MLB misses point on caps

A giant American flag is unfurled on the field in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony before the New York Mets baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A giant American flag is unfurled on the field in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony before the New York Mets baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens)
Posted: September 13, 2011

Major League Baseball denied the New York Mets' request to wear NYPD and FDNY caps during their 11-inning, 10-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on Sunday (as the team had on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first game in New York after the 9/11 terror attacks).

Some of the Mets wore the caps for BP, and player rep Josh Thole said they thought of ignoring the MLB directive, but decided against it.

Certainly, the 24-minute ceremony before the game was fitting, but the players had a point: it's in the smaller acts that we show powerfully that violence can never win.

Pushing the Papi button

Boston lost, 9-1, to Tampa Bay on Sunday to the Rays just 31/2 games back of the Red Sox in the wild-card race. But never fear, David Ortiz is here. What say you, Papi?

"At this point, you panic," quoth the slugger. OK, go!


Contact staff writer Michael Harrington at mharrington@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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