Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta was lonely.
With no fans heading to Chase Field this MLB season, the starting left fielder had nobody to interact with during the down time he had in the outfield.
Peralta asked the D-backs if they could fill the seats with some new friends, with a good cause behind the request.
The Diamondbacks filled an entire section of the stands closest to the left field corner with teddy bears to represent the Phoenix Children's Hospital — both the patients and healthcare workers who won't be able to attend games in 2020.
For each home run a D-backs player hits into the section, the team and Chase will donate $1,000 to the Play Ball Fund, which is currently focused on relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arizona Diamondbacks mascot Baxter, far right, walks near stuffed teddy bears and other animals in the stands during the second inning of the Diamondbacks' home opener baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin, AP)
We can bear-ly contain our excitement for @DPFreightTrain6’s new fan section. 😊 pic.twitter.com/QFzGqgYY5V
"I'm going to be throwing balls, trying to talk with them, like as a real fan," Peralta said. "So I really love it."
Smaller versions of the bears will be donated to the kids in the hospital. Some of the larger bears in the stadium were holding signs that said "Rattle On!" or "Freight Train" (his nickname) and even "Beat LA!"
Much cuter than any cardboard cutout.
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