Charlotte North Carolina Pitcher Beats Cancer Returns To Baseball
The reason I love sports is best personified by the story of Liam Hendriks this weekend. Hendriks is a former all-star pitcher with the Chicago White Sox. In January, he was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He entered treatment immediately and had his final round of chemotherapy on April 5. Hendricks posted he was cancer-free on April 20. Friday, Liam Hendriks returned to the pitcher’s mound for the Charlotte Knights.
Honestly, I’m not as impressed by Hendriks overcoming batters in a baseball game. By the way, he retired all three that he faced (striking out one). No, I’m impressed by Hendricks doing this after striking out the disease that is the scourge of society. How inspiring is this guy?! Hendriks has gone from chemo back to pro baseball in a month? Wow.
As you might imagine, when Hendriks entered Friday’s game, both teams gave him a standing ovation. His reaction, according to WCNC was interesting. Liam, although appreciative, feared the gesture but worried it would throw him off the task at hand. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s really, really nice and I very much appreciated it. It made me very emotional. But I’m a guy who pitches on anger and it’s really hard to get angry when you know the other team is full of nice people who would do something like that.” Want some news that doesn’t matter? The Charlotte Knights lost Friday night’s game 2-0.
In baseball parlance, Hendriks is on a “rehab assignment” here in Charlotte. The Knights are a minor league affiliate of The Chicago White Sox. If all goes well, Liam Hendriks will be back saving games as a relief pitcher in the major leagues soon. However, while he’s here, take the family out to see the Knights and give Henriks the admiration and support he’s earned.
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