Rockies honor fallen firefighters with D-backs

Rockies honor fallen firefighters with D-backs

PHOENIX -- During batting practice and the National Anthem, Rockies and D-backs wore caps honoring the 19 elite firefighters from the Prescott (Ariz.) Fire Dept. who lost their lives in the recent Yarnell Wildfire.

The Rockies also hung a white No. 19 jersey with "YARNELL" across the back in their dugout.

"It sounds like it was a pretty elite unit," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I don't know much about fighting fires, but it sounded like it turned around on them and just swallowed them up."

Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu was playing at Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier this year when that entire area was affected by wildfires, and understands the danger that those brave enough to battle them face.

"It's a sad situation," LeMahieu said. "I was in Colorado Springs earlier this year and I know how dangerous it can be. I'm happy to honor these firefighters.

"That was scary in Colorado Springs last year. A lot of fans and staff for the Sky Sox, their homes were in danger. A lot of people there didn't get a lot of stuff out of their house because it was burning so fast."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.