Major League Baseball will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks on New York, Washington, and Flight 93 with a series of pre-game ceremonies and on-uniform tributes.
For the first time since that day in 2001, the two New York clubs will meet up on 9/11 as the Yankees and Mets will play one another at CitiField. In Pittsburgh, close to the Flight 93 memorial, the Pirates will host the Washington Nationals.
In New York, the both the Yankees and Mets players, managers, and coaches will have the option of wearing a cap of one of New York City’s first responder agencies during the cap, either the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), New York Police Department (NYPD), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD), the Department of Corrections (DOC), or the Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY). The Yankees and Mets will also have a US Flag patch added to the upper back of their jerseys covering the MLB Batterman patch, exactly as all MLB clubs did during the 2001 season following the attacks.
The Mets will wear a home white version of their road “NEW YORK” jersey in the same design and colour scheme as those worn during the 2001 season. There were no photos that accompanied this release but I would imagine this means there will be elements of black worked into the design. The Mets will also replicate the 9-11-01 sleeve patch they wore that year.
Outside of New York, every U.S. based MLB team will wear a cap featuring a special ribbon patch on the side, the Canadian-based Toronto Blue Jays will wear a special patch which recognizes both Canada and the United States.
One-hundred percent of Major League Baseball’s licensed royalties from the sales of these caps will be donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Pre-game ceremonies in New York will include a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Bobby Valentine to Joe Torre, the managers of the Mets and Yankees during the 2001 season. Over a dozen members of the 2001 Mets are expected to be in attendance including Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, who hit the go-ahead home run at the first sporting event in New York following the attacks on September 21, 2001.
UPDATE Sep 11/21:
The New York Mets have released photos of what they’ll be wearing for the game, as well as the full collection of first responder agency caps that both they and the Yankees will get to choose from, all photos below courtesy Twitter/@Mets: