PHOENIX -- Quoting the well used phrase, "We will never forget," and with Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" echoing through Chase Field on Sunday, the D-backs honored America's fallen victims and first responders on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
In one of the day's most poignant moments, Arizona Sen. John McCain placed a lone baseball on the mound and stood with his arm draped around D-backs starter Josh Collmenter as a military band played the national anthem. The Padres were the opponents on Sunday, a decade after terrorists killed almost 3,000 people in attacks on New York and Washington.
"I was doing TV at the time and they gave me a flag on a plastic stick. I still have it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson recalled on Sunday. "It certainly helps you put things in perspective and you count your blessings. Until this day, you feel for the people who lost loved ones. You know, it's a terrible anniversary that we acknowledge every year, this being the 10th year, and you feel for those people
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