May 29 2014, 10:29pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Schilling, who was diagnosed with cancer several months ago, received a loud ovation from the Red Sox fans in attendance, per CBS Boston:
"It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 whole years since a group of self-proclaimed idiots forever changed Red Sox history.
"The 2004 team rose from the dead to beat the (New York) Yankees before sweeping the (St. Louis) Cardinals to secure the first Red Sox World Series championship in 86 years, and that team was honored at Fenway Park prior Wednesday night's game.
"The team promised that Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Gabe Kapler, Orlando Cabrera, Keith Foulke, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Trot Nixon and -- of course -- David Ortiz would be in attendance for the event.
"Members of the team sat on the top of the home dugout in a panel for season-ticket holders led by WBZ-TV's Dan Roche during the afternoon.
"Just before game time, Shonda Schilling, wife to former Red Sox pitcher Curt, tweeted out that they were headed to the park, Schilling received thunderous applause as he walked to the mound alongside his son. Schilling has been battling cancer for the last several months.
"As the '04 'idiots' lined up around Manny Ramirez to throw out the first pitch, Johnny Damon intercepted it before it reached Jason Varitek, diving into the glass.
"It's not the first celebration of the group that dubbed itself 'the greatest Red Sox team ever assembled' back in October 2004. In the miserable 2012 Bobby Valentine season, the Red Sox honored the eighth anniversary of the championship team in an effort to give fans something to be excited about.
"Last year during the World Series, the team welcomed Pedro, Lowe, Varitek, Mike Timlin and Nixon to the mound to throw the ceremonial first pitch."
Schilling, who was diagnosed with a form of cancer whose specific form he has not disclosed to the public, announced on Twitter he finished chemotherapy on April 8.
He wrote,"How ya hangjng? Chemo done, 5 radiations remain #Cancergroinkick ftw!"
"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer.
"Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we asked that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.
"My father left me with a saying that I've carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: 'Tough times last. Tough people do.' Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means.
"With my incredibly talented medical team, I'm ready to try and win another big game. I've been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I'll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on."
The 47-year-old suited up for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Red Sox in his 20-year MLB career, finishing with a 216-146 win-loss record and a 3.46 ERA.
Source: CBS Boston
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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