PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The Arizona Diamondbacks have been on fire this season, and people in the Valley are taking notice.
Amongst all of the fans, there is one fan who's especially thrilled and dreaming of the post season, and she has become a game staple in the upper deck at Chase Field.
"I do enjoy this, and I sit at home at night and knit or crochet or sew or whatever, but this, I can just come and enjoy myself and relax," said Cindy McBride, also known as the "Flag Lady".
As both teams prepare for the game before fans pack Chase Field, McBride, 70, is also at the ballpark, ahead of the crowd like she is every game, getting ready to root for the home team.
McBride first started coming to the games in 1998. She went with a friend after getting divorced, and has been hooked ever since.
"One of my friends and I came to a game, and we were like, we're going to get tickets," said McBride. "He told me I couldn't spend our money on tickets. He divorced me, and I bought season tickets."
McBride started as a very spirited fan.
"I just started really small.," said McBride. "I would dress up in costumes, and I would be up moving to the music, and I wasn't even aware that I was doing it. And then all of a sudden, people started saying, 'you're the one who dances up there'. Then I got called the crazy dancing lady. Then the dancing granny. Then the Diamondbacks gave me the official name of 'Rally Sally'. Then, everyone just called me the 'Flag Lady', so I just became the 'Flag Lady'."
It's safe to say McBride has, by now, become a ballgame staple.
"She definitely brings some spirit, because it's so easy to see, and she's always on the jumbo screen," said one fan, identified only as "Jonah".
"It's just fun," said Nicole Goodwin. "When I come to Chase Field, I come here to see the Diamondbacks, but part of the experience of coming here is things like the swimming pool, or things like the legends race, and the Flag Lady is definitely part of that. It makes coming to this field special and different than going to other baseball parks."
It's not just the fans that know McBride. She's also a familiar face to the players, coaches, and even players of the other teams. For those who have been to a home game, there's a likely chance an attendee would have seen McBride in the upper deck, cheering, dancing, and waving her well-known flags, all hand made, and have specific meanings for specific players.
"With 'Goldy', his nickname was Goldy. The clear in the middle had to do with translucency, which is the strength of god, and I didn't even know gold was a Christian when I made it, so god actually directs me in how to make them," said McBride. "I've given many, many, many of them away to the players if they want them. Gerardo has his. Mark Reynolds has his. The different players, if they've left the team, they have theirs, and if they decide they don't want them, then I just go ahead and cut them up, because I'm not going to use them for someone else."
This season has given McBride, as well as other Diamondbacks fans, a little something extra to cheer about.
"It reminds me so much of 2011," said McBride. "In 2011, we had more immature players that didn't have a lot of meat under their belt. We've got a lot of players right now that have the substance to take us over that little hop, that last little leap, and that's what I see here," said McBride.
Rain or shine, win or lose, McBride plans on being at every game, at least until she physically can't anymore.
"I don't want to relish that day," said McBride. "I don't want to look at that day. I know it will probably have to end sometime, unless I carry just one flag or something. It does get hard to carry up to row 34 or 36, especially carrying everything I do. I don't even know how much my bag weighs, my big one."
Until then, however, McBride will be at Chase Field, rooting for her home team.
"I don't plan on dying until I'm about 104, and then I'll have to quit work too!" said McBride.
McBride started making flags and costumes for her church, and still does, and her love for baseball started at a very young age. She was introduced to the sport, when her brother was playing Little League.