Major League Baseball prohibits New York Mets from wearing first responders hats on 9/11 anniversary - NY Daily NewsMLB can bite the bullet financially if need be, and they did it back in 2001.
It seems MLB didn't bite the bullet isn't taking the hit at all and is instead fining teams which do violate league policy. Again, I'm not sure what your issue seems to be. The league has been consistent in its approach to honoring 9/11.The NFL's leniency towards 9/11-themed uniform embellishments did not extend to Major League Baseball, which nixed the New York Mets plan to wear NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD caps during last night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mets union representative Josh Thole said the league told the Mets front office there was "no chance at all" of the team wearing the non-regulation hats, and promised a hefty fine for any player who violated the edict. That's the same position the league took back in 2001 when the team wanted to wear hats bearing the logos of first responders for the remainder of the season, but those Mets went ahead and wore them anyway. [New York Daily News]
The forum wasn't around in 2001 (to my knowledge) and I'm not sure what my position on this issue would have been 13 years ago. However, in retrospect, I see nothing wrong with the league's approach. They were allowed to commemorate the event in other visible ways however, refused. Why? I don't know.It was a pretty big thing for a week so, as big as any news story in any event. But back to the original point, so you agreed with MLB's decision then to not let the players wear the hats?
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK