For a third consecutive spring, the Tampa Bay Rays players, coaches, front desk staff and now even fans, shaved their heads as a tribute to children who are fighting cancer and to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Cut for a Cure.
As one of the best spring training traditions that exists, 30 Rays players and coaches—plus 41 additional team staff members—shaved their heads at Charlotte Sports Park. The event, called Fortune Favors the Bald, was part of the fifth annual Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge, for which fundraising continues through May 2nd.
Some of the Rays’ biggest names stepped up to the razor: Sternberg, Maddon, team president Matt Silverman, executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, first baseman James Loney and second baseman Ben Zobrist. One of the most heart-warming scenes of the day: A 5-year-old girl named Ava, primed with delicate hands, helped to lighten Maddon’s bundle of white hair.
Even outsider Wil Myers, with Tampa Bay’s most famous collection of locks, played a part by donating $500 for onlookers to become acquainted with the clips.
“You just dropped 10 years, Stu,” manager Joe Maddon said, when seeing a freshly cut Stu Sternberg, the club’s principal owner.
Fans were encouraged to make a donation at the game or online at pcfcutforacure.org. Fans are also welcome to sit in the barber’s chair themselves, or they can receive a t-shirt commemorating the event with a $100 donation.