Pirates taking part in MLB.com Auction for LUNGevity

Pirates taking part in MLB.com Auction for LUNGevity

SAN DIEGO -- Few Major League Baseball teams take their social responsibilities as seriously as do the Bucs, who regularly demonstrate this vital community connection through the efforts of Pirates Charities. Whenever a significant philanthropic mission is in play, the Bucs always bring a big bat to the plate.

And so it is with the auction ongoing to benefit the memory of a special member of the MLB family and to combat the disease that took her away from the game tragically early.

The Bucs have included two unique opportunities in the MLB.com Auction underway as part of the game's Stand Up To Cancer initiative, details of which were announced Monday afternoon at the site of the Winter Meetings.

Pittsburgh fans can bid on four tickets to a weekday (Monday through Thursday, excluding Opening Day) PNC Park game, including on-the-field views of batting practice, a meet-and-greet with manager Clint Hurdle and the opportunity for one of the four to participate in that day's Pierogie Race

Also up for auction is an up-close-and-very-personal view for four people of the Bucs' final Pirate City workout of 2015 Spring Training on March 1 -- to be followed by entry in the annual Pirates Charities golf outing following the workout.

While still a big part of the SU2C initiative, funds from this year's auction are being donated to a specific program: LUNGevity, in memory of the late Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow, who fought a valiant battle with lung cancer until her passing in February.

LUNGevity is the nation's largest lung cancer-focused non-profit, founded in 2001 by seven lung cancer survivors and since joined by tens of thousands of others affected by the condition.

"Major League Baseball is honored to conduct fundraising efforts for LUNGevity in memory of Monica Barlow," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "As a social institution with important social responsibilities, our game's most valuable opportunities are those that make an impact on the lives of others. It is our privilege to contribute to an extraordinary cause."

Bidding in the auction will continue on MLB.com until Thursday at 11 p.m. ET.

In addition to the club-specific items, some extremely unique opportunities are up for bidding. Among them, serving as an MLB.com correspondent for a day, and spending a day with the World Series trophy, the ultimate conversation piece in anyone's living room.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.