With the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Saturday, the MLB‘s New York Mets will pay tribute to first-responders.
The Mets, who won their first home game after the 9/11 tragedy in 2001, are planning to wear special hats that honor the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department.
That’s according to an article from TMZ. Both MLB teams based in New York, the Mets and Yankees, will play at Citi Field on Saturday night. This also marks the first time both teams have played one another on this solemn, sad anniversary.
Both New York teams’ managers in 2001, the Mets’ Bobby Valentine and the Yankees’ Joe Torre, will be there.
MLB Team New York Mets Will Host 2001 Managers, Players
Additionally, 14 coaches and players for the MLB‘s Mets will also be in attendance. This group includes Mike Piazza, who hit a memorable home run in the team’s first game back.
But the Mets have also invited current first responders to the game. They will join the NYPD and FDNY honor guards and others on the field. Before the MLB game’s first pitch, the national anthem will be performed by the NYPD Cops and Kids Chorus. FDNY firefighter Regina Wilson will sing “God Bless America” as well.
That season also saw the Yankees reach the World Series. But the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off quite a victory by getting past New York in seven games.
Ironically, the Yankees won the World Series in 2000 by beating the Mets 4-1 in a seven-game series. MLB will have a full slate of games on its schedule, too, on Saturday. There is no word what other teams might do as a tribute, but we do know how both New York teams will pay their respects.
Field Of Dreams Game Will Return In 2020 With Cubs, Mets
Outsiders who love their MLB games probably dialed in to watch this season’s “Field of Dreams” game.
The Chicago White Sox pulled off a ninth-inning rally to beat the New York Yankees 9-8.
NBC Chicago reported that the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs will take the field at Dyersville, Iowa. Reportedly, the Reds and Cubs will play a Thursday night primetime game at the field first seen in the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams.”
After that contest, both teams will take a day off on Friday and continue the series over the weekend at Wrigley Field.
Costner did appear at the game. James Earl Jones, who played writer Terrence Mann, was a powerful voiceover presence on the telecast. Fox Sports announcers Joe Buck and John Smoltz dressed like movie characters. The White Sox and Yankees wore retro uniforms.