In so much needed good news, Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis made his return to the diamond last night. Bettis had stepped away from baseball after learning that he had testicular cancer in the offseason. He was out for the beginning of the season while still undergoing treatment. In his return, Bettis pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just six hits.
It was an emotional return for Bettis who admitted that he fought back tears. He told reporters, “So many emotions. I was trying to get them under control. It was taking much longer than what was expected.” He shared his gratitude on his Instagram page.
MLB teams and players welcomed Bettis back, showing that baseball is just one big family at the end of the day.
THE ONLY SCORE THAT MATTERS TONIGHT
Chad Bettis: ☝️
Cancer: 0 pic.twitter.com/Y4wV3JDAi9
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 15, 2017
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 15, 2017
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 15, 2017
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 15, 2017
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 15, 2017
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 15, 2017
Pumped for @cbettis35. Idk him personally but cool to see him back on the hill tonight. Good luck
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) August 14, 2017
— Jason Motte (@JMotte30) August 14, 2017
Ready to watch @cbettis35 return to a big league mound, right back where you belong brother! Never a doubt you would be back this year!
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) August 15, 2017
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 15, 2017