The Red Sox will celebrate Mother's Day at Fenway Park by allowing a local fan to serve as an honorary bat girl in the team's Sunday night matchup against the Yankees on May 9. The Red Sox' honorary bat girl will take part in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive two tickets to the game along with pink MLB merchandise.
Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, have launched the 2010 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign developed in celebration of Mother's Day in ballparks around the country to recognize MLB fans who are supporting the fight against breast cancer in their daily lives. On Mother's Day, May 9, Major League Baseball's teams, along with Komen for the Cure, will celebrate the "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative to raise awareness of breast cancer while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
Hundreds of players will use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, stamped with the MLB breast cancer logo, and wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also will be pink.
Major League Baseball Charities will donate $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and game-used pink bats will be auctioned off on Major League Baseball's official Web site to raise additional funds for the charity. Fans can purchase their own personalized pink bats at mlb.com or slugger.com, with $10 from the sale of each pink bat going to Komen for the Cure.
Baseball fans can share and vote on stories about how they are supporting the fight against breast cancer in their daily lives and why they want to be an honorary bat girl for the Red Sox. Men and women 18 and older can go online to vote and enter to win a chance at becoming the team's honorary bat girl during the Mother's Day celebration. Major League Baseball will accept submissions until April 13.
A celebrity panel of judges will select the winning submission. One winner will be selected per club.