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New York Yankees, Mets Come Together For 9/11 Pre-Game Ceremony

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“One unified New York” was the message echoed throughout the Yankees and Mets’ 9/11 pre-game ceremony at Citi Field on Saturday.

The two teams gathered as one ahead of the night’s game as the city commemorated the memory of heroes and New Yorkers lost in the tragic events from 2001. Fans inside the sold out venue were emotional at the sight of first responders and former New York players and managers arriving at the 20th anniversary event.

Former managers Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine were present for the night’s first pitch, while New York’s various first responders — including NYPD and FDNY — on the field incited fans to break out into U-S-A and New York chants.

A pre-game video also gave fans an account of retired Mets catcher Mike Piazza’s unforgettable two-run homer against the Braves on 9/11, and how that win twenty years ago uplifted an ailing city.

Piazza spoke on the home run’s significance after two decades: “I’ve been blessed to have a few home runs and some big home runs that Mets fans recall and remember, but I think, and I’ve heard it said so eloquently by others, that even though the game really didn’t have playoff implications — it wasn’t a postseason game, it wasn’t a World Series game — it had bigger effect and bigger emotional value from all the fans and all the people in the city.”

“It felt like a unified crowd and that was nice to be a part of,” said New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, reflecting on a night that was bigger than baseball.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: New York Yankees fan John Broder and New York Mets fan Cory Schwartz hold up a poster board in reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks prior to a game at Citi Field on September 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine throw out the ceremonial first pitches during ceremonies commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks prior to a game between the two teams at Citi Field on September 11, 2021 in New York City. Both managed their teams during the 2001 season. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Richie Budion, Sal Candiano and Nick Giampietro hold a banner and flag in reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks prior to a game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees at Citi Field on September 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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