MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is reportedly “irate” at being “thrown under the bus” by the New York Mets for publicly disclosing that his office would not permit the team to wear NYPD, FDNY and PAPD caps during Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks of the September 11, 2001.
Well, Selig should direct his anger at himself. He has only himself to blame for Sunday’s fiasco. Had Selig done the right thing and permitted the Mets to honor the NYPD, FDNY and PAPD as they did ten years ago then none of this would have come to pass. He simply dropped the ball on this one. If it was good enough ten years ago then why wasn’t it good enough ten years later?
I realize there are those who don’t like teams donning caps to promote the flavor of the month. But this is quite different. This isn’t wearing green caps to promote “Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day.” Ten years ago, the Mets wore those caps as a spontaneous gesture of solidarity as they helped with relief efforts in New York City. It meant a lot to police officers, firefighters and emergency response personnel and it still does today.
If we want to remember acts of goodness that came out of that act of evil isn’t that gesture something worth remembering all these years later?