Todd Helton, a connoisseur of bats who has been known to visit the Louisville Slugger factory on trips to play the Reds in nearby Cincinnati, admitted he wasn't wild about using a new bat, but he took the pink stick to the plate with him in his first at-bat, a grounder to short.
"If it helps the cause, I'll do it," Helton said. "We all love our mom."
The Rockies hit .222 (2-for-9) with pink bats and .217 (5-for-23) with all other bats, with pink figuring in both of their runs Sunday.
Willy Taveras was the most consistent purveyor of the pink, using his Mother's Day bat in each of three plate appearances, drawing a walk to lead off the Rockies' first inning and doubling home Colorado's first run in the fifth.
Steve Finley, Matt Holliday, Garret Atkins, Jeff Baker and Yorvit Torrealba also took pink swings Sunday, with Torrealba connecting for the only other hit with a special bat. He singled the first time he used the bat, with one out in the ninth, and he later scored the Rockies' only other run of the game.
"I wish I could use it more often, because I got a hit," said Torrealba. "It's definitely special. It really means a lot to us. It's showing some appreciation to all the mothers out there. Obviously, we all have a mother. Wherever they are, they're watching us right now, and it's really appreciated, the fact that they gave us life."
"For me, every day is Mother's Day," Torrealba added. "When you have your mom around, they really help. It's the best thing ever. It's a really special day for them. I'm really proud."
Though the Rockies managed only seven hits on the day, the pink bats were clearly a hit, both for the players who used them and the fans who have a chance to bid on the bats to help raise funds in the fight to cure breast cancer.
Select game-used bats, as well as team-autographed bats from every club, will be auctioned on MLB.com at a later date, with proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans can also purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com or www.slugger.com with Major League Baseball donating $10 from the sale of each bat to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.