It’s been an interesting decade for former pitcher Curt Schilling. He won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and went on to help bring the first World Series to Boston since the Curse of the Bambino began. But recently Schilling has run into some financial problems and to fix it, he’ll be selling one of his bloody socks.
Sorry, the bloody sock.
The blood soaked sock that Schilling wore during the 2004 World Series has become a part of Red Sox lore, and now Red Sox fans can own it. However, any baseball fan lusting after the literal red sock will have to pay a pretty penny to get it. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says that he expects the sock to fetch up to $100,000 in an auction.
“I do expect the bidding to be very spirited,” Ivy said.
Schilling has been the subject of numerous financial issues over recent years, most notably when his video game company went belly up. Schilling reportedly invested $50 million into a video game company called 38 Studio, however the studio eventually went bankrupt and Schilling has since lost all his baseball earnings.
Ivy says that while he estimates the sock will sell in the $100,000 range, he notes that the “Bill Buckner Ball” was estimated at the same amount but ended up selling for over $400,000. Plus there’s also the fact that Schilling is selling a sock for $100,000, which really makes me wish I had become a pitcher for the Red Sox.