The firsts are out of the way.
The first Orioles exhibition game. The first standing ovation for Trey Mancini in his first at-bat since March 2, 2020. His first hit immediately after the emotional scene.
The first defensive lapses. The first reminder in 2021 that Yusniel Diaz, who hit a two run homer off former Oriole Carson Fulmer in the sixth, is poised to make his debut later in the summer.
The first loss and overreactions from fans.
Mancini lined a single into center field and struck out swinging in his two plate appearances before Ryan Ripken replaced him at first base. Two runs scored on his throwing error in the top of the first inning.
The Orioles lost to the Pirates 6-4 in a sloppy affair, at Ed Smith Stadium, but the result was secondary.
Both dugouts broke out in applause as Mancini stepped out of the batter’s box and removed his helmet in appreciation. Plate umpire Will Little and the Pirates battery allowed the moment to play out.
“All day just kind of been running through the last year and everything that me and Sara (Perlman) and my family have been through,” said Mancini, who had his girlfriend, parents, aunt, uncle and cousins in the stands. “It’s almost a year to the day since I was last in a game, so definitely was a moment where I felt like it kind of came full circle a little…