Yankees-Mets to play on 20th year anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

By Vincent Frank
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; The American flag is displayed on the field before game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball just released its schedule for the truncated 2020 season. It is now set to release a schedule for what will hopefully be a full slate of games starting next spring.

There’s also going to be a pretty meaningful game on the anniversary of one of America’s darkest moments.

Yankees-Mets to play on 20th year anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

“This will be the first time the Mets and Yankees play each other on that date, and it will be just the second time that they are both playing in New York City on Sept. 11. In 2014, the Mets hosted the Nationals and the Yankees hosted the Rays,” Tim Healey of Newsday reported on Tuesday.

To say this is significant would be an understatement. It was 19 years ago this Sept. 11 that nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in separate attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, Pentagon in the nation’s capital and a field in Pennsylvania.

Baseball played a major role in helping nation heal after 9/11 attacks

We all remember then-President George W. Bush throwing the first pitch of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York. It was a reminder that the United States can overcome even the darkest days in her history.

The Yankees would ultimately go on to win the World Series that November, bringing a sense of normalcy back to the Big Apple and the nation as a hole.

For this game to take place on the 20th anniversary of that dark day. It’s a symbol from baseball. And it’s going to be something else to watch.