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Melisa Palacios Named Brewers Honorary Bat Girl

Major League Baseball recently announced the winners of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease. Winners were selected to represent each of the 30 MLB Clubs and many were recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Mother’s Day.

Since the Brewers were on the road in Cincinnati last Sunday, we were pleased to recognize our Honorary Bat Girl–Melisa Palacios— in a pregame ceremony this morning, prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Padres game.

Melisa Palacios

Fans from across the United States and in Canada shared inspirational stories of hope and motivation in their experiences in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they, or their nominees, should represent their favorite team.

Here was the nomination for Palacios:

“We would like to recognize her outstanding efforts in raising awareness of breast cancer and giving comfort, knowledge and joy to those affected with this disease. Breast cancer first hit home for Melisa’s family when one of her husband’s relatives was diagnosed. Little did they know how personal breast cancer would be in their life. Since the 1st diagnosis in the family Melisa and her husband have been creating breast cancer awareness clothing to sell. They donate the profits to the All Saints Cancer Center in Racine. It has been a very successful venture giving thousands of dollars to a worthy cause. In 2013 Melisa’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2014 Melisa was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through surgery and chemo treatment Melisa stayed strong and came back stronger. She continued to be there for her family and help support others. She was the first responder to help others through this long, hard journey with advice, dinners or a shoulder to cry on. Melisa is a fighter for herself, our co‐workers and anyone else afflicted with breast cancer. Melisa uses her experience and knowledge to help others. She has recently started a support group, Pink Ladies Palace, where breast cancer fighters and survivors communicate and share their stories and experiences. She has joined the dragon boat team, Pink Paddling Power. Melisa didn’t just survive her battle she became a warrior for the fight. We believe her selfless acts of kindness and work should be recognized. It is staggering how the efforts of one person can truly make the difference for so many people. Melisa is committed to a lifetime to fight the battle of breast cancer. Melisa does all of this with a smile on her face and an appreciation for life. Melisa is one of those people that just don’t go through life blindly they make a difference in many lives along the way.”

The winners were selected by a panel of judges, including special guest judges, who chose the winning submissions based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal (as determined by online fan votes).  Health & wellness expert and star of Just Jillian on E! Network, Jillian Michaels, as well as Gregor Blanco of the San Francisco Giants, Robinson Chirinos of the Texas Rangers, Zach Duke of the Chicago White Sox; Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves; Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles, Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets, Jeremy Jeffress of the Milwaukee Brewers,Scott Kazmir of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Taijuan Walker of the Seattle Mariners, Jered Weaverof the Los Angeles Angels, Sam Ryan & Chris Rose of MLB Network and Lindsay Berra & Alyson Footer of MLB.com served as guest judges for the contest. Michaels is an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel also wore the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Players wore specially-designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the Clubs’ regular logos. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards were also pink. Games featured a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also used pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, were stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other pink items from Mother’s Day games are being auctioned exclusively on MLB.com/auction to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

 

MLB Launches the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest

Major League Baseball has launched the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which will identify one fan per MLB Club who has been affected by breast cancer and has demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease.

Men and women, ages 18 and older, can share stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” by visiting HonoraryBatGirl.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media, for a chance to be recognized on-field by their favorite team on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th.  For Clubs that are away on Mother’s Day, another home game will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.

Fans also are invited to visit the site to vote for these inspirational stories, which are designed to provide hope and motivation for the fight against breast cancer. Entries can be submitted by breast cancer survivors, friends and family, advocates and/or supporters of the cause through April 14 at 4:59 p.m. ET.

Health & wellness expert and star of Just Jillian on E! Network, Jillian Michaels, as well as Scott Kazmir of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles, Jeremy Jeffress of the Milwaukee Brewers, Sam Ryan & Chris Rose of MLB Network and Lindsay Berra & Alyson Footer of MLB.com will serve as guest judges for the contest.

Michaels is an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer.  Both Kazmir’s and Weaver’s mothers are breast cancer survivors. Gausman lost both his grandmothers to breast cancer. Jeffress lost both his aunt and uncle to cancer.  Ryan’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, and Rose has several close friends who have been affected by the disease.  Each judge will review a portion of the submissions and their opinions will be considered in the selection process.  Additional Major Leaguers may also join the panel and will be announced at a later date.

A panel of judges, including the guest judging panel, will help select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal (as determined by online fan votes).

Honorary Bat Girl Contest

During MLB’s annual recognition of Mother’s Day, one Honorary Bat Girl per home Club will take part in pre-game activities, including being recognized during an on-field ceremony, and also receive pink MLB merchandise along with two tickets to the game.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is commemorated on Mother’s Day.  In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and millions of fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen.  The initiative raises awareness about breast cancer, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

On every Mother’s Day since 2006, hundreds of MLB players use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel have worn the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms as well as pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also have been pink and stamped with the pink ribbon logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other game-used gear from Mother’s Day games have been auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information, please visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.

Happy Mother’s Day: Lots of Pink at the Park Today!

Mother’s Day is always a special day at the ballpark; there are a lot of festivities going on to celebrate the special women in our lives.

First, we’ve got a few special Mother’s Day e-cards that you can share:

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All those who came out to celebrate with us today got a special All-Fan Giveaway, a BobbleHank donning a pink bandana:

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We’re also celebrating  with plenty of pink, as part of the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program, which was started by Major League Baseball in 2006.

Some of the players will use pink bats made by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Bernie Brewer Pink Bat

Today, we’re also using pink-stitched Rawlings baseballs. the pink ribbon is appearing on the bases at each ballpark, the official dugout lineup cards are pink and the players are wearing pink wristbands, plus a variety of other pink accessories.

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There are also a lot of pink shoes being worn today, like these:

Khris Davis gives us a sneak peek at his pink cleats for tomorrow. #MothersDay #KhrisDavis

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Pitchers in Pink.

Pitchers in Pink.

Pink ribbon decals for breast cancer awareness are also being worn by all on-field personnel.

Many of the players took to social media to wish their moms a Happy Mother’s Day:

and I had also collected a few photos of some of the guys and their moms to share on our social media platforms:

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In addition, we welcomed 2015 Honorary Bat Girl Winner, Johanna Kretschmer.

The Honorary Bat Girl program celebrates those who have been affected by breast cancer and who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to fight this disease. Johanna is a two-time survivor of the disease and we were happy to have her out here today to throw out the first pitch.

Honorary Bat Girl 2015

To learn more about Major League Baseball’s commitment to the cause visit MLBCommunity.org.

I also want to wish my own mom a very Happy Mother’s Day. I love you mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms out there–Go BREWERS!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Johanna Kretschmer from Burlington Named Brewers Honorary Bat Girl Will Be Honored at Miller Park on Mother’s Day

Major League Baseball has announced the winners of the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.  The Honorary Bat Girl for the Milwaukee Brewers is Johanna Kretschmer from Burlington.  Kretschmer will be honored when the Brewers host the Chicago Cubs, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 in Milwaukee.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 2 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Mother’s Day Wishes & Plenty of Pink from the Crew!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!

Before I tell you everything that is going on to commemorate this special holiday at the park today, I want to wish my own mom, who is celebrating at the game today, a very Happy Mother’s Day. I love you mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!

A few of the players have special Mother’s Day wishes, too:

And, today at Miller Park, we’re celebrating with plenty of pink, as part of the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program, which was started by Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball in 2006.

Carlos Gomez even dyed his goatee pink in honor of Mother's Day!

Carlos Gomez even dyed his goatee pink in honor of Mother’s Day!

Some of the players will use pink bats made by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

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Today, we’re also using a pink-stitched Rawlings baseballs. the pink ribbon is appearing on the bases at each ballpark, the official dugout lineup cards are pink and the players are wearing pink wristbands, plus a variety of other pink accessories.

Pink ribbon decals for breast cancer awareness are being worn by all on-field personnel.

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The “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program was expanded with the Honorary Bat Girl program in 2009.

The Honorary Bat Girl program celebrates those who have been affected by breast cancer and who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to fight this disease.

A Guest Judging Panel that included MLB players Evan Longoria, Freddie Freeman and Pablo Sandoval with MLB Network’s Sam Ryan and country music superstar Jason Aldean, who are all committed to the cause, helped to select an Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB Clubs.

Today we hosted a special Mother’s Day program including recognition of our 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Winner, Lisa Zelazoski, who was here with her husband Nate and daughters Abby, Erin and Ava (not pictured).

Lisa Zelazoski

To learn more about Major League Baseball’s commitment to the cause visit MLBCommunity.org.

Happy Mother’s Day–Go BREWERS!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

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