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?
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