Mets Have No Business Wearing '9/11' Caps During Game

9/11 hatPoor New York Mets. Not only did they lose in extra innings to the Chicago Cubs last night, they were denied the right to wear special hats honoring New York emergency service departments to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. They just can't catch a break.

Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations, said that the decision was made to keep policy consistent throughout the entire league. "Certainly it's not a lack of respect," Torre said. "We just felt all the major leagues are honoring the same way with the American flag on the uniform and the cap. This is a unanimity thing."

You know what? I actually agree with ol' Torre.


In addition to the 24-minute ceremony of remembrance under dimmed stadium lights -- which featured fans holding electronic candles, bagpipers and drummers standing on the infield, and first responders lining the basepaths -- each of the Mets and Cubs escorted a member of "Tuesday's Children," a charity for families affected by 9/11, onto the field and they stood with the uniformed emergency-service workers. Some of the Mets also wore hats during batting practice that read "NYPD" and "FDNY." That's when the idea hit them.

According to catcher Josh Thole, he and his teammates thought wearing the caps during the game would be a nice gesture. He even said, "What are they going to do, fine us?" But when the MLB got wind of the plan, they ruled the hats an absolute "no-go" because of the uniformity thing.

Here's the thing: The Mets clearly paid respect to the anniversary with their opening ceremony, their batting practice caps, and the American flags on their uniforms and hats. I don't see a need to wear the hats during the game -- because no one else was. In other words, why should they get to be special? I mean, I get that they're a New York team and all, but they should still stick to the rules and regulations of the game.

It was a nice thought, really it was. But I think the team did a fine enough job demonstrating their feelings on 9/11 without the hats.

Do you think the Mets should have been allowed to wear 9/11 caps?


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