CHICAGO -- Manager Ned Yost teased Jeff Francoeur on Sunday that even though the outfielder hadn't done anything in the Royals' first two days of their three-game series against the White Sox, Francoeur's mom, Karen, was still in the U.S. Cellular Field stands on Mother's Day.
After going 0-for-9 in the first two games, Francoeur gave his mom a Mother's Day to remember in Sunday's series finale, going 2-for-5 and hitting his first home run of the season in a 9-1 Royals' win.
Francoeur's first hit was the homer, a solo shot in the eighth inning, and he followed with an RBI single in the ninth.
"When I got the second hit, he was like, 'There you go, now she'll go home happy,'" said Francoeur, whose father was also in attendance. "It was special that they were in the stands."
Francoeur recorded both his hits with a pink bat and was one of a handful of players to swing one on Mother's Day, joining right fielder Alex Gordon and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
The Royals also wore pink wrist bands and cleats as they joined the 29 other Major League teams in celebrating Mother's Day and continuing a tradition since 2006 of raising awareness for breast cancer in the interest of prevention, treatment and a cure, an MLB tradition since 2006.
Pink bats and all, Sunday turned out to be a pretty cool day for Francoeur and his mother.
"I got a picture with her today on the field and to have them here today was really neat," Francoeur said.