A Look Back to President Bush’s First Pitch at the 2001 World Series on this 9/11 Anniversary

Haven’t blogged in over two weeks, which is weird since I posted pretty much every day this summer since we started up back in May. The start of the semester has gotten in the way lately, as I’ve been too busy with work and classes to grace you with my amazingly mediocre words. But anyway, I’m back.

Obviously, today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11. 9/11 is something that has always kind of shook me because even though I was too young to remember it, it was so geographically close to me that its impact was always felt growing up. I know kids who lost parents or aunts or uncles that day. NYC is about a 35 minute drive from my house when there’s no traffic (even though there almost always is), so the attacks that changed America forever happened basically in my backyard (it’s a figure of speech, not my actual backyard).

Anyway, a lot of what I know about 9/11 comes from stories told by my parents and videos/articles on the internet. My favorite one, however, involves my favorite pro sports team, the New York Yankees, and the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.

I always love when people try to say that sports aren’t significant. If my friends and I didn’t base this blog off of sports, but rather politics or the stock market, would it be more relevant to the “real world” or the careers we are told to pursue? Yeah, probably. Unless I end up blogging the Yankees for the rest of my life (if anyone wants to become a million-dollar investor in BTB Sports so I can do that let me know), it would probably better serve me to know how to make sure a supply chain runs smoothly than knowing Didi Gregorious’ batting average. But sports mean so much more to so many people than just some game played on a field. I mean, look at the video. This was a nation that was hurting. The largest terrorist attack in our nation’s history had just taken place in their home city. Where could they turn to find a few hours of solace? Baseball.

At a time where our nation can seem so divided, it is nice to remember how strong we can be when we band together. To the people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, our thoughts and prayers are with you. To all first responders that day, we thank you for your heroism. To the men and women in our armed forces who serve to protect our country, we thank you as well. God bless America, and we will never forget.

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