Sad news in the baseball world today. If you follow any MLB’ers on Instagram today, you probably saw a post where Tigers Daniel Norris admits he’s battling cancer. Turns out he’s been battling for a while now, and just took to Instagram to break the news today. Cancer sucks, but this post is beautiful for many reasons.
As the writers and readers on baseballfam.com know, baseball is more than a game to those have been involved their entire lives. It’s different from other sports in that often the game of baseball mirrors your entire life. Norris spells that out pretty clearly here. God bless Daniel Norris and his family, and the game of baseball that kept him sane throughout his journey.
Norris was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer, and is optimistic for a full recovery. He will undergo surgery this offseason.
I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people. – I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers. – A few months ago, after I was optioned to AAA, I found out I had a growth on my thyroid. Flying back & forth from Toronto to Buffalo after pitching to have more and more tests done it was finally concluded that the growth is considered malignant.. Meaning it contained the C word.. cancer. Hearing this was alarming, yea. Weird, yea, that too. I was given the option to shut my year down & get it removed immediately. However, seeing another doctor that determined I could wait until the end of the season reassured my gut feeling. Just Keep Playing. Baseball kept me sane. Regardless of results on the field, I forgot about it when I was between the lines. Afterall, I was just trying to get the heck out of AAA. & I did. I was revived with an opportunity, a blessing from God, with the Tigers back in the Big Leagues. So yea, the power of prayer.. It got me through this season. Now that it’s over it’s time to get this thing out, so please keep me in your thoughts & prayers as I undergo surgery & come out 100% cancer free! As always,,, #justkeeplivin