PITTSBURGH -- For the seventh consecutive year, some Astros players used pink bats during Sunday's Mother's Day game against the Pirates to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
While all the players wore pink ribbons on their jerseys and donned pink armbands, some -- like infielder Marwin Gonzalez -- took it a step further and even wore pink cleats. Among the Astros swinging hot pink lumber on Sunday were Carlos Lee, Jason Castro and Gonzalez.
"It's an honor for Mother's Day," said Lee, who went 2-for-5 with two runs on Sunday. "I think that it's good that MLB shows that we care about the mothers."
The bats will be auctioned to help raise money for Komen for the Cure. The auction increasingly represents a sizable chunk of the total that goes to Komen for overall funding for awareness, research and treatment of breast cancer.
Fans can also buy one of those 2012 pink bats right now from the MLB.com shop and help in the fight against breast cancer in the process. They are going for $69.99, and $10 of each sale goes to Komen for the Cure. The bats are the same model many players used Sunday.