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Bowie Baysox sporting pink this weekend

On Sunday the Bowie Baysox are taking the field in one-of-a-kind pink jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to the Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute Fund.This particular Baysox fundraiser has raised more than $25,000 over the last three years for the fund through Pink in the Park jersey auctions, according to the team.

“We have collectors of memorabilia, fans who like certain jersey numbers or a favorite player, fans who bid because of the charity that is benefiting from the donation/bids and fans who just want to support the team and organization and want a special piece of the season,” said Phil Wrye, Baysox assistant GM, in an e-mail.

“Our jersey auctions are many times helped by the players who wear the jerseys, meaning if we have a high level prospect (i.e. Matt Wieters in 2008), many times the bidding goes much higher,” he added.

The team doesn’t expect the recession to make a dent this year in its fund raising efforts as they have also expanded its efforts to include a fundraiser program for nonprofit organizations this year and the team still plans on doing its charity golf tournament this fall, according to the team’s communications manager.

On a side note, why pink? I get pink for breast cancer research, known worldwide by the little pink ribbon. But the Holy Cross fund is for all kinds of cancer treatment and services — why not branch out a little? I can’t imagine burly baseball guys all think they look like studs in pink jerseys — maybe some do — so why not distinguish this fundraiser and use a different look?

This observation could just be based on the fact that I think we need to limit or ration the use of pink in the sporting world in general (namely to babies and fundraisers) but it’s also a valid question as to why Holy Cross’ cancer institute fundraiser will look like a Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation event. Isn’t that confusing?

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  1. Liz Farmer, Business Writer

    Update from the Baysox:

    The jersey auction raised more than $7,000, bringing their four-year total to more than $32,000 raised for the Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute Fund.