The head coach of the New York Jets said he would forfeit, quit, get fired, whatever -- but he sure as hell wouldn't coach that game. Couldn't do it. Not yet. Derek Jeter felt uncomfortable, irrelevant, and an entire country could relate -- because what did baseball really mean as the World Trade Center and the people inside burned?
Nobody felt much like studying a pitcher's tendencies or a defense's blitz packages because, really, how could they?
Ten years ago this weekend, terrorists hijacked and flew commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. Sept. 11, 2001 was the first attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, and America's worst day in at least a generation, a scene so horrifying that news networks restrained from broadcasting the most gruesome images.