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Monday, January 21, 2019

Stephen Piscotty to honor late mother with special gesture following HRs

Stephen Piscotty returned to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night after he missed several games following the death of his mother, and the outfielder made his presence felt immediately.

In his first at-bat of the game in the top of the second, Piscotty belted a solo home run over the Green Monster at Fenway Park. He placed his right hand over his chest as he rounded third base and trotted home.

Piscotty’s mother, Gretchen, died May 6 after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The A’s gave him the option of sitting out after he took a red-eye flight from California, but Piscotty wanted to play. He said the gesture he made while rounding third will be a way for him to pay tribute to his mom going forward.

A’s manager Bob Melvin described how special Piscotty’s home run was for the team.

“To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there’s something in the air,” he said. “Probably Gretchen … It was like a walkoff. The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout.”

Piscotty’s homer couldn’t help but make us think of the incredible homer a Marlins player hit in Miami’s first game after the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez. Moments like that are what make baseball about more than just baseball.

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