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Why Boston might be best

December 17, 2008

I often hear media members and sports ‘experts’ this time of year discussing the ‘details’ on free agents. Everything from ‘close friend says’ to ‘his choice is to live in’ and I wonder just how much you believe, and what you think they really know.

I spent almost 10 years with a total no-trade clause due to the fact that I was a ‘his choice is to live in’ guy. I can speak from the experience of my situation, as well as what I learned from discussions with many players about this very thing.

The first piece to the decision-making process for me was upbringing. I grew up in a lower middle-class suburban neighborhood, and that had a huge impact on where I lived once I played and had the money to make that choice. I despise big-city living, can’t stand it, and that was the reason behind living 40 minutes outside the city for almost a decade in Philly, 30 or so minutes away from Bank One in Arizona and about 45 minutes from Fenway when playing in Boston.

Don’t get me wrong, I love playing in that big-city, huge-expectations environment; I just couldn’t stand living in it.

You hear many things about Mark Teixeira and his ‘wants,’ ‘needs’ and ‘desires.’ I only know Mark from competing against him but I would make a few arguments on the premise that he won’t sign for top dollar just because it’s top dollar. He doesn’t have to unless someone steps in and beats the #2 offer by 20-30 or 40 million total dollars (which in this day and age is not out of the question).

I would think, based on what I hear, that his incredibly positive experience in Anaheim gives the Angels a very nice inroad if they field a competitive offer (which I hear they did in fact make). I don’t know if he’s a big city guy or a small town guy but Anaheim is a place to get both and be a part of a very good organization run by good people.

I understand Mark is from the DC/Baltimore area and can speak first-hand to the allure of that place. I’m talking Baltimore though. Fantastic city, great fans and you have your pick of big city apartment or house in horse country. Not sure D.C. offers that second option or whether or not that matters, but I know going back to Arizona felt like ‘coming home’ and that was a huge draw for me.

Boston obviously appears to be as interested, if not more so, than anyone. Boston does in fact offer that big city living space, or the small town suburbia home depending on what he and his family are after.

The trump card though, for me anyway, is that Boston offers something far beyond what any team or city can hope to bring to the table. It’s a new age here, there are completely different expectations each year for the Red Sox, and from Sox Nation. I can’t imagine not having experienced this city, the fans, the ballpark, as a hometown player prior to my last year (if this is fact my last one).

Think Packer football, Cowboy football, Yankee baseball, Penn State football, ‘Bama football, all rolled into one.

Boston has become a sports mecca in a way. The Pats are the class of the NFL, the Bruins are the best team in the NHL, the Celts are defending World Champs and the Sox have created a new breed of sports fan. Gone are the loveable losers; now it’s about winning it all, all the time. It’s a 162-game football season with 19 Super Bowls (games vs. Yanks) thrown in. It’s the topic of conversation every day of every week of every month.

But there’s also the feeling that not so long ago it was different. I am not so sure we handled that first title in ’04 with the class we would have liked and it’s also very clear that the nation has taken a very keen interest in hating everything Boston these days. It’s a smidgen of a taste of what Yankee fans endured in the late ‘90s. People hate winners. It’s weird but true. The Sox went from the bandwagon of all bandwagons to social lepers in sports circles. Everyone loves to hate anyone who is on top for a lengthy period of time and this city is on top right now.

But to suit up in this uniform, take the field as a member of this team and play for these fans, there’s nothing like it in my 23 years of professional baseball to compare it to. Nothing. Whether I come back or not, part of me will always be tied to this franchise and that roster of 25 guys that believed when no one else did or would.

When CHB called us ‘Frauds’ we busted our asses to not retort and validate anything about him, but we didn’t need a sportswriter to tell us what we woke up and knew every single day. Until a ring was won here it wouldn’t matter how many HR’s you hit, games you won, MVP’s, Cy’s, nothing. Until you won the ring you were just like all the rest. Loveable? Maybe. But no different in the end.

That happened, and when it did this city changed, these fans changed and Fenway Park became a place I wish any player the thrill of playing in as a hometown player. No dollar amount or contract length can replace the things that happen in front of those fans on that field.

If the dollars end up comparable, I can’t imagine spending eight years in a more enjoyable, passionate and winning environment than what has been created here.

Related content:

Mark Teixeira, The One That Got Away from the Red Sox – By Rob Bradford

Money Player: Mark Teixeira Prepares To Get Rich In Free Agency – By Alex Speier

38 Pitches: Curt Schilling’s Blog

65 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe Higgins permalink
    December 17, 2008 3:38 pm

    You the man Curt!! I remember spending that week of thanksgiving pacing back and forth hoping you would come to the sox! I went from ready to dive off a cliff after game 7 of the ALCS in ’03 to feeling great about the teams chances in ’04 once the sox got you. Many thanks for all the good times and memories you and your teammates delvire to both my family and myself.

  2. Mike permalink
    December 17, 2008 3:48 pm

    Curt,

    I have to admit I enjoy the baseball off season and hot stove more than I enjoy the football season. It’s amazing to watch the drama between players, teams and GMs fighting for guys who could be Superstars. It’s also completely unpredictable how someone will perform in Boston – who would have thought Renteria would have struggled as bad as he did, or Supan (time and again). Being comfortable with insane Sox fans can’t be for everyone – certainly David Wells was a stud under pressure, but felt suffocated in Boston. I only hope that the Sox (and Sox fans) take care of Lowell if they do in fact sign Teixeira, and remember everything ‘tek did for this organization if he goes somewhere else.

  3. LouieTheLip permalink
    December 17, 2008 4:20 pm

    It’s a great place to play if you want to get under paid for your services i.e. Pedroia, Beckett and Ortiz. It’s when you leave that the bad mouthing begins. It’s when you leave that the organization and classless fans drag your name through the mud ala Nomar, Clemens, Damon, Renteria, Pedro, Manny……the list goes on. Poor Bill Buckner. It took him a decade to get his life back together. How has Bill Lee been treated by the organization. The fans of Boston are quick to turn on it’s players on their way out the door and even while they are still there. Boston can’t even get an old timers day together because they can’t get anyone to come back. How many numbers have been retired in Boston? Way to honor your great players. You belong in this town Curt, because you are a stubborn, close minded person who speaks from his heart more than his mind. Just like the fans of Boston. You think you are some kind of brainiac but in actuality you’re a blowhard. When you were in Philly I LOVED you and so did the world. Then you started talking.

  4. SROZO permalink
    December 17, 2008 4:30 pm

    Curt

    You should probably know what a $#@!$#@ you seem like. I think that you’re just calling it as you see it, and thats fine, but most people think of you as a $#$#$. Even alot of Red Sox fans (as I am) wish you would think harder about what you say before you say it. In Boston, we want our sports hero’s to be tough, talented, and classy. While you’ve shown your toughness, and talent, you do not come off as classy in any way.

  5. Dan permalink
    December 17, 2008 4:56 pm

    I have always thought that you are a total breath of fresh air in the modern environment where nobody wants to comment on anything except money and “disrespect” from contract offers or opposing players. It seems like it’s the only thing most athletes who have mic’s in their grill seem to pipe up about lately (with obvious exceptions – see T.O.). There truly are so few like yourself who actually prioritize things besides money. I can’t see anyone who hires Scott Boras as an agent doing so for anything else. I’ve liked Teixeira since he was tearing up the Cape League and would like to see him end up in Boston, but that’ll only happen if the money is the highest. It seems sad, but that may just be the reality. On a side note, I love having you here in Boston. Don’t ever leave. If you decide not to play again I’m certain you can make a living in any media outlet around here and probably approach Ordway in popularity….. Schill & Holley????

  6. sdl1 permalink
    December 17, 2008 5:02 pm

    I disagree a bit with LouieTheLip. It’s only when you go THERE that you’ll get badmouthed (Boggs, Clemens, Damon). In the casewof Boggs, it was his statement on how he never played for the Sox..that he was a rookie with the Yankees. Granted that Duquette treated Clemens like crap and he went to the Jays; it was when he went THERE that he morphed into a real jackass by trashing he Bioston area in general. And Damon…what was that he said about never going THERE? How’s that xtra $2 million working out for you, Johnny? Buy plenty of popcorn to eat while watching the Series the past few years?

  7. December 17, 2008 5:34 pm

    @ SROZO,

    why even bother commenting here? You’re ruining what is supposed to be an awesome place to hear what a professional athlete has to say about various different topics. STFU and leave.

  8. fughetaboutit permalink
    December 17, 2008 5:45 pm

    CURT shut up and retire no one cares about you ur not even a have been ur a never was so go AWAY ur a cocky $#$$#, who likes to hear himself talk

  9. Mark permalink
    December 17, 2008 7:10 pm

    Curt,
    I couldn’t disagree more with SROZO, the classless poster above. As a longtime baseball and Red Sox fan I find it refreshing that you are accessible and speak your mind. BTW, isn’t it amazing how some folks only want you to speak if what you say agrees with their particular views? I hope you do come back to pitch again…but if it doesn’t work out then please accept our thanks for all you did while you were here in Boston.

  10. Kim permalink
    December 17, 2008 8:26 pm

    You have to laugh at the haters! You helped Curt prove his point you bozo’s! Everyone hates a winner!

    For the dimwit that said we bad mouth players that leave. Seriously? We love Nomar, Pedro, Trot, Gabe, Bronson etc and still adore Fisk. What we don’t like is when they cross over to the dark side. K?
    *although, I do forgive Damon, I just can’t hate that man*

    Curt, from your keyboard to Teixeira’s ears! I’m really hopeful that we sign him. What has me worried is the thought of Tek not in Boston. That will kill me.

    Peace

  11. Elvis Elvisberg permalink
    December 17, 2008 8:54 pm

    You really got to see a change in Boston sports fandom. And even with the Pats fighting for a playoff spot, we are still being spoiled with the Celts and the Bs. LouieTheLip, Buckner got a standing O at Fenway in like 1990; it’s the sports media, which is every bit as lazy, gossip-driven, and ignorant as the political media, that complicated that guy’s life.

    I think your point about Baltimore living applies to DC, too, though the fan part does not. The Nats could build up a base, though, if they decide to pay marquee guys like Teixeira, instead of giving marquee money to non-stars like Cristian Guzman and Vinny Castilla.

    Also, I love to disagree with Curt, but man, what on earth is the point of coming to his blog just call him a poopypants? If that’s all you’re doing, you better be darn funny or insightful, ’cause really, the guy’s been in the majors for like a million years, he’s probably already heard it before. SBOZO, get a hobby.

  12. yankeesnation permalink
    December 17, 2008 9:22 pm

    Curt you talk about HERE like you are still on the Red Sox. You’re a free agent and I sure haven’t heard a word about Curt Schilling on the Hot Stove…perhaps no one wants you your blog and your mouth on their team. Also I guess your not paying attention when you missed that the NEW YORK Rangers have a better record than the Bruins. Dude you are lost…here’s one Yankee fan that hopes you get run over by the band wagon…

  13. Susan permalink
    December 17, 2008 10:33 pm

    It’s a great place to play if you want to get under paid for your services i.e. Pedroia, Beckett and Ortiz. It’s when you leave that the bad mouthing begins. It’s when you leave that the organization and classless fans drag your name through the mud ala Nomar, Clemens, Damon, Renteria, Pedro, Manny……the list goes on. Poor Bill Buckner. It took him a decade to get his life back together. How has Bill Lee been treated by the organization. The fans of Boston are quick to turn on it’s players on their way out the door and even while they are still there. Boston can’t even get an old timers day together because they can’t get anyone to come back. How many numbers have been retired in Boston? Way to honor your great players. You belong in this town Curt, because you are a stubborn, close minded person who speaks from his heart more than his mind. Just like the fans of Boston. You think you are some kind of brainiac but in actuality you’re a blowhard. When you were in Philly I LOVED you and so did the world. Then you started

    To LouieTheLip.

    Ahh Louie you seem to be forgetting that Pedroia, Ortiz, Beckett made a decision to stay in Boston and made a decision to SIGN A CONTRACT FOR such an “underpaid” amount.

    The reason we “classless” fans dragged Damon’s name through the mud was because 2 months before he signed with the Yankees, he went on record saying he would NEVER sign with the Yankees.

    AND, if you recall, when Pedro came back here, we “classless” fans gave him a freakin 5 minute standing ovation.

    We bashed Renteria because he sucked.

    We bashed Manny because HE QUIT. Nomahhh did the same thing. Plus he was a miserable bastard. He hated Boston.

    And no, it didn’t take “poor” Bill Buckner a decade to get his life together. If you have read anything about Bill Buckner, you would know that is not true.

    And numbers get retired when they deserve to be retired, like Johnny Pesky.

    And, actually you moron, Curt Shilling actually is a “brainiac”. In other words he has a brain. Imagine that an athlete with a brain.

    You know sh!t about Boston and you know sh!t about baseball.

  14. John McLoughlin permalink
    December 17, 2008 10:36 pm

    OK, I admit it I can’t come up with who “CHB” refers to. Schilling IS a breath of fresh air around here. He speaks his mind which is entertaining and sometimes informative. Who is not bored with the usual Jock-speak? Most ex-players etc won’t speak their minds, in part, because they worry about losing endorsements. Is there a quicker way to piss off about half of your potential employers than by supporting one of the major party candidates? Actually I guess there is, one could support Nader, then 97% of people are mad at you. In terms of classiness I refer you to the Curt’s blog after the election. Now when people ask me my opinion of the election, I paraphrase Schilling and express my hope that Obama will be a great President. That seems to be more acceptable than than saying that the American people are……

  15. Mark permalink
    December 17, 2008 11:16 pm

    I don’t know if I would agree with your statement that people hate Boston for winnning. My opinion is that people will always support their team first and formost. After that, if their team isn’t in contention people tend to support the “underdog” team against the team that always seems to win.

  16. Mike permalink
    December 18, 2008 1:54 am

    RE: LouietheDip

    No doubt that the Boston MEDIA is anti-player…CHB first and foremost, not to mention Bob Ryan’s hatchet job on Nomar 6-months after he left the team. But there are plenty of guys who’ve left that continue to be warmly embraced when they step into the batters box in a visitors uniform (Orlando Cabrera, Kevin Millar both immediately come to mind).

    When the team makes a business decision to trade or just not resign someone and that guy’s ego can’t handle it, like Pedro or Clemens, and they then bad mouth the organization for not “respecting them” (translation: overpaying them) – I hardly think it’s unreasonable for fans to be less than enthusiastic when that guy returns to Fenway.

    When someone is such a high-maintenance Diva (like Nomar or Manny) that the organization feels the need to trade them for the betterment of team – I’m not sure continued, blind, undying loyalty is in order.

    Frankly, I miss Manny – I miss his bat in the line-up and his colorful personality. But I didn’t have to play with him or live with the double standard for player conduct that he rquired. Same with Pedro – great every fifth day (for 6 innings), an obvious distraction the other four.

    If Jason Varitek leaves, his first AB in Fenway will be delayed for 10+ minutes for a well deserved standing ovation….Sox fans do appreciate what you’ve done. Same thing if Mike Timlin returns in a different uniform. And the same thing if Curt Schilling shows up in August pitching for someone else. We want out alumni to succeed and to know that we appreciate what they did.

    Unless you go to NYY.

  17. william permalink
    December 18, 2008 3:37 am

    why the hell would anybody want to live in that racist city of Boston? If you could have millions of dollars and live pretty much any where you want, Boston is next to last on any person of color’s list. right above jail.

  18. Big Nasty permalink
    December 18, 2008 6:15 am

    Curt, I remember the day after the superbowl in 04′. The Pats had just won and everyone was stoked, but the better story was your signing. Come on back and bring Texiera with you. Yankees Suck, and A-Rod is hooking up with Eli. Take Care.

  19. December 18, 2008 8:36 am

    What a great pitch… to Teixeira that is. You make a great case for Boston to him, I wonder if the Angels have a “Curt Schilling” caliber ambassador?

    You think Manny’s gonna wear pin stripes next year? I do.

    Thanks again for posting, Curt… good stuff.

  20. Mike permalink
    December 18, 2008 10:07 am

    CHB is Dan Shaughnessy, the self-crowned prince of the key board and standard bearer of baseball morality. I think Jurassic Carl Everett first coined the phrase. It’s not a compliment.

  21. Andrew from MN permalink
    December 18, 2008 10:08 am

    Thank you for posting Curt! It was a privilege to watch you pitch in a Sox uniform.

    Do you think adding Teixeira to the roster make the Sox the favorite next year? Also, if we do get him, what do we do with Mikey Lowell?

    Thanks again for the blog. I love it!

  22. December 18, 2008 11:06 am

    thank you for posting that…let’s hope Texeira reads your blog!

  23. Bob from VA permalink
    December 18, 2008 11:42 am

    Curt Schilling is one of the most clutch athletes, in any sport, that I’ve seen in my 46 years. I hope and pray that in the fall, he is wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform this fall, because I’ll bet any amount of money that he will continue to be great! Though he inexplicably gets ripped for it, I love his interaction with the fans. I love his blog. I love that he calls in to sports talk shows. I love that he tells in like it is, and isn’t fake. It’s a joke that there are some that take offense to this approach. I wish EVERY athlete were exactly like Schilling. Curt, you are pure class, pure guts, and will always be a New England type of players. We sincerely hope that you come back, and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  24. JVP permalink
    December 18, 2008 11:59 am

    @yankeesnation

    The Bruins have the same amount of points as the Rangers and have played 5 less games. Oh, and you’re an ass.

  25. mark permalink
    December 18, 2008 12:01 pm

    if you dont like what schill has to say dont read his posts. i for one am extremely glad that u came to boston and won 2 world series here curt.

  26. Kevin P permalink
    December 18, 2008 12:55 pm

    Schilling, you still owe Boston back $8 Million for your 2008 couch-potato season. You’ll remember; the season where you sat at home; lobbied to eliminate your weight clause and got paid to stuff crab-rangoons in your face.
    Get back to us when we get something for that money, Captain Blogger !!

    That’s the best you can come here with? I didn’t sit at home, I was at the park every morning of spring training at 5:30am, and during the season 7 hours pre-game doing the program I was instructed to do following the denial to have my arm fixed by my doctor. I didn’t lobby to have the weight clause eliminated, I lobbied successfully to have it changed to performance based incentives, so I had to play to earn the money you idiot.

  27. Ricky V permalink
    December 18, 2008 2:18 pm

    Out of all the thousands professional athletes it is truly refreshing to know that one “GETS IT” Thank you Curt and thanks for the great memories!

  28. Shindig permalink
    December 18, 2008 2:24 pm

    Kevin P – injuries are a part of the game. Clubs sign players with an inherent risk that the player could become injured at some point, but they know they will have to pay their wages regardless. Should Carl Pavano, Bill Wagner (next year), John Smoltz, etc. all be forced to give back their wages as well? Dumbass.

  29. charlie a permalink
    December 18, 2008 2:27 pm

    attended first sox game early sixties-
    attended both twins games at the end of ’67-
    season ticket holder for 25 years-
    i loved tony c and lonborg and yaz but-make no mistake some of you ‘wack-jobs’ writing here-
    curt schilling is far and away the ‘best’ thing that has ever happened to the red sox in my lifetime-not even debatable (and i met ted williams)-
    good grief people-he is the number 1 reason that the redsox won the recent world series-

    just say thank you curt, sincerely-

  30. Tony permalink
    December 18, 2008 3:25 pm

    Curt,
    I just wanted to say that I appreciate everything you’ve done for “Red Sox Nation” and hope we (Including #38) can somehow win it all again next year – if for no other reason than to spite the Evil Empire and their Xmas spending bonanza. You’re a gamer, we need you, and the sport needs guys like you. I hope 071025 wasn’t the last time I see you in a Red Sox uniform. Don’t worry about the bitter crybabies talking about the money – to the best of my knowledge they offered you the money in fair and open competition to stay when you could have walked for more. Who know what would of happen in Aug-Sep 08 if you would have had the surgery Vs rehab we might have another banner flying. I am sure their insurance policy on you more than covered their financial loss.

    On another note, thank you for your support of the Armed Forces. I am a Fall River Mass guy by birth but have been living overseas the past 16 years serving the best country in the world for the USAF. I admire your “I do it because I want to, not because I have to mentality” which is reminiscent of the men and woman of the military – least we forget we are still an all voluntary force and putting our life on the line for the love of our country. Happy Holidays to your and yours.

    Tony

  31. December 18, 2008 3:32 pm

    Curt, liked your thoughts and always have. Your not going to find a lot of athletes who speak their minds about controversial subjects, AND go on to win world series, AND do so much for their communities. As a fellow neighbor to medfield, you and your family have been nothing but great additions to the community.

    John C.

    PS yankeesnation…and I quote.

    “Also I guess your not paying attention when you missed that the NEW YORK Rangers have a better record than the Bruins. Dude you are lost…”

    lol. what an idiot. 21-5 (bruinss)22-11 (rangers) both teams tied with 46 points.

  32. yankeesnation permalink
    December 18, 2008 4:15 pm

    dude hockey sucks anyways…I don’t follow that sit

  33. Brittany permalink
    December 18, 2008 4:53 pm

    I don’t understand why people comment on your blog to tell you how stupid or cocky you are. If they think that why are they reading it? I read your blog to learn things about your career as well as your life that ESPN doesn’t tell me. It’s cool to be able to get to know what a professional athlete really does and how they think about things in the world, other than baseball (however, hearing your opinions on professional athletes as well as baseball cracks me up). I love it, so everybody that reads it to just insult you should find something better to do.

    Go Phils!

  34. Nate permalink
    December 18, 2008 6:03 pm

    Hey Curt, you dont know how much this city owes your for helping bring 2 world series and you made such an amazing contribution to Boston sports. that being said, please just stop talking and move away and keep to yourself no one cares what you have to say and it disappoints to know weei is putting up the crap that you have to say on their website.

    Merry Christmas

    Go OBMAMA

  35. Jay: Life Long Sox Fan permalink
    December 18, 2008 8:47 pm

    Curt, Thank you for playing a HUGE role in bringing the first world series championship to Boston in 86 years. Unlike my dad, I can say that all my emotion I placed in the Red Sox was rewarded. I remember saying to myself after 2004 that even if you didn’t win another game with Boston, and went 0-100, it wouldn’t erase the fact that you strapped it on when it counted most. You willed it to happen. I think I speak for most true Red Sox fans (meaning those who have been beaten up over a lifetime and remained loyal to the cause) when I say YOU ARE THE MAN. We all wish that had your God given talent, were given the oppotunities that you were given, and were amazingly sucessful despite a major injury and a desperate situation. Baseball. That’s baseball. The stuff that we dreamed about on the sandlot. You have made this 50 year old kid proud to be a Red Sox fan. I remain forever grateful and in awe.
    Keep talking…were not all liberals!

  36. Luke permalink
    December 18, 2008 10:00 pm

    Regardless of what you think about what Curt says, I think it’s cool that he has a blog and says what’s on his mind. I’d rather hear from players than all the hype and spin on ESPN. I’m also pretty surprised by the rudeness of the posts on here.

  37. Joe permalink
    December 18, 2008 11:23 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for the post. It’s always nice to get a player’s perspective on things. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

  38. joeyfeb permalink
    December 18, 2008 11:34 pm

    you will always be remembered for erasing the curse of the bambino in 2004. you probably didn’t believe in any curse. a myth. but your ‘why not us’ creed during the alcs after being down 0-3 was mythic in itself. and when you took the hill in yankee stadium with staples, stitches, nails, in your ankle you cemented your place in red sox history. you were the driving force in that coemback and the curse was buried.
    unfortunately the curse may be back on, and it’s all because of me. let me explain.
    i am a life long sox fan. my parents started taking me to fenway was i was 8 years old. I was in the stands in 67 when tony c got beaned. a 12 year old boy balling his eyes out because his hero was laying in the dirt next to home plate almost dead. 41 years later and i still love baseball. believe it means more than just the score at the end of the game. any way. enough of my sox fan credentials. back to the curse thing. my wife and i just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, claire. loved the old fashion name. middle name after my mom, ruth. she used to take me to red sox games. we would take the bus from the north shore to haymarket and catch the green line to kenmore. she never drove a car her whole life. she passed in 2000. after beating the cards in 2004 i raised a toast to her and my dad, he passed in 1987, and wished they could have been there. ok. back to the curse. unfortunately it has to do with my new little baby, claire ruth. i’m holding her right now with my left arm, typing with my right. she’s a sweatie. thats why no caps. can’t do the shift key and type the letters at the same time with only one arm. anyway. her name, claire ruth. we just found out that is the name of babe ruth’s second wife. claire ruth. i can’t believe it. so, this life long red sox fan, who’s parents sacrificed to take me to games and who lives and breathes red sox, has named his new baby girl after babe ruth’s wife …………….. unbelievable……there has to be some consequences ……… has to be some bad karma over this. i throw myself on the mercy of red sox nation. i had no idea…. so, curt, you have to come back in 2009 and do what you did in 2004 and help us erase this evil curse. do it for me, if not for yourself. i’ll be forever grateful.

  39. Ian permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:43 am

    Hey Schilling, you running for the New York senate seat or what?

  40. Matt Thomas permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:12 pm

    Curt,
    Another great piece.
    I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. Growing up a Sox fan I still remember the smell of the grass at Fenway the first time my dad took me to a game in 1974. I was 6 years old and became hooked on the Sox. Living next to my best friend ( a Yankee Fan) every season was like Charlie Brown trying to kick that football and Lucy taking it away at the last second. I know i’m not the first to make that comparison, but it is on point. You, Pedro, and rest of the “Idiots” from 2004 brought more joy than I think you can still imagine. When we (Red Sox Nation)are still coming up to you 30 years from now to thank you, you will probably appreciate it even more then. Beyond that championship,beyond the 2007 championship, you have been a warrior who has always tried his best…that is the ONLY thing that I ask of my sports heroes. If this was your last year, I am happy and proud it was with the Red Sox…and hopefully, one day, i’ll get to thank you in person and shake your hand for all you’ve done. Until then, these words on a website will have to do. Thank You!

  41. Joe permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:20 pm

    Easy there Curt calling the Bruins the best team in the NHL. They have yet to play the Flyers.

  42. Bob Locke permalink
    December 19, 2008 2:00 pm

    Curt,

    Candid and insightful comments from a future, 1st ballot Hall of Famer.

    How about an incentive laden deal to pitch in Boston again this year?

    Bob

  43. sdl1 permalink
    December 19, 2008 2:59 pm

    Curt…

    Great response to Kevin P.

    Kevin..let’s see you go thru what Curt has before you can talk.

  44. Thank you Curt! permalink
    December 19, 2008 4:09 pm

    THANK YOU CURT! Not sure if you read any of these but if so, I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for helping to bring those two championships to my Boston Red Sox. I enjoy your columns (the baseball related ones, to be honest, I completely disagree with your political and religious beliefs – but I’m not one of these knuckleheads that wants you to stop writing simply because I disagree with you on those principles) and I look forward to reading more. Only you can provide the insight that the CHB types try so hard to make us believe they bring. Keep it up, and thanks again!

  45. December 19, 2008 11:24 pm

    Excellent post. Thanks for playing ball with such passion and for giving it your all. In such a me-me society, it’s so wonderful to hear when a player really loves the organization, fans and team he’s a part of. You were a major piece of the club’s success, which can’t be forgotten or disregarded. Thanks. Hope you can step on the mound again. God Bless you and yours. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  46. chris hawley permalink
    December 20, 2008 10:37 am

    Curt,

    I loved to read this, I think that you were spot on. I would love to see mark come to the sox and the “replacement” for manny, but I really don’t think any one could. Manny was the best all around hitter that I have ever seen play. And true sox fans and baseball fans can see that! Plus that would basically put lowell out the door, how could we just kick someone out that is a gold glove third basemen and the 2007 world series MVP? I just hope that you can get healthy and find some way back to boston this year and go out on top where you belong to end you hall of fame career!

    Thanks curt for everything you have done for the sox!

  47. Mike permalink
    December 20, 2008 1:01 pm

    Curt,

    You’ve been on the other side of the negotiation table with Theo, Lucky Larry and John Henry…what does your gut say about them walking away and claiming to no longer “being a factor” in the Teixiera free agency? Seems to me that the Sox need him badly, but if they already have the biggest offer on the table (as reports seem to indicate), then this is a balk at Boras’ demand for $180-200mil over 8 years.

  48. bosoxyaz8 permalink
    December 20, 2008 1:04 pm

    As much as i might disagree with Curt when it comes to Politics the fact is that Dude helped change the culture of Red Sox baseball more than ANY Other player. And for that im very gratefull. god i wish he was 35 years old. heck i wish i was 35 (im 43)…lol !!

  49. Dave R permalink
    December 20, 2008 1:36 pm

    Curt – Since you were paid last year and didn’t play… play this year and don’t get paid. Ok thanks

    When you’re the person cutting the check, or hired to handle my finances, ok, until then mind your own business

  50. Dave S. permalink
    December 20, 2008 3:52 pm

    Dave R. injuries are part of professional sports. The contract Curt had with the Sox for last season had a lot of performance incentives and although the base $ amount may seem high to some of us, it was a fairly minimal amount for one of Curt’s skill/experience.

    Both parties took risks, Curt in that he could have gone elsewhere for more money and the Sox did too for signing someone beyond their 30s. Before the injury no one that I know of questioned the deal, in fact I thought it was a great deal.

    Personally, I don’t know why we’re all caught up on what athletes make, my salary isn’t published in the paper and no one wastes time discussing what I make. Why should athletes be any different? We make choices to go to games and put money in the owner’s pockets. We ought to be going to the games for the enjoyment we get out of a game, if what a player is getting paid effects our enjoyment then that’s our problem. Now for former left fielders who quit, it doesn’t matter what they were getting paid; the fact that they quit is more than enough for us to be pissed at them.

  51. Varitekchick permalink
    December 20, 2008 4:10 pm

    Woot! A shout out for Penn State football!!

    I’m glad you loved playing in Boston, Curt. Lord knows it was great to watch you compete. Is it really over? Say it ain’t so.

    Thanks for supporting the troops and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    ~Kay at MAFB, ND

  52. Babe Ruth permalink
    December 20, 2008 6:35 pm

    Oh please.

    Try winning back to back titles during the modern era before you start comparing Red Sox baseball to Yankee baseball. lol.

    Even when we lose, we’re still the best.

  53. game6sockwasfake permalink
    December 20, 2008 7:51 pm

    easy to be the “class of football” when you cheat curt… id review that statement… that dynasty is tainted and belicheat is forever exposed as just the “man behind the curtain”

    Same class of cheat as Giambi? Clemens? Pettite? The Yankees? How does that work? And you’re a dope if you don’t think every team in the NFL does the same thing. That doesn’t excuse it, far from it, but stop with the Belicheat. He’s one of if not the best coach in NFL history, and I’m a born and raised Steeler fan. They’ll end up the team of the decade and deservedly so.

  54. dave of capecod baseball permalink
    December 20, 2008 9:02 pm

    curt
    With all thats goin on right now. i just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming here an helping pedro,d-lowe that crazy cast and getting it done.
    wish all the best to you. and hope someday you can come to the fens and throw out the first pitch.

  55. Babe Ruth permalink
    December 20, 2008 9:14 pm

    Right Curt, The Red Sox are clean of steroids. I’m sure Youk’s head has been increasing in size naturally like Barry Bonds did.

    And that addresses the known cheaters how? Or is that the “Ya but you did it too defense”?

  56. Babe Ruth permalink
    December 20, 2008 9:15 pm

    I wish you ballplayers of today could do it on hot dogs and beer like I did.

  57. NYFANDOM permalink
    December 20, 2008 9:25 pm

    Just to clarify, in what way are the Pats the class of the NFL? The G-men effectivley stomped them out in the superbowl, right?? By class do you mean cheating? I thought that was class-less, but what do I know… Oh, and how do you get off comparing the players on the Yankees to the Pats cheating? They are two completley different sports. I’ll give credit where it is deserved. It is too bad a great coach like Belicheck tainted his teams legacy…..guess you could compare hime to Barry Bonds, right Curt?

  58. NYFANDOM permalink
    December 20, 2008 9:28 pm

    Oh, and just a side note, I heard that you are really into WoW. I just started playing it like three weeks ago- totally hooked- man what a cool game!!

  59. Babe Ruth permalink
    December 20, 2008 10:41 pm

    No Curt. You knew about it. You condoned it. You accepted it. You played with it. You are just as guilty. Only when it became an issue publicly is when it became an issue to you… And you told us (the public) one thing but congress another thing.
    Before you start calling other players cheaters, here’s a name for you to look up: Buck Weaver.

  60. game6sockwasfake permalink
    December 21, 2008 12:14 am

    and curt you are a dope if you think every team in mlb doesnt have their own giambi, clemens & pettite’s…

    see garciaparra, nomar and nixon, trot for starters… lots more around & youve probably played with many.

    as for your “known cheaters” response to #58 – babe ruth in this thread: the patriots ARE known cheaters, so i guess we can put that in the first chapter of your “nfl team of the decade book”

    baseball is a sport with too strong a players union and people have ignored this for years….

  61. Larry permalink
    December 21, 2008 12:46 am

    Curt was the reason the RED SOX won the 2004 world Series, dont agree with his politics but highly respect his integrity and honor and honest comments. Curt speaks on his expereinces and judges men on how they have treated him, more of this is needed in the current world and less judgement by those who need to look at the world (all teams) with open eyes. Thank you Curt

  62. sdl1 permalink
    December 21, 2008 11:09 am

    To game6sockwasafake…

    Do the names “Steinbrenner” and “Howard Spira” as well as the terms “illegal campaign contributions” and “gamblers” ring a few bells?

  63. ModelFranchise permalink
    December 22, 2008 10:45 am

    Great entry Curt. Aside from the commitment you’ve given to this city as an athlete, I’ll always admire the times you’ve stood up to the media in this town.

    Leave it to the classless Yankee robot hacks to invade the thread with Patriots cheating comments.

    Congrats! You idots troll Boston sports websites and stir sh*t. Why don’t you head back to the NY tabloid boards.

  64. December 23, 2008 10:53 am

    Great job Curt!! Game 6 Alcs 2004. Given what was at stake, the injury, Best performance I have ever seen. No question. Classic example of your performance was the Ruben Sierra (correct me if I am wrong but almost positive it was Sierra) at-bat around the 5th or 6th inning when you struck him out on a nasty splitter that he had no chance of hitting. Just a small sample of how incredible you were that night. Watching you walk (limp) off the mound and into the dugout after that was something I’ll never forget. Badass!!

  65. Babe Ruth permalink
    December 23, 2008 5:16 pm

    HAHA!!!! It looks like Teixeira chose who he thought was the best!

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