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Curt Schilling’s cancer is in remission

Jun 26, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

Good news for Curt Schilling and his family: he tweeted this yesterday:

The former Astros/Orioles/Phillies/Diamondbacks/Red Sox pitcher revealed in February that he has cancer, though he’s never said which kind he has. Whatever kind it is, any kind that is in remission is better than a kind that is not.

Schilling won 216 games, was a three-time Cy Young runner up and won three world championships before retiring at the age of 40 in 2007. He’s recently done studio work for ESPN on Baseball Tonight, and he had been slated to join the network’s broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball this season before his illness struck. Here’s hoping he’s well enough to be back to work soon.

  1. number42is1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Sorry Craig,

    While i do not necessarily wish death on him I most certainly am not happy at this. This is a man that literally ruined the lives of so many families that there is no place in my entire body that can feel happy for him. He is a lowlife, and while i understand that he didn’t actually murder anyone, what he did was close enough.

    • ltzep75 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      He had a failed business venture. It’s not like he was stealing everyone’s presents from their homes on Christmas Eve (or whichever other holidays my grinch who stole christmas analogy would apply).

      So to clarify – you don’t wish death upon anyone, but are upset that someone continues living. Isn’t that passively wishing them death?

      • cur68 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        I’m no going out there wishing him or anyone dead, but I can see why someone might not care have Curt Schilling still walking the Earth. At any rate, its a bit more involved than you seem to think. Having read this and other articles about Schilling and the whole situation its evident that Curt screwed over a lot of his employees, some of them at a terrible time in their lives at worst, and others by promising to sell their homes so they would relocate to work for him while never actually doing so.

        http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/07/38-studios-end-game/

        All in all, a lousy, arrogant person had cancer. He’s in remission. Well, ok. He’s still a lousy arrogant person.

      • number42is1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        a failed business venture is one thing. but what he did to those families is despicable.

      • psousa1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        That was quite a story in Boston Magazine. I live in RI and I still don’t know what to think. How could a person who has 50 mil not just sit on his ass the rest of his life, work his cushy ESPN job and live a charmed life. I’ll never understand that.

        But also living in Rhode Island I understand, hypothetically speaking, if Microsoft or Facebook ever moved here the state would try to bleed them dry and run them into the ground until there was nothing left.

        This state didn’t finish 50th in CNBC’s state business climate for nothin’.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      He didn’t run some Ponzi scheme to intentionally screw other people over. I think you’re being very unfair to Schilling.

    • chc4 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Shut up dude. You are an idiot.

    • indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      I know he did some bad things but I’m glad he’s in remission. Having seen its effects up close too many times, I wouldn’t wish cancer on my worst enemy. It’s a particularly cruel illness.

      Also, anyone who beats cancer adds to the collective knowledge of health professionals, and that in turn may help others beat cancer. Think of it that way.

    • townie1266 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Ruined peoples lives???? How u knucklehead??? He wasn’t going to 80 year old widows hitting them up for their retirement!!!! He beat the state out of some tax dolla’s , which meant no one got hurt but the government!!! The people of Rhodey weren’t gonna see it anyway!!!

      • number42is1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        you should really learn the facts before you spew your ignorance. he didn’t just “beat the state out of some tax dolla’s” he DESTROYED families.

  2. thetxhammer - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I have to partially second that. I’ll never wish death on anyone and I’m glad he’s recovering, but he needs to use this “second chance” to right the wrongs against all the families and lives that were ruined as a result of his business.

    • ltzep75 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I work for a business. It is a small entity. If it goes belly-up tomorrow, I won’t expect a thing from the partnership who runs it.

      As an employee, that is a risk that everyone takes. Obviously everyone works toward the same ends, but still it is a risk. If I remember correctly, Schilling was mostly cleaned out by the business failing also (and subsequent liquidation/litigation).

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        He stole public money.

      • ltzep75 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Funds were granted to him by the state of RI. He put them toward a business venture. It failed. Are we going to string up the CEO of Solyndra now too?

        Businesses fail. That doesn’t make the poor decisions by the leaders of those businesses somehow criminal (with the obvious exception of John Corzine).

      • chc4 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Lots of companies that go under stole taxpayer money. Hell the current administration has wasted boatloads of it. Do they all deserve to rot too?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        75. Your common sense approach is lost on 95% of the people. But I do welcome it.

  3. cur68 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I’m going to join in here and say screw Schilling. Him and the horse he rode in on. Yeah, good he’s in remission. But cancer and all its horribleness doesn’t change anything about him as pretty crappy person. If he makes some amends to the people he’s harmed, well I might take his side and say “Glad you’re feeling better, Curt”. Until then? Whatever.

    • chc4 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      You must despise a lot of people in this world if you feel that way about Schilling.

      • cur68 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Despise is a strong word. Over top in this case. I could give a crap about Curt Schilling, though. And, given how he handled his company, dealt with his responsibilities as its CEO, and misused tax payer money, he deserves every bit of the disregard he has coming his way.

        He was an arrogant ass as a professional ballplayer and he remained an arrogant ass as a businessman. He got cancer. He’s STILL an arrogant ass and I haven’t seen anything he’s done that changes that about him. Cancer is not some sponge that washes you clean and absolves you of harming a lot of people.

      • ptfu - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        So basically, Curt Schilling is Lance Armstrong in reverse. Jerk–Cancer vs Cancer–Jerk

  4. stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Wow. A hugh amount of disdain for someone who seems (to me)…to have done nothing but been a horrible businessman.

    • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      I’d step it up and say dishonest, deceitful and hypocritical. But still, I don’t wish him cancer or death.

    • Reflex - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      You either have not read any of the numerous breakdowns on the actions of 38 Studios, or you are being willfully disingenuous, I do not know which. If you truly believe what you said, go read some of the excellent post mortems on 38 Studios. If you do not believe it, you yourself are a reprehensible human being for perpetuating a falsehood.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Wow. “Reprehensible human being.”
        Hello…Mr. Overboad. But yeah…I will read it. Meanwhile, take some medicine Reflex.
        You appear to be a little on edge.

      • Reflex - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        If you perpetuate a lie intentionally then yes, you are reprehensible. Based on your response though I presume you just have not read very deep on this topic. I was on your side of things given how frequently game developers fold, but after reading a few of the breakdowns, and confirming some of the details with friends of mine in the industry, yeah Schilling is a scumbag as was most of his management team.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        I hear you Reflex. Please know I am going to do some research. I told you I would! I will make sure to do so.

  5. Uncle Charlie - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Bet he doesn’t pay his medical bills.

  6. thetxhammer - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I never said I didn’t want him living, I said he has a second chance to right the wrongs he did to the families – directly or indirectly, he knew.

    The ones arguing this and saying “it’s a failed business, it happens, are we going to hang every failed business owner?” or “I wouldn’t be bitter if my company went belly up”, well clearly you didn’t read or research the stories released about the families that were promised things and gave up a lot based on his and his companies word only to be left in the cold.

    Go look and research.

    • ltzep75 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      I did research. I also saw in that research that Schilling himself lost nearly $50million. 50. Fifty. Million. Dollars.

      Not only that, I also saw that bonus and T&E budgets were inflated when compared to similar business ventures. Gold-plated benefits (which eventually ran out). He appointed an uncle with significant (non-video game) business experience as COO. All of these are bad business moves. None of them are malicious. That’s the point. Absence of malice.

      Sins of omission/negligence? Yes. Sins of malice? Not at all.

      Put your pitchforks away. Cancer is a terrible affliction. It should not be wished upon anyone, nor cheered for, nor passively looked at. No one should have to see someone die of the terrible illness of cancer. It’s easy to sit back and say, oh he ruined families. Lest we forget, he ruined his own.

      • number42is1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        just in case you conveniently skipped over his comment below

        From Reflex:

        “1) His company made commitments to employees in order to get them to relocate. Among them were the following –
        – 38 Studios will purchase their existing mortgages and take responsibility for reselling their homes so they can take out new mortgages in RI safely
        – 38 Studios will pay moving expenses
        – The employees will be paid on a regular salary schedule (monthly)

        They failed to perform any of these, resulting in employees not only being unemployed, but also unpaid for their final couple of months of service, handed a large relocation bill from movers who had not been paid, and then to really screw their future over, finding out that 38 Studios never acquired their mortgages leaving them at best with one mortgage outstanding that was near bankruptcy from non-payment (and the credit destruction that results in) and at worst on the hook for two mortgages if they were unfortunate enough to have purchased a home in RI while expecting 38 Studios to pay off their mortgages. This is unmitigated evil, and there is definitive evidence that this was intentional on the part of 38 Studios management.

        2) The game they were producing was hopelessly behind schedule and nowhere near production. Its value is zero.

        3) The one game they produced was not developed by 38 Studios but acquired when they purchased another proven developer, and quickly repackaged by 38 Studios and sold. 38 Studios never actually produced even a single game.

        4) Their budget was such that they would have had to have had a hit on the size of World of Warcraft in order to ever have a hope of even breaking even on their MMO. That was not going to occur.

        This was not simply a failed small business. This was a mismanaged, ethically compromised debacle of epic proportions that shattered dozens of lives and left employees and the state completely screwed. Furthermore, management knew this was occurring and continued to make promises they knew to be false and F up ever more lives in the process.

        I do not wish death on Curt Schilling. And he was a hell of a ballplayer. But he belongs in the same bucket of ex ballplayers like Otis Nixon and Lenny Dykstra, although in Schilling’s case the scale and wrecked lives is far large”

      • ltzep75 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Can’t “conveniently skip over” a comment which was posted five hours after mine…

  7. playball - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Congratulations to the Schilling family on their recovery. Wishing all of them nothing but the absolute best.

  8. barrywhererufrom - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Great news!!! God Bless!

  9. joecool16280 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Internet comment boards might just be the lowest form of communication.

    shoot, wait a second…

  10. townie1266 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Evidently most of the comments are from idiots that don’t realize how small buisness loans work. Don’t blame Schilling, who was in charge of lending the money??? He did what he needed to and was given the loan and they preceded to get one video game produced and were almost finished with a second that would have put the company in the red but some a-hole made a stink and the game was never finished, no product, no purchasers!!!

    • Reflex - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      1) His company made commitments to employees in order to get them to relocate. Among them were the following –
      – 38 Studios will purchase their existing mortgages and take responsibility for reselling their homes so they can take out new mortgages in RI safely
      – 38 Studios will pay moving expenses
      – The employees will be paid on a regular salary schedule (monthly)

      They failed to perform any of these, resulting in employees not only being unemployed, but also unpaid for their final couple of months of service, handed a large relocation bill from movers who had not been paid, and then to really screw their future over, finding out that 38 Studios never acquired their mortgages leaving them at best with one mortgage outstanding that was near bankruptcy from non-payment (and the credit destruction that results in) and at worst on the hook for two mortgages if they were unfortunate enough to have purchased a home in RI while expecting 38 Studios to pay off their mortgages. This is unmitigated evil, and there is definitive evidence that this was intentional on the part of 38 Studios management.

      2) The game they were producing was hopelessly behind schedule and nowhere near production. Its value is zero.

      3) The one game they produced was not developed by 38 Studios but acquired when they purchased another proven developer, and quickly repackaged by 38 Studios and sold. 38 Studios never actually produced even a single game.

      4) Their budget was such that they would have had to have had a hit on the size of World of Warcraft in order to ever have a hope of even breaking even on their MMO. That was not going to occur.

      This was not simply a failed small business. This was a mismanaged, ethically compromised debacle of epic proportions that shattered dozens of lives and left employees and the state completely screwed. Furthermore, management knew this was occurring and continued to make promises they knew to be false and F up ever more lives in the process.

      I do not wish death on Curt Schilling. And he was a hell of a ballplayer. But he belongs in the same bucket of ex ballplayers like Otis Nixon and Lenny Dykstra, although in Schilling’s case the scale and wrecked lives is far larger.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Just curious Reflex…
        How old are you and what do you do for a living?

      • Reflex - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        37 and a software engineer.

  11. disgracedfury - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Never saw Curt as a Hall of Famer and he is not a crook(maybe a bad business man who wasted tax payers money which might be worse than anything A-Rod did) but God Bless him and his family.

    He beat cancer like he beat my Yankees.

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