DALLAS, May 7, 2009 / FW/ — With the slogan, “Real Baseball Players Wear Pink . . . Reebok Cleats,” Ortiz, Fielder, K-Rod and other Reebok athletes will don pink Rebook cleats during Major League Baseball games on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th to help raise awareness – and money – for breast cancer.
Among those who are expected to wear the pink Reebok cleats are twelve players from the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, who will be featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Game of the Week, as well as the game’s umpiring crew and the entire Red Sox staff including Manager Terry Francona.
Players “getting their pink on” include David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon and Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox and Gabe Gross, Grant Balfour and James Shields of the Rays, along with other players from both teams.
In addition, MLB stars Francisco Rodriguez (New York Mets), Nate McLouth (Pittsburgh Pirates), Justin Morneau (Minnesota Twins) and Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers) also are expected to wear the pink cleats on Sunday to support this initiative.
Several of the players wearing the pink cleats on Sunday will autograph their game-worn footwear and put them up for auction on www.reebok.com with proceeds to benefit Avon Foundation for Women.
The Avon Foundation will award the funds to advance breast cancer research and access to care. More details on the auction will be announced Monday morning, May 11, including the auction end date and which players will be participating.