WCBS 880's 50th Anniversary Takes A Look Back

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — On September 21, 2001, the New York Mets played in the city’s first pro-sporting event since the 9/11 terror attacks.

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“It was tough getting back to baseball,” New York Mets’ then-manager Bobby Valentine says.

“It was very hard to hold it together, and I just remember praying a lot – you know praying saying, ‘Lord, please help me get through this night,’” Mets’ star catcher Mike Piazza adds.

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The Mets were trailing the Braves in the eighth inning, when Piazza hit a home run.

“It was just a release of emotion and joy,” he recalls. “People really wanted something to cheer about.”

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“It was the most emotional baseball minute of my life,” Valentine adds. “People were standing, people were yelling, people were crying.”