MLB commemorates 9/11 anniversary with ballpark ceremonies

NEW YORK (AP) – In a way, Don Mattingly was as far from the hustle and bustle of downtown New York as he could be a former ball player on the morning of September 11, 2001. [19659002] the former New York Yankees captain was cleaning posts at his horse farm in Indiana when he heard the horrible news on the radio: two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in Manhattan, destroying World Trade Center landmarks and no doubt killing thousands of people. 19659003] Then he entered.

"I felt like I had watched television for three weeks in a row," Mattingly said. "I could not stop watching TV"

In a month, he returned to New York for a visit.

"Amazing," he recalled. "Devastating".

Mattingly, now manager of the Miami Marlins, returned to New York on Tuesday when the majors once again commemorated the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with stadium ceremonies across the country.

A moment of silence to honor the victims and the first to respond took place before each game. Players, coaches and referees wore caps with a "We Shall For Forget" ribbon patch, and MLB planned to donate all royalties from the sales of those hats to the September 11 National Memorial and Museum, the Pentagon Memorial Fund and the National Memorial Flight 93.

At Citi Field, where the Mets hosted the Marlins, more than 100 representatives from the New York Police Department, the New York Fire Department, the Port Authority Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management of the City of New York and the Sanitation Department of the City of New York. with full uniform along the warning trail and the baselines.

Players and coaches from both teams stood next to each other, interspersed with each other, and shook hands before NYPD police officer Makiah Brown performed

. the Honor Guard of the Port Authority Police Department in center field, and children whose parents or grandparents have battled illnesses related to the September 11 attacks went on the field with the Mets players.

"Obviously, a hard day for a lot of people., A lot of things happening in the city," Mattingly said. "It feels good to be a small part of that"

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