When fans and players think of Mother’s Day baseball probably isn’t something that comes to mind. For some players, it’s a day of remembrance for others it’s a day to support a good cause. Today, just like any other day, has some games that stand out the most on Mother’s Day.
In 2001, Major League Baseball started the first initiative to start honoring all mothers. What happened in 2001 was players were allowed to wear pink to support breast cancer. Funds were also raised for breast cancer as a partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the cure organization in 2006. 2006 also saw the addition of the notable pink bats which became quite popular and are still seen today.
In 2006, Bill Hall decided to use the pink bats for his mother who was in the stands watching him play. His notable moment came when he hit a two run shot to win the game in the tenth inning. The Brewers were doing an auction to raise funds for breast cancer a few days later. The Brewers president participated in this auction and won the bat Bill Hall used. He gave it to Bill Hall’s mother.
In 2007, it was the Boston Red Sox who became the heroes of Mother’s Day thanks to a bullpen collapse by the Baltimore Orioles. The Boston Red Sox scored six runs after trailing by five coming into the bottom of the ninth. The big hero was Julio Lugo who drove in two runs thanks to a throwing error.
For Dallas Braden, the 2010 Mother’s Day game was a game to remember. His mother had passed away when he was younger and his grandmother became his mother figure. She happened to be in Oakland that day to witness him throw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was certainly a special moment for him and his grandmother who he hugged on the mound following the game.
Finally, in 2015, Michael Pineda had a career game as he struck out 16 and walked none against the Baltimore Orioles. Pineda did all of this in just seven innings. The New York Yankees won the game 6-2. Pineda became the 22nd pitcher to strikeout 16 and give up zero runs. The fourth New York Yankee to accomplish that.