Major League Baseball will honor veterans next week with the first of two special events which include game used auctions. Those Mother’s Day pink bats are also on the block now.
Major League Baseball announced on Monday the launch of a national campaign called "Welcome Back Veterans." A series of national fundraising and awareness initiatives over the Fourth of July weekend and Sept. 11, the idea was hatched in support of the ongoing return of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The effort was started by a group of citizens led by Mets chairman Fred Wilpon with the full support of MLB, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and the McCormick Foundation.
For games throughout the July 4 weekend and on Sept. 11, all MLB clubs will wear "Stars & Stripes" caps that are available for sale to the public. Each club will also auction off a set of bases, game-worn caps and a specially designed team jersey to benefit Welcome Back Veterans.
"Major League Baseball considers it both an obligation and a privilege to assist our troops in any way we can," said MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy, a veteran who served a year in Vietnam and received the Army Commendation Medal for his service. "Welcome Back Veterans was created to help our brave men and women make a successful transition to civilian life when their service to their country has ended."
Meanwhile, the game used bats and other items from the Mother’s Day games are starting to show up at MLB Auctions.
Besides the famous pink player bats, the auction again includes bats signed by each team, as well as autographed home plates and dugout lineup cards that were used on Mother’s Day.
Among the gamers for sale: David Ortiz, Josh Hamilton and Evan Longoria. Here’s the latest on what will be an ongoing auction for items from the May event.