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Schilling's famous bloody sock fake?

Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne said on the air Wednesday that Curt Schilling painted his famous “bloody sock? as a public relations stunt back in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

Schilling had a right ankle tendon injury during the series, and had stitches placed into his ankle so he could protect a tendon to pitch Game 6 against the Yankees. A red stain, which was previously thought to be blood, could clearly be seen on his sock. He had another bloody sock in Game 2 of the World Series against the Cardinals.

The Red Sox went on the World Series in 2004. The famous bloody sock is now in the Hall of Fame.

Thorne said his source was the Red Sox’s backup catcher Doug Mirabelli. Mirabelli denied Thorne’s claim, and said it was a “straight lie? in an interview with the Boston Globe.

According to ESPN, Thorne said that Mirabelli had told him the story “a couple of years ago.?

Similar charges against Schilling have been made before, according to MSNBC.com. GQ Magazine also claimed the blood was fake and cited an anonymous Red Sox player as its source.

Schilling insists that the blood was real and former teammate Kevin Millar, who currently plays for the Orioles, said it was real as well. In response to the claim, Schilling said, “I got the 9-inch scar for you. You can see it.?