Pink on Mother's Day suits Indians in victory

Pink on Mother's Day suits Indians in victory

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Santana has given game-used mementos to his mom in the past. After launching a Mother's Day home run against the Royals on Sunday, the Indians designated hitter was leaning towards giving this year's pink bat to his wife.

"This is her first Mother's Day," Santana said after the 5-4 win in the rubber game.

Santana did not wait long to honor his mom and wife by hitting a leadoff home run against Edinson Volquez. Santana and Mike Napoli, who also wielded a specialized pink bat, homered for Cleveland. In all, eight members of the Tribe's starting lineup used pink bats as part of baseball's annual celebration.

Pink was not limited to the lumber, though.

Jason Kipnis wore bright pink spikes. Francisco Lindor had a floral sleeve on his arm. There were also cleats with a flower pattern worn by a handful of players. The Indians' Block C logo was pink, along with other elements of the uniforms. Home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott wore a pink facemask, while catcher Yan Gomes' chest protector had pink worked into the color scheme.

"It's great. It's Mother's Day," outfielder Michael Brantley said. "You get to kind of express the colorful nature with the pink that we get to wear for our mothers, and it all goes to a great cause at the end of the day."

Authentic game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other gear from Mother's Day games will be auctioned exclusively at MLB.com, with proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer. The complete Mother's Day collection -- which includes the special caps and jerseys being worn by players on Sunday -- is available at the MLB.com Shop.

"I think it's very deserving," said pitcher Josh Tomlin, who wore a bright pink shirt under his jersey. "I know what my mom did for me growing up, taking me to tournaments, taking me to fall ball, summer ball, high school, whatever the case may be. She was always available and always took me to those games and, if it wasn't for her being able to do that, then I probably wouldn't be here today."

Manager Terry Francona laughed when he was asked if he liked the uniforms.

"I wasn't a big fan of the shoes," Francona said with a chuckle. "But, it's a great idea to pay tribute to everybody's mom and everything. It doesn't mean you have to like the color scheme, but it's still a great idea."

Francona surely enjoyed Santana's home run.

Santana said he enjoyed belting the blast with the pink bat.

"I love it. I love it," Santana said. "This is a special day. Mother's Day. I know I'm thinking of my mom all the time. It's a special day and I like it."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.