Maddon, players to shave heads for cancer

Maddon, players to shave heads for cancer

SARASOTA -- On Friday morning at 11:30 a.m., prior to the Rays-Phillies contest at Charlotte Sports Park, Rays Manager Joe Maddon, players and staff will shave their heads for a second straight season to pay tribute to children fighting cancer.

"I think it's great," Maddon said. "I'm looking forward to it myself. It's about time to shave this all down." Maddon said as he touched his hair. "It's kind of cool we're doing this two years in a row."

All proceeds from Friday's event will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

To show support for a player or participant, the public is encouraged to text "Cut" to 50555 to make a $10 donation or visit

Fans attending the game will be able to shave their heads with the Rays and receive a "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirt for a $100 donation.

"I saw the signup sheet, it looked pretty good," Maddon said. "I'm sure we'll have some stragglers."

The Rays will wear the "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirts during batting practice before Friday's game. The T-Shirts will be available for purchase beginning Friday at the Rays stores at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays Tampa Store at 400 N. Tampa St., Pediatric Cancer Foundation, All Children's Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center.

The shirts will sell for $15.99 with all proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital.

The T-shirts are available at the following locations:

All Children's Hospital 501 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 727-767-8592

Moffitt Cancer Center 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa 1-888-MOFFITT

Pediatric Cancer Foundation 5550 West Executive Drive, Suite 300, Tampa

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.