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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Rowand found the perfect Mother's Day gift.
The Phillies center fielder plans to present his mother, Connie Wolf, with the
pink bat he used in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Cubs. Rowand didn't get any knocks
with his pink bat, but that surely won't matter to Mom. It's the
thought that counts.
"She has mine from last year that I didn't get to use because I got hurt,"
Rowand said, referencing his disabled list stint following his collision with
the center-field fence. "This year, she's getting the game-used one. She's
making a collection."
Rowand was one of several Phillies to take swings with pink bats as part of a
league-wide "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" effort. The Phillies managed just four
hits against Cubs starter Ted Lilly, three with pink bats.
Abraham Nunez's fifth-inning single broke up Lilly's no-bit bid, and Wes Helms
and Nunez had singles in the eighth, when the Phillies scored their only run. Chase
Utley had gone 0-for-3 with pink, then went back to his regular bat, and
stroked a single in the ninth, though he was thrown out trying to stretch a
single into a double.
"The pink bats weren't working for us," Utley said. "It was time for a
While the pink bats contributed little to a Phillies win, the custom-made
Louisville Slugger implements will go to work to help fight breast cancer, as
part of an auction to raise money and awareness.
"It's for Mother's Day," Utley said. "Everybody's mother is important, and this
is an important cause."
The Phillies have taken on the challenge to raise $25,000 for Susan G. Komen
for the Cure, Philadelphia affiliate. Players wore pink wristbands, and the
pink ribbon decals were provided to all players, coaches and umpires.
The official dugout lineup cards were also pink, and the pink ribbon logo
appeared on the bases and a commemorative home plate at each ballpark.
More than 200 players signed up to use the bats, more than twice the
participation in 2006. Select game-used bats -- not the one Rowand is giving to
his mom -- as well as team-autographed bats from every club, will be auctioned
on MLB.com at a later date, with proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the
Cure. Fans can also purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com, or
www.slugger.com, with Major League Baseball donating $10 from the sale of each
bat to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Fans can make donations to the general cause or to a specific team. Major
League Baseball Charities have committed an additional $50,000 on top of the fan
Limited edition Phillies Sparkle Pink Ribbon caps and Charity T-shirts are
available, with one dollar from each item going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In
addition, while supplies last, a special Mother's Day bathrobe with the MLB pink
ribbon logo will be given as a gift with a purchase of $150 or more at club
retail shops within all 30 ballparks.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast
cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure
quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
"It's nice that Major League Baseball is doing something like this to promote
the cause," Rowand said. "It's something that affects a lot of different people
around the country. To be able to be a part of that is special on Mother's Day."