What was the best post-9/11 baseball moment? | The Tylt
September 11, 2017 is the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United Flight 93. It was a tragic event, but baseball was there to comfort the nation. President George W. Bush threw out a memorable first pitch at Yankee Stadium in Game 3 of the World Series. Mike Piazza also gave the fans in Queens an unforgettable home run in the Mets first home game after 9/11. Which moment is more memorable? ⚾
What was the best post-9/11 baseball moment?
More than a month after the terrorist attacks, New York was still recovering. The Yankees made it to the World Series, but the city was still stuck between mourning and celebrating. With all eyes on New York and the championship series in town, the team needed to do something special to show the world the United States was going to stand tall.
When a tragedy occurs, one of the most soothing things is a return to routine. When baseball resumed in New York 10 days after the attacks, it signaled one of the city's first attempts to return to normalcy. The New York Mets came back to Queens on 9/21 to play their first home game. It was an emotional return with a big tribute that set the tone for the rest of the night.
The Mets found themselves 2-1 to the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the 8th. That's when catcher Mike Piazza delivered one of the most memorable moments in New York sports history.