From ESPN.com -
The story of Curt Schilling’s famous bloody sock from the 2004 playoffs is turning into a bloody mess after a prominent broadcaster claimed one of Schilling’s teammates acknowledged the blood wasn’t real.
Fast-forward to Wednesday night’s Mid-Atlantic Sports Network’s telecast of Red Sox-Orioles.
In the bottom of the fifth, according to multiple media reports, Orioles play-by-play man Gary Thorne said on the air that he had been told by Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli that the substance was paint, not blood.
“The great story we were talking about the other night was that famous red stocking that he wore when they finally won, the blood on his stocking,” Thorne told broadcast partner and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, according to media reports.
“Nah,” Thorne said. “It was painted. Doug Mirabelli confessed up to it after. It was all for PR. Two-ball, two-strike count.”
After the game, Mirabelli flatly and angrily denied Thorne’s story.
“What? Are you kidding me? He’s [expletive] lying. A straight lie,” Mirabelli said, according to The Boston Globe. “I never said that. I know it was blood. Everybody knows it was blood.”
To me, the key is simple here: Why would Gary Thorne lie? What’s the benefit to him by making up this story?
As far as Mirabelli, I stand by what I said last year, around this time: Doug Mirabelli is a sphincter-head in red socks.
It would be cool to see Thorne’s claim be proven true. While it would not make up for losing the 2004 ALCS, it would be nice to see the Schilling legacy take a hit.