Stewart hits a homer with special pink bat

Stewart hits a homer with special pink bat

Stewart hits a homer with special pink bat
MILWAUKEE -- Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart wrote his mother's name, his wife's name and his mother-in-law's name on his pink wristband on Sunday in honor of Mother's Day, and then hit a solo home run to celebrate.

"It makes it even better on Mother's Day that your mom's watching, and my wife's probably watching and my wife's mom is probably watching," said Stewart, who ended an 0-for-16 skid with a solo homer in the Cubs' 8-2 win over the Brewers. "That was cool."

The third baseman was one of four players who used pink Louisville Slugger bats as part of Major League Baseball's effort to raise awareness of breast cancer. Each team also designated an Honorary Bat Girl, and Kaitlon Busser, a Cubs fan picked as the team's honoree, will be celebrated at an upcoming home game.

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The Cubs players wore pink wristbands and third-base coach Pat Listach had pink shoes. His wife, Cari, is a breast cancer survivor.

Players reminded each other in the clubhouse pregame to call their mothers on Sunday. Rookie Adrian Cardenas didn't need to send flowers to his mom. He was going to send his Mother's Day bats to her.

Bryan LaHair was 0-for-4 with a walk with his pink bat. His used bat will likely be auctioned for charity, and he'll send a clean bat home to his mother.

"I must have picked the wrong one," LaHair said. "The other one probably had a 4-for-4 [day] in it."