Major League Baseball will pause to remember the tragic events of September 11th 2001 with tributes across America at each of the 11 games scheduled.
For the first time since the horrific terrorist attacks which took almost 3,000 lives, New York will host two games on September 11, as the New York Mets take on Washington Nationals at Citi Field and New York Yankees welcome Tampa Bay Rays to Yankee Stadium.
These fixtures will take part in the annual tribute made by MLB, with the message “We Shall Not Forget” spread across North America.
New York teams unite
According to MLB.com the Mets, who hosted the first MLB game post-9/11, have played seven home games in the 13 years after the attacks while the Yankees have been at home five times. Only in 2008 has a major league game not been played in New York on this day since 2001, when both teams had a no-game day.
Each home club will run pre-game remembrance services with a moment of silence and a “We Shall Not Forget” banner displayed. In addition, all on-field members – including players, coaches and umpires – will wear a special American flag patch embroidered on the side of their caps.
In unity Major League Baseball will take time to pause and remember those who lost their lives 13 years ago when four passenger airliners were hijacked.
American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were crashed into the North and South World Trade Centre towers and both towers collapsed within two hours of the collisions. American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon while United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total 2,996 people were killed in the four crashes.
New York Mets captain David Wright will continue his tradition of visiting a New York firehouse each September 11 since his rookie season in 2004.
The Mets also adopted Fire Department New York Squad 288 in Maspeth, New York after the firehouse lost 19 members during the World Trade Center collapse.
Elsewhere in the US, George Polarek, director of the Salvation Army’s 9/11 World Trade Center relief efforts, will throw a ceremonial first pitch at Progressive Field before Cleveland Indians take on Minnesota Twins.
Toronto Blue Jays will wear customised caps which recognise both the U.S. and Canadian efforts in remembering those who were lost 13 years ago.
The MLB Network televised “Nine Innings From Ground Zero” which is a special MLB Production, featuring coverage of the day’s events across the majors.