Just what is a bloody sock worth?
We may find out if former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is forced to sell the blood-tinged sock he wore during the 2004 World Series to cover loans he guaranteed for his failed video game company. His 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy in June, listing the sock as bank collateral in a filing with the Massachusetts secretary of state, the Boston Globe reported. Also listed is a baseball cap said to have been worn by Lou Gehrig and a collection of World II memorabilia.
Schilling’s 38 Studios is based in Providence, R.I., lured there from Massachusetts with a $75-million loan guarantee. The state, according to the Globe, is likely responsible for about $100 million related to the deal, including interest.
The bloody sock entered Red Sox lore when Schilling gutted out a seven-inning performance on a gimpy ankle and won Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. Although he tossed that sock, he bloodied another when he pitched six innings in Game 2 of the World Series. He lent that sock to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which has it on display. A Hall spokesman declined to tell the Globe whether Schilling has asked that it be returned.