On a day of reflection and remembering the professional New York sports teams gave us memories on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The good was the unity and support received from all leagues and sports teams, almost all of the major sports leagues took time to remember those lost. The bad, was the mini controversy started by Major League Baseball in not allowing the New York Mets to wear their first responder hats.
A tradition that started 10 years ago, when the Metropolitans took the field for the first professional sports game in New York City. A defiant 2001 New York Mets squad took the field wearing first responder hats to honor those lives lost on that tragic day.
According to the New York Daily News, MLB prefers that teams commemorate specific causes with uniform patches or batting-practice displays rather than actual game hats. According to the article MLB doesn’t want to set a precedent for teams choosing to honor different events.
The good though was a very touching pre-game ceremony the Amazin’s had with members of both teams taking hands with members of the Tuesday’s Children organization, all standing by a gigantic American Flag in the pre-game ceremonies.
Here is a sports recap capsule of all of the New York City professional sports teams, and how they fared on a very emotional day:
New York Liberty loses to Connecticut Sun: 69-63:
Nicole Powell finished the night with 14 points for the New York Liberty (19-15) in their 69-63 loss to the Connecticut Sun. Cappie Pondexter had 12 points on 5-for-21 shooting, while Kara Braxton finished 5-of-5 for 1o points in WNBA action.
New York Yankees def. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 6-5:
Divine Intervention for the Bombers in Sunday afternoon baseball. A sacrifice fly by Mark Teixeira was bobbled by the Angels outfield, led to the Yankees snapping a four game losing streak, by a final score of 6-5. Closer Mariano Rivera recorded his 599th career save, as the future Hall of Famer-is now two away from the all time mark.
NFL Giants fall to Redskins: 28-14:
The New York Giants defense gave up 305 yards to the Washington Redskins, in the 28-14 loss in NFL action on Sunday. Quarterback Eli Manning finished the game 18-for-32 for 268 yards, in what was a flat day for the G-Men offensive line.
Traverse City Day Two Results: Rangers def. Stars: 6-2
Ryan Bourque scored twice to lead the Rangers rookies past the Dallas Stars 6-2 in Day Two of the Traverse City tournament. J.T. Miller, Shane McColgan, Jason Wilson and Andrew Yogan all tallied a goal for the Blueshirts in the rout of the stars.
New York Mets fall to Cubs: 10-6:
The Mets missed out on golden opportunities, to complete not only a comeback but to cap a moving day at Citi Field. Playing in front of thousands of first responders and their families, the Metropolitans weren’t able to recapture the magic they made 10 years ago in the 10-6 loss to the Cubs. Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada led the offense with two hits each.
LT lifts Jets to 27-24 victory over Cowboys:
The New York Jets rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Dallas Cowboys by a final of 27-24 in NFL action. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson had some big rushes for Gang Green in the victory, rushing for 16 yards. Along with the ground-and-pound run by the Jets a 50-yard field goal by Nick Folk with 27 seconds to go, completed the comeback victory.
Islanders hold Day Two of Rookie Camp:
The New York Islanders hit the ice at 10:00 p.m. on Day Two of Rookie Camp. Keepers Kevin Poulin, Mikko Koskinen and Anders Nilsson worked out with coaches. Also attending the camp were Mark Katic, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Aaron Ness and others-as the rookies are all looking to make their way to the big club this season.
Written on September 12, 2011