It was not just any single in any spring training. This one meant a lot more.
In his first at-bat since a spring game last March 2, Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini singled on a liner to center in the last of the first today. It sent Cedric Mullins, who had singled and moved to second on a wild pitch, to third base. It was preceded by a long standing ovation for Mancini and produced a very special moment during the first spring training game as the Orioles played the Pirates.
A limited number of fans were allowed in at Ed Smith Stadium, but those there cheered long and loud for Mancini. There was cheering on the field as well.
“It was amazing,” Mancini told reporters during an in-game Zoom. “I almost teared up a little bit, I’m not going to lie, when I was up there. You know everybody gave me a standing ovation and I saw the guys on the field clapping and the Pirates in their dugout, our team and all our fans. It meant the world to me. A really, really cool moment and one of the favorite moments in my baseball career. I think it was a huge day for me personally getting back in a game. Just another milestone I can check off here.
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