Curt Schilling thought his Boston Red Sox would sweep the ''bloody sock'' World Series of 2004.
He was right.
Now the big right-hander's former team is playing the St. Louis Cardinals for the championship again, and he expects a much tighter competition.
''I think it's going to go the distance,'' Schilling, an ESPN baseball analyst, said Tuesday. ''I don't think either team has a clear edge.''
But nine years ago, it was different. The Red Sox had the momentum with four straight wins after trailing the New York Yankees 3-0 in the AL championship series. The Cardinals didn't have the power pitching they have now.
And there was the emblem of it all - the bloody sock. Or socks.
The first was soaked when Schilling won Game 6 of the ALCS after having stitches to mend an ankle injury. The second was bloodied when he won Game 2 in the World Series, a six-inning stint in which he allowed no earned runs in six innings of a 6-2 victory over the Cardinals.
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