The men shook hands with younger men that they consider heroes and nodded somberly at a wall bearing 19 names of firefighters from this single FDNY facility that perished on Sept 11, 2001.
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"We wanted to let these guys know that we're in awe of what they do every day," said Tom (Terrific) Seaver, who wore the now retired No. 41 when he hurled the once slapstick Mets to their first Amazin' World Series Championship in 1969.
"Fans cheered people like me and Tom and called us celebrities or stars," said Darryl Strawberry, who used to wallop baseballs with a legendary swing into the cheap seats of Shea. "People throw around the word hero a little too loosely. I'm no hero. These guys are heroes. Those 19 guys on the wall were true heroes."