Gary Thorne in the Spotlight

The comments by Gary Thorne on Curt Schilling’s bloody sock in the 2004 playoffs have predictably dominated the discussion everywhere today.

Terry Francona and Doctor Bill Morgan were both guests of WEEI’s Dale & Holley show today to dismiss the claims by Thorne. Gordon Edes has the story from Dr. Morgan and also the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The blog Joy of Sox has the complete transcript of the discussion between Thorne and Jim Palmer which led up to the comments about the stain being “painted on” Schilling’s sock. It seems like they were talking about Schilling’s blog and how “the press hates him in Boston” before they got to the sock issue.

The blog http://letsgosox.blogspot.com has the video of the segment. It was taken from the MLB.com archive of the game, and was recorded from a computer screen, so it is a little bit shaky, but you can hear Thorne and Palmer discussing the issue:

ESPN.com has coverage of the issue, including excerpts from Alan Schwarz’s new book, Once Upon a Game: Baseball’s Greatest Memories in which Schilling recalls the game against the Yankees in the 2004 playoffs.

A few other links on this issue today:

Dan Kennedy says both Mirabelli and and Thorne have some explaining to do, and he wouldn’t be surprised to see Mirabelli run out of town over this.

Deadspin finds it shocking that Schilling is being accused of being self-aggrandizing.

Baseball Musings says Thorne has been known to screw up on the air before.

Thorne’s chat today on USA Today has been canceled. Thorne was scheduled to be a guest on the NESN pregrame tonight. We’ll see if he makes that appearance.

Though Schilling hasn’t commented yet on 38Pitches, Rob Bradford did pull out some old references to the sock for his new Herald blog the Bradford Files.

I’m inclined to believe that Thorne meant this as a throw-away comment, not thinking that it would actually be followed up on. He may have misinterpreted a joke or comment made by Mirabelli (perhaps not even directly to him) and then embellished it as part of his storytelling/time filling during the Orioles broadcast. He didn’t think that there was any way that he would be challenged on the statement. I’m sure broadcasters might do this with little things, but this one was too big to ignore. Now it has blown up in his face, and he’s been embarrassed by it.

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This video really has nothing to do with the bloody sock, but I found it interesting anyway. It is WGBH’s Beat the Press talking about Schilling’s blog last month: