“Flag Lady” Continues 8th Year of Diamondbacks Support

Cindy McBride dances with pom-poms during the 3rd inning of the Diamondbacks v. Phillies game on April 23, 2010.

Cindy McBride dances with pom-poms during the 3rd inning of the Diamondbacks v. Phillies game on April 23, 2010.

Baseball fans inundated by the half play, half advertisement that is a Diamondbacks game seem to lack the resonating fanaticism that used to define our national past time. But one D-Backs fan remains loyal, consistently showing her support for Arizona’s major league team, usually from the upper level seats.

“Some of them take 20, 30, 40 hours,” says Diamondbacks fan Cindy McBride. “Or some take 80 or 90.”

She’s talking about her Diamondback flags. There are stacks of them, each on a wooden pole and about as big as McBride herself.

“It’s a visual support of the players,” McBride says as she waves gold and maroon pom-poms to the beat of the music during the 3rd inning.

Each player has a personalized flag, made of red, black, and gold sheen.

Most of the flags are signed by the players themselves.

“I make flags for the players when they come on to the team and that becomes their flag for the entire time they’re with the Diamondbacks,” McBride says, switching to a streamer.

Many fans refer to her as “the flag lady.” It’s hard to tell quite how much she’s appreciated by both the players and fellow fans, but inevitably, several people throughout each game ask her if they can wave one of her flags.

Her dedication is also evident through the fabric McBride uses to make each flag.

McBride's flags rest on the upper-level seats at Chase Stadium in Phoenix.

McBride's flags rest on the upper-level seats at Chase Stadium in Phoenix.

“I get my fabrics mostly from indiana because I can’t find them here,” McBride says.

And it’s obvious that she loves what she does.

McBride has been weaving and waving her flags diligently since 2002, and doesn’t plan on quitting any time soon.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” McBride says.

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