ESPN MLB Analyst, and former Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling announced today that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
In an announcement with the network this afternoon, Schilling stated “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.” Schilling, who just celebrated his 47th birthday in November, declines to answer any further questions as to the type of cancer or his prognosis at this time.
Having spent four seasons out of his 20 year MLB career here in Boston, Red Sox Nation fondly remembers this ace for his undying dedication to the team, and true grit, especially during the ’04 and ’07 World Series’. Who could forget, in an effort to end Boston’s 86-year championship drought — the “Curse of the Bambino” — Schilling pitching on an ankle that had been sutured more than once through the postseason; pitching with a damaged tendon resulting in bleeding through the sock and still, Schilling allowed only one run in six innings!
Although Curt was a bad-ass on the mound, he’s quite humble about it. Recently, I found Curt’s personal blog, and the following answer he gave in a post answering a fans questions, really speaks volumes to his character:
“From Stephen Cabral
Do you feel under appreciated in New England, considering that you were the impetus for delivering a championship to the most championship starved city in the U.S.?
“…There were so many things beyond my contributions that mattered, but the sock grabbed much of the news, which given what we did I think is a bit unfortunate.”
Any true Red Sox fan knows (and if you don’t then you’re not a true fan) the significance of the bloody sock—nothing symbolized the team’s impressive struggle more, and yet it was also a testament to the person himself.
We at Yawkey Way Report hope that Curt fights this battle against cancer in the same manner in which he has faced all other battles, on and off the field— with true grit, determination and an unwillingness to accept defeat.
Curt, you were ‘Boston Strong’ before it became a popular tagline.
Best Wishes for a speedy recovery.