Major League Baseball has announced the winners of the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The Honorary Bat Girl for the San Francisco Giants is Sue Young of Richmond, CA.
Young is one of each MLB club's selected winners who will take part in pre-game activities be honored in an on-field ceremony and will receive a pink bat and personalized jersey. She will attend the Giants versus Marlins game at AT&T Park this Sunday, May 10. Young will also meet with Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco during her visit. Blanco lends his support to raising awareness for breast cancer.
Young is best known for her constantly optimistic attitude, her service to others and her love for the Giants. Shortly after returning to California as a Peace Corps Volunteer, who served in Morocco 2007-2009 in Small Business Development, Young was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012. She says watching that 2012 magical season and being able to focus on that instead of the cancer really helped her make it through her battle. She finished treatment in August of 2012 and is currently in remission. Young is now a graphic designer and enjoys creating Giants related art.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 2 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
On Mother's Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother's Day games will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.