MLB set for league-wide Mother's Day celebration

MLB set for league-wide Mother's Day celebration

From the Phillie Phanatic greeting newborn arrivals at a local hospital, to the postgame session of moms' catch in Atlanta, to the "Pink Out The Park" afternoon in Detroit, to the Mother's Day Theme Package featuring a field photo and frame in Cincinnati.

From the symbolic human pink ribbon formed on the field by breast cancer survivors at Cubs' and Astros' home games, to the "Strike Out Cancer" event in San Francisco, to the first-ever pink-incorporated logos on tradition-rich Cardinals uniforms.

Sunday is a full day of Major League Baseball action, and there will be a special guest in attendance everywhere: Mom. MLB and clubs will honor her all day, through individual events scheduled by clubs and through the league-wide program that features symbolic pink bats and pink-stitched balls, uniforms with pink ribbons and pinked-out logos, commemorative base jewels and pink dugout lineup cards, all carrying a message.

It will be the day fans everywhere cheer and grow inspired by the indomitable spirit of those courageous Honorary Bat Girl Contest winners representing every team. For the 11th year, MLB and clubs are "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" and helping partners including Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. That contest honors those who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.

"Once I came to terms with my diagnosis, I realized there really weren't options," said Christine Trimble of San Diego, a stage 3 breast cancer survivor who has raised more than $36,000 to help other breast cancer patients and who will be honored by the Padres. "I could cry or fight it. I could get angry or fight it. I could escape or fight it. No matter what, fighting it always won out, and somehow I began relying on strength I didn't know I had to do just that."

It is a day for all moms to be appreciated -- #4EveryMom indeed.

Consider what Reds outfielder Adam Duvall had to say about his mother, Jeana:

"Without her, I wouldn't have been able to travel or do anything as a young kid. Her taking the time out of her day and busy work schedule and everything was vital for me to be able to play the game. Not only her time, but financially as well, because baseball is expensive, especially traveling and playing competitively. She always had an ear I could fill up with my struggles or whatever. It meant a lot for me to just let everything off my chest and be able to talk to her."

Duvall, Schebler on Mother's Day

Here are some examples of how individual clubs will add their own special touch for Mother's Day:

In Detroit, the Tigers, in partnership with Delta Air Lines, will host the fifth annual Pink Out The Park to honor breast cancer survivors and support breast health awareness. As part of the event, 500 breast cancer survivors will take the field around the infield horn prior to Sunday's game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink, and at the end of the fifth inning, all fans and survivors of breast cancer will be asked to stand and waive Pink Out the Park placards given at gates in memoriam or to honor breast cancer survivors and raising breast health awareness.

In Philadelphia, new moms and newborns are getting a Phillies special delivery on Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The Phillie Phanatic, wearing scrubs, will congratulate new moms and officially welcome their babies as the newest members of the inaugural Phillies Newborn Club. Each arrival receives a personalized Phillies Birth Certificate, a PhanaVision Birth Announcement photo, pre-walker sneakers and a rookie of the year bib. A Phillies Lady Infinity Scarf will be given to new moms, nurses, doctors and hospital staff.

The Cubs and Advocate Health Care will "Pink Out" the Budweiser Bleachers at Wrigley Field. Guests in those bleachers receive a pink "Save Second Base" T-shirt, and everyone inside the ballpark will be invited to stand to honor cancer survivors in the fourth inning. Breast cancer survivors will participate in festivities including ceremonial first pitches, singing the national anthem, forming a symbolic pink ribbon around the pitcher's mound, and meeting Cubs players as they take the field at each position and leading the seventh inning stretch.

In San Francisco, the first 20,000 fans get a Mother's Day quilted tote bag. It will be "Strike Out Cancer" day there, and the Giants are teaming up with Strike Out Cancer to raise awareness around cancer. The Giants Community Fund is making a $10,000 grant to the Cancer Support Community of the Bay Area in support of this event.

Blanco on his mother's influence

In Cincinnati, the first 10,000 moms get a free Reds Mother's Day picture frame. In addition, the overall Mother's Day theme package includes a game ticket and a chance to take the field before the game and pose for a family photo. The package includes a print of the photo, a digital copy and a commemorative frame, and packages are available in advance of game day only at reds.com/MothersDay.

During a special pregame ceremony at Minute Maid Park, breast cancer survivors and volunteers from Houston Methodist and The Rose organization will form a human pink ribbon on the field. Additionally, several Astros players and their mothers will participate in a ceremonial first pitch.

In Baltimore, the Orioles will recognize Dick Gelfman for helping to raise more than $2.5 million for various charitable organizations in the fight against breast cancer. Gelfman is an advocate for Ride Across Maryland, an annual gathering in its 16th year that unites Mid-Atlantic bikers to raise money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

For the first time, the Cardinals and MLB will celebrate Mother's Day at Busch Stadium with specially designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the Cardinals' regular logos, with caps highlighted by a dark grey crown and brim. Meanwhile in Cleveland, the home team will wear a special Mother's Day uniform featuring a pink Block C on their caps and pink Script Indians on its jerseys.

In Atlanta, the Braves will celebrate Mother's Day with a special ticket package that includes a session of catch on the field after the game. And in Anaheim, in addition to the league-wide program, the first 20,000 adults at the Angels home game will receive a Mother's Day beach tote.

During MLB's annual Mother's Day national day of recognition, the Honorary Bat Girl winners will take part in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise with two tickets to the game. For clubs that are away on Mother's Day, another home game later in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.

Many players will use pink bats, and many of the authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other pink items from Mother's Day games will be available exclusively at MLB.com Auction to raise further proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer.

Mark Newman is the enterprise editor of MLB.com. Reds beat reporter Mark Sheldon contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.