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Huston Street draws strength from mom in months after father's death

Emotions will be running high around Major League Baseball on Sunday as the league comes together to celebrate Mother's Day. As has become a tradition, players will show their love and support for their own mothers and mothers everywhere, and also bring awareness to breast cancer by decking out in pink attire. From pink bats, to wristbands, to cleats, to even new pink baseballs, the message will be loud, clear and very special to all involved.

For some players though, the day will take on a little extra meaning this year, whether it be because they've lost their mother in the past year, or in the case of San Diego Padres closer Huston Street, because of a new found appeciation in the months following the unexpected passing of his father, James Street, last September. 

Naturally, the experience rocked the entire family to the core, but it was mother Janie who emerged as the rock everyone could lean on in the weeks and months that immediately followed. Huston says it was her strength that everyone was able to draw from, which played an important role in helping his family heal.  

"The first week was us trying to be strong for her. That was the first priority for us," said Huston, closer for the Padres.

Eventually, though, mom became mom again, offering her shoulder to her sons, just as she always had, just as she'll continue to do.

"Then, as we got further away from it, it was really cool to see how strong she was for all of us when we had our mini breakdowns or massive breakdowns," Huston said. "It was a carousel for a while, as one son after another going to the house, bawling our eyes out, sharing stories.

"She's one of the strongest people I've ever been around. She's so awesome and we're all very lucky."

Sometimes we amaze ourselves with the strength we're able to find to get through a personal loss or a rough stretch that life deals us, but Janie Street's strength just might be immeasurable. Just 18 days before losing her husband, she also lost her mom, Doreen, at the age of 88. It's a double gutpunch that would knock most to their knees, yet somehow, through it all, she was the glue that held everyone together.

Now, on Sunday, the Street family will look to repay her by lending their support during her first mother's day without two of the most important people in her life.

It's a very powerful story that's very well told by Corey Brock of MLB.com. If you have a moment on this special day, check it out. And if you can, give your mom a hug when you're done reading.

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