Cancer is one of the worst things in the world and affects almost every person in some way.
At the end of the fifth inning of Saturday’s World Series Game 4 matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball stopped for a moment as everyone in attendance rose to their feet to honor loved ones who have been afflicted with the dreaded disease.
Everyone in Dodger Stadium, from the fans to even the players on both teams, stood with a sheet of paper saying “I Stand Up For” and filled in a loved one’s name with Andra Day’s “Rise Up” blaring in the background. The World Series is baseball’s biggest stage, but for a moment, the 50,000-plus people in attendance turned their focus to something much bigger.
Cancer affects everyone in some way or another, and the moment of everyone in the park coming together for a few minutes portrayed that sentiment beautifully.
“MLB has been with Stand Up To Cancer from the very beginning,” Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Rusty Robertson said in a statement, adding that baseball’s 30 clubs have combined to commit more than $43 million to SU2C.
“The sight of more than 50,000 people from all walks of life standing up shoulder to shoulder with players, coaches, broadcasters and owners, holding signs in honor of loved ones, has become one of the most indelible and moving tributes in all of sports and pop culture. The Stand Up To Cancer Placard Moment underscores how this terrible disease affects everyone, and it will take all of us working together, collaborating, to end it. The Placard Moment inspires everyone, from players to people in the fight with cancer.”
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