@mediagoon will be at the game so we’ll do our best to get pictures of the ceremony up on the site as soon as we can.
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball will feature the New York Mets hosting the Chicago Cubs on September 11, at 8 p.m. ET. Dan Shulman will call the game with analysts Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine and reporters Buster Olney and Pedro Gomez. Prior to the game, ESPN will televise Baseball Tonight: Citi Field Remembers 9/11…at 7:30 p.m., a special edition of the show including pregame 9/11 ceremonies from the ballpark. Baseball Tonight will also be televised on ESPN2 from 7-7:30 p.m. with the day’s MLB highlights, news and information. Karl Ravech will anchor Baseball Tonight from the Bristol, Conn., studio with analysts John Kruk and Barry Larkin, while Bob Ley will host coverage from inside the ballpark with Valentine, who managed the Mets in 2001.
And the Mets have planned:
September 11 Remembrance Ceremony
The September 11 Remembrance Ceremony will honor lives lost and pay tribute to the heroes, survivors and rescue and recovery workers on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
New York City uniformed service men and women will participate in the pre-game ceremony and first responders and families from Tuesday’s Children will unfurl a giant 300-foot by 100-foot American flag.
Grammy Award winning singer Marc Anthony will perform the National Anthem and American Idol finalist Pia Toscano will sing God Bless America. Anthony performed an emotional rendition of the National Anthem on September 21, 2001, the first regular-season professional sporting event in New York after September 11. (To access footage of Anthony singing the anthem, please email MLBfootage@mlb.com.) Toscano, who was born and raised in Howard Beach, Queens was a winner of the 2008 Mets Anthem Search. She’s appearing at Citi Field the night after the American Idols Live! 2011 Tour concludes in Rochester, New York and will release her debut album later this year.
Last week, the Mets announced that John Franco will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza during the ceremony. Franco and Piazza both played on the 2001 Mets and were instrumental in the club’s relief efforts after September 11.