Anyone want to buy a bloody sock? A lot of people in Boston probably do.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says online bidding begins Feb. 4. Live bidding will take place Feb. 23.
He said the sock could get at least $100,000.
“I do expect the bidding to be very spirited,” Ivy told the Associated Press.
The sock had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Schilling is famous for two bloody socks. The first one was from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. That sock is said to have been discarded in the trash at Yankees Stadium.
The one being sold is from the second game of the World Series, which the Red Sox won that year for the first time in 86 years.
The reason for the blood on the sock? Schilling had tendon damage in his ankle, and a doctor stitched the tendon in place before the game so Schilling could pitch, thereby avoiding surgery that would have sidelined him for the playoffs. The blood leaked through the stitches, onto Schilling's sock.
The reason for selling the sock? The proceeds will go to pay off debts related to Schilling's game company, 38 Studios, which filed for bankruptcy last year.