Curt Schilling, a former Major League Baseball pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst, revealed today in a statement that he is having to battle cancer. Throughout his career, Schilling played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox, where he became one of the most dominant pitchers during his era. He is most noted for his legendary performance in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees, where he bravely pitched with a stitched-up ankle that caused his famous bloody sock.
“With my incredibly talented medical team, I’m ready to try and win another big game,” Curt Schilling said in his statement released by ESPN. “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges.” Schilling did not, however, give any details in his statement about what type of cancer it is or the seriousness of the illness.
With Curt Schilling revealing his battle with cancer, it was not the first case of serious health problems for his family. Unfortunately, the Schilling family has already gone through the agony of a family member suffering through a type of cancer before. Curt Schilling’s wife, Shonda Schilling, was diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma back in 2001. Her arduous treatment involved five surgeries and scars across her whole body, but she successfully overcame the skin cancer.
Schilling’s battle with cancer comes after he signed on with ESPN to co-anchor Sunday Night Baseball back in December of last year. He replaced another legendary pitcher, Orel Hershiser, for the coveted broadcasting job that would have him alongside fellow ESPN broadcasters, John Kruk and Dan Shulman.
During his playing time in the MLB as a starting pitcher for 20 years, Curt Schilling dominated hitters, especially in his thirties, with his blazing fastball and vicious splitter. Throughout his illustrious career, Schilling was a key contributor to his two World Series championship teams, the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2004 Boston Red Sox. He was widely known across the MLB as having impeccable command of his pitches along with a high strikeout rate.
Baseball was not Schilling’s only venture in the limelight, however. After his baseball career was over, he owned a video game company called 38 Studios, which borrowed $75 million on a state loan from Rhode Island. The company defaulted on the loan because it was not making enough money and went bankrupt. Curt Schilling became trapped into owing an enormous debt to Rhode Island, but 38 Studios did have an overall successful last video game to its credit known as Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a very innovative but expensive role-playing game.
Even though Curt Schilling may have revealed his battle with cancer, his competitive spirit and toughness will aid him through hard times. He is a man who has carried a tough demeanor throughout his entire career, and cancer will have a tough time defeating the man who is known for the bloody sock. Schilling perfectly sums up his hardiness in the following: “My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”
By Glen Parris