Braun seemed elated to publicize the cause, but he is a ballplayer
first, so he noticed something different about his Louisville Slugger
maple bats -- other than their different color.
"It felt harder," Braun said. "Seriously. A lot of us were saying
that. It felt like it might have been better wood. We'll see what I
can do about keeping it. I don't have a problem with it being pink. I
don't know what the rules and regulations are."
Braun, the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007, still was in
the Minors on Mother's Day a year ago.
"This is such a wonderful cause, so I'm real glad I'm here to help out
this season," Braun said. "We're doing what we can to raise awareness,
and to raise money in the auctions, is awesome."
Fans play the next big role in this process, because attention will
move now to the MLB.com Auction and the gradual arrival of those pink
bats that were used and then signed, or just signed by entire teams.
Signed home plates and bases with the pink-ribbon logo also will be
among the auction items that annually draw a frenzy, and all proceeds
again will go to Komen. It is a "rolling auction," so if you don't see
a player's bat in the next few weeks, keep coming back because
eventually most or all of them show up there.
Fans also can purchase their own personalized "Mother's Day 2008" pink
bats right now for $79 apiece at the MLB.com Shop, with $10 from the
sale of each one going to Komen.
Hart, who hit a two-run double in the first inning, and Hardy,
who went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, also had ideas about keeping
their bats for another game.
"We're going to have to figure out a way to use those bats tomorrow.
If not, maybe we can go to Home Depot and get some pink spray paint,"
Hart said jokingly.
Hardy said if he could keep his pink bats he would try to
paint them black -- to match his others and keep them legal.
"I'll try both -- whatever works," said Braun, whose homers came in
the third and fifth against Braden Looper.
Brewers manager Ned Yost doubted how much the pink bats mattered,
pointing to Bill Hall's 0-for-3 and his breaking of a bat in the
sixth. Hall the previous two seasons on Mother's Day hit home runs,
including a game-winner in 2006, with a pink bat.
Hall dedicated the first home run to Vergie Hall, his mother, who was
in attendance that day and Sunday, along with her mother.
owner Mark Attansio bought the 2006 bat at auction for about $25,000 and
presented it to Hall's mom.
Jason Kendall added the other pink hit for the Brewers, who got a non-pink single by Rickie Weeks as their only other hit of the game.