My daughter brought this book home from school today. I’m assuming that “Eric Brown” is a pen name for Jeff Francoeur. I’m also assuming that my daughter checking out books about baseball is a desperate plea for more time with her father, who has been taken from her by this accursed sport, but I’ll leave that conversation for my therapist.
(hat tip to Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue for the Jeff Francoeur joke)
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.