From the big milestones to the everyday moments, Mom has always been there for you. This Mother’s Day, we’ll help you find exactly the right way to let her know how much she continues to inspire & encourage you. Send her a beautiful bouquet of her favorite flowers, something to satisfy her sweet tooth, a personalized gift she’ll treasure, always. Simply be the reason she feels loved, not just on Mother’s Day but every day.
10. Bill Hall
In the first year MLB incorporated the pink bats, Brewers’ utility man Bill Hall smacked a tenth inning walk off homer for a 6-5 victory over the Mets. His mother, of course, was in the stands to witness it, but the story has an even better ending. The Brewers later purchased the bat at a charity auction and presented it to Hall’s mother as a gift.
9. Ivan Rodriguez
I-Rod was well past his prime at this stage of his career, but it was a blast from the past on this day for his mom. Rodriguez was helping out a young Astros team, leading them from behind the dish, but not exactly known for his hitting. That changed when he went 4-4 with a dinger and reminded everyone what he once was.
8. Hunter Pence
Pence was already 2-4 with a homer on the afternoon through nine innings, but his team needed more from him back in his Astros’ days. With runners on in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Pence came through with his third hit of the game to give them the victory.
7. Clay Hensley
Hensley was never much as a starting pitcher and was often used out of the bullpen in his career. However, on this Mother’s Day he was the man. Hensley pitched a complete game shutout allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk against the Cubs at Wrigley.
6. Torii Hunter
Hunter went 3-5 at the dish while sporting a pink bat including two long balls and a career-high seven RBI. The major firepower from Hunter led to a 16-4 win for the Twins. Not many better ways to honor Mother’s Day than doing damage like this with the famous pink bat.
5. Ken Griffey Jr.
Junior had a thing for coming up big to honor his parents. His 400th HR came on his father’s birthday, and then he clubbed his 500th on Father’s Day. This time Griffey came up with another HR on Mother’s Day during the season he found out his parents both had cancer. It was his seventh time going yard on Mother’s Day in his career.
4. Ryan Howard
Howard came in to pinch hit in the eighth inning after starting the game on the bench with food poisoning … only to hit the game tying homer which led to extra innings. His next at bat? A walk off home run to go 2-2 on the day.
3. Gordon Beckham
Last Mother’s Day, Beckham had a walk off hit off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom on the ninth to give the White Sox the win. Rattling Chapman is impressive enough, but the story doesn’t exactly end there. Beckham saved some dramatics when he hit another walk off on Father’s Day just a month later … crazy.
2. “Mother’s Day Miracle”
At least that’s what it’s known as around Boston. The Sox were down 5-0 to the Orioles in the bottom of the 9th-inning, and Julio Lugo had just made the first out. Next came a slew of hits, walks and atrocious errors by Baltimore and we were looking at a 5-4 game with two outs and Lugo coming back up to the plate with two men on. What should have been the end of the game turned into another throwing error, allowing Lugo to safely reach base and the winning runs to cross the plate at Fenway Park.
1. Dallas Braden
Most of us remember this one. Six years ago Dallas Braden was nothing better than an average young pitcher taking the mound for a Sunday afternoon game in Oakland. His mother passed away from skin cancer when he was younger, but his grandmother who raised him was at the game to watch Dallas pitch … a casual perfect game in honor of his mom. Tough to find a better story than this. If you were writing a movie script, maybe a no-hitter would have been more believable. But the 19th perfect game in MLB history belongs to Dallas Braden on Mother’s Day.
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