Tyler Colvin, Bryan LaHair sparkle in Cubs 10-6 victory over Mets in 11 innings
By Gordon Wittenmyer firstname.lastname@example.org September 11, 2011 10:56PM
Updated: November 9, 2011 3:43PM
NEW YORK — The Cubs started Sunday night amid the somber emotions of a pregame ceremony honoring heroes and victims of 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
They ended the game on 9/12 — 11 innings later in front of a few hundred remaining disappointed New York Mets fans. They stayed for Carlos Pena’s go-ahead single and Alfonso Soriano’s two-run double during a six-run Cubs 11th.
The 10-6 victory gave the Cubs their first series win in New York since 2006. As promised by manager Mike Quade, the Cubs played a mostly kid lineup and got three more hits and two walks from Bryan LaHair.
And after sitting out two would-be starts in recent days because of LaHair’s 10-for-20 start since his call-up, Tyler Colvin responded in his return to right field with a two-run single, an RBI triple and a walk.
MLB: Hats off
It was one of the defining moments upon baseball’s return to New York in 2001, when the Mets broke baseball’s licensing rules and wore first-responder hats — with NYPD and FDNY insignias — during the first post-9/11 sporting event in the city on Sept. 21.
But Major League Baseball fouled up its own 10-year anniversary ceremony by refusing to let the Mets wear similar caps during the game.
Mets third baseman David Wright wore one of the contraband caps in the dugout between innings.
Q, Bobby clear air
ESPN broadcaster Bobby Valentine, who spent a portion of the network’s last Cubs broadcast criticizing shortstop Starlin Castro’s attention span and, by extension, the Cubs’ staff, took several minutes in Quade’s office before the broadcast to clear the air.
‘‘We talked about the last game they did,’’ said Quade, who didn’t want to go into details.
‘‘It’s all good.’’
To Andrew Cashner, 9/11 has mostly just meant ‘‘another day,’’ specifically another birthday.
But he admitted that Sunday’s birthday took on special meaning being in New York.
‘‘Definitely. You turn on the TV today and watch some of the [Ground Zero] memorial [ceremony],’’ said the Cubs pitcher, who turned 25. ‘‘It’s a sad day.’’