Former Oakland A’s legend Dave Stewart was tested for COVID-19 recently after heading to the doctor while complaining of a cough and congestion.
One of the more frightening aspects of the coronavirus epidemic is that it can strike anyone, at any time. A pair of Yankees’ minor league players have tested positive for COVID-19, while figures throughout the sports and entertainment landscape are testing positive.
That epidemic may be hitting close to home. Oakland A’s legend Dave Stewart stated that he had been tested for the coronavirus on Wednesday, after he went to the doctor after developing congestion and a cough.
Despite having some of the symptoms of the coronavirus, Stewart also stated that he does not have a fever. At this point, he is in a holding pattern, waiting to get the results of those tests before treatment is determined.
During his time with the A’s, Stewart was considered one of the more imposing figures in the game. He won 20 or more games from 1987 through 1990, finishing in the top four of the Cy Youn vote in each of those years, and was named the MVP of the 1989 World Series. Overall, Stewart put together a 119-78 record in Oakland, along with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.318 WHiP. In 1717.1 innings, he struck out 1152 batters while issuing 655 walks.
Stewart became known for his devastating forkball and menacing glare on the mound. His determination and bulldog mentality helped turn him from a journeyman pitcher who was on the verge of playing in Japan to having an incredible run in Oakland. That determination and toughness will help now should he test positive.
Our well wishes go out to former Oakland A’s legend Dave Stewart as he battles his illness.