NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A tradition continues as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

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Firefighters at Ladder 3 posed for pictures and made small talk with New York Mets players past and present Friday.

This became a tradition for the Mets in the aftermath of 9/11.

Fire captain Glen Sheridan appreciates the gesture.

“I actually feel like a little kid when they’re around, which is a good feeling,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

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Mets third baseman David Wright says he is the one who feels honored.

“I think it means a lot more to me to come here and to hang out with these guys for a few days out of the year,” he said.

Jason Isringhausen, Edgardo Alfonzo, Tim Byrdak, Matt Franco, Dillon Gee, John Olerud, Bobby Parnell, Steve Trachsel, and Robin Ventura were also among the Mets visiting with firefighters today.

Some of the firefighters there say in the days after 9/11 a visit from an athlete provided a much needed escape.

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