SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who energetically champions numerous charitable causes, has become the Giants' ambassador for a Strike Out Cancer initiative launched by St. Louis reliever Jason Motte.
Motte and the Major League Baseball Players Association have recruited a member of each team to distribute T-shirts, emblazoned with a backward "K" above the word "cancer." Several Giants have begun wearing the shirts, which the public can obtain on the 108 Stitches website. Only red T-shirts are currently available, though shirts in Giants colors are expected to hit the market closer to Opening Day.
From each Giants shirt sold, $5 will be donated to the organization of Affeldt's choice, which was Lazarex Cancer Foundation of Danville, Calif. Motte's foundation also receives $5 per shirt.
Lazarex assists cancer patients who have been told they have no hope left by providing assistance regarding clinical trials. The company helps pay for participation in the trials or informs the patient what options might be available.
"They do some good work, man," Affeldt said of Lazarex. "What they do is really, really awesome. I'm excited to be a part of it."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.