Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Former Boston Red Sox starter Curt Schilling, now a baseball broadcaster for ESPN, revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer and vowed to fight the disease with the help of his “talented medical team”.
“With my incredibly talented medical team, I’m ready to try and win another big game,” said Schilling, who did not mention what type of cancer he has.
“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,” added the 47-year-old Schilling, who pitched for 20 years in the majors, winning the World Series with Arizona in 2001 and the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.
“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time. His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready,” ESPN said in a separate statement.
Schilling was a three-time 20-game winner and had a career mark of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. He is 15th on the all-time list with 3,116 strikeouts. But he was at his best in October, recording an 11-2 mark with a 2.23 ERA in 19 postseason starts.
He was the co-MVP of Arizona’s 2001 World Series victory over the Yankees with teammate Randy Johnson. Schilling beat the Yankees at the Stadium in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS while pitching on an injured ankle that bled through his sock during the game.
The victory forced a Game 7 in which the Red Sox completed a historic comeback by winning a series in which they trailed, three games to none. Boston went on to beat the Cardinals in the World Series, ending a championship drought that lasted 86 years.
After Schilling’s announcement, he was flooded with words of encouragement from current and retired baseball superstars.
Johnson tweeted: “Sending heartfelt thoughts to my baseball brother Curt Schilling and his family during this difficult time.”
Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino tweeted: “Sending well wishes to Curt Schilling and his family. Always tough to see, stay strong!”