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Pat Neshek touches the patch on his sleeve with his son's initials. Neshek lost his son just days before the ALDS.
Why shouldn't you, a fan, stress out, worry or panic about a baseball game?
Because it's just that—a silly game.
In the grand scheme of life, it's not important. There are 162 of them (not including playoffs) every single year. Every season, fans are treated to playoff baseball, whether their team is in it or not.
Luckily, the A's are in it this year.
Unfortunately, they lost Game 1 of a five-game series. But reliever Pat Neshek reminded the world that there are more important things to consider in life, win or lose a baseball game.
Neshek lost his firstborn child, less than 24 hours after Gehrig John Neshek was born. Yet, he still mustered up the courage and strength to not only join the team Saturday night, but to be the first reliever called to duty.
And he did so with such grace.
It was emotional to watch, but it serves as a reminder: Baseball isn't the end-all, be-all. It's a game that brings us together (teams and fans) while temporarily distracting (in a good way) from life's more important and stressful events.
Neshek's perseverance in the face of tragedy is indicative of Oakland's 2012 season.