Bud Selig Unhappy Being a Mad Hat-ter in 9/11 Cap Saga
The drama continues between Major League Baseball and the New York Mets over which hats were to be worn during the 9/11 anniversary game. Bud Selig was apparently not pleased that the news was made public and the league has fired back against accusations that they forced the Mets to comply with their rules. Sadly, the back and forth has overshadowed the true purpose of the events that were intended to honor the victims of 9/11.
As reported by Fox Sports, the MLB contends that no threats of fines were issued to the Mets to force them to comply to the uniform code. They also say that NYPD and FDNY hats were not removed by league officials and that the Mets made the situation worse by waiting until the last-minute to instruct their players to wear the commemorative hats supplied by the league. There was also speculation that the Mets management were the ones who referenced a heavy fine to close the matter with the players faster.
Regardless of where the full truth lies in the matter, hopefully it's done with. The first responder hats that were worn during batting practice, but not the game, were signed by each player and are available for auction to benefit 9/11 charities. Also, the MLB-sanctioned hats in the middle of the controversy are also available for sale at the Mets' online store.
In order to avoid similar problems in the future, the Mets hope to arrange a deal with the league that would allow them to wear the first responder hats for the game closest to 9/11 each year.