It's times like that and also Saturday's game that serve as a reminder that baseball can be more than just a game.
"The cool part is being able to use the game of baseball as a vehicle to raise money (to fight) such a horrible disease," King said. "That's the cool part with it, being able to use that in such a good way, and to make it fun. Make it competitive, but make it fun."
With the game hitting a personal note, Nickey said umpiring it will feel different. Overall, he expects it to be a "special night."
Even if the event does not reach its goal of raising $50,000, both King and Nickey said it will still be a success.
"Any money that you raise for a cure for cancer is money that they didn't have before," Nickey said.