Sockgate Concluded

I wrote earlier today about the comments Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne made about the 2004 Curt Schilling bloody sock. Well, things have been settled. Because I am far too lazy to get the quotes, etc, here is what happened.

6 months after the conclusion of the 2004 season, Thorne and Mirabelli had a conversation. At the end of the conversation as both parties were walking away, Thorne asked Mirabelli about the sock and Mirabelli said it had generated much publicity. Thorne took that to mean it was faked and just a PR stunt. He was wrong.

End of story.

I find this too bad b/c Thorne is a good guy and was basically drilled today on WEEI by Pete Sheppard. Sheppard said he was smug when making the original comments Wednesday night and was so confident that the bloody sock was faked, that Jim Palmer was "gutless" in not offer a counter opinion. That makes a ton of sense Sheppard.

Heaven forbid a guy, Palmer in this case, keep his mouth shut if he had no knowledge of the details of the situation. Palmer, gutless? Of course, Sheppard, with guts (lots and lots based on this photo) does have to fill 4 hours a day and probably grabbed onto this line of thinking without much, well, thought.

At the end of the day, it was a misunderstanding and in my opinion Gary Thorne meant no harm. I probably figured he had gotten his information from, if not the horse’s mouth, well, the horse trainer’s mouth.

Reader Blmeanie had this to say "Gary Thorne is the all-time best neutral hockey play by play announcer ever. I have never heard a negative thing about him either." Check out Blmeanie’s blog btw.

Of greater concern is the status of the Red Sox offense. Spotty at best with the core in a funk right now. In addition, what was supposed to be a 1 or 2 day injury has now become a 5 day injury to Coco Crisp.

In a slump: Pena, Pedroia, Manny, Lugo, Varitek…check that, Wily Mo Pena just hit a grand slam. Hmmm, maybe I should write about player slumps more often. That is a good thing for Pena, he was due.

5-2 Red Sox in the 8th…more later.