Red Sox GM: Yes, blood made Schilling's sock red

Mystery of pitcher's stain is solved by Epstein

Cards unhappy with hotel

World Series notebook

Baseball

October 27, 2004|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

ST. LOUIS -- Conspiracy theorists can take a rest.

That was indeed blood on Curt Schilling's white sock the past two times he has taken the mound, Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said yesterday.

There had been rumblings at the World Series that Schilling was trying to add to the drama and may have colored the sock as he took the mound for both starts with sutures in his right ankle to secure a dislocated tendon.

Schilling, perfectly aware that the cameras would hone in on the blood, had the words "K ALS" written on his shoe, promoting his efforts to strike out Lou Gehrig's disease.

Asked if it was indeed blood, Epstein said, "Blood and fluid. I was told there would be some oozing in the area. That's natural after you've had stitches inserted."

Red Sox physician Dr. Bill Morgan raised the possibility that Schilling may not be able to have the sutures inserted again, and Schilling has yet to say whether he thinks he'd be available to start Game 6, if necessary.

"Right now he's penciled in to take the ball," Epstein said. "We're going to take the same steps we did in preparation for his last two starts, and we'll see how the ankle responds."

Uniform breach

Sandy Alderson, baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations, said a likely topic at the winter meetings will be stricter enforcement of baseball's uniform code, which requires players to have their team logo visible on their batting helmet.

The Red Sox have been under scrutiny with players such as Trot Nixon, Manny Ramirez and Orlando Cabrera covering the `B' on their helmet with excess pine tar and dirt.

"It's something we preferred to deal with on a major league-wide basis," Alderson said. "The legislation is in place. It's really the enforcement. It's something we'll look at in the offseason."

Hotel dispute

The St. Louis Cardinals weren't happy with their accommodations in Boston, as a citywide shortage of hotel rooms forced them to the Quincy Marriott, about 15 miles from Fenway Park, but 45 minutes through bad traffic.

It came under unusual circumstances, as the city was also host to its annual Head of the Charles Regatta. The Red Sox tried getting the Cardinals into the downtown Hyatt, but there weren't enough rooms available.

In St. Louis, the Red Sox are staying a few blocks from Busch Stadium, at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

"Nothing against the Quincy Marriott," said Cardinals reliever Ray King. "They did a great job there. Their room service was closed when we got back [from the games], but they made us some cheeseburgers and pizzas.

"But it was just so far away. To me, when your city goes to the World Series for the first time in 18 years, you'd want to pull some strings to give the other team the best experience possible."

Cardinals vs. Red Sox

Best of seven; *-if necessary Red Sox lead series 3-0

Game 1: Boston, 11-9

Game 2: Boston, 6-2

Last night: Boston, 4-1

Today: Boston (Lowe 14-12) at St. Louis (Marquis 15-7), 8:25 p.m.

*Tomorrow: Boston at St. Louis, 8:25 p.m.

*Saturday: St. Louis at Boston, 7:55 p.m.

*Sunday: at Boston, 7:55 p.m. TV: Chs. 45, 5

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