On Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets both paid tribute to the 19 heroic firefighters from the Yarnell, Arizona fire department who died while battling a wildfire in Arizona on Sunday.
Arizona and New York both had a No. 19 jersey with “Yarnell” on the back hanging in their respective dugouts in New York. The Diamondbacks play about 80 miles from Yarnell.
“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.”
Both teams will continue to pay tribute to the firefighters after the game.
Arizona is wearing black bands on their arms in the series and will reportedly match all donations up to $100,000 that are donated to the club to help the victims of the wildfire. They will also wear a memorial patch on their uniforms for the rest of the season.
And the Mets will be in “black at home this weekend against the Rockies, and the black jerseys will have a 19 over the heart area.”
New York won the game on Monday 5-4 in 13 innings.