By Doug Halberstadt
Chances are pretty high I’m going to be in the minority on this issue. That’s not going to stop me, though, from sharing my opinion. I don’t like it when professional athletes, mainly Major League Baseball, football and hockey players, add something pink to their uniforms. Even the Rockford IceHogs succumbed to this fad this past season.
I think it was originally done a few years ago under the auspices of helping to raise awareness for breast cancer. Players had pink cleats, wristbands, towels, mouth guards and almost anything else they could think of colored that horrendously ugly bright shade of pink. It really didn’t add anything to any of the uniforms that I saw.
Now, this hideous sports fashion statement has reared its ugly head once again. This time, it’s spilled over to Mother’s Day. I was subjected to it during the Major League Baseball games Sunday, May 12. There were pink bats, hats and gloves among the many items players were using and wearing. This time, it wasn’t about breast cancer — it was supposedly a way to send an “I LOVE YOU” shout-out to everyone’s mama.
My problem is this: Does anyone in America older than 10 not know what a horrible disease breast cancer is? I’m not sure those of us who are in that category could get ANY more aware.
I don’t need professional athletes using a pink bat or wearing a pink hockey jersey to remind me of the millions of women afflicted with not only breast cancer, but also all of the other forms of cancer that rip out the hearts of families on a daily basis. Your pink socks or shoulder pads do nothing to ease that pain.
As far as the Mother’s Day use of pink goes … seriously, is this really necessary? I’m guessing that 999 people out of 1,000 love their mothers and don’t have to wear something pink to prove it. Why do these grown men feel the need to parade around on ball diamonds adorned in pink to assert this fact? I don’t get it. For me, it’s counterproductive.
A footnote to my mother: I hope you didn’t feel slighted or unloved last Sunday because I left my pink shoelaces at home. You can also rest assured I don’t need Jay Cutler, Marián Hossa or any other professional athlete and their pink whatever to remind me you’re a cancer survivor.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the May 15-21, 2013, issue