As the game wore on, Schilling’s white sock became noticeably stained with blood just above his shoe, and he had some visible trouble moving fluidly, but he pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run and helping Boston to a season-saving 4-2 win. Along with Dave Roberts’s stolen base in Game 4 and David Ortiz’s two walk-off hits, Schilling authored one of the most iconic moments of that, or any, postseason series.
The recounting of that performance, and Game 6 in general (including Alez Rodriguez knocking a ball out of reliever Bronson Arroyo’s glove), 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,” which aired on ESPN2 after an Arizona-Oregon softball game and was likely timed to precede a live Red Sox-Yankees telecast on the main channel, down to fit into an hour-long time slot, with commercials.
“When a live event runs long, it’s standard procedure to shorten a taped program that follows,” an ESPN spokesman told The Post. “In this case, we needed to edit out one of the film’s four segments to account for the extra length of the softball game.”