Sox players go pink for Mother's Day
Danks, Jenks, Hall, Swisher dye beards for cancer awareness
CHICAGO -- A quartet of White Sox players found themselves in the pink prior to Wednesday night's game at U.S. Cellular Field, dyeing their beards that color before taking on the Twins.
It was not a permanent fashion statement made by Nick Swisher, Toby Hall, John Danks and Bobby Jenks. Instead, it was a move done in honor of Mother's Day and to promote breast cancer awareness. Danks and Hall also made a donation to the Lynn Sage Cancer Foundation in Chicago on behalf of the White Sox players.
"Everybody coming out and appreciating moms and [recognizing] breast [cancer] awareness," Hall said. "It's a good day."
"We kind of got the idea from Toby," Swisher added. "I'd like to take credit but I have to give it to him. This is something that we've been planning for several weeks now."
Pink dye was brushed on the respective player's facial hair while they stood by the home dugout, giving it a bright hue rarely if ever seen in the field of competition. When the dye eventually washed out, the color was a bit more subdued.
A group of children from Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization aimed at eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are touched by it, also were in attendance Wednesday as part of the Swisher Foundation's "Swish's Wishes" program. They assisted with the hair coloring.
Hall began this tradition during his days with Tampa Bay. He plans to dye his beard blue for prostate cancer awareness in honor of Father's Day, but the pink on Wednesday was a salute to mothers everywhere.
"We can have fun doing this, and raise awareness to it," Danks said. "At the same time, I can show my mom how much I appreciate her and love her."
"Mother's Day is one of those things ... you only celebrate it once every year," Swisher added. "My mom and my grandmother, same thing. They're the reason why I'm here. I think Mother's Day should be almost every day."
Manager Ozzie Guillen opted to keep his natural color where his goatee was concerned. But he was asked a baseball question in relation to the players' new look.
While Jenks having a pink beard won't exactly be intimidating on the mound, couldn't it be a little distracting for opposing hitters? Guillen sort of laughed off the suggestion.
"If you worry about his face and not worry about his fastball and breaking ball, you are in trouble," said Guillen with a smile.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.