Posted: July 14, 2021 in: Pain-2-Power, Person of the Week

PAIN-2-POWER PERSON OF THE WEEK: BALTIMORE ORIOLES’ TREY MANCINI

Trey Mancini knows what it is to come back from adversity.  We could learn something from him.  See, in March, 2020, Mancini was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.  More people die from stage 3 colon cancer than survive it.  Mancini needed surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment to save his life.  He left the game of baseball for 565 days, then stepped back into the batter’s box for his first at-bat of the 2021 season to a standing ovation from the Orioles’ fans.

Mancini is batting a respectable .256 this season and has played in the vast, vast majority of Orioles’ games.  That’s a remarkable enough feat for someone who had to take a-year-and-a-half away from playing professional baseball.  No, not “remarkable enough.” It’s stunning.

But Mancini had something more in store, not only for the fans in Baltimore who already loved him, but for the rest of us who may not have known about him and now can only marvel at his grit, determination and faith.  Trey Mancini just hit 35 home runs in the first round of this year’s Home Run Derby, setting an all-time record.  35.  Let me say that one more time:  Trey Mancini hit 35 home runs in one night after coming back from stage 3 colon cancer that could have killed him.

The fact that Mancini did this while wearing a Baltimore Orioles’ uniform cannot be overstated.  Baltimore is a city that knows all about comebacks.  I know that because I watched the city’s resurgence under the leadership of the late Mayor William Donald Schaefer while I was a medical student at Johns Hopkins from 1983 to 1987.  Just one of the many facts about Schaefer is that, when the city really felt down on itself, he had Charles Street, one of the main retail/residential streets in the city, repaved with tar mixed with crystalline material that glistened in the sun.  One more fact:  Schaefer effectively stole the National Aquarium from Washington, DC. and planted it at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  He was no political slouch.  And he loved the city with every fiber of his being.

I watched William Donald Schaefer cry on television when the Baltimore Colts left Baltimore in the middle of the night.  And I heard him vow to bring a football franchise—which turned out to be the Ravens—back to the city.  I never forgot the determination in his voice, despite those tears.

Now, Trey Mancini, the survivor, the slugger, the hero will be forever part of Baltimore lore.  And more than that, he will be an inspiration to millions of people battling cancer and looking to hit it out of the park.  And that’s why Trey Mancini is also the Pain-2-Power Person of the Week.

Dr. Keith Ablow

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