• Game 5: Tonight, 8 p.m. ET on FOX
Now, I'm from Kansas City, so I am a Royals fan. We won the World Series last year, so that means I get a few more days to wear my championship gear and remind Mets fan Jimmy Kimmel of Lucas Duda's overthrow to home to tie Game 5. (I know I'm cruel.) I also live in Los Angeles, so I'm lucky enough to have season tickets, and I am also a huge Dodgers fan. Certain die-hards and Twitter trolls cannot wrap their heads around the concept of two-team loyalty. You can explain American League and National League till you're Royal Dodger blue in the face, but it doesn't matter to the guys who argue with the intensity of George Brett going after Billy Martin. Stephen Colbert said having two teams is like having two wives. He's kind of got a point -- in baseball, I'm fine with being something of a polygamist.
But there is one moment in the World Series that will unite us all: Whether Cubs or Indians, whether your dreams include Bob Feller or Ernie Banks, whether you wake up every morning cursing goats and Steve Bartman or if you shave your head like Charlie Sheen in "Major League" -- there is one moment taking place Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series that will stop us all in our tracks and remind us of baseball's power to galvanize a nation. It's the moment when we all rise in the stadium, with those placards that say "I Stand Up For …" Above a simple black line, people of all backgrounds will fill in the blank space with the names of parents, spouses, children, friends, uncles, cousins, brothers or sisters they've lost or who are in the fight against cancer.
• Stand Up To Cancer
My story is not unique when I say that cancer has deeply touched my life. My mother is a two-time cancer survivor and one of the lucky ones. I've lost many friends and family members to this terrible disease. I've also been a proud supporter of Stand Up To Cancer pretty much since its founding, and I've stood there with my placard for my mom.
Standing in solidarity with thousands of strangers, as we held up our signs and shared the names of loved ones who have been afflicted with cancer, it didn't matter who was rooting for what team or how many runs we scored. At that moment, we were all rooting for a cure. Holding a sign with 50,000 other people who have gone through the same fears and anxiety you've gone through, and in many cases much worse, was a truly powerful and moving experience for me. You are reminded in that moment how important collaboration is in breaking down the walls between organizations, corporations, doctors, scientists, patients and even fans to end cancer.
Since its launch in 2008, nearly $500 million has been pledged to support SU2C's innovative model of collaborative cancer research. This incredible organization has brought together more than 1,200 of the best and brightest research scientists from 144 leading institutions across the globe to fund 19 highly impactful "Dream Teams" and six translation research teams. In addition, SU2C has funded 36 early career, innovative scientists that are carrying out high-risk, potentially high-reward projects. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 160 clinical trials involving more than 9,000 patients, and work by SU2C-supported researchers has led to FDA approval of two new treatments.
Major League Baseball has played a significant role in helping SU2C carry out its mission.
By tapping into its fan base and encouraging audiences worldwide to get involved, MLB helped build the SU2C grassroots movement in a profound way. We need to keep it going like the wave. (OK, bad example. Like a beach ball hit around the stadium … OK, another bad example. You get my point.)
So whether you root for one team, two teams or all teams, all your bitter rivals can come together and get behind SU2C on Saturday, as the entire ballpark stands up and holds placards with the names of loved ones affected by the disease. Fans across the country can participate by visiting istandupfor.su2c.org and following #IStandUpFor on Facebook or Twitter.
For one moment, let's stand together for something bigger than baseball. Then we can go back to arguing whether it's OK to root for two teams.