Schillings shoes and sock

Breaking News: Schill's Red Sock Walks into Hall of Fame

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Breaking News Exclusive -- Sock Joins Shoe: The famous bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling during Game 2 of the 2004 World Series has been reunited with its K ALS shoe and is now on display at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Today, Curt Schilling's mother-in-law and father-in-law, Don and Patsy Brewer, hand delivered the sock to Ted Spencer, the Curator of the Hall of Fame. The bloody sock and the K ALS shoe will be on display with other memorabilia from the 2004 World Series until October, 2005. File under: Karma Suture.

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Sox Cement Lineup: First Baseman Petagine Gets Minor-League Deal

"Roberto Petagine, a 33-year-old Venezuelan, first came to the Japanese Pro Baseball League in 1999 with Yakult Swallows, and hit 44 HRs, winning the home run title. Hideki Matsui finished second with 42 HRs that year.

"Petagine was a major force who brought Yakult Swallows to their Japan Series title in 2001, along with then ace Kazuhisa Ishii (who now plays for LA Dodgers) and then closer Shingo Takatsu (now with Chicago White Sox). He won the title for most HRs and RBIs and was named Central League MVP (again, over Hideki Matsui) that year. He also won the Gold Glove at first base three years in a row from 2000 to 2002.

"Before the 2003 season, Tokyo's Yomiuri Giants (think: Japanese Evil Empire), who was looking for a replacement for Hideki Matsui, signed him for $7 mil a year for two years and converted the gold glover to an outfielder. But this conversion was unsuccessful (or should I say a disaster) and he had to convert back to 1B, where he had to split his time at first base with Yomiuri's star player Kazuhiro Kiyohara (that made both stars very unhappy). He had surgery on his left knee before the beginning of 2004 season, ended the season with the least home runs (29) in his Japanese career, and was released by Giants this off season.

"Bats: Left, Throws: Left. He has a Japanese career OBP of .446 (his 2004 OBP, .409, was the worst in his 6 years in Japan).

"Does his signing have more impact than Denny Tomori? Definitely. Is he better than Hideki Matsui? That maybe hoping too much (though he was in 1999 - 2001). I do think he is a good left handed bat off the bench (more pop than Ramon Vasquez) and a good back up at first for Kevin Millar. Though that would put more pressure on Youklis.

"On a non-baseball note, his wife Olga, who is 24 years Roberto's senior, was his friend's mother when they met." -- Daigo Fujiwara, Boston Dirt Dogs, founder of JapaneseBallplayers.com


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