Cubs lose locks for 'Respect Bald' campaign

Organization raises funds to support children with cancer

Cubs lose locks for 'Respect Bald' campaign

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon hopes he had his last haircut for the year on Sunday, as he helped raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Maddon and more than 20 players had their heads shaved near one of the practice fields at the Cubs' complex as part of the first "Respect Bald" campaign.

Players and fans paid $100 for the shave and got a T-shirt, as well as a good feeling.

"The point is to raise awareness and feel a little bit," Maddon said. "For me, this is about doing the right thing."

Maddon has done similar head-shaving events when he managed the Rays. As for his hair, it normally starts sprouting back in April, and by mid May, it looks like he got a military cut.

"By June, I should be back to full force," he said. "My goal is not to get any more haircuts for the year, but then I get ratty and I succumb. If I could truly do this today and go the whole year without a haircut -- I'm not saying I'm going to do that, but that's the goal every time. I've always succumbed."

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Among the players who took part were Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Phil Coke, Drake Britton, Mike Olt, Chris Denorfia, Ryan Sweeney, Matt Szczur, Felix Doubront, Justin Grimm, Edwin Jackson, Chris Coghlan, Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro and Neil Ramirez. Several of Maddon's coaches also participated, including Dave Martinez and Eric Hinske.

"Whatever we can do to raise the moment for the kid for a little bit and raise some hope -- and money can create hope in some situations in research and finding a cure," Maddon said.

Maddon on Respect Bald

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.