Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |
In the days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Mets played a role in helping the city heal. Some of their players visited ground zero, and Shea Stadium's parking lot served as a staging area. Once games resumed, the team wore first responder hats representing the various city agencies that were impacted by the horrific events.
On Sept. 21, 2001, with the Mets still wearing the first responder hats -- in defiance of the league's efforts to stop them -- and with Mike Piazza having placed an 'NYPD' patch over the 'NY' insignia on his catching helmet -- Piazza hit an emotional, go-ahead and decisive eighth-inning home run at Shea Stadium against the Braves during what was the first game played in New York City after the attacks.
The Mets have tried to wear the first responder hats in-game on the anniversary of Sept. 11 numerous times since 2001, and have been denied by the league and/or threatened with fines.