Frazier reflects as Reds remember September 11

Frazier reflects as Reds remember September 11

Frazier reflects as Reds remember September 11
CINCINNATI -- Sept. 11, 2001, is a date this country will remember forever.

Everyone can recall where they were then they discovered the Twin Towers in New York City were under attack by terrorists, sending a shockwave of fear across America.

Todd Frazier, who grew up just an hour outside of New York in Toms River, N.J., reflected on the chaotic day of events that unfolded just 60 miles outside of his home.

"It was crazy. I was going, 'What the heck?'" said Frazier, echoing the sentiments that most of the country felt that day. "Next thing you know, I'm in a world affairs class, which is ironic because we talk about all that stuff. I turn the TV on and we see everything that's going on, and it's crazy. Schools got shut down a little bit after that."

Frazier was just a teenager at the time and a freshman in high school, but like most people, he can remember the tragedy like it was yesterday.

"I live an hour from there, and I saw smoke from that happening," Frazier said. "It was crazy. It traveled 60 miles to where I lived in Toms River. The next day I came in and everybody is just in tears. There were so many stories. I didn't get it until the next day, when I got home and saw it and listened to it on TV. It was pretty insane."

Frazier said he had several family members and friends who either lived, or traveled to the New York area, but luckily suffered no deaths in the family.

Cincinnati held an evening of events to honor the remembrance of 9/11 and its victims Tuesday, celebrating the second Police and Fire Appreciation Night of the 2012 season.

The Reds Fan Zone displayed a piece of a steel beam from the World Trade Center, and a number of acts Tuesday night -- including pregame performances, first-pitch duties and the national anthem -- also featured performances from local servicemen.

Along with an extra moment of silence to honor the victims, 20 members of the Armed Forces were saluted in the pregame ceremony.

The trumpeted sound of "God Bless America" was to ring through Great American Ball Park during the seventh-inning stretch, performed by local musician Jordan Woodie, capping off an evening of honors much bigger than baseball.

"I say my prayers every day, but today is especially for them," Frazier said. "It's crazy to think that it happened [11] years ago. It's unbelievable."