PROVIDENCE, R.I. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling – whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year — is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says online bidding begins around Feb. 4. Live bidding will take place Feb. 23. The sock previously had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. It has been at Heritage’s Dallas headquarters for several weeks and will be displayed at the auction house’s Manhattan office before it is sold, according to Ivy. He said the sock is expected to fetch at least $100,000, though he described that as a conservative estimate. “I do expect the bidding to be very spirited,” Ivy said. The bloody sock is one of two that sent Schilling into the annals of baseball lore in 2004. The one being sold is from the second game of the 2004 World Series. The bloody sock from Game 6 of the ALCS is said to have been discarded in the trash at Yankee Stadium.

Anyone who pays six figures for another man’s dirty, bloody sock is an assole. Any man who pays six figures for another man’s dirty, bloody sock that wasn’t even the famous bloody sock is an even bigger asshole. Isn’t that the whole point of memorabilia? That you get the bat or ball or jersey, or in this case sock, that was worn or used during a particular game or moment? Nobody gives a fuck about Curt Schilling’s sock from Game 2 of the Red Sox mopping the floor with the Cardinals. Did anyone even watch that World Series? Did anybody even know his foot was bleeding then? It just goes to show how much of a crock the whole memorabilia world is. Ordinarily you hear people get duped and buy something they thought was the original but turns out its a replica. Now people are willingly, openly going to bid on a replica. Anybody trying to scrounge up money for this is a clown.