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A Gesture at Citi Field in Honor of Arizona’s Bravest

From Mike Oz of Big League Stew:

The jerseys hanging in the dugouts of the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets on Monday had nothing to do with baseball. The No. 19 Yarnell jerseys weren’t for a rookie you’d never heard of. Nor were they an inside joke among players.

Instead, the jerseys were a tribute to the 19 firefighters who lost their lives Sunday while fighting a huge blaze near Yarnell, Ariz. The 19 men were an entire squad of the elite “hot shot” firefighters, who get dispatched to fight the toughest fires. This one, tragically, engulfed them. . . .

The Diamondbacks also wore black arm bands to honor the firefighters, and they’ve set up a raffle that will benefit Yarnell victims for their return home Friday.

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