Duluth Native Honored by Twins, MLB

Julie Gross Served as Honorary Bat Girl for Her Fight Against Breast Cancer

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When Julie Gross got the call, she could hardly believe it.
“I said i think i need to put the phone down, because I need to scream.”
The call was from Major League Baseball letting the Duluth native know she was one of 30 winners in the 2015 ‘Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer’ contest. Her prize, a day as honorary Bat Girl for the Twins.
“I’m very honored,” Gross said. “Spreading any kind of awareness, I’m all for it.”
Half of MLB honored their nominees on Mother’s Day, but the Twins weren’t at home. Instead, Gross was honored before Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay. However, it’s Gross’ mother that serves as her inspiration.
“My mom was my mom,” she says. “To have lost her, it was tough, but it’s our way of honoring her too. Whatever we can do, we’ll do.”
Gross was joined at Target Field by her daughters, Ashley and Aili Balaich, making a speical moment for their family.
“Honestly, I can’t put it in to words,” said Gross. “It is so, so, so incredible. My daughters have been such a big part of it too, together we are the ‘Pink Ladies’, It’s an honor to share it with them.”
Oldest daughter Ashley thinks the Twins made a great choice.
“She’s one of the most selfless people that I know,” said Balaich of her mother. “She’s always putting other people first, her family especially. I honestly can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.”
Decked out in pink, Gross and her family enjoyed their day in the sun.
“It really meant a lot me to have my girls with me, and my stepson on the field,” she said.
But Gross’ thoughts are never far from the fight, or from her mother.

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