Trey Mancini was given a standing ovation when presented at Camden Yards on Thursday and again before his first home at-bat following treatment for colon cancer.
The 29-year-old was diagnosed during spring training a year ago and missed the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season.
The visiting Boston Red Sox players applauded during the ovation, and Mancini tipped his batting helmet in appreciation. He grounded into a forceout, beating the relay throw to keep away from a double play.
“It was amazing. I think it’s well-documented at this point what I went through and what it took to get back to playing,” Mancini said. “It meant the world to me. Even though it was like 25% capacity, it felt like a full stadium out there, and I had goosebumps thinking about it.”
Mancini said he teared up when he heard the initial ovation.
“That’s probably what will stay with me the most,” he said.