You may have seen an interesting color all around the baseball world Sunday: Pink. The color missing from nearly every team in professional sports was all over Major League Baseball in honor of Mother’s Day and Breast Cancer Awareness.
Many of the players and umpires wore pink sweatbands on their wrists and others also used pink bats throughout the game. Johnny Damon’s 3-run home run in the seventh inning of the Yankees game against the Baltimore Orioles was hit with a light pink bat which will now be auctioned off to benefit the Susan B Komen Fight for the Cure Campaign.
Also, Mark Teixeira’s home run in the first inning was hit with a pink bat and it was especially meaningful for him. Teixeira’s mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Although this program has been going on for several seasons and Teixeira had used pink bats before, this one was more memorable to him.
“It’s obviously huge. I think that’s the first home run I’ve hit with a pink bat, so I’m going to go bring that to mom right now,” Teixeira said. “As soon as I hit it, I thought about it. It’s pretty special to me.”
All-in-all, seven of the Yankees nine batters used pink bats throughout the game Sunday, including Nick Swisher, who used a pink bat and armbands in memory of his grandmother, who he lost to cancer in 2005.
Last year with the White Sox, Swish dyed his goatee pink in honor of the occasion. Now with the Yankees, Swish and all players cannot have facial hair, except for mustaches (think Don Mattingly.)
According to Yankees beat writer Peter Abraham, Damon had asked Puma to make him black cleats with a pink stripe, however they ended up sending straight-up pink cleats, which Damon elected not to wear. He did choose to sign the cleats and they will be auctioned off for charity as well.
This was actually only the first time I had noticed the team using pink on Mother’s Day and I have to say I’m especially touched. I don’t think there is a person in America whose lives have not been changed by cancer. Chris and I have had a few family members affected by cancer, including someone close to us who is battling Breast Cancer with chemotherapy as we speak.
If you would like to contribute to a good cause, check out mlb.com for information on the auctions and items that can be purchased, with some of the profits going to Susan B Komen.
If you want to donate directly, our cousin Robin is participating in the Atlanta Susan B Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure. Robin will be walking 60 miles over the course of the three days, and her goal is to raise $2,300 towards breast cancer. The nice thing about this is almost 100% of the donations go towards Breast Cancer Research. Please consider supporting a great cause by clicking here.
Even just $10 can make such a huge difference!