot comprehend what you have done for us fans, the team, and this city as a whole. You will go down in history with all of the other Red Sox legends and we will be telling our kids and grandkids years from now that we got to watch you pitch and will always reminisce about that Game 6 at Yankee Stadium in ’04. Thank you for helping change the whole attitude of all us Red Sox fans and hopefully i’ll be there in cooperstown to see your acceptance speech!

  113. garfield1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:14 pm

    Curt, thank you for all you have done for the game of baseball. You are a classy and respected man and I have enjoyed watching you these past years in Boston. I wish you the best of luck and health with your surgery. Whatever happens, you will never truly leave the game, your impact will last for generations to come. Boston will surely miss you, but either way we know this isn’t the end of Curt Shilling. Thank you for the world series championships, memories no Boston fan will ever forget. Take care. Much love.

  114. leftyccob permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:17 pm

    Curt,
    Hope everything goes well for you on monday.
    We’ll be praying for you WICKED HAHD!

    D.P. and family

  115. patbilly permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:19 pm

    Dear Curt,
    I was so happy to see you pitch in the 2007 World Series! I had seats in Sec. 7 but we squeezed in behind a pole to see you from Sec. 14 – and kept getting moved around. But it was worth it to watch you pitch with all your heart, as always.
    We’ll be praying for you – for success in your surgery, and for the peace only God can give to you and your family.
    Looking forward to seeing you on the mound next season – as we celebrate another World Championship year.

  116. joecal permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:20 pm

    Mr. Schilling,
    Thank you for all that you have done. From your personality, hard work, and dedication, to the 2004 bloody sock, I have enjoyed watching you pitch. There are always those regular season games on which you dont know which to watch sometimes. But whenever I saw that you were pitching i knew that i had to watch because you werent going to pitch forever. Im definetly a die hard red sox fan and just as much a Curt Schilling fan. I grew up watching the Red Sox play and was dissapointed for so many years, but when you came to our team you created a new winning attitude and made Red Sox nation even bigger than it already was. I may be in the Air Force and serving my country but to me a true soldier will always stick to what he knows and what hes good at no matter what he has to put on the line and to me you are a soldier in the eyes of so many fans. Thank you for keeping us on our toes and good luck with whatever decision you make. Either way you will definetly have my vote as one of the greatest and hall of fame is for sure in your future!

  117. June 20, 2008 12:21 pm

    Curt,

    This is sad news indeed. I was hoping to see you back on the mound in October 1 more time. I want to thank you for leaving it all on the field and helping to bring a starving fanbase 2 WS rings. It was a pleasure watching you out there compete. You’ve had a hall of fame career and been one of the best big game pitchers of all time.

    I truly hope the surgery goes well.
    Peace,
    RTS

  118. ballgame13 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:21 pm

    Curt,

    Well this day had to come sooner or later. As a guy who was with you at the very beginning of your big league career, and watched you open your first big league check, you sure did yourself proud! I remember all of the great times we had in Baltimore in ’88 and ’89….. I know your dad is real proud of you!! Hope to see you soon.

    Chuck

  119. Michael Weiss permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:21 pm

    You took off my comment?????

    here is what i said

    So Curt, you gonna give back the 8 million? I WAS a huge fan of yours, but the way you handled your negotiations back in November made me start to realize that you too are only in it for the money. Maybe Johnny Damon gave you some pointers? If you say you are at a “3″ then you for sure had pain 7 months ago. You had to have known you would never return to your top form. Shame on you Mr. Schilling to fight so hard for that contract. You make it hard to believe in real sports heroes anymore.

  120. pvdrew39 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:22 pm

    You’re one of the best ever, Curt. I’ve enjoyed watching you pitch since you played in Philadelphia which is the earliest thing I can remember about you. As a former Phoenix resident (Gilbert actually) and a Diamondbacks fan since the beginning, I was over-joyed when you came to play for the Diamondbacks. You helped bring a world series to Phoenix and then rings to Boston. I must admit, even though I was sad to see you leave Phoenix, I pulled for you specifically in Boston. You deserve every thing you have gotten.

    You say that the game has given you far more than you have given the game, that may be true but don’t underestimate what you have done for the game of baseball and what you have done for the fans who have loved watching you for almost 20 years. Not to mention the wonderful things you and others have done off the field for any array of causes. Your leadership in informing the general public about ALS and getting others invovled is truly something to be admired and commended.

    And as far as you keeping your mouth shut on certain occasions…don’t worry too much about it, what is sportscenter or baseball tonight without a couple of witty sound bites right? Oh well, you’ve done more for the game than anyone who has the gall to second guess you or call you out anyway.

    If things go well and you pitch again, well we can only hope. If not, its been a pleasure watching you. Either way, God bless you and your family. Good luck with everything in you and your familys future.

  121. redsoxfan4ever2565 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:24 pm

    Curt,

    So, now that you’re closing one chapter in your life, I wanted to wish you the very best and say Thank you for bringing a World Series title back to Boston. However, one question remains, what cap will you wear when Cooperstown welcomes you?

  122. faspaz permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:25 pm

    You should return the money you got from the Red Sox when you fraudently signed your new contract last fall. You knew you were injured and likely wouldn’t play again, but you went ahead and signed anyway. What a shameful example to your kids and others.

  123. averagejoe permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:25 pm

    Curt, I’ll be praying for you – I hope your surgery goes well…and who knows I hope/pray that there will be a future for you with the Sox organization!

  124. kevrud11 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:27 pm

    Hey Curt, I hope everything goes well with your surgery. You had an amazing career and you should be cooperstown bound for sure. Everything you did with the Red Sox in helping them win their 1st World Series in 86 years was just amazing. Pitching with that bloody sock, no one could forget that. And way before that, you dominated the Yanks in the World Series with the D-Backs. Also with the Phillies. You had one of the best careers a pitcher could ever have. Congratulations on it and I hope again that your surgery goes well.

    Hope to see ya in the 08 World Series when the Sox are in it ;).

    Thanks for all the memories,
    Kevin Rudolph

  125. bostonsportsbuzz permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:27 pm

    Curt,
    As a lifelong Sox fan (I’m only 24, but believe me, that’s old enough to have lived through the agony we experienced prior to 2004), I can honestly say there wasn’t quite a more exciting offseason than 04 when you decided to come here to round out the rotation capped by yourself and Pedey. For the first time in years, we had a 1-2 punch that literally induced fear in every opposing team.

    Regardless of what you’ve said or done off the field that people may disagree with (particularly the media members who seem to react adversely to you because you do their job better than they do!), our 2004 World Series victory can be directly attributed (at least in part) to your acquisition and your superb performance in the playoffs. I’ll always remember that, every true Sox fan will always treasure it, and it’s something you can hold your head up about for the rest of your life regardless of whether or not you’re able to pitch again.

    Thanks for the privilege of watching you throughout the past 4 years and your entire career. Best of luck.

  126. syphax permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:28 pm

    Curt- at least you know you talk too much- knowing is half the battle.

    A lot of people helped make the Sox winners in 2004, but you get a huge, huge portion of the credit. You brought the attitude that the Red Sox could win, really win, and the talent and guts to make it happen. For that, generations of Sox fans are eternally indebted to you. My father in law waited 74 years to see the Sox win- not the longest wait of any Red Sox fan, but pretty damn long.

    And while your commentary on the Celtics game was probably ill-advised, I loved it.

    Finally, I really appreciate the perspective you have on your life. Having your career ended because of injury is a bummer, but as you have acknowledged, 1) it was a hell of a career (HoF! HoF!) 2) 99.9% of the world has it worse than you do. It’s great that you understand this.

    PS Don’t run for office in MA- we love you, but…

  127. plalley225 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:28 pm

    Good riddance Curt!!! I wish you nothing but the worst in all your future endeavors 🙂

  128. davelandy permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:30 pm

    Curt,

    Good luck to you on Monday. I am a huge Sox fan, and you’re one of my favorites (tough to beat Big Papi!!)

    I was psyched back in the day when they announced you were coming to Boston, and told all my friends and family that you were the missing piece of the puzzle to win the Series. They laughed at me because the concept of us winning it was so foreign.

    Well brother, you did not disappoint. Everyone in Boston knows that we couldn’t have won it without you. While the Bloody Sock will always be the signature moment, the fact that you went out and kicked butt all year was what the fans will remember. In 2007, when many thought you were out of gas, you kicked it up one more time and helped deliver another title.

    You have created a permanent legacy with one of the great baseball franchises. Your efforts, intensity, and athleticism will never be forgotten. Thank you for delivering the title that many thought would never happen!

    Dave

  129. dori317 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:32 pm

    Curt:

    To me there is really nothing else to say but Thank you for what you gave to Red Sox Nation. Anyone who believes that the 04 championship would have been won without you on the pitching staff is not playing with a full deck if you will.

    The very best to you and your family and God willing your surgery will be a success. A success to me means that you will live without pain and get on with your life in a meaningful way as a father and a person…not necessarily as a baseball player. You did that and you did that well. While I wish as a fan you could pitch us into another World Series, I am more hopeful that you are able to live well and happily doing something else!

    Thank you and God Bless.

    Dori Burke

  130. fitopena permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:33 pm

    Curt,
    Good luck on Monday, my prayings for you and your family, you are a TRUE CLASS MEN…

    D.P. This is my first reply to you, im from Tijuana, Mexico a Big Fan of Boston since 1985 [Roger rookie year, heartbroken in 1986, very, very happy 2004) good luck my friend

    Fito Pena

  131. soxlifer63 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:34 pm

    Curt… I have been watching the Sox since the years of Lynn and Rice. Gone through some lean years. Never thought I would see them win a WORLD SERIES in my life time. Many thanks to you for putting them over the top. You taught the organization how to be a winner. Just think what might have been had you not been traded to the Orioles! Maybe they can put your shoulder sling next to your bloody sock when you come back and win another one!!!

  132. natei33 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:36 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for all the memories that came along with your 4 years in a Red Sox uniform. The first Red Sox game I saw in person since I was 9 years old was against Baltimore in September of 2004, where you threw a tremendous 14-K game. Ever since then I’ve been obsessed with the art of pitching, and I largely have you to thank for that. I’ll take a 2-1 game over a 13-10 slugfest any day of the week.

    It has been a privilege to watch you leave it all on the field the last 4 years. I hope the surgery allows you to be pain-free and have a high quality of life.

    I’ll see you in Cooperstown someday not too long from now.

  133. shkigs permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:36 pm

    Hey Curt,
    So when do you give back the 8 million that the Sox gave you? We are all supposed to believe you that your shoulder wasn’t hurting when you begged the Sox to give you a one year contract. Nice try dude…way to fleece the Sox!

  134. 1redsoxfan07 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:37 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you’ve done for the team and for us the faithful fans, we will NEVER forget it!!!

    Good Luck with the surgery, hope everything goes very well.

    Whatever happens, I hope that you get to leave the game you love on your terms.

    Take care,
    Much Love,

  135. davesoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:37 pm

    Curt,

    THANKS for all you’ve done.

    I can’t imagine a sports event that will top the 2004 ALCS. Not in my lifetime. It wouldn’t have happened without you.

    Hope the surgery goes well and you get back on the mound if that’s what you want.

    Boston and Soxnation will never forget you.

    Dave

  136. bigdogofbria permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:39 pm

    Best of luck Curt! You’re a consumate professional and a true champion and I’ve had a blast cheering for you.

    May the Legend of the Bloody Sock never die!

  137. June 20, 2008 12:39 pm

    I’m 41 years old, a Sox fan since 1978, and was never inspired enough to plunk down a chunk of disposable income on a Red Sox player jersey until you changed my life in ’04. I’ll be wearing that home white #38 until it’s threadbare.

    Thanks and thanks and thanks for the last 4 years, big guy. All the best.

  138. youngex permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:40 pm

    Curt, honestly, I grew up a Mets fan when you were pitching with the Phillies. Now I root for both the Mets and the Yankees. I may even be one of the most politically liberal people on the entire east coast (and that’s saying a lot. Go Obama!) However, you are and will always be one of my childhood heroes. The way you threw the ball so hard in your Phillies days and still do today will be a memory that sticks with me forever. The fact that religion means a lot to you and that you’re not afraid to publicly show that is truly inspiring in what today has become a mostly non-religious public environment in this country is also inspiring. You’re a great role model for young kids, especially those who want to be pitchers in the future. Your 11-2 postseason record (Last I remember) is a great model of your career dominance in clutch moments. I don’t remember the exact year in the 90’s, but I remember one year when you pitched for the Phillies at Shea and flat out dominated the Mets in a 2-3 hit (I don’t quite remember) shutout and looked like the most dominant pitcher I’ve ever seen pitch live. Your charity work for ALS has been nothing short of outstanding. If this is the end, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, but I hope you do make a full recovery and one day get that 250th career victory. You are truly an inspiration, not just as an athlete but as a human being. Thank you for the memories Curt, even most of them were by dominating the very team I loved. You are truly an alltime great. The Hall Of Fame should be waiting with open arms. Thank you for the memories!

    -Eugene-

  139. digmyearth permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:41 pm

    I’m not a fan but I wish you the best. I hope you recover and we can see you pitch one more time. You are a tough competitor and I hope to get an opportunity to root against you again. All the best to you and your family.

  140. lhop54 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:41 pm

    I don’t think I’ve commented before, but in any case, thank you. You came to Boston and did everything anyone could to win. Even though trying to close didn’t work out, you were willing to try, willing to fail, on a very big stage knowing the alot of folks would have a lot of fun with it if you weren’t able to pull it off. You put the team before yourself and as a fan, I can ask nothing more of any player. So, once again, Thank You.

  141. rwellen permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:43 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for leaving it all out on the field each and every time. You’ve helped create some incredible memories for me, my brothers and my two sons.

    Hope all goes well!

    Rich in CT

  142. sfr5033 permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:44 pm

    If this is the end, I would just like to say for thank you for all the happy memories you have provided for me and my family. The Red Sox are one of the things that my family unites over and we rooted for you at every occasion. Thanks again, and best of luck in the future.

  143. mdbeau permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:48 pm

    Just as most everyone else has already said – thank you! Thank you for all the great years, thank you for your support of the military, thank you for you dedication and hard work, thank you for the memories.

    Praying all goes well with your surgery, praying for the doctors working on you, and praying that maybe this isn’t the end after all.

  144. potatopicker permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:49 pm

    Curt,

    Best wishes for successful surgery Monday, and for a speedy recovery to whatever life holds for you and your family.

    Thank you for being a part of Red Sox Nation, not only in helping so much in 2004 and 2007, but in being an open, candid, refreshing voice willing to speak his mind. I didn’t always agree, but I felt like I knew where you stood, and that was more important to me. Given all the pre-packaged bland professional athletes, it is refreshing to have someone speak his mind, faults and all….. Thank you for that.

    Jeff

  145. baseballindc permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:51 pm

    It’s been a great ride. You are still young, immensely talented and have a lot more to offer than than hurling a baseball. It’s only one phase of your career that may be over. Best wishes to you and the family.

  146. borty permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:53 pm

    Curt,

    You were a huge factor in bringing us not one, but TWO, World Series championships, and ending an 86-year drought. We are forever grateful!!

    Borty

  147. June 20, 2008 12:53 pm

    Godspeed in your recovery from surgery, Curt. Since you arrived and played for the Sox you’ve been nothing short of an icon for me. I keep things in perspective when it comes to public figures, but after 2004 and the ridiculous joy I felt when Boston won, and your seminal role in that victory, along with your presence of mind to stay true to yourself, I must admit that looking up to you isn’t all that difficult. When Curt Schilling comes to my mind, whether is be today or twenty years from now, I will always think ‘winner’. Thanks for trying so damn hard.

  148. senatorski permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:54 pm

    Thanks Curt,

    Good luck and God bless. You are in my prayers. See you at the Ring ceremony next year.

    Reggie

  149. section31guy permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:57 pm

    Curt,

    I’m sorry you’ll be having surgery Monday. I hope everything goes smoothly and that you have a quick and smooth recovery. Here’s to a great career, a great legacy and a great man!

    Jason

  150. maceeight permalink
    June 20, 2008 12:58 pm

    Curt,

    Just wanted to say thank you along with everyone else. You delivered on the promise that you made to the Boston fans and will always be a legend to us. As you alluded to yourself you always talked big however you were one of the very few that actually backed it up. It’s been a pleasure watching you all these years. Thank you for everything that you did for the fans of the Boston Red Sox and possibly more importantly thank you for using your fame and success to help others that were in need. My wife is about to give birth to our first child and one lesson that I plan on teaching him is to never give up no matter how great the odds. You and the rest of the 2004 Red Sox will be one of my examples for this. Thanks for everything it will not be forgotten.

    Best of luck on Monday we will always believe in you.
    RM

  151. redsoxnation80 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:03 pm

    Curt,

    If this truly is the end I want to say thank you for all the memories. I first saw you as a member of the New Britain Red Sox, when I was 5 years old and just learning to be a part of Red Sox Nation. As I got older I followed you with your years in Philly (where I now reside) to Arizona. That day I found out you were coming back to Boston I knew great things were in store for us. For you to help this team reach not one but two World Series Championships in this short amount of time, is remarkable. You risked your healh, and your career in 04′ for us and that will never be forgotten. You are a true class act, and I hope you choose to wear the Red Sox cap into Cooperstown, as I will always wear your number 38 with pride on the back of my Sox jersey!! Thank You, and good luck with your surgery.

    Frank

    P.S. If you do come back, please just don’t do it in pinstripes, I’d hate to see you lose your legacy in Boston.

  152. tommie1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:03 pm

    Let me see if I have this whole year straight. I believe that last year you said that the 2008 year would be your last. Then you came up with shoulder problems. You and your doctor originally wanted to have surgery which would have put you on the shelf for the year. Going by what you said then your career would be over after this year. The Sox on the other hand wanted you to rehab the shoulder in the hopes of getting you back by the all star game. If this was going to be your last year then anything is better than nothing is what possibly they were thinking. Again this is the way I understood things.

    I am with everyone else in wishing you much good luck with your upcoming surgery. In the short time you have been with the Sox you have become a legend. If this is to be your last year I hope you choose to stay with the Sox in some capacity. Congratulations on a great career and I hope the Man above gives you a few more years. Take care and best of luck Monday.

  153. davidcorriveau permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:03 pm

    Curt,

    Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, will be crossing our fingers for you on Monday.

    Speaking for the two of us here in New Hampshire ,we will probably never agree with you politically, but we will always appreciate your citizenship in Massachusetts and in Red Sox Nation — off and on the field. And we will always remember — long after we’re in the nursing home and can’t identify our closest loved ones — what you gave up to pull the Sox (and the Nation) through Games 6 and Game 2 in the 2004 postseason, to go to the bullpen in 2005, and to rise to the occasion one more time in the 2007 postseason.

    While we understand why you wanted so much to pitch one more full season, we both wished, as you walked off the Fenway mound at the end of your Game 2 stint in the ’07 Series, that that would be your exit from the playing stage. It just wasn’t going to get better than that. The look on your face in that moment said it for all of us.

    See you at the Cooperstown induction in 2014!

    David and Goodie Corriveau

  154. johnb2 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:05 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for all you have given to us all. You are pointed out to kids of what a ballplayer should be. Hard working, tough and smart. Best of luck with the surgery, hope to see you back, if not I am sure you will continue to contribute in other ways.

  155. June 20, 2008 1:06 pm

    Curt,

    I’m pulling for you here in Chicago – Good Luck!

    -adam

  156. bvansuch permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:07 pm

    Sorry you had to make such a tough decision Curt. Best of luck with the outcome. We’re all pulling for you. Thank you for the years you dedicated to baseball and communities. You have a great outlook and attitude. Thanks for blogging also. Not many athletes do and it’s been an incredible experience reading your truthful blogs!

    Basil & family

  157. retmsp permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:08 pm

    Things will certainly seem different without you in a Red Sox uniform. It kind of like the Celtics without Larry Bird…it is not the same… Anyways, just to mention I met you with my family at Disney World a few years ago and my grandchildren had their photo taken with you that day. Being their first trip to Disney the highlight of the trip was meeting you that day and is something we will never forget. This was in front of the Rockin Rollin Roller Coaster and we have a nice 8X10 phot of you with the kids. Thanks for taking the time that day and the best of luck to you in the next few months. We have just waited for you one more time on the mound and with God’s willing you just may be there….

    Linnwood Hersey & Family

  158. mketchen permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:08 pm

    Curt,

    First thank you for everything and all the best going forward. I actually have one pitching related question that stands out about your career. What adjustment did you make between 1996 and 1997 that got you so many swings and misses? I know it is kind of random but what can I say I am just fasicinated by the K. Again thanks for all the memories and good luck going forward.

  159. jpasteris permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:08 pm

    Good luck Curt!

  160. texanpatriot permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:09 pm

    Good luck Shilling, we’ll never forget your great pitching and the infamous red sock! I was looking forward to seeing you pitch sometime in July. I found an old Astros card of yours I had that I wanted to have signed. But there are more important things in life than autographs. So I wish you the best and hope we can see you again on the mound at Fenway. You gotta atleast throw the first (ceremonial) pitch for a game or two…right? Thanks for memories.

  161. mikey57 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:10 pm

    Curt,
    I have never been a huge fan of Baseball, however I have been a huge fan of yours. If this is it I have had the privelege of watching you pitch in a World Series, I have seen you pitch with a bloody ankle. I have seen your very best and your very worst. I hope if you cannot come back tha you go on and do some other great things. YOU WILL BE MISSED!

    Michael

  162. jmanrul permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:10 pm

    Curt-

    Thanks for everything. You have been the best thing to happen to the Sox in a long time. Like your commercial you shot in april 04 – you were comin to town to break an 86 year old curse, and did you ever!

    Thanks again and I hope that your surgery goes well and we see you again!

    ~Jason

  163. Dave permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    Curt:

    Three things:

    1. The “bloody sock” photo is and will always be my PC screen saver.

    2. You and your 2004 teammates made that season THE MOST ENJOYABLE Red Sox season EVAH!

    3. I wish you all the luck in the world with your surgery and rehabilitation!

    Thank you from a very grateful fan!

  164. kellynch permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    Good luck with the surgery and, whatever happens going forward, you’ll always know that you made millions of people very happy. God bless.

  165. liisac4158 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    Mr Schilling,

    I have read 114 comments and you are one blessed man…..
    3 negatives,. and one switch hitter —

    With these odds — how can surgery not be a great success — you are in my prayers for the best possible out come —

    67diehard — mentioned your Ford commercial — and your line: ” I am going to break a curse….” how profound was that …..

    So — if this surgery ends the fastball — but keeps you pain free … then its still a success — and I think FORD would miss the perfect commercial ending if they dont show you leaving Boston for home — decked out in your Sox uniform wearing your hardwear — and when asked “Why you are leaving?” You can respond: “I have done my job, curse broken, and now I plan to enjoy my family ……”

    You are loved —

  166. cookingwithsolvents permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    I wish you a healthy and full life with FULL use of your shoulder. Best of luck with the surgery, rehab, and adapting to life outside the game, whenever that happens.

    I hope you get a chance to pitch again on your terms, but either way thanks for the memories!

    – a phils (since birth) and sox (since moving here in ’01) fan

  167. cbrennan17 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    Curt,

    I just read the news on the internet and I crushed but not totally surprised. I can’t even imagine how you might feel.

    I would like to thank you for coming back to Boston, sacrificing you physical well-being for a championship, and bringing smiles back to Red Sox Nation.

    I look forward to either your comeback or “Curt Schilling Post-Baseball.”

    I hope to hear you on the radio again and no matter what you do, I sincerely wish you the best of luck.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It was a pleasure to watch you compete and “shut up” 55K plus Yankee fans.

    Here is to you and a speedy recovery!!

    CB

  168. soxwalsh permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:14 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for all you’ve done for the Red Sox and our community. We will miss seeing you on the team. You’ve represented us well. We’ll keep you and your shoulder in our prayers.

    Cheers,
    Julie

  169. dlchase permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:15 pm

    Thanks Curt for all you have done. Good luck with your surgery! I’ll be praying for you. We all love you!

  170. connelly2973 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:16 pm

    Hi Curt
    I just signed up to Thank you for your well wishes for Bridget.
    Your interview link on D&C was sent by her brother Adam to everyone on her email health updates. Bridget was my wifes Made of Honor at our wedding. She truley is an inspriation to many and above all a great friend.
    By you reaching out to her has shown your true character, so again we all thank you.

    Jamie

  171. ken1025 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:18 pm

    Curt-
    As a sox fan, or more importantly as baseball fan…thank you! It has been a pleasure to watch you. My prayers are with you “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future” Whatever God’s plans are, whatever the future He has for you, I know you will succeed

    Ken

  172. Brett permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:19 pm

    Curt —

    Hope the surgery goes smoothly and the recovery is speedy. I’d love to see you pitch again, but if it doesn’t work out that way, thanks for four amazing years, and helping architect some moments of pure joy.

    Take care,

    -Brett

  173. boywonder88 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:19 pm

    WHEN R YOU GOING TO GIVE THE MONEY BACK THAT YOU STOLE FROM THE REDSOX YOU NEW YOU WAS HURT COME ON YOUR NOT STUPID I HAD TONS OF RESPECT FOR YOU UNTIL YOU PULLED THE STEAL OF A LIF TIME WELL GUESS WHAT MR FAKE WE DON’T NEED YOU WE ARE WINNING WITHOUT YOUR SORRY HURTING ASS I HOPE WE WIN THE WORLD CHAMPION SHIP THIS YEAR AND RUB IT IN YOUR FACE

  174. bosoxfarmer4 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:21 pm

    Good Luck Schil, gonna miss you if this is it but i hope its not, your impact on baseball is and always has been astonishing, you made me belive again that there are still ball players out there that are in it for the love of the game and not the paycheck and the politics.

    Hope the surgery goes well and the recovery full and swift

    Thnx for the great years

    Andrew

  175. manny2434papi permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:22 pm

    Hey Curt.

    I’ve followed this blog for months and decided to make an account today.

    First off, I’d like to sincerely thank you for what you have done for Red Sox Nation since you arrived. You certainly helped us win, and not just through your pitching. You probably helped many young pitchers develop into Major Leaguers who give our ballclub a chance to win every night, and that is why we are currently the best baseball team in the world.

    You will be missed, and thank you again for everything you’ve done.

    Joe

  176. bradredsoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:23 pm

    Curt,

    You will always be a hero to Red Sox Fans. This is not only do to the things you do on the field, but all the good you do off the field. My son just started Tball and it is players like you I want him to look up to. It is people like you I want him to look up to. We appreciate all you have done for the game we love, the team we love, and this great city. Take care of yourself, get better, and whether or not you play again you will be a big part of shaping young players for years to come.

    Good luck on your surgery and we will be all waiting to your next post.

  177. beantown61 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:26 pm

    I know its been said quite a few times already, but all of Red Sox nation is behind you Curt. Take this time and get that shoulder feeling better. Your health is much more important than pitching again. You have already had a legendary career. Hope to see you on the mound in 2009 but if not, see you in the hall of fame as soon as possible.
    Go Sox and God Bless,
    Jake
    Annapolis, MD

  178. ylla351 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:27 pm

    Thank-you Curt for everything and best of luck with the surgery.

    My mother (who passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2005) was able to see the Red Sox win a WS because of you…nothing can ever replace that in my heart. Again…Thank-you.

  179. redsoxlucas permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:29 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Of course I want to say thank you for all the great memories. Before I moved from Boston, I got to see a World Series Championship delivered! It was awesome!

    Beyond all the amazing moments on the diamond…thank you for being outspoken and bold with the media, with teammates and in general. Thank you for being a man of integrity and for relying on your faith.

    You are not just a great ball player (who is by far my wife’s and my favorite), you are a great man and I believe that it truly is a testament to your career for you to be remembered for being both.

    Thanks and I pray that God would continue to bless the Schillings.

    Psalm91,
    M Lucas

  180. dirtdognumber7 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:31 pm

    I just want to thank you, Curt. For everything you have given the Red Sox, their fans and baseball over your entire career. I was priviledged enough to see you pitch when I was very young when you threw in the Phillies organization a few times (in Scranton, PA). I will never forget you gutting out those games in the playoffs for my beloved Sox and my second favorite team (when you played against the Yankees with the Dbacks haha.) You’re without a doubt one of the great human beings to be in this game and I can only hope for more Curt Schilling, in some aspect, in the future.

    THANK YOU SCHILL!

  181. bluewheel06 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:33 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks, best of luck and just make sure your shoulder is strong enough to throw out the first pitch at the 2009 world series!

    Seriously though, you gave millions of us memories we will never forget. Curt Schilling’s name will go down in Boston lore and we will all be able to say “We remember when…” A pretty cool legacy if you ask me.

    Good luck Curt, and thanks again.

  182. denisesoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:34 pm

    Curt, thank you for everything! Wishing you the best of luck! Love ya, man!
    Denise

  183. jlee2027 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:36 pm

    You are God’s faithful servant Curt. Don’t be shocked if you return from Surgery throwing 95+

  184. scrapking permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:37 pm

    Curt, thanks from a Yankee fan for elevating the game of baseball and the game’s best rivalry to such level of intensity. You brought something to the game, as a pitcher, and as a person that stands out amongst athletes, and baseball posterity. Integrity, toughness, dominance, grit, honesty and beautiful candor.

    Good luck with your surgery, and all the best. Thank you for a great career. You will always be a part of what I love about Baseball.

  185. messiahoflibel permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:37 pm

    Thank you for everything you’ve given to the Sox and their fans. Good luck.

  186. karmasucks permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:41 pm

    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger @#!#$. Will we still have to hear from your big, illiterate mouth, though?

    That’s what you get for bagging on Kobe to the press like you did. You’re just a little weasel with a big mouth.

    good riddance to bad rubbish. a bag of dirt has more class.

  187. ooch11 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:42 pm

    Curt,
    If you had finished your career after game 6 of the 2004 ACLS you would have secured your place in Red Sox history as a legend.
    I’ve said it here before and I’ll say it again…you’ve bled enough for this organization.
    Prayers will be with you Monday morning. Good luck and God speed, just get well.

  188. June 20, 2008 1:43 pm

    I too have never posted but I read your blog. I grew up and still am a CUBS fan, but I know when to admire great ballplayers….and you are a great ballplayer. Thank you for all you’ve done in baseball over your career so far… we’ll be thinking of you and praying for you through your surgery and recovery…

  189. fletcher12 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:46 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for everything you’ve given to the City of Boston and the fans of the Red Sox. The fact that you pitched through excruciating pain to help bring us a WS title after 86 years of frustration will never be forgotten.

    Many athletes are highly talented. Many others are extremely articulate and interesting. The two don’t go together that often – but they always have with you.

    And, lastly, you deserve recognition for your untiring efforts on behalf of ALS research and other charitable causes.

    Best of luck with your surgery. And regardless of what comes after that, I hope you won’t be saying goodbye to Boston.

  190. rosebudhi permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:46 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks to you and Shonda for all you have done for Red Sox Nation. We are proud to have had you on your team and deliver the World Series Win you promised…not once but twice. Best to you and your family. You will be missed.

  191. geoff2 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:50 pm

    Thanks for all the great moments you’ve given Red Sox fans, Curt, and best of luck with the surgery and everything you do in the future. – geoff

  192. jrshortridgejr permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:51 pm

    Thank you for letting me enjoy some of the greatest moments in Baseball History. Game 6 against the Yankee’s goes down as one of the most courageous moments of all time in sports! If it is your last pitch, your next one will be on the podium, at the, Baseball Hall Of Fame. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  193. smalo permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:51 pm

    Good Luck Curt. Sometimes our bodies let us know when its time to go fishing…or…run for office.

  194. veneco permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:52 pm

    Best wishes from Brazil (yes, Brazil), and if the last pitch was thrown already, thanks for the memories.

  195. zakelo permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:52 pm

    Curt,

    Like many other comments today, I have read your blog for some time now, but this is the first time I felt compelled to join in. While I don’t think many are surprised by this news, it is still a shock when it is announced.

    I want to wish you well with your surgery, and hope for a quick recovery and know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers!

    kjr

  196. 2244slayer permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:53 pm

    D.P. stop using bull$#@$@# slang. You are a wicked hahd idiot.

  197. schnooks53 permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:54 pm

    Thanks for the memories. You play as if you loved the game and that is the best way to play. Prayers for your surgery!!!

  198. charihar permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:56 pm

    Hey Schilling,

    I’m a huge Yankee fan, but I wish you the best. You’ve been a quality pitcher for years now and I can say, from the bottom of my heart, that I hope you’ll be able to pitch in the majors again. Although you’ve been one of the biggest Yankee enemies in recent memory, the games you threw were memorable and I wanted to watch you on the mound. Good luck with the surgery and I appreciate what you’ve done for the game.

    Thanks,

    Yankee fans everywhere

  199. empirelady permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:59 pm

    First of all,I will tell you that by the number of posts on this blog before me,and the many that are yet to come,you are clearly a much loved man,both on the field and off(and you can include me in that group). That said,I am so very,very sorry that you have to go through the surgery but you,as I will,should think of the positive,not the neagtive. Obviously,there is much,much more to you than just baseball-there always was and always will be-and the end of your baseball career will not diminish who you are as a person, as a human being,but I truly believe that this is not going to be the end of your baseball career. Yes,it is a setback,a major setback,and it will require a great deal of fight for you to get back to playing but you have always been a fighter(you were the one who said that it was like being at the bottom of a mountain and having to work your way to the top,not to mention the bloody sock which will go down in history),have never been one to quit,so please do not think like that now. When I totally shattered my ankle(had a metal plate and nine screws to put it back together again),I thought that I would never walk again,was in a wheelchair for two months before even being allowed to stand, but Peter Yarrow,of Peter,Paul and Mary told me to keep fighting,to not give up. So do not say that it is over now,do not look at the negative,but rather have the surgery and think of the positive,that it is a step on the road to recovery. I say to you what Peter said to me:Keep Fighting! At the same time,I know that it is difficult for you to think like that days before the surgery,so one step at a time,and concentrate on getting through the surgery first. My thoughts,good wishes,prayers and every fiber of my being are with you,now and always,and will hope for the best on Monday. I can imagine how horrendous this is for you-it is upsetting for me and I am not the one going through it-but hang in there. Thank you for keeping us updated,which is much appreciated,and I look forward to hearing from you again. My thoughts are with you,always, and remember,regardless of what happens on Monday,and in the future,there is one thing that will never change:you are a very special man,a great human being off the field,as well as when you were on the field(that has not changed in all these months of rehab)or to put it another way,wherever you are,whatever you do,you are,and will always be,simply the best. You are truly a very special person who is loved by many.
    Love,
    Donna Blanc,in New York City
    empirelady87@hotmail.com

  200. vanhobbes permalink
    June 20, 2008 1:59 pm

    Curt,

    Best wishes for sucessful surgery and a rapid return for the ’09 season.
    Thank you for everything you did for the Sox,so far! We waited a long time for a bull like you to take the horns of the club and infuse a winning attitude!
    It looks like know that your ankle injury in ’04 had an even bigger impact on your career than anyone anticipated. I hope your career is not over, nor your relationship with us die hard Sox fans and conservatives.
    Everytime you put your foot in your mouth I cheered you. You said what you were thinking and it is very refreshing. Right, wrong or indifferent you said what you thought you had to say and I respect that. Good for you.
    I also respect what you have done on the charity front. You were an example not only to other athletes but especially to fans to put your money where your mouth is. Whether it was ALS, the Jimmy fund or Shade you made and impact.
    Go Curt, make that comeback! We are rooting for you! Thank you again for ’04!

  201. hamildave permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:01 pm

    Best of luck to you, Curt. You’ve given me golden memories, and I wish you a quick recovery and a pain free life. Thanks for your part in bringing the WS hardware to Beantown…that really scratched an 86 year old itch.

  202. 4everredsox permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:01 pm

    Curt, You will always be my favorite pitcher!! Your spirit and genuine love for the game has renewed my love for the game. Thank you for the World Series Championships! Wear your rings with pride, you have earned them. I will be praying for a successful surgery, and speedy recovery. Much love, Ginger Lyons

  203. brooklynhoosier permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:02 pm

    Curt,

    I hope I’ll have the chance to see you pitch next year in the new Yankee Stadium (I’d prefer you pitch 6 innings, get no a decision, then the Yanks win off your reliever). But if that doesn’t happen and your last game is behind you, Thanks for everything, I’ve enjoyed watching you pitch on whatever team you’ve played on.

    Good Luck with the surgery!!!

  204. upstateyanksfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:03 pm

    Best of luck to you Curt.
    Hope to see you pitch again.

  205. fritzimom permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:06 pm

    Curt,

    Best of luck to you on Monday. You have Red Sox Nation pulling for you 🙂
    If the worst happens, please know that you have been a hero to many young children in a day and age when heros are hard to come by. Thank you for all you’ve done and all you will continue to do. This won’t slow you down, it will just change your course!

  206. impssibledrm permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:06 pm

    Curt,

    Once a warrior, always a warrior. Nothing you ever did on the field represented anything less than 100% effort, 100% passion, 100% commitment. Without carrying the warrior motif to far, it always seemed to me that you were absolutely willing to be carried off on your shield. We have the memory of game 6 of the 2004 ALCS and the bloody sock and all the subsequent (and previous) examples to inspire us.

    But beyond the guts shown on the baseball field, we have the compassion and empathy you have always shown to those less privileged as inspiration too. I’m sure there are many people in less lucky circumstances, as you have pointed out, who look up to you and are quietly grateful for putting things in perspective.

    Whether you come back or not, you’ve left an indelible mark on Boston sports – and as a life-long supporter of our hallowed teams, that’s saying a lot! Best of luck!

  207. elliottf05 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:07 pm

    Curt,

    Always know that all of us in Philly never stopped pulling for you. Thanks for everything and best of luck.

    Elliott Fullmer

  208. joepaz permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:08 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the memories of two World Series Titles. It would of been great to see you pitch in 2008 but you are going out a champion.

    I wish you a speedy recovery, if you decide to try and pitch in 2009 I wish you the best of luck. Even if it’s with Yankee’s I will be there to give you a standing ovation (for your first trip to the mound, just like i did for Johnny (1st At Bat)) then you officially become a Yankee 🙂

    Best of Luck again.. C’ya you in Cooperstown!

  209. June 20, 2008 2:08 pm

    Thank you, Curt. Just thank you.

    When you stepped off the mound last year, I cried my goodbye tears afraid of you signing somewhere else. When you came back to us, I was thrilled, but I’m glad I got all that sad, mushy stuff out of the way last fall.

    Of course it has been an amazing ride- you have an entire nation proud to call you their guy. As much as you want us to know that you appreciate the fans, please know how grateful and proud of you we are.

    Good luck Monday. Give em hell!

    ~Angela

  210. zysmith permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:09 pm

    Curt,

    Too bad they didn’t listen to you, and your Dr., earlier, you’d be 1/2 way through rehab and looking forward to opening day, not Next July.

    I look forward to seeing you after the All-Star break in 2009, just in time for more post season excellence.

    Chris

  211. johnb121454 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:14 pm

    You’ve always been a gamer. I hope the surgery allows you to come back, but if it doesn’t, you can bow out knowing you never once cheated us or your teammates out of your best effort. And you can take pride in knowing that WE would know that even if we’d never heard a word from you. Good luck with the surgery.

  212. andytosti permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:14 pm

    Curt Good Luck with the Surgery. I am a longtime Phillies fan and have been a supporter since your days here. I’ve followed you where ever you’ve gone and appreciate what you’ve done for the game. You are one of the most competetive individuals tha Major Leagues has ever seen.

    Andy

  213. allenbosox permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:15 pm

    End or not, thanks for the memories. You enabled us, as members of Red Sox Nation, to see something we all wondered if we would ever see – A Boston Red Sox World Championship.

    Like you, I had surgery for a bucket handle meniscus tear. I can’t imagine coming back from that at my age (42), but I have no doubt that if anyone can come back from this shoulder surgery, you can!

  214. sgiggey permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:16 pm

    Thank you Curt for all that you have done for Red Sox Nation!!! You will always be remembered in our hearts as the guy who brought the World Series back to Boston – TWICE!!!! Wishing you a successful surgery and recovery and hope to see you pitching (hopefully here) again. Thank you again for 2004&2007.

  215. June 20, 2008 2:17 pm

    This was a post I wrote on my old blog at http://www.xanga.com/garic before Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS that I think sums up what I think of #38:

    Curt,

    Thank you. Thank you for all you’ve done for this franchise in the few short months you’ve been with us. You have taken this storied, inflicted team and its long suffering fans to the exact place you told us you would.

    You promised us glory, you promised us everything you had. And you delivered. You’ve given us hope, you’ve given us optimism. But more importantly, you’ve given this team respect. You say what you’ll do, and do what you say. Your fearless disregard for all the negative history has shown us there is something for even the most jaded fan.

    You’ve given us a chance and while tonight’s game is out of your hands, make no mistake, your fingerprints are all over it. You said “Why not us?” and you’re right. Why not? The team believes, the fans believe…and that’s directly because of you and your unwaiverable spirit and superhuman determination.

    Tonight, regardless of the outcome, I will be proud of this team and what you’ve given back to us. You left every ounce of yourself on that mound in the Bronx. And while “blood, sweat and tears” is such a cliche, you made it an undeniable truth.

    With your own blood, you’ve become a true Red Sock. The entire Red Sox Nation owes you. You’ve given us back our self-esteem and inspired us.

    And for that…I thank you

  216. davidfoy permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:17 pm

    Curt,

    I am so sorry to hear the news about your shoulder. Your attitude about it is terrific, once again showing your character. You will always be loved in Boston for how you laid it all on the line, risked and probably shortened your career, and led the Boston Red Sox to 2 world series titles when many of us never thought one was possible.

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  217. empirelady permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:22 pm

    Just one thing that I neglected to mention in my previous posting(and I will never write as eloquently as you do,Curt). Another thing to remember out of all this is that the surgery should accomplish the goal of freeing you from pain and allowing you to live a normal,productive,active pain-free life,off the field as well as on. Your pain is my pain,and when you hurt,so do I,so here is hoping that you will be free of pain,always. Obviosuly,I still want all of the other things that I said but your pain is so very important,I had to mention it(and I know that at the moment you are having mental pain as well as physical so here is hoping that both the mental and the physical will be relieved)….Once again,you are in my thoughts and prayers,always…
    Donna Blanc in New York City,
    empirelady87@hotmail.com

  218. gwynna420 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:23 pm

    Thats ok Curt you have had a great career, and have been a great role model for young kids here in Boston, We couldnt have asked more from you especially since you helped the Red Sox achieve what no other sox roster could do for 86 years, you also have put an extreme amount of effort in your charity work which makes you that much greater. I do hope you come back next year if it is possible, i have to say other than pedro you are my favorite pitcher, so good luck with the surgery and i hope everything goes well Curt

  219. rek419 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:23 pm

    Curt,
    I just want to say thank you for everything you have done for the Redsox and their fans. You are a true class act and you will never be forgotten. Good luck with everything!! I will miss watching you pitch. GO SOX!

  220. bostonhok permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:24 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for making a non-baseball fan become one. I moved up to New England in 2004 – my first game at Fenway – I saw you pitch against the Tigers – I was hooked. I admire your leadership and class. You’re not about money – you’re about what’s best for your career and family – not many players are like that anymore. I hope to see you continue to stay in the Boston area – my dream would be to see you Managing in Boston OR running for office.

    Thank you for making baseball such a fun and classy sport to play. Thank you for bringing a championship to Boston – and thank you for giving me a team and sport that I love. Although I’m crushed because I was looking forward to seeing you pitch one more year (my jersey has been readily waiting in the closet) – I wish you the best of health.

    God bless you and your family –
    Pam – Coventry, RI

  221. bosox71 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:24 pm

    Curt,

    I have had four shoulder surgeries over the last 2 1/2 years from a car accident and know your shoulder pain.

    I’ll keep you in my prayers as you undergo this surgery as the Lord will give you strength…may He heal you completely for His glory!

    Sox fan since conception a.k.a. ‘Born Into It!’,
    Brian

  222. gwynna420 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:24 pm

    and yes Thank you Curt

  223. spitball permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:26 pm

    Curt
    Good luck with the surgery. For the people who think you stole the money, tell them to think of it as a bonus check for what you did in 04. Pitching basically duck taped together instead of shutting it down and having it fixed the right way! Good luck with your charities and family.

  224. lordstanleyscup permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:29 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Thanks for everything….I was fortunate it enough to be at both the 2004 and 2007 world series and to see you pitch. You are one of the best competitors to ever play the game. Best of luck with the surgery. I hope to see you in a sox jesrey again even if its as a pitching coach!

  225. Scott Saftler permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:30 pm

    Curt, as someone who has lived and died with the Red Sox for well over 40 years, I can tell you that your legacy is secure in the annals of Red Sox history. You talked the talk, you walked the walk, and most importantly, you passed your knowledge, savvy and attitude onto the next generation of the “Olde Towne Team”.

    Whenever Lester, Buchholz, Masterson, Papelbon, Delcarmen, and any number of other kid pitchers take the Fenway mound in the home unis, you can be proud to know that you have influenced these boys and turned them into men and champions.

    If this is the end, I only hope that the front office is smart enough to let you stick around in Ft. Myers and work with the kids, should that be your ambition.

  226. rmjacque permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:30 pm

    Curt,
    I’m originally from Medfield and I was in high school when Drew Bledsoe lived in your place and Pete Carroll lived right down the road…(his daughter Jamie and my sister were in the same grade actually). I can’t remember either of them doing really anything for the town. You and Shonda have been so good to my brother and sister and the younger siblings of alot of my best friends that have lived in that little place. I want to thank you for all that you have done for Medfield, for ALS and of course for the ‘Sox.

    I hope this isn’t the end for you because it is always a pleasure watching you pitch but if it is i know that your future endeavors will be as successful as your first.

    thank you.

    Rob Jacques
    Syracuse, NY

  227. shrute permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:31 pm

    I also want to just say thank you. We just heard Doc Rivers implore the Celtics to “compete”. That’s what you really did in the 2004 post season. But it’s something you always did in Boston. I hope you stick around and keep sharing your opinions. You have the unique perspective of being a great athlete and a huge fan and understand our perspective.

    Hey, in a perfect world, we could have undone the Boddicker deal.

  228. morrisop permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:32 pm

    Hi, Sorry to hear that surgery is necessary. Best Of Luck with the surgery and recovery.

    Wish you the best!

  229. June 20, 2008 2:32 pm

    Curt, you will be in our prayers.

    I could write a lengthy dissertation about your career and what you have meant to Red Sox Nation and to many many individuals who’s lives you have touched personally over the years, but what really comes to my mind is simply thank you.

    God speed Curt!!

    Mark

  230. heavymetal1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:33 pm

    Hey big guy, do what you love until you can’t do it anymore – that’s all anyone can ask.

  231. Scott permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:34 pm

    Curt,

    You said in your EEI interview that you didn’t want it to end like this. If this is indeed the end, you finished a champion with what I consider to be the best franchise is baseball and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you were a huge part in ending an “86 year old curse”. Not too shabby, I’d say. I too am 41 with a wife and children, and you know as well as I do that those children are growing up unbelievably fast. Maybe this is God’s way of telling you to stop and enjoy them before they grow up and get on with their lives. Whatever happens, I wish you the best, and thanks for the memories.

    Scott Furtado
    West Warwick, RI

  232. neemska permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:37 pm

    Curt,
    You were a good pitcher on the diamond, but a self-righteous prick off it. To call yourself a Christian and proudly support a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people is the begining of your pattern of hypocracy. You’ve ratted out colleagues, shown up teamates, criticized other athletes in sports you know nothing about. I hope that is how you are remembered: a self-righteous hypocrite. Now go have a dip on me

  233. dan8784 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:37 pm

    Curt,

    If you never came to Boston we would not have either the 2004 or 2007 World Series Championships. I truly believe that. You have been my favorite player on the team since you arrived and always will be. You are the meaning of the World Champion Boston Red Sox.

    Thankyou,
    Dan

  234. soxfan17881 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:39 pm

    Curt,

    My father and grandfather were both avid Phillies fans, so I grew up watching Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton, then you, Dykstra, and Kruk. I always paid attention to what was going on with you after you went to Arizona and watched as you overtook the Yankees in ’01. When you came to Boston, I knew big things were on tap, and you never let me (us) down.

    We will miss seeing you on the mound and I sincerely wish the best for you and yours, no matter what happens with your surgery or wherever you end up throwing, if that ends up possible.

    God Bless,

    Don

  235. jklein12 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:43 pm

    Curt,

    We owe 2 World Series titles to your talent, determination, grit and leadership and we are forever indebted for that as Red Sox fans. Thank you for reaching and surpassing your goals in Boston. Best of luck in all of your professional and philanthropic endeavors.

    Josh

  236. 34phil permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:44 pm

    hey curt ummm i am a yankees sry by the way and ijust want to ask did you want to retire?

  237. gnu860 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:45 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you. I have two young sons who were both born into a world with no Curse. Your contribution to that end cannot be overstated.

  238. kaitlin317 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:45 pm

    Curt-

    Thanks so much for all you have given to the sport and what a great role model you have been. One of the defining moments of my life as a member of Red Sox Nation was seeing you in 2004 at the parade ON CRUTCHES…I got goosebumps in that moment, and I got them again just typing it out. It was such a wake-up call to see you on the duck boat all strapped up and using crutches, because I realized how dedicated you were to bringing a Championship to Boston, and for that, I will always be grateful.

    Here’s to a speedy recovery (even if it means no more pitching), and I hope to see you some day on the Sox coaching staff!

    Thanks,
    Kaitlin Mattison
    Carlisle, MA

  239. nedsheril permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:45 pm

    Mr. Shilling,

    My husband was born in 1942 and was instantly a Red Sox fan. While spending 32 years as a military search and resuce pilot and living all over the world he remained loyal. He even converted this Georgia Girl, and maybe with a little help from JD, to a real fan.

    You are what the sport is about. Your commitment, dedication and professionalism has served you well. You and your family are a wonderful example of what a “giving back to the community” family should be.

    We pray your career is not over but if it is you did yourself, your family and your profession proud.

    You will be in our thoughts and our prayers during your surgery and in the recovering months.

    Ned and Sheril

  240. parrisj311 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:45 pm

    Curt, thank you so much for the great memories. I wish you the best in the next chapter in your. So when you get the call to coopers town, it will be in a Boston hat right?

  241. iowaredsoxfan1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:48 pm

    More thanks. What more is there for us to say? In our hearts and minds you shall always be a Red Sox legend. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

    Veronica O’Leary
    Des Moines, Iowa
    (Boston raised)

  242. burke615 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:48 pm

    Curt,

    After the 2004 World Series, I said to anyone who would listen, “If Curt Schilling never throws another meaningful pitch, it was worth it!” That you did pitch again – and added another World Series title for the Sox – was icing on a pretty damn good cake.

    That said, it is a shame to contemplate the possibility of the end of your career. Best of luck, whatever happens next!

  243. jroberts81 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:49 pm

    Curt,

    THANK YOU for what you have done here in New England and especially for us rabid Sox fans with the championships. Best of luck with the surgery and here’s to an amazing career…!

    Jon

  244. tduke30 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:52 pm

    Curt,
    You have always been a class act and your response to the situation only lets that shine through. Thank you for all you have done, we will never forget. I am looking forward to my first trip to Cooperstown in 2013!

  245. metta0831 permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:54 pm

    Curt,

    I wish you the best and hope all goes well with the surgery. You will certainly be missed in the baseball world but taking care of yourself and your family should be the priority.

    God bless you and your family and thanks for sharing your baseball life with millions of us fans.

  246. po8crg permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:54 pm

    Please tell me that they talked to you about whether the operation was likely to cause permanent damage. You don’t want to have an operation that means you’re crippled with arthritis in your sixties – even if it would tack another year or two on the end of your career.

    You should be thinking long term at 41, not about pitching again. Too many ex-athletes have crippled themselves trying to keep going after their bodies gave up. Don’t be another one!

  247. jtownsoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 2:58 pm

    Curt- you have influenced the lives of many young kids and turned the boston red sox franchise around ( not you alone but you know what i mean, the 2004 team) thank you for everything you have done for red sox nation, everything from the 2 world series championships to your 8 2/3 no hit innings to your bloody sock you will always be remembered not only by me but by red sox nation

    once again thank you for everything, you will always be considered as one of the greatest players to throw on a red sox uniform

    good luck with your surgery

    GO SOX !!!!!!!!!

  248. June 20, 2008 3:01 pm

    Wow this is devastating news. 😦 Been at work all day, haven’t been listening to EEI or ESPN so coming here and reading this was news to me.

    @ Scott, you’re right on the money. I think the coolest part about ending the 86 year drought was that Ford F150 commercial that aired back in the spring of 04…

    “I gotta go help break an 86 year old curse”

    And that’s exactly what he did in the first year.

  249. gosox5555 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:01 pm

    Curt,

    We’re praying for you. Hope all goes well.

  250. hshawjr permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:05 pm

    Mr. Schilling – Good luck and thank you for your efforts as a role model for what is right with public figures. You are what you are and have accomplished much in your life that is good. I have always been a fan of yours and I wish you well.

    If you don’t pitch again, thank you for the memories, especially 2004. If you do pitch again, you will be a tremendous asset to the team you pitch for (hopefully the Red Sox)– not only on the field, but in the clubhouse.

    Thank you again.

    Harold Shaw – Maine

  251. soxfanindan permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:07 pm

    I am sooooo sad. Good luck with the surgery. I still hope to see you pitch again, but if not Thank you! Thank you for 04,Thank you for 07 and everything in between. Maybe you can spend the next year writing your autobiography. Dont for get to keep us updated! God Bless….

  252. 2244slayer permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:08 pm

    Ahh fhacking wicked hard. What will we do without RED PAINT?

  253. crew316 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:09 pm

    Curt,

    As someone who’s played a bit of pro sports and has had his rotator cuff literally rebuilt, I can understand the physical aspects of what you’re going through right now, and it sucks man. I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time, and the injuries that you’ve fought through have been a motivating factor for myself & many other people out there.

    With that said, if this is the end, this isn’t how people will remember you. We’re gonna remember you as the bulldog that almost beat a stacked Blue Jays team in ’93. We’re gonna remember you as the fighter who stuck with the Philies through the losing years until finally getting to ‘Zona, where you outshon Randy Johnson in leading the D-Backs to the World Series title over the Evil Empire in ’01. We’re gonna remember you for putting the heart & soul into the Red Sox, something that Pedro could never do. We’re gonna remember for you leading the Sox to 2 World Series titles; for “breaking the jinx” (sorry Bill Simmons); for crushing the Yankees. And we’re gonna remember the bloody sock, where you proved once & for all that you bleed Red.

    If that’s not enough, we’re gonna remember the amazing charity work that you do. For someone who has only been in Boston for 4 years, the work you do is nothing short of incredible. Every time I come to 38pitches.com & see the stats of Beckett, Dice-K, Webb, & Hamels, & how much money they’re making for ALS, it brings a smile to my face & amazes me that you went to the effort of getting those guys onboard with you.

    Trust me Curt, all of these things are your legacy. And if this is how it ends, it ends in as fitting a way as possible: you fighting your body to give one more great performance for Red Sox Nation.

    Thank you Curt.

  254. godfather09 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:11 pm

    Regardless if you come back or hang up the cleats, I can still see you in a Red Sox uniform for years to come. Pitching Coach Curt Schilling, I like the way that sounds.

  255. iowadave permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:15 pm

    Dear Curt,

    Thank you for your years of service for the Red Sox. It’s been a joy to watch you pitch for the Boston nine.

    Thank you, too, for opening the lines of communication between atheletes and fans. Certainly, If I haven’t always agreed with your views, I’ve always been glad you’ve made an effort to connect to fans. I’ve appreciated your candor, honesty, and forthrightness in all things, and wish you good health in the years to come.

    Yours,
    David Fleming
    Iowa City, IA

  256. mrstuom permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:16 pm

    I’m sitting in my office looking at my Schilling photos, and I have a hard time believing that your pitching career is over. I’m not ready to believe it. I’m a fan who is so appreciative of all you did for the Red Sox, all you do for charity, and I am hopeful that your company thrives in Maynard and that you stay in New England. I’ll be praying for successful surgery so that you will be able to make a decision that is best for you and your family. But I hope, hope, hope that you’ll be back in a Red Sox uniform!

  257. sdl1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:21 pm

    Curt…

    Many thoughts going through my mind right now. No idea where to start.

    No matter what happens, you will always be part of The Family (unless you go and wear pinstripes 😉 ).

    Through this blog, you’ve given us insights on baseball and on life in general; that there’s more to this world than baseball and I thank you for that.

    You and I may be very different politically and in other areas but that makes no difference. You’ve allowed us to wriet our views no matter how inane they are (some previous posts in the thread are proof of that)

    It’s heartening to know that you’ve made your home base back in civilization (I’m in St. Pete and I frickin’ hate it, as well as listenig to Staats and Jackass Joe Magrane call a game *grin*)…you have made yourself part of the community as have others like The Eck amd most other former Sox/Pats/Celts/ stars from warmer climes. Of course, a few former Bruins still live there as well. 😉 You are in good company up there 🙂

    No doubt you will be in Cooperstown and the Sox will hoist #38 up over the RF stands, or at least unofficially retire it like they’ve seemed to have done for Nomar, Pesky/Petrocelli, Jim Ed Rice and #21 (sorry, I can’t say his name).

    What I am sure everybody would like is for you to get a daily show on WEEI. You are knowledgeble in the other sports, similar to Jim Mandich, the former Dolphin TE of the 70s who has a daily show on WQAM in Miami//Mad Dog covers all sports and some can’t believe he only played pro football. You’d be an asset to WEEI, that is for sure.

    Curt, keep this blog going no matter what happens. Your insights on life and baseball are always read on this end. Hopefully Shonda or one of your kids can post and let us know how the surgery went ASAP, as well as be your fingers while you recuperate (it’ll keep Gabby from texting boys *grin).

    We will be waiting with bated breath for any news on Monday.

    Scott Levison
    Pinellas Park, FL (formerly of Newton, MA)

  258. suesox permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:22 pm

    Now you’ll have to teach Manny all about what you were doing on the bench while he sat next to you. The image of you two sitting together on your pitching day is one I’ll always remember! You are a brilliant pitcher, a good person, and I wish you all the best.

  259. redsox0717 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:29 pm

    Curt, good luck with your surgery and I hope your shoulder will be pain free the rest of your life. I just wanted to thank you for all the great memories you gave me as a Red Sox time throughout your stay in Boston. You are probably the best post season pitcher of all time, and you will have a plaque in Coopserstown very soon if your career is indeed over.

  260. June 20, 2008 3:30 pm

    Best of luck with the surgery, thanks for everything you’ve done to bring Championship baseball back to Boston, and thanks for having the courage and strength to always speak your mind, for better or worse.

  261. redsox0717 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:30 pm

    Curt, good luck with your surgery and I hope your shoulder will be pain free the rest of your life. I just wanted to thank you for all the great memories you gave me as a Red Sox fan throughout your stay in Boston. You are probably the best post season pitcher of all time, and you will have a plaque in Coopserstown very soon if your career is indeed over.

  262. nomarsgirl permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:30 pm

    Curt,
    Best of luck to you! You came here to break an 86 year old curse, and you did just that – and helped to deliver a 2nd championship to prove it was no fluke. The future of the Sox looks great. You’re leaving the team in good hands with the young pitching maturing more every day.

    Get yourself well so that you can enjoy your children.

    Thanks for the memories!

  263. dddmaverick permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:31 pm

    Curt,
    I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done for the Nation. Thanks for showing us what dedication and desire to win really mean. I don’t have any kids now but when I do, I know that the name Curt Schilling will be in alot of stories I tell them about heroes. If this is the end for you, I am grateful for when I got to see you compete and do alot for the community and for people that you helped off the diamond. Thanks for your example of giving everything to win and good luck!

    Derek Dawes
    Salt Lake City,UT

  264. horshamscouse permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:32 pm

    Thanks, Curt.

    John Sigsworth
    Porirua, NZ

  265. theotherandrew99 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:32 pm

    Curt,

    I just became a Red Sox fan this year. The thought that I might never see you pitch in a Sox uniform is less than stellar, but I’m well aware that you’ve done more for this franchise than anyone. Best wishes with the surgery.

    -Andrew

  266. seaair09 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:33 pm

    Curt –

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder but I’m glad you’re philosophical about the future. A good attitude will take you a long way no matter what the outcome is on Monday. There is so much positive that has happened to you and will happen in the future. Good Luck!

    Julie

    PS – It was really classy of you not to make your shoulder problems known publicly yesterday so the C’s could have their day.

  267. oriolescal permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:36 pm

    Schill,

    I wish you would speak to Dr. Mike Marshall, who won the NL Cy Young award in ’74. Because if they are going to shrink your capsule, you are in trouble. His Web site is drmikemarshall.com

    He believes the epidemic of arm injuries in all levels of baseball are due to the “traditional” pitching motion. But no one will listen to his scientifically researched 21st Century motion. I am not affiliated with him, but just a concerned baseball fan.

    In any event, I wish you good luck. I am an Orioles fan who hates the Red Sox, but think someone like you could help stop many more kids behind you from not having full careers.

    Cal

  268. yanksfan4life permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:37 pm

    Curt:

    Let me be clear. I have listened to your public comments for about 10 years and I disagree with about 95% of the things you say. You have passion about your beliefs and have very strong opinions, both admirable qualities. I just have different beliefs and opinions, and find yours to be wrong and stupid.

    That being said, as a life long Bronx Bombers fan, I never rooted for you. EVER. I wished bad things for you, jokingly of course, but still horrible things.

    HOWEVER, I am now rooting for you to have a successful surgery and quick rehab. Simply for the fact that I love to watch you play the Yanks and love to talk smack about you when you are on the mound. And when you are off it!

    Speedy recovery Curt. We will see you at the new park in ’09, bleeding from other places.

    YanksFan4life

  269. sk8monroe81 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:37 pm

    LOL..
    i loved how he got involved during the NBA finals, and started talking about Kobe Bryant…. He sounded like a joke.
    And you did not have any pain before signing the contract?
    people dont feel sorry for Curt he has made tens of millions of dollars to throw thousands of fast pitches. That is what happens to your arm after pitching for so many innings.
    So many average americans everyday are hurt on the job or injured making the products we use everyday.
    Please dont praise this false icon.
    I really dont care.
    I only came on here myself after hearing about the surgery, becuase I did not like the Laker comments..
    Nice job though celtics.

  270. schilfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:39 pm

    Curt,

    Good luck with the surgery, my prayers are with you for a successful recovery. I hope you also consider being a coach, because you would be great at it!

    I had the honor of watching you pitch against the Phillies at Fenway a couple of summers ago, from right behind home plate. I was able to see close up the intensity and incredible focus you have for each pitch. It was a pleasure to watch you pitch.

    Red Sox Nation will never forget you. I will never forget “Why not us?”. The saying that said it all! Thanks for all that you have done for our team.

    Thank you also for your hard work with ALS and the decision to start a business in MA and stay here. You know we will always be behind you and I hope that you can pitch again. After seeing your incredible focus and determination, I am sure you will!!

    Carol

  271. mahfrot permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:43 pm

    You’re the man, Curt. Thanks for everything – your faith, your determination, and your hard-working demeanor. See you in the Hall!

  272. dggrr59 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:45 pm

    Curt,

    I’m a lifelong Yankee fan, and I’ve rooted against you as much as anyone during the games you pitched for the D-Backs and Red Sox against us. But I’m rooting for you now, because you are a gamer, a class person, and from your behavior I believe you’re someone who truly gets it about the really important things in life. Good luck with your surgery, congratulations on a great career so far, and best wishes in all your future pursuits.
    With Respect From the Bronx

  273. lakeboy permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:48 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thank you for all the memories. You have been a great role model for what guts and determination can bring someone. Your performance in 2004 was one of the most amazing and toching performances of all time and to deliver once again last year was tremendous.

    Thank you,

    KK

  274. guinness7 permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:53 pm

    Curt.
    Wish you the best of luck with the surgery. Boston has been very lucky to have you here – and the mound will never be the same without you!

  275. dantheredsoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:57 pm

    we know that there is only on true hero and that is Jesus, but Curt you have given great inspiration by the way you have lived out your life. Anyone can see that you have a true servants heart. My prayers are with you and your family as you undergo your surgery. My heart has been touch by your example of what it means to try to live a good life and to make decisions based on your faith . It is that example that i will miss the most if it is God’s will that you do not return to the mound. You have given much and deserve great rewards. God’s will is the most important thing though and i know you will be seeking it as you go through your surgery and recovery. I pray that God enriches your life as you have ours. Thanks for the inspiration….. God Bless

  276. kenarsenault permalink
    June 20, 2008 3:58 pm

    Curt,

    Great career and great having you in Boston. I for one hope you pitch again.

    Ken Arsenault
    Ware, MA

  277. mistabish2 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:02 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for being an intgeral part of baseball and of RedSox Nation. You have helped change the face of Red Sox fans with two World Series Championships.

    You will be in the prayers of many. I will pray that you will return to the mound and it will be for the Red Sox. If that is not in God’s plan just let me say thank you for all you have done and for being outspoken. You tell it like it is and at times you have gotten criticized for that but to me it was a breath of fresh air.

    YOU do belong in the Hall of Fame but as we all know it is now a pretty meaningless numbers game as in 300 wins must be attained. You pitched your very best when it counted the most in the playoffs and World Series. That is far better than 300 individual wins would ever be

  278. gfgarner permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:05 pm

    Curt:

    I was 10 years old and living in Rhode Island when the Miracle Red Sox with Yaz, Rico, Andrews. Foy, Scott, ect. miraculously won the pennant and went to the World Series. I was hooked. It took another 37 years of cruel disappointment for another miracle to happen to pushed my beloved Sox to a championship.

    Granted, it took the efforts of many players, coaches and office personnel to make it happen, but your part will forever stand out in my memory. You didn’t need to sign with Boston, but you did. You didn’t need to fight your way through a ruined ankle to fight for all of us, but you did – twice. You didn’t need to become a closer when we didn’t have one, but you did. You didn’t need to continue last year when time and mileage was catching up with you, but you taught yourself to pitch all over again and you won a playoff game when we had to have it and you won in the World Series. Whatever drove you to do those things on the inside, none of us will ever know. Perhaps it is selfish to believe you had us in your mind throughout all of this, but I will always believe it to be true. And if that be truly the case, how can words ever express the gratitude I and many in the Red Sox Nation feel as the possibility of you leaving loons large this day.

    It is not often that someone enters your life in such a meaningful way. You are that person. Thank you for everything. And, as you face the future with its uncertainties, please know that you have a legion of us who are fighting on with you in spirit.

    God bless you.

    George Garner
    Houston, Texas

  279. tfbjr permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:09 pm

    Kurt – you strike me as a loud mouthed, opinionated, self important bum. That you are out of baseball forever is the best news of the day. Stay out of all public areas and keep your yap shut please.

    Respectfully,

    Not a fan

  280. highlander77 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:13 pm

    I signed up for a username here just so I could leave a reply to this.

    Curt, I certainly hope that we get the opportunity to see you pitch again, and I’m sure all of us fans feel the same way(with the exception of perhaps any Yankees fans who might happen to be reading this ;-). But if that doesn’t happen, then I also want to say ‘Thank you’, for what you’ve done for this team and it’s fans. Aside from being such a key component in ending the 86 year title drought, I personally found your straightforward and honest personality to be a breath of fresh air. While I certainly understand why most athletes resort to giving cliche answers and generally try to avoid saying anything controversial, I think you deserve a lot of respect for never being afraid to actually tell it like you see it.

    If this is it for your baseball career (at least as far as actually playing the game is concerned), then I would like to congratulate you on a fine career, and I certainly hope the baseball writers are smart enough to give you the first round HOF induction that you deserve (3.46 career ERA, 3,116 SO, 216 Wins…and the 2nd best SO to Walk ratio in the HISTORY of baseball…and the only guy ahead of you in that category played his last game in 1884).

    So thanks Curt, whether you play again or not, here’s wishing that your recovery is as speedy and pain-free as possible. God bless you and your family.

    Jeremy

  281. mattflahertyguitar permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:15 pm

    I dont get it. I was the first post before. Now my post is deleted. This is the second time this happened. Are you erasing my comments big Curt?

  282. redsoxceltics08 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:16 pm

    good luck, you will be missed this season!!!

  283. rnnana permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:16 pm

    Curt – I’m sad like all the rest. And I pray that you will be able to pitch again. Happy that you have a chance to be pain-free. Warmed by the fact that you obviously have a strong faith, a wonderful family and a deep commitment to reach out and communicate with and help others.
    All along, with the extent of your injuries, I suspected the rehab thing wasn’t going to work but will hold out hope that surgery will — RSN didn’t get a chance to say “good bye” otherwise.
    Whatever happens, I am hoping you will continue this blog as it’s really been interesting to read your comments (we’ll disregard politics…. you deserve and have your point of view – mine’s different)
    Good luck on Monday. Surgery’s not fun, even if you’ve done it before…(my only trip through the OR was for double bypass)
    …… rooting for you here in J.P.

  284. seanhalloran permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:16 pm

    Curt-Read the first 60 comments and only 2 negatives. One from an idiot Yankees fan with no class and no clue and another from a moron who said ‘you are only in it for the money and it’s hard to root for sports heroes anymore’…bloody sock ring a bell?

    Best of luck in what life brings you next. Thanks for the memories.

  285. mannyramirez1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:17 pm

    Not what I wanted to hear at all. I’m glad you’re OK with it because I’m not.
    What you have done for us will never be forgotten. You’ll go down in Red Sox history as the best post season player. We all had the privilege to witness your strength and courage when all others would have folded. If this is in fact the end, you went out on top like a true champion. I can’t tell you how sad I am by this news, you mean so much to Boston and Red Sox fans all over the world. Good luck on Monday, I will say a prayer for you. Please keep us updated.

    Peace

    “Love the game. Love the game for the pure joy of accomplishment. Love the game for everything it can teach you about yourself. Love the game for the feeling of belonging to a group endeavoring to do its best. Love the game for being involved in a team whose members can’t wait to see you do your best. Love the game for the challenge of working harder than you ever have at something and then harder than that. Love the game because it takes all team members to give it life. Love the game because at its best, the game tradition will include your contributions. Love the game because you belong to a long line of fine athletes who have loved it. It is now your legacy. Love the game so much that you will pass on your love of the game to another athlete who has seen your dedication, your work, your challenges, your triumphs… and then that athlete will, because of you, love the game.”
    —Unknown

  286. jrvanhooser permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:17 pm

    Best wishes for a successful surgery. It certainly sounds like you are in the right frame of mind and have excellent perception on life and career–a trait that has always impressed me about you.

    Thanks for being a good role model (not that you asked to be one) for lots of people.

    Good luck with whatever the results of the procedure may be.

    Jeff
    Chicago

  287. cait9583 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:18 pm

    Curt,

    I speak for so many red sox fans when I say: Thank you. Thank you so much. We are forever indebted to you for what you gave us in 2004. Regardless of how it ends or anything that happened along the way, no one will ever forget what you helped to give us.

    Best of luck in everything, especially the charity work I’m sure you’ll continue to do.

    Caitlin

  288. executorioh permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:19 pm

    Curt,
    While I have your blog bookmarked and visit often, like others this is the first post I have ever made. I too have followed your career and found you to be an example of all that is good in the game. Two years ago I was in Cooperstown and with all of the history and paraphernalia that could be had, the most treasured item was a baseball with your autograph on it. Second is a package of several DVDs of the 2004 playoffs. That ball is mounted in a nice display case on the wall of my office and those disks on the top shelf of the bookcase. Whatever happens know that I add my name of the many that have been inspired by you on and off the field. Thank you.

    Justin Stoker
    West Jordan, UT

  289. raitchis permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:20 pm

    Thanks Curt for some great memories!
    I have a picture of you on crutches standing on a duck boat and I keep it next to my computer that I took at the first parade
    I hope all goes well with the surgery

    Roy

  290. prazr permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:26 pm

    Just want to add my support. You will always be a king in Boston.

    I hope all goes well with your surgery. I hope you get the results that you are looking for after surgery.

    If it is all over…… Many thanks for the memories. I loved our World Series win in 2004! I loved your honesty and fearless mouth. You are a very colorful player and I loved that.

    K best results for you. God Bless every part of the proceedure.

  291. Kevin Dickerson permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:31 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Thank you so much for all the dedication and sacrifice you made while you wore a Red Sox uniform! I will always remember the bloody sock moment in the ALCS and in the world series as the greatest blood & guts moments in sports history! I wish nothing but the best for you no matter what happens!

  292. offthemonster permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:37 pm

    Schill best wishes for a successful surgery and a complete recovery.

    As a 54 year old lifelong Sox fan I can’t tell you how happy I was in 04 when you and your teammates delivered the World Series trophy back to Boston. After suffering through a lifetime of taunts and indignities from NY fans. You will always have a special place in my heart. You won’t ever have to pay for a beer or a dinner if I am at that bar/restaurant. I sincerely hope you and Shonda decide to stay in the area after you retire. Your charity work will always be needed. Next stop Cooperstown, then retire 38. You changed history!!

  293. eldinrhee permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:38 pm

    Curt,

    I just heard the news from the korean media and I just don’t know what to say. For the past few months I’d check out redsox.com every day and see if there were any news/progression of your rehab. Though it hasn’t been a long time, you gave us sox fans so much and you are one of the greatest pitchers the franchise ever had. For everything, too many to mention all, thank you.

    Sangwon Rhee
    Seoul, Republic of Korea

  294. fletchi permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:38 pm

    Dear Curt,

    We wish you only the best as you embark on this surgery. May the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand and may He be there with the doctors as they perform the procedure. Unlike others, I agree with your political and other views and I believe that you are a wonderful, positive role model in a time when there are so few. May God bless you and your family and may his will be accomplished in your life.

    In Christ,

    fletchi

  295. johninmaine permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:40 pm

    hey if it is all over God bless, going out on top is probably the best way. if you do still have some left we will enjoy watching you pitch again.

    I’m 40 in July and have played sports my whole life and at the age I am now playing ice hockey for example is tough to do with a bunch of 20 year olds.

    No shame in getting old and worn Curt, it is just the way it is and it goes for everyone.

    Enjoy your blessings, I am sure you do. You are a very level headed “famous person” which is rare these days.

    Nice to know that you know that in God’s eyes we are all equal.

  296. jewelbabe permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:47 pm

    Hi Curt!

    So glad to see you back with Dr. Morgan! I worked for Dr. Morgan in 1995 when you went for your first surgery at Delaware Orthopedics. I watched your progress and knew, from the beginning, that you would return better than ever to the Phillies line up. No, you’re not as young this round, but Dr. Morgan is definitely the right person for the job. If your return is meant to be, it will happen. If you’re prepared either way, there are no surprises. May your healing process be quick! You have a great family and your fans will support you no matter the outcome.

    Sincerely,
    Rhonda

  297. elcorazon13 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:48 pm

    Curt,

    Never posted here before. Just wanted to drop a line to say thank you from thousands, dare I say millions of Red Sox fans that you helped feel the joy of having a World Series Champion team. You came to Boston on a mission to win a WS and for that I will be eternally in you debt.

    You were heroic in 2004, literally putting your career on the line for this team, this town, and this fanbase. Thank You.

    I was in attendance at Game 1 of the 2004 WS, and drove back to central Pennsylvania just in time to see the start of Game 2. Both my son and I pledged to get a tattoo of three stitches on our ankles as a tribute to the effort you made that night. I have designed so the stitches appear to be the stitches from a major league baseball.

    I will be doing that tomorrow at 3:30 pm. Once I heard that you were having to hang it up for the year, I decided I had to get it done, and get it done now.

    This is my first tattoo, at the age of 50, if that gives you an idea of how much joy you brought to me and my family by your efforts in 2004. We’ve also enjoyed all of your efforts over the time you’ve been here, including last year’s WS dominance.

    You are a true warrior, and you returning time and again from injury proves that. You will hold a special place in the hearts of all real Red Sox fans.

    Good luck with the surgery. I hope all turns out well, and that the findings are that it is the least complicated of all the possibilities. I was dearly hoping that you could make it back this year, but it was not to be. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you well. If you do make another comeback, I hope it’s with the Sox, but I will root for you wherever you go, not just because I respect you as a player, but because of you giving back and paying forward charity work.

    God Speed, Curt Schilling, God Speed.

  298. eugene954 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:52 pm

    Mr Schilling,

    It has been a pleasure to watch you in a Red Sox Uniform or in any uniform for that matter. Good luck with your surgery and if you ever make it back and pitch I hope your wearing Red.

    Eugene

  299. chip1137 permalink
    June 20, 2008 4:59 pm

    Curt-

    I hope your surgery goes well. May your shoulder feel better soon. Your personal health is the most important thing right now.

    As for your career as a pitcher in Boston and on those “other teams” (sorry, tianted Bostonian!)…you were awesome! We all hope/wish/pray you could come back for another season, but if not, you will be remembered here as a hero. You are one of those sought after baseball cards, one of those legends, one of those greats…who gave his all. both on and off the field.

    Thanks for blessing us with two World Series championships!

    Hope you mend quickly! Good luck and Godspeed!

  300. grnmtboy permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:01 pm

    Dear Curt,

    Please add my name to the list of fans that wish you well with your surgery. The most important thing is your health. If you can and do come back that well be as they say gravy. You have already earned my respect and thanks. Again best of luck.

    Lester
    Derby, VT.

  301. mm1973 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:03 pm

    Thanks for everything, Curt. You were the consummate professional and competitor; Red Sox nation was lucky to have you part of the team and we’re proud that you’ll go down in Red Sox history.

    We’ll see you in Cooperstown.

  302. June 20, 2008 5:09 pm

    Dude, your a rock, nothing will change that. I live to read your comments about the game.

    I hope your surgery goes well, and even if you never pitch again, or not in a Red Sox uniform, your still going to be one of my heroes. You took your gods given talent and did more than just play baseball.

    Thank you, for 4 wonderful years in Boston. And what will be a life time of changing the world.

    PS – I hope you stay in Massachusetts.

  303. bree123 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:22 pm

    Best of luck and God bless you in your recovery from surgery, Curt. Your effort and drive have been inspirational to Red Sox fans everywhere and to young people seeking a role model who exemplifies the mentality that “you play by the rules” and “you don’t give up”. As far as being outspoken is concerned, there was never a question that you were speaking from the heart and staying true to yourself.

    Thanks for being a part of Red Sox Nation, and for your part in bringing a World Series home to Boston after so may years. Having the privilege of seeing both my children and my 80-something year old father watching that victory with eyes equally incredulous was something that will stay with me forever.

    Best of luck with whatever life brings you. You, Sir, are a champion.

    Bree

  304. yankhortstu permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:22 pm

    Curt, I’m a huge Yankee fan and there is only one way I can tell you how much I respect you and your career accomplishments.

    I @$!$% hate your guts and I’m glad you might be done!

    That being said I would never wish pain on you… get well soon and thanks for some exciting baseball.

    Boston Sucks.

  305. kltm1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:25 pm

    You’re a good man Curt good for not only the game of Baseball but for all of mankind. My wife and I wish you all the best on Monday. We look forward to seeing you either at Fenway or the Hall of Fame.

    Good Luck and all the Best,

    Keith and Lori Windsor Locks, Connecticut

  306. sbm13 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:25 pm

    Always saw a 100% from you both in AZ and here in Boston (my ‘real’ team) You are a class act, and I for one am glad that you are never kept your mouth shut 🙂
    I know this is a struggle this year for you and maybe it would have been best for surgery earlier. I guess the reality is that the RS had a hard time thinking about this season without YOU. I wish you and yours the best. I’ll keep your family and your docs in my prayers. You rock Curt and you are one of those guys that leave everything on the field every game. What more could any of us ever ask. Heal well.
    s. aka zimmerolls

  307. oregonsoxtransplant permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:27 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you. I’m not sure you can even comprehend the impact you have had on a “nation” of cynics. And I am not just talking about the wins, but also about the attitude and competitiveness you displayed at all times. I thought I had cursed my son to the lifelong fan disappointment of being a Sox fan. But along came Curt that fateful Thanksgiving in 2003 and our world changed. Fundamentally.

    Add to that your charity work, your candor and your professionalism and finally, finally I have a sports “hero” I am proud to have my son look up to. Like many here this is my first time commenting on your blog. But I felt it important that you know that if this is the end of your baseball career that you are loved, admired, and respected as not just a baseball player but as a man. I too like others here am diametrically oppossed to your political views, but having you voice them and make me think about mine more in depth is also something I appreciate.

    For those that think you “stole” your salary this year, pay them no mind. They are unfortunate souls with neither the intellect nor compassion to put themselves in your shoes. All I know is after what you did in 2004, this year’s salary is the least the Sox could do for you. Besides, while I don’t claim to know you, I can tell by the man you are that you would rather be on the mound earning that money then in the hospital bed.

    You are a legend and I can look forward to telling the stories of you to my grandchildren one day. All my best to you and your family and thank, thank you, thank you for inspiring and bringing hope to so many.

    Godspeed Schill!!!!

    Paul in Oregon

  308. soxfanatic38 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:29 pm

    Thank you for making baseball a better game and for making the world a better place. I look forward to seeing what you do in this next phase of your life. I’m sure you and Shonda will continue your good works while raising great kids. Good luck and God bless!

  309. thankusox04 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:29 pm

    Hey Schill…..sorry to hear about your shoulder. Like others have said, don’t give the bone head, bitter Yankme fans a second thought. They only “hate” the great Red Sox players, so really, consider it a compliment.

    Anyway, here’s wishing you much health and healing in the days/weeks/months to come. If you’ve thrown your last pitch, you certainly have done so in style. How many players can say they played 19+ years in MLB, and left the game on TOP. You’re a reigning World Champion babyyyyyy!!!

    Thanks for everything you’ve done for not only the Red Sox and the game of baseball, but for your many charitable causes as well.

    To the moron who said Curt won’t make it to the hall, choke on THESE facts for a while. His ERA in the postseason is #3 ALL TIME, and #1 in win % in the postseason ALL TIME. This man was the epitome of “big game pitcher”. He WILL grace the hall, believe that!

  310. soxpride permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:36 pm

    Curt,

    You will always be considered ROYALTY in these parts for all that you have done for the Red Sox. 2004 doesn’t happen without Curt Schilling and this fan will be FOREVER GRATEFUL for your contributions to the greatest single season sporting event of my life (and I’m sure I’m not alone on that one). Don’t get me wrong, 2007 was great too…but for my money, nothing can or will ever top the 2004 Red Sox.

    Thanks for everything Curt, and best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

  311. amc0317 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:41 pm

    Thanks Curt for coming to Boston and not only bringing hope to Red Sox nation, but for delivering a World Series to Boston, not once but twice. I waited 44 years and my boys needed to wait on 6 and 8 years. I am thankful my Dad is alive and was able to witness 2 World Series Championships. Best of Luck with your surgery and with the recovery and rehab. You will not be forgotten. God Bless

  312. illictantumvos permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:44 pm

    Thank you, Curt. Although I am not a fan of the Red Sox (or any other team for that matter) I follow baseball very closely and am fond of your work. I have even quoted you in some instances in my writing and will probably continue to do so. I remember when you and Randy threw the Diamondbacks onto your collective backs and won your first World Series ring. The two rings with the Sox followed and they only stamp a period at the end of what is, in my mind, a Hall of Fame career. The game is truly blessed to have had a classy guy like you participate in it for 20 plus years.

    -Rob

  313. siggs32 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:44 pm

    thanks Curt for everything! it has been a great ride and 2004 was a dream come true and you were a big part of it! i wish you and your family the best! You are truely a professional and an icon in this town!

  314. mikeinsandyeggo permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:51 pm

    As a San Diego native (all my family except me were born in Boston or NY) I take a lot of crap for being a Red Sox fan. I went to Fenway as a kid and fell in love with it. I have been a Red Sox fan my whole life and what you did to help our team win in 2004 was huge. My old worn out hat is still bent from holding my head in my hands during the historic comeback against the Yankees. I actually cried tears of joy when we won that series. Then right back to stress for the World Series.

    Curt, you have been blessed with great fortune to play the game you love for as long as you have. Your words above are exceptional and heartfelt. Thank you for bringing us (the team, the fans, and baseball in general) great moments in history and amazing entertainment. It’s a great thing to be part of something bigger than yourself. You were lucky enough to be a part of it — not just watch it.

    My kids have seen you in action, watched the DVDs of the series from 04 and 07. My two and a half year old sings “Sweet Caroline” with her older sister. The older one sat in my lap to watch you battle back in 04. Thank you for the memories.

    That being said — best of luck to you for a successful and safe surgery. I wish you a speedy and full recovery. My wish is not a selfish one to see you play again (as awesome as that would be) my wish is for you to be pain-free. Thanks again Curt.

    Mike in San Diego

  315. schillinglover38 permalink
    June 20, 2008 5:57 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you. Thank you so much for giving all of us in New England two World Series rings. Thank you for playing in Boston. Thank you for giving us the privillege to watch you pitch on our home mound.

    You’re time here has been invaluable to us in Red Sox Nation. There’s not a thing in the world that I would trade in exchange for all that you’ve done for us here. Before you came, we were in an 86 year drought that we never thought we’d get out of. Then you showed up in Florida with our boys, and nine months later, we became world champions.

    For Christmas in 2004, I recieved a framed photograph of your bloody sock in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. It’s directly above my head on the computer desk. I remember watching you that night and thinking: “What the hell is this guy thinking? His ankle’s torn apart, how is he going to pitch?”

    Then you did. And you were incredible.

    So thank you Curt. Thank you for four brilliant years in Boston. Thank you for your citizenship and appreciation for us fans. We’ll all be praying for the best for you, whether that be a career-ending surgery, or you magically rehabilitate and come back to us. Congratulations on a fantastic career, and we’ll see you in Cooperstown in 2014.

    Thank you. For everything. It’s been a pleasure.

    With much affection, and heartfelt thoughts for a wounderful four years,

    Allison Blake.

  316. soxfaninreno permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:01 pm

    Hey Curt, I just had the shoulder surgery in January, today was my last PT session. I’m back, but for sure at my age (a year or two beyond you) it is not possible to compete at the major league level. Thanks for all those great games, and the regular ones!

    Does this mean you are available as a Vice Presidential candidate? You’d get my vote!!

    Good luck, and heal quickly.

  317. cheaterfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:06 pm

    I don’t add comments very often,but this is an exception.Curt you are by far the most accopmlished pitcher I’ve ever seen take the mound.If in fact your career is over ,you will be missed.Being a redsox fan since 1974.The teams move to bring you to the redsox was for me the best move they have ever made.To me it was a dream come true.
    May your life after baseball bring you as much enjoyment and happieness as your years in baseball.You are a class act my friend.
    Todd M. smith

  318. wildrthanevr permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:07 pm

    Kurt, sorry to hear the bad news but please don’t rule out coming back next year and robbing your team of maybe 8 mil more. I’m sure you are laughing on the inside knowing you totally screwed your beloved team …as are New Yorkers everywhere. Bravo!

  319. bellissima011 permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:15 pm

    “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

    I am sure I don’t have to tell you this as you are a devout Christian.

    Curt, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    I pray for a successful surgery. Please don’t listen to any negativity. You are an incredible person and have a beatiful family. Your devotion to Christianity is beautiful and as a young Chrstian I find that inspiring.

    Thank you for all of your legendary and brilliant pitching and devotion to the Red Sox fans. Thank you and Shonda and family for helping the community so much. Thank you for having the courage to speak your mind. It’s wonderful to read your words and hear your brilliance.

    I know the future holds wonderful things for you and your family. I will never listen to any negativity about you and will not believe that your career is over. May God bless all negative people and turn their hatred into love.

    Anything is possible. Especially for a person with your brilliance, determination, tenacity and devotion to God.

    May God bless you and your family.

    “With God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27)

    bellissima

  320. smlbetsy permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:18 pm

    Not a fan of your politics but fondly remember your years with the Phillies…thanks for a great ride…don’t disappear like Lefty now!

  321. bostonfan416 permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:20 pm

    Curt,

    THANK YOU! You are the man who ended the curse! You did it with guts and determination. YOu will always be the man! who brought the world championship to Boston THANK YOU for all you have done for the Boston Red Sox and the FANS!!!!

    THANK YOU!

  322. bigtimmy permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:22 pm

    Curt,

    You delivered on your promise to bring our title-starved fanbase a title back in 2004. Not only did you deliver in grand fashion, you helped to do it again. I will always remember the way you came back from the dead back in 2004 and how you backed up all your big promises when you took the mound.

    You will ALWAYS have a special place in the heart of every New England sports fan and you will be hallowed for what you did in Red Sox lore forever. All the naysayers only wished they had the kind of intensity you brought every time you pitched. As a 22-year old, I can’t say I remember much of Roger Clemens when he pitched for us and I guess I pretty much missed an all-time great when he was around. Not so with you. I’ll be telling me grandkids about Game 6 in 2004 and all the joy you gave me and my friends with your gutty performance that night as I watched in my UConn dorm room.

    Thank you so much for your amazing service to our team. Your place in the history of our beloved ball club is secured.

    Good luck with the surgery and see you down the road in Cooperstown,
    Tim from Ashland, MA,

    Schil fan forever

  323. tvarnum permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:23 pm

    Best wishes on your surgery. If you have thrown your last pitch, your legacy is secure in Boston and in baseball. We’ve had two championships since you arrived — that’s no coincidence. You’ll never have to buy a drink in New England for the rest of your life. Be well.

  324. eocostello permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:24 pm

    From the standpoint of being a player, hail and farewell, Mr. Schilling, and thanks for what you did, both as a Red Sox and previously.

    I hope you end up either coaching a team, broadcasting, or running for office someday.

    Once again, thank you.

  325. 1soxfan4life permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:29 pm

    Thank you Curt for bringing 2 WS titles to Boston. You made good on those promises you made when you came here. If it winds up being the end, (hope it’s not), would you ever consider coaching/mentoring in the Sox system? It would be a shame to have all of your knowledge of the game go by the wayside. I’m sure many have learned from you and hope to have many more do the same. You’re a class act and a true professional! Good luck to you and Shonda and your kids.

    -Mike from Franklin

  326. pepper67 permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:29 pm

    Dear Curt:

    I first saw you in New Britian, CT and I have followed your career from Baltimore to finally here in Boston. I was heart sick when they traded you, ( I would have loved a rotation of you the Rocket ,and Bruce Hurst) and I believe the team should have allowed you to have the surgery when you wanted to this winter. I hope you do make it back and I will pray for you on Monday and pray for you to return to the game one more time. God be with you and thank you for four wonderful years here and all of your accomplishments.

    Pete

  327. soxfan2562 permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:30 pm

    Best of luck Curt and thank you for everything you have done for us. I fell in love with you when i first saw your Ford commercial and you said you were coming to Boston to “reverse a curse”. A lifelong Red Sox fan with lifelong heartache erased by your gutsy performance. You are awesome! I hope to see you pitch again, God willing, if not see you at Coopestown, wearing a Red Sox jersey! Thanks again and God be with you during your surgery and recovery.

  328. rodan1994 permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:36 pm

    thank you mr. schilling. i really going miss your competative nature and opinionated statements. and although i completely disagree with your religious and political views i always thought your were honest with your fans, or as honest as the organization would allow you. and to any of those haters out there i want them to know that neither of the championships would of happened if it weren’t for your efforts. thanks again. j.

  329. tmmhartin permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:40 pm

    All good things must come to an end. Thanks for 2004! They couldn’t have reversed the curse without you. It took a lot of guts to come to Boston and play, where your every move is watched and anylized 24-7. Don’t stop giving your opinion’s. Right or wrong, they make us think. Kobe is a punk. Period!

  330. robbienick permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:50 pm

    Curt, I think you are one of the most remarkable athletes ever. I will NEVER NEVER forget your style and perseverance while pitching for the Red Sox. My admiration is unlimited.
    Best ever to you, your family, and your future.
    thanks so much for such great memories of World Series victories.
    You are truly a class act.

  331. emtjoen permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:52 pm

    I am a Yankee fan but first and foremost I am a fan of the game. I just wanted to wish you the best with your surgery. If indeed you threw your last pitch in the 07 World Series, that’s a heck of a way to go out. Ask Michael Strahan. Although I root for the dreaded “Evil Empire”, I always admired the way you played the game. Whether it was with the Phillies, D’backs or Red Sox you played the game “balls out”, the way it should be played. Even though the Sox broke my heart in 04 I couldn’t help but root for you in the Series that year considering what you went through just to pitch. Hopefully you’ll be able to come back next year. It would be nice to see you pitch again, even against my Yankees. But if not, you gave baseball fans plenty of memories and we thank you.

  332. suesunswim permalink
    June 20, 2008 6:56 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for what you did for us. You promised and you delivered. Not many people do that.

    Good luck with your surgery, and I hope that if you don’t pitch again (and even if you do), you stay in this area. And, HEY how about a gig on WEEI?????

    Sports is entertainment and entertainment is what makes us forget about all the other crap going on, even for just a few hours. I for one, appreciate an athlete with supreme talent on the field and a big brain and big mouth off the field, on the radio and on the blog. Now THAT is bang for the buck.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Susan

  333. ilustman permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:02 pm

    Curt,

    Thanx for everything. Bringing a championship to boston is what you signed up for and you delivered!

    I’ve always enjoyed your blog and the candor you author it with. Even though we are on opposite sides politically, i’ll always respect you and will continue to look here for updates.

    Thanx for everything and good luck with the surgery and whatever else comes up.

    go sox

    Ira

  334. June 20, 2008 7:04 pm

    Good luck Curt. Hopefully you will come back but if not thanks for the memories and the incredible 2004 season.

    God Bless

  335. rflanz permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:06 pm

    Schill, you’re the man. Stay strong. If you can’t come back and pitch for the sox, it would be just as great to see you on the bench everyday as a coach. Thanks for everything you and you’re family has brought to beantown. Best wishes.

  336. soxdynasty2008 permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:08 pm

    Decades from now I will tell my kids that Curt Schilling, David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez ended the curse of the bambino and turned the red sox into a dynasty. I know this is not the way you would have liked it to end, but as far as I am concerned you will be remembered as one of the greatest pitchers to ever play for the Sox!

  337. jean2760 permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:10 pm

    Curt, I was listening to the radio this morning when I heard you announce that you were having surgery. I wish you all the best, and hope the surgery is a success. I would also like to thank you for posting about the military on your site from time to time. My brother and my nephew who are both in the Navy, are both deployed right now. Seeing an athlete post about our military personnel touched me deeply. It was even nicer that it was a local athlete that was keeping people aware of it. Funny thing is, every time you guys won the World Series, my brother was deployed overseas. He is hoping that the Sox win a World Series while he is home in Massachusetts instead of a foreign land. Good luck Monday, and I hope all goes well.

  338. June 20, 2008 7:13 pm

    Good Luck sir and may you find happiness no matter what happens.

  339. okajima37 permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:23 pm

    Thank you Curt and good luck with whatever happens. The gutiest performence I’ve ever seen in 04

    I wish you and you’re family nothing but luck for the future.

    Well I hope you can come back if it is the end it’s been one heck of a ride. See you if 5yrs at the inductions in Cooperstown.
    Youy’ve been one of the class acts in this great game and one of the best for fans.
    One question. Who will you go into Cooperstown as

    A member of the Phillies, D-Backs or Red Sox?

    Once again thank you and good luck

  340. June 20, 2008 7:26 pm

    Curt, Thanks for everything. Whether this is it, or we see you again at Fenway, you’re a stand up player and will always be a favorite in our house. Best of luck to you on Monday! You will be in our prayers.

  341. jj3377 permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:26 pm

    Thank you Curt for everything you have done for the Red Sox, the fans and Massachusetts. Plenty of players have come before you and given us the hopes of a championship, but you came told us to believe and then delivered twice. We can never repay for what you did but always know that no matter what you always have a home here in Massachusetts. The Championship on 2004 gave us all hope that we can accomplish anything. I hope you surgery and rehab goes well and you can pitch again if that is what you want. We will always appreciate what you did on the filed and off in all of your great charity work. Thanks again!!!

  342. ryssee permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:27 pm

    Dude, if the last game you ever pitch for the Red Sox is a World Series game, that’s not a bad way to go.
    Hope the surgery goes well. Now go take care of yourself.

  343. vtrn33 permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:40 pm

    Good luck with the shoulder surgery. Like everyone, I hope that the repair goes well and that it isn’t career ending.

    Thank you for helping the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007, for your work on such great charitable causes as ALS and melanoma prevention, and for being an outspoken advocate on any subject that you felt strongly about. The blog is a great venue for you.

    I’ve been a Red Sox fan for over 40 years since my father took us back in the 60’s. I’m sitting here crying thinking that perhaps you will never pitch again. Selfish of me, I’m sorry. I want to believe that I will see you pitching again in a Red Sox uniform.

    God Bless you and your family

  344. June 20, 2008 7:47 pm

    Curt — There’s not a whole lot I can say that hasn’t already been said. You should’ve retired in 2004, before the bloody sock. But you didn’t. And you know what: You will be most well-known for what happened afterwards. After what you have endured this season, and what you will endure through surgery, I will be shocked if we don’t see you back on a ballfield in some capacity. It is what you do. It is why you have this blog. It is why you are respected in Boston and beyond. I think every athlete, in every sport, at every level, could learn a whole lot from your drive, motivation, intensity and true love of the game.

    I wish you the best of luck. This will not be the end of Curt Schilling. I’ve personally heard you retire at an ALS event once before. You may want to, but you never will. It’s not in you.

    Good luck on Monday, and we’ll see you back on the ballfield.

    Shonda: I don’t know how you do it……

  345. maahsredsox permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:55 pm

    What is there to add to your reputation as a ball player? You’ve done it all. Your a class guy.., get well Curt. and if you never take the mound again remember.., you can take the guy out of Boston. But you can’t take Boston out of the guy. You’ll always be welcome here.

  346. danneka permalink
    June 20, 2008 7:56 pm

    I love you curt and you are an inspiration. It’s great to see a faithful christian in the sport with integrity. I pray that you will heal quickly and maybe there will be a surprise for you in being able to get back into pitching again. Don’t give up – if God wants it to happen – it will!

    -Renee Riemke

  347. jp01905 permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:00 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the great memories! You’re contributions to the Red Sox-especially in 2004- will always be appreciated. Best of luck with the surgery.

  348. msweet38 permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:02 pm

    Curt – Good luck with surgery. If this is the end it needs to be said that the ‘Big Schill’ era in Boston as an athlete will be among the most fondly remembered in this community which has a unique ability to keep the past as part of the present. We, in this region place far too much emphasis on pro sports beyond what it really should be, but the reasons that you will be a treasured hero here are authentic reasons; family man, philanthropic die hard, dogged competitor, example to our youth, clutch performer and prepared winner. I’ve been a Boston sports fan for a looong time and Ive never seen an athlete (let alone any newcomer to our community) give more to fans and citizens than you; feedback, communication thru the web, the charitable endeavors and jobs, for heavens sake (thru 38Studios). Quite remarkable. Godspeed Curt and family and don’t the bastards (ahem media) get you down.

  349. parkerjh permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:03 pm

    Thanks Curt- regardless of what happens and if there is ever a pitch again, you will still be one of the all time great Red Sox and MLB pitchers ever. Good luck with everything.

  350. bellhornbabe497 permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:04 pm

    and at most 3-4 really bad people Thank you for the hearty laugh. Love your blog, your habit of speaking your mind. Hope the surgery takes care of the most pressing problem, the every day pain you’ve been coping with. And no matter what, keep on blogging. You are helping our health with the laughter!

  351. kitttie permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:07 pm

    Hi Curt,

    If this does indeed turn out to be the end, it’s been a great ride. I’m happy to have been able to tag along as a baseball fan. I can recall way back in ’91 saying you were going to be a star… Well, I was right… 🙂

    Either way, it’s a win-win for you. If the baseball chapter is going to close, the 38 Studios chapter opens up full time. No doubt you’ve been looking forward to that from the Studio’s beginning. Any chance the product will be developed for Macs too?? Yeah, I know… Wishful thinking. One can hope though!

    The best to you and your family.

    Sheryl Sussman
    Southern CA

  352. tricia2007 permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:23 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for being the honest, up-front, no holds barred guy that we have come to rely on for more than just a good sound bite or rhetorical spin.

    Thanks for setting an example as a tireless fundraiser.

    Thanks for showing us that a professional athlete can be a good parent, spouse and citizen.

    I know many of us will be saying a prayer that your surgery is successful.

    If in fact you end up never pitching again, oh yeah, thanks for being a Red Sox. You have meant more to us than we can say.

  353. rhodybred permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:30 pm

    No regrets!!! You are a star. While I am a Red Sox fan, you made the world a better place for more dedicated fans than I. Thanks for making the neighbor of my childhood family home proud. Thanks for bringing home the 2004 World Series for the guy who kept his transitor radio turned to Red Sox games for probably better than 40 years while he was tending his garden. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to knock on his door with all the different style penants of the 2004 World Series and hand them over to him and tell him that I couldn’t think of a better fan than him.

    I’ve suffered from shoulder issues for over 20 years and finally had it repaired 8 days ago. Minor surgery, probably nothing to the extent that you will go through. Most painful of all of my four surgeries to date.

    Get er done and forget about the rest. You’ve done your best, you’cve given your all. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to travel from my home in Ohio with my two sons. Get up at 4am the day of the parade to get up in time to make a train in Attleboro MA and ride with hundreds of other Red Sox fans to the 2004 parade. What a great day with my sons, being with other Red Sox fans waiting for the few moments in time that the team crossed our path.

    Regrets??? No there shouldn’t be any. You have given all you could. Be with your family and get the chance to enjoy it from my side of the fence.

  354. soxfanforever permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:32 pm

    Curt-
    I was stunned to learn on the Boston.com website that you will be having surgery on your shoulder Monday. I am praying for you and your family at this difficult time. I pray that all will go well with surgery and that you will recover quickly.

    Thank you for your contributions to the game of baseball and for the integrity and gamesmanship that you displayed throughout the years. I can’t begin to tell you what a thrill it has been for me to watch you throughout your career, particularly the time in Boston. Thank you for contributing to something I never thought I would see in my lifetime-the Red Sox winning the World Series. I had waited 45 years to see that happen!!

    I truly hope that I will see you play again for the Red Sox. What a thrill it will be to see you take the mound!!! If the Lord is willing, you will. If He isn’t then I KNOW that He has something wonderful for you to do that will bring honor and glory to the Kingdom.

    All my best wishes to you and your family. May the Lord bless you and kept you. I’ll be praying for you on Monday.

    Your sister in Christ

  355. June 20, 2008 8:36 pm

    Amazing memories. Thanks for it all! Our family enjoyed every bit of it. But something tells me not to be too surprised seeing you throw the ball around come Spring! All the best to you and your family!

  356. June 20, 2008 8:37 pm

    Good luck Curt! From a Dbacks fan.

  357. June 20, 2008 8:41 pm

    Well Mr Schilling, if this is the end, then I want to thank you, and my father wants to thank you, and my Grandfather (may he rest in peace) wants to thank you….

    2004 and the comeback and the “Bloody Sock” will never ever be forgotten by so many of us from the New England area and beyond…..

    Your time with the Sox has been one hell of a ride for us fans as much as it has been for you, so best of luck on Monday, and good luck with whatever your future holds for you

    – Stephen

  358. commishrwrffl permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:43 pm

    Curt, I’ve been a fan for a long time, even got to meet you once back when you were with Philly. Hope this isn’t the end, but if it is, kick back and get ready for Cooperstown. You have earned it and deserve it. Best to the family.

  359. foxpointfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:46 pm

    Hey Curt

    It is not over! How short is your memory? Don’t you remember 2004? You played key role in casting away the 84 years of misery. Do you know what it was like to grow up as a Red Sox fan in RI in the midst of turncoat Yankee fans? You put us on the path to a new direction. Now we wonder why we are not in first place, or undefeated.

    We are all proud as peacocks for staying true and believing. So thank you for that. We are indebted to you and one that we can only repay by bragging about you in stories to hearbroken Yankee fans.

    Look, we all wish you a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. BUT your LAST PITCH! Forget about it. We will hunt you down, put a uniform on you and drag you out by your left shoulder to the pitchers mound.

    So, fix what is wrong, and COME BACK as soon as you can. We will keep your spot.

  360. jaybo48 permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:46 pm

    Thanks for being such a great pitcher and great member of the community, Curt. I hope you and your family will stay in Massachusetts, whatever develops with your career. You’ve contributed more than just the World Series championships.

    You’ve been a great player, but even more, you’ve been a role model for kids everywhere.

    Best wishes to you, and hope you can make it back to Fenway.

  361. laurieny permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:56 pm

    Oh, and I forgot to thank you for 2001. Man, do we all ever owe you. You played a role in ending The Reign of Terror in 2001, then there you were again in 2004… different uniform, but still doing God’s work.

    You, my friend, truly rock.

  362. melascott permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:56 pm

    Thank you for for all the great memories you have made in your career.When it came down to the nitty gritty you made things happen when needed. You are not for sure your career is over until all things are said and done. Bless you and your family. You are a class act on and off the field not matter what anyone says. Hold your head up with pride because you gave your best.

  363. matt2401 permalink
    June 20, 2008 8:57 pm

    As a lifelong Red Sox fan I have to say 2004 was magical, and you are the true Red Sock!

    Best of luck, and good luck with the surgery!

  364. vt05060 permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:01 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for this message. My family and I will keep you in our prayers and hope for a positive outcome on Monday. Also eternal thanks for 2004 — I used to listen to baseball on the radio with my uncle 40+ years ago. He was a life-long Red Sox fan and he didn’t live long to see the 2004 World Series. You guys gave us fans something for the ages, and you played a major role in that — one that I will never forget. Godspeed. We hope to see you pitching again, but if it doesn’t happen we know you will find other avenues for your good works.

  365. ibleedgreen2005 permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:05 pm

    Curt,

    I’ve been a big fan of yours ever since you entered the bigs. My fondest moments of you all came during the ’93 Series run and yes I am a Phillies fan, die hard at that. But I just want to say thank you for everything you have given the game, the world, and the fans of this great sport over the years. Good luck on Monday.

    To take a phrase from another great, “Ya gotta believe Schill!”

    -Chris

  366. ericbainbridge permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:07 pm

    Curt,

    As much as I have disagreed with your politics over the years, I have been an avid supporter of you and can’t thank you enough for the 2 WS you have brought to Boston. As a fan since 1985 when I was a 10 year old kid being led around by John McNamara, I have lived and died with the Red Sox. I have been able to pass this on to my son (who btw, has his own Curt Schilling Red Sox jersey). See you in Delaware and best of luck!

  367. yankeesx62 permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:08 pm

    I know you have an inflated ego. But hey, if you don’t love yourself no one else will.

    Anywho, I’m a bit sorry for you. That sucks. Big time. But, if you weren’t such a jealous jerk, you would have my full sympathy.

    I guess some people are just raised better than others.

  368. spf1313 permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:15 pm

    Thanks Curt… I believe you owe us nothing more!!
    You have given us (Boston) a World Series, and also
    an amzing career!! If it is the end ofyour career,
    PLEASE ENJOY!!!!! Hello Politics.

    A heartfelt thanks!!!

  369. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:20 pm

    Kurt, too bad about your career-ending surgery. You are the best pitcher I ever saw, Kurt. Thanks for all the memories, Kurt Schilling!!!

  370. nlieber permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:27 pm

    Curt Schilling… You have been weighted…you have been measured… and set the bar at a new height for all future members of our Red Sox.

    God has a plan

  371. kathyrs permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:27 pm

    Thanks Schill. You & your family will be in my thoughts and prayers on Monday.

  372. ffan0725 permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:29 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for everything you have done for Red Sox Nation. Thank you for the fine example that you have set for our kids. I wish you well with your surgery. I wish you and your family the best and thanks to them for sharing you with us. I know it wasn’t easy. PLEASE don’t forget the Boston fans, because we will never forget you. We will all be routing for you when it’s time for you enter the Hall.

  373. chiero permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:34 pm

    You’re The Man, Curt. You’ve given Red Sox Nation 10X more than we ever expected. You helped us slay the Yankees, then helped us repeat. Your place in history is secure. You’re an inspiration and symbol of perseverance. I would like to see you retire now and live out the rest of your life pain-free, with no further chance of aggravating your shoulder. Thank you for a dynamite career. When I wake up sick in the future, I’ll think of your bloody sock and I’ll get up and go to work and try to do a great job like you did.

    Ray
    Haverhill, MA

  374. jimbert80 permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:36 pm

    Curt,
    born and bred in “the field” as we call it. you’ve done more in your time there than most. if it has to end then walk away with your head high, you deserve the best of everything. Thank you for putting yourself on the line for the benefit of your teamates and us the fans. You had more guts than most, from bloody socks to changing your pitching style and never quiting. thank you curt, thank you.

  375. kirujo permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:37 pm

    Thanks Curt for all your hard work. You are one of my favorite players and it was always great to watch you pitch. Thanks for helping the Sox get those World Series rings. Best of luck with your surgery, I hope everything goes great. Best wishes to you and your family. Thanks for being such an amazing member of the Red Sox!!! Good luck with wherever this surgery brings you!

  376. rglovesredsox permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:43 pm

    Curt,

    On behalf of my 76 year old father, my 4 year old son and me – thank you. From my Dad and me, thank you for being the essential part of breaking the curse in 2004 and for your leadership throughout 2007. On behalf of my son, thank you for showing what it means to care enough to so consistently come through in the clutch. Years from now when I want my boy to understand what it means to be a leader and to be at his best when it counts the most, I will show him videos of your postseason pitching performances and he will get the idea.

    Wishing you the best.

  377. bostonsportsgirl permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:43 pm

    I can’t say that I have always agreed with your position on politics etc but I have always respected the way you play the game and how you conducted yourself on the field. Thanks to you – and your family – for all the sacrifices you have made for the sport, and in particular, for the Boston Red Sox. What ever happens from here on in, wish you health, peace and happiness

  378. eiregirl permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:44 pm

    Curt,

    My mom is nearly 80, and waited so long for the Sox to win the World Series. She is so very happy that you came to Boston to help deliver those two very sweet wins for us!! I know you have heard so many of these stories, but there you are. One more for the books.

    I certainly wish you the best as you face surgery and further rehab…I used to be a rehab nurse, and have some parental experience as well….I watched my young daughter learn to walk again after back surgery (she has Friedreich’s Ataxia), and I know the determination and work it takes to get through it.

    Regardless of the outcome, I want you to know that we are all rooting for you, are so very grateful to you for being a part of our beloved team, and…well…thanks for the joyful memories. God bless.

  379. foxpointfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:50 pm

    Hey Curt

    I apologize for not reading the other comments before posting mine.

    I just couldn’t let it go without saying something. The money, who cares about the money. The wise Yankee fan should be last one to talk. Just ask A-Rod about the money. 300 MILLION and not one RING. He opted out of his contract for more money. Then he didn’t have any takers. Talk about EGO. Strippers can be exspensive. Give me a break.

    And to the so-called Red Sox fan with the problem. Pedro wanted 13 MILLION a year. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted him to stay but he chose to leave. He will still have a place in our hearts. The same with Clemens.

    Most baseball players get paid in arrears anyway. (exception A-ROD) So I figure we owed Curt that money for 2004 and 2007. HE EARNED IT!!

    Maybe you guys wanted him to stay in Arizona so that we would be in the same club as the CUBS. (always a bridesmaid)

    So grow up and wish Curt the best on Monday and a speedy recovery.

    THAT IS THE LEAST WE OWE HIM!!! To the rest buy another box of Kleenex

  380. mayosoxfan permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:53 pm

    This is truly a sad day for Boston if in fact this is the end, Curt. Your post sounds discouraged, and who can blame you? You’ve had a Hall of Fame career and in my mind were the key player in the 2004 life-changing win!

    You were the brash guy from the west who dared to tell us all why you were coming to Fenway – 1800 miles or whatever to take care of an 86 year old curse. While to some it was another corny car ad, it spoke volumes to me about your willingness to stick your neck out, hold yourself to the highest of standards, and inspire other players and we fans to believe in what we just didn’t dare believe in. The “why not us?” tees just were more of the same.

    We were there on Easter Sunday when you made your debut and even in Fort Myers before that to watch you get it going for that incomparable year.

    If you won, you gave others credit. If you lost, you said you sucked and you’d do better next time. Always, holding yourself to a higher standard. In a world of excuses, your integrity and guts stand out big time!!

    And the bloody sock – well, nothing to add there, but again, you have the heart of a warrior.

    I truly hope, selfishly, that it is not over for your career. But, mostly I want you to do what’s in your heart. You and Shonda will know what’s best. We all know you “won’t come back throwing 85 with so-so crap.” Whatever you decide to do, if you even have a real choice will be the right decision. No one could put more care and thought into what’s best than you.

    Thanks so much for so many inspiring memories and giving this 62-year old unimagined thrills. You are one class act!!!

    God bless! Jeff

  381. rory05 permalink
    June 20, 2008 9:55 pm

    Curt,
    I have read your blog faithfully but I’m not usually the type to ‘post’ and so never have. I just want to, of course, wish you the best possible outcome to your surgery, but I also had to let you know your impact on me as a sox fan, and I’m sure I speak for many others who won’t post. When you are an old man, and far removed from your playing days, please be assured that you will still be a ‘hero’ to many of us who really came to believe we would never see a Red Sox World Championship. I know I will relive the memories of that year many times in the future and it will always bring a smile to my face, and the memory of you pitching against all odds – and winning – will be a huge part of that. Thank you. Thank you again.
    Also, I know you take alot of heat for speaking your mind, and I haven’t always agreed with your views, but I have always respected you for the fact that you DO speak your mind, and it seems to me that it is always from the heart. There is alot to be said for that. You have alot of character and if someone can’t respect that, well, what can I say? You seem to want to do the ‘right thing’ and make the world a better place, and that should be the goal for all of us.
    Best wishes to you and your family.

  382. cjustluck permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:25 pm

    Curt,
    Words can not do justice to my admiration for the work you have done on and off the field. Being from Medfield, I have had the privlidge of seeing first hand your and Shonda’s dedication to our community and especially our children. I love the ball fields and was so pleased to hear that they are both named for the two of you. Curt, I know that no matter what the road ahead has in store for you, that you will face it head on and make the best of it. We’re pulling for you!!

  383. yankeeskurt permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:37 pm

    Curt,

    Even though I’m a hard core Yankees fan, I always thought you were a good and decent person even though you pitch for THAT team. 🙂 All things aside, good luck with your surgery. One’s health is far more important than anything else. If you can’t pitch again, you’ve already achieved the pinnacle of sports: Two World Championships. Our prayers will be with you for sure.

    PS: I *heard* the Phillies might need a permanent manager…. 🙂

    Kurt in the Poconos

  384. TheNorEaster permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:38 pm

    Well, I said my “goodbyes” before, when you weren’t getting 381 comments, but…

    …if you really are going out, thanks for going out in style with class.

    I started a scrapbook of the 2004 playoffs the day after you won Game 6 of The ALCS. When I got the news that you were pitching, I thought, “Tito has lost it and Schill is off his rocker!”

    But you did it. You won that Game. Your performance is forever etched in my memory, Schill.

    And I kept collecting newspapers. All the newspapers I could find. And I made myself a scrapbook of the first Red Sox title since 1918.

    Yes, I lived to see it. And you were a very big part of it.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  385. TheNorEaster permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:39 pm

    One more thing…Regardless of what happens, you ARE going to keep us posted on 38 Studios and your work with ALS, aren’t you…?

  386. bosoxfanforlife permalink
    June 20, 2008 10:41 pm

    Curt,
    I am a young fan in that I can’t honestly say I rember your whole career, but that said what I have followed has been pretty remarkable to say the least. You have brought some very special things back to the city of Boston in world championships, and winning ways, and incredible memories of performances that many would consider super human like. I would just like to say that if this is the end of an amazing pitching career, then thank you for everything. Everything you have brought to Boston, as well as the game of baseball as a whole. In a revolving world where you don’t know what to expect from anybody let alone a professional athlete, you have kept it simple, to the point, and most of all truthful to the fullest extent. May you recover quickly from your upcoming surgery, and though I would love to see you pitch again, if it should not be in the cards there will be other things for you to do, and I am still proud to say that I am part of a generation that got to see the GREAT CURT SCHILLING pitch. Best of luck to you and you family in your future, and once again thank you for all you and your wife do for so many people both on and off the field.

    Good luck and best wishes!!!!!!

  387. June 20, 2008 10:50 pm

    Curt-

    Your role on this team has meant so much to me these past four years. My first year with the Greatest Team on Earth was yours, too, and I like to think that we shared the excitement, frustration and triumph. You, along with all of your other teammates, have truly made me proud to call the Boston Red Sox my home. For better or for worse, it always feels like I can come home to this team and feel alright. I know that seeing you as a member of the Red Sox will be something I can tell my grandchildren- tell them about what a legend you were and how you changed the hearts of millions of fans around the world. I thank you forever for bringing life back into Boston and igniting the eighty-six year old fire that was ready to light back in 2004. You will not be forgotten.

    “All the world is a narrow bridge- the main thing is to not be afraid.”

    With the greatest thanks,
    Brycen Mathis

  388. kenthrbek14 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:01 pm

    Hopefully I will never have to listen to your loud mouth ever again. Great job on the ketchup sock. You talk way too much. Cry baby.

  389. bostonfantyler permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:02 pm

    Curt, I’ve been an avid reader of your blog, but I’ve just never been one to add to the hundreds of faceless and post on here. However; when I heard on Mike and Mike in the morning today right before 10 about your surgery, I just stopped. I mean, I had a feeling that something along the lines of this would happen, but just hearing it was a different thing.

    I’m 17, and I’ve been watching the Sox for as long as I can remember. You are one of the main reasons that the Red Sox have had so much success over the past four years, and your postseason pitching performances have been things of beauty. You have always been one of my favorite players, mostly because you were never afraid to speak your mind. Some of your detractors may see that as a major flaw, or call you bigmouthed… but hey, its you talking about what you believe, and I really respect that. Its what makes you you, and you are a very interesting character (in a good way, I swear).

    My biggest regret was that I never got to see you pitch at Fenway. Even though I live in Maine, not too far away from the park, I just never got the chance. I have seen the word hero thrown around a few times in the above posts. I have never been one to use that word; but having seen you grit and tough it out through pain and pressure time and time again, you certainly have been an inspiration.

    It really does sadden me that game two of the World Series may have been the last time that I could see you pitch, all I can hope for is that everything is successful and that you end up healthy with no side effects. Good luck with the surgery and the rehab that will certainly come after. Hopefully I will be able to see you pitch again someday, but if not, I am incredibly happy with the memories I have of you mowing through the competition. Thank you for all the great things you gave to Boston fans (and Diamondbacks fans; my brother in law is from Arizona). I know I rambled a bit, but just so many thoughts rushing through my head.
    Good luck again
    Tyler

  390. davduss1 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:02 pm

    Much has and will be written about what you’ve meant to us in Red Sox Nation. Let’s just say I concur wholeheartedly. Instead I want to talk about what you’ve mean to the U.S. Nation, and me personally.

    As a retired USAF MSgt, I appreciate what you’ve said and done for our military and national security As a fellow conservative, your support for this country has been refreshing. But wait, there’s more!

    Your attitude has been inspiring to a generation of young people, teaching determination, effort, responsibility, and character, not just in words, but by example.

    Finally, as one 100% VA disabled due to Multiple Sclerosis, I appreciate your efforts on behalf of ALS. MS is a sister disease, and I appreciate your work in making it a topic of conversation and the resulting contributions in search of a cure. Thank you with all my heart.

    I do hope you can return next year, if possible with the Red Sox. In any event, I know your efforts in all that is important will continue. If I can be of any help, I’m here!

    Dave

  391. mauraok permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:04 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    I wish you a quick recovery from your surgery and hope that it will help you to enjoy a pain free daily life. This is more important than anything else.

    My well wishes aside, I understand that this is a crossroads for you with an uncertain path lying ahead. Wherever you may be next year, I would like you to know that you have made an impact on my life in many ways. Always, I will have engrained in my mind the image of you hugging Johnny Pesky in the club house after the 2004 World Series win. For me, it is forever the symbolic synergy of decades of hope and love of baseball history, culminating in victory. Aside from the incredible impact that you have had on the lore of Boston baseball, I will always admire the commitment that you and Mrs. Schilling have shown to charity. The two of you have been role models to everyone in learning how to give back, how to educate, and how to live in a community. Lastly, and tangentially, I respect your effort to break down the walls between athletes and fans by creating this blog. That you would willingly open yourself up to as much venom as accolades says much about your fortitude.

    As a human, I want you to be healthy after the surgery. As a baseball fan, I want you to pitch again. As a Red Sox fan, I want you to pitch this October. I know today that one of these is not possible. But I keep in mind the lesson I learned from 2004: faith.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

  392. tonyclives permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:06 pm

    Curt, best of luck of course and it would be tremendous to see you on the mound again, but if not, just wanted to add my “thanks for the memories.” After watching you all those years (after you got away!) excelling for the Phillies and Diamondbacks, it was certainly a thrill to turn the statement Northerners had about Robert E. Lee around and be able to say “I’m so glad he is ours!” You were born to play for our beloved Sox at this time, in this place, and I just feel proud and privileged to have been able to have witnessed you (mostly) every 5 days or so.

    Thanks also for always being honest and straightforward, a rare and precious commodity, and for communicating directly with your fans through this forum, avoiding the “filter” the mainstream media seems to think is their divine right to prevent people from thinking and sorting things out for themselves.

    Anyway, I look forward to a future of telling my children, and God willing, my grandchildren, about why Schill, Papi, Manny and others are still so warmly remembered (and how much better they were than “today’s ballplayer”, currently unborn, but 20-40 years from now) and how we’ll look on you guys like our parents or granfparents looked back on Teddy Ballgame, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and later Mel Parnell, then Yaz, TonyC, Jim Lonborg and all the Impossible Dreamers.

    May God bless you Curt, and long live Red Sox Nation.

  393. phillies38 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:12 pm

    Curt,

    As a Phillies fan, I had always hoped you would come back to Philly. I have a great admiration for the way you did your job as major league pitcher. I think the Phillies younger pitchers could have learned a great deal from you.

    That said, I didn’t always agree with the things you said (especially concerning politics) or the way you said them. But I am able to seperate that from what you accomplished on the field. In my mind you are a hall of famer, and if you had a better team in Philly all those years, it would be a no brainer.

    I really hope your career doesn’t end this way because you deserve better. If this is truly the end of your career, I hope you are at peace with your accomplishments. You are one of the top 10 if not top 5 pitchers of this generation where hitting was king. I have great memories of you in the ’93 playoffs and series and also other moments such as striking out McGwire at the Vet when he was on his at the time record setting year. You always rose to the occasion.

    Off the field you set an example as well with your charitable work. I hope that others will follow your example as a student of the game, and as someone who gave back to the community.

    Best of luck in your surgery and I really hope you will always have a place in this game.

  394. freewillybilly21 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:12 pm

    its been a pleasure watching you in boston and I thank you for the risk you took to get us a Championship. You are a class act and deserve the Hall

  395. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:15 pm

    I wish you well with your surgery. My prayers are with you Curt. Thank you for everything you have done for the Boston Redsox and all the memories. If you don’t come back all fans will miss you.

    God Bless You Curt, From Jeff Riley

  396. khekking permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:15 pm

    We’ll be praying for you on Monday, Schill. Went to a game in Tampa last summer with my whole family. (great place to watch a game, btw!) I got the tickets before the rotation schedule was out, and was very happy to find out you were pitching because you’re our favorite. I would hate to think we’ve seen you pitch your last game in the MLB now, but we’ll see how the surgery goes, and what God has planned for you next. We know you will be blessed whether he wants you back in baseball or somewhere else. Thanks so much for sharing with all your fans via this blog, and we look forward to seeing how you’re feeling next week after the surgery.
    The Hekking Family
    Newberry, FL

  397. irishlas permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:29 pm

    Curt,

    “An Irish Blessing”
    May the road rise to meet you…May the wind be always at your back…May the sunshine warm upon your face…May the rains fall soft upon your fields…And, until we meet again…May God hold you in the hollow of his hand”

    Our prayers and best wishes go with you on Monday. We have no doubt that if rehab is all you need to get back into uniform, you’ll do the best you possibly can to attain that. If it is not, then may you have a happy, blessed life with your family and friends. You will always be a welcomed member of the Sox family.

    Namaste

    Irish

  398. zapruder1165 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:41 pm

    Dear Mr Shirt Cilling I have been calling you that since the bloody sock days ,but,I always stressed the “K”Any way me being the 400+ likely commenter I do not know if you read all comments so perhaps you will never read this but I thought I would write anyways.The Thanksgiving dinner of all Thanksgiving dinners brought a winning mentality to Boston and it all started with you.Thank you for every thing and good luck with your 2nd career.I HEART GAMES.Though I dont always agree with your opinions,I still love what you brought to this red sox team.Why not us,Why not now.You sir made us true believers.Also we are the same age and even though I live on the outskirts of D.C.(bye the way,awesome place too live in an election year)If you never throw another pitch,you will be a Hall-O_Famer.Maybe not 1st ballot,but,you have more strike-outs & wins than Pedro.Trust me,No Betting man will expect him too pad more than 4 wins and 50 strikeouts.In nutshell he deserves to go in and so do you.Just accept Pedro will get there a little faster.Luv ya stud,You did the red sawx proud.This from a guy that cried during my 1st little league game that I got #8(Yaz)instead of#19(Frddie Lynn)1st person shooter.Boo
    Yeah.

  399. empirelady permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:57 pm

    Curt-
    After reading your posting for the third time,I must comment on something that you wrote which truly touched me deeply. I have always known that you were a beautiful,caring human being who always thought of others and who was always there for others,including giving of your time for those that were suffering,and I know that you will always be there for others,because that is the type of beautiful compassionate human being that you are. When I read that you feel there are far worse than you and those who are going through far worse than you are,this really touched me because once again you are putting others before yourself. Here you are,having to deal with a horrendous situation,going through a physical and emotional ordeal(and regardless of what you say,it is a BIG deal,both physically and emotionally-and nobody will deny that),yet you mention the plight of others. You are truly a class act,a rare quality of human being,a very rare breed,and a truly beautiful human being. You are,by the way,very much entitled to feel sorry for yourself,and nobody would dispute that,certainly not any decent human being. I should also mention something that is very true-judging by the huge number of posts,you are a special human being who is loved by many(and do not pay attention to the few uncaring, unfeeling,insensitive,inhuman people
    who trashed you on this posting). You are loved by many and nothing will ever diminish that,ever. As for what you said about baseball,yes there was baseball before you but do not sell yourself short or fail to give yourself credit where credit is due. You have done a great deal,you are one of the best,and have done things that will not be repeated,including things that have and will go down in history(such as the bloody sock incident and helping Boston to the World Series,not to mention your incredible pitching record). You have done things that will not be forgotten,nor will they ever be dismissed lightly, and hopefully you will continue to do things in the future(I know that you will off the field but hopefully it will be on the field as well). The most important thing is for you to be well and to be free of pain(your well-being and freedom of pain is the most important,as you should lead a healthy,pain free life,always),and please know that you will always have support,including from me,in your endeavors both off the field and off. As one who had a very long rehab for a completely shattered ankle(being held together by much hardware,am as good as I will ever be,but I am walking,something I thought that I would never be able to do)I know that you have a long road ahead of you but keep fighting,I know that you will win,hang in there,and remember that you are not alone:I will be with you every step of the way and will be here for you,always. I hope that someday our paths will cross in person,that I will be in the presence of your greatness(and it is greatness not only with the baseball but a truly great human being who has done so much in addition to the baseball),but in the meantime hang in there and my thoughts are with you always. Wishing you all the best and as I said,remember that you are a special human being that is truly loved by many,something that will never ever change,for all of time…
    Donna Blanc,in New York City
    empirelady87@hotmail.com

  400. kbdamron permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:58 pm

    Curt,

    I have followed your career, and in 2003 when you signed with the Red Sox it was a great day for me, my team had finally added a Ace to the pitching staff and we knew that a World Series was within grasp. In 04 my dream of seeing the Red Sox win it all happened thanks to you. Thank you and I hope that everything works out well for you and your family and you make a full and speeded recovery.

  401. taka7 permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:00 am

    Hi,Curt!!

    In 2004,The first game I saw at Fenway, you won against Padres.
    Last summer, I saw your picth Annahaim when you returned from tough rehabilitation.
    But,I couldn’t see your pitch this spring at Tokyo Dome.

    I want you to pitch again.
    And,I want to see your pitching again.

    Good luck!!!
    Ganmbare!!!

  402. skyhawk2 permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:02 am

    Curt
    First of all, I read your blog all the time and I’m glad you say the things you say. It’s your own opinion and whether or not you’re well known you obviously have the right to express yourself. I can respect a person who says how they feel instead of complying with the norm. I’ve never posted a comment before but this seemed to warrant one. I want to wish you all the luck in the world with your surgery so you can not only pitch again, but so it won’t hold you back in anything else you may hope to do in the future. It’s funny because you and I were facing similar issues with our ankles at almost the same time, my injury coming slightly after yours and, of course, I had no bloody sock or major victory to show for it. But we both had the same sort of surgery on our right ankles and I felt a connection with you on that. The shoulder, I assumed, was my own problem. Sadly, you’re about to top me on it as I had surgery on my collar bone and it wasn’t nearly as important. My prayers are with you and even though the odds are against you, I’m glad it hasn’t stopped you from maintaining your positive attitude. Stay strong and keep with all the great things you do. You’ve brought alot to this city and we really appreciate it.
    Go Sox!!

  403. joker7041 permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:12 am

    Mr. Schilling, I just want to take this time to thank you not only for what you have done for the great city of Boston….but for people everywhere. Your contributions on and off the field are what make you the man that you are…….and sir, I must say, that you are an admirable one. It is so crazy that I am sitting here typing this message to a future Hall of Famer! I mean, I don’t even know if you will even read this, but I hope you do and realize that I appreciate everything you have done.
    I will always remember the 2004 ALCS Game 6! I was in the USMC at the time, stationed in Okinawa, JP and there was a typhoon so we were all restricted to the barracks………So myself and a whole bunch of other Marines got to watch you pitch a legendary game……I won an awesome bet that game too….I got to see this diehard yankee fan dress up in RedSox gear…..it was priceless!!! Anyway……I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done. I know that you are to humble to accept it, but you sir, are a LEGEND!

  404. readingsoxfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:17 am

    Being from Reading, I know alot of those naysayers, most of them Phillie fans, tough bunch. Thanks for always leaving it all on the field, for always saying it straight, and for bringing a title to Boston. You got guts Schilling, and we admire you for it.

    Thank you

  405. macodadesert permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:20 am

    Curt,
    It is truly refreshing to see an athlete who truly understands his place in this world. I have watched you since 00′ when you went to AZ and haven’t stopped since. Not just because of the artist that you were (are) on the mound, but also because seeing any interview or quotes from you it is obvious that you have a great head on your shoulders.

    To see an athlete like you who is not afraid to speak his mind if it isn’t PC. An athlete who pays homage to people who are putting their lives on the line everyday and who also is a devoted family man. A man who is interested in helping others as much as you have. I will be proud to wear my ‘Sox Schilling 38 jersey until I die-but somehow I doubt I will be as proud as you when you’re wearing a United States Marines ballcap.

    Best of Luck to you on Monday-Prayers will be many.

  406. June 21, 2008 12:23 am

    Curt – this is coming from a lifelong Yankees fan whose heart you broke on more than one occasion. Thank you. You *are* baseball at its best — class, guts, talent, perspective.

    Look at it this way. Worst comes to worst, you only have five years until Cooperstown.

  407. nobler1 permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:37 am

    It’s about time you hung em up. I liked you in Philly, even though I’m not a Philly fan, then you became such a cocky ass.

  408. jmurray33 permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:39 am

    Curt, you are everything that is right about sports and being an honorable athlete, and more importantly, being an honorable man. Whatever happens Monday short of you dying on that operating table is no matter. You’ve done everything a player could do out on that field and more, and undoubtedly will continue to be successful in whatever endeavors you undertake, on or off the diamond. Somewhere, Lou is smiling.

  409. rustysox permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:05 am

    good luck with the surgery Curt. We can only hope that you are happy with the result, but whatever does happen you have done us all proud. Whether you pitch again or not you will be known and remembered as one of the greatest and the man who put his blood on the line for the Sox. I look forward to finding out how it goes and what you plan to do. My only regret is that when I come to Boston for my first visit to Fenway (I live in Australia) this year I will not get to see you pitch. I was hoping you would be pitching again by then but obviously only a miracle would allow that to happen.

    Russ
    andallofthis@hotmail.com

  410. rcushdogdog permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:08 am

    I wish you luck with the surgery.

    I am still in awe over the chain of events that led to the ’04 series win. You must feel so good to have come to town for a stated purpose and through all the amazing things that happened, achieve the goal. It truly could not have been scripted any better.

    Get better and go out on top. Even if you had never thrown another pitch after the ’04 series you would have earned your place in Red Sox, New England, and baseball history, and clearly you did much more after.

    P.S. I am a month older than you and had some big shoulder surgery in 2002. I am now fully back at my historical high pitching speed of about 30mph!

    Bob C

  411. antilj permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:18 am

    Curt,

    I can not help but believe that it will be your decision next year — to pitch or not. You will be in better shape next year than the past few years so it will be up to you and I for one do hope you decide to be on our team for at least another year or two or three…..We share a bit more than being Sox fans. I also have a part time home in Mass and most important, Dr. Morgan has worked on me five times and is the best. Just tell him to give you a little extra antibiotics (if you tell him I told you, he will understand).I am a few miles away from the hospital so just let me know if you want anything — as if you will actually need anything:-)
    I am just another of the millions that wish you the best during and after the surgery.
    And thanks so much for your role in 2004 – the best sports event of all times.

    John A (Newark Delaware)

    PS If you even want free, impartial financial/endorsement advice, just let me know (I am a professor and into sports marketing etc.)

  412. emmie9999 permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:33 am

    Hey, Curt:

    I have a feeling you read all the comments, good or bad. And so, I want to make sure I leave you a note on here.

    As a child of two parents from the Bronx, I grew up rooting for “you-know-what-team”. It was a long, slow process to be “converted”, but by 2003, I was rooting for the Red Sox in every game. I sat in a Boston bar screaming and crying along with all the “lifers” over the end of the ALCS. My family snickered. A lot.

    Your performance in 2004 proved me right. I did not snicker. I laughed out loud! But, that was just for myself. More importantly, you proved to generations of fans that they had every reason to believe. What you accomplished in that one season alone was amazing.

    Even more importantly, your determination and faith through that season and the next three showed current and future fans to try hard, push harder, and never give up. Beyond 2004, you never took a back seat. If there was work to be done, you did it. You showed up, and stepped up, and spoke up. I have not always agreed with what you said, but I admire your courage in saying it.

    My prayers are with you and your family while you go through the surgery, and beyond. Thank you for all you have done, and for all you will do in the future, no matter what the outcome.

  413. yaz1983 permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:46 am

    Curt,

    Thanx for your years with Boston. I remember when you were drafted back 20 some odd years ago. It’s great that you may be ending your career as a champion with the team that drafted you.

    If this is the end, good luck with all you do in the future. If it’s not the end, I hope to see you in a Red Sox uniform next year.

    Good luck with your surgery and thanks for the 2 World Series championships that you contributed to.

    Best wishes to you and your family!

  414. fpsdean permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:55 am

    Curt,

    First off, I enjoy your blog. You are a good writer.

    Second, I wish you the best of luck with surgery, and hope that this is not the end for you.

    But in the event that you decide to retire, please know that you have given us Red Sox fans many good memories, from the greatest comeback in MLB history over the Yankees, the bloody sock to breaking the curse. And to put icing on the cake, you helped win another World Series three years later. That is quite an impressive resume right there, and that is just since coming to Boston.

    And let me ask this: was there ever a better postseason pitcher than Curt Schilling?

    I’ll see you in Cooperstown in a few years.

  415. kanyoufly permalink
    June 21, 2008 2:07 am

    hahaha. maybe jesus did this, ya freak!

  416. whynotus2004 permalink
    June 21, 2008 2:49 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    Thank you for everything, you are a forever a legend in Boston… More importantly, an athlete my children can be proud of…

  417. stw1970 permalink
    June 21, 2008 2:56 am

    Curt

    I am a huge Red Sox fan from Zurich/Switzerland and I have – even when you were still with the Diamondbacks – enjoyed seen you pitch. Unfortunately I had never the honor to see you pitch during one of my few visits to Fenway but hey, live can’t be perfect.

    Thank you for all you have done for the GAME and the Red Sox in particular. I wish you all the best and hope that the surgery will take all your pain away.

    With deepest respect
    Swen

  418. zmoody07 permalink
    June 21, 2008 3:14 am

    In an age where money, greed, and success of the self has taken precedent over team success, you for one Mr. Schilling stood out as an individual who truly cared more about the masses than you did about yourself. You are truly one of the few professional athletes these days who seems to comprehend the greater scheme of things and is appreciative of not only the gifts that you have earned, but also the gifts that have been given to you. I have been a Sox fan for all of my 24 years and regardless of the championships that you have surely helped us attain, it has been a pleasure watching you go out every 5th day and watching you compete the way this wonderful sport deserves. You have been a great ambassador to the game and an excellent role model in a time in which this game so desperately needs a good role model. Thank you for your tenacity on the mound, your honesty off of it, and passion for helping others while you wore the red and white.

  419. jplacroix permalink
    June 21, 2008 3:38 am

    Thanks for all you’ve done for this team and Red Sox Nation. Your faith and of course your bloody sock helped transform all of us. God has put this in your path for a reason. No matter the outcome, I pray you stay involved with all your fans here. You are in the prayers of many.

  420. azbosoxfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 5:07 am

    Best wishes for the surgery. I hope you can pitch again if that is what you want to do. Preferably for the Sox or D-Backs. Please, just no pinstripes.

    If you will be in the AZ in early August, please let me know. My Army Reserve unit has troops departing for Iraq and would love to have you be part of the “sendoff” celebration.

    bandmmcneil@msn.com

  421. bosox4eva permalink
    June 21, 2008 5:43 am

    “Keep the Faith ” Schill !! Whatever happens, Thank You for all you’ve done. Baseball is a better sport because of men like you and if you must leave please know you’ve left an indelible mark in the hearts of all your fans.

  422. June 21, 2008 6:02 am

    I hope it’s some consolation to you to know that all of us to whom you’ve been so helpful, whether bringing the bacon home after 86 years, supporting so many charities, bringing new ballfields to our town, and/or, in our case, being so supportive when our son was in Iraq, will be rooting for you during this difficult time.

    Knowing how competitive you are, it’s hard to believe that if the structural damage is repaired, you won’t try again, but it’s also a sign of maturity and leadership to know when to go out rather than having to be dragged off the mound. Best luck either way!

  423. sox4me permalink
    June 21, 2008 6:10 am

    Curt
    Good luck with your surgery. I would love to see you take the mound “one more time” for the Red Sox. If that does not happen, I don’t know a Sox fan that will EVER forget 2004 and the “Bloody Sock”. For that and so much more, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

    ….and for your support of our military – Thank You, again

    GO SOX

  424. changingview permalink
    June 21, 2008 6:13 am

    You are an inspiration to Red Sox fans. How will we ever forget your part of the ’04 World Series, the Series that has changed it all. That is when everything went from “The ball bouncing the wrong way” to “Nothing could go wrong” It seemed God changed his bent when it came to baseball. Most importantly, You experienced him on your way in to the last game you pitched in that World Series. God was speaking to you. He is still working with you and on you. I’m sure the best is yet to come as long as God is in it.

  425. swampscottsoxfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 6:20 am

    Curt,

    I signed up just to post this here. While I suspect it’s not the same injury, I have a SLAP tear in my labrum from playing tennis and have to have right shoulder surgery as well. I don’t have to come back from it to earn my living, but I do sympathize with your situation, at least.

    Perhaps, as with others, we might not see eye-to-eye on most things politically, but in this case I could care less – to me you’re a ‘Bostonian’ in that you speak your mind and you’re honest and straight-up, no matter the opinion. That counts for a lot. I’m stuck living out in Plasticland LA and all the phony (and maybe-not-so-phony but they don’t make the effort) people, so those ‘Bostonian’ traits (present in spades in my own family) I greatly value and admire.

    Needless to say, to me you will always be a bleepin’ LEGEND, and I’m glad to say I saw one of your last games (Anaheim Game 3 last year) if that’s how it turns out.

    Good luck to you with the surgery and rehab and with anything that transpires afterwards, and my best to your family. You are a great credit to the city of Boston and the sports lore that makes the city great.

  426. outdoors27 permalink
    June 21, 2008 6:43 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for all that you have done for the Sox, I wish you the best of luck with your surgery and a speedy recovery. I truly hope you can play again, but if not I’m glad you went out on top. Thank you

  427. swaples permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:01 am

    Our family wishes you well. We hope the surgery goes well and look foreward to seeing you on the mound next season. Your exceptional performance on the mound and the generosity your family displays truely epitomizes a career many baseball players strive to achieve. Thank you and best wishes for you and your family.

  428. nantucketsleighride permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:04 am

    Thank You Curt for all that you’ve done and meant for RedSoxNation. Your meticulous work ethic is a rare treat to see in baseball. I wish you all the best in your surgery. If you are never able to come back and pitch then I certainly expect that you will consider coming back to the Sox as pitching coach, or any kind of coach. Just in hopes that your work ethic and attention to detail rubs off on the younger players… that would serve to only make the Sox and baseball all the better… Best Wishes!

  429. rastus21 permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:09 am

    Hey Curt

    Coming from Canada long time Sox fan. As impressive as your Baseball career has been I have more admiration for your outlook and approach to life. If we all followed our own path and accept that “it is what it is
    ” philosophy we would be more content. I have to admire anybody who can say at the potential end of their career that they have no regrets.

    One piece of advice be brutally honest with yourself if you attempt a comeback. I would rather remember you walking off the WS mound with a W then a 1-4 5.65 ERA 41 year old. Beat of luck to you and your family. From North of you.

  430. jackie1010 permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:12 am

    Curt –

    I wish you the best with your upcoming surgery; it sounds as if you are accepting of whatever the outcome is, but I know I speak for may Sox and baseball fans when I say we are not ready to let you go just yet!

    As a Boston Red Sox fan, I cannot thank you enough for coming to Boston and restoring the glory and joy to Boston baseball. You did it with integrity, grace and style, not to mention a sense of fun about it all. I hope that whatever the outcome of your surgery, you and your family remain affiliated with New England, Boston and the Red Sox, for many, many years to come.

    Thank you also for being yourself, unapologetically. Takes courage, that’s for sure.

    Prayers for you as you face your surgery on Monday.

    All the best,

    Jackie (Rockland, MA)

  431. sailri permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:38 am

    Schill,

    The sock was a symbol for your dedication – thank you for that.

    Thanks for all your work.

    But even most important – thanks for winning. We love winning. And we love players that try hard and give out effort, all the time.

    I’m wearing my Schilling Jersey today – good luck on Monday! I hope they’re able to provide you some comfort.

    Bill

  432. cdseltzer permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:39 am

    Thanks Mr. Schilling for your outstanding contributions to the game, to the Sox, to so many communities around the country, and, natch, to all of Red Sox Nation. I didn’t agree with everything you ever said, but I’ve never agreed with everything anyone said. I did appreciate your candor, about the game and about so many other things that interested you. Best of luck next week with your surgery and in the future.

  433. June 21, 2008 8:11 am

    Hey Curt –
    So yes, I was pretty surprised to read my sports “breaking news” email yesterday. I thought you might have been doing okay after your outings, since you seemed cautiously optomistic. But clearly, this is the better option. I personally wish the club would’ve agreed for this to happen sooner rather than later, but….it is what it is.

    You might never play professional baseball after this again, that may be true. But it won’t be over, not by a long stretch.

    You are ingrained into this organization and the minds and fans of both Boston – and baseball in general — and that will never end.

    Thinking happy thoughts and well wishes for your surgery — and listen, stranger things have happened — you may just surprise everyone (including yourself) and find yourself able to pitch better than you thought you might.

    Good luck, and best wishes to you and your family.
    Looking forward to the updates.

    Rebecca 🙂

  434. June 21, 2008 8:14 am

    Shoot, I’m sorry. I was typing so quickly I messed up. What I meant to say was that you are ingrained in the minds and hearts of the fans from Boston – and baseball in general. And that will never end.

    Sorry – blonde moment. 😉

  435. saratogadave permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:21 am

    The smoked has cleared, the history books have been written. The Schill will always & forever be a Sox legend. Thanks for 2004 & I will see you in Cooperstown. The first beer is on me.

  436. nedsully permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:28 am

    Curt,
    I’ve been following the Red Sox my entire life (59 years) and the joy you gave me in 2004 cannot be expressed in words. Thank you for your dedication, professionalism, and most of all your sacrifice in the ALCS that gave us the World Series but cost you the next year. Best of luck Monday.

  437. jimmykc permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:29 am

    Curt: I already thanked you in my very first blog entry in 2007 while I was recovering from my own surgery. Whatever the outcome on Monday, you have your family, your faith and the rest of your life stretching before you. As one door closes, another always opens. Keep blogging from time to time, I will still enjoy reading your comments on the Sox and life in general. Best wishes and God bless as you recover.

  438. June 21, 2008 8:34 am

    Curt,

    Just found your blog when I read the news about your surgery. My wife and I are big fans since your Philly days. You are one of the best ever. Thank you for all the great years. Two baseball pictures are forever burned in my mind. One is your bloody sock, and the second was when you had the towel over your head while Mitch was on the mound. I couldn’t watch either.

    Oh, and perhaps everyone can join me in praying not only for Curt’s surgery, but for kanyoufly (from above) and his obvious lack of understanding about who Jesus is. LOL

    Tom

  439. loisrgriswold permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:34 am

    Dear Curt,

    You will be in my prayers, as always, on Monday…both you, your family, and your doctor and staff. Thank you for being so kind to me. Your smiles and waves meant a lot.

    We have moved from Boston…It is very different living in Wyoming, OHIO, but we all (5 of us — including our granddaughter, Emma Grace) just LOVE it here. I have happy memories of being the “Mom” of the Boston Red Sox for the last 12 years…the Red Sox, past and present are always welcome in our home — I love to bake and cook and I would love to see “my Boys”again.

    May God Bless your future, Curt, with His Love and His Kindness…You are an inspiration to others. Thank you. I love you.

    Love, “Mom” (Lois)

  440. slipmasterd permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:45 am

    Curt,

    I wish you and your family the best. I hope you realize how much you are loved and cherished by Red Sox fans You helped bring the Sox faithful two World Series Championships. You did it with guts and determination while pitching with pain. We are in debt to you forever. You will always be a hero of Red Sox fans. My eyes swell with tears as I type this.

    Thank you.

  441. jetta30c permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:08 am

    Dear Curt:
    I was deeply saddened to get my MLB text message yesterday announcing your “season ending, potentially career ending surgery.” However, as a HUGE fan of yours, I wish you well with your surgery on Monday and will pray for your full recovery. It is sad to think I will not see you pitch again 😦 but you have given Red Sox Fans and Red Sox Nation great memories! Your dedication to the game and your amazing ability to analyze pitches/hitters is admirable and this is what our kids should look up to and model. I hope that they retire your number with the Red Sox. I will proudly drive my Jeep with my RI vanity plate “RSox 38” whether you pitch again or not. Going out with what you have accomplished is nothing to be upset about; take retirement as an honor and keep giving back to the community via Curt’s Pitch, etc…
    Curt, you are my hero.
    🙂

  442. richboston permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:29 am

    Curt, I’m just some stiff that works 9 – 5 for an insurance company – 4 kids, house, tuition payments etc. and not a lot of money to pay for it all. There are thousands like me and very few who were able to make it to the show and put on that uniform. We live vicariously through you guys. Why I get happy or sad if the team wins or loses when I still have to get up at 5:00am and make the trek into the city – I can’t tell you. But I do we we all do that love our teams. (Someday I’ll get over the Patriot’s 2008 Super Bowl loss – maybe!)

    As you say, the Sox were around long before you and will be around long after you. All I ask of anyone lucky enough to wear the uniform, live the life and make the kind of money that you do is that you do so respectfully and honorably. I think you’ve done that.

    So if your last pitch has been thrown, think of me and thousands like me who would have have given almost anything for our Field of Dreams moment where we had just one at bat or faced just one batter. It might make your decision to hang ’em up easier.

    In my home office there’s a picture of you on the mound with the infamous sock. I doubt that you have a picture of ME hanging on YOUR wall. Think about that.

    You’ve had a great career. Thanks for the memories and good luck in whatever you decide to do from here. I hope that you decide to make the Boston area your permanent home.

    Best of luck on Monday. We’ll put in a word to the Big Guy for ya!

  443. britredsoxfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:32 am

    As a British Redsox fan id like to say all the best in the future you epitomise all that’s good about sport and whatever the future holds(all good I hope) you will be revered by all true fans so take it easy and take care and thanks for the memories.

  444. wrenchturner permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:39 am

    You said it all, a class act. Thank you Curt

  445. integritysinger permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:46 am

    Loved ya when you played for the Phillies. Can’t do anything but love a world class pitcher who’s amazing at bat to boot and is an honest, family man.

    Thanks for making baseball amazing.

    You’ll go down as one of the Greats.

    *tips hat*

  446. jude4035 permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:51 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for giving Red Sox fans something to cheer about. No matter how your upcoming surgery turns out careerwise I want you to know that you have made a huge contribution to the Boston Red Sox and fans everywhere. These contributions have not only been on the field, but off the field as well. Personally I applaud and thank you for your work with ALS, which my father died of in 1979.

    I will be one of many visitors to Cooperstown this summer and will be sure to check the Hall for where your plaque will hang.

    Best of luck and I look forward to checking “38 pitches” for news of your recovery.

    Judy E.

  447. kellycote permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:55 am

    Dear Curt.
    The only thing I regret about my divorce is that I did not get to keep the ’04 signed World Series Special Edition Curt Schilling baseball that I paid a small fortune for as a gift for my ex-husband. In ’04, you became my hero, you played your heart out, and won the series for our team, and stole my baseball loving heart. Your years with the Red Sox have been wonderful, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a huge Red Sox and Curt Schilling fan. Watching you pitch that game with blood seeping through your sock was one of the most amazing sports moments I have ever seen, the determination on your face to keep pitching, and pitch fantastically, was absolutely inspirational, to ANYONE watching the game, Sox fans or not. Be proud, stand tall, and know that you are the hero of many a baseball fan, women, men, young, and old, Sox fans or not. I was so lucky just to be able to watch that game on television, and see history in the making. Best of luck with your surgery, and no matter what happens in the future, know you made a huge impact on the sport of baseball, and I personally loved every minute of it.
    God Bless you and yours

  448. esc4p3 permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:01 am

    Dear Kurt,

    I am Corrections Officer from Somers, CT. Most of the inmates are Yankee fans (gee I wonder why). I have taken a lot of flack from my co-workers over the years because I kept saying “This is the year that the Sox win it all”. They laughed at me. Then I saw your famous Ford Commercial, what a premonition! A co-worker who is a loud-mouth Yankee fan (who lived his whole life in Mass) said to me, “By the time Kurt Schilling leaves Boston, he will be hated by the Sox fans”. I remind him every time I see him how wrong he is. I hope you pitch again. I saw your Fenway debut on Easter Sunday 2004 with my Father. I will always cherish that memory. I you decide not to pitch again I hope you stay in Boston and continue to comment on Baseball.

    Kevin

  449. johnm4 permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:03 am

    Curt,

    Good luck! Thank you for coming to Boston and bringing with you not only your great contributions to baseball, but your family, your charitable work, essentially your whole life! I hope you’ll be able to return and play again, but if not I hope you consider this area your home. You’ve been an inspiration to so many people and we will never forget that! See you back on the playing field!

  450. y2trips permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:04 am

    Curt, i (and all my friends) with the best of luck to you monday. If this is the end, i really appreciate everything you have been to the sox (and baseball) for many years. It comes to the end for everyone and if this is yours, you left on top.

    Thank you for being so outspoken, you put smiles on many peoples faces over the years not only with baseball, but your quotes.

    Ever think about doing commentary?

    Either way, good luck with the rest of what life throws at you.

  451. mattvryan permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:06 am

    Good luck Curt,

    I grew up in Wilmington DE where we are avid Phillies fans. I moved to Boston in 1992 and over time grew into a long suffering Red Sox fan. So my memories of the “Big Schill” are putting it to the Braves for the 1993 Phils (one of my favorite teams of all time) and willing the Sox to victory in 2004 (my other favorite team of all time) over the dredded Yanks (who you also keeped away from the trophy while with the Dbacks).

    I’m sure the surgery will go well down in my hometown. Glad to have you in my (team’s) dugout all these years. A true warrior, and a hall of famer. All the best where ever life takes you from here.

    Matt Ryan

  452. bosoxgal4 permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:08 am

    Good luck with the surgery Curt. You are doing the right thing. Boston has been lucky to have you in their corner, but now it’s time for you to do what you have to for yourself and your family. Thanks for everything you have done for the Red Sox and for the two Championships! What a way to go out….ON TOP!

    See you in the “Hall”. I’ll continue to look forward to your blogs!

  453. staceyka permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:09 am

    Curt – been watching you since you were an Oriole (doesn’t that go back a long way!!) and now live in Phoenix and was here when you were here and helped to bring us the Championship. I wish you the best with your shoulder surgery and hope that you will be back … but as you said with Gambo & Ash yesterday, if not you have no regrets and always left everything out on the playing field!! Would love to see you come back from this and pitch again for the Phillies (the team of my childhood as I grew up in Philly). Best to you – Stacey

  454. matlock756 permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:21 am

    Curt, I have no doubt that if it wasn’t for you, the Sox would be trying to break a 90 year championship drought right now. Best of luck, and I can’t wait to see your name in Cooperstown.

  455. fenwaynationchief permalink
    June 21, 2008 10:34 am

    Curt-

    Thank you for helping us believe we could do it. That was just as important as your achievements on the mound. Please check out the many well-wishers signing a “Thank You” petition in at fenwaynation.com.

    Ernie Paicopolos

  456. shouldergirl permalink
    June 21, 2008 11:34 am

    Curt-

    Hardcore Red Sox fan shoulder/surgery survivor here. I wish you the best of luck with your surgery and recovery. I have had two surgeries to repair several shoulder injuries including labral tears, impingment syndrome, and extensive bursitis. Shoulder surgery is painful and is a challenge to recover from and I can’t imagine pitching through such pain.

    I have one major recommendation for you that I learned the hard way…aresol deoderant is your friend. In my experience it is very difficult to raise a recently repaired arm to apply traditional deoderant…go for the aresol. Also, sleep in a reclining chair on on a couch the first few nights after your operation…gravity sucks and you’ll need the support.

    You’re a trooper and an inspiration, best of luck with your recovery and your future endevors, we’ll miss seeing you out there but we’ll always be thankful for all you’ve accomplished.

    -Michelle

  457. newsoxcentury permalink
    June 21, 2008 11:36 am

    Curt, you brought a commitment and attitude that made the Red Sox winners. 2004 and 2007 could not have happened the way they did without you. None of us will ever forget that.

    In 1986, I was seven. I went to bed praying the Sox would win because my mom refused to let me stay up to watch the game. “Did they win?!” was the first thing I asked when I woke. Her, “No,” entirely changed my view of the world. They were the Red Sox, my team, they had to win. They didn’t.

    Sure that was childish, but I was a child then and you gave a gift to that very same child 18 years later that he will never forget. You set something right.

    You have my thanks forever.

  458. saffry permalink
    June 21, 2008 11:45 am

    Good luck with the surgery.

    Of course we’d love to see you on the mound again, but if that isn’t possible, know that all of Sox Nation is grateful for the time you’ve had with us and the many, many, many great games you’ve played. We’ll miss you.

    Amy

  459. zamboniman permalink
    June 21, 2008 11:47 am

    Curt

    I’ve been a big fan, always impressed by your work ethic and determination. I hope you can sucessfully go through rehab with the goal of returning to pitching. If it doesn’t quite get that far, at least you might be able to at least be pain free and be able play catch with your kids. Been there, done that.

  460. brianburns08 permalink
    June 21, 2008 11:58 am

    Curt,

    Thank you so much for the contributions you have made to the Boston Red Sox, the game of baseball, ALS research, and to the lives of millions of people.

    I am a lifelong Red Sox fan who was a fan of yours when you were in Philadelphia. I was ecstatic when you signed with the Sox and it’s little surprise that when you willed yourself to the mound in the ’04 playoffs and series, I was more than a little inspired. However, it is the work that you have done for ALS over the years that has touched me the most.

    I have had several family members succumb to this awful disease and sometimes it’s all to easy to believe there is no hope. Through your fundraising work, your generous donations of money you earned on the mound, and your spiritual and positive outlook towards finding a cure, you have given us hope. You give hope to people affected by ALS, you gave hope to the Red Sox Nation, and I’m sure you will continue to give hope and inspiration to everyone who is lucky enough to come into contact with you in whatever endeavor you choose from here on out.

    Lastly, thank you for being so damn honest and outspoken throughout your career. I’ve always said my favorite athletes to see interviewed were you and Brett Hull because all you were going to get was the truth. It is rare in sports these days to be able to count on someone to always say what was on thier mind and I commend you for it.

    Thanks Curt, for everything and good luck with the surgery. If this is it for pitching for you then it is a sad day for your many fans but because someone like you has touched our lives directly or indirectly we are all better people for it.

    Brian Burns

  461. rsnfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:18 pm

    Curt,
    Best of luck on Monday. Thank you for all you did while wearing the Red Sox uniform. You should be very proud. We, the fans, will never forget you.
    ~ead

  462. jonathanmccauley permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:22 pm

    When I got the call, it was early Friday morning and my world just stopped. How could my idol, my hero, and my inspiration possibly end his career NOT on his terms. As the shock and awe ran through my veins, I remembered all the years of service you have given me as a pitcher. I grew up watching and idolizing you. Every time i took the mound, i tried to be like you. Curt you have given each Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona, and most importantly Boston fans more than what they can ask for. From your “bulldog” like personality, your Cooperstown effort on the mound, and your family first take on life – you have inspired many. You showed many what it is like to be the best, while beating the best, in the face of criticism.

    Curt, you owe each fan nothing. We, the fans, owe you a lot. Not a day goes by that pray for a healthy recovery. If the 2007 World Series was indeed your last performance, in my eyes you went out a true Champion.

    – Jonathan McCauley

  463. eminor3 permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:32 pm

    Curt,

    Faced with adversity this year with shoulder pain and soreness, you were still determined to pitch in ’08. That dedication and determination speaks volumes for who you are as a person, and as a devoted member of the Red Sox!

    I am sad to hear that after a long rehab and slow progress you weren’t able to complete your goal. Yet, faced with season ending surgery, you are still holding a candle of hope of returning to the mound. IF you do, I hope you will be wearing Red, White and Blue of the RS.

    I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you (possibly) in a future role with the Red Sox’s youth!

    RSN member, and Life Long Fan
    eminor3

  464. dbaxfan1980 permalink
    June 21, 2008 12:47 pm

    Curt —

    Thank you for helping bring a World Series title to Arizona. Even though you now play in Boston, you’re still one of my favorite players. Your contributions to that special team made it possible for my dad to see his favorite team win the World Series before he died. I will always look back on the fall of 2001 — and your career, for that matter — with warm memories.

    Thank you also for reminding us what baseball truly is about.

    Evan Thompson
    Kearny, AZ

  465. devlinla permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:24 pm

    Curt, thank you, thank you, thank you, back. As texasspudro has stated It truly has been an honor and a privilege watching you pitch over your career.
    Where ever your journey takes you, you’ll always have us, the fans, with you always.

    Good Luck to you Curt, where ever your journey takes you.

  466. leatherhelmet permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:34 pm

    I remember several years ago, and I think you were with Philly then, the Mariners were talking about trying to get you signed. What a smart move you made by staying away from that outfit. You have had a sterling career and it’s a shame to have to deal with the bad shoulder. I wish you all the best in the future.

  467. soxfanintampa permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:45 pm

    Curt, I didn’t realize that you and Amy Winehouse had anything in common, but now I do. You both said “No, No, No to rehab”!!! You and your team of doctors sure knew more than the Sox team of experts when they said that “rehab” was your cure and not the surgery that you wanted that would have got you back for September!! Good luck with it, and thanx for giving us Championship in 2004. We will always remember your contributions!!!

  468. gengranger permalink
    June 21, 2008 1:58 pm

    Mr. Schilling:
    I was surprised when I read the news about the surgery on the Red Soxs page on MLB.com.
    I was hoping your heal and return to the field, but after reading the news, I think that its time to give you the thanks for all the support that you give to Red Soxs in the years that you played for the team, specially in the world series.
    Again, thank you and the best wishes in your surgery. I believe it`s time for some R&R after the years in the baseball leagues, and I hope that sooner that later, your name will be honoured in Cooperstown.

  469. thedoctorx permalink
    June 21, 2008 2:11 pm

    Thank you for your part in not one but two World Series Championships for a town and organization that wondered if it would ever see one. Quite a few fans felt the two come-back in Fenway in 2004 were heroic but . . . well . . . win in the Toilet Bowl? You provided that win which made Game 7 possible, made the hope possible. This is something that Kobe could not do in Boston.

    Facing elimination in 2007 you kept the momentum going after Josh’s commanding performance.

    You have also served as an example and mentor to the younger pitchers.

    So thank you for all you have done. If this is the last time you pitch with the Red Sox, please do not be a stranger to the organization.

    –J.D.

  470. anotherredsoxfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 2:46 pm

    Thanks Curt for everything you have done while with the Red Sox both on and off the field. You made us proud! You are an inspiration for kids to look up to. Good Luck with your surgery on Monday. Thanks Again

  471. matsonsr63 permalink
    June 21, 2008 3:07 pm

    you changed the mentality in boston and brought us a world series,thanks for the memories and god bless

  472. etucker permalink
    June 21, 2008 3:51 pm

    Dear Curt,
    You’re a great pitcher. When the game is on the line, there’s nobody I’d rather have on the hill. Kicking the 86 year old curse to the curb, bloody sock and all, cemented your place in Boston sports immortality. My hope for you is that the surgery leaves you with a choice. Just know that you have brought happiness and elation to the fans of Curt Schilling and the Red Sox. Thanks for the memories, the inspiration, the candor and the shear guts. Most of all, thank you for everything you do to fight ALS. Having lost a dear loved one to that dreadful disease, I can tell you I know exactly why you do it.

    Best of luck Curt.

    Eric Tucker

  473. phillies4ever permalink
    June 21, 2008 4:01 pm

    Curt, Thanks a million and beyond for all that you have given to MLB and the world. I would love to see yo come home to Philly and pitch for US just one last time. Congrats on your amazing career and best of luck with the surgey!

  474. bigschillingfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 4:09 pm

    Curt, you’re a class act and I’ll pray for you and your surgery. If it is over, then thanks for the journey. If not, then I’ll be hoping that Mr. Post Season will return for this post season!

    There’s been a lot of talk about whether there is a place for you in the hall of fame? I think that your rings and post season record speak for itself. You’re the man, but padding your resume with another season, or half a season, or post season, really couldn’t hurt.

    Best wishes.

  475. glv80 permalink
    June 21, 2008 5:23 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Any fan of baseball, including myself, should recognize all you have done for the game and while I don’t hold you in the highest regard since leaving the Phillies, I have a lot of respect for what you have done for the game and I think you are an honorable athlete and individual. Best of luck to you with the surgery and with whatever follows.

    Greg Vince

    – PHILLIES NATION BABY!

  476. texaskid permalink
    June 21, 2008 5:35 pm

    Thank you so very much for all that you’ve done and for who that you are. Even my Yankee loving sons think that you’re one of the classiest players around.

    Thanks for believing in the Sox. Thanks for showing class in your negotiations. Thanks for showing my kids how a class act ball player acts.

    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you no matter what you decide. I hope Monday goes good for you and you’re not in a lot of pain.

    God be with you and your family

  477. jrsweny permalink
    June 21, 2008 5:43 pm

    Good Luck Curt ! Your, turn to be thought of.

    John S.

  478. June 21, 2008 6:13 pm

    Dear Mr. Schilling,
    You are an incredible person and player. It has been a complete honor to not only be an Astros fan and watch you pitch, but also a Red Sox fan and watch you pitch.

    I will do what I always do when I see a player I enjoy watching who needs surgery, I will pray. Yes I will pray the doctors have wisdom and knowledge. I will also pray for peace not only for you but also for your family. You have been an outstanding roll model for fans out there everywhere (including me) and for that I am eternally great full. Thanks for all the memories. As I said before it has been an honor.

    I know you may not remember but as in a letter I wrote you write after you won the World Series in 2004 “I seeing you shine your light and not be scared was that extra push I needed”… “I know that if I do not get to give you a hug on this earth I will be able to give you one in heaven.” Thanks again Schil for all you have done and continue to do.

    Love in Christ our Lord,

    Stephanie Santana

  479. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 21, 2008 6:54 pm

    Blessings! Wishing you well in all ways!

  480. balboarules permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:05 pm

    Curt.

    May God bless you during the surgery, what you have given us in Boston is just beyond words.. You helped make something so special a reality, that your name will always be regarded too with honor, you gave us what my father was not alive to see in his life time, and many other fathers, grandfathers, sons, daughters, and grandmothers did not get to see in their lifetime.. The Red Sox win the World Series.. not once but twice!!!!!!!

    Let me just say Curt, we love you here, and always will!!

    Steve

  481. lovethesocks permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:28 pm

    Curt,

    First of all good luck with the surgery. I know from my own experience the rehab is long and can be depressing at times. I had a torm labrum, bicep tendon tear, and 2 rotator cuff tendon tears. After reconstructive surgey I can now lead a normal life (I can longer through a ball with velocity though my control is now pinpoint. Luckiity for me I have a desk job).

    Thank you for the memoroies. As a diehard Sox fan since 1967, your contribution to the 2 WS and organizational direction has been outstanding.
    If retirement is in the card, which may not be a bad option, good luck with the software development compant.

    I look foward to hearing your acceptance speech in Cooperstown!!!!!!!!

  482. petermooreeasports permalink
    June 21, 2008 7:34 pm

    From all of us at EA, our prayers our with you for Monday, big guy. Ping me once you get that voice recognition software up-and-running 🙂

    You’re just going to have to go southpaw on the Wii for a few months…

    50 yards or bust,

    Peter

    PS – My lovely secretary says hi and best wishes…

  483. dsbogus permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:09 pm

    Wow. Lots of respect for you, not only helping Boston win but also always speaking your mind. I didn’t always agree with what you had to say but I do appreciate someone who is not afraid to say what they think. I will always look up to you in that regard. Hope to see you on the mound in beantown again and best wishes for a healthy recovery.

  484. massajfan permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:13 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for Boston Red Sox baseball, and the community as well. Maybe I’ll run into you at Noon Hill some day.

    A lot of people thought that the bloody sock was a bunch of hooey, but I thought it took real courage to do what you did to help us to finally win a World Series. Last year, I was at the game when you pitched against Roger Clemens, and aside from his cheating, I felt as though I was witnessing something special.

    I hope you keep blogging, however things end up for you career-wise. I think you have given us a lot to cheer about.

    God bless

  485. john508 permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:14 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery.I also want to say THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING that you have done and accomplished in baseball,for the REDSOX and also for the state of massachusetts.YOU truly are a champion on and off the field.I hope that you and your family continue to reside in massachusetts .Whatever decision you make after the surgery I hope that you can stay with the REDSOX orginization.Your knowledge of the game and your leadership would be an excellent fit for the young guys.Any ways BEST of Luck to you and your family.

    P.S I almost forgot thanks for all the good moments while I was in the military and deployed, when I was down I could always count on YOU and the REDSOX to cheer me up and motivate me to never give up when you guys would win. Good Luck buddy.

    John

  486. celticram47 permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:24 pm

    Aloha Curt-

    Been an avid fan since well B4 you were born! Now living in Hawaii on Maui, we continue to follow the Sox and even manage to fly over to Seattle or Oakland for a game or two.
    Mahalo, thank you, for your memorable times with the Sox and in baseball in general. As others have said, politically we may not always be on the same page but we certainly share a love for the game of baseball. Best of luck on Monday – you will be in our thoughts & prayers.

    Dick & Jo Ann Meaney

  487. soshkevlog permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:41 pm

    Best of luck with the surgery, Curt, and thanks for some great memories. Your work on the mound has been a great inspiration to many of us. Hopefully we’ll see you around SoSH on occasion.

  488. elcorazon13 permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:42 pm

    Curt,

    Got the tattoo today! I can’t figure out how to post it though!

    http://www.sawxheads.com/profile/52857/72258

    That should get you there if you want to view it. Stitches are a little different from yours, but we took some artistic license.

    Enjoy!

    Hope you are healed up real soon.

    Thanks for the Memories.

  489. matpatriot permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:49 pm

    Curt,
    You have been one of the great clutch players of our era. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, especially from ’01 and on. I, as well as many others, would love to see you coaching or in the booth down the road. Good luck on Monday! You are a true hero!!

    Matt in Baghdad

  490. kevinmccaffrey permalink
    June 21, 2008 8:57 pm

    From a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan, the best thing I can say is that you, I sincerely believe, played the game like most fans would like to think they would have played it, given the opportunity.

    You stuck with Philadelphia as long as humanly possible, did great things in Arizona, and obviously, once in Boston, really embraced everything that being a Red Sox meant. And anyone who says they wouldn’t want a player like that on their team is lying. All the Yankee fan people who take potshots here are the same people who rip MVP’s who play for their team about not knowing what being a Yankee is, whatever that means. The fact that the way you approached the game sticks out so much is both an indictment on others, and moreso, a credit to you.

    And as a Cub fan (who’s pretty sick of obnoxious Boston fans (not all of them, but many)), I can say that I will sincerely miss you playing, and actually CARING about what happens when your team is out there on the field. Many, many players should take a note.

  491. Momoftriplets permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:24 pm

    So many people have left you well wishes, who knows if you’ll ever read this far down the list!!! Anyway, as you “go under” on Monday for your surgery, Justin will be having surgery as well, part of his treatment for leukemia involves periodic spinal taps so they can inject chemo into his spinal fluid. So… we’ll be praying for you, and you throw one up for Justin and in the end, God willing, you’ll both be just fine. You’re an inspiration both on and off the field. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/justincondoluci
    God bless,
    Amy Condoluci

  492. June 21, 2008 9:26 pm

    I wish you the best.

    I am so glad that I saw you pitch in Fenway Sept 5, 2004 against Texas. Thank-you for everything. My whole outlook on the Sox, sports and life has changed since 2004.

    All things being equal you were a better deal for the Sox than Roger Clemens was for the Yankees last year ;-). I kid because I love.

    *HUG*
    -Diane.

  493. auntiepatti permalink
    June 21, 2008 9:47 pm

    Thoughts and prayers that all goes well.
    All any of us have is today and whatever happens Monday and beyond
    you certainly made this Red Sox Fan happy to have you on “our” team!

    Thanks for “introducing” us to George. He is a character and fills my email box on a daily basis!

    Patti

  494. June 21, 2008 10:09 pm

    You’re in our prayers, Curt. All the best to you tomorrow and beyond.

    Kay and Scott
    Minot AFB, ND

  495. amy4kids permalink
    June 22, 2008 12:10 am

    Dear Curt,

    The outpouring of gratitude and heartfelt thank-you’s here from your fans is so special to read and be a part of. My first Sox game in many years was in the summer of ’06 when you were out here in So. CA playing the Angels in Anaheim. I vividly remember being so excited to get close to the players during pre-game warm-ups down in the right field area, and you were throwing the ball with Mike Timlin, I believe, and you looked over at our family, all 6 of us, and smiled from ear to ear! I’ll never forget that. We are all praying and wishing for a successful surgery and a sound recovery for you, Curt. If it is meant for you to pitch again, then so be it. If not, then having your last Major League win be Game 2 of the 2007 World Series is pretty awesome. I sincerely feel that you will be an integral part of the Red Sox Scouting team, I really do! Thank you so very much for all the joy and happiness you have brought to us, Curt. And here’s one to remember before you go into surgery on Monday:
    Fear knocked at the door…
    Faith answered….and no one was there.
    God bless you and your family, Curt. I hope we will see you again pitching and battling like only “The Big Schill” can. Your story has been an inspiration to my four children. Keep on fighting the good fight…
    All the best –
    Amy in CA.

  496. papelbonnie permalink
    June 22, 2008 12:24 am

    Curt: Thank you so much for the past 5 years. we would not have won in 2004 without you. To beat the yankees and come from behind, all those late night games. so many memories. I am truly sad about this, wanted to have you pitch again for my beloved team. I hope it will happen next year. I wish you a successful surgery and hope you will be pain free in the near future. But, please, don’t ever go over to the dark side like jd. You will be a Red Sox forever. I hope you can still be part of the team this year in some capacity, whether it is guiding young pitching staff or cheering them on. My father died of cancer 2 months before WS in 2004. He said he would never get to see RS win a WS in his lifetime. 2004 meant so much. Thank you many times over.

  497. giuseppefranco permalink
    June 22, 2008 1:06 am

    Bottom line, you came to Boston proclaiming your intentions to accomplish the impossible and succeeded. Hopefully, as time passes, the team’s subsequent success/dominance doesn’t overshadow what the initial breakthrough meant to everyone in New England.

    As far as HOF, I just hope the writers dig deeper than one of the worst statistics to judge pitchers or dismiss you because you let them know when they suck at their job. Judging by wins the last few years, the best pitcher in the league Chien Ming Wang, when realistically he isn’t in the top ten or maybe even twenty. Going into a season, this would be my starting 5 for the last 20 years – in no particular order. Posters, please post a better one.

    Schill
    Pedro
    Unit
    Smoltz
    Maddux

    P.S. Nolan Ryan never won a Cy Young.

    P.P.S. I’ve noticed some Red Sox fans claiming to still have an affection for Clemens. To this I say, Boston fans do not have affection for Clemens, you need to chose.

  498. andyninri permalink
    June 22, 2008 2:29 am

    mr Schilling,

    no matter what happens and i beleive we all wish you the best for your surgury, you will always have a place in the hearts of your red sox fans. after what you did in the 2004 alds you have been imortalized by us. no player has shown the heart you did that day in october. i hope the red sox treat you with the utmost dignity and respect you deserve for your devotion to your team when all else would have bowed out. i pray you join the other greats in cooperstown ny as a red sox player. as we all know and beleive you will get into cooperstown for your accomplishments. you have always spoken how you feel and you fans will always love you for that. many of us will always have an undying respect for your acheivements and dedication to this team. i hope the red sox will understand that you were a huge reason for our continued success we now enjoy. players for decades to come will be shown your courage for the team when others would have taken the easy way out thinking of themselves and not the big picture as you did that day. i hope the red sox will find a way to keep you in this organization whether you are able to pitch again or not. your determination to acheive a goal no matter the cost to ones self is an inspiration to many fans young and older alike. you are in our prayers as you face this new hurddle you go thru.

  499. georeedy permalink
    June 22, 2008 3:37 am

    Thank you so much for all you gave. I sincerely hope you will be healthy again and not in pain. If this is the end, you can hold your head high and know that you played with professionalism and guts your whole career. We will never forget what you did for us. Good luck and my prayers are with you.

  500. richgoldrich permalink
    June 22, 2008 5:09 am

    Thanks for all the hard work you put in Schill and for always speaking your mind and saying the things i would have like to have said myself. Your mastering of the Yankees and most other teams brought pride and respect back to Boston. You were the automatic W in ’04 and without you there definitely was no championship. You brought joy to my mother who was sick and passed away in ’05. She was so excited when the sox won it all she was taking pictures of the TV screen!lol Something her father, a lifelong diehard sox fan, never got to see. You could feel the passion in every appearance you made. Thank you curt. Good luck with surgery.

  501. kathiemkm permalink
    June 22, 2008 5:14 am

    Good Luck Curt!! I hope you will be back in Boston when this is all over. You gave us hope and taught us to BELIEVE!!
    If you will never pitch again hopefully you will be behind the bench helping the young guns in Boston.
    You are a true HERO!!

  502. timfan permalink
    June 22, 2008 6:29 am

    Curt,
    Tim Russert’s job is open. You have an appreciation for politics and making sure the voice that is not heard is heard. Although I disgree with some of your views, I imagine you would put the same preparation into researching the interviewed as you do batters. Much the same way Russert did.

    It would be a missed opportunity if a D.C. outsider was not picked to fill the chair.

    Call NBC News.

    Good luck on Monday.

  503. jox37 permalink
    June 22, 2008 7:50 am

    Sir Curt,

    I am a huge Red Sox fan here in the Philippines and of course, your fan. I started watching baseball since in the 90’s. I was an Indians fan before (I really like Mr. Manny Ramirez out there). Way back then, I appreciate the way you pitched with the Phillies. Of course, I have seen your performance against the Yankees w/ the D’backs. And I believe that the best memory is the warrior in bloody sock. It is the real deal. You didn’t wasted Sir Papi’s consecutive walk-off hits. Because of you, the Bambino drought is over. You are the Mr. Postseason. And I believe you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

    Thank you very much for being such an inspiration, especially in the 2004 postseason. Mabuhay, Sir Curt Schilling!

  504. June 22, 2008 8:53 am

    Good Luck on Monday Curt. You did not say, Is this the surgery you were trying the Sox to let you have in the Spring? I really wish they had listen. Thank You!!!!!!

  505. drsdepue permalink
    June 22, 2008 9:24 am

    Curt,
    Watching you in both success and failure has defined my life as a baseball fan. From the towel over your head watching Mitch Williams (which completely mirrored my thoughts) to my own Thanksgiving Sports-Center-a-thon while you were considering coming to the Sox, to all the Yankee-killing and two WS later, you are still the boss. I wish you all the luck in the world with your rehab, and if you ever would like an unbiased take on anything medical from a Yale trained ER doc, drop me a line.
    Scot

  506. jollygreen67 permalink
    June 22, 2008 11:21 am

    Curt,

    If it’s over we’ll definitely miss you. I’m a D-Backs fan and there are not enough words to describe the mark you , “The Big Unit”, and the rest of the D-Backs left on Arizona that magical year. You helped the nation heal after the horror of 9/11. That’s something I’ll never forget. Especially when you got to stick it to the Yankees.

    No matter where life takes you (I’m hoping back to the mound) stay around the game. The game needs people like you to “call ’em like you see ’em”.

  507. 38cantpitchnemore permalink
    June 22, 2008 11:43 am

    Curt,

    Do you feel guilty at all for bilking the Red Sox and their fans out of millions of dollars this year when you aren’t able to contribute a single thing to the team? Do you consider it payback for previous services rendered? You are a millionaire many times over and the Sox have the highest ticket prices in baseball.So high that I can no longer afford to take my family to a single game. 8 million for not throwing a single pitch? It seems a bit excessive to me. Hopefully the owners will break the players association’s back some day and give the game back to the fans at a reasonable price. Thanks for contributing to the ticket holdfers pain Curt. Btw, good luck with rehab.

  508. watk69 permalink
    June 22, 2008 11:49 am

    Class act all the way. When he was a D’back I lauded and marvelled at his work ethic, and that he really gave it 110% when he pitched. One could never be disappointed in a player who took it hard when he lost or made a mistake. Very few players take it hard when they strike out or are in a slump. “Aw Shucks” is not in Curt’s vocabulary.

    Also touching and very honorable was the way he left the D’back’s. Full page ad in the AZ Republic explaining why he had to leave and thanking the fans. The fans in Phoenix owe you a big debt of gratitude…..thanks for the memories Curt

    You are everything a true baseball player/competitor should be Curt. The bloody sock game will live in infamy and perhaps the gritiest pitching by anyone in a baseball game

    Clif Watkins
    Phx, AZ

  509. drjoanndouglas permalink
    June 22, 2008 12:03 pm

    Curt,

    URGENT! Read before surgery.

    This is Dr. Jo Ann Douglas in Littleton, CO. You can find me on the web at YOU have the solution.com. I have been a true fan of yours since before I attended medical school. You’re one of the best athletes I’ve had the good fortune to cheer over the course of a career, particularly during your years as a Red “Sock”, as Youk calls himself.

    I will get to the serious matter at hand. WHO do you personally know, even in their 30’s, who can say after extensive shoulder surgery and full “rehab” that they are now at 70% of what they were prior to surgery?

    I can put you in contact with patients who DO say that they are at 140% of what they ever recall their shoulder being – EVER!

    I would like to speak with you today, since Monday is “D” day.

    Hopefully you read this blog as I have no other way to contact you.

    Call my office listed on my website. I will check messages throughout the day even though it’s Sunday.

    YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE! There is a solution.

    Dr. Jo Ann Douglas
    Osteopathic Physician
    Regenerative Solution
    http://www.youhavethesolution.com

    PS I’m also trying to get in touch with Tiger Woods

  510. jimpat6058 permalink
    June 22, 2008 12:54 pm

    Curt, best of luck on your surgery. Thanks for all the big wins.
    Your a hall of Famer.
    Jim from Pennsylvania

  511. rikhub permalink
    June 22, 2008 1:58 pm

    Curt,

    You don’t owe us a thing……

    Get healthy for your family…..

  512. rikhub permalink
    June 22, 2008 1:59 pm

    Go SOX…

  513. blujeangirl permalink
    June 22, 2008 2:15 pm

    Curt, My thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery go to you for Monday. Thank you for all of the memories you’ve given us over the years – not just here in Red Sox Nation, but everywhere you’ve pitched. You and your family are inspirations for your strength of character and depth of faith.

    Peace and strength to you on Monday. I hope it’s not as bad as they think it is.

    Gina in RI

  514. bossdelaney permalink
    June 22, 2008 2:38 pm

    Good Luck Curt!

  515. Steve T permalink
    June 22, 2008 3:08 pm

    Curt–what a run you’ve had! I can remember that commercial you shot when you first signed about taking care of a curse and I thought, ugh, what an idiot. I couldn’t have been happier to have been proved wrong.

    Best of luck with your surgery and all you’ve done for Red Sox fans since 2004. Next stop, Hall of Fame.

  516. purplelady9 permalink
    June 22, 2008 6:06 pm

    Good luck on Monday. You are one class act. Thanks for all the years of watching some of the best pitching of all time. Hope you make it back for next year!

  517. ne4327 permalink
    June 22, 2008 6:32 pm

    Curt THANKS for the memorys . It doe’s not matter if you come back to pitch or not because you were the shot in the arm the “REDSOX” needed to take thire play to the next level and win the series back in 04 and to battle threw the pain and injurys to help keep the sox storng and help them be what thay are today .

    I am A Loyal sox fan from western mass. Go SOX

  518. aaaaah permalink
    June 22, 2008 7:00 pm

    Hey Curt, your time in Boston has been inspirational, both to the team and to the fans (myself included). Trust in God in all His plans for you. Good luck and God Bless!

    Max (Singapore)

  519. tjamesguinn permalink
    June 22, 2008 7:30 pm

    Wow. It’s hard to imagine An October game with all the marbles on the line without you on the hill coming through in the clutch. I’d love to see you take the mound on many more cool autumn nights, and I’m really hoping that comes to pass, but I also appreciate your stance that if you can’t physically give 100 percent you respect the game enough to say goodbye. To me those two gems you threw in the ALCS and Series would be a fitting swan song to your incredible career if it came to it. Seriously I teared up a bit when you tipped your cap to the Fenway crowd after Game 2 of the Series. Hey if nothing else I’m thinking a go at sports journalism…you really have a way with words! Best wishes Curt and thanks for sharing your thoughts as always.

    P.S.: I know it’s a probably a game you would like to forget, but I do take pride in the fact that I saw you pitch (aqainst Atlanta 6/18/07) in my very first big league game. Seeing you take the mound was an honor and it’s an evening i will never forget.

  520. mwayne1 permalink
    June 22, 2008 8:10 pm

    Curt:

    I wrote this on Frdiay, but I can see the strong literary integrity of your blog seems to delete emails that do not kiss your butt.

    Man, you are such a drama QUEEN! You are writing this stuff about your injury and your impending retirement as if it’s news to anyone. Did you just realize your career is over? 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 and you’re acting like you just found that out.

    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 ESPN.com be your announcement that you have officially joined a tv network. Now that would be new news to tell us. Let’s see if you have the gonads to do that, otherwise, shut up and keep your comments to yourself. Only people up in boston care about your old news drama.

    -m

  521. misselaine permalink
    June 22, 2008 8:11 pm

    Curt, Best of luck to you on Monday. I hope the game’s not over for you.

    Thank you for bringing two World Series Titles to Boston. I will always think of you fondly. I’m so glad my father got to see the 2004 W.S. win before he passes away. That meant so much to him and to our family as we are avid Sox fans.

    God Bless you and your family.

  522. richduqu permalink
    June 22, 2008 8:15 pm

    Curt………many people here have many words to say……but all i can say for myself, my father, my grandfather and possibly most people out there………THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH

  523. patrickjp21 permalink
    June 22, 2008 9:09 pm

    Curt-
    Thanks for everything, good luck on monday even though regardless of the outcome youve done enough for us here in titletown forever. Cooperstown is waiting my friend,

    Patrick P

  524. tmscrappity permalink
    June 22, 2008 9:39 pm

    Curt,

    I am praying for you. I think you are an incredible man. Have faith in God that he will take you to whatever level you are supposed to be at next in your life. It will make me sad not to see you play again, but your health must come first for you and your family! Take care!

    Blessings to YOU and Your Family,
    and the SOX!

    tmscrappity

  525. rickrob49 permalink
    June 22, 2008 10:20 pm

    Schill, all the best to an honest class guy.
    I firmly believe you were the difference in ’04. Guts, skill and heart – a great combination, that brought us the Series. Guys like you don’t come along everyday, you are the kind of player kids should look up to.
    If you are unable to come back please know that all of Red Sox Nation is thankful for your dedication and ability that gave us the championship we hoped for for so long. And then another, last year.
    Even if you can’t come back, and I pray you can, stay around the game. It needs prople like you.
    You are the best & I’ll go to Cooperstown for your induction.
    Rick
    Buffalo, NY
    ( grew up in Worcester, Ma.)

  526. rocketx1a permalink
    June 22, 2008 10:20 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks again for everything you have done for Red Sox nation!! After the disaster of 2003 I had only been a Sox fan for a mere 4 years( since i was about 10) and I didnt know if i could bear that disappointment for the rest of my life every season. Each season brought new hope of victory but you brought us reality. Thank you.

    The determination and will power to succeed you showed in 2004 is proof to us all that if there is a possibility to come back you will be there on that mound making batters look absolutely foolish in 2009. If not it has been an awesome ride. I idolized you over many of the “Superstar” Sox players because you showed a passion for the game that was evident on t.v. and you had that likability factor. When I turned on the t.v. and was watching the Sox game my dad came in and was watching the game with me. He watched you pitch a few innings and noticed your reactions and your drive and having only watched you a little while said to me “I like that Schilling Guy, he looks like hes having fun out there”.

    Your more than an amazing athlete, although i cant base this from experience being around you, the way you write (and i can tell its with sincerity)and the way you carry yourself with charitable work its clear your an amazing person as well. Good luck in surgery and I agree with a few previous comments. Baseball Tonight Analyst Curt Schilling or Pitching Coach Curt Schilling has a nice ring to it!

    Good Luck and Thanks for everything

    Andrew
    Syracuse, N.Y. (enemy territory)

  527. jcrowley permalink
    June 22, 2008 10:41 pm

    Curt, thanks so much for all that you have done for the Sox. You’re definitely old school and we all appreciate how you left it all out on the field every 5th day. You’re truly an inspiration and I will personally never forget the balls you showed in 04. Thanks and good luck with the surgery.

    JC

  528. June 23, 2008 12:44 am

    Thank you for all you have done. Thanks to you my daughter waited just nine short weeks for the Red Sox to be champions. I hope we have outspoken honest and attituded players like you in the future to help keep the fans in touch with the things we never got before your blog. Thanks again and I hope you get another 8 million next year for your return….take care and RSN is with you.

  529. cindyjayrn permalink
    June 23, 2008 12:55 am

    Thank you for all that you have given to us Red Sox fans. Your courage, strength, and character have been inspiring. While I hope it is not the end of your career, know that you played the game well and blessed your fans with your presence. Know that those two world series rings mean a lot, and remember how hard you personally worked to get those.

    You will be in my prayers!

    Red Sox fan in Astoria, OR

  530. ksm1616 permalink
    June 23, 2008 3:09 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for everything, especially 2004. Without you, we do not win the World Series. What you did in game 6 at Yankee Stadium will NEVER be forgotten. I’ve enjoyed watching you pitch over the years and hope we get to see more of you on the comeback trail. If not, you will be missed. Thanks again Curt!

  531. paulh428 permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:27 am

    Curt, you are the anchor of this pitching staff. It’s going to be hard going on with the season without you, especially the post where you’ve helped this team secure two World Series. Your pitching will be definitely missed. Really shocked to hear you going through season ending surgery, possibly even your career. I hope that I can, along with all of RSN, see you back next year for one more!

    If this is indeed your last year in the Majors, I wish you and your family the best of luck in everything. Thank you for your heroics on and off the field. No matter what anyone says, we all love the blood, sweat, and tears you put into this team and this city. GL #38.

    Paul
    Lowell, MA

  532. redsoxfan58 permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:42 am

    I hope your surgery goes well and your shoulder heals quickly.
    You are the best pithcher ever and I appreciate all you’ve done for the Red Sox, especially in the post season.

    Frankie in MD

  533. carefitz permalink
    June 23, 2008 6:56 am

    Schill,
    While I am horribly sad that you may not pitch this season, I do wish you well in your surgery and agree that you are making the right decision.

    I have been a fan of yours as long as I have been a fan of baseball – gosh, like about 20 years. I’ve followed you from team to team and have been in awe of your talent to pitch and play the most beautiful sport. In fact, being a fan of yours, has turned me into a Red Sox fan (that, along with the fact that I hate the Yanks, so I really belong on the other side of the line, don’t you think? 🙂 )

    Anyway, your strength will see you through this. And I hope that someday you can pitch again, in a Red Sox uniform or otherwise. My thoughts are with you and your family today but I know all will go well.

    Thank you for the memories and for still being the best damn pitcher MLB has ever known.

    Love,
    Carolynne in MD

  534. jdlewi01 permalink
    June 23, 2008 6:57 am

    Curt,

    Thank you for mentioning Bridget on the radio, it is very encouraging!

    We have been praying endlessly for the healing of her cancer. There is a concert to support her and raise money for a scholarship fund for her 2 year old and the baby on the way. It is at Park Street Church at 7:00pm on Thursday the 26th.

    Thank you for supporting the Boston community. You will be in our prayers and we wish you luck.

    -Jeff

  535. mwelch175 permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:10 am

    Dear Mr.Shilling and Family,I know this note is one of so many and I don’t know if you’ll even get to read it, but my family would like to extend our deepest thanks to you and the Red Sox for giving us some of the greatest entertainment your sport has to offer.We wish you the best on your Procedure and Godspeed on your recovery.Thank You again Mr. Shilling and the Red Sox. Sincerely M.Welch and Family

  536. mannysps2 permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:28 am

    Good luck to you today G38. Thank you for 2004. It means more to some of us than you can ever imagine. I differ from you on politics, religion and who knows what else. What you did for the Red Sox and New england in 2004 will be your legacy, comeback or not.
    You could pitch for the Yankees and I’d still root for you. (Couldn’t think of a better compliment)

    Thanks for all you’ve done,

    MPS2 in Austin

  537. fusion27 permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:38 am

    Curt, from a Tribe fan and Curt Shilling fan, God speed on your recovery. I’ll be focusing healing energies and prayers at your shoulder.

    You’re a great competitor. I’d love to see you throw some more, if I can’t have that, I’ll keep an eye on your blog, PLEASE KEEP BLOGGING!!

    Even if you have 5 more seasons… With 3 rings, WS MVP and a bloody sock, I can’t see how you wouldn’t make it in to the HOF. What a competitor!

    You’re my favorite Yankee killer.

  538. marsh7818 permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:43 am

    Good Luck with the Surgery and the next phase of your life. I am sure you will be somehow connected to baseball in one way or another!!!!

  539. jeannecormier permalink
    June 23, 2008 8:45 am

    I will keep you in my thoughts Curt. I’ve had 4 rotator cuff surgeries in the last 3 years (well 4 in 2 years, but its been 2 years now since the last one). my left rotator cuff was torn off the bone, and I had 2 surgeries to repair it. and neither worked. I finally found a great surgeon who grafted pigskin on my left shoulder. Now I have almost full range of motion on both shoulders.

    What i’m saying is that the surgery isn’t fun; rehab’s a real bitch; but it can be done. And with all the other miraculous things you and the sox have accomplished, I know you can do this.

    Go Schil!

  540. mick60a permalink
    June 23, 2008 8:55 am

    Curt;

    Thanks for all that you have done for the Red Sox the past few years.

    I am sure you will be back in some way shape in form. Keep the faith.

    I know you will be fine.

    Mick

  541. oaklandaussie permalink
    June 23, 2008 10:19 am

    G’day Curt,

    You’ll be fine, you’re made of the same unkillable stuff that Randy Johnson is.

    I look forward to seeing you facing Oakland at some stage next year.

    Keep thinking positive, old man! 🙂 🙂 😉 😉

    Daniel in Australia. 🙂

  542. athosn8 permalink
    June 23, 2008 12:23 pm

    Hell yeh man! You have nothing to fear. Good times ahead with your family and friends. World series reporting and LOADS of MMO time.

    Thanks for being a class act for so many years. I hope my kids have someone as ethical and solid morally as you to watch play a game they love.

    Chin up and good health for 40 more years!

  543. rwpittmanjr permalink
    June 23, 2008 12:41 pm

    Curt
    I just wanted to wish you the best with your surgery. The way you played the game was an inspiration. It comes to no surprise to me that if this is the end, the way you exit the game will also be an inspiration. Thank you for all that you did on the field – the legacy that you and your teammates made will be talked about long after we are all gone. And thank you for being a real person, with real ideas and opinions – it makes life far more interesting.

  544. jackstraw65 permalink
    June 23, 2008 1:02 pm

    Shill.
    I remember the commercial for,I think, Chevy. It showed a pick=up truck slowing down to pick you and a suitcase up by the side of a dusty road. The driver asked where you were headed, and you said something like, “Boston. I’ve got a curse to break.” Prophetic,huh? I want to thank you for doing just that, and in as heroic a fashion as possible. Noone can say your heart and soul wasn’t in this for us. We wouldn’t be here without you. Thanks, and hopefully all will go well for you today.Hope to see you on the mound again, but if not, enjoy your family, and drop a line to us when you can.

  545. glap1 permalink
    June 23, 2008 1:15 pm

    Curt, Thanks for everything! In 2004, you helped to bring tears of joy to my eyes and thoughts of listening to Red Sox games from an old Philco radio with my grandfather . If I could buy you a beer I would!
    Be Well,
    Gary

  546. June 23, 2008 1:57 pm

    Thinking of you today, Curt. Hope all goes (went) well! Chaiah

  547. rabbiofrock permalink
    June 23, 2008 2:39 pm

    there are so many reasons to be appreciative of such a great career… as a Sox fan, there are not enough ways to say thank you. for the effort, the blood, the blogs, the tremendous amount of respect that you have for baseball fans (sports fans, really), and for delivering on your promise to take us where we hadn’t been in 86 years. I feel so fortunate to have been able to see you pitch and to have the dvd’s to show my 19 month old son when he gets older.
    i also work in radio. and i have to tell you, i respect the HELL out of you for calling in and calling out the blow-hards on the talk radio shows. its become quite a mockery out there, and while i may not agree with certain opinions, i appreciate that you have the integrity to cry foul when you see or hear someone saying something foolish.
    i hope to hell that you make the Hall. i think all that you have given to the game and to us fans should be given right back to you.
    thank you Mr. 38Pitches, Mr. Bloody Sock, Mr. Schilling…. I hope one day that I can call you Mr. Hall Of Famer…

  548. shanebeingmanny permalink
    June 23, 2008 3:25 pm

    Curt,

    I’m a 17-year-old Red Sox fan and I must say if the Sox had to win one game with the season on the line I’de would’ve wanted to see you starting on the mound. Thanks for your efforts on and off the field throughout the years and ecspecially in 2004 and 2007. I wish you well and good luck with your prognosis.

    -shane from ME

  549. stogeyman permalink
    June 23, 2008 3:27 pm

    Curt,

    I am a life-long Sox fan and throughly enjoyed what you brought to this club. Class, integrity, character and a commitment unmatched. Thank you.
    I have only one question; Which hat will you be wearing when you go to the hall?

    Stogeyman

  550. metaljaybird permalink
    June 23, 2008 4:13 pm

    Michael Weiss,

    Go cry somewhere else. Business is business, and you know that.

    Curt,

    Best of luck. God bless you and your family, and thanks for the memories. 2004 is top 10 in Boston Sports history.

  551. jerseysox permalink
    June 23, 2008 4:20 pm

    Curt, you were and will always be an inspiration and great pitcher. You have brought the title back to Boston twice, and will always be in my heart.
    have a smooth surgery on Monday, and you are strong, you’ll be back, and if you aren’t you’ll go down in my books as the greatest pitcher.

  552. isolemnlysweariamuptonogood permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:10 pm

    Hey Curt,

    When they fixed your shoulder, did they throw in a free lobotomy so you can be a better writer?

    Good riddance to you and your holier-than-thou b.s.

  553. alonbenavraham permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:26 pm

    Curt,

    I saw you throw your 1 hitter in Oakland and was in awe.

    Besides watching John Lester win game 4, there was hardly a better story on the mound than you pitching at 40 in the playoffs and performing the way you did. You are a credit to the Sox Nation and will always be remembered by me as an incredible pitcher, and a leader of young talent through some of the best years of Red Sox baseball I’ve enjoyed since I became a fan in 1996.

    Good luck with rehab. If we don’t see you on the mound again, I hope to g-d we see you in a Sox uniform as a coach. John Farrell could use a good assistant right? 😉

  554. dunhamdru permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:26 pm

    Your the Red Sox savior, we hope you get in the HoF too.

    I’m really writing here to say that Bob Ryan is an idiot. I just saw him on PTI (big surprise he was free tonight to fill in for Tony eh?) ranting about you. Bob Ryan just sank below Skip Bayless in my book. That’s saying something.

  555. darayankee4ever permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:39 pm

    Hey, i wish your career, and your BIG MOUTH, are both finally over. I don’t recall the Elite team; with 26 World Series Championships, pursuing you and your overblown head. So sayanara, Schilling, not sad to see you go. You don’t have the class to ever be a Yankee.

  556. kurt998 permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:48 pm

    Curt,

    Your bloody sock is in the hall of fame. That means you are in. The writers may or may not vote for you personally. The bloody sock shows a hall of fame spirit to win. A 11-2 post season record, too. No foolish hall of fame voter can take that away.

  557. donmehan permalink
    June 23, 2008 6:38 pm

    Curt,

    Just saw the AP report saying all went well with the surgery and that you could be back throwing come January.

    If and when you do come back (whether with the Sox or another – except the Yankees of course) we wish you the best and hope you go out in what may be your final season with a bang!

    Thanks for all the excitement you gave us the four years you were with the Red Sox. That game with the bloody sock will go down in infamy! We all know you gave it everything you got and without you the Red Sox would not be the classy and winning team they are today.

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    God Bless!

  558. sleepytimejason permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:13 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Thank you for what you have done for Red Sox Nation. It has been a peasure to watch you pitch and I hope and pray that this is not it.

    God Bless,
    Mat

  559. rdorissa permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:18 pm

    Thank you, Curt, for your great effort and your candor.

    Am crossing my fingers that I’ll see you pitching at Fenway next season!

    ~rob

  560. dllanos permalink
    June 23, 2008 7:24 pm

    Curt,

    So you rubbed some people the wrong way, who cares. The real fans of the game will remember what you meant to the game. I´m a diehard yankee fan, you stuck to me back in 2001, and there you were again back in 2004 with those damn Red sox, and talkin bout red socks, you had to go out and pitch masterfully Game 6, and force a Game 7.

    They say there´s a fine line between love and hate.

    Thank you and best wishes.

    There is no question regarding your place in Cooperstown.

  561. maristfan permalink
    June 23, 2008 8:02 pm

    Curt,

    Every big game I have been to at Fenway starred you on the mound. I just want to thank you for two of the best memories I may ever have:

    -Game 2 of the ’04 Series, 6 innings of one of the most legendary performances by a professional athlete there ever has been or ever will be. You came out of the pen with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” blaring and 35,000 strong going crazy, we didn’t have the media to tell us about your ankle…we just knew Schill was dealing and it felt like we were destined to finally end the drought that year. They make Mastercard commercials about that game and the game you pitched before, no really, I saw one a couple of weeks later.

    -Game 6 of the ’07 ALCS, against Carmona who had been unhittable all year you showed up and went 7 in what was probably the turning point game in winning it for the second time in Beantown. With our backs against the wall again, for some reason the thought never came across my mind that we could lose that game, that series, or the whole show that year.

    Good luck to you and your family, and thank you again for the memories.

    -Jared (lifelong Sox fan living in NYC)

  562. keithcountry1025 permalink
    June 23, 2008 8:09 pm

    First THANK YOU for it all….Nice to see that people have stepped up and
    expressed how much you’ve meant to not just the city, but to everyone
    you’ve touched.

    Second..I hope you can print out the comments, place them in a binder
    and bring it out, years from now to enjoy.

  563. tarat1010 permalink
    June 23, 2008 9:14 pm

    Curt,

    I know you have hundreds of comments to this entry and probably will never get a chance to read them all. I live in Florida but I was in Boston for my first trip to Fenway when you made your announcement about the surgery. I have to say I am dissapointed that I didnt realize the last time I saw you pitch on tv in the WS would be the last time we would get to see you pitch at all. I kept hoping you would be back before the end of the season. I have been following your blog for the last two seasons and although I always liked you as a pitcher, I have grown to really respect you as a person. The game of baseball and the Sox were/are incredibly blessed to have a great pitcher and great man such as yourself play for them. I will definitely be praying for you and have faith that your surgery will go well. I will still be hoping to see you pitch again! As a member of Red Sox Nation, I think I speak for all of us when I say…Thank you.

    Tara
    tarat1010@gmail.com

  564. stevec1949 permalink
    June 23, 2008 10:02 pm

    Good luck dude-

    Cookie #17

  565. sandberg23 permalink
    June 23, 2008 11:21 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Glad to hear the surgery was successful! I was bummed to hear you wouldn’t be back this year. You are such a great competitor and I love your approach. A number of years back the Indians made a pitch for your services and you received a tremendous ovation at the Jake during the AllStar game and I hoped and prayed that you would join my Tribe. Even though you didn’t I still followed your career and loved, LOVED, that you guys in Boston won a couple WS and knocked the great Yanks down a peg.

    Best of luck and God bless

  566. feltdog permalink
    June 24, 2008 2:17 am

    I hope that you do get a chance to return. I missed you this spring when I was in Florida, I hope you got the 101st Airborne coins I left for you. I’m praying for you and your family, so take care of yourself.

  567. June 24, 2008 3:18 am

    Since most of the folks on this blog are Boston fans, I just wanted to say thanks from all the Phans in Philly. I hope you and your family are doing well . . . . . Go Phightins!

  568. pauliwood permalink
    June 24, 2008 4:25 am

    Curt,

    Best of luck to you and your recovery from this. First and foremost, I hope it heals in such a way so you don’t feel discomfort, and are able to enjoy time with your children and wife. Redsox nation does hope that you will one day return to the mound. Sadly, it seems, if it does happen, it will not be in a Red Sox uniform, however there is always a possiblity, right? =)

    We thank you for putting your career at risk in 2004, pitching on your bad ankle, having your tendon stapled in place and more than likely pitching through pain to deliver on a proclamation of delivering us a world series.

    Wishing you a speedy pain free recovery !

  569. carolynsgill permalink
    June 24, 2008 5:59 am

    Hey Big Schill!

    I am praying for your safe, thorough, and quick healing.

    I have much appreciated your many contributions on many levels to the Red Sox, and resonate with your forthright and genuine attitude. It must be a family trait!

    Would love to be in contact… I hail from the Schilling Clan from Stetten, Wuertemburg, Germany and live right here in Andover, MA. My part of the family imigrated in 1846.

    Could be that we distanct cousins.

    Carolyn Shilling Gill

  570. ctbosoxfan36 permalink
    June 24, 2008 6:00 am

    Curt, thanks for all the memories. I remember your days in New Britian. It would have been nice if the trade to Baltimore never happened and you played most of you career with the Sox. I’m sure that we will see you in the middle of next year pitching somewhere. Thanks

  571. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 24, 2008 6:15 am

    Kurt, that Shank Shaughnessy is trying to re-ignite his war of words with you. What a losah Shank is. Doesn’t he know that you will not argue with a moron? Sheesh.

    He is so jealous of you, Kurt. Plus he can’t sell his little books as well as Mike Lupica, and he can’t write as well as Bob Ryan does in the Globe, so he takes the gutless puke way out by trying to goad you into something. Maybe he figures the notoriety of being Mr. Negative Punk will sell more of his little books (which are just not readable).

    I guess it’s more sad than anything, for Shank that is.

  572. rick0577 permalink
    June 24, 2008 6:26 am

    Curt thank you for everything!! You were a classy member of Sox Nation and were a true warrior on and off the field. I’m saddened to think of not seeing you pitch. You said you came to the SOX with one thing agenda. Bring a World Series Title to Boston. You did it twice! Thank you for helping the club get over the hump. Would you ever be interested in being a member of the organization? I feel the young pitchers would benefit tremendously from you as some sort of coach.

  573. frankw1 permalink
    June 24, 2008 6:54 am

    Prayed for you before all of this came up. Prayed for you for your willingness to be standing and trusting the Lord. Praying and thanking Him for taking care of you and bringing you through surgery. He sets before us each day and we will continue to pray for your recovery. For those of us who appreciate all that you have done for others and baseball we will pray that He will consider your return next year. Either way, in addition to being a great pitcher, you will also be able to be a Dad and husband and that pleases Him. Blessings to you and your family. I am 71 and living in PA now but will always bleed Red Sox Red and now that I have seen the best hitter ever…Ted Williams and Curt Schilling the best pitcher!

  574. June 24, 2008 6:55 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    There is not a thing to worry about, you had a great run and gave every Sox fan some of the greatest moments in the teams history…. I now have only one request…….

    Call John McCain and let him know your available to be on his ticket!!!

    You Da Man!

    RGR Mike

  575. mjeasl permalink
    June 24, 2008 7:09 am

    Curt,

    We are all enthusiastically happy about the early reports on your surgery and hope to see you as a “hired gun” next year. Let’s hope it is the good guys that hire you (Boston, Philly). We would hate to see you in pinstripes!

    Thank you ever so much for ’04 and ’07 and everything in between, before and hopefully after.

    -Matt
    (faithful member of the Nation since ’67, living in SEPA)

  576. arpwave permalink
    June 24, 2008 8:08 am

    Curt,
    I work with the ARPwave protocol which rapidly accelerates the body’s ability to recover from from surgery and other injuries. We work with MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA players to get them back on the field, even when traditional modalities fail. Please email us at arpwave@comcast.net or visit our website at http://www.arpwave.com for more information. We can maximize your ability to pitch again. Good luck and Good Health.
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  577. June 24, 2008 8:18 am

    Curt-

    Not the way I wanted to see this year pan out, and it would not be too obvious to say it’s not the way you wanted it to end either.

    If you never throw another baseball as a major leaguer, so be it.

    From this old Sox fan, thanks for all you have done on the field and off, and especially for being a key piece of the 2004 championship team. For me, it will remain as one of the best baseball seasons, ever.

    Tom

  578. alfrommilwaukee permalink
    June 24, 2008 8:48 am

    Curt,

    Lucky the Red Sox didn’t take your whining seriously last year. Remember how you were bitching because they were disrespecting you by not offering you a multi-year deal? As it is, you are making good coin this year for not doing a damn thing because they were stupid enough to sign you for one year.

    Glad your career’s over.

    Have fun counting your millions.

    Al

  579. edibart permalink
    June 24, 2008 9:06 am

    Hi Curt,

    I am happy to hear that your surgery went well! I just had the exact same surgery two weeks ago today. My recovery has been slow but I am regaining flexibility and movement a little more every day. I hope your rehab goes well and I look forward to seeing you pitch again wether it be in a Sox uniform or any other!

  580. jonsullivan permalink
    June 24, 2008 9:21 am

    Curt,
    I had the privilege of being at Game 2 last year and watching your amazing performance with my father from 5 rows behind home plate. In addition to being the World Series, this game was especially significant because 2 weeks earlier my dad was diagnosed with stage 4, inoperable prostate cancer. From James Taylor saluting my dad before the game because he had on a hat from The Citadel, to you throwing a solid 6, and Oki and Papelbon closing it out, the night was simply magical. I know that the time I spent with my father at that game will always be one of my favorite memories. Thank you! Good luck with the surgery, as I told my dad, “If the Sox can win two World Series in our lifetimes, you can beat this.”

  581. irnbru permalink
    June 24, 2008 9:25 am

    So glad to read that your surgery went so well.

    I wish I could write some long eloquent missive on how what you did here for the last few years affected me, what it meant to me, but I don’t have those words.

    So thank you. We’ll never forget. And don’t be a stranger :).

  582. wally97 permalink
    June 24, 2008 9:59 am

    Glad to hear the surgery apparently went well. GOOD LUCK!

  583. seattlesoxfan permalink
    June 24, 2008 10:57 am

    Congratulations to you on your successful surgery Curt. We were all with you in spirit.

    I know that those kinds of things must not be any kind of picnic for Shonda and the kids, so please pass along our best wishes to them as well.

    Please take care, rest up and I hope you are able to stay pain free.

    Cheers from Seattle!

  584. June 24, 2008 12:20 pm

    Get well Schill. Even if you never pitch again, you are a Boston Sports Hero, and Hall of Famer in my book

  585. kypselos permalink
    June 24, 2008 12:29 pm

    Curt,

    Off the field, me may very well disagree on just about everything. But, from where I sit as a baseball fan, watching you pitch has been nothing short of an honor and a privilege. As a lifetime Bostonian who’s been an Arizona resident since 2001, I have been lucky enough to follow your career for a while now, and watched you pitch in three World Series. I have nothing but respect for the class and dignity you’ve always shown on the mound. Witnessing the Sox run in 2004, and your part in it, has been the highlight of my life as a sports fan. I sincerely hope to see you on a mound next year throwing gas, but if that’s not what happens, I wish you the best. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the city of Boston.

  586. bostonian2307 permalink
    June 24, 2008 1:21 pm

    Thanks for everything Curt. I’m glad that your surgery went well. ’04 and ’07 were amazing journeys and I’m glad that you could have helped the team win the big one (twice!). Best of luck and I hope to see you again in a Red Sox uniform next year.

  587. rodmac permalink
    June 24, 2008 1:38 pm

    Mr. Shilling, Lets really face the facts. The only reason you’re even thinking of hanging on now is the Hall of Fame. I certainly don’t blame you for that. Right now I’d guess you are border line for an induction. Although if they take into account your post season wins, that could tip the scales in your favor. I pretty much think you will get in eventually, but there are a lot of non 300 game winners becoming eligible around now.
    With the pitch count and the 5 day rotation, I think that 300 game winners are becoming a thing of the past. Randy Johnson might be the last one to do it, if he can hang on. I hope he does.
    The days of 25-30 game winners are over. I don’t know why, but it’s the trend. I think that the writers have to re-think what makes a pitcher qualify for the Hall of Fame. If they do you’ll make it someday.
    Them’s the facts. But I hope it goes in your favor, even if you never pitch again.
    rod

  588. se02625 permalink
    June 24, 2008 1:56 pm

    Curt – As a baseball geek and a Yankee fan who doesn’t hate you (although I do think their recent “ring-less” collection of underachievers has let you off the hook in some crucial moments)-

    my question is about the 2001 WS, 7th game, 8th inning-
    What went through your mind between the time the pitch left your hand and the moment Soriano’s homer hit the seats in left? It must have seems slike an eternity, and I’ve always been curious about what parts of your life passed before your eyes….

  589. theotherm permalink
    June 24, 2008 2:11 pm

    Hi Curt
    Glad to hear the surgery went well, you were in our thoughts the whole time.
    You’ve thrilled us since you got here in 04 and did exactly what you said you would in that truck commercial… I hope somehow you’ll be back in a Sox uniform, on the mound to help win another championship! If not, you will always be in our hearts… THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!!!!

  590. luvthesox permalink
    June 24, 2008 3:25 pm

    Curt, my son and I got to watch you pitch last season for the first time. We hope it’s not the last, but whatever happens you are and will always be a great pitcher. See you in the Hall of Fame!

  591. madasox permalink
    June 24, 2008 5:51 pm

    Glad that it went well good luck and I hope to see you in a Sox uniform again.

  592. fanfromfalls permalink
    June 24, 2008 6:41 pm

    I descend from generations of Red Sox fans. Many of them died without seeing a Red Sox World Series Championship. You gave that to me and to them in memory. When asked “who is your favorite ball player” I answer ” Curt Schilling….when asked “who is the person you most admire” I answer “Curt Schilling”. I will never forget the Red Sock but more than that I will never forget your run to the bullpen when it looked like the team might need you. Thank you for everything you have done for baseball…thank you for everything you have done for Boston….thank you for everything you continue to do for mankind…and thank you for everything you have done for me.

  593. schillingsdivagirl permalink
    June 24, 2008 7:54 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I am sorry that rehab alone didn’t work out. No one can say anything bad about you to me, or they are gonna hear it! “wicked haaad” LOL! remember that when you first came to Boston and did that commercial?
    I hope your recovery from surgery goes smooth and faster than anyone thought. I really hope that we will see you pitch again next season! I love your grin and the way you always speak your mind!
    I am just curious where you were this season during the games. NESN never showed you sitting in the dugout chatting with Beckett or in the bullpen.
    Whatever the outcome is, I am convinced since I loved you in ARI and then when you came here, YOU helped us win 2 World Series and I will always remember that! Glad I got to Cooperstown to see your bloody sock! I love ya big guy, no matter what! Sincerely Sha Sha

  594. cjcingjt permalink
    June 24, 2008 10:10 pm

    Curt,
    I’ll be pulling for you while you and I both rehab our right shoulder. Unfortunately, I got “those” words, “Sorry, but your throwing career is over.” An arthroscopic cuff repair turned into open shoulder surgery. My surgeon had to fix a mobile fracture of my acromion, reattach the deltoid that had to be separated from the fractured bone; repair two shreaded cuff tendons (no anchored needed, though, like darning socks); repair the deltoid he had to split to get at it all; then finally the ligament holding my biceps tendon in place was ruptured so he had to cut the tendon and anchor it to my shoulder.

    That’s what I get for umping my son’s little league game with no notice on a cold October night. My first throw back to the mound did it., though I’m sure it was just the last straw on an overworked shoulder. After that I could do no better than pitch hand grenades back to the mound!

    At 51 I had a good sports life: pitcher, short stop, 2nd base and catcher on two championship softball teams. I’ll find out if I can still drive a golf ball 300+ yards next summer, and maybe still be able to teach my son how to throw.

    Glad your surgery went well and the damage wasn’t as bad as mine. It would be nice to know how long it takes for you to be able to comb your hair with your right hand again! I couldn’t do both sides of my head for 60 days. I hope to see you on the mound again, but if not: You were the right man at the right time for the Red Sox, and one of my personal heros. cjc

  595. scrunnels permalink
    June 24, 2008 11:03 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Yavapai JC…really? I went to school at ERAU at Prescott…though I believe it was when you started with the Sox, small world though.

    This is my first time ever posting, I do read your blog and there is absolutely nothing to be upset about with a great career you had and earning 3 rings for sure. I’ve enjoyed seeing you pitch in games especially in the 2001 World Series against the Yanks w/ the D-backs and again in 2004 in the ALCS against the Yanks. Those were spectacular games. I hope you can make the return in ’09! The best of luck to you Curt!

  596. soxfan4life1112 permalink
    June 24, 2008 11:47 pm

    Hey Curt,
    There are a lot of people that have douted you in the past 3 years. You had that 1 unbelivable season in 04 but we havent seen anything like that since. All i wanted to say is thanks for the memories i will never forget the bloody sock. And the last thing i want to say is Yankees SUCK

    from,
    a True Sox Fan

  597. celticswin permalink
    June 25, 2008 9:56 am

    Ever consider donating the $8 mil to charity? I understand the Red Sox were contractually obligated to pay you, and it would be a tough call if I were in your position. Or if not all of it, a substantial chunk of it? You are very altruistic in other ways.

    Thank you for the memories and you are a hall of famer in my book (based on your post season production alone).

  598. goaliej54 permalink
    June 25, 2008 10:21 am

    Best of luck with whatever happens next, and prayers for a quick and safe recovery! We’ll never forget you or the rest of the ’04 Red Sox. 🙂

  599. June 25, 2008 10:36 am

    Hi Curt… I hope today finds you doing well, relatively speaking. I didn’t know where to post this but thought you might be interested. I am very anti-war but very pro helping our service men and women and I found a wonderful group that is doing just that. Please, let me explain…

    My younger daughter has a plethora of health issues ranging from High Functioning Autism to Tourettes Syndrome to Fibromyalgia and other health problems. Well, she has a custom designed manual wheelchair for when she is not feeling well. However, a couple of years ago her drs determined that she could use a motorized wheelchair because she was so exhausted and getting around was a real problem. The problem for us was that we do not have a wheelchair accessible home and cannot afford to have it modified nor can we afford a wheelchair accessible vehicle. So, our daughter used the chair when she lived on her own for a time and would store it at one of her “hangouts” for use. She moved back home and we placed this customized motorized wheelchair into storage and there it has sat for over a year now.

    We had a family discussion and decided to see if we could donate the chair to someone who could use it. It’s a rather unique item but thought someone out there might need it. After many contacts and attempts to find someone, I was placed in contact with an organization called National Veterans Foundation. http://www.nvf.org/ The gentleman with whom I spoke was Jim.

    Anyway, this organization found a man who has returned to the US after being injured in Iraq (treated in theater there and then transported to Germany then home). SSgt Burt now has cerebral palsy due to his head injury and, since returning home, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is married and father to 5 children – ages ranging from 15 yrs to 4 yrs. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He has had a manual chair for the past several months but his wife has had to push him everywhere…. The wheelchair we have will allow him much more freedom and his wife, as well… We are now trying to coordinate with Ft. Bragg (his company commander and his squad leaders) to get the chair to him.

    If anyone has any items like a motorized chair, a vehicle that is in good condition… anything like that, which you wish to donate, please contact this organization. They are helping our injured service men and women… and they deserve all the help we can give them.

    Thanks for the Soapbox, Curt…. Much appreciated.

    Chaiah (ToofarawayfromBoston)

    PS – Take care of yourself!

  600. radink permalink
    June 25, 2008 12:54 pm

    Curt,

    Hope all is well. AIE is pulling for you!

    For The Horde!

  601. June 25, 2008 1:36 pm

    “601 radink

    Curt,

    Hope all is well. AIE is pulling for you!

    For The Horde!”

    He’s horde? Ugh! You guys clean up barrens, please? Btw, we Alliance have been peeing on your bonfires.

  602. graywig permalink
    June 25, 2008 1:38 pm

    Curt-

    I was delighted to hear the surgery went well. Hope your recovery is as smooth. If it is meant to be, you’ll get to play again. If not, having your last game a win in the world series is a great way to finish. Ted Williams’ last at bat was a home run.

  603. mtromb permalink
    June 25, 2008 1:52 pm

    Good luck Schill. We sure hope to see you pitch for the Sox again.
    The first reports sound promising….
    Could you tell me when the Jolly Roger flag went up in the bullpen at Fenway? What is the story. Thanks, Mike

  604. davidgabrielsen permalink
    June 25, 2008 2:03 pm

    I sent this to Dan Shawnessey today……….

    I subscribed to the Direct TV package in 2004 (I’m in Cleveland and go back as far as the ’67 Sox team), basically because Schilling signed with the Red Sox. He said he was there to win….and unlike any other athlete signing that I can recall (A-Rod, Pedro, Lebron, Beckam, Kevin Brown, Santana to date, countless Sox signings, Torrez, Campbell, he actually did it. The biggest change in the five years that he has been there to the team and in their fans is that they go out every day, no matter who the opponent expecting to win. They left NY in 2004 with the ALCS AND with the Yankees’ swagger. To date, they still have it and the Yankees do not……and may never get it back. Schilling did that, no one else. HOF? Yup, he’ll join his sock there someday soon. It’s called presence.

  605. earache702 permalink
    June 25, 2008 3:08 pm

    Curt,

    While I wish you a full and speedy recovery, and would love to see you pitch again, the thought that you might come back one more year with a team other than the Red Sox is abhorrent to me. My history with the Sox goes back to 1966 and, as Yaz did, I would wish you to retire in your Sox uniform.

    You like Boston, your wife seems to like Boston; you’ve got a legacy, there. And, besides, if, as you say, you may never pitch again, you’re just one step closer to the HOF, and to becoming the next senator of the great state of Massachusetts.

    Whatever the outcome, thanks for the memories, Ya done good, kid!

  606. vtrn33 permalink
    June 25, 2008 3:15 pm

    Glad to hear that the surgery was successful but outcome is yet to be determined. Hope that you do want to rehab enough to get back into the game and if you do, that the speed of your pitches exceeds even your highest hopes.

    They had a program on NESN about Manny being Manny and they showed that excerpt of him looking over your shoulder while you were recording the pitches you had thrown that inning and Manny was just looking confused as usual. You just sat there shaking your head. How could you not want to come back to that???

    Good healing………………………God bless

  607. bostonknucklehead permalink
    June 25, 2008 6:53 pm

    Hi Curt,

    All the best man, We will pray that everything goes well and keep your head up no matter what. You have dont a lot for the sox.

  608. jeannasmom permalink
    June 25, 2008 9:28 pm

    Curt, I have heard on the news that your surgery went well. I hope this is true and you heal quickly. I was at the SOX game June 12th and I noticed one thing.. a LOT of fans wearing SCHILLING jerseys/t-shirts. No matter what the future holds for you, you will always have tons of fans all over. I can’t wait to hear how you’re doing and I really hope to see you pitch again. Take care! 🙂

  609. TheNorEaster permalink
    June 25, 2008 11:39 pm

    Thanks for setting the record straight, Curt. Hope all goes well.

  610. frodo1962 permalink
    June 26, 2008 9:35 am

    Curt:

    First off, glad to read that the surgery went well and the damage wasn’t as bad as some feared.

    Second, I commend you for taking the high road as far as CHB. I find it hard to believe that the Globe allows him to use his column as a weapon in his personal vendetta against you (or anyone else for that matter – back in the day I recall him writing similar attacks against Jim Rice).

    While he attacks your “paid gig”, he never addresses others who have similar ‘gigs’ … Doc Rivers for one and more importantly Larry Lucchino who had a ‘paid gig’ on the very same radio show. As for no tough questions … anyone who’s listened to Gerry Callahan interview folks knows that is certainly not true. And as for facing tough questions, when has he ever faced tough questions on radio or TV regarding the accuracy of his columns? Globe 10.0? Ya right.

    Again, I wish you and your family all the best. You have done a lot for the region between your on field accomplishments and your off field charitable works (to include your support for the soldiers).

  611. mlburton38 permalink
    June 26, 2008 11:07 am

    Curt,
    I was happy to hear things went well for you on Monday. Even if you don’t pitch again you will always be one of the Best Boston has had! I hope you will continue to call Massachusetts home. You have done alot for Boston and Medfield! I don’t always agree with your political views, as i stand on the other side, but you and Shonda have done so much for so many people. My brother, sister and I have all have had varying degrees of malenoma (?) and I am grateful for all you have done. Quick healing buddy! XOXOXO

  612. jtv18 permalink
    June 26, 2008 1:25 pm

    Shill,

    Nothing but the best to you and your family. If it is over, enjoy the memories and the rings and the good stuff. Forget CHB and all the negative crap. You had a great career. Hopefully it will continue. You will always be in my heart as you did for me what no others had, 2004 was the best thing in sports that I have ever seen. 2007 was great too, but, nothing like 2004 and that was because of you. My shoulder is old but in good shape and if they can transplant it, it’s yours.

  613. SoxPinkPony permalink
    June 26, 2008 1:59 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Thanks for the memories, and best wishes for a speedy recovery, whether it involves pitching or not!

    Please don’t stop being involved with the Sox or writing your blog, I love the insider’s view. Also, if CHB wants you to have some quality reporting on your show you should ask Bob Lobel to come on it… I hear he’s sorta unemployed… and if you ever really want to be on the radio maybe join WEEI as Joe Castiglione’s play by play partner? It’s been a bit dry since they sacked Jerry Trupiano, I bet you’d bring some missing color to the proceedings.

    Sorry if anyone else mentioned all that earlier, I didn’t have time to read all 600 comments.

    Again, HUGE thanks for everything and I’m sure we’ll see you around Fenway!

  614. sdepascale permalink
    June 26, 2008 3:25 pm

    Curt-

    First, thanks for all you’ve done for Red Sox Nation and good luck to you in the future, be it in retirement or one more season. In the end, you need to do what’s best for you and your family. You’ve been blessed with a great career, and if it ends like this well… going out as a champion isn’t so bad. ; )

    Have you heard about the incident between Ed Wade and Shawn Chacon? Wow. While I would never advocate violence, you can’t help but wonder what exactly happened, since he (Wade) must have said something Chacon really took offense to to react like that.

    Any thoughts on this?

  615. basilnovey permalink
    June 26, 2008 10:12 pm

    Curt,
    I see you as a family man and a man of God. If you are done with Baseball it is not the end of the world. Your family that you have raised is waiting for you. However, if you still got the hunger and passion, get to it! The rest of us are waiting!

  616. Hugh Jass permalink
    June 27, 2008 2:26 pm

    Kurt, love you man! You really gave it to ol’ Shank Shaughnessy.

    He is the least talented sportswriter in town, that much I know!

    Well, aside from that Herald hack who made false claims against the Pats that is…

  617. June 27, 2008 3:16 pm

    Curt

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! I hope this isn’t the end of your time on the mound, but if it is we were lucky to have you for as long as we did!!

    ALL THE BEST
    M

  618. June 28, 2008 9:07 am

    You know, all that really matters is that you and the Sox management are on the same page. You truly don’t need to address CHB or anyone else for that matter, because they’re the one that looks foolish when erroneous statements are made. Those who know what’s really going on, know the truth – and sometime’s it’s just best to ignore those who don’t.

    There’s a heckler in every crowd. 😉

    Hopefully your recovering well!
    Best wishes….

  619. soxfan362 permalink
    June 28, 2008 10:23 am

    Hi Curt, My dad started taking me to Fenway when it cost him $10- $3 each for bleacher seats and a buck apiece for a hot dog and soda. His dream- a World Series win for the sox. He didn’t live to see it,sadly. Next memory is a DD commercial where you say you’re coming to Boston to reverse an 86 year old curse. To those who are suspicious of the timing of your injury, its’ handling, or the $8 million, I say this. I wonder how many players would have put their health on the line to undergo experimental surgery involving, of all things, parts from a cadaver. That act of unselfish dedication to your team alone was worth far more than the amount some are complaining about now. May your surgery restore you to pain free health, whether you ever pitch again, and whether you do so in Boston or not. If my Dad were here, he’d thank you as I do.

  620. drillococco permalink
    June 28, 2008 11:34 am

    Thank you thank you thank you, Sir. Good luck with the surgery and God bless.

  621. westcoastsoxfan permalink
    June 28, 2008 10:33 pm

    Life with out you Curt, will be boring to say the least. You brought game and confidence to a beleaguered franchise. Because of your efforts many of us can proudly discuss the the thrilling victories instead of the heartbreaking losses.
    Here is to your fully recovery,and I hope like hell to see you on the mound again. If it is you against the odds, I’ll take you every time.
    God Bless Curt Schilling !

  622. feltdog permalink
    June 29, 2008 6:35 am

    Curt,

    I hope things are looking better for you. I was down this Spring (27Feb-7Mar) got to see the Dodgers at the Red Sox. I’m a baseball fan, like what you do for people, what you do for baseball. I hope that you are able to be apart of baseball for a long time. I had surgery right after I got back from Florida, so I know one thing you have to do, LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR. Take care, God Bless you and your family.
    101st Airborne Division

  623. June 29, 2008 7:03 am

    From what they said on WEEI the damage wasn’t as severe as originally thought. Still, anytime you go under the knife it is serious and quite painful. Rehab and then see if it is possible to pitch effectively. Take your time. – CJ

  624. jonnybaltimore permalink
    June 29, 2008 8:52 am

    Hi Curt,
    How soon some of the fans and some in the media forget the bloody sock and the dedication displayed by you in the past.You could havesigned for more money to go to the national leage but chose in the off season to sign here and got a clean bill of health from the Red Sox. Perhaps if the Red Sox listened to your doctor at the beginning of the season you could have had the surgery then and been available this year for the playoffs. You are a man of GREAT integrity, compasion, and intelligence and we have been fortunate to have you on the Red Sox these past four years.

  625. jonnybaltimore permalink
    June 29, 2008 8:56 am

    ps- I agree wit you Kobe is a punk the way he treats his teammates and I am glad he is a yankee fan (figures):-).

  626. glbjkcb permalink
    June 30, 2008 7:51 am

    Curt,

    I have the utmost respect for you and the job you have done for the Nation!!! I understand the surgery went perfectly and the doctor said you could be throwing off a mound in January. Would you be willing to accept a job as a long reliever and spot starter next year? I think you could really solidify the bullpen as well as continue to mentor the young pitchers in our organization( Delcarmen, Hansen, Lester, etc…). I know how much Tito and John Farrell really value your input and you could lead the Sox in a different capacity for years to come. Also, I think someone needs to pass on to texasspudro that the baseball HOF is in Cooperstown and not in Canton, but if he wants to go to Canton for your HOF introduction, then he is more than welcome to. I will be in Cooperstown on that great day.

  627. txmastar permalink
    June 30, 2008 12:22 pm

    Hi Curt!

    Hope your recovery is going very well. Could you update the blog to let us know how you are doing?

    I had hip replacement surgery the week before you (and we are the same age!!!!). I know the PT will make a huge difference for you, as it is for me.

    Hang in there…. and as I am learning…. Tylenol, ice, and rest when you need to will work wonders!!!!

    Keep the faith!
    Ann

  628. kellycote permalink
    July 1, 2008 7:42 am

    Don’t bother acknowledging the wanker, Curt. We all know you are an up-standing guy, anyone who believes trash talk about you is a git, anyways.

    I posted an earlier blog when I first found out, and mentioned the only thing I regretted about getting a divorce was not being able to keep the ’04 World Series Official Baseball you signed that I gave my ex as a gift. the day after I posted it, I went to his house and flat out asked him if I could have the ball. It is now the pride and joy of my own personal collection. 🙂 Yup, that’s you, right in the front and center of the display! Right where you belong!

  629. mjw511 permalink
    July 1, 2008 9:25 pm

    Hey Schill,
    As a die hard Sox fan and Southie born and raised, I just want to say thank you from this citizen of Red Sox Nation for all you have done in a Boston uniform. You’re opinionated, outspoken, and confident. What more can we ask for? A World Series championship? Well, we have two on your watch, so I guess your off the hook. From the bottom of this Red Sox heart, thank you and good luck with whatever life brings next for you.

  630. thedoctorx permalink
    July 2, 2008 3:41 am

    Thanks for the update. We can all thank the internet for making the CHB largely irrelevant–fans do not have to depend on newspaper articles from the likes of him, they can go to the sources and read different opinions from players, managers, other fans, other reporters, et cetera.

    Thanks to the internet more and more people know him as “CHB.”

    –J.D.

  631. July 2, 2008 10:36 am

    Curt,

    Do you have any comments/thoughts on the latest Manny moment? He’s really coming off like a jerk lately. WTF is up with him?

    -S

  632. dalesheehy permalink
    July 3, 2008 11:26 am

    Thanks Curt for your honesty, integrity, competitiveness and obvious love for the game and your fellow human beings! I pray for a speedy recovery from your surgery for you! God bless!

  633. az1dbacks permalink
    July 4, 2008 4:56 pm

    Curt,

    I hope your recovery is going well! Hopefully there are many more pitches left in that arm. Just was wondering if you were going to be attending any of the All Star game activites? I have a picture of the 2001 WS first pitch that I’ve been waiting quite awhile for you to sign. Go D-Backs!

    Richard

  634. aknbean permalink
    July 5, 2008 9:34 am

    Dream Big and Dare to Fail. You did both Curt. For all here with the Red Sox, and you did not fail. Thank you so very much. I personally wish you no less than the best in all your future endeavors.

    Rick

  635. empirelady permalink
    July 7, 2008 11:37 pm

    Curt,
    I do not know whether you will see this or not,as I have no idea if you have a desire to go through over six hundred responses,but I do hope that you see this. I read today your comments regarding your recovery process,rehab,the pain that you are in,and whether you will play in 2009. As someone who has been through a lengthy rehab,along with the great pain that I know you are feeling,I sympathize but hang in there and it will get better(it has only been two weeks;it will get better and the pain will ease with time). As for the rehab,I know that it will not be easy but you have never been one to give up without a fight,so keep fighting! In terms of 2009,it will not be easy to get back to the pitching,but please seriously consider doing it;it will be worth it and you will enjoy it in the end. Whatever you decide,please know that you are not alone,ever. I am hear for you always(and if you ever want to vent,I will listen) and judging by the number of people who have written on this blog,mostly in support of you,you are truly a man who is well loved and respected. I have always respected and admired the fact that you have always put others before yourself but this time,for once,let it be about you. Concentrate on getting better,on being the best that you have always been,and never doubt that you will not be the best once again(after my accident,I spent two months in a wheelchair,thinking I would never walk again,but with intensive therapy,I am walking -and you will be pitching again). It will be a fight but keep fighting and you will win! Hang in there,and my thoughts are with you,always…
    Donna Blanc,New York City, empirelady87@hotmail.com

  636. jkstraw permalink
    July 8, 2008 11:31 am

    What a love in! It’s like you exaggerated the “speed of your fastball” on e-harmony and the chicks are beating down your door. Anyhow, it’s good to see that you’ve used your fame to generate interest in things much more important than baseball (Burt Lancaster as Archie Graham in “Field of Dreams” – “…Now if I only got to be a doctor for a few minutes, that would have been a tragedy”). But what makes these important causes so marketable and visible is the heroics of 2004. And what lends itself better to a cause than polarization? This must be the Perfect Storm of circumstances: Team in 86 year drought, City needs feel good event, pitcher with Jr College vocabulary, but reasoned opinion returns in US made pickup, bleeds red into socks, wins WS and writes a ticket to Boston for life. I say, use it ’til you lose it. At the end of the rainbow are sick folks. The media should know you have to be out front to get noticed and raise money by any means necessary…Just like you need to be at the game to write about the entire story. May you and your family experience good health, fond memories and live productive, happy and passionate lives.

  637. paredsoxfan permalink
    July 9, 2008 3:09 pm

    Curt,

    First time post to your site. I wish you the best in your recovery. Thanks for your professioanlism and dedication to the Red Sox Nation. You were a key component to TWO WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS, and I and millions of other Red Sox fans thank you. Get well for your family and for yourself, and we pray you are abale to come back and pitch once again.

    all the best…

  638. awa0330 permalink
    July 10, 2008 11:50 am

    Regardless of the success of your rehabilitation, I assume that your days as a Red Sox player are over. It has certainly been a fascinating few years having you around and it is truly unfortunate that your tenure with the Red Sox had to end this way

    ! I agree with your assessment that there had been times that things would have been smoother if you had simply held off on making comments. Oh Well!

    What you did show all of us, whether we are fans of yours or not, is that your drive and desire to give it your all is second to none. 2004 was a cathartic year for my family when we finally won the World Series. You came to Boston claiming that you would help us get there, and you did! Many of the sports pundits agree that you are on the cusp of being admitted into the Hall of Fame if your career indeed is over. I know that is an important consideration. While it may not be exactly the same, know that there are many thousands of local fans who will always consider you an All Star Hall of fame pitcher. It’s been a pleasure and an honor watching you play for my home team. A tip of the cap and a thank you!

  639. teddoherty permalink
    July 11, 2008 11:03 am

    Curt,

    Check this out!!! Works for arms and shoulders too!

    http://www.slipstreamsports.com/2008/07/11/our-secret-recovery-weapon-2

  640. empirelady permalink
    July 11, 2008 11:40 am

    Just must comment on what awa0330 said. You cannot assume that Curt’s playing days are over and that his time with the Red Sox is over,and I pray that it is not. Yes,it is true that rehab is painful,lengthy,and requires a great deal of both physical and mental work(I have been through rehab,so I know-and I did not have to get myself back to top physical condition,as Curt would have to do in order to play)but Curt is a fighter,always has been(remembe the bloody sock incident)so I would not count him out just yet. Besides,the interview with Curt earlier this week quoted him as saying that while he is in a great deal of pain(which I was sorry to hear about)he will make a decision regarding his playing baseball in about five weeks,after he sees how rehab is going. As always,I just wish for Curt to be healthy,free of pain,and able to enjoy a normal life with his family,which is the most important thing,but at the same time,I along with most of the people listed on this blog(as well as some of Curt’s family members)hope that he returns to pitch once again. So,to Curt,I say hang in there and keep fighting,and to awa0330,I say do not count him out yet. As they say,it isn’t over until the fat lady sings,and I do NOT hear her singing,not at all….

  641. windycitybosock permalink
    July 11, 2008 11:44 am

    Curt,
    Thank you for being the honest and straight forward man that you are. Saying things occasionally that you wish you hadn’t said, or wish you’d said differently is something we can all relate to. It makes you human! Something a lot of “A” athletes seem to forget.

    Thank you for playing the game with the integrity and intensity of someone who recognizes the blessing they’ve been given.

    I hope to see you in Red Sox uniform again, someday, someway!

  642. crfolz permalink
    July 11, 2008 1:00 pm

    Curt,

    Thank you for your contributions on both a personal and professional level. I hope you make a complete recovery from surgery. However, if your pitching days are over you’ll no doubt be busy with other great endeavors.

    Warm wishes to your and your family,

    Chris

  643. rosie1234 permalink
    July 11, 2008 2:57 pm

    With the down time you have as a result of your recent surgery, would you have any time to visit with some veteran’s? Our motorcycle chapter is hosting a BBQ for the veteran’s who reside at the Bedford Veteran’s Quarters on the grounds of the Bedford VA Medical Center, on July 19. I’m sure if you had time to drop by for a visit, they would be honored to have you…and us too.

  644. schaff08 permalink
    July 13, 2008 11:15 pm

    i had a bloody sock. good luck with the surgery

  645. mannyramirez1 permalink
    July 14, 2008 7:59 am

    Hey Curt,
    Just stopping by to let you know that I’m thinking about you. I hope all is going well with your rehab and I’m looking forward to your next post.
    Peace

  646. denisesoxfan permalink
    July 14, 2008 7:53 pm

    Hey Curt! Hope you are feeling better and recovering well. I sure miss seeing you walking out to the mound! Thanks for everything you have done for Red Sox Nation. If you are able to come back, I sure hope it’s for the Sox. If it’s for someone else, I wish you well there too. You’re an inspiration … in fact, I’m going in for surgery Wednesday and I’m wearing my Curt Schilling T shirt!
    Denise

  647. wdt5bball permalink
    July 15, 2008 10:57 pm

    I hope that the surgery is going well. My name is Wyatt and I’m 12 years old. I am playing in the 4th Annual CytRx Strike Out Lou Gehrig’s Disease All Star Tournament. It is a baseball tournament that helps to raise money to find a cure for ALS. I’ve played in this tournament for three years and this is my final year playing. This year Easton is sponsoring a Hit-A-Thon that allows me and other players to raise money for ALS. Your jersey is one of the prizes for the top earners, as you might already know. I am a Red Sox fan and hope to see you playing again soon. Last year we helped to raise $80,000. This year we are hoping to raise even more. If anyone could help to support me that would be great.
    Here’s a link to my site where you can donate
    http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/ALSEvent/GreaterLosAngeles?px=1919876&pg=personal&fr_id=5070

  648. July 16, 2008 8:07 am

    i am dying for an update? any news schill? how are you feeling?

  649. paidinfullfilmz permalink
    July 24, 2008 8:09 pm

    Yavapai Junior College? How interesting… from 1984-1986 i was living in Prescott Valley, and my grandpa took me to a lot of those baseball games. Although i was pretty young i wonder if i ever saw Mr. Schilling pitch.

    Anyway, Curt if you’re reading this… do get well. Hands down you have always been my favorite player. While other kids went through the McGwire, Canseco, Ryan, Griffey stages. I’ve always remained a Schilling fan.

    Hoping to that the Red Sox will come to Sarasota, FL. And i’ll definately see you pitch.

    Eric

  650. March 6, 2009 8:16 pm

    I don\’t know why I put anonymous on my comment lol that last comment was me!

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