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Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Exhibition at 9-11 Memorial. Comeback Season Sports after 9-11.Wilpon Connection

I read about this over at yesterday.

New Exhibition Will Immerse Visitors in Unforgettable Sports Moments Through Stories Involving Famous Athletes and Displays of Artifacts and Cherished Memorabilia
(New York) April 20, 2018 – The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier announced today a new special exhibition, “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11,” which explores how sports and athletes helped to unite the country, console a grieving nation and give us a reason to cheer again following the 2001 attacks.
“Comeback Season” opens June 27 and will require a free ticket with museum admission because of limited capacity in the special exhibition gallery. Reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended as walk-up tickets will be limited. Go to for more information.
This unique period in history reflected a seismic shift in American life on many fronts but perhaps overlooked – and documented for the first time definitively in this exhibition – was the powerful link between sports and commemoration. Sports provided a meaningful connection to those who had been killed. Stories of the bonds between famous athletes and first responders and the families of 9/11 victims are detailed in an emotional story arc in the exhibition.
The New York Mets with Jeff Wilpon are proud to be the Lead Corporate Sponsor of this special exhibition.
Signature Exhibition Moments
  • Mike Piazza’s home run: In the first professional baseball game in New York City after 9/11, with the New York Mets trailing the Atlanta Braves 2–1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Mets catcher Mike Piazza hit a dramatic, two-run home run that won the game for the hometown team and lifted the spirits of many New Yorkers and Americans.

I really don't want to be "that guy" but, I am. The Piazza home run is an interesting topic with the 9-11 exhibit. Especially with the Mets and Jeff Wilson being the "Lead Corporate Sponsor"  of this Exhibition.  Do me a favor, read this Piazza 9/11 Jersey: The Story From The Original Owner and then come back to me here.
Read it? Great. So my question about this is, were the Mets and Jeff always going to sponsor this special exhibit or are they doing it to save face after the jersey debacle? The Piazza 9-11 being auctioned off led to a lot and I mean a lot of bad PR. They tried to throw Livio under the bus with it, meanwhile the Wilpons could have easily have bought it back at the auction if they really wanted to.

I am really hoping that I am wrong with my feeling that the Mets became the sponsors after all this went down and were being altruistic since the beginning.

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