Freeman honors mom by wearing pink cleats
Several Braves show support for breast cancer awareness
ST. LOUIS -- Call it Pink Shoe power.
Forget the pink bats and pink wristbands.
For the Braves, it's all about the shoes.
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman donned the Major League Baseball-sponsored pink shoes on Sunday afternoon in honor of his mother, Rosemary, who died from cancer 12 years ago.
Freeman muscled up with a 2-for-4 for performance that included two doubles and an RBI as the Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 7-4 win at St. Louis.
Last season, the first year pink shoes were available to players, Freeman went 3-for-4 with a home run in a 5-2 win at Philadelphia.
"My feet hurt," Freeman said. "But it's for all the moms out there. I'll take some hurt feet for that."
All told, Freeman is 5-for-8 with one home run and two RBIs wearing the pink shoes for Rosemary.
Freeman and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wore the loud cleats to help raise awareness for breast cancer. It was also a salute to all the hard-working mothers of the world.
Like Freeman, Gonzalez also wore the shoes last year. He couldn't remember the outcome of that game, so the superstitious field boss agreed to wear them again only when he found out that the Braves won the 2011 contest.
"Next Mother's Day, we'll do it again," Gonzalez promised.
Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn said it was fun to honor his mother, Carrie, 62, who was watching back in Houston.
"Our mothers mean everything to us," he said. "And it's great to be able to show them some love."
Bourn, who is tied for the NL lead in hits with 51, went 8-for-17 in the series.
Bourn, Martin Prado, Jason Heyward and Eric Hinske also used pink bats in the game. Heyward used his to hit a key three-run double in the third to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead.
Steve Overbey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.