Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty

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Emotional ESPN Video Shows Why Stephen Piscotty Is So 'Grateful' For Cardinals Trade

"ALS is brutal and it's relentless."

May 07, 2018 - 9:39 am

UPDATED AT 11:20 a.m. 

Stephen Piscotty's mother, Gretchen Piscotty died Sunday night, reports ESPN, she was 55-years-old and is survived by her husband Michael, and sons Stephen, Nick and Austin.

She was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease in May 2017 while Stephen Piscotty was an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was traded to Oakland this past December, in a deal that Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak called a "win-win" as both a baseball trade and chance for Piscotty to be close to home.


Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty says he has cried more in the past year and half than the rest of his life combined. The former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and his family were the subjects of a SportsCenter Featured video this weekend:

In May of last year Piscotty got a call from his mother, Gretchen, who told him that he she had been diagnoised with ALS. He left the Cardinals for an extended Memorial Day weekend to be with his family at that time. 

"ALS is brutal and it's relentless," Piscotty told ESPN for the feature that aired over the weekend. "The doctor we've been working closely with hasn't seen a case move this fast in all his years." 

Piscotty had just signed a six-year contract with St. Louis before the start of the 2017 season, but in the following winter, the Cardinals traded the 27-year-old outfielder to Oakland. Piscotty grew up as an Athletics fan and his family lives just about 30 minutes away from the Oakland Coliseum. 

"I'm so grateful, I can't imagine being 2,000 miles away from what's going on," Piscotty says. 

Piscotty says he's able to help put his mom to bed every night, now that he works back in his hometown. 

And he usually lulls her to sleep by playing the guitar and singing 'Amazing Grace' – it's the same song that his mom used to put him to bed when Piscotty was an infant. 

"It's kind of like a full circle aspect there," Piscotty says. "It gives me a little bit of peace and I hope that it does the same for her."

Piscotty is hitting .243 with two home runs this year, he has started in right field in all but two games for Oakland who is in 4th place in the AL West with a 17-17 record.