BOSTON (AP) – Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling offered US$1 million to anyone who could prove it was not blood that blotted his famous sock in the 2004 playoffs, and criticized members of the media in a blog on his personal Web site Friday.
The controversy over what stained Schilling’s sock was reignited this week when Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne said Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli had told him it was paint, not blood, and that it was done for a publicity stunt.
Mirabelli called that a lie, and Thorne said Thursday he had misreported what Mirabelli said.
Still, Schilling blasted Thorne and the media in general Friday in his first public statement since Thorne’s on-air comments.
Schilling was injured in Game 1 of the 2004 AL championship series against New York. Team doctors stitched a tendon in his right ankle to keep it from flopping around, and he returned to lead the Red Sox to a remarkable win in Game 6 to tie the series at 3-3. The Red Sox went on to win that series, and won the World Series for their first title since 1918.
“If you have … the guts, grab an orthopedic surgeon, have them suture your ankle skin down to the tissue covering the bone in your ankle joint, then walk around for four hours,” Schilling wrote on his website www.38pitches.com. “After that go find a mound, throw a hundred or so pitches, run over, cover first a few times. When you’re done check that ankle and see if it bleeds.”
Thorne did not immediately return a message Friday left with his employer, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
Schilling offered $1 million to anyone who could prove the blood on his sock was not authentic. But it’s unclear where the sock is. Schilling has said he put it in the laundry; on Friday he wrote that he suspects a Yankees clubhouse employee still has it. The pitcher donated another bloodstained sock worn in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame.
“If the blood on the sock is fake, I’ll donate a million dollars to that person’s charity, if not they donate that amount to (Schilling’s charities for ALS research),” he wrote. “Any takers?”
Schilling also ripped several members of the national sports media for exaggerating stories based on their own insecurities and for “rolling their eyes” when he talks about his faith in God. His recommendation: “Put them all on an island somewhere.
“If you haven’t figured it out by now, working in the media is a pretty nice gig,” the pitcher wrote. “Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to.”
I choose to believe him!!