Storybook Comeback: Rockies’ Chad Bettis Records 7 Scoreless Innings in Triumphant Return from Cancer Treatment (Video)

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If you like feel-good stories about athletes overcoming adversity with perseverance and determination, this one is for you.

At Coors Field in Denver on Monday night, Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis made his first start of the season after battling testicular cancer for the last nine months, and damn was it triumphant. The 28-year-old right hander pitched seven scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves, scattering six hits, striking out two, and walking none on an efficient 90 pitches.

Bettis shared a pretty special moment with Rockies manager Bud Black after coming out of the game:

Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer last November. After undergoing surgery he was initially pronounced cancer-free. However, a screening in March revealed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, at which point he underwent nine weeks of chemotherapy. During that treatment, Bettis kept to his conditioning program so he would be ready to roll as soon as he was done. In July, after being issued a clean bill of health, he made his first rehab assignment.

Prior to Monday’s start, the Rockies tweeted “Bettis 1, Cancer 0” and said that was the only score that mattered:

Just about every team in Major League Baseball responded with a virtual standing ovation:

Obviously, the Rockies were right. The most important thing is that Bettis beat cancer. But his incredible performance on Monday sure was some sweet icing on the cake.

Hat Tip – [theScore]

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