Boston, MA: It has been a storybook career for superstar pitcher Curtis Montague Shilling. From an National League Championship Series MVP award to a split World Series MVP award, and a bunch of novelty awards in between, Curt Shilling has been staring down batters and teammates for almost 20 years. Unfortunately, all that time has brought the realization that this pitcher may suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects memory and a person’s state of awareness in normal life. Shilling had brief moments earlier on in his career that pointed to this dreadful disease. It seems he may have been lucky enough to subdue that dementia when he married his wife Shonda, instead of marrying the Liberty Bell when he was with the Philadelphia Phillies.
For one, he was unaware that Randy Johnson was also a starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the World Series in 2001. After hours of argument from Shilling that he single-handedly won the World Series, being the only starting pitcher on staff, the Major League Baseball Association granted the MVP status to both Johnson and Shilling, mostly just to shut Curt up.
There had also been some conflict on what Shilling’s role was in the federal hearings on steroids. When asked what he meant to express to the board, Shilling responded, “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world,” leaving all present dumbstruck as they were trying to recover from Mark McGwire’s tearful non-comments on his possible use of steroids while chasing the single season home run record with Sammy Sosa.
All of this could be considered nothing more than an attitude of self interest and jealousy, and not Alzheimer’s. This was quickly negated in the 2007 season. With the Boston Red Sox starting rotation of stars such as Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, one of which is a potential CY Award winner this year, pitted against Curt Shilling’s mediocre 9-8 record, Shilling said, “I am the ace of whatever team I am on.” Considering his team, this reflects on Curt’s dementia that makes him unable to realize there are other pitchers on the team, and more than 24 games are played in a baseball season.
It is unknown where Curt Shilling will end up in the future. We can only hope that whatever team he plays for next will be able to grant him the bubble of Curt Shilling memorabilia to keep his sanity in check.