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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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Comments

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:49 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

What a D-Bag!



Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:25 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

Why not?  Boycott the MLB!!!



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:17 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

I guess the tabloids who labeled Torre "Clueless Joe", after he got the Yankees managers job, knew what they were talking about after all.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:16 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

I guess when the local tabloids labeled Torre "Clueless Joe", after he got the Yankees manager job, they knew what they were talking about.



Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:14 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

pubically?  really?



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:14 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

Notice it says "UPDATE" in front of that part. We just found out and added it. All the Bud bashing comments came before the update.

- Matt


Bud is the commissoner and he should have overturned Torre. There wasn't room for the first responders at the ceremony and the players weren't allowed to honor them either. I am a retired firefighter and I know it's a "what have you done for me today" way of life now.



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:50 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

If you want to tell them how you fell, Bud Selig's email is reported as being allan.selig@mlb.com. Joe Torre doesn't appear to have one, at least pubically known.




Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:36 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

MLB should have hats made for this day every year!  They have hats they wear on Memorial Day and the 4th of July.  It is rediclous for them to make a big deal out of this.  Give New York some way to pay tribute in how they wear and anything else tonight as some people will be watching just because it's played in New York.  That is why i'll be flipping back to the NFL game too cause it's in NY. 




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:23 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

the giants coaches wore them and the nfl is worse than the mlb, really lame
 



Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:16 pm
 

MLB prevents Mets from wearing 9/11 hats

I'm sure when Torre is questioned for his poor decision, he will blame Brian Cashman...

I wish the Mets wore them, and it would've been great if the Cubs joined them and wore them too.   


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