From drafting a young paralyzed former baseball player to work for the organization to honoring military servicemen, the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the classiest Major League Baseball teams when it comes to special occasions. They are becoming known for their heartfelt displays of caring for their community. The upcoming display of how much they care for their state and community will come on Friday when they honor the memory of fallen firefighter Brad Harper.
Harper was tragically killed while fighting a brush fire on May 19 of this year. The DBacks have proven that they understand the important things in life. This is the next example of their continuing understanding of their proper role in the Phoenix and Arizona community. I think every baseball team should model themselves around these guys.
This Friday they will have Harper’s widow Lena throw out the first pitch while she is supported by friends, family and the firefighters of Harper’s academy. They will undoubtedly find tons of support from the fans in the stands as well. I’m sure there will be few dry eyes in the stadium as the tragedy of this fallen pillar of their community is honored in the best way a baseball franchise can.
Of course our thoughts and prayers are with Lena Harper and the rest of Brad’s family as they go through this difficult time. Hopefully for just a few minutes, someday down the road, it will bring a smile to their faces to know that the DBacks know the difference between sports heroes and real life heroes. Brad Harper was one of the real heroes.