MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have named Meghann Morse of Lakeville as the club’s 2021 Honorary Bat Girl, in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s league-wide support of the annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. All 30 clubs had the opportunity to hand-select their respective honorees, each of whom demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the battle against breast cancer. Morse and her family will be honored at Target Field on Friday, May 14, prior to the Twins’ 7:10 p.m. home game against the Oakland Athletics.
Meghann, who this year is celebrating 18 years of marriage to Dustin Morse, the Twins’ Senior Director of Communications, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2019 at the age of 41. With an inspiring courage, an indefatigable resolve and an ever-present sense of positivity, Meghann faced four surgeries. Now, nearly two years later, she is healthy, cancer-free and determined to raise awareness for the importance of scheduling an annual mammogram – a screening that helped save her life.
Said Morse: “I was young and healthy, with literally no signs of any health issues, so I was in complete shock when I first got the news. But I wasn’t going to feel sorry for myself or question ‘why me?’ That night, and ever since, I’ve connected with extended family and my girlfriends to advocate for scheduling their mammogram as soon as they could. I would’ve never caught mine in an early stage without the mammogram; it is an appointment that can, and does, literally save lives!”
“We’re honored to have Meghann represent the Twins as our Honorary Bat Girl, and to join the Morse family and all of Major League Baseball in the fight against breast cancer,” said Kristin Rortvedt, the club’s Director of Community Relations. “Sadly, so many in the world continue to be affected by breast cancer, either personally or via a friend, family member or loved one – and our extended Twins family is no different. We are incredibly grateful that Meghann is now cancer-free, and we hope that her story – and those of everyone honored by MLB – provides inspiration and support.”
As has been tradition since 2006, players will continue to swing pink bats and sport pink wristbands in commemoration of the “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is intended to raise awareness and funds, through donations and auction proceeds, to support efforts to address breast cancer. In recognition of this effort on Mother’s Day (the Twins are in Detroit), players will also wear specially-designed New Era caps highlighted by a pink crown and team color brim, while club uniforms will feature the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, adorned with the symbolic pink ribbon, on the left chest. A matching pair of pink socks made by Stance is optional for every player.
MLB players will continue to have the opportunity to use pink bats during Mother’s Day games. Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will also be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up to Cancer. In addition to the pink bats on Mother’s Day, the following game equipment can be used for breast cancer awareness: batting gloves, footwear, wrist/elbow/leg guards and catcher’s equipment. The pink ribbon will also appear on the bases at each ballpark and on the official dugout lineup cards. MLB will donate 100% of its royalties from sales of on-field Authentic Collection apparel with the MLB pink ribbon logo to Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen.