Pink bats help propel Nats to victory
Four of Washington's six runs produced with special bats
WASHINGTION -- Six members of the Nationals swung pink bats during the Mother's Day game against the Marlins at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Church, Robert Fick, Jesus Flores, Cristian Guzman, Austin Kearns and Ryan Zimmerman used the bats and went a combined 7-for-22 (.318) with four RBIs. Flores and Guzman drove in two runs apiece to help the Nationals win, 6-4.
The players helped raise awareness for breast cancer using pink Louisville Slugger bats. More than 200 Major League players signed up to use a pink bat, which is more than twice the participation in 2006.
Select game-used bats, 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.
"It's very special to use the pink bats. Moms are very special in everyone's life," Zimmerman said. "[It's great] to see how it's grown. Not too many people used it last year.
"It seems like everybody is using it now. I think it's a good thing that they auction the bats off to raise money."
The Mother's Day game was highlighted by Church's mother, Karen. She threw out the first pitch, a strike to her son.
"It was good to have my mom on the field," Ryan said. "She was really nervous. Her hands were sweating. I told her it would take a second. It was a good moment."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.