Archive for the ‘9/11’ category

Donnie Dwyer remembers 9/11

September 17, 2011

Here is a video about my remembrance of September 11th and I thought I would share it with all of you. Thank you Katie Doherty of the Marquette Tribune  for giving me the opportunity to be able to share my story with the Marquette community and the world…

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The NFL network remembers 9/11 and it’s affect on their lives

September 12, 2011

Saw this piece today online and I had to share it with the rest of the world because I honestly feel that these coaches really didn’t care about the game. They only really cared about the people who suffered during the tragedy. It’s something people must see and I have to say that even I got emotional when watching this clip. Check it out…

A must see video: Welles Crowther will always be a 9/11 hero

September 12, 2011

I saw this watching ESPN a few days ago and waited until the perfect moment to post the video. I think tonight is a night where I want to be able to share his story and his love for being not only an athlete but a true hero…

When I think of 9/11 what comes to my mind? The answer is…Mike Piazza

September 11, 2011

Let me give you the break down for a young 11-year-old Mets fan. On September 11th 2001, the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in downtown Manhattan occurred when I was in the 6th grade. At the time, I was in love with baseball and the New York Mets because they were the “Amazin’s.” I sat at my couch wondering, “why did this happen? why would anyone do this? What is going to happen to our life after that?

Well after a few days of cleaning up the city and vigils in downtown Manhattan, everything seemed to get better. Then, the game of baseball resumed and the New York Mets returned to Shea Stadium to play the rival Atlanta Braves.

I have to tell you that I am the fan who watches the first pitch and the last pitch of the game. And when the Mets played their first game home on September 21st, it was the greatest game I have ever watched in my life. I saw the American flag raising, I saw God Bless America signs, and even Liza Minneli sang “New York, New York” during the 7th inning stretch.

But the greatest thing I ever witnessed was my hero Mike Piazza hitting a home run in the 8th inning off of Steve Karsay to take the lead and win 3-2. I was screaming from my couch in my basement and will always remember them winning that game because of it. I can hear Howie Rose in my head right now when I think of that Piazza home run.

Fast-forward ten years, I still cry when I watch that home run. I get all emotional when I think of September 11th and I can’t think of anything besides my family and Mike Piazza. Football was played during that time but I can’t even tell you what happened during that time. The Yankees also played but I can’t tell you what they did during that time. All I can think about is baseball and the New York Mets.

Below I am posting the video of Mike Piazza’s home run and also what he had to say after the game was over. I just want sports fans to remember that even though the world is in turmoil and we can’t seem to find a way to get back to normalcy, baseball and sports brings us all together. It is America’s pastime combined with a stadium filled with of amazing sports fans that make you realize that Americans can be happy and get through these bad times together rather than having to do it alone. It is those moments and those times that make your life not only a story but a memory book. God Bless America and let us never forget 9/11/01.

“I’m just so happy I gave the people something to cheer,” Piazza said. “There was a lot of emotion. It was just a surreal sort of energy out there. I’m just so proud to be a part of it tonight.”

 “These people are great,” he said. “New York has been so strong through all this. I feel so sad. I met two kids today who lost their fathers.”

Fans reaction to Osama Bin Laden killing during Mets-Phillies game

May 2, 2011

Tim Shaffer/Reuters

Last night during the Mets-Phillies game in the ninth inning, the news reported that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. After the fans had heard, they started chanting USA, USA, USA over and over again. The players didn’t even know what to think of it until a few innings later when they word spread around the stadium.

I must say that this moment reminds me of September 21st, 2001 when the Mets played the Braves after the 10 day absence from 9-11. The crowd united as one and chanted for being Americans and being part of one of the greatest nations in the world. They were so full of passion that it makes you get goosebumps. This was a a special feeling to be a part of both events and I will cherish them forever. As Bobby Valentine said last night, “this is an event where people will continue their road to recovery.” It sure has and it will get better as the time keeps moving on.  

Not to mention, the Mets won in both of those games…

Remembering 9/11

September 12, 2010

I am a New Yorker and nothing hits my heart and makes me cry than Mike Piazza’s home run in the 8th inning of Steve Karsay. Here is the clip….

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=3218879

…9/11 will be forever in my heart and God Bless all the people who died in the tragedy as well as all that worked there from NYPD to FDNY to the hospitals. It was a tragic day and it will never leave my heart. God Bless America…