Rays reflect, remember events of 9/11

Rays reflect, remember events of 9/11

Rays reflect, remember events of 9/11
BALTIMORE -- Inside the Rays' clubhouse, many remembered Sept. 11, 2001, on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the national tragedy.

"The craziest thing for me, I was actually in Hudson Valley, N.Y., playing baseball the week before that," James Shields said. "I flew out right before it happened.

"It kind of tripped me out a little bit. It was just scary. It had been just days before when I was playing in New York. It was just a crazy time, probably one of saddest times in American history."

Luke Scott remembered being at Oklahoma State University when his best friend and teammate on the Cowboys' baseball team, Darren Heal, called him.

"He was like, 'Those sons of guns, they bombed our buildings, they flew planes into our buildings, my dad's on his way,'" Scott said. "His dad, [who was a fire chief], had to go in and work that scene. I just remember being there in Oklahoma watching all of it on TV. And I'm like, 'What is going on?'"

Scott called it an "emotional day," because, in addition to watching what happened, they were concerned about Heal's father.

"We had communication with him," Scott said. "He lived. I think he had a piece of the building fall on him. Busted up his shoulder, but he was able to get out."

Carlos Pena was with the Rangers at the time, and the team was staying in a San Francisco hotel for a series against the Athletics in Oakland.

"I got a call from Michael Young," Pena said. "He said, 'Carlos, you have to turn on the TV.' When I looked at what was going on, I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

Pena remembered how travel got shut down and the games were postponed.

"We couldn't get on a plane," Pena said. "We had to bus it. But the world shut down for a little bit, certainly the United States of America did. For a few days, we didn't play. But it was one of those times where you're always going to remember what you were doing. What an impact that made on everybody's life."

Rays manager Joe Maddon noted that when remembering Sept. 11, he remembers the saying, 'Never forget.'

"We, our country, the way we conduct ourselves sometimes, we tend to forget things rather quickly," Maddon said. "We cannot forget the event or the people we lost in that moment. So to all the families out there and all the extended families, a lot of us were impacted by that moment, the nation was impacted, the world was impacted, my best to all of the families from me and the Rays. And we will never forget."