The Pendleton Panther

Manzella Finally Gets His Chance

Posted on: February 28, 2010

Manzella with his father

Houston Astros’ shortstop Tommy Manzella is finally being given his chance. The 26-year old is slated to begin the season as the Astros’ starting shortstop. Manzella played college ball at Tulane before being drafted by the Astros in 2005. However, he has faced a ton of adversity in his life. While in the minor leagues, his home was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He and his dad had to go back to their house just to salvage some of his uniforms from high school and college. The hurricane caused an oil spill near their house, which forced them to move out. Manzella’s mom also died of cancer a year and a half ago. While these tragic events have created setbacks for Manzella, they haven’t stopped him. The Astros are counting on him to be their everyday shortstop, and so far, Manzella has been successful. Astros manager Brad Mills has said that Manzella “has done everything right so far.”

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