Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jim Corsi revealed has Stage IV liver cancer and colon cancer. The 60-year-old revealed his diagnosis in an emotional interview with WBZ-TV's Steve Burton.
Corsi talked to Burton in November and his condition has since deteriorated, according to The Boston Globe's Chad Finn. The Newton, Mass. native urges the public to keep up with with their routine health checks.
“I made a mistake when I was younger by not getting a colonoscopy," Corsi said. "I should have done it. If you’re out there, don’t wait. Don’t be stupid. I was a professional athlete and thought I was invincible, strong. You’re not. Cancer is not prejudiced to anybody.
“That’s my message: Don’t wait. You don’t want to end up like this. If you get it soon enough, you’ll be alright.”
Corsi played 10 MLB seasons and donned a Red Sox uniform from 1997-99. Dennis Eckersley, his good friend and former Oakland A's teammate, called to show his support.
“Everybody’s here for you. It’s all I’ve been thinking about, is you,” Eckersley told Corsi. “You have the most wonderful family in the world. You’ve been gifted with that family. We’re all here for you. And we love you. We love you.”