Piscotty, batting eighth, hit a home run Tuesday night in his first at-bat since his mother's funeral.More news: Iraq election: Shia rivals of PM Abadi 'make gains'
The average baseball fan might not know Stephen Piscotty is a member of the Oakland Athletics this year. It's been an emotional week, " Piscotty said following the team's 5-3 win. As he was coming to the plate - feeling "pure joy", as he told reporters postgame - he put his hand to his heart and looked skyward. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".More news: Kia to launch diesel mild hybrid Sportage SUV later this year
That's pretty amusing, but the reason Piscotty is on Oakland's roster this year is no laughing matter. Because of the three-hour time difference, Piscotty said he didn't feel that exhausted. "The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout". Kendall Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.More news: Millions of Muslims Begin Holy Month on May 17
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.