Back in March, Reds third-base coach Mark Berry announced that he was batting cancer of the tonsils and surrounding lymph nodes. Now, courtesy of John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, comes much happier news: Berry is now cancer-free.
Here are Berry's remarks on the recent PET scan that gave him that good news:
"It wasn't only clean, it was really clean. They showed me the slides side-by-side. The cancer shows up bright green. You could see it on the first slide. The second slide was all gray -- not only in my neck but the lymph nodes, too. ...
"This is a tremendous relief. What we do is a game -- don't get me wrong we all take it seriously -- but this is life and death. I saw a lot of people who had it a lot worse than me."
Berry, 50, is a Reds lifer. He was selected in the sixth round of the 1984 draft and then spent seven seasons in the minor-league system. After his playing days, Berry became a coach for the Charleston Wheelers, then a Reds affiliate, and has served as the Reds' third base coach since 2004.
Our best wishes go out to Berry for continued good health.