MILWAUKEE -- Eleven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, then-Marlins third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez had just dropped his kids off at school when he heard the news.
"I was listening to talk radio," Gonzalez said. "All of a sudden they're breaking news and it was like, 'No, come on. Really? This is going on?' I got home and I turned the TV on. Every channel had all the stuff going on. I thought, 'Holy cow. This is crazy.'"
Gonzalez reflected on the tragic events of that day during his pregame talk with the media Tuesday afternoon.
He remembers going to the ballpark in Miami that day, still expecting there to be a game against the Expos. Instead, MLB waited until the following Monday to resume games.
That weekend, Gonzalez and the Marlins nearly made the trip to Atlanta for a weekend series, Sept. 14-16: "I remember going to Miami International Airport, getting almost on the tarmac with the buses, and they said, 'No, we're not starting yet.'"