Fresh off their improbable AL west title over the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics family received some sombering news. Relief Pitcher Pat Neshek's wife Stephanee Neshek had given birth to their first son, Gehrig John Neshek, on Tuesday - Pat had flown to be there for the birth. Unfortunately, shortly after the A's clinched the AL West title, Pat announced via his twitter account that the newborn had died unexpectedly and without cause.
Stephanee Neshek grew up in Reno, NV and eventually moved to Omaha, NE, where she ran track and played both volleyball and softball in High School. She also played Division 1 softball in College at Mercer University. Stephanee is now active in the CrossFit community, something that she continued to do throughout her pregnancy. Stephanee is also very active with various charities.
Pat and Stephanie met on the Internet! It's a long story, but the short of it is that Stephanee and her roommate found Pat's website and sent him an email. The email eventually progressed to more emails, which progressed to texts, which progressed to phone calls, which progressed to a date. Pat and Stephanee Neshek were married in December of 2006 in a Las Vegas wedding. The couple are avid dog lovers, and proud owners of Juicy (a dachshund mix) and Kirby (chocolate piebald dachshund).
Our thoughts go out to the couple during this troubling time.