Stat of the Day

1 million – dollars Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling dared to bet anyone to scientifically test that the bloody sock he pitched with in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees, which is now in the Hall of Fame, does in fact, have real blood. The story has created a ton of controversy this past week when Baltimore Orioles play-by-play man Gary Thorne said on the air during the Orioles-Red Sox game that the sock was actually paint. Thorne took one right out of the Couch book in saying something so controversial. At least we don’t take back what we say.

To take you all back to that moment three years ago, Schilling had sutures stitched into his right ankle to hold an injured tendon in place so that he could pitch and repeated the procedure again in Game 2 of the World Series. Both times, what appeared to be blood seeped through Schilling’s sock, as the Red Sox became the first team in major league history to come back three games to none and win the series. They went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to win the championship with eight victories in a row.

Schilling has dared one million dollars to the charity of anyone’s choice versus the same amount to ALS – research to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Some millionaire just bet the guy so we could settle that the matter was paint. I mean, blood.

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