Pat Neshek, the A’s reliever (and former Oriole minor leaguer) who lost his newborn 23 hours after his birth, will be on Oakland’s playoff roster for the ALDS against Detroit.
Neshek told the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday that the one day he spent with his son, Gehrig John, "was probably the best day I've ever had, the one day. I'd go through it all again for that one day. It was pretty awesome."
Neshek’s wife, Stephanee, had the couple’s first son Tuesday. He was watching the A’s game the next day when his wife called.
"I got a call in the fifth inning and [Stephanee] said, 'The baby stopped breathing,'” Neshek told the Chronicle. “It was really hard. We sat all night. We didn't know what to do."
The cause of death is still unknown.
Neshek said of the feeling of sitting at home after Gehrig John's death: "I can imagine that's what hell is like."
Apparently his wife was the one who suggested they rejoin the team to take their mind off the grief. Oakland’s ALDS series against the Tigers begins tonight at 6 on TBS.
The side-arming Neshek, 32, signed a minor league deal with the Orioles this winter and was invited to spring training, but he didn’t make the big league roster.
He pitched in 35 games for Triple-A Norfolk before being traded to the A’s for cash considerations.
In 24 appearances for Oakland, he’s 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun