Online bidding opened several weeks ago at $25,000 and by Friday had reached $60,000. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, said he expected the sock to fetch at least $100,000 – though probably a lot more – in Saturday night’s bidding in New York.
Schilling had loaned the sock to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 for the first time in 86 years. But it was returned to him last year so he could sell it to cover millions in loans for his startup.
38 Studios was lured to Providence from Massachusetts after Rhode Island’s economic development agency in 2010 approved a $75 million loan guarantee. The company ran out of money less than two years later and filed for bankruptcy. Rhode Island faces a tab of about $100 million related to the deal, including interest, and the agency is suing Schilling and others, saying it was misled.
The sock up for sale is actually the second of two. The more famous one was stained when Schilling pitched through an ankle injury during game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees; that sock is said to have been discarded at Yankee Stadium.
CATCHER BREAKS COLLARBONE
Miami Marlins backup catcher Jeff Mathis broke his right collarbone in the team’s spring training opener in Jupiter, Fla., and is expected to be out six weeks.
Mathis was injured in the fourth inning Saturday when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday.
Marlins rookie manager Mike Redmond says it’s a big blow to the club because Miami doesn’t have a lot of depth behind the plate.
The Pittsburgh Pirates reached agreement with 41-year-old pitcher Jose Contreras on a minor league contract. He’ll report to camp today and will be doing rehab work on his surgically repaired right elbow. … Yankees captain Derek Jeter practiced on-field running and agility drills for the first time since having surgery for a broken ankle last fall. … The Phillies traded reliever Michael Schwimer to the Blue Jays for minor league first baseman Art Charles. … The Giants traded third baseman Conor Gillaspie to the White Sox for minor league pitcher Jeff Soptic.