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Stephen Piscotty gets salute from Cardinals fans in Busch Stadium return

ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Former St. Louis Cardinal Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics acknowledges the crowd during an ovation prior to batting against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium on June 25, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO- Fresh off a weekend spent saluting Albert Pujols during his return to Busch Stadium for the first time as an opposing player, St. Louis Cardinals fans gave another former player a standing ovation upon returning to the Gateway City Tuesday night. Stephen Piscotty, who the Cardinals acquired as draft pick compensation for losing Pujols to the Angels in Free Agency after the 2011 season, is in town with the Oakland Athletics for a two game series Tuesday and Wednesday.

He was traded to Oakland prior to last season in part to be closer to his family. His mother was diagnosed with ALS and passed away last spring.

Hitting sixth and playing right field Piscotty’s first at-bat came in the 2nd inning, when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina paused to allow the crowd to acknowledge the moment.

Piscotty was hitting .243 with 9 HR and 33 RBI coming into Tuesday night. He recently returned from a stint on the injured list after a diagnosis and surgery for melanoma.

 

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