The Mets and Giants will play the first game in New York City since the killing of Osama bin Laden, and Mets manager Terry Collins expects emotions to be running high at Citi Field.
"Well obviously with all the servicemen coming tonight I think it'll bring up a lot of energy," Collins said in his pregame session with reporters.
The Mets have donated 4,000 tickets to Tuesday night's game to members of the military and their families. The team will also be wearing special stars-and-stripes hats.
Collins was a coach with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2001, and they were the first team the Yankees played at Yankee Stadium following the 9/11 attacks.
"I think there will be a lot of emotions tonight," Collins said.
Third baseman David Wright reflected back to Sunday night's game in Philadelphia, when cheers of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" erupted from the fans when bin Laden's death was announced mid-game.
"It was a special moment in Philadelphia," Wright said. "And obviously being back home in New York and seeing the emotions, it's really special. So I'm looking forward to going out and taking the field."
"I'm very proud to wear that 'New York' across the front of my chest," Wright added. "I take a lot of pride in going out there and trying to represent New York."