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Posted by doktakra on September 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM

It goes without saying that everyone remembers exactly where he or she was when the tragic events of 9/11 unfolded.  10 years later, I'm instanty drawn back to walking on Washington Place, on my way to Spanish class as a freshman at NYU.  A crowd of students and faculty stood in the middle of the street, nervously watching a thick cloud of black smoke in the distance.  None of us knew what had just happened, or how our lives would never be the same.

I also never forget the most emotional moment I've ever experienced at a sporting event -- the Mets' incredible comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves in the first baseball game in New York after 9/11 -- which I recounted on Deadspin, of all places, in 2008:

This One Was For All Of Them. I'm not a good enough writer to describe how Mike Piazza's go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning on September 21, 2001 lifted an entire city. I remember standing up and cheering with my friends, at a time when none of us could imagine ever smiling again. I was a freshman at NYU, and just 10 days prior, the tragic events of 9/11 brought about unspeakable pain and suffering. To many, going to a game during a time of mourning was appalling and heartless, but we needed baseball to remind us that we could get past the tragedy and move forward. After Armando Benitez (who else?) gave up a run in the top of the eighth, putting the Braves ahead 2-1, Shea was eerily quiet and dejected. The good vibes from the touching pre-game tribute were all but gone; I don't think we had the heart to go home with another loss. And that's when it happened. Edgardo Alfonzo reached on a walk and set the stage for Piazza to rescue the Mets, and in many ways, us all from being down. I'm not ashamed to admit that it was the only time I ever cried during a sporting event. We left the stadium in a state that was somewhere between hysteria and disbelief. Whatever that feeling was, I'll never forget it.

My heart goes out to all of the victims of 9/11.

 

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