Curt Schilling, who says he has lost all of his baseball earnings, is preparing to sell the bloody sock he wore during the 2004 World Series.
Schilling’s Rhode Island-based video game company, 38 Studios, went into bankruptcy last year. Schilling had personally guaranteed loans to the company and listed the sock, which had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, as bank collateral.
The sock will go on auction next month, with online bidding beginning around Feb. 4 and a live auction taking place on Feb. 23, according to Chris Ivy, the director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions. Ivy said he expects the sock to go for at least $100,000.
“I’m obligated to try and make amends and, unfortunately, this is one of the byproducts of that,” he said.
Writing a post about how the bloody sock Curt wore in the World Series 'could be yours' should be a lot of fun. There's an infinite number of jokes to be had at Curt's, the sock's, and the lucky winner of this auction's expense. Unfortunately, Schilling ruined our good time by making this whole ordeal as depressing as possible.
He's not auctioning the sock to raise money for ALS, or just to share it with the world. The guy simply needs money. He's broke. He used the sock as collateral to make some video games, which was an epic failure. Now he's talking about maybe having to sell his World Series rings as well. How can you crack jokes at that?
It's even more shocking when you factor in the fact that, according to Baseball-Reference.com, Schilling earned $114,158,000 over his career (in salary alone). It's not just NBA players that can burn through tens of millions of dollars in the blink of an eye. It's hard (albeit semi-hilarious) to envision Schilling supporting a 20-man posse. Where did the money go? It can't all be sunk in 38 Studios, can it?
I guess whatever Schilling did with his money is irrelevant. What does matter now is that someone is going to be able to claim the bloody sock as their own. That is clearly one of the more disgusting pieces of sports memorabilia, but one I would purchase in a heartbeat were I to have $100,000 lining my wallet.
It will be interesting to see what the winner does with this artifact of Red Sox lore. It would be nice if the person that buys it donates the sox back to Cooperstown, where it belongs. More than likely it'll end up above some guy's fireplace, where he'll stare at it each night, replaying the moment his wife left him, packing a suitcase while shouting about how he spent their life's savings on a disease-ridden sock.
Sports fans are weird.
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