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CHB plays the fool, again

January 7, 2009

“Precisely when did a contract become a one-way deal?”

So CHB chimes in on the BC coaching fiasco in about as timely a fashion as reporting on the Lincoln Assassination at the outbreak of WWI. Sweet. In the world of hypocrites he’s vaulted to the top spot.

A guy who was first in line to berate Sosa, McGwire, Palmeiro and me when we were in front of congress -them for some things, me for shutting up for once in my life when he of all people knew that without photographs or physical evidence, dropping names on that day would have been character assassination of the highest order. Yet, strangely, he was also at the front of the line during the HR binge with stuff like this:

“The ball is juiced. Mark McGwire and friends are hitting something that looks and feels more like a Titleist HP Eclipse than an old-time hardball. Today’s ball is wound tighter than Tom Coughlin. It’s not made by Rawlings, it’s made by Wham-O – the company that brought us those cool Super Balls of the 1960s. It’s Flubber. Or Son of Flubber. In an effort to stifle complaints from every pitching coach and meatball artist hurling middle relief, baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his lieutenant, Sandy Alderson, have commissioned a scientific study to determine if today’s baseballs conform to size, weight, and impact standards established by Major League Baseball. The study is being conducted by Dr. Jim Sherwood of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.”

Really? How does that work? How do we get to play both sides of the fence and not be accountable like you? Where do we apply for that job?

This is the same guy who, late in the Rocket’s tenure in Boston when Clemens LEFT THE PARK before the ending of a game he started and his team lost, wrote what a warrior Roger was, how he couldn’t stand the losing, to the point he couldn’t remain at the ballpark. Yet in 2004, Pedro left the park and CHB couldn’t contain himself:

“Martinez didn’t stick around to talk about things after the game. In fact, team guy that he is, Pedro left the ballpark before the game was over. He must not have been feeling properly respected, or something like that.”

See our little feud dates back to this article. If CHB ever did like me (which he claims he did) it all ended after he wrote this. I called him in the clubhouse, talked about the Clemens piece and then asked him about the Pedro piece. Why the two different views? Why was it, that all the players CHB appeared to rip and detest, from Carl Everett, to Pedro, were not white? Was he a racist? I had to ask, I assumed I already knew that he wasn’t but I had to ask. If not that then what? Star hater? Did he try and find a way to just not like the good to great players here?

His defense was “Why are you yelling at me? I write and have written nice things about you.” Which in a nutshell, summed it up for me with CHB. Did he really think we lived on islands in the clubhouse? Did he really think we were OK with people like him ripping our teammates? How can you play with guys, and mingle with media members that write and say things that often times are outright lies? How can you play with guys and face them everyday, playing both sides of the fence? I can’t, and never have. It’s likely one of the reasons I have so many ‘non’ allies in the press. Maybe it’s the fact that these guys rip on each other daily, people they work at the same paper with, and think that’s how it works, that makes them think this is OK. These guys rip and belittle each other far more than anyone I’ve ever played with yet many of them can’t wait to write a piece on a player doing that same thing.

So few of them are the experts they would have you believe they are. Hell, I promise you there are way more fans in Boston that know more about the Red Sox than people like CHB.

Maz, Bradford, Buckley, Sean Mac, Browne, Benjamin … I do believe they know what they’re talking about more often than not but part of that is because I feel like every one of them is a fan of this team and cares about the team. They are certainly objective for the most part. Maz and Buck can get carried away at times but it’s never out of malice.

How do I know this? I know this because I lived the life, I saw them, I heard them, I saw the inside of the clubhouse and saw the interactions and the goings on and every day I got to see what they wrote and said, and so often it never matched up. It was pure BS for the sake of being the one ‘in the know’.

You see it all the time in sports. Free agent Manny Ramírez signs a contract with the Red Sox in 2000 and it looks great. But when it comes to 2008 and he doesn’t like those two one-year club options at the tail end of his deal, Manny lies down like a dog to get out of the contract and make the options disappear. The team is forced to trade him.

In sports? Really? Only? Or do we see it all the time in sports, and the rest of the world, but sports is the only place we care enough to write about it? Oh, and you spent the last four years lambasting a manager who’s ass you now kiss as the ‘best ever’ for placating and ‘enabling’ the guy you hate so much, all the while knowing he was doing everything within his ability to manage the situation as best as possible.

After the 2007 World Series, Curt Schilling signs a one-year deal for $8 million plus incentives. When he shows up in spring training looking like Chris Farley, unable to throw a Wiffleball because of an injury, the club is on the hook to pay him the $8 million. For no services. The club must live up to the contract.

Really? I wasn’t overweight or out of shape in 2008 when I showed up, where’d you get that? Your ‘inside’ sources? You wrote this same thing in 2007, after I stunk up opening day in KC, you and others, about how ‘out of shape’ I was, and how unprepared I was to start the season. You seemed to fade away after I went 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in my next 8 starts, you and everyone else. So what, I was out of shape for that one game? How does that work?

Your ‘inside’ sources are crap because you and pretty much everyone else had no idea how the 2007-08 off season went and the events that occurred during that time frame. Your ‘hit and run’ journalism is so far beyond tired and boring it’s laughable.

After all these years and all that crap you’re now on the moral high ground? I have yet to hear the full story from anyone regarding both sides of this story so I can wait until then. How is it though that after all these years you can take this stance? You of all people know how sports and contracts work. It’s not, and never will be, like the ‘Real World’ right? It can’t be. You want contracts to be two-sided when far more teams and schools throw loyalty out the window than any number of athletes ever could. Loyalty in your sense of the word is a selfish and personal thing. It’s only ‘loyalty’ if it offends or pleases you.

Looking back on the Rocket’s tenure here I can’t decide when you hated him, when you loved him, when you hated the Sox and when you loved them. You flip-flop more than an epileptic toad.

Do you stand for anything? Truly? I know life’s been a challenge since that ‘group of frauds’ won it all in 2004 and destroyed a thing you’d created, but someone with your talent in writing certainly has better things to do, or at least more meaningful ones right?

127 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin permalink
    January 7, 2009 10:49 am

    Curt, extremely well said. This was the first time I have read a CHB column in months, as I refuse to give him one more web hit. Against better judgement I read today’s column, and what happens? I’m disappointed, like always, in his self-serving agenda.

    I hope you’re back stronger than ever in 2009!

  2. Tru permalink
    January 7, 2009 10:57 am

    You’ve got to help me here, Curt. For the life of me, I cannot understand what it is between you and Shaughnessy. I know all the stuff that you see behind the scenes is not what he sees. And, we both know that he’s a writer, columnist and long time Boston sports guy. And you’re a pitcher of tremendous repute, who is now blogging, and on the forefront of things many fans have not seen before; at least in this medium.

    But why this poison pen fest?

    Maybe you two guys should go out behind the barn, and get it sorted out. Or, meet at the Fleet Center for a bar stool insult-a-thon, where people pay to watch, get entertained and half of the proceeds benefit ALS, with the other half is donated to a charity of Dan’s choosing.

    Frankly, all this seems a bit silly and rather beneath you.

  3. LouisvilleMan permalink
    January 7, 2009 11:03 am

    Wow. Did not take long for the counter offensive to begin. I read CHB this morning and knew an attack was coming from 38 pitches. I agree with most of the response, but come on Curt let it go.

  4. Weren permalink
    January 7, 2009 11:13 am

    Epileptic toad. Nice line.

    Interesting, impassioned break down of the man with the twisted lettuce. CHB may have played himself out a touch, yet the people of this city will follow him and what he writes because he has become an institution, an icon. Much like you and the Red Sox, yet on a smaller, weirder scale. I am sure there is an argument both ways here.

    I have a problem with the CHBs of the world. . . or really anyone who shows up on that sports talk show with their heads in the boxes getting “points” for making points. Contrarianism for the sake of it. “Hit and run journalism?” Sometimes it is more of “throw mud against the wall” journalism to see what sticks. Yet, I would probably take their jobs in a heart beat.

    Yet, the passion of your feelings about CHB may alter the words you choose. This piece screams of impromptu angry rant. Maybe a little healthy venting, but you may lose some of the impact.

  5. January 7, 2009 11:31 am

    Does CHB even have any credibility outside of the Globe’s editorial department?

  6. Kim permalink
    January 7, 2009 11:33 am

    Oh how I adore you, Curt. Never liked CHB’s writing and never will. He just …. sucks at life.

    I try to ignore his articles out of respect to my brain cells, but somehow I get sucked in, kind of like watching a car wreck.


  7. January 7, 2009 11:48 am

    Also, anyone else having problems commenting on the Globe site? I want to ask if Dan’s position on contracts means that the Globe could can him for not turning in a decent column since before the Big Dig started.

  8. Todd permalink
    January 7, 2009 12:04 pm

    Who the heck is CHB?

  9. January 7, 2009 12:12 pm

    You are more of a man than me. I can’t even read CHB he is so fos.

  10. Buddy03p permalink
    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm

    Thanks Curt, this was waaaay over due. We fans of sports and talk radio never get to question the media. If you do they claim it is their “opinion” and for some reason it becomes fact. People like CHB and Borgess have made a living off the crap they write and never are held accountable, well except when they steal other peoples work…


  11. Greg permalink
    January 7, 2009 12:38 pm

    Wow, Curt. You seem like such a nice guy but at the same time you’re so full of anger and bitterness. True fans already know that Shaughnessy’s a total doink, so you’re not doing yourself any favors by getting down in the mud with him. Whatever happened to turning the other cheek?

    I try, and succeed sometimes, but I’m human, with all the faults we humans have and sometimes I just can’t do it.

  12. AEH permalink
    January 7, 2009 12:57 pm

    Schill, I enjoyed this read. Obviously I know no more about the experience of being a player, living that life, than the sports writers do. But to read the way some write about both players and the game, I get the impression it’s not just player’s perspective they don’t understand; it’s basics of the human condition! You covered this well when you responded to Chad Finn, for whom ripping ‘Tek seems to be a favorite hobby: does he really believe off-field events can’t impact a player’s on-field performance? Is he a hermit with all human contact limited to his blog, that he knows so little about the realities of relationships and pressures in the real world? There are people writing and getting plenty of attention whose actual insight wouldn’t rival an amoeba’s.

    So, today’s entry: when a journalist is consistently so flagrant as this one on ignoring things like reality and consistency and accuracy and ordinary logic, and instead leaps on any chance to bash people in positions he himself could never hold and does not understand, it ticks me off! Anything to stir up controversy? Anything to sell papers? It’s sad when ‘success in journalism’ means stirring up that second grade bully mentality, knocking down anyone handy and exposed, to build one’s own name a bit bigger. And with no accountability, and no one checking ‘sources’ (such as they are), it doesn’t seem likely to stop.

    Alas, we fans seem to enjoy checking our brains at the door. It’s easier not to ask what a writer’s assertions are based on. It’s easier just to sit back and take in the pleasing waves of vitriol. Such entertaining stuff, no? Never mind if it’s barely tabloid quality, masquerading as ‘news.’ Never mind if the same writer contradicts himself at every turn, taking whichever side will the bigger splash this moment. And never mind that it’s real people whose lives are impacted by this bad-tempered nonsense we’re soaking in.

    The particular feud you’ve got going is just one example. We see this stuff all the time, usually a bit less blatant, but we readers are mostly too used to it to say a word, or even take notice. So, yeah. I LOVE seeing you take it on here. And I thank you for that.

  13. Coachpmcl permalink
    January 7, 2009 1:11 pm

    CHB is “curly headed boyfriend” Dan Shaughnessy. So called by Carl Everett many years ago.

  14. Paul permalink
    January 7, 2009 1:18 pm

    Thanks for writing this Curt. CHB is the worst sports writer I have ever read, and he certainly deserves your words written here. Living in Connecticut, I recall the whole “Patriots moving to Hartford debacle” which I knew would never happen. And there was CHB, upset that the Pats could even consider leaving Foxboro, bad mouthing the innocent people of CT as if they had anything to do with it. That was when I knew he was awful and would never respect him as a journalist. He writes like a 10 year old – always has, always will.

  15. January 7, 2009 1:35 pm

    LMAO — you asked him if he was a racist??? LOL. I love that his response to you was ” Why are you yelling at me – I write nice things about you”.

    Speaks volumes.

  16. Zambon1man permalink
    January 7, 2009 1:36 pm


  17. syphax permalink
    January 7, 2009 1:58 pm

    I like the insult-a-thon event to benefit ALS. Sign me up.

    Seriously, though this is tremendously entertaining, I recommend that you move on. I bet CHB just *loves* *being* the news, rather than just writing about the news. A feud with the great, HOF-deserving Curt Shilling just elevates his status in the world. Hell, I’d feel elevated if you called me, by name, an epileptic toad! I could tell all my friends- “Hey, Curt Shilling called me an epileptic toad! How cool is that?!?!”

  18. Chris permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:06 pm

    Speaking of ‘one-way,’ sports media hacks like Shaughnessy never thought they’d see the day where the fire hose gets turned on them. Decades ago, their word was taken as gospel. If Shaughnessy painted a picture, by golly that was as good as a photograph; as good as actually being there. Today, it’s a two-way street because these ‘drive-by’ journalists got way too full of themselves and angered people to the point of retribution. Sports journalism isn’t a happy place to be right now, for a whole host of reasons. Shaughnessy’s tired, irritating act doesn’t translate well to TV and that’s why Ryan gets all the good gigs: He’s smart and well-spoken in ways that Shaughnessy isn’t. Shaughnessy is Boston’s version of Chicago’s Jay Mariotti…sneering, angry, hateful.

  19. BTTG permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:09 pm

    Curt, I’ve been out of the US for a while, do you even pitch anymore? If not, going after a media figure with this long of a diatribe, spurred on by a subject not even related to your own sport, seems really pathetic to me.

  20. Chris permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:11 pm

    Don’t get too torqued up over Shaughnessy’s ‘inside sources.’ The most laughable picture I saw was from Super Bowl Media Day before the Giants-Pats game. The huddled masses that comprise the sports media cabal were all in a huge group, and in the very back–cowering–was Shaughnessy. You couldn’t miss him. And I laughed so hard at his image of a ‘sports media **cough** icon **cough**’ and juxtaposed it against Shaughnessy simply floundering among his peers like pigeons fighting for a crumb. Shaughnessy has ‘inside sources’ like Jay Mariotti has friends.

  21. Jodi permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:20 pm

    Every time I feel like this is all beneath you, Curt, this back and forth with Shaughnessy, I see his smug mug on NESN or another network, and then I appreciate that SOME athlete, ANY athlete, is using their public voice to call out these hacks. While our parents might have told us to turn the other cheek, and be the “better person” by not even responding, it is so frustrating that writers like Shaughnessy can write whatever the hell they want, and most of us who disagree with him can only HOPE that a heavily edited letter gets printed in the Globe. And please, enough with the idea that it’s a columnist’s “job” to be controversial in order to promote discussion. Their job is to be truthful, informational and thoughtful. That is enough to promote discussion. Columnists who prefer to be “controversial” are only trying to draw attention to their own pathetic selves.

  22. An Epileptic Kid permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:21 pm

    Really funny epilepsy joke, Curt. Well played. Not the least bit ironic that it comes from someone who would immediately launch into a sanctimonious tirade were someone to say you avoid a well-lit cardio room “like a melanomic bat”. I’ll think of you after my next seizure. Jerk.

  23. The Sybian permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:25 pm

    I am still living in the US and don’t know if Curt still pitches. Why does anyone care what this Holier-than-though d-bag thinks?

  24. Tom permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:32 pm

    I so very rarely read the Globe but I was able to guess who you were talking about Curt…I can understand why he angers you he spews so much hate and venom. When I was a kid growing up READING about how much Jim Rice was a jerk I assumed it was true even though I loved Jim as a player. When I was a kid I read the sports page before school and Dan never wrote one article about Rice being a bad guy. It was more of a feel over time. I have since heard Sean McAdam say how much he respected Rice when he covered him. I don’t know Rice anymore then I know you but I would hate to think CHB’s venom (what does CHB stand for?)has cost Jim Rice any votes for the HOF because that’s all he need to get in last year…..As far as Dan goes I don’t have time nor desire to read him anymore and frankly I speak for a lot people my age.

  25. jason herra permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:46 pm

    actually curt he called u and the sox that year in 04 and i quote ” Pack of frauds” and i believeed he said he stood by it no matter what after your heroic outing in game 6 so what do you expect from this jerk

  26. An Epileptic Kid permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:49 pm

    To be fair, Tom, Jim Rice’s lack of HoF numbers are probably what cost him HoF votes. No better than Dewey.

  27. Jim Janson permalink
    January 7, 2009 2:53 pm

    Curt, move on. Let it go. Why do you care? You did collect 8 million for not making one start last year. Is this not true? Let it go.

  28. karl gerds permalink
    January 7, 2009 3:05 pm

    WOW! Well put. I’ve long felt that guy had become a bad caracture of himself but your biyt had me laughing outloud. Thank you and good luck.

  29. Dan permalink
    January 7, 2009 3:08 pm

    YAWN- I can’t believe I took the time to read Schilling’s garbage here. Curt- you were overrated as a ballplayer (note overrated is PAST tense, you are hopefully through playing baseball). You got lucky in Arizona when the you won and you were an average pitcher who everyone only knows about because you never shut up and because of red paint on your sock.

    Seriously- why are you obsessed with Shaughnessy? Get over yourself already. You are no better or worse then him, but you try to portray yourself as holier then though. The only thing that is good about you is the time you take and the money you donate to charities. Of course, you have the money to do so, but that is clearly your best quality- the money you donate. I think everyone is tired of hearing and reading your opinion. Go retire officially, play some golf, and run for Senate in another state. We don’t want you here any more!! By the way- I still think you were brought in front of Congress for the same reasons as McGwire and Sosa…..

  30. January 7, 2009 3:09 pm

    I have long wanted to know the answers to the questions in your final paragraph myself, Curt. I have often wondered why, given his obvious contempt for the fans and athletes in this town (and the fact that it’s perfectly mutual), he continues in his current position. ‘Sadomasochism’ so far has been the only answer that satisfies.

    However, I don’t think you’ve addressed his specific article’s thesis as squarely as you could have here. “It happens just as much on the management side, and outside of sports too,” is one response, but doesn’t get to the heart of the issue–which is why certain contracts seem to be strictly enforced only on one side, regardless of where that most often happens.

    I had hoped your response to his column would have also contained an argument from the athlete’s point of view about the specific issue of contract enforcement in situations like Manny’s–the question of why the Sox couldn’t have stopped paying Manny for non-performance, but he was able to stop performing (which I don’t entirely buy for most of the years he played here, but in this past year the evidence was virtually undeniable) without automatically voiding his paycheck. Are there not clauses in players’ contracts that address something like this? Or are they there, but not usually enforced in reality? And why? Understand how Dan should probably know just how contracts don’t work like in the ‘Real World’, but we don’t.

    It isn’t that I specifically agree with him on that point–I don’t know enough about the issue personally to form an opinion. This is why I was hoping to get your informed perspective on that one specific issue–how would you answer that question, more respectfully phrased, from a fan?

  31. MikeTheLiberal permalink
    January 7, 2009 3:20 pm

    Nice article, Curt.

    One thing I don’t know is who is giving CHB the information (BTW, Tom, CHB = “curley-haired boyfriend”). I remember feeling once when I was younger that Will McDonnough was given specific stories to write, specifically after Leon Gray left to play for the Oilers (yes, I am old).

    The other thing, of course, is that Shank is a columnist, not a beat reporter. His job is to help sell newspapers (and web hits), sometimes to write puff pieces, sometimes to create controversy, but to always get eyes on his ink (or pixels).

    The trend I don’t like is the personal attacks. As much as you don’t like CHB, I wish you wouldn’t make it personal. Your column today is very good, with prior writings pointing out inconsistencies. He’s a writer, doing a job, and is in the selling business.

    Do we see contract issues all the time in sports? Yes. Does it happen elsewhere? Yes, it does. We care about sports, probably more than we should, because it takes us away from the dog-eat-dog world, where the rich win and the poor have no chance. The joy of sports is that each game starts anew with a “level playing field” and the upset speaks to the spirit of the little person, which is one of the things that make America still a great nation.

    I was here for Clemens’ tenure. His last four years weren’t as sharp as the previous years. I know one year he battled an injury, one was a problem with the manager, and at least one he was victimized by poor defense (for those who bemoan Julio Lugo, try to imagine seven fielders worse than him, and you’ll get a feel for how bad the defense was).

    As you can tell by my moniker, you and I are politically on different sides of most issues, but I have no problem with you airing your opinions, as long as you back them up (which you did today).

    Well, back to the real world for me.

  32. Brendan Smith; Dallas, TX USA permalink
    January 7, 2009 4:11 pm

    Hey The Sybian,
    If you don’t care what this d-bag says, why do you read his site? I don’t like extremists, be they Right wing whackos or Left wing nutjobs. Guess what, never read them. Yet here you are…curious.

  33. arp1zz permalink
    January 7, 2009 4:21 pm

    Frankly, I wish both of you would shut up and go away.

    Now, regarding whether you believe Shaughnessy is a racist, maybe he is but there is no question that Dennis & Callahan (whose show you appear on) are unabashed bigots. Therefore, you need to be careful when you accuse others of having a double standard.

  34. cgpunker permalink
    January 7, 2009 4:54 pm

    You know Curt, I don’t agree with you on alot of stuff, but this…this we’re in complete agreement. CHB is a hack.

  35. Bradley permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:00 pm

    I guess it’s fun to mock those with diseases you don’t strongarm everyone you meet into raising money for.

    Stay classy Curt. I hope you’ll never know the horrors families and individuals afflicted with epilepsy have to endure.

    Maybe your company can make a fun video game about epileptics before it goes belly up. We can find the game in the bargain bin for $2 alongside Shaughnessy’s books.

  36. optjohn permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:02 pm


  37. Li marie permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:28 pm

    Curt, we became very intrigued with your career when we saw the first ad showing you as the person coming to Boston to break the dreaded curse. The Sox broke it that year and while we were originally a skeptic that anyone could have that level influence on the team (let’s not leave Terri out of the equation for success), I am convinced that your contributions brought out the best in the players. A big component of the negativity that hovers over Boston sports is in the media that can be brutal in reporting anything that transpires. We love Boston sports, do not always agree with decisions, playbooks and strategy, but realize we are very fortunate to have at our disposal any sport that we decide we want to follow. While we listen to sports stations and read so many different articles about sports, we put very little emphasis on the validity behind each and every word. It changes by the hour. There are many respectable people in sports and in sports media. The insults that are written in the articles you reference have little value in them are nothing more than fodder. Don’t let this guy get to you so much. It is truly not worth getting your blood pressure up over. Hope you are getting stronger and we appreciate the love and character you portray in your profession.

  38. January 7, 2009 5:29 pm

    Seems like posting here about whatever CHB said will only make more people read his stuff, if only to see what all the fuss is about.

    I’m not a fan of this particular piece, but Curt’s still the man. Anyone trying to disparage his performance since he arrived in Boston, or throughout his career in the MLB is just illustrating their own ignorance.

  39. ComeBackManny permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:30 pm

    Curt, as a proud member of Red Sox Nation, all the way from its beginnings in mid-October 2004, even I have to say, get a grip. Relax with another sundae and don’t let Shaughnessy get in your head like this.

  40. Frank C. permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:36 pm

    I’d say CHB fits Cold Hearted Bastard more appropriately…his writing is tired anyhow

  41. lump permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:37 pm

    I’m an epileptic, you so offended me! What to you have against epileptics! I can IN NO WAY be compared to that s–h– CHB…..

  42. Badger permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:41 pm

    Poor spot for Schill to attack CHB on this issue. I agree – yes agree – with CHB. A deal should be a deal. Schill is just ultrasensitive on the topic because he collected $8 mil without making a pitch and feels he has to defend himself for it. But why did he collect $8 mil? Because a deal is a deal and the Sox had no recourse.

    I’m all for CHB bashing, but the support for Schill on this issue no sense. So everyone here is in support of just breaking contracts whenever they feel like it and breaking their word? What a world.

  43. Tim permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:44 pm

    Curt it’s quite interesting how you take offense at “part” of what Shaughnessy wrote this morning concerning your contract/physical condition coming into the 2008 season. How curious that you have nothing to say about signing for 8 million when you had a broken wing and were “unable to throw a whiffleball” according to Shaughnessy. Why so quiet Curt?
    By the way that Sean Mac(Adam) guy you claim to have respect for has stated on WEEI in recent months that hard feelings exist within the Red Sox organziation towards you because of that 8 million dollar broken wing of yours. Is Sean Mac wrong about that Curt? What say you Curt? It’s not like you to be silent on any issue yet you never addressed that part of Shaughnessy’s story.

  44. Shindig permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:59 pm

    I agree that CHB is a weasel. And really that’s an insult to upstanding weasels everywhere. But one thing I will say is that in some of your previous posts (maybe two or three of them?) you have mentioned CHB and said “I will never refer to him again”. If I were you, I wouldn’t write that. It comes across as saying “I’m not going to let him get to me, I’m going to ignore”, but not being able to follow through. Just whale away on him (he deserves it) without the stipulation that it’s going to be your last post about him.

  45. robo permalink
    January 7, 2009 6:03 pm

    CHB has always been an ass. His arrogance is so annoying. One day he is coming to piss off the wrong person and they will go “Jim Everett” on him.. I can’t wait.

  46. Dcot permalink
    January 7, 2009 6:04 pm

    Bradley and Epileptic kid: Those comments are sooo lame. You sound like every other loser, hyper-sensitive, politically correct, idiots that have turned our country into the ridiculous “make sure you don’t offend absolutely anyone
    whenever you try to be funny” environment that we have today. It’s a joke. Are you trying to get a public apology or something? That’s so transparent. All you fools love to point out the minutia when you try to discredit the source. Relax and view it in the context it was written. By the way, you read Schill’s Blog, and have probably been reading it this whole time you frauds….
    Good job Curt. Well said as always.

  47. January 7, 2009 6:10 pm

    Hmmm…either Bradley is channeling The CHB, or he is The CHB.

    Anyway, dinks like The CHB should be held accountable. Unfortunately, there are too many just like him in the Boston media ranks, so it’s left to their subjects to respond.

    People here complain that you are taking his attacks personally. Well how else are you supposed to take them? That’s how they were intended, no doubt.

    Shaughnessy’s still angry he didn’t take the ESPN deal years ago. He left millions on the table.

    Nice work.

  48. Jeff permalink
    January 7, 2009 6:50 pm

    Curt that was very well said. I have to say the the mean-spirited pumpkin head is clearly the most disliked writer in this city. Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with that crap again.

  49. January 7, 2009 6:51 pm


    Love the idea from an earlier post for you and the Shank to have an INSULTATHON with proceeds going to your charities. It wold be BIG…BIG BIG. I know I would pony up the dough and feel good about the whole sordid mess as well. Throw the option at your favorite columnist and see if it will fly. The winters are too long, the Pats are out of the playoffs and roundball or the puck don’t do it for enough of us. You are both in the entertainment business and this would be a winner for all…fans, charity and both of you (well maybe one of you after the “debate”). Would sure beat Obama vs McCain for excitement.

  50. Rob permalink
    January 7, 2009 6:51 pm

    Well Said Curt. Glad to see someone willing to take on a major source of negativity and irresponsible reporting that gives Boston sports a bad rap. In the end these guys will be thanking you.

  51. Jack Simpson permalink
    January 7, 2009 6:54 pm

    I didn’t realize that people still read CHB at all. And with the web edition, he’s easy for both avoid and forget. Don’t worry Curt, you’ll go down in history. We don’t know how CHB goes down.

  52. Darnley permalink
    January 7, 2009 7:26 pm

    Well said Curt! About time someone called out all the scumbag media racists like CHB (and Dennis and Callahan) in this town.

  53. GrowUp permalink
    January 7, 2009 7:38 pm

    CHB has his moments of jerkness but so do you Curt Schilling. Please refrain from acting like the Chia pet is the only problem.

    As for hypocrisy well that is the world of a reporter especially in Boston. Boston has the worst writers on the planet. No one is worse then the NBA guys from the Herald who make up lies and print stuff they know are lies and yet they still have jobs.

    While I do agree with you that some of the time what CHB wrote was about perpetuating the myth of a curse he has also written some brilliant articles.
    This fight you both have going on is two sides.

    I know you love Tito and while I appreciate the two world series he helped us win some of the stuff he does as a manager is stupid. A lot of luck has helped him win those two world series and a lot of heart named Davis Ortiz. Tito made the EXACT SAME MISTAKE Grady Little did in 2004. He put Pedro into the game and Toto was very lucky that the Red Sox didn’t choke that huge lead away. I believe Tito even said he would have put Pedro in with any lead.

  54. Beth permalink
    January 7, 2009 7:52 pm

    Agreed. He is a talented writer, but only so because he exploits stories and throws people under the bus because he knows it will get attention. As a diehard Nomar fan, I sincerely believe he added to the behavior and attitudes that caused his stigmatism, tension with the clubhouse, and trade. For that, I will never forgive him.

  55. growdor permalink
    January 7, 2009 8:26 pm

    ok ok we get it schilling you have a vendetta against chb. great. awesome. honestly all your blogs on him come off as some obsessed, quasi intellectual with a clear agenda. each comment i read is some lame fan sucking up to you because you are a pro athlete. the more you write about chb the more it is evident that you are completely obsessed to the point where you make a fool of yourself everytime chb writes a column. let it go man. get a life. go fishing with babe or lou or whatever your kids name is. get a tan. read a book. get a life. its not entertaining anymore and the more you write about shank the more people read him. dont you get that by now? after all you have a hs diploma dont you?

  56. growdor permalink
    January 7, 2009 8:32 pm

    badger my sentiments exactly. is makes me laugh that all these lames will agree with everything curt says because hes a pro athlete. ST$@ F%$#@!* is what thats called. really curt you took the $ you knew you wouldnt earn and now youre gonna cry about chb having an issue with someone breaking a contract. jags lied through his teeth and lied some more and thats ok with you because you are on that same train, look out for # 1 im gonna get mine schilling. youre righteous indignation is always so convenient schilling. unfortunately class and integrity cannot be conditional as yours so often are. when it suits you. honestly schilling just because all these star suck ups agree with you doesnt make you right. youre such a phony.

  57. Darren L. Pare permalink
    January 7, 2009 8:56 pm

    Wow Curt are you ever a bitter old man. Geez the chances that you ever pitch in Boston again are slim so let it go. I thought you would be above this kind of petty junk, but I guess you just can’t keep your mouth shut.

  58. Darren L. Pare permalink
    January 7, 2009 9:03 pm

    Oh and there is some discussion about you and the Hall of Fame, which just on baseball numbers is a joke. You better hope there aren’t any voters who suffer from epilepsy. Nice stuff there Schill just do us a favor and retire and kepp your mouth shut for a change.

  59. January 7, 2009 9:12 pm

    There was no curse! That is how CHB put his kids through school! Thanks again to Curt for helping to bring Boston those titles though. That made me happy for a solid year at least.

  60. DeniseSoxFan permalink
    January 7, 2009 9:28 pm

    Hey Curt! Great blog! My favorite line: “You flip flop more than an epileptic toad”! LOL! CHB is a no-talent, egomaniac jerk. Love ya, man!

  61. Blueliner33 permalink
    January 7, 2009 9:32 pm

    As a pitcher no one was more clutch than Curt. As a person I appreciate his open approach. Why people wish to crucify him for speaking his mind is beyond me. Whether you like what he says or not you should appreciate that he is not affraid to speak his mind. As far as CHB I lost respect for him years ago. He is just a self promoting writer who thrives on negativity. He is so full of himself and truly believes what he thinks is relevent. I only wish more athletes would express their thoughts and opinions like Curt.

  62. Big Dog360 permalink
    January 7, 2009 9:36 pm

    Curt, CHB talks out of both sides of his mouth. I believe that if you stop reading his column maybe he will go away. You are an inspiration to me and your work for ALS is tireless. I wish you good health in 2009.

  63. Blueliner33 permalink
    January 7, 2009 9:38 pm

    Hey Bradley at January 7th, 2009 at 5:00 pm ……

    Lighten up. He isn’t making fun of anyone afflicted with epilepsy. Unless of course you happen to be a toad. Reading your weak and whiny remarks lead me to believe you just may be a toad afterall.

  64. Beth permalink
    January 7, 2009 10:41 pm

    In response to Dan…don’t speak for us…not “everyone” wants Curt out of town…you are so obviously a yankee fan….as evidenced by your statement “You are no better or worse then him, but you try to portray yourself as holier then though. “…its THAN not THEN…its THOU not THOUGH…holier than thou… illiterate fool…

  65. Drew permalink
    January 7, 2009 10:43 pm

    Curt- I hated when the Sox traded you away early in your career. I was very happy when they got you back. I agree that you like to talk, but a LOT of people like to talk! (just look at all of these comments…). I like it when you speak your mind- popular or not, you’ve never been afraid to speak out. Dan the CHB is and always has been one of the biggest wastes of space on the planet. He NEVER learns from his mistakes, either. After the Sox won one game from the Rays in the playoffs, I knew he’d tell everyone to start buying W.S. tickets and acting in his normal arrogant manner. He does it ALL THE TIME!!! Conversely, if the Sox have a 2 game losing streak, he freaks out. Seriously- what a total tool!!!
    For the record, in the opinion of some, Clemens went in the tank later in his last year in Boston. When he threatened to not pitch his last 2 starts, I lost all respect for him. I have long considered him to be a seriously flawed human who was blessed with a great arm. He lies to himself and others repeatedly. We sometimes think that sports figures are somehow above us in character- they’re not. Nevertheless, I will ALWAYS detest Roger Clemens. I hated that the Sox enabled people like Pedro and Manny and loved it that you were never like that. I don’t happen to agree with some of your views, but I love what you stand for, Curt. You can vent to me anytime you want via email- happy to listen and validate. What’s your arm status and do you think you’ll ever pitch again? You, my friend, ARE a warrior!

  66. Steve McLaughlin permalink
    January 7, 2009 10:54 pm

    CHB is a miserable arrogant fool. I have refused to read or watch him for years. You don’t have to justify yourself in our eyes (real sportsfans). We know what’s up. Hope you come back this year and look forward to your future in politics.

  67. jingle ballz permalink
    January 7, 2009 11:12 pm

    Shill – I have a tremendous amount of respect for you as an athlete, Christian, family man and a generous guy who gives back to the community. However, I have a couple of questions. If you dislike CHB so much and his columns are trash, why do you read them or I should ask, why do you care so much about what he writes about you? It appears that he hit a raw nerve with the 8 mill issue. Secondly, I believe I have a fair idea of your conservative values and what you stand for. Having said that, I would bet that you would probably agree with what CHB wrote about; keeping your word and honoring a contract if he had only left out the Shill analogy. Responses like these don’t do you any good so I suggest you stop reading CHB’s columns. As a long time Sox fan, I appreciate you and the great contributions you have made to the Sox.

  68. CTballfan permalink
    January 7, 2009 11:29 pm

    This is a total gas. Imagine if Williams had been able to blog back against all the crap he took…..

  69. Fratmom permalink
    January 7, 2009 11:50 pm

    I never knew so many epileptic toads read your blog Curt.

  70. January 8, 2009 12:40 am


    Really man, let it go. It’s old and it’s tired. You come across as the scorned girl at the high school prom. Total Romper Room. And yes you were out of shape to begin the season in 2007. Just because you went 4-0 with a 2.70 era in 8 starts doesnt mean you were in shape. Heck we all know you dont have to be in top shape to be a major league pitcher. Take a look at C.C. Sabbathia, David Wells, and Bartolo Colon to name a few. All are or were Aces or elite pitchers and not in top shape.

    Give it rest man with the CHB back and forth.

  71. Tony permalink
    January 8, 2009 1:05 am

    Hey…. Retire.. you cost the sox $8 mil to blog last year… congrats!

  72. ben permalink
    January 8, 2009 1:07 am

    Fair enough stance on an article. I have to ask why a former professional baseball pitcher, and one of the best at that in my opinion especially in the playoffs, would waste so much time on a sports writer. I also can’t really understand using the term “CHB” in your own “article.” Whether you like his writing or not, he has a name and you should use it so as not to come off as you do here. To point out that Dan Shaughnessy is a hypocrite from one article to the next (years after) is fine. Let us not pretend that at some point in time everyone is a hypocrite though. He just happens to be in the newspaper that is one of the best in the country as far as sports coverage goes. Curt, you once said that you would never go into sports journalism and yet here you are writing what is essentially sports journalism.
    I like Shaughnessy’s writing. I think he is often times pretty funny and I especially enjoy his “random thoughts” articles. That being said, sometimes he writes things that bore me so I don’t finish the article be it because I don’t agree with him or I think he is reaching a little too far so to speak.
    Curt, keep on writing here as it is pretty cool to get a player’s point of view. I recently became friends with an old MLB player and current coach and as a huge baseball fan it is a lot of fun to talk to someone and hear first hand what the life in baseball is like. I don’t even know exactly why I am writing this as I doubt there is even a slim chance Curt Schilling will read it. I guess I am writing because I am a fan of baseball, Curt Schilling and Dan Shaughnessy and I think that Boston is the best baseball town in the world. I think part of that has to do with an excellent pitcher who helped us finally cheer about winning a World Series as well as reliving it while reading an excellent columnist’s article about it.

  73. Babe Ruth permalink
    January 8, 2009 3:43 am

    Funny how the Chris Farley comment bothers you but the 8 million dollars for doing nothing doesn’t. lol

  74. audioE permalink
    January 8, 2009 4:16 am

    Dude, you’re one of my all time favorite pitchers, but really, calm down.

  75. iam permalink
    January 8, 2009 6:58 am

    Curt (lol) my inside sources say that CHB has let 3 comments here ripping you. He’s such a loser

  76. Moe permalink
    January 8, 2009 7:32 am

    I agree CHB is a troll, not happy about the epileptic toad line though. Your better than that Curt, epilepsy is not funny. Ask the Travolta family, just saying…

  77. Mark permalink
    January 8, 2009 8:20 am


    Can’t blame you for responding in kind to Shanks latest. I’m sure the reason he speaks so disparagingly of blogs is they give the targets of his bile the chance to present the other side.

    I’m sad to say that I’m old enough to remember when he couldn’t write a column without taking a shot at Jim Rice, even long after Rice had retired. Now the Shank is one of Rice’s biggest supporters for his HOF election, so maybe there’s hope he’ll come around on you?

  78. Mike permalink
    January 8, 2009 8:46 am

    Curt, why are you addressing him? All you are doing is is making him relevant. Anyone who follows the local scene understands what he is about and dismisses him. No need to stoop to his level. trust me, you dont have to defend yourself or anyone else from him. No one cares what he has to say.

  79. Nashuan permalink
    January 8, 2009 9:26 am

    A few years ago I read a blog post criticizing what the author called the Boston Irish Mafia of sportswriters. Wish I’d saved it. It spoke of CHB, Ryan, Gammons, Dennis, McDonough, and Callahan. I wasn’t crazy about the ethnic slur but I agree with the basic premise. These guys, who happen to be of Irish descent, are a bunch of blowhards who think their words are gospel. Sure, they are students of the games and remember a lot of history, but they don’t represent my views with their commentary. In my humble, Caucasian opinion, some of them are clearly racist. Callahan is the worst and I stopped listening to the morning show because of his political rants on what is supposed to be a sports show. (Left messages of complaint w/Jason.) Dennis seems to go along to get along. CHB reveals his racism frequently. What sealed it for me was the year he kept calling out Carl Everett for behavior that was less disruptive than the Yanks O’Neill (tossing water coolers and other stuff around in the dugout, etc.) whom he called “passionate” and “intense”. Ryan and Gammons don’t bother me so much, they just bore me with the endless references to glory days of the past which they try to make relevant with some vague thread to the present. McDonough just irritated me so I was glad when he left the Boston scene. I agree with you that the new crop of reporters and Sean Mac do a good job. I have no idea why CHB is featured on Red Sox pregame or still has a job at the Globe. He’s just a legend in his own mind.

  80. Joel permalink
    January 8, 2009 9:38 am

    Accountability. We need much more of it in every facet of life. Thanks for taking the time to shine light on Shaughnessy’s specific examples of hypocrisy. Of course, it’s important to also say that light needs to shine both ways.

  81. Red Sox Mom permalink
    January 8, 2009 9:48 am

    CHB is a one trick pony. The poison pen is his and his alone. Perez Hilton has more journalistic credibility than he does. His agenda drives everything he writes. I made the mistake of reading his column yesterday, only to find the shameless/inaccurate Schilling jab. Imagine my surprise. It is all he’s got left. SOme would say to just ignore him, but I prefer your response to go after him. He’s a punk.

  82. TheDave permalink
    January 8, 2009 10:01 am

    This commentary of yours has you coming off looking like a spiteful jackass. Shaughnessy gets paid to write articles that intrigue readers. Agree or don’t agree with him, but he is entitled to his opinion. Someone needs to be the bigger man and turn the other cheek. With all the problems in the world today, it seems extremely petty to engage in this pointless battle.
    Good luck.

  83. The Sybian permalink
    January 8, 2009 11:03 am

    Hey Brendan Smith, Dallas TX USA! USA! USA!

    I should have preempted your obvious response by saying that I don’t read this blog except for when it is made fun of in another blog. I have read a handful of posts, and they are usually pretty high on the unintended comedy scale. I just get a kick out of unintelligent celebs trying to sound smart or knowledgeable on topics outside of their realm.

  84. The Sybian permalink
    January 8, 2009 11:07 am


    Love your post, and you could be on to something. I would pay $2 to buy an epilepsy based game. But seriously, I am sorry you had to read a senseless joke at the expense of your illness. Maybe Curt will think before he writes one of these days. Then again, if the Lord is guiding your typing finger, you don’t have to use your brain.

  85. Branden permalink
    January 8, 2009 11:09 am

    I really have no opinion on this matter, mostly because I don’t waste my time to read CHB’s garbage, as I realized early on that his material brings no real credibility to his profession. I just want to address the ignorant fanatics who are using this as a platform to belittle your major league career just because they don’t agree with your politics. These people (Dan, Sybian, etc) are clearly ignorant baseball fans clinging to some agenda, throwing out garbage just to get under your skin (sound like Shaughnessy Disciples).

    And the people saying, “I’m epileptic, you are cruel, all you care about is YOUR charity…” — SHUT UP. Please. He was making a analogy not putting down epileptics. Get over yourselves. I feel for your family and what you are going through, but jeez, do u have to take every opportunity to gain pity from people by taking harmless comments out of context? I’m sorry, but that is pathetic. You don’t hear cancer patients up in arms when someone refers to a player as a “clubhouse cancer”. Have some freakin’ dignity.

  86. pvvnova permalink
    January 8, 2009 11:12 am

    WOW. Curt. You are above this. I was embarrassed for you while reading that rant. The guy can be annoying, but that is his job. He is a newspaper columnist, writer, etc. who is paid for expressing his opinion. To get 45+ responses to your rant on him only proves that there is an interest in him, the Globe and this topic. If you are truly upset by the guy, ignore him and don’t respond. I remember the first article that I read where he referred to you was in your first spring training (I think) where he referenced you having a metalic purple Hummer (or something like that). That seemed to set the tone and it has never stop. It has gotten old. You are better than this.

  87. January 8, 2009 11:21 am

    I gotta tell ya, I read columns and blogs to get insight and info. I try my best to avoid the readers’ comments as they tend to showcase negativity, pettiness, and insecurity. The poison pen stuff you’re showing here, Curt has all those negative traits best left to the peanut gallery. I hope you discontinue this type of posting. I always enjoy hearing and reading your opinion, but this is unnecessary. Take a breath and count to 10 next time, you crazy bastard!

  88. jessica permalink
    January 8, 2009 11:49 am

    curt, you’re an idiot. you’re just using jags as a sounding board to talk about yourself, as usual. you’re one of those people that argues for the sake of arguing about EVERYTHING. and please, learn how to write if you want to run a blog.

    ps – the jags im referring to is the former boston college head football coach. which you clearly know nothing about or else you wouldn’t have issued this horrific public defense slash diatribe for all you poor, multi-millionaire athletes and coaches.

  89. MitchNB permalink
    January 8, 2009 12:56 pm

    Sorry Curt. You are wrong on this one. You essentially STOLE money from the Sox in 2008. You convinced them that you were taking less money to be in Boston, as if doing the Red Sox a favor. $8M later, you didn’t even throw a single pitch last year (unless you count your 1-hopper in the playoffs). I appreciate everything you have done for the Sox, but you were fat, out of shape and totally useless in 2008. Shaughnessy is right to call you out on that one.

  90. Stefan permalink
    January 8, 2009 12:56 pm

    Curt, I’ve been a Sox fan since I was able to open my eyes. I remember when you came to town. I remember the great impact you had on our guys, and the trophy you helped bring home. All that aside, with this article you show who you are. A hypocrit. Quite simply stated, you are negatively about the guy who’s always writing negatively, and then saying “he started it!”. Grow up. As far as this Sox fan is concerned you’re an expense to the team, and if I had the dough, I’d give you 8 mil to leave town.

  91. Pete G. a.k.a. "Sofachi" permalink
    January 8, 2009 12:58 pm

    Curt: ring-a-ding-ding!!!!!!!! Nice work, my man. You really shoved the truth down CHB’s throat in a very convincing way. It is about time that the Globe realizes that Shaughnessy is all about character assassination and regurgitated half-truths that serve no purpose but to get people to talk about CHB and his latest rants. He is such a total tool.

    Hope you stick around Boston, Curt. We’ll never forget what you did for the Sox and Boston in 2004 & 2007.

  92. Joe permalink
    January 8, 2009 1:29 pm

    Don’t let him bother you Kurt.
    There are athletes in every pro sports faction that deserve legitimate critique for one issue or another.
    I don’t understand why some sports writers take things so personally. What this particular writer can’t do is see both sides of the fence of the person and make a reasonable judgment. Plus, I can’t understand why some writers and tald radio hosts act like it’s their money which they are giving out.
    I don’t know where this writer comes off being so angry that you were injured. If anything, your career in Boston has shown nothing but respect for the game, the organization and a passion to work extremely hard. Not only that the passion you’ve shown for charity is notable to say the least. If that signals “Oh hey look he signed a shady deal when he knew he wouldn’t be able to perform” to him, he better start looking for a new job. Lawyer comes to mind…

  93. samsox permalink
    January 8, 2009 1:30 pm

    The best way to deal with CHB’s vacuous and snide columns is to ignore him. He’s seldom been on the sports pages in recent weeks, and there didn’t seem to be a rising chorus yearning for his return. Shame on Curt for dignifying CHB’s slop by responding and even attempting to defend himself. Though Curt ought learn to curb his mouth more often, I’ve always judged him by his valor on the diamond. He’s HoF worthy one of these days. CHB — a mean-spirited, carping critic — couldn’t hold a candle to him. Let it go, Curt.

  94. Jay K permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:04 pm

    Why isn’t every athlete on planet earth blogging? Even if you could get 1/2 of them to do it, you would put every media outlet out of business, and there would be nothing to worry about in terms of being “taken out of context” or “misquoted.” It’s just you and the keyboard.

    People will focus on the dirty laundry aspect of this, but the truth is at least Curt is getting his own message out, whatever that might be. For better or worse, love him or hate him, at least he’s able to say what he wants, when he wants.

    I only wish more athletes did it, the fans would feel more connected and it would alleviate a lot of the adversarial relationships with the media.

  95. Jon permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:10 pm

    Curt –

    I know from having seen a short expose on how you were working out in preparation for the 2008 season that CHB is way off base in his insinuation that it was through getting fat and not being in shape that you were injured.

    The approx. 2 minute clip I saw showed you working out with a personal trainer who was putting you through some extreme workouts. I remember at the time thinking, “Oh my! There’s no way I could possibly do that!!”, and I consider myself to be reasonably fit. From watching that piece you had my admiration in a different way than for the success you’ve had on the mound!

    It does seem CHB holds different players to different standards. If he reviewed what he wrote and were to come forward with a statement of regret, I’d accept it and hope that he’d become more consistent. However I’m not expecting that; I can think of numerous instances of athletes asking for words they’d uttered in the passion of the moment to be taken back. But I’ve not yet heard of a correction for the record of any sportswriter. At least not any writer at the Boston Globe. 🙂

    Thanks for your honest thoughts on CHB’s column.

  96. Chad permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:13 pm

    You just made my day, that was your best posting yet. I have the biggest smile on my face. Way to call him on it, Curt!

    The best line – “You flip-flop more than an epileptic toad.” Laughing out loud here in Providence. Best of luck with the gaming company, looking forward to it.

  97. Bill Pack permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:20 pm

    The Boogeyman: – Before going to sleep at night, I check under the bed for Jim Rice. He’s *that* feared.

    Keith Law: (1:22 PM ET ) – I check under the bed for Dan Shaughnessy. Mostly because he’s weird.


  98. Mike permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:38 pm

    CHB is the president of the Boston keyboard assassin union. Bob Ryan isn’t far behind – don’t forget that hatchet job he did on Nomar months after he was traded inferring steriods, calling him a cancer in the clubhouse, etc…

    These same clowns who waved flags at Kenmore Square during 04 and 07 parades pretending to be fans want nothing more to make names for themselves by bringing Sox stars down. They’re just the modern incarnation of the writers who routinely excoriated Ted Williams – why, because he didn’t suck up to the press.

    Great post.

  99. Justin permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:45 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I, for one, really appreciate what you have to say. I agree with most of, but not all, of what you have to say. And when it comes to the CHB, I couldn’t agree with you more. The guy thinks people want to hear him and not hear about the team. He gets up on his pedestal, says whatever he thinks will cause the most uproar knowing that it will lead to more readers and word-of-mouth buzz. This keeps him employed. Unfortunately, the Globe doesn’t seem to care that he does nothing but frustrate and anger the majority of die hard Red Sox fans. I can’t stand the guy and I thank you, again, for taking him out behind the woodshed and letting him know that all of the B.S. that spews from his mouth is just that.

  100. KFish permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:46 pm

    Hey Curt. Sorry to depart from the subject at hand but do YOU know anything about Varitek returning? I’m dyin’ out here…no one seems to know anything.

  101. Joe permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:51 pm

    You know Curt, I have to say that I expected to hear something outrageous from you around this time. The reason being that you show your head every couple of months in some form of media and say something outlandish that gets picked up by the media just so you can let people know you are still alive, yet somehow not really relevant to the team that just paid you 8 million for nothing.

    Whether it was to make some useless comment on steroids(unless in a relevant place like in front of Congress), Bonds(from a safe and harmless distance), Manny(added nothing but jumped on the bandwagon) or now this you just cannot seem to fade away gracefully and allow the fans of the game of baseball appreciate what you were… A better then average pitcher! I respect your career as a player, although I have a hard time making a case for you as a member of the Hall of Fame, but find it even harder to remember your on field accomplishments because of your incessant need to be a media whore. So much so that I was rooting against you in the late innings of your no hit bid. This was tough to do as I am a life long Sox fan of 39 years. There are always great stories to go along with magical moments in baseball such as Jon Lester’s no hitter after battling his illness, Josh Hamilton’s homer barrage at the All Star game after coming back from self induced purgatory, and even your own gutty performance in the 2004 playoffs despite obvious pain and self mutilation for the teams and fans benefit. While Jon and Josh have instilled these memories at an early stage of their career, and will hopefully stay clear of any further health and drug issues so they can build on these accomplishments… you on the other hand,, have managed to turn me and many fans against you for non stop ranting and stating of obvious facts through the media to get your face and name out there.

    It has become so comical how you appear every few months like clock work to stick you unshaven mug out there to be relevant that we have even come up with the slogan, “Quit your bitchin and start some pitchin!” and “don’t be a bitch and just shut up and pitch!”

    All these comments you see preceeding my post are littered with followers who don’t seem to have much of a mind of there own, and want to suck up to you. They are “homers.” This does not mean they are any better fans, it just means they have no sense of reason or rationalization… two things you seem to always question CHB and other members of the media about. So what is the deal… do you accept the adulation of your masses who are no different then your targets and enemies?

    Just so you know I do not care for CHB either. I do not believe he is a very good writer and do not believe he is very impartial. As for my background,I have been a member of both a MLB organization on the scouting level(non paid), and public relations level, as well as a member of the written media for another pro sports league.

    I wish you well in you pursuits whether they include another year on the field or your life’s work off the field. I commend you for your work with ALS and can only hope you use your celebrity to enhance and heighten that cause, rather then self idolization.

  102. Anonymous permalink
    January 8, 2009 3:21 pm

    Curt – You just proved how much of a moron you really are!!!!!!!

    Please leave baseball and quit making the rest of us dumber for reading your posts!!!

  103. Roobs73 permalink
    January 8, 2009 3:22 pm

    …Stopped reading CHB a few years ago b/c I just couldn’t take his negativity anymore. Nice to see someone with a popular forum rip him for bastardizing local teams and players. And while some teams and players need to be ripped at times, CHB’s articles always felt forced, hurtful or more full of opinion than fact. Good riddance I say…

  104. T.J. permalink
    January 8, 2009 3:39 pm

    Curt, I love it. I’ve been trying to say the same things about this guy for years, but could never find the words as well as you just did. The guy takes jabs at you in articles that have absolutely nothing to do with you. They’re there just to please him and his snotty ego. I’ve really started to get sick of it lately. Thank you for firing back. I’ve tried to stand up for you to no avail. I’m glad you did it yourself. Thanks for everything #38. We’ll never forget the good stuff you’ve done for this town, on the field, and off it.

  105. Sean permalink
    January 8, 2009 4:03 pm


    Good stuff as usual. I do not know what is up with the PC crap people have to read and see all the time. Are there epileptic toads anywhere in the world that we know of? So who should be offended? Anyway, maybe a better line would be that he “flip-flops more than John Kerry!” That makes more sense anyway…

    Thanks, and stop reading his garbage, you’ll live longer!

  106. MannyHappyreturns permalink
    January 8, 2009 4:46 pm

    So if you insist on calling him CHB, does he get to call you Red Light or RL for short? Seriously, stop acting like a clown. Shaugnessy doesn’t deserve the attention.

  107. Dan permalink
    January 8, 2009 5:05 pm

    Beth Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 10:41 pm
    In response to Dan…don’t speak for us…not “everyone” wants Curt out of town…you are so obviously a yankee fan….as evidenced by your statement “You are no better or worse then him, but you try to portray yourself as holier then though. “…its THAN not THEN…its THOU not THOUGH…holier than thou… illiterate fool…

    HAHAHA- Thanks for the laugh Beth! That was absolutely hilarious. I hope you feel better now, certainly looks like your writing skills are better then half of the people on the comments, but that’s ok, feel free to make yourself look better by pointing out my “illiteracy.” (I truly hope you aren’t a teacher and that is where your grammar comes from, I would fear for the children in Massachusetts). Just like Curt, you choose to make fun of people (people who truly and unfortunately don’t know how to read) to make yourself feel better. I hope you do this daily as you appear to have low self esteem just like Mr. Curt “8 MILLION to not throw one pitch” Schilling.

    And don’t speak for us? When I said we, I was referring to people I work with in my BOSTON office. To quote a nice movie, “Speak for you?!?!? Do you think I would really speak for you? I don’t even know your language!” And clearly, you aren’t looking at a lot of the other comments on this thread that are from Boston who agree that they are sick of hearing from Schilling.

    You do make a great detective though, I can clearly see how someone might think I am a Yankee fan as evidenced by my statement, “You are no better…” (?!?!?!) I am not sure I got that one, nor did the people I work with, but thanks for playing. Hope your day got better though calling me out and kissing Schilling’s hiney. Good day!

  108. January 8, 2009 5:24 pm

    Interesting read Curt. I am no fan of CHB but to rip him for his opposing views on a player leaving the ballpark early is fine but I find it hard to believe that you have never made hypocritical comments in the press. It is human nature and I am sure if your sound bites over your career could be researched there would be examples of you taking both sides of an issue.

  109. January 8, 2009 7:17 pm

    Schill – The reason CHB (cruddy-haired-bastard) is bitter because he is jealous that all his fellow writers from the era when he started have all gone on to bigger and better jobs. He got left behind. Think of it, Montvelle, Gammons, Ryan, MacMullen McDonough all got better jobs either at the networks or higher profile newspapers. Meanwhile CHB had to continue to toil in obscurity going to the clubhouses, going to the little league fields, going to shitholes in his piece of crap car while the real stars were stylin’ and profiln’ as Ric Flair used to say across the country for their respected companies. This is why he is taking it out on people like you. He resents everything that he can’t be. As a sidenote, I played in a softball game against him in 90’s and he was cranky then and had less mobility at first base than Steve Balboni.

  110. Pete permalink
    January 8, 2009 8:14 pm

    Curt,good job for calling out that goof of a writer CHB.I enjoy the blogs keep up the good work

  111. Eric permalink
    January 8, 2009 9:45 pm

    Curt, can you talk about Smoltzie a bit? With the two of you both being old warriors (meant in the best sense) of the game, I’d love to hear what you think of the move. Smoltz is a guy I’ve always respected from a distance but don’t know much about. Do you have any history with him going back to your national league days?

  112. NYCTim permalink
    January 8, 2009 10:43 pm

    I am in no way defending Shaughnessy. I rarely read the Globe and don’t have any feelings either way about his writing. But Curt, your thoughts and opinions about sportswriters — presented as fact — are way off base.

    A few points here…

    1. Curt, what makes you think you know about the inner sanctum of a newspaper’s office or a press box any better than a sportswriter knows about your clubhouse? You rip CHB for not having a clue, but then make these obnoxious and ill-informed claims as if they’re gospel and 100% fact. Sound familiar? It should. It’s EXACTLY what you accuse CHB of doing.
    Have you ever asked a sportswriter “How do you think this works?” I doubt it. Also, you lived the life? Sorry, Curt, but sportswriters don’t have charter flights or people taking care of their luggage at hotels. Whatever life you think you led, unless you covered a Major League team — home and away — for a full season, then you really have no clue. So please don’t pretend you know.

    “Maybe it’s the fact that these guys rip on each other daily, people they work at the same paper with, and think that’s how it works, that makes them think this is OK. These guys rip and belittle each other far more than anyone I’ve ever played with yet many of them can’t wait to write a piece on a player doing that same thing.”

    2. I have no problem with you calling out CHB for his contradictory stances. In fact, I give you credit for remembering one article he wrote and then taking a stand when you saw something similar with such a different take. It would seem CHB let his personal issues with Pedro cloud his writing, which should never happen, no matter how much you like or dislike a player. You certainly are much more aware of what the media is saying more than most players, who likely don’t even know the name of any beat writer who covers the team.

    3. “Really? How does that work? How do we get to play both sides of the fence and not be accountable like you? Where do we apply for that job?”

    Umm, this seems rather obvious, no? Send a resume to the Boston Globe. Get ready for long hours and crappy pay, not like the $8 million you stole from the Red Sox this season, you sanctimonious jerk.

    4. Despite your attempt to divert the point of the paragraph below to your (allegedly or not) bloated physique, there are a couple of spot-on observations here. Namely that the Sawx had to pay you $8 million for not throwing a single pitch in 2008. I notice you didn’t comment at all on that truth. Embarrassed? So, what you’re saying is, you want CHB to go back and write a column saying “Maybe I was wrong a few weeks ago about Schilling being a big fat idiot.” Yet, I don’t see you offering the Sawx even a dollar of their money back after doing zero to help them finish second in the AL East in 2008. So why is he supposed to go back and “right his wrong,” yet you are not held accountable in the same way?

    “After the 2007 World Series, Curt Schilling signs a one-year deal for $8 million plus incentives. When he shows up in spring training looking like Chris Farley, unable to throw a Wiffleball because of an injury, the club is on the hook to pay him the $8 million. For no services. The club must live up to the contract.”

    5. Where do we see someone doing what Manny did in the rest of the world? If a janitor decides to give 50-percent effort for several months, he gets fired and won’t be able to pay his rent. The same goes for a secretary or a teacher or a mechanic. People who live in “the real world” can’t afford to do what Manny did, otherwise they will face very real consequences that will negatively impact and/or jeopardize their lives. People who live in “the real world” don’t have contracts that guarantee them high incomes. They can lose their jobs at a moment’s notice. Or haven’t you been paying attention for the last couple of months?
    Actually, one of the few places where someone CAN get away with such reprehensible behavior is the world of professional sports. Please let me know where we see this in “the real world.” And don’t use Wall Street executives as an example because that’s as much of a fantasy world as pro sports.

    “You see it all the time in sports. Free agent Manny Ramírez signs a contract with the Red Sox in 2000 and it looks great. But when it comes to 2008 and he doesn’t like those two one-year club options at the tail end of his deal, Manny lies down like a dog to get out of the contract and make the options disappear. The team is forced to trade him.

    In sports? Really? Only? Or do we see it all the time in sports, and the rest of the world, but sports is the only place we care enough to write about it? Oh, and you spent the last four years lambasting a manager who’s ass you now kiss as the ‘best ever’ for placating and ‘enabling’ the guy you hate so much, all the while knowing he was doing everything within his ability to manage the situation as best as possible.”

  113. Chris permalink
    January 9, 2009 7:55 am

    You claim the hit and run style is tired and boring yet you wasted how much time on a ridiculous rant criticizing it and trying to prove DS wrong? If you didn’t care it wouldn’t come up, simple as that. I can practically see you at the keyboard crying when you copy and pasted the Chris Farley line. Do you realize every stupid post you throw up on this website is just one more slap in the face to real Sox fans? It is just a reminder that you made $8 million to sit on your ass all season. Are you really that arrogant? If I ever stole from my “team” I would sure as hell be in hiding for a long time after, not parading my thoughts on a blog for all Boston fans to read. You have the balls to comment on contract negotiations of other players like you’re the GM, when in fact the majority of fans in this region are just sick of you. If you think Shaughnessy hates all star players, read Evergreen and then rewrite your words. His passion for the Celtics in that book proves you wrong, but you probably didn’t take the time to check it out because everything is always one side with you. Why don’t you make your next blog a narrative about your contract negotiations before 2008, and then tell all of the hardworking, DISGUSTED Sox fans how good it felt to make bank to do nothing. One more thing: To the dude who said, “You are more of a man than me,” you’re kidding right?
    Thanks brother

  114. Bill H. permalink
    January 9, 2009 10:03 am


    ( a comparison likening you to Chris Farley and unable to throw a wiffle ball)It is an unfair characterization of you. I know in my heart you would have KILLED to pitch last season. I despise getting compensation for not being able to produce, it is a horrible feeling in which I am racked with guilt but if there are circumstances that prevent your ability to work, injuries etc it is a fact of life sometimes. In any case I do like/respect both you and Shaughnessy though Shaughnessy sometimes plays the provocatuer a bit too much, I do think in part it is his job for better or worse and who among us are not hypocrites from time to time? I do think Manny lied down and quit on his teammates though. When only one teammate wants him to stick at the trading deadline he has officially worn out his welcome.

  115. Kevin2 permalink
    January 9, 2009 11:20 am

    Shaughnessy’s nickname really should be CSA _ cheap-shot artist. I stopped reading him something like 10 years ago. If I see that byline, I read something else. Curt, you should so the same. Life is better that way, believe me.

  116. Glenn permalink
    January 9, 2009 11:48 am

    Curt. Good job man, sticking to your guns when it came to facing those players at the Congressional hearing, regarding steroids. I’m 46, so the guys I grew up watching like Yaz, George Brett, Dave Winfield and Rico Petrocelli, we know didn’t juice. I feel so sorry for the later kids, who adored the bash sisters and others of the like. Those kids were crushed when they heard their heroes were fakes. I hope you pitch again if that’s what you want and are able to do…Happy New Year !!!!

  117. Cliff permalink
    January 9, 2009 12:03 pm

    epileptic toad was good but I would have used “not worth the sweat off the back of a midget ant”
    from a Good Rats song in the 70’s…

  118. Andrea permalink
    January 9, 2009 12:16 pm

    I do NOT like Shaughnessy. Curt, you rock!

  119. Nate permalink
    January 9, 2009 3:53 pm

    Schilling rocks. And Im a Yankee fan.

  120. GrowUpNowFIREDOC permalink
    January 9, 2009 6:10 pm

    I take back what I said. Curt you are right. I see a lot of bitter Yankee fans answering your blogs lately so I think I will turn a new leaf, Curt is right. The rest of you need lives for reading this blog and name calling.

    The Nomar fan that blames Dan is LOL. Nomar chose to not help his teammates and sit in the dugout while everyone else was getting up to defend their teammates. NOMAR dug his own grave in Boston

    P.S.- Who in the HELL would want Manny to come back?

  121. grand mal permalink
    January 9, 2009 9:36 pm

    what’s with all the epileptics who have sticks up their toady butts? did some nonprofit send out a strident SOS? i’ve been rocked by seizures and it somehow didn’t expunge my sense of humor. if you want to fight real evil in the world, roll up your sleeves; there’s plenty to do.

    does CHB really help sell papers or drive traffic to in 2009? if you’re a sox fan and you keep reading his adolescent sniveling, you’re part of the problem.

  122. Jeff Mills permalink
    January 10, 2009 3:30 pm

    I’m honestly not that familiar with CHB’s stuff, but IMHO newspaper people like him are hypocrites because they always attack bloggers for “not getting their facts” yet how many times have they failed to get their information right?

    Frequently, it is bloggers who have to do the job the mainstream media used to do, but fails to do anymore. Enough with this “anonymous source” or “insider source” stuff.

  123. Jack Kenny permalink
    January 11, 2009 8:15 pm

    Forgive my ignorance, but I’m new to this blog. I understand this post is about Shaughnessy, but what do the initials CHN stand for? Thank you

  124. Jack Kenny permalink
    January 11, 2009 8:17 pm

    Ooops. Typo there. I meant the initials “CHB”

  125. Artie permalink
    January 12, 2009 10:13 pm

    Curt, nicely done. I’ve emailed this clown Shaughnessy in the past and asked him if he’d consider growing up. Surprisingly he responded and screwed up my name in his response, I guess he needs his editors more than we know. I really enjoy reading the paper and I love different perspectives on all things Red Sox. But time and time again he refers back to you and makes some type of foolish comment. I got to ask you, did you steal his girlfriend in the 9th grade or something? You must have…he carries on like a scorned little boy who simply can’t deal with the fact that someone else is with his girl!

  126. Branden permalink
    January 13, 2009 1:49 pm

    Haha, go get em Curt. Bunch of freakin’ Masshole liberals!

  127. Sarasoxer permalink
    January 22, 2009 12:03 pm

    Ken Cuneo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I have always agreed with 98% of what you write….and enjoy receiving your insights on players and the game I most love. I have never quite understood the seeming antipathy toward you in some quarters….CHB being a primary exponent.

    I absolutely understand your occasional frustration and anger at CHB….its welling over and the desire/compulsion to respond. People who write saying that you should ignore the guy may be right in the ideal/absolute sense but most of those same people either have not experienced being attacked/having your friends attacked similarly or, if they have, would have the same feelings you do. Your reaction is entirely human especially when CHB’s actions/writings are egregious. Sometimes the decibel level or injustice gets high enough that it can’t be countenanced or dismissed. I don’t read CHB because I often have found his columns negative, unfair and venomous. It’s as if he were commissioned to speak to an angry segment of society whose purpose it is to tear down. Maybe that’s his designated role, “hit man”, at the Globe. Regardless, he embraces it with uncommon fervor.

    Anyway, I am in your corner.


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