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Curt Schilling applauds ‘liberal New York Yankees fans’ who think ‘Bloody Sock Game’ was staged


Curt Schilling’s most memorable moment as an MLB pitcher has to be “The Bloody Sock Game,” in which he threw seven innings of one-run ball while bleeding from his right ankle to help the Boston Red Sox win the game. Game 6 in ALCS 2004.

But there are some, primarily Yankees fans, who believe he wasn’t really bleeding. Speaking on OutKick’s “Don’t @ Me with Dan Dakich,” Schilling set the record straight as he took a shot at the fans who mistreated him for years in a Red Sox uniform.

“It showed me how little real people understand about athletics. Most of them, 99% of them, were bitter, liberal New York Yankees fans,” he said. “I get it. They drowned, they lost, they sucked. Too bad. They have the label as the greatest drowning in sports history forever, no matter what they do.”

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling grabs his ankle that appears to be bleeding in the fourth inning during Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees on October 19, 2004 at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York.
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The 2004 American League Championship Series remains one of the biggest mistakes by a team in sports history, as Schilling mentions. The Yankees were winning three games to none against Boston and looking to return to the World Series with just one more win.

But the Red Sox fought back, beating the Yankees on home turf in the Bronx in seven games and winning the World Series.

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“The idea that I would even be paying attention to my ankle in a game where we were playing win or go home, it was a problem, only I knew it was bleeding and everything related to that. But I’m on camera every minute of every inning,” Schilling said.

Retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling performs during a 2018 World Series championship ring ceremony before the opening day game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 9, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston.

Retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling performs during a 2018 World Series championship ring ceremony before the opening day game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 9, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston.
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“Did he have a dropper with Heinz in it or a bottle of ketchup on the bench? It was fun, but it also showed you how ignorant fans are about what it takes to play at that level.”

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Schilling won Game 2 of the World Series that year against the St. Louis Cardinals after defeating the Yankees. The right-hander pitched six innings, allowing four hits and one run and striking out four batters on 94 pitches.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in the first inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on October 19, 2004, at Yankee Stadium in the District of New York City Bronx.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in the first inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on October 19, 2004, at Yankee Stadium in the District of New York City Bronx.
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To this day, Schilling’s bloody sock sits in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as a reminder of what he endured and Boston’s historic comeback against its American League East rival.



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