McGraw released from hospital

Tug McGraw, one of the most popular characters in Phillies history, was released from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa on Friday to continue his recovery from brain surgery. Earlier in the week, Dr. Steven Brem removed a tumor from McGraw's brain, a little less than a week after the former Phillies and Mets reliever had entered the hospital.

At the request of the family, doctors have not released much information on McGraw's condition, except to say that he is "neurologically intact. He's looking good and he's in great spirits." Some published reports have identified the tumor as being malignant, but there has been no official release from either doctors or McGraw about whether or not tests revealed the tumor to be cancerous.

It is thought that McGraw will remain in the Tampa area to undergo further treatments, which could include radiation and possibly chemotherapy to prevent the tumor from coming back. McGraw's schedule has been put on hold for now, but it is still possible that he will make an appearance at the Phillies home opener April 4th. At that game, McGraw was supposed to catch a ball dropped from a helicopter by former Phillies president Bill Giles, but it is unlikely that stunt will still take place.

McGraw's daughter, Cari Velardo, issued a statement thanking fans for their outpouring of support and thanking the media for respecting McGraw's privacy during the ordeal.

McGraw will be forever etched in fans minds for getting the final out of the 1980 World Series, bringing the Phillies their only world championship. He is also famous to Mets fans for coining the phrase "Ya gotta believe" during the Mets 1973 run to the World Series.


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