There were no pink-bat walk-offs or special on-field moments to celebrate Mother's Day last year, but Major Leaguers will once again have Mom close to their hearts as they take the field today.
Here's a look back at some of the top recent Mother's Day memories:
2017: Pillar runs off after walk-off
It was already a special occasion for Kevin Pillar and his family when the outfielder took the field for the Blue Jays' Mother's Day game against the Mariners on May 14, 2017. His parents, Wendy and Mike, were in town to watch him play, along with Pillar's wife, Amanda, making it a perfect opportunity to take some postgame family pictures on the Rogers Centre turf -- especially with Pillar decked out head-to-toe in pink gear to celebrate Mother's Day.
Those plans of taking photos in his crisp pink-and-white uniform, however, were put in jeopardy the moment Pillar crushed a walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. After all, it was a Toronto tradition at the time to rip off a player's jersey anytime he hit a walk-off and douse him with Gatorade. As he rounded third, Pillar eyed a potential escape route and quickly disappeared down the tunnel and into the clubhouse after crossing home plate. Though he managed to emerge mostly unscathed, Pillar's uniform did sustain a slight orange Gatorade stain, courtesy of teammate Darwin Barney.
2016: Harper walks (and walks and walks ...) -- but Báez walks it off
The Cubs and then-manager Joe Maddon made one thing clear when they hosted the Nationals for a four-game series in early May 2016: They were not going to let Bryce Harper beat them. Chicago walked Harper seven times over the first three games (including once intentionally), but took things to another level for the series finale on Mother's Day.
Harper was walked six times, three of which were intentional, including a 12th-inning free pass that loaded the bases with two outs. He was hit by a pitch in his only other plate appearance. The Cubs not only escaped that threat in the 12th inning, but they also got the last laugh thanks to a Javier Báez walk-off homer in the 13th.
2012: Votto caps trifecta with walk-off slam
Joey Votto had an unforgettable performance when the Reds welcomed the Nationals to Great American Ball Park for a Mother's Day matchup in 2012. After waiting out a three-hour rain delay, Votto hit a solo homer in the first inning and added another in the fourth before clubbing a walk-off grand slam that turned a 6-5 deficit into a 9-6 victory. That remains the only six-RBI game of Votto's career.