During an intrasquad game this weekend at Jacobs Field, the Cleveland star took a called third strike from John Rocker. Fryman argued, and then threw his batting helmet from the dugout at the plate umpire - who happened to be head groundskeeper Brandon Koehnke.

Later, Fryman apologized.

For others, it will be incredibly difficult.

New York Yankees left fielder Chuck Knoblauch watched the World Trade Center towers crumble from his apartment window.

Minnesota DH David Ortiz heard the crash through his telephone while talking with a friend.

Houston second baseman Craig Biggio counseled his brother, an air traffic controller, who handled one of the doomed flights.

"There are probably players in their minds who, even though they are compensated very well, are just for bagging the season," Chicago Cubs manager Don Baylor said. "If you are a human being and American, I'm sure guys don't think this is as important as it was."

Randy Johnson, baseball's most intimidating pitcher, said he might have trouble tonight when he starts for Arizona at Coors Field in Denver.

"We might physically be there, but mentally our minds might possibly be elsewhere, and that's understandable," he said.

St. Louis pitcher Steve Kline said: "We're still trying to win something, even though it seems shameless and useless."

At Yankee Stadium this weekend, the team gathered on one knee at the pitcher's mound, heads bowed. Two employees in the Yankees' ticket office lost sons in Tuesday's attacks.

At Shea Stadium, vehicles with supplies for the relief effort gathered in the parking lot while the New York Mets worked out inside.

Tonight, the Mets will play the Pirates. Originally scheduled for Shea, the whole series was shifted to PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The Yankees' first game back in the Bronx will be next week against Tampa Bay. Devil Rays pitcher Tanyon Sturtze is not looking forward to that flight into New York.

"My shades will be down," he said. "I won't be looking at anything."