Mirrors: Sports and Life

Sunday May 15, 2011

Mike_Piazza_(1999)
Mike Piazza and the New York Mets played a huge role in baseball bringing back the United States. Photo Credit: slgckgc, Flickr.com

Nearly ten years ago, the worst attack on American soil took place. The date “9/11” will always live in infamy. Two weeks ago, they caught and avenged the lives lost on that day. Yet, America did not get better all by itself. During time, sports played a role in bringing America closer to its old joyous self. What better sport than America’s pastime to accomplish this feat.

The first professional game played was between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves ten days after September 11th. The game ended in dramatic fashion as the Mets beat the Braves 3-2. The game began bringing a nation together once more. However, it would not be the last time the Mets were intertwined with world history.

May 1, 2011 is a date that will be remembered in the nation’s mind forever. The Mets flew to Philadelphia to face the Phillies on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Fans received messages of the news: Osama Bin Laden is dead. The news was announced on the program as well as shown on the screen in Citizens Bank Park. Fans erupted in “USA” chants! The game didn’t matter anymore. What mattered was the fact that justice had been served from and for the United States of America.

I noticed a few coincidences between these two games, other than the Mets were involved.

  1. The Mets won both games in dramatic fashion. In the 2001 game, Mike Piazza hit a game leading 2-run homer in the 8th inning which would eventually give them the win. Two weeks ago, the Mets beat the Phillies in 14 innings after catcher Ronny Paulino hit a double and drove in David Wright for the win.
  2. Bobby Valentine was there for both games. He was the Mets manager in 2001. He announced the game two weeks ago.
  3. The Mets finished the game by retiring the side to seal the victory. Mets closer Armando Benitez got the victory against the Braves. Current Mets pitcher Trevor Buchholz got the victory against the Phillies.
  4. The score is also a coincidence. The Mets beat the Braves 3-2 ten years ago. The Mets beat the Phillies by a run as well by a score of 2-1. In fact, the Braves almost beat the Mets by that same score.

Both of these games showed baseball is just a game. But its significance means more than just that.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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