I was preparing to do a blog post Wed. about how the Phillies roster was going to look a little like the Radio Shack Super Bowl Ad , when I saw online headline of Curt Schilling’s cancer diagnosis. This is the latest challenge that the former Philly ,D’back , Red Sox great, and current ESPN analyst. When he got traded from the Astros to the Phillies he was a relief pitcher who was still trying reach his full potential. He could have accepted his role but he worked his butt off and became an ace starter for the 1993 Phills who lost to the Blue Jays in the World Series. A few years later he needed Tommy John Surgery . Most pitchers until that time lost speed on their fastballs he was one of first to comeback throwing harder. When he was traded the D’Backs his wife Shonda had just been Diagnosed with skin cancer. They could have became very inwardly focused, but they lobbied for and got passed an Arizona state law that all playground equipment be covered with white reflective tarps to give children protection from the UV rays of desert sun. Everyone remembers his amazing pitching performance in ’04 despite a badly injured ankle. After his playing days. He had a heart attack while watching Shonda run the NYC Marathon . In addition to his health scares he also had a business Failure when his video game software company went under. This might have sent Curt to very dark place or made him deny all the online rumors about his company’s impending failure. He admitted his mistakes. He took a high profile job with ESPN which allows him to showcase his knowledge of game. He also has been very candid about his failure to be more vocal on behalf of the “clean players” during his time as a union rep and how he should have done more to rid the game of PEDs sooner.
From what little I know about Curt, I know he is gathering as much info as he can on the form of cancer he has ( He has not disclosed the type or severity of his cancer) to find the best support staff and method to beat his cancer. just like he would a batter. He is going to work his butt off with his doctors and family to not let cancer beat him. I’ m praying for Curt and his family that he have a speedy return to health and the ESPN airwaves.