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Nice story Mick. It is a shame that the good will didn't last longer. It was such a strong period in the history of the US.

Donna J Bean

Thank you for sharing a personal and private story with us Mick. It seems to me our patriotism level was at an all time high, however as the years have progressed I believe now that Saddam and Bin Laden *sorry if mispelt* are gone people are gonna be too comfortable and I'm afraid of a repeat.


Hi, Mick. Its songs like those that always give me chills at any kind of event, so I'd imagine at that game it was a warm moment at such a cold time... 9/11 was a scary day definitely and being only 8 at the time, I didn't have any clue what everyone was freaking out about. I still remember actually, after my mom picked me up from school, looking up with worried eyes and asking, "but we're still having tacos for dinner tonight, right?" To her, it was a good moment mainly because it took her mind off things and made her laugh, haha, but now, I cringe thinking about it... I guess it was a good thing I wasn't as aware at the time.

Anyway, I definitely agree about the specialness that followed after 9/11 in events such as those... and the pride of everyone in the country. The city was such a different place months after, especially wandering around downtown Manhatten but you could feel the brotherhood and the warmth between people that you usually don't feel walking the streets there.

Crazy how its been ten years, it seems like yesterday...

Robert Egan

God bless the lives lost, & their loved ones left behind. That was the only real positive of the events of that day, the patriotism. It seems now its been lost & only comes out again on the anniversaries. Ill never forget that day and how we as americans were one. Mick your a phenominal writer. May God bless us all.

Brian Delpozo

That's a great story Mick. I was 13 on 9/11, at an awkward age where I was old enough to grasp what happened, but still innocent enough to see it in a childish way, and Yankees baseball was an integral part of getting me through it. I felt/still feel the same way about baseball after 9/11. Even as a very liberal person, I still stand for God Bless America every time I'm at Yankee Stadium. It's my own little way to pay tribute to everyone lost 10 years ago today.

Joe Manno

America. At that time was 1 whole faamily and everyone was helping whoever they can . 1 year later things go back to normal and people just stop caring and start worrying about themselfs ..


Love the "Naked Gun" reference.


Reading that made me cry.It is so hard now to explain these things to my own kids who are 9 and 7.

Brendan Fix

I remember thinking this game was the first moment, if only for a moment, that we snapped out of the rut that we were driven into on the 11th. The news tickers were running through my mind even when I mustered the courage to switch the channel or, god forbid. turn the television off. I lived relatively close to an airport. The incoming airliners would lower their landing gear right above my house. Early in the morning before the neighborhood rose, or late at night after we made our way to bed, if you listened too closely, the sound of the landing gear, the knowledge of the massive aircraft above you, thrust you back to that morning. Then the Mets and Piazza, and yes even the Braves, reminded the world that life still existed. New York City was struggling, but okay. The planes above my house were landing safely, not crashing. Nightmares of soldiers in the streets were mere figments of my damaged imagination. I can see the opening ceremony of that game, the firefighters and police officers on the field and in the stands, and even the Piazza homer. That game brought wells of tears to my eyes and not because of the normal reason the Mets bring tears to my eyes.
Thank You Mick Foley for sharing your story
Thank You Mets and Mike PIazza for being great that day
Thank You New York!

Dalton Bodie

Wow Mick. That's an amazing/inspiring story. I didn't realize you were a writer, and wrestler. I'm a wrestler too.


this is awesome. thank you


Hey Mick,

Have you seen HBO's documentary 9 Innings from Ground Zero? They're playing it quite a bit right now (for obvious reasons), but it looks at the connection between baseball, healing and New York. This game is an early focus of the film, with the World Series that followed the focus of most of the rest.


Thank you for sharing, Mick. It'd be nice if we could carry the unity around like we're supposed to carry the feeling of Christmas around each day. I'm not a New Yorker but my first trip to New York was when I was 3 months old so my mom and dad could go to a wrestling event at Madison Square Garden (at the time they didn't let anyone under 13 or 18 in.) As a family we had gone to New York every single year until 2001, we were there in April. Unfortunately, I haven't had the funds to come back. I refuse to call Ground Hero Ground Zero, to me, it will always and forever be Ground Hero.

... And as for baseball, I'll be tuning in to the Phillies game later on :)

Chris McQuade

Hey Mick, I messaged you before when I read Scooter. I have had Tietam Brown for quite some time, but like to savor books that I know will be good. I just read the restaurant scene. I just want you to know that once again it's a great, well written, an funny book. I have to say Mick, that for a big, burley wrestling guy, you can write a convincing romance scene with the best of them. Well done, my friend.

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