Jordan Candler / May 3, 2016

ESPN Censors Schilling’s Historic World Series Game

First he’s fired. Now he’s edited out of a documentary.

It’s a moment engrained in every baseball fan’s memory, and just about every sports fanatic at least knows about it. In 2004, the Boston Red Sox were on the cusp of another postseason defeat at the hands of their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, in the American League Championship Series (ALCS). But the Yankees, despite holding a 3-0 series lead and needing just one more win to advance to the World Series, would not be popping open the champaign. That celebration belonged to the Red Sox, who went on to win four consecutive games in the ALCS and advanced to the World Series, eventually earning the well-deserved title. According to MLB.com, “Boston would become the first — and still only — team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0.”

But this historic endeavor may not have happened without the Game 6 performance of former Major League Baseball  hurler and postseason phenom Curt Schilling, who took the mound despite grueling ankle tendon pain. Amazingly, he won, but the victory will forever be immortalized with the image of a bloodied sock caused by a spur of the moment, unorthodox surgical procedure the day before. Teammate and outfielder Gabe Kapler says, “What he endured and mentally overcame the way he did may never be done again. I don’t know that there’s ever going to be a procedure like that to get a guy ready to pitch again. It was a little bit, like, science fiction-y.”

Astonishing, to say the least. But not quite as astonishing as ESPN’s disdain for opposing viewpoints. Schilling, you’ll recall, was recently fired as an ESPN commentator for espousing conservative views on social media. But the network wasn’t finished there. A documentary of the 2004 ALCS series, “Four Days in October,” was unforgiving, to say the least. ESPN cut out Game 6 entirely from its rebroadcast over the weekend, citing time constraints.

According to The Washington Post, “The recounting of that performance, and Game 6 in general … takes up about 17 minutes of the original version of the hour-and-five-minute-long documentary. ESPN apparently wanted to trim ‘Four Days in October’ … down to fit into an hour-long time slot, with commercials.” So editing out the most memorable game of the series is mere happenstance? A little leaguer wouldn’t fall for that one. But by all means, let them hire commentators who put conservatives and the Islamic State on equal footing.

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