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Think pink: How baseball celebrated mothers on their special day

A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy scores as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez awaits the ball Sunday in New York.
A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy scores as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez awaits the ball Sunday in New York. The Associated Press

A two-word phrase can best describe what could been seen Sunday at ballparks across the nation: Think Pink.

Baseball stadiums, both in the majors and minors, are celebrating Mother's Day with a lot of the color, including bats, gloves, hats, socks and more. Even the River Cats are taking part.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The love is real <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MothersDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MothersDay</a> <a href="https://t.co/7fnLBbUzPg">pic.twitter.com/7fnLBbUzPg</a></p>&mdash; Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) <a href="https://twitter.com/RiverCats/status/995747659561365504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Major League Baseball first introduced pink bats in 2006 to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen organization aiming to reduce deaths from breast cancer. In another memorable Mother's Day moment in baseball, A's pitcher Dallas Braden threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.

This year, several players have taken to social media to give thanks to mothers. Here's Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, who played a rehab game for Sacramento on Sunday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! Thanks for teaching me to love, care, and work hard for the things we want. I love you! <a href="https://t.co/jOpMj9QJXI">pic.twitter.com/jOpMj9QJXI</a></p>&mdash; Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) <a href="https://twitter.com/hunterpence/status/995693993152339968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is an Action Shot of Hunter Pence running and waving to a fan at the same time <a href="https://t.co/VcVwuKNAsV">pic.twitter.com/VcVwuKNAsV</a></p>&mdash; Doug (@moonwalkmcfly) <a href="https://twitter.com/moonwalkmcfly/status/995766082173464577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Plenty of baseball's stars took part Sunday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Mother’s Day to the best Mom ever! I love you. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyMothersDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyMothersDay</a> <a href="https://t.co/00mpiPq2rQ">https://t.co/00mpiPq2rQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/GyttBfzc7H">pic.twitter.com/GyttBfzc7H</a></p>&mdash; Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinVerlander/status/995699410867838977?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there, to my momma in heaven, and to my rock <a href="https://twitter.com/chelseafree5?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@chelseafree5</a> !</p>&mdash; Freddie Freeman (@FreddieFreeman5) <a href="https://twitter.com/FreddieFreeman5/status/995677651313545216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/HanleyRamirez?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HanleyRamirez</a> heard that you&#39;ve gotta dress for the job you want. <a href="https://t.co/ckn0fJCJFK">pic.twitter.com/ckn0fJCJFK</a></p>&mdash; Cut4 (@Cut4) <a href="https://twitter.com/Cut4/status/995713493876781056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To all mothers, happy <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MothersDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MothersDay</a>!! To my mother, <a href="https://twitter.com/DebbieTrout27?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DebbieTrout27</a>, I love you!!</p>&mdash; Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTrout/status/995713803919572993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mama, and all the moms out there! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/throwback?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#throwback</a> <a href="https://t.co/i859RAcNmY">pic.twitter.com/i859RAcNmY</a></p>&mdash; Cameron Maybin (@CameronMaybin) <a href="https://twitter.com/CameronMaybin/status/995654261731155968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1st came love<br>Then came marriage<br>Then came the obligatory dogs<br>Then came the baby that dominated us<br><br>Happy Mother’s Day <a href="https://twitter.com/aliyafowler?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@aliyafowler</a> ! <a href="https://t.co/WDL3AltPy1">pic.twitter.com/WDL3AltPy1</a></p>&mdash; Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) <a href="https://twitter.com/DexterFowler/status/995670020784091137?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

There was even a tribute from an opposing team to a player who recently lost his mother:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On Mother’s Day, so wonderful to see this donation by <a href="https://twitter.com/Yankees?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Yankees</a> in memory of Gretchen Piscotty, mother of <a href="https://twitter.com/Athletics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Athletics</a> outfielder Stephen Piscotty. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MLB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MLB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StrikeOutALS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StrikeOutALS</a> <a href="https://t.co/hPBOw4AUF1">pic.twitter.com/hPBOw4AUF1</a></p>&mdash; Mike Teevan (@MRTeevs) <a href="https://twitter.com/MRTeevs/status/995749010618150913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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