The story of Stephen Piscotty has been an emotional one from every angle. It began in the offseason when the Cardinals and Athletics were able to broker a trade which sent Piscotty to Oakland in the wake of his mother’s recent diagnosis with ALS. A bay area native, Piscotty could now be near his ailing mother in what would turn out to be her final year as she passed over the weekend.
In his first at bat with the team since his mother’s passing, Piscotty received a standing ovation from the crowd and both dugouts as his eyes held back obvious tears. In a gesture used by his mother, Gretchen, to show her love when she was too weak to express it, Piscotty tapped his hand to his heart as he looked at the beautiful tribute.
Today, Topps has announced that Topps Now MLB card #188 will feature an image from that at bat and that proceeds from the sale of the card will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
The card, like all Topps Now cards, is only available for 24 hours and can only be purchased online. Follow any of the links on this page to purchase your card.
Three other cards were also released today. A full checklist with final print runs can be found on the main page of this hub but today’s checklist is as follows:
- 186 – Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas, and Salvador Perez (Royals) lined up for back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning of yesterday’s game against the Orioles. Batting second, third, and fourth respectively, the three homers helped the team score 10 runs in the first inning of a game that resulted in a 15-7 defeat of Baltimore.
- 187 – James Paxton (Mariners) threw a no-hitter in his native country against the Blue Jays. Taking only 99 pitches to complete the feat, the no-hitter follows a game in Oakland where he threw a career-high 16 strikeouts.
- 188 – Stephen Piscotty (Athletics) returns to an ovation after the passing of his mother.
- 189 – The New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox and go on to win 16 of 17 games for the first time since 1953. That year’s team won 18 in a row and 29 of 33 between the last half of May and the first half of June that season.
All of the cards are available separately or in a four-card bundle for the next 24 hours and final print runs will be added to our checklist as they become available. Click the banner below to purchase your copies today.[the_ad id=”11148″]