Gibbs Ballparks Feature Page

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, baseball took a week off to reestablish its priorities in a shaken nation. Our proud flag was flown at half mast as the nation mourned, and when baseball resumed there were a few changes. Ticket holders were searched upon entering the ballparks, and baseball fans willingly complied, grimly realizing the reason behind the extra surveillance and thanking the extra security personnel for their attention to everyone's safety. Ballplayers' uniform shirts included the American flag throughout the leagues, and an enhanced level of patriotism prevailed during the game. Many stadiums handed out small flags to fans coming through the turnstiles. "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" was no longer the song of choice during the seventh inning stretch in favor of more patriotic renditions.

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Longing for when our beautiful national colors would resume being flown at full mast

No doubt about it, a few beers were in order after being close enough to snap this picture

Flags at half staff though our pastime lives on

"God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch

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