I vivdly remember how I learned about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. (Alarm clock radio went off and Howard Stern told me.) I remember the haze of the rest of the day. (Had a rehab appointment following ACL surgery. Still went. Not sure why.) But last night we finally got some good news. U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden.
My Twitter feed showed President Obama planned to address the nation at 10:30 p.m., so I knew something was up. Something big. Then as time passed the news slowly leaked onto Twitter.
Bin Laden has been killed …
Bin Laden is dead …
They were just rumors at one point, but CNN and other places finally confirmed them. It was real. It did not take long for word to spread in the ballpark via smart phones and text messages. In the top of the ninth inning the chants started …
“U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”
The players had no clue what was happening. They learned a few minutes later.
The best quote of the night came from Mets third baseman David Wright:
“I don’t like to give Philadelphia fans too much credit, but they got this one right.
“One of the first things I thought about was coming from Walter Reed, the emotions that those guys must be going through hearing that same news. As proud and as great a moment as it was for me being on a baseball field, you multiply that by a million. That’s probably what they’re feeling at the fire houses, at the police stations, at the places like Walter Reed. It’s just an incredible moment and for a split second, for more than a split second, you kind of come together. You’ve got the New Yorkers, you’ve got the Philadelphians, the city, you kind of come together for a common cause. It put a smile on my face before I even knew what was going on, and then made me feel a lot better after I found out.”