MINNEAPOLIS -- The Blue Jays participated in MLB's annual Mother's Day tradition on Sunday, with many players donning pink wristbands, necklaces and even cleats in support of the league's ongoing efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
Four players -- Kelly Johnson, Yunel Escobar, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie -- swung pink bats, combining for five hits with their new lumber while shedding light on an issue important to the league, its players and fans.
"It's just nice to bring it into the spotlight," outfielder Rajai Davis said. "A lot of people pay attention to it now and it's bringing a lot more attention, not only to mothers on Mother's Day, but also to breast cancer awareness."
First baseman Adam Lind said it's appropriate to honor the women in their lives who helped them reach their ultimate dream of playing in the Major Leagues.
"I like it -- one day a year you pay tribute to your mom," Lind said. "Everybody's got a mom here. I remember my mom hitting me ground balls in the back yard at our house. My mom was always there to play games with me."
Davis added that if it weren't for his mother helping him set goals in his life, he might not be in the position to help make a difference in the lives of other people.
"My mom was the most influential person in my life," Davis said. "She's given me some words that I keep even now. When I was younger she said, 'You can do whatever you want to do,' and I just believed that and took that to heart, and I found myself in the big leagues about 20 years later."