There can't be a Red Sox fan who is not familiar with the "Bloody Sock" game. After all, it was the most memorable playoff performance in team history.
After dropping the first two games of the ALCS to the rival New York Yankees, the Red Sox seemed completely hopeless. But, a pair of wins in Boston in Games 4 and 5 gave the team a little faith.
Entering Game 6 in Yankee Stadium, many doubted the status of starting pitcher Curt Schilling. The Red Sox ace had a torn tendon sheath in his right ankle. The team medical staff performed a risky procedure to allow Schilling to make his start.
Schilling willed through the injury, and pitched as if nothing had happened.
By the time the game was over, he was completely taxed, and blood had seeped through his sock.
He finished the game after seven innings, during which he allowed just one run on four hits and zero walks. That was plenty good enough for the Red Sox, who mounted together four runs to win that game 4-2 and even the series.
The Red Sox went on to win Game 7, and subsequently, the World Series.
Schilling's gritty performance was emblematic of that epic team, which gutted out a riveting season. Without it, Red Sox fans likely would have seen their 86-year championship drought continue.
But, Schilling showed what a true competitor does, and carried his team on his back to the World Series.