Bettis tosses 7 shutout innings in return from cancer treatment

Cancer affects approximately 454.8 people per 100,000 in the United States every year according to the National Cancer Institute and approximately 171.2 of those people will succumb to the deadly disease. Of these cases, approximately 9,000 new cases will be men with testicular cancer. One of these cases was Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis who, after not pitching since September 30th while he underwent treatment, made his triumphant return to the mound last night.

Bettis may not have gotten the statistical “win” last night, but he pitched well enough to do so on most nights as he gave up a paltry six hits and got both Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis to strike out once each over his seven innings of shut out work against the Atlanta Braves. The fact that he was pitching at notoriously batter friendly Coors Field only adds to the impressive nature.

That the Rockies went on to win the game by a score of 3-0 was the cherry on top. Even in the thick of a pennant race and in their search of the franchise’s first playoff bid since the 2009 season, the Rockies and the Braves, who were bewitched by Bettis’ pitching, acknowledged that baseball is just a game. Beating cancer is bigger than any mid-August tilt in the dog days of summer could ever be, and even though Bettis is not the first pitcher to come back and debut midseason after cancer treatment, any time a person can beat back cancer is a small victory for those who have fought, and are fighting, the disease’s many forms. If one needs any evidence as to how special last night’s game was for Major League Baseball one would only need to look at the outpouring of support from both Bettis’ friends in MLB and rival players who echoed the good feelings. Welcome

Welcome back, Mr. Bettis.

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