MLB, Astros, Braves Stand Up To Cancer at World Series

It’s one of the more gripping scenes you’ll find in a World Series game, and it has nothing to do with what’s happening on the field.

The in-game Stand Up To Cancer moment has been a tradition at All-Star Games and World Series for over a decade and was a rare opportunity for everyone in the stadium (and watching at home) to come together to support them . who are currently battling cancer or who have fought in the past, or to honor the memory of those who succumbed to the disease.

“When I’m here and you see in front of, what, 60,000 people — you see the umpires and the players and everyone,” said Rusty Robertson, the co-founder of SU2C. “And then you see all the audience, and the fact that this placard moment is still going on, and we’re in our 10th or 11th year, and it’s gotten better. Now it’s iconic.

“It says that when people come together for something they all really care about, magic happens and good things happen.”

Statistics show that almost everyone in this country knows someone who has had to deal with cancer. That is what makes the SU2C moment so meaningful: everyone in the margins receives a sign with the name of a loved one, friend, colleague or acquaintance who has been affected by the disease.

Braves manager Brian Snitker wrote a few names on his placard. At the top was his wife, Ronnie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. Snitker got emotional for Game 4 when she talked about seeing her name on his son Troy’s card during the SU2C moment in 2019. Troy Snitker is an Astros batting coach.

“Ronnie is at the top of the list [on the placard], and some really good friends,” said Brian Snitker. “We have a picture of Troy at his last World Series with his map, and he’s standing up” [Ronnie’s] dresser, because mommy is there.’

The SU2C moment traditionally takes place during Game 4 of the World Series, after completion of the fifth inning. It is broadcast live on FOX and cameras capture players, umpires, coaches and fans holding up signs with handwritten names.

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa’s placard included the names of two children he met in Houston who are special to him. One is Jalen Garcia, a teenage cancer patient who passed away in 2019. The other is 6-year-old Truman Bohn, who is currently battling the disease. He also had “grandma” written on his card.

“I have names that are special to me and my family,” Correa said before Game 4. “They’re close. They’re members of our family and I can’t wait to honor them.”

Brave’s first baseman Freddie Freeman’s card bore the name of his mother, Rosemary, whom he lost to cancer as a child. Reliever Tyler Matzek’s card had two names: Lauren Matzek, his wife, and Jeff Matzek, his father.

Houston outfielder Michael Brantley’s placard read “Grams and my pops.” Atlanta outfielder Joc Pederson said “Grampa Pete.” Eddie Rosario’s read “Familia: Haddock Vazquez.”

FOX and MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal wrote Mike Bell on his placard, honoring the late Twins coach (and brother of Reds manager David Bell) who succumbed to cancer in March at age 46.

The majority of fans also held up placards. Many contain tributes to relatives: “My mother”, “My wife”. Others paid tribute to everyone: “Kids in the Fight”, and simply “Patients”.

MLB and its 30 clubs are SU2C’s founding donors and have committed more than $50 million to date to SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs.

Comments are closed.