Yankees & Mets Will Play Each Other On 9/11’s 20th Anniversary
Major League Baseball just revealed their schedule for the shortened 60-game 2020 season. While we have literally no idea what the 2021 season will look like, a source has leaked one big detail: the Yankees and Mets will face each other in New York on September 11th.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he "can’t imagine how emotional and how powerful of an event that could be" for the city.
I know it's an obvious statement to make, but September 11th has always been an emotional day for our area. The first professional sporting event after the attacks took place at Shea Stadium on September 21st, and that October the Yankees face the Diamondbacks in the World Series.
Any sports fan will remember the Yankees and Mets taking the field wearing caps that represented the NYPD and FDNY. It's a cliche, but sports really did help bring us together, if even just a little bit. It was a bit of normalcy in the face of chaos.
While the Mets and Yankees have never faced each other on September 11th, there have been some memorable moments from both teams on that date in the years since 2001:
- In 2019, the Mets beat the Diamondbacks, scoring 9 runs on 11 hits.
- In 2009, Derek Jeter tied, then broke, Lou Gehrig's record for most hits as a Yankee.
- From 2002 through 2019, the Yankees have gone 10-6 on September 11th (they didn't play in '08 or '19) including a 6-game winning streak from 2002 through 2007.
- In that same time span, the Mets have gone 6-10 (no games in '03, '08, or '17), including splitting a double-header against the Braves in 2002.