MLB Goes Blue and Honor Fathers

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Sunday, June 21, 2009 | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

Posted by Cheryl Nichols, Contributor and Photographer for Nats News Network

MLB celebrates Father's Day today. No blue bats, however, at every game played this
Blue Sunday, players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers will don blue wristbands and ribbon uniform decals, all clubs will use a special blue dugout lineup card.

"Major League Baseball is pleased to support the efforts of the Prostate Cancer Foundation through the Home Run Challenge to help generate increased awareness for prostate cancer and the urgent need to find a cure," said Commissioner Bud Selig. "Prostate cancer has affected many members of the Major League Baseball family, and we hope to draw attention to this disease as we reach out to our players, fans and communities to support the search for a cure."

The Home Run Challenge, the keynote of this ongoing effort with one Major Leaguer representing each club, will come to its conclusion for another year on Sunday as well. Now in its 13th year, the Challenge enables fans to make monetary donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at for each home run hit during MLB games from June 11-21, including all games played on Father's Day. Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to PCF as part of the "Home Run Challenge" program.

Nationals representatives in the Home Run Challenge are Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman.

Bill Ladson did a
nice story about Nationals acting General Manager Mike Rizzo following in his father Phil's footsteps.

Kristen Hudak
spoke to Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman's biggest fans (their proud fathers).