Stephen Piscotty celebrated being back home in Oakland with an old family photo
And while leaving the only Major League organization you've ever known is always tough -- St. Louis took the right fielder in the first round of the 2012 Draft -- the trade also came with a silver lining: Piscotty grew up in nearby Pleasanton, Calif., as a diehard A's fan. And he's got the old family photos to prove it:
And here's some footage of him raking back at Adamor Valley High:
The trade will also allow Piscotty to be closer to his mother, who is battling ALS.
"In fairness, it's really two-fold," John Mozeliak, Cardinals president of baseball operations, told MLB.com's Jane Lee. "One, we look at our outfield, and there's definitely congestion. And clearly, an opportunity to get him closer to home was something we were also thinking about."