A’s Pat Neshek, wife mourn death of newborn son


Pat Neshek is dealing with tragedy as the Oakland A’s prepare for the playoffs. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

In the midst of the Oakland Athletics’ glorious, improbable season, pitcher Pat Neshek and his wife are dealing with an indescribable loss, the death of their newborn son.

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:

 

Later, his wife tweeted:

 

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.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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