Major League Baseball dedicated Friday as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at all MLB ballparks. The effort is designed to help raise awareness for childhood cancer. Players, coaches, umpires and even grounds-crew members will wear special gold wristbands and ribbons as part of the effort.
The Pittsburgh Pirates took it a step further.
Prior to their game, several Pirates players and coaches had their heads shaved to show support.
Pirates shaving heads event to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer. pic.twitter.com/YiAiTvTJqj— Pirates (@Pirates) September 2, 2016
Catcher Chris Stewart was activated from the disabled list on Friday, just in time to get a new haircut. He posed for before and after pictures with some of the kids at the event.
Before, during and after with Stew. pic.twitter.com/5AVgcEdJqW— Pirates (@Pirates) September 2, 2016
While Stewart had plenty of hair to cut off, that wasn’t the case for everyone. Although bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade doesn’t have any hair to shave, he didn’t let that stop him from participating. A nice head polishing is just as good.
The event around MLB is part of the league’s partnership with Stand Up To Cancer. You can find more information about the initiative right here.