The “story” that broke today about Curt Schilling allegedly painting his sock red to give off the impression that his sutures were leading blood during the 2004 playoffs is hilarious, mostly because it’s so absurd that it seems impossible to believe that anyone actually considered that it might be true.
Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne said during a Wednesday night game that Red Sox backup catcher Doug Mirabelli admitted that Schilling painted the sock in an effort to garner publicity. I laughed when I heard the story originally and immediately knew it wasn’t true; for starters, Schilling isn’t the type of man who would do something like that in order to get pub for himself and his team. He’s always been a standup guy, and this incident would be totally in conflict with what he’s been throughout his career.
Of course, Mirabelli said today that Thorne misunderstood what he was saying.
“As he was walking away he asked, ‘How about the bloody sock?’ I said, ‘Yeah, we got a lot of publicity out of that,’ and that was all he can recall me saying,” Mirabelli said. “He said he assumed what I meant was that the sock was fake and that it was just a publicity stunt. That by no means is what I meant. There was never a doubt in my mind there was blood on the sock.”
Thorne confirmed before the Orioles/Sox game tonight that he has indeed misunderstood Mirabelli.