Saturday night, April 21st, the Lakeland Flying Tigers are going “pink” for breast cancer awareness. The “mission” starts at 6 pm, and fireworks will follow the game against the Dunedin Blue Jays. (Hopefully, the Flying Tiger bats will make some fireworks during the game.)
The Flying Tigers press release mentions that several players will wear pink wristbands and use pink bats during the game. The grounds crew will paint a pink ribbon on the field and dye the bases pink. Polk County cancer survivors will be recognized before the game starts, and the Flying Tigers staff will circulate during the game while wearing pink t-shirts.
The promotion is modeled after the 2006 MLB Mother’s Day campaign where players also used pink bats and wore pink wristbands for cancer awareness. The idea came from Louisville Slugger CEO John A. Hillerich IV, who witnessed a similar campaign for the National Hockey League.