Royals Pitcher Tim Hill beat colon cancer after eight months of chemotherapy, he should be one of the people sitting out of baseballs restart, but he has refused to let the pandemic break him. The man has the best cancer, what is coronavirus?
He was at Kauffman Stadium throwing pitches at teammates in preparation for the start of their 60- game season next weekend in Cleveland. Hill seemed fit as a fiddle at the moment, but is this reasonable? Is it safe for him to play after battling cancer?
Royals manager Mike Matheny believes that it is faith that helps Hill in everything he does, and that is very encouraging. “It’s hard to imagine a guy his age going through this, and I think it’s another testament of faith in himself and faith in the process to keep him in place and it also shows how much he loves this group and loves this team and wants to get out and compete.”
“When you hear stories like that, it brings the onus back on us that we’re as careful as we can for everyone’s sake.”
Tim hill will not let COVID-19 stop him from playing even after beating cancer
A year after Hill drafted out of Bacone College in Oklahoma, he started seeing symptoms, getting tired too quickly, and all of that, a routine blood test revealed a tumor. The biopsy came back positive for colon cancer.
The cancer started to spread sooner than expected, and he had started treatment immediately. The chemotherapy took eight months, shrinking him from 220 pounds to 150 pounds. He survived a disease that killed his father when Hill was just 17 years old.
He got back into sports with the help of his team and teammates. He had shot through Double-A in 2016 and conquered Triple-A the following year. He made his league debut in 2018 and was one of the few bright spots in Kansas City
He still has a chance of playing again this spring, but he decides to make. Hill might have beat colon cancer, but he also has Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition associated with a higher risk of colon cancer.
This week, he was asked if he wanted to play even though he is at a higher risk of getting infected, and his response was, “I stick by my decision. There have been some concerns with people testing positive, stuff like that, but I still feel like I made the right decision, and I’m not worried about it”.
Some royals have tested positive for the virus, pitcher Brad Keller, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn and catchers Cam Gallagher and Salvador Perez. All of these people were asymptomatic, meaning they exhibited no symptoms at all. This shows that other players must have already contracted the virus, but Hill believes that the team is doing all it can to protect them
“As far as the procedures of the Royals are taking, I think it’s made me a little more comfortable knowing they’re going to great lengths to protect us,” Hills said. “Some of it seems over the top when you first look at it, but when you start seeing people test positive, you see maybe it’s necessary, I think they’re doing as good a job as they can do.” He added.
The great job includes frequent handwashing, small workout groups, wearing masks, and the likes. He finds the whole process very interesting and eerie, like finding three or four guys in locker rooms, which is very unusual and different, but he understands they’re getting their work done, and that’s what is essential.
Is Hill making the right decision on wanting to play?
Hill deciding to play is his own decision, and it should be respected even though his health is a great concern for people around him. He is listening to his own body and feels he can play, so why not?
Testing positive for the coronavirus is not a death sentence, so we can have some faith in Hill just like he has in himself and expects the best from him.
The world must sit in patience for scientists to discover the cure for this virus that has changed everything we knew, and while we wait, we must adhere to the safety protocols put in place to curb the spread.