Remembering One of Our Own
The Ducks have always prided themselves on having the best fans in all of baseball. Every night during the season, the ballpark is packed with supporters of all kinds who enjoy the fun atmosphere, the night out with the family and of course, the high quality of baseball on the field.
No fan exemplified what it meant to be a member of the “Faithful Flock” more than Diane Barbeisch. A season ticket holder since the inaugural season in 2000 along with her husband Charlie, she could be seen nearly every night at the Duck Pond cheering on the players with the brightest smile and greatest enthusiasm. From her familiar perch in Section 109, Row C, Seat 1, Diane’s passion wasn’t just being around baseball. It was being a part of the Ducks.
On Monday morning, the Ducks lost an integral member of their family. Diane passed away after a brave battle with cancer. From her fellow fans to the front office and the players and coaches on the field, her loss has been felt throughout the organization.
Diane’s love and devotion to Long Island’s hometown team was something that will always be remembered by those whose lives she touched. Her famous quote was, “I’m not a baseball fan; I’m a Ducks fan.” Her presence was evident not just at home games but often times on road trips throughout the Atlantic League. She and Charlie flew down to Texas in 2012 to be a part of the Ducks’ first-ever meeting with the Sugar Land Skeeters. Then in September, they took the trip yet again to watch the Flock face seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens. Diane was also at every Ducks road playoff game since their first postseason appearance in 2004 up until this year. However, despite being in the midst of her tumultuous battle with cancer, she was still at each and every Championship Series game in 2013 and celebrated the team’s second straight title in Somerset on September 29.
Her courage was admirable, her strength was astounding and her dedication to supporting the Ducks was unmatched. Diane and Charlie have often treated the players and the front office staff to lunch as a ‘thank you’ for the enjoyment they have provided over the last 14 seasons. The Ducks have been extremely grateful to have someone like Diane be a part of their family, and her exuberance will undoubtedly be missed at Bethpage Ballpark.
Those wishing to pay their respects can do so on Thursday, November 7 at Giove Funeral Home in Selden, NY. The address is 1000 Middle Country Road, Selden, NY11784. Visitors are welcome from 2:00-4:00 p.m. or from 7:00-9:00 p.m. There will be a service held at 8:00 p.m. as well.
Rest in Peace, Diane. We know you will always be watching over and cheering on the Ducks.