A’s Fans Give Stephen Piscotty Heartwarming Ovation In First At Bat Since His Mother’s Passing (Video)
Last December the St. Louis Cardinals traded outfielder Stephen Piscotty to his hometown Oakland Athletics so he could be close to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, last May.
Sadly, Gretchen lost her battle against ALS on Sunday night, passing away at the age of 55. Piscotty then sat out Monday’s series opener against the Houston Astros. But he was back at the ballpark on Tuesday.
“I talked to him about it, and I gave him the option, and he wanted to play,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. “So we had a little conversation in the office. I knew coming into today that was what he wanted to do as of yesterday, but today, he definitely wants to be in the lineup, around his teammates.”
When Piscotty stepped to the plate for his first at bat in the bottom of the second inning, he was greeted with a warm standing ovation from the A’s faithful.
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That was a pretty special moment for a hometown kid. Then, to top it all off, Piscotty proceeded to line a single to right-center off the Astros’ Lance McCullers.
“If I have to give up one all year, I’ll be OK with that one,” McCullers said after the game.
McCullers had stepped off the mound prior to Piscotty’s at bat so fans had more time to applaud.
“I feel for him,” McCullers went on. “I feel for his family. Everything I’ve heard, he’s an awesome guy. He’s a great player, and I just wanted him to have some time. I know this game in general can be emotional, and I can only imagine what he was going through today. So I wanted to give him some time to be able to come up and have the fans recognize him. I just wanted that moment to be his.”
On Monday, Chicago Cubs pitchers Yu Darvish and Jon Lester each donated $10,000 for ALS research in Gretchen Piscotty’s honor. Meanwhile, both the Athletics and Cardinals, Stephen Piscotty’s current and former clubs, held moments of silence before their respective games.
It’s pretty heartwarming to see the baseball world rally around one of its own in his time of need.
Hat Tip – [MLB.com]