Pink Bats are Tough

these 2008 autographed pink bats will be auctioned off on mlb.comAccording to komen.org, an estimated 182,460 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women in 2008 alone. Chances are, you or someone you know has been, or will be affected by the disease. Major League Baseball is trying to make a difference for the third year in a row.

What began two years ago as an expression of charity has become a solid tradition, as baseball will once again celebrate Mother's Day by wielding pink bats.

Partnering with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, the signed bats will eventually be auctioned off on MLB.com with all proceeds going to fight breast cancer.

Players will again wear pink wristbands and necklaces, along with pink ribbons on their unis. Pink ribbon logos will adorn the bases and home plates (also to be auctioned) and even the dugout lineup cards will be pink.

Furthermore, our buddies over at Home Run Derby will generously pledge $10 to the cure for each home run hit today. Awesome.

Moms are pretty great. You know, without them, we wouldn't even be around.

Here are a few lovely photos of some of our favorite baseball players' wives and mothers, whom without they'd be totally lost.

This heart-warming story is sure to have you calling your mother to say thanks and I love ya, and this one is always worth another chuckle.

Also, if you're wondering what it's like to be a female sports blogger, check out an interview I was honored to be a part of, alongside a woman with actual journalistic credentials, at Baseball Digest Daily.


Kaitlynn said...

What a great way to help find a cure for breast cancer. Hopefully other sports organizations will follow suit.

joshua zerkle said...

Breast cancer has become a multi-million dollar industry now. Not all of that money is going to research; some of it goes to Komen's political interest, like Planned Parenthood, for example.

Think of the donations they would stand to lose if a cure was actually rolled out tomorrow. I'm sure that they have.

Sooze said...

I like to keep my politics and sports two separate entities, but since you brought it up, I'll bite. PP has helped young girls across the country find information on pregnancy, birth control, sexually-transmitted diseases, emergency contraception, abortion rights, etc. since the early 1920's. Not everyone may agree with these choices, but that's one of the things that makes our country great: the ability to choose. Regardless the motive, cancer research is expensive and time-consuming, and I'm happy to see MLB doing its part to donate.

If a cure was rolled out tomorrow, I'd like to think the relief of women across the world would overshadow the greed of others.

joshua zerkle said...

One more comment and I'll shut up:

I have no problem with PP at all. I sincerely think it's great that they are there and that people can use their services without the sort of public attitude we may have seen 50 years ago.

My issue is with the way Komen donates to them. I don't think a lot of people realize that when they donate to Komen (especially in the name of a loved one that may be a BC survivor) that their money is being siphoned away to some other interest.

I didn't mean to cause trouble!

Sooze said...

No trouble at all! I think it's important people know exactly where their donations go. I like to believe though, that Komen's foundation -- in all aspects -- somehow helps to find a cure and provide treatment. That's the trouble with most organizations: sometimes motivation heads in the wrong direction.

Kaitlynn said...

F*ck that shit. They are helping and that's the bottom line.

Chitown Chick said...

Here is my ten cents on this: I think it's great that MLB does this, but I really wish the breast cancer lobby would team up with the cervical/ovarian cancer lobby, and just make it women's cancers. Plenty of women make deal with these cancers every year, and not many ovarian cancer patients make it. Paps are just as important as mammograms, and we have to start paps much younger. How about some love below the belt!

horsecrazyliza said...

I agree--breast cancer is bad, but so are ovarian and cervical cancers. How about giving money to get HPV vaccines to more pediatric clinics, for example? HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. A vaccine for HPV is basically also a vaccine for cervical cancer.

But I do agree, it's great that they are so active.

Michael said...

It is a promotion to raise money for research, it is not a political statement. I commend MLB for this and hope it is a tradition that continues for many years.

MoonDog said...

My grandmother died as a result of breast cancer. I take this issue very seriously and applaud MLB for their awareness of the subject.

I agree with Sooze though in regard to PP. We all have to be ensured the money we donate is going to help those who are conducting research and trying to find a cure, not some banana head sitting behind a desk doing the cost analysis.

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