MIAMI — In a player-led initiative to raise awareness on Strike Out Cancer Day, the Miami Marlins showed up to the ballpark Tuesday wearing t-shirts with a large backward "K" — the symbol for a strikeout looking.
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte started a foundation to support the cause and worked with baseball apparel company 108 Stitches to design a shirt while he recovered from Tommy John surgery. The finished product sells for $32 on 108stitches.com and at retailers in each team’s colors.
Each sale sees $5 go to Motte’s foundation and $5 to the charity of the opposing player’s choice. Each team supports a cancer-fighting charitable organization, selected by the team’s player representative.
Ace Jose Fernandez wore the shirt on Opening Day for the Marlins after getting in touch with Motte’s agent. Righty Jarred Cosart was the Houston Astros’ representative.