San Francisco Giants pitcher Pat Venditte is a true unicorn of the game of baseball, switch-pitching for the team by the Bay to relative success. Originally presented to us like a circus act, we very rarely get a look at what's really going on under the surface.
Tragedy nearly struck Venditte and his family just this month, as Pat's wife, Erin, underwent emergency care for a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Thankfully, after 16 days in the hospital and exceptional treatment from Wisconsin Medical Center, Venditte's wife was released and sent home to her family.
Erin was able to return home this past Sunday to her two children. While Venditte has taken a break from pitching to spend time with his family, he does detail that he has yet to decide when he'll return to pitching.
The ever-growing attraction does have a place in the Giants bullpen should he wish, but as of now, the most important thing is to spend time with his family, even with San Francisco surging in the standings.
Our thoughts are with the Venditte family during Erin's recovery, and we're thankful that she's out of the woods for now, though with plenty more on her plate moving forward.