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Rockies pitcher makes ultimate comeback

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Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis returned to the mound Aug. 14 after a battle with cancer.

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis returned to the mound Aug. 14 after a battle with cancer.

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Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis returned to the mound Aug. 14 after a battle with cancer.

Tommy Lumsden

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Let’s talk about an all time, feel good, cancer winning story. That is the story of Chad Bettis, a Rockies starting pitcher who was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery in November. Soon, he learned the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, and for months, he went through chemo therapy.

Bettis won the battle with cancer and returned to the field Monday for the first time in well over a season. But it’s not about how long he was out, it was about what he went through during that time off.

After such a long long time off, Bettis said his emotions were very high, thinking about it all, to the point where he was holding back tears.

Bettis walked onto the field with over 33,000 people standing and cheering for him, showing their respect and appreciation for what Bettis had gone through.

That emotion sure didn’t seem to show on the field Monday night. Not that the score or the outcome was about what happened, but Bettis dominated, to say the least. Bettis went seven scoreless innings to win the game. The Rockies won 3-0 at home.

The feel good story is the 28 year old is back to being fully healthy, and he can return to what he loves to do: play baseball.

For me, it’s hard to imagine to go through something of that magnitude and do that well. I missed a season of golf due to a shoulder injury, and I was a mess my first match back. I couldn’t do anything right.

Bettis showed none of those fears, which is truly amazing, and he won the battle against cancer, which is way more important than the game at the end of the day. It truly amazes me what he did and I hope he continues to stay healthy and have success.

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Tommy Lumsden, Sports Editor

Senior Tommy Lumsden is a columnist and sports editor for The Correspondent and has served on staff since 2015.

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