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Sabathia joins fight against breast cancer

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 08, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the bulk of a press release from Major League Baseball:

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An All-Star cast will serve as celebrity judges on a blue ribbon panel for the 2010 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, an initiative led by Major League Baseball® and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.

Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos joins Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, MLB All-Star Pitchers Brian Wilson, CC Sabathia, John Lackey and Jake Peavy, along with MLB Network’s Trenni Kusnierek and Mitch Williams, in casting their ballots for the most inspirational stories from MLB fans who have been affected by breast cancer.

The judges will select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal, as determined by online fan votes. There is less than a week remaining for fans to submit their stories and vote for their favorites.

MLB.com, the official web site of MLB, is accepting fan submissions at www.mlb.com/honorarybatgirl for the online contest that ends on April 13 at Noon ET. Baseball fans can share their stories of inspiration and hope of how they are supporting the fight against breast cancer and why they want to be an Honorary Bat Girl for their favorite MLB Club. Testimonials can be submitted by men and women who are breast cancer survivors, advocates and supporters of the cause. Each Honorary Bat Girl will have an opportunity to take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to their Club’s Mother’s Day celebration game or another home game in May.

Boston Red Sox All-Star Pitcher John Lackey’s life has been touched by breast cancer. Jake Peavy, All-Star Pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and former National League Cy Young Award Winner, lost his cousin to cancer, but thankfully has had a close friend beat the disease and is an advocate for any cause striving to find a cure for all forms of cancer. CC Sabathia, All-Star Pitcher for the New York Yankees and former American League Cy Young Award Winner, thankfully has not had anyone close to him affected by the disease, but he is also an advocate for a cure for all forms of cancer. Brian Wilson, All-Star Closer for the San Francisco Giants, lost his father to cancer when he was just 17 years old. Wilson dedicates every pitch to his father, who introduced him to baseball as a child, but sadly never got the chance to see him pitch professionally.

“I am honored and ecstatic to be a part of the Honorary Bat Girl program,” said Wilson. “I have seen firsthand what cancer can do to a family with the loss of my father. Any time there is a positive development towards a cure, I am backing it 100%.”

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative, a joint effort between MLB, its licensed partners and Komen for the Cure. Last year, more than 1,000 testimonials were submitted and nearly 2.2 million fan votes were cast.

On Mother’s Day (May 9), Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs, along with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will celebrate the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative, which is designed to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research. Hundreds of MLB players will use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB pink ribbon logo, and these game-used pink bats will be auctioned off on MLB.com at a later date. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands.

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77 Responses to “Sabathia joins fight against breast cancer”

  1. Carl April 8th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I love this man

  2. Rishi April 8th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Rishi April 8th, 2010 at 5:16 pm
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  3. Bryan April 8th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Previously, CC was considered a neutral party in said fight.

  4. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Yep, it is annoying

  5. California April 8th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Looks like Austin Jackson will be the 2010 AL MVP.

  6. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 8th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    lol re the cowbells. know they changed the turf and never been there in person to watch a game myself, but the trop on tv still seems like a ?90s video game version of baseball. the cowbells (great promo for tampa/st.pete, huh?) only add to the backward feel.

    hi erica! did my taxes last week. how about you? (that was rhetorical. sorry:)

    *****************

    I did mine way back in the beginning in February. If I don’t do them right away, I will never find the time again. Its everyone else in the world that is giving me a headache right now

    And I am sorry, but I brought muffin tops to work on Saturday for my coworkers for breakfast. No stumps here!!

  7. stuckey April 8th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    The “Vernon Well is back” media-frenzy begins in 3 … 2 … 1 …

  8. Nick in SF in Larkspur April 8th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    hey muffinstump, a little nit-pick, but Melky was part of the Javier Vaaquez trade, not the trade for Granderson.

  9. muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    erica,

    those poor stumps left behind in the office breakfast. how could you? :l

    glad to hear you’ve got plenty of work. for all the cpa’s: how cruel is it that the start of baseball season coincides with tax season!?

  10. CR9 April 8th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Going back to last thread, it’s not like Mo doesnt already get squeezed by umpires.

    You’d think that the greatest closer in baseball history, not to mention one of the classiest athletes/human beings of all time, would not get squeezed, but you’d be wrong!! :biggrin: :)

  11. MaineYankee April 8th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Erica

    Damon got a single today and just beat out the throw to first in his wheel chair.

    When he went to LF he went in the hover round he borrowed from GB7.

    MLB allowed this to help the economy in Detroit thinking it would draw fans.

  12. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 8th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    erica,

    those poor stumps left behind in the office breakfast. how could you? :l

    glad to hear you?ve got plenty of work. for all the cpa?s: how cruel is it that the start of baseball season coincides with tax season!?

    ************

    The muffin tops are made with a special pan. Sadly, they never exist which could probably put you in an existential crisis

    My dream is to one day go to a home opener. I doubt it will ever happen for me since I am not allowed to ever take off before April 15th. I have actually barely seen any baseball this spring. Its sad

  13. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 8th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    MaineYankee April 8th, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Erica

    Damon got a single today and just beat out the throw to first in his wheel chair.

    When he went to LF he went in the hover round he borrowed from GB7.

    MLB allowed this to help the economy in Detroit thinking it would draw fans.

    *************

    You are a meanie :evil:

  14. MaineYankee April 8th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Eric

    :lol: :lol:

  15. MaineYankee April 8th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Oops I meant Erica. :oops:

  16. muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    nick,

    thanks for the correction. guess i’ve blocked out the particulars. i hated the idea of bringing back javy vazquez, especially coming most directly from the nl; less so (but still) the granderson acquisition. (wrong there, i admit.) you’re right, tigers got a. jack., via ariozona, and kennedy for grandy. melky to atl. for vazquez. right?

    why have you been so nice-nice to erica yet this season? i love reading the tet-a-tet between you two love-birds. ;)

  17. Frontier April 8th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Messi = best player ever?

  18. Nick in SF in Larkspur April 8th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    muffinstump, you might be thinking of a different gal with an ‘A’ at the end of her name. ;)

  19. stuckey April 8th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    “Going back to last thread, it’s not like Mo doesnt already get squeezed by umpires.

    You’d think that the greatest closer in baseball history, not to mention one of the classiest athletes/human beings of all time, would not get squeezed, but you’d be wrong!!”

    Good gracious. Is there anyone or anything that you like that you don’t think is being screwed by somebody?

    Rivera doesn’t get “squeezed” any more than anyone else does. In fact, I’d say given his pinpoint control, he’s perhaps the best pitcher in the game for expanding the umpires zone. When he goes inside to lefties and then goes backdoor, he often can flirt with the black and get the call.

  20. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Celebrity judge for Honorary Bat Girl?

    I could make a Paul LoDuca joke here but I regress.

  21. muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    erica,

    re tax season, better the beginning of the season than the end, i suppose….have you reconciled to the old boyfriend seeing someone new? hey, swish is looking awfully handsome with his new close-cropped sideburns and hairdo. :)

    my contention is that stump-less muffin tops are not muffins, they are donuts in disguise.

  22. Nick in SF in Larkspur April 8th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Chad Guadin shuts down the overhyped Mariners!!!!!!!!!!!

    But why does Yahoo Sports cruelly go with this photo:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7199

  23. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 8th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 5:54 pm
    erica,

    re tax season, better the beginning of the season than the end, i suppose?.have you reconciled to the old boyfriend seeing someone new? hey, swish is looking awfully handsome with his new close-cropped sideburns and hairdo.

    my contention is that stump-less muffin tops are not muffins, they are donuts in disguise.

    ************

    I may not have taken my Johnny Damon pictures down yet. It still kind of hurts. But I am trying hard to accept it. Honestly, I have only been able to actually watch about an hour of this season so far. Its pathetic

    Muffin tops are awesome. Don’t judge until you have tried

  24. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    How many HR’s does Vasquez give up tomorrow night?

  25. Erin April 8th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Good for CC :)

  26. CR9 April 8th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    That’s fake Betsy :lol:

  27. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    That’s definitely not me; I’m going to email Chad now.

  28. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    By the way, aside from the fact that I would never make a post like that, there’s an easy way to tell if that’s me or not..

  29. muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    hmmm, why not the real betsy? there’s the cap in “p”leading.

    erica, only a couple of hours of a yank-redsox series? seriously? oh my, i’m so sorry. had no idea that it was so bad.

  30. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    For the unknowning blowhard that was yammreing on about how GM Steinbrenner wrecked his family shipping business before buying the Yankees. As usual, you were wrong. The company was family owned and was nearly bankrupt when his father retired and GMS took control. He rebuilt Kinsman Shipping and formed a group to buy other shipbuilding and freighter complanies to form American Shipbuilding. among other things, they built many of the Great Lakes freighters. Before that, the money he lost on the Cleveland Pipers pf the ABL was his, not family. After refusing to follow advice to file for bankruptsy, he paid off his debts and took control of the shipping company, switching from moving iron ore to moving grain. He also built ships for the US Navy until the US cancelled the contracts when the US started withdrawing from Vietnam.

    His Kinsman Farms are named after the original Kinsman Shipping.

    “Urged to file for bankruptcy, Steinbrenner instead worked to pay off his debt. When his father retired in 1963, he took control of the family shipping business and helped turn around its sagging fortunes. With the money he made, he formed a partnership with a group of investors and bought into the American Ship Building Company. Elected to the company’s presidency in 1967, Steinbrenner fetched his father out of retirement to help him run the operation. American Shipbuilding flourished under Steinbrenner’s leadership and made him a multimillionaire.”

  31. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I was hoping not to give that away – now the guy is going to copy me. I’m not sure what you mean “why not the real betsy”… I would never make a ost like that.

  32. CR9 April 8th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I didnt even see the “P”

    I know that Betsy gets concerned over real issues or semi-issues.

    There would be no reason for her to make a comment about Javy and HRs. Somebody obviously did it to get her attacked again.

  33. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 8th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
    hmmm, why not the real betsy? there?s the cap in ?p?leading.

    erica, only a couple of hours of a yank-redsox series? seriously? oh my, i?m so sorry. had no idea that it was so bad.

    ************

    Last night I was here until 9. And 8:15 the night before.

    Another part of the problem is that sometimes when I am home my DVR is working double duty recording stuff so I can’t see the game then either. I have to listen to the radio

  34. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    The scranton roster.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....38;cid=531

  35. hardwired April 8th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    a little late to the party, but…

    ‘pathetic and embarrassing’ is an apt description of Joe West’s turkey neck.

    gobble gobble

  36. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    the trenton roster.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....38;cid=567

  37. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    the Tampa Yankees roster

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....38;cid=587

  38. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    The Charleston roster

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....38;cid=233

    No word on Neil Medchill, so, I assume he’s in extended spring training.

  39. Jacob Ruppert April 8th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    stuckey
    “In fact, I’d say given his pinpoint control, he’s perhaps the best pitcher in the game for expanding the umpires zone.”

    Mo might disagree with you on that because of the Kevin Millar AB in the bottom of the 9th in Game 4 of the ’04 ALCS.

  40. CR9 April 8th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    “a little late to the party, but…

    ‘pathetic and embarrassing’ is an apt description of Joe West’s turkey neck.

    gobble gobble”

    It’s never too late to the party to insult Joe West, or any referee or Scumpire!!!

  41. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    My mistake. Medchill jumps from short season staten Island to Tampa.

  42. muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    erica,

    at least johnny is out there and still contributing to baseball. the tigers are a respectable team with a shot. no need to take those posters down prematurely. still, hope someone on the yanks catches your eye. (i, for one, haven’t quite moved on from bernie williams. fortunately, posada is still a working-class hero…)

    understand the tivo/dvr dilemma. i went with the conclusion of american idol (did i just admit that, eek?) and the game. too embarrassed to say what i skipped tivoing. ;)

  43. CR9 (MLB = Home of the Scumpires) April 8th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    by the way, you forgot “disgrace”. Another adequate descriptive word of West’s looks and umpiring!

  44. stuckey April 8th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Jacob,

    As someone who’s pitched 1200 innings in his career. I’ll bet he’s been been on the bad end of hundred and hundreds of missed calls.

    Doesn’t change the point though.

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    GB, thanks!

  46. Jacob Ruppert April 8th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    stuckey

    That AB still gives me nightmares. How Mo could walk Millar on 4 pitches is beyond my comprehension. I just wish that his “ability” to expand the umpire’s zone was actually working that night.

  47. muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    do folks think joe west acted (out) on his own, or was he (roughly) following mlb instructions to call out the two teams? that seems like the interesting speculation, because if it’s just one guy getting his personal digs in, okay, he’ll be subject to turkey-neck type retaliation. but, if it’s a message to redsox and yanks from mlb, that seems qualitatively different and unfair to blame the messenger.

  48. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Mo does not get squeezed by the umps very often. If anything, Mo gets the benefit of the doubt on most close calls because of his reputation.

    All the conspiracy stuff is a bunch of phooey.

  49. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Mo has definitely gotten squeezed, but I agree – not very often. I’m absolutely thrilled that he spoke out. Bud is not going to suspend him – no way….and it’s a joke if West umps another game in which either the Sox or Yanks are involved.

  50. MTU (aka GBURL) April 8th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    GB-

    Thanks for posting that info.

    Those rosters are filled with talent.

    Looking good. :)

  51. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    No guarantees that you can pick up the radio feeds, but try this one.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....;away=t495

  52. MTU (aka GBURL) April 8th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    GB-

    Looks like Nova instead of Z-Mac tonite. :(

  53. blake April 8th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    scumpires..that’s pretty good :)

  54. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    You’re most welcome. Betsy and MTU. Wish I was in Charleston tonight for the opener. By the way. If you go to each pf the team sites, O think you can get Gameday feeds like the big kids. scranton is on MILBTV.com

  55. stuckey April 8th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Me too Jacob, me too…

  56. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I wonder why it was changed? No matter, they are both healthy.

  57. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 8th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    So many promising young kids to follow: Montero, Romine McAllister, Heathcott, etc….This could be a fun year.

  58. CR9 (MLB = Home of the Scumpires) April 8th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Fred Couples, wow!!

    Tiger doing well too!!

  59. blake April 8th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I wish I was in Charleston period…the game would make it that much better though.

  60. BD (Boston Dave) - NJ walk tracker = 5 April 8th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    GF,

    I was thinking the same thing. Mo always seems to get the corners.

    I did think he got squeezed a bit, for him, last night. But I can’t remember him not getting the umps respect and/or calls for the most part – as you might expect after years of outstanding command would bring.

  61. MTU (aka GBURL) April 8th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Betsy-

    “This could be a fun year.”

    This will be a fun year. Fixed. :)

  62. stuckey April 8th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    “Mo does not get squeezed by the umps very often. If anything, Mo gets the benefit of the doubt on most close calls because of his reputation.”

    I GET being a fan. Always wanting things to go the way of your favorite team. What i don’t get is the apparent persecution complex that come with it for some.

    How can anyone NOT be self-aware enough to know there are fans of EVERY team that thinks everyone is out to get them, and they can’t be all right…

  63. MTU (aka GBURL) April 8th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Pre-season prediction:

    Montero> .320 :)

  64. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 8th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I’m watching my beloved Nats try to beat the Phils. Tyler Clippard pitched for the Nats and did really well. Now Bruney came in and walked a batter and allowed a hit (runners on 2nd and 3rd). :( But boy has he skinned out. He doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him!

    It was really weird watching Jose Contreras pitch in relief for the Phils.

    Anyway, GO BRUNEY!!!!! GO NATS!!!!!

  65. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 8th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    YES!!!!! Bruney got out of the inning!

  66. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Indeed, stuckey. Indeed.

  67. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    If you guys get a chance to watch the Oakland highlites to day, watch southpaw Brett Anderson pitching. If he stays healthy, it could get ugly, fast when he pitches. Mid 90s fastball and a curve that starts eye level outside and breaks down to a right handed hitters ankles.

  68. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 8th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    muffinstump April 8th, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    erica,

    at least johnny is out there and still contributing to baseball. the tigers are a respectable team with a shot. no need to take those posters down prematurely. still, hope someone on the yanks catches your eye. (i, for one, haven?t quite moved on from bernie williams. fortunately, posada is still a working-class hero?)

    understand the tivo/dvr dilemma. i went with the conclusion of american idol (did i just admit that, eek?) and the game. too embarrassed to say what i skipped tivoing.

    ***********************

    When I was 14 and watching the 1995 ALDS, Bernie Williams did something awesome.

    I then announced to my dad and Grandma Bernice that I was going to name all of my future children Bernie.

    My grandma asked if it was after her. I said no
    My dad asked if it was after Bernie. I said no

    It was because Bernie is the perfect combination of Ernie and Bert

  69. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 8th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    new thread :arrow:

  70. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Nova gets ‘em out in order, striking out the Mets Martinez to end it.

  71. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 8th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    They did it!!!!!

    That’s my Nats!!!

    :)

  72. CD April 8th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Three cheers for Boobs!

  73. EricNS April 8th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Good guy CC!

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