Baseball Remembers 9-11 9/11/13
UNDATED - MLB players, coaches and umpires are wearing American flag patches embroidered on the side of their caps to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Special lineup cards are being used, and patriotic on-field tributes are planned for the 15 games on the schedule.
There was a moment of silence before the game in Texas, and the Pirates lined up in front of the visitors' dugout at Rangers Ballpark.
The 531st U.S. Air Force Quintet performed the national anthem instrumentally, with the presentation by the color guard from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in nearby Fort Worth. The honorary first pitch was thrown out by former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, who was 19 when she was captured along with five others when their company came under attack in Iraq in 2003.
Flags at Rangers Ballpark were at half-staff, as were those at Progressive Field in Cleveland and Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
In Cincinnati, where the Reds hosted the Chicago Cubs, a steel beam from the World Trade Center was on display courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Museum.