Nearly two years later, Curt Schilling finally opened up about a serious health scare.
The former pitching star suffered a heart attack in November 2011, he told the Boston Globe for a story that was published Sunday.
Schilling, then 44, was watching his wife, Shonda, run the New York Marathon when he began experiencing chest pains.
“I didn’t think it was anything serious,” he told the Globe.
He waited for his wife to finish the race, and then they flew home to Boston before he went immediately from the airport to a hospital.
“Ya, as stupid as that was,” Schilling wrote to the Globe in a text message. “My doctor made it clear that I was very, very, lucky.”
A stent was surgically inserted the next day, and Schilling told the newspaper he subsequently changed his lifestyle, though he didn’t provide details.
Schilling was a key pitcher on three World Series-winning teams, 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2004 and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox. Over 20 major league seasons, he went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA.
After his playing career ended, his Rhode Island video game business went bankrupt, but Schilling didn’t blame the heart attack on his business problems.
Schilling, now an ESPN baseball analyst, said he is healthy now.