Duvall homers with pink bat, gifts to mom

May 8th, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Adam Duvall scribbled away on the pink bat he had used to hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to Milwaukee.

He was signing the bat -- a surprise gift to his mother, Jeana -- as she waited for him outside the Reds' clubhouse.

"It'll be nice to give her that," said Duvall.

Great American Ball Park is usually a sea of red, but on Sunday it was a house of pink.

Members of the Reds and Brewers donned special uniforms and used special equipment and gear to celebrate MLB's annual Mother's Day national day of recognition aimed at bringing awareness to the "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" program.

Authentic game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other gear from Mother's Day games will be auctioned exclusively at MLB.com, with proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer. The complete Mother's Day collection -- which includes the special caps and jerseys being worn by players on Sunday -- is available at the MLB.com Shop.

"My grandma on my mom's side had breast cancer, so it's a thing that I hold closer to me maybe [more] than some, but I think everybody knows somebody that's dealt with cancer at some point in their life," said Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart. "She's a survivor. Yes, she's still with us, and she's as salty as they come. She's great."

Right fielder Jay Bruce recently became a father for the first time when his wife gave birth to their son, Carter.

"The day automatically became more special," said Bruce. "I was very fortunate to grow up with a great mom who really was instrumental in who I am today, and I have a good feeling that Carter is going to have the same type of experience.

"I don't have any direct experience [with cancer], but I think the awareness is great, and I think that MLB has quite the voice. A lot of people are watching, and I think it's awesome that they do take the time to do something like that."

Duvall only had a couple of the pink bats, and had broken one during batting practice.

"I used the same one all game," he said. "I was down to one bat. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, but I thought it would be cool to give her a bat I hit a home run with. It just happens to be pink and on Mother's Day. It is pretty cool."