ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has no problem using a pink bat on Mother's Day. In fact, he prefers it. And not just because of what it symbolizes and supports.
Kinsler went 3-for-5 on Sunday with an RBI and two runs scored in the Rangers' 12-6 loss to the Athletics. That was quite an encore performance from last season, when Kinsler hit a home run with the pink bat. Along with Kinsler, every Rangers batter used a pink bat on Sunday in honor of Mother's Day.
"It doesn't really matter what color the bat is, but it's nice to show appreciation for all the moms out there," Kinsler said. "It's Mother's Day and it's a big deal for a lot of people."
Pink bats have become annual Mother's Day symbols as part of an overall "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative by Major League Baseball that raises awareness about breast cancer and directs massive proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans play the next big role in this process, because attention will move now to the MLB.com Auction and the gradual arrival of those pink bats that were used and then signed, or just signed by entire teams. Signed home plates and bases with the pink-ribbon logo also will be among the auction items that annually draw a frenzy, and all proceeds again will go to Komen. It is a "rolling auction," so if you don't see a player's bat in the next few weeks, keep coming back because eventually most or all of them show up there. Fans also can purchase their own personalized "Mother's Day 2008" pink bats right now for $79 apiece at the MLB.com Shop, with $10 from the sale of each one going to Komen.
For Rangers catcher Gerald Laird, there's always something special about using the pink bat too. Last year, he had a hit and liked the mark that the ball left.
"It's just another piece of lumber, and it doesn't matter what color it is but it's nice to get a knock and see that mark on the sweet spot," Laird said. "It is a special day. It's awesome to come out and show our appreciation for what women go through. It's important for us to understand and nice to support breast cancer research. Hopefully, they can find a cure for it."
Sunday marked the first time that Rangers rookie left fielder Brandon Boggs used a pink bat. Boggs said it was similar to when he wore a pink jersey with the Frisco Rough Riders, the Rangers' Double-A affiliate, in a promotion that benefits the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.
Boggs didn't have a hit, but he did reach base on a walk in the third inning. He eventually scored that inning on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's single to right.
"I liked the idea of honoring the women in our lives by using a pink bat," Boggs said. "I think it's a good thing that Major League Baseball does."
Drew Davison is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.