BOSTON -- When he exited the field at Fenway Park on Sunday, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis scanned the stands, searching for a few moms to honor on this Mother's Day. Kipnis wanted to give away some of the pink items he wore throughout the game against the Red Sox.
Kipnis was taking part in Major League Baseball's annual Mother's Day effort to raise awareness for breast cancer. Other items -- such as the pink bats used by a handful of players -- will be auctioned off to help raise money to assist Komen for the Cure.
"I actually made a point to throw all mine into the stands to moms," Kipnis said of the pink arm and wrist bands he sported in the Tribe's 12-1 loss. "I tried to find moms with Tribe gear on. If they had kids with them, I flipped them the arm bands and other stuff, too. That's what I tried to do.
"I like the fact that they're trying to find some way to turn it into a positive and raise awareness, and make some money for charity."
Continuing a tradition that began in 2006, MLB celebrated Mother's Day at all home ballparks on Sunday as a platform to raise awareness of breast cancer in the interest of prevention, treatment and a cure. Around the league, hundreds of MLB players were slated to use pink Louisville Sluggers, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo.
To further demonstrate their support for the fight against breast cancer, players and on-field personnel also had a pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards were also pink.
Beyond the MLB.com auction of game-used and autographed items for charity, the 2012 pink bats are also available from the MLB.com Shop and help in the fight against breast cancer in the process. They are going for $69.99, and $10 of each sale goes to Komen for the Cure. The bats are the same model many players used Sunday.
"I think it's a good cause," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I'm glad that everybody is behind it."