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Major League Baseball to break out pink bats, join fight against breast cancer

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mlb-pink-bat.jpgMajor League Baseball will commemorate Mother's Day in what has become its traditional way today.

Pink ribbons, pink wristbands and pink bats are in vogue as big league players participate in the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative by MLB that raises awareness about breast cancer and directs massive proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The pink ribbon logo will appear on the bases and on commemorative home plates, and the lineups will be written on pink cards.

The bats, along with the home plates and lineup cards, will be autographed by the teams and will be auctioned later on, with the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

It's important to realize that in the face of scandals, professional baseball does have its merits. Championing fund-raising efforts for great causes would of course qualify. So, kudos to everyone involved in this.

On a non-baseball related note, please take time out of your day to pay your respects to mothers everywhere, who so often get overlooked while doing one of the hardest jobs out there -- often selflessly sacrificing for the benefit of their children day after day.

Mother's Day cause special to Chavez     [MLB]

Astros paint town pink, raise awareness    [MLB]

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The usage of the MLB wood-painted pink bats is more than just about breast cancer awareness. It's about putting a face, a name to those pink bats. If you don't know by now, then you should meet A Real Live Pink Bat.

Norine Rathbone is a real live 51 year old breast cancer survivor who is also a real live baseball player in Las Vegas in the Vegas Valley Men's Baseball League. Yes she plays men's baseball in the 25+ age division because she is an outstanding athlete and a remarkable woman for her age. But most of all, she's alive thanks to breast cancer research.

This year the Detroit Tigers management invited her to tryout for their Minor League Team. She went on March 9, 2009. While she didn't make the team with a professional baseball contract, she earned something else that a MLB contract couldn't afford--their respect to her.

Read all the national articles and watch the Tampa Bay News 9 clip about her Detroit Tigers tryout experience at: Where all the links are to the articles written about her. Videos of Norine the baseball and football player plus the Susan G. Komen 2008 speech she gave as Athlete Survivor of the Year Homerun For Health about her More articles from her own words of her baseball/cancer experiences

Very good cause to support! Please visit my website, I am a ticket broker specializing in selling premium tickets to all concerts, NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, NCAA, NASCAR, and PGA events. I am raising money for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, Florida on October 17, 2009. For every sale made through my website, I will donate 10% of the sale from now through September 30, 2009 to the American Cancer Society-South Palm Beach Unit in Boca Raton, Florida. every penny counts and every dollar makes a difference! You can also donate directly to ACS via the link on my homepage titled "Ticket To The Cure"

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