Catcher hits grand slam while joining Rangers by wearing pink to honor all moms
By James Schmehl
Special to MLB.com |
DETROIT -- Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson knows firsthand how hard it is to hit a grand slam off a Major League pitcher -- which he did to break a tie in the eighth inning of Texas' 8-3 win over the Tigers on Sunday at Comerica Park.
But compared to being the wife or mother of a Major League player? It's a piece of cake.
"The sacrifices my wife -- the mother of my children -- has to make on a daily basis and a yearly basis, it's the hardest job in the world," Wilson said. "It makes my job look easy."
In honor of Mother's Day, Wilson joined his teammates by dressing head to toe in pink -- pink cleats, pink batting gloves, pink bats, pink undershirts.
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.
"Pink everything," Wilson said. "Because this is a day for me to give thanks to everything my wife has done for me -- and what all mothers have done for our kids."
It was the least Wilson said he could do to pay tribute to his wife, Lori -- the "real MVP."
"She's such an important part of our family," Wilson said. "She's the glue that keeps it all together. It's really important to me, because she's been through a lot."
Particularly of late.
This season has been quite a roller coaster for Wilson, who has been the subject of two trades in as many months. After Texas dealt him to Detroit in exchange for Bryan Holaday in late March, Wilson found out four weeks later that he'd been re-acquired by the Rangers.
Needless to say, Wilson was ecstatic to rejoin Texas, but the stress of moving from place to place likely led to a few gray hairs.
The change has been particularly tough on his two daughters, Blake, 4, and Jace, 2, who haven't seen their father in 40-plus days.
"It's been really difficult," Wilson said. "Unfortunately, my wife is a single mom right now. You know what I mean? They have school, they have to be in Florida -- and I'm either in Toledo [Tigers' Triple-A affiliate], Detroit or Texas. I'm all over the place. So, it's tough on everyone."
Fortunately for Wilson, the wait is almost over.
The Rangers concluded a seven-day road trip Sunday and will host their next six games in Arlington. It's a much-needed homestand for Wilson, who will finally get a chance to see Lori.
"She's flying in [Sunday night]," Wilson said. "So I had to go shopping Saturday and get her something."
Wilson settled on a bracelet -- a gift he said is "from the kids." But the 33-year-old catcher added a special gift during Sunday's series final in Detroit -- a gift that was likely as big a surprise for him as it was Lori.
Wilson highlighted the Rangers' seven-run rally in the eighth inning with a go-ahead grand slam. It marked the first career slam for Wilson, and the first by a Rangers player since Aug. 27, 2014.
"This was a perfect day to honor everything she has done for me," Wilson said. "And what she has done for our kids."
For Wilson, it was the perfect Mother's Day gift to give Lori, whom he called the "perfect mom."
James Schmehl is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.