Phillies Phlashback: September 17th, 2001
September 11th, 2001, one of the most tragic days in the history of the United States of America. That day 4 planes were hijacked, 2 were flown into the Twin Towers in New York. 1 was flown into the Pentagon, and 1 was probably heading toward the White House, the brave souls who had caught word of what was going on and they realized their plane was one of the terrorists planes. They decided to overtake them and the plane landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We should never forget the horrific act of hatred towards our nation, and the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives that day. God bless our troops who fight for our country, god bless the families of the people who were lost that day, and finally, god bless America.
With the events of 9/11 Major League Baseball decided to postpone a week of games like many other sports. On September 17th baseball came back, many people wondered if it was too soon, should we be back so soon, is this the right time? After the first game back from 9/11 it was obvious they did come back at the right time, people needed baseball, they needed something to distract them from what was going on and what could possibly happen in the next weeks, months, and years even if it was for only 2 or 3 hours. The Phillies and Braves were the first game back after the tragedy. The surprising Phillies coming off a 97 loss season were just 3.5 back in the division trying to dethrone Atlanta as the NL East powerhouse. On that night though, the division races were an afterthought. Now it was just about making people smile for a few hours, getting their minds off everything.Harry Kalas delivered a great pregame speech that gives you goosebumps every time. The Phils and Braves certainly did that, it was a great game at the Vet and the face of the Phillies at the time was right in the middle of it.
#17 Scott Rolen, on September 17th, hit 2 homers including the go ahead shot. Now back then the Phillies didn't get a sellout every night like they do now, but that night it was 33,290 screaming fans at the Vet which made for an even more electic atmosphere. After hitting his second homer Rolen was heading to the locker room, Larry Bowa, the manager at the time, stopped Scotty and said he should go out for the curtian call. Rolen is a low-key guy who doesn't like doing that, but that night, it was right. Rolen went out and after the game he knew he did the right thing. "I'm glad I did it,the buzz in the crowd that night was amazing.It was an incredible experience, one of those experiences-I'm not sure if it was great or sad but it was totally memorable." said Rolen.The Phillies ended up winning the game and they would go on to sweep the series with Atlanta, although that Phillies team fell short of the playoffs, that 2001 team created a lot of great memories late in the year and throughout the year, none better though than that great night at the Vet.
With today being the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 we all should take a moment at some point in the day to just think about all the lives lost that day and their brave family members who had to go through something horrific like that. Don't dwell on it, don't let it ruin your day, or consume your thoughts for the entire day, but we must not forget something like this. United we stand 10 years later, we have become even more united as a nation since that day. So once again, god bless America. USA! USA! And god bless our Phillies as they can clinch a playoff spot today with a win and a Cards loss. LET'S GO PHILS!