The sock smelled 'round the world.
That bloody sock is the Zapruder film of the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Red Sox die-hards say its really blood and that everyone who says otherwise is a Yankees fan or an idiot, which ignores the fact that there was no obvious progress of blood from a point of origin outward into the material of the sock, the blood did not change colors during the game, and the blood didnt seem to seep into Schillings stirrups. The blood appeared, in that spot and in that shape, without actually growing or changing throughout the game, despite the fact that continued movement would continually reopen whatever wound caused the initial blood. Im aware that blood dries and wounds scab, but if he really did open a suture, the wound would have bled a whole lot more and every time he moved or disturbed the thin layer of crust connecting the wound to the sock, itd bleed a little more.
Was Curt really injured? Of course he was. Ive seen the scar on his ankle. Hell, he lost the 2005 season because he pitched two games on a bad wheel and didnt have time to heal properly. Hes even put up a $1 million charitable donation on the line for anyone who can prove he faked the bloody sock, so he must be fairly confident I wont break into Cooperstown and sneak off with the sock for DNA testing. Also, I dont have a spare million bucks to donate to ALS research (though if I did, I would).
Curt Schilling probably didnt fake the bloody sock, but I guarantee you he knew the whole time it had a little blood on it and he left it on so people would notice it and comment on it. The same thing happening twice is pretty suspicious, at least to me, but maybe he wore the same sock twice. The one thing I do know is he pitched in a hell of a lot of pain, and that SHOULD be all that matters. But its not, because Curt loves attention.
One quick test would end the controversy, and thats why this will never happen. Curts pitching performance will be enough to keep him a memorable figure, but the bloody sock is something Boston fans will tell their pasty, whiny children about. Its the stuff of legend, the blood sacrifice that reversed the curse of the Bambino. I guarantee you a guy like Curt loves that thought; hes a student of baseball history and this bloody sock makes him a part of baseball history.
I think Schilling has too much respect for the game to blatantly fake the bloody sock, but too much of a desire to be talked about to put the rumors completely to bed. So long as hes being talked about, and people are talking to him, this will never completely go away. Curt wont let it go away, either.
All I know is, when I stepped off the mound my sock didn't look like no goddamn maxi-pad.