Anyone who’s seen pictures or videos of Trevor Bauer’s mangled finger knows his unfortunate run-in with a drone was no small accident.
Bauer lasted just 2/3 of an inning for the Cleveland Indians on Monday night in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays before he was forced from the game because of the shocking amount of blood that was gushing from the pinkie finger on his pitching hand.
The image of Bauer’s finger literally dripping blood makes one wonder how the Indians right-hander even threw 21 pitches with the injury. It also calls to mind memories of Curt Schilling, who pitched seven innings for the Boston Red Sox on an injured right ankle in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, which now is known as the “Bloody Sock Game.”
So, how does Schilling feel about being compared to Bauer?
Tell us how you really feel, Curt.
Schilling followed up that harsh critique with another more subtle jab later Monday night, promoting T-shirts featuring a bloody sock design.
Of course, Schilling kind of has a point. The veteran pitcher fought through a nagging ankle injury to step up when his team needed him most, while Bauer’s unfortunate accident put Cleveland’s already depleted starting rotation in more of a bind.
Then again, the Indians went on to beat the Blue Jays anyway Monday night thanks to a heroic effort from their bullpen. They also own a 3-0 series lead that feels pretty safe at the moment — although Schilling might have something to say about 3-0 leads, too.
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