But what about the actual surgeon who put the sutures into Schilling's ankle? Extra Bases, the Boston Globe's Red Sox blog, talked to Dr. Bill Morgan about the controversy this morning:
"C'mon," Morgan said today from the Fallon Clinic in Worcester, "we all know what the reality is. I don't know where that comes from.Did how much did it tug open? At the risk of losing your lunch, see for yourself.
"I drilled a whole bunch of holes in the guy's ankle when we put the sutures in, we put a dressing on them, and the blood soaked through the dressing. The sock is like a sponge. It doesn't take a whole lot of blood, but there's like a capillary effect.'' ...
"Anyone who's ever had stitches knows there's going to be oozing from the wound. I put a bunch of stitches in the guy, and then he had to go out there and pitch at a professional level. The sutures were tugging at the skin, it opened up a little bit. The thing expanded right before our eyes.''
Personally, I can't see why anyone associated with the Red Sox would have stooped so low as to try fooling an entire nation with a dab of red paint. This was Game 6 of the ALCS, a do or die situation with the entire season on the brink. There was no shortage of drama attached to this game, and reaching for manufactured theatrics would have been a distraction as much as anything else. Unless more people corroborate the accusation, I'm not buying it.
Previously on FanHouse:
Gary Thorne Claims Schilling's 'Bloody Sock' Was a Hoax