Trey Mancini beating colon cancer last year was an incredible accomplishment. As was his return to Major League Baseball, and his .256/.331/.791 slash line with 16 home runs in the first half of the 2021 season.
So as Mancini showed out in the 2021 Home Run Derby and advanced to the final round of the event, one can guess what word would be used to describe what took place. It was incredible.
Of course, social media exploded in applause for the Orioles star, with everyone from Russell Wilson to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan showing their love and support for Mancini.
Mancini blasted 24 home runs in the first round to edge out Matt Olsen, as the Athletics slugger finished with 23. Mancini then advanced to the finals by beating the hometown hitter in Trevor Story with a score of 13-12.
Even after two rounds, Mancini showed no signs of slowing down when he launched 22 homers in the final round. It was an incredible final act for his performance. However, Pete Alonso once again took home the trophy as he proved to be the hottest hitter on Monday night.
Though Alonso may have taken home the trophy, the night belonged to Mancini. Just a year removed from battling cancer, he defeated some of the best hitters in baseball and went toe-to-toe with a now-two-time champion.
In what has been a storybook year for Mancini, another chapter was just added in Colorado.