When the Twin Towers were struck, the world stood still and took in a day that many believed could not be real. Major League Baseball suspended play until former president George W. Bush called for the United States to show their nationalism and to attempt to proceed as normal from the tragic events.

Baseball quickly followed and brought about a sense of surreal patriotism. In the famous game that took place in New York, the Mets received one of the biggest ovations and signs of respect from fans in attendance as they yelled “U-S-A” repeatedly.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who was born and raised in New York, also came back to work as the Los Angeles Dodgers had a home game ceremony to remember the fallen victims. In the pre-game announcements, Scully gave a captivating speech that touched the hearts of all in attendance.

His emotional appeal to the strength of the people in the United States truly touched the fans as he continued to emphasize how great of a country he lives in. Chavez Ravine was in complete silence, listening to his anecdote while posters, American flags, and signs were being waved around the stadium.

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Eric Avakian is a senior at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in marketing and business administration. Growing up in Burbank, California, Eric grew up as an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan.

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