NEW YORK (77 WABC) The New York Mets were scheduled to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates 19 years ago today.
Bobby Valentine was the manager of the Mets during the 2001 season. He tells Bernie & Sid in the Morning how the Mets organization used Shea Stadium parking lot to send supplies to the first-responders working tirelessly.
Valentine describes how a few members of the team went down to Ground Zero to hand out t-shirts, hats, stickers, and supplies. “There was a hat exchange,” says Valentine. The Mets wore FDNY, NYPD, and other first-responder hats for every game during the remainder of the 2001 season following the September 11 attacks.
America’s pastime brought a bit of normalcy back to the city when Mike Piazza led the Mets to a 3-2 victory against the Braves on September 21, 2001. This was the first professional sporting event in New York after the terrorist attacks.
Listen to the full interview with Bobby Valentine here: