The Oakland Athletics activated Stephen Piscotty from the bereavement list on Tuesday after the death of his mother, Gretchen, who had battled ALS. During his first at-bat against the Boston Red Sox, Piscotty hit a mammoth home run over the Green Monster.
"It was pure joy," Piscotty told Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe of the home run following the game. "It's been an emotional week. ... It felt real good. My whole family was watching and my mom was watching. So, yeah, just pure joy."
The home run, which completely left Fenway Park, was punctuated by Piscotty placing his hand over his chest as he crossed home plate and looked skyward.
"Coming around third (base, I) just immediately started thinking of my mom," Piscotty said, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. "I put my hand over my chest like she would do, and that's kind of going to be my thing going forward."
Athletics manager Bob Melvin echoed the emotional sentiment, telling Lee "to hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air. Probably Gretchen. It was like a walk-off. The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout."
Piscotty missed four games grieving with his family over the loss of his Mother, whose celebration of life was held on Monday.
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