Bobby Valentine was a guest on WFAN this afternoon and reflected on the events of 9/11 and what led to the team taking the field while wearing the first responder hats.
“It was really emotional, you know, and it was filled with symbolic gestures,” Valentine said.
“It started in Pittsburgh, when Robin Ventura and Jay Horwitz decided to wear an NYPD and an NYFD hat in practice, and then the guys wanted to do it in the game, and then the commissioner said we weren’t allowed because we had a contract with New Era. And then we said ‘B.S.’ to the commissioner and anybody else who’s going to try to keep us from wearing the hats.”
Read more about Bobby Valentine’s reflections here.
The Mets will again honor New York City’s first responders Wednesday by wearing hats from the NYPD, FDNY and other New York City service departments during batting practice.
MLB has prohibited the Mets from wearing the hats during the game because of licensing agreements, and they can only be worn during batting practice.