Young joins Rays in shaving head for charity

Young joins Rays in shaving head for charity

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Rays manager Joe Maddon, as well as players and staff, had their heads shaved before Friday's game at Charlotte Sports Park. It was the second straight season the Rays have done this to demonstrate support for children fighting cancer.

Fans also contributed, with all proceeds going to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Sixty-five members of the Rays' organization participated and so did one special volunteer: Phillies third baseman Michael Young.

After he left the 3-1 loss in the middle of the sixth, Young sat down and had his hair buzzed. Later he said he did it as a tribute to the kids. . .and also because he got used to playing with short hair because of the summer heat in Texas while he was with the Rangers.

For his effort he got personal satisfaction -- and also a "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirt.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.