Schilling Bets $1 Million Bloody Sock Was Real

(CBS) BOSTON Curt Schilling is offering one million dollars to anyone who can prove the blood on his sock in the 2004 playoffs was not real, reports CBS station WBZ-TV in Boston.

Schilling made the wager on his blog

"I'll wager 1 million dollars to the charity of anyone's choice, versus the same amount to ALS. If the blood on the sock is fake, I'll donate a million dollars to that person's charity, if not they donate that amount to ALS."

On Wednesday, Baltimore announcer Gary Thorne said during his broadcast of the Red Sox-Orioles game that Boston backup catcher Doug Mirabelli admitted it was a hoax.

"It was painted," Thorne said. "Doug Mirabelli confessed up to it after. It was all for PR."

Thorne backed off Thursday after talking to Mirabelli before the Red Sox played the Orioles. Thorne said Mirabelli had been joking.

"He explained that it was in the context of the sarcasm and the jabbing that goes on in the clubhouse. I took it as something serious, and it wasn't," Thorne said. Mirabelli confirmed the story.

Still, Schilling ripped Thorne in his blog.

"So Gary Thorne says that Doug told him the blood was fake. Which even when he's called out he can't admit he lied. Doug never told Gary Thorne anything. Gary Thorne overheard something and then misreported what he overheard. Not only did he misreport it, he misinterpreted what he misreported."

After an ankle injury hampered Schilling in Game 1 of the 2004 American League championship series against New York, team doctors jury-rigged a tendon in his right ankle to keep it from flopping around. With blood seeping through his sock, the pitcher came back in Game 6 to beat the Yankees.

Schilling issued a challenge to anyone who doubts the authenticity of his ankle injury.

"If you have ... the guts, grab an orthopedic surgeon, have them suture your ankle skin down to the tissue covering the bone in your ankle joint, then walk around for four hours. After that go find a mound, throw a hundred or so pitches, run over, cover first a few times. When you're done check that ankle and see if it bleeds."

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