Of Course Andy Martino Has A Problem Honoring Heroes Of 9/11
While everyone applauded MLB for finally doing the right thing by allowing the Mets to wear the caps honoring the first responders, Andy Martino found a way to take issue with it.
Now that MLB has allowed Yankees/Mets to wear first responder hats, they could find selves in awkward position of ranking tragedies. That was always the concern — what happens the next time a team wants to commemorate a terrible event? Is 9/11 only carve out? New questions arise.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) September 11, 2020
This is just par for the course for someone who continues to establish himself as the Skip Bayless of regional sports networks. After all, this is the same guy who called Mets fans racist for booing Luis Castillo and called on Mets fans to respect Chase Utley.
Hopefully for him, this is performance art and not who he truly is.
Saying what he said about the first responder caps would be akin to akin to questioning the Mets wearing Black Lives Matter shirts on Opening Day or sitting out the game against the Miami Marlins.
Considering what Martino said about the caps, wouldn’t it also be fair to question the ranking of those tragedies? After all, the Mets sat out that game, but they played while the air quality in California reached dangerous levels.
During the Astros-A's game yesterday, the Air Quality Index in Oakland climbed to 195. Anything over 150 is unhealthy. Above 200 is very unhealthy — and enough to get a NFL game relocated.
If coronavirus wasn't enough, sports leagues have a new problem.https://t.co/eyJYU56LC6
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) September 11, 2020
Of course, he doesn’t present that argument there. You could surmise any number of reasons why, and you’d likely be correct. However, the overarching reasons is his raison d’être is to take insensitive contrarian positions solely designed to needle Mets fans.
There are many responses to make to Martino, but perhaps the best came from Brian Wright, author of Mets books, who said:
Here’s a wild idea: let any team who wants to commemorate a tragedy and honor heroes be allowed to do so without pushback https://t.co/my2CH5dyPr
— Brian Wright (@BrianWright86) September 11, 2020
Just remember what this is all about.
On September 11, 2001, two planes flew into the Twin Towers in an unprecedented foreign terrorist attack on US soil. Those towers fell, and nearly 3,000 people died that day.
People who have aided in the recovery efforts have faced long term health issues and have also tragically died. This says nothing of the emotional toll it took on people having witnessed the events and having lost loved ones.
Mets Baseball was a part of the healing process. Shea Stadium was used as a staging ground. Mike Piazza homered in the first game back in New York. Led by Todd Zeile, the Mets players wore the first responder caps to honor their sacrifice.
This is exactly what Martino took issue with when he asked if we now have to rank tragedies because a New York team once again honored the fallen.