My blog topic came to me this morning after walking my dog Belle. It came to me when I took off my sock and found blood on the heel. If you were watching baseball in 2004 you probably know where I’m headed with this. For those of you new to baseball and don’t know this story here’s a little bit of its history. If you have a weak stomach and the word blood makes you queasy I apologize and you might not want to read any further.
My bloody sock can’t even come close to the famed one worn in 2004 by Curt Schilling in Game 6 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and the Yankees. That particular playoff series is embedded in history because it was the first time that a team forced a game seven after being down 3 games to none in the series. This is a particular stat that Red Sox fans love to remind Yankee fans of every year in October.
My bloody sock was caused by blisters received during a snowshoe hike this past weekend. I think I cinched my snowshoes too tight and ended up with nothing but raw flesh on the backs of my heels. Schilling on the other hand had a little more than a blister. The Red Sox team Dr. Bill Morgan performed a test procedure on a cadaver first and then began suturing Schilling’s loose ankle tendon back into the skin the day before Game 6. The day before Game 6 and they were able to keep it all quiet. If you have ever seen the grotesque photo of his ankle with the stitches it probably reminds you of Frankenstein. At least that’s what I think of when I see it.
If you watched the game that night played in Yankee Stadium you remember the white sanitary sock and how the camera was zooming in on it as Schilling was on the mound. You remember that it got worse as the game went on. I remember thinking what the heck is going on with his ankle and how is he pitching through this. There was lots of speculation during the game and there some that said it was all fake and it was ketchup. Those skeptics thought it was all a ploy to motivate his team.
Schilling had a great pitching performance that night only giving up one run in 7 innings a home run to Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams. His strong seven innings allowed the Red Sox to win the game 4-2 and set up the historic Game 7 which the Red Sox won 10-3 to advance to the World Series. The Red Sox ended up beating the St Louis Cardinals in 4 games, winning their first World Series since 1918. The curse of the Bambino was over.
Funny how my sock this morning took me back to 2004. I instantly visualized the bloody sock, red stirrup and black and white Reebok cleats in my mind. As a Yankee fan it took me back to a playoff series that I and the entire evil empire would rather forget.