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March 1, 2009

This quote:

“I’m not sure if I am coming back or not, but yes, I’d definitely be interested the Cubs, and in Tampa if I did”

Became

“I’m definitely coming back and would play for the Cubs”.

I have said to no one, including myself, that I am definitely coming back, because it’s not true. However if I did, the Cubs, and Tampa, were they to need a starting pitcher for the 2nd half of the season and into October, would be 2 situations I’d be very interested in.

Little ‘misquotes’ lead to news that really isn’t news. First off a team has to want you to make anything of this sort work. I love Joe Maddon, always have, and I’d play for Lou Pinella in a heart beat.

So I’ll be clear here. If I do feel I can be better than I was in 2007, and I do decide to come back, AND either of those teams is in the market for a starting pitcher (because lets face it, both teams have what could be outstanding rotations) I would DEFINITELY be interested in both. The Cubs present as much of a cool challenge for me as the Red Sox did in 04, and Tampa has a roster of guys I’d love to play with.

Oh and for what it’s worth, that’s not an all inclusive list, those were the teams mentioned. People asking about the Sox should understand they are always a potential but this team is stacked with starting pitchers, in addition to having 2 of the better October arms in the history of the game in Josh and Smoltz (and soon to be Lester after another huge year)

70 Comments leave one →
  1. Speedsterjay permalink
    March 1, 2009 4:05 pm

    It would be disappointing to see in any hat without a “B” on it. But Who wouldn’t understand, if the fire still burns…

    The Best of luck Schill

  2. Babe Ruth permalink
    March 1, 2009 4:05 pm

    I hate to break it to you Curt but…

    Tampa can’t afford the price tag you’ll insist upon. They also seem to be more about youth with their pitching.

    Ihe Cubs have finally rid themselves of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. Why do you want to torture them some more?

    And finally why not the Red Sox? In the eyes of many, you owe that club for last year still.

  3. March 1, 2009 4:50 pm

    Curt: Please come to the Cubs! I’m a big fan of the Cubs and I think you would top off the already great rotation! Help us break the curse!

    Also cubs fans, if you have any questions/comments that you want to see included in my blog (http://cubsblog-cubbiefan07.blogspot.com/) send them to be in an email! The address is cubsblogmailbag@aol.com

    Thanks, Go Cubs Go!

  4. CTBill permalink
    March 1, 2009 4:56 pm

    Spring training at home for the first time in a couple decades must really stink for you Curt. I’d live to see you with the Cubs to keep you away from the Sox in the tight AL East and definitely guarantee you the Hall of Fame if you could break two curses in one career.

    Best of luck in whatever presents itself.

  5. March 1, 2009 5:05 pm

    You say that you’d want to come back if you think you can be better than you were in ’07. So here’s a question… would you consider playing for an independent minor league, to gauge the level of your skills? I’d like to see that. I love to see players keep playin’ even if they can’t play MLB level anymore. It’s fun to know they love the game enough to do it even if they don’t have the major league spotlight.

  6. March 1, 2009 5:11 pm

    Seeing you play for the Cubs would be a mixed blessing (the Sox are obviously my first team, but Cubs do come in second).

    Have you considered working out of the bullpen at all, Curt? Obviously you’re a great pitcher, but let’s face it… we are all growing older. However, there would be nothing like you coming out of the bullpen for any team, and this would (theoretically) put less stress on your body and allow you to play the whole season.

    Just a thought.

    -Nic
    http://wordstoplayby.wordpress.com

  7. bosoxyaz8 permalink
    March 1, 2009 5:38 pm

    Personally i think you should retire a sox i mean you got paid alot of cash last year and pitched zero games. going to another team after that would seem disrespectful.
    Donny Gouvaia
    San Francisco,ca.
    aka:bosoxyaz8

  8. March 1, 2009 5:43 pm

    as a cubs fan, i would be happy to see you pitching in our rotation for the second half. we have proven over the last two years that we need someone who is an experienced leader during the playoffs on the field and in the clubhouse. go cubs!

  9. Rick permalink
    March 1, 2009 7:14 pm

    Sorry.

    You owe the Sox for 2008. If you pitch anywhere it should be in Boston and for free.

    Let’s just leave your memory of walking off the mound in Game 2 of the Series of 2007. Much better to retire to that scene, wouldn’t it?

    I owe the Sox nothing. Someday, when all is truly known about the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of 2008, that will be very apparent.

  10. Cubs Fan permalink
    March 1, 2009 8:17 pm

    I think Tampa Bay would be a great place for you to pitch, Curt. Good luck!

  11. March 1, 2009 8:23 pm

    It would stink to see you in another uniform but the Cubs is better then Tampa Bay.

    BuzzCal Gal is asking for your help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecvXXZEiu-k

    THANKS!!!

  12. DeniseSoxFan permalink
    March 1, 2009 8:48 pm

    Curt, your presence would add a great deal to any team. I’d love to see you come back somewhere, but especially to the Sox!
    Denise

  13. Mike D permalink
    March 1, 2009 8:54 pm

    Curt,
    Even with all the arms in the Red Sox system, (and they are absolutely loaded)I still have to believe that the Sox would be foolish to let an asset that is as smart and clutch, living in their backyard, get away to help another major league team. There will still be a need for the role that Bartolo Colon played last year, even with Smoltz coming along…I suspect that Dice-K and Wakefield are a fairly good bet to miss a significant amount of time, and Josh and Penny will be given a few weeks off as well…Hall of Fame pitchers don’t grow on trees, and the opportunity to have you and Smoltz in extended Spring and then working through a rehab, would do wonders for all those promising arms…As for the whole “they paid you last year for nothing” I am sure most of your readers know that the Sox insure their contracts, so whatever compensation you got last year was insured…the new killer B’s: Buchholz, Bowden and Bard (not to mention COF Dusty Brown/Mark Wagner) should pay dividends throughout the next 5 years, and your presence around them is worth every penny of whatever they would pay you this year…Here’s a little prayer for a healthy shoulder and another Red Sox World Series Ring for you…

  14. March 1, 2009 9:34 pm

    My only question to you, Curt, would be what else do you feel you need to accomplish? If you have that burning desire, I say go for it.

    Best of luck. I hope you go into the Hall of Fame wearing a Red Sox cap.

    Derek

  15. NHBill permalink
    March 1, 2009 9:48 pm

    This is easy for me to say but really what is wrong with leaving everyone guessing whether you had more left in your arm. You have nothing to prove. A half season is not going to guarantee anything and you have all the money. What’s wrong with going out a World Series winner and beating management at their game, on your own, without an agent. Quit while your ahead! Please!

  16. mike permalink
    March 1, 2009 9:54 pm

    Curt youre a joke, you talk more then you throw the baseball. Personally i think youre a scumbag for taking 13 or 14 million of the sox money to sit on your big butt all season, you threw one pitch which was an honorary first pitch and you bounced it in, i wouldnt give you a shiny new penny, personally i think you should play for the sox for FREE considering you did jack last season. Just do us all a favor and retire, we are all sick of you running your mouth

  17. Dave permalink
    March 2, 2009 12:28 am

    People will question why you’re considering going to another team. The fact is you don’t owe an explination for anything. We got a great deal out of you in 2004, and as an added bonus won the World Series in 2007. In the whole scheme of things last year’s contract was for “short money” the Sox got their home-team discount and as much as we the fans wished you had pitched, I’m sure you wished the same only 10X more. It’s hard for most people to grasp baseball salaries today (myself included) but looking at how one player (even if he didn’t play when he was in Boston) can turn down a 2-year $45MM contract because it’s just not respectful enough to him, you have nothing to be sorry for. I am 100% convinced that you wanted to play last season, and am equally convinced that had you been able things might have turned out differently….at least to the tune of the Sox facing the Phillies in the WS.

    I’m reminded of Ray Bourque going to Colarado; when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup it was as if the Bruins had done so. Ovbiously all Red Sox fans want the Sox to win the WS, but at the same time I’d hope that people wouldn’t root against you if we weren’t in the running (as long as you didn’t play for the same team that A-Fraud plays for).

  18. GoCubs permalink
    March 2, 2009 12:54 am

    If you came to the Cubs and they won the World Series, you would (and the team) would be gods in Chicago for the rest of your lives and beyond. Look at the Bears (NFL) as a an example of what I mean.

    On the other hand, if you came to the Cubs and they choked, as they have in the past because of the Curse (No Boston never had a real Curse, the Cubs do) then this would be a black mark on your career…though it would likely be forgotten unless they choked in the World Series itself, in which case you would be remembered along with Moises Alou, et al.

    I’m a Cubs fan, I want them to win, and I would want you to help them to win, but I won’t hold my breath and I can’t watch any more games because it is just too hard. It is too frustrating to see the best team in Baseball in the regular season go in the playoffs and barely be able to even get a hit – pitching is the least of their problems and they have made themselves worse by getting rid of good players this off-season and haven’t improved themselves in any way.

    sigh…Go Cubs Go.

  19. Michael permalink
    March 2, 2009 1:00 am

    You are a HUGE sell-out. You left Philly, fleeced the Red Sox last year and now you have the audacity to say you would come back for the Cubs or Rays! Come on man, you owe Boston. Also, your Republican musings are not amusing. Basically, you’re pretty washed up. Also, don’t count on the hall calling 38.

  20. Donna permalink
    March 2, 2009 1:20 am

    Curt,
    This is one of the fantastic things about your having the blog,that we are able to know exactly what you said directly from you and not read or hear an inaccurate quote somewhere else. Obviosuly it is your decision as to whether to continue or not,but I,for one,want you to continue to play and think that you would be fantastic,as always. In terms of where you play,I support you,as I always have,and will continue to do so,regardless of where you play. By the way,have you ever considered the New York Mets? I ask this in all seriousness. Being in New York,I have watched them fizzle out at the last moment the past two seasons,not make it to the post season,and think that you would be a great addition to the team;they could certainly use your help and expertise. You and Santana together would be a great combination. Actually,you would be a great addition to any team,be it Chicago,Florida,Boston,or New York,and whatever team you end up with will be lucky to have you. As I said,I will support you,regardless of where you go. Don’t sell yourself short or not give yourself the credit that you deserve. Why do you keep saying that you want to be better than you were in 2007? You were incredible in 2007,really great,both in the regular season and the post season,so why do you keep saying that you have to be better than that? So I wish you all the best,regardless of what you decide,will have my support always,think about the Mets!,and I thank you for setting the record straight.

  21. Donna permalink
    March 2, 2009 1:37 am

    This is in response to Mike,#16. If you are so tired of Curt speaking what he feels,what he believes,what he wants to say to the rest of us,things that the rest of us WANT to hear,then why do you come to this site and why do you read his blog? If you do not care for what he says or thinks he says too much,why do you bother reading it? You are the one who is running off with the mouth,not Curt,and we do not want to hear it(in case you did not notice but the rest of the people who posted here today support Curt,and do not trash him the way you did). As for the 2008 season,you act as if Curt did not want to play,wanted to remain injured and stay out for the whole season,that he did it on purpose. May I remind you that in the early part of the season he was going through difficult rehab(and I have been through 18 months of rehab-it is not as easy as you seem to think)and doing everything that he could in order to be able to play in the later months of the season. It was not by choice that he did not play in 2008 but rather due to injury,that eventually required surgery. The fact that he is now working very hard again at trying to play this year is a credit to the man and if you do not see that,then you are not worth the one penny that you make mention of. Besides what Curt does off the field,as well as on,is priceless and I would not begin to put a price on that. So do me and everyone else a favor:if the only reason for your being on this site is to blast Curt and to complain that you think he is talking too much(which he is not and it is HIS BLOG,so he has a right to say what he wants)then take your running of the mouth somewhere else. Believe me,he is a caring,beautiful human being,something that you clearly will never be.

  22. tdmtown permalink
    March 2, 2009 2:25 am

    “I owe the Sox nothing. Someday, when all is truly known about the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of 2008, that will be very apparent.”

    Wow, you are an arrogant , aren’t you??
    $8 million for not a single days “work” and you owe them NOTHING?

    Nothing?

    One more time, since you apparently cannot read, NOTHING, not one cent, nada, nothing, zero, zilch. As I ALSO stated earlier, when the reasoning behind all the events is someday public, idiots like you who believe everything is black and white, may get it.

    You signed a contract to pitch the whole season in ’08.
    But since you were injured,
    and “had NO idea” you were hurt at the time you signed your contract,
    you would have, in a BEST CASE scenario, pitched HALF of what you greed to,
    and you owe them NOTHING?

    They hurt your feelings because they wouldn’t let you have what was technically
    “experimental” surgery? Are you mad because they said “go ahead” with
    an experimental procedure in ’04, but balked at the surgery in ’08??

    Just make sure when you boil over, as you OBVIOUSLY have a problem with the way THEY handled things, that you include the truth of how the biceps relocation had NEVER been done on the arm/shoulder of an active major league pitcher still looking to pitch.

    It’s funny to hear you blather on about things like this when you are an “employer” yourself.
    What would YOU do if you inked Mcfarlane to a $5 million dollar extension, then a month later he says he has carpel tunnel and can’t draw???
    Just gonna pay him $5 mil to sit in his office and talk on the phone to his girlfriend?

    Exactly………….

  23. March 2, 2009 7:44 am

    What has to happen for the “‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of 2008” to become apparent? No disrespect intended but there’s a lot of innuendo there and you’re usually a pretty straight shooter.

    I don’t personally believe that you owe the Red Sox anything either. They sign those contracts knowing that someone could be injured and unable to play. I assume there’s some kind of insurance policy on those contracts as well in the event something like this happens. While I certainly wish you could have pitched last year, I bet you wish you could have pitched even more.

    Thanks for 4 great years, wish there had been more.

  24. Chris permalink
    March 2, 2009 8:48 am

    How is this anything like Ray Bourque? Bourque was here for 21 years and never won the cup, he left for the sole reason of getting his name engraved on the trophy and we all embraced him for it and wished him well. When he did win it was like we had too because we had seen him play for years. Ray Bourque didn’t head to Montreal or NY and at the time the Bruins were a basement joke. The Sox are in the running every single year and this egomaniac announces on a BOSTON sports website that he would be interested in Tampa Bay, a division rival. You have every right to want to pitch again Curt, but change the picture on the top to you in another uniform. You can’t throw your opinions around about the team we care about and then tell everyone Tampa would be an interest to you. That’s a joke and it shows how little you know about what it means to be a fan of a team. The fact that you don’t see that bothering people shows your ignorance.

  25. Adam permalink
    March 2, 2009 10:16 am

    Hey, what about a team with a P on the hat? 🙂

  26. Craig permalink
    March 2, 2009 11:19 am

    Probably one of the first time i’ve ever posted anywhere but I agree I think it would be lame to go pitch for another team after having collected all that money from the sox. The last two years Schilling = Pavano in my book.

  27. Richie D permalink
    March 2, 2009 11:20 am

    Let’s face it……..Loyalty is dead. Employers don’t have it for employees so why should employees have it for employers????………Not just baseball.
    That being said…Would you want a Curt Schilling, a Greg Maddox, a Mike Mussina on your pitching staff even if they weren’t the “studs” they once were??…..If you’re the Rays, with a staff of good young arms, the idea of someone who knows how to PITCH, knows strengths and weakness’ can be an invaluable asset. Like having a second pitching coach….Aything you get PHYSICALLY from a situation like this would simply be added gravy

  28. Paul permalink
    March 2, 2009 11:33 am

    Curt, I am 5 months older than you (and never one of your great fans) and a former high school athlete to no big consequence. But after all the years of youth sports and beer softball leagues, my back and hammy’s hurt everyday when I wake up. If you can come back and pitch for ANYONE, even for just the second half, DO IT!!!!

  29. March 2, 2009 11:49 am

    “The last two years Schilling = Pavano in my book.”

    Sounds like you slept through the 2007 playoffs, Craig. Too bad. You missed a good time.

  30. tdmtown permalink
    March 2, 2009 12:58 pm

    “One more time, since you apparently cannot read, NOTHING, not one cent, nada, nothing, zero, zilch. As I ALSO stated earlier, when the reasoning behind all the events is someday public, idiots like you who believe everything is black and white, may get it.”

    Never said everything in life was in black and white.

    HOWEVER, the contract you signed, to pitch a full year, was undoubtedly,
    in black and white. The checks you cashed, were in black and white.
    It’s really only arrogance and a union that empowers a bunch of children,
    that allows you to think that for $8 million you get to be a whiny b$tch.
    To shrug off that commitment with a “well, at the the time, i passed the physical”
    doesn’t really show much more character than all these greedy CEO types who take the big bonuses while driving their companies into the ground.

    You exist in one of the few occupations IN THE WORLD, that pays employees for
    NOT working. In the real world you might, and i mean MIGHT get a percentage of your salary in workmans comp. But not a FULL boat to NOT work.
    You clearly have NO perspective.

    So now we are supposed to buy that “poor Curt” was so poorly mistreated by the big bad mean ‘ol Red Sox that you actually have the right to COMPLAIN about making EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS???
    If you were so motivated and so righteous,
    why didn’t you RETIRE, forgo the $8 mil, then have the surgery on your own????
    You could have then un-retired for ’09? No?

    When you eventually start whining publicly about how horrible it was to make $8 million for not playing, remeber that we all already know a few things.

    1)You signed an $8 mil contract for a full year of services and
    came up lame, without having thrown a pitch, a couple months later.
    And your general response was “well i passed all the physicals/scans at the time”

    2)Under either circumstance, surgery or rehab,
    you couldn’t have lived up to half of the contract anyway.

    3)The bicep relocation surgery hadn’t been done to an active pro pitcher before.
    (you seem to ignore all this kinda info when you run your mouth off about how
    “poor Curt” was treated)

    4)You could have retired and had the surgery if you felt so strongly
    about it, but you didn’t. You stayed and cashed every check.

    The last one is pretty telling.
    Take a poll of 100 people OUTSIDE the baseball and media world,
    they’ll tell you that for $8 million, you STFU.

  31. Chris permalink
    March 2, 2009 12:58 pm

    Reasoning behind all the events??? They offered you the deal and you took it, fine. Can’t argue that, and it would be rude to say you knew you were hurt because we as fans do not know that. It is a FACT that you disgust millions of fans who saw you bank that money and do NOTHING to help this team. If you just went away it would be one thing, but you run your mouth on your blog and then announce you’d be interested in the Rays. You are an absolute joke and one of the most obnoxious people on the planet. It makes me sad that fans have to remember you for this garbage more than 04 and 07. Do the right thing and go away.

  32. March 2, 2009 1:35 pm

    I’m a Dbacks fan, so it’s also hard not to be a fan of Schilling. You’d look GREAT in Sedona red, much better than purple. We’ve missed that splitter since you left.

  33. bjm permalink
    March 2, 2009 2:21 pm

    Please don’t join the Cubs. I love them, and I hate you so very much.

  34. Evan permalink
    March 2, 2009 2:34 pm

    For Rick and tdmtown,

    Listen you two, even if schilling got paid for the 2008 season, I honestly don’t care and it would be money well spent in my opinion. How can you forget the “bloody sock”? Honestly, that was one of the most courageous efforts I have ever seen in the game of baseball. Let me cut your tendon a little bit and then you throw a game against the yankees, see how that goes for you. Don’t even think you’re coming out of that game with a win, nevermind giving up only ONE run in 7 and 1/3 innings. Schilling, by himself, was responsible for our two rings. He is one of the best, if not THE best, postseason pitchers of all time.

    Schilling gave up a lot for the Red Sox team and he sure has earned everything over the past few years. I am grateful that you came to the Red Sox. Thanks for everything Curt.

    P.S. Schilling > Pavano. That was one of the worst signings ever in baseball history.

  35. cygnus permalink
    March 2, 2009 3:38 pm

    personally, please run for office in Mass, we need more bright minds like yours
    to get us back on track.

  36. March 2, 2009 4:01 pm

    Curt,

    do you really feel that Smoltz can really be effective in the loaded AL East after pitching a lifetime in the NL East?

  37. Dan S. permalink
    March 2, 2009 4:15 pm

    Curt,

    It is a shame… you SHOULD be a folk legend across New Englad for helping bring two World Series Banners to Fenway… especially for your heroic performance in the 2004 ALCS.

    At this point, it would be a relief to see you sign with Tampa, or Chicago.
    You know what you do… you have been around long enough, and have been bemoaning about the media long enough to know once you mentioned Tampa, or Chicago, they would run with that.
    What’s the matter?
    Are you feeling irrelevant, are you lacking some sort of attention?
    Do you really need to mention Tampa, or Chicago by name?

    Words can’t describe what a pleasure it was to watch you pitch between those two lines, but I grew tired of your act outside those two lines before you even through a pitch for The Red Sox.

    If you are gearing up for a Senate run (what a country) you are most likely better off signing with Tampa, and relocating there.

    Am home with the snow today, and had some time for once to check out the Dirt Dogs site, which led me to 38 pitches.
    Based on what I’ve seen, all I will say is that you fit perfectly with WEEI.

    Best of luck in your return, or your endeavours post-baseball,
    Dan S.

  38. IowaPJ permalink
    March 2, 2009 4:35 pm

    Schill–

    I’d love to buy a Cubs jersey with a big fat 38 on the back. Even if you can only pitch 15 starts, your presence and leadership would mean a great deal to that team. I know the city of Chicago would welcome you with open arms.

    And for the record, don’t listen to the idiots who don’t understand the true value of a top-talent starter on a team. Teams take risks when they sign anybody. The Red Sox took huge risks this offseason by signing four players with huge injury risks in Penny, Smoltz, Saito and Balidelli. Do you think that the Sox don’t understand this?? Of course there’s risk, but there’s also risk with great pitchers like Schilling sitting on the sidelines and not locking up a deal. They would risk hurting their value by not negotiating for the best poossible deal. It’s just business, and it’s sad that some fans just don’t see past their fantasy baseball teams.

    Best of luck in ’09 and beyond. (hopefully, that’s with the Cubs!)

  39. Shane permalink
    March 2, 2009 4:57 pm

    Curt,
    Thanks for the memories! as far as the comments about owing anyone, baseball IS a business and sometimes we as fans cannot detach ourselves from the emotional side of it. I enjoyed watching you with the Phils, Beating the yanks with the D-Backs and most of all with the SOX. I am sure I will enjoy watching you next year if you are able to go. Good luck!

  40. Bostonjoe permalink
    March 2, 2009 5:31 pm

    i have to say that in a perfect world you would retire as a red sox, make the hall first ballot and enter wearing a red sox hat. as sad as it is to come to the conclusion that you have probably pitched your last game in boston. i def wish you sucess and would hope you wont pitch for another al east team

  41. Sportsfan permalink
    March 2, 2009 6:03 pm

    Curt-
    I saw on ESPN that you would like to come back for a “championship deprived team”. If this is true, how bout the royals? It’s been 23 years since we raised the trophy. We have a good young lineup in place and adding your arm would solidify our staff. With Soria as our closer and juan cruz and Kyle farnsworth we have a good pen. Would you consider puttin on the royal blue?

  42. Me25 permalink
    March 2, 2009 7:01 pm

    Curt,
    I think you cheated just like everyone else! Honestly all you do is run your mouth and pretend you never took PED’s. As far as pitching somewhere else, well, we don’t care. I hate the Red Sox but I think you owe them a free season, after all you got paid handsomely last year and did not pitch once. I hope MLB leaks the other names and you are on that list.

  43. bosoxyaz8 permalink
    March 2, 2009 8:09 pm

    Curt please stop with the “someday i will tell you when it all comes out about 2008 ” dont embarass the sox or you for that matter. im so gratefull for your help in two titles you were a stud but stop allready bro .

  44. ancient new yorker permalink
    March 2, 2009 9:36 pm

    Kurt,
    you is old, you ain’t got it no more. Go fish, play in the cornor, etc.
    You is washed up!!!!

  45. Scott permalink
    March 2, 2009 11:55 pm

    Hey Curt, I’ve been a huge Phillies fan since I could remember wearing the maroon hat with that white P on it. I would love to see you retire as a Philly, I know I’m speaking for a lot of Phillies fans too. If not, I’m glad to have seen you pitch in red pinstripes!

  46. Donna permalink
    March 3, 2009 1:14 am

    PLEASE KNOW THAT ANCIENT NEW YORKER DOES NOT,I SAID DOES NOT,SPEAK FOR ALL NEW YORKERS. I AM A NEW YORKER AND HE IS TOTALLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SAID. HE STILL HAS IT,IS FAR FROM WASHED UP,AS YOU SAY,AND MOST CERTAINLY DOES NOT NEED TO PLAY IN THE CORNER(and it is spelled corner). CURT WOULD BE WELCOME WITH ANY TEAM,INCLUDING MY NEW YORK METS. I THINK THAT ANCIENT NEW YORKER IS THE ONE THAT IS WASHED UP-AND BE IT ON THE FIELD OR OFF,CURT HAS MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER HAVE.
    Signed,one of many New Yorkers who support and love Curt,always.

  47. Brian permalink
    March 3, 2009 2:32 am

    Curt,

    The Cubs NEED players that recoginize the challenge and want to conquer it. Ryan Dempster had a quality year, but he is no Curt Schilling when it comes down to crunch time. This curse needs to be broken, man…Too many good people have waited a lifetime for a Cubs World Series Championship. It would be unlike anything else. I hope the Cubs come to you in May/June and you’re willing to give it a go.

  48. trey permalink
    March 3, 2009 5:40 am

    There are a bunch of players who I hope do not return to the game. Bonds for his arrogance and obvious steriod use, Ramirez for his distain for following the rules of good conduct, and Schilling because he just can’t seem to shut his mouth and must always stir up trouble. Curt, you have the most aggravating sense of self importance and the most annoying need to express your every thought and opinion. What was that line from Top Gun. “Your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash”? Well Curt, whatever you had is gone – long gone. All that is left is your mouth. And by the way, I watched you in an interview with your wife and you have all the trademarks of an abusive husband. You make me sick. Now go hide behind God again and please go away for good. And forget about the Hall of Fame. Never gonna happen.

  49. Ray permalink
    March 3, 2009 5:54 am

    Curt, I can’t understand those who say you owe the Red Sox anything any more than I can understand those who blame the Red Sox for preferring their own doctor’s opinion about your rehab. From what I could see, you did all you could to get back and help the team until it was clear your injury was too severe. Of course, as a fan, it was painful to read the comments of Dr. Morgan about the team both because I feared they had let you down and because I feared you had sanctioned his indiscreet remarks (both disappointing notions). Anyway, it amazes me that you are contemplating a return; it seems to me that nothing would be harder than getting a surgically repaired 40+-year-old arm firing at major league velocity and keeping it healthy. I admire your determination; do you actually enjoy the challenge of the rehab? I am sure there is a team out there for you, and when you do decide to retire, I hope you are around the Sox day in and day out until they hoist your number and after. Thanks for a ot of joy, Curt.

  50. Kim permalink
    March 3, 2009 8:18 am

    The Cubs would be a great choice especially if you bring them to the promised land. The Rays, eh not so much.

    I see you coaching someday, you have, from what I can see, what it takes.
    Is that an option for you?

    When you go into the HoF I truly hope it’s with a B on your cap.

    Love ya Curt!
    Peace

  51. Ken Foxx permalink
    March 3, 2009 11:15 am

    In the times I have heard you speak I came away thinking you’re arrogant and mis informed …though I admit the times I have heard you have been few. Why I would begin a comment with such a statement or perhaps an insult is due to my being a fan for fifty years …and I am tired of athletes who make themselves bigger then the game. For example, you spent the entire year on the DL last year …why wouldn’t you say the Red Sox are the only team you would play for ? Why not feel as though you owe the fans of Boston a missing season ?

    I am a Cubs fan but don’t want to see you in Chicago, because I am tired of root for laundry, meaning it is more then the uniform I am drawn too …it is the integrity of the people wearing them that impresses me. If you play for any other team it is will just be another touch point where I have seen your negative image.

    Ken Foxx<—

  52. Ken Foxx permalink
    March 3, 2009 11:20 am

    correction …rooting for laundry

  53. RachelC permalink
    March 3, 2009 2:26 pm

    When I read that article, I was 110% positive they mis-quoted you.

    Ridiculous.

    You should do what’s best for you and your family, but of course I not-so-secretly hope you come back and kick butt one more time. =)

    All the best!

  54. skipjack permalink
    March 3, 2009 9:48 pm

    Hey you critics – if the Sox had allowed him to have the surgery when he and his doctor wanted it, there is an excellent chance we would have had him pitching in Sept and October. The Sox made their decision, Curt worked hard at their program, and it didn’t work. He earned every cent of what they paid him, because when you do what your employer wants you to do, you are earning your pay. They chose to pay him $8mil, and having paid that, forced him into a program that did not work. I don’t think any one of you great critics would have wanted to go through the pain and frustration he went through.

    From a fan who said, “wait ’till next year” through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, I sure am proud of what #38 did in ’04 and beyond. Go Curt! It would be nice to see you pitching again in Fenway in October.

  55. Shindig permalink
    March 3, 2009 11:45 pm

    I am very confused at all the vitriol towards a player who was out injured for the year. This happens all the time in sports. Why is the “you should give all the money back” or the “you owe the Red Sox this” sentiment being directed towards one player? Billy Wagner will not throw one more pitch for the Mets while earning more than Curt Schilling did last year. But no one is asking him to give his money back. Why the double standards? I’m very confused.

  56. Cesar Tolosa permalink
    March 4, 2009 12:43 am

    I will be very glad to see you on a cub uniform. i’m a fan from mexico, i’ve been a cub fun since i can remember and i asure you that a world series is coming closely another ring for your resume, it will be nice for you to be part of that history. greetings from mexico.

  57. sdl1 permalink
    March 4, 2009 2:01 pm

    Actually Curt, I’d laugh if you came down here to play for the Rays. It would make Magrane crap razorblades (yes, I know he’s not working here anymore).

    No matter where you go, you will always be a part of Red Sox Nation as far as I am concerned.

  58. seth coop permalink
    March 4, 2009 5:16 pm

    curt….. it is joe madden, not joe “maddon”

    if you “love” him so much you may want to spell his name correctly.

    ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz…….

  59. Thē K permalink
    March 5, 2009 12:37 am

    CS –

    You’re right you owe nothing to the Red Sox for the 2008 season.
    You got paid peanuts anyway… why not take your entire earnings and dump it into SHADE or ALS.

    My thinking is after that is done, no one would dare to say you owe the Sox anything. And if they want their money back, they know where to find it. 🙂

    That is money well spent.

  60. Jeff Mills permalink
    March 5, 2009 12:43 am

    Curt,

    As a Cubs fan I just want to say that if you came to Chicago the fans would welcome you with open arms and you could really help those guys in the clubhouse. I remember Jerry Manuel saying back in 1997 that he knew the Marlins were going to be successful in the playoffs when Darren Daulton was acquired. He said, and I don’t know if this is an exact quote, that “leadership literally walked through the door.” That’s how you would be with the Cubs just as you were with the Red Sox. IMHO the Red Sox don’t win a World Series in 2004 without you or Terry Francona. It’s like the 1980 Phillies don’t win a World Series without Pete Rose or Dallas Green.

  61. Cap'n Dunsel permalink
    March 5, 2009 9:45 am

    Curt, I agree that you owe the Sox nothing. They’re grownups, too. They made a deal; they stick to the deal. As you would have had you not gotten hurt. So be it.

    But you’re “one day all the truth will come out” is really juvenile. Even though you don’t use the words, the clear implication of what you say is that the Sox did something terrible to you. You may not owe the Sox “anything” in terms of the unfortunate ’08 season, but don’t you owe them the decency of either saying what “really happened,” so that people can decide for themselves, or saying nothing at all, so that people don’t assume something that may never have happened at all? If the situation were reversed, and Epstein or Lucchino, or Francona were saying things like, “when our reasoning [for nor re-signing Schilling] someday becomes public, then you’ll understand,” you’d be livid, and rightly so.

    For someone who has earned the reputation of speaking his mind, you’re unfortunately all-too-willing to just leave stuff “hanging out there.”

    So, in the end, why not just use your forum to explain “all the reasoning . . .”, instead of questioning the reading ability of those who you force to read between the [blurry] lines that you creat with your vague comments.

  62. Mike permalink
    March 5, 2009 12:35 pm

    Hey curt must be nice to sit around and collect millions, im one of the illions of americans that has to actually go out and work for my pay…..

  63. Suyog permalink
    March 6, 2009 4:55 pm

    Why not think of the Dodgers. I think they will be PERFECT fit for you. They will make the playoffs, they are in need of really good pitcher to mentor their young staff, they want championship and you can satisfy all the above.

    Plus it will be great to have you and Manny on the same team again!

  64. hondo11 permalink
    March 6, 2009 5:37 pm

    Schilling does not owe the Sox anything.They should have let him have surgery early on.As a 50 year fan,I point to his arrival as the turning point in getting both recent championships.How any true Sox fan could wish anything but the best for Schilling is beyond me.

  65. Paul W. permalink
    March 6, 2009 8:40 pm

    Okay Red Sox Nation, lets face the fact that Schilling won’t be back in a Red Sox uniform! What ever happened has happened due to the injury. It will be a “he said, she said” situation once “Everthing comes out”. Bottom line is the bridges have been burned!!!

    Curt says he owes nothing to the team.

    Maybe he’s right, but they brought him in to win a World Series, he agreed and they did. Would have won a World Series else where??? who knows?

    Did he get any extra income indirectly from the World Series outside of baseball? I’m sure he did. Thanks Red Sox!!

    Did being in Boston help with any of his personal causes outside of baseball?
    I sure it did. Thanks Red Sox!!

    Was he impressed with the way the Red Sox came after him to play here?
    I’m sure he was. Thanks Red Sox11

    To say he owes the Red Sox nothing because of a bad year due to injury and the ineffectiveness of whatever rehab they chose does seem a little narrow minded.

    The sad thing is that all the great baseball and fun is forgot due to one bad season, a bruised ego and a bunch of B.S. we’re not privey to knowing until later. If the info will sway our train of thought, then by all means tell us. Don’t play games, be like you always have been, honest and upfront.

    We understand baseball, it truely is just a business that we the fans have to deal with. When it comes down to it, both the players and owners and no more then Money Whores who could care less about us, the fans. My example is the one and only Manny being Manny. Think about this, when did Manny stop giving us 100%. And would we have another World Series trophy if he wouldn’t have stopped giving 100% and done the job HE was paid to do, win baseball games!

    Curt, thanks for the World Series, bloody sock and the good times. We needed it. But to say you owe the Red Sox nothing…

    Think about that statement when and if you make it into the Hall of Fame.

    Go Red Sox!!!

  66. Jim permalink
    March 7, 2009 1:21 am

    Hey Curt, what about joining the Milwaukee Brewers???They are pretty thin in the pitching department and certainly use a leader like you for their rotation, they’ve got some great young talent, and you could re-join one of your favorite teammates again in Craig Counsell

  67. March 7, 2009 11:06 am

    While it would bother me immensely to see number 38 pitching against Boston for a division rival, how much fun would this be? ALCS game 7, Curt Schilling for the D-rays vs. John Smoltz. You never know.

  68. Huge Red Sox Fan permalink
    March 19, 2009 3:21 am

    Sometimes its better to not say anything more than necessary.

    Think about it.

  69. Your tape recorder permalink
    March 25, 2009 1:53 pm

    Put on your tape recorder- “Nobody cares what I think.”

  70. Paul Callahan permalink
    March 29, 2009 2:51 am

    Curt,

    Don’t listen to any knuckleheads saying anything about money you received for last year with the Sox. As far as I’m concerned you earned every penny you ever got or would get when you helped bring that World Series win to us after a lifetime (for me) of frustration. Thank you.

    All the best to you and the family in whatever choices you make going forward. Looking forward to see that game you are making too.

    God Bless.

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