Two days after losing his newborn son Gehrig, Oakland A’s reliever Pat Neshek is with the team in Detroit preparing for their ALDS matchup.
Neshek was in Florida with his wife earlier this week, and was celebrating the birth of his child before the baby unexpectedly died 23 hours later, with no explanation from the hospital. ABC News reports that an autopsy may give clues as to what exactly happened.
“Please pray for my family,” he wrote on Twitter Wednesday with an accompanying photo of mother and son. “Tonight my wife and I lost our first and only son 23 hours after he was born with no explanation.”
On Friday afternoon, Neshek spoke with reporters at the A’s workout in Detroit and said that it was his wife’s decision for him to join the club for the postseason.
“The first thing she said is we need to get out of here and watch baseball, and that was fine with me,” he said. “I wanted to be with her and I wanted to by her to get through this.”
Sussan Slusser of the Chronicle tweeted out this heartwarming quote a few hours ago from Neshek, which is hard to read without your eyes welling up:
Pat Neshek says the one day he had with his son was the best in his life and he would go through this all again for that one day. #Athletics
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 5, 2012
It’s hard to imagine why such an inconceivable tragedy like this could happen to anyone, and our thoughts and prayers are with Pat Neshek and his family.