One of the coolest stories of the baseball season so far this year comes from out west. In an interview with Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego State University’s Chad Bible opened up about his battle with cancer.
On January 10th, Bible was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The JUCO transfer was preparing for his first season at SDSU when he got the news.
“There’s been a whirlwind of emotions,” he said. “It wasn’t so much that I had cancer. A lot of people get cancer down the road. It is what it is. You’ve just got to beat it. It was the fact that it was right before the season. I was ready to go. It’s my first Division I, college-ready season and I was pegged to start and be a factor in the lineup.
“It was just a thunderbolt to my world. My world pretty much ended that day for this season.”
It’s amazing to me that one of his first thoughts wasn’t about having cancer, but about a roadblock that he thought may inhibit his ability to be on the field the next couple months. A true ball player right here. Here’s what SDSU head coach Mark Martinez had to say about the moment Chad Bible broke the news to his teammates:
“I would say two-thirds of the group put their heads in their hands, like disbelief,” Martinez said. “Near me, five kids burst into tears. … He handled it as good as any young person who’s been thrown the ultimate thunderbolt. He handled it great and defused all the worry and stuff with the players.”
I can’t imagine being in the locker room for a meeting like that one. Chad Bible is adamant about giving it all he has to remain on the field during his treatment. He’ll receive chemotherapy every other week for the next 4 months. The college ball season is enough of a grind as it is, Bible is one tough cookie for planning to stick it out. From all the quotes in the interview, which I encourage you to read, he seems pretty sincere. His stage of cancer has a 90% survival rate for those diagnosed. All the best to Chad Bible and the San Diego State baseball team this season.