United we stand, divided we fall.
-Many many people have said this, but it is true.
I wrote a piece on the 10th to remind everyone to be thankful for what they have. To step aside for moment in the day and remember of that horrific day ten years ago and pray for those who suffered, still suffering and those who may continue to suffer from those attacks.
Sports has always been a great way for someone, some people to do something collectively and forget what hurts for about 2 hours or more. Sports is a great way to gather with friends and family and have a great bonding time. Sports also have a way of healing for those who need to heal. Ten years ago, all major sports forgo games that followed 9/11. They did it right back then and they almost did right ten years ago. All games yesterday, especially those in NY, did a great job of opening ceremonies to honor those who had fallen and remind everyone that as a nation you can achieve great things. Players even took the risk of being fined for wearing cleats and gloves that were not approved by the NFL to show their Patriotic pride. Sports took the extra step in gathering everyone to enjoy two hours of entertainment and honor those who had fallen and those who fight in our stead to maintain what freedoms we have.
While the NFL did great in that aspect, the MLB was atrocious. Unlucky for NY (some would disagree), the Mets were the NY team to play that night. The Mets were honored (as were the Jets who were more than honored to be chosen as the NFL NY team to play that night) and wanted to wear NYFD or NYPD caps during the game. It wasn’t until game day that the MLB decide to flex its muscles and tell the Mets that idea was being tossed out and that they should wear the Mets cap with a small American flag on the side. With that said, the caps are now selling online for $25 a hat, as the MLB is trying to make a profit on an occasion that was so horrific. Well the Mets organization could have defied that ruling, accept a fine that would come with that defiance but instead gave into the demands of the MLB. While I am highly disappointed in the MLB on not allowing to make an exception for something should have an exception, I am also disappointed in the Mets who didn’t think for themselves and went along with the power house. Maybe because the Mets are in such in a financial mess they couldn’t pay the fine? Who knows. All I know is the the NFL got it right, the MLB almost got it right and it was great to see a nation who is divided at times on issues, come together, forget their differences and stand as a united front.