“I competed in the home run derby the day before, so I was on the flight back and saw that,” Mancini said. “I was overcome with a wave of emotion when I saw that. Cedric, obviously we’re really close and good friends and teammates, and for Vlad to do it as well, somebody that I’ve been playing against for a few years and had a very high respect for, I just thought it was an incredible gesture and it really meant a lot to me. It was a really cool thing to see.”
Astros manager Dusty Baker had surgery for prostate cancer in 2001.
“Mine wasn’t as serious as his,” Baker said. “I followed it from afar when he was in Baltimore. And a lot of guys that have had cancer, especially prostate cancer, called me for advice or asked me what I did for mine.”
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