At Rangers Ballpark in Texas, the 531st U.S. Air Force Quintet performed the national anthem instrumentally. The honorary first pitch was thrown out by former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, who was 19 when she was captured along with five other soldiers after the U.S. Army’s 507th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn and came under attack in Iraq in 2003. She was held for nine days before being rescued.
The Cleveland Police Department presented the colors at Progressive Field before the national anthem at the Indians’ game against Kansas City.
Cleveland’s Jason Giambi was with Oakland when the Athletics were in the 2001 playoffs against the Yankees. He recalled the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium being “unbelievable,” even more electric than usual for the postseason.
“It will always be a time I’ll remember, going out there playing against the Yankees during that time,” Giambi said. “It kind of healed the nation, especially the city of New York, which was hit so hard. There they were, the Yankees playing in the playoffs, going all the way to the World Series.”
Giambi signed with the Yankees after that, and spent seven seasons in New York.
“Playing there all those years, the kids, the firefighters, the people who lost their lives saving the other lives, I’ll always remember that, very much so,” Giambi said.
At Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, where the Reds hosted the Chicago Cubs, a steel beam from the World Trade Center was on display courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Museum.
Before San Francisco hosted Colorado at AT&T Park, first pitches were thrown out by two San Francisco firefighters who went to New York in the days after Sept. 11 to provide help and support. Dean Crispen, captain of Station 28, and Derek O’Leary, driver of rescue squad one from Station 1, flew on the first commercial flight allowed to land in New York.