Posted August 11, 2013

Curt Schilling says he had a heart attack, surgery in November 2011

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Curt Schilling revealed that he suffered a heart attack after watching his wife Shonda run a marathon in 2011. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling revealed in a Boston Globe article published Sunday that he suffered a heart attack in November 2011 that may have been partially caused by stress related to 38 Studios, his video game company that went bankrupt seven months later.

The 46-year-old was reluctant to provide details to The Globe‘s Stan Grossfeld, adding that he wished he hadn’t revealed that he had the attack in the article.

Schilling said that he felt chest pains on Nov. 6, 2011 while watching his wife, Shonda, run the New York Marathon, but didn’t think the issue was serious.

After Shonda finished, the two flew back to Boston and went straight from the airport to a hospital where doctors were waiting, rather than taking an ambulance.

From the report:

It’s not worth having a heart attack over, a visitor tells him.

“Uh, I already did, actually,” says Schilling. “Yeah, I did, a couple of years ago. Nobody knows that, actually.”

A mild one?

“It was a decent one,” he says. “It’s not something . . .”

His voice trails off and his eyes dart around Champions Stadium.

“I had one, and it was dealt with.”

Schilling, 46, later said that he wishes he hadn’t mentioned the heart attack. He knows this will be news, and he is reluctant to go into details about it.

“I was in New York with my wife, who was running the New York Marathon,” he said by cellphone while traveling. “I was watching it and I had chest pains.’’

Shonda ran a 4:58:50 in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, 2011. Schilling says he waited for her to finish, despite the discomfort he was in.

“I didn’t think it was anything serious,” he says.

They flew back to Boston and went straight from Logan Airport to a Boston hospital, where doctors were waiting for him. No ambulance.

“Ya, as stupid as that was,” Schilling wrote in a text message. “My doctor made it clear that I was very, very, lucky.”

Surgery was performed the next day to insert a stent. The health scare, he says, changed his lifestyle.

Schilling, who won 216 games and two World Series over 20 major-league seasons primarily with the Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox, has worked as a TV analyst for ESPN since 2010.

He received a 38.8-percent vote in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, but was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame on Aug. 2.


13 comments
JayDorschner
JayDorschner

This guy can't go away. He is not relevant and a proven liar. I doubt this story is true.

KenKelso
KenKelso

Mistake in the article.

Curt won 3 world series, not 2.  One with Arizona and 2 with the Redsox. 

6marK6
6marK6

I lost any and all respect for this clown when right after winning the world series he started blathering on national tv about how people should vote in the presidential election. I am watching a baseball game and this clown seeks to preach to me about how I should personally vote in an election? Just talk about baseball, I could care less about your views on politics. Self-righteous A-Hole! As far as the heart attack, that is what happens when you put on 200 lbs. after you retire.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Sign of steroids?  Curt was always purer than thou, so I do wonder....

Brit
Brit

This narcissistic doofus never gives up. Now he's looking for sympathy. Does he ever shut up? 

eddie767
eddie767

First let me say,the title got my attention so i read it. Now,why is it that when some big MLB news happens,Shilling always has to draw the attn.back to him? Not saying nothing happened,but when something negative is said about him he has nothing to say.

ToddFuquadPhd
ToddFuquadPhd

His wife runs a 5 hour marathon???  Why was she even allowed to participate.  They need to stop letting celebrities steal spots from real runners.

bmyfive
bmyfive

Too bad Schilling doesn't suffer from something that renders him permanently mute.

Mkmck
Mkmck

We Rhode Island taxpayers had a heart attack too...right after we found out how much we owed investors when your bs video game company crapped out.

JayDorschner
JayDorschner

With like rest of the roid Sox with help from steroids!

Confusious27
Confusious27

@ToddFuquadPhd Really?  I believe she's almost exactly in average time for women of her age.  Are you a world class marathoner?  Here's a great piece of advice to live by...stick a sock in it.