MLB’s reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden


Members of the NYFD celebrate the news. (The New York Times)

On May 1, 2011, President Barrack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the long-hunted mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., had been killed. The president called it the “most significant achievement to date” in the effort to defeat al Qaeda.

“Justice has been done,” Obama said. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

Members of the NYFD celebrate the news. (The New York Times)

Bin Laden was more than just a mass-murdering terrorist.  He had become a symbol for other anti-Western World organizations that they could carry out horrific acts and get away with them. The decisiveness of this action and the details of bin Laden’s last minutes on Earth will hopefully become another symbol for the repercussions for mongering such hatred.

And while this doesn’t necessarily mean we get to stop taking off our shoes for airport security, this is hopefully a significant step toward some semblance of world peace.

Here’s how baseball players around the country responded:

Coco Crisp @Coco_Crisp
“We found Waldo Aka… Bin Laden, killed by U.S. Forces in Pakistan. Body in U.S. custody. WOW FINALY”

Jensen Lewis @JLEWFifty
“See ya Bin Laden! #USA! #USA!”

Joel Hanrahan @hanrahan4457
“What a day for the US!!!  I always love listening to the national anthem, but tomorrow is going to be that much sweeter!! #hegone”

C.J. Wilson @str8edgeracer
“Jack Bauer defeats reigning international hide and go seek champion! #headshot let’s be honest though – this is still an ongoing issue”

Torii Hunter @toriihunter48
“Great day for the US. Don’t forget about those who fell from his devilish acts. Be blessed and all Goodnight.”

Dallas Braden @DALLASBRADEN209
“no more terrorist playing cards, time 4 terrorist twister! left A$ cheek on kadafi. can I see a body tho? could b hangin’ w/2pac and Elvis.”

Jon Lester @JLester31
“Job well done to our troops”

Ozzie Guillen @OzzieGuillen
“Good job USA”

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  1. @Brad Congelio @Jamie Shoemaker Everything we do pisses of Al Qaeda, so why not see some evidence, pics or whatever. It could be like the Civil War and we’ll make postcards. Maybe bin laden in front of the MANSION HE WAS LIVING IN VERY CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASE. I’m very glad he’s dead but would have liked to see him caught a little sooner, convicted and hung by the neck till dead.

  2. @Jamie Shoemaker You gotta be careful in saying “pissing off the Muslims.” I agree with the Al Qaeda part of your comment.

    However, there is a vast difference between the foundation of the Muslim religion and that of which bin Laden practice — the radical version.

    I have no official statistics in front of me, nor do I feel like looking them up, but my gut feeling says that most Muslims would not care one way or another about the pictures being released.

    The radical Muslims on the other hand…

  3. @Brad Congelio Not sure they will distribute the photos because of pissing off the Muslims and Al Qaeda.

  4. The rapid burial had everything to do with the government wanting to treat the body with dignity based on Muslim practices. That is, the Muslim religion dictates (to my understanding) that the deceased must be laid to rest in no more than a die after passing.

    Nonetheless, I couldn’t care less about seeing photos or whatnot. I’ll take the government’s word for it (famous last words). I do expect the government to release photos soon, though — even if it to please the masses.

  5. I had the same question as Dallas Braden: can we see the body??

    Not in a morbid way, but in a, “we saw Sadam’s and his sons’s bodies as well JUST to make sure, right? Can we get a glimpse of Osama too then??”

    I’m definitely not a conspiracy theorist or one of the “the government/military are liars!”, not by a long shot. But I do wonder why the burial at sea happened so fast and no pictures were released.

    Either way, SEAL team 6 is the baddest group of mamajamas on the planet.

  6. @JMattHicks

    The rapid burial had everything to do with the government wanting to treat the body with dignity based on Muslim practices. That is, the Muslim religion dictates (to my understanding) that the deceased must be laid to rest in no more than a die after passing.

    Nonetheless, I couldn’t care less about seeing photos or whatnot. I’ll take the government’s word for it (famous last words). I do expect the government to release photos soon, though — even if it to please the masses.

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