Featuring a look back at the first game played in New York City after the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago next week, MLB Network’s Remembering the Game for New York will air Friday, September 9th.

The Mets beat the Braves 3-2 at Shea Stadium that night, but like with so many sports moments that fall, it felt a lot bigger than just Mike Piazza hitting a home run in a late-season game. The documentary includes interviews and discussion with Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter (in the media news this week for different reasons), Jason Marquis, Steve Karsay, John Franco, and Nationals manager Dave Martinez, all of whom played in that game and all of whom in possession of deep personal ties to the New York City area.

Via MLB Network’s release:

New York area natives and former Major League Baseball players Mark DeRosa (Carlstadt, NJ), John Franco (Brooklyn), Steve Karsay (Queens), Al Leiter (Toms River, NJ), Dave Martinez (Manhattan) and Jason Marquis (Staten Island) will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of September 11, 2001 in Remembering the Game for New York, a new MLB Network Presents program set to premiere on Thursday, September 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET and again on Saturday, September 11 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

As New York and New Jersey natives, the six players will relive participating in the memorable and emotional September 21, 2001 game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets at Shea Stadium, which marked the first sporting event and Major League Baseball game held in New York following the terrorist attacks. Leiter says on the program, “Being local and having grown up fans of the respective baseball teams, and then to experience what we experienced that night as far as what it meant to New York City, this was very personal.” 

Following the debut broadcast on Thursday night, MLB Network will re-air the game in question.

[MLB Network]

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