It once had a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a symbol of the transition from constant heartache to overreaching joy for countless Red Sox fans over an 86-year period.
But now, former pitcher Curt Schilling’s bloody World Series sock is being bid on so that he can help pay off costs associated with his failed video game business.
Online bidding on the sock, which Schilling wore during Game 2 of the 2004 World Series, started last week. In that time it’s attracted one bidder, who has bid the opening price of $25,000. A live auction will be held in New York City later this month and will start with the highest amount reached through the online bidding. The auction house expects it to earn more than $100,000.
Chris Ivy, director of the sports department at Texas-based Heritage Auctions, said he expects interest to pick up toward the end of the online bidding period.
“I do think it’ll get a few more hits before it goes to live bidding,” said Ivy, whose auction house is running the bidding on Schilling’s sock. “People interested in this piece are going after it for the moment and what it represents for [Red Sox] nation and the city of Boston. It’s a symbol of what broke the curse of the Bambino.”
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Schilling bled through the sock after receiving injections to help him through an ankle injury.
The sock was previously on display for more than eight years at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., but it was on loan and returned to Schilling.
Schilling’s business, 38 Studios, collapsed last year after he moved it from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. He is being sued by a Rhode Island state agency that claims the gaming company withheld information that would have prevented it from being awarded a $75 million loan, according to WPRI.
In an interview with WEEI in October, Schilling said it was part of him “having to pay for your mistakes.”
“I’m obligated to try and make amends and, unfortunately, this is one of the byproducts of that,” he told WEEI.
Dan Lebowitz, the executive director of Northeastern’s Sport in Society center, said that the symbolism of what Schilling played through to create that bloody sock is now “embedded in the fabric of the Boston sports tradition” and that attention should be paid more to that than the item.
He also said that what Schilling is doing with the sock is like what any person who might have lost a job would do in order to survive.
“In the end it’s like anything else. He tried to faced a particular challenge head on like he has as an athlete and just like in sport sometimes you win and sometimes you lose,” said Lebowitz.