Fans react to Bin Laden news with ‘U-S-A!’ chants
Fans at the Mets-Phillies game began chanting ”U-S-A! U-S-A!”
as the news of Osama bin Laden’s death spread through Citizens Bank
Park on Sunday night.
”I heard the chants and they were great,” Mets right-hander
R.A. Dickey said after New York beat Philadelphia 2-1 in 14 innings
. ”It was a pretty neat thing. It was emotional. Hopefully this
brings some closure but it’s still not over.”
People could be spotted all over the ballpark checking their
phones as news that the United States had killed the mastermind
behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers in New York
and the Pentagon in Washington was breaking.
The ”U-S-A!” chants started in the top of the ninth inning of
the game and picked up in intensity throughout the inning.
”It was a big night for us and a big win for America,” Mets
manager Terry Collins said. ”It’s a huge win for everybody and I’m
really proud of our troops.”
Mets starting pitcher Chris Young pitched seven scoreless
innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven, on a memorable
night for him.
”Probably a night I will never forget,” Young said. ”I was in
the training room when I heard the announcement. I got chills
hearing that crowd. It’s a historic night and a great victory for
the United States.”
Mets reliever Pedro Beato was a freshman at Xaverian High School
in Brooklyn on Sept. 11, 2001. He watched smoke rise from the World
Trade Center towers from his classroom.
”I couldn’t see the building, but I did see the smoke and I
knew it was something serious,” Beato said of watching the attacks
unfold. ”History is every day, and we heard history tonight.
”It’s a good feeling for our guys out there fighting and for
Philadelphia players weren’t sure what was happening until
alerted of the news by center fielder Shane Victorino.
”I was sitting in the dugout and didn’t understand what was
going on for a minute,” Philadelphia starting pitcher Cliff Lee
Asked his reaction, Lee said, ”It took them long enough.”
For the Mets’ Young, the emotions he felt were of people who
lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, including firefighters
from a firehouse near his New York home.
”They lost nine people on 9/11,” Young said. ”I was just
thinking about those who had lost their lives.”