On Friday, August 10th, the Everett AquaSox will be hosting “Local Heroes Night,” honoring people who make a positive impact on the local community. One of those people is Mariners prospect Braden Bishop, who will be honored for the work he’s done to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s, especially early-onset Alzheimer’s. The Mariners are even flying Bishop from his home in California, where he’s rehabbing a broken ulna, to be present at the event. As a bonus, the first 1,000 fans will get a Braden Bishop bobblehead, complete with a little #4MOM written on the forearm. #4MOM began when Bishop was playing his college ball for Washington; after learning of his mother’s diagnosis and wanting to do something to pay tribute to his mother, he took a heavy black Sharpie and wrote “#4MOM” on his forearm. The movement spread among his teammates at UW and Bishop kept it going when embarking on his professional career. The first 4MOM night at Everett occurred in 2015, during Bishop’s first professional season; since then, he’s carried the message to Clinton, Bakersfield, Modesto, Little Rock, and Peoria, both as a member of the AFL’s Peoria Javelinas and in his first formal invite to big-league camp.
I wish my Mom could see and understand all those behind her. She would be so happy and proud. I’m at the point where I’m speechless how many hands have joined in with me. THANKFUL #4Mom pic.twitter.com/K4aGetG4hk— Braden Bishop (@bradenbishop7) March 25, 2018
You can buy tickets for the game here. Bonus: in addition to coming out, supporting a great cause, and getting a bobblehead, the Everett squad is pretty fun to watch. The Sox won the first-half title in the NWL North so are guaranteed a playoff berth, and the team features a solid all-around offense, bolstered by 2018 second-rounder Josh Stowers (149 wRC+), third-rounder Cal Raleigh (154 wRC+), and the excellently-named Bobby Honeyman (166 wRC+), who is currently leading the NWL in average and is fresh off being selected NWL Player of the Week.
Can’t make it to Everett? You can still show your support by supporting the #4MOM apparel challenge on Bonfire and snagging a sweet tee (unisex, women’s, or youth) or hoodie. Only four days remain in the campaign, so time is limited. Or you can make a donation directly to Braden’s partner foundation here. If you go that route, please take a screenshot and tag #TeamLL, as we are currently in a fundraising challenge against our pals from 710 ESPN:
We are raising as much money as we can for bradenbishop7’s #4MOM fundraiser Friday at @EverettAquaSox!#JSLAM is in a heated competition with @LookoutLanding to see who can raise the most!— Jessamyn McIntyre (@JessamynMcIntyr) August 5, 2018
Use #TeamJSLAM or #TeamLL and screenshot your donation receipt: https://t.co/dVju5MXj9t
I believe the team who raises less will be forced to wear some maple syrup, Big Maple Challenge-style. I enjoy the non-syruped version of my hair, so if you could do us a solid and donate, I would be super-appreciative and will dole out a great many hugs and high fives at the next LL softball game.