Lisa Forte-Doyle, Yanks’ 2013 Honorary Bat Girl
Major League Baseball has announced the 30 winners of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest that recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The Yankees’ winner is Lisa Forte-Doyle, who will be recognized in a ceremony Saturday night, prior to the Yankees’ 7:15 game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Born and raised on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx and now living in Cape Cod, Mass., Forte-Doyle has been a dedicated Yankees fan since she was a girl. From watching Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers at the original Stadium to rooting for today’s team at the current venue, the Yankees have always been a part of her life.
In 2010, Forte-Doyle was diagnosed with breast cancer after a lump discovered in her breast was found to be malignant. After eight sessions of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation treatment and a mastectomy, she now continues to live her life positively. Her selection as the team’s 2013 Honorary Bat Girl has been dedicated to her mother, 93, who was also born and raised in New York, and shares her love for the pinstripes.
The Yankees will honor the Forte-Doyle family in a special, pregame ceremony on Sunday. Lisa will also help bring the lineup card out to home plate before the first pitch.
Fans across the country shared inspirational stories that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. The 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with feedback from a Guest Judging Panel that included Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. Also on the panel were outfielders Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Alex Gordon of the Royals; Maria Menounos of Extra TV and MLB Network reporter Sam Ryan.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In four years, more than 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than 10 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is an MLB initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up to Cancer, a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This initiative has set out to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause and funds to support lifesaving breast cancer research.