Being in Washington special for Astros on 9/11

Being in Washington special for Astros on 9/11

WASHINGTON -- Several Astros players and coaches gathered around televisions inside the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Sunday morning, watching and re-living the historic and tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

"I don't think anybody could ever forget what happened ten years ago," Jordan Schafer said. "It's one of those times where you're going to remember exactly what you were doing, exactly where you were."

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With the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and the White House all within close distance, many players remarked on how touching it was to spend Sunday in the nation's capital.

"It just seems like it's stronger because we're here today," said manager Brad Mills, noting that the club passed the Pentagon on its way to the ballpark.

The Nationals had special ceremonies planned for Sunday, while the Astros will honor the memory of fallen heroes again on Monday after returning home to Minute Maid Park.

The club will also visit firehouses in the Houston area to present firefighters with framed, autographed jerseys before Monday's game.

Kristen Hudak is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.