“That home run for me is by far at the top of the list as far as memorable moments,” Stephen Piscotty reflected.
Piscotty had just returned from the bereavement list following the death of his mother, Gretchen, and was on his way to join his team in Boston. Gretchen had passed on May 7, 2018, after a long battle with ALS.
“It was an interesting day,” he said, detailing the moments that led up to the May 15 game.
Piscotty remembers getting on the plane from California, and speaking to A’s manager Bob Melvin as well as members of the front office about how he would arrive at Fenway Park.
he original plan was that he wasn’t going to play that night. He would take some batting practice, and ease his way back into it.
Melvin had a different idea. The conversation went a different way.
“It was something along the lines of ‘Be ready to go tonight,'” Piscotty laughed.
He wasn’t one to say no.
It was a storybook kind of display at the plate. Melvin said there was something in the air after the game, probably Gretchen.
“I had no business hitting a home run right there, that was absolutely my mom coming through for me,” he said. “I could just tell she was right there with me.”