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MLB will use a pink-stitched baseball on Sunday

May 9, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

We’ve seen the pink bats in honor of breast cancer awareness the past several Mothers Days, but this year MLB is stepping up its game:


Pretty sweet.  As long as hitters can still pick up the spin of the ball as they can with red stitching, that is.  But jeez, even if they can’t, you can take a golden sombrero if it means we’re a step closer to beating breast cancer right? RIGHT?

Yeah, I’m talking to you B.J. Upton. Call it plausible deniability.

  1. rcali - May 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Hope MLB doesn’t get hurt patting itself on the back.

    • beefytrout - May 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Thankfully there are ways to heal quic….


  2. mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    We are freaking AWARE of breast cancer–so enough with the pink stitches, bases, socks, shoes, whatever. We are aware. We get it. All this politically correct, oh-so-sensitive stuff in the various leagues is doing is irritating those of us who go to the games TO SEE THE FREAKING GAMES.

    “If you want to send a message, call Western Union.”–Legendary film producer Sam Goldwyn

    • beefytrout - May 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      How does any of that affect the freaking game you’re watching? Or do you just not like the color pink?

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Well, I don’t know about him, but that pink campaign really pisses me off! It will lessen the experience for me on Sunday.

      • beefytrout - May 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        We need a campaign to raise awareness for those affected by awareness raising campaigns.

      • mississippimusicman - May 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        The history of the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness is actually pretty sordid. The woman who came up with the idea used salmon pink, and refused to license the idea to companies trying to sell products, so some hotshot legal department trademarked ribbons in the current shade, and most of the time the amount of money thrown to charities is actually embarrassingly small. Also, most of the recipients of those funds just use the money to “raise awareness,” meaning it goes to salaries and ad budgets promoting the very same pink ribbon campaigns. Shameful.

    • thefrenchyconnection - May 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Well it is not only done to raise awareness, but (and please correct me if i am wrong) the majority of the specially created equipment used on mother’s/father’s day is auctioned off for various cancer charities.

    • fearlessleader - May 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      I am a baseball-obsessed woman who learned the game from my mother, and I loathe the pink garbage for a whole bunch of reasons that will probably get me violently thumbs-downed as the humorless feminist I am.

      1) The reflexive association of pink with femininity is cliched and icky.

      2) The reflexive (and, in the sporting world at least, usually exclusive) association of femininity and breast cancer is reductive and counterproductive. As mazblast says, most of us are already richly aware of breast cancer. We are far less aware that, for example, lung cancer kills thousands more women every year than breast cancer. (But boobs are more interesting, and more feminine, than lungs.)

      3) Unless things have changed, most of the proceeds from MLB’s pink efforts benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is a hugely problematic organization for a lot of reasons (for example: they focus almost exclusively on “finding the cure” rather than examining the causes of breast cancer, perhaps because they continue to profit from pink-themed associations with companies that manufacture or use known carcinogens or market products known to elevate cancer risks).

      I’d be thrilled to see baseball come up with some creative, meaningful ways to honor the many women who love the game and have contributed to it over the years. Hauling out the pink-stitched balls every year isn’t one.

    • duckthefodgers - May 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      What is this breast cancer you speak of?

    • louhudson23 - May 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      You sir,are a D.I.C.K. Fuck you.

      • louhudson23 - May 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Pointing at mazblast….

  3. rbj1 - May 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see batting averages, Ks & BBs on this Sunday and compare to normal Sundays.

  4. breastfedted - May 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I’m fine with it as long as it’s just for one day. I just hope they don’t end up overdoing it down the road like the NFL where pink is splashed all over every uniform, hat, jacket, piece of equipment, etc. for a month straight. Everyone is aware of breast cancer, a ball doesn’t need to be pink to auction it off towards a worthy cause.

  5. paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I am all for saving the tatas (as the bumper stickers around here say), but people are more aware of breast cancer than any other type, and it is not the most frequent type of cancer (prostrate cancer is actually more common among men than breast cancer among women) nor is it the cancer with the highest death rate or the most annual deaths….how about, you know….spreading around some of that awareness.

    • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      How about not building an industry on “awareness” or commodifying cancer and instead put more money towards research and crap?

      • fearlessleader - May 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Yes, exactly (cf. my comment above, which I was furiously pounding out while you were posting your much more succinct one). And “save the tatas” makes me want to puke. (I wrote a humorless post about this sort of campaign a few years ago: )

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Thanks, I will make a point to read that. (But, you know I’m going to tease you about getting a sense of humor now, right? :) )

      • fearlessleader - May 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM


      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Ok, fine. 😦


      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        The other thing about those campaigns is that they are demeaning to men too. Men are reduced to these slobbering brainless soulless morons, incapable of sensitivity or caring — just walking randy fools. It really insults them as well, and the men I love are so much more than that. Plus, it is, of course, heteronormalizing because it assumes that all men are obsessed with boobies and makes gay men invisible (despite the fact that they have mothers, sisters, daughters, etc that are equally touched by the threat of breast cancer). Finally, it’s dismissive of the men who get breast cancer and their challenges. Stupidity.

      • fearlessleader - May 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Couldn’t agree more.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Well, isn’t all the pink shit sold with the proceeds going toward breast cancer research? I just assumed that awareness campaigns had a two-fold purpose: 1) to increase early detection rates, and, thereby, survival rates, and 2) to raise money for research.

        But yeah, you are probably right, the primary motivations are likely good PR and profit. Can you imagine the backlash if MLB stopped doing their breast cancer stuff? That is the danger with starting such things, you really can’t ever stop without being condemned for it….breast cancer isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Here’s the downside, paper. Much of that goes to the Komen foundation, which spends a lot on it’s “awareness” campaign instead of funding research and assistance for women. It’s become an industry of it’s own. If you want your money to go to research, you’re better off giving it to the American Cancer Society. Komen is one of those charities that spends more on overhead and less on “curing” than it ought.

        But, also, no I don’t need a fucking pink water bottle, thank you.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Not shocking.

        I used to give to charities, but I must have got on their “sucker” list, because everyone and their cat calls me looking for a hand out now….there are so many I just say “no and hang up” before they are even done with their introductory spiel.

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        And that’s completely aside from how you feel about the whole Planned Parenthood thing or the fact that manufacturers sell things in pink to target female consumers when they are in no way associated with breast cancer programs (see the pink gun promotion kerfluffle from last year).

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        I’m a guy. Pretty much no one (except for meds because you always have to pee or if you dick don’t work….and truck builders) markets to guys. I’m not even sure who beer commercials are aimed at, but….not guys.

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Are you seriously blind? A good portion of the commercials I see during ball games are not targeting me. They’re for dudes. Because, you know, dudes watch sports and “girls” watch Lifetime movies.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Guys don’t watch commercials, at least, none that I know. The only guys I know that ever see commercials watch TV with their wives/kids. Commercial = mute, change channel or a time to get something done (pee, get beer/food).

        So….yeah, I guess I am blind.

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        I seem to recall you saying something about a blender commercial. 😉

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Yep, and I have no idea whatsoever what it is about or what they were selling/advertising, I just remember a blender sitting on a counter, thinking that was stupid, and taking appropriate action (mute/channel change).

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Well, if you watched baseball like a woman, you’d be multi-tasking (and I don’t mean just getting a beer).

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Ahhhhhh, multi-tasking…..code for paying attention to none of the things you are “doing”.

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        How much attention do you need to pay to folding laundry? Also, I watch a lot of games while drinking a beer and giving myself a pedicure, FYI.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM


      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Whatever. When it’s 115*, soaking your feet in cool water and having a beer is a relief.

      • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Wait a second, are you saying that men are not “slobbering brainless soulless morons, incapable of sensitivity or caring — just walking randy fools.” That seems pretty accurate…so maybe this campaign just lets us be ourselves. :-)

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        Well, obviously I was excepting you.

      • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM


      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        You put the ball in front of the goal. I just had to tip it in.

      • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        Actually, I think that might have been an own goal.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        You just *have* to make it about yourself, do ya? Fine, you slobbering randy moron.

      • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        Careful, you could hurt my feelings….well, if I had any. 😛

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        Wow, Woodpecker. You’re ornery this am. Shouldn’t you be getting my OK report ready? I have to go in for my MRI this am so I might not get to read it til later now.

      • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        MRI? Pedicure injury?

        Cardinals were off again yesterday.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        No, old gym injury, smart aleck.

  6. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - May 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    there are plenty of things to bitch about in life, but funds for charity are not one. that said, there are many, many issues i take with the pink campaigns. most of the time the campaigns are for-profit and leave scraps of pennies to charities that are so spread around, research becomes directionless. there’s a netflix doc called “pink ribbons inc” that was pretty good in getting to the rotten core of corporate “awareness” movements.

  7. vilelabyrinth - May 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    pink baseball stitching is really gonna help cure cancer…yep

  8. bbk1000 - May 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Pink lacing on a white ball… that thing looks like it will be hard to see…..until you wake up in the hospital…

    Might have been better off keeping the regular lacing and making the ball pink…

  9. vilelabyrinth - May 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    money needs to go to finding the cause of cancer…either way, most of the monies for charities ends up in some CEO’s pockets…people are sh*t is what I’m getting at.

  10. dlf9 - May 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    According the the American Cancer Association, there will be approximately 39,620 deaths from breast cancer in 2013. According to that same source, there will be 29,720 deaths from prostate cancer. I don’t think I want to know what color the stitches will be for prostate cancer awareness.

    To put that into scale, using a different source (Centers for Disease Control), there are an anticipated 50,097 deaths from influenza, 69,071 from diabetes, 129,076 from stroke, and 597,689 from heart disease.

  11. mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    If a problem is cured or solved, what happens to the charity/foundation/whatever that raises funds to “cure” or “solve” it? The only charity I can recall that ever successfully changed its emphasis is the March of Dimes, which switched from polio to birth defects 50+ years ago.

    This leads me to believe (in my more cynical moments) that deep down many of these charities are not really THAT interested in solving the problem their cause is supposed to address. “Raising awareness”, sure, that brings in the bucks. I can’t help but feel at times that raising the money is more important to SOME of the people involved than completing the stated mission, particularly at the top of the organizations.

    I also tend to think the same thing about lawyers and the clergy–“If we help solve their problems, they won’t need us!”

    I try to not be a cynic, but sometimes…

  12. Walk - May 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I agree with paper on the commercials. My eardrums were blown out when I was in the army. The second a commercial comes on I mute it. The volume on commercials is raised because the producers of the commercials know that is when people go to another room, get a drink or go to take a bathroom break or what have you. I believe there was a law passed recently that was directed at commercials, but it only lowered the volume to the max of the preceding show. So if a show has explosions like hr fireworks those commercials get painfully loud. There was a time I would have not muted the commercials but they shot themselves in the foot by trying to make sure people on the can hear every word clearly from the house next door.

  13. ezthinking - May 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Support the cause by endangering others.

    And Angel Hernandez still has a job.

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