After the first plane hit, I ran to call my father.
He was in the middle of shaving and assured me that it was probably a leer jet gone array.
We were still on the telephone when the second plane hit, I screamed and he ran to the nearest TV to see.
And that is when my father said, “Our city is under attack.”
I ran out of my apartment in Manhattan the couple of blocks where my best friend Jen worked in utter shock, as I just needed to make sure she was OK.
The days immediately following were filled with people searching for loved ones, along with a horrible stench that lingered for days.
There are no words to describe the sadness in everyone’s hearts.
But as time passed, days were filled up with stories of courage and generosity that I never knew existed.
As a New Yorker, and as an American the sense of pride made you stand up and hold your head high.
So, even though the New York Yankees have 18 games left to secure one of the two coveted AL Wild Card postseason spots, today is not about baseball.
Today is not about winning or losing; it is not about what team’s jersey you wear all season long; it is about those brave men and women who gave their lives for our country.
As without these brave heroes, neither you, nor me would have the pleasure of going to a baseball game in the first place.
Now I will share a few videos that I have watched hundreds of times about 9/11 and baseball.
Baseball helped me following out country’s most tragic day in history, the day that terrorists try to take my hometown away from me.
As a sports fan, these moments offer me comfort to this day still.
We will never forget what happened on 9/11/2001, nor would we ever want too. As that was the day this country’s truest heroes shined.
President Bush’s Opening Pitch at Yankee Stadium After 9-11
Jack Buck‘s 9-11 Poem
Mike Piazza‘s post 9/11 HomeRun
Vin Scully on 9/11, 10 years later