The past few days, Nick Swisher has had a brand new pair of New Balance spikes in his locker. They’re mostly black, but the edges and logo are of the brightest pink you can imagine. He got them specifically for Mother’s Day, but he’s not sure he can wear them. Only official gear is allowed to break the uniform rules for today, and Under Armour — not New Balance — is the official footwear of MLB.
“Maybe I’ll rock them during BP,” Swisher said. “If I get fined, we’ll give it to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”
Goofy sponsorship rules aside, the introduction of the color pink to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise breast cancer awareness is one of the cool if slightly quirky events within the baseball season. Swisher has a pink bat and pink wristbands ready for today’s game, and there are pink bats stashed in lockers throughout the Yankees clubhouse. Even Ivan Nova has one. Has his name on it and everything.
“When you see the pink bats, you definitely know what they stand for,” Swisher said. “They’ve done a great job of going out and branding what that means. Not only raising the money, but getting the word out in general. It’s a fun day. You never really see pink out on a baseball field, so it’s fun when it’s out there.”
For more on Susan G. Komen for the Cure, check out their website.
“Now that I’m a married man and I want to start a family of my own,” Swisher said, “it’s going to be such an honor and privilege to have kids. Your mom is your mom. You only get one of them. Happy Mother’s Day to everybody.”
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom back home in Missouri and to all you mothers out there in Yankee-land.
Associated Press photo of Swisher last season