Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie spent part of Monday afternoon distributing T-shirts to teammates in the Royals clubhouse.
They were blue with a large backward K on it, which signifies a called strikeout on a scoresheet.
On Tuesday, players around major-league baseball take part in “Strikeout Cancer” day. According to a news release, that is a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.
It is the brainchild of Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte. Each team is supporting a cancer-based charitable organization, selected at the suggestion of one player.
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The Royals’ player representative is, or was, left-hander Bruce Chen. Chen, who was designated for assignment Friday, chose Friends of Kids With Cancer.
The idea behind the T-shirts is that players who wear them in view of others will bring attention and raise money to one day wiping out the vile disease.
Proceeds from every K Cancer T-shirt sold are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by the Player representative.
Fans can support this initiative by purchasing K Cancer shirts at www.108stitches.com.
“I’m honored by the support my fellow major leaguers have displayed in joining the Jason Motte Foundation’s effort to strikeout cancer,” Motte said in a news release. “What started out as a ripple of awareness in St. Louis a year ago has turned into a tidal wave of international support to help eradicate this horrible disease. I want to thank the Players for standing together in support of this initiative, as well as 108 Stitches and fans everywhere for doing their best to help strikeout cancer.”
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