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A’s reliever Pat Neshek caps team’s playoff berth with witnessing birth of son (photo)

Oakland Athletics reliever Pat Neshek was probably a bundle of nerves and going through a multitude of emotions on Monday. Not only did the A’s clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2006 with a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers, his wife Stephanee had just gone into labor.

Neshek, known for his unorthodox delivery, first made it to the major leagues in 2006 with his hometown Minnesota Twins. After suffering a tear of the¬†ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow during the 2008 season, Neshek missed the entire 2009 season and briefly appearing with the Twins in 2010, Neshek was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres in the spring of 2011. He then spent a stint in the Baltimore Orioles farm system in 2012 before being picked up by the A’s in an August trade.

Neshek cited his long road back in a tweet mere moments before he announced on Twitter that his wife had gone into labor:

Neshek then retweeted a message from his wife Stephanee on Tuesday, along with the photo below, to proudly announce the birth of Gehrig John Neshek on Oct. 2:

Stephanee tweeted that Pat flew from Oakland to Florida and thankfully arrived just in time to witness his son’s birth. Most definitely a fitting and wonderful end to an amazing and eventful day for the entire Neshek family.