Wearing hats symbolic gesture by Mets

In wake of the 9/11 tragedy, team honored the fallen with rescue-workers' headgear

Originally Published: September 11, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com

The first hat, dark blue with NYFD on it, was sent to New York Mets first baseman Todd Zeile by the son and the widow of a rescue worker who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Zeile, the Mets' player representative at the time, wore the hat to a Mets workout the next day. And that's where it all began. Teammates started asking how they could get a hat, and before long, all kinds of rescue hats were being worn by the Mets. "What was significant to us,'' Zeile said, "is that these ...

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