No resolution yet on first-responder hats
August, 16, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Ezra Shaw/Allsport/Getty ImagesMike Piazza and Bobby Valentine wear first responder hats during the Sept. 21, 2001 game at Shea.
You may recall last year the Mets bowed to MLB pressure and did not wear the hats, even though their predecessors in Mets uniforms -- including Todd Zeile, John Franco and Mike Piazza -- defied similar edicts and wore it to salute those agencies.
After last year's fiasco, those involved resolved to have the issue addressed early this year.
So what has been resolved less than four weeks from the game?
Apparently nothing. Not yet, anyway.
ESPNNewYork.com polled various people involved and found that the issue seemed to have been forgotten.
The good news: No one seemed averse to the Mets wearing the first-responder hats this Sept. 11, as long as the proper MLB process for a waiver was followed. And now that it's on the radar roughly a month before the game, it seems likely the first-responder hats will be worn this year.
Players seemed particularly enthusiastic about honoring the first-responder agencies -- and avoiding a repeat of last year's situation that put them in a no-win situation.