Three Phillies think pink on Mother's Day

Three Phillies think pink on Mother's Day

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins broke out more than just the pink bats Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

He broke out the pink shoes.

Major League Baseball celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday, with the Phillies using pink bats in the series-finale 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Pedro Feliz used his pink bat to score Ryan Howard from second base with a one-out single to left-center field in the second inning to tie the game at 1.

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Pink bats have become annual Mother's Day symbols as part of an overall "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative by Major League Baseball that raises awareness about breast cancer and directs proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans play the next role in this process, because attention will move now to the MLB.com Auction and the gradual arrival of game-used pink bats, home plates and logo bases and lineup cards. Fans also can purchase their own personalized "Mother's Day 2009" pink bats right now for $79.99 at the MLB.com Shop, with $10 from the sale of each one going to Komen.

"It's a deadly disease," said Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino, who went hitless in the two times he used his pink bat. "It could happen to anybody. Anybody can get cancer. I definitely like to do something to bring awareness to breast cancer. I also like to say thanks to our moms. We've had the luxury of being close to our moms. Guys on the team have gone through situations like this, and it's definitely tough. It's definitely nice to give back and honor your mom at the same time."

Numerous Major League players used pink bats, which Louisville Slugger produced. Players also wore pink wristbands, and the symbolic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness was displayed on all uniforms.

Official lineup cards also were in pink.

Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"I think everybody goes up there and uses it their first AB, and if you get a hit you use it again," Jayson Werth said. "And anything we can do to bring awareness to breast cancer research, I think is a good thing to do."

Rollins, Feliz and Victorino used their pink bats during the game.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.