Posted February 05, 2014

Ex-MLB pitcher Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

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Curt Schilling’s wife, Shonda, was diagnosed with stage-2 melanoma in 2001. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer. Schilling, an MLB analyst for ESPN, released a statement via ESPN’s website on Wednesday. The type of cancer Schilling is dealing with and whether he will continue his media work during the upcoming season have not yet been disclosed.

“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. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.

“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.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means. With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.”

- Thank you,
The Schillings

Schilling’s wife, Shonda, was diagnosed with stage-2 melanoma in 2001. Schilling also told The Boston Globe last year that he suffered a heart attack and required surgery to place a stent in an artery.

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Schilling, 47, pitched for the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox in 20 major league seasons. The right-hander was considered one of the game’s best big-game pitchers while compiling an 11-2 record in 19 playoff starts, including four complete games and a 2.23 ERA. Schilling was co-MVP, along with Randy Johnson, of the 2001 World Series with the Diamondbacks, and won World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.


22 comments
RaySexauer
RaySexauer

Karma. That's what happens when you squirt ketsup into your sock and pretend it was blood. 

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

Schilling might come across as kind of a prick, but he is a genuinely good guy, and he REALLY knows the game, especially pitching.  One of the best analysts out there, look forward to seeing him again in the future.

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

What type of cancer does Schilling have by the way? I saw where they said where his wife had melanoma  but I didn't see anything about what type Curt has.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

It is uncanny how many guys from the '93 Phillies team have had cancer, don't know for sure but it's got to exceed the norm for the rest of the population. 

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

"I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience"


The ultimate in irresponsibility and arrogance.


Schilling's success (and financial windfall, which resulted in this troglodyte bagging a trophy wife) has nothing to do with deities and everything to do with talent and luck. And honestly, it's mostly luck.


His cancer is also free from any divine origin.

Frank14
Frank14

best of luck to Curt Schilling!

beast
beast

The stress from the blown 40 million couldn't have helped.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Oh shyyyt.. say it anit so.. when i read this, instant flash backs, its seems like yesterday i was watching Shill pitch.. good luck .. many of us in one way or another has been touched by this vile illness and hopefully one day we will kick cancers A$$ for good so no one else has to go through this living nightmare

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

I hope he gets well. Cancer is nothing to wish on anyone and I will pray for full recovery even though Schilling is the most repulsive baseball analyst on television.


That being said, I cant believe that ESPN actually brought this guy to their baseball team then decided to put him on Sunday Night Baseball. I will continue to not watch ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball due to the force feeding of the AL East along with second rate color commentators. The game of the week used to be something to look forward to, now its been turned into a joke.



walterwhite
walterwhite

@UnishowponyWherebeef   I'm with you, religiously.  Or lack thereof, so to speak.  Having said that, you're still kind of a judgmental jerk.  (Also, hard work is as important as luck.  You left 'hard work' out of your mess of a post.  Oh.  You left out your compassion too.  You must have some, don't you?)

mkmck69
mkmck69

@beast  He certainly didn't help the stress level of the RI taxpayer...

mkmck69
mkmck69

@RayIsBipolar  Kinda makes you wish for Joe Morgan eh? Well, not really. The "who's worse" contest between him and Schilling is like trying to decide who to vote for in an election. The choices usually both suck.


I agree with you on the 'force feeding" of the AL East. I'm a Red Sox fan, and I'd sure rather watch the games on NESN rather than listen to the idiots we get with ESPN, not to mention that the games are at 1PM when they're not on ESPN. Suits me just fine if the Sox never play another Sunday night game.

MoeLarryJesus
MoeLarryJesus

@RayIsBipolar You're basically a moron.  Schilling pitched outside of the AL East for the vast majority of his career.


Best wishes to Schilling and his family.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@RayIsBipolar  ESPN constantly provides reminders why we shouldn't watch them, listen to them, or take them seriously in anything they say or do. They're a complete joke in every way.

mkmck69
mkmck69

@walterwhite @UnishowponyWherebeef  "I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience"


Does that mean we should blame God for the $75 mil we RI taxpayers are on the hook for because of this clown? Nah, we should put the blame where it belongs...on Schilling and the jock sniffing idiots in our state government who guaranteed to cover his video game wet dream. Funny how the guy who ALWAYS has something to say about any subject suddenly has nothing to say on this subject. 


I don't wish cancer on anyone (it's hit my family too hard) but I have a tough time feeling sorry for him. He's a pompous, arrogant punk who had great ability as a pitcher, not so much as a businessman. That "experience" has our wallets needing a medical team.

mkmck69
mkmck69

@MoeLarryJesus @RayIsBipolar  What does Schiiling's pitching history have to do with anything Ray wrote?


...and you call HIM "basically a moron"? You're basically illiterate.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JeffKlein You're right.  I just looked at the ratings for the 2013 baseball season and ESPN had a zero for every baseball game and every baseball-specific show.  A zero!  Not one person tuned in all year.   Even for games that were not being shown on other channels.  Amazing.  I guess that I need to pay closer attention.