I feel conflicted about relaying this information for a few different reasons: 1) It’s sad news; 2) It’s not directly related to baseball; and 3) I’d hate to capitalize in terms of page views or attention from what is a tragic circumstance for someone else, especially when me writing about it will do nothing in terms of easing pain or making things better for those who are currently suffering.

Nonetheless, this is a baseball blog, and we tend to write about things that might not be directly related to baseball from time to time. Also, on the off-chance that prayers or collectively hoping the best for someone might have the slightest effect whatsoever, perhaps it’s worth sharing the following sad news.

Mere hours after this:

Pat Neshek, a pitcher for the American League West Division-winning Oakland A’s, shared this:

Obviously, our thoughts remain with the Neshek family throughout this awful, awful time.

Comments (8)

  1. Holy fuck that’s terrible.

  2. The Athletics fairy-tale win yesterday doesn’t matter now. The terrible Blue Jays season is clearly in perspective. And what more can you say? I don’t have children but I want to be a father someday, and I can’t begin to imagine the pain of this — made even worse by never being able to know why or how this actually happened.

    My heart just sank reading this news last night. The deepest of sympathies to the Neshek family.

    • Compared to the tragedy this family is enduring anything in baseball or for that matter pro sports looks completely trivial

  3. Losing a child has got to be the worst thing in the world.

    As a father of a 2 and a 4 year old the one thing I was not prepared for going into fatherhood was how strong the emotional feelings of concern, helplessness and fear would be that something could happen to your child. It is unbelievable how overwhelming the emotions were when my son had to get stitches from just a fall, I don’t know how I would cope if something ever did happen to one of my children.

    • I agree completely. I’m a mom of 3 and my kids are grown, but in my heart they will always be my little babies. Take them and it would be like taking my heart out of my chest. I cannot imagine what this family is going through. May God bless them and give them strength to endure. Gehrig is riding God’s wings right now, bless his heart.

  4. May Pat and his wife find the strength to get through a truly sad and tragic event.

  5. I can’t say whether or not my reaction to this would have been different two years ago, but I am a new father (5.5 month old little girl) and hearing about this made me feel nauseous. What happened to the Neshek family is absolutely mortifying. My thoughts and compassion are with them.

  6. It`s called SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). My nephew died from it a couple of years ago. My brother still suffers from PTSD from that morning. I don`t think Neshek will partake in the playoffs this year. Prayers are with the family.

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