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Daniel Norris Believes in the “Power of Prayer”

Today, Detroit Tiger’s starting pitcher Daniel Norris revealed that he was diagnosed, is dealing with, and will have surgery for Thyroid Cancer. He did so on Instagram with this post;DanielNorrisVanMan

I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people. – I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers. – A few months ago, after I was optioned to AAA, I found out I had a growth on my thyroid. Flying back & forth from Toronto to Buffalo after pitching to have more and more tests done it was finally concluded that the growth is considered malignant.. Meaning it contained the C word.. cancer. Hearing this was alarming, yea. Weird, yea, that too. I was given the option to shut my year down & get it removed immediately. However, seeing another doctor that determined I could wait until the end of the season reassured my gut feeling. Just Keep Playing. Baseball kept me sane. Regardless of results on the field, I forgot about it when I was between the lines. Afterall, I was just trying to get the heck out of AAA. & I did. I was revived with an opportunity, a blessing from God, with the Tigers back in the Big Leagues. So yea, the power of prayer.. It got me through this season. Now that it’s over it’s time to get this thing out, so please keep me in your thoughts & prayers as I undergo surgery & come out 100% cancer free! As always,,, #justkeeplivin

First, Daniel Norris is 22 years old, and was diagnosed with cancer. That in itself almost takes your breath away. But then to realize that he was given the option to shut himself down and have the surgery, or keep playing baseball, and know he chose baseball actually made me hold my breathe for a minute. He chose baseball.

MLB-DET-DanielNorrisCatch.vresize.1200.675.high.28Second, according to Tony Paul of the Detroit News, the actual diagnosis came to light before the trade from the Blue Jays to the Tigers. And the Tigers made the trade anyway. Tigers GM Al Avila told reporters: “We were very happy with how [Norris] pitched for us and expect for him to recover and compete for spot in the rotation.” 

The Tigers actually expect him back for spring training this coming season. For those of you who may not recall, Norris was the key piece in return for the Tigers in the trade that sent David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays at this years trade deadline. Norris finished the season with a 3-2 record and a 3.75 ERA in 13 starts for the Jays and Tigers, included in that was an almost combined no-hitter while pitching for Detroit.

Thirdly, as Mike Oz of Big League Stew pointed out in his article, which I did not know. Daniel Norris will not be the only MLB pitcher who, if he is successful, will have beaten cancer to pitch again in the majors.  Jon Lester, during his rookie season with the Boston Red Sox, was diagnosed with lymphoma. He underwent chemotherapy treatments in the off-season and returned to the Red Sox the next season. I think he has had a rather successful career.NorrisInPrayer

For me personally, I love sports, especially baseball and I also believe in the power of prayer. And because of learning about this story, and the man that Daniel Norris is, he is now a man in sports that I would love to meet. I hope someday I have that privilege. As his Twitter account says, I live to find 3 things. 1. Eternal life. 2. The strike zone. & 3. Good waves – 2 Peter 3:18 – Just Keep Livin’.

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