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Former Met Ventura recalls 9/11

CHICAGO -- As the 11th anniversary of the atrocities and heroism of Sept. 11 approaches on Tuesday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura took time to remember that fateful day. Ventura was the third baseman for the New York Mets in 2001.

"It was a tough time. It's one of those things, I don't think we knew it at the time how important it would be just to do something else to create a diversion of guys playing baseball," Ventura said. "It was good for the people of New York to go to something, because it was in front of you. It was everywhere you went.

"That's really all that was going on. The efforts were focused on Ground Zero. It was a pretty emotional day. For the guys that were there at that time, if you were playing in New York, it still hits you."

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CHI Full Game Coverage CAGO -- As the 11th anniversary of the atrocities and heroism of Sept. 11 approaches on Tuesday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura took time to remember that fateful day. Ventura was the third baseman for the New York Mets in 2001.

"It was a tough time. It's one of those things, I don't think we knew it at the time how important it would be just to do something else to create a diversion of guys playing baseball," Ventura said. "It was good for the people of New York to go to something, because it was in front of you. It was everywhere you went.

"That's really all that was going on. The efforts were focused on Ground Zero. It was a pretty emotional day. For the guys that were there at that time, if you were playing in New York, it still hits you."

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