CLEVELAND -- Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest on Wednesday, and Kristin Frost has been chosen to represent the A's.
A mother of two young girls, Frost was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer on Sept. 17, 2012. She said that baseball plays a big role in her house, where Stomper, the A's mascot, is a favorite.
"I had to face this cancer and the world head-on with all my strength, for I was going to persevere, win and thrive, for I am a fighting Momma," Frost wrote in a press release. She is expected to continue with radiation for another two weeks.
Since the A's will be on the road this Mother's Day, Frost will be recognized by the club later in May. She'll participate in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink MLB merchandise and two game tickets.
The program, which was introduced in 2009, raises additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative, celebrated every Mother's Day. Frost is one of many fans across the country who shared inspirational stories about hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, in addition to why they or their nominee should represent their favorite team.
Frost and the 29 other honorary bat girls were selected through fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com, along with feedback from a judging panel that included CC Sabathia of the Yankees, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Alex Gordon of the Royals, Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan of MLB Network.
On Mother's Day, players and on-field personnel will sport the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniform, along with pink wrist bands to further demonstrate their support. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be pink.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.