Events of 9/11 weigh heavily on O's minds

Events of 9/11 weigh heavily on O's minds

Events of 9/11 weigh heavily on O's minds
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles and Rays, along with the rest of Major League Baseball, held a moment of silence before Tuesday night's game in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor the country's service members.

Members of the U.S. Army chorus sang the national anthem, and the Orioles wore special caps with an American flag above the left ear flap for the game.

"When I was writing out the lineup today to give to [bench coach John Russell], when I wrote 9-11, I stopped for a second," manager Buck Showalter said. "It was a reminder."

Showalter was not managing at the time, but he has ties to New York City as the former Yankees manager, and he also served as a baseball analyst for ESPN -- based in Bristol, Conn. -- in two separate stints.

"I think the normalcy, playing that game [after Sept. 11], I don't want to get too deep here about that whole game, but you play as much a role as someone who is smarter than you deems you should play in it," Showalter said of baseball's decision to resume play following the attacks.

"It makes you realize ... what we do each day is not that important. It is for those three hours, and believe me, we grind the heck out of it, but when you see that scale, it's like, really? I'm worried about that? I got my own feeling on it. ... It's why we are able to do what we do."