Only, it's not the sock you think it is.
Still, if you have a hankering to own something containing the blood of former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, you can hardly go wrong with landing this sock.
The Associated Press (via Yahoo Sports) reports the 46-year old is attempting to aid the aftermath of his 38 Studios video game production company that went bankrupt.
Per the report, the studio was moved to Providence, Rhode Island with a, "$75 million loan guarantee in 2010."
However, in June, the company went bankrupt just a month after it laid off all its employees. For his part, Schilling is now auctioning off a piece of baseball lore that was once used as bank collateral.
Before you jump at the chance to bid, let us warn that such a thing will prove tremendously expensive and quite possible disappointing.
Heritage Auctions will handle the sale with online bidding beginning on February 4, and live bidding going down later in the month at February 23.
The director of Heritage Auctions, Chris Ivy, seems to think the sock will sell for the bare minimum of $100,000
Before we continue, let me say that this isn't the bloody sock you might be thinking about, but the one worn after the moment Schilling went from mere baseball pitcher to legendary athletic god who performed despite his ankle gushing blood.
At least, that's how Red Sox fans might color things.
You know, the clash actually referred to as the "Bloody Sock Game." But instead of the sock worn in the 2004 ALCS, Schilling is selling off the one worn during the 2004 World Series, nearly as bloody. Per the AP:
The bloody sock is one of two that sent Schilling into the annals of baseball lore in 2004.
The other was from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, when Schilling pitched against the New York Yankees with an injured ankle. That sock is said to have been discarded in the trash at Yankees Stadium.
The one being sold is from the second game of the World Series, which the Red Sox won that year for the first time in 86 years.
You greedy future owners of bloody socks will just have to settle for the second-best sock to have been bled on by a Red Sox pitcher.
In it, Rovell spoke with some speculators who, back in 2005, thought the famous sock could fetch in upwards of $600,000.
So if you are in the market for a piece of history that happens to have the blood of Curt Schilling, you are in luck.
Just not if you wanted the one we are all thinking of when we say, "bloody sock."
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