#17: (2001) Piazza homers in first post-9/11 game

Now I know I said there would be no Mets moments in this countdown, but I don’t really consider this a Mets moment. This is a New York City moment. On September 21, 2001, just ten days after the most tragic day in history this country, Major League Baseball resumed play. The first game in New York was at Shea Stadium between the Mets and Braves. Before the game,  ceremonies took place in order to remember the lost lives from the attacks. Even the players on the field were in tears. For New York, baseball was a way to escape the trauma of the World Trade Center. It brought the city back to a state of normalcy, for the time being. Even during the ballgame, paranoia was all around Shea. The crowd looked up frantically when airplanes landed at LaGuardia. Down 2-1 in the 8th inning, Mike Piazza came up to bat with a runner on. With one swing, Piazza gave this city hope. A home run over the center field wall put the Mets up 3-2, a shot that ultimately was a game winner and brought excitement back to New York. It’s hard not to get emotional when watching this game.

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One Response to “#17: (2001) Piazza homers in first post-9/11 game”

  1. ron burgundy Says:

    Piazza went deep all the time. A real memorable moment for him would have been throwing out a baserunner or blocking a ball in the dirt. Stay classy

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