Boston Red Sox hero Curt Schilling has been taking some hits from Rhode Island politicians.
Former Red Sox hero Curt Schilling said that people who think he used paint, ketchup or anything else on his ankle during the 2004 World Series are 'stupid and bitter' (katchop)
“I don’t know if I trust Curt Schilling,” said former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who’s running for governor as an independent. “I just remember his own teammates didn’t like him. They thought he was a bit of a salesman.”
Chafee went farther—some say too far—when he cast doubt on the bloody sock, a talisman of the 2004 World Series victory that ended an 86-year championship drought for the Red Sox.
With an ankle injury that would otherwise have kept him from pitching, Schilling asked team doctor Bill Morgan to stitch a flapping tendon in place so he could make his start in Game 6 of the AL playoffs. They repeated the procedure five days later in the World Series—with another bloody sock, and another Red Sox victory.
The performances gave birth to a stubborn urban legend that Schilling stained the sock with ketchup or paint to call attention to himself. He has denied it, Morgan has vouched for him, and the Hall of Fame, which has the sock in its collection, has said there is no reason to doubt the stain is blood.
“It was blood, my blood, and it was coming from the sutures in my ankle,” Schilling said in 2007. “You’re either stupid or bitter if you think otherwise.”
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