ESPN, the worldwide leader of sports, released a 30 for 30 Short film on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City that hits viewers right in their souls.
“First Pitch” is about more than just Yankees Baseball, it’s a reminder that sports have a way of bringing people together in their time of need.
Unlike most 30 for 30 documentaries, the film focuses mostly on President Bush, then National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Nick Trott a U.S. Secret Service agent, George Tenet, the director of the CIA, and then Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the events of September 11th, 2001.
In their time of need the New York Yankees and their magic would come in and give the people of New York City something to cheer about. Baseball, America’s past time, was a way to distract people for a few hours each day from the fear of another attack and the crushing sadness of losing a loved one.
For the President to throw out the first pitch of Game 3 at Yankee Stadium was the only way that he could ever express to the people of New York, and the nation, that everything was going to be okay. This documentary was an ode to New York City showing how resilient they could be.
We will never forget the events of 9/11, but this short film reminds us that sports can bring people together and give them something to cheer for even when their world has literally fallen apart.