Tigers hold sixth annual Pink Out the Park event at Comerica Park

Posted at 7:32 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 23:07:53-04

The Tigers joined Major League Baseball in honoring breast cancer survivors -- and raising money for breast cancer research -- with their sixth annual Pink Out the Park event Wednesday night.

There were dozens of breast cancer survivors at Comerica Park Wednesday night, including Lisa Meyer from Hancock, MI.

"Five years ago, right after Christmas,  I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer," explained Meyer. "t doesn’t define me. For me it was just rally my family behind me and beat it as much as I can and this year in July I’ll be five years [cancer] free."

Meyer got to be more than a diehard Tigers fan Wednesday night. She was the Honorary Bat Girl. Meyer -- along with other survivors -- were honored in a pregame ceremony, and Meyer even got to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

"My family’s been making me practice and practice and practice," said Meyer.

Catching her pitch was Tigers centerfielder Mikie Mahtook. He has a special connection to the event.

“It’s an extremely special day to honor these brave women who have overcome this tragedy and it’s something that I would never wish upon anybody. My mom went through it seven years ago, she’s seven years cancer free. To be able to be out here, and catch the first pitch is awesome," said Mahtook.

Meyer says events like Pink Out the Park give her hope.

"It just makes me really excited to know there is eventually going to be a cure for this," said Meyer.