Alomar recalls being in New York on Sept. 11

Alomar recalls being in New York on Sept. 11

ARLINGTON -- Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will never forget the phone call. Inside his New York hotel room, he heard his wife on the other end of the line, frantically telling Alomar to look outside.

Alomar pulled open the curtains and was thrown into a state of confusion and disbelief.

"There were people running in the street. It was like a movie," Alomar recalled. "There were so many people running. I couldn't believe what was going on."

Eleven years ago, Alomar was with the White Sox in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists. It is a horrific day that affected thousands, including Alomar and his Chicago teammates.

The next morning, the White Sox boarded buses and headed back to Chicago.

One moment that sticks out for Alomar is the ride over the George Washington Bridge and out of New York.

"As we were driving out, you could see all the smoke," Alomar said. "We went over the bridge and you could see all the smoke. It was a shocking situation. A lot of guys were feeling shocked. We were all trying to figure out what was going on, what was the cause of it.

"I had no clue. I was just in shock that things like that could happen."