Double-A team to honor fallen troops with empty seat

Here's the seat that will remain vacant forever more. (Mobile BayBears official site)

The Mobile BayBears -- Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks -- have come up with an idea that should be adopted by every team at every level in every sport. They will leave a specially designed seat empty on a permanent basis.

The seat, pictured above, is in the front row and serves to honor American soldiers who served our country and were never able to return home.

"This is a very special announcement for a number of reasons, first and foremost we wanted to find a way in our ballpark to permanently recognize the sacrifices of those who protect our freedom. There is a strong military influence in this region and that made finding the right way to show our respect very important to our staff. The seat in section 107, row 1, seat 1, is now a tribute seat that will never be sat in, but it will never be empty," BayBears general manager Heath Bennett said in a statement.

The unveiling of the seat will take place at the BayBears' home opener on April 10. The ballclub has announced a partnership with Navy Federal Credit Union as part of this promotion.

Not only that, the Navy Federal Credit Union and the BayBears will provide complimentary tickets to all active, reserve or retired military personnel throughout the 2013 season.

Well done all around, Mobile BayBears.

Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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