Eastbay Athletes Pay Tribute To Their Mothers

Eastbay Athletes Pay Tribute To Their Mothers

It’s Mother’s Day, the day people and athletes around the world pay respect to their #1 fan, supporter, teacher, and sometimes even chef. Here’s what Eastbay athletes have to say about their moms.

Elena Delle Donne, comparing her mom to superhero:

“My mom is a superwoman. What she’s able to do raising my sister, who has special needs, and doing that day in and day out — she’s amazing. What I’m doing on the court, that’s okay, but what she does in daily life is really special.”

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Jozy Altidore, on being modest:

“Momma did a good job. I don’t know I just guess from a young age we are taught to respect ourselves and respect others and to be kind and considerate. That always stuck with me.”

Sydney Leroux, on going through hard times:

“If you really want something, go out and get it. It’s not supposed to be easy, you may even come to a realization that ‘maybe it’s not for you’ – it is, it just gets hard sometimes and you have to push through it. Just like my mom always said, ‘it’s gonna be okay. keep going, keep going.’”

Sammy Watkins, on his mom’s unconditional support:

“It’s a balance. You’ve got friends doing a lot of different things, but at the same time, football is not your whole life. You’ve got to have a balance between family. My Mom was always at my games, coming to watch me play.”

Ian Desmond, on comparing his mom to superwoman:

“She payed rent at her house when she was like 13 years old, and started working right around that same age. Two years ago she took a mission trip to Cambodia, and that was the first time she had missed more than a week of work in her entire life basically — since age 13. She’s my inspiration; she goes after it. She’s a heck of a woman. With four kids, she did a good job.”

Byron Buxton, on his mom’s compassion:

“My mom is very delightful person. She’ll do anything and care for everybody. And she cooks for me every time I come home — so that’s a plus.”

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Joey Gallo, on who he would credit for his major league success:

“My mom — for always taking me to the field every single day after work.”

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Kyle Fuller, on his biggest supporter:

“My mother was the one that always supported us, cooked dinner for us, had dinner ready for us when we got home, and was at every game.”

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Landon Collins, on his relationship with mom:

“What got me to this point is my mom, we pushed each other. We always wanted the best for each other.”

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DeVante Parker, on who he would thank if he could only thank one person:

“I would say my mother. I would tell her that I love her and thanks for always being there and supporting me.”

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Draymond Green, on where he got his swagger:

My mom, she preached confidence. Confidence, confidence, confidence: that’s all she preached. I have her to thank for it.

Russell Westbrook, on childhood memories:

“My mom stood in line at Footlocker for hours to get these Jordans that I wanted.
I definitely had to earn them though. My mom told me I would need a 3.5 GPA or
higher to get a pair of Jordans, so that’s what I did.”

What do you have to say about your mom? Let us know in the comments below, and then let your mom know it, too.

MLB Watch: Players Go Pink For Mother’s Day

MLB Watch: Players Go Pink For Mother’s Day

Alfonso Soriano's Under Armour Yard II Mother's Day edition cleats.Alfonso Soriano’s Under Armour Yard II Mother’s Day edition cleats.

words // Nick Engvall

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day (if you’re just realizing that now, you better be preparing an incredible apology) and to pay tribute mothers around the world and also raise awareness for breast cancer, Major League Baseball players hit the diamond with all sorts of pink baseball equipment.

Under Armour baseball provided many of their sponsored players with pink cleats. Louisville Slugger made up special pink Mother’s Day bats for players using their baseball bats. Franklin made up special pink versions of their Authentic Pro Classic batting gloves. Even Major League Baseball got into the spirit by creating pink ribbon wristbands for players that wanted to pay tribute to mom, as well as tagging each of the basses used in Sunday’s games with a special Mother’s Day plaque.

Check out all the breast cancer awareness pink baseball equipment below and let us know who you think put forth their best effort in thinking pink in the latest MLB Watch.

 

MLB Watch: A look at what the pros use on the baseball diamond.

 

Another look at Alfonso Soriano's Under Armour Yard II Mother's Day edition cleats.Another look at Alfonso Soriano’s Under Armour Yard II Mother’s Day edition cleats.

Rickie Weeks sports MLB Mother's Day pink ribbon wristbands.Rickie Weeks sports MLB Mother’s Day pink ribbon wristbands and bracelet.

Erick Aybar wore a pink sleeve and pink Franklin batting gloves.Erick Aybar wore a pink arm sleeve and pink Franklin batting gloves.

A closer shot of the MLB pink ribbon wristbands many players wore.A closer shot of the MLB pink ribbon wristbands many players wore.

Louisville Slugger even made special pink bats for Mother's Day.Louisville Slugger even made special pink ribbon bats for Mother’s Day.

Hanley Ramirez using the Louisville Slugger pink bat.Hanley Ramirez using the Louisville Slugger pink ribbon bat.

Todd Helton signs a Louisville Slugger pink bat for a lucky fan.Todd Helton signs a Louisville Slugger pink bat for a lucky fan.

Brandon Phillips wearing the UA Yard II Mother's Day pink colorway.Brandon Phillips wearing the UA Yard II Mother’s Day pink colorway.

Mark Trumbo also wearing pink UA baseball cleats.Mark Trumbo also wearing pink UA baseball cleats.

Matt Kemp of the Dodgers wearing the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite.Matt Kemp of the Dodgers wearing the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.

Ryan Howard equipped with cleats and batting gloves from adidas.Ryan Howard equipped with cleats and batting gloves from adidas.

Roy Halladay wearing a Nike Diamond Elite glove.Roy Halladay wearing a Nike Diamond Elite Pro glove.

LaTroy Hawkins wearing the adidas Diamond King.LaTroy Hawkins wearing the adidas Diamond King.

Miguel Cabrera wearing player exclusive Franklin batting gloves.Miguel Cabrera wearing player exclusive Franklin batting gloves.

J.P. Arencibia makes a tough play wearing Easton catcher's equipment.J.P. Arencibia makes a tough play wearing Easton catcher’s equipment.

Francisco Rodriguez throws wearing his player exclusive Reebok cleats.Francisco Rodriguez throws wearing his player exclusive Reebok cleats.

Bobby Abreu wearing his B-Top baseball cleats.Bobby Abreu wearing his B-Top baseball cleats.

Carlos Quentin wearing Mizuno batting gloves.Carlos Quentin wearing Mizuno batting gloves.

Ike Davis wearing Mizuno 9-Spike cleats.Ike Davis wearing Mizuno 9-Spike cleats.

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