MIAMI -- Mark down Giancarlo Stanton as a fan of the pink Louisville Sluggers that were used at ballparks throughout Major League Baseball on Mother's Day.
Stanton was one of four Miami players Sunday -- joining Omar Infante, Austin Kearns and Emilio Bonifacio -- to use the pink bats, which have been utilized every Mother's Day since 2006, and are meant to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Sporting the pink bat, Stanton made the most of the opportunity to raise awareness for a good cause. The Marlins slugger went 3-for-5 on the afternoon with a pair of singles and a walk-off grand slam that he described as a "no-doubter" in the Marlins' 8-4 win against the Mets.
"I'm gonna use [the pink bat] tomorrow, and the next day," Stanton joked after the game.
While Infante and Kearns started the game with the pink bats, both switched back to their usual bats after unsuccessful trips to the plate in the first inning. Stanton, on the other hand, singled in his first plate appearance, but said he would've stuck with the pink bat even if he had gotten out, because he liked the weight and feel of it.
Whatever the reason for Stanton sticking with the pink bat, it paid off. His grand slam was the third of his career, and it capped a six-run ninth for the Marlins, who overcame a two-run deficit in the inning and clinched their fourth straight series victory.
While Sunday will be remembered mostly for Stanton's grand finale, he wasn't the only Marlin to find success with the special bats. Like Stanton, Bonifacio stuck with the pink Louisville Slugger throughout the game, and it resulted in a 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate, including a pair of triples -- his first two of the season.