Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mets, Diamondbacks honor 19 fallen firefighters at Citi Field

During Monday night's Diamondbacks-Mets game at Citi Field, the two clubs had a jersey hanging in their respective dugouts with the name of Yarnell and the number 19 on the back. This was to honor the 19 members of the Yarnell, Ariz. fire department who died while fighting a wildfire Sunday night.

The jerseys were shown on the stadium's video board during a moment of silence Monday night before the game.

Additionally, the Diamondbacks -- who play about 80 miles from Yarnell -- will wear a patch on their uniforms to honor the firefighters the rest of this season. They are also wearing black bands on the right arm of their jerseys during the four-game series against the Mets and will be in black at home this weekend against the Rockies. Those black jerseys will also have a 19 over the heart area.

"Our hearts are aching for the fallen firefighters and the entire community turned upside down by this unfair act of weather and nature,'' Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said in a statement. "It is devastatingly amazing how quickly our lives can change in a matter of moments.''

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will match all donations made to dbacks.com up to $100,000. Donations of $19 or more will be entered for the opportunity to win a signed jersey with "Yarnell'' and the No. 19 on the back.

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