Curt Schilling Announces He Has Cancer

The former Red Sox pitcher disclosed his condition to ESPN.

Curt and Shonda Schilling image via Debby Wong/

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Say what you want about Curt Schilling’s broadcast style, politics, or the downfall of his video game company, 38 Studios, but no real Red Sox fan can say that Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS wasn’t one of the best darn baseball games of our lives. The “bloody sock game” was instrumental in helping the Red Sox win their first World Series title in 86 years. That game was the fight of Schilling’s life, and now he has another battle to face: The two-time World Series champion (he also won it in 2001 with the Diamondbacks) announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 20-year MLB veteran didn’t say what type of cancer, only that the kids at Dana-Farber have been an inspiration. “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

It reads further:

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.”

In December, ESPN announced that Schilling received a multiyear contract with the company and he would be a part of the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team for the upcoming season.