D-backs salute troops on regular basis

D-backs salute troops on regular basis

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Arizona Diamondbacks showed their respect for the armed forces on Monday by all standing in front of the dugout for the national anthem.

It was Memorial Day, yes, but it could have been any of the other 161 games.

"I think you guys know how we all feel here in the Diamondbacks organization," said manager Kirk Gibson, whose father served on the USS Missouri. "If you look out during the national anthem every day, you'll see the whole team out there. It's not just Memorial Day; it's every day. We all understand here that we're very fortunate to be able to do what we do, and we certainly appreciate and pray for the people who sacrifice their well-being for our freedom and liberty."

D-backs pitcher Brad Ziegler is heavily involved in supporting troops through his foundation "Pastime for Patriots." The right-hander worked along with Operation Care and Comfort to host 500 service members and their families at Monday's game.

"It's cool that they have the opportunity to come to the games, and if we can do something to show our appreciation, to me this is an easy step," Ziegler said.