Major League Baseball has issued an "edict" to the Mets and across baseball not to wear hats in-game honoring first responders, such as the FDNY and NYPD, Terry Collins said.
The Mets issued the following statement: “MLB set a league-wide policy as it related to caps and uniforms for September 11 and we followed the guidelines.”
Of course, MLB tried to enforce a uniform policy after baseball resumed following 9/11, and the Mets essentially told MLB to shove it.
“Because the games were called on 9/11, we went back to Pittsburgh before we actually played a game in New York,” Todd Zeile recently recalled. "At that time we had been impacted by meeting with the families of the rescue workers. And so we had hats and T-shirts that we wanted to wear under our jerseys and on our heads during the game. And I can remember MLB saying we could do it as a tribute at the beginning, but we had to put our regular hats on for the rest of the game.
“The quote was attributed to me that I said, 'They're going to have to pry them off our heads if they think we're going to take those off.' But the quote was really attributed to me because I was the player rep. It was really a collective feeling from everybody in the clubhouse, and (manager) Bobby (Valentine) included, that, 'Hey, we're wearing these out there as a tribute. This is not some trivial, novel little sign and gesture. This is a tribute. And we're going to wear these hats until we can't wear them anymore, until they're ripped off our heads.' That was the feeling we had toward New York. There was a unity there.”