BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 20: A fan waves the U.S. Flag during game three of the American League Championship Series between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Mariners defeated the Yankees 14-3 and trail in the series 2-1. (Photo by M.David Leeds/Getty Images)
Baseball helps heal America
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig made the decision to halt all games for a day, then three days and ultimately for six days. The postponement was out of respect for the nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the 9/11 tragedy and also fear of more attacks where large numbers of people were gathered. The move was not unprecedented. Baseball games were cancelled on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and the 1918 season was shortened due to World War I.
Putting it in perspective
Marty Prather of Springfield, Missouri shows his patriotism during batting practice at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sept. 17, 2001, prior to a game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. That was the first day baseball games resumed following the events of Sept. 11.
One for all
Players from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies unfurl a giant American flag during pre-game ceremonies of the game at Coors Field in Denver, on Sept. 17, 2001.
On Sept. 17, 2001, a frail Jack Buck, the Cardinals longtime broadcaster, stepped to the microphone at the old Busch Stadium before the Cardinals faced the Brewers and read an original poem he wrote titled “For America.” The poem, and his stirring postscript, “Should we be here? Yes!” provided a powerful message.
John Henry, of Wartminster, Pa., wears a t-shirt with the cartoon of Osama bin Laden in the cross-hairs. Henry was attending the Atlanta Braves-Philadelphia Phillies game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 2001. Major League Baseball returned to its schedule that night following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Sums it up
A banner hanging from the stands clearly states fans' feelings during the game between the Anaheim Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle on Sept. 18, 2001. The Mariners won 4-0 .
Emotions run high
Fans embrace before the game between the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 18, 2001, at what was then called Pac Bell Park in San Francisco. The Astros won the first MLB game played in San Francisco after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, 3-2.
Leading the way
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani gives the thumbs up from his seat before the Mets game against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY, on Sept. 21, 2001, the first sporting event in New York since the terrorist attacks.
Nod to what is missing
Before the first game back in New York on Sept. 21, iconic New York skyline atop the enormous Shea Stadium scoreboard had been modified. The lights outlining the Twin Towers had been turned off and a ribbon covered the buildings instead.
We will not forget
The first game played in New York after 9/11 was between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets on Sept. 21 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. A red, white and blue ribbon painted on the field was a reminder of the lives lost. The Mets won the game 3-2 and Americans slowly began to feel a sense of normalcy.
Honoring a hero
Brian Jordon of the Atlanta Braves speaks with Carol Gies and her son, Ronnie, before the Mets game against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 21, 2001, at Shea Stadium. Gies lost her husband, who was a New York City firefighter, in the World Trade Center Tragedy.
God Bless America
Diana Ross sings "God Bless America" during the game between the Braves and Mets on Sept. 21, 2001 at Shea Stadium in New York. The New York Police Department Band took the field, along with other heroes of 9/11.
A moment to reflect
Members of the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves and the umpiring crew bow their heads during a moment of silence to recognize the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center during an emotional pre-game ceremony on Sept. 21, 2001, prior to the start of the game between the Mets and the Atlanta Braves in New York City. Security was high and the signs of patriotism everywhere as the two teams played the first baseball game in NY since the terrorist attacks.
Lifting a city's spirits
Mets catcher Mike Piazza's game-winning home run off Braves pitcher Steve Karsay gave New Yorkers something to cheer about in the first game played in the city following the terrorist attacks. Afterward, Piazza said "I'm glad I could give people a diversion from the sorrow, to give them a thrill."
New York's real heroes
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees embraces a New York City fire fighter during introductions prior to Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics on Oct. 10, 2001 at Yankee Stadium. The A's won 5-3.
God Bless America
A New York City police officer sings "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch in Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Oakland A's on Oct. 10, 2001 at Yankee Stadium. The singing of "GBA" before "Take Me Out to The Ballgame" became a tradition for weeks across MLB following the terrorist attacks. It's still played on Sundays, holidays, special occasions and even every game in the case of two teams, the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.
More than a game
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada pauses to pray in the outfield as a color guard displays a large American flag prior to Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees on Oct. 11, 2001 at Yankee Stadium. The A's won 2-0, but the Yankees went on to the World Series.
Long may she wave
Firemen re-create the raising of the the US flag at the World Trade Center during pregame ceremonies of Game 1 the 2001 World Series at what was then called Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix on Oct. 27, 2001. The New York Yankees faced the Arizona Diamondbacks, with the D-backs eventually winning in seven games.
The flag was still there
The American flag flown over center field at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 of the World Series vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks was recovered from ground zero. The Yankees defeated the Diamondbacks 2-1 in Game 3 but Arizona went on to win the World Series in seven games.