Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is known for his strength and courage on the baseball field.
“That one game with the blood on his sock, I'll always remember him by that,” said one Red Sox fan.
Now that same strength and courage Schilling showed while pitching the winning game of the 2004 ALCS while he was injured and his sock bloodied is something he's going to need off the baseball field.
Schilling was diagnosed with cancer.
“That's heartbreaking. He is an amazing person. That is horrible to hear about for anyone but for him especially, that's really hard,” said Red Sox fan Katie Boynton.
Schilling released few details, not saying what type of cancer he has, but promising to fight it hard, saying:
"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges…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.”
The Red Sox took to Twitter saying:
"Sending heartfelt thoughts to curt schilling and his family during this difficult time."
“That's sad. Hopefully they caught it early enough so that they can treat it and he can live a long healthy life,” said Red Sox fan Robert Clubb.
Curt Schilling recently signed and extension to work with ESPN. There is no word from ESPN whether or not this will affect any of Schilling's broadcasts.