Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling faced plenty of adversity in his major league career. On Wednesday, the current ESPN analyst announced that he is facing his biggest obstacle yet.
Schilling said in a
statement to ESPN that he was recently diagnosed with cancer, something he knows too well about after his wife Shonda fought a successful battle against in 2001.
It is unclear at this time what Schilling's diagnosis means for his broadcasting duties at ESPN for the upcoming season.
Schilling was traded to the Red Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to the 2004 season. He was a key cog for the Red Sox as he and his teammates won the franchise's first World Series in 86 years.
In particular, Schilling's place in Red Sox history was secured during the infamous "bloody sock game," when he helped defeat the New York Yankees while pitching on an injured ankle. Boston went on to beat the Yankees in the series, erasing a 3-0 series deficit in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
"With my incredibly talented medical team I'm ready to try and win another big game," Schilling said,
according to ESPN.com. "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."