The bloody sock is way overratted.
I'm sure in the history of the game other players have performed stitched up, taped up, on a bad leg or legs and other injuries..
The fact that we saw some red stuff added some drama to the deal.
It was the injury that was his problem. Imagine had he pitched with that injury and there was no blood..................
He did perform well considering the injury, the blood made the story bigger and better, more impressive........to some.