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Oakland A’s Pitcher Brave Comeback

The MLB playoffs are underway and we all have our favorite teams that we are rooting for to win. However, sometimes what happens in life puts in prospective how trivial sports can be. Don’t get me wrong, I love sports, but the story of Oakland A’s relief pitcher, Pat Neshek will make you put team allegiance aside.

Pat and his wife Stephanee had just celebrated the birth of their first child, Gehrig John Neshek, the baby boy weighed in at 8 pounds and 5 ounces and seemed to be healthy. Then less than 24 hours after being born the baby boy stopped breathing and died. Details of the death are still unknown at this time.

Meanwhile his team the Oakland A’s were heading into the playoffs and with the encouragement of his wife, Pat rejoined the team and pitched just a few days of losing his son. The team petitioned Major League Baseball to allow the players to wear Gehrig’s initials, G.J.N., on their uniforms. Pat Neshek put on that uniform this past Saturday and was happy to honor his son.

The A’s lost that first game of the series in Detriot, but Neshek pitched in the 7th inning of the game. Just getting on the mound was a life victory and Neshek said he thought about his son the whole time while he was pitching.

So as you are enjoying and cheering for your favorite baseball team to win the World Series, say a prayer and cheer for a good guy, Pat Neshek.

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