MLB: Pretty in pink...but
Major League Baseball is celebrating Mothers Day with its annual promotion of breast cancer awareness. Players are wearing pink batting gloves and ribbons and using special bats that are painted pink.
It's a great thing, of course, but I'm trying to figure out just what MLB officials were thinking when they told Matt Wieters that he couldn't wear a specially made chest protector with some pink in the padding and his mother's name (Pamela) embroidered tastefully on the collar.
Wieters was forbidden from wearing it because it didn't meet MLB's uniform requirements -- on a day when the sport totally relaxed its uniform and equipment rules for the same reason. I know that rules are rules, but this kind of thing just makes MLB officials look like mindless martinets.
Though it certainly isn't on the same level, it's kind of reminiscent of the time NFL officials told Peyton Manning he could not wear black high-top shoes as a special tribute after the death of Johnny Unitas.