Neshek had left the team Tuesday to be with his wife, Stephanee, for the birth of Gehrig John in Florida and, then, about 23 hours after the birth, Neshek tweeted this plea:
Please pray for my family.Tonight my wife & I lost our first & only son 23 hours after he was born with no explanation.
— Pat Neshek (@PatNeshek) October 4, 2012
Later, his wife tweeted:
There was no cause of death and I am having trouble understanding why God can let such a thing happen an innocent being.
— Stephanee Neshek (@StephaneeNeshek) October 4, 2012
Later, she added: “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Every kind word helps. … It makes my heart feel better to know how many people cared about Gehrig and are thinking of us during this difficult time.”
Neshek’s loss comes just as the A’s are surging, winning the American League West. Neshek, who missed the 2009 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, has had a career year, with a 1.37 ERA in 19 2/3 innings over 24 relief appearances.
The Nesheks had tweeted their great glee over the arrival of 8-pound, 5-ounce Gehrig, using “#playoffbaby” and including a heart-breaking photo.
In a statement, the team said: “Our hearts go out to Pat and Stephanee and we share in their sorrow of losing their young son. The entire A’s organization will keep the Neshek family in our prayers and thoughts, as they try to come to grips with this tragic occurrence in their lives.”