Petrick shows perseverance in battle vs. Parkinson's
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jan 24, 2013
Ben Petrick is talking about a career highlight. Petrick got only 95 big league at-bats in 2002 and hit .211. Petrick has undergone extensive treatment as the disease has progressed. But that fall, he experienced the first symptoms of what would later be diagnosed as Parkinson's, and he kept his illness a secret from most others in baseball for most of the next five years before deciding to retire. It's pretty common for even a blue-chipper to never quite figure it out at the Major League level and head back home in search of a civilian job after a few torturous go-arounds in the world's best baseball league.