Maybe it’s the influence of the pro players who are starting to do it.
Maybe it’s because more than one of them has a family member touched by cancer.
Maybe it’s because they’re just really good kids.
Whatever the reason, when it came time to pick the T-shirt that all the baseball players would wear under their varsity jersey vests, the young men at St. Christophers School chose to wear pink in support of those battling breast cancer.
As they head into the finals of their baseball season, turns out they are really the “Boys of October,” as this month is also national Breast Cancer Awareness month.
A show of hands at a recent practice at the Town of Tonawanda elementary school, showed that every single player’s life has been impacted by the disease, if not in their own families, than at their school, where their favorite music teacher is on chemotherapy.
Coach Huber was so impressed with the boys selection of the pink T-shirts, that he said it was a “no brainer” to purchase them for the team.
The few players that were worried the pink might not look good, were converted as soon as the they all showed up in uniform at the first scrimmage.
“I think pink is hot,” said Joe Delabio, the team’s centerfielder.
His teammate, Will Hearn, first baseman added, “it shows how much we care.”
On the field the pink sleeves stand out loud and clear and send a message that the boys are serious about battling breast cancer. And while the team has made the playoffs every year for the past 20 — under the guidance of Coach Huber — this year is especially poignant because it’s Huber’s last year.
The coach is pretty impressed.
“They’re great kids,” he said. “They’re selfless.”