May 2, 2016

CURT SCHILLING BECOMES UNPERSON AT ESPN; LEGENDARY ‘BLOODY SOCK’ GAME CUT FROM RED SOX-YANKEES ’30 FOR 30:′

The recounting of that performance, and Game 6 in general (including Alex 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.”

Was it just a coincidence, though, that the segment taken out happened to feature a player-turned-analyst who just parted ways with ESPN under acrimonious circumstances? At the very least, the optics of that don’t look great for the network.

No – they look very much like this:

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And the nearly 18 minute gap is a nice touch; as with Dan Rather committing seppuku on his CBS career, whom the gods destroy, they first render Nixonian.

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