CHICAGO -- At the end of Sunday's pregame media session, White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked about spending Mother's Day for the first time without his mother, Angela. She passed away on April 25 at the age of 91.The stoic, but exceedingly upbeat Renteria smiled, started to formulate an
CHICAGO -- At the end of Sunday's pregame media session, White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked about spending Mother's Day for the first time without his mother, Angela. She passed away on April 25 at the age of 91.
The stoic, but exceedingly upbeat Renteria smiled, started to formulate an answer and then quickly grew emotional.
"She was awesome," Renteria said, before excusing himself from the dugout.
Major League Baseball recognized the awesomeness of mothers across the country during Sunday's slate of games. The White Sox wore pink hats, pink warmup shirts and even pink sunglasses. Six of the starting nine used pink bats during a 5-3 White Sox victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, including Matt Davidson, who homered and drove in two, and Nicky Delmonico, who tripled home the tying run off of Kyle Hendricks in the sixth.
Louisville Slugger will donate proceeds from the sale of its pink bats, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer. MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties through Mother's Day apparel to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer, which is celebrating its 10th season.
• White Sox Mother's Day gear
Delmonico struck out in each of his first two at-bats against Hendricks. But he plans to give the special pink bat to his mother, Barb, who will be in Chicago next weekend.
"My mom is the biggest thing in my life. It's pretty special," Delmonico said. "I wanted to get at least one so I can give it to her. I got that one for her.
"She was there with me through thick and thin. She was most proud of me after everything I've gone though. To get one hit with that pink bat was really big for me."
• White Sox Mother's Day gear Esther E. Sciammarella of Chicago was named the White Sox Honorary Bat Girl with one individual to be honored as part of Mother's Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Recognitions in MLB ballparks. She will be officially honored next Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field, when the White Sox host to the Rangers.
Sciammarella, a two-time breast cancer survivor, has been working with the City of Chicago on the breast cancer campaign "Your Life is in Your Hands" since 1998. She is also a member of Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative, a partnership between Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves as the executive director of the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, a non-profit organization she helped establish in June 1991 as a multi-disciplinary membership organization.
The organization promotes healthy behavior and prevents chronic disease in the Hispanic community. In addition to being on the board of the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, she is community co-chair of Partnerships and Community Engagement for Healthy Chicago 2.0, board member for the Catholic Charities' Latino Advisory Board, Community Engagement for Early Recognition and Immediate Action in Stroke (CEERIAS), Health Alternative Systems (HAS), the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), the Telligen Learning and Action Network (LAN), the UIC Latino Community Advisory Council, and the UIC Urban Health Program.
"Obviously, it's her day and we always try to make it special, make sure she feels appreciated is the biggest thing," White Sox reliever Nate Jones said of his wife, Lacy, while also praising his mother, Debbie. "All those things can go unnoticed sometimes, but we try to celebrate that and make sure she knows she's loved. They work their butts off, too. I know I appreciate everything they do."
"She's amazing. She's probably the most important person in my life," outfielder Trayce Thompson said of his mother, Julie. "She's done so much for me. When I got drafted, she came to Chicago with me. When I first got called up, she was the first person I called. She's actually here right now, so I'm happy to spend the day with her."
Moving on up
Right-handed starter Jordan Stephens, the No. 20 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, was promoted from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. Stephens, 25, posted a 4-3 record, 2.95 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings for the Barons.
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