D-Backs to Honour 19 Firefighters with Jersey, Patch

Written By:  •  Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Yesterday the Arizona Diamondbacks announced their plans to honour the memory of 19 firefighters tragically killed in the wildfires in Yarnell, Az. late last week.

Beginning with last nights game at CitiField in New York, the Diamondbacks wore black armbands in addition to hanging a jersey in their dugout (along with the Mets) bearing the name YARNELL and number 19.

A D-Backs jersey reading YARNELL 19 hangs in the visitors dugout of CitiField in New York on Monday

Upon their return to Phoenix on Friday, the Diamondbacks players will wear special black jerseys with “ARIZONA” across the chest with a white patch over the heart with the number 19, a tribute similar to the one the Red Sox did when they played their first home games following the Boston Marathon bombings in April.  Following the games the jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the families of the victims.

D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson wearing the Yarnell fire memorial armband last night in New York

After the upcoming weekend featuring those special jerseys the players will go back to wearing their standard D-Backs uniforms but with a memorial patch affixed to the jersey.

No photos of these tributes have been released yet, we’ll post them when we find them.

UPDATE Jul 3/13: Thanks to a tweet from @theemblemsource we have our first look at the memorial patches the Dbacks will wear for the remainder of the season:

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  • Brandon Beardsley

    This is why baseball is awesome. Respect!

  • Robert Ozias

    It’s a good tribute, and I like the black armband, it goes with the Diamondbacks’ uniforms for some reason.

  • Jed

    Prayers abound goes out to those 19 firefighters that gave their lives to fight those nasty wildfires out there and they will ALWAYS be remembered for their heroic efforts in battle.

  • Robert Bradley

    Yarnell is about 70 miles north of Phoenix, so as a Diamondbacks fan and a Phoenician it’s great to see the local team stepping up during this horrible tragedy.

  • ingmar66

    Nice tribute

  • Aaron

    I’d have to think the Suns, Cardinals and Coyotes will be paying tribute in a similar way this year.