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Pat Neshek pitches A’s out of jam in first appearance since the death of his infant son

Oct 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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A’s right-hander Pat Neshek undoubtedly took the mound with a heavy heart when he was called from the bullpen in the seventh inning of tonight’s ALDS Game 1 against the Tigers — only three days after losing his infant son just 23 hours after childbirth.

But the side-armer looked plenty composed.

Neshek induced a fielder’s choice groundout from Detroit’s Omar Infante then struck out Austin Jackson, holding two inherited runners at bay while keeping the Athletics within striking distance. He pointed to the sky as he exited the field, then put on a hoodie and took a seat in the dugout. When the TBS cameras panned to him after coming back from commercial break, he was seen letting out a deep breath.

The A’s are wearing patches this evening in honor of Neshek’s son. They currently trail the Tigers 3-1.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 6, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Awesome moment.

  2. gallaghedj311 - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Good for him. So sad…

  3. aceshigh11 - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    I just CANNOT imagine having such poise under such devastating conditions.

    Yes, it’s just a game, but the mental concentration and pressure to perform is immense regardless.

    My condolences to him and his family, and much respect for his guts.

  4. buffbaker1216 - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    God bless you and your family. As a father myself I can not imagine getting out of bed let alone pitching in such a meaningful moment. Truly a defining moment.

  5. eyeh8goodell - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    So who are the scumbag Tigers fans giving thumbs down to these posts?

    • mgflolox - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      Don’t know what kind of knucklehead would thumbs down any of these comments, but I will say that Neshek said the Tigers fans at the ballpark gave him some encouragement, and they gave him a nice ovation even though he shut them out that inning. Very classy move, Motown.

    • mmcclark - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      I hit the wrong button! I meant to hit like! He showed amazing strength and courage. Unfortunately it does not let you undo.

  6. ravenscaps48 - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    I damn near cried when he pointed to the heavens after each strike, then you clearly saw him struggle walking off the mound. God bless you, Pat Neshek and Family

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