ARLINGTON -- In honor of Mother's Day and in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer, players all across baseball wore pink on Sunday.
They wore pink wristbands, put on pink batting gloves, and swung pink bats. After his first at-bat, Josh Hamilton opted to use with the same non-pink bat that he's been using this past week, the one that he'd hit all but one of the nine home runs he's recorded in six games prior to Sunday.
"I got a little sticker on it," Hamilton said earlier this week. "I'm just hoping I don't throw it in the stands."
Hamilton went homerless for the first time in four games but went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs in the Rangers' 13-6 win over the Angels. He had previously planned to use his lucky bat until it broke, but now it will be delivered to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. While Hamilton may not have used a pink bat the entire game like many of his teammates, he did show his support for the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink wristbands.
"She's a special lady," Hamilton said of his mother. "She took care of me and did all the things a mother does. But she also taught me a little about the game. I love her and I wish she could be here but I'll send her some flowers and say, 'Hi,' to her on TV."
Hamilton is hitting .467 with nine home runs in 18 RBIs in his last eight games.