As he approached home plate after rounding the bases, he patted his chest three times and looked up toward the sky - it was as if Gretchen was watching.
It would have been perfectly fine if A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty had sat out Tuesday night's game in Boston against the Red Sox.
Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in a game delayed nearly two hours because of weather. Gretchen Piscotty, 55, died May 6. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".
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Firefighters used power tools in an attempt to cut away the tree and rescue the girl. Earlier in the day, upstate NY pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail.
A's manager Bob Melvin described how special Piscotty's home run was for the team. Because of the three-hour time difference, Piscotty said he didn't feel that exhausted. "The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout".
Graveman, called up last Friday, earned his first win of the year in a solid start against the Yankees and was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.