ARLINGTON, Texas (AFP) – Former President George W. Bush attended Texas’ first ball gala, Aaron Judge wore special cleats at Yankee Stadium and the New York Mets wore first responder hats as Major League Baseball paused Sunday to remember the 9/11 attacks.
There were moments of silence, remembrance and tribute at festivities across America on the 21st anniversary of 9/11.
“It’s a moment in our country’s history. We all have certain things to remember, where we were when it happened and how we felt. A lot of people were involved, so it’s an opportunity to honor those people today. People and families realize that the Mets manager Buck Showalter before a game in Miami,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said before a game in Miami. I was affected by this and still feel pain because of it.”
Bush, who was president on the day of the attacks, was at Globe Live Field where the Rangers played Toronto. Jamie Polozani, a police officer in nearby Fort Worth, and Polozani’s 13-year-old daughter, Andita, were joined at the party.
They represented police officers, firefighters, and first responders across the state. Andita threw the field for Rocky Wolf, a firefighter from Killeen, Central Texas.
Bush was famous for his perfect kick before Game Three of the 2001 World Championships at Yankee Stadium between the Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks weeks after the New York City Twin Towers fell.
There was a moment of silence before the Blue Jays and Rangers played. During the Canadian and American national anthems, Bush stood between interim Texas manager Tony Beasley and first base coach Cory Ragsdahl in front of the home bunker.
Bush hands the ball to Andita and gives her a hug and a word of advice before she throws it off the pile. Next, Bush made a fist on her father before they left the field.
Bush received a standing ovation when it was announced. As he headed toward the Rangers bunker afterward, some fans chanted, “USA! USA!”
All Rangers and Blue Jays in uniform wore a special Patriot Day patch on their hats. Special deck cards and basic gems were used.
Bosch was part of the investment group that owned Rangers from April 1989 until June 1998 and is still with the club. He and his wife, Laura, have lived in Dallas since leaving the White House in January 2009.
At Yankee Stadium as New York played Tampa Bay, Judge wore cleats to celebrate the day. His left stud was on “September 11th Patriot Day” on his back, and on his right was “9-11-01”.
The Yankees wore berets in honor of the 9/11 responders rather than tangled New York.
Cover Starter Domingo Germán said the NYPD and there was a mix of FDNY. He sprinted to the parking lot to warm up holding an American flag in his right hand, drawing the cheers of the seated crowd during the downpour.
German said he was touched by watching Sami Sosa run with a flag in the first home game for the Chicago Cubs after the attacks.
“It was a way to show support for the country, for the people, for the victims, and today it felt like a good way to kind of repeat that and show this horrific event, that you remember what happened, that it is close to your heart,” German said through an interpreter.
“That moment was such a mark for me as a kid, so I always felt that if given the opportunity, given the time, I wanted to do it, and it happened here with the Yankees. I think it’s something my kids can see and hopefully use as inspiration.”
Director Aaron Boone laid a wreath at the memorial in Memorial Park dedicated to the first anniversary of the attacks.
Yankee Stadium public address announcer Paul Olden kicked off a brief pre-game gala by calling the attacks “a failed attempt to break the spirit of our great nation.”
Firefighter Regina Wilson sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” after the Port Authority’s guard of honor presented the colors.
The Mets wore badge hats representing the New York First Responder divisions. The city’s police and fire departments, in addition to the Port Authority police, and the departments of sanitation and rehabilitation, have emerged.
Anthony Farvaro A former Major League player who retired in 2016 to become a Port Authority police officer, was killed in a car crash Sunday morning in New Jersey on his way to work at the 9/11 Memorial Celebration in Manhattan.
Farvaro, 37, was born in Staten Island and played for St. John’s before becoming an assistant in Seattle, Atlanta, and Boston from 2010 to 2015.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former brave shooter Anthony Varvaro,” the Braves said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.”