In the ten years MLB and Louisville Slugger have teamed up, over 5,000 bats have been swung for the cause.
The bats are made the same way as a regular baseball bat. They are made just the right length and weight for each individual player. However, when they get to the painting station, they hold and turn the bat in pink paint until the bat is either half covered or fully covered in pink paint (according to the player’s choice). After it’s stamped with the player’s name and autograph, it’s ready for shipping.
On Mother’s Day, players will also wear a symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms and pink wrist bands. The games will be played with a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball. Fans can bid on authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer. Fans can also buy their own pink personalized Louisville Slugger bats on MLB.com or sluggergifts.com, and $10 from each sale will be donated to breast cancer charity.
You may recall my Matt’s Bats Chat with National Symphony Orchestra violinist Glenn Donnellan who occasionally plays the National Anthem at Nats Park. Well, in honor of Mother’s Day a couple years ago, Glenn played the Star-Spangled Banner at Citi Field on a Pink Electric Slugger. Isn’t that neat!
Each MLB team also has its own “Honorary Bat Girl.” This person was voted on by the public through a contest to choose the baseball fan who has been affected by breast cancer and who is committed to eradicating the disease. Tracy Lustig from Alexandria is the Nats’ honorary bat girl. I hope she does well at the game today!
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 5, 2015