Nats players talk about their favorite ladies: their moms

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Major League Baseball will go to bat against cancer next week, wearing symbolic pink ribbons and using pink bats. The Nationals will have an honorary bat girl, Ashburn cancer survivor and mother of two Annie Arensdorf.

This week, the team will have an eye on all moms.

For every MLB player that made his dream come true, there was a mother who inspired him and cheers him on.

"My mom means everything. Without her I wouldn't be standing here today," says Denard Span.

Inspired by his mother Wanda, who raised him as a single mom, he created SPAN's FANS, an organization that assists children of single parent families. So just how close is he with his mom?

"She's a woman that I consider my best friend, someone I talk to daily, someone I can count on and just a special woman -- the number one woman in my life," says Span.

Scott Harrison's mom raised him under unique circumstances as his father Jerry was playing Major League Baseball in the 1970s and 1980s.

Harrison tells us, "Being a baseball wife that she was and taking care of five kids, a lot of people don't realize how much work is put into keeping the family together. my mom did that."

Kevin Frandsen's mother is his biggest fan. More importantly, she helped he and his family cope with the loss of his brother.

"He meant the world to me, just in general. He passed away 10 years ago this year and -battled cancer for all those years but she always put us, the family in front of everything," shares Frandsen.

There's a lighter tale of mother and son. For Drew, a critique from his mom, Pam, is always welcome.

He says, "He always tells me show them the nasty stuff."

Don't moms give the best advice?

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at WUSA9.


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