Tre Mancini reflects on his journey from cancer to the World Championships

The Houston Astros The first baseman and designated hitter celebrated alongside his fiancée, Sarah Perlman, as well as his sisters as confetti fell from the ceiling in Minute Maid Park. The jubilation wasn’t just due to Houston’s success on the field, as there was little doubt about Mancini’s baseball career less than three years ago.

Mancini announced in March 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. The 30-year-old then missed the entire 2020 season. He was declared cancer-free in November 2020, and five months later he returned on the opening day of the 2021 season. Mancini’s path back to the baseball diamond is fantastic considering where he was less than three years ago. He reflected on his journey as I bled Saturday night through Sunday morning in Houston.

“My fiancée, Sarah, has taken care of me throughout the entire ordeal,” said Mancini. “My sisters are here tonight, and Sarah’s family is here. My dad came to Houston for the first two games, and my mom was in Philly. It was so cool.”

Mancini didn’t expect to play in the Fall Classic at the start of the 2022 season. April marked the start of his sixth season in Baltimore, and despite the roster improving, the Orioles entered the year as an afterthought in the post-season picture. As the trade deadline approaches, Mancini’s days with his former franchise are numbered.

Houston acquired Mancini in August as platoon-mate to struggling first baseman Yuli Gouriel, and a new football field turned in some profits. Mancini averaged a meager 0.622 OPS in 51 regular season games with the Astros, but made eight home runs. Houston’s already deep lineup appears to be adding another weapon with Mancini entering the rankings.

The playoffs were a different story. Mancini fell to the board at the worst time, failing to score a hit in his first 18 after that at bat. Gurriel captured the starting spot when he hit 0.347 in the post-season, and Mancini was relegated to the bench for much of the Fall Classic.

The game offered 5 chance at redemption.

Gouriel was knocked out eighth with a knee injury, and Mancini was put into the match as a discus hitter. He made a big impact in the lower half of the half. Mancini hit Kyle Schwarber’s hardball to first base, stumbling his way into the bag to save his lead in Houston’s win. Mancini then scored his first career playoff two nights later in the Game 6 playoff game, etching his name forever into the post-season record books.

Mancini’s ability to turn the page was crucial as he entered the world championships in an emergency situation.

“In a chain of this magnitude you can’t think of what’s going on. You have to wash,” said Mancini [your mistakes]Go to the next day and get your squad ready.”

Mancini was one of the final players to leave Houston club after Game Six, his hair still wet from the mixture of champagne and an actual shower after the game. As he prepared to exit, Mancini chose to look forward after many moments of reflection. He could return to Houston in 2023 if he and the Astros agree to a $10 million mutual option, and he could be a full-time rookie if Gurriel retires or leaves at free agency. The Mancini Road Saturday celebration is worth celebrating. But he insists it is more than just a warm story.

Mancini is ready for production in 2023. The career that now includes a World Championship victory is far from over.

“[Cancer] It puts a lot into perspective, but at the same time, you’re still the same person. “I still have the same strength,” Mancini said. “I wouldn’t play if I didn’t think I was still the same guy.”