Derek Jeter: I was home [on Manhattan's Upper East Side]. I was sleeping and I got a message on my phone: Someone was asking me if the game was still on that night. I turned on the TV to see what was going on. It was surreal. It was like watching a movie set, it didn't seem real. I was glued to the TV all day long, watching. That night I went to a restaurant, right around the corner I think it was. … The city was quiet, empty. It was weird seeing no people walking around, no cars — and New York is usually all about the noise. There were people in the restaurant, but nobody knew what to say, what to do. What do you say? … [A week later at the Javits Center,] we went in and it was awkward. What can we say? What can we do? How can we help? Why would these people want to see us? But then they came over to us and told us how much they appreciated our coming, and it went from not knowing what to expect to being happy you had the opportunity to do that. "
Mariano Rivera: "I was home [in Westchester County], and I turned on the TV and I saw it, what was happening. I saw the second plane hit. I remember watching the towers fall and I kept saying, 'Oh, no, no, no. This is not good.' My children were there, but they weren't frightened. For me, it was scary, and at the same time it was sadness. I was glued to the TV. Baseball wasn't the issue any more. I didn't think about baseball. I saw that all of Major League Baseball [was canceled]. We did have a sense of how much it meant to people. We took them away from reality for a while, for a little while."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times