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MLB Foolishly Turns Down Mets Request To Honor First Responders

Sometimes I simply do not understand Commissioner Bud Selig and the other decision-makers at Major League Baseball. Apparently, MLB turned down a request by the New York Mets to wear the caps of New York City first responders during Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Simple question. Why?

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Here is the explanation from Joe Torre, former New York Yankees manager and now MLB's vice president of baseball operations:

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"Certainly it's not a lack of respect," Torre said. "We just felt all the major league teams are honoring the same way with the American flag on the uniform and the cap. This is a unanimity thing."

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A unanimity thing? Please. Torre, of all people, should understand that the meaning on 9/11 is different in New York than it is anywhere else. After all, Torre was Yankee manager in 2001. Rather than toe the party line, Torre should have been pushing for this to be allowed.

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In the end, it probably doesn't mean much. It really is just another example of MLB not really having a clue when it comes to public relations, or public perception.

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