Baseball may have its feel-good story of the year just one day into spring training games.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini returned to the diamond on Sunday for the first time since being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer last spring.
The 29-year-old, who completed his cancer treatments in the fall, received a standing ovation from the limited amount of fans in attendance at the Orioles’ facility in Sarasota, Fla. for their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As if the ovation was not special enough, Mancini followed it with a base hit to center field to put a bow on the moment.
Mancini did not play at all during the 2020 season as he underwent surgery and chemotherapy until he was declared cancer-free.
He returned to the batting cages in November to start preparing for the 2021 season.
In 2019, Mancini hit a career-high 35 home runs and 97 RBI and finished with a .291/.364/.535 slash line and .899 OPS.