20 years ago today, our country faced the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. The events that took place on September 11, 2001 shook not just the United States of America but the world as well. While I was too young to remember much about that day, I have spent many years reading, viewing, and listening several accounts of what happened that day and the way people reacted after the 9/11 events. It was a terrible act that changed everything and it is still being felt to this day. It should never be forgotten.
Sports have always been a great unifier and has given people a distraction from real world issues. Something like the events on 9/11 should not be forgotten but life moves on and humans need something to rally around. During tonight’s New York Yankees-Mets, Joe Torre was being interview by Joe Buck and John Smoltz and spoke on his what he and his former team experience during those days. Torre was the Yankee manager from 1996-2007. I think what Torre said in this interview is so important.
He said, “You don’t want to be sad but you need to remember.”
Major League baseball would not return for six days after the tragic events. The first games back would not take place on September 17 and the first game in New York would not happen until a whole 10 days after. Mets faced off against division rivals Atlanta Braves that evening. The night began with New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani giving a thumbs up from his seat and Mets Mike Piazza uniting the nation as his home run lifted his team to victory.
Ever since that day, MLB has done a solid job at making sure there games on September 11 recognized that terrible day and the heroes who helped through it all.
9/11 Tribute in 2021
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May we never forgot what happen on September 11, 2001.