Schilling started game six of the 2004 American League Championship series and beat the New York Yankees, 4-2. Schilling played the game with an injured right ankle—the same injured ankle that caused a disastrous game one of the ALCS. The injury was so severe that by the end of the game, Schilling’s sock was soaked with blood. The famous bloody sock was tossed in the trash inside the Yankees Clubhouse following the game. The victory forced a game seven, making the Red Sox the first team in MLB history to come back from a three-games-to-none deficit and advanced to the World Series.
Schilling pitched and won game two of the World Series. During both the World Series game and the ALCS game, Schilling had to have his right ankle stabilized repeatedly, in what has become known as the Schilling Tendon Procedure. Once again, in game two, Schilling’s sock was soaked with blood from the sutures used in the medical procedure. Although he was injured, the veteran pitcher, pitched seven strong innings and came out victorious.
The second bloody sock was loaned, by Schilling, to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York following the 2004 World Series. The sock was returned to Schilling last year so he could auction it off to help cover the losses from his failed video game company, 38 Studios.
Online bidding for the sock opened several weeks ago at $25,000. As of Friday the bidding had reached $60,000. The final sale price is said to reach over $100,000 in Saturday night’s bidding at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion.
In May of 2012, the video game company defaulted on its loan from the state of Rhode Island and failed to meet payroll obligations to its employees. 38 Studios then laid off its staff in a mass email. Schilling had invested nearly $50 million of his own money, plus roughly $100 million of Rhode Island’s tax payers dollars into 38 Studios.