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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bud Selig says, "Mets threw him under bus" for 9/11 cap request

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig reportedly chewed out the New York Mets' front office Sunday night, accusing the team of throwing him "under the bus" by revealing that the league nixed the team's request to wear caps honoring first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Selig made an "irate" phone call to the organization after the team said the league denied its request to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks by wearing the caps of emergency-services agencies that responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

"Selig  got embarrassed by it," a Mets official told the Post Monday night. "The game got moved into prime time because of 9/11, and MLB ended up getting embarrassed."

New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine, wearing a New York Police Department cap, and catcher Mike Piazza, wearing a Port Authority Police Department cap, applaud in honor of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Sept. 21, 2001, at Shea Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. The Mets won 3-2.

In 2001, the Mets, shelved their traditional black caps with blue brims for the caps of police, firefighters and other responders during the first professional sporting event in New York City after the attacks.

A decade later, the league rejected the team's proposal to repeat its tribute during Sunday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

"Certainly it's not a lack of respect," Joe Torre, the league's executive vice president for baseball operations, told The Associated Press Sunday. "We just felt all the major leagues are honoring the same way with the American flag on the uniform and the cap. This is a unanimity thing."

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