Reflections on when baseball returned to Wrigley Field after 9/11: Joe Girardi

Then the Cubs’ catcher, Joe Girardi addressed the Wrigley Field crowd at the first home game after 9/11, played 16 days later. Alfred Santasiere III, the editor of Yankees Magazine, asked Girardi for his thoughts on when baseball returned to Wrigley Field for the September issue of Vine Line. (Photo by Stephen Green; Photo illustration by Juan Alberto Castillo)

“I will never forget that day. I had so many emotions going through my head when I addressed the fans. You try to be strong, but I was thinking about all that New Yorkers had gone through, and more than that, I was really thinking about all of the children who had lost parents on 9/11. It was a hard day, and it was difficult to play a baseball game, but I also felt a sense of pride in that our country was resilient enough that we were back on the field. People were enjoying the national pastime in every city, and that proved that we could not be defeated.”

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