PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks are paying tribute to the 19 firefighters who were killed in the Yarnell fire.
During the current series against the New York Mets, the Diamondbacks will wear black arm bands. A jersey bearing the number 19 and the name "Yarnell" will also hang in both teams' dugouts.
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After returning home, the Diamondbacks will wear black jerseys with a white patch bearing a No. 19 over the heart.
In addition to a moment of silence before Friday's home game, the "19" logo will be painted on the grass at Chase Field and appear on a sign behind home plate.
The players will wear a memorial patch for the remainder of the season, team officials said Monday.
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Our hearts are aching for the fallen firefighters and the entire community turned upside down by this unfair act of weather and nature," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “It is devastatingly amazing how quickly our lives can change in a matter of moments. We understand our social responsibility and are fortunate to be in a position to assist those in need, as we have seen first-hand the impact we can have on our community.”
The Diamondbacks are taking action by running an online auction and raffle on dbacks.com to raise money for the families and communities of the deceased firefighters.
Beginning Tuesday, fans can donate online, with each donation being matched by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation up to $100,000. Fans who donate $19 or more will be entered for a chance to win a team-signed home white jersey with the name "Yarnell” and No. 19.
For more information on how to help Arizona fire victims , visit http://bit.ly/helpariz.
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