LOS ANGELES -- Wearing his pink armband and a pink necklace, Tony Gwynn made a diving catch certain of making highlight reels around the country Sunday. He added a hit, a walk and a couple runs in the victory -- an especially sweet day for Gwynn given its context.
"That's my first decent game on Mother's Day," Gwynn said. "I was happy to give my wife a good Mother's Day gift. And my mother. It's nice."
After the game, the tables in the middle of the Dodgers' clubhouse were piled high with game-worn pink cleats, armbands and bats, worn to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Before the first pitch, the Dodgers honored breast cancer survivors by forming a ribbon shape in the outfield made up of survivors holding pink umbrellas.
"It's a good day for Major League Baseball when we get to put the pink on and let it all hang out out there," Gwynn said. "I think it's a very, very good cause."
Before the game, seven Dodgers had their mothers on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Infielder Adam Kennedy was one of them.
"It's always fun," he said. "It's a chance for us to show our appreciation to all our moms, and at the same time, we know how big breast cancer is and the awareness and research needed. So it's a fun day."