Major News Results in some Brotherly Love...
Posted by Rhett Lewis 05/02/11, 4:34pm
Just across the parking lot from where our crew was setting up for live reports on 7NEWS, the Phillies and Mets were tied at 1 in the top of the 9th at Citizens Bank Ballpark. It was just before 11pm, Daniel Murphy was pinch hitting for
U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A…The chants echoed throughout the ballpark, cell phones frantically dispensed information, and fans united in jubilation 10 years in the making. The game went on (and on), into the 14th inning before the Mets came away with a 2-1 victory, but make no mistake, everyone left South Philly with a smile on their face last night.
It was the Mets who were a part of the healing process in the days following 9/11, playing in the first baseball game in
Mets third baseman David Wright put it succinctly: “I don't like to give
Tonight, the Bruins will dress only 1 American born player (goaltender Tim Thomas), but the news of Osama bin Laden’s death did strike a chord in the B’s dressing room. Defenseman Andrew Ference told us of a special relationship the team has with some of the brave soldiers who fought the battle bin Laden started.
“We have some good friends that are serving over there and so some of the Army Ranger guys I was asking if it was them that got the lucky job.” Ference said. “It’s a pretty emotional time for those guys and my one good friend texted me about how many sleepless nights he had hunting down that guy, so I think it was a good night for them”
The good folks here in
“Being in the
It’s a sentiment echoed by an American-born player in the Flyers dressing room. Philly forward James Van Riemsdyk admitted anticipating “God Bless
Although, once the clock strikes 7:30pm, hockey will be played and Bruins head coach Claude Julien is confident his team will have the focus necessary to withstand what’s likely to be a hard-charging Flyers team this evening.
“That’s something that went through my mind this morning, no doubt about that when something major like that happens all the attention is drawn that way, but our guys this morning seemed focused…I think our guys are very professional and capable of separating the things that are important when the time comes,” Julien said.
One final thought: when news of bin Laden's death broke, the game was in the 9th inning, with the scored tied 1-1.
A fitting time as any, to hear the most important news this country has shared since that fateful day, almost 10 years ago.