Sunday, ESPN aired a “30 for 30” documentary on Boston’s 2004 playoff comeback against the Yankees with Schilling’s “bloody sock game” cut from the broadcast. Schilling, who was a baseball analyst for the sports media giant, was fired by the network in April for comments he made on social media.
Okay, so they fired Schilling. Fair enuf. But editing history for political reasons? ESPN proves Orwell prescient. https://t.co/In4q0cbbbZ
— Michael Munger (@mungowitz) May 2, 2016
ESPN2 is currently showing 4 Days in October. They skipped the game 6 part (Curt Schilling bloody sock). Guess who ESPN recently fired
— Falan Garner (@falandownawell) May 1, 2016
The episode, which ran on ESPN2 following an Arizona-Oregon softball game, recounted the Boston Red Sox amazing comeback, which saw them become the first team ever to rebound from a 0–3 deficit to win four straight games and take the series.
While Games 4 and 5 were both won in extra innings via walkoff hits from David Ortiz, Game 6 was about Schilling’s incredible performance at Yankee Stadium—despite suffering a torn tendon sheath in his right ankle that required an unusual medical procedure just days prior. A big-game performer throughout his career, Schilling still shut down the Yankees for seven innings, allowing just one run, while blood seeped through his sock, just above the shoe.
The game also featured A-Rod’s infamous play where he knocked the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove while running to first base. At first he got away with it in a play that scored Derek Jeter, but after a review, A-Rod was called out—much to the chagrin of Yankee fans in attendance who threw debris on the field, causing a delay.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 2, 2016
The part about Game 6 takes up roughly 17 minutes of the 65-minute documentary, according to a report in The Washington Post. Apparently ESPN wanted to trim the documentary into an hour-long episode with room for commercials.
“When a live event runs long, it’s standard procedure to shorten a taped program that follows,” an ESPN spokesman told The Washington Post. “In this case, we needed to edit out one of the film’s four segments to account for the extra length of the softball game.”
Schilling, for his part, clearly noticed the omission.
For sale, never used, rarely worn ring from player who didn’t actually have anything to do with getting it. pic.twitter.com/6qWxO3uRDN
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) May 2, 2016