September 12, 2011

New York Mets Prevented By MLB From Wearing FDNY/NYPD Caps During Game

Yesterday, the New York Mets did a rather memorable tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11th. Most of the Mets were wearing commemorative caps of the New York Fire Department and Police Department who saved many lives during that tribute.

Sadly though, the Mets weren't allowed to wear those hats during the game against the Chicago Cubs because the MLB prevented them from doing so:

The New York Mets were prevented by Major League Baseball from wearing NYPD and FDNY hats during Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs in New York.

According to a tweet from former Mariner and current Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, MLB officials physically removed the hats from the Mets dugout after an ESPN camera caught David Wright wearing an FDNY hat between innings.

“For all those upset that we didn’t wear the hats, I understand your anger,” Dickey tweeted. “However, they physically took them from us after the ceremony.”

The Mets considered ignoring the ban, but the league reportedly contacted the club before the game and said the fines would be large.

“”They contacted the club and said it’s an absolute ‘no chance’ at all,” catcher Josh Thole, the team’s union representative, told the New York Daily News. “I guess the fines would be (prohibitive). I spoke with some of the guys and with (manager) Terry (Collins) and he said the same thing. They came down on the club very hard and there’s nothing we can do.”

Personally, I get the logic that Major League Baseball wants to keep uniformity but there has to be certain scenarios where hats dedicated to certain causes should be allowed.

(Courtesy of Seattle PI Sports Blog)

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