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1010 WINS 9/11 Series: Joe Torre On Baseball’s Role After The Attacks

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Joe Torre still gets choked up thinking about Sept. 11 and the weeks after the World Trade Center was attacked.

“Here we are the 10th anniversary and it seems like it was 100 years ago and yet it seems like it was 10 minutes ago when all that happened,” Torre said.

He recalls how baseball played a role in getting New York and America back on its feet.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

At the time, he brought Derek Jeter and other teammates to the armory in Manhattan where they met grieving families and saw photo after photo of missing loved ones in Yankee hats and T-shirts.

“Bernie Williams looked at this woman and said, ‘I don’t know what to say, but you look like you need a hug,'” Torre said. “And he proceeded to hug her.”

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Torre said he realized the team had a responsibility to the city.

“The message I delivered to my players before the second half in Chicago was we represented the city more than we represented the Yankees,” Torre said. “I think everybody realized with pride what we meant to the people.”

That message hit home when Chicago fans held up posters that stated, “We love New York.”

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