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September 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Kansas City Royals at Mariners: Sept. 11, 2011 — pregame

mariners3 2011.JPG“Probably the one day of the year it’s not a baseball day,” said Mariners manager Eric Wedge.
Pictured you can see a logo on the field commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Such is the context of today’s game at Safeco Field, where the Mariners and Kansas City Royals wrap up a four-game series.
Meeting with reporters before the game, Wedge said it was a day of perspective.
“On a moment’s notice, whatever your perspective was on life changed, literally like that,” he said.
No one will forget where they were 10 years ago and Wedge is no different. He was in Buffalo managing the triple-A affiliate of the Indians. Early in the morning his mother-in-law called and told him to turn on the TV.
“I was supposed to meet the team, the big league club, on the road somewhere, but of course I was supposed to fly there,” Wedge said. “I remember (pitching coach Carl Willis) was actually on a plane from Buffalo back to Durham that day, so he was in the air when this happened. I just tried to call him and find out about him, and he was fine.”
Then, after it a six-day break, it was back to baseball.
“I just remember baseball being a big part of the healing process, especially with the Yankees being in it and all this in New York,” said Wedge. “The President was always a big baseball fan and a part of the game for a long time. I know the leadership in our country had to make some decisions. I think the one dominant thought was that we’re going to keep the country moving. I think getting baseball going again, when people felt like (it was) safe enough to get back up in the air and come to stadiums, I think that was a big part of it. I think that was just the one thing I remember, everybody was bound and determined to make sure it didn’t stop us from functioning as a country and as a society.”
Lineups on the jump page…


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Royals (61-86)
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4 Alex Gordon (L) LF
53 Melky Cabrera (S) CF
16 Billy Butler DH
35 Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
21 Jeff Francoeur RF
24 Yamaico Navarro 3B
27 Brayan Pena (S) C
17 Chris Getz (L) 2B
2 Yunel Escobar SS
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61 Everett Teaford LHP
Mariners (61-84)
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51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) LF
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
30 Miguel Olivo DH
33 Casper Wells CF
3 Josh Bard (S) C
16 Alex Liddi 3B
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59 Anthony Vasquez LHP

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