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Todd Pratt, former Phillie and Met, reveals he has been battling cancer

Aug 4, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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On Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies had their annual Alumni Night, bringing back many of the organization’s heralded players. They specifically saluted the 1993 NL Champion team this evening. Both events were more emotional than usual because former catcher Darren “Dutch” Daulton, a key component of that ’93 team, recently underwent surgery to remove brain tumors.

CSN Philly is reporting that another member of the ’93 team, catcher Todd Pratt, has also been battling cancer.

Pratt told Comcast SportsNet’s Leslie Gudel he discovered a lump while shaving around the time of last year’s Alumni Weekend and was later diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

“I went through treatment this last spring and it was the toughest thing in my life I’ve ever been through,” he said. “It was really some trial and tribulation there.

“Everything’s great now, and it was actually a blessing. I got in great shape and my blood pressure is down and I’m a healthy guy again.

“I have a good story, and I really shared that with Dutch the last couple days.”

Pratt spent eight seasons with the Phillies and five with the Mets. Though he was not on the roster when the Phillies faced the Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series, he reached the World Series in 2000 with the Mets.

  1. andreweac - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    One could say cancer has metastasized throughout the decision-making process of the Phillies front office.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      One could, but no one with more sensitivity than a rock actually would. IMHO.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Hi Andre,

      I’ll be looking for your other brilliant commentary in the future.

      So I can tell you to go fuck yourself every time you post anything. Because if you’re going to make a cancer joke, you had better make it a good joke.

      You failed, and you’re probably used to it in life, so again, go fuck yourself.

      Regards,

      Blue

    • greymares - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      I can’t believe this asshole got 5 thumbs up’s

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      wtf is wrong with you, cancer is not a game and certainly has nothing to do with a game.
      get your head right!

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    remember todd well, I wish him well and I also wish anyone else who is fighting this my best and I hope he wins. God Bless from the bottom of my heart

  3. mianfr - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Yeah, someone really needs to check that stadium out for a link…

    • crisisofinfinitephils - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Might be environmental. Might also be something that they were taking. That team was always rumored to have been heavily into PEDs. It’s all speculative, but still sucks nonetheless.

    • greymares - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      How do you check a stadium that was blown up ?

      • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        Time travel, obv.

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    “Though he was not on the roster when the Phillies faced the Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series”

    Who was their backup catcher? I looked at baseball reference and only Daulton, Pratt and Doug Lindsey caught for the Phillies for the entire year and it couldn’t have been Doug Lindsey because he was traded in September.

    Can’t find the world series roster online right now.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Todd Pratt had to have been on the roster. He appeared in game 2 and struck out looking against Mark Wholers.

      Bill Baer is wrong and a failure as a journalist. He’s also a failure as a husband, father and an American. In summary, he is a monster…probably the worst guy in history, but I’m open for debate on that one.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI199310070.shtml

      • cohnjusack - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        Whelp, I’m an idiot. I was looking at the NLCS.

        Apologies to Bill Baer: American Hero.

      • cohnjusack - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        So, it looks like he was on the roster, but never made an appearance:

        He found himself behind John Marzano in the Red Sox’s system and was a backup to Darren Daulton with the Phillies in 1992 and ’93. He said his greatest thrill in baseball, up until Saturday, was hearing his name announced for the 1993 World Series opener in Toronto, after which he clumped off to the bullpen, never to reappear. In 1995 he backed up Rick Wilkins with the Cubs. In the spring of 1996, the Mariners told him they could not afford him.

        http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/12/sports/sports-of-the-times-todd-pratt-can-stand-the-heat.html

      • Bill Baer - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Damn that’s pretty accurate

  5. bronco58lb - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Fuck cancer.

    We’re rooting for you, Todd.

  6. wingslax35 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    PEDs?? Hardly. Tug McGraw, John Vukovich, and Johnny Oates are former Phillies who have died from brain cancer. Now Dutch and Pratt?? IT IS THE VET!!!!! As for the jerk who likened cancer to the Phillies front office, F cancer and F you.

  7. indaburg - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    My thoughts are with Todd and his loved ones.

    I saw Dutch at CBP this weekend, walking out on the field for ceremonial festivities, and I have to say, he looked great. You would never know he has a brain tumor. He was smiling, waving, and walking with ease. He looked by far the best of anyone I have ever seen post brain surgery for glioblastoma. It is a fantastic sign that he may be one of the lucky ones with a good prognosis. I really want him to kick this disease’s ass.

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Seconded. I couldnt be there, but watching Dutch on TV was pretty special. Glad he was able to make it, and Im sure he fought like hell to be there!

  8. brooklynboy48 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    On Oct. 10, 1999 my nephew Carl and I were sitting in the upper deck at Shea Stadium when Todd Pratt hit what must be the biggest HR of his career. His walk off homer put the Mets into the NLCS and Todd Pratt into a favored spot in Met history. I am very glad he is healthy and doing well.
    Hats off to Todd Pratt.

  9. xpensivewinos - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Did they both use smokeless tobacco?

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  11. coryfor3 - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    If I spent any time playing at the Vet, I am pretty nervous these days.

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