Oct. 19, 2004: Curt Schilling might sell his bloody sock in order to pay off video game company-related debts, but it won't be forgotten anytime soon -- not by Schilling, not by Boston Red Sox fans, not by anyone who paid attention during the 2004 ALCS.
It was then, during Game 6 on this day eight years ago, that the 37-year-old righty took the mound with an ailing ankle that was sutured the previous night. He had been crushed in Game 1 by the New York Yankees, and he couldn't afford anything similar in this outing; Boston was down 3-2 after trailing 3-0 to start the series.
Schilling scorched: Seven innings, four hits, one run ... and one bloody ankle that became a bloody sock, something that was distracting -- but not devastating.
According to the Boston Globe, Schilling actually discarded the sock from ALCS Game 6, but he pitched again with the injured (and bleeding) ankle in Game 2 of the World Series, and that bloody sock is the one he might have to sell.
Wrote Schilling in a blog post on the five-year anniversary:
I only realized the ankle was bleeding for one reason. I received multiple Marcaine injections from April on, each start, and as the season wore on I started needing to get in-game injections as well. This game I needed to have it done again, and the Marcaine made the outer half of my foot numb (which was a whole other problem).
In doing so it made me feel as though my shoe wasn’t on right, so I kept pressing down on the bottom of my shoe to move my foot side to side to try and “feel” as if my foot was firmly in my shoe. That’s how I noticed, in about the fifth or sixth inning, that the sole of my shoe and my sock were soaked with blood. You ever walk in the rain in your socks? That’s how it felt. Problem was that it was cold out, too, so that made the blood cold and I could feel it on half my foot.