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MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

Posted on: September 11, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 12:36 am
By Matt Snyder

The New York Mets will host the Chicago Cubs for the Sunday night game in New York on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. In commemoration of so many brave souls who either gave their lives or put their lives on the line to try and save other Americans, the Mets have an assortment of NYPD, FDNY and PAPD (that one is Port Authority PD) hats to honor the service men and women. They were going to wear them during the game, which will be seen on ESPN.

Instead, Major League Baseball intervened. The Mets released the following statement:

“MLB set a league-wide policy as it related to caps and uniforms for September 11 and we followed the guidelines.”

There was reportedly some discussion by the Mets players to just ignore the mandate and wear the hats anyway, but they ended up calling off the idea.

"As much as we would like to as a team," player representative Josh Thole said (Ledger_NYMets on Twitter). "MLB is coming down really hard on it."

I don't think there's really much more to say than it's too bad that the MLB can't make an exception here -- especially considering all those stars and stripes hats teams wear on the 4th of July and Memorial Day.

UPDATE: The decision was apparently made by MLB Vice President Joe Torre, who was the Yankees manager on 9/11. He said he just wanted teams to be "consistent" and in this situation, "certainly it's not a lack of respect." (David Lennon via Twitter)

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Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:03 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

ridiculas is the only explanation

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:53 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

As a life long Yankee fan - I, too, was surprised this came from Joe Torre; I swear sometimes I believe Torre left some of his brain cells where the old stadium used to be; This latest confirms it. As stated by many others, CONSISTENCY is both important & logical! It (9-11) is part of this country's [more recent] history. Torre, by "dictating" this, lets MLB supersede USA & tries to cover by saying "No disrespect" intended, which makes no sense at all. Actions ALWAYS speak louder than words! This was for one-day only, 10th anniversary of 9-11,
and thanks to this [head-up-the-A**] thinking, I say to Torre: CONGRATS for giving NY & all baseball fans, esp., something else to remember.....Thanks---for nothing!

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:47 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

I might add that in aleague where teams wear the most ridiculous things to honor past teams, their cultural heritage, holidays, etc., mostly it seems, for profit opportunites, allowing teams to wear hats that reflect a national day of mourning should not only not be prohibited, it should be required.
Funny that the league that allows "fun green hats for St. Patricks day exhibitions", "patriotic 4th of July caps for Independance Day" and jerseys like "Cerveceros" and the German ones and the gold ones they just wore Saturday for the Brewers is ok, but honoring the victims and efforts of the people who struggled with one of the worst tragedies in American history is not.
Stupid, stupid move and the kind of backward thinking that helps the NFL be recognized as a premier league while MLB flounders with its image.
Some of the best sights I saw last year, was all of the Canadian hockey teams' coaches wearing poppies for Remembrance Day and brought veterans on the ice for emotional recollections of the wars that Canada has fought in. They do a phenomenal job recognizing the event without trying to make money off of it. With baseball, its "if we can't make a buck, then forget it".
Really poor and a major thumbs down to Joe Torre and Bud Selig for not overruling him.   

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:38 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

Well, congratulations on taking a strong, unpopular stand, offering a different viewpoint. You raise a fair point. From a purely logical perspective, you are correct. Everything that happens in NYC takes on a magnified perspective in this country. Just look a the coverage of Hurricane Irene vs the countless number of tornados and hurricanes that cause devestation in this country.
On the other hand, you are wrong, in that 9/11 was the single worst attack ever on the United States and not only was it an attack, it was an attack against unarmed civilians- totally premeditated and totally against any possible civil or ethical code. It was an act of barbarism that took this nation into a fury of rage and revenge that still wreaks havoc on our collective psyche today.
I think the four events on American soil that are the most important in our history are the Civil War, 9/11, Pearl Harbor and JFK's assasination.
It is right to remember all of these and learn from them, so that we remain ever vigilant to threats against our country. 

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:36 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

Mr. Torre - Mr. NY Yankee - you dropped the ball.  The people that ran up the stairs while others were running down, the people that stayed with the hurting when told to exit the building - the people that we ask our kids to look up to - the one's that risk their lives daily - the people that protect us - they perished.  They perished trying to make the best out of a terrible morning, day, week, month, year, and so not allowing the Athletes of NY to give back a little - wearing a hat for a baseball game that would take 3 hours (in this case 5) is unfair.  Sorry, Joe - you dropped the ball. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:25 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

Where is your head Joe Torre? I have always like this guy and thought he was a class act...but this is absolutely the most ridiculous mandate that I have EVER heard. On the 10th anniversary of this tragedy I wouldnt have cared if they players wore police uniforms and fire gear. After watching alot of the anniversary specials especially of the hard charging firemen and police men that were going up the steps instead of down, to their deaths no less, pathetic, short sighted, and ignorant decision. I will NEVER look at torre or MLB the same way. Thank God football is here, you struck out on this one torre and there is no justification for that decision....Especially from the former yankee manager. PATHETIC!!God Bless the USA!!

Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:03 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

WOW!!! Really? Joe Torre wanted the teams to be "consistent"? There was othing consistent about 9-11 other than a bunch of fools hijacked 4 airplanes and rammed them furiously into some very important buildings (with one obvious exception) and the biggest target was in New York City. Last night my family went to a memorial and it was very moving, but nothing like the stuff I saw on TV. WHY? Because it was not in New York, Washington,or Pennslvania. kazoo did have it right. This was a tribute game and should have been treated as such. It was not any ordinary Sunday Night Baseball game  of the week.The NFL did a great job showing tribute to all of the brave men and women who lost their lives that day. Don't sweat it though,Joe, If your house is burning down, or you are suffering from a heart attack, or you just need the police to come and investigate something like a robbery, the survivors of this tragic day will surely still come to your aid, showing you the true meaning of "consistent"!

Since: Jun 30, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:01 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

Not to be a complete jerk, but can we dial back the 9/11 stuff a bit?  Does the media go this crazy remembering the Oklahoma City bombing?? Not at all. But why not, was that not a horrible event in US history that should not be forgotten?.  I'll just say this, I haven't forgotten 9/11, no one has, so please quit cramming it down my throat.  It seems to me like some of the coverage is almost gimmicky or propaganda.  I'm not making light of the event, if I have offended you, I apologize, that is just my point of view.

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:51 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

WTF is wrong with you MLB?

If there is ever a time to make an exception to a rule, this is it.

EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:46 am

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

No one should buy a new Mets hat until next September 11.  Boycott them at CitiField, the mall, online, even those guys who sell them for $5 in the parking lot after the game.  DO NOT buy any new METS hats.

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