Mark Johnson (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

September 17, 2001: Mets win in their first game back after 9/11

“You could see the skyline without the towers. You could see…

September 18, 2001: Yankees return to the field for first game after 9/11

“I told my team, ‘We really don’t know how to deal with…
A large American flag is unfurled on the outfield by SUNY Maritime Academy cadets as the Yankees and Devil Rays are joined by members of the New York City Fire Department, EMS and Police Department during ceremonies honoring the victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. (COURTESY OF MLB.COM)

September 25, 2001: Yankees return to Yankee Stadium after 9/11

“We hadn’t been to a game all year, and we felt it was important…
Trevor Hoffman (TRADING CARD DB)

September 2, 2003: Trevor Hoffman makes return to Padres from shoulder surgery

Legendary San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman recorded 601…
Livan Hernandez (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

April 14, 2005: 'Baseball is back in Washington, DC!' as Nationals win home opener

There is graduation pomp and circumstance. There is Opening Day…
David Ortiz addresses the crowd at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013. (COURTESY OF MICHAEL IVINS / BOSTON RED SOX)

April 20, 2013: Tragic marathon week in Boston ends with a Red Sox victory

David Ortiz addresses the crowd at Fenway Park on April 20,…
Houston Astros players stand with first responders in the team's first game since Hurricane Harvey on September 2, 2017, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (COURTESY OF THE HOUSTON ASTROS)

September 2, 2017: Astros return to the field after Hurricane Harvey strikes Houston

George Springer of the Houston Astros taps the "Houston Strong"…
Wilson Ramos (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

September 15, 2017: Rays drop first home game after Hurricane Irma

Tampa Bay was struggling to stay in the playoff picture as the…
Ichiro Suzuki (SEATTLE MARINERS)

March 29, 2018: Ichiro returns to the Seattle Mariners

It is not always that a star player gets to “come back” to…
Dr. Anthony Fauci (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

July 23, 2020: Baseball returns to Washington without fans on Opening Day

When the Washington Nationals last met the New York Yankees,…
Jose Peraza (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

July 24, 2020: Long delayed but lopsided Opening Day win for Red Sox

It was a long wait between home openers at Fenway Park. The start…
Jack Flaherty (THE TOPPS COMPANY)

July 24, 2020: Cardinals top Pirates on Opening Day delayed by COVID-19

The St. Louis Cardinals treat Opening Day with more than traditional…
Minnesota Twins players LaMonte Wade and Tyler Duffey, center, kneel during the national anthem in a protest for racial justice on July 28, 2020, at Target Field in Minneapolis. (COURTESY OF THE MINNESOTA TWINS)

July 28, 2020: Twins highlight George Floyd and racial justice in home opener

The Minnesota Twins’ home opener on Tuesday night, July 28,…