Posted May 3, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Yankees recall 9/11


With the killing of Bin Laden, a chapter is complete in U.S. history. Yankees recollect their feelings when the devastation took place in 2001. Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter were on the Yankees Championship team on September 11, 2001. A-Rod was a Texas Ranger, and coach Joe Girardi was a Chicago Cub (won with Yankees in 96, 98, and 99). Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:

Said Rivera: “Justice prevails. You do something like that, somewhere along the way, you’re going to pay. This was the time. This was the time. So I’m glad that this thing’s over. At least the people who lost their loved ones on Sept. 11, they can have a little peace of mind. A person has been brought to justice.”

Posada: “I’m happy for the city of New York. I think the firemen and the policemen and everything we went through, I think it’s one of those steps that we needed to cross, and it’s good to see.”

Jeter — who sat in the dugout and took questions on the topic for nearly 10 minutes — said: “At first, you can’t believe it. Not saying it wasn’t true, but you ‘re just sort of in disbelief. You’re happy. It’s been a long time. Even though it’s almost 10 years, it sort of seems like it was just yesterday. I think there are a lot of happy people today.”

Girardi, who went to bed early Sunday night, was unaware of what had happened until this morning. “When I woke up this morning there was a paper in front of me and I went, ‘Wow,”’ he said. “I had no idea. I know our country has been trying to serve justice for the last 10 years and it was done. There’s been a lot of sadness because of that day in [2001] that people have had to endure. So maybe it’s closure for them. I think people, when crimes are committed, and when crimes are committed against you, want to see justice. And I think justice happened.”

Rodriguez said he was watching the Mets-Phillies game and heard the crowd’s chant of “U-S-A!”

“It was an epic moment,” he said. “It’s a historic day, there’s no question about it. It’s a day I’ll never forget, it’s a day I’ll tell my children about someday.”