BOSTON (AP) — 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.
"I'm not even going to talk about that," Schilling said when asked if he regretted having sold the World Series hosiery.
He was eager to discuss the fourth World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals that starts Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
"They've been memorable World Series because you have two of the originals in the mix," he said in a conference call. "They've got a century's worth of history coming out of these two cities, two towns that are absolutely in love with their baseball teams. It's a religion, a way of life. Those go together well in the World Series."