Rangers' Honorary Bat Girl a cancer survivor

Rangers' Honorary Bat Girl a cancer survivor

Rangers' Honorary Bat Girl a cancer survivor
ARLINGTON -- Five months after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Anne Embry served as an Honorary Bat Girl during the Rangers' game against the Angels on Sunday night.

Embry, who currently lives in Shreveport, La., and grew up in Plano, Texas, often went to Rangers games with her father as a child. This weekend, Embry, 28, returns to Arlington to cheer on her favorite baseball team, as well as raise awareness for breast cancer. Embry's father nominated her for the Honorary Bat Girl contest, which began in 2009.

"I grew up coming to the ballpark at a young age, that was something that was really special between my dad and I," Embry said. "It is so humbling and so exciting to be able to represent all the courageous women who have lived through or who are currently battling through breast cancer."

Embry's prognosis is a good one. Doctors diagnosed with her Stage 1 breast cancer, catching it about as early as possible. She has some surgical procedures to go through before she is finished with her treatment, but she completed her fourth and final chemotherapy treatment last month. She is also thankful for the support she's gotten from her family, including her husband, an active Air Force pilot, and 2-year-old daughter, Claire.

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"She barely skipped a beat," Embry said of her daughter. "She has dealt with this beautifully. I was very anxious to see how she would deal with it. She doesn't even know anything's different, other than mommy losing her hair."

Players wore pink batting gloves and swung pink bats Sunday in honor of breast cancer awareness and Mother's Day. Josh Hamilton was very appreciative of what his mother has done for him.

"She's a special lady," said Hamilton, who entered the contest batting a league-best .402. "She took care of me and did all the things a mother does. But she also taught me a little about the game. I love her and I wish she could here, but I'll send her some flowers and say, 'Hi,' to her on TV."

Embry's mother, along with the rest of her family, was in attendance at the Ballpark in Arlington on Sunday.

"It's such an honor to be here on Mother's Day, especially with my daughter," Embry said. "My mom has been true and true since the day I was diagnosed. She was there for me while I was having chemo and cared for me and cared for my daughter. She's been wonderful through all of this."

Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May in the Dominican Republic, where Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is from. To him, there's nothing wrong with wearing pink.

"It's an honor," Aybar said. "It's a day to remember the person who's with you in good and bad times. To me, she's everything. It's a gift from God to celebrate a day like this."

Among the other Mother's Day festivities taking place at the Ballpark in Arlington was a pregame presentation honoring moms attending the game. Several players' mothers accepted flowers from their sons on the field before the game. Also, 25,000 pink Mother's Day shirts were handed out to fans 14 years of age and older.

Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.