Decade later, ex-Mets recall night Osama bin Laden was killed

PHILADELPHIA — A decade later, the Mets coincidentally have been again at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night for an additional ESPN showcase sport.

Saturday had marked the 10-year anniversary of the groups unforgettably going through one another on nationwide tv whereas President Obama unexpectedly introduced the loss of life of Osama bin Laden, practically a decade after the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults in 2001.

Those Mets in uniform that night “will remember it for the rest of our lives, but not for baseball reasons” in keeping with former supervisor Terry Collins.

“It’s definitely one I still get chills over when I think about it,” former Mets captain David Wright informed The Post in a telephone interview Sunday. “If you ask me what occurred with the sport that night, I wouldn’t even know, I’d should take your phrase for it. The issues that stick out that night clearly don’t have anything to do with baseball.

“It made baseball seem so small at the moment, but then you realize how cool it was to be a part of it. Everyone was finding out at the same time and the ‘USA’ chants were starting and you feel this great sense of pride. It definitely was one of the cooler moments I can ever remember being on a baseball field.”

Wright even joked the infamously robust Philly followers “got it right that night,” breaking into varied pro-American chants as phrase of the information unfold by means of the stands.

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Fans test their telephones as information of Osama bin Laden’s loss of life breaks throughout a May 2011 sport.
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“We could tell that something had gone on. We heard people in the stands yelling, ‘We got him, we got him!’ And then all of a sudden we started hearing the chants of, ‘USA, USA!’ ” Collins recalled. “We really didn’t know in the dugout what was going on, but we figured it was something really big.”

Bench coach Ken Oberkfell retreated to the clubhouse and noticed the information on tv and returned to the dugout to tell Collins and the crew.

“It was, ‘They did it. They killed bin Laden,’ ” Collins mentioned. “Guys were high-fiving and fist-pumping. But the chanting of ‘USA, USA’ was absolutely spine-tingling, I’ll tell you that.”

Wright added that whereas the chants “made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” the information made the Mets’ go to with wounded veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington earlier on that highway journey “even more meaningful.”

“It’s well-documented how much pride I took playing for Team USA and to wear USA across my chest,” Wright mentioned. “I love history, I’ve had family members serve in the military, I come from a military town [in Virginia], and I always took a great deal of pride in that.”

The 2011 season was Collins’ first as Mets supervisor, and so they opened the season with an 11-16 mark. Chris Young, now the GM of the Rangers, hurled seven shutout innings that Sunday night and departed with a 1-0 lead.

Relievers Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak coughed up the lead within the eighth, however the Mets went on to win in 14 innings. Brooklyn product Pedro Beato, who was 14 years outdated on 9/11, tossed three scoreless innings.

“After the ‘USA’ chants, I don’t even remember anything about that game,” Collins mentioned. “What sticks with me is the chanting of the followers and the electrical energy within the stadium.

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David Wright scores the profitable run for the Mets in May 2011.
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“It obviously was a big night for America, much bigger than a baseball game.”

The Mets performed a big position within the metropolis’s restoration after the assaults, and that satisfaction of representing New York continues for the group, in keeping with the previous supervisor.

“There’s nothing like it,” mentioned Collins, now an analyst with SNY. “No disrespect to different groups throughout the nation, as a result of I was with Tampa Bay on 9/11, and we have been the primary crew again to play the Yankees on the Stadium. It was an absolute honor to be part of that.

“But to be a member of a New York team, even years later, was incredible. I know it meant a lot to everyone. Even if we didn’t know a lot of families personally affected by 9/11, we knew we were a New York team and were always representing New York. That night was a thrill to be a part of it.”

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