This tweet on Oct. 3 by Oakland Athletics pitcher Pat Neshek put a lot into perspective:
Gulp! Sigh! Pit in stomach! Sadness ensues!
It’s the worst nightmare for any parent. Even those who are not parents can understand the incredible grief that comes with this type of heart-wrenching story. We're reminded again that sports might be a fabric of our society, but there are things bigger and more important than the outcome of a game.
Here are some tweets after Pat did the unthinkable and pitched against the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the ALDS just three nights later:
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“One of the most inspirational moments in sports!”
Chris Rose - @ChrisRose
“My heart hurts watching Pat Neshek pitch, knowing what he and his wife went through this week.”
Curt Schilling - @gehrig38
“My ankle was a scratch compared to what Pat Neshek just did, not even in the same universe. God Bless him and his wife.”
Brett Anderson - @BrettAnderson49
“Regardless of the outcome... one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen on a baseball field was @PatNeshek pitching in a game today.”
Brody Brazil - @brodiebrazilCSN
“Thanks to @PatNeshek tonight, for providing one of the most inspirational moments I’ve ever seen in sports.”
Jon Morosi - @jonmorosi
“Fans of the A’s, Tigers, baseball, sports and humanity should be awed and inspired by what @PatNeshek did tonight. True courage.”
The hard part for the Nesheks is still to come as they grieve the loss of their son. I urge anyone reading this to go to visit this website: http://www.theaubribrownclub.org/.
The Aubri Brown Club is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization that exists to help families who have lost a child. It was founded by Director of Jr. Sharks and former San Jose Sharks forward Curtis Brown and his wife Ami.
Curtis is an amazing person who always has a smile on his face and is as genuine as it gets. Curtis and Ami have an amazing family and a very inspirational story to tell. You can also follow The Aubri Brown Club on Twitter, @AubriBrownClub.
When you visit the website, take the extra couple of minutes to donate to this tremendous cause. Every little bit counts and will help families who have lost a child.
Lastly, here is the most recent tweet from Pat from Tuesday night:
Amen to that! God Bless the Nesheks during this time of grieving.