The Mets today announced they will honor New York City First Responders by wearing hats from the city agencies during batting practice and the National Anthem prior to next Tuesday’s game at Citi Field on September 11.
Sept. 6, 5:32 pm: The Mets are telling reporters they did not ask MLB to wear these hats during this year’s game.
Last season, Mets players and coaches wanted to wear the hats of New York first responders during the game, but Major League Baseball would not allow it, according to multiple reports.
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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Sept. 6, 5:10 pm: The first responders in this city have been through a lot and did and do a lot for us every day, and simply taking time to honor them like this on one night is the least these players can do. MLB should let the Mets wear those hats, assuming the Mets asked to wear them in game like they did last year. Yes, they’re just hats, but I suspect it makes those departments feel good, and it shines a lot on them and reminds people who they are and what they do. Is it better than paying these men and woman more? No. Are there more significant and impactful ways of showing respect? Probably. But, if this is important to the players, and this is how they want to express themselves and show appreciation, they should just do it.
Sept. 6, 5:32 pm: ESPN New York now says the Mets didn’t ask to wear the hats during the game this year. So, I assume the players didn’t make a similar attempt to what they did last year. And that’s fine. They do lots of work in the community, visiting fire houses, raising money for Tuesday’s Children, etc., which is a huge deal. However, if they do want to wear the hats, they should… that’s all I’m saying.