Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The World We Live In Today

Going to Yankee Stadium is an act of courage.

No, truly it is. By now, you’ve heard that some d-bag tried to blow up Times Square. And you’ve heard on the news Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say that various agencies have stopped in the neighborhood of 20 attempts to bomb New York City—and I would guess it is probably much more than that.

Why New York? Well, because it is the symbol of everything terrorists hate and want to destroy. It has the U.N., Times Square, the Statue of Liberty; it is the place where the world interacts, does business, and has so many people from so many places live next to each other in relative peace.

And it has Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium is not just the home of the most valuable sports franchise on the planet; it is a symbol. Like London’s Big Ben, Sydney’s Opera House or The Athenian Acropolis, it is an icon of America. It’s our national pastime’s holy place, it’s Mecca. There was a real reason President Bush had to go out in the middle of Yankee Stadium in the days after 9/11. It was to show the world we are not afraid. It was to reclaim our daily lives, and our national sport.

He had to do it because New York, where I live, is the battleground of this war. If this were another war, than New York would be the front line, where the trenches are dug. Yet, on any day, today for instance, New Yorkers go on and live their lives as if normal. After a foiled bomb attack, they shrug.

There was no mass exodus after 9/11, people fleeing New York. There were no people refusing to enter Manhattan. And there were no attendance drops in Yankee Stadium.

In fact, attendance, proud to say, at Yankee Stadium, was higher in 2002 than it was in 2001. And this year, it is even higher.

But make no mistake, have no illusions. Yankee Stadium is a target. What would be better for terrorists than to have, during a Yankee game, on national T.V., an explosion killing tens of thousands and Yankee Stadium, an American symbol, destroyed?

And we have no illusions. This is the world we live in today. Civilians are the targets and our daily lives are the war. And sporting events are under threat. Every day.

But we continue. We go to ballgames. We bring our wives, our children. We show no fear, and commit actions of courage each and every day.

Play ball.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Great commentary. The terrorists win when they take up constant space in our head, making us second-guess our choices in how we live our lives. You New Yorkers have really shown your stuff through all of this.
More of a Mets fan myself, but I'd hate to see anything happen to any baseball stadium, Yankees included. And you know that was hard for me to say.