Phillies honor staffer who went to bat against breast cancer

"Whatever I needed they were there."

Andrew Kramer
May 13, 2018 - 5:44 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Every Mother's Day, Major League Baseball names an honorary "Bat Girl" for each team, someone who has battled breast cancer in some way. 

This year, a Philadelphia Phillies employee of 17 years took the mound before Sunday's game. 

With the Phillie Fanatic behind home plate, the Director of Landscaping and Site Work, Pamela Hall threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

She admits her throw wasn't perfect, but says everything else about this day was.

"I was really honored," she said. "Phillies have been great and very supportive. A little nerve wracking, but very happy, just very happy to be here."

Hall was diagnosed in 2016. She says her Phillies family helped her get through the tough times.

"Whatever I needed they were there," she explains. 

Now cancer-free, Hall says she has advice for anyone else currently dealing with what she faced.

"Take all the support you can get," she said. "It wears you down, but I knew that with the strength of everybody around me, that I would make it through."

Players around the league also wore pink Sunday to raise breast cancer awareness.