Curt Schilling's 19-year-old son Gehrig overcame a notorious eating disorder, anorexia, through baseball.
The Boston Globe's Taylor C. Snow reveals Gehrig Schilling almost had to rely on a feeding tube at one point:
"Gehrig Schilling has just surrendered six runs to Braintree's American Legion Post 86. The 6-5 loss last Sunday knocked his team out of the playoffs, and his career in a Medfield Legion Post 110 uniform was over.
"But after the game, the lanky pitcher's body language didn't show an ounce of dismay; he was all smiles, shaking hands, and hugging his teammates.
"'Obviously, the frustration is there at first when you have a bad outing and you're not on your game, especially in the playoffs,' said the 19-year-old righty, who graduated from Medfield High School in 2013, and spent the last year at Bridgton Academy in Maine.
"'But just sitting back in the dugout, it kind of sunk in that this was my last game as Medfield baseball player, so I just tried to enjoy it.'
"Then when he returned home, he could seek out advice from someone who knows a thing or two about both pitching and adversity: his father, former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling.
"'He told me, 'You don't always have your best stuff,' Gehrig recalled. 'He said initially it's really hard to get back into the game, but you gotta roll with the punches and deal with what's going on, what the reality of the game is, and just pick each other up as teammates.'
"Those words of wisdom apply not only to Gehrig's final Legion game; they could be the template for the life story of a young man whose family has endured obstacle after obstacle.
"Already, Gehrig has conquered an eating disorder, and has seen both of his parents battle through cancer. His father's videogame company collapsed.
"His younger brother, Grant, has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, and 17-year-old sister Gabby wears hearing aids after losing some of her hearing during 10th grade.
"The Schillings say they have been able to push through each obstacle because as a family -- as a group of teammates -- they're always there to pick each other up.
"When he was in middle school, Gehrig was diagnosed with anorexia. His mother had noticed a change in his eating pattern and took him to a doctor.
"They said,'Come back in a year, and if he's gained a pound or an inch, then we know he's going in the right direction,' Shonda Schilling said. 'We took him back, and he had gained half a pound and a half an inch.'
"Gehrig underwent counseling, and eventually realized the severity of the situation when doctors informed him that his eating disorder was not only stunting his growth, but threatening his life.
"'I was actually pretty close to being put on a feeding tube for a while,' said Gehrig, who recalled weighing just 78 pounds in the eighth grade.
"'I had to ease back in and eat a lot of protein in order to get my weight back up,' said Gehrig, who now weighs a healthy 175.
"His mother said that not only did he overcome the disorder, but found a way to benefit from it.
"'To this day, he's one of my best eaters because he doesn't eat when he's not hungry. He doesn't eat bad food. He learned a lot about foods and what they do to you in that process,' she said.
"'It's been really neat to see him be honest with people about what had happened, and talk to other people and be able to be a mentor.'"
On July 17, the older Schilling was unable to attend a hearing in Rhode Island in connection to allegations his defunct video game company "violated state lobbying laws" due to health concerns, per Boston.com's Adam Vaccaro:
"Former (Boston) Red Sox star Curt Schilling will not attend a hearing in Rhode Island today looking into allegations that his failed 38 Studios violated state lobbying laws.
"Lawyers for both Schilling and a business associate, who was also expected to appear at the hearing, have asked for a 30-day continuance, The Providence Journal reports, citing health issues Schilling is facing. Schilling announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with cancer, and later announced he is in remission. However, he is still dealing with the lingering effects of the treatment.
"Secretary of State Ralph Mollis's office is not expected to challenge the request, a spokesperson tells Boston.com."
The 47-year-old Schilling played in the majors from 1988-2007 for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. He amassed a career 216-146 (.597) win-loss record and a 3.46 ERA in 569 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
He has been an ESPN Baseball tonight studio analyst for four years. He joined the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball team in Dec. 2013, per ESPNMediaZone.com.