Pink Power: Royals win on Mother's Day
Royals pound out 15 hits while bringing cancer awareness
CHICAGO -- It was a sea of pink at U.S. Cellular Field on Mother's Day during the Royals-White Sox game.
In the stands, women wore pink visors and ribbons. On the field, players wore pink wristbands and swung bats coated in the same color to pay tribute to their moms and wives and to help raise money for breast cancer research.
And on this Mother's Day, the pink bats helped the Royals end a three-game losing streak while pounding out 11 runs on 15 hits, with 13 of the hits coming from KC hitters swinging pink Louisville Sluggers.
Overall, eight of the nine Royals in the starting lineup used pink bats, and every player donned pink wristbands in support of this worthy cause. Many of them had the names of their mothers and wives inscribed on the bats to honor the women in their lives.
Royals third baseman Mark Teahen hit a three-run homer with his bat and said he was happy to do his part to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
"I think it's a cool thing baseball does," Teahen said. "First time you see a pink bat, it's a little weird. But it's all going toward breast cancer [research], which is a good cause. If we can help out, that's good."
Royals catcher John Buck said the memory of his late mother often crossed his mind during the game.
"For me, my mother passed away last year," Buck said. "When I got that hit, when I was standing on first, I couldn't help but think about my mom. It put a smile on my face.
"I gave my bat to [backup catcher] Paul Phillips, whose mom beat breast cancer."
More than 200 Major League players signed up to use pink Louisville Slugger bats in Sunday's games to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Select game-used bats, as well as team-autographed bats from every club, will be auctioned on MLB.com at a later date, with proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans can also purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com, or www.slugger.com, with Major League Baseball donating $10 from the sale of each bat to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Kerry Walls is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.