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Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidate questions Schilling's bloody sock

Jul 27, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

Remember kids, you can’t spell “gubernatorial” without “guber!”

Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee is questioning whether Boston Red Sox great Curt Schilling faked his bloody sock in Game 6 of the 2004 AL championship series . . . Chafee said he doesn’t know if he trusts Schilling, and incorrectly said
Schilling’s own teammates questioned whether Schilling faked his bloody
sock.

The background here is that Schilling’s video game company just got a $75 million loan guarantee from a State of Rhode Island development fund and Chafee is questioning it. Such loan guarantees may or may not be bad policy, but going after Red Sox World Series heroes when you’re running for office in New England is unquestionably bad politics.

Personally speaking I think Schilling would have to be about 10,000 times the self-promoter he usually shows at his worst moments to have actually faked the bloody sock. I don’t think anyone is that pathological, and despite some random whispers about it here or there I’m simply not buying the conspiracy theories. It’s been nearly six years. If someone had any real dirt on that, they would have said so already.

But hey, it’s modern politics. Maybe Chafee has done some serious polling regarding how attacking Schilling plays.  If so, and if it works out for him, it may open up a whole new world for baseball-related political consulting.  I could probably make a fortune doing that.

  1. pcrm - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    When can we expect the Congressional hearing?

  2. cliff - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Craig,
    You are smarter than that. You know what this really is.
    1. Protection. If you criticize the loan guarantee and if it goes down, it is “I told you so.”
    2. Personal attack of dubious merit on potential conservative political operative.

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    We should have had that after the HR call for the Sox in game 6.

  4. JBerardi - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    A $75 million loan to Curt Schilling? Brilliant idea, Rhode Island. That should clear that 11.6% unemployment rate of yours right up.

  5. Benny Blanco - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Can anyone tell me what part of his foot was actually bleeding and why? I kow he had some internal injury but where was the blood coming from? Any explanation?
    Just to be clear, I dont buy the conspiricy theories either, just curious.

  6. Glenn - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    I never understood the “faking it” conspiracy. Regardless, he had a radical operation twice to pitch that could (and may have) jeopardized his career. I’m sure that there was blood involved. Could he have changed his socks and bandage if there was leakage? Sure, but why not use every edge you can get.

  7. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    I have the same injury as Schilling did. Basically there’s a tendon that runs down the back of your leg behind the bone in your ankle. There’s a sheath there that keeps the tendon in place. If you tear it, occasionally the tendon pops out around the bone, and pops back. It doesn’t hurt, just feels really awkward. And since you can’t predict when it’ll happen, things like pushing off on a pitching rubber can be difficult.
    The reason for the blood is, the Red Sox medical team decided to STAPLE the tendon to his leg! Not exactly 2004 version of medical science, but it got them a WS victory so i’m sure most won’t complain.

  8. Glenn - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Basically, Schilling’s ankle tendon was sutured from the outside so it would be stable enough to pitch. The operation had to be undone after the game and redone before his next start. It is unlikely that he could have done it a third time. Blowhard or not, that is pretty gutsy stuff.

  9. Benny Blanco - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Intresting. Thank you.

  10. Glenn - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Replay clearly showed that the umpires were correct. You’d think any team that benefited from the “Jeffrey Maier home run” would just be quiet.

  11. lar @ wezen-ball - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    I don’t understand what the conspiracy is alleging. The bloody sock is (was?) on display at the Hall of Fame. I’ve seen it. There was unquestionably dried blood on that sock where we saw it during the game. Is the allegation that he put the blood on the sock at some other time/manually?
    Not that I’ve bothered to spend more than 10 secs considering this conspiracy in my mind. It’s just a tad too silly for me to even bother with…

  12. Ace2000 - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Goodness, did he learn nothing from Martha Coakley? Just this year she lost her bid for the senate, not long after calling Schilling “just another Yankee fan.” Schilling’s a really tough case for Massachusetts/Rhode Island democrats (or independents, in Chafee’s case). Liberal politics overwhelmingly prevail in the region, but Schilling (an outspoken conservative) will always be considered a hero, and you attack him at your peril. That’s some seriously bush-league politicking from Chafee . . .

  13. jdmcmil - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Kevin Millar said it was fake a couple of years ago too.

  14. Chuck - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Millar never said it was fake. He defended Schilling when a Baltimore reporter said that Mirabelli said it was fake. Mirabelli denied saying it and the reporter eventually apologized. Check your facts before making accusations.

  15. JBerardi - Jul 27, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Martha Coakley didn’t lose because of Curt Schilling. She lost because she took the Bartleby approach to campaigning (she preferred not to). She was an abysmal candidate and if she hadn’t been running in the bluest of blue states, she would have been annihilated. As far as Schilling goes, there’s enormous respect for what he accomplished in ’04, but beyond that… not so much. Most people here consider him an annoying loudmouthed blowhard, and that includes die-hard Sox fans.

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