“Everybody’s out on the run tonight
But there’s no place left to hide.”
It doesn’t bring me any joy to say this, but I’ve had enough.
No, not talking about all of the one-run losses – although those can stop, too – but rather the 9/11 tributes that everyone makes again and again and again. It’s impossible to get away from on a personal level and then, because of the big role that the Mets played in baseball’s response to the tragic events of that day, it’s a story that the Mets are a big part of, too.
Like everyone reading this, I lost friends and classmates and acquaintances on 9/11.
But I just can’t deal with the tragi-porn images and overwrought stories about the responses people had. It was terrible and we all suffered as individuals and a nation. But do we still have to have these over-the-top public displays of grief here 20 years later? It just feels … phony. It comes across to me that people and companies think that if you don’t have a huge public response that, somehow, you’re not doing your part.
I couldn’t watch the beginning of yesterday’s broadcast on Fox. There was no doubt that they were going to make it nauseous. And while it happened to be on Fox, my response will be the same thing with tonight’s ESPN game. Because if there’s a network out there that can go lower than Fox, it’s ESPN.
My daughter, who was born four years and 12 days after the attacks, came home from school on Friday and said that her classes showed videos of the attacks five times. We want people to “Never Forget,” but are we doing more damage than good?
It’s important that future generations know what happened. Everything should be made available for public consumption and we absolutely should talk about the who, the what, the why, the when and all of those questions. And more.
But can we talk about it and honor the memories of those that perished without turning everything into some kind of ****-measuring contest, to see who can show the most terrible images of that day or who can fly the biggest flag or who knows the most people who died or which league or team or player had the best public response?
I’m a baseball fan and a part of the reason why I’m a fan is that it provides escape. But ESPN isn’t going to provide any escape tonight. The Mets are on the fringes of playoff contention and they’re playing the hated Yankees. I should be hanging on every pitch. Instead, I’ll be trying to figure out when ESPN will get all of its 9/11 “tributes” out of the way and I can safely tune in and watch a ball game.