Rays plan tribute to battle breast cancer

Rays plan tribute to battle breast cancer

NEW YORK -- Lori Fraser of St. Petersburg will be the Rays' 2012 Honorary Bat Girl. She is a die-hard Rays fan and breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed on May 14, 2010.

On Monday, Major League Baseball announced the 30 winners of the 2012 Honorary Bat Girl program, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment of "Going to Bat" in the fight against the disease.

The 30 winners, one per MLB club, will be recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Mother's Day, or an alternative date for away clubs. Each winner was selected by a guest-judging panel that includes MLB players and celebrities, in addition to fan votes cast on HonoraryBatGirl.com.

During MLB's annual day of recognition for mothers worldwide, Honorary Bat Girls will take part in pregame activities and receive pink MLB merchandise, as well as two tickets to the game. For clubs that are away on Mother's Day, another home game in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt, who has lost her brother and close friends to cancer, recorded a special video at the MLB Fan Cave to lend her support to the Honorary Bat Girl initiative and the ongoing fight to eradicate the disease. The video will run online and at big league ballparks.

Also on Mother's Day, hundreds of MLB players are expected to 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 will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms, along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards will also be pink.