The Chicago Cubs may have lost to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon after the bullpen blew yet another lead, but the team had its biggest victory of the season in the fight against breast cancer. Wrigley Field was host to ‘Pink Out‘ day Wednesday as the Cubs raised awareness, spirits and money in the fight against the No. 2 cancer killer of women.
In a season devoid of many joyous occasions or opportunities to sing “Go Cubs Go”, Wednesday was an opportunity to honor the brave women battling, have battled or were otherwise impacted by the vicious and deadly disease. This cancer has taken far too many mothers, sisters, wives and friends from us far too soon and on Wednesday, the Cubs celebrated their strength, courage and bravery.
Fans in the bleachers were given pink hats, a pink ribbon was hung on one door in the outfield and ushers throughout the stadium wore pink hats with pride. The most touching and emotional part of the day, however, was seeing cancer survivors throw out the first pitch, sing the seventh-inning stretch and serve as the honorary bat girl. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
The Sing to Live Chorus, comprised of members whose lives were affected by cancer, sang a moving National Anthem: twitter.com/Cubs/status/33…
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 8, 2013
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and teams across MLB will use pink bats to continue to raise awareness for the disease. Hug your moms a little tighter, a little longer and thank her for taking you to your little league games when you were a little boy or girl and cleaning the grass stains out of your uniform.
Wrigley Field has been the host of several historic events in MLB history, including Babe Ruth’s called shot, Gabby Hartnett’s Homer in the Gloamin’, Ernie Banks hitting his 500th home run and Kerry Wood striking out 20 batters, and the second-oldest ballpark in baseball added another one on Wednesday.
The Cubs got a head start on the rest of the league in raising money, awareness and for at least one day, the spirits of cancer survivors and those still fighting every day. If the money and awareness rose as a result of Wednesday’s event saves one life, that is the biggest triumph anyone at a sun-soaked Wrigley Field could ask for.
I don’t think anyone genuinely cared what the final score was, because the 26,354 in attendance and both the Cubs and the Cardinals know who the real winners are.