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White Sox recall their 9/11 memories

In town to play Yankees, team's focus shifted to getting back to Chicago

Updated: September 9, 2011, 10:50 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- By any measure, the Chicago White Sox were a tired bunch when they pulled into Midtown Manhattan in the early-morning hours of Sept. 11, 2001.

They had just come from a 3-hour, 26-minute game in Cleveland that was exhausting enough, but made slightly less so by the fact that they had defeated the first-place Indians 7-1. Then there was the flight, not long, but late enough to be disorienting.

That all of it was coming late in a season that had been disappointing -- ...

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