This is one of those stories that show how great sports truly are and how the impact of the game goes far beyond the playing field. Chad Bettis, was a 27 year old starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It was November, the baseball season had just wrapped up, and he was expecting his first child any day. That's when Bettis got the awful news that would forever change his life. It didn't phase him however, he stayed positive, and knew he was going to kick cancers ass. An approach that could only be pulled off by the bravest and strongest of people, luckily Chad Bettis is apart of that pack. I always hear the expression God gives the toughest battles to his strongest soldiers and this once again proves that to be true as Bettis was able to kick cancers ass to the curb just a month later.
Unfortunately, that was not end of his battle with the terrible disease that has effected everyone on this planet one way or another. Months later, just as spring training had started up, Chad Bettis was hit with the news that the cancer had spread to his lymphnodes and would require chemotherapy treatments to rid his body of this menace. Once again, Chad Bettis was facing the toughest battle of his life, yet it seemed to never phase him. All accounts I've read by the people surrounding him during this tough time have said Chad never let the cancer get him down. He was always the bright shining star on the overcast night. An essential attitude for facing something as difficult as this, and it paid off big time in his recovery process. Chad Bettis was able to kick cancers ass not once, but he did it twice, and it all happened within a year's time. What a warrior.
As if that wasn't enough, just three months after his final chemotherapy session he returned to a big league mound. Now, for those of you that can't comprehend how amazing this actually is I'll break it down for you as simply as I possibly can. This guy relys on his physical condition to do what he does on a big league mound. As a professional athlete your body is your craft, so post chemotherapy treatments Chad Bettis' body was probably about as far from peak shape as possible. That means he grinded for 3 months straight to get back to where he needed to be to pitch in a MLB game. The fact it only took him 3 months to get there is an absolute anomaly. I've seen players take way longer than 3 months to come back from simple injuries. This man came back from cancer, not once, but twice in just three months. Absolute absurdity, Chad Bettis is made of the strongest material known to man.
The fact he was able to beat cancer once was impressive, the fact he beat it twice was awe inspiring, the fact he was able to step on a big league mound just three months after to start a game was absolute absurdity, but the fact he did all that and then pitched a gem of a game is just fairy tale. Chad Bettis threw 7 scoreless innings for the Rockies in an inspiring performance that left everyone in attendance baffled by what they just witnessed. It was a living breathing miracle right before there eyes. It's a night Chad Bettis, players from both the Rockies and the Braves, everyone in attendance, and everyone watching at home will never forget. Thank you Chad, that was some much needed inspiration for everyone, and I know I'll certainly be rooting for him the rest of his career.