Kirk Gibson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease
Kirk Gibson, former General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has just announced that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He had been noticeably absent from the Detroit Tiger’s broadcast booth after being announced as one of the color commentators for the 2015 year. After appearing on the Opening Day broadcast, Gibson had not been seen in the booth since.
Gibson is probably best known for his performance during the 1984 Championship with the Detroit Tigers and the 1988 Championship with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For those unfamiliar, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand… the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.” (Mayoclinic.org)
While this disease has no cure, it can be managed with medication and the help of a doctor.
Gibson released a statement today that sticks true to his no-nonsense nature.
“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles. While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”
I truly believe Gibson’s words, he has always been a fighter, and I don’t think he will ever let a diagnosis hold him back. I look forward to seeing his return to baseball as soon as possible.
The thoughts and prayers from everyone at BaseballHotCorner are with Gibby and his entire family during this time. Get well soon.