Stephen Piscotty’s mother passes away after battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease

ST. LOUIS, MO —Gretchen Piscotty, mother of former Cardinals outfielder, Stephen Piscotty, passed away at the age of 55 in Pleasanton, CA, late Sunday. In May 2017, she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurological disease that attacks nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement.

ESPN just released a touching video about Stephen Piscotty’s journey home.

At the end of the 2017 season, Piscotty was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family’s home following his mother’s diagnosis. The two baseball teams worked together to get him closer to his mother.

In a statement, Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said, "From the moment we drafted and signed Stephen, he and his family became a part of the Cardinal family. We were saddened to hear of the passing of Gretchen and want to let Stephen and his family know that we pass on our heartfelt condolences.”