Over the past couple of weeks on Twitter, the #FirstPitchforDiego movement has been moving along and gaining steam. For those that are unfamiliar with the hashtag, it was started to create awareness for Diego Garcia, a lifelong A’s fan, who was struck by a drunk driver while jogging earlier this month. From there, his family wanted to bring awareness to drunk driving and also honor their family member, so they started FirstPitchforDiego on social media, and people are taking notice.
The A’s became aware of this movement and just this afternoon, Sean Doolittle, a big supporter of the movement, announced on Twitter that First Pitch for Diego is a go, and the details will come soon.
I would like to take a moment to explain the picture I chose for the article. It may seem a little tactless, but to me it symbolizes the A’s community. In 2012, Brandon McCarthy was hit in the head by a ball that was hit up the middle. He missed the rest of the 2012 season, but is now pitching again for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The picture shows his jersey hanging in the dugout, which is something that the A’s players did for the rest of the 2012 season, to show their support for someone who needed it. That is what Sean Doolittle and A’s fans have done symbolically in this hashtag movement. We have been trying to ensure that Diego is honored and celebrated in a place that he loved.
I am touched at how much the A’s community resembles a family. The A’s may have done this on their own, but it is because A’s fans have responded so positively to the story and became involved in social media that this is definitely happening. The date hasn’t been announced by the A’s yet, but I have seen posts saying that Diego will be honored on April 19th. It will be a beautiful day. Keep the hashtag going, and keep the memory of Diego alive.