Major Leaguers wore star-spangled caps and welcomed U.S. military members to the ballparks on Memorial Day to thank them for their service (MLB.com) and recognize them for their bravery and sacrifice (FOX Sports.com). "This day means a lot," said pitcher Brad Ziegler, whose Pastime for Patriots Foundation welcomes troops and their families to A's games throughout the season. "This is the day designed to really honor those who have died and served us. It's just something that I'm very passionate about. We can never thank enough those who have served and died in their service." (MLB.com)
05/31/2011 6:01 PM ET
Big Leaguers Notebook: May 31
Major Leaguers honor military on Memorial Day
It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's Johnny Damon in a Super Sam Fuld cape! (FOX Sports Florida)
Blue Jays hit man Jose Bautista is 'Joey Bats,' and he's ready to do some whacking. (MLB Fan Cave)
David Price, a longtime supporter of Tampa's Shriners Hospital for Children, played catch with adorable Shriner's patient Leigh Dittman before the Rays' game on Memorial Day. (YouTube)
Happy birthday to Jake Peavy, who celebrated his 30th with a victory over the Red Sox and postgame meal with his father, Danny, and grandfather, Sonny. "Just good ole Southern folks who don't get out much," laughed Peavy about the family's big night. "They are just excited to stay in a Ritz-Carlton." (Chicago Tribune)
Brian Wilson established the Michael Wilson Scholarship Fund for United States Air Force ROTC cadets in honor of his late father's memory and Air Force service (BrianWilson38.com). "It doesn't have to be the hardest students. It doesn't have to be the hardest-working," explained the pitcher, who said that the scholarship will instead reward students who have demonstrated good leadership and overcome obstacles. Said Wilson, "I want it to be something that continues forever." (MLB.com)
Welcome to The Show, Brandon Crawford. The Giants callup became just the sixth player ever to crush a grand slam for his first Major League hit (MLB.com). In more weekend action on the field, Kyle Phillips collected his first homer in the bigs with a 10th-inning, go-ahead shot for the Padres (MLB.com), and Michael Morse blasted a walk-off bomb (MLB.com). Peter Bourjos (MLB.com) and Franklin Gutierrez (MLB.com) rob homers at the wall.
Tweet of the Day: "#BPTrivia Which #Reds player/staff wears crazy colored socks that never matches his suits that he wears on the plane? Answer in 5mins..." -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP). The answer: Here.
Quote of the Day: "I'm on [my iPhone4] all the time. It was amazing when I went to AT&T one day to see if I could switch my family plan and just lower it, because I didn't think I was using as many minutes. The lady looked up my last couple of bills and said, 'No, that can't be right. Do you know you did over 20,000 text messages last month and the month before? Do you ever make phone calls?' I said, 'I do, but I'm always texting.' I can't seem to put the thing down." -- Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (ESPN.com). That makes sense, considering that Granderson is a player representative, an MLB international ambassador, the founder of the Grand Kids Foundation, a Roberto Clemente and Marvin Miller Award winner for community service, a clothing line endorser, and an author. (MLB.com)