Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and to commemorate the date, the New York Mets and New York Yankees will meet in a special Subway Series game. This will be the first time the two Crosstown rivals will play on September 11.
Here’s how to watch Saturday’s game:
Dated: Sat Sep 11 | Time: 7:40 p.m. ET
Place: Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
TV channel: Fox | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
Saturday’s pitching game will feature right-hander Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.69 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (7-9, 4.15 ERA). Kluber will make his third start since returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him since May. Walker was an All-Star this season, although he had a difficult second half (7.36 ERA) and is looking to end the season strong.
Here are five things to incorporate into the 9/11 Memorial Game on Saturday night.
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1. Both teams will wear first responder caps
MLB has been a bit clumsy over the years when it comes to commemorating 9/11. Two years ago, Mets hitter Pete Alonso said the league had rejected his offer to wear specially designed caps. no need to ask permission from the MLB. There will be no such problem this year. The Yankees and Mets will both wear a first responder cap during batting practice and in Saturday’s game itself.
“FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority Police, Sanitation and Corrections caps will all be featured to commemorate their bravery and sacrifice,” the Mets said in a statement.
The Mets are also expected to wear special uniforms with “New York” on the front instead of their team’s name.
2. Bobby V will throw the first pitch
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Bobby Valentine will throw the first ceremonial pitch at Joe Torre, the Mets have announced. Valentine was of course manager of the Mets in 2001. Torre led the Yankees that year.
Additionally, the Mets say 14 members of their 2001 squad will be in attendance on Saturday, including Hall of Fame member Mike Piazza. Piazza hit New York’s first home run after the 9/11 attacks, and it was an emotional moment.
3. Several charities will be in the spotlight
Among the organizations that will be represented on the pre-game field are Tuesday’s Children (a non-profit organization that helps communities affected by terrorism), Answer the Call (an organization that helps families of killed firefighters and police officers in the performance of their duties), the FeelGood Foundation (emergency aid personnel injured in the performance of their duties), the Visionary Network of the 9/11 Museum and the New York Police and Fire Widows’ & Children Benefit Fund, which was created by Mets legend Rusty Staub. Mets employees who lost loved ones on September 11 and who worked at Shea Stadium during the recovery efforts will also be honored.
4.MLB Network released a documentary
Major League Baseball closed for a week after September 11, and it wasn’t until September 21 that baseball returned to New York City. Earlier this week, MLB Network released a documentary, “MLB Network Presents: Remembering the Game for New York,” telling the story of baseball’s return to New York after September 11.
“As soon as we got to the George Washington Bridge, everyone on the left side of the bus came from the right side of the bus, and you could see the smoke and the floodlights towards Ground Zero and the bus. [went] silent, “said reliever John Franco, a New York native and 2001 Mets captain.” From the George Washington Bridge to Shea Stadium, no one has said a word.
The Mets faced NL rival East Braves in the MLB’s first game in New York after September 11. Jason Marquis, a native New Yorker, started the game for Atlanta, and Piazza hit his winning home run against Steve Karsay, another native. New Yorker.
Former MLB executive David Samson discussed the 9/11 attacks and their impact on baseball on Friday’s Nothing Personal with David Samson. Listen below:
5. It is also an important game
As for the game on the pitch, it’s really important for both teams. The Yankees enter the series just half a game ahead of the Blue Jays for second wild card spot. They are 2-10 since their 13-game winning streak. The Mets are five games behind the Braves in the NL East. They have lost four of their last six games (against the Marlins and Nationals, no less). With only three weeks left in the regular season, the Yankees and Mets both need every last win to secure their place in October. The Mets lead the season series over rivals Crosstown, having won two of three games at Yankee Stadium in early July.