Sunday, October 7, 2012

Grieving Pitcher Returns After Tragedy

Grieving Pitcher Returns After Tragedy, Just three days after losing his son at birth, Pat Neshek finds himself in a playoff game. Pat Neshek returns to mound as A's don patches to honor his son, It wasn't easy to notice on TV with the Oakland Athletics wearing their hunter green jerseys, but the team added a memorial patch for Gehrig John Neshek, the baby boy of pitcher Pat Neshek and Stephanee Neshek. He died less than a day after being born earlier this week. Worn on the right sleeve, it's a small black circle with white letters spelling out the initials "GJN."

Not only has Neshek rejoined the team, but he pitched in relief in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers on Saturday night - just three days after Gehrig's death. Stephanee came with him to Detroit and presumably was in the stands at Comerica Park.

Neshek explained why it was the right decision, for him, to return to the A's:

"As soon as I got out there and started playing catch, it takes your mind off all the bad stuff," he said. "It's a good way of healing ... I don't think we'll ever get over it, but this is a good way to put the pieces back together."


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