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05/13/07 10:50 PM ET
Pink bats a hit with Rockies
Special lumber will be auctioned to help fight breast cancer
By Owen Perkins / Special to MLB.com
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies weren't able to offer much in the way of a Mother's Day gift in their Sunday afternoon loss to the Giants. The 15-2 defeat had few highlights to make a mother proud, but the players had no hesitation in honoring their own mothers and the mothers on hand in the stands. Seven members of the Rockies took special pink bats to the plate throughout Sunday's game, joining over 200 Major League players in the effort to heighten awareness about breast cancer. Though the bats were made to the same specifications of the individual bats each player normally uses, it can still be a challenge for players to make a change in one of their key pieces of game equipment. Todd Helton, a connoisseur of bats who has been known to visit the Louisville Slugger factory on trips to play the Reds in nearby Cincinnati, admitted he wasn't wild about using a new bat, but he took the pink stick to the plate with him in his first at-bat, a grounder to short. "If it helps the cause, I'll do it," Helton said. "We all love our mom." The Rockies hit .222 (2-for-9) with pink bats and .217 (5-for-23) with all other bats, with pink figuring in both of their runs Sunday. Willy Taveras was the most consistent purveyor of the pink, using his Mother's Day bat in each of three plate appearances, drawing a walk to lead off the Rockies' first inning and doubling home Colorado's first run in the fifth. Steve Finley, Matt Holliday, Garret Atkins, Jeff Baker and Yorvit Torrealba also took pink swings Sunday, with Torrealba connecting for the only other hit with a special bat. He singled the first time he used the bat, with one out in the ninth, and he later scored the Rockies' only other run of the game. "I wish I could use it more often, because I got a hit," said Torrealba. "It's definitely special. It really means a lot to us. It's showing some appreciation to all the mothers out there. Obviously, we all have a mother. Wherever they are, they're watching us right now, and it's really appreciated, the fact that they gave us life." "For me, every day is Mother's Day," Torrealba added. "When you have your mom around, they really help. It's the best thing ever. It's a really special day for them. I'm really proud."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.