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  1. Good article, thanks. Love the Life of Brian reference.

    Comment by Andre — September 15, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  2. To me, the whole thing is kind of silly. Personally, I don’t care what hat the Mets wear, but I also don’t understand why MLB would deny their request to wear NYPD/NYFD hats in tribute to the 9/11 first responders. Are they worried about backlask from New Era? As if a company is going to raise a stink about their hats not being worn for 1 game by 1 team in tribute to 9/11, that would be some excellent PR! And if it was such an issue, how come no one had the foresight to commission New Era to make special hats for that game? Something similar to that Yankees hat from 2001 with the logo between PD and FD would have been rather appropriate.

    I do take issue with Selig and MLB being reportedly ticked with the Mets. Despite my personal attitude towards the hats, a lot of people have a different perspective and wanted to see the team wearing them. Why should the Mets absorb the backlash for MLB’s action? Selig, you and your guys made the decision and now you get to own up for it.

    Comment by Misfit — September 15, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

  3. I think that the league would be afraid that thousands of New York fans wouldn’t line up to buy their own red white and blue NY Mets hats.

    Comment by deadpool — September 15, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  4. I blame Beltran.

    Comment by BlackOps — September 15, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

  5. It’s all about the cash, as ususal.

    Comment by Hurtlocker — September 15, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  6. They actually did make New Era hats for the game, but they were league-wide and incredibly boring-with an American flag patch on the hat instead of anything honoring the first responders or anything specifically related to the 9/11 tragedy.

    Now, here’s the rub-they probably didn’t want to create anything too blatantly commemorating the 9/11 tragedy (for example, a cap with an image of the Twin Towers on it for New York teams) because it would look like they were trying to generate a profit exploiting the personal tragedy of thousands. That’s tasteless. But the MLB DID commission to make the flag-patch caps specifically to be worn on 9/11, so that people would buy replicas of those hats in order to make a profit. So…the MLB is kind of tasteless, they’re just trying not to be obvious about it.

    What’s great is that there was an easy work-around: Get New Era to design multiple caps and gear that would commemorate whatever you wanted (NYPD, FDNY, Twin Towers, whatever), let the players have their pick of the gear, and then publicly announce that it’s to raise proceeds for the 9/11 victims fund, or to help pay pensions for New York firefighters, or whatever. MLB comes off looking good, fans can feel good about buying the gear, and the Mets could get some positive national attention despite playing meaningless September games while wallowing in debt.

    Comment by Bronnt — September 15, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  7. Wilpon and Selig are inept. If it involved any two other baseball businesspeople, a compromise would’ve been reached. For instance, MLB could’ve stood by its silly rule and “fined” the players/team, but allowed the fines to be donated to appropriate 9-11/FDNY/NYPD charities.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — September 15, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  8. Man, if only MLB had allowed SOME kind of tribute to 9/11 (Maybe some kind of extensive on-field tribute with the NYPD and FDNY represented) we could all get past the fact that MLB didn’t let the Mets players go through with a scrapped-together tribute of their own.

    Comment by cpebbles — September 15, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  9. Am I the only one who was thinking when this had all happened thinking “damn now I have to see another Alex Remington story on fangraphs”?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 15, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  10. If I was the first thing you thought of when MLB screwed up on September 11, then… I’m kind of flattered, I guess.

    But, you know, you don’t “have” to see anything I write.

    Comment by Alex Remington — September 15, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  11. Yeah, the lack of any reference to 9/11 during that Mets game was absolutely appalling. I don’t watch baseball because I like to watch baseball, I watch baseball because I like to watch athletes commemorate national tragedies.

    Comment by Jamie — September 15, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

  12. Am I the only one, whenever I click on an Alex Remington article on fangraphs, whose first thought is, “damn, the racist/sexist/ignorant trolls of the internet are going to come out of the woodwork again” ?

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — September 15, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  13. I don’t watch baseball because I like to watch baseball, I watch baseball because I like to watch athletes commemorate national tragedies.

    Context: in NYC, at a prominent public event on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In that context, you can argue it’s offensive not to have any kind of ceremony or tribute.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — September 15, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  14. So teams should just be allowed to wear whatever they want, whenever they want?

    If not, where do you draw the line? Who gets to draw it?

    I’m sure Major League Baseball is not the only profession in the US that would be against its employee’s wearing NYPD/FDNY hats while on the job.

    Comment by Bud Selig — September 15, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

  15. Yes, obviously this exception to commemorate 9/11 would have led us down the slipperiest of slopes that ended with players wearing all camouflage and cross dressing on Wednesdays.

    Comment by You're an Ass — September 15, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  16. I really can’t tell if you (and Yirmiyahu) are being sarcastic toward cpebbles obviously sarcastic comment or not. There was an extra-long pre-game ceremony and the Mets players wore PD-/FDNY hats pre-game.

    Comment by mattinm — September 15, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  17. Splitters!

    Comment by yt — September 15, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  18. why would racist/sexist/ignorant trolls even reply in a baseball article?

    Comment by Bruce — September 15, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  19. Hopefully, someone less tone deaf than Bud Selig should get to draw the line.

    Comment by Breadbaker — September 15, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

  20. The Padres already crossed the line on the former, and every MLB rookie ever has been guilty of the latter.

    Comment by Bo — September 16, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  21. Bruce, America’s infrastructure is collapsing and they’re running out of bridges.

    Comment by Bronnt — September 16, 2011 @ 12:59 am

  22. Didn’t all of MLB wear green hats for Earth Day? I know my Indians did when they played the Twins. They were both wearing green hats and jerseys tinted with green. It was rather awkward and a little confusing.

    Comment by Sitting Curveball — September 16, 2011 @ 1:36 am

  23. I’m from Baseball Fans for the Resignation of Bud Selig, and the only thing worse than Bud Selig is the Remove Bud Selig as MLB Commisioner people.

    Comment by Bip — September 16, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  24. The Yankees (remember, Joe Torre’s old team) wore first responders hats in Anaheim that day. So how much are they being fined? Oh wait! I forgot, Derek Jeter has an edge…

    Comment by ScottfromPeekskill — September 16, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  25. from the article:
    But that’s inconsistent with recent history, as Paul Lucas at Uni-Watch demonstrated. Back in 2007, the Nationals wore Virginia Tech caps in remembrance of victims of the tragedy at that school. And this year, on Earth Day, the Minnesota Twins wore special green Earth Day caps.

    i also recall it being more than just minnesota, but it’s possible my memory is failing me. fortunately, i’m too lazy to do research so this won’t really be a problem

    Comment by juan pierre's mustache — September 16, 2011 @ 10:33 am

  26. also, rereading your comment i realize you probably did not miss the sentence that i thought you did. apologies for assuming reading incomprehension

    Comment by juan pierre's mustache — September 16, 2011 @ 10:35 am

  27. i have to think that MLB was more bark than bite here…they didn’t want the mets to wear the hats but i would be really surprised if they were dumb enough to actually fine them had the mets followed through

    Comment by juan pierre's mustache — September 16, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  28. I heard the “flag” caps are selling for $36.99 on

    Wilpon should have told Selig where to go, sucked it up and paid whatever fine there was.

    Instead, he folded like a $36.99 suit.

    Comment by CharlieH — September 16, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

  29. The only thing worse than Remington’s articles is his need to respond to anyone and everyone who criticizes his writing.

    Comment by Miguel — September 16, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

  30. I realize that I’m supporting your point by responding to you, but it wouldn’t be particularly interesting if I only responded to people who agree with me. So I don’t do it that often, and instead I respond to people who have a bone to pick.

    Comment by Alex Remington — September 16, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

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