By Mike Steffanos
It's the old wound that seems to be opened up fresh every year just from a date on the calendar. You can't ignore it. Cable television networks still do specials every year, ostensibly to commemorate the date, but also cynically to cash in on our continued fascination and sell a few commercials.
September 11 puts all things into perspective, especially sports. We remember how much it meant to return to some sort of normalcy in the days and weeks that followed. When we are tempted to attach to much meaning to what happens on a ball field or a gridiron, we remember back and don't allow ourselves that silly indulgence.
I write about baseball here, specifically the Mets, but I couldn't let the fifth anniversary of this infamous day pass without acknowledging it. I remember clearly where I was and what I was doing five years ago today. I was with Lisa, on a late beach vacation in Ocean City, MD. We were watching the Today Show and drinking coffee in our room. The first tower had been hit and no one was quite sure what had happened. While we watched, a plane flew into the second tower, and I knew immediately what was happening. I also understood instinctively that my life would be forever changed by what I was seeing. I've talked to many people since who had that same experience.
I will go back to what I normally do here, talk about baseball. I'm grateful to have the freedom to spend so much thought and energy on what is essentially a trivial matter.
Update: Shari from Take the "7" Train also adds her own thoughts and memories on the day.
Baseball Prospectus: Jesus Flores
Kevin Goldstein picks the St Lucie Mets' catcher for his Monday Morning Ten Pack:
The St. Lucie Mets cruised to the Florida State League championship over the weekend, completing a three-game sweep of Dunedin (Blue Jays) and going a perfect 5-0 in the post-season. In Sunday's 6-2 clincher, Flores went 4-for-4 with a double and a stolen base to complete a playoff run in which he reached base 11 times; he's coming off a regular season in which he hit .266/.335/.487, tied the league lead with 21 home runs, and finished fourth in slugging. While the Mets felt strongly about Flores' potential, this is still a massive breakout for the 21-year-old Venezuelan who hit a Bill Plummer-esque .216/.250/.339 last year at Low Class A Hagerstown.