1 Updates
MLB: C Mike Piazza Inducted Into NY Mets Hall of Fame
Photo Credit: Getty Images

MLB: C Mike Piazza Inducted Into NY Mets Hall of Fame

Sep 29 2013, 10:08pm CDT | by

Legendary catcher Mike Piazza was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Mike Piazza was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame on Sunday. Tim Rohan of the New York  Times reports fans were at the Mets' Citi Field, wore Piazza's No. 31 jersey and cheered...

Filed under: news

Full Story below YouTube Videos

 
 

 

29 weeks ago

MLB: C Mike Piazza Inducted Into NY Mets Hall of Fame

Sep 29 2013, 10:08pm CDT | by

MLB: C Mike Piazza Inducted Into NY Mets Hall of Fame   Photo Credit: Getty Images

Legendary catcher Mike Piazza was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Mike Piazza was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame on Sunday. 

Tim Rohan of the New York  Times reports fans were at the Mets' Citi Field, wore Piazza's No. 31 jersey and cheered him on as he took the field for the ceremony before the Mets' 3-2 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Piazza's former teammates, including Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez and John Franco, were on hand.  

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed September 29 as Mike Piazza Day. 

An emotional Piazza stood behind the podium. He spoke about his tenure with the Mets and his Baseball Hall of Fame eligibility.

"If you look at the big picture of life, you realize that sometimes there's just a destiny in things. And I truly feel it was my plan to be here, in one way, shape or form. It may not have been the most beautiful journey at the time, but it was meant to be.

"The Hall of Fame, I truly feel I got a lot of support. It's a process. I'm very proud of my career. Obviously I put my body of work up against anybody, I've said before. But, you know what? I truly feel the process is a beautiful thing as well. It is what it is.

"I mean, looking back, Yogi (Berra) had three ballots. And Joe Di Maggio three ballots.

"When you retire, you get retrospective. You think of things in the bigger picture. And so if I'm so blessed and honored to get to that point someday, I will enjoy it and be proud and wear the honor that is so important. Up until that point, I can only do like an artist -- here's my work, my canvas -- and it's out of my hands.

"The process, it's cool and amazing and very interesting and historic. I know throughout history there is always going to be debate. That's the best thing about baseball. That's the best thing about sports."

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News points out that the Mets' Hall of Fame committee is comprised of Jay Horowitz of the Mets' PR department, former pitcher Al Jackson as well as broadcasters Gary Cohen and Howie Rose. 

This particular committe was aware of Piazza's failure to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in January as he got just 57.8 percent of the votes during his first year of eligibility. To be inducted, a player has to have at least 75 percent of the votes. 

In his speech, Piazza also addressed the steroid era in baseball.

"I just feel it's an unfortunate consequence of that era. Not to get into a deep dissertation of fault. In a perfect world, if we could go back and do things again, I'm sure we would have done a lot of things different. With that said, that's just something I hate what happened to the game.

"But the positive is that you see how resilient the game is. You see at the end of the day it comes down to baseball. It is a game that has shown through its ups and downs and through its imperfection, it is a game that people really love. As I've said, I wish we could go back and do it differently. And I'm sure it would have been a different world.

"But I truly feel baseball doesn't get enough credit for the fact they are trying to really make a statement -- to understand there's no place for PEDs in baseball and in sports in general."

The 45-year-old Piazza reportedly earned an estimated $120 million during his 16-year MLB career, where he played for the Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, the then-Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics. 

He will forever go down Mets lore as the batter who hit the first home run at the old Shea Stadium after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Piazza's confrontation with former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens in Game 2 of the 2000 Subway Series will also be forever etched in the minds of New York baseball fans. 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

American Gymnast Opens New Location
American Gymnast expands operations up the east coast, names experienced manager for new location.
 
 
Lily Yip Table Tennis Center Rejoins “We Are Butterfly” Club Program
Wilson, NC, April 23, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Lily Yip Table Tennis Center (LYTTC) in Dunellen, New Jersey, has rejoined the “We are Butterfly” Club Program. As part of the program, Butterfly table tennis...
 
 
NHL: Canadiens Sweep TB Lightning with 4-3 Win in Game 4
NHL: Canadiens Sweep TB Lightning with 4-3 Win in Game 4
The Montreal Canadiens swept their first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 victory on April 22 on a power-play goal from Max Pacioretty.
 
 
MLB: Brewers CF Carlos Gomez Suspended 3 Games for Brawl vs. Pirates
MLB: Brewers CF Carlos Gomez Suspended 3 Games for Brawl vs. Pirates
Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was suspended by Major League Baseball for his role in the brawl against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 20. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado was slapped with a five-game suspension.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

How To Throw The Perfect Party: Tips From A Professional Organiser
Liz Taylor of Taylor Lynn Corporation, one of the UK’s leading event management companies, has thrown some serious bashes in her time. Her recent triumphs include the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace for a...
Read more on Business Balla
 
A Successful Online Fashion Entrepreneur's Tips - And This Season's Hot Looks
Taking the dress hire agency concept from the high street to the internet was a challenge that appealed to Anna Bance, with her strong background in fashion PR and her desire to democratise fashion. In 2009, with co-...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Northwestern MutualVoice: Don't Bank On Your Business To Fund Retirement
For small business owners, the lines between business and personal can quickly become blurred. The business becomes their priority. It becomes their life. And in many cases, it also becomes their retirement savings plan...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Alnylam Strikes Back: Comments From CEO John Maraganore
It’s not unusual for me to get comments about my posts – some supportive, some telling me that I am pretty dumb. However, it is rare to get comments back from one of the principals of a post. Last week, I wrote about...
Read more on Business Balla
 
IRS Employees Act Up, Don't Pay Taxes But Still Get Bonuses---IRS Gone Wild?
A new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is unlikely to improve the picture. This latest watchdog report covers the payment of performance bonuses to IRS employees as well as various other...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Pandora Earnings Preview: Profitability Will Continue To Improve
Pandora Media will report its Q1 2014 results on April 24th. We want to remind investors that the company has changed its fiscal year to calendar year and that the results will indicate its performance for the three-...
Read more on Business Balla
 
TD Ameritrade Earnings Preview: Increasing Trading Activity To Drive Quarter
TD Ameritrade is scheduled to report its fiscal second quarter earnings on April 23. The brokerage’s revenues grew by over 15% year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2013. The top-line growth was mainly driven by a 29% y-o-y increase...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Qualcomm Earnings Preview: Chipset And Device ASPs In Focus Amid High-End Saturation
Qualcomm is scheduled to announce its Q2 FY2014 results on April 23. The semiconductor giant is facing top-line growth concerns amid saturation at the high end of the smartphone market and a growing mix of emerging...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Coal's Darkest Days
In the 1950s, McDowell County, West Virginia was a bustling coal town teeming with 100,000 residents, many of whom were helping to feed a fast-growing national industrial sector — and themselves. Today, though, the...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Where Are The Jobs That Are Being Created And How To Find Them?
Many have been frustrated by the current economic recovery. While Washington continues to say the economy is moving forward, many see and feel differently in their day-to-day lives. Granted the unemployment rate has...
Read more on Business Balla
 
 
Auto Balla Sexy Balla Sport Balla TV Balla Politics Balla Movie Balla Apple Balla Business Balla Ad Balla Celebrity Balla