The Game That Rallied a Nation
In the aftermath of one of America’s darkest days came an inspiring display of patriotism at a baseball stadium in Queens. The 9/11 terrorist attacks undoubtedly shook the entire nation — but especially New York City. As MLB games halted and the city organized to aid survivors, first responders and victims’ families, the Mets quickly joined the relief efforts. Shea Stadium transformed into a collection site for supplies, with players and team staff stepping in to assist with distribution. Ten days after the tragedy, Shea hosted the first professional sports game in the city following the terrorist attacks. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers, clad in patriotic apparel, came together for a moment of respite and community as the Mets faced the Atlanta Braves. Mike Piazza’s iconic game-winning home run felt like a victory for America, the collective home team. That night, everyone was a Mets fan.