ARLINGTON -- It's perhaps the one day out of the year when jocks will happily rock hot pink.
On Sunday, members of the Angels and Rangers gladly joined the rest of Major League Baseball by suiting up with pink wristbands, Phiten bracelets and -- on some occasions -- Louisville Sluggers in honor of Mother's Day. Also, the "T" behind the batter's box at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was painted pink, the lineup cards in both dugouts were pink, and Angels slugger Mark Trumbo even passed out some pink Oakley frames to mark the occasion.
"I like it," Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos said of all the pink. "I think it's good. I mean, my mom was a huge part of my life growing up. She took me to soccer games, football games, baseball games. My dad [a Major League scout] traveled so much, and I spent a lot of time with her."
In 2006, MLB began the tradition of utilizing pink on Mother's Day, in celebration of the holiday and, more specifically, for breast-cancer awareness.
For Mother's Day, each club also named an Honorary Bat Girl -- a breast-cancer survivor who takes part in pregame activities, is honored on-field and receives two game tickets. Since the Angels were on the road, they'll honor theirs -- Judy Watts, a high-school English teacher who was diagnosed with advanced Stage 3 breast cancer in 2010, but is now fully recovered -- during Monday's series opener against the Athletics at Angel Stadium.
"It's an honor," Angels shortstop Erick Aybar said in Spanish about wearing pink on Mother's Day. "It's a day to remember the person who's with you in good and bad times. To me, she's everything. It's a gift from God to celebrate a day like this."