JMB · February 10, 2005 at 5:12 pm · Filed Under General baseball 

Schilling donates bloody sock to Hall of Fame

Think about how much this thing would go for on eBay!


23 Responses to “Yum!”

  1. NBarnes on February 10th, 2005 5:17 pm

    The article says that Shilling wants to pitch the opener against the Yankees and Johnson. That would be a hell of a match, but I, as a Sox fan, am extremely skeptical of allowing Shilling to push himself and possibly injury himself further for what is, after all, only one game out of 162.

    But, oh, how sweet it would be to send the Yankees and their Rent-a-HoFer packing again.

  2. David J Corcoran on February 10th, 2005 6:08 pm


    Speaking of ebay, I found a heart shaped potato chip in my Lays bag today… I’m gonna auction it off…

  3. domovoi on February 10th, 2005 6:45 pm

    I wonder what he’s gonna do with the other sock. I bet that one would go for more than the World Series one.

  4. Jim Thomsen on February 10th, 2005 7:34 pm

    To the tune of John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Rain On The Scarecrow” ….

    “Surgeon’s in the clubhouse
    Schilling’s on the mound
    Ankle hanging by a thread
    But relievers won’t be found

    “Stoic like his elders were
    Shake a fist against the pain
    Putting everything on the line
    Send the Yanks on a homebound train

    Pain with each slide step
    Blood on the sock
    He fed the Red Sox Nation
    He made a region proud
    And, A-Rod, I’m so sorry
    There’s just memories for you now

    The smoke he threw three innings
    Weren’t enough to kill the pain
    So skipper called the doctor up
    Said “Make him whole again”
    So he took a needle and some thread
    And stitched right the skin
    Said “Son, it’s all that I can do
    If you hope to get this win

    Pain with each windup
    Blood on the sock
    He fed the Red Sox Nation
    He made a region proud
    Jeter, I’m so sorry
    There’s just golfing for you now

    Joe Torre’s on the top step
    With a Bible in his hand
    Sometimes I hear him saying,
    “Please let this nightmare end”
    You can take away Big Stein’s dignity
    But he’ll try to buy some back next year

    Pain on the last pitch
    Blood on the sock …..”

  5. Matt Williams on February 10th, 2005 9:51 pm

    NBarnes really, is Schilling pitching in game 1 going to be any more likely to damage him than game 2 or 3? If he’s changing his pitching style to beat the opposing pitcher rather than batter he already has a fundamental problem.

    Assuming he’s healthy to pitch the first rotation of the season I don’t see any reason not to pitch him the first game. Maybe if you put him fourth to face the next team (if it was weaker than the Yankees lineup) it would make some slight sense. If I was a coach I would watch him very closely his first couple starts, because he seems like he might be a little too much of a stoic. But I would do that no matter which pitcher he was facing.

  6. LB on February 10th, 2005 10:13 pm

    I think NBarnes’ point is that it might be better for Schilling (and the Sox) for him to start the season on the DL rather than rush back for the opening series against the Yankees, no matter which game he’d pitch.

  7. Matt Williams on February 10th, 2005 10:28 pm

    That’s why I qualified it by saying if he was going to be healthy enough to pitch in the first rotation.

    Of course you don’t let him pitch that game if he’s still hurt. But if he seems solid in spring training, and the doctors approve…there’s no reason not to give him the first game. I just don’t think there’s anything uniquely stressful about going against Johnson rather than any other pitcher.

  8. TypicalIdiotFan on February 11th, 2005 1:20 am

    Beware random genetic material laying around. It is all innocent now, but in 40 years or so in a World Gone Mad some mad scientist will breed an army of Curt Schilling clones for the company that makes Red Man chewing tobacco for the sole purpose of keeping the industry alive! Chaos reigns!

    On a brighter note, MLB pitching staffs see an average ERA drop of 1.2 points.

  9. Shoeless Jose on February 11th, 2005 1:34 am

    That’s why I qualified it by saying if he was going to be healthy enough to pitch in the first rotation.Yes, but immediately after the surgery there was talk of him missing the first chunk (weeks) of the regular season. Again, when the RJ trade happened there was immediate hype/speculation about them meeting on opening day, the word at that time was that he would be on the DL for the start of the season. So the question is or was not about the first rotation, it was about the first month.

  10. NBarnes on February 11th, 2005 2:34 am

    #6 and #9 have already laid out my position as well as I could. If Shilling can pitch, he can duel Johnson any time he likes. It’s that if he pitches when he should be on the DL, that’s just not a good idea no matter how much he wants to prove he’s the biggest competitor and willing to play through pain.

  11. CUBmike on February 11th, 2005 11:09 am

    Hopefully it would’ve gotten more than Bagwell’s ex-wife got for the advertising on her cleavage.

  12. Jeff on February 11th, 2005 11:57 am

    Disturbingly, “bloody sock” is the number one search term on ESPN.com right now.

  13. JMB on February 11th, 2005 1:15 pm

    Hey Jeff,

    Maybe I’m just skeptical, but I’ve always thought ESPN.com’s “top searches” were BS. For example, the top three they list on their MLB frontpage right now are “Free Agents” (OK), “Hot Stove” (not buying it) and “A’s sale” (definitely not buying it). If you notice, their searches always conveniently lead to a specific article.


  14. Gregor on February 11th, 2005 1:21 pm

    “BS” as in “bloody sock”?

  15. PositivePaul on February 11th, 2005 4:00 pm

    Would he even be allowed to sell it on eBay? Weren’t Jeff Nelson’s bone chips removed from eBay when he tried to sell them there a few years back? I would think this would be a similarly unapproved item…

  16. Evan on February 11th, 2005 4:19 pm

    Good question. Does eBay’s prohibition on body parts extend to fluids, or even just textiles contaminated with those fluids?

    The body parts prohibition was designed to discourage a trade in organs for transplant, but they’ve enforced it very broadly.

  17. Curt on February 11th, 2005 4:27 pm

    Richie Sexson is off to a nice, community-friendly start in Seattle, apparently. He got nabbed for a DUII in Vancouver, Wash., or so says the KGW-TV Web site …


  18. Evan on February 11th, 2005 4:40 pm

    So now we trade him to Detroit for Ramon Santiago?

    Oh, wait…

  19. JMB on February 11th, 2005 4:56 pm

    Does it bug anyone else that a nothing site like kgw.com requires registration?


  20. PositivePaul on February 11th, 2005 4:58 pm

    That’s why I have KOMO loaded, and saw it there first…

  21. anotherjeff on February 11th, 2005 5:06 pm

    No, there is no excuse for driving drunk, but I have to give the guy a bit of the benefit of the doubt. You can be “legally drunk” of very little alcohol. The report I read said that he was cited and released. Nothing about spending the night in jail or anything. So he must have been ok by the officers account to drive the rest of the way. Sounds to me like he had some beers with a friend and was going home. Nothing to crucify the guy over. Now, if it turns out dude was trashed and spent the night at the county hotel, forget what I just said.

  22. Matt Williams on February 11th, 2005 5:59 pm

    Ok, this is way off-topic, but this argument has always bothered me a bit.

    I know that at my weight, assuming I’m an average man in liver function, I can have 3 drinks in an hour and be well under the limit, but can’t have four. Sexson is about 60 pounds heavier than me according to espn.com, so he’ll be under .08 at about five drinks in an hour (assuming a drink is considered something like a 4.5% 12 oz beer). Most men can process about 3/4 of a drink an hour thereafter.

    It was earlier in the evening according to the komo article, so it’s not like three or four hours should have caught up with him. Now, I don’t blame him because (according to the same article) he claims he passed two breathalyzer tests and they wrote him a DUI based on officer observations. I really doubt that’s going to stand up in court, and if it does it’s ridiculous. Sure, an alcoholic like me is going to be more capable of driving over the limit than a complete lightweight, but you can’t fairly factor that into the law.

  23. Adam T on February 11th, 2005 7:29 pm

    I saw something on the news (KOMO?). It said that the Mariners were heard Sexson was given two breathalizer tests and passed both.

    I only caught the tail end of the piece but I did hear all of that final statement.

    The real question at hand…is the money better spent paying Sexson to drink a little or for Jeff Cirillo to play crappy and wish he was drinking? 🙂

    Also, standard Mariner policy would have Sexson traded to the Mets (ala Guillen) but I’m going to predict there’s a public appology where Sexson never actually says what he’s sorry for…that seems to be the MLB trend of late. 🙂