Yanks’ Honorary Bat Girl: Elizabeth Tague
Major League Baseball announced Monday the 31 winners of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest that recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The Honorary Bat Girl winner for the Yankees is Elizabeth Tague, who will be recognized in a ceremony Saturday, May 17, before the Yankees-Pirates game at Yankee Stadium.
Tague is one of each MLB Club’s selected winners who will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony, and will receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game.
A lifetime Yankees fan and native of Roselle Park, N.J., Tague was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in May 2011. After undergoing surgery, 16 rounds of chemotherapy and 28 rounds of radiation, she returned to work as a sixth-grade teacher in January 2012, just eight months after her initial diagnosis.
Fans from across the country and Canada 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 Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with feedback from a guest judging panel featuring Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, country music artist and Braves fan Jason Aldean and MLB Network reporter Sam Ryan.
Players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be pink. Games will use a pink stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game day baseball.
Numerous MLB players will use pink bats and pink Louisville Slugger bats will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many of the game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
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 five years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than four million fan votes have been cast.
Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.