Listen: Howie Rose Presses Joe Torre On 9/11 First Responder Caps

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 16, 2019 - 3:32 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- One of the top officials in baseball, who was part of the league's decision to knock down the Mets' request for 9/11 commemorative wear last week, is defending the move.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, now MLB's cheif operating officer, told Howie Rose on Sunday night's Mets broadcast on WCBS 880, that he feels there are other ways for teams to honor the victims, without changing uniforms.

"Every team could really have a legitimate reason to want to wear a different hat to honor something that happened in their particular area, and we just try to keep it consistent with the uniform. We allow them to use patches and they can wear T-shirts pre-game," Torre said.

He hinted at room for compromise, saying "there may be a day in the future" for special 9/11 uniforms.

Met rookie Pete Alonso bought special 9/11 cleats for his teammates last week, without seeking the league's permission, after his request to wear baseball caps honoring first responders was shot down by the MLB.

On Monday, the Police Benevolent Association expressed its gratitude to Alonso for the gesture.

"The commemorative cleats were a simple but moving gesture of support, not only for the police officers, firefighters and other first responders who gave their lives on that day, but for those who continue to suffer and sacrifice because of their service," PBA President Patrick Lynch said. "Since the September 11th attacks, the entire Mets organization has consistenly gone above and beyond to help support the men and women of the NYPD. We are truly lucky that they have a young star of the game helping to keep that tradition alive."

The police union is also sending Alonso a number of gifts as a thank you.

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