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MLB Refuses To Let Mets Wear 9/11 Caps - Why?

Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:48 pm
 
Major League Baseball refused to allow the Mets to wear caps honoring New York City's first responders from September 11, 2001. *Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, told The Associated Press the decision was made to keep policy consistent throughout baseball and that “certainly, it’s not a lack of respect.”* If it's not a lack of respect, then what is it? There were three locations where events took place on that day: New York City, Washington D.C and Shanksville, PA. Therefore, if the Mets,Yankees, Nationals and Pirates wished to honor both the victims and first responders of 9/11, there should be no problem with it.


MLB made Joe Torre the face of baseball's denial of the planned tributes. Could it be due to Joe's status as a native New Yorker? Or could it be that he's both a former Met and Yankee manager? Either way, it's simply disrespectful to everyone involved. Maybe MLB should state what the real reason was, and it's not uniformity between the MLB teams. Could it be the almighty dollar? Sell the special 9/11 caps with the small flag on the side? Put nothing past some of these money hungry owners. Reminder to MLB and its owners. 9/11 was a large scale national tragedy, which local implications for four MLB teams.


Put aside the pettiness for one day, especially the tenth anniversary of the attacks. It makes MLB's hierachy look small. What do you think?



Questions:



Hey Rangers fans, how do you feel about your chances now? If you can't pull away from the Angels in the next ten days, who do you think will win the A.L. West?



Speaking of races, how about those Tampa Bay Rays? Is that the sound of knees shaking in Boston? That wild card lead doesn't feel so safe, now does it Red Sox fans?



Even if the Yankees win the A.L. East, how far do they think they are going with their pitching situation? Is every pitcher after C.C. Sabathia a crapshoot? Haven't even mentioned the injuries, now have I?



*Source: CBS TV News, New York, , September 11, 2011
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Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:58 am
 

MLB Refuses To Let Mets Wear 9/11 Caps - Why?

Major League Baseball refused to allow the to wear caps honoring New York City's first responders from September 11, 2001. *Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, told The Associated Press the decision was made to keep policy consistent throughout baseball and that “certainly, it’s not a lack of respect.”* If it's not a lack of respect, then what is it? There were three locations where events took place on that day: New York City, Washington D.C and Shanksville, PA. Therefore, if the Mets,Yankees, and wished to honor both the victims and first responders of 9/11, there should be no problem with it.


MLB made Joe Torre the face of baseball's denial of the planned tributes. Could it be due to Joe's status as a native New Yorker? Or could it be that he's both a former Met and Yankee manager? Either way, it's simply disrespectful to everyone involved. Maybe MLB should state what the real reason was, and it's not uniformity between the MLB teams. Could it be the almighty dollar? Sell the special 9/11 caps with the small flag on the side? Put nothing past some of these money hungry owners. Reminder to MLB and its owners. 9/11 was a large scale national tragedy, which local implications for four MLB teams.
This idiotic and disgraceful decision is just another reason why Major League Baseball is no longer the American Pasttime. The distinction of 'The American Pasttime' belongs to the National Football League who got it right (after some backlash) by letting their players all across the league wear gear (e.g. gloves, cleats, etc.) dedicated to 9/11. As far as Joe Torre goes he was nothing more than a mouthpiece for the greedy owners who put revenues first & foremost and thought nothing of the goodwill/illwill implications on their financial statements.

Hey fans, how do you feel about your chances now? If you can't pull away from the in the next ten days, who do you think will win the A.L. West?
The American League West is only a two team race as the the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners have been mathematically eliminated from contention. I still feel that the Texas Rangers will win the division. They have a more favorable schedule than the Los Angeles Angels do. The Rangers have three games left against American League Central teams who they are 4 games over .500 against, and then have 12 games against American League West teams who they are a whopping 15 games over .500 against. The Angels have 7 games left against American League East teams who they are 1 game under .500 against and 8 games against American League West teams who they are also 1 game under .500 against.

Speaking of races, how about those Tampa Bay ? Is that the sound of knees shaking in Boston? That wild card lead doesn't feel so safe, now does it fans?
The Tampa Bay Rays have got to be smelling the blood in the water and they get a huge 4 game head-to-head series against the Boston Red Sox this coming weekend in Boston. It is conceivable that by this time next week they have the Wild Card lead.

Even if the win the A.L. East, how far do they think they are going with their pitching situation? Is every pitcher after C.C. Sabathia a crapshoot? Haven't even mentioned the injuries, now have I?
The New York Yankees pitching is not as bad as the so-called "experts" continue to make it out to be.  In the American League Divisional series they can set up a rotation of CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Bartolo Colon. The days off in this series allow for a rotation like this to be very effective and works well for Colon because 7 of his 8 victories have come with him having more than 5 days of rest and his earned run average also drops more than half of a point with that kind of rest. The only 'crapshoot' so to speak will be for the final spot in the playoff rotation in the American League Championship Series and the World Series. Whoever gets that fourth and final spot (Freddy Garcia, A.J. Burnett, or Phil Hughes) will be slotted in between Nova and Colon to continue to let Colon have that plus one day so he will be that much more effective. As far as the "injuries" it is amazing how players heading into the postseason suddenly become "healthy" and come up big in them (the playoffs).

Good post once again.


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