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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

ESPN: Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Get well soon.

ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he has cancer.

“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.”

In December, ESPN announced that Schilling would be part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team for the upcoming season. It also announced a multiyear contract extension with him.

ESPN did not say what Schilling’s broadcast plans will be for the upcoming season.

“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time,” the network said in a statement. “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.”

Schilling, 47, pitched in the majors for 20 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. The six-time All-Star finished with a record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time.

The right-hander, though, was best known for his performances in the postseason. In 19 starts, he compiled an 11-2 record with four complete games and a 2.23 ERA. He’ll forever be a part of Red Sox lore, helping them to World Series titles in 2004 and ‘07.

AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2014 at 06:28 PM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. gehrig97 Posted: February 05, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4652347)
Geez. Schill's had it tough since retirement, hasn't he? Here's wishing him a full and speedy recovery.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:01 PM (#4652348)
Cancer always needs a good ass kicking. Good luck Curt.
   3. Blastin Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4652355)
I wish him the very best.

I am curious which kind, but if he doesn't want to divulge, ain't none of my business I guess. I wonder if that means it's more or less serious though.
   4. AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:28 PM (#4652368)
Already people are bringing up the number of Veterans Stadium-era Phillies who've developed cancer when they're young (Johnny Oates, John Vukovich, Darren Daulton, Tug McGraw)...
   5. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4652369)
Did he ever quit dipping? I remember that he tried to quit snuff at some point during the 90s, but I think he still dipped in Boston.
   6. God Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4652370)
4 - John Kruk too.
   7. thetailor Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:35 PM (#4652371)
God, he is so young. That's just horrible.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:47 PM (#4652377)
Little strange not to give any indication of the type of cancer - that was more the case 30 or 40 years ago when the word was almost taboo. Obituaries would just say died "after a long illness". In more recent times, famous folks usually go the "raise awareness" route and give some detail. Hope that doesn't mean it is a type that would be readily identified as more virulent.
   9. Dolf Lucky Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4652378)
One, best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Two, #### cancer, on general principle.

Three, #### ESPN, for referencing Schilling as 'ESPN analyst Schilling'.

Edited to say that ESPN's tackiness comes in their headline, which includes the analyst reference. I don't have a problem with the mention in the article, although maybe it wouldn't kill a network to lead with the 'former MLB pitcher' part.
   10. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:57 PM (#4652382)
Little strange not to give any indication of the type of cancer - that was more the case 30 or 40 years ago when the word was almost taboo. Obituaries would just say died "after a long illness". In more recent times, famous folks usually go the "raise awareness" route and give some detail. Hope that doesn't mean it is a type that would be readily identified as more virulent.


I think your instinct must be correct. Too young for this crap.
   11. RollingWave Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4652385)
Ugggh
   12. madvillain Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:10 PM (#4652388)
Damn, just a couple years younger than when my dad was diagnosed, and that hit us like a ton of bricks. I feel for his family. Have a feeling it's either testicular or throat/mouth variety but could be wrong. White men that drink and chew/smoke are orders of magnitude more susceptible to esophageal cancer and should be screened when they approach 50. Tragically, for my pops, hindsight is 20/20 and even though he had quit smoking nearly a decade before his diagnosis the damage was done.

He'll get A++++ medical care and hopefully he pulls through. Chemo and radiation are no joke, wouldn't wish them upon my worse enemy.
   13. TerpNats Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4652399)
As someone who brought me plenty of thrilling moments in '93 (game 1, NLCS; game 5, WS), I wish Curt the best.

And as for #4, I'd hate to think the Vet is to ballparks as "The Conqueror" is to movies.
   14. AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4652402)
My father was diagnosed with a serious melanoma at the age of 39. Fortunately it was caught just in time and removed, and he's been fine for almost 40 years now. Hope Curt has similar luck.
   15. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:47 PM (#4652406)
Best wishes and best of luck to Curt and his family. Cancer is ####### terrible.
   16. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4652408)
Jesus, what terrible news. I've always liked Schilling in spite of his politics and his Yankee killing. He's the kind of outspoken character that baseball can never get enough of.
   17. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:52 PM (#4652410)
I never really cheered for him (especially in the '93 World Series), disagreed with his stance on a lot of political issues, and I find him to be a blow-hard.
That said, #### cancer and I hope he beats it and comes back to annoy me for a lot longer.
   18. AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2014 at 09:53 PM (#4652412)
I don't wish cancer on anyone, especially someone with a wife and young kids. Even when I may disagree with them.
   19. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: February 05, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4652417)
Schilling had melanoma ten years ago, and a recent heart attack.
   20. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: February 05, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4652421)
that was his wife with melanoma. sorry.
   21. Select Storage Device Posted: February 05, 2014 at 10:34 PM (#4652427)
Lousy pig-headed blowhard. Beat its brains in, you sh**head.

It would take cancer for me to root for him, but now I am.
   22. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 05, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4652428)
Talk about your roller coaster ride of life. Most of us just do our thing, work for a bit, earn a decent wage, maybe get married have a kid or 3, retire and pass on peacefully in our 70s or more.

This guy had the dream job we all wish we had, suffered that huge financial kerfuffle recently and now this.

Well I do like Schilling and his blow hard attitude. Hate the politics, but he's outspoken and as # 16 states, baseball needs heaps more guys like Schilling.

All the best to him and his family to fight off this most wicked of personal circumstances.
   23. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 05, 2014 at 10:40 PM (#4652431)
Sorry to hear this news, and wishing the best for Schilling and his family. I'm sure he will fight it with everything he's got.
   24. Howie Menckel Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:22 PM (#4652441)
thanks to BBTF for the positive sentiments so far. I still find it mystifying why people care about some random political comment (or 10, or 1000) that an athlete makes, or even why one needs to tell the world about those sentiments, but it is what it is.

but the focus is on wishing the guy and his family well, and that's a relief to some of us who were cringing as we entered.... well done.

   25. ptodd Posted: February 05, 2014 at 11:56 PM (#4652455)
Schilling had a heart attack 2 years ago too. Bad genes or something. Coincidentally it comes out on the same day as the announcement Pedro, Nomar and Clemens in the Red Sox HOF.

Anyways, you always hope for the best, and without knowing what form of cancer it is or the prognosis this could be just a mild bump in the road for him or a catastrophe. I suppose if he is not on ESPN this year its probably not just a bump in the road.
   26. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: February 06, 2014 at 12:02 AM (#4652457)
Cancer has a wild swing of prognoses - depending on site and stage, this could be anything from outpatient day surgery (stage I skin cancer) to saying his goodbyes (generally stage IV anything). Whatever it is, I hope it's stage I, but it does seem odd to make a public announcement like this this without being just a tad more specific. I can understand the desire for privacy, though. I guess it's fortunate that we've gotten to a point where many (most?) stage I cancers are quite treatable. Still scary, though.

EDIT: chemopreventative coke to ptodd.
   27. robinred Posted: February 06, 2014 at 12:13 AM (#4652461)
thanks to BBTF for the positive sentiments so far. I still find it mystifying why people care about some random political comment (or 10, or 1000) that an athlete makes, or even why one needs to tell the world about those sentiments, but it is what it is.

but the focus is on wishing the guy and his family well, and that's a relief to some of us who were cringing as we entered.... well done.


I find it mystifying that anyone who feels this way would post at BTF at all, and would post this IMO asinine sentiment at all, but it is what it is.

BTF is actually a very civilized place by internet standards, and there not more than a very small handful of guys here who would post saying that they were glad Schilling has cancer/or aying "f him" and pretty much no regulars whom I would see doing that. It frankly did not occur to me that anything less than 99.9% of the comments would wish Schilling well. Disagreeing with a guy's politics, mocking his financial failures, mocking him on the internet, and sports-hating his baseball team is a million miles away from wishing a middle-aged man with a family ill will when he has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. And pretty much everybody at BTF is smart enough to know that.

   28. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 06, 2014 at 12:17 AM (#4652463)
that's a relief to some of us who were cringing as we entered.... well done.


Oh c'mon Howie, nobody here is that callous. Even automatons like Ray have a heart. Sure there are a few posters here who can be abrasive, but I don't think I've ever read anything overly malicious where something like this is concerned.
Schilling is a very high profile member of the baseball community we all belong to and everyone would like to see him pull through this.

coke to robinred
   29. Rafael Bellylard: A failure of the waist. Posted: February 06, 2014 at 01:36 AM (#4652476)
I'm hoping Schilling pulls through, if for no better reason than he's younger than I am, and I need no reason to be reminded of my own mortality.

Kick it's ass, Curt.
   30. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: February 06, 2014 at 02:00 AM (#4652483)
Kick it's ass, Curt.

Agreed. Grammatical error and all.
   31. Rafael Bellylard: A failure of the waist. Posted: February 06, 2014 at 03:49 AM (#4652497)
Agreed. Grammatical error and all.


This is what happens when I'm typing rather than sleeping. Or is that happen's?
   32. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: February 06, 2014 at 06:16 AM (#4652498)
I send along my best wishes too.

I also want to concur that it is really odd that the type of cancer has not been disclosed. As everyone knows, there's a world of difference between Hodgkin's lymphoma* and cancer of the pancreas. (When battling Hodgkin's in the mid 90s, my oncologist repeatedly assured me that my survival wasn't at stake, even though the disease was diagnosed late. Instead, I fought hard for the quality of my day-to-day life and speed of recovery.)

* Hodgkin's did take the life of Brandon Tartikoff, who could afford the most expensive medical treatments. OTOH, his initial treatments were back in the early 70s, when the survival rate wasn't so high.
   33. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: February 06, 2014 at 08:16 AM (#4652507)
Oh c'mon Howie, nobody here is that callous.


Don't make it a challenge, man.

To repeat my comment on this from Facebook, that's #### news for anyone. Godspeed you self-righteous prick. Get better.
   34. Lassus Posted: February 06, 2014 at 09:13 AM (#4652511)
I also want to concur that it is really odd that the type of cancer has not been disclosed. As everyone knows, there's a world of difference between Hodgkin's lymphoma* and cancer of the pancreas

Agree. This, to me, points towards something bad, but who knows?
   35. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: February 06, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4652516)
It was a weird statement. He shared some, but not all, of the diagnosis. Why go with "cancer" at all, if he didn't want to talk more about it (which I understand)? All he "owes" the public is "a medical issue" or something.
   36. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 06, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4652518)
I also want to concur that it is really odd that the type of cancer has not been disclosed.


It's clubhouse cancer, and he doesn't want to hurt his chances at the Hall.

(Get well soon, Curt.)
   37. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: February 06, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4652536)
Primey for 36. I wish him all the best. Someone in my family was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer about a year ago...it is a nasty,nasty way to go.
   38. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: February 06, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4652540)
Primey for 36.

Kudos to Vlad, but it's embarrassing it took this long for someone to utter the line. We've gone soft.
   39. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: February 06, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4652550)
36 - Hee
   40. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 06, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4652558)
Best wishes to Curt and his family. Get well soon so you can continue to annoy people as well as you do!
   41. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 06, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4652559)
36 is awesome.

I hope it's one of the easily-treated varieties, mostly for Curt's sake as a human being, but partially because of the sentiments expressed in #29.
   42. tfbg9 Posted: February 06, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4652603)
Get well Curt. I might be the biggest Schilling fan on this board. Attack your illness like you attacked opposition batters Schill;
go right at it, get head of it, and K it.
   43. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 06, 2014 at 01:50 PM (#4652664)
Someone in my family was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer about a year ago...it is a nasty,nasty way to go.


Yep. My mother died from colon cancer 30 years ago next month. She was diagnosed with it the previous June or July & given 6-9 months to live, IIRC (they told me, not her; sometime last year, I came across an old letter she'd received from a friend telling her that at least it wasn't terminal ... oy), & she hit that pretty much on the nose.

I'm assuming, though, that treatment options & the like have improved somewhat in 3 decades. Surely.
   44. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: February 06, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4652708)
I'm assuming, though, that treatment options & the like have improved somewhat in 3 decades. Surely.


Don't be so sure. Treatment for metastatic cancer hasn't improved that much in the last 30 years, except if you're lucky to have a type that a targeted therapy works on. Otherwise, it's the same old chemotheraputics. And widely metastatic cancer is still pretty much invariably fatal.

But thank God for the Komen folks (and the like) to build "awareness" and extract administrative expenses, while pretending that metastatic disease doesn't exist. If it wasn't for them, who knows where we'd be.
   45. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 06, 2014 at 02:58 PM (#4652718)
Thanks for cheering me up, 'zop.

(Kidding. Sort of.)
   46. ptodd Posted: February 06, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4652979)
Based on how Schillings weight has ballooned over the last year I am guessing he may have been treated for prostate cancer with antiandrogens. I think that means they would have got it at an early stage and thought to avoid surgery. The fact he is coming out now suggests it did not work and they will proceed with surgery. Pure speculation on my part though. The weight gain could have been stress related after a failed business. Generally when you come out and tell folks you have cancer you say what it is, except when there is some stigma attached to the cancer (eg liver for drinkers, lung for smokers, and prostate at a young age for various reasons, etc).
   47. Mayor Blomberg Posted: February 06, 2014 at 11:38 PM (#4653011)
I doubt that, ptodd. Never heard of ADT as an approach for a young, healthy, early stage prostate cancer patient, and I had reason to do that research a couple of years ago. If it's really early, watch and wait or brachytherapy. If not quite that early, either prostatectomy or radiation. ADT may be used to shrink the prostate before surgery, otherwise, it's post-relapse.

he's not all that young for prostate cancer, by the way, especially if he had a family history. I don't think the coach at St Johns was even 40 yet when he had his. It happens. & as for the various reasons, he can always bank the sperm.

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