Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis got another positive report Wednesday, some three months after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery.
Blood work that included a tumor-marker test showed that he remains cancer-free, The Denver Post reported.
“When you meet the doctor, you’re kind of hanging on by a thread trying to figure out whether my blood work is good and what’s going on,” Bettis said. “This is a huge day for me.”
The news was greeted with congratulations from his teammates and admiration from his manager.
The native of South Africa clapped his hands as he rounded first base and then hugged first-base coach Kimera Bartee, who, the Post-Gazette noted, witnessed much of Ngoepe’s rise in the minors. Meantime, the Pirates dugout went wild, screaming, “For the motherland!”
“I thought about where I’ve come from, and what I’ve been through,” Ngoepe said. “All the struggles of the minor leagues, 8? years, and then finally being here at this moment.”
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo rolled the historic baseball toward the Pirates dugout for a first-hit keepsake — or maybe a Hall of Fame-bound memento.
Baseball being baseball, pitcher Gerrit Cole scooped the ball and pretended to toss it into the crowd. It bounced off the new netting behind the dugout as teammates, fooled by the act, scrambled to recover the ball that ricocheted back Cole, laughing at his gag.
Meantime, Rizzo congratulated Ngoepe over at first, but Cheap Jerseys Website the rookie had work to do.
“Rizzo is talking to me,” Ngoepe said, “I’m like, ‘I’ve got to focus, Rizzo!’“