CHICAGO -- Cliff Floyd was surprised by the reactions of some of his sister's friends at her funeral last year. They didn't know Shanta was battling breast cancer.
"She was a great actress through the whole thing," the Cubs outfielder said of his sister, who was 21. "I'm sure everybody appreciated it because she didn't want them to see her suffer.
"She was a soldier -- she fought all the way," he said. "I'm definitely going to use [a pink bat]."
On Mother's Day Sunday, Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs will join Susan G. Komen for the Cure in "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer," a program designed to create awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to help fight the disease.
Among the Cubs players who tentatively plan use pink Louisville Slugger bats will be Floyd, Michael Barrett, Mark DeRosa, Aramis Ramirez, Jacque Jones, Alfonso Soriano and Daryle Ward.
"My mom wants me to do it," said DeRosa, who would've done it last year but his game with the Texas Rangers was rained out against Boston.
"It's a nice gesture to some people and some family members," DeRosa said.
To date, more than 200 players have signed up to use a pink bat, which is more than twice the participation in 2006.
Select game-used bats, as well as team-autographed bats from every club, will be auctioned on MLB.com at a later date with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans also can purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com, or www.slugger.com, with Major League Baseball donating $10 from the sale of each bat to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Floyd will use the day to celebrate his sister's life, cut short way too soon by breast cancer. Ward says it's important that baseball do everything it can to raise awareness.
"It shows that not only do we play baseball to entertain the fans, we also care about them," Ward said. "We do little things that mean a lot to a lot of people. You've got announcers telling them what [the pink bat] is for and the reason why, and it hopefully touches their hearts. You want to touch people, and not only with your talent."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.