IllnessGary Pettis Returns to MMP After Undergoing Cancer Treatment!

Gary Pettis Returns to MMP After Undergoing Cancer Treatment!

Texas City On a normally quiet Tuesday afternoon, the shivers began when Gary Pettis entered the Minute Maid Park clubhouse. He was eager to enter those doors and meet the people whose features he had only seen on television for the previous nine months.

He missed every aspect of his work, including the player banter, pregame preparation, and the adrenaline of a stunning win.

In addition, there has been a lot of those in recent years. There wasn’t a single person who wasn’t happy to see Pettis, the third base coach, friend, and cancer survivor when he got back to work on Tuesday.

“I was late. Pettis admitted, “I did. “I essentially watched every game. I’ve lived my life via baseball. I was born with it, and I will always be here. For a very long time, this is what I intend to do.

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Pettis, 63, was given a multiple myeloma diagnosis in September of last year and hasn’t been with the club since, though he’s been in frequent contact with manager Dusty Baker and the players via FaceTime and text messages.

Omar Lopez will continue to serve as Houston’s third-base coach, so Pettis won’t immediately return to that position, but he’ll be present in the dugout and involved in pregame activities.

Now that I’m at the ballpark, I feel good—in fact, I feel great, remarked Pettis. “It’s so much fun to be at the stadium, a location where I have so many happy memories of events like games and parties. And I’m so joyful and thrilled about the prospect of another party at the end of the year.

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Jim Crane, the owner of the Astros, visited the field during batting practice on Tuesday to welcome back Pettis, who will have his family in the grandstand.

Pettis had the option of beginning the season with the Astros, but he decided to stay on course with his treatment, which included a stem cell transplant, for the first three months of the year because he was doing so well.

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He didn’t want to run the danger of any mishaps. Doctors advised him to go back to work because his bloodwork appeared to be in good shape.

It was the appropriate thing to do, according to research, Pettis added. “Even though three months seemed like a long time to me at the time, and I wasn’t eager to give it up, I’m pleased I did it today. Now that it’s over, I’m delighted to be back here and am excited to do so.

Pettis will likely return to coaching third base, where his signature windmill arm gesture helped shape one of the best offenses in franchise history, but he is also looking forward to coaching from the dugout and working directly with the players. For the time being, it is sufficient to be back in uniform and with the guys.

The third baseman stated, “I would much rather be in my true home, but I’m close enough right now.” “For me, that’s sufficient. I’m back where I belong, which is on the field.

It’s a place I’ve likely visited for the past 50 — did I say 50? Let’s put it this way: my last 49 years have been a long time. I’ve been out there a long time. Simply said, I’m over the moon to be back here.

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Pettis spent eight years with the Rangers, serving as their first-base coach from 2007 to 2012 and third-base coach from 2013 to 2014. He then moved to Houston.

In addition, he has minor league coaching positions and worked with the Mets (2003–2004) and White Sox (2001–2002) in the Major League. Pettis spent 14 years in the major leagues with the Angels (1982–1987), Tigers (1988–1989), Rangers (1990–1991 and Padres (1992), winning five Gold Glove awards during that time.


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