CLEVELAND — Now an annual tradition at the MLB All-Star Game, the Stand Up To Cancer moment at Progressive Field took place after the fifth inning Tuesday night. This one had an extra special moment, as it featured Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, .
Through much of the spot, you can see players holding cards with Carrasco’s name on it (and his nickname, “Cookie”) and that was already touching, but then toward the end, the camera focused on the pitcher, standing on the field with his manager Terry Francona and the Indians’ All-Stars.
“I think for me the highlight of the game was the Stand Up To Cancer mention and the tribute to friends, families, that are going through cancer,” said NL manager Dave Roberts. “And obviously with Carlos Carrasco and his teammates by his side, very emotional. And you hear putting things into perspective quite often, but cancer definitely tops the list.”
Added AL manager Alex Cora: “When I saw [Carrasco], it puts everything in perspective. We get caught up in wins and losses and pennant races and all that stuff and rivalries, and then that happens. And there’s more than baseball in life. And we’re thinking and praying for him, his family and hopefully he can be back on the field sooner rather than later.”
Major League Baseball has been partnered with Stand Up To Cancer for 11 years and pledged $50 million to support the cause.
“We are proud that our partnership with Stand Up To Cancer has had a significant impact on cancer research over the last decade,” said commissioner Rob Manfred in a release. “This year’s campaign is yet another example of our sport’s commitment to raising awareness around this disease until every person who is battling cancer becomes a survivor.”