Once again, fortune favors the bald as Rays manager Joe Maddon, coaches, players and front office staff will shave their heads to pay tribute to children fighting cancer. Fans can join in as well, and all proceeds benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for A Cure.
At the Sunday Rays-Red Sox game on March 16, the players will line up for shearing at 10:45 a.m., prior to the spring training game at 1:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.
To show support for a player or participant, the public is encouraged to make a donation at the game or at pcfcutforacure.org. Fans will be able to shave their heads with the Rays and receive a "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirt for a $100 donation.
Rays Manager Joe Maddon commented on what has become a spring training tradition for the Rays, "For us, it's about being there for the kids and their families. We want them to know they are not alone. It's a small gesture, but it is our way of showing support for them while gaining empathy for what they are going through."
The Rays have a sign posted in their locker room that says "Fortune Favors the Bold." For this campaign, they declare that "Fortune Favors the Bald." —Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer