Mets Want To Settle Cap Flap, Honor First Responders Next Sept. 11

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mets player representative Josh Thole hopes to come to an agreement soon with Major League Baseball on a policy that would allow his team to wear emergency service-department caps during games on Sept. 11 every year.

Thole called the players’ association Monday, a day after the Mets were denied their request to wear caps honoring first responders on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. He said he wanted to discuss marketing and licensing possibilities but had not heard back.

“I would like to just get it solidified so when next year comes around whether it’s the 11th or 12th it’s not an issue anymore,” Thole said before the Mets’ 3-2 loss to Washington.

Mets third baseman David Wright was seen wearing a first-responder cap in the dugout but he said Monday it wasn’t a “slap in the face” to the league. He insisted he wasn’t aware of the controversy until after the game and just wanted to honor the emergency personnel.

R.A. Dickey tweeted that MLB put the kibosh on Wright’s cap “after the 4th inning when they came in the dugout and took it.”

The Mets wanted to wear caps honoring police, firefighters and other first responders when they played the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night. They wore the hats for batting practice and the pregame ceremony, but MLB insisted they wear their regular caps during the game.

Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, said the decision was made to keep policy consistent throughout baseball.

Listen: Joe Torre talks to Mike Francesa about the Mets’ request

“Certainly it’s not a lack of respect,” Torre said. “We just felt all the major leagues are honoring the same way with the American flag on the uniform and the cap. This is a unanimity thing.”

Thole said after batting practice Sunday the players were considering defying the uniform guidelines set by MLB, but several minutes later he said the caps were a “no-go.”

“It was coming from the top as if the fine to the ballclub was going to be significant and that was something nobody wanted to overstep the bounds there,” Thole said.

Thole did not know what the fines would be, and MLB said amounts were never discussed.

Caps similar to the ones the Mets wore during the game Sunday – with an American flag patch on the side – are on sale at for $36.99. An authenticator collected the first-responder hats used during the on-field tribute, and they will be sold on the site, as well, with proceeds going to charity.

When baseball resumed after the attacks, the Mets did go against the league’s orders to wear their regular caps during games.

Todd Zeile, the team’s rep then, said the league would have to rip the hats off their heads when they played their first game in Pittsburgh on Sept. 17. The players were not fined.

“What Todd did in 2001, I think it was great,” Thole said. “I wish we could’ve been able to follow through.”

Do you think MLB will let the Mets wear the caps next year? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Paul D

    Yeah, that’s what the players should concentrate on- defying that nasty MLB rule. Maybe that’s what it is that they’re missing. Maybe they start wearing those hats and then they can start winning baseball games. By jove! It was the hats all along! Damn those Yankees that never change their uniform! I would rather my team be fashionably conscious than win championships!
    Wait a minute… what is it we do around here again?
    Oh yeah- damn that MLB!!!!

  • Alex

    Boy, Mets fans are really upset. It would have been easier to except their complains & get give them some kind of respect if they would have shown up to Citi Field and given their support.

    From what we saw that Sunday night the place was almost empty. The question Mets fan should all be asking yourselves is why didn’t they attended the game on this 9/11 day.

    You’re good to complain about Torre, MLB and those people who do not agree with you, yet you’re not man enough to show up to the game. Oh yeah, a lot of you will say you were there, no, you were not, so shut up already.

  • Bye Bye MLB, hello football!

    Major League baseball has become a complete joke. They should worry more about the horrible appearances of their players, the wild hair, the rididulous jewelry, the armament that batters wear so they can lean into the ball and get hit and so many other problems. Instead they enforce a ban on the Mets honoring First Responders by wearing hats. This is why Major League baseball is quickly losing it’s stature as ‘Americas Game’ and being replaced by. lets see, football, Little League Baseball and Nascar. Joe Torre is an embarassment and vinductive person. What a Joke this is!

  • Tommy C

    Re:Brian -You and me both……..ALOT OF RESPECT. See what happens when you live in California

  • Brian

    Lost a lot of respect for joe torre on sunday

    • 6

      Joe Torre’s life will never be the same because you lost respect for him. Torre doesn’t even know you excite or even care.

      • Torre is a Jerk!!

        Joe Torre couldn’t manage his way out of a Box! When his team started to decline because of age and injuries he ran away and took a nonsense job. Sitting on the bench sleeping is not what he was paid to do and that’s what he did. When you have average players and win, thats Managing, when you have stars and lose you are Joe Torre.

  • Andre Jackson

    80% of any proceeds should go to victims families, 10% to city and 5% to MLB and 5% to players association

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