PHOENIX -- In her words, Stacey Dyer celebrated "the mother of all Mother's Days" on Sunday at Chase Field.
She says she won "the Mother's Day lottery."
Dyer, the winner of the Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the D-backs, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday's game against the Giants. One of 30 winners across the big leagues, Dyer took part in pregame activities, was honored during an on-field ceremony and was given pink merchandise along with two tickets to the game. Winners were selected by a panel that included Major League Baseball players and celebrities in addition to fan votes cast on HonoraryBatGirl.com.
"So many of the other girls from the other teams have all reached out and we've been talking about how excited we are," said Dyer, from Mesa, Ariz. "This is incredible."
Dyer's husband, John, son, Chris, and mother, Diane, accompanied her to the game.
Dyer, who has been free from cancer for more than 2 1/2 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2008 and later had a double mastectomy. A vocal advocate, Dyer has walked in the Arizona Susan G. Komen 3-Day and volunteered as a community outreach ambassador for Komen Arizona. She is also proud member of Pink Links, a breast-cancer survivor group.
Dyer has gained a reputation for her positive attitude. When she started losing her hair after rounds of chemotherapy, she opted to host a head-shaving party and wore a pink mohawk for the day.
"I was always that person that said cancer happens to somebody else," Dyer said. "When I was diagnosed, I made it my passion that nobody else would have to go through this. I know people will, but if I can make a difference, I will."
D-backs support cause with pink equipment
PHOENIX -- The D-backs added an important color to their Sedona red and Sonoran sand uniforms Sunday at Chase Field.
In conjuction with Major League Baseball's celebration of Mother's Day and platform to raise breast cancer awareness, D-backs players A.J. Pollock, Aaron Hill, Ryan Roberts and John McDonald joined many players across baseball by using pink Louisville Sluggers, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo.
Every D-backs player and on-field personnel wore a pink ribbon on their uniforms and many wore pink wristbands and pink necklaces. Commemorative dugout lineup cards were also in pink.
Pollock, Hill, Roberts and McDonald combined for two hits with the pink bats.
"It's for a good cause," D-backs right fielder Justin Upton said. "There are a lot of people that have lost their mothers to breast cancer, and for us to wear pink equipment for a reason is special. It does bring awareness to the situation and gets people talking."
Goldschmidt feels improvement will come
PHOENIX -- Second-year first baseman Paul Goldschmidt returned to the starting lineup Sunday after a day off and remains a work in progress at the plate.
Goldschmidt, who entered the game hitting .237 with two home runs and 15 RBIs, has been fine-tuning his mechanics with hitting drills on a tee this week.
He said his confidence is not one of the problems.
"You just have to keep battling through it," Goldschmidt said. "I've been getting some good pitches to hit but maybe I'm fouling them or swinging and missing too many of them. But for the most part, I am swinging at good pitches and taking a good approach."
He struck out looking in his first at-bat Sunday.
Stephen Drew (ankle) will play nine innings Tuesday and Thursday in extended spring training and continues to work his way toward a Minor League rehab assignment.
"It's still not that close, but if he gets through this next week OK, we are going to look to advance him to a different level of competition," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
Center fielder Chris Young (shoulder) will begin a three-day rehab assignment, likely with Class A Visalia on Monday.
D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson, who faced hitters Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list on April 21 with a right shoulder impingement, remains on track. He will throw a bullpen session Monday and pitch Wednesday in an extended spring training game. He could start a rehab assignment five days later with Triple-A Reno, Gibson said.