Colorado Rockies: The 5 most memorable moments from 2017
By Kevin Henry
One of the most emotional moments of the 2017 season came on August 14 when Chad Bettis returned to the mound after battling testicular cancer. His step onto the turf at Coors Field was met with loud cheers and plenty of signs as Rockies fans knew exactly what Bettis had gone through to make his return.
After being diagnosed with cancer in the offseason, it was believed that Bettis was on his way to recovery before another diagnosis was revealed during spring training. After just one spring training start, Bettis was focused on chemotherapy and recovery.
Bettis, however, was still very much a part of the team. He even joined his teammates in Arizona during a series with the Diamondbacks. When he first returned to Coors Field to proclaim he was working on his comeback, he put forth an aggressive timeline for his return. With hard work and the support of the entire Rockies organization, Bettis returned to the mound on August 14 against the Atlanta Braves.
And not only did Bettis return, but he also returned with a vengeance. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Braves to help Colorado to a 3-0 win.
The 28-year-old Bettis would go 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA in nine starts, with his debut against Atlanta being his best and most memorable start of the season … not only for him but for Rockies fans throughout the world.
Want to remember how amazing how the night was? Check out this video…